Monday, October 31, 2016

JC Morrows & Scarlett Dunn | New Novel News

A Tragic Consequence
by JC Morrows

Published: October 25, 2016
Publisher: S&G Publishing
Purchase: A Tragic Consequence

FORCED TO FLEE . . . WOUNDED . . . AND ON THE RUN . . .

Not exactly a safe place for a former assassin and a prince with a price on his head.

In the dark streets of Auralius, Kayden and her prince struggle to find a way to set the country right again. But the Order of the MoonStone has a long reach and a strong grip.

Will the two of them be able to find a way to bring down Kayden's former employers?

Or will Kayden's unusual charm help them to find an ally where there was none?

Get to know JC...

--> Would you rather go to the future or go to the past? 
I used to think I'd enjoy seeing the future, but given the way the world is heading at the moment, I'm going to go with the past.

What’s one thing you must have/do in the morning? 
COFFEE!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? 
Key West, FL

Christmas At Dove Creek
by Scarlett Dunn

Published: October 25, 2016
Publisher:
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--> With snow on the prairie and the stars heralding new hope, it’s the season for the lost to find their way home—and love to unite solitary hearts…

She rides like an angel and she’s a crack shot. And Lily Starr is determined to shepherd a helpless group of outcasts from Missouri to Wyoming by Christmas—including a pregnant woman whose blessed event is drawing near. So encountering handsome Thorpe Turlow along the dangerous trail is a welcome unexpected gift, for he's as formidable as he is reserved. Besides, understanding this gentle, secretly wounded man is another challenge Lily isn't about to resist...

After the heartbreak he's found, Thorpe just wants to retreat to his peaceful Dove Creek ranch. But he's never met anyone as resourceful and straightforward as Lily. Somehow, she's reigniting his faith and giving him the courage to trust again. And if they survive the arduous trip ahead, he'll do whatever it takes to give her a lifetime of joy and love…

Get to know Scarlett...


--> If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?
Tom Selleck would be cast as Colt in PROMISES KEPT. Tom is older, but who cares! Maybe Chris Hemsworth if he dyed his hair.

What’s one thing you must have/do in the morning?
I must walk/hike in the morning. My brain doesn’t work if I don’t exercise!

Share one pet peeve you have. 
Cliches – At the end of the day; it is what it is; reach out – UGH! They drive me CRAZY!

Connect with Scarlett on her website: http://scarlettdunn.com/


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

S. D. Grimm {Writer Wednesday}

About Sarah...

S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult speculative fiction—everything from urban fantasy to epic fantasy and space operas to superheroes. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency, and her debut novel, Scarlet Moon, releases October 2016 through Enclave Publishing (an imprint of Gilead Publishing). Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. When she’s not writing or freelance editing, Sarah enjoys reading, kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, fencing, and Netflix bingeing. You can learn more about her and her upcoming books at www.sdgrimm.com

Connect with Sarah...

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SDGrimm/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SDGrimmAuthor 
Website, blog, and newsletter: http://sdgrimm.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SDGrimmAuthor/
Purchase: Scarlet Moon

Get to know Sarah...

You and Writing

Tell us a little bit about you and writing...
I started writing when I was in elementary school. I wrote short stories all the time, just for fun. When I played with friends, I would often set the stage with this elaborate story world and ultimate goal and then ask them what character they were playing. If they needed character backstory, I could totally help with that. And then I got my first computer. While all my friends were getting better at online chess and paint, I started writing a book.

I wrote through middle school, high school, majored in English in college because I wanted to be a writer, and just kept writing. After I had my first child and left the work force, I decided to find out what it took to get published. That’s when I started a brand new story: Scarlet Moon.

Your Writing

Tell us a little bit about your book...

What’s the theme?
Love always protects, no matter the cost. How did you come up with it? 1 Corinthians 13:7 says “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I loved this idea of love being protective. I loved exploring how love protects. And I wanted that to be a big part of the trilogy. While perseverance plays a huge role in this book—and trust and hope in others—the idea of protecting others in love is a pretty big theme through all three books.

