Welcome Linda Matchett and her new release: Love’s Rescue

This morning we have the wonderful Linda Matchett on the blog. She is going to give you a little behind the story adventure on her newest release, Love’s Rescue. I’ll be reviewing this book soon, and I’m very excited!

Love’s Rescue: The Story behind the Story
By Linda Shenton Matchett

I was recently asked by a reader where I get my story ideas. It’s a common question that authors often receive. For me, ideas come from numerous sources such as books, movies, or television shows, sometimes because I don’t like the way a topic is covered or the way the story ends, or sometimes because a kernel of an idea sprouts from something a character does or says.

For example, the idea for A Love Not Forgotten in which a downed pilot experiences amnesia came from a gag in a sit-com. Newspaper and magazine articles are also great sources, especially for mysteries, because as it is said: “truth is stranger than fiction.” Overheard conversations can also lead to story ideas, especially if only a snippet is available.

For Love’s Rescue, I turned to the Old Testament.

As the second in my Wartime Bride series that began with a retelling of the book of Ruth set during WWII, Love’s Rescue needed to be another biblical retelling. I scoured books and commentaries searching for just the right woman and scenario. Because the story would also be set during WWII, the biblical version needed to “carryover” to that era.
After several days, I came upon Rahab; a harlot (prostitute), a pagan, and an enemy of Israel by virtue of her citizenship as a Canaanite. Lots have been written about Rahab by scholars as well as novelists, but I am not aware of her story being retold in a modern setting.

Having read about the prostitutes and other women in France who slept with their German occupiers, I felt Rahab’s story would fit. Further research unearthed an interesting parallel between the fall of Jericho and the liberation of Paris: the inhabitants of both cities knew the invasions were coming, with time to prepare for defense. Yet in both cases, the cities fell to the “good guys.”

I don’t know that spies were necessary to the campaign to free the City of Light, but thought at a minimum, scouts would be used to ascertain the “lay of the land.” That allowed me to include the Hebrew spies.

My aim with Love’s Rescue is to explore how God often uses the most unlikely people to further His kingdom. I also want to shine the light on what it was like to try to survive living in an occupied country. I hope my story honors those ordinary people of the Greatest Generation who chose to do extraordinary deeds in order to defeat evil.

Book Blurb:       Love'sRescueCoverSmall.jpg

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later,
shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
Purchase Link: Love’s Rescue

Author Bio:     linda matchett

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore,
Maryland she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. Linda and her husband live in central New Hampshire.
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Interview with Lynne Tagawa and her book: The Shenandoah Road

Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview I conducted with Lynne Tagawa. But before that, I have to share her gorgeous book cover! You can purchase your copy here: The Shenandoah Road

Now for the interview. Thank you for joining us, Lynne!

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What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Simple. Read!!! I also teach homeschool co-op classes and tutor individual students.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a defining moment?

After I wrote a Texas history curriculum for a small Christian school. You see, I wrote Sam Houston’s Republic in narrative form, trying to make it as interesting as possible. It’s only a small jump from narrative nonfiction to fiction. But this was late in life, and I sometimes feel intimidated by those who have been writing since they were eleven.

What is your writing style? Are you a planner or a pantser?

More a pantser, I think, although I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have some kind of plot sketch, even if it’s only mental. I got into trouble with my debut novel, A Twisted Strand, because I didn’t have anything written down at first. Like most people, I’m positively allergic to Roman numerals and endless subheads like they teach you in school. But I do have a list of critical scenes and plot points. Kind of like using a map. Get on the interstate, go east fifty miles, stop at this certain town. You have to have a general idea of where you are going.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I love research, but really, it’s the writing itself that is addictive. You get into your protagonist’s head and experience his world. If I can somehow get that onto the page in words and phrases and sentences my reader will comprehend, then he or she will experience that too. How amazing!

Do you have a favorite character, either from your own work or from someone else?

Hard to pick just one! From To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch. Because the protagonist takes her father for granted in a normal, childlike sense, we almost miss the heroism and Christ-like character of this man. From my own writing, I’m in love with the hero of The Shenandoah Road, John Russell. He’s got his faults and struggles, but I’ve given him the best qualities of the ethnic / religious group he is a part of: the Scots-Irish Presbyterian immigrants who settled the backcountry in the 18th century.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to research a location for a book, where would you go?

