I love Authors Interview 20 this is Rebekah Jones

Hi friends, my couch visitor today is Rebekah Deedrick​ author of Presumption and Partiality who also has a GIVEAWAY for you - enjoy.

I love Authors Interview 20

Rebekah Jones

I love Authors Interview 20, this is Rebekah Jones, author of Presumption and Partiality. Her book is touring with Celebrate Lit from April 24-May 7.

Welcome, Rebekah, it is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

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

Rebekah – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret. 🙂

The desert island is awaiting you and so am I as I know this is going to be a fun interview. Are you comfortable?

Rebekah – Yes I am, very!

Let’s begin then with the first question.

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

Rebekah – A few chests that contain a library. A complete set of Charles Dickens; at least my favorites of Douglas Bond; J.R.R. Tolkien’s most famous works; most or all Agatha Christie mysteries since I would finally have time to read them; every C. S. Lewis book; anything about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; a few George MacDonald stories; Alice in Wonderland would remind me of adventure in foreign parts; and John Bunyan’s “A Pilgrim’s Progress.” I’m assuming my Bible washed up with me so that I wouldn’t be needing another.

Lol, I have never had anyone ask for a library before. It sounds like you are going to stay on the island for a long time! What a passion you have for reading. Yes, indeed the Bible is included.

Apart from food for your mind ..

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

Rebekah – Probably ice cream. Heath Ice Cream. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Or Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Or Coffee Ice Cream. Honestly, probably almost any ice cream.

Now you are talking, I love ice cream too. I think my favourite is Chocolate Mint. Although I am happy for Vanilla too. You would have to stop reading and find your way off the island for an ice cream though.

On one of your travels exploring the island..

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

Rebekah – I would almost certainly spend far too much time trying to decide on a name. Name it Nickleby after one of my favorite Dicken’s characters? The Hotspur to remind me of Horatio Hornblower’s adventures? The Sherlock Holmes just sounds pretentious, and The Baker Street is very odd. Should I name it Consider Joy to remind me of a Biblical passage? In the end, I’d likely choose the latter; or The Ebenezer Scrooge – because a boat of that name would honestly sound splendid.

So many names to choose from Rebekah, but I like Consider Joy. It will help you reflect on the all things joyful.

I love asking this question..

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

Rebekah – Influence to become a writer came from several directions. At two, I remember drawing pictures to create “books.” At three and four, I started adding pretend “words” to said books. I can clearly recall some of the stories that I imagined were blossoming on the page amidst the squiggles of crayon and colored pencil. Before I could fully read and spell, I started writing a story and several “poems” with the words I did know. From then on, I never stopped.

By age nine, I knew that I wanted to be an author; it became an actual goal. I wanted to share the stories in my head. I wanted to create an art form with words, transport a reader to a place in my imagination. Share with others my deep love of literature, the beauty of words, and the music of sentence, paragraph, and page. And, as I grew older, I wanted to use this medium to encourage others in the LORD and bring Him glory.

Wow, what a wonderful insight into your given gift from God. I am so glad you listened and shared your ideas, by putting them on paper for us all to read.

So are you a hot or cold person?

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

Rebekah – I prefer hot weather, so this island is lovely. As long as I don’t run out of water. Cold weather merely distracts me, as I try not to shiver, think about the cold, keep my blankets in place, not lose my shawl, and wish I had my own personal fireplace. Give me shade, some water, and paper with a pen, and I shall be good to go!

Well, it’s certainly warm on the island with plenty of fresh water from the waterfall and little springs dotted about. I can see you will be comfortable to continue with your writing. We can all imagine what wonderful story the island will lead you to write. Perhaps you will tell us next time we meet!

Sadly that is all the time we have on the couch. I have really enjoyed our time together Rebekah.  Thank you and I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Rebekah – It has been fun! Thank you for having me!

A big round of applause readers for Rebekah everyone.

I love Authors Interview 20 was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak, producer of alternative interviews.

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About the Book

Presumption and partialityTitle: Presumption and Partiality

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release Date: November 27, 2017

 

Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice.

Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation.

When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.

About the Author

Rebekah JonesRebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Her goal is to write Bible-Centered, Christian Literature; books rich with interesting characters, intricate story lines, and always with the Word of God at the center. Besides writing, she is an avid reader, songwriter, pianist, singer, artist, and history student. She also loves children. She lives with her family in the Southwestern desert.

Guest Post from Rebekah Jones

Why is he a Navajo?

I’ve had more than one person ask me why I chose to make Sidney Dennison, the “Mr. Darcy” of my novel Presumption and Partiality, a Navajo Indian.

