I love Authors Interview 18 this is J. E. Grace

I love Authors Interview 18

Julie profile

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 18. Today we have the pleasure of meeting Julie. E. Grace, author of A Walk with Heavenly Spirits which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 3rd-6th April. Let’s all give Julie a warm greeting.

A Walk with Heavenly Spirits

Hi  Julie, it is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

Julie – Thank you, Margaret, the pleasure is mine.

Comfy?

Julie – Yes thank you.

I like to do things a little differently to the usual interviews. So now I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island. The sea lapping on the shores and not a ship in sight.

For my first question, if you can take your eyes away from the breathtaking scenery..

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

Julie – I would want it to be a book on survival skills so I could make the best out of the situation.  It would be a shock at first not knowing what to expect. I would need to take care of my everyday needs until help came. Knowledge is key.

I can see that you have a practical side Julie, what a great choice. And I like the fact that you would want to make the best out of the situation. You are one cool lady.

This means then that you are likely to explore.

As it happens you find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

Julie – I would paint “FAITH” on it.  To remind me each time I looked at it, to have faith in God to sustain me through the circumstances. I would remember that God is a God of miracles and pray for him to give me the strength I needed to endure until I could be rescued.

How right you are, God is a God of miracles and waiting for his rescue will require faith. That is an apt name to be sure and a great way to remind yourself of His faithfulness.

So while you are waiting ..

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

Julie – I have always been interested in art since I was a young child. My mother gave me oil painting kits for Christmas and it evolved from there.  I am self-taught in oils and pastels and try to balance my love of art with my passion for writing.  I paint mainly landscapes.

A few years ago,  I branched out into digital art.  Art is another form of expression that gives me great joy.

I agree Julie art is a wonderful form of expression. As a concession, I will allow you to have your art materials so that you can paint.

 

On to the next question Julie

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

 Julie – I’m not a hot weather person.  My favorite time of the year is Spring when everything is new again and the temperatures are in the 70’s.  Winter time with the snow is beautiful but during really cold periods, I find myself indoors at my desk typing away on a novel while sipping on a cup of tea or hot chocolate.  It becomes my most productive time as far as writing is concerned.

Oh, Spring is a favourite of mine too Julie, all the new beginnings.

 

Sadly this is my final question..

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

Julie – It would be Allison.   The part of Allison’s journey that I would love to experience,  is her visits by Heavenly Spirits.  To be able to travel in time and experience the supernatural would be awesome.  

Wouldn’t it just. You have left me intrigued Julia. This has been a pleasant desert island visit on my couch today. Thank you, Julia, for sharing with us.

Yes give a round of applause for Julie E. Grace and don’t forget to look out for her book.

Julie has also included a GIVEAWAY today, which you will find at the bottom of my post. Click on the code for a chance to win.

Click here to purchase your copy!

A Walk with Heavenly Spirit FB Banner copy

About the Book

 

A Walk with Heavenly SpiritsTitle: A Walk with Heavenly Spirits

Author: J.E. Grace

Genre: Christian  Fiction – Inspirational/Romance

Release Date: December 5, 2017

 

The wrong path

Allison Stevens became a Christian at a young age, but she makes a wrong decision that takes her on a collision course of disappointment and heartache. God loves her and wants her back, but Satan wants to keep her in a life of despair and lies.

A divine intervention

Heavenly Spirits are sent by God to instruct and remind Allison of God’s promises. Can she learn to trust God’s word and become the woman God meant for her to be?

Can Allison Stevens return to the right path?

A family she didn’t know she had, a man grieving a personal loss, and a felon who wants her dead makes her relationships more complicated than ever. Can she learn to trust God again and walk by faith?

On the road back to God, she discovers that the path doesn’t come without trials but now she realizes she isn’t alone. God is with her. Can she stay strong and follow God’s path?

About the Author

Julie profileJ.E. Grace was born and raised in Northern California. At a young age, she was an avid reader which led to her interest in fiction writing and poetry. She writes mainly in the  Christian Fiction genre and continues to educate herself in the craft.  All of her work has underlying Christian overtones which are a reflection of her faith in God.

