Thursday, September 22, 2016

CANDY CANE KISSES - 8 Bestselling Christian Authors - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus More

Candy Cane Kisses – 8 Book Box Set


Eight bestselling Christian authors…
Eight brand new Christmas romance novellas…
 
Susan May Warren – Oh! The Weather Outside is Frightful
Q:  Tell us about the featured book.
A:  Oh! The Weather Outside is Frightful is the story of CJ and Hannah, two characters who came to the forefront in Burnin’ For You is book #3 in my Montana Fire trilogy.  In that book, Hannah and CJ survived a terrible plane crash, and Frightful picks up their story five months later as they are putting their lives back together. Neither can admit how much they’ve fallen for the other one…and it’ll take another crazy night of tragedy and survival to help them face the truth. An epic romantic adventure during a blizzard in Montana!
  

Margaret Daley – Deadly Night, Silent Night
Q: What is appealing about a bed and breakfast as a place to stay?
A: I've been to several and what I enjoyed the most about the ones I stayed in was they were historical homes. The one in Natchez, Mississippi, was a plantation home from the 19th century. I love history and there was so much in the bed and breakfast places I stay. Another one I stayed in Colorado was an old high school converted. A very neat place, but then I was a teacher for twenty seven years.
  


Kimberly Rae Jordan – The Wonder of His Love
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about the characters in your story, The Wonder of His Love and what inspired them?
A: In The Wonder of His Love, we are introduced to Noella Sanderson and Ian Kinnaird. After growing up in the foster system and having very little control of her life, Noella is very much in control of things now and has a definite plan for her life. It is a plan, however, that doesn’t include Ian Kinnaird because he doesn’t fit the requirements she has for the man she plans to marry. But for some reason, Ian seems to feel that he can, in fact, be that person. He is determined to help her see that love and security aren’t mutually exclusive.

Noella’s character came to me rather slowly as I created the series Fostered by Love—of which The Wonder of His Love is the first book. The premise of the series helped me prep her back story and develop the driving need she has to be in control of all aspects of her life. At the time I began thinking of this story, my daughter was in the midst of preparing to move to Scotland for a year. Being surrounded by a lot of information about the country made me think it would be fun to have a character who was Scottish. As plans have continued with my daughter, the character of Ian has also been fleshed out. I’ve spent time watching vlogs by people from Scotland in hopes of being able to capture the way they speak so I can accurately portray that with Ian. He also has a few surprises that have popped up as I’ve held mental conversations with him.

No, the voices in my head don’t mean I’m crazy, just that I’m a writer. *grin*

I hope that readers will enjoy Noella and Ian’s story and fall in love with them the way I have.

I find it more difficult to write a standalone book than I do a series, so when I had the opportunity to do two Christmas boxed sets, I started to think about how I could connect them. As it turned out, a series I’m currently working on had a few secondary characters that would tie in well together, so I decided to create a new series called Fostered by Love. I have planned for this series to have four books starting with The Wonder of His Love which is in the Candy Cane Kisses boxed set.

In The Wonder of His Love, we will meet Noella Sanderson and three of her foster siblings.  

Autumn Macarthur – Calm and Bright
Q: How much of yourself did you write into your characters in this story?
A: I always find that as I write, God uses the situation my characters are in to teach me the spiritual lessons I need to learn, too! Though I’ve never been in quite the same situation as Maddie is in Calm and Bright, there’s a lot there that I can relate to, and I hope readers will relate to as well.

One doesn’t need to go through divorce to experience the need to let go of anger and forgive someone we love who has hurt us. And we often have to deal with juggling conflicting things that seem equally important and right. For Maddie, it’s choosing behind staying with a husband who puts his high-flying career first, vs her longing to give their son a simpler and more grounded life as well as providing care for her beloved aging grandmother. Thankfully, though Maddie can’t see the way though her conflict, God has a plan for her and her family, as I trust He has a plan for the highest good of each of us!   

Lesley Ann McDaniel – Heavenly Peace
Q: What was the inspiration for this story?
A: Several years ago, I was working as the wardrobe head for the small stage at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It was Christmastime, and one of the actresses told me a story about helping her son pick out a tag from a Giving Tree. The tag was from a little girl who made an unusual and gut-wrenching request. "All I want for Christmas is...." I won't tell you what the request was, but it got me thinking a writer's favorite question; What if?
So in Heavenly Peace, my main character, Valerie, finds herself in exactly that position. How is she going to help make this little girl's Christmas wish come true, when it will require nothing short of a miracle?
 
