Author Ann Tatlock Steps Out of Time & Book Giveaway

Ann Tatlock

My guest today is author Ann Tatlock. She is going to tell us about her unusual story, a mix of reality and fantasy. I hope you will leave a comment in reply to the QUESTION at the end to be entered into the drawing for a copy of Once Beyond  a Time. Here’s Ann as she Steps Out of Time:

Meg Crane is a woman with an all-too-common problem:

her husband has had an affair. But when Sheldon Crane resigns his position as a pastor and moves his family to a small mountain town in North Carolina, Meg finds herself facing a situation no one has ever faced before: she discovers their house is a place where all of time is happening at once. Meg and her family are able to talk with people who have lived in the house in the past and others who will live in the house in the future.
As Meg wrestles with the choice of forgiving her husband or leaving him (daughter Linda thinks she’s weak for not divorcing him and moving on), she is both comforted and challenged by a woman who lives in the house almost forty years in the future. Celeste encourages her to forgive; Meg promises to try.

Then the unthinkable happens.

The Crane’s eight-year-old son disappears. No one knows whether he has been kidnapped or whether he simply wandered off into the mountains and got lost. With heartache upon heartache, Meg must turn to a God whom she has never really known how to trust.

God’s Timelessness

I was inspired to write Once Beyond A Time as I considered God’s timelessness. As Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (KJV).
Unlike humans who occupy a single point in time, God stretches from start to finish, he is and was and is to come, and therefore he is the Eternal Now. He created time for our use, but he remains outside of it and is unhindered by it. So, I wondered, what if one was able to “fall out of time” and experience what God experiences?
I hope you will come and experience for yourself Meg’s unusual story in which she finds the strength to surrender her hurts and doubts in order to trust the sovereignty of a timeless God.”–Ann
Once Beyond a Time
To purchase, click here.

Once Beyond a Time

For more online:

Twitter: @AnnTatlock
QUESTION: Have you ever read a book that mixes fantasy or elements of it in with the contemporary. Did you like it? Why or why not?–Lyn
PS-The two winners of Leann Harris’s book THE LAST TRUTH are June and Janine!
The winner of my copy of Gail Gaymer Martin’s THE FIREFIGHTER’S NEW FAMILY is Nancee! Congrats, ladies!
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Author Leann Harris & Forgiving the Unforgivable

Leann Harris

My guest today is Love Inspired author Leann Harris. She is offering two copies of her latest independent book The Last Truth. Please remember to leave a comment to enter the drawing. Here’s Leann:

“How can you forgive the unforgivable? The heroine of my newest book, The Last Truth has to travel that road.

During WWII

During WWII Churchill set up Special Operations Executive to send spies into occupied Europe to help fight against the Nazis. The spies–both men and women–were dropped into an occupied country to work with the local resistance and contact London with their information. When I learned about SOE, a story started to rumble around in my head.

Corrie Ten Boom

Then I read about Corrie Ten Boom speaking in a German church about forgiveness. One of the camp guards who had participated in the horrors where she was imprisoned walked up to the front of the church after the service and asked for forgiveness. She had to put into action what she’d just preached about.

Those threads came together thus was born the story The Last Truth.

The Story

My heroine Linette Van Linder’s family is betrayed by her fiancé to the Nazis for hiding her father’s Jewish partner. Linette escapes and runs into an American reporter. The only way Michael St. John can get Linette out of Amsterdam is to marry her to get the visa. She joins the SOE and he the US Army. Thus begins Linette’s and Michael’s journey through the war.

After the war, Linette tells herself she wants justice for the dead, but does she want justice or revenge on the man who turned her family in?”–Leann

Last Truth

To purchase, click here. The Last Truth

This sounds like a book that asks the hard questions. Remember to leave a comment to enter the drawing for one of the 2 copies of The Last Truth. You can request whether you want and ebook for print.

QUESTION: What’s the hardest part of forgiving–Lyn

 

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Lyn Reviews Gail Gaymer Martin’s The Firefighter’s New Family

This post includes a book giveaway, so don’t miss the question below!

