Steal Fire from the Gods Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Steal Fire from the Gods

Author: Clint Hall

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: November 7, 2023

The Human Alliance knew the war was over when the machines started using magic to cast fire, shake the ground, conjure storms, and part the seas.

We fought back anyway.

22-year-old soldier Gunnar Graves lost his faith and his family when a platoon of AI-driven war machines—led by an android fire mage— destroyed his unit. Forced to live in a machine-controlled village and hiding a dark secret, he spends his days trying to learn elemental power so he can take his revenge. After years of failure, his ability ignites when he least expects it.

On the run and hunted by the war machines, Gunnar discovers that an ancient, life-based strength has awakened to help humanity fight back. Joined by the other life mages, Gunnar is thrust into a mad world of android overlords, cyborg clans, and evil forces bent on his destruction.

To protect his newfound family, Gunnar must discover the truth behind a power he doesn’t understand and wage a war he doesn’t believe they can win.


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About the Author

Clint Hall is a storyteller, speaker, and podcast host. He has been writing stories since middle school, where he spent most of his time in class creating comic books. (Fortunately, his teacher not only allowed it; she bought every issue.) Known for instilling a sense of hope, wonder, and adventure, Clint’s work has been published across multiple anthologies and magazines. Find him at or “The Experience: Conversations with Creatives” podcast, available on all major platforms.


More from Clint

When I first heard the song See A Victory by Elevation Worship, I assumed the lyrics, “You took what the enemy meant for evil and You turned it for good,” were pulled verbatim (translated, of course) from the Bible, probably one of Paul’s letters.

Despite not knowing exactly from where they came, the words stuck with me. It’s inspiring to believe that God can take the terrible things that have happened to us – or even because of us – and use them to bring about something beautiful.

When I looked them up, I found that the lyrics are actually a derivation of what Joseph said to his brothers years after they sold him into slavery. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20 NIV)

Placing the words within the context of a story makes them even more impactful for me. It’s astounding to think about Joseph’s faith and spiritual maturity to not only offer forgiveness in this moment, but also to recognize the immense benefits that have arisen from such a horrific injustice against him.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much this passage is related to my book. That’s the funny thing about writing stories. You often don’t know what they’re about until you’re done.

Steal Fire From The Gods is the most faith-based story I’ve ever written. It’s also the darkest and certainly the weirdest. It’s an action-packed book in which AI has discovered the secrets of elemental magic and used that power to overthrow humanity.

But that’s just the concept. This story isn’t about magic robots. It’s about a person undergoing a crisis of faith. And you could hardly blame him.

Gunnar Graves and his family did everything the right way. They were faithful, devoted, and kind. They prayed, studied God’s Word, and followed His laws. Then, they were decimated. As a result, Gunnar is angry at God and even at his late parents for their blind faith that – from his perspective – ultimately failed them all.

Gunnar spends much of the story trying to harness magic for what he believes is a righteous cause. But despite his altruistic intentions, it eludes him, causing him even more anger and frustration. How could an all-powerful, all-loving God place such an awesome power into the hands of oppressive machines instead of mankind?

To make matters worse, Gunnar and other characters in the story have secrets that I won’t spoil in this blog. Suffice to say there are aspects of who they are and what they have done that would cause most people to cast them out if the truth became known. So instead, they hide themselves from God and other humans. More separation. More shame. More darkness.

It often feels that way for believers. In our weakness, we can simultaneously be angry at God for what we perceive as injustice – getting what we don’t think we deserve, or not getting what we think we do – while also being convinced there is something about us that will prevent us from ever connecting with His love, joy, and peace.

But there is always hope. God often reminds us of His presence by not only saving us from our circumstances but also using our weaknesses as tools to create wonderful outcomes. Paradoxically, good comes about not in spite of evil, but seemingly because of it.

As believers, we understand this is not a function of necessity. To bring about this good, God did not need evil to occur. But He will use it to demonstrate His ability to turn the enemy’s own weapons against him.

These occurrences wouldn’t make sense outside the knowledge that there is an all-powerful, all-loving Father. That reminder of His presence – that He must be with us because otherwise, such good springing from such evil would be impossible – is in many cases a greater blessing than the good itself.

But He will not force these blessings upon us. We are free to choose whether we will trust and accept them. We do so through faith, selflessness, and surrender.

That’s where we find the power. That’s where we find goodness. That’s where we find hope.

That’s what I want readers to take away from this book.

Interview with the Author

What does success as an author look like to you?

Thanks for having me on your blog!

What a great question. I’m afraid my answer is going to sound shallow or boringly practical.

Success for me as an author would be earning enough of a living that I could support my family, take them on vacations every so often, and be able to unplug from work during those times, but also still love the work so much that I’m also excited to get back to it.

But I’m also okay if that doesn’t happen, you know? If I’m writing stories from the heart that feel authentic to me and connect with readers, that also feels like success. Or it might be if I’m writing something fun and engaging that gives people a welcomed break for a little while. Sometimes, that’s all you need from a book; there’s nothing wrong with that, either.

Which character did you connect to best in this book?

The lead character, Gunnar, is going through a crisis of faith. His parents did everything right; they prayed, worshipped, read their Bibles, and cared for people. Then, they were decimated, and he was taken prisoner. But despite all that, he can’t help but hold onto the lingering shreds of his faith.

I’ve sometimes felt that way, gone through periods when my faith became far more academic than emotional. I believed in God, but it had been long since I felt His presence. Those can be challenging times, but they can also be essential to our growth and faith.

What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

It’s the “Do not worry” section from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 6. I often have to remind myself of two truths. The first is that so many things in life about which I get so stressed are really of minuscule importance compared to my salvation through Jesus.

The other truth is that nothing can compare with the power of God, who loves us, knows what we need, and will provide. That’s an amazing assurance.

What is your vacation spot?

We don’t have a “go-to” spot right now, but my favorite vacation ever was in Ireland. My wife and I spent a week driving through the middle of the country on those small roads lined by stone walls, looking at sheep and cows while we talked about everything on our minds.

You couldn’t turn around in Ireland without seeing another breathtaking view. It was impossible to take a bad picture. We stayed in old castles converted into hotels and spent an afternoon doing falconry, which was terrific. A double rainbow arched over the road as we drove back to the airport to head home.

But beyond that, I’ve never had such a sense of home in another country. I can’t wait to go back.

10)If you could have one book or piece of art or music on a deserted island, what would it be and why?

Okay, so obviously, my honest answer is the Bible. But for fun, I’ll choose something else.

It’s such a difficult question because it’s not the same as asking my favorite book (which is probably World War Z, by the way). I have to choose something that I would read repeatedly that would hopefully keep me entertained and lift my spirits when needed.

It would be cheating to say a collected edition of The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings, although those are great choices. But I think a collection of short stories would be allowed.

