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WW2 Christian Fiction Facebook Party with $50 Amazon Card/7 Novels Giveaway

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Christian Fiction honors World War II Vets with WW2 era novels at this link.

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Card

Runner Up Prize: 7 WW2 Novels

To enter:
• Click that you will attend the party at this link.
• Share the party on your timeline.
• Comment on one of each author’s posts during the party.

All 7 of these authors will be at the party and will give out additional prizes.
5:30 – 6:00 – Billie Houston
6:00 – 6:30 – Gail Kittleson
6:30 – 7:00 – Carole Brown
7:00 – 7:30 – Johnnie Alexander
7:30 – 8:00 – Joan Leotta
8:00 – 8:30 – Naomi Musch
8:30 – 9:00 – Tamera Lynn Kraft

Alice’s Notions Contests, FB Parties, and Blog Tour

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

A lot is happening with promotions of my novel, Alice’s Notions. Here are a few of the highlights.

14 Days ◊ At Least 14 Reviews ◊ Chance to Win $25 Amazon Gift Card

Alice’s Notions Blog Tour

WW2 Christian Fiction Facebook Party

7 Authors of WW2 Fiction including Tamera Lynn Kraft

7 WW2 Novels including Alice’s Notions

Grand Prizes: $50 Amazon Gift Card or All 7 Featured Novels


You can purchase Alice’s Notions on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Check out Alice’s Notions reviews at Amazon or Goodreads!

Brices Mice Christian Book Reviews said:

I was in for a huge surprise when I read Alice’s Notions by Tamera Lynn Kraft. Expecting a sweet romance set in a quaint little town turned into a deliciously, mysterious story involving characters with diverse personalities and backgrounds.

It takes place in 1946 as Alice, the main young character has lost her husband to the war and is trying to make it on her own with a quilting and notions shop. She is young and beautiful and it seems like men are taken with her strong and determined ways. She knows the town and the people but who would ever suspect that your neighbors and life long friends might not turn out to be who you thought they were. Just why are people acting so strange in peace time, but with the war still fresh on their minds?

Kraft pulls out all the stops in this story, events I didn’t see coming, one right after another. She addresses how people of that era felt about the Germans and all the immigrants, and I loved all the references she made for that time period. She really did her research as I recognized the Akron Quaker Oats Company as it’s not too far from me and that old wonderful store Woolworths. Songs and movie stars were given their due nod, and the slang she used put you right in the mood of things.

The pace picked up so fast towards the end, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. A wonderful strong main character, but still “weak at the knees” when it came to handsome men.

My Review of Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

A Glimmer of Hope

by Julie Lessman

A novella prequel to Isle of Hope Series

She’s a wounded girl serving up trouble.
He’s a pastor’s kid bent on serving God.
But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together?

From the moment Jack O’Bryen kissed the sixteen-year-old tomboy next door, he knew he would love her forever. Lacey Carmichael was everything he’d ever wanted—intelligent, warm, and brimming with life, the perfect complement to his serious and sensible self. A girlfriend who not only shared his faith, but he hoped his future as well, the perfect mate for a would-be pastor.

Eighteen-year-old Lacey Carmichael has dreamed of marrying Jack O’Bryen since she was twelve years old, the boy next door who always picked up the pieces after her father shattered her heart. But when her cousin leads her astray while Jack’s away at school and her father’s rejection soars to new heights, Lacey finds herself at odds with the boy that she loves, not only jeopardizing their relationship, but Jack’s faith and heart as well.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

This tragic romance was difficult to read. Lacey’s distraught relationship with her emotionally abusive father broke my heart. Jack’s desire to live for God and do things the right way conflicting with his desire and passion for the love of his life is torrential and shows how strong temptation can be, and I could feel his struggle. Julie Lessman has done it again in writing this Isle of Hope prequel. worthy of a Shakespearean tale of young love gone wrong. Only with God, there is always a glimmer of hope. I won’t tell you how it all works out, but once your finish the last line, make sure to have Unfailing Love, the next in the Isle of Hope series. You want to read it immediately to know what happens next. I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt from Alice’s Notions by Tamera Lynn Kraft

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Here’s a short excerpt from Alice’s Notions to wet you whistle for more.

Wrapping her arms around herself and swaying to the music, Alice Brighton remembered her husband singing romantic ballads, rivaling howling dogs, as they danced around their miniscule New York apartment. He would call her his Judy Garland. Her dark hair and brown eyes might have looked something like the movie star’s, but Joe exaggerated the resemblance.

The song ended, and Frank Sinatra’s crooning of “Full Moon, Empty Arms” blared from her new Crosley radio. A gun clicked, fired. She trembled. Joe was gone. Her arms were empty. After a long swipe with a tissue, she tied a blue chiffon scarf around her hair. Enough daydreaming about the life the Germans stole from her. She needed to get to work.

In three days, she’d have the grand opening for her fabric shop, Alice’s Notions. Dozens of boxes waited to be unpacked, threads and fabric had to be sorted, and she still needed to set up the quilting frame near the front.

Alice had designated a corner of the store for quilting and set up shelves with lap hoops, materials, fat big-eyed needles, and threads. From the time she’d been a little girl playing underneath the tent-like quilting frame until she could help tie or stitch, she had quilt block patterns swirling at the edge of her consciousness.

One thing she loved about the big city was the fabric and quilting shops in every neighborhood. She’d helped many women in New York City learn to piece together victory quilts for the war effort. Opening a fabric store here would help her contribute to the economy of Burning Bush.

