Love’s Silver Lining Tour Kit

Love's Silver Lining Tour

About the Book

Love's Silver Lining

NOTE: This book is a sweet inspirational with a bit of a higher level of romantic passion.

Series: Silver Lining Ranch
Genre:  
Christian, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: May 19, 2018

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the lives of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parents’ house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.

If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.

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About the Author

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Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, and Isle of Hope series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at http://www.julielessman.com.

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Review

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Giveaway

LSL Blogstop Tour Giveaway

Comment on this blog for a chance to win an e-copy of Love’s Silver Lining.

Giveaway is open Internationally and will end at 11:59 on 7/7/18.

Details for giveaway: At the end of the tour please randomly select a winner from the commentors on your blog.  Please contact them to let them know they have won and then send me their information to pass on to Julie to send them their prize.  Thank you!  Please send me their information by 7/12/18.

Tour Schedule

July 2-Locks, Hooks and Books
July 3-The Power of Words | The Green Mockingbird
July 4-Reading Is My SuperPower | Faithfully Bookish
July 5-Book by Book | Why Not? Because I Said So!
July 6-cherylbbookblog
July 7-Mindy,  reviewer​

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Helpful Tour Information

1. The tour kit  for Love’s Silver Lining is now live.
2. The tour landing page will go live 11:30pm MT the night before the tour begins.
3. Have your posts up by 12 noon ET on your assigned day.
4. To help promote, please share posts links on social media sites, such as FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Please tag SLB when possible.  Thank you!

5. For those on Facebook, please also share your post in the team Facebook group.
6. If you are reviewing, please post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. as well as your blog.
7. When your blog post is live, please email me the link so I can update the tour landing page.  Thank you!

Tour Schedule

July 2-Locks, Hooks and Books
July 3-The Power of Words | The Green Mockingbird
July 4-Reading Is My SuperPower | Faithfully Bookish
July 5-Book by Book | Why Not? Because I Said So!
July 6-cherylbbookblog
July 7-Mindy,  reviewer​

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The Painting on the Pond Series Tour Kit

The Painting on the Pond Series

About the Books in the Series

Series: Series: The Painting on the Pond
Genre:  
New Adult, Fiction, Suspense
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: Re-release on April 11, 2017

An intriguing plot meshes the past and present into a story that takes David Young down a path he never imagined in this crisp, clean mystery novel. City-born artist David Young has traveled a difficult journey during his twenty-seven years. It has finally taken him to a spectacular valley in the Pacific Northwest. Settled in a comfortable cabin he is free at last to explore, paint, and create the future of his dreams. However, a mysterious woman’s disappearance, a haunting legend, and unsettling dreams unnerve David, threatening his hopes and plunging him into the most formidable struggle of his life. While he is engulfed in mystery, adventure, and romance, an unseen hand draws him to his destiny, and into the rugged wilderness of Alaska.

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About the Author

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Sharon Lewis Koho grew up on a small ranch near the town of Inkom, Idaho. Her beloved father died when she was five years old, and she and her siblings were reared in humble circumstances by a hard-working and courageous mother. In her youth, Sharon discovered she could create any world she wanted to visit, or any story she wanted to be a part of by climbing high in the trees bordering her cherished ranch. Daydreaming there amid songs of birds, rustling leaves and the babbling of the nearby creek, inspired many wonderful stories. Sharon married Bill Koho from Nampa, Idaho in 1967, and they were married thirty years until his death in 1997. She is the proud mother of six children. Although she is a Licensed Practical Nurse by profession, she has had much more experience in creating and telling stories. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoys visiting, traveling, camping, reading, writing, swimming, and any adventurous idea that pops into her head.

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Review

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Deal Alert

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Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

Tour Landing Page

June 11-Jorie Loves A Story (Review, Book 1)
June 12-Paulette’s Papers
June 13-Singing Librarian Books
June 14-Robin’s Nest
June 15-
June 16-Remembrancy
June 18-
June 19-
June 20-Reading is My SuperPower
June 21-Jorie Loves A Story (Review, Book 2)
June 22-Why Not? Because I Said So! 
June 23-​

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Helpful Tour Information

1. The tour kit  for The Painting on the Pond Series is now live.
2. The tour landing page will go live 11:30pm MT the night before the tour begins.
3. Have your posts up by 12 noon ET on your assigned day.
4. To help promote, please share posts links on social media sites, such as FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Please tag SLB when possible.  Thank you!

5. For those on Facebook, please also share your post in the team Facebook group.
6. If you are reviewing, please post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. as well as your blog.
7. When your blog post is live, please email me the link so I can update the tour landing page.  Thank you!

Tour Schedule and Assignments

June 11-Jorie Loves A Story (Review, book 1)
June 12-Paulette’s Papers ​(Spotlight (no review), Snippet from a chapter in the book)
June 13-Singing Librarian Books Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet from a chapter in the book, Sample Chapter)
June 14-Robin’s Nest (Spotlight (no review))
June 15-
June 16-Remembrancy (Spotlight (no review), Snippet from a chapter in the book)
June 18-
June 19-
June 20-Reading is My SuperPower (Spotlight (no review))
June 21-Jorie Loves A Story (Review, book 2)
June 22-Why Not? Because I Said So! (Review, Snippet from a chapter in the book)
June 23-​

The Whispering Winds of Spring Tour Kit

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About the Book

The Whispering Winds of Supring

Series: Seasons
Genre:  
Historical, Romance
Publisher: Bird’s Nest Books
Publication date: May 31, 2018

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

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.

