Let’s Chat! Liz Tolsma

Welcome, everyone!

Liz TolsmaLiz Tolsma honors us as our guest author this week. In her own words, Liz writes a little bit of everything, but her specialty is WWII women’s fiction. 

Liz is giving away a digital copy of her October 2018 release, When the Heart Sings. So chat along with us, and you’re entered in the drawing!

P.S. Michelle is the winner of Liz’s giveaway: When the Heart Sings!

Liz Tolsma’s Life Before Writing

I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and have two younger sisters. When I was eight, my family moved to Wisconsin, where I still live. I love it here and have little desire to go elsewhere. My husband and I met when we were in sixth grade and started dating our senior year of high school. There is a story I’ve heard that his locker was across from mine in eighth grade, and he had a crush on me then. Much to my chagrin, I don’t remember that. While I went away to college, he stayed in Wisconsin. That was tough.

I graduated from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and returned to Wisconsin to marry Doug. For four years, I taught second grade at a Christian school, and then I quit to start a family. God had different plans for us, though. Years of infertility and treatments followed. They were difficult times for us. I was devastated and questioned how this could be His will for us. Slowly but surely, he worked in my heart to accept his perfect plan. For us, that meant adoption.

A Family for Liz

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wenty-three years ago, we brought a beautiful baby boy home from Vietnam. Five years later, we added an infant daughter from Korea, and eight years after that, a five-year-old girl from the Philippines. What was the hardest trial of our lives turned out to be the greatest blessing.

Our son is now a U.S. Marine. We couldn’t be prouder of how he’s chosen to serve the country that he feels has given him so much.

Our oldest daughter has just started college. It’s been hard on this mama to be so far away from her girl, but we are equally proud of the bright and talented young lady she is.

Our youngest daughter has multiple physical and cognitive delays. She’s our “lifer”, so we’re as empty nest as we ever will be. But that has been a blessing, too. She keeps me from getting too lonely with the other kids gone.

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My first publication was in a Barbour novella collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Wanda Brunstetter was the lead author on that, and it made the NY Times bestseller list. I was literally about to start another book – blank document open, thinking about the first line – when my agent sent an email about this project and asking if I would be interested. I only had a few days to put together a proposal and write the first three chapters. While I did go camping with my family that weekend, I spent much of it in the camper writing.

Liz TolsmaMy debut full-length novel was Snow on the Tulips in 2013. It is based on a family story of a Dutch woman during WWII who hides a wounded resistance worker in her home. All of it was such a learning curve, from editing (cue panic attack at an 8-page editing letter) to cover design, to marketing, to speaking and appearances. And I loved every minute of it.

What’s Up With Liz Tolsma Now?

Since then, I’ve written several more WWII books, several novella collections, and even an Amish romance. My first romantic suspense, The Pink Bonnetis due out in June 2019. So, I’ve been very busy. While I enjoy writing across a wide range of genres, my favorite by far is WWII.

Right now, I’m editing my sixth WWII novel. The fifth, When the Heart Sings, is releasing in October and is set in a Polish labor camp. It’s very personal for me because it also explores infertility, pregnancy loss, and adoption, all of which I’ve experienced in my own life. The one I’m editing now is set in Hungary and deals with the Zionist Youth movement in that country.

I have another novella to write, but after that, I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. I would dearly love to keep writing WWII novels, but we’ll have to see how interested my publisher is in keeping going with that line.

All I know is that I do want to keep writing.

A Giveaway From Liz Tolsma


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will be happy to give away a digital copy of When the Heart Sings.

A Peek Inside When the Heart Sings

Natia has a secret—and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose.

In 1943 Poland, the Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their peaceful farm to the harsh confines of a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear—but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price. . .

Where Readers Can Find Liz Tolsma

Website

Facebook 

Twitter

Instagram 

When the Heart Sings  

The Melody of the Soul

The Amish Widow’s New Love 

Snow on the Tulips 

Other Stories by Liz Tolsma  

The Amish Widow’s New Love      The Rails to Love

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Melody of the Soul    Remember the Lilies

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Lord, we bow before You in adoration and thanksgiving, for You alone are worthy of worship. You alone are the Fount of Every Blessing. What a joy it is to read Liz’s stories and see You working the threads of characters’ lives into beautiful tapestries, just as You do the lives of Your children. We exalt Your name above every name in all the Earth. Please bless each word Liz writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

9 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Liz Tolsma

  1. SARAH TAYLOR

    BEAUTIFUL COVER AND SOUNDS LIKE AGREAT READ IF IT WAS ONLY IN PRINT!

