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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tamera Lynn Kraft, Historical Romance


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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?
Word Sharpeners Blog

Where can readers purchase Red Sky over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1? 
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.


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  2. I would love to read this book, because I grew up in Ohio and went to Oberlin College Summer Music Camp when I was in high school.

    1. Kaye, interesting! Thanks for leaving your comment.

    2. That's awesome, Kaye. It's only an hour away from me.

  3. I follow your blog and would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. bettimaceATgmailDOTcom

    1. Betti, you're welcome. Thanks for following my blog and commenting!

  4. This book captivates me. I love the beginning at Oberlin. I love the cover and the story idea.
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  6. Sounds like a great book. I just started reading Alice’s Notions and really am enjoying the writing style. I’m sure this book will be equally enjoyable.

    1. Mindy, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  7. I am a follower.
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    1. Lori, you're welcome and glad you found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for following my blog and leaving your comment!

  8. I've heard so many great things about this book!

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