Posts Tagged ‘romance fiction’

July 29, 2014

By Marsha Hubler

For the last fifteen days, several Helping Hands Press authors have participated in a summer reading blog tour where we introduced the blogging audience to our stories and characters. To end the tour, I now introduce you to one of my main characters, the wife of Eli Friesen, in my Amish/Mennonite novel, LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN:

1. What is your name? Mrs. Louellen Friesen
2. What one word best describes you? Forgiven
3. How do you first become involved in this novel? I make my entrance on the first page. I am cleaning house for an “English” doctor, David McAndrew, and, God forgive me, I have strong feelings for this man even though I’m married to Eli Friesen.
4. What worries you? I am childless, which is a blight in the Mennonite community. I worry that I’ll never have children.
5. What is your favorite song? After reviewing my life and how God has shown his mercy and grace to me, I’d have to say my favorite hymn is “Amazing Grace.”
6. What is your favorite food? Everyone knows the Amish and Mennonite communities know how to cook. I have many favorites, but at the top of my list would be chicken pot pie with home-made noodles and fresh chicken prepared at our Snyder County farm.
7. What do you think of the other characters in the novel? Oh, there are so many folks in this story, I can’t comment on all of them, so I’ll just mention a few. I think my husband Eli has grown so much in the Lord as we’ve worked out our problems. Doctor McAndrew and his two teen girls, Andrea and Jenna, are wunderbaar “English” folk, and I care deeply for them, but our paths had to separate due to unforeseen circumstances. My Amish community? There are so many dear folk that Eli and I have to leave behind when we are shunned, and then we must eventually leave our friends. My heart still aches to see them all.
8. Are you pleased with your life as the novel ends? I am extremely well pleased because God performs several miracles that bring Eli and me closer than we’ve ever been before. And God gives us a special blessing that you’ll only discover when you read LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN.

Check out the other authors in the


They all have exciting tales to tell!

Monday, July 14 – Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com
Tuesday, July 15 Cindy Noonan http://CindyNoonan.com
Wednesday, July 16 Mishael Witty http://bluebrownbooks.com/
Thursday, July 17 – Michele Huey http://michelethuey.com/
Friday, July 18 – Patti J. Smith http://gridirongrannyfootballfanatic.blogspot.com/
Saturday, July 19 – Amber Schamel http://amberschamel.blogspot.com/
Sunday, July 20 – Mark Carver http://www.markcarverbooks.com
Monday, July 21 – Marian Baay http://marianbaay.blogspot.nl/
Tuesday, July 22 – Jen Cudmore http://www.jencudmore.com
Wednesday, July 23 – Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com/
Thursday, July 24 – Marcia Laycock http://marcialeelaycock.com/thespur/
Friday, July 25 – Joy Davis http://www.joyrossdavis.com
Saturday, July 26 – Travis Perry http://travissbigidea.blogspot.com/
Sunday, July 27 – Mark Venturini http://markventurinijourney.blogspot.ca/

Monday, July 28 – Iola Kirkwood  http://iokirkwood.com/


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Meet the Author Cynthia Hickey


Who is Cynthia Hickey?

Multi-published and best-selling author Cynthia Hickey is a prolific writer, who works hard at her craft. She tells us, “I’ve had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. My first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. My third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as e-books through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s e-books for their genre.”

More Than One Publishing Company Has Published Her

She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents.

How About Her Personal Life?

Cynthia says, “I live in Arizona with my husband, one of our seven children, two dogs, and two cats. I have five grandchildren who keep me busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer.”  When asking her for an interesting fact that most folks don’t know, she says, “I’ve been on TV twice—once on my honeymoon when I posed in front of a waterfall as the backdrop for the local weather report and at my high school job when I was interviewed for a documentary about how pickle factories are run. I worked at a pickle factory all during high school.” When “Nana” has time, she’s active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com

Check out Cynthia’s latest exciting release:


 Hickey.An Unconventional Lady cover


Annie Rollins longs for adventure. But her strict mother keeps her close to home, working as a Harvey Girl waitress. Until Dallas Baker shows up in town and takes the job Annie really wants—leading tours through the Grand Canyon. Annie’s frustrated but finds it impossible to ignore the handsome outdoorsman. 

With her split skirts and modern hairdo, Annie challenges Dallas’s old-fashioned notions of what makes a lady. To his surprise, he finds her delightful, until he learns she has no interest in settling down. Dallas is ready to win her heart, but is Annie willing to fall in love?


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Meet the Author Linda Wood Rondeau

Linda Rondeau


Linda Wood Rondeau has a life full of excitement, full of creativity, and full of published works. She says she has a wonderful life, and she gives all the credit to God.

After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the author was active in Community Theater, playing a variety of roles from M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias” to a cigar-smoking elderly murder writer in the dinner theater production of “A Talent for Murder.” She has also had a hand at directing, working on the play, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” giving her much fodder for her best-selling short Christmas romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.

Many of the author’s works are set in the Adirondack Mountains, a beautiful backdrop for romance and intrigue as well as rich in historical significance. Her recent release, Days of Vines and Roses, is set in New Haven, Connecticut, where her son lived at the time the book was written.

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight,  Linda writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own.

Linda’s books are also available in e-book format along with her other e-books by Helping Hands Press: I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses. Songs in the Valley is scheduled for release this fall by Helping Hands Press.

When not writing, Linda enjoys golfing with hubby, going for walks, and sightseeing at museums.  One interesting fact about Linda that she often doesn’t share is that she was once a legal witness for a wedding in Monterrey Mexico.

Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com, email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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