Ann Mock Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes a new guest for this neighborhood, inspirational author Ann Mock. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ann through Twitter and am so happy she accepted my invitation to be my guest this week. Enjoy Ann’s video and excerpt from her novel The Union of the North and South and be sure to check out her interview, plus her dynamic Giveaway. Ann and I are looking forward to chatting with you.

**Also, I’m pleased and honored to share some personal news with you. See below Ann’s blog feature**

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BookGiveaway:

Ann is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 audio book of The Union of the North And SouthThe winner will be announced here on Friday, February 24th between  5-6 PM EST.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from The Union of the North and South

Excerpt form The Union of the North and South by Ann Mock

 

One day Laura told her mother, “I’m going to talk to Pastor Jenkins. I won’t be long.” She mounted a horse and waved at Jenny, who was in the corral training Scamp. Laura rode through a shaded lane toward the chapel. The day was cool and pleasant during her short ride. Along the way she thought about what was troubling her and how the pastor might help her. When she arrived, she knocked on the door of the chapel. Pastor Jenkins stood aside and motioned her inside. She followed him into his small office and sat in a chair opposite him. His jovial smile helped her relax as she quickly came to the point of her visit.

“I know you know so much about me and can appreciate how hard it has been since Gerald’s death. I want to be able to forgive his family for all they’ve done to me, but I find it so hard to do so. For a long time, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t thought about my anger and hurt. Now that I’m back at Oak Grove, I’ve had a lot of time to think, which seems to only make matters worse.”

Pastor Jenkins paused before saying, “To be able to forgive doesn’t come easy to any of us, especially when we’ve been wronged as you have. Let me share one of my favorite biblical passages on forgiveness.” He then read from Colossians 3:13: “‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’”

The pastor advised, “You must change your heart, Laura. When you let go of anger and bitterness, it will free you. Forgiveness takes time. The process is very slow, but the reward will be a freedom that can come only from the Lord.”

A small ray of light came though the window of Pastor Jenkins’s office, as if to show God’s endorsement of the pastor’s wisdom. Laura looked pleased. She knew now what she must do. It would take time and would be hard, but she wanted to be free—free from her anger over all her losses, including those regarding Bradford.

Before Laura reached the corner of the churchyard, Pastor Jenkins called her name. After she walked back to the church, he asked, “If you have some extra time on your hands, would you be interested in helping some of the adults in the community learn to read? The teacher we have is presently sick with pneumonia. Reading opens a whole world to people, and I think this would help keep your mind busy. Helping others is rewarding and often helps the giver as much as the person receiving the help.”

Laura paused. Then her face lit up. “That’s something I can do to help. How many will be coming to the class?”

“Right now we just have a few. Lily is coming from Oak Grove regularly and has made good progress. We’re hoping more will join them.”

Laura thanked Pastor Jenkins as she walked toward her horse. She already felt her burden lighten as she thought about what she needed to accomplish. Each day she would pray that she could learn to forgive. By doing so she would be obeying the wishes of the Lord and, hopefully, would find the true happiness Bradford’s mother had written about in her Bible.

The next evening Laura walked to the church with Lily to meet the adults attending the reading class. Laura found it was great fun to teach such eager students.

When the regular teacher recovered from her pneumonia, Laura became her assistant. Once, when she was leaving to go to the class, Bradford asked her, “Where are you going?”

Laura’s eyes lit up as she explained, “I’m teaching a class of adults how to read. It’s so rewarding. They’re learning quickly. I hope it’s okay that I’m using some of your books from the library. I haven’t seen you, or I would have asked earlier.”

Bradford hadn’t realized she was doing this, since he had been trying to avoid her in order to keep his promise not to bother her anymore. “I’m so glad you found something so fulfilling to do with your time. I have no problem with your using the books. I’m very proud of you!”

Laura was pleased with his praise and smiled brightly at him. It was becoming easier and easier to forgive him after all he had done to help her and her family. Now she just needed to learn to forgive Gerald’s parents, and her prayers would be answered.