In 2000 she moved to the Midwest with her husband and now calls it home. She loves the Missouri countryside and is amazed by the variety of subjects that serve as inspiration for her artwork. She is an oil/pastel painter and digital artist.  Her work can be seen at Fine Art America, Society 6 and Zazzle.

J. E. Grace retired from a career in real estate in 2012, to finally concentrate on her writing. She published her first novel, a science fiction titled, “The Zarion-Saving Mankind in 2016 and her Pacific Cove Series of Short Reads: Haunted Visions & Testament of Faith. Now she is currently working on several new projects: Book 3 in her Pacific Cove Series and a mystery novel.

Guest Post from J.E. Grace

My inspiration for writing A Walk with Heavenly Spirits:
I was thinking about a Christmas Carol and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future one day. I’m a Christian author, so I thought, why not use Heavenly Spirits to enlighten a person who has lost their way. It just evolved from there. I did a lot of praying for direction during my writing process and consulting God’s word along the way. God I felt was giving me the inspiration to write it. As a result, I found myself getting very emotional while writing certain parts of the book which is something I had never experienced before with any of my other novels. I was feeling the characters pain and /or joy at times.
My purpose for the story was to get the message across, that we are all broken, but God uses the broken for great things. Within the story, Allison’s one decision to finally follow the path God intended for her, not only changes her life but the lives of the all the people who come to know her.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 3

proud to be an autism mom, April 4

A Greater Yes, April 5

Texas Book-aholic, April 6

Bibliophile Reviews, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Janices book reviews, April 9

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 10

Carpe Diem, April 11

A Baker’s Perspective, April 12

Simple Harvest Reads, April 13 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Artistic Nobody, April 14

margaret kazmierczak, April 15 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, April 15

Reading is my Super Power, April 16 (Interview)

Power of Words, April 16 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate her tour, J.E. Grace is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca38

I love Authors Interview 17 this is Laura V Hilton

Margaret Kazmierczak meets Laura Hilton author of Springs of Love

 I love Authors Interview 17

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Laura V Hilton

Today on I love Authors Interview 17, we meet Laura V. Hilton. It is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today Laura. You are also part of the Celebrate Lit Scavenger Hunt which is featured further down after this interview.

Laura – Thank you, Margaret.

Now while you are sitting comfortably on the sofa I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island. Can you hear the peace and quite?

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Cara

We won’t be interrupted here Laura!

My first question then..

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

Laura – An Amish man. They are very creative and great at building and might be able to build a decent shelter and something to generate heat – like maybe solar panels or something  🙂

That sounds like a wise choice Laura. Definitely very practical. I love the way the Amish help one another.

 

So you have your shelter built..

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

LauraGroceries. Delivered weekly would be great. That way I won’t have to scrounge for food and have to eat nasty insects. Oh, and bottled water since salt water isn’t drinkable.

That’s a big ask Laura 🙂  However, I think it would be more fun seeing what dishes you come up with to compliment a side of insects!

 

A hidden challenge

You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

Laura – Never mind painting a name! Is it sea-worthy? I’d be loading her up and heading out and praying for a Coast Guard rescue.

Sorry Laura, but its bottom is missing due to the last person using it for firewood! Mind you your Amish man would probably be able to fix something up.

Tell me something about your book

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

Laura – Girls like her were trouble in all capitals, italicized, and in bold print. T. R. O. U. B. L. E.

You have me intrigued Laura with that sentence Laura.

 

So to go with your insect salad Laura..

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

Laura Pizza! And cheesecake.

And with that mouthwatering dish, it is time to say a huge thank you to Laura for joining me on my couch. It’s been fun and I hope you have enjoyed your time on the desert island.

Laura – I have Margaret and thank you for being part of this Scavenger Hunt.

Your very welcome now please give Laura a massive hand.

Meet Mimi Milan an interview by Margaret KazmierczakWhile you are here please continue to read more about my guest Laura V. Hilton and enter the CelebrateLit GIVEAWAY.

