The Legacy of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper

Genre:  Inspirational Historical Romance

Format: ebook, paperback

Buy: The Legacy of Deer Run (The Deer Run Saga)

The year was 1800. A young man makes weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation. He also protects his heart from the allure of a young woman who is so far above his station in life that he cannot win her.

The lady fights her own war against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker, who is distant yet disarming.

Love is not the only entanglement. The nation’s enemies are afoot. They creep within the very walls where America’s defenses are being forged. Who are they? When will they strike? Who will survive their terrorism?

Intrigue of the heart and intrigue of the times are only part of this compelling story – book three of the Deer Run Saga. This series finale is a gripping mix of romance and deception, faith and forgiveness, transgression and trial.

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1. When and why did you begin writing?

I picked up my pen at an early age, writing stories, poems, and even a script for my favorite TV show. I’m not certain as to “why” I started to write, but it was just an inner prompting, an urge to put thoughts down on paper that brewed in my mind. I suppose it might have been an extension of my love for reading. I remember being enamored with books long before I could even read, checking out the maximum number of books allowed by the library.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

It was a personal tragedy in my life that led to writing my first book. In fact, it was four years to the date of my daughter’s death from a brain tumor that I felt this strong impression to write a book. Up to that time, I had only written for newspapers and magazines and knew nothing about writing an entire novel. But I was driven in a way I had never known before to keep on writing. Between my historical research for my novel and the fact that I was working fulltime as a nurse, the process took about two years.

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

All of my books have continuing themes of faith, healing, and forgiveness. My deepest hope is that my readers will close my book when they are finished and find that their belief in God is strengthened, as well as their relationship with Him.

4. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would encourage my readers to take a journey through the pages of my novels to the early years of America and not just be entertained, but learn about the faith, the hardships, and the triumphs of those who came before us. If we are to understand who we are as a nation now, we must understand its history. My goal is to bring about that understanding through the medium of well-researched fiction.

5. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The Legacy of Deer Run continues the story of the Lowe family that was started in The Road to Deer Run. Legacy is set in 1800 in Springfield, Massachusetts and follows the story of a young armory worker who gets swept up in both unrequited love as well as a terrorist plot against the new nation of America. It is a tale of hurt and hope, trials and transgressions, and faith that is tested. Although it is Book 3 in the series, The Legacy of Deer Run also reads well on its own.

6. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?

Yes, but most are not my own. The Deer Run Saga is loosely based on my ancestors that lived during the era of the American Revolution. The first book (The Road to Deer Run) follows the story of my 4th great-grandfather that came to this country in 1776 as an enemy Redcoat soldier. After he was captured and made prisoner, he somehow escaped (details are not known), met and married my 4th great grandmother, and became an American. I carefully researched much about my ancestor’s regiment in the Army, as well as details about colonial life to make my books as authentic as possible. It was a true labor of love!

The elements in the story of healing, hope, and forgiveness are based on my own experiences and struggles in my life. The tests of our faith and the loss of loved ones are universal struggles throughout the ages.

7. What is the most challenging part of being an Indie author?

I would say that two things are challenging: Getting stores to carry your books and getting the respect of those who feel only real authors are with large publishing houses. I think though, as time goes on and the publishing industry changes, there will be more acknowledgment that Indie books can be just as good or better than some from the large publishing houses. Those changes in attitude have already occurred in the industries of both Indie films and Indie music.

8. As an Indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an Indie author?

I would encourage them to read a book in a genre they like, and decide if the writing was as good as the last book they read. I think they might be quite surprised! Most Indie authors are very aware of the need for editing and are more than willing to have their books out there for public scrutiny. There are many fine smaller publishing houses that have excellent quality books on the market. And if you ask most readers, they really don’t care what publisher’s name is on the book cover. They only care about what’s in between the covers!

9. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

It is historic fiction that is based on an actual battle that occurred the first day of the American Revolution—yet rarely makes the history books. It is a story of a fiery trial and the young woman who survived it. More details will be forthcoming.

