Fire Up the Romance this Holiday with @RobinLeeHatcher’s “Love Without End” Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher‘s latest offering in the King’s Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.


Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Love Without End and the rest of the King’s Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin’s blog.

 

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Book Review: Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

For two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a heart attack in the blink of an eye. But she’s losing her daughter slowly, in the day-to-day tension. In three difficult years, Kimberly has gone from Seattle socialite to Kings Meadow charity case, and her daughter is not responding well to the changes. She’s becoming a sullen, cantankerous teen.

Chet Leonard lost his teenage son in a car accident. Then his wife abandoned him and their two remaining boys. He tries to keep his mind on the family ranch, but if the last two years have taught him anything, it’s that sometimes you just have to let the memories hurt. Let the memories hurt, and leave well enough alone.

But when Chet volunteers to help tame Kimberly’s daughter’s horse, everyone gets more than they bargained for . . . especially when eighty-four-year-old Anna McKenna shows up.

Nana Anna has reappeared in Kings Meadow after decades away, bringing with her the magnetism and transformative joy that come from a life well lived . . . just the kind of magic that a couple of unlucky-in-love single parents need to conjure up a little courage and raise a new family from the ashes of tragedy.


REVIEW:

Two months ago I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in St. Louis, MO. Amongst the plethora of amazing published Christian writers was Robin Lee Hatcher, who had the privilege of being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the organization. Author of Love Without End, Hatcher is a prolific writer known in publishing industry for her stories of love and faith. While at the time of the conference I had not yet read any of Hatcher’s books—and she has many—I immediately added this author to my “to-read” list.

Love Without End is a Western-style romance set in the fictional town of Kings Meadow, ID. Surrounding two families hurting and healing from death and lies, Hatcher’s story centers around the themes of forgiveness, love, and familial relationships as Chet Leonard, Anna McKenna, and Kimberly Welch find their callings as individuals and within a community. Not long after beginning Love Without End it was obvious why readers love Hatcher’s books—she writes with heart and passion for her stories. The details in the second novel of her Kings Meadow series infuse this book with authenticity; readers who say they want to move to Hatcher’s fictional town are justified in believing Kings Meadow could truly exist. Love Without End’s characters add to the novel’s relatability. Anna, Chet, Kimberly, and the children of this novel could easily be found walking the streets or attending classes in any all-American town.

Despite the aspects of the novel that I enjoyed, I was still disappointed by Love Without End. I had high expectations for this book because of the accolades Hatcher has received over her many years as a writer. In winning Christy Award, RITA Awards, RT Career Achievement Award, and RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to her recent win of ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, I expected Hatcher’s novel to be filled with spiritual depth and deep prose. Instead, Love Without End reminded me of a basic inspirational story that skims spiritual ideas and moving themes but never searches for character motivations or sub-textual context. The first half of Love Without End moved at a decent pace, with the introduction of the characters and setting acting as catalysts for motivation. The latter half of the novel, however, fell apart—the pacing of the plot felt rushed, but the story read slowly and the denouement did not stir my emotions.

The saving grace of Love Without End, in my opinion, are the chapters that unfold Anna McKenna’s history from the 1940s to the 1960s. I enjoyed reading about her life on the ranch during World War II because her position within the Leonard family allowed for a variation on the familial unit. While this novel is not my highest rated, I still recommend Love Without End as a sweet light read of inspirational themes for those who like stories set in the West about cowboys and ranching. I will keep an eye on Hatcher’s novels when I am in the mood for a lighter novel that gives characters a happy-ever-after without question.

RATING: 2/5 stars

*I was provided a copy of Love Without End by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for hosting my review for the blog tour of this novel. I received no compensation for writing this review; this review is in compliance with FTC’s guidelines.

Guest Post: Rachel Carey’s Review of The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

Reader friends,

Today I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming my good friend, and fellow University of Delaware alumni and English major, Rachel Carey, to A Way With Words. I’ve known Rachel for about seven years now (what a blessing to have friends for such a time) and got to know her quite well when we served as fiction editors for Ceasura, UD’s literary magazine. Aside from her superb editorial skills, Rachel is also a terrific literary writer. When the time came to find reviewers for Dawn’s second novel I knew I wanted to ask Rachel to join the team. Her history as a prolific creative writer is just what authors look for in a reviewer.

I hope you enjoy Rachel’s review of The Bound Heart. Be sure to keep an eye out for this young lady’s work–someday, you may see her name on your bookshelf.

Happy reading!


