Time Search! Book Launch & 20-Stop Blog Tour!

MARCH 20th ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations LYS RINEHART! You are the GRAND PRIZE winner of the $25 Amazon gift card!

“Time Search’s” book launch and 20-Stop Blog Tour has been such a wonderful experience! I want to thank everyone who has supported me by reading and reviewing my books, sharing my posts, participating in “Time Search’s” blog tour, commenting on the tour’s articles, entering the contest, and spreading the word about my novels! I couldn’t have done this without you! I also want to thank my blog-tour hostesses–working with you has been fantastic!

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timesearchDear Friends, I’m constantly amazed by the wonderful mercy of God! Years ago, when I was ill and in quarantine, I never would’ve believed that the stories I wrote to distract myself from pain would end up being published! But here I am, announcing the publication of my third book, Time Search! Time Search continues the adventures of the TEMCO team in The Time Counselor Chronicles. It was published on Friday, January 13, 2017 by Prism Book Group!

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I have wonderful news about Time Search’s book launch!! From January 13-March 14, 2017, information about Time Search will be featured in a 20-Stop Blog Tour! The blog articles will be found on different websites, and they will cover a variety of themes! Some of the blogs will include interviews of me which will span all sorts topics such as my love life, my writing journey, my most embarrassing moments, my favorite books, etc. Other articles will include a recipe exchange, imaginative interviews of my characters, reviews of Time Search, and opportunities to win books and a variety of prizes! NOTE: The giveaways have closed. The winners have been announced. 

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During each stop of the blog tour, I will include the phrase “DANELE’S MYSTERY WORD” in the body of the article or in the article’s comment section. If you find all 20 mystery words, you may enter a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card! NOTE: The giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced. 

GRAND PRIZE INSTRUCTIONS: On March 14-19, 2017, you may scroll down to the bottom of this article’s comment section. You will find a box that says, “Leave a reply.” In the reply box, please give me your name, e-mail address, and a list of the 20 mystery words you have found during the tour. (Don’t forget to press the “Post Comment” button.) Within 24 hours, you will find a congratulation message addressed to you in the comment section. This message will confirm that you’ve been entered into the drawing. The winner will be picked randomly from those who report the correct mystery words. The contest ends on March 19, 2017. The winner will be announced on March 20, 2017. NOTE: The giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced. 

NOTE: This article is PRIZE CENTRAL—please refer to it for updates about the blog tour and contest.   

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Lisa Lickel ABLOG STOP #1—Jan. 13, 2017 

Website: Living Our Faith Out Loud

Host: Lisa Lickel

Subject: Book Review—Read Lisa’s review of Time Search! 

Link: http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/01/time-search-new-from-danele-rotharmel.html

1st Mystery Word: Revealed!

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Carlene HavelBLOG STOP #2—Jan. 14, 2017

Website: Chavel Books

Host: Carlene Havel

Subject: A discussion about the Cinderella aspect of Time Search! Plus a never-before-seen excerpt from the book! (It’s one of my favorite scenes!)

Link: http://chavelbooks.com/time-search-is-here/

2nd Mystery Word: Revealed!

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MaryBBLOG STOP #3—Jan. 15, 2017

Website: Monthly Smiles

Host: Mary Ball

Subject: An article I’ve written about new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. Plus information about all three of my books: Time Tsunami, Time Trap, and Time Search!

Link: http://www.marylball.com/blog-monthly-smiles/new-beginnings-by-author-danele-rotharmel

3rd Mystery Word: Revealed!

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Nancy BoltonBLOG STOP #4—Jan. 18, 2017

Website: The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction

Host: Nancy Bolton

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about my writing process and how I deal with writer’s block, etc! In addition, an excerpt from “Time Search” will be shared!

PRIZE ALERT! An autographed paperback copy of Time Search is being offered! Visit Nancy’s article for details. NOTE: The paperback giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced. 

Link: https://diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com/2017/01/interview-and-giveaway-with-author.html

4th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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robinBLOG STOP #5—Jan. 19, 2017

Website: Robinsnest212

Host: Robin Mason

Subject: Author interview–an in depth discussion about my personal and professional life. If you want to know who I am, this article will give you a good idea! Information about Time Search is also shared–including part of the first chapter!

PRIZE ALERT! A rose coffee cup prize package is being offered! Visit Robin’s article for details. NOTE: The rose coffee cup giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced.

Link: https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/blogwords-thursday-19-january-2017-chat-thursday-author-interview-danele-rotharmel/

5th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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toni-shilohBLOG STOP #6—Jan. 24, 2017

Website: Soulfully Romantic

Host: Toni Shiloh

Subject: Author interview–why I chose to write about time travel, what type of research I do, my favorite childhood book, my favorite author, and a discussion about the technical side of  “The Time Counselor Chronicles.”

