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"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right--in the way that's best for us."
Do you really believe that, Mother?" Peter asked quietly.
Yes," she said, "I do believe it--almost always--except when I'm so sad that I can't believe anything. But even when I don't believe it, I know it's true--and I try to believe it."— E. Nesbit

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Favorite Classics Winner!

Hello, my dear readers!  Thank you so much for helping me to celebrate my birthday in style.  As promised, I pooled all of your comments and drew a random name as the winner of the Favorite Classics Giveaway.

And the winner is...

SARAH!
 
Congratulations, Sarah!  E-mail me at aruvidich@gmail.com to claim your prize: one print (or eBook, if you would rather not give out your address) copy of any book from the list!
 
Again, thank you so much for joining me this past week to celebrate.  Many happy returns to all of you!
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: Pendragon's Heir, by Suzannah Rowntree

Hello, dear readers!  I have a treat for you today!  Suzannah Rowntree, authoress of the lovely blog Vintage Novels, has written a novel of her own!


I love the elegant simplicity and color scheme of the cover.

Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It's been years since she even wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more dangerous and awe-inspiring than she ever dreamed of--or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortals, daring knights, and deadly combats, with a murderous witch-queen on her trail and the future of a kingdom at stake. As the legendary King Arthur Pendragon and his warriors face enemies without and treachery within, Blanche discovers a secret that could destroy the whole realm of Logres. Even if the kingdom could be saved, is she the one to do it? Or is someone else the Pendragon's Heir?

I don't know about you guys, but I cannot wait to get my hands on this!  If you're interested (and you should be), enter Suzannah's giveaway for an eBook copy, add the book on Goodreads, and follow Suzannah's blog!

And while you wait for Pendragon's Heir, which should release on March 26th, keep commenting on the classic book series!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Favorite Classic Books: Number One...

Which playwright wrote about ill-fated romance, predestined history, two sets of identical twins (in the same play!), madness, mystery, love, and an exceptional number of men-actors playing women disguised as men?

I'll give you a hint.  They call him the Bard.

I am pleased to introduce to you my favorite classic of all time: the Complete Plays of William Shakespeare!

"But Allison!" you may respond.  "That's not one classic; it's thirty-eight!"

To which I respond: "Pfffft!"

Shakespeare did everything.  He wrote comic plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Comedy of Errors.  He wrote tragic plays: Hamlet, Macbeth.  He wrote great plays: King Lear, The Merchant of Venice.  He wrote really, really bad plays: Timon of Athens (there's a reason you've never heard of it), Love's Labour's Lost.

He wrote poetry, too: some dry court stuff and some very lovely sonnets.  But mainly Shakespeare wrote plays: incredibly powerful, incredibly beautiful plays that are always, always worth reading.  Even... Timon of Athens.

Because for every time I yawned over a confusing monologue, another ten held me riveted.  Sure, not all of his plays make sense.  Sure, I may not read all of them again.  But remember when Macbeth finally despaired-- "Out, out, brief candle!" (Macbeth, 5.5.23).  When Shylock lost everything he held dear (The Merchant of Venice)?  And when Puck describes himself as "That merry wanderer of the night" (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1)?

Here is what you should not do after reading this.  You should not be so fired through with poetic fervor that you race to your local bookstore and buy the Complete Plays of William Shakespeare.  Because if you buy the complete plays of William Shakespeare in one volume, the font will be size negative six.  If you read thirty-eight plays of font size negative six, you will strain your eyes, and you will sue me, and I will have to pay your ophthalmologist bills.

The moral of the story: read the plays in individual volumes.

If you haven't read Shakespeare yet, then I suggest you start with A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Don't read it; see it first, fall in love with it, then read it.  If you've read Shakespeare before, then I can recommend my personal favorite play: King Lear.  (The first servant!  His duel!  *sniffles*)

And so, dear readers, concludes the favorite classic books series!  Keep commenting on these posts to earn entries in the favorite classic books giveaway, the winner of which will be announced on the 28th.  As for me, I will celebrate by going out tomorrow to see a production of my favorite Shakespeare play: King Lear!

