Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cynthia Roemer, Historical Romance Novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, May 1, 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. 


UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
by Cynthia Roemer



Cynthia Roemer
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky series.

Welcome, Cynthia. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The theme verse for Under Prairie Skies is Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” I want readers to come away with a sense that the Lord is able to use them and others to speak His truths into people’s hearts and draw them closer to Him. Both my hero and heroine have shortcomings they need to overcome. Throughout the story, God uses them to challenge each other to rise above those inadequacies and become the individuals God desires them to be.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Most are stunned. Though close friends and church family have known for years that I write short stories and articles for Christian publications, I’ve sort of kept my dream of novel writing under wrap. I live in a small community where everyone knows everyone, so once word got out, I became a sort of novelty. LOL! A very strange feeling for this quiet country gal!

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I write almost exclusively at my computer, but if a scene or inspiration hits while the computer is off for the night or I’m at my part-time day job (which happens quite often), then I pull out the pen and paper and jot down the dialog or scene that strikes me and type it up later.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?   Mountains
Y’all or You Guys?   You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll?   Dinner roll, if homemade
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  Fall, with spring a close second
Laptop or Desktop?  Desktop, though I would love a laptop to take outside
Mug or teacup?  Neither, I’m a water drinker 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Under Prairie Skies.
Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities
Illinois prairie--1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Twitter
Facebook 
Goodreads
Author Newsletter Sign-up

Where can readers purchase Under Prairie Skies
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment? 
Thanks so much for hosting me, Jo. It has truly been a pleasure. I’m looking forward to sharing an e-book copy of Under Prairie Skies with one of our readers. If you’ve not yet had the chance to read Book 1: Under This Same Sky, I encourage you to read it ahead of this second book. You’ll have a better understanding of the characters and plot-line if you do. It’s my prayer that readers will be blessed by both Becky and Charlotte’s stories.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer the question to be entered in book drawing.)
If you’ve read Under This Same Sky, who was your favorite character and why?

Cynthia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Cynthia is offering an eBook copy of Under Prairie Skies to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 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 Red Sky over America by Tamara Lynn Kraft is Shelia64. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tamera Lynn Kraft, Historical Romance


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RED SKY OVER AMERICA
by Tamera Lynn Kraft


Tamera Lynn Kraft
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novels and novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. 

Welcome, Tamera. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope readers will come away with the understanding God is in control. If we obey Him, we can trust Him with the consequences.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Writer's block is definitely a thing all writers go through. I usually get it at least once while writing a book. One thing I do to keep it at bay is to write every day. When I train my brain to write every day, my writer's block isn't nearly as bad. When I do get writer's block, I'll take a break and do something fun like watch old movies or play board games with my grandchildren. Then I'll review what I've already written. Sometimes I'll see something that gets the creative juices flowing. If it's really bad (doesn't happen too often), I'll brainstorm with some writer friends and pray.

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?
I was thinking about writing a novel about women preachers in the 1800s. As I studied about them, Oberlin College kept coming up. Most of them had connections to Oberlin. I started reading more about the college and found out it was the first college to allow women and blacks to get college degrees. Charles Finney, fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist, was president of the college before the Civil War, and students there were on fire for God. They were involved in every movement in the late 1800s including abolition, prohibition, women's suffrage, and the missionary movement. I was intrigued and had the idea of writing about three female roommates at Oberlin. Each roommate is involved in a different cause. That's where I got the idea for the Ladies of Oberlin series.

America, from Red Sky over America, is an abolitionist before the war and wants to become a missionary. Lavena, from Book 2 - Lost in the Storm, is a woman's suffragette and journalist who wants to be a war correspondent during the war. In Book 3 - The Aftermath, Betsy has always wanted to be a traditional wife and mother, but when her husband comes home from the war as an alcoholic, she gets involved with prohibition.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? I'm from Ohio. You Guys.
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug with tea in it.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Red Sky over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1.
William and America confront evil, but will it cost them everything?

In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.

America's classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

"Red Sky over America tackles the most turbulent time in history with thorough research and fascinating characters. Tamera Lynn Kraft has woven a tale about the evils of slavery that should never be forgotten." -- Mary Ellis, author of The Quaker and the Rebel, The Lady and the Officer, and The Last Heiress.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Newsletter
Goodreads
Word Sharpeners Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Red Sky over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me on your blog. It was fun.

