I love Authors Interview 12 this is Michelynn Christy and Brandi Gabriel

I love Authors Interview 12

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 12. Today we are talking to Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel authors of If He Only Knew – Let’s all give Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel a warm greeting. We are doing a double act today!

Meet the Author

Your book If he only knew is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 17th Feb to 2nd March.

Michelynn & Brandi – Yes it is and we are really excited about it.

Hi ladies, it’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today. I think we are going to have some fun today!

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

Michelynn – Desert island? Sounds magnificent, but I think I’m going to let Brandi handle this interview!

Well, you just sit back and enjoy the scenery Michelynn and chip in if you want to.

 

I think Michelynn has gone for a paddle!

So, Brandi, my first question is about books..

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

Brandi – Well, since I am on this desert island, I reckon the book I would crave the most is a survival manual. That would definitely be high on my priority list.

I wonder if there is a chapter on finding missing authors? Only joking, I think that would be a handy book to have in the circumstances.

Brandi – I think Michelynn is waving?

Oh don’t worry about her I’m sure she’s fine, although is that a fin I can see circling her?

 

My next question is 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?

Brandi – A dolphin, maybe? Then I could just swim my way away from the island. But then I’d have to stay in the sea, huh? I couldn’t really return home. Well… I still think I’d choose a dolphin. At least I’d have plenty to eat in the ocean. If I was a horse, on the other hand, I don’t know if I’d do so hot alone on a desert island.

Just keep away from the sharks Brandi!

 

Brandi – I think I can hear Michelynn shouting something. What’s that, yell a bit louder.

Michelynn – (from a distance) – Choose the dolphin. It’s your best bet. 😉

So while Michelynn is playing with the shark..

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

Brandi – Invite? Wait a sec, do I have a carrier pigeon? ‘Cuz that would be awesome. If that were the case, I would definitely invite someone with a boat so they could come pick me up and bring me back to shore!

LOL… Seriously though, probably Preacher Peterson. Not only is he super sweet and a great person to be around, but I think he’d really help me stay positive.

He sounds like a good choice Brandi, he might be able to save Michelynn too!

 

Do you think someone could shoo the hammerhead off please, its 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?

Brandi – Beautiful, broken, redeemed, priceless, and courageous. That’s how I would describe Donna.

It sounds like you’ve both written a relatable character in Donna.

 

Well, Brandi, that is all we have time for. Ah here comes Michelynn, did you enjoy your dip?

Michelynn – Yes thank you, shall we do the interview now?

And finally..

Thank you Brandi & Michelynn for joining me today, it has been fun.

B & M -Thank you so much for having us! It’s been a true pleasure. 🙂

I hope you have a successful blog tour. That’s all we have time for readers, so let’s show your appreciation to my guests. No, I don’t mean pass the collection plate around. Put your hands together everyone, Brandi & Michelynn.

Now don’t forget the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post. Comment, enter and smile 🙂

Click here to purchase your copy.

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About the Book

Title: If He Only Knew

Author: Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: August 19, 2017

 

It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.

Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threatens to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

About the Authors

Michelynn Christy
Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!
Brandi Gabriel
Brandi Gabriel is co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour.

Guest Post from Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel

Take a step back in time…

If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

Blog Stops

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Janices book reviews, February 21

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 22

A Baker’s Perspective, February 23

Karen Sue Hadley, February 23

Avid Reader Book Reviews, February 24

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Bigreadersite, February 25

Among the Reads, February 25

Simple Harvest Reads, February 26 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pursuing Stacie, February 27

Red Headed Book Lady, February 27

Maureen’s Musings, February 28

Carpe Diem, February 28

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 1

Josephine’s Thoughts, March 2

Have A Wonderful Day, March 2

Giveaway

e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate their tour, Michelynn and Brandi are giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c601

Spotlight Two on Love by the Numbers by Laura V Hilton

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Spotlight Two

Spotlight Two. Today I am doing a spotlight on Laura V. Hilton and her book “Love by Numbers.”

To spotlight Love by Numbers 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 Laura’s book. Thanks for popping by.

