Interview with Debbie Lynne Costello & GIVEAWAY

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon’s #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat and miniature donkey.

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Welcome to the blog, Debbie. I’m so happy to have you here today. Congratulations on your recent release, The Perfect Bride.

What do YOU love most  this story?

Oh my, that is a thought provoking question. I think what I love so much is that they have been best friends since childhood. I’ve never read a book with that concept so when this novella collection was presented I was intrigued.

I love stories involving best friends! 🙂

When and where did you first get the idea for this book?

As I mentioned above this was presented as a novella collection idea. So the best friend aspect came from that. So many young girls get crushes on boys several years older. I could just see this young girl taken in by a squire and how their friendship grew—only she falls in love and he is so focused on his goals in life he doesn’t realize he too has fallen in love.

You say on your website that you and your very own hero live in South Carolina. Tell us how you and your hubby first met. 🙂

Joe and I were high school sweethearts. I had moved from a small town to a smaller town and started a new school. I remember seeing Joe walking down the hall. He had a very distinctive gait. We met and dated. Broke up, got back together several times. He went in the Air Force and while he was in there he asked me to marry him. 🙂 Best decision I’ve ever made besides my salvation.

Love it! Sounds like you were meant for each other.

What’s your most memorable vacation and can you tell us a bit about it?

Italy! We took a 3 week trip and saw Rome, Venice, Florence, and many other cities. It was such a wonderful trip. We spent 4 days at a castle. That was amazing! The churches in Italy are breathtaking. They are pieces of art. To beautiful to describe and pictures don’t do them justice. We also visited a lot of museums. Of course we saw Sistine Chapel, amazing. We also visited one of the churches that claimed to have the nail that pierced Jesus’ hand. One of the places we visited that I will never forget was in Rome. It was where Paul and Silas were imprisoned.

Oh wow! That would be incredible, every last part of it!

Can you name a few authors who inspire you?

Authors who inspire me today—goodness there are so many. MaryLu Tyndall has been an inspiration for many years. Carrie Fancett Pagels who pushes through and produces books. Julie Lessman and her ability to always be so bubbly! I could add so many more!

Yes, each of those ladies are wonderful!

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Yes! I am working on the sequel to Sword of Forgiveness call Sword of Trust. You’ll see several characters you recognize from SOF. And SOT has more history in it. I’ve been doing a lot of research into the tumult time and working it into the sequel.

That sounds awesome! Congratulations, Debbie. Thanks for joining us today!!


Debbie has graciously offered to give away a copy of winner’s choice of her books in any format. Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! A paperback copy will be available if the winner lives in the U.S. An international winner will receive a digital copy. Giveaway ends May 15, 2018.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉

READERS: Be sure to stop by Debbie’s Blog Hop at the blogs below to enter this great giveaway package too!

April 29th Overcoming With God

April 30TH Anne Payne Blog

May 2nd Cross Romance

May 4th Amy Booksy

May 7th The Sword and Spirit

May 9th Singing Librarian Books

May 12th Stitches Thru Time

May 15th– Heroes, Heroines, and History- Mid Month Madness

May 17th Jodie Wolfe Blog

May 21st Sunnie Reviews

May 24th MaryLu Tyndall

54 comments on “Interview with Debbie Lynne Costello & GIVEAWAY
  1. Lori Smanski says:

    this is actually a funny and long story so to shorten a little. our church had a retreat in upper Wisconsin. with the college career age group we both went up for a week to work and clean things up for the summer. we didn’t know each other at this point. we had two school busses. on the way home we stopped for dinner at mc donalds and he decided to come sit in the bus I was in. the only extra seat was with me. we talked for 4 hours all the way home. we had a mutual friend that made sure we got together after we had gotten home. We have now been married 34 years with two children. God has blessed us immensely.

  2. Heather Navarro says:

    When my first marriage fell apart I wasn’t a Christian. But I started talking to God during that difficult time. I ended up giving my heart to the Lord. One day, I asked God to send me a husband. I told God that He would have to choose him because I couldn’t pick a decent man to save my life. Well, all of a sudden I started praying a description of the man I would soon meet. He would love God first and love God enough to love me right. He would push me to be the best I can be in a loving way. There was more but I don’t want to go on and on LOL This wasn’t anything I would have looked for in a man on my own. It was totally the Holy Spirit. Anyway, I ended up meeting this man a few months later and He was literally the answer to this prayer. We have been married now for for 21 years and in ministry together for 19.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Heather, that is wonderful. Talk about an answered prayer! God is so good! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Wow Heather! Isn’t got awesome! I love how He answers our prayers PLUS! Such a beautiful testimony of how God loves us. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Pam Graber says:

    My husband and I met when I was summer help at the factory he worked in. It was my third and final summer working there, but my first summer working on first shift instead of third. He worked first.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I love hearing how paths cross. It’s fun to look back and see just how God brought people together at the right time and place. Love it, Pam!

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      God never ceases to amaze me with His blessings. We never know why plans change, jobs change, we get stuck in traffic or go the wrong direction. God sees the big picture and sometimes those little things can be He sent us off our direction or changed our plans to save us from an accident or because someone needed a kind word from us or in your case to connect two people who would fall in love! 🙂

  4. Melanie Backus says:

    I went home with a friend from college on our Thanksgiving holiday. She introduced me to a tall guy with a great smile. He gave me a wink and the rest is history. We will celebrate our 43rd anniversary this fall.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      “A tall guy with a great smile”…. sounds pretty sweet to me! 😉 Congratulations on 43 years together, Melanie. Thanks for sharing!

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Hmmmm that sounds like a story waiting to be told, Melanie. 😉 Congratulations on 43 years. That is quite a milestone. Joe and I have been married 38 years. My heart can still skip a beat when I see him.

