Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A CHRISTMAS MEASURE OF LOVE - Linda Brooks Davis - One Free book

Dear Readers, Linda Brooks Davis came on the writing scene a couple of years ago with an award-winning novel I was privileged to read for an endorsement. The characters were well-rounded and people with depth. Authentic scenes pulled the reader into the story. She’s had two Christmas novellas published with some of the characters of her first novel. A Christmas Measure of Love is this years addition. I loved all three of these books.

Welcome back, Linda. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
When I was growing up and my parents’ families gathered, old tales would be told and retold. Invariably, the stories involved hardship, grief, and occasional shame, but they were always set alongside joy, faith, and grit. Often a family member would say, “Someone ought to write a book about that.” As a school child of the 1950s, I knew no hardship, grief, or shame. Life was good. But my family’s stories about life in Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood and in the southern tip of Texas in the 1920s and 1930s intrigued me. I wondered even as a child if I might be that someone and how I’d go about it.

I’m glad you did. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
By far, the happiest day of my life was in the fall of 2004 when I learned my first grandchild was coming—in triplet form. When my daughter called with the news, I was in my assigned spot on the second floor of an office building, but every speck of inhibition flew out the window at the news. I jumped and, as we say in Texas, whooped and hollered. I danced and shouted between others’ assigned spots, announcing the unbelievable news to each astounded individual: My daughter’s expecting triplets! When the occupants of the first floor of that particular office building showed up wondering what in the world was going on upstairs, I realized for the first time I might have overdone it a bit. Thankfully, my co-workers understood and shared my joy.

How has being published changed your life?
When I won the Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award in January, 2015, I was almost as astounded as that “day at the office” in 2004. But when the excitement settled, I realized I felt vulnerable. And responsible for handling myself in a way that would honor the Lord—and Jerry Jenkins.

When I received the ACFW Carol Award in August, 2016, the Lord separated me from my vulnerability—and inhibitions—as far as the east is from the west. That night was the time of my life. I’m 71 years old, and no single event, other than the news I was to be a grandmother three times over in one fell swoop, has affected me with such joy as that one.

That said … Being a published author has enlarged my circle of acquaintances and friends. I love this aspect of being published more than anything.

What are you reading right now?
Dare I admit I read something other than Christian fiction? I love legal, John Grisham-type suspense, but other than a handful of Christian authors like Randy Singer and Robert Whitlow, whose books I’ve been known to read twice, there aren’t many to choose from in the Christian market. I recently finished Loving Luther by Allison Pittman and was completely mesmerized by Allison’s depiction of the life of Katarina von Bora—Martin Luther’s wife.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m nearing completion of my second full-length novel. It’s set in 1914 and follows the life of one of the secondary characters in The Calling of Ella McFarland, which is set in 1905. A sequel to Ella’s story in novella form—A Christmas to Remember, which is set in 1908—released in 2016. A prequel to my current work in progress, also in novella form—A Christmas Measure of Love, which is set in 1910—released in October of this year.

What would be your dream vacation?
If I possessed unlimited resources, I would travel around the world to find where my ancestors lived and loved, died, and are buried. Those sites would include Eastern Europe, Switzerland, Germany, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland, England, and France

How do you choose your settings for each book?
The settings for my books thus far have sprung from my family’s old stories, but my imagination plays a huge role. For example, from The Calling of Ella McFarland and both novellas that follow, as well as my current novel in progress, Glover County, Rock Creek, Needham, and surrounding communities, Broadview, the cottage in the woods, and the McFarland farm are all imaginary. These environs develop as I imagine the lives of the characters.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love genealogy and my grandchildren. My love for both knows no limits. I also enjoy painting pottery—nothing serious, mind you. I’m not an artist. I just enjoy the peace that surrounds me when I’m painting a piece of pottery. Invariably, it’s something for a family member, which could be why I love it so. 

