Spotlight “On The Rails” by Linda Shenton Matchett

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The reviews for On The Rails by Linda Shenton Matchett range from 5* to 3* which is a good mix. There are reviewers who enjoyed the info dumps and others who would have preferred less – so all that says is that you can’t please everyone.

The book is only 130 pages long which would make it readable for a lot of people in one go, and as one reader commented, might it lead to more stories about the Harvey Girls? This could well be a searching question for the author.

“I loved the history that came through in this book. I hadn’t heard of the Harvey House, and I was fascinated to learn about it as the story unfolded. Reading this made me want to be a customer of this great establishment along the railroad system in its glory days.”

As this is a Christian book does it overpower the reader?

This is what one reviewer commented, “I’ve read many books about the Harvey Houses, but never one that includes people coming to knowledge of Christ. That was awesome! And yet the characters are very real, with very real feelings including anger and jealousy. It’s not “churchy” at all.”

What is the main character like?

Most of the readers seem to have enjoyed the historical aspect of On the Rails and even though the story is a little short it is a sweet read, with some people liking the main character  Catherine, and others not warming to her in the same way. Again it is all a matter of opinion.

These are just my summations from reading the reviews on Amazon. I hope you will journey through the blog spots on the CelebrateLit tour, which are listed below, for further recommendations.

Also, don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a fabulous prize.

This spotlight was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights On The Rails by Linda Shenton MatchettTitle: On the Rails

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: February 6, 2017

Warren, Ohio, 1910: Katherine Newman loves being a teacher, but she loves Henry Jorgensen more, which is why she’s willing to give up her job to marry him. But instead of proposing, Henry breaks up with her. Devastated, Katherine seeks to escape the probing eyes and wagging tongues of her small town. A former Harvey Girl, Katherine’s mother arranges for Katherine to be hired at the Williams, Arizona Harvey House. Can she carve out a new life in the stark desert land, unlike anything she’s ever known?

Henry Jorgensen loves Katherine with all his heart, but as the eldest son of a poor farmer can he provide for her as she deserves? The family’s lien holder calls in the mortgage, and Henry must set aside his own desires in order to help his parents meet their financial obligation. But when Katherine leaves town after their break up, he realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Can he find her and convince her to give their love a second chance?

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights On The Rails by Linda Shenton MatchettLinda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her live. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

Guest Post from Linda

My husband and I were fortunate to be able to take a trip to Arizona several years ago. Having been born and raised on the east coast, I was enamored with the distinctive beauty of the state, from the saguaro cacti of Phoenix and red rocks of Sedona to the volcanic landscape of Flagstaff and multi-colored bands of the Grand Canyon.

Harvey Houses

But what intrigued me just as much as the area’s beauty were the stories about the women who migrated to the state to work for the Fred Harvey Company. Upon our arrival at the Grand Canyon, we came upon the El Tovar Hotel, one of the few remaining Harvey Houses. We were given a bit of literature explaining the history of Mr. Harvey and his restaurants, and the more I read, the more I wanted to know.

As it turns in the late 1800s, food was not available to travelers riding the railroad lines, so when the trains made extended stops, passengers would get off and eat at the restaurants located near the stations. From all reports, the dining experience was sketchy at best, with frequent stories of indigestion and food poisoning.

The Harvey Girls

Enter English immigrant and restauranteur, Fred Harvey. Securing a contract with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, he began with two facilities. However, finding reliable employees proved to be difficult. A high percentage of the employees (all men) would use their paycheck to purchase liquor and then did not return to work for several days. At his wit’s end, Fred decided to hire women to act as his waitresses, but the concept was a tough sell. The only women in the hospitality industry worked in saloons and had scandalous reputations.

Fred set up dormitories overseen by a House Mother and implemented a set of rules that included curfews, restrictions on dating, and dress codes. He ran advertisements in the large east coast newspapers. It was not long before candidates came knocking. The reasons they gave for wanting to be a Harvey Girl were as diverse as the girls. Some were looking for adventure, others needed to help fill the family coffers, while a number of them needed to get out of difficult situations ranging from domestic abuse to failed engagements.

Thanks to Fred and his restaurants, most of the 100,000 Harvey Girls found financial stability, confidence, happiness, and/or love. It is my hope that On The Rails commemorates these gals and their intrepid spirits.