About the Scavenger Hunt

Spring is here and we are celebrating with a Spring Scavenger Hunt featuring Celebrate Lit Publishing’s Spring Collection. Stop by each of the blog stops to learn about a specific author from one of our collections, enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon card, and collect their secret word. At the end of the week, create the sentence from all the secret words and enter it in the giveaway for NINE bonus entries.

Have fun!

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate our Spring Scavenger Hunt, Celebrate Lit is giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Here is the Link for the GIVEAWAY

https://promosimple.com/ps/cdd6/spring-scavenger-hunt

About the book

The Kissing Bridge

Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…

Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.

Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Laura V HiltonLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. Ms. Hilton has five children and a hyper dog named Skye. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. They currently live in Arkansas.

When not writing, she reviews books for her blogs and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write. Laura enjoys reading and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

In case you were wondering where the secret word is, you have already gone past it! (Hint it is in red)

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, April 8
Simple Harvest Reads, April 11 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing Stacie, April 13
For more information about Laura pop over and visit her at:

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/ 

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/

You can purchase Laura’s books at:

Amazon   http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

CBD: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=laura+hilton&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1

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I love Authors Interview 16 this is Kristen Hogrefe

I love Authors Interview 16

KHogrefe

Welcome readers to I love Authors Interview 16. Today I have Kristen Hogrefe on my couch.  Her book The Revolutionary is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 10-23 April. I am delighted that I have been allowed to interview Kristen and read her book. My review will be out on 19 April and I hope you will visit again to read it.

The Revolutionary

Now, let’s all give Kristen a warm welcome.

Kristen – Thank you so much, Margaret, it is lovely to meet you.

Thank you, Kristen. I know we are sitting on a beautiful couch, however, I would like you to imagine we are stranded on a desert island!

Kristen – This sounds fun!

Let’s get started then, Kristen.

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

Kristen – I’d pick my twin brother and his wife because they are two of my best friends. Also, with their background in the park service and wildland firefighting, I’m pretty sure we would not only survive but thrive.

I am sure you would Kristen with such helpful family. It sounds like all you would need to do is sit back and write!

 

For my next question, we are going to let you have something special as a treat.

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

Kristen – A large, waterproof Tervis containing an iced caramel latte would be wonderful.

I think we can arrange that, but your brother and sister-in-law might be a bit jealous so perhaps we might need to send you two more Kristen!

While we sit here basking in the sun can you tell me…

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

Kristen – “Portia, nothing worth having is easy. You need to train if for no other reason than to prove to yourself that you can.”

I like that saying, Kristen. It is a good motto for life. I think it is similar to “I can’t do it yet”, rather than “I can’t do it.” We all need to strive for those goals.

There’s not a cloud in the sky and it is so peaceful Kristen so tell me..

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

KristenI really enjoy music and have played the piano and sung in church groups since I was a teenager. Just recently, I started learning guitar, because why not? Music aside, I enjoy trying new things, especially when they involve the outdoors. This year, I went skiing for the first time and had a blast.

That’s a wonderful talent to have to be able to play the piano. I love your can-do attitude, yes why not learn to play the guitar and ski. I hope you go on to do many other interesting pursuits too. How about bungee jumping?

Oh, what a shame this is my last question, Kristen.

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

Kristen – Small, brave, broken, resourceful, visionary

I am so excited about reading your book Kristen, your description of the main character is calling to me! It’s been a privilege to talk to you and I hope you have a successful tour with Celebrate Lit.

Kristen – Thank you once again, Margaret.

Be upstanding for the talented Kristen Hogrefe. Yes get your hands out of your pockets and show your appreciation.

If you would like to purchase Kristen’s book then click here.

And don’t forget Kristen has a GIVEAWAY at the end of my post, so please do enter.

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Kristen Hogrefe author of The Revolutionary
About the Book

The RevolutionaryTitle: The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives

Author: Kristen Hogrefe

Genre: Young Adult, Action, Adventure

Release Date: March, 2018

Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.

Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of an underground smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag only she can pay, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy back in the dizzying politics of Crystal. There, she learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions. No one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She desperately wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?

Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.

About the Author

KHogrefeKristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.

Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues.

Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers.

