Blog Tour: Something Worth Doing Author Interview

SOMETHING WORTH DOING
A Novel of an Early Suffragist
by
Jane Kirkpatrick
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction 
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 1, 2020 
Number of Pages: 336
 
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Some things are worth doingeven when the cost is great

In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old schoolteacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls herand prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote. 


Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces.
 
PRAISE FOR SOMETHING WORTH DOING:

“I have long admired Jane Kirkpatrick’s rich historical fiction, and Something Worth Doing is well worth reading! Oregonian Abigail Duniway is a vibrant, fiercely passionate, and determined activist who fought for women’s suffrage. Women of today have cause to respect and admire heras well as the loving, patient, and supportive husband who encouraged her to continue ‘the silent hunt.'” Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love 

 
“On the trail to Oregon, young Jenny Scott lost her beloved mother and little brother and learned that no matter what, she must persist until she reaches her goal. Remembering her mother’s words‘a woman’s life is so hard’the young woman who became Abigail Scott Duniway came to understand through observation and experience that law and custom favored men. The author brings alive Abigail’s struggles as frontier wife and mother turned newspaper publisher, prolific writer, and activist in her lifelong battle to win the vote and other rights for women in Oregon and beyond. Jane Kirkpatrick’s story of this persistent, passionate, and bold Oregon icon is indeed Something Worth Doing!” Susan G. Butruille, author of Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, now in a 25th anniversary edition


Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn’t Say, All Together in One Place, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. 
 
Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar.
 


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Interview with Jane Kirkpatrick,

author of Something Worth Doing 

 

How does your book relate to your training and spiritual practice?

My training or profession is in mental health. My clinical internships were at a Lutheran Family Services center and at a regional burn center. Both were places where I learned about healing and story and found myself schooled by the people who came to us for help. They helped me as well.

When I began writing about the lives of historical women, I discovered I hadn’t left my healing profession behind. Stories heal and inspire. Not surprisingly, the characters heal the writer, too. In Something Worth Doing, the character struggles with the balance of service and family and how to be present in both. That’s the journey of an author, I think, and my spiritual journey as well.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Rewriting it! I was working on a nonfiction chapter about the same historical woman at the center of the novel Something Worth Doing and, somehow, in the novel I lost the story thread and peppered it with facts! Facts are good, of course. I want the stories to be authentic and historically accurate, but the story needs to come first. So, I needed to rewrite it. My editor’s suggestions have made it a better book—at least I think so!

Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work?

After my first book, A Sweetness to the Soul, came out, a reader sent me a note saying my writing reminded them of their favorite author, Francine Rivers. I quickly picked up her books and fell in love. Her attention to detail, her depth of character development, and her weaving of faith and spirit have all influenced my own writing. Wallace Stegner’s book Angle of Repose and his other works inspire my love of the West.

 

Do you have any strange writing habits or writing rituals you’d like to share with your readers?

Funny you should ask! I get up really early to write, between 4 and 5:00 a.m., and as I get closer to finishing the book, I get up earlier and earlier, sometimes at 1:30 in the morning. I usually finish my writing day by stopping in the middle of a sentence so I always have a place to begin the next day. Doing that keeps me from having writer’s block.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

I once joined my husband and his hunting partner on a trip into the mountains. The hunting partner didn’t want “a girl” in camp, but he let me come along. I was a good go-fer, never complaining, and at the end of the day he said to my husband,  “Well, she weren’t no trouble and she even helped some.” I’d like that on my tombstone.



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Blog Tour: Ain’t Nobody

AIN’T NOBODY
NOBODY
by
HEATHER HARPER ELLETT
Genre: Murder Mystery / Southern Noir / Dark Humor
Publisher: Polis Books
Date of Publication: September 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 336
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Named a Best Debut of Fall/Winter 2019 by Library Journal, Ain’t Nobody Nobody is the story of a disgraced East Texas sheriff, his dead best friend’s surly teenage daughter, and a naive ranch hand who find unlikely redemption in a murdered hog hunter on a fence. 
 
