Thursday, July 26, 2018

Katheryn Maddox Haddad, Biblical Historical


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JOSEPH: THE OTHER FATHER
by KATHERYN MADDOX HADDAD

Katheryn Maddox Haddad
Katheryn Maddox Haddad, author of 66 books, was born in the cold north but moved to Arizona where she doesn’t have to shovel sunshine.  She basks in 100-degree weather and enjoys palm trees, cacti, and her computer with the letters worn off.  With a BA degree in English and Bible, every morning she sends out an inspirational thought to some 30,000 worldwide. She spends half her day writing and the other half teaching English using the Bible as a textbook to Muslims around the world.  She has taught some 6000 Muslims and has converts to Christianity in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, and Somalia, Jordan, Palestine.  “They are my heroes,” she says.

Welcome, Katheryn. Please tell us a little about your novel, Joseph: The Other Father.
Intrepid Men of God Series
Book 4, JOSEPH: THE OTHER FATHER

Imagine being told by God to guard His Son in a violent world until he is grown. 

How does Joseph choose a city in strange Egypt to hide 2-year-old Jesus from Herod’s spies? Does he dare take 4-year-old Jesus to the temple where Herod’s son slaughters thousands?

How can Joseph protect Jesus with all the skirmishes and killing on roads everywhere by those vying to take over as king?

In what ways does Joseph handle the persecution in Nazareth by people who could count and knew Mary was pregnant before marrying Joseph?

What does Joseph do with Jesus in Nazareth, just three miles from Sepphoris, hotbed of zealot protesters, when Rome burns the city?

How does Joseph teach Jesus to be a skilled carpenter in sometimes dangerous situations, and avoid being mauled in the mountains when they cut trees for lumber? 

How many times, when Jesus was in danger did Joseph cry out, “God, help me protect our Son!”?

(NOTE: A year before Jesus’ death when he was rejected in Nazareth, they said, “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” In present tense.)

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Linkedin
Pinterest
Youtube

Where can readers purchase Joseph: The Other Father?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Bible House carries all my paperbacks at discounts
Anyone of IngramSparks' Distributors
Walmart has some of my books but not this one.

Katheryn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Katheryn is offering 1 paperback and 5 eBook copies of Joseph: The Other Father to 6 different commenters to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 31, 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 Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


CAN’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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kelly Goshorn, Historical Romance


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A LOVE RESTORED
BY KELLY GOSHORN



Kelly Goshorn
Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith, and family set in nineteenth-century America. Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

Welcome, Kelly. What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal?
Hi Jo, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’m looking forward to visiting with your readers today. I don’t think I’ve ever met a dessert I didn’t like! Like my hero in A Love Restored, my husband is an excellent baker. His apple pie (with homemade crust) warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is to die for! He also has a wonderful sugar cookie recipe that is the best I’ve ever tasted and inspired one of the scenes in the book. They are light and fluffy and melt in your mouth. Because they are soft, they are not the best for use with cookie cutters but who cares! We even keep copies of both recipes in our fireproof box along with our marriage certificate and the birth certificates of our children! True Story!

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?
A Love Restored is based on my real-life courtship with my husband—love, heartbreak and an amazingly beautiful restoration I never would have imagined possible. I just set the book in the 19th century because I’m a huge history geek. A very long time ago, God told me I would share our story. I never really knew how that would come about but imagined that perhaps I’d share those events as a testimony with a ladies Bible study or something. When I first began tinkering with storytelling, I was working on a story about an Irish mail order bride. My husband suggested I write our story. I looked at him and said, “Are you sure about that? I mean you don’t look so good in that story for a long time.” He responded, with “It’s a good story, one that should be told. Besides, I think it turned out all right.” It sure did! We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary in June!

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
At its core, A Love Restored is a story about the power of words in our lives. It is a story about the struggle each of us faces to take our thoughts captive to the truth of Scripture so we may experience the fullness of God’s unequivocal love for us.

Like my heroine, I spent way too many years repeating words of death to myself—that I was fat, ugly, unlovable and unworthy of the very God I believed sacrificed His son on my behalf. 

The Bible tells us in John 10:10 that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” My prayer for you is that you will not allow the enemy to steal the joy that is rightfully yours as a child of God. Here are just a few things the Bible has to say about you:
1 Thes.1: 4  "You are chosen and dearly loved of God."
Ps. 139:14   "You are fearfully and wonderfully made."
Zech. 2:8    "You are the apple of God’s eyes. (I just love that one!)"
2 Cor. 5:17   "You are a new creation in Christ."
John 1:12    "You are a child of God."
Col. 1:14    "You have been forgiven."
Rom. 8:1    "You are free forever from condemnation."
Eph. 2:6    "You are his masterpiece."

"Speak the truth of the gospel over yourself every day and ask God to give you His eyes to see yourself as He does." (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Y’all or You Guys? Both! Southern born to Northern parents!

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? I make it a rule to never turn down bread in any form, but if given a choice, biscuits every time!

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop

Mug or teacup? Neither. After spilling tea on my laptop and ruining it a few years ago, I’m relegated to travel mugs by hubby! LOL!

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Love Restored.
Twenty-year-old Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to society’s vision of a perfect lady. She would rather read Jules Verne or teach Negro children to read and write than join the Women’s Benevolent Aid Society or practice her voice lessons. Her pert opinions and less than perfect figure keep many suitors away. When Ruth Ann accepts a position teaching at the new Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer she is likely to receive. Should she risk life as a lonely spinster or reinvent herself to accept a proposal from a man she does not love?

Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earn him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect of other men. All he needs now is a woman to share his promising future. When Benjamin has a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, he is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, Benjamin must decide whether he will listen to his heart or put ambition first.

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

Where can readers purchase A Love Restored?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thanks for allowing me to visit with your readers, Jo. It’s such a joy to meet new people, especially those who love Christian fiction as much as I do.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer the question to be entered in the book drawing.) 
In A Love Restored, the hero struggles with pride. Driven by a deep need to gain the respect of others, Benjamin allows the world to influence his choices but soon regrets his decisions. In a culture that is constantly driving us to be the best in our education, our jobs, family life and even our physical appearance, it can be easy to feel we don’t measure up. What advice would you give to someone who is tempted to make unwise decisions to gain the short-lived acceptance of others?

Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering winner's choice of either a paperback copy (U.S. mailing address only) or an eBook copy of A Love Restored to one commenter to this blog post.

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

Till next time … keep on smiling.

CAN’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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Laura V. Hilton, Amish Contemporary Romance


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FIRESTORM
BY LAURA 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 takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
God can calm the storm.

What is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake (any flavor)

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

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?   I live in the mountains, so I’d have to say beach

Y’all or You Guys?   Y’all                            

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? biscuit                     

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? winter

Laptop or Desktop?  laptop

Mug or teacup? I collect teacups, drink from mugs

Please tell us a little about your novel, Firestorm.
Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

Where can readers find you online?
Amazon Author Page
Visit my blogs
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Firestorm?
Amazon
CBD
Barnes and Noble

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Where is your favorite summer vacation destination? 

Laura, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Laura is offering a paperback copy of Firestorm to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 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 A Deadly Dissolution by Leeann Betts is rubynreba. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

CAN’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.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

Leeann Betts, Cozy Mystery


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


A DEADLY DISSOLUTION
by Leeann Betts


Leeann Betts
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released seven titles in her cozy mystery series, with A Deadly Dissolution releasing in June. Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days. With her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, she has published two books on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold and More Nuggets of Writing Gold.  

Please enjoy this article by Leeann Betts:


The Story Behind the Story of A Deadly Dissolution
by Leeann Betts

A series is a completely different animal to write than a stand-alone. In a stand-alone novel, you write about characters and events that you hope resonate with your readers, perhaps including an issue or topic that’s close to your heart, such as sex trafficking or the breakdown of the family. And then you’re done, and you can move on to the next collection of characters, settings, maybe a new issue or even the same one told from a slightly different context. A series, however, involves the same or at least some recurring characters, perhaps recurring locations, but different events. 

So how to make every story in a series new and fresh, without confusing new readers starting in the middle, or losing existing readers who want some continuity without boredom? 

In the case of A Deadly Dissolution, I took a recent event that thrilled me: I had the opportunity to go to Guernsey, Wyoming in October 2017 to see the total solar eclipse. The area was busy but not packed, because most people went to larger metropolitan areas in Wyoming and Nebraska to view the event. However—and isn’t there always a ‘however’?—those other places clouded over and where we were was the perfect viewing location.

I figured—and I say this a lot—“that has to go into a book.”

I did some research, and unfortunately, there were no solar eclipses—total or otherwise—in 2004 or even early 2005 on the east coast. I wanted this story set in Bear Cove, Carly’s hometown because the last two books were set elsewhere, and I felt I needed to bring readers back to Bear Cove. But I did find out there was a lunar eclipse, and that everything west of New York was clouded over. Which fit perfectly into my story.

To write an effective mystery, we must have several elements:
1. A compelling premise—mine was that the eclipse brought people to town who would leave as soon as the eclipse was over, so the suspect pool tended to be fluid.
2. A personal interest—with Carly’s grandson going missing, she now has a murder and a kidnapping to solve, not to mention that somebody was trying to frame Mike for drunk driving. Are the three connected?
3. A ticking time bomb—if Carly doesn’t solve these cases soon, the culprits could get away, so I closed the highway with Mike’s accident to slow that down.
4. Red herrings a.k.a. suspects—I introduced several characters that might have done the deed, making sure each one had a good reason to be suspected.

The title was the tricky element this time around. Usually, I have the title in my head and simply write the story that goes with it. This time I had the story but no satisfying title. Because of the accounting connection, I wanted something to do with accounting, of course. I settled on A Deadly Dissolution and referred to it near the end of the book. A dissolution is when a partnership dissolves, and it’s not usually amicable. 


Welcome, Leeann. Please tell us a little about A Deadly Dissolution.
The total lunar eclipse of October 2004 leaves more than Bear Cove, Maine, in the dark. The town’s newly-elected mayor, Walter Akerman, hires Carly to audit the town’s books but is then caught in a compromising situation with his secretary Evie Mack. A journalist in town to cover the eclipse turns up dead. Tom and Sarah’s adopted son Bradley comes to stay overnight to see the eclipse, then goes missing on a walk in town. When Mike’s car is in a serious wreck which the police say is an accident, Carly thinks somebody is trying to send her a message to stay away. How can she solve all these mysteries while not completely wearing herself to a frazzle?  

Where can readers find you online?
Website (While there, sign up for our quarterly newsletter and receive a free ebook.)
Blog
Facebook 
Twitter 

Where can readers purchase A Deadly Dissolution?
Amazon
Smashwords

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
How do you choose which books to read?

Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Leeann is offering an eBook copy of A Deadly Dissolution to one commenter to this blog post.

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

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


CAN’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.