I also love Bible study. I love theology and biblical history and apologetic reasoning.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Keeping my world in balance is my greatest challenge. I know it’s not good for me to concentrate on research, writing, and social media so much that I neglect other, more important aspects of life, but when I’m “on a roll,” it’s very difficult to shut it down.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Know why you’re writing. If you’re pursuing writing for accolades or remuneration, you might want to consider another field.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Christmas Measure of Love springs from words spoken by the character Lily in The Calling of Ella McFarland: Ma says love can’t be earned. Love’s immeasurability is the heart of this Christmas novella.

Lily, a girl on the cusp of womanhood has learned to stand as erect as her starched collar. Ma, a woman at the nadir of her life, is as bent as a shepherd’s crook. Joined by blood and separated by circumstance nine years prior, mother and daughter reunite.

What will Lily and Ma find in the old shack where their sweat and tears once mingled? It’s Christmas 1910, and Lily’s in for a Yuletide surprise she hasn’t reckoned for.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
August 1910
Other girls measure their heights, waistlines, and bosoms. I measure my scars. And wonder why my pa never loved me.
           
Eighteen years old today, I’m perched alone on a parlor settee reserved for the birthday girl. Adelaide Fitzgerald, my benefactor, has invited Glover County, Oklahoma’s socially elite to celebrate at Broadview, her grand estate on the banks of Rock Creek.
           
Trouble is, when these precisely coiffed young women were girls romping at garden parties, I was toiling in a cotton field across the way. 
           
These party guests boast fathers who are bankers and lawyers and doctors. But I can claim naught but Walter Sloat for my pa—a scoundrel, a criminal, a former sharecropper who never lifted a hand in the fields. He expected Ma and me to do his share of the crop tending and accept his abuse when we returned home.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

To purchase The Calling of Ella McFarland: http://amzn.to/2ixn4pe
To purchase A Christmas to Remember: http://amzn.to/2yxAk8h
To purchase A Christmas Measure of Love: http://amzn.to/2j3vwjK

Thank you, Linda, for sharing this heart-warming novella with me and my blog readers.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS PAST - Cindy and Erin Woodsmall - One Free Book

Dear Readers, The Gift of Christmas Past, is my favorite among all the Christmas books I’ve read this year. It’s poignant, and it stayed with me for days after I read the last page. I’ve loved Cindy’s writing for a long, and with the addition of her daughter, this book continues the tradition of stories that really grip your heart, characters who pull you into their world, and both a strong romantic thread as well as a strong spiritual thread. A very satisfying read.

Welcome Erin, and welcome back, Cindy. I know that this is a collaboration. How did this story come about?
Cindy: This story began in November 2016. Erin and I had written another Christmas novella together, but it wouldn’t be released until 2018, so there was a chance to create something new and different. We brainstormed during the holidays, working around the birth of Erin’s third child, Silas. Then we put our feet on the ground in Asheville for the research and got to work!
Erin: I’ve been doing various things for Cindy’s writing career for around a decade, working on the website and blogs, brainstorming, outlining, and more. After I lost a baby in January 2016, I needed a creative outlet. Cindy saw that, because she’s very intuitive, and we started collaborating on an Amish Christmas novella about a pharmacy, with the tentative title of A Spoonful of Christmas. It went so well we wanted to do it again!

Did you find it easy to work together on it?
Erin: Actually, yes. Our personalities mesh well together. I consider Cindy one of my closest friends and it’s been a joy to work with her.
Cindy: Definitely easy. Moreover, the brainstorming and writing together brought new and unexpected excitement to my workday.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Cindy: It’s hard to explain—we went from understanding each other on one level to understanding each other on a much deeper level. Collaborating means I have someone close to me who gets what I do, who is excited about the process of writing, and who knows what it takes to get the story from the “drawing board” to the written page. Going places to research has been so much fun, and we’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. We have our brainstorming sessions at our favorite coffee shop. I’ve never experienced anything like this, and I never expected to, so it’s changed me. (As of November 2017, we’ve written three books together, two for Random House.)
Erin: It’s impacted me much more than I can succinctly put into words. I learned a new skill—going from the “behind the scenes” work to creating stories and getting into the heads and hearts of characters, and in that I found a new side of myself. Cindy and I were already close, but like she mentioned earlier, after working together on novels, we have a new level of understanding with each other.  

