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Readers (like me) who enjoy deep, rich, authentic historical fiction NEED to read a novel crafted by today’s featured author! Every one of her stories is an epic adventure on paper and in my heart. Plus, she brought along a giveaway too!
About the Author
Jocelyn Green is a former journalist who puts her investigative skills to work in writing both nonfiction and historical fiction to inspire faith and courage.
Her books have finaled in the Christy Awards and Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and have won gold from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.
Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, Toblerone chocolate bars, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville.
Jocelyn: The entire Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. Rilla of Ingleside was my favorite!
Beth: We can be bosom friends, Jocelyn! I love the Anne series, too!!! ????
favorite book you’ve recently read
Jocelyn: I just finished an advanced readers copy of Many Sparrows by Lori Benton. It was stunning!
Beth: We’re still friends but I’m a little bit jealous! I’m looking forward to this book!
favorite seasonal outdoor activity
Jocelyn: In our neighborhood, we have weekly Porch Nights during the summer, where families volunteer to take turns hosting our neighbors on our porches, or decks, or patios, etc, for a couple of hours every Thursday night.
It’s a great chance to reconnect with community and enjoy the warm weather after a long Iowa winter. It’s my favorite thing about living here.
Beth: That sounds like a lovely tradition!
favorite place to read/write
Jocelyn: On my patio, surrounded by gardens in bloom. Or at least, NOT full of weeds, because otherwise, I’d be distracted by the need to yank them out.
Beth: I usually choose to stay indoors, bugs like to chew on me and I burn easily.
favorite character name
Jocelyn: Boozie Unfortunate, a character in Cynthia Ruchti’s As Waters Gone By. I love the character as much as I love the name.
Beth: That is one humdinger of a name! I have to add this book to my tbr!
Tell us about your latest release
Jocelyn: My latest full-length novel was The Mark of the King.
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
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Beth: This book, Jocelyn. I don’t even know how I got through writing a review for this book because it is just so powerful and raw and I just can’t #swoof anymore but I LOVE it.
Jocelyn: Since then, I also had a Civil War novella release in The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection, which I co-authored with the very talented Heather Day Gilbert, Amanda Dykes, Maureen Lang, and Joanne Bischof!
An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a message from the bottle just when they need their hope restored.
But will the bottle also bring them each to a man whose love will endure?
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Beth: Y’all NEED this book in your lives, reader friends! Best novella collection ever right here! It’s a historical fiction lover’s smorgasbord and every story is DELICIOUS!!!
Tell us about your next release
Jocelyn: My next fiction release is A Refuge Assured, coming in February 2018.
Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?
Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
Beth: I am marking my calendar RIGHT NOW for this one, Jocelyn! Thank you so much for dropping by to chat with us and share your bookish news!
Jocelyn Green has generously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader a paperback copy of either The Mark of the King OR The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection (signed by all five authors)!
US residents only
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Can you believe all these gorgeous covers?!!! Which one is your favorite?