Tuesday, September 15, 2020

"Bride by Blackmail" by Debbie Lynn Costello Blog Tour and 2 giveAways


A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness. 

Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass's hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart. 

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Debbie Lynne Costello has been writing since the young age of eight. She went to college for journalism. She enjoys medieval settings and settings set in nineteenth century Charleston, South Carolina. She loves the Lord and hopes to touch people's lives through her stories. Debbie Lynne lives in the beautiful state of South Carolina with her husband of 40 years, their 4 children, 2 Tennessee Walking horses, 2 Arabians, miniature donkey, 6 ducks, and 3 dogs.






 P.S. I am sorry to say I haven't read this book but am giving to asap.




Blog Stops 

 Heroes, Heroines & History September 15
Debbie's Dusty Deliberations September 15
Locks, Hooks, and Books blog Sept 16
HHH SPOTLIGHT September 17
Reading is my Super Power September 17
Hope Inspired Stories  September 20-26
Stuff and Nonsense September 21
Simply Susan Blog September 21
Older Smarter Blog September 23
Sword and the Spirit September 25

Interview With Debbie Lynn Costello 

How do you research your books?

I love books, and I write in mostly 2 time periods so I buy a lot of books for research. I have so many medieval research books as well as 19th century books and throw in some Charleston, SC books. I have books on herbs and medieval remedies as well as medieval poisons. I also use the internet to research. I know when I was researching for Sword of Forgiveness, I needed a poison. I kept thinking if my searches were monitored they would think I was going to poison someone. And lastly, I go to the source which might be visiting a place. When we went to Italy many years ago, we stayed in a castle so I could research and understand a little more. I visit cities I’m writing about and I have call people who know. Like my vet when I needed to have a sickness for a horse. He sent me copies of a 19th century book about treating strangles.

What comes first, the plot or the characters?

Hmmmm….I’ve never really thought about it. I guess in some sense the character because I have to know what they do and why they are where they are in the storyline. But other than that it is the plot. The story unfolds with the plot and the characters follow along. But there comes a point that the characters start to drive the story and where I think I was going is not where I end up!

How do you come up with the titles?

This is so hard for me! I start trying to think of a title shortly after I start writing the book. And I have actually finished a book and still not have a title! And I have changed titles before publication as well. I try to think of a title that gives a hint of what the story is about, that grabs attention and hasn’t been used 10 times before.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Let’s see…besides the title, there is the back blurb, and the first 3-4 chapters. The title I just explained. The blurb because you have to pack in enough information to make a reader want to read your book but it has to be short and you don’t want to give too much away. Agonizing. Lol. The first chapters are hard because I’m getting to know my characters. I have to learn what they do and don’t do, how they act, what they believe in, what their secrets are, how they’ve been hurt, their biggest spiritual flaw, and the list goes on. Once I learn that they help me tell the story.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Other than the setting of Charleston and what was there and going on in the city and society, it is all fiction. If you like books heavily based on history, Shattered Memories is set during the 1886 Charleston Earthquake that devastated the city. I used actual eye-witness accounts to write that book. It was a tremendous amount of research.

As a special treat for my blog readers., there is a special giveaway for a copy of any of Debbie's books. So if you want to enter that giveaway comment and make sure to leave your email.

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