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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Emotions trap a captured heart, can love free it?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Captured Bride by Michelle GriepCaptured – My father in law loved to tell a story, especially about his heroic escape attempts during WW2. As he led me through the details, I vividly remember holding my breath as he described hiding under an upturned tree root inches away from the pursuing dogs. A drum crescendoed in his chest deafening his ears. Amazingly the dogs scampered off without finding Jan. Peering out cautiously with beads of sweat pouring down his back in a heightened state of flight, Jan ran for his life. Being captured the first time only made Jan want to escape again, his loyalty to his country provided the ammunition for two more attempts. Even a firing squad didn’t prevent this brave man; nothing would stop him from returning to his unit and fighting again.

Such bravery echoes throughout The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep. This book is a captive read in my opinion. For my penny’s worth scroll down to continue to peruse my book review.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

My Penny’s worth

Captured

Mercy Lytton and Elias Dubois are both quality characters whose lives intrigued me from the start. One has a captured heart tight in its denial, keeping love at a distance, and the other captured and in jail. Both weary that their emotions will get them caught by the enemy. What a brilliant combination by Michelle Griep.  I love these two as they travel together on a journey of knowledge and danger. Consequently, I sensed that fear in the writing as if it were I only inches away from being caught. I held my breath.

A complex character

My favourite person out of the two, however, is the complex, Elias Dubois. This passage sums him up for me,  “Yes despite his rugged exterior and the fact that he rode toward God knew how many years of imprisonment, he guided the horses as if he were on a Sunday drive. A strange contentedness flowed from him as if he’d lived and walked around in hunger and need, then strolled out the other side a more peaceful soul for the journey.”

A Gem

One of my favourite lines is “Outside; water dripped everywhere. Heaven’s tears, weeping life into the earth.” I love this image.

Other characters that found their way into my heart or not

Matthew the ranger, the dependable father-like figure who looks out for Mercy. He completes the triangle of love. And of course, you must have a fly in the ointment to keep you on your toes, Rufus. Yes, he annoyed me, but he plays an important role, and that is all I am saying!

Tension and distraction

There is plenty of tension and distraction to keep you captivated with Mercy blowing hot and cold, Matthew trying to keep them all on track and Elias trying to rule the roost by being in charge. The captured man knowing more than his jailors and Rufus disappearing when the jobs need to be done!

All in all, I enjoyed this book and would like to give it ***** stars as it kept me up long after my bedtime.

Thank you, Michelle Griep, for writing this gripping novel.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

The captured bride

Title: The Captured Bride

Author: Michelle Griep

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

 

A war-torn countryside is no place for a lady—but Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause . . . to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.

Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he’s offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he’s the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.

Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

About the Author

unnamedMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore, but also leapt the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize of

a signed copy of The Captured Bride and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!!

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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.

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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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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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Indifference is no excuse when people suffer abuse

Do we act when we see abuse?

What is your response when you hear or see abuse? Recently I watched a TV programme about hospital staff who are abused, verbally, physically and sexually. It is a horrifying fact that these vital members of our society in England are treated in such an offensive way. They risk their lives helping others.

Ambulance crews are often the first on the scene administering first-aid and compassion to victims involved in accidents or emergencies. They have no option about attending the incident as that is their job. They are not at liberty to say, that they don’t want to get involved, because the victim is a drunk or in someone else’s opinion doesn’t deserve to be helped. The bravery of these men and women who work in hospitals or in frontline services deserve better. We should not be indifferent to the needs of our own Healthcare Professionals, as we all deserve to live and work in safety.

Where am I going with this?

So what has this to do with the book I have just read called Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N. Spencer? The answer is that as a society we need to be active when people suffer abuse. Plunge into Darkness is a fantasy book that portrays a village’s indifference to a young girl’s plight. No one wants to be involved in a seedy affair, so they ignore the signs and live their own lives by turning a blind eye. The book makes for interesting reading, fiction or not, there are lessons to be learned from it.

Abuse can we ignore it? Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N Spencer

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My Penny’s Worth

Plunge into Darkness is by no means your run of the mill story. There are only 119 pages in the Kindle edition. However, I didn’t feel cheated as the story sucked me in right from the beginning. Ever Morena, the empathetic main character, reaches out in friendship to Dawn. Ever knows that Dawn’s life is far from easy, but she does not expect her friend to disappear overnight leaving a massive hole in Ever’s heart. After her father shows Ever hope, the story develops into an intriguing adventure and follows the lines of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. Compassion now fills Ever’s heart, and her desire to heal others plays an essential role in the story. But first Ever has to learn the depths of a  wounded heart to be able to help those in need.

