Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Anna M. Aquino


You've had an interesting life. We're excited to read more about you and your writing journey. Tell us . . .

Is there a story behind your book Confessions of a Ninja Mom: A 40 day Training Manual for Empowering Mothers
The story behind this devotional is actually a tale that spans over 13 years.  God had called me to ministry and to write young. I should have died in a car accident when I was 2.5, in my mind I had a world to conquer.  However I found myself newly married, had an unexpected to us (God knew) pregnancy, we lived across the country from our families, and had very little money.  The early stages of this devo was written for 30 days and when my oldest daughter was newly born.  It was written out of a desire to declare God was faithful despite the challenges I was going through in my own life. It was very hard for me to get victory in where God had me in that season of my life.  I found it was something that many mom’s struggled with these same feelings but didn’t really talk about them.  In exposing my feelings I was hoping it would inspire others.

However this devo sat on the back shelf for about 11 years. I found myself working for a company from home.  The president of this company turned ‘Super Shady’.  When I found myself having to be the one to tell him I could no longer be a part of the project, he tried to insult me telling me “That I was just a housewife.” And the insinuation was it was all I was going to ever be in life.  While I was taken aback by the attempted insult it made me realize how far I had come from those early days.

A good friend of mine who was also involved with this same project started calling me a “Ninja Mom” as a joke.  I remembered this devotional I had written that was collecting dust on my computer desktop.  I took it off the shelf and made it for a “Ninja Mom” theme and added an extra 10 days.  The Ninja theme is woven throughout.  For example, “Some fights take more than one ninja to win,” or “Ninja’s understand that training time is never wasted time.”

I hope it starts a movement.  That mothers embrace themselves, and realize they are building up a legacy. The Ninja Mom movement is about mothers accepting themselves and being okay where God has them in life.  The Ninja Mom movement is about empowering mothers to be their best selves.



What started you on your writing journey? 
I believe it was a divine thing that God laid on my heart.  However what pushed me in that direction was my father.  He was a grunt soldier in Vietnam.  I started writing simply because I wanted to tell my dad’s story.

Then I kept writing book after book.  While the fullness of my dad’s story has not been published yet, his journey is what started my own. It’s been a journey.  I still have a lot of books waiting for the right publishing opportunity, but God is so faithful.  This was my destiny, and I’m excited for fulfilling my purpose and inspiring others to do the same.



What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 
While I am more known for nonfiction books, I write and read more fiction.  I just haven’t broken through that area professionally yet.  I AM A HISTORY DORK!  It’s self-proclaimed so it’s okay I’m cool with myself. When I am working on a project I will read just about everything I can on that historical time period.
What are my fave books. . . hmmm. . .The Bible, I love Joyce Meyer, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Book Thief, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (always makes me cry), I love The Left Behind Series, Calico Captive and The Hatchet (Yes I know their Juvenile book but I love books).  My mother gave me such a love of books.  I’m one of those people that go into the library and come out with a dozen books.



What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Most people who hear me preach know that I can be pretty funny.  I have performed stand-up comedy a couple of times.  I once preached at a conference where the lady said, “She’s a preacher, comedian, and ministry oriented, all wrapped into one.”  Sometimes I’m not as sure it comes through my writing as much as I want it to. I find just everyday things hilarious. It’s amazing how funny life can be just in general. Kids are comedic gold.  One just can’t make up some of the things they do. I think God has a great sense of humor. Too many times we’re all just too caught up in our own worlds to realize it!  Oh and I love Tim Hawkins. Grin.



What is your favorite season of the year?
Anything but winter.  Really the snow and winter should end January 1st.  LOL!  My husband and I lived in FL for 13.5 years and moved back to Ohio due to the Lord’s leading last year.  It’s been an adjustment.  My youngest daughter recently asked me if snow was from the devil.  LOL!