Tamera, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Tamera is offering an eBook copy of Red Sky over America to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 24, 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 Shh--Don't Tell by Florence Witkop 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 – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florence Witkop, Chick Lit Romance


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, April 17, 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 provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


Shh – Don’t Tell
by Florence Witkop


Florence Witkop
Florence Witkop has written confession stories, non-fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, novels, novellas, done ghostwriting, editing, copywriting, and won the only literary contest she ever entered, becoming Minnesota’s Region 2 Literary Person of the Year.

When traditional publishing died, she transitioned to Winged Publications, where she writes Forget Me Not Romances and Take Me Away Books. In this clean, Christian-oriented market, she writes the kind of romances she likes to read! 

Her wide-ranging imagination takes readers from small towns to the depths of space and the realms of fantasy, with stories that celebrate the wonder of life and love.

Please enjoy the following article by Florence.

Shh – Don’t Tell that takes place in the fictional town of John’s Falls, Minnesota, as do several other of my novels, including the two in the Johns Falls Trilogy that will follow Shh – Don’t Tell and I also mention the others in the following:

Hi, and welcome to Johns Falls, the fictional small town in the northern Minnesota wilderness where everyone knows--or thinks they know--everything about everybody else, often before they know it themselves.

Where it’s not surprising that the people falling in love may be the last to know, even when they are the very lovers everyone’s talking about and asking for the lurid, juicy details. (Of which there aren’t any because these are wonderfully clean, fun romances that readers can enjoy wholeheartedly with their teen-aged daughters or read alone without blushing but with feeling--or feeling again--the gamut of emotions involved in the amazing act of falling in love.)

Johns Falls is the setting for several of my books. Spirit Legend was set there, though the first novel to make Johns Falls its home was Wanted: Sharpshooter. In both of those books the town was only a necessary backdrop, but later, Spirit Legend started there and came back to the town more than once and Wolf Legend also took place there, though again, the town itself wasn’t a major character in those stories.

But, as often happens in the writing business, magic took over and the town of Johns Falls just grew--and grew--and grew--in my imagination, the stores and parks and all kinds of interesting places popping full-blown into my mind on a daily basis with the whole town becoming crystal clear until, in the book I’m talking about today, Shh – Don’t Tell, and the remaining books in that trilogy, Johns Falls comes into its own as an integral part of the story.

So I invite you to join the residents of Johns Falls, Minnesota, as they watch three of their favorite couples fall in love in Shh – Don’t Tell and the soon-to-be-published rest of the trilogy, A Very Black Cat and The House In The Forest.

In Shh – Don’t Tell, Chloe has returned to her hometown of Johns Falls to recover from being jilted, goes to work for her aunt in the Garden Store and finds a mother Mallard duck sitting on a clutch of eggs in one of the vases for sale in the outdoor portion of the store.

Sound familiar? When you were a kid, did you love Make Way for Ducklings as much as I did? Did you cheer for the Mallard family? Did you love the pictures in the award-winning children’s book? If so then you know the inspiration for Shh – Don’t Tell, and I promise that the ducks in this book are authentic Mallards in every way. And lovable. And a fun family to know even if they aren’t the main characters in this book. 

The story centers around Chloe Brown, who is recently jilted, depressed, and dedicated to protecting the Mallard family, and Ryan, interim manager of the local newspaper who wishes he was in Europe instead of small-town Minnesota and who is as determined to document the lives of the Mallard family as Chloe is to keep them secret, and, eventually he plans to use their story as publicity to further his own ambitions.

They are both much too busy sparring with each other to realize that they are falling in love. But after the ducks fly south for the winter, they must face the fact that, somehow, sometime, during a busy summer of keeping the duckling’s existence a secret while protecting them from predators and fighting with each other, they have fallen in love and must decide whether to let their hearts determine their future or to follow their predetermined plans that will soon take them away from Johns Falls and each other.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Shh – Don’t Tell.
Recently jilted, Chloe Brown is back home in Johns Falls, Minnesota, working for her aunt selling furniture and other garden paraphernalia until she can recover emotionally, after which she’ll leave. When she discovers a family of Mallard ducks in one of the huge vases in the outdoor portion of the store, her aunt agrees to let them stay because protecting the ducks is taking her niece out of her severe depression. Soon Chloe meets Ryan, short-term, interim manager of the Johns Falls newspaper. The two agree to support each other during this temporary, small-town stage of their lives, after which they will happily leave Johns Falls and each other. They find themselves sharing confidences, but Chloe has sworn to protect the duck family and keep them safe, so she keeps their existence a secret lest Ryan write about them in the paper, because a story could bring unwanted publicity, too many visitors, and possibly danger. But secrets have a way of being uncovered, especially by experienced reporters. And love isn’t temporary.

