Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SPRING RAINE - Delia Latham - A Book Giveaway

Welcome back, Delia. Tell us about your salvation experience.
What a precious memory! I was seven years old. My father’s brother pastored a church in our neighborhood, and my parents had been attending that church for about a year when I asked to be baptized. My parents agreed, and my pastor-uncle baptized me in the precious name of Jesus. I still remember how my heart beat a timpani rhythm while he placed my hands over my nose and mouth, and spoke the familiar words I’d heard him say before other baptismal ceremonies. He dipped me all the way under the water, and I came up speaking in another tongue. It was the most amazing, unforgettable experience of my life!

My salvation experience was when I was 7 years old, too. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
  • Mac Lucado. No one says anything more beautifully and more “to the heart” than this man. How does he do it? I’d love to hear, from the man himself, about his writing journey, and how he comes up with such amazing, heart-stirring, life-changing turns of phrase.
  • Beth Moore. She’s amazing, both as a writer and a speaker. I’d love to learn a little about both from her, in a relaxed setting like a private retreat.
  • Stephen King. Surprising, I know, but he’s a successful, riveting author who’s scrabbled his way from the bottom to the top. A lot of hard-earned writing wisdom is stowed away in that admittedly dark brain. I’d love to shine a light on it and take away a bunch of gold nuggets.
  • Debora Coty. Someone needs to be there to make us laugh, and besides…Deb’s a really good writer.
  • Tanya Stowe. I can’t imagine planning a writing retreat without including my critique partner, co-author and friend, from whom I’ve learned so much on the craft of writing.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I don’t speak often, and I wouldn’t consider it a ministry, per se. Most of my speaking gigs are writing-related. Occasionally I do share a spiritual topic with a church group, and again, I do find a great deal of satisfaction in doing so, but my real ministry is in writing.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Hmmm….I can’t really think of anything, so I must not have yet experienced a truly embarrassing writing-related moment. Well, there was the time I sent a very private message to the entire Pelican Book Group author loop…but that was more horrifying than embarrassing. I learned a valuable lesson that day, though. I’m much better now about double-checking my recipient list before hitting send on an email!

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I always say, “There’s no time like the present. Start writing.”

Tell us about the featured book.
Spring Raine is the first novel in a 4-book series called Paradise Pines. The series takes place in Cambria—a charming, seaside village on California’s Central Coast. My husband and I have a friend who has generously shared her Cambria home with us on numerous occasions, and we’ve come to love this little town, and the surrounding area. For a romance writer, Cambria holds so many possibilities for creativity. And I have to admit, writing while sitting in our friend’s living room, with the window open to the sound of the ocean…well, there’s nothing else like it! I simply had to build a series around this much-loved getaway location.

Here’s a blurb from Spring Raine:
An uncharacteristic, last-minute decision to do something “wild and crazy” before entering the stressful world of forensic science sends Raine Presley to Cambria, California. Against a cloud of disapproval from her slightly manipulative, over-protective parents, she signs a seasonal lease at the beautiful Paradise Pines Lodge...and winds up over her head in life and love.

Declan Keller’s just minding his own business—literally—when Raine drops into his world and turns it upside down. He’s far too busy carving beautiful shapes out of chunks of wood to be babysitting a gal from Pasadena. Even so, his father’s promise to an old friend obligates him, despite a looming deadline that could make or break his career in the art world. He’s praying for anything but Raine when she comes along.

Neither Declan nor Raine is prepared for the seemingly divine influence of Paradise Pines—and Miss Angelina Love. A mysterious lady who may or may not own the lodge, Miss Angie possesses an amazing talent for mending ruffled feathers, spouting proverbs, and somehow bending even the most determined of hearts to the power of love.

Please give us the first page of the book.
For a moment she couldn’t breathe, and then the barest whisper passed her lips—half spontaneous praise, half simple awe. “Oh my…I’ve found Paradise!” From within her sporty little red convertible, Raine Presley peered through a misty early March drizzle at the most beautiful piece of land she’d ever seen. Paradise Pines Lodge. Her home for the next few months.

Aside from the forest of tall Cambria pines, which she had expected to see, the grounds boasted a huge number of beautiful old sycamore trees—tall, stately, and dripping with silvery Spanish moss. Moonlight glowed through the lacy fingers of hanging flora, creating a somewhat haunting air, and a tiny shiver made its way up her spine. But not enough to make her turn and leave. The beauty far outshone the slight spookiness of moss in moonlight.

