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Please give a big welcome to JAN THOMPSON!

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rem: Thank you for joining us today, JAN. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

JAN: Raised on a tropical island in the eastern hemisphere, I now live and write in the western hemisphere. I’ve been a transplanted resident of the new south for over 25 years, and I love Georgia, from its landlocked piedmont metropolis to its ocean-flanked coastal islands, and all the little towns in between. My background allows me to write with a different perspective on things, and I enjoy that a lot.

All my Contemporary Christian Romance (with flavors of Women’s Fiction) are set in the south. I just started publishing two new series, Savannah Sweethearts (novellas) and Seaside Chapel (novels), and both are set on the coast of Georgia. Sun and sand, y’all!

rem: Georgia! We’re practically neighbors! Tell us three things about yourself.

JAN:

  1. I write in four different genres! I’m trying to cut them down to two.
  2. I’ve been writing fiction since 1996, but didn’t publish until 2014.
  3. I love talking about God and mentioning verses in my books.

rem: Four genres has to be challenging! I think, as Christians, God’s Word, or some mention of faith in some form ultimately shows up in our writing.

You have an unusual middle name. Can you tell us what it means and where it comes from?

JAN: First time an interviewer ever asked me that question, but it’s a good one, Robin! My mom coined the name Edttii. It’s pronounced “Ed-Tee.” It took some of my school friends a dozen years to learn how to spell it.

About a year ago, I blogged about my middle name: http://www.janthompson.com/a-cup-of-chai/edttii.html

rem: I love the unusual and unique! What is your most treasured possession?

JAN: The Bible, for sure. I love reading the Word of God. My life verse is John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
rem: No greater treasure indeed! What is your greatest fear?

JAN: As an author, one of my fears is not writing well. As they say, it’s easy to start well, but it’s harder to finish well. However, my assurance is that there is no fear in Christ. As a Christian, I can rest assured that God is with me at all times, and is sovereign even over punctuations in manuscripts!

Incidentally, I just published KNOW YOU MORE, the first book in a 7-novella series. In this novella, Heidi fears losing her brother due to the dangers of his profession. Diego, the hero of the story reminds her that Psalm 56:3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” That’s a good reminder!
rem: I agree, no fear in Him! What is your favourite quotation and why?

JAN: Let’s see. There are so many interesting writerly quotations that it’s hard to think of just one. I pinned a bunch of funny ones to my Pinterest board:

Accessories to Writing:
https://www.pinterest.com/ThompsonAuthor/accessories-to-writing/

However, when you ask me about my “favorite quotation,” inevitably I would think of Bible verses because they are more meaningful to me than any manmade quotes. And then it goes back to who I am in Christ and why I write in the first place. In my Savannah Sweethearts series, I have a theme for all 7 books, and it is this, so let me share it here because this verse is on my mind this week.

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
rem: I love how so many of your answers turn to Scripture! A gal after mine own heart! What do you most value in a friend?

JAN: I have to say truthfulness. These days it’s hard to know who is telling the truth or not, and there’s so much information to process. My friends who speak the truth (hopefully in love and not harshly LOL) are treasures indeed!
rem: I despise and loathe dishonesty and deceit. Truthfulness is a gold nugget! What quality do you most admire in a woman?

JAN: Definitely the last verses of Proverbs 31 come to mind. For example, this: “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
rem: Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?

JAN: Both! Our last dog was a black lab named Henry, and I was very attached to him. It is still awfully painful for me to talk about him because we had to give him up to new owners when we moved to a house with no fenced yard. It has been 13 years since he left us, and I will never, ever get over him. Today we have a cat, and I call him our Literary Cat because he sometimes sits on my keyboard when I am trying to edit or proofread my books.

 

rem: I’m so sorry about Henry. I do understand about pets long gone, and bittersweet memories. What is your Writing Routine?

 

JAN: I write whenever I can. Wearing many hats means I have to be very scheduled but I don’t always stick to my schedule. I try to be flexible because of family and other non-writing obligations.
rem: Honestly, I think flexible is the name of the game for Indie writers! What are your Top Writing Tips?

