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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Welcome, Inspirational Romantic Suspense Author Ann Mock!


This week we are so happy to have Inspirational author Ann Mock visiting "Gina's World of Good". Ann will be discussing her romantic suspense book Union of the North and the South. She will be giving away a free audio book code which can be loaded on a smart phone, tablet, computer etc. Click the link below to view the awesome trailer for her book Union of the North and the South.
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Author Ann Mock grew up in Tallahassee, FL
Welcome to my blog, Ann. What is your newest book about?
The Union of the North and the South is a romance and suspense Christian novel set in the South in the 1870's. This is a story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, but is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache. She experiences a number of crises that challenge her faith and encourage her to make her former enemies become allies while she deals with her secret. Can she find the strength to forgive as well as love again?

Besides entertaining the readers, I hope they will come to realize the power of forgiveness and the happiness it can bring to your life.





Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?

Twenty years ago I visited a Southern mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that had survived the War Between the States because it had been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. I was fascinated by a Union cannonball that was still lodged in the door frame over a century later. This inspired me to start my novel, The Union of the North and the South. I thought it would be interesting to have a story where a lead character would be forced to confront someone who had been responsible for shelling her home.

What kind of research did you do for this book?
I have often traveled through the deep South by car, but steaming along the Mississippi on the American Queen steamboat gives one a completely different perspective and made it very special. The experience gave me so many ideas for my novel. The steamboat pulled right up to Oak Alley and the Houmas House mansions. Both of those beautiful homes gave me the idea of how I wanted the ancestral home of Laura Malcolm’s, my heroine, to look.


What intrigues you most about writing these stories?I love the dynamics of the romance between the main characters and the integration of Christian values.



Which of all your characters is your favorite?
Jenny

How did you get started in this genre?

I enjoy reading Christian historical romances and believe everyone has a book inside.


Let’s get personal for a moment: Please share with us the most daring thing you’ve ever done.

That’s hard to say. It could be riding in a hot air balloon. On the other hand it could be riding a camel in the desert, doing a trans-Atlantic cruise, or climbing up a Mayan pyramid that was protected by an armed guard.

Favorite meal? City you would love to visit and why?

Favorite Meal. Southern fried chicken and lots of lima beans.

Favorite City to visit. I love Venice because of the romance of the canals and the beautiful architecture.
To learn more about this author, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnnMockAuthor


And here are Ann's links:


Thank you so much for visiting, Ann! I wish you many sales. Please come back again to the blog soon.

And dear readers, remember - Ann is having a drawing to give away an audio book; everyone who comments is eligible to win.

Please visit next week when our fantastic guest will be Miss Mae!

Until then, happy reading and may your world be filled with good :-)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Welcome, Author Danielle Thorne!








Author Danielle Thorne grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, after moving south from Chicago. She currently lives south of Atlanta, Georgia.


Welcome to my blog, Danielle. What is your newest book about?

Proper Attire is about Julia Scott, who has left England and a dysfunctional family to live with her uncle in Antigua. Along the way, her ship is attacked by pirates, and she is saved by one of them who carries her off to sea. Thankful "John Smith" isn't what he appears to be, Julia reaches English Harbor in Antigua only to discover he is a respected citizen secretly involved in nefarious activities. She is just getting comfortable with her new surroundings, when a Navy lieutenant takes an interest in her. His attention forces Julia to sort out her feelings for the mysterious man who rescued her and refuses to be anything less than a close friend.

Where did you get your inspiration for this novel/book/work?

This book was inspired by the Age of Sail, long after the Golden Age of Piracy. I adore pirates, but I love the Regency era, too, so I wanted to create a more modern (as far as piracy is concerned) telling. The Regency era of England was influential in the West Indies, not just in the London countryside. My goal for this book was to cross Jane Austen-inspired romance with the romanticized ideas of Pirates of the Caribbean.


What kind of research did you do for this book?

Research is one of my favorite aspects of writing because I get to learn so much. It's the main reason I also write young adult non-fiction. I have the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean every 1-2 years, so visiting the islands gives me a birds-eye view for the settings I need, as well as a feel for the culture. For Proper Attire, I did a great deal of research on Antigua in the early 19th century and since I have not been any closer to the that island than St. Kitts, I studies Antiguan topography, maps, science and nature journals, photography, and even Google Earth!

Did you put real experiences from your research in this story?

