September 17, 2014

Interviews Around the World with Brenda Lochinger


Today at Interview Around the Globe we have another Author Interview. If you decide that you want to contact her. Their information is in the post. Welcome two our second week. Lets just right into it. First let introduce our Author. Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Brenda Lochinger. Welcome Brenda. Come and Meet Brenda Lochingerl and then I will jump into the Interview.

You can Contact Brenda Lochinger at these sites:


Websites: http://thenutfamilybooks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-nut-family-series-by-brenda.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImSquirrelybooks

Twitter: @brendalochinger

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?
The Nut Family Series: I’m Twirrely! (Book #2)

I’m Twirrely is about a sweet sassy little squirrel that just wants to dance and be with her friends and family.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

My daughters love of dance and wanting to give a glimpse into each individual child’s personality.
How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

Very important! The name of the characters are a description of the personality and sparked the first books creation.
Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?
Of course it’s Twirrely! It is all about her. I do love the interaction with her parents as well.
Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

No, the hardest part is the fact that it is a rhyming book. The book making sense and rhyming in crucial.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

It would probably be animated. Voice of Jennifer Lawrence. She is quirky and fun loving like my daughter.
What was your favorite part to write and why?

The page with Twirrely reading with her mother. I loved having that special time with my kids at night.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Dr. Seuss was a big inspiration. His fun loving rhyme based books with tons of imagination.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I look at them occasionally. I have thankfully had mostly good and I do respond with a thank you.

When it comes to the bad ones…I take in the criticism and use it to make my writing better.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am currently working a third book entitled I’m Whirrely! I am rounding off The Nut Family with little brother Whirrely.


Thank you for taking part. Your responses were entertaining to reading. while I read your responses. I felt like I wanted to pick it up and read it. I would like to thank Brenda for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

Interviews Around the World with Mona Hodgson



Welcome to “Interviews Around the Globe” with our newest author Mona Hodgson. Welcome Mona. Come and Meet Mona Hodgson and then I will jump into the Interview.
  
You can Contact Mona Hodgson at these sites:
Websites: http://monahodgson.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Mona?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonaHodgson                                                                                                                                                                                    Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/monahodgson/

Describe your *Latest/Recent* book in 20 Words or Less?

In The Quilted Heart novellas, women in the St. Charles Quilting Circle begin to rebuild their war-torn lives.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story (in this book)?

My daughters love of dance and wanting to give a glimpse into each individual child’s personality.Charmed by the historic district and riverside setting of St. Charles, Missouri, in 1999, I knew I wanted to someday set a story there. I drew on my family quilting history and my tendency to write about women who experience second chances, and went back to Saint Charles for three novellas that set up Prairie Song, a wagon train story.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you that you?

I usually choose a name based upon sound, its feel on the character, and it’s authenticity for the nationality and the time period. I borrowed the name Elsa Brantenberg from my mother-in-law and gave it to the hostess for the quilting circle.
I have a couple of baby naming books, including Baby Names Around the World.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

Maren Jensen is one of my favorites. 1) She is a Danish immigrant, like my step-dad. 2) She is living with sight degradation, a condition we now know as RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), a disease three of my aunts and six of my cousins live with.

Was there a certain scene *in this book* that was harder for you to write than others?

 The one that immediately comes to mind is the scene in which Caroline finally receives an answer to the question that has held her captive. Not what she wanted to hear.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

It would probably be animated. Voice of Jennifer Lawrence. She is quirky and fun loving like my daughter.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

Part of the writing process or part of the story? I have a love/hate relationship with endings. I love writing them because it means I’ve gotten to know the characters deeply…I’ve journeyed with them to a satisfying conclusion. I hate endings because I’ve gotten to know the characters well and I don’t want to say goodbye. That’s why writing three novellas in The Quilted Heart was fun, especially when I knew they were the prequel to Prairie Song. I took them into the next stories with me.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Lauraine Snelling, Cathy Marie Hake, Gayle Roper, Robin Jones Gunn, Robin Lee Hatcher, Janette Oke, Liz Curtis Higgs, Deeanna Gist, Tamera Alexander, Carol Cox, DiAnn Mills, and oh so many more.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I don’t read all the reviews. Very few, really. When a reviewer personally sends me a copy or a link, I read it and thank them. I don’t generally respond to critically negative reviews. I choose to remain focused on my partnership with God. He has the final say on everything, not critics. Just as I pray for all my readers, I pray for book reviewers–that my stories will meet them where they are and nudge them deeper into their relationship with God; that they’ll grow in His amazing grace. I know from personal experience that sometimes thatʺmovingʺ meets resistance and stirs a critical spirit.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I just finished the edits on THE FAMILY QUILT, a Cripple Creek novella in A Cup of Christmas Cheer by Guideposts, October 2014.
I’m starting another novella for a four-story anthology, due out in 2015.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Caregiving — a mother with late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease, a step-dad with bladder cancer, and a mother-in-law. I’ve been in this situation for a while, and getting out will mean saying goodbye on a whole new level.
Thank you for taking part. Your responses were entertaining to reading. I have read all or most of your books and I love them. I am waiting for your next book that come after Prairie Song.  I would like to thank Mona for coming by Interviews Around the Globe.