Jan Thompson – Wish You Joy
Q: How do you choose your settings for each book?
A: Wish You Joy is book 9 in my Savannah Sweethearts series. The entire series is set primarily in the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, and on the nearby Tybee Island on the Atlantic Cost. I tend to choose places that I have been to because it gives me an excuse to take another vacation a.k.a. book research trip. No, seriously, Savannah is one of my favorite places in the world, and from the very early stages of this 10-book series, I knew I had to write about Savannah. In Book 9, Wish You Joy, we spend Christmas in Savannah. It rarely snows in Savannah, but the winter chill is there. I hope this novella will warm our readers’ hearts as we read about how the Untermeyers and the Therouxes weather this Christmas with the next generation at loggerheads with each other. 

Marion Ueckermann – A Husband for Holly

Q: How did you choose your characters’ names?
A:The heroine’s name for this book came easy. A Husband for Holly is Book 4 of a seven-book series titled Seven Suitors for Seven Sisters. Each story is about one of the Blume sisters. Their father is a horticulturist, and because of their surname (not to mention his wife, her mother, and her grandmother’s names), they decided to name each of their seven daughters after flowers. As this is a Christmas story, it was natural for this heroine to be named Holly.

The hero was a little more difficult. His first name came naturally. One of the little quirks I’ve worked into this series is that each hero is modeled on a Biblical hero, ie. he has a similar name, and has characteristics and/or happenings in his life similar to the Bible hero. Again, Christmas played a huge role in naming my hero. Christopher is modelled on Christ. His surname was quite a challenge and changed several times. It wasn’t until I found the perfect image for the back cover of my print book that I finally decided on his surname. The hero is Scottish, and I wanted to portray this on the back cover. When I researched the tartan the cover model was wearing, I discovered it was Stewart tartan. I therefore had no option but to make him a Stewart, and tartan or not, it was the perfect choice.  

Suzette Williams – Maid for Marriage
Q: Have you ever met anyone who whose parents had arranged a marriage for them?
A: Part of the idea behind Maid for Marriage was remembering a friend from high school whose parents had arranged a marriage for her. I met up with this friend on Facebook years later and couldn't help but ask if she ended up marrying the person her parents had arranged for her to marry. She said, “No.”

This friend had also just gone through a recent divorce, so it made me wonder whether arranged marriages worked any better than just meeting and falling in love. Perhaps the sense of commitment because your family has expectations plays a part. I don't know. I do know we’ve always told our children, “Don’t marry the person you can live with. Marry the person you can’t live without!”

Candy Cane Kisses releases on September 27th! Not only wonderful holiday reading with 8 all-new Christian contemporary romances, but also your chance to win a $50 gift card and 8 other ebooks in the launch sweepstakes! Enter now at http://bit.ly/CCKentries 
Sorry, sweepstakes entry open to US residents only, closes October 2nd 2016.

Thank you, for sharing this new collection with us. What a wonderful selection! I know my readers will want to get a copy when it releases.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN - Michelle Griep - One Free Book

Welcome back, Michelle. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness and compassion are two of my favorite themes, probably because those are my favorite attributes of Jesus.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
The Captive Heart comes out in October, but you can pre-order now at Amazon. Here’s a short blurb:

Governess ELEANOR MORGAN flees to America, but the family she’s to serve never arrives to collect her. She must settle for what’s left—an offer of marriage. Backwoodsman SAMUEL HEATH is a survivor. He will find a mother for his young daughter. The trouble is who would marry a murderer?

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Wow. Tough question. There are so many! I’m going to go with Ann Voskamp, the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Her outlook on things, her perspective of grace, continually blows me away.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Charlotte Bronte. Yes, another author, and my all-time favorite. How much of Jane Eyre is in her? That’s what I’d want to discuss.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Keep writing, whether you think you’ll get published or not. It’s always God’s timing, not yours.

