Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Pat Jeanne DavisPAT JEANNE DAVIS lives in Philadelphia, PA with her British-born husband, John. They have two grown sons.

Pat Jeanne enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her husband. In addition, Pat has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. Also, she has a keen interest in twentieth-century American and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Pat Jeanne’s father-in-law served in the British Eighth Army during the war.

When Valleys Bloom Again is her debut historical inspirational romance set in the WWII era. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and loves to hear from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at www.patjeannedavis.com

Pat is giving away a signed copy of When Valleys Bloom Again to someone who joins our chat below. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Now, here’s Pat Jeanne!

Writing an historical novel requires extensive research. At times, I went to distant and unfamiliar places to immerse myself in the era and the setting of my story’s world. When I made repeated trips to England with my British born husband, I combined visiting family with research for my novel in progress.

In living museums throughout England, people went about their tasks in clothing that would’ve been worn during the 1940’s. Helpful and eager, the guides shared what they’d learned. I also entered an actual air raid shelter and spent hours in a war museum. Similarly, I toured an aerodrome and the Churchill War Rooms in London. And I interviewed veterans of WWII in both the UK and US.

When Valleys Bloom Again

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

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The opening for my WWII inspirational romance, When Valleys Bloom Again, was conceived after reading a biography on the life of Kathleen Kennedy. She was the daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He and his family were living in London when Britain declared war.

Kathleen Kennedy’s story intrigued me. Due to impending war, her father forced her to return to the US for her safety. But Kathleen had made many friends while living in London and was determined to return some day. Subsequently, she returned and served in the British Red Cross. She married William Cavendish who was next in line for Duke of Devonshire. Sadly, he died in battle a few months after their marriage.           

I based my protagonist, Abby Stapleton, loosely on Kathleen Kennedy’s situation at the outbreak of war in 1939. However in my story, Abby is the American-born daughter of a British diplomat. Her father also sends her back to the US to escape impending war. She too vows to return to London.

Research

Fortunately, I enjoyed doing the research for When Valleys Bloom Again and became especially excited whenever I uncovered an extra special tidbit of information.

Chatsworth House

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One of my return trips included Chatsworth House, the home of the present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. I learned from a tour guide that in 1963, while on his way home from Ireland, President John Kennedy had visited Kathleen’s grave only six months before his assassination. He and his sister had been very close throughout her life.

Subsequently, I found the grave of Kathleen Kennedy in St. Peter’s Churchyard, not far from Chatsworth House. She too had died tragically shortly after peace was declared. I could only imagine the sorrow President Kennedy felt.

Northern England

On another research trip in the north of England, I visited the largest purpose-built civilian air raid shelter in the country. During the Second World War, it had been extended to accommodate 6,500 people.

For instance, the Stockport Air Raid Shelter is a network of underground tunnels. A mile long, it is carved out of the sandstone hills on which the city stands and that provided not only protection but a way of life for families. Fortunately, this underground world is still intact today as during the war years. It gave me an opportunity to learn about the raw realities of life during the Blitz.

I came away with a deep appreciation for those who struggled to survive with only the basic amenities in depressing and stressful surroundings. I admire my husband’s family, who lived through those long years of war.

Inspiration

Romans 8:28 is a favorite of mine: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose . . . .”

Similarly, Abby, the heroine in my novel, frequently reminds herself of this promise in God’s Word. She was uprooted from London and forced to return to a country far from her family and familiar life. Meanwhile, back in England her parents are under continuous aerial attack from the enemy. And on the battlefields of Europe, her brother and fiancé face death daily.

Excerpt from When Valleys Bloom Again

New York Harbor, Sept. 4, 1939

Finally, after sailing in a zigzag course to evade further U-boats, the Queen Mary slipped into the harbor. Abby emerged into the hubbub on deck as they glided under tow into the shadows of the Manhattan skyscrapers. She caught her breath as sirens blared from boats that accompanied them and water cannon spouted a raucous salute. Abby covered her ears as three thunderous blasts from their liner returned the greeting. Streamers of red and white and blue criss-crossed warehouses and the tall masts of ships moored nearby. American and British flags flapped an exuberant “Welcome” in the salty breeze as music from a brass band floated up from below.