     
     
  2. Perrianne Askew

    Congrats to Liz! Her books sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading.

     
     
  3. A Log Cabin Christmas looks inviting and what a lovely debut.
    I would love to win a copy of `When The Heart Sings`
    I love reading historical fiction because of all the research behind them.

     
     
  4. Alison Boss

    I LOVE Liz Tolsma’s books! She is an amazing author. I enjoyed reading more about her and her writing journey. Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read, and WW2 is one of my favorite time periods to read. I am so excited to read Liz’s newest book, When the Heart Sings!! Thank you for the chance to in a copy!!!

     
     
    1. Hi, Alison. Lovely to have you in the circle. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
  5. Becky Smith

    This cover is really amazing! I so enjoyed reading this! Sadly, I have not tried Liz’s books yet, but now, after reading this, I want to read them!

     
     
    1. Great to see you in the circle, Becky. I feel the same way about Liz’s book cover and reading her stories.

       
       
  6. Liz Tolsma

    Thanks for having me!

     
     
    1. My honor and privilege, Liz!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Musch

Welcome, everyone.

Naomi MuschNaomi Musch is our honored author guest this week. Naomi writes historical romance. The cover of her latest release–Mist O’er the Voyageur-takes my breath away! 

Naomi is offering a giveaway. Instructions are at the end of this article. So read on, friends. I think you’ll be as captivated by this author and her beautiful novel as I am.

Who Is Naomi Musch?

Hi, everyone! I am delighted to be a guest on Linda’s blog today. Thank you, Linda!

If I’m a new author to you, let me introduce myself. I grew up as a country girl in central Wisconsin, determined to live as adventurously as I could get by with (sometimes to my parents’ chagrin). Yes, I was a bit of a rebel, but I Iike to think I just had a creative spirit that God was molding.

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decided to become a writer at the ripe old age of ten years old. Of course, I took a lot of detours along the way. I kept writing while I grew up, moved away from home in a vintage 1960s camper, went to school for a while.

Naomi MuschThen I got married and had babies (5 of them!). Homeschooled for years and years. Worked in various jobs—the most fun of which was being a barista in a bookstore coffee shop. And now I’m a grandma with my 11th novel just having released one week ago! These days my husband and I live on a deer farm—still loving the adventure—in the big woods near Lake Superior, close to our kids and grandkids.

A Debut for Naomi Musch

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y first novel, The Casket Girl, is now out of print. No, it was not a gothic. It was a romantic adventure of the French and Indian War.

Since that time I’ve written in several genres, but mostly historical fiction with a strong romantic thread. It hasn’t been easy, and I’m sure most authors would echo that statement. Every time you read a novel you love, just know that there are authors who’ve come close to sweating blood to get it to you.

Yet, that’s how we all grow, isn’t it? God challenges us in the areas we love, growing and improving us along the way. It’s easy for me to admit that my writing has improved as he’s taken me through that honing process along the way.

What’s Up With Naomi Musch Now?

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hese days, I’m not looking for fame. I’m just thankful for the opportunities he’s given me to be published. I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way and learned so much.

Many of my previous books went out of print just this year when my former publisher closed their doors. Rather than be discouraged about that, I look at it as an exciting opportunity to improve those stories before they go back out into the world again.

Naomi MuschGiven that nine of my other books are out of print, the way God has moved in the last year is even more amazing than I first realized. As I said, I just had a brand new novel, Mist O’er the Voyageur, come out with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Smitten line last week. Just over a year ago I signed that contract.

A Transforming Decision for Naomi Musch

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rior to that signing, I had to make a huge decision of whether or not to accept the offer. Sound silly? Not when you know that in order to do that—to fit the Smitten line—I had to make some drastic changes to the story. Not just your average edits either. Those I’m used to.