 

Elaine Marie CooperElaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run (Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Religious Fiction, Honorable Mention in Romance at 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival) and The Promise of Deer Run (Romance Winner for 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival, Finalist in Religious Fiction for ForeWord Review Book of the Year). Cooper is also a contributing writer for Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson. She is a wife, mom, Grammie to triplets, and a registered nurse.

Visit Elaine at her website:  DeerRunBooks.com, on Facebook, or on her blogs http://ReflectionsInHindsight.wordpress.com and http://ColonialQuills.blogspot.com.

Descended – Jett by Dana Pratola

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Format: ebook

Buy: DESCENDED ~ Jett

When a reclusive businessman takes an interest in Haven’s artwork, she knows it’s an answer to prayer. But Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met.

Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But she’s too naïve and pure to learn what goes on in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.

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1. What does your family think of your writing?

LOL, I think they think I finally have a place to funnel all my strange ideas.

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can’t write when I’m angry. Even if I’m trying to write a scene where someone is mad, I just get blocked. So I try to stay happy =-) Does that count as a quirk?

3. What inspired you to write your first book?

THE COVERING came about through personal experience – not with hunky bikers, lol. I often have these times where I will wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, like wide-awake. I assume God wants me to pray for someone, so I do. Sometimes I know who, other times I don’t, so I’ll pray for everyone I can think of. But I know if God wakes me up, when He knows I don’t sleep enough as it is, it must be important. The idea of covering someone in prayer isn’t new, but it is effective. I believe a covering can be “prayed in place” to prevent things, not just help in the moment, and on a number of occasions I’ve had people tell me of incidents or accidents that almost happened, usually after I had been praying.

4. How did you come up with the title?

DESCENDED is a series about four men who are descended from the angels that cohabited with human women before the Flood. The title refers to their lineage, but also to how far they’ve fallen as humans from their ancestor’s intended purpose.

5. How did you choose the genre you write in?

It chose me. No matter what sub-genre I write in, romance has to be the main focus for me or I’m just not that interested =-)

6. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Gunnar from THE COVERING is pretty popular, and honestly, I’d love to see him again. I’m working on a book that centers around Pastor Bob’s daughter Brady (if you’ve read it you’ll know who I mean) and will, of course, feature her “uncle” Gunnar.

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

Somewhere in my books there will be an arrow pointing straight up. I think the message in most of my stories is this: God isn’t mad at us, He wants to help. There’s nothing we can do, no depth we can fall, that He won’t be there waiting for us to take hold of His hand. That’s not to say we can live any way we want and think there won’t be repercussions, but it’s not God putting those things on us. I just want people to know the Jesus I know.

8. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

This is from the second book of the series (DESCENDED~Sebastian):

“Tell me one thing I did to make you think I’m a jerk.”

“You asked every girl at my table for their phone numbers.”

Sounded like him. “I apologize.”

“Then you asked every girl at every other table for their phone numbers. Even the ones already with someone.”

That explained the pieces of paper in his jacket pocket this morning. “Well, should I have to apologize for that? You clearly didn’t want to be bothered so I moved on.” She didn’t answer. “I apologize.” The corner of her mouth twitched, against her will, he was sure. “What else?”

“You sent me a drink.”

Sebastian raised a finger. “Ah, but only to you, no one else.”

She faced him fully now. “I guess I should have prefaced my argument with you were already with a woman. The same woman who slapped your face a few minutes ago,” she added, hitching a thumb toward the rear of the plane.

“Now I’ve got you,” he said, pleased with himself. “I can’t apologize for that because it’s not my fault she was with me. I told her to stay in the suite.”

Her eyes were blank. Then she blinked.

“It probably sounds bad—”

“Probably?”

“It sounds bad, but I just met her. It’s not like I was cheating on my girlfriend.”

She gasped. “You have a girlfriend?”

“No. No, that’s not what I mean. I mean it was just a weekend thing, no strings.”

