Monthly Archives: March 2014

Legacy & Love

LegacyandLove_ebook2 copy This week author Paula Mowery is here to share with us about her book Legacy & Love. Welcome, Paula. Please tell us about your book.

Legacy and Love is my first solo romance. This book includes two contemporary romance stories linked by the godly influence of a grandmother. Inheritance’s heroine is Alex who is at a point in her life when we might characterize her as “down on her luck.” After meeting the alluring Chase Carson, the two have a little mystery to solve. The Prayer Shawl features Hope, a pediatric nurse. When she meets Sean Holland, there are sparks, but the thought of being in a relationship with an unbeliever doesn’t set well. The two give in to convenience when the loss of something dear is at stake.
 What inspired you to right this particular story?

Let me start my answer with a question: Do you have a grandmother who influenced you in a godly manner? Do you find her words return to your mind even though she may already be in heaven? If you understand what it is like to have a godly legacy handed down to you from a strong grandmother, then you can begin to understand the background for these two stories. The grandmothers in the stories are already in heaven, but they influence the lives of their granddaughters. Over the last several years this idea has weighed heavily on my mind: leaving a godly legacy for those who will come behind me. This must be an intentional choice to live and encourage following Christ. That is a lot of what influenced the underlying theme of Legacy and Love.
 Please describe the setting where you write? Also, do you need silence or noise in the background?

I am so fortunate to have my writing hole. That’s what my hubby and daughter call it. In a back room, away from the flow of the house, I have an L-shaped desk. Surrounding my work place I have pictures and quotes to inspire me. I prefer to have this quiet place to get totally lost in my writing and editing.
How many books have you written?

I have published four books, but I have written over 20 other manuscripts. There were 15 manuscripts in a file under my desk when I first submitted to a publisher.

Do you write in more than one genre?

My first two books were considered women’s fiction. The first one released in 2012 and is called The Blessing Seer. Through the encouragement of my editor, a sequel came out in 2013 called Be The Blessing.
What is next for you?

I am working on a romance tentatively entitled A Lamp unto Her Feet. The main character, Kenzie, experiences an adventure proving that God’s Word will guide. I hope to complete and submit this manuscript for consideration with one of my publishers this year.
 Do you have a favorite character in your book and why?

My favorite character in Legacy and Love has to come from the story, Inheritance. Even though Granny Olivia has already gone on to Glory, she is seen throughout. She was an independent eccentric who loved and served the Lord. She wore wild and colorful Hawaiian shirts and created adventure for her granddaughter without ever leaving her living room. I hope I’m like that!

What is your favorite snack?

My favorite power snack when I’m writing is a small bowl of Cheese-its, Peanut Butter M&M’s and a Diet Dr. Pepper. How’s that for interesting combo? Not very healthy but I love the combination of salt and sweet.

Thank you for this opportunity to share about me and my writing, specifically about my new release, Legacy and Love.

To be entered for a chance to win an E-copy of Legacy & Love please leave a comment.

Drawing Rules: There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 4/6/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 4/7/14 and have until 4/13/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.
Blurbs for Legacy and Love

The Prayer Shawl

Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Inheritance

Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?

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Singing Praises Even When it’s Tough

flower photo from Eddie MelsonDo you get excited about something you are looking forward to, only to have that something snatched away from you?

Unfortunately, that happens to me too often.

Before you judge me, let me preface what I’m about to say. I love my boys, but every mom looks forward to a break now and then. I had great plans for this Spring Break since both of my teens are off doing their own thing out of state–a first for me. But I ended up sick, and now I am struggling to simply stay awake much less enjoy my empty nest week. I had such great plans. I was going to write all day, cook fabulous dinners that my boys wouldn’t like, and go out to a movie with my hubby, But instead I spent two hours going to the doctor then waiting at the pharmacy for a prescription. I cough all night, so I’m not sleeping, and I don’t dare go to the movies since I’ll probably cough through the whole thing.

I am not sharing this to have a gripe fest, but rather to encourage you. If you are experiencing disappointment, know that you are not alone. On top of that, the Lord is with us, and if we ask Him, He will give us whatever it is we need to get through our current problem.

I love Psalm 9:1,2. I found myself singing (in my head, since singing out loud was impossible) praises to the Lord as I tried to sleep between fits of coughing.

I could have stewed over my misfortune, but instead I sang praises to the Lord and it really helped. I encourage you to look up Psalm 9:2,1 in your favorite version and when things don’t go as you hoped and you are disappointed or angry you too will choose to sing praises and the act of worship will help you as it did me.

