Meet author Linda Goodnight

NY Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight writes heartwarming stories of faith, family and love. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the RITA. Linda’s great passions are her faith and her large blended family. In her spare time, this small-town girl loves to bake and travel. A former nurse and teacher of the year, Linda lives in rural Oklahoma with her rancher husband and a spoiled rat terrier.

Tell us about your newest book.

I’m so excited about this book that I’m in danger of being gushy, but here goes. Claiming Her Legacy is an American west historical romance starring an unconventional heroine and an even more unconventional hero. When I first “saw” Gideon Hartley sitting on his horse overlooking a cotton plantation with hate and hurt in his heart, I knew I had to write his story and help this lost soul find hope and healing. I knew he was well-educated and that he hated his father.  By the time the story opens, Gideon has spent years numbing his pain with whiskey. Now, another tragedy has ended his trail-guiding career. That is, until he’s awakened from a drunken stupor by a little brown sparrow of a woman who needs his help to find her father’s murderer and collect the hefty reward she simply must have or lose the only thing of value she and her sisters own-their land claim. The woman both annoys and intrigues him, but, fearing another disaster, Gideon refuses. Willa can’t take no for an answer. The result is an adventure into dangerous territory where the two must learn to trust and rely on one another (or die) and, hopefully, find redemption and love along the way.

What inspired you to write Claiming Her Legacy?

As a native Oklahoman living in Indian Territory, I’ve grown up hearing the wild and wooly stories of our state’s turn-of-the-century history. The Land Runs in particular fascinate me. While other states became increasingly modern in the late 1800s, the twin Oklahoma and Indian Territories were very much still the wild, wild west with a fascinating mix of rich and poor, black, white and Indian, and opportunists and outlaws. When I saw an old photo of a woman standing outside a tent with a rifle, holding fast to the land she’d claimed in the Land Run, I just had to write her story.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

Determined to earn the bounty that will save her land claim and provide for her younger sisters in 1890’s Oklahoma Territory, a tomboy spinster convinces a handsome, poetry-quoting trail guide, who is fighting his own demons, to track her father’s murderer…. But first she has to get him sober and pray she can trust him to guide her safely through the most lawless territory in all of America.

What genre do you focus on and why?

I normally focus on contemporary Christian romance, but this new book reverts to my early career that began with historical prairie romance.  I enjoy the freedom to write both.

Why do you write?

As someone who has always written and who’s had a 20-plus year career as a published novelist, this is my job, my way of earning a living. But it’s more than that. I’d have to say I’m compelled. Called, if you will.  There’s such beauty and power in words and I’m fascinated by the ability to manipulate them for effect. Writing is a gift God gave me and I cannot let Him down by ignoring it. And then, there’s also those pesky characters swirling in my head that won’t hush until I let them out!

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

The main character in Claiming Her Legacy is Willa Malone. I chose the name Willa, first, because it’s a pretty word, but also because it sounded like willow, a graceful, soft-appearing tree with deceiving strength.  Like her namesake tree, Willa is deceptively strong. Life bends her in outrageous ways, but she does not break.  In the beginning, Willa doesn’t know her own strength, but like the willow, she not only survives but thrives with grace and beauty under the most challenging conditions.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

My general goal when under contract is to write a minimum of 5 pages per day, 5 days per week with holidays and breaks penciled onto my calendar so that I can make my deadlines without missing out on life and family.  Sometimes I write more but never less, and I can usually get those pages written early in the day and then move on to other things.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

This isn’t something I think about often because I am truly grateful to be able to do what I love for a living.  But because I live in a very rural area and mostly see no one other than my husband, I’d have to say the most difficult for me is the isolation from people. People are interesting and their views and experiences often stir ideas for books. I feed off their energy, if that makes sense. We are created to be social beings and though I’m an introvert deluxe, I still need people.  Facetime and Zoom is convenient but nothing takes the place of face-to-face friendships. My Bible study group is a god-send in the most true sense of the word.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

The freedom and flexibility to set my own schedule and to write what I want to. Yay! So, so nice. Going to work in sweats and fuzzy socks isn’t bad either!

