Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Tour - Go West by DiVoran Lites


About the Book

After duty as an ambulance driver in World War I, Ellie Morgan returns to Chicago to take up her share of the work in her grandparents’ department store. Ellie doesn’t want to alienate her family or disappoint them, but despite a six year effort to settle in, she feels increasingly trapped in store routine. Meanwhile, her grandmother urges her to marry a local politician and help him succeed in his chosen field. Ellie’s grandfather, however, wants to see her happy and independent. “Go West, young woman, go west,” he advises paraphrasing a popular quotation of the day. So with Granddad’s help, Ellie secures a job on a ranch in Colorado and sets out to prove that she has the necessary character to succeed at a third vocation.

When Aldon Leitzinger meets Ellie’s train in Clifton Colorado, he introduces himself as the foreman of the ranch. But the more people Ellie meets in the community, the more apparent it becomes that she is in demand to fill a number of roles for which she is not prepared. Desperate to prove herself, she settles in to please everyone, a task that puts her at risk of failure in every attempt at finding a new and happier life.

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About the Author

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Giveaway


DiVoran has five prizes for five people! First to go will be the beautiful art cards and then we’ll have the two eBooks. Enter below:
Giveaway link


Excerpt 

Ellie heard the upstairs window slide open. Cathy barely had to raise her voice to be heard. “Take the stick and fish the diapers out of that big galvanized tub where they’re soaking and throw them in the pot hanging from the tripod. I already put in the soap flakes. Stir them around then take them back out so you can rise them in that other tub. That’s cold water, so you can wring them out before you hang them on the line.

By the time Ellie finished the difficult chore she almost wished she hadn’t offered to help. She sat down on a rock and rested her back against the rough bark of a tree. When she woke she was being gently shaken…

Author Interview


1) Where did you get your inspiration to write this book?

The idea of writing a historical novel popped into my head in the kitchen of an upstairs apartment when I was worrying about how to get the grease off the wall. I stopped worrying and started writing. But then…I got so excited and absorbed that I knew I’d neglect my family if started writing a book. Whatever a single minded person is, that’s me. Over the years ideas came, and I believe an unconscious sorting process went on for a long time. Finally, when our children were almost grown, I felt it was time to begin. Even then, though, I wrote other books first. Maybe I was practicing for Go West.

2) What kinds of research did you do?

A lot of the research came from my own memory and experience. The setting is a place I love and I used elements of the people I know for characters. But, I was also delighted to use the Internet, movies, TV, books from the library, and those that I owned or purchased. Friends could be resources too.

3) What was your favorite aspect of your heroine's character?

Because she has a great deal of energy and curiosity, Ellie likes to learn. Her curriculum, however, changes the moment she arrives in Colorado to work as household helper, companion, and ranch hand.


4) Why is the theme of the book important to you?

To answer that question, I will tell this small story. I finished watching the series, “Legacy” on Feeln last night and in that episode it is brought out that the daughter of the family, Alice, is a peace-maker and doesn’t understand why people can’t get along with each other. I suppose I have a lot of that in me, too. I understand that in stories meanness is often necessary as a contrast to niceness, but I have never wanted to major on abuse rather than peace.

5) Why did you choose this time period to set the book in?

The fairy tales I read as a child took me to fairy godmothers, castles, and moats. Later, I read Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton and when I was a young adult I got deeper into kings and queens with Jean Plaidy’s books. Eventually I dove into the Victorian age and after the beginning of the second millennia, I slipped naturally into the 1920-s because that was the setting for many of my mothers’ stories.

6) What was your favorite part about writing this book?

When I ran into the daughter of an old friend, we got to talking about writing novels. She had always wanted to write one, and by then, I had finished three, so we decided to get together every week on her day off. We read each other’s work aloud ad that helped a lot. That was Rebekah Lyn and she has now exceeded me in number of books published, but we are still good friends and I appreciate the hours we had that increased our confidence it writing novels.

7) Are you planning more books to follow this one?


Yes, I have more than one book idea to choose from, but know yet which one I’ll take up next.

8) What is your favorite place to write?

Our home has a comfortable porch where I can get my thoughts and prayers together in my journal, but my scriptorium, which was once our daughter’s bedroom, hosts my computer, so that’s an excellent place to write, too.


Rachel, you do a good interview. Thanks for choosing me. 


