Monday, February 13, 2017

Cathy Liggett & N.J. Donner | New Novel News

The Sister's of Sugarcreek
 by Cathy Liggett

Published: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Tyndale House
Purchase: The Sisters of Sugarcreek

Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society—the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak—through grief and new chances at love—they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.

Get to know Cathy...

If you're main character celebrated Halloween, what would they dress up as?

There are 3 women in Sisters:

Lydia - since she's Amish, I think she should dress up as an Englischer

Liz - as Julia Child (she loooves to cook!)

Jessica - something ghoulish and scary for this single mom because believe it or not, in the book Jessica, her son Cole, and former best friend (soon to be more than that) Derek go to the school's Halloween Creepy Carnival and Derek reminds her how when they were kids she'd dress up in a scary costume and she'd jump out from behind things and try to scare him.

“I think she was trying to scare me away,” Derek said in a side whisper to Cole.

“Mommy tried to scare you?” Her son looked confused.

“Yeah, but I guess it never worked. I’m still here.” He chuckled at his own joke.

“I wasn’t trying to scare you away—it was just . . . you never seemed to mind.”

Which was the truth. Whereas other friends of hers back then might’ve thought she was weird, or uncool, and not understood she was just having fun, Derek simply accepted everything about her. Always. 

What's your favorite chore?
I'd say mowing the grass because it's not year round like laundry, you get to be by yourself and think, and sometimes when I'm out there getting all dusty and sweaty, I like to pretend that I'm a farmer's wife instead of a happily married suburbanite.

What are the names of your pets?
We have a boxer mix named Chaz that we rescued when she was one and a half years old. Yes, SHE. I personally don't think of Chaz as a female name (is it?), but we didn't want to change it and possibly confuse her, so we stuck with it.

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The Blue Moon Narthex
by N. J. Donner

Published: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Steel Pages Press, LLC
Purchase: The Blue Moon Narthex

--> World War I is over. While the world rejoices, the battle to balance good and bad Karmanic energy rages on invisible to most people. Three teens find themselves hurtled across space and time into this conflict.

Many books have been written about the battle between good and evil, about dark forces trying to take control of the earth. What if there was a secret legion working to maintain the balance of good and bad in the world? What if it took such a legion of people to balance the Karma of the universe?

As young adults come of age and seek to find their places, and parents strive to instill values of thinking of others and working for the good of society, they need heroes they can look up to. Cole, Sophie and Britten are apparently normal teens. YA readers ready for new characters to love and big adventures to keep them turning pages, will connect with the three friends as they set out to solve mysteries left in the wake of train wreck and discover their part in the bigger story.

Get to know N. J....
If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?
I don’t have perfect actors that fit the main characters, but I picture very specific actors in some of the supporting roles:

Norm: Steve Bushemi. He’s skinny and goofy, but his range as an actor is vast.
Nigel Chabbet: Christoph Waltz. The best bad guy in the history of movies.
Maximus Dalton (Max): Michael Caine. Caine carries an air of wisdom and could portray a humble leader.

Favorite season? 
Has to be spring. My family and I are big campers and outdoorsy people. The winter in Nebraska gets long and when it does finally warm up, we’re very excited to get out and go on adventures.  
If your main characters were animals, what would they be?
Not too many people know, but the three main characters are based on my three kids. How they act and who they are in the story is based on their personalities. I let them answer this one.

Cole: He wants to be a panda
Sophie: She wants to be a white tiger.
Britten: He wants to be a monkey

I’m not sure if these portray the characters in The Blue Moon Narthex exactly, but these are their favorite animals.

Cats or dogs or both? 
That is hard to answer. Right now, my family has a German Shepard (Elka), a yellow lab (Gunner), and crazy cat (Cooper). The newest member of our family is a bearded dragon (Alibaster). You could say all animals, since we’re on the verge of starting our own domestic animal zoo.

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