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Monday, December 2, 2019

Lynne Tagawa and Free Books!

During a revival a young couple experience a spiritual journey as well as physical adventures as they travel to the Shenandoah Valley.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Kathy Harris's romantic suspense novel, Deadly Commitment, is:


Congratulations! I'll be in touch by email, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Lynne Tagawa, author of the historical novel (with a touch of romance), The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening (Blue Rock Press, July 2018).

Lynne Tagawa is an author, editor, educator, and best of all, grandma to four. She loves to writes quality fiction with solid gospel content.

Her debut novel, A Twisted Strand, is contemporary romantic suspense, but she thinks she’s found a true home in historical fiction.

You look far too young to be a grandma four times over, Lynne, but we'll take your word for it.

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

I spent a good part of my life in Hawaii. I graduated from the University of Hawaii where I met my husband. If you come to our house you have to take off your shoes in (carpet-saving) Japanese fashion.

What a beautiful place to go to college. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Shenandoah Road.

John Russell lost his wife in an Indian skirmish and desires to marry again for the sake of his little daughter. Abigail Williams is a bit reluctant on her part, but this strange man dressed in buckskin doesn’t make fun of her botany book, and they marry.

The plot is more about their spiritual growth than the romance. They read a sermon by George Whitefield together and Abigail is rocked to the core. They travel to the valley, and everything is new to Abigail, including the Scots-Irish culture.

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

I rather fell in love with John Russell myself. He’s got his faults but he really is an intrepid hero type, a strong Christian man. He felt the loss of his first wife strongly and we open the story in the graveyard. He’s still hurting, but strives to do right.

What fictional character would you like to meet?

I would love to meet John Craig, who is a real-life person featured in my story. I had to fill in the gaps using my imagination, as I only had bits of his autobiography to go on. He was the minister to two congregations in the Shenandoah Valley from about 1740 onward. His buckskin-covered Bible and rifle sit in a local museum.

I love when authors incorporate real people into their stories.

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

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. This Christian novel has some very sweet, unique elements, and its overall tone reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a personal fave. Well-written!

I agree about the tone--such a lovely book.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a sequel to Shenandoah, set a few years later, when the French and Indian War breaks out. Susanna Russell is older now, and getting restless. The other protagonists are James Paxton, a young man training for the ministry under Mr. Craig’s tutelage, and Red Hawk, a young Shawnee.

Where else can readers find you online?

The best place is to go to my website, www.lynnetagawa.com, and sign up for my monthly newsletter. That’s where you’ll hear about updates and discounts.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

You can read a sample of the novel HERE

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

Several places are described in my novel: Philadelphia and the Shenandoah Valley. Have you ever gone to either place and looked at the historic sites? What is your favorite?

Thank you, Lynne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Lynne has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Anonymous said...

I visited Philadelphia as a very young child (maybe age 5) and don’t really remember much about it at all. I really would like to,go back some day.
perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com

kim hansen said...

I have not visited either place. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I have not visited either place. If I win use sarahmom335@yahoo.com to tell me.

Joan A said...

I have not been to either of these historic sites! I have a friend who has lived in Hawaii for 35 years. It is hard for her to leave her shoes on when she is back in mainland and visits people! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gail H. said...

I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting either place.

Paula Shreckhise said...

I have been to Philadelphia as a child. My grandparents lived near Gettysburg so my mother would plan day trips when we visited during the summer. I enjoyed touring many historical places.

Lynne Tagawa said...

I am hoping to visit these places one day, too! And yes, Joan, taking off your shoes gets to be a habit pretty quick. Only on the coldest days to I even wear socks indoors.

Veronica said...

My Uncle lived just outside of Philadelphia, so I have been to Philly, but it's not like when I was a kid. I remember when I had my first Philly Cheese Steak sandwich!

Trish Perry said...

My fond memory of Philly is from when I was in my twenties. My late sister and I took my little girl there, and we visited my brother, who was a Catholic priest at the time. He lived in a Jesuit house in the city. Highlight were a Hall and Oates concert and the massive street market there.

I lived most of my life in Northern Virginia, so I've definitely visited the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. There is nothing that beats the Valley during the fall color change.

Thanks, friends, for remembering to leave your (fractured) email addresses so I can add you to the drawing for Lynne's lovely novel.

Vivian Furbay said...

What an interesting story! Would enjoy reading it to see what happens on their spiritual journey. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com



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