Kate Breslin Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes back award winning Christian fiction author Kate Breslin. Although Kate and I have the same literary agent and we’ve been in touch in all things cyber-world, it wasn’t until the 2016 ACFW conference in Nashville that I had the distinct pleasure to meet the sweet and most kind Kate. I’m very excited that she’s back with us this week to share her thoughts, tell us about her newest release High as the Heavens (don’t you just love that title!!!), and offer a BookGiveaway of that very novel.  We’re both looking forward to hearing from you! And, Kate, thank you very much for your warm congratulations on Always With You receiving the 2017 Book of the Year.

**Please check out the podcast link below Kate’s feature where I’m the awesome Denise Walker’s guest and share about how I came to have hope in Christ.

 

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BookGiveaway:

Kate is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 print copy of High as the Heavens, US residents only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, June 2nd between 6-7 PM EST.

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

 

 

Back copy for High As The Heavens:

A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a café . . . or so it seems. Eve’s most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.

When a plane crashes as she’s en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

Reviews:

“What a thrill ride! Breslin’s latest has non-stop action and intrigue set in the fascinating time period of World War I. The characters are detailed and realistic, reflecting emotions that speak to a broad audience in any era. The storyline is intricately plotted and filled with incredible detail that will keep readers engaged and desperate to know what will happen. The romance is tender and the historical events are captivating, making this a book that is not to be missed.” RT Book Reviews TOP PICK!

 

What A Promise Can Offer by Kate Breslin

Elaine, I am delighted to be back as a guest on your blog. I’d also like to extend my congratulations on Always With You winning the 2017 Christian Small Publishers Book of The Year!

In choosing my subject for today, I revisited my 2015 article for Everyone’s Story, on the marvelous ways God works in our lives through the books we read and as authors creating story. I’d like to expand on that thread here with my newest release, High As The Heavens.

Let me begin by saying that with each new novel, my story’s spiritual theme comes to me at different times; in my debut, the theme was pre-established in writing a parallel to the Biblical Book of Esther. My second novel’s theme of misjudging others developed as I wrote the story. With High As The Heavens, I’d written half of my outline before I felt called to write about forgiveness; in particular, about forgiving ourselves. In my newest novel, the story takes place in German-occupied Brussels during the first world war. My heroine, Evelyn Marche, is a nurse by day, a waitress by night, and a secret agent for the Allies. Forced to live among the enemy, she faces constant danger, yet Eve is as clever as she is daring and thwarts the Germans at every turn while working to save her mother’s Belgian people.

Eve is also a woman haunted by the past. The weight of her guilt makes her reckless, and keeps her living in the shadow of death. Her transgressions are like ghosts, stealing her peace of mind and sabotaging her most intimate relationship, with the man she loves. And while on a conscious level she understands God’s mercy, her heart can’t move beyond past self-recriminations to grasp the hope that will open the door to her future.

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As I write my characters, I try to identify with the lessons they learn throughout the story. In Eve’s case, I can certainly relate to her on a smaller scale. Being a busy author with deadlines that can take priority over family, friends, and community, I am often plagued with a nagging sense of guilt and inadequacy, in not being organized enough, or attentive enough, or having enough hours in a day. I think many of us with hectic schedules experience these feelings at one time or another. For some, like Eve, the guilt or sense of hopelessness goes deeper, when those serious “ghosts” from the past rear their ugly heads and make us hurt, or impede the progress we’re trying to make.

So, how to tackle such a problem? I realized in myself that it’s often my own pride at the root of my guilt feelings, as I tend to hold myself to a higher degree of accountability than those around me. It’s like saying God’s mercy doesn’t apply to me, which is certainly an affront to Him. I suspect too, it’s that same pride that wants to cling to my anger just a little longer before I forgive someone else. So humility of heart, at least for me, is a good place to start the healing process.

But what about Eve? How does she cope with what seems like insurmountable baggage? It starts as she begins to look outward, and realizes the presence of God in the Christ-like love and compassion of others. She begins to see that His mercy was always there for her, waiting; she had only to hand over her complete trust, and embrace what He offers her freely.

Yet this isn’t an overnight process for her. It takes prayer, and rebuilding her relationship with God to set Eve onto the path toward healing. She must come to wholly believe that His absolution is complete and final.

Our Lord speaks to us in this passage from Jeremiah 31:34,

“‘…Because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’”

Such beautifully consoling words, and for Eve, for all of us—the promise that we can leave the past behind and place our hope in God’s love.

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Author’s Bio:

Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her debut novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate’s third novel, High As The Heavens releases June 6, 2017. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad, having toured Greece, Rome, and much of Western Europe. New destinations make for fresh story ideas.