Did you get to do any fun research for the book? 
Yes! I started a fencing class to learn more about sword fighting. I visited wolf park in Indiana to see wolves at a research park (and howl with them!). And I took some archery lessons from my husband and father.

Writing

Let’s talk about your writing life...

Is there something else that helped you?
You know how you hear that many stories need a main hero, a mentor, a sidekick, a love interest, and a villain? Well, if you haven’t heard that, I have—no, it’s not gospel truth, but there’s a lot of merit to these archetypes. J Anyway, think of your writing journey as one such story. You are the hero. You know where you want the story to go. You know what you’re overcoming and you’re learning as you go. You’re persevering through the awful parts toward your end goal. Fight for the win. The writers further along on the journey who give you advice are your mentors. They aren’t always right, but oftentimes they’re wiser than you give them credit for. ;) They want to help you. They want to see you succeed. So at least listen to what they have to say. Your trusted critique partners are your sidekicks. You need them. They help and strengthen you along this journey. You learn from one another. Treat them like gold. Sometimes you’ll disagree, and that’s okay. The love interest? That’s your passion for writing. You need this passion to succeed in your mission. She (just play out the metaphor) is on your team. She sees the good in your writing. Your passion is so important when you face those obstacles that make you feel like you’ve failed. Don’t push her away. The villain? Well that’s anything that tries to stop you, right? There could be so many. Rejections. Bad reviews. Critiques that don’t build you up. Procrastination. Discouragement. Fight them. Persevere. And if you’re missing one of these, find them. I mean, don’t seek out villains … :D

Are you a Panster or Plotter?
Haha. Both. I like to think of myself as a plotter with pantser tendencies. I plot out where the story will start and what big thing will happen and how the whole thing will end. Everything else just comes organically (sometimes after much digging or re-planting) because I don’t want to be stifled by a too detailed outline.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
My favorite part is reading the finished product. I love writing and brainstorming and editing. I am not a huge fan of revising. Don’t get me wrong! I get so excited about the idea of revising this and that. But when I actually sit down to make the revisions and see how much work it is, I procrastinate. A lot.

What did you learn along the path to publishing that you’d care to share as encouragement? Persevere. There will always be rejection—even after you’re published. Work through the brokenness and feelings of failure. Hold your head up, stand tall, and remember why you write. That passion is your fuel. Feed it. Grow it. Take care of it. Then, when you need it, it’ll be there. If you can’t find it, remember that you’re not alone. We’ve all felt that way.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, have a favorite artist or playlist to share? 

YES! I have a playlist of songs I specifically listened to while writing Scarlet Moon. :D
 https://open.spotify.com/user/cellardoor94/playlist/4F3AAyE8pTD0JA2yMBSXms

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You

In honor of the fall, what’s your favorite fall treat?
Pumpkin spice doughnuts. I wait all year for these!

When you were a child, what did you dream of growing up to be? 
A baseball player. I can’t catch, though. It’s not my thing.

Will you participate in National Novel Writing Month? 
If so, what’s your plan to keep your writing on track? YES! I am currently researching Feudal Japan, building a story world, and getting to know my characters. It’s going to be so fun. I may not “win” because I know I’ll have edits for Children of the Blood Moon book three; however, I still plan to participate and show up to write every day.

What are you currently reading? 
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


Monday, October 24, 2016

Liz Johnson & Connilyn Cossette | New Novel News

Shadow of the Storm
by Connilyn Cossette

Published: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Purchase: Shadow of the Storm

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

Get to know Connilyn...

What’s one thing you must have/do in the morning?
Coffee. No coffee, no talkie. Of course I usually make it, forget it until its cold, warm it in the microwave, forget it’s again, etc. etc. etc. The kids tease me all the time whenever they find day-old coffee in the microwave.