Tour Schedule

 July 10
Bookish Orchestrations – Tour introduction
Rebekah Lyn Books – Author Interview

July 11
Frances Hoelsma – Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano's Words – Author Interview
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Character Interview

July 12
Shout Outs – Book Spotlight

July 13
Laurel's Leaves – Author Interview
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Spotlight
Old Things R New – Book Spotlight

July 14
Stephany's BLOG Snippets – Character Interview

July 15
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winners

Friday, July 7, 2017

A-Z Bookish Tag!

1. Author You've Read the Most Books from:
            Diana Wynne Jones or Rick Roidan or Sarah M. Eden, or…I am not sure.

2. Best Sequel Ever:
            Tricky one, umm…Fusion Fire by Kathy Tyers. That one was awesome!

3. Currently Reading:
            Swan Lake by K. M. Shea

4. Drink of Choice While Reading:
            Orange La Coix sparkling water

5. E-reader or Physical Book?
            Either, though I am partial to a physical book for tactile and eye strain reasons and my ereader for portable reasons.

6. Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:
            It was a toss up between Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre and Mac from Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott was my crush. I am a sucker for unrequited love as long as it is genuine.

7. Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:
            Kimberly Rogers’ Tiger’s Paw sucked me into her incredible characters’ lives and began a precious friendship with the author.

8. Hidden Gem Book:
           
9. Important Moment in Your Reading Life:
            When I realized I didn’t have to settle for the ending the author wrote. I could always go an rewrite things the way I wanted them to be.

10. Just Finished:
            Rereading the ending of Rumpelstiltskin by K. M. Shea to reassure myself she was capable of a solid happily ever after ending.

11. Kinds of Books You Won't Read:
            Horror books, especially those by Orson Scott Card. They get inside my head in creepy ways. I have an overactive imagination.

12. Longest Book You've Read:
            My own monster project, Living Sacrifice

13. Major Book Hangover Because Of:
            I finished writing two novels this year, and I am trying to make through a third. Nothing beats an author book hangover.

14. Number of Bookcases You Own:
            Somewhere around thirty, I think. We love books at our house.

15. One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
            Rose in Bloom, Jane Eyre, most of Sarah M. Eden’s books, all of Diana Wynne Jones’ books, um… I like to reread books…

16. Preferred Place to Read:
            In bed or curled up on the end of my couch in the living room.

17. Quote that Inspires You/Gives You the Feels from a Book You've Read:
            "Because, he said, ‘I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you'd forget me.’ – Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontĂ«

18. Reading Regret:
            I have too many to count. Not finishing The Three Musketeers, I suppose. I fell in love with Athos, but it wasn’t enough for my teenage self to wade through all the French references that completely confused me.

19. Series You've Started and Need to Finish (All books are out in the series):
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Roirdan. I suspect my son is going to outpace me at this rate.

20. Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:
            Only three? The Bible, Jane Eyre, and

21. Unapologetic Fangirl For:
            Masquerade by Kimberly Rogers because I love Merek. ;)

22. Very Excited for This Release More than All the Others:
            The next Jonquil novel from Sarah M. Eden

23. Worst Bookish Habit:
            Ignoring work to read a book instead.

24. X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
            Great Harry by Carolyn Erickson

25. Your Latest Book Purchase:
            According to Amazon my most recent purchase on Kindle was The Complete Works of G. A. Henty, and in print, it was Famous Men of Modern Times by John H. Haaren (a textbook for my kids for next year).

26. ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

            It would be Masquerade by Kimberly Rogers because I have to know what happens next. ;)

Thanks for tagging me for this quiz, Rebekah DeVall!

I am going to tag anyone who would like to do it. I would love to read your answers, so please give me a link in the comments. :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three Cover Reveals - Sleeping Beauty Retellings

All three books release on August 7th

Stay tuned on Kendra’s Blog, knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com, for details.



Poison Kiss




About the Book

Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty's curse is triggered when she pricks her finger on a spindle and that she is awakened by true love's kiss ... but what happens when the wicked fairy decides to switch things up?

Edmund didn't mean to put Auralea to sleep, but now it's up to him and the famous Puss in Boots to figure out how, exactly, a spinning wheel is supposed to awaken her.

About the Author

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers. 

