Winter of my Discontent?

I thought last winter was rough! My husband John had leg ulcers and awful pain, our furnace needed repairs, our plumbing needed repairs, our van got totaled, and we had no car all winter. Then spring came, John’s legs healed, he started a healthy diet and vitamins and mineral supplements, lost 100 plus pounds, and his diabetes and high blood pressure were gone by last fall. Things were looking up, and I could finally hope my husband would stick around for us to get elderly together.

Then January of this year. Our pipes froze, and we both got the flu. John still hadn’t stopped smoking altogether, and even though he was sick, he smoked. Then, in the middle of January, his lungs went south fast, and he spent a long day with bouts of coughing and shortness of breath. Finally it got so bad, he said to call the ambulance. The battery on our car had given up from the extreme cold, so this was our only option. He was rushed to one hospital, and transferred to another because he had not only a collapsed lung, but had suffered a heart attack. He was on a respirator and sedated for four days, while I was home, too sick to do anything but pray and call the ICU nurses for updates.

I can’t begin to tell you how much God’s spirit kept me glued together. I look back and marvel at that. He really does carry you in those desperate times. John recovered so fast, he came home eight days after he was admitted, after being about as close to death as you can get. I got shingles from the stress, but because I’ve been taking my vitamins and minerals every day, and leaning sideways on God for the last month, I’m recovering well. And so is John. It’s quite clear to me that its time for us to move to Ithaca. I’ve loved living out on a dirt road in the boondocks, but it’s too hard for us to try and keep an older home in repair. Too stressful, especially for John. As a writer, I can do that anywhere, and John will be happier in town where he can talk to people. He’s the social one. I’m kind of a recluse, and it suited me to live out here. But I think we need to have a less difficult winter next year, so changes need to be made. I’ve been the one dragging my heels over leaving this place, but I can see it’s time for a change.

So, is this the winter of my discontent? Nope. The winter of my acceptance, and my hope of future contentment for John and I. I’ll turn 60 next month. Guess it’s a good milestone for making a change! Funny. In my head, I’m still in my thirties, except for having more wisdom and experience. Hope that doesn’t change!!

Well, back to edits! My next book comes out May 6th!!! Stay tuned! And have a good winter everyone!

Sisterhood of the World Blog, here I come!!

Well, my friend, critique and blog partner, Renee Blare, has nominated me to take part in the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers!swblogo

Thanks, Renee, for thinking of me! This looks like fun!

First, before I get started, here are the rules…

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

1. How is your blog different today versus the day it began?

Although I still don’t post enough, I know a little more about how to interact with others in this way. I just wish I was computer-savvy enough to make it look better.

2. If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

Fly like a bird!

3. Who or what would be your ultimate post?

When I think of ultimate, it makes me think of God’s kingdom. I want to be part of that!

4. In 2015, what are your plans?

Writing, of course! Seeing more of my books published, and taking care of my health, so I can do more and help others more.

5. Do you have a favorite day of the year?

Thanksgiving. I usually get to see all our sons and grandchildren. What could be better?

6. Why and how did you start blogging?

I started because when I got my first book contract, I found out it was good for authors to have an online presence. So here I am!

7. What do you like about blogging?

It’s so open-ended. It can be about anything.

8. What have you discovered through blogging?

That even though I’m an introvert, it doesn’t really bother me anymore to know people are reading my inner thoughts. At first it kind of embarrassed me, but I’ve gotten over it!

9. Who or what is the one thing that means the most to you?

My relationship with God and His Son. Every other relationship is enriched and enlarged through that one.

10.What do you want the readers of your blog to know about you?

That my relationship with God and His Son has held me in a state of awe, and I learn more every day. These are precious gifts that everyone can have.

  1. Okay, now I nominate: Peggy Trotter, Kim McMahill, Jacqui Hopper, Sharon McGregor, Rachel James, Carole Brown, Laura V. Hilton, Mary Ball, Brooke Williams, Amber Schamel

Here are my ten questions for the ladies I nominated:

  • What did you learn this week?
  • .What always makes you laugh?
  • If you were only allowed to own one movie to watch, what would it be?
  • What was the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What’s your earliest childhood memory?
  • When do you remember first being aware of God, or wondering about Him?
  • Which quality do you find most necessary in a mate? Kindness, Humor, Consistency, Strength, or a Quick Mind?
  • What would you like to be remembered as?
  • What human quality do you dislike the most?
  • What gives you hope when times are rough?

