Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SANTA FE SUNRISE - Tanya Stowe - One Free Book

Welcome back, Tanya. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I don’t know why I write the books I write. An idea comes. It intrigues me. I try to find the faith challenge in the concept and I write it. I don’t understand it but I appreciate how the Lord lets me work through things in my writing.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I was so stressed at my wedding I can’t say it was that day. I’ve had many, many wonderful days in my life but I’d have to say one of the highlights was the day I sold my first book.

Being published has changed my writing in several ways. Now I get to write full time instead of squeezing it in my spare time. I have many more friends but the most important change has been having a community of readers who have become friends as well. So now I have someone to talk to about my books!

What are you reading right now?
I’m getting ready to start How to Charm the Beekeepers Heart by Candice Patterson.

What is your current work in progress?
My current work in progress is doing revisions on a romantic suspense I just sold to Love Inspired Suspense.

What would be your dream vacation?
I’ve had some pretty awesome vacations. Europe. Egypt. Petra. Motorhoming across the U.S. Right now, given my current schedule, sitting on the beach in the Caribbean sounds pretty good. Lol.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
They choose me. As I said, my husband and I travel a lot. Sometimes when I go to a place, something just strikes a chord and won’t let go of me until I’ve built a story around it. My first visit to Santa Fe was like that. Something about the place just compelled me to find a story to fit. The same with Sedona Sunset. Never Ending Night came about when I read about a Civil War battle. So … they choose me and won’t leave me alone.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Mel Gibson and not for the reasons some people might imagine. He’s a master craftsman. His life has had the highest of highs and the lowest lows struggling with alcoholism. No matter how low he gets, he picks himself up, brushes himself off and moves forward without giving in to despair like so many others do. I honestly don’t think someone could do that without an intense, personal relationship with and love of Jesus. And on top of all that, he brings those highs and lows into his movies and shares those realistic struggles with us. I wish I had the courage to do that. Amazing.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Travel. Tennis. Hiking.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
In writing I’m a storyteller not a word crafter. I have to work at it constantly. And in life, storytelling very often gets in the way of listening. I work on that too.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Take grammar seriously. You have to know the rules to break them. After that write constantly.

Tell us about Santa Fe Sunrise.
I love this book. I suppose because I love Santa Fe and the curious mélange of atmospheres there. History. Art. Culture. They all blend into a feel that is distinctly Santa Fe. I also the love the hero. He appeared in Sedona Sunset and grew so much in Santa Fe that I hardly recognized him. Also, I think I’m a little like the heroine, Rafaella. Devoted to family. Determined to honor her heritage but trying to be practical. So busy doing so many things she forgets to sit at the feet of the Lord and listen. I guess that’s enough without giving away too much of the story!

Please give us the first page of the book.
Brett Fraser couldn’t move his neck. He’d caught a few hours’ sleep hunkered into the crevice between his car seat and the door. His right hand throbbed with tiny needles as the circulation came back, and his knee, wrapped around the gearshift, wouldn’t unbend even after he sat up.

As soon as I get off this back road and locate Santa Fe, I’m going to find a nice hotel, a shower and a king-sized bed.

Sleeping in his car had definitely lost its charm. After six months of a self-imposed sabbatical touring the great Southwest, he was ready for some creature comforts.

One thing for sure, he’d seen some spectacular country. The Grand Canyon with its sheer drop-offs and hidden valleys. Lake Powell’s amazing mixture of colors—blue, green and a thousand variations of rust. Canyon de Chelly, the Navajo’s sacred place, with its smooth, sheer walls of swirling sandstone and cliff dwellings. Absolutely unbelievable.

He might not know where or how he fit into it, but one thing was clear, God had a plan. Anyone who’d witnessed these spectacular sights had to recognize the Master Artist at work.
Case in point: the sunrise in front of him.

In Arizona, fire burned the skies during sunrise and sunset. Bright golden light and fireballs of orange and gold lit the horizon. But here, in New Mexico, the colors were softer, more subtle. Above the dark ridge, the horizon was streaked as if by a paintbrush with bands of subtle gray blending into purple, then mauve, and finally pink.