1. The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare.
2. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
3. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
4. Idylls of the King, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
5. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

Monday, February 23, 2015

Favorite Classics: Number Two-- The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

(You knew this was coming.)

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.

So begins The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien.  If you're like me, you've read this line a thousand times, so often that you scarcely need to see the words to remember what they say.

Like so many other great books, I read The Hobbit in third grade, the year I started homeschooling.  Shortly after I went nuts for The Book of Three and Harry Potter, my Wonderful Mother, wondering if it mightn't be unhealthy for me to reread books so much, dug through her old childhood classics and pulled out a yellow, vintage novel with close print and her childish signature in the front.  The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I wish I could tell you that I devoured it in one sitting and that it became an instant favorite.

But... I can't.

I'm rather ashamed of this next part.

I obligingly sat down and read the first two chapters.  Dwarves!  Songs!  Hoods!

And then I reached chapter three, where Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves reach Rivendell and the merry, pretty, singing elves.  Now, shortly before reading this book, I had fallen in love with Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series (a series which has since fallen out of favor with me), and I knew with conviction that elves were stern, tough people, and they-- did not-- sing!

So I threw down The Hobbit and declared that I hated it.  I was young and stupid then.

Time passed.  And one miserable, wet, rainy day, I was in the mood for a new book.  A distant memory of adventure and song floated through my mind, and I picked up The Hobbit again.  I was a little older, a little wiser.  I loved it.

The Hobbit is beautiful, innocent, childlike, and, above all, a portal to what I believe is the most interesting fantasy world ever created.  It has dwarves, halflings, wizards, magic, adventure, a dragon, but above all, it has the faint, nostalgic recollection of the good old days of England before war came to Europe, when Tolkien was young.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

You remember the drill from last year!  Comment on any of the favorite classics posts to be entered in the favorite classics giveaway!  Entries are capped at one per post, but feel free to comment more.  This series will conclude tomorrow, the 24th, to celebrate my birthday, and I will announce the winner on the 28th, so you can enter until then.  As for the hint for tomorrow's book: this dramatic collection is tragic, comic, historical, tricky to read, and great fun!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Character Spotlight: Jaye L Knight

Hello, friends, Romans, and readers (but mainly Romans)!  Today I am proud to present to you the authoress, Jaye L Knight, who recently published her latest novel, The King's Scrolls!

I love the colors.  So warm!
 
 

Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
 

 Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
 

When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
 
Available on Amazon!

Haven’t begun the adventure into Ilyon? From February 17th - 23rd, get Resistance , the award-winning first book of Ilyon Chronicles for your Kindle on sale for only 99 cents! Check it out on Amazon!

 
And now on to the author!
 
 
 Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
 
 You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.
 
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed Epic Winter giveaway! Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
 
I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of her (new!) characters... Aaron!
 

Appearance: Short brown hair, midnight blue eyes, strong and athletic, 5’8” tall.
 
Age: 32
 
Race: Half human/half crete
 
History: Aaron is the son of a crete miner and human woman and is Timothy’s older brother. Since his late teens, Aaron has worked in the mines of the Graylin Valley. It’s exhausting labor, but he does it willingly to help take care of his brother and keep him from needing to become a miner himself. Being twelve years older than Timothy, Aaron takes his responsibility to look out for and protect his brother very seriously.
 
 Author Notes: Aaron very nearly didn’t make it into Ilyon Chronicles. He was a character who floated around in my mind since shortly after Timothy came to be, but I wasn’t sure he was absolutely necessary to the story. That has been one thing I’ve tried hard to do with Ilyon Chronicles—not include any characters who aren’t necessary to furthering the story. Here are my notes from August 12, 2012 that show my struggle.
 
 I’m having trouble making up my mind. I have an idea for a character I think would be really cool, but is he necessary? I can’t put a character in just because I like him. He must have a purpose. The idea I’ve been thinking of is giving Timothy an older brother. I really like some of my ideas, but is it necessary? Also, would Timothy be better on his own? Ugh, I just really like what I imagine for his brother, but I just can’t make up my mind. The problem is, I’ll have to decide soon. Well, one way or another, I think I’ll call him Aaron. It suits him.
 
