Monday, April 22, 2019

Fun With Kathy and 3 great giveaways!

Please welcome my critique partner, best friend, and awesome author, Kathleen L Maher to my blog this week! Kathy is giving away to two lucky winners choice of her Shenandoah books. And I am giving away a folded book art. Read on down to find out how to enter.

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


I am actually dressed before 7 AM today! It’s a small miracle. I have on denim capris, an orange cotton embroidered tee and my Third Day zip-up hoodie. And purple fuzzy slippers. They’re hideous and comfy as all get out.


I’m in my living room, and I am wearing brown pants, a brown and sage shirt and sage sweater. Another miracle to be dressed early in the day. I’m winning at life. What can I say? 😉

Debbie Lynne: Drat! I thought today was going to be PJ day!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?


I was doing research on Charleston during the Civil War, so I had my ears open for all things related. I was listening to the radio and heard my local weatherman talk about the strangest weather incident he’d ever heard. He claims to say that a live alligator, fully grown, fell from the sky and landed downtown Charleston in 1862. Can you imagine the rumors of apocalypse that must have circulated? Just today I read on Yahoo news about a two-foot shark that fell out of the sky on a golf course in California. They think an osprey dropped it. Why can’t it be money, falling on my lawn? Twenties and fifties would be lovely. Or gold. I’ll take gold as long as nobody gets hurt when it falls.


I can’t top that. But a close second is a Civil War soldier I once read about. He was shot as he had one leg up in his saddle stirrup, standing at his horse’s side. He died instantly, and rigor mortis somehow froze him in that position.

Debbie Lynne: Good Grief! I can just hear the officer that found him and taps him on the shoulder. ‘Soldier, what are you scared stiff?’

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?


I know everyone says toothpaste and deodorant, and that is a good answer. So besides those, I would bring photos of our modern marvels like airplanes and space travel. I figure it will be a great conversation starter, if it doesn’t get me burned at the stake for sorcery!


Chocolate. Don’t judge me. And my husband. I don’t travel well without either.

Debbie Lynne: Good thing you are bringing him along with you in June when you come to see me. I’ll send chocolate ahead. 😉

What is something that very few people know about you?


Hmmm, I am relatively unknown, so pretty much everything! Heehee Okay. Most people don’t know that I used to have a really good singing voice. In high school I had the privilege of attending New York State School Music Association’s All State choir two years in a row. We stayed at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills, the same place where Sinatra and so many others have sung. It was a real thrill. But asthma and chronic allergies have eroded that voice from what it once was. I still love to sing along to Kari Jobe and Kutless and Tenth Avenue North, among my favorites. Just not where others can hear me. LOL


Yeah, I’m still a relative unknown. 😉 But those who know me now would probably find it hard to believe I was once young and thin. I find it hard to believe myself.

Debbie Lynne: Don’t let her fool you! Her name and books are growing in popularity every day! She’s still a young chickadee. And she is beautiful inside and out!

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


My home.

It has creaky floors and a slowly shifting foundation and a roof that will need replacing, but I am so very thankful to God for my home. We were once homeless as a family when my husband was out of work, and I appreciate the miracle it is to live here in a beautiful small town where crime is rare and the church bells chime three times a day, and where I can tend my gardens and watch my children play in safety. I wish everyone that blessing.


Same. And it has a new roof, by a miracle provision of God.

Debbie Lynne: Except now it is her grandchildren playing in the yard.  

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?


None. Honestly, I think that is why I write. I’ve read books that I love, but none of the characters ever did what I would have and that made me want to write myself in their shoes, to explore a story world with my own imagination rather than only getting to see what the author shows. That is why there is so much of me in each character I write.


Burning Sky by Lori Benton. I was haunted by the boy that lives in the woods. I want to go there and adopt him. Feed him a good meal. Give him a warm bed. And show him kindness and appreciation for his bravery.

Debbie Lynne: She proves my point. She’s beautiful inside and out.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?

I am fascinated by the end times. A little fearful, too, to be honest, with all the tension and hate of the world converging on little Israel to annihilate her. But if these aren’t the end times already, I would wish to be in the generation that gets to witness the Lord’s return and to be taken up to meet Him in the air. What could be more fabulous than that?


Any time my mom was still alive, and I could tell her how much I appreciate her. Yeah, my eyes are leaking.

Debbie Lynne: Awe. But you will see her again and the cool thing is it could be in your 2012 time period to live in pick!

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


Not Perfect Yet


Still Not Perfect

Debbie Lynne: But Pretty Darn Close

Thanks for having me on your blog, Debbie Lynne. Both then and now. 😉


Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. “Love Brick by Brick,” a novella with her hometown’s history, appeared in BARBOUR’s 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection. Her Civil War romance The Abolitionist’s Daughter released in 2018 and Book 2, The Chaplain’s Daughter in 2019. She has another novella coming out in Barbour’s schoolteacher collection Lessons on Love in Oct 2019. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo.

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I’m offering a GIVEAWAY of winner’s choice of my books. I’ll give an e-copy to two winners, randomly selected, of either Book 1 The Abolitionist’s Daughter, or Book 2 (in Sons of the Shenandoah Series), The Chaplain’s Daughter.

To enter, answer this interview question:

If you could go back in time and change a historical event, where and when would that be, and what would you hope would be the outcome?

You can get bonus entries by following me on any of those media sites listed above or signing up for my newsletter. I don’t have a live link to sign up, so leave your email addy in the comment and I’ll add you manually. Let me know your total # of entries in the comments.

Okay, a good luck!

 A feisty army laundress must disarm a grieving Confederate Captain’s pride to win his heart.

Twin brothers part ways over a fiery social crusader. Can love mend fences burned by war? 

Book art folded with love by me, Debbie Lynne!