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

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About the Author

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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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Author Interview

1. What does your work schedule look like when you are writing?
What is that funny word that starts with sch… and ends with … ule??? I’m kidding. Sorta. Apparently I work better with a deadline… I am not a morning person (AT ALL) and am a slow waker-upper. Add the RA to that and my mornings are not productive (AT ALL.) Once I have my breakfast (sometimes as late as 11:00 or noon!) I wade through my emails; I follow maybe 30 or 40 blogs, and while I don’t always read them or comment, I do share them to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Then I focus on my blog, and send out reminders, interview questions, etc. Then I spend time on my WIP, usually later evening. And yes, I’m up til after midnight most nights. Hey, it’s my body clock—what can I say??? Oh, and I read after I’m in bed.

2. How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Wellll…. I winged it with my first one (Tessa) and started college not long after I started writing. Then after graduation and no grand career in my field, I went back to writing Tessa. That was September, and she was finished the following January. Without a deadline to work toward, the subsequent two books (Clara Bess and Cissy) took about a year each.

Then I jumped into Seasons—and wrote all four in a year and a half! I WILL NOT attempt that number in that short time frame again! Ever!!!

Looking forward, I anticipate 6 months to a year per book. I now have readers waiting for my stories (do not pinch me, I do not want to wake up!!) and will work diligently not to disappoint. And when I’m on point / in the zone I can write approx. 1000 words per hour, and I break every 1000-ish words, then I go back in.

3. Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
Not sure how much of a quirk it is, but I write my stories on my laptop. Period. I do not, nor do I want to, write on a tablet or dictate to my phone. *note: when inspiration strikes, and pen and paper are not handy, I will voice-text note, and email it to myself.

That said, if the story calls for letters or poems (there were plenty in Cissy) those I write by hand.

But for my stories, something about the tactile experience of typing feeds the flow of words. I’ve written numerous scenes while staring out the door, some even with my eyes closed—I really get into character when I’m writing!

4. What inspired the idea for The Whispering Winds of Spring?
This rather goes with the inspiration for the whole series, since it’s ONE | GIANT | STORY. The Whispering Winds of Spring is not only Simone’s story, but it is the conclusion of the series.

Honestly, I had a totally different story in mind when I set out to write this one. LOL The first book in this series, The Long Shadows of Summer, basically set the whole story line in place, and each book added layers (and twists! muwahahahah) to the overall story. I’m a pantzer so I learn much of the story as I go—not so different to how the reader learns as they read!

5. What did you as a writer take away from writing The Whispering Winds of Spring?
With every book I’ve written, my life as an author has become more cemented and solid. If I had to identify one thing from this book, it’s that I write Faith Fiction, and yes, I do believe I’ve coined a new genre. Any of you who have read my books knows that I cannot market as Christian Fiction, no matter how much my faith or the Gospel message shows up in the story.

Simply put, my takeaway is, as is true for each of my main characters, is my identity.

6. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about it?
Make that workS in progress!! I did include the opening scene to my next story, One for the Price of Two. It’s a story that has been hanging out in my imagination for a long while now, and will be my first attempt at romance. Meredith and Elizabeth are identical twins, so identical in fact that their parents can’t even tell them apart. They play the classic twin pranks, and in the end, they get pranked! It is the first book in a new series, FourSquare (I didn’t know until recently that it would be a series! Already it’s funny… ) Mostly, though, I’m taking a wee bit of a breather…

Meanwhile, I am embarking on kids stories! Some of the neighbor kids have asked me to write them a story, so that’s simmering, too.

Oh! And after FourSquare, another series that has been simmering, The Steppe House, brings back a small character from Seasons. Literally a small character. Agnes Townsend is all grown up and now she has a story to tell.

7, When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
My degree is Interior Design, so there’s that. Though I’m not employed, I can do concept work if opportunity happens to present itself. Meanwhile, I’ve designed my own dream house…

I love working in the yard when I can, and baking. I play the piano (just don’t have one to play right now… ) I sing, act—love to do my British and Irish accents—and am currently learning Irish. I love love love going for walks, and after my knee surgery later this month (and recovery! LOL) I’ll be able to get out and move around again.

​What I love most is spending time with my granddaughters. One lives across the street and I get to see her most every day. The other sweetie gal lives about 50 miles away and I don’t get to see her nearly often enough.

10 Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book

  1. Because of the aforementioned time crunch, and said time running short, I all but suspended my blog for the month of April. (paid off, too!)
  2. I mostly “meet” my characters much as my readers do. When I get to the point in the story that they make their entrance, I see the visual image of them, and usually know their name (unless it’s a minor character, in which I’ll find a name that suits.) I write / include their quirks and characteristics pretty much as I learn them.
  3. There were two topics in this series that I tried (unsuccessfully) to talk with a live person for more info—midwifery and the Catawba / Chicora Indian Nation. Not sure why I couldn’t get a response on either, but Google sufficed and/or I wrote the bare minimum.
  4. Tag to #4, and part of why it wasn’t so critical to have exact information on the Indian heritage—the small village in this series, Quexo, it a band of people who separated from their ancestors for a couple of reasons: a) they were acting as guardians to a white man and his family, and when they fled, so, too did the Indians; and b) they further split when missionaries converted some of the tribe to Christian faith.
  5. The location is a mash-up of geography and topography. I’m not really sure there is so much coastal marshland as far inland as I placed my town. But it’s fictional AND I never specified exactly where it’s located… That’s okay, right???
  6. ALL | THE | NOTES!!! Because the series tells one overarching story and because Whispering Winds is the final story, I had to answer or address all the lingering bits from the first three! Which meant reading (skimming) through all of them to find the loose ends I needed to tie up. Which meant ALL | THE | NOTES!!! There were pages and pages of notes, which I culled through, separating out those on like topics i.e. Lissette, the Colonel, previous conversations, etc. As I pared the list down, I rewrote it til it was down to a single page.
  7. Early in the series, it was revealed that Simone was a) kidnapped; and b) that she had suffered amnesia. It wasn’t until February that I knew what caused the amnesia!
  8. I didn’t know who the villain was for the series until 20 April!!! I mean, seriously!! I was within the last 10K of the end when I made this discovery!!!
  9. When Simone was kidnapped, her captor didn’t call her by her true name—got a little dicey there keeping track of that a few times.
  10. Whispering Winds has three different time lines that show up—when she was kidnapped, current story year, and before she was kidnapped!

