Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sara Foust, Inspirational Romantic Suspense


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CALLUM’S COMPASS
by Sara Foust

Sara Foust
Sara Foust writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Callum's Compass won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest.  Sara also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Gain access to a FREE digital scrapbook detailing some real-life places from Callum’s Compass by signing up for her newsletter. Her second novel, Camp Hope, releases Summer 2018!


Welcome, Sara. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope readers will realize that no matter what they have done in their past, God loves them and wants a relationship with them. We can never be so wrong that God will stop loving us.

How do people react when they find out you write? 
At first, they are a little slow to answer. Then usually they think it’s really cool and say something like, “I’ve never met an author before.” It has a tendency to give a gal a bit of a big head!

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? 
If I am at my computer, I use it. If I only have paper I will jot ideas down by hand. Sometimes I use the notepad feature on my cell phone too. I find that if I have an idea or think of the right wording for something, I’d better write it down somehow right then and there or I will forget it.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Y’all or You Guys? You guys

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Depends. Cracker Barrel, definitely biscuit with butter and honey. Austin’s definitely yeast roll with honey butter.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall! It is by far my favorite season

Laptop or Desktop? Both. Laptop when I’m on the go. Desktop when I’m at home.

Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Callum’s Compass. 
KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.

RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.

With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?

Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Email
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Google+ 
Instagram
Amazon

Where can readers purchase Callum’s Compass
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much for having me as a guest again, Jo. I love interacting with readers. The second installment of the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, Camp Hope, will be releasing this summer! I would love your prayers as I continue to try to share the words God has laid on my heart. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What is your favorite part about the Christian fiction world (i.e.- The clean reads? The interaction with the authors? Something else?)

Sara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Sara is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Callum’s Compass to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 5, 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 Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society by Jodie Wolfe is Kathy. 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, May 24, 2018

Jodie Wolfe, Historical Romance


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TO CLAIM HER HEART
by Jodie Wolfe


Jodie Wolfe
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She's a contributor for "Putting on the New" and "Stitches Thru Time" blogs. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.


Welcome, Jodie. What made you decide to write about the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893? 
Almost 20 years ago my mother-in-law showed me the place where one of her relatives had claimed a piece of property during this last great race in our country. The original homestead was partially built into a hillside and lay in ruins crumbling, but I could already imagine characters who sought out that piece of land. 

What is the theme of this book? 
The importance of letting go of bitterness. My hero, Benjamin David says this to my heroine, Elsie Smith, “You can’t keep holding on to the bitterness, or it’ll eat you alive. Don’t allow Satan to win. He desires for you to be discouraged, defeated, and unforgiving, but God has better things in store for you, if you’ll allow Him to work in your life again.”  

Are there any historical items from your husband’s family in the story? 
Rose of Sharon quilt
One of my favorites is a Rose of Sharon quilt. It was passed down from generation to generation to the oldest daughter in the family. My mother-in-law passed it on to me since she only had sons. We believe the appliquéd quilt was first stitched in 1834. From the research I’ve done, this type of quilt was called a signature piece—a special bed covering that was only brought out on special occasions such as a wedding anniversary or something like that. I also discovered that this type of quilt was originally from my area of the country. My husband’s family carried the quilt along with them when they made the run into Oklahoma Territory. The slight change I made to the story was having the youngest daughter inherit the quilt. 

What was one of the interesting things you learned when researching for this book? 
The run itself has many intriguing facts. There were nine different starting places along the Kansas border and part of Oklahoma Territory south of the Cherokee Strip. It was mind-boggling to hear about the numbers of folks who competed trying to win a piece of property—over a hundred thousand. If you’ve ever seen the movie Far and Away, it accurately pictures what the race must have been like. 

Name a fun tidbit about your new release. 
At the beginning of each chapter, I have quotes from Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society. My characters usually do the complete opposite of whatever advice is given. I’ve had such positive feedback from advanced readers in regard to Mrs. Wigglesworth that I have an ebook of her sayings that released on May 21. 

Wow! Two books released in a week. Is Mrs. Wigglesworth an actual person? 
Chuckle. No. It’s all been made up in my mind. :) Hopefully, readers will have as much fun reading the quotes as I had in writing them. I'll be giving away a free copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one of your commenters. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, To Claim Her Heart.
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn't counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking. 