Abby leaned against the ship’s railing, letting out a deep breath. She tried to see herself as a brand-new arrival, taking it all in for the first time. An undercurrent of sadness swept over her, diluting her gratitude and relief at a safe arrival. Reality hit hard. No chance of returning now. Still, it wouldn’t be enough merely to tolerate her stay here. She must take charge of her own affairs, and not simply react to circumstances forced on her. And she must put on a brave face for the sake of her family. Lord, I need your help.

The swirling mass on the dock below resolved into distinct faces, each searching for an answering look of recognition. Somewhere down there her uncle and aunt waited. Memories came flooding in of visits with her parents to Uncle Will’s vast country estate. She hadn’t seen Aunt Val in—Abby tallied them on her fingers—four whole years. She had always thought her stand-offish and hoped sheʼd improved in the meantime.

How to Reach Pat Jeanne and Her Novel

When Valleys Bloom Again:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Valleys-Bloom-Again-Jeanne-Davis/dp/1948888920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=154

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-valleys-bloom-again-pat-jeanne-davis/1130351044?ean=9781948888929                                      

Social Media:  

Pat Jeanne’s Website:  https://www.patjeannedavis.com 

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Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/patjeannedavis/ 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43600391-when-valleys-bloom-again?from_search=true   

Amazon Author Page:  https://amazon.com/author/patjeannedavis 

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-jeanne-davis-34290422/                     

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/patjeannedavis/   

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Lord, please bless each word Pat Jeanne writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

17 thoughts on “Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marlene Giese

    Would LOVE to read your books. I’m really into any novel about the World Wars, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish war. In other words, I like reading historical books written about the early wars of our country.

     
     
    1. Hi Marlene, so happy to hear of your love for historical books. An historical novel provides the reader with an opportunity to discover an historical period in an enlightening and entertaining way. Thank you for commenting. You’ve been placed in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

       
       
  2. Kathy

    I have followed Pat on her social media and signed up for her newsletter. This book sounds very interesting and would love to read it.

     
     
    1. Hi Kathy, thank you for commenting and signing up for my newsletter. You’re entered in the drawing for a copy. God bless you.

       
       
  3. Rebekah

    This sounds like such an intriguing novel ! I would love to read it !

     
     
    1. Great to have you in our circle, Rebekah. I only have time to read at bedtime. This book is my current bedtime reading and I’m enjoying it so much that I keep inching my bedtime earlier and earlier. 🙂

       
       
    2. Thank you, Rebekah, for stopping by and leaving your comment about my novel. You’ve been entered in the drawing for a copy. God bless you.

       
       
  4. Lovely title. And isn’t historical research fun!?

     
     
    1. Hello, Julia. Especially if you are able to travel from home and immerse yourself in the history. Thank you for the compliment on my novel. The title was taken from the beloved wartime song, “There’ll be Blue Birds Over The White Cliffs of Dover” sung by Britain’s wartime darling of song, Vera Lynn. Words and lyrics written by 2 Americans.Your name’s in the drawing for a copy.

       
       
    2. Yes, the research is fun. I’ve enjoyed and learned so much. I’m sure Pat would say the same.

       
       
  5. Thank you, Linda, for having me as your guest. I love the way you so artistically laid out my blog and the photos, making my piece more interesting to read.
    I appreciate your comments, Lourdes and Alicia, on the book cover. My publisher has a talented cover designer. You’re both in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

     
     
    1. Honored to have you. I hope this blesses you and readers both.

       
       
      1. Linda, appreciate your kind words on the story too.

         
         
  6. Lourdes Montes

    Love the cover, also loved reading about the In Living Museums. Thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. And thank you for visiting. Please come back.

       
       
  7. Alicia Haney

    This book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner!! Thank you so very much for sharing about it, I enjoyed reading what it is about and also learning more about the author! I love the cover, it is Gorgeous ! Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Thanks for visiting with us, Alicia. I love Pat’s novel. Please visit us again.