What I liked

There were various characters whom I warmed to that added to the plot. But I enjoyed the concept of having an elderly man, called Old Justice and Keeper of the book, telling little fables to the younger members of the village. These little snippets were like nuggets of gold.

Sensitive writing

Ms Spencer writes with the reader in mind when portraying difficult scenes; she indicates in a few words the details, describing events sensitively. I am grateful for this approach but warn readers that this book does deal with the matter of abuse. If this puts you off, then I can say that not reading this book would be a shame as the wisdom of how this subject is tackled once the facts are known are worthy to be read. And a question, Who is responsible, is one that deserves rumination. Can we live and not get involved?

Like an onion there are layers

The book, therefore, has several layers. Each important, underpinning morals as well as society’s reaction to humanity’s cruelty to one another. I think this story would be an exciting choice for discussion among our young folk of today.

I am looking forward to book two in this series to see how Ever continues on her journey. Indeed who and what next comes to mind.  The seeds have been sown in book one, and  I hope you will pick up this story and enter into Ever’s interesting world.

Thank you, Kristin, for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Plunge into DarknessTitle: Plunge into Darkness

Author: Kristin N. Spencer

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Two girls.
A village with a dark secret.
Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.
Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.
Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.
Never before has redemption been so costly.
Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.

About the Author

Abuse can we ignore it? Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Plunge into Darkness by Kristin N SpencerKristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.

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Giveaway

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Spotlight Five on Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Spotlight Five on Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley by Margaret Kazmierczak

 

Spotlight Five

Spotlight Five. Today I am doing a spotlight on “Joey” by  Jennifer Marshall Bleakley which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from May 31-June 13. Jennifer also has a GIVEAWAY  for you so don’t forget to enter for a chance to win.

To spotlight  Joey I would like to talk about some of the reviews this book has received. I hope you this helpful in deciding to read Jody’s book. Thanks for popping by 🙂

A touching book

It is always helpful to read other reviews and one of them that touched my heart was the comment  “As expected, I fell in love with Joey but what I didn’t expect was how much I would care for so many others in Joey’s story. It would be hard to pick a favourite character.”  What an accolade!

I have read further comments such

“It was such a well-written, engaging read!”

“One of the most heartwarming true stories I have read in a long time.”

“I pray this amazing story gives true Hope to all who have the privilege of reading it! You do NOT want to miss this precious and true story!!!”

Does it deserve five-stars?

So what is the bottom line after 115 reviews, I think this statement sums it up:

“Oh, this story will capture your heart very early on. This is a powerful story where yes, the main character is technically a horse, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is some whimsical child’s book”

With only one four-star and 114 five-stars, (according to Amazon) it seems apparent that this book is well loved for its storyline and hero. The reviews speak for themselves and yes, having a blind horse as its main character is certainly different, but then it is a true story and there is nothing stranger than true life.

Should you read Joey?

Well, I don’t know about you but I am putting it on my ‘to read’ list 🙂

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About the Book

Spotlight Five on Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley by Margaret KazmierczakTitle: Joey

Author: Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Genre: Inspirational, Memoir

Release Date: May 8, 2018

The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.

At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation—and blind.

Then he came to Hope Reins—a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.

But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen—to Joey, the kids, and Hope Reins—if they failed?

A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness.

More Information About This Book

  • When a blind horse named Joey meets a struggling ranch owner dedicated to helping troubled kids, the result is a story of friendship, faith, and overcoming–and ultimately, a tale of how God always cares for the cast aside and uses them for His glory.
  • Joey is an inspirational memoir-like read that delights readers with a story about finding healing and restoration in the unlikeliest of places.
  • What a blind horse can teach you about overcoming your past and living fully in the life God has called you to have.
  • An unlikely story of God using a blind horse to bring healing and restoration to hurting children.
  • A percentage of the author’s proceeds from her book, Joey, will go to supporting Hope Reins which pairs hurting kids with rescued horses.
  • God said “you’re worthy” when the world said “you’re worthless.” Joey, an inspiriting story of finding healing and restoration in the unlikeliest of places.
  • The Hope Reins ranch set out to save these horses, but in the end, the horses saved them.
  • How the story of Joey saved the ranch… and taught the most valuable lesson.
  • Joey… your family’s next read.
  • Let God wake you up to life lessons learned in unexpected places!