What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My inlaws immigrated from Italy in the 50’s to Canada.  Favorite meal would be anything my mother-in-law makes.  She’s amazing!  She’s a Rembrandt to the culinary world.  I finally have the secret to the sauce but I can’t share it.  (Grin)



Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Whether I’m writing fiction or non-fiction I like to write about people who are real and flawed and have supernatural encounters with God.  I believe people need to see that God is good, faithful, and relevant to people where they are. I also believe that people are hungry for supernatural God encounters.  They need to see that God is real and working in people’s lives today.



Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)   
I love Isaiah 30:21, and stand on it often. “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

I am from a small town, and when God lay on my heart to write and preach, I honestly didn’t think it was possible.  In my younger years I wasn’t a bold individual and wasn’t a writer.  But I know that God is able to direct me in life.  It’s amazing what God can accomplish when one just simply continues to see God’s direction.  I’m an encourager by nature and I always desire that people see my story and they realize that God can accomplish great things through them as well.



When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have written over 21 books with #22 and #23 roaming in my head.  Since many of those are sitting by the literary highway holding a cardboard sign with the words written in purple crayon reading ‘We need a home!’ I am in the process of securing publishing for several of the others. It’s an ongoing process. I have a fiction trilogy that is leading that pack looking for a publishing home about a time traveling pastor.  It’s kind of homage of Back to the Future meets Quantum Leap of Biblical proportions. I also have several nonfiction ones I’m working to bring to market.


Buy her book here:
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About Anna:
Born in a family where telling tales of war and adventure were common, Anna M. Aquino was taught the art of spinning tales and telling yarns young. Though she never realized it at the time, sitting on her father's knee and listening to his adventures was preparing her for destiny.

Anna M. Aquino was born and raised in the heart of Ohio. She received a B.A. from The Ohio State University. Her husband and two children lived in Central Florida for over 13 years. Recently they have returned to Central Ohio and are excited to be in the North once again.

She is the author of many works including twenty-one books, five screenplays, two children's book series, and a woman's devotional, among other short stories and poems.

Anna has been quoted in Christian Women Today, Everyone Has a Story, abcnews.go.comaarp.orgcnbc.comaoljobs.com, and parentingpink.com.  

Anna is the co-founder of Doveagle Ministries. and has been on the Gospel Channel and TBN. Her books Cursing the Church or Helping it? and Confessions of a Ninja Mom are available wherever books are sold.



Connect with Anna here:
Twitter: annamaquino
Instagram: annamaquino33

Anna is giving away a copy of Confessions of a Ninja Mom. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.








Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown

Monday, May 25, 2015

Confessions of a Ninja Mom by Anna M. Aquino

Back Cover Blurb: 


Being a ninja mom means you love your family, and you are able to raise your kids the way God intended them to be. Affirming you?re a ninja mom means you?re okay with the role God has given you, and you do it with excellence. So join me in my declaration: You are a ninja mom. I am a ninja mom. Together we ARE a powerful force! Join the ninja mom movement.




Read an Excerpt:




Mantra
I am a Ninja Mom.
When it's 3am, and I have vomit in my hair.
I want to sob, but I hear the baby crying.
I am a Ninja Mom.

When I am in a meeting and I realize the only writing instrument I have in my possession is a purple crayon. I am a Ninja Mom.

When I finally get that important phone call and find myself running away from one of my kids throwing a fit about string cheese, I am a Ninja Mom.

When I head out to a critical meeting and look down to see that she's peed on me, I am a Ninja Mom.

When I look into the dryer and find Cheerio?s, Barbie Shoes, and mismatched ill-fitting socks, I am a Ninja Mom.

God gave me these children.
They ARE gifts from above.
I will never be perfect, but I will PROTECT them with love.

When people ask me, what do I do for a living?
I tell them, ?I am a Ninja Mom!

When someone tries to insult, declaring it's all I will ever be,
I smile at him and say, ?That?s right.
I AM a Ninja Mom!


