Mystery and Suspense from Author Robin Patchen!

Robin Patchen turns out one amazing book after another. In her latest book in the Coventry Saga series, Tides of Duplicity, a jewelry heist and the abduction of a family member threaten the chance at new-found love. You can get Tides of Duplicity at Amazon or other e-book stores.

And if you loved the first in the series, Glimmer in the Darkness, you’ll also want to pre-order the next book in the series, Betrayal of Genius, which releases on July 13th!

More about that next month.

Don’t forget to visit Robin’s website, and you can get a FREE book!

Freeing Ellie: Author Chat with Joan Deneve

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JK: Today I’m thrilled to bring you another interview with Author Joan Deneve. Thank you for joining us, Joan! Tell us what’s new since Saving Eric.

JD: Hello, Jericha. Great to be with you again! Eric and Ellie’s story continues in my new novel Freeing Ellie.

JK: Eric and Ellie… together at last! What are some of the challenges they face in Freeing Ellie?

JD: You’re right about challenges. Life seems to be full of them, doesn’t it?

One of Ellie’s greatest fears comes to pass: Eric has to return to his former professional skills in an attempt to rescue someone dear to them both.

Most importantly, though, Ellie has to deal with some baggage from her past: Guilt over past mistakes; depression; doubts about God’s love and forgiveness. These things rear their ugly heads as she and Eric deal with tragedy, as well as complications from a crisis pregnancy.

JK: Oh my. Can’t wait to read how they address these challenges. What’s Ellie’s most endearing quality?

JD:  Ellie is sweet, even when she is having a hard time. This quality is endearing but not always helpful. In an attempt not to be a bother to anyone, she bottles up her pain and tries to handle it all on her own.

JK: I think a lot of women can relate. Tell us how your book, Freeing Ellie, came to be.

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JD: I love books that end with Happily Ever After, but I always want to know what happens to a couple after the wedding when real life hits them square in the face. I love Eric and Ellie, and I wanted to take their journey farther and deeper. Since they were both new Christians when they married, I wanted to show their growth as believers and also the strengthening of their own relationship as husband and wife.

JK: Anyone who’s read about Eric and Ellie will definitely want to know more. What resources did you utilize to gather information for Freeing Ellie?

JD: My own life experiences! I was not reared in a Christian home. In fact, my childhood was often violent and troubled due to having a mentally ill father. I was gloriously saved two weeks before my sixteenth birthday! I entered this wonderful faith with a lot of baggage from my childhood. God graciously created the perfect storm of challenges and trials aimed specifically at my fears and doubts to bring me to the place where I could fully trust Him.

Although Ellie’s struggles were different from my own, I think the concept is the same for every believer. God knows the deep secrets and fears in our hearts. He often allows us to go through tribulations (which are trials we can’t handle on our own) in an effort to free us once and for all from the things that have bound us spiritually or emotionally.

I love the line from the novel: Retreat to the truth, not your feelings.

Our thoughts and feelings are often colored by lies we inadvertently tell ourselves such as, God doesn’t care; I’ll never change; Not even God can fix this mess…. We must learn to counter the lies we believe with the truth of His word. God’s truth will make you free. John 8:32.

JK: Yes! God’s truth is the only truth in a world of lies. What about Eric and Ellie will appeal to readers?

JD: Their cute, sweet banter! They’re still newlyweds in this novel! They are also still relatively new Christians. I think the reader will enjoy and benefit from witnessing their growing pains in their new faith.

JK: Can’t wait to read it. Your dialogue is amazing! What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned about writing, or life in general?

JD: Wow! I had to really think about the answer to this question because there were many lessons along the way. But I think if I had to narrow it down to the single most important lesson in regards to writing and life in general, it would be this:

Even though my life’s calling is to be a teacher, I found I REALLY enjoyed writing. At fifty-seven, when I began this glorious writing journey, I felt that I had walked through the wardrobe door and entered a whole new world that I loved very much. Five years later, I’ve learned some things about this ‘writing Narnia’ that I could not have known when I began.

  1. Writing is a gift but it’s also a craft that must be learned, often through painstaking, patient, and humbling trial and error.
  2. Getting a book published does not bring a lasting or euphoric high that one thinks it will bring. (Nor will it bring fame or wealth.)
  3. Most importantly, I’ve learned that God wants to use my gift of writing in His time and in His way. Once I learned that lesson, the pressure was off to compete with other authors, or to complete yet another epic book. God’s will, God’s way, God’s timing. It took me a while to learn that one, and I think I’m still learning. Actually it was this year that I realized God wants to use my writing whether in a work of fiction, a Facebook post, or even the occasional blog. It doesn’t have to be an award-winning book.

