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May Newsletter – New Release Date!

Whew, another month has passed in our crazy world, and it seemed as busy as ever. As always, I continue to pray that this newsletter finds you and your families well.

Latest News

Broken Lines Cover - Final 4-25-2020 ebookLast month I mentioned how the proof copy of Broken Lines didn’t print exactly as I expected, requiring some additional color manipulations. In the process of doing so, however, I came across another version of my cover model that I felt fit the book’s main character even better. After swapping out the main photograph, touching up the background, and lightening the color, I now have the end result you see here. I hope you like the updates as much as I do.

In even more exciting news, Broken Lines has a new worldwide release date of August 29, 2020! The first book in the War Across Waters duology can be pre-ordered through all major ebook retailers via this link: Pre-Order Now. It will also be available in paperback format both online and (hopefully) at an in-person launch party. More details to come.

And for those of you who prefer not to purchase paperbacks through Amazon, I have good news. I recently upgraded all of my novels to Expanded Distribution, making it possible to purchase Across Oceans and Twisted River in paperback from Barnes & Noble online, order through independent bookstores, and request for purchase from your local library.

Recommended Reads

AndieNewton2One of the key questions authors often ask while marketing is, “How effective is social media at drawing in new readers?” Well, for me, I would say highly effective. Andie Newton is one of several authors I have purchased books from after following them on social media and luckily, her novel was worth taking a chance on.

The Girl I Left Behind tells the story of Ella Strauss, a young woman who works as a secretary for the Nazi government all the while stealing secrets in hopes of helping the resistance and saving her captured friend. At its heart, it’s both a spy novel and a coming of age story, and certainly an emotional read, especially at the end. Ella very much leaves her girlhood behind, trusting the best – and worst – people of her country in pursuit of what she believes to be right, even while the world around her tells a different story. Many of the World War II novels I’ve read lately have focused on British or American spies, so it was intriguing to read a novel that focused on Germans  instead, especially when they would have been raised from children to believe everything the Nazi party proclaimed as truth. My only complaint was I felt a few characters’ stories were left slightly open-ended, although I know that is one of the unfortunate realities of war – sometimes not knowing where people ended up. I’m hoping though that perhaps it actually means a sequel is forthcoming? (*Hint, hint, Ms. Newton.)

For more information on Andie’s books, visit: https://www.andienewton.com/

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Two on Tuesday with Jo Schaffel and Sara Webley

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This week’s guests for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight are Young Adult Historical Fiction writing team, Jo Schaffel and Sara Webley. In their novel, Somewhere Besides Denver, three seventeen-year-old girls, seeking a future more exciting than society parties and safe marriages, leave their Denver homes in 1907 to greet the new century on a Grand Tour in Paris and London.

Jo Schaffel’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. Sara and I worked together at the Boston Children’s Zoo. We both love reading, writing, and old movies, so we decided to write a young adult book together. My father-in-law had told me family stories about his great-aunt, Josephine Marion, who chaperoned wealthy young women on European trips in the early 1900s. This was the inspiration for Somewhere Besides Denver. Josephine, who never married, was a Denver socialite and spoke several languages. She worked for the city of Denver—and had streets named after her! During the Depression, “Aunt Jo” remained in Paris, and died there in 1946.
  2. I especially enjoyed researching the transportation, clothing, city life, and time period of 1907–1908, when women’s roles, as well as art and music, were shifting. Fashion, too, was changing: women were rejecting stiff clothing and corsets.

Sara Webley’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. Paul Poiret’s fashions freed women from wearing corsets. (See photo below.) His designs appeal to me because my dad was an industrial designer and artist, and my grandma Marie emigrated here from Slovenia in the early 1900s, when the suffrage movement was catching fire. Marie told me great stories, like being fooled by the “chocolate scam” featured in Somewhere Besides Denver. Marie was a dynamic, independent woman, like the characters Jo and I created.
  2. Fancy-dressed dogs appear in Somewhere Besides Denver. I loved researching the fad of dressing up dogs, popular in Europe in the early 1900s. Besides writing books for young readers, I’ve also worked as an animal technician in the zoo and aquarium field. So most of my writing includes animals: my recent fantasy Zo in the Roosting Tree is the story of a crow and a girl who switch places.

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Jo and Sara are available to connect with readers on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads. For more info on Somewhere Besides Denver, visit www.somewherebesidesdenver.com and for more info on Zo, visit www.zointheroostingtree.com

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Disclaimer: Authors featured within the Two on Tuesday Author Spotlight were not compensated in any way for their participation. Content included within each author’s current or future works or the legitimacy of any information provided within this spotlight are not the responsibility of Kelsey Gietl. Authors were provided book content guidelines prior to applying. Authors should be contacted directly with any questions.

