Category Archives: Bestseller

Christmas at Donna’s BookShelf | featuring Naomi Miller

 

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Today I am beginning a new month . . . a month of celebrating one of my favorite holidays — Christmas!

I’ll be sharing a review of a favorite Christmas story each and every day of the month. I’m starting with my review of The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall.

 

And . . . I’ll be featuring Naomi Miller, author of the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, who will be giving away a copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery  each Saturday in December (with an extra treat included on the 31st for a GRAND PRIZE!

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Kelly Irvin . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Kelly…

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Kelly is the author of more than a dozen Amish books. Her latest release, The Saddle Maker’s Son, is the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Among her other works are novellas in two collections, including An Amish Christmas Gift and An Amish Market. Both novellas were reviewed this week on Donna’s BookShelf.

Kelly is currently working on a four-book series entitled Every Amish series. The first book, Upon A Spring Breeze, will release in Spring 2017. Her novella, One Sweet Kiss, will be included in a novella collection, An Amish Summer, also slated for release in 2017. An as yet unnamed novella will also appear in a second collection entitled An Amish Christmas.

Kelly’s novel, The Beekeeper’s Son, was a 2016 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest. Another novel, Love Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She recently retired after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin.  They make their home in San Antonio, Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors, especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels.

 

Readers can learn more about Kelly at www.kellyirvin.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

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For today’s spotlight, I am doing something a bit different. I’m going to feature some of my favorite blog posts from Kelly’s website:

 

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment is something we would all like to banish from our lives. However, the older I get and the more I experience disappointment, the more I see how it shapes and molds me into a more thoughtful person. Disappointment helps us grow up, no matter how old we are. I know that sounds ridiculously self-righteous,… Read More

 

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

The other night my husband and I were watching a TV program in which a fictional medical examiner said, “I’m a doctor, I don’t believe (in miracles, in prayer, in God).” Irritated, I turned to Tim and remarked that one did not preclude the others. He rolled his eyes and said, “It’s a TV show.”… Read More

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

It seems as if I’m always in a hurry. Even when I’m not. I retired in February so I no longer throw myself out of bed at five-thirty a.m. to rush downtown to an office where I finagled an hour of writing before beginning my day job. I rushed home to fix supper, exercise, shower,… Read More

   

Thanks, Kelly!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


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Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Ruth Logan Herne . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Ruth…

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Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work.

She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart (although it wasn’t as if THEY WERE KNOCKING DOWN THE DOOR to challenge him for her!!!), work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis.

An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Readers can learn more about Ruth at www.ruthloganherne.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

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And here is my interview with Ruth:

1. You have written several great series for Love Inspired . . . what inspired you to branch out with the Double S Ranch series?

Well, this question is easy, LOL! They offered me a contract and I jumped at it! I always wanted to write bigger books…. and category, too. I like having people of all ages and income levels be able to find my stories. So this was perfect!

 

2. We spoke last year about your pen name? Do you mind if I share your story with my readers again?

Sure! Ruth Logan Herne is a pen name. My real name isn’t a secret, it’s in most of my books. But when my mother was dying of cancer, she took my hand one day and said, “I know you’re serious about your writing. I know it means a lot to you. When you get published someday, will you use something of my name in your name? So people know you were mine?”

So I did. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Logan Herne and I took the Logan Herne from her. Herne was my maiden name.

 

3. I heard that you plan to attend a readers conferences in Nashville this August . . . will you also be attending the ACFW conference during the same week?

I am in Nashville during the ACFW conference, and I’m taking part in the amazing Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat on 8/24 in Nashville…. and then I’ll be in the hotel lobby to visit with folks on 8/25 and 8/26 before I catch a plane back to upstate NY to help with the farm… This is our busy time here, and it’s all hands on deck, so I’ll be there to visit, but not for the whole conference… I love meeting people! That’s my favorite part, so if any of you are there, by all means, come chat with me in the lobby…. The blonde with a laptop and a smile! (This is not natural blonde, unless L’Oreal chemicals are somehow now construed as natural, but that’s okay!!!)

 

4. You live in an historic farmhouse in New York State. Can you tell us more about what’s happening around your farm this year?

Historic farmhouse sounds fancy, doesn’t it? It’s big, but not fancy, and it’s full of love and we’re always breaking things and fixing things! Right now we’re planting like crazy. All kinds of veggies…. squash, pumpkins, cukes, melons, tomatoes, peppers, gourds, corn, and anything the deer seem to love to eat…. it seems we’re offering New York State whitetail deer a veritable buffet of goodness. Oy!!!

