Thursday, December 27, 2018

Leeann Betts, Cozy


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SILENT PARTNER
BY LEEANN BETTS



Leeann Betts
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released nine titles in her cozy mystery series, the most recent, Silent Partner. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published two books on writing. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers.

Welcome, Leeann. What is on your to-read list? 
About 100 books I’ve picked up over the last few years (read 5 years or more for some of them). And still more to come, I’m sure.

What would you do with your life if you didn't write? 
I guess I would paint more. Recently began painting, illustrating, and developing a note card line.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Spare time? What is that? Seriously, I love to read, so curling up for an hour in the evening is a real treat. And I love to watch DVD’s, where I get to pick what’s on the schedule, no commercials, and I can bleep out the bleep-worthy parts.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Beach. So long as it’s warm.

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all.

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. Unless it’s Mom’s fresh-from-the-oven homemade dinner rolls.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. Again, the heat.

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop, although I’ve got mine set up on a desk, with a separate keyboard and mouse.

Mug or teacup? Mug. Although a teacup is special, don’t you think?

Please tell us a little about your novel, Silent Partner. 
Carly and Mike take the vacation of a lifetime—an Alaskan cruise. Unfortunately, Carly can't turn off her nose for trouble. Or mystery. Pretty soon she's embroiled with a series of allegations, innuendoes, overheard conversations, and even a shoving match. And before she knows it—a body. Can Carly figure out who the killer is before she ends up floating on an iceberg—or worse?


Where can readers find you online?
Website - Receive a free ebook just for signing up for our quarterly newsletter.
Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Silent Partner
Amazon 
Smashwords

Any parting comment? 
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I truly appreciate that you would invest your time in reading this blog post. I pray you had a great Christmas, filled with Peace and Love and Joy.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
When you read a series, do you prefer to start at the beginning and work your way through, or are you willing to start somewhere else?

Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Leeann is offering winner’s choice of a print (U.S. mailing address only) or an eBook copy of Silent Partner to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 1, 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 Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin is Virginia. 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 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, December 20, 2018

Kelly Irvin, Romantic Suspense


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TELL HER NO LIES
BY KELLY IRVIN

Kelly Irvin
Bestseller Kelly Irvin is the author of fourteen books, including Amish romance and romantic suspense. Publishers Weekly called A Deadly Wilderness “a solid romantic suspense debut.” She followed up with No Child of Mine. The two-time ACFW Carol finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years writing stories on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin, in San Antonio. They are the parents of two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats. Visit Kelly online at her website

From the back cover:
Even the most admired families have secrets to hide…

Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.

But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.

Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.

Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.

From Jo:
This is the first romantic suspense novel by Kelly Irvin I have read. I enjoyed it very much, just as I enjoy her Amish novels. The suspense kept me turning pages and at times I wasn’t sure I knew who the criminal was. The suspense continues in Nina's choosing between the two men in her life.

I’m offering a paperback copy of Tell Her No Lies to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 25, 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 MissAdventure Brides collection by various authors including Donna Schlachter is Lori. 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 available in eBook 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, December 13, 2018

Donna Schlachter, Historical Romance


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DETOURS OF THE HEART
BY DONNA SCHLACHTER
INCLUDED IN
THE MISSADVENTURE BRIDES
COLLECTION BY VARIOUS AUTHORS


Donna Schlachter
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

Please enjoy the following excerpt from Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter:


7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the
Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back


Chapter 1
Terrace Addition
A bedroom community outside Albuquerque, New Mexico
1925

“You will marry him, or you’ll not spend another night under my roof, you ungrateful child.”

Millie Watkins focused on the vein in her father’s temple, the one that emerged, pulsating in tempo with the staccato timing of his words.

He was angry for sure.

She stepped back, putting another foot or so between them. Just out of reach of his ham-sized fists. One of the cats—Mouser or Calico, she wasn’t certain—screeched when her foot made contact with its tail. She staggered to regain her balance, grabbing at a kitchen chair to stay upright.

His hobnailed boots were weapons as formidable as his hands, and she’d not fall victim to either today.

She raised her chin. “I won’t marry that pimple-faced child cleverly disguised as the postmaster’s assistant. Angus Portman is rude, lewd, and crude, as well you know.”

“That boy is as fine a catch as you’ll ever hope to hook. It’s not like you’re any great shakes, girlie.”

Despite hearing these words—and others like them—all her life, they still stung, and she blinked back tears. No, she wasn’t as beautiful as her mother—God rest her soul—but few women were. 

“You can’t force me.”

Her words rang hollow in her own ears, and rather than convincing her father to do as she wished, they fueled the sneer that started with his eyes then made its way down to his mouth, revealing teeth yellowed by tobacco, worn down through use, and missing because of bar fights. “Git your things and be gone, then. Cain’t afford to feed you no longer.”

She exhaled. He spoke the truth. A hardscrabble widower farmer, with four younger than her. The next in line, Anna, was of an age to leave school and take care of the house.

He was right. He didn’t need her. Couldn’t afford to keep her.

Didn’t want her.

She nodded. “I’ll be gone in an hour.”

“You ain’t got that much stuff. Git now.”

She turned and left the kitchen, climbing the ladder to the loft she shared with her sister and brothers. Thankfully, they were in school and wouldn’t see her humiliation. She was more of a mother to them than a sister, and her heart ached that she couldn’t say a proper good-bye. Let them know she wasn’t leaving them forever, the way their ma had. There in the morning, dead by the time they came home from school.