 So how did I make up my mind? I went to see The Bourne Legacy with my mom and brother, which happened to have just come out in theaters. You see, it was the previews for that movie that inspired Aaron in the first place. Right from the beginning, I pictured him as Jeremy Renner. And yes, The Bourne Legacy is also where the name Aaron came from. Seeing him in that movie fueled my ideas for my own Aaron and really brought the character to life in my mind. I knew I had to include him in the story. I wasn’t quite sure yet what his purpose would be, but he actually turned out to be a pivotal piece of how things came together. I’m not sure how it would have worked without him. It’s one of those moments I know God was quietly guiding me and the story.
 
Once I started writing Aaron, I quickly realized how much I adored his character. I love the fight in him and his sarcasm and stubbornness. He’s a very tough character—he has to be with the way life is for him and his family. And I just love how he cares for Timothy. Sibling relationships are one of my favorite things to write about, and Aaron and Timothy are especially fun.
 

How fun is that?  I hope you love reading Ms. Knight's new novel, readers.  And I hope you check out the rest of the blog tour!
 
 
Tuesday, February 17
 
·         Tour Introduction at Jaye L. Knight
·         Author Interview at Crafty Booksheeps
·         Review at Musings of a Middle Age Author
·         Author Interview at Seasons of Humility
·         Author Interview and Book Spotlight at A Brighter Destiny
·         Review and Author Interview at A Writer’s Heart
 
 Wednesday, February 18
·         Review at To Be A Person
·         Author Interview at Leah’s Bookshelf
·         Review at The Destiny of One
·         Author Interview and Book Spotlight at Reflection
·         Author Interview and Character Spotlight (Liam) at Thilly Little Nothings
·         Author Interview at Dreams and Dragons
·         Book Spotlight at One Servant's Heart
·         Book Spotlight at Venturing to Other Worlds
 
Thursday, February 19
 
·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
·         Review and Author Interview at Crumpets 'n' Cream
·         Character Interview (Marcus) at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
·         Review and Author Interview at Spreading the Word
·         Character Spotlight (Marcus) at Reflection
·         Author Interview at Rivershore Books
·         Review and Author Interview at Red Lettering
·         Review at Written Rest
 
Friday, February 20
 
·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
·         Review at Melody Jackson, Author
·         Review at Anything, Everything
·         Author Interview at Guns and Roses
·         Character Interview (Talas) at The Writer’s Window
·         Review at O. Scarlett! Reviews
·         Review and Author Interview at Zerina Blossom
·         Review at Leah’s Bookshelf
 
Saturday, February 21
 
·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
·         Review at The American Anglophile
·         Review and Book Spotlight at Vic's Media Room
·         Author Interview at Butterflies of the Imagination
·         Review and Author Interview at Tialla’s Tellings
·         Review and Character Interview (Liam) at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
·         Character Spotlight and Character Interview (Timothy) at Written Rest
 
Sunday, February 22
 
·         Review and Author Interview at Claire M. Banschbach- Thoughts and Rants
·         Character Spotlight (Aaron) at The Art of Storytelling
·         Book and Character Spotlight (General Veshiron) at Tell Tale Book Reviews
·         Review at Reality Calling
·         Character Spotlight (Leetra) at Zerina Blossom
 
Monday, February 23
 
·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
·         Character Interview (Captain Darq) at Knitted By God's Plan
·         Review at Backing Books
·         Realm Explorers post at Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
·         Character Interview (Aaron) at However Improbable
·         Character Spotlight (Daniel) at Finding the True Fairy Tale
·         Author Interview at Pencils Can Change the World
 
Tuesday, February 24
 
·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes
·         Review at Shire Reviews
·         Review and Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
·         Review and Author Interview at The Pen of a Ready Writer
·         Character Interview (Leetra) at A Writer’s Faith
 
Wednesday, February 25
 
·         Tour Conclusion at Jaye L. Knight

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Classics: Number Three-- Middlemarch, by George Eliot

“Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”

So says Mary Ann Evans, alias George Eliot, in her massive, gorgeous novel, Middlemarch.