Other than relating to my heroine's early self-doubt and insecurities, this story blossomed purely from my imagination.



What intrigues you most about writing these stories?

I'm fascinated by wooden ships, life at sea, and the Age of Sail. Timber sailing ships have an indescribable charm. They are the epitome of economy and simplicity. There is room only for the necessities, and that's okay, because what a view! Not to mention, the wood, tar, and sea air have a mingled scent that seems to soak into your bones. They say a sailor's life was a grueling trial, but I like to think that was not the norm. Living aboard a ship-shape vessel for weeks at a time sounds like a wonderful life to me.




Tell us a bit about your other books.

Besides Jane Austen-inspired romances, I also write in the historical and paranormal genres. In-between those fiction projects, I write non-fiction books (mostly historical) for young readers for Atlantic Publishing. All of my books are clean, and feature adventure and self-discovery.

Which of all your characters is your favorite?

They say your first published book will always be your baby, and that has been true for me. I like quiet, thoughtful, misunderstood heroes who are fearless and brave, except when it comes to their hearts. Julius Bertrand is the The Privateer, a book that gave me the opportunity to create my own world in the middle of the Caribbean, as well as my ideal hero and heroine. I love Captain Bertrand because he is such a good soul beneath all of the expectations of his status and station. The Privateer has been classified a historical over a historical romance because of its strong pirating plot, but the romance is there for those who believe in love at first sight.



How did you get started in this genre?

I happened to be reading Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series about the Age of Sail and the Royal Navy the year the first Pirates of the Caribbean film came out. Of course I fell head over heels for Jack Sparrow, and the rest was history. I wanted to believe pirates could be good guys, too, and not just the cliché bad boys from dime store romances. My research of sail, my love of Jane Austen and Regency England all came together with that one word: pirate.

When you have time to read, who are some of your favorite authors?



I absolutely love Julianne Donaldson. I'm shocked when avid sweet romance readers tell me they haven't heard of her. I relate to her characters and settings. She's a beautiful writer with a strong, original voice and her stories are just fun to read. I only wish she would write faster!

Let’s get personal for a moment: Please share with us the most daring thing you’ve ever done.

I think the most daring thing I've ever done was get certified as a diver and scuba dive in the Caribbean and Florida Keys. I had a great deal of anxiety at first, but my drive to be able to stay under the water and swim among the fish and coral overcame the fear of training. Unfortunately, I've always struggled with ear problems during dives, and this past summer I had to back out in the middle of the dive for what was probably the last time. After 15 years or so, it's become too painful and dangerous.



Favorite meal?

I'm a street taco girl. I'm pretty sure I was born in the wrong country since I could live off of beans and rice and enjoy it. To be honest, I'm very nostalgic about all kinds of food. I've had dietary issues my whole life and haven't been able to eat wheat or have dairy for over a decade now. It stinks. I miss lasagna and pizza like you wouldn't believe. And cheesecake. *sniff* *sniff*

City you would love to visit and why?

Wow, that's a great question. I'm lucky to be able to travel frequently because one of my children works for a major airline. Although I'm a southern girl, I love Seattle, San Diego, southeast Idaho, and the Florida panhandle. I think the one place I always talk about going that I haven't visited yet is Santa Fe. I know it sounds random, but I've never been to New Mexico, and I know I'd love the food! I think it'd be a cool area to hike, too, since I've seen most of the rest of the country.


To learn more about Danielle visit her website at www.daniellethorne.com You’ll find all her books at this site.


Here are all Danielle's links:

Link to Proper Attire: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NX7LKMO


Blog: https://thebalancedwriter.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielleThorne
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authordaniellethorne/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/danielle_thorne/

Thank you so much for visiting “Gina’s World of Good”! I wish you many sales!! And many happy "sails"!

Please visit next week when our guest will be author Ann Mock!!

Until then, happy reading and may a joyous heart be yours!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome, Regency Author Karen Frisch!





     




Author Karen Frisch writes Regency romance for BelleBooks/ImaJinn. Her love of reading and writing began in childhood when she was bedridden for seven months following surgery for scoliosis. Her short mystery “Three of a Kind” won First Place in Writer’s Digest’s second annual Popular Fiction Awards. A drawing and genealogy enthusiast, she was thrilled to learn that she is a cousin of Edgar Allan Poe removed by six generations and that her great-grandfather ran a haunted tavern in northern England. The author also of two books on genealogy with Turner Publishing, she lives in New England with her husband, their two daughters, and two dogs.

