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Monday, July 6, 2015

Jo Huddleston, New Releases, and Free Books!

 photo WAIT FOR ME finalE_zpsrmydpe1l.jpgCan Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Rancher Takes a Cook, by Misty Beller, is:

teamob4@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Jo Huddleston, author of the Inspirational southern historical romance, Wait for Me (Forget Me Not Romances, a Division of Winged Publications, March 2015).

 photo JO PK full_zpsa6lrix1m.jpgJo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me, are sweet Southern historical romances.

She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.

Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren.

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

--I don’t like being in the dark.

--I can’t jump rope.

--I played girls’ varsity basketball in high school.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Wait for Me.

 photo WAIT FOR ME finalE_zpsrmydpe1l.jpgThis is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie.

The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life.

Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?

What is it about Julie that will make your readers care about her?

Julie’s mother is a snobbish socialite who criticizes Julie’s every move. She forbids Julie to socialize with the coal miners’ children, even though Julie lives in the coal community. Julie can never please her mother and never does anything correct in her mother’s judgmental opinion.

Ugh. Some parents really don't deserve the role, do they?

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

 photo Unknown_zpsunw0bqjc.jpegA young Elizabeth Taylor

 photo Unknown-1_zpsb2miepus.jpegand a young Montgomery Clift.

Imagine you’ve been contracted to write a novel about a real person. About whom would you most want to write?

Amelia Earhart. I’ve always been fascinated by aviation and would like to write about how Amelia Earhart spent the last hours on her flight around the world. I would give her a happy ending.

The power of fiction, right? That would be terrific, to imagine a good end for such an interesting woman.

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

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden. It’s a historical novel in which Elizabeth Camden writes beautiful descriptions and great characterizations laced with a thread of romance. I love her novels because she weaves historical events into her stories so well that the reader hardly notices that they are one of the engine that propels the story.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains series of which Wait for Me is Book 1. I don’t have a title for Book 2; I usually come up with the title from a scene or chapter as I write.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website www.johuddleston.com
LifeLine Blog
The Book Club Network, Inc.

The book can be purchased via the following button:

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

After reading a book you really enjoyed do you ever think about the characters for a time?

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 Monday, July 13. 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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As you scroll to the bottom of this post to leave your answer to Jo's question, take a look at what's releasing in the inspirational fiction market this month!

Amish Romance:

Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman -- Charlotte Dolinsky disguises herself as an Amish woman to investigate her brother's death never, expecting to fall in love with quiet Amish man Isaac Miller. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Romance:

The Cowboy's Surprise Baby by Deb Kastner -- Navy veteran Cole Bishop returns to Serendipity Texas to make a new life with his son, only to find he has to work with his high school flame, Tessa Applewhite. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Father's Second Chance by Mindy Obenhaus -- Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn't need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Historical Romance:

Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser -- In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women--destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war--face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola - Three sisters seek to prove their father innocent of murder in spite of great danger and the possibility they will loose the men they love. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Convenient Bride Collection by Amanda Barratt, Andrea Boeshaar, Mona Hodgson, Melissa Jagears, Maureen Lang, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Uhlarik, Erica Vetsch and Renee Yancy -- God can take the best-laid plans and turn them into something even better, as nine couples who marry for convenience soon learn. In fascinating settings from America's history, the convenient brides take their nuptials out of necessity. . .never dreaming that God might turn them into true love stories for His glory. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Lady and the Mountain Fire by Misty M. Beller -- Care-giving granddaughter Claire Sullivan and Bryan Donaghue, a doctor with a bad reputation, can't seem to get along-until disaster strikes their wild Montana mining town, and Claire's desire to help lands her in the midst of the fire. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles) by Rebecca DeMarino -- In 1653, when Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is kidnapped by a rival tribe, she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her long friendship with family friend Benjamin Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears -- Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream) by Susan Anne Mason -- Two O'Leary sisters search for love and independence from their domineering father in 1911 Long Island, New York. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch When a sheriff and a schoolmarm swap jobs for a month, the town of Cactus Creek is thrown into an uproar. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