Amazing.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Tanya Stowe
Prepare for the Extraordinary
Twitter: @TanyaStowe1

Thank you, Tanya, for sharing this book with us. I'm eager to read it.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DESERT SECRETS - Lisa Harris - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Lisa Harris is a dear friend of mine, who attended the critique group in my home for a number of years before her family moved to Africa to be missionaries. I love the Internet, because it allows us to stay in contact. Her writing is wonderful, and I love following their ministry and sometimes share in something they are doing. Her suspense novels really keep me turning pages.

Welcome back, Lisa. Where do you write?
There’s a spot in my dining room where I can sit at the table and feel the “air-conditioner.” Which is really just the breeze blowing through the house, but it’s also the coolest place in the house, and where I like to work in the summer.

When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
When I first started writing there was only one option. Mailing your manuscript to a publisher. There was no quick Google search back then, so to do this, you first you found out what publishers wanted by reading through Sally Stuart’s Market Guide or a resource from the library. Then you sent off your manuscript to the publisher—a hard copy. After that was done, you waited for weeks or months for a response in your SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope so the publisher could mail back your manuscript if they rejected it). Things have definitely changed!

What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I like cooking, reading, and photography, but mostly spending time with my family whenever I can because we’re currently spread out across three countries. I’ll be spending time with my oldest for spring break and I can’t wait!

What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Remember that it takes time to learn the craft. Don’t skip over that part. Read, write, go to conferences, and write some more. Find a mentor and a group of writers who encourage you to stretch and grow as a writer. Because no matter what route you decide to take, you want your work to be the best possible.

What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
I have so many, I wouldn’t know where to start. J As for inspiration ... when I find that book that pulls me in, makes me forget my inner editor, and makes me wish I’d written it ... now that’s inspiration to keep writing better and better!

Where did you get the idea for Desert Secrets?
In looking for settings for my international stories, I knew that the Sahara would be perfect for a fast-paced romantic suspense. And it was. With my heroine and hero isolated, there’s no phone service or resources, which makes for a very intense race across the desert.

From idea to final revision, how long did it take to write?
From start to finish about four months. 

Are you working on anything now?
Yes! Two projects, actually, with a couple more in the wings. I’m currently finishing up another Love Inspired Suspense that is set in Amsterdam and will be out next year, along with final edits for a brand new Indie novel set in Africa that will be coming out this summer. This one is co-written with Lynne Gentry. I’m grateful to be busy writing!

Please tell us about Desert Secrets
 When aid worker Lexi Shannon is abducted at gunpoint in Mali, she quickly learns her kidnappers are really after her brotherand the money he's stolen. Landing at the secluded desert compound, ex-military pilot Colton Landry has a clear mission: rescue his brother, who's being held for ransom. But after discovering the kidnappers also have Lexi, there's no way he's leaving her behind. Their daring escape soon turns into a deadly chase when their plane is shot down, stranding them in the desert. Making a desperate run for the Moroccan border, Lexi and Colton must trust each other and rely on their strength and ingenuity to survive. But it may not be enough to outrun and outsmart their relentless pursuers

Please give us a peek at the first page of the book.
Lexi Shannon winced at the sharp sting of her captor’s hand across the side of her face. She blinked back the tears, then reached up to wipe away the metallic taste of blood that had pooled in the corner of her mouth.

“I’m going to ask you one last time,” the man repeated. “Where is your brother?”

She looked up at his weathered face and forced herself to catch his gaze. “I don’t know.”

He stood over her in his khaki fatigues, anger flashing in his eyes at her response. “Then we have a problem, because my boss isn’t going to like your answer. We know he was in Timbuktu with you.”

She pressed her nails into the palms of her hands, determined not to cry. “He was with me, but like I’ve already told you, he left yesterday morning, and I have no idea where he is now.”

