Sunday, December 30, 2018

Her Deadly Reunion by Beth Ann Ziarnik

Amazon best-selling author of Her Deadly Inheritance, Beth Ann Ziarnik, is back with another romantic suspense. This is the sequel that I’ve been waiting for! Jill Shepherd is to meet her father for the first time at the Gates Mansion in Wisconsin. (Which in our real world is the Pabst Mansion from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.) Clay Merrick, the hero, has his own struggles, so my question to you is—will he be there when the heroine needs him most? 

Jill faces extreme rejection from those in the household as well as welcomed love from her father. Someone tips her off that her father’s illness may be caused by poisoning. Jill and Clay investigate all who have visited her father recently in order to find any possible mysterious murderer—before it is too late. Yet no one seems to be a likely suspect. I enjoyed this read and do recommend this novel. If you have not read Her Deadly Inheritance, I suggest that you begin with that novel and read this one next!

When a historic home is used in story I feel that adds pizzazz immediately. How did you come to the decision of using the Pabst Mansion instead of any other?
I had looked at a book about mansions in Wisconson and liked the Pabst Mansion in Milwakee. I knew that Jill’s father lived in Milwaukee, though she didn’t. Oshkosh Senior Center sponsored a bus tour, which included this mansion and I attended. A bocent, who is a trained guided tour specialist, was assigned specifically to me to show me all the nooks and crannies of this mansion in case I could use those areas in the novel. They were so excited about Pabst Mansion being used for a story setting.


Do you have a favorite room in that mansion?
If I had to choose one it would be Captain Pabst’s study, which has four German proverbs painted into the design of the ceiling area that are meant to encourage people. I chose one of those sayings and included it in the story. This room had 14 secret compartments!

Which of Jill’s half sisters did you enjoy writing the most?
They were both interesting to write. I really enjoyed Lilly and how she developed. That she became one of the pivotal secondary characters was a total surprise to me.

What is a message woven into this story that you wish your readers to benefit from?
The message that love covers a multitude of sins, I Peter 4:8. We need God’s love to cover the wrongs we’ve done. The characters in this novel had to come to this place in one form or another. They also had to forgive one another.

Will there be another book for Jill and Clay?
Yes, I’m already writing Her Deadly Vows.

How can your readers reach you?
Beth’s other social media is listed on that website. Thank you Beth Ann for a wonderful read and interview! I look forward to book three! I will watch for it!


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

MESSIAH by Viola Heverlein Guest Post

All is not lost
Messiah has come
Provided the full cost
Spirit blood water a son
Listen up you that are lost
Satan has you on a run
Believe and receive at all cost
Father Son Spirit
Lord Jesus Christ


This poem was hared with me by Viola's son, Arnie Haverlein. Thank you Arnie! This is a precious poem and your mother's love for Jesus shines through!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd
It is not just that Sandra writes with skill and imagination. And it isn’t just that she leads her readers into the Victorian time period with realistic yet exquisite flair. This writer has a unique voice that captivated me immediately. I am a fan from the very first page and she held me securely till the last exquisite word planted her very satisfying ending.

The story-telling drops off the page as vibrant characters—those quite likeable and those not so much—intermingle on the page leading this reader on a journey raptured with intrigue, mystery, and heart-felt desire to know more. Who can one trust? Will Miss Eleanor Sheffield discern the false from the genuine concerning the most important relationships and individuals surrounding her? Much responsibility is laid upon this fine lady’s shoulders and the hero who’d been silent for so long is questionable to say the least. Especially when someone with influence—not dampened by the grave—reveals information that must be considered.

Re-read- most definitely- most desirably. Lady of A Thousand Treasures is a novel this reader will crave to read. I understand without question that the mood to experience Sandra’s books will drop upon me and I must seek the treasured tales hidden within her pages.
If you enjoy historical fiction, which includes actual people and plants your feet in the time period so naturally that you don’t know that you’ve been transported, then your will appreciate this first of THE VICTORIAN LADIES SERIES.

Your novel is lush with historic atmosphere, yet what you paint with words only accents the story and adorns your characters. What was your favorite scene to embellish with historic props?
Anything having to do with the house. I love those old stately homes in England, with their secret rooms and corridors, the back stairs and the front stairs, the creaking hallways and the walls hung chock-a-block with pictures.  It’s such a pleasure to bring my readers to those houses!

I appreciate your main character, Miss Eleanor Sheffield. How did you decide on her personality? What is the very best quality about Miss Eleanor and the hero, Henry?
I love that Ellie had many difficulties thrust upon her, and yet did not allow herself to become a victim. Victorian women had major constraints, and the heroines in my books cannot just solve their problems as you or I might—but I love them the more for that; they are forced to cleverly use the tools at hand. Truthfully, all of us, then and now, are constrained in some way from the full self-determination we would prefer, and perhaps that is one way we identify with them. And yet ... the human spirit, a strong woman's spirit, faces those challenges head-on, tries to think through what she wants, and then plots a way toward it. When roadblocks occur, she finds a way over, around, or through. That was true a thousand years ago, and it is still true, now.

