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Tour Schedule and Assignments

February 26-Reading Is My SuperPower (Review, Excerpt (longer than snippet))
February 27-Paulette’s Papers (Spotlight (no review), Snippet)
February 28-Among the Reads (Review, Author Interview (via SLB))
March 1-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet)
March 2-Remembrancy (Review, Author Interview (via SLB))
March 3-Faithfully Bookish (Spotlight (no review), Review, Snippet)

Reviewer: Mindy Houng

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About the Book

Irresistibly Yours

Marriage is no picnic. At least the one Vivian Emerson shared with her late husband hadn’t been. Craig’s infidelity began after a devastating loss to their family and ended with his death. Not only did he leave Vivian without closure, he had to go and die in a way that made her the talk of the whole state of South Carolina and beyond. Now her daughter wants nothing to do with her because of him. She would just stick with the single life from now on, thank you very much.
For the last fourteen years since the death of his wife, Bo Manning never even considered wanting another woman in his life. That is until he comes to the rescue of a certain woman with haunting, jade green eyes. Despite Vivian’s resolve not to give her heart to another man, Bo sets out to patiently woo her into the loving relationship he is offering.
Irresistibly Yours reveals God’s fervent effectual call in the form of a classic romance.

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About the Author

Andrea Boyd

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.
Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.
Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.

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1a. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was told at the age of nine that it would never happen because of a health issue, but I wanted to be a momma. With a faith that only a child could possess, I prayed, and God’s answer for me was yes, three times. My children were my priority, until one day they were grown. They moved out, and I said, “What now, God?” And he said, “Write!” So I did.

1b. Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
No. But looking back, it should have. I have pages filled with story ideas and dreams I’ve had over the years, but at the time when I was writing these things down it felt like nothing more than a hobby.

2a. Who was the hardest character to write in Irresistibly Yours?
Izzy Tanner, who will get her own story later. Izzy is the sister to the main character, Vivian Emerson. They were raised by the same parents, shared the same background, but Izzy is nothing like her sister, and I couldn’t figure out why. Then she told me. Oh. She has been talking to me almost non-stop since I started writing Irresistibly Yours, and I have two more books to write in between this one and hers!

2a. The easiest?
Bo Manning, most likely because I dreamed him up before I knew he would end up in a book.

3. What inspired the idea for Irresistibly Yours?
I think anyone who has suffered through the ending of a troubled marriage will at some point think, “I never want to go through that again.” Then sometimes God sends someone else along who wrecks that plan to remain single.

4. What do you want readers to take away from reading Irresistibly Yours?
Trust God for your future. His plan is always the best.

5a. What is your current WIP? I’m working on the second book in this series, Persuaded.

5b. What can you tell us about it?
Persuaded is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The main character, Felicity Sutton, is a friend of Bo and Vivian’s.

6. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
I’m a Gigi to two grandsons, I quilt, and I restore classic cars. And odd combination, I know.

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Craig Emerson would turn over in his grave if he could see her now. Rolling down Highway 22 toward Myrtle Beach, windows down, radio blaring a classic rock station, the wind blowing through her short hair, with a three-inch wedge sandal pressing down on the accelerator. No one—not even his wife—ever drove his orange and black, 1970 Plymouth GTX. “Craig, are you seeing this?” Vivian Emerson had been talking to her husband this way ever since his death almost a year ago. After this weekend, she decided these little talks would come to an end. There had been plenty of things for her to get off her chest—things she had wanted to say while he was alive, but he would never listen. So many times in the past year, she would go out to the garage, sit in Craig’s car, and pour her heart out. Sometimes she would talk quietly while tears streamed down her face, and other times she would yell. But this was the first time she’d actually driven his car. So far, her one-sided conversations on this trip had been backed with laughter. This trip to the beach would be her last act of letting go. She was ready.

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-Signed copy of Irresistibly Yours
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February 26-Reading Is My SuperPower
February 27-Paulette’s Papers
February 28-Among the Reads
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March 3-Faithfully Bookish

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February 12-cherylbbookblog​ (Review, Guest post (pre-made by the author)–Guest Post 1)
February 13-All-of-a-kind Mom (Spotlight, Guest post (pre-made by the author)–Guest Post 2)
February 14-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (you provide the questions), Guest post (pre-made by the author)–Guest Post 1)
February 15-Red Headed Book Lady (Review) | Heidi Reads… (Spotlight (no review), Guest post (pre-made by the author)–Guest Post 2)
February 16-amandainpa​ (Review)
February 17-Soulfully Romantic (Review, Author Interview (via SLB)) | Reading for the Stars and Moon (Review)

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Safe House

As a victim’s advocate, Grace James is used to rushing into trouble to save her victims from abuse or assault. And with a handsome officer like Joe Hart at her side, Grace is sure there’s nothing she can’t do. But an ominous storm brewing on the Oregon horizon is about to change everything—and bring with it dangers and revelations Grace and Joe never expected.

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Shannon-Symonds

Shannon Symonds worked for 15 years as an Advocate. Shannon lives in a small seaside town where she works, writes, runs and paints. She believes the word can be changed one heart at a time and then even small acts can make a difference.

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1. Whom or what inspired you to become an author?
I totally blame all the teachers in my family for encouraging me. When I probably only deserved 1 gold star, they always gave me 5.

The teachers, who were my grandmother and great aunts, read to me and listened to what I wrote.  I remember being very young and reading Ozma of Oz at our family beach house on a rainy day. I felt absolute anguish when the book ended. I decided to carry the stories on. Every night at bedtime I spent hours making up stories, which I still do when sleep escapes me.

I wrote my first stories and poems in elementary school. I read everything to the family teachers,  my grandmother and great aunts. I would mail them poems, and as they were teachers, they would return them to me with red pencil corrections. I loved it!

When I was 12, our young women’s leader had us write down a list of long term goals. Publishing a book was on my list. I never forgot my list or goals, even when I set them aside to change diapers and cheer for 6 little people for several years. The only thing left on my list is hang gliding.

2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
Becoming an author seemed like an unattainable dream. More than once I heard I would starve. Life and my need to support my family consumed me. My children grew, time passed and one day, the money didn’t matter to me anymore, nothing mattered. It just had to be. It was finally the right time to take a leap of faith and put my dream into words.

3. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
When I am not writing, I am spending time with family and friends doing anything outdoors like walking the beach, crabbing or kayaking.I can’t go without running at least 3 miles a day, going to church, and if I am very lucky reading!.

My day job is as  a manager in a national nonprofit organization.  I  still work a few nights a week as a domestic and sexual assault advocate answering the crisis line and responding alongside law enforcement.

In addition, I love volunteering. I currently volunteer at church as the compassionate service leader. I am donating a portion of the proceeds from Safe House to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). It is an organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking and providing aftercare to survivors. I write for their volunteer newsletter and am working with a group on a small awareness event.

4. What inspired the idea for Safe House?

I am very passionate about the need to support survivors and create awareness. I honestly spent some spiritual time struggling and wondering how I could bring more  awareness to the issue of abuse from my small town world. Safe House was my answer.

