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Character Interview: Calista Blythe from Debutante Queen a Novella in Snowflake Tiara

Final book cover ST10With us today is Calista Blythe, one of the heroines from Snowflake Tiara. Calista’s story, The Debutante Queen, was written by Angela Breidenbach.

Calista, would you mind sharing with our readers a little about yourself. Where do you live? What do you do? What is most important to you?

I live in Helena, MT in the elegant mansion district. My home is a beautiful mansion with a large bit of land and includes a lovely stable with a carriage house.

I love to volunteer helping charities, adopting injured critters to rehabilitate them, and I’m especially drawn to help the street children. My heart breaks at seeing a shivering or hungry child.

You live in an exciting time in Montana history. In the year your story is set, your state receives its statehood. Would you share a little about what Helena, Montana was like in 1889?

It’s quite exciting in Helena right now. We’ve modernized the city and even have electric trolleys! Just in the last few years, since the trains came, we have all the same niceties as back east or over in Europe. You should see the incredibly lovely pink and gray stone architecture built from the quarries nearby. Our city is really quite beautiful.

You have a little friend named, Lea. She has her own story to tell, but I’d like to know a little about her and just why she stole your heart and brought you to take up not only her cause but the cause of other children who ended up in Helena on The Orphan Train.

I’d noticed the children on the streets, but didn’t know what I could do to help. Even when I prayed for direction, I still didn’t know. Then God answered specifically. When Lea tangled herself in my skirts, I knew that even if I couldn’t help all of the children I could help one. And when that awful man threatened her… I knew the right thing to do was to protect Lea. Sometimes we have to act then figure out the rest as we go. But it seemed like I started to see how I could fill the needs of the children when Frankie showed up at my door. It might have been a small thing, but big results start with only one small action. I hoped others would join me if I found a way to share the problem. If everyone just did what they could do, one small thing, instead of ignoring the plight of the children we’d be that much closer to a solution.

You lived out your faith in the story, doing what was right, even though you broke a law. As Christians we struggle with the line between legal and ethical. Now that you look back on the choices you made, would you do it any other way?

It’s so easy to look back and say what you’d do differently. But I have to say that I made the best choice I could at the time. Sometimes I wish I could be more persuasive like my father or could think of better ways to say something so the whole situation could have resolved quickly. It was a long road. But I like to think God led me in the way I should go. So if I’m praying about it, really intend to be obedient to God, then I have to believe the choices I made worked out the way they should. If I’d made a different decision, in any part of that journey, what might not have worked out? How would that have affected Dora? Or what if, during the competition, the people hadn’t felt the compassion for Lea and the newsies? Challenging immoral and harmful behaviors is scary, but it’s just not in me to ignore it. Yes, I would do it again.

I believe that your hero, Albert, learned on several occasions that God often derails our plans to bring us greater blessings. For me, that’s akin to God’s declaration in Romans 8:28, that all things work to good for those who love the Lord. Did you find the truth of Romans 8:28 to be true for you as well, and if so, how did God show that to you?

I love to see how God works through people and situations too. But if you back up to the verses right before, Romans 8: 26-27, I think it’s fascinating that the Holy Spirit works through our hearts and prayers even when we don’t know what to pray. Sometimes we think we have such a clear vision, like Albert did, and then it all falls apart. Then the Holy Spirit reveals what our deepest desires and dreams are to the Lord. And then I think the Lord reveals to us the greater blessings we often aren’t fully aware of, the entirety of them, until we stop trying to control the outcome. That takes courageous faith—that God’s going to bring about an amazing solution— we can’t fully comprehend in our shortsighted humanity.

More About Debutante Queen and Snowflake Tiara:

What if you were caught doing something good, but the man you loved didn’t see it that way?

The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an indentured orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or law prevail?

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

IMG_0455About the Author:

Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, coach, and author. Angela volunteers as the Christian Author Network’s president. She’s an editor, author, and speaker with Choose Now Publishing; a columnist for Leading Hearts; and an avid volunteer for the Jadyn Fred Foundation that helps Montana children. As Mrs. Montana International 2009, Angela loved promoting her state. As a Montana author it’s one of her favorite places to write about whether in an historical or contemporary setting. Books by Angela Breidenbach set in Montana include Snowflake TiaraEleven Pipers Piping (Sep. 30th, 2014), and A Healing Heart. Yes, quite a few more are coming… Don’t miss A-Muse-ings coming this fall, #Muse’s feline comedy, by popular demand.