He squatted down in front of her, his dark eyes boring through her. “Then tell me again. Everything you know about your brother’s visit.”

Lexi glanced across the makeshift compound where they’d kept her the last few hours. Past the rustic tents made of animal skins toward the endless ripples of the orange Sahara shimmering in the late afternoon sunlight. There was nothing but the sand in every direction and the raging sun above them.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
I love to hear from my readers! I have a website, www.lisaharriswrites.com, and a blog, http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com .

Thanks so much for letting me stop by, Lena!!

It’s always a pleasure to visit with you here on the blog.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Desert Secrets - Christianbook.com
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Monday, February 20, 2017

CAROLINE - Sue Barr - One Free Print or Ebook

Welcome to my blog, Sue. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Not too much, you can only have so much snark in your life … The biggest by-product of my psyche that crowds into my books is found in the dialogue. I have a fast repartee with those who know me well.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hubby and I were having coffee with a friend in the local Tim Horton’s (all Canadians just cheered at that name), and we’d been there for over two hours. I was ready to leave – they were not. I told DH if we didn’t go, as in now, I would stand up and sing. He didn’t and I did. I sang “When I’m Calling You” as it was sung by Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald. Google and listen, wait for the chorus. You’ll know why we left immediately after that.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I haven’t. I’ve written all my life, just not with purpose. I sold my first book in 2010 and still don’t feel like a writer. Any day now someone is going to cry “Fraud” and point at me.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Do you have all day? The list is long and varied. I read contemporary romance, women’s fiction, young adult, science fiction, historical romance, Christian fiction, Christian historical romance, biographies, devotionals, Christian non-fiction, bubble-gum wrappers, and cereal boxes. The last bit was to see if you actually read all the answer. The most important book I read is comprised of 66 books in total, and that is God’s word. I read exceptionally fast and can read five books or more a day, if life doesn’t intrude. Pesky life.

I’m a fast reader naturally, too. I’ve had to train myself to take it slow with the Bible. I don’t want to miss even one morsel of what God wants to tell me through His word that day. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
We place too much value on things and being busy. My priorities are this: God, husband, family, friends, and then the other “stuff,” which includes writing.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I’ve never thought about that. Usually when I start to write their names just come to me. I’ve changed some names, especially as I get into the story and the name doesn’t seem right. My first book’s heroine was called Rowena. I desperately wanted someone to call her “Ro” and have her think of salmon swimming upstream, but the name didn’t fit. She became Shelby. Much better.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My family. My sons and their spouses are content and happy. We have great grandkids who love us to pieces, and I really, really, really like my hubby. We’ll be celebrating out 34th anniversary next year, and he still makes my heart go pit-a-pat.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be one of our cats. Seriously, they’ve got it made!

What is your favorite food?
Lasagna

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Procrastination. I’d love to stop, but I keep putting it off….

Okay, okay, let’s get serious here. I work to create action around all my witty dialogue. Once my book is written I go back and add much needed dialogue beats. Things that will anchor the reader in the story and not be so much of a tennis match of he said, she said.

That sounds like part of my teaching on “Layering Pizzazz.” Tell us about the featured book.
Whatever happened to Caroline Bingley after her brother and unrequited love interest married a Bennet sister? Join me in this story of redemptive love and the healing of broken dreams.

Caroline Bingley, beyond frustrated with her brother, Charles, and Mr. Darcy both proposing to the Bennet sisters, dreads their upcoming nuptials. For three years, her sole focus has been on attaining a marriage proposal from one Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley, only to be foiled by a country miss with “fine eyes.”  Adrift and not sure of her place in life, she meets the mysterious and devastatingly handsome Lord Nathan, who equally vexes and intrigues her.

