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Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com

 

 

Today we’re talking with Jaime Jo about her debut novel, The House on Foster Hill.

About the Book:

Outstanding Debut Novel from an Author to Watch

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–
including her own–are lost?

 

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ISBN-13: 9780764230288 Publisher: Bethany House

SHAREE: Jaime Jo, thank you so much for the opportunity to interview you! I absolutely LOVED The House on Foster Hill. It was my rewarding read after long stressful days. Even if it scared the daylights out of me at times. True story, I went on a writer’s retreat and couldn’t take the book with me because I was afraid to read it in my room alone 😉.

I joke that The House on Foster Hill is to blame for my tiredness because I could not put it down. So first, thank you so much for such a fascinating story. You’ve said this is your debut novel but I’m guessing it wasn’t your first book. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing journey? (how many books have you written, your journey to publication, etc.)

JAIME JO: I apologize for the fatigue and loss of sleep! LOL But I’m certainly happy THOFH lived up to its “unputdownable” rating. You’re correct. This is not my first novel, rather it is my sixth. The other five are locked away in a vault. You may exhume them upon my death. My journey to publication was long. It started when I was thirteen and first queried a publisher—Bethany House Publishers, to be honest. It took them twenty-seven years to sign me

SHAREE: I’m so glad Bethany House saw the light! Will we see a sequel?

JAIME JO: There will not be a sequel to THOFH. The stories there are completed and left to the reader’s imagination to add onto. However, I do have another story, similar in split-time style and suspense, entitled, “The Reckoning At Gossamer Pond”, which is due out in July, 2018.

SHAREE: OOOH just added it to my Goodreads MUST BE READ PILE. I love the uniqueness of your writing style. What gave you the idea to incorporate history and present-day situations into a romantic suspense?

JAIME JO: I always seen present day and history going hand in hand. Simply, because they cannot be separated. However, I will credit the idea of writing a split-story novel to my mentor, Colleen Coble, who first gave me the idea.

SHAREE: I am impressed that you tackled human trafficking in such a unique way. This is a topic that is near to my heart. Can you tell us about your research on the topic?

JAIME JO: Trafficking is a horrific crime. My research on the topic spans studying old articles and history books on the trauma that has long been in existence. I’ve also kept a present-day eye open to current events, having worked in youth ministry for over twenty years which involved a lot of rubbing elbows with social systems. I also had first hand hints of experience with it as my daughter was targeted and I had to report the culprit. So, the idea of trafficking is sickening and it’s well past time to be brought well into the light.

SHAREE: Wow, that brings it too close to home!

SHAREE: And now the fun stuff. Do you have a writing ritual? (favorite drink, music, etc.)?

JAIME JO: I’m sort of boring! I don’t have a ritual. My life isn’t conducive to a routine for writing. I typically grab snippets of fifteen minutes here and there to jot down words. I am a full-time career woman and a mother of two little ones, so being able to have a ritual is sort-of a dream that maybe someday I’ll get to experience.

SHAREE: I’m a career-woman-writing-mama too so I totally get that. Is there a reward you give yourself for meeting writing goals? (chocolate, coffee, etc.)

JAIME JO: Coffee isn’t really a reward, but a necessity. As for rewards, see? I really AM boring. I never thought of rewarding myself. I’m sort of the personality type that just does. I don’t even really set goals. I have some target word counts, but goals are often set ups for feelings of failure, so I just look at what needs to be done and, well, get it done. 😊

SHAREE: Type A personalities UNITE. LOL. Is there a muse?

JAIME JO: Can coffee be a muse? It’s probably more of my fuel. That being said, my family is my joy. They give me energy and are a huge part of my motivation.

SHAREE: Yay for families!! I am fascinated with names. How did you come up with the character names in the book?

JAIME JO: Well, truth be told, the names have very deep origins. *insert silly smile “Ivy”, is the name of my cat, and I couldn’t think of anything else at the time. “Kaine” was a suggestion from my writing sister because I also couldn’t think of anything at the time. LOL See? I am not a deep thinker at all. LOL *Jaime rolls eyes at herself

SHAREE: Well I must say, they worked out perfectly in the story how ever you came about them. If you could do anything different in the story, what would it be?

JAIME JO: I would love to write the story of Gabriella in full. Fill in all the missing pieces in her own novel. But alas, I think she is better off how she remains. 😊

SHAREE: Is there anything you want readers to know about The House on Foster Hill that we haven’t covered?

JAIME JO: Just that I love reviews! I love to read on Goodreads or Amazon or other media outlets what readers think! Even if they hated it, I really value honest reviews because it helps me know what readers prefer, and it builds that readerly community, which, for me, is half the fun!