Statistics or news stories can’t tell you what it feels like to listen to a 12-year-old boy worry about a parent who has just gone to jail, or what it feels like to listen to that same boy feeling guilty because they failed to protect their mother during an assault. I had to write Safe House, like I will write other stories of hope and healing, like I need to breathe.

I want the world to know the true story about what is going on right next door. I want survivors to know they aren’t alone. Others have experienced the same feelings and thoughts as they have. There is hope and safety for survivors, and the world cares.

5. What do you want readers to take away from Safe House?
I want readers to be swept away in a Pacific storm, hope for love, cheer for the good guys and possibly gain insight into the guys who make bad choices. I want them to be so involved in the story, they don’t even realize they are experiencing something entirely new. They are seeing the world through an advocates and survivors eyes on the treacherous road to hope.

6. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about this project?
Currently I have an outline for another story involving some of the same characters, but in a stand alone novel.

I am donating a portion of the proceeds from Safe House to Operation Underground Railroad to help end sex trafficking and provide aftercare to survivors. I am also volunteering some of my time to the cause. I have seen this very issue in my own small tourist town. I plan to write a story that explores some of the challenges….well you will just have to wait and see what they are!

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Guest Post 1: Safe House – 5 Behind the Scenes Facts

Writing and publishing are two very different things. Writing is personal, internal, and creative. Publishing is public and to me, just a little scary. It’s like having your new mother-in-law over and giving her a tour of your soul. Safe House was written in the dark lonely winter months in my 100-year-old beach shack by the fire. Most of the time I was totally alone and even though Cedar Fort has published it, there are still many untold secrets I plan to share with you today.

 

Let’s start with number 5. I promise I will let you know if there is a spoiler alert.

 

  1. Like Mabel, my mother and father live part of the year in an apartment in my house. Grace’s mother, Mabel, is patterned after many strong women in my life and named after one of my great aunts. We live in a large old house a block off the beach in Seaside, Oregon or the same neighborhood Grace lives in.  

 

  1. Safe house is fiction but based on common occurrences. Grace’s work with victims of domestic abuse is inspired by my work as an Advocate.  I worked alongside law enforcement and emergency room staff for over 15 years. I responded to the scenes of domestic and sexual assaults and supported survivors at their most vulnerable moments.

 

I stopped counting the number of calls I had been on with law enforcement when I went past 500 domestic and sexual assault responses. After spending thousands of hours listening to survivors and running support groups, a few common themes or stories emerged. Kelly and Amber’s experiences in Safe House are patterned after those common themes.

 

Safe House or fiction was the only way I could find to take a reader to the heart of the experience or share what I felt. I believe stories are much more powerful than statistics.

 

  1. The LDS Church and Safe House. Everyone tells writers to write about what they know. I know the LDS faith. However, everyone told me I shouldn’t write about my church. All my Beta readers, except my sister Stacy, said I would sell more books if I left the LDS church out of it. I thought about the advice I received. I even took a look at what I could cut out of the story.

 

After thinking long and hard I came to this conclusion. As an Advocate, I have been asked countless times how I do the work I do, including working with people who are murdered, physical and sexual assault victims, and children who are injured. The answer is I cope by writing, running, my passion for the work, but most of all I cope by turning to my faith.

 

I could have written about a generic faith, with a generic pastor, but I wouldn’t have done a good job. I don’t know a generic faith. I wrote about what I know and if I wrote about someone else’s faith, I couldn’t poke fun at it, like I do when I write about my own.

 

I love my faith’s quirky culture. I have seriously warm feelings for things like trek, emotional young women, relief society, and even girls camp. Church can be spiritual one minute and because we are all human, comical the next.

 

I like reading books like Dan Brown’s, “The Da Vinci Code.” One of my all-time favorite movies is, Joseph Stein’s “The Fiddler on the Roof.”  These stories wouldn’t exist without religion.

 

I am not the best member of my church or the worst. The book isn’t about church; it is about people who go to church and people who don’t.  I wouldn’t be the advocate I am without my faith. It is the way I cope and so it helps Grace cope in Safe House.

 

  1. The storm in Safe House was real. HERE is the history. In December 2007, I had the strangest experience. Just like (Spoiler Alert!) Grace, I woke up knowing we needed firewood immediately. I couldn’t rest until we had it.

 

One night we woke to NOAA Tsunami Alarm going off. We took our little SUV and rode through downed trees, flooding water, and unbelievable wind sustained at over 100 mph to our adult son’s home. His house was out of the Tsunami Zone.

 

The winds continued for more than a day and were measured at over 137 mph. Water spouted up more than 10 feet blowing sewer lids into the air. I watched a metal pole barn implode and sheet metal cut tree limbs like a razor and paper. Tall metal power poles were crumpled like tin foil.

 

There was no Tsunami, but there was also no cell service, no power, no heat, no television, and both roads out of the area were flooded and covered with piles of downed trees. We were cut off from the outside world and would eventually be without power for 5 days.

 

Thankfully, we were prepared. We ended up with a ton of teenagers and a 70-year-old ward member sleeping at our house. It became a party and a good memory. Our little town and ward really pulled together.

 

  1. Spoons (Spoiler Alert!). This part of the book is drawn from my personal experience. My family loved to play spoons with my father’s best friend, Gene Child and his family. The game of spoons in the book is very real. It was based on a family vacation to a cabin in Star Valley Wyoming where the game was hilarious and the table didn’t survive.

 

Guest Post 2: Top Ten Vacation Locations (If money and time were no object)

  1. Disneyland, by way of Utah. Every year I save every penny to go where my kids and grandkids are. Right now my oldest daughter lives in Farmington Utah and my son lives in Bakersfield California. Historically, I have gone as far as Heidelberg, Germany to get to a kid. There isn’t any distance too far for this mom. I would road trip to Salt Lake City for kids, General Conference, and Deseret Book’s visiting Authors. Then I would drive my car to California and meet my son’s family at Disneyland.
  2. A Vespa Scooter Road Trip around the British Isles. I would ride on the wrong side of the road all over England, Ireland, and Scotland. I would stop at every single castle, museum, quaint restaurant, island, and church. I would likely starve to death as I am gluten free and I am certain nothing on their menu is on mine. But I would love every minute of it.
  3. Yellowstone by way of Jackson Hole Wyoming. I love to do anything that totally wears me out. I like to kayak, hike, ride my old bike, walk, and slowly run. I would go back to Jackson Hole and white water raft. I would hike the area and then head to the Grand Teton Lodge. I would Kayak,  swim, and probably be eaten by a bear. At the end of it all, I would be totally happy and the bear would have serious indigestion.
  4. Hawaii because I have never been and it is WARM. I just want warm water. The ocean in Oregon is an average temperature of just over 50 degrees. I learned to swim in 50 degree water. Please, someone get me to warm waves! I would get in the water and you would have to drag me out.
  5. Sweden, by way of Georgetown. Family is my favorite! My aunt Joann and Cousin Kristi are world travelers. Kristi speaks French fluently. You can’t spend ten minutes with my Kristi and Joann without laughing. Their happiness is contagious. I would meet them for lunch in Georgetown and then we would jet off to Sweden and France.
  6. Deep sea fishing and treasure hunting any place warm. Deep sea fishing  is one of my all-time favorite local things to do. In Oregon, even in July you bring a coat or 3 onboard when you fish. I would love to go out on the ocean, watch whales, dive for treasure, and fish in the sun, in a t-shirt, and once again anyplace warm.
  7. The Holy Lands with Gerald Lund and my entire family. Gerald Lund is not only one of my favorite authors, his wife was one of my favorite young women leaders when I lived in Utah. I would love to listen to him share the history of the entire middle east. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to be surrounded by family, history, and in the place the Savior walked.
  8. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando with my entire family. That’s right my ENTIRE family. If dreams were real and money was no object I would take them all. I would take my kids, their spouses and kids, my parents, the 8 aunts and uncles and the 19 nieces and nephews and their spouses and kids, the 13 cousins and their spouses and kids and all the people we have managed to love into our family along the way. Why Harry Potter? Duh.
  9. Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) Volunteer team member. I don’t care when or where. I want to train with the team at OUR and then work a sex trafficking sting with Tim Ballard. This is something I seriously want to make happen. Of everything on the list, after kids and cousins, I secretly haven’t given up hope for this little dream. I am donating a small portion of the proceeds of Safe House to OUR and volunteer any way I can.
  10. Take Doctor Who’s Tardis to Lassie Hame Summer of 1972. I love Dr. Who. I love him so much, the door to my mother’s apartment in my house looks like the Tardis. If there were no limits, I would call the Doctor and invite him to time travel to Lassie Hame. I would spend one more precious day in our family beach house with my Grandmother and Great Aunts.