 

The Bound HeartIn Dawn Crandall’s beautifully written second installment of The Everstone Chronicles, The Bound Heart, she again tells an astonishingly honest story of a stuck young woman, grappling with the truth of her own desires and how God’s plan fits into her life. Meredyth Summercourt thinks she has her whole life figured out. Even though her own desires fall far from what society expects from her, she knows one thing is for certain: in order to recieve atonement for her sins, she must marry Vance Everstone. She is even at peace with the inevitability of it all, until an unexpected kiss lets her see what she is missing. Then, she begins to realize that there is more to life, and more to the equation of her happiness, than simply giving into what she feels is expected of her…and does that equation possibly have someone other than Vance Everstone walking her down the aisle?

Lawry Hampton is a man of God and one of her oldest friends. He’s good with children and has a heart of gold. But, when it all comes down to it, does Meredyth really have the courage to act against the plans that she believes that God has set for her? And ultimately, even if God is forgiving, will she be able to forgive herself for how she has acted and move on to bigger and better things? All of these timeless internal conflicts and more face Meredyth as she struggles to make sense of her need to meet the expectations of society, her family, her love, her God, and herself. At the end of it all, one truth is certain: Sometimes God’s plans aren’t so different from our own; in fact, sometimes, the desires that reside in our hearts are put there by God—it just takes some faith to realize that He wants our peace and happiness just as much as we do. In Crandall’s story, it is up to Meredyth to release her heart and give into what is right.

Rating: 5 stars


About the Reviewer:

Rachel CareyRachel Carey is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, trying to navigate her way through the “real” world, when really all she wants to do is write to make sense of it. If you’re ever looking for her, you are most likely to find her with her nose in a book— either reading or writing. As far as the future, she knows that she will continue writing no matter what, but hopes to one day become more involved in the world of publishing— maybe even the publishing of her own novel!


A Triple Threat: Part One of an Interview with Harry Wegley

Good evening readers,

Harry WegleyTonight author Harry Wegley is stopping by A Way With Words for the first part of three interviews about his writing career and new novel, Triple Threat. On Friday, the release day of Triple Threat, I posted the cover reveal of the novel.

Here’s the synopsis of the book:

Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it’s only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot.

Damaged as a child by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks the life of Josh, an agnostic who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences. And that would break Katie’s heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

If Katie and Josh survive the investigation, can they span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Intrigued yet? Find Triple Threat on Amazon and Pintrest, and until your copy arrives, read on to learn more about Harry’s novel!


Thanks for joining me at A Way With Words, Harry.

1) How did you decide upon the title, Triple Threat?

Triple Threat came from the terrorism thread in the plot. The terrorist conspiracy used three attack vectors to attempt to cripple United States in an attack that dwarfs 9/11 by orders of magnitude.

2) How important are names to you in your books? Did you choose the names of character in Triple Threat based on liking the way they sound or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing Triple Threatresources you recommend?

The only characters I spend much time thinking about the names are the main antagonists and protagonists. I use Internet resources to find ethnic names. There are several sites where you can find the names and their meanings. I simply Google names and the ethnicity that I want. That usually gives me more than enough choices for my characters. As for name meanings, I have usually chosen the antagonists names based partly on their meaning.

3) Are any experiences in Triple Threat based on personal experiences? Did you draw upon any stories or movies for inspiration for the novel?

For Triple Threat, unlike my previous novels, I didn’t draw on personal experiences. However, I did use settings that I’m very familiar with. The Whistler, BC setting was inspired by a magazine article I read which stated that there had never been a 007 movie filmed in Canada and that there had never been a thriller, movie or book, that used the Whistler peak-to-peak gondola run, the longest stretch of unsupported cable in the world. After reading that, I immediately began writing a scene using the peak-to-peak gondola. It truly is a spectacular setting. Here’s a link to a picture of it:

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4) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Triple Threat?

The only thing I would change if I were rewriting Triple Threat, is to show the hero’s epiphany from his point of view. In my story, it happens off screen and removes some of the punch from the final scenes.

5) Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

It doesn’t take an IQ of 180 to answer questions from critics about Christianity. You only have to know a few basic truths. Anyone can learn them. But, wielding them wisely takes God’s help. Over the course of the story, Katie Brandt answers, in dialogue, nearly every major criticism of Christianity that non-believers throw at Christians.