What are the names of your pets? If you don't have any, what would you name your pets?
We have two cats. A sweet, albeit nervous tabby named Nelliebelle who never lets me out of her sight and Dizzy, a crazy calico who absolutely lives up to her name. She literally bounces off the walls and refuses to let us brush our teeth or wash our hands without standing in the sink to drink from the faucet.

What's one chore you hate doing? 
Dishes are the bane of my existence. I have no shame to admit that we use paper plates, utensils and cups 80% of the time. If someone would invent disposable pots and pans I’d be in heaven. Homeschooling is fantastic except for all the extra dishes my kids use during the day.

Where Tow Hearts Meet
by Liz Johnson

Published: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Revell
Purchase: Where Two Hearts Meet


In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.

Get to know Liz...

What's your favorite chore? 
I think my favorite chore is washing dishes. As long as they’re not my own. When I visit my family and we have big dinners with all twelve of us (my parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews), I’m always the first to jump up to tackle the dishes. I don’t know why, but it’s become habit. I get to washing and the rest of the family puts the leftovers away. I’m not quite as proactive in my own kitchen. :)

Who is your favorite secondary character?
My very favorite secondary character in my own books is Aretha Franklin—no relation to the singer. She introduces herself like that to everyone she meets, not that anyone would have suspected that the pale, petite islander was related to the famous singer. She first appeared in The Red Door Inn, and I fell in love with her right away. And she’s back in the sequel, Where Two Hearts Meet, just as peppy and fun as ever and intent on seeing the young women she loves settled down with the right men.

Which of your characters do you secretly have a crush on?
I have a crush on all of my heroes in some way, shape, or form. But the one that I always come back to is Tristan Sawyer. He’s a navy SEAL in SEAL Under Siege from Love Inspired Suspense. In the opening scene he rescues the heroine from a Middle Eastern prison, and later in the book he teaches her self-defense. They have an almost-kiss that makes me sigh every time. It’s one of the few books I’ve written that I return to read time and again because swoon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sandra Orchard {Writer Wednesday}

A little bit about Sandra...

Sandra Orchard writes fast-paced, keep-you-guessing romantic suspense and mysteries with a dash of sweet romance. Her novels have garnered six Canadian Christian Writing Awards, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Sandra enjoys speaking at events and teaching writing workshops.

Connect with Sandra...

Website: www.SandraOrchard.com
Blog: www.SandraOrchard.com/blog
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/Goodreads_SandraO
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorSOrchard/
Purchase: Another Day Another Dali

Get to know Sandra...

You and Writing


I live in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada with my husband of almost thirty years, and an energetic husky who frequently drags me out of my fictional worlds to walk in the real one. I also have four adorable grandchildren with whom I love to hang out. In fact, following a near fatal accident in late May, I put my writing on hold and spent all my time with them. But happily we are all home again now and the creative juices are flowing.



Your Writing

Tell us a little bit about your book. Why did you write it? Another Day, Another Dali is the second installment in my FBI art crime mystery series with special agent Serena Jones. When her grandmother asks Serena to investigate the switch of a valuable Salvador Dali painting, Serena hopes tracking down the original will also mean finally measuring up to Nana’s expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner’s own household—friends of her grandmother’s—it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won’t be winning any popularity contests.

To make matters worse, the Dali isn’t the only painting that’s fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring–one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather. The theft of a Matisse from a Venezuelan museum that went undetected for more than two years, because a forgery was hung in its place, was the inspiration for this story.

And those who read A Fool and His Monet will be happy to know that Serena’s zany aunt is still as eager as ever to help solve Serena’s cases, as are the two handsome men in Serena’s life…or so it would seem.

Do you have a favorite character in this work? If so, why?
A toddler with a contagious, dimpled smile, named Jed, who although he is only in one scene, is my favorite character in this book, because my grandson was his inspiration. At the time, he basically said one word—“uh”—but he said it with so many different inflections, you knew he meant it to mean different things. Serena just couldn’t decipher them. Nate fans will be happy to know he is great with Jed. And Serena’s foray into babysitting inspired this thought that all moms should appreciate:

What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
In Another Day, Another Dali, Serena realizes her closely guarded secret has caused her to misinterpret her grandmother’s feelings toward her for years. Too often we see only what we expect to see in situations and in others. Sometimes it takes an appraiser’s objective perspective to recognize the forgery, whether in art or life. But identifying the forgery is only the beginning. As Serena discovers, getting to the truth requires a willingness to search, no matter how painful the outcome might be.

