Showing posts with label #historicals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #historicals. Show all posts

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Introducing Author Bruce Judisch

Here's the questions I had for author Bruce Judisch. He's new to me and perhaps to you, also, but I think you'll find him fascinating.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
A friend of mine shared a newspaper from 1896 she found in the attic of her aunt’s house. Here is the unabridged article that was nestled in the bottom corner of an interior page.
Rangeley Lakes, Volume 2. Rangeley, Maine. Thursday, August 20, 1896. Number 13.
The center of attraction Thursday was at the railroad station after the arrival of the 1 o’clock train. There came on that train a “bridal trunk,” anyway, one of the cards attached said: “I’m a bride;” another announced, “We are married.” There was a drawing of a loving couple with wedding bells and a cupid. But the happy couple didn’t come. There was a crowd awaiting the train at night, and again they were doomed to disappointment, but they have the pleasure of looking over the trunk just the same.
I ask you, how can a fiction writer see something like this and not write a mystery? J
 How exciting! How did you find your publisher?
Quimby Pond was my first novel to go indie. I’ve been with a small publisher for a number of years, but I felt it was time to expand the horizons and seek independent editing and cover design—and try my hand at promoting my own work.
Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
Absolutely! J  I’m working on the sequel to Quimby Pond, a teaser to which I included as an addendum to the book. I’m also completing a trilogy, “A Prophet’s Tale,” which is a novelization of the life of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. The first two books (The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled) are currently available via Amazon, but I’m revising them and will complete the series with Part 3, The Promise Fulfilled. When will they be ready? Well, I’m not quite sure just yet—however, I’ll be quite pleased to let you know when, I am sure. J
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
All kinds. In the fiction arena, my penchant for historicals currently immerses me in Justina Prima’s The Pawnbroker’s Ring.  In non-fiction, I’m getting a lot out of Dale Patrick’s The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible. My reading preferences are really quite broad.
What has your writing journey been like so far?
I’ve made just about all the mistakes one can make entering the industry (too many to name), wasted countless hours and almost as much money, and still don’t have the marketing thing down. But that’s okay. The love of spinning out a story is what drew me in, and it’s what keeps me going—despite the associated logistics of getting a book on the street and trying to keep it there. If you measure success by the joy of sharing a tale, I’m unsurpassed. If you measure it by the royalty payments, well …
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
I don’t know yet. I’ll get back to you when I cross the last item off my bucket list.  J
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
I should let my wife Jeannie answer that one—wait. On second thought …
Okay, here’s one. I’ve often wondered if I was born a generation late. I love the Greatest Generation. As horrific as WWII was, the era still intrigues me—the music, the hope coming out of the Great Depression, so much of it. I guess I should have been my dad … or something like that.  J
If you could be a song, what would it be?
Gosh, too many angles on this question. What song do I identify with? Which is the most inspiring? Do I pick a pun on a title? I love music, and different genres appeal to me in different ways. I think, though, if I had to pick one out of the many, it would be When I Fall in Love. The message is so tragically—and inspiringly—true.
Where can we find you online?
I have a poorly kept-up blog (told you I was a horrible marketer). I do keep up with my writing (and have some fun facts about Quimby Pond) on my Facebook author page. You can find my books here.
Tell us about Quimby Pond.
August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively-adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again no one shows up. Where was the happy couple? Why was the trunk on that train? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all…?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her and her friends, one by one. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Marble Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time? If not, what have they stumbled into?
Bruce Judisch has been writing fiction for many years.  His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storylines.
Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh.  Bruce and Jeannie are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

I so enjoyed "meeting" you, Bruce. God bless your writing.

Do any of you have questions or comments for Bruce?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gail Kittleson's New Release

Today, I welcome a sweet writer friend of mine, Gail Kittleson. I did a review on her historical fiction, In This Together. Her sequel to that book released yesterday. Congratulations, Gail, and tell us how your new book came to be.

