Thursday, May 16, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Meet Sherrinda Ketchersid


Talkshow Thursday: Meet Sherrinda Ketchersid

Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Lord of Her Heart, a medieval romance. What was your inspiration for the plot?

Sherrinda: Thank you so much for having me! My original inspiration for the plot came when I was researching convents in the middle ages. I learned that wealthy and/or noble girls as young as seven years old were sent to the convent for an education that would enable them to run a castle and/or manor proficiently. I wondered what would happen if a family decided to leave their daughter at the convent. Or what if the family ceased communication with her? Or what if the abbess forced her to take or vows or marry her off to an old, rich man? These questions led me to develop a plot with a wee bit of mystery and suspense.

LM: What is it about the medieval time period that draws you to the era?

Sherrinda: I grew up loving the age of knights and dragons. My father loved reading fairytales to us and even drew coloring pages filled with knights and fair maidens. As I great older, I was drawn to the chivalry of knights. I used to think women in those days were helpless, but in my research, I found capable women who wrote books and even commanded castles under siege. I love that! Throughout the ages, some women rose to the challenge of making a difference in the world.

 LM: Research is a large part of any book. How did you go about researching Lord of Her Heart and did you discover any extra special tidbits of information that you just knew had to be included in the story?

Sherrinda: To research my book, I checked out history books from the library. I even checked out books from the junior section. They tended to be easier reads and had illustrated diagrams of castles and medieval life. As I mentioned earlier, learning about a woman’s education sparked the idea for the story. I also learned that the king can command a marriage—or his acting official, the justicar. The justicar would act on the king’s behalf when the king was off at war or out of the country, as the king was in the time of my story, 1198 AD.

LM: Do you do anything specific to prepare yourself for writing? Do you have to be in a specific place or are you able to write anywhere?

Sherrinda: I am weird in that I do not like to sit at a desk. It is uncomfortable to me and I like being able to curl my legs up under me a lot. So I sit on the couch or at a recliner in my art room/library. I always light a candle and have a cup of coffee or iced tea by my side. I know many people like to write at a coffee shop or Panera, but I am too distracted by everything going on around me. I need a quieter environment.

LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Sherrinda: I wish I knew how to dance. We weren’t allowed to go to dances growing up, so I never learned. Now, I’m too embarrassed to get out and dance. Maybe one day I will take lessons.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite actress: Meryl Streep. She is so versatile.
Favorite food: Pizza and hamburgers. This has been a challenge since I’ve gone low-carb, but I’ve found recipes that satisfies my craving for them.
Favorite childhood book: The Princess and Curdie by George McDonald. My dad got me started on George McDonald and I love his stories.

LM: What is your next project?
Sherrinda: I’m in the midst of rewrites on my second medieval, His to Keep. It is the story of Ian McGown, the head guardsman in Lord of Her Heart. I fell in love with him while writing Jocelyn’s story and knew he needed his own book.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Sherrinda: 

About Lord of Her Heart:

Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle 
because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to 
force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises 
herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.

Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament 
and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on 
the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny 
lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for. 
Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite 
of her conniving ways.

Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are 
determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only 

way either of them survives.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Release Day!

It's Release Day!

Get your copy for the introductory price of $0.99!





Midwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence. 

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Linda Shenton Matchett

Talkshow Thursday: Linda Shenton Matchett



I enjoy sitting down with other authors and getting to know them. With the upcoming release of Love’s Belief, Book 3 of the Wartime Brides series, I thought you might like to find out a bit more about me. So grab a glass of your favorite beverage and read on! Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments section.

QUESTION: How did your former career as a Human Resources professional aid you in the writing process? How was it an impediment?

Answer: In my first two jobs out of college I was fortunate to work for strong female managers. They were good at what they did, and took pride at being successful women without feeling like they had to act like men. In the 80s and 90s, women were still struggling to be accepted in positions other than clerical or administrative. Working during that time gave me an interest about the history of women in the workforce, and especially women who were pioneers in their field. As a result, I’ve uncovered lots of intriguing stories that I want to tell. The impediment is the number of stories I’ve found!