Is there a funny story associated with writing the book?
One night I woke up from the most bizarre dream. I was being chased by a giant zucchini. So…I decided to give the dream to Serena and include it in the novel, which made for some amusing asides in the pages that followed. Not to mention, the hilarious commentary my critique partner had on the matter.

What's the most random thing you had to Google for the story?
Obscure words that are funny to say. Serena has a neighbor who shares a word of the day and I like to keep them entertaining as well as relevant to the storyline. The one he shares the morning before Serena’s babysitting stint is particularly apropos.

Writing

Let’s talk about your writing life...

How long did you write before you got published?
I was offered my first contract almost six years to the day after beginning my first novel.

What’s your encouragement for younger writers aside from “keep writing”?
God can and will use your writing journey, long before you’re published, to teach and minister to others and to strengthen your own faith in ways you’d never imagined.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
Brainstorming new stories is my favorite part. Writing them is my least favorite part, except on the rare occasions when the story just flows effortlessly from my fingertips.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?
Don’t be in a hurry to get published or to self-publish. Take time to develop your craft.

Are there any books or resources you could recommend to younger writers looking to grow in their craft?
I have reviewed several books and listed many others that helped me get started, as well as compiled a list of blog posts I’ve written on various aspects of writing craft here: http://sandraorchard.com/extras/for-writers/


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You

In honor of the fall, what’s your favorite fall treat?
Pumpkin bread.

When you were a child, what did you dream of growing up to be?
A gymnast like Nadia Comaneci who scored perfect 10s in her routine in 1976 in the Olympics held in Montreal. I can still remember watching her on TV as an awestruck young girl.

Will you participate in National Novel Writing Month? If so, what’s your plan to keep your writing on track?
Nope. I tend to edit as I go along and strive to meet a word count goal each day. The size of the goal varies, depending on deadlines and other writing obligations, such as interviews like this.

What are you currently reading?
A yet-to-be published mystery in a series for which I’m writing an installment for a book club called Annie’s Attic.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron | RE:View

A masterpiece of emotion and evocative storytelling, The Ringmaster's Wife's weaves together the fanciful notions and glamor of the circus amidst the rich tapestry of 1920s history. A superb story with vibrant characters, the sparkle of romance, and the power of courage.

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I am lost to the thrills and magic of the circus. Please, don't send help. I want to stay here forever, trapped between the pages and avoiding the reality that I can't run off to the menagerie.

From the moment I opened this book I knew it was going to be special. I have long since been captivated by the circus and Kristy's fabulous writing drew to life every hope and dream within me. I saw the lights, smelled the molasses coated popcorn, and grew teary eyed at the stunning performances.

I loved the juxtaposition of characters from sweet and determined Lady Rosamund Easling and Irishman Colin Keary in all of his manly fastidious, to Mable and John Ringling and their unique relationship. It felt like a multitude of stories wrapped up into one that painted a beautiful picture of how the Lord orchestrates lives together in ways we would not suspect.

Being a lover of all things from the turn-of-the-century Jazz Age, I appreciated the thorough research Kristy put into this book.  I loved the addition of Walt Disney (though brief) and the history of Ca D'Zan. It's now on my travel list.

I urge you all to read this book if for no other reason than to lose yourself in the vibrant world of the circus and how two women's lives were radically affected by grace, hope, determination, and the power of courage. The history is organic to the story, the romance sweet and natural, and the plot will pull you through until the very end. A must read! Brava!

Rating: 5*
Purchase: The Ringmaster's Wife

Book Description
(from Amazon)
An ounce of courage.

A leap of faith.

Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life—one that’s reimagined from what they might have become.

In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confi nes of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World’s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny—a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.

A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her arranged marriage. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.

When Rosamund’s path crosses with Mable’s and the Ringlings’ glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, choosing instead the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers’ circus.

A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster’s Wife will escort readers into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the Greatest Show on Earth!
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I received a free copy of this book but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Accelerant & A Time To Rise: Release Day!!!

I am SO excited! Friends, you have no idea what glroious things await you today! It's RELEASE DAY for two of my favorite authors! Yes...that is TWO awesome books now avaialbe to you all.

Accelerant 
by Ronie Kendig

He'll destroy the world. But first he has to save it.

The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth's devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another?

The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine and fight for his people.

But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, whom to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save the world.

Purchase: Accelerant (book 2)
Purchase: Embers (book 1)

A Time To Rise
by Nadine Brandes

What more can you sacrifice than your life?

Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least that's what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?

Purchase: A Time To Rise (book 3)
Purchase: A Time To Die (book 1) and A Time To Speak (book 2) 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tracie Peterson {Writer Wednesday}

I don't know where my brain is folks! I'm preparing for a trip to the West Coast as well as updating my online shops and working on ghost writing and editing photos. Needless to say, I'm a little frazzled and nearly forgot this lovely interview! Introducing the lovely Traci Peterson...
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A little bit about Tracie...

Tracie Peterson is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 100 books. Her work in historical romance garnered her the Best Western Romance Author of 2013 by True West Magazine. She was given the Life Time Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers in 2011 and the Career Achievement Award in 2007 from Romantic Times, as well as multiple best book awards.

Tracie has been married to Jim for over 35 years and enjoys working with him on historical research for each of her books. They make their home in the mountains of Montana. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. They also have an adopted family in Africa that has given them another seven grandchildren – two of whom were named for Tracie and Jim.

Connect with Tracie...

Website: www.traciepeterson.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTraciePeterson
Purchase: A Love Transformed

Get to know Tracie...


--> You and Writing

How did you start writing? 
I’ve always loved to write and don’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. I credit my mom for developing the storyteller in me, however. She would give me a pencil and paper in church to keep me quiet (those were the days before children’s church) and tell me to write a story. Of course at that young age most of the story was told in pictures. After church my mom would tell me to tell her my story. I think knowing I would have her undivided attention gave me a reason to create stories. I suppose it drives me still knowing that readers want to hear my stories.

What has kept you writing? 
The love and passion I have for storytelling and servicing God.

What or who is the biggest influence in your writing? 
That’s a hard question to answer because there are so many. As I mentioned my mother truly stimulated that creativity in my storytelling abilities, my husband has been my right hand in encouragement and historical research, and there are numerous authors who’ve stirred my passion to hone my skills and do a better job.

Why do you write? 
For me writing is first and foremost a ministry. I use the stories to show people in situations that are similar to ones we’ve all gone through and then I try to offer Biblical insight and encouragement. I also try to always include the Gospel message of salvation. I know there are so many people out there who won’t read the Bible, but who love historical fiction. This is a nice, non-preachy way to share God’s Word with them. I always tell people I want my books to do three things. I call them my 3E’s. I want them to entertain, educate and encourage.



--> Your Writing

Tell us a little bit about your book...

Why did you write it? 
I love history and the history of Yogo sapphires found only in Montana was something I could research right in my own backyard – well at least my own state.

Do you have a favorite character in this work?
If so, why? I think I would have to say Auntie Madeline and Unnca Paul because I based them on my own aunt and uncle. They are very dear people to me and quite wise.

What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
That God is a God of second chances and there is nothing so terrible about us that He can’t forgive and make right if we let Him.

What’s the theme? How did you come up with it?
Second Chances. I was actually influenced by something I’d heard someone say about their past being so bad that even God couldn’t forgive it. It saddened me to think that people out there honestly believe God incapable of something. I wanted to show how God is all about reconciliation and new starts.

