Monday, December 24, 2012

Searching for Sara, book launch blog tour


Searching for Sara is not your run of the mill "romance", as the romantic feelings between Christopher and Sara are but a small facet of the story. Searching for Sara is the story of two people who face their daily tortures of fear and grief to find happiness.

Sara Little has an intimate knowledge of fear, faith her only constant. Then God calls her to put aside her past to pursue a life beyond servitude for the English aristocracy. A life in America.
Christopher Lake exists in a daily void of agony and grief, stripped of his wife, their unborn son, and his passion for art. All that remains to tempt him to live is that of his five-year-old daughter. But after almost two years of wallowing in sorrow and rage, even that is spent.

Searching for Sara is the tale of how these two people discover healing and laughter by following the call of their hearts to help others. You can read more about Nona's book at the following link.


Searching For Sara excerpt:

Mr. Lake halted the cart between their chairs and began the task of preparing two

cups before Sara could offer. “Do you prefer sugar or honey in your coffee?” he asked

as he poured. “Will you want cream?”

Sara stared, bewildered. “I….”

He set down the carafe. “You have never tried coffee, have you?”

Sara gave a slight shake to her head, humiliation tightening her throat.

“Ah. A first.”

“Sir?”

Mr. Lake presented her the cup and saucer. “It is hot, so take care.”

She gazed down into the deep richness. The strong aroma reminding her of home,

but a different side of the memory. Sara gingerly tilted the cup to draw in a tiny sip. The

flavor was full and powerful, though a hint of bitterness caused a wrinkle of nose.

“Never have I witnessed such a complete exploration.” He chuckled. “The verdict?”

“Sir?”

“Your first experience? How did coffee fare?”

“It is wonderful, sir. It only needs a bit of cream and honey to soften it.”

“So I have won you over.” Mr. Lake added the cream and honey and returned her

cup. “Believe it or not, coffee is either liked or disliked. Though, some enjoy the aroma.

The way of opinions, I suppose. Teddy once commented coffee is like a punch in the

mouth.”

She took another sip. The sweetness of the honey and the silky smoothness of the

cream enhanced the richness brought a smile. “I love it.”

“To coffee.” Mr. Lake lifted his cup toward her. “Quick may it grow, rich may it brew,

and dark may it pour.”

Sara laughed, her cheeks burning at the unexpected emotion of ease. It felt unlike

anything she remembered. Simple. Comfortable. Another separation from her old life.

“Do you realize you called me ‘sir’ at least twelve times in this brief conversation? I

do believe you only said ‘Mr. Lake’ twice.”

Sara blinked at him.

He sipped his coffee, his examination of her launching her into a mild panic. His

expression seemed a mixture of seriousness and that hint of mischief. “Not once did

you even attempt to stumble over ‘Mr. Christopher’. You could say it once, couldn’t you?

If only to prove you consider the possibility.”

“I….” Sara’s eyes strayed to the doorway. “I do try to remember, Mr.—”

“Mr. Christopher.”

“M-M-Mister….” To her shame, her cup rattled against the saucer.

“Oh dear.” He set aside his coffee. “Sara, I apologize. As you can see, I am a pest.

More so than usual this morning. Dix would banish me from the house if she were

present.”

Sara gawked at him. She could count on one hand the times she received an

apology.

“I am sorry,” he said again.

A clear tone of regret rang in his voice. Sara offered a small smile. “It is fine… Mr.

C-Christopher.”

He blinked. Then his handsome face relaxed. “That wasn’t so difficult, was it? The

world has not ended. You are still there. I am still here.”

Sara found herself laughing.


An interview with Nona:

























Tell us about your newly released book, Searching for Sara. Is it part of a series?

Searching for Sara is the story of two people who face their daily tortures of fear and grief to
find happiness. And, yes, it is part of a series. The Heart of the Blessed. Each book in the Blessed
series is dedicated to a part of the “Beatitudes” from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount taken from the
book of Matthew (Matt. 5:3-12). Searching for Sara focuses on verses 4 (mourn) and 5 (meek).
Releasing Yesterday, the sequel due out December 2013, will focus on verses 7 (merciful) and
9 (peacemakers). The final book, Broken Angel, is inspired by verses 3 (poor in spirit) and 6
(righteous). There may come two more books to the series, but at present those are the only
books finished and I have other projects more complete than a vague impression. :)

Did you learn anything along the way as you wrote Searching for Sara?