Buy her book here:
Amazon


About Anna:
Born in a family where telling tales of war and adventure were common, Anna M. Aquino was taught the art of spinning tales and telling yarns young. Though she never realized it at the time, sitting on her father's knee and listening to his adventures was preparing her for destiny.

Anna M. Aquino was born and raised in the heart of Ohio. She received a BA from The Ohio State University. Her husband and two children lived in Central Florida for over 13 years.  Recently they have returned to Central Ohio and are excited to be in the North once again. She is the author of many works including: twenty one books, five screenplays, two children's book series, and a woman's devotional among other short stories and poems.  Anna has been quoted in Christian Women Today, Everyone Has A Story, abcnews.go.comaarp.orgcnbc.com,aoljobs.com, and parentingpink.com.  


Anna is the co-founder of Doveagle Ministries.   Anna has been on the Gospel Channel and TBN. Her books Cursing the Church or Helping it? and Confessions of a Ninja Mom are available wherever books are sold.

Connect with Anna here:
Twitter: annamaquino
Instagram: annamaquino33

Anna is giving away a copy of Confessions of a Ninja Mom. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.








Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Texas Author Caryl McAdoo

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Caryl! Is there a story behind Sins of the Mothers?

     Only in that I realized as an adult that I had to deal with the ‘sins’ of my mother and think to a certain extent, we all do. Please don’t get me wrong. Mama was a saint of God and a powerful intercessor. I can’ even imagine the hours she spent on her knees on my behalf. For eight years, I was her only child…and her life; I don’t ever remember us not being best friends.
     But, we all for short in His eyes. Mama taught me to fear by being afraid. But a Christian doesn’t ever have to fear anything. I’ve blogged about fear and what a joy it is to be free from it…I don’t think Mama ever was, at least not to the extent I enjoy.
     Children look to their parents and mimic them. I’ve seen it in my own family: my grandmother and her sister, Mama and her twin sister, all my cousins in my generation and even to my children and theirs.
     Jesus said to know the Truth and it (He) will set you free. He IS the truth: ‘I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ So if we take him at this Word, then we should seek Truth—even when it is ugly.
     This is not like the sins of the parent being visited to the fourth generation because that is only for those who don’t know God. That curse doesn’t apply to Christians. But as adults, we do find ourselves doing what our parents did—the good and the bad—even those things we detested as children.
     I wrote this story hoping to show how we can overcome those things unacceptable to God that we grew up seeing in our parents. As women, if we can know ahead of time to acknowledge those things in our mothers contrary to the Word, then we can better know how to respond to please God when we are faced with similar situations and avoid Satan’s trap.    

What is unique about this installment of your Texas Romance series?
     Well, my historical Texas Romances have been all been set in Texas, but in this story, most is in California during the gold rush days. What an exciting time and place in history! It made for an excellent and very different backdrop for this story.
     Also, this story begins the tales of the next generation in this saga. Book one, VOW UNBROKEN is the love story of Henry and Sue (mid-thirties and late twenties age wise), Mary Rachel is their first daughter, and her story starts when she’s still seventeen. I hope to draw the Young Adult readers with her as my heroine.

You mentioned saga, how many books are you planning in your historical Texas Romance series?

     I have nine in mind right now, but whenever I ‘plan’ anything, I try to make it a point to include: Lord willing. So if He wills it. Maybe more though as I have several others started that would be companion books—set in the same time period, and with some of the characters who have become friends making appearances, but as secondary characters to that story. It’s my goal to release a new one every four months.

What is the last thing you wrote?

