Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sharon K. Connell, Christian Romance Suspense


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A VERY PRESENT HELP
by Sharon K. Connell



Sharon K. Connell
Sharon K. Connell’s genre is Christian Romance Suspense. 

Through college, she lived mainly in Illinois, graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute, and took online classes in fiction writing. She now spends one to six hours daily in the craft. 

Sharon has published four novels: A Very Present Help (now rewritten into a more engaging style), Paths of Righteousness (currently being rewritten into the same style), There Abideth Hope (soon to be rewritten), and His Perfect Love (published December 2016). She plans to have published a fifth novel and a collection of mixed-genre short stories by 2019.

Welcome, Sharon. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The most important value I hope a reader would take away from my book is this: God sometimes allows things to happen in order to strengthen our faith in Him. He loves us and will always be there when we call upon Him. God has a plan for our lives, although sometimes all we see is the backside of it, like the tangled mess on the reverse side of a tapestry, full of intertwined strings and knots. Eventually, we’ll see the finished side—the beautiful picture.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
Grand Junction, Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, I love Texas. But Grand Junction was such a beautiful place to be. Everywhere you look, there’s a gorgeous landscape from the Bookcliff Mountains to the Grande Mesa. Being an artist as well as a writer, I loved exploring the surrounding area. Haven’t written anything about it in one of my stories yet, but it will come.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
Writing to me is a pleasure. My goal is to have the best story I can give a reader and to do it in a way that not only pleases my God, but leads the reader into a better understanding of Him. That is what compels me to write.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? HA! I’ve gone from You Guys to Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Oooo…I love all except summer – too hot.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop 
Mug or teacup? Both, mug for coffee and teacup for tea.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Very Present Help.
Shannon Collins has her life all figured out—great friends, family, adoring boyfriend, and a job she loves. But after the attack of September 11, her world is turned upside down. Her boyfriend enlists in the Marines and then proposes right before heading to Afghanistan. As Shannon waits and prays for him to return, she meets another Marine. Both know the other is off limits, and he departs with a simple kiss on Shannon’s hand. But she can’t forget him.

Then Shannon’s heart is broken when her fiancĂ© falls in love with someone else. Life takes an even stranger turn when a rich and unscrupulous businessman sets his sights on Shannon. Will she ever find a man to truly love her?

Fear and betrayal will cause Shannon to cling to God’s very present help in time of trouble.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
LinkedIn  
Author’s book page on Facebook
Group Forum on Facebook
Twitter
Amazon Author Page 
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase A Very Present Help?
Amazon  

Any parting comment?
I’d like to share one of the reviews from the back cover of A Very Present Help:

"A Very Present Help has so many wonderful things going for it, including romance and the bravery and honor of marines. You'll love this romantic story with heartbreak and true love intertwined with suspense." ~Jackie Zack, Contemporary Romance Author

Writing has been and probably will always be one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in life. To create a story that others can enjoy, and do it in a manner that brings out Spiritual truths of the Bible, is a privilege. I’m very grateful for all the readers that take time to enjoy my stories. You are why I do this.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Has there ever been a time in your life when you thought God had abandoned you? You prayed and prayed, begged and pleaded…but it seemed as though God was not listening. You thought He didn’t care?

Sharon, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Sharon is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (US mailing address only) or Kindle eBook copy of A Very Present Help to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kelly Irvin, Amish Romance


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BENEATH THE SUMMER SUN
by Kelly Irvin



Kelly Irvin
Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. She is also the author of two romantic suspense novels with a third scheduled for publication in 2019. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.

Welcome, Kelly. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been? 
When I was in college I spent 3 semesters in Costa Rica at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. I saw the ocean (both the Atlantic and the Pacific) for the first time and mountains for the first time. It was an amazing time. I’ve never been back. I’d love to go again to see how it’s changed.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you absolutely want to have with you? 
An endless supply of books, an endless supply of paper & pencils; my husband’s homemade pizza.

Are you a fast writer or a slow writer? 
I’m a fast writer and I’m a sit-of-the-pants writer, which means I don’t outline. For those reasons, I do a lot of editing and rewriting, but I like my process. It’s the most creative for me and allows for the most surprises along the way.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beaches
Y’all or You Guys?  Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? fall
Laptop or Desktop? desktop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Beneath the Summer Sun.


Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry.
Can she overcome a painful secret and
open her heart to love?


It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Beneath the Summer Sun?
Amazon 
Barnes and Noble  
Books-A-Million

Any parting comment?
My thanks to the readers who make it possible for me to continue to publish my stories. I truly appreciate y’all!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What is it that draws you to read Amish romances?

Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering a paperback copy of Beneath the Summer Sun to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 To Gain a Valentine by Tanya Eavenson is Shelia Hol... I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tanya Eavenson, Inspirational Romance


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TO GAIN A VALENTINE
by Tanya Eavenson


Tanya Eavenson
Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.

Enjoy the following article about her new book, To Gain a Valentine.