A photographer friend gave me a book called The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction, which was published sometime in the 1950s and includes short stories from C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, and so many more. I’ll go with that.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 14

Artistic Nobody, November 15 (Author Interview)

Exploring the Written Word, November 15

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, November 16

Guild Master, November 17 (Author Interview)

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 18

Through the Fire Blogs, November 19 (Author Interview)

Wishful Endings, November 20

Beauty in the Binding, November 21 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 23

Simple Harvest Reads, November 24 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, November 24

Blogging With Carol, November 25

Labor Not in Vain, November 26

Fiction Book Lover, November 27 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, Clint is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

A Courageous Betrothal Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: A Courageous Betrothal

Author: Denise Weimer

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 7, 2023

A wounded lieutenant, a woman fierce enough to protect her family, and an American Revolution with everything at stake.

Red-haired, freckle-faced and almost six feet tall, Jenny White has resigned herself to fame over love. Possessing the courage and wits to guard her younger siblings against nature, natives, and loyalists in Georgia’s “Hornet’s Nest” gives life meaning until she meets scout, Caylan McIntosh.

From the time Jenny nurses the young lieutenant back to health after the Battle of Kettle Creek, she can’t deny her attraction to the vexing Highlander, who seems determined to dismantle her emotional armor. But when Georgia falls to the British and Caylan returns to guide Jenny’s family on a harrowing exodus into the North Carolina mountains, will his secrets prove stronger than his devotion? Or will their love be courageous enough to carry them through the battles ahead.


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Guest Review from Donna

What I think you should know:
A Courageous Betrothal Christian Historical Fiction by Denise Weimer is the second book in the Scouts of the Georgia Frontier Series.  It is set in 1778 Frontier Georgia and  can be read as a standalone. The story follows Jenny White who works to save her family during the American Revolution.

What you might need to know:
This book tries to give an authentic portrayal from a settler’s perspective, it does include both conflict with Native Americans and hostility between the British and Americans. It gives a brutal look at wartime violence.
Jenny is not a traditional beauty and lacks self confidence about her appearance.

What I think about this book:
This is such a fast paced, riveting story. Jenny is an amazing character,  I love how she was based on a real person. I found her strength and resilience to be admirable. I wish that this book had been longer and would have loved to have read from Caylan’s perspective. The author’s research and authenticity shines throughout the story. I can’t wait to read more in this series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

North Georgia native Denise Weimer has authored over a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas—historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and time slip. As a freelance editor and Acquisitions & Editorial Liaison for Wild Heart Books, she’s helped other authors reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

More from Denise

Welcome to the Hornet’s Nest…the setting for A Courageous Betrothal. In my Scouts of the Georgia Frontier Series, we started with my September release, A Counterfeit Betrothal, in 1813. We’ve moved backward in time to middle Georgia, where the conflict between Patriots, Loyalists, and Native Americans became so intense during the American Revolution the area was dubbed “the Hornet’s Nest.” Little is known about this portion of the war, but it’s not just the setting that makes A Courageous Betrothal unique.

If the story sounds faintly familiar, that’s because it was originally Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides (2018). That’s why it’s a short novella instead of a full-length novel. The story became a free agent just in time to join my Scouts of the Georgia Frontier. It was a perfect fit not only because of the subject matter but also because some of the real people and places show up in this story as well as the novels of the series.

Another thing that sets A Courageous Betrothal apart is its heroine. As authors, we occasionally create characters who take on life and burst off the page. That’s Jenny White. Maybe because she was based on a real person, Nancy Hart. Six feet tall, red-haired, pock-marked, and a crack shot, Nancy was called “Wahatche” or “War Woman” by local Indians. She spied for Colonel Elijah Clark and captured Loyalists and British soldiers on more than one occasion. Her exploits are echoed in Jenny’s.

So are her insecurities, which make her relatable. Jenny’s given up on the notion of finding love. Men always prefer women like her dainty younger sister. And then she meets Caylan McIntosh, a scout for Colonel Clark whose Highland heritage makes him an ardent admirer of Jenny’s strength. Her doubts—along with the shorter word count and the time needed for love to grow between wartime encounters—are a reason I chose to write the novella solely from Jenny’s POV.

By no means does Jenny outshine Caylan. He’s still probably the most swoon-worthy hero I’ve written. Here’s a little snippet of him persuading Jenny to dance.


The unseen fiddler took his cue. The notes anchored themselves inside Jenny’s chest, with invisible strings tugging her toward the sound. Caylan and presumably several other Scots started a jig. From his fancy footwork and agile leaps, the lieutenant appeared dead sober. She found herself propping the pitchfork against a wall and drifting closer in the shadows, her mother’s previous warning drowned out in the waterfall of lilting notes.

When the musician warbled into “Soldier’s Joy,” a woman faced off with her husband. As they greeted and turned, two frontiersmen leapt up to join them. Caylan looked around as though searching for a partner and noticed Jenny standing just outside the circle of light. He came toward her, hand outstretched.

“Come, lass, will ye dance with me? Ye know this one.”

Indeed, she did. She had seen settlers perform the steps on the Yadkin River. Before Jenny had time to think, Caylan whirled her into the circle, and a man dancing a female part grabbed her for a ladies’ chain. She caught a brief glimpse of Gabriel’s alarmed face as she whizzed past.

Delighted with the actual women who joined them, the men paid courtly attention that caused Jenny’s face to flame. But none more than the sensation of Caylan’s eyes, warm amber in the firelight, fixed on her every time they met. The roughened strength of his large hand made hers feel small.

When the song changed, Jenny gave an awkward curtsy and tried to back away, but her partner caught her arm. “’Tis just a Cumberland Reel.”

“I know no Cumberland Reel. Remember, we do not dance.”

“Oh. I did forget that.” But Caylan’s smirk hinted otherwise. “Seems to me Wahatchee would not grow lily-livered at a wee promenade. See, ’tis only a skip step, toe to heel?”

Jenny turned her lips down. “Wahatchee has a mother.”

Caylan threw his head back and laughed. “What? That slip of a woman has a Highland princess like you all a’cower?”

“I am English, sir.” She clasped her hands behind her petticoats.

“Well, pardon me, my lady,” he retorted with mock offense, “but yer regal bearing and coloring beg otherwise. I wager some hint of Celtic besmears the White family past…far back in the recesses of time, no doubt.”

The “regal coloring” went up in flames. Jenny repeated what she’d heard her mother proudly state many times. “We come from pure English stock.”

“Well, then, I dare ye to prove a proper English lady has no fear of a Cumberland Reel.”

“Those are break teeth words, McIntosh. If I chose, I could dance until daybreak, and still be dancing long after you collapse.” So saying, Jenny stalked to the tail of the reel and waited for the laughing Scotsman to follow her.