Angela’s speaking engagements represented by Choose Now Ministries: 217-215-0515. You can also connect with Angela at her website, on TwitterPinterest, and Facebook. Also, Angela and co-author Valerie Comer have an interesting Snowflake Tiara page at Pinterest.

 

Author Interview: Valerie Comer, Author of Wild Mint Tea

 

Valerie-Comer-300x300Today’s special guest is the author of Wild Mint Tea, the second novel in her Farm Fresh Romance series. Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her stories. Raspberries and Vinegar, first in her series A Farm Fresh Romance, released in August, 2013.

You can connect with Valerie at her website and blog, where you can join her newsletter list where she offers exclusive contests, giveaways, and news on upcoming releases. Her social media links are also available on her site. Please visit!

Readers are always interested in knowing how an author develops his or her characters or the conflict an author designs for those characters. Would you mind sharing a little bit about your writing process that brings character and conflict to life?

Because Wild Mint Tea is the second book in a series, I already knew Claire, the heroine, well. She’d originally been designed as one of three female characters who complemented each other while being quite different—three young women who determined to buy a farm together and show the world what sustainable living could look like.

When it became clear that the second story belonged to Claire, I had to think about what made her tick. I’d woven clues into the first story, Raspberries and Vinegar, but now got to delve deeper into them. And once I knew her well, I looked for a hero so different from her that it would be a challenge to get them together! If there isn’t deep conflict, there’s no story worth telling.

The characters in Wild Mint Tea are very nature conscious. Are you active in preservation actions? If so, which ones, and what would you like to share with the readers regarding what they can do to be environmentally conscious?

God created a stunning planet for us to live on, and we’re not doing a very good job of taking care of things. Christians are no more environmentally aware, in general, than nonbelievers, and that really bugs me. We know the Giver of the gift personally and still we don’t value the treasure!

My family and I, like the gang at Green Acres Farm, grow a lot of our own food on our farm. We garden, preserve food, and cook from scratch using real ingredients. We’re involved in our local food action coalition and farmers’ market, as well as our creation-care-centric church.

If you’re curious why we care about locally grown food, poke around my website at http://valeriecomer.com. I’ve got several pages there that share my passion with my readers.

In Wild Mint Tea, you provided conflict between the characters just by their very nature. One doesn’t care to ever travel, and the other loves to experience new places. Both of these natures were born from their backgrounds. Are you happy to stay at home, or are you an adventurer?

Like my character Claire, I feel like I live in the most beautiful spot on the planet. Unlike her, I enjoy seeing new places. Though we don’t traveled often, I have a wish list of places I’d like to visit some day!

What I felt you were trying to tell the reader is that God sets us on a course, but it doesn’t mean that course can’t change, and we should be seeking His path. What would you tell someone who feels that God first called her or him to one area and now seems to be wanting the course for that life to change?

You know, once many years ago, my husband was laid off his job and we moved to a distant city for a new one.

Across the hallway in our apartment building lived Pam, a single mom with two kids. I’ve never in my life met anyone more open to hearing God’s word. Opportunity after opportunity came up for me to share into her life. At the end of that year, she returned to her estranged husband and we, too, moved back “home,” disillusioned by a poor work experience there for my husband. We lost touch with Pam for years, but later heard she’d made a commitment to God and wanted to thank us.

At the time, that year was very difficult for my husband and me. We had certain expectations about what that job and move would mean for our young family, but God had something else in mind entirely. I firmly believe He briefly transplanted us for Pam’s sake. Yes, He moved us there but, when our task was done, He closed the door and moved us away again. A mistake? Not at all.

We get the idea stuck in our head that, when fixed in one direction, we should never deviate. But life is full of many twists and turns, just like a road trip. Turning south at an intersection doesn’t mean we’re not headed to our westerly destination. It means that, right here, we need to turn south to keep making progress.

