I’m very excited to be interviewing Jenna Victoria, Author of War of the Heart.

war-of-the-heartToday I’m very excited to be interviewing Jenna Victoria, Author of  War of the Heart. 

Welcome …….Please tell us a little about yourself and your character and Novels.

What is your writing routine? Do you like to write on a computer, dictate or longhand? I am a solid techie gal, I’m afraid – the writing magic takes place on a laptop only, with Scrivener software – helped along by entering snippets or nuggets into the notes app on my iPhone that I will expand on later.

Is there a message in your novella that you hope reader grasps? As War of the Heart is set partially during the London Blitz at Christmas in WWII, I tried to show how resilient and strong the people of England were during severe adversity. How they still kept the spirit of Christmas despite hardships and loss of family members. It’s a lesson of hope and perseverance we can still carry with us today.

What surprised you most while writing your novella? How much I enjoyed researching the time period, specifically December, 1940. I intensely disliked history class in school, so making the 1940’s come alive was an exciting process for me, and I hope, will be for my readers as well. I came away with a fierce pride in the “greatest generation,”

Did you have to do a lot of research for this novella? I wanted to be quite accurate, so, yes, I delved deep into photographic and newsreel archives as well as newspaper accounts of The Second Great Fire of London on December 29, 1940 and the weeks leading up to it. That particular date was critical to my story, and I am happy with how the research made a real difference.war-of-the-heart

Are you a planner or pantster? I used to be a firm and proud pantser, but I found I wasted time writing scenes that didn’t move the action along or took the story in a wrong turn. Now, I lightly plan out every scene ahead of time, then sit down and write each one. I don’t have to write chronologically now, because each scene stands alone in planning.

Do you have any advice for writers out there that are writing their novel at this very moment? My advice is to seize the writing time, to protect it against family, friends, and life interruptions. Even if it is only for an hour a day, own that hour and take pride in it. Mean business, and typing The End will happen.

Which character did you like writing about the most? Why? That would be my heroine, Louise Martin. She was extremely close to her Dad and the story opens in a scene where she is acting as his caregiver. I found myself including some emotional connections I had with my own father, who has passed away. I also pay homage to his profession before he retired.

Do you have any advice for fellow writers who maybe undertaking creating their first novel at this very moment? As I write Christian romance and romantic suspense, it is important for me to pray throughout the process. I ask God to use me for His glory, and give me the story He wants me to write. I would encourage other faith-based writers to call upon Him as well.

What projects are you working on next? I’ve just signed contracts for five novellas being released through September 2017, so the next year is going to be exciting, and busy!

Thank-you very much  for doing this interview, it has been a pleasure to hear about your novellas and writing. I wish you all the luck with all your writing projects.


Title:  War of the Heart

Sub title: Snow Globe Christmas Collection

Publisher: Lovely Christian Romance Press

Blurb:  When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?

Format: Paperback and E-book

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6220XV/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_api_XGd.xbBT3J0V7 Autographed copies available


#christianromance #WWII #Blitzmas

#london #christmas #mystery #novella

Bio:  Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1959, Jenna’s yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked.

Jenna is the author of  “fiction that feeds your faith” – Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. She also writes clean, wholesome romances. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature the sweetest of fairy-tale-ending love stories.

She writes romances that glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ and show how He gives us hope & peace amidst unbearable situations. After her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

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Email:  jenna@jennavictoria.com


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Guest Author June Foster About her latest Novella ‘Christmas at Raccoon Creek’….

june-fosterChristmas at Raccoon Creek, Snow Globe Series

Christmas at Raccoon Creek is a time travel novel where the heroine is magically transported to the 1950’s with the wink of a snowman’s eye. But here’s a secret. It starts out in contemporary Alabama.

I loved writing it but encountered a bit of a challenge. Since I write contemporary, I found I needed to create characters who lived sixty years before my time. Though I was alive in the fifties, I don’t remember much from that decade, so I had to do a lot of research. I discovered the style of dress, the type of music, and even the cool expressions people used in those days. Like crazy, man. My hero thinks the heroine has a classy chassis, and she loves the Black Cows he creates at the old fashioned soda fountain.

My hero graduated from pharmacy school from Auburn University, but in those days it was Alabama Polytechnic Institute. The heroine is a nurse on the cardiac floor and assists patients who recently had pacemakers. But the hero’s never heard of a pacemaker transplant.