You can connect with Kendra on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Twisted Dreams



About the Book

“I, Calandra, of the Wingans, do bestow upon you, the Princess of Hanover, a gift. You have been given long life. I cannot interfere with that, but when you are sixteen years of age, you will prick your finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an everlasting sleep.” She stepped closer so that she could be heard only by Liesel and her parents. “Then you will at last see the truth. Be wary. Be wise. Your fate rests upon yourself.”

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Liesel Rosanna falls victim to a sleeping curse—but wakens in another world, a prisoner of war. As the bait in a trap for her fiancĂ©, the crown prince of Hanover, Liesel longs to escape back to the fairy tale world. The world where she is only wanting a true love’s kiss to set everything to rights.

As situations quickly grow dire, Liesel must choose which story to live, which life is real. The fate of her country rests on her decision.


About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Rosetta Thornbriar



About the Book

Once upon a time, way out west...
Back when they were young'uns, Fleur Guardstone proposed to Rosette Thornbriar with a cigar band ring. However, not long after, she disappeared back into the forest and hadn't been heard from since. However, when Fleur hears reports of smoke coming from that woods, he's determined to find out if it is, indeed, his dear Rosette. If he can get past all of the briars.

About the Author

Rachel Roden is a natural story teller, capable of weaving the most hilarious of fairy tales. She fell in love with the Lone Ranger in her teens, but ended up with a basketball referee instead. Together, she and the Ref homeschool their four children in the Piney Woods of East Texas, as well as any other odd kid who ends up in their house. She might also be the sole human who still uses math after college.

You can connect with Rachel on her blog, twitter, and Pinterest.




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Five Poisoned Apples! The Latest Rooglewood Press anthology contest is kicking off!


ROOGLEWOOD PRESS
is now accepting entries for

FIVE POISONED APPLES!


THE FINAL FAIRY TALE CONTEST
Rooglewood Press invites you to join the adventure of the Five Poisoned Apples creative writing contest!


The cover model/photographer is WYNTER CLARK. If you'd like to link to her photography website, here it is.



And, as always, our gorgeous cover design was done by the amazing JULIA POPOVAwhose website is here.


Let the writing commence!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blog Tour - All the Way my Savior Leads by Faith Blum

 About the Book

 Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.
“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.
“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”
Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”
“I know.”
Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”
I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”

Tragedy stole everything from him … except her …

Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Sullivan. The harsh years at the orphanage have forged a strong bond between the pair.

But Henry’s about to age out.

He must choose whether to leave his only family behind in relative safety, or take her with him as he pursues dreams of owning a farm. Henry trusts that God has a plan for him, but little does he know that others have plans for him and his younger sister as well. He will need all his faith to find the right path.

Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.


How I Pick the Titles

Guest Post by Faith Blum

If you’ve seen my books at all, you have probably noticed that I use hymn titles for my book titles. I often get asked how I decided to do that, but have never been asked how I pick the hymn to use until I was trying to figure out what to write for this guest post.

Do you pick the theme or hymn first?
I always pick the theme first. Well, almost anyway. I think I picked the hymn once. That’s about it. I usually know the theme of the book and then find a hymn that goes along with it, is public domain, and could have been known during the time period I write the book in.

How do you pick the hymn?
Sometimes it’s because I like the hymn and want to use it. Be Thou My Vision was that way, actually. That was one that I picked the hymn first and then the theme. I knew the hymn had Irish roots and the main character was Irish, so I wanted to incorporate it.
Other times, I flip through one of the hymn books we have and try to find one that will work.
For the Orphans of the West series, I knew they would all have the basic theme of God’s leading/God being a shepherd and I found a set of three hymns that fit that theme perfectly. When I decided to add a fourth book to my series, I found another hymn in that section to fit the story.

Conclusion
So that’s how I do it. If you are an author, I would love to hear how you pick your titles. If you aren’t an author, what would you choose for a book title for your biography?

About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family.  She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Double Sale


For May 26-31 only, get both books in the Orphans of the West series for just $0.99 each! They are both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and more.


Giveaway




Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t mine to giveaway. In second and third prize, the winners will receive a free eBook of All the Way My Savior Leads.

Note: The grand prize is open only to those in the continental US, but the other two are open to all.


Tour Schedule

May 26

May 27

May 28
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae-Guest Post: Why Henry?

May 29
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Q&A with Henry

May 30
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight

May 31
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Guest Post: How I Pick Hymns
Written Rest-Review

June 1
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner