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I’m excited to be one stop along the way in a blog tour Jill Stengl is doing in honor of her new book, Until That Distant Day!

AuthorPhoto1Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.

She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!

 

I recently read Until That Distant Day and found myself staying up abominably late in order to finish the enthralling tale:

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Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.

But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to home.

Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones . . . even from one another?

 

“Jill Stengl is one of the rare authors with the ability to transport the reader to another world–a delightfully rich world of scent and sight and sound.” – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Echoes of Mercy

“Award-winning author Jill Stengl has created her greatest work yet in the inspiring and moving Until That Distant Day.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series.

This was my launch tour question for Jill: “Which character in your novel is most similar to you (or most different from you, if you want to take it that way instead)?”

Jill writes:

Colette DeMer, the “narrator” of Until That Distant Day, is probably the character most like me. I think of her as the type of woman I might have been had I been raised in her circumstances: a middle child and oldest girl in a large family, attractive to boys from an early age, never close to her parents or any other spiritual mentor, heavily influenced by a possessive, controlling, devious sibling. Life circumstances affect the character qualities we develop and our view of God.

She and I share unfortunate busybody tendencies and the compulsion to “fix” people or situations. She also has a familiar tendency to see and believe only good things and blind herself to unwelcome truths—a downside for us Pollyanna optimists.

Unlike me, Colette is a natural leader. When she sees something that needs doing, she does it. When she believes something needs to be said, she says it. However, bitter experience has tempered her tendency to act on impulse, and she struggles with self-doubt just like I do.

I suppose Colette, as my brain-child, “inherited” many of my thought processes, yet I can only admire her courage, tenacity, industry, and ability to brush off the opinions of other people. I wish!

Thank you so much for joining this blog tour, Stephanie. 🙂

It was my pleasGiveaway Prizeure, believe me!  In honor of the blog tour, Jill is doing a great giveaway of an autographed copy of Until That Distant Day through Tales of Goldstone Wood.

 

Also, for those who have yet to purchase Until That Distant Day, check out the great ebook deal below:

 

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Be sure to visit the rest of the launch tour locations for more answers from Jill:

May 5

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May 8

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May 10

May 11

May 12

May 13 – Giveaway Winner Announced

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