My Poor Neglected Blog!

I’ve had so many moments of inspiration and I’ve thought,“Oooh, I need to write a short blog on that.” And the moment passes because there are so many tasks and other thoughts milling around nearby, waiting for a chance to interrupt and state their importance. Shouldn’t I be more in charge of my own thought processes? I used to pride myself on my ability to focus, but now I see that part of that was my militantly reclusive habit of writing during eighty percent of my free time. 

Since my debut novel came out (The Right Ingredients, by the way!) I’ve fallen into a whirlpool of social media and promoting. And because of this, my thoughts have become more scattered. So many options for advertising, so many clamoring voices once I opened those doors. Yikes! Promoting more means selling more, which could someday mean  the ability to be able to do more than make ends meet every month, and always look the other way at needed house repairs, or car repairs. Not renovations or improvements, mind you, but repairs! So I slog on with the tweets, posts, website visits, book giveaways etc.

Then I realized that the most important thing is to write good stories, pray they’ll be well received, and limit the marketing to a small daily space of time. There’s only so much I can do, and I started writing to speak out the stories in my head. That’s what matters. I’m beginning to calm down and realize this. And, oh, when I sit down to write, the focus returns. The world calms down and centers in on the world of my characters. With God’s help, I’ll find a balance inside me, and focus on story-telling. 

That’s my discourse for today! Back to the keyboard!

Coming up for Air!

Goodness. All this promotion stuff is dizzying to someone who has little technical aptitude. I think I’m learning, but there are so many websites to look over and try to figure out which ones to spend time on. To be honest, I’d much rather be writing.

My debut novel is getting some lovely reviews. Only one negative one in the bunch. All the rest are pretty enthusiastic. It seems odd to know that the words I wrote in my little room, poised over the keyboard are now not only in an actual printed book, but also being read by people I don’t know on various electronic reading devices. I guess maybe even on phones? I don’t know because I don’t have a smart phone. Just a clueless, land-line one!

Some day I’ll enter the wild world of phones that can basically replace many of my brain functions. My brother not only has every new techno-gadget, but actually understands how to use them. No wonder I always loved to read stories from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. That’s about my speed.

Well, just wanted to check in and say hello. I needed to lift my head up from the world of book promotion, then get back to what makes it possible. Writing!! Stay tuned. And maybe visit my page for my book: https://boltonnancy.com/the-right-ingredients/

Couldn’t resist one extra plug!

So, I’m actually a writer. Amazing.

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A year ago, I was reading a very kind rejection of my now debut novel. How could I have known then that a year later, I’d have a debut book out now and another due out in the spring, with a publisher who is enthusiastic about my stories? I’m still pinching myself. But I can’t deny the fact that I put a tremendous amount of hard work into learning how to write better, and more effectively There’s a lot to be said for perseverance and determination to improve.

But with that, I received uncounted boosts of encouragement, advice, criticism and help from other writers. If you are a writer, join a writing critique group. On the advice of an agent who encouraged me even though she never took me on as a client, I joined a Christian critique group at ACFW. There are scores of wonderful writers there, in large and small groups. They are all a part of me becoming a published author. I could never thank them enough for their patient, continued advice and feedback.

With that wind in my sails, I brought dogged determination into the arena with my imagination and my love of words, and have begun a journey that I know will need continued effort for me to continue to improve, and say the things I want to say. For now, I can stand back a moment, survey this amazing terrain and say, Wow. I’m actually a writer!

I’ll post a link where you can see some of the reviews. If you read my book and like it, please post a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, or Allromance ebooks. Thanks!

Review link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_17?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=nancy%20shew%20bolton&sprefix=Nancy+Shew+Bolton%2Caps%2C228

Other links:

Barnes and Noble: To buy on Barnes and Noble

Smashwords: To Buy on Smashwords

Goodreads: On Goodreads

Prism Book Group: Prism Book Group

Wow! I’m learning how to self-promote!