What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?
Erin: The hardest part, surprisingly, has been figuring out a file system that works for both of us! There are a lot of files with specific information that has to be updated almost daily as we move forward—the chapter-by-chapter outline, the research notes, the character chart, our personal thoughts, and the actual chapters. It’s vital that we don’t save over each other’s work or make changes to a document without the latest information. I thought using Dropbox would be a good solution, because if either of us makes a change, it updates the document for both of us. But that system didn’t work for Cindy because of how changes show up on her computer.
Cindy: Computers. Don’t get me started on my propensity for technology glitches! Sharing information and making sure each person has the most updated files is so important. For all documents that aren’t actual chapters or the master copy, we figured out that Google Docs is a good solution.

What are you reading right now?
Both: Edits for next year’s novel!
Erin: I just downloaded Laura V. Hilton’s new Christmas novella collaboration, Love’s Thankful Heart. Novellas are so fun to enjoy during Christmastime!
Cindy: I love Katie Ganshert’s work. I’ve just cracked the first pages of Life After.

How did you choose your characters’ names?
Erin: I have three children, and with each one my husband and I found ourselves in … uh, spirited debates over names. Hadley, Monroe, and Chloe were all on my list of names that were rejected.
Cindy: Typically, I go through an Amish address book, so it was a lot of fun that we were able to hash out contemporary names. I just love the name Elliott for a girl.

Would you want to work on another book together?
Both: We already have! We feel like we’re just now getting really good at it. Next year we have two coming out through Random House’s WaterBrook Press imprint, one in August and one in October. The tentative titles are Ocean Roads and A Spoonful of Christmas. And we have at least three more ideas for future books!

I’ll want to feature both of them on my blog. What do you want to tell us about The Gift of Christmas Past?
Erin: This is Cindy’s first indie and her first non-Amish book. We’re able to offer it at a great price, in stores as a paperback, as well as free for readers on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a well-researched story with heart. We hope it feels like you’re stepping into the characters’ worlds.
Cindy:
Promises made. 
Lies spoken.
Dreams shattered.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.

Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Hadley’s mind reeled with disbelief as her foster mom shoved her clothes into an old suitcase. “But…but I’m innocent.”

“Maybe.” Dianna gave a half-hearted nod. “I hope so. It’d be an awful thing to squander the opportunities we’ve offered you.”

“I…I am. The investigation will prove it. I promise. You’ve got to believe me. Please.”

“Like I said, maybe you are innocent…of this incident. You had seemed to be making great strides since you went to anger-management classes. I’ll give you that, Hads.”

“Then don’t send me back. Please. My friends are here. Monroe is—”

“Decision’s made. You made it when you broke curfew for the third time.”

“But I was only a little late and for good reasons. You said so—”

“I’m aware.” Dianna didn’t pause her movements as she packed Hadley’s toothbrush.

Hadley bit back tears, hating any sign of being vulnerable. “Then why?”

“They’ve found two witnesses who place you in the Reeds’ yard.”

“What?” Hadley’s knee-jerk gasp was the totally wrong response. Stay cool. Remain calm.

“Yeah, apparently you were there.” Dianna released a slow sigh. “Imagine that.”

Regret twisted through Hadley. She never should’ve set foot on the Reeds’ property. “Okay, I was at their place, but I never—”

“Interesting.” Dianna stood up straight, the top of her head now even with Hadley’s nose. She yanked a beautiful red sweater off a hanger, a Christmas gift from Scott and her to Hadley a mere three weeks ago. “You’ve denied being anywhere near there until right now. They said they saw you start a fire using leaves, sticks, and what appeared to be some kind of accelerant.” She shoved the sweater into the suitcase with the other clothes as if it and Hadley no longer mattered.
Should she explain her actions? The moment the question came to her she knew the answer. No matter the subject or the situation, adults couldn’t be trusted. Anything Hadley said would be passed along to the authorities, distorted, and used against her.

Dianna jammed two pairs of wool socks into the suitcase. “Anyway, Scott and I think it’s in everyone’s best interest if you don’t live here anymore.”