“It that supposed to make you look less like a jerk?”

She arched one eyebrow. He could see himself in her clear blue eyes. He looked clueless.

 

9. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The biggest challenge is making myself do it. When I’m not distracted by a houseful of people, I distract myself. I’m a procrastinator with the attention span of a puppy.

10. As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?

Indie authors used to get a bad rap as the writers who couldn’t get a publisher, and I’m sorry to say I have seen some examples of poor work. But now with so much competition, and many more traditionally published authors going indie, everyone has had to step up their game. Give it a chance, and whenever possible, read a sample of the author’s work before buying.

 

Dana Pratola

If you ask Dana what is the most important thing she ever learned, she’ll tell you it’s how much God loves us.  Through her stories, she endeavors to share that love with others. Though her books are Christian Romance, they’re not what you might expect. They don’t contain explicit sex scenes, but her characters have real desires, struggles and choices to make.  A lot of the time they make the wrong ones.  No subject is prohibited but good always triumphs.

Dana lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She loves to walk in the woods and watch old movies.

Visit Dana at her website:

www.danapratola.webs.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The Price of Trust by Amanda Stephan

Genre:  Christian Romance

Format:  ebook, paperback

Buy:  The Price of Trust

Beaten and betrayed by the one who was supposed to love her, Carly Richards is on the run!

Forced to live as a fugitive as her ex-fiance stalks her across country, she finds refuge in a small town in Montana. Her emotional scars are reluctant to heal, and Carly resists the friendliness of those around her ~ especially handsome farmer Joe Baird. Caught in the circumstances, the kind people around her begin to creep into her softening heart. God is at work, and she has to trust Him not only to take care of her, but care for the people she is learning to love.

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1. When and why did you begin writing?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always written. The first time I remember sitting down to actually write a story was when I went to the local library and I couldn’t find any books I wanted to read. After I wrote it, I hid it so no one would see it.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?

My children were the inspiration to write my first novel, The Price of Trust. I wanted them to understand that abuse is wrong, but sometimes, when you’re trying to give your children an important lesson they just aren’t willing to listen. So I decided to write it down for them instead.

3. Do you see writing as a career?

Actually, if I wrote to make money, I’d be starving! :) But, I find it to be a release ~ therapy, if you will. I love getting to know my characters and what their lives entail.

4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

My first book, The Price of Trust, was published in 2010, my second, Lonely Hearts, was published in 2011, and I wanted to get my third (The Haunting of Maddie Branson) out in 2012, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

5. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

No, I experience something called Writer’s Detour. This is where my plate gets so very full and I get so busy that I have difficulties finding the time to write.

6. What are your current projects?

I try to write what I would read. I’m a fiction fanatic, so you’ll find a lot of fiction on my shelves, but there is much non-fiction as well. At this point, I write mainly fiction, but I actually have a cookbook in the wings as well as a three book series and novella that I’m working on now.

7. Can you share a little of your current work with us?  

At the moment, I’m working on a novella entitled The Haunting of Maddie Branson. This is a Christian paranormal book. I got most of these ideas from several things that have happened to not only me, but friends and some family members. This book would be more for those who like the creepy, haunting type books without glorifying the dark side. Here’s my tagline: Maddie Branson knew there was something different about her house. It had reached out and touched her in the deep…dark recesses of the night… 

 

Amanda StephanBestselling, award winning Christian author, Amanda Stephan is just a normal, everyday country girl. She resides in Middle TN, with her husband and children, three cats, one dog, and multiple roosters that love to hang out under their bedroom windows in the wee hours of the morning. She loves to laugh and have a good time, and loves to have her feet tickled. She would say her most interesting trait is that she laughs like Scooby Doo.

Visit Amanda at her website: www.BooksByAmanda.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, or at her blog.