 

Author’s Top 10 Favorites: Top 10 Favorite Movies

 

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – the one with Kevin Costner…  #swoons
  3. Pride and Prejudice – the one with Colin Firth – #doubleswoon
  4. Ever After
  5. Leap Year
  6. Stranger than Fiction
  7. Top Gun
  8. While You Were Sleeping
  9. Last of the Mohicans
  10. Diary of a Mad Black Woman

 

Snippet

I had heard, of course, rumors and scuttlebutt of Monsieur Fontaine as I scuttled about town. And as I knew him to be significant somehow to Lissette’s manipulations, I paid special attention whenever I heard his name mentioned.

He gambles, and evidently not very well; he loses more than he wins.

He has lost nearly everything he owned, and has suffered beatings and worse when he had nothing to offer as payment. How he came away with his life—on more than one occasion apparently—was a mystery and a miracle.

But the curiouser bits I heard were of days when he’d not been such the tyrant. When he had been an upstanding person in the community.

The vineyards had thrived then, producing a fine and abundant crop, and LeNuit wine, a wine I had had the pleasure of tasting on many occasions.

I heard the rumors of a ghost in the house, Bastille, and howling in the night. A woman traipsing about in her nightclothes, a woman who drove the horses in the ditch and burned the vineyards.

And I heard of a fire in the house, also at the hand of the woman.

But I never heard the name of the woman—and wondered had it been Lissette.

Was Fontaine the A.F. of her letters? Was he her brother? And what had happened to turn him from a happy man to the monster I now heard tell of?

More importantly, had it been from some deed at Lissette’s hand?

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Giveaway

TWWoS Giveaway

Prize pacakge will include the following:

-China cup and saucer
-Sampler of Saisons Plantation Tea
-Journal, hand made (not pictured)
-Earrings (not pictured)
-Candy (not pictured)
-Book mark
-Signed copy of Whispering Winds

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Tour Schedule

Tour Landing Page

June 4-Heidi Reads…
June 5-ReadingIsMySuperPower |  Paulette’s Papers
June 6-Singing Librarian Books
June 7-Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
June 8-Broken and Reclaimed
June 9-Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic

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Helpful Tour Information

1. The tour kit  for The Whispering Winds of Spring is now live.
2. The tour landing page will go live 11:30pm MT the night before the tour begins.
3. Have your posts up by 12 noon ET on your assigned day.
4. To help promote, please share posts links on social media sites, such as FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Please tag SLB when possible.  Thank you!

5. For those on Facebook, please also share your post in the team Facebook group.
6. If you are reviewing, please post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. as well as your blog.
7. When your blog post is live, please email me the link so I can update the tour landing page.  Thank you!

Tour Schedule and Assignments

June 4-Heidi Reads… (Spotlight (no review), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Author’s Top 10 Favorites, Snippet)
June 5-ReadingIsMySuperPower (Spotlight (no review), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book) |  Paulette’s Papers (Spotlight (no review), Snippet, Quote Memes)
June 6-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Author’s Top 10 Favorites, Snippet, Quote Memes, Social Media Share Graphic (provided by SLB))
June 7-Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations (Review, Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Quote Memes)
June 8-Broken and Reclaimed (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Social Media Share Graphic (provided by SLB))
June 9-Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic​ (Spotlight (no review), Ten Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book, Snippet)

A Thousand Sleepless Nights Tour Kit

A Thousand Sleepless Nights Tour

About the Book

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Is love stronger than grief?

After the death of her Aunt Jetty, the woman who raised her, Matilda White packs a single suitcase, leaving behind her home, her small town in Kansas, and the man she’s supposed to marry.

Henry Craig is a writer—if only he could find the right words. While sitting at a worn table in a Detroit library he sees a new librarian, Matidla, and suddenly the world erupts with words.

Six years later, Matilda and Henry load their young daughter Lucy, two antique typewriters, and a box of Henry’s love letters into the car and head off to a new life. But one snowstorm and a slippery road take it all away. In that black moment of tragedy Matilda turns to Henry and says, “I wish I’d never met you.”

The world goes dark.

Matilda wakes up in Jetty’s dilapidated house with no memory of the last six years. Beside her on the bed, a book and an antique typewriter.

Henry wakes up in his familiar spot in the library, a book and old typewriter squatting on the table beside him. He can’t remember the last six years.

Can words on a typed page, sent from one typewriter to another, push aside tar-thick pain and resurrect love?

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About the Author

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Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance. She’s the author of three previous books: Blood Moon, Black Moon, and Storm Moon. She also writes about books for ksl.com, and contributed regular book segments to “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker,” Utah’s number one lifestyle show. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. Visit her at teriharman.com.

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Review

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Giveaway

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Enter the givewaway HERE.

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Tour Schedule

May 28-Christian Bookaholic | cherylbbookblog
May 29-Blooming with Books | Heidi Reads…
May 30-Reading Is My SuperPower | Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic
May 31-Singing Librarian Books | Edits and Reviews by Leslie | Fiction Aficionado
June 1-Paulette’s Papers | Pause for Tales
June 2-Radiant Light Why Not Because I Said So

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Helpful Tour Information

1. The tour kit  for A Thousand Sleepless Nights is now live.
2. The tour landing page will go live 11:30pm MT the night before the tour begins.
3. Have your posts up by 12 noon ET on your assigned day.
4. To help promote, please share posts links on social media sites, such as FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Please tag SLB when possible.  Thank you!

