Q & A with author Debbie Lynne Costello

Please welcome author Debbie Lynne Costello to New Horizon Reviews

Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Interview Questions:
Michelle: What is the overriding lesson you would like your readers to learn from `Sword of the Matchmaker`?

Debbie: There are several lessons or spiritual growths in this novella, but one of them is really learning to be open to Go…

Review: Colors of Christmas

`Colors of Christmas` is a collection of two different stories by author Olivia Newport. In the first story eighty-year-old Astrid wants to stir up some Christmas cheer and in the second story, Angela just wants Christmas to be over.

        Astrid fell and broke some bones so now she lives in an assisted living apartment. It's Christmas and Astrid is helping to put decorations on the Christmas trees. It reminds her of Christmas time when she was a child. Another memory from her childhood occurs when so hears the bell for a fire drill, she remembers what life was like in Wuerzburg, Germany under the rule of Hitler.

        Carly is a young mother who finds it hard to juggle work and her child's daycare. I could relate to Carly with her guy trouble and that of being a single parent. Carly was Astrid's physical therapist at the apartments. While Carly worked on helping Astrid heal Astrid told Carly what life was like when she was a child in Germany.

        Angela, …

Review: Sword of the Matchmaker

Sword of the Matchmaker is a historical fiction novella set in the year 1399. Author Debbie Lynne Costello recommends reading her novel `Sword of Forgiveness` before `Sword of the Matchmaker`. Although in this series the books are written as stand-alone.

        `Sword of Forgiveness` introduces the reader to Thomas and `Sword of the Matchmaker` is his story. Thomas Godfrey had no use for a warrior type woman. If he ever married he wanted one that was tender and sensitive. Other than that the only wife he wanted was his horse named `Wife`.

        Penelope Beatty was a take charge woman. She had her own bow and arrows and was a sharpshooter with those. It had been years since she had worn a dress and wanted nothing to do with them.

        It felt like the characters fit in well with the medieval era. My favorite part of the book was the ending because Penelope had run away and Thomas went looking for her. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I plan to go back and review…

Q & A with author April W. Gardner

Please welcome author April W. Gardner to New Horizon Reviews.

Bio: APRIL W GARDNER writes history with a Christian perspective and a little imagination. She is a copyeditor, military wife, and homeschooling mother of two who lives in Texas. She writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. In no particular order, April dreams of owning a horse, learning a third language, and visiting all the national parks. April loves to hear from her readers at: and
April, thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to visit New Horizon Reviews.

Michelle: What is the main theme of your book `The Red Feather`?
April: The main theme in The Red Feather is how to endure trials. In captivity, Adela not only perseveres in her faith, she grows in it. She senses God’s continued presence, clings to his promises, and trusts His plan is best. The theme verses are 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:  We are…

Review: The Red Feather

`The Red Feather` is the first novel in the Beneath the Blackberry Moon series. It is a historical fiction novel about the Creek Indians by author April W. Gardner. The setting is the Mississippi Territory- 1813.

        This novel is rather long - 409 pages, and to admit it there were a few times I was ready to throw in the towel and forget it. But, just as I was about to chunk the novel, an interesting part of the story kept me going.

        Because the novel has a glossary, discussion questions, maps, a list of the Cast of Characters, a list of historical figures along with their bio's, and a Creek war timeline, this series would be an excellent choice for a book club.

        The author is good at creating a world the reader can associate with, one that the reader can believe in. Some of the words dispersed within the novel is the language of the Creek Indians, so some skipping over words is bound to happen. However, it doesn't take over the storyline.


Q & A with author Jan Edttii Thompson

Please welcome Jan Edttii Thompson to New Horizon Reviews.

Jan, Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to stop by New Horizon Reviews.

(1) What has been the most surprising aspect of becoming a published author? How much I enjoy the process of bringing my books to market. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but publishing and marketing are interesting, albeit totally different from writing itself.

(2) What is your strangest experience, whatsoever? Can’t think of any!

(3) Who was the first author who inspired you to write? My mom is an unpublished writer. Seeing her write her manuscripts inspired me to write too. She is no longer writing, but I am.

(4) What book have you reread the most? The Bible.

(5) If you could have 2 wishes fulfilled, what would they be? One of my prayers is to see my brothers come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And for my saved family members to grow spiritually in the Lord.

(6) What are the challenges/…

Review: Healing Love

`Healing Love` is an inspirational fiction novel by author Jennifer Slattery.

        Brooke Endress is a news reporter with a chance in a lifetime of being a co-anchor on t.v. Her young sister, Aubrey, wants to go on a missions trip with the church youth group. Their parents say Brooke must go on the mission trip too if Aubrey goes. Brooke wants to stay home and be on t.v., she wants nothing to do with the mission trip.

        Both girls go on the trip and work in an all girls orphanage. Brooke has fallen in love with the orphanage girls, she has an interest in one of the El Salvadoran male workers, too. She realizes once she gets back home, in America, she won't see these people again so she reminds herself she can't fall in love with these people, she is only here for two weeks.

         I liked this book because it touches on every emotion, keeping the book interesting. There is a great twist at the end, and it sparked my interest in missionaries.…