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Seventh Born by Rachel Rossano// Blog Tour

Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why she is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.

About the Book

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Z2PPJL
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seventh-born/id1351646000
Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/seventh-born-2
Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seventh-born-rachel-rossano/1128018000

About the Author

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

Follow Rachel on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RachelRossanoRambles
Twitter – https://twitter.com/RachelRossano
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+RachelRossano
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/rachelrossano/
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1430209.Rachel_Rossano
Blog – http://www.rachelrossano.com/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Rossano/e/B004MV17GE/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/anavrea
Newsletter Sign Up – http://eepurl.com/4sbsv

Giveaway

Rachel is giving away an eBook of her book. You can enter here. Your odds of winning increase with every person you refer so spread the word! Good luck, and I hope you win!

Character Spotlight:

 

NameHadrian Aleron

As the youngest of seven sons, he was given seven names (a cultural tradition): Ilias Durand Fidel Hadrian Krispin Valens Savill Aleron (which mean Jehovah is my God, enduring, faithful, dark one, curly-haired, valiant, from the willow farm, eagle). However, he goes by Hadrian most of the time.

 

Physical Appearance – Tall, dark brown unruly curls, angular features, and intense dark eyes

 

Tallest among his siblings, he stands out in many ways. Perhaps it was because of the knowledge that he was going to have to help lead a nation at a young age, but even before he took up the role, he carried an air of purpose and gravity about him.

Hadrian was raised by believing parents to honor, love, and obey the Almighty at all costs. In a nation that worships a goddess, that fidelity could mean persecution and, for a public official, possibly death.

 

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Tour Schedule

 

April 9
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
Just A Glimpse – Guest Post
Faith, Loyalty, Adventure Blog – Book Review
April 10
Rachel John Writes – Book Review
Annie Louise Twitchell – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight

April 11
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Guest Post
The World of the Blue Bells Chronicles – Book Review

April 12
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Hunting for Truth – Book Review and Guest Post
April 13
Reading On The Edge – Book Spotlight
Ember’s Reviews – Book Review
With a Joyful Noise – Character Spotlight
Views from the Window Friend – Book Review

April 14
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner

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Character Introduction: Willa Forsythe

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Welcome to the first monthly “Character Introduction” post, featuring Willa Forsythe from “A Song Unheard” by Roseanna M. White!  The idea behind this post is just to spotlight the character a bit, give a little description of her personality, and for fun, a few books I’d recommend to her if I could. ^.^ Enjoy!

 

 

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Willa Forsythe

She is a prodigy–and a thief.

 

Stubborn. She’s “Willa-ful” :), but has a fierce love for her family and a strong passion for her music. Her music-playing is pretty much unmatched, and she’s…snarky. Impossible perhaps, but loveable all the same. Daring, and comes across as fearless.  In “A Song Unheard” we see her struggle with some feelings of mistrust, insecurities, and fear, and yet she still remains such a strong character, growing even more throughout the story.

 

 

Books I’d recommend to her:

 

 

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You can find more about Willa Forsythe and her background in “A Song Unheard” by Roseanna M. White, which I definitely recommend! If interested, you can also read my review here.

 

 

(*The image of “Willa” is taken from Roseanna M. White’s Pinterest just for the fun of it. I do not claim any rights to it.)

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“Out of the Dark” by MacKenzie Morganthal Wrap-up, character spotlight, and giveaway winner announced!

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of this fun blog tour celebrating the release of MacKenzie Morganthal’s second book, “Out of the Dark”! It’s been a lovely time, and we’re grateful to each blogger who participated!

And now I welcome back the author to take the mic, blogaphorically speaking!

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The time is here to wrap-up the “Out of the Dark” blog tour. It went by too fast, didn’t it?! I hope you all have it enjoyed it as much as I have. “Out of the Dark” is such a special story to me and I hope you are now so excited to read it, and also to get involved in the fight against human trafficking.

What was your favorite stop on the tour? Leave me a comment and let me know! I want to thank each and every one of you that have joined us for any part of the tour. Now I’m sure you’re all waiting to find out who the giveaway winner could be. ;) You don’t have to wait any longer! The winner of the giveaway for a PDF copy of “Out of the Dark” is….

 

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FAITH POTTS!!!

Congratulations, Faith!! I will be sending you an email with your prize and hope you will enjoy my story.

