Dreaming of Tomorrow Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

 

Dreaming of Tomorrow Blog + Review tour
 Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Dreaming of Tomorrow

Title: Dreaming of Tomorrow 
Series: Tomorrow #3
Author:
Michelle De Bruin
Publisher: Scrivenings Press LLC
Release Date:
November 10, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true. 

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support. 

Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard. 

 Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected. 

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

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Michelle De Bruin 

Author Michelle De Bruin writes Christian historical fiction about people who live in rural communities. Michelle lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She provides spiritual services during the week and leads worship on the weekends. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God's love through the window of a good story. 

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Hi Michelle! Welcome back and thank you for taking the time once again to answer my questions and giving my readers the chance to get to know you and your new book- Dreaming of Tomorrow  a little bit better!  I usually start these interviews the same way with 5 random facts about YOU, but since you’ve been here before, can you share 5 random facts about this newest book?

So nice to be back. Thank you for having me. Yes, I would be happy to share 5 random facts about this newest book.
1. It has the same hero and heroine from the first two books in the Tomorrow series.
2. It is set in a small rural Iowa town based on the ones in the area where I live. The citizens of this town are immigrants from Holland, so the minor characters have surnames that reflect that heritage.
3. There is a scene in the book where the hero acquires a piano as a gift for the heroine. This scene is based on a real-life experience when my husband bought a piano on an auction for me during the Christmas season when we were engaged.
4. I researched historic downtown Chicago, Illinois, and historic downtown Des Moines, Iowa, men’s eyeglasses, and wedding gowns of the Edwardian era in order to write this story.
5. Several characters are introduced that will pop up with their own stories in upcoming books. 


Let’s talk writing! When did you first realize you had a passion and talent for writing? And when did you know that it was something you wanted to do professionally?

I first discovered my interest in writing when I was in grade school. I would be one of the students chosen to attend writer’s workshops and other local events that helped to develop writing skills in children.

Honestly, I did not know that writing was something I wanted to do professionally. I sent the manuscript for my first book off to a small press because their submission guidelines matched everything about my manuscript. So, I sent it in with the attitude of, “Well, let’s see what happens.” It turns out that the publishing company wanted it and offered me a contract for it. Then they wanted the second book of the series. Soon, here I was, with one book published, another contracted, and ideas for many more books swimming around in my head.

I knew that I had to get this figured out. How do I allow enough time for writing in my schedule, and how do I effectively promote my books? I knew absolutely nothing about marketing and have been daily learning something new ever since. 

I chose to decrease my day job hours to 20 instead of 30 per week to free up a day in my schedule for writing. The Lord has been quite gracious in providing for me and in opening doors for my stories to get published. This professional writing piece of my life is a silver ribbon of miracles that the Holy Spirit has woven throughout my life. I didn’t go looking for it, and I’m so honored that he has chosen to use my life and my talents for communication in this way.


What drew you to the historical romance genre? 

Historical romance is the genre that I enjoy reading. I write Christian fiction because I want to illustrate how God works in a person’s life healing and restoring. I write historical fiction because I enjoy history. I like learning about beginnings and why things are the way they are. I write fiction because story communicates to us in ways that make possible the understanding of truth, similar to the parables Jesus used in the New Testament to  help listeners understand the deep truths of what the Kingdom of God was like. I write romance because the church’s relationship to the Lord is a love story. Seeing it play out in a wholesome way between a hero and heroine helps us understand God’s passionate, unending, faithful love for us.


In our first interview, we talked about the excitement of your first publication. This book is now your third, has that excitement changed any?

The excitement hasn’t changed. It is still there because the story of the main characters in this series continues to grow. I’ve enjoyed watching how their relationship has deepened, and how they, together, influence a whole community of people. I’ve been eager for a long time for this book to finally be available to readers. It’s a great story, and one I hope is a favorite that people will come back to again and again.


Can you tell us a little bit about Dreaming of Tomorrow? 

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.
Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support. Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.
Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.
Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.


What do you hope readers will take away from the book? 

I hope that readers will gain a deeper understanding of God’s committed and faithful love for us. Another message I hope that readers take away is the fact that men and women can partner together in ministry. The third message I hope readers pick up on is the picture of what a healthy marriage looks like

This is the third book in the Tomorrow series, do readers need to have read the previous two books to enjoy this one? 

It would probably be the most helpful for a reader new to the series to read the books in order. Hope for Tomorrow is the first in the series. Promise for Tomorrow is the second book, and this new book, Dreaming of Tomorrow, is the third book in the series. A reader could get by with reading this one alone, but they would miss out on getting to know the characters and following the growth of the relationship that happens in the first two books. 

Thank you again for taking the time to answer these questions. Before you go, are there any other projects you are currently working on that you can share?

Yes, actually, my fourth book, Coming Home to Mercy, is scheduled to release in August 2021. It is the first book in a series set in the small town where Dreaming of Tomorrow takes place. Karen’s mother, Mrs. Margaret Millerson, comes to town for a really good reason (which we will discover at the end of Dreaming of Tomorrow.) Margaret meets the town doctor, Matthew Kaldenberg. Coming Home to Mercy is their story. I hope that readers sign up to receive my newsletter because I will be sharing in it about the research I’ve done to write this story, the cover reveal, and many more details related to this next book.

Thanks so much for having me! I always enjoy stopping in and chatting with readers. Grace and peace.



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