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I LOVED this book!!! The title is so perfect for this story. You will love the characters, Lydia Hershberger and Caleb Bontrager. No spoilers but you must read this novel. Throughout the story these two build a special bond and thru all the twist and turns Lydia and Caleb finds themselves thrown together. Their faith sees them through difficult times.
This is a must read, great for Valentine’s or any other spring reading. If you have read other books by Laura V. Hilton then you will love this one. I highly recommend it. This book really lifted my spirit at a time when I found myself feeling sad. Its message was very inspirational. Get your copy now, get comfortable, start reading and ENJOY!!!
 
I found the book to be well written and that it flowed well. I liked the faith element and the characters’ walk with God and how they grew. I have read several other books by Laura V. Hilton and it was fun to see some of the characters from the other books again. It is like seeing old friends again. I didn’t want to put the book down and stayed up late reading I look forward to reading more books by Laura V. Hilton again.
I hope it’s okay to “swoon” over the overall plot of a book because this one is worthy of it. I’ve become a Laura V. Hilton fan. Yes, it was love at first sight, but then so much more happened before it was a real relationship. Lydia and Caleb have a realistic story and issues like forgiveness to deal with overcoming. I connected with the characters with ease and was surprised at how fast I read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next book I get to read by Hilton.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY which you will find at the bottom of this post.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book

Love By The Numbers CoverTitle: Love by the Numbers

Author: Laura V. Hilton

Genre: Christian Amish fiction

Release Date: February 6, 2018

 

 

Caleb Bontrager

After her fiancé dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her auntie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Lydia Hershberger

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s auntie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?

About the Author

Laura picture (1)Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Story Behind the Story – Love by the Numbers

Caleb was a minor character in a couple of my Amish books – I think he first made a by name appearance in Amish Wanderer and Christmas Admirer. Lydia was a very minor one-time appearance in those stories, too, a girl who happened to be in the room with Bethany and Susanna at a wedding. (This story is stand alone!) But I knew when Caleb first saw Lydia that they would end up together by the way he reacted to her presence. I wondered what their story was.

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Tornado Season

March and April is tornado season in Arkansas (and in many other states) and in 2011 we had a bad one. I was out and about that day, driving to the county seat with my five children, and there was something in the air. It was heavy, hard to breathe, and the sky was black off to the west. I’m sure I broke speed limits racing to Melbourne, and then home again so we wouldn’t be out in the storm.

Later that afternoon, tornado sirens went off. One went over our house – even from the basement, we could hear the sound of a train roaring overhead. Scary. And still thanking God it didn’t touch down. Highland, Ash Flat, and Evening Shade, Arkansas were hit hard. Buildings completely gone. When we drove out that way later in the week there were pickup trucks in the tops of trees. Other things in odd and unusual places. I always wondered how they got the treetop pickups down. I’m sure I would’ve stopped to watch if I’d been out there when it was done. Apparently, some of those trucks weren’t damaged at all. Unreal. My two sons and my husband both helped with clean up and my oldest son went with a crew to Joplin, Missouri, to help with clean up there.

More tornado trouble

There have been other occasions I’ve been out in tornados. Once I was in the Walmart parking lot when a tornado went through a town west of it. We could see the funnel touching down from where we stood. It did hail when we were on our way home, praying our house was still standing. It was.

Rosie the kitten

On a different note, in 2016 my oldest son came home with a kitten. She was the sweetest thing ever, and he named her Rosie. Sadly, I was highly allergic to her. I couldn’t even be around the children after they played with her. They’d have to go change clothes and wash their hands, otherwise, I couldn’t breathe. Rosie was full Siamese, blue eyes and all, and she was so adorable. I allowed my son to keep her in the shed. I was about four chapters into the story when Rosie found some poison (I think, not sure) and died. We all cried.

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Why one of the characters was called Aenti Judith

Also about the time I was writing this, a very dear friend of a lot of writers died. I told my street team I was going to name a character after her, and was told a lot of writers would be. I agreed. And a lot of their books were released already. But Aenti Judith in this story is named after Judy Burgi. I still miss her and pray for her family.

The perfect faith message for  Love by  the Numbers

One of the verses my daughter had to memorize in Sunday School was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.’ Perfect for the faith message in Love by the Numbers! I love how God always provides the perfect verse for my characters’ faith messages. I’m pretty sure this verse is one I never memorized, and I never would of thought of it on my own, but God put it in my daughter’s lessons for Sunday School, so she had to memorize it – and thus I did too since I help my daughters learn their verses every week.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story!