For everyone else, you can still order a copy through my website at: http://www.morganthalbooks.weebly.com.

Thank you again for joining us on the tour! I look forward to reading about your favorite parts. <3

 

And now for the last special character spotlight…

 

 

Character Spotlight:

Elaine Reynolds

 

Fifteen year old Elaine is a brand new character that shows up in “Out of the Dark”. She is still grieving the loss of her mother, and she’s looking for love and affirmation from her older boyfriend. But he proves to be more dangerous than she ever could have imagined, and by the time she realizes he’s more of a nightmare than a dream, it’s too late. She was tricked and now he has her trapped. We see many emotional glimpses inside her heart. The shame and guilt she feels…the brokenness of her heart. She puts on a tough exterior to the world around her, especially to Haley when they first meet. But inside she’s full of pain and grief and regret. She’s ready to just give up all together. But Haley and DesiRae aren’t willing to let that happen. Can they save her before it’s too late? I hope you’ll read “Out of the Dark” and follow along with Elaine’s journey to find out what happens!

 

 

 

 

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It’s not over yet…

    It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them. A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

    Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

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The Author:

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MacKenzie Morganthal is the author of the Mission for Freedom series. Book one, “Not Abandoned”, was her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania where she is a monthly e-magazine columnist, Creative Artist, and musician. She loves Jesus most, sweet tea, singing along to the radio, and spending too much time at Starbucks.

 

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Character Spotlight: Haley Hampton!!

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Hello! And welcome to Day Two of the “Out of the Dark” blog tour!!

Were you all able to read the kick-off post for the “Out of the Dark” blog tour yesterday? It’s a fun post, and if you missed it, be sure to check that out HERE.

In that post we shared a spotlight of the lovely and strong character, Avery Hampton. Today we are now sharing another spotlight and second main character, Haley Hampton, who is a character just as lovely and strong as her sister.

 

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If you’ve tried visiting the second stop on this blog tour (“The Chloe Blog”), we’re sorry for the current absence of the author interview – there’s been some technical difficulties with that post at present, but we’re hopeful they will be sorted before the day is out, God-willing! In the mean time, please enjoy this special treat of getting to know another character!!!

 

Enter…Haley Hampton:

 

Welcome back, Haley! Another returning character we see is Haley, who is now twenty-four years old. She’s just graduated from the police academy and ready to start work at her hometown department. She’s tenacious and bold…and maybe a bit too impulsive. (As we noticed in “Not Abandoned”) She’s passionate about her job and fighting for the freedom and justice of those affected by human trafficking. And take note: don’t ever stand between her and her sister! She’s protective of Avery and affectionately shares in this book that she looks at Avery as “her baby”. In the pages of this book we see Haley bravely sticking her nose where it’s not supposed to be in order to seek justice, but we also see a more broken side of her. She’s struggling with guilt and trying too hard to control everything so that she can fix what’s wrong. But the tighter she holds, she more things fall apart. And, like Avery, her emotional scars place her in a dark hole, feeling hopeless and alone. But in her heart, God is calling to her, reminding her that she doesn’t have to do everything on her own. And if only she’ll listen and give Him control…then will she realize that she’s unstoppable.

 

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Keep scrolling to see the cover and blurb again, and enter that lovely giveaway!!! Also, at the end of this post will be the blog tour schedule, so have fun joining along in our excitement!!

 

 

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It’s not over yet…

    It’s been three years since Haley Hampton rescued her sister, Avery, from a human trafficking ring. They are still struggling through the aftermath as both women desperately long for healing to come. But the emotional wounds are not easily forgotten. And the past is quickly catching up to them. A string of death threats leaves Haley on the hunt for a potential killer. As tensions run high, a single mistake could jeopardize Avery’s life.

Then Haley encounters Elaine, a young teen trapped by human trafficking. Could she be their missing link in the case? Is there anyone they can trust? Haley must rely on God now more than ever if they intend to make it out alive. Will they find a way out of the darkness closing in? Because evil is lurking closer…and determined to win this time.

 

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!!Giveaway!!:

 Are you excited to read “Out of the Dark”, book two in MacKenzie Morganthal’s Mission for Freedom series?! Well here’s your chance to win a copy for FREE! This giveaway will begin on October 27th, and end at midnight on November 2nd. The winner will be announced on November 3rd, in the wrap-up post on http://www.godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com. One winner will receive a PDF book version of “Out of the Dark” right to their email! How do you enter? Follow the link below and complete the options!