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Vicky Sluiter, February 10

Through the Fire Blogs, February 11

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Coffee, life and encouragement on the island couch

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Raise your coffee mugs to Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Thomason Owens

I prefer tea, but coffee is the tipple of my guest Betty Thomason Owens. So please raise your cups, glasses and reusable containers to the one and only Betty T Owens.

Come on over Betty to the Desert Island couch. It’s a pleasure to have you with me today. Let’s all give Betty a huge round of applause. Ok smart alec over there, yes you clapping in a circular motion! 🙂

You are on tour with Celebrate Lit promoting Rebecca’s Legacy –  I hope that is going well. And because you are doing this tour I get to whisk you off to my desert island. I hope you like your time here.

Betty – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret.

Let’s get started then.

This is Author Interview 31
My first question is…

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Betty I hope it’s my husband because I can’t imagine life without him. We’ve been married forty-four years, and still like each other’s company.

Wow, that is a long time Betty. You don’t look old enough. You must tell me your secret. No, not here when we are back on the mainland!

I love this next question, people ask for the strangest things…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Betty I’m dreaming that we’re off the coast of South America, and a shipment of gourmet coffee beans gets washed up, along with a French press. Do we have plenty of fresh water available? I hope so. I can easily imagine myself using stones to grind coffee beans. Then I can brew them over an open fire. I hope it’s not as much trouble building a fire as it was in Castaway, though. I may have to try “sun coffee” instead. ?

That sounds like a great name for a brand of coffee. You will find that the island has some wonderful waterfalls and natural springs where you can use the water. I can see that you are going to have a wonderful cottage industry up and running before you are rescued.

Let’s get bookish…

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Betty Jane Eyre. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read it, but whenever I’m stuck, it’s my go-to. Charlotte Bronte’s story techniques inspire me. Jane’s quiet desperation and final dream-come-true romance is timeless.

A good English author Betty, I like your thinking 🙂 I can’t disagree with you there. Of course, Charlotte Bronte’s pen name was Currer Bell, and there was speculation about the identity and gender of the writer. There is an interesting article about Charlotte and her sister’s pen names here.

Can you share with us a pearl of wisdom?

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

BettyNever give up. God’s mercies are new every morning, be ready for the impossible to happen!

That is a great piece of advice Betty and one I hope my readers will take away with them. Thank you.

That all-important final question…

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

BettySometimes I wonder why I became a writer. I certainly never set out to write. The desire, almost overwhelming, struck suddenly when I was in my thirties. My decision to pursue it seemed foolhardy. But I had all these stories inside my head and there’s nothing in the world like writing under inspiration, when you can’t seem to stop. You can write for hours until the story is all told and only then, maybe the characters’ voices will grow quiet long enough for a good night’s sleep. Then another story buds and blossoms and must be told.

It sounds like God gave you a wonderful gift of storytelling. I am so glad you haven’t hidden it under a bush. Please don’t go exploding all over the place on the island as you no doubt will be brimming with great ideas with all that quiet time on your hands. I think we better provide you with plenty of paper to write your ideas down.

Thank you, Betty, this has been such fun getting to know the author behind Rebecca’s Legacy. I hope we have given readers a desire to get to know you and your books better.

Betty – You’re welcome, thank you for having me.

Don’t forget Betty’s giveaway at the end of this post. You could win a $50 Amazon gift card.

And of course, if you liked this interview please make my day and send me a comment or two. Many thanks – Margaret

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Betty Thomason Owens author of Rebecca's Legacy

Book Title:  Rebecca’s Legacy

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Genre: Gentle Romance, 1950s Romance

Release date: August, 2018

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love?

Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps.

Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection.

Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her?

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?

About the Author

Betty Thomason OwensBetty Thomason Owens has been writing for almost thirty years. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Her writing credits include Amelia’s Legacy and Carlotta’s Legacy, in the Legacy Series, Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, in the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series. When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Janices book reviews, August 17

Bibliophile Reviews, August 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 19

Carpe Diem, August 20

A Baker’s Perspective, August 21

Power of Words, August 22 (Spotlight)

margaret kazmierczak, August 23 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, August 24



Fight the Good Fight and find the Truth

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye

Fight the Good Fight and find the Truth

Yes, that’s right fight the Good fight and seek God’s Truth, what an apt introduction to my guest on the desert island couch today. Please be upstanding for Patrick Higgins.

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the blink of an eye.

Hello Patrick, it’s a pleasure to have you here today. You are the author of Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye which is on tour with Celebrate Lit. And this is an End of Times series.

