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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jo Huddleston and Free Books!

 photo ClaimingPeacefinal_zpscf7d5de2.pngFacing her lowest moments, Callie’s life begins to crumble and she searches for peace to endure what lies ahead for her and her family.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Warning Signs, by Katy Lee, is:

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Now let's revisit with novelist Jo Huddleston, author of Claiming Peace (Sword of the Spirit Publishing, September 20, 2013).

 photo JOPHOTO_zps2f2c7275.jpgJo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels are in the 3-book Caney Creek Series.

Jo’s more than 200 articles and short stories have been published in more than fifty well-known periodicals and she wrote a regular newspaper column for seven years. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

She holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo’s career has spanned being a high school classroom teacher, high school guidance counselor, private secretary, state-wide political campaign secretary, owner-operator of two small businesses, and a real estate agent.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I don’t like being in the dark.

--I fear snakes.

--I don’t do elevators well.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Claiming Peace.

 photo ClaimingPeacefinal_zpscf7d5de2.pngVisit again the Callaway family and friends in 1951 who live in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee.

Why did Callie have an appointment with a neurologist? Will she work her way through whatever lies ahead for her and her family?

Does Emmajean’s attraction for the young lawyer, Terry, blossom further or die on the vine when he wants her to meet his parents?

Can Caroline and Jim find happiness in their long-delayed marriage?

You’ll meet some new characters as the Callaway saga continues. Follow the Callaway family throughout the Caney Creek Series—live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses.

What is it about Jim that will make your readers care about him?

Jim Callaway is the oldest of five siblings and after their parents die, it is Jim they all turn to with their problems. Jim willingly puts their needs ahead of his own, with no grumbling or aggravation.

When he left the family farm to move to town he made some unwise decisions, which led to bumpy consequences. After he reaches out to God to return to his life, Jim is now a devout, amiable Christian, keeping God’s love the center of his life and that of his family.

At one point in this series Jim’s fiancé loses her patience with him for taking care of everyone else, not leaving time for being in love.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo SuperStock_252-212_zps27eaf8bf.jpgA young Rock Hudson

 photo tumblr_inline_mrbziilAWU1qz4rgp_zps607b0628.jpgand the current Katherine Heigl (as a blond).

Put yourself into your lead character’s voice and give us an applicable sentence that incorporates the words, “goodbye” and “honestly” (or “honesty”).

"Saying good-bye to a loved one is honestly the hardest to thing I can imagine."

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend? 

The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots. This novel’s theme shows that anyone in any position of life can be a witness for Jesus. At times the book had me in tears and then at other times laughing out loud. The book’s theme is presented in a light and enjoyable way.

What are you working on now?

I’m promoting Claiming Peace. I have ideas for another series but nothing official yet.

Where else can readers find you online? 

Website/Blog: www.johuddleston.com

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

If you have lost a loved one or been around someone who has, what do you think the best things folks can say or not say to give the bereaved one comfort?

Thanks, Jo, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jo has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 7. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jo's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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Jan Hall said...

That is a really hard question. I don't have a great answer. I can only think of saying I am so sorry for your loss. One of the worst things I ever saw was when my youngest half brother died. When his brother arrived at the funeral home, he went to hug his mom and she said "Why did it have to be Glen, Why couldn't it have been you" He was devastated and all the rest of us were shocked.

Trish Perry said...

Oh, my goodness, Jan, that's a horrible story. I can't imagine feeling that way toward one of my kids, let alone voicing it. That poor guy--dealing with loss AND utter rejection in a single scenario.

I honestly don't remember being offended by comments made by people when my sister died. I remember everyone being genuinely kind and thoughtful. Clearly no one discounted the pain of the moment, and I think that's what people need to avoid doing.

Jackie McNutt said...

My husband of 46 years passed away 18 months ago. The most comforting thing was people saying they were praying for me & I knew they really were.
The thing to not say is I hope he's in a better place or they were glad his suffering was over(he had long bout cancer). I know they meant well but it didn't help me. I knew as a Christian he was in better place and it was to traumatizing for me at that time to talk about his illness and death as a relief. Thank you

Trish Perry said...

Very illuminating, Jackie. Thank you for that feedback. And I am very sorry about your loss.

Jo Huddleston said...

Jan and Jackie, as shown from your comments, when we lose a loved one can be an awkward time between the breaved one and the one trying to console.

Jan, what a thing for a mother to say to her child! Jackie, I'm truly sorry for your loss. Even now I'll pray for you to receive God's strength and courage.

lgm52 said...

I have lost my father, several aunts and uncles, and in-laws. There is little anyone can say at that time other than "I am sorry", even though I realize it's not their fault. The fact that people send cards, notes, emails, or attend visitation or the funeral is a testament to their caring...and that's what's important..at least to me. And that is to know that others care about your loss.

Trish Perry said...

Yes, Igm52, I completely agree. Just knowing those people took the time to give your loss their attention--that carries a lot of weight and comfort.

Patricia Bradley said...

Finding the right words is very difficult, and I usually hug the person and tell them I'm sorry for their loss and they are in my prayers. That's what comforted me the most when my husband died.
Feel really bad for the son whose mother made that terrible statement.

Jo Huddleston said...

lgm52, very well stated and people sending emails or coming to visitation would be a genuine show of their concern. Thanks for commenting.

Patricia, knowing that someone is praying for me even if for that moment would be appreciated. Thanks for commenting.



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