Liz Tolsma Speaks Up!


Everyone’s Story welcomes the first guest of 2018, Christian fiction author, Liz Tolsma. I had the great fortune meeting Liz several years ago at an ACFW conference. She’d just sold her first novel–I’m glad she’s still going strong! Every author needs a support team and Liz shares about hers this week. Bundle up under blankets and wrap your hands around a hot mug of your favorite drink while you enjoy what she speaks up about. Also, check out her BookGiveaway offer. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

**I’m thrilled and honored that my next release, Her Good Girl, is receiving some lovely reviews!! It’s also set for the  Pre-Sale Kindle price only only 99 cents. Wow! Please check it out below Liz’s feature.




Liz is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter the choice of either 1 paperback edition of The Melody of the Soul (US only) or 1 ebook. The winner will be announced Friday morning EST on January 12th.

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

Blurb for The Melody of the Soul: (link for book trailer)

Anna has one chance for survival—and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.

It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she’ll do anything to keep her safe—a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.

Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.


My Support Team by Liz Tolsma

I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic. My parents probably thought I would grow up to become an actress. I loved anything melodramatic, and from a very young age, I made up stories about anything and everything. And I always had to throw a little embellishment in there.

When I was in the fifth grade, have a teacher who gave us many writing assignments. There was one assignment that changed my life. We had been studying tall tales in English class. You remember those — Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox. After we read the story, our teacher gave us the assignment to write a tall tale. I was in heaven. A tall tale gave me the ability to write an unfettered story, limited only by my imagination. And I went to town on it.

I recently ran across the story. Who saves things from fifth grade? But that’s how much I loved writing that story and how much it influenced my life


When the end of that year came, my teacher wrote me a little note saying how she hoped one day I would become a published authoress. More than anything, that’s what I wanted to do with my life. Sometimes, however, reality sets in. I didn’t know how to go about making my dream come true, so I put it on the back burner and earned a degree in elementary education. God blessed that decision, because I did end up using the degree. I homeschooled my children for six years, and I use my background in special education in dealing with my daughter who has special needs.

But the dream never completely left me. After 9/11, I realized that though I was very young, my life could be over in an instant. I didn’t want it to end on a note of regret. I started writing seriously, and at a writer’s conference a couple of years later, I have the privilege of meeting Andrea Boeshaar, a multi-published Christian author, an agent, and a fellow Wisconsinite. She took me under her wing, and guided me in my journey. My first book wasn’t published until 2011, but those years of hard work paid off. My eighth book is set to release on January 16.

Without these people in my life, I would never have gotten to the point in my career that I’m at. Most likely, I would have never put a single word on the page.

We all have hopes and dreams in our lives. Never give up on them. There have been many times along this publication journey that I wanted to give up. It was too hard. It was never going to happen. I just didn’t have the talent. When I got to the lowest places, there was always someone, whether my husband or my agent or other writer friends, who encouraged me to keep going. So whatever your dream, whether it is publication, career, family, travel, or something entirely different, don’t give up on it. Keep working and striving even through the longest, darkest days. You may be surprised what God has in store for you.

Liz’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Meet @LizTolsma, #ChristFic author of WWII and prairie romance novellas. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

@LizTolsma speaks up on how every author needs a support team. #AmWriting (Tweet This)

Win #BookGiveaway of @LizTolsma’s The Melody of the Soul. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels and prairie romance novellas. The Rails to Love collection released in October 2016. The Matchmaker Brides collection releases in February 2017, and her next WWII novel, The Melody of the Soul, is scheduled to release in April 2017. She is a popular speaker and an editor. She has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.

Places to connect with Liz:






Liz and I look forward to your comments.



Kindle Pre-Sale Price is only 99 cents on Amazon 

Look for the release of Her Good Girl, in both print and Kindle on January 22nd.