6) What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Getting pictures for the cover, and possibly a book trailer, was challenging. It required two trips to Whistler and two rides on the peak-to-peak run, hanging 1/2 mile above Whistler village. But I did sell some books on the gondola. https://i0.wp.com/www.teenidols4you.com/blink/Actors/juliegonzalo/juliegonzalo_1285030686.jpgPeople asked me why I was shooting so many pictures. I handed them book series postcards and they ordered books.

8) If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Katie Brandt is almost impossible to cast. She has it all, 5’ 9” tall, long blond hair, slender and extremely athletic, has a 180+ IQ. The best I could come up with was Julie Gonzalo from a few years ago. She looks a bit too old for Katie now and I think Julie is a couple of inches too short. And I’m sure she can’t crank a baseball up to 90 mph.

Drew Waters would make a good Joshua West, although Josh was a tight end on a state championship football team, so he’s probably a bit bigger than Drew. https://i1.wp.com/www.magweb.com/picts/nm1988958.jpg

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10) What was it like coming back to Katie, Lee, and Jennifer for the 4th novel in the series? Do you foresee any more stories for this family of characters?

Jennifer is the same Jennifer, intellectually unmatched, though Katie comes close. Lee is now the protective father of Katie.

Katie Brandt grew up a lot between books 3 and four. In the intervening five years, she went from being a beautiful, courageous 15-year-old girl to being a beautiful woman who is pushing the limits of human knowledge in computer science. It was fun to define the grown-up Katie as being so gifted, physically and intellectually, that she thinks she can get away with just about anything. She takes too many risks and this gets her into all kinds of trouble.

Right now, I don’t foresee any further books in the series. But, if I were to write one, I would like to take the three-year-old genius twins, Grace and Grady, and write a young adult novel starring them.

Cover Reveal: Triple Threat by Harry Wegley

Triple Threat It’s release day for author Harry Wegley’s Triple Threat! A novel of thrills, conspiracy, romance, and faith, Triple Threat is everything this cover embodies through its attractive leading characters, vivid colors, and symbolic pieces indicative of the Wegley’s storyline. The sensational plot jumps off of the cover–the contrast of light sky and darker mountains leave nothing to chance that Triple Threat‘s leading characters will face forces of good and evil as they fight a conspiracy and opposing worldviews.

Typically I stay within the genres of historical or contemporary inspirational literature; however, Triple Threat‘s cover is so appealing that I feel myself drawn to Wegley’s novel. The leading man and woman on the cover are individual enough to tell readers they have their own stories, but the emotions in their eyes also relay that romance will play a part in the novel. With the unique blend of love, faith, and adventure, Triple Threat could be just the novel to start me off on a new genre.

What do you think of the cover of Triple Threat? What do you like about the cover or wish was different?


About the Book:

Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it’s only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot.

Damaged as a child by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks the life of Josh, an agnostic who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences. And that would break Katie’s heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

If Katie and Josh survive the investigation, can they span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Find Triple Threat on Amazon and Pintrest


About the Author:

Harry WegleyH. L. (Harry) Wegley served 7 years in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. After leaving the military he worked for nearly 12 years as a research scientist in atmospheric physics at a national lab where he earned an advanced degree in Computer Science, then developed distributed computing systems for Boeing for more than 2 decades.

Since retiring in 2008 he has attended several novel-writing workshops, seminars, and conferences and published several contracted books, including a devotional work and a series of novels. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Oregon Christian Writers, and Christian Author Network.

Harry lives in the greater Seattle area with his wife of 48 years. When they are not enjoying grandkids, participating in church ministries, hiking the Olympic Peninsula beaches or occasionally traveling to snorkel tropical waters, H. L. writes inspirational thriller/suspense novels and continues to study the craft of writing fiction.

Find Harry on Facebook, Pintrest, and at his website

Blog-Hopping Fun!

It’s been a busy past few weeks here at A Way With Words! As the publishing industry pushes to get out as many books as possible before Black Friday, authors and bloggers are hitting their keys for interviews, posts, reviews, and more. Below are a few of the sites I have contributed to recently. Ever wondered what you would change if you had the chance to go back in time? Do you often think about what you’re thankful for as Turkey Day approaches? If you’re in need of some inspiration for your own writing, or perhaps just perusing your favorite blogs while searching for some new Thanksgiving recipes, check out my latest posts for some fun and heartfelt thoughts on the world around you.

Author Bill Garrison interviewed me for his series on what we would change in our lives if we had the chance to time travel. What do you think of my answers? How would you respond to his questions?

Over on Writing Prompts, Thoughts, and Ideas, Oh My! I discuss the many reasons I am thankful for the life I live. What you are thankful for?

