Thursday, April 24, 2014

Register to win Deanna Klingel's "Rock and a Hard Place"


We're happy to have Deanna Klingel with us today talking about her book "Rock and a Hard Place."  Please leave her a comment with your email address for your chance to win the book. If you'd like to receive emails about weekly book giveaways, please place your email address in the feedburner box to the right. Thanks!

Blog: Not Your Typical Romance
Rock and a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story, is possibly the most unusual love story Romance fans have ever read. This isn’t a story of a man and woman attracted to each other, looking into each other’s eyes, falling in love, marrying, happy ever aftering.  It’s also not fiction.
I enjoy writing true stories of everyday heroes. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things against enormous odds are my heroes. Many times their only tools are faith in God and courage that comes from that faith. I’ve written the story (Bread Upon the Water) of a South Vietnamese boy who escaped as a boat person in order to follow his calling to the priesthood.  God’s love carried him through the most horrendous circumstances.  It was also a love story, but not a romance; and certainly a hero story.
Rock and a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story, is the story of a boy and girl born in 1930. When they are nine years old, Russia invades the country they love. They begin a long and difficult journey across Eastern Europe with millions of other displaced families. Clinging to their faith, tending to their familiar traditions, their families survive bombs, escape genocide, disease and starvation. Through it all, they love their country, their families, and God.
As teenagers trying to live a normal life in a displaced persons camp in Germany, they go to school in a bombed out factory, enjoy Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and dances. Here neither admits to their first crush, the love of their hearts.
I’m not a spoiler, so I’m not telling you the rest of the story, but believe me when I tell you it is an enviable life filled with love that God orchestrates in the most unlikely way.
Do you believe God has a hand in our love life? If you don’t you may change your mind after reading this story. If you do believe it, then you are going to love the affirmation of this story. As Romance readers, you’ve read a lot of love stories, sweet, poignant, edgy, hurt and lost love. But I bet you haven’t read much about patient love. Contemporary love stories aren’t usually about patience. I Corinthians: 13 names it, but of all the things love is, patient is probably the least practiced in 2014.
My story covers years, a lifetime. The couple I write about are now 84 years young. Their love required time and patience. But, God accomplishes his plan in His own time, doesn’t He? These two lives are models for living and loving patiently in God’s time. Doing the best we can everyday with what we have, we are assured that God will handle the rest. He does indeed inform our love life.  I hope you will enjoy this different kind of romance, and perhaps grasp some world history as well.
Author bio: Deanna K. Klingel, author, has been married to Dave 51 years. “He was my first love,” she says. “God arranged it all.” The couple has raised seven children and now have eleven grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and visiting their family. Deanna travels to book fairs and speaks to schools and civic organizations.
Links: www.BooksByDeanna.com (website)
ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSR2yT0f6rE  (trailer for book)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Register to win Richard Mabry's "Critical Condition"

We're happy to have Richard Mabry with us today talking about his book "Critical Condition."  Please leave him a comment with your email address for your chance to win the book. If you'd like to receive emails about weekly book giveaways, please place your email address in the feedburner box to the right. Thanks!


“Warning: May Contain Christian Content”

I’m prepared to have my writing style criticized so long as he cause is valid. It’s conceivable that the reader doesn’t like medical novels. Perhaps I don’t pack a particular book with enough suspense. Maybe the characters are one-dimensional. All these are valid criticisms. But I bristle at criticism leveled at my work simply because it was written from a Christian worldview.

Every time one of my books is available as a free download, I can look forward to several one-star reviews, generally with the same comment: “I don’t like Christian fiction.” It’s not that I fill my novels of medical suspense with altar calls and conversion scenes. True, one of the characters sometimes quotes Scripture, but that’s rare, and always in context. What I do is write fiction from a Christian worldview, knowing that following Jesus isn’t a “get out of jail free” card, but rather a promise of strength most of us don’t know we had.

I’m often asked by interviewers from secular sites to explain Christian fiction. Here’s some of what I’ve said in the past: The books portray characters that are flawed, as we all are, and who struggle with their relationships, both with God and their fellow man...What I’ve frequently said is that the only difference I really see is that these novels don’t contain anything I’d hesitate for my mother, wife, or daughter to read.

I’m pleased that my latest novel, Critical Condition, has been given great reviews, including 4 ½ stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews. But I’m holding my breath until readers weigh in. Will some of them criticize my work because it’s “Christian fiction?” I hope not, but you never can tell.