But it’s all good and Dave and Seth are working hard to pull this all together!

 

5. You post often about “The Mighty Finn” who is one of your grandsons. What prompted you to write a series about this incredible, adventurous little boy?

Finn… Oh my stars, his nature is what prompted us to write about him. He’s so funny and endearing and he’s got a great personality for pictures, he doesn’t make faces when we pull out the camera, and he’s a born storyteller so that shows in his face…. he’s always wondering or thinking and smiling! His mom is the photographer, and he’s just been a great subject, but who knows when that might change???? Yikes!

 

6. You seem to be involved in everything . . . from writing novels to selling eggs! How do you find time for everything you do?

Donna, blame the Yankee in me, or the New York minute, or a frenetic personality…. or that I love what I do! I’ve been waiting all my life to write books, so now that I can and people are buying them, I’m so excited!!! So I jump in and make time count… Ben Franklin said “There’s plenty of time for rest in the grave” and I love that saying! I’ve always wanted to use the talents God gave me…whether it’s cleaning, gathering eggs and raking out chicken coops, baking cookies and pies or writing sweet books. I am so blessed!

 

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes. Don’t quit. Don’t ever quit. Just write, write, write and when you’re done with one manuscript, start another. Or research one while working on another. Don’t let time slip away, there are no time guarantees on our clocks! Go for the gold, reach for the stars, and believe.

And never, ever, ever give up.

 

Thanks, Ruthy!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


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Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

A Reluctant Assassin | JC Morrows Marathon

 


Today I am reviewing A Reluctant Assassin… the first book (but 2nd story) in the Order of the MoonStone series by JC Morrows.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him…

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife…

But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

W.O.W.

A Reluctant Assassin is oh-so-wonderful…

It’s the typical “Prince Charming will choose his bride at the ball” story – except for a teensy, tiny twist. One of the ladies at the ball was sent to kill… eliminate… assassinate… the Prince. As the author puts it so eloquently —

            “What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?”

 

Oh. My. Gosh.

I have always loved the Cinderella stories… one of my favorite movies is Ever After – to me it’s the most realistic Cinderella story ever told. And I have books – lots of books – with princes, princesses, kings and queens. But this is the first book I’ve owned with a prince – and an assassin!

Without making the story a thousand pages, JC Morrows gives the reader enough back-story to stay interesting – just a few hints – while creating intriguing, bigger-than-life characters, who keep the reader – well, reading. And she throws in a plot guaranteed to keep anyone on their toes.

JC purposely leaves out information, such as why Kayden is an assassin… and why there seem to be others whose goal is to kill the Prince. If her intent is to make me eager to read the next story in the series – it’s working!

I’m beginning to feel sorry for the Prince. What has he ever done to deserve this? He hasn’t even begun to rule, and from the looks of things, he may never be crowned.

And… that’s enough to share for now. If your interest is piqued, get the book.

JC Morrows is a talented storyteller – you can tell by the success of A Reluctant Assassin. Although she previously released a short story in this series, Morrow’s success has been tremendous! The day after it released, A Reluctant Assassin reached the #1 spot on Amazon (YA action/adventure) – and it stayed the #1 choice (for hot new YA action/adventure releases) since its’ debut almost 30 days ago.

This story was SO MUCH more than I expected — and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Don’t wait another minute to read this story!

 

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


 

Order of the Moonstone (series) | JC Morrows Marathon

 

Introducing the . . .

 

 

 

A Perilous Assignment

The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.

They have a much more sinister purpose.

Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.

Go back to the very beginning with us… see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and most dangerous assignment yet.

 

“In ‘A Perilous Assignment’, JC Morrows builds suspense and an ominous setting that will leave you eager to read more of her Moonstone Chronicles series.” ~ A. J. Cattapan – author of the YA novel Angelhood

“’A Perilous Assignment’ is a tension-filled glimpse into the exciting story world of the Moonstone Chronicles series.” ~ Marissa Shrock – author of the YA novel, The First Principle

 

 

A Reluctant Assassin

Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . . but due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

 

A RELUCTANT ASSASSIN, the first book in the Order of the Moonstone series, is a must-read.” ~ A Backwards Story Book Reviews

 

 

 

A Cunning Masquerade

When a reluctant assassin returns to the palace and receives a less than warm welcome, she is certain her opportunity has passed to fulfill her mission.

Or has it . . . ?

