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Christmas Journey

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I just finished reading Christmas Journey by my friend and fellow sweet romance author, Patricia Kiyono.

Truly a must read for the holidays! Add it to your Wish List!

Here’s my review!

Christmas Journey, a delightful and heartwarming Christmas story is not only inspirational, but also highly entertaining. Miss Kiyono’s casts of characters literally jump off the page and into your heart. I fell in love with Mike Sikkema from the beginning. He is the perfect hero for the beautiful and lovely widow, Helen DeGroot.

I really identified with Helen in so many ways. Her son’s ‘litany of criticisms’ made me smile, especially where it concerned ‘all her stuff’! Hum…sounded a lot like conversations at my house. J I also loved seeing a second chance at romance blossom between this beautiful middle-aged woman and single, never been married, handsome man.

I found Miss Kiyono’s insights on how each generation views ‘aging’, both poignant and relative. She’s woven together certain inevitable truths about life and aging with heartwarming humor. You’ll not only be touched, but you’ll laugh out loud, and you’ll smile a lot.

This story is about family relationships, and romance and how, ‘happily ever after’ is never too late.

5 Stars!

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Welcome Authors, Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels!

I’m so happy to have Patricia and Stephanie as my guests today! Co-authors of The Friendship Star Quilt, the second book in their series, A Stitching Post Romance. I absolutely love the cover!

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                                                                   FAMILY

It might have been Cinderella’s fault that “stepmother” became paired with the word “wicked” and stepparents in general got a bad rap. Learning to live with a new spouse is a major adjustment, but getting a new parent or child often presents a long, rocky road to family harmony. Still, many couples and their children make it work, and in some cases they find themselves richer for the experience.

Anne Brown longs for a family of her own, but believes she’ll never have one. She’s running from her abusive ex-husband and is afraid of putting Brad and his daughter Angie in danger. She doesn’t want to tie herself to the community she’s grown to love, and where she’s started to feel valued. What she doesn’t realize is that this gentle man offers her greater protection and security than she could ever provide for herself. Family, especially one with close ties like Brad’s, give one strength in rough times.

The Stitching Post Quilt Shop is the setting for the weekly gathering of a group of women who come to sew, but leave with lasting friendships. The first book in the series, The Calico Heart, was nominated for a RONE award for Best Contemporary Book of 2013. Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels are pleased to announce the release of the second book in the series, The Friendship Star Quilt.

 

Blurb:

Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment’s notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.

Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of Brad and Jennie’s lives. But her past threatens to destroy their relationship.

 

About the Authors

Patricia Kiyono retired from public school teaching, and is now an adjunct faculty Patricia Kiyono.jpg - Version 2member at Grand Valley State University, where she instructs future teachers. Born in Japan, she lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from their five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to writing, she enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, playing in local bands and orchestras, and taking care of grandchildren.

 

 

darcy flynn, joy dent, stephanie michelsStephanie Michels considers herself a “Jill of All Trades.” During her corporate career, she worked as a computer trainer, advertising copywriter, personnel agent, radio DJ, magazine columnist, and a financial planner among other things. She recently left those behind in order to focus on writing full time.

Raised in Michigan, she lived in South Carolina, Missouri, and Germany, before returning to the Mitten State to raise her family. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her reading or spending time with family, friends, and Beta Sigma Phi sisters.

The Friendship Star Quilt is her second novel with writing partner, Patricia Kiyono.

 

BUY LINKS:

The Friendship Star Quilt is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, as well as other ebook outlets.

 

GIVEAWAY!

Stephanie Michels is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card at each stop of our blog tour to a random commenter. To win, please leave a comment about how important family ties are to you! And to increase your chances, visit author Diane Burton’s blog tomorrow!

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Welcome Romance Author Patricia Kiyono

I’m pleased to have Patricia Kiyono on my blog today to tell us about her novel, The Samurai’s Garden. Patricia, I absolutely love your cover! Welcome and tell us about your wonderful story!

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Thank you so much for having me here today! I’m so excited about my first full-length novel, The Samurai’s Garden. I thought I’d share a little background for the story.

The samurai warriors of Japan were fierce in battle, and the pictures we see often show them in full armor, swinging their swords and dying in battle. But they lived according to a code of ethics that went far beyond their fighting. This code is known as the Bushido, literally translated as The Way of the Warrior. The samurai code consists of seven virtues (this number varies depending on your source) include Righteousness, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty, Honor, and Loyalty. Samurai were expected to adhere to this code, and when they failed they were expected to redeem themselves by performing the horrible ritual known as seppuku.

Like most people, I was fascinated with the colorful samurai. I wondered what it would be like to know some of these warriors. When I started writing a story about a samurai soldier, I looked closely at the tenets of the bushido and tried to imagine what these traits would look like in his everyday life. Gradually, the character of Hiromasa Tanaka solidified.

As I wrote, I was struck by the similarities between Hiro and my own father. Dad wasn’t a big or physically powerful man, but he showed strength of character in everything he did. He ran a financial institution with honesty, integrity, and compassion. His family and friends never had reason to doubt his loyalty. He enlisted in the US Army and fought in the Korean War because he was a proud American. And when the end came, he faced it with stoicism and courage. In other words, my father was the perfect example of a samurai.

Think of the heroes in your life. They may not be Japanese, and they may not be warriors in the fighting sense, but if they’re like most people we think of as a hero, chances are it’s because they adhere to most of the codes of the Bushido.

Here’s what The Samurai’s Garden is about:

Hiro Tanaka prepared for a life as a samurai warrior. But his world changed when Japan’s feudal system was abolished by the Emperor. Now, he must find a new vocation. Disillusioned with fighting and violence, he travels alone, going north to the island of Hokkaido.  Many other samurai wander through the country and are known as ronin. Some have forsaken their honorable way to prey on the less fortunate.

Hanako Shimizu experienced first-hand the devastation caused by these disreputable wanderers.  The previous winter, they raided her farm and killed her husband. Now, she needs to rebuild but has no money and no prospects—except for the dubious intentions of the town merchant.

When Hiro, tired of his wandering, encounters Hanako in the market, arguing with the merchant, he poses as her late husband’s cousin then offers to help her on the farm in exchange for a place to stay. Working on the land, Hiro finally finds the peace he has been seeking. But the reappearance of the rogue ronin, led by an unscrupulous leader from Hiro’s past, forces him to take up his swords again. But now, the stakes are higher.

This time, he’s fighting from the heart.

The Samurai’s Garden can be found at Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Patricia Kiyono’s virtual hangouts are her website, blog, facebook and twitter (@PatriciaKiyono)

kyouto Nara032_2Bio: During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.