Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Book Spotlight & Author Interview: I Grew With You by Sarah Molitor



BOOK DETAILS:


Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Author/Illustrator: Sarah Molitor/ Anastasia Sivura
Imprint: Good & True Media
ISBN: 9781737079620
Price: $12.95
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 24

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this heart-felt poem, readers get a glimpse into the journey a mother takes during her pregnancy. Filled with humor and beautiful illustrations, I Grew With You shows that not only the baby grows during pregnancy but the mother also grows emotionally, spiritually, and of course, physically. But above all the bond between mother and child grows, month over month.

I Grew With You is a warm, heartful lullaby that reminds the mother and child of the precious road they traveled to meet each other.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:


About Sarah Molitor

Sarah is most notably known as “mommy” to her six boys. Her role as wife and mother has shaped her more than any other title she has acquired. Along with raising her children, she also homeschools them full time. Prior to starting a family, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield University. As a registered nurse her passion was and still is helping others. Although no longer working as a nurse, Sarah has translated that passion into a different avenue – social media. She is the creative force behind @modernfarmhousefamily where she encourages, challenges and inspires her community of over 218K followers on a daily basis. For fun, Sarah considers herself a candy connoisseur, self-taught photographer, very amateur baker and if given spare time, usually chooses to read children’s books to her kids while keeping them entertained with her voice impressions. Sarah lives with her husband Tim and their growing family in Washington. I Grew With You is her first book.

About Anastasia Sivura

Anastasia is an illustrator who creates wonderful illustrations where fascinating stories are intertwined with lightness and innocence. The artist works with different materials because she thinks that developing one's skills and trying something new is absolutely important. Besides making beautiful illustrations she is a firm believer in interesting stories and ideas. Anastasia has a lot of projects which she would love to realize. She is based in California and married with two daughters. She has a dog as well. Nature and the ocean are her main sources of inspiration.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SARAH MOLITOR:



What inspired you to write a book for children about the experience of pregnancy and childbirth?


The day I found out I was pregnant was also the day I had a meeting with the publisher to pitch ideas for my very first children’s book. I remember thinking to myself, “How cool would it be to write a book for children and mothers about the journey of pregnancy and how a baby grows?” And instantly the words I Grew With You came to mind. So it was truly inspired by finding out I was pregnant with our sixth child. 


I also knew I wanted it to be a sweet story that a mother could read to her child that would be endearing to both of them. I know my boys are so excited to watch my tummy grow and this book was a way to let them in on all the ways a mommy and baby inside her grows as they anticipate the birth of the child. 


Why did you decide to show the entire journey from conception to birth, instead of focusing on one aspect?


It’s so important to me that I acknowledge that life begins at conception. From the very beginning, your child was created specifically for you. And as each mother finds out that she is pregnant, the anticipation builds from those early moments no matter how long you carry your child. I believe the whole process of pregnancy all the way to delivery is important for seeing the miracle of life versus just focusing on one specific moment. 


I also believe it brings out the joy (and often humor) from the moments and changes that each month brings throughout pregnancy. People love to see something from start to finish and I Grew With You allows for that!


The book also highlights a diverse group of women. Why was that an important focus for you as well?


As I was imagining this book, I was also imagining all the different mothers that could be touched by reading it to their little ones. Or just having it as their own keepsake. And I’m keenly aware that no two mothers are alike whether in look or personality or how they carry their child (and so much more). So diversity in the book was a very important thing for me to highlight. I want children to know how each mother is beautifully different during pregnancy. And I also want them to turn the page and suddenly say “hey, that mommy looks like you!” which allows for a depth of connection to the book and the story. In this book you will see nine different mothers which speaks to the diversity of motherhood and all women!


As mothers read this book to their children, how do you think it will encourage them?


