Monthly Archives: September 2013

This Dance

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Welcome, Jerusha. Please tell us about This Dance.
This Dance, book one in the women’s fiction Sisters Redeemed Series (Write Integrity Press),

A tragedy three years ago destroyed Nye’s rise to the top of the dancing world as an upcoming tango star, and in the process destroyed her reason for living. She survived the pain and built a new life resembling nothing like the one she left behind, determined never to hurt again.
No love, no pain. No God, no games.
Nye’s emotional walls hold up perfectly until she meets a handsome lawyer and an elderly landowner. They seem harmless, but one awakens feelings she doesn’t want and the other makes her face the God she can’t forgive. Will these two men help Nye dance again?
What inspired This Dance?
About fifteen years ago, I was struck by the beauty of an aching song from a favorite songwriter/musician and by a tragedy in the artist’s personal life. With this song and true event as a springboard, God led me to write this tale of loss, grief, and joy in the midst of tragedy.
What are you currently working on?
In addition to prepping This Shadow, the second book in the Sisters Redeemed Series, I’m working on a mystery thriller for the Christian market. I’m excited about this story, which is set in Ireland and offers thematic substance along with the entertainment of suspense.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
When I look back, I realize that I really always was a writer, before I ever knew it. As a young child, I loved to write stories and make my own little illustrated cardboard books. I didn’t recognize that writing would be the career for me until I was a freshman in high school. When I was ready to go to college, I had drifted to wanting to be an editor instead. By the time I graduated from college, I had a passion for screenwriting and headed into a few years in the film industry. It’s been a long and seemingly roundabout journey home, but God has brought me full circle, using everything I’ve experienced along the way to make me the novelist He had in mind all along.
If you could spend your day doing anything what would you do?
Watching favorite movies and eating favorite desserts!
LOL that sounds good to me, but it’d have to be calorie free desserts. 🙂
For a chance to win an Ecopy of This Dance please leave a comment for Jerusha. There is no specific question this week.
Rules: There must be at least 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The eBook will be sent to the email address you provide when you sign in to make comments. Void where prohibited by law.
Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story–a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her fiction and nonfiction have been published in various journals, magazines, and newsletters.
In addition, she is a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. Jerusha is also a film critic, with reviews featured at the website, www.RedeemerReviews.com.
Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and one little, furry cat.

Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook Jerusha Agen – SDG Words, or find out more about her and her books at www.SDGwords.com and www.RedeemerReviews.com

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Ask Away

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In November I will be the featured author here and you get to be my interviewee. Yes, you get to choose the questions! This is your chance to ask that burning question. 🙂 I will choose five or six questions and post the interview on November 4th.

I am currently in the process of booking authors for the first six months of 2014, and I think it would be fun to include a few questions each week from you. In the comments section please let me know if the question is for me, or a general question you would like me to include in future interviews.

I hope you are all doing well and having a great week.

Many Blessings,

Kimberly Rose Johnson

Claiming Peace

Claiming Peace final I’m happy to welcome back Jo Huddleston to share with us about her newest release Claiming Peace. Thanks for joining us again, Jo! Please tell us about your book.

Thanks, Kimberly. Claiming Peace is book 3 in the Caney Creek Series, a Southern inspirational historical romance. Here is the back cover blurb:

Facing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble. As he’s done with others of his extended family, can Jim help her find peace? Visit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way through whatever lies ahead for her and her family? Does Emmajean’s attraction for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants her to meet his parents? Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed marriage? You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues. Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.

Great teaser! What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

If you feel God has given you a story to write, write it, and don’t give up!

That’s wonderful advice that is applicable to all areas of our lives. 🙂 What are you currently working on?

I’m busy with promotion on this last book of the Caney Creek Series. I have ideas for another series, set in West Virginia, but nothing official at this point.

We look forward to seeing what you end up doing with those ideas.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you absolutely want to have with you.

Only three? Let me think here. Many people know I am uncomfortable in the dark. So…my Bible, lots of candles and matches, and lots of drinkable water. I’d love to have paper and pencil to write, but I decided water would be more important on the island.

LOL, That’s more than three. Thanks for offering to give one lucky commenter a copy of Claiming Peace.

For a chance to win a copy of Claiming Peace please answer the following question:

What is your favorite holiday?

Rules: There must be at least 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. You must have a U.S mailing address to qualify. Entries close at midnight Pacific time 9/29/13. The winner will be notified 9/30/13 and have until 10/6/13 to respond with a snail mail address. No alternate winner will be drawn if the winner doesn’t reply. Void where prohibited by law.

JO PHOTOJo Huddleston’s debut novel, That Summer, released in December 2012 as the first book in The Caney Creek Series. Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Professional membership: American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Are you Happy?

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As Christians we always have something/someone to be happy or joyful about thanks to our salvation. But sometimes the craziness of life gets in the way of that joy and we lose sight of the important things. I hope today you will take pleasure in the Lord and in the little things that can put a smile on your face.

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Serenity to Accept

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Welcome back, Elizabeth. I love the color combo in your cover. Please tell us about your most recent release Serenity to Accept.

Serenity to Accept is book 3 in the Grant Us Grace series and it tells the story of Jason Garcia, an ER doctor and Karin Reid a NICU nurse. We see other characters from the previous two books as well, but I think the story stands alone well enough if you haven’t read the first two. The story centers around the attraction Jason and Karin have for one another and how acting on that attraction conflicts with their beliefs. Jason is a believer, Karin is not and is fairly negative about Christianity overall.

Here’s the blurb:

Is there an exception to every rule?