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Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page. Links for the purchase of his books are found on his web page.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Susan Page Davis' "The New England Romance Collection"




Blurb:
The New England Romance Collection contains five complete historical novels set in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, including Susan’s award-winning novel, The Prisoner's Wife: Jack Hunter is about to be hanged for the murder of his neighbor. Jack knows he's innocent, and the unscrupulous constables will seize his land when he's dead. He asks Lucy Hamblin, the only girl he ever loved, to marry him in the jail. Her father broke them up three years ago, but now her father is dead. Will Lucy be willing to grant his last request and become the widow Hunter? Set in Maine, 1720.

How did this story come to you?
I had read about the inheritance laws in colonial Maine (which was then part of Massachusetts) while doing some family history research. The fact that wives could only inherit from their husbands under certain circumstances intrigued me.

Tell us about the journey to getting the book published.
    I outlined The Prisoner’s Wife and sent my proposal in to an editor I had previously worked with. She loved it. When a “hole” opened in her publishing schedule, she asked me for the complete manuscript, and then bought two other Maine historical novels from me. This one was later published with The Castaway’s Bride and The Lumberjack’s Lady in a collection called Maine Brides. Meanwhile, it won both the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year (now the Carol Award) and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. I’m delighted it’s being republished in this New England collection.
Incidentally, the New England Romance Collection is now on the Evangelical Christian Publishers’ Association’s bestseller list for the second month in a row. If readers are curious as to why only five of the New England states are represented within its covers, I’m sorry to say that the sixth story (one of my New Hampshire books, Return to Love) had to be omitted because of the format’s space constraints. But Return to Love is available as a standalone and also in the White Mountain Brides collection.

Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I married my brother’s college roommate. I’m a compulsive list maker. I don’t mind mice, but I hate spiders.

What are you working on now, and what’s next for you?
I’m working on a new historical novel set in the West, The Outlaw Takes a Bride, coming out next spring, and a contemporary cozy mystery called Empty Saddle, also releasing in 2015. In the meantime, I’ll have two Christmas novellas releasing from Barbour Publishing in the fall, and a couple of new collections.

Parting comments
I am giving away a copy of the New England Romance Collection. The winner can choose paperback or e-book.
    The featured book can also be purchased at:
Amazon: http://is.gd/qM11Sh
Christian Book: http://is.gd/JSjF7H
Barnes & Noble: http://is.gd/DjWxPH
    
Where can fans find you on the Internet?
My website is at: www.susanpagedavis.com, and you can read more about my work there.
I’m also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor
And I post on the 23rd of each month on the Christian Fiction Historical Society:
http://christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/


Monday, April 7, 2014

Register to win Ginny Hamlin's "Marriage Takes Three"


We're happy to have Ginny Hamlin with us today talking about her book "Marriage Takes Three."  Please leave her a comment with your email address for your chance to win her book. If you'd like to receive emails about weekly book giveaways, please place your email address in the feedburner box to the right. Thanks!


Title/Author/Publisher/Release Date
Marriage Takes Three (Debut novel)
Author G.E. Hamlin
Publisher: Chalfont House/HopeSprings Books
Release date: April 02, 2014

Back Cover Blurb
Darla Connor is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Darla Connor’s husband, Randall Connor, is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage. As a new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life. Jack Collins, the protagonist, feels Darla is the only woman who truly loves him for who he is, and not the well-known country music artist he’s become. Jack’s goal is to give Darla everything her heart desires, but first he must get her to divorce Randall. Darla is at a precipice. Will she follow promises of ‘better to come’ with Jack, or if she will she surrender to God in time to save her marriage?

How did your story come to you?
The title (Marriage Takes Three) and premise came first, and then the characters, and finally the intricacies began to unfold like a movie in my head. The story involves, Darla Connor, who is struggling with whether to stay in her troubled marriage or walk away. Maintaining a long distance friendship with an old sweetheart isn’t making the decision any easier, especially when that sweetheart, now a famous country music star, declares his love for her, even though she is married. Randall Connor is a recovering alcoholic and wants to heal his broken marriage, and as a struggling new believer, he is counting on God to help him. When Darla rejects his ultimatum to sever ties with her old boyfriend, he’s in for the battle of his life.

Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I began working on “Marriage Takes Three” during the summer of 2010, then health issues with my mom and husband took precedence for over a year. The interesting thing is that during that time God blessed me with wonderful critique partners in ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), who rallied around me and encouraged me to keep submitting chapters as I was able to do so.

I was introduced to my publisher Chalfont House/HopeSprings books, which came about because a friend, who was published by CHHSB suggested I submit a query to the editor for my novel Marriage Take Three. I signed a contract August 13, 2013. The rest (as they saying goes) is history. ;)

What are you working on now and what’s next for you?
My second novel, “Forsaking All Others” is about a Christian married couple, who confronts the husband’s issue of pornography and the fallout that occurs. I’m currently working on what I refer to as “the bones” for the characters, also known as “character profiles.”

