Thursday, October 19, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Interview with Historical Romance Author Ann Mock


Book Giveaway Oct 16 - 23: Historical Inspirational Romance, The Union of the North and the South. YOUR CHOICE: The winner may pick an ebook or an audiobook from Audible.

Ann Mock lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, Dave. She and her husband have four children and five grandchildren.  She and her husband enjoy ballroom dancing and have gone dancing at least three times a week over the past twenty years. They also enjoy traveling, particularly cruising, where they get to dance. The river cruises in the United States are a particular favorite of theirs. 

“The Union of the North and the South was a delightful story full of secrets. When I thought I had discovered the first secret, then another secret came to light. This made the story fun for the reader. I enjoyed the love story and trying to figure out who the bad guy was in the story. I listened to this story as an audiobook and the narrator did a wonderful job with the voices. She even delighted me with a song toward the end of the book called: I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to my blog, Ann. Please tell us about your novel, The Union of the North and the South.

The Union of the North and the South is a romance and suspense Christian novel set in the South in the 1870's. This is a story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, but is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache.  She experiences a number of crises that challenge her faith and encourage her to make her former enemies become allies while she deals with her secret. Can she find the strength to forgive as well as love again?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Twenty years ago I visited a Southern mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that had survived the War Between the States because it had been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.  I was fascinated by a Union cannonball that had been fired by the Union navy during the siege of Vicksburg. The cannonball was still lodged in the door frame over a century later.  This inspired me to start my novel, The Union of the North and the South. 

What kind of research did you do?

A few years ago I traveled on a Mississippi steamboat which gave me fresh ideas that allowed me to finish a novel I had started over twenty years ago. I also visited a number of mansions that helped me in recreating the settings of some of the scenes in the novel.  My husband is also a history professor and helped me so much on the historical aspects of the book.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

My favorite character is Jenny.  She is a delightful child that is full of hope and happiness. 

You're right. I really liked Jenny, too. Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you so much for this interview, Ann. I thoroughly enjoyed your book. I hope my readers will check it out.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Author Sharon Srock


Book Giveaway Oct 9 - 16: Hannah's Angel, the Valley View Christmas novella. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email so we can contact you. E-book Giveaway

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Thirty years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves to read, cook, and travel.

Sharon Srock writes fiction for “Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Faith.” Welcome to my blog, Sharon. I really love this book cover. Please tell us about your novella, Hannah’s Angel.

Needed: One Christmas miracle
When Jillian Rishi shared the news of her pregnancy with her boyfriend, Wesley Price, he left the country. Unable to stay away from the woman he loves, he returned five months later to reclaim Jillian and their unborn daughter. Now they’re on the run, hiding from the dishonest lawyer who’s determined to take their baby. And hope is running out…

More than just a girl’s day out.
A leisurely day of Christmas shopping, that was the plan when Callie, Terri, Pam, and Karla went to the mall. They never expected to be embroiled in a mystery, never expected the mystery to turn into an FBI investigation, never expected to deliver a baby in the middle of nowhere in a Christmas Eve blizzard.

Just a simple paper angel.
Hannah’s angel is on a mission from God and paper or not, she refuses to be ignored until her charge gets the Christmas miracle she so desperately needs.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Oh, I have a very strange imagination. I was shopping in the mall one Christmas and I noticed their Angel tree and thought…what if those were more than paper…? 

LOL…a story is born!

What kind of research did you do?

Honestly…most of my research is for any legal issues or illnesses that crop up in my story.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Callie Stillman.  She was my first main character (debut novel, CALLIE, (Women of Valley View, book one) Even though she is not a POV character in this story, she gets plenty of page time and it was fun to get back in her head for a few days.

I read Callie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Free novel for everyone: THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: CALLIE

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Thank you so much for this interview, Sharon. I hope my readers will check out your books. DON'T FORGET that Sharon is giving a free novel, Callie, to everyone who comments.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Interview with Cozy Mystery Writer, Author Russ Atkinson


Book Giveaway Oct 1 – 15: A Cozy Mystery, The Cryptic Crossword Caper. Giveaway is for an E-book: international

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Russell Atkinson was born and raised in California, where he obtained degrees in mathematics and law before joining the FBI. As an FBI agent he worked a wide variety of matters around the country including foreign counterintelligence, violent crime, fugitives, and, eventually, high-tech crime in Silicon Valley, where he lives today with his wife. After retiring from the FBI he worked in corporate security and then practiced law. Since fully retiring he has pursued his hobbies of ciphers, guitar, running, geocaching, and writing. He has a son and a daughter, both married, and is looking forward to the day he has grandchildren to spoil.