I’m imagining the moments when mother’s first read this to their children and how special it will be. I believe it will encourage the mother in how incredible she is for the pregnancy(s) she has experienced and all the highs and not so highs she may have experienced. I believe she will feel more empowered and proud of being a part of the miracle of bringing life into the world. And I also believe it will create a unique bond between the mother and her child(ren) because they will get a glimpse into what mommy (and daddy) went through to bring them into the world. Overall I Grew With You gives a unique, special, humorous and beautiful view into the beginning of motherhood and this ultimately fosters a deeper connection between mother and child.


How could this book change someone’s opinion about pregnancy and childbirth?


First of all, I believe it will show the beauty of how life begins at conception and how much that child, from the very beginning, means to a mother. The excitement, the anticipation, the sharing in the news- all of it. But I also believe it will challenge people in their views of pregnancy and childbirth. If you have given birth, you know all the aches and pains and stretching and growing that happens. It’s not all glowing skin and easy peasy. This book gives a simple and sweet look into how the process of pregnancy changes the mother physically and emotionally just as much as the baby inside her grows and develops as well. 


What advice do you have for parents as they start having discussions with their children about pregnancy, childbirth, starting a family, etc.?


I love having age-appropriate conversations about these topics with my children as well as an open line of communication that they can ask us whatever questions they will have and we will always give them an honest answer. My advice would be to always communicate in whatever way feels most comfortable for your family and allow children to be involved in knowing the process and how they are a unique part of that too. 


This answer may look different at different stages but it’s so important that we include them in the process. When they are included, it allows them to feel a part of everything that is going on whether that’s announcing the pregnancy to family and friends or learning how the baby grows inside the mother each month and all the new developments that happen. And this gives children their own special bond with mommy and the new baby to be. The more children are involved, the more involved they want to be which is exciting for them and ultimately builds up the family unit in the best way. 


Your publisher, Good & True, produces very family-friendly, faith-based content for children. Why was it important to you to partner with a publisher like that?


It is so important to me that we build a foundation for our children that’s filled with value! Value for the children and value for the parents as well. I always want to know that whatever I’m hearing, watching, seeing or reading is safe for the whole family and never brings up unexpected discomfort. 


Good and True is committed to these same values and I wanted my book to align with a publisher who would prioritize this. I’m so thankful they do and it’s been evident through the whole process. Consumers will always know that content coming from Good and True is content they can trust for their families, their homes and whoever they share it with. 


Ultimately, what do you hope parents and children take away from I Grew With You?


My ultimate hope is that families will read I Grew With You and walk away feeling a greater sense of family and love for each other. Also that parents and specifically mothers will feel a greater sense of pride in their families and the beauty of who each of them uniquely are. I hope this book will touch mothers of all ages and stages in a powerful way allowing them to remember the journey of pregnancy and all that they accomplished to have the family they do now. And that everyone would value the beauty and frailty of life and how much power and love one life can hold within them.


What other projects are you working on? 


There are a couple things I am working on actually. First off, I am working on a second children’s book with Good and True. YAY! This one will be vastly different from I Grew With You. It will be a very playful, bright and colorful book filled with animals! And will talk about how important each person is to the world and how important it is to share our joy with others. I know it will be such a fun book for parents and children alike. 


I am also working on a potential proposal for my first adult book. It’s still in the rough stages but my hope is that it will be an encouragement to women everywhere. I’m excited for both of these projects and looking forward to seeing them come to fruition. 


Where can readers purchase a copy of I Grew With You?


Pre-orders are set to launch on Wednesday, July 14 (which we are VERY excited about). I Grew With You will be available to pre-order at goodandtruemedia.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com and anywhere books are sold. I Grew With You is set to officially release on October 26.


CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:


Author’s Website: http://modernfarmhousefamily.com/
Author’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/modernfarmhousefamily/

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Book Spotlight & Author Interview: The Glass Cottage by Alyssa Schwarz

About the Book:

Could a nineteenth-century diary be the answer to Abigail’s prayers?

Iris wanted nothing more than to live her own adventure. But on the tails of the Colorado gold rush, a certain discovery could upend her world before it’s even begun.

Over a hundred years later, Abigail Prescott returns to the sleepy mountain town she once called home to help her great Aunt Josie restore the old antique shop, The Glass Cottage. Looking for peace and God’s direction for her life, the last thing she expected to encounter was a ghost from her past—Benjamin Greene—her childhood best friend. The boy who got away.

Is this just a coincidence, or could it be the start of something greater?

Together, Ben and Abigail work to fix up the shop and stumble upon an old journal. With more questions than answers, Abigail embarks on a journey of self-discovery to track down the mysterious Iris, but the truth is not always what it seems.

In this tale of friendship, love lost, and love found, Abigail must decide for herself: Is every story worth saving, and if so, at what cost?


Purchase at: Amazon.


Excerpt:

When Aunt Josie invited Abigail along to the after-church picnic, she hadn’t envisioned herself climbing a tree to retrieve a lost soccer ball—let alone falling out of it.

She reluctantly opened her eyes with a groan, and blue sky greeted her. She prayed no one had witnessed the mortifying incident, but in a small town, people noticed everything. Surely, someone had seen her race after that lost ball, slip off the branch and land with an oomph on the grassy field below.

The pounding of small footsteps proved her worst fears. Two sets of eyes gazed down at her, each framed by baby fine strawberry blonde hair. Abigail must have hit her head in the fall because she couldn’t seem to bring the faces into focus. She reached up to rub her temples, and the double images danced out of her vision. Abigail clamped her lids shut. She hadn’t landed that hard, had she?

“Are you okay?”

The question echoed in her ears, and she lifted her head too quickly. There it was, the pounding headache. And she no doubt had a nice bump forming along her hairline to go with it.

She hadn’t remembered the cottonwood to be so tall when she’d offered to go up and retrieve the ball, but it had obviously grown in the ten years since she had last climbed it—and fallen from it. The soccer ball sure bounced back quicker than she did.

She pushed herself up from the ground, slower this time, and leaned back with her forearms propped on the grass. Too much movement too soon. Fuzzy spots blotted her vision. A wave of dizziness washed over her, forcing her to close her eyes again.

A pair of steady hands landed on her shoulders. “Don’t try getting up too quickly.” Concern tinged his voice, and the masculine timbre broke through her foggy brain. With care, he eased her into a more supported position. “Do you think you hit your head?”

Her hand reflexively moved to the knot. “Yeah, I think so.”

Her fingers touched the tender flesh, and she winced. That would definitely hurt for a few days.

“Can you try opening your eyes again, slowly this time?”

She did just that, and as her lids opened, a familiar pair of hazel eyes stared back at her.

Benjamin Greene.

Abigail wanted to disappear back into the tree’s top branches. The first time Ben saw her in nearly ten years, and he had to witness her falling out of a tree! Way to go, Abigail! Could you be any more of a klutz?

Maybe he wouldn’t recognize her right away. People changed over time, and besides, her bangs and short hair were brand new. If glasses could disguise Superman’s true identity, an entire new hairstyle should work in her favor. It still wasn’t ideal, but if she could only postpone the inevitable embarrassment a while longer, she would be eternally grateful.

She hadn’t realized he had been kneeling so close, but his face was near enough she could feel his breath tickle the hair at her chin.

He wrapped a strong arm around her back and helped her sit up. “How’s that?”

“Better.” Sigh. Good, at least she could see straight this time, but sitting this close to him with his intent gaze made her feel a dizziness she was pretty sure was not because of the fall.

“I thought for a second there I was seeing double images of that little girl.” She rubbed her temple and squinted at the bright sun overhead.

Her gaze roved over the picnickers, and two red-headed girls skipped past the dessert table. Maybe she needed a CAT scan.

The corners of Ben’s eyes creased, eyes like the moss-covered boulders they used to climb as kids. He let out a soft chuckle and shook loose a curl of hair.

“What?” she asked. “Why are you laughing at me?”

“No, sorry. Kit and Brie are identical twins. It’s understandable, though. The pair of them make a habit of playing jokes on people from time to time.” He turned back to look at her again, and his mouth tipped in a knowing smile. A glimpse of the boy she used to know appeared. “You always knew how to make an entrance.”

