Friday, May 20, 2016

Feature Friday Author Jo Huddleston and her Book "Promise Me"

I’m pleased to introduce Author Jo Huddleston, where here we’ll learn something about Jo and her book, Promise Me.

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Tell us a bit about yourself, Jo.
Jo Huddleston likes to laugh with people but not at people. The beach is her favorite vacation spot. Jo doesn't like to see or hear about people or animals being abused. She's a spectator fan of several sports, her favorite being tennis. Jo doesn't like being in the dark and is fearful of snakes!

Jo is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Debra Lynn Collins, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of Jo’s novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

Where can you be found online?
Website (Read novel first chapters here):
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Christian authors’ books blog:
Inspirational blog:
Facebook author page:
Facebook personal page:
Amazon author page:

Where can readers purchase Promise Me?

Please give a jacket blurb of Promise Me.
When war calls…faith is tested
In 1960, civil discord in Vietnam fills the news. After his college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of the military draft.

Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a barrier between them?

Meanwhile, the fiber of America’s unity stands on the precipice, while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young couple hope for at such a time as this?

Tell us a few things about yourself some folks may not know.
I don’t do well in elevators—I’m claustrophobic. I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel or jump rope. I played varsity girls’ basketball in high school.

What other writing have you done?
More than 200 of my articles, short stories, and devotions have been published in more than fifty secular and Christian periodicals. I wrote an inspirational newspaper column for seven years. I have six nonfiction books published, two of which I coauthored with Vickie Phelps.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
After reading Promise Me, I hope readers will understand that even when we might get angry with God about our circumstances, he always waits for us to return to him. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of my novels.

What was your inspiration for Promise Me?
Promise Me is the third and last book of the West Virginia Mountains series. My inspiration for the series came from visiting a college friend’s home in West Virginia where her daddy owned a coal mine. I saw the sparse living conditions and commendable work ethic of the miners and their families and wanted to put this in a story. As for the inspiration for Promise Me, as the series progressed the characters of Adriana and Patrick strengthened until they deserved a book of their own.

What parting wisdom do you wish to give those not book published?
We do have to prepare ourselves for writing by reading writing craft books and by attending writers’ conference. But besides all this, be prepared to exercise your patience muscles as you wait for responses from agents and publishers where you’ve sent your work.

Thank you, Jo Huddleston, for being featured here on my blog. 

Until next time . . . read Jo's Promise Me.

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