Tell us about the featured book.
Out of the Frying Pan is a zany romantic mystery with a few older main characters. The American population is aging, so why not include a few seniors? Here’s a blurb:

Murder in Paradise whips life into a froth for FERN and ZULA HOPKINS. When the retirement center’s chef is found dead, the two ladies get folded in with the case. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective JARED FLYNN. Should he be concerned about their safety—or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts, especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Life at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village will never be the same.

Please give us the first page of the book.
It always surprised Zula Hopkins when her eyelids opened to another day. She should be dead by now. She’d outlived four presidents, a beloved husband, and even her son. But she hadn’t outlasted Fern. Fern had her beat by two years.

Probably for spite.

She rubbed away the negativity along with the sleep from her lashes. Pre-dawn light filtered through the open bedroom blinds, and she blinked. Would it be cool enough to wear her leopard print cardigan today or…wait a minute. What day was it, anyway? Flipping through the pages on her mental calendar, she landed on Tuesday, end of May.

End of May?
           
She flung the iris-print comforter off her body with such force, Fifi rolled to the floor and yelped. Poor old girl. Hopefully the little dog hadn’t broken a bone—no time for a vet visit on the day after Memorial Weekend.
           
“Mama’s sorry, baby, but today’s special.” Humming her own rendition of “Born Free,” she snatched her robe and crossed the room at a good clip. Fifi followed, bumping and re-bumping against her lower calves like a crazed ball-bearing in a pinball game. Evidently, the poor little dear forgave her for the rude awakening.
           
The bedroom door rubbed against the frame as she yanked it open, creaking worse than an arthritic joint. Hmm…it’d be a humid one today, then.
           
Pausing, she shifted her gaze from Fern’s closed door to the bathroom, then back. What to do first—begin her morning routine or awaken her roommate?
           
Expedience mattered, though she’d never tell her sister-in-law. Fern would for sure put a damper on her plans to hop the senior shuttle into Ocala. The day after Memorial Day was historically the best opportunity to browse the discarded silk and plastic flowers that didn’t sell for the holiday. Her heart raced just thinking of the booty in the dumpster behind Flowerama Gifts. No, she couldn’t tell Fern.
           
But she would not be late and miss that shuttle, either.
           
“Oh, Fern,” she crooned.

Even with the shades drawn, the barren beige walls of her sister-in-law’s bedroom glared at her. She clamped her lips against the decorating advice bubbling up in her mouth like an Alka Seltzer gone bad. A simple pair of floral-print valances would add so much color. She could whip up this monochrome bear’s den into a swirling vortex of color in no time at all, if only Fern would let her.

Which she wouldn’t.
           
No matter. She’d soon be up to her elbows in plastic gardenias and silk fuchsias. Her lips unfurled into song. “Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping, sister Fern? Sister Fern? Morning bells are ringing—” she ducked a pillow projectile and whirled for the window “—Morning bells are ringing. Ding, ding, dong—”
           
The second pillow nailed her in the behind, and she let loose the shade she’d been opening to flip-flap a slap dance on the roller. “I declare, Fern, you’re getting as mean as Irma Benton. Now, let’s uncover our sunny dispositions and greet the day, shall we?”
           
Her sister-in-law grasped the blanket’s satin edging and plastered it over her head. No matter how hard Zula yanked, the earth-toned covering refused to budge from Fern’s skinny form.
Muffled words rumbled from beneath the barrier. “The sun’s not even up yet, so why should I be?”
           
Zula straightened, weighing her options. Fight or flight? At least if she flew to the bathroom, she could begin her beauty regimen. Careful to sidestep Fifi, she retreated and finished her serenade, “—Ding, ding, dong.”   
           
She scooted out the door to the whap! of Fern’s last pillow smacking the oak veneer.

Sounds like a fun read, as well as a  cozy mystery. How can readers find you on the Internet?
If you’d like to keep up with Michelle’s escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Out of the Frying Pan - A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side. - paperback
Out of the Frying Pan - A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side. - Kindle

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

THE UNDOING OF SAINT SILVANUS - Beth Moore - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I am privileged to be able to introduce you to Beth Moore’s first novel. I haven’t met her, but I feel like I know her. I have been in the studio audience for the taping of her and her husband on James and Betty Robison’s show. And I’ve been involved in her Bible studies with the ladies’ life group I’m a part of in our church.