Caught. A lead weight settled in her stomach, the final cherry on top of her embarrassment. So much for making it out unrecognized.


About the Author: 

Contemporary romance author Alyssa Schwarz is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a Master's in Geology & Geological Engineering. She also works as a professional watercolor artist along the Colorado Front Range and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Alyssa's debut novel, The Glass Cottage, is set in the Colorado mountains, and is scheduled to release later this year. 


Author Interview:

Q: What was the inspiration behind The Glass Cottage?

Alyssa: Since my family is from Colorado, I wanted to start there. After stumbling upon my grandma’s old journals in the attic of her house, I thought it would be fun to write a story based on an old forgotten diary.

Q: How long did it take you to write this novel?

Alyssa: I started writing this story last Summer, and between the plotting, writing, editing and everything else, it’s taken a little over a year to complete.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?

Alyssa: My favorite line has to be the last sentence from the end of the book: “This was home. She knew it before as she knew it now, but it had never tasted so sweet.”

Q: What do you hope readers take away from The Glass Cottage?

Alyssa: When the world seems to pull at us from all directions, leaving us questioning and worried about the future, I hope readers can escape into this story and learn what it means to trust God, even with the unknowns.

For every story, I try and find a Bible verse that mirrors the themes I hope to explore through those characters. I want to show how, in any circumstance, God is at work in our lives, even when we don’t understand what He is doing. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Alyssa: I actually have a background in geology and engineering. Before I started writing, I worked as a hydrogeologist doing groundwater modeling testing for a environmental engineering firm.

Q: What are you reading now?

Alyssa: I just finished reading Roseanna White’s latest book, The Nature of A Lady. I absolutely loved reading her first book in The Secret of the Isles series. Mistaken identities, mystery and intrigue, a sweet romance, and pirate treasure, all set against the backdrop of the British Isles of Scilly. What’s not to love?!

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Alyssa: I actually had to walk around my house and count them in order to answer this question… I have four ceiling height bookcases the line an entire wall, and there are about five others throughout the house.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Alyssa: My mom and I have our own art business. We are both watercolor artists and have been privileged to showcase some of our artwork through the Denver Metro area. I also love to hike and have recently taken up gardening. Two years ago, I saw the most beautiful dahlias in Washington’s San Juan Islands, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. After digging up a half-a-ton of soil, engineering a raised flower bed, and planting two dozen bulbs, I finally have my dahlia garden!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Book Review: Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele

About the Book:

Second chances and the Christmas spirit abound in Mindy Steele’s heartwarming novel, one of faith, love, and the power of community.

Grace Miller believed herself in love with the charming Englischer who eventually broke her heart. Now alone except for the secret life growing inside her, she arrives in the unfamiliar small village of Walnut Ridge, Kentucky, to hide and hopefully gain forgiveness.

She is pleasantly surprised, however, to find a tight-knit, welcoming group who help her heart grow right alongside her belly. And with the holidays around the corner, there’s plenty of preparations to occupy her mind. Also occupying her mind? Her strong, protective neighbor, Cullen Graber, the town’s blacksmith, who seems intent on not allowing her to ever suffer alone.

Cullen Graber gave up on love after too many losses early in life. He planned to live out his days focusing on his smithy business, yet the beautiful and mysterious Grace refuses to leave his thoughts. But can they open their hearts to God’s grace and create a new family together before Grace must return home?


My Thoughts:

Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele stands as my first Christmas read of 2021 and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Grace and Cullen, the main characters, held my interest from the start. Grace, and everyone around her, recognizes that she is far from perfect, but Cullen is an amazing male lead as he reflects the selfless love of Jesus so well to Grace. The character-driven plot gave both Grace and Cullen the necessary time and development to grow as people and embrace their future. I adored their relational tension and blossoming love.