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As I’ve said in more than one blog interview, I’m not very good at the promotion aspect of being an author. But I’m learning! I’ll have to bring the same dogged determination to this as I do to improving my writing.

Anyway, here are some endorsements for my book, from other authors:

From Dvora Waysman:

“The Right Ingredients” is appropriately named.  Nancy Bolton has cooked up something very satisfying … a realistic look at life behind the scenes in a cake shop;  a romance that has its ups and downs as in real life; three dimensional characters and family situations; and a spiritual awakening that is very moving.   This is a novel you’ll be sorry when it ends as you’ll grow to love Ann and her experiences.”

Dvora Waysman  Author of 13 books including “The Pomegranate Pendant” now a movie titled “The Golden Pomegranate.”

From Lena Nelson Dooley:

This debut novel reminds me of the early Mitford novels. A slice of life story with a gentler feeling to it. Some interesting plot twists surprised me, and I fell in love with the characters.

–Lena Nelson Dooley, multi-award winning author of the McKenna’s Daughters series–Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit

 

From Carlene Havel:

“The Right Ingredients” is an engaging book with realistic characters. Author Nancy Bolton manages to weave themes of divine, romantic, and family love into a cohesive plot, as the redemptive power of love transforms Ann from a timid wall flower into a mature, confident woman. Grab a tissue to dab at some happy tears while you immerse yourself in this tender love story.

Carlene Havel

Author, “A Hero’s Homecoming” and other love stories

 

From Diane Dean White:

I had the pleasure of previewing “The Right Ingredients” by Nancy Shew Bolton.   I wasn’t disappointed. Her story weaves a dream two college friends bring to fruition. Along the way they experience, faith, confidence, trust and love. A plus are the luscious goodies they make, that will bring a smile to your face and a dash to your favorite bakery!

Diane Dean White – author of Carolina in the MorningOn a Summer NightStories from a Porch Swing and Texting Mr. Right.

And here are the blog links for today:

http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com/interview/guest-interview/guest-interview-nancy-bolton/

http://marylouwrites.weebly.com/-behind-every-story-blog

http://susanbaganz.com/2014/09/26/the-right-ingredients-book-review/

And finally, the buy links for my book:

Amazon: To buy on Amazon

Barnes and Noble: To buy on Barnes and Noble

Smashwords: To Buy on Smashwords

I’m a Published Author Today!!!

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Yippee! Today my debut novel is out, and I’m officially a published author! So many people helped and encouraged me, or I wouldn’t have gotten here. Thank you a gazillion times, all of you! I’m excited! I said I’d post the links, so here they are. Amazon has it in paperback and ebook, and Barnes and Noble and Smashwords have it in ebook form. If you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon, or any of the other outlets. Thanks again, and I hope you like it!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Right+Ingredients+Nancy+Shew+Bolton&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AThe+Right+Ingredients+Nancy+Shew+Bolton

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MY debut novel is out next week!! I’m excited!!

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It’s finally happening! After much work, editing, etc., my first book is finally ready to launch, with another waiting in the wings for the spring of next year! My first book is called “The Right Ingredients” and will be released on the 24th of this month. I’ve always loved September! Here’s a picture of the cover, and a headshot of me looking a bit surprised, but gratified that my book is coming out!

The story is a contemporary romance, and here is the tagline first, followed by the back-cover blurb. Tagline:

Missing the right ingredients for a life of joy, a young baker learns lessons in the true recipe for love.

Blurb:

Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.

Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurt and long-standing barriers.

Now here are the endorsements:

From Dvora Waysman:

“The Right Ingredients” is appropriately named.  Nancy Bolton has cooked up something very satisfying … a realistic look at life behind the scenes in a cake shop;  a romance that has its ups and downs as in real life; three dimensional characters and family situations; and a spiritual awakening that is very moving.   This is a novel you’ll be sorry when it ends as you’ll grow to love Ann and her experiences.”

Dvora Waysman  Author of 13 books including “The Pomegranate Pendant” now a movie titled “The Golden Pomegranate.”

From Lena Nelson Dooley:

This debut novel reminds me of the early Mitford novels. A slice of life story with a gentler feeling to it. Some interesting plot twists surprised me, and I fell in love with the characters.

