Author Bio: Elva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of ...

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  1. MARISOL ~ SPANISH ROSE - Elva Cobb Martin - One Free Book
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MARISOL ~ SPANISH ROSE - Elva Cobb Martin - One Free Book

Author Bio: Elva Cobb Martin is a wife, mother, and grandmother who lives in South Carolina with her husband and a mini-dachshund. A life-long student of history, her favorite city, Charleston, inspires her stories of romance and adventure. Her love of writing grew out of a desire to share exciting stories of courageous characters and communicate truths of the Christian faith to bring hope and encouragement. Connect with her on her web site at http://www.elvamartin.com.

Welcome, Elva. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
 Not a whole lot. But I do tend to write in my moral sense, strong belief in God and the power of prayer, and love of adventure.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I guess it would have to be returning to college as an adult married mommy and going to night school for ten years, taking one course, one night per week. But we finally got that degree.

Good for you. There was a local news story this morning about a man who quit school to join the army in WWII. He just graduated from high school, and he’s in his 90s. When did you first discover you were a writer?
I started writing stories in seventh grade and loved to compete with my good friend for best stories. My horse hero won the race, even with a broken leg! LOL! My writing grew naturally out of my great love of reading. As a child I read constantly. First, fairy tales, then other fiction, like Black Beauty, Flicka, and Nancy Drew Mysteries. Later, I delved into Charles Dickens, Nathanial Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Poe. In high school, I worked on the school newspaper and began writing poetry (to my first love).

When I started college, I had numerous poems printed in the student anthologies. I married after my first year in college.

About ten years later I returned as an adult student to finish my degree. I joined a new writers’ guild some of the English professors formed at that time, and really began to become a better writer. During these years, I also began writing and selling magazine articles, as well as studying novel writing. Magazines that published my articles include Charisma, Decision, Home Life, Living with Children, Mature Living, Pentecostal Evangel, The Christian Writer, and several newspapers.

My first published piece was in the college anthology my freshman year. Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Historical romances, Historicals, Mysteries (Robert Whitlow, John Grisham, Agatha Christie)

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I keep a strong daily prayer and Bible study time and stay in church weekly. Also, I have a prayer team, and we share requests and pray for one another. Otherwise, I’d probably be bananas.

How do you choose your character’s names?
In my first novel I inadvertently named my hero and heroine the same names as a twin niece and nephew in another city and didn’t notice until I was in the final draft. I decided to keep the names, but then my sister, their grandmother, remarked that I should also name somebody in the book after their older sister. So-o, like a good Aunt I went back and did a find and replace for a woman lawyer and changed her name to that older sister. But that proved problematic. We kept finding the old name in the proof copies, so I can’t recommend doing this. NOW I am going to use only deceased relative’s names, if any. Other names come to me by my characters reminding me of someone I know, someone who probably will not read the book, for example. :-) I do like Bible names and I do research names for times in history to make sure they were in use. I have a Baby Name book that gives best names by certain years and by country which helps also.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Something immediately comes to mind, but I really can’t take credit, as I believe the Lord had the biggest hand in it. As an adult mommy, I dreaded going back to college to get a teaching degree because I knew I would have to take Chemistry and I had no high school classes in it or other college prep classes. But I stood up in front of our little church one Sunday, admitted this concern, and then confessed I was going to go on and enroll but I was going to take the Master Chemist with me. I ended up with an “A” in Chemistry which carried so many quality points it threw me up into graduating magna cum laude. I was in a pleasant daze through the graduation, but half-fearful they’d announce this designation an error before it was over. LOL

I graduated with a BA before I married, but I went to graduate school after marrying and having two children. I thought the students would kind of ignore me, but instead, they included me in everything even though I was so much older than most of them. If you were an animal, which one would be, and why?
I guess, a horse, as they are lovely on earth and will be in the supernatural future as Christ rides a white horse in Revelation when He returns to earth.

What is your favorite food?
Southern corn bread—I guess this goes back to my Cherokee great-grandmother.

