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 www.jodiewolfe.com.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jodie is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cf88/to-claim-her-heart-celebration-tour

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.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Lael is giving away a grand prize of an autographed copy of Tremors of Doubt, an adorable set of Amish dolls, a set of handwritten recipe cards with mouthwatering Amish recipes, a handmade Haitian bracelet made by Haitian students, a pound of nationally acclaimed Haitian coffee, a bar of rich Haitian chocolate, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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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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Giveaway

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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!!

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I love Authors Interview 25 this is Noel Branham

I live Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

I love Authors Interview 25

I love Authors Interview 25. Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 25. Today on the couch is Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan. This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit from May 10-23.  Click here to purchase your copy!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Noel Branham author of The Simple Soul of Susan.

It is a pleasure to have you here today Noel  – thank you for coming along.

Now sit back and imagine that we are on a desert island. The sun is shining, and the waves are lapping at your feet as you gaze out to sea. You are alone!

I think Noel has fallen to sleep, I’ve made it too peaceful for her.

Readers you need to give Noel a huge warm welcome to wake her up.

Now that’s better.

Noel – Sorry I didn’t realize where I was. Oh yes, a desert island.

Are you ready to begin the interview now Noel?

Noel – Absolutely.

My first question is..

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

Noel – I would be marooned with a magical genie that catered to my every whim. 🙂

Umm, that kind of goes against the back to basics on a desert island theme. I think we would have to curb his abilities to grant your every whim!

Having asked for a genie I’m not sure what else you will need..

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

Noel – My iPhone in a seal zip lock bag… With a wifi hotspot and solar charger.

I fell into that one!

 

I think Noel likes her comforts, so onto the next question..

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

Noel – Jane Eyre. Every Christmas I reread it.

You must know it off by heart by now. I wonder what Jane Eyre would do if she were stranded on a desert island? Maybe she would choose your book to read?

We have another question about wishes, I think the genie is working overtime!

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?

Noel – An armadillo. Preferably, one from Amarillo. 🙂

Is this the way to Amarillo?
Ev’ry night I’ve been huggin’ my pillow
Dreamin’ dreams of Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me
Show me the way to Amarillo
I’ve been weepin’ like a willow
Cryin’ over Amarillo
And sweet Armadillo who waits for me

Oh sorry the song beckoned to be heard! I just couldn’t help myself.

Sadly this is my final question..

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

Noel – Soup. It’s my favorite food and I could eat it for every meal if allowed!

Oh dear, it looks like the genie is going to try and catch the armadillo for tea – soup anyone?

Please note: no armadilloes were hurt during the course of this interview.

Well, its been fun Noel hearing about your desert island choices. Once again thank you for coming. I hope your book has a successful tour.

Raise the roof folks for Noel Branham.

Readers don’t forget Noel’s GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.

I love Authors Interview 25 was devised my Margaret Kazmierczak to bring the funnier side of life into your homes. Now scatter and go buy Noel’s book.

About the Book

The Simple Sould of SusanTitle: The Simple Soul of Susan

Author: Noel Branham

Genre: Romance, YA, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary

Release Date: October 11, 2017

 

Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found.

Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.

But one autumn day she overhears Calder and another boy having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.

Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.

About the Author

Noel BranhamBorn and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An award-winning communicator, she now writes from her residence in Florida about things closest to the heart: home, family, and love.

 

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Pursuing Stacie, May 21

Reading is my Super Power, May 21 (Interview)

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 22

Bigreadersite, May 22

Reader’s cozy corner, May 23

Josephine’s Thoughts, May 23

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Noel is giving away:

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
First & Second Place Prize: eBook copy of the Simple Soul of Susan!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee4/the-simple-soul-of-susan-celebration-tour-giveaway

I love Authors Interview 24 this is Rachel J Good

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Rachel J Good author of The Amish Teacher's Gift

I love Authors Interview 24

Rachel Good

Today on the couch for the I love Authors Interview 24 is Rachel J Good. Her book The Amish Teacher’s Gift is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 8-21 May.

Click here to purchase your copy!

Amish Teachers gift

Welcome Rachel, it’s great to have you with us today.

Rachel – Thank you, Margaret, it’s my pleasure.

As you know I like to provide a different setting for my interviews. Something that takes the author away from the usual question and answer format. So while sitting on my lovely couch we shall be transported to my desert island where I shall ask you five questions. Are you happy with that Rachel?

Rachel – Sounds great.

Wonderful. My first question is..

