Thursday, September 20, 2018


Yes, Roseanna, how does someone steal a family’s history and their name? What a fun adventure to read! This unique 1914 London, England historical delighted me through and through!

 Rosemary Gresham is the protagonist who stole my heart, and not just like any common thief, but one who captured my full admiration and sympathy! Anyone who knows me would gasp to read this declaration for I don’t condone stealing. So, if you want to know why I highly recommend this novel—I suggest that you purchase a copy or request it at your local library. 😊

Peter Holstein—the romantic interest and family member with the name at risk—has secrets of his own and Rosemary is out to find them. This novel has a personality and freshness that appeals to me. I find the diverse characters amusing and or entertaining and can say they are perfectly fitted for the intrigue that began brewing near the onset of the World War I. I delight to share this wonderful novel and would be thrilled if you came back and told me how you felt about it also!

Questions for Roseanna:

  1. How did you stumble upon the idea of having a thief for the protagonist of this novel? (I’m so glad you did since you did share Miss Rosemary with us!)

    The credit for that goes to my best friend/critique partner, Stephanie. She’d been working on a story about a thief, and it was so much fun to read! I began wondering how the life of a street thief might change during the Great War. Of course, I would want a noble thief. One with a big family she was fighting for. And one who found herself engaged in a task far bigger than merely stealing…from there, the idea just snowballed!

  2. What time period do you like best of all? I adore your Culpur Ring series.

    This is always a tough question for me! Honestly, I just adore history. Each era has its unique characteristics that set it apart and make it come alive. I love learning what those things are and diving into different periods. That said, I’ve also enjoyed really digging deep into one era with my books for Bethany House and not having to completely restart my research on each book, LOL.

  3. I appreciate how you brought out the strengths in the hero that some would pass over and ignore. How did you come up with anonymously written stories! I love this thread of Peter’s story! How perfectly it fit and moved with this story.

    When I got the first inkling of who Peter Holstein would be, I knew only that he would be of German descent and consider changing his last name, as the royal family of England ended up doing. But as I kept reading up on the unexpected effects of the war, I also saw that novelists played a role I’d never realized, and I definitely wanted to feature that! (No spoilers, LOL.) So I decided that Peter needed to be a writer. But that, if his surname caused him problems enough that he was considering changing it, he certainly couldn’t write under it. Hence, the need for a pen name.

  4. What theme would you like your readers to benefit from with this novel and/or with your novels in general?

    A theme that I highlight in A Name Unknown and in many of my stories is that our true identity rests in the Lord. When we feel like we don’t know who we are in the world, the best way to discover it is to find who we are in Him. When we rest secure in our faith and explore the path He’s called us to, then our place in this world around us solidifies too—because we’re going about His business.

  5. What is your favorite scene from the beginning of this novel?

    I enjoyed pitting these two very different characters against each other all through the book, but I had especial fun in the scene where they went to St. Michael’s Mount. My family had the pleasure of visiting this castle in the sea, and as we drove the same roads they would have driven, I could just imagine Rosemary and Peter’s dialogue—and of course, had to make them constantly challenging each other with their oh-so-different views of the world!

  6. What is the next novel on your publisher’s schedule?

    With the final book in the Shadows Over England Series now out in the world (An Hour Unspent), my attention is now on the next series I’m writing for Bethany House, The Codebreakers. I’ve just turned in my revised manuscript for book one, The Number of Love, and am diving into the writing of book 2, currently titles The Wings of Devotion. Readers of the Shadows Over England and Ladies of the Manor Series will recognize the characters and settings, but The Codebreakers focuses on the intelligence wing of the Admiralty in England during the Great War, combining the escapades of the secret agents with the mind-power of the codebreakers. It’s proven to be great fun thus far! The series will begin in June of 2019.

 Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

http://www.roseannamwhite.com/


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wendy Lutzke - July Speaker For Pens


 
July’s speaker was Wendy Lutzke. Wendy is an environmental educator, who will shared about her lifelong writing, impromptu writing, and inspired writings. She sprinkled in examples from her life and ask for others to share theirs. Thank you Wendy for a wonderful and inspiring share! We appreciate you! We are also looking forward to listening to Wendy Lutzke on https://www.wisconsinlife.org/

Thursday, July 12, 2018

THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by JAIME JO WRIGHT

 

This is a romantic suspense tale that binds the past with the currant day in a mesmerizingly gripping intensity! Jamie Jo Wright is a masterful writer who weaves both Ivy Thorpe’s and Kaine Prescott’s stories with skill that I predict most any reader would appreciate. (There will always be someone who doesn’t like the best in fiction. 😉) I personally didn’t want to put the book down!

Jamie Jo is unpredictable and imaginative as she unfolds these two women’s story-lines onto the page. Readers will definitely follow her bread crumbs into the forest—even if they have a sensing that they shouldn’t go there—because there may be danger lurking in the dark or around the corner! Oh my!!! Well done Jamie Jo Wright, for a story well told, characters nicely developed and pacing that kept my heart pounding!