When a young prince makes the decision to ignore a certain young lady with red hair and a fiery temper to match, will he seal his fate?

Or will a moonlit ball, and a special dress bring the two of them together again – with life . . . not death . . . in mind?

 

“The Order of the MoonStone series has the potential, if played right, of being a fan favorite.” ~ Nicole L Rivera, author of Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter 

 

 

 

 

A Treacherous Decision

Kayden’s mission should have been simple – she was sent to kill the prince . . . not to fall in love with him.

Within the palace walls, Kayden has discovered that things are not as she expected. Is there more to the royal family, or . . . is there a more sinister depth to Drey’s mission?

Dvarius thought his mind was made up – but will he have the resolve to see it through?

Between attacks from outside the palace – and within, will the Prince live long enough to choose his Queen?

And will Kayden choose to follow her head . . . or her heart, knowing that her decision could very well make her a target as well!

 

 

 

A Dangerous Love

Before he was King . . .

Before she was Queen . . .

Before their son was forced to choose his bride from among twenty-five strangers . . .

There was another royal romance.

Prince Devron was never meant to be king. He was given the opportunity to choose his bride . . . for love instead of political advantage.

Shiara – the lonely, orphaned weaver – never expected to meet Prince Devron, much less have him propose marriage.

Could this be her very own fairy tale ending . . .

Principle

 

 

 

A Desperate Escape

A Secret . . .

A Confession . . .

A Decision . . . that will change the lives of an entire country.

The palace is scrambling to recover from a brutal assault . . . the country is in disarray . . . and the royal security team is on edge like never before.

Kayden entered the palace under a lie . . . a lie that has now been exposed.

And now . . .

Prince Dvarius has to decide what to do with his reluctant assassin.

A RELUCTANT ASSASSIN, the first book in the Order of the Moonstone series, is a must-read.” ~ A Backwards Story Book Reviews

 

 

A Covert Alliance

On the run . . .
Hidden away . . .

Knowing they could both die
at any moment . . .

What other choice do Kayden
and Dvarius have . . .

Except for . . .
A covert alliance . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the GIVEAWAY contest!

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Thank You! Blessings!

Marathon © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

 

Ruth Logan Herne – Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this very touching Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Ruth…

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Regardless of the season, I love visitors. Folks who love sweet books, gentle stories of hope, love and redemption set in small towns . . . and sometimes in big cities! I’m so glad you stopped by . . . grab a “cuppa” from the Keurig or I’ll make you a latte. Or maybe just a glass of sweet tea?  Set a spell, relax and let’s talk books, amazing heroes and spunky heroines with cute little kids, fun neighbors, sweet country churches and horses and dogs thrown in for good measure.

And the occasional adorable dwarf goat!

Look around. See what suits you. And always, always, always, it is my great pleasure to have you stop by.

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Readers can learn more about Ruth at www.ruthloganherne.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

An interview with Ruth Logan Herne . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf.Tweet this!

 

And here is my interview with Ruth:

1. You write contemporary and historical romance… do you write any other genres

Not at this time! I have a fun fantasy (think Lion, Witch and Wardrobe fun) that I started and haven’t had time to finish, but I love it! At this time, though, I love doing exactly what I’m doing: Writing sweet, delightful romances that show folks overcoming the seemingly ever-present obstacles life throws in our way! That can be daunting, but I love to show people their inner strengths, the power of their beliefs in God and in the amazing person he created when making them. So this is keeping me crazy busy and I’m having the time of my life!

2. Have you ever used a pen name? If  not, is this something you might do, perhaps for a different genre?

Ruth Logan Herne is a pen name. My real name isn’t a secret, it’s in most of my books. But when my mother was dying of cancer, she took my hand one day and said, “I know you’re serious about your writing. I know it means a lot to you. When you get published someday, will you use something of my name in your name? So people know you were mine?”

So I did. Her name was Mary Elizabeth Logan Herne and I took the Logan Herne from her. Herne was my maiden name.

3. Do you attend writers conferences and workshops? Do you attend workshops, teach workshops, or are you there for social benefits?

Oh, Donna, I’m so very bad!!! I love going and meeting people, I don’t attend classes, so now if I go to a conference, I just hang out in the lobby and write and chat with people. That’s my favorite way of attending! I have taught lots of writing classes in my time, and I love it, but I’m still working a day job and there are only so many hours in the day. It’s hard to get chosen for workshops at conferences, so now I focus on meeting readers/writers and friends!