Also—we must all be risk-takers to gain what we want: love, respect, a meaningful life, and personal fulfillment. Today's readers certainly have that in common with yesterday's women, my historical heroines. Ellie had to learn to do all of that and to trust herself.  When she did, life unfolded for her!
Harry is a man after my own heart. I often find that, in novels, readers want the heroine to have to grow, but they expect the hero to be nearly perfect from the start.  But that’s not a real man! Harry had to learn to leave behind trying to please everyone and prove himself and allow himself to be the strong, loving man that he is. No approval required! 

How did you choose the Sheffield Brother’s evaluator of antiquities business?
My husband and I are devoted fans of British television and film, and we are especially partial to the early seasons of Jeeves and Wooster. In one episode, the older men are after one another’s silver collections, stooping to all manner of shenanigans to acquire them. Wodehouse uses humor, as always (the lowly silver cow creamer!) to wryly remark on an upper-class habit, the collecting of things and envy of others’ possessions.

I do admire the many collections the British have amassed over the years, though. Some are in country houses, as in my book and the Wodehouse episode, but some are in tiny cabinets of the middle class, and others consist of large numbers of pieces that have been donated to museums. I have always loved the V & A just for its sheer size, and I loved learning a wee bit about its predecessor, the South Kensington, and how some collections came to partially populate museums.
I think that we are all collectors of sorts. I moved recently, and one of my friends noted how many baking pans I had collected—Bundt pans in 10-inch, 9-inch, 8-inch, and 6-inch sizes, for example. Why? Baking is a way I provide affection to my family, and therefore it wasn’t so much about hoarding as what those pans meant to me. Jewelry, tea sets, artwork, even pennies and empty perfume bottles all carry an emotional value for those of us who treasure them. I wanted to explore that in the book.

What was your favorite collection that Miss Eleanor Sheffield worked with?
I loved exploring the difference between what her mother treasured -the valuable and showy jewelry, and what Harry’s mom treasured, the pelican pendant, and what it said about  each of them. Ultimately, our treasures tell others a lot about us.

Who is your favorite troublemaker in this story? Or if you wish not to answer that, who is your favorite support character?
Marguerite is my favorite support character. Every woman needs a BFF, no matter what time you live in, someone who is unfailingly faithful to you but also loves you enough to speak the truth.

What experience or person triggered the “writing bug” in you?
I was always a reader; I learned to read and love reading at an early age.  It followed, for me, that I wanted to create stories, too.  The many historical books I enjoyed reading as a child and then as a young woman influenced me, too.  I loved American set books such as the Little House on the Prairie series, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and others like that. I also fell in love with Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt and her books definitely influenced the topics I choose to research and write about.

How do you like to begin writing a novel?
I think of a main character, and the situation, and the romantic difficulties. Then I plot in layers. I research extensively, and those learned bits get put on my outline. Dates, and the mystery’s clues and outcome, are layered on next, and then the various threads: romance, character arcs, spiritual aspects. When I have the house framed, as it were, then I feel free to let my creativity loose because—hopefully—I haven’t forgotten anything.

I don’t think I could write historicals without setting a plot and a timeline ahead of time. It’s too much for me, personally, to keep in my head. Then once the math is done, so to speak, I relax and let my character command the pages.

How do you wish for your readers to connect with you? I would love for them to visit me at my website:  There is a contact button there if they wish to email me, and links to all of my social media pages!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

The Chicken Buzzer Meeting of Readings & Insights is our topic this month.  Susan Marlene will direct this class by staggering 5 minutes of reading shares with 5 minute instruction on perfecting the craft by using brain science. We will keep this writer/teaching/writer pattern flowing during our teaching segment. 
Pens Assignment: For Fiction and non-fiction writers wishing to participate in reading their work to the group: Pick up to five pages and edit them before Pens to reading at Pens.  Write a scene or sample with purpose- who, what, where, when, why. If the action or dialogue or information doesn't move the story forward then cut that before the meeting. What does the antagonist want? What gets in the way? What is his/her reaction and feelings and thoughts about what happened? Or for non-fiction—What is your topic, who are you reaching and what is the message focus for tonight?
Susan will provide information from a popular how-to book on writing. Remember, leaving your reader inspired with excellent take-away is like an open invitation for your reader to return!
PROMPT: Truly Thankful or Turkey on the Rise
We are a safe place to share.

Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ or

As Silver Tried in a Furnace by Susan Marlene

The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.  Psalms 12:6

Comforting, stabilizing, and encouraging are the loving words of our Father, whether we are joy-filled and elated or down-cast and trodden upon. His words bring life and liberate us from the weighty situations and attitudes this world harbors. When someone has spent much time with Him and soaked in the refreshment and grace His truth delivers, they draw us like a gravitational pull. There is a natural delight and purity that we find attractive, and we sense necessary. But when the undercurrent of law upon the lips of one with an unsoftened heart speaks—the opposite occurs. Bars of unreasonable expectation and critical judgment can hem us in if we do not make our escape.
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, To shoot from concealment at the blameless… Psalm 64:3-4a What is the language of the evil one? Lying accusations, disrespect, and belittlement, which yields oppressive fruit. But oh, to discover the language of heaven, which bears abundant life, joy, and hope. How grateful I am that our holy and perfect Father provides our righteousness through Jesus so that we can luxuriate with Him in life eternal. Yet, we need to know His directives: accept, follow and abide.