Quotes mean a lot to me, and this morning’s teabags netted me two that relate to my World War II novel’s release.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try—unknown author. So true. But choices can be excruciating. First, you must believe in yourself, believe that as someone formed in the Creator’s image, you’re worthy of taking action. It’s not about selfishness, but one’s innate dignity.
My 1940’s farm wife heroine treads the uphill road to this kind of autonomy. With her egocentric husband there to remind her of her failures in his eyes, she faces a double whammy: his relentless voice joins her father’s from her childhood.
Which brings us to my second teabag quote, also attributed to an unknown author. When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say.
Amen to that! Yet it takes a long time to gather strength to cast aside these inner messages. In our endeavor to live authentically in the present, trusted friends become our best asset. They tell us we’re worthy of good, launch attacks on the nasty whisperings thwarting us at every turn, and urge us to see ourselves through their loving eyes. In other words, they mirror our loving heavenly Father's attitude toward us.
My heroine Addie is fortunate that her best friend Kate’s letters from London encourage her to analyze the source of her husband Harold’s constant negative messages. That's the only way she can rise above them. and Jane, Addie’s down-to-earth neighbor, nurtures Addie’s fledgling victory garden, and her soul as well.

When Harold’s father dies, nobody’s more surprised than Addie to have her mother-in-law emerge from grief with a taste for joy and a zest for life. She becomes Addie’s stalwart ally in the battle that rages on their obscure Iowa farm as Pearl Harbor ignites war’s flames all over the world.
My desire for readers to get to know Addie increases by the day. We’ve hung out together for more than four years, as Addie’s not one to divulge her secrets easily. But she’s given me permission to share them with you—I’d so like to hear your first impressions of her story, or how you've overcome influences that pull you down.

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Thank you, Gail. Sounds like this book is actually the one that comes before In This Together. How interesting. I learned a lot about the post World War II era in your first book. Sounds like this one will show us the struggles during the war.

So  I recommend checking out In Times Like These. It's available for purchase NOW.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Christine Lindsay Gives us a Mother's Day Message

LEAVING OUR KIDS TO GOD by Christine Lindsay

As Christian moms we know we should pray and leave our concerns for our kids to our Heavenly Father. We know that, according to the scriptures that He loves them even more than we do. So why was it, that back in 2006 while I prayed desperately on my knees for my daughter that I feared God was turning a deaf ear to my prayers?

Why was I struggling to trust God to heal my child’s life, and tempted to try and “fix” her life in my own way? It breaks our heart when our kids make all the wrong choices. And Lana sure was as at university. She was also paying for those choices in painful ways that have left physical scars to this day. Everything her dad and I had taught her about obeying the Lord’s will drifted out of Lana like a dandelion puff in a breeze. 

Life can be gut-wrenching at times, and when our kids hurt, we hurt.

One day as I was cleaning our den I found a box of old photographs, old diplomas and photographs, and came across a faded blue airmail envelope my grandmother had sent me back in 1980 upon my engagement.

She wrote how thankful she was to the Lord that I had turned my young life around after a tumultuous youth, and that I had found a good partner in life. My grandmother wrote that her prayers for me were answered, that I was living the joyful things that God had planned for me. 

For most of my life my grandmother and I were separated by the Atlantic Ocean. With her still in Ireland and me living in Canada, she didn’t have much opportunity to do things for me, other than pray and write letters. She certainly didn’t have the opportunity to “fix” things for me if I messed up my life which I certainly did until I turned around and started obeying God.

My grandmother died in 1984, but many years later in 2006 as I re-read her letter, and I was the mom of an adult daughter, I felt the Lord’s comfort. Behind my grandmother's writing was the Lord's voice right when I needed it, and His gentle reminder to trust Him with Lana. 