Square in the center of the surrounding forest of variegated tree species, many of which Raine found unfamiliar, the lodge itself demanded far more than a passing glance. The website had described Paradise Pines Lodge as “spacious.” Raine chuckled as she pulled her car under the east carport, as she’d been directed. Spacious was a blatant understatement. The place was huge, and yet warmth and welcome radiated from within. Lights shone from every facing window—and they were many. Two chimneys, one on each end of the lodge, sent thin plumes of smoke spiraling into the sky.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A SICILIAN FAREWELL - MaryAnn Diorio - One Free Book

Welcome back, MaryAnn. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness is a theme that keeps cropping up in my stories, even though I don’t always set out to write about forgiveness. I think the reason for this is that forgiveness has played a major role in my life in the process of receiving emotional and physical healing. Throughout Scripture, forgiveness is intertwined with healing of all kinds.

I also like to write about the redemptive process, about overcoming the impossible through faith, and about the restoration of broken relationships through the power of unconditional love.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Lord willing, I have a children’s story book coming out in late Spring of this year titled The Dandelion Patch. It is a story of standing up for what is right no matter what the odds. The book is currently being illustrated by Doina Paraschiv, a wonderful illustrator who illustrated my earlier children’s picture book, Toby Too Small.

In December 2017, Lord willing, I also plan to release Return to Bella Terra, Book 3 of The Italian Chronicles Trilogy. For 2018, Lord willing, I am planning to publish two stand-alone novels which I’ve already begun to write—An Italian Romance and In Black and White—and a book of children’s poems titled Poems for Wee Ones.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would spend an evening with a homeless person—man or woman—just to listen and to learn.   

My husband and I were involved with a homeless ministry for several years. Their stories are interesting and unique, not at all what you’d expect a lot of the time. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I would like to meet Smith Wigglesworth, a British evangelist of the 19th century and a man of great faith, to learn more about faith and how it operates.

There is a large book of devotions by Smith Wigglesworth. You might like it. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Smith-Wigglesworth-Devotional-WIGGLESWORTH-SM/dp/0883685744/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1484682462&sr=1-3

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Having received hundreds—if not thousands—of rejections over my writing career, I can empathize with the feelings of writers who have been receiving only rejections. I would encourage them with these gentle reminders:

1) Trust that God has a plan for your writing. Nothing we do to glorify the Lord is done in vain. If we are truly writing for King Jesus, then we don’t fret over rejections. If we have committed our works to Him—as He commands us to do in Proverbs 16: 3—then we know that He is in control of the results of our writing life. Of course, we have a part to play. But, as the Word commands, when we have done all that is in our power to do, we must then simply stand in faith and in expectation of good results (Ephesians 6: 13).

2) Be open to what God may be trying to teach you through repeated rejections. The writing process is not just about the growth of our readers; it is primarily about our own growth. Is the Lord trying to teach you patience? Trust? Dying to self in some way? I have discovered that the writing journey is, first and foremost, a spiritual journey of becoming like Jesus. This is God’s primary goal for each of His children, no matter what their occupation. God will do whatever is necessary in our lives to make us like Jesus—even allowing repeated rejections. When you get a rejection, don’t sulk. Begin praising the Lord and rejoicing in Him. This shows God that you truly trust him with your life and with your writing. Praising God also shifts the focus from you to God—which is where our focus should always be. :)

3) Stand firm on God’s promises to you. God promises that everything you put your hand to shall prosper (Deuteronomy 30: 9). One time when I was being tempted to feel especially depressed over yet another writing rejection, Holy Spirit spoke these words to me: “I wanted you to write that article for that editor only, not for the general public.” I began to weep as the Lord’s words penetrated my being with a realization of the depth of His love for one single person. I also marveled at His trusting me to convey the message of that love to that editor. So, place the results of your writing in God’s hands, and trust that He will eventually get your writing to those people whom He had destined to read what you write.

4) Sometimes rejections result simply from the fact that your writing is not what an editor, agent, or publisher is looking for. The writing itself may be excellent, but it does not fill a need of that person or publication. For this reason, make sure that you study the markets and keep abreast of editorial needs.

