Let’s travel back in time… but not too far! Jo Huddleston’s newest novel, Promise Me, is set during the 1960s. Jo is here to visit with us today, but before we begin, here’s a quick peek at 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?
Welcome, Jo! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? Any shade of blue.
I can roll with that! 😉 Favorite season? Fall. Not too hot and yet not cold.
Favorite writing snack? Whoppers (the candy)
Favorite animal? For a pet, a dog. To marvel at, an eagle.
Favorite movie? A toss-up between Gone With The Wind and Titanic.
Definitely a tough choice between those two! Tell us a little about Promise Me. What do you hope your readers take away from the story?
To be assured that no matter how unfair we think life is and how mad we may get at God, He is always waiting on the other side of our heart’s door for us to answer his knock and fellowship with Him.
Isn’t it amazing to think that He is big enough to handle our anger? We can be honest with Him, and He understands. That’s pretty cool! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m working on a novella set in the 1950s along Route 66 that takes you from Chicago to the California coast. After that I plan to write a standalone Southern historical romance novel set on some seashore.
Some of us are dreaming of seashores, I imagine… It’s that crazy time of year when escaping to the beach somewhere sounds wonderful! What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
Oh, writing the first draft. I only plot a tiny bit of a story in my head before I begin a novel but usually I have a vague idea of how it will end. I love to follow where my characters go and watch as the entire book unfolds with their help.
So you get to enjoy the adventure, too! 🙂 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
I am fortunate to have traveled to Hawaii and England, my two dreams. I would enjoy visiting America’s Grand Canyon.
There are so many awesome places to visit within the US. I hope you have an opportunity to see the Grand Canyon sometime soon! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Jo!
Your turn! Where in the US would you most like to travel or visit?
Jo Huddleston 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 her 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).
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Website (Read novel first chapters here): http://www.johuddleston.com
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Also by Jo:
Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?
Wait for Me is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together?
West Virginia, 1960
A mine owner. An elegant lady.
Seductive voices that scoff at trust.
Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.
Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t she trust him when he tells her he’ll never betray her?
All three books are also available as a set! You can find more information on the set here.
‘Promise Me’ Giveaway:
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