Celebrate Lit Spring Scavenger Hunt

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About the Book

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Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.

About the AuthorWalking the Horses

Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing.

Learn more about Thomas from his social media pages!

Blog: http://amishhorses. blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/AmishHorses
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/ Thomas-Nye/e/B00LP6V9QW/ref= ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Interview with Thomas Nye

Question 1

What gave you the idea to write a story about a cowboy and an Amish girl?

Ha ha, I know it sounds like a strange combination. Over the years I’ve discovered that many young Amish people connect well with country music and western attitudes and lifestyles. My guess is that it has something to do with horses. For many Amish teens, horse sales are one of the few non-Amish events they visit. Horse people often carry that western flare and it bleeds over into Amish culture. Beyond that, it was just another wild story idea I had. I love western movies and writing about the Amish; I just put two and two together.

Question 2

Do you feel that Cowboys and Amish Girls has any overarching messages?

Yes, several. One main idea would be that of cultural clashes. I love to study people and find it interesting to notice how people from varying cultures interact. It’s sad when people misunderstand one another because they don’t take the time to look outside “the box” of their own background. This story may be a little like a Romeo and Juliet story, where the main couple are investigating the boundaries of forbidden love. Another message would be: choosing a partner based on who they are as a person, rather than what they look like. I wrote this story shortly after one of my children went through a heart-wrenching breakup. My goal was to encourage my child and others to look beyond the initial impression of a persons exterior.

Question 3

Doesn’t it seem implausible, a cowboy and an Amish girl falling for one another?

Okay, I’ll admit it would be unlikely, but certainly not impossible. For example, I met an Amish girl at an ice cream shop when I was a teenager. We dated for a summer and her family treated me quite well. I wasn’t a cowboy per say, but a horseman and that was part of the connection. Her family clearly didn’t want her to leave the Amish, but they allowed me to hang around the homeplace and tag along to Amish events. I believe the story could happen in real life, and similar situations have already occurred.

Question 4

Do you think this story would make a good movie?

Absolutely. In fact, the title Cowboys and Amish Girls sounds like the perfect name for a musical. There are many “sayings” throughout the story that could quite easily be turned into songs. “Horses weren’t all born on the same day, you should teach each one in their own way.” And, “Cowboys and Amish girls are like vinegar and oil, they just don’t mix.” Another quote from Truman’s grandpa about horses. “The ones that are the worst at first, are smarter than the rest, and end up being the best.”

I’d love to help a playwright turn Cowboys and Amish Girls into a musical.

 

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 6

Bibliophile Reviews, April 7

Carpe Diem, April 8

Reading is my Super Power, April 9

A Baker’s Perspective, April 10

Simple Harvest Reads, April 11 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

margaret kazmierczak, April 12

Artistic Nobody, April 13

Janices book reviews, April 14

Giveaway

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To celebrate the fun of the spring collections, Celebrate Lit is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card. Click the link to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/cdd6/spring-scavenger-hunt

Your secret code word is: THE

 

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A Flute in the Willows Spotlight

 

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About the Book

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Book Title: A Flute in the Willows

Author: Carole Brown

Genre: Historical, Romantic Suspense

Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their ownselves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

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Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Guest post from Carole Brown

How Great is Our God! By Carole Brown

And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

It seems everywhere you turn today, the world is a mess. I try to keep up with current events, but sometimes I find myself pulling back away from it all. The enemy of us all would drown us in disbelief, doubt and worry if we would allow it. I find my spirit beginning to flounder in that sea of distress and must need revive it with the good things of God.

In my newest WWII Spies series, in book two, soon to be released, both Jerry and Josie Patterson are rebellious, self-centered people. Neither have given much thought to God, and both have gone gung-ho after their own pleasures and desires.

  • Jerry not only suffers a serious physical injury, but his spirit is troubled over actions taken as a spy in Germany. Guilt over the death of a sweet woman, guilt over all the deceit he needed to use, guilt over the temptations that knocked, and though he didn’t give in to them, nevertheless, troubles his mind and soul. Who do you turn to when you have no God in your life?
  • Josie, filled with elaborate plans on becoming an Olympic participant once the horror of war is over, ignores all the people in her life—except when it’s convenient for her to use them. All that matters is attaining her goal and Jerry. Running roughshod over all others, forgiving and forbearing as they are, is her usual ploy in getting what she wants. So who do you turn to when all your dreams turn to ashes?

It’s only after each one of them receive a severe injury that prevent them from doing what they want, only when they think they’ve lost the other, that they begin to listen to what God is teaching them.

Isn’t that so in our own lives? Many times we go headstrong toward our goals, without prayer or definite assurance from God that it’s what he wants for us. It seems a good thing, beneficial, and desirable so it must be good for us, right?

God is so great, so faithful, so loving in pulling us back, in teaching us that He is our all in all. Our strength in times of deep distress and trial, our anchor when the storms of life are blowing us off course, our shield when others would hurt or wound our spirits…our peace through it all.

May we, like Josie and Jerry, learn that our God IS a great God. We need have no fear; he does not fail.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, March 29

Red Headed Book Lady, March 29

Multifarious, March 30

Two Points of Interest, March 30

proud to be an autism mom, March 31

A Greater Yes, March 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 1

Janices book reviews, April 1

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 2

Simple Harvest Reads, April 2 (Guest post from Mindy)

Carpe Diem, April 3

Maureen’s Musings, April 4

margaret kazmierczak, April 4 (Interview)

Bigreadersite, April 5

Reading is my Super Power, April 5 (Interview)

Have A Wonderful Day, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Artistic Nobody, April 7 (Spotlight)

A Baker’s Perspective, April 8

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, April 9

Among the Reads, April 9

Bibliophile Reviews, April 10

For The Love of Books, April 11

 

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away a grand prize of a canvas flowered/musical tote, a pink “All Things are Possible journal, and a copy of A Flute in the Willows (winners choice of print or ebook)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e2