Just like firing a gun, riding a horse, clearing brush, and swimming, dancing provided no challenge. Jenny did all physical things well and with endurance. What she had not expected, however, was the way Caylan’s obvious approval made her feel. It answered a craving deep inside that she had attempted to discredit for years. Not to mention the brush of his fingertips, the pressure of his hand on her waist, spread the bonfire to her bones.

From that moment to Jenny nursing Caylan back to health after the Battle of Kettle Creek, through the climactic, real-life exodus of civilians from Georgia to the mountains of North Carolina, Caylan fights for Jenny’s trust with as much determination as he fights the British. I hope you’ll be swept away by their romance amid the dangers of the Hornet’s Nest. And if you like Scottish characters, stay tuned for book three of the Scouts Series, coming in January and set in 1775 on the border of Georgia and South Carolina.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 8

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 10

Blossoms and Blessings, November 11

Books You Can Feel Good About, November 11

Simple Harvest Reads, November 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 13

Lighthouse Academy Blog, November 13 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

lakesidelivingsite, November 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 15

Pause for Tales, November 16

Life on Chickadee Lane, November 16

For Him and My Family, November 17

Cover Lover Book Review, November 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 19

To Everything There Is A Season, November 19

Holly’s Book Corner, November 20

Connie’s History Classroom, November 21


To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Mojave Man Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Mojave Man

Author: J.W. Gilbert

Genre: Christian Fiction – Action/Adventure

Release Date: November, 2022

Mojave Man continues the adventure of Arcon Franklin as he seeks to escape the authorities demanding his containment. His rescuer, Elaina, flees with him to a survivalist compound that could end up being a trap. As a tenacious reporter edges closer to exposing Arcon, Jesus himself makes his desires known. Whether he likes it or not, Arcon’s foray into the outside world could be cut short. He may have to return to ArcPoint, whether they want him back or not.


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About the Author

John Gilbert Wozniak (JW Gilbert) grew up in an Oregon farm town. He retired in 2016 as an international data center cooling expert. Around the turn of the century, he began writing as a hobby. After years of expert guidance and a lot of editing, his ArcPoint trilogy is complete. His intent is to write books that are enjoyed by all ages—biblically accurate—with a touch of adventure, romance, and humor. JW has been married to his best friend Darlene since 1980. They are both retired and enjoy the hobby of creating lapidary jewelry. He is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, Mensa, ALLi, and the Tualatin Valley Gem Club.

More from JW

I became an avid fan of Christian fiction, especially after reading This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. Working 12-hour night shifts as a data center technician, I had ample time on my hands. At one point I was devouring a book per night, but my favorite genre—action/adventure—was almost non-existent in Christian fiction. So, as is the case with many would-be authors, I decided to write the book I wanted to read. The setting? The future when Jesus is ruling the world, as told in Revelation chapter 20. My protagonist? Arcon, an adventurous young man from an isolated tribe of people. The premise? The people of ArcPoint don’t know that the outside world is safe and that Jesus has returned.

My first attempt at writing went well. I wrote my first draft in three weeks, edited it for six months, and landed a hybrid publisher with the final manuscript. The book garnered four- and five-star reviews, so I was pleased. (Not bad for someone who’d flunked English three times.) I was glad the reviews showed that the writing was good, but my readers were missing the message. I pulled it off the market.

For the past few years I’ve been honing my skills as a writer and reworking my ArcPoint story. There have been a few challenges. While researching, I found over a thousand verses in the Bible that sparked ideas for the time period I was writing about. Now the original book has become a trilogy, plus a prequel. However, traditional Christian publishers were not in the market for adventure stories, so I had to learn about self-publishing. And then, like a page right out of my prequel, the unexpected happened—a pandemic. I decided it would be best to put off publicizing until the entire trilogy was available. Now it is.

To see if the first book was ready to be self-published, I sent copies of Mojave Rift to Reader’s Favorite for professional reviews. It got five stars across the board. Then I entered Mojave Rift in their contest and won a silver medal. All the reviewers seemed to appreciate my inclusion of action, romance, and humor in a squeaky clean, fast-paced, futuristic novel.

I hope my ArcPoint series receives high scores from English teachers, but since I still don’t know a passive voice from a hole in the plot, we’ll see. Writing likable characters and adventure stories that run deep and inspire is something I enjoy. I’ve worked hard and it’s a thrill to get high audience scores.

BTW, did I mention the world-building for the isolated tribe in my story is set in America? Now that was a challenge.

Interview with the Author

  • Which character did you connect to best in this book?

Arcon. Like him I used to swing from trees on a rope, and run across fallen logs. And at times I’ve struggled with doing what I felt God called me to do when others advised me it was wrong.

  • Which part of the book was the most difficult to write?

Big Bear Lake Survivalist Camp. I had to figure out where to put it, how it was built, what people used it previously, who’s running it now, and how all that relates to Arcon and Elaina. Mountains of research for a small number of words in the book.

  • What inspired this book?

Conflict. Those who read Mojave Rift loved it, but thought there needed to be more conflict. In this time period, Jesus is ruling earth, so conflict is limited. But I was able to create a fair amount in Mojave Man, I think.

  • What is your vacation spot?

I’m a lapidary artist, and every year my wife and I get to teach a few dozen people how to find the beauty in God’s creation of rocks. Some are Christians I get to fellowship with, others atheists I share Christ with. It takes place in a remote area in the middle of Oregon with no internet or cell service.

  • Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.

The ferns and hellebores lay flattened on the ground, victims of the drought—and an owner too busy to water them. But as the first fall rains drip off their leaves, they’re already rising from the dirt. They’ll soon be standing tall, partially covering the rugged rock wall beyond them, and no longer hiding the chipmunks that claim the area. Soon, the leaves will fall from the big leaf maple trees and reveal the numerous houses that are now hidden from view. For a few more weeks, I’ll enjoy the solitude.

  • If you could have one book or piece of art or music on a deserted island, what would it be and why?

There are two answers to that. The wise choice would be the Bible. It’s large, and has a lot of stories that interest me. Plus, I will probably develop a hunger for the bread of life and living water. The practical answer might be the largest dictionary I could find. I’d read every page one at a time, then rip it out to make a fire.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, November 9 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 10

By The Book, November 11 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, November 12

Simple Harvest Reads, November 13 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 14

For the Love of Literature, November 15 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, November 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 16

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 17 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, November 18

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 19 (Author Interview)

The Lit Lady, November 20

Artistic Nobody, November 21 (Author Interview)

Exploring the Written Word, November 21

Guild Master, November 22 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, JW is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Mojave Man!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

The Restless Wrangler Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: The Restless Wrangler

Author: Karen Baney

Genre: Christian Historical Romance, Christian Western

Release Date: March 8, 2023

A Prodigal Son, Surprise Baby Christian Historical Cowboy Romance. Compelling love story full of heartache and redemption set in Ash Fork, Arizona Territory in 1893-1894.

