Thursday, September 27, 2018

Elizabeth Camden, Historical Romance


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A DARING VENTURE
BY ELIZABETH CAMDEN


Elizabeth Camden is the author of eleven historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at her website.

From the book’s back cover:
As a biochemist in the early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against water-borne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city—but only if she can get people to believe in her work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, these two rivals will face higher stakes than they ever could have known.

From Jo:
This historical inspirational romance is the story of a sweet, but tumultuous, romance between New York’s newly appointed Commissioner of Water with his inherited wealth and a European biochemist. In the early 1900s, their mutual interest in water brings them together on opposite sides in a courtroom. She’s working on a new solution to safe drinking water, while he remains skeptical of her proposed process. Regardless of their professional differences, they feel a strong attraction to each other. They both fight this attraction. The story is spiced with intrigue, danger, and suspense throughout the book. Well written with evidence of excellent historical research.

I’m offering a paperback copy of A Daring Venture to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 2, 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 Murder for Emily’s Sake by Larry W. Timm is Paula. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’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, September 20, 2018

Larry W. Timm, Suspense


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, September 25, 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. 


MURDER FOR EMILY’S SAKE
BY LARRY W. TIMM


Larry W. Timm
Larry W. Timm is a husband, father, preacher, and writer who loves creating stories with heart, soul, and high doses of adrenaline.


Welcome, Larry. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope that a reader will walk away with a renewed appreciation for the fact that life is not only one of God’s most sacred gifts, but also one of the most fragile.

How do people react when they find out you write?
There are a variety of reactions I get when people learn I’m a writer. The reactions range from, “What?” to “Why?” to “Oh, how interesting!” to “Well, aren’t we all?” to “I’ve got a book in me too. Can you help me get it out?” to “Hmm…so what does your wife do to support the family then?” to “Ah. So you’re one of those.”

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I’ve always been enthralled with the power of story to illustrate important truths in an entertaining and engaging way. It seems that story has always been an effective way to introduce or nurture our understanding of basic truths. If we think about it, I think we can all look back and realize that stories (fictional or non-fictional) have long been one of the vehicles for imparting foundational lessons in every stage of our lives. Even our Lord Jesus used the power of story to grab listeners by both sides of their brains and shine light on truth.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? How about a mountain with a view of the beach? Okay, if I had to choose one, I’d have to say that I’m in the beach phase of my life now. 

Y’all or You Guys?  Seriously, I say both. I was born down south but raised in the Midwest. I probably say, “You Guys” more often.

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? I love both! You’re killin’ me here! Okay…I’ll go with…Dinner roll.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Um…Yes? Uh, if I have to choose one, I’d choose Spring.

Laptop or Desktop?
Laptop

Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Murder for Emily’s Sake.
On a moonlit night in Wichita, Kansas, a tormented father stands by the grave of his teenage daughter, Emily, and makes a chilling vow to avenge her death. Once he gets his hands on the three women he holds responsible for his daughter’s death, they will regret the day they met Emily outside the abortion clinic. He will expose a dark secret. He will bury them, as he buried Emily. Bury them alive. And after their caskets are in the ground, they will die…for Emily’s sake.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Twitter
Facebook Author Page

Where can readers purchase Murder for Emily’s Sake?
Amazon
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Audible

Any parting comment?
Thank you for the privilege of being on your blog and connecting with your readers. I hope they will follow me on Twitter, my Amazon Author Page, or check-in on my website so they can get the latest information on upcoming releases. (Hint: I hope to be announcing the release date for my second suspense novel soon!)

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I have a question for anyone who has read Murder for Emily’s Sake, and a question for those who haven’t, but who like to read suspense.

For those who have read Murder for Emily’s Sake: Who was your favorite character, and why?

For suspense readers: Other than suspense, what is the most important part of a suspense novel to you?

Larry, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Larry is offering a print copy of Murder for Emily’s Sake to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 25, 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 Ember Series by Carrie Daws is Nancy. 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, September 13, 2018

Carrie Daws, Inspirational Romantic Suspense


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, September 18, 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. 


THE EMBER SERIES
BY CARRIE DAWS


Carrie Daws
God rewrote Carrie Daws’s dreams to include being an author. With a background in weekly devotions, a mentor encouraged her to try fiction. The writing monster that she now barely keeps contained was born. To learn more, please visit her website


Welcome, Carrie. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I’ve found that fear sneaks into all of our lives. It likes to hide behind the curtains and underneath the couch, revealing itself at the most inconvenient times. I would love for people to better recognize its presence and understand that while it talks a big talk, it’s never as in control as it would like us to believe. Everything we need to proceed forward with whatever God’s asked us to do—He’s already provided it.

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 main inspiration for The Embers Series was a friend, an inspector and fire marshal within the small town where I live. She bugged me and told me stories about her job until I couldn’t walk away. Writing those three books and shadowing her in her job was some of the most fun I’ve had in my life. 

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
Every time I write a new book, I realize afresh how difficult it is. And every single time, God renews in my heart the surety of this calling on my life. In order to be obedient to my Lord, I will keep writing for as long as He provides the stories.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Oh. Yes. Both. The ocean might have a slightly bigger attraction for me, but I will say that I prefer the Rockies to the Appalachians. 