Love is in the Air!
by Tanya Eavenson

Can you feel it? Whether it’s a romantic kind of love or the parental kind, love is in the air! Even in my fictional world from my story To Gain a Valentine.

My second novella in the Gaining Love series entitled To Gain a Valentine, was so much fun to write. Why? Because I could relate to the hero, Patrick Reynolds, who works wonders with sick children as a pediatrician, yet when it comes to pets, he’s clueless. 

That is so me! Several years ago we moved from the pastorium to the home we bought seven minutes away. Carrying all our possessions, including our cat, Woody, (he was named after Woody from Toy Story) I placed him in the garage. Little did I realize, I left the back door open. 

Can you imagine my horror when I was the one who allowed my daughter’s cat, her best friend, to escape and wander around lost in a neighborhood during a rain storm? Yes, a storm! It was raining cats and dogs, pun intended. I could hardly see three feet in front of my face. I felt just awful! The way my eight-year-old cried, those tears, the words “he’s going to die out there!” just about killed me on the spot.

So me, who uses an umbrella at the first sign of rain or mist in the air, I charge out into the pelting rain in hopes of finding a cat and mending broken hearts—hers and mine. “Soaked through” wouldn’t even begin to describe my clothes, which clung to me seconds after stepping outside. Already exhausted from the move, I dragged myself through the process of combing the neighborhood.

But there, at last, was Woody, waiting under a stranger’s patio, sheltered from the storm. I still remember whispering a prayer of thanksgiving as I trespassed on this person’s yard with all intent to steal my own cat. But as I neared, he ran. And I chased. 

Two blocks, yard after yard, calling his name. “Woody!”

Then, I lost him. What was I going to do now? How was I going to tell my daughter that not once but twice in one day I had lost her most beloved cat?

Heading back toward the house, I hung my sopping head and said another prayer that Woody would return, and soon.   

Sloshing up the front steps, I heard my husband’s voice from the garage. It was better to tell him first, so I went to him. There, sitting in a folding chair next to our dresser, sat my daughter with a wide smile on her face, holding Woody against her chest.

Happy tears filled my eyes, but in the next breath I realized seeing him in her arms, dry, I’d been running down the streets of our new neighborhood like a crazy person, chasing after another person’s cat! Needless to say, in life, you have to learn how to laugh at yourself. This was indeed one of those moments that will forever be etched in my daughters mind and heart, as well as my own. She saw, in action, how much I loved her.

Yes, I see a lot of myself in Patrick from To Gain a Valentine, his attempts to care for animals when he has no idea what in the world he’s doing. Granted, I had one cat in my care, and he had one dog, three fish, two— Well, you’ll have to read the story, but it was also his desire to forget what was safe and love others with action and abandonment. And like my ending, Patrick’s actions will forever last in Amabelle’s heart and mind. For them, it was the day when love took flight.

Tanya, please tell us a little about your book, To Gain a Valentine.
Pediatrician Patrick Reynolds works wonders with sick children, yet when it comes to pets, he’s clueless. But caring for his sister’s menagerie while she’s on vacation is the perfect answer to working through a broken engagement. Hoping to escape the memories, he returns to his hometown, the last place he'd expect to find love.

Life as a single mom is never easy, but pet shop owner Amabelle Durand has found contentment. When an old friend returns to care for his sister’s pets, he enlists her assistance to keep the animals alive. But when Amabelle's young daughter falls ill, she finds herself attracted to more than the handsome pediatrician’s medical skills.

As Valentine's Day approaches, will Patrick and Amabelle miss out on the love they've always desired? Or will their love take flight under the stars on this very special night? 

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Amazon
Facebook
Goodreads
BookBub
Twitter

Where can readers purchase your book?
Amazon

Tanya, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Tanya is offering an eBook copy of To Gain a Valentine to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 Love by the Numbers by Laura V. Hilton is Rachel. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Laura V. Hilton, Amish Contemporary Romance


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, February 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 does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 



LOVE BY THE NUMBERS
by Laura V. Hilton


Laura V. Hilton
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write. 

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children. 

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas. 

Welcome, Laura. What is your favorite dessert? 
Cheesecake 

How do people react when they find out you write? 
One of three ways. 1. Oh, you write children’s stories?  2. Really. How interesting. Or 3.  Oh, I am writing (or want to write) a book… let me tell you about it. 

What’s your favorite place you have visited?   
Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?   Beach – I live in the mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys?  Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Crescent rolls. Love them.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  Usually, winter, but love something about all of them.
Laptop or Desktop?  laptop
Mug or teacup?  Mug, but I collect tea cups.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Love By the Numbers.

After her fiancé dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her
Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her. 

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?
  
Where can readers find you online? 
Amazon
Visit my blog: Lighthouse-Academy
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Love By the Numbers?
Amazon
CBD
Barnes and Noble
Deeper Shopping

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Do you like cuckoo clocks?  Do you own one? 

Laura, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Laura is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (USA residents only) or eBook copy of Love By the Numbers to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 To Gain a Bodyguard by Tanya Eavenson is Diana M. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here