 

 

Death by the Book

BookCoverLg Welcome back Julianna! Please tell us about Death by the Book.

Death by the Book is the sequel to Rules of Murder, the first book in my Drew Farthering mystery series.  Drew is a young Englishman of wealth and privilege who loves mystery novels.  In this book, he and his sweetheart Madeline and his best friend Nick find themselves enmeshed in another string of baffling murders that seem to have no connection to each other except the cryptic notes left at the scene and the antique hatpins securing them to the victims’ bodies.  Plus, just as Drew is trying to convince Madeline to accept his proposal of marriage, her formidable maiden aunt arrives, determined to break them up and whisk Madeline back home to America.  As you can see, Drew has his hands full this time.

This sounds like a fun read. 🙂 What inspired you to right this particular story?

This series was inspired by my love of classic crime novels (Christie, Sayers, Allingham, etc.) and my delight in other books from the 1920s and ’30s, like the Jeeves and Wooster novels.  The Drew Farthering Mysteries each have an individual literary inspiration as well.  For example, Rules of Murder was inspired by Father Knox’s Ten Commandments for mystery writing.  In Death by the Book, though, the inspiration is really a big clue to solving the mystery, so I have to keep that a secret for now.

Interesting. Now everyone will need to read it to figure out the clue. 😉 How many books have you written?

Death by the Book and its sequel Murder at the Mikado (due this summer) are the ninth and tenth books I’ve had traditionally published.  I have a Civil War story I wrote some years ago that need some polish before I find it a home.  I’ve also written a couple of novel-length stories based on well-known literary characters, so needless to say, I can’t publish those.  They were a fun write though.

When did you start writing and when was your first book published?

I started writing episodes to my favorite TV shows when I was a teen, but I didn’t really write original stuff until I was in college and very bored.  I started writing random scenes with original characters and then decided to make them all into a real book.  That became the first book of my medieval trilogy, In Honor Bound, written as DeAnna Julie Dodson.  It was published in 1997.

I’m grinning over your comment about being bored in college. My experience was opposite. I was so busy I thought for sure I was going to lose my mind–I was a Behavioral Science major. 🙂 I don’t think I read a single book for pleasure the entire time I was in college. 

Do you write in more than one genre? 

As mentioned above, I write romantic historical fiction.  My first book, In Honor Bound, was followed by By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered.  They are medieval, but I have ideas for everything up to World War II.  I also write contemporary mystery for the Annie’s Attic mystery series, my favorite was the third of the four I wrote for them, The Diary in the Attic.

Thanks for joining us Julianna, it’s been fun! Julianna has offered to give away a copy of her book. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 3/30/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 3/31/14 and have until 4/6/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. The author or their publisher is responsible for sending the book. Void where prohibited by law.

DodsonAJULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

Want to Join my Street Team?

photo 1(1)Happy Thursday, Everyone! Congratulations, Sarah S. on winning a copy of Dark Tide! I love that there were enough comments last week to have the drawing. 🙂

It’s that time again in my writing life when I’m looking for enthusiastic readers who love to talk up the books they enjoyed and don’t mind posting reviews on Amazon and GoodReads. If that’s you then keep reading.

The second book in my series that takes place in Leavenworth, Washington releases in June, and I’m looking for a few additional readers to add to my street team. For those of you who read The Christmas Promise this book is about Keira’s best friend Susan.

Here is the back cover blurb for A Romance Rekindled

SUSAN HILL ISN’T READY TO FORGIVE 

The small-town CPA can’t forget how Blake Mitchell jilted her and left their hometown without an explanation. But when her first love returns to Leavenworth, the ruggedly handsome writer evokes conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter.

Since his parents’ deaths six years ago, Blake’s been raising his little sister on his own. But he’s never forgotten the woman he left behind. Now, he can’t undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.

If this sounds like a story you would enjoy then leave me a comment or shoot me an email via my website.

What’s in it for you? A complimentary copy of my book, and access to my street team members only Facebook group.

I can’t wait to hear from you. There are limited spots available so don’t wait to respond.

Thanks for all your support!

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The Guardian’s Promise

9780373282579 Official Christina Rich is with us this week to share with us about

The Guardian’s Promise.

An evil queen and her royal guards will stop at nothing to find—and kill—the rightful heir to the throne of Judah. When their pursuit leads them to Mira’s village, only her father’s bond servant, Ari, a man shrouded in secrets, can keep Mira safe.