Part Breaking Bad and part Faulkner, this tragi-comic mystery is perfect for readers who enjoy dark humor (think Fargo) and like their crime fiction with a literary flare. 
A Best Mystery of 2019 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Rating :★★★★★

Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from Lone Star Literary Life partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copies used in those are finalized copies sent to me in exchange for my honest review.  #partner #LSBBT

This book is a debut novel for Heather Ellett. It dives into a murder mystery that takes place in the backwoods of an East Texas town. A town where everybody knows everybody and everything that happens. Randy Mayhill carries grief, shame, and regret everywhere he goes. He spends time trying to redeem the mistakes of his past and his involvement in his friend’s death. All Randy Mayhill ever wanted to do was become a sheriff but now even after his friend’s death and the loss of his job, he’s still carrying the guilt and shame. In an effort to relieve some of the guilt, he makes it his mission to do whatever he can to be available to Birdie and Onie, the daughter and mother of his late friend. But in a town overcome by feral hogs where the only murders that take place are the hogs when a dead body shows up on the fence of his late friend’s family house Randy steps into action. Birdies isn’t saying anything, Onie isn’t talking, and Bradley the helper looks frightened and isn’t saying a word. However, when Randy goes to dispose of the body, it’s gone. Randy must come out of his seclusion to solve a murder mystery and keep another scandal away from Van’s household as he continues to seek redemption for his friend’s death. Only one problem, Randy isn’t the Sherrif in town anymore and no one is giving him answers. The story continues to unfold with twists and turns and an ending that will leave you shocked, proud, and in tears. Who is the mystery man on the fence? What is Birdie’s involvement in his death? Where is Bradley? This story will take you on a wild East Texas backroad ride that will involve deception, redemption, grief, loss, and revenge. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way it is written. I have not encountered a book quite like it recently. It is known from the first page that the author spent time working to develop each character and the storyline. It is a challenge to write a story in a way that allows the reader to build an emotional connection with the characters but this author did just that. You feel the grief, guilt, loss, regret, pain, emanating from each page. Each main character and supporting character’s story intertwines in such an effortless way that every character feels just as vital as the next. For example, we get a hint of Bradley’s backstory in parts of this novel but it just enough to understand his connection to the plot. Also, I was completely shocked at the ending and was not expecting it. The author does a superb job closing out this story in such a way that it still leaves you wanting more. I laughed at the end because I could not have seen this story ending in any other way. 

The author does a phenomenal job telling this story in a way that is both humorous in some areas and tragic in others. The author uses a unique approach to telling the story where the narrator is both involved in the telling of the story but also a commentator, providing insights in every chapter. This allows the story to feel more realistic and engages the reader in the development of each character. She uses descriptive text to express the character’s emotions in a realistic manner that allows the story to feel real when reading. This book will have you laughing, crying, gasping, and shocked all in one sitting. If you’re looking for a unique Texas read that will have you enveloped from the beginning try to solve a small-town mystery, then this is your book. It will capture your attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this Texas-based murder mystery for any interested in a tragically humorous adult mystery that will have you captured from the beginning. Click the link below to purchase this item or try your luck at the giveaway. Either way, get your hands on this book!

 


 


 

Born and raised in East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a therapist in private practice. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

 
 

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2017- Recap

Hi there,

Thanks for following my blog. I hope you have enjoyed my reviews thus far. I hope to continue to post one review a week and keep four reviews a month. This year has been an awesome year as I am now a full time Youth Services Librarian. I enjoy reading a wide range of books and interacting with a diverse set of readers. My instagram has grown as well as my group of friends.

Here are my top books from 2017:

  1. Red Queen
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
  3. The Ivory Rite
  4. Brave
  5. Mustaches for Maddie
  6. They Both Die at the End
  7. Turtles All The Way Down
  8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe-
  9. Words on Bathroom Walls
  10. . Warcross
  11. Giant Days
  12. We Are All Made of Molecules
  13. Court of Fives

2018 Reading Goals:

  1. Read 75 books
  2. Post four reviews a month
  3. Finish at least two books off my shelf
  4. Have at least four QA’s with four authors
  5. Read something outside of my comfort zone

What are your reading goals for 2018? Have you signed up for any challenges? Cheers to 2018 and cheers to new goals!