5) Make excellent writing your top priority. Writers usually don’t like to hear that a possible reason for rejections is mediocre writing. Often, writing is rejected simply because it is not up to par. So, make excellence your chief writing goal. Write what is in your heart—what Holy Spirit quickens you to write. Do not follow trends. Be true to the writing vision our Lord has given you. It is a vision unique to you and that only you can fulfill. Then hone your writing skills. Read outstanding writing. Then write, write, write! We learn to write by writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Sicilian Farewell is Book 2 in The Italian Chronicles Trilogy. It is a continuation of Book 1, The Madonna of Pisano, and chronicles the spiritual, emotional, and physical journey of Maria Landro Tonetta and her husband Luca, the heroine and hero of Book 1, as they leave their beloved Sicily to begin a new life in America. Will Maria and Luca survive the incredible challenges that come against them? Will their marriage survive? And will the call of God on their lives end up being destroyed by a major crisis that broadsides them unawares? As in my first book, the story is based on a true incident in the lives of my ancestors, although the story has been substantially changed to accommodate novelistic parameters. A Sicilian Farewell is filled with drama, intrigue, conflict, and a spiritual take-away that, I trust, will inspire readers.

Please give us the first page of the book.
            Dusk fell in Luca Tonetta’s tailor shop as he counted his meager earnings from his
past week of work. His revenue had dropped fifty percent in the last week alone. Not good. Especially since he had a wife and three young children to support.
              And two months of back rent due to his landlord, Silvestro Lamponi, the man who owned the building in which Luca’s shop was located.
              At this rate, Luca would soon be bankrupt if he didn’t do something fast. Besides, Silvestro was none too happy and had made it clear that, if Luca did not pay up, he’d be evicted.
              Luca’s stomach tightened as he returned the few coins to the leather pouch in which he kept his earnings. Prospects for a financial turn-around here in Pisano were few and far between. With Italy’s recent devastating defeat at the hands of Ethiopia in the Battle of Adwa, Sicily had felt the blow more than the mainland. No wonder so many were leaving the island for better opportunities elsewhere. The newspaper headlines that very morning had warned of an imminent economic collapse and reported a mass exodus of men from the island.
              Luca rubbed his face. What would the mass exodus mean for his business? Already, the clothes racks of his tailor shop, usually full of finished projects by the end of the day, now held only a few items, while the coffers at the end of the workday held one-fourth the revenues compared to this same date a year ago. In recent weeks, the number of customers had dwindled drastically as more and more men left Pisano—and the entire island—for better opportunities abroad. At first, it had been the lure of wealth that drew them. But now, it was the lure of survival.
              Luca raked his fingers through his hair. He had to do something fast—something that would allow no option for failure. If he failed in his role as provider and protector, he’d never be able to look himself in the mirror again. Nothing else mattered more.
              As if the economic decline were not bad enough, productivity from Bella Terra, his wife’s family farm, had dropped drastically. Last spring’s drought had nearly destroyed the entire orange and lemon crops, and their vegetable staples of green peppers, zucchini, and string beans had fallen far short of yielding their usual bounty.
              Things did not look good.
              Luca exhaled a long breath. What could he do that would assure him of financial success and, at the same time, not put his family in difficulty? Should he join those who were leaving the island, or should he make a last-ditch effort to rescue his business from a looming death?
              The latter choice seemed pretty bleak. Among the large numbers of the population leaving Sicily—and especially Pisano—were those who would have been potential customers.
              He shook his head as the weight of the decision settled in the pit of his stomach.
              He placed the leather pouch in the wooden box where he stored his weekly earnings and locked it. The thought of having to close the tailor shop he’d taken over from his late father and built to a thriving business sickened him. Made him feel like a traitor to his father.
             And a coward in the face of challenge.


How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Monday, January 16, 2017

PENGUIN IN THE PANTRY - Jamie Bryant - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve already featured a couple of Jamie Bryant’s children’s picture books on the blog. They are so colorful with fun stories that really grab preschooler’s attention. My great grandsons, aged 3 and almost 2, love the pictures and the repetition with the animals. At the same time, they’re learning concepts. I know a lot of people have electronic tablet devices for their children. Since these books come both in print and Kindle editions, they are just right for those devices.

Welcome back, Jamie. What compelled you to write a children’s book series?
When my children were young, I read to them every day. Now that I have grandchildren finding a great book that I love to read to them has proven to be challenging at times. When I did find a story or character that the children enjoyed, I would usually look for that character or author again. When I sat down to write the first book in this series, Monkey in the Mailbox, my imagination ran wild. That very night I wrote down 9 more potential titles for this series.