My enjoyment of Christmas Grace’s storyline overshadowed the few typos and occasional awkward conversation in which I wasn’t sure which character was speaking. However, I mention those flaws as I know some readers might struggle with them more than I did. Amish romance is not my normal genre, so I cannot speak to the cultural authenticity or plot uniqueness, but I think many Christian Fiction readers will find Christmas Grace by Mindy Steele enjoyable.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: With Every Breath by Natasha D. Frazier

With Every Breath JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for With Every Breath by Natasha D. Frazier, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


With Every Breath
Title: With Every Breath
Series: McCall Family #1
Author: Natasha D. Frazier
Publisher: Encouraging Works
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She has nothing to lose, but loving her could cost him everything. Is he willing to risk it all a second time around when she has less than thirty days to live? 

Renowned motivational speaker Nina Marie Robinson has received a grim prognosis. With the little time she has left, she’s giving one last commencement speech at her alma mater Jackson State University and taking a well-deserved vacation to the Bahamas. Nina is also determined to show her college sweetheart she’s still in love with him, but can she convince him to drop everything and board that plane with her? 

Andrew McCall is one step away from being promoted to professor at Jackson State University. If anything goes wrong, Andrew will find himself in the last place he wants to be—chief executive officer of McCall Resorts as his father’s successor. When Nina comes to town and requests that he accompany her to the Bahamas, will he have to choose between the woman he’s always loved and everything he’s worked for? 

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EXCERPT


Nina followed signage to the hall of instructor offices. Andrew’s door had been the second to the right, and she marched down the hall and stopped. Light shined into the hallway from his open door, and a sudden onset of dizziness came over her. She stumbled over to the wall and rested her head against the cold surface until the spinning subsided.

Nina inhaled and exhaled once. I can do this. I didn’t come all this way just to give a speech. Nina took another calming breath. We’ve got unfinished business. So what it’s been nearly two decades. One more calming breath, and she stood, squared her shoulders, moved to the open door, and tapped twice. Help me, Lord.

“Come in.”

How had she forgotten the smoothness of his tenor voice? She could have melted on the spot when he looked up from his laptop and his almond eyes took hold of hers, laced with a softness she probably didn’t deserve from him.

He was happy to see her.

She gripped the doorknob to steady herself. Too bad there was nothing to steady the flip-flop going on with the rapid pacing of her heart. His features hadn’t changed much, but it was apparent he’d aged. His physical maturity served him well. The light stubble under his chin, the dark cleanly shaven mustache, his strong jawline set against the canvas of his mahogany skin. If she had to die soon, she knew right then that she wanted to spend her last days with him.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natasha D. Frazier

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink. 

When she isn't reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Book Spotlight: The Odyssey: A Poetic Primer by B. B. Gallagher


BOOK DETAILS:


Title: The Odyssey: A Poetic Primer

Release Date: October 2021

Publisher: Good & True Media

ISBN: 9781737079606

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 56

Price: $24.95

Website: https://goodandtruemedia.com/poetic-primers 



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ever been lost and want to go home? Join Odysseus as he struggles to return to his family in this epic retelling of the adventures of The Odyssey


Retold for a children audience, Poetic Primer’s The Odyssey is filled with vibrant illustrations while still maintaining the poetic format of the original work.


Together you and your reader can enter the world of Ancient Greece and see how our hero, Odysseus, exemplifies a multitude of classical virtues as he courageously slays monsters, patiently travels to magical lands, and prudently takes back his home and family.


Filled with educational materials and discussion questions, The Odyssey is bound to be you and your child’s next favorite epic.



ABOUT THE POETIC PRIMERS SERIES:

A dilemma that some parents face is whether or not to introduce their children to certain classics because they have some questionable scenes or characters. For instance, the epic, The Odyssey presents the strong moral hero, Odysseus, who faces some more adult-like vices like lust. Hence, Good & True Media has taken some of the renowned classics and made them more kid friendly without removing the elegant language or the essence of the story.


