Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Retellings: Camille and The Fairyless Tales

Today I'd like to welcome Camille to the blog. As with the other retelling authors, you can find out more about her book in this post--but you can find out even more because she's having an eBook sale right now for the book we're featuring today!

Meet Camille...
Camille was raised on a family farmstead, where she milked goats and daydreamed of becoming an author. At seventeen she began writing her first novel, and has kept writing ever since. She now juggles writing, raising a family, and (still) milking goats.


Camille's Retelling...


Kissing an apparently dead maiden was not what young king Gervaise had planned for the day. Nor was nursing her back to health and acting as her impromptu protector. Forced to face and counter danger for the first time in his life, Gervaise realizes he lacks the heroism he ought to have.

As the real source of the threat against his patient comes to light, the king-turned-doctor finds himself in the sole position to thwart an ambitious new ruler. But how can he save a kingdom that doesn’t believe it needs saving? And how can a coward such as he win the day with only a handful of men?

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A note from Camille...
I well remember the first time I saw Ever After. When my mom and sisters decided to watch the Cinderella retelling, I politely declined. Ugh. Romance. Who needs more of that?

“But she climbs a tree in her underwear,” they protested. “You’d like it.”

I caved. I watched it. I loved it.

Kinda on the thin line between historical fiction and historical fantasy, some humor, some adventure, and a romance that wasn’t the sole focus of the story—that was my first taste of fairy tale retellings.
And that is the model I chose for my own venture in the realm of fairy tales. As I got ready to write Doctor and King, I asked myself this question: What real-life events could have inspired the story of Sleeping Beauty?

Then I added another question: How would the story look told from the prince’s perspective?
The result is the rather quirky tale of Gervaise and his struggle to understand true courage.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Retellings: Kirsten Fichter and Once Upon a Twist Tales

Another new-for-me author, and her books sound so amazing!

Meet Kirsten...

Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name "Kiri Liz" if you care about things like that. As you read this, she'll be somewhere under a maple tree - trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.

LINKS
·         My blog (Lianne Taimenlore) -- http://liannetaimenlore.blogspot.com/
·         My book review blog (KiriBeth) -- http://kiribeth.blogspot.com/
·         My FB Author page -- https://www.facebook.com/kirstenfichter/
·         My Instagram page -- https://www.instagram.com/synesthetewriter/
·         The Rose and the Balloon on Amazon
Spindle Dreams on Amazon

Kirsten's Books...
Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with just a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun.


A Beauty and the Beast Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, #1)
In a kingdom where fauna and flora are held in higher esteem than breakfast, Dmitri is a prince who yearns for change and plans it in a single daring act that will alter his life forever. However, when his demented mother accidentally causes the destruction of a prized garden of roses, Dmitri is horrified when she proposes his hand in marriage to make up for it. Not only will a wife hamper his glorious plans, he doesn't even want one. Janelle has spent her whole life on her father's rose farm, tending the roses and staying simple. But she really yearns for something greater than the flower beds. But now there's a wrench thrown in the works – the crazy Queen Maeva wants her to marry the prince, and all for ruining her father's beloved roses. This is Beauty and the Beast with a twist like you've never seen it before.

Spindle Dreams: A Sleeping Beauty Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, #2)
Marita Kadlec is the only daughter of Rohesia's poorest – and laziest – weaver. Her father prefers to spend his days gambling in the tavern, leaving the spinning up to Marita. She hates the family business because she's constantly pricking her finger on the spindle. She'd much rather be tinkering on an invention that she hasn't had the courage to show anyone yet. A special invention that will rid her of spinning for the rest of her life. Felix is a young nobleman plagued with the same nightmare – a giant machine, twisting and clanking, shrouded in fire, bent on pain and death. He's determined to find out what it means, no matter where the answers may lead him. This is Sleeping Beauty with a twist like you've never seen it before.

Coming 2020:  Diamond: A Rapunzel Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, #3) – Teaser summary: She was never the one locked in the tower, but trying to hide him and his secrets may cost her life. 

Writing Fantasy Without Magic
A note from Kirsten...

I'll be honest with you -- it is very difficult to find fairytale retellings nowadays that don't include magic. It's even tougher to find FANTASY retellings without magic. Somehow, someway, magic must be included if it's to be considered a good fairytale retelling in a fantasy setting, right?

WRONG.

