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Reviews, author interviews, and discussion about the best in Christian historical fiction.

Christian Historical Fiction Talk Liz Tolsma

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Reviews, author interviews, and discussion about the best in Christian historical fiction.

    Episode 58 - Author Chat with Bryan Litfin

    Episode 58 - Author Chat with Bryan Litfin

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    Every Knee Shall Bow by Bryan Litfin
    The year is AD 316. Imperial persecution has ended, but Christianity's future still hangs in the balance. Will churches rise in Rome where pagan temples once stood? Will the true Scriptures replace the myths of the gods? Will Jupiter finally bow the knee to the Lord Jesus?

    For the first time in history, the Roman emperor supports the church. Bishop Sylvester sends Flavia from her convent to seek Emperor Constantine's permission to build great churches and determine the canon of Scripture. But the enemies of God are on the move. Joined by Rex, Flavia's beloved protector who has fought his way out of exile, the two friends cross the empire by land and sea on an epic quest to free the Roman people from the tyranny of the ancient gods.

    Bristling with tension and undergirded by impeccable historical research, this tale of courage, defiance, and humble submission to God continues the captivating saga of two unlikely allies in the age of imperial Christianity.

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    Don't miss out on the first book in the series, The Conqueror.
    It is AD 312. Rome teeters on the brink of war. Constantine's army is on the move. On the Rhine frontier, Brandulf Rex, a pagan Germanic barbarian, joins the Roman army as a spy and special forces operative. Down in Rome, Junia Flavia, the lovely and pious daughter of a nominally Christian senator, finds herself embroiled in anti-Christian politics as she works on behalf of the church.

    As armies converge and forces beyond Rex's and Flavia's controls threaten to destroy everything they have worked for, these two people from different worlds will have to work together to bring down the evil Emperor Maxentius. But his villainous plans and devious henchmen are not easily overcome. Will the barbarian warrior and the senator's daughter live to see the Empire bow the knee to Christ? Or will their part in the story of Constantine's rise meet an untimely and brutal end?

    Travel back to one of the most pivotal eras in history--a time when devotion to the pagan gods was fading and the Roman Empire was being conquered by the sign of the cross.

    Get your copy of The Conqueror.

    Bryan Litfin received his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. His undergraduate work was at the University of Tennessee in the field of Communications.
    Bryan now works as Head of Strategy and Advancement at Clapham School, after serving for 16 years as Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and 3 years as an editor and writer at Moody Publishers. Bryan is married to Carolyn, and they have two adult children. He enjoys writing, traveling, teaching, reading, spending time with family, and being involved in his local church.

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    • 25 min
    Episode 57 - Author Chat with Andrea Boeshaar

    Episode 57 - Author Chat with Andrea Boeshaar

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    There Is a Season by Andrea Boeshaar (book 3 in the Shenandoah Valley Saga
    To onlookers, Carrie Ann Bell Collier might appear to be the dutiful wife, sitting at her unconscious husband’s bedside. But she feels like a hypocrite. Instead of trusting her intuition, she allowed herself to believe Peyton was dead. And then she fell in love with his best friend, Eli Kent.

    Except, Peyton wasn’t dead, and now Carrie will do anything to keep him alive.

    While at City Point, as her husband lay dying, Carrie meets a nurse who claims to be able to work miracles. Hearing her out, Carrie’s hope rises. Doctors had given up on Peyton, so Carrie hires the woman and makes plans for all of them to return home as soon as Peyton can safely travel.

    CSS Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Kent has loved Carrie Ann since he met her a year ago. However, now that Peyton is alive, he promises Carrie he will not continue to pursue her. With Peyton near death, Eli finds it difficult to completely forget her and their plans for the future. But he does his best to focus on the ultimatum that General Ulysses S. Grant offered him.

    USA Colonel Peyton Collier awakens to intense pain and utter confusion. Where was he? Why did his body hurt so badly? His leg, his back…his head. What was his name? His rank? Why couldn’t he recall?

    And who was the stern-looking female standing over him with a hypodermic needle in her hand?