 

Judy Collins would be on the record player, chocolate chip cookies would be baking in the oven, All the doors and windows would be open, and my 12 cousins, would be building a fort in the sand dunes or learning to swim with my dad and Uncle Joel. Sandy kids would be laughing and running everywhere. When the sun begins to set, a bonfire would be lit and we kids would stay on the beach with Uncle Joel, knowing the women of Lassie Hame were watching from their rockers at the house. I would feel safe. All would be well in my world again, for just a moment in time.

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February 13-All-of-a-kind Mom
February 14-Singing Librarian Books
February 15-Red Headed Book Lady Heidi Reads…
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February 17-Soulfully Romantic | Reading for the Stars and Moon

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Faery Tales Are Real
Nighttime Reading Center​
Reading Is My SuperPower​
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Series: Seasons
Genre:  
Historical, Romance
Publisher: Bird’s Nest Books
Publication date: February 28, 2018

When all the noise has gone silent, all that is left is her song.

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Pearl had lived under the impossible taskmaster of perfection. Nothing she does or ever did pleased her mother. And nothing she ever did could disappoint her father.

Caught up in the mystery of her friend’s curious—and secretive—return, Pearl wrestles with her own decisions, and flees lest her own secrets are exposed.

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I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

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January 8-Soulfully Romantic (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Quote Memes)
January 9-Smiling Book Reviews (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet, Quote Memes)
January 10-Book by Book (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Guest Post (pre-made by author-guest post 1 option), Snippet, Audio Snippet, Quote Memes) | Flowers of Quiet Happiness (Review, Quote Memes)
January 11-Just Commonly (Review) 
January 12-Remembrancy (Review, Guest Post (pre-made by author –  guest post 2 option), Quote Memes)
January 13-The Green Mockingbird ​(Review)
January 15-amandainpa ​(Review)
January 16-Fiction Aficionado (Review) | A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet)
Janaury 17-Singing Librarain Books (Spotlight, Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet, Audio Snippet, Quote Memes)
January 18-Henry Happens ​(Review)
January 19-Reader’s Cozy Corner ​(Review, Author Interview (via SLB))
January 20-Pause for Tales (Review)

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From Sellout to hero, by way of the den. Braxton Luther finds himself in the crossfire of a new order, and discovers apathy is a dangerous option.

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About the Author

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J. Rodes lives on the wide plains somewhere near the middle of Nowhere. A coffee addict, pickleball enthusiast, and storyteller, she also wears the hats of mom, teacher, and friend. Mostly, she loves Jesus and wants to see the kids she’s honored to teach fall in love with Him too.

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1. What intrigues you to write science fiction dystopian YA fiction?
Funny that. I never dreamed that I would write dystopian. Ever. I like the genre—The Giver is one of my favorites—but I couldn’t see myself writing it, until one day I did.

I like dystopian because it opens up new possibilities in writing. You can play out a “what if” storyline that goes to an extreme and do it in a way that captures a whole different kind of reality. For example, in The Giver, we discover through an extreme society that we think is impossible, but that Lois Lowry paints in crisp (black and white) life, that life is too multifaceted to invoke sameness. We’re too unique. Emotions are too precious. Experiences are too vivid and valuable to override for the sake of unity. In other words, we discover equality and fairness aren’t the same, and we can’t contrive forced unity. The human experience is simply too complex, and what is required to forsake in the name of sameness isn’t worth the cost. I can’t imagine delivering this concept in a better way than in through Lowry’s dystopian world.

Perhaps it’s that unique story power that is possible through a dystopian that intrigues me the most. Teach a lesson with facts, and I’m likely to forget. Show me with a compelling story, and I’m gonna remember it for the rest of my life. Somehow dystopian accomplishes that goal in a way that other genres seem to fall short. Not always, but often. Especially with a young adult audience.

2. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about it?
Haha! Well, right now I’m working on a fun chicklit romance. 😊 Quite a diversion from a dark dystopian trilogy, isn’t it?

I’ve finished the rough draft for Evergreen—the final book in the Grace Revealed series (Blue Columbine, Red Rose Bouquet), which is Women’s Fiction. Now I’m working on a light, fun novella set to hit the world on Valentine’s day. I can tell you that The Cupcake Dilemma is quirky, fun, and about a kitchen fail girl finding her place in the small town of Rock Creek (the setting of Reclaimed and Ordinary Snowflakes). It is a total departure from my more serious books, but hopefully you’ll still find my touch of emotion and genuine characters—this time through humor rather than tears.

I have an idea rolling around in the back of my head for another young adult novel—though not dystopian. I’d like to flesh out So-J, one of the secondary characters in Evergreen (she was also in Red Rose Bouquet), and give her her own story. It’ll be at least a year though, because I have other projects scheduled. 😉

3. If you were to go on a vacation to visit one of the characters from this series, what character would you visit and why?
Hmmm… not sure going to see any of these characters in their world would be a “vacation.” But I would so very much like to see the world as it shifts into Eliza’s vision post-Progressive Party’s rule. She sees, in the place of her worst nightmares, a place of healing and forgiveness, a work that is beyond immediate comprehension, but she believes is possible because she experiences it in her own heart. Eliza’s vision is profound—and something that I borrowed from Betsy ten Boom as she envisioned her place of imprisonment during World War II transformed into a place of hope and healing. What a sight that would be. Someday…

4. What inspired the idea for the Uncloaked Trilogy?
A dream. Not kidding. I dreamt it one night—book one, that is, and started writing it the next day. The other two books weren’t as easy to visualize—I had to work a lot harder for those stories. Much of my inspiration came from researching how Christians survived during the times of Roman persecution, and then from digging into details from World War II, which I’m sure is evident throughout the books. I read and then listened to Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place—which still makes me weep—and then sat back in awe at the ten Boom’s solid faith and surrender to Christ. Talk about courage. And love. And forgiveness.