Welcome to my blog, Russ. I read your bio and you have lived a very interesting life. That alone would intrigue me to read your books. Please tell us about your novel, The Cryptic Crossword Caper.

The Cryptic Crossword Caper is a cozy mystery featuring Mags, a widow living in a small vacation town in the rugged coastal mountains near Big Sur, California, with her dog Raisin. She’s a crossword maven and fan of puzzles of all sorts; she just loves solving things. When a renowned puzzle-maker in town is murdered, the police chief asks for her help as a part-time typist, but her skill solving puzzles becomes more important. She casts an admiring eye at the chief, but he seems more interested in the glamorous FBI agent who blows into town investigating a jewel theft she thinks may be connected to the murder. Fortunately for Mags, her friends in her book club have her back as things get more complicated. A unique feature of this novel is that the puzzles in the book can be worked by the reader either in the book or online; there is a link in the Appendix to the crossword and a Sudoku that provide valuable clues, and a cryptogram is also revealed.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My previous seven books, the Cliff Knowles Mysteries, are all police procedurals, inspired by real FBI cases and all but the first feature Cliff’s hobby of geocaching to varying degrees. Although relatively tame by murder mystery standards, they are a bit on the gritty side. I wanted to broaden my audience and write something of a kinder, gentler nature without the geocaching, so a cozy mystery seemed to fit the bill. My interest in ciphers and puzzles were a logical theme.

What kind of research did you do?

I didn’t research for the book per se. I’m the past president of the American Cryptogram Association and I provide the crosswords for The Grapevine, the magazine for retired FBI agents, so I had long experience with puzzle-making. My life story gave me the knowledge of police and FBI procedure as well as familiarity with the geography of the area.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Rather than focus on Mags, the main character, I’d rather tell you about Rick Moran, the police chief. He’s a small-town boy who became an FBI agent, then left early to return to his home town. He struggles with budget and the mostly boring work, but what he really cares about is keeping the citizens safe. Although I created some tension between Rick and the FBI, they’re able to work together to protect the public, because in the end, that’s what motivates them both. I wanted to show the reader the reality of law enforcement at both local and federal level, not the warring between them that characterizes so many novels and TV shows. Rick personifies real-life police work, the devotion to duty that I saw in my FBI career.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

All my books are listed at http://cliffknowles.ackgame.com/.

Thank you so much for this interview, Russ. I hope my readers will check out your books.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Christina Lorenzen


Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. She is busy working on a modern take on her favorite fairy tale, Rapunzel for a summer release. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

Welcome to my blog, Christina. Please tell us about your novel, The Silvershell Beach Inn.

The Silvershell Beach Inn is a sweet romance that’s set in the small town of Marion, Massachusetts. My publisher had a call out for a collection of stories set in the state of Massachusetts. As a child and young teen, I spent several weeks every summer at my grandparents house in Marion. I decided to use the beach we spent every summer on but took a little fictional liberty and created the Silvershell Beach Inn. I also brought in some of my mother’s side of the family’s, culture. My mother’s parents are from Portugal so my characters are all Portuguese and my grandmother’s soup, Canja, plays a role in the story as well. As a bonus, I’ve included the recipe for readers at the back of the book.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Because the publisher wanted stories set in Massachusetts, the inspiration came from my childhood and early teens. I have such sweet happy memories of summers in Marion. Writing the book was like taking a trip back in time to a simpler time. The inspiration for the characters mentioned came from a mix of people I knew in that town and my own family members.

What kind of research did you do?