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

I’m about as ordinary as they come, but people are often interested in my parenting journey. I have nine children-three biological and the rest are children of the heart, including three daughters adopted from Ukraine. As a result of our adoptions, three of those now-adult children have adopted and others are planning to. I love that because I truly believe adoption is the heart of God.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Oh, my! I’ve grown and changed so much in these twenty years. Writing is an ever-evolving craft and the industry has really, really changed since those early days of my career. To stay current and keep working, I’ve had to keep abreast of the trends and tropes and learn social media and promotional techniques that didn’t even exist back then. Also, I’ve learned who I am as a writer, what my strengths and weaknesses are, where my niche in this writing world is, and hopefully, I’ve learned more about the actual craft of creating reader-worthy stories.

What is your favorite pastime?

When I have time, I take a busman’s holiday and read, read, read. There are so many excellent authors out there that I enjoy. There’s just not enough time!  I also LOVE to travel.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I’ve written upwards of fifty books and still counting.  A pdf file of most of them is available on my website under the “book” label.  Hopefully, you’ll find something you just have to read.

What are you working on now?

I just finished a three-book series for Love Inspired, titled Sundown Valley. One of the books-To Protect His Children-is available now. To Keep Them Safe is scheduled for April and the final, untitled story appears later in 2022.  Right now, I’m starting a brand-new contemporary series for Love Inspired about three sisters and, of course, the men who love them.  No titles yet but that info will be on my website when I have it.

Website:  www.lindagoodnight.com

Social media link: www.facebook.com/linda.goodnight.1

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Mary Dodge Allen

Mary Dodge Allen has received two Royal Palm Literary Awards from the Florida Writer’s Association. She and her husband live in Florida, where she has served as a volunteer with the police department. Her childhood in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, sparked her lifelong love of the outdoors. She’s been a counselor and social worker, and she worked as a USPS mail carrier during a college break. Her quirky sense of humor is energized by a passion for coffee and chocolate.

Tell us about your latest book.

Two years to the day after Roxy Silva’s husband was murdered, a freak sinkhole drains a retention pond, exposing the car used in his fatal hit and run. The skeleton of the presumed prime suspect, the car’s owner, is found inside the trunk, thrusting the investigation in a new direction.

Detective Kyle Ransom is determined to find his best friend’s killer, and Roxy is equally determined to help. As a mail carrier, she can remain invisible as she moves around town. Together, Roxy and Kyle uncover a shocking trail of deception and secrets. As they work on the cold case, their relationship heats up. Roxy is plunged into a fight for her life when she’s taken captive, and she must use her wits to survive.

What inspired you to write Hunt for a Hometown Killer?

I grew up in a small town where everyone knew each other, and relationships were close. And yet, sometimes secrets came to light, demonstrating that people aren’t always who they appear to be. I’ve also lived in Florida for many years. Nearly forty years ago, a massive sinkhole opened up less than a mile from where I now live. The sinkhole is now a pond named Lake Rose, in honor of the homeowner.

How would you describe your book in a 30-second blurb?

Small towns can have secrets and skeletons. What happens when a sinkhole uncovers them?

Who is your main character, and how did you choose the name?

The name Roxy has a strong and somewhat quirky sound, and my main character is a strong woman with a few interesting quirks. One of her most interesting quirks is her sharp photographic memory. The support of her family and close friends has helped Roxy to endure many losses in her life, including the shocking hit and run murder of her husband.

What’s your favorite pastime?

My husband and I love to go kayaking. It’s so peaceful, paddling on Florida’s rivers and lakes, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Recently, we spent a half day paddling down the Ocklawaha River, a remote area without cell phone service in the Ocala Forest – the setting for the canoe trip in Hunt for a Hometown Killer.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

The suspenseful and humorous canoe trip chapters were inspired by the many canoe trip getaways I took with my close women friends when I loved in Minnesota. For a few days every summer we’d venture into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near the Canadian border. We’d portage our backpacks and canoes from lake to lake, and we’d stay at beautiful primitive campsites. Florida’s Ocala Forest has its own primitive beauty… and many more dangers. I enjoyed placing my characters in this challenging wilderness setting, while the killer was on the loose.