I wanted those characteristics manifested in the story line, and they came mostly through Eliza. But also, I wanted a hero that wasn’t always heroic, who was ordinary—and actually, even a failure at some points. That came through Braxton. I’ve found that some of my readers really couldn’t stand Braxton—they were so mad at him for his decisions and failures. But I keep thinking back to the disciple Peter…

Can God still use a sellout? Yeah. Peter will tell you, God totally can, and He does. That’s the heart of the story there—not that my heroes have anything super “special” about them. No extraordinary gifts. They can’t walk through walls, fire a bow and arrow like no one else ever has, or fight off the enemy with their brute strength and cunning metal powers. They’re everyday people. Kids. Making choices—sometimes good, sometimes bad. But when the darkness falls, and no one knows what to do, there is God. That’s where they find their footing, where their courage is drawn, and where the story begins to turn. Where we find hope, and we dare to dream of things that are otherwise impossible. Because there is God.

5. What do you want readers to take away from reading the Uncloaked Trilogy?
Um, see above. 😉

6. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Taxi cab driver, mostly. Oh, wife. Mom to four awesome kids (thus the taxi cab driver). Teacher (Sunday school, AWANA, and subbing in our public schools). Friend.

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Guest Post 1 Option: Kid’s Interview

The truth about my mom, the writer…
We sat down with our three teenaged daughters (code names: The Oldest, SweetnSassy, and Stuck-in-the-Middle) to find out their take on living with someone who writes out her imaginary friends’ stories. Here’s the truth, from their perspective:

What’s it like having an author-momma? 
The Oldest: It’s normal to me, because that’s what I know.
SweetnSassy: It’s cool. I get to brag about her to all my friends! One thing that’s funny is when my friends see a book by my mom, they always ask, “Hey, is that like a relative of yours or something?” And I have to laugh and say, “Yeah! It’s my mom!”
Stuck-in-the-Middle: Fun, but sometimes annoying (or maybe just silly) because people come up to me and say, “Hey! Your mom writes books!” And I’m like, “What!? You’re kidding me!”

Do you have a favorite book from your mom?
The Oldest: (Thinking….) Blue Columbine or The Uncloaked.
SweetnSassy: Tearing the Veil.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: Charging the Darkness or Blue Columbine. Red Rose Bouquet was really good too, but it made me cry!

How did you feel about your mom writing a YA trilogy?
The Oldest: I thought it was different that what she had been writing in the past, but not in a bad way.
SweetnSassy: That’s awesome! Because good Christian young adult books can be hard to find.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: It’s kind of cool that she writes YA books, but occasionally made me angry because bad stuff happened in the books.

What do your friends think about your mom being a writer?
The Oldest: They think it’s cool I guess, but we don’t talk about it very much.
SweetnSassy: They think it’s awesome because, WOW, they’ve met a famous author before!!
Stuck-in-the-Middle: Some of them think it’s cool I guess, but most of my friends don’t really say what they think about it.

Has your mom’s writing affected your relationship in anyway?
The Oldest: Not much, sometimes she is busier than she used to be, but not too much. Sometimes I will ask her something and she doesn’t answer my question because she is writing.
SweetnSassy: Sometimes she doesn’t listen very well and forces me to ask her about 3 times about something because she is lost in her writing, but other than that no. Like, sometimes, I’m like “Mom.” And she’s like, “What”. “Can I have some chocolate milk?” And she doesn’t answer so I wait like five minutes and then I’m like, “Mom?” And then she’s like, “Yes, you can.” Five minutes later.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: Yeah, same. Also, sometimes I’ll ask her a question while she’s writing, and she’ll say, “What, son?” even though I’m her DAUGHTER. One last thing that changed is that sometimes I’ll come home from school, and as soon as I walk into the office, she’ll say, “Just ten more minutes without disturbance.”

What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen your mom do for a story?
The Oldest: One time my mom was trying to get a cover photo, but we had free range chickens at the time and while she was trying to get her cover photo she decided she was going to have a conversation with one of our chickens (even though she didn’t like them), then I snapped a picture of her talking to this chicken and I still have the photo today.
SweetnSassy: One time I walked into the office and my mom was having conversations with her characters… so basically, she was just sitting there talking to herself.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: She tells us that one of her characters “Sidney” was kind of inspired by us, which is very… interesting.

What do you wish your mom would write next?
The Oldest: A book that’s interesting to read.
SweetnSassy: I wish she would write another book for The Uncloaked (trilogy)
Stuck-in-the-Middle: I wish she would write the book, “Super Sidney Saves a Duck.”

​What character do you identify with most?

The Oldest: Probably Eliza, because she’s quiet.
SweetnSassy: I identify with Sydney (from Ordinary Snowflakes, and also she has some kid books staring Sydney that aren’t published yet). “Stop laughing at me. It’s not funny. This is a serious matter.” Also, sometimes a little bit like Hannah because sometimes I’m very stubborn like her and want to go my own way, even if other people tell me what’s best.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: I identify most with Sydney. My mom tells me that she (Sydney) was kind of based on all of us.

How do you feel when you know about something your mom is working on, but is not published yet?
The Oldest: Sometimes it’s frustrating because I want to talk to other people about the stories, but I can’t because they won’t know what I’m talking about—and sometimes I’m not supposed to. It’s against the mom rules. Like one time my friend was waiting for Charging the Darkness (book three in The Uncloaked Trilogy) to come out, and she was so excited for it. I was dying because I’d already read it, but I couldn’t tell her about it yet!
SweetnSassy: So special. And then I can brag to all my friends and they’ll be so jealous.
Stuck-in-the-Middle: It’s fun, especially when she reads to me (she only reads us the fun stories), but it’s hard to wait for them to come out (like the Super Sydney stories)!

​Reflections from the mom (aka the author)
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Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing the mom job right—and that’s the more important job. We laugh at those stories of my delayed responses (it happens a lot!) or my full-story-immersion-can’t-tell-my-son-from-my-daughter, but in truth, it’s a massive challenge to live in two worlds (or more). I really need to work on being fully present when I’m with my kids, and not plotting, working out dialogue, or solving a story hole. It’s honestly a struggle I haven’t mastered yet.
There are some really awesome things about being a writer-momma, though. When I working on something lighter, or something aimed at kids, I get to involve them in a way that many adults can’t involve their kids in their work. We discuss characters, plot ideas, motivation, what-ifs… and I do read to them as I’m going if it’s something I feel like they’ll engage with. The Super Sydney stories have been really fun for us to all come around together, and because there is so much of my kids in those stories, they have a very special place in my heart.
I’d never be able to do what I do without the full backing of my family. I’m a pretty blessed girl, because they give it with so much enthusiasm that I feel a little bit spoiled. They give up their mom to a world that exists only in her mind more than they probably should have to, and they are super gracious to me about it. And they’re my biggest cheerleaders. Who couldn’t love that?