About the Author

Jennifer BleakleyJennifer Bleakley graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in biology and was planning to apply for medical school when her best friend’s father died of pancreatic cancer. Walking through that experience with a family she had loved for so long left a permanent mark on her heart, and she soon realized that God was calling her to stand alongside other families facing similar heartbreak and loss. Jennifer earned a master’s degree in counseling from Nova Southeastern University and began working at the local hospice in St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child and family grief counselor. It was a job she loved deeply and one she continued doing until she and her husband started a family.

God’s path

When her husband’s job required the family to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina, God began awakening in Jennifer a long-forgotten passion for writing. She began journaling—recording evidences of God’s hand at work in her new season of motherhood. Her journal morphed into a blog, and she still writes regularly about glimpsing God’s grace in her daily life at jenniferbleakley.com.

Jennifer now writes curriculum and devotionals for her local church, is a contributing author for Treasuring Christ curriculum and She Believes online Bible studies, and leads a community women’s Bible study. She loves introducing children at her church and in the community to Jesus, helping them discover his goodness. Even though she once asserted she was much too introverted to be a public speaker, Jennifer has found that God’s grace is big enough even for lifelong introverts, and she now delights in speaking to audiences about his extraordinary grace at work in our ordinary lives.

Guest Post from Jennifer Bleakley

Captivated

One October evening I stared into the eyes of the most unusual looking horse I had ever seen—his black and white spotted coat resembled that of a Dalmatian; his soft pink lips were chewing at some invisible morsel; and his charcoal eyes seemed to peer into my very soul.

And although I’m not what anyone would describe as a horse person, I was completely captivated by this horse.

Can horse’s smile?

I inched closer to him, compelled forward by some unseen force, until only a thin rail separated us. He stared at me. I smiled. Can a horse register a human smile? I had no idea, but I smiled anyway. The founder of the horse ranch was telling our small group about the ministry she had started—a ministry that pairs rescued horses with hurting children to help them find true hope and real healing. I listened to her words, but my eyes never moved from the horse. He looked at me as if he could read my every thought. As if he knew exactly why I was at the ranch that night. That I had been feeling a bit lost, struggling to find myself—my calling—in the midst of a new season of life. That I was on this tour in the hopes that I might find answers here—maybe even a purpose.

He bent his head toward the railing just inches from my resting hand. His eyes now level with my own, the setting sun reflecting brilliant hues in the depths of his eyes.

How beautiful, I whispered as my fingers reached toward him.

Seeing beyond the blindness

“And our Joey here is completely blind…” I heard the woman say. “He was a former champion…injured…sold…abused…abandoned….

The fragmented sentence floated around the picturesque scene, but the words just didn’t make sense. Surely the woman wasn’t talking about this horse? Not the one who could see into my soul. Not the black and white beauty who knew all my secrets with just one look?

The woman handed Joey a carrot. His greedy lips taking the treat from her hand, leaving it free to scratch him behind the ear.

“But Joey was rescued and now he lives here,” she continued, “Where every day his determination and blind faith, point hurting kids to hope. Kids who have also known abuse and abandonment. Kids who see Joey choosing to live, choosing to learn, choosing to trust, and realize that maybe, just maybe they can too.”

Tears flowed down my face as I watched the horse nuzzle the woman’s hand. A blind horse leading people to see hope. The phrase swirled around my mind, before settling in my heart.

Helping me find my purpose

I had gone to the ranch that day looking for a purpose. Thinking that I could volunteer—use my long forgotten counseling degree in some way. Thinking that time spent here would ease the transition from full-time mommy to mother of school-age children. However, days after meeting the horse his eyes still haunted me. His story still captivated me. And so in spite of knowing very little about horses, and having never attempted anything like writing a book before, I sat down to write about a horse named Joey. A blind horse who was helping me find my way home….

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 31

ansel book blog, June 1

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, June 1

Bibliophile Reviews, June 2

Janices book reviews, June 3

Carpe Diem, June 4

A Baker’s Perspective, June 5

Girls in White Dresses, June 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 6

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 7

Texas Book-aholic, June 8

Lots of Helpers, June 9

Mary Hake, June 9

proud to be an autism mom, June 10

margaret kazmierczak, June 10 (Interview)

Red Headed Book Lady, June 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 11

Pursuing Stacie, June 12

Bigreadersite, June 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

A Greater Yes, June 13

Giveaway

 

e06f18c6-15ae-4809-92ff-e47aec28e7a6To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a beautiful hope necklace!!

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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.

 Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, May 29

Books, Books, and More Books., May 30

proud to be an autism mom, May 30

Genesis 5020, May 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 31

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

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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