Patrick – I am indeed and thanks for having me here today.

This is I love Authors Interview 30
Let’s get started with the first question then…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach? 

PatrickIf I were stranded on a deserted island and could have one luxury wash up on the beach, I would want it to be a laptop computer, with unlimited battery power, so I could keep writing until I was finally rescued.

Well as you are not the first person to request this luxury item we have a stock of solar panels already made for this purpose. So we are happy to grant you this request. But we want something in return… a read of your manuscript.

I think that is a done deal, so onto the next question…

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Patrick –“Keep fighting the Good Fight. Pray for me as I pray for you. God is with us.” This sentence isn’t part of the CHAOS prequel, but as the series continues, it becomes a galvanizing statement for ETSM (End Times Salvation Movement) Christians, as they do their best to survive in a strange and frightening new world, a world in which they are not welcome.

I think this sentence is relevant to each and every one of us Patrick here and now no matter what our view is. We must seek the Truth daily and be prepared. Fighting the Good Fight is not easy in today’s world nor in your series. There is much food for thought in the pages of your books. Btw readers I wrote a review of Patrick’s book here.

I find the road of an author fascinating…

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Patrick I know this sounds cliché, but had someone told me 20 years ago I would be a Christian writer, I would have laughed at them. The only time I ever read books growing up, was when I was forced to in school. I hated English class; it was my least favorite subject. I can assure you the thought of writing books of any kind back then, was as far removed from my mind as America was to China, geographically speaking. It simply wasn’t logical.

That all changed many years later when I went to Sanibel Island in Florida. After checking into the hotel, I went for a stroll on the beach and stumbled upon a large banyan tree flanked by two pine trees. All three were full of pelicans. Suddenly, thoughts started popping in my head like popcorn in a popper, and I felt inspired to write a novel. Go figure!

A few years later, The Pelican Trees was published. On many levels, it’s still my favorite book.

Sometimes that’s the way it goes. We have other plans or not even plans just different places to be in our life. God, however, knows what his plans for us are long before we do. We can fight or ignore them but at some point, we will succumb to God if we know what is best.


I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Patrick – Aside from writing books, some other passions I have are reading, singing, playing keyboards, walking, feeding the homeless in America and abroad, and most importantly, preaching and teaching the Word of God to others…

You seem to have a heart for helping others, Patrick and putting your words into action. Fighting the Good Fight.

Going back to your book…

If you could be one of your characters which would it be and why?

PatrickBrian Mulrooney. Not only do we have much in common, we both were raised in the Catholic Church. To see his life so completely uprooted, to the extent that he is forced to find new answers to the many questions he always accepted as Truth, deeply resonates with me. Then again, I’m sure all Christ followers can relate to this.

I know I can Patrick. Finding the truth is a journey in itself. And it can be a real inner fight when we are brought up to believe one way and then God reveals His Truth.

It’s  time for my final question

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

PatrickSince there are a few “main characters” in the CHAOS series, I will choose Tamika Moseley—a single mother who loses her two sons during the Rapture. Desperate to find them, the five words I might use to describe her was someone who was “determined to find the Truth”!

I like Tamika so I am glad you chose her. She is definitely a great character and I am sure she will find the Truth through her determination. However, we will only know that readers if we read Patrick’s series starting with Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.

Well Patrick, it has been awesome having you as my guest.

Patrick  – Thank you again, Margaret.

My pleasure, now friends don’t forget to enter Patrick’s giveaway at the bottom of this blog. And chuck in a comment or two as well. Till the next time on I love Authors.

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About the Book

Fighting the Good Fight An intervew with Patrick Higgins author of Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye

Book Title: Chaos: In the Blink of an Eye

Author: Patrick Higgins

Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense

Release date: September, 2015

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving. More than 100,000 fans were jammed inside Michigan Stadium, on their feet, to witness a heated football rivalry that had spanned more than 100 years. As the football was kicked into the snow-filled sky, they were about to get the shock of their lives, as long-foretold Bible prophecy came to pass before their very eyes, causing many to vanish into thin air without a trace.

But what they soon realized was that it reached far beyond Michigan Stadium. Chaos of unimaginable proportions ensued worldwide. Shock, fear and panic filled each heart and mind. It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Patrick Higgins author of Chaos: In the blink of an eye.Patrick Higgins is the author of The Pelican TreesCoffee In Manila, the award-winning The Unannounced Christmas Visitor, and the award-winning prophetic end-times series, Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye. While the stories he writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and his yearning for the lost.