Do you have any future projects in the works, and if so, what issues do your characters deal with?

I’m currently finishing up a novella that releases in Snowflake Tiara in September along with a story by Angela Breidenbach. My characters there are struggling with the aspect of doing public, visible good. Is it a thing of pride, or are they stepping into the limelight that God desires for them?

I’m also working on Sweetened with Honey, the third book in the Farm Fresh Romance series, where my characters are dealing with issues of forgiveness. Although all my stories are written where food meets faith, there are many other aspects to them as well. Life isn’t about one issue at a time. We’re complex creatures, and I try to bring those varied dimensions to my characters.

Wild Mint Tea 200x300About Wild Mint Tea:

She’s rooted deep. He flies free.

Local-foods chef Claire Halford envisions turning Green Acres Farm into an event destination. Weddings prove trickier than she imagined when the first one comes with a ruggedly handsome brother-of-the-bride, who has everything but a fixed address. Oh, and faith in God.

Noel Kenzie loves the freedom his reforestation company affords him. Why worry about deep stuff like God and commitment when he’s in his prime? Except there’s a woman who might make it worth giving up his wings…and digging in some roots. If he dares.

The second tale in the Farm Fresh Romance series, WILD MINT TEA, finds chef Claire Halford hosting weddings at Green Acres Farm, but the first bride comes with a globe-trotting brother. Noel Kenzie’s reforestation company provides him the means to enjoy life. This is no time for him to settle down…or Claire to spread her wings.

Check out the trailer for Wild Mint Tea.

About the series:

A FARM FRESH ROMANCE. This unique farm lit series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of three college graduates who move onto a reclaimed farm where they plan to take the rural area by storm with their sustainable lifestyle and focus on local foods.

Claire Halford shared her thoughts on Wild Mint Tea on Monday.

Character Interview: Jennifer Akihara from On the Pineapple Express

perf5.500x8.500.inddJennifer, tell us a little about yourself? Your background? What you do for a living?

You recently found yourself in a precarious situation dealing not only with nature but with some very dangerous and evil men? Care to tell us what led you into this fight?

My name is Jennifer Akihara. Soon to be Jennifer Brandt. I’m Japanese Hawaiian, raised in the Islands. When Lee Brandt and I met, I was preparing to start my PhD work in Computing Security. But meeting Lee seven months ago changed my plans, my life, my eternal destiny and—I’m getting off track. After a cyber espionage investigation brought us together, Lee and I started courting. Then I took a job as a research scientist with NSA. They wanted me to apply my Internet forensic skills to wireless communication, and that’s when I accidentally intercepted the phone call revealing human trafficking. These people were selling girls from a remote spot on the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll probably think I’m crazy, but I heard a young girl crying for help. It was like she was crying out to me, pleading with me. We didn’t have enough information to convince the FBI to stop the next scheduled sale of girls, so Lee and I went to get the needed evidence. We got a little more than we bargained for — heavily armed international criminals and a 100-year storm.

As I read, I kept asking myself why you and Lee didn’t listen to the authorities in this situation. Care to tell us why you and Lee would risk your lives and go against the advice of the FBI?

Look, I told Agent Peterson everything I knew. He said it wasn’t enough. He couldn’t guarantee the FBI would stop the next sale of girls. With the desperate cries of a girl echoing in your mind, begging you for help, what would you do? We had to locate the girls to get the authorities to intervene. I couldn’t have just done nothing and lived with myself. Lee knows me. He understood. And we both knew what we were risking by doing this … our future together. But, you know something; we’re an awesome team when we both commit to accomplish something.

Yes, you are. I can’t imagine facing the danger you did without having a solid faith. Can you tell your readers how you leaned upon your faith in order to do the job you felt the Lord was leading you to do? Is there scripture or a biblical concept that helped you through your ordeal?

Some people would call Lee and I fools. And that would be true if we weren’t sure God was leading us. His word says more than 400 times, “Do not be afraid.” However, even recognizing His leading doesn’t remove all the fear, but it does provide the courage to act in spite of our fears. I struggled with that several times. The worst time was when both paths before us led to certain death. How do you choose between—I’ll let you read the story, because I can’t begin to describe what happened, and some of it I don’t even remember.

