The Fresh Fiction Podcast

Conversations about what you’re reading, what you’re watching, and what you’re listening to

Writing the stories of history’s forgotten women with Jane Kirkpatrick

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of EVERYTHING SHE DIDN’T SAY by Jane Kirkpatrick.

 

Inspired by true events, Jane Kirkpatrick’s new novel, EVERYTHING SHE DIDN’T SAY, reimagines the life of memoirist Carrie Strahorn as she traveled across early 20th century America. Upon the publication of her 1911 memoir, Strahorn shared with readers insights into her 25 years on the road with her husband. Jane’s version of the events pulls aside the curtain to show the feelings Carrie couldn’t share in her memoir as she navigates her life and relationships. As emotions bubble under the surface, Carrie must find her place in a life that is constantly on the move.

 

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EVERYTHING SHE DIDN'T SAY by Jane Kirkpatrick

 

Everything She Didn't Say

In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of 25 years of traveling and shaping the American West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. That is all fact. Everything She Didn't Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down what was really on her mind during those adventurous nomadic years.

Certain that her husband will not read it, and in fact that it will only be found after her death, Carrie is finally willing to explore the lessons she learned along the way, including the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man and the courage it takes to accept her own God-given worth apart from him. Carrie discovers that wealth doesn't insulate a soul from pain and disappointment, family is essential, pioneering is a challenge, and western landscapes are both demanding and nourishing. Most of all, she discovers that home can be found, even in a rootless life.

With a deft hand, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick draws out the emotions of living--the laughter and pain, the love and loss--to give readers a window not only into the past, but into their own conflicted hearts. Based on a true story.

 

Romance Historical | Inspirational Historical [Revell, On Sale: September 4, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727017 / eISBN: 9781493415175]

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From homeschool mom to multi-published author, a conversation with Jan Drexler

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER by Jan Drexler.

 

Jan Drexler helped Gwen kick off season two with stories about researching Amish culture, how a school project for her kiddos sparked her to write her first novel, and what she likes to read to unwind.

 

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THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER by Jan Drexler

 

The Amish of Weaver's Creek #1

The Sound of Distant Thunder

Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents' insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother's name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother's place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

 

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

 

Amish | Inspirational Romance [Revell, On Sale: September 18, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800729318 / eISBN: 9781493415083]

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Diving deep with romantic suspense author Lynn H. Blackburn

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the Dive Team Investigation series by Lynn H. Blackburn.

 

Lynn stopped by the podcast to talk about BENEATH THE SURFACE, the first in her Dive Team Investigation series. She also shared her journey as a writer, balancing her new career with her family, and how she just finished binge reading and watching.

 

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BENEATH THE SURFACE by Lynn H. Blackburn

 

Dive Team Investigations #1

Beneath the Surface

Leigh Weston thought she'd left a troubled past behind when she moved back home to Carrington, North Carolina. But when dive team investigator Ryan Parker finds a body in the lake near her home, she fears the past hasn't stayed where it belongs.

 

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

 

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go until the final heart-pounding page.

 

Inspirational Romance | Romance Suspense [Revell, On Sale: March 6, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800729387 / eISBN: 9781493413829]

 

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The gifts of story with Suzanne Woods Fisher

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the Nantucket Legacy series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

 

With summer in full swing what’s a better time than now to pick up a new series. Suzanne Woods Fisher stopped by the podcast to talk about PHOEBE’S LIGHT, the first in her Nantucket Legacy trilogy. In the novel Suzanne introduces readers to the Quaker community, a cloistered group of people with good hearts. Set against the backdrop of historical Nantucket, Suzanne brings to life the story of Phoebe and the gifts her father gave her before she set out on a nautical adventure. Also, Suzanne shares her picks on what you should read, watch, and listen to after you finish PHOEBE’S LIGHT.

 

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PHOEBE'S LIGHT by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

Nantucket Legacy #1

Phoebe's Light

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

 

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.

 

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial- era Nantucket Island.

 

Romance Historical | Inspirational Historical [Revell, On Sale: February 6, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800721626 / eISBN: 9781493412495]

 

 

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Finding Redemption in ‘Azure Springs’ with author Rachel Fordham

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS by Rachel Fordham.

 

Rachel and I chatted about writing and publishing her debut novel, losing then finding the energy to finish THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS after her son's life-changing diagnosis, and bringing a sense of redemption to her characters.

