Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: Promise for Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour (and Giveaway!) for Promise for Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Promise for Tomorrowy Michelle De Bruin
Title: Promise for Tomorrow 
Author: Michelle De Bruin 
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing 
Release Date: November 12, 2019 
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Living a life of faith isn’t going the way Logan and Karen hoped until some special visitors arrive and offer them their future back.

Karen Millerson dreamed of teaching high school but now finds herself boarding with a farm family and teaching country school. She is engaged to marry Logan De Witt and is getting prepared to share in ministry with him. But when she gets blamed for the tragic fire at the school, Karen’s future grows uncertain.

Logan De Witt is working to clear his family’s name with the bank. But when he breaks his leg, hindering his ability to work the farm, Logan is faced with life-changing decisions. When his best friend can’t offer the help he requested, can Logan find a way to care for his family and court Karen before his love for her destroys all of them?



Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015.

Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story. Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019.

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Did a specific event, idea, or person inspire Promise for Tomorrow?

Michelle: Yes. This book is dedicated to my parents. They had to make the difficult decision, just like the hero did in this story, to sell the family’s farm ground. I witnessed their sense of loss and also their triumph in the years following the sale as they remained steady in their faith and accessible in their relationships.

How long did it take you to write this novel?

Michelle: It took me nine months to write this novel. 

What was something surprising you learned while researching/writing this novel?

Michelle: I learned about medical conditions. I was surprised to discover that injuries such as broken bones that we view as easily correctable with an assumed healing to follow were actually a major crisis to the person with the broken bone as well as the family of the injured person. There was no guarantee that the limb would heal and function properly again. Disability was a realistic condition after a person broke an arm or a leg. The family of the injured person waited in suspense during the weeks of cast wearing to find out how well the limb healed and if it was usable again.

Do you have a favorite character in Promise for Tomorrow?

Michelle: My favorite character is the hero, Logan De Witt. He is trying so hard to deal with his circumstances with a degree of integrity while all the time the reader can see he is in love with Karen. 

Can you share with us something you love about this novel?

Michelle: I love how it has a nice balance of humor with a classic Christian message. 

What do you hope readers take away from this novel?

Michelle: I hope readers will take away from this novel a new, and possibly deeper way to understand God’s movements in our lives. Every situation that is allowed into our experience, both the good and the painful, are meant to shape us into his image. The things that appear at first as trials may actually end up working in our favor. The same with tests. After the Lord has completed a work in a heart, he needs to send it through testing to confirm its durability. These truths are illustrated in the story as the events of the plot affect the lives of the characters.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what are your go-to songs?

Michelle: Sadly, I cannot listen to music while I write. I’ve tried, but I end up getting distracted by the music and lose my concentration. I need complete silence in order to write cohesively.  

Would you share a book you are currently reading or have read recently?

Michelle: I am currently reading Invitations from God  by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

What hobbies do you enjoy when you aren't writing?

Michelle: If reading can be counted as a hobby, then I enjoy reading. I also enjoy gardening when it is in season, playing the piano, baking and eating good food, and spending time with my family. 

Do you have some of favorite quotes to share from Promise for Tomorrow?

Michelle: I do. Here are three to help us get acquainted with the hero and heroine: 

He had as much of a right as anyone to pursue the career of his choice and the woman of his dreams. 

If he didn’t love her so much, he’d do it. The people Julia mentioned, their cares and associations belonged in the city. But Karen belonged here with Logan in his wide and open spaces where the direction of the wind and the changing of the seasons held sway over people’s lives. 

Fewer occasions went down in a town’s history than the marriage of their pastor after his years of self-imposed bachelorhood. He’d never enjoyed making a sensation and he didn’t want to start now.            


(1) US winner will receive a print book of Promise for Tomorrow, chocolates, and quilted table runner. (1) international winner will receive an e-book of Promise for Tomorrow & $20.00 Amazon gift card.

Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 13, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 20, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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