QUESTION: What was your inspiration for Love’s Belief?

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Answer: Like the other books in the Wartime Bride series, the story is a biblical retelling. I had already written about England and France, and I decided it was time to do a story about the German home front. Knowing there were lots of German people who disagreed with Hitler and participated in the official (and unofficial) resistance, I dug around until I found a story in the Bible that seemed to meld well with the WWII era. When I found the story about the Hebrew midwives who went against Pharaoh to save Jewish babies, I knew I had a fit.

QUESTION: Lots of research goes into writing a book. Did you unearth a particularly interesting tidbit you just knew had to be included in the story?

Answer: The administrative aspect of the Nazi party was intriguing. They were very calculating and intentional about what they did, almost business-like with their policies and procedures. Nanna Conti was head of the Midwives Association and became a powerful force within the Nazi party. She created many policies and improved midwifery in many ways despite her virulent anti-Semitic views. I wanted to show a glimmer of the good she did for obstetrics.

QUESTION: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Answer: I love languages and would like to learn how to speak a foreign language, perhaps German. I took three years of it in High School, yet I remember very little.

QUESTION: Some quickies:

Answers:
Favorite color: Any shade of red!
Favorite food: Dessert, especially cake!
Favorite time of year: Fall. The weather is still temperate, and the red, orange, and gold colors of the leaves in New Hampshire where I live are gorgeous.

QUESTION: You have traveled to many states, as well as to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and England. Where else would you like to visit?

Answer: That is a GREAT question. I’d like to go back to England because I feel like I only scratched the surface of that wonderful country, having been to London and the south coast. But I would definitely like to get to Australia and New Zealand. The history of those countries is fascinating.

QUESTION: What is your next project?

Answer: I am currently writing Book 4 of the series. It’s called Love’s Allegiance and is set in America. It explores the roles played by Conscientious Objectors and is inspired by the story of Rebekkah and Isaac from the Old Testament.

QUESTION: Where can folks find you on the web?




About Love's Belief:

Midwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence. 

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

Purchase links:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Traveling Tuesday: Vermont and WWII (Part Two)

Traveling Tuesday: Vermont and WWII (Part Two)


Despite being one of the less populated of the United States, Vermont played an important role in WWII. Having already declared war by the autumn of 1940 they entered the war a full year before the rest of the country. 

As soon as the Selective Service Act was enacted, Vermont men began to receive their draft notices, and within weeks Fort Ethan Allen was expanded to house the 1,700 draftees, mostly from the Vermont National Guard. Over the course of the war, 50,000 young men and women would serve in the Armed Forces-nearly 15% of the state’s population.

The state also “did its bit” to support the war financially, purchasing $263,500,000 worth of bonds. Like others around the nation, they practiced air raid maneuvers, acted as plane spotters, collected milkweed pods for flotation devices, knitted sweaters and socks, rolled bandages and collected scrap iron, aluminum, paper, and rubber. So tenacious about their collecting that by the second half of 1943, they led the country with a per capita rate of 162.9 pounds per person!

Vermont industry boomed during the war, and many organizations adapted their equipment to produce armaments and parts, packing boxes, anchor chains, bumpers, boats, and uniforms. The agricultural industry also increased because of the extra demand for milk, eggs, poultry, and maple products. In addition to Fort Ethan Allen, used to drill National Guardsmen as well as train troops for artillery spotting, there were numerous Army Air Force air fields throughout the state.

High school students were used to fill the void left by men in the fields. School sessions were held from 8:00 AM until noon, and then pupils were trucked to the farms to help with the harvest. They dug potatoes, and picked strawberries, beans, and other produce which was then shipped to canneries.

From young people to retirees, Vermont served in many ways.


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Love’s Belief is now available for pre-order!

Midwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence. 

