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Author, Author! Joel Thimell

9 Sep

Today, Joel Thimell, author of The Saga of The Patriarchs series is visiting By The Book. The two books in the series, Long Road Out of Ur and Where Your Treasure Lies, are Biblical fiction featuring Abraham, Sarah, and Lot. Joel is a new-to-me author, so I am very interested in his books and his writing life. Welcome, Joel!

 

By The Book: Many authors say that they have always been a writer — making up stories as a child. When did you first become a writer?

Joel: I studied journalism after college and worked as a writer for several years — but I never believed in my ability to write fiction. Dialogue, in particular, frightened me. How could I know what all these people were going to say all the time?

BTB: Was there a special someone, such as a teacher, parent, or other relative, who encouraged you to pursue writing?

Joel: I had two English teachers (a mother and her daughter) my senior year of high school. One taught Creative Writing and the other, American Literature. They would read my papers out loud, first to each other over the phone, then in front of the class the next morning. Although I would have happily buried myself in a hole rather than feel all those eyes upon me, somehow I also found it quite gratifying that they seemed to enjoy these silly little creations of mine.  

BTB: Why did you choose Biblical fiction?

Joel: I did not choose Biblical fiction — it chose me. I used to sit in church and Sunday School and listen to Bible stories and wonder: “How did those people have the strength to do such amazing things? Someone ought to write a book about them.” Years later, it finally hit me, that maybe I was that someone . . .

BTB: Were there any obstacles you faced in your journey to publication?

Joel: Like most people who write a novel, I dreamed of it appearing on the shelves of my local library and in bookstores around the country. And like 99.9% of new authors, I discovered that was just a dream . . .

Publishing houses used to have staffs of people who read new manuscripts looking for hidden treasures. Not anymore. Agents used to hunt for new talent.  No longer.

Most new authors can’t even get their queries answered by a publisher or an agent. I was “lucky.” I have a close friend whose sister is the non-fiction editor for a major Christian publishing house. She ran my three sentence blurb by her colleagues in the fiction aquisitions area who told her that I didn’t fit their formula.

And even if an agent or publisher likes your work, most won’t consider accepting it, unless you have a ready-made social platform with thousands of subscribers. So after 8 months of no’s or no answers, I decided to publish myself using Amazon.

BTB: What types of research do you pursue? Books, on-site visits, etc.

Joel: Although I have never been to Iraq, Egypt or Israel (the setting for my books), I have traveled extensively in primitive areas of Africa. I took a dugout canoe safari with a native guide through the Okavango Swamp which inspired several scenes in Long Road Out of Ur. A whitewater rafting trip down the Zambezi River found its way into Where Your Treasure Lies.

I spent eighteen months in the library researching Ancient Sumer and Egypt before writing the first line of my first book, Long Road Out of Ur. If I was going to make the story of Abraham and Sarah more meaningful to a modern audience, I needed to immerse myself in their culture. I needed to understand what they wore, what they ate, how they thought and spoke, lived and died.

I read over 20 books and hundreds of internet articles detailing Sumerian religion, history, politics, laws, trade, commerce, food and drink, literature and family relations.

BTB: What does a typical writing day look like? Are you structured or informal in your writing schedule?

Joel: I have discovered that I need to write whenever the inspiration strikes. Often, a scene will pop into my head as I’m turning the lights off, so I jump out of bed and jot it down before I lose it. I usually walk at least one hour per day (to fight my diabetes) and I will hash out diaogue and the next scene while I’m out. As soon as I return, I write it down.

BTB: How long does it usually take to craft your books? (from outlines/first drafts to final edits)

Joel: My first book took nearly nine years to complete. I owned a small cafe which kept me busy during the day, so I could only write after my two daughters were tucked into bed late at night. After closing the cafe, I decide to write full-time, so that I would not wake up in retirement one day wishing that I had finished my books. So the sequel, Where Your Treasure Lies, only took about eighteen months.

BTB: Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel.

Joel: I started with the intention of writing the backstory of Abraham and Sarah. The Genesis story begins when he is seventy-five years old and God calls him to leave his family and the Land of Ur. When I read that, I wondered why God would want him to leave his family and what had they been doing for those 75 years in Ur.