So, do you plan to get yourself into such a horrendous position in the future?

Are you kidding? Right now, I just want to marry Lee and go on a long, relaxing honeymoon. Did I tell you he’s going to take me to Maui for our honeymoon? Watching the Moon over Maalaea Bay, soaking up sun, walking miles of sandy beaches, snorkeling with colorful, tropical fish swarming around us — what could possibly go wrong in a romantic island paradise like Maui?

Jennifer, I think you may be surprised. I bet you and Lee will find lots of trouble. Thank you for visiting with us today.

More about On the Pineapple Express:

In one of the most beautiful places on earth the ugliest of crimes holds young, innocent lives in its evil grip. An intercepted cell-phone call from a remote area on the Olympic Peninsula tells beautiful, brilliant NSA researcher, Jennifer Akihara, a group of girls will soon be sold into slavery by human traffickers. She enlists her fiancé, Lee Brandt, to help find the holding location and convince the FBI to intervene. With the clock ticking off the last few hours before both the sale of the girls and the arrival of a deadly storm, and with international criminals pursuing them, can Jennifer and Lee save the girls, or will their wedding plans be cancelled … permanently?

Hide_and_SeekAlso available Hide and Seek:

A computer security breach within a US defense contractor’s firewalls leads investigators, Lee Brandt and beautiful, brilliant Jennifer Akihara, onto the cyber-turf of terrorists, where they are detected and targeted for elimination. Lee leads them on a desperate and prayer-filled flight for survival into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Will Jennifer’s pursuit of truth about the conspiracy, and the deepest issues of life, lead her into the clutches of terrorists, into the arms of Lee Brandt, or into the arms of the God she deems untrustworthy?

SONY DSCAbout Author H. L. Wegley:

H. L. Wegley served in the US Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He is a Meteorologist who, while working as a forecaster and a research scientist in Atmospheric Physics, published extensively in the scientific literature. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area, where he and his wife of 47 years enjoy small-group ministry, their grandchildren, hiking beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever he gets a chance, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. Besides his scientific publications, he published one non-fiction work, Colby and Me: Growing up in the ’50s, a humorous collection of the childhood adventures of an early baby boomer.

You can also meet up with H. L. at his website, his blog, on Facebook, Twitter, his Amazon Author Page, and on his Publisher’s Book Page.

Character Interview: David Brooke from Orchard of Hope by Ann Gabhart

Orchard of HopeToday’s special guest is David Brooke, the father/hero of author Ann Gabhart’s Orchard of Hope. David visits us here from Hollyhill, Kentucky, the setting for Ann’s Heart of Hollyhill novels.

Please tell us a little about yourself. Where you’re from? What do you do?

My name is David Brooke. I grew up right here in Holly County. I had great parents. My mother was the kind of Christian woman who is continually a blessing to her family and to all who knew her. She was a rock for me when my wife deserted us when Jocie was four years old. That changed everything for me. I had to give up my church and question my calling to preach. I didn’t doubt the Lord called me to share his Good News. That happened while I was on a submarine serving in World War II. Still, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get to follow that calling after my wife divorced me since no church would allow a divorced man to stand behind their pulpit.

I was fortunate to get a job as editor of the Hollyhill Banner and then even more fortunate to have the paper’s owner give me generous terms to allow me to buy the paper from him. It was a good job for me because I could bring Jocie with me to work after my mother had a stroke and died suddenly. While sometimes I feel as if the Lord sends too many trials my way, I also have to acknowledge and be thankful for his blessings and help. For one, He sent me Wes to not only help me keep the presses running but for Jocie. She needs that pure grandfather-type love Wes gives her so freely. And Wes needs Jocie, too.

It’s good putting out a paper with local news. A different way of ministering to folks, but sharing good community news and being compassionate with bad news does give me the feeling of helping people. Now I’ve found a church willing to chance having a divorced pastor lead them. So maybe the Lord always had a plan. I just had to wait on His perfect timing.