With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly impact each reader, by challenging you not only to contemplate life on this side of the grave, but on the other side as well. After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely upon a single decision which must be made this side of the grave. That decision will be made crystal clear to each reader of his books.

Higgins is currently writing many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a sequel to Coffee In Manila, which will shine a bright, sobering light on the diabolical human trafficking industry.

Guest Post from Patrick Harris

How Chaos in the Blink of an Eye started

What started the Chaos in the Blink of an Eye series for me stems from my deep love of sports, which, I admit has diminished considerably over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching and attending sporting events whenever I have the time. But these days I view them from an entirely different perspective than when I wore a younger man’s face and displayed a weaker man’s faith in God.

This slow but gradual shrinking away started soon after the Lord impressed upon my heart that the fastest growing religion in America, and the world for that matter, wasn’t Christianity or Islam, but “sports”. Every day of the week—including Sundays—millions of fans fill stadiums and arenas (or shall I say cathedrals?) worldwide to worship their heroes.

Whatever the sport, fans show up in droves to cheer on mere mortals as if they were gods. When their teams win life is good. When they lose life is miserable.

As a once-guilty participant for many years, I should know.


The passion most fans have for their favorite players and sports teams is the same passion they should have in pursuing the One who saw their unformed bodies from the foundations of the world, the very One who knit them together inside their mothers’ wombs.

Tragically, this is not the case. Hence, the reason for the CHAOS series. The sporting event chosen for this story was the famed Michigan-Ohio State college football rivalry.

Prior to writing the prequel, I traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the game. I admit I was just as caught up in the mass hysteria as everyone else. It was impossible not to be swept up into the vortex that had completely engulfed the vibrant college town.

The energy was quite palpable. So much so that I had to remind myself more than once that I was there to research and observe everything connected to the game, then put it all into words for my readers. The sporting event itself was secondary.


Though the prequel initially centers on the football game, in no way is this a sports series. This will become quite clear to you when Bible prophecy comes to pass inside Michigan Stadium, and many vanish into thin air, leaving everyone still inside the stadium utterly panic-stricken.

It was just the beginning of things to come, as life as humanity had known it was forever changed in the blink of an eye…

Enjoy reading…

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I love Authors Interview 29 Jodie Wolfe

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

I love Authors Interview 29

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 29. On my couch today I am delighted to introduce you to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart. This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit from June 19-July 2.

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Jodie Wolfe author of To Claim Her Heart

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Readers, please show your appreciation for Jodie Wolfe. Alright, that’s enough you’re not trying to call the sheepdog to heal. Crumbs, where did you get this audience?

Thank you, Jodie, for coming along today and partaking in my desert island interview. If you are comfortable we shall begin?

Jodie – Yes of course fire away Margaret.

It can get lonely on the desert island so..

You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Jodie – I would definitely choose my heroine, Elsie Smith. She has the know-how to get a homestead up and running so she would be a great asset.

Elsie Smith sounds like a pioneer with attitude, which no doubt will serve her well in any situation. And would be useful on the desert island.  Sounds like a great choice Jodie.

I can hear the sea lapping and see the cloudless sky, it’s so peaceful..

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Jodie – I felt God’s call to write ever since I was a young girl and started writing my first stories.

I see from your comments in “About the Author” below that you were bitten by the writing bug after reading and watching “Little House on the Praire.” I’m not surprised this family show helped to light your creative candle. Coupled with God’s gift you had a playground of possibilities to draw from.

However, you need the right climate to write and..

The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

Jodie – Most definitely cold weather. Give me a cold, winter day with snow falling outside, and I’m snug and warm watching it from my window as I write.

So the hot weather of the island may not be best suited to your creativity. Never mind you can relax instead and take in a few rays as Elsie Smith whips up a cabin or two!

We haven’t mentioned food yet..

Jodie, you are allowed one favourite meal on the island what would it be?

Jodie – It would be the meal that I order whenever we go to Texas Roadhouse – ribeye steak, a sweet potato, and salad. Yummy! 🙂

I’m sure Elsie could rustle up something but it might be more like sharkeye rib steak, a sweet shell and seaweed! Shame it doesn’t quite have the same allure as your favourite meal.

That delicacy might have you running for the waves..

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Jodie – Strong, independent, determined, committed, and stubborn.

