Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IN PERFECT TIME, by Sarah Sundin

    Lt. Kay Jobson is a flight nurse in the Army Air Force. She's beautiful, competent, and a tireless flirt. When C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper crosses her path, she decides to make him another conquest. The only problem is, Roger wants nothing to do with her. His life plan is to be a drummer with a Big Band when WWII is over.
    As the two of them work together during flights between Italy and France, they each struggle to overcome the attraction that draws them to one another. Sarah Sundin is a master at writing believable wartime action scenes, and she outdoes herself with In Perfect Time. If you love heart-gripping historical fiction, don't miss this one!
    This novel is the final book in the Wings of the Nightingale series, although it's not necessary to have read the first two books in order to enjoy In Perfect Time. However, if you haven't already read With Every Letter and On Distant Shores, I highly recommend them as well.

    My thanks to the author and Revell for providing my review copy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LOVE COMES HOME, by Ann Gabhart

 Love Comes Home drew me in right from the beginning. It was a joy to catch up on the lives of the Merritt sisters of Rosey Corner at the end of World War II. Ann Gabhart has done a masterful job of showing the reader how residents of a typical small town reacted when their servicemen returned.  
 On the other side of the issue, the reader also experiences the feelings of those same servicemen when they attempt to integrate what they've experienced overseas with the expectations of those who've waited at home.
    Kate, Evangeline, and Victoria Merritt each have their place in the story, as does Lorena Birdsong. How these sisters learn to trust the Lord's leading over their own plans makes for a heart-warming novel. Even though these characters were introduced in Angel Sister, the first book in the series, Love Comes Home can be read as a stand-alone.
    However, after reading this one I’m sure you'll want to go back and read Angel Sister and Small Town Girl as well. Personally, I'm hoping there will be more Rosey Corner stories to follow Love Comes Home.
    I give Love Comes Home two enthusiastic thumbs up.

    My thanks to the author and Revell for providing my review copy.

Monday, September 1, 2014


  I've been invited to take part in the Writer's World Blog Tour by my super-talented author friend, Lori Benton. Here's a look at her bio and a link to her blog post from last week:

    Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky (a double Christy winner and 2014 Book of the Year) and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, Lori enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her husband.

  On this tour, each writer is invited to answer the same four questions, so here are my answers:

1. What are you working on?
    I'm in the editing stage for State of Matrimony, a novella to be included in the Oregon Trail Romance Collection from Barbour. The collection is scheduled for release in April of 2015. Stories about the Oregon Trail are of particular interest to me, since my great-grandparents came west over the trail. When he was in his eighties, my grandfather, their son, wrote a memoir of the trip.

2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?

    My novels and novellas are all set in the 1800’s. I attempt to include little-known facts from the particular time period in each book. Romance plays a part in my stories, but my chief goal is to communicate to my readers a feeling of being present in my novels. After reading Where Wildflowers Bloom, one reader said she felt she could time-travel to 1866 Noble Springs, Missouri (the setting for the story), and find her way around the town. I loved that comment!

3. Why do you write what you do?

    All of my fiction is inspired in one way or another by the lives of my ancestors. I’m blessed to be descended from generations of memoir writers dating back to pre-American Revolution times. When I compiled a narrative family history, I realized that all of our collected memoirs were written by men. That sparked a desire to know what the women’s lives were like. Since my female ancestors were silent on the subject, I turned to fiction to fill in the blanks. Learning about women’s lives in the 19th Century has certainly made me grateful to live in the here and now.

4. How does your writing process work?

    One word: Convoluted. Once I’ve decided on the characters for a story, I sketch a story arc and write a brief summary of the tale. I attempt to write every weekday afternoon, and my usual goal is 1,000 to 1,500 words. I print out what I’ve written, then the next day go back over the pages and do a light edit. That primes the pump to continue with the story line. Things change as I write, and usually the completed project isn’t quite the same as the initial summary. That’s the fun part!
    I’m also part of an online critique group. We share a chapter once a week, and when the critiques come back to me I do another edit of the material, then move on. Before a book is turned into the publisher, I print out the whole thing and read through it, doing a deeper edit as I go. By the time a novel is finally submitted (via email), I’ve been over the material a number of times.
    Then, of course, the work comes back from my editor with suggested changes. The publisher of my novels goes over my manuscript three times. The first time it’s a global edit—looking for obvious mistakes and asking questions to deepen the plot. The second edit is line-by-line, giving me a chance to revise and change things once more. Third time around, I receive the page proofs. By now the book has been typeset. This time I receive the manuscript in final form, except it’s on regular size paper. Now I proof-read with an eagle eye to find every last tiny error. After returning the corrected pages, I sit back and wait for UPS to deliver the finished product two or three months later. It’s always a thrill to hold my “baby” in my hands for the first time.

    So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    On September 8, please look for author Bonnie Leon’s contribution to the blog tour. Bonnie and I have been friends for many years, and in addition to being a talented story-teller she’s an encouraging mentor. Her wisdom helped me progress from novice writer to published author.
Bonnie Leon is the author of twenty novels, including the recently released Where Eagles Soar and the popular Alaskan Skies series. 
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother, and relishing precious time with her aged mother.
Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

You can find Bonnie’s blog at