Because of Him,

Laura V. Hilton

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Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 16

Carpe Diem, February 16

A Baker’s Perspective, February 17

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Two Points of Interest, February 18

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Bibliophile Reviews, February 21

A Greater Yes, February 22

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

Pause for Tales, February 23

Have A Wonderful Day, February 23

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 24

Simple Harvest Reads, February 24

Christian Bookaholic, February 25

Janices book reviews, February 25

For The Love of Books, February 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 26

Bigreadersite, February 26

Giveaway

 

182904e8-2489-419c-bca8-846dc02854acIn honor of the tour, Whitaker House is giving away…..

Grand Prize Package:

Love By the Numbers, Healing Love (Amish of Webster County #1), and The Snow Globe (The Amish of Jamesport #1) by Laura Hilton; “The Angels Cry Holy” scented candle in tin with lid from Abba Jerusalem

1st Prize:

1st Place Package: Love By the Numbers, The Snow Globe (The Amish of Jamesport #1) by Laura Hilton, and Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils

2nd Prize:

2nd Place Package: Love By the Number by Laura Hilton and Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils!!!

Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6ca

I love Authors Interview 11 this is Alana Terry

I love Authors Interview 11

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This is Alana Terry

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 11. In this interview, we meet Alana Terry, author of What Dreams May Come which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit from 8th-21st February – Let’s all give Alana a warm greeting.

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Alana, 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 :). And what better way than to pretend we are on a desert island! So just ignore everything else and think sun, sea and solitude.

Alana – Thank you, Margaret, for this opportunity to share some time on your couch.

Let’s get on with the show then.

Alana Can you tell us..

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

Alana – My husband because we always have really invigorating discussions. Plus I’d miss him a ton if he weren’t around!

Ah, that’s sweet and of course, you would have lots of time for discussions while you wait to be rescued.

 

While on the island..

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?

Alana – I’ve always loved elephants. I’m not sure how much I’d like to be one, but I sure wouldn’t mind trying!

That’s interesting Alana, as an elephant would be great at helping with the heavy work! So good choice.

 

From the books you have written..

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

Alana – What a fun idea! There’s a little boy named Woong from my novel Flower Swallow who is fun and mischevious and adorable, so I might want to have someone like that. Then again, my character Willow from the Kennedy Stern series is a super good friend, so I might enjoy having her for company.

I love the image you give of Woong, he sounds like a good companion to keep you on your toes! As you have your husband too Kennedy might cramp the camp!

The sun is beating down and..

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

Alana – I live in Alaska and tend to melt if it gets over about 73 degrees. On the other hand, when my hands get too cold it’s hard to type. My favorite temperature would be between 55-65.

Yes, I empathise with you there, England is not known for its hot temperatures. I wilt easily!

 

And lastly, let’s talk about food..

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

Alana – I’m kind of boring when it comes to favorite meals. It would probably either be ham and bean soup or stir-fry and rice. Like I said, not too inventive!

As you have been a delight to interview Alana, we will give you a box of ham and bean soup while you are stranded on the island – I know we are very generous!

Times up..

Thank you, Alana, for being such a good sport and playing along with the desert island theme. I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Let’s all show Alana our appreciation – (deafening applause ensues).

Thank you readers for coming over and reading I love Authors Interview 11.

I love Authors was invented by Margaret Kazmierczak – well who else would pick such a silly punchline!

Alana has a great GIVEAWAY for you so please continue reading to the end of this post and enter to have a chance of winning.

Click here to purchase your copy today!

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About the Book

 

What-Dreams-May-Come-Main-FileTitle: What Dreams May Come

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Romance

Release Date: October 24, 2017

 

 

She’s got her heart set on becoming a missionary. He’s determined to recruit her for the job.

But is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Susannah’s convinced that God has called her to the mission field. That’s why she’s serving him with single-minded focus in Orchard Grove, waiting for the day when she can leave her small town to take the gospel to the nations.

Is falling in love with her missionary recruiter part of God’s plan for her life or a distraction from the real goal?