Parting comments
During interviews, I like to share a side of myself that readers may be surprised to learn about me. So, in keeping with that idea I’ll reveal three things about myself in hopes the readers will feel like they are getting to know me on a more personal level. ;)

1. Probably one of the most surprising things about me if you’ve never met me in person, is to discover I’m 6’ tall. And no, I never played basketball or volleyball, but I did model in the late 70s and early 80s. 

2. The second thing that might surprise readers is my ethnicity. I’ve literally been asked, “What are you?” to which I graciously respond, “Human.” (I’m joking.) My ethnic background is bi-racial –my late father was black and Sioux Indian, and my mother is white – I get my freckles from her. 

3. The third thing that might surprise readers is I enjoy “old movies” with actresses like: Jane Wyman Lana Turner, Better Davis, Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford…the list goes on and on. One of my favorite movies is “Miracle in the Rain” with Jane Wyman and Van Johnson.

Thank you for asking where fans can find me on the internet. I’ll include links to my various pages and sites.  

It has been my honor and pleasure, K. Dawn Byrd, to be a guest on your blog, I look forward to responding to any questions or comments that your readers post.

Author Biography
G.E. Hamlin (Ginny) passionately writes about broken marriages and the restorative power of Jesus Christ. Her stories stem from personal experiences and working in lay ministry as a member of her church. Her characters encounter the natural consequences of addiction to: alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. It is Ginny's hope each story will create a bridge for discussion in real life.

Ginny has been a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) for over six years. Her style of writing reflects the qualities of Nicholas Sparks' soft side and the fast pace of James Patterson.

She and her husband Ed have a blended family with five adult children and eight grandchildren. Ginny and her husband live in Southern California where they enjoy the beach, desert, and mountains. As a full time author, she is blessed with frequent opportunities to spend time with the grandchildren.

Links to the Web & Social Media
Amazon.com Pre-order Marriage Takes Three
My Blog is http://eghamlin.com/Gblog
My main Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/GEHamlin
My Facebook author Page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/G-E-Hamlin/111808395523799?ref=hl
Google+ https://plus.google.com/+GinnyHamlin/about
You can find me on twitter Twitter.com@GEHamlin
Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/pub/g-e-ginny-hamlin/77/939/89
My Goodreads profile is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7236005.G_E_Hamlin
Pintrest http://www.pinterest.com/ge0073/



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ada Brownell's "Imagine the Future You"


YOUTH AND GOD'S GREAT LOVE
By Ada Brownell

Viewing the underbelly of society as a newspaper reporter affected me.  I can't forget the woman whose teenage son committed suicide; The high school gal I did a story about who excelled in academics as well as sports who killed herself before she could be valedictorian.
I talked with teen mothers in a high school class designed to train them in caring for their babies, with the emphasis on preventing child abuse. Only one young mom in the class of about 20 still dated the infant's father. I could detect anger against parents, former boyfriends, and even the babies.
I remember the juvenile ward at the Colorado Mental Health Institute. A psych tech told me abuse, physical and sexual, affected many of them. That might explain the obscene gesture one patient made to me when I walked into their television room.
 Serious thought disorders affected other patients. One of the kids killed his parents. The youths hee-hawed about being insane, putting on a show of disgusting faces and actions.
I stumbled into the story where a half dozen 12-year-old boys who gang raped an 8-year-old girl were in court.
Then every year, sometimes more often, I reported statistics on teen pregnancy (kids as young as 11 or 12 gave birth); abortions; and sexually transmitted diseases in our county.
As the mother of five, I wondered why we have these things happening to our children. Are we so busy earning money we neglect our own flesh and blood?
Praise the Lord my children  all serve the Lord. From their births I wanted them to grow up, as I did, knowing God loves them and has a plan for their lives—and they did.
Yet, evil forces work to destroy their faith, so thanks to things I learned in teaching teens in Christian education classes and my other biblical studies, I acquired much needed knowledge to impart to my family. They knew serving the Lord was first in my life, and my most earnest desire for them was and is that they live for Jesus.
Most important, I spent lots of time on my knees.
Yet, I knew parents don't have control. Each child has to decide whether to believe God's Word and accept salvation.
Although I've seen effects of sin as a journalist, I don't dwell on wickedness plaguing our society, and I don't advise others to do so. The Lord gives too much joy and things to rejoice about to spend too much time smelling the pig pens in life.
Our children need to know more about the joy unspeakable and full of glory that the Lord provides and the rivers of living water that refresh and strengthen our souls. Paul was in a prison cell, but he rejoiced and told us to rejoice because God is still on the throne.
The good news is our children can be righteousness, even in this wicked society. "For God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might sow the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-7NKJ).
©Copyright Ada Brownell February 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

James Callan's " A Ton of Gold"



Author James Callan Interviews A Character from A Ton of Gold

Today, I’m interviewing Brandi Brewer, the housemate of Crystal Moore, the protagonist in my latest suspense novel A Ton of Gold (Oak Tree Press).