Dorothea Brooke-- young, beautiful, and quite, quite bored with provincial country life-- leaps at the first chance of marriage she gets, to a self-proclaimed notable scholar of mythology.  As her own dreams and preconceptions fade, their absence allows her to see those around her clearly: irresponsible Fred, desperately trying to prove himself worthy of the girl he loves; Rosamond, his sister, prepared to sacrifice her husband's happiness for his success; and Ladislaw, the cousin of Dorothea's husband, who falls more and more in love with the young, unhappy Dorothea, whose reputation he refuses to tarnish.

This is the village of Middlemarch.  A vividly colored, skillfully drawn novel that captures the individual lives of villagers and their eventual intersections.

As for how I came by it, I can only say that my literature teacher knows me well.  After class ended for winter break, she recommended two novels for me to devour until class resumed.  (The other was Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, which I also enjoyed but did not make the list.)

Middlemarch's brilliance is that it captures multiple plots, spins them into a cohesive story, and never makes one more interesting than the others.  So what that it doubles as a three-pound hand-weight!  Within Middlemarch's almost-eight-hundred pages is a close, hard look at what makes a marriage, what makes a village, and what makes a life.

What can I say about Middlemarch?  It is beautiful.  It is brilliant.  And in case you are interested, it is shorter than Les Miserables!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Favorite Classics: Number Four--Idylls of the King, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson


"Alas for Arthur's greatest knight, a man
Not after Arthur's heart!  I needs must break
These bonds that so defame me: not without
She wills it: would I, if she will'd it? nay,
Who knows? but if I would not, then may God,
I pray him send a sudden Angel down
To seize me by the hair and bear me far
And fling me deep in that forgotten mere,
Among the tumbled fragments of the hills."

So groan'd Sir Lancelot in remorseful pain,
Not knowing he should die a holy man.

-- "Elaine," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

So concludes my favorite poem from my favorite poetry collection of my favorite poet: The Idylls of the King, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  (Idylls, by the way, means a lovely, beautiful scene that often cannot be sustained.  I had to look it up.)

How did I come upon this fairly obscure collection, you may ask?  I shall tell you.

For my freshman year of high school, I had to write a thesis.  This may sound ambitious to you.  It certainly sounded ambitious to me.  But my writing coach insisted I would be fine if I followed fifteen-plus simple steps.

I was not fine.  It was a dreadful thesis.  It was mainly a dull, uninspired recounting of the Arthurian legends in their various forms, revolving around the argument that none of them really existed anyway-- which, as a friend once pointed out, is a somewhat difficult thesis statement to elaborate on since no one ever disagreed with it in the first place.

But it counted for a decent chunk of my grade, so I did my best on it.  I immersed myself in Arthurian legends: Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (well, some of it); the more interesting bits of several different versions of Tristan and Iseult; Chretien de Troyes's romances; excerpts from Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur; T. H. White's delightful The Sword in the Stone; and, finally, a queer little poem called Elaine by a poet I hardly knew.

 It was enchanting.  Lovely.  Spritely, shimmering, and all sorts of ephemeral adjectives that don't quite make sense in context but seize my poetic soul.

 Young, romantic Elaine, a lady in her own right, falls desperately in love with Sir Lancelot and (spoilers!) dies of grief when he refuses her.  And O! how I felt for Elaine, who everyone pinched companionably on the cheek and said how adorable her crush on Lancelot was, never realizing that her broken heart had never ceased bleeding dry...

 *sniffles*

 But I had yet to discover the crowning gem of Tennyson's Arthurian poems: the haunting, elegiac The Lady of Shalott, which, although not technically part of his Idylls, is often included with it.

 On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-towered Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round and island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Although focusing once again on Elaine (or a character so similar as to be identical), the titular Lady of Shalott, this earlier poem bears little resemblance to its successor.  It has divinely lovely imagery that makes no sense whatsoever.  I have no opinion on its meaning, but it, for me, is the pinnacle of Romantic poetry.

 This poem alone does not secure this collection its spot on my favorites shelf, however.  This collection has a personal significance for me.

