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Ebook on kindle for $3.99 and The Coffee Beast

THE DAY SHE DIED is great reviews and is available for Amazon Kindle for only $3.99. Now is a great time to pick up a copy or give it as a gift. When you pick up your copy, you’ll read about John Michaels and his love of coffee. John runs The Coffee Shop in north iron tree iron tree 1Oklahoma City by Quail Springs Mall.

The Coffee Beast was inspired by my brother Mike Garrison’s life long dream of opening a coffee shop, which came true two days ago when Iron Tree Coffee opened in El Reno, Oklahoma.

You can check out his Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/irontreellciron tree 2

I visited with my kids at the soft grand opening last Saturday, and since of course I don’t like coffee, I had some delicious hot chocolate. I’m proud of my brother for all of his hard work and determination that it took to make his dream a reality.

What would author Julie Jarnagin change in her life?

Tonight I am posting author Julie Jarnagin’s interview I did a few months ago.  I want to thank Julie for taking the time to answer these questions. Be sure to check out her website below.bio-juliej

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 I would travel back to see a Shakespeare production at the Globe Theatre. When I first started reading Shakespeare in high school, I always dreamed about what it would have been like to see it in his day first hand.

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 I probably wouldn’t have done well in a corset. As a woman, I’m thankful I’m in the here and now!

(not sure I can relate to that, but I would take a pass on the powdered wig era.)

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would join American Christian Fiction Writers sooner. Being part of a supportive writing community has made a huge difference in my career.

(This is a common thread among every interview. There is so much help out there for writers of all levels.)

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

 It’s a Wonderful Life would be my favorite. Maybe it’s more “alternate universe” than time travel, but it’s a great movie.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life”

 5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

 I wouldn’t have stressed out so much about my grades in college…but don’t tell my sons I said that.

You can learn about Julie at

www.juliejarnagin.com

She’s the author of a series of Christian romance novels, Canyon Walls, Canyon Crossing and Canyon Cafe. 

 Julie Jarnagin

 

What would editor Marisa Deshaies change in her life?

It’s been a busy week, dealing with the Kansas City Royals losing the World Series and also planning and having my launch party for my novel THE DAY SHE DIED. But I also wanted to get back to my series featuring friends in Christian Fiction talk a little time travel. I’m thankful Marisa Deshaies took the time to answer my questions.marisa deshaies My comments are in italics.

1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?
Without a doubt, I would travel back in time to witness the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. When I was fourteen years old, I saw the movie Pearl Harbor for first time and instantly became obsessed with the story, the heroism, the romanticism, and the bravery of the Greatest Generation. To this day World War Two history is one of my favorite subjects to study and read about.

I agree nothing beats a great World War 2 novel. I love Sarah Sundin’s romance novels set in that era. But Pearl Harbor would really be depressing to witness. I’d want to do something to stop it.

2. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?
As much as I like to read about the Medieval time period—and really, all time periods before it—I would not want to have lived through any time period earlier than the Middle Ages. Castles, knights, and ladies-in-waiting are no substitutes for showers…

…showers, and air conditioning, and indoor plumbing.

3. If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I am quite happy with the foundation of my writing and editing career. However, one subject I cannot emphasize enough—and one that I did not understand the significance of while in my undergraduate career—is the importance of internships while a student is in college. I hold a M.A. in professional writing and my B.A. education is strong, but I only held one internship in publishing while I studied at University of Delaware. Many companies are looking for entry-level applicants to have a lot of experience prior to beginning their professional careers. Students should have multiple internships, volunteering positions, and jobs (part-time or otherwise) before graduating from college because real-life experience is just as important as a quality education.

I too focused too much on education and not enough on real world experience.f

4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

Lost in Austen, a fun movie about a young Londoner obsessed with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is an excellent time-travel story that any woman who has dreamed of meeting Mr. Darcy will enjoy! I won’t say anything more than that on the plot of the movie, but if you’re an Austen fan, I highly recommend this movie!

I loved the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice movie, but that’s as far as my Jane Austen experience goes.
5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

I actually do not like to entertain the idea of reliving moments or doing things different because I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that we can always learn from each experience we have, positive or negative. However, three years out of my undergraduate career, I still love the idea of going back to college again. The idea of spending more time in college classrooms for lectures on literature sounds lovely and quite enjoyable.

