Hymns In The Hills; An Interview With The Author

I really enjoy Christian Indie authors, so I like to support them however possible. So I sign up for blog tours. Today it’s “Hymns in the Hills” time to shine. I am bad at written reviews though so I chose to do another interview.
Here is the Author Rebekah Morris!!!
What detail are you the most proud of?
Kade’s name. I’ve never made up a name before and after coming up with MacKaidric, I had many people tell me how much they loved the name. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure it would actually work.
What character in this book are you the tiniest bit envious of and why?
I had to think about this one a few minutes since it’s a question I’ve never been asked before. After due consideration, I decided on Jess, because she has so many younger siblings, and I’m the youngest in my family. I know she did have a difficult time trying to take care of them all at times, but she did have the help of Zeke and Ez. And Riss and Belle.
What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
Frozen Gummie Bears. I just love those things. I don’t really like them at room temperature, but cold? Yes, please! I’m trying to turn this love into a fad. Want to join the club? I don’t really have a FGB club, but it sounds good.*
What sort of honor would you like your book to receive?
Well, it would be fun if it got a 5 star rating from Readers Favorites. But the highest honor this book could receive, and I would love it if it would receive it, would be that it encouraged a reader of any age to accept the free gift of salvation, and then show them that even a small light can be used for Christ.
Thanks so much for letting me come and share today, Esther.
~Rebekah
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Hymns in the Hills synopsis:
“Could you not teach them what you do know?”
 
Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field.
 
But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle’s faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God’s promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?
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Author Bio:
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
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Posting Schedule:
Monday, May 27th
Rebekah – Introduction post
Amanda – Book Spotlight
Tuesday, May 28
Rebekah Ashley – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Something 🙂
Wednesday, May 29
Erika – Review
Sarah – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Interesting facts
Thursday, May 30
Kaylee – Review
Rachel – Review
Rebekah – More fun
Friday, May 31
Esther – Author Interview OF
Jessica – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Something Else
Saturday, June 1
Penny – Review
Rebekah – Ending post

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*I couldn’t find gummy bears to freeze, but I did find some gummy candies, they are in the freezer waiting for this afternoon when I plan on eating a few and posting about it on my Instagram.

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A Guest Post About Souls Astray

Introducing Kellyn Roth and her newest book,

First, let me just say … thank you so much to Esther for sharing about my book on your blog! It’s a huge help, and I’m so excited to get to talk to your followers.

 

Second, hello to Esther’s readers! I’m Kellyn Roth, author of the Victorian historical series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy … and the series I’m publishing this summer, Kees & Colliers. The first book in this series is Souls Astray (which came out Saturday the 4th of this month), and I’m so excited that I get to share it with you!

 

Today I’m going to talk about the research I did to write Souls Astray, the novel this blog tour is spotlighting, as well as the research I did for the rest of the books in the Kees & Colliers series.

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Now, when you’re a historical fiction author, obviously the things you’re writing about aren’t something you’re familiar with. Because, well, I’m not a hundred years old … I didn’t live during the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940s, where these books are primarily set.

 

So I spent a lot of time researching! The main things I had to research for Souls Astray were about WWI. I’d never really done research into World War One before, so it was definitely exciting. I read several books written and set during the era, and that helped a lot. I also read up on the military and where people were when!

 

But there were also minor things. Spanish flu? I can tell you everything about it—from epidemics to contagion to symptoms. How did property laws work? What about wills? What was the school system like for middle class Londoners? What about in the south of France?

 

And of course … what did people wear? How did they talk? Would they have used that word?

 

Then I had to research things that apply to all eras, like PTSD (as well as the historical thoughts and beliefs on that) and stages of grief and signs of domestic abuse.

 

It got complicated.

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Since Souls Astray covers 1917-1932, I had to know about the 1920s and the early 1930s, too. How laws shift, how people change, and all the little details.

 

It sounds more overwhelming than it is, though! I knew a lot about the 1920s and ‘30s from earlier projects—and I was able to find a lot of it through the internet (multiple sources, of course) and books I read. I really enjoyed it!

 

I wasn’t all perfectly researched before I started writing, either. Halfway through November, when I was writing this novel, I realized … what do I know about the Spanish flu? Pretty much nothing!