I resisted the urge to “fix” everything in Lana’s life. It wasn’t a matter of letting her suffer the consequences and to learn from that. We had to by faith put her into God’s hands, to trust that He would open her eyes. It was hard at first to stand back in faith and let God work. But then we saw the Lord start to work in her life. We saw our prayers for Lana answered. In 2010 the Lord brought her back to Himself, and her faith was all the stronger for it, because it was her own faith in Christ, and not just that of her parents.

As much as we want to, we cannot save the ones we love. Only Christ can do that. Give your loved ones over to God. Trust Him to save them, because ultimately seeing Him save my child reaffirmed in my soul that He had saved me.

Seeing our kids desperate need of God underlined for me that I too desperately need the Lord for everything, my heartbeat, my breath, my salvation. There is not one single thing that we can do to “fix” anything in life. It’s a matter of stepping back and letting God do the saving.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NIV)

And even though at the time I was praying so hard for my daughter she was an adult, in my heart she was still my little girl. And Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19: 14-15 (NIV)

This is one of the themes of Sofi’s Bridge my brand new historical romance release.


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Sofi's Bridge


Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.



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Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. She is currently writing her 8th novel. Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is the happy wife of David of 35 years, a mom and a grandma. She makes her home on the west coast of Canada, and in Aug. 2016 she will see her long-awaited non-fiction book released, Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birth Mother’s Story.

Please drop by Christine’s website or follow her on Amazon on Twitter. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook, and  Goodreads
****P. S. from Janet Thank you for stopping by to visit Writing with God's Hope blog on this Sunday, Christine. I'm excited to hear about your new release and know others will be also.

With Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, I think we women understand the desire to save or fix our children, nieces or nephews, or maybe our grandchildren, but only God is able to do that. As we near our day of honor, thanks for this reminder.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Insights into Writing with Author, Leeann Betts

Today, I wish to introduce multi-published Christian author, Leeann Betts. Her insights into writing ministered to me. I think this will inspire you, as she asks "Is my book fit for The King?"


I wrote my dad’s memoirs a couple of years ago. Because we don’t live near each other, we spent time together at Christmas or Thanksgiving working on the book. I used a digital recorder and had a list of questions I needed answered. Once I got the story down, I’d send him several chapters at a time for him to review. Then I sent the final book, printed out in a binder, and he called with changes and corrections. Even once we sent it to a printer, we found errors in the galleys which we corrected.


My father held his book in his hand a month before he passed away.


He boasted to several people about his life story. The intake counselor at the hospice he went to was astounded he had a book, saying that many people came to this point in their lives wishing they’d written a book. She said she’d never known anybody who had.


I was so pleased to have been part of that process, to give my dad a book he was proud to hold in his hand. A book he was proud to have his name on.


Which got me to thinking about my other books. Would my Heavenly Father be proud to hold my other books in His hand? Would He be proud to have His Name on those books?


That changed the way I looked at my books. Because I realized they weren’t mine at all. He is the author. I simply transcribe the stories for Him.


And as such, it’s my job to be as accurate as I can. To show up for work every day. To do the best I can to listen and not inject myself into the story.


God’s job is to create the stories. To communicate them to me. To correct me when I get off track.


I like the partnership I have with Him. It takes a lot of pressure off me. When I’m staring at the blank page, I simply pray, “Lord, thank You for letting me be the first person you’ve ever shown this story to. Help me hear You correctly and do the work of transcribing.”


Knowing what I need to do and what I don’t need to do makes the job a lot easier which means I’m having a lot more fun. I’m working on the next book in my dad’s memoirs, and although he’s with Jesus now, I hope he’d be just as proud to hold this book in his hand as he was with the first one.


And I pray God would be proud to have His name on every book I’ve written.


Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, is due in April, with more planned for later dates. If you like accountants or are an accountant, check out Counting the Days: a 21-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk.
Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at and Donna at . All books are available at in digital and print, and at in digital.
Thank you, Leeann. I love the thought of God letting us see the words first. We pen His Words. Great thought.
I recently received my copy of Nuggets of Writing Gold and am anxious to read it. Watch later for my review. It looks like just what I need.
Any questions or comments for Leeann Betts/Donna Schlachter?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gail Kittleson's New Release and My Review

Writing with God's Hope blog welcomes Christian author, Gail Kittleson with info about her new release, In This Together. Gail presents a supposedly newspaper interview of her hero Al Jensen.

After World War II steals her only son and sickness takes her husband, Dottie Kyle begins cooking and cleaning at the local boarding house. The job and small town life allow her to slip into a predictable routine, but her daughters and grandchildren live far away, and loneliness is Dottie's constant companion when she's not working. Al Jensen, Dottie's long-time neighbor, has merely existed since his wife died. Al passes his time working for his son at the town's hardware store. However, he still copes with tragic memories of serving in WWI. Being with Dottie makes him happy, and their friendship grows until, for him, love has replaced friendship. When Dottie's daughter has health issues, will Al’s strength and servant's heart be enough to win Dottie's love and affection? Can Dottie's love for her family enable her to face her fear of crowds and enclosed spaces and travel halfway across the country to help the daughter who so desperately needs her?
Interviewer: Hello, there. Are you Mr. Jensen?
Al: I am, but my son is the proprietor here now. I just help him out.
I:   Fine hardware you have here. I’m looking for Dottie Kyle. You know her?
Al: I do, but may I ask what you’re ...”
I:   I’m from the county newspaper, and we’re running a series on Gold Star mothers—women who lost sons in the war. Mrs. Kyle is on our list, and I hope to speak with her.
Al: That’s not a good idea, son.
I:    But I ... I can’t go back without a story.
Al: You just might have to. Dottie’s not one to talk about her son.
I:   You know her well?
Al: Her husband was my friend for thirty years.
I:    So he has passed, too?
Al: Right as the war ended.
I:    So Mrs. Kyle bears two recent losses. And did you have a son in the war?
Al:  Sure did, but we were lucky. He came home.
I:    I’d still like to find Mrs. Kyle. Can you tell me where she’d be?
Al: Nope, she’s a private person, doesn’t need anybody poking into her business. I hope you’ll respect that.
I:   You seem quite protective of her.
Al: She’s been through a lot, and it’d be a waste of your time, since she’d tell you no flat out. But Dottie’s a peach of a gal.
I:   Could you ... do you have any other names to give me?
Al: Scratches his head and peers out the window.
I:   There must be somebody else who lost ...
Al: Oh! Try Henrietta Perry, lives right across from the Lutheran church on Washington Street. She lost a nephew, and she loves the limelight.
After the reporter leaves: Al’s mind stays with Dottie, and he loses track of the nails and bolts he’s putting away in their little drawers. Didn’t Mrs. Roosevelt say something about a woman being like a teabag, showing her strength in hot water? Well, that was Dottie, for sure. How can he possibly win the affection of such a nuts and bolts woman—she knows her mind, and keeps it to herself.
Discover more about Dottie and Al as you read In This Together, Gail’s debut novel releasing TODAY!!!
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My Review
In This Together by Gail Kittleson is a historical romance. The main characters aren’t young first-time lovers. Dottie is a widow, and Al, a widower, both with grown children and grandchildren.
Kittleson’s description is awesome, her research impeccable. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to live in post World War II, this book paints a vivid picture. The author places you right in the state of Iowa in 1947 and then moves you to the California coast on a passenger train across the states.
Her characters win over the readers and draw them into the period when life changes quickly in the war’s aftermath. The author pulls at your heart strings. When I finished reading, I believed I would know Dottie and Al if I met them on the street.
Though I didn’t live through this time period, I now feel as if I did. Thanks to Kittleson for a truly heart-warming read.