The Firefighter's New Family (Sisters #2)The Firefighter’s New Family by Gail Gaymer Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again Gail Martin is a very dear friend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t read, enjoy and review her books sincerely. :-)

Again this isn’t the first of her books I’ve read either. Gail and I were unpublished together and I relish seeing how much she had accomplished and the good stories she has given her MANY readers.

The impetus that drives this story is the two main characters: Devon and Ashley. Devon is the firefighter of the title and Ashley is his neighbor. Both characters are immediately likeable and sympathetic–meaning I cared about them in the very first scene.

Both however have “baggage.” She lost her husband in Afghanistan and he lost his wife to depression and both have young children.

So if you like stories about good people dealing honestly with hard problems, you will appreciate this story! Well done, Gail!

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If you’d like a chance to win my slightly read copy of this book, please leave a comment.
QUESTION: Why do you think women like to read stories about firefighters? And do you? Why or why not?

PS: Rita Navarre won a copy of Merrillee Whren’s SECOND CHANCE REUNION!

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Author Merrillee Whren & Second Chance Reunion

Merrillee Whren

My guest today is Love Inspired Author Merrillee Whren who is taking this opportunity to share about her new book, Second Chance Reunion, and an outreach, Teen Challenge, Home of Hope. Merrillee will be giving away a copy of her newest to a commenter so be sure to read the QUESTION below. Here’s Merrillee:

“My latest book for Love Inspired Romance, SECOND CHANCE REUNION, is the story of Annie Payton, a recovering substance abuser. She comes to the Village of Hope with dreams of being reunited with her children after spending a year in a rehab facility. The inspiration for this story came from my contact with several ministries, including City Square in Dallas, Texas, Christian City near Atlanta, Georgia, Cookson Hills Christian Ministries in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Teen Challenge of Arizona.

Today I’d like to focus on a women’s ministry of Teen Challenge, Home of Hope. This ministry seeks to help women and women with children who are addicted to drugs or alcohol or both. The ministry gives them hope by helping them have a relationship with Jesus, who can restore lives, heal broken hearts, and give joy to those who have lost everything to addiction.

The Home of Hope is part of the Teen Challenge ministry, started by David Wilkerson over fifty years ago in Brooklyn, New York, to help teen gang members. Eventually, this ministry expanded to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol. The Home of Hope is one of many rehabilitation centers started across the country after the success of the year-long residential discipleship program in Brooklyn.

The programs offered at Home of Hope emphasize discipline and provide Bible study, work assignments, and recreation. The five primary phases the participants of the program must complete during their stay are: basic educational presentation, interview, induction, training and re-entry.

You can learn more about these ministries and listen to testimonies of changed lives by clicking on the hyperlinks in the post. You will learn about women who realized their need for help and took the steps to find it. Let their stories inspire you.

Second Chance Reunion cover

To purchase, click here. Second Chance Reunion (Village of Hope)

My heroine, Annie Payton, comes out of rehab ready to face the future and put aside troubles from her past. Here’s a blurb from SECOND CHANCE REUNION.

Annie Payton’s lost everything she once held dear. The Village of Hope is her last chance to rebuild the life she’s frittered away so needlessly. But as she works to regain custody of her children, she never imagines an unlikely advocate in her corner—ex-husband Ian Montgomery. Ian’s always willing to help those down on their luck, but his ex-wife’s a different story. Her past betrayal is still a painful memory. As the Village’s lawyer, he’ll represent her—but that’s as far as he’ll allow his feelings to go. Can Annie show Ian that she’s changed in every way but one—the love she still has for him?

VILLAGE OF HOPE: A community built on love.”–Merrillee

More online:

Merrillee’s website
Merrillee’s Facebook page
Merrillee’s Twitter @MerrilleeWhren

I’m always happy to share about positive programs and charities. In order to be entered into the drawing for a copy of SECOND CHANCE REUNION, please leave a comment.

QUESTION: What’s the charity you support most and why.–Lyn

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Lyn Talks Flash Fiction & Asks to Beard or Not to Beard?

Friends, I need opinions and will be giving an ebook away to a commenter.

I am in the process of writing the last book in my “Quaker Brides” series. The first book Honor debuted last September.