–Lena Nelson Dooley, multi-award winning author of the McKenna’s Daughters series–Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit

 

From Carlene Havel:

“The Right Ingredients” is an engaging book with realistic characters. Author Nancy Bolton manages to weave themes of divine, romantic, and family love into a cohesive plot, as the redemptive power of love transforms Ann from a timid wall flower into a mature, confident woman. Grab a tissue to dab at some happy tears while you immerse yourself in this tender love story.

Carlene Havel

Author, “A Hero’s Homecoming” and other love stories

 

From Diane Dean White:

I had the pleasure of previewing “The Right Ingredients” by Nancy Shew Bolton.

I wasn’t disappointed. Her story weaves a dream two college friends bring to

fruition. Along the way they experience, faith, confidence, trust and love. A plus

are the luscious goodies they make, that will bring a smile to your face and a dash

to your favorite bakery!

Diane Dean White – author of Carolina in the Morning,

On a Summer NightStories from a Porch Swing and Texting Mr. Right.

So there you have a short introduction to my debut novel, which will be released on the 24th, and available at: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance ebooks. YIPPEE!!!!!

Interview and Book Give-away with Lena Nelson Dooley

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CATHERINE’S PURSUIT  by Lena Nelson Dooley

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she’s determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover–physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what’s most important in life?

 

Today is my third interview with Lena Nelson Dooley. We’ve focused the interviews on her latest series, a trilogy called “McKenna’s Daughters.” In this interview, we’ll discuss the third book, “Catherine’s Pursuit.”

The trilogy follows three daughters, separated at birth after their mother dies tragically during a difficult wagon train journey to the west. This last interview concerns Catherine’s story, the daughter who was kept and raised by the father of the girls, Angus McKenna. The book also brings together the narratives of the other two daughters, and brings a satisfying conclusion to a very enjoyable series.

Hi Lena! I finished reading Catherine’s Pursuit, the last book of your McKenna’s Daughter’s Trilogy and I loved it. You did a masterful job of weaving all three stories into the final book, and ending the trilogy wonderfully. So, I’ll begin the interview by asking about the trilogy.
I thought it was interesting how contact with Mary, and her very different life experiences facilitated a great change in Catherine’s heart. Did you plan this story thread out before you began writing, or did it evolve as the story did?

I had a general timeline for each story, but it’s just basic. The story evolves as I write it. As I was writing Catherine’s story, I realized that the timeline I’d made wouldn’t work with the other two stories. All three overlapped in the last part of the year. So I printed up a calendar for 1885 and put in the dates that had been in the first two books. Then I worked the events for Catherine’s story in the times that would work and transferred that to Catherine’s timeline.

That’s a great idea, using a timeline. I’ll have to remember that! I’m curious, did you find it harder to write from any of the male characters’ perspectives, or easier, or about the same as writing from the females’ perspective?

I do find writing from a male character’s POV to be hard. But I have studied a lot about the way male’s think. Then taking into consideration how individual each male is, I work out a way of thinking and speaking that is true to males in general and my male character individually. I have had several men tell me that I really “got” the male perspective.

Good for you! That can be challenging. So, how did you feel once you finished this series?

With each series I’ve written—this is my second one—I’ve missed the characters. In one way, I’m glad it’s over, but in another I want the series to go on and on. There are plenty of unattached characters who would make good heroes or heroines.

True. Who knows? You may re-visit them in the future. Do you plan on writing another series ?

I have started another series—Love’s Road Home. I’m most of the way finished writing book one—A Heart’s Gift. It is set in Summit County, Colorado, in 1891-2. The second book is set in Grape Vine, Texas (modern day Grapevine), and the third book is mostly in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Sounds interesting! Do you ever go back and re-read your published stories? If so, which ones?

Not often. I finally did read my first book about two years after it was published. I have read parts of books when I choose to use the selections when I’m teaching a writing class.

What’s the best part about hearing reader reactions to your books?

When they like my books, it’s like getting applause in live theater or a concert. If they don’t really care much for my books, and if they give a good reason why, it can influence my later writing.

If you’ve ever received a less than positive review, how do you handle that, and how does it affect you?