 

JAN: That’s a tough question. I get tips from all over the place and sort of mash them together LOL. I think James Scott Bell has great writing tips in “Plot & Structure.” Jody Hedlund has great suggestions in her writing blogs as well. Those two come to mind, but to be sure, I listen to many other authors who are way ahead of me in their publishing journeys. I try to keep my ears open and my heart willing to learn so that I don’t miss anything.

 

So far, the top 3 writing tips I try to keep in mind are these:
1. Write.

  1. Write.
  2. Write.

 

A writer has to write. Every other task comes after that! Now, if can just remember that myself, I’d be writing more books…

 

rem: Them’s some good writing tips! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

 

JAN: I wasn’t sure if I should go all the way back to when I was eight years old, but that was the first time I typed something on an Olivetti typewriter. I blogged about my long and meandering writing journey. But to keep it short, I’ve been writing on and off throughout school and college, and then sat down to seriously write publishable fiction in 1996. Been at it ever since.

Journey of a Thousand Steps:

http://www.janthompson.com/a-cup-of-chai/journey-of-a-thousand-steps.html

 

 

rem: My journey is about as “long and meandering” as yours, it seems. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

 

JAN: Lots of things, particularly creative freedom. As an indie author, there are more things that I enjoy, including veto power over my own book production process. But in both cases, the final say-so about what I write is a big deal to me. I get to choose what I want to write, when I write, how I write, and to whom I write.

 

rem: What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?

 

JAN: As an indie author, the hardest part is marketing. But the hardest part of being a writer, in my opinion, is writing well. It’s easy to write, but it’s harder to write well. However, since that is pretty much relative – everyone has an opinion of what “well” means – the best we can do is do our best as unto the Lord, and that’s that.

rem: Marketing! Ugh! I recently commented on a post about perfection vs excellence. Perfectionism is a cruel task master, while excellence as unto the Lord is freedom. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

JAN: Oh this is going to be another hard question! In whatever book I am writing, my main characters are the heroes of their story world. In my latest book release, Diego Flores and Heidi Wei are my “heroes of fiction.” Both of them desire to please God and accept His will for their lives, but first they have to find out what that will is for them. They’re not afraid of what God would tell them to do the rest of their lives. That’s brave!
rem: Brave indeed! And challenging! What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

JAN: To me, publishing is easy. Marketing is not so easy. I have a publishing team that includes two copy editors, but I do all my own marketing. This is probably where a lot of indie authors are at because indie publishing is fluid and we’re often at the cutting edge. Groups like the Christian Indie Authors (CIA) serve to provide a corner café, if you will, for authors to do “indie shop talk” and brainstorm practical ideas to publish and market in the most efficient ways. Sure, we discuss writing also, but the assumption is that everyone is ready to go. So being able to share and discuss what works and what doesn’t benefits everyone in the group. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17).

rem: I am ever so thankful for CIA and all you do as admin! Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?

JAN: I do like all the books that I’ve written! (You knew I’d say that.) But I am currently writing two series and I am enjoying researching and writing them. It’ll take me a while to complete the two series but I pray that all will go well and that God’s name would be glorified.

My two current favorite books are these two books I just published in June.

In SHARE WITH ME (Seaside Chapel Book 1), Ivan McMillan, a small-town violinist in a regional orchestra, who falls in love with Brinley Brooks, a twenty-something heiress who collects old violins. Does everything go well? Nope. In fact, Ivan says Brinley has ruined his life irrevocably. What does Brinley say about that? Amazon eBook: bit.ly/sc01ama

In KNOW YOU MORE (Savannah Sweetheart Book 1), Diego Flores has been in love with his best friend’s younger sister since their college days, but his calling to start Riverside Chapel in Savannah takes up most of his time. When Heidi Wei becomes his strongest supporter in his church planting ministry, how does Diego show his interest in her without her getting the wrong idea? Does she see him as potential husband material or just the pastor of their church?

rem: They both sound fascinating! What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?