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

Rachel – I’d wish for two luxuries – a soft mattress (although maybe I could create one from items on the island) and some writing supplies. I’d prefer my computer, but unless I could somehow rig up a battery to generate electricity, I suppose I’d only be able to use it for several hours. So pens and paper would be ideal. Actually, I might even solve that problem when I indulge in my passion (see below).

How interesting Rachel, I love the idea of you making your own mattress. It sounds like you are going to make the island work for you. Maybe you could invent a solar battery from all that sun power? But if not we will give you plenty of paper and pens to be creative with.

I wonder what creature you are going to choose?

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?

Rachel – A jaguar. They’re so sleek and beautiful. I love looking at the way they move and slink and pounce. Being wrapped in a soft fur coat would be luxurious. I’d also have claws to help me dig and protect myself, although I’d prefer to be a vegetarian jaguar. I’m not sure I could kill or eat other animals. Because I love being surrounded by trees, I’d like taking shelter in the forest. And stretching out on a branch, sleeping during the day and prowling at night appeals to my night-owl tendencies. It would be super cool to be out in the jungle at night under the moonlight, powerful and unafraid.

A vegetarian jaguar now that’s a fascinating idea. I am loving your imagery of the Jaguar and you have such a terrific way of describing this animal and its habits.

While out on a walk inhaling the ambience of the island..

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?

Karen – All things work together for good, for them that love God. You’re here for a purpose, so look for the positives. If you have a good attitude, even being stranded on a desert island can be an enjoyable experience. Think of all the time you can devote to prayer, planning, and daydreaming. Take time to think up stories, imagine big dreams, and send love to all God’s creatures.

I think I’d also include instructions for finding food and shelter as well as anything else I’d learned about survival on the island to make the next person’s stay a little easier.

You have a wonderful positive attitude Rachel. I really like that. You’re making my island sound idyllic for a spiritual and personal retreat.

I am enjoying this interview..

 

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

Rachel – I would choose Josiah, the hero of THE AMISH TEACHER’S GIFT, because he’s resourceful and has carpenter skills. I’m sure he’d be able to figure out how to build us a shelter and get food. Of course, the fact that he’s handsome would be a plus.

It sounds like you have the island cracked Rachel. With your enthusiasm and Josiah’s skills, you will get a huge amount out of its challenges.

I can’t believe this is the last question..

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

Rachel – Yes, I do. I love art. I could indulge in my passion on the desert island. I’d draw in the sand with sticks, create sandcastles and mud sculptures, and make collages from leaves, twigs, and stones. I imagine I could find ways to create dyes from plants, and by chipping bark from fallen trees, I could make paper to write on. I’d also have plenty of time to paint and sculpt because I’d have no deadlines or other responsibilities. This is starting to sound like so much fun, I might never want to leave. When can I sign up to go?

Haha, shame it is only fictional Rachel, but what a fabulous idea to make your own paper and dye. I think you have been my most creative desert island inhabitant. This has been such fun.

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your inspiration with us today.  It has been a delight sharing my couch with you. I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Rachel – Thank you so much for having me. I enjoyed being on your desert island and hope I can visit again. Many blessings to you and all your followers.

Sadly that is all we have time for so let’s give Rachel a huge round of applause.

As usual, there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post from the author – please enter for a chance to win. And if you have enjoyed the I love Authors Interview 24 post a comment too. It’s good to get feedback.

I love Authors Interview 24 was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak, blogger, author and generally nice person. Oh and modest too! Hope to see you soon.

About the Book

 

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Rachel J Good author of The Amish Teacher's GiftTitle: The Amish Teacher’s Gift, Book 1 of the Love & Promises Series

Author: Rachel J Good

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: April 24, 2018

 

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrols Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?

About the Author

rachel goodRachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.

She’d love to have you visit her website, or connect with her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter, and Bookbub. Rachel also enjoys meeting readers and will be doing talks and book signings around the country this year. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, May 8

Texas Book-aholic, May 8

The Avid Reader, May 9

Among the Reads, May 9

Reading Is My SuperPower, May 10

The Fizzy Pop Collection, May 10

Lighthouse Academy, May 10

Ansel book blog, May 11

Avid Reader Book Reviews, May 11

Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting. , May 12

Bibliophile Reviews, May 12

Splashes of Joy, May 12

books n baubles, May 13

A Baker’s Perspective, May 13

cherylbbookblog, May 14

Maureen’s Musings, May 14

Captive Dreams Window, May 14

Blossoms and Blessings, May 15

Mary Hake, May 15

Janices book reviews, May 15

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 16

SusanLovesBooks, May 16

A Simply Enchanted Life, May 17

proud to be an autism mom, May 17

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 18

Pursuing Stacie, May 18

margaret kazmierczak, May 18 (Interview)