I won’t lie, it hurts. But I’ve learned not to let it hurt long. I let myself have half an hour to mourn. Then I move on. You can’t please all the people all the time. I’m writing for those who do like my writing.

What advice would you give to someone who tells you they’d like to write a book?

I hear that all the time. I do talk to them to find out why they want to write a book and what kind of book they want to write. Then I try to get them as much help as I can. I really don’t have time to give much help to every person who asks.

Before you started writing, if you’d known how much time and effort it required, would you still have become a writer?

God created me to be a writer in my mother’s womb. If I don’t write, I’m not happy or fulfilled the way God wants me to be. Some people are created to be writers who encourage other people, and they may never be published. Others write other things. God did bless me to be able to see my books published and my plays performed.

How much time per day, or week, do you usually spend on writing?

I’m in my home office at least 6 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, according to deadlines. Some of the time is writing manuscripts. Other time is maintaining my Internet presence or doing research for the books.

Do you have any pointers on which social media you feel is most important for a writer to utilize?

I actually utilize these: a Facebook page, a Facebook profile, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Linkedin.

Did any of your books stump you to the point where you had to do a major re-write or step away from them for a time?

Writers often have to step away from a story and let it stew in our brains. When we come back, we have a fresh perspective. That’s just part of writing.
Thank you, Nancy, for having me.

And thank you for the interview, Lena! It’s an honor to speak with you.

Okay readers, I’m including an excerpt from the first chapter of “Catherine’s Pursuit” below. Enjoy, and leave a comment for a chance to win this wonderful book!

 

Chapter 1

September 19, 1885

San Francisco, California

 

Catherine Lenora McKenna could hardly believe the long-awaited day was here. Her eighteenth birthday.

 

Now she was an adult, and her father would have to stop hovering over her as if she were a fragile china doll in one of his stores. She would be free. Holding her hands above her head like the ballerina in the music box on her bureau, she whirled in a circle that lifted the hem of her blue taffeta skirt to a scandalous height. That didn’t matter, because no one was here to catch a glimpse of her ankles anyway. Not even her personal maid, Julie, who had gone downstairs to grab Catherine a more substantial breakfast from the kitchen before she fainted dead away.

 

Aunt Kirstin wanted Catherine to eat very light before her party tonight, where a sumptuous banquet would precede the ball. There would be presents to open as well. Catherine hoped her father planned a spectacular gift for her birthday … maybe to send her on a tour of the Continent. Of course, Aunt Kirstin would probably accompany her, but at least she would be able to see more of the world for herself, not just read about it.

 

Europe should be beautiful in the autumn, or in any season of the year. Since both of her parents were born in Scotland, she wanted to visit there as well as London … Paris … Rome. She had read every book and magazine she could get her hands on, so she knew so much about Europe. A thrill of anticipation shot through her whole body. Visions of crossing London Bridge, strolling along Avenue des Champs Elysees, or touring the Colosseum danced through her head. Pictures she’d enjoyed studying with their Holmes stereopticon. She wondered if Father would accompany her or if he would allow Aunt Kirstin to be her only escort … besides a few servants, of course.

 

“Where is Julie with my food?” Catherine huffed out an exasperated breath. “Am I going to have to go to the kitchen myself?”

 

She thrust open the door and hurried down the hallway, the sound of her footsteps lost in the thick cushioning of the carpet. At the top of the front stairs, she stopped to see if she could figure out where her aunt Kirstin was before she sneaked down the backstairs.

 

Peering over the balcony railing, she caught a glimpse of her aunt’s face through the partially opened door to the library. Her brows were knit together into a frown as she stared at someone in the room with her. Catherine had never seen such a fierce expression on her aunt’s face.

 

Father’s voice was muffled as he said something to his sister-in-law. What is he doing home at this time of morning? Catherine wished she could tell what they were talking about. She had never heard her father use that tone with anyone, especially not Aunt Kirstin. As if he were angry or terribly upset.

 

Catherine leaned farther over but kept a firm grip on the railing so she wouldn’t tumble down. A drop like that onto a marble floor could be deadly.

 

Aunt Kirstin gripped each hand into a fist and planted them on her hips. “Just when are you going to tell her?”

 

Come to think of it, her aunt was using a harsher tone than Catherine had ever heard her use.