Scott

Scott loves his life. Traveling the globe, offering spiritual support to missionaries around the world offers enough excitement that the loneliness hardly ever gets to him …

Until he receives an application from a young girl with a heart for the mission field as large as his own, a young girl he finds himself falling for even before they get the chance to meet face-to-face.

Unfortunately, a promise Susannah made to her family may tear her and Scott even farther apart than the miles that separate them.

The first in the series

Book one in an inspirational sweet romance series by award-winning Christian author Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, The Book Club Network, Grace Awards, and several others, What Dreams May Come is based off of the author’s own experiences falling in love with (and eventually marrying) her missionary recruiter.

About the Author

alana terryAlana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

The cat’s out of the bag! Back in 2016, I wrote What Dreams May Come, a novel that was based on the way my husband and I fell in love … fourteen months before we ever met! It wasn’t until just before Christmas that I told Scott the romance novel I’d been writing was actually our true-to-life love story, and he was even more surprised than I hoped he’d be! Watch the video to see his reaction.

Blog Stops

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Bibliophile Reviews, February 11

Purposeful Learning, February 11

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The Fizzy Pop Collection, February 13

Maureen’s Musings, February 13

Mommynificent, February 14

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Mary Hake, February 15

Remembrancy, February 15

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Avid Reader Book Reviews, February 16

A Greater Yes, February 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 17

Janices book reviews, February 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 18

Carpe Diem, February 19

margaret kazmierczak, February 19 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, February 20 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pursuing Stacie, February 20

God is Love, February 21

Joy of Reading, February 21

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a $50 CBD 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/c600

I love Authors Interview 10 this is Anne Mateer

I love Authors Interview 10

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This is Anne Mateer

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 10 ” on the couch today we have Anne Mateer, author of No Small Storm – Let’s all give Anne a warm greeting.

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I’m so glad Anne you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit from 6th-19th February as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

Have a seat Anne and make yourself comfortable.

Thank you, Margaret, I am happy to be here with you and your readers.

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Anne Matteer author of No Small Storm

Anne, as you can see we have a lovely picture of a Desert Island in front of us. Now I want you to imagine that you are on this island and I will ask you five questions. Ready for the fun?

Anne –  Yes I am.

Great. My first question is..

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

Anne – I would definitely pick my husband! After 30 years of marriage, we know when to talk and when to be silent and give each other space. And because his job is very demanding in time and attention, I would enjoy being with him without his phone taking over.  🙂

I expect he will enjoy being with you without interruption too! Oops, that came out the wrong way lol.

 

Let talk about books

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

Anne – I think I would crave Bleak House by Charles Dickens. (It was a hard choice, believe me!) That book would satisfy my need for beautiful usage of language, great character development and story telling, humor, drama, romance, and a very, very long read.

That’s a great choice Anne, and I’m sure Charles Dickens would be impressed with it! I see what you have done there, choosing a long book to read while your husband gets on with building a shelter and making the dinner! Only joking.

And now food..

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

Anne – Coffee. Is that a food? It is certainly a necessity of life for me! Could I even survive without it? I’m not sure. My brain simply doesn’t function until I have at least one cup. Some mornings require two. I would miss it in every form, too: black, with cream, latte, flat white or iced!

I think we can allow that Anne as it is what you would miss the most!

 

Ok onto 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?

Anne – I would write “You can view this solitude as a curse or a blessing. Embrace it. Use it. Let it open your eyes to who you are, to what you value most. Humble yourself to face who you truly are and find the courage to become who you want to be when you leave this place. This time alone will either be wasted or it will become the foundation for everything you accomplish as you go from here.” Even as I write these words I know I write them for myself, for I am currently living in a pretty isolated season of life. So far it feels like time wasted, but I don’t want it to end like that. I want this time to be a foundation for something greater in whatever season comes next.

That is really heartfelt Anne. I love these words and pray that you will emerge from your isolated season knowing what God has in store for your future. He has the victory in this season.

Sadly this is my last question..

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

Anne – I would be Alyce from my novel At Every Turn because she is everything I am not: outgoing, adventuresome, confident, impulsive. She decides a course of action and does it without fighting the fear and anxiety that often paralyses me. And yet she lives and acts in such a winsome manner that people like her in spite of her sometimes reckless behavior because they see the compassionate heart that often drives her actions.