What was your greatest writing problem/roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I believe that would be POV and Deep Point of View and staying in it. I’ve done lots of study on it and now teach classes, but still occasionally find myself slipping out of the POV character’s head with a description or something, as my editor knows.

It took me until about my 3rd book to understand POV, and deep POV came later. Tell us about the featured book.
Marisol is Book 1 in my new Charleston Brides historical series. I already loved pirate tales set in Charles Town and the Caribbean (my first one was published in 2017, In a Pirate’s Debt). Also the idea of indentured servants who came to America from all over the world grabbed my interest. I began to imagine my heroine being born in the Spanish nobility but being forced to flee to the New World and ending up as an indentured servant. I researched Spanish women names and hit on Marisol, which means Mary of Solitude. I decided just how I could make sure she had to flee Spain in a great crisis, fall into many other problems, and would need God’s help and the hero’s help to find a fresh beginning and Happily-Ever-After in the New World. I also gave her my love of horses and a very special talent of dancing the Flamenco with an Andalusian horse partner.

The hero, Captain Ethan Becket, is a very special person also. I made him a former minister of Charles Town who now sails the seas as a privateer, sometimes pirate, grieving the death of his wife and child during birthing. The time period is also during the Spanish Inquisition. My book tag tells it all:

Escaping to the New Worldis her only option...Rescuing her will wrap the chains of the Inquisition around his neck.

Back cover blurb:
Marisol Valentin flees Spainafter murdering the nobleman who molested her. She ends up for sale on the indentured servants’ block at Charles Town harbor—dirty, angry, and with child. Her hopes are shattered, but she must find a refuge for herself and the child she carries. Can this new land offer her the grace, love, and security she craves? Or must she escape again to her only living relative in Cartagena?

Captain Ethan Becket, once a Charles Town minister, now sails the seas as a privateer, grieving his deceased wife. But when he takes captive a ship full of indentured servants, he’s intrigued by the woman whose manners seem much more refined than the average Spanish serving girl. Perfect to become governess for his young son. But when he sets out on a quest to find his captured sister, said to be in Cartagena, little does he expect his new Spanish governess to stow away on his ship with her six-month-old son. Yet her offer of help to free his sister is too tempting to pass up. And her beauty, both inside and out, is too attractive for his heart to protect itself against—until he learns she is a wanted murderess.

As their paths intertwine on a journey filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, only love and the grace of God can overcome the past and ignite a new beginning for Marisol and Ethan.

I would pick up this book because of the cover and the back cover copy. Please give us the first page of the story.
Cadiz, Spain 1740
Marisol Valentin pressed her tearful face against the warm neck of her beloved mare, blocking out for a moment the sickening smell of human blood in the barn corridor. “Goodbye, my dear Jada.”

The horse nickered and nuzzled her, as if understanding. Dragging her feet out of the pregnant Andalusian’s stall, Marisol could no longer squelch the sob that escaped her lips.

She averted her eyes from the form lying in the moonlight near the tack room entrance. The still body of Diego Vargas, nobleman of Spain, sprawled across the dirt passage.

She’d killed him, but it had been her only choice.

Her breath strangled in her throat as she inched by. Somehow she made it across the shadowed stable courtyard and up the rear stairs of the hacienda. Bursting into her bedchamber, she shoved the door closed, and leaned against it. The pressure in her chest, the awful bile churning in her middle, they both rose up to strangle her. She drew in ragged breaths as tears flooded down her cheeks and onto her ripped gown.

Her maid Carmela dropped the camisole she was setting out on the bed. “Oh, my lady, what has happened?”

“Diego Vargas came into the foaling barn after I entered to check on Jada and he...” Her voice broke down. She wrapped her hands around herself and clenched her eyes to block out memories of his savage attack. “He’s ruined me, and I stabbed him.” Her lips trembled. “I only meant to stop him. Not kill him.”

Carmela gasped and her hand flew across her mouth. “Madre de Dios!”

13. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Elva, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read this story.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Marisol ~ Spanish Rose (Charleston Brides)  - paperback
Marisol ~ Spanish Rose (Charleston Brides Book 1) - Kindle

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STITCHES IN TIME - Suzanne Woods Fisher - One Free Book

Welcome back, Suzanne. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?          
Over the next few years, I’ll be continuing to write about the Old Order Amish, while also writing contemporary romance series, while also writing some stand-alone historicals. This last year, my first contemporary romance released, On a Summer Tide(book 1 in the Three Sisters Islandseries). I braced myself, not sure if my loyal readers would transfer to another genre. And they did! And brought their friends, too. On a Summer Tide hit a number of bestseller lists and went into reprints. I’m so grateful.

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
This last year, I attended a number of conferences, including ACFW and BookLoversCon. Next year, I’ll definitely be at BookLoversCon. I’m considering a few other conferences: Mount Hermon, ACFW, WCCW. I have taught some workshops in the past, and might do some next year.
           
If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?    
The topic I would choose would be the craze to publish “Indy.” I’d fill the panel with authors who’ve had experience with traditional publishers and also published Indy, agents and editors. I’d like to hear the pros and cons, from all different angles. It seems like the publishing world is being turned upside down, and I’d like to understand more about where it’s headed.

It has really opened up many options to authors. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?    
At times, it’s been very important, and I’ve benefitted immensely from being involved in organizations (ACFW, for example). The last few years, the needs of my family have claimed most of my spare time. There are seasons in our lives, and I’m learning to respect them.

That is so true. This whole year has been one of those seasons for me. Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?     
Church: I’m part of the communications team.
Community: I’m heavily involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind. I have raised ten puppies, and am currently a breeder custodian for two dogs.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
My husband, my sister, my children. They’ve championed my writing.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?         
The best one epitaph I’ve come across belongs to Ruth Graham, wife of Billy Graham: “End of Construction. Thank you for your patience.”
I’m still looking to beat that one! Haven’t found it yet.

Tell us about the featured book.    
Stitches in Time is an Amish novel set in the little town of Stoney Ridge. Schoolteacher Mollie Graber is aware of how fleeting and fragile life can be, and comes to Stoney Ridge for a fresh start, to live life boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together. Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What she gets are sleepless nights and police at the door.
           
There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shells—an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, horse trainer Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart…just in time.

Please share the first page with us.
It took a lot to shock Luke Schrock. Generally, he was the one who did the shocking. So on the day that Bishop David Stoltzfus received whispered suggestions from each church member of Stoney Ridge to choose a deacon to replace Amos Lapp, it never once occurred to Luke that his name might be submitted. Never ever crossed his mind. Not once. Why would it? Luke was newly married, only twenty-five years old, and on his best days, he was just now starting to feel like a grown-up.
           
Yet someone had indeed whispered Luke’s name to David as a choice to be deacon. Just one person. Who? Who would do such a thing, think such a thought? Surely not his wife, Izzy. When a man drew the lot to become a minister or deacon, it was a lifelong obligation. The poor wives of church ministers took the brunt of their husband’s responsibilities. Year after year, Luke had seen Amos called away from family gatherings for deacon business and his wife Fern was left to manage alone. No, definitely not his Izzy.
           
Fern wouldn’t have whispered his name, would she? No. No way. She, more than anyone, knew that Luke wouldn’t be any good at deaconing.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
I love to hear from readers! You can always find me at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com, or hanging out on Instagram @suzannewoodsfisher or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannewoodsfisherauthor. Thanks for hosting me today!

It’s my great pleasure to have you on my blog, Suzanne. I’m eager to read this book, and many of my blog readers will be, too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Stitches in Time (The Deacon's Family) - Paperback
Stitches in Time (The Deacon's Family Book 2) - Kindle

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ISLAND OF LAST RESORTS

Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to share this romantic suspense novel with you. Mary Ellis has been a friend for a long time, and I love reading her novels. Each suspense book has a strong plot line with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. This one is a little bit darker than most of them. Being the fourth in a series, many of the characters feel like my real live friends. They pulled me into the story, and I lived it right along with them. And as always there is a happily-ever-after ending. You won’t want to miss this wonderful read.