Easy-peasy. Virginia. What a treasure of stuff! Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, the Shenandoah Valley, and Mount Vernon, all close together by Texas standards.

 

Lynne, I love your answers. And the fact that you’ve named one of your heroes John Russell. I don’t have a John Russell in my family, but my cousin is named Josh Russell and he’s a redhead. I love when coincidences like that show up in books!

About the author:  LynneTagawapic

Lynne B. Tagawa is married and the mother of four sons. She attended the University of Hawaii where she met her husband and obtained a degree in secondary education. The Tagawas live in Texas where she teaches part-time.

She writes fiction, educational materials, and Christian devotionals; she is especially inspired by the lives of great men and women of faith.

Welcome Donna Gartshore and her new release: Instant Father

Today on Thoughtful Thursday, we have Donna Gartshore here to give a little sneak peek into her new release Instant Father. The Love Inspired line at Harlequin always catches my eye with their unique covers and intriguing stories.

Title: Instant Father

Author: Donna Gartshore

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Release Date 3/19/19

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The heroine, Charlotte, struggles with meeting her own goals and finding God’s purpose
in her life while her feelings for the hero, Paul, continue to grow.

“Trying to get rid of me?”
She was startled at first but then saw the twinkle in his eye. It appeared that Paul too was
ready to be done with their teacher-parent roles, but she couldn’t resist adding one more thing.
“I hope I’ve made it clear, Paul, I won’t tolerate being pressured about this. But, at the
same time, I want you to trust me. Can you do that? I care about Tyson too, just as I care about
all of my students.”
“I trust you,” Paul said, but she couldn’t escape a peculiar sensation that those words
were unfamiliar in his mouth.
“I, uh, missed you at lunch yesterday,” he added, his tone gruff with confession.
So, he had noticed. I missed you too …
But she couldn’t bring herself to say the words or to stir the embers by admitting that she
had stayed away to avoid the very confrontation they’d just had.

“I had a couple of things I needed to take care of,” she said. That was true on any given
day in the life of a busy school teacher and she didn’t volunteer that she’d spent her lunchbreak
searching missionary sites and commanding herself not to have second thoughts … just as she
had willed herself not to give in and walk over to Harold’s so that she could see Paul’s face light
up when she came in the door.
“Well … you were missed.” Paul said it in a shy way that warmed her heart.
It was clear that he didn’t want there to be tension between them any more than she did.
She suddenly wondered how it would go over if she was to start dating the guardian of
one of her students.
Whoa, now where had that thought come from?
Despite the kiss they’d shared, Paul had never given her any indication that he had the
time or inclination for a relationship. She still knew that his primary focus was Tyson and the
role she played in the boy’s life as his teacher. He had proven that again today and she had been
reminded of what her responsibilities were, not only to both of them, but to her profession in
general.
Besides, there was her application, making its way through the mail and waiting to bring
back with it the answer to her future.
An answer that she was no longer sure she was ready for.

Purchase your copy here: Instant Father

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Donna has been creating stories for as long as she can remember. She was about six years old when she wrote her first story. Her father, who was a journalist, read the story and told her what was good about it but also what could be improved.  She is thankful that he took the efforts of a little girl so seriously and always helped her to believe that she could write.

Donna loves writing for Love Inspired to share her faith and belief in happy endings. She also writes poetry, short stories and devotions.

Other books:

If you are interested in Donna’s other book, Instant Family, you can find it here. Instant Family

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Author Interview with Laura V. Hilton and her new release: The Amish Candy Maker

I want to thank you, Laura, for taking time to answer questions for me. It’s always a joy to learn about other authors and see a glimpse into their writing journey. I recently read The Amish Candy Maker and it was probably one of my favorite Amish books that I’ve ever read. You did a wonderful job with the story, and the conversations between Agnes and Isaac were epic.

underneath all the hurt and grief, there's a love that just won't die. hate isn't the opposite of love, you know. indifference is. and you are far from indifferent.

Without further ado, here is the interview….ha! That rhymes.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

All I can say is God. He knows what message He wants told and how He wants it done.  With The Amish Candymaker, sometime ago there was an Amish Auctioneer who was talked about a lot of facebook. And then he was murdered. But I watched Youtube videos of him and thought it’d be fun to have an auctioneer as the hero in a story. Then a reader/fan suggested an auctioneer story and I met someone who goes to auctions – and since I needed a newcomer to the district for the story, the time had come.

