Tuesday, September 27, 2016

She Walks in Power by MaryLu Tyndall ends 10/3

Please welcome MaryLu Tyndall to my blog this week! I love MaryLu and her books. MaryLu is giving away a copy of her new release, She Walks in Power. Leave a comment telling MaryLu about an experience you had or comment on her experiences to be entered. Be sure to leave your email address and don't forget to let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. 

Angels, Demons, Spirits, Oh my!
By MaryLu Tyndall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see an angel, a demon (shudder), or get a glimpse into the spirit realm that exists all around us?  After all, we are told in the Scriptures that the spirit realm is far more real than this one we currently live in. We are told that we only see through a foggy glass now, but when we pass into eternity we will see clearly. The truth is, I know many people who have seen things in the spirit realm from time to time. My husband is one of them, a pastor I know another, and several other friends. Occasionally, God will bless us with spiritual sight and grant us a glimpse into eternity. But only if you believe.
That’s one of the reasons I wrote She Walks in Power. My heroine, Alexia has the gift of discerning of spirits, and on occasion she sees beyond the veil into the real world wherein lives spiritual beings of both good and evil, along with such beauty we cannot even imagine. This is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that is still in operation today, but sadly, very few preachers teach anything about it or any of the other gifts.

Almost everything that Alexia sees in the book has been taken from experiences of people I trust. My
hope is that it will give people a glimpse into the spirit realm they wouldn’t otherwise have, as well as show them how to use this amazing gift from God. I also hope it will open people’s minds to start thinking in terms of eternity. We are all just passing through this world. If we’re lucky we may have 80 or 90 years, after which we spend our eternity in one of two places. If we know Jesus, heaven. If we reject Him, hell. Sorry to be so blunt, but that’s the truth of it.
Because our true home is in the eternal realm, we should be excited about it, yearn to get a glimpse of it, and of course learn how to do battle against the evil beings who live there in order to advance the Kingdom of God. This is what Alexia must do when she encounters an evil force intent on destroying her. She must learn to do spiritual battle, which only happens in the spirit realm.

I hope you’ll pick up She Walks in Power and travel alongside Alexia as she peers behind the veil and battles her enemies. Of course there’s also loads of adventure, suspense, and of course, romance with a very hunky knight!  

Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.

Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard.

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.

About MaryLu:
 Best-selling author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, three grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.

Buy the Book:  http://amzn.to/2boVya1

Monday, September 19, 2016

Anne Flosnik Audio Narrator PLUS Giveaway!

Please welcome Anne Flosnik to my blog this week. I am excited to have Anne here with me. She's a delightful lady and I am so blessed to have narrated Sword of Forgiveness. We are giving away an audio copy of Sword of Forgiveness, a kindle copy, as well as a paperback. Read on down to see how to enter.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. In My kitchen, wearing workout gear.

When did you realize you had a talent for narrating books?
In English Literature class in high school, when I had the opportunity to read out loud in front of the class from classics such as “Kidnapped,” by Robert Louis Stevenson ,and “Macbeth,” by Shakespeare. I loved the thrill of speaking such fine words aloud, and the feeling of performance.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? Honestly, there are too many to mention, and some may not have been written yet.

What is something that very few people know about you? I am a trained nurse and was a midwife in England.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) My mother’s wedding ring.

Can you give us a brief idea what all is involved in narrating a book?

Once you cast reading the book from cover to cover, making two lists. One list for pronunciations I am unsure of, and to keep words consistent during performance, and a list of character descriptions, and notes on the text. Researching all the pronunciations I can find on my own, if there are any I can’t find, I email a list to the publisher or the author if I am working with one directly. When recording begins, I aim to complete two finished hours per day, which may involve several hours in the chair. At the beginning of each new day of recording, I listen back to a few minutes of the previous day’s recording to return to that emotional place, and dive back in.

How many books have you narrated? Over 500. I began my career narrating for the National Library Of Congress Service ( NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I currently have 252 titles on Audible.com.

What is your favorite genre to narrate?

If the writing is good, it can be pretty much anything. I have a fairly diverse portfolio. 

What makes you choose a book or reject a narrating job?
The quality of the writing is the single most important factor. I evaluate each book on it’s own merits.

Ask Anne a question to be entered into the giveaway. Don't forget to leave your email address. Share on FB and or Twitter for an extra entry. If you follow my blog with Feedburner or join now don't forget to let me know for another free entry. 

About Anne:

Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi award winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. Anne has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, Three Library Journal Starred Audio Awards, an ALA Award, and has four Audie Award nominations, including "Anna And The King Of Siam." Her narration of "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine, and one of the Top 40 Best Audiobooks of 2009 by Library Journal.

Anne was winner of APA "Blogger Of The Year 2015" Jennifer Conner "If I Picked Audie Award Winners, 2015," winner Non Fiction with "The Art Of The English Murder."

Anne won a TIVA DC Peer Award 2014 - Book Narration Female "The Forgotten Seamstress."

The UK newspaper, the Independent awarded her narration of "The Churchills In Love And War," #2 position on their list of "The Ten Best Audiobooks 2011."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel ends 9/19

Please welcome Amber Schamel to my blog this week. Amber is giving away an ebook copy of her book so be sure to read on down on how to enter. And don't forget to leave your email addy or let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. 

