Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal - Anon, Sir, Anon


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While on vacation this past summer, I reveled in a special treat. Rachel Heffington asked me to read her new mystery novel. Rachel as already earned my respect as a writer and an all around delightful person. But now she has further extended my appreciation of her ability to tell an engaging story and bring characters to life on the page. I am delighted that I can share her book cover (designed by yours truly) and rave about her coming release. Please do remember the 5th of November and check out this coming release, Anon, Sir, Anon.




The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger.

In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets.

When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.

Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Different Kind of Courage Release Tour - Dr. Joseph Warren and the Forgotten Manuscript

In honor of the release of Sarah Holman's book, A Different Kind of Courage, I invited her over to talk to us about one of the most important characters in her new book. Dr. Warren isn't the hero of the novel, but he is the inspiration and can claim something the hero cannot, he truly lived beyond the page.


Dr. Joseph Warren and the Forgotten Manuscript

Before the Declaration of Independence was even thought of, and many long months before 1776, another document was ratified by the Continental Congress. This document also listed many of the issues the colonies had against the king. This document declared that there were rights granted to every man by nature as well as many other familiar themes. The name of the document? The Suffolk Resolves.

The author of this document, which was radical in its time, was a very humble man. Although there was no document like it until the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the author of the Suffolk Resolves was very quiet about his involvement.  Perhaps it isn’t very surprising, considering that the man who wrote it was Dr. Joseph Warren.

Anyone who studies the early Revolution beginnings in Boston might have heard Dr. Warren’s name, but other names seem to stand out more. People like John Adams, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and such. Yet, if you do you research, you will find that Warren was at the heart of many of the events that we all know.

Who sent Paul Revere out on his midnight ride? Dr. Joseph Warren. Who is believed to be one of the masterminds behind the Boston Tea Party? Dr. Joseph Warren. Who gave speeches every year on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, thereby keeping the memory alive? Dr. Joseph Warren. Who served on every major committee that fueled the early American Revolution? You guessed it, Dr. Warren.

If he was so important, why is he forgotten? Perhaps one of his last acts gives us great insight into the reason. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, Warren was given the title of general, but he refused the position and instead fought as a common soldier. Dr. Joseph Warren, even though his work was foundational to the American Revolution, was humble.

Would you like to learn more about Joseph Warren? Visit www.adifferentkindofcourage.blogspot.com or read A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman.

Available on Amazon and other online book retailers

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of five published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

Social Media Links:
 Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-holman/5b/374/aa3/

Friday, August 29, 2014

Answering Questions about the Earl of Dentin

Thank you to Joyce DiPastena for tagging me for this fun blog tour. I really enjoy her medieval romances and I am looking forward to reading her next book.

Bio: Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Her newest title, Loving Lucianna, will be available in October 2014.




Now to answer questions about the hero of my coming novel, Honor.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jerome Simon Cordale, fifteenth earl of Dentin, is a fictional character. He hates his first name and reluctant to go by his second name. His friends call him Dentin. His frenemies call him Lord Dentin. His enemies, of whom he has many, call him the bulldog of Rhynan, Mendal’s Monster, and bully. While all defer to him as King Mendal’s right hand man, not all are willing to accept his power complacently.

2) When and where is the story set?
Honor takes place in an ancient kingdom loosely modeled on medieval England. The government is similar, but not exactly the same. Simon holds a very powerful position in the government, second in power to the king. As Securer of the Realm, he is responsible for rooting out conspiracies, treason, and other forces that would undermine the power and security of the current monarchy.

3) What should we know about him/her?
Despite his tough reputation, Simon is a likeable and admirable guy. You just have to get past his gruff demeanor, something few women are willing to attempt. Those that do are frequently only interested in his money or power and he sets them straight at once, except for the stubborn Elsa.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The king sets Simon on a mission to collect an orphan boy from his adopted family. If it had been any other adopted family, Simon wouldn’t have had as much difficulty, but the family is the one of his best friend. Simon must choose between betraying a friendship or his king. As he struggles with the decision, he meets the strong willed Elsa. Not only does she frequently point out the dishonorable nature of his current mission, but she is caught up in major problems of her own. No matter how he tries to convince her, she refuses to accept his help.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Simon strives to preserve and champion justice in an unjust world. Using the power he has gained to help others, he works endlessly to serve, protect, and fight for others. He knows it is a never ending and thankless task, but he sees it as a way to prevent his past from happening to someone else.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Honor is the second installment in the Novels of Rhynan series. He appears in the first installment of the series, Duty, but Honor is mostly about him and Elsa, the woman who tamed the Bulldog of Rhynan.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I am hoping to have it out in print and ebook by the end of 2014 or early 2015.


I would like to tag the following authors whom I didn’t warn ahead of time. They might not take up the challenge, which would be fine because I just want to sing their praises and hope they will answer questions about a character too.


Charissa Taylor Lees

Charissa and I have known each other since we were kids in the same homeschool group. As another oldest child in a pastor’s family, she and I had a lot in common. Since finishing degrees in communication and Bible at Philadelphia Biblical University, she has taken a large role in starting and running The Solid Rock Youth Center in her home town of Morrisville, PA. She served with the Pennsylvania National Guard for nine years before settling down to marriage, motherhood, and writing. She currently has books available with many more on the horizon.



Rachel Heffington

Bio stolen from Amazon: Rachel Heffington is a Christian, a novelist, and a people-lover. Outside of the realm of words, Rachel enjoys the Arts, traveling, mucking about in the kitchen, listening for accents, and making people laugh. She dwells in rural Virginia with her boisterous family and her black cat, Cricket.

Rachel released her debut novel (Fly Away Home) in February, 2014, and is looking forward to the publication of her Cinderella-inspired novella (The Windy Side of Care) in the Five Glass Slippers collection being published by Rooglewood Press in June, 2014. 

The Windy Side of Care is out already. Now I am eager to get my hands on her next release, Anon, Sir, Anon.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

New Christian Historical Fiction

A friend of mine just released a new book. Since I beta read for her, I wanted to share the news right away.

A Different Kind of Courage
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MAXKJHO

A well researched novel set at the dawn of the American Revolution, A Different Kind of Courage follows the struggles of a young man reluctant to take sides in the conflict. Returning to Boston after a long time away, William Landor arrives just before the closing of the harbor. William desires the approval of his Tory father, but also sympathizes with his friend, Dr. Joseph Warren on the other side of the argument. I enjoyed sharing in William's journey from confusion to resolution. The highlight of the book for me, however, was being introduced to Dr. Joseph Warren and his depth of character. I will definitely be looking into him more closely in future reading.

It is definitely worth a read. :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Annual Table at the Taste of Enfield

I was at the Taste of Enfield this weekend. An annual town celebration in July, it is a festival of vendors, fireworks, face painting, music, and more.

Sunday was warm and humid, but the storm clouds remained at bay. We had plenty of breezy gusts which kept us hopping picking up signs and reassembling book displays. However, on the whole it was a pleasant experience meeting new readers and spending time with friends that I rarely see.

I am sorry I didn't spread the word sooner this year. Next year, however, I will try to spread the word, just in case some of you are in CT. :)

- Rachel Rossano