Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Homeward Jouney ~ Martha Rogers



Martha Rogers has done it AGAIN! A story that with the strength of history fueling her stories and that creative spark that brings this series to live and makes the reader keep turning pages until the third story is finished. Excellent novels with more than believable heroes and heroines.     
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Book One ~ LOVE STAYS TRUE ~ Opens in  Woodville, Mississippi ~ April 4, 1865

The day following  the surrender at Appomattox, Manfred McDaniel Whteman and his brother Edward are released in an exchange of prisoners. They are given a few provisions, and they begin a long journey to their home in Bayou Sara, Louisiana.

At home, Sallie Dyer is awaiting word of her beloved Manfred.Though just a young girl when Manfred left, Sallie has grown into a caring young woman who is determined to wait for her love-despite her father's worries that she is wasting her life on someone who may never come home.

On their journey Manfred and his brother encounter storms and thieves and are even thrown in jail. Will he make the journey home before someone else claims Sallie's hand?

 Book Two ~ LOVE FINDS FAITH ~ opens in Stoney Creek, Texas ~ June 1977 (12 years later)


Hannah Dyer has just moved to Texas to help her bother-in-law in his medical practice. Despite having one leg much shorter than the other, she is a great nurse whose skills help make the practice the most successful in the area.

When Micah Gordon returns home after some shady escapades, his father hopes he will settle down to ranch life. Hannah is smitten by his good looks and roguish ways, but because of her leg, she has no hopes of attacking his attention.

After Micah suffers a tragic loss, he loses his faith and almost loses his ranch. Can Hannah's care and staunch faith help him recover and find new hope, new faith, and new love?

Book Three ~ LOVE NEVER FAILS ~ Opens in Stoney Creek, Texas ~ June 1888 (13 years later)


Molly has finished school and returns home to teach. When old friends of parents visit with their son, Stefan Elliot, Molly is quickly attracted to him. Stefan talks about his position in the army and his furlough, but keeps his attraction to Molly at bay because of her obvious disdain toward his views on war and weapons.

When Stefan leaves to rejoin his regiment, Molly is both relieved and saddened. Yet when Stefan returns home from war because of a disfiguring injury, it is up to Molly to bring him back from depression. Will they depend on God and find love that knows no limitations?
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Here is your chance to win a copy of LOVE NEVER FAILS.
Enter the drawing by leaving a comment for Martha about your favorite Christmas memory. . .Drawing for LOVE NEVER FAILS will take place on Monday night ~ Dec 22, 2014. 
Winner will be announced HERE at Journeys To Joy and via email if COMMENTS INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS.

Join Journeys To Joy later this week for CHRISTMAS WITH THE ROGERS ~ Martha is going to be sharing gorgeous pictures of decorating with some amazing collectibles and color.
BE HERE AGAIN ON SUNDAY! 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

DAY 7 ~ STRANDED ~ Interviews With The Authors' Helpers

DAY SEVEN ~ STRANDED ~
If you've not seen the beginning of this week's post ~ check out DAY ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, and SIX first and come back to this.  Worth your time, I promise.







STRANDED
by
Don and Stephanie Prichard












A Marine Corps reservist sets sail on an anniversary cruise with his wife but ends up shipwrecked and bereaved on an uninhabited jungle island where he must protect the lives of three other survivors, unaware that one of them is responsible for his wife’s death.









 DAY Seven ~ November 17 ~ Interviews With The Helpers:

Dr. Betty Ray

AUTHOR: Dr. Ray, you supplied valuable medical advice for the book. What kinds of medical challenges did the castaways face on the island?


DR. RAY: Dehydration, diarrhea, sunburn, immersion foot, snake bites, wounds from animal attacks, knife and pistol wounds, land mine explosions, infections, shock—that pretty well covers it. Survival was an intense struggle for them.

AUTHOR: I guess so! What did you like about Stranded?