Scratching magic and magical components completely out of a fairytale doesn't make the story sub-par. True, most of the original fairytales include magic of some kind; that's what we've grown to expect of anything labeled "fairytale." But... if you know how to handle a good plot, memorable characters, and compelling dialogue, magic doesn't have to factor in for a second. It's a challenge -- but it's not impossible.

I appreciate a good challenge. That's what drove me to writing my own fairytale retellings. Besides myself, I know of very few authors who dare to approach retellings without involving magic of some kind. I've seen a lot of writers take to historical fiction as their genre, letting history speak through the fairytale instead of letting magic be the driving force. But I prefer to settle myself fully into fantasy, where I can control more of the details without having to worry about keeping things historically intact and accurate.

Plot and Fairytale Elements

When focusing on a fantasy without magic, plot is probably the most important factor of the story. Plot is always important, whether you have magic or not, since you have to have a good way to keep the story moving forward. But a fantasy story will fall apart if there's a boring plotline waddling down to the finish. For me, I let the "what if" and "but why" questions influence my plot greatly. A good way to do this with fairytales is to focus on one element of the original fairytale and flesh that out.

For example, with my Beauty and the Beast story, The Rose and the Balloon, I focused on the Beast's rose. Why was it so important? Why would it be so bad if someone messed with it/picked it? Even though the magical rose counting down the Beast's years from the Disney film isn't from the original fairytale, I knew I wanted to play with that. The trick was portraying the rose without its magic. Thus, a bit of steampunk entered my story, and we had a solar-powered rose. From there, the story kinda took off on its own. Magical elements don't have to remain magical; there are a million and one ways to explain why something happened without having to resort to magic.

Another fun thing to do with fairytale elements is to turn them completely upside-down. What if Sleeping Beauty's prince was the one with sleeping problems? That was the beginning question that sparked my retelling, Spindle Dreams. Right after that, I found myself asking "what if Sleeping Beauty was a spinner by trade?" Find ways to incorporate as much of the original as possible without involving magic to explain it for you.

Fantasy Genres

That's the other really fun thing about fantasy. It has so many sub-genres that you're never truly confined to the medieval-age tale with princesses and long dresses and tiaras. Fantasy has expanded to include aspects of steampunk, political epics, alternative history, and science fiction. And that's where you start when explaining a fairytale without magic. For the most part, we live in a world that is scientific and has an explanation for EVERYTHING. Let a book without magic do the same.

Consider this: steampunk alchemy would be a perfect solution for a Rumplestiltskin story, would it not? Ancient alchemists were always trying to turn something into gold. What about the magical fairygodmother? She supplies Cinderella with a dress and shoes, so it would make sense for her to be either a kleptomaniac or a seamstress. Rapunzel, honestly, is one fairytale that uses very little magic; instead of a witch, I turned the Gothel character in my retelling, Diamond, into an impulsive and successful gambler.

Fantasy sub-genres give you the leisure to explore a new side of fairytales. No one wants to open a retelling and have it match piece by piece to a Disney film adaptation. Disney is only another reteller when it comes to fairytales. And these sub-genres are something that Disney has yet to fully explore -- particularly without magic.

You can keep the fantasy-esque princesses and castles within the retelling, but you're not limited to that. And I think that's one of the reasons why we have so few retellings that tell the story without magic. We have a set idea that fairytales MUST include these elements, and so we include them. The beauty about a retelling is just that, however: it is a RETELLING. It doesn't have to be perfectly parallel with the original. We have the liberty to retell the fairytale in whatever way we want.

Magic: A Short Discourse

Now why bother with taking magic out of fairytales? Is there any harm to having magic in a fairytale? My answer: No, of course not.

Many Christians have problems with magic being present in literature of any kind. God is quite clear about condemning the use of magic in multiple Bible passages. I have done quite a bit of research on the subject, trying to learn for myself what God has to say about it. My convictions on the subject are pretty hardcore, and I realize that this is a highly controversial topic. But here's what my research has led me to believe and what I uphold within the world of literature. 

The danger with using magic in any book is that magic is real. The witchcraft that God condemns over and over in the Bible isn't a figment of people's imagination. It is a demonic power that can be copied in real life, and its source comes directly from the devil. 

Fairytale magic is just that. A fairytale. Legendary, mythical, and pretend. It stands clearly in a world of fantasy/make-believe and cannot be copied in our world. This type of magic, I believe, is not harmful, and is what makes up many of our beloved fairytales. 