Historical Fiction – It’s a conspiracy!
By Amber Schamel

I loved history class. But that makes me weird. Most of the folks I’ve talked to HATED history in school. Just a bunch of boring dates, names, and events that don’t even matter today. To a history lover, this sounds like heresy! However, I’ve also had the privilege of meeting a few folks that have been converted from this type of thinking. ;) And it was done through Historical Fiction.

I love historical fiction because it takes the names, dates, and events and breathes life and character into them. It causes the scenes of history to come alive in the mind. It brings out the story behind the names and dates. I suppose you could say that it takes history and plants it into a more palatable form.

I remember one time my mother did this. She conspired to make the family eat eggplant unknowingly. She made lasagna and used thinly sliced eggplant in place of the noodles, hoping that the sauce, meat and cottage cheese would make it unnoticeable. Let me tell you, it didn’t work. Eggplant does not at all compare to pasta, I don’t care what nutritionists say. Nasty stuff. It didn’t cut like noodles, it tasted horrible, and I nearly lost my appetite for lasagna altogether. To this day, the only thing I like about eggplant is the lovely color of purple it is. Nice to look at, but don’t ask me to eat it.

Historical fiction has a similar challenge. To take history and make it interesting, gripping, and an unforgettable adventure. In this way, some folks might consider us authors to be conspirators. Working together to brainwash people into loving and consuming history, without even knowing it.

If that’s a crime, I’m guilty. Guilty of hoping to share the love and fascination I have with the past and it’s many intriguing people and happenings.

So, what do you think? Is historical fiction a “conspiracy”? Has historical fiction changed the way you see history? Have you ever run across a historical book that felt like eggplant lasagna? Share your thoughts below to get your name in the drawing to win an ebook copy of Dawn of Liberty

Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost?
British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams' shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King's wrath in the hearts of his countrymen?
Three riveting short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and evokes the Dawn of Liberty.
Dawn of Liberty
Liberty hangs in the balance. With Pennsylvania's vote divided, the declaration may not pass. Samuel Adams has two hours to convince the delegates to pass the document or the lives sacrificed for freedom will be worthless.

About Amber:
Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.


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Monday, September 5, 2016

Mountain Christmas Brides by Susan Page Davis ends 9/12

Please welcome a very sweet and talented lady, Susan Page Davis. Susan is giving away a copy of Mountain Christmas Brides to one lucky winner. Be sure to read on down on how to enter.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am sitting at my desk wearing blue capris, a white tank top, and socks. No shoes.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
Now and again it happens. The hero in a novella I wrote recently killed the heroine’s father. That’s pretty grim. My novellas are usually quite frothy and upbeat, but this one needed a somewhat darker plot, so the hero, who was trying to be a nice person, up and … well, you’ll have to read Seven Brides for Seven Texans when it comes out in December to get the full story on that one.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
I remembered back to when I had horses in Maine, where the snow gets deep. We usually kept them in the barn all winter, but if they got out, they cut loose, after being confined so long. One of them did just that and tore off down the driveway. He got off the side, into a deep snow drift and floundered around until he was stuck. We had to dig him out. On a happier note, my brother once had me tie a waterskiing tow rope to the same horse’s saddle horn and pull him up a hill on his skis.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept?
Now, Debbie, do you really think I’m going to tell you and the world? Nice try!

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I am very fond of a little bottle my father brought back from the Philippines after World War II. It has scenes painted on the inside of the glass.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I would like to meet my great-great-great-grandfather, Greengrove Dudley, and ask him why he did some of the things he did. It appears that he was one of those men who conveniently “got lost” in the Gold Rush. I think it’s time he accounted for himself and faced his responsibilities.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I am constantly amazed by the oddities of history. One of the more amazing things I came across was the Great Molasses Flood in Boston in 1919. It began with a huge tank for storing molasses, sort of like the big water tanks and grain silos with which we are more familiar. Owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company, the tank on Commercial Street was 58 feet high and more than 90 feet in diameter, holding 2,300,000 gallons of molasses. This tank ruptured, sending all that molasses rushing (well, okay, slowly pouring) down the streets of Boston. You can read more about it in a blog post I did here: http://www.hhhistory.com/2013/05/bostons-great-molasses-flood-1919-by.html

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I would love to be a member of Van Reid’s Moosepath League. The entire series enthralls me.


My featured book is Mountain Christmas Brides, which released Sept. 1. It’s a novella 
collection of republished novellas. Mine is called “Almost Home,” and is set in Colorado. Patricia is determined to get home to the ranch before her aunt gives birth, but a blizzard gets in her way. One of my reviewers claimed she nearly froze to death while reading this book, so be forewarned. You might want to curl up with a cup of hot tea and an afghan.
I’m giving away a copy of this book to one person who comments here. To enter for Susan's book leave a comment about one of her answers or answer one of the questions I asked Susan.

Find Susan at:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Blog on the 23rd day of each month at: www.hhhistory.com  
Buy Mountain Christmas Brides at:
Amazon Kindle and paperback: http://amzn.to/2c3Jhrk