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Month: July 2015

Charity’s Code is #FREE!

cover_9781939603470_front_640CHARITY’S CODE, book 3 in the World War II Virtues and Valor series, is FREE today and tomorrow. Monday, A PARCEL FOR PRUDENCE will go free for 2 days, and so on, all the way through the rest of the books. If you’ve been waiting to read them, now’s your chance! Here’s the link to find the book on Amazon.

Here’s the blurb:

The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 3!

DORTHY EWING never met a crossword puzzle that she couldn’t solve with shocking speed. As a loving wife and mother of three children, she had an idyllic life with her home and her puzzles – until she had to see her husband off to war. Then the bombing of the Blitz began.

Now her husband Tom is a POW in Occupied France, her children have been sent to the hopeful safety of her parents’ home in York, and she is working at Bletchley Park as an assistant to cryptanalysts. After cracking the code on an encrypted letter from her husband, she is recruited into a special team called The Virtues.

She works on the home-front, receiving and sending messages to her team in France and coordinating a secret mission with her husband via coded letters. She intercepts the transmission from TEMPERANCE alerting to her blown cover. The clock is ticking in a race to save Temperance’s life. Information has to be sent to and received from the team on the ground. Can Charity help save her, or will the constraints of time and the efficiency of the Third Reich work against them?

CHARITY’S CODE is part three of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

Seven valorous women — different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds — come together as a team called the Virtues.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery.
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Christian Fiction Friday: July 17th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This week, I finished my editing on Valor’s Vigil, book 8 in my Virtues and Valor series. Here is a snippet from Chapter 5:

He left the man behind, knowing his orders would be followed exactly, and stormed through the halls of the prison offices. When he reached his own office, he was surprised to find Kapitän Neumann waiting behind his desk. He immediately came to attention, though the pain in his abdomen made him want to collapse in the chair currently occupied by his Kapitän.

Oberleutnant Schäfer,” the captain said, standing, “congratulations on the arrest.”

“It was premature. We had her under surveillance and I did not know she was arrested until an hour ago.”

The captain raised an eyebrow. “Do you need to be replaced as head of this facility?”

“Not at all, sir. I just need competent sergeants who don’t act on their own accord without orders.” And blatantly against orders, but he didn’t add that. I did not want the captain to think he had no control of his sergeants.

The captain froze and murmured, “Without orders?” The man began to pace around the office. Leo had not been told to stand at ease and thus had not moved from his position of attention. Therefore, he did not turn his head and visually track his commander as the captain paced around the room. Instead, he stared straight ahead, seething, hoping that Neumann would order him to have Seargeant Bauer arrested. He’d lock the cell himself.

“Why did your sergeant arrest her prematurely and without orders?” He asked, looking at a portrait print of his beloved Führer on the wall.

“I had to go to Paris for a meeting. While I was gone, he acted. I think he wanted some glory. Instead, I think he’s getting some prison time.”

“Just have him beaten and be done with it.” The captain waved a hand toward him then realized that the junior officer still stood in a stiff brace. Leo noted that his commander very carefully asked no questions about his Paris meeting. “At ease. What have you been able to glean from her so far? Anything?”

“Nothing. She’s been beaten until she can’t sit up by men twice her size. I suspect her jaw is broken. I don’t know why they expected to get anything from her. I’m not sure her interrogation can be salvaged.”

The captain raised an eyebrow. “You have ideas of a different method?”

He thanked God for this unexpected opportunity. “Of course. She’s a woman. Like all women she’ll respond better to silk than to steel.”

Neumann narrowed his eyes. “Rather American thinking. I suppose I should have expected no less.”

Leo felt his cheeks burn, silently cursing his complexion that allowed the captain to see his visceral reaction even though he attempted to hide it from his expression. He was not embarassed. Rage flooded his heart, causing the flush. “I cannot change where my father raised me, Kapitän.”