Preston Colter felt like he was the forgotten son. Years of drinking and drifting finally catch up to him. When a near-death experience recharts the course of his life, he finds himself face-to-face with an old flame. Will he prove he is a new and different man, or will he fall back into his old destructive ways

Years ago, Hetty Clark made one bad choice to follow her attraction to a man she loved which led to the birth of her son out of wedlock. After she inherits her father’s ranch, an older man offers her security for her son’s future if she marries him. When the man from her past shows up on her doorstep, she is faced with a difficult decision. Will she choose a loveless proposal to secure her son’s future? Or will she risk her heart on a man she doesn’t believe has really changed?


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Guest Review from Donna

What I think you should know:

The Restless Wrangler by Karen Baney is the fifth book in the Colter Sons series. I read this book as a standalone, however after reading it I am confident that the other books in the series would be worth reading!
What you might need to know:
Preston is an alcoholic, and has made a series of horrible decisions.
Hefty has a son out of Wedlock.
What I think about this book:
At the start of the book I was skeptical about Preston,but I quickly found myself rooting for him. I was so thankful for his “posse” to help him when times got hard. I loved Hetty’s spunk and determination. I also understand her frustration, and appreciate how Baney didn’t just throw Hetty back in a relationship with Preston, and instead showed some of the challenges. This was a wonderful, heart touching story, I will definitely read more by this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Karen Baney is passionate about writing stories full of flawed characters. She enjoys weaving together stories of second chances, redemption, and overcoming personal trials. As a transplant to Arizona in the late 1990s, she loves researching the state’s history and finding ways to seamlessly incorporate real history and real settings into her novels. In addition to writing and speaking, Karen works as a Software Development Manager for a Christian ministry.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband, Jim, make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs, Bella and Daisy. Both Jim and Karen are active at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek, Arizona.


More from Karen

What was the inspiration behind Preston Colter’s character?

I love a good prodigal story—partly because I was one. I also figured in a family with five boys and one daughter, at least one of them had to have a rebellious streak. Very early in developing the series, I felt like this role would be perfect for a fifth son.

Why did you write the series in the first person?

A few years ago, I read a historical series by Tess Thompson where she wrote the hero and heroine in the first person. I had enjoyed how the point of view felt deeper when written in the first person, so with the Colter Sons Series, I decided to give it a try. Since then, I’ve loved hearing from many readers how much they’ve enjoyed it.

If you’re a little nervous about reading something in the first person, please take advantage of the sample download feature available on most ereaders, including Kindle. The point of view characters are clearly marked at the beginning of the chapter and whenever the point of view changes.

Hetty Clark is a rancher?! What inspired you to choose that profession for her, especially since the book is set in 1893?

One of my favorite research sites for Arizona territorial history is the Sharlot Hall Museum’s online archives and “Days Past” articles. I read several articles about the early days of Prescott, Arizona’s Independence Day Celebrations. These were HUGE events for the town and surrounding communities, which eventually expanded into Cowboy Tournaments (aka Rodeo).

After reading an article about the women winners in the Cowboy Tournament in 1888, I dug deeper into what competitions the women participated in. I was surprised to learn that many of the women worked on ranches right alongside their husbands or brothers.

I enjoy writing strong female characters in unconventional roles, so making Hetty Clark a bronc rider and a ranch manager fit perfectly with the type of woman I pictured for Preston.

Blog Stops

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 2 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 3

By The Book, November 4 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, November 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 6 (Author Interview)

lakesidelivingsite, November 7

Sylvan Musings, November 8 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 10 (Author Interview)

Bizwings Book Blog, November 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 11

Artistic Nobody, November 12 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 12

Simple Harvest Reads, November 13 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Guild Master, November 14 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 15


To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 gift card with signed paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Christmas at Jekyll Island Club Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: A Christmas at Jekyl Island Club

Author: Blossom Turner

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 24, 2023

She was born into privilege yet yearns for freedom. Dare she risk it all for love?

Though spunky Savannah Ensworth was born into wealth and privilege, she longs for the freedom allotted to men. Marriage is the very last thing on her to-do list. As the sole heir to her father’s fortune, she’s in no hurry to turn the freedom that comes with wealth over to a husband.

Bored and restless, she arrives for yet another mind-numbing winter season at the Jekyll Island Millionaire’s Club. There is nothing new under the sun…or so she thinks until she meets Joseph Bennett, the visiting reverend.

As sparks fly, a forbidden attraction grows. But will their very different lives snuff out any hope of a future? And is she ready to give up the freedom she’s always desired for a love that could cost her everything?


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Guest Review from Donna

What I think you should know:
Christmas at the Jekyll Island Club a part of The Gilded Age Resorts Series, It is a Christian Historical Fiction. This story takes place in 1906 in Jekyll Island, Georgia. It follows Heiress Savannah Ensworth and Reverend Joseph Bennett.

What I think about this book:
As a Southern woman I am fascinated by how the rich elitists turned our coastal islands into their playground for the winter months.  Jekyll Island created the perfect backdrop for this story. Savannah has lived a life of privilege , but is not fulfilled. Her arrival on the Island only magnifies her discontent.  I love how the author allowed Joseph to step into her life at a time that she was receptive and searching. Their friendship was sweet, but interesting to watch as both struggled. Blossom Turner has written a heart tugging and thought provoking  story that left me wanting more.  I can’t wait to see what Turner writes next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Blossom Turner Blossom Turner is an award-winning romance author and a hopeless romantic at heart. She believes all story should give the reader significant entertainment value but also relatable life struggles with hope sprinkled throughout. Her desire is to leave the reader with a yearning to live for Christ on a deeper level, or at the very least, create a hunger to seek for more.

She lives in a four-season playground in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with gardening at the top of her enjoyment list. She has a passion for women’s ministry but having coffee and sharing God’s hope with a hurting soul trump all. She has two grown children and lives with her
husband, David, of forty years and their Shepherd/Bernese cross, Lacey. Blossom loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at (Link to website.)



More from Blossom

An island owned by millionaires…do you want to visit?

From my first glimpse of the Marshes of Glynn to that step out of my car onto soil that used to be trod by the world’s wealthiest, my interest was piqued. A book series blossomed inside my head. The 2,906 mile trek from my home in Kelowna, BC to Jekyll Island, Georgia, was worth every hard-earned penny.

The history of Jekyll Island is fascinating from the indigenous people to the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1510 who named the Island, Isla De Ballenas (Whale Island), onward to the English occupation during the Colonial Era in 1733 (where it was renamed Jekyll Island) through the plantation Era. But it really gets interesting during the Club Era where fifty-three members purchased shares with the goal to market the island as a winter retreat for the extremely wealthy. It was a raging success. The clubhouse was officially opened in January of 1888 and the island became an exclusive club to many of the world’s wealthiest families. One could visit by invitation only. This “Millionaires’ Hideaway” became the place some of the most powerful American financiers could relax in prestigious undisturbed isolation. During its peak, the claim was made that its’ members controlled one-sixth of the world’s wealth.