Lord Nathan Kerr, third in line to a Dukedom, had a well-earned reputation as a Rake. He cast all that and his noble title aside to become Mr. Darcy’s vicar in Kympton, finding contentment in leading his small flock and doing the Lord’s work. His plan for a quiet country life is thrown into upheaval when he meets the fiery Miss Bingley. Can he reconcile his rising desire for the spoiled miss with how a vicar’s wife “should” behave?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Caroline Bingley descended the grand staircase and proceeded toward the breakfast room, barely acknowledging the footman who efficiently pulled a chair away from the table. With a soft swish of silk, she settled on the seat. When the second footman poured her tea, she deigned to give him a slight nod of approval, but that was because she was in a fine mood.

She noted through the window overlooking her sister’s favorite garden that it was a beautiful fall morning, the leaves of the oak trees a riotous flame of red and orange. October was just around the corner and her good mood, which had been in evidence since late August, showed no sign of wavering. She’d even gone to church the day prior for mass and enjoyed the hymns, although the bishop nearly bored her to tears.

As she fussed with her morning meal, she mentally ticked off plans she and Charles had for the upcoming week. There were papers to sign, by Charles, with their lawyer to quit the lease at Netherfield Park, and she had a fitting with Madam Beaufort before the much anticipated Annual Michaelmas Ball at Lady Addleworth’s mansion.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy was sure to attend the ball. He and his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, arrived in Town the other day and spent an inordinate amount of time with Charles. She only hoped it was because Charles finally decided to pursue an arrangement with Georgiana and as her guardians, Darcy and the good Colonel would finalize the articles of marriage as well as details of the dowry. With luck they would announce the engagement before the ball and with his shy little sister taken care of, Mr. Darcy could concentrate on his own happiness.

At last Charles was safe from Miss Jane Bennet, although he’d been reminded of her when they had the misfortune of running into her sister Elizabeth while at Pemberley in early August. For a few days she’d worried Darcy might continue to grow in affection for the well-tanned miss with muddy hems and ‘fine eyes’, but fortunately she exited Derbyshire rather abruptly the very next day. Caroline didn’t need the ever present Miss Bennet to ruin her plans for Charles and Georgiana as well as those for herself. After three long years of careful planning, she would not be denied her future by a girl of little consequence.

She longed to be Mistress of Pemberley. To have others look to her for guidance, to run the household the way it should. First order of business would be to dismiss Mrs. Reynolds. The housekeeper was by far too smug and too familiar with Mr. Darcy. Why, she let anyone who knocked on the door run amok within the house and on the grounds. Such behavior would be stopped the minute she and Mr. Darcy exchanged their vows. Pemberley needed a strong hand to run efficiently and she had the fortitude to make it happen.

She bit into a light-as-air croissant and sighed. This was her only indulgence, otherwise the dress Madame Beaufort designed would never fit and she needed to look spectacular the night of the ball. Darcy would propose before night’s end or her name wasn’t Caroline Anastasia Bingley.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website:         www.suebarrauthor.com
Facebook:       www.facebook.com/AuthorSueBarr
Twitter:           www.twitter.com/SBarrAuthor
Blog:               http://suebarrauthor.blogspot.com
Amazon:         www.amazon.com/author/suebarr

Thank you, Sue, for sharing this book with us. It looks like a fun read.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Caroline (Pride & Prejudice continued...) (Volume 1) - Paperback
CAROLINE (Pride & Prejudice continued... Book 1) - Kindle

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

WINNERS!!!!

Melanie (TX) is the winner of The Dog Who Was There by Ron Marasco.

Jeanie (AZ) is the winner of Baby Bunco by Julie B Cosgrove.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

A SECOND CHANCE - Alexis Goring - One Free Ebook

Welcome, Alexis. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
There’s about maybe 50 percent of myself in each of the heroines for my stories. They have similarities to my personality and outlook on life. Sometimes, they even share the same career. It’s easier to follow the number one rule of writing fiction, “Write what you know” in that respect, but it’s also fun to create and write characters who are nothing like me.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Not talking while I eat. I tend to prefer to focus on and savor the food, rather than to carry on a conversation.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
At age 9 during an impromptu storytelling game with my brother and grandpa while my grandma fixed lunch (we were at their house while our parents were working).

