RRBC July Spotlight Author – Joyce Shaughnessy

Welcome to SPOTLIGHT Author’s Blog Tour, its first stop, here on my blog. Congratulations Joyce Shaughnessy! I’m happy and excited to be the first to host Joyce Shaughnessy, our Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Author for July. I’m sure that many of you would love to get to know Joyce and her work better. You’ll enjoy the experience very much!

Joyce Shaughnessy

Over to you Joyce:

When I Decided to Write a Book

I was watching a history channel production of “The American Dust Bowl.” It particularly interested me because I live in West Texas which is definitely a barren and dusty place. I remembered my parents telling stories about the time in the Twenties and Thirties when they lived on a family farm. Their stories were exactly what TV shows had portrayed. I was a literature major and had constantly read, so I was familiar with historical fiction literature. It was a natural place for me to begin. I just decided to write a book, not realizing how much work actually goes into it. Thank God for my ignorance!

I wrote “A Healing Place,” which has been very popular locally.

Book Description

A Healing Place is an historical novel based on the Great American Depression and WWII in the Philippines.  Evicted from their Oklahoma farm, Amos and Molly and their three children are forced to find a new place to live.  They find their healing place in Texon, Texas, a small oil camp just east of Rankin.  It has everything they’ve been looking for, especially a welcoming community.  Then when WWII is on the horizon, their son-in-law is in the Army in the Philippines when Japan attacks, forcing the men and women there to finally surrender.  America is supplying the European front of the war first, and the Pacific is left without enough food, medicine, ammunition, or men to fight.  The men are forced to walk the Bataan Death March, and Jed eventually finds himself in Cabanatuan prison camp.  Addie, his wife, stays in Texon with her family.  Jed finds his healing place in the power of prayer.

Book Blurp

A Healing Place is based on the Thirties and Forties and emphasizes the

power of love, sacrifice, courage and prayer. The Millers move to Texas from

Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. Their son-in-law,

Jed, is sent to the Philippines during WWII where he walks the Death March.


Author Bio

Joyce Shaughnessy has published five books in the last seventeen years. The

first three, A Healing Place, Blessed Are the Merciful, and The

Unsurrendered,  are romantic historical fiction based upon the Dust Bowl in

the Great Depression and WWII in the Pacific. They reflect her love of history

and historical fiction. She is also a certified editor, and has edited four

anthologies and several novels. She loves editing almost as much as writing.

She has two finished manuscripts on her desk. She hasn’t found the proper

home for them yet, but will hopefully soon. She has lived with her husband in

Midland, Texas for the last twenty-six years. They share a love of reading and

own a very large collection gathered over the years.

Connect with Joyce online!

Twitter: @AuthorJoyceS

Facebook: @joyceshaughnessy1

Website: joyceshaughnessy.blogspot.com


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  1. I am sure you are pleased that you did finish A Healing Place, Joyce. Sounds a very interesting read of a challenging time in history. All the best for your blog tour Joyce and for hosting Maretha.

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  2. The depression years are a time period that I am fascinated by. My parents were young newlyweds in that time period. It’s great to learn more about you and your books, Joyce.

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  3. Hi Joyce, I was glad that I didn’t know what I was in for just like you. I wrote a historical non-fiction and it was more than a notion. I think its best to go in with blinders on or we would never do anything.

    Maretha you are a wonderful supporter. Thank you for hosting.

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    • Joyce, it has been a pleasure having you appear on my blog. I’m looking forward to reading your work in the nearby future. Thank you for reblogging this post as well, and I wish you every success this month and in those to come!


  4. Hi Joyce. Your writing brings back my Dad’s stories of the Dust Bowl. He, too, lived in Oklahoma. I’ve just purchased A Healing Place and look forward to a wonderful read. Thank you for hosting, Maretha. ♥

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    • Thanks so much, Gwen. I’m sure Joyce will be delighted to hear that you bought her book, especially since your dad wrote about that area too. I don’t know anything about it, so it’ll be a learning curve for me as well.


    • Thanks Eric, I’m not sure what happened though. Sometimes it depends what time a blog goes live, but I’m sure that everyone will try to visit the first stop as well. I’ll visit there now and also post it to Twitter. 🤓

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      • No worries, Maretha, and thanks for the kind reply. I just want to make sure all Joyce’s stops are toured. We all need to support each other in the indie community. I will tweet out your post as well. Cheers!

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  5. I love historical fiction, especially when it comes from a personal place. That helps the reader connect with the time period. Congratulations on your spotlight tour, Joyce! Thank you for hosting, Maretha!

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