Guest Post 2 Option: Music for The Uncloaked Trilogy

Writers, like many other artists, are often fed by music. When I first started writing with a more serious intent, I was still running 5Ks with my husband. I have vivid memories of pounding out a few miles, earbuds tucked in, music moving through my spirit, and scenes of my then-current work-in-progress scrolling through my mind.

I’ve since quit running—back problems and foot issues. But I still listen to music, drawing inspiration from the rhythm, emotion, and lyrics (almost every writer I know does this at least every now and then). The mood of the music will often paint itself on the page, and I thought it’d be fun to share with you some of the songs that carried me through as I was writing The Uncloaked Trilogy.

First, characters. They’re fairly well captured in the following songs:

Braxton: He’s stubborn. A bit of a punk, but his heart aches from some things that are beyond his control. In the end… well, you’ll have to read. But I love the quote from the lyrics written below. This is Braxton Luther.

Skillet: The Resistance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKnRdQiH3-k

“Walk through the fire, Walk through the water… Used to be a slave, but now you are a conqueror.”

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Eliza: A tender reed—except, not. This young woman… she is fierce, in her own quiet, resolute way. Honestly, she is who I want to be someday, and I love that she made her way into my heart through this story. This is Eliza’s life.

Josh Wilson: Pushing back the Dark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66wdK5q_Wr4

“Don’t underestimate the God you follow.”

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And now, the books themselves…

The Uncloaked:

Switchfoot: Won’t Let You Go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiF09D9TIls&list=PLY9JrLCZkx37XCWqqRMO68S8HNVpiK6Db

Man, I love this song. Also, though The Uncloaked can be dark, and the end feels… well, we need to keep going, the thread underneath is this song.

“If you could only let your guard down, You could learn to trust me somehow

I swear, that I won’t let you go.” (Lyric from Won’t Let You Go)

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Tearing the Veil: This lyric from Not Gonna Die pretty much says it all.

“When everything you love is leaving, you hold onto what you believe in!”

Skillet: Not Gonna Die https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njJ7NZMH70M

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Charging the Darkness:

For King and Country: Cease Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvfs2TUj-D4

“No one ever wins when the goal is to settle the score.”

This song… it is the ungirding of all three books. The anthem that encases them all. I’ve listened to it dozens and dozens of times, over and over again. It doesn’t get old, and it still flows like fuel through my veins.

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The Uncloaked

Uncloaked? What was that?
Tristan smirked. “Clearly. Family?”
“All Uncloaked.”
“Noted.” He leaned over Kipper, who cowered like he expected a blow. “Fix it, boy. You’re in our sights.”
Kipper didn’t respond. I detected a tremble in the boy’s hands, but he held a strong gaze. A gaze that seemed somehow familiar in nature. I glanced to Eliza. She was biting her lip as she kept her eyes fixed on Kipper. My view widened, encompassing both of them. His eyes darted to her, and she nodded ever so slightly.
Wait. What just happened? My chest expanded with a fierceness I hadn’t anticipated. I zeroed back in on Eliza, wanting to take her by the arm and pull her to my side. What was this guy doing, looking to Liza for strength? She didn’t have any to spare. And she’s mine.
Wasn’t she?
“What do you expect me to say?” Kipper’s weak voice ripped me out of my Braxtonian-centered universe.
Tristan still hovered over the guy. “Show us a sign of loyalty.”
“What do you want?”
“I think you’ll find life much easier if you comply.” Tristan tapped Kipper’s tab. “Try it. See what happens when you check the correct box.”
My attention dropped to my own tab. The correct box. Not the right box—as in what is true of you, but the correct box—as in PC.
Congratulations, Citizen.
The words burned in my vision.
Check a box. Get on with your life.
My own voice echoed in my ears. Was it really that easy? We were living like impoverished beggars at the Knights’ house, and it could have been avoided by checking the correct box?
“I won’t.” Kipper’s meek voice beckoned my attention again.
The air seemed to turn cold and hard. Eliza pulled in a long breath and held it. I scowled, first at her and then at Kipper. Tristan looked to his right and then to his left. The bulky guys flanking him returned his glance with smirks.
He smacked Kipper on the back of his head, sending the kid’s face toward the desk. “It’s your funeral.”
I assumed that was figurative. Couldn’t be anything but, despite the zinging sense of fear rising in my chest. Not in this country.

Tearing the Veil

Braxton
Why would she even think about the Pride? Didn’t she understand that I lived in a nightmare? How could two sisters be so completely different anyway?
Hannah was headed for trouble. She needed to leave. Soon. Now.
But for the moment, I had to protect her. I owed Eliza at least that much. No, I owed her so much more than she understood, than anyone understood, and the guilt sat like a slow burn in my stomach every single day.
God, is she still alive? She had to be alive. She still called to me in my dreams.
My attention fell back to Hannah, who sat stiff by my side. The girl was spinning in her head like a tire on a bicycle, and because she was way too much like me, I could guess what she was thinking.
“It isn’t better out there.” I tipped her chin so I could see her eyes—something I usually tried to avoid. They looked like Eliza’s, and I hated the ache that pressed into my chest. But I needed to make sure she was listening. “You’ve got to believe me on this. It’s not what you think. Stay with your family. Go to the Refuge.”
She stared back at me, but not like Eliza would have. Eliza would listen—hear what I was saying and process it intelligently, which was why she could always come up with a logical answer to my dumb schemes. Hannah…well, she processed with emotion, just like me. There was no reasoning with emotion.
I sighed and began transferring the food I’d squirreled away from the Den to her burlap sack. “You’d better get going. Remember, never the same place two times in a row, okay?”
Still stiff, she stood and, with a cool nod, took the sack. Not listening. Not good.
“Hannah, wait.” I couldn’t let this happen. “I need to speak with your dad. Tell him I asked for him to meet me next time. Okay?”
She dipped one curt nod.
Great.
“I really need to talk to him…alone,” I said, knowing that last part was going to spark her defiance.
An icy stare was her only response. So not like Eliza.
I pushed my fingers through my hair, stuffing a growl down into my chest. “Do you even know why you’re mad?”
She spun on her worn-out tennis shoe, and I watched her shoulders, jammed straight and rebellious, as she wove through the trees.
Fine. Just as long as she was stomping back to the cellar. She had no business thinking about the Pride.

Charging the Darkness

Braxton
She leveraged another shove against my chest and then ran.
Who could blame her? How could God let this happen?
I pressed my back against the brick wall lining the hallway so I wouldn’t have to look at Hulk and slid to the floor. He’d taunted her since we were kids. The bully. The beast. He’d targeted her once the Party had taken over, hell bent to see her broken.
And she had broken.
So had he.
We had been right. Hulk had been in DC when the explosion had released the virus. Charlotte must have sent him away when she realized what had been done. But it’d been too late. He’d been exposed. And now here he was, dying alone. No one to mourn his cruel life. No one to care if Eliza interceded for him or not.
I cared though. Something in me knew this decision of hers would chart a new course for her future. The one she was choosing was dark and lonely, and my heart ripped thinking of her chained to that path. The other was steep and difficult, and I resented that it was so unbelievably hard.
But there was life beyond the hard. And if the old Eliza were here, and I was in her place right now, stepping onto the path she was choosing, I knew what she would have done.
She would have fought for me to live.