Orchard of Hope is about hope in the midst of a turbulent era in the South. I’d love to hear what you think about what was going on around you at that time. Do you believe that the tensions that caused such strife could have been handled in a different manner?

Things have been wrong in the South for a long time before now, 1964. A man should never be judged by the color of his skin or his religion. The Lord loves us all and in our great country, we claim to believe all men are created equal. If we truly believe that, we should live that truth. So things did need to change, but change can be difficult and as you say, turbulent. Sometimes it’s easier to not stir up trouble, to just let things drift along the way they always have been. But the Lord can poke our consciences to open our eyes and see that changes need to be made however hard that is to do. He gives a young woman courage to sit in a seat on a bus that she’s forbidden to sit in. He makes a child brave enough to walk with soldiers to a new school. He empowers a man like Martin Luther King Jr. with a gift of words to find a peaceful way to make people see that all men have the right to equal opportunities. I’m a peaceful man, as is Martin Luther King Jr., but there are times when a man has to stand up for what is right no matter the consequences.

Sadly, I think the strife was bound to happen because there are so many people who cling to the old prejudices. That’s sad but too true. Just think about those little girls killed in that church bombing or how the Birmingham police used dogs against children marching for their rights while the firemen turned water hoses on them. While I wish none of that had happened, being human is a messy condition. We are not puppets on a string. The Lord gives us freedom of choice even when those choices lead to sorrowful and sinful decisions and outcomes.

So, true, David. So true. When I think about your story, the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13 come to mind: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” These words come after several verses that tell us what does and doesn’t constitute charity (or love). You faced some trying times. Do you think that those who were front and center of the controversy at that time, took to heart the wisdom and truth of 1 Corinthians 13. If so, how? If not, how do you believe it was ignored?

Some did and some didn’t. There are times when a man has to accept that he can’t change everyone he meets. That’s when he has to focus on his own thoughts and actions and those of the people he knows best. I love that chapter in the Bible. Love does make a difference and of course, as you point out, charity here is another word for love. But wisdom is something that at times is lacking in all our lives. That’s not knowledge. A person can have mountains of book learning and still lack wisdom. True wisdom comes from God. So some of the people in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle did embrace the truths in 1 Corinthians 13:13. Others may have thought they were, but without the God-given wisdom to understand those truths. And some cared nothing about words from the Bible and only wanted to live for themselves without faith, hope, or charity. I’m thankful the Lord rained down wisdom on my church people and that together we were able to find a way to get past unreasonable prejudices and step closer to being the church the Lord wants us to be. The Lord can change the hardest heart and bring revival in His perfect timing.

The folks in your church are good folks, even it if takes a while, and tragedy, for some of them to come around. I always have to ask about Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” When God says, “all things” I believe He means even the bad things that happen to us. Did you discover this to be true in the issues you faced?

That’s a hard verse for many people. Some believe the Lord sends the bad things to teach us. Some believe the bad things happen because they didn’t love God enough. I personally believe the Lord can and does make good come from all things, but that He cries with us when tragedy strikes. He sorrows over the bad choices we make. He wants good for us.

So even though I don’t believe God caused the bad things to happen in my life, life does happen. And some of life is not happy and good. Evil pokes up and not only injures those who give in to wrong temptations but also to innocent family members and bystanders. That’s how it was when Adrienne left us. She hated being married to me. I couldn’t be the husband she wanted. She chose to find her happiness somewhere else, but I had to live with the consequences of her decision and so did Jocie and my older daughter, Tabitha.

It was a long time before I could see anything good coming from that, but the Lord did strengthen my spirit and make me more compassionate with others who suffer life struggles. So whether our troubles are the result of our own mistakes or those of others or happening for a purpose we can’t divine, I have no doubt that He is right beside us through whatever happens to us. If we lean on the Lord, He will give us the strength to face whatever life throws at us and the courage to stand up for right.

Is there scripture or a biblical concept that you lean upon to help you through this time of both national and personal conflict?

Every time I open my Bible, I find new verses that strengthen and comfort me. The Bible is a testament to the power of God. His word abides there and it goes out and settles in hearts and does not return empty.