Poetic Primers focuses on the virtues that each of the heroes embodies and the poetic language of each story. In the back of each is a character development section which explains the virtues and vices present in the story and offers reflection questions for the children to relate those virtues and vices to their own lives. Together with beautiful illustrations, Poetic Primers allow younger readers to experience the epic tales of the old classic heroes while still fostering their innocence.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The Odyssey: A Poetic Primer is B.B. Gallagher's fifth published book and first of the Poetic Primers series.


Married to Alyssa and father to Charlie, John Paul, Evelyn and Henry, he appreciates what time he gets in front of the computer to write. As publisher of Good & True, B.B. is leading the future of Children's literature, one moral lesson at a time.


In what little spare time he has, B.B. teaches at Belmont Abbey College, enjoys strategic board games and losing at Fantasy Football.



CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:


Instagram: @bb_gallagher

Facebook: @bbgallagher 

Twitter: @bb_gallagher

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Author Interview & Giveaway: Blood From a Stone by David James Warren

Blood from a Stone JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Blood From a Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

Blood from a Stone

Title: Blood From a Stone
Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #5
Author: David James Warren
Publisher: TriStone Media
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

He fled the future with blood on his hands. Now, he’ll do anything to stop a killer. 

Tragedy has yet again taken from Detective Rembrandt Stone everything he loves. Now, he has one last chance to get things right and stop a killer he’s been hunting across four timelines. Instead, he gets tangled in a petty crime that just might cost him his one chance at justice. 

With two murders to stop, and thirty-eight lives still in the balance, Rembrandt must play his hand against time just right if he wants to win his future. Play it wrong and his life will stay shattered beyond repair. 

What sacrifices will he have to make to come home to his wife and daughter? 

The stakes have never been higher in the heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat fifth story of the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren 

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

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Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com

CONNECT WITH SUSAN: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram | Twitter 

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

CONNECT WITH DAVID: Instagram

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN MAY WARREN


Q:
What drew you to writing this thrilling time-travel series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone?

Susan: I love time travel! And, I’ve always wanted to write a time travel series. When my good friend Jim Rubart said he ALSO loved time travel, we both thought how fun it would be to write a series together. He’s immensely creative, as is my son, David, so together we had a blast brainstorming these books. Time travel is great because as long as you follow your time travel rules (you need to establish those—thankfully, David was our “time lord” and kept track of them!), you can do all sorts of fun things with the plot! So. Fun!


Q: Blood from a Stone is the fifth novel in this series. What do you hope readers take away from this novel/series?

Susan: Well, it’s pretty epic, and it’s got a whopper of a cliffhanger, so I’m hoping readers will stick with us to book 6 because I think they’ll REALLY love the ending. I was weeping by the end, as I was writing it (and I got that feedback from our editors too!) and it’s very satisfying, so I’m hoping our readers will trust us. I think the take away is the idea that there is a reason/purpose for everything if we are willing to wait for it!


Q: How long did it take you to write Blood from a Stone?

Susan: About a month. I’m a fast writer once I start. It helped that David lived with me (Covid!) at the time so we were able to sort through and fix any roadblocks I had. We also had a brainstorming moment where we had a snarl…and then came up with a fantastic fix/twist at the same time. It’s fun to work with like creative minds!
 

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Susan: As I get older, I find myself more introverted. I used to be an extreme extrovert, but I’ve become more contemplative as I’ve gotten older, and that means more time thinking and diving into the stories I’m creating. I really love creating a series that brings enjoyment and satisfaction to my readers, but that also means I have to curate my life more and spend time sinking into my writing instead of traveling and teaching. But I’m okay with that as I’m liking slowing down more.
 

Q:. What are you reading now? 

Susan: A new Thriller by one of our Sunrise Lead Authors, Lisa Phillips called The Last Taste of Freedom. It’s fantastic.
 

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Susan: Eight


Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Susan: Home remodeling. I’m an addict. And okay, I like binge watching TV on a snowy day. 😊

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Blood from a Stone and a $15 Amazon gift card!

Blood from a Stone JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 5, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 12, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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