Friday, April 10, 2015

HUGE #Giveaway & Book Report with Jocelyn Green

We're doing it up big today folks!! I was able to connect with Jocelyn Green, author of Civil War era novels that take you behind the scenes with women who worked and ministered during the War. Based on Jocelyn's own research of real life heroines, these books are definitely going to attract you, as they have me!

Jocelyn Green is an Award-winning author who inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she authored Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition with Dr. Gary Chapman. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. The books in the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series have been honored with gold and silver medals from the Military Writers Society of America. Wedded to War was a Christy Award finalist in two categories.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Here's some of my interview with Jocelyn and be sure to hang tight and check out the HUGE giveaway below!!!!!

1. So tell us what first inspired you to write your current book?


Spy of Richmond was first inspired by the historical figure of Elizabeth Van Lew. She was a Richmond-born abolitionist whose sympathy for the Union, and the cause of freedom, compelled her to bring food and other comforts to the Union officers imprisoned a few blocks from her house at Libby Prison. Her loyalties were under suspicion, but her wealth and social status protected her for the most part. In December 1863, a Union officer she helped escape from Libby told General Benjamin Butler about her, suggesting she would make an excellent spy contact for the North. Butler contacted Van Lew with his request, and they agreed. She developed her own spy network, and digested and synthesized the information before sending it, encoded, via a courier to Union military officials. Van Lew’s spy ring included black and white Richmonders, slave and free, native Virginians and immigrants.

Ultimately, for my heroine in my novel, I chose to explore the life of a young woman drawn into Van Lew’s spy network. The fictional heroine of Sophie Kent represents the real historical heroines who quietly gathered intelligence for the spymistress at great personal risk.

2. Who is your most favorite character (and yes, you HAVE to pick one :) )

Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables.

3. Is there a spiritual element or thread you hope your readers to catch as they read?

Definitely. My heroine’s faith is tested when she chooses to become a spy for the Union. She loves the South, but hates slavery and believes God hates it, too. Still, being a spy means deception, which feels like sin. What bothers Sophie the most is that she doesn’t want lying to become easy. Her faith is stretched during this story. Instead of it just being a Sunday morning ritual, it becomes a daily calling out to God for guidance. I think readers will be able to relate to her divided conscience. We love it when things are black and white, but the truth is that there are so many grey areas, we all need to ask God for direction and discernment every step of the way. When things become clouded, it’s not an excuse to turn away from God, but the reason we should seek Him more than ever.

4. Where are you at in your writing career? Published, not published, searching, unsure?
I have had six nonfiction books published and four novels published, through Moody Publishers, Zondervan, AMG Publishers, and River North Fiction.

5. Favorite color and why?

Red. It’s bold, cheerful, deep, and rich. Every house I’ve lived in (aside from the one in which I was raised) has had at least one red wall.

6. Favorite restaurant?

Chapala’s, a local authentic Mexican restaurant. Yum! And now I’m hungry.

7. On our blog, Erica constantly tries to introduce the concept of tea drinking. So, are you in her camp, or do you side with Anne and I as bonafide coffee drinkers?

I drink both! I do love a cup of joe in the morning, but tea is perfect for afternoon and evening.

8. Tell us about the last thing that scared you to pieces

One year ago last month, my husband had surgery to remove a lump from just above his clavicle. When the surgeon came to consult with me, he told me the tumor was too large to remove, and he was 99 percent sure it was Hodgkins lymphoma cancer. That was scary. Two days later, however, the lab report showed no cancer cells at all. Miraculous.

9. Your favorite all-time cartoon as a kid and what was it about it that you liked so much?

Looney Tunes! I just loved Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd so much!

10. They call me the Selfie Queen which sounds terribly self-absorbed. So can you save my reputation and share the honor by posting a selfie here? :)

Oh absolutely. :)



11. How do our readers connect with you, buy your books, or follow your writing journey?

Please connect with me:

www.jocelyngreen.com

www.facebook.com/jocelyngreenauthor

www.pinterest.com/jocelyngreen77

www.twitter.com/jocelyngreen77

My books can be purchased from links on my Web site or at any online retail store. They should also be at your local bookstore.

12. Last but not least, what’s one story idea you’ve had that ventures out of your typical genre?

My preferred genre is historical fiction, but I’ve got an idea for a contemporary tale involving two Coast Guard officers—a man helicopter pilot and a female executive officer of a Coast Guard cutter. My husband was a Coast Guard officer when we married, so he has given me great ideas if I ever want to try contempo.

Thanks so much, Jocelyn! And your scariest moment would be horrifying! I'm so thankful everything worked out well and your husband is doing ok.

I wanted to share this great You Tube interview with Jocelyn that I found on her web site (there's more trailers there too, so check it out


And today, we are giving away ALL FOUR BOOKS in the "Heroine Behind the Lines" series to one lucky winner in the USA!! Don't miss out on this opportunity. And, she's also including a cute little sewing book along with them! :)

Winner of Olivia Newport's "Meek & Mild" : Deanne "CnnamonGirl" ( we will contact at your email)



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Professional coffee drinker Jaime Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Her day job finds her a Director of Associate Sales, Development & Relations. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting youth pastor, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl and a Sippy cup-drinking little boy, and completes her persona by being an admitted Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blogspot junkie.