I wonder if these characteristics are based on one of the members in The House on the Praire? I just thought I would throw that out there.

Well, that’s all the questions I have for you Jodie. It’s been a pleasure to talk with you and to take a trip to my desert island.

Readers, please be upstanding for Jodie Wolfe. Yes, ok you can whistle now.

Jodie – Thank you Margaret, I have enjoyed our time together.

What a lovely lady. Now don’t forget Jodie has a GIVEAWAY at the end of this blog so please enter for a chance to win.

If you have enjoyed I love Authors Interview 29 please comment below and tell me what you think. This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak, writer, blogger and all-round good egg. (Alright you can stop laughing now.)

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About the Book

To claim her heart

Title: To Claim Her Heart

Author: Jodie Wolfe

Release Date: May 14, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks.

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way.

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.

About the Author

JodieJodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at

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Connie’s History Classroom, June 22

Among the Reads, June 23

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 23 (Interview)

History, Mystery & Faith, June 24

Reading is my Super Power, June 24  (Interview)

Vicky Sluiter, June 25

Two Points of Interest, June 26

proud to be an autism mom, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 27

Bibliophile Reviews, June 27

A Baker’s Perspective, June 28

Pause for Tales, June 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 29

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Jeanette’s Thoughts, July 1

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I love Authors Interview 28 this is Lael Harrelson

I love Authors Interview 28 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Lael Harrelson author of Tremors of Doubt

I love Authors Interview 28, this is Lael Harrelson

On I love Authors Interview 28 today, we have Lael Harrelson on the desert island couch. Lael’s book Tremors of Doubt is on tour with Celebrate Lit from June 12 -25.

I love Authors Interview 28 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Lael Harrelson author of Tremors of Doubt

Hello Lael, I am so glad you could join us. Let’s give my guest a warm welcome.

Thank you, Margaret, for inviting me.

Well, let’s get on with the show.

First of all…

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Lael- Bear Grylls, so he could help me find food and water and then get me home.

He is a popular choice Lael, but we will see if we can contact him to help you out!

A desert island isn’t known for its luxuries so…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the  beach?

Lael – Salt. I LOVE salt!

Ok, I’m sure Bear could manage to extract that from the sea without much problem when you have run out of your supply.

Tell me about books you enjoy?

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Lael  – I have too many favorite authors and stories to choose from. I love science fiction and fantasy.

Well, it’s good to be eclectic Lael.

It’s always nice to talk about animals…

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

Lael – A golden retriever

Oh, I love golden retrievers too. They can be so soppy and loving. Not sure I like the wet slobber though!

Let’s talk about food next…

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Lael – Cheese. I’m mostly Vegan. I already miss cheese!

I agree Lael, however, I haven’t had cheese for over a year due to my diet and I miss it too. Too many calories in it!

You are allowed one favorite meal on the island what would it be?

Lael – Crispy tofu and beautiful fresh veggies marinated in a lemon garlic sauce over brown rice. I know I’m weird!

That sounds really delicious, I don’t think that is weird.

I like to encourage people and I believe Lael you do too…

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next castaway?

Lael – I love the anonymous Jewish poem… I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. And I believe in love even when there’s no one there. But I believe in God even when he is silent. I believe through any trial there is a way.

That is really poignant Lael, thank you for that quote. I am sure the next castaway will find that helpful. I’m going to put that on my fridge door.

Now you are settled on the island…

You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?  

Lael – Nurse Hazel. She’s feisty and funny and very wise.

It sounds like Nurse Hazel would be fun to have around.

If you could be one of your characters which would it be and why?

Lael – A lot of Callie is drawn from my own experiences. I think I would be Aunt May. Funny and wise and spunky. What you see is what you get.

She sounds like someone I might get on well with.

We are having such a lovely time tell us more…

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Lael – Relationships. I’m such a people person. I adore my friends and will drop everything at a moments notice to hang out with someone.

It sounds like you would miss your social life while on the island. Talking to the local flora and fauna might not be quite so exciting.

We have come to the last question…

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Lael – Loyal, Confused, sincere, determined, faithful

Well, thank you, Lael for spending time with us on I love Authors Interview 28. I hope your book is successful and you enjoy your tour.

Your welcome Margaret.

Don’t forget to enter Lael’s GIVEAWAY at the end of the post.