Places to connect with Kate:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Kate and I look forward to your comments.

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I’d be honored if you’d take a few minutes

to listen to the Hope-in-Christ podcast that I’m featured in:

 

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62 comments to Kate Breslin Speaks Up!

  • Finding the time to all we need to do, want to do and are expected to do that it lays a guilt trip on us. I’ve come to realize I can’t do it all, and just do what I can.

    • elaineadmin

      Thanks for visiting, Pat 💗 As for me, I do what I can until I run out of energy! If there’s any concerns left over (and there always are) I surrender it to God since I surely can’t do anything more. Actually, these days I’m surrendering my concerns all throughout the day, pleading with Him that I can only do a little and need His help. I’m so thankful He wants to hear these things from us.

  • Trixi

    Looks like another fantastic book by Kate! I really enjoy faith-filled fiction and learning more about this novel. Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  • Ann Mock

    I love the title of you book Kate! Your story sounds interesting and exciting. Best wishes with your new books success!

  • Patricia, hi! I wholeheartedly agree with you and Elaine. These days, I just try to do my best and let God have the rest. I’ve found that when I put my trust in Him to see me through, He always gives me what I need, when I need it. 🙂 Thanks for your post!

  • Connie Saunders

    I have a hard time remembering just how old I am and an even harder time realizing that I am slower than I was. I have also learned that some things may not get done when I first thought and I do a lot of praying and then praising once it is accomplished!
    Thanks for sharing Kate’s thoughts and this book sounds very thrilling.

  • Ann Ellison

    I love Kate’s books and can hardly wait to read this one. Her first book For Such a Time is at the top of my list of my favorite books. Please don’t include me in the drawing since I will be getting an ARC of her new one.

  • Hi, Elaine! Thanks for bringing us this article and giveaway! Congratulations, Kate! So excited about High as the Heavens! In the busyness of life and the scrambling here and there, it’s always so hard for me to remember that I don’t have to be enough, because He is already enough. (I do, however need to re-prioritize and use my time better, haha!) Thank you, ladies, for bringing us this interview!

    • elaineadmin

      Natalie, I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed Kate’s blog feature. Have yourself a great holiday weekend.

    • Hi Natalie! We haven’t chatted in awhile–all that busyness we’re talking about. You’re so right about priorities. This year I decided to host Sunday family dinner at least once a month (our son is grown with a busy life and has a son of his own.) It’s been wonderful so far, and really helps to keep us all connected. God bless!

  • Cheryl

    I LOVE Kate’s books. Her books pull me in with their incredible covers and her stories take hold of my heart.

  • Lis K

    I’ve loved both of Kate’s previous books. This one sounds wonderful, as well. This spiritual theme is something I always need to remember. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • elaineadmin

      Lis, thanks for visiting this morning. I’m sure you’re going to jump-start Kate’s day with joy… you have mine!

    • Lis, thank you so much! Coming to terms with God’s level of love instead of measuring love with my own yardstick is something I’m always working on. 🙂 I hope you enjoy High As The Heavens as well!

  • Ian

    Love this, Katie. And isn’t it wonderful to know that our past doesn’t define us and the Lord is leading us to something even better: increased intimacy with Him.

    Excited for your new release, Katie. I’ll buy a copy once it lands down under which won’t be too long away.

    Hi Elaine, thanks for having Katie on Everyone’s Story once again. And congratulations on winning that title. How splendid! You’re an award-winning author! Yay!

    • elaineadmin

      Ian, I’m happy to see you once again. And happy you’re looking forward to reading Kate’s newest novel. So am I!

      Thanks for the sweet words on Always With You… now spread the recommendation to your friends (wink, wink) 😉

    • Ian, thank you! Yes, it’s a wonderful feeling to know that we can start fresh with God at anytime, every morning if need be, and He’s forgets our past and is always ready to love us completely!

      I’m so pleased you’re going to snag a copy of High As The Heavens hot off the presses! 😉 I hope you enjoy the story!

  • Charolette Romero

    I would love to win a paperback

  • Patty

    We all seem to be our own worst critics don’t we? Holding ourselves to standards we wouldn’t hold others to,

    I have not read much WW I or WW I fiction. I look forward to Kate’s new work.

    • elaineadmin

      Good-morning, Patty. I’m thankful for your visit.

      I do enjoy WW-based stories, not for the gory-ness and tragedy or war, but rather how people won’t surrender the will to live, love, and to hope.

    • Patty, hello! Yes, I find that pride is the culprit when I attempt to control everything in my life and ignore God’s help. I have to remind myself it’s in His time, not mine. I hope you enjoy my novels. I agree with Elaine, that war stories can show the remarkable way ordinary people rise to the occasion and become heroes and heroines, testing their mettle in a crisis. I love people who display courage and character. Thank your for your post!

