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Monday, December 18, 2017

Barbara Britton and Free Books!

When Adah volunteers to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, she soon discovers not all of Judah’s enemies lie outside the crumbling rocks.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Christmas Trinkets, by LoRee Perry, is:


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And now let's chat with novelist Barbara Britton, author of the Biblical novel, Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey (Harbourlight Books, December 2017).

Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches.

Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb’s debut novel, Providence: Hannah’s Journey, released in October of 2016 from Harbourlight Books and kicked off her Tribes of Israel series. Her second book, Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey, released in April of 2017. Her Biblical fiction series continues with the release of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey.

She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love to dance. I grew up during the Disco-era and belonged to a teen disco called The Quake.

Oh my, yes. That was definitely my life! I still love to dance. I break out into dance all the time at home. I wish all exercise was that fun. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Jerusalem Rising.

I stumbled upon Nehemiah 3:12 which mentions the daughters of Shallum who helped Nehemiah rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. I decided to bring their story to light.

When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.

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

Adah loves her family and wants her father to remembered with all the other builders of the wall. But Adah’s father has no son. Adah volunteers for a difficult task to bring honor to her family, even though it puts her life in danger.

How much prep work do you usually do before you start writing a novel?

I review the Biblical story and see if there is enough information for a full-length novel. I am married to an ordained minister, so my basement is a theology library. I research for a week to see why this story is in the Bible and what themes I can develop. It takes me about nine months to write and edit a book before I submit it to my publisher.

That's very cool about your resources!

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

I finished a Middle Grade trilogy by my friend Sandy Brehl. Mari's Hope tells the story of teenagers who were part of the Norwegian resistance to the German occupation of Norway during WWII. My husband is Norwegian, and it is very hard to find clean fiction for young readers.

That sounds like an amazing story topic for teenageers.

What are you working on now?

I am working on another Old Testament Bible story and I have a Historical Young Adult novel going before a publication board.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find out more about my Biblical fiction on my website, or on my Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter pages.

The book can be purchased online via this button:

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

In Jerusalem Rising Adah creates perfumes, a craft she learned from her mother. Do you have a favorite perfume?

When I was battling breast cancer, a friend sent me Clinique’s Happy. I still use it.

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Pat said...

I've read several of Barbara's books and loved them. I've always loved Biblical fiction and this book sounds like my type of book. Enjoyed the interview. God bless & Merry Christmas.

Barbara M. Britton said...

Thanks so much, Pat. I really enjoy writing Biblical fiction.
Have a blessed Christmas!

Caryl Kane said...

I love Biblical fiction! Thank you for the chance to win this one!


Anonymous said...

I love teaching the Word, and it's a joy when I find good Biblical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway of your new book.

Jan H said...

I haven't worn perfume in a long time. It affected my Hubby's breathing. Now that he has passed away I think I will look for my favorite scent. Rose.

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Caryl,
Thanks for joining us. I love Biblical fiction readers.
Merry Christmas!'

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Jan,
I know a few people who are highly allergic to perfume. I wear it sparingly. I was taught to spray it in the air and walk into it. Spraying it in the air isn't great for allergies. Thanks for joining us!
Merry Christmas!

Barbara M. Britton said...

You're very welcome, Anonymous. Thanks for stopping by. We need good teachers of the Word.
Merry Christmas!

Trish Perry said...

Be sure to answer Barbara's question to be entered in her drawing! And leave your email address (fractured).

My SIL and daughter gave me a perfume called Hanae Mori a few years ago. I seldom wear perfume--I also have friends who are allergice--but when I do wear perfume, that's the one I use. Just a tiny bit. It has a soft, powderly smell. I love it!

My novella, Local Girl, is about a perfumier. The ingredients in her perfume are those that I imagined might have been used to make Hanae Mori.

Barbara said...

Many, many years ago when our families were exchanging Christmas presents, my young brother bought me Chantilly and have used it ever since. I enjoy when authors write stories of Bible characters and flesh out their lives and stay true to God's word as they can. It brings them down to earth for us.
My email is bjansma3@gmail.com

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Barbara,
I've heard of Chantilly--and now I have an old 50's song going through my head. I like learning about Bible characters and sharing what I have learned with my readers. The Bible is amazing.
Thanks for joining us.
Merry Christmas!

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hanae Mori sounds really exotic, Trish. I have never heard of it before now.

Gail H. said...

I have too many perfumes I like to pick only one. But I do use Body by Burberry more than others. I too have been through breast cancer six years ago. Happy to be a survivor!

tammy cordery said...

This book sounds like a great book to read. I love the interview. I learned a lot about the book and the author. thank you

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Gail,
Six years! I'm a two year survivor. Praise God. Thanks for sharing your perfume. I haven't heard of Body by Burberry. I guess I'm going to have to visit a perfume counter soon and try some of these. Thanks for joining us!
Merry Christmas.

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hey Tammy! Thanks for joining us. I've always liked the book of Nehemiah. I hope readers enjoy Adah's journey.
Merry Christmas!

Melanie Backus said...

My husband has surprised me with a variety of scents over the years but my miother has stayed true to just one...Red Door.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Melanie,
Red Door smells great. I am familiar with that perfume. I've changed scents over the years, so we'll see if I stay with Happy. Thanks for commenting.
Merry Christmas!

Lisa Worthey Smith said...

Shalimar is my "go to" fragrance, from my high school days in the 70's. I wear it sparingly, so one Sunday morning I woke my son, and his wakening words were, hmm Mom, it smells like Sunday!" I love stories associated with real biblical events! Blessings in your author adventure. Lisawsmith57@gmail(dot)com.

Barbara M. Britton said...

Hi Lisa,

Your sons words are so true. I associate fragrances with people and places.

I've heard of Shalimar. In fact, I think it was the mystery fragrance in Karen White's "The Beach Trees."

Thanks for joining us. It's always good to meet Biblical fiction readers.
Happy new year!



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