Honor web friendly

And the next book, Blessing, will be released this coming July.

Blessing

And I also self-published “Where Honor Began,” the novelette which is a prequel to Honor in November.

WhereHonorBegan-1

But authors are always mentally working on the next project. My novella, “For Sophia’s Heart,” has been a reader-favorite for several years

For Sophia's Heart

And many have requested more of Sophia. I’m planning on writing a new novella about one of Sophia’s brothers and then one about Sophia’s daughter to round out this family saga set at the turn of the twentieth century in the far northwoods of Wisconsin.

I think that I am going to use this setting for the flash fiction I intend to write here on my blog. If you recall, flash fiction is a VERY short story. And I am going to use this setting to begin to create the people who live in the northwoods in a logging area around 1900. What do you think?

And I need you to give me your honest opinion. In this setting and time period will be a lot of lumberjacks and trappers and I need to know–

QUESTION: Do you object to or like heroes with beards? Leave a comment and I’ll enter you into a drawing for an ecopy of “For Sophia’s Heart.”–Lyn

 

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Lyn Reviews Lenora Worth’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Hope you’re not completely tired of Christmas–it’s still wintry here! (BOOK GIVEAWAY)

I'll Be Home for ChristmasI’ll Be Home for Christmas by Lenora Worth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lenora Worth is a friend but that doesn’t mean I can’t like her books! :-) I enjoyed this book twice. I read it when it came out originally in 1998 and then picked up a newly reissued larger print version and read it again.

I enjoyed it both times!

Lenora writes a vivid story with interesting and involving characters. I loved the single mom on hard times who takes on a self-sufficient playboy and opens his eyes to the real issues of life, healing and faith.

This book is one of Lenora’s early Love Inspired Romances but it’s easy to see why she is now a New York Times best-selling author1

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I have a slightly read copy to giveaway to a commenter. To enter the drawing, leave a reply. QUESTION: What was the best Christmas present you ever received?–Lyn

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Another New Year-Some Things Stay the Same, Some Alter

Fiery Dawn 12-31-2014

Here’s another photo, the same New Year’s Eve dawn from my porch but as it deepened and glowed. If you missed the original photo, click here.

Another new year for my blog, “Strong Women, Brave Stories, begins. As usual some things stay the same and some alter.

WHAT’S THE SAME

I will still have guest authors and still review books (both romance and cozy mystery)–though I plan on reading and reviewing more often!

WHAT’S ALTERED

This year I asked my guest authors to choose from two topics:

a- Tell how you came to write the story of your latest heroine and what challenges she meets in the story and how she (without giving away the plot) shows strength.

b-Or post a longtime favorite recipe from your family and tell of its significance, such as who first made it and what it means to your family

Whether they choose a or b, at the end they will relate what they’ve written to their latest book.

I used to ask authors to write about either their own or a family member’s struggles and triumphs and relate that to their latest book. But I decided that coming at this from the angle of the heroine and why the author chose her would give a different, a fresh perspective.

And I’ve found that recipes which a family cherishes over time often have a story or stories attached to them.

WHAT’S NEW

The week of Christmas I posted my flash fiction CHRISTMAS EVE AT OLD FT. BOWIE. (If you missed it, click here.) So many of you enjoyed this that I decided to try to do one a month. I may miss a month now and then because of deadlines, etc, but I’m going to try.

I plan to have the stories take place in the same small town with an ensemble cast of charcters so each flash fiction will pick up where the last left off.

And I’ve decided to let you–my faithful readers–help me come up with a setting, time period and characters. Next Monday I will post a poll for you to take and help me see what my readers would enjoy!

So what do you think of these innovations? And do you have a family recipe that you could share sometime? Leave a comment and I’ll enter you into a drawing for my slightly read copy of Lenora Worth’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas! I reviewed it on the Sweet Romance Reads blog on January 1st–Lyn

PS- The winners of copies of “Where Honor Began” are Connie Saunders and Danie. Congrats!

