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Interviewing Keeva | Sisters Divided | Summer Reading Blog Tour

sisterscover-175This morning I’m ‘visiting’ with Keeva, one of the sisters in my newest work, Sisters Divided.  Keeva and her sister Maeve are twin angels who are working to earn their wings. The first volume in the story Sisters Divided, entitled WINGS, is available at Amazon for 99¢

What is your name? My name is Keeva. I have no last name

What one word best describes you? Loving

How did you first become involved in the story? Since the story is about me and my twin sister, I have been involved from the beginning when Maeve and I were in our Angel Initiate class. Oh, that sister of mine can cause some trouble. But, she means well.

What worries you? I worry sometimes that I won’t be able to get my wings. You see, I am always trying to do the right thing, but for some reason, trouble starts. I worry that our teacher, Colin, will think that I am not trying to be a good angel.

What’s your favorite song? Oh, I love the song Amazing Grace. I hear some of the humans in the angel choirs singing it at times. I am always surprised by the beautiful voices that humans have when they sing together with the angels.

What is your favorite food? I love the taste of that three-flavor ice cream with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. What is it called? Napoleon? No, he was a general. Whatever it’s called, I love the way it feels on my tongue, so cold and creamy. I like the way it looks when I stir it around in the bowl and mix the colors together. Then, I can spoon it up and oh, the taste is heavenly.

What do you think of the other characters? Well, the only other major character is my twin sister, Maeve. I love her, of course, because she’s my sister, but there are times when I think she deliberately causes trouble for the humans we are trying to help. She doesn’t seem to realize that if she keeps making trouble, we won’t get our wings. Oh, I couldn’t take that. I just couldn’t stand it. We did meet a lovely couple of elderly ladies named Lucille and Martha, sisters like us who lived together. They were delightful, elegant, and feisty ladies. There was the spider incident, and oh my, the mix-up in Chef Nick’s kitchen. That Chef Nick, now he was a very handsome fellow, but I think he favored Maeve.

What do you think should happen now? Well, of course, we should continue on our mission of helping humans and keeping them from harm. That is part of the Angel Initiate class. We must help our humans. I do wish that Maeve would decide to be a little more caring toward the humans in our charge, and I would love for Colin to send us somewhere exciting, some exotic place like France or Ireland. That would be lovely.

Are you happy right now? I am very happy. I am excited about meeting our next humans, keeping them safe, maybe making their dreams come true, giving them more than they ever dreamed of. But mostly, I’m content to do what I’m told. I don’t mind being an initiate. When I get my wings, I’ll be the happiest angel in Heaven.

What do you hope to do with your life? When I get my wings, I hope to be the most loving and helpful angel of all. I hope to use those magnificent wings to go wherever I’m needed, either in Heaven or on Earth, whichever God sees fit for me. If I tell you a secret, do you promise not to tell anyone? I have always wanted a puppy, so I hope that I will be able to get one to keep by my side. But Maeve hates dogs, so I don’t know how that would be possible. Still, I can dream.

Thank you, Keeva!  I’ve enjoyed this visit and I know readers will enjoy it.  WINGS, the first volume of your story will be joined shortly by the next volume at Amazon through Helping Hands Press, publisher.

Summer-Reading-Blog-Tour

 

 

July Interviews | Great Conversations with Replays Available Online.

stainedglass12-400-150x150.jpgJuly 2014 has been a time of RADIO — BlogTalkRadio and I’ve been honored with invitations to visit two shows and tell about the stories and characters in my books.

On July 10, I had a rollicking conversation, as usual, with Gio at Gelati’s Scoop — The G-Zone. We talked about the books, of course, and many other things about writing and publishing as well as the future of redheads in this ‘global warming’ environment.

I always enjoy visiting with Gio about books, writing and the business of writing. Gio often has a group of authors at a ‘radio party’, especially on the “Thirsty Thursday” Facebook events to announce new releases.

Please join in the fun at the replay link GelatisScoop — The G-Zone  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2014/07/10/joy-ross-davissisters-dividedthe-transformation-of-bitty-brown

I’ve been friends with author, Natalie D. Wilson for quite awhile. I recently learned that her husband, Will Wilson is the host for Indie Books Show on Blog-Talk-Radio. I was the guest on the 43rd show on July 11, 2014. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indiebooks/2014/07/11/indie-books-show-43

Natalie joined the conversation and we all have a great time. The Wilson’s make conversation, but graciously permit their guests to speak about the stories, motivation and interests that drive their writing.

Topping off these great conversations — I’ll be spending a weekend with K.D. McCrite at her home in Harrison, AR. K.D. is a fellow author and long-time friend. We’re looking forward to an inspiring and pleasant visit.

Independence! Guest Blogger, Joseph M. Lewis

DeclarationFlat_04Happy Fourth of July!