Since the hero is alive in the fifties and owns a drug store, the type of medications he dispenses and products he sells are somewhat different than today. It was fun searching for the specific brands sold sixty years ago. Like Nebs headache relief, Coldene cold medicine, Nujol for constipation, Fasttabs for dieting, and of course Shalimar perfume which the he gives the heroine for Christmas.

The story opens in modern day Alabama when Emily Eason runs down to the local drug store to purchase Christmas decorations for her lovely home—her 1950’s style house she inherited from her grandmother. At the store, the graying, wrinkled and kindly old Mr. Hardwicke, pharmacist and owner, tells her for the umpteenth time about how he was once in love with her grandmother, but her grandpa Eason stole her away. She smiles, politely listens, and returns home to decorate her living room.

Her favorite purchase is a little snow globe with an adorable snowman situated next to a miniature village. Turning the round glass ball over, she stares at the flurry of snowflakes covering the snowman’s carrot nose and corn pipe sticking out of his mouth. Her decorating efforts make her tired so she sets the globe on the side table and curls up in her easy chair. But does she merely imagine the snowman winks at her? Soon she falls asleep.

You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens next. Here’s a hint. Emily returns to the drug store, but this time the pharmacist isn’t old and wrinkled, but a handsome young man in a white lab jacket typical of the 1950’s.

Merry Christmas from Emily and Lance.


Blurb: When Love Spans The Decades

Emily Eason wants to distance herself from her parents’ opulent lifestyle in Birmingham, Alabama, and enjoy life in the rural village of Raccoon Creek and her fifties-style home. But after gazing into the little snow globe she purchased from Hardwicke’s Drugs and Gifts, she finds herself transported to another time—her grandmother’s era.

Lance Hardwicke is the pharmacist and owner of Hardwicke’s Drugs. Four years of pharmacy school didn’t allow for much of a social life. Gorgeous Emily Eason, nurse and resident of Raccoon Creek, has captured his attention. The next time she comes in the store, he’s determined to ask her out. Maybe take her to Birmingham to see the Christmas lights in his brand new orange and white ’53 Pontiac Pathfinder.

Can love span the fifty-year gap standing between them? 

If you want to read Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Snow Globe Series or find out more about June Foster check out the links below.

Amazon Link to  Christmas In Raccoon Creek (Snow Globe Christmas Collection)

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My Review The Rebels of Cordovia Author Linda Weaver Clarke.


My Review The Rebels of Cordovia

Author Linda Weaver Clarke.

Wow The Rebels of Cordovia is a very gripping, suspenseful and romantic period romance… I loved this book and couldn’t put it down for long until I’d read the end. Robin is a strong and brave woman fighting for the rights of the people around her after the king had taken their rights and treated them horribly…

The story itself follows Robin and her rebels group as they fight the good fight, taking money from the taxman and helping the people around them to be able to live. While they try and work out if they should go it alone and battle the king when the time comes or join forces with the Freemen  group, led by Daniel who wants to recruit them so they can fight together to bring an end to the depression fallen over their land. Will Robin’s Rebels join force? Will they bring about a better life for those around them and go up against the king? Read this book to find out.

I loved Daniel and Robin’s connection throughout the book, they are both well-rounded strong characters  that are great to follow thought-out the story. I think Linda did a great job in creating a strong female lead and some of the scene were really emotional, it reminded the reader exactly why Robin had to keep going with the hopes she’d succeed.

I also loved the end… After finishing this book I wanted to read it all over again. If you love book where good try and win over bad. Strong women who are not scared to stand up for what is right.. And a lot of heart running thought  the character in this story. Then, you’ll love this book. I would highly recommend it.

Amazon link The Rebels Of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 1)

My Review Of War Of The Heart Author Jenna Victoria


My Review of War Of The Heart

 Author Jenna Victoria

War Of The Heart is a real touching story about Louise Martin as she travel to discover the truth of what happened in her family long before she was born and plans to set right the wrong that her father claimed on his death-bed never happen. I loved this book and found it really hard to stop reading once I’d started. Time rushes by when you’re stuck reading a fantastic story.