JAN: If they are Christians, I would advise them to seek the Lord’s will for their lives first. There is a bigger picture that’s always there, and writing, to me, is only one aspect of my life. If I am no longer an author, life goes on. But of course, I hope to write for a while, but even so, I try my best to do what I need to do today. Day by day, step by step.

rem: Words of wisdom! According to your website, you write “inspirational international thrillers.” That’s not a combination I’ve seen before. What does that mean exactly?

JAN: Well, one of the genres I write is suspense but the flavor is more thriller than the usual suspense. This is the first genre I started writing in back in 1996 when I could not find a “clean” suspense novel to read. All the top suspense/thriller novels back then were secular at best and R-rated at worst. There were no clean Christian thrillers at that time. So I started writing my own. Took me twenty years and I’m still at it. Since then, many Christian and clean suspense and thrillers have been published, but, yep, I‘m still at it. Stay tuned. You can say it’s basically Christian Suspense/Thrillers. I might rename it to that because several people have asked me the same question!

rem: That’s a good reason to invent a category! What is the most unusual or fascinating factoid or article you’ve discovered in your chronicling of regional history?

JAN: I write about the history of Georgia in my historical works-in-progress. One of the interesting things that fascinated me was the idea that when Britain colonized this area as its thirteenth colony in 1732, they set the rule that lawyers were not allowed in the colony. I thought that was amusing. However, I should add that before the eighteenth century was over, all professions were allowed.

rem: What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?

JAN: Primarily the love of God and hope in Jesus Christ. Those two things permeate my point-of-view as an author, and I try to convey that as best I can. As mentioned, I currently have two series going. Each series has its own theme, but differentiating Christian romance from secular romance is a task that many Christian authors have to face. So I hope that through my writing, I have tried my best to convey that God’s love — and not the world’s love — is what I’m talking about in my novels and novellas.

rem: That’s ultimately what it’s about for us as Christians, that His life and His presence permeate everything we do.

Thank you so much for this interview, Robin. You asked such thoughtful questions that they require care to reply fully. Since you’re an author too, I pray that the Lord will also bless your writing and publishing to the praise of His name and for His glory. Go indies!

In Christ,
Jan Thompson

rem: Thank you, Jan for joining us today, and thank you for your precious prayer over my work as an author. I pray the same for you.

And GO INDIES!

 

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About Jan Thompson

 

Jan Thompson blends inspirational women’s fiction with clean Christian love stories to celebrate the grace of God and hope in Jesus Christ. Whether they are multiethnic contemporary Christian romance, international romantic thrillers, or regional historical fiction, Jan’s books are for readers who love inspiring stories of faith, family, friends, and yes, happy endings. Always. Jan is also an avid reader and enjoys reading good books on pleasant days. When she is not busy writing and publishing, she is a wife, mother, educator, family scribe, and chief of staff to the family cat.

 

Website: www.janthompson.com

Book News: www.janthompson.com/newsletter

Tweet Jan: www.twitter.com/ThompsonAuthor

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The Profound Witness of Forgiveness.

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Please give a big welcome to ELAINE COOPER.

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rem: Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

ELAINE: Thanks for having me as your guest, Robin! I was raised in Massachusetts but, when I was sixteen, my Dad’s job transferred him to California. It was so difficult a move and quite the culture shock, but the Lord used that time to eventually draw me to Him. I currently live in Iowa, which is the state where my husband’s job took us to many years ago.
rem: Tell us three things about yourself.

ELAINE:

  • I love both tea AND coffee
  • I LOVE the color purple!
  • For me, learning obscure details about American History is akin to discovering buried treasure!

rem: We’re practically twins!! LOL What is your most treasured possession?

ELAINE: My family is my greatest treasure, but if I had to choose a “thing,” it would be my mother’s tea set that she received from her future stepfather when he returned from WWI. I even crafted a story around it for the romance anthology entitled, “I Choose You.”
rem: You are so right about family! What is your greatest regret?

