Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Mulberry Leaf Whispers Series: Brands from the Burning #2 Author: Linda Thompson Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink Release Date: December 15, 2020 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together. Which lives have value? In the highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson provides a riveting story inspired by true events. “Splendid story!… Rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope…. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.” – Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of Something Worth Doing “Gorgeous… not-to-be-missed…” – Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series 1587. Bartered off in a peace agreement to the ancient enemies of her illustrious house, is Sono a war prize, a hostage, or a bride? One hope sustains her. If she can provide an heir to the dashing husband she just met, she’ll ensure decades of peace for the beloved family she was forced to leave behind. But when a dark secret threatens her desperate bid to purchase their security, she must rise to a battle she never dreamed she’d fight. 1942. Akira Matsuura’s naval vessel explodes under enemy fire. Everything he has lived for disappears in flames with it. His command, his crew, his future—all lost. Worse, his honor is eternally decimated. A prisoner’s life is of value to no one. Least of all to himself. But a stunning twist reveals his family’s secret shame. Can a long-buried truth provide the vital spark that reignites his will to live? Thrill to two poignant journeys of courage, duty, and sacrifice, deftly woven through the centuries to inspire with dynamic faith that conquers despair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The hardest part about publishing books and the best thing about publishing books
The best thing is easy—that would be readers! My debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, was my labor of love for seven years. My new release, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, consumed me for three. So that transition from a list of scenes rattling around my head to a story that takes on life in readers’ minds and hearts is an epic moment.
It’s also very gratifying to have the privilege of giving new breath to old stories about real-world heroes. I like to write from life, because I think it’s even more encouraging when readers know the novels showcase real people with real faith confronting real struggles—and getting real God-engineered outcomes.
There are a lot of hard things. Figuring out how to get your book noticed among the tens of millions of titles on Amazon is a much bigger challenge than I’d anticipated. I’ve learned that, even when your novel gets “book bling” in the form of award stickers, readers don’t find it on their own. It takes a fair bit of entrepreneurial chutzpah to keep coming up with fresh ways to get the word out.
Deadlines are another nemesis that seems to be an integral part of the author gig. I’m not a fast writer. I’m an analytical with a compulsive need to get the details right, so I tend to really auger into the research. Plus I want to look at the issues from multiple perspectives to examine some of the real-world complexities of the history. The expectation that authors will bring out a new novel each year, while simultaneously serving as their own marketing departments, graphic artists, and website admins has just about pulled me under!
(1) winner will receive a copy of the soon-to-be-released audiobook for Linda’s award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, her latest release, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, in winner’s choice of Kindle or paperback format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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