The story itself sees Louise Martin  and George Walker who owns a bed and breakfast that Louise finds herself staying at. Travel through the magic of  Christmas back to  London, December 1940 where they have a limited time to discover the truth and mend the bridge between their families.. Will they get to the bottom of what really happened and maybe find something more along the way? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I found that Louise was one of my favourite characters because she’d put her life on hold to take care of her father even though a part of her dream of adventure and finding a life of her own. She was a very likeable, one that was easy to relate to in some ways through out her journey.

Jenna Victoria does a fantastic job of painting a picture in the reader’s mind of what it was like in London 1940 in wartime and the emotion that time period invokes inside Louise and George. I will be looking out for more books by this author in the future.  

This story is heart-warming and full of hope and a bit of festive magic with the guidance of gods strength along the way. I would recommend War of The Heart to anyone who loves a story with character to root for and some travel back in time to set right the mystery between two families. You’ll love this story.

Link to War Of The Heart

Holly’s Summer…

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Holly’s Summer…

I’m Holly, the house cat and sometimes helps my human with her blogging. Well tonight I’ve been chasing a new toy one that jingles as it rolls across the floor. I’ve been playing the long game, waiting for the ball to move then I’ll pounce and capture it in my paws.

However, as fun as my new ball sound it’s been very hot here, and therefor I’ve stayed right near the buzzing breeze maker. Smokey tells me he’s heard our human call it a ‘fan; and I’ve listened to my human’s rhythmic tap, tap, tapping on her laptop. And the soothing squeaking of her reading the latest book she’s come across. It’s been a hot summer. If you’re a fur ball like me be sure to drink from your magical never-ending water bowls, even request an ice-cube or two if you just wanna be super cool. And sleep in the shade or on humans phone and kindle all cool places to catnap.

Smokey has been his normal hyper self and been causing mayhem for our human. Only the other day he took over her kindle and called one of her close humans on Skype. He’s such an attention seeker for his age of 8 boy fur balls never  grow up do they?chair 123

In other news, I was shocked when I wandered into my humans room and heard grumble, Grrr, I thought she’d adopted us a gremlin or something. I looked and there it was moving around making noise. I wasn’t sure if I liked this, but I crept closer putting one paw on its soft black body. then ran away. And when I returned it was still there, but much quieter. Then my human placed me on  top of it. The Horror  and it moved. But after a few words with it…. I found out it’s our new study/ massage seat. I soon mastered it and got comfortable. I just might turn him into my cat-napping chair.

Smokey and I have also been catching up with our purrfect fur ball friend over the summer, happy hearing about all their adventures. If any fur ball would like to share some of their summer adventures comment in the comment place. Love to hear all about it.

Well now it’s almost midnight here, best post this and replace human laptop before she returns.

Have a purrfect summer all furry friends..


My Review Of Tails Of A Country Garden Author Phil Janes

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Tails Of A Country Garden

Author Phil Janes

Tails Of A Country Garden I came across this book the other day and being a cat lover thought this book might be right up my alley to read over the weekend. It didn’t disappoint I was gripped by following Fleet, Strongclaw  and  friends as they commanded their human servants and explored their outside land. I loved how Phil really take his  reader in the mind-set of cats and other more wildly animals throughout the story…

The story itself  follows Fleet as he grows  from an in-house kitten to a free roaming cat as he’s released into his garden to explore his and  Strongclaw’s land. He meets many animals and new smells as he ventures further and further away from home. His head full of knowledge that his other cats from home had fed him of their adventures… However, one day fleet goes too far feeling the roar of noise and the thudding of fear as he becomes lost and alone. Will he make it home safe and sound? Read this book to find out…   

I loved Strongclaw in this book he reminded me of one of those cats who is  a bit grumpy and wants  all the land and food to himself..

This book is  really well written and a rather lovely story about cats and their thoughts and adventures. I would recommend this book if you love cats and want to go on an adventure with three very different and special cats as they feel their way around their land.

If you’d like to give this book a try it’s on Amazon..

Link:Tails of a Country Garden




Today I’m excited to be interviewing Anne Allen about her novel Echoes of Time

Iphoto for emailToday I’m excited to be interviewing Anne Allen about her novel Echoes of Time

 Welcome Anne please tell us a little about yourself and your novel.