Alice let out a sigh. This wasn’t the life she had wanted, but she would make the best of it. She perused the room determining what still needed to be done. Shelving would go against the back wall, where she could lay out the new rose-patterned cotton and the everyday linens.

The needles and scissors though could be a problem. How to display them without resorting to an expensive glass case, yet keep them away from curious children? Perhaps someone in town could help her build one. Mr. Toliver was a good carpenter. At church last Sunday, Mrs. Toliver said to call on them if she needed help. So many old friends offered help. Alice even arranged a sewing circle at the shop next Friday.

Blinking back a tear, she remembered her Mamie’s quilting bees where women would gather for companionship. Mamie helped her put together patches for a log cabin quilt for her marriage bed, but when Joe got the job in New York City as an interpreter, they rushed to get married so she could go with him. A few months later, the war started and Joe enlisted and shipped out. The quilt remained in Alice’s hope chest, unfinished like their lives together.

“Well Joe, do you think I can make the place ready in time for opening day?” Alice sniffed. He wouldn’t answer. He was buried in Belgium with so many other brave men who died during the Battle of the Bulge. Somehow that didn’t matter. She’d talked to him about everything since they were children, and it didn’t stop after the telegram from the U.S. War Department.

Talking out her problems with her dead husband helped her decide to leave the city where they started their lives together. She had thrived on big city life, every day being an adventure, every city block a new area to explore, and with her job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, she did her part contributing to the home front.

After Joe died, it wasn’t the same. She wasn’t the same. The final stitch in the quilt came when soldiers were shipped home and they laid her off to provide jobs for the men. The money she’d saved went to open a fabric shop where she could pursue her love of quilting. She ached to come home to Burning Bush, a place where life was predictable and safe.

Alice’s Notions Blurb:

In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.

World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.

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Guest Author Donna Schlachter – 3 Keys to Unlocking the Doors to Getting Published

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Today, I want to welcome author Donna Schlachter to Word Sharpeners.  Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and  under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, a 9-in-1 novella collection titled “Pony Express Romance Collection” released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story”. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

3 Keys to Unlocking the Doors to Getting Published

By Donna Schlachter

Do you sometimes feel, in trying to get your book published, that you’re rattling at one locked door after another? Perhaps you’re struggling to find an agent, or maybe you’ve been submitting directly to publishers and gotten nothing except rejections. Or worse, silence.

It’s okay. We’ve all been there. Some of us are still there. And we understand that while we trust God to open doors that nobody else can close, and to close doors that we aren’t to go through, we also know that when the door is open, we have to walk through. God won’t drag us kicking and screaming. He’s too much of a gentleman for that.

So what are we to do? Following are three things to focus on as you go through this process of unlocking the doors to publication:

  1. Pray. Seriously. Seek the Lord as to His direction for you. Perhaps He has a better plan for you right now. Maybe He’s holding back on publication because He knows that’s not the best thing for you. I believe He delayed my publication path because He knew that I am an all-or-nothing kind of person: if I got a contract, life in our household would have to stop while I pursued and completed that project. And He had more important things for us to do during that time, including leadership in an international ministry.
  2. Pause. If you’re anything like me, publication has been a main focus for your books, and anything else is second-best. I had to take a step back and ask myself why I wanted to publish a book. Was it to see my name on the cover? To show somebody I had what it took to be a writer? For fame and money? My first book, a devotional, was done as a work-for-hire project and my name wasn’t on the cover. It was in teensy-weensy little print on the inside. Talk about humbling. But this experience made me step back and ask why I wanted to publish. Which brings me to number three.
  3. Praise. Yes, you read that right. Praise God for the gift He’s given you to string together words into stories that touch lives. Praise Him that He is writing the most important story in you right now, long before the written word gets on to the page. Praise Him that He would choose you to be the first person to hear this story. And Praise Him for using you to reach a lost world.

I truly believe that when we put our writing in the proper place in our lives—never above God, never above our spouse or family—then He will honor this calling to write and will reward our obedience. Your publishing path might be traditional or independent; it might be paper or digital; it might be full-time or part-time, but the important thing is that your path leads you—and others—to know more intimately the God of Words. He is the Word, and He has placed that Word in you to give to others.

So go ahead, unlock some doors. You have the keys you need.

You can find Donna online at these locations:

Echoes of the Heart

A mail order bride who isn’t who she says she is; a crippled station master who believes no woman would want him. Can they find love on the Pony Express, or are they doomed to being alone forever?

The Pony Express Romance Collection

9 novellas in 1 tell the tale of love, romance, and deep longings set along the Pony Express trail. Can our heroines find the love they are looking for? Or will the Wild West keep them from their deepest desire?

 

Contests, Giveaways, and FaceBook Parties for Alice’s Notions

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

There are a number of opportunities to win a copy of Alice’s Notions and a ton of free stuff including Amazon gift cards in the next couple of weeks. Here is a rundown on the contests.

 

 

Multi-Author Giveaway: $50 Amazon Card and 20 eBooks from 20 different authors
Enter for your chance to win the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card or the 1st place prize of 20 books including Alice’s Notions. Don’t miss your chance to win! Enter here: https://promosimple.com/ps/b638

 

Colonial Quills April Tea Party, April 28, 3:00 – 8:00 pm EST: 9 amazing historical authors are sharing their newest novels. I will be featured 7:00-7:30 and will be giving away an eBook of Alice’s Notions. Come join in and win some prizes.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway for Alice’s Notions: April 30 – May 31

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Giveaway ends May 31, 2017.

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