I tell in Orchard of Hope one verse that has meant so much to me and has helped me through some rough patches in my life. I’ve had plenty of those–so many that there are times when I’m almost afraid to stick my head out from under the covers in the morning for fear of what challenges might come my way next. But then the sun starts pushing light in through my window and I say my morning prayer. “Oh, Lord, be with me today.” The Lord’s answer has never failed to echo back to me. “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

That’s the last line of the last verse in Matthew where the Lord is giving his disciples the Great Commission to go and teach the nations and baptize them. Those men, the Lord’s disciples, faced hardships I can’t even begin to imagine and yet they were faithful in carrying out the Lord’s command in spite of persecution and the very real threat of death. I too want to be faithful in what the Lord wants me to do and it is very good to know that He is with me always. Eternally. That’s why I preach. To share that good news with the people the Lord puts in my path.

Thank you for letting me share my beliefs here, Fay. I do hope sharing a year of my life with all its problems and challenges in the Heart of Hollyhill books will touch people’s hearts and lead them to seek a closer relationship with the Lord. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

David, your story challenged me, and it touched my heart tremendously. Thank you for visiting with us here at Inner Source. I look forward to Wednesday’s interview with your author, Ann Gabhart.

Ann Gabhart 2About the Author:

Ann H. Gabhart, the author of several bestselling novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who never wanted to do anything but write down stories. She’s published twenty-six novels for adults and young adults with more stories on the way. She keeps her keyboard warm out on a farm in Kentucky where she lives with her husband, Darrell. They have three children, three in-law children, and nine grandchildren. To find out more about Ann or her books visit www.annhgabhart.com. Check out her blog, One Writer’s Journal, or follow her on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest.

About Orchard of Hope:

It is 1964, and fourteen-year-old Jocie Brooke is about to have an unforgettable summer. Her father has found a new love, her hippie sister is about to have a baby, and her aunt is finally pleasurable to live with. But, when a black family from Chicago moves into the quiet hamlet of Holly County, Kentucky, Jocie finds herself befriending a boy that some townspeople shun. Due to the unspoken racial lines in this southern town, the presence of these newcomers sparks a smoldering fire of unrest that will change Holly County–and Jocie–forever.

Orchard of Hope, the riveting sequel to The Scent of Lilacs, takes readers along to experience unexpected love, fear, forgiveness, new life, and a deeper understanding of the value of each individual’s story.

Scent of LilacsAbout Scent of Lilacs:

Jocie Brooke has never wanted for love, despite the fact that she hardly remembers her mother. Jocie’s father, preacher David Brooke, has done his best to be both father and mother to his daughter. Even Jocie’s spinster Great-aunt Love, who’s slowly going senile, cares for Jocie in her own stern way. But in their small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky, painful secrets lie just beneath the surface, and inquisitive spirits discover surprising truths. There’s a reason why Aunt Love hides behind black dresses and a stoic countenance. And David takes his morning walks not just for quiet solitude, but to wrestle with the past.

Full of stories of lost loves and the trials of small-town living, this heartwarming novel explores the journey of faith and family.

Summer of Joy 9780800731700About Summer of Joy (Re-releasing soon):

The summer of 1964 certainly was eventful, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming to the Brooke family and to Hollyhill, Kentucky. David finally gets up the nerve to pop the question to Leigh and wedding plans are in the making. But the past is coming to call on many in Hollyhill, threatening to destroy the relationships that everyone thought were so strong. Two people–one David thought was gone for good and the other no one’s ever heard of–are making their way to the small town and promise trouble.

This complex and well-written story is the perfect conclusion to the Hollyhill story. With true-to-life family drama, refreshing humor, and lovable characters, Summer of Joy will delight readers.

Book Giveaway:

Ann is giving away a copy of Orchard of Hope.  Ann will be busy here this week with her interview on Wednesday and a guest post on Friday. To be registered for your chance to win a copy of this absolutely wonderful novel, be sure to leave a comment for each of the posts. Those who have commented on all three posts will be registered, and a winner will be drawn on Friday evening and the winner notified by e-mail (so be sure to leave that with your comment.

If you missed the interview with David Brooke, click here.