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Come on in! Welcome to the 2018 Frog on a Dime Summer Open House.
Talented author and all-around excellent example of a human being Janice Broyles is here for the 2018 Frog on a Dime Summer Open House.
And you, my little asparagus spears, are just in time for a chance to win your very own personally autographed copy of THE SECRET HEIR,
an ultra fresh historical fiction YA/New Adult novel by, yes, you guessed it, Janice Broyles
Enter to win your own copy by leaving a comment on this post by Friday, July 13. If your name is selected, you win. It’s that easy!
A scintillating summertime read, THE SECRET HEIR is filled with drama, romance and intrigue for older teens, young adults and beyond.
THE SECRET HEIR retells the story of David and the princess Michal. One lives in a palace; the other sleeps under the stars. Though they come from vastly different worlds, Michal and David are drawn together. When King Saul uncovers David’s secret and vows to kill him, Michal is torn between her love for her father and feelings for David. Two kings, two men she deeply loves but for different reasons — one heart-broken in two.
Published by Heritage Beacon Press, THE SECRET HEIR will be released on July 11. You can order it from your local independent bookstore, as well as online book distributors, including Amazon.
While she’s here, Janice agreed to sit on the comfy Frog on a Dime porch swing and respond to my list of hard-hitting questions. (And yes, I gave her lemonade and cookies first.)
So, Janice, tell us, what is your favorite day of the week–and yes, why?
Friday. I know it’s still a work day, but I’ve got the whole weekend ahead of me. I love possibilities, and the anticipation of sleeping in just makes the day awesome!
Nice. Okay then, what is under your bed?
I had to investigate in order to answer accurately. I found two socks (not matching), my husband’s lost slippers (seriously), and dust bunnies. They go by the names of Darryl and Fran, and they’re multiplying quickly.
Give my regards to Darryl and Fran!
Okay, let’s get serious, Janice. Don’t think. Just answer my question!
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My first mother’s day as a new mom, John and I were really struggling financially. Our baby, Jonathan, was a preemie and had some medical conditions. I was finishing college and recovering from an emergency C-section, and John was working a difficult job in his uncle’s bumper shop. I wasn’t expecting anything from John because we couldn’t even afford groceries (WIC was a God-send). However, on Mother’s Day morning, he handed me a card. Inside the card were three envelopes with exactly $1.16 in each of them. That was the exact amount of a 7-11 Slurpee, which had been my favorite during the pregnancy. It made me cry because even though we were so broke, he still found a way to show me that he loved me.
That is so sweet. You want more lemonade?
This can be approximate, but what is your inner adult/inner child ratio?
Ugh, unfortunately, these days I’m finishing up my doctoral dissertation and working on marketing my books, so I’m feeling way too adultish. Currently maybe 80/20 (sorry, inner child). However, it fluctuates. As soon as I get into writing a middle grade or YA novel, my inner child makes an appearance. Or, if I tubing at the lake, I definitely feel like a kid. Until I get home and my whole body hurts, then I’m reminded I’m an adult!
I hope this one isn’t too personal: describe your sock drawer in three words or less.
Stuffed. Unorganized. Mismatched.
If you hadn’t become a writer, what would you be?
A teacher (ha, ha). I’m finishing up my doctorate to continue working at the university-level. I love that ALMOST as much as writing (but not quite).
Your favorite punctuation mark is:
I love them all, and I wish people would use them properly. (wink, wink, I’m looking at you Facebook memes)
And finally, reveal your fantasy road trip destination:
If I could drive there, I’d say Scotland and Ireland, but since a car would sink to the bottom of the ocean and I would die a horrible death, I will say California. I want to drive that road that goes up the coast all the way to Oregon and Washington State. That’d be sweet.
Adventurous and sensible. I love it. Can I go too?
Thank you so much, Janice. You made this year’s Summer Open House fabulous (if I do say so myself, and I just did).
Janice and I want to remind you to enter to win a copy of her new novel THE SECRET HEIR (for older teens and young adults) by lucky Friday, July 13!