 

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View of New Year’s Eve Dawn from My Porch

New Year's Eve dawn

I don’t think I can add much to this view from my porch-a lovely pink dawn. Happy New Yeart!–Lyn

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Lyn Interviews Book Blogger Heidi Robbins

Heidi Robbins book blogger

This is my final interview with a book blogger. I hope you’ve enjoyed these interviews and discovered more sources of good reviews. Here’s Heidi Robbins:

Who are your favorite authors?

There are so many wonderful authors I’ve discovered lately as I’ve been reading and reviewing more books- it’s hard to choose! I adore the writing of Julianne Donaldson, Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Katherine Reay, Irene Hannon, Jody Hedlund, Tamera Alexander, Cindy Woodsmall, Amber Lynn Perry, Serena B. Miller, and Brenda Minton. And that’s only in the Inspirational Romance genre! I could go on and on…

What kind of book is the one you look for in bookstores and online?

I have an addiction to buying children’s books, especially vintage ones from used bookstores and ones I remember from my childhood. As an artist and visual person, I can’t get enough of the illustrations!

What prompted you to start a book blogging site?

I couldn’t possibly afford to buy all the books on my to-read list, and my local library doesn’t carry much Inspirational Fiction. Reviewing novels for authors and publishers is a great way to access new books and help them at the same time!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an artist, photographer, avid reader, wife to a husband who keeps me laughing, mother to two amazing daughters that we were blessed to adopt. I live in sunny San Diego and I’m looking forward to being a beach bum this summer! I’m a happy member of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love God and Jesus Christ, and serving them as I serve others.–Heidi

Thanks, Heidi. So glad you are reading and reviewing!–Lyn

How to find Heidi’s Blog and on Social media:

Heidi Reads…

www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/10400251

Facebook

www.facebook.com/heidi.reads

Goodreads

www.goodreads.com/user/show/966933-heidi

Pinterest

www.pinterest.com/colorvibrant

Twitter

www.twitter.com/colorvibrant

Google+

https://plus.google.com/106782509779474101692/posts

Bloglovin

www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/10400251

Two people who leave a comment, wishing me a Happy New Year! and who have either a Kindle or Nook will receive an e-copy of my novelette, “Where Honor Began.”–Lyn

PS- My ebook Winter’s Secret is on sale for 99 cents through January 4th. See my books page for more info.

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Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie, Flash Fiction

Merry Christmas tag

Dear blog friends, Here’s my Christmas Gift to you. Flash Fiction is a very short story. I hope you enjoy~~

 

Christmas Eve at Old Ft. Bowie  by Lyn Cote

Gazing out at the scrub-covered mountains, Emmeline dabbed her eyes.  In spite of her efforts, her husband had sensed her unhappiness at breakfast.
“What’s wrong, dearest?” he’d asked.
She’d forced a smile. “Homesickness. I doubt we’ll have a Christmas tree.”
Yes, Fort Bowie, Arizona, was nothing like pine-forested Wisconsin. But six months ago, she’d chosen to trust God to lead her to a good man. He had through a letter sent to the Milwaukee newspaper, asking if any brave woman would take a chance on marrying a lonely soldier in the West. After many letters and an arduous railroad journey, she’d married Captain Gardner Winslow, becoming an army wife with all its worries.
Their fort guarded a natural spring, life itself here in the desert. With Geronimo on the loose, her husband was again out keeping the stage route safe. And that’s why I’m foolish to be sniffling over a Christmas tree. Gardner is protecting lives.
Emmeline hurried to her kitchen. She’d have a tasty meal waiting for whenever her captain returned tonight!
Much later dozing in the chair, she awoke in near darkness.
Gardner stood before her with—
“I know it’s the sorriest excuse for a Christmas tree ever.”
The tree was a scraggly scrub all right. Rising, she hugged him with the fragrant pine between them, pressing against his firm chest. “I’m sorry I even brought it up.”
“Emmeline, you gave up a fine life for me.”
“I gave up a fine life for a finer man.”

copyright Lyn Cote 2014

If you’ve enjoyed this, please wish me a Merry Christmas in the comments section. If you’d like to read three more Christmas short stories, click here and subscribe on the Facebook page or click here on the blog to the Sweet Romance Reads enewsletter. And I WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!–Lyn

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