 

So I dived into research. It was a grim day. I’m glad I did, even though it was kind of depressing (and some of it rather disgusting!). Reality is important—and I didn’t want to just say, “She doesn’t feel well.” I wanted to know exactly what was going on.

 

Reality is important in historical fiction stories. You don’t want to have a character pull out their iPhone and text their bestie before hopping into their subaru to drive to McDonald’s. That just wouldn’t fly.

 

Well, that’s about all I have to say for now! Thanks so much for reading this post, and have an amazing day!

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A Delightful Pairing: “Captain Marvel” And “Trixie Belden”

Wednesday afternoon I started finishing “Trixie Belden The Mysterious Code”. Then I went and started watching “Captain Marvel”. I hadn’t finished either of them.

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So an an hour before when I normally head to bed I got back to both.  I generally have multiple stories going at once, so that when one set of characters gets infuriating I can switch from them and go to a different set.

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Naturally this is what I did to the aforementioned characters. It was great! When Trixie was her normal crazy self I could switch, then when the action got to much I would switch.

I loved reading about a girl/young woman who was breaking the societal norms, but also growing more feminine. And contrasting that was the the tale of a woman becoming a superhero, but not loosing touch with her family. I found that they complimented each other well.

Would you do something similar?

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A Blog Tour Stop; Dance With Me

So I signed up to help promote a book by an author who’s blog I enjoy and I agreed to do an interview.
  1. What is the least common thing you are a fan of?

The movie Grease is one of those classics that is widely loved and cherished. Most people aren’t even aware that there is a second Grease movie and most of those who do know about it, don’t care for it. But I LOVE it. It’s my favorite. In fact, I didn’t even watch the first one until I was a teen. But the interesting thing about the Grease movies is that they take place in 1960/1961. Dance With Me takes place in 1959, so I was working with the same time frame in American history. There were scenes/conversations where that young greaser personality came through and I know the movies had helped to inspire my understanding of the lingo and cultural attitude.

  1. What character that you wrote surprised you the most?

Arleen Thatcher from Dance With Me was one who surprised me. When I was first crafting the concept for this novel, I had meant for it to be a mystery. But the moment I met Arleen and caught a glimpse of her hidden story, I knew the mystery had to go so her personal struggle could shine. And I really think she’s going to be a character that lives on in the minds of readers for a long time to come. There’s a fresh, brokenness about her that feels so real.

  1. What is the oddest thing on your bucket list?

Traveling is typically on a person’s bucket list, so it’s not exactly odd. But as I studied Civil War history for my Ancient Words Series, I chose to work with a real regiment that came out of my home town. I’ve been able to visit 3 of their battlefields so far, but it’s my goal to visit all of them.

  1. What detail from your books are most proud of?

Crafting characters who the readers either feel like they already know or wish they could meet. I think the characters are the heart of the story, so it’s a blessing to me when readers comment back and say that they really came to life for them.

  1. What is your favorite detail from your books?

I would have to say the spiritual message. It’s an honor to do anything for the Lord. But to craft these characters and stories takes a great deal of effort. So to be able to tie it all up with a message for the soul that was woven in from the beginning and brought to light beautifully in the end, it’s a double honor. There are times when I wasn’t certain from the beginning how the spiritual message would come to light so it tends to blow me away when it does.

6. What character are you the tiniest bit envious of and why?
Oooh! Great question! I’m a bit jealous of Arleen. Ballroom dancing is something I would have loved to do. But I think I’m most jealous of Liz Cooke, heroine of If Only It Were Yesterday. Even though her time travel experience was all in a make-believe dream, for a time she thought it was real and she was able to experience what the rest of us history lovers long to experience.

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Author Bio: 
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
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Book Description: 
Will a new partnership tear their worlds apart … or will it be the piece they never knew was missing?
In 1959, Arleen Thatcher and Neil Fox are fierce competitors on the dance floor, so they’re the least likely pair to enter a televised competition together. But when rivaling studio owners decide to team up, the two find a partnership they never thought possible. Arleen’s reputation around town is reason enough for Neil to keep his distance from his new partner. But as Neil gets to know Arleen, he discovers a side of her few others have seen, one of dark family secrets and carefully-constructed facades. God’s plan for their partnership may involve more than a single dance; it may be the key to the healing Arleen so desperately needs.
The Art of Love series is compiled of stand-alone novels where the characters tell their own stories and love means so much more than passion.