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About the Book

I love Authors Interview 28 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Lael Harrelson author of Tremors of Doubt

Title: Tremors of Doubt

Author: Lael Harrelson

Genre: Contemporary Amish Alternative

Release Date: March 19, 2018

Would the will of God ever lead a young woman against the counsel of family and church?

For a young Mennonite woman who wants to make a difference in the world, growing up on the mission field in Haiti should be the perfect fit. But not for Callie Zimmerman.

Raised by her aunt and uncle after the death of her parents, Callie works beside her aunt cooking, cleaning and sewing each day as the men head off to serve the community. She longs to do more to alleviate the poverty and sickness that surrounds her, but tradition and her uncle forbid it.

On the eve of her twenty-third birthday, struggling with hopelessness as another year passes, Callie pleads with God to open a door for her. The prayer has barely left her mouth when she finds a stack of letters with secrets about her parent’s deaths and their excommunication from the Mennonite church. Devastated, Callie cries herself to sleep, only to be awakened a few hours later by her uncle with the startling news that Noah Koehn has asked permission to court her. Is one of these the answer to her prayer? Would exploring her parents past mean losing a future with Noah? Is it worth the risk?

About the Author

I love Authors Interview 28 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Lael Harrelson author of Tremors of DoubtRaised by a fun-loving, atheist single mom who struggled with depression and mental illness I spent my childhood backpacking around Europe, visiting yoga communes, eating vegan, living on a houseboat, then an old pony express outpost in the backwoods of Montana. My teen years took a drastic turn when my mom got saved, got married, and joined an ultra-conservative Mennonite church. Faith, step-parents and unquestioning obedience is a dangerous combination when mixed with mental illness, legalism, and heavy-handed physical correction.

A heart for Jesus

I became a confused believer with a heart for Jesus but drowning under a sea of rules, regulations, and legalism. So I became a missionary teacher and then a nurse and escaped to the mission field, the one avenue open to single women. I taught VBS on Indian reservations, led school for missionary children in Haiti and Africa. All around me was heartache and disease and glaring need. I longed to make a difference but was limited to working on the mission compound – teaching, cooking, cleaning. Work outside the walls of the compound was reserved for the men.

Grace not performance

On a furlough, I met my future husband – a new believer who wasn’t looking for a doormat in a wife but a partner. As he grew in his faith, I reexamined mine and what Biblical womanhood looked like. Timidly at first, but then eagerly, as I discovered a new relationship with Jesus Christ based on grace and not performance. I left the Mennonite church and married the love of my life twenty years ago. We have five beautiful teenagers, two by birth and three through adoption from Haiti. My husband is adopted and God used my time in Haiti to prepare me to understand my children’s culture and language and ease their transitions home.

In our diversity, we are one

Two people in my family have mild Asperger’s and one has Reactive Attachment disorder, PTSD, and ODD. Our house is not a quiet, well-greased machine but a chaotic, happy, crazy, nerve-racking, love filled oasis where we all try to help each other grow and thrive. I am so thankful for my life – the good and the bad. I feel blessed to have experienced so many unique situations and to love and be loved by so many wonderful and eccentric people. It is from these experiences I draw the fiction stories I write. I like to think of them as fiction with grit. Fast-paced and entertaining stories that make you want to read till the very last page while at the same time tackling real-life issues – legalism, abuse, divorce, adoption, Asperger syndrome, mental illness, etc.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, June 12

Among the Reads, June 12

Blossoms and Blessings, June 13

Mommynificent, June 13

Bigreadersite, June 13

The Avid Reader, June 14

Blogging With Carol, June 14

Carpe Diem, June 15

The Power of Words, June 15

A Baker’s Perspective, June 16

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, June 16


Mary Hake, June 17

margaret kazmierczak, June 17 (Interview)

Jen Around the World, June 18

Inklings and notions, June 18

Maureen’s Musings, June 19

Two Points of Interest, June 19

Texas Book-aholic, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Janices book reviews, June 21

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, June 21

Have A Wonderful Day, June 22

ansel book blog, June 22

Because I said so – adventures in Parenting, June 23

cherylbbookblog, June 23

Bibliophile Reviews, June 24

Red Headed Book Lady, June 24

A Reader’s Brain, June 25

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 25



I love Authors Interview 27 Tamera Lynn Kraft

I love Authors Interview 27 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Tamera Lynn Kraft author of Red Sky over America

I love Authors Interview 27

Tamera kraft

Today readers on I love Authors 27 I have Tamera Lynn Kraft on my couch.  It is such a pleasure to have her here. Tamara is the author of Red Sky over America.