What can readers expect from you next?

I am working on a sequel to Hunt for a Hometown Killer. Roxy’s family will grow, and she’ll have more crimes to solve.

Click on this link to buy:

Hunt For A Hometown Killer: A Novel: Allen, Mary Dodge: 9781952369704: Amazon.com: Books

 

Website: www.marydodgeallen.com

Valentine’s Day treats

There are lots of Valentine’s Day treats—boxes of candies, decadent desserts, lovely cards. But if your loved one likes to read, giving the gift of a book will last much longer than the sweets—and not leave them with pounds or pimples. Smiles.

How about buying a book or two—or an entire series—and add a scented candle and a cozy blanket? Then let her snuggle up on a cold winter’s day with the gift of story.

Since all my books have a strong romantic thread woven through them, the Thousand Islands novels and novellas would be a great start to a Valentine’s reading gift. Here’s a summary of all seven that are currently out (plus a peek at my newest):

Peyton’s Promise

Book 3 of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, coming May 24, 2022

Peyton Quinn is tasked with preparing the grand Calumet Castle ballroom for a summer gala. As she works in a male-dominated position of upholsterer and fights for women’s equality, she’s persecuted for her unorthodox ways. But when her pyrotechnics-engineer father is seriously hurt, she takes over the plans for the fireworks display despite being socially ostracized.

Patrick Taylor, Calumet’s carpenter and Peyton’s childhood chum, hopes to win her heart, but her unconventional undertakings cause a rift. Peyton has to ignore the prejudices and persevere or she could lose her job, forfeit Patrick’s love and respect, and become the talk of local gossips.

Devyn’s Dilemma

Book 2 of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series

Devyn McKenna is forced to work in the Towers on Dark Island. But when Devyn finds herself in service to the wealthy Frederick Bourne family, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Brice McBride, Mr. Bourne’s valet, tries to help the mysterious Devyn find peace and love in her new world, but she can’t seem to stay out of trouble—especially when she’s accused of stealing Bourne’s money for Vanderbilt’s NYC subway expansion.

Katelyn’s Choice

Book 1 of the Thousand Islands Gilded Age series

Katelyn Kavanagh finds herself in the service of none other than the famous George Pullman, and the transition proves anything but easy.

Thomas O’Neill also works on Pullman Island and tries to help her adjust to her new world, but she just can’t seem to tame her gossiping tongue—even when it could endanger her job, the 1872 re-election of Pullman guest President Ulysses S. Grant, and the love of the man of her dreams.

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Colleen’s Confession

Thousand Islands Brides, book 4

Colleen Sullivan conceals secrets when she works on Comfort Island and awaits her betrothed’s arrival. She loves to draw and dreams of growing in the craft. But tragedy strikes and her orphan dreams of finally belonging and becoming a wife and an artist are gone. What will her future hold?

Jack Weiss is smitten by the lovely Irish lass. Perhaps introducing her to the famous impressionist, Alson Skinner Clark, will brighten her opinion of him. But rumors of war in Europe means Jack must choose between joining his homeland’s army or staying safe in the Thousand Islands as he makes a life with Colleen. If she will have him.

Reagan’s Reward

Thousand Islands Brides, book 3

Reagan Kennedy assumes the position of governess to the Bernheim family’s twin nephews, and her life at Cherry Island’s Casa Blanca becomes frustratingly complicated. Service to a Jewish family and tending to eight-year-old mischievous boys brings trouble galore.

Daniel Lovitz serves as the island’s caretaker and boatman. When he tries to help the alluring Reagan make sense of her new world, her insecurities mount as her confidence is shaken―especially when she crosses the faith divide and when Etta Damsky makes her life miserable. As trouble brews, Daniel sees another side of the woman he’s come to love.