Welcome back, Mary. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I am an author of twenty-six published books, including Amish fiction, historical romance, and romantic suspense. My most recent story, Missing, is a novella which appeared in the Summer of Suspense anthology. My fellow authors and I were thrilled when the book made the USA Today bestseller list. I have a BS in Education and taught middle school for 10 years before I worked in sales and marketing and finally, started writing full-time. I live in Ohio with my husband of many years and my dog.                                                                                                                                                 
How did you become interested in writing?         
It seems like I’ve always been interesting in storytelling, but I became interested in fiction writing from the encouragement of a friend. She was already a published author and loved how I could weave a simple sequence of events into a high-drama tale, complete with the possibility of romance. Once I started writing novels, I can no longer say “hello” in less than a paragraph. Twitter, for me, is out of the question.
                                                                                               
Twitter has doubled the number of letters allowed. Maybe you can now. What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Islands have always held a special appeal for me. I find them wildly romantic, yet oddly mysterious at the same time. There is an air of danger if no road or causeway connects you to the rest of civilization. So I loved the idea of turning a dream getaway at a luxury mansion into survival of the fittest or bravest for a group of coworkers. People don’t know what they’re capable of until they are put to the test.
                                                                                                                                                           
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?    
I believe the major theme of Island of Last Resortsis perseverance. We must not give up in the face of adversity. With God’s help, we never know what we are capable of achieving or enduring.  A secondary theme would be trusting those we love and/or respect.                                                                             
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Never let fear determine the outcome of your daily battles. Each day we are tested, whether small trials like being trapped in traffic for hours, to major battles like a life-changing diagnosis. We must give control of each outcome to God. We can do virtually nothing without His Grace.
                                                                                   
That is the truth. My 2019 has been full of situations where we had to completely rely on Him. And He is able. What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?      
I use multiple points of view to tell my story and deepen the mystery because no two people will ever experience a situation in the same way. When up against a wall, people will find a variety of methods to solve their dilemma.    
                                                                                                                                   
I loved that about the book. How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I have always found it easier to commune with God while walking the beach or on a path in the forest. There I see His hand in the beauty of nature, and He speaks to me best when I’m alone. So I created a story in which the characters must look deep inside themselves and call upon their faith if they wish to survive this island.                                                                                                                                                                   
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.’”  (Heb. 13-5 NIV)
                                                                                                             When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
When I’m not writing I love to read, of course, walk my dog, work in my 3-acre yard, and ride my bike. (anything, but housework…lol) I also love walking on the beach and snorkeling, but I can no longer manage those due to bad arthritis.

Arthritis has limited some of my usual activities, too. As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
If readers enjoy my humble story half as much as I enjoyed writing this book, I would be overjoyed!

Then let me pour some joy on you. I loved, loved, loved it. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Readers may find me at www.maryellis.netor on Facebook at Mary.Ellis.Author.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. After reading it myself, I’m eager for them to read this novel.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Island of Last Resorts (Marked for Retribution series) - Hardback
Island of Last Resorts (Marked for Retribution series Book 3) - Kindle

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SARA'S SURPRISE - Susan G Mathis - One Free Book


Bio: Susan G Mathis is a multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Katelyn’s Choice, the first in The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, is available now, and book two, Devyn’s Dilemma, releases in April, 2020. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are available now. Visit www.SusanGMathis.comfor more.

Susan is also a published author of two premarital books with her husband, Dale, two children's picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs, enjoys traveling globally with her wonderful husband, Dale, and relishes each time she gets to see or Skype with her four granddaughters.