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy reading contemporary and inspirational romance. My favorite authors are Becky Wade, Betsy St. Amant, JoAnn Durgin, Sarah Monzon, Sarah Jio, Kimberly Stuart, Kristin Billerbeck, and Melissa Tagg.

I also enjoy non-fiction books by my favorite journalists like Sophia A. Nelson and Soledad O’Brien. Christian Living books by the likes of Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lysa TerKeurst and Joyce Meyer are also enjoyable.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I make time for God. My pastor says, “Mornings are better when you talk to God first,” and I’ve found that to be true.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I visit baby name sites online. Sometimes I go with whatever name comes to mind. But it helps to visit those sites that list baby names and their meanings. It helps me to choose the perfect names for my characters.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of an accomplishment that God orchestrated and that was getting my first writing contract with a traditional publishing company. Cynthia Hickey of Forget Me Not Romances offered me a contract at the perfect time. I was about to commit to a writing career as an indie author and hope that eventually, I’d get an agent and become a traditionally published author. But God sent Cynthia at just the right moment to get me to reconsider, and I am so glad that I accepted her offer.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d be a deer because they’re my favorite adopted pets! Deer play in our backyard and eat the flowers in our front yard where I live, that’s why I’ve “adopted” them as my unofficial pets. I’ve always loved deer for their beauty and elegance. 

My parents retired to Fort Clark Springs in Southwest Texas. It’s a former frontier fort, which is now a resort community, and a certain percentage of the property can’t be developed. It’s a preserve where deer, wild boars, and other wildlife are in natural habitat. My dad fed the deer that came into their back yard from the woods. What is your favorite food?
Now that’s a tough choice to make because I have a long list of favorite food! But if I had to choose just one main dish, I’d say that I love “curry chicken” the way that they fix it in Jamaica.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock in my writing journey was creating deeply layered characters. Working with my God-sent editor, Liz Tolsma, helped me to overcome that obstacle because she taught me about things like GMC charts and character layering techniques. After applying the techniques that she taught me, my skills as a fiction writer grew and I am now able to create characters that are deeply layered and more captivating than before in my previous stories.

Tell us about the featured book.
My featured book, A Second Chance, is a Contemporary Romance about characters that are in need of a second chance in life and love. There’s Traci, a journalist who is struggling to “pay dues” and her bills from the wedding that never happened (her fiancé left her at the altar and ran off with her Maid of Honor). There’s Marc, also a journalist who is struggling to pay his dues. He’s known as Mr. Nice Guy and while his kindness leads to his broken heart (because his girlfriends “just want to be friends”), it brings joy to his newly widowed sister Gina. She’s a bestselling romance novelist who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter’s husband’s death. Marc steps in and helps out by babysitting when she’s working on a deadline or needs a break. Readers will find that with God’s guidance and Gina’s natural matchmaking skills, there is hope of a happily ever after for Traci and Marc.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Knee-deep in debt from wedding expenses, Traci Hightower sighed as she filed through the credit card statements. She should be married now, back from her honeymoon in Bali, and settled into her new home with her husband.

Happy.

Not single and broke.

She slapped an envelope against the desk. Five months of struggling to survive and pay off the debt. Her meager, entry-level journalist salary didn’t stretch far enough. She’d been paying her dues for seven years. She rubbed her temples. The numbers on the credit card statement blurred in front of her eyes.

The doorbell rang. A little thrill rushed through her. She stood from her cross-legged position on the floor and hopped over the mess of papers and laundry that decorated her living room.

“Who is it?”

“The woman who gave you birth.”

For the first time today, Traci smiled. She opened the door and reached for a hug from the one person who never left her hanging. “Hi, Mom.”

Her mom returned her daughter’s embrace, then dragged her suitcase inside. She glanced around. “Oh, my.”

Traci locked her door, then turned and shrugged. “I’m so glad you’re here. I’ve been looking forward to this. Can’t you stay for more than two days though?”

Mom stopped picking up the bills from the floor and faced her daughter. “No, honey. I’m sorry, but I need to return home by Wednesday morning. Dad and I have an important meeting later that day.”