DR. RAY: Initially I read short isolated passages in the book relating to medical issues and wasn’t that impressed. Then you gave me the privilege of reading the entire book and it sprang to life. I was enthralled. I didn’t want to put it down. Catastrophe followed catastrophe but in a very believable way. It was so exciting I hurried through to find out what would happen next. Then I read the book a second time but much more slowly. What a wealth of detail I had missed in my eagerness to see what would happen next! This is an extraordinary adventure story with many thoughtful treasures waiting to be discovered and pondered along the way. 



AUTHOR: The book would have had a few gaping wounds without your medical intervention, Dr. Ray. Thank you for all your advice, both on the medical front and with other insights as well. Your enthusiasm for the book has us walking on clouds!


Brenda Bryant Anderson

AUTHOR: We met Brenda at Don’s and my very first writers’ conference and were fortunate to form a critiquing partnership with her a few years later. In fact, Brenda taught me more about writing than any class or workshop or person. Big hug to you, Brenda!

This year you published your debut novel and a prequel to it. What are their titles and what else is coming up?


BRENDA: Chain of Mercy came out in September. That's book 1 of the Coming Home series. The prequel, Pieces of Granite, released on November 11. Two additional books in the series, Memory Box Secrets and Finding Home will come out in 2015.

AUTHOR: Brenda, you’ve been very patient and flexible working with my sporadic schedule over the years. What did you particularly like about Stranded?

BRENDA: There are a number of things I love about Stranded, but one of my favorite

elements is the true-to-life detailing. The book is obviously written by someone with military and post-Vietnam era knowledge. And it's those little details that give the story depth and believability.

Besides that, I love the characters. Since the book is written by a husband-wife team, the reader gets a more authentic feel for the female and male protagonists than books written solely by a man or woman. Another plus of having you two as co-authors is that the story appeals across gender.



And then there's the story that you don't want to put down, which made critiquing difficult. I always wanted more!

AUTHOR: Thank you. All I can say is that your critiquing was an amazing help, and Don and I can’t thank you enough! Readers, be sure to check Brenda out at brendaandersonbooks.com.


Natalie Hanemann

AUTHOR: Natalie is a former fiction acquisition editor for Thomas Nelson Publishers, who "retired" to face the full-time challenge of raising four lively children. She now does freelance editing, so we hired her to do two edits for our finished manuscript: a developmental edit and a line edit. Natalie, please explain the difference between the two edits.

NATALIE: A developmental edit looks at the story from a more broad perspective, examining the overall plot (does the story hold together, does it resonate, is there enough tension to hold our attention, do we care about what's happening), characters (do we relate to them, do they grow, are they dimensional, are there too many, too few), themes (spiritual growth, shown in multiple ways). 

A line edit happens once the story is intact and we're done slashing and adding. This is a much closer examination of the story. At this stage, I cut extraneous sentences, trim redundant words, clarify murky sentences, fix grammar, align the text to match CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) standards . . . along with a thousand other little things.  


AUTHOR: Natalie's advice on the developmental edit helped us make several significant changes, while her eagle-eye on the line edit saved us from--oh my!--many embarrassing errors. Pats on the back weren't lacking either. With her permission, here's a taste of the encouraging comments she wrote in her editorial letter to us:

"Your level of research and detail really makes this story sing. I enjoyed experiencing island life in all its glory (or gore!). The four characters of Jake, Eve, Betty, and Crystal were unique, relatable, and easy to visualize. No one will ever say, after reading this book, that you have cardboard characters! You have a true talent for developing characters.

Another obvious talent that was evident was your ability to maintain tension in the manuscript. You would raise us up to a moment of extreme stress and then let us recover, just like the characters did."


AUTHOR: Natalie, your edits were a blessing to us--sort of like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae that brought it to completion--and we thank you for your excellent help! Writers, you can check Natalie's website at nataliehanemannediting.com or email her at nathanemann@gmail.com

THANK YOU, JOY, FOR FEATURING US ON YOUR BLOG! AND FOR ALL THE COMMENTS FROM YOU READERS.  


CHECK DAY ONE'S POST to find out how to win this e-book or get an exchange for another on Amazon. . .DRAWING TO BE HELD TONIGHT ~ After 10PM


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~ Thank you coming to Journeys To Joy for this special week with this great couple ~ 
THE PRICHARDS

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