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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Looking Out The Window: Jennifer Slattery Discusses Her New Book, Healing Love




A Warm Welcome to Jennifer Slattery

Jennifer's here to introduce new book, Healing Love. Women's fiction with a strong romantic thread, it's set in Southern California and El Salvador

First, tell us a little about yourself, Jennifer.

I live in Nebraska, in a relatively small town outside of Omaha. We love it here—the four seasons, the laid back lifestyle (largely), close access to the city. Plus we’ve got some really fun coffee shops!

Many writers loved to read as children. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

I’m pretty sure I was, but I can’t remember really what I read. I had an obsession with Shakespeare for a while, and I loved more literary works. Later. I especially loved discussing themes and such with my husband, who wasn’t quite as amused with the topic. Such a patient man! Haha!

Why do you write?

First, it’s who I am. It’s what I enjoy, almost more than anything else. It’s like God created my brain for story and my fingers to type. Haha! When a thought, idea, whatever, goes through my brain, I often have a strong desire to share it. I’m not sure why that is, but if you’ve seen my FB feed, you understand what I mean. I’ve been told I’m an include, so that may be part of it.

The second answer to your question is, I want to glorify Christ and see others experience the freedom He offers. I hope and pray that absolutely everything I write, whether it’s a fun, goofy piece or a serious ten-point article, in some way brings Him glory and reveals a bit of who He is.

Tell us about your latest book.

How about if I share the back cover text?

Sounds good.






About Healing Love

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

What inspired you to write this particular book?

The idea for this story came as I was flying home from a weeklong mission trip to El Salvador. At the time, all I had was a vague idea, but I knew the ending. Normally, that doesn’t happen. My stories usually start with a character that won’t leave me alone. I’ll know her struggle, her insecurities, her dreams, and soon, her arc. The plot points and endings usually evolve slowly.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

Oh, there’s so much! First, I absolutely love Central America and the El Salvadoran culture, food, and people. I really hope I get a chance to go back, maybe even for a longer stay. I also really connect with and understand Brooke. To some, she seems selfish and … controlling, but she’s really just hurting. She grieved her parents, but didn’t realize some of the residual emotions that were left—like a fear of losing those she loves. This is the root of her need for control. Sometimes God brings us into uncomfortable situations to free us from that. Though she might not be aware of this, this is the journey Brooke is on.

In three words describe your style of writing.

Hm … I think I’ll let my readers answer this one. For fun, I posed this question on Facebook. Here’s what readers and reviewers had to say:

Sally Davidson: “Tender-hearted research.”

Deana Dick: “Graceful, compassionate, heartwarming.”

Then there’s my husband’s answer: “I’m not good at those kind of questions. If you have any golf or baseball questions, I can answer those. 6-4-3=2

I’m pretty sure that equation came from the sermon at church on Sunday. 


Buy Links for Healing Love.

Amazon

Goodreads

 Learn more about Jennifer at her Website

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Looking Out the Window: James Scott Bell Wins International Thriller Writers Award




A Warm Welcome to James Scott Bell


James Scott Bell's Book, Romeo's Way, won the award for Best E-Book Original at the International Thriller Writers Awards banquet in New York , held July 11 - 15th.

ThrillerFest is the annual conference of ITW, International Thriller Writers. It was created in 2004 by bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

Their mission is, “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through... Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education, and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre."

About the honor, Mr. Bell says, "The award means a great deal to me, as the goal for my entire career has been to write quality fiction, to keep getting better at it. The ITW Award is a lovely confirmation."




About Romeo's Way

Mike Romeo, the former cage fighter living low in L.A., doesn't look for trouble. He doesn't have to. It comes after him. So when he's hired by a California senatorial campaign to do undercover work, Romeo doesn't have any illusions. Especially when his duty takes him to San Francisco.

But as Romeo gets closer to solving the mystery of who is behind the hit job on an honorable man, things heat up in the City by the Bay -- and between Mike and a beautiful political operative. Until a bullet nearly takes him out for good.

Now all bets are off. Because if there's one thing Romeo wants, it's justice. And he's going to get it--his way.

