Let’s Chat! Tamera Lynn Kraft

Welcome, Everyone!

Tamera Lynn Kraft_faith-filled historical fictionTamera Lynn Kraft writes faith-filled historical novels for the adventurous heart. Getting to know Tamera is quite the treat.

Tamera is offering her novella, A Christmas Promise, in digital format as a giveaway to someone who joins our chat circle. So gather ’round and get to know this faith-filled author.

Tamera Lynn Kraft: In Her Own Words

Tamera Lynn Kraft_faith-filled historical fictionI was born in Ohio. I married a wonderful, godly man 39 years ago. We celebrate our 40th anniversary in January. My pastor’s wife said this Sunday, there is nothing more sexy than a godly man who loves to worship. By those standards, my husband is very sexy.

My husband and I have two married children and three grandchildren. The oldest is 11 years, and the youngest is 3 months.

Tamera Lynn Kraft_faith-filled historical fictionI was a children’s pastor for 20 years and have a traveling children’s ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where we do children’s revivals, teacher training, and children’s ministry consultations. One of my greatest honors was winning the 2003 NCLA Shepherd’s Cup for the advancement of children’s ministry.

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Tamera Lynn Kraft: The Author

My first published book was through Pelican Press in 2013–a novella called A Christmas Promise. It was about Moravian missionaries in Schoenbrun, Ohio in 1773.

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It wasn’t the first novel I wrote.

I planned to be a writer from childhood and had children’s church curriculum and some articles published, but I didn’t write fiction for publication until 2007.

With two full length novels completed, I was on the third and even had an agent, but I wasn’t published until a wrote this Christmas story. A couple more novellas released, but it wasn’t until 2017, ten years after I started, that I had a full length novel published, and it wasn’t one of the first couple I wrote. 

Tamera Lynn Kraft_faith-filled historical fictionI always tell writers to be patient. A writing career takes a long time to establish.

Since that first novella, my other published works include Resurrection of Hope, Alice’s Notions, and Red Sky Over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book One.

What’s Up With Tamera Now?

Unfortunately, my publisher, Desert Breeze, closed her doors in August. It was a blow, but it propelled me to my next project. My friend and I have talked about starting a royalty paying Christian publishing company, and we decided to go for it. Mt Zion Ridge Press, Books off the Beaten Path, was born.

Red Sky Over America rereleased and will be available in audiobook in the next couple of months.

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Book 2 of the Ladies of Oberlin Series, Lost in the Storm, releases next year.

Also, I wrote Soldier’s Heartone of the stories in From the Lake to the Riveran anthology where all the stories are set in Ohio.

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I’m currently writing a Jamestown Brides Series novel and am looking for an agent to pitch it.

How to Find Tamera Lynn Kraft & Her Books

Red Sky Over America

A Christmas Promise

From the Lake to the River




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Lord, You are the Great I Am–ever present, always existing–the God for whom we Christian writers write, our inspiration, and our hope. We give You the praise for the stories, the words, the phrases. As readers, we offer You our thanksgiving for stories such as Tamera’s. Please bless every single word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Tamera Lynn Kraft

  1. Marilyn R

    Nice interview with Tamera Lynn Kraft and learn more about this great author and Christian. I thought I had already commented, but I do not need to be entered in the giveaway. I’ve read and reviewed A Christmas Promise and other books by Tamera.
    Blessings to you both.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Marilyn!

  2. Deana Dick

    I loved reading about you and your family. The pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing and giving readers wonderful books to read.

    1. Thank you for joining us, Deana. Have a beautiful season of Christmas preparations. 🙂

  3. God evidently has a purpose for you. Over each hurtle and mountain you have preservered and delivered your message. The Christian publishing company is a grand idea and very much needed by Christian authors. Keep plugging away at your endeavors and surely you will be rewarded. Look forward to reading your works.

    1. Hi, Jane! Isn’t it wonderful to get to know Christian authors like Tamera? I’m thankful for Christian readers, authors, and publishers. And movie makers too. God uses us all.


    As Thanksgiving approaches in a few hours, we Christian authors are so blessed to have each other for encouragement and education. I know I have learned much from my fellow storytellers, and hope to bless others along the way. Thank you, Tamera, for your presentation, and what is evident as a great sense of humor too.

    1. Yes, Jane! Doesn’t Tamera look like fun personified? I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and your coming days of Christmas preparations go smoothly and bring you lots of joy and love.

  5. Trixi

    Lovely family pictures!! Almost 40 years together is amazing, what a blessed marriage you have 🙂 I loved getting to know you more Tamera & your books as well. Thanks for sharing and thanks Linda for featuring her.

    Happy blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. I’m with you in affirming Tamera and husband on 40 years. What a blessing – and an example. I think A Christmas Promise looks so good. And its Moravian angle is intriguing.


    Such a great Author Thank you Tamera and Linda for this wonderful chat 2 great Authors and Ladies!

    1. I’m so thankful for authors like Tamera and readers and followers of this blog like you! Happy Thanksgiving!


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Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

Welcome, everyone!

Martha Rogers, author of historical and contemporary romance novels, is joining our chat circle this week. Welcome, Martha! We’re delighted to have you.

Martha’s giving away to someone who joins the conversation below their choice of a print copy of Christmas at Stoney Creek, which is set in Texas in the 1890s, or an ebook of Thanksgiving in the Valley. So comment below, and you might be the blessed winner of one of these lovely stories.

Martha’s Roots

First, thank you, Linda, for inviting me to your blog.

Martha’s Growing Up Years: Dallas, Texas

I was born in Dallas, Texas 82 years ago and was my parents’ first child and the first grandchild on each side. I have a younger sister and brother who still live in the Ft. Worth-Dallas area. I attended Kindergarten through grade twelve in Dallas. In fact, my family never lived anywhere but in Dallas.

Martha’s Young Adult Years: Waco, Texas

After high school graduation, I attended Baylor University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in English. My days at Baylor were full of fun as I participated in as many activities as I could and still do my studies. I liked to talk, socialize, and play pranks.

any times I found myself on the borderline for being “Campused” which meant I could not leave the campus for the rest of the semester and restricted to the dorm with only my classes to attend. Never made that list because I knew the limit and never crossed it.

I had never lived outside of Dallas until going to Baylor, and when I graduated in 1957, I accepted a job in Houston and have lived here ever since.

Martha Meets Her Man

I met my husband at First Baptist Church in Houston in 1959, and we married that year. We remain members of that church even today. I attended the University of Houston and earned my Master’s of Education and went on to teach at the college level for eight years.

Martha Rears a Family

We have three sons and daughters-in-law. The oldest lives in Waco, Texas, the middle one is here in Houston, and the youngest lives with his family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have given us nine grandchildren. The youngest grandson is a sophomore in high school. Our two oldest granddaughters are married and have given us five great-grandchildren.

Last fall, our third oldest grandson married and our family grew. Here we all are at the wedding in San Antonio, Texas, the bride’s home town. Our fifth great-grandchild joined the family in July of this year. Her name is Hailey Kate and we think she’s adorable.

Then last December, we had a snowfall that actually stayed around, a rarity in Houston. Here is our house with the snow. The trees kept the ground from being fully covered. We’ve lived in this house for forty-three years now.

Martha Rogers, the Writer

I began writing and telling stories as a young child and wrote my first novel at age seventeen while at Baylor. I wrote short stories and filed them away, but never did anything with them. While teaching a creative writing class for high school students, I decided to write the book I’d been making notes on for several years. I wrote mainly in the summers because English teachers have very little time after grading papers for 150 or so students.

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I signed with an agent in the early 1990’s, but got nothing but rejections. We parted ways after three years. I continued writing and attended many writing conferences including Mount Hermann and the American Christian Romance Writers then later when it became ACFW. At an ACRW conference in 2001, I met and signed with my present agent, Tamela Hancock Murray.

Martha Rogers, the Author

My critique partners, DiAnn Mills, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Janice Thompson, decided we needed a collection of stories to submit for a collection. In 2007, Barbour published Sugar and Grits. This was one of the most fun books I’ve ever written.

I had nothing else accepted, but Tamela Hancock Murray, my agent, continued to send out my manuscripts. DiAnn, Janice, and Kathleen helped me come up with the title for a series I wanted to write and the title of the first book.

Martha Rogers Celebrates

Finally, in 2009, on my seventy-third birthday, Tamela called with the news the first manuscript, Becoming Lucy had been accepted. After the first manuscript, they sent a contract for the rest of the series that ended up being six books. The series, Winds Across the Prairie, is still available today. Lucy became a CPA best seller as did the sixth in the series, Christmas at Holly Hill.

After that first series, I contracted for two more of four books each. Now I have published fifty novels and novellas and have contracts for more in 2019. My newest releases are for two historical Thanksgiving and Christmas books, and two other contemporary ones.

I am now working on a cozy mystery for a series titled Spring Hill Sleuths. It’s set in a retirement community and my main character is in her 70’s and is much like Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. Her cohorts include a retired lawyer and a retired police detective. It’s a lot of fun to write with a number of quirky characters.

Martha’s Plans for the Future

I’m planning on writing as long as the Lord allows and gives me ideas. God is my Master Creator and fills my head with ideas. He has walked with me though my own cancer and my husband’s heart attack and his battle with melanoma. Without my Lord, I am as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Martha’s Give-Away

This is the print book I’m giving away. Christmas at Stoney Creek is set in Texas in the 1890’s. Although entirely fiction, the hero is named for my grandfather who was a newspaperman.