 

 

 

Questions for Ann Mock:

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I live in Tallahassee, Florida, with my husband Dave. Twenty-two years ago I visited a Southern mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi, that had survived the War Between the States because it had been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. I was fascinated by a Union cannonball that was still lodged in the doorframe over a century later. This inspired me to start my novel, “The Union of the North and the South.” A few years ago I traveled on a Mississippi steamboat, which gave me fresh ideas that allowed me to finish a novel I had started over years ago.

What do you hope readers will take from your latest book?

The Union of the North and the South is a romance and suspense Christian novel set in the South in the 1870’s. This is a story of Laura who overcomes personal tragedy, but is forced to hide a secret that, if revealed, will cause her great heartache. She experiences a number of crises that challenge her faith and encourage her to make her former enemies become allies while she deals with her secret. Can she find the strength to forgive as well as love again?

Besides entertaining the readers, I hope they will come to realize there is power in forgiveness and it can bring much happiness to your life.

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What’s next for you?

My goal was simply to finish the book and produce a product that readers would enjoy.

I haven’t decided if I will do a sequel. Writing a book was more work than I ever dreamed it would be, but I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the process. I was so honored to earn the five star rating from Readers’ Favorite book review company and if I am well received you never know…

What do you do when you aren’t writing?

My husband and I enjoy ballroom dancing and go dancing at least four times a week. We also enjoy traveling, particularly cruising, where we get to dance. The river cruises in the United States are a particular favorite. I also love to read with my little dog Happy curled up in my lap.

Ann’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Author’s Bio:

Ann Thigpen Mock grew up in Tallahassee, where she graduated from Leon High School before attending FSU. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of five. The only ones left at home now are Ann’s husband, Dave, and her faithful canine companion, Happy. Ann enjoys ballroom dancing and cruising on oceans and rivers both in Europe and the United States. Some of her favorite trips were on Mississippi steamboats which visited sites that inspired her first novel. She was very pleased when The Union of the North and the South received the Readers’ Favorite five-star seal in 2014. In 2015 The Union of the North and the South earned Honorable Mention in Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Romance-Christian category.

Places to connect with Ann:

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Amazon

Ann and I look forward to your comments.

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BookAward

 

I’m honored that my novel Always With You

is up for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

Please consider voting at this link.

Thank you!!

 

38 comments to Ann Mock Speaks Up!

  • Welcome to Elaine’s blog, Ann! Loved learning about you. I toured the American Queen Steamboat last summer and hope to take a trip one day down to New Orleans. Wishing you the best on your writing journey!

  • Kelly A Tyree

    The cover is beautiful. I love historical fiction. Thank you for introducing Ann.

    • elaineadmin

      And can’t you hear the lovely waltz music being played, Kelly? Talk about a cover that really pulls you into the story!

      So appreciative of your visit this evening. Enjoy your weekend.

    • Ann Mock

      Thank you so much Kelly! I am so glad you like the cover. The house is The Houmas House which we visited as we went on the Amercian Queen Steamboat down the Mississippi River.

  • Ann Ellison

    Another new to me author and I enjoyed her interview.

  • Andrea Stephens

    Thank you for introducing us to Ann and her book Elaine.
    I love historical fiction. I added the book to my amazon wishlist.

  • Ann’s book sounds interesting. Thanks for introducing her, Elaine. She is certainly right when she said writing a book is WORK.

    • elaineadmin

      Nice to see you again, Derinda 😊 I work a day job that keeps me in near-perpetual motion 30 hours a week then write or do writing related work (promo, blog, etc.) the rest of my waking hours and I agree… those non-writers who look at us authors and see us as couch potatoes just tapping away at the keyboard, spilling our imagination onto a document, and think it’s playtime have NO idea. Nope, no idea at all.

      Have a great weekend!

    • Ann Mock

      Thanks Derinda for your nice comments! I laughed when you said you liked my comment that writing a book is WORK!

  • Marilyn R

    Thank you for introducing Ann to us here on Everyone’s Story. Union of the North and South will be a great read with the history, suspense and romance. The Civil War era is one of my favorite to read in historical fiction. God bless you with a great week and with your writing/editing.

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting, Marilyn. The Civil War in the US is indeed captivating. My take on holding our interest is not only the social elements (slavery vs. freedom) nor political (division among a country), but that it strikes at the fundamental core of us all: people pitted against other people in the name of survival… families against each other as well.