This story takes place in the midst of the Club Era which lasted from 1888 to 1942 before the island was sold back to the state of Georgia. The island, the Club House, the mansion-like cottages, including the flora and fauna have been meticulously researched to bring authenticity to this story. I hope I have done a good job of setting you in that place and time, so you can visualize, hear, smell, and be touched by the lives of the people that long ago walked upon that soil.

Today, there is a causeway built through the beautiful Marshes of Glynn so visitors can access the Island from the mainland by car. It is a popular tourist destination. I would highly recommend a trip to this Golden Isles barrier island.

The historical district has been painstakingly restored and the Club House stands in all its original glory. From the variety of beaches to a photographer’s heaven on Driftwood beach, to the miles of bike trails, salt marshes and abundant wildlife this island is deemed one of the 50 most beautiful small towns in America. I could see why when I visited.

If you have not yet had the pleasure, I hope you will someday have the opportunity to step upon the soil where millionaires trod and bask in the same sunshine they did. Perhaps have high tea in the Club House or ride a bicycle on the hard packed shores of the very beaches they enjoyed. For we are all God’s beautiful creations. He sees not our money, our status, or our family connections…He sees our heart.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 1

Splashes of Joy, November 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 2

lakesidelivingsite, November 3

Exploring the Written Word, November 3

Lighthouse Academy Blog, November 4 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

Blossoms and Blessings, November 5

Blogging With Carol, November 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 7

Pause for Tales, November 7

Book Looks by Lisa, November 8

Cover Lover Book Review, November 9

Connie’s History Classroom, November 9

Simple Harvest Reads, November 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, November 11

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 12

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 13 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, November 13

She Lives To Read, November 14


To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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Snowbound Escape Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Snowbound Escape

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release Date: October 24, 2023

To rescue a witness…

this K-9 team must face a killer and a storm.

After months tracking a colleague falsely accused of a double homicide, officer Tanner Ford and his K-9 partner finally locate crime tech Mara Gilmore—but the real murderer is closing in. Now they must run into a frozen wilderness to survive. Evading the killer is the only way for Mara to clear her name. But will the harsh winter conditions cover their tracks…or bury them forever?


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Guest Review from Donna

What I think you should know:
Snowbound Escape by Dana Mentink is a Love Inspired Romantic Suspense.  The eighth book in the Pacific Northwest K-9 Unit Series, however it can be read as a standalone.  This book is about K-9 Handler Tanner and his dog Britta

What you might need to know:
Mara was accused of murder and has been on the run from the real killer for seven months.
Tanner lost his fiancée to cancer.

What I think about this book:
Buckle up for a fast paced suspense, in true Mentink fashion there is not a slow moment in this book. From the first page we learn of the struggles that Mara has had while trying to evade a killer. She is such a strong character, but has come to see that she can’t stay safe and clear her name alone. Tanner has closed his heart after his loss, but Mara and her strength are able to chip away at the wall he has built. Britta was fascinating as a tracking dog as a boxer is not a traditional tracking breed. I loved this book and can’t wait to see what adventure Dana takes us on in her next book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the Author, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)




More from Dana

What a challenge to write the eighth book in this fabulous Pacific Northwest K-9 Unit series! Writing a continuity (linked books with an overarching mystery) with seven other authors requires us to work closely together which is a rare blessing in this solitary business. There were so many good conversations, emails and texts that went into the construction of this series. Since wilderness escape novels are my favorite, it was great fun to write Tanner, Mara and Boxer Britta’s dramatic survival story. I hope you enjoy the book and the entire series as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!

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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 31

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The Avid Reader, November 1

Pause for Tales, November 1

Paula’s Pad of Inspiration, November 1

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Life on Chickadee Lane, November 2

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 3

Devoted to Hope, November 3

Bizwings Book Blog, November 3

She Lives to Read, November 4

Vicky Sluiter, November 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

Betti Mace, November 6

Pens Pages & Pulses, November 6

A Good Bok and Cup of Tea, November 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 7

Blogging With Carol, November 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 8

Simple Harvest Reads, November 8 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, November 9

EmpowerMoms, November 9

Wishful Endings, November 10

Blossoms and Blessings, November 10

Bigreadersite, November 11

Labor Not in Vain, November 11

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 12 (Author Interview)

Raining Butterfly Kisses, November 12

Lily’s Book Reviews, November 13

Holly’s Book Corner, November 13


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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The Mermaid’s Tale Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: The Mermaid’s Tale

Author: L. E. Richmond

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Release Date: October 10, 2023

A Tail Could Tell a Tale

Locklyn Adair has never fit in. The legs she inherited as a result of her great-great-grandmother’s curse make it impossible for her to belong under the sea. When her niece is also born without a tail, Locklyn is determined to save her from similar rejection by sending her to the only place in the Undersea Realm where legs are acceptable – the Lost Island of Atlantis.

Darin Aalto would do anything to protect his family, even spearheading an impossible quest to find treasure that has been lost for over a hundred years. But when his best friend, Locklyn, joins his crew, his ability to keep her safe—and his shot at winning her heart—comes perilously close to being swept away.

A family curse, lost treasure, unrequited love, and a race against time intertwine as Locklyn and Darin seek to save their family, their kingdom, and eventually the entire Undersea Realm without losing each other.


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Guest Review from Mindy

It’s an imaginative and fascinating fairy tale that is like a spin-off of The Little Mermaid. Locklyn’s first person voice was easy to love despite being an outcast and so brutally despised by many. Her selfless heart was endearing and I was cheering for her the whole entire story. I didn’t unfortunately love the angst of unspoken and unrealized romantic love nor the brewing of a love triangle. Darin’s perspective was in third person but it almost had an omniscient, dreamlike quality of someone else telling us what he was doing – this confused me at first and I had a bit of difficult time following his chapters. However, the cliff-hanger ending finally made me realize why his chapters needed to be written in this manner. I loved Darin’s loyal, compassionate, and brave heart and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

There is plenty of adventure and adrenaline, fantastical sea monsters and enemies, folklore and magic, and some spiritual thread in this incredible underwater world the author has created in full color and detail. You will literally be swept away as Locklyn and Darin dare to risk all for their loved ones.

I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Enclave Publishing via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

L.E. Richmond was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by an American composition teacher and a German bookseller. Her childhood consisted in a large part of imagining stories for her Playmobil characters and checking out as many books from the library as her family could fit on six library cards. Now she spends her time chasing two blonde baby boys, reading aloud to the hazel-eyed young man who has her heart, and attempting to transfer the stories in her head into words for others. Her passion is for words and stories that thrill the soul and she is continually amazed by the One who crafted the most epic story of all time.



More from L.E.