Sorry. I gave you three, but I saved the most important lesson for the last.

JK: I’m so glad you did. Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?

JD: Me? Not really. But I can tell aspiring authors what I tell myself.

Don’t let self-doubt rob you of the blessing of pursuing your dream of writing a book and getting it published. God wants to use you to help and bless (or maybe just entertain) the people with whom you share this planet.

Don’t look at the Goliaths of other great authors or great and seemingly impregnable publishing houses. As young David said, “Is there not a cause?” Yes! If God has put this desire in your heart, God wants to use you. Trust God and do it!

JK: Fabulous advice, Joan. Tell us something we might be surprised to learn about you.

JD: Like Ellie, I once tried to commit suicide. God wasn’t through with me. It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about this book. God is in the business of changing lives! He changed mine! My prayer is that God uses this book to help someone who is struggling with guilt or depression. There is deliverance!

JK: Thank you so much for your transparency, and most importantly, for sharing the sure hope found in Christ Jesus. What’s next for you? Are you writing anything new?

JD: I could use your prayers! Teaching high school English is rewarding but very time-consuming! I also am the primary caregiver for my ninety-six year old mother, another very rewarding but time-consuming challenge. But yes! I am currently working on Loving Brock, the third and final book in the Redeemed Side of Broken Series.

JK: Oh goodness! There’s more to come? I can’t wait! Thank you so much for joining us. How might readers contact you?

JD: I love to hear from readers! Here are some ways to connect with me:

cjdeneve@hotmail.comFacebook: Joannie Denevejoandeneve.com

JK: Finally, where can we find Freeing Ellie?

JD: Freeing Ellie can be found on Amazon. ♦

Jericha Kingston

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Joan Deneve teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Jesus and equip them to become all God wants them to be. Joan began her walk as a Christian when she accepted Christ as her savior two weeks before her sixteenth birthday. She graduated from Tennessee Temple Bible College in 1975.

Joan and Rene’, her husband of forty-plus years, reside in Prattville, Alabama, a charming city with Southern hospitality. They count their son, daughter, son-in-law, and seven phenomenal grandchildren to be their greatest blessings on earth.

Joan enjoys time well-spent with family and friends, but finds equal joy in quiet moments of solitude on her back porch. There, surrounded by bluebirds and yellow butterflies, she began writing her debut novel, Saving Eric.

An active member of her church, Joan enjoys singing in the choir. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is currently working on the third book in the Redeemed Side of Broken Series. She enjoys chatting with fellow writers and readers. Contact her at http://www.joandeneve.com

Authors & Animals with Kelly Klepfer

Writing – they say – is a solitary occupation. But is it really? Let’s visit with author Kelly Klepfer and ask her about her constant companions.

JK: Welcome, Kelly! Introduce us to the Beagles you’re sharing with us today.

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KK: Sweet mercy. You are giving me carte blanche to blab about my babies. Gertrude and Gladys are sweet (most of the time) little sisters we’ve had almost two years. Their mama died just hours after they were born from a urinary tract infection that went to her bloodstream. The babies all had to have antibiotics, too. A friend of a friend does wildlife rescue and since this was so sudden, the babies went to her for bottle feeding. At five weeks of age my friend (who has offered us pets for years including squirrels and raccoons) did her usual shout out. “Kelly, you want a sweet little Beagle pup?”

I said, “No, Rob wouldn’t want a Beagle.” (Rob is the husband, should you wonder.) But I didn’t know that he secretly did want a Beagle. His boss has one and Rob just can’t stop talking about it. So he said yes. When I told my friend she nearly wet her pants. (She’s of a certain age where one must be careful when jumping up and down.)

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Then the gal sent a picture of our new baby. And there was another one in the picture and she referred to them as they. Rob said, “You know, if we’re potty training one, might as well get two.” And I said, “Yes!” Someone else had spoken for the other in the meantime. I actually prayed we could get both of them.  Yes. I did. The other person backed out because she was excited that the little sisters could stay together.

Can I just say I adore my girls? They are so ridiculously cute. Their personalities are night and day different, of course. I’m so glad we said yes. And they are pretty spoiled.