4. You live in an historic farmhouse… and it’s beautiful. Can you tell us more about this choice?

Aw, thank you! It’s such a great old place, and we raised six kids here so we kind of hammered it! And like so many, we’ve had a few rough patches financially, so when my first writing contract came through, we bought two new toilets, LOL! That’s so funny to think of, but so very necessary! Then over the past five years we had the porches repaired, new roofs put on, a family room (there are 14 grandchildren now, so the family room got bumped up the list!) and of course some needed farm things for Dave and the boys. We’ll hang onto it for a while more because it’s a great place for kids and grandkids to come home to! And I love being on a farm.

5. You post often about “The Mighty Finn” who I think is one of your grandsons. What prompted this?

Finn is hysterical! He’s got his own persona, and we were laughing about it, and one day I just called him The Mighty Finn because his reactions to things are like a little old man in a tiny fellow’s body! And it caught on and now we’re just plain having fun with it and getting ready to publish a series of Mighty Finn stories for kids…. It’s just a delight to see things through a mix of his eyes and storytelling.

6. Can you name a few of your favorite writers?  Favorite books?

Gosh, there are two categories. First The Seekers…. The gals I turn to for everything, the ladies of Seekerville. Tina Radcliffe, Missy Tippens, Mary Connealy, Myra Johnson, Julie Lessman, Audra Harders, Glynna Kaye, Janet Dean, Sandra Leesmith, Pam Hillman, Cara Lynn James and Debby Giusti. I love their work, I love their devotion, I love them!

But before there were Seekers there were favorites, too! Lisa Wingate (Her Texas Cooking series is how I found her, delightful!!) Karen White (everything she writes, but my first experience was “Falling Home”, which I loved), Debra Smith (Sweet Hush, one of my favorite ABA books), Sara Donati (now uses her real name Rosina Lippi) (Into the Wilderness) Catherine Marshall’s “Christy”, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”, and so many others! I’ve always lost myself in books and I know you’re like that too!

You and I have a lot in common!

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes. Don’t quit. Don’t ever quit. Just write, write, write and when you’re done with one manuscript, start another. Or research one while working on another. Don’t let time slip away, there are no time guarantees on our clocks! Go for the gold, reach for the stars, and believe.

And never, ever, ever give up.

 

And now for a few favorites:

Favorite vacation spot – People go on vacations??? REALLY??????

Favorite color – Yellow. Which is probably why my house is yellow, that and because it’s such a neat, old-fashioned color!

Favorite food/drink – I am fully supportive of most foods and drinks, but coffee is at the top of the list. Blame being a New Yorker… or a deep need for legally addictive beverages! Food… too many to list, but I love simple foods. I’m a simple person, and if I picked one thing it would be chocolate!!!!!

Favorite time of year – Fall, winter and spring. I’m not a summer person, although I love to work outside… but I prefer sweater weather to heat and humidity. I get kind of SNIPPY when it’s hot out, shame on me!

Favorite hobbies – Writing.

Favorite holiday – Easter. We haven’t messed it up yet, and I love the grace and peace that follows such a tragic day as Good Friday. So much room for rebirth and joy!

Favorite dessert – Pie. I’m a pie person. I eat like any dessert that is not nailed down, but I love making and eating and developing pies!!!! Pies rock!!!!
Donna, thank you so much for this, and for all you do to promote authors, Christian fiction and the joy of reading! You’re amazing!

 
Thanks, Ruthy!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


If you haven’t read A TOWN CALLED CHRISTMAS by Ruth Logan Herne, you’re missing out on a great story – Tweet this!
 

Drop by to talk books and dwarf goats with Ruth Logan Herne! – Tweet this!

 

Blessings!

Interview © 2015 DJ Mynatt

A Reluctant Assassin by JC Morrows

 


Today I am reviewing A Reluctant Assassin, the first novel in the Order of the MoonStone series by JC Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him…

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife…

But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

 

MY THOUGHTS:

A Reluctant Assassin is the typical “Prince Charming will choose his bride at the ball” story – except for a teensy, tiny twist. One of the ladies at the ball was sent to kill… eliminate… assassinate… the Prince. As the author puts it so eloquently —

            “What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?”

 

Oh. My. Gosh.

I have always loved the Cinderella stories… one of my favorite movies is Ever After – to me it’s the most realistic Cinderella story ever told. And I have books – lots of books – with princes, princesses, kings and queens. But this is the first book I’ve owned with a prince – and an assassin!

