Books

Cover Reveal For Book 3 in my Revolutionary War Series

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 in Blog, Books, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cover Reveal For Book 3 in my Revolutionary War Series

I’m excited to reveal the cover for Setting Two Hearts Free, to be released in October of 2020.

 

Would their love survive the invisible wounds of war?

Here is the blurb:

Donald Duncan joined the Patriot cause for noble reasons, battling the British while enduring deprivation and hardship on every side. The war has changed him, and now the battle is internal. Returning home to Virginia is in sight where a new life and his Mary wait for him.

Mary Stewart spends the war years with her family at Stewarts’ Green, helping them operate their ordinary. Daily, she prays for Donald’s safe return, eagerly waiting for him … until that day the evil side of war touches her.

Two hearts changed by a war that dragged on for six years. Two hearts left hurting and struggling to find the love and trust they once knew. Is there a path for them to rekindle what was lost, Setting Two Hearts Free?

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Meet Jodie Wolfe, Author of TAMING JULIA

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Blog, Books | 2 comments

Taming Julia is Jodie Wolfe’s latest release.

Please tell us something about yourself, Jodie. Where were you raised and now live?

Hi Janet, thank you for having me here today. I was raised in Hershey, PA and now live about an hour away from there. Although when my husband was in the military we lived in Georgia, Ohio, and Germany.

What sparked your interest in writing?

My interest in writing was sparked as a second-grader when we were given an assignment to write a poem. Soon after, I wrote my first story about our pet dog, Ginger, attending Jimmy Carter’s inaugural ball. I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I would call myself a plottster. J While I do some plotting of each of my

stories, there’s always times when the characters take over, and I’m flying by the seat of my pants to keep up with them.

You’ve written several books, some published by traditional publishers, some independently. Please tell us about your writing journey.

Jodie’s workspace

My first book, Hearts Tightly Knit started because several of the contributors from the Stitches Thru Time blog decided to write an indie collection together. I had such positive feedback, that I wrote the sequel, Love in the Seams. Soon after I was contracted to write a novelette as part of a collection with Celebrate Lit Publishing, Let Love Spring. Next, I received a contract for my first full-length novel from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, To Claim Her Heart. In the midst of the editing process, I was contracted again (Celebrate Lit Publishing) for a sequel to my novelette. That story is part of The Hope of Christmas collection. When my full-length story finally released, I had many people ask me about the etiquette quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I put together 100 of these sayings in Mrs. Wigglesworth’s Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society. Then recently I was contracted for my second full-length novel, Taming Julia with White Rose Publishing. For each story, I pray that it will find the home where God wants it to be, whether it’s with a publisher, or something indie produced.

What do you find most challenging about being a writer? (research, plotting or organizing a story, marketing, or something else)

For me, the hardest part is the editing and marketing process. I love the research, plotting, and writing a story, coming up with characters and developing their story world.

Please tell us a little more about Taming Julia.

Here’s what the back cover says:

In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery’s sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation’s ultimatum that he marry or leave forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.

Jules Walker strides into Drew’s life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle–more cowboy than a bride. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.

God often teaches us something through our writing. What did you learn about life, faith, or yourself in the process of writing Taming Julia?

I actually wrote this book almost eight years ago. Through the process of getting it accepted and into print, I’ve learned to trust God with His timing. Even when it seems like an answer is long in coming, we can trust and know that He hears us and is working.

Is there a message in the story you want readers to grasp? 

At the start of my novel, Jules Montgomery has no idea what it means to follow the Lord. Throughout the book, she learns more about God and who He is. She finds that each step of her life, the Lord has been calling her, wooing her to Him.

Through a series of events, she learns that she can trust God even in the midst of a dangerous situation. She can trust that He’s working in her life even when the outcome doesn’t have any hope of changing. In the same way, we can trust God to be working in our life. It’s important to have our heart seeking after Him. We can take comfort in Psalm 61:1-2 (KJV) “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Thank you so much, Jodie for being my guest. I know folks will enjoy your books.

It’s been my pleasure to be here! Thank you for inviting me.

Where can readers find your books?

https://www.amazon.com/Taming-Julia-Jodie-Wolfe-ebook/dp/B083L8MDD5/ref 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taming-julia-jodie-wolfe/1136004491?ean=9781522302711

https://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37_46&sort=&filter_id=671&alpha_filter_id=0

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jodie_Wolfe_Taming_Julia?id=FH7IDwAAQBAJ

What are your social media sights?

