Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Wood's Edge: Sneak Peek #2

A peek into Chapter Three of The Wood's Edge....

Click on the image to read it in a larger size

I'll post one of these every Tuesday until the week before the book releases. I'm so excited to share this book with you, come April 21. I hope you enjoy these little glimpses until then.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Straight Off the Page

Today I'm chatting with Melissa Willis at the new book review site, Straight Off the Page, talking about one of my particular writing passions... Eastern Woodland Native American cultures. 

And who my favorite secondary characters are in my two published books.

And what part of writing historical fiction I find most enjoyable.

And... more. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Early reviews are coming in...

Such fun to see pre-release reviews from readers who got an ARC of The Wood's Edge starting to pop up here and there. Not every book seller site allows reviews to be posted before the release date (in this case, April 21), but a few do.

Christianbook.com is one of those sites. Thank you, readers, for your early reviews!

Have you added The Wood's Edge to your Goodreads to-read list? That's another place you can post an early review. Find the book here at Goodreads.

Again, thank you!!! to those who have already reviewed The Wood's Edge there.

All the ARCs I had available for The Wood's Edge have found homes, but hopefully soon copies will be available through Blogging For Books. So watch this space for The Wood's Edge, if you are part of that program.

If you aren't, check out Blogging For Books and learn how you can get access to pre-release copies of books straight from Crown Publishing Group (of which my publisher, WaterBrook Press, is an imprint).

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Q&A: When did you know?

Interviews are part of a publishing author's life, and I'm glad they are. It's no secret I enjoy doing them as part of letting readers know more about each of my novels as they release. I've been asked great questions, surprising questions, sometimes the same questions over and over again, which indicates a high level of interest in certain aspects of writing and the writing life.

Here on the blog (where I've been quiet of late, I know) I'm going to snag questions from past interviews that I found most interesting to answer. Maybe delve a little deeper with my answer. Create a series of posts. I hope you'll find them interesting. If they spark more questions, post them in the comments and I'll answer.

Let's begin at the beginning...

How did your love of words begin?  When did you know you wanted to be an author?

My love of words must have begun at a very early age. I don't have a strong memory of learning to read, though it probably happened in first grade with Jane and Spot and the rest. I also don't remember how soon I began seeking out my own reading experiences, but again it must have been at a very young age. 

I know my love of words was firmly cemented by the time I was nine years old. One day my best friend announced she'd written a story. I guess it never occurred to me before then that I could write a story, as well as read them. Suddenly my reading and story world wasn't constrained to what I found in the pages of library books. I could create my own! It was a bright and shining notion, too magical and intriguing an idea not to give it a try. 

Yellow Feather and the Wild Mustang came into being, and I was hooked on storytelling. I wrote another story soon after (with chapters!) about a wolf pack, a year-in-the-life-of story as a pack raised a litter of pups, based strongly on (okay, a shameless imitation of) the book The Wolf, by Michael Fox, which I adored above all others in the fourth and fifth grades.

When did I know I wanted to be an author? All through my teens I had the niggling urge to write a “serious, grown-up” sort of story, and made a few false starts that fizzled out, never holding my attention long enough to finish them. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I buckled down and got serious about pursuing novel-writing as anything like a career. That was in 1991. Once I finished that first novel, I knew this was how I wanted to spend my days. 

Many more novels followed. Mine was a long apprenticeship! It only took until 2013 to see a "first" novel published. 

Right: the slightly new and updated cover for Burning Sky, which is entering its second printing.

What are your earliest reading memories? Did you have a favorite childhood book? If you write, when did that writing bug bite you?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

An Exclusive Look at The Wood's Edge

It's always a fun time when my publisher provides me the link to the exclusive two chapter sneak peek of my books. I've just received the link for The Wood's Edge so without further ado...

The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders #1)
WaterBrook Press (Penguin Random House)
April 21 2015 
ISBN-10: 1601427328
ISBN-13: 978-1601427328

At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?