Without making the story a thousand pages, JC Morrows gives the reader enough back-story to stay interesting – just a few hints – while creating intriguing, bigger-than-life characters, who keep the reader – well, reading. And she throws in a plot guaranteed to keep anyone on their toes.

JC purposely leaves out information, such as why Kayden is an assassin… and why there seem to be others whose goal is to kill the Prince. If her intent is to make me eager to read the next story in the series – it’s working!

I’m beginning to feel sorry for the Prince. What has he ever done to deserve this? He hasn’t even begun to rule, and from the looks of things, he may never be crowned.

And… that’s enough to share for now. If your interest is piqued, get the book.

JC Morrows is a talented storyteller – you can tell by the success of A Reluctant Assassin. Although she previously released a short story in this series, JC’s success has been tremendous! The day after it released, A Reluctant Assassin reached the #1 spot on Amazon (YA action/adventure) – and it stayed the #1 choice (for hot new YA action/adventure releases) since its’ debut almost 30 days ago.

Don’t wait another minute to read this story!

 

Her mission was simple… get close to the Prince — and kill him! A RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by JC Morrows – Tweet this!

 

God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

I received a digital copy of this book from Singing Librarian Books in exchange for an honest review.

JC Morrows – Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this exciting Author Spotlight!

And now, introducing…  

     JC Morrows!

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JC Morrows is a new, inspirational-romance-speculative fiction author.  She has recently released 3 stories from the Order of the MoonStone series . . . 2 short stories available (one on pre-order) on digital media, and A Reluctant Assassin (book 1) is available in paperback or digital media. A Treacherous Decision (book 2) is expected to be released by the end of the year.

She is a home-schooling, skirt-wearing, coffee-drinking, mother of two and full-time go-for… for her mother.

As a young girl she often told stories to her stuffed animals and her own make-believe friends, she never met a stranger until some time in high school, and her mother often joked that she would start up a conversation with a brick wall — if she thought it would talk back to her…

She thought it was perfectly normal to hear the voices of characters in her head, to see otherworldly visions all around her, to live in her own story worlds during quiet times… and sad times — but then she grew up and the world told her to put away those “childish things” so she got a job and learned how to be an adult.

But GOD had a plan for her and the stories never really stopped… they lay dormant for a time — waiting until she was ready to hear them again.

Now she happily spends most of her time living in a fantasy world of her own making. She regales those around her with tales of aliens and villains, epic wars and war-torn kingdoms struggling to rebuild — and whenever possible, she gets those stories down on paper (or on her computer at least) so that one day… she can share them with you as well.

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JC, your fans are wanting to know more about you… so it’s time for a few questions…

 

1) JC, we are all excited about your new series… it’s amazing how you’ve released a short story, the first book, and now another short story — with another book expected — all in the same year! How do you do it?

With hard work, perseverance, awesome support from my family and LOTS of prayer!

2) Why did you choose speculative fiction?

The simple answer is that it’s just how my mind works. I’ve always been fascinated by vast possibilities. We occupy a tiny corner of an endless universe and we were created by an all-powerful God. The Bible tells us: “With God, all things are possible.” I like to take that scripture to heart!

3) Do you feel that writing “inspirational” stories makes your books more or less popular?

Honestly, I don’t know yet. Typically, young adult books — even in the secular market — don’t contain a lot of nasty language or sensual relationships, so these may do well enough simply because they fit close enough into that YA mold.

4) What made you decide to write young adult fiction?

That is actually a funny story. The first series I started writing — “The Andarii Chronicles” — was written with a single mom as the MC.

My mother and several friends suggested it would better if the MC were a teenager. Naturally, I resisted for some time before I realized they were right. I even started re-writing it in YA and then went back to the original before coming to this conclusion and some day I will find time to go back and finish the YA rewrite.

This series however, presented itself to me as YA. There was never any doubt in my mind that Kayden was a 17 year old girl.

5) I know from reading your books that you write “clean reads”… no bad language, no sex scenes (not even drinking or smoking) so far. Can you really write a series about an assassin — with death in the foreground — without any bad language, or habits, such as drinking and smoking?

I did. And no one has complained about the lack of it… so far.

6) All right, it’s time to come clean! “JC Morrows” – is that your real name, or a PEN name? If it’s a pen name, what is your reason for not using your real name?

It’s my pen name. The reason is simple… my real name just doesn’t sound like a speculative author. “JC Morrows” does.

7) Do you attend writers conferences and workshops? Do you see any real value is them, or are them just for socialization?