Website: https://www.jodiewolfe.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jodie-wolfe

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jodie-Wolfe-553400191384913

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JodieAWolfe

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/JodieAWolfe

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15220520.Jodie_Wolfe

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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A Visit to The Bookshop At The End Of The Internet

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog, Books, Media Sharing, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Visit to The Bookshop At The End Of The Internet

Last month, Stacey Horan and I chatted about my books and writing journey for her episode-052 podcast. You can hear by clicking on The Bookshop At The End Of The Internet widget on the sidebar or find it at:  

http://bookshopwithstaceyhoran.libsyn.com/bookshop-interview-with-author-janet-grunst-episode-052

 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year

Janet

 

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Another visit with Donna Schlachter

Posted by on Dec 27, 2019 in Blog, Books | Comments Off on Another visit with Donna Schlachter

I interviewed Donna Schlachter last week and learned a bit about her writing journey and her December release, Missing Deposits. It is a contemporary mystery written under Leeann Betts her pen name. Here’s more about her journey and her upcoming January release, Double Jeopardy.

God often teaches us something through our writing. What did you learn about life, faith, or yourself in the process of writing these books?

Donna~ I’ve learned three important things:

  1. The books are the mechanism the message gets to the reader, but the author is the message. The Lord once showed me that the stories are the packaging around the product, which is the author. He works through the stories, but not unless He’s already worked through and in the author. Which means we have to make ourselves available to him.
  2. The One True God gives us second, and third, and fourth—and more—chances to make the best decision. He never stops chasing us down.
  3. Never, never quit. Whatever gift you’ve received from the Holy Spirit isn’t yours to pick and choose how it’s used. It’s a gift from God to reach others. Use it to its fullest to reach the many.

You have written novels and novellas. Do you prefer one format over the other?

Donna~ Novellas are nice because they are much quicker to write. With a main plot and one subplot, they aren’t as technically difficult.

Novels give an author plenty of space to develop characters and introduce more subplots.

I like both—at first, I found novellas restrictive because I wanted more subplots, but now I like a break from a book that takes six months to write to one that takes two months (or less).

Please tell us about Double Jeopardy.

Donna~ My next release is January 7th, Double Jeopardy. It’s an historical mystery, set in southwestern Colorado.

In May of 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable. Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money. Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over. Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife. Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

What is your current work in process?

We are thinking ahead to June 2020 when the last installment of the By the Numbers series will release.

 

Donna, thanks again for being my guest.

Thank you, Janet, for hosting me. I always love connecting with readers, and I appreciate your sharing yours with me.

 

Where can readers find your books?

Double Jeopardy is available at https://shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy/ as well as at Amazon.com

My other books are available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

 

What are your social media sites?

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com  Receive a free ebook when you sign up for our free newsletter!

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DonnaSchlachter

Books: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ci5Xqq and Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2gZATjm

What Can Be Online University: https://what-can-be-online-institute.teachable.com/

For original oil paintings, book folding art, notecards, and other gift ideas: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dare2DreamUS?ref=search_shop_redirect   

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Meet Donna Schlachter

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Blog, Books | Comments Off on Meet Donna Schlachter

I met Donna through her blog, http://www.historythrutheages.com/ where she “explores history through the ages, from the beginning, through the middle, and to the conclusion, in the form of historical suspense and historical romance, written with a Christian worldview.”

Please tell us something about yourself, Donna. Where were you raised and now live?

Donna~ I was born in Newfoundland, the large island in eastern Canada, but my parents moved us to Toronto, Ontario when I was nine months old. I traveled the 600 miles from the east side of the island to the west, where the ferry to the “mainland” sailed from, in a “plastic” car bed laid on the floor behind my mother’s seat. My father, a communications and electrical engineer, moved us several times before we finally returned to St. John’s, my “hometown” when I was eight.

I now live in Denver, Colorado, and just celebrated 20 years of marriage to my husband, Patrick, who I met online and moved to Denver, sight unseen, to marry. Kinda like a mail-order bride.

What sparked your interest in writing?

Donna~ I was an avid reader as a child, always getting lost in books. I remember one time I was so engrossed in a book I was reading (I was 7) on the school bus that I didn’t realize I’d missed my stop and ended up at the depot out in the middle of nowhere. I had to call my mother, who called my father (one-car family), who had to leave work early and get me. Thankfully, no harm came to me, and I didn’t do that again.