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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Interview with Author Patricia PacJac Carroll

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  This week, today I’m so happy to introduce you to Patricia PacJac Carroll. Like me, Patricia loves road trips. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve just packed up and gone on a road trip adventure. She’s also a lover of the old West, and it looks like that love has been translated into her stories. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m Patricia PacJac Carroll. I am a Christian and blessed beyond my imagination. The PacJac is my initials and my husbands. I live in Texas and love road trips. I grew up watching the westerns on TV and have always loved the old West. Not sure I would have liked to actually live back then. I love horses but enjoy my Starbucks and air conditioning.

patriciacarrollTell us about your current release: Lady and the Scamp is my latest release.

She’s not a lady. He’s not a Scamp. Let the fun begin.

Here is the blurb: Hank leaned his chair back, set his feet on the sheriff’s desk, and tried not to think of Lilly, but her memory and words persisted. “You’re worth it.” He could hear her voice as clear as if she were still in Hickory Stick and not traipsing through saloons telling anyone who would stand still long enough about her Good Shepherd.

Shrill barks and loud knocks stole his attention.

“Now what?” Annoyed by a dog’s yipes, he threw open the door. “Shut that dog up.”

A beautiful woman stepped away from him while her jade, green eyes flashed alarm. She recovered. Her head went up, her shoulders straightened and her face set with an expression that said he wasn’t worth her time.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes. I believe the Lord has given me the gift of story. And I also believe he gives me the stories. My job ~ write and publish them. If He wants it for one person, I’m good with that.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? That is a problem. I have finally come to the conclusion I can only write on one new one at a time although I can edit another at night. Actually, I am sure there are times my characters have stood around tapping their fingers waiting on their pokey author to get with the program.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to your audience? First, I have to like it. Then ~ it’s faith. Do all I can do to make it the best and then trust. Nothing is guaranteed.

Netties love cover-2 (3)What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Just write. I believe writing is an act of faith. So when staring at the blank computer screen, I gather up my courage and start writing.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I started out trying to be published with a traditional publisher but couldn’t break in, and then in 2011, I saw the opportunity to go Indie. Once I jumped that fence there was no looking back. I love the freedom.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Write. Find a critique group either in person or online. And write. Keep writing. When you’re ready, there is nothing stopping you, but do make sure you have learned the techniques and craft of writing.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? The first book I published is Liberty Belle. I had no idea how impulsive I was until I wrote that book. My character –Libby – is very much me. She taught me who I really am. I never saw it coming.

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Interview with Author Molly Jebber

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m happy to introduce you to Molly Jebber. As long as I have been doing interviews with Christian authors, I think that Molly might be my first Amish author — which is so odd because Amish romances seem to dominate the Christian bookshelves. I LOVE this cover – it makes me want to pick the book up and read it. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was raised in a small town in Ohio. If you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. It’s grown by leaps and bounds. I’ve always found the Amish life interesting. I’ve enjoyed the many times I’ve visited their communities and learned about their lifestyle. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun. The greatest reward I’ve experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

MollyJebberVisit my website and blog! Let’s talk Amish, shopping, shoes, purses, likes and dislikes. I want to hear from you. I need your help when I hit a roadblock in my book or in life in general. What do you say? Life is empty without good friends to share it with.

Tell us about your current release: Set in 1899, Berlin, Ohio, Becca Carrington leaves her Amish life, but doesn’t abandon her values when moving to Massillon, Ohio. She meets and falls in love with Dr. Mark Carrington but his mother interferes and wants her son to marry a woman in high society. Becca faces many trials in her new life, but Mrs. Carrington proves the toughest of all. She prays for God’s guidance and intervention. Please visit my website to order. Molly Jebber, Author — Amish Historical Romances

 If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes,because then that person may pay it forward and touch other lives.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No, I wouldn’t be happy compromising my standards. It would rob me of the joy of writing.