     Chapter twenty-one of Daughters of the Heart, book five of the series scheduled to debut in September, 2014. Mary Rachel has three younger sisters, Gwendolyn Belle, Cecelia Carol, and Bonnie Claire. Want to know how I kept the girls straight—who was oldest and names?
     I have four grandsons that O’Pa and I have reared going on thirteen years now, since the baby came home from the hospital after being born. Matthew Ross, Gregory Brahm, Christian Cain, and Benjamen Cash. They have the same initials as the girlie girls. J

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

     This is a hard question for me. When I read it, ‘historical Christian romance came first to my mind, But I love writing contemporary for different reasons. Then when I started the Biblical fiction, I loved being in the Word so much for research, and it’s so much fun bringing those age old Bible story heroes to life. But I could just as quickly say I LOVE writing for mid-grade! Do I have to have a favorite? I know this doesn’t exactly answer your question.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

     This totally changes almost every novel. But from one book to the next, it’s almost always a child. I suppose having fifteen grandsugars myself, I love making the story characters like my real sweethearts. In Sins of the Mothers, I fell in love with my precocious little Francy. Her real name is Francine, and she’s a hoot—as was Bart in Hope Reborn, Charlie in Hearts Stolen, and Rebecca in Vow Unbroken. Children are so bold and consumed with the world around them , and they don’t much care what people think of them.
  
How do you find the time to write?

     With a twelve and fourteen year old at age sixty-five, it seems like it’d be difficult, but they’re at school all day and I’m home all day. You could say I’m retired, but you’d have a difficult task convincing me of that. I say ‘I work at home’ which is certainly true. To write a GOOD book, you have to put time into it, and you make time for what you love.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

I will never write a horror novel. I don’t care for suspense that keeps me sweating and on the edge of my seat clenching my jaws until they’re sore. I prefer sitting back into the chair all comfy like and laughing and smiling.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Three: writing Daughters of the Heart and Token of the Covenant (which may become Replenish the Earth), editing One and Done, a contemporary Christian romance, book three of the Red River Romance series and July’s release.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

     Uh oh, I answered this question in my last answer! One and Done is the story of a weather girl who’s called to an assignment that takes her to Mexico to interview a pitcher on the Rojos ball team there. Word on the street is that the Texas Rangers are interested in the fellow who becomes the oldest Rookie in the history of the game.

     Thank you so much for inviting me to the Barn Door Book Loft today! I certainly have enjoyed myself.

Thanks for sharing, Caryl!

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Caryl McAdoo is giving away a copy of Sins Of The Mothers. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.





Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sins Of The Mothers by Caryl McAdoo

Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation. Propelled by blind love, Mary Rachel Buckmeyer defies her father to elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California then partner with his cousin in his dry goods business.

Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead. He wants his love and his new wife’s money, too. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she hates the man who loves her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself in. Or does she?


Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers. 




Excerpt

With everyone on the porch for the clan’s sendoff, Mary Rachel decided for sure and for certain and could wait no longer. She took a deep breath and hugged his neck. “Daddy, I’m sorry. I really am, but I can’t go. No, I mean I’m not going. I can’t leave. I won’t.”
He leaned back and stared at her for too long a minute, his face suddenly stone cold. “What did you just say?”
She grimaced; steam rose to her cheeks. He softened just like he always had when her mother turned on him. Saying it aloud made it all the more real, strengthened her resolve. “I cannot be gone for seven months. I thought for a while maybe I could, but I can’t, Daddy.”
Her new mother stepped close. “But Mary Rachel, why? It’s the trip of a lifetime. I promise you’ll adore Europe.”
“It’s just Mary now, please. No Rachel. That’s what Caleb calls me.”
His voice lowered to almost a whisper, he slipped some of the steel back on. “So. This is about that boy.”
“He’s a man, Daddy, and you know it. We love each other.”
“If he loves you, baby, then he’ll wait. It’s only seven months. He should be thrilled you have this opportunity to travel Europe.”
“Well, I’ve made my decision, and I’m not going.”
“We’ve booked your passage.”
“I know, and I’m sorry. I should have told you sooner, but I knew you wouldn’t be happy about my decision.” She looked off at the tree line, hating the disappointment in his eyes. But that was a coward’s way, so she faced him again. “Like I said, I thought I could. Anyway, let Bonnie take my place.”

