Monday, November 28, 2011

Jude Urbanski's "Joy Restored"

Title: Joy Restored
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Cover blurb: Oh, this wasn't easy to finalize! I wanted to tell everything. But here's what I eventually settled on: Kate Davidson feels God has played a cruel joke with the accidental death of her husband, a troubled Vietnam vet. She is so angry at God she almost misses the incredible love offered by rich widower Seth Orbin, no stranger to loss and grief.

1) How did this story come to you?
In writing women's fiction, I seem to be drawn to themes of spinning tragedy into triumph and Kate and Seth both do this, each in their own way. My own life includes tragedies I've turned into triumph with the help of God. So I easily identify with my characters. The setting, which is on the cover, is where I was born, but left early in my life. The memory never left me though and I returned to it for the book.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
That was amazing. I had nearly relegated my first novel to my computer for 'my eyes only' when I learned of Desert Breeze. Someone wanted novels with a touch of the Vietnam era and the Depression Era! My novel links to the Vietnam era and the free accompanying download with my book is my mother's short love story set in the Depression Era. We both share the same setting. Bonanza!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I confess to a popcorn addiction; I collect rocks from sites I visit; and when in Honduras, rode in a military Hummer full of soldiers and no, I wasn't arrested. I was on a mission trip and 'looked after' by the government.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm doing a sequel to Joy Restored and it is called Nurtured in Purple. I have a completed women's fiction manuscript set in Jamaica.

5) Parting comments?
For those who dream, there is no such word as impossible. Thank you for having me, K. Dawn!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. I just love all the free books you have to give away here. I enjoy reading about the authors and since reading is my "passion" I know all of these books ad re GOOD BOOKS
    Thanks for making them available , and even tho' I would be honored to be gifted with ALL of them I wod be happy with one!

  2. I'm so glad God restores joy to our lives, this sounds like a great book. Please include me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  3. I would love to win a copy of this! Thanks for the chance. My mom and dad were in the Army for the first part of the Vietnam War. They stayed in the States, but I like reading about the War.
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  4. Judi, Merry and Sally,

    Thanks to each of you for stopping by. Sounds like we all share a passion for good books. I always say what would life be like without garlic, candles or books. Hope which ever one wins will enjoy the book. It is dear to my heart for many reasons.

    Jude Urbanski

  5. Hi Jude,

    You are so brave doing mission work in Honduras. Good for you. Joy Restored sounds like a must have read.

  6. Loved the interview (especially question #3). It's fun to find out things about our dear friends, and there's always something to learn about Jude! It's a great book, ladies, so even if you don't win it here, I encourage you to download it. I highly recommend it! Blessings, JoAnn Durgin, Author of Awakening and Second Time Around

  7. Thank you for the reminder to seek God to triumph over all the tragedies in life. Dealing with so many deaths as I get older has been so difficult. I will surely relate to the sadness of Kate. Sounds like your book will be a nice 'great escape' which books are for me. I don't have enough time to read as much as I would like, but when I do it is a very enjoyable time that I thank God for. Thank you for offering your book as a free giveaway. God bless you and your writing!!!

    Dawn Adams

  8. Susan, no I wasn't brave, just obedient! The Hummer experience was just one of the many I cherish. In the book, all Kate needed to do was be obedient, but she struggled. Not surprising is it? Thanks for stopping by.

  9. JoAnn, thank you for stopping by to learn about my popcorn addiction! Mostly thanks for your encouragement and support.

  10. Dawn, yes, the cycles of life are hard to experience at times, but thanks to the One in charge of those! What would life be without books? Don't think we want to know do we?

  11. Hi Jude,
    I enjoyed your interview. That's wonderful you learned what Desert Breeze wanted and submitted. What a blessing for you and for Desert Breeze. I'm glad we both share the same great publisher.

    I liked what you said about God turning tragedy into triumph. JOY RESTORED sounds wonderful and hope you have mega sales!

  12. Sally is our winner! I'll be in touch, Sally. Congratulations. Hope you enjoy the book. Reviews appreciated too!