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WELCOME AUTHOR AMY C. BLAKE
11/25/2017 12:45:00 AM by: Patti

FEATURED BOOK:  Colorblind

AUTHOR:  Amy C. Blake

PUBLISHER:  Mantle Rock Publishing

GENRE:  Christian suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  On the Brink series

TARGET AGE:  15 and up

 

IT IS MYPLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR AMY C. BLAKE TO PATTI’S PORCH. AMY SHARES HOW HER FASCINATION FOR A LANDMARK FROM A PAST ERA SPARKED THE IDEA FOR HER SUSPENSE NOVEL.

 

AMY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF COLORBLIND.

 

THE ROARING TWENTIES IN BUCKEYE LAKE

 

by

 

Amy C. Blake

 

From the time I learned about the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park that once graced the shores of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, I've been intrigued with the idea of setting a book there. In the early to middle 1900s, Buckeye Lake was considered the Playground of Ohio. The amusement park (actually, two parks set side by side) drew thousands each day from Easter to Labor Day. Buckeye Lake's ballrooms—the Crystal and the Pier—featured big name bands from the Swing era, like Benny Goodman, Lawrence Welk, and Louis Armstrong.

 

My Christian suspense novel, Colorblind, is set in modern-day Buckeye Lake, where the amusement park is a mere memory. The main character, Christy Kane, is a music major who began an internship at her mega-church pastor-father's church, but had to leave when his misdeeds became public knowledge. Instead, she goes to Buckeye Lake to help a distant relative, Aunt Jo, make a go of her School of Music and Dance in the (fictionally) rebuilt Pier Ballroom.

 

Beyond the difficulties she endures because of her daddy's fall from grace, working at the Pier Ballroom, which sits on Buckeye Lake itself, forces Christy to face her greatest fear—water. Also, her fellow music volunteers harbor racial and socioeconomic antagonisms that encumber their attempts to prepare for the Pier's Grand Reopening, and Christy fears Aunt Jo will lose her ballroom to bankruptcy. Christy also finds a diary written by Lillian, a girl who lived in Buckeye Lake in the 1920s, and soon discovers that dangerous events from Lillian's time are being reenacted in the present.

 

In writing Colorblind, I enjoyed researching Buckeye Lake, Big Band musicians, and 1920s slang to incorporate into my story. However, I was surprised (and disturbed) to discover that Buckeye Lake was also the location for two huge Ku Klux Klan rallies, one in 1923, the other in 1925. In Colorblind, I incorporate some of the racial issues from the 1920s into Lillian's story line and show the effects of such prejudices in Christy's world.

 

Part of my purpose in dealing with race issues in my On the Brink series is to help Christians see the detrimental effects of past racism on our present. Only when we repent of our prejudices and embrace the fact that all people have been created in God’s image will we become what He wants us to be.

 

Blurb for Colorblind:

 

Eighteen-year-old Christy Kane has always been Daddy’s princess. But on the first day of her music internship at his mega-church, reporters shatter her world with terrible news: Daddy’s had an affair with the church preschool director. Christy feels as betrayed by God as the man she’s always considered Prince Charming.

When Mom sends her to Buckeye Lake to help with Aunt Jo’s School of Music and Dance in the restored Pier Ballroom, Christy’s problems only increase. First, the ballroom sits on Buckeye Lake, making her face her greatest fear—water. Second, she must help lead a handful of semi-talented volunteers, who harbor racial tensions and mysterious underlying antagonisms, in a professional quality performance for the Grand Reopening of the ballroom. The stakes are high—Aunt Jo will lose the place if they fail. Third, Christy discovers a diary written by Lillian, who lived near Buckeye Lake in the 1920s, and becomes intrigued by the stories of thousands coming to play at the amusement parks and dance in the ballrooms. But her interest soon turns to concern as tragic events from the diary happen in Christy’s world, ninety years to the date of their first occurrence.

Between her shattered past, her uncertain future, and her dangerous present, Christy doesn’t know where to turn. Does Daddy’s God really exist? If so, does He care enough to rescue her?

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF COLORBLIND BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

 

Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife, writer, and homeschool mom. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. She has written short stories and articles for various publications, including Focus on the Family, Mature Years, Significant Living, Encounter, and Vista. She has contributed to Barbour’s Book Lovers’ Devotional, Every Good and Perfect Gift, and Heavenly XOXO for Women. She has also won several awards for her writing.