Link: http://tonishiloh.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-danele-j-rotharmel

6th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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cherillyn-bisbanoBLOG STOP #7—Jan. 27, 2017

Website: Truth to Shine

Host: Cherrilynn Bisbano

Subject: Author interview–what I love the most about being an author, why I didn’t tell anyone that I was writing for so many years, and discussion about what I hope my readers will take away from my books!

Link: http://truthtoshine.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-blogger-danele-j-rotharmels.html?spref=fb

7th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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gay-lewis-1BLOG STOP #8—Jan. 30, 2017

Website: Gay N. Lewis

Host: Gay Lewis

Subject: Author interview—information about my travels, what I do for fun, and a discussion about Crystal and Drake! Plus, I share a secret! Shhhhh!

Link: http://gaynlewis.blogspot.com/2017/01/time-travel-lets-go.html

8th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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Lisa LickelBLOG STOP #9—Jan. 31, 2017

Website: Living Our Faith Out Loud

Host: Lisa Lickel

Subject: A character interview of Drake Procerus! Don’t miss what Time Search’s notorious villain has to say!

Link: http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/01/meet-villainous-drake-from-time-search.html

9th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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Gail PallottaBLOG STOP #10—Feb. 1, 2017

Website: Peering Through Life’s Window

Host: Gail Pallota

Subject: Author interview–insight into how a bad case of cabin fever led me to write Time Search, information about my character, Angelina Ableman, and a discussion about how faith influences my writing. In addition, I will be sharing a special Scripture verse and a recipe from my great-grandmother!

PRIZE ALERT! A lovely sunflower & butterfly prize package is being offered! Visit Gail’s article for details. NOTE: The sunflower & butterfly giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced.

Link: http://gailpallotta.blogspot.com/2017/02/looking-out-window-danele-rotharmel.html

10th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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DeborahBLOG STOP #11—Feb. 2, 2017

Website: Uncovering the Unthinkable

Host: Deborah Piccurelli

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about many things, including what I love about “Time Search,” why I write about time travel, why I have glossaries in my books, my struggle with amnesia, my history with Bible Quiz, and why I memorize Scripture. In this interview, I also share some fun trivia facts about my latest book!

PRIZE ALERT! A lovely pink & yellow rose prize package is being offered! Visit Deb’s article for details! NOTE: The pink & yellow rose giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced.

Link: http://www.deborahmpiccurelli.com/article_archive_02_01_17.php

11th Mystery Word = FORGIVENESS.

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Paula Mowery 1BLOG STOP #12—Feb. 6, 2017

Website: Passing on a Godly Legacy

Host: Paula Mowery

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about several things including Crystal’s Cinderella moment, the theme of forgiveness in Time Search, and my idea of the perfect writing location.

Link: http://paulamowery.blogspot.com/2017/02/time-search-by-danele-rotharmel.html

12th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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freedom 1BLOG STOP #13—Feb. 14, 2017

Website: Living Our Faith Out Loud

Host: Lisa Lickel

Subject: Character interview of Vice President Andrew Hamilton! Here’s your chance to gain insight into one of Time Search’s heroes. During this interview, Andrew describes his dream girl. Can Lisa Lickel steer him toward Angelina Ableman?

Link: http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/02/meet-vp-hamilton-from-danele-rotharmels.html

13th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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vicki caineBLOG STOP #14—Feb. 16, 2017

Website: Victoria Pitts-Caine

Host: Vicki Caine

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about the European travel aspect of Time Search and why I created Angelina Ableman! Vicki also shares information about Time Search.

Link: http://victoriapitts-caine.blogspot.com/2017/02/danele-rotharmeltime-search.html

14th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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susanBLOG STOP #15—Feb. 20-21, 2017

Website: Gracious Woman

Host: Susan Karsten

Subject: A two-part adventure! 1st post=Susan’s review of Time Search. 2nd post=Author interview–a discussion about many things, including my favorite books and authors, where I would go if I could time travel, my hobbies, and my favorite foods. Information about Time Search will also be given!

1st Link–Susan’s review of Time Search:  https://graciouswoman.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/time-search-by-danele-rothermel/

2nd Link–Interview conducted by Susan:   https://graciouswoman.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/an-interview-with-danele-rotharmel-author-of-the-time-counselor-chronicles-series/

15th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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AnitaBLOG STOP #16—Feb. 28, 2017

Website: The Tuesday Prude

Host: Anita Klumpers

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about many things, including my brush with death, where I would go if I could time travel, and my character Crystal Stuart! Anita will also give more information about Time Search!

Link: https://thetuesdayprude.com/2017/02/28/a-bakers-dozen-minus-one-questions-for-danele/

16th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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writingBLOG STOP #17—March 3, 2017

Website: Almost an Author

Subject: In this article, I discuss my writing journey and give tips for new authors!

Link: http://www.almostanauthor.com/write-enjoyment-danele-j-rotharmel/

17th Mystery Word = ACTION.

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Brooke WilliamsBLOG STOP #18—March 7, 2017

Website: Author Brooke Williams

Host: Brooke Williams

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about the clues and puzzles contained in my books and information about Time Search!

Link: http://www.authorbrookewilliams.com/blog/time-searchreviewdetailsguest-post-and-more

18th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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Sharon McGregorBLOG STOP #19—March 10, 2017

Website: Sharon McGregor

Host: Sharon McGregor

Subject: Author interview–a discussion about many things, including my struggle with amnesia and writer’s block, my characters, and the future of my book series. An excerpt from “Time Search” is also included!

Link: http://www.sharonmcgregor.com/blog/time-search

19th Mystery Word = PHOEBE.

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BLOG STOP #20—March 14, 2017

Website: Living Our Faith Out Loud

Host: Lisa Lickel

Subject: Get ready for a funny interview with Crystal Stuart! Character interviews are such a blast. Learn what Crystal thinks about Marc and Drake, and get updates about the TEMCO team!

Link: http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/2017/03/welcome-back-crystal-from-time.html?spref=fb

20th Mystery Word: Revealed!

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SPECIAL BLOG TOUR NOTE: From January 13-March 20, information about Time Search’s blog tour and the grand prize will be continually updated in this article. Check back here for the latest news and updates!!!

MARCH 20th ANNOUNCEMENT: The giveaway has closed. The winner has been announced. 

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BONUS STOPS: Mystery words will not be given at the following stops–they are simply for your reading pleasure. They contain additional interviews, lovely reviews, and other fun information!

BONUS STOP #1: A Baker’s Perspective / Jessica Baker  https://abakersperspective.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/time-search-review-and-author-interview/

BONUS STOP #2: Blogging with Carol / Carol E. Keen http://carolkeen.blogspot.com/2017/02/time-search-by-danele-rotharmel-book-3.html

BONUS STOP #3: The World Can Wait / Clare Revell                              Time Tsunami http://telscha.blogspot.com/2017/02/time-tsunamithe-time-counselor.html?spref=fb

BONUS STOP #4: The World Can Wait / Clare Revell                              Time Trap http://telscha.blogspot.com/2017/02/time-trapthe-time-counselor-chronicles.html

BONUS STOP #5: The World Can Wait / Clare Revell                              Time Search http://telscha.blogspot.com/2017/03/time-searchthe-time-counselor.html

BONUS STOP #6: Diana’s Tea Time Reviews / Diana Montgomery  http://dianasbookit.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-time-counselor-chronicles-series-by.html?spref=fb

BONUS STOP #7: A Reader’s Brain / Katie Fowler  http://areadersbrain.blogspot.com/2017/04/time-search-by-danele-rotharmel.html

BONUS STOP #8: Petra’s Pen / Petra Creasy Creasy  http://www.petraspen.com/been-reading/

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For those of you who are just discovering my books and my blog, please allow me to introduce myself! I’m Danele Rotharmel, and I’m the author of The Time Counselor Chronicles. Writing my books was an act of pure joy, and I hope my readers enjoy them just as much as I do. If you would like to learn more about me, please feel free to follow these links!

My Testimony

A Description of My Writing Journey

Crocus in the Snow–An Article Close to My Heart

Information About My Books

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dragonfly-flower-1WHAT IS DRAGONFLYDANELE???

I began my blog, dragonflydanele.wordpress.com as a way to express the spiritual lessons I’ve learned down through the years—especially the lessons I learned during my illness and quarantine. I usually post a new blog article every Thursday morning. If you would like to learn more about what my blog means to me, or how it is reaching the nations, please follow this link: When Dreams Delay.

As a special treat, here are links to some of my most popular blog articles! I hope you enjoy!

Is God Really Real?

Embrace the Chaos

Lost But Not Lost

Fairy Wings and Forgiveness

Does Jesus Really Matter?

Stars and Yard Lights

Destroyed by Friendly Fire

The Kind Word

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Locket Greedy

The Dragonfly

The Murky Ditch and Fear!!!

NOTE: If you would like to read more of my articles, please feel free to visit my Article Index.

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timesearch_prism_680TIME SEARCH’S BACK COVER BLURB:

In the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

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Taking a deep breath, Crystal entered Drake’s apartment with Marc and Agent Ruthford. Her mind kept flashing back to that horrible moment when she’d regained consciousness and realized she was locked inside a burning building.

“We’ve already searched the premises,” Agent Ruthford said, walking to the center of the room. “We didn’t find anything.”

Attempting to forget that Drake had tried to burn her alive, Crystal replied, “We’re searching for different things. I’m sure Drake left us clues to his identity. With his ego, he would’ve thought it amusing.”