Janice Broyles grew up in Madison Heights, Michigan, the third of four children. Janice loved Sundays because it meant she got to listen to Bible stories. Each week, she attended Sunday school with her siblings. It was there she fell in love with those Bible stories and the characters in them. Today, she is a college instructor, freelance editor, and inspirational writer and speaker. Her first book, No Longer Rejected: A Woman’s Journey from Rejection to Freedom, is an inspirational account that has won several awards.
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. ~ Madeleine L’Engle
Wishes for Good Luck and copious activity for your Open House.
I am leaving the country (just for a while)
I should return….
Oh, yes. Please come back! Happy travels. Thanks for stopping by!
Congratulations Janice! I love Fridays too- I think it’s the anticipation of an entire weekend for me. Great interview!
Thank you so much for dropping by. Hang in there–Friday’s coming!
Thank you for sharing this interview, Vicky. I love learning more about people I adore. And Janice certainly fits that category! Janice, congratulations on this very well-deserved and long-awaited publication. I’m so excited for you!
You’re so kind. You’re going to make Janice blush–and she’ll be even cuter! Thank you for stopping by!
Thanks for the interview of a MI author! I loved the first Mother’s Day story and the dust bunnies made me laugh. This book will be fun to read!
Hello Danielle! So glad you could stop by the Summer Open House. I loved reading Janice’s answers too. She’s so sweet and funny. Wishing you a lovely rest of your summer.
How exciting, Janice. It sounds like a great story and I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you for visiting, Pat! Janice has crafted a beautiful, intriguing story. I know you’ll love it!
Dropping in to say hi to two wonderful writers, Janice and Vicky. I treasure our friendship. Janice, I’m cheering you on as your 2nd book is released. Vicky, thanks for highlighting Janice on your funny, family friendly, froggy blog!
How nice of you stop by!
I know readers will love Janice’s new novel. Such talent she has.
I am grateful for you and your encouragement, Rachel.
Wishing you a lovely rest of your summer.
What a great subject to base a romance novel on! (And I always loved the name Michal.)
I know, right? Janice is one smart cookie. Oooo . . . cookies. (You should start calling Morgan Michal. See how that goes.) Thanks for stopping by!
Although we weren’t close friends, I’ve known Janice since college. I am so excited to see this book come out! I was truly impressed by her first book, No Longer Rejected. I gave a copy to each of our church ladies on Mother’s Day. Janice, thank you for writing from your heart! Can’t wait to read this one!!
Janice is a very thoughtful writer. Thank you so much for stopping by the Frog on a Dime Open House, Julia. THE SECRET HEIR will be an enjoyable read for you and older teens and young adults in your life. Good luck with the giveaway!
What a fun interview! So darn happy for Janice!!! Whee!
I still remember the first time I heard Janice read at an SCBWI-MI fall conference. I thought, WOW. Thank you for stopping by the Summer Open House, Carrie. Wishing you a peaceful rest of your summer.
Thanks, Carrie. It is so exciting. Hope to see you soon.
Janis is an incredible women and author. I can not wait to read her new books as they come out.
Janice really is an amazing person. Aren’t we lucky to know her? Thank you for entering. Good luck and happy summer to you!
Aw, THANK you, Julie! Kind words mean a lot.
A wonderful and funny interview, as usual! Thanks for the open house and enjoy the rest of your summer!
So glad you could stop by for the open house, Erin. Thank you for entering to win Janice’s exciting novel.
So glad you could stop by, Erin! Thank you for entering the drawing. Wishing you a lovely rest of your summer–make every day count!
Thanks, Erin! I hope you get a chance to read the book. 🙂
Interesting interview with a bit of hilarity thrown in. I’d sure love to win and read your book about David and Michael. I’d like to see what your imagination has done with the story. Great interview!
Thank you for entering, Elizabeth. I think you’ll love Janice’s book. Good luck!
Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you get a chance to read and review my book.
Hi Vicky and Janice. Great interview. Janice, your book sounds fascinating.
Thanks for entering, Ann. I’m so proud of Janice!
Thanks, Ann! I am so thankful for supportive friends like you.