What reviewers are saying:

Elaine Stock is a writer of immense power. Her characters are unique, haunting, and memorable. Superb prose and vivid storytelling propels the reader to keep turning the page until the richly satisfying end. This is more than a tale about the evils of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, but a realistic story of desperation, generational healing, and survival. Elaine Stock has rocketed to the top of my favorite writer list.–author Megan Whitson Lee

A powerful and emotional read.–Robin, a reviewer on Goodreads

Very well written book. Very honest and informative. Everyone should read it.–Rose, a reviewer on Goodreads


26 comments to Liz Tolsma Speaks Up!

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview with Liz. I enjoy her books and helping spread the word about them.

  • I enjoyed learning more about Liz and look forward to reading The Melody of the Soul! Stay warm up there! It’s 21 here in N Mississippi. 🙂

  • Sheila Holmes

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Liz. (Everyone truly has a story, don’t they?!) I’ve not read Liz’s work before, but am looking forward to reading The Melody of the Soul. (I’m a lover of WWII novels, so the word that comes to mind is… WOOHOO!) And, if I can stop shaking from the temps here dipping to the teens, I’ll click the post comment button below.

    • elaineadmin

      Sheila, so nice to see you again. I’m trusting you’re well and springing back nicely. Stay warm!

      I also find WWII stories fascinating–I’m thinking, at least for me, it’s because it’s a story of survival against horrific odds and circumstances.

    • Liz Tolsma

      It’s nice to meet you, Sheila! I hope you enjoy the book!

  • Marilyn R

    I enjoyed the interview with Liz Tolsma and learning about her journey to being published. Her books gab my attention being historical. Melody of the Soul sounds intriguing with the heroine living in Prague. A country I was honored to visit while on a mission trip.

    Everyone stay warm and snug with the Arctic blast. A good book, fuzzy socks, a warm throw and something hot to drink is the agenda. LOL

    • elaineadmin

      That’s right, Marilyn. I remember you saying you’ve been to the Czech Republic. One day when we meet again, I’d love to hear more about the country.

      We had 8 inches of snow yesterday, strong winds (45-50 mph) today, and are expecting a high tomorrow of 4 above. Maybe.

    • Liz Tolsma

      Prague is an amazingly beautiful city! I’m jealous you were able to live there for a time. Hope you get a chance to enjoy the book. Sounds like you had the perfect day planned!

  • After reading your blog, Elaine, I read Liz’s first chapter of The Melody of the Soul. I loved it. Even her words sound musical. And played against such a dark time in history. I want to read it as soon as I can.

    Thankful that today is a little warmer. Keep well and snug.

  • Liz Tolsma

    So glad you enjoyed the first chapter, AnnaLee! I’m getting very excited as release day approaches! Hope you enjoy the book!

  • Anne Rightler

    Thank you for the interview and info on this book. I enjoy historical fiction stories especially those written about WWII.
    It’s a heat wave today. Supposed to be 50s. The foot of snow on my deck is already almost gone. Still I’ll stay holed up and pull out a book!
    Thx again, Elaine and Liz.

    • elaineadmin

      Anne, you have the absolute best remedy for a wintry day: snuggling up with a great book. Happy reading!

      As always, thanks for your visit.

  • Arletta

    Thanks for the interview. I love Liz’s books and am eagerly waiting to read this one.

  • Maryann

    I love reading historical fiction and the story line sounds very interesting. Sounds like a great book for winter reading.

  • Alison Boss

    Thank you for the interview! I always enjoy learning more about an author! Reading historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre, and I am so excited to read Liz’s new book, Melody of the Soul!! I read the first chapter and can’t wait to read the rest of the book…..very intriguing, for sure! Thanks so much for the opportunity of this giveaway!!

  • elaineadmin

    A new year means new chances and beginnings for all of us. I hope 2018 is a kind year for everyone! And what a great way to begin a new year for Everyone’s Story with my guest, author Liz Tolsma!! Thanks, Liz, for being a lovely guest. I wish you continued success in your writing.

    And thanks for your generous BookGiveaway offer of The Melody of the Soul. And the winner is…

    Sheila. Yay, Sheila!! Enjoy. Both Liz and I will contact you via direct email.

    Blessings to all.

  • Sonnetta Jones

    I always wondered if these things happened. Now I see the possibilities.

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