Studying her surroundings, she shuddered. Although at first glance, Drake’s home was like many other student apartments—something was a little off. It was as if she could feel an undertone of evil oozing from the walls.

Marc came and stood by her side. “What’s bothering you?”

“Everything,” she said. “It’s all an act. Drake owns everything in this place, but nothing is reflecting him. He’s deliberately picked out every piece of furniture to bolster his fake identity.”

“You notice something else, don’t you?” Marc said.

She nodded. Walking across the room, she studied the framed photographs on the bookshelves. “He doesn’t know any of these people. They aren’t interacting with him.” Moving to the fireplace, she studied the picture of Drake on the mantle. “This is the only real picture in the room.”

Leaning closer, she took in each detail. In the picture, Drake was smiling and holding a red flag in one hand and pointing to the ground with the other. He was dressed all in yellow. Crystal gasped.

Marc was immediately at her side. “What is it?”

“Something awful,” she whispered, feeling a chill running down her back. She forced herself to point at the red flag. “For ancient Romans, a red flag was a signal for battle.” She pointed at Drake’s yellow clothes. “In medieval Spain, executioners wore yellow. Drake’s telling us that he’s coming for battle and that he’s going to be the executioner.”

Marc’s eyes filled with comprehension. “Drake isn’t just searching for a Wave Trapper. He wants to kill people.” He hesitated. “But we knew that, didn’t we?”

An uncontrollable shiver ran through her body. “There are many ways to die. The Spanish Inquisition was known for its cruelty and torture. Drake’s telling us that Phoebe wasn’t a fluke. He’s planning on being brutal.” She turned to Agent Ruthford. “Has this picture been moved?”

He shook his head.

Turning back to the photograph, she studied Drake’s body position. It looked as if his finger was pointing toward the carpet. Studying the angle, Crystal fell to her knees and gave the carpet a tug. A six-inch square came up in her hands. Lines from the poem “Revenge” were written on the floorboards.

Marc took a picture of the disturbing verse. “The meaning seems clear enough.”

“Yes.” Crystal shuddered, clenching and unclenching her fists. “Drake thinks we deserve to suffer.” Turning, she approached a table that held a wilted flower arrangement. “Amaranthus caudatus, rosemary, and star of Bethlehem,” she murmured, fingering a wilted blossom.

“Is that important?” Marc asked.

Nodding, Crystal pointed at the drooping red plumes cascading down the vase. “Amaranthus caudatus is commonly called love lies bleeding. In the language of flowers, it represents hopelessness. The purple spears are rosemary. Rosemary represents remembrance.”

“What about these flowers?” Marc asked, nudging a wilted, white blossom.

Crystal picked one up. “Star of Bethlehem represents reconciliation. The flowers show we’re on the right track. When he steals a Wave Trapper, Drake’s going to reconnect with his old love.”

Seeing nothing further, she entered Drake’s bedroom. It was neat, tidy, and very masculine. Hugging her arms across her chest, she stood in the middle of the floor and looked around. Again, everything seemed normal, but something felt off.

“What do you see?” Marc asked gently.

“It’s what I don’t see,” she replied. “This room is twelve inches shorter than the living room.”

Moving to the northern wall, she spotted a blotch of ink. Her mind recoiled in horror. Springing back, she stuttered, “T-this is a false wall. Drake’s hiding something behind it.”

“I think you’re right about the dimensions of the room,” Agent Ruthford said. “I’ll have my team check it out.”

As Agent Ruthford contacted his agents, Marc touched her arm. Crystal jumped nearly out of her skin.

“What’s wrong?” he asked. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

“Can’t you feel the evil in this room?” she replied. “It’s oppressive.”

Marc looked around. “Everything looks normal to me.”

“Everything is a lie.” Running her hands over her arms, she whispered in a voice full of horror, “I don’t want to be here when that wall comes down.”

“Why? What do you think is behind there?” he asked.

“Nothing good.” She pointed at the tiny, black stain on the wall. “That says it all.”

Kneeling down, Marc studied the blotch. “It seems like an ordinary stain to me.”

“It’s not ‘ordinary’ at all,” she replied. “Look closer. It’s a black half-circle with one short line and one long line dangling down. It’s the ancient Egyptian symbol for Amenta. It was used to represent where the Egyptians buried their dead.”

Providence: Hannah's Journey. Biblical fiction from Pelican Book Group.

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Paperback Ordering Through Stores: Coming Soon!