Since I haven’t been back to Marion in quite some time, I did some basic research. I went online to the town’s website to look at pictures and get a few town facts. I’m also lucky enough to still have a cousin in the neighboring town who could get a few street names verified and share some summer time memories. She’s also the only one in the family that had a copy of my grandmother’s Canja soup.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I love my characters. Jacinta, or Jacy as she’s called, is a creative so I do love that about her. But my hero, Zach Silva, is my ‘pet’ right now lol. He’s been groomed to be a businessman from the time he was a teenager. He’s torn between following his father, who wanted to forget the culture and Americanize the family, and his pride for his culture. He’s the one who decides to bring Jacy’s grandmother, Augusta Penna, on board to the inn, bringing the Portuguese to the very elegant, beach side resort that his family owns.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

I love for readers to visit my online home at
http://christinalorenzen.com/. They can also visit my blog, as I am in the process of updating it. Right now I do a Friday feature called The Reading Bag, but I will have other features as well, including my original Small Town Saturday posts. http://christinalorenzen.com/the-reading-bag-3/

Thanks for having me here, Linda! It’s always a pleasure to visit with you and your readers.

Thank you, Christina, for this wonderful interview. I appreciate it. I hope my followers will check out your novel.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna Del C Dye


Anna del C. has published twelve books to this date. Her Elf series has seven books, all stand alone. She also has a middle grade, electronic format book called Emerine's Nightmare. Her new A Royal Romance series is what she is working on right now. Book Three, A Golden Princess, was published Feb 2017. The Chancellor from Connier is a Medieval Romance and was published Jun 1, 2017. She has received many awards for the books and stories she has written.


"The Chancellor From Connier was an interesting book to read. The Chancellor From Connier kept my interested from start to end. I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy medieval romance books. I know my family will enjoy reading this book. I can't wait to read more stories from this author. Great book. Awesome story." -- The Unknown Crystals


Welcome to my blog. This is a Medieval Fantasy. Please tell us about your novel, The Chancellor from Connier.

Blurb:
The princess of Kaloma is distraught, if the chancellor doesn't return to Connier it will mean war, and that is a price she is unwilling to pay. Two weeks before Sestina planned to marry Ottin, he changed his mind. He begged her to wait for him, just a few years, until he could make a name for himself in the court of Connier. She sent him away and never looked back, becoming the lady in waiting to the princess of Kaloma. Then one day he reappears as the chancellor of Connier and promises to stay forever, even though she refuses him. Now war darkens the horizon of the two kingdoms.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

When I wrote A Golden Princess, Book Three, in A Royal Romance Series, I had Sestina become the princess' lady-in-waiting, but when I did a side story for her, it was to long for the book, so I opted to take it out. It wanted its own light, and now shines beautifully on its own.

Since this is fantasy, did you have to do any research?

Not really, since it was part of the other book the research was already done when I developed this story. I did have to coordinate time lines with the book A Golden Princess, so it keeps true to the story line in that book.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Ottin broke Sestina's heart long ago in exchange for a better future. Now, he has found her again and will stay, even if it means war between their kingdoms. Ottin is an awesome man and though he did hurt her, he never stops loving her. Sestina had hard times in her life, being born without a father and growing up in poverty. Still, she did her best and because of her efforts, she becomes the Princess of Kalama's lady-in-waiting. She has a heart of gold, though it is shattered. Both are so special and so different. I love them both.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Medieval Romances are so intriguing. Thank you for this interview, Anna. I hope my readers will check out your new book.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Historical Romance: Stories of Love and Freedom

A Rebel Trilogy by Linda Weaver Clarke: The Rebel Series was inspired by the stories of the patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. Liberty is something that we all cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. The miracles that happen during times like these help us realize that God is watching over us.

The Rebel Series is a mixture of romance and adventure. Each book is a love story with mystery and suspense as a young couple and their rebel friends strive to help their country. Most romances have a bit of drama between the man and woman but that’s not so with this series. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on each other. For those who enjoy strong women characters, all three books have this in common. They are independent women who don’t sit back and watch. They have an opinion and are not afraid to express it. The adventure and romance in each book can be appreciated by young and old alike.

This is a historical mystery/adventure romance set in the late 1700s. It’s during a time when men defended a lady’s honor and treated women with respect. The women, on the other hand, were not weak by any means. These courageous men and women were looked up to because they defended the people. This series does not involve any battle scenes, but is more about a people and their values—sort of like a new take on Robin Hood.