How does a story for children come to you?
I managed my own home childcare business for eighteen years. The children often would often say to me, “Tell us a Story, Miss Jamie.” Needless to say I had to be always ready and keep my imagination soaring to keep coming up with stories. Also when something happens and it’s funny or interesting I take note of it. One day my husband was eating a sandwich at the table with me and one of the children I was caring for. She was four years old and got extremely excited when she saw a ladybug on his sandwich. She squealed just before the ladybug became his lunch. It’s not yet, but will be a story someday. :)

What do you find most challenging in being a writer?
The necessary needed alone time to actually do the writing. Currently I am my own marketing department, so time must be allotted for this daily. Also I’m a People Person. I love being with people and talking to them and miss that. Something I’ve started doing in the last several months is scheduling Interactive Story-times with props at pre-schools and libraries, which gives me my people time.

That was a problem for me when I started writing, too. As you know, I’m also a people person. I almost drove James crazy talking so much when he got home from work. I missed adult conversation. He used to be rather quiet. Now he likes to talk, too. What makes you smile?
I smile when I sing worship music. I smile when I see children and especially when they laugh. I smile when I think of my family and all that God has blessed me with.

What’s your favorite dessert?
I really love Buttermilk Pie. Someone gave me one as a gift a few years ago and I smiled and said, “Thank you,” thinking the whole time … this is gross. Of course I had to at least try it and give a response. I’ve loved it ever since and make it often with homemade pie crust.

Wow! I never learned to make a good pie crust, so I just buy a quality frozen one. I don’t buy the ones with lard in them. And my mother-in-law introduced me to Buttermilk Pie, and I love it. What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
Penguin in the Pantry finds young Denny just trying to go to the kitchen pantry and get his morning cereal. This becomes a challenge for him because each time he opens the pantry door he is met by a new animal, that only he can see. Surprisingly enough, all of the animals start with the letter P. This provides a teaching opportunity for parents. In the end….Wait! I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to read the book. :)

How can readers find you on the internet?
Twitter@readjamiebryant
Facebook@jamiebryantbooks
Instagram@jamiebryantbooks
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Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this book with us. It’s a wonderful gift for children and grandchildren. Teachers in preschools and libraries should have it, too.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

WINNERS!!!!

Beth (IA) is the winner of The Poison We Drink by Carol McClain.

Donna (IL) is the winner of The Physics of Love by Donna Schlachter.

Elaine (WI) is the winner of The Saboteur by Susan Page Davis.

Susan (TX) is the winner of Somebody Somewhere in Texas by Connie Leonard.

If you won a book and you like it, please consider giving the author the courtesy of writing a review on Goodreads, Amazon.com, Christianbooks.com, Barnes and Noble, or other Internet sites. 

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Congratulations
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Friday, January 13, 2017

THE AMISH WANDERER - Laura V Hilton - One Free Book

Bio: Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals or blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye and currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife and homeschools her two youngest children. When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Welcome back, Laura. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about? 
I don’t generally pick out spiritual themes, but a lot of them are based on trusting God even when you don’t see His hand moving. The theme of The Amish Wanderer is how you react when it seems God doesn’t hear your prayers? The two characters have different views on this.

What other books of yours are coming out soon? 
There *might* be an Indie published contemporary romance coming out with some other authors later this month, entitled Love in the Skies. My story is First Class, Wrong Flight. There also *might* be another collection with other authors releasing in April or May (these are not for sure, set in stone dates yet!) I don’t know the title of that collection, but my story is called The Kissing Bridge.  In August, I have a novella with Barbour Books in the Second Chance Brides collection called Married by Mistake. In September, Whitaker House releases another Amish Christmas story, The Christmas Challenge and in October another Amish book releases, but I don’t yet know for sure what that title will be.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why? 
A random officer in the Coast Guard so I could ask a ton of questions. Either that or one of my favorite authors so we could talk books.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why? 
Mary and Martha. The main character in The Christmas Challenge is like Martha and she has some interesting questions about Martha’s attitude and how (and if) she ever learned to sit at Jesus’s feet and listen.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?  
Oh, good question. Keep studying and learning the craft, and don’t be afraid to let your pain into the book. Often that is the key to making the characters come alive – YOU know how it feels when you are rejected, go through a life-threatening illness, a life-altering event, or whatever. Let that passion out.

Tell us about The Amish Wanderer.
Bethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He has left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.

Silas’s family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He has lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?

Please give us the first page of the book. 
November
The sky is falling and I’m searching for somewhere to hide. We need someone to help, but all I see are clouds in everyone’s eyes. If my fears could only be forgotten…

If only I could get out of this town.