  5. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    Though I am divorced now, my ex and I met at the apartment complex I lived in. He was a maintenance man for the complex and he also lived there as well. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      You never know where you’re going to run into that special someone. 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Debbie! Good luck in the giveaway too.

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Hey Debbie!!!! Good to see you! Thanks for coming by. I love to see people following me from blog stop to blog stop! Sounds like you were someone who didn’t have to look to far to find your husband, much like my heroine, Avice. God had her man right under her nose.

  6. Faith Creech says:

    My family was eating at a restaurant and my husband was our waiter. We prayed before we ate and he was a seminary student so he started talking to us. Of course I knew right away he was the one for me!

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      How sweet, Faith. And I love you name! What a fun way to meet your husband. I love that he noticed you praying. Joe and I never eat at home or out without asking for God’s blessing on the food. And it sounds like your family didn’t either. Little did you know that God planned to bless you with more than food!! Thanks for sharing!

      Stop by the other blogs I’ve been on this week for more chances to win, too!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh, I love that, Faith!! What a sweet way to be introduced. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  7. Joan says:

    Thank You for the giveaway. The sister introduced them.

  8. KayM says:

    My husband, Don, and I met at a youth group event at a new-to-me church. My husband’s brother was the youth minister and had asked my future husband, who was in college, to be a driver. I was a senior in high school at the time. Although I rode in his car, with a few other friends, we didn’t really become acquainted at that time. Several months later, I was driving my car and stopped at a stop sign and two guys jumped in my car. One was a co-worker at the Dairy Queen, where I worked part-time and one was Don. we just hit it off and that was the beginning of our life together.

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Kay, I have to admit when you said the 2 guys jumped in your car it scared me until I read the one was a co-worker! LOL. What a fun story, and you should be a writer the way you scared me on that!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Haha, yes I was nervous when I first read that too! How funny! You had me hanging on every line, Kay. Glad it was such a happy ending!

  9. Linda Romer says:

    We met in a gas station when I was 17. He was filling his bike tires with air. My girlfriend knew him and introduced us. we later met up at our local park and as they say rest is history. May 13 we will be together 35 years from that first day we met. Thank you

  10. Raechel L. says:

    I’m not married yet, but my parents met because of their parents being friends. ^.^

  11. LucyReynolds says:

    We originally met at church, but didn’t get together for thirty years when he found me on FB.

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      WOW! That is amazing! Online has brought a lot of people together these days. Thanks for sharing!

      • LucyReynolds says:

        I had moved 900 miles away to leave an abusive marriage with my two children.

        • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

          I’m sorry to hear that, Lucy. That is tough. There aren’t many families anymore that are not touched by abuse in one way or another. I have truly been blessed by the man God gave me and I think because Joe is such a good man it really makes my heart ache for people in abusive situations. God bless you, Lucy.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Wow! Guess we should never doubt God’s perfect timing, huh? Thanks for sharing, Lucy. Blessings to you!

  12. MS Barb says:

    My parents were introduced by mutual friends

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Hello Ms Barb! Thank you for coming by! I think that is a way of meeting that will never go out of style! Thank you for sharing. My parents met at a dance. My father saw my mother and told his friend he was going to marry that girl. His words ended up being prophetic. 🙂 They have been married 63 years!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      And the rest was history, right? 🙂 Thanks for joining us, Barb!

  13. Alison Boss says:

    My husband and I were both in our late 20’s, had graduated from college, been involved in ministry, traveled….but neither of us had met that “special someone”. We both had reached the point in our personal lives where we had been praying that if God wanted us to be single, that He would help us to be content with that and give us a ministry/job where we could fill that void by serving Him. 3 weeks later we met each other at a church college & career group funtion, and the next summer we got married. We truly believe it was in that willingness of total surrender to the Lord, that God gave us the desires our hearts! This June we will have been married 27 years. I’m so thankful for my sweet hubby!!!

  14. Debbie Lynne Costello says:

    What a sweet testimony, Alison! God likes us to surrender our desires to Him. In The Perfect Bride Avice comes to a point where she finally surrenders everything to God and when she does that God begins to move…sounds much like your story!

  15. Susieq says:

    My husband was interested in my roommate and I tried to play cupid which backfired. Our friendship turned into love and marriage!
    We will celebrate our 29th anniversary this year!

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      LOL! Well, now I wouldn’t call that backfiring! I’d call that divine intervention. That is a wonderful love story. Sounds like the making of a book! Congratulations on 29 years!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s so cute, Susie! I love it. Happy 29 years!!

  16. Jackie Smith says:

    Hub and I met at a dance. We dated for 2 yrs. and were married on a TV show Bride & Groom in NYC. Quite exciting for two kids from small town USA.
    Thanks for your giveaway!

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      Wow! That is quite a story! My parents met at a dance but that is where the similarities end. How cool to be married on a TV show. How did you get picked?

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s so cool, Jackie!! I love hearing everyone’s stories. 🙂 Each is romantic in their own way. Good luck in the giveaway!

  17. Janet Estridge says:

    To make a long story short, my husband and I met in church. I was friends with his sister in high school but never knew that she had a brother. As they say, the rest is history. We’ve been married 42 years.

  18. Mark Buzard says:

    Single for life here, but I think my parents met at school or church…..or both.

    • Debbie Lynne Costello says:

      School and church are great places to meet your spouse. Mine was school. Can still see him walking down that hallway…

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yep, those are popular places. I met my hubby at work. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Mark. Good luck in the drawing!

  19. Debbie Lynne Costello says:

    LOL! Well, now I wouldn’t call that backfiring! I’d call that divine intervention. That is a wonderful love story. Sounds like the making of a book! Congratulations on 29 years!

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