Sara’s Surprise

Thousand Islands Brides, book 2

Sara O’Neill works as an assistant pastry chef at the Thousand Islands Crossmon Hotel where she meets precocious,seven-year-old Madison and her charming father and hotel manager, Sean Graham. But Jacque LaFleur, the pastry chef Sara works under, makes her dream job a nightmare.

Sean has trouble keeping Madison out of mischief and his mind off Sara. Though he finds Sara captivating, he’s jealous of LaFleur and misreads Sara’s desire to learn from the pastry chef as love. Can Sean learn to trust her and can Sara trust him—and herself to be an instant mother?

Christmas Charity

Thousand Islands Brides, book 1

Susan Hawkins and Patrick O’Neill find that an arranged marriage is much harder than they think, especially when they emigrate from Wolfe Island, Canada, to Cape Vincent, New York, in 1864, just a week after they marry—with Patrick’s nine-year-old daughter, Lizzy, in tow. Can twenty-three-year-old Susan Hawkins learn to love her forty-nine-year-old husband and find charity for her angry stepdaughter? With Christmas coming, she hopes so.

The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy

After struggling to accept the changes forced upon her, Margaret Hawkins and her family take a perilous journey on an 1851 immigrant ship to the New World, bringing with her an Irish family quilt she is making. A hundred and sixty years later, her great granddaughter, Maggie, searches for the family quilt after her ex-pawns it. But on their way to creating a family legacy, will these women find peace with the past and embrace hope for the future, or will they be imprisoned by fear and faithlessness?

 

 

Meet author Alyssa Schwarz

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 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Her stories are set in the Colorado mountains, and her debut novel, The Glass Cottage, released in the Fall of 2021. You can find her online at www.alyssaschwarzauthor.com.

Tell us about your newest book.

Dear Beth is sort of a prequel to The Glass Cottage in the Prescott Family Romance series. It’s a sweet small-town story set in the town of Loveland, CO, that centers around a second-chance romance and a 76-year-old Valentine’s Day tradition.

What inspired you to write Dear Beth?

Every year, my grandma used to send everyone in the family a little Valentine’s Day card with the famous Loveland stamp (get it, Love-land?) on the envelope. Since then, my mom and I have continued the tradition, and I thought it would be fun to center a story around the town’s internationally famous letter re-mailing program. To participate, you send your letters to the Sweetheart City’s post office by the first week of February, they put their own special Valentine’s themed cancelation stamp on the corner, and then they send it out to the final recipient.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

Amidst the backdrop of a small town’s quirky Valentine’s Day tradition, Beth must decide if she is finally ready to risk her heart again with the man she once loved.

What genre do you focus on?

So far, I’ve written mainly contemporary Christian fiction romance, and my first book, The Glass Cottage, had a small time-slip element as well. As a reader, I love both contemporary and historical Christian fiction. They’re both so different from one another, but they both have the power to speak life and truth into our lives. I’d love to venture more into historical fiction, and I have a few ideas in the works, but I plan to finish this current series first and see how it all goes!

Why do you write?

I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until 2020 that God seemed to finally open the door and say, “Remember that dream I gave you when you were a little girl? Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten yet. I’ve opened the doors for you and now’s the time. Go. Write the stories I inspire in you.” It was an exciting and humbling experience, and He’s proven faithful every step of the way.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

The two main characters in this book are Tye Prescott and Beth Walsh. This book is the second in the series, a Prescott Family Romance, so I knew one of the characters was going to be a Prescott, and I had a vague idea that he was going to be a veterinarian. In all honesty, I probably named him after a character in the show Heartland. And Beth… She is a die-hard Jane Austen fan. Once I knew that, I thought it would be a fun idea to name her after one of the author’s heroines.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I have another part-time job, so I mainly write Wednesdays through Fridays. Every day is a little bit of writing, editing, coming up with creative ideas for Instagram posts or marketing plans…

I probably should create more of a firm schedule to stick to, but the helter-skelter method has worked so far!