A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 10

Moments Dipped in Ink, April 11

Inklings and notions, April 11

The Fizzy Pop Collection, April 12

proud to be an autism mom, April 12

Aryn the librarian, April 13

Multifarious, April 13

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

A Greater Yes, April 14

It’s Storytime With Van Daniker, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

A Reader’s Brain, April 16

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 17

Carpe Diem, April 18

MargaretKazmierczak, April 19

A Baker’s Perspective, April 20

Bibliophile Reviews, April 21

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Pursuing Stacie, April 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 24

Janices book reviews, April 24

Bigreadersite, April 25

Reading is my Super Power, April 25 (Interview)

Giveaway

4212fd39-a0b7-4d2c-afe6-e0583b9c0f83To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca44

Spotlight Four on A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

Spotlight on A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

Spotlight Four

 

Spotlight Four. Today I am doing a spotlight on A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 27th March – 9th April. Jody has also a GIVEAWAY  for you readers so don’t forget to enter for a chance to win. This is the last day to enter!

To spotlight A Loyal Heart I would like to share with you some of the reviews that this book has received. I hope you find them helpful in deciding to read Jody’s book. Thanks for popping by.

Bibliophile
on April 6, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I never imagined when I began the journey into this story that I would be so taken with the story. It will leave your breathless, hopeful and is an excellent reminder of the quality writing the author always delivers. This is by far the best book in my opinion and I truly didn’t want the adventure to end.
H
on April 6, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Each addition to Jody Hedlund’s medieval YA series is a delight. As I read A Loyal Heart, I found all the elements I loved in the previous books (An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, For Love & Honor)—romance, danger, chivalry, faith. Hedlund weaves it all into a captivating and thrilling story for Lady Olivia and Sir Aldric, and I wholeheartedly enjoyed both the story and its characters. A Loyal Heart makes the perfect choice for readers of YA romance, so I highly recommend it (and the entire series!). Add it to your TBR today!
Deborah
on April 2, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Jody Hedlund is such a good writer. I believe she writes these for young adults but I really enjoy them. I hope there is another in the series.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book

TitleA Loyal Heart Web Copy: A Loyal Heart

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genre: Adult medieval romance

Release Date: March 6, 2018

 

He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund. Web - CopyJody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

The Growing Need for Sweet Young Adult Romances

By Jody Hedlund

This past year my youngest daughter turned twelve and entered seventh grade. And she decided that she wanted to read my books.

Of course, I was thrilled that she was taking an interest in my writing. But since my adult historical romances are more intense and contain some mature themes, I handed her the young adult series I’ve written.

As she started the first book, I peeked in her room a time or two to ask her how she liked it.

“It’s the best book you’ve ever read, right?” I teased.

“It’s okay,” she replied, teasing me right back.

The true test for how much she liked the series came when she couldn’t put the book down. She hid away in her room and read all day. Then she read the second book the next day and the third book the day after that.

She never did gush over the series. But she didn’t need to. Her serious reading marathon told me all I needed to know! Then when I was writing the fourth book in the series, she asked me if she could read it early before it was published which was another testament to how much she enjoyed the series.

“As long as you promise to say that I’m your favorite author,” I said, teasing her again.

I’m happy to say that she finished A Loyal Heart just as quickly as the others. Although I’m not sure that I’m her favorite author, I’m satisfied that she loved the series.

Even more, I’m thrilled that I could hand her sweet romances full of chivalrous qualities—like courage, sacrifice, honor, and loyalty. As she’s being entertained, she’s learning lessons about character traits that are important in relationships.

Wholesome clean romances for teens

My daughter, like other young teens I’ve talked to, really enjoys medieval settings and stories. In some ways, those kinds of stories connect them to the princess fairy tales they used to love when they were little. Let’s face it, even adult readers still love stories about knights and castles and daring damsels!

In a book market for teens that has grown increasingly dark, jaded, and sexual, I only wish I had more to offer my daughter and other young women. It’s my passion to continue providing wholesome, clean romances for teens, books I know will encourage and uplift as well as entertain.