    Get your copy of There Is a Season
    Get your copy of book 1, A Thousand Shall Fall
    Get your copy of book 2, Too Deep for Words

    Andrea Boeshaar was born and raised in SE Wisconsin, but now resides in the Upstate of South Carolina. She and her husband Daniel have been married for more than 40 years. They count themselves blessed by their wonderful family, including 5 grandchildren.

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    • 29 min
    Episode 56 - The Rise of Indie Publishing - What It Means for You As a Reader

    Episode 56 - The Rise of Indie Publishing - What It Means for You As a Reader

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    Author, speaker, and genealogist Angela Breidenbach joins us for a discussion on what independent publishing is, how it differs from traditional publishing, and what that means for you as a reader.

    Angela Breidenbach, PLCGS, is a professional genealogist with specialties in English Records and Scotland. She's also a bestselling author, screenwriter, and media personality. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Don’t miss her new show, Genealogy Publishing Coach fall 2021!

    Visit Angela Breidenbach's website.

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    Queen of the Rockies
    1889 (Helena, MT): As the gold rush era fades, the people of Helena MT must create a new source of income via tourism or become another gold mine ghost town. Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana at Christmastime to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an orphan could unravel Calista's reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or social pressure prevail?

    Song of the Rockies
    1890 Helena MT ~ Song of the Rockies is the story of a sweet music teacher and eleven boys given one chance or else! Evan Russell lost everything—his ranch, his wife, and now, after trusting relatives with his young son, even the little boy is missing. How can a beautiful symphony of the heart come from such chaos?

    Heart of the Rockies
    1892, Helena MT: Delphina O'Connor believed God-given dreams for women didn't stop at marriage and children. Hers might not include a husband or family at all. So when Hugh Thomas rescues the new swimming instructor at the elegant Broadwater Natatorium from near drowning in the Victorian-styled resort pool, how can anyone believe the freedom to enjoy swimming, competition, and a healthy body is an appropriate activity for a proper lady? Hugh is about to find out status quo is the starting line for a courageous woman with a dream!

    Flower of the Rockies
    Helena MT, 1892-95 ~ Can you leave your past behind?
    Flower of the Rockies, the 4th book in the Queen of the Rockies series set in picturesque Helena MT at the end of the Gilded Age. No one knows the real Emmalee Warren, or the sacrifices she's made for love. She the infamous prostitute, a soiled dove of no consequence, turned miner's widow. Men are coming out of the woodwork to stake their claim on her and the mine she inherited. They wanted her body before. Now they want her money, and they'll do anything to take it. But love and acceptance seem out of the question for Emmalee.

    Society wants nothing to do with her regardless of her changed ways. Who can she turn to when her inheritance and chance at a future is at risk? Will she be forced back into the brothel to survive? Hiring a lawyer, Richard Lewis, to save her from financial ruin might let her start over somewhere else — if he can save a little of her finances from her husband's partner. She'll go anyplace else where no one knows Miss Ellie's name. Anywhere to leave the scorn behind. Becoming an unknown is the only way to freedom…or is it? Can she leave her past and build a new future? 

    • 30 min
    Episode 55 - Author Chat with Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Episode 55 - Author Chat with Carrie Fancett Pagels

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    Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels

    The Grand Hotel Slowly Reveals Her Secrets

    Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

    Two successful women, a hundred-and-twenty-years apart, build walls to protect their hearts. Modern-day Willa, a successful interior decorator, is chosen to go to Mackinac Island and consult for the Grand Hotel’s possible redesign. During work on a room, she discovers a journal detailing the struggles of a young woman, Lily—which reveals dark secrets. The renowned singer wasn’t who she pretended to be.
     
    As Willa reaches out to Lily’s descendant, a charismatic and prominent landscape artist, she lets down her guard. Should she share the journal with him—revealing hidden history—or once again erect a wall as she struggles to redesign both the Grand and her life?

    Get your copy of Behind Love's Wall.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning and bestselling author of over twenty Christian fiction stories, including ECPA and Amazon bestsellers. Her tagline “Overcoming with God” manifests in her positive story lines. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing complex characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. A former “Yooper” she enjoys summer trips to the Straits of Mackinac, where many of her stories are set.
    Carrie’s novel, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, won the Maggie Award and was a Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick. The Steeplechase was a finalist for the Holt Medallion. Her short story, “The Quilting Contest”, was the Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s “The Story” national contest. Her novella, The Substitute Bride, was a Maggie Award finalist for Romance Novellas. All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year and The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist.

    Visit Carrie Fancett Pagel's website.

    • 34 min
    Episode 54 - Author Chat with Regina Scott

    Episode 54 - Author Chat with Regina Scott

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    A View Most Glorious by Regina Scott
    Reluctant socialite Coraline Baxter longs to live a life of significance and leave her mark on the world. When her local suffragette group asks her to climb Mount Rainier to raise awareness of their cause, she jumps at the chance, even though she has absolutely no climbing experience. If she can do it, any woman can do it. And after her mother issues an ultimatum--that Cora marry the man of her mother's choosing if she is not successful--Cora must do it. But she can't do it alone.

    Noted mountain guide Nathan Hardee initially refuses to help Cora, but has a change of heart when he sees what is at stake. He knows enough about the man Cora's mother has chosen to know that the headstrong young woman should have nothing to do with him, much less marry him.

    Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's fortitude and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.

    Get your copy of A View Most Glorious.

    Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she'd learned a bit more about writing. Since then, she's had published more than 50 clean historical romances. Her books have earned praise from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work "quietly compelling" and "impeccably written." Huntress Reviews says, "Regina Scott delivers," and "I will always buy a book with Regina Scott's name on it." 
    Regina Scott is the author of the American Wonders Collection, set in the history of our national parks, and the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than three dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Grace-by-the-Sea, Fortune's Brides, Uncommon Courtships, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. A Distance Too Grand in the American Wonders Collection was named one of the top 10 romances of the year by Booklist.
    Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website www.reginascott.com, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at www.nineteenteen.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, and on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/reginascott. Subscribe to her newsletter at https://subscribe.reginascott.com so you'll always know when a new book is out or on sale.

    • 23 min
    Episode 53 - Author Chat with Jane Kirkpatrick

    Episode 53 - Author Chat with Jane Kirkpatrick

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    The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick
    Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was to debut with the New York Philharmonic. Guilt-ridden and songless, Natalie can't seem to recapture the joy music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered--the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

    But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits American's indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages as the powers that be insist on assimilation. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law. Will she succeed and step into a new song . . . and a new future?

    Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves yet another lyrical tale based on a true story that will keep readers captivated to the very end.

    Get your copy of The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick.

    Jane Kirkpatrick is a New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of over 39 books and numerous essays for over 50 publications throughout the United States including The Oregonian and Daily Guideposts.
    She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times in 2012, the Caldera Achievement Award from The Nature of Words in 2006, and the Distinguished Northwest Writer award in 2005 from the Willamette Writers Association.
    Her works have sold over a million copies, and have won prestigious literary awards such as the Wrangler (National Cowboy Museum), WILLA Literary (Women Writing the West), Will Rogers Medallion (Will Rogers Foundation), and the Carol (American Christian Fiction Writers).
    Her many historical novels, most based on the lives of actual people, speak of timeless themes of hardiness, faith, commitment, hope, and love.
    Jane speaks internationally on the writing and the power of stories. Her presentations reflect stories of inspiration and courage believing that our lives are the stories other people read first.
    She is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Communications and Public Address and holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Clinical Social Work.

    Prior to her writing career, she worked with Native American families on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon as a mental health and early childhood specialist for seventeen years. She was also the director of the Deschutes County Mental Health Program in Bend, Oregon.
    Jane and her husband Jerry now live on small acreage between Bend and Redmond in Central Oregon with their dog Ceasar.

    Visit Jane Kirkpatrick's website.

    • 37 min

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I’ve looked for a podcast like this for years!

For years, I have put Christian historical fiction in my search engine on my podcast app. Surprisingly, I recently found this one. I’ve been slowly catching up, but very much enjoy all the book talk! Thank you Liz for talking with us about books. A great place to get good recommendations!

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