Traci’s heart dipped. Mom paused and placed the bills and the stack of paper she’d picked off the floor on Traci’s kitchen counter. “Oh, sweetie.” She cocooned her daughter in another embrace.

Traci snuggled close. She inhaled the familiar scent of her mother’s favorite perfume. It smelt like coconut and lime.

“You always were a cuddler.” Mom stroked her hair. “Still up to your eyeballs in debt?”

Traci nodded.

“Why don’t you let me and your father help?”

Traci took a step back and made eye contact with her mom. “We’ve been through this. I got myself into this mess. I’ll get myself out.”

Mom smiled. “Your father and I were talking. We hate to see you struggling.”

“You don’t exactly live in a palace either. I know you want to retire soon, and I won’t have you dipping into that money.”

Mom reached into her purse. “Living in the nation’s capital area is expensive.” She rummaged through her handbag’s contents. “Have you considered moving home?”

“I can’t do that. I don’t ever want to live anywhere else. My life and career are here.”

“How’s that going for you?”

Traci picked at her fingernails. “It could be better.” Better boss, better pay, better office space. The works.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers may connect with me online via the following sites:
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com

Thank you, Alexis, for sharing this book with us. I'm eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Second Chance - Paperback
A Second Chance - Kindle


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RIVERBEND REUNION - Henry McLaughlin - One Free Book

Welcome back, Henry. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
In the writing world, I see myself exploring new genres, like contemporary, fantasy and SciFi. The story ideas God has given me don’t always fit comfortably in the historical genre. I also see my writing finding a place in the general market, not just the Christian market. And I will continue to explore both Indie and traditional publishing. God is opening doors for more teaching opportunities as well as coaching and editing with individuals.
                       
In the non-writing part of my life, God has opened wonderful opportunities to serve in our church, especially in the stewardship ministry.

That’s wonderful. Tell us a little about your family.
My wife and I grew up in Rhode Island and moved to Texas nineteen years ago after our kids were grown and out of the home. We have five children. The oldest is in heaven and the others are scattered from Missouri to New Jersey to Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Our grandson also lives in New Jersey. So we see ourselves doing a lot of traveling, especially as more grandchildren come along. Fortunately, we are blessed with a love of traveling.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I read from two different perspectives. When I read in the genre I write, I’m studying and learning how other authors approach telling their stories. I’m analyzing techniques for ways to improve my own writing.
                       
But I also need to read for fun. So I read genres and subgenres I don’t write in. My fun reading leans towards thrillers and mysteries. I enjoy authors like Michael Connelly and Jacqueline Winspear. Elizabeth George, P.D. James and J.A. Jance are other authors I read for fun. I particularly enjoy Terry Pratchett and his comic fantasies. But even in these fun reads, the writer part of my brain is functioning. It’s learning from these fun reads on a subconscious level.

What are you working on right now?
At this moment, I’m working on a SciFi story. The hero is a hybrid—part human and part android. An explosion on the ship results in him suffering total amnesia, something that has never happened with a hybrid. As he attempts to regain his memory, he learns the explosion was no accident. It was a deliberate attempt to kill him. With the amnesia he has no idea who he can trust as he seeks to prevent another attempt on his life.

What outside interests do you have?
As I mentioned earlier, my wife and I enjoy traveling and we enjoy serving in our church. Reading, movies, concerts, and exploring new restaurants are also on our list of things to do.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
For me, a lot of this is determined by the core idea for the story. In my first novel, Journey to Riverbend, I knew I needed the element of time passing for the story idea to work. It was either going to be SciFi or historical. I chose historical because I was more comfortable with the genre at the time.

The idea behind another of my novels deals with grief and loss. As the idea formed, I knew it would work best in a contemporary setting because of the issues the main characters would face.    

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Jesus is the most obvious person for the most obvious reasons.