No, she’d leave them a note. Let them know she’d keep in touch. Send money when she became famous. Bring them to live with her in California.

Because that’s where she was headed—the silver screen in Hollywood. As she shoved her few belongings into a pillowcase—she didn’t even own a proper carpet bag or trunk—she revisited the glamor of the movies as depicted in the few dog-eared magazines the pharmacist traded for sweeping the shop and stocking the shelves.

The secret she kept from everybody.

The only thing she owned that she didn’t have to share with anybody else.

That, and her dreams.

Images of Greta Garbo greeting her on the movie set of their next feature film. Of John Barrymore holding her hand in the dark. Or a comedy routine with Charlie Chaplin.

She shivered with delight. She’d show her father, that ugly Angus Portman, and the whole neighborhood that she was better than they thought.

Welcome, Donna. Let's have some fun with the
Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? All y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novella, Detours of the Heart
A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website  Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!
Facebook
Twitter
Donna's Books on Amazon
Donna's Books on Smashwords


Where can readers purchase The MissAdventure Brides Collection
Amazon
  
Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. 
Share a few words about a misadventure that you can laugh about now, but not at the time.

Donna, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Donna is offering a paperback copy of The MissAdventure Brides Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 18, 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 An Amish Heirloom by various authors is rubynreba. 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 Amazon.

From the book’s 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, December 6, 2018

An Amish Heirloom by Various Authors


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AN AMISH HEIRLOOM, 4 STORIES
BY AMY CLIPSTON, BETH WISEMAN, KATHLEEN FULLER, AND
KELLY IRVIN

From the book's back cover:
From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about the meaning and tradition found behind every family heirloom.

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston
Local volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontrager’s grandparents’ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her financĂ© and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends time with Leon, she begins to recognize she is marrying the wrong man for all the wrong reasons.

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman
Decades after inheriting her great grandmother’s cedar chest, Emma Fisher decides to pry it open only to discover a beautiful love story in the form of letters between her great grandparents. But as Emma immerses herself in their story, family secrets are revealed, and she must decide whether to share them to preserve family history or honor her great grandparents’ decision to leave them hidden.

The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller
For the past two years, Shane Broyles has felt God leading him to join the Amish. He’s staying with his friends Noah and Ivy Schlabach in Birch Creek, Ohio, where he is reunited with Lucy Fisher, an old friend of Noah’s family. Shane and Lucy have never revealed their feelings for each other, but when they stumble upon an antique Bible at a flea market, they feel drawn to each other and to the mystery of the contents found within.

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin
Iris Beachy serves as a midwife in her district where she longs for a family of her own. When her friend’s brother Mahon Kurtz seeks her help in delivering the baby of two young teenagers who have sought refuge in their town, they begin to see each other in a different light. Unprepared for parenthood, the young couple leave their baby girl behind in an antique crib quilt resembling the one destined for Iris when she becomes a mother. Mahon and Iris come together to take care of the baby as they try to find her parents, and they begin to see new possibilities for their future.


I’m offering a paperback copy of An Amish Heirloom to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 11, 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 Sunny’s Dream by Mary L. Ball is Crystal. 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 available in eBook.  


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 29, 2018

Mary L. Ball, Christian Romance


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SUNNY’S DREAM
BY MARY L. BALL



Mary L. Ball
Mary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She resides in the heart of North Carolina. When she isn't working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her husband. Her books are about small-town romance, suspense, and mystery, influenced by the grace of Jesus Christ.  

Welcome, Mary. Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I use my desktop and laptop. Since everything is done online, I can’t imagine using pen and paper to write. 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Fantasy and Sci-Fi. 

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope Sunny’s Dream encourages each of us to exercise patience, knowing that no one is perfect and preconceived ideas about others can change.   

Please tell us a little about your novel, Sunny’s Dream.
Sunny Kast spends her week fighting cyber-crime
and dreaming of her prince charming.

When a man walks into Celestial Investigations and introduces himself as Trouble, she’s sure he’s not her prince and positive that he lives up to his name.
After Max Trouble finds an important document, his life gets complicated with the know-it-all P.I. hired to track down its owner.

Sunny and Max’s relationship grows. She’s optimistic that he may be her prince charming, but after her car is sabotaged, and she’s almost killed, Max’s chauvinist ideas of a female investigator surface.

Will she see God’s perfect plan or a not-so-perfect relationship?

Sunny’s Dream, Celestial Investigation, book one. A Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest
Google+

Where can readers purchase Sunny’s Dream?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
I want to thank the readers for taking time to visit this post. If you’re looking for a short Christmas read, check out Small Town Christmas. Contributed to by several Forget-Me-Not-Romance authors.

Mary, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Mary is offering an eBook copy of Sunny's Dream to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through December 4, 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 Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin is Sonja. 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 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 22, 2018

Sarah Sundin, World War II Novel


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THE SEA BEFORE US
BY SARAH SUNDIN


Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin is the author of the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist and named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Sarah lives in California. Visit her website for more information.


From the book’s back cover:
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied Invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love…


I’m offering a paperback copy of The Sea Before Us to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 27, 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 Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin is Shelia. 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 15, 2018

Kelly Irvin, Amish novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, November 20, 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. 


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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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, November 13, 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 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


POSTS ABOUT BOOKS BY CHRISTIAN AUTHORS
WEEKLY BOOK GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, November 6, 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. 


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.