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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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!

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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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Terri Wangard: Let’s Chat!

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Welcome, everyone.

Terri WangardTerri Wangard is our honored guest this go-round. She grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer.

These days Terri is writing historical fiction. She won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin.

Terri’s research has included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Readers, join the chat below, and you’ll qualify for Terri’s giveaway: her latest historical novel, Roll Back the Clouds in Kindle format.

Now, here’s Terri Wangard.

Wouldn’t you like to go on a cruise? by Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard_cruise ship

Cruise ships fascinate me, whether currently afloat or sunken wrecks explored in documentaries. The Lusitania‘s my favorite. Imagine sailing in a ship grand enough for King Solomon and all his wives. Imagine sailing aboard it in May, 1915, when a German submarine hurtled a torpedo into it.

I love to cruise. My very first time aboard a ship was an Insight For Living Alaskan cruise. The ship was Holland America’s Westerdam, although not the ship presently carrying that name. I opted for the least expensive cabin, which was an interior room. Not having a window was disconcerting, but I didn’t plan on spending much time in the room. Other than the lack of a window, the room was more than adequate.

Terri Wangard: A seasoned traveler

So for my second cruise, I again requested the cheapest berth. That time, it reflected cheapness. More expensive rooms had windows and big walk-in closets. Although windowless rooms were common in 1915, even Lusitania’s first class would have been more spacious than my cubbyhole.

My last cruise featured my most luxurious accommodation. As a repeat customer, I received an upgrade. I had a balcony! I checked out a book from the ship’s library and sat out on my balcony, reading and watching the waves. Even Alfred Vanderbilt didn’t have a balcony on the Lusitania. Just thirty years ago, balconies were a rarity.

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The passengers on the Lusitania cruised for transportation, not recreation. Business trips or family visits for the wealthier; immigration and the hope of a new life for others.

Third-class rooms had a bed and a sink. Not a toilet. Even in first class, bathrooms were found in only a handful of staterooms. Everyone else had to run down the hall to the lavatories. Sinks had cold running water. The room stewards brought hot water each day for washing. For a bath, an appointment was made with the bath steward.

Terri Wangard: Today’s cruise ships

Today’s cruise ships don’t have first, second, and third class. They have inside, outside, outside with balcony, mini-suites, and suites. Passengers pay for the amount of real estate they choose.

Everyone eats in the same dining room, although ships these days have specialty restaurants. (I ate in one once. The food wasn’t extra special.) Lusitania’s first-class passengers made selections off menus that are indecipherable to commoners. Today’s menus are equally unfathomable to those with simple tastes, but anyone can order escargot or pate de foie gras.

Terri WangardI’ve never been on a repositioning cruise, where the ship crosses the ocean. I’m used to frequently going ashore to explore a new location. Seeing the world was my intent. On transatlantic cruises, like the Lusitania sailed, every day offered the same scenery. Ocean in all directions. Any problems, and the bottom is a long way down. And help, as the Titanic discovered, can’t come fast enough.

I wouldn’t mind experiencing a transatlantic cruise. Who has been on one of those? All my immigrant ancestors did. I’d be much more comfortable than they were. I’d even be more comfortable than the Lusitania’s passengers. Just, no torpedoes, please.

Terri’s latest novel: Roll Back the Clouds 

Terri WangardGeoff and Rosaleen Bonnard receive a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but that shouldn’t affect a passenger liner.

As they approach Ireland, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen scrambles into a lifeboat, but where is her husband? She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many people. Geoff is finally located in a Cork hospital, alive but suffering a back injury.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

Roll Back the Clouds can be purchased here:

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How to find Terri Wangard:


Twitter: @terriwangard


Instagram:  @terriwangard



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

11 thoughts on “Terri Wangard: Let’s Chat!

  1. Connie Saunders

    I love the photo of the couple and I hope to read their story soon. Thanks for sharing.
    Stay well!

    1. Hi, Connie. Welcome. I agree about that couple, relatives of Terri’s. They’re simply lovely. They could be in movies–certainly in a novel. 🙂 I hope you see you return to our circle. You encourage us.

  2. Thank you for a chance at reading this story. It sounds very interesting. I never realized the cruise ship was torpedoed.

    1. Hi, Rory. It’s always wonderful to see you in our circle. Yes, Lusitania was torpedoed. The Germans were roaming the seas and destroyed whatever they set their sites on. Lusitania picked up Titanic survivors in 1912, but she was at the bottom of the sea by 1915. Can’t imagine that horror.

  3. Roxanne C.

    I have not read many novels whose time setting is WWI. The story of the married couple in “Roll Back the Cloud” does not hint at a neatly tied-up happy ending but a more realistic story of challenges and the couple’s fight to overcome. I love the locket with the couple’s portraits on the cover.

    1. Terri

      Thank you, Roxanne. An agent suggested I feature an unmarried couple, but that would have been a whole different story. I liked my married couple better!

    2. Welcome, faithful follower. You encourage Terri and me both. Your name’s in the hat!

  4. Terri

    Thank you, Lucy. I designed the cover, using my cousin twice removed and her husband to represent the characters.

  5. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous. Blessings and congratulations!

    1. Welcome to our circle, Lucy. I agree with you that Terri’s novel sounds amazing, and the cover is gorgeous. We all appreciate encouragement, and you’ve provided just that. Thank you.

    2. Terri

      Thank you, Lucy! I’m pleased with how the cover turned out. The “companion” book will have the same look with the locket.


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