Thank you, Gail, for visiting us today. I loved the "reporter interview."
To those visiting the Writing with God's Hope blog today, I hope this directs you to a new, exciting book for yourself or as a Christmas gift. Thank you, all, for stopping by.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Contest Winner

The winner of the Christine Lindsay e-book trilogy is:

Beverly Stowe McClure
Congratulations, Beverly.
I apologize for not getting the winner posted on Saturday. I was out of town and just now finally got internet back.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A New Release for Author, Christine Lindsay & A Giveaway

Today, I welcome to Writing with God's Hope blog inspirational author, Christine Lindsay. She tells us about her WILD, TECHNICOLOR IMAGINATION and shares her heart. Lindsay truly "writes with God's hope."

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out about the giveaway that Lindsay is offering.

As a child I was constantly getting into trouble because I was one of those dreamy kids always lost in my imagination. Later as a professional fiction writer I discovered that my wild, technicolor imagination was actually a god-send.

But let’s face it, some of us have tough childhoods. Maybe that’s why I was always retreating into my imagination. My dad was an alcoholic, no need to go into detail, but learning to overcome childhood challenges through my faith in Christ taught me to believe in happy endings.  

Mix that with a fascination for exotic India during British colonialism and I came up with  Twilight of the British Raj—a trilogy of historicals that I like to call Big Love Stories.

My critique partner describes my brand (my promise to my readers) as the following:

“Wonderful historical detail and historical events colliding into the heart of deep psychological and relationship drama. Rounded characters, profound spiritual threads, sacrifice and satisfying endings.”

Wow, isn’t that nice of her to say that. But really I took instances from my own background, my dad’s drinking, his abuse of my mother, various types of trauma in other people’s lives, and came up with a British and American family saga that shows how the family curse of alcoholism can follow people, but more importantly how that can be overcome and lives and family find healing. I set it all in India between the first two World Wars as India was fighting British for her independence.

Throw in handsome, dashing British Cavalry officers, gorgeous horses, Gandhi, a Russian spy, beautiful Indian women in their saris, the beauty of tropical India, a cholera epidemic, cyclones, missionaries, and American and British women who overcome tough obstacles and find love and joy, and you have my three books in that series Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, and Veiled at Midnight. 

What can I say—it was a blast writing them. And now it’s time for me to retreat back into my imagination and write the next series.

Shadowed in Silk

After the Great War Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, but her soldier husband Nick has become a cruel stranger. Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men finds his faith does little to help him understand how to protect Abby and her child from the husband who mistreats them. Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, Geoff and Abby, caught between their own ideals and duty, stumble into sinister secrets and are thrust in the fires of revolution.

Captured by Moonlight

Nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana flee to the tropical south of India. Laine takes a nursing position at a jungle plantation only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner. Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle, forced into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts freedom will ever be hers again, much less the forbidden love for Dr. Jai Kaur. Amid cyclones, epidemics, and clashing faiths, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

Veiled at Midnight

Caught up in the explosive and passionate wake of Britain’s relinquishment of India, is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah. Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, but a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he? As for Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart, but she cannot let him break it again. Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?


Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and Book 3 Veiled at Midnight.

Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland, and she is looking forward to the release in 2016 of historical romance Sofi’s Bridge, and of her non-fiction account of her birth-mother experience called Just Like Hannah.

A busy writer and speaker, Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.


Please drop by Christine’s website or follow her on Twitter and be her friend on Pinterest , “Like” her Facebook page, and  Goodreads.


PURCHASE LINKS FOR Veiled at Midnight and all of Christine’s novels.

Thank you, Christine for visiting with us today. All three books sound amazing. Stories set in this time period and in India are unique, and I find that fascinating.

*****NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Do you have a comment or question for Christine Lindsay? For everyone leaving a comment below along with their e-mail, they will go into a drawing. I will draw the name on Saturday, Nov. 7. The winner will receive the full trilogy on e-book. This offer is for anyone anywhere in the world. Don't miss this chance.