  • Great interview!! Can’t wait to read the new novel!!

  • I loved your first book, Kate. I first learned of you through my friend, Elaine Stock, a sister New York novelist. Will look forward to reading your new one. I visited Belgium in 1968 while we were stationed in the Army in Germany. I was interested to see that you are from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My 95-year-old father lives in Central Washington, and I visit him and other relatives every year. I grew up in Alaska and attended Seattle Pacific College (now University) for a year. Had to transfer to the University of Alaska Fairbanks after the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. But that was where I met my husband of 50 years this June. I have published four books set in Alaska.

    • elaineadmin

      Waving fondly, AnnaLee. Happy 50th anniversary blessings to you and Bob 💗

    • Hi AnnaLee! I’m glad you enjoyed For Such A Time, thank you! And you were in Belgium? I visited Antwerp and Liege in 1998 on a whirlwind 7-countries in two weeks tour, so I didn’t get to absorb as much as I would have liked, but it’s a good reason to go back one day. 🙂

      I visit Central Washington a couple of times a year–we have some acreage out there and I love to sit and gaze at the Cascade Mountains! I have to tell you too, I was in that 1964 earthquake! As a kid, my family lived in western Washington. I was waiting for the bus when the road started moving back and forth under my feet. Alaska’s quake really shook things up down here. It put a giant crack in my school building. I’ll never forget it! Anyway, it’s wonderful meeting you and I’m going to peruse your books. I hope you enjoy High As The Heavens!

  • Bethany marks

    I love historical fiction! So great to hear about High as the Heavens. I would love to read this 😀

  • Marilyn R

    Lovely post with Kate Breslin. I enjoy historical fiction with a message of hope through God’s Word. High as the Heavens sounds like a captivating read.

  • Great theme! Congratulations, Kate Breslin. Your theme sounds so intriguing. I can just imagine it on a movie screen. I’m sure that, just as I do, others may be wondering how much research was involved in writing your novel!

  • KB, thank you for your kind words! Wow, wouldn’t a movie be wonderful? 🙂 High As The Heavens took months of research–from Germany’s initial invasion of neutral Belgium into reading numerous first-hand accounts and biographies about those living in occupied territory. When we think of the Great War, we often imagine the horrors of trench warfare, but there were other stories, of brave civilians working in the underground, what in WWII would be coined as “the resistance”–risking their lives to further the Allies’ cause behind enemy lines. I was inspired to illuminate through fiction these remarkable people and how they must have endured for those four years. I hope I did them some measure of justice.

  • It is a pleasure, Elaine! All of us who have been privileged to be guests on this wonderful blog appreciate you also! Thanks for the invitation to view your podcast. Will do!

    Dear Kate, I am sure that your story did more than a “measure of justice” to each brave citizen who acted as led by conscience. I appreciate your sharing the time the research required, which underscores its importance in our storytelling. A much greater thinker than I once commented, “Truth is so powerful that even fiction must be couched in it.”

    Best wishes with your new title!

  • Brenda Murphree

    Congratulations! Another great book! I can’t wait to get it! I hope to win! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Hi Kate and Elaine! I’m so excited about this new book of Kate’s. Hope it isn’t too late to enter! Blessings to you both!

    • elaineadmin

      Cynthia, thanks for your visit. You’re in the drawing… which will be just in a few minutes from now.

    • Cynthia, hi! Thank you for stopping by to say hello. It looks like the drawing has been held and a winner chosen, so I hope you’ll have another chance in the future to get a copy of High As The Heavens.:-) Blessings to you!

  • elaineadmin

    It’s been one wonderful week here on Everyone’s Story and I owe my thanks and gratitude to the amazing Kate Breslin. Kate, before I launch each new guest I pray that their feature will glorify God, bless my guest, and bring the viewers He wants. I hope this past week has blessed you with the encouragement to keep writing the stories that so many want to read, as well as more happy readers.

    Thanks too for the generous BookGiveaway of your newest novel, High as the Heavens. And the randomly chosen winner is…

    Patricia B. Congratulations, Patricia and happy reading. Both Kate and I will contact you via direct email.

    Blessings to all.

    • Elaine, thank YOU for allowing me to share my thoughts and this time with your wonderful readers! I enjoyed myself and appreciate the great online sharing you and others have done for me in the past week. Everyone’s Story is an honor to be a part of, and you always do such a fabulous job. God bless you, and your writing, my dear friend!

      Congratulations, Patricia B.! I am so happy to send you a copy of High As The Heavens and I hope you enjoy!

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