I was unable to have an interview with this author, hopefully she is busy at her keyboard creating a new impressive tale for her beloved readers! I visited her WEB page, which is amazing and I invite you to stop in and check it out. The House on Foster Hill was her debut novel, which placed her dead center of my ‘favorites—will read again and again—list. I invite you to give her a try!

Her second book "The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond" was released on July 3, 2018 - I can't wait to tell my sister about this Wisconsin writer's next book! I believe I may have discovered it before she did this time! 
 
 
 


You can find Jamie Jo Wright at:   http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/home.html

Monday, July 9, 2018

MAKING MY HEAVENLY TO-DO LIST



MAKING MY HEAVELY TO-DO LIST

How can one begin a to-do list for their heavenly home? We know that Jesus has prepared a place for those who received him on earth and followed Him until their last breath. But, what about how we spend time there? Will we have time? Will we remember what we wanted to ask or accomplish once we’ve arrived safely inside those heavenly gates? I know more about what I don’t know than what I do know concerning all of those questions.

Yet, a longing sprang up inside my mind yesterday and wedged itself deep into my heart. I want to meet and greet Hannah (Biddy) Chambers, who was Oswald Chambers wife! Her humble, positive nature is noted, revealing her to be a strong woman of faith. Though Biddy, as many called her, passed on to her heavenly reward in 1966, she has touched my life during many of my welcome and unwelcome crossroads. Biddy recorded Oswald Chambers speeches with Pittman’s shorthand and had his lectures and devotions published after he’d passed away in his 40s.

As I found myself making this Heavenly To-Do List, I realized that I’d merely added Biddy to my already developing list to meet Puritan preacher, John Bunyan; Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon as well as many of our numerous founding fathers! The list actually doesn’t stop there, so it would appear that I’ve been working on my Heavenly To-Dos for quite some time.

How about you? Besides Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit and family members—who do you desire to meet? What skill would you like to become proficient with? In other words, I’m curious to know if you’ve started you’re Heavenly To-Do list?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

PENS OF PRAISE CHRISTIAN WRITERS MEETING FOR TUESDAY, JULY 17

 

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP

Let us know if your attending so we can save a seat just for you!

July 17, 2018

Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Faith Free Church

2201 42nd St.

Manitowoc, WI  54220

This month’s speaker is Wendy Lutzke. Wendy is an environmental educator, who will share about lifelong writing, impromptu writing, inspired writing...those are true to the kind of writing she does. Those themes will be the heart of her talk and she will sprinkle in examples from her life and ask for others to share theirs. Any genre writer will appreciate hearing about Wendy’s knowledge and experience!

Prompt:  The Bounty of Nature! If you wish to use this as practice for your cozy, or poem or short story – etc. the world is your oyster! Enjoy! Yes, you may write a blurb or scene for this prompt if you like.
Bring your WIP (work in progress) to share a five-minute read. We are a safe place to share and grow. 
Pens Novel Readers: Susan Marlene is putting together a group email for those who want to join in picking novels and discussion meetings. (We want to respect those who are too busy or who are uninterested in a reader’s group.) The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz is our current read.
 
We invite you to stop at a local coffee shop or bring your own coffee or soda and relax with us a while.
 
Email Susan Marlene if you can attend: susanmarlenewrites@gmail.com
 
May the Lord bless your creative endeavors as you write for Him! Any concerns or questions feel free to contact susanmarlenekinney@gmail.com or rebeccamclafferty@gmail.com

Blessings!

EVENT SHARED BY SUSAN FINK:
GriefShare’s  Loss of a Spouse,  Saturday, August 18th  9am – 11am  Grace Lutheran Church,  2426 N. Rapids Road
People who are widowed haven’t just lost a loved one—they’ve lost an entire lifestyle.  If you, or someone you know, have experienced the death of a spouse, You are warmly invited to attend: To Register or for more information please contact Grace Lutheran Church
 (920-682-7377)  or gracelutheran@tm.net
This seminar includes a video featuring expert Christian counselors, authors, and pastors, and a supportive discussion   opportunity. Participation booklets include an outline, devotional materials and grief recovery exercises.