 

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THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS by Rachel Fordham

 

The Hope of Azure Springs

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.

 

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

 

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

 

Inspirational Historical | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: July 3, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800734732 / eISBN: 9781493414222]

 

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Episode 0114: Interview with Susan Anne Mason, Author of A MOST NOBLE HEIR

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book A MOST NOBLE HEIR by Susan Anne Mason.

 

Susan and I dove into A MOST NOBLE HEIR for today’s episode. We also talked about how researching her family’s roots encouraged her to write historical fiction and she told me about  the tragic real-life love story that inspired A MOST NOBLE HEIR’s main characters, Hannah and Nolan.

 

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A MOST NOBLE HEIR by Susan Anne Mason

 

A Most Noble Heir

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

 

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations.

 

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

 

Romance Historical [Bethany House, On Sale: March 6, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764230875 / eISBN: 9781493413645]

 

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Episode 0113: Interview with Kristi Ann Hunter, author of A DEFENSE OF HONOR

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book A DEFENSE OF HONOR by Kristi Ann Hunter.

 

Kristi joined me to talk about A DEFENSE OF HONOR, the challenge of finishing that first book after having a “graveyard” of unfinished books, the “ease” of slipping into Regency England as a storyteller, and creating the perfect costumes for an upcoming historical romance writers conference this fall.

 

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A DEFENSE OF HONOR by Kristi Ann Hunter

Haven Manor #1

A Defense of Honor

When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

 

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn't worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

 

Romance Historical | Inspirational Romance [Bethany House Publishers, On Sale: June 5, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764230752 / eISBN: 9781493413799]

 

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Episode 0115: Interview with Sarah Sundin, author of THE SEA BEFORE US

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book THE SEA BEFORE US by Sarah Sundin.

 

Sarah and I had a fun chat about THE SEA BEFORE US, finding the time early on to write her first book — in between carting her kids to school and karate classes — and how important it is for established authors to mentor and help newer authors on their writing journeys.

 

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THE SEA BEFORE US by Sarah Sundin

Sunrise at Normandy #1

The Sea Before Us

As D-Day approaches, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton is teamed up with Dorothy Fairfax, a British officer. Once they piece together family and reconnaissance photos to map Normandy, will Wyatt's bombardment plans destroy what Dorothy loves most?

 

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home-- in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

 

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

 

The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series.

 

Inspirational Romance | Romance Suspense | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: February 6, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800727970 / eISBN: 9781493412587]

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Episode 0116: Interview with Jody Hedlund, author of TOGETHER FOREVER

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book TOGETHER FOREVER by Jody Hedlund.

 

Today Jody shared with me the history of orphan trains, the research she did for TOGETHER FOREVER, and how her mom was the most encouraging figure in her writing career as she fostered her love of reading and creativity from an early age. Jody and I had a blast talking and I hope you enjoy our interview.

 

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TOGETHER FOREVER by Jody Hedlund

 

Orphan Train #2

Together Forever

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

 

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

 

Historical | Inspirational [Bethany House, On Sale: May 1, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764218057 / eISBN: 9781493414819]

 

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Episode 0112: Interview with Jennifer Delamere, author of THE HEART’S APPEAL

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The Fresh Fiction Podcast is brought to you by REVELL BOOKS and BETHANY HOUSE, publishers of the new book THE HEART'S APPEAL by Jennifer Delamere.

 

Jennifer wrote a strong-willed woman doctor at the end of the 19th Century in THE HEART’S APPEAL, so of course I had to chat with her about creating this impressive woman. We also discussed the research she did in Bristol, England for the London Beginnings trilogy and why rewatching THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER is inspiring ideas for a new series.

 

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THE HEART'S APPEAL by Jennifer Delamere

 

London Beginnings #2

The Heart's Appeal

Julia Bernay has come to London to become a doctor--a glorious new opportunity for women during the reign of Victoria. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick actions save the life of barrister Michael Stephenson. He rose above his family's stigma, but can he rise to the challenge of the fiercely independent woman who has swept into his life?

 

Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson.

 

Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life.

 

Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

 

Romance Historical | Inspirational Historical [Bethany House, On Sale: March 6, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780764219214 / eISBN: 9781493413638]

 

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