(To read the rest of Chapter One, go here: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/excerpt-the-gift-of-christmas-past/ 

Where can our readers find you on the Internet?
We can be found on Cindy’s Facebook, where we both answer readers.  https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall

Also on Cindy’s website and blog: www.cindywoodsmall.com

Thank you, Cindy and Erin, for sharing this book with me and my blog readers. I know they will love it as much as I have.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Gift of Christmas Past - Christianbook.com
The Gift Of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance - Amazon paperback
The Gift of Christmas Past - Kindle

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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Sunday, November 19, 2017

WINNERS!!!!

Dear Blog Readers, there were several people this week who couldn't be included in the drawing, because they didn't follow instructions on how to enter. I don't like leaving people out, so please read all the instructions on each post.

Darlo (AL) is the winner of Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor.

Sharon (SC) is the winner of An Accidental Messiah,  by Dan Sofer.

Lourdes (NY) is the winner of Christmas Double Cross by Jodie Bailey.

Melanie (TX) is the winner of Pendant by M L Hamilton.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

CALLUM'S COMPASS - Sara L Foust - One Free Book

Welcome, Sara. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Oh man, I think each of my female characters has some little piece of me in them. Maybe a past fear or doubt or a career I find interesting. I try to put myself in their shoes when I am writing an emotional reaction scene, using my past experiences with that particular emotion to help create authenticity for the scene.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
This is hard! I don’t feel like I’m a very quirky person (my hubs may disagree ha!). I’m usually a planner and so quirky isn’t really my go-to nature. I do have some quirky pet peeves, though. I don’t like the sound of liquids being poured (I know, weird) and I do not like the feel of slime (which my kids think is hilarious). Oh! I did call in sick to work one time to go to a kissing contest sponsored by a local radio station. Actually, my husband called in sick too. And we won the concert tickets! That’s pretty quirky, I guess.

That sounds like fun. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I wrote my first story before kindergarten. I brought my mom a purple note pad and said, “You write. I draw the pictures.” Then in second grade I won an award for a story I wrote, “My Amaginary Friend.” It was that moment I knew I wanted to write.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I will pretty much read anything. I love Zane Grey westerns, Robert Morgan’s Appalachian fiction, Kelly Irvin’s contemporary Amish fiction. As long as it isn’t a book that’s too graphic or full of curse words, I will try it.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Lots and lots and lots of prayer. I try to study in God’s word each morning while my coffee is making and that helps me start my days out calmly and in meditation. My mom also notices that I sigh a lot, and I guess that must be my way of expelling extra stress throughout the day haha!

How do you choose your characters’ names?
My character’s names are usually ones that have connotations in my mind toward the personality traits I want them to display. In Callum’s Compass, Kat is my heroine, and to me the name Kat says, “Adventurer.” Ryan is the hero, and to me that says, “Strong and a little goofy.” Of course, everyone has different associations with names, and may not feel the same connotations I do. But it works for me.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’ve dreamed of finishing a novel and seeing it in print since that second grade award. So holding my book in my hands for the first time and seeing my name on the cover was extremely gratifying.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d have to say a dolphin. I could hold my breath forever and see the underwater world, then leap above the waves and play. And also still be considered an intelligent mammal.

What is your favorite food?
I have a hard time picking a favorite. I do love pizza. And Mexican.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest roadblock was definitely self-doubt and fear. It was scary putting pieces of myself into the world for people to criticize. And in the early stages of getting those first critiques, not everyone was kind. I have a very supportive family, especially my cousin and best friend Becky and my husband. Neither of them would let me give up. Plus, I knew I felt I had been called to share God’s love through the written word, so giving up would be failing Him. And I have no desire to do that!

Tell us about the featured book.
Callum’s Compass is a story very near and dear to my heart. It is set in the East Tennessee mountains that I love, and in fact, in my hometown for a large portion of the book. It also has a treasure hunt, which is a huge part of my childhood and early adult life memories. My Uncle Jim used to set up treasure hunts for us on family vacations. One time he even buried gold coins on the beach and we had to use a metal detector to find them. It is also a story about love and the journey to accept God’s forgiving and unconditional love.