What was a challenge you faced while writing it?
Satan is always trying to interfere with my work since it’s a ministry for God’s glory. There were all sorts of family issues and problems, as well as some health problems for me. However, God got me through as He always does.

What did you learn while writing it?
I learned quite a bit about the espionage going on in American during World War I.

Is there a funny story associated with writing the book?
I named the twins in the story after the children of a friend of mine. When she told the kids about this they were all excited and one of them exclaimed, “Now we’re going to be famous.” It made me giggle.

Was there a passage of scripture you came across or used while writing it that you’d like to share?
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
2nd Corinthians 10:5

Did you get to do any fun research for the book?
Always. I got to research sheep farms in Montana.

We're your characters easy to pin down or did you discover them along the way as you wrote the book?
They were well defined from the beginning. I knew I wanted to create a story about people’s past mistakes binding them and keeping them from moving ahead. It was easy enough to draw on examples from my own life and that of others around me.

What made you choose the setting for the book? 
The books starts in New York City and moves to Montana. This happened for a couple of reasons. I wanted to show some of the espionage going on in New York during WWI, while keeping the entire series grounded in Montana.

What's the most random thing you had to Google for the story?
Cemeteries in New York in 1917

What was one thing (or character) that surprised you while writing this book?
Well, I knew my hero was going to have had a bad time in his youth, but I didn’t realize he was going to have served time in prison until I got into the story and it just seemed natural as I was talking about him taking up with the wrong kind of people.

What’s your favorite snack while writing?
Chocolate of course.

Writing

Let’s talk about your writing life...

How long did you write before you got published?
I tried to get published from about the time I was 12, but it wasn’t until I was 33 that I got my first book contract.

What’s your encouragement for younger writers aside from “keep writing”?
I have a soft spot in my heart for new and young writers. It’s a hard industry to break into, but not an impossible one. I encourage new authors young and old to go to writer conferences. I can’t stress the value of them because you get to take classes and talk one-on-one with authors, editors and agents. The experience is invaluable and although expensive it has the potential to pay back in writing benefits.

How many rejection letters did you get before being accepted by a publisher?
Too many to count

Are you a Panster or Plotter?
Definitely a Plotter

What does your writing process look like?
I start looking for new ideas whenever I read or travel. Once a subject strikes me as something I’d like to write about, I start reading everything I can get my hands on about that event, time period, etc. Then I write an outline of what I would want to accomplish in a 3 book series. Almost all of my books are a part of series so it just happens that way. When I have this in hand, I turn it in to the publisher for their approval and then start putting together a detailed synopsis for the first book. I am almost always research one book, while plotting out another, while writing a third and sometimes doing galley proofs for a fourth.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?
Going through galleys. My books are turned into the publisher a year in advance, but final galleys come about 4-6 months before publication. This is the final read through I’ll have before the book is published and by then I’ve moved on to so many other projects.

Are there any books or resources you could recommend to younger writers looking to grow in their craft?

There are a lot of great resources out there and like I mentioned – the writer conferences are some of the best places to learn about these. Another thing I encourage new writers to do is read, read and read some more. Read a book once for pleasure then read it again and start taking it apart. I especially encourage this with best-sellers. I encourage them to make a list of what they liked and didn’t like. Why do they think this book became a best seller? Make a list of characters and their characteristics. This helps them learn to develop characters. Do the same for the details of the time period and the setting. Plot out the book in a chapter outline. This is one of the best ways I know to learn how to do some of this stuff first hand.
 
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In honor of the fall, what’s your favorite fall treat?
Chocolate chip pumpkin nut bread. Yum!

When you were a child, what did you dream of growing up to be?
A doctor and writer

Will you participate in National Novel Writing Month? 
I had to laugh – for me – every month is National Novel Writing Month. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and write and read.

What are you currently reading?
A stack of research books on the Rogue River Indian wars and San Francisco 1906 Earthquake. For fiction, I have Becky Wade’s Undeniably Yours.

