Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kelly Irvin, Amish novel


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THROUGH THE AUTUMN AIR
BY KELLY IRVIN


Kelly Irvin
Kelly Irvin is the author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “a beautifully woven masterpiece.” A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit Kelly online at her website


From the book’s back cover:
The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told.

The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is in need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?


I’m offering a print copy of Through the Autumn Air to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 20, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Shenandoah Road by Lynne Tagawa is Linda. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 in the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook. Available at Amazon.

From the back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…

You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lynne Tagawa, Historical Fiction


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THE SHENANDOAH ROAD
BY LYNNE TAGAWA



Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and two novels, A Twisted Strand and The Shenandoah Road. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.

Welcome, Lynne. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
For one thing, I hope they grasp a sense of what it was like to live in that time and place—but that’s what we always hope for when reading historical fiction, isn’t it? But an important theme is the spiritual journey of the characters. It fits in well with the time of the Great Awakening. Obviously, not everyone was affected by the revival, but many were, even if only tangentially, like Benjamin Franklin, who makes a cameo appearance in the story.

What has no one asked that you would like to share?
The music of the time period was interesting to explore. You see, both Congregationalists and Presbyterians sang from “psalters,” which were the psalms rewritten so they had a “meter.” They sang them to traditional tunes. Hymns were newfangled but increasing in popularity. Franklin’s printing of Isaac Watts’s hymns was selling well.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Sometimes my story feels forced or two-dimensional. I have to step back. Recently I bought a book that clarified my mind on some things. It was just what I needed. A single idea from a book or another writer, or just a random thought—I make an adjustment, and now my story feels alive, vibrant. You have to be passionate about your characters and theme or your reader won’t care either. That’s my only true experience of writer’s block. Of course, there’s the kind where you’re distracted and it’s hard to be creative, but that’s more a time management problem.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains—I’ve been to the beach!

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Croissants.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Spring

Laptop or Desktop? Anything that’s a Mac.

Mug or teacup? Mug.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first, he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences in background, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her? And what about his own failings?

Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?

“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th-century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” —Douglas Bond, author of numerous books, including War in the Wasteland and Hostage Lands.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website

Where can readers purchase The Shenandoah Road
Amazon

Lynne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lynne is offering a paperback copy of The Shenandoah Road to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 13, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink is Susanne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 of the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook.  Available at https://amzn.to/2PzL4dN 

From the back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…

You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dana Mentink, Romantic Suspense Novel


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JUNGLE FIRE
BY DANA MENTINK

Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, their nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.


Welcome, Dana. How do people react when they find out you write? 
Well, I’m a third-grade teacher as well so first off they mistakenly figure I must write children’s books. Second, they are usually very surprised to learn that I’ve written more than thirty novels. Once we get past that information, they are usually pretty curious to know about the job of a professional writer. 

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? 
The cure for writer’s block is a legally binding contract! Kidding, but really if you’ve signed on the dotted line you don’t have the luxury of writer’s block. I get around “stuck” spots but writing more than one book at a time. If I get stuck in one, I mosey over to the other and that usually fixes the problem. Also, taking a long walk is pretty therapeutic. 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I’m not a paranormal kinda gal. I just can’t get into stories with vampires and werewolves and the like so you’re probably never going to see that kind of novel from me. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? You guys. 
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. 
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop. 
Mug or teacup? Mug. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Jungle Fire. 
Jungle Fire was originally published with Moody’s River North imprint. Sadly, Moody got out of the fiction business, but I was fortunate to be able to publish it digitally.

Back Cover Blurb: Nina Truman heads to the bus for a much-deserved furlough from her nursing duties. On the side of the road, a uniformed soldier stands idly, casually holding his gun—of little concern to her; soldiers are not uncommon south of the Mexican border. But he suddenly switches off the safety and opens fire, sending the occupants into chaos. Out of the forest storms Shaw Wilder and his bomb-sniffing dog, Axel. An improbable hero, who thinks being a missionary is like “shoveling sand uphill, useless,” also blames Nina for his sister’s death. 

Join Nina and Shaw on an expedition where every turn can mean death and discovering the truth may make life even worse. A page-turner right to the very end.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website 
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
You Tube channel 

Where can readers purchase Jungle Fire?
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thanks for having me! I surely do appreciate it! God bless. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.)
Has anyone out there in cyberland ever been on a wilderness type trip? Would love to hear about it!

Dana, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Dana is offering reader's choice of either an eBook or print (U.S. mailing address only) copy of Jungle Fire to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 6, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Christmas to Remember that includes Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kimberly Rose Johnson, Contemporary Romance



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UNTIL I MET YOU
BY KIMBERLY ROSE JOHNSON

INCLUDED IN THE COLLECTION,
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER


Kimberly Rose Johnson
Award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child, Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 
You can learn more about Kimberly and her books at her website.