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Out of the Dark blog tour schedule:

 

October 27th:

October 28th:

  • God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae// Character Spotlight: Haley Hampton
  • Chloe Hale/ The Chloe Blog // Author interview

October 29th:

  • Riley Aline/ Blog // Guest post

October 30th:

  • Livy Jarmusch/ Livy Lynn Blog // Author interview and PDF giveaway

October 31st:

November 1st:

November 2nd:

November 3rd:

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Blog Tour//Character Spotlight “October” by J. Grace Pennington

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Today we begin a countdown. To what? The release of J. Grace Pennington’s new book, October. Yes, the name of the book is the same as the month in which she releases this new novel! Check out the great giveaway, and the other posts in this countdown! I think this book sounds so intruiging, and I can’t wait to read it! (I shall be sharing a review of it in a few weeks, God-willing!) I love the name, too. October is one of my most favourite months. :)

 

About the Book

CoverFor Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty.

A girl named October.

 

The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?

 

Purchase this book: Amazon

 

About the Author

Author photoGrace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Character Spotlight:

 

Emily Baxter

 

Despite not being the title or central character, Emily is the protagonist of “October.”  She is the narrator, the one through whose eyes we see the story—and October herself.

 

So who is Emily?

 

Emily is a small-town, seventeen-year-old girl who lives with her parents and her younger brother.  She goes to school and does her homework.  She goes to church every Sunday.  She goes to the mall with her friends.  She hangs out with her cousin, Jax, who lives just down the road from her.

 

She’s a good girl.  Sheltered.  Respectful.  She loves reading, particularly books about dragons.  She loves the color teal.  She loves poetry.  She loves spring, when the leaves come back to cover the nakedness of the trees.  She loves her parents, but finds them difficult to talk to, especially her mother.  Like many girls, she feels much more affection for her father.  She loves her little brother, but mostly writes him off as a somewhat annoying little kid.

 

She’s very close with her cousin, and somewhat close with her best friend, but still doesn’t feel quite like there’s anyone who can really relate with her on a deeper level.  Especially now—in that awkward period on the brink of adulthood but not seeming able to quite break into it.  She knows who she is, but she doesn’t seem to have that undefinable something that brings someone out of the innocence of childhood and into the grown-up world.

 

Enter October Blake.  A beautiful, somewhat mysterious, slightly older girl who shows up unannounced in Emily’s hometown and immediately captures her heart.  Could October be the friend she’s always hoped for?

 

Giveaway

Grace has generously offered a paperback book of her new book as her giveaway prize. You can enter at this link.

Tour Schedule

October 25, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight
Lisa Swinton – Queen of Random – Book Spotlight
Audrey Rich – Book Spotlight

October 26, 2017
Frances Hoelsema – Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke – Review

October 27, 2017
Liv K. Fisher – Author Interview and Excerpt
Opinions, Thoughts, and General Rambling – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Leila’s Bookshelf – Book Spotlight
Britbear’s Book Reviews – Guest Post

October 28, 2017
Rebekah Lyn Books – Excerpt
In the Bookcase – Review
Roxbury Books – Character Spotlight and Excerpt
Grace Pennington – Special author’s post

October 29, 2017
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

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Blog Party: “Promise’s Prayer” by Erika Mathews

Promise’s Prayer by Erika Mathews is now available in paperback and eBook! Promise’s Prayer is the first book of the family-friendly Christian novel series Truth from Taerna. It sounds like a very good book – I know I’d like to read it at some point. :) Today I also have a character spotlight and snippet to share, so be sure to scroll down and check that out. Also, check out the other blog party stops below, connect with Erika at her website, and don’t forget to join the giveaway!

About the Book

Kaelan is restless for adventure and relentless in his efforts to bring the land of Taerna back to the blessings of Adon Olam and the prosperity of the days of his ancestors. Fueled by a solemn promise and his mother’s secret, he finds himself in the forefront of a desperate scheme that is crucial to Taerna’s future. Can he keep his promise? Can he save the people of Taerna from the corruption and rampant lawlessness that threaten them with extinction?

