Jodie Wolfe: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone

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Jodie Wolfe is our honored author guest today. 

Jodie writes historical Christian romance. She and her husband have been married for over 32 years. They have two grown, married sons who have given them six grandchildren. They live in south-central PA.

Readers can connect with Jodie Wolfe on her website, BookBub, Facebook,  and Twitter.

Welcome, Jodie Wolfe. Tell us about your new book.

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Here’s what the back cover for Taming Julia says:

In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery’s sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation’s ultimatum that he marry or leave forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.

Jules Walker strides into Drew’s life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle–more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.

How did you come up with the idea?

First of all, I’ve always been a fan of mail-order bride stories. There’s just something about that era in our Nation’s history. As I researched the topic I kept wondering what would happen if a man sent for a genteel bride and the woman who showed up was completely opposite of that. What would he do, especially if they were married by proxy before she arrived?

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Is this your first book?

Chuckle. No, it’s actually my seventh release. I have four novellas that are out, another full length book as well as an etiquette book that goes along with it.

Can you give us a sneak peek into Taming Julia?

Here’s the opening scene:

Matrimony News, February 6, 1875 edition

Minister bachelor aged 27, height 5 feet 10 inches seeks genteel, honest and first-rate homemaker with a desire to serve God. Must be willing to marry by proxy and arrive in Burrton Springs, Kansas by May 1.

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Burrton Springs, Kansas, Saturday, May 1, 1875

Dear Lord, please don’t let that creature be my new wife. Drew Montgomery swiped the sweat trickling a path down his neck and shoved the new hat back on his head. He squinted, taking in the lone passenger stepping from the stagecoach. At least, he thought it was a woman. He shielded his eyes from the sun, taking in the britches.

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Britches?
A gun belt strapped to a slim waist. He gulped. A rifle rested on her shoulder, and she wore a Stetson situated low on her brow. The figure shifted sideways, and Drew groaned, fearing his proxy mail-order bride had arrived by the look of all the curves. He squared his shoulders and crossed the street.

“Are you Montgomery?” Her coffee-brown gaze seared through him.

He snapped his gaping mouth shut and nodded. “Y-yes.”

“Name’s Jules Walker.”

She shoved her hand into his and shook it so hard his teeth clattered. “I reckon, Jules Montgomery since we’re hitched.” She waved a slip of paper in his face. “Got the paper here to prove it. So are you my husband or not?”

Drew caught a whiff of dirt. He coughed and cleared his throat.

She peered at him as if he were a chicken with one leg.

“I’m Drew.” He managed to choke the words out. “Isn’t your name Julia?”

She scrunched her face, pushed her Stetson from her head, and allowed it to dangle from the string around her neck. Her brown hair scattered in disarray, slipping from a shoulder-length braid. “I can’t remember the last time I’ve been called Julia. Like I said, name’s Jules.”

“But…” Drew let the word hang between them. No matter. “Where’re your things?”

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“Got my knapsack and that there.” She pointed to the top of the stagecoach. He expected to see a trunk, but a saddle rested there instead. What kind of woman brought a saddle into a marriage? What kind of woman showed up dressed like a man? No. No. Something was terribly wrong.

Where can readers purchase your books?

Readers can purchase my books here.

Thanks again!

~ ~ ~

Jodie Wolfe

Dear Lord, please bless each word Jodie writes for you.
~ For Jesus’ sake

24 thoughts on “Jodie Wolfe: Let’s Chat!

  1. Ohhh, historical Christian fiction is my favorite and this one sounds sooo good!
    I have never read any of Jodie Wolfe’s books yet, but sure am hoping to read this one!
    Thanks for this update.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Leona. Thank you for loving Christian historical. Your enthusiasm encourages Jodie and me both. I know you’ll love Jodie’s books. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Hi Leona. Historical Christian romance is also my favorite. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you’ll check out my books.

       
       
  2. Barbara Raymond

    Sounds like a really great read. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the opportunity.

     
     
    1. Hi Barbara! I hope it’s a book you’ll enjoy. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Barbara. Your name’s in the hat 🙂 Thanks for chatting with us.

       
       
  3. Rose Blackard

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I hope to be able to read it. Thank you for all you do.

     
     
    1. Hi Rose! Great to have you stop by.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Rose. It’s always great to see you in our circle. Bless you!

       
       
  4. Alicia Haney

    This book sounds very interesting and like a very good page turner! I Love mail order bride stories, they are very intriguing . Thank you for sharing about your book. Stay safe.

     
     
    1. I love mail-order bride stories too, Alicia. 🙂 Praying you stay safe too. 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi, Alicia. Your name’s in the hat. Thanks for encouraging Jodie and me both.

       
       
  5. Brenda Murphree

    This cover caught my eye. It sounds interesting for sure and I would love to read it.

     
     
    1. Hi Brenda! I love the cover too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Greetings, Brenda. Thanks for joining the chat. You encourage Jodie and me both. Your name’s in the hat 🙂

       
       
  6. debra Lindquist

    Oooh, this sounds like a good story. Thank you!