To Soar on Eagle's Wings by Renee Blare -- Spring arrives to the Snowy Range and instead of relaxation, Rachel finds herself the center of a Timber Springs crime spree, but she isn't too upset when she discovers the new game warden's an old family friend. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley -- Homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin had disappeared from Logan Point. The last person she wants working the case with her is self-assured private investigator Alex Jennings. But when Alex contacts her with a lead, she'll have to find a way to work with him-before it's too late. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Emergency Reunion by Sandra Orchard -- Paramedic Sherri Steele refuses to believe someone's out to get her-until she's held at knifepoint in her own ambulance. With every emergency call to the paramedics turning into an attack on Sherri's life, it still takes her high school crush, deputy sheriff Cole Donovan, to convince her she needs protection. Cole is certain Sherri has a stalker-worse, his brother's the lead suspect. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Happy reading!


JackieW said...

Yes, I do think about the characters and the story too after I finish reading a good book. I often keep that book for a long time instead of passing it on. That way I can revisit parts of the story from time to time.

Jo Huddleston said...

Jackie W, Yes, revisiting parts of a story would be like visiting with a friend since you came to know the characters so well when reading through the book the first time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Edward Arrington said...

A lot depends on the characters and what book I start reading next. I usually start reading another book within a day after finishing one. Some characters are much more memorable than others and I may think about them from time to time a long time after reading the book. I can still remember things about characters in books a read 50-60 years ago. I also remember some from much more recent years. Some are fictional and others were real people.


Gail H. said...

Characters in a book that I find myself relating to somewhat or someone I wished I could have been like in the past do stay with me. And I might repeat something they said or find myself with a mannerism I never did before I read the book. I also may try a food or drink mentioned in the book. My latest is a frozen Snickers bar dipped in a hot cup of coffee! Now an author that can do that for me, I really enjoy!

Karen G. said...

Yes, I often think about the characters for several days especially if I really liked the book. I would wonder what happens to them. I hate it when the ending is the end when I wish there could be more.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Trish for the interview with Jo. Nice lady. Hello Jo. I've been trying to win this book of yours. Sounds good. Yes, I have thought of some books I've read many times. Hope to win your book here.
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Loraine Nunley said...

I do remember characters for awhile if the story was really good. Those books are typically my keeper ones. I'll tell everyone else how great they are, but they will have to go and get their own copy :o) Thanks for the interview and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

Jo Huddleston said...

Edward, I can see that characters would indeed have to be memorable for you to think about them if you started reading another book in a day or two. And, yes, some are more memorable than others. Thanks for commenting.

Gail, hadn't thought about trying a drink found in fiction. We can read about characters that we might like to have been. In book 2 of my Caney Creek Series, Emmajean was my favorite character--someone I sometimes wish I could be like. Thanks for commenting.

Maxie, hello. Nice to like a book you want to read again and again. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Loraine, yes, I have some keeper books also--ones where the story and/or the characters are really favorites of mine. Thanks for commenting.

sm said...

Yes, I sure do think about the characters I read about. I sometimes wish I had their lives/romances. They sound so incredible. I like the plot of this novel when a couple from two different classes get together and overcome many obstacles. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Trish Perry said...

I get very invested with some of the characters in novels. There have been times when I'll remember something someone said in the past and then remember it wasn't a real person, but a character is a terrific novel!

Brenda Arrington said...

Yes, I do sometimes think of the characters after finishing the book.
A lot of them seem like family; both good and not so good family members.
Brenda Arrington happygrammaof3(at)Comcast(dot)net

Jo Huddleston said...

Trish, I understand. I have a file of significant quotations--one is from a character in a novel! And who could forget the words of Scarlett and Rhett.

Brenda, It's good when you read a story and get to know the characters so well. Thanks for commenting.

Jo Huddleston said...

sm, glad you like the plot of my novel. Many of us probably wish we had the lives of some of the characters we read about. I guess that's why we read sometimes to get away from it all--for escapism. Thanks for commenting.

Carol Hungerford said...

Hi Jo,

I look forward to reading my first Ho Huddleston novel. I like the plot and charactors you have created. Thank you.

Carol Hungerford

Jo Huddleston said...

Carol, glad you like my plot and characters. Thanks for leaving your comment.



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