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thank-youA SPECIAL THANK YOU!!! Thank you so much for sharing in the joy of my book launch! I want to thank each of you for your encouragement and support! I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog, and I also hope that you really enjoy my books! Have a wonderful day! –Danele



Index of Time Counselor Articles–Organized by Date


1/12/17–3/20/17 Time Search! Book Launch & 20-Stop Blog Tour!  http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-yl


6/17/16 The Wait is Finally Over!!! Time Trap Releases Today!!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ok

6/8/16 Time Trap is Available for Pre-order!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-oM

5/23/16 Book Cover Reveal for Time Trap http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-mD

1/18/16 Gil and William—Character Interview http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-d6

1/15/16 Happy Time Tsunami Day! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-dn

1/11/16 Danele Rotharmel–Author Interview http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-bX


12/30/15 My interview on the Diamond Mine http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-bI

12/19/15 Time Tsunami-Available for Preorder http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-aI

8/31/15 My Books https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/my-books/

Index of Articles–Organized by Date

2017’s Articles:

12/31/17 Helping the Thief  https://wp.me/p6E7Mo-A5

9/21/17 Asking Again: Is God Really Real? http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-D9

4/14/17 Love Expressed Spider-Style http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-C7

4/6/17 Directionally Challenged http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-BO

3/23/17 Amoebas and Big Boots http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-Bg

1/12/17–3/20/17 Time Search! Book Launch & 20-Stop Blog Tour!     http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-yl

1/5/17 Spring is Coming! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-z9

December 2016’s Articles:

12/29/16 The Stained Glass Catastrophe–Revisited http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ya

12/22/16 The Presence of God http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-xM

12/15/16 Locket Greedy http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-xm

12/8/16 Yanking a Dog’s Ears http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-x9

12/1/16 Spinning Snowflakes http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-wV

November 2016’s Articles:

11/24/16 An Encouraging Word http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-wy

11/17/16 Like A Calf Let Out To Pasture http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ws

11/10/16 Stuttering and Speaking http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-vQ

11/3/16 Watch out for the Trophy Case of Death http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-tt

October 2016’s Articles:

10/27/16 Fairy Wings and Forgiveness http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-va

10/20/16 Pest Control and Problems http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-vz

10/13/16 Dancing in the Dark http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-uW

10/6/16 “Snow Days” and Still Waters http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-uJ

September 2016’s Articles:

9/29/16 Lost in a Cornfield http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-uA

9/22/16 Popcorn and a Truly Inspired Invention! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-u0

9/15/16 The Murky Ditch and FEAR!!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-tN

9/8/16 Destroyed by Friendly Fire http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-t2

9/1/16 Hailstorms and Humiliation http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-sj

August 2016’s Articles:

8/25/16 Misunderstood—The Nutty Truth http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-s3

8/18/16 Quiet Times http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-rR

8/11/16 A Cow Named Horse http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ro

8/4/16 Slip ‘N Slide and Matters of Faith http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-qU

July 2016’s Articles:

7/28/16 Things Aren’t Always What They Seem http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-qH

7/21/16 Rats!! My Bulb Burned Out Again! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-qt

7/14/16 Roses and Thorns http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-qa

7/7/16 Mountains, Molehills & Everything Between http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-pC

June 2016’s Articles:

6/30/16 A Settled Mind http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-nU

6/23/16 Finding Balance http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-nE

6/17/16 The Wait is Finally Over!!! Time Trap Releases Today!!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ok

6/9/16 The Dragonfly http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-nx

6/8/16 Time Trap is Available for Pre-order!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-oM

6/2/16 Good Grief!!! There’s a Snake beneath my Desk!!!      http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-mV

May 2016’s Articles:

5/26/16 Please Don’t Make Me Dance Like a Chicken!!!         http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-mh

5/23/16 Book Cover Reveal for Time Trap!!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-mD

5/19/16 Cinnamon Spaghetti and a Reason to Gag! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-lu

5/12/16 The Cranky Bathtub http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-lc

5/5/16 The Devil Made Me Do It! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-kH

April 2016’s Articles:

4/28/16 When Dreams Delay http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-jR

4/21/16 Love is a Slice of Buttered Toast http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-jK

4/14/16 I Hate Mint!!! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-kg

4/7/16 Glorious Spring and Great News! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-jB

March 2016’s Articles:

3/31/16 Seeing Clearly http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-j2

3/24/16 The Temptation Train http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-iu

3/17/16 Easily Offended—Who, Me??? http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-hX

3/10/16 Love Remains http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-hy

3/3/16 Learning to be Content http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-h0

February 2016’s Articles:

2/25/16 Dancing Sunshine http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-gv

2/18/16 YIKES!!! Is that a hole in your skirt??? http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-fR

2/11/16 Splat!!! http://wp.me/s6E7Mo-splat

2/4/16 Clutter and True Peace http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-eW

January 2016’s Articles: 

1/28/16 The Frosty Truth http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-ek

1/21/16 The Uncharted Road http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-cT

1/15/16 Happy Time Tsunami Days! http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-dn

1/14/16 Crocus in the Snow http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-cB

1/7/16 Monster Hunting http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-bs

December 2015’s Articles: 

12/31/15 Milkweed Time—The Harvest Fairy Lives http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-7W

12/30/15 My Interview on the Diamond Mine http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-bI