“This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.” --Author Charissa Stastny

The heroes in this series are rebels with a sense of justice. They help the underdog and fight for the right to be free. The men are chivalrous. But at the same time, their feelings run deep for the young woman they’re in love with.

In book one, The Rebels of Cordovia, a group of men and women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, does not realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

In book two, The Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty but all is not well. One year after Cordovia gains its freedom, a group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

“This sequel to the Rebels of Cordovia takes a pastor’s daughter and mixes her in with a rogue highwayman. The results will surprise you in this continued battle for freedom and justice. This sweet romance had action and intrigue, mysteries to solve, and villains to thwart.” --Author Charissa Stastny

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

“Christine and Austin’s story is truly amazing. When Austin and Christine meet again, the feelings they had as kids is still there. Christine is truly a remarkable person. When Austin starts to protect her, their relationship starts to grow. The characters in this book will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next. God is working throughout this whole book. You won't be able to stop reading it.” –Debbie Jamieson

In book three, The Fox of Cordovia, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

Cindi Clubbs, from Mommasez Reviews, wrote: “Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart.”

All three of these books will be available at Audible and iTunes.






About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of historical romances, a mystery/adventure series, a romantic cozy mystery series, and a children’s book. All her books are family friendly. Read sample chapters and buy her book at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Interview with Christian Cozy Mystery Author Deborah Malone



Deborah Malone first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for 2012 and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and American Christian Fiction Writers. Deborah has two grown daughters and lives in the North Georgia mountains with her husband.

Welcome back to my blog, Deborah. Please tell us about the Skye Southerland Cozy Mystery series.

Thank you for having me again, Linda. It’s a pleasure to be here. The Skye Southerland Series is my second cozy mystery series. For those who don’t know what a cozy mystery is I’ll explain. The murder takes place off stage, the sleuth is an amateur, and it usually takes place in a small village or town. Most cozies are humorous and can have some quirky characters.

Skye is an interior decorator and lives in Buckhead, a wealthy section of Atlanta, GA. Her husband, Mitch, deals in rare antiques. Honey Truelove is her best friend and assistant at Stylish Décor, Skye’s business. Everything is rocking along pretty good until Ginger, Honey’s cousin comes to live with her. Ginger, an exotic dancer, has decided to go cold turkey and quit the business. She’s ask Honey to help her during her rehabilitation. Skye is dubious at first but comes to see Ginger for the caring person she is.

Seems like the girls keep stumbling over dead bodies - well not literally, but they do help solve a couple of murders. The first book in the series is Buckhead Dead, and the second book is Decatur Dead. Like all my books the settings are real so if you’re familiar with the area you’d recognize the roads, restaurants and landmarks.

A married couple investigating a mystery sounds intriguing to me. One of my mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, has a married couple, also, and it was so much fun to write. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Skye and Mitch are married, but don’t have any children. He doesn’t actually help her solve the murders, but he is an important character in the books. He does warn her about getting in trouble and worries about her sleuthing with Honey and Ginger.

Buckhead Dead is the first book in this series. What is it about?

Skye Southerland and Honey Truelove have just finished an interior design job for Sylvia Landmark, one of Buckhead’s most eccentric characters, and their designs are to die for.  After a celebration at Sylvia’s home where they reveal the new décor, including a desk with a possible link to the pirate Blackbeard, Sylvia turns up dead, leaving the ladies wondering if this desk is worth more than they bargained for. Skye and Honey are now suspects in the murder of a woman who had few friends, and plenty of possible enemies. In an attempt to clear their names, Skye and Honey, and Honey’s loveable cousin Ginger embark on a journey to find the real killer, figure out the history behind the desk, and clear their names before they end up going to jail, or even worse, becoming the next victims! With plenty of warnings from Skye’s husband Mitch, and the ruggedly handsome Detective Montaine assigned to Sylvia’s case, these girls still manage to get right in the middle of the investigation, while having time to enjoy all that Georgia has to offer.   

Tell me about the two main characters and what you love about them?

Skye Southerland is the main character and she’s married to Mitch. They’ve been married a long time, but Skye was unable to have children. Skye is an interior decorator with a swanky business, Stylish Décor. She was raised in family where social status was important. Even though Skye has fought this for years, she slips up now and again and feels the same way. You will see her grow though the first two books of the series.