From somewhere, her youngest sister burst into the middle. “Can I, Daddy? Please take me! I’ll be good. Mama, tell him how good I’ll be.” She turned those doe eyes on him. “Pleeeease.”

About The Author

Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

Purchase Sins Of The Mothers at:

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Caryl McAdoo is giving away a copy of Sins Of The Mothers. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Friday, May 22, 2015

A WARM WELCOME to JO HUDDLESTON!

Is there a story behind your book WAIT FOR ME?
When I wrote my latest novel, WAIT FOR ME, I had been to a real coal mine community one time. One memorable time. I went home from college with a friend for a weekend. Her home was in the coal mining region in southern West Virginia.

We had arrived at my friend’s home after dark and I did not see any part of the coal community until the next day. My friend took me to the company store. When we left the store and stood on the porch, I saw the tipple. An imposing structure towering above all else around it.

The memory of that tipple engrained itself deep within my mind. When I began writing for publication, I always had a desire to write about a coal camp’s tipple. My first published fiction series, the Caney Creek Series, was set in the southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. I decided my second fiction series would be set in the coal mining region of West Virginia.



What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Stopping to do research. I know, I should flag the place and go back to do research later. But I don’t. Then I find one interesting tidbit after another and copy and paste everything. All the research that I read does me good in the long run for the book, but it does pull me from the writing. 



Amen. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read all genres. I especially like cozy mysteries but I’m unable to write them.



Adore cozies! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Julie, because she’s an only child as I am. I found I could easily get into her character and think as she does. It was almost as if we were a team—we worked together to come up with some of her far-fetched schemes.



If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Soft instrumental jazz.



Nice! What is your favorite season of the year?  
Fall. No longer are we embroiled in the heat of summer and the cold of winter has not arrived. Just right.



Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
Yes, dusting. Does any homemaker like to dust?



Not me! Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
The beach, preferably on the Gulf of Mexico or the east coast of Florida.



Ooooo, I love the beach. Such a fantastic place to relax. Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Philippians 4:8. 
This verse embodies everything that Jesus asked us to do as Christian and followers of Him. These words empower me to always try to remain positive.



When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. No specifics yet. No title—I usually get my titles from a scene or chapter in the book as I write.


So good to have you, JO! Your book sounds fantastic. Folks, check out where to buy her book below and her personal links, and don't forget to leave a comment and email addy!



BUY the BOOK here:
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ABOUT JO:
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren. 

Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com.


CONNECT with JO here:
Website:   www.johuddleston.com


JO is giving away a copy of WAIT for ME. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.







HAPPY Springtime READING!
Caroline Brown

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WAIT for ME by Jo Huddleston

BACK COVER BLURB:

Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?

This is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie choose to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?



READ an EXCERPT:


Winter, 1955

When Julie left her driveway, she hurried her steps. As the dirt road dipped, she peered into the night to find Robby. She so hoped he waited for her. Clouds flirted with the moon, offering Julie enough light to search for him at the edge of the road.

She reached the place where he always waited but didn’t find him. She called to him, “Robby, where are you?”

Robby stepped out from the shadows farther down the road and walked with a slight swagger back toward her. “I didn’t want to leave before I saw you but I was about to go.”

“Sorry.” She kissed his cheek. “Daddy questioned me as I was about to leave the house.”

Robby took her hands then bent to place his forehead against Julie’s. “So, are you supposed to be at Betty Jean’s tonight?”

Julie started to answer Robby but he muffled her words when he kissed her mouth. A tingle traveled over her insides with his every kiss.

“Let’s get off the side of the road before your daddy follows you. Let’s go behind the company store.”

She wrapped her long coat tighter around her and hand-in-hand they moved to the back of the store where the lamppost out front cast a shadow over them. After more kisses and hugs, Julie and Robby stood with their backs against the building.

“Julie, are you still leaving tomorrow for that dance thing in Savannah?”

“Yes, I have to go.”