 While vacationing in Alabama for New Year's, I stayed with my wonderful aunt and uncle.  While lounging around between a massive breakfast and an equally hearty lunch, my wonderful aunt mentioned that my wonderful grandmother had sent down a collection of old books she thought I might like-- my taste for old books being widely known in the family.

 The first one I reached for was Idylls of the King.  And upon opening it, I saw signatures marching across the front page in faded, lovely handwriting.  James Edward.  Richard Kerrick.  John Emmet.  Walter Vincent.  Mary Eleanor.  Mary Agnes.  And finally, Mary Bernadette.

 My great-great uncles.  My great-great grandparents.

 My family.

 So yes, I love Tennyson's Idylls of the King.  How can I not, when a passion for it runs five generations back?
 
Reminder: You remember the drill from last year!  Comment on any of the favorite classics posts to be entered in the favorite classics giveaway!  Entries are capped at one per post, but feel free to comment more.  This series won't take place consecutively but will be scattered around blog tours and interviews until it concludes on my birthday, the twenty-fourth.  As for the hint for tomorrow's book: what happens when one novel follows the individual plotlines of an entire village?

(Also: Hurrah for my fiftieth post!)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Author Interview: Michelle Onuorah

Hello, readers!  I hope you remember yesterday's book review, because today I have Michelle N. Onuorah for an interview!

But first-- about her new book!


I love the look on her face!


Orphaned. 

Neglected. 

Damaged and abused.

 Jane Daugherty has survived what can only be described as the childhood from hell. After years of mental, physical, and sexual abuse, she has become a fiercely independent young woman - closed off from human connection. Unable to believe in people or their capability to be kind, she has vowed to build a new life for herself so that she never has to rely on, or trust, others again. At 24-years-old, she is fulfilling this vow, successfully working as the youngest tenure-track professor at the University of New York.

  Brilliant and remarkably accomplished, Jane's life takes an unexpected turn when she is reunited with the childhood friend she protected in foster care. Alexa Masterson introduces Jane to the family that adopted her, a family that includes her older brother, Aiden Masterson. Instantly drawn to each other, Aiden and Jane embark on a relationship that will either destroy them both or shape them into the man and woman they were always meant to be. Can what started as lust transform into love? And what will bring about the transformation that they ultimately need?

 Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

 
Allow me to introduce Ms. Onuorah!
 
Michelle N. Onuorah is the bestselling author of Remember Me, Type N, and Taking Names. She wrote and published her debut book, Double Identity, at the tender age of thirteen and has been writing ever since. A graduate of Biola University, Michelle continues to write and publish under her company, MNO Media, LLC . You can learn more about Michelle at www.mnomedia.com and like her page at www.facebook.com/authormichelleonuorah.

Hello, Ms. Onuorah!  First off, please tell me about yourself.  What are you like?

Hi Allison, thanks for having me! Oh boy, where do I start? I am 24-years-old and I’ve been writing since elementary school (initially for fun). I graduated from Biola University in southern California two years ago and have been writing professionally ever since. I release my work under my publishing company, MNO Media LLC. If you asked friends or family about my personality, many would say that I am bold, driven, intelligent, and persistent. I personally think I’m kind but that’s an attribute one can always increase, don’t you think? : )

After reading your bio, I am very impressed at how early your literary career began!  To contrast that, the title character of Jane is a professor of literature who never mentions writing of her own.  How much did your passion for words feed hers, and where does it differ?

Thank you! I recently wrote on my Facebook page that it has been just over ten years this month since I released Double Identity at fourteen. It wasn’t the best writing but I got my start by simply saying “Why not?” and I moved forward with something most teens wouldn’t try. My passion for writing began with my passion for reading and that is an attribute Jane and I share. We both use it as an escape mechanism - she had to use it for much more traumatic reasons - I use it for leisure. The difference between the two of us is that she never feels a pull to create art in the form of words. She’ll enjoy a story, discuss it and reflect on it - but her passion for creating art comes out in photography. I like to shoot beautiful landscapes as well - but I’m nowhere near as good at it as I’ve written Jane to be.

