Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spotlight (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): Alice's Notions



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About the Book

Book: Alice’s Notions
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft  
Genre: Christian historical romance
Release Date: April 1, 2017

In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem. 

World War 2 widow, Alice Brighton, returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons. 

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.


About the Author

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. 

She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. 

She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. 

Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions released in April through Desert Breeze.

You can contact Tamera on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net
 

Guest Post from Tamera Lynn Kraft

How Classic Movies from the 1940s Made Their Way in My Latest Novel

By Tamera Lynn Kraft

One thing I loved about writing my post World War Two novel was my main character’s passion for movies. Alice Brighton and her late husband loved to go to movies on Friday nights. Now, even after the war made her a widow, Alice still loves movies and compares everyone she meets to a movie character.

Of course for Alice, all these wonderful classic movies and movie stars and a part of her culture, but for me, it was so much fun because I love classic movies. In the novel, Alice compares her landlord to Cary Grant. Cary Grant is one of my favorites. After starring in movies like Suspision, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Notorious, Grant was one of the biggest stars around in 1946 when Alice’s Notions takes place. My favorite Cary Grant movie wouldn’t be made until a few years later. An Affair to Remember, released 1957, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is one of my all-time favorites.

At one point in the novel, Alice thinks back to when her late husband always said she reminded him of Judy Garland. Garland would have been twenty-four at the time, just a bit younger than Alice, but she became a big star in her teens. She began acting at two years old when she debuted as Baby Francis and sang Jingle Bells. After playing in various roles including a few movies with Mickey Rooney, Garland had her big break in The Wizard of Oz. She went on to star in a ton of movies and had a thriving singing career until she committed suicide in the 1960s. One of my favorite Judy Garland movies released in 1945 during the war was The Clock. The Clock was about a woman who met and fell in love with a GI on leave. Their romance was intensified because they only had the weekend before he was shipped out again for the remainder of the war. This movie must have been in Alice’s mind since she had lost her husband shortly after the movie came out.

During Alice’s Notions, Alice goes on a date to see the movie, The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. It was released in 1946 and was considered scandalous at the time because the two main characters have an affair and murder her husband. The main theme of the movie is you can’t get away with your sin. The truth will be revealed. In Alice’s Notions, the truth being revealed is also a main theme.

So you may be wondering what classic movie Alice’s Notions reminds me of. Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn was released in 1963. In that movie, Hepburn is being pursued and doesn’t know who she can trust. The movie has light hearted intrigue, suspense, and romance just like Alice’s Notions. Alice, also, doesn’t know who she can trust.


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! 

19 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to reading your book. Who doesn't like romance and intrigue? I know I do.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Keep building that fantastic church library, Janet! Intrigue and romance is definitely a winning combination.

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  2. This book has caught my eye multiple times. I think I would enjoy reading it.

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    1. Amy, I thought the cover design was excellent for conveying the essence of Tamera's story, and it caught my attention also. So good to see you here, as always, Amy!

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  3. This book sounds really good and this is a new author to me, Yay!!

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    1. Yay, Karen. I hope you enjoy it.

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    2. I love discovering new authors and Tamera's book sounds intriguing. Glad to see you here, as always, Karen.

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  4. I really like the sound of this book. I really enjoy historical fiction and suspense and this book seems to have both. Looking forward to reading.

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    1. I'm not a big fan of WW2 themes, but Tamera's definitely appeals to me. So glad you dropped by, Dianne.

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for the giveaway! lcee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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    1. It sounds good to me also, Connie Lee. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  6. I have read and loved this book.

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  7. Alice's Notions sound like a really fun book. I'd love to win the $25 Amazon card!

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  8. Interesting story with an intriguing setting and time.

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  9. Hello! I saw you on Goodreads and stopped in for the giveaway! Thanks for telling us about your books. I put this book in my TBR list! -Heather

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