I’m a late-comer to writing, having only started in my, ahem, middle years, (assuming everyone will live to 100 from now on, yes?). I often had the ‘itch’ to write but was focused on my career as a psychotherapist and bringing up three children on my own. Then, some years ago I was a reluctant entrant (pushed by my mother!) into a writing competition run by Prima magazine. They wanted a True- Life story and I won the first prize of £500 ☺ Deciding that writing wasn’t such a bad idea, I then wrote my first novel, Dangerous Waters, a romantic mystery, published in 2012. Now retired as a therapist, I devote more time to writing, and have now written five books in The Guernsey Novels series.

‘Echoes of Time’ is a story set in dual time, something I haven’t done before, but thoroughly enjoyed writing. The focus is on two women; Olive, a young woman during the German Occupation of Guernsey; and Natalie who in the present time buys what was Olive’s old farm. Olive made a bad decision when she married Bill Falla, a coarse and violent man, as she found to her cost. Then a German officer comes into her life and…well, you’ll have to read the book!

Natalie has returned to Guernsey to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend and buys a beautiful cottage built on the site of Olive’s farm. She’s seeking peace and quiet after leaving a high-powered job in London, but the cottage is far from peaceful. Disembodied voices, moving objects and disturbing visions bring her to the brink. And then there’s her neighbour, Stuart, Olive’s grandson. Something else she hadn’t bargained for…

What inspired you to create your novel?

All my books have made reference to the Occupation, it having a long-lasting effect on Guernsey and the islanders. I lived there for many years and one of my sons still lives on the island and I came to know the island psyche well. With ‘Echoes of Time’ I wanted to write a more in-depth account of what happened during the war and tie it in to the present day. I was particularly inspired by Barbara Erskine’s book, ‘The Darkest Hour’, set partly in WWII and partly in the present. Thank you, Barbara!

What is your writing routine?

I write mainly from late-morning onwards, but it’s not a fixed routine. If the Muse decides to take a holiday then. As my own boss, sometimes it’s difficult to motivate myself, but if the writing flows then I’ll carry on until early evening.

What surprised you most while writing your novel?

How much I enjoyed writing about the historical part of the book. I felt really ‘there’ while writing those chapters.

Did you have to do a lot of research while writing your novel?

Yes, far more than for the others. I read several books written about the Occupation, quoting loads of facts and figures, and a couple of diaries kept by local women. Fascinating stuff! Also, I had to research the ghostly element to the story, which proved equally interesting.

Did you have a favourite place you like to write, while you were creating your novel?Echoes of Time 3D Cover

I tend to type straight to the computer, which ties me to my study. I’ve never been able to write absolutely anywhere like some writers. But I’ll jot down outlines of chapters, characters etc out in the garden or while travelling.

Describe what your Muse looks like to you in three words.

Mocking, smiling, playful.

What part of writing your novel did you most enjoy?

The chapters set around Olive’s story. She had such varied experiences and endured so much hardship during the Occupation, as did all the islanders.

Are you a planner or discovery writer?

A planner for the most part, but sometimes the Muse takes me by surprise and I end up leaving my planned path. It pays not to be too rigid, I’ve found.

Who are your favourite Authors?

Barbara Erskine, Erica James, Robert Goddard, CJ Sansom, Linda Gillard and several others. I love finding new authors!

What was the best advice you’ve ever had while writing your novels?

Keep going!

What projects are you working on next?

Not wanting to waste the extensive research I’ve done for ‘Echoes of Time’, I felt the need to write another book set partly in the Occupation. Called ‘The Betrayal’ it will be the story of a painting by Renoir, stolen from a Jew living in Guernsey who is betrayed to the Germans by a supposed friend. The modern part of the story deals with the fatal repercussions of the betrayal and theft. And there’s a love story too!

Do you have any advice for fellow writers who maybe undertaking creating their first novel at this very moment?

Write what you enjoy and don’t try to write what you think others might want to read. Write from the heart and it will flow better. And if you’re writing about real places, it pays to have some first-hand knowledge to create a true sense of place.

Thank you Anne for taking time to do this blog interview, It has been great to hear about  your novel. I wish you all the success with your novel and any other writing projects you may undertake in the future.

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The first 3 titles of Anne Allen’s books  are 99p/99c each between 12th and 19th August. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anne-Allen/e/B007R2XGJG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


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