     
     
    1. Hi Debra. 🙂 It’s a story I loved writing.

       
       
    2. Hi, Debra. So glad you joined us. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope you get to read Jodie’s latest. 🙂

       
       
  7. Roxanne C.

    That opening scene definitely grabs the reader’s attention and draws her into the story. I now so want to know what is Jule’s story and why did she respond to Drew’s ad since she definitely does not appear to be the kind of woman he was looking for in a bride. I do believe we readers are in for a very entertaining story.

     
     
    1. Hi Roxanne. It was such a fun story to write. I hope it’s one you’ll enjoy reading.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Roxanne. I agree with you. Readers are in for a very entertaining story. Thanks for the encouragement.

       
       
  8. This sounds like a very interesting book. Hooked me with a saddle instead of trunk. I can just imagine the adventures this young cowgirl will bring to the preacher. I would enjoy reading this book.

     
     
    1. Hi Jane! So glad you stopped by today. You’ll find that Drew has a difficult time taming his new bride. 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane. Love seeing you in the circle. You’re ALWAYS welcome. 🙂

       
       

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Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Dawn Kinzer honors us by joining our chat circle today. Dawn is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog. 

A mother and grandmother, Dawn Kinzer lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your heart for writing, purpose, goals, and the power of story to impact lives.

Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer: In Her Own Words

Writers have goals when we sit down to write a story.  We want to engage our readers, entertain them, and elicit a variety of emotions—love, anger, laughter, fear—just to name a few.  We aim to take them on a journey and experience life with the characters we create.

For those of us who write inspirational fiction, we also want to encourage people in their faith, as well as bring hope to those who are facing external and internal challenges.

Many of us discover that what we’ve learned in our past or what we’re dealing with currently gets woven into our stories—in some form or another.

For many years, I yearned to find purpose beyond the job I held. I loved “being there” for my family, but I still needed more. So, I tried different avenues. I accepted paid positions—volunteer positions—and even though I was able to use some of my gifts and work was rewarding at times, nothing felt completely right.

I prayed—searched—then searched some more.

Dawn Kinzer

When I started to take writing seriously and pursue it as something more than a hobby, I realized I’d finally found my place.

Since then, I’ve published a three-book historical romance series and a contemporary romance. Some people recommend that writers stick to one genre, but I’ve noticed that my stories share things in common, aside from all being romances. Those similarities stem from my personal life. There’s a part of me in each of my main characters.

Four things my stories have in common:

  1. They encourage readers to find purpose and use their gifts.
  2. Forgiveness plays a role in my novels—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.
  3. Characters learn through challenges and disappointments that God sometimes doesn’t allow doors to be opened because it’s in our best interest to keep them closed. Often times, something better is ahead if we’re willing to trust and wait for his timing.
  4. Like many other Christian authors, I use a Bible verse as a foundation for my story, which helps keep me on track with the direction I want to take.

Books by Dawn Kinzer

Dawn KinzerBy All Appearances was released in November 2019. This contemporary romance set in Seattle is about an attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician whose lives have not gone according to plan.

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT 

The Daughters of Riverton – Historical Romance Series

Dawn KinzerSarah’s Smile, Book 1, is a story about a would-be missionary who is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man who broke her heart steps back into her life, wanting a second chance.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. 
~ Luke 6:37

Dawn KinzerIn Hope’s Design, the second book in the series, an independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightaway took his journey.
~ Matthew 25:15

Dawn KinzerRebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.  A small-town teacher who lost hope of having her own family, and a big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer, must do what’s best for three young orphans who need them both.

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.
~ Romans 8:28

A Final Word from Dawn Kinzer

I write Christian fiction because I truly believe in the power of story to touch and impact lives. Writing is a way for me to use my own gifts and fulfill a purpose.

How about you? How are you using your God-given talents?

Author Links:

Author Website 

Faithfully Write Editing 

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Amazon Author Page

BookBub

Goodreads

Links to Books:

By All Appearances

Sarah’s Smile

Hope’s Design

Rebecca’s Song

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

 

12 thoughts on “Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I appreciate Christian historical fiction with a message of hope, peace, forgiveness from God interwoven into the books. Dawn, your books sound amazing. Thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re such a faithful reader and follower.

       
       
    2. Hi, Marilyn!

      Thanks for your affirmation! Your kind words have blessed me!

       
       
  2. I’d also say your books are uplifting, Dawn, and thoroughly enjoyable!

     
     
    1. Sandra, I appreciate you stopping by! I hope and pray that the books uplift and inspire while still entertain readers. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

       
       
    2. Ditto, Sandra!

       
       
  3. Alicia Haney

    Wow, what an Awesome author!! Thank you so very much Dawn Kinzer for writing such Beautiful and inspiring books. God Bless you Dawn Kinzer. They all sound good and the covers are Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this author with us Linda Brooks. I enjoyed reading this chat. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! They’ve touched my heart.

      I’m so glad you like the covers. I love them too!

       
       
    2. God bless you, too, Alicia! You’re such a faithful follower. Thank you.

       
       
  4. Thank you for your post. I am new to blogging and writing my first Christian nonfiction book. I am always inspired by those who write to encourage others.

     
     
    1. Hi, Sheila!

      Good for you! Congratulations on tackling nonfiction. Writing is a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding.

      Is this your first manuscript? Or first Christian nonfiction book? What is the topic?

       
       
    2. Your message has encouraged us, Sheila! Thank you.

       
       

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