Emilie here: Thank you so much for being my guest Tracie! Isn't this a fantastic interview and what a generious giveaway! Make sure you share it around :)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Robin E. Mason | New Novel News

Cissy 
by Robin E. Mason

Published: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Purchase: Cissy

Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

--> AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening. It is very much the Christian battle against evil. Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series. 

Get to know Robin...

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past?
The past. I love history and would love the chance to visit eras and places that I can only read about. I love doing research, but ya can only glean so much from reading—no matter how many tomes you pour through!

What’s your favorite book?
With such a vast array of “favorites” there are two that have stayed with me, passed the test of time. The first is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I read that as a child and the message was powerful, and made a deep impact on me. The second is The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy. I suffered depression for many of my adult years, and when I was coming out of that, with counseling and an Rx, I “happened” to pick up a copy of this book at the store. It’s long, and I read it in a week! One of the things about depression is that when I was not busy doing something I was down. Meaning I vegged, usually in front of the TV. (I was still working full time, and my kids were adolescents at the time, and there was always something to do.) To focus enough to read through any book, let alone some 700 pages, was impossible. This book represents for me, leaving that depressive state behind, and enjoying my life. That was over twenty years ago, and I’ve never looked back. And Ms. Binchy remains one of my favorite story tellers for that reason as well.

If you could live in a fantasy world, who’s would it be? 
Mine. Because I already know everybody here, er, there. I know the characters intimately, and I can banish anyone if I need to. You’re welcome to visit anytime, Emilie! I’d love to have you for tea and crumpets!!!

(BONUS) What are you reading right now?
Reluctantly Married, by Vistorine Lieske. Posting a review blitz next week for all four books in the series.

See more from Robin on her website:
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Download Your Free How-To Guide for Bring Your Bible to School Day

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Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit. For students in hurricane-affected states who are facing school closures but still want to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day, the alternate date is Thursday, October 20.

This brings about a good point: Any day can be a day you organize your friends to bring your Bibles to school together!

By signing up during the month of October for Bring Your Bible to School Day (even if you missed the official celebration), you can download a free how-to guide for teens, parents, pastors, and elementary students. It's full of helpful information that will help you organize a day to take a stand for religious freedom and bring your Bible to school with your fellow classmates.

(Sign-ups must be received by midnight (MT), Oct. 7, in order to be automatically entered into the Newsboys giveaway.)

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Warrior's Seal by Ronie Kendig | RE:View

What do you get when you cross James Rollins-like writing with the excitement and history of Indiana Jones? Ronie Kendig's new and thrilling series: The Tox Files! Introductory novella, The Warrior's Seal, is just a taste of what's to come.

The Warrior's Seal is the perfect introduction to Cole "Tox" Russell and his Special Forces team. If you've read anything by Ronie Kendig, you'll know to expect fast-paced action, complex characters, and a plot that will leave you reeling from its complexity. The Warrior's Seal is all of these things and more!

Introducing Tox and his team, this novella sets the scene for great things to come, like book 1 in the series: Conspiracy of Silence (coming out December 6th). The novella is just enough to whet your appetite and provide familiarity with the team. As usual, Ronie does an excellent job depicting the dynamics of a Special Forces team. Her male characters always stand out on the page because of their authenticity and realness. No sissy men here!

I also absolutely loved the historical element that Ronie brought to the novella and how it is all comingled and weighted with importance to the present. It adds a very "Indiana Jones" like quality to the story--something I LOVE--as well as a depth that takes the story beyond the natural realm.

Given that this is just a novella, you expect the story to be slightly abbreviated, but that in no way made it less action-packed or exciting. By the end of the novella I was clinging to my Kindle and swiping pages like a mad woman (and staying up way past my bedtime...).

I highly recommend The Warrior's Seal to a wide range of readers. If you've read anything by Ronie Kendig, you'll love this. If you haven't, it's the perfect introduction to her writing! It will appeal to lovers of suspense, military fiction, thrillers, romantic suspense, and lovers of amazing fiction in general.