I tried telling the story in the third person, but it felt too distant and impersonal. I tried letting Abram tell the story, but I struggled to relate to someone who spoke to God face-to-face. So I told the story through the eyes of Lot, who I thought might be more relatable to someone like myself who don’t feel like a spiritual giant.

BTB: What do you want your readers to take away with them after finishing one of your novels?

Joel: My hope is that readers will see that the God of the Old Testament is full of love, compassion and grace for rebels like Lot and me, just as He is in the New Testament.

BTB: Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

Joel: I haven’t decided what’s next yet. My current series, The Saga of the Patriarchs, was purposely left open, so I could move forward with Isaac or Jacob, or backwards with Shem or Eber. Or I might shift gears and try my hand at a Western (I love Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour) or a mystery/suspense novel.  Any reader suggestions are welcome.

Although the Flood remains a vivid memory, and the Tower of Babel lies in visible ruins–man continues to rebel against God.  Savage wars, brutal slavery, and pagan idols rule life in ancient Sumer.  Still, a faithful remnant have not bowed the knee to Nanna, the dread moon god.

Long Road Out of Ur introduces us to Abraham, Sarah and Lot before they were famous.  As the eldest son of the next Patriarch, Lot expected a life of comfort while his father, Haran, commander of the mighty Horse Warriors, expected him to follow in his footsteps. But nobody expected God to make young Abram leader of the family, and somebody isn’t happy.  Soon, the entire clan is thrust into the middle of a shadowy struggle for wealth and power with no clear sides, no holds-barred, and no end in sight. And Lot is the fall guy.

Everyone knows that Noah was the righteous man that God rescued from the Flood. And serious Bible students remember that God sent ravens to feed Elijah during a lengthy drought. But Lot? The guy who barely escaped the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with his daughters? Why was he rescued by God? Was it just because his Uncle Abraham pleaded with God for him? Or is there more to the story?

Where Your Treasure Lies, tells the dramatic story of the calling of Abraham and Sarah into the Promised Land through the eyes of Lot, one of the most misunderstood heroes of the Bible. Many Christians think of him as a villain or a fool, at best. But the Apostle Peter called him a “righteous man” who was “tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.”

As the eldest son of the Patriarch, Lot expected to lead his family someday. But God had other plans. When his father dies in the land of Ur, Lot loses everything to Abraham, whom God chose in his place. Despite this, Lot follows Abraham into the Promised Land trusting that God will provide, only to find that the Land of Canaan isn’t the Garden of Eden.

 

Passionate about writing, food and travel, his love of adventure led Joel Thimell to hitchhike from Kenya to South Africa, whitewater-raft the Zambezi River, canoe the Okavango Delta, explore the Ngorongoro Crater, climb Mt.Kilimanjaro, and hike the Chimanimani Mountains. The thrill and terror of those first-hand experiences are brought to life in Lot’s own adventures.

Joel began his career as a government bureaucrat and erstwhile journalist and is now making amends to society as a starving author. He shares his non-existent garden in Tennessee with endless hordes of mosquitoes, six squirrels, three jack rabbits, a ravenous herd of deer and an elusive mole named Darwin.

 

Thanks Joel for sharing with us today!

 

The Mosaic Collection — Spotlight on Hannah R. Conway

20 Jul


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hannah R. Conway is a military wife, mother of two, middle school teacher, best-selling author, and popular speaker. Her novels are a deployment experience of their own, threaded with faith, and filled with twists and turns. Hannah is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My Book Therapy. She and her family live in Tennessee.

CONNECT WITH HANNAH: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pnterest

Cornerstone message from the collection:

My cornerstone message is about freedom. Freedom from the past, from the messes, the mistakes, regrets, fears, and failures. As a military wife, freedom means so much to me, but as a Christian, I want to be as free on the inside as I am on the outside. This cornerstone message resonates with many believers. We say we’re free, but often we’re in that freedom.


***Q&A WITH HANNAH R. CONWAY***

Favorite place to read:

Curled up on my couch with a cup of coffee. A front porch is a pretty good place too.