ELAINE: Not becoming a Christian sooner. I was 21 when I got saved.

rem: I fear I took my faith for granted until much later in my life than twenty-one. What is your favorite quotation and why?

ELAINE: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” — Edmund Burke
rem: That is so true! What do you most value in a friend?

ELAINE: Loyalty. Someone who is there in the bad times and who can be trusted.
rem: I’m with you on that, if a friend is not loyal, they’re not so much a friend. What quality do you most admire in a woman?

ELAINE: Godliness, seasoned with a sense of humor.
rem: Gotta have a sense of humor! Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?

ELAINE: I have both. J

 

rem: I have cats, but I want a huskey-pom mix! Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

ELAINE: Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
rem: Classic! Good choice! What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?

ELAINE: The importance of forgiving others—it is truly life changing.

 

rem: First Scripture that ever ministered to me was Matthew 5:43-48 – the essence of forgiving. Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?

ELAINE: No favorites. They’re all my “babies.”

 

rem: I’ve only one published thus far, but I hear ya! What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?

ELAINE: (See Below)

 

rem: Did you start out as an Indie author? What made you decide to go Indie?

ELAINE: I started out self-publishing, at a time when it was “not cool.” Now, it seems, everyone is self-publishing! I discovered that I prefer going to writer’s conferences and connecting with acquisitions editors, pitching a book idea and getting contracts with small publishers. All of my books are now with small independent publishers.

rem: Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

ELAINE: Almost anywhere, but usually actual historical events are the inspiration for my fiction.
rem: I do love historical fiction! What is your Writing Routine?

ELAINE: I try to write early in the day when my head is the clearest.

 

rem: YEEPS! Definitely not twins there! My mind is NOT clear at all in the early morning! LOL What are your Top Writing Tips?

ELAINE: 1. Pray; 2 Read about the craft; 3. Connect with other writers; 4. Decide that editors are your friend who try to help your words, not hurt them; 5. Join a local writers group; 6. Attend writers conferences; 7. Write from your heart; 8. Read writer’s blogs like Edie Melson’s “The Write Conversation”; 9. Have a separate area just for writing; 10. Write, don’t just talk about it. J

 

rem: That’s a great list! I like you have pray first, I think we overlook the value in that and/or take it for granted… Tell us a little about your writing journey.

ELAINE: It started when I was a child and I’m still at it. I think if God has put writing on your heart, you simply HAVE to write.

 

rem: I agree! I’ve stories all over in my brain! LOL What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

ELAINE: Allowing all those creative thoughts to pour out. Whether fiction or non-fiction, the way words are crafted can either draw a reader in or make them do something else. I love writing words that will hold a reader’s attention.

 

rem: Well said! What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?

ELAINE: Although I love doing research for my books, it can get very difficult. My latest manuscript (“Saratoga Letters”) brought me to 1977 and, since the internet was not in existence, I had to contact so many sources, including a newspaper journalist and a PR person at an airport. It was a challenge that was rewarded with time, patience and finding just the right source!

rem: We’re back at the twin thing again, I love doing research! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

ELAINE: My latest book is “Bethany’s Calendar,” which is my only non-fiction. I call it “the book I never wanted to write,” yet truly felt compelled to do so. It is the journey of discovering my only daughter had a terminal brain tumor, the impact her illness had on her and our family, and the many things we learned and wanted to share with others. Numerous suggestions to help other families going through a serious illness of a loved one are made, along with tips for caregivers to help them survive.

 

My current manuscript entitled “Saratoga Letters,” has been contracted and is due to release in 2016. It is a fictitious tale that takes place in two separate centuries—1777 and 1977—and connects the characters through the generations. It is historical romantic suspense. J It was a real challenge to research two entirely different eras but it was satisfying to get it accomplished. I am looking forward to its release!