Welcome back, Susan. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m having a blast writing stories of the Thousand Island Gilded Age. Book two of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series comes to life in Devyn’s Dilemma. It’ll release in April 2020. Here’s the summary of the story: 1910, Thousand Islands, New York. Others may consider The Towers castle on Dark Island an enchanting summer retreat, but to Devyn McKenna, it’s a prison. Yet as she works as a maid for Frederick Bourne, former president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, her life blossoms under the kindness of his family and fascinating entrepreneurs such as J.P. Morgan, Thomas Lipton, and Captain Vanderbilt. But more than anything, the growing friendship of Mr. Bourne’s valet, Brice McBride, begins to pry away the painful layers that conceal Devyn’s heart.

Brice is drawn to the mysterious Devyn even though he’s certain she’s hiding a secret, one far more dangerous than the clues they find in The Towers that hint of a treasure on the island. When Devyn is accused of stealing Bourne’s investment in Vanderbilt’s New York City subway expansion, he might not be able to protect her.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m married to the most amazing man on the planet. He’s my best friend, encourager, and my knight in shining armor. We have five grown children and four granddaughters.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I have to put my editor self under lock and key so I don’t edit, critique, or correct what I’m reading. Smiles.

I had a hard time learning to turn off my internal editor when reading for pleasure. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on my next novella, Reagan’s Reward, which will come out next year.

What outside interests do you have?
Besides enjoying time with my grandchildren, I love to travel, especially cruising, spending time with friends, and exploring the Rocky Mountains and the Thousand Islands.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I grew up in the Thousand Islands, and there are so many wonderful stories to tell. The Thousand Islands Gilded Age is full of wonderful islands and characters like George Pullman, Frederick Bourne, and hundred of famous people like J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, and others. So I aim to tell at least some of them.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’d have loved to meet Frederick Bourne and his family who built Singer Castle, the setting for my next novel, Devyn’s Dilemma. As president of Singer Sewing Machine Company and a strong Christian, it’d be thrilling to get to know him and the entire family in person. After writing the story, though, I feel like we’re already friends!

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Everyone said, “show, don’t tell” but very few explained what that really means. I wish I’d had understood that better and glad it finally comes easily to me.

That took me until about my third book to really understand. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
My husband has been diagnosed with cancer, so I’m learning to hold on to God’s peace in the midst of the storm.

I really understand. We went through skin cancer this year with my husband. He hadn’t wanted to go to the doctor for way too long, so a couple were really serious and two were easily taken care of. Last Thursday, we got the report that there is no more cancer. And yes, God will carry you through. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Never stop learning. Take criticism graciously. Have fun!

Tell us about the featured book.
In Sara’s Surprise, Sara ​O’Neill, works as an assistant pastry chef at the magnificent Thousand Islands Crossmon Hotel where she meets precocious, lovable, seven-year-old Madison and her charming father and hotel manager, Sean Graham. But Jacque LaFleur, the pastry chef Sara works under, makes her dream job a nightmare.

Sean Graham has trouble keeping his mind off Sara and Madison out of mischief. Though he finds Sara captivating, he despises LaFleur and misreads Sara’s desire to learn from the pastry chef as affection. Can Sean learn to trust Sara and can she trust herself to be an instant mother?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Alexandria Bay, New York
July 1873
The St. Lawrence Riversparkled in the early morning sunshine as Sara O’Neill walked toward her new life at the elegant Crossmon House Hotel. An abundant variety of colorful flowers and blooming bushes decorated the entrance. She took in a magical whiff of nature’s loveliest fragrances as she climbed the grand staircase leading to the lobby. On her first day of employment, she wanted to walk through the front doors and experience the grandeur of the famous hotel like an upper-class guest. Just this once.

“Please, miss. Allow me.” A wee girl popped into her path. Where did she come from? Sara glanced at the nearby bush and grinned. The child pulled open the heavy, leaded-glass door with all her might, grunting and nearly losing her balance. Sara tossed her a smile and a nod as she passed over the threshold. The little girl grinned back, a full four—or was it more?—teeth missing.

That explained her adorable lisp.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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