Bio: Beth Moore has written many best–selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Beth is one of the best known women in the evangelical Christian market. Her first book with Tyndale House, So Long, Insecurity, was a NYT bestseller.

Welcome Beth. You are well known to millions around the globe as a Bible study teacher, speaker, and the author of nonfiction books including So Long, Insecurity. What made you decide to write your first work of fiction?
I was ambushed by the love of story from both sides of my bloodline. My mother all but ate books, and from the time I was six years old, my father managed movie theaters. My fate was sealed. I still love both forms of entertainment, but to this day, what I love best about a movie is not landscape or costume. It’s dialogue. It all boils down to words with me. Before I could write my ABCs, I’d cat-scratch pretend cursive all over Big Chief tablets from the Piggly Wiggly, playing like I was writing a book. Through the years of writing Bible study curriculum and nonfiction trade books, I’ve been drawn like a magnet to the stories of the men and women in Scripture that seemed particularly complex. David and Absalom, for instance. Miriam and Moses. I love narrative. I love imagining what these lives of faith were like away from the page and how these men and women in the sacred pages interacted with those in their sphere of influence. Sometimes those imaginations would turn into creative writings.

Way down deep in my heart I wondered if I’d ever try a novel. Bible study curriculum is my first love and keeps me busier than I can even manage, so I couldn’t imagine how the time would present itself. Still, that seed was down in that soil, where I figured it would always stay. One day in discussions about So Long, Insecurity, Karen Watson glanced across the table and asked out of the blue, “Hey, Beth, have you ever thought about trying your hand at fiction?” I felt the heat go to my face like someone knew something on me she wasn’t supposed to know. And I don’t know how else to explain it—it was like she tipped a cup of water right over that soil and that sleepy seed started waking up. I went through something really hard not long after that. Something I wasn’t free to talk about. There at home, trapped in my imagination, a storyline began to sprout, green and gawky but with enough semblance of form, I kept at it. I couldn’t have imagined I’d ever keep writing it, let alone finish it.

New Orleans is a fascinating setting for your novel. Why did you choose to place your first work of fiction in this particular locale?
When I was fifteen, my little brother and I, the only two kids left at home, took a grueling two-day road-trip with our parents to our cousins’ house in Florida for vacation. Houston reaches Florida by the long, skinny arm of Interstate 10, the only decent bicep of the trip being New Orleans. I have no idea what got into my father’s head, but he decided to trot the four of us right down Bourbon Street. We’d only recently moved to Houston from a small town in Arkansas, so we hadn’t even acclimated to crowds yet. I’m pretty sure he had no idea what he was going to walk his family into the middle of. I was not an innocent adolescent. Our family had dangled on the precipice of hell for several years. I would have told you I wasn’t naïve, but I’d never walked by a strip bar in my life. Not sure I’d ever driven by one. The pictures posted at the front doors were explicit and so disturbing that I couldn’t shake them out of my head for years. Dodging drunks, we finally made our way to Jackson Square past painters and sidewalk entertainers and palm readers. It was the wildest thing I’d ever seen.

Fast forward many years, and Keith and I would go back to that city for anniversaries and bask in the deep-fried goodness of New Orleans’s brighter side. Still plenty spicy. Just not as seedy.

Fast forward a few more years, and I was asked to teach the women of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at their annual conference. I guess it was as close as I’ve ever come to love at first sight. That whole congregation accepted this white girl like I was one of them. To be loved and embraced by them is still one of the greatest honors and joys of my ministry life. We are blood kin in Jesus. My Bible study Breaking Free was taped in their auditorium. When my younger brother was transferred there for work, FABC also threw their arms open wide to him. He attended that wonderful, warm church for several years until he was transferred again.

New Orleans is second in my heart only to Houston. I’m not sure I can explain exactly why. I’ve had a complex relationship with it. But that’s just it. I’m somehow rarely drawn to simple relationships.

Readers are wondering about the striking cover: can you give us a clue as to what the three sharp finials on the wrought iron gate represent?
The thought didn’t come to Karen and me until we were deliberating over covers, but when we finally decided on that one, we thought perhaps those finials were pretty decent representations of three primary characters in the book, all just about that strong and just about that flexible.

The characters who populate Saint Sans are multigenerational and multiethnic. How did you come to select your cast? Are they fictional representatives of people whom you’ve come to know?
I always figured if I ever wrote fiction, the characters would have a certain obligation to mirror the figures in my life, particularly since I have known and loved some terribly quirky people, but that just didn’t happen. They are all bits and pieces of this one and that one. The one male resident comes very close to a man I love dearly but not so close he’d even recognize the resemblance. Caren, the young medical student, is patterned after a friend of mine in New Orleans by that same name, but only in physical appearance.

The novel demonstrates how the power of Christ can break the bondage of generational patterns of sin, a theme you explored in your groundbreaking Bible study Breaking Free. Are there ways in which you feel a novel can deliver this message even beyond the scope of a nonfiction work?
I deeply hope so. I think virtually any reader can recognize how darkness and detachment and disillusion can invade an entire family. These toxic dynamics can be so pervasive that the thought never even occurs to us life could exist any other way. We just accept things how they are and don’t realize how dramatically God can change us and, through us, perhaps an entire environment. I’m praying for someone to pick it up who could never picture herself as the type Jesus would seek out. I don’t know what people on the sidewalk think they’re seeing through the windows of a church, but after thirty years of active, hands-on ministry, I promise you those inside have had the same kinds of problems, addictions, fears, crises, losses, disappointment, injuries, and tragedies. But the thing is, you could live in a church and still never let Jesus do what He longs to do.

What are some of the compromises depicted in The Undoing of Saint Silvanus that many women make in search for security and the desire for relationship?
For starters, so many girls, starting in early adolescence, think they’re only as valuable as they are desirable. Women develop an inordinate measure of their identity from how men respond to them. You’ll see some of the effects of that in the novel. As many great guys as we know and can find out there, only Jesus gets to define an individual’s worth. A lot of women are also trained to think that any man in your life or bed is better than no man. They don’t know who they are apart from a man. I’m pro-relationship and still believe in romance, but how on earth do we know what we have to offer any relationship when we do not even know who we are? Until we begin to know who we are, our choices regarding what we want can get woefully skewed.

How can shame and failure drive us away from God and the people we need most in our lives?
It’s can be one big miserable cycle. We feel shame and we don’t even know why. Our shame sets us up for failure. Our failure creates more shame. Increased shame brings on more failure because we naturally act out of our deepest beliefs. And that’s the way it goes until it either buries us or we let God break the cycle. Shame always thrives in secret so we avoid letting the very people in who could help us the most and point the way out. But all that can change. And then we can be the ones who point the way out for others.
Which of the characters in your book best illustrate the need to build bridges toward healing?

I’d have to say the two that start out on opposite sides of the Golden Gate. Never underestimate the huge step that can be taken by crossing a smaller bridge, though. As I reflect on the story line, small bridges are all over it.

How has your own family responded to your first work of fiction? Can we anticipate more novels in the future?
Do you want to hear something wild? This is the first book of mine I think Keith Moore may read from beginning to end. Makes me laugh. He has supported and prayed over every book I’ve ever written and been so proud to keep a box of them in the back of his pickup truck to give away. But I’ve never seen him sit down with one and appear to get lost in it. It has intrigued me, pleased me and made me really antsy. I’ll tell you what’s awkward: putting on my mascara for work in the morning while he’s within eyeshot, his face in the novel, and I’m trying to read his expression in the mirror to see if he likes it or not. He’s especially proud of it somehow. He told me that again this morning.

My daughters are so happy I did it. Amanda has always wanted me to try it because she has memories of bedtime stories I made up for them when they were little. She is a very busy pastor’s wife and mom and was expecting their third child over the last months I worked on the manuscript, so she never read any of it in process but encouraged me profusely to stay with it. Melissa couldn’t have had a bigger impact on the novel moving to press. Her role caught me by surprise because she’s usually neck-deep in academic work. My intention was to have my big brother as my first reader. I chose him because he appreciates the genre, he’s tremendously creative, not easy to please, and gut-honest. He’s also way outside my serving world and I felt like, if he canned it, nobody would ever even have to know it existed. As it turned out, he had a work crisis and couldn’t read it. That’s when Melissa stepped in and insisted she was my reader. I initially argued that she’d have a hard time telling her own mother, “Bless your heart, you’ve worked so hard but it stinks.” She countered that she could do it and I handed it over. The feeling of vulnerability was nearly overwhelming. It was nothing but crickets for the next 48 hours and I was so nervous I could have thrown up. Finally I thought up a reason to text her about something else entirely and she jotted back an abbreviated reply: “Can’t talk right now. Wrapped up in a novel.” I was so relieved, I laughed and cried.