After Him, I would choose Paul. His life is so rich. I want to hear him speak of how he suffered and survived so much persecution and how he continued to teach, preach, and write letters full of love for Christ and for the church. And for his enemies. To me, he exemplifies the Christian walk in the middle of attack and turmoil and in living out Christ in everyday life.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How hard it was going to be. Not just the physical act of writing or the efforts necessary to get published. But learning and practicing all aspects of the craft as well. It takes hard work to become the best writer we can possibly be. But, maybe if I knew this, I wouldn't have tried. And that would have been one of my biggest regrets.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
He’s teaching me to trust and rely on him more, to develop a more personal, more intimate relationship.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?      
First, pray and meditate. Make sure God is calling you to write. Pray every day over your writing to use this gift to encourage and support your readers, and to convey his truth through your characters and settings and plots.

Second, write. Every day if possible but as often as you can. Make it a habit, like eating. Schedule time to write. I’ve often said, you will never find the time to write, you have to make it. To paraphrase Jack London, you can’t wait for the time to write. You have to go after it with a club. Part of this is learning the craft. Read books on writing, attend conferences, find a critique group that will help you grow, pray for a mentor to come alongside you.

Third, develop a thick skin as Jerry B. Jenkins calls it. We grow as writers when we are able to accept and process criticism so we can improve our craft.

Tell us about the featured book.
Riverbend Reunion is the third book in my Riverbend Sagas series. In this one, Michael Archer learns the past has a way of catching up with you even when you think it’s dead and buried.

Michael and Rachel are settling into their life as newlyweds, and Michael is in a new job resolving problems caused by shady land deals done by Sam Carstairs before he died. Michael is uncovering layers of corruption when he receives a mysterious and cryptic summons from the sister he hasn’t seen in years to return to their home, but she can’t tell him why.

After some deep soul searching, he and Rachel decide to return to the farm where he spent his first thirteen years, the farm where he stabbed his father with a pitchfork and fled. What he discovers there forces him to make choices to confront his past, choices that may cost him his future with Rachel.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Here you go:
Friday, September 1, 1865
Smack.

Ellie Archer’s hands tightened on the trowel as she cringed at the sound of her father’s open hand striking her mother’s face. She knelt in the small flower garden under the open kitchen window.
           
“This cornbread is stale.” Her father’s slurred words spilled out the window.
           
Smack.
           
Ellie dropped the trowel, squeezed her eyes shut. Her hands formed tight fists over her ears, but the sounds still came.
           
“I told you I want fresh cornbread with my breakfast.”
           
Breakfast? It’s almost noon.
           
A plate shattered against the wall, a shard spun out the window, landing in front of Ellie’s knees.
           
“You useless—”
           
“Levi. No.” Her mother’s wail stabbed Ellie’s heart.
           
A different sound now. A hard thud. A fist this time. Something fell to the floor. Her mother’s body, a sound she’d heard all too often.   

“Get up.” Another deep thud, more muffled. The sound of her father’s boot hitting her mother’s soft flesh brought tears to Ellie’s eyes.
           
“Never mind. I’ll get Ellie. She takes better care of me than you ever could.”
           
Ellie ran.
           
The barn. Hide in the barn until he passes out. Again.

How can readers find you on the Internet?          
I’m also on Facebook at Henry on Facebook

Thank you, Henry, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are eager to read it.

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Riverbend Reunion: Book 3 in the Riverbend Sagas Series - paperback
Riverbend Reunion (Riverbend Sagas Book 3) - Kindle

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Monday, February 13, 2017

ECHO CANYON - Susan Page Davis - One Free Book or Ebook

Bio: Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published historical romance, mystery, and romantic suspense novels. She’s a winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, the Carol Award, and the Will Rogers Medallions, and a finalist in the WILLA Awards. A Maine native, she has lived in Oregon and now resides in Kentucky.

Welcome back, Susan. Why did you become an author?
I love reading and telling stories. One day I realized I had a convoluted story in my head that I wanted to tell, so I wrote it down. Of course, writing a book and selling it are two different things. Five years elapsed before I held my first published book in my hands.