SHAREE: I love that you want honest reviews and friends, you can read my honest review here of The House on Foster Hill

Thank you so much for being with us today! Friends, no lie, The House on Foster Hill is AH-MAZE-ING. Don’t miss it!

 

More Q&A with Jaime Jo:

Why did you write “The House On Foster Hill”?

I have always been fascinated by old “things”. Whether a building structure, old photographs, antiques, they make me feel as those time has been trapped within them and if they could only speak, the stories they tell would be stunning. I really grasped onto the old saying “if walls could speak” and envisioned an abandoned house with an unsolved mystery that spanned a century. How would that affect the generations? How might it create future individuals affected by a history they knew nothing about? So, I determined to explore that in the telling of Ivy and Kaine’s story, and most all, in the unknown life of a dead girl named Gabriella

What faith message do you want readers to take away from your book?

Hope! One of the central themes in the novel is asking the questions, “what is hope when life offers none?” and “where does a person find hope in tragic life events that God could have stopped?” I really want readers to travel through the gritty hardships of three women’s lives and to come to understand that our limited vision can underestimate God’s far more magnificent vision. We must learn to look with hope beyond our life’s circumstances, and to promises not limited by this world.

You mention on your website that you write, “suspense stained by history’s secrets”. What does this mean?

I created that phrase when I was repeatedly asked what I wrote and when I answered “suspense”, I received questions about the FBI, police, murder investigations, and so on. So I wanted to define that my stories are far more vintage in nature, and that while there are present day mysteries and suspense, they’re all very stained and saturated with the secrets of the past.

In many suspense novels, the victim of a murder is merely a launching point for the story. Why, in “The House On Foster Hill”, do you make the victim such a central and active part of the book?

It sounds weird, but Gabriella demanded to the be central figure of the book. She is the tie between the house, Ivy, Kaine, and the story that is aching to be told. Gabriella, as victim, had as much to tell as the house on Foster Hill, and together, their story unraveled in a unified tale.

Explain how romance can fit into a story as eerie sounding as “The House On Foster Hill?”

The human story doesn’t stop when mystery and suspense abounds. Sometimes it is those circumstances that thrust individuals together and creates an unbreakable bond. I enjoy incorporating romance as a subset to the mystery in my stories. Sometimes, honestly, a darker theme needs that lighter reprieve and hope is laced throughout romance. Hope for a future, for love, and for belonging.

Do you personally relate to any of the characters you created in “The House On Foster Hill?”

I relate a lot to Kaine. I’m a fierce protector of those I love, but not so much for myself. I question myself often, have a very distinct awareness of common sense and despise emotionalism in myself. Yet, in spite of that, I find I am far too often a bit irrational and inclined to respond from my heart versus my head. It’s almost an unrealistic pairing, so I figured if I must suffer with it, so would Kaine.

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Latayne Scott

I’m absolutely thrilled to have Ms. Latayne Scott here with us today. I first “met” Latayne through her book, Latter Day Cipher several years ago. Today, she’s with us to talk about her latest book A Conspiracy of Breath. GQ0T1072RT.jpg

SHAREE:

You have such an interesting writing history. Tell us how long you’ve been writing and what do you enjoy most about writing fiction?

LATAYNE:

I’ve been writing since early in grade school. For instance, when the teacher would give us students a list of spelling words, I’d make them into a story.

I believe that just as God’s mind is infinite, and He “calls things that are not, as though they were,” there is great delight in imagining things.  I love to think, “What if” about situations. I love hearing about an interesting, little-known fact of history, and supposing the backstory to it, the possibilities, the clashes and conjunctions of characters.

Actually, I pretty much entertain myself. Even though I live alone (my husband is disabled and lives in a care facility), and because I’m always writing something, I never get lonely, never get bored.

SHAREE:

I enjoy playing “what if” games when I’m writing, too. Makes my character’s lives more interesting 🙂

What do you hope readers of A Conspiracy of Breath takeaway from the story?

LATAYNE:

A lot of people think the “point” of the book was about a woman receiving revelation and writing Scripture. However, I want people to appreciate the sacrifices of early Christians, the “most-favored” people of history who lived around the time of Jesus, and yet suffered so grievously.  I also want people to gain from my book some tools and strategies for dealing with the possible loss of faith when readers encounter trials in their own lives. I think we Christians are in for a rough future.

SHAREE:

I’d give a hearty AMEN to that.

Have you received pushback about the idea of a woman writing the Book of Hebrews?