12/24/15 I Don’t Care If It’s Christmas Eve—I’m Not Eating Boogers!  http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-9q

12/19/15 Time Tsunami-Available for Preorder http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-aI

12/17/15 Lost But Not Lost http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-a4

12/10/15 The Hurricane’s Eye http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-8c

12/3/15 A Klutz, a Slide, and a Matter of Trust http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-9e

November 2015’s Articles:

11/26/15 Holiday Misery http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-7A

11/19/15 My Rotten Temper http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-6Y

11/12/15 The Kind Word http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-6T

11/5/15 Stuck in the Mud…Again http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-5W

October 2015’s Articles:

10/30/15 Stars and Yard Lights http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-5K

10/22/15 Does Jesus Really Matter? http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-5z

10/15/15 Embrace the Chaos http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-3S

10/8/15 Is God Really Real? http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-3k

10/1/15 The Stained Glass Catastrophe http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-2W

September 2015’s Articles:

9/24/15 Ancient Ruins and a New Outlook http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-2b

9/17/15 The Shower Curtain Spider http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-1q

9/10/15 I’m Out of the Boat, but I’m Sinking Fast http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-15

9/7/15 A Tooth and an Unexpected Trip http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-10 

9/5/15 A Frog Named Fred http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-V

9/4/15 Impatience http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-Q

9/3/15 Avoiding Eggs http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-H

9/2/15 Like Calves Let Out to Pasture http://wp.me/p6E7Mo-w

9/1/15 Turning Winter into Spring  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/turning-winter-into-spring/

August 2015’s Articles:

8/31/15 My Books https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/my-books/

8/26/15 Welcome to dragonflydanele!  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/welcome-to-dragonflydanele/

Danele Rotharmel–Author Interview

Danele Rotharmel

Dear Friends,

For the last several months, I’ve been interviewing some of the wonderful Christian authors I’ve come to know. Today, however, I’m going to switch things up and interview myself. You see, in just FOUR days, my novel, Time Tsunami, is going to be released! Isn’t that exciting?? I’ll admit that I’m walking on air. I’ve pinched myself so many times that I’m turning black and blue. I can’t wait for Friday morning!!

Many of you have asked about my journey toward publication. For instance, why did I write a book? How did I find a publisher? What goes into getting a book published? Is the process hard? Today, I’m going to answer some of those questions.

dragonfly flower 1As far as why I wrote my book, being an author has always been a dream of mine. Time Tsunami was first written as a short story for a college creative writing class. My professor wrote in the margin of Time Tsunami that it was a “sellable” idea. I toyed with the idea of turning Time Tsunami into a novel, but I felt too busy. After college, life became even busier. Then my life took a tragic turn. A carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace almost killed me. The poisoning triggered extreme chemical sensitivity and partial amnesia. My health continued to worsen, and eventually, I was quarantined in my home—a situation that lasted for seven years. Partway through quarantine, my memory problems cleared up and so did the humongous case of writer’s block that my illness had also triggered. I dug through an old box of my stories and came across Time Tsunami. After rereading it, I knew it had promise, so I began crafting it into a novel. During this time, I was in extreme physical pain. I used my book as a way to distract myself. Rather than concentrating on my illness, I would concentrate on creating plot twists. Time Tsunami is full of surprises, and each one represents a personal triumph over pain. As the years of quarantine continued, I finished Time Tsunami and five other books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Each of the six books revolve around the same cast of characters, and each is full of laughter, love, suspense, and faith. My books do not contain swear words or dirty scenes, and they represent my journey back to faith. My illness made me question the existence of God and my relationship with Him. Through my characters, I explored hard questions and found Bible-based answers. In many ways, my faith journey is expressed through my characters.

2014 CCWCAs time passed, I thought about trying to find a publisher for my book series, but I always felt a “check” in my spirit. It was as if God was telling me to wait. As my seventh year of quarantine ended, my health was restored to the point where I could take brief “field trips” from quarantine. During this time, I received a flyer from the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park. When I saw it, I felt a prompting from God and knew I was to attend. I still became ill very easily, but I knew I needed to go. For months before I went, I prayed for God to give me a specific sign showing me which publishing group was to be the home of my books. The sign I was looking for was the acquiring editor to take my hands and ask to pray with me. I was too ill to attend any of the conference’s classes, but I attended all of my interviews. And when I was interviewed by Susan Baganz, the representative from Prism Book Group, she smiled, took my hands, and asked to pray with me. I knew then that if Prism offered me a contract, I would accept it. Five months later, Time Tsunami was under contract and scheduled to be published. I believe that God restored my ability to write, I believe He gave me my books, and I also believe that He led me to Prism. It has truly been an exciting journey.