      Have a great weekend yourself 😍

    • Ann Mock

      Thanks Marilyn! I appreciate your comments about my novel! Elaine did such a fantastic job too. After visiting Vicksburg, Mississippi and seeing all the history there I was inspired.

  • Ann Mock

    Thank you so much Elaine for doing such a wonderful job with the blog you did for me! I am just so pleased and wish you the best on your novel, “Always With You”. That is wonderful that your novel is being considered for the Christian Small Pulisher Book of the Year! I really appreciate the nice comments everyone has made.

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, it’s my pleasure to host you! I’ve been looking forward to this week for a while. You’re receiving such nice comments from my lovely viewers. Enjoy!

      And thanks for the sweet words of Always With You. Just being nominated is an honor for me.

  • Deanna Stevens

    Thank you for your interesting interview. This sounds like one for my wanted list..

  • Anne Rightler

    Thank you for sharing about Ann. River cruises…hmm, I might just have to talk my husband into that one of these days. Ballroom dancing…no, I’m sure that’s a no! I’ve got two left feet!. Your book looks interesting and I look forward to reading it. Thank you again for the interview and the opportunity to win an audiobook…I love audiobooks so here’s hoping.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Anne. Thanks for visiting 😊

      An American river cruise does sound like an amazing way to learn about our history–I’d like to try that too one day. While I’d enjoy learning how to ballroom dance, my husband is not into dancing and since it takes two… And I also love audiobooks. That’s a big perk out of my 25-minute commute (one way) to and back from work: I enjoy many audio books I borrow from the library.

      Hope to see you again.

  • Ann Mock

    Thanks Anne for your reply! I hope you do try river cruising. It is one of our favorite ways to travel. It is so relaxing. My husband and I met at the ballroom dances and find it such a great way to exercise. It helped me so much with some of the dancing scenes in my book. Thanks again for your very nice comments!

  • I sure did enjoy that trip, and I look forward to reading your book. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dianne Casey

    Would enjoy reading “The Union of the North and South”. I love books set in the South, it’s one of my favorite places to visit. I like visiting the Antebellum homes and all the beautiful Southern cities.

    • elaineadmin

      Dianne, it’s so nice to see you again 😊 There are a lot of places in the South that I’d like to explore… though visiting Nashville last August has taught me that true southern hot weather and I were not meant for mingling. Whew!

  • Ann Mock

    Thank you so much Dianne for leaving your comments! Having grown up in the South I tried to capture the beautiful settings that I enjoy. I also love the history in Vicksburg and so I set my story there. I was fascinated with the cannon ball that is still lodged in the wall of Cedar Grove Mansion. I was amazed that it is still there after all these years. I thought it would be a wonderful story to have my heroine meet the man who was part of the army that shot it at her house.

  • Ann Mock

    Hi Elaine, I just saw that Deba left a comment on Goodreads Christian Book Giveaways. I guess she didn’t realize she should leave it on the blog. Would you please add her name in the drawing? Thanks so much for all you have done! Ann

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, I’m so sorry, but to be fair to all the lovely viewers who take their time to visit Everyone’s Story and to leave a comment, Debra needs to leave a comment on the blog to be eligible for the Giveaway. Plus, to be fair to myself, I didn’t even know about the GR Christian Book Giveaways and cannot possibly keep track off of the blog site. My sincere apologies.

  • elaineadmin

    What a delight it’s been to host the sweet Ann Mock on Everyone’s Story this past week. Ann, I’m pleased you received several nice comments from viewers who I can tell are fascinated by your river cruises and especially by your novel. I hope this time has been of encouragement to you to continue with your writing.

    And thanks for the amazing Giveaway of the audiobook of The Union of the North and the South. And the winner is…

    Derinda!! Yay, Derinda. Enjoy! Both Ann and I will be in touch via direct email.

    Blessings to all.

  • Ann Mock

    Congratulations Derinda! I will be emailing you now to send you the audiobook. Thanks again Elaine for all you did for me. You are such a blessing to all the authors that you help through your wonderful blog.

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, I really enjoy hosting each of my guest and encouraging my viewers. Everyone has been a blessing to me, and now you’re part of it. I’m grateful.

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