Quiet Quilter, May 19

Red Headed Book Lady, May 19

Bigreadersite, May 20

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 20

A Greater Yes, May 20

Pink Granny’s Journey, May 21

Vicky Sluiter, May 21

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of a tote, an autographed copy of The Amish Teacher’s Gift, and an autographed copy of Hearts Reunited!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cee3/the-amish-teacher-s-gift-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

I love Authors Interview 23 this is Joan Deneve

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Joan Deneve author of Loving Brock

I love Authors Interview 23

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Joan Deneve author of Loving Brock

Today on I love Authors Interview 23 I would like to welcome Joan Deneve, author of Loving Brock which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from May 3rd – 16th. You can purchase the book here.

Loving Brock

It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today Joan. Let’s show Joan a warm greeting.

Meet Mimi Milan an interview by Margaret Kazmierczak

JoanThank you. I’m thrilled to be here.

I know there are lots of interviewers out there that follow a certain format, however, I like to be unique in my questions and eek out little-known gems from my authors. I hope you are happy with that?

Joan – It sounds fun.

Let’s begin then.

Now I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island. This means we are going back to basics.

Joan, you can choose..

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

JoanHmm. Probably Bear Grylls because he’d figure out a way to make sure we survive. (But I would hope he wouldn’t make me drink my own pee!)

Oh, I agree that is gross. However, I suppose you would do anything to survive even if it meant drinking your own pee to stop yourself from getting dehydrated.  He would be a fascinating companion though!

Bear Grylls gives you a day off from foraging for food..

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

JoanTo borrow a line from Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne), I’d need a “sustaining book, one that would comfort a wedged bear in great tightness…” Or in my case, some kind of motivational, never-give-up kind of book.

I love Winnie the Pooh, A.A Milne is so inspirational in his writing.  I don’t think you could go wrong with The Poetry of A.A Milne.

From A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together,” says Pooh, says he.
“That’s how it is,” says Pooh.

There seems to be a theme – Bear Grylls and Winnie the Pooh! I wonder what you will choose now..

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?

JoanThe intelligent, playful, and lovable dolphin!

I love them too Joan, good choice.

 

It’s about to get a bit crowded with Bear, Winnie and now..

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

JoanDefinitely Brock Whitfield. Brock is a man of faith and basically, God’s pet who gets his prayers answered in a mighty way. A good person to have around.

He sounds amazing Joan, I can see why you would favour him on the Island with you. He sounds like he a rock. I think my readers would enjoy reading about him in your book.

Sadly this is my last question..

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

JoanBrock Whitfield: Compassionate, Resolute, Humble, Selfless, Stellar.

What an accolade for your main character. Well, folks, it sounds like you’ll have to buy a copy of Loving Brock to find out more about this man of God.

Time to wrap up..

Thank you, Joan, for taking the time to share your desert island musings with us. It’s been a delight to have you on my couch for I love Authors Interview and being such a good sport.  I hope you have a successful blog tour.

JoanThank you! This has been fun and thought-provoking!

The pleasure is all mine Joan, I have enjoyed our time together enormously.

Raise the roof readers for Joan Deneve.

I love Authors Interview 23 is a fun and unique way to get to know established and new writers.

Don’t forget Joan has a great GIVEAWAY at the end of this post, please enter for a chance to win.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Joan Deneve author of Loving BrockTitle: Loving Brock

Author: Joan Deneve

Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance

Release Date: April, 2018

 

For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.

When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equalled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.

A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Joan Deneve author of Loving BrockMs Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Furthermore, Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.

Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.

Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.

www.joandeneve.com

Blog Stops

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 3

proud to be an autism mom, May 4

Mary Hake, May 4

Among the Reads, May 5

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 5

Bibliophile Reviews, May 6

Remembrancy, May 7

Janices book reviews, May 8

Mommynificent, May 9

A Greater Yes, May 9

Carpe Diem, May 10

A Baker’s Perspective, May 11

Bigreadersite, May 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 12

Pursuing Stacie, May 13

Reading is my SuperPower, May 13 (Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, May 14

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 15

margaret kazmierczak, May 15 (Interview)

Henry Happens, May 16

Quiet Quilter, May 16

Giveaway

90bfabcf-f3e2-4549-8474-6d20b74c2840To celebrate her tour, Joan is giving away a grand prize of the entire The Redeemed Side of Broken Series, African blend coffee, coffee mug, a magnet from Angola, and a personalized message from the author on a special card from Angola!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cc63