JK: They sound like sweethearts. I love their names! How did you come up with Gladys and Gertrude?

KK: My daughter has two sister dogs as well. Lilly and Lola. They came to live with her while she still lived at home with us. I fell in love with them and when they all moved out into their own place it got really quiet in our house. Lilly and Lola are much larger than my girls. They are boxer/lab mixes. I liked the alliteration of their names and I wanted a pair of names that made me smile. I considered flower names which was pretty cute. I kept going back to the older lady names though. We ran the name choices past a few friends. When it came down to it the alliteration won. The names fit them perfectly.

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JK: You chose well! How do Gladys and Gertrude help you write?

KK: Very little. Seriously. Gladys loves to hop on my lap when I’m writing. She’s a solid 38 pounds and loves to wrap her arms around my neck and cuddle. There is very little writing that gets done when she’s in one of her snuggle moods. Gert cuddles up next to me if I’m on the couch, but she does this little dog-in-the-manger growl when her sister gets near. So I’m always a little leery of the forthcoming wrestling match. (True story, one leapt over my computer which was on my lap one day and snapped my period key right off the computer.)

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JK: Of all the keys to lose! Have you ever written one of your pets into a story?

KK:  Out of the Frying Pan has a doggy character. Fifi, the Wonder Dog. I must tell you, Fifi’s title is full of sarcasm. See, Zula and Fern inherited Fifi when one of the residents moved on, and well… Fifi has some issues. However, Fifi, not based on my pups, is adorbs in her own way.

JK: Oh my. We’ll have to learn more about Fifi! Thank you so much for visiting today, Kelly. Final question: What are three things you and Gladys and Gertrude have in common?

KK: One, quirk. Gladys is a quirky gal. Two, Gertrude is pretty focused. Not that I am, but I’m stubborn and that’s kind of a focus. Three, both of them are pretty treat-motivated. Nuff said.  

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Kelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite awhile ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her new, co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly lives with her husband and two Beagles in Iowa, and can also be found at Novel RocketNovel ReviewsScrambled DregsInstagram, Pinterest,
Facebook and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons.

Jericha Kingston

Interview with Author Tracie Peterson

Welcome, Friends! Each day is a blessing, but today we’re truly blessed to connect with Tracie Peterson.

Tracie is the best-selling, award winning author of over 100 books. Her work in historical romance garnered her the Best Western Romance Author of 2013 by True West Magazine. She was given the Life Time Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers in 2011 and the Career Achievement Award in 2007 from Romantic Times, as well as multiple best book awards.

Tracie has been married to Jim for over 35 years and enjoys working with him on historical research for each of her books. They make their home in the mountains of Montana. They have three grown children and three grandchildren, one collie dog and three cats.

JK: Thank you for joining us, Tracie. Congratulations on your latest release, Steadfast Heart!

TP: Thank you. I’m really excited about this new book which starts a brand new series.

JK: Tell us where you grew up. Do you feel your formative years shaped your writing?

TP: I grew up in Kansas. My mother used to give me a piece of paper and a pencil at church in order to keep me quiet. She urged me to write a story and then after church she would listen to my story. I believe this really helped my creative process. I knew I’d get my mother’s undivided attention if I had a story to tell. Then when I got to high school I wanted to take creative writing, but it was a class you had to apply for with a sample of your work. The teacher rejected me as not showing enough talent or creativity. That only served to make me more determined to write, so I started studying books about writing and paying close attention to what I loved or hated about a specific story. It served me well and helped me to hone my skills.

JK: We’re so thankful you persevered. Did you know you were an author, or did it surprise you?

TP: I knew I was a storyteller. I loved to tell stories to my friends, to write stories and to share them wherever I could. I really didn’t hold out a lot of hope that I could write full-time, but then God opened the doors for this to be a ministry. I still find myself amazed that I get to do something I love so much and serve God all at the same time.

JK: You could write any genre. Why do you write Christian Fiction?

TP: It’s a ministry, as I said. I want my books to do three things. My 3E’s. I want the story to entertain. I also want it to educate, so I do all sorts of research to make the historical aspect as accurate as possible. Third, I want the story to encourage the reader in God’s love and hope. I share the Gospel message in each book and try to offer Biblical application for daily living, all while weaving it into the lives of my characters. The letters I get from the readers have proven to me that the books are changing lives. I’ve received letters that talk about the reader finding God or finding their way back to their faith. I’ve even had readers tell me that the books have given them the courage to face life and their problems. It’s amazing to me how God has used this passion of mine to better the lives of others, as well as my own.

