Archive for July, 2014

Newtimber: Fractured Tour, a book by Karen Hoover

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Book title: Newtimber: Fractured

Author: Karen E. Hoover

Release Date: June 21st

Tour Dates: July 15th – August 15th

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Trifecta Books

Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions


Newtimber by Karen cover

Book Synopsis:

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked like a spotted egg. And then (more…)

Gringolandia’s author is visiting my Historical blog today

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lyn Miller-Lachmann. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?


My family background didn’t play a role in my writing of Gringolandia but rather my work in the 1980s teaching English to students and refugees from Central and South America. There, I got to know people who had to flee their countries due to dictatorships and the challenges they faced making a new life in the United States. It was especially difficult for families with children, because the children adapted more quickly than their parents and wanted little to do with the country where they were born.


What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

Gringolandia was my third novel manuscript. The first one is in the back of my closet collecting dust. I self-published the second as part of an alternative press that I started in the 1980s. The success of that YA novel, Hiding Places, gave me the courage to write a novel about a refugee family from Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. (more…)

Laurie LC Lewis talks about “Free Men and Dreamers”: her historical series

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Laurie, welcome.

I hear you are running a summer-long event called The Star-Spangled Summer Adventure to celebrate the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

Yes the details can be found at

Sounds so fun. What is the title of your historical series?

“Free Men and Dreamers.”

The books are: Dark Sky at Dawn,


Twilight’s Last Gleaming,


Dawn’s Early Light,


Oh Say Can You See, and (more…)

Interview with Lu Ann Brobst Staheli about “Men of Destiny”

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Lu Ann, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

My mother was a writer, although she had never had anything published. She wrote poetry for every family occasion, happy and sad. She wrote letters to all of us, no matter how spread across the country. She wrote her life story in a journal. I think my mom would have embraced the internet and used it as a means to touch, teach, and love. Although she told me I’d never make a living as a writer, she still supported my dreams. She once arranged for me to work at the Anderson Herald though the Explorer program so I could learn about the newspaper business. My grandmother was also a writer. She had huge dreams of writing the All-American novel someday, and although she wrote short stories, to my knowledge the only thing she had published was a poem about the sinking of the Titanic a few days after the tragedy. Her poem, “The Lost Ones,” was published in the Chicago Herald American. She always gave me gifts that would teach me how to write and expand my vocabulary. Both she and my mother were avid readers, as I turned out to be.

What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel? (more…)

Patty Wiseman talks about her series “Velvet Shoe Collection”

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Patty, what makes you passionate about writing?

As a small child, stories of my colorful family intrigued me. I would sit and listen to the tales the adults spun while I hid under the stairwell in my grandmother’s house. As I grew older, I wanted to spin stories, too, and fell in love with the reaction I generated from my mythical lore. I don’t write to make a statement, I write to surprise, to intrigue, and to fuel curiosity.

Do you have a writing routine?

I do have a routine. Early on, I got caught up in all the social media and realized it was eating up so much time! (more…)

This historical novel is Jason Lloyd Morgan’s The Mirror of the Soul

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Jason, how long have you been writing?


My first short story was written when I was in 4th grade. However, I have dyslexia and can’t spell for the life of me. Technology has allowed me to do what I haven’t been able to do before. My first novel came out in 2010.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Laramie, Wyoming, though I spent most of my younger life in Orem, Utah. I now live in North Carolina.

Nice. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)

Jess Hughes author of the historical novel “The Sign of the Eagle”

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

1. Jess, what is your typical day like?

First of all, I am twice retired. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement and retired as police detective sergeant. Then I worked for a life insurance company before “retiring” for good.

My wife, Liz, and I live on a four acre mini-farm in Eastern Washington State. We own three horses and have a small apple orchard. These along with many other activities keep us busy.

However, I try to write from three to five hours daily. Ideally, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. Before, after and in between those hours I am doing chores around the property. My wife, a retired science teacher, was raised on a cattle ranch and probably does more work than me.

Jess Steven (Steve) Hughes portrait

In addition to my writing at home, I usually spend two-three hours twice a week writing in (more…)


Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli‘s book MEN OF DESTINY: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH was published on May 15, 2014 51sMH6Bf53L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_ Back cover blurb:

Contemporaries by birth, Abraham Lincoln and the Prophet Joseph Smith shared (more…)