 

Father didn’t answer.

 

Catherine quickly crept down the stairs being careful not to place her foot on the second step from the foyer, which would squeak and reveal her presence. At the bottom, she straightened and checked her reflection in the gilt-framed, oval mirror beside the front door. When she found everything satisfactory, she tiptoed toward the library.

 

“I don’t know.” Her father’s words stopped her in her tracks.

 

What did he not know?

 

“Angus.” Aunt Kirstin’s voice was firm and insistent. “She deserves to know the truth. And now she’s old enough to understand.”

 

Catherine didn’t hesitate to enter her favorite room in the house. She pushed the door farther open, and both her aunt and her father turned startled eyes toward her. The two looked as if they had been caught in an act of mischief.

 

“Tell me what? What will I understand?” Her questions hovered in the air, quivering like  hummingbirds without a way to escape the net of tension that bound the three of them together.

 

Her father glanced at her aunt, then turned his attention back to Catherine. The deep scowl on his face dissolved, and he dropped into the closest chair, dejection dragging his shoulders into a slump. Tears welled up in his eyes and rolled down his cheeks unheeded. He didn’t even blink.

 

“I knew this day would come eventually.” Each word sounded as if it had been wrung from his throat.

 

Catherine had never before seen her father cry. And he had always been such a strong man. But right now, he was draped in defeat. Her heart hitched in her chest, making her breathless. Something must be terribly wrong. Was he sick with a deadly disease? About to die? How would she live without him? She wanted to grab him in a tight hug and cling with all her might to keep him close.

 

Aunt Kirstin dragged two chairs closer to where he sat and offered one to Catherine before settling on the other. She smoothed her skirt over her knees and clasped her hands tight enough to blanch her knuckles.

 

Fear swamped Catherine, trying to drown her in its depths. The strong foundation her life had been built upon shuddered, then she felt as if a crevasse opened deep within her. Tears leaked into her own eyes, blurring her vision as she stared first at her father and then at her aunt who, were always anchors in her life.

 

Her father raised red-rimmed eyes toward her, his face a pale, scary caricature of the man she’d always leaned upon. “There’s so much you don’t know … my precious daughter.”

 

Such a formal way for her father to talk to her, as if they were separated in some unseen way. Trembling started in her knees. She was glad she was sitting, so she didn’t sink to the floor in a swoon. The tremors rose over her whole body, and she shook as though a chill wind had swept through the room.

 

Dare I ask another question? When she tried, her tongue stayed glued to the roof of her mouth, so she waited for him to continue.

 

Aunt Kirstin didn’t utter a single word either.

 

“I’ve brought Miss Catherine a bit of a snack.” Julie bustled through the open doorway, breaking the unbearable tension for a moment. “There’s enough for all of you … and a pot of that new tea you just received from China.” She set the tray on the table that stood beside Aunt Kirstin’s chair, then exited the room.

 

Mechanically, Catherine’s aunt poured three cups of the steaming liquid and added just the right amount of milk and sugar to match each person’s preference. When she handed the saucer and teacup to Father, both of their hands shook, rattling the china.

 

Catherine received her tea and kept one hand on the cup, warming her icy fingertips.

 

“Would you like a sandwich or a piece of cake?” Aunt Kirstin’s whispered words were only a bit louder than the clink of the dishes.

 

Catherine didn’t think she could get a single bite down her throat that now felt like a sandy desert. She shook her head.

 

Father didn’t glance at her aunt before he handed his cup back without even taking a sip. He turned his gaze toward Catherine and took a breath, releasing it as a soul-deep sigh. “Some things happened when you were born … that I’ve never shared … with you … with anyone, except your aunt.”

 

 

Remember to leave a comment to be entered in the book drawing! To learn more about Lena and her books, here are some links:

Lena’s webpage: http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/

Lena’s blog: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/

Lena’s books: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/p/books.html

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Interview and Book Giveaway With Dvora Waysman

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Interview and Book Giveaway with Dvora Waysman

Today I’m interviewing Dvora Waysman. She’s a multi-published author as well as a syndicated journalist, who lives in the ultimate city: Jerusalem! Her newest book, “Autumn Blessing,” an e-book published by Prism Book Group, is available now. After the interview, I’ll post a blurb about it. If you leave a comment, you’ll be included in the drawing for a free copy of “Autumn Blessing!” So, here we go!