Marisa hits on one of the point my novel. We should not dwell on our past because we can’t change it. But it is fun to think about the good times and how we’d like to do them again. hmmm, but  college? Maybe the all you can eat cafeteria where everything was already cooked.

Be sure to check out Marisa’s website below where you can check out her writing services as well as book reviews.
Marisa Deshaies
Editor and professional writer
Book reviewing and promotions
A Way With Words (http://www.mdeshaies.wordpress.com)

What would author Donn Taylor change in his life?

With THE DAY SHE DIED releasing on October 15, I took a little break from my series featuring Christian authors talking about time travel and writing (see links to the right to purchase my book). Donn is a great guy and we at one time were both clients of agent Terry Burns.donn taylor I want to thank Donn for his time. Be sure to check out his website and his novels.

1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

Tough question because there are so many possible answers. Certainly nothing in biblical history, because actually seeing it happen would eliminate the higher experience of belief through faith. I am curious about what actually passed between Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, when the trusted traitor Alger Hiss was advising Roosevelt. But I think I’ll settle for something less ambitious: I’d like to know exactly how the British naval hero Horatio Hornblower won a group of European slaves away from their African masters without firing a shot or paying a shilling. His biography is silent on that.

I think Donn just pitched two novels I would like to read some day.
2. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

The most obvious answer is any time before antibiotics, because my life would have been very short. (Antibiotics came in while I was in grammar school.) That said, I think it would be being draft age in World War I. That war saw the first use of heavy artillery, chemical weapons, and (worst of all) widespread employment of machine guns. None of the generals, not even Pershing, figured out what to do about the machine guns. Firepower too greatly exceeded mobility, and this resulted in mass casualties on all sides. I’ve seen the vast collection of unidentified bones in the charnel house at Verdun, and I’m happy not to be one of the featured attractions.

So much complaining about life today, yet medicine has made life longer and more fulfilling. An possibility not likely if you fought in WW1.

3. If you could go back in time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

My development was slowed by my idea that I could do it all on my own. To live it again, I would aggressively seek the advice of knowledgeable persons and be more active in critique groups. In particular, I wish I had known about five years earlier that there was a market for Christian fiction.
4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

No contest on this one. It’s Robert Heinlein’s novel The Door into Summer. Many reasons here. First, the book itself is simply delightful in working things out ingeniously just the way you’d want them to come out. Second, Heinlein’s basic metaphor involves a tomcat who, on the first day of snow, refused to go outside until he’d seen that no door of the house opened into summer. When stationed in Verdun, we had a tomcat who actually did that whenever it snowed. So I re-read the book then and have enjoyed it again since then. It bears several re-readings, and it never fails to delight. I recommend it even for those who don’t like sci-fi.

A new book added to my “to-read” list.

5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

The most serious answer is that I would give more serious consideration to my parents and much less to my own headstrong wishes. My father had lost a year to polio when he was nineteen, and he walked with special shoes, three braces, and a cane ever afterward. He’d planned to be a surgeon but settled for being a professor, and he adapted to whatever circumstance he faced without complaining. More than that, he insisted that his sons not be bothered by his physical limitations. I did not understand the courage his life required until I was an adult. (My poetry book is dedicated to him.)
However, there is one less serious thing I would change. In my freshman and sophomore years in college I ran middle distances—never lost a two-mile in either year, was undefeated in the mile my second year. In the last mile I ran, I slowed down in the third lap because I expected a close race in the two-mile to follow, yet I came within two seconds of my best time. If I could live it again, I would push that third lap and try for a record. It was the last college mile I ran: That summer the draft flushed me out of school and I never ran college track again. (That, however, I would not change.)

Regrets about sports can seem trivial to some, but really was the basis of how I began my novel. Any activity you have passion for and devote a lot of time to can result in regret.
Name: Donn Taylor
Website & blog, etc.: www.donntaylor.com, www.facebook.com/donntaylor.
Books:
Lightning on a Quiet Night (November 2014 Release)
Deadly Additive
Rhapsody in Red
The Lazarus File
Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond

Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature at two liberal arts colleges.
Now retired from teaching, he lives near Houston, Texas, where he writes fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.