 

rem: Elaine, I am so sorry for your loss. But to turn that into something that can benefit others on the same horrific journey is truly inspiring. In Bethany’s Calendar, you tell of your story and your daughter’s journey, and your “unwavering faith in God.” Share a little more with us about this unthinkable time in your life.

ELAINE: Thinking back to that time, I realize how, at just a moment’s notice, our life changed completely. Everything was going along as planned, when that terrible detour occurred. It reminds me of those verses in James 14: 13-15 that says: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (NIV)

 

The point is not to look at our life in fear and trepidation, but to be prepared for that day that we all know is coming. Knowing where our eternal destination is as believers and followers of Jesus Christ is a comfort and encouragement, no matter what occurs in our lives. He is our ultimate hope.

 

rem: Elaine, you are so right. None of us knows what tomorrow holds and yet so many of us carry on so blithely, giving little or no thought to eternity. I am blessed by your witness through your loss. Thank you for joining me on my blog today.

 

ELAINE: Thanks so much for having me, Robin.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Author/Speaker Elaine Marie Cooper is a self-described history geek. Her bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution, an era she became fascinated with when growing up in Massachusetts.

Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and writing—usually about the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her novels.

 

Ms. Cooper is the author of the award winning, “Bethany’s Calendar” and the multi-award winning, “Fields of the Fatherless.” (YA historical fiction). Her three-book Deer Run Saga (adult historical fiction) is being re-released with new edits and new covers this coming Christmas. “Saratoga Letters” is due for release in early 2016. Her work has also appeared in Splickety Prime magazine and Prayer Connect magazine. Ms. Cooper is also a contributing writer to Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson, and I Choose You, a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at http://ColonialQuills.blogspot.com.

You can visit her website/blog at: www.elainemariecooper.com

Twitter: @elainemcooper

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElaineMarieCooperAuthor

 

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Fields of the Fatherless is historical fiction based on a true event. Set in Menotomy Village, Massachusetts at the opening of the American Revolution, readers will learn of a little known yet critical battle that took place on April 19, 1775. As seen through the eyes of 18-year-old Betsy Russell, the opening of the war is felt through the women and children trying to survive while the Minutemen fight for independence.

 

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Elaine Marie Cooper’s first non-fiction has now released— “Bethany’s Calendar”

In January of 2002, Elaine’s world flipped upside down. What started out as a beautiful new year for the mom of three, turned into a living nightmare when her 23-year-old daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

In the months to come, Elaine not only used her nurse’s training, but she learned to recognize the hand of God on her daughter’s life. Bethany’s Calendar tells the story of Elaine and Bethany’s journey and the many ways God helped their family to survive.

It is a story of fear and faith, commitment and compassion, told with gut-wrenching honesty while sharing unwavering faith in God.

Click here to purchase at Amazon. Available in both ebook and paperback.

 

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BOOK REVIEW – NOWHERE TO TURN by LYNETTE EASON   

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What a story! When Danielle Harding’s abusive husband dies, she breathes a sigh of relief and looks forward to a brighter future for her and her son. Then she becomes a target and her life is in danger. Again.

 

As Dani flees for safety, the twisted story unfolds. Not unlike a roller coaster, with sheer drops and high speed and dizzying twists, the plot of this story moves like few I’ve read.

 

Characters mingle, and more than one red herring moves through the plot, urging the reader to examine the story. Seems more than one character could be after Dani’s life. And yet, there is reasonable doubt with each one of them.

 

The drama continues to the final pages and doesn’t let up.

 

A master with words, Ms. Eason gives a story that pulls the reader in and keeps you there. Genuine characters, real fears that leap off the page, and confusion that keeps the reader guessing. And wanting more. And Ms. Eason delivers. The second in her Hidden Identity series, I look forward to the other gripping books in the series.

 

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About the author:
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series. She was a 2013 finalist for the ECPA Book Awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master’s degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Find out more at http://www.lynetteeason.com.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW – MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD by LYNN DEAN

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A real ghost town comes to life in this award-winning story of love, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God. [taken from the blurb on the back of the book]

Okay, so confession time, right here before I start this review….. I am not a big fan of western romance, nor especially of Amish fiction! There! I said it! I was given a copy of this book by a friend of mine – she happens to be the author – and in spite of personal preferences, I wanted to read her words.