Please give us the first page of the book.
A persistent knock at the front door dragged Kat Williams awake. She rubbed her eyes and slipped a sweatshirt over her pajama top. Hadn’t she just fallen asleep? The past week was a blur. Visiting her neighbor Clayton at the hospital every day was taking its toll on her physically and emotionally.

She stumbled to the door and peeked through the curtain-covered glass. Clayton’s daughter stood with her back to the window, arms crossed over her chest.

Kat pulled the door open. “Nicole.”

“Can I come in?”

“Of course. How’s Clayton?”

Nicole slumped onto the couch and buried her face in her hands. “Dad’s dead. I can’t believe it.” Tears leaked around the fingers hiding her eyes. Kat’s golden retriever, Scout, put his head in her lap and licked her elbow, but Nicole didn’t seem to notice. “What am I going to do?”

Kat sat and rubbed her friend’s back, fighting her own tears. “I’m so sorry. Everything’s going to be okay, though.” Did she really believe that herself? A fist held her heart, squeezing until she couldn’t breathe. Clayton was such a good friend. He never judged Kat or asked too many questions about the burdens she carried. She could be herself with him, and she would miss that.

“No it’s not.” Nicole sniffled and jumped up, bashing Scout’s chin with her knee.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is the best place: www.saralfoust.com. I have blog stories, author interviews, and devotionals there. As well as my newsletter sign-up. I’d love to have some more subscribers. And, when you sign up, you will receive a free digital scrapbook detailing some of the real-life locations that inspired scenes in Callum’s Compass! Readers can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, Amazon!


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

Readers, here are links to the book.
Callum's Compass: Love, Hope, and Faith Series - Paperback
Callum's Compass: Love, Hope, and Faith Series - Kindle

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS - Irene Hannon - One Free Book

Three-Time RITA Award Winner Begins Explosive
New Code of Honor Series

“Hannon is a master at her craft, and her unique way of handling suspense makes her a cut above the other writers in the genre.”
RT Book Reviews on Thin Ice

Bio: Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA’s elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

Welcome, Irene. Can you please tell us about your new series?
The Code of Honor series features three childhood friends whose bond has been strengthened by time—and danger. As children, they vowed to help make the world a better place when they grew up, and each chose a career that does just that. Colin, the hero of Dangerous Illusions, is a police detective. Kristin, the heroine of book 2, runs a fair-trade shop. And the hero of book 3, Rick, joined the military but now runs a camp for foster kids. This is a group of honorable high-achievers, and I love the dynamic among the three friends.

How did you come up with the plot for Dangerous Illusions?
I wanted to start this series off with a story that had a very unusual plot twist, and I think the idea I came up with will truly give readers a “wow” moment when they realize what’s going on. I can’t say more than that without giving the surprise away!

Which character is your favorite and why?
That’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child! Every character in this book—bad and good—has a unique story, and all of them fascinate me.

How did you choose the setting for your novel?
Since this is a book with a strong psychological suspense element versus an action/adventure novel in which the setting plays a critical role, it could have taken place almost anywhere. The book did, however, require huge amounts of research—so I chose a setting I know well, which shaved some research hours off the writing process.

What was the most interesting thing you learned while doing research for your book?
I learn a tremendous amount with every book I write. But if I shared the most interesting things I learned while working on this one, I’d give away some significant plot surprises!

What lesson(s) do you hope readers will take away from reading Dangerous Illusions?
That even in the toughest times, God is at work in our lives. I want readers to finish the book uplifted, filled with hope, and more cognizant of the tremendous power of love to transform lives.

What can you tell us about the story?
Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake, or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

What are you working on next?
I recently turned in the next book in my Oregon coast Hope Harbor series, Pelican Point, which will be out in April 2018. That’s a contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel. I’m now fine-tuning book 2 in my Code of Honor series, which is due at the end of the summer and will release in October 2018.

How can readers connect with you?
They can visit my website at www.irenehannon.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I’m very active on Facebook and love to interact with readers there.

Thank you, Irene, for sharing this new book with us. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Dangerous Illusions - Christianbook.com
Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor) - Amazon paperback
Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor Book 1) - Kindle
Dangerous Illusions: Code of Honor, Book 1 - Audio

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CHRISTY Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party - One Free Book on This Blog

Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!


TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card
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Dear Readers, Christy was a favorite book of mine. I think I first read it about 40-45 years ago. I'm so glad I was invited to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her - and her one-room school - as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Bio:
Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), The New York Times best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel Christy. Based on the life of her mother, Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in A Man Called Peter. A decade after Dr. Marshall's untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of Guideposts, forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine's enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.

Find out more about Catherine at http://gileadpublishing.com/christy/.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING - Melody Carlson - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Melody Carlson’s Christmas book this year. I’ve enjoyed her Christmas novels for several years. This one is historical, a real heartwarming story of loss and reconciliation. The characters really grabbed my heart and held on until the end of the story. I know you’ll love it, too.

Welcome back, Melody. What is the title of your most recent book?
The Christmas Blessing

Who is the primary audience for The Christmas Blessing
Readers of all ages, who want to read an uplifting Christmas story.

What was your inspiration for writing a book set in World War II?
The Christmas Blessing is set during WWII, an era that’s not only admirable for the heroic efforts performed by that generation, but it’s also ripe with an endless supply of fascinating stories. Including ones of bravery on the home-front. So I imagined a young mother with some tough challenges—and then I simply let the story roll out.

How do ideas for books or storylines or characters come to you?
Usually in a small snippet—and usually in the form of a character who has a specific problem and in a setting that interests me. Then I simply jump in and find out how it all works out.

What do you hope readers can gain from reading The Christmas Blessing?
That God is loving and good—and there is hope for everyone and anyone.

What are you working on next?
I almost always have something in the works. Even though I’m trying to slow my writing down, there’s always a story brewing—sometimes it’s just putting down notes for a future project. Right now I’m finishing my Christmas novella (for 2018) and am about to get back to the fourth and final book in my historical Mulligan Sisters series (set in WWII San Francisco).

Tell us about the story, for my readers.
During World War II, Amelia Richards had been serving as USO hostess, when she met James Bradley at the USO New Year’s Eve dance. They immediately fell in love and he proposed 4 days later. That same afternoon he was commanded to report back to the ship. In late 1944, Amelia received news from the War Department that his plane was shot down in the South Pacific. Now she is alone with their infant son Jimmy and the dilemma of contacting James’ parents in Montana to let them know that they are grandparents. Amelia prays that they will accept this grandchild even if she and James did not have the chance to marry?

Thank you, Melody, for sharing this book with us. I loved reading it.

Readers, you can find out more about Melody here:

Here are links to the book.
The Christmas Blessing - Christianbook.com
The Christmas Blessing - Amazon
The Christmas Blessing - Kindle

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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Sunday, November 12, 2017

WINNERS!!!

Ann (TX) is the winner of The Final Ride by Linda W Yezak.

VanG (NC) is the winner of Christmas in Abundance,  by Sally Bayless.

Bonnie (AZ) is the winner of The Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich.


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Friday, November 10, 2017

PENDANT - M L Hamilton - One Free Book

Bio: Monsters under the bed never bothered M L Hamilton. What kept her awake was the man hiding in her closet. She never did figure out who he was, how he managed to hide in her messy closet, or why he was waiting until she fell asleep to jump out and harm her. But since then, she’s imagined all sorts of other scary situations, which she plans to use as a basis for more mystery/suspense stories.

When not writing, she enjoys knitting, spending time with her family, and a little amateur photography. She and her husband make their home in Texas.