5. For those on Facebook, please also share your post in the team Facebook group.
6. If you are reviewing, please post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, etc. as well as your blog.
7. When your blog post is live, please email me the link so I can update the tour landing page.  Thank you!

Tour Schedule and Assignments

May 28-Christian Bookaholic (Review) | cherylbbookblog (Spotlight (no review))
May 29-Blooming with Books (Review) | Heidi Reads… (Spotlight (no review))
May 30-Reading Is My SuperPower (Spotlight (no review)) | Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic (Spotlight (no review))
May 31-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight (no review)) | Edits and Reviews by Leslie (Spotlight (no review)) | Fiction Aficionado (Review)
June 1-Paulette’s Papers (Spotlight (no review)) | Pause for Tales (Review)
June 2-Radiant Light (Review) | Why Not Because (Review) I Said So (Review)

Safe House Book Blast Kit

Safe House Book Blast

About the Book

Safe House

Genre: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, LDS, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

True, it was her prison, but it was also her sanctuary.
Where can you turn when your house is not safe? In a small coastal town in Oregon, Amber and Kelly know the deadliest people sleep down the hall. As they attempt to escape the violent, domineering men in their lives, despair fights against faith and hope as an introduction to the Book of Mormon promises them a haven they can’t find in their homes. But getting out of these abusive situations is not as easy as it appears. With their lives spiraling out of control, can they have faith that God’s grace will save them?

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About the Author

Shannon-Symonds

Shannon Symonds announces her first book, “Safe House,” a 2017 Whitney Award Nominee released by Cedar Fort Publishing and Media in July of 2017.

Shannon 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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Author Interview

1. What top 5 books do you currently have on your TBR pile?
​5) I just finished Traci Abramson’s version of, Safe House, and loved it. I would like to go back and read the 1st book in the guardian series. I met Traci at Storymaker’s ​ Conference in Utah and she is not only fun and entertaining, she is as deep and caring as the characters in her stories.
4) I am currently reading, The Road to Freedom, by Shawn Pollock. I look forward to reviewing it on my blog. Already, I love his descriptions.
3) I want to finish Melanie Bateman’s The Time
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.​ ​I am part way through and have had to read other books. I look forward to finishing it.
​2) One by One by David A. Bednar. My daughter is a relief society president and she said the book was invaluable. She recommended I read it in relation to my work with survivors.  I have it downloaded in my Deseret Book, “Book Shelf,” and will listen while I clean, weed, and work.
1) The Book of Mormon, Old Testament. A little time with the scriptures on my iPhone, or audio each morning fills my spiritual bucket. I can’t face the world without bolstering my faith. We live in pretty tough times. I  believe, no matter what you believe spiritually, time spent on your physical, mental, and spiritual growth is time well spent.

2. What does your writing process look like and specifically what did it look like for Safe House?
I run daily on the beach or cement seawall called the “Prom,” by my house. I usually see the story I am working on like a movie while I am running. I think about the characters and spend time with my imaginary friends. Although I had the story outlined before I started writing Safe House, dialogue and little details were worked out by the sea. When I got home, I sat by my fireplace and wrote on a laptop.

When I wrote Safe House, I began in the winter. I spent many nights by the fire writing and then calling my sister Stacy to read to her, or reading my work out loud to Scott​. When I finished it,  I mailed it to Stacy and my cousin Kristi who red-penciled it and sent it back. They were my greatest cheerleaders.

I sent it to one publisher, who referred me to another. I rewrote the whole thing, changing a main character and had Stacy read it one more time. Stacy suggested I name it, “Saving Grace.” We were both excited by the name Grace, I changed my main character’s name.

I was so afraid to send it in, I let it gather dust for a while. Stacy kept pushing me. Finally, I sent it online to Cedar Fort. I will forever be grateful to Stacy for pushing me, and Cedar Fort for publishing my first novel.

Stacy passed away from Cancer a week before she could hold a hard copy in her hand. I gave her the first PDF copy and if you open the cover, you will see the book is dedicated to her. Stacy worked on the “Christmas Box House Foundation,” with Richard Evans, and did many other service projects internationally. She never told anyone. She never asked for attention. She gave all the credit to God. I am so grateful my sister Stacy and I had the Safe House adventure together and that I get to give her the credit she deserves.

3. What can you tell us about the sequel to Safe House (your current WIP)? What is this story about and when will it release?
The sequel to Safe House is a stand-alone story which takes place in the same beach town of Necanicum on the Pacific Coast as Safe House and with some of the same characters. Reader’s favorite characters like Advocate Grace James, her family, and Joe Hart are back. You will also meet Hope.

Grace James, Sexual Assault Advocate, and single mother is seeing signs of sex trafficking in the small coastal town of Necanicum, but what she doesn’t see is a way to do her job and protect her own family while Morgan, her ex-husband is out of prison. Will she and officer Joe Hart be able to stop the spreading evil before Hope Experience Flanagan, a homeless 17-year-old disappears forever or will Morgan take Grace’s life at the same time as he and his partner Vlad plan to take Hope to sea forever?

​I have an outline and a partial manuscript! I am so excited about this story. I love the characters. I currently run in the morning, work with foster youth at FosterClub during the day, and write at night. The draft will be complete June 1 if I can keep up the pace. I hope to have copy edits done in June. A book takes time to put together after it is approved by a publisher so I don’t have any dates yet.

4. Can you tell us what a day in the life of Shannon Symonds, Author looks like? What type of writing schedule do you have and what other obligations do you have on any given day?