Two on Tuesday with Julie Coulter Bellon

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This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is Canadian Regency romance author, Julie Coulter Bellon. An author known for romantic suspense, Julie’s latest novel, The Marquess Meets His Match features the tagline, “A traitor with a deadly plan—two agents sent to expose his identity before he strikes. But danger is closer than they think …”

Julie’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. I am a descendant of several dukes and earls, including the Duke of Norfolk, the Duke of Somerset, the Duke of Clarence, and the Duke of Buckingham. For The Marquess Meets His Match, I used my own ancestor, the Earl of Pembroke in the story, as well as the Earl of Huntington. My ancestors’ real-life histories included a lot of spies and intrigue, and I loved including a bit of intrigue in my fiction story! I really enjoy the regency time period and my new book, The Viscount’s Vow will be released June 1st.
  2. I am Canadian and have always been fascinated by the royal family. When I was thirteen years old, I got to meet Princess Diana and shake her hand. She asked what time it was, and if it was always that hot in Canada. I swore I’d never wash my hand again after our conversation, but of course, I did.

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Julie is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. More information on Julie’s books can be found at: www.juliebellon.com

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Are you an an author interested in being featured on Two on Tuesday? If so, please complete the form here.

Disclaimer: Authors featured within the Two on Tuesday Author Spotlight were not compensated in any way for their participation. Content included within each author’s current or future works or the legitimacy of any information provided within this spotlight are not the responsibility of Kelsey Gietl. Authors were provided book content guidelines prior to applying. Authors should be contacted directly with any questions.

Two on Tuesday with Pat Wahler

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This week’s guest for the Two on Tuesday author spotlight is fellow Missourian and historical fiction author, Pat Wahler. Based on the notorious outlaw, her novel, I am Mrs. Jesse James, features the tagline, “For Jesse James, the bloody Civil War will never be over. For the woman who will become his wife, the war is only beginning.”

Pat’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. The plight of homeless animals has always been one of my passions. I’ve served on the board of a local shelter and have fostered both cats and dogs. I even played midwife and helped to deliver a litter of six kittens! Not surprisingly, this interest in animals has worked its way into my books, where you’ll typically find a four-legged critter in the story—be it horse, dog, or cat. After all, I do work under the close supervision of a Peke-a-poo named Winston, who heads the marketing department and co-attends all Zoom meetings. Second in command is my tabby cat, Bogey, who oversees preliminary edits for my books (see photos below). Does it surprise you to learn they are both rescues?
  2. I am hopelessly addicted to research. Just like Alice, I have no trouble tumbling down the rabbit hole to verify when women abandoned hoop skirts, only to later realize I’ve spent four hours viewing dresses in Godey’s Lady’s Book. I suspect a loving but firm intervention would be appropriate.

I am Mrs. Jesse James is currently on $1.99 ebook sale now through July 2020. Pat is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bookbub, Goodreads, and Pinterest. More information on Pat’s books can be found at: https://patwahler.com/

Calling all authors!

Are you an an author interested in being featured on Two on Tuesday? If so, please complete the form here.

Disclaimer: Authors featured within the Two on Tuesday Author Spotlight were not compensated in any way for their participation. Content included within each author’s current or future works or the legitimacy of any information provided within this spotlight are not the responsibility of Kelsey Gietl. Authors were provided book content guidelines prior to applying. Authors should be contacted directly with any questions.

Two on Tuesday with Tanya E. Williams

TanyaEWilliamsCoverI’m excited to invite historical fiction author, Tanya E. Williams, as the first guest for the Two on Tuesday Author Spotlight. Tanya’s Smith Family series is an emotional rollercoaster of a read following three generations over the time leading up to, during, and in the aftermath following World War II.

Tanya’s Two on Tuesday Facts:

  1. The first story I remember drafting was when I was five years old and it was a story about the life of the crickets. I told the story to the crickets as I crouched along the edge of an alfalfa field. It took me another thirty five years before I became brave enough to share my stories with the world.
  2. I write character driven historical fiction because I love how the lessons of the past, no matter the time period or the location, tend to be of similar nature when it comes to human emotion, motivation, and experience. I also have a fascination with historical research – yep, I’m a history nerd at heart. (The photo below is of me in the Maps room of the New York Public Library. I am researching the historic maps of Seattle, WA for my upcoming historical novel ETA Fall 2020).

Tanya is available to connect with readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bookbub, and Goodreads. More information on Tanya’s books can be found at: https://tanyaewilliams.com

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Calling all authors!

Are you an an author interested in being featured on Two on Tuesday? If so, fill out the form here.

Disclaimer: Authors featured within the Two on Tuesday Author Spotlight were not compensated in any way for their participation. Content included within each author’s current or future works or the legitimacy of any information provided within this spotlight are not the responsibility of Kelsey Gietl. Authors were provided book content guidelines prior to applying. Authors should be contacted directly with any questions.