Welcome, M L. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
My main character often starts out with a personality similar to mine, which is not a good thing because I’m generally not a decisive, action-oriented person. I always have to work at making my protagonists more headstrong, more willing to take action and risks. But I think my sense of humor comes through in at least one character in every story.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’m not a quirky person, but when I was much younger and single, I moved across the country from my close-knit family to a place where I didn’t know anyone, simply for a sense of adventure. I’m typically a cocoon-er who loves being in familiar surroundings with my family nearby. These days, my husband is the explorer and he usually has to drag me along kicking and screaming until I realize it’s kind of fun to see and experience new things.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, whether it was letters to friends or keeping a diary or making up stories based on personal experiences. But after college, I was responsible for writing a monthly newsletter for the organization where I worked. People often told me they enjoyed reading the newsletter and asked if I’d ever written for publication. So I guess that’s when I discovered I could write.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I most enjoy women’s fiction and mystery/suspense, as long as there’s very little romance involved. Occasionally, I also read historical fiction or non-fiction, along with a biography or memoir once in a while.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Now that my kids are grown, I find it fairly easy. As an introvert, I crave time alone. I can be home all day by myself without listening to the radio or television and not feel lonely. I’m also very good at saying no, so I’m rarely overcommitted.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I have a couple books of baby names that are my first resource. I also look at the Social Security website that lists the most popular names for any given year. That really helps with various ages of my characters. I’ve also been known to dig out high school yearbooks for help with surnames, and I often keep programs from graduations and other events that list names. 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My proudest accomplishment has been raising three incredible kids. It’s such a joy to watch them grow into adulthood and see the different directions they take in life. I’d rather be with them than anyone else. 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I might be a sea otter. They’re so playful and cute. I like being around water, and I’ll choose play over work any day.

When we went to the Monterrey Peninsula to visit my aunt, I loved watching the sea otters. What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. Offer me a dark chocolate chunk cookie and I’ll do almost anything for you!

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I find writing the first draft especially hard. I’d prefer to know specifically how the story ends, so I can write to that. But I seem to be better at figuring out beginnings. With this last book, I became more confident in praying and waiting on the Lord to reveal things to me. It might take a couple days or a couple weeks, but He always provided answers to whatever I was stuck on, whether through talking with others about it, or as an idea in my own head.

Tell us about the featured book.
Pendant is about a middle-age woman who was forced out of teaching after one of her students disappeared from a field trip and was never found. She’s lived under the guilt and shame for more than a decade when she finally stumbles across a vital clue and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried. When her own life is threatened, she allows the one person she trusts to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now she must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger…or keeping her from the truth.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The squealing brakes of the arriving school bus formed an odd harmony with a distant siren. I bent over to pick up the newspaper on my driveway while the bus came to a stop, its warning lights blinking yellow to red. Seven children lined up at the door, the older ones hunched under the weight of their backpacks. Off to one side, mothers formed a tight circle, no doubt discussing the latest in school gossip—who wasn’t speaking to whom, which teacher was giving unreasonable homework, why so-and-so wasn’t invited to a birthday party.

At least I no longer had to deal with those issues. Emma, my ten-year-old neighbor, shouted to her mother and waved good-bye, but Lauren failed to respond, apparently too engrossed in conversation to notice.

“Have a good day, Emma!” I called. The girl turned my way, smiled and waved back.

I slapped the newspaper against my palm, contemplating the possibilities of what I might do if someone attempted to snatch one of the children. The potential harm inflicted by a fifty-eight-year-old woman beating someone with a rolled-up newspaper was laughable, but it might buy some time, create enough of a distraction for the child to escape. Roy always warned me about the personal danger of injecting myself into such a situation, but saving a child would be worth the cost. That was one truth I’d become certain of in the past twelve years.

The last student climbed the bus steps. The driver closed the door then waved in my direction before the bus roared on to the next stop, leaving behind a pungent cloud of diesel exhaust. Across the street, Amanda Fisher tossed her purse and backpack into the car then climbed into the driver’s seat. At twenty, she looked more and more like her mother, Nicole. Had it already been five years since that beautiful woman died of breast cancer? Amanda tapped the horn and waved to me as she left for class at the community college.

I brushed grains of sand and dirt from the newspaper’s wrapper before pulling my sweater tight against the morning chill and retracing my steps to the front door. Weeds had sprouted overnight in the flowerbed, and I stooped to tear at them. May was starting out warmer than usual this year despite the winds that give Chicago its nickname.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’d love to hear from readers. They can find me in these places:
Email (mary@maryhamiltonbooks.com)

Purchase link: http://amzn.to/2y9czD9

Thank you, M L, for sharing your new book with us. I’m eager to read it, and I know my readers are, too.

Readers, here is a link to the book.

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