How about YOU? Is there a teen reader you know who needs an alternative to what’s available in the market? I encourage you to gift them with A Loyal Heart. And make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the entire series that you can read, pass along, or even gift to your library.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, March 27

Lighthouse Academy, March 27

Neverending Stories, March 27

Reflections From My Bookshelves, March 28

books n baubles, March 28

Blossoms and Blessings, March 28

By The Book, March 29

Reading Is My SuperPower, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

Books, Books, and More Books., March 29

Have A Wonderful Day, March 30

Blogging With Carol, March 30

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 30

Cover to Cover and Everything in Between, March 31

Book by Book, March 31

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 31

God’s Little Bookworm, April 1

The Christian Fiction Girl, April 1

Mary Hake, April 1

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, April 2

Daysong Reflections, April 2

Novels Corner, April 2

Remembrancy, April 3

proud to be an autism mom, April 3

Texas Book-aholic, April 3

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 4

Janices book reviews, April 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 4

Romances of the Cross, April 5

Carpe Diem, April 5

A Baker’s Perspective, April 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 6

Karen Sue Hadley, April 6

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, April 6

Red Headed Book Lady, April 7

Bibliophile Reviews, April 7

Simple Harvest Reads, April 7 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Pursuing Stacie, April 8

Bigreadersite, April 8

margaret kazmierczak, April 8 (spotlight)

Henry Happens, April 9

Faery Tales Are Real, April 9

Joy of Reading, April 9

Giveaway

 

2181f4c9-19f5-4e35-8547-d0764ecac556To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away a grand prize of An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, For Love & Honor, and A Loyal Heart!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cb76

Spotlight three on A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown

Spotlight on A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown with Giveaway

Spotlight Three

Spotlight Three. Today I am doing a spotlight on A Flute In The Willows by Carole Brown which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 29th March – 11th April. Carole has also a GIVEAWAY  for you readers. 

To spotlight A Flute In The Meadows I would like to share with you some of the reviews that this book has received. I hope you find them helpful in deciding to purchase Carole’s book. Thanks for popping by.

Bonnie Wilton
on March 27, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great read! It kept me guessing who the bad guy was clear to the end. The devotion and love the husband had toward his wife only to have it rebuffed added to the suspense. Love and faith prevail in the end, but will they trust each other?
CarpeDiem
on April 2, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition

Spies, lies, murder, intrigue, revenge, a struggling marriage, a tentative faith found and a family united like never before. A Flute in the Willows may be a handful to read but the subject matter is certainly interesting. I do enjoy a spy-thriller with a subtle romantic twist and this one fits that bill. Carole Brown has done a good job with this the second in her The Spies of World War II series!

Marilyn R
on March 26, 2018
Format: Paperback
An engaging and emotional packed story of romantic suspense set post WWII era with Jerry and Josie Patterson. Josie was focused on her skating competitions and reaching for the stars while her husband was serving as a spy during the war. Jerry’s return home brought another man than the one she had fallen in love with, suffering from PTSD and the fear of being followed home because of all that transpired while serving in Germany. Jerry’s return also seemed to bring some newcomers to town. Josie is sought out by one of them, and asked to perform at his gatherings to raise money for a project by playing her flute. Will Jerry and Josie’s lives be spared? The story will keep readers turning page after page until the end to see what is transpiring next. Carole Brown weaved another great story filled with dimensional characters facing challenges to overcome as they are confronted from one episode after another that are disturbing and dangerous. The story has an interwoven Christian message that God is there in the midst of turmoil.
Click here to purchase your copy!

This is the second in The Spies of World War II series by Carole Brown’s her first book being “With Music In Their Hearts.”

A Flute in the Willows copy

About the Book

 

Book Cover Front A Flute In The WillowsBook Title: A Flute in the Willows

Author: Carole Brown

Genre: Historical, Romantic Suspense

 

 

The Synopsis

Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamorous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their ownselves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

About the Author

Carole Brown

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counselled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, travelling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Guest post from Carole Brown

How Great is Our God! By Carole Brown

And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7

It seems everywhere you turn today, the world is a mess. I try to keep up with current events, but sometimes I find myself pulling back away from it all. The enemy of us all would drown us in disbelief, doubt and worry if we would allow it. I find my spirit beginning to flounder in that sea of distress and must need to revive it with the good things of God.