Brief Excerpt

   "I don't want anybody bleeding to death, okay?" I said. "I think your problem is education. There's just no discipline anymore. You have to know there are consequences for bad behavior. Without that, society falls apart."

   Baton Guy croaked, "I can't breathe."

   "You just can't go around doing this sort of thing," I said. "It isn't right. Now, one of you is bleeding pretty badly and won't be riding a bike anytime soon. The other one still needs to learn, am I right?"

   "Don't kill us," Knife Guy said.

________


I'm a fan of Mr. Bell's Mike Romeo books. Here's my review of Romeo's Way.

Mike Romeo, who used to be a fighter, can take care of himself and handle bad guys. He’s hired to find out who’s behind a hit job that occurs in the midst of a political campaign.

First, he beats up a couple thugs, but they’re just the hired hands and none too willing to fill him in on what they’re up to. One path after another takes him to more thugs, a murdered woman and few answers. But, he won’t stop until he finds out who’s committing the crimes and why.

The plot kept me on the edge of my seat and the main character, Romeo, who takes his name from the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, is a tough guy with past pain that gnaws at him. He rather reminded me of Mike Hammer, but deeper. He’s a Christian man of faith and honor wedging himself into a sub-culture that has little of either. At the same time he’s struggling to make peace with his own missteps. They keep him from opening up to people who may want to be friends with him or more. Toward the end there’s a hint he’s growing in his inner struggle and his outward approach to others, especially one lady. I highly recommend this book as a crime drama with an interesting Christian main character and a plot that includes a behind-the-scenes peek at politics.

Buy Romeon's Way here

Monday, July 10, 2017

Looking Out The Window: A Great Book Deal From Linda Weaver Clarke









A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke

Linda is having a Book Giveaway, which will last until Aug 21st: Every visitor will receive 7 EBOOKS FREE if they preorder the Historical Romance: The Fox of Cordovia. For these promotional giveaways, go to Linda's website






Hi Linda, tell us a little about yourself.

I am the author of 22 books: historical romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. I have also traveled throughout the United States giving lectures on writing techniques. All my books are family friendly. I live in Color Country, which is located in southern Utah among all the red mountains.







Tell us about your latest book: The Fox of Cordovia.

In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

What inspired you to write this particular series?

All three books in this series are love stories set in the late 1700s. The Rebel Series was inspired by the stories of the American patriots who fought to be free from the dictatorship and tyranny of a king. It’s a theme that is dear to me. Liberty is something that I cherish. It’s a precious gift given to us by those who fought so valiantly. When I read the stories of the American Revolution, my heart swells with gratitude for those loyal patriots. When I look at our flag and pledge allegiance to it, tears well up in my eyes. When I listen to The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless the U.S.A., I get choked up. Especially when it’s sung by a choir.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

I love adventure mixed with romance. I absolutely love stories that are page-turners, which have some mystery and suspense. I love a romance where the man and woman know they are meant for one another. Even though there are trials along the way, they never give up on the other. I also like strong women characters in a story.

How do you get to know your characters?

As I develop my characters’ personalities and describe their inner most feelings, then I get to know them quite well and they tend to pop off the page as if they are real.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

Definitely. My characters have a great deal of faith in a loving God. They know that God wants them to be free and have the liberty they desire.

What kind of research did you do for this series?

When I did some research about the “waltz,” I was surprised by what I found. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances. The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”

In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats. He wrote: “When he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.” Haha. It finally became fashionable in Great Britain when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it.

I learned some interesting facts about lamplighters. The city is careful about who they hire because lamplighters also act as night watchmen and need to be trustworthy. I learned that the job is usually handed down from father to son and kept within the family. I love doing research.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

To read a sample chapter from each of my books in The Rebel Series,go here and click on the title of the book that you want to read.

A Peek Inside The Rebel Series

The Rebels of Cordovia



The Highwayman of Cordovia



Buy books here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Looking Out The Window: Happy July 4th


God Bless America!

Kate Smith Introduces "God Bless America"


Wishing everyone a safe, fun and patriotic July 4th.





New Releases from American Christian Fiction Writers here just in time for the holiday.

 




Saturday, July 1, 2017