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Mojave Rescue

Series: Love Inspired Suspense
​Genre:  
Christian, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: January 1, 2018

Brilliant, electronic warfare engineer, Drina Gallagher is riddled by guilt and determined to create a weapon to protect American soldiers. Caleb Norwood is a CIA agent working undercover. For two years he’s been trying to infiltrate a highly organized group selling secret plans on the black market. He’s scheduled to connect with operatives at a wind farm in the middle of the desert where he’ll be taken by helicopter to meet with the leader. He arrives at the meeting place only to discover the men have kidnapped Drina and plan to kill her. Cal must make an instant choice, keep his cover and stop the organization or save Drina. Cal chooses Drina. They race across the Mojave Desert to escape the killers and Drina discovers that Cal is a man of action grounded in unbreakable faith. His personal walk gives Drina the confidence she needs to confront the guilt of her past. Can He possibly forgive her and allow her and Cal to escape their pursuers? Or will all her hopes and dreams die in the desert?

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Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

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1. What was the hardest character to write in Mojave Rescue?
Believe it or not the hero, Cal Norton was the hardest to write. I knew him very well and he spilled onto the page originally but even though I thought his motivation…stopping the bad guys…was good enough, my editor wanted more. I had to dig even deeper.
The easiest was Drina Gallagher.  I think guilt is something we all carry at some time in our lives.

2. What inspired the idea for Mojave Rescue?
The rocket site where my husband worked twenty years ago. The platforms were set on a hill and designed to hold rocket engines for testing. At the time the platforms were abandoned and they were desolate and scary…the perfect setting for a mystery.

3. What do you want readers to take away from reading Mojave Rescue?
A sense of God’s grace. Even when we deny Him, He’s watching over us and He has a plan.

4. What is your current WIP? 
My next project is tentatively called Fatal Memories. It’s set in the Sonoroan Desert of Southern Arizona. The heroine is a border patrol agent trying to stop drug traffic.

5. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Well, I’m a mom and grandma with 21 grandchildren so I stay very busy. I love to travel. I just returned from a trip to China. And I love to play pickleball!

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Genre:  Christian, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Radiant Publications
Publication date: November 2, 2017

The daughter of missionaries, Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan with whom she spent her childhood. After completing her education in the United States, she returns to the desert to pursue that dream—only to learn her parents have been receiving threats from within the community they serve. As the danger escalates, Hannah must decide how far she’ll go to stay faithful to a calling that could cost her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravages the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, some of his people believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep Hannah and her parents safe—even if the only solution is to be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, where Christianity is outlawed and foreigners suspect, will Karim and Hannah’s union heal wounds . . . or inflict a final, fatal blow?

Old Testament history meets Twenty-first Century tensions in this compassionate, tender inspirational romance.

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Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings. Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.

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1. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
I am the happy (exhausted) mother of two, Elijah (6) and Arianna (3) and the wife of the most wonderful Navy chaplain in the military (not biased at all).

2. What does your writing process look like?
I never really know how to answer this question because I don’t feel like I have much of a process. It starts with a small idea that germinates, takes root, and won’t go away until I write down the story the characters tell me. Usually I may have a vague idea of where the story is going to go, but I’m often surprised by it myself. Mostly, I just sit down and write and let the story come out organically. Is that a process?

3. What inspired the idea for The Esther Paradigm?
Is it okay to say I didn’t really have a direct inspiration? I’m not even sure where the idea came from except from God. One day the idea for a modern day story inspired by Esther entered my head and the need to write it was so strong, the character’s voices so loud, that I had to write it then even though I was in the middle of writing another series. This story…it was more like it wrote me than the other way around. Like I was but a tool to get it down, it flowed so freely. No other story has been like that before.

4. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Esther Paradigm?
Love. I want readers to take away love. Love for those who are different, whether they believe differently, live differently, or look differently. I want 1 Corinthians 16:14 to take root in everyone’s hearts. “Let all that you do be done in love.”

5. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about this project?
Shhh…It’s a super secret project at this point, but I CAN tell you it’s also a super fun novella story that will be in a collection with some super awesome authors. You can expect some info to start leaking about the project come the new year.

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This was not how I’d thought I would die.

Not that I sat around imagining my death. I’m not that morbid. But never in my wildest dreams had I imagined this.

Along the horizon, racing toward me with frightening speed, a billowing brown wall licked the earth’s surface and spit it out again—a ferocious scream that caused my heart to stutter in my chest. Six years away and this was how my beloved desert welcomed me home.

Wind whipped my long, loose dress around my legs and tugged at the few strands of hair not safely tucked in a ponytail under my hijab. I’d always been thankful the Bedouin clan my parents ministered to as missionaries didn’t adhere to the more concealing Muslim headwear, such as a niqab or burqa. I had to admit, though, that having more material to cover my nose and mouth would be helpful against the dust storm about to consume me. With quick motions, I reached around my head and unwrapped the bottom of my hijab, rewrapping it around my nose and mouth. A bit of water or petroleum jelly would work even better to save my nose and lungs from the dry desert sand, but some protection was better than none.

Tiny grains of sand picked up by the wind pelted my body like fastballs pitched by major league baseball players. I hunched over, lowering my frame as close to the ground as I could. Never knew if the wind had picked up more than just the earth’s surface. An abandoned tire rim or something else could decapitate a person when chucked at top speeds. It would be just like that temperamental mistress to hurl an object absently left on the wayside.

The storm was on me now.

My lungs constricted to rid themselves of the tiny particles I’d breathed in, coughing hot breath into the material around my mouth. My eyes watered with the force of the wind, and I blinked rapidly to try and rid the granules scratching my irises.

Lifting my backpack, I shielded my face and eyes, wishing I hadn’t let the driver drop me off so far from where the clan currently had their tents pitched. The inside of a twenty-year-old Jeep would have served as a wonderful bunker against this onslaught. Now I had no protection.

In the thick of it, I squinted through the brown haze, looking for something to hunker under on the leeward side. The rise of a nearby dune lied of its ability to protect. Fortunately, I understood the reality of the phrase “shifting sands.” Had no desire to change my death sentence from asphyxiation due to sand in my lungs to being buried alive when the wind deposited the dune right on top of my head.

A camel’s bray rent through the cacophony of the storm. My heart restarted. If ever there was an animal built to survive the temper of the desert, it was the camel. I pushed my legs forward, wishing I wore pants rather than my dress, which wrapped itself around my calves and threatened to topple me. If I could hear the camel’s call, perhaps its owner could hear mine. I lifted my chin and took in a lungful of air before pulling down the covering from my lips.

Musaeada!” I yelled for help in Arabic. “Musaeada!”

The camel answered, and I took a few more stumbling steps toward the sound. The sand made it difficult to do anything—walk, see, breathe. If I didn’t find a place to wait out the storm soon, I wouldn’t survive it.

