Monday, March 26, 2012

Jennifer Fromke's A Familiar Shore

Jennifer Fromke is a lover of books, mother of three and wife to one extraordinary man. When separated from her laptop, you may find her teaching Bible study, cooking or (most often) sneaking off someplace with a good book in one hand and a vanilla latte in the other.

Jennifer is a member of ACFW and the Carolina Christian Writers. She attended Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 08 and 09 as well as the Master’s Seminar in 2010. She participates in an online critique group of other women’s fiction writers. They call themselves the “Yay-sayers.”

A BA in Literature from Wheaton College shares a decent part of the blame when it comes to ascertaining how Jennifer turned out this way – addicted to reading, writing and all things literary.

Her first novel, A Familiar Shore (formerly Docking) won the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition in the Women’s Fiction category

You can find her online at: - @Jenniferfromke

A Familiar Shore

Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?

Here's a short excerpt from A Familiar Shore:
Provisions perched on the edge of the Cape Fear River. As Meg neared the building, a mixture of fried seafood and boat fuel assaulted her nose. A smile crossed her face and memories crossed her mind every time she breathed the incongruent scents together.

The lunch crowd spilled out the front door in a line displaying great anticipation and remarkable patience. Meg pressed past the people waiting to order and shoved her way onto the porch. Rolled up canvas “walls” hung from the eaves around the perimeter.

Popsie waved to her from their favorite table, in the corner farthest from the kitchen and closest to the water. Though Meg usually visited whenever he docked Gilda near Charlotte, she burned up the asphalt today for a potential client Popsie wanted her to meet. But he sat alone at a table for two...


Meg squinted her eyes against the brightness of the day as she exited the terminal at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. Crisp, clean air filled her lungs and gave her a shot of confidence. She could hold her own across the table from any lawyer in Charlotte. Small town family at the lake? Piece of cake.

She rolled her bright red carry-on, which supported a matching shoulder bag further into the cool sunshine of northern Michigan in the springtime. Searching for the car and driver arranged by Mr. Vanderzee, she scanned the area for someone holding a sign.

Amidst slow-moving SUVs and a few parked sedans, a well-kept vintage Chevy Malibu drove past and skidded to a halt with a loud screech of the tires. She watched as both doors simultaneously opened and two young women who looked about twenty stepped from the car. Meg stared at their precise sameness. Head to toe, their appearance matched in every way. Hairstyle, eye makeup, clothing, even pink toenail polish. As they drew near, she noticed their dark ponytails bobbed in exactly the same rhythm, left-right, left-right. They wore matching black flip-flops, skinny jeans, hot pink wrap tops and matching heart-shaped lockets on gold chains. Thin and tall, they reminded her of fireworks.

Jennifer is hosting an online contest starting March 23 and running through April 20. The Grand Prize Giveaway is a two night stay at the Harborview Inn in Charleston, SC. Details for contest entries can be found on the website and her Facebook author page.

You can purchase A Familiar Shore at Amazon.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of A Familiar Shore. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

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reluvbe said...

Looks like a great book. Please enter me into the give-a-way.

Librarybooks at religious dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer, read you exerpt from your book and it sound really good and I can imagine visualizing the scenery. Please enter me in the contest. - Pat Hines. Thanks. Have a good day.

ann said...

Sounds like my kind of reading -thanks for the chance to win.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Teela said...

Jennifer, I would really love to win this book. The book jacket reminded and your clip were great. Really piqued my interest. Please enter me in the giveaway of your book. Blessings,

Jennifer said...

Thanks for all the kind words! I love it when people tell me they can really "see" the place I'm writing about. It's so important to me - especially with this book - since I'm writing about one of my favorite places: northern MI.

Marianne said...

oh Patty and Jennifer what a totally captivating post...i want to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway!

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Charity U said...

Looks great! Please enter me. :)


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Enjoyed your interview and the synopsis of the book. Sounds great!

Laura J said...

looks like a great book!

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Nancee said...

Oh, how I'd love to win a copy of this book. Events revolve around the Traverse City area in my home state of Michigan! Thank you for offering this contest!

Jennifer said...

You all are so encouraging! And Nancee, it's always great to meet another Michigander!

Jennifer said...

I like your name.:) I really like to read a lot,especially christian fiction because then if my kids go through my books, I'm not worried by what they'll find. Reading the except is hard to do sometimes. They end so soon and you want to keep reading and find out what happens. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

cjajsmommy said...

Intriguing! djragno (at) hotmail (dot ) com

Judy said...

I love the cover of this book and the excerpt wasn't long enough! This book sounds like a great read. I lived in the Southwestern part of Michigan for 25 years. Northern Michigan is beautiful.

Loved the post. We have something in common...we both love books! Congrats on your 2010 award!


Amy R.S. said...

Another new to me author. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I like mystery in my books and this one sounds like a good one. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

would love to read this story...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lane Hill House said...

"An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family..."

sounds intriguing
why is she going to meet them and who does she present herself to be? "Excuse me, but I am coming to meet you as possible heirs, improbable heirs?" [A Familiar Shore because she is an heir, the heir? Hmmm.]
count me in!
please enter me in the drawing

Jo said...

Thanks for entering me.


Joy Hannabass said...

Would love to read this wonderful book. Thanks for offering it for free.
Blessings Joy

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