As for my grandkids, they simply wanted to know if they were in it. Made me laugh and made me wish I could say yes!

More novels? I just have no idea. No plans for another right now but I didn’t plan this one. So many factors would have to come together for me to know it was the will of God. A story line, obviously, but also a steadfast sense that a temporary departure into fiction serves an important-enough purpose to carve out the many hours it takes. I want my life to bear fruit in the name of Jesus to the glory of God. If my shot at this genre bears very little fruit in the lives of readers, I’ll know my job is to stick entirely with nonfiction. I have dear friends who are called by God to primarily write fiction, and at times they take temporary departures into nonfiction. They’re looking for the same thing I am: leadership from God on the best use of their gifting and time to His great glory. We want to please God and serve in a way that really helps people. My nonnegotiable calling is to teach Bible study. That one stays in place no matter what. God willing, that’s what I’ll do till I die. But I so hope and pray someone is also served and helped by the story woven through the chapters of this novel. Dear Lord in heaven, I pray this wasn’t a colossal waste of time. We’ll find out.

Many authors write a bit of themselves into one of their characters. Do any of the residents of Saint Sans have a little Beth in them?
Not nearly as much as I thought they would! But they’re all the kind of people I’m somehow drawn toward, for better or for worse. Jillian reflects some of my old insecurities—at times in the novel, painfully so. Adella, the manager, has a little bit of me in her but not as much as I planned. I don’t know what happened there. I just started liking the characters for themselves. They each sort of went off their own way.

Is there anything you’d like to tell us about the novel that I haven’t asked?
I can only think of one thing right now and I’ll set it up by supplying the question.
“Beth, did you enjoy the process of writing a novel?”

Every single second of it.

Thank you, Beth Moore, for allowing me to introduce your novel to my readers. I am eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus - Christianbook.com
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus - Amazon Hardback
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus - Kindle
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus - Audio

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Monday, September 19, 2016

THE LONG JOURNEY TO JAKE PALMER - James L Rubart - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I always eagerly await the release of James L Rubart’s next book. He writing is awesome, as those of you who have read his works have seen. And the storylines take me to spiritual places I haven’t explored before. I love stories that stretch my belief in our awesome God.

Welcome back, James. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Although I had a great deal of help, the person most responsible is my wife Darci who came up with the idea for the novel. Every summer when our boys were young, we took them to the same lake. At the end was a wall of cattails and trees. One year we swam through the cattails and pushed through the trees to see what was on the other side. We found a wide, beautiful field. We all pretended we’d entered another land where anything could happen. When we were brainstorming Jake, my wife said, “Why don’t you write a story about the corridor? Where it’s a legend and no one can find it, but if they do, they’ll get what they want most in the world?” And the story was born.

I know I will love this book. My copy hasn’t arrived yet, and as always, it will go to the top of my to-be-read pile. If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar
This past year I spoke at ACFW, the Oregon Christian Writers conference, the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers conference, the Writer to Writer conference, and at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. So far for next year, I’m speaking at a one-day conference at OCW in February and at Realm Makers in July. More dates are likely coming. I love speaking almost as much as writing.

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
Probably Australia. Darci and I went there in the early 90s and fell in love with the weather, the beaches, the atmosphere, and most of all the people.

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
There’s room at the top. Writing novels is hard. It’s the hardest kind of writing to do well that there is. But that’s good news because most people give up. So if you can’t stop yourself from writing, keep going, you will improve while most other aspiring writers are falling away.

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I used to be a semi-pro magician so there has to be a magic show. Phil Keaggy and Jeff Johnson and Jack Johnson would take care of the music, Ellen DeGeneres would probably do stand up for us, my friend Paul Young would give talks on theology, and I’d have my friend Riley do all his amazing food stuff.