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The Tilting Leaves of Autumn Tour Kit

Tour Schedule and Assignments

December 4-Reading Is My SuperPower (Review, Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book)
December 5-Among the Reads (Review, Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Author’s Top 10 Favorites)
December 6-
December 7-
Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight, Author Interview (via SLB), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Author’s Top 10 Favorites, Snippet, Quote Memes)
December 8-Ponderings of a Poet & Procrastinator (Review, Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Quote Memes)
December 9-Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight, Author Interview (via SLB), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Quote Memes)

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The Tilting Leaves of Autumn

Series: Seasons
Genre:  
Historical, Romance
Publisher: Bird’s Nest Books
Publication date: November 22, 2017

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Scarlett was the shrinking violet in the group. Faithful to her friends, and hiding secrets of her own. When Mercedes steps in to rescue her, she unknowlingly plucks the thread that unravels Scarlett’s whole world.

But as Scarlett strives to hold fast to what is familiar the fabric of her life continues to come undone and secrets that are best kept hidden are exposed.

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I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

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1. Why did you decide to self-publish rather than go with a traditional publishing house?
I started writing without considering how to publish. As my first novel was nearing completion, I told a friend I had found a publisher. Turned out to be a vanity house and my friend directed me to KDP on Amazon, and then when I needed print copies I chose CreateSpace. I’d not be averse to traditional publishing although I’ve been told it’s “not my sandbox.” LOL

2. If you could go to lunch with one of the characters from The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, who would you pick and why? (great question!)
How to pick just one!! I’m gonna say Tierney. She’s got a story (more might show up in The Whispering Winds of Spring) but she speaks French and I want to learn!

3. Who was the hardest character to write in The Tilting Leaves of Autumn? The easiest?
Hardest probably was Fontaine. He’s such a complex character, two sides—before and after—the vile and hateful side was painful and heartbreaking to write.
Easiest was Scarlett because I feel her pain and struggle. I was never physically abused as she was, but the fight to break away from my dysfunctional past.

4. What inspired the idea for The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
It’s a part of the whole of Seasons. I really met the four main characters as I wrote The Long Shadows of Summer. Scarlett’s story was made evident and took on its own life in the second book.

5. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Tilting Leaves of Autumn?
I want readers to see that God is always with us, no matter our circumstance, that He pursues us in ways that we may not realize, ways that only have meaning to us as He seeks us.

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1. The first bit I got of this series was the four names of the friends: Mercedes, Simone, Scarlett, and Pearl. They became the main characters of each of the books.
2. The story, however, is not what I had first thought it would be.
3. Nor is the setting—I didn’t know it was 1912 and 1913 until I started trying to place it. For a brief moment, it was set in the ‘60’s, and they were kids.
4. This is my first go at writing in first person. I like it, and have been told I’ve “found my voice.”
5. At one point, Simone calls Mercedes “pragmatic,” and I realized each of my four main characters is one of the four temperaments: phlegmatic, sanguine, melancholic, and choleric.
6. I knew the general setting, and used Google maps to find a town to “borrow.” Saisons is based loosely on Lake City, SC—until I moved it south a little on the Edisto River rather than the Santee.
7. I didn’t know the extent of Scarlett’s abuse until I was writing it. (And no, I’ve never suffered physical abuse.)
8. I know all too well the fight to let go of wrong thinking.
9. I didn’t know Scarlett was a fashion designer until I was writing it. I can visualize her style, and did my best to find images to represent it.
10. I find sanctuary being outdoors like Scarlett did. If there are trees and a river, even better

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Top Ten Favorite Desserts

Ice cream
Cheesecake
Cookie… dough
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
Fudgy mint brownies
(I don’t really eat desserts so much)

 

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I lost myself in my drawings. They were my secret, my escape.

And now Avalina had found one of my sketch books. She couldn’t know the oppression I had endured. She wouldn’t know my only escape was within, in my imagination, in my designs.

I knew none of my designs would ever be reality. No woman would want to wear something so simple or silly. But I loved them. I loved the color and the flow of the fabric.

I remembered the silks and satins and brocades of Mamá’s gowns. After she was gone, I would escape abovestairs and hide away in her dressing room, curled up beneath her beautiful gowns and robes.

The smell of her lingered there, but more than that, I felt as if I were wrapped in her arms just touching her things. It brought me comfort.

When I was eight, I found the door to her apartments locked and I never was able to enter the rooms again. So I started drawing what I remembered. Her blue summer dress she wore to my birthday party. The yellow chintz at the beach, a pink silk dressing gown, a brown striped day dress, her white linen Sunday dress. And my favorite, Mamá in her red velvet Christmas gown.

I drew them all, clinging to tender memories of my dear Mamá.

I had thought to share them with mon papá. Instead that’s when I knew, even in my immature mind, that I had not only lost ma mère but mon père as well. He did not react with kindness nor did he appreciate my efforts. There was no tender embrace as my young heart had hoped.

Instead he raged at the sight of them—my drawings bore the likeness of ma chère mamá, a vision his heart could not bear. I did not understand at the time, only stood trembling as he tore my drawings to shreds and tossed them in the fireplace.

He stormed from the room then without a word, leaving me there dissolved in tears.

I refused to come out of my room for days, refused to eat, nor did I sleep. Mamá’s absence I understood, if not fully; death had taken her from me.

But Papá. As a child I knew nothing of the intricacies that had led to Mamá’s death, only vaguely aware that the fire had been intentionally set, and even more vaguely that Tante Lissette was responsible.

But the reasons for her vehemence against her sister-in-law, her cavalier determination to take her life—I later learned this had not been her first attempt—as a child I had known nothing of this. As a child, my own grief yet swallowed me. And as a child I could not fathom the depths of the love ma mère et mon père had shared, nor the double-edged grief mon papá now suffered.

As a child all I knew was one parent was lost to death and the other was lost to grief and a foul temper.

I resigned myself to Tierney’s care, and kept my drawings to myself, hidden even from my surrogate mother’s eyes.

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Dating the It Guy Tour Kit

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December 4-Reading for the Stars and Moon (Review) | Zerina Blossom’s Books (Spotlight, 10 Behind the Scenes Facts about the Book, Snippet)
December 5-Beyond the Lake (Review)
December 6-Bookworm Lisa (Spotlight post (no review), Review, Snippet) | Rememberancy ​(Review, 10 Behind the Scenes Facts about the Book, Snippet)
December 7-Red Headed Book Lady (Review)
December 8-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight, Author Interview (via SLB), Author’s Top 10 Favorites, 10 Behind the Scenes Facts about the Book, Snippet)
December 9-Pause for Tales (Review)

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Dating the It Guy

Genre:  Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: Clean Reads
Publication date: March 21, 2017

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

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Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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1. What did you want to be when you grew up?  Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
I always wanted to be an author and/or create my own TV show. I was obsessed with books and liked creating my own stories.

2. Who are some of your favorite authors?  Do they inspire your own writing?
I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, May Sarton, Judy Blume, Kim Wright, Cathy Hopkins, Sylvia Plath, and Francine Pascal. Reading Judy Blume and Francine Pascal’s Victoria books as a kid made me want to be a YA writer.

3. How did you become involved with writing for Clean Reads?
I was in a group for freelance writers (I got my start as a journalist) and I became familiar with the publisher through the group.