​I think I am a pretty typical woman, I have more work than hours in a day. I wake up at 5:30 and run. I have my hair down to 5 minutes. Unfortunately, I just can’t get my shower down to less than 20 minutes of luxury. I am a gluten free, dairy free, fun free kind of eater, so I pack breakfast and lunch for work and listen to scriptures.

During the day, I work at FosterClub, a national non-profit headquartered in Seaside, Oregon with an office in Washington D.C.  I am the Outreach Manager. About 27 interns join us each summer for training and then go out and work with youth, state-level stakeholders, child welfare professionals, and policymakers across the country. It is busy!

After work, during the week, I write. I usually eat by the computer. I drag it to bed and write until I can’t stay awake any longer.

My daughter, her husband, and my adorable grandson Elliott live with me. Occasionally I break away from writing to bike ride with Elliott or take him for a walk to the beach. Fridaynight is date night. Saturday is run and family time. We fish, clam, have bonfires, hike, and kayak.  If it rains or storms, I write (Sometimes I pray for more rain!)

I never write or work on Sunday. Sunday is for family and good books. I have six children and their families. We try to get together a few times a month on Sundays. During the summer about 50 of my closest relatives also come to town and stay in my house, our family beach house, “Lassie Hame,” which is just down the road, or my sister’s  nearby “River House.” So I need to get my next book done before the gang gets to town June 17th.

My parents also have an apartment in my house and stay with me for 3 or so months a year. I love it when they come. My mother is a wonderful cook and helps me with the flowers. When I write in the evenings, she comes in to read or keep me company by the fire.

So you see, all in all normal. Trying every day to serve others and figure out what is good, better, or best.

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Grace drove up the winding road, high among large new homes. They sat along the edge of the lush Oregon forest on the Pacific Coast Range Mountains. She didn’t have to look too hard for the address. An ambulance and two lit up police cars, lights silently rotating, marked the last home at the top of the steep road. Light spilled from every window and the open front door. Ancient pines and a dark old growth forest swayed in the wind behind the house. On the front porch a woman was arguing with a medic, holding a bloody rag to her face…

…Making her way to the house, she walked between patrol cars and crossed the lawn. The ambulance driver had a clipboard and was trying to explain to Emily, the victim, that she needed to sign a waiver stating she was refusing services. Ignoring the ambulance driver and looking at Officer Hart, Emily was speaking and gesturing rapidly, demanding they leave her alone.

The officer she was spitting mad at was young and good-looking. Grace didn’t know how anyone could yell at Hart. His name was absolutely appropriate. Seeing Grace, he half-smiled, showing dimples, looking grateful for the interruption.

Flashing her own half-grin, her color rose. Looking down, she hoped he hadn’t noticed.

Sneak Peek from Book 2

Sneak Peek #1

Hope Experience Flanagan had to get out of the Rat’s trailer tonight. It made more sense to wait until her 18th birthday, or until the cold Oregon Coast weather warmed, but everything told her the Rat was dangerous and she was out of time.

“Come on Hope! I just want you to watch a movie with me.” the Rat begged from the other side of her locked bedroom door.

“I’m not coming out until Mom’s home!”

“See how nice I am! Your Mom hasn’t been home for weeks and I let you stay with me.”

“Just let me finish my homework,” she said nicely, trying to hide her frustration.

The flimsy bedroom door in the timeworn 1967 Rancho trailer shook angrily. Poised to move, Hope held her breath until it stopped. “You promise?” he yelled.

Finally,  she heard the Rat shuffle down the little hall. Five foot one Richard Culligan, ironically known as ‘Rich’ to his friends, and Rat to her, was her mother’s latest partner in a steady stream of companions. Hope hated them all.

The lacey ice on the windows of the Rat’s ancient trailer was as much on the inside in winter as on the outside. The trailer hadn’t moved for more years than Hope had been alive. It was parked in the Yeti Trailer Haven among other molding heaps of aluminum hidden by forest, vines, and foliage which obliterated their existence. Hope thought it was the best part of the coast. Magic green that erased every sign of man if you gave it long enough.

She sat on an old sleeping bag on a bare mattress, headphones in, music playing, when hailstones began pelting the aluminum walls. Gradually the torrent picked up. Larger and larger hailstones assaulted the windows so loudly it broke through her music and then it stopped.

Everything else she owned was packed in her old orange backpack including a Ziploc bag with a picture of her missing mother. Quietly, she pulled back the red rug, moved a loose floorboard, and dropped her pack into the black hole. Then, Hope slid down through the same hole and out from under Rich Culligan’s trailer forever.

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Grace James had a smile painted on her face, but her nylons had gradually fallen until she was sure the crotch was at her bony knees and below the hem of her skirt. She had been wearing two hour high heels for four hours and her feet begged for mercy. She stood tall, at the end of her thirties with her long blond hair sprayed into submission on stage next to her boss in the old Victorian Church, now the Bay City Performing Arts Center.

Grace’s boss Eunice had the microphone. Her gray bob looked purple in the spotlight. She took off her bedazzled cat eye glasses, and said to the audience, “Next I want to introduce our senior advocate, Grace James.”

Hailstones started pelting the large stained glass windows in the ancient hall.

Every head turned to look at the row of 20-foot windows lining both sides of the room as a cascade threatened to break through the glass. The echo was deafening and then ended almost as quickly as it started.

***NOTE: The working title for book two is FINDING HOPE by Shannon Symonds.  This book is not currently under contract and is in a draft form (although it has been to an editor).

Sneak Peek #2

Grace James had a smile painted on her face, but her nylons had gradually fallen until she was sure the crotch was at her bony knees and below the hem of her skirt. She had been wearing two hour high heels for four hours and her feet begged for mercy. She stood tall, at the end of her thirties, long blond hair sprayed into submission, on the stage next to her boss in the old Victorian Church, now the Bay City Performing Arts Center.