Hi Dvora! I’m so enjoying getting to know you. Let me start the interview by asking what inspired you to start writing fiction books?

I have always been a writer – short stories, articles, poetry – anything that invoves the written word. I also love reading, so novels were a natural progression for me.

I’ve read that you began writing at age 7! What age were you when you began to write fiction novels? What was your first novel, and how long did it take you to write it?

My first novel was “The Pomegranate Pendant” now a movie titled “The Golden Pomegranate”. It came late in life – in1995 – when I was 64. “The Pomegranate Pendant” is a historical novel set in Jerusalem over 100 years ago (in 1882, when the first Jewish Yemenites arrived in the Holy Land to escape their persecution). I had to do a lot of research, and especially about Yemenite jewelry as my heroine is a silversmith. It took me 9 months to write.

“The Pomegranate Pendant” was made into a movie. What was it like to see something that began as an idea in your head actually fleshed-out into reality?

Having it made into a movie was very exciting. It is fairly faithful to my book although certain things were added for dramatic reasons.

I’ve heard some authors say they wished they hadn’t let go of creative control when their book was made into a movie. Did you feel that way? Was it hard to let other people take control of your story?

I had the right of veto and was present on the set for much of the filming – in fact I appear, like Hemingway, in a cameo part – but if you blink, you miss me. I exercised my veto on a rape scene they wanted to include. It held up the filming for a while, but in the end they agreed to delete it.

You’ve certainly had a very interesting life so far, and I can see that some of your books incorporate your experiences into them. After I read “Autumn Blessing” I found myself wondering how much of it was based on your own life. Care to expound on that?

“Autumn Blessing” is pure fiction, except for the name Dorothy which was my name in Australia (Dvora is the Hebrew version). Thankfully I am not a widow and have been married 59 years. But I think all fiction must represent emotions the author has experienced from time to time, or it would not be realistic.

I really enjoyed the way you describe Dorothy as if she were a flower herself, coming out of a dark, dormant phase and gradually responding to light and new growth. Was this a familiar process for you in your own life?

In my long life, I have lived in many places and travelled the world,sometimes on book tours When I was young, I lived a few years in London and Youth Hostelled my way around Europe; I have spent time also in the Far East – Hong Kong, Bangkock and Singapore. But my life took on a new dimension when we came to the spiritual city of Jerusalem. It is a great privilege to live here.

A large portion of American women (the baby-boomers, as we call them) are now around the age of your main character Dorothy. What advice would you give on how best to navigate this stage of life known as the golden years?

The golden years are really a misnomer, for they can’t replace youth where every day is a new exciting experience. But if you keep your heart young and take time to look for the dewdrop in the heart of the rose, you will go on finding life to be beautiful.

What is the main idea you want to convey to the reader through Dorothy’s story?

I think that when one door closes, another one opens. We shouldn’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened. Memories should be cherished.

What do you like most, and least about being a writer?

I love everything about being a writer. The joy never leaves me. I am in love with words!

What are you working on now?

A new novel called “Searching for Sarah” set in Jerusalem. It is about a portrait of a young woman found abandoned in a studio and the search for the artist. I am 83 now, so this will probably be my swan song. It is both prose and poetry and I aim to make it memorable if God grants me enough time to complete it.

I pray that He will, and more besides! Thank you so much for doing this interview, Dvora. I’m honored and thrilled to know you. I pray for blessings and safety to you in this challenging time in Jerusalem. May God’s protection cover you and all of Israel, and may there soon be peace.

Now, here’s a short blurb about “Autumn Blessings.”
Autumn can be a desolate season. For Dorothy, after losing her husband, the autumn of her life stretches before her lonely and uncertain. But a change, a new hobby, and new friends prove this new season to be bountiful with blessings.
Be sure to leave a comment, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a free copy of the “Autumn Blessings” e-book.

To visit Dvora’s blog, go tohttp://dvorawaysman.com
To learn more about Dvora, go tohttp://dvorawaysman.com/about-me/
To read about and purchase her books, go to either of these:  http://dvorawaysman.com/my-books/

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