Welcome to my blog, Karen. What is your newest book about?

I’m currently working on a Regency romance entitled His Checkered Record. In it, the heroine is horrified to discover her elderly father has gambled away her future by losing at cards to a gentleman. While Justin Brindley, the Earl of Wynthorpe, has a scandalous reputation, he is in need of a wife and mother for his mischievous 10-year-old daughter. Traveling by coach with the child’s future governess, Tassie Longwood discovers that neither of them has met the earl, and she persuades the governess to switch places with her. But once she settles in at the earl’s Lincolnshire home and grows better acquainted with Justin and Lulu, Tassie is compelled to stay to provide the child with a secure future—and is dismayed to find herself falling in love with the very man she has rejected.


Where did you get your inspiration for this novel?
I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of women in other time periods, particularly the nineteenth century. I let my imagination provide the rest of the story from a grain of an idea, letting the heroine develop as she needed to without my interference.

What kind of research did you do for this book?
I’m always doing some type of research to broaden my scope of knowledge. To me, it’s one of the most fun aspects of writing. For His Checkered Record, I studied the schedule and lifestyle of governesses in the Regency period, the fascinating harvest traditions of Lincolnshire, and typical activities of the English upper classes during that age.

Did you put real experiences from your research in this story?
Having traveled throughout England a few years back, I enjoyed having the chance to set this story in rural Lincolnshire. As for the characters, the mischievous child provided enough fictitious adventures of her own. (




What intrigues you most about writing these stories?

For me, stories begin with a tiny grain of an idea before the plot ventures into a story with endless possibilities. The path to The End is truly a long and winding road. Since I always start with an outline, most of the story is plotted out before I begin writing. It’s the unexpected twists when characters fight the direction I’ve taken that often strengthens the story and makes it more intriguing.




Tell us a bit about your other books.

I have written a number of Christmas novellas for BelleBooks along with the Regency Lady Delphinia’s Deception, a smuggling story set on the Devon coast. I’ve also written two genealogy books, published originally by Ancestry, now by Turner Books. Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs offers clues and types of research that are helpful in figuring out who those unidentified ancestors are. Creating Junior Genealogists offers suggestions for activities to encourage children’s interest in their family history. In the near future I hope to release my Victorian mystery Murder Most Civil.



Which of all your characters is your favorite?



My favorite character is probably Henrietta Newell Cobb, Victorian Boston’s aristocratic abolitionist in Murder Most Civil. The city is dear to my heart, and the time period is where my heart lives and my spirit soars. But I also love my Regency heroines in the Christmas novellas. It’s a hard choice!





How did you get started in this genre?

I enjoy reading stories set in time periods before our own, perhaps because the idea of living in the past has always intrigued me. When I was 10 years old, confined to bed for seven months, I developed an intense love of reading, writing, and drawing. My master’s degree focused on English Victorian literature.

When you have time to read, who are some of your favorite authors?

I’m permanently enthralled with M.C. Beaton, both the Agatha Raisin and the Hamish Macbeth mysteries.
I also love Mary Balogh’s Regencies and Harlequin’s Love Inspired line.

Let’s get personal for a moment: Please share with us the most daring thing you’ve ever done.

I’ve done quite a few daring things. The silliest was to take part in a practical joke in which I played a corpse lying beneath a sheet on a hospital gurney (the victim said I had “the deadest looking feet” he’d ever seen). In college I posed as a reporter to meet a semi-pro hockey player I had a crush on. And I ventured onto a busy highway to rescue a mother duck and her ducklings before they reached the first traffic lane.
To learn more about this author, visit her website at KarenFrisch.weebly.com. You’ll find most of her books at this site.





Here are Karen's links:


What’s in a Name –


Lady Delphinia’s Deception –

A Delicate Footing –

Christmas Truce –

Through the Eyes of a Child -

No Room at the Inn -

Creating Junior Genealogists-

Unlocking the Secrets in Old Photographs -







Thank you so much for visiting “Gina’s World of Good”! I wish you many sales!! Karen will have a drawing to give away a copy of her book "LADY DELPHINA'S DECEPTION" to a lucky reader who comments this week! Be sure to leave me your email address when you comment, thank you for visiting.

Be sure to visit next week when author Danielle Thorne visits!