King David


Book Title: King David
Author: Nancy I Sanders
Genres: Children, Bible,
Series: Get to Know
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pub Date: July 8, 2014
Disclaimer: I got a copy though BookLookBloggers for an honesty Review.
Description: A Shepherd and A King
David lived an adventurous life. He protected his family s sheep from lions and bears. He fought a giant with just a sling and stone. He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him. And eventually, David became a great king. But David was also a man of God. Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God s people. King David part of the Get to Know series will teach you everything you need to know about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things!

My Thoughts: This is a great book for children. It easy for children to understand. It tell about David live back then. It also has Infomation to help you out like “Did You Know?” – which tell you information or facts, Eye Witness- Give a historian view. It also gives other information.  This book tell the bible stories about each person in the bible. It great for children. It also may be something for your young readers in to get to know the bible or stories that are in the bible. The pictures are great as well and make the story come a live.

Minding Molly


Book Title: Minding Molly
Author:  Leslie Gould
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction
Disclaimer: I received this book for free for an honesty review
Series: The Courtships of Lancaster County #3
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pub date: February 1, 2014
Description: Molly Zook’s always liked being in control, so she’s struggling with her mother’s wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He’s from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular and confident–Molly has never met anyone like him and she’s sure he feels the same about her.
Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly’s best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place . . . but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

My Thoughts:  Mary wonders if their a way to save her family farm. Molly also struggles with controlling everyone and making them happy. Her mother wants her to fall in love with Mervin and to save  the farm. Mary does not love him in that way. He like a big brother to her.  She upset that her father had died of a heart attack. Her brother and sister were older and have come to help out as well. She does to become quite a friendship with a Leon. During the camping trip, thing start to go astry and things are happening. They run into a neighbor as well.

A Mother’s Secret

Book Title: A Mother’s Secret
Author: Amy Clipston
Genres: Romance, Christian Fiction, Amish, Horses
Disclaimer: Received from Book Look Bloggers for a Honesty Review.
Series: Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel #2
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub date: June 3, 2014
Description: Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family—and the unconditional love—she’s longed for?

My Thoughts: I thought this was something. She wants to marry for love. Her brother thinks she should get married for her son sake. Benjamin get blamed for something he did not do. Though Joshua Glick and others. She fears about her secret coming out and destroying any love in her life. Carolyn need to learned to trust god. Her brother Amos has to learn so lesson as well. Find out what happens durning love triangle with Carolyn Lapp.

Want to buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

A Sensible Arrangement

Book Title: A Sensible Arrangement
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date: April 1, 2014
Disclaimer: Received from Bethany House for any Honesty Review
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Western, Adult
Series: Lone Star Brides #1
Description: Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

My Thoughts: I was surpised in the way this was set up. Though I am not all for it. It was good.  There some things that is relates to romance. I would not to be hard on the rating. I think it a four star rating. It could have been more of a plot. It does have some mystery to it. It is a good book. I enjoyed it. The way she lost her husband was something new.

God Shows the Way

Book Title: God Shows the Way
Author: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
Disclaimer:  I received this book from BookLook Blogger for free and for a honesty Review.
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Pub Date: August 5, 2014
Genres; Children, Faith, Young Readers
Description: Three of the beloved Berenstain Bears Good Deed Scouts I Can Read books now bound up into one book for emergent readers.
Young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another in The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way. Written in level one I Can Read™ standards, this bind-up of titles from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for quality books that will help practice early reading skills and also teach lessons about serving and caring for others.

My Thoughts: This book has three stories in one. If you are looking for books for new readers. This book great for that. It easy for young children to read. They will learn about faith. It good for young children learning to read. This book is set for beginner readers. It a I can read book. It a level 1 book. The book also show teaches you about caring and loving for others. I enjoy these books about Brother, Sister and Papa and Mama bear. I have read several of them when I was young. I still enjoy them. The stories teaches you some science as well as others.