Imperfect promises. Can a wounded heart be healed?

Promises. Yes, we’ve heard them, some come true and others, well, you know, they don’t. They can be heart filling or heart-wrenching. My first love promised to be my sweetheart for always, but he broke my heart. He also opened my eyes to how love can be manipulated. Used for its ends and then thrown away. From this experience, I told myself not to give my heart away too quickly. It took a long time to trust again and even then, guarded.

My heart took a lot of healing, but before that, I had to forgive. Who? Firstly myself then the young man who had wounded it. I had to forgive the wasted years that took me away from God’s will for me. Why? Because God wants us to love, to give and receive it. I had encased my heart in bitterness, chained it tightly so as not to get hurt again. Secondly, the perpetrator, he needed forgiving for his actions toward me as they chained me to the past and the act. Without mercy towards myself and him, I couldn’t move on. I would remain a victim, hurt by broken promises.

“Don’t think. Do. Sometimes you have to lance a boil and let the bad stuff out so you can start the healing process” -Imperfect Promises.

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Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes

My Penny’s Worth

I have not read the other four books in this series. However, that did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Both Shea and Jonas came across as believable characters with pasts that changed their present lives.

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Did I like the main characters?

Yes, I liked Jonas, the protector, the man who ached for someone but couldn’t quite get his act together. He knew where he was with his horses! I felt the neediness in him to express his emotions and like me reticent to open up.

“I figured the Army would toughen you up, but I never dreamed they’d take my happy-go-lucky son and send me back a ghost of the man.”

Shea attacked her days with a smile on her face and ached at night. She too hindered by past damage walked a lonely path. Determined not to get hurt.

“Lone animals, injured ones, in particular, make easy prey for predators.”

How that resonated with me.

Is there depth to this book?

There are many instances of a deeper meaning in this book. I could sense wisdom in the writing. It is easy to get caught up in the storyline, which is intelligent, fast and at times unpleasant, but there are pearls of gold nuggets for those of us who have been hurt in life.

“If you put your mind to something, chances are you can make it happen, but tears won’t help.”

In my opinion, Imperfect Promises draws on the pledge from the Father. He wants us to know that He will never leave you because His love is higher than the messiness of life. He sees beyond it and loves no matter what. However, the main characters are like you and me desperate for that Fatherly love. Struggling to strive for it but failing due to our baggage.

“Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and trust the good Lord to figure things out for you.”

What about the antagonist?

Oh, the villain was nasty, homegrown and full of hate. A darkened soul only out to destroy. A portrayal of the sick world without God. Yes, Ms. Noyes wrote a realistic antagonist.

In what way did this book affect you?

For me, the book oozed pain and had me turning the pages to get it finished. Indeed I read it faster than I usually did. The plot thickens quickly, and the enemy is well camouflaged. Elizabeth Noyes does a smart job of misleading the reader. And her descriptions, like paint on a canvas.

“His eyes darkened, filled with daggers, broken bottles, guns and rusty chains as he stared.”

Would I recommend Imperfect Promises?

Yes, I would, but I would also recommend reading the other four in order as I expect they are as good as this book. I have done what I do with a newspaper read from the end to the beginning – my dyslexic brain!

Thank you, Elizabeth for writing this book. I would like to give it 4****

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

Click here to purchase your copy!

This interview was brought to you today by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

Giveaway

If you enjoyed this book review please let me know in the comments and don’t forget to enter Elizabeth’s GIVEAWAY. See below for details.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth NoyesBook Title: Imperfect Promises (book 5)

Author: Elizabeth Noyes

Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance

Release date: August, 2018

Award-winning romantic suspense author, Elizabeth Noyes raises the bar in this stunning conclusion of The Imperfect Series!

Jonas Cameron

Former Special Forces operative, Jonas Cameron, traded his past and his service for his family back in Idaho and the ranch he loves. But ghosts have a disturbing way of not staying where you leave them.

Shea Townsend

Shea Townsend is on her way to becoming a chef extraordinaire until her father’s illness pulls her from culinary school and back to Montana to care for him. After his death, disinherited and alone, she sets out to make a new life for herself, one which may or may not include the too-alpha, too-sexy Jonas Cameron.