I love Authors Interview 27 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Tamera Lynn Kraft author of Red Sky over America

You can buy your copy here.

Please give Tamera a warm welcome. We have an energetic audience today 🙂 Please sir sit down before you fall!

The desert island is waiting Tamera so let’s get on with the fun.

My first question is about food..

What food Tamara would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Tamera – That’s hard to say. I would miss chicken, potatoes, chocolate, and my Teavana teas. I’m not sure which to choose. I have a rare food allergy to folic acid, so I’m allergic to most fruits, vegetable, and nuts. Because of that, potatoes are essential for me to get the nutrients I’m missing. I do love potatoes, but is a life without tea and chocolate worth living? I’ll have to think on that one.

Gosh, that is unusual being allergic to folic acid. However, it seems you have found your way around it. I think we will leave you with a large bag of potatoes, for the duration of your stay on the island.

I hope you have an inspiring answer to my next question!

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here. What encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Tamera – I know you must be heartbroken to be shipwrecked, but it’s not all bad. I brought my Kindle with me and am already half way through my to be read books. That’s never happened before. I did have to read a book on how to charge a battery using seaweed and salt water though. Happy reading, and here’s hoping you don’t get rescued too soon.

How ingenious using seaweed and salt water to charge the battery 🙂 I wonder who wrote the book – Ivor Fixit Weed Seawater?


Onto something more serious now..

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?


Tamera – In Red Sky Over America, America is explaining to Ruth why she has to challenge her father about slavery. Here’s the quote: America lifted her head and faced Ruth. “Evil triumphs in this world because we don’t confront it. I’ve compromised by not proclaiming the truth.”

What wise and sad words but so true of humanity. The world would be a better place if we had the courage to proclaim the truth.


Tell me more about yourself..

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Tamera – I have a few other passions. I love music although I don’t play any musical instruments. Also, I love studying history. That’s where I get most of my stories. I love researching my family tree and seeing where my family fit in as well as enjoying classic movies. By classic, I mean 1930s through 1950s. Actors like Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Betty Davis have never been equaled in today’s culture. Those movies challenged us in a way that is missing today.

There’s only one other passion that rivals writing though. It is children’s ministry. I was a children’s pastor for 20 years. Now I am a children’s evangelist and consultant for a traveling ministry called Revival Fire for Kids.

So just a few passions then! It sounds like you have a busy life, Tamera. I agree those old movies are definitely classics and challenging. Often gentle in their delivery but packed with meaning and social probing. One of my favourites was Brief Encounter with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. You could feel the tension, chemistry and struggles they have.

I am afraid it is time for the last question..

To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Tamera – Spiritually strong, intimidated, courageous, persistent. I’m not sure I want to leave the island though. I have a number of books on my Kindle I still have to read!

As you like the island so much perhaps we will leave and call back for you in a week or so. Butler, order another bag of potatoes for our guest.

What a lovely lady Tamera is. I think we must be making our island too comfy!

A huge round of applause for Tamera and here’s hoping you have a successful blog tour.

I love Authors Interview 27 has been fun even if we did lose our guest to the island. I hope you have enjoyed this post and will comment as such. Before you leave please read on for more about Tamera and her book and enter the GIVEAWAY.

Thanks for coming 🙂

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About the Book

Red sky over america coverTitle: Red Sky over America

Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: February 11, 2018


In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.

America’s classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

About the Author

I love Authors Interview 27 Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Tamera Lynn Kraft author of Red Sky over AmericaTamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren.

Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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Carpe Diem, May 29

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Janice’s book reviews, June 1

Mary Hake, June 1

proud to be an autism mom, June 2

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 2

History, Mystery & Faith, June 3

ansel book blog, June 3

Pursuing Stacie, June 4

Bigreadersite, June 4

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 5

A Greater Yes, June 6

Reading is my Super Power, June 6 (Interview)

Two Points of interest, June 7

margaret kazmierczak, June 7 (Interview)

A Baker’s Perspective, June 8

Pause for Tales, June 9

Red Headed Book Lady, June 9

Bibliophile Reviews, June 10

Texas Book-aholic, June 11

Have A Wonderful Day, June 11



To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away a themed basket with autographed books of Resurrection of Hope, Alice’s Notions, Red Sky Over America, a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (the book is mentioned in the novel) and a copy of Then Sings My Soul (stories about the hymns), plus a $10 Amazon Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!