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Pray and give it to God. Something I still struggle with.

 

If I’m not mistaken, you write mostly Amish fiction. Can you tell me what is the inspiration for that?

My maternal grandparents left the Amish.  It was fun to learn family history.  You can read the fictionalized story in The Amish Wanderer.

 

What has been your best and worst experiences as an author?

Worst experience was before I was published and a contest judge told me I couldn’t write my way out of a paper bag. Satan still throws that at me.  Best, getting letters, cards and messages from people who have been touched or ministered to by my stories.

 

Do you work one manuscript all the way through to completion before you begin another or do you have stacks of halfway completed manuscripts hiding, waiting for their chance?

Yes and yes.  I do have some half-finished manuscripts but they are contemporary (not Amish) romance. But being under constant deadline means I have to work a manuscript all the way through to completion before starting another.

Thank you again for being here, Laura. That contest judge needs his mouth washed out with soap! What an awful thing to say to someone! Not to mention they were dead wrong!

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Get your copy here: The Amish Candy Maker

A letter brings him to Mackinac County. Can one woman make him stay?

Agnes Zook has found herself on her own after in small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy took the life of her parents and siblings. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman she’s not courted by other young men in the area.

Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after Auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized for skin grafts and his wife is with him. They have young children that can’t be left alone. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage the children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend. Agnes may be an answer to prayer.

When Isaac and Agnes meet, sparks fly, but everything changes. While neither of them fit within the structures of the Amish faith, could their differences be the one thing that helps them form a deeper connection to their faith . . . and each other?

Author Bio:    laura picture

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Thoughtful Thursday: Author Interview with Alexis Goring

On this Romantic Thursday morning, I bring you romance author Alexis Goring. And she has the perfect novel for Valentine’s Day: Love in Pictures. Alexis has several books available, but since today is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year…well, Love in Pictures just seemed perfect.

Look at this cover!!! In typical southern-belle fashion, I say, “Swoon-worthy!” You can find purchase information at the end of the interview. With that said, here’s Alexis.

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Q1: Can you describe one thing about writing that you find the most appealing?

Answer: I love character creation! Imagining their names, personality, quirks, hopes and dreams are most appealing.

 

Q2: Do you have a favorite character that you have written?

Answer: Yes! I have more than one but I’d say Michelle from Love in Pictures because her passion and personality are very much like mine.

 

Q3: What’s next for you as an author?

Answer: I’m working on a story about a formerly fat pastry chef who is now one fine, fit, and handsome catch! But he cannot settle down with any of the women who throw themselves at him because his heart is set on the one woman who he loved from day one. What he does not know is that she now works as a food writer at a magazine office that’s located near his bakery!

 

Q4: What started your journey as an author?

Answer: An impromptu storytelling game created by my Grandpa while he and my Grandma were babysitting my brother and I when we were kids. I liked my story so much that I spent that entire summer typing it out on our family computer then I printed it out and illustrated it before binding it like a book with staples. I called it “Sisters.” After reading it to my Mom’s best friend who briefly visited with us one day that summer, I do not remember what happened to it. But I do know that it was the story that sparked my interest in wanting to become a writer when I grew up. Since then, I’ve spent most of my free time writing!

 

Q5: Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

Answer: No. I don’t think so!

 

Closing note from Tabitha: Thank you for participating on the blog. I look forward to reading your answers.

 

Closing response from Alexis: You’re welcome! Thanks for inviting me to be your guest.

Purchase Love in Pictures

Love in Pictures Blurb:

Wedding photographer Michelle Hadley has a passion for diversity and believes that love comes in all colors. So, she’s working hard to convince editors to feature her clients’ images on the covers of the mainstream bridal and wedding magazines.

Despite having a career that focuses on celebrating forever love, Michelle has never actually been in a romantic relationship, and she’s not looking for love, until she meets the one man she cannot forget.

Since his fiancée broke his heart, Logan Emerson’s focus has been on his career. He’s won awards for his work as a print journalist and dreams of greater success on television as a broadcast journalist. But his personal struggle presents many challenges that might prevent his dreams from coming true.

Michelle doesn’t date often, and since his heartbreak, Logan has shied away from the dating scene. But something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.

About the author:  Alexis A. Goring, Nov. 2014 foto

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.