For me, personally, writing with magic is a struggle. It can create a lovely, clean tale when used correctly, but it is also very dangerous. Because of that, I have decided to write my own stories without using magic at all. For me, non-magical fantasy, especially fairytale retellings, is an overlooked genre that deserves more attention, more fantastic books. So, if you're interested in following my writing journey, that's the niche where I'll be hiding. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Each Perfect Gift | Book Review

Happy release week to Alicia Ruggieri!



What do you do when the sins of your past rise from the dead? 

Ben Picoletti’s conversion astounded the little town of Chetham, Rhode Island – and no one more than the pastor’s daughter, whose heart Ben seeks to win… despite his shameful history. After all, the cross of Christ has removed Ben’s sins as far as the east is from the west, hasn’t it?

Yet, as Christmas 1937 draws near, Ben’s past returns to trouble him – and to force Ben to grapple with the practical meaning of forgiveness and grace in his own life… and in the lives of those around him.

A story for anyone who has ever been haunted by the consequences of choices they once made, Each Perfect Gift brings a message of the true redemption that is found in Christ alone.

Each Perfect Gift is the first story in the series A LEGACY OF GRACE, an off-shoot of the original A TIME OF GRACE series, featuring beloved Grace Picoletti and Paulie Giorgi. If you crave emotional, old-fashioned stories with strong spiritual heart, a reaffirmation of God's continual work in everyday people's lives and hearts, and memorable characters whose redemption is deep and realistic, you've come to the right place!

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More from Christian historical fiction author Alicia G. Ruggieri:
  • The Fragrance of Geraniums (A Time of Grace #1)
  • All Our Empty Places (A Time of Grace #2)
  • A Love to Come Home To (A Time of Grace #3)
  • A Holy Passion: A Novel of David Brainerd and Jerusha Edwards

My Review
I absolutely loved continuing the Picoletti/Giorgi families’ stories in this book! Ben was always the character that held my compassion and interest, so I was eager to see a book wholly dedicated to him. I’ll confess, this one took some turns I wasn’t exactly anticipating, but it made for a very good subject that believers should deal with in the reality of their past choices.

When I pick up a book by Alicia, I know that she’s going to have a very solid, Biblical message that gets to the core of the issue. She dealt with some touchy topics in here (recommended for conservative readers 18+), but displayed her characters in both a very real yet very Christian fashion. I absolutely loved that others could see the different in the “old Ben” and “new Ben.” I also really loved Annie’s story. She was a genuine character, even if she was genuinely wrong at times.

The salvation message was very clear and also very realistic—which is something I’m a tad picky on. Just because someone was presented with the truth did not mean they accepted it, and I like that presentation of reality.

Honestly, I didn’t love Betty. To me, she seemed almost stereotypical PK (preacher’s kid)—this is coming from me being a PK myself. I totally understand her temptations to pride and self-righteousness, having been raised in a godly family, but I really couldn’t empathize with her even when I tried. I think my favorite scene with her was when she actually seemed human, during the Christmas play.

All in all, though, this was a good and undeniably Christian read.

*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*

Friday, November 1, 2019

Free today and tomorrow


You can still get "Wedding Score" free today and tomorrow! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!

Don't forget, if you are in the States and want a chance to get a paperback, enter the giveaway (which also ends tomorrow).

Once again, a shout-out to all of the amazing bloggers who helped make this release amazing!!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Many Faces of "Wedding Score" | Behind-the-Scenes of Cover Design

You've probably heard me say it before: I love behind-the-scenes. Designing the cover of "Wedding Score" had a few in-process snippets that I deliberated, leading me to the final design.

#1 - Choosing Stephanie
Choosing a model can be pretty tough. Especially if you're a photographer and you just wish you could up and take a picture exactly how you want it (and yes... I ended up doing that anyway with the sheet music...). These are the models I considered for various reasons. At first, I really wanted to feature a piano on the cover, but I quickly realized that didn't portray the concept I had in mind, so I had to scratch that one.


















Tip to the designer: landscape crops are really difficult to work with. ;) "If they had just given me MORE PERSON to work with!!!" ;) 

#2 - Background Color
Confession time: I think backgrounds are the most challenging for me. Fonts are okay. Once I find the cover model, it goes fairly well. But how to combine the text, model, and background? Yeah, that is usually challenging.


#3 - Positioning
Should Steph be the left or right side? Also, exactly how should the title be positioned? That's what I was pondering at this stage.