Abandoning his life as a temple guard and becoming an indentured servant was the only way Ari could protect young Joash, the true King of Judah, from Queen Athaliah. But his sacred duty prevents him from confessing his feelings for his master’s daughter. With the future of their nation on the line, Ari and Mira will risk everything to save their people.

What inspired you to right The Guardian’s Promise?

One day while sitting in church, inspiration took over with a simple question (and yes I believe it was God): What would happen if a bond servant fell in love with his master’s daughter? Oh, wait, what would happen if that bond servant was no servant but in truth a captain of the temple guard in charge of guarding a secret child king from his murderous grandmother?

How many books have you written?

The ones that are complete are two Scottish historical romances, a western romance, two pioneer romances, and three Biblical romances set in Old Testament times.

When did you start writing and when was your first book published?

I started writing October 2006. In November 2011 I received a partial request for my first Biblical romance and received an offer October 2012. That book releases this month.

What is next for you?

I have another book, A Warrior’s Vow, releasing in July that is the story of Ari’s brother, so I’ll be working on promo stuff for it. I’m also working on a book set 668 b.c. that involves a Greek merchant and the daughter of a Hebrew slave. I’m having fun with them as the sail the Great Sea.

Thanks for sharing with us and offering to give away either an E-copy or print copy (winner’s choice) of your book. To be entered please leave a comment.

Drawing Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered for a print copy. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 3/30/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 3/31/14 and have until 4/06/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.

IMG_1232When she was younger, Christina tried to dig herself to China, loved Three Billy Goats Gruff, and had an obsession with maps. She gave up her dig to China but still jumps at the chance to travel even if it’s just down the road. She loves watching modern takes of fairytales and mythologies on the big screen and still has a huge obsession with maps. The older the better.

Born and raised in Kansas, where she currently lives with her husband and children, Christina loves to read stories with happily ever afters, research,  take photos, knit scarves, dig into her ancestry, fish, visit the ocean, write stories with happily ever afters and talk about her family and Jesus.

Her debut novel, The Guardian’s Promise, releases from Love Inspired March 2014.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to Fulfill Your Purpose

Today guest blogger Keisha Bass shares with us.  authoroutside_edited-2

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14, NKJV)

Many people, especially women, suffer from a poor self-image or low self-esteem. Whether it is society or the immediate world around us, we cannot allow outside factors to dictate how we feel about ourselves. I’ve been there and done that (and still do at times). But the above verse in Psalms helps me get through those times when I am lacking the confidence to do what God has put me on this earth to do. The words in this verse remind me who I am in Christ. I was formed in my mother’s womb with the care and attention of God’s hand.

Every part of me, inside and out, from my appearance to my personality was formed by the Great Almighty. I must appreciate the detail it took to form me as a child of God with my own set of dreams and visions for my life and believe God will enable me to reach those dreams when I fully trust in Him and where He will lead. He knows my shortcomings, quirks, and weaknesses, and says I am fearfully and wonderfully made anyway. God’s perfections cover all of our imperfections and we are cherished and special to Him.

Having a poor self-image can lead us to make unfavorable decisions because we want to please others or feel important. Living our lives to please God and being confident in who we are in Him, will guide us to make better decisions which in-turn will lead us to a better way of living as we strive to fulfill our purpose. Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made with God’s plan for you in mind. Walk in that every day and watch what God will do in your life.

Point to Ponder: Trust that your Creator is pleased in what He created. Appreciate your uniqueness and love the person God made you to be. And as you confidently move forward towards the fulfillment of your dreams, believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.

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Back Cover Blurb for Permanent Resident at the Purse Table

If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.

Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a new found love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

www.keishabass.org

www.thepursetable.com

Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman

Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman I’m tickled to have, Susan Sleeman, one of my favorite romantic suspense writers with us this week as she shares with us about the final installment of her Justice Agency series Dark Tide. I’ve read every one in the series and enjoyed them all equally. 🙂 If you haven’t read one yet, don’t worry as each book stands alone.

Please tell us about Dark Tide.

Dark Tide is the final book in the Justice Agency series and features the youngest brother Derrick. His former girlfriend’s brother is murdered but the police won’t believe Gina. Catching a quick glimpse of the evidence her brother had gathered that ultimately got him killed, brings the same killers after her and her baby niece. And Gina’s only hope to stay alive is Derrick. Despite the painful memories with Gina, Derrick won’t fail her and her baby. Yet now, the woman he never stopped loving and the baby he’s come to adore are in a killer’s crosshairs. But can Derrick trap the cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again?