Welcome, Kimberly. Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I work on a computer. Once in a while if inspiration strikes and I’m not near a computer I’ll write it out, but my penmanship is atrocious so it’s often hard to know what I wrote after the fact.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day? 
The main inspiration for Until I Met You was the first book in the series, The Reluctant Groom. I wanted to tell the story of a couple that was in that book, so I wrote a prequel. The inspiration for the collection was born from my desire to do a group of never before published Christmas stories.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I feel compelled to write because I can’t not write. I took a break from writing a while back and I started dreaming as though I was writing. He said, she said kind of thing. It was crazy. That was when I knew my break from writing was over.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novella,
Until I Met You.
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon

Where can readers purchase A Christmas to Remember 
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thanks so much for having me on your blog! Just so everyone knows, this collection is available for a limited time.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.) 
If you could spend Christmas anywhere, where would you go?

Kimberly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kimberly is offering an eBook copy of A Christmas to Remember to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 30, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Mountain of Peril by Carol Nemeth is Sonnetta. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Carol Nemeth, Mystery Romance


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MOUNTAIN OF PERIL
BY CAROL NEMETH



Carol Nemeth
A native North Carolinian, I always loved reading since childhood and making up stories since junior high school. I worked in the National Park Service and served in the US Army where I was stationed in Italy. I met the love of my life, Mark Nemeth, also an Army veteran, while stationed in Italy. After we married, we lived in various locations including North Yorkshire, England. We now live in West Virginia, where in our spare time, Mark and I enjoy camping and sightseeing. We’re active in our church and enjoy our two grown children, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Welcome, Carol. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope they see my characters grow closer to Christ, either by coming to know Him through salvation or through strengthening their faith in Him. Just as we struggle in real life, my characters struggle at various levels in their walk with Christ.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
I served in the U.S. Army and was blessed to have traveled to sixteen countries excluding the U.S. I suppose my favorite place would be Scotland. It’s a beautiful and wild countryside with wonderful and strong people and an interesting history. Not so nice weather, but hang around. It’ll change.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
When I was a young teen, my mother introduced me to Grace Livingston Hill, and I devoured her books, sometimes one a day. I loved the mystery of her books as well as the romance. So, mystery romance is my favorite genre whether it’s contemporary or historical. I have a hard time writing strictly romance and have to throw in some mystery.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all – I’m originally from North Carolina – I’m a southern girl

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall

Laptop or Desktop? Both

Mug or teacup? Mug – a big one

Please tell us a little about your novel, Mountain of Peril. 
When Molly Walker graduated from college, she was thrilled to be hired on as a ranger at Deep Creek Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She arrived ready to begin her career and to enjoy all the aspects of her new job, but the one thing she hadn’t counted on was the local poachers and their illegal shenanigans. Molly and fellow ranger Jake Stuart try to put a stop to the escalating poaching problem while protecting the animals. In the meantime, Molly finds that the handsome ranger, who is also a local, is a great partner to have on her side. She also finds that she’s losing her heart to him when she’d planned to stay focused on her career. Can she give her heart and have a career? She and Jake find themselves in a battle against a group of men with a hidden agenda far more sinister than poaching. Can they be stopped before Molly’s life is snuffed out?

Where can readers find you online?
Amazon Author Central
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads  
Monthly Newsletter – Sign up at my website and receive my free short story The Soldier’s Hope

Where can readers purchase Mountain of Peril?
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thank you for hosting me today, Jo. It’s been a pleasure to be on your blog. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.) 
What’s your favorite type of hero? Get specific. (ex. Fireman, cowboy, executive, etc.)

Carol, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Carol is offering a paperback copy of Mountain of Peril to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 23, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Liz Tolsma, WWII Fiction


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WHEN THE HEART SINGS
BY LIZ TOLSMA


Liz Tolsma
Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, an Amish novel, and prairie romance novellas. Her first romantic suspense releases in June. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter and their Jack Russell terrier. Her son is a U.S. Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping.

Welcome, Liz. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope that they take away the truth that joy doesn’t come from our circumstances or from getting what we want, but that our only source of true joy is the Lord.

What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal? 
My favorite dessert is gluten-free crepes with Nutella and whipped cream. Yummmm.

How do people react when they find out you write?
It’s so funny. Many of them are so excited to meet a “real writer”. They want to talk to me about writing and my books. Sometimes they even want to take a picture with me. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Beach
Y’all or You Guys?  You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Neither. I’m gluten free.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? laptop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, When the Heart Sings. 
Natia has a secret—and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose.


In 1943 Poland, the Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their peaceful farm to the harsh confines of a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear—but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.)

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Instagram
Book Trailer
Newsletter

Where can readers purchase When the Heart Sings?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
CBD

Any parting comment?
Thank you for having me! 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.) 
How has music been an influence in your life?