CHANGEOFHEART (489x800)What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? I read books from many Christian authors and find nothing lacking in their work. I enjoy them, and am touched by their Christian writing.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Sometimes I get up at 3:00 a.m., jot a note and go back to bed. It’s hard!

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? If you never put it out there, your dream can’t come true. That was all the motivation I needed to try, and getting a call from my agent was one of the most exciting times in my life.

Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember?  Moon Walk

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Retail therapy!

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I’ve always wanted to write.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?I wanted an agent and a traditional publisher because they are experts providing advice, resources, and help you succeed. Although I have friends who have had excellent results self publishing.

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An Open Letter to the Waitress at Steak ‘n Shake

steak n shakeDear Waitress at the Frankfort (Kentucky) Steak ‘n Shake Who Served Us Saturday Night:

As a waitress in a 24-hour sit-down fast-food restaurant, I’m sure that you get a lot of odd requests — especially from harried parents dealing with children in a visually stimulating (black and white checkered decor), cold, audibly loud environment. But, I have to tell you, you handled our table with grace and calmness that belied the busy dining room.

hotdogWhen we ordered a hotdog for our autistic 9-year-old son, Scott, and explained that the mustard must be made in a squiggly line on top of the hotdog — much like one would see on any picture of any hotdog in any children’s book — you never even batted an eye. You had no idea that if he’d received a hotdog without mustard or with the mustard NOT in a squiggling line in such a loud, cold, visually stimulating environment, it would have likely caused a meltdown for which there may have been no immediate recovering. You just nodded, smiled, said you understood, and brought us a PERFECT hotdog. You made sure the milkshake had a cherry, and brought him a salad as a side to his kids’ meal even though that isn’t the norm.

All in all, you were a fantastic waitress and we had a meal with no issues. As the mother of a child diagnosed with “Autism Spectrum Disorder manifested by issues in reading and auditory comprehension,  issues in interpersonal relationships, and issues in sensory processing with an above average raw intelligence”, I can assure you that many meals out aren’t handled so smoothly, and many waitresses and waiters truly don’t have any desire to cater to the odd requests of one small family.

When we encounter wait staff like you, we always make sure the tip is padded. I hope you were blessed by that.

We had to eat and run in a hurry. We had a meeting an hour away and only had 45 minutes to get there. So, we left and were halfway to our meeting when Scott realized that he’d left his “Joy” toy on the table.

You have no way of knowing this, but the things that are special to Scott are obsessively special to him.

I don’t use the term obsessively lightly.

scott joyJoy is the emotion “joy” from the recent movie Inside Out. We watch the previews about forty-three thousand times a day. His wish list for his birthday this Friday is the entire set of action figure emotions from the movie. Right now, he only owns Joy and she goes everywhere with him – from bed to bath to table to bike, she is in his hand or pocket.

There was no meltdown when he realized he’d left Joy. There was more like an “off” button. His entire body deflated, his face completely fell, and he had no emotion whatsoever. We told him we’d stop and purchase a new one. He emotionlessly said he didn’t want another one.

When we left the meeting at nearly nine that night, we thought we’d try to call your restaurant. The woman who answered the phone told us that they’d found Joy and had kept her for us. The hour-long drive to your restaurant was probably the longest drive in Scott’s life.

When we took Scott into the restaurant to get Joy, we found out that she had been given a tour of the kitchen, and had ridden in the pockets of many staff members so that she could get as many experiences as possible before we returned to pick her up. When you came to talk to us, you told us you had a feeling she was important to Scott and you knew we would come back for her.

I find myself unable to come up with words to express my gratitude for the gentle care you gave our son and his lost toy Saturday night. It would have been easy to ignore the request for mustard, a salad, a cherry, and to just toss the piece of plastic in the garbage when the table was bussed. But, you listened, you heard, and you loved him even though you didn’t know him.