Terrorist Threat

Jonas learns of a homegrown terrorist threat against him and his family at the same time a mysterious stalker sets his sights on Shea. Determined to neutralize both dangers, Jonas calls on old friends for help and draws upon his own very specialized skill set to end the menaces to Shea and himself.

As the danger escalates, secrets are revealed and the truth emerges in a deadly cat and mouse game with Shea caught in the middle.

Fast-paced action. Heart-pounding adventure. This is not your ordinary romantic suspense story!

About the Author

ENoyesElizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.

A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.

Guest Post from Elizabeth Noyes

The Imperfect Tie Between Characters, Themes, and Titles

I love reading across all genres. If it’s well- written, I’m an easy catch. What I don’t like is when fictional characters are portrayed as model-worthy with perfect looks, perfect physiques, and perfect personalities. Yuk! I’ve never met a perfect person.

To quote Mark Twain, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.”

Believable characters

I want characters with the same flaws as you and me—judgmental, short-tempered, guilt-ridden, egotistical, defiant, withdrawn, too-skinny, compassionate, couch potatoes, foolish, silly, serious, low self-esteem, arrogant, hurt, guilty, deceiving, generous… in other words, real people. These are character traits I relate to, and they come alive on the pages, giving hope that we can also learn from our mistakes and grow into something better.

The characters in the Imperfect Series let themselves and others down. They struggle with life issues, make poor decisions, grieve over mistakes, and then pick themselves up and go on.

Imperfect

In Imperfect Wings, guilt and low self esteem plague TJ, while her male counterpart, Garrett, struggles with anger issues. In Imperfect Trust, yeah, trust was a problem for both Lucy and Wade. With Imperfect Bonds, Cassidy fights for her sister’s forgiveness as she deals with feelings of inadequacy … both of which carry over into her relationship with Derek. In Imperfect Lies—yep, another obvious theme. Lies from the past come back to haunt Mallory and James.

In the final book of the series, Imperfect Promises, the main male character, Jonas, is by a nature a control freak. He suffers from guilt over a perceived failure when at his deepest core he is a protector and perfectionist. Shea, the female protagonist, rose from the ashes of a devastating childhood to forge a new life for herself. Both discover that promises made to themselves and to others can’t always be kept. Despite best intentions, life sometimes gets in the way.

Blog Stops

Godly Book Reviews, September 27

Bigreadersite, September 27

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 28

A Baker’s Perspective, September 28

Multifarious, September 29

Real World Bible Study, September 29

Because I said so – adventures in Parenting, September 30

Simple Harvest Reads, October 1

Kat’s Corner Books, October 2

Carpe Diem, October 2

Maureen’s Musings, October 3

Margaret Kazmierczak, October 3

Jennifer Sienes: Where Crisis & Christ Collide, October 4

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 5

Blogging With Carol, October 6

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 7

proud to be an autism mom, October 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 8

Bibliophile Reviews, October 9

Texas Book-aholic, October 10

Janices book reviews, October 10

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d296/imperfect-promises-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

 

I love Authors Interview 25 this is Noel Branham

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

I love Authors Interview 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now that’s better.

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

Are you ready to begin the interview now Noel?

Noel – Absolutely.

My first question is..

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

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

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

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

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

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

I fell into that one!

 

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

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

Noel – Jane Eyre. Every Christmas I reread it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadly this is my final question..

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

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

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

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

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

Raise the roof folks for Noel Branham.

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

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

About the Book

The Simple Sould of SusanTitle: The Simple Soul of Susan

Author: Noel Branham

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

Release Date: October 11, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, May 10

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 10

Multifarious, May 11

Remembrancy, May 11

Two Points of interest, May 12

Blogging With Carol, May 12

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 13

Inklings and notions, May 13

Kristin’s Book Reviews, May 14

proud to be an autism mom, May 14

A Greater Yes, May 15

Texas Book-aholic, May 15

Mommynificent, May 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 16

The Fizzy Pop Collection, May 17

Janices book reviews, May 17

Pause for Tales, May 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 18

Bibliophile Reviews, May 19

Carpe Diem, May 19

A Baker’s Perspective, May 20

margaret kazmierczak, May 20 (Interview)

Pursuing Stacie, May 21

Reading is my Super Power, May 21 (Interview)

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, May 22

Bigreadersite, May 22

Reader’s cozy corner, May 23

Josephine’s Thoughts, May 23

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Noel is giving away:

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

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

I love Authors Interview 17 this is Laura V Hilton

Margaret Kazmierczak meets Laura Hilton author of Springs of Love

 I love Authors Interview 17

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Laura V Hilton

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

Laura – Thank you, Margaret.

