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!

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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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Let’s Chat! Mending Lily

Welcome to Readers! And Lily!

Lily The Mending of Lillian Cathleen Linda Brooks DavisLily, my latest heroine, stars in my soon-to-be-released novel, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, Book 2 in The Women of Rock Creek series. (The working title, Where Healing Waters Flow, faded into the woodwork when The Mending of Lillian Cathleen showed up.) Watch for a fresh, new cover for The Calling of Ella McFarland, an equally lovely cover for The Mending of Lillian Cathleen, and news about the series in weeks to come. Here’s a smorgasbord of tidbits from this story that touched my heart.

Setting

Lily Great War The Mending of Lillian Cathleen friends Linda Brooks Davis1914: The Great War has just broken out in Europe.

Needham, Oklahoma—an imaginary town with real-life characteristics

Fort Worth, Texas—otherwise known as Cowtown (or Where the West Begins)—known for its stockyards and infamous Hell’s Half Acre with its illicit business transactions conducted in saloons and brothels.

Characters

Lily The Mending of Lillian Cathleen friends Linda Brooks Davis shantyOur heroine Lily appeared as an abused thirteen-year-old girl in The Calling of Ella McFarland. She grew up in a shanty on a horseshoe of land created by two hairpin curves in Rock Creek. Thickets and brambles obscured the property from the curious stares of Needham’s townsfolk. Lily’s father Walter conducted his unholy business and took out his drunken rage on his daughter and wife Ruby on the five-acre piece of sod. Rock Creek has come to be known as the dividing line between prosperity and poverty and our heroine, as “the girl from the other side of Rock Creek.”

Now twenty-two and setting out as a woman in her own right, Lily faces life-altering choices that force her to evaluate her values, faith, and aspirations. She’s swept into Fort Worth’s underworld of saloons and brothels where she confronts evil and uncovers mysteries about her past.

The men who love—and hate—Lily

Lily The Mending of Lillian Cathleen friends enemies Linda Brooks DavisLily doesn’t understand why her father Walter has never loved her. She can’t remember a time when she wrapped her arms around his neck. Or crawled onto his lap. She never heard “Well done” or “I’m proud of you.” Certainly, never “I love you.”

Why? She can only guess. (However, answers are coming.)

But Cade McFarland—her friend Ella’s twin brother—has loved Lily since they were children. A prince in Lily’s eyes, Cade is big and brawny and voices his opinions in as big and burly a voice—with everyone but Lily. He handles her like a fragile lamb. He tends a flock of sheep and looks at Lily with such love and tenderness that she finds herself looking away—for reasons she keeps to herself.

The women who love and hate Lily

Lily The Mending of Lillian Cathleen friendsElla McFarland Evans loves Lily and always has—since the first time she caught sight of her in a McFarland cotton patch. Lily drew Ella like a moth to a flame, and Ella’s wings scorched a few years ago. But their friendship endured, deepened, and strengthened. That friendship plays a part in our heroine’s journey of discovery and healing.

Adelaide Fitzgerald, a wealthy heiress whose grand property—Broadview—borders Rock Creek and McFarland property—dreams of an opera career in Italy. She postponed her dream nine years ago when Lily needed her, but she believes her time has come at last.

Maggie Gallagher, Addie’s former wet-nurse and lifelong housekeeper, serves as a mother figure to Addie and Lily both. She emigrated from Ireland and brought her Irish bromides with her. Maggie is a rock of faith and good sense in a household in need of both.

But Sabina Gallagher, Maggie’s daughter, despises Lily. Is there no limit to her spite? Perhaps … and perhaps not.

Why?

The characters’ motivations vary as surely as the characters themselves. The players and the forces that drive them develop over time and through unique experiences that sculpt the characters into who they are in 1914.

Watch for the release of The Mending of Lillian Cathleen in the next few months to learn more about Lillian Cathleen, her loved ones, and her fascinating discoveries that send her world spiraling.

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Dear Lord, I thank you for the power of words and story. Yours is the greatest story ever told, but You’ve given us stories, as well. I pray You’ll bless each word authors write for You and that You’ll multiply their power for good in the lives of readers everywhere.
~ For Jesus’ sake

10 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Mending Lily

  1. Marilyn R

    Linda, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is going to be a wonderful story to read. Thank you for sharing. With Lily’s abuse history, I want to see how she has blossom into a lovely lady. I know God has given you inspiration plus all the hours of research you’ve done. God’s continued inspiration, blessings and guidance with your writing. Hugs

     
     
    1. Thank you so much, Marilyn. I can’t wait to share Lily’s story.

       
       
  2. Linda Davis

    Oh my goodness, Linda! Even your reminder of the story of the first book… Even your synopsys is so intriguing. You have been so richly blessed with a way with words. Your talent is absolutely amazing gift. Don’t send me a gift card. I’m so excited I can hardly wait to read your new book. Love you!

     
     
    1. You gave me chills, Linda. Thank you.

       
       
  3. Alison Boss

    Thank you, Linda, for sharing about your upcoming book, The Mending of Lillian Cathleen! You’ve painted a vivid picture to whet your readers appetite 🙂 You can tell you have put alot of work and research into this story. The love story between Cade McFarland and Lily sounds so sweet!

     
     
    1. You’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head, Alison. I have poured myself into this story. Better said, it captured me! I’m looking forward to sharing it with readers. But I need to be patient. P.S. And you’re right—the love story between Cade and Lily gives me chills. 🙂

       
       
  4. Linda, thank you for praying for me. I love your story, and I can’t wait to read it!

     
     
    1. I can’t wait to share it, Gail. It comes from a deep place in my heart. Waiting is so hard.

       
       
  5. Perrianne Askew

    I love the old farmhouse. It looks like a painting (or something my Dad would like to paint). You stories sound very interesting.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Perrianne. A freshened-up version of The Calling of Ella McFarland is on the horizon. And close on its heels … Lily’s story.

       
       

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