Yes! Both. I believe that no writer can get to a point where there is nothing more they can or need to learn about their craft. Literature is just as fluid as art and we should all keep an open mind.

And I love to meet other authors. It’s encouraging to make friends with authors who inspire me!

Now for a few fun facts…

Favorite vacation spot – Myrtle Beach
Favorite color – Purple
Favorite food/drink – COFFEE
Favorite time of year – Winter!
Favorite hobbies – Reading, playing board games with the fam!
Favorite holiday – CHRISTmas!
Favorite dessert – Anything chocolate!

 

Thank you, JC… and God bless you!

You can find JC on her WEBSITE, at FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOODREADS, and AMAZON.

 

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Interview © 2015 DJ Mynatt

The Birdhouse | Laura V Hilton

 

Today I am reviewing The Birdhouse, the third book in the Amish of Jamesport series by Laura V. Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Twenty-year old Greta Miller’s daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community is helping out, but Greta and her siblings must still work outside the home to make ends meet. They rent a booth at the Amish Market.

Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers for Christmas gifts. While working at the Amish market, she renews her acquaintance with Amish man Josh Yoder who crafts birdhouses for sale at the Amish Market.

Josh arranges for her to ride with his Englisch neighbor, Stan Harris, both to shelter her from the winter weather and to help transport her goods. Greta is attracted to the kind, considerate Josh, but wary, due to their past history. Stan also intrigues her with his free-spirited attitude and ability to seemingly do whatever he wants.

Josh wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game. Now she wants nothing to do with him. She’s polite, but nothing more. Josh feels like an outcast, since he’s offended so many during his rumspringa and then left the area for awhile. He’s struggling to fit in and rebuild relationships he’s destroyed.

An unexpected turn of events turns everything topsy-turvy. What will it take to bring wandering ones home to the community to roost?

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

W.O.W.

I began reading The Birdhouse yesterday afternoon… and even with a few interruptions – yeah, my family does that, even when the book is an awesome read – I was finished before midnight. Is it weird that the story was SO good I had to wait to write my review until today?

That almost never happens to me… but I just wanted to lie down, close my eyes, and savor the moment. The fact that it was midnight made it much easier to do this.

My favorite genre is Amish fiction; I make no secret of this. And I have more than a few favorite authors of Amish fiction. But Laura – her stories are just so centered, so true, that even the day after I’ve finished a book, I have to remind myself that it most likely isn’t true. (Can you tell that I still cling to the hope that it IS true?)

In this third sequel of The Amish of Jamesport, Greta Miller seems so much more real to me – and I hope she will to you, too. The story between Greta and Josh Yoder is one that has probably been told before – at least parts of it – but hopefully some of it has never happened in real life to any of the young Amish girls.

You know I can’t tell you what happens… it would surely ruin the story for you. But please, if you enjoy Amish fiction, get a copy and read it for yourself – it’s amazing… absolutely amazing!

And if at all possible, get the first two books of the series – and read them in sequence, one after another. You’ll be glad you did.
 
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God bless you!
 
Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt
 

Promise to Keep | Elizabeth Byler Younts

 

Today I am reviewing Promise to Keep, the third book in the Promise of Sunrise series by Elizabeth Byler Younts.

Here is a brief synopsis:

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Elizabeth Byler Younts is an amazing, talented writer!

She writes such colorful, full-of-life characters, that the reader begins to wonder if these characters are people she knows… because no one could make up such interesting characters – but Ms. Younts does indeed make them up.

Promise to Keep is an excellent example…

I don’t have very many favorite authors who write historical fiction during the World War I and World War II period. Yet I find myself caught up in each new book, the story more true-to-life than life itself – at least for me.

Esther Detweiler is an amazing young woman! After losing both her parents while still young, she takes care of her sick grandmother, who passes on. And… she has been caring for Daisy, the young daughter of her shunned cousin, for the past four years since her cousin’s death. Daisy’s father, not knowing what to do with his young, deaf daughter, left to join the military and went to war – preferable to caring for his daughter.

Ms. Younts goes into great detail about the rigors of war, along with the nightmares – the night terrors that make it impossible for him to care for his daughter. Young Daisy has her own problems – but I don’t want to say any more. So far, I think I’ve mostly kept to the synopsis, but I’d hate to give away too much.

Read the book. I finished the last page and walked away, feeling like I had been part of it. This is a wonderful story; I know it’s fiction, but I wouldn’t have been surprised to find that it was a true account – it’s that real.

You really should read it.
 
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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt
 

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