My first novel took eight years to be published. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Since this is a dream, exercising horses.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I’d love to vacation in the Middle Ages, but then I want to come back here. I’ve always been fascinated by the way of life back then, but I’m sure it was much harder than we imagine.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I live in Kentucky now, and I’ve never been to Fort Knox. I think that would be interesting, since Fort Knox in Maine is one of my favorite spots, and they are named for the same man.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
Switzerland.

What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
I have been through some difficult things, and I keep coming back to Psalm 48:14: For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even until death. This is what Iris had to learn in Echo Canyon, that God is there, He will not change, and He will guide us if we let Him.

Tell us about the featured book.
In Echo Canyon, Iris Perkins is told she will be married soon to a man she despises. A chance visit by two brothers and a beautiful woman from the other side of Echo Canyon gives her hope. For Edward Sherman, venturing into Utah with his brother to buy horses is risky. He only wants to find the livestock they need and get back to Fort Bridger, until he meets a frightened young woman in need. He’ll do anything he can to save Iris, even race against the man determined to marry her.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Iris was nervous the day Elder Whipple came home. He avoided looking directly at her when he greeted his family, then spent half an hour in the parlor with his wife, Louise, with the door closed. Iris could hear their low voices as she mixed the biscuit dough for supper, but she couldn’t make out the words. The council had met for three days, and she wondered what decisions they had made for the community.

The Whipples’ daughter-in-law, Annie, kept the churn going steadily on the other side of the kitchen. She and Iris worked in silence. No one spoke much at the Whipples’ house. They just did their work.

Iris wished Annie were more talkative and friendly, but she always looked frightened and tired. When Iris spoke to her, she would answer with as few words as possible. Her husband, young John Whipple, was just as quiet. No one seemed happy here, and Iris thought it was the dry, bleak land that had drained them of life and joy.

Annie stopped churning, and in the brief silence, Iris heard the hum of Louise’s flax wheel begin in the next room. The door to the parlor opened, and Elder Whipple stepped into the kitchen. Iris glanced at him, then turned her attention back to her work.

He walked over to her and stood for a moment, watching her knead more flour into the dough. “You’ll be going to Brother Zale’s place tomorrow,” he said.

Iris found it suddenly hard to breathe. She looked up at his bearded face. His keen hazel eyes focused on her, not unkindly.

“I don’t understand.” Hadn’t she pleased them here? She’d worked hard. She didn’t want to be shuffled off to another family that might not treat her as well. She didn’t know the Zales, and they might be farther from the mainstream of communication within the sprawling community of Saints, making it harder for Iris to seek out news of her own family.

The elder hesitated. “The men who went looking for your father’s outfit returned yesterday. They didn’t find any trace of them. It’s been three months since your father’s party set out, and nothing has been heard from them, Miss Perkins. The council is assuming the party is lost.”

“Lost?” She let that sink in.

“Yes. That’s the conclusion they’ve reached. It could be hostile Indians, or lack of water … It could be anything. The search party traced them about sixty miles southwest, but after that the ground was rocky. They didn’t find any more evidence of a camp or anything like that.”

She gulped and met his level gaze. “Or a struggle?”

“No. Nothing.”

Iris nodded. It was so stark, so unsatisfying. This was her father they were talking about! Her brother, too. They had left with three other men at the end of May, to seek out ore deposits for the good of the community. Lead was needed, and iron, and of course anything more precious. They were to have reported back in a month, with a map of the places they had been, showing the location of any minerals or other features of interest to the Saints.

“The elders discussed the situation. We feel it’s best if we send you to the Zale ranch.”

Alarm ran through Iris afresh. “What for?”

“You need to be incorporated into a family, Miss Perkins.”

“But I—” She hesitated, looking up at him cautiously. “Couldn’t I stay here as part of this family, sir?”

He sighed. “The council feels it’s time you were wed.”

You know I love your books, and I’m eager to read this one. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Find Susan at:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

Link to Echo Canyon on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2ieuqQ4


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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