Grace’s boss Eunice had the microphone. Her gray bob looked purple in the spotlight. She took off her bedazzled cat eye glasses, letting them hang on their eyeglass chain and said to the audience at the annual Mother’s Day for a Safe House fundraiser, “Next I want to introduce our senior advocate Grace James who has worked over ten years as our lead domestic and sexual assault advocate. When victims of abuse are in need we can count on Grace.”

Grace wasn’t used to being center stage. Most of her life was spent working quietly behind the scenes, helping survivors of abuse, and that was how she liked it. She loved everything about her job, including the anonymity.

Would it be rude to just say, give us your money so we can get back to work? Grace thought. She wondered if the tall woman at the refreshment table was going to finish off all Mrs. Granderson’s lemon bars before Eunice stopped talking.

“We could not do what we do without dedicated senior advocates like Grace and Karen. When the phone rings, no matter what time of day they go to the scene of assaults or the hospital to meet survivors and give them options, empower them, putting them first, ahead of her own needs.” Eunice actually wiped tears from her eyes.

Grace stayed on stage while her boss talked about the rest of the staff,  but her thoughts wandered home to the mountains of laundry waiting to be folded. She checked the wall clock and began wishing she was home watching movies and folding laundry with her girls until the sound of hail brought her right back to reality.

Hailstones started pelting the large stained glass windows in the ancient assembly hall. Every head turned to look at the row of 20-foot windows lining both sides of the room as a cascade of stones threatened to break through the glass. The echo was deafening and then ended almost as quickly as it started.

Her boss started talking again when Grace silently stepped out of her shoes, her eyes rolling back in bliss and sighing as she smiled. A snicker ran through the audience and an older woman on the front row covered her husband’s eye’s. Eunice turned around and realized what had happened. She shot Grace a look, but without skipping a beat, she turned back around and said, “Well I guess that’s my cue to start the bidding. Senator White will start the auction with a Deep-Sea fishing trip generously donated by the Jensen family of Jensen, Jensen and Olsen fishing.”

Senator White, larger than life in her XXL black dress, sensible shoes, short spiky gray hair and Clark Kent style glasses took the stage. Karen and Eunice exited the stage, leaving Grace trying to put her feet back in her shoes without success. She had to bend over and pick up her heels without flashing anyone. As she stooped, she realized she had a one inch wide run on her black nylons. From the wings, her boss gave her a look, sighed and shook her head as Grace scurried off stage.

***NOTE: The working title for book two is FINDING HOPE by Shannon Symonds.  This book is not currently under contract and is in a draft form (although it has been to an editor).

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Guess Who’s in the Book of Mormon Tour Kit

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About the Book

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Genre: Children’s, LDS, Religious
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Learn all about the prophets and heroes in the Book of Mormon! This colorful picture book uses a simple question-and-answer format to help children discover who built a boat, who saved the king’s sheep, and who climbed up on a wall to tell the people to repent. An easy-to-read introduction to scripture stories that’s fun for the whole family!

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About the Author

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Molly has been writing stories since she learned to read them. She earned her degree in English at Brigham Young University, where she was studying when she fell in love with her husband while on a road trip. They have since continued exploring the world together and have three amazing children. She loves reading, writing, traveling, being outside and exploring new places with her favorite people. She currently lives nestled in the pines in Arizona with her family.

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An Imperfect Promise Blog Hop Kit

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About the Book

An Imperfect Promise

Series: Abiding Love
Genre: 
Christian, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication Date: April 27,  2018

Some promises aren’t meant to last a lifetime.

Gini would do just about anything to take care of the eleven orphans in her custody. She’s vowed to never marry, but that oath is pushed to the limits when John moves in next door. The new Nebraska rancher is a tad abrasive but willing to step in when the entire town has given up on her little orphanage. She’s prayed for help for so long, but are God’s plans even bigger than she can conceive?

There are some things a man can’t outrun.

John’s running from the love he left behind in Kansas. On a mission to help his sister, John takes over her ranch, which has seen its share of problems. Day after day, John fights against those trying to seize his land, but a more present danger lurks right next door, the sweet redheaded owner of the orphanage, who’s fast stealing his heart.

As the world closes in on him, John must protect his home from rustlers and his heart from getting trampled, once again. If he can’t, he just might lose them both.

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Kari Trumbo

Kari Trumbo is a co-author of the best-selling Cutter’s Creek continuity series as well as her personal series, The Seven Brides of South Dakota. She began her writing journey four years ago and has published over twenty titles through self-publishing. Prior to writing, she was a freelance developmental editor and beta reader.
Kari has a degree in Psychology and home schools her four children. She loves to learn new things and believes life should always be a learning environment. To continue her writing education, she is a part of the national Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers Association along with her local chapter, MN N.I.C.E.

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1. What are the top 5 books currently on your TBR pile?
I am so behind on my reading! Top 5 in no particular order are!
1) Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
2) When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin
3) The Innkeepers Daughter by Michelle Griep
4) Lady Jayne disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
5) The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

2. What does your writing process look like?  Specifically, what was it like for An Imperfect Promise?
To anyone looking in from the outside, my process is probably a mess, but this is just how my brain works the best. I always have 3 books going on at once and I juggle them throughout the day. In the morning, I’m doing rewrites before a book gets sent to the editor (and marketing my newest released titles). In the afternoon, I’m working on the edits of the next book I will release. In the evening, I’m writing the next book. It all flows really well. This is a full-time job for me and it’s rare that I don’t put in about 60 hours a week between writing, editing, marketing, and improving my craft.