I am a discovery writer, so when I first started The Mermaid’s Tale, I knew only the general plot and that the romance would be between the main character and the older brother of her brother-in-law.

The catalyst for this choice came from a novel published in England in 1815.

Darin Aalto, famous treasure hunting Merman from the Mediterranean, was inspired by none other than Mr. Knightley from Shropshire. He, like Jane Austen’s hero, is kind, experienced, confident, and attentive to the needs of others. On the other hand, my heroine, Locklyn Adair, is not much like Emma Wodehouse, struggling with a lack of confidence rather than the overabundance which plagues the young mistress of Hartfield.

Even though Locklyn differs greatly from Emma in temperament, she shares one marked similarity with her – a deep devotion to her sister’s children. In fact, it is to save her niece from the rejection which legs bring to Mermaids that leads Locklyn to encourage Darin to claim a disputed treasure which in turn leads to hostility from the warrior queen of a neighboring kingdom which leads to a duel to the death which leads to . . . You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Blog Stops

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, October 19

Madi’s Musings, October 19

By the Book, October 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 21

Denise L. Barela, October 21

Texas Book-aholic, October 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 25

Inklings and Notions, October 26

Life, Love, Writing, October 27

Blogging With Carol, October 27

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 28

Labor Not in Vain, October 29

Holly’s Book Corner, October 30

Simple Harvest Reads, October 31 (Guest Review from Mindy)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 1 (Author Interview)

Of Blades and Thorns, November 1


To celebrate her tour, L.E. is giving away the grand prize package of hardcover copy of The Mermaid’s Tale and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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Killer Christmas Evidence Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Killer Christmas Evidence

Author: Sami A. Abrams

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 24, 2023

The search for a criminal…becomes a fight for survival.

The moment detective Cassidy Bowman links a chain of suspicious deaths to a serial killer, she becomes the deadly assassin’s number one target. But a blow to the head robs her of her memory and she can’t put the pieces of the case back together alone. Can she convince detective Kyle Howard to help her catch the culprit by proving her theory…before the killer succeeds in taking Cassidy’s life?


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Guest Review from Donna

What I think you should know:
Killer Christmas Evidence by Sami A. Abrams is a Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. It is the fourth book in the Deputies of Anderson County Series. While it can be a standalone novel it does involve characters from previous books in the series, I highly recommend reading them prior to reading this as they are great books and help you understand the team dynamic.

What you might need to know:
Cassidy and Kyle have both suffered great loss, and dealt with their grief in different ways.

What I think about this book:
This was a fantastic Suspense with deep emotional elements. Cassidy was a very complex character, driven by several factors. I really appreciate how her character developed throughout the story. Kyle was so angry that he cut all ties with Cassidy after his Fiancé’s death. It was interesting to read about how his opinions changed when Cassidy’s life was put in danger. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens next in Anderson County.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Sami Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings, you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime and a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

She lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list.

More from Sami

While coming up with the idea for Kyle and Cassidy’s story, Killer Christmas Evidence, I loved the idea of a serial killer that no one knew about. Someone who killed in different places and in different ways to avoid detection. Kim Rossmo’s theory on Geographic Profiling was intriguing, and I wanted to implement that concept. But, as I started to write, I realized the idea was too big for a Love Inspired Suspense length book, so I had to adjust the story a bit to fit the situation. The basics are there, just not the details I had hoped for.


However, when I sat down to write and I got to know Kyle and Cassidy a little better, I realized the story wasn’t about the stealth serial killer, but about learning to let go of guilt and learning to forgive. How many times in our lives due to being hurt or the pain of loss do we assume we know the truth? Yet, if we listened—really listened—we discover not everything is what is appears to be. And the truth is not painful, but healing.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 24

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 24

The Avid Reader, October 25

Lighthouse-Academy, October 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 27

Blogging With Carol, October 27

Britt Reads Fiction, October 28

Simple Harvest Reads, October 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 29

Elly Gilbert, October 29

Betti Mace, October 30

Texas Book-aholic, October 30

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 31 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, October 31

She Lives To Read, November 1

The Sacred Line, November 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 2

For Him and My Family, November 2

Blossoms and Blessings, November 3

EmpowerMoms, November 3

Holly’s Book Corner, November 4

Raining Butterfly Kisses, November 4

Splashes of Joy, November 5

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 5

Pause for Tales, November 6

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, November 6


To celebrate her tour, Sami is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

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Ragabones Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Ragabones

Author: Daniel Tweddell

Genre: Fantasy YA

Release Date: June 27, 2023

As if Josh having his memory stolen by an over-protective mother wasn’t enough, his older brother, Pete, wins every trophy and never lets him forget it. And oh yeah, Mom’s an ex-god of the underworld, so it’s no surprise their family has enemies.

Maybe that’s why Dad’s missing. Maybe that’s why ragged scars crisscross Josh’s throat. It’s definitely why Josh accidentally sprung the trap – the one that opened a portal and released the demon who now hunts them.

Turns out there’s another world; one with castles and dragons, and prisons that dangle into hell. That’s the world where Josh and Pete find Dad turned to stone, the world with entire cities enslaved by the demon. As the brothers race to undo Josh’s colossal mistake, Josh’s mysterious past comes to light, and Josh must choose between the fate of the world and the lives of his family.


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About the Author

Hi, I’m Daniel Tweddell. I grew up in the Bornean and Philippine jungle as a missionary’s kid. My neighbors had monkeys for pets. Just behind the tree line, “ex”-headhunters slipped through the shadows with spears and six-foot blow guns. It was the perfect incubator for a kid’s imagination. As an adult, I did a lot of things from writing high-octane video games with my friends to having my own companies. But I always loved castles, wizards, and monsters the best. So now I write white-knuckle stories about magic woven with truths from my life’s journey. I live in San Diego with my wife and 3 kids.


More from Daniel

I had a visual of a soapbox derby with the cars lined up from worst to best. The worst was made of cardboard with garbage can lids for wheels. The best was polished mahogany, with chrome wheels and velvet seat covers. Can you see the kids’ faces? One brushes old coffee grounds off his hood. He can’t face the crowd. Another polishes a gleaming fender and waves to his fans. I realized the difference between these cars isn’t the kids … it’s the time they spent with Dad.

I’m fraught with blind spots, bad habits, and shortcomings. I also barely have enough time, energy, or insight to manage my own life. How do I have enough for the lives around me who are so hungry for something more? I realized I live in a 5-loaf/5000-mouth world. I’ll never be enough, but I don’t need to be. Instead, I asked God to make this life and this book a father/son project.

Although I’ve dreamt of writing this story for decades, I had to be destroyed before I could honestly portray this hero’s journey. The truths about facing fear, about God making everything OK even when there is no way it can ever be, as well as courage, hope, and finding your destiny, they’re all written from my journey through the depths of an utterly shattered heart to a life so good it feels like a fantasy novel. Whatever you might be going through, I hope the story encourages as well as entertains you. If you haven’t already, you might even meet Magic for yourself.