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

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We won’t be interrupted here Laura!

My first question then..

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

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

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

 

So you have your shelter built..

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

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

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

 

A hidden challenge

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

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

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

Tell me something about your book

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

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

You have me intrigued Laura with that sentence Laura.

 

So to go with your insect salad Laura..

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

Laura Pizza! And cheesecake.

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

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

Your very welcome now please give Laura a massive hand.

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

About the Scavenger Hunt

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

Have fun!

GIVEAWAY

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

Here is the Link for the GIVEAWAY

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

About the book

The Kissing Bridge

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

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

Blog Stops

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

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

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

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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

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

You can purchase Laura’s books at:

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

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

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How many victims can a book have?

Have we become de-sensitive to victims?

There’s no end to the victims in this world; you just have to turn the news on to be accosted by scenes of violence to back up that fact. All too often it is the vulnerable that suffer. Images of bulging bellies from malnutrition to cities destroyed by bombs due to war. Our senses bombarded with desperation can lead to paralysed and hard hearts, that is a crying shame. We’re in danger of becoming desensitised to the victims who stare out at us from behind the lens.

What has this to do with Storms in Serenity written by Fay Lamb? Read my review below to find out.

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My Penny’s worth

How can one man create a domino effect from his actions causing a wave of victims to rise out of his mistake? Just how many victims can a book have?

When a disaster happens, the world often knows about it instantly due to 24 hours of news shown through the media. Secrets, however, don’t get this type of coverage. It is usually many years later that the effects of the sin emerge. The victims that stare out at us today from our screens are the result of man’s campaign to rule the earth. To be god’s of their world, with no compassion for the victims that are left in their wake.

Secrets

David New knows he needs to speak up about his past because he is sensitive to the hurt that his secret has caused. He is a victim just as much as his family if he allows the past to rule his present and future.

I found that it was hard to put this book down as so many lives were affected because of David New. Each character became important to me as they fought with their victim status. Could they rise above the sin, would they? The book made me think, what would I do in the circumstances, how would I react, could I forgive? There is just so much to ponder on with the different relationships.

Were there too many victims?

Personally, I think this book dealt with the issues compassionately and showed how many people get hurt when a person deviates from God’s path and commands. The storms were thick and left a devastating trail behind with the characters having to pick up their lives and reassess how they could survive. In this case, there were not too many victims as the story moved from one relationship to another. It showed how much we need God in our lives as we are all vulnerable.

I can say without a doubt this book is one of hope. It might not make headline material, but it does provide the reader with an opportunity to assess their degree of compassion and mercy. Something that this world needs to combat the desensitisation we may have towards others.

Thank you, Fay Lamb, for writing this book.

I would like to give this book 4 stars.

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

Fay Lamb has a great free giveaway, see the end of this post for details.

Let me know in the comments if this book review was useful. Many thanks – Margaret 🙂

About the Book

0 Front Draft 2Book Title: Storms in Serenity

Author: Fay Lamb

Release Date: February 2018

Genre: Romance, Mystery

 

 

How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

FLamb 16Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.

Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking WillowBetter than RevengeEverybody’s Brokenand Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah is coming soon.

Fay’s is also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Guest Post from Fay Lamb

ONCE UPON A STORM

I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.

However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!

If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.

That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he choose to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.

Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, March 13

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 13

A Greater Yes, March 14

Bigreadersite, March 14

proud to be an autism mom, March 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 15

Multifarious, March 16

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, March 17

History, Mystery & Faith, March 18

A Baker’s Perspective, March 19

Simple Harvest Reads, March 20

MargaretKazmierczak, March 21

Texas Book-aholic, March 22

Carpe Diem, March 23

Pursuing Stacie, March 24

Janices book reviews, March 24

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 25

Red Headed Book Lady, March 25

Daysong Reflections, March 26

Among the Reads, March 26

Giveaway

 

502668e9-98f3-4c44-8865-f56ad827f304To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of an Echo Spot!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca75

I love authors Interview 4 this is Jen Beckstrand

I love authors Interview 4

Jennifer Beckstrand

This is Jennifer Beckstrand

Welcome readers to “I love Authors Interview 4” in this interview we meet, Jennifer Beckstrand – Let’s all give Jennifer a warm welcome.

