Happy New Year

Hi there blog world,

I am back! I have been very busy lately with school and all, but I am excited to return to blogging with some new details on some of the best books of last year and this year, so stay tuned!

 

Happy Reading,

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Mellissa Jagears Interviews

Me: Tell me a little bit about yourself? What are your likes/ dislikes / and favorite books?
Mellissa: I’m a former ESL teacher and I stay home with my little ones and will be homeschooling them as they come of age. I like to read (of course), have never liked doing dishes, and the favorite books question always throws me! I can’t pick one, or even a handful! But definitely Christian Historical Romances.

Me : What is your inspiration for A Bride For Keeps?
Mellissa: I read a compilation of real mail-order bride stories and was astounded by all the crazy ways the arrangements didn’t work out, so I wanted to highlight some of those mail-order bride failures.

Me: Who are your favorite authors, and why?
Mellissa : Goodness, I love so many. I love Christian/Clean authors who write romance and characters well. Jane Austen, Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, Lori Wick, Francine Rivers, Abbie Gaines (her Christian Love Inspired Historicals), Deanne Gist are some off the top of my head.

Me: What made you want to become a writer?
Mellissa: Being bored changing, washing and folding diapers! I’d always had story ideas, but until I stayed home and got bored, I didn’t start writing.

Me: What is important to you in hero and heroine?

Mellissa: For the hero? I want a man who’s attracted to the heroine for the deep down qualities that she has along with finding her beautiful; and you believe he’d die for her.
For the heroine? I want to be her: loved despite her flaws, but becoming a better woman.

Me: What is your perspective on romance in a novel?

Mellissa: Whenever someone complains about romance not having any place in Christian literature, I always wonder if they would say that about their own romance story? Most everyone loves to hear or tell the “how I met my spouse” story, there’s just something about us that gets satisfaction from hearing how people find the love of their life.

Me: What do you hope that writers take away from your story?
That trust can’t come until you open yourself up.

Mellissa: What is your favorite scene from the book?
The roof scene in chapter 19

Me: Can you give a sneak peak at special scene in the story ?
Mellissa: She’d proven she intended to stay—at least bodily. But this was not how he envisioned living with her for the rest of his days. She’d drive him insane. “I don’t need you to work so hard, especially if you could get hurt.”
She glanced up in between a hammer blow, but kept pounding until the nail lay flattened, nice and sideways. She sat back on her heels. “That was the deal. You provide for me. I work for you.”
“But that’s not why you’re here.”
“What else do you need me to be doing?”
Warming me at night, laughing with me, sitting under the stars and dreaming up names for our future children.
I want you to live with me.
How could he tell a woman so attractive, so distant, what he desired?

Me: What can you dish as it relates to projects in the future?
Mellissa: is the love story of Rachel and Dex’s oldest son, Will.

Me: How would you describe your writing style?
Melliss: Goodness, I don’t know. I try to make the romances emotionally intense. I like to throw little dry bits of humor and silly situations in my books—can’t be serious all the time!

Me: How would you create your writing mood?
Melissa : Um, I force it! I usually procrastinate and then eat way too much food while procrastinating then feel guilty for procrastinating and tell myself to get on with it…..totally not the romantic picture of a writer finding her muse now, is it? Ha.

Me: What are you reading right now?
Mellissa: An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere, On Guard by William Lane Craig, and Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn

Me: Was there any interesting research that you did for your book ?

Mellissa: It’s no longer in the book, but I had to figure out how to collect down to make a feather tick and how much would be needed. Did you know that you pluck the birds while alive from their tooshies? I’d assumed you had to kill the animal, but you just slowly collect the feathers as they grow back. Poor ducks, always thinking “I feel a draft!” Or you could just buy feathers at the mercantile, but the other information was more fun.

Me: What are five fun facts about you?
Mellissa:
1)I spent a month in China helping students with their English, and so now I’m spoiled with authentic Chinese food, I don’t like American Chinese restaurants anymore, but I understand why they don’t serve authentic stuff—no American is going to be excited to see the heads of animals still on their entrees.
2)I like to stand on furniture for some odd reason.
3)I like to do Algebraic equations for fun.
4)I threw discus in high school.
5)I really hate talking on the phone.

Me: What special words would you like to say to your readers?

Mellissa: Thanks for giving a new author a try. And make sure you support your favorite authors with reviews, purchasing their books, and sharing about their stories so that they can continue writing books you love! I never knew how important readers doing more than just reading and enjoying a book can make or break an author’s career. So now, I work to get the word out for my favorite authors, I hope you’ll do the same!