Jane tackles many issues such as race, abuse, extramarital relationships, and trust.  Did these naturally come into your writing, or did you specifically target these themes?

I love these questions! With regards to the issues Jane covers, I honestly started with a more simple premise: the idea of writing a story about a woman who was deeply hurt on a level most people (thankfully) never experience. But rather than being completely broken by her pain, she used much of it to fuel her to outward success. At the same time, the wound never completely healed on the inside of her - it was masked by her achievement. Her relationship with Aiden exposes this wound and pushes her to get the healing she needs - which can only come from God. The issue of race was somewhat part and parcel of featuring an interracial couple but I wouldn’t say it is the main point of the story - more so a facet of it. The abuse she experienced plays a huge role in who she is and what she has to overcome emotionally and spiritually. This completely ties with her trust issues and how that frays at her relationships - even her capacity to start relationships with others.

The extramarital - or pre-marital - aspect of the book was an opportunity to confront the myths of modern day relationships. Romance often glorifies pre-marital sex and boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, using marriage as a bumper sticker for a deeply intimate relationship when it’s really the other way around - at least in my opinion. In my first romance, Remember Me, I wrote to emphasize the beauty of marital love. In this novel, I’m writing to emphasize the necessity of it.

The characters of Jane have a wide variety of opinions on different issues, which I loved.  Were they inspired by people in your own life?  How did you portray people with such different backgrounds and ideas while still remaining respectful of their beliefs, identities, and integrity?

I really wanted to write a book that was realistic in terms of the diversity of thought and opinion amongst people. Unfortunately, whether in Christian fiction or secular fiction, very rarely do I find people who have different opinions, much less discuss them in a way that is respectful. I know it can and does happen because I’ve had conversations with people of different religions, sexual orientation, races, etc. who have differed with me but understood my heart and my character enough not to make accusations against me.

I think we live in a climate of intolerance and it’s occurring on both sides of the aisle, be it political, religious, social, etc. Democrats are just as disrespectful as Republicans. The LGBT community can be just as vitriolic as “Bible thumpers.” I wanted to show that it’s okay to disagree - that doesn’t mean the person disagreeing with you is bad or hateful or homophobic - it simply means they are a person who disagrees with you. And if they do it respectfully, you have no right to berate them. I often say, and this quote has picked up steam on Goodreads: You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to dictate mine.

I think it’s important to recognize that people should be treated by their character and integrity and not so much by their perspective (which can change). I portrayed these people with different backgrounds and ideas with respect because I remembered they were people (well, in the context of the book at least : ) ).

And finally, what can we expect next from you?  Are you writing another book now?
 
Next month, I will begin work on a dystopian thriller called Atlas Died, predicated on the question: what if America’s middle class became extinct? And what if freedom of expression, particularly religious freedom, was abolished? I’m really excited about it. I am also very aware of my readers who are waiting for the final book in my Type N trilogy. I hope to write that towards the end of the year. People can stay abreast of things by following me on Facebook (facebook.com/authormichelleonuorah) or checking in at my website (www.mnomedia.com).

Thanks so much for the interview, Ms. Michelle!  You had wonderful, thoughtful responses, and it was a privilege to interview you.

If you're interested in reading Jane, enter the giveaway Ms. Michelle is hosting!  And be sure to follow the rest of the tour:

Saturday, February 14th

-          Guest Post at To Be A Person

-          Review at The Art of Storytelling

Sunday, February 15th

-          Interview at The Art of Storytelling

Monday, February 16th

-          Interview  at Crafty Booksheeps

Wednesday, February 18th

-          Review at Remain in His Love

Friday, February 20th

-          Review at Crafty Booksheeps

 Saturday, February 21st

-          Review at The Book Junkie Reads. . .

 Monday, February 23rd

-          Review at Kim Talks Books

 Tuesday, February 24th

-          Review at i blog 4 books

 Wednesday, February 25th

-          Review at To Be A Person

 Friday, February 27th

-          Review at Romance Between the Covers

 Saturday, February 28th

-          Book Spotlight at Musings Of An IR Romance Junkie