This is Book Two

In my newest WWII Spies series, in book two, soon to be released, both Jerry and Josie Patterson are rebellious, self-centered people. Neither have given much thought to God, and both have gone gung-ho after their own pleasures and desires.

Jerry

Jerry not only suffers a serious physical injury, but his spirit is troubled by actions taken as a spy in Germany. Guilt over the death of a sweet woman, guilt over all the deceit he needed to use, guilt over the temptations that knocked, and though he didn’t give in to them, nevertheless, troubles his mind and soul. Who do you turn to when you have no God in your life?

Josie

Josie, filled with elaborate plans on becoming an Olympic participant once the horror of war is over, ignores all the people in her life—except when it’s convenient for her to use them. All that matters is attaining her goal and Jerry. Running roughshod over all others, forgiving and forbearing as they are, is her usual ploy in getting what she wants. So who do you turn to when all your dreams turn to ashes?

It’s only after each one of them receives a severe injury that prevents them from doing what they want, only when they think they’ve lost the other, that they begin to listen to what God is teaching them.

Isn’t that so in our own lives? Many times we go headstrong toward our goals, without prayer or definite assurance from God that it’s what he wants for us. It seems a good thing, beneficial, and desirable so it must be good for us, right?

God is so great, so faithful, so loving in pulling us back, in teaching us that He is our all in all. Our strength in times of deep distress and trial, our anchor when the storms of life are blowing us off course, our shield when others would hurt or wound our spirits…our peace through it all.

May we, like Josie and Jerry, learn that our God IS a great God. We need have no fear; he does not fail.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, March 29

Red Headed Book Lady, March 29

Multifarious, March 30

Two Points of Interest, March 30

proud to be an autism mom, March 31

A Greater Yes, March 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 1

Janices book reviews, April 1

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 2

Simple Harvest Reads, April 2 (Guest post from Mindy)

Carpe Diem, April 3

Maureen’s Musings, April 4

margaret kazmierczak, April 4 (Spotlight)

Bigreadersite, April 5

Reading is my Super Power, April 5 (Interview)

Have A Wonderful Day, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Pursuing Stacie, April 7

A Baker’s Perspective, April 8

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, April 9

Among the Reads, April 9

Bibliophile Reviews, April 10

For The Love of Books, April 11

Giveaway

7d3a7497-c684-4baa-8680-0ef4289922a3To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away a grand prize of a canvas flowered/musical tote, a pink “All Things are Possible” journal, and a copy of A Flute in the Willows (winners choice of print or ebook)!!

 Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e2

I love Authors Interview 15 this is Michelle Griep

I love Authors Interview 15

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This is Michelle Griep

Hello again to I love Authors Interview 15. Today we have Michelle Griep author of The Innkeeper’s Daughter – Let’s all give Michelle a warm greeting.

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Welcome Michelle, I am delighted to interview you on my lovely couch. I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit which runs from 15th – 28th March.

Now Michelle please indulge me and imagine that we are on a desert island. Yes, I know sun, sea and solitude as my questions are based on this prerequisite!

Firstly let’s talk about books on the desert island..

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

MichelleMy all-time favourite book that I re-read on a regular basis is Charlotte Bronte’s, Jane Eyre. Beneath all Jane’s outward meekness is a lioness who knows herself.

Yes, she is a strong character, Michelle and one we can learn from. You will certainly have time to re-read this novel and savour the delights of its contents.

While busily trying to catch your dinner..

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?

Michelle – Judging by the lifestyle of my boxer, Miss Ada Clare, I’ll be a dog. Does life get any better than perpetual naps interrupted by a good back scratch, treats, and a walk outside every now and then?

I love your dog’s name Michelle, it so cool. It’s certainly a dog’s life, mind you, my cat has a life similar to your dog!

 

Now I want to know about you Michelle..

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

Michelle – Because being a pirate is frowned upon and I really didn’t want to become a life insurance salesman. Besides, being an author was completely unavoidable since I’ve got this strange writing addiction. I can’t not write. It’s how I make sense of the world.

Lol, I love your answer. Because being a pirate is frowned upon! I suppose they do have a bad reputation. Look at Black Beard and Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s the eyeliner that gets me!