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith's only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land's not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She's willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie's determined to keep it. 

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.

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

Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society

Where can readers purchase To Claim Her Heart?
Amazon

Thank you for the interview, Jodie. Do you have any closing thoughts?
 I believe we all have had times in our lives where it’s easy to wallow in bitterness because of the trials we’ve gone through. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there, but I find that I do best when I make an active choice NOT to linger in the bitter feelings. When I give them to God (sometimes over and over again), it’s then that I can move forward in the hope and joy He desires for us to walk in. 

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 29, 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 Bidding on the Bouquet by Catherine Castle 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 – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catherine Castle, Inspirational Contemporary Romance


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BIDDING ON THE BOUQUET
by Catherine Castle


Catherine Castle
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books The Nun and the Narc, A Groom for Mama, Bidding on the Bouquet and Trying Out for Love boxed set on Amazon.

Please enjoy the following article by Catherine related to her new novel:


In Love with Bling

I love jewelry. 

If you look at my author picture you will see a huge hunk of turquoise around my neck and two more pieces on my ears. On any given day, I wear four rings on my fingers, and I have enough rings to wear a different one almost every day of the month. I have several bracelet watches, one from the Cracker Barrel country restaurant store, which can be switched out to match my outfits. I hunt in antique stores for vintage pieces and old turquoise items. If it sparkles and looks pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s expensive, I’ll wear it. If it’s just cheap costume jewelry, and it’s pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s unusual and pretty, I’ll wear it. Big, small, or in-between. I’m not picky—I’m just in love with bling.

When I was writing Bidding on the Bouquet, my heroine decided she, too, liked jewelry and bling. In fact, the chance of acquiring a solid rose-gold flower tempted her enough to participate in a risky venture.

While I’m mostly a plotter and plan out the big details of a story, I do allow my characters to take me on side trips. When Marietta was given a jewelry account to market, she couldn’t help but gush over the one-of-a-kind designs the client showed her. I hadn’t planned the stories Marietta came up with as ads for the pieces. They just flowed from me, or rather from her, like water from a broken main.

The pieces in the story are made by Marietta’s nemesis, Willow, and when Marietta creates fabulous stories to use as an ad campaign, Willow isn’t happy because she thinks Marietta is trying to one-up her in the eyes of her mother, who runs the jewelry company. 

I wish I had a picture of the three pieces of jewelry, but the designs are from the depths of my brain, so a description will have to do. 


From the Mystic Gems collection featured
in Bidding on the Bouquet

On the right side of a black cloth lay a bracelet. From a silver, multi-looped chain irregular chunks of sea glass, freshwater pearls, and silver-backed periwinkle shells with pastel abalone insides dangled like treasures caught in a net. In the center of the cloth, a diamond-encrusted swirl pendant sparkled in the sun streaming through the windows. The sunlit diamonds cast prism rainbows onto the ceiling. The third piece was a ring with a large teardrop of golden amber surrounded by fine-veined, golden leaves curled against the stone as if the wind had tossed them upon the sides.

Sounds breath-taking, doesn’t it? I’m certain you’ll love the mythical tales that go along with these Mystic gems. I know I did when Marietta spun them.


Maybe someday I’ll talk my hubby into letting me loose in a jewelry store and get the jeweler to make these pieces for me. It’s happened before. My hubby let me design a snowflake ring that came from a story we wrote together. (pictured on the right)

And he shocked me when he agreed to the price. Jewelry loving gal that I am, I can dream it will happen again.

What about you? Do you love bling as much as Marietta and I do?

Welcome, Catherine. Please tell us a little about your novel, Bidding on the Bouquet. 
The chance to catch a bridal bouquet containing a solid gold rose makes underprivileged, down-on-her-luck grad student Marietta Wilson pawn everything she owns to come up with a bid to win a bridesmaid spot in the most prestigious wedding of the season.

When he discovers his sister is auctioning off bridesmaid spots in her wedding party, wealthy, elitist Chip Vandermere is appalled. Not only is it in poor taste, but no self-respecting lady would stoop so low as to bid. Convinced Marietta is a gold digger, Chip sets out to thwart her plans.

A social climber and a social misfit. Can a bridal bouquet unite them? 