3. What inspired the idea for An Imperfect Promise?
The whole story started with one man that I felt sorry for. I couldn’t just let him go. Poor John (the hero) was in love with Margot from one of my other series (To Love and Comfort) and he leaves to go help his sister. I was so sorry to see him go, even though he was not a particularly likeable character in the other book, and he’s not in the beginning of this book either. He had to be a grump, he’d just been betrayed. He’s angry and doesn’t trust women.

Then, I had to think of the perfect (imperfect) heroine for him. Someone who had also been hurt. A friend of mine and I were talking about promises one day and how people don’t treat them as importantly as they should. People toss around the word promise like they toss around the word love and it’s lost some of its meaning. That conversation lead to the creation of the Gini characters and what her deep turmoil could be.

4. What did you as an author take away from writing An Imperfect Promise?
So very much. I actually re-wrote this story more than three times. It was originally written to be a novella, then I found areas that needed deepening. It then became a short novel and I intended to submit it to Love Inspired Historicals. I found out while it was in editing that Love Inspired Historicals would not be taking any more westers. At that point, I knew the book didn’t need to be held back by a word count and my editor and I fleshed out everything. Now, it is a full length novel, and I’m more pleased with it than I was at any other point in its many stages of life.

5. What is your current WIP?  What can you share with us about it?
I’m currently working on the sequel to the first book of my Brides of Belle Fourche series. The first book is in the Timeless Love Charity Collection, but only for a limited time. I have the preorder up, but the novella itself is still in production. It’s called What the Heart Holds.

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A door behind him swung open, then closed with a soft click. “Might I help you find something?” asked a soft voice from behind him. He jumped at the intrusion and the woman’s proximity, slamming his head on the open cabinet door. He flung it closed, swallowing the harsh words that came too easy these days. Who in blazes could that be? White stars danced in front of his face, obscuring his vision. The brighter they flared, the more his head screamed at him. He blinked the bright flashes and moisture from his eyes to reveal a young woman. Her hair was either the brightest red he’d ever seen, or the glow around her meant she was an angel. She stood maybe five foot, short for a full-grown woman. He felt as cumbersome as a giant next to her. She paused by the door, a small basket clutched close. Now that the stars were clearing, he could make out her pleasant smile and pale-green eyes framed by a mass of curly red hair, smothered by a great yellow bonnet he’d mistaken for a halo. He wanted to smile back, if only the pain in his head would let him. The subtle tightening in his chest brought back thoughts of Margot, the woman he’d left back in Kansas, with dark hair and blue eyes. Remembering her would get him nowhere but angry, and he turned from the girl, scrubbing a hand across his face to erase both images. No sense living in the past. A man wasn’t a measure of what he carried with him, but he’d learned from it. “I don’t think that’ll help.” She stepped farther into the room and he glanced at her as a smile flickered across her face. She laid a gentle hand on his arm. Too gentle. He pulled away. He wasn’t there for kindness. He was there to work, and to forget. “Would you like a cool rag? I could get one for you. You might get a bump on your head.” Her voice was soft and coaxing, like she was speaking to a wary child, not a grown man. He pinched the bridge of his nose and used the motion to wipe the water collecting there. “I can get a rag all on my own.” His tone was more abrupt than he’d meant, and when she stepped back from him with hurt in her eyes, he cleared his throat and tried again. “Who are you, and what’cha doing in my kitchen?” He pressed his palm to his forehead against the pain, praying the little angel would get what she needed and move on. If she asked where Martha was, he’d be in an awkward place, since she hadn’t shown herself yet. Her smile faltered. “Your kitchen? Oh, you must be Martha’s brother. I didn’t realize you’d arrived. She’s been waiting for you for so long. I’m Gini. Martha lets me trade eggs for milk.” She set the basket on the counter and held out her hand to him. He stared at her for a minute while he found his voice. The girl certainly wasn’t afraid to face a stranger. He reached for her hand, small inside his own. He’d never thought of himself as peculiarly large, but she made him feel so. Her hand was soft, though calloused with work, and she took it back as quickly as she’d offered it. A nervous smile bloomed and fell from her face. “John. I’m John. Do you need me to get the milk for you?” He should just slug himself. Could he sound any more daft? Was he imagining that slight smile or just seeing what he wanted to? She took the eggs out of her basket and placed them in an empty one on the counter. “No thank you. I’m rather capable at this point, I’ve been doing it for a few months now. I’ve got to finish here and get back to the children.” She turned but tossed another small smile at him over her shoulder. “It was good to meet you”—she hesitated, and her face tinged a pretty pink—“John. Welcome to Nebraska.”

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The Whispering Winds of Spring Cover Reveal Kit

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About the Book

Series: Seasons
Genre:  
Historical, Romance
Publisher: Bird’s Nest Books
Publication date: May 31, 2018

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

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.

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

About the Author

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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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The Spirit of Christmas Tour Kit

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The Spirit of Christmas

George Stone can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over and his employees, especially his executive assistant, Kathryn Gleason, focused once again on their work. When a missing report requires George to stop in at Kathryn’s parents’ home the day before Christmas Eve, he ends up as an unexpected guest. Between the haunting journals of his late grandfather and the unsettling dream of an unhappy future, George is swept away by the magic of Kathryn’s charm and her family’s love.
Will the Spirit of Christmas show George the happiness he’s missing and will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt his cold heart?

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About the Author

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Lauraine lives with her husband, dog and cat on 68 acres of woodland 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Oregon, they moved their family of three children to Utah. From there they moved to Hawaii and Arizona, finally coming back to Oregon in 2015. Their three children, two girls and a boy, are all grown and live across the United States. After being a professional bookkeeper for over twenty years, she turned her hobby of writing into her first published novel in 2016. She loves to write inspirational romance and hopes her readers will be both entertained and uplifted by her stories. When she’s not writing, she loves to paint (watercolors, oils, and acrylics), sew, knit, crochet, and read (of course!).

