I’m posting over at The Writer’s Alley today about hearing God speak through fiction. Stop by share!
I’ve been so excited about hosting Keli Gwyn, whose debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, released yesterday, July 1. Keli is one of those people who have God’s fingerprints all over them. She is kind, considerate, giving, and selfless. She is a gifted writer and I know God has big things in store for His servant, Keli.
ABOUT KELI GWYN: Keli Gwyn writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters, and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, set in the heart of the Gold Country where she lives, will be released in July 2012.
When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.
MY INTERVIEW WITH KELI:
Oh Keli….I have loved having you here! Thank you for your wonderful answers, giving others a glimpse into YOU! May God bless you on this exciting journey!
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It has been a long time since I have read a whole book in a day. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a book I just couldn’t put down, that gripped me from the start, that kept me turning the page, even when I had laundry to do and supper to cook. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade was that book for me this past weekend.
Wade’s debut Christian novel tells the story of Kate Donovan, a single woman who travels to Redbud, Pennsylvania with her grandmother to orchestrate the renovation of the family homestead. Matt Jarreau is the man hired renovate the house, and he has baggage. Lots of baggage. Matt is an ex-hockey player who can’t get over the death of his wife. It is only through Kate’s stubborn persistence that he begins to open up and feel again.
It is difficult to explain how much this book affected me…stayed with me. The pain and hurt in Matt’s heart was palatable and I could feel Kate’s empathy and growing love for him. There were moments when I would find myself holding my breath, listening for Kate’s words of encouragement, waiting to hear Matt’s heart speak, anticipating the moment when the two would connect on an emotional and spiritual level.
Secondary characters played a big role in the book and made for some comic relief. It reminded me of the movie Return to Me, with a group of seniors hanging out with the young couple, having fun, being merry, and being a HOOT! Loved these seniors!
The romantic tension between Kate and Matt was FABULOUS (yes, there were definitely some swoon moments!) and they were paced in a satisfying way. Seriously, this was a romantic book. Well done. Satisfying in every way.
I have to tell you, the characters stayed with me for quite awhile. I think it was because the author did such a great job in getting into the character’s mind and heart, going deep, delving into the dark parts. She didn’t just tell about their inner selves, she showed it in every gesture, thought, action, glance. It was brilliant.
Normally, I do a giveaway with my book reviews, but I am keeping this one. It’s too good to give up. I’m sorry! But you can go HERE to purchase it! I highly recommend it!
ABOUT MY STUBBORN HEART:
Tomorrow I’m interviewing Jessica at The Writer’s Alley and I’m giving away a copy of Love on the Range! Stop by and find out more about Jessica and her journey. Comment tomorrow at The Writer’s Alley for a chance to win a copy!
I am embarking on a new adventure this month and it is called SPEEDBO, hosted by the incredible ladies at Seekerville. If you have heard of NaNoWriMo or Book-in-A-Month, then you know what kind of adventure I am talking about.
SPEEDBO stand for Speed Book…I think. It is all about writing a book in a month, or at least write as much of a book in a month as you can. You set your daily word count. You don’t have to share if you met your daily goal. You just write the most you can, every day. Simple as that. I’ve even added a word count meter in the side bar…look to your right…to keep track of my progress for the month.
Stop by Seekerville’s blog HERE for instructions to sign up. Did I mention they have tons of prizes to dish out for those participating and commenting on the blog? Hmmmm, yeah…they are awesome like that.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up and be my accountability partner!
I saw a list for the top 20 fiction titles at Christianbook.com and here they are, as of August 1:
- The Missing, Seasons of Grace Series #2, Beverly Lewis
- The Shack, William P. Young
- A Cousin’s Prayer, Indiana Cousins Series #2, Wanda E. Brunstetter
- Fields of Grace, Kim Vogel Sawyer
- Forgiven, Sisters of the Heart Series #3, Shelley Shepard Gray
- Dawn’s Prelude, Song of Alaska Series #1, Tracie Peterson
- That Certain Spark, Only in Gooding! Series #4, Cathy Marie Hake
- A Surrendered Heart, Broadmoor Legacy Series #3, Tracie Peterson, Judith Miller
- A Man of His Word, Hearts of Middlefield Series #1, Kathleen Fuller
- Intervention, Terri Blackstock
- Take Two, Above The Line Series #2, Karen Kingsbury
- The Believer, Shaker Series #2, Ann H. Gabhart
- Green,The Beginning & the End, Circle Series #0, Ted Dekker
- Where Grace Abides, Riverhaven Years Series #2, B.J. Hoff
- A Dream to Call My Own, Brides of Gallatin County Series #3, Tracie Peterson
- The Carousel Painter, Judith Miller
- Lonestar Secrets, Lonestar Series #2, Colleen Coble
- Outlaw’s Bride, Lori Copeland
- Angel Train, Wagon Wheel Series #4, Gilbert Morris
- Montana Rose, Montana Marriages Series #1, Mary Connealy
What I find interesting about this list is that 8 out of the 20 is Amish fiction. I confess this is not my favorite type of read, but evidently it is for alot of people. What is so compelling about this type of fiction? Is it the simple life? A simple faith? A cloistered life? I don’t know…you tell me.