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog! =)

 

Beyond the Scenes: an Interview with Jennifer Slattery

Good morning friends,

Jennifer SlatteryToday I have the pleasure of hosting Jennifer Slattery at A Way With Words. Jennifer is a new friend of mine, a fellow member of the ACFW, a blogger and prolific writer, and an author! Wow, she has so much going on and somehow manages to do it so well. Last night I posted my review of Jennifer’s debut novel, Beyond I Do. The novel released in August, and if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet I highly recommend you do. This sweet contemporary inspirational contains a story that we can all relate to, as well as some much needed spiritual lessons that we can all benefit from.

Until you get your hands on Beyond I Do, read Jennifer’s interview about her writing and her faith. Don’t forget, find Beyond I Do here and let Jennifer know what you think of her novel. Enjoy!


 

1) What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book…? Or do you mean to write in general? I’ve always processed through my hands (pen and paper or keyboard) and have been known to slip into fantasy worlds on numerous occasions, but I never considered writing as a calling until I became involved in church ministries. Initially, writing began as a means to an end. I wrote curriculum to teach something, dramas to reach the community, short stories to illustrate a truth taught in Sunday school. Then one day it hit me, “Hey, I like this!” Even so, I didn’t pursue it as a calling until some time later… almost ten years later, in fact, after much nudging and prodding from God. 🙂

2) Do you have a specific writing style?

I am inherently sarcastic, which I’m learning I need to tone down, as, until someone invents a sarcasm font, sarcasm doesn’t translate onto the page well. I also tend to write about gritty and intense subjects like homelessness, abandonment, and alcoholism. And yet, though I believe my readers like authentic stories (and real life gets messy), I also know there’s only so much intensity one can take before they need a bit of a breather. Because of this, I like to sprinkle humor into my novels. I suppose that also helps feed my sarcastic, goofy side.

3) What does your writing process look like?

All of my stories begin with a character that camps out in my brain. I’m very visual, so I often envision this character in full color. I see her challenges, her day-to-day, those lonely nights when she wrestles with dreams and the harsh realities of life that threaten to keep her from them. I also spend a great deal of time in prayer at every stage in the writing process because if my words aren’t infused with God’s grace and truth, they’re pointless and soon to be forgotten. But if, by God’s infinite wisdom and grace, they manage to touch my readers in a lasting way, drawing them closer to their Creator and helping them embrace His eternal mission, than they are worth every rewrite.

5) Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action?

I don’t think so. I have times when all scenes are hard to write in general, and I’ve found those moments of struggle are often a reflection of my heart. The closer I am to God, the easier it is for me to live out my calling, for He is my power and creativity source. But when I get too “busy” to abide in Christ (John 15:1-5), I find I waste a great deal of time staring at a blank screen. Or creating trivial garbage fit only for the shredder. And honestly, I hope and pray this is always the case because, being the selfish, distracted human I am, I need all the incentive to stay close to my Savior that I can get. 🙂

6) What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

I am creating a video about it this very weekend. I’ll have to come back and show the finished project to you all when I’m done. J But to answer your question—marketing. I know we all need to do it, and quite honestly, it’s the ethical thing to do. Considering how much effort and resources my publisher puts into my books, the least I can do is participate in the marketing process. But sometimes it feels as if I’m boasting or trying to be the center of attention. When those feelings of insecurity arise, I have to remind myself that I am not promoting me but rather the book I wrote, which I believe glorifies God and draws His children closer to Him. So really I’m not promoting myself, per say, but rather an outreach tool. 🙂 Even so, if I had my druthers, I’d spend all of my time simply writing.

7) Do you have a favorite writing conference to attend? What is it?

As a longtime ACFW member, I always enjoy going to their conference as that provides an opportunity to see many of my friends, though ACFW does tend to have a lot of cumbersome rules regarding who can take what classes that can make things a bit frustrating. (Though I’ve heard this is changing. Yay!) However, I want to try a different conference each year, as I know each conference has a unique flavor and unique classes. This spring I’m going to Mt. Hermon, and I’m so excited!


About the Author:

Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, is currently discounted in e-book format for under $3! You can find it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-i-do-jennifer-slattery/1118903211?ean=9781596694170

She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and writes and edits for Christ to the World Ministries. When not writing, Jennifer loves helping aspiring authors grow in their craft, and has editing slots open beginning in November. Find out more here: http://wordsthatkeep.wordpress.com/

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud,  on Facebook ,  and on Twitter @Jenslattery.


About the Novel:

Beyond I DoWill seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here:

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