She is currently writing two series for the Christian market with homeschooled main characters, series that are enjoyable for everybody—homeschooled or not. Her Levi Prince juvenile fantasy series follows thirteen-year-old Levi through his adventures in Terracaelum, a haven for mythical creatures. The Trojan Horse Traitor and The Fall of Thor's Hammer are now available in both print and ebook.

Amy’s On the Brink suspense series follows the journeys of three homeschooled friends—Patience, Natalie, and Christy—as they step out on the brink of adulthood…and danger. Whitewashed and Colorblind are available in both print and ebook. Tie-Dyed is due to release in March, 2018. The books in this series can be read in any order.

Amy invites readers to visit her online.

Website

Facebook author page

Twitter

Amazon author page

 

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Comments

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, OH At 12/6/2017 8:10:41 AM

Thank you, Faith!

Faith Creech From Fairplay Colorado At 12/4/2017 12:15:41 PM

This books sounds very good. I used to be a pastor’s wife before we went on the mission field. It is sometimes a very hard life!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Faith. Thank you for sharing with us. So glad you stopped by.

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, OH At 12/3/2017 8:36:27 PM

Thanks for commenting, Cassandra and Les!

Cassandra Wilcox From Greenville, MI At 12/3/2017 5:47:57 PM

This book is at the very top of my reading list! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cassandra. Glad you found this drawing. You might be the lucky winner. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Les From At 12/3/2017 2:08:26 PM

Sounds good! Thanks for the chance to win.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Les. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, OH At 11/28/2017 6:29:42 PM

Thanks for commenting, Shamekka!

Shamekka S From At 11/27/2017 8:28:49 AM

I've been eyeing both of these books for a while. Thank you for the chance to win one.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Shamekka. So glad you stopped by and learned about the giveaway. I have not read Amy's work as yet, but look forward to the day I get an opportunity to do so.

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, OH At 11/27/2017 7:34:21 AM

Janice, Suzanne, Pat, Thank you so much for sharing a little of your personal stories!

Janice Moore From South Carolina At 11/26/2017 9:39:30 PM

I am an avid reading pastor's wife! I have wanted to read this book for a long time! It sounds fantastic!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Janice. I champion you as a pastor's wife. It is a noble calling and I'm sure you impact many lives in so many ways. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

Suzanne Bratcher From Arkansas At 11/26/2017 6:53:23 PM

Colorblind sounds like a courageous and important book for our time. I was a p.k. and it's a challenging way to grow up, even when Daddy doesn't fall from grace. Besides, I love stories inspired by settings!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Suzanne. I'm sure there are many challenges to being a P.K.! One P.K. told me once it is like growing up in a fishbowl. Everyone has their eyes on you and your family. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

Pat Moore From Huntsville, AL At 11/26/2017 3:04:16 PM

My son was hurt by the actions of a youth pastor when he was about 16. He's 46 & I still can't get him back in church. I don't think pastors realize the harm they can do to young minds especially. They are human and make errors but we hold them to higher standards. Hurts all. Would love to read

Reply by: Patti Shene

Oh, I definitely agree with you, Pat. People in positions of trust may make human mistakes, but they need to weigh heavily the impact their choices will have on those who are affected by their behavior. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us.

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, Ohio At 11/26/2017 8:37:53 AM

Thanks for commenting, Becky. I'm sorry you've had to deal with the pain of a failed pastor in your church.

Amy C. Blake From Columbus, OH At 11/25/2017 2:11:42 PM

Thanks, Gail. It was interesting to write!

Becky Smith From Kansas City, MO At 11/25/2017 11:22:14 AM

Fascinating review! Unfortunately I have been in a mega church where the pastor "fell from grace", so I find this book very interesting. Thanks for highlighting this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Becky. It is unfortunate when we encounter experiences like that, but I guess we need to realize that pastors are human too. Thank you for sharing with us.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 11/25/2017 10:24:35 AM

Amy, I really like how your plot unfolds, with finding the diary. I just read Stars Over Clear Lake, which features the Surf Ballroom back in the WWII era - some of those same musicians played there. I've never written something that revolves around a certain place - sure sounds interesting!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. We have so much rich history in my area of Colorado that I need to incorporate some of our famous landmarks in my WIPs. I'm always concerned that I'll get it wrong, though! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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8/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SITTING IDLE
8/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
8/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
7/26/2014 11:01:15 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
7/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
7/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
7/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
6/27/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
6/20/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
6/16/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
6/7/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
5/30/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene