Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jo Huddleston's "That Summer"



Title: That Summer, Book One in the Caney Creek Series
Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing
Cover blurb: The Great Depression brings devastation toThe Southern Appalachians but love’s triangle survives. To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

1) How did this story come to you?
The setting of That Summer is the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee where my ancestors and I were raised. I’ve listened to the older generations tell their stories about time before telephones and automobiles. Their stories fascinated me and caused me to want to write about a time before I was born.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This book began to percolate in my head in the late 1990s. In 2001, I had health problems that prevented me from writing either by hand or by computer (this was before voice to type). My writing ability vanished for seven years. Then I was “normal” enough to put this book on paper and to begin my search for a publisher.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I chew my ice cream.
2. I fear being in the dark.
3. I played high school varsity basketball.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on book #2 in the Caney Creek Series, Living Beyond the Past. My publisher has scheduled Book #2 and Book #3 to be released, separately, by the end of 2013. So next for me will be beginning Book #3 and edits on Book #2.

5) Parting comments?
Thank you for having me on your blog. I’ve enjoyed my visit with you and your readers.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to hear from readers. They can find me at http://www,johuddleston.com. They can connect with me by clicking the Contact tab there.

27 comments:

  1. Dawn, thanks for having me on your blog. I look forward to reading your readers' comments.

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  2. I like this give away.
    would enjoy reading these books.
    carolynj63@att.net

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  3. Great blog post.I would love to read this book.Thanks

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  4. I love reading this type of books. This one has a little twist to it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ybutler@oppcatv.com

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    1. You're welcome for the giveaway. Good luck in the drawing.

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  5. I enjoy stories about the depression era. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  6. Would love to read this. rdunson@knology.net

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  7. I would love to win...I love Jo Huddleston's books...I am subscribed through feed burner.....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hey, I'm glad you like my books. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment on Dawn's blog.

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  8. I suppose chewing ice cream is no worse than chewing ice. Your book sounds interesting, always good when there are realistic tough choices to be made. I used to take my Girl Scout troop to a nursing home and we would visit with the folks. I loved hearing their stories of the past. There is so much history to be learned by taking the time to listen. Hoping you have a blessed day. Will subscribe to your site.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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    1. Heather, I love your comment. Thanks so much for subscribing to my site.

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  9. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  10. I enjoyed the blog post and would love to read the book. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Love historical books, and Jo's book sounds like great. It's how I learn my history without all the memorization of dates!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  12. I always love to hear stories about my ancestors. It's fabulous that you took yours & wrote THAT SUMMER.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. The characters and desperate circumstances in 'That Summer' sounds very similar to what my mom experienced growing up in the hills of VA during the depression. I often asked my mom to talk about those days, which seemed to comfort her. I would indeed enjoy reading your new book! Thank you for the free book offer. Have a very Merry & Blessed Christmas! -Dawn crashingoceanwaves@aol.com

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful read!

    crystalroach@cableone.net

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