See, I had written an historical that was romantic, but not particularly an historical romance. To better shape the book for Smitten, I had to cut the last third of the novel and reshape many of the internal chapters to suit the new ending! Yeah, do you sense the bloodletting? That’s a LOT of cutting. After much prayer and deep consideration—along with a few “Woe is me” moments—I agreed.

Mist O’er the Voyageur

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fter her aunt’s death, Métis woman Brigitte Marchal finds herself alone in Montreal. Uninterested in the convent and desperate to flee a loathsome suitor, she disguises herself as a young man to travel west by voyageurs’ brigade in search of her long-absent, fur-trader father. But her inexperience and disguise don’t hide her for long.

Naomi MuschRené Dufour yields to the unwelcome position of shielding Brigitte, but he cannot hide her identity forever. Keeping her safe while meeting his North West Company obligations and honoring his family promises may prove to be more disquieting to his heart than he imagined.

As Brigitte adjusts to the voyageur life on Lake Superior, she struggles to justify the faith she grew up in with the mysticism around her, but greater still is the conflict her heart must settle over who to trust in this rugged, unfamiliar country.

Insights From Naomi Musch

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t was a great, God-led decision. In the end, I had a beautiful love story, still fraught with the wilderness adventure and early American history I love. PLUS, I had no idea at the time of acceptance that my other publisher would be closing. Do you see how God was a step ahead, preparing my way, though I couldn’t see how it would work out? I am SO GLAD I accepted that contract! Besides, now I’m even more excited about re-releasing my previous books as a hybrid author.

Oh—and one more thing. I’ve signed a second Smitten contract. This one is for a novella that will become part of a four-author, Highlander collection coming out in November 2019. My story there is titled “A Tender Siege”. Watch for it!

How to Find Naomi Musch

I love engaging with readers and getting to know more about YOU! Visit me at
Website
Facebook
Twitter: @NMusch
Instagram
Goodreads:
Pinterest
Amazon Author Page

A Giveaway Offer From Naomi Musch

Naomi MuschThose who sign up for my newsletter will receive my award-winning short story “Ellie Hollis Gets Her Man” in the November issue. And there’s a DRAWING!

I am giving away THREE eCopies of Mist O’er the Voyageur in October, one each on the 10th, 17th, and 24th of the month. On the 31st I’ll give away a Grand Prize Package which includes: a Signed Paperback Copy of Mist O’er the Voyageur; 8×10 watercolor print “Estuary” by northland artist Viola LaBounty; Philippians 4:13 Blue Soul Scrips Flex-Cover Journal; Flowered Note Card Set; and Miscellaneous Swag.

Use the Rafflecopter to enter, and follow the blog hop for repeat chances to enter:
Oct. 5: Colonial Quills https://colonialquills.blogspot.com/
Oct. 10: More Reason to Write https://naomimusch.blogspot.com/
Oct. 16: Stitches Thru Time http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Oct. 17: Linda Brooks Davis https://lindabrooksdavis.com/blog/
Oct. 27: The Over 50 Writer http://www.pattishene.com/theover50writer
Oct. 29: Linda Yezak https://lindayezak.com/
Oct. 30: Winner announced at naomimusch.com and via her author newsletter

Click Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway! 

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Dear Lord, through Jesus You separate us as far from our sins as the east is from the west. You provide messages of healing and hope, purpose and promise in the beautiful stories You give writers like Naomi. We thank You for your limitless love and boundless grace that reaches north to south, east to west, and into eternity.
Please bless each word Naomi writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Musch

  1. Thank you for the comment, Betty! Glad to hear it. 😀

     
     
  2. Betty

    What lovely books! You are a new author to me, but not for long!

     
     
  3. Patty, what a great way to grow up–in a house of books! I love that you aunt gave you books too. Best gift ever!

     
     
  4. Patty

    The question in the Rafflecopter asked how we were introduced to Christian fiction… I grew up in a Christian home with an older sister who also love to read, so I think I just inherited the books after she read them. Also, my aunt always gave us books as gifts from a young age.

     
     
    1. Your aunt sounds like me—giving the girls she loves Christian fiction. It’s the best! So glad you joined us, Patty. Hope you’ll come back.

       
       
  5. Thank you for praying for me and my writing so beautifully. It means so much.

     
     
    1. My honor and privilege, Naomi.

       
       

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