4. What inspired the idea for Dating the It Guy?
I was watching a TV show about JFK Jr. on TV when I started wondering what it’d be like to date someone like that back in high school. From there I started getting ideas about what the Brendon character would be like and what we might not know about the challenges of being that guy. Then I started thinking about the situation from the girlfriend/main character’s point of view. I filled a journal up with notes and ideas for dialogue that first week.

5. What do you want readers to take away from reading Dating the It Guy?
I saw this comment in a review from YA and Wine that said, “…I felt like this book had a great underlying message about the importance of self love.” And that’s exactly what I wanted readers to come away with from reading Dating the It Guy. All my work is about learning to love who you are and appreciating your own uniqueness.

6. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about this project?
I am working on a series now called The Cecily Taylor Series about a teen who ends up getting cast in her favorite singer’s music video and they find they really have a deep connection. Book one, Can Dreams Come True? Book one will be out early 2018 and I’m working on book two right now.

7. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
I was a journalist, but now I just do creative non-fiction and humor essays along with my novel writing.

 

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Author’s Top 10 Places to Go on Holiday

New York City, NY
Angra, Portugal
Holland, Michigan
Mackinac Island
Lexington, Kentucky
Detroit, Michigan
Chicago, Illinois
Grand Haven, Michigan
Columbus, Ohio
Terceira Island, Azores

 

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1. The story was inspired by watching a bio of JFK Jr. However, it was a video of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s ex-boyfriend doing kind of a shy, humble thing that had me thinking about Brendon’s mannerisms. There’s a wink to that in the story where Emme says there’s an ad that’s been in a locker for years of a male underwear model.

2. The high school Emme attends is actually based on my own. Even the bathroom she hides out in is the bathroom that was across the hall from my journalism class. And yes, I hid out there myself on occasion.

3. The book actually started out as a short story I wrote in a college creative writing class. My prof said the story had a J.D. Salinger feel to it (Franny and Zooey, which I hadn’t read at the time), so I always thought I’d end up expanding the story into a novel.

4. That college creative writing class was the basis for the high school course Emme takes. The Rory character came about from all the sarcastic comments my friends would make during class. I was picturing a modern-day version of Edie Segwick as I was writing the Rory character.

5. The bookstore Emme and Brendon visit in Detroit is actually John K. King Books. I was obsessed with this place when I lived in Michigan and I would visit to the downtown and Ferndale locations whenever I had a research paper. It’s a huge building that used to be a factory and now it’s full of books!

6. I never say what political party Senator Agretti belongs to and it’s interesting as I hear people assuming different things.

7. The Sweetie Gals singing group Brendon and Emme talk about is based on the Spice Girls. That whole bit about Brendon being a fan came from an interview I did years ago with a hockey player named Mike Knuble who said he had their album when I asked if he had anything on his ipod he was embarrassed of and he said he had a Spice Girls album.

8. I actually turned in the first few chapters of the story as my grad school final for a children’s literature class. My prof loved it and gave me great feedback, so I had a great foundation to work from.

9. I named Margaux after Margaux Hemingway. I had been reading about her and how she put on a very confident front, but there was an insecure, almost little girl side to her. I blended this with characteristics of some incredibly self-assured girls I knew to create a character who has an overconfidence to her that is masking something.

10. My own experiences with a family member with dementia inspired where the scenes with Emme and her grandpa—likewise the info about the living will. I figured if I had to go through something so difficult a few times over then maybe I could use it to help someone else.

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I took a drink of water, and it dribbled down my chin. Lovely—I was sure all the girls at the country club drooled openly. Brendon walked over to my side of the court and asked if he could have some of my water because he had finished his sports drink. I never share drinks since I saw a story on the news about how meningitis was spread through stuff like that, but I handed him the bottle. I was surprised he’d want to drink after me, but maybe he was a step away from dehydrating, and it was between sharing my spit or death.

“Wanna quit?” he asked. I nodded and went to change. There was only one other girl in the locker room as I washed up and pulled my hair up. I went out to meet Brendon, and he asked if I wanted to get some frozen yogurt. I started to answer when the girl in the locker room came out behind me.

“Hey, stranger. Haven’t seen you around lately,” she said, putting her hand on Brendon’s arm.

“Hey, Cassie,” he said.

“What have you been up to?” she asked.

I’ve seen dogs chase the mail carrier with more dignity. Brendon shrugged and said he had been busy. He introduced me, and her eyes darted over to me just long enough to size me up. I hated girls who acted like having another female in the room was competition.

“Well, give me a call sometime,” she said, walking away.

What was her problem? She didn’t know whether or not we were dating. It was like it didn’t matter if I was his girlfriend or not because I wasn’t “good enough.”

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December 6-Bookworm Lisa | Rememberancy
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A Mother for Leah Tour Kit

Tour Schedule and Assignments

November 27-Reading Is My SuperPower (Review) | The Power of Words (Review)
November 28-Soulfully Romantic (Review)
November 29-A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Author interview (via SLB))
November 30-Singing Librarian Books (Review, Author Interview (via SLB))
December 1-cherylbbookblog (Review)
December 2-Blossoms and Blessings ​(Review, Author Interview (via SLB)) | Red Headed Book Lady (Review)

Reviewers: Perrianne Askew

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A Mother for Leah

Series: Windy Gap Wishes
Genre:  Christian, Romance, Amish
Publisher: S&G Publishing
Publication date: February 1, 2017

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident? Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death? Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day. Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her? Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother? Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time? – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – A Mother for Leah is a story about finding love and joy again after an unexpected tragedy rocks an Amish family’s life. Sweet, compelling, and filled with a charming cast of characters who will resonate with readers of all ages. ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of The Quieting

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mother-Leah-Windy-Wishes-Book-ebook/dp/B072FT6PJY
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Rachel L. Miller

Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle; thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.

Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly. She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.

Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website.

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  1. Who or what inspired you to become an author? My mother is who truly inspired me. I have been a storyteller for as long as I can remember, but she was the one who really pushed me to write, and she was the one who believed in me the most.

 

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind? I never settled on a specific career. I always wanted to be a mother more than anything else. Becoming an author was always a pipe dream… I never thought it was even remotely possible for me.

 

  1. What can you tell us about your research and writing process for A Mother for Leah? There was a considerable amount of research, most of which meant reading. I have read quite a few non-fiction books and at least one fiction book by every major author of Amish fiction on the market today; trying to get a feel for where I wanted my community, what sort of rules and standards I wanted, etc… And then, of course, we had to visit actual Amish communities.

 

  1. What inspired the idea for A Mother for Leah? Prayer. The story was entirely God-led. I had no idea where I wanted any of it to go when I started. I just prayed and followed where God led me.

 

  1. What do you want readers to take away from reading A Mother for Leah? I hope that readers will take away a sense that they are not alone in whatever personal struggles they are dealing with. I hope that readers will be inspired to bring their families closer together.
  2. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear? Mother, Graphics Designer, Website Builder, Personal Assistant

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November 28-Soulfully Romantic
November 29-A Baker’s Perspective
November 30-Singing Librarian Books
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Reviewers: Perrianne Askew

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