Interview with Daniel

  • What does success as an author look like to you?

I had a reader tell me they “totally felt the hand of God [and heard his] whispers in the writing.” I had others say how much the book encouraged them. Although I’ve dreamt of writing this story for decades, I had to be destroyed before I could honestly portray Josh’s (the protagonist’s) journey. The truths about facing fear, about God making everything OK even when there is no way it can ever be, about suicide, and depression, as well as hope, and finding your destiny, they’re all written from my journey through the depths of an utterly shattered heart to a life so good it feels like a fantasy novel. Whatever my readers might be going through, I hope the story encourages as well as entertains them. Maybe they’ll even meet Magic for themselves.

  • Which character did you connect to best in this book?

I think it would be Mom. We only get a glimpse of her in this book, but her heartbreaking backstory spans centuries and empires, as do the scars from her time as god of the underworld, binding her on the brink of insanity. There are hurts so deep, the human heart can never completely recover. Like having a stroke or losing a limb, we heal, but will never be the same. At the same time, the good things in life become richer and more flavorful and love is more intense. The people I know and read about, who have suffered deeply wouldn’t trade what they’ve gained for what they lost.

  • Which part of the book was the most difficult to write?

I had a chapter that just would not write. I labored on it for weeks and when it was done, I hated it. So I scrapped it and wrote it again. And hated it again. I began to wonder if I could write it. Could I even write a book at all? Year’s earlier I’d promised myself if I had to edit 1000 times, I would. So I tackled it for a third time, struggling with every word. The whole time, I knew I’d hate it. And when it was done, I loved it. Several of my readers said it made them cry. They posted quotes from it on their cubicle walls at work. I learned that remarkable writing doesn’t need inspiration, only tenacity … and a lot of prayer.

  • What inspired this book?

A good friend from way back high school told me he was making a short film for his two boys. He knew how to film but said he couldn’t write a story to save his life. So I wrote a short script about two brothers who can’t find a reason to get along until one is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. By the time it was done, he had become too busy to film, but the story had taken root in my soul, so I grew it into a book.

  • Which author influenced you the most?

C.S. Lewis inspires me most. I’ve never read someone like him that can tell a gripping story full of deep profound truths without being preachy or slow.

  • What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

I love the the story in Mark 9 where a dad brings his demon possessed son to Jesus’s disciples and they can’t heal him?
The man comes to Jesus and pleads, “help me if you can.”
Jesus replies, “If I can?”
You can almost hear the incredulity in his voice.
Jesus settles back into his normal style, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me with my unbelief!”

That is me! With enough faith I can move mountains, right? I’ve been through times where I was sure if I even believed faith existed. What about when I need to do that right thing and I don’t want to. But I want to want to. In this story, Jesus says, I can work with that and heals the boy.

I believe we live in a 5000-mouth, 5-loaf world. The distance between what I need and what I have is so big, nothing I do will even come close to being enough. There is never enough time, money, energy, creativity, patience. But Jesus knows it’s that way. And that’s the point. I’m not supposed to be able to do it. I’m supposed to bring my meager lunch to him and let him make it into a feast.

  • What is your vacation spot?

I have a large list, but one of the places I want to visit is the Harbin Ice festival where they make entire cities out of ice. People can climb up inside the Eifel tower and stroll down the Great Wall of China. At night, everything blazes with colorful lights.

  • What are you reading right now?

I am halfway through Our Lady of the Artilects by Andrew Gillsmith. I’m also re-reading the classic, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.

  • Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.

The weathered gargoyle clock thunks 3:00 AM. Moonlight sifts through dark curtains, playing across an ancient oval desk. Dark walnut bookcases stretch from floor to ceiling on every wall. Leather-bound tomes crowd exotic objects: a fanged human skull, antique pistols, pitted cannonballs.

I wish. Although I do have an 16th century flintlock I found in a dusty antique shop in Portugal and a pearl inlaid sword I bought in Turkey.

  • If you could have one book or piece of art or music on a deserted island, what would it be and why?

That depends if the island has coffee trees. If not, I would like to submit my morning cup-full as a work of art.

Thank you for letting us get to know you better!

Blog Stops

Guild Master, October 12 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 13

A Reader’s Brain, October 14 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, October 15

Through the Fire Blogs, October 16 (Author Interview)

Splashes of Joy, October 17 (Author Interview)

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, October 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 18 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 19

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 20 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, October 21

Beauty in the Binding, October 22 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, October 23

Simple Harvest Reads, October 24 (Author Interview)

Vicky Sluiter, October 25 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, Daniel is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & a print copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

LoveMORE Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: LoveMORE: Your 30-Day Devotional to learn to love like Jesus

Authors: Marta E Greenman and Maureen H Maldonado

Genre:Christian Devotional

Release Date: April, 2023

The Bible tells believers to love one another, yet the world’s definition of love greatly differs from what God teaches. Come join us and explore how God’s love transforms our thinking and actions. You can begin to apply these methods to your own life and become a vessel God can use to show His love to all in need.


  • Loving Like Jesus can be difficult at times.
  • The individual Hebrew and Greek meanings of love in Scripture.
  • How to apply God’s strategies to our everyday life to LoveMORE.
  • Love is an action, not a feeling.

This 30-Day Devotional gives an in-depth look at Scripture and how to love God’s way. Join us today.


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About the Authors

Marta left corporate America in 1998 to become a staff missionary with a church-planting organization known today as e3Partners. She led American churches in planting new ones with international church partners. During this period, Marta spent much of her time in the field on evangelism and discipleship, traveling to Colombia, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Romania, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. She also had the privilege of leading women’s conferences in biblical training.

Marta began teaching inductive Bible studies in 1997 at her home church, where she taught faithfully for fifteen years. Debbie Stuart, the former women’s ministry director, said, “Marta Greenman is a master teacher, weaving biblical principles, personal stories, and clear application with every lesson. She walks in truth, loves the Word, and has dedicated her life to teaching that truth to women.”

After seven years on the mission field in Romania, Marta began to write Bible study curriculum. Her first study, Bound to Be Free, was published in 2011. Marta founded Words of Grace & Truth in May 2011, a ministry devoted to teaching God’s Word to the nations and teaching others to do the same, using curriculum God birthed through her teaching ministry. Since then, Leaders, Nations, and God and ACTs420NOW have been published. Her fourth book is a thirty-day devotional entitled FearLESS, co-authored with Maureen H.  Maldonado. LoveMORE: Your 30-Day Devotional to learn to love like Jesus is also co-authored with Maureen H. Maldonado. She continues to write additional biblically-based materials.

