Saturday, November 22, 2014

I'm Happy to Welcome Cindy Thomson!

Happy to have Cindy Thomson visiting today! Check out her books, and especially her new one: Annie's Stories!

Tell us a little about your newest book:
Annie's Stories is book two in my Ellis Island Series, but it's completely stand alone. Some of the characters do repeat since the setting is Hawkins House, a boarding house for immigrant women. Here is the blurb:

The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House.

But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

Though the postman’s intentions seem pure, Annie wants to share her father’s stories on her own terms. Determined to prove herself, Annie must forge her own path to aid her friend and create the future she’s always envisioned . . . where dreams really do come true.



Why are you so interested in history?
I suppose it's because I've always wanted to know how I was connected. That has driven my interest in genealogy, which led to writing fiction. I do believe there are lessons to be learned from those who went before us, and I try to tell the stories. The Bible says to seek the old ways and if you walk in the paths you find you will find peace. (My rough translation of Jeremiah 6:16)


In your research for this book, did anything resonate with you specifically or touch you emotionally?
Yes, many things. One was the abuse so many Irish women endured being virtually enslaved in the Magdalene Laundries. I imagined a girl would have asked herself where God was in that place. My character Annie certainly asks herself that and the answer of course is that God never leaves us. That's not an easy concept for someone to accept when going through misery.


Give me five interesting tidbits about yourself.
I'm not sure everyone will think these things are truly interesting, but here goes:
1. I'm a baseball history researcher. I belong to an organization called the Society for American Baseball Research, whose members are mostly men. I've made wonderful friends there and even go to a bookclub where we discuss baseball books.

2. I survived the largest earthquake to hit the American continent in Anchorage, Alaska, and I don't remember it. I was only 3. My family was fine, but my dad, being stationed there in the army, had to go on search and rescue missions.

3. I have been to Ireland twice and spent most of my time in Northern Ireland (which is not what most tourists do, but they should!) I've made friends who live in Ireland have visited them over there.

4. I went to a book launch party while in Ireland. It was held in a small town beauty shop, because it fit the book's theme. They even did a demonstration beauty makeover. A very unique experience. You should look up Kate Kerrigans's books!

5. My favorite color is blue and my first six book covers have all had something blue on them. Some, like Brigid of Ireland and Three Finger are mostly blue.


What's next in your writing life?
I have the rights back to my first novel, Brigid of Ireland, and since it's never been an ebook, I'm about to put that on Amazon. By the time this interview runs it might already be there. I'm also working on book three of the Ellis Island series, Sofia's Tune. Sofia is Italian and she comes to live at Hawkins House because  a previous family secret has sent her mother into a depression and she cannot bear to have Sofia around. Sofia fears what happened when she was a young girl, something she can't remember, might have been her fault. It's going much slower than I would like. I don't know when it will be published subscribers to my newsletter will be the first to know.


Readers, check out Cindy's books here:


About Cindy:
Cindy Thomson is a writer and an avid genealogy enthusiast. Her love of history and her Scots-Irish heritage have inspired much of her writing, including her new Ellis Island series. 

Cindy is also the author of: 
  • Brigid of Ireland and Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland
  • She combined her love of history and baseball to co-author the biography Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story, which was a finalist for the Society for American Baseball Research's Larry Ritter Book Award.
  • In addition to books, Cindy has written on a regular basis for numerous online and print publications 
She is a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Cindy and her husband have three grown sons and live in central Ohio. Visit her online at www.cindyswriting.com



Thanks so much, Cindy, for joining us today!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving and Praise!

Looking back isn't always a good thing to do. 
I've always believed in forgetting the mistakes behind us and moving forward.  

But in preparation for this Thanksgiving, 
I want to look at MY past year and thank God for the many blessings I've enjoyed this year. 
I hope you enjoy them too!

January-March:
Made it through a long winter without much sickness.
Christmas 2013 was late but we enjoyed it early 2014, and we had one!




April:  A Woderful Easter.
Plenty of inpsired worship.
Fun with the grandkids' Easter basket hunt.
A delicious meal.



    A lovely summer: not too hot, not too cold. 
    Too short, but still delightful!
    At the lake.




    Delightful times at the lake house! 
    Picnics. Swimming. Relaxation. Boating. Fishing. 


      August Camping in N.C. 
      Fun with grandson, family, and new friends!
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    A wonderful October month. 
    Husband made sure I had a wonderful birthdday celebration.



    Our church shared greatly with us for Pastor appreciation month. 
    What fun and how nice to be appreciated!




    November: the release of the first book of my WWII Spies series: 
    With Music in Their Hearts: 
    a long awaited book that is a total delight to share with my readers.



    An early Thanksgiving dinner with family, 
    knowing our sons love and respect us, 
    our daughter in law is a good mother and wife, 
    and our grandboys enjoy being with us.


    How do you count YOUR blessings?


    Blessings!

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    A Charming Romance – Bride By Necessity

    When marriage becomes a necessity, can true love prevail? That is the question that Payton Whittard and Jonathan Lambrick find themselves faced with after tragedy leaves Payton orphaned and in need of a home. Jonathan takes her in out of charity, but soon finds that his young charge is, in fact, a beautiful woman.

    This was a delightful, light romance perfect for a rainy fall afternoon. I’m a huge fan of Victorian England and loved the way society is portrayed in this story. Payton is a heroine to root for, and Jonathan, the perfect English hero. A great read for lovers of British romance!

    JONATHAN LAMBRICK NEVER PLANNED TO MARRY AGAIN 

    But when the master of Kent Park takes in the orphaned daughter of a tenant, Jonathan doesn’t expect his young charge to be a stunning woman. Or for a predatory relative to lay claim to her. Marriage may be the only way to protect Payton from an unthinkable fate.

    Payton Whittard knows her marriage to Jonathan is about safety, not love. But the feelings that soon arise during their arrangement are anything but safe. Still, there’s something about her handsome protector that makes her trust him with her life. Can Payton trust him with her heart, as well?

    Linda Glaz is married with three children and three grandchildren. Her triple-A personality allows her to be an agent with Hartline as well. She loves anything with the written word, and loves stories based on family lore. Rich stories wait to be fictionalized and written, stories handed down through families, no matter legend or exact truth. Linda loves the opportunity to write or find "just the right book" to shake up the industry. She's a charging train: "All aboard!"
    GIVEAWAY! I will be giving this fabulous book away to one commenter. Please leave your email address to be entered into the drawing!