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.



  1. Justina, So nice learning of you and your book. I have adult children and a granddaughter( that I have yet to meet) because of distance to, you are right it is very difficult .
    Your book sounds fascinating and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you

  2. Lovely interview! We have a butterfly "garden" here and we love to visit the humid room with all the special butterflies. How fun to actually have one land on you! Thank you for sharing those memories with us.
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

  3. It was nice to "meet" you. Your book sounds very interesting. I would love to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  4. I wish I could meet each of you. Thank you for checking it out and wish you all could win one! This book is dear to my heart and I wish my sister, Anna, could have lived long enough to see it published. She never lost faith that it would.

    God bless all of you!

  5. I would love to win a copy of your book for my church library. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.

  6. And I would love to see it in a church library! Good luck!

  7. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Debbie Lynne! :)

    How did December arrive so suddenly!? I've missed dropping by your lovely blog, but I had some rough months to get through, and I'm finally getting back into my regular blog reading patterns! I found you on Twitter though, and was most happy to see that your quite busy actually! Wow. I don't know how you keep up with it all! I've missed our conversations, but I am hoping your in good health & that the latter half of the year has gone well for you and your family! Your always close in thought,...

    Ms. Prima, did you know that Adams & Jefferson were best friends who did not share political ideologies and that its through their differences that their friendship was strained to the brink of where Mrs. Adams had to intervene in order for them to re-align prior to death or they would have exited Earth without resolving the rift!? My Mum is a BIG Adams/Jeffersonian appreciator and I never tire of learning more about this wicked sweet part of American Revolutionary history! Such a bevy of history wrapped up in such a short time expanse! I do wonder why more historical novels are not set there! Such an electricity!

    Hope and faith alight like butterflies, gentle and soft full of love upon our shoulders! :) Your sister surely feels your presence and warm glow of sisterly love!! May you always have time to sit in that special spot, (at the Butterfly Pavilion) marveling at the butterflies in flight and kissing her joyful memories when they alight!

    I'm a HUGE appreciator of Jane Austen! I re-read "Pride & Prejudice" for "Classics Re-Told" and due to circumstances I had to put aside the reading challenge until now: December! :) I'm trying to read more sequels & re-tellings of "Pride!" throughout the month, and blog about it as part of my original intentions for the challenge itself! :) Have you ever read the sequel authors contributions!? I try to seek out the ones who not only honour the original canon but have something to extend the story of by a measure of what Ms. Austen herself might recognise as a substantial addition! :)

    The riddle attached to your novel bespoke of a larger story which might have ramifications that even the bloke who found the ring may not yet fully understand its scope! Wow. That reels you in! :)

    Thankful for the chance to be introduced to you!
    Happy Christmas, early!

    *Feedburner Follower! :)

  8. Hello ladies. That would be very interesting to find something. Andddd how bad to miss it by just not looking at the right place near you. I love a mystery and would love to win this book. And Debbie I am one of your Feedburner followers. Thanks for the two chances to win this book.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  9. Hi, Jorie and Maxie! I can safely say that probably every person in this world has missed something by not looking at the right moment. And how thankful I am that I don't know it! Just as you will see with Adela, perhaps it was good she did miss it...but then, again, is it?

    I am a huge Revolutionary War and Civil War fan. I read each biography of the important generals and all those making a huge difference. Yes, I did know about their differences and Mrs. Adams stepping in. Did you also know that she is responsible for the small pox vaccine in this country? What an amazing woman!

    I do so hope you all enjoy the book. Don't hesitate to write a review on Amazon! Good luck!