Friday, November 17, 2017

Meet Book Blogger Carole Jarvis of The Power of Words!

Debra: Hi Carole! Thanks for visiting the Inkwell. How long have you been reviewing and how did you decide on the theme for your blog?
Carole: My blog is The Power of Words and the link is
I started playing around at blogging back in 2008, mainly because I wanted to share about my three passions – art, music, and books – but it wasn’t until November of 2012 that I got serious about book reviews. (Actually, I still can’t believe that I’m a reviewer, because writing is very difficult for me. Let’s just say that no one could afford to pay me for my time!)
In addition to my main focus on books, I also feature a lot of art on my blog because beautiful paintings simply speak to me, although I can’t draw a straight line. And then there’s my favorite humorist, Erma Bombeck. Here’s a great Christmas post from one of her books: The Christmas Pageant. But my personal “art” is music, and I plan to start a regular feature called With a Song in My Heart. My first post featured Joni Eareckson Tada and the beloved gospel song, Farther Along.

Debra: What’s the best part of being a reviewer?
Carole:  As much as I enjoy reading and discovering new authors, I have to say that the best part is often getting to connect personally with the authors behind some of my favorite books. Getting to know them – their personalities and struggles – makes their writing come alive even more. And when I meet someone with such a great sense of humor as you, Debra … well, that’s even more special!
D: (blushing) That’s very sweet, Carole. I truly am impressed with all the work that bloggers do. And writing reviews is so very difficult for me that I am in awe of anyone who does it. That said…what’s the most difficult part of the ‘the job’?
C: That’s easy, and probably the same answer you would have, Debra – deadlines! Like most reviewers, I just can’t seem to say ‘no’ to a book that appeals, and get over-committed as a result. Reviews need to be posted in a timely manner for a book to succeed as it’s released, but that doesn’t mean I have to like tour deadlines!
D: Pushing to hit deadlines can take the fun out of it, that's for sure!
What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
C: Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke, a World War II drama that, for me, has the “Wow!” factor. Reviewed at

D: Cathy Gohlke is an incredible author. I won “William Henry is a Fine Name” many years ago, and haven’t forgotten it.
What do you do when you aren’t making authors happy? (I assume you have a life outside of fiction. Maybe not!)
C:  I’m officially retired, but still work part time doing sermon research for my pastor, and I play the piano in our worship band.
D: Very nice! Being part of the worship team is a big commitment, but obviously it’s so much easier when it’s something you love.
What would you like to share about yourself that few people know?
C: As a retirement gift several years ago, my church gave me a trip to NYC where I attended a music conference at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, the highlight of which was singing with their world-famous choir on Sunday morning – a small taste of heaven on earth. Also on that trip, the father of one of my daughter’s friends, who was the producer of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at the time, invited us to their set – and I got to meet Chris Noth. He was very friendly and personable, and spent several minutes visiting with us.
D: That sounds incredible. Wow! And wow!

So, Carole, as far as fiction goes, what is your favorite setting? Place and time?  Genre?
C: Favorite setting: Anywhere in the British Isles
Place & time: Colonial America, especially during the American Revolution
Genre: Contemporary or historical drama, with murder mysteries being a close second
D: Oh yes! great choices. (and I think you'll enjoy Backcountry Brides, the Barbour Collection coming in May!) What’s your favorite movie to watch if you had a rainy afternoon alone?
C: The Sound of Music … So hard to choose only one! Top picks would also be The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Music Man, and November Christmas (Hallmark).

Now here's a classic!
D:  One of my best friends would have said Sound of Music right away, too. I saw it in the theater when it came out...which was over fifty years ago. Gosh, that sounds crazy to me now. We went as a class trip. But I haven't seen Molly Brown in forever! Thanks for the reminder.
If you could wiggle your nose and be in a new career, what would it be?
C: My career has been music – church pianist, worship assistant, piano teacher – and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anything else.

D:  That’s something wonderful. So many of us might have made different choices, so I’m pleased for you! Congratulations! what a blessing to have done the thing that brings you so much joy.

What piece of advice would you offer authors who are just starting out?
C: I’m not a writer, but these are some things I’ve noticed from working with authors … Write the story that God puts on your heart, because that’s what will touch readers – and don’t get discouraged when doors are slow to open. Be persistent. Fellow authors and review bloggers are very supportive, so connect with a few of these and let them help.
And Debra, you are so very gracious in featuring review bloggers! It is a privilege to work with authors like you and I’m especially honored to be included. You bless us with your writing.

D- I’ve said it before. It just came to me one day. I tired of trying to come up with topics of interest and … this happened. Reviewers and Bloggers in particular put a lot of time into this very important part of the publishing world. For free!
Thanks so much for indulging me!

Here are more ways to find Carole online!

COME ON BACK for our party on Nov 29 when I collect all my past book blogger guests for a little virtual partying and some book giveaways from Inkwell Authors!

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  1. Hello Carole and friends, and HAPPY FRIDAY! Carole is my thirteenth guest in the Book Blogger Feature and will be part of a celebration on Nov 29-- a virtual blog party with giveaways.
    I'm so glad I got to 'meet' you online this year, Carole. And I thank you so much for your kind words and support!

  2. Debra, featuring bloggers is a wonderful encouragement to all of us - and from your questions to all the pictures you added, you've made a great presentation. It really is a joy to work with you.

    By the way, "William Henry Is a Fine Name" was the first of Cathy Gohlke's books that I read and it instantly made her writing very special to me. Like you, I will never forget it.

    1. Thanks Carole! You might be the first blogger who didn't give me some alternate 'dream career', so I didn't get to make you a 'faux photo!'. But it's just amazing that you've been able to do what you love all these years!

  3. Thank you, Carole, for all you do to support our books. You're our hero! :D

    Julianna Deering/DeAnna Julie Dodson


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