Y’all or You Guys? I’m guilty of both, sometimes in the same conversation. Too many years moving around.

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Hmm. I love breads. So I’ll take whichever is being offered, especially if they are fresh baked.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? These questions make me feel like I can’t make a choice! I love all the seasons, although spring might have a slightly bigger affection for me. I love to watch things come to life!

Laptop or Desktop? When I last updated my computer, I chose a desktop. However, that decision was easier because I can easily grab my husband’s laptop whenever I need the flexibility.

Mug or teacup? Finally! A question I have strong feelings about. Definitely a mug. I like my hot drinks hot, and a teacup just doesn’t provide the heat protection for my hands.

Please tell us a little about your novelettes in The Embers Series. 
Kindling Embers: She never thought she'd be raising her daughters alone. But when Deputy Fire Marshal Cassandra McCarthy's husband died unexpectedly, she was forced to find a career. Now working beside a retired Special Operations soldier and veteran fireman, she serves her small North Carolina town, protecting them from hazards they don't understand. But things must change. 

First, a paramedic starts to work at one of her firehouses, irritating her with the most ridiculous names. And then the evidence in a series of unexplained fires points in a direction she doesn't like. Can she continue to do her job with integrity and passion when she doesn't like where it leads her?

Igniting Embers: She thought life would settle down. Nature had a different plan. Cassandra breathed a sigh of relief once the teenagers who had been starting nuisance fires around her small town were caught. But life is rarely so simple. 

 A hurricane rages up the eastern coastline, damaging homes and feeding floods as it goes. And evidence is mounting that the teens weren't the only ones playing with fire. Can she prepare the town for the looming emergency and protect them from the danger living in their midst?

Extinguishing Embers: The danger grows. Will God protect her? Hurricane Matthew left millions of dollars of destruction, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invaded to help the community clean up and move forward. Yet in the midst of recovery, the unexplained fires grow more menacing.

Cassandra works closely with FEMA to help the community and with the sheriff's office to follow the small pieces of evidence left at each fire scene. But what will it cost her to capture the arsonist? Is he closer than she wants him to be? And will she have to give up the one relationship she's wanted since the death of her husband?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase The Embers Series?
3-in-1 Paperback
Kindling Embers ebook (Book 1)

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
So, I’m curious. For you readers, is it y’all or you guys?

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 18, 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 Jerusalem Rising by Barbara Britton is Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


DIDN’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, September 6, 2018

Barbara M. Britton, Biblical Fiction


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, September 11, 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.


JERUSALEM RISING
BY BARBARA M. BRITTON


Barbara M. Britton
Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.

Welcome, Barbara. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your books?
I enjoy bringing little-known Bible stories to light or revealing little-known Bible characters that took part in famous Biblical events. When a reader finishes my book, I hope they have learned something new about the Bible and grow closer to God. I have been a Christian since the third grade, and it amazes me how much I don’t know about the Bible, especially the Old Testament. I have a theme for all of my stories that reveals how God works in the story.

Providence: God is in control, even in the chaos of life.
Building Benjamin: Love grows where God grafts the tender shoot.
Jerusalem Rising: Be strong and courageous and do God’s work.

And, I’ll reveal my next theme here first…
Lioness: Go forth with God.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Writers are creative people that rely on their minds to bring forth stories, dialogue, plot points, and navigate the marketing side of writing. I think writer’s block happens when life gets overwhelming and our minds and bodies are tired. God knew what He was doing when He created a Sabbath. We need a rest whether it be on Sunday, or one other day during the week. For me, motivation to write withers when life gets crazy…and life gets crazy for all of us. In those chaotic times, I pray that God will keep my creativity alive and bolster my health, so I can continue to put words on the page. This past year has been hectic, but God has been faithful.

I am part of the “sandwich generation” (a term I got from my critique partner). I have aging parents that need help and children in their twenties that still need parenting from time-to-time. When those two sides of the sandwich hit at once, God has to keep my mind fresh.

I Thessalonians 5:17 is my cure for writer’s block, “pray continually.”

What was the main inspiration for the last book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I had taught the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall many times in VBS and Sunday school. I never noticed that the daughters of Shallum were listed among the builders. Women, most likely girls, helping to stack rock? I wrote “Jerusalem Rising” from a daughter of Shallum’s point of view. I also learned there was a false prophetess working against Nehemiah. She was new to me. I refer to her as nasty Noadiah.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach

Y’all or You Guys? Both, depending if I’m north or south

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Neither, saving my carbs for dessert

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall

Laptop or Desktop? Desktop

Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about Jerusalem Rising
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase Jerusalem Rising?
CBD 

Any closing comment?
Thanks for having me on the blog again, Jo. My next book Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey brings to light the daughters of Zelophehad in the book of Numbers.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What other little-known Bible characters should I write about?

Barbara, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Barbara is offering winner’s choice of a print or an eBook copy of one of her current books to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through September 11, 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 Flawless by June Foster is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

DIDN’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.