By the way...it's FREE on Amazon Kindle! Go get your copy today!...Seriously, go get it now.

Rating: 5*
Purchase: (for free) The Warrior's Seal

Book Description
(from Amazon)
A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past to save the president after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin.

Special Forces operative Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue--the U.S. president has been kidnapped during a goodwill tour. The mission nosedives when an ancient biblical artifact and a deadly toxin wipe out villages. Tox must stop the terrorists and the toxin to save the president.
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I received a free copy of this book but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Overcoming The Chaos of Cancer by Barbara M. Britton | Guest Post





If I knew as an author that my life would encompass the theme of my novel, I would have chosen something fun and lively instead of “God is in control even in the chaos of life.” Who wants chaos? Not me. I like a well-ordered life. A predictable life fitting nicely on a calendar with one inch squares.

In “Providence: Hannah’s Journey,” Hannah bat Zebula, daughter of the chief priest, desires to be healed of deformities. Her desire catapults her on an adventure where she encounters one threat after another. God is faithful to Hannah and never gives her more than she can overcome. As I wrote this story, I had no idea I would need healing from a cancer growing in my breast. Breast cancer affects 1 in 5 women, but I never expected to be the “one.” And boy did I pray for God to help me overcome the medical challenges in my life.

Chaos is defined as complete disorder. With my initial diagnosis of a small tumor, I thought I could manage the chaos. A lumpectomy only requires day surgery and radiation is a non-invasive procedure. Totally do-able. I had dodged the cancer bullet. Prayer chains were called. My mom came to pamper me. I could do this. After all, we had found this cancer early. Right?

Wrong.

At my follow-up appointment, chaos reigned. My cancer had tricked medical technology. 3D mammography had picked up a piece of the tumor, but not the surrounding invasion. A breast MRI was fooled. Doctors were fooled. I was fooled. I still had cancer. And with it, a genetic mutation called BRCA-1 which leaves me susceptible to more breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

God, how could this be? This is not what we prayed for. More surgery awaited me, but how much? Decisions had to be made on whether to take off one breast or two. Do I reconstruct during surgery? Leave the ovaries?

God is in control even in the chaos of life.

In December, among the festive lights and wrapped gifts, and before I celebrated my Savior’s birth, I ordered the chaos of cancer and had a bi-lateral mastectomy and an oophorectomy with no reconstruction. Today, I am breast free. In my story, my character Hannah is ultimately healed (spoiler alert), but I don’t look like the old me. And that’s okay because I am alive and healthy. God has granted me more days on His earth to enjoy my family and to write books. Plus, I know my glorified body is going to rock.

When you see me, I look like everyone else. I joke with my friends that my prosthetics are false advertising. Like Hannah, I am adjusting to being different. A smile crossed my face when my son remarked he forgot I don’t have any boobs. So, I guess a bit of cancer chaos remains. Enough to remind me that God is faithful. I have a renewed sense of praise for each day God grants me on this earth. I praise Him for my health. For the time I spend with my friends and family. For physicians and hospitals. For the power of prayer. For being able to relate to people going through chaos. I thank him for His providence in my life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year is my first year as a survivor. Praise the Lord! Though, my heart is heavy for those I knew who didn’t make it through the chaos of cancer. So, make your life journey the best it can be. Don’t delay your yearly mammogram. Seek out 3D imaging. Don’t wait if a spot shows up, even if it can’t be found on an ultrasound. A biopsy gives you peace of mind, or motivates action. Rally your prayer warriors and meal makers. Don’t suffer in silence. Compare notes with others in the same struggle. And remember…God is in control even in the chaos of life.

4 things I hope readers will do after hearing my story:

1. Schedule a yearly mammogram with 3D technology (if 3D is available)
2. Do not wait to biopsy if something shows up on their mammogram
3. Advocate for yourself in your medical care
4. Do not suffer in silence

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Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes romantic adventures for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. You can follow Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.
Providence: Hannah's Journey
by Barbara M. Britton

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As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her.

Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.

Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.

Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal and enemy commander.