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Author Interview

1. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Here are some of my favorite authors: Cindy Roland Anderson, Rachael Anders on, Cami Checketts, Diane Darcy, Regina Duke, Shannon Guymon, Shanna Hatfield, Heather Horrocks, Victorine Lieske, Lucy McConnell, Jennifer Peel, Regina Scott, Brooke St. James, Staci Stallings, and Amy Vastine to name a few! I am always trying out new authors in the genre I like to read and write.
Do they inspire your own writing? I’ve been told that to be a good writer, you should read good authors in your own genre. In that sense, yes, the authors I read inspire me. I believe the high quality of their craft rubs off on me when I write. At least, I hope so.

2. If you were to go to lunch with one of the characters of your book, who would you go with and why?
I love my leading characters, but I already know them inside and out. So, I would go to lunch with Katherine’s mother, Mary. She is a positive-thinking woman who isn’t blind to the sparks flying between her daughter and George. I would love to talk to her about her faith, attitude, and peace as she deals with the difficult circumstances in her family’s lives.

3. Which character in the book was the easiest to write and why?
The easiest character to write was Katherine. She is a beautiful person inside and out. I could see her sense of spirit and confidence in her own faith as she gently works on George. The hardest and why? The hardest would be George, because he is the other leading character and I didn’t really delve into the supporting characters much. His character was more difficult because I needed to see things from the perspective of a life filled with disappointment, which isn’t my life. I drew on my imagination more when deciding the natural reaction he would have to the events of the story.

4. What inspired the idea for The Spirit of Christmas?
I love the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Because I am always “listening” for the next inspiration for a new story, I pondered the idea of a Scrooge who would not only find the spirit of Christmas at the end of his holiday, but find love as well. From there, when I changed the Bob Cratchit character to a young woman, the story came to me quickly.

5. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Spirit of Christmas?
Beyond the normal hope for readers to feel that they have spent a pleasant couple of hours reading about two people who found each other in the end, I want to evoke a feeling of the beauty of Christmas and the idea that people can change their attitudes when they’re exposed to positive, uplifting people (even when their lives aren’t perfect). Yet, in the end, I just want them to close the book with a smile and then tell their friends…😊

6a. What is your current WIP?
Daisies in the Driveway

6b. What can you tell us about it?
It’s the story about two un-related grandchildren who are offered the opportunity to take over their respective grandparents’ Bed & Breakfast/Campground. They have a disjointed combined history connected to the bed and breakfast. Besides the tumultuous events as they learn to manage the business over the course of the summer they take over the inn, they find additional trouble by making erroneous judgment calls, temporarily preventing them from exploring their growing feelings for each other.

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Kathryn awkwardly squeezed past George to leave the room. The electricity between them was almost palpable and he would have bet money she felt it as much as he did. The buzz while she passed him emphasized the emptiness he felt at Kathryn’s departure and added to his emotional strain.

It wasn’t until he started undressing that he realized how out of place his shirt and slacks from work appeared. The elegant cut of his business wear shouted ‘stranger’ in the make-shift bedroom of the back pantry of an old farmhouse. And until this very moment, George would have agreed and embraced the ‘stranger’ label. Now he wasn’t so sure he liked it for himself.

Loosening his tie, he slid it off his neck and rested it on the end of the bed. Pulling his shirt tail out of his pants, he unbuttoned a few buttons and then unhooked the waistband of his slacks. He looked around for a hanger, but the cupboard in the wall held only shelves and he couldn’t see anywhere to hang his pants and shirt.

“Oh!” Kathryn’s voice surprised George and he grabbed the wall to keep from falling over while his heart jumped around in his throat.

“I’m so sorry. I should have knocked. I didn’t know you would get ready so fast,” she said. The merry twinkling in her eyes as she looked him up and down in his disheveled state brought back that crimson rush.

“Did you want something?” George asked in his most boss-like manner.

Kathryn swallowed and her eyes burned into his. He hung his hands to his side, feeling exposed, even though he was still completely dressed. Had he said that wrong?

Kathryn recovered before George could answer himself. “I brought you these,” she said, holding out a pair of plaid pajama pants. “They belong to my brother-in-law so they should fit. I thought you might be more comfortable in case you had to get up in the night…or something.”

George couldn’t stop the smile as he watched Kathryn’s embarrassed face match his own for color. “Oh, uh, thank you.”

Kathryn turned away quickly, letting him know how to find the bathroom as she hustled through the kitchen.

Two hours later, George laid on his back, his arms crossed behind his head and stared at the ceiling. Visions of Kathryn sitting at the dinner table, tucking her nieces and nephew into bed, and bringing him pajamas refused to fade away and let him sleep. The memory of her uncontrollable laughter echoed in his heart. Rolling over, he buried his face into the pillow and groaned. The scent of her soft floral perfume infiltrated his defenses until he gave in and relaxed. It was only then that he finally succumbed to a fitful sleep.

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Tour Schedule

May 7-Paulette’s Papers
May 8-Blossoms and Blessings
May 9-Singing Librarian Books | Mel’s Shelves
May 10-Remembrancy
May 11-Christian Bookaholic | Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic
May 12-Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Reviewer: Mindy Houng

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Tour Schedule and Assignments

May 7-Paulette’s Papers (Spotlight (no review), Snippet)
May 8-Blossoms and Blessings (Review, Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet)
May 9-Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet) | Mel’s Shelves (Review)
May 10-Remembrancy (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet)
May 11-Christian Bookaholic (Review) | Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic (Spotlight (no review), Snippet)
May 12-Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight (no review), Author Interview (via SLB), Snippet)

Reviewer: Mindy Houng

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