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34 comments:

  1. I'm not sure what intrigues me most. I just love that time period. Maybe it's the hoop skirts. Maybe it's the sense of honor. I don't know; I just love it!

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    1. It was a very special era, indeed! If you love Civil War era fashions are on Pinterest, look me up at the link in the blog post. I have a board full of Civil War women's fashions. Good luck in the drawing!

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  2. Oh My Goodness you guys, this is an awesome giveaway! Would love to have this collection to read! Great interview too!

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    1. Melissa, I'm so glad this collection interests you! Thanks so much, and good luck!

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  3. Just like Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies, I'm a true Southerner. My grandmother had a grandfather that fought in the Civil war. She had a letter he had written during that time but I don't know what happened to it after she died. Your book sounds like one I'd enjoy reading.
    Loved Bugs Bunny myself, my favorite was Foghorn Leghorn. Maybe because he had a great southern accent.

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    1. Hi Gail, that's some amazing family history there! I hope some day that letter is recovered, it sounds like a gem. I remember Foghorn Leghorn, too, now that you mention him. :)

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  4. The Civil War era is intriguing due to many factors. I don't know where to begin. :)

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    1. Caryl, that's a great answer. :) There really were so many factors in play at the time. Best wishes in the drawing!

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  5. The civil war tugs at my heart with the suffering and heartache of families having sons in both sides, fighting each other. A crazy time in our history. Thanks for sharing with us today! And I'm so happy your hubby had a miraculous ending to the cancer scare!!

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    1. Hi Susan, yes the heartaches must have run deeper than I can even imagine. And thank you, yes, it was quite a scare! Thank goodness it only lasted two days! It felt like much, much longer, though. It was my pleasure to be here with you today.

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  6. Love this series, thank you good luck everyone.

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa! I'm delighted to hear it!

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  7. Because I have family that was involved (on both sides) in the Civil War, I am fascinated by that part of our History...how both sides felt God was on their side, especially.

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    1. Laura, yes, the fact that both sides felt God was on their side is fascinating and sad. I'm sure there are many stories in your family tree about the Civil War! Thanks for being here today.

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  8. I also have ancestors on both sides of Civil War. I'm not sure it makes sense but I like reading about the dangers the "civilians" faced and how inventive they were to save their families and possessions. With both sides, they fought for what they believed in.

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    1. Joan, that makes perfect sense to me. My books are mostly about the civilian side of the war, which was also very dangerous and trying. Best wishes in the drawing!

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  9. I like hearing women's stories of the parts they played in the Civil War.

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  10. love these books!

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  11. What a fantastic giveaway! Everything about this complex, controversial war intrigues me. I love reading about the Civil War era!

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  12. I want to win these books so very much trying to have the faith! Lol ! U know I can't imagine living at that time but I'm sure we would have found a way to survive as women just like most of them did. I enjoy reading how the family made it all work while their men folk were gone. And how some of the slaves were loyal to the owners that was good to them and help the white folk survive. Because some didn't know what to do without help. My favorite time to read about is the Civil War!

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  13. The Underground Railroad intrigues me the most. I so hope I would have been involved somehow had I been alive during that era.

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  14. Since I had ancestors that served in the war, I find the historical period very interesting. What intrigues me is that so many years later emotions still run high.

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  15. Since I was not alive then, I think learning all the history would be intriguing! I know it was a very trying time for our country & a nasty war (what one isn't?). But I think seeing things from your book characters eyes would be very interesting! These sound like a fantastic book set & the generosity to have 4 of them up for grabs is awesome! Thank you for the chance to own them!

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  16. Forgot to add, thank you for a great interview! I loved reading about how God miraculously healed your husband...what a great testimony!

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  17. I'm the family historian. When my grandpa was still living, he would tell me about his grandfathers during the Civil war. For some reason, the Civil War reminds me of him and the stories he would tell me.

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  18. I think that the prisoner of war camps are very interesting.
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  19. What I find most interesting is that do many think it was just about slavery when it was about so much more than that.

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  20. I love to read about the clothes and how people lived back then.

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  21. What intrigues me the most about the Civil War is that most people ignore the States Rights issue and go straight to slavery as the main cause. :)

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  22. I have always been fascinated by the Civil War. The pictures of that time period have always been amazing to see. Imagining the horror of living in the US during such a tumultuous time has always intrigued me. There are such amazing stories of bravery and heroism.

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  23. My husband is very interested in the Civil War and him being intrigued makes me interested. I love hearing the personal stories.

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  24. I love everything about the Civil War era - there is a lot of history in my small town, including a house which was part of the underground railway.

    Loved the interview, Jocelyn and Jaime - also love Jocelyn's books. I just won "Spy of Richmond" (such an interesting story line) and have each of Jocelyn's other books, also - however, would love to win the set for a close friend who has many health issues, is no longer able to work, spends much time at home reading, and hasn't read any of Jocelyn's books!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Shared post!!

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  25. The heartbreak of not knowing where your loves ones are and/or having loves ones on the opposing side.

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  26. We often read about families that were torn apart in the Civil War because of divided loyalties. Some would fight or support the north, others would be for the south. I think that would be terribly hard. Especially as a mother, I think it would be awful knowing my sons were fighting against each other; it would be bad enough if they were fighting for the same side. The Civil War is also fascinating because Americans were fighting fellow Americans, not some other country invading our land. Hopefully lessons have been learned from all the awfulness of that time.

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