Marta’s latest ministry venture is GraceAndTruthRadio.World (GTRW), a global radio station outreach with God’s message of grace and truth. Her program Under God, with co-host Maureen Maldonado, airs on GTRW Mondays at 3:30 p.m. CST. Marta’s passion, regardless of the nation where she may be, is teaching God’s Word and equipping others to teach. She is a gifted teacher, speaker, and expositor of God’s Word. Marta lives in the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas with her husband of almost thirty years.

Maureen is the second of seven children. Growing up in a home where worldly wealth was a foreign concept, she always felt treasured by her parents and knew she was rich in love. Maureen married young and raised two amazing daughters. Her grandchildren are a blessing beyond anything she could imagine. Recently, she was able to add a granddaughter-in-love who adds joy

to the mix.

Maureen has a master’s degree in education from California State University and spent her career as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal in elementary education. Maureen never planned to leave California or the education system, but God had other plans. After Maureen’s husband was transferred to Arizona in 2006 and then to Texas in 2011, she spent several years teaching Just Moved, a Christian-based ministry program developed by Susan Miller for women who are moving home due to life changes ( God used her teaching education and experience as a training ground to begin teaching for Him. Involved in Bible studies in California, Arizona, and Texas, Maureen grew exponentially in her faith, love of God, and His Word. The culmination of these experiences led her to co-host the radio program Under God on GraceAndTruthRadio.World, where God’s Word is taught to the

nations. Maureen’s first book FearLESS was co-authored with Marta E. Greenman. LoveMORE is Maureen’s second book, also co-authored with Marta.


Today Maureen is using her new-to-her method of studying the Bible and her long-applied teaching methods to teach the next generation of believers. Her prayer is for others to gain as much insight into God’s transformational Word as she has received. She describes it as “opening the shades and letting in all the sunlight on a gloomy day.” Maureen feels honored and humbled to be a part of Words of Grace & Truth and asks others to join in prayer for this needed ministry and for the church, our country, and our world. Maureen and her husband, Raymond, reside in Texas, where they have transplanted almost their entire family from California.

More from Marta and Maureen

Marta and Maureen’s second Devotional LoveMORE: Your 30-Day Devotional to Learn to Love like Jesus, is the second of a planned series of twelve devotionals. Today we live in a world of divisiveness. We, as believers, need to learn to love like Jesus loved. Only then will we be able to reach people who are lost and in desperate need of Him. Jesus is the one who can transform them from the inside out. Before we can be His mouthpiece, or His hands and feet, we have to have His heart.

Interview with Marta and Maureen

1)What does success as an author look like to you?

Marta – Being obedient to write and do what God called me to do.

Maureen – Bringing people to Jesus, one soul at a time.

2)Which chapter was the most difficult to write?

Marta – All of it? (while I laugh). Every word of every book has to be prayed over and re-read and re written. Writing is not for the faint of heart…it is a labor of love for my Master, the King of Kings.

Maureen – I agree with what Marta said, one hundred percent.  However, the time spent praying and researching is what I do enjoy the most as it is where I grow.

3)What inspired this book?

This book is the 2nd of 12 Devotionals. The first devotional FearLESS: God is calling you to be fearless and to FearLESS, was on my heart to write for almost 10 years. I thought it would be a 365-day devotional and wanted a team to write it (example – 12 people writing 1 month each). But could never find the right people. When Maureen agreed to come alongside and write FearLESS after we came up with the format for the book (the Greek and Hebrew words, the stories, the pictures with the devotionals) we realized a 365-day devotional would not be practical, not only would it be cost prohibitive, but it would be so large, so overwhelming! It would be like the Family Bibles that sat on the coffee tables that no one ever touched. As a result, we decided 12 30-day devotionals was a much better fit. We then just began to pray over the topics and came up with 12: FearLESS, LoveMORE, HopeFULL, PrayerFULL. I’m sure you get the idea.

4)Which author influenced you the most?

Marta – I am a Bible study teacher and consider myself a Bible study teacher and a writer second. The books I write are a product of my study of God’s Word. With this said, the person who impacted my studies the most is Kay Author. She has written many books, but I would feel confident to say she too would consider herself a Bible study teach first and her work (books) are a product of her studies.

Maureen – Marta Greenman is my inflluencer….she honored me by inviting me to be on her editing team for two of her amazing studies, then convinced me to co-author these devotionals.  I too am a teacher by trade, and this is just one method of teaching and I love it!!!

5)What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?

Marta – The joke is that my favorite verse is the one I am reading at that moment.  But my life verse is Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident in this very thing that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” I love this verse because it tells me – I don’t have to trust in myself to become who God wants me to be. HE began the work, and HE will finish the work. I can confidently walk forward in faith knowing HE will complete what He started.

Maureen – I have two current favorites:  2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of p0wer and love and discipline.”  This grabs me because as Christians this is not the time in history to be timid and shy…we need to be God’s examples of power, love and discipline.  The other verse is Joshua 24:15b, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  I realize it must begin with me before I expect my house to do the same.

6)What would you like your readers to get out of this book?

Marta – a deeper relationship and understanding of the Lord and who HE is and His relationship with His created.

Maureen – to begin practicing loving like Jesus, so eventually it becomes a habit.

7)What is your vacation spot?

Marta – great question! Warm weather, the beach, water, the sun, no phones, God’s creation.

Maureen – Currently it would be Ireland….green, cool, peaceful

8)What are you reading right now?

Marta – My Bible is always my go to. I have very little time and reading something entertaining is a luxury. When I do have time I love biographies/memoir of Christians, true stories, etc.

Maureen-I have two books going right now, one is Christian fiction about Norway during WWII, and the other is “Hearts of Fire”, by Gracia Burnham for the voice of the martyrs.  It is compelling read about eight women of the Underground Church.

9)What is your most well-loved and well-used house appliance?

Marta – tough question – I am a kitchen nut. So, kitchen appliances are always a good go to. I think my Kitchen Aid mixer has helped me so much and I couldn’t live without Air Fryer. The Air Fryer is used about 5 days a week.

Maureen – This summer…my ice maker

10)Why write nonfiction?

Marta – until recently I never considered myself a writer, so writing fiction was never a thought in my brain. I was a Bible study Teacher who put my material on paper.  But God showed me I am a writer. I have even come up with a NonFiction/Fiction Outline for a Fiction book based not so loosely on my mother’s life. I have yet to write a word of it yet…so we will see if anything comes from this idea.

Maureen – I enjoy reading fiction as entertainment.  Studying the Bible is not for entertainment but, as Marta says, “transformation”.  In writing these devotionals I believe I am being transformed and pray they guide someone else along on their journey toward Jesus.

Thank you for letting us get to know you better!

Blog Stops

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Cover Lover Book Review, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 18

Its Mama Safe, October 19

Lily’s Book Reviews, October 20

The Book Club Network, October 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 22

Simple Harvest Reads, October 23 (Author Interview)

Real World Bible Study, October 23

Lights in a Dark World, October 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 25

Stories By Gina, October 26 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, October 26


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