Shy and quiet Carita knows she possesses what Taerna’s people so desperately need. But how can she help them when her own soul is simultaneously tormented by witnessing unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When Kaelan and Carita come face to face with the true nature of Adon Olam’s call, will they each choose to embrace Adon Olam’s plan for Taerna—and for their own lives?

 

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About the Author

Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and daughter. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com, on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

 

Character Spotlight:

 

Carita

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Description: age 20, 5’5”, sparkling golden brown eyes, medium-brown long hair, slender, looks young, Her expression usually looks sober, almost frightened, as if she were lost, but when she smiles it’s beautiful. She usually wears long, well-fitted dresses in earthy colors—greens, browns, grays, rust-red, muted blue. Most are plain in a medieval peasant style, either one-piece, overdress, or skirt with jacket. She wears a hooded blue cloak when it’s cold.

Carita lives in Frydael, a small village a few days’ journey from the capital. She lived in a middle-class house until her parents died in an accident when she was fourteen, then she and her little sister Ellisia moved to a tiny house outside the village where she raises sheep and tends a garden. Carita has a habit of not looking directly at anyone who is speaking to her. She often has a faraway look in her eyes, and often looks at the ground as though she is sad or lost in deep thought. She speaks slowly, often hesitatingly. She loves caring for people, serving, meeting needs, and walking outdoors. She has a special sense of compassion. Quiet and thoughtful, she hates to see others hurting and is very fearful. She’s very shy, quiet, home-loving, and devoted to Adon Olam. Passionate for Him, she longs to share her knowing of Him with her neighbors but is terrified of speaking to them and being rejected as a “nobody.”

Author’s Note:

Even though I knew developed Carita’s character in depth before beginning Promise’s Prayer and even though she was a character I was most looking forward to writing, I was surprised to discover that her scenes were some of my favorite to write. Although I felt like I didn’t know her very well during the early chapters, as soon as chapter seven came along (her first point of view chapter), I loved her. Spiritually, she’s everything I wish to be—fervent in prayer, devoted to Adon Olam, listening to Him continually, treasuring His word, and with a heart of compassionate service. She always know the right words to say to people, even though she’d much rather speak one-on-one in a friendly setting. I relate to her struggles and fears, and walking her through her challenges encouraged me and strengthened my walk with God. Carita’s name means “love, charity, beloved” and it fits her completely.

Snippet:

She finished the dishes with energy and then helped the children pick up the toys they had scattered around the room, laughing and telling scraps of nonsense as a story while she did so. “Once upon a time,” she giggled confidentially to Liliora. She drew the little girl closer with a secretive, important manner. “There was a little girl who was a princess.”

“Really?” Liliora’s face lit up. “Was it me?”

“I couldn’t tell you,” said Carita, shaking her head dramatically. “She had an aunt who was the Best Aunt Ever. And that’s what they called her: the Best Aunt Ever. Every once in a while, the Best Aunt Ever would visit, and the girl and her brothers and sisters would have the best time they had ever had. She knew just what stories to tell, and what food to fix—and she always brought something new and exciting for the children. She was a wonderful lady.”

“But,” Carita went on, “she had one particular peculiarity. She liked to keep things spic and span.”

“What’s spic and span?” asked Liliora, her big blue eyes opening wider for a moment.

“Oh, it means clean, and tidy, and neat,” Carita told her importantly. “And so,” she said, “the children always tried to not make quite as many messes as usual when they knew she was coming.”

 

 

Giveaway

Celebrate the exciting release by entering to win Promise’s Prayer! One winner will receive a paperback and a second winner will receive an ebook.

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Blog Party Special Stops!

Check out each of these stops today for special highlights, snippets, features on Promise’s Prayer characters, interviews, and more! Also, keep an eye on social media for Promise’s Prayer posts by special guests!

Ellrick Character Spotlight at Reality Reflected (Brie Donning)

Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings (Alea Harper)

Carita Character Spotlight at God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Raechel)

Author Interview at Seek Him First (Katherine Sophia)

Kaelan Character Interview and Spotlight at Random Reflections (Gabriella)

Release Party Central at Resting Life (Erika Mathews)

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Book and Character Spotlight: “Brothers-in-Arms” by Jack Lewis Baillot

Today I am excited to share about the upcoming release of Jack Lewis Baillot’s amazing book, “Brothers-in-Arms”!! I really am happy for this release! I have read (review) this book previously and fell absolutely in love. I’m looking forward to reading this updated version too!