 

What would author Erin Taylor Young change in her life?

Tonight, Erin Taylor Young answers a few time travel questions for my website. I’ve known Erin a quite a few years as we’ve attended local writing conferences together and then were original members of the Oklahoma City ACFW chapter. Erin’s first book came out just a few months ago, and you can read about it below.erin taylor young

My comments are in italics.

  1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

I’d have to say the crucifixion. It would horrify me, but that’s the point. It’s so easy to minimize, to forget the cost Jesus paid for us.

Definitely not an easy answer, but choice all Christians should consider. Was THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST movie an experience like this? I believe it was for many people.

  1. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

Any time before air conditioning. I’m a hot weather wimp.

And for some reason, when there was no air conditioning, people wore more clothes.

  1. If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

Oh, do-overs on all the times I was nervous, flustered, or tongue-tied and ended up saying something really dumb to an agent or editor. I’ve always wished I had a super power called Stupid-Impervious, where I’d be incapable of saying or doing anything stupid.

4.  When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

Back to the Future. Such fun movies!

A great series! Which is your favorite. I would go with the third. But Biff building his fortunes with the sports almanac in the second one is really cool, even though he uses his power for evil.

  1. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

I’d make my Sabbath day far more of a priority much longer ago–spent more time in prayer, soaking in God’s word, and hanging out with Him. I’d be more intentional in living with one foot in heaven. I wish I better understood long ago how creating–writing, drawing, or whatever–is an act God wants to do WITH us. And He is infinite, so we can never run out of creativity.

Great answer, Erin. I definitely need to partner with God more in my writing and in my daily life.  The great thing is it is never to late to start.

About Erin

Erin Taylor Young is a humor writer whose debut book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, has been repeatedly accused of making people laugh until they cry. Find out for yourself at www.survivinghenry.com. When she isn’t writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, she works in a library where she gets to wander among books. Learn more about Erin at www.erintayloryoung.com where she blogs about writing, God, and her aversion to spiders.

What would author Elizabeth Maddrey change?

Today I am featuring author Elizabeth Maddrey on my website. I’m grateful she took the time to answer my questions about time travel. I love her answer about a time period she would hate to live in. I think she speaks for all of us alive today! Take a look at the bottom of the post to see how you can check out Elizabeth’s books and website.elizabeth madrey

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

The Tower of Babel. I think it’d be fascinating to see everyone suddenly unable to communicate – groups of people who could understand one another clumping together and the mass confusion and chaos that demonstrates just how awesome God is and how He won’t be challenged by our puny efforts. 

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 My answer isn’t a traditional time period you read about in history books, but it’s fairly simple: Pre-Indoor-Plumbing. Honestly, indoor plumbing is such a wonderful thing that we take for granted. It’s lack is pretty  much the #1 reason I don’t enjoy camping (which I otherwise find quite pleasant.)

I don’t think anyone would disagree with Elizabeth. How did people survive without indoor plumbing?

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I’d spend less time dithering about the practicalities and probabilities of actually being published and just put myself out there. The time I wasted on fear was really quite silly when I had stories in my head to tell.  

I wrestled with the same fear. I think all writers are a little hesitant to share their work at times.

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

I love the idea of time travel – I’m a huge Whovian, so Doctor Who definitely tops the list, but I also enjoyed Sliders and the time travel Star Trek episodes.

Am I missing something by not watching Dr. Who?

 5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

When I was eight, I got bitten by a goose during a big cookout at my uncle’s house. I’d love to go back and give that goose a good, swift kick in the tail before he got to me. And in case you wondered, goose bites really do hurt – and those suckers get a beakful of flesh and pull until the chunk comes out. I’m still a bit anti-goose, to be honest. 

About Elizabeth:

 Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

 

What would Agent Terry Burns change in his life?

My first guest on my blog to answer my time travel questions is my former agent Terry Burns. Terry is a great guy who gives his clients the very best.  Helping Christian writers succeed is truly a passion of his. While Terry wasn’t able to sell my novel, through the time as a client with his, I met Suzanne Hartman, and a few years later, she started Castle Gate Press, and remembered my novel. God knew what he was doing.at ACFW

Below are Terry’s answers, and my comments in parenthesis.

