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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Giveaway at Goodreads



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Red and the Wolf by June Foster

Red and the Wolf

by June Foster

Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Joy


Easter Joy
On occasion, reading about the crucifixion in one of the four gospels incites strong emotion. Sometimes I tend to side with Peter, when after Jesus tells his disciples how He must die, Peter says "Never, Lord!" But we know how Jesus responded to that.
"From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?' When some of those standing there heard this, they said, 'He's calling Elijah.' Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, 'Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him.'
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." Matthew 27: 45-51.
Jesus suffered a horrible death. But when He died on the cross, we didn't lose Him, we gained Him and all Heaven. In deed the curtain of the temple is torn, and we have complete access to God the Father.

Tomorrow is Good Friday, let us think on the sacrifice our Heavenly Father made so we can be His children. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Perfect on Paper Review

When Anne Stanborough inherits her maiden aunt's home and bookstore, she leaves New York and her floundering writing career for the small town of Charity Falls. Lawyer Jake Harrison handles the business details for her as she gets settled in.


The relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of Charity Falls gradually works on the uptight, driven novelist, and she begins to unwind and enjoy the hometown setting of her new community.


Jake Harrison still bears the scars of a divorce and is afraid to fall in love again, but the dark-haired beauty steals his heart. Jake would expect any future wife to dedicate every moment to her house and children without working outside the home.


Anne discovers a growing affection for Jake as he helps her research local history. For the first time in a long while, she finds the desire to write again - a romance novel based on real-life events in Charity Falls.


When she receives a five book contract that requires her to return to New York, she's faced with a difficult choice. If she stays in Charity Falls and marries Jake, she'll have to put her writing career on hold. If she returns to New York, she'll have to give up the love of her life.



A stranger in the airport helps Anne make her all important decision. Patty Froese writes an endearing, sweet romance which holds the reader's attention from the time Anne arrives in Charity Falls, to the satisfying ending.
http://pattyfroese.com/

Monday, April 14, 2014

Author Spotlight on Tamera Lynn Kraft

Don’t Give Up!
Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill gave this speech at a college graduation. It was his entire speech. He knew what he was talking about. During World War II, the German Blitzkrieg on London was having a devastating effect. Great Britain, the last hope of Europe, was losing the war. That’s when Churchill gave another speech that inspired his nation.
... we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” Winston Churchill
Any writer who becomes successful has to have a similar motto. In fact, any person who has a dream or vision worth fighting for can never give up. Many times, it is not the best writers who become well known authors but the most persistent. I know a little about that.
I have always wanted to be a writer, but I started pursuing it in earnest six years ago. My first step was to write a full novel. Some of you are involved in that process and are ready to throw your book through the window. Keep writing, and you’ll finish it.
After I wrote my novel, I found out I didn’t know that much about writing. I thought I did, but as I submitted my work to agents and critique partners, they gently, and sometimes not so gently, showed me what I was doing wrong. I read books, studied other authors, attended conferences, and edited my novel using the knowledge I’d learned.
I still didn’t find a home for it. It was a western with very little romance. I found out that some genres are almost impossible to sell. At this point, I could have thrown my hands in the air and called it quits. But I didn’t.
Instead, I wrote other novels and novellas. I started a series of three novels set around the Civil War about women who graduated college at a time when most women didn’t finish school. I’ve finished two of them – still working on the third.
After I wrote the first of this series, I began looking for an agent. I think I may hold the record for rejections, but the rejections were getting better. Instead of standard “no thank-you” form letters, agents were sending me suggestions. Then came the rejections that said my writing was great, but they weren’t interested for various reasons. One agent rejected my novel because she hurt her back reaching for a sweater while reading my submission and, after being in traction for weeks, couldn’t take any more clients.
Finally, an agent asked for a full read. I was so excited. We went back and forth during that time while he tried to decide whether to represent me. It seemed to take forever. It always does. This is where the story gets interesting. Another agent contacted me. I’d never submitted the novel to her, but an agent I did submit to left the agency. The proposal ended up on her desk a year later, and she wanted a full read. After I sent it, she offered representation within a few days. Linda Glaz from Hartline has been my agent ever since, and I couldn’t ask for a better one.
You might think this would be the end of my struggle, but it wasn’t. Linda’s had a hard time placing my Civil War series. So I decided to write some other things while I was waiting. I wrote a Christmas novella about the Moravians in Ohio during the 1770s. I also recently finished writing a post-World War II spy romance with another author. It’s being looked at by a publisher now. I’m also working on a story about a troubled marriage that is challenged by a tornado in 1920 Ohio. I kept writing, and I didn’t give up.
I heard about Murray Pura’s Cry of Freedom Civil War Anthology, and I was intrigued. With all the research I’ve done about the Ohio Seventh Regiment for my second Civil War era novel, I decided to write a Civil War novella. Murray Pura contacted me about it and liked the premise. Now Soldier’s Heart has been released in paperback and eBook. I wrote another novella for a publisher who was looking for a pioneer Christmas story. That didn’t work out with the original target publisher, but Pelican Book Group was interested, and A Christmas Promise was released in eBook format in November.
I know this is only the beginning. But only because I Never Gave Up!

Here’s the description of Soldier’s Heart.
After returning home from the Civil War, will his soldier’s heart come between them?
Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm.
But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?
Soldier’s Heart can be purchased at these links:
Paperback    Kindle     Nook

Bio:
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. Soldier’s Heart is her first published fiction work. Tamera has recently celebrated her thirty-fifth anniversary with her loving husband. She has two grown and married children and two grandchildren.
Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Hand to Hold Review

A Hand To Hold continues the story begun in Orphaned Hearts. Caleb Langley is grown up now and works as a journalist in St. Louis. His hometown of Brady Hill is quickly becoming a ghost town with the closure of the zinc mine.
Young Sarah Sheldon still lives with her father and ailing mother but experiences the desire to leave Brady Hill and find a life of her own.
An unlikely romance between a young man who's missing an arm and the girl he left behind touched my heart.
Shawna K. Williams tells a tender love story set in the rural fifties. The reader is transported back in time when families still listened to the radio at home for entertainment, film in cameras still had to be advanced, and jukebox selections still cost five cents.

A Hand To Hold embraces family values, determination, and love for God. It kept me engaged right to the last page.

Image of Shawna K. WilliamsAbout the Author:
Shawna K. Williams is an inspirational novelist who loves telling a story through flawed characters - the only kind she can relate to. She also likes a good dose of nostalgia, which is why many of her stories are set in rural America during the first half of the 20th Century. However, being a fan of other genres, including Science Fiction and Suspense, she has a few surprises planned for future works.
When not writing, Shawna spends time with her husband and three children enjoying life on their ranch. She's also an avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and jewelry designer.


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