His kindness and invitation to come unto Me never faulters. His message to His children doesn’t devastate or tramp down the spirit. He speaks correction that brings health and life that we may either chose to accept or deny. His precious thoughts toward us outnumber the sands of the sea and are too numerous to count.1 He is the only way to journey to truth and life.  

My soul saddens greatly when blanket accusations wreak their poison. I’ve heard someone accusing his brothers and sisters in the Lord with statements harshly edged in judgment. Was that the sting of contempt upon his tongue? Why? How perfect are any of us? Do we not all share that talent to disappoint? Do we not all need forgiveness and intercessors who pray for life and liberty of our own personal challenges? I suppose it all boils down to what language we wish to speak and what fruit we wish to bear. Will we speak the language of the Devil and spew suspicion, division, and critical unforgiveness? Or will we allow our thoughts and words to produce a garden of delights filled with encouragement, truth that shines a light on hope for future pathways that will lead heavenward? Shall
we pray for things that are not as though they were?2 That is how I wish others to pray for me. How about you?

Words so easily slide off the tongue, yet, are impossible to retrieve after they’ve been spent. I wish this to be my prayer—this prayerful verse from Psalm 19:14—Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my rock and my Redeemer. Psalms 19:14

 1 Psalms
 2 Romans 4:17

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 16, 2018
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Church
2201  42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI  54220
   Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
   Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43

Three Months or Four: What if You Only Had This Much Time is our topic this month.  Susan Marlene will teach this class on picking your focus and making it happen! ASSIGNMENT: For Fiction and non-fiction writers—bring a few ideas that you would consider to be interesting projects.
We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your
WIP (Work in progress!) for a five-minute read.

The prompt for September is…
“If I wouldn’t have been so scared…”. or  “Should I choose __________ or _____________?” Use your imagination and your genre preference to share your thoughts with fellow writers!

We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!

Pens of Praise Christian Writers Group is a fellowship of word-loving communicators who provide encouragement, education, and listening ears to those writing clean and encouraging communication. We support the development of skill, attention to detail, and professionalism necessary to obtain personal and public publication. We are a group not limited by age, so even very young writers are welcome. We support Christian values and therefore do not share sex or overtly violent scenes, which would not be in keeping with Christian values concerning entertainment or enlightenment. 
Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ or

Monday, September 24, 2018

Broken Vessel
By Susan Marlene

I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among a mighty throng. Psalm 35:18

Oh, the pain of being broken like a vessel shattered against bricks; the scattered pieces too many to count or replace. And suffering rude individuals who behave as though they have forgotten or merely ignore one’s presence is harsh indeed. King David experienced hostilities from friends and enemies alike throughout his lifetime. At times, terror and scheming hounded him—even from close family members. He’d cried out to the Lord against their threats and advances for they were as smiters he’d not known, slanderers who would not cease. Like godless jesters at a feast they gnashed…with their teeth…how long wilt Thou look on…

Even so David purposed in his heart to praise the Lord. No matter how ugly and fearsome the crowd, this king eventually focused on our magnanimous Lord to praise and expound His attributes! His determination to honor God instead of speaking hasty, unfaithful blame and criticism endeared him to our Father. I must admit that I’ve not been quick to praise in the midst of difficulties as David was apt to do. He has become my inspiration and I admire his devoted affection to the Lord. King David proved how he could stray and make huge mistakes, but he’d bounce back and express the loveliest heartfelt praise and trust in the Lord. 

Within the winds of trouble even a king isn’t saved by the might of horses or strong armies. Such advantages are false hope…victory that dissolves into vapor. Try as we may, our strength will fail to overcome, unless we rely upon God who is our ever-present help in times of trouble. We don’t know Him only with intellect for He purposed that the simple things would confound the wise. We can know Him with the intimacy of relationship and heartfelt gratitude. Oh, how slandering lips can ravage the most honorable reputation to ears willing to hear reproach aimed at others. Laughter follows the stumbling of good men or women as critical individuals gnash their teeth and sharpen their mocking attacks. Yet, David shares that when we cry the Lord hears and delivers us out of all our troubles. When the worse comes, may we trust Him.

When we are dashed cruelly to the brickworks of mistreatment and disrespect my hope is that we would arise with undivided hearts to luxuriate and honor His name above all else.

O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:3 and 4

Father, may You fill us with Your love and grace to combat the evil and negativity that can attack us. Accusations may fly easily off the tongue of those who do not guard their lips. May we arise with vigor and strength that only comes from You to be a blessing and bring honor to Your name that is above all other names. 

All Italics - quoted from Psalms. 

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

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018



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:

Monday, July 9, 2018



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




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:
May the Lord bless your creative endeavors as you write for Him! Any concerns or questions feel free to contact or


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
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


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 –
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: 
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!