Monday, November 25, 2013

The Pawnbroker's Ring by Jusina Prima ends December 2nd



Please welcome Justina Prima to The Sword and Spirit. It's been fun getting to know Justina. She's graciously offered to giveaway her new release, The Pawnbroker's Ring. Leave a comment to be entered to win.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. 
I’m at my desk and wearing a sweater and loose pants. Just got back with my husband from the corner restaurant where we had a cheese and fruit platter. Drizzly rain on our walk home in the dark!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? 
One of the most amazing things is that Adams and Jefferson, having signed the Declaration of Independence and been on opposite sides of the issues, died on the same day, same year—on the anniversary of the signing!

What is something that very few people know about you?  
I would have to say how much I miss my children and grandchildren. Life is so short and it slips by like ‘a shadow and a dream.’ It saddens me greatly how little time I spend with them.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) 
I have so many favorites, but right up there battling for number one is a large butterfly crystal I hang in the window, east or west. My sister and I went to the Butterfly Pavillion here in Denver one fine day. Such a wonderful time. If you have never had the joy of being there, people have access to a very large room which is high humidity, little streams, trees and bushes that attract butterflies—downright peaceful. There are areas to sit and you won’t be able to leave the place without butterflies landing on you. There are very rare ones also. Now that my sister is with God, I look at the prisms on the wall from this beautiful crystal and think of her.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why? 
I can’t help but feel I was always meant to be a nurse, as I am now. I would have wanted to be a nurse during the Civil War.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be? 
The Unbelievable


What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? 
Pride and Prejudice. I read it every year!

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)? 
I have pretty much hidden how very much I miss my two children (not children anymore!) and my grandchildren. They all live in Chicago and I pray that one day we will be closer again. I think of them every day and pray for God’s blessings on them.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
Living out on a 1,000 acres in a miner’s cabin for three years—No electricity, no running water (except the beaver-free creek right out back!), and the only amenity was the outhouse.


A ring washes onto Salem's shore in the year 1830, a bottle its boat, a note its blanket. Zachariah has found it and watches as the ring takes part in many lives. He is also keeping a secret. Someone has stolen the ring and only he knows who it is.














More about Justina:
Justina Prima lives with her husband in Colorado, a full-time hospice nurse and writes as much as possible the rest of the hours of the week. She has a son and daughter in Chicago and three young grandchildren. This is her first published novel, now working on the second.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Diane Dean White



Welcome Diane Dean White. It's good to have you here this week. 
 
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in the computer room where my hubby and I both have our computers and where I’m up early each morning writing on mine. I have a lounge robe on and its night time. I’m surrounded with photos of my loved ones, my first magazine column the editor framed, and an old antique desk with more photos and memorabilia on it. We have a window that faces the Gulf of Mexico and from the fifth floor we have a beautiful view of evening sunsets.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I think having someone in Florida tell me that the Klan never existed when reading some of my writing. I attended college in Florida and knew that wasn’t true, and I had a lot of evidence in my research and numerous books that were written to confirm it.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I love antiques and have a miniature slipper collection made of glass and china; and also eggs, which are mostly china. I love teacups and used to do story-book theme teas for young girls from our church. Two of our three grown children are overseas and bring thimbles from their travels. One of my first short-stories I wrote is called “Grandma’s Thimble,” which was the beginning of my collection.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I don’t own a copy of Gone with the Wind, but I have some favorite pieces of furniture that belonged to both sets of grandparents. An old beveled curio cabinet means a lot to me, and belonged to my grandmother. And an old oak secretary with a desk that comes out and book shelves, where I keep my collectibles was part of my other grandparents home for as long as I remember.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why?
I think the Lord put me in this time period for a special reason. I think back to the past and although living in the 1800’s may have been exciting, I can’t imagine not having powder rooms facilities and making trips outside at night. I’m fine in this time period. J

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Like the song, “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus.”

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
In high school, it was CHRISTY.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
Oh, I’m a secret’s best friend, and I’ve held onto some good ones, and I still am. J

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
They would be along the line of using baker soda instead of powder and cooking mistakes when we were first married. Before that….let me count the ways; I had a lot of fun and good friends to enjoy doing things with.

More about Diane:

Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, as a stay-at-home Mom. She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her book, newly released, On a Summer Night, is a story of suspense and romance. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-one years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart.


On A Summer Night, Kate and Vanessa hadn’t planned on the summer night that changed their lives. Could they have imagined the darkness that descended and how awful fear could be? The area with beauty and sweeping moss, gentle palm trees and Florida breezes was wrapped with the memory of the awful evening. They played at being cheerful and returned home to yet another sorrow. Times steals away from the 60’s, and the memory of what happened was hidden in the recesses of Kate’s mind. She and her husband, newly retired returned to the winter home where so many memories were stored. Can she trust God to help her find forgiveness? Will her husband understand? She knew he needed to hear her story.



Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com
Her ministry, Seeds of Encouragement, for hurting people. http://www.dianedeanwhite.com/seedsofencouragement.html
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