Favorite book character from childhood:

Robin Hood. I love that story!

Favorite movie:

Ever After, or the Harry Potter Series. I seriously could watch all of these movie on repeat.

Favorite quote or Bible verse:

John 15:17–”This is my command: Love one another.”

Favorite splurge/treat:

Movie theater popcorn! Melting chocolate chips with peanut butter and rice krispies! DELISH!

Favorite character you’ve created:

Audria Rylatt from my novella, “Christmas on a Mission”. She has this heart for helping others, and mexican food–we could totally be best friends.

Last 3 great books you read:

The Line Between by Tosca Lee

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bishchof

Dream vacation: 

A month long tour of Europe. I’m imagining it now…train rides, a sea breeze, castles, cobblestone roads…a little piece of heaven!

Hidden talent/little-known fact:

It’s a little strange, but I can pick up almost anything with my toes. It comes in handy when cleaning the house. Socks on the floor? No problem! My toes can pinch them up.

Plotter or pantser:

Definitely a plotter, but I do have moments of pantsing when my characters just take over and do what they want. Crazy characters!

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) :

1: The way my kids come and find me in the morning…warm hugs and sleepy smiles

2: The smell of coffee and toast in the morning…it reminds me of waking up to the smell of my mom making breakfast

3: Dogs: I love animals in general…I adore our dog, Albus

4: Cuddling: I can’t sit close enough to my husband; I’m a cuddle bug and thankfully he’s okay with that

5: History: all things history; old buildings, old graveyards, any old historical site, antiques…I just adore anything that screams “history”

6: The woods: the beach is wonderful, but there’s something about being amongst the trees, dirt path beneath my feet that resonates with me

7: Bookstores: I have a serious book buying problem…but it’s a good problem

8: Fall: hands down my favorite season; pumpkin-spiced everything, festivals, corn mazes, cool nights, campfires, big scarves–YES!

9: Chocolate: Is there anything better than sweet chocolatey treats? I didn’t think so. Chocolate takes a good day and makes it great!

10: Traveling: love, love, love to visit new places and meet new people. Walking the streets, taking in the sites and sounds…sampling the local cuisine–wonderful!


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnew(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

A Rafflecopter Giveaway


 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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The Mosaic Collection — Spotlight on Regina Rudd Merrick

19 Jul


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Regina Rudd Merrick is a writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Having lived most of her life in Western Kentucky, she dreams of the sound of crashing waves and sandy beaches. Married to her husband of 35+ years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. She is the author of three books: Carolina Dream (Apr. 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze Series.

CONNECT WITH REGINA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Cornerstone message from the collection:

Trust God and do the next right thing.

I want my readers to know that they are not alone, and that what they’re going through is not unique to them. Life isn’t a series of obstacles to overcome, but a series of events that point us to Jesus, who loves us more than we can imagine.


***Q&A WITH REGINA RUDD MERRICK***

Favorite place to read: In my bed – okay to be honest, on a balcony overlooking the beach, but reality . . .

Favorite book character from childhood: Laura Ingalls Wilder – I know, she was a real person, but she made me want to be a pioneer so badly!!

Favorite movie: Tough one. I have several: You’ve Got Mail, Sahara, How the West was Won, Notorious, Star Wars. How’s that for variety?

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Favorite splurge/treat: Anything with hot fudge on it. 🙂

Favorite character you’ve created: Lucy Dixon. She was so much fun to write!

Last 3 great books you read:  “A Bound Heart” by Laura Frantz, “Justice Delivered” by Patricia Bradley, “Where Treasure Hides” by Johnnie Alexander

Dream vacation: A month on an island off the coast of SC, GA, or FL, doing nothing but soaking up the sun, eating, walking, and reading.

Hidden talent/little-known fact:

Plotter or pantser: Plantser

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : The ocean, chocolate chip cookies, a new computer, shopping for shoes, planning a vacation, decorating a house, my instant pot, hugs from my girls, my new wedding band, walking on the beach


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnew(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

A Rafflecopter Giveaway


 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

The Mosaic Collection — Spotlight on Johnnie Alexander

18 Jul


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

CONNECT WITH JOHNNIE: Website | https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr

Cornerstone message from the collection:

One of the first verses I ever claimed as my own was Proverbs 31:25. The translation I love most reads: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.