What a wonderful character Anne. Perhaps you could step into Alyce’s shoes and practice on the island impersonating her behaviour. You wouldn’t have an audience so you could pretend to be an actor embracing your character’s role. Just a thought.

Time to wrap it up

Well, Anne, I have enjoyed your company very much and it’s been a pleasure to meet you. I hope you have a successful tour and readers will buy your book.

Thank you, Anne, for joining me on my couch. Let’s stand up and give Anne a huge hand (not literally) in appreciation. Yes, you can clap now everyone, the interview is over!

What a lovely lady.

Anne has a GIVEAWAY for you so don’t forget to enter by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. You might need to do this asap as the tour finishes on the 19th. Hoping you are successful 🙂

Click here to purchase your copy.

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About the Book

No Small Storm

Title: No Small Storm

Author: Anne Matteer

Genre: Historical/Historical Romance

Release Date: August, 2017

 

September 1815, Providence, Rhode Island

Thirty-year-old Remembrance “Mem” Wilkins loves her solitary life running the farm and orchard she inherited from her father and has no plans to give up her independence. Especially not for the likes of Mr. Graham Lott. But when Mem is unable to harvest the apples on her own, she accepts the help of the man she despises.

Simon Brennan

Fresh off a boat from Ireland with his four-year-old son in tow, Simon Brennan secures a building in which to ply his trade as a cobbler. Still healing from the grief of his wife’s death a year earlier, he determines to focus only on providing a good life for his son. But when he intervenes in an argument on behalf of the intriguing Miss Wilkins, sister-in-law of the tavern owner who befriends him, he suddenly finds himself crossways with his landlord, Mr. Lott, and relieved of his lease and most of his money.

With no means of support, Simon takes a job helping Mem with her harvest, relieving her of the need of Lott’s help. But their growing attraction to each other makes them both uneasy. Mem gladly escapes to town when her sister begins labor, and Simon, believing it best to distance himself from Mem, takes his son and leaves.

But neither anticipates the worst gale New England has ever seen—or that the storm will threaten all they hold dear.

About the Author

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Guest Post from Anne Mateer

A historical story needs to be based on a kernel of fact

I’m always up for a good historical story. It’s what I enjoy reading. It’s what I enjoy writing. But I find that my pleasure in any historical fiction increases exponentially when the story at hand is based on at least a kernel of historical fact. All four of my full-length novels share this trait. So it stood to reason that when turning my mind to a historical novella I would seek the same grounding in truth I’ve sought before.

So what historical fact inspired No Small Storm? It was a combination of them, actually. Which I think always makes for the best tales!

Choosing a historical event

I like an overarching historical event to help frame a story. Things like war or economic crisis or natural disaster. Situations in the historical record which required courage or resilience or sacrifice from the people who lived through them. When I stumbled upon the Great Gale of 1815, which hit Providence, Rhode Island particularly hard, I knew it could provide obstacles for my characters to overcome.

Research

As I began to read about this event—a hurricane before such storms was commonly called hurricanes—I happened upon some first-hand accounts of that day. Fascinating remembrances about a storm arriving without much preamble, then departing and leaving bright sunny skies with which to view the destruction.

And destruction there was! Not only from wind and water but also the fact that both of those things unleashed the ships moored in the harbor and sent them sailing down the main street of town! Can you imagine looking out of the second or third story window of a building which was likely flooded on the ground floor and seeing a ship coming at you?

A glut of  questions

That, in itself, was dramatic enough. Especially when coupled with the fact that those ships often broke apart, whether from wind and waves or from contact with the buildings and bridges they encountered on land. Then I considered the people on those ships? What happened to them? Many were flung into the water, searching for purchase.

The piece de resistance

It was just such a circumstance that brought one man to the window of a young woman. She helped him inside. They were later married. And if finding such a story that isn’t a romance writer’s delight, I don’t know what is!

Finally, as I continued to read about the destruction in the area, I discovered a few lines about area orchards. The hanging fruit was found covered with a dusting of white. When tasted, it was discovered to be salt. Salt from storm surge and sea spray. Salt that saturated, even miles inland. Water and wind—and the salt they carried—ruining fruit crops ready for harvest. What could be more devastating to a farmer than that?