JK: What a powerful testimony of God’s grace. He’s faithful. Tell us about your latest release, Steadfast Heart.

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TP: Steadfast Heart is book one in the Brides of Seattle series. I wanted to create a story that dealt with a sort of mail-order bride, but with a twist. This series deals with three zany old ladies who run a bridal finishing school. The story focuses on Lenore who has a love at first sight experience with a man whose come looking for his sister. Kolbein Booth arrives in Seattle almost certain that the advertisement for young women to come to the bridal school is just a cover for a brothel. He ends up enlisting the help of Abrianna Cunningham, an on-going character in the series who happens to be the ward of the 3 old ladies. Through twists and turns Lenore and Kolbein manage to realize their love for each other, but not without great obstacles.

JK: What a predicament! Is Lenore an introvert or extrovert?

TP: She’s more of an introvert while her best friend Abrianna is definitely an extrovert and often drives her crazy. Lenore has been raised in a wealthy family and taught all the finer arts of being a woman of society. Being such she’s been talk to be quiet and obedient, but there’s a fire deep inside of her that won’t allow her to be passed over or taken for granted.

JK: Kolbein sounds impulsive. Is he?

TP: He’s not really impulsive. In fact, when he finds himself in love with Lenore, he doesn’t see the logic in it. He’s a lawyer so he likes the facts laid out and for everything to make sense. Falling in love at first sight is rather impulsive and doesn’t make any sense. It perplexes him to have come with one purpose to Seattle, only to find a entirely different situation to consider.

JK: Poor Kolbein! You’ve hooked us, Tracie. Where can we find Steadfast Heart?

TP: You can get this book from any local bookstore or online.

JK:  What else is up and coming in this series?

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TP: Refining Fire is book two in the series and will be out next June. Book three, Love Everlasting, is slated to come out in October. The entire series is set in Seattle and will deal with the Great Fire that destroyed most of downtown Seattle in 1889, as well as follow the romances of three very special ladies.

JK: Where may readers find other books you’ve written?

TP: They can check out my website for information on all of my books and some of the upcoming titles as well. They may also find me on Facebook.

JK: One final question: Please tell us your favorite hobby.

TP: Reading is my favorite hobby and mainstay. I’ve always been a strong reader which I believe has definitely lent itself to stimulating my desire to write. I always appreciate a great story in both non-fiction and fiction. I hope heaven has a massive library and we get time to read.

JK: So do I, Tracie. Thank you for being my guest! I wish you continued success. God bless you!

Jericha Kingston

A Visit with Author Pegg Thomas

Christian Fiction. Because we’re in the world, not of it.

In Sheep’s Clothing by Pegg Thomas

Welcome! I’m Jericha Kingston, and I’m delighted to host author Pegg Thomas on our maiden blog voyage. Her latest release, In Sheep’s Clothing, is now available and you don’t want to miss it. Take it away, Pegg!

It’s wonderful to be Jericha’s first guest blogger! I’ve been writing buddies with her for a number of years. Her Easter novella, Waiting for Lily Bloom, is still one of my all-time favorites.

I loved writing In Sheep’s Clothing. Yarrow Fenn has more of *me* in her than any of my other heroines. She’s a spinner and weaver – I’m a spinner and knitter, although I’ve also done some weaving. She raises an orphan lamb – I spent many years raising sheep and still keep a small flock of ewes for their wool. And she lives in Milford, Connecticut, where some of my ancestors settled when they arrived in the Puritan wave of the mid-to-late 1600s.

Peter Maltby is my favorite kind of hero. He’s loveably flawed, with some demons in his past that he struggles with, but deep down he’s got a heart of gold. All it takes is a talented spinster and an orphan lamb to dig deep enough to bring it out.

Get your copy of In Sheep’s Clothing today!

In honor of being Jericha Kingston’s first guest on her exciting new blog, I’d like to offer one copy of In Sheep’s Clothing to a reader who leaves a comment below. Tell me of your connection to sheep or knitting or weaving and get your name in the drawing twice. The drawing will be on Friday, March 19th

This story won the 2019 Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love Award. It was also a finalist for the 2019 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards.

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens and keep a few barn cats, along with Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. 

Get your copy of In Sheep’s Clothing, and comment to be entered in the drawing!

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