#4 - Floating Music
I had this idea that I wanted, but getting it from imagination to cover had its challenges. First off, I searched for hours for sheet music to feature. Of course, I couldn't find it. So, while I put that idea on hold, I shoved around a couple ideas.



What ended up happening was me taking pictures of my own sheet music suspended in air and editing that to fit in.

#5 - And repositioning
If you notice, I played a lot with the background fading from bottom to top or top to bottom. I actually still like this fade, but because I added the sheet music, the balance ended up being off.

  
#6 - And the Final
"Just like that," I take you to the final cover I've been blasting all over social media. ;) I know every designer says their latest cover is their favorite, but I really, really do like the way this cover turned out and had some great pointers from different friends to help me capture my thoughts.





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Retellings: Rachel Kovaciny and Western Retellings





Today's retelling author is new-to-me, but her books look so creative and fun! I'm happy to get to know more about her with you!

Meet Rachel...
Born only a few miles from where Jesse James robbed his first train, Rachel Kovaciny has loved westerns all her life.  She says they’re where her imagination feels most at home.  Rachel is a Christian wife and mother who homeschools her children.  In her spare time, she retells fairy tales as westerns and writes a column to the Prairie Times as well as contributing regularly to the online magazine Femnista.

Rachel Kovaciny’s first stand-alone western, Cloaked, debuted in 2017 and was a Peacemaker Award finalist for Best YA/Children’s Western Fiction.


Writing & Movies blog: https://hamlette.blogspot.com/

Rachel's Retelling...


Twelve Dancing Princesses… re-imagined. 

Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he’s been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on. 

But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts. 

So many doughnuts. 

Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family’s business no matter what he does?


Behind the Retellings
A note from Rachel...

Thanks for having me here today! 

Somewhere around 2012, I got the idea of retelling fairy tales as westerns, but it stayed just an idea I kicked around a while until 2015, when I decided to enter a contest from Rooglewood Press focused around retellings of “Sleeping Beauty.”  My entry, “The Man on the Buckskin Horse,” was one of five winners which were then published in the anthology Five Magic Spindles in 2016.  Encouraged by that success, I next retold “Little Red Riding Hood” as a western, which became my book Cloaked.  I followed that up with Dancing and Doughnuts, which retells “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”

That initial idea for retelling a fairy tale as a western was sparked by reading a picture book version of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” to my small children.  It’s long been one of my absolute favorite fairy tales, and it struck me one day that the former soldier in the fairy tale could easily be translated into a Civil War veteran.  I love the frolicsome feel of this particular story, and tried to capture that in my book.  Although the characters are faced with problems, they’re not in any kind of life-or-death danger, unlike my previous retellings.  That made Dancing and Doughnuts especially fun to write.  I also had a good time trying out many doughnut recipes from the 1800s until I could find one that matched the ones in the book fairly well.  My husband says this is the kind of research he’s especially fond of.

I love studying history, so much so that I kind of accidentally got a history minor when I was in college.  I kept taking history classes for fun whenever I had an empty spot in my class schedule, and I accumulated so many that I qualified for a minor without meaning to.  I also love reading historical fiction because seeing how people lived in times gone by helps me understand and appreciate my own life in new ways.  So writing historical fiction myself is something of an obvious choice.  I truly enjoy things like doing the research to get everyday details correct, studying the history of the west to find the right place to set a story, and checking on the etymology of words so I don’t use a word in a character’s dialog or thoughts that isn’t period-correct.  Those might be boring for another writer, but for me, they’re a joy.

I’ve loved western movies since I was a toddler myself – I grew up watching the westerns of John Wayne and James Stewart and their contemporaries.  I also very much enjoyed what I called “cowboy books” when I was a kid, and I want to bring that same pleasure to today’s readers.  I think that fairy tales and westerns are a natural fit for each other because westerns are America’s mythology. 

My books do not have to be read in a particular order because they don’t tell one continuous story the way some book series do.  Instead, I call Once Upon a Western an anthology series because each book stands on its own, but they all take place in a shared universe.  The characters from these first two books may show up again in later books in some capacity.  And I’m gradually writing and releasing short stories that expand the universe and will eventually help to connect the novels more too.  So far, I’ve released two, which are available for free for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.  “No Match for a Good Story” is based on the story of Scheherezade and is a follow-up to “The Man on the Buckskin Horse,” and “Blizzard at Three Bears Lake” retells “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and is a follow-up to Cloaked.  This month, I’m releasing a new short story called “Gruff” that also follows Cloaked.  I think you can probably guess what fairy tale it revolves around.

