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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Susan Page Davis and C.J. Chase!

September's Painting: Fisherman's House-Greenwood Lake ~ Jasper Cropsey

Each month, one of the beautiful paintings by an artist of the Hudson River School will be featured on the American Historical Christian Fiction blog.

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Have we spent too much time in the reality of the here and now, and forgotten our Ideals, both personal and national? The early artists and writers of this nation once dwelt on forging this country's ideals; so with the help of God, let us do the same. Let us make every attempt to dwell on our ideals.
~Pat Iacuzzi~

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The Am His blog hi-lights books by Christian authors who are led by the Lord to write about characters and stories set in America's past. They are exciting stories of romance, adventure and suspense, written to inspire and encourage.

If you're looking for a book for yourself, a loved one, or those who may need an uplifting message woven through an entertaining story, please consider new monthly releases in inspirational historical fiction found here--the kind that take you on a journey into our country's past (from early colonial times to WWII) and illuminates the trials, beauty and blessings of our great nation.

This week, it's my pleasure to welcome Susan Page Davis, with her book Christmas at Barncastle Inn-- just released Septmember 1, 2011--for those of you looking forward to Christmas and snow!

Christmas at Barncastle Inn
Publisher: Barbour

Love Comes to the Castle is the first book in a collection of four novellas, Christmas at Barncastle Inn. Jayne Barncastle has big ideas for her family’s bed and breakfast, but is the idea so big it will break them? With the rich Dillard family paying for a deluxe medieval Christmas, Jayne must come through for her folks. But how will the Dillards feel about her attraction to their widowed son-in-law, Luke?

In this series of four stories, the Barncastle family transforms its sprawling Victorian bed and breakfast into a fantasy world. Guests can rent the entire inn at Christmas for a vacation set in whatever historical period they choose. Parents Ted and Diane are skeptical that anyone will pay the exorbitant price their daughter Jayne recommends—but they’re wrong. Plenty of people long for Christmas in another time. They transform the B&B into a castle, a World War II era inn, a pirates’ lair, and ancient Palestine. Each Christmas, love wends its way through time to the Barncastle Inn, while guests discover that forgiveness is timeless.

The other authors in this collection are: Lynette Sowell, Janelle Mowery, and Darlene Franklin.

This week, Susan has graciously offered to sit down and discuss some of her writing journey with us.

~ Are you a Plotter or SOTP writer?-- How does it affect your deadlines?

I started out a “seat of the pantser” but I was converted when I got to the point where editors were buying my books based on the synopsis, not the full manuscript. It became practical to outline the book first, and I found that it also helped me to avoid plot holes and writing myself into a corner. Now I always do the synopsis first.

~ What are some of your favorite books on the writing craft?

Right now I’m reading Make a Scene by Joran Resenfeld. James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure is another good one.

~ What part of writing is the most difficult for you? Developing the characters? Dialogue? Pacing? (etc.)

Pacing is always a challenge. I never used to think about it, but now I mull it over quite a lot. I also sometimes have trouble grounding a scene in the setting. I’ll dive in with dialogue or action, and then I have to go back and anchor it.

~ When you made out your first proposal, who did you compare your writing style to?

Nobody. I had no idea that it would be helpful to do that. And when other people compare my writing to another author’s, I usually laugh and think, “I wish I wrote like that person.”

~ How long, start to finish, does it take you to write a book?

Depends. I’ve done it in a month, but that was a short book, and I’d thought about it a lot before I sat down to write it. My longer books generally take three to six months.

~ Maybe a quick sentence or two (tag line) about your next book to whet our appetites? :)

The Lady’s Maid features an English earl’s daughter and her maid who join a wagon train to try to find the lady’s uncle in the American West. Elise, the maid, vows to see Lady Anne through the adventure, but the wagon train’s scout may have other plans for her.

Thanks so much for stopping in, Susan! If you'd like to get in touch with Susan, you can find her at:

And for September's Book of the Month, Am His presents C.J. Chase and her latest release, Redeeming the Rogue.

Title:Redeeming the Rogue
Author: C.J. Chase
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical

Her Ally…or Her Enemy?

With a chip on her shoulder and a pistol in her pocket, Mattie Fraser comes to London determined to find answers. What fate befell her brother after he was forced to join the British navy? Military official Kit DeChambelle knows something, she's sure. But can she trust him—or anyone— as a conspiracy of silence surrounds her?

Kit knows altogether too much—about the guilt that drives Mattie, and the peril she faces. The battle against Napoleon is over, but for Kit, peace is elusive. In helping this brave, stubborn woman, he may be endangering her further. Especially if she learns about the orders he's received, placing them on opposite sides…

Where you can get in touch with C.J....

If you leave a comment this week to win Susan Page Davis' book Christmas at Barncastle Inn, your name will also be included in a drawing at the end of the month for Redeeming the Rogue by C.J. Chase, plus a chance to win a lovely blue silk fan pictured above. When you leave your comments, make sure you include your e-mail address. Thank you for stopping in, and....

"May the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: may the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Num.6:25-26 (KJV)


  1. I love the idea of turning an inn into a fantasy adventure...I'd choose the time period of Jane Austen. Christmas at Barncastle Inn sounds so intriguing. Thanks for the interview (and the opportunity to also win Redeeming the Rogue)!
    tamarawrites (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Hi Susan, Enjoyed your interview. I love Christmas stories and know I will enjoy reading Christmas at Barncastle Inn. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

    C.J., looking forward to reading Redeeming the Rogue.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Even though I sign in under my gmail account on your google friends, it will not let me post a comment on this type form unless it is Anon. I sign in my wordpress acct and it tells me I am not authorized this accout when I try to send my comment. Getting very frustrated to say the least. What's up with blogger/google?
    I can post on Colonial Quills since they have the Anonymous option.

  3. Hi Tamara--
    What a neat idea for a blog topic! If you had property like the Barncastle Inn--what period of time would you convert it into and why?
    Thanks for stopping in!

  4. I would want to experience a Regency Era Christmas!!! That would be so much fun. Love the premise of the book. Thank you for an opportunity to win a copy. Please don't enter me for Redeeming the Rogue. I already have a copy :)


  5. Hi Anne--

    A regency Christmas would be scrumptious!

    Authors already hold launch parties to promote their books. Maybe publishers could have "Book Barns" that might be special vacation spots for the enjoyment of a particular time period & promote recently-released books.

    There are restaurants that hold mystery parties as well; it would be nice to build them around the release of a novel.

  6. I think I'd choose a Victorian Christmas theme. Now I'm longing for our first house, a lovely Victorian-with-potential fixer-upper we bought when we were too young and crazy to know better. But oh, was it fun to decorate at Christmas. I'd still live in that house if we hadn't moved across the state.

    Susan, count me as another author who puts in setting last. My first drafts are almost all dialogue -- I tell everyone I should have been a screenwriter.

  7. I enjoyed Susan Page Davis's "Ladies Shooting Club" series, so I'd love the chance to be entered to win!

    I also think that "Redeeming the Rogue" sounds like a great book! It's nice to see a "LI" historical that does not feature a prairie or western setting.


  8. I think both books sound fantastic and would love to win either of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. Both books sound like my kind of book...hope I am not too late to enter. Thanks!!