Karin Reid has never had much use for God. There’s been too much pain in her life for her to accept that God is anything other than, at best, disinterested or, at worst, sadistic. Until she meets Jason Garcia.

After his own mistakes of the past, Jason is committed to dating only Christians. He decides to bend his rule for Karin, as long as she comes to church with him.

As their friendship grows, both will have to decide if they’ll accept the path God has for them, even if it means losing each other.

What made you want to write Serenity to Accept?

When I was working on Courage to Change, I introduced Karin, Phil’s sister, with the intention of her being a very minor character. I had no idea that she’d turn into a relatively major part of that story, but she did. And as I was writing, I realized she needed her own chance in the limelight. I wasn’t completely sure who would end up being the right guy for her, but we meet Jason very briefly (like maybe for one page) in Courage to Change as well. As I thought about the third book, I realized he had some potential as a hero. I’m not a plotter, so I started with just the vague notion that these two were going to have some issues with their differences in beliefs – and that’s something that I think we all deal with at some point in our life (even if it’s just a friendship and not a romantic relationship) – how do you navigate a close relationship with someone who doesn’t share your beliefs? And how attached to that person can you let yourself get?

I believe you are correct. We all have to deal with this in one way or another. What are you currently working on?

I’m in the process of writing some novellas for minor characters that have cropped up in the Grant Us Grace books. I’m going to self-publish them (the plan is for one each month in October, November, and December) at the end of the year. After that I’ll be starting a new series about two sisters (more women’s fiction than romance.)

Excellent! When I was at the Oregon Christian Writers conference an editor with Harvest House suggested a similar idea to what you are doing. It makes me wonder if featuring minor characters in novellas will become the next big thing.:)

If you read this blog weekly you’ll discover my questions hit a rut. LOL However, I still think we all want to know these things. So, please tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I really enjoy playing Skylanders (an Xbox game) with my oldest son.

Thanks! Elizabeth has offered to give away a copy of Serenity to Accept. To be entered into the drawing you must answer the following question.

What are your thoughts on being involved in a relationship (romantic or platonic) with a non-believer?

Rules: There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The winner will be notified on Sept. 23, 2013 and will have until Sept 29th to respond or forfeit the book. No other winner will be drawn. This drawing is open to U.S. addresses only. Void where prohibited by law.

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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. Her debut novel, Wisdom to Know, Book 1 of the Grant Us Grace Series, was released in January, 2013. Courage to Change (April, 2013) is the second in that series and continues the story of characters from the first book. She is also the co-author of A is for Airstrip: A Missionary’s Jungle Adventure, a children’s book based on the work of a Wycliffe missionary.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Peace Abounds

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Two years ago my mom and I took the Amtrak Leavenworth WA and had to switch trains in Seattle. We had a couple hours between trains so we checked our luggage and headed out on foot to explore the city. I don’t live in a huge city, so Seattle is bit of a culture shock. But in the midst of that huge city we came upon this tiny park nestled into one corner of a block hidden from direct view with a wall on the bottom half and if memory serves privacy type strips on top. We went inside and there were small tables with chairs, a few benches and a walking path that meandered through foliage and under a waterfall–pictured above. It was an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

The serenity this little park provided was exactly what my over-taxed senses needed. Whoever thought of, and made that park has my gratitude. 🙂 This park gave me a temporary peace, but the Lord has a lasting peace that I crave daily.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 KJV

This is one of my favorite verses in the bible. I went searching for it the other day in the NIV and couldn’t find it. I realize now it’s because I had it memorized in the KJV. 🙂

I’m going to claim the Lord’s peace on my life and enjoy those sweet moments when I come upon an oasis tucked into places where I least expect them.

Awakened Love

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Welcome back, Laura. Please tell us about Awakened Love.

Katie Detweiler grew up Amish, never knowing she was adopted as an infant. Now an adult, her new job as cook at an Amish bed and breakfast doesn’t bring about the euphoria she hoped for. Just as she’s getting her menu perfected, the Englisch family and severely ill sister she never knew existed enter her life and strain her Amish relationships. Plus, Katie suddenly has two different men vying for her attention–one Amish, one Englisch–and she wonders if one of them could be the man of her dreams. But when her Englisch sister’s health worsens, Katie must find a way to balance her heart, her job, and her faith while risking her own life for the sister she never knew.

Do you have a favorite scene? Feel free to five us a teaser.

He pulled in a long breath. “I uh, saw him kiss you. On the cheek.”

She twisted a little to look up at him. “Tyler called it a ‘good night’ kiss. It’s an Englisch thing, kissing strangers, ain’t so? Nein Amish bu would do it, unless they were courting.”

I’m thinking a courting couple’s kiss would look a bit different.” He sounded amused. Or maybe strangled.

Thanks for that little teaser. What are you currently working on?

The first book in the Amish of Jamesport series, releasing in April 2014.

Wonderful. I’m sure your fans are looking forward to this new series. 🙂 Please tell us one thing about yourself that may surprise us.

I tend to humanize object/non-talking things.

🙂 I wonder how many others do that as well. I realize my dog isn’t an object, but I’m constantly talking to her as if she’ll talk back. LOL Thanks for sharing with us again and for doing a giveaway. If you would like to be entered into the drawing please answer the following question.

What is your favorite season and why?

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Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. And the Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love releases April 2013, and the third book will release September 2013. A non-Amish book The Appalachian Ballad Quilt will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

Drawing rules: There must be at least ten qualifying responses. You must have a U.S. mailing address. I will notify the winner on Sept. 16, 2013. You will have until Sept. 22, 2013 to respond or forfeit the book. No new winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.