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FLASH SALE! Until the end of today, April 9, 2019, my devotional book Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs, is only $2.99 as a Kindle ebook from Amazon! I co-authored this book with a dear friend, Kimberly Drew, who shares from her heart as the mother of four children, two of whom have disabilities. You'll find an excerpt written by Kimberly below. Even if you are not a parent of a child with special needs, I think you'll find some encouragement and inspiration from this just the same.  Longing for Transformation By Kimberly Drew Do not...
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Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes! The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com. Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer). There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and...
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One thing that never fails to draw me into a book is an authentic, captivating voice. If you’re not familiar with that term, I’m referring not to a single character in a scene of dialogue, but to the way the author writes the entire book. It’s an author’s style, and the quality that makes the writing unique. So, authors who write in third person can still have a distinctive “voice” about their work. The list I’ve compiled below, however, refers to a second kind of “voice,” and that is the characteristic speech, thought patterns, and unique point of view of the first-person narrator. I...
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Of all my novels, Between Two Shores is set most firmly in the wilderness and involves the most interaction and conflict between native peoples (Mohawk and Abenaki) and European colonists in North America, so it is my most frontier book to date. (Set in New Orleans right after it was founded, The Mark of the King does include some native unrest and negotiating as the French vied for alliances, and A Refuge Assured is partially set in the wilderness of northern Pennsylvania, but with a half-Mohawk heroine in Between Two Shores, my latest release is far more...
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Between Two Shores is a great choice for book clubs! There is plenty to discuss within the pages, and a discussion guide at the end of the novel. For those who love to have themed book club events, I've put together the following four different menu options you might consider serving. Option 1: Authentic For those of you who would like to experience the type of fare Catherine, Samuel, Bright Star, and Thankful ate during the famine depicted in Between Two Shores, offer any of the following: Cornbread Hazelnuts Smoked salmon In-season berries Dried venison (or beef jerky...
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Here are five things you might not have known about Between Two Shores, my historical novel set in New France at the height of the Seven Years’ War: 1. Classic film inspiration. My protagonist Catherine’s character is loosely inspired by the character of Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart (pictured at left), in the classic movie Casablanca. Both Catherine and Rick tried remaining neutral during war, both have former loves reappear in their lives, and both are forced to choose a side. (If you read my interview with Allison Pittman on her blog here, you actually already did know this, plus...
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Between Two Shores shares a Feb. 5 release day with several other excellent historical novels! One of them is The Seamstress by Allison Pittman, which I was honored to endorse. Here's the blurb for the novel: A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. France, 1788 It is the best of times . . . On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins―Renée and Laurette―have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family....
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The online magazine Books Make a Difference recently included an article about my historical fiction research process for their Beyond the Flap section. Written by Terri Barnes, it gives a pretty thorough description of how I go about it, what the challenges are, and how I stay organized. I'll share the first two paragraphs here, and then you click to read the full article at Books Make a Difference if you'd like to: The authenticity of Jocelyn Green’s historical fiction—plot, character, setting, and period detail—is the product of the author’s extensive research. In her books, history is...
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Between Two Shores releases Feb. 5, and already people who have pre-ordered the book are sending in their happy pictures—and getting free gifts for a limited time! (More details on that offer here.) Hooray! But in case you’re not sure if it’s your cup of tea, allow me to tell you a little more about it. Here is the blurb: The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years' War against her wishes...
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I'm so pleased to announce that Widow of Gettysburg is now available in audiobook format at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes! Or perhaps I should say, it's available again. It was actually recorded a few years ago and made available through Moody Publishers, but I purchased the rights to the audio format of the entire series, which meant we had to take it down and re-upload it. My narrator, Laura E. Richcreek, also did some fine-tune editing AND added the History Behind the Story section at the back of the novel which wasn't included in the audiobook before.  Want to know what goes into...
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