An unidentified sound, loud in the relative silence, jarred Bethany. Her blue pen made a squiggly line across the page in the fat little notebook where she wrote her thoughts. Maybe she should’ve found a more secluded place than the hay pile beside the loft ladder, but she rarely was disturbed. She raised her head and listened.

Nothing, except the squeak of the wood doors in the back of the barn as her younger brother, Timothy, put the cows out to pasture. The soft lowing of cows. The clucking of free-range chickens.

Hopefully, he was too busy to notice she’d left—and wouldn’t look for her.

But there it was again. From somewhere overhead. A sound that didn’t belong. A creak and a thump.

Hopefully, it wasn’t Hen. She’d hear if he were out of jail, ain’t so? A thread of fear ripped through her, unraveling the tiny bit of peace she’d been able to find.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Thank you, Laura, for sharing this book with us today. It sounds like a good read.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

CHASING FREEDOM - H L Wegley - One Book Giveaway

Welcome back, H L. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
For the past 2 or 3 years, I’ve felt led to write about issues in American society, culture, and government. Until God shows me he wants me writing something else, that's where I plan to focus. Writing about the erosion of our freedoms, especially religious freedom, and related issues, has allowed me to draw heavily on 10 years of self-study in Christian apologetics and Christian worldview. Writing novels is not how I originally planned to use my apologetical studies, but it seems to be where God is leading me.

I believe you’re putting it to good use. Tell us a little about your family.
My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th anniversary with a two-week vacation in Maui, hiking beaches, snorkeling with turtles—a well-deserved rest after selling our big house and downsizing to a townhouse half its size. We have three children, all grown and married, who have given us seven wonderful grandchildren. All of us live in the Northwest.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
My writing has cut deeply into my reading time. I find myself struggling to squeeze in time to read books to review for other authors and to read books from authors who write in my genre. My reading is mostly within the genres I write, thrillers and high-action romantic suspense.

What are you working on right now?
My current WIP, which I'm editing and polishing for submittal, is an espionage thriller with roots in the Cold War era and deadly tentacles reaching into the present, endangering an innocent young woman's life.

Sounds wonderful! What outside interests do you have?
My wife and I both love beach hiking. If we can’t make it to the beach, we walk the local trails where we live, near Seattle. Whenever the forecast says sunny and warm, we head for the outer Olympic Peninsula and hike the rugged shores of the Pacific. And whenever we manage to save enough for travel, we head for Maui, where we snorkel and walk miles barefoot in the sand. We’re also involved in small group ministry through our church.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
The primary settings for my stories usually are places I love and know well. For example, the Olympic Peninsula, Whistler, BC, Crooked River Ranch in Central Oregon, and Lake Chelan in Central Washington. Sometimes, I set a scene at a particular location for special effects, such as depicting irony. In book one of the series featured in this post, I set a fierce battle scene near Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River in Oregon to contrast the ugliness of man's creation, war, with the beauty of God's creation, Steelhead Falls.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I would love to have the chance to tell Charles Darwin about the universe we've discovered inside the cell—something he was oblivious to—especially about the discoveries made since the invention of the electron microscope—RNA, DNA, and their encoding of physical specification. By Darwin’s own admission, I believe what we know today would cause him to abandon his faulty theory. I think he would look in disbelief and horror when he hears how his theories have been forced upon billions of people based upon the philosophical preferences of the “intellectually elite” rather than on science and facts. As to why Darwin—maybe it’s just wishful thinking that changing the past might change the present.

That might make a good novel. A Christian time traveler and Darwin. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I had realized that I needed to learn the craft of writing fiction and about story structure, before I wrote my first novel. It would have spared me a lot of pain and frustration.

Unfortunately, most of us go through that. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Over the past year, which included selling our home of 31 years and moving, after I suffered a back injury on day 1 of the move, I've learned how truly blessed I am to have a beautiful, caring, unselfish, and courageous woman as my wife for the past 50 years. While I lay helpless in a zero-gravity chair, she almost single-handedly packed and moved us from a 3,500-sq-ft home to a 1,700-sq-ft townhouse. Young men, if you’re fortunate enough to find a slender, freckle-faced, heart-on-her-sleeve Irish girl who loves the Lord, marry her.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
First, learn the craft. Second, determine what you're passionate about—often this is a God-given passion—and third, write about that.