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

Purchase links:


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Meet Kris Ann Brown


Talkshow Thursday: Meet Kris Ann Brown


Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on your release Hearts Knit Together. Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and how did publication come about?

Kris: Thanks for having me! My inspiration for Patty's story in Hearts Knit Together stemmed from my own experiences in dating, and a bit of inspiration from Hallmark movies. I had prayerfully worked on the manuscript for years, and early last year found a wonderful critique partner, Mary. She guided me through publishing options. I ended up self-publishing on Amazon.

LM: Are you a planner or a pantster with your stories?

Kris: Happy to say I'm a true pantster! When I first entered the writing world, I had heard a writer had to be a planner. I was pleased to discover that wasn't true, and there are plenty of pantsters like myself. I like to go with the flow instead of plotting out each step.

LM: What do you do to prepare yourself for writing? For example do you listen to music or set up in a specific place?

Kris: I pray about what to write, then I either take my laptop or notebook into the comfiest chair in the living room and let the words flow. It's a slow process for me, I don't write for hours on end, more like little spurts at a time.

LM: What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Kris: I am a fanatic for Christmas, I don't know if this qualifies for quirky, but I always leave up some Christmas decorations year-round just to keep the spirit of the season alive. This year I didn't take my tree down until March 1st!

LM: Here are some quickies:

Favorite movie: "Let It Snow" from Hallmark Channel (a Christmas movie, of course!)

Favorite Food: hands-down it has to be pizza! (which is why my main character, Patty, opens up a pizza place)

Favorite Season: as much as I adore Christmas, I am not a huge fan of winter, so spring would have to be my favorite season. I love the buds coming forth and planting my garden.

LM: You live in a beautiful are of the country, one many people go to visit. If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?

Kris: I've always wanted to see Hawaii. I love being outdoors, hiking from the white-sand beaches into Maui's lush jungle is very appealing.

LM: What is your next project?

Kris: I am currently working on a Christian fiction mystery romance titled Crescent Bay Cottages. It's my first mystery and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Kris: My website (with a blog) is www.writingwithkris.weebly.com and my twitter is https://twitter.com/AuthorKrisAnn.

About Hearts Knit Together:
Patty Dalke has been through the worst. In an effort to reclaim her self-worth and faith she heads to the quaint town of Abbotsford, Wisconsin.

Arriving in Abbotsford, she begins to restore her broken spirit by doing what she loves: cooking. Patty opens a pizza place in a space she shares with Cathy's Klickers, the local knitting club. She forms fast friendships with the close-knit group and discovers what she never expected to find in a small town: love.

Edgar Ellington, a dashing actor in town filming a movie happens upon Patty at her pizza place. Soon sparks fly.

But will Patty's jealous ex-husband and Edgar's trust issues put the end to the budding romance? In this heartwarming tale, Patty finds her faith restored and a family of friends and love.



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Traveling Tuesday: Vermont Declares War


Traveling Tuesday: Vermont Declares War

Vermont has a history of being independently-minded. A long history. Before it was our fourteenth state, Vermont was an independent nation. You read that correctly. Not recognized by the Continental Congress as a state, but rather the “New Hampshire Grants,” as it was referred to, Vermont didn’t join the union until after the Revolutionary War. In January 1777, delegates from twenty-eight towns met and declared independence from the jurisdictions and land claims of both the British colony of Quebec and the American states of NH and NY, thereby making it a separate nation.

Fast forward one hundred and sixty-three years later.

The United States didn’t officially enter WWII until the day after the attack at Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941. However, by the then Vermont had been involved in the war effort for over a year. How and why did they manage that?

You have to follow the money to get the full story.

It came to the attention of the Vermont legislature that the families of servicemen struggled to make ends meet because of the low level of pay they received. An average salary of $70 per month and average expenses of $62, left very little money for extras or unanticipated costs.

What to do?