I’m not sure what your answer to this question is going to be after the last one!

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

Michelle – Hah! I’d be Mr. Nutbrown. I’d love to speak to people only through a puppet.

I used to love doing that Michelle, it’s such a fun way to communicate with children and you can almost get away with anything! Adults are another thing, they don’t always have the same sense of humour. But yes, I’d say go for it, be Mr. Nutbrown!

Sadly 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?

Michelle – Protective.  Handsome. Daring. Bold. Cunning.

Michelle, Officer Alexander Moore sounds like an intriguing character – I am looking forward to finding out more about him.

 

I have really enjoyed our chat, Michelle.

Thank you for taking the time to be here with us today. I hope my readers have learned some interesting things about you, I certainly have!

Please give Michelle a huge round of applause.

I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Michelle – thank you, Margaret, I have enjoyed being here with you on your couch.

Thank you, readers, for popping over, to read I love Authors Interview 15.

Don’t forget there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post, so please comment and enter in order to have a chance of winning Michelle’s prize.

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

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About the Book

InnkeepersDaughter_CoverImageTitle: The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release Date: March 1, 2018

 

A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

About the Author

MichelleGriepMichelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit www.michellegriep.com.

Guest Post from Michelle Griep

Celebrating Oak Apple Day

Spring is just around the corner, or maybe it’s in full bloom in your neck of the woods. Regardless, by this time of year, everyone is ready to celebrate. . .and nothing new is under the sun. For centuries people have been eager to welcome budding greenery and warmth.

In my recent release, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, I incorporated a spring holiday that’s been around for over 500 years in England, one you may never heard of.

Oak Apple Day.

This ancient celebration dates back to the year 1651. At the time, Charles II escaped the Roundhead army by taking cover in an oak tree. Everyone loved ol’ Charlie and was glad he lived, so in his honor, a new national holiday was born—one that in some parts of England is still celebrated today.

Another name for this annual event is Royal Oak Day and the festivities occur every May 29th. Celebration traditions vary from parades to the ringing of bells, but one thing that is standard is that it’s a day to pin an oak leaf on your lapel. If you fail to wear one, you could end up getting pinched.

The hero in my latest release is kind enough to remind the heroine that she forgot to pin on her leaf, thus saving her from untoward pinches. Interested in hearing more about this gallant fellow and the forgetful miss?

Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Tension is high with the threat of a Napoleonic attack in Regency England, but risk from abroad means nothing when there’s danger at home.

Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the crown—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue . . . until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

It’s a race against time for them both.

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, March 15

Fiction Aficionado, March 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 15

The Morning Chapter, March 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, March 16

Reading Is My SuperPower, March 16

Mommynificent, March 16

Blogging With Carol, March 16

Among the Reads, March 17

Connie’s History Classroom, March 17

Mary Hake, March 17

Blossoms and Blessings, March 17

Karen Sue Hadley, March 18

The Power of Words, March 18

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, March 18

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 18

Kathleen Denly, March 19

Faithfully Bookish, March 19

Captive Dreams Window, March 19

Red Headed Book Lady, March 19

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 20

Remembrancy, March 20

Inklings and notions, March 20

Book by Book, March 20

Moments Dipped in Ink, March 21

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, March 21

Singing Librarian Books, March 21

To Everything a Season, March 21

Bookworm Mama, March 22

Two Points of Interest, March 22

Vicky Sluiter, March 22

Carpe Diem, March 22

Pause for Tales, March 23

Have A Wonderful Day, March 23

A Baker’s Perspective, March 23

margaret kazmierczak, March 23 (Interview)

proud to be an autism mom, March 24

Bibliophile Reviews, March 24

A Greater Yes, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 25

Janices book reviews, March 25

A Reader’s Brain, March 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 26

Simple Harvest Reads, March 26 (Mindy Houng Guest Post)

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, March 27

My Writer’s Life, March 27

Pursuing Stacie,  March 27

Bigreadersite, March 27

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 28

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 28

Pink Granny’s Journey, March 28

The PhD Mamma, March 28

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of a signed copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter and a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cb72