Tell us about the featured book.
I'm featuring Chasing Freedom, book 3 in my Against All Enemies trilogy. Chasing Freedom is the prequel, but was written to be read last. It's the story of a young woman, an international scholar, whose family flees to the US because of death threats from a drug cartel. It's also the story of a disgraced Olympic decathlete who wants his honor back, and who risks his life to give the young woman and her family a chance at life and liberty as they battle both the drug cartel and an immigration system that has lost sight of the intent of American asylum laws.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Why had Papa picked this rundown, isolated restaurant to rendezvous with her? The Sinaloa Cartel's personal vendetta against him had frightened them all, but Redding, California, was a thousand driving miles from their home in Nogales. Surely her family was safe here after fleeing to the U.S. from the border town.

Alejandra Santiago steered the compact car she’d rented in Corvallis into the parking lot of the small restaurant on the outskirts of Redding. Above the mountains to the north, the top of Mount Shasta glowed pink in the fading twilight of the sweltering July evening. What little light remained revealed speckled white walls of a building in dire need of paint.

In his brief phone call, asking if Allie could drive down from the university to see them, Papa had mentioned threats made in Nogales against him and some against her little brother, Benjamin. The cartel was good at intimidation and threatening Benjamin would certainly accomplish that.

Allie, tell me again how this drug kills the germs.

As Benjamin's voice replayed in her mind, she pictured his large brown eyes expressing wonder at each new biological fact his sharp mind assimilated. But even her pharmacy program at Oregon State couldn’t supply enough medical facts to satisfy his ravenous appetite for knowledge.

She loved her family dearly, but Allie adored Benjamin. If the cartel tried to hurt him, she would shoot them all herself.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook author’s page: https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley
Many of my readers have friended me and use my FB profile page:

Thank you, H L, for sharing this book with us. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Chasing Freedom: The Prequel (Against All Enemies) (Volume 3) - paperback
Chasing Freedom: The Prequel (Against All Enemies Book 3) - Kindle


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THROUGH EYES OF HOPE - Lacey Buchanan - One Free Book

Welcome, Lacey, I’ve been looking forward to this interview. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
Well, I am a mama who loves my kids madly. I am passionate about what I do in spreading the message of hope through our story because not only does it bring glory to God to share what incredible things He has done for our family. It also makes the world a better place for my boys when one more person understands and accepts the disabled community.

Tell us about your family.
My husband, Chris, works in insurance. He and I have been together since we were teenagers. Next June will officially make fifteen years together for us, and 9 of those married.

Christian is our first born who was born with a disability. He is hilarious and silly and so intelligent. He loves to make people laugh. He’s so much like his mama that I just want to squeal with delight! J He’s in kindergarten and learning to read Braille. He takes karate and is about to test for his first belt. He loves music and funny enough, recording toys! He wants to be a radio DJ when he grows up. He is just rocking this thing called life and enjoying every minute of it!

Chandler is the baby of the family. He is our wild child. He has been the one to test me and push every button I have, and he is so much like his daddy that sometimes I want to scream. Haha!! He is protective over Christian and acts more like a big brother than a little brother. He is all boy. He loves race cars, trains, trucks, and anything with wheels. He is a joy!

And there’s me! I just graduated from law school in May, sat for my Bar in July, and passed! Woo hoo!!! I hope to start a solo practice and start working some by the summer. I don’t plan to go full force at it just yet because I want to have time to focus my energy on the book!

I can’t forget our critters either. We have two Boston Terriers, Steel and Kal, one sweet kitty named Laney, and four fish, lovingly named by the boys: Otis, Dover, Slinky, and Zebra. J

Very creative fish names. I love little boys. I have three great grandsons who range in age from almost 2 to 9. Have you written other nonfiction books?
I have not. This is my very first go with writing a book at all, although I have loosely kept a blog over the years since Christian was born. I say “loosely” because updates have been sporadic, taking a back seat to being a mama and going to law school.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I just finished up the 40 Day Prayer Journal that will accompany Through the Eyes of Hope. So far, that is all that is going on in that department, but I hope to be able to write more in the future!

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
What is this leisure time you speak of? Haha! Just kidding! Sort of. J I do enjoy running! I recently completed my very first half marathon back in October, and it was so much fun! I also love to read! I can get lost for hours in a good book if Chris is able to let me take a few hours to myself on occasion! Other than that, I really just enjoy spending time with my boys and my family!

Why did you write the featured book?
I knew that I had to share our story with the world. I knew that our journey was meant to be shared. It was so incredible to see what God did in our lives, and we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. I want to shout hope and encouragement to the world through this book!