In addition to spotlighting this book, I am also featuring one of the characters – Japhet Buchanan. So read on to hear more about the book and to have Jack introduce Japhet to us!

 

 

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Release Date: May 31st

Synopsis:

Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler’s Germany?

Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. 

With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they’ve always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet’s heritage a secret. Taking his best friend’s safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations.

With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can’t be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.

Character Spotlight: Japhet Buchanan

Raechel has asked to do a character spotlight during my blog tour, and she chose Japhet Buchanan as her character. I have to admit, I was very happy to get to write a spotlight for him. The moment he showed up and presented his story to me, years and years ago, I fell in love with him. (He arrived before Franz. I didn’t know it would also be Franz’s story until I started it.)

I wanted to write a story set in Germany during WWII. I read a book which started it, a book which showed a side of the WWII story my history books never spoke of. It was about a small group of Germans who fought the Nazis and tried to stop Hitler’s slaughter of babies with deformities.
Japhet showed up about this time. He didn’t tell me his name, he told me nothing really, just that he was a German, wasn’t a Nazi, had a story to be told, and he had a best friend. I ignored him because I didn’t want to write a WWII story, I knew it would be painful and I wasn’t ready for it.
Years later Japhet returned, this time with a fuller back story and big brown eyes which he used to charm me. He told me he had a story he knew I’d love to write and he wouldn’t go away even when I threw boots at his head. Then he took it one step further and started to tell me his story. A few weeks passed, and the next thing I knew I was sobbing in front of my computer as I wrote the story down.
I am attached to all my characters, but some have very special places in my heart. Japhet Buchanan is one of them, and I’m not even sure I really understand why. I just know I love him.
To give you a quick overview of who he is…
Japhet Josef Buchanan is the youngest of four. He has three older sisters. His family is Jewish and they live in a little German village where his family is well liked – until trouble starts.
Japhet has an out going personality. There are few people who meet him who don’t like him. He’s fun, light-hearted, and gets along with almost everyone. (This is his early history, of course things change.)
When he grows up Japhet has plans to become an artist. He loves to draw, mostly scenery pictures and animals. He’s not so good at drawing people, but his landscapes are stunning. Mostly though, Japhet just has fun getting into trouble with his best friend, Franz Kappel.

In spite of having a fun personality, Japhet is also loyal to his family. He has a fighting spirit and a hidden temper which smolders rather than explodes. When he’s upset, angry, or scared he keeps it all hidden away inside and lets it simmer. He won’t tell anyone his fears unless he is pushed hard enough to bring them up. He’d rather make people laugh than talk about anything serious. He’d also do anything to keep his family safe.

Japhet was a hard character for me to work with, and also really easy. I didn’t really get why I felt this way until the final edit and I realized how much of a change Japhet goes through in the book. (Then I had another crying moment.) He goes through so much that by the end of the book he is not the same boy at the beginning, and it wasn’t fun to see, but it also gave me a chance to do a complete character arch. I don’t think I’ve ever taken characters as low as Japhet and Franz, and for being an Author, it was almost fun to stretch myself to new limits. Painful, agonizing, but also kind of fun. (What can I say, Authors are weird beings.)
And…I guess there he is. Somewhat slightly summed up. I hope readers will be drawn into his and Franz’s story the same way I was and come to love them as much as I do. 

 

 

 

Thanks so much, Jack, for telling us about Japhet! And congratulations on this fantastic book release!!

 

 

(No idea why, but her photo won’t show up here no matter how many times I try or try to it differently…Sorry!)

 

Author Bio:

Jack is one of those strange people who calls herself an Author. She spends a lot of her time writing and even less time editing. She likes to write about friendships which is partly how Brothers-in-Arms came to be. More than ten years in the making, this is the book she dreaded the most writing, but which also has the most meaning for her.

When Jack isn’t writing, which doesn’t happen too often, she keeps busy with various other hobbies – such as reading, playing the bagpipes to the dread of her neighbors, and drinking tea – which might not be considered a hobby by most but which should be.

She lives in a cabin in the woods with her dog and a library which isn’t quite equal to Prince Adam’s but will be, given enough time and a secret doorway.

 

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