Saturday, February 24, 2018

Interview with Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux!



Hi all! Today we are excited to welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux. Here is a little about her:

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” 

With that, we shall delve in! What made you decide to become a writer?
Unlike many authors who dreamed of being a writer or began writing at a very young age, I didn’t “decide” to become a writer. I just got fed up with too many disappointing books I thought I could do better. LOL! A mite arrogant as I look back on that day, but that was the impetus to my writing career and, once I started the stories just kept coming.

What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Sharing faith, hope and healing with the world!

Where did the inspiration for Winter Madness come from? 
At a very dark time in my life I had a vision…..A young woman standing at the foot of a waterfall thinking of suicide when God showed her all the reasons to hang on….sunlight, rainbows, doves cooing, children’s laughter…. Because it spoke to me on such a personal level, writing the scene first person was very cathartic and helped pull me up once again. The story evolved from that.

Wow, that is powerful. 
How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing? 
When I recommitted my life– and committed my writing– to Christ I prayed that I write to glorify Him and share my faith. Even though my characters are on their own spiritual path, some of what I’ve experienced in my own life plays out in theirs. Many times, however, I learn from their struggles. I pray my readers do too. I include a “Letter to the Reader” in all of my work that connects my faith or my beliefs with something in the story.

What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I want them to not only be entertained but to walk away with a sense of hope…hope that if such-and-such character overcame this-or-that issue, they can overcome whatever struggles are present in their life at the time. For example in Winter Madness the heroine Sienna says…. “In those few moments I knew, I understood what God wanted of me. He wanted me to live, to hope, and to love. For where there is love, God is forever present. His love is perfect; perfect love which casts out the deepest of darkness.”

What is one of your favorite scenes in Winter Madness?
The entire story is one of hope and healing so it’s hard to pick a favorite scene but the ending always makes me smile….. They dined and danced for hours. “How does it feel to be the most beautiful woman in this place?” he asked when the clock struck midnight. “Like Cinderella at the ball,” she admitted.

“Cinderella couldn’t hold a candle to you, sweet Sienna. What do you say we fly down to Vegas and get married?” Her laughter sparkled through the room like fairy dust and created magic in its wake. Smiles bloomed, more laughter followed. Even the music seemed brighter.

“I’d say that’s madness, dear William, sheer madness. Let’s do it!”

Sienna has survived what most succomb to - the death of a spouse and child and has maintained her faith despite her troubles. William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe. Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?

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Links:
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com  
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Dangerous Legacy - a book review


Do you have a favorite author? I have several, and the more I read, the more favorites I find.

Both of my parents are voracious readers, and I'm blessed to live close to my mother because that allows us to share books back and forth. She has created five church libraries over her lifetime and is well-versed in publishers and authors, so when she loaned me an Elizabeth Camden book three years ago, I assumed I would enjoy it. 

I loved it, and Ms. Camden became one of my favorite authors, so. I know when I pick up one of her books I’m in for a fascinating, page-turning read. 

Although darker than her previous books, A Dangerous Legacy is another home run. The characters are strong and well-developed, and I enjoyed the banter between Lucy and Colin-it exhibits their intelligence and sense of humor. I could feel Lucy’s and Nick’s struggle with their generations-old lawsuit. They were exhausted with it, but felt they had no choice but to follow through. Obviously well-researched, the book does a great job of educating the reader about the early days of the news service and the water systems of a city. One reviewer felt the information bogged down the book and made it tedious, but it didn’t feel like that to me. In fact, it made me want to research and read more about the topics. There were several plot twists that created intrigue and tension, and I loved the way the book tied up. A very satisfying ending, and I was happy to discover there is a sequel that will tell Nick’s story. Highly recommended.

Pick up your copy of A Dangerous Legacy today.



Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, blogger, and history geek. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a Trustee for her local public library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, and choir member. To find out more about Linda and her books visit www.LindaShentonMatchett.com. Sign up for her newsletter for links to free ebooks, book reviews, historical tidbits, and more.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Neighborhood That Wasn't There

In the early days of World War II, real fear existed that the Japanese would bomb the West Coast. Several war industries were located there, and they needed to be hidden. Enter Hollywood.
Canvases were stretched over the rooftops of aircraft factories and painted with streets and lawns. Movie set designers created fake houses out of canvas and plywood. Trees were made of wire with glued-on chicken feathers painted in shades of green and brown. Air ducts were disguised as fire hydrants. Steep, sloped roofs became hills.

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack.
  
The goal was to look like a peaceful suburb from the air. Employees took scheduled walks in the fake town, hanging out laundry and moving rubber cars.
 
Employees stroll through a fake neighborhood.


Long runways beside the aircraft plants would seem to be a giveaway, but when a visiting general was flown over a disguised factory, he couldn’t find it. Japanese aircrews surely wouldn’t.
Dummy runways were created by burning grass to look like tarmac. Far from the real planes and hangars covered to look like farmland, dummy aircraft of wood and metal dotted the bogus fields.
 
Underneath the camouflage, business as usual.


Thirty-four airfields and factories were hidden. Enemy submarines would have been a likelier threat than airplanes. Ships were sunk within sight of West Coast ports. A Japanese submarine shelled an oil field near Santa Barbara in February of 1942, doing little damage.
In June of 1942, the US Navy sank four enemy aircraft carriers in the Battle of Midway. The chance of Japan bombing the West Coast greatly diminished. The Hollywood-designed sets never had a chance to prove their worth.
The factories remained under cover for the rest of the war.

Wouldn’t you have loved to explore the make-believe neighborhoods?