The birth of the book

And so No Small Storm was born, with Remembrance and Simon each trying to make a good life for themselves, each trying to trust God as they work hard. Each keeping careful watch over their heart. But sometimes circumstances take things we don’t want to give. And give things we never imagined possible.

Historical fact and spiritual truth. Characters who are a product of their times as well as universal in their struggles and desires. It’s the kind of story I love to read. And the kind of story I’m proud to write.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 6

Carpe Diem, February 6

Reflections From My Bookshelves, February 7

Reading Is My SuperPower, February 7

The Power of Words, February 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 8

Inklings and notions, February 9

Blossoms and Blessings, February 9

Kathleen Denly, February 10

History, Mystery & Faith, February 10

Bukwurmzzz, February 11

Views From the Window Friend, February 11

By The Book, February 12

Maureen’s Musings, February 12

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 13

Mary Hake, February 13

proud to be an autism mom, February 14

Connie’s History Classroom, February 14

A Greater Yes, February 15

Janices book reviews, February 15

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 16

A Baker’s Perspective, February 16

Bibliophile Reviews, February 17

Margaret Kazmierczak, February 17 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, February 18 (Guest post from Mindy)

Bigreadersite, February 18

Pink Granny’s Journey, February 19

Pursuing Stacie, February 19

Giveaway

1d68a794-d050-463a-adc6-a003271d72c3To celebrate her tour, Anne is giving away a grand prize of a reader bag of goodies—including a Pride and Prejudice fleece throw, a “reading” charm necklace from Storied Jewelry, a Secret Garden lithograph tote bag, and 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/c604

Spotlight One on 21 days of love by Kathy Ide

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Spotlight One

Spotlight One. Today I am doing a spotlight on Kathy Ide and her book “21 Days of Love.”

To find out a little bit more about 21 Days of Love I went and looked at some reviews. I hope you find them helpful.

Cindi

I love this”21 days of….” series by Kathy Ide. At work I have a 1/2 lunch. The stores are short and complete and I can read one story during lunch and still have time to reflect on the story and the life application. I highly recommend all of her books in this series and I have purchased extra copies to have on hand to give to others!

Nancy Griggs

Have loved this whole series of books. You can learn so much from good Christian stories.

Jennifer Anne F. Messing

(Award-winning Author, Poet, Speaker)

“21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships” compiled by Kathy Ide, is an uplifting collection of fiction short stories that speak about true love all people long for, and God’s divine hand in meeting a person’s need for love in many kinds of relationships: husband and wife, parent and child, teacher and student, friends or siblings, to name a few.

Click here to purchase your copy.

For a chance to win Kathy’s GIVEAWAY read down to the bottom of the page and enter.

About the Book

T21 Days of Loveitle: 21 Days of Love

Compiled by: Kathy Ide

Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional

Release Date: January 1, 2016

 

 

Love

Love can be found in many treasured relationships: boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, parent-child … with a special friend, teacher, or pet … in the kindness of a stranger. We even have a national holiday to celebrate love.

The greatest love ever known is God’s abundant love for us, His children. And He often demonstrates that perfect love through imperfect people.

Stories of Love

These stories represent all kinds of love. Woven through each story is the sustaining hand of our loving heavenly Father. On Valentine’s Day—and every day—whether your life is chocolates and flowers or loneliness and pain … let these stories fill your heart with hope, peace, and most important, love.

About the Author

Kathy Ide-rectangle (1)Compiler and editor KATHY IDE has been a published author since 1989. Kathy has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. As well as the above Kathy also writes columns of writing and editing tips for blogs and newsletters. Kathy makes her home in Orange County, California.

 

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

Kick off the new year with love!

21 Days of Love: Stories that Celebrate Treasured Relationships, book 3 in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, contains short fiction stories about all kinds of love. Boyfriend-girlfriend. Husband-wife. Parent-child. Teacher-student. Even love for pets and showing love to strangers. Since the greatest love ever known is God’s abundant love for us, His children, the sustaining hand of our loving heavenly Father is woven throughout. Each story is written by a different author and is followed by a brief Life Application in which the author shares how the fictional story relates to our day-to-day lives.