 

All that said, historical fiction is my favorite genre – so imagine my delight to discover that More Precious Than Gold is, in fact, historical fiction. Set in the west. With romance thrown in.

 

The quintessential struggle, find in God a faith more precious than gold [taken from the blurb on the back of the book], is at the center of this story. A turbulent era, post Civil War unrest sends Eliza Gentry to live with relatives in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to escape the heartache and grief the war imposed upon her: the death of her fiancé.

 

An independent woman in an era when women were still subject to their men, Eliza is accustomed to making her own choices and decisions. She finds in New Mexico a land no less wild and untamed than the home she left in Texas.

Ms. Dean has woven together fictional elements with historical facts to create an authentic story tapestry; she knows her history and she knows her fiction. The characters come to life with genuine crises and believable reactions. My heart ached for Eliza with the struggles life threw at her, and delighted with her as she began to realize her own worth in God’s eyes: more precious than gold.

lynn

 

Author Bio:

Growing up in Texas, I dictated my first stories to my mom before I was old enough to write them down myself. She humored me, for which I am grateful, and I’ve been telling stories in one form or another ever since.

Fast forward more years than I’ll admit to. Children grown. House quiet. Finally more time to get serious about writing for publication, and what an exciting time to write!

I write about the things I know. The things I love. God, family, history, and how those things fit together.

 

Environmental Design was a relatively new field when Lynn Dean studied at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture, but earth-sheltered housing is nothing new.

Most of the designs she created for private clients during her 30 year career were more-or-less traditional, but there’s always been a warm place in her heart for sustainable housing featuring small, intimate spaces that nurture the soul.

She’s harbored a warm place for creative writing, too, with the same hand-crafted appeal for small, intimate genres. Lynn writes mostly historical Christian fiction, but it was only fitting that her dual interests should combine in this fictional work of fantasy design.

 

You can connect with Lynn at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wordsworth-PublishingLynn-Dean/161921870546466?fref=nf

 

 

 

#lynndean, #morepreciousthangold, #sangredecristo, #civilwar, #yankees, #rebels, #freedmen, #indians, #discovertexas, #homesweethole

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BOOK REVIEW – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

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~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 ~

 

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

 

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

 

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

 

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat – and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

 

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

 

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

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Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

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* I’ve fallen behind on some of my reviews. So this week I’m playing a bit of catch up. ENJOY!

 

BOOK REVIEW – DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL by CARRIE TURANSKY

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Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey is about to be presented as a debutante in London society. And she’s more than ready. Ready for a match with a proper husband. But is she cut out for the proper form and protocol? Can she discipline her heels long enough to get through her presentation to the kind and queen of England? Or will her impetuous nature be the ruin of her?

 

Kate stumbles through her presentation and is accepted into London’s society elite. With one serious suitor, it appears Kate will be headed to the altar soon. But a family scandal may unravel her hopes.

 

Or, is it the dashing young medical student who unravels her hope of society marriage and a secure life? As the scandal unfolds, Kate spends time volunteering side by side with Jonathan Foster, her heart is stirred and her faith comes alive.

 

Will she abide by society rules? Or will she follow her heart? Will she listen to the voice of her aunt and tradition or will she listen to her new faith?

Ms. Turansky has composed an Edwardian world that comes to life on the pages of The Daughter of Highland Hall. I felt Kate’s struggles and heartache. I felt constricted as she resisted the status quo, and cheered her on as she stepped into her own life. I was fully immersed in the story, and the world Ms. Turanksy has spun and quite look forward to reading more of her worlds.

 

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Author Bio

Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky has written more than a dozen historical and contemporary novels. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award; and been a finalist for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the ACFW Genesis Award. Readers say: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page!” . . . “Rich characters, beautifully written . . . my new favorite author.”
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