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Monday, March 23, 2020

Jeanette Morris and Free Books!

Sometimes pain opens the soul.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Denise Weimer's romantic suspense novel, Traces, is:


Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via 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 meet novelist Jeannette Morris, author of the Young Adult novel, Her Shining Eyes, (Bold Vision Books, September 2019).

Jeannette is a freelance writer/editor, traveler, fisherwoman, missionary to Russia, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, voracious reader, and slow-but-sure knitter.

In her second-half adventure, she's writing novels, exploring the world, trying to stay fit and healthy, and letting go of past labels and failures. These may be her "golden years," but Jeannette believes the best is ahead. Her story is still being written!

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

I stood beside Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) in 1972 when she sang at my roommate’s wedding reception.

Beautiful woman. I see that Wonder Woman first aired in 1975, so that must have been right before her fame kicked in. You knew her when! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Her Shining Eyes.

Fourteen-year old Irina Kotova’s life as a promising violinist collapses in sync with the demise of the Soviet Union. After her father is killed in a bar fight, her ailing mother is hauled off to jail without explanation. Now considered an orphan, Irina is forced to live in a boarding school where Russia’s throwaway kids are abandoned and forgotten.

Irina is constantly tormented by Vadim Solokov, a mean-spirited hooligan who takes great pleasure in reminding her that nobody cares about them. Irina is convinced he is right, and the not-so-mysterious theft of her precious violin seals her resolve to escape the school or die trying. Her despondency over losing her parents and bitterness toward Vadim threaten her very existence.

Only the kindness of Anastasia, an interpreter Irina met by chance, sparks a glint of hope that life could possibly be worth fighting for.

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

Irina is trapped inside a body she despises and in circumstances beyond her control. She is talented, thoughtful, and afraid. Irina wants to please others, but the path to belonging eludes her.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

Losing another pound! And receiving an incredibly moving new endorsement for my book.

A good loss and a better gain. That's what I call a great day.

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

A Room of My Own, by Ann Tatlock. I found this compelling historical fiction novel to be a master class in story structure and characterization. I loved the protagonist, Virginia. She demonstrated both the angst of a teenager in a tough situation as well as the grit to follow her heart. The period of the Great Depression always strikes a note of sympathy with me as my parents were children during that time. They kept their stories a bit closer to their chests than I would have liked, but after reading A Room of My Own, I understood why.

Yes, my dad was a kid during the Great Depression. The hardships of that era created very strong but stoic people. 

Where else can readers find you online?

My author website is www.jeanette-morris.com. I’m active on Facebook (Jeanette Atwood Morris), Twitter (@jemorris1), Instagram (jeanette.a.morris.7), in the ACFW Facebook group as well as Avid Readers of Christian Fiction (also on Facebook), Goodreads (Jeanette Morris).

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

If you would like to read a sample from the book, you can find it HERE (scroll to "Look Inside")

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

Dear readers! What draws you to stories set in foreign countries? Or, if you are not drawn to such stories, why not?

Thanks, Jeanette, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jeanette 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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Vivian Furbay said...

What an interesting story! i would like to read it and find out what happens to her. Can only read print copies. Sorry! Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Jeanette said...

Vivian - and everyone! I will gladly send a signed "real book" copy to the winner of this giveaway as long as you have a US address. I know you will be captivated by Irina's story (37 five-star reviewers have loved it!)

Nicole West said...

This is such a wonderful, beautiful story! I am drawn to stories set in foreign countries because of the cultural differences. I love to imagine what it would be like to visit such different parts of the world.

Jeanette said...

Thanks for sharing your heart. The ideas, food, customs, language, spiritual practices, etc. of other cultures have fascinated me since I was young. And after 20 years of travel to Russia, now a part of me "lives" there, regardless of where my body happens to be.

Nancy P said...

I am drawn to stories in foreign countries when the story revolves around relatable characters. Beautiful cover! Thanks for the chance.

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Jeanette said...

I agree...we all want to connect. This story takes place during a time of economic and social crisis in Russia (the 1990s). Lots of similarities to what is happening now around the world. Glad you love the cover!

Martha said...

I love connecting with those in other countries. I am looking forward to this book as I was married to a man For over 21 years, that immigrated during that time from Russia. The culture is a part of my life.
It draws me to learn more!
Martyomenko at Yahoo dot com

Trish Perry said...

One of the best things about books is how they can transport us to other times and other places. While we're all locked down, it's especially nice to have stories available that will take us to countries that will likely be off limits for quite some time!

Judy Gordon Morrow said...

Jeanette, I'm so thrilled for you in the release of your debut novel. Congratulations! I love books set in other countries because they expose me to new places and cultures and expand my knowledge. Can't wait to read yours--thanks for doing this giveaway!

Jeanette said...

You are so welcome Judy!

Jeanette said...

So true! Twenty years ago when I began my ministry in Russia, I felt that someday the open door there would close. But I never dreamed a virus would be the catalyst.

Jeanette said...

Wow! I can't wait to get your reaction to this story!



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