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Everything that comes after the initial idea for a story. That and time management. And marketing…

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

I love that I get to do something creative. My background is in geological engineering, which oddly enough involves a fair bit of storytelling in itself, but it’s so much more fun getting to dream up stories all day.

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

I am also a watercolor artist. About a year ago, my mom and I created our own art company, Sundog Studios Co, and we have been blessed to be able to showcase some of our artwork in a few galleries in the Denver Metro area.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

When I was a kid, I used to be afraid of butterflies. I mean when you think about it, they’re just large flies with pretty wings, right?

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

When I started writing, I envisioned Colin Firth’s character in Love Actually. You know, sitting in front of an antique typewriter in his rustic country cottage as the ideas flowed one page after the other. I’d like to say that is a completely accurate picture of the writing life, but I’ve learned it is so much more. When you say you want to become a writer, no one tells you about the days where you wright only one sentence, or the frustration as you stress over where to put your punctuation, or how exactly do you keep your tea warm enough to get you through that entire afternoon of rewrites. In all seriousness, though, I’ve already learned so much from the wonderful community of Christian fiction authors, and I know now that writing is not a singular endeavor.

What is your favorite pastime?

I love to read, bake, paint, and hike. I’d be happy spending an entire day doing either or all of those activities!

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes! My first book, The Glass Cottage, came out last October, and it’s book #1 in the Prescott Family Romance series. Just like Dear Beth, it is set in another Colorado small town, and involves an antique shop, an old diary, and a little bit of mystery.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the next book in the Prescott Family Romance series (title yet to be decided on). Like the other two books in this series, the next book will focus on another cousin in the Prescott family, and it will take place in Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Meet author Cynthia Simmons

Tell us about your newest book.

My latest book is the third in the Southern Gold series. Peter and Mary Beth own a bank in the Confederacy. They don’t trust the paper money issued by the government and prefer to use gold only. However, an officer in the military asked for a loan he could repay with Confederate bills, and he refers to them as traitors when they hesitate to comply. When the officer turns up dead, accusations fly everywhere. Through all the hardship, the couple learn to reflect the love of God to those around them.

What inspired you to write Reflecting Gold?

The Southern Gold series needed a finale. In the prequel, Valuing Gold, Peter and Mary Beth learned to value eternal things. In the first book, Pursuing Gold, they learned to pursue the Lord about everything else. In this final book Reflecting Gold, they learned to love others even if they suffered through trials of their own.

What genre do you focus on?

I write more historical fiction than any other genre. First, I enjoy reading it and I like to depict characters in different time periods. However, my novels also have a mystery. Unconsciously, I include bits of suspense in my fiction.

Why do you write?

I love unearthing stories from history, so I feel an obligation to share what I learned. Stories from the past illustrate the Bible without being preachy, so the two make a perfect combo.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

I love words. So, I enjoy putting words together to communicate. I’ve written homeschool curriculum, devotions, Bible studies (they go with my novels and are free to download), and articles. I enjoy completing a project that shares truth from the past and Scripture.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I hate math. In elementary school, teachers taught us what they called ‘new math,’ and I never understood it. When I started homeschooling my children, I didn’t know how I would teach math to my kids. However, Mortensen Math blocks helped me understand math better. If I had been taught with manipulatives, I might have enjoyed it more.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I have learned to enjoy people. In the past, I always considered myself an introvert. However, when I’m speaking, I’ve met interesting people, and I find myself welcoming new friends.

What is your favorite pastime?

I have always had a problem with too many hobbies. Reading, sewing, making jewelry are among the top favorites, but researching history tops them all. Any time I visit a new town, I enjoy learning about the founders and learning fun facts about them. I have discovered three relatives who fought in the revolutionary war, and so I joined Daughters of the American Revolution.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I have a trilogy on money during the Civil War; the prequel is Valuing Gold, the first book is Pursuing Gold, and the third is Reflecting Gold. I also have curriculum for homeschool mothers. Pursuing Gold: Critical Thinking Curriculum goes with the second book in the series. Lincoln Family Curriculum is a 12-week curriculum on Abe and Mary Lincoln.