Website: http://www.melissajagears.com

Small Town Girl

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Sensible Kate ‘s heart is breaking as she watches her sister marry the man she has loved for year. Further complications ensue when she falls for the groom’s best friend against her better judgement . When one fateful night threatens to complicate her already difficult journey to love , will Kate and Jay discover that God has another purpose in mind .

A special note : this beautiful love story had one issue of concern to me . The leading man in the story was not a believer . Even though he becomes a believer at the end of the story , he develops his relationship with Kate while he is unsaved . That raises some concerns because the Bible tells us not to become unequally yoked with unbelievers . Besides that the story is a lovely one that many readers will enjoy.

Twice Loved

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Hi there dear readers, I recently finished reading Twice Loved! This thoroughly heartwarming book tells the story of Dan and Bev, two people who have lost love ones and long for something more . Through tragedy and grief three things more beautiful are born: faith, hope , and most importantly love . This sweet and delightful little story of filled with all the ingredients of a good love story you will want to savor again and again. I would recommend this story for romantics and those who enjoy inspirational stories .

A Pattern For Romance

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When Joshua Sutton meets Honour Metcalf, his whole word changes and so does hers. Through trials, heartache and misunderstanding, will the beauty and symbolism of a wedding quilt bring them together in ways they never dreamed possible ?

This sweet and emotional story showcases the power and beauty of love and sacrifice and is sure to touch all who read .

Murray Pura Interview

Dear readers, I am so excited to bring you …. Drumroll please … The interview with Murray Pura on his latest on the Danforths of Lancaster . He gives us the inside scoop on the new book, plus juicy tidbits on what to expect from the characters lives in book 3.

Me : Hi and welcome back! I would love to talk some about your newest book in the series on the Danforths .
1. What can readers expect from the second book in the series?

Murray : The time frame is now 1924-1933. There are more romances in the works, more marriages, and the children are growing up. Also, this is more of a summer book because most of the story takes place at Dover Sky in the south of England which is the Danforth summer estate.**

2. Me : How will the characters change and grow in light of the circumstances taking place in their lives?

Murray : Life is always a mix of light and dark, blessings and curses, hard times and good times. Each character will have their share of both. How they handle it will depend upon their faith, maturity, and the level of support they receive from family and friends.

3. Me : How will you keep the romance alive between the already married couples in the story?

Murray: Well, most are still pretty young, in their 20s and 30s, so the spark is still burning hot between the married couples. Plus there is the excitement of having their first children and that brings the couples closer together as well.**

4. Me : Will there be any jaw droppers or shockers that readers will discover

Murray : Yes . There are sudden twists and turns that I don’t think the reader will expect. Pleasant surprises as well as shockers. One early reviewer actually mentioned that.

5. Me: How will this book be different from the first book in the series?

Murray No war in Europe. No war in Ireland. Summer days spent near the coast and the English Channel. New characters like a German theologian who takes a fancy to one of the unmarried Danforth gals. Romantic adventures along the Rhine. Peaceful sailing on the ocean in a small boat. Stories of healing and recovery and courage mixed within it all.**

6. Me : What do you hope readers take away from this book?

Murray : Besides an entertaining tale, I would like them to take fresh heart when it comes to their own lives and feel capable of overcoming obstacles with their faith just like the members of the Danforth family do.**

7. Me : Will there be any new characters be introduced?

Murray : Yes, there will be suitors for the widow Catherine that she will have to choose between, for instance, different servants pop up, and an old friend of the family emerges to take a prominent role in the story.**

8. Me : What journey do you feel like you have taken with the characters, which hero and heroine do you feel like you have journeyed with the most?

Murray: I was with Catherine a lot in this story as she tries to make a new life for herself and her son. And I was with Ben a lot as he has a hard journey to make. And also with Kipp and Christelle and Caroline, one of the hardest journeys of all.

9. Me : What can readers expect, looking ahead to the third book in the series?

Murray : The third book takes place between 1934 and 1941 and now readers can expect the children who have grown up and are young adults to be having romances and faith journeys of their own. But the original couples who fell in love in Ashton Park and Dover Sky are still very much a part of the story in Book 3, London Dawn.**

Me : It is a pleasure to talk with you about the world of Ashton Park!

Murray : Thank you for having me again Rebekah! Always a pleasure!**

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Coming Reviews

Hi there dear readers, as it is the start of summer, things have been pretty busy, but don’t worry, a new batch of reviews will be up soon, plus a possible surprise. Keep your eyes open for what’s going on in the Novels Corner and happy summer reading ! 🙂