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 That’s an easy one. I’d like to be there when Jesus came out of that tomb, witness first hand the resurrection of my Savior.

(I totally agree. THE EVENT of Jesus. But pick a day in his life, and it would be amazing.)

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 I guess that would have to be the Great Depression, although the way things are going I may have to go through it yet. 

(Not many good things happened in the 1930s, including the dust bowl in my home of Oklahoma.)

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would start writing fiction much sooner.

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

 Actually it would be a book that I wrote that never got published, “Stone Age Cowboy.” I may bring it out yet.

5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

Absolutely no doubt, I would have married my wife Saundra right after high school and taken her off to college with me.

(Terry is a true gentleman!)

6.       Tell me how I can introduce you. Name, website, published books, etc. Blog

 Terry Burns, agent for Hartline Literary Agency, author of over 40 published books. Website and blog at www.terryburns.net

I want to thank Terry for taking the time to answer these questions.

The first review of THE DAY SHE DIED!!!!

The Day She Died--Front Cover(1)Check out the review from Midwest Book Review. I’m so humbled by their praise, and ready to buy a case of books!!!

D. Donovan

eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

Now, here’s a genre mystery with a twist: it’s also a time travel story. And if, by this, you’re anticipating a theme similar to Somewhere in Time, think again: it’s not a romance but a mystery plain and simple, and therefore carries with it all the intrigue and suspense applied to a tense thriller; but with the time travel factor adding more than a feel of divergence.

Yes, there’s romance – but there’s also a twenty-year-old unsolved crime and the rare opportunity to go back in time for clues to make things right on many levels.

And this is where The Day She Died gets delightfully complex and unique: as protagonist John comes to unearth these clues of the past, the fine line between dreams and reality begins to fade – and with them, important keys to resolution. New opportunities emerge under new realities and different rules of conduct when John finds himself in his old apartment reliving the worst day of his life: the day when Kim disappeared twenty years ago.

The past is now ‘today’ – yet, John holds memories of this strange old world, and with his encounter comes the unexpected hope that most time travelers harbor: an opportunity to change and correct past errors. But, at what cost?

As readers follow this unusual, winding plot of investigation and hope they become immersed in John’s thought processes as he investigates Kim’s circle further, probing clues he’d originally passed by…

And as his investigation continues, John finds himself mired in a deadly game that moves beyond Kim’s disappearance and is spiced by time travel’s enticing possibilities, which even include a wedding to the girl of his dreams…

Even when he finds what he’s looking for, the story doesn’t end there: the overall mystery still drives events and John feels compelled to see it through to the end – even if what he’s newly regained might once again vanish.

If it sounds like this description is tiptoeing, it’s only because The Day She Died is delightfully sinuous, packed with revelations and the unexpected. Although the time-travel piece may sound confusing, it’s not. Bill Garrison paints a believable, easily-followed story line that will immerse even the most seasoned of mystery readers and time travel enthusiasts, to surprise and delight right up to the end.

And in the mystery and time travel worlds, that’s no mean feat!

Mystery readers tired of predictable plots and singular dimensions will find The Day She Died offers a different tale designed to challenge and delight!

Inspiration for THE DAY SHE DIED

As a novelist, I’ve always been inspired by books I’ve read. I’d read a great book and think “I want to write a book that will evoke these types of feelings in other readers. I want to be able to create a story like that author.”51UULPa99dL

Time travel has always been an interest to me, and it is obvious that society is obsessed with it as well. From movies like SOMEWHERE IN TIME, BACK TO THE FUTURE, and TIME BANDITS, to countless novels and TV shows, the subject of time travel always makes for a fascinating story.

I certainly haven’t read all of the fiction novels on the subject. My reading interests lean more towards mainstream fiction. In this post, I want to tell you about four books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Below this post, you will see reviews of SAVING ALICE by David Lewis and THE TIME LOTTERY series by Nancy Moser. time traveler wife

Two other books I enjoyed were REPLAY by Ken Grimwood, and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. Both are classics in the genre and I recommend them to all fiction fans.