What are you working on now?

I’m researching my hometown for a series of novels in the 1870s, which was the reconstruction in the South. I have a great time asking libraries and churches for their history.

Website: https://clsimmons.com/

Link to book: https://clsimmons.com/product/reflecting-gold/

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Meet author Patty Smith

Multi-published author Patty Smith Hall lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Danny, her two daughters, her son-in-law and her grandboys. An acquisition editor for Winged Publications, she enjoys helping new writers get published. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or playing with her grandsons.

Tell us about your newest book.

A brave fight for literacy during the Great Depression, four women set out on horseback to bring the library to remote communities. Part of FDR’s New Deal was the Works Progress Administration, which funded the Pack Horse Library Initiative. Ride along with four book-loving women who bravely fight for literacy in remote communities during the Great Depression by carrying library books via horseback. Will their efforts be rewarded by finding love in the process?Forced out of her nursing job due to budget cuts, Ruth Sims applies for a position with the Pack Horse Library incentive, only to discover she must go to the one place she swore never to return. The children instantly steal her heart with their thirst for books, and she’s happy in her post until she meets their teacher, Will Munroe—the man who broke her heart.

What inspired you to write In This Moment?

One of the first Christian fiction books I ever read was Christy by Catherine Marshall. I loved that book, from the characters and setting to the conflicts that made that book what it was. So when we decided to do a novella collection about the horse librarians, I felt this was my chance to have a Christy moment!

What genre do you focus on?

I mainly focus on historical romantic fiction. I’ve always been kind of a history buff so digging into the research and making the history come alive is very satisfying for me.

Why do you write?

That’s a good question. For me, I write because I’ve felt called to use my writing abilities to serve God. It’s never been about money or fame with me though I wouldn’t turn it down if it happened! I just feel it’s the ministry God has placed me in and until He tells me to stop writing, I’ll continue to do it.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Ruth Sims and Will Munroe are my main characters in this story. As is my habit, I choose character’s names from a vast list of family and friends. In this case, Ruth is after my grandmother, Ruth Rogers Clark and Will is after my best friend’s oldest son.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

Usually, I write six hours a day when I’m working on a book, but now there’s school to deal with so I’ve had to switch that up a little bit.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part for me is staring at that blank page at the start of a new project. In that moment, I wonder why I ever became a writer, and what makes me think I can string together coherent words, much less a decent story. It’s kind of frightening.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

The best part of my career is when I get an email from one of my readers telling me that my book made a difference to them. That is the highest praise I could hope for.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

This may sound a bit braggy, but I was very talented in my younger days. I danced with the Georgia Ballet and offered an internship with the Atlanta Ballet. And I could sing—an old boyfriend sent Kenny Rogers a tape of me singing, and a few weeks later, I got called in for a try out. The problem was I had horrible stage fright, so I thanked them very kindly but gave them a firm No.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I’m not as much of a pantser now as I once was. I think that’s from putting out so many books in a short period of time—I had to plot out my books if I wanted to get them written and turned in on time. Now, I’m a healthy combination of both pantsers and plotters.

What is your favorite pastime?

Right now, going back to school takes up a large chunk of my time.  But I love to read when I can. I also love to cross-stitch and any time I can spend with my family is precious.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I have a lot of books out there, so the best place to find them is on my author web page at www.pattysmithhall.com or my Amazon page.

What are you working on now?

I’m juggling a lot at the moment. I’m finishing up a novella based in the Georgia goldrush that will be released at the first of the year, then I’ll be working on a Christmas novella for Barbour due in February.  And as I’m writing this, I’m in the Outer Banks of North Carolina researching a full-length book for part of Barbour’s Heroines on World War II series.

Website: www.pattysmithhall.com

Link to book: The Librarian’s Journey

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