Monday, April 11, 2016

Melissa Tagg & Linda Shenton Matchett | New Novel News

Like Never Before
by Melissa Tagg

Published: April 5, 2016
From: Bethany House
Purchase: Like Never Before

Maple Valley became Amelia Bentley's haven after her heart and her dreams of a family were shattered. But her new life as a newspaper editor is shaken when the small-town paper is in danger of closing. Her one hope: A lead on an intriguing story that just might impress the new publisher...if only she new who he was.

After his biggest campaign success yet, widowed speechwriter Logan Walker now has the chance of a lifetime--a spot on a presidential campaign. But his plans are interrupted when he finds out he's inherited his hometown newspaper. He travels home intent on selling the paper and spending some much-needed time with his young daughter before making the leap into national politics.

But instead of a quick sale and peaceful break from his hectic career, Logan finds himself helping Amelia chase her story. She's scrappy, but wounded. He's dependable, but lost. They may butt heads more than expected, but a series of leads on Maple Valley's quirky unsolved mystery is just the start of the sparks that fly in the office and in their hearts.

Get to know Melisssa...

If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?
Okay, first of all, I would track down the guy who appears on the cover of my book and find out if he has any acting skills whatsoever. Because if so, he is SO the one to play Logan Walker. He looks so much like the Logan in my head, it’s uncanny.

And then I would cast myself as Amelia just so I could play opposite him!

Or, if absolutely forced to pick someone else, I would beg to go back in time and choose one of two classic film actresses: Carole Lombard or Jean Arthur. Either one could be perfect for the role!

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
London! And not actually because I think it’s the prettiest or even most amazing. I’d have to pick Scotland or somewhere in the Smokey Mountains if I was going with prettiest, most enchanting, most beautiful. But no, I’m picking London because it’s got a crazy special place in my heart. I studied abroad there in college and have been back several times. It stretched me, dazzled me, and captured my heart in so many ways. The best part was the friendships I developed while there. Love, love, love!

Do you have a nickname? Care to share?
Haha yesssss! Soooo…once upon a time, I set a fire at my workplace. In a moment of sheer oblivion, I stuck a travel mug in the microwave…set the timer for three minutes…and left the office kitchen. When I came back…there was smoke…there were flames…there was disaster! Now, the part that always gets left out of the story when coworkers tell it is that I PUT OUT THE FIRE. I really did. But yeah, it completely destroyed the microwave and left black streaks up and down the walls.

And earned me the nickname Sparky which I’m sure I will never, ever shake. :)
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Love's Harvest
by Linda Shenton Matchett

Published: April 4, 2016
From: Independently Published through Amazon
Purchase: Love's Harvest

Love's Harvest is a fictionalized account of the biblical book of Ruth set during WWII. Noreen Hirsch loses everything, including her husband and two sons. Then her adopted country goes to war with her homeland. Has God abandoned her? Rosa Hirsch barely adjusts to being a bride before she is widowed. She gives up her citizenship to accompany her mother-in-law to her home country. Can Rosa find acceptance among strangers who hate her belligerent nation? Basil Quincey is rich beyond his wildest dreams, but loneliness stalks him. Can he find a woman who loves him and not his money? Three people. One God who can raise hope from the ashes of despair.

Get to know Linda...

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past? 
I would definitely rather go to the past. I prefer the simplicity of the non-technological world and could easily live “off the grid.” That’s why I write about the WWII era.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to? 
Without a doubt, I would have to say England. My unpublished trilogy is set in England, and I did a lot of “armchair” research. So when I traveled to England and stood in places where I had written my characters, it was the thrill of a lifetime.

If you were stranded on an island what are three things you couldn’t live without? 
My husband because he is like having Davy Crockett around – he would be able to create shelter out of nothing and find edible food, a supply of notebooks and pencils (is that one thing or two) so I can write, and a roll of duct tape because you can use it to make almost anything!


I had two lovely ladies on the blog last week offering up copies of their novels and we've got winners!

Winner of The Tiger's Cage:

Trixi O.

Winner of The Nanny's Secret Child:

Rebecca Bell

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