 

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE EYE OF LARILOTH BY GRACE EGERT & DIANN MILLS Middle-Grade Fantasy

 
Author Grace Egert with DiAnn Mills shared a tale that was such a treat for my imagination!
Arroah, the main character,  is one I respect and appreciate. She is strong, adventurous and curious. Though this is a middle-grade fantasy don’t be mistaken—this is definitely a story that keeps the reader tuning pages. The author wrote concerns, crisis and secrets in just the right places! I thought to myself umpteen times that I hoped that this would be a series!
Grace’s imagination and talent unite with her grandmother’s expertise and together they created a memorable tale. The characters were different and unique, which caused me to care about what would happen to them. This new world and society that Grace created was interesting and hooked me from the start!
YouTube interview with Grace and DiAnn:
Click on this link if you can’t view embedded video clip – https://youtu.be/TLPIsvuBzbs
 
Questions for Grace:
1)     If you had a choice between eating chocolate pudding, riding a bike or writing the sequel to this story – which would it be and why? Definitely, writing the second book. Because it’s a big project and you can stop and start when you want. Better than getting fat or riding a bike in the hot sun.
2)     When you realized your dream to write “The Eye of Lariloth” with your grandma was actually going to happen—what did you think or how did you react? I was excited and had bragging rights with my friends. But I was only 8, and I didn’t realize how much work would go into the book.
3)     Do you like to write your story on napkins, paper or just type it on the computer? I’d brainstorm and write on a piece of paper but the final draft on the computer.
 
Questions for DiAnn:
1)      Was writing a book with family one of your hopes and dreams? (It is mine!) I’d never thought about it until Grace brought it up. So glad she did!
2)     How has Grace inspired you? (We know you are an inspiration, DiAnn!) Her enthusiasm and imagination. Her mind has no limits to what could happen in a story.
3)     What do you find most interesting about how this tale came about? I believe it was Grace’s determination to make this book happen even when it took 3 years.
4)     How do you wish your readers to contact you and Grace? Through my email: diann@diannmills.com 
 
Thank you, Grace and DiAnn for your efforts in creating this new world to explore! I look forward to reading the next book you write.
I highly recommend this read. I did purchase this story on my Kindle and I received a book from Grace and DiAnn. I always only give my honest reaction and I’m happy to direct you to this adventuresome story of courage, sacrifice and victory! Enjoy!
Grace and I thank you!
 
 




WEAPONS OF WARFARE! By Guest Marti Holcomb


 Guest poster, Marti Holcomb, added the second part of this wisdom, timeless and memorable.

   OPEN YOUR EYES,   OPEN YOUR EARS,  OPEN YOUR HEART   

BUT ”  CLOSE YOUR MOUTH    

THE DEVIL DOESN’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T SAY     ( 2 times  )

THE DEVIL CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOU DON’T SAY

HE CAN’T READ YOUR MIND – DON’T GIVE IT AWAY !

        

 THANK ME, PRAISE ME, LOVE ME WITH YOUR WORDS

LET DOUBTS, FEARS, AND WORRIES GO UNHEARD,

YOU CAN TELL ME THOSE THINGS IN YOUR MIND, SOUL, AND SPIRIT

YOU AND I KNOW THAT   “I CAN HEAR IT”

            

OPEN YOUR EYES,      OPEN YOUR EARS,       OPEN YOUR HEART  

BUT ”  CLOSE YOUR MOUTH 

THE DEVIL DOESN’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T SAY    ( 2 times  )

THE DEVIL CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOU DON’T SAY

HE CAN’T READ YOUR MIND – DON’T GIVE IT AWAY !

 
PROVERBS 8:34

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO - LISTENS    TO ME,

WATCHING    DAILY AT MY GATES, 

WAITING      AT THE POSTS OF MY DOOR . . . 




This was the 2nd page.  Blessings to you, and your family.
 
William Shakespeare’s Quote:
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players:
This quote tells a truth:  We are playing on some stage at any given time.
There are 2 stages we need to be aware of:
The enemy’s stage and God’s stage.
When we open our mouth rehearsing all that is wrong with us, our families, our brothers and sisters in Christ, our finances, and our failure to overcome and live in abundant life, etc, etc:   We are then rehearsing the negativities of our life, nursing them, and cursing them.  It so entertains the enemy as we play out our trauma and drama on “ his stage ”.  It also says God is incompetent and is not doing anything in our areas of distress.  It sabotages our faith.
When the Lord showed me that - I got mad.  I decided I am sick of entertaining the enemy and demeaning my Father, my Lord, and the Holy Spirit.
I told God I have decided to entertain Him on His stage {The Kingdom }   Now I will  -  Thank Him – Praise Him – Love Him with my words and let doubts, fears, and worries go unheard. 
As soon as I start to get my pitiful persona on and my words of defeat and drama, trauma, and self pity start to come out of my mouth . . .  The spirit immediately takes me to:  Thank Him . . Praise Him….  Love Him with my words …. Then I thank Him for His plan for GOOD for my life and using the enemy and all his plans to bring forth His Godfilled plan for GOOD for me, my family, and everyone that I pray for and love.  The enemy hears my “life filled”, God ordained words and leaves as he hates hearing it.
 Jeremiah 29:11-13
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for GOOD and for peace, not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
 
Thank you Marti for this wisdom and time honoring plan to play on Our Father's stage and not be entertaining the enemy, the hater of our souls! You are a blessing!