Time To Hurry

This past week I went to visit my oldest brother and his family. Us girls spent most of our time making bridesmaid dresses. S and I did spend part of one morning posing by a waterfall.

I don’t know what I will wear to the wedding. I could borrow something. I could re-wear something. I could make something.

I also need to finish and photograph a shirt for my etsy shop. I have plans for another shirt. It would be fun to get a few 18th century pockets up on etsy.

I am supposed to be taking part of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Of course I also want to read books. Keep my blog going strong. Grow a little on Instagram. Help with the garden. Work on Hebrew, French, Irish, Korean, and Dutch.

Maybe I can finish all that I want to by the end of the month, but maybe it will take to just before the wedding, but I hope I can really get a lot done.

 

 

Zorro (Am I A Fangirl???)

As recently as yesterday afternoon this was not the post I was planning for today, then yesterday evening we started watching a movie. And that movie isn’t Zorro, but it is basically British Zorro. I plan on writing a review about it soon, but first I thought why not talk about Zorro so when I say “It’s British Zorro” people understand what that means.

The first I was introduced to Zorro was in “The Mark Of Zorro” 1940. It is brilliant, black and white, and my favorite.

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Next I came across Disney’s Zorro. It’s a TV show and admittedly I haven’t watched all of them, but it has like 78 episodes. The Disney Don Diego is my favorite guitar player ever.

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Next I read “The Curse Of Capistrano” It is the basic story of how Don Diego came back from Spain and discovered California was under a dictatorship. So he hides his skill with the sword and acts like a dandy during the day, but at night goes out to help the people and overthrow the government.

My oldest brother R actually owns a copy of the next two that I watched “The Mask Of Zorro” and “The Legend of Zorro”. They are the most recent and as such the most feminist.

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And finally being the only anime I’ve seen and the only anime Zorro we have Kaiketsu Zoro, which is also known as “The Legend of Zorro”. Like the other show I haven’t actually finished it but what I’ve seen was fun.

Kaiketsu Zorro.jpgThat is my history of Zorro. He is my favorite fictional “Super” Hero

Widow’s Heart

This is very strange, I agreed to write a review for a book tour.

I knew from halfway through the first chapter, that Widow’s Heart was not the type of book I typically read. So I started reading it as a humorous story.

This worked much better. The fact that the main character wasn’t like Sherlock no longer bothered me. It also meant that I almost completely ignored all the romance.

These factors were giving the book a reasonable four stars, when all of the sudden a detail that had been a small time telling device, became a major point for a chapter, at that I felt it deserved more of a grudging four.

Then I finished the book, on one hand I liked the ending, it ended how it was supposed to… On the other hand I hated the ending. The MC’s love interest acted, in my opinion, extremely immaturely. Yes she didn’t know… but…

So I ended up after a great deal of thought given the book three stars.

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AUTHOR BIO
WILLOWY WHISPER is a young, Christian fiction author. She lives in a beautiful place called West Virginia, nestled between mountain and field. She is the author of ten novels, nine of which are published, and numerous short stories. She enjoys playing the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele; painting; photography; and graphic design. She is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, an incurable romantic, and a passionate dreamer.
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WIDOW’S HEART SYNOPSIS
He only wanted justice.
She only wanted peace.Gabe Anderson didn’t come to San Belfry to kill. He didn’t even know he’d left a widow until it was too late. But it wasn’t his fault. He had done the only thing he could do, because he had to find those men. He had to uncover their masks. He couldn’t let his brother’s killers go unpunished.

Essie Kincaid didn’t even see it coming. She didn’t know the truth until it was too late, until her husband was dead. Now she’s faced with the wrath of an entire town. She’s an outcast for the second time, and as her world sinks deeper into an abyss of madness, she must fight for the only thing she has left . . . her life.

As the two are thrown together in a devastating plight, it doesn’t make sense for them to fall in love. Too much has happened. Too much lingers between them. Yet as their bruised souls begin to mend together, other forces are already forming to keep them apart. Does their last hope of happiness even stand a chance?