I also want to spread awareness for the disabled community. I hope to shed some light on what it’s like to be a family with a disabled member, so that those who have not encountered or experienced something like this can learn and understand and accept people with disabilities, like Christian! I hope this book makes the world a better place for Christian and others like him!

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want them to hear how God turned our ashes to beauty and our weeping into joy, and how God can do that for them, too. Our tragic circumstances don’t have to define us because we serve a BIG and loving God. We can make it through and come out refined.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
I would love to answer a big question that most people have when they first see photos of Christian or if they encounter us in public. It is absolutely okay to ask questions! We love talking about Christian. And I promise, our skin is not so thin that an innocent question will upset us. J Christian’s disability isn’t a sore spot for us. We love that boy wildly, and we are always happy to explain about his disability and his life! Education is key and I want to educate the world!

Please give us the first page or two from the book.
The first few pages of my book open into an introduction that starts at, well, the very beginning! A birth! The reader is welcomed into the operating room of Christian’s birth to hear about the moment that he took his first breath. The reader is also welcomed into my mind’s eye, as I tell my perspective on what was going on around me; the unexplainable mingling of joy and pain, the terrifying days that lay ahead for us, and the relationship between Chris and myself.

The reader is then led into Chapter one, where we jump back in time to the day I found out I was pregnant and the concerning days that followed. I really think the reader will enjoy following along from the very beginning and seeing just how far Christian has come! From there on, I guess you’ll just have to get the book to find out what happens next! J

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?

Thank you, Lacey, for sharing your story with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Through Eyes of Hope - Christianbook.com
Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Your Adversity - Amazon
Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Your Adversity - Kindle
Through the Eyes of Hope: Love More, Worry Less, and See God in the Midst of Your Adversity - Audio

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

THE JOYFUL JELLYFISH - Jamie Bryant - One Free Book

Welcome back, Jamie. Do you have plans to write a book for each of the nine fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23?
I do. Book Three, The Peaceful Panther, will be available in February 2017. Book four is currently being illustrated and titles for the five others have been created.

When it come to children’s books, is a good story all you need?
In my opinion, No! For children’s picture books the illustrations are key and go hand in glove with the message. I love to write and am blessed with ideas, however without creative illustrations my writing wouldn’t intrigue young children. A picture is worth a thousand words. That phrase was originally quoted, One look is worth a thousand words, in Printers Ink in December 1921, and still holds true today.

Currently you are Indie publishing. Any advice to someone else considering going this route?
There’s an old phrase, “If you build it they will come.” This is not so true in writing. You would think, “If I write it, someone will read it and buy it.” That’s not always the case. You need to either pay someone to market your book, or be prepared to market it yourself. Fortunately, my background is marketing, however I continue to learn daily what works and what doesn’t, and challenge myself in the social media world. Be prepared to daily be doing, scheduling, or calling someone that can move you and your book/books forward for sales.

What do you hope to accomplish with this series, The Fruit of the Spirit Collection?
Getting the word of God into the homes and hearts of parents and children with simple yet practical stories.

If you were on a desert island what five things would you want with you?
Pencil for writing :)
Paper for writing on :)
Food
Drink
A lifeboat to get off the island :)

Do you have a favorite TV series?
I absolutely do. Heartland! It’s a series from Canada and is in its 10th season. It’s the longest running series in Canada. For the most part, it’s a family friendly show and portrays their family overcoming even when it’s tough. I love how they still sit down and eat dinner together … even if the conversation gets messy at times.

What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
The Joyful Jellyfish is Book Two in the Fruit of the Spirit Collection. In this book about ‘joy’ Jellyfish has the opportunity to encourage her friend Crab, who seems to be mostly crabby. Jelly uses the passage in Galatians 5:22-23 to explain to her friend about this fruit of the Spirit.

How can readers find you own the internet?
Instagram: @jamiebryantbooks

Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this new book with us. My great grandsons are really enjoying the books you've written.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Joyful Jellyfish: The Fruit Of The Spirit Collection-Book Two - hardback
The Joyful Jellyfish (The Fruit of the Spirit Collection Book 2) - Kindle

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Monday, January 09, 2017

ROMANCE GROWS IN ARCADIA VALLEY (SOW IN LOVE) - Valerie Comer - One Ebook Giveaway

Bio: Valerie Comer's life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters. Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner.

Welcome back, Valerie. Why did you become an author?
Because the thought of writing out my hallucinations and getting paid to share them with the world was too great to resist! Seriously, though, there are so many stories floating around in my brain, and they need a way out. I’m thankful that God has given me this opportunity.