21 Days of Love has chapters written by well-known, best-selling novelists, including Susan May Warren, Sherry Kyle, Renae Brumbaugh, and New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall. There are also stories by writers you may not have heard of. At the end of each chapter is an author bio that gives some background information about the author. So if you really like a story you read, you can find out what else that author has written. You may just find some new names to add to your favorites list.

And if you haven’t read much Christian fiction, this devotional will give you a small taste of several different authors and genres, without having to commit to reading an entire novel. You might just discover that you actually love Christian fiction!

21 Days of Love, a finalist in the 2017 Selah awards, makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for friends and loved ones.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, February 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 12

A Greater YesFebruary 12

Captive Dreams Window, February 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 13

Mary Hake, February 14

Blossoms and Blessings, February 14

Bigreadersite, February 15

margaret kazmierczak, February 15 (Interview)

Janices book reviews, February 16

Christian Bookaholic, February 17

Reading is my Super Power, February 17 (Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, February 18

Carpe Diem, February 19

A Baker’s Perspective, February 20

Simple Harvest Reads, February 21 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pursuing StacieFebruary 22

proud to be an autism mom, February 23

Giveaway

 

9c256d7d-7ddf-40e4-aa33-675d45ee9094To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

2 Grand Prizes of a full set of the 21 Days Hardback books
3 first place prizes of a hardback copy of 21 Days of Love
4 second place prizes of an eBook copy of 21 Days of Love!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c8e3

I love Authors Interview 9 this is Elaine Stock

I love Authors Interview 9

Elaine Stock

This is Elaine Stock

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 9 today we are talking to Elaine Stock, author of Her Good Girl – Let’s all give Elaine a warm greeting.

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Hi, Elaine. 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 from 1st-14th February as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

Elaine – Thanks, Margaret for hosting me on your blog, and for your interest in Her Good Girl. Wow! I wasn’t aware that you lived in England—how exciting! After reading your bio on your website and relating to what you’ve said about how life can be challenging and how God sorts you out, I’m honored that you’re sharing this novel with your viewers.

Ah, thank you, Elaine, God is really important to me, He is my best friend. Yes, I am from England, but I have relatives who live in America. My aunt and uncle emigrated after WW2 as my uncle (who was polish) didn’t like the climate here!

So let’s get started, Elaine. I have five questions for you but we need to imagine that we are on a desert island. This means we are going back to basics.

My first question is..

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

Elaine – What a fascinating question. The first thought that came to mind is “HOPE,” and all in capital letters. I believe firmly that if you don’t cling to hope you will lose your grip on life and the troubles and struggles in this world will swallow you whole… or, in sticking to the boat and sailing theme, the big ocean waves will capsize the boat. Since I don’t swim, I don’t want to be in that situation—without hope. I cling to my Heavenly Father’s hand. It’s not easy, I admit, and I certainly don’t go around each day in a hop and skip motion of glee as I face the unexpected that life often flings at each one of us, but that’s the very reason why I try my best to grasp at HOPE.

I would push this boat out into the sea with the wish its impervious to not only water but to any threat because it’s nice to imagine a little boat sailing around the world with this big (at least, I think so) message for many to see.

Oh, wait. Did I just ruin my chances of getting off the island?

HOPE is a brilliant name Elaine, we all need that to conquer the challenges of life.

I didn’t say what state the boat was in Elaine, so no you haven’t ruined your chances of getting off the island. You might have to mend it first though!

Onto question number two..

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

Elaine – There are a few lines from Her Good Girl that still make me choke with tears. However, if I have to pick one it would be:

See, only God is bigger than my fears, my limited earthly joys, the horrors and craziness of this world, or of the beauty of fractured families coming together and healing.

And a beautiful sentence to Elaine with a great truth. Yes indeed, only God is bigger than our earthly experiences.

 

I hope you are ready for question three?

 

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

Elaine – Without a doubt, Callie, the woman who befriends Sadie. Although several years younger than I am, I think we would get along well, have lots to share and talk about, yet be able to respect our need for personal space. Like Callie, I too come from a shaky past, and with the way she goes through her days, determined to see the brightness instead of darkness, we’d click!