Blurb: News reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man, Joe, and brings him home to Stoney Creek. Tom’s journalistic instincts suggest there’s more to the old man than appearances tell. A carpenter by trade, Joe works at odd jobs around town and makes many new friends including Faith Delmont, a girl who grew up with Tom. Contradictions in the man’s manners and way of speaking whet Tom’s nose for news and raises even more questions. As he and Faith seek the truth, they learn that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph and true love comes to those who seek it.    

If you prefer an E-book, then I have Thanksgiving in the Valley for you.

Blurb: Travis fell in love with Violet when she was fourteen. Now, ten years later, he returns to Ridgewood Valley as a lawman and still loves her. Violet has always loved Travis and when he returns from serving in the U.S. Cavalry, her love grows. Because she’s a preacher’s daughter, and he has less than stellar reputation while in the cavalry, he doesn’t feel worthy of Violet’s love and tries to avoid her. A few days before Thanksgiving, while he is away on a man hunt, Violet is shot during an attempted robbery of the church’s offerings. When Travis returns to town learns of Violet’s injuries, he realizes he can’t live without her. Will this Thanksgiving Day be one of great blessings for these two hearts? 

How to Find Martha Rogers & Her Books

Martha Rogers Author Facebook page


Twitter: @martharogers2 

Amazon for all of my books 

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Lord, You are the eternal time setter. You know the times, the seasons, the hours, and the days, and you have from the beginning. How inspiring Martha’s story of Your giving her a family to rear and then placing a pen in her hand to write stories about Your amazing love and grace. Please bless each word Martha writes for you.
~ For Jesus’ sake

24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

  1. I’ve been an avid Martha Rogers fan since Sugar and Grits. Spring Hill Sleuths promises to be another great read, too.

    1. Thanks, Linda. It’s fun writing about older characters and adding a few quirks and fun for them. Book 2, The Case of the Missing Pearls should be out in January.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Alison. It was fun chatting with you on Facebook last night.

  3. Alison Boss

    Martha, I so enjoyed reading about your life and your writing journey! The Lord has truly gifted you and blessed you! I was just perusing through all your books that you have listed on Amazon…7 pages worth!! That is awesome! So many delightful reads!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book, Christmas at Stoney Creek! I love Christmas stories and this sounds sooo good!

  4. Marilyn R

    A beautiful and full life for you, Martha. What a blessing with all your family being together and another special great granddaughter to love. I look forward to reading your books. They sound like ones I’ll enjoy. Christian Historical Fiction is a favorite.
    Linda and Martha, have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones. God is good all the time.

    1. Thank you Marilyn. May your Thanksgiving be blessed as well.

  5. Susanne

    All of these books sound like great reads!

  6. Shelia Hall

    both books sound great. Love to win Christmas at Stoney Creek.


    Hi Martha Thank You for sharing You are new to me Would Love to read Your book Christmas At Stoney Creek! Your Great Granddaughter is Adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. This Christmas book was fun to write using my grandfather as the model for the hero. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

    2. I forgot to add, Sarah that was my great-grandmother’s name. They called her Sallie for some reason even though her name was Sarah Louise. She’s the mother of the hero in Stoney Creek.

      1. I have never understood why, by Sally/Sallie has always been the nickname for Sarah. I’ve known others. It’s cute.

  8. Faith Creech

    I also went to Baylor and absolutely loved my time there. Still follow the Baylor the Bears!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Yay! Another Baylor Bear! I wrote my first full length novel as a freshman living on the 4th floor of Alexander Hall. I graduated in 1957, so I’m a Heritage Club member now. 🙂

  9. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed reading. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    1. You too, Lucy. I love this time of year. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Seems like it took forever, Perrianne, but it was all in God’s timing. He knew when I’d be ready.

  11. Patty, the first book of the series, Mulch Ado About Murder is available on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. https://amzn.to/2zUNcDf

  12. Paula, I hope your daughter likes Dallas. That’s where my youngest daughter-in-law lived. She and our youngest son are now in Tulsa. I love that town. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Paula Shreckhise

    My daughter and her family are moving to Dallas soon. She lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma presently.
    These books sound great! I like your biography. I’m glad you found an agent that worked for you. She seems like a nice fit. I see her name credited by some of my favorite authors. Happy Thanksgiving! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

  14. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for filling us in on how you got your start writing. You are an extremely patient woman! But the story goes that Texas women are tough. I wasn’t born in Texas but got here as fast as I could. My hubby and two sons are native Texans.

  15. Patricia Bennett Barber

    Hi, your new to me but this book sounds great..i want to read it!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. I always love it when new readers come on board.

  16. Patty

    Spring Hill Sleuths sounds like a fun upcoming series. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries, but that sounds like a cute setting/premise.
    Christmas at Stoney Creek sounds more like my typical read, I would love to win a copy.


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