LATAYNE:

I recently did a recorded debate with someone with an opposing view. I’m a rotten debater. I defended my premise (and there’s lots of scholarly support for the idea that Priscilla wrote Hebrews), but also spent a lot of time responding to my opponent by saying, “Oh, gosh, really?  That’s interesting!  I didn’t know that!” etc.

I have found to my disappointment that people in general don’t want to push back about the idea.  Maybe it’s because of things like the title of Hebrews in the King James Version, which says Paul is the author and therefore people don’t know what other possibilities there might be.

SHAREE:

It’s definitely something I’d never considered before but I found your research fascinating.

What do you enjoy reading just for fun?

LATAYNE:

Well, the good news is I love the Bible.  The bad news is I love suspense and murder mysteries. Well, not really bad news. I learn a lot about pacing and plotting doing that.  I also learn what I won’t put up with in fiction, and try not to subject my readers to such things.

SHAREE:

I love suspense and mysteries too and appreciate a clean read.

On page 175 of A Conspiracy of Breath you mention Melchizedek not being a part of Abraham’s line. Was Melchizedek a Gentile?

LATAYNE:

I guess anyone who wasn’t in Abraham’s family was a Gentile.  So, I guess so – but never thought of it before!  That would make the priesthood of Jesus—the Melchizedek priesthood—not only NOT the Levitical priesthood, but not even Jewish!  Whoa!

By the way, my coauthor Dr. Steve Collins with whom I co-wrote Discovering the City of Sodom (Howard, 2012) has a very interesting theory. He says that Melchizedek was actually a local warlord as well as a priest.

SHAREE:

Wow! That’s wild!

Who is your favorite character in the story?

LATAYNE:

Oh, Cordelia. What a woman. She could maintain her faith in God, and wrangle with a stubborn best friend like Priscilla, and never become bitter. In fact, now that I think about it, I just realized she reminds me of another favorite heroine of fiction, Betsie Ten Boom from the non-fiction The Hiding Place. (Parenthetically, I’d like to mention that I got to meet Corrie Ten Boom before she passed to glory. What a woman, there, too.)

SHAREE:

No way! I’d start every conversation that way if I’d met Corrie Ten Boom. I must admit, Cordelia was my favorite too.

What was the biggest struggle you had in writing A Conspiracy of Breath?

LATAYNE:

Chronology. As far as I know, nobody before had ever developed a timeline of her life. I researched where her life intersected with that of Paul, but also how it intersected with such things as the reign of Nero and the building of the Roman Coliseum. (As it turns out, the Coliseum was finished after the time I wrote that Priscilla lived, so there was a no-intersection there.)  I also worked very hard on researching Roman names and customs, and also the writings of early Christian writers about Priscilla. I also found out that her family had a tomb complex in Rome which still exists today.

SHAREE:

How interesting! Roman history is very interesting to me.

**spoiler alert!!!***

What was Cordelia’s medical condition?

LATAYNE:

Cordelia was pregnant for decades.  Her pregnancy was ectopic (the fertilized egg developed outside the uterus, the fetus grew for months but died inside her and the body protected itself against it by calcifying it.)  In fact, this situation is a real medical condition and has happened just a few years ago and throughout history.

 

SHAREE:

Poor Cordelia!

Latayne, thank you so much for being here today!!!

 

Read more about Latayne and visit her on her website: http://latayne.com/

Latayne C. Scott writes controversial books. Her newest one, the critically acclaimed A Conspiracy of Breath, is based on the scholarly theory that a woman wrote part of the Bible. She has won awards for her writing, including from Pepperdine University, its “Distinguished Service Award.” Her first book, The Mormon Mirage – also controversial – has stayed in print almost continuously for almost 40 years. She has nearly two dozen other published books.

One notable recent book is about the discovery of the ancient Biblical city of Sodom (Discovering the City of Sodom). Her first novel is a murder mystery revolving around a code developed by the early Mormon church. Both are . . . controversial.

She’s also won a national award for humor. Her kids say she’s not so funny, but she just holds up the prize check.

With her sole-authored theological books, she is patron-supported and publishes those books exclusively with TSU Press.

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New Releases for November!