Hello, Jennifer, you are the author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill which is currently on tour with Celebrate Lit. It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.

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Jennifer – Thank you, Margaret, I am delighted to be here.

Ok down to the serious stuff now!

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

So tell me Jennifer…

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

Jennifer – I don’t know if this is a luxury, but I would love to have an endless supply of pens and blank notebooks so I could write stories. Well, first I would make several to-do lists because I love crossing off tasks when I finish them. Then I would write my own crossword puzzle, and then I would write a novel. I suppose it would depend on when I got rescued as to how many novels I would write, but considering I’m kind of slow, it might end up being the first couple of sentences. Also, I hope this isn’t cheating to mention more than one item, but I would really need a case of toilet paper.

I’m sure there would be lots of to-do lists on a desert Island Jennifer. Sounds like you wouldn’t be stuck for things to do. Oh, I am with you on those toilet rolls!

Jennifer, you are going to need something to read as you watch the sunset.

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

Jennifer – It would have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was the first romance I ever read. I still pick it up every few years and read it just for fun. It’s so rich with humor and delightful characters that I don’t think I’d tire of reading it over and over. And Mr. Darcy. Oh, my heck!

Tall, dark and handsome… oops sorry about that Jennifer, I just went off on a cloud there.

Let’s hear something about your latest book Jennifer.

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

Jennifer – There are so many! I’ll give you the first two lines of “A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill”: Elsie Stutzman forced a smile and took the last bite of asparagus potato raisin casserole on her plate. She swallowed decisively, and it slid down her throat like a cup of wet cement.

Ohh sounds like she is struggling there, but I like the image you are portraying. Personally, I like a cup of tea.

Onto question four

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

Jennifer – I’m going to have to cheat again and choose two: Anna and Felty Helmuth, the eighty-something matchmakers in my Huckleberry Hill series. Anna is a terrible cook and Felty makes up words to songs when he can’t remember the lyrics, but there are no two people more resourceful, more fun to be with, or more loyal to their grandchildren. Anna could knit hammocks for us, and Felty could whittle toothpicks out of coconut shells.

They sound like great companions Jennifer, I can see why you would choose them.

Ok so onto the next question

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

Jennifer – Well, Margaret, I love music and theatre. When my kids were younger, you could often find me at the elementary or junior high directing a play in one of their classes. On more than one occasion, I’ve organized my kids and their friends in Shakespeare productions, musical numbers, and dramatic presentations. I also used to drag all six kids to sing with me and my husband in church and other programs. I think they mostly enjoyed it. One of my daughters was a music major, and my son is the lead singer in his band. Something must have stuck.

It sounds like it did Jennifer!

The final question now

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

Jennifer – Puny, feisty, determined, compassionate, unconventional.

She sounds like an interesting person to meet.

 

And now to wrap it all up

Jennifer, I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together.  It has been a delight sharing my couch with you. I hope you have a successful blog tour.

And thank you, Margaret, it has been fun.

A round of applause for Jennifer Beckstrand. ♥

Oh, I nearly forgot, Jennifer has a GIVEAWAY to offer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and see what Jennifer is giving away – but first please read all about Jennifer and her book A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill below.

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About the Book

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Title: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

Release Date: December 26, 2017

Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .

Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.

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About the Author

Jennifer BeckstrandJennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6cf

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The Hope of Christmas 3 stories in one

The hope of Christmas in my house is that we all get on together! Everyone has expectations of how their Christmas will pan out. Mine is without a doubt that there won’t be any quarrels – that love and peace reign and jealousy takes a back seat.

If that doesn’t happen then I have plenty of books I can submerge myself in. I hope you find this review of The Hope of Christmas wets your appetite and you will rush out and buy a copy! Happy Christmas everyone.