Tell us about the featured book.
From the back cover:
What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

Jake was given 4.5 stars by RT Book Reviews and made a Top Pick for August. Publishers Weekly gave it a rare starred review as did Library Journal.

Please give us the first page of the book.
If Jake Palmer had only kept the mundane promise he’d made to himself, his life wouldn’t be headed down a dead-end road at the speed of light. He’d vowed there’d be no more late-night flights. No more trips stacked on top of each other. No more landings at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport after midnight, which pushed him to physical and emotional exhaustion. But there he’d been for the third time in eight days. His phone rang as he pulled out of the parking garage, and Jake glanced at the time before he picked up. Twelve thirty-five a.m. Sienna should be asleep.

“What are you still doing up?”

“I miss you. I’ve hardly seen you for the past three months.”

“I know. Not fun. But Italy will be here in six short weeks. Then fourteen days of cruising where you’ll have to put up with me 24/7.”

“Maybe I should get some rest.” Jake laughed.

“How far away are you, Adonis?” Sienna asked. He smiled at her pet name for him.

“Forty minutes.”

“Get here now. I’ll wait up.”

“And sacrifice your beauty rest?” Jake tapped on his steering wheel and grinned.

“Yes, even though it’ll make me look horrible tomorrow.”

“Impossible. You’d win every beauty contest known to man even if you stayed up for a month.”

“If I’m asleep when you get home, wake me up. Promise.”

“Absolutely.”

Sienna blew a kiss through the phone and hung up. Jake glanced at his gas gauge as he headed up I-5. The yellow warning light glared at him, red needle on the wrong side of the empty line. Problem. Wouldn’t be good to run out before getting back to Bothell. He glanced at the exits coming up. Probably not the greatest section of Seattle to get gas this late at night, but running out here would be worse. Why hadn’t he filled up before the trip? Because his schedule was insane and there hadn’t been time.

Jake pulled off I-5 at the next exit. Quick fill and he’d be back on the asphalt river, home to Sienna before one twenty. He pulled up to the outside gas island and snatched his wallet out of his coat at the same time. As he stepped outside into the October chill, odors of pot and gas filled his nose. As he stepped to the pump, a battered Honda Civic with peeling dark blue paint lurched into the station and stopped behind his Jeep. A young woman got out, her black hair streaked with red and purple, her denim coat marred with grime and amateur images of dragons drawn with blue and red Sharpies. She swiped a credit card and as she pumped her gas glanced furtively past Jake at the street to his back, then at the street in front of them. She jiggled her nozzle up and down as if to try to make the gas flow faster.

“You okay?”

And as usual when you’re on my blog, you leave us hanging at the end of your page, wanting to know what comes next. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Best place is my website: jamesLrubart.com That’s where folks can sign up for my newsletter which is the best way to find out what’s going on with me.
But I’m also on Twitter: @jamesLrubart and on Facebook: facebook.com/JamesLRubart/ e-mail is: james@jamesLrubart.com

Thanks so much for having me, Lena!

I always look forward to interviewing you, and maybe next year, I can see you again at ACFW, since it is very close to where I live.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer - Christianbook.com
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer - Amazon Paperback
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Comments conversation starter questions: Have you read any of James L Rubart's books? If So, which one is your favorite?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

WINNERS!!!!

Dear Readers, somehow I missed announcing these winners in late August.

Mary P (AUS) is the winner of the ebook Playing With Fire by Susan May Warren.

Kristen (OK) is the winner of When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks.

Lind (PA) is the winner of Knight In Shining Apron by Carole Brown.

EJ (WI) is the winner of Origins by Linda Godsey.

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Congratulations
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