       
       

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Leanna Sain: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Leanna Sain joins our chat circle today. Leanna earned her BA from the University of South Carolina before moving back to the mountains of western North Carolina. Her stories are plot-driven and successfully combine elements of best-selling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Jan Karon.

Her writing accolades include: Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year; nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the Global Ebook Award; and the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the NC Society of Historians for her time travel trilogy (Gate to Nowhere; Return to Nowhere; Magnolia Blossoms.) She loves leading discussion groups and book clubs.

I‘m honored to turn over the reins to this North Carolina author of romantic southern suspense, or “GRIT-lit.”

Leanna Sain and Hush


T
he idea for a story about a serial killer who uses the verses of the lullaby, “Hush, Little Baby” as staging or directions for his murders had been percolating in my brain for a while. But I didn’t actually begin writing it until Mama’s battle with Alzheimer’s took a turn for the worse. I was struggling badly with the pain, anger, and frustration of it all and I needed the outlet that writing would allow. I used this book as a sort of therapy. It was a way to filter out some of the negative emotions as I dealt with this terrible disease.

Hush and Alzheimer’s


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lzheimer’s is a horrible disease, straight from the pit of hell, as far as I’m concerned. It did so much more than simply kill my mother. It stole away everything that made her who she was, leaving behind an empty shell. The person I loved and who loved me died long before that empty shell did, and there was nothing I could do about it.

I decided to create a minor character (in this case, Lacey, my protagonist’s mother) and I gave her Alzheimer’s. I know, I know…it was a mean thing to do, but at that point in my life, it felt necessary, and it allowed me to honor Mama by weaving some of the things she said and did into my story. I guess Lacey was sort of my alter ego during this difficult time. I know God is in control even when everything feels chaotic, but writing this book helped me by giving me a tiny measure of control over one small thing in a fictional world.

Leanna’s Books

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Because of all that came with the writing, Hush is a little “darker” than my six previous books. I consider it a sort of memorial to Mama. Just like Lacey’s mom in the book, many, many students knew my mama as the ‘Reading Lady.’ She read hundreds of books to thousands of children over the years, but Alzheimer’s stole that woman away.

To honor my mother, I will donate the royalties from “Hush” to Alzheimer’s research through the Rotary Club’s CART fund. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust)

So, if you like Christian suspense with a bit of romance, you’ll love this book. Treat yourself or a friend to a copy today and you’ll not only get a great read, you’ll be helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. And please don’t forget to write a review!

A Taste of Hush by Leanna Sain

Lacey Campbell can dream murders before they happen. The problem is her dreams are in fragments—bits and pieces—not enough clues to allow her to stop the murders from happening. She dreams flashes of a man singing “Hush, Little Baby” while he strangles a young woman. When she awakes, she tried to convince herself it doesn’t mean anything, but the next night she dreams a second murder—same scenario—the lullaby… another strangulation. It’s time to tell the police.

State Bureau of Investigation sends in their man, Detective Ford Jamison, to help the local police which results in the typical territorial skirmish between the two forces. Ford soon has a two-part working theory: the killer is using the lullaby to stage his murders and he’s targeting women who look remarkably like Lacey. That knowledge doesn’t slow the killings, though and the police are always one step behind. Now Lacey is afraid to go to sleep because the next face she sees in her dreams might be her own.

As a hurricane churns ever closer to the little coastal town, danger and suspicion spin out of control. Time is running out. Can they stop the killer before the last verse of the lullaby?

Leanna Sain Links

Book: https://shoplpc.com/hush/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36du3Lj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leannasbooks

Twitter: https://LeannaSain@Leannasbooks

Website and blog: http://leannasain.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LeannaSain

For more information or to contact her, visit: www.LeannaSain.com

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Lord, please bless each word Leanna writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

3 thoughts on “Leanna Sain: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    Leanna, I’m so sorry about your mother’s illness with Alzheimer’s. It is an awful disease. I’m thankful you were able to write during this time for therapy. Blessings and may your book increase the odds of finding a cure.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Marilyn. Thank you for encouraging us.

       
       
    2. Thank you so much, Marilyn. Praying they find a cure soon. Help spread the word about Hush.
      Leanna

       
       

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