The Legislature wanted to award a bonus of some sort to Vermonters called to serve, but their hands were tied because of the state’s laws. To grant the bonus, lawmakers would have had to vote for a new tax in peacetime in order to appropriate the funds. However, they could vote a bonus during a time of armed conflict.  Fortunately for Vermont, on September 11, 1940, President Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Navy to shoot first if it encountered German warships entering U.S. waters. By interpreting this military order to meet the letter of the law, Vermont effectively declared war on Germany, and the Legislature quickly voted in a $10-a-month bonus for draftees.

Newspaper praised the action saying, “The rest of the nation, perhaps, may be satisfied by assurances and euphemisms of our national leaders to the effect that we are not at war and have no intention of entering upon a shooting war with the Nazis or their Axis henchmen. But not so Vermont.”

Tune in next Tuesday to find out how Vermonters served during the war.
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Love’s Belief is now available for pre-order!

Midwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?

Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence. 

Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.

Purchase links:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Allen Steadham

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Allen Steadham


Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on the release of your novel Mindfire. What was your inspiration for the story?

Allen: Thank you! I took story elements and characters from the superhero team comic series I’d written and drawn from age ten until my thirties and made revisions to update it for the present day as well as to assure that this was a Christian novel. Those revisions included adding new characters and story elements.

LM: The age old question for writers – are you a planner or a “pantster,” and what is your favorite part of the writing process?

Allen: I’m a little of both. I think some planning is essential, but I only make a very loose outline for the beginning, middle and end. I love the adventure of writing and responding to the Lord’s inspirations. It makes for amazing surprises sometimes!

LM: The bio on your website talks about your creation of comics during your early career and your transition into writing novels. How difficult it is to describe (write) fantasy elements of the story rather than draw them?

Allen: I had gotten used to scripting my comics by the time I got to making webcomics, but scripting and drawing are very different from painting word pictures. I had to relearn how to write, in a sense, but I loved the challenge. Now that I write more than I draw, it’s become a lot easier to take what I see in my head and put it to words. That’s what I used to do with art.

LM: In addition to writing, you are part of a band. How do you balance the creative aspects of your life?

Allen: A lot of my life is about creativity. I listen to music when I write. I’ve been playing electric bass guitar and singing since I was a teen. My wife and I wrote songs when we were dating and engaged, then after we married and started a family. We’ve been in the same band (First Light) since 1997, practicing and performing regularly.

To me, the tie-in is the Lord. I write for Him. I play my instrument for Him. I sing for Him. It’s all to His honor and glory. That’s what provides the balance and the reward for all efforts made.

LM: Here are some quickies:

Allen:
Favorite childhood book: Old Yeller. My first tear-jerker.
Favorite food: My wife’s Japanese-style Katsu Don (breaded and fried pork cutlet) in Tonkatsu Sauce with sticky rice
Favorite vacation place: Corpus Christi, TX

LM: What is your next project?

Allen: A science-fantasy trilogy. The first book, Jordan’s World, will be released this Summer from Ambassador International. It’s about a young woman who is abducted to an Earth-like world and stranded there with her mother. They are taken in by a friendly tribe of natives, but they have to adapt and basically start over. The book shows that God reigns over the whole universe and He can reach us no matter where we are.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Allen: My website: https://www.allensteadham.com

Book Blurb:

"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required."

Leia Hamilton can move things and set them on fire with her mind. Leia's father and step-mother tried to hide their past: a time when they were part of a team of superheroes. But despite being disbanded for over twenty years following a series of tragedies, their problems were passed to their children, and Leia finds that her future collides with their past.

In the the diverse world of human and superhuman, heroes and villains, friends and enemies, some of Leia's choices have terrible consequences. For Leia, this leads to a personal crossroads and a search for redemption.

Not your normal superhero novel, Mindfire isn't about secret identities, costumes, or evil plots endangering the world. Instead, self-discovery and adaptation are at the forefront as the reader follows the lives of the characters who are unafraid to show love and explore spirituality.

Can redemption and renewed grace weather the flames of absolute power and superhuman strength?