November 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

Rooted in Love by Valerie Comer — A divorcé with a set of rambunctious twins falls for the boys’ daycare administrator, but does he deserve another chance at love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Prescription for Romance by June Foster — Though history teacher Scott Townsend made a commitment to the Lord as a teen, he can’t relinquish his bitterness toward his younger brother after he squanders their parents’ money. When a beautiful, young pharmacist seeks affirmation in a way that challenges Scott’s values, he must uphold his Christian upbringing. (Contemporary Romance from Forget Me Not Romance [Winged Publication])

Believing in Tomorrow by Kimberly Rae Jordan — Sammi struggles to accept the consequences for her actions and to live with her new reality—unwed mother instead of wife and then mother. Though it eats at her soul, she feels that the judgment she faces is her lot to bear. Can Levi get Sammi to see that their child deserves better? Or will she lose everything she’s dreamed of for her tomorrow because she can’t accept that forgiveness is hers for the taking? (Contemporary Romance, ACFW QIP)

Texas Christmas Twins by Deb Kastner — Miranda Morgan’s Christmas will be twice as busy now that she’s guardian of her sister’s sweet twin babies. But the celebrity photographer is happy to trade a glamorous LA lifestyle for motherhood in her small hometown of Wildhorn, Texas. Unfortunately, the twins’ handsome godfather, Simon West, is unconvinced. The brooding rancher isn’t thrilled about letting sunny, spontaneous Miranda into his carefully managed world. Though they disagree on almost everything, Simon and Miranda discover common ground as they work to make the twins’ first country Christmas cozy and bright. Could this holiday transform Miranda and Simon’s tentative friendship into a forever love? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Historical:

The Legacy by Carol Ashby — A father’s martyrdom makes his son and daughter hunger for revenge on their brother who betrayed him and the people who led him to faith until God answers their father’s final prayer in unexpected ways. (Historical from Cerrillo Press)



Jerusalem Rising by Barbara M. Britton — When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit,God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David. Nehemiah challenges the people of God to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Will her father, who rules a half-district of Jerusalem, be forgotten forever? Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same stones they hope to construct? (Historical from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Historical Mystery:

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering — Amateur sleuth Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline travel to Scotland for the 1935 British Open, but instead of a relaxing holiday, they find murder, mystery, and international intrigue. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker])

Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky — The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville. (Historical Mystery from Flowing Stream Books)

Historical Romance:


The Virtuous Viscount by Susan M. Baganz — Lord Remington falls for a woman he rescues and recovers in his home, but can Miss Storm trust his virtue when he risks his reputation to unbeknownst to her, saves her life. (Historical Romance from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])


Lord Phillip’s Folly by Susan M. Baganz — Lord Westcombe finds himself falling in love with his unexpected wife and having to rescue her from the devices of the Black Diamond with the help of his friends and newfound faith. (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

The Regency Brides Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Susanne Dietze, Michelle Griep, Nancy Moser, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch — Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love…. Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago. Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism. Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans. Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret. Esther is empowered to choose between two men. Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash. Jamie and William face a daunting London season together. Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas — Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother–and nearly his own life–in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company. Larkin Heyward’s life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more–maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she’s never even met someone who’s lived there–until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father’s timber company. Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Legal Thriller:

Guilty Blood by Rick Acker — A desperate mother tries to prove her son’s innocence, but shadowy forces want to keep him in jail–and kill him there. (Legal Thriller from Waterfall Press)

Romantic Suspense:

An Unexpected Legacy by Amy R. Anguish — When Chad Manning introduces himself to Jessica Garcia at her favorite smoothie shop, it’s like he stepped out of one of her romance novels. But as she tentatively walks into a relationship with this man of her dreams, secrets from their past threaten to shatter their already fragile bond. Chad and Jessica must struggle to figure out if their relationship has a chance or if there is nothing between them but a love of smoothies. (Romantic Suspense from Tulpen Publishing)

Christmas Double Cross by Jodie Bailey — Undercover Texas Ranger Colter Blackthorn’s convinced Danielle Segovia is really a wanted criminal—until she’s nearly kidnapped right in front of him. Now Colter must keep her out of the clutches of the notorious drug cartel leader whose traitor sister is a dead ringer for Danielle. The drug czar wants the drugs he thinks the pretty shop owner stole from him. And with the younger brother Danielle is raising dragged into the crosshairs, Colt has to find a way to protect them both. But a showdown at Christmas—with Danielle as bait—may be the only way to make sure they all survive the holidays. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright — Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost? (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Speculative:

Awakened by Morgan L. Busse — The monster has awakened. After her escape from the Tower and from her father’s experiments, Kat Bloodmayne wakes up to discover the dark power inside of her has grown stronger. Now more than ever she needs to find the doctor who holds the key to healing her, but the only one who can help her find him is Stephen Grey, the very man who betrayed her. Stephen Grey cannot change the past or what he did to Kat, but he will do everything he can to help her now. But will Kat let him? Or will his transgression be too much to overcome? Time races against them as they travel with sky pirates through harrowing storms and across the war-torn country of Austrium in search of the doctor who can cure Kat. But can he cure what is broken inside of her? Or will the monster inside of Kat consume her soul? (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)