The Black Rose by Naomi Musch

Genre:  Christian Historical, Suspense, Romance

Format:  ebook

Buy: Empire in Pines Book Three: The Black Rose

Despite the panic of 1893, logging has reached its golden era in the growing state of Wisconsin, and twins Jesilyn and Corianne Beaumont enjoy a comfortable life with family in the bursting Great Lake city of Superior. But when jealousy incites Jesi to seduce Cori’s fiancé, a flight and fall from grace lands her in a boomtown brothel, where a fresh start is denied her.

Camp preacher Paul Winter longs to offer hope in the logging and mining towns of northern Wisconsin, but not in the way he expects when he meets a redhead he calls Pie Girl. He’s never had to battle his own longings quite this way before.

Meanwhile, stung by Jesilyn’s betrayal, Corianne’s bitterness might separate her from a second chance at happiness and peace. Only by Grace can both women begin new lives, and budding love can bloom in places neither of them expects.

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1. Where are you from?

I grew up in central Wisconsin near the Wisconsin River. My dad spent many years working in a paper mill, and as I grew to love history, I began imagining what life was like in times past in my own state. When I moved up north near Lake Superior, it wasn’t difficult to be overcome with story ideas stemming out of Wisconsin’s rich history and its Big Woods.

2. Tell us your latest news?

This summer, right after The Black Rose released as an e-book in July, I received news from my publisher, Desert Breeze, that the entire series will begin going to print in early 2013. Of course, I’m stoked about that! As much as I love my Kindle, there are still a lot of folks who prefer to read a hard copy of a novel, and I’m looking forward to getting the Empire in Pine series in as many hands as possible. The Green Veil, which is the first book in the series, will release in paperback in January.

3. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a country gal through to the core. I live on an old farm — 150 acres — on which we used to raise a few beef and a smattering of other critters – pigs, goats, & chickens – but we’re currently turning most of the property over to my three sons’ deer management. So when I’m not writing, I’m mostly out gardening, hiking around the property, or working on home projects. I recently resigned from my day job at a local school to take on the World’s Best Job Ever of babysitting for my newborn grandson, Jack Rylan. How do you beat that? So a good part of my day is spent making noises and funny faces that babies like — and explaining to him the plot of my next book, of course. :)

4. What does your family think of your writing?

Besides the three sons I mentioned above, I also have two daughters. My hubby and I have been married close to 32 years. They are all SO supportive. When my contract arrived for the print version of my series, I texted my youngest son who is 21, and he immediately and loudly let everyone in the Applebees restaurant know about it.

5. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

For many years I didn’t think I could legitimately call myself a writer because it wasn’t my day job. But now I realize I’ve been a writer almost my whole life. I was only ten when I announced my intentions of being an “author” to the world, and have written in some form ever since. I was also aware early on, and comfortable with the fact, that writing — before the advent of social networks — is a solitary task.

6. Do you have a specific writing style?

It’s hard to describe one’s own style, but I’d say that my voice is a combination of grit and elegance. I love big epics, and study the writing of authors like Bodie Thoene, Angela Hunt, Allen Eckert, and others along that line. Peril… harsh realities… those things aren’t glossed over. I aim for that style of “truth-telling” in my historicals, and that’s what I mean by gritty. At the same time, I want to engage readers’ senses when it comes to experiencing the breathless beauty of the natural world and personal relationships. That’s the elegant part. I think (modestly) that if you enjoy Tamera Alexander or Laura Frantz you would perhaps like my style.

7. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I always work with an outline. When writing historicals, there is so much research and so many things to forget. I have to weed through what to include without weighing down the story and what to put aside. I’d be certain to lose my way without a least a bare-bones outline. Within the outline, I give room for my muse to explore and sometimes wander down unexplored paths.

8. What books are you reading now?

I just finished Laura Frantz’s The Colonel’s Lady and am reading the not-yet-released Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland.

9. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

K.M. Weiland has had a couple of books come out in the past few years which are riveting. Big, epic. Which is why I was thrilled to preview her new one. I’m enjoying the new speculative series Children of the King by Gloria Clover. It’s a series very different from my usual forte. There are a couple other Desert Breeze authors whose historical fiction I’m anxious to read, but haven’t gotten to them yet. Of course, like everyone else it seems, I’m enthralled by Laura Frantz’s books, both because of her style and because she writes with guts and realism about the eras I love.

10. What are your current projects?

I have three new irons in the proverbial fire. First, I’m submitting a work of contemporary women’s fiction called Paint Me Althena. I’m also praying hard over what to do about a novel I wrote for my kids some years ago and would like to publish. Lastly, I’m beginning a new historical that is going to spin with some of those epic qualities I love — I hope!

11. Here’s an excerpt from The Black Rose, Empire in Pine Book Three:

Johnny Ray leered at her. “Well… look who the dogs dragged back. I know you, Red. You’re the little gal who left me with the sore head and a whole lot of unfinished business.”

He stepped close and jerked her chin up in his beefy fingers.

Clay laid a hand across Big John’s forearm. “See here, Mister.”

The bear shook him off like a pesky black fly. “And now here you are. Right back where we last met. We can pick up where we left off, but maybe we’ll have a drink and a dance first.”

Johnny Ray gripped her arm and twisted her toward the door.

“No!” She yanked free and fell against Clay, clutching him.

Clay backed up looking dumbfounded, with Jesi clinging to his coat front.

“Oh. I see. You’re busy now.” He threw Clay a look. “Better mind yourself, Mister. Don’t turn your head. She’s a thieving, mean little thing.”

She shook her head and glanced at Clay. He scowled and removed her hand from his coat. “Jesi?”

“Clay–”

Jesi?”

Another voice came from the street. Jesi’s twisted her head and saw Paul hoofing it around mud holes to cross the road toward them. She turned back to Clay.

His face had changed. His jaw set and his brow dipped. His face had taken on its tell-tale shade of red that it always seemed to turn when he was angry. “What’ve you become?” he hissed.

“Clay, no.”

Big John busted out laughing. “What’d you think she was, Mister? I can tell you what.” He jerked his head toward Maisey’s dark interior. “So can anyone in this fine establishment.”

She shook her head, tears blurred her vision. The sound of Gravy’s piano playing clinked discordant tones in the background.

“Jesi?” Paul’s voice, even but heavy with the worry she recognized, sounded close as he leapt onto the boardwalk. She turned to him, but didn’t dare meet his gaze. She wiped the back of her hand across her eyes.

Big John kept laughing. Clay kept staring at her, his countenance growing harder by the second. His eyes took on the shade of thunderclouds over Lake Superior. “Is this how you’ve been living in Hurley?” His look scathed her. “Yet you were ready to try and fool me again.”

She had no breath, no courage to deny it. Her heart had momentarily soared to the peaks, and then crashed down in a hideous mess.

His face contorted. “You’re still nothing but a common trollop.”

Paul’s fist shot out without warning, catching Clay square in the jaw. He reeled backward off the boardwalk into the mud.

“Who the blazes are you?” John thundered, reaching for Paul’s shirt.

Jesi covered her mouth, biting her palm.

Paul shoved a fist in his gut, but the big man merely cringed as he pushed Paul back. “What’s your stake in all this?”

Paul found his footing. He glanced briefly at Clay, who’d gotten up and stood brushing mud off his suit. “I’ll tell you.” He took a run at Big John, crashing into his shoulder so that the brute fell hard against the side of the building. “She’s my wife.”

 

Naomi MuschNaomi and her husband Jeff live as epically as God allows on a ramshackle farm in Wisconsin’s north woods near their five young adults and three grand-children. Amidst it, she writes stories about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles. Her entire Empire in Pine series, available now in eBook from Desert Breeze Publishing, will also go to print in 2013. She invites new friends and old to say hello and find out more about her books, passions, and other writing venues at http://www.naomimusch.com or look her up on Facebook Naomi Musch – Author and Twitter NMusch.