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My Penny’s worth

The hope of Christmas – Three books in one

Picking a Bride for Paul

Paul and Teddy are likeable characters who carry off this story in a sweet way. What is there not to like about these two people who dance around one another – well Teddy does as Paul has a broken leg!

Enter Catherine, not my cup of tea, who niggles me enough to want to shake some sense into this silly woman. Jodie Wolfe’s writing is smart as she has me bristling at the audacity of Catherine’s pomposity. Usually, at this point, I would put the book down as I can’t relate to such absurd behaviour. However, I needed to know what happened, so I carried on reading, and
I am glad I did.

Did Paul make the right decision or did he trip up on his lame leg?

A great short read by Jodie Wolfe.

Typhoon Prompting

I want to congratulate Terri Wangard on her well written WW2 novella. I loved the way she combined home and the turbulent sea in her book, which brought calm into this action-filled story.

The main character Jerry Collier shares with the reader his highs and lows, and we get a snapshot of what life was like on board ship.

Although this is a novella, the author packed so much into the pages that I felt, nay I needed to know more. This book is an excellent taster of her writing. I became friends with both Jerry and his girl, Evelyn, and I have been left wanting…

An enjoyable short read, when is the full version coming out Terri?

A doctor in the house

Dear Archie, how I felt for him having his ancestral home requisitioned and turned into a hospital for wounded American soldiers. He had already lost so much and is raw from the horrors of the war.

I am not one for the upper classes, but Archie does not come across as the usual standoffish English gentleman. Having an American Army Doctor who is trying to prove herself in a man’s world on top of losing his home naturally rubs Archie up the wrong way. I believe these situations where any army requisitioning property put distance between the locals wherever it happened – trouble always brewed.

I empathise with Emma and understand that she needed to be strong and efficient as a woman doctor and get why she is so focused. However, a little understanding on her behalf might have been a better way forward.

Two determined characters are bound to set off sparks, and in this, I am not disappointed. But will they overcome their differences?

Archie and Emma portrayed a colourful picture of life in a more rural England during WW2.

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

Please continue reading to learn more about this book and the three authors.

There is a great free giveaway, see the end of this post for details.

About the Book

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Title: The Hope of Christmas

Author: Jodie Wolfe, Terri Wangard, Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Christmas

Release Date: November 24, 2017

Picking a Bride for Paul
When Teddy Love’s neighbor and best friend breaks his leg, she pitches in to do whatever she can to help him on his farm. But when he enlists her aid in finding a wife, she comes to realize she has feelings for him.
Paul Baker follows his heart mother’s wishes by looking for a bride from the East who is refined and gentile, two qualities Teddy isn’t. When his potential bride arrives, he finds himself comparing her to Teddy. How can he go back and change things before he makes the biggest mistake of his life?
Typhoon Prompting

A destroyer escort is among the smallest of warships, but the USS Tabberer has the heart of a giant. A typhoon threatens the US Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, days before Christmas. The men of the Tabberer stand tall as they rush to the aid of their fellow sailors. For Seaman Jerry Collier, the typhoon prompts a greater awareness of what he wants in life. First, though, they have to survive.

A Dr. in the House

Emma O’Sullivan is one of the first female doctors to enlist after President Franklin Roosevelt signs the order allowing women in the Army and Navy medical corps. Within weeks, Emma is assigned to England to set up a convalescent hospital, and she leaves behind everything that is familiar. When the handsome widower of the requisitioned property claims she’s incompetent and tries to get her transferred, she must prove to her superiors she’s more than capable. But she’s soon drawn to the good-looking, grieving owner. Will she have to choose between her job and her heart?

Archibald “Archie” Heron is the last survivor of the Heron dynasty, his two older brothers having been lost at Dunkirk and Trondheim and his parents in the Blitz. After his wife is killed in a bombing raid while visiting Brighton, he begins to feel like a modern-day Job. To add insult to injury, the British government requisitions his country estate, Heron Hall, for the U.S. Army to use as a hospital. The last straw is when the hospital administrator turns out to be a fiery, ginger-haired American woman. She’s got to go. Or does she?

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About the Authors

JodieJodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

TerriTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

lindaLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, author, and history geek. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the light bulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). She volunteers at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a trustee for her local public library.

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Giveaway

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