I know what you mean. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I once thought I’d like to be an architect and design eco-friendly houses. I now design houses and turn (imaginary) people loose in them without spending a fortune on the college degree … and with no worries about the structures holding up under the snow load or gale-force winds.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Honestly? I’d take right now. I’m grateful to live in a time period where glasses and computers have been invented. Command-plus is my friend. Not that many years ago, someone with my vision problems would have been functionally blind. I have so much to be thankful for.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I’m a Canadian, so I’m not sure how to answer this question! Have you seen that meme going around Facebook where it asks Americans how many states they have visited and says the average is eight? Personally, I’ve visited 23 US states. I’d like to experience the New England states someday, as well as their Canadian neighbors, the Atlantic provinces.

At least, I’m above average with 17, and I’d love to visit Canada, too. How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
My husband and I are planning a month-long trip to the United Kingdom in 3-4 years. I believe those of us who live in western North America tend not to have a deep feeling of history, as everything happened quite recently in the grand scheme of things. I want to experience the depth of that history in England and Wales.

My ancestors came from Norway, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany, so I’d love to visit Europe, but my strongest desire is to visit Australia. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
My human mind keeps lapsing back into, “Look at this fun story that I wrote! God is blessing it.” And God keeps reminding that I don’t write ‘for’ Him and hope He will bless it, like some heavenly Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Instead, writing is an act of worship and dependence on Him, and I need to ask Him daily to tell His stories through my fingertips … the stories He knows the readers He’s brought me need to hear.

I learned to look at my books that way, too. That’s why when a publisher doesn’t contract my proposal, I know it’s because it wouldn’t reach the readers He wants it to. Tell us about the featured book.
When is a box set not a box set? When it’s the gateway to a shared world where six authors are launching brand new contemporary romance series! Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley takes place in a fictional Idaho community where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. It’s a collection of six novellas, one each by Mary Jane Hathaway, Elizabeth Maddrey, Lee Tobin McClain, Danica Favorite, Annalisa Daughety, and me (Valerie Comer). Each novella is the prequel to a three-book series. An Arcadia Valley Romance will release each month for the next year and a half!

That’s great. I’d love to feature each of them. Please give us the first page of the book.
My novella in Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley, Sow in Love, kicks off my Garden Grown Romance series. Here is its description:
Real estate consultant Joanna Kraus’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly man’s grandson. In fact, it seems like sending her back to the drawing board is his primary joy. How can a vintage 1960s house and two greenhouses generate income for the church in receipt of the trust?
The more Grady Akers gets to know Joanna, the more he finds himself hoping it takes a long time to find a solution, but his charm may be no match for the armor wrapped around Joanna’s heart. Will the perfect solution for the property be perfect to grow a love that’s just been sown?

Here’s the first page:
“No, I don’t think so.”

Joanna Kraus pressed both hands on the boardroom table and stared at the infuriating man at the other end. “No? And why not?”

“I don’t think that’s what my grandfather has in mind.”

Why didn’t the elderly Mr. Akers come and speak to the committee himself? He was only old, not dead. He didn’t always make sense, they said, but the message had to be clearer than coming through a third party. Warning bells rang. Hadn’t Pierce used his dad’s name to stall the deal she’d put together for him?

She lifted her chin and met Grady Akers’ dazzling blue eyes. “Why don’t you explain what your grandfather wants instead of making me guess?” This proposal wasn’t going to fall through like this. Not on her watch. Not again.

Early spring sunshine angled in through the tall, narrow windows of the Grace Fellowship board room. Flames flickered in the gas fireplace. The other three committee members’ heads swung back and forth as though watching a tennis match.

“Ms. Kraus.” Grady flashed a winsome smile. “As I mentioned in my initial request, he wants the property to be used for something that benefits the church and the community. While bulldozing the structures and building a row of townhomes for low-income housing would definitely assist those who live in them, Granddad would prefer an option that is of lower cost and wider benefit.”

Of course, the Akers family dangled the carrot of additional funding in front of Grace Fellowship. No one could blame Joanna for thinking big.  All she needed was one or two solid, completed deals in her CV to set her consulting company on the right track again. This deal for her brother’s church — and hers, since she’d moved — should have been a slam-dunk.

I’m eager to see what happens next. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Valerie, for introducing us to your book and the boxed set.

Readers, here’s a link to the ebook. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley (Arcadia Valley Romance Book 0) - A link to pre-order the ebook

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