In 2002, I saw an ad for National Novel Writing Month and wondered if I had just one book in me. I started writing, and haven’t stopped.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

Donna~ Since writing that first draft in 2002 with no outline, I have always outlined since. Sometimes it’s as simple as a 1-page synopsis. Sometimes it’s 20 pages of detail.

What do you find most challenging about being a writer? (research, plotting or organizing a story, marketing, or something else)

Donna~ Marketing is definitely the most challenging. Just when I think I’ve found something that works, it changes.

You have a contemporary mystery releasing this month under Leeann Betts your pen name for contemporary stories. Please tell us about it. 

Donna/ Leeann Betts ~ Missing Deposits

Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to assist a rancher family in western Colorado catalog their various mineral rights following the discovery of a large copper field on their property. However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground. Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than copper.

And they’re willing to kill for it.”

 

Come back next week and we will learn a bit more about Donna and her January 2020 release.

Donna, thank you so much for being my guest. Where can readers find your books?

Double Jeopardy is available at https://shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy/ as well as at Amazon.com

Missing Deposits and other books are available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com

What are your social media sites?

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com

www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com  Receive a free ebook when you sign up for our free newsletter!

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DonnaSchlachter

Books: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ci5Xqq and Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2gZATjm

What Can Be Online University: https://what-can-be-online-institute.teachable.com/

For original oil paintings, book folding art, notecards, and other gift ideas: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dare2DreamUS?ref=search_shop_redirect   

 

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Meet Jennifer Lamont Leo Author of The Violinist in The Highlander’s Collection

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Blog, Books, History, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Meet Jennifer Lamont Leo Author of The Violinist in The Highlander’s Collection

Jennifer Lamont Leo is one of the authors of The Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance Collection. Her story, The Violinist, the last story in the collection.

Please tell us something about yourself and how long you’ve been writing.

I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I didn’t start writing fiction in earnest until we moved to Idaho about thirteen years ago. My first novel started out as Nanowrimo project (National Novel Writing Month), where participants are challenged to write a 50K word novel in a month. By the time the story was published it was almost unrecognizable from that early attempt, but I still recommend Nanowrimo to new writers as a way to light a fire under an idea and get the words flowing.

Is The Violinist your first novella? Did you find writing it more or less challenging than writing a novel?

It’s my second novella. I found it as challenging to write as a novel, but in a different way. In a novel, the action has to be sustained over a longer span, but there’s room to explore different characters and ideas. A novella, being shorter, needs to be more concise and focused, which presents its own set of challenges.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m very much a plotter. While some things may change as I go along, I need to start out with a pretty detailed road map. (Which is the way I drive, too, so at least I’m consistent.)

Was there anything that surprised you about writing this story?

As a child I was given violin lessons and played in the school orchestra, but I didn’t love it. So I was surprised that the violin played such a central role in the story.

Did you determine the storyline first or the era?

I knew I wanted to set it against the backdrop of the early 20th century, my favorite time period to write about. It was an era of great change and drama in the U.S. and elsewhere, with two world wars, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and all sorts of social upheaval. But for the novella, of course, I had to narrow it down. When I chose to bring my Highlander to Idaho as a logger, I set the story in 1915 since that was the heyday of logging here in the Northwest and fit with other events I wanted to include.

Please tell us what the story is about.

In 1915, Scotsman Callan MacTavish is working as a logger in northern Idaho. Beneath his rough plaid flannel shirt beats a homesick heart –a heart soothed only by the sweet violin of the local music teacher, Rose Marchmont. In order to spend time with Rose under the watchful eye of her disapproving family, Callan signs up for music lessons, with a surprising outcome that will tug at readers’ heartstrings.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

People are not always what they seem at first glance. We shouldn’t be too quick to judge based on outward appearances.  Everyone has a story.

What are your social media sites?

Website: http://jenniferlamontleo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLamontLeo/
Twitter: JennLamontLeo
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jennyleo/


Author Bio:

Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers’ hearts through stories set in times gone by. She’s the author of You’re the Cream in My Coffee (winner of an ACFW Carol Award) and Ain’t Misbehavin’, both set in Roaring Twenties Chicago. In addition to historical fiction, she writes magazine articles on history-related topics and hosts two podcasts, “A Sparkling Vintage Life” and “North Idaho Nuggets.” She is also a copywriter, editor, and playwright. The Chicago-area native now writes from her mountain home in northern Idaho, which she shares with her husband, cat, and abundant wildlife.

 

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