Interview + Giveaway: Jan Drexler

When you walk into a bookstore, you make a beeline for what section?

Inspirational fiction! Next up is always history.

Favorite place to write:

Since our daughter got married a couple years ago, I’m blessed with my own office. Surrounded by my favorite books, tea mugs, and pictures, I’m in heaven.

Go-to writing snack or drink:

I make a pot of Earl Grey tea every morning in the winter. Once I get into my story, the pot is empty before I know it.

What does your writing nook look like?

I use my computer to write, but a lot of brainstorming takes place at my desk.

Something you must do or have to write:

Sleep. If I don’t get enough sleep at night, I have a hard time writing in the morning!

Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource:

Seekerville, a blog for writers. When I was first starting out, the Seekerville ladies cheered me on, taught me many lessons about writing, and offered friendship and a helping hand. I am now a Seeker myself, and love being part of this community for aspiring and experienced authors, as well as readers!

What book is currently on your nightstand?

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper

Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:

Hard copy, when I can. E-reader if I’m traveling.

What was the inspiration behind The Sound of Distant Thunder?

I like my books to take place during times of change and upheaval, and the Civil War is one of the greatest times of change in our nation’s history. At the same time, the Amish church was also going through a time of great change. I started researching that time period with an Amish story in mind, and the further I went into my research books, the more ideas I got.

Favorite part of writing The Sound of Distant Thunder:

The research. I love history and the Civil War era.

Hardest part of writing The Sound of Distant Thunder:

Getting the characters to behave. Jonas and Katie didn’t give me too much trouble, but Levi was very insistent on more time, more lines, and even his own point-of-view scenes. I thought he was going to be a minor character, but he had other ideas!

If The Sound of Distant Thunder was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’d love to see Bradley Cooper as Jonas. For Katie, I think Carrie Underwood.

What is next?

The sequel to The Sound of Distant Thunder is coming out next fall. The title will be The Roll of the Drums. Also coming next fall will be an Amish Christmas novella in a collection from Bethany House.

After that, I’ll be working on the third story in “The Amish of Weaver’s Creek” series.

What else would you like readers to know?

I have a newsletter that comes out about four times a year. Readers can go to my website to sign up for it!

Giveaway:

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**The winner is Kathy D.! Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

About the Story:

Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

Connect with Jan through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Yankee Belle Cafe.

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The Tox Files Trilogy Winner

Wow! That was fun! Thank you all who entered The Tox Files giveaway. I loved celebrating the release of Ronie Kendig’s Thirst of Steel with you. How fun to read your answers and the reasons some of you provided!

I wish I could send each of you a set of the trilogy — alas, that’s not possible. So Rafflecopter must randomly choose one name. However, before I announce lucky winner, let’s clear up another question first…

What drink did Cole and Haven order at the Aroma Café in Jerusalem?

**Drum roll please.**

An iced cappuccino!!

Did you guess correctly?

Some of you even mentioned that little but crucial piece of chocolate that comes into play. (You can see it in the picture.) But for those who haven’t read Crown of Souls yet, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t want to spoil anything!

If you missed the Ram Khalon’s character spotlight or watching the on-location video of the Aroma Cafe and Mamilla Mall, you can catch both here.

Now for the much-awaited announcement, the winner is…

Jessica A.

**Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

Character Spotlight + Giveaway: Ronie Kendig’s Ram Khalon

About the Story:

Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.

Meet Ram Khalon

Physical description: Ram has brown hair that is curly and shoulder-length, one of the reasons he’s often found wearing a beanie.

Age: Ram is 32

Nationality:  Israeli

Job: Ram is basically the “team daddy” for the Wraith team; he’s also Tox’s best friend.

Strength (skill/job related): A strategist and team player.

Strength (life in general): Slow to anger.

Weakness (life in general): He can be unbending on things he believes and hard to convince otherwise.

Ties/affiliations: A former Special Forces member, current Wraith team member, and hazy connections to Mossad.

Biggest struggle: Forgiving those who have wronged him.

Family history: Father vanished when he was a boy; he went to live in the States; sister is an archaeologist expert.

Other: Ram is so careful and deliberate in choosing his friends and/or girlfriends that his ties to them are not easily broken. But when they are, it’s very hard for him to forgive and move on.

Giveaway:

Only my love for Ronie Kendig tops my dislike of crowds and video-making. I recently made my way to a place in Jerusalem that makes an appearance in book 2 of The Tox Files — Crown of Souls. Watch the video and answer the important question for a chance to win an incredible prize (the entire Tox Files series for a US winner or $20 Amazon Gift Card for an international winner).

If you haven’t read Crown of Souls, don’t worry, just guess, then go remedy that. 😉

Giveaway ends Friday, August 3 at 11:59pm.

Enter the giveaway at the link below:

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About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs–a a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.

Connect with Ronie through her Website, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Spotlight + Giveaway: Persuaded by Andrea Boyd

About the Story:

Eighteen years ago, Felicity Sutton made the biggest mistake of her life when she broke off her engagement to Jaylon Briggs. Her father had pointed out that a year after graduating high school Jay still didn’t have a steady job, a sure indication that he’d likely never amount to anything. So despite her love for the boy, she ended their relationship and headed to college—to a life that would finally make her father proud. Biggest. Mistake. Of. Her. Life.

After years of hard work, Jaylon Briggs now operates a multi-million dollar shipping enterprise. He’s poured everything into his business, and for what? It all means nothing without the woman he loves by his side, sharing a life together. Some days, he longs to be that teenage boy again. The one with only his beat-up old surf board headed to the beach in a borrowed car, his girl beside him.

Persuaded is a Southern romance loosely based on a Jane Austen classic that shows what can happen when we choose pleasing man over pleasing God.

Giveaway:

Click on the image or Rafflecopter link to enter.


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**The winner is Sonnetta J.! Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

About the Author:

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.

Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.

Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.

Connect with Andrea through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

About the Story:

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

A hero who is an author, a mystery to solve, and romance. Sign me up please!

Let’s be honest, would it be a Pepper book without kissing? HA! Now that’s a dumb question.

Okay, I know, I know, I’ve teased you long enough.

Now what you really came here for…

Isn’t it a beauty? You can find Jane by the Book this JULY in the Once Upon a Laugh Novella Collection.

Giveaway:

As part of this Cover Reveal Blitz, Pepper is giving away one ebook copy of Second Impressions. To enter, click on the image or link below. Giveaway ends June 6.

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About the Author:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.