What inspired you to right this particular story?

I’ve always wanted to do a story that included the Coast Guard so I researched the organization and learned of the amazing elite Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team. They deploy round the world on Navy vessels to curtail drug smuggling and pirating. Of course, Derrick works with his family as a private investigator so he couldn’t be in the Coast Guard so I decided to have the heroine’s brother serve in that capacity. And as they say, the rest was history and the story was born.

Please describe the setting where you write? Also, do you need silence or noise in the background?

I write sitting in a recliner. I have issues with my neck and lower back and the recliner seems to be the best fit for me, because as you know writers sit a lot. I need silence. Utter and complete silence and very little movement around me. We recently had a snowstorm and I can’t tell you how many times I lost my train of thought from seeing the snow falling outside my window. I could’ve closed the curtains but we get snow so rarely and it was too beautiful to hide. Now I’m writing fast and furious to make up for it.

I remember that snow storm well. I actually did close the blinds because the snow made it too bright inside and it was driving my eyes nuts–go figure. lol That being said, I accomplished very little writing those four days since the kids were home and it was too much fun to go outside and play in the snow. 😀

How many books have you written?

I’ve written eighteen books. Wow, I didn’t realize how many until you asked. No wonder I’m always writing. LOL I have three books that will remain in my slush pile, twelve books in print and three completed and turned in to my publishers. I have another seven books under contract in the next two years so I will be a writing fiend.

Congratulations on having a contract in the wings! I hope your contract is for more romantic suspense.
When did you start writing and when was your first book published?

I started writing in 2004 and my first book was published in September 2010.

Do you write in more than one genre?

I write both romantic suspense books and cozy mysteries. I have five mysteries published. Two in the Garden Gate Mystery series and three in a multi-author series called Creative Woman Mysteries.

What is next for you?

My next book to release is in October of this year and it’s a Christmas novella called Special Ops Christmas. It will be published in an anthology with two other authors and the anthology is titled, Holiday Heroes. As I mentioned above I have several more books under contract. These books are in two series. The first is the Agents Under Fire series that features three female FBI agents who work on an elite cyber task force. Web of Deceit, the first book, will release in November of this year. This is a general market series so the books don’t have a spiritual message but are considered clean reads. The other series, a new six book series for Love Inspired Suspense tentatively called Strike Force is about a strategic response team. The team is made up of two hostage negotiators, a bomb expert, a sniper, an EMT, and a team leader. They all live together in an old firehouse that has been remodeled into condos, but they also have a large common area where they gather together. The first book in this series is tentatively titled Christmas Showdown and will release in November of 2014, too.

Wonderful! I can’t wait. 🙂 What do you do for fun?

I love to read, of course, LOL. I also love spending time with my family and my other passion is gardening. We have a lovely three tiered backyard filled with perennials and huge retaining walls made of natural stone. We also grow veggies and we are expanding the veggie garden this year.

If you could have one wish granted what would it be and why?

Oh wow, just one. Ha-ha. I’m ignoring world peace for a selfish wish. I have a chronic illness that has seriously effected by ability to do the things I love and it would be truly amazing to me if I could have my health back. Even for a day. Not that I’m complaining. God has allowed this in my life and as long as he wants me to deal with it, I will. In fact, if I had never gotten sick I would never have started writing so it’s a real blessing in disguise. Still, I would love to live pain free again for at least a day.

What is your favorite snack?

I am a sweet freak. I love, love, love sugar in almost any form. The sweeter the item, the better. However, I like homemade desserts far better than anything you can buy. Ironically, or not, I love to bake, too. Plus, as I tell my children and grandson, home baked goods have love in them so they have to be good!

Thanks for joining us this week and being such a great sport about answering all those questions. I didn’t mean for you to answer all of them, but what a treat that you did! Just so all of you readers know, I give the authors a list of questions to choose from, and Susan graciously answered all of them! Bonus. 🙂

If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win Dark Tide please leave a comment. There’s no need to post your email since wordpress keeps track of that. Remember you can’t be entered if you don’t comment. 🙂 As of the day I’m putting this interview together we’ve been short a few comments each week for the drawing to take place.

Drawing Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 3/16/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 3/17/14 and have until 3/23/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.

Susan Sleeman

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and Thread of Suspicion for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon, but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.

Website           www.SusanSleeman.com

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Book Review Site     www.TheSuspenseZone.com