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Danele RotharmelNow to answer your questions about the publishing process, the first thing I’d like to point out is my photograph.  I had been ill and quarantined for many years, so I didn’t have an appropriate “headshot.” Knowing that I needed a decent picture, I called in the cavalry. This photograph was taken by my wonderful mother. I was sitting on an upturned bucket in my front yard, trying to look “approachable” and “author-ish.” The wasps were dive bombing my head, and I was trying to keep my smile steady while not getting stung. We took quite a few pictures, and this is the one we chose. I think my mother did a fantastic job with the photography!

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After I received my contract for Time Tsunami, Prism asked me to write a “bio.” Gracious, what a challenge! Who knew that something so simple-sounding could actually be so hard?? I urge you to write your biography and see what I mean. Seriously, how do you convey who you are and what makes you tick in 250 words or less? And if you want an even greater challenge, try conveying the “essence of you” in 100 words! Last week, I faced that particular challenge while getting information together for a blog interview. I have a tendency to be wordy, so believe me, short biographies have been a challenge!! My bio was lots of work, but I’m happy with the result. Here it is, see what you think:


Danele Rotharmel grew up with a love of the literary word, and by age five, she knew she wanted to be a writer. However, her life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a low-level carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace in her home was slowly poisoning her. This poisoning triggered severe chemical sensitivity and partial amnesia.

During this time, the hardest thing she faced was a crisis of faith. She had to quit her job and stop going to church. She couldn’t write, couldn’t drive, and could barely remember who she was. To say she was upset with the Lord was an understatement. She began reexamining her faith in light of her illness, and eventually, she came to the firm conclusion that God is real, God is good, God is interested and involved, and God is trustworthy regardless of tragedy.

When her illness became even more severe, she was put into quarantine and could only talk to friends and extended family through the glass of a window. This quarantine lasted for seven years. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.

Danele currently lives in Colorado where she continues to write. Although her journey back to health was long and difficult, it provided her with the opportunity to grow closer to God and to write her books. For that, she is forever thankful.

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red light burst 1After I competed my biography, the next thing Prism had me do was write a back cover blurb for Time Tsunami. Before receiving my contract, I didn’t realize that authors wrote back cover blurbs. I’m not sure who I thought wrote them—maybe little elves wielding magic pencils. I discovered that I really enjoyed writing my blurb. It was a fun challenge trying to decide what information to reveal. A back cover blurb has to tell enough to hook a reader, but it can’t give too much information away or it will spoil the story. And then there’s that pesky word limit again. You can’t get verbose or your blurb will run right off the book’s cover! Take a look at what I came up with and see what you think. This is what will be printed on the back of my paperbacks:

Time Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)

space-909717_1920To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…

Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children.  For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen.  Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother.  If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive.  William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path? Will she return from the deadly mission…

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Time TsunamiThe next thing on the “to-do” list was sending Joan Alley, Prism Book Group’s editor-in-chief and cover designer, ideas about how I wanted Time Tsunami to look. Joan Alley is a magician when it comes to book covers. I answered her questions about the tone of my book and the characteristics of my main characters. I told her that I wanted my cover to be striking and dramatic. I wanted it to feel suspenseful, dangerous, and like something ominous was about to happen. I also wanted the cover to have a time-travel feel. Take a peek at what Joan came up with! I think she put together the perfect cover! I was so excited when I saw it. Joan worked hard to give me not only what I asked for, but also to go beyond what I’d envisioned and make the cover even better. She even found a cool, funky font that made the title stand out. Joan did a fabulous job! I really love my cover!

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Next, Prism asked me to pick out an excerpt from Time Tsunami to be used for promotional purposes. Let me stop right there and ask you to think back to the last book you read. What type of passage would you choose to showcase? Would you choose a suspenseful scene? A funny scene? One that was romantic or religious? Or would your excerpt simply be part of the first chapter? That was the challenge I faced when it came to my excerpt. My mind went a thousand different directions at once. Finally, I narrowed my choices down to this one. See what you think:

Excerpt: Time Tsunami

        bluelightburst_largeAs a blue glow filled the room, Gil looked through the time portal at William and Director Matthews. Her heart missed a beat. She didn’t know what was going on, but judging by the men’s tense expressions, it wasn’t good.

“Hi, guys, what’s up?” she asked in a deliberately casual tone.

“We’re thinking of pulling you from the field,” William replied.


“Rick’s more dangerous than we thought.”

“I don’t care if he’s Jack the Ripper,” she said flatly. “I’m staying.”

Director Matthews picked up a handful of printouts. “He isn’t Jack the Ripper, but he might as well be. I’ve found evidence that he’s killed at least ten women.”

“I don’t care.”

“You’re facing a serial killer,” William said. “You must realize the seriousness of the situation.”

“I do realize it. You don’t. Today’s Danny’s D-day. If I abandon him, he’s gonna die on death row. I love that kid, and I’m not about to let his life be destroyed. Where’s Dr. Nelson? She’d agree with me.”