The first part of the verse is almost a mantra, a phrase I repeat to myself when I need courage. Maybe I’m faced with something as simple as a phone call I don’t want to make. Or maybe the situation is much more serious. An ectopic pregnancy. Family tensions. Divorce. A dying parent.

Life takes courage. And at the heart of courage–true courage–is trust. We can smile at the future, no matter what difficult, frightening, horrible situations we face because of God’s steadfast love and His promise of eternal life with Him.


***Q&A WITH JOHNNIE ALEXANDER***

Favorite place to read: I love to read in my comfy spot on the sofa. My little papillon Rugby curls up on the leg rest, and I usually put down the middle console which has a cup-holder for my drink. It’s all very relaxing and cozy.

Favorite book character from childhood: I have so many, but if I must choose one I’ll go with Encyclopedia Brown. I read all those books I could find when I was a kid.

Favorite movie: I’m not sure I ever answer this question the same–I have so many favorites, it’s always hard to choose just one. Today’s choice . . . Captain America: Civil War. And just about anything starring Cary Grant.

Favorite quote or Bible verse: “Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.” Ecclesiastes 11:7

Favorite splurge/treat: Going to the movies!

Favorite character you’ve created: This is a toss-up between two of my heroes: Ian Devlin from Where Treasure Hides (WWII historical) and AJ Sullivan from Where She Belongs (contemporary). Ian is known for his heart-flipping grin, and both guys have a mischievous streak. Both are strong, capable, and upright. AJ needs to overcome a childhood of loss, deceit, and painful grief. Ian has his own burden and confronts horrific circumstances as a WWII soldier.

Last 3 great books you read: We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels; The Divide by Jolina Petersheim; Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Dream vacation: I’ve been blessed to take a dream vacation already. My sister and I flew to Barcelona, traveled by train through France, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain, then spent a week in Lisbon. It was the best trip ever! My new dream vacation is to visit the Pacific Northwest. Or New Zealand (Middle Earth!).

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I’ve been known to choke on, among other things, a giant Sweet-Tart, water, and . . . air!

Plotter or pantser: Depends on the story–I truly do both. I recently wrote a novella based on nothing more than the back cover type blurb I submitted in the proposal. But I also write novels for a particular publisher based on the chapter summaries I’ve created. I’ve discovered that the more planning I do upfront, the easier it is to write the story.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) :

  1. Sunshine through a window.
  2. Dandelions.
  3. Sprawling trees.
  4. Freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a glass of ice-cold Pepsi.
  5. Hugs from the grands.
  6. My collie’s deep “sighs” (You have to hear it to “know” it!)
  7. Typing “The End”
  8. Blank books.
  9. My adult kids laughing about childhood memories.
  10. Surprise blessings.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnew(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

A Rafflecopter Giveaway


 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

The Mosaic Collection — Spotlight on Janice L. Dick

17 Jul


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janice L. Dick was born and raised in southern Alberta, Canada, into an ethnic Mennonite farm family. She has always loved stories of family heritage and the emigration of her people from Russia. Her aim is not only to share the faith journeys of her forebears, but also to showcase God’s sovereignty in the midst of that milieu. Besides historical fiction, Janice writes contemporary novels and short stories, blogs, articles and book reviews. Janice is the winner of the 2016 Janette Oke Award.

CONNECT WITH JANICE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Cornerstone message from the collection:

I believe that God is faithful through all things, even when it doesn’t look that way. He does what he does, and is not accountable to anyone, but his love and mercy hold us up. 


***Q&A WITH JANICE L. DICK***

Favorite place to read: On the couch, with the fireplace going, if it’s chilly.

Favorite book characters from childhood: Nancy Drew, Jo from Little Women

Favorite movies: Ever After, Indiana Jones…, National Treasure, Pride & Prejudice

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Psalm16:5-6 “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

Favorite splurge/treat: Anything dark chocolate.