Where can readers find you online?
Catherine's Website
Catherine’s blog
Catherine’s Amazon author page
Catherine’s Goodreads page
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
Stitches Thru Time blog
SMP authors blog site

Where can readers purchase Bidding on the Bouquet
Amazon

Catherine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Catherine is offering an eBook copy of Bidding on the Bouquet to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 22, 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 Chase by Glenn Haggerty is Edward. 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, May 10, 2018

Glenn Haggerty, YA Mystery/Suspense


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CHASE
by Glenn Haggerty

Glenn Haggerty
Glenn Haggerty writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest, and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018. 

Welcome, Glenn. 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?
Like most of my books and short stories, Chase was initially just a picture in my mind. One day, I imagined a lowlife drug-dealer meeting with one of his runners. However, my concern for the problem of drugs in middle and high school had haunted my mind for a long time. So, the incident turned into a scene which expanded into a full-length novel. I tried to put myself into the mindset of these characters and the story took off from there. Interestingly, I ended up cutting that original scene and reworking it into a different setting and another short story. But by then the bull was out of the pen as it were and the story had to be written!

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I want to provide serious entertainment from the Christian worldview. It’s tough being a tween or teen today, there’s so much bad stuff in our culture, and secular entertainment often offers only despair. I write to give people in general and kids in particular hope that they too can make it through life’s difficulties.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
In Chase, bad company corrupts good morals. Sometimes we have to make tough choices about friendships. If someone has broken our trust, we must forgive them, but trust has to be earned again. On the other hand, using good judgment and if warranted, we should also be willing to give others a chance to earn that trust again.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Chase.
“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

Book 3 in the Intense Series, Chase continues the adventures of Tyler Higgins.

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

Where can readers purchase Chase?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and others  

Any parting comment?
You can pick up a FREE copy of book 1 of this series. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you think that middle school readers prefer ebooks or print? Why?

Glenn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Glenn is offering an eBook copy of Chase to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 15, 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 Ransom in Rio by Theresa Lynn Hall is Shelia. 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, May 3, 2018

Theresa Lynn Hall, Romantic Suspense


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RANSOM IN RIO
by Theresa Lynn Hall


Theresa Lynn Hall
As a native Texan, Theresa loves to write suspenseful stories that happen in small Texas towns with old fashioned Southern values. She’s an elementary teacher and mom to two boys—the oldest being in law enforcement, which comes in handy when she’s researching. When she’s not teaching kids or writing, she loves to cook, read a good suspense, and binge-watch episodes of Dateline. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She actively promotes fellow Christian Fiction authors on her blog. She also loves to hear from readers who enjoy Christian fiction.  

Welcome, Theresa, how do people react when they find out you write? 
People are usually intrigued to find out I’m a writer. They often assume I write children’s fiction since I’m a first grade teacher.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? 
I’m a big tech geek so I always work by computer. Sometimes I use my desktop, sometimes laptop or tablet. I often take notes on my phone when I get an idea that hits me and I’m away from my computer. I grew up hammering out research papers on a typewriter—ugh! I’m so thankful for technological advances! 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I have never written historical fiction and probably never will. I have read a few and enjoy them but there is a tremendous amount of research that goes into writing them and accuracy is so important. I truly admire those who are able to write historicals. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? I’m from Texas so it’s Y’all!
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? That’s got to be the hardest question I’ve ever had to answer! Lol!  If there’s gravy, biscuits. If not, dinner roll. 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Ransom in Rio.  
Private Investigator, Braden McCoy wants nothing more than to finish out the week doing a little fishing from his boat.  The ex-special ops vet enjoys his peaceful life and loves his new career.  He’s learned to put his past behind him and enjoy his blessings.  Until a mourning redhead walks into his office and changes his plans.  

Lexi Ramos always knew her family was dysfunctional.  Until the sudden death of her brother, she never knew exactly how much.  Consumed with questions surrounding his accident, she seeks the help of a private investigator.  What starts out as a murder investigation in Cozumel, quickly crosses borders and escalates into a race against time to save them both from Brazilian kidnappers, who somehow know more about her family secrets than she does.  Lexi soon realizes that life comes with a price.

Where can readers find you online? 
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Website
Instagram

Where can readers purchase Ransom in Rio? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Pelican Book Group

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for having me here today. 

Theresa, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Theresa is offering an eBook copy of Ransom in Rio to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 8, 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 Under Prairie Skies by Cynthia Roemer is Betti. 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.