Imagine how the signers of The Declaration of Independence feel while looking down from heaven and listening to their critics. The thought never occurred to me until my publisher asked me to write a fictional short story relating how John Hancock experienced the 4th of July. Before starting, I read Herbert S. Allan’s even-handed biography of Hancock. Yes, the Founders were all human – Hancock was vain and a clothes horse, for example. But when you study the founding of America from the perspective of a Founder, the greatness of these men staggers you.

“But they didn’t free the slaves and women and blacks couldn’t vote!”

Guess what? No one could meaningfully vote and everyone, everywhere, was in some form of bondage. The English themselves were “subjects.” Except for royalty and a small number of men in a handful of tiny Greek city states, no one had ever controlled their destiny.

Writing in the first person forces you to see things through the eyes of the character or historic figure, to imagine what they felt, wanted and thought. The Founders were operating in uncharted waters, laying the foundation to free all mankind and making things up as they went. They were doing it while at war with the most powerful Empire on the face of the planet. On January 1, 1776, George Washington discovered he had only 8,000 enlistments instead of the 20,000 planned. Georgia and South Carolina announced they would not sign if slavery were denounced, let alone outlawed.

As I imagine Hancock saying, “The hard truth is we will not free the Negro slaves . . . not because we don’t want to, but because we can’t. The southerners would revolt . . . freeing the black man will require a war and the forces of liberty are barely able to fight one war, let alone two.”

On July 4, 1776, the Founders were almost to a man well educated, affluent and doing quite well as subjects of Britain. In the 18th century, traitors were hung from a gibbet with their hands tied behind their back. Rather than breaking their necks, the traitor took about ten minutes to strangle to death. Traitors’ property was forfeit, so their families were left impoverished. While the Founders were signing their own death warrant, Benedict Arnold was trying to keep his army from disintegrating as he retreated from the disastrous Canadian campaign. “I have often thought how much happier I would have been,” said Washington, “if, instead of accepting a command under such circumstances, I had taken up musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks.”

They were great men, yet consider the petulance with which they are treated. While reviewing “The Price they Paid” email about the Founders, the left wing site “Snopes” called it part true, part false. Why? Here’s an example: “Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.” Snopes – “yeah, well . . . she was already sick.” Seriously. I paraphrase, so check it out for yourselves. Part of the disdain appears to be petty racism, sexism and anti-Christianity – the Founders were white male Christians – but there may be something deeper. Writing about an attack on the Framers, Professor Walter Williams wrote, “If I believed in conspiracies, I’d say (Time’s) article is part of a leftist agenda to undermine respect for the founding values of our nation.”

Hancock might have said, “No doubt, those who hate liberty and embrace hate amongst the races will use this against us not only now, but far into the future. We can only trust this and future generations will be wise enough to detect the charlatan, understand his aim and reject his deception. That battle is for another time, and will be fought by other men. We must fight the one in front of us now.”

This is a column of opinion and satire. The author knows of no undisclosed facts. Contact Lewis, the author of John Hancock, in Remington Colt’s Revolutionary War Series, visit him at josephmaxlewis.com and click on Rimersburg Rules. © Joseph M. Lewis

The Amazon Kindle link to “John Hancock”  fullpaperback(32)-450

To link to listen in on the blogtalk radio show with Joseph Max Lewis discussing “The Declaration of Independence”: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2014/07/03/joseph-max-lewis-discusses-the-declaration-of-independence

To stop by Mr. Lewis’ website and connect with him: www.josephmaxlewis.com

 

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Souls of Summer Basket Give-Away | Joy Ross Davis and Sidney Archer

Sidney Archer and I are in a Basket Give-Away spirit again — so get ready for Souls of Summer. We’ll be adding more and more to the basket as we go along just as we did with the Spirit of Spring basket.

Readers and fans are welcome to join the fun and enter to win the basket full of goodies.  The slide show will let you peak as more things are added. I can tell you right away that a copy of my recent story, The Transformation of Bitty Brown newcover514-2251  plus a copy of Countenance and a copy of Desolate Heart from Sidney ArcheDesolateHeartCover-150r will be part of the basket.   The Transformation of Bitty Brown is part of Murray Pura’s Blue Heaven Romance Series and a sequel to Emalyn’s Treasure.  Faith and modern Irish historical events help bring a story to readers.  Desolate Heart’s mystical mountain story has been a favorite.  When these two get together with other gifts in the basket, the result is an ongoing enriching experience.

We have a WINNER: Amber Lanier Nagle

To be eligible to win, we’re asking that you do a few things:

  1. Like (or have liked) our Facebook pages (Links are below)
  2. Comment on BOTH pages – Tell us what you love about summer.
  3. The contest ends on June 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm, CST
  4. That’s it!  Enjoy the conversations on the pages and with one another as we go along.

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The Transformation of Bitty Brown is published by Helping Hands Press

Desolate Heart is published by Ecanus Publishing