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.

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