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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Liz Tolsma, WWII Fiction


Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, October 16, 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. 


Liz Tolsma
Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels, an Amish novel, and prairie romance novellas. Her first romantic suspense releases in June. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their youngest daughter and their Jack Russell terrier. Her son is a U.S. Marine, and her oldest daughter is a college student. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping.

Welcome, Liz. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope that they take away the truth that joy doesn’t come from our circumstances or from getting what we want, but that our only source of true joy is the Lord.

What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal? 
My favorite dessert is gluten-free crepes with Nutella and whipped cream. Yummmm.

How do people react when they find out you write?
It’s so funny. Many of them are so excited to meet a “real writer”. They want to talk to me about writing and my books. Sometimes they even want to take a picture with me. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?  Beach
Y’all or You Guys?  You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Neither. I’m gluten free.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? laptop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, When the Heart Sings. 
Natia has a secret—and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose.

In 1943 Poland, the Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their peaceful farm to the harsh confines of a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear—but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.)

Where can readers find you online?
Book Trailer

Where can readers purchase When the Heart Sings?
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thank you for having me! 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.) 
How has music been an influence in your life?

Liz, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Liz is offering a print copy of When the Heart Sings to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 16, 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 Secret of Willow Inn by Pat Nichols is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


“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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  1. Hello Jo and Liz! Thank you for the fun interview. Music ushers me into His Presence!

  2. I love WW II books and would love to read Liz's book. Thank you for the opportunity. I am definitely a follower. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. This book is of special interest to me, because I am Polish and German and am a genealogist for both these countries. Having had a mom in the camps as she and her family fled, this would be a compelling book for me.

  4. And I forgot my email and that I am a follower. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  5. I love the war stories. They really make you think. My heart really goes out to the Jews. I was never a part of those wars and never dreamed i be in any war but my son fought in the 911 . He was front line in the take overs of airport and Palace. I was so scared to death I need see him again. But if it is a blessing to get hurt over there and get to come home on a medical. I loved that blessing. He had to go to Germany for surgery before he could come home. But he is home medical discharge he doesn't have full use of his arms. Liz writes beautifully. Love following your Blog JO you have such good authors who visit.

  6. Thanks for this wonderful interview and giveaway. Music has been around me all my life - from singing together as a family, piano lessons starting when I was 4 years old, adding trombone and organ to that list as the years went on. I took voice lessons and led worship in church. I have a song in my head all the time, so I like to be choosy about what I listen to. I really can't imagine my life without music.

  7. I have a song in my head all the time! sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com Shelia

  8. While I enjoy singing i am not particularly musical, but recognize the power of music. Sometimes I will get cold chills when I hear a particularly powerful song.


  9. Thank you for the interview. The book sounds really fascinating. I think music in my life has evolved. I started out with rock and roll and now mostly listen to Christian music. I do still have an occasional yearn to listen to some of the old stuff or stuff from Louisiana (where I’m from). So hubby made me a thumb drive with 12-14 albums of my favorites.
    I am a follower.
    perrianne DOTaskewATmeDOTcom
    Perrianne Askew

  10. I enjoy mostly Christian and instrumental music that helps me worship God and lift my spirits. I like Liz's books. Thanks for the chance to win When the Heart Sings.


  11. Thanks, Liz & Jo, for the fun interview! I have eagerly been anticipating the release of 'When the Heart Sings'! Music has been a huge influence in my life as both of my parents were music teachers, so I was brought up with a real love for music. For me music can often speak to the heart in a way the spoken word cannot. And I love to worship the Lord through music. It just draws me into His presence! Thank you so much for a chance to win 'When the Heart Sings'!! ~ Alison Boss


    Jo, I am also a follower :)

  12. This sounds like a good book of historical fiction and with danger also. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

  13. I would love to read When the Heart Sings. I love singing praise songs as well as hymns. Music helps me honor and praise God and brings me peace.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. I would love to read When The Heart Sings .It sounds like an amazing book .

  15. Yes, I would love to read When The Heart Sings! You can contact me at

  16. I am a follower. playfulcatsATgmailDOTcom