“She said it was our decision,” the director replied.

“It’s my decision too, and I’m not about to abandon—”

“It’s not abandonment,” William interrupted. “GAP’s only predicting a fifty percent chance that it’ll make a difference to Danny’s future if you stay. Regardless of your hard work, Daniel Winston may be destined for death row. We’re not risking your life over a hopeless—”

“There’s no way you’re getting me out of here! If there’s a fifty percent chance that Danny can be saved, I’m taking that fifty percent chance. It’s my life I’m risking. Not yours.”

William ran a hand over his face. “We’re all risking a lot.”

“I don’t care. I’m not—”

“Enough of this!” William said harshly. “Let the director speak. When he finishes, we’ll discuss things.”

“Here it is, Gil,” the director said. “Bald facts. Fact number one: Rick’s a serial killer. He strangles women with a red cord and hangs their bodies to mimic suicide. He does his murderous work so well, that unless a coroner’s an expert, the homicide is missed. At this time, it’s impossible to know how many murders Rick’s committed.

“Fact two: Rick’s meticulous and methodical—that means he’s dangerous. He’s undoubtedly been planning to kill Sue for weeks. He’ll already have things set in motion.

“Fact three: GAP’s predicting a 98.8 percent chance that if you stay, you will be hurt. Since Danny has only a fifty percent chance of escaping death row, you’ll be risking your life on a gamble.”

Gil sat quietly for a few moments. “I’ve heard what you’ve said and understood it. Will you respect my decision?”

“Yes,” William replied. “It’s your decision to make.”

“Then my answer’s the same as it was from the beginning. I’m staying. Now, give me all the information you can about what I’m facing, and please do it fast. I don’t have much time, and I need all the help I can get.”

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yellow burstAfter providing Prism Book Group with my information, I began working with my editor, Jacqueline Hopper. Jacqueline checked my manuscript for errors and helped me polish my story. I really enjoyed working with her! After we finished our editing passes, Time Tsunami was sent to a line editor for additional proofreading. After the line edits, a volunteer author—the marvelous Sharon McGregor—gave my book one final look through. After that, my manuscript was formatted for publication.

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This has been such an exciting process!! I want to thank all of my family and friends, and you—my AWESOME blog supporters—for praying for me and cheering me on as I journeyed toward publication. Having Time Tsunami published has been a thrilling experience, and that joy has been made even greater by sharing it with all of you. I hope you have a terrific day! And be on the lookout for Time Tsunami on Friday! I hope you will really love it!

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On Friday, January 15th, Time Tsunami may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, or your local bookstore. It may be bought as a Kindle or Nook e-Book or as a paperback.

Time Tsunami may be pre-ordered today as a Kindle e-Book by simply following this link: Time Tsunami

Time Tsunami may also be pre-ordered today as a Nook e-Book by following this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-tsunami-danele-j-rotharmel/1123153640?ean=2940152530919

I’m Being Interviewed on The Diamond Mine!

Time Tsunami

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to let you know that a wonderful Christian author, Nancy Bolton, has just interviewed me on The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction. During the interview, my new book, Time Tsunami, is discussed. Nancy and I talk about my characters, my writing process, and many other things! I had so much fun speaking with her! At the end of the interview, readers are given a sneak peek of an excerpt from my book!! If you would like to read the interview, please follow the link below. I hope you have a wonderful day!



Time Tsunami–Available for Pre-order!!

Time TsunamiDear Friends,

My heart is overflowing with joy and excitement! Yesterday, my publisher let me know that the eBook version of Time Tsunami has become available for pre-order through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

On January 15th, the paperback copy will also be available. Thank you so much for sharing in this joy with me!


Here’s the Amazon pre-order link for Time Tsunami’s Kindle eBook:


Here’s the Barnes & Noble link for Time Tsunami’s Nook eBook:



red light burst 1Time Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)

To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…

Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children.  For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen.  Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother.  If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive.  William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path. Will she return from the deadly mission…

yellow burstTime Tsunami 
is a fast-moving thriller with time travel twists that keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

Time Tsunami is CLEAN Christian fiction, and it doesn’t contain any swear words or dirty scenes. My main characters are all Christians, and the plan of salvation is clearly presented in the book. My characters deal with real-life issues and confront them in a Biblical manner. “Walking through the Why,” is also discussed–how to reconcile your faith when bad things happen.


Danele RotharmelI wrote Time Tsunami while I was ill and undergoing seven years of quarantine. (See my blog’s “welcome” page for more information.) I used writing as a way to distract myself from the loneliness and pain. My characters became very real to me, and they were my “window to the outside world.” I really enjoyed writing my book. On the days when the pain would hit the hardest, I would lie in bed looking up at the ceiling figuring out plot twists and funny scenes. I tried to infuse my book with suspense, romance, humor, spirituality, and action. I hope that you really enjoy it.