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Monday, April 9, 2018

Lenora Worth and Free Books!

He was born a warrior in a pacifist community.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of False Pride by Veronica Heley, is:


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And now let's meet novelist Lenora Worth, author of the contemporary Amish novel, Their Amish Reunion (Love Inspired, April 2018).

Lenora Worth has published close to eighty books for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense, HarperCollins, Tule Publishing and Gilead Publishing and is a three-time Carol Award nominee. She is a New York Times, USA Today, and PW bestselling author who lives in Florida with her retired husband.

She enjoys long walks on the beach, reading and shoe shopping.

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

I grew up on a farm. I can drive a tractor and I can pull corn and pick peanuts. Or at least, I used to be able to do those things.

Oh, I'll bet that all comes back as easily as remembering how to ride a bike. I would imagine your upbringing influences your stories from time to time.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Their Amish Reunion.

Love blooms in the Amish Seasons series. Widowed mother Ava Jane Graber can’t believe her eyes. Her first love is back in Lancaster County.

Years ago, Jeremiah Weaver did the unthinkable: left the Amish—and her—for the Navy SEALs. Now the prodigal hero wants redemption from his community, his family and from the woman he never forgot. He was once a warrior, but now becoming Ava’s husband and giving his heart back to God are his ultimate missions.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Ava Jane is a strong Amish woman who follows the tenets of her faith. Jeremiah is a strong man who felt the need to do his duty and avenge a friend’s death at war. He needs forgiveness and the peace of becoming Amish again. But she is afraid she can’t forgive him for not only leaving her, but for fighting battles.

This story is about ultimate sacrifice and ultimate forgiveness.

What initially planned facet of a story of character developed or changed while you wrote?

I pretty much saw this story in my head but I wanted to convey the truth of forgiveness. I had to break Jeremiah down before he could find true forgiveness, which meant he had to forgive himself. I realized that and it strengthened the ending, I think.

What an excellent point about forgiveness. I know many people who believe God forgives them, but they struggle to forgive themselves.

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

Right now I’m reading Katie Ganshert’s The Art of Losing Yourself. I’d recommend it because readers will identify with the two sisters in the book. It’s a wonderful story.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my next Amish book for Love Inspired and a short romance for Tule Publishing.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.lenoraworth.com, @LenoraWorth on Twitter, and @lenoraworthbooks (Facebook)

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

I’d like to know what really draws them into a book and if they could write a book, what would it be like?

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Gail H. said...

I just finished an Amish novel that had some touching moments and a couple of mysteries that kept me reading. I have to really care about and enjoy the characters too and be concerned with what happens to them.

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Jan H said...

I'm not sure what it is that draws me into a book. The books that I have read lately are very different. I have trouble expressing myself so writing a book would be difficult to write and for anyone to read. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

Alice said...

I usually pick a book by the blurb on the back. Also I tend to stick to authors I've read & enjoyed. Like Lenora Worth. As for writing, I'm trying to write for Love Inspired Suspense.
Alice Myers

Lenora said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. And thanks for the kind comments about me Alice Myers!!!

Firefly said...

I just realized that I've not had the pleasure of reading any of your books. I'm drawn to books first by the cover & the title, then I take a look at the "teaser" on the back. By that time I'm usually hooked & can hardly wait to dive in & read the book! The Amish Reunion appears to be one of them.

Jean M. jdmfirefly@gmail.com 15115 Tuscola Rd. Apple Valley CA 92307

Melanie Backus said...

The cover and the book blurb on the back draws me to a book.

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Pat said...

Just read the interview and in answer to your question about what captures me in a book. If the book touches my heart or emotions, well written to the point I can't quit turning pages, then I will be buying more books from that author. Also, a book that does that also gets an automatic 5 star review rating from me. I love most Christian fiction genre's except for Regency and historical around King Henry VIII. The setting doesn't truly matter if the book is heartwarming, and either I laugh or cry then I want more from that author.

Kelly Blackwell said...

I would have to say that I am drawn into a book by believable characters. I will not care about a character if they are drawn flat or just fill a stereotype. Again this is just the start, but that definitely gets me in deeper. As far as stories in general, I love a good mystery. I can't say what I would write a story about if I could write a story, but I do believe if I could I'd write cozy fiction. For now I'll just have to be happy writing copy for my radio station. :)


Trish Perry said...

That's cool, Kelly, that you write for your radio station!

Like many of you above, unless it's a book I've heard about through a fellow reader or a reviewer, I'm drawn to a book's cover first, and the blurb will sell it. Most of you probably know that authors often have no say about the cover, so it can be frustrating sometimes that it's the first thing to attract many readers! Getting a cover one likes is really a thrill.



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