I don’t know if you have any idea of the obstacles he’s going to face in his lifetime. We don’t even know. We’re spending his childhood trying to prepare him and teach him coping skills for surviving and thriving in this dark and fallen world. When we receive little bits of light from people like you, it gives us hope for what the future holds.

Thank you for the joy you gave us.

In Christ,

Gregg and Hallee Bridgeman

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Christian Fiction Friday: July 10th

Welcome to this week’s edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by me and my lovely and talented co-host, Alana Terry! This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun!

This week, I just typed “the end” on Valor’s Vigil, book 8 in my Virtues and Valor series. Here is a snippet from Chapter 3:

Switching back to English she said, “What do I call you, lad?”

“Call him Valor,” Praetorian said from over her shoulder. “He needs to be patched up and back at his duty station tomorrow or else things are likely to go very, very badly for our little operation here.”

All he could think about was the suspicions of Kapitan Beck and Marie’s name on that piece of paper. He had to leave. While Mercy lifted his shirt and pushed against the wound, he panted, “I can’t stay here.”

The side of her mouth lifted in a half-amused look. “Well, Valor, I’m afraid that’s not necessarily up to me at the moment.”

She prodded the wound on his stomach and shifted to feel underneath him. He felt his vision suddenly tunnel as if black blinders were closing in from the sides. “I’m not seeing where the bullet came out. That means you’re holding onto it somewhere. Stubborn, really. I’m going to have to cut on you a bit.”

Nausea swirled and his throat tried to close with fear. “Do what you need to.”

She gripped his bloody hand with her own. He found the strength in her grip comforting. “Right this moment, you probably think you can’t hurt much worse. Sadly, you’re mistaken. I c’n give ya something if you like.”

“Can it wait?” Praetorian asked as he walked to the foot of the bed. “He needs to talk.” Wait? Talk? Suddenly the mission came back into focus. “Tell me what you learned.”

“It w-w-was a s-s-set-t-t-up,” Leo stammered, tasting blood in his mouth. He felt his fingers spasm around the camera he clutched and tried to open his hand, but his muscles would not obey his mind. “They w-w-wanted to lure you i-i-n and k-k-kill you. C-c-c-ripple the Res-is-stance.”

“Who? Did you identify them?”

“Jäger. Heinrich.” He closed his eyes and felt the world start to tilt when he remembered the mission. He opened his eyes again. “Two more. We never saw them go in.”

“Matthew said you went down to the cabin. What did you see?”

“P-p-ictures,” Leo whispered. His hand finally relinquished its grip and Praetorian saw the camera.

“Good lad,” he said, taking it from his hand. “We’ll get this developed and see what we can see.” He frowned and leaned forward. “How compromised is your cover?”

Leo shook his head. “Not at all. They never saw me.” As Mercy pushed his hands aside while she cut open his shirt, he help up his hands, showing his bloody palms. “They know they hit me.”

Mercy began praying out loud, a Scottish prayer that sounded as if from rote. Praetorian put a hand on his booted foot. “Who knows of you?”

He knew he meant Black Orechestra. Many knew of his existence in a vague sense, but had no idea exactly who the legendary Valor may be. “No one.”

Mercy said, “Amen.” She picked up a syringe. “That’s all boys. You can talk in a few hours.” He barely felt the prick in the muscle of his arm, but almost immediately felt the welcoming relief of numbness and blackness wash over him.

Now it’s your turn! Just link your Christian Fiction Friday! Here are the rules:

1. Christian Fiction Friday is a blog hop where authors post short (400-ish words or  less) snippets from their current works in progress (not published pieces).

2. Keep it PG-13 or lower. No swearing, no sex scenes. If you have a particularly violent scene or deal with a heavy or controversial subject matter, please include a disclaimer at the beginning of your post.


Suggestions:

1. Visit at least some of the other Christian Fiction Friday authors each week and comment on their blogs.

2. Don’t offer critiques unless the author specifically asks for it in his or her post.

3. Please include this blurb at the end of your weekly post:

Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman.
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