SECRET PLACES REVEALED - Paulette Harper - One Free Book

Welcome, Paulette. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I do use my personal experiences in life to write from. When I’m writing a nonfiction book, I reflect on my own life’s journey and how it can relate to the subject matter and when I wrote my inspirational novel, I incorporated some of my personality in to one of the characters.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
The quirkiest thing I’ve ever done was walked into work with two different color shoes on. Funny how getting dress with not a lot of light makes black and blue look identical.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was in my early forties when the Lord first spoke to my heart about writing. That was a few years ago and six books later.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy reading Christian fiction, inspirational fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary fiction.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Pray, pray, pray. LOL. That’s a loaded question. But truthfully it’s with prayer and being organized. There are times when I feel overwhelmed by the pull to do everything else but it’s in those moments that I take a step back and tell myself to relax because God is in control.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Secret Places Revealed is my first full novel. So with his particular book, I wanted to use a man’s name that was strong Aaron, and the female character Simone, I wanted her name to show her true gentle spirit.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I believe the accomplishment that I am most proud of is the fact that I’ve enrolled in school to obtain a BA in Business Management.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
If I were an animal, I believe I would be a horse. Horses are resilient, beautiful, and can run in the wild.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food would be seafood. That would include crab, shrimp, and lobster.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock was keeping focused and not allowing distractions to pull me way from writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
My featured book Secret Places Revealed is an inspirational romance novel. The hero and heroine have come out of relationships that have hurt them tremendously and are not looking for love. But are trying to put pieces of their lives back together. But fate and divine providence have other plans for them.

The blurb:

A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.

Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She's built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Simone Herron wanted to escape from the pain, and from life. At this time of the year, she always felt utterly lonely. It was like being in the middle of the ocean surrounded by only the waves. This was year number two without Joshua. Simone had family and friends, but it wasn’t the same.

As if she weren’t already miserable, the holiday season had arrived, with all of its cheery fanfare. She wished she could skip over November and December and head straight into January.

Pensive, Simone stared out her Fifth Avenue office window in the center of Manhattan, New York—the city that never slept. She could imagine that below her hordes of people bustled to and fro, arms laden with shopping bags, and tourists gawked at the beautiful and spectacular views from The Empire State Building to Times Square. Who wouldn’t love it? But her heart was no longer enraptured by its beauty; the Big Apple wasn’t the same anymore.

Simone turned away from the window. Even the busyness of the city and all it had to offer could no longer mask her restlessness. Something was missing. Could a move be the answer? A new locale would distract her and keep her mind off her personal life.

Sitting in the leather chair at her desk, she mindlessly shuffled the papers. When had her life fallen into this monotonous rut? For the past couple of years, she’d spent her Thanksgivings serving dinner at Shepherd’s Gate, a women’s shelter. Christmas was spent singing carols with her church at Faith Bible Center. She enjoyed those things, but she wanted more.

Maybe her boredom stemmed from the fact she’d buried her fiancé a few months before their marriage. But that was two years ago. She should have been enjoying life, but Joshua was gone and she was alive and still trying to remember how to put one foot in front of the other.

People told her time would heal her wounds and it would get easier day by day. And they were right—some days. People also told her never to question God, but those who knew her were aware that that was like asking an artist not to paint. There were days on which she felt she’d moved on, but others when the feelings in her heart and her dreams of him were as real as the love they’d once shared.

She couldn’t understand why God had taken the only man she’d ever truly loved. Joshua had been her soulmate, her friend, the love of her life, her future children’s father. The more she got to know him, the more she realized that meeting him had been something divine. He’d felt the same way.

There was an undeniable connection between them the first time their eyes met on their college campus in Manhattan. She wondered what their children might have looked like. Would they have had his dark eyes and curly black hair, or maybe brown eyes like hers?

The idea of not having a family hurt her to the core. Her parents were married for decades before her father suddenly died from a heart attack. They cherished one another and that’s what she wanted for herself. For now, her dream of falling in love and having a family was tucked away somewhere in the back of her mind, preserved in the faint hope of a second chance.

Simone wasn’t sure she believed there was such a thing as getting back to a normal life. She accepted what life had dealt her and was allowing her circumstances to bring her to a place of surrender. She learned to accept that when life brought pain, God would give her the strength to go through it.

Simone became teary-eyed as questions swirled around in her head. Why, with all of her great accomplishments—she was a paralegal for a prestigious law firm, Armstrong and Armstrong; she worked with some of the most gifted and intelligent lawyers in the city—did she

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can connect with me on the following social media networks.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pauletteharper1/?hl=en

Buy links for the book:
Paperback - https://amzn.com/0989969150 
Ebook - http://a.co/7DiBAAd

Thank you, Paulette, for sharing this new book with us. I'm sure my readers will be as interested in reading it as I am.

Comment conversation starter questions: Have you ever had a secret that affected all of your life? Have you had a revelation from someone else that shocked and affected you?

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