Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kelly Irvin, Amish novel


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THROUGH THE AUTUMN AIR
BY KELLY IRVIN


Kelly Irvin
Kelly Irvin is the author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “a beautifully woven masterpiece.” A former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional, Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit Kelly online at her website


From the book’s back cover:
The past filled her mind even as her heart yearned for stories yet to be told.

The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day. Her dream is to open a bookstore with an English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her old school friend, Ezekiel, offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept. But does she really want to spend her time working over a hot stove?

When a mysterious English stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is in need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant.

As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season?


I’m offering a print copy of Through the Autumn Air to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 20, 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 Shenandoah Road by Lynne Tagawa is Linda. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 in the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook. Available at Amazon.

From the back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…

You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lynne Tagawa, Historical Fiction


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THE SHENANDOAH ROAD
BY LYNNE TAGAWA



Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and two novels, A Twisted Strand and The Shenandoah Road. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.

Welcome, Lynne. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
For one thing, I hope they grasp a sense of what it was like to live in that time and place—but that’s what we always hope for when reading historical fiction, isn’t it? But an important theme is the spiritual journey of the characters. It fits in well with the time of the Great Awakening. Obviously, not everyone was affected by the revival, but many were, even if only tangentially, like Benjamin Franklin, who makes a cameo appearance in the story.

What has no one asked that you would like to share?
The music of the time period was interesting to explore. You see, both Congregationalists and Presbyterians sang from “psalters,” which were the psalms rewritten so they had a “meter.” They sang them to traditional tunes. Hymns were newfangled but increasing in popularity. Franklin’s printing of Isaac Watts’s hymns was selling well.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Sometimes my story feels forced or two-dimensional. I have to step back. Recently I bought a book that clarified my mind on some things. It was just what I needed. A single idea from a book or another writer, or just a random thought—I make an adjustment, and now my story feels alive, vibrant. You have to be passionate about your characters and theme or your reader won’t care either. That’s my only true experience of writer’s block. Of course, there’s the kind where you’re distracted and it’s hard to be creative, but that’s more a time management problem.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains—I’ve been to the beach!

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Croissants.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Spring

Laptop or Desktop? Anything that’s a Mac.

Mug or teacup? Mug.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first, he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences in background, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her? And what about his own failings?

Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?

“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th-century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” —Douglas Bond, author of numerous books, including War in the Wasteland and Hostage Lands.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website

Where can readers purchase The Shenandoah Road
Amazon

Lynne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lynne is offering a paperback copy of The Shenandoah Road to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 13, 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 Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink is Susanne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 of the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook.  Available at https://amzn.to/2PzL4dN 

From the back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…

You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dana Mentink, Romantic Suspense Novel


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JUNGLE FIRE
BY DANA MENTINK

Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, their nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.


Welcome, Dana. How do people react when they find out you write? 
Well, I’m a third-grade teacher as well so first off they mistakenly figure I must write children’s books. Second, they are usually very surprised to learn that I’ve written more than thirty novels. Once we get past that information, they are usually pretty curious to know about the job of a professional writer. 

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? 
The cure for writer’s block is a legally binding contract! Kidding, but really if you’ve signed on the dotted line you don’t have the luxury of writer’s block. I get around “stuck” spots but writing more than one book at a time. If I get stuck in one, I mosey over to the other and that usually fixes the problem. Also, taking a long walk is pretty therapeutic. 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I’m not a paranormal kinda gal. I just can’t get into stories with vampires and werewolves and the like so you’re probably never going to see that kind of novel from me. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? You guys. 
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. 
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop. 
Mug or teacup? Mug. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Jungle Fire. 
Jungle Fire was originally published with Moody’s River North imprint. Sadly, Moody got out of the fiction business, but I was fortunate to be able to publish it digitally.

Back Cover Blurb: Nina Truman heads to the bus for a much-deserved furlough from her nursing duties. On the side of the road, a uniformed soldier stands idly, casually holding his gun—of little concern to her; soldiers are not uncommon south of the Mexican border. But he suddenly switches off the safety and opens fire, sending the occupants into chaos. Out of the forest storms Shaw Wilder and his bomb-sniffing dog, Axel. An improbable hero, who thinks being a missionary is like “shoveling sand uphill, useless,” also blames Nina for his sister’s death. 

Join Nina and Shaw on an expedition where every turn can mean death and discovering the truth may make life even worse. A page-turner right to the very end.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website 
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
You Tube channel 

Where can readers purchase Jungle Fire?
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thanks for having me! I surely do appreciate it! God bless. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to enter the book drawing.)
Has anyone out there in cyberland ever been on a wilderness type trip? Would love to hear about it!

Dana, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Dana is offering reader's choice of either an eBook or print (U.S. mailing address only) copy of Jungle Fire to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 6, 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 Christmas to Remember that includes Until I Met You by Kimberly Rose Johnson is Perrianne. 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.