When I commenced planning and research for placing a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the 1930’s United States, I found myself drawn to the desert of Arizona rather early on. Specifically, the tiny farm town of Gilbert. I knew, however, that few rich people lived in that area; certainly not enough to create social rifts large enough to recreate the social differences of the original novel.

The light bulb moment

I experimented in my head with a few different ideas, but the idea of Sidney as a Native American came to me one day and just clicked. I knew that I couldn’t fully pull off a Navajo who lived on the reservations. As much as I researched, I couldn’t quite get the feel. Yet, a man whose ancestry included a white man as a grandfather, who lived outside the reservations, though with relatives who clung to some of the old traditions, I thought I could do.

I used to wish I were an Indian, in part because I wanted to have great tracking skills, live in a tee-pee, possess superb bow and arrow abilities, and I wanted to ride a horse. True, most of that did not enter a 1930’s novel, despite my Navajo cowboy, because the eras are different. Though, Sidney did get a horse. Or technically, several.

A silent strong hero

Further, something about the silent, good-looking Indian appealed to me, much as I tend to shy away from writing about handsome and beautiful people, since they feel so common in fiction. The minute I began imagining the man with his Navajo ancestry, he just felt perfect.

By the end, Sidney turned out to be one of my favorite characters. (I can’t ever pick just one in my novels.) I think I made a good choice and I hope my readers will agree!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 24

red headed book lady, April 24

Reading Is My SuperPower, April 25

Seasons of Opportunities, April 25

Karen Sue Hadley, April 25

Just the Write Escape, April 26

Remembrancy, April 26

Two Points of Interest, April 27

Views from the Window Friend, April 27

margaret kazmierczak, April 27

Bibliophile Reviews, April 28

Inklings and notions, April 28

History, Mystery & Faith, April 29

Mary Hake, April 29

proud to be an autism mom, April 30

A Greater Yes, April 30

Fiction Aficionado, April 30

Among the Reads, May 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 1

Janices book reviews, May 2

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 2

Carpe Diem, May 3

A Baker’s Perspective, May 3

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, May 4

With a Joyful Noise, May 4

Have A Wonderful Day, May 4

Pause for Tales, May 5

Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Pursuing Stacie , May 6

Bigreadersite, May 6

Faery Tales Are Real, May 7

By The Book, May 7

Reader’s Cozy Corner, May 7

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away a grand prize of the complete set of the Vintage Jane Austen Collection!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cc8f

 

I love Authors Interview 15 this is Michelle Griep

I love Authors Interview 15

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This is Michelle Griep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While busily trying to catch your dinner..

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

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

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

 

Now I want to know about you Michelle..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadly we have come to the last question..

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

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

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

 

I have really enjoyed our chat, Michelle.

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

Please give Michelle a huge round of applause.

I hope you have a successful blog tour.

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

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

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

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

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About the Book

InnkeepersDaughter_CoverImageTitle: The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release Date: March 1, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

Guest Post from Michelle Griep

Celebrating Oak Apple Day

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

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

Oak Apple Day.

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

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

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

Here’s a blurb about The Innkeeper’s Daughter

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

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

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

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

It’s a race against time for them both.

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, March 15

Fiction Aficionado, March 15

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 15

The Morning Chapter, March 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, March 16

Reading Is My SuperPower, March 16

Mommynificent, March 16

Blogging With Carol, March 16

Among the Reads, March 17

Connie’s History Classroom, March 17

Mary Hake, March 17

Blossoms and Blessings, March 17

Karen Sue Hadley, March 18

The Power of Words, March 18

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, March 18

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 18

Kathleen Denly, March 19

Faithfully Bookish, March 19

Captive Dreams Window, March 19

Red Headed Book Lady, March 19

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 20

Remembrancy, March 20

Inklings and notions, March 20

Book by Book, March 20

Moments Dipped in Ink, March 21

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

Singing Librarian Books, March 21

To Everything a Season, March 21

Bookworm Mama, March 22

Two Points of Interest, March 22

Vicky Sluiter, March 22

Carpe Diem, March 22

Pause for Tales, March 23

Have A Wonderful Day, March 23

A Baker’s Perspective, March 23

margaret kazmierczak, March 23 (Interview)

proud to be an autism mom, March 24

Bibliophile Reviews, March 24

A Greater Yes, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 25

Janices book reviews, March 25

A Reader’s Brain, March 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 26

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

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, March 27

My Writer’s Life, March 27

Pursuing Stacie,  March 27

Bigreadersite, March 27

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 28

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

Pink Granny’s Journey, March 28

The PhD Mamma, March 28

Giveaway

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

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