Skye’s best friend is Honey Truelove. Honey also works with Skye at Stylish Décor. She was raised in the North Georgia mountains and grew up with very little. She moved to Atlanta in hopes of gaining more opportunities – and she did find them. She met and married an older man that was wealthy. She had a penchant for marrying older men. She did this twice with both of them dying and leaving her a wealthy widow. But is her love life over? You’ll have to read the book to find out😊 You’ll enjoy a lot of laughs with Honey and her southern charm.

Where is your website, so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you so much for this interview. I hope my followers will check out your books.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Interview with Regency Romance Author Marie Higgins



Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s been with a Christian publisher since 2010. Between those and her others, she’s published over 40 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her "Queen of Tease", because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.

During the chaotic years when Napoleon Bonaparte’s spies were everywhere, who can one trust…especially with their heart? The Heroic Rogue Series takes the reader into the Regency era and focuses on the heroes who will do anything to save their country from being taken over by the emperor of France, but most importantly, those men who are willing to risk their lives for the women they love.”

Welcome to my blog. Where did you get your inspiration for The Heroic Rogue Series?

I honestly wish I could pinpoint this answer for you. I had originally written this story many years ago. This was one of my first major historical novels, and I recall doing a lot of research on it, because of the Colonial Era. What I think gave me inspiration for this story was the movie “The Patriot”. I was a huge Mel Gibson fan, and I was intrigued by this plot. But of course, there wasn’t enough romance in the movie, in my opinion.

Now…several years later—two months ago, in fact—I had an editor from a major publishing company tell me that Colonial romances don’t sell…but Regency romances do. So my mind went to work on how I could revise this series. It only took one day to figure out how I could accomplish this, and one week later I had all four books revised. Not bad, right?

I’m now re-introducing the Heroic Rogue Series, which are now Regency Romance Suspense novels.

Please give us a description of book one: Pretending You're Mine.

Mercedes Maxwell is devastated when her twin sister is driven to take her own life by none other than her husband, William Braxton. Determined to make her brother-in-law pay for the injustice, Mercedes travels to Dorchester, England to find him. She is shocked to find that William is unaware of his wife's death, and when Mercedes is mistaken for her sister, she decides to pose as her twin to glean some answers. Mercedes embarks on an adventure she never dreamed of in hopes of bringing justice to her sister. Instead of justice, Mercedes uncovers a plethora of secrets and mystery. As she works to unravel the mystery and discovers who she can trust, Mercedes finds that all is not as it seems, and that William Braxton may be the one man she can trust.

Now tell us about book two: After the Loving.

Marcus Thorne wears several masks in his life—playing retired pirate, Captain Hawk, is his favorite, but if his secret is discovered, he could die. Captivated by his enemy’s daughter, Marcus kidnaps her, but in turn, she captures his heart…until he discovers Isabelle is one of Napoleon’s spies with the power to endanger his life and the lives of his friends.

After her release, Isabelle can’t stop thinking about her masked abductor and how he’d stolen her heart before ridding her of his presence. Betrothed to a man who strangely reminds her of the man whose kisses set her ablaze, she marries him, only to discover he’s not who he seemed to be and is withholding secrets. But then…so is she.

Wonderland by Night is the third book. What is it about?

Lady Sarah Emiline Lucia needs to hide her identity for fear that mobs will kill her and her family after her uncle—Napoleon Bonaparte—is exiled to Melba. She is sent to Hampshire, England to stay with friends of her father. To stay safe, she must play the role of her maid, while her maid assumes Lady Sarah’s identity. Complications arise when she meets a very handsome man, and she suddenly wants him to look at her as a real woman, not a servant. Protecting her life, however, is more important than confessing the truth.

Gabriel Lawrence’s pirate ship is almost captured and this time it was too close. He and his crew need to hide for a few months in hopes that Napoleon’s men who seek revenge, will soon forget about him.  During his stay at his aunt and uncle’s in Hampshire, he meets the niece of his enemy. Because she doesn’t know who Gabe is, he will become close to her to see if she knows any more of her uncle’s secrets. But the beauty of her companion, Miss Emmie, captures his attention, and her quirky personality keeps him wanting more. But her over-zealous nature for adventure places both of them in danger and he’s forced to play the honorable rogue.