Callan:  Welcome, Brandi.  Glad to have you on my blog today. First of all, tell us how you happened to share an apartment with Crystal. Did you two go to the same school?

Brandi: Not a chance. I was never too high on schools and Crystal is a real brain.   A friend of mine knew a friend of hers. We met for coffee and hit it off.

Callan:  Okay. And what kind of work do you do?

Brandi:  I work at an answering service.  Actually, my boss calls it a Message Center, or a Contact Center. That’s my day job. My other job is teaching Crystal.

Callan: I’m a little confused.  You said she was smart.

Brandi:  She’s really, really smart – on book learning.  I teach her about the real world.  I teach her the Street U courses.

Callan:  Ah, what kind of things do you teach her?

Brandi:  Stuff you learn from living.  Like, “Finders keepers; losers weepers.”  Like, if you let people walk over you, they’ll just keep on doing it.  You gotta not be a doormat. They try to walk on you, you gotta knock ‘em down.  Do that a few times, they’ll respect you

Callan:  Gotcha. I see you’re wearing a tee that says “Do your own thing.”  Is that another thing you teach her?

Brandi: You got that right.  Like me. My parents named me Bertha.  When I turned 18, I dumped that name.

Callan:  You didn’t like Bertha, I take it.

Brandi:  Would you?  Decided, why should I keep the name of one of Dad’s old girlfriends? I didn’t like it. And I’m sure Mom didn’t either, though she never said that.

Callan:  So, you just had it changed.

Brandi:  Yeah.  Just like my hair.  I got mousey brown hair from my Mom.  Loreal give me this beautiful copper masterpiece.  Dad gave me watery blue eyes.  Accuvue gave me these aqua beauties. Wore braces for two years, after I was twenty.  I’m a self-made woman.

Callan:  Well, I must say you do have gorgeous hair and eyes. I understand you’re going out with a police detective.

Brandi:  Oh yeah. Tom Terrific.  That’s not his real name, but he really is.  Before I met him, I thought all men were scum.  Well, before Tom, all the men I met were scum.  I never knew what the word gentleman meant.  ‘Course, Tom’s pretty tough.  But he’s also a sweetheart around me.

Callan:  So, what’s next for Brandi Brewer?

Brandi:  Find a good man, get married, have my own house, some babies. 

Callan:  Is Tom the right man?

Brandi:  Is this a private thing?  I mean, you’re not going to put this on FaceBook or anything like that?

Callan:  I wouldn’t think of it.

Brandi:  I think Tom might be the one.  But I’m not in a rush.  I need to see if he changes, or if he still treats me like I’m something special after a year or so.  I feel pretty strong about him.  But, I still got to be me, got to do my thing.

Callan:  Anything else you want to add?

Brandi:  Well, maybe I better make it clear.  Crystal’s the nicest person I ever met.  And she’s really smart on so many things, but she doesn’t treat me like I’m dumb or not up to her level.  In fact, she tells me how smart I am.  ‘Course, I’m not smart like she is.  But I do know things she doesn’t.  So we get along great.  I couldn’t ask for a better person to share a house with.  Well, maybe Tom.

Callan:  Thanks, Brandi.  You’ve been a great person to interview.  And I think maybe I need to take some lessons from you.  I know I’ve let a few people walk over me.  




Monday, March 3, 2014

Laura Jackson's "Worth the Wait"



Title: Worth the Wait
Publisher: HopeSprings Books

Cover blurb:
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

1) How did this story come to you?I was trying to write a romance, and it was horrible. I kept thinking about the character of Ellie, and so I decided to try YA since that’s my favorite genre to read.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.I wrote 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month/November) 2012. I added to it in December and January before having it edited. In March I started sending it to agents and small publishers that didn’t require an agent. HopeSprings asked for the whole manuscript and then offered me a contract in May.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.I write while listening to sports radio.
I was a mentor for two girls in foster care during their senior years of high school.
One of my favorite parts of the day is checking the mail. (Wild life, I know!)

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?In Worth the Wait, there’s a mean girl named Lindsey. Working with kids has taught me that when people are hateful, there’s usually a hurt somewhere that makes them push people away. So, I wanted to figure out what Lindsey’s story was. It’s been fun.

5) Parting comments?God’s plan is always worth the wait—even when it’s not what we planned or wanted.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurajacksonwrites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraJackson80
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7203616.Laura_Jackson
Blog/Website: http://authorlaurajackson.blogspot.com/