“But it’s nearly Christmas. I wanted us to spend time together during the holidays.”

She brushed his dark hair from his eyes. “I’ll be back soon. We’ll only be gone about a week.”

“Don’t start liking that guy who’s your date down there.” Robby scuffed the ground with his shoe. “Does he have a lot of money?”

“I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I haven’t met him and will spend time with him only because my mother arranged it all. That’s what mothers do to set up their daughters for this big Christmas party.”

“Julie.” Robby took her face in his hands. “Don’t forget me while you’re gone.”

“Robby, I’ll never forget you. I’ll think about you all the time I’m in Savannah.” She slipped her hands inside his jacket and hugged him around the waist. Robby was the best thing that had ever happened to her. How could she forget him? She couldn’t live without him. Regardless of her mother’s plans, they would spend their lives together. Somehow, they would make it work.



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ABOUT JO:
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren. 

Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com.




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JO is giving away a copy of WAIT FOR ME. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.





HAPPY Springtime READING!
Caroline Brown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Winners

Once again, we offer you a warm welcome to the Bookshelf of the Barn Door Book Loft. 

And before we announce our winners we’d like to offer a special thanks to these Christian authors who offered a sample of their writing to our faithful readers:

James R. Callan who offered his Mystery novel  Over My Dead Body--A Father Frank Mystery
K. D. Harp who offered her Inspirational Romantic Suspense novel  RESCUE ME. 

And now: We're pleased to announce this week’s winners:
Caryl Kane has won James R. Callan’s Mystery novel  Over My Dead Body--A Father Frank Mystery
And Karen Smith (Casey941940) has won K. D. Harp’s Inspirational Romantic Suspense novel  RESCUE ME. 
Congratulations Winners! Remember, it's your responsibility to contact me  sharonalavy {at} gmail {dot} com) with your address so the author can send you a book. 


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Interview with Christian Author Jackie Zack

Thank you for being with us here at the Barn Door Book Loft, today, Jackie
Is there a story behind your book An Irish Heart?
I’ve always thought of Ireland as a beautiful, intriguing place and wanted to write a story that took place there. As the idea for a plot line and characters came to mind, I was thrilled. Writing the story was almost like being there and tagging along for the adventure.

Question: What started you on your writing journey?
I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a writer. When I was in grade school, I remember holding one of my mother’s paperback books and telling her that when I grew up I wanted to write books.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Aedan O’Riain interested me the most. I enjoyed trying to duplicate the Irish speech pattern and learning their fun, unusual words.

Question: If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
Georgia O’Keefe. I love her use of color in her paintings and the simplicity of design. She conveys a mood or feeling which the viewer of her painting can instantly sense.

Question: What is your strangest habit? (you pick which one—just something to have fun with and show some personality.)
If a thought strikes me when I’m away from my computer, I write the ideas down on bright post-it notes and save them in my purse. Some always try to escape when I take out my billfold at the store. At home, the notes end up in a box. Funny thing though – I rarely look at them again after I write them.

Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
It’s a toss-up, but if I had to choose, it would be fall. I love the crisp air, fall colors, and pumpkins, gourds, and apples.

Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to.” Eph. 2:10
I keep this verse on my desk. It keeps me going as a writer along with anything else that I can do.  
What is your motivation for writing?
I want my writing to be stepping stones, leading to a discovery of God’s love. It’s my hope and prayer that people who aren’t Christian could experience a yearning to know God through reading the stories. And those who are Christian could enjoy a fun, entertaining read.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
A Chance Mistake will come out in late summer.
By the flip of a coin, famous horror writer, Kory Slate, travels to Wales to get some rest and relaxation. His last bestseller has left him freaked out and he feels like he’s being followed. He meets Dafina, a bookstore clerk, and becomes entangled (humorously) in her family drama. This book is also a Christian Romantic Comedy but tends to have more suspense. The take-away of the story is finding healing/forgiveness for one’s past and hope for the future.
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