Where can readers find you online? 
I’m almost ashamed to say that I have a presence on almost every social media site that exists. (Almost.) But I’m determined to simplify my life and my marketing by using each and every site to simply funnel traffic to my website. So that’s the only place I’m listing here: My Website

Where can readers purchase Shh – Don’t Tell?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
I love putting a story together but at the moment I am not writing books with stories that are based around "big problems." I know such books help people who suffer from problems and I am glad for the help they get from such stories.

But for me, at least at this time in my life, I find that I most enjoy writing stories of normal, well-adjusted, reasonably happy people with interesting personalities and even more interesting personality quirks as they search intentionally for--or accidentally stumble upon--love and a happily-ever-after life. 

And I’m oh-so-glad that there are readers out there that like to read such stories.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I live in northern Minnesota and I love the forests and lakes and wildlife. But I’ve lived in other milieus--city, suburbs, small towns, lakeshores, rural and farm areas. Each has its own charm, complete with good points and wonderful residents. 

Where would you live if you could live anywhere? (As an occasional science fiction author, that includes places beyond Earth if you are so inclined.)

Florence, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Florence is offering an eBook copy of Shh – Don’t Tell to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 17, 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 Wedding Barter by Alice K. Arenz is Jan. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.




Thursday, April 5, 2018

Alice K. Arenz, Christian Romance


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, April 10, 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 provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


THE WEDDING BARTER
by Alice K. Arenz



Alice K. Arenz
Though Alice K. Arenz is known for her cozy mysteries and romantic mystery/suspense novels, the Carol Award-winning author has branched out with her newest release, The Wedding Barter, a romance that is both serious and funny.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Arenz’s first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Awards:  cozies—The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (2011 finalist). These novels have been followed by An American Gothic, Portrait of Jenny, and short story, Home Cookin’.

Welcome, Alice. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The same thing that the characters in The Wedding Barter remind one another: that all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. It’s something we all need to remember.

What’s your favorite place you have visited? 
Multnomah Falls in Oregon. It’s beautiful, majestic, and awe-inspiring.

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 inspiration was an article about a bride auctioning off positions for potential bridesmaids. My publisher decided to put together a “bridezilla” type novella collection and I was invited to contribute. I couldn’t wrap my head around the original idea of a bridesmaids’ auction, but after a lot of prayer, The Wedding Barter was born. 

But after getting the go-ahead from my publisher, problems with my health kept me from writing the book. The eventual solution was me dictating (cold turkey!) as my husband typed on his laptop. The result was a 49,000-word short novel.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? neither
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? whichever is coolest without being cold!
Laptop or Desktop?  desktop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Wedding Barter
Riley Carr has been best friends with Amy Lawton since they were toddlers.  While Amy awaits her discharge from the Army, Riley's been left in charge of helping to arrange "a very small, intimate ceremony with no fanfare" for Amy and her fiancĂ©. But, Riley has something else in mind.

With the aid of two other friends, Riley presents her “wedding barter” idea to groom, David Herron. He agrees, providing best man, Mike Todd, stays in the loop to keep things from getting out of hand. 

It doesn't help that the giant of a man is threatening, overbearing, and just doesn’t seem to like her or her ideas. But, when Todd gives Riley an ultimatum of producing results in three weeks or he’ll take over, she’s determined to prove him wrong...in more ways than one. 

Where can readers find you online?
Website

Where can readers purchase The Wedding Barter
Amazon 

Any parting comment? 
Thank you for inviting me on your blog, Jo. It’s been fun!

Alice, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Alice is offering an eBook copy of The Wedding Barter to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 10, 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 Mail-Order Brides Collection by Donna Schlachter and other authors is Tammie. 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