Callie sounds like a lady I could get on with to Elaine. In fact, I think you are also a woman I could befriend as you have an interesting past. I love people with stories!

Let’s go on to the next question..

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

Elaine – I grew up surrounded by all things book related. Ranging from a mother who took me often to the library and gave me a wonderful example of the joys of reading by always having a book in her hand to an aunt who orally shared the most amazing stories to being surrounded by the New York City culture of arts and entertainment. These were definitely influences. Now, that was the physical/logistical answer. The emotional one: I needed to escape from the above mentioned shaky home life I’d alluded to in my above response. Reading all kinds of fiction and seeing in my mind’s eye how so many characters made it out of rough and tumble situations and came out pretty much okay was a huge encouragement to me and gave me a natural feel-good buzz.

Oh I agree, that’s what I love about books, Elaine, you can escape into another world and totally immerse yourself in another reality with characters who overcome. It is such a source of encouragement.

And now the final question..

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

Sadie, an about to turn eighteen-year-old is:

Resilient

Imaginative

Intelligent

Hurt

Yearning

Wow, powerful words Elaine, I am looking forward to reading your book.

It’s time to wrap up..

Thank you, Elaine Stock, for being such a good sport.  You know it has been an absolute pleasure to have you on my couch Elaine. I hope you have enjoyed our time together and have a successful blog tour.

Heartfelt thanks, Margaret, for hosting me and for your good wishes.

Please show Elaine Stock your appreciation readers by giving her a massive round of applause. Yes, go for it, woo hoo.

Click here to purchase your copy!

As a thank you to my readers for joining Elaine and me on the couch, Elaine has a GIVEAWAY for you at the end of this post. So don’t forget to enter for your chance to win.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Elaine Stock author of Her Good GirlTitle: Her Good Girl

Author: Elaine Stock

Genre: Family Life, Contemporary fiction, Coming-of-age story of a whole family

Release Date: January 22, 2018

Sometimes digging deep frees you to bloom.

Sadie Tremont

Sadie Tremont’s will to survive is killing her. Almost 18, she’s battled one mysterious illness after another. Tara-Lynn, her mom, insists she’s the only one with the ultimate cure. Sadie can’t depend on her dad to help when his only interest is underground caving. Her grandmother too easily counts on God to help, but Sadie has stopped waiting for miracles. Callie, a café owner and new friend, might help but can she be trusted?

Sky

Then there’s Sky, Sadie’s new boyfriend who offers a sliver of joy, peace, and self-respect. When he schemes that the only way for Sadie to be happy is to escape with him from her native West Virginia hills by killing Tara-Lynn, she’s trapped.

She can’t partner with Sky to hurt the mom who has hurt her for years . . . or can she?

Tragedy

When tragedy strikes and threatens Sadie’s dad’s life and the shaky ground the Tremont family stands on, will they pull together or give in to the weakened earth beneath their feet?

About the Author

Elaine StockElaine Stock is the author of Always With You, which released in January 2016 and has won the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award in fiction. And You Came Along, a novella, released in December 2017. Her novels fuse romance, family drama and faith in a clean fiction style.

Elaine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and contributes to the international “Happy Sis Magazine” and “InD’tale Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active six-year-old blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Elaine has now been living in upstate, rural New York with her husband for more years than her stint as a NYC gal. She enjoys long walks down country roads, visiting New England towns, and of course, a good book.

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, February 1

Mary Hake, February 1

Bibliophile Reviews, February 2

Inklings and notions, February 2

Blogging With Carol, February 3

proud to be an autism mom, February 4

A Reader’s Brain, February 5

Texas Book-aholic, February 6

Carpe Diem, February 7

A Baker’s Perspective, February 8

Multifarious, February 9

A Greater Yes, February 10

Avid Reader Book Reviews, February 10

Power of Words, February 11 (spotlight)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 11

Janices book reviews, February 12

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 12

margaret kazmierczak, February 13 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, February 13 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pursuing Stacie, February 14

Bigreadersite, February 14

Giveaway

 

099280d0-8d20-48f2-ac57-3caa06ce9ea9To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away a grand prize of 1 Tote + 1 print (US only) or eBook of Her Good Girl, Always With You, and And You Came Along.

Three others will win 1 eBook of Her Good Girl each!!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6d0