In writing Searching for Sara I discovered so many different things about myself and my
own struggle with fear. Sara became my hero, my inspiration to become more than I was. An
encouragement to continue walking forward in determination, comforted by faith. Sara taught me
a deeper truth about love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Why did you choose to write Searching for Sara as a historical romance rather than setting
the story in a modern time? What drew you to the era?

Searching for Sara was intended as a sequel to Broken Angel (not yet released), which is another
historical romance, but set in the 1880s. I grew up reading Barbara Cartland regency romances,
so it didn’t seem out of the ordinary for me to write a Victorian-era romance at all. In fact, I love
writing period pieces. They can be so lush and wonderful, like a fairy tale.

What are a few of your favorite parts/scenes of the book?
I enjoyed writing the scenes between Sara and Christopher’s five-year-old daughter, Gwynnie.
Not having children of my own, it gave me an opportunity to write a different type of devotion.
Another favorite were the scenes between Sara and Christopher when she helps him rediscover
his inspiration for art. God used those scenes to show me how the meek could be strong.

For you personally, what is the best thing about being a writer? What is the worst?

The best thing about being a writer is the new worlds, passions, and characters I meet with each
novel. They teach me so much about myself and how I should (and should not) treat/relate to
others. Writing gives me the opportunity to see a cause & effect in action, and allows me a safe
place to experiment with other people’s lives. HAH!

The worst thing about being a writer - besides not having enough time in the day - is sometimes
not having confidence enough to usher my novels outside. That was a fear I battled far too long
before my recent determination to experience the failures and successes of the writer’s life. After
all, sometimes we can only learn when we fall flat on our faces.

Thanks, Debra, for letting me stop by and talk writing!

ABOUT NONA KING
Nona King is an independent writing professional for Angel Breath Books. She has dedicated
herself to writing true-to-life characters, be they villain or hero, so her readers can experience
life and its many passions. All her stories focus on faith, honor, and the importance of
communication and trust in our relationships with others.

ABOUT SEARCHING FOR SARA
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London’s working
class, she could only dream. Drawn to the possibility of a new beginning, she follows God’s
whisper into the unknown. But more awaits than the realization of her dreams. Caught in the
whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties, she has fallen in love with the one man she believes
doesn’t deserve.

Now on sale for 99 cents for ALL digital editions! Find the links at the ‘Searching for Sara’ page on
Nona’s website!

Enter to win a copy of Searching for Sara:
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Searching for Sara to review. Words are Timeless is not responsible for the giveaway. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Unexpected Angel Blog Tour



I found myself drawn into the story and carried away. This is the story of all of us and how we sometimes find an unexpected angel in our lives. I give this story 5 stars.




An Unexpected Angel – Plot Synopsis

Ella Davies, is focused, independent, and driven. Her hard work is finally paying off and she is on the brink of great success. But what no one knows is that her frantic drive is born not from a desire to succeed, but from a need to forget – forget her past, forget her guilt, and mostly, forget the tragedy that changed her life forever.
Ella’s strategy seems to be working but on Christmas Eve she meets Cohen, a strange man with an even stranger purpose. Cohen catapults Ella back through time and forces her to confront not only her own pain, but the pain of those long since passed. In the process, Ella learns about courage and compassion and that in the darkest hour, no one is ever alone.







Janet Halling discovered her love of writing at the age of six when her story of a lonely duck won a first grade writing contest. She has a degree in Marketing Communications and lives with her family in northern Utah. She is currently working on her next novel.




Monday, December 3, 2012

Launch Out Into The Deep Book Blast and Giveaway




Launch Out Into The Deep is a Gold recipient of Mom's Choice Awards for outstanding spirituality book, it won the Dove Approval (dove.org) for ages 12 plus, and recently won silver in Christian Living in the Reader Favorite annual contest.  Although our book has these accolades its still a gem that's hidden and waiting to be discovered.  
Launch Out Into the deep has an uplifting and life changing message for teens and young adults.  However, adults of all ages have been deeply impacted by its message as well.  
Learn more by visiting their website at www.launchoutbook.com



This is a book I would recommend to anyone who has gone through any overwhelming situation in their life.


More about the author: 








Acacia Slaton Beumer is a graduate of Oral Roberts University; 
she will earn her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in the summer of 2012. She works in the Social Service field and finds a sense of joy from helping others. Her husband, John, is in the United States Army. Acacia has two daughters, Jana, who is three years old, and one year old Jaci. Acacia loves to interact with readers and welcomes questions and feedback.
  If you're interested in contacting Acacia email her at 
acacia@launchoutbook.com.  




The author is giving one lucky reader an audio copy of the book and a $20 restaurant e gift card.