How can he protect them both when an unknown spy is always one step ahead…and wants Gabe dead?

The last book in this series is Worth Fighting For. Tell us about it.

Lindsay Lennox, daughter of the governor of Turkey, worries she’ll never have the chance to meet a man and fall in love. Being the youngest of eight daughters, it is customary for all of her sisters to marry before she can be out in society and even meet a man. Her twenty-fourth birthday is coming quickly, and she’s running out of hope. Desperation takes hold and she disguises herself as a servant in order to slip through the palace gates. Disaster strikes when she meets a handsome sea captain and is mistakenly whisked across the sea to England. Lindsay knows her only hope of salvation will be to find her Whitton relatives in England and beg for help. Unfortunately, the devastating Captain Braxton proves more temptation than her lonely heart can resist.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Visit her website / blog to discover more about her – www.mariehiggins.com 

Thank you for this interview, Marie. I had one follower ask me when I would be having you on my blog again. I’m so glad that you wanted to come back. I hope my readers will check out your books.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Author Jo Huddleston


Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her endearing Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern romance novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). Visit Jo at her website (www.johuddleston.com) where you can sign up for her mailing list and read the first chapters of her novels and novellas.

Welcome to my blog once again, Jo. Please tell us about your novella, Unraveled.

Alice loses herself in grief and can’t find her way back. In 1954, twenty-six-year-old Alice Patterson undergoes a pregnancy loss that affects everything and everyone she touches. Emotionally and physically drained, she must come to terms with her traumatic loss or risk losing her husband, her best friend, and her sanity.

Her best friend JayNell and her husband Paul offer Alice support and comfort. She persists in her grieving, which hinders her healing. The doctor advises there is no normal recovery period for what Alice has undergone. Time is her best ally.

In her small southern Mississippi town, her church Sewing Circle’s new project triggers an unsettling setback to Alice’s recovery. Afterward, she succumbs to suspicions of Paul’s infidelity that causes her collapse, from which she may not recover.

Paul’s unspoken goal is that they will recapture the love they held for one another on their wedding day. He’s hopeful that the approaching spring season will bring a reawakening of the Alice he married, as it brings a newness to all living things.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I wanted to write something faith-based that had some aspect of sewing as an integral focus to the plot. I chose crocheting because I enjoy that myself. My favorite place to be is at the beach—any beach—and I wove that setting into the story to be a part of the restoration Alice so tragically needs.

You love to write novellas. Why is that?

I could jokingly say that, as I advance in age, I want to write novellas because I wouldn’t want to be in the midst of writing a lengthy saga and not live long enough to finish it. However, in reality, the demand for shorter reads has grown. In our fast-paced society, where we seem to have fewer hours for the things we love to do, a novella hits the spot for an afternoon or evening of reading. Unraveled will be included later this year in a published collection of novellas titled, Threads of Faith. Earlier, I wrote the endearing Caney Creek series, The West Virginia Mountains series, and my stand-alone novel, Tidewater Summer that are all full-length novels.

That is a very good reason for writing novellas. Haha. And I totally agree with you. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

The heroine of Unraveled is Alice who seems to go from one bad situation to another one, equally as bad or worse. Her husband Paul is a true bearer of the fruit of the Spirit in the way he reacts to his wife’s problems. Paul is long-suffering and patient when Alice directs her frustrations onto him just because he’s there. He tries so hard to please her, but in the midst of her upheavals, he doesn’t make much difference. He continues to be kind and gentle with Alice as she seeks to find her way back to normalcy. He’s a good man who sometimes is at his wit’s end to figure out a way to help Alice. But he never stops trying.

Just from that description, I know I would love Paul. He’s the kind of man that touches my heart. What is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is http://www.johuddleston where folks can sign up for my mailing list and read for free the first chapter of all my novels and novellas. On my website I have a blog where I interview Christian fiction authors and have a book giveaway drawing each week. I also have an inspirational blog, which you can reach from my website. Anyone can use the Contact tab on my website to send me a message, which I will answer personally.

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Jo. I hope my readers will check out your books.