I’m currently retelling “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” as a western called One Bad Apple.  It features seven white orphans who get taken in by a wagon train of former slaves, only to discover that one member of that wagon train is a very dangerous woman with deadly intentions toward her stepdaughter.  I’m in the process of revising One Bad Apple, and it should be released in early 2020.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Wedding Score is HERE!


Today is the day!!! Stephanie's story is out in the world! And by world, I mean a little more than usual... as it's not just on Amazon, but these other retailers. Or you can just order a signed paperback. ;) Or, you can keep scrolling down for the giveaway and bonus. :)

"Wedding Score" is a very special story for me. An author puts a lot of her heart into her books, but in this one, it's got a LOT of my heart. My family accuses me that "Wedding Score" is an autobiography. It's not... exactly... But it does have tons of situations and life lessons that I have personally learned throughout the past few years. God has taught me (and is still teaching me) some invaluable lessons along this single-life journey. Being able to write it through the eyes of Stephanie has been such a huge blessing for me! And then, to hear how it blesses others and encourages them in their single journey... my heart is so full!!


Blog Tour
A special thank-you to all of the bloggers who are making "Wedding Score's" release special! Please hop by their blogs to see more of what "Wedding Score" is all about!

Monday, October 28
Honey Rock Hills | Review
Great Books for God's Girl | Review
Blossoms and Blessings | Review

Tuesday, October 29
Maidens for Modesty | Guest Post
Faith Blum, author
Kelsey's Notebook Blog | Review

Wednesday, October 30
Resting Life | Guest Post
Life of Heritage | Review

Thursday, October 31
Views from a Window Friend | Review
Cnnamon Girl | Review
Writings from a God Girl | Guest Post

Friday, November 1
A Brighter Destiny | Review
Read Write Breathe | Review
She Lives to Read | Guest post
Losing the Busyness | Review

Saturday, November 2
Read Another Page | Review
A.M. Heath, author | Guest Post
Kimia Wood, author | Guest Post


Giveaway!
I am giving away paperbacks, yes... 
But I really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, I'll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!




Saturday, October 26, 2019

Echoes Among the Stones | Book Review



Wright weaves a good tale which isn’t easily solved—something I personally like in a suspense novel. While this book still had darker tones to it, it wasn’t quite the same as Foster Hill, which deals with human trafficking. This was, rather, an almost-obsession over a cold-case murder.

I really enjoyed the two storylines from the past and present. I was just as into one story as the other. I feel she painted a very realistic picture of the aftermath of WWII and the soldiers.

There was a spiritual thread woven through, the main emphasis on dealing with grief. It was never clear where Aggie herself stood spiritually, even though she did make progress in coming to terms with loss.

I felt the romance was a good balance—for some, I imagine it had a slow start, as the interest didn’t really begin until a good portion into the story. My loyal heart kind of broke a little (no spoilers, though). I don’t remember any uncomfortable scenes between any of the couples.

There was a crude comment about “going to the bedroom” (nothing happened, it was just a comment). And there was also a little weirdness going on with Imogene visualizing and speaking to Hazel (or, Hazel speaking to her…). And then a “god-awful.”

*I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*


About the Book
After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery's puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past's secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet--even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister's body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister's case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.


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Friday, October 25, 2019

Cover Reveal: Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly




I’m so excited to bring you the cover reveal for Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly!

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Title: Waltz in the Wilderness
Series: Chaparral Hearts
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2020

She's determined to find her Pa but help comes at a price.
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother's death, so she'll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend's unexpected assistance is a blessing she can't refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it's been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancé is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?
Preorder your copy today!
  

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Publisher: Wild Heart Books



If you preorder Waltz in the Wilderness AND email Kathleen proof of purchase (screenshot) before 12:00am PT January 11, 2020, you will receive a free digital copy of Ribbons and Beaus, a Chaparral Hearts Novella on January 21, 2020! For complete details, click here.

Available now for preorder!  

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away a “Trust in the Lord” Journal & 80+ Journal Stickers Set, along with a $10 Amazon gift card. Be sure to comment on the blogs listed below for extra entries into the giveaway. Click the link below to enter.






About the Author

Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting. 



Waltz in the Wilderness is Kathleen’s debut novel and the first in a series of three stand-alone historical Christian romance novels connected by secondary characters and their beautiful Southern California setting.


Kathleen would love it if you visited her website at KathleenDenly.com. You can also connect with her on social media: 




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