Woah, Is It Really February?

I meant to write this post earlier today but got distracted by a big project I’m working on. For now we’re going to be having laid back posting, which pretty much means I’ll only be posting reviews, spotlights, blog tours, and author tours, today is the first post of the author tour featuring SARAH MONZON!

I was going to post last week but unexpectedly went out of town for a bit, and anyway, here I am with a post I hope you like!

It is 2020, crazy, right?

Well, according to my brother I read a LOT in the first month of the year, to me it isn’t a lot. It was a bigger reading month than normal but it was close to most months with 40 books, most were short.

*gets distracted AGAIN*

*comes back to this blog post a day later*

*finally going to finish this three days after I wanted to…*

All right, all right, I am going to get several posts scheduled today!

And I’ll post this one once I’m finished writing.

I meant to post this author tour three or four times already but got busy or distracted each time. Have you heard of Sarah Monzon? Her books? I’ve only read a few and yet love them.

Today we have an interview from her. Which I’m so excited to share with you!

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

My favorite? Umm… I’m never lonely because I have characters in my head talking to me all the time. I’m kidding! Sort of…

In all honesty, I’d have to say my favorite thing is also the most humbling thing. The fact that writing allows me to be a conduit for God to touch another person’s life through the stories He gives me. I don’t always get to see or hear about the impact of story, but I pray it into every word I type.

In The Isaac Project, and The Esther Paradigm you based the story off of Biblical stories, what is something you learned from the Bible It’s self when writing the books?

I’m not sure I can say I learned something new from the Bible specifically while writing those stories, but I did come to a deeper understanding of the characters of Esther and Rebekah themselves. One of the gifts of story is the opportunity to empathize, relate to, and put yourself in the position of someone other than yourself. Exploring these characters in a modern setting—getting in their head and being touched by their emotions—broadened my outlook and made the Biblical account more personable. Because Esther and Rebekah were real people. I’m not sure we always remember that when we’re reading the Scriptures.

In the New Year do you make writing plans or have you already decided what you will write in the new year?

This year is a little different because I actually have planned ahead for the next five books I’m writing and the publication dates for those. I’m excited for this new series and can’t wait to share these stories with readers.

How long have you been writing and what is your biggest piece of advice for new authors?

My first book was published in 2015, but I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand. As far as advice, write. Then write some more. That may sound simple but it’s the truest advice I have. Just keep writing.

How do you balance writing with life and not get too overwhelmed?

Grace. Grace with my writing and grace with life. Also, being realistic. That may look different for everyone, but for me it may mean only writing for two hours a day so I can also take care of my family and home responsibilities. And if I start to feel overwhelmed, I take a break…at least from writing. There are no breaks in motherhood! Haha.

Thank you so much for joining us today Sarah!

Now, about Sarah’s books … 

Finders Keepers:

SELAH AWARD WINNER

He’s looking for fortune. She’s looking for fame. Together, they find an adventure that spans centuries—and a love story for the ages.

Spain, 1689

The same evil that stole her mother’s life stalks Isabella Castellano. Afraid for her safety, Isabella disguises herself as a cabin boy and hires on to one of His Majesty’s treasure fleet vessels. But has her flight from a known threat only led her to be ensnared in a sea of dangers?

Florida, Present Day

Marine photographer Summer Arnet will go anywhere to capture the perfect shot–even dive into waters haunted by great white sharks, if it will help get her work noticed. When a treasure hunter with a ladies-man reputation approaches her about a sunken ship, she’s all ears. This may be her best shot at launching her career…if his charming smile doesn’t derail her first.

A childhood tragedy has left a hole in Trent Carrington’s life—one he’s tried to fill with women, money, and adventure. When Summer doesn’t fall for his charms, he’s even more determined to win her over.

As the pair plunge into the mystery of the shipwreck, stakes escalate, and both wounded hearts become entangled in a romance they weren’t expecting. The hunt for treasure is no longer a game of fortune and fame.

It’s no longer a game at all.

12 Days of Snowmen:

Twelve days. That’s all Lucy Nel has left before her foster daughter, Abby, goes back to live with her biological mother. Twelve days to make this the best, most memorable Christmas of Abby’s young life. Lucy plans to provide a snowman for each day—no easy feat with Florida’s unseasonable temperatures. When an attractive new coworker nursing a wounded heart offers to help Lucy, she reluctantly accepts his generosity, determined not to let his friendship sway her from giving Abby her undivided affection.

Can twelve days of snowmen turn into a lifetime of love?

All Of You:

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

England, 1944

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears…or countless people may die.

Maryland, Present Day

Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a cocky former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s military dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

Freedom’s Kiss:

A secret identity. A haunting mistake. A people at war. Three souls thirst for the peace of freedom’s kiss.

Florida, 1816

Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?

Florida, Present Day

Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.

A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.

With You Here:

Holy Roman Empire, 1527

In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day

Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.

As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

Doesn’t this series sound wonderful? I’m looking forward to finally reading the whole series back to back soon.

I’ll be back tomorrow with part two of the author tour featuring Sarah Monzon!

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