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

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54 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing, Jo. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  2. This is a new author for me, so I appreciate hearing about her and her book! The cover is gorgeous and really makes me feel like I HAVE TO READ THIS! I, too, am a history geek. Being a genealogist, it goes hand in hand with history! I look forward to reading such an interesting sounding book. I am a follower. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Sonja, thank you for your kind words about the cover. I, too, thought it was gorgeous. Nicola Martinez at Pelican Book Group designed the cover. I also am interested in genealogy although my sister is more involved with it than I am. We have traced our family back before the Revolutionary War and plan to apply for DAR status. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I think the advice I would give a friend is that if someone doesn’t like you just the way you are then they’re not really your friend. You are not a friend when you are trying to change someone to suit your needs. Kelly’s book sounds fabulous and especially since it’s her own love story. I’d love to read it. I’m a follower.
    perrianne(DOT)askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Hi, that is excellent advice, Perrianne. Some lessons are hard to learn.

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  4. I would tell 'my friend' not to change for someone else, be who you want to be you can't please everyone and it's your life.

    I've been seeing this book and am looking forward to reading it and maybe finding a new author to follow, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    I am a follower!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Wendy, That is really good advice. For myself and my heroine, it took a while to learn that and to have the confidence to truly believe it.

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  5. I am a follower
    this is a great post getting to know the author. both growing up and with our own family, we had a zoo, both children and animals. growing up i also lived on a farm. i love the mountains also. they are so peaceful and i can see Gods glory in them.
    this books sounds wonderful. cant wait to read.
    quilting dash lady at comcast do net

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    1. Hi Lori, hahaha! a zoo! I never thought of it that way but yes, at times it was a zoo or definitely a circus! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. This sounds like a great book. Enjoyed the interview. roemerfarm(at)frontiernet(dot)net

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  7. My advice is just be yourself.if they don't like for who you are, then they wouldn't like you to be fake either

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    2. Hi Sheila, that's excellent advice. I think it takes a level of maturity and self-confidence to truly believe it and be okay with the consequences that some people will reject you for superficial reasons. Ruth Ann's journey to self-acceptance is central to the story.

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  8. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance. jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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    1. Hi Deana, Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Look to the Lord before making any decision. Pray about it and seek peace.
      I am a follower.
      nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    4. Hi Nancy, That is wise advice. Thank you for commenting.

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  9. I loved your novel, Kelly. Don't put me in the drawing since I have a copy.

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    1. Barbara, thanks for commenting.

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    2. Hi Barb, Thanks for the kind words about A Love Restored. I'm so glad you liked the book!

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  10. What a terrific story - YOUR story woven into fiction and the love that God restored in your marriage. I see His ultimate purpose in nudging you to write. He is so good like that. And it's true about the pressure we allow society to place on us, to change for the sake of being accepted. Thankful you don't listen to those lies anymore, Kelly! maryafelkins@gmail.com

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    2. Hi Mary, Thank you for stopping by. It always amazes how God uses these situations that Satan tries to use against us for His glory.

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  11. I am intrigued by the background of the story! I live behind the scenes stuff!
    I would tell my friend to always tell the truth and do what is right. It is how you build character. His so called friends may soon look to him as a guiding light!
    I am a follower. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  12. It's good to see a main character that is built like an average person and not necessarily beautiful. Vivian Furbay jtndviv(at)q(dot)com

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    2. Hi Vivian, So true--many heroines look nothing like me. I think coming to accept yourself despite your flaws is what truly makes us beautiful. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. I love learning more about the story behind a story. Thanks for these amazing posts!
    Dianna (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. P.S. I follow your blog in several ways -- one is GFC!

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    2. Dianna, you're welcome. Thanks for following my blog and leaving your comment.

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      Thanks so much stopping by and for you interest in A Love Restored. Good luck in the drawing.

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  14. Thanks for the fun review, Kelly and Jo. Kelly, it is so nice to have and imperfect heroine, one who so many people can relate to. The advice I would give is to stay true to yourself and don't compromise; seek the Lord and His wisdom. Unwise choices for temporary attention most often will not end well, and could have long-term painful results. Following the Lord and living to honor and glorify Him will lead to joy and blessing.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!
    ~Alison Boss

    Jo, I am a follower.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Hi Alison, oh she's imperfect all right. So is my hero. But their journey to rise above their shortcomings is at the heart of the story. Thanks for commenting!

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  15. Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy of any book. Lual Krautter krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

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  16. Thanks for the lovely post, Jo, and Kelly. I've been hearing wonderful things about this book. I'd love to win a copy.
    whthomas13 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Winnie, Thank you for your kind words about A Love Restored. I hope you enjoy it if you get the opportunity to read it. Good luck in the drawing!

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  17. Hello Jo and Kelly! A Love Restored sounds like a must read. The advice I would give to someone is to focus on their relationship with the Lord. We must be established in our identity in Christ.

    I'm a follower psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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