Liz, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Liz is offering a print copy of When the Heart Sings to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 16, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Secret of Willow Inn by Pat Nichols is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pat Nichols, Women's Contemporary


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, October 9, 2018, to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see right sidebar to follow), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog do not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To help provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 



THE SECRET OF WILLOW INN
BY PAT NICHOLS



Pat Nichols
Pat Nichols launched career number two as a novelist, proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Drawing on years of corporate experience working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life, she creates stories about women who face challenges in the pursuit of their dreams. She lives in an Atlanta suburb with her husband of fifty-plus years, is the mother of two, and grandmother of three. She is grateful for God’s blessings and unfailing love through all of life’s peaks and valleys.

Please enjoy the article below by Pat Nichols about her writing The Secret of Willow Inn.


My Journey to Willow Falls
by Pat Nichols

After completing two works of fiction based on real people—neither manuscript was ready for primetime—the key characters in my third novel came straight out of my imagination. Two women, strangers from different backgrounds, and a convicted felon returning to the scene of her crime. I visualized them for more than a year. The way they looked, their personalities and their history. It was time to bring Emily, Rachel, and Sadie to life.

Next came a decision about the settings. A small town struggling to survive and a big, bustling metropolis. Because I live thirty miles from downtown Atlanta, I chose it as the city. I can’t count the number of times I used Google Earth to pinpoint locations I used in the story. Although I’m old enough to know about slide rules, I’m grateful modern technology allows me to conduct research from my living room. Not that I don’t like to get out and about. It’s simply a more efficient use of time.

When it came to the second setting, I wanted to create a community I could conform to the story.  Beginning with a row of century-old storefronts facing a lakeside park and a block-long section graced with seven southern-style, antebellum homes. An abandoned hotel and historical general store completed the scene. Named after a fifty-foot waterfall and lush willow oaks, Willow Falls emerged. To solidify the details in my mind, I drew a map of my imaginary town. I’ve often pictured myself strolling along the streets chatting with the cast of quirky characters.  As I began fleshing out the story, it’s amazing where the journey took me and my characters. More than once they surprised the heck out of me. My family thinks I’m slightly off-kilter when I talk about them as if they lived down the street.

Not long after finishing the manuscript I was blessed to receive a contract from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC). The first task from my acquisition editor? Add 20,000 words. Yikes. When I recovered from the shock, I got busy creating two additional characters and thirteen more chapters. The result was a story with greater depth and a few more twists. We were well into the second round of edits before settling on the title. The Secret of Willow Inn was the number one choice among readers who participated in a survey. 

From the beginning, I wanted this book to be the first in a series. In April I signed a second contract with LPC. Book two in the Willow Falls saga is scheduled to release in January 2020. Although a title hasn’t been selected, I’m leaning toward Percy’s Legacy. I’m currently working on book three, with plans to continue the series until it comes to a logical conclusion sometime in the distant future. After all, there is much in store for Emily, Rachel, and Sadie. Plus, Willow Falls is rich with possibilities.

Working with Lighthouse Publishing has been a pleasure and although I began my writing career late in life, I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion. How long will I continue writing? Until God takes me home or I wake up one morning and totally forget where I left my computer. I’m counting on the first happening before the second. 

Welcome, Pat. What is your favorite dessert?
Real key lime pie. The dense, tart version.

What is your favorite meal?
Salmon grilled on a cedar plank with dill sauce on the side. Yellowfin tuna is a close second.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
My husband and I have been blessed to complete our worldwide travel bucket list. Thanks to lots of travel points accumulated during my twenty-five-year career in the corporate world. My favorites are Venice, Italy and Eze, France.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Y’all or You Guys? Definitely y’all. Although I was born in Illinois, I was raised in Florida and have called Georgia home since the eighties.

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner roll, whole wheat.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? There’s something to love about every season. I suppose my favorite is fall. 

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop

Mug or teacup? Mug. I might be the only southerner who doesn’t care for tea, sweetened or unsweetened.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Secret of Willow Inn.
Two women fighting for their dreams, one who’s long-lost hers, are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s cafĂ©. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate-development firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

Where can readers find you online?
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Where can readers purchase The Secret of Willow Inn?
Available for pre-sale early October on Amazon. Official release January 2019.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What do you like most about book series?

Pat, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Pat is offering an eBook copy of The Secret of Willow Inn (when available, date to be announced) to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 9, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden is Wendy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Romance


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A DARING VENTURE
BY ELIZABETH CAMDEN


Elizabeth Camden is the author of eleven historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.

From the book’s back cover:
As a biochemist in the early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city—but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.

From Jo:
This historical inspirational romance is the story of a sweet, but tumultuous, romance between New York’s newly appointed Commissioner of Water with his inherited wealth and a European biochemist. In the early 1900s, their mutual interest in water brings them together on opposite sides in a courtroom. She’s working on a new solution to safe drinking water, while he remains skeptical of her proposed process. Regardless of their professional differences, they feel a strong attraction to each other. They both fight this attraction. The story is spiced with intrigue, danger, and suspense throughout the book. Well written with evidence of excellent historical research.

I’m offering a paperback copy of A Daring Venture to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 2, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Murder for Emily’s Sake by Larry W. Timm is Paula. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?

“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review

TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.