Favorite character you’ve created:  Debbie Doram McCormick (The Christmas Sweater)

Last 3 great books you read: Wings of the Wind – Connilyn Cossette, A Trick of the Light – Louise Penny, anything by Chris Fabry, also love Sara Rosett.

Dream vacation: Driving with my hubby wherever the road leads, for weeks!

Hidden talent/little-known fact: Used to ride a Goldwing (as a passenger).

Plotter or pantser: Plotter; I love lists and charts.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : My hubby, my kids, my grandkids, books, did I mention dark chocolate, low-maintenance friends, lol humor, freedom in Christ, green grass and trees, my home.

 


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnew(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

A Rafflecopter Giveaway


 

See tour landing page for a complete list of authors & book release dates.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

Top 10 Tuesday — Auto-buy Authors

16 Jul

The auto-buy author prompt is not a new one for me, but the authors on this week’s list are! For Top 10 Tuesday, I am featuring new-to-me authors (and the novels I read) that made me buy (or pre-order) their other books. Whether it was a stellar debut or a first time read, these authors certainly got my attention. And I am really glad — it’s wonderful to find a must-read author.

For more bloggers’ auto-buy authors, visit That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

New-To-Me Authors I Will Definitely Read Again!

Amanda Barratt — My Dearest Dietrich

Erin Bartels — We Hope For Better Things

Victoria Bylin — When He Found Me

Heidi Chiavaroli — The Edge of Mercy

Elizabeth Goddard — Never Let Go

Cathy Gohlke — The Medallion

Lindsay Harrel — The Heart Between Us

Patti Callahan Henry — Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Sarah Monzon — Freedom’s Kiss

Courtney Walsh — Just Let Go

The Mosaic Collection — Spotlight on Angela D. Meyer

16 Jul


Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela D. Meyer lives in Nebraska with her husband of over 27 years. They have two children, both of whom they homeschooled and graduated. She is the author of the Applewood Hill series and is a contributor to The Benefit Package, a devotional compilation.

Angela graduated from college with a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, but instead of working overseas, she spent several years in New England as a nanny. She co-teaches a women’s Bible study at her church and serves on the advisory board of her local Christian writers’ group, Wordsowers.

She enjoys the ocean, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and hopes to someday ride in a hot air balloon. Her aim in life is to love God and love others.

Social Links

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelaDMeyer/

https://twitter.com/AngelaDMeyer

https://www.instagram.com/angeladmeyer/

Cornerstone message from the collection:

There is brokenness all around us and people turning to the wrong things for answers. Only God can make whole. I want my stories to be powerful in their showing of God’s truth, love and grace, lighting the path that leads directly to God.

I have experienced firsthand the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in my marriage and I want to share with others that.God is able to heal, restore and redeem any brokenness.


***Q&A WITH ANGELA D. MEYER***

Favorite place to read: In a recliner with my feet up.

Favorite book character from childhood: I remember whole books more than individual characters. My favorite book was The Little Engine That Could with a close second being Where the Wild Things Are.

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Favorite quote or Bible verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

Favorite splurge/treat: peppermint ice cream

Favorite character you’ve created: Joanne in Where Healing Starts. (Where Healing Starts is part of My Applewood Hill series is currently waiting re-release sometime after my Mosaic title.) Joanne is a rough character who truly experiences healing from great brokenness.

Last 3 great books you read: The Line Between (Tosca Lee), Never Let You Go (Erin Healy), The House on Foster Hill (Jaime Jo Wright)

 

Dream vacation: In a beach house.

Hidden talent/little-known fact: I took piano lessons for 7 years starting in elementary.

Plotter or pantser: A combination of both. I research any facts I need, do a rough outline, then let the characters take the  story where they want, filling in all the blanks.

In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.) : Sunrises/sunsets, birds singing in the early morning before the rest of the world is awake, the sound of ocean waves, dark chocolate, thunderstorms, fresh ripe fruit, a great book (suspense is my favorite), peppermint ice cream, family,

 


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Giveaway_MosaicBlitz_JRnew(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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