Monthly Archives: May 2015

Author Spotlight with Annslee Urban

 

This week author Annslee Urban is with us. She would love to answer any questions you have for her about her book or perhaps her writing process. Please be brave and ask questions. The authors I have on this site WANT to connect with you.

authorsigning2015Annslee Urban grew up watching old-time romance movies, which she attributes to her passion for sweet romance, true love and happy endings. A daydreamer at heart, Annslee began her writing journey when the youngest of her five children started school. For several years she worked as a freelance writer for newspapers in her community and has written for magazines and online publications.

Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she moved to Western Pennsylvania, before setting in North Carolina with her husband and children. Aside from writing, Annslee works part-time as a Registered Nurse in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of ACFW, and has served as on the board of Carolina Christian Writers. She currently has 4 published novels. Her current book, Broken Silence, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, came out in March 2015.

When she isn’t writing, Annslee enjoys cooking, traveling to faraway places, playing with grandbabies and all things chocolate!

You can reach Annslee at: annsleeurban@gmail.com

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Broken Silence cover Broken Silence coverSHE’S HIDING A DEADLY SECRET…

…and someone wants to make sure Amber Talbot never reveals it. When she becomes the target of a car bomb and a home invasion, she gets the message loud and clear. If she tells anyone her secret, she will die. The person charged with protecting her is police detective Patrick Wiley—the fiancé she walked away from but never forgot. The same man she never wanted to tell about the attack that left her for dead. Back then Patrick couldn’t save her. Now he must. Because the attacker has returned to finish what he started. Except this time he’s got them both in his sights.

 

99 cent Sale Island Refuge

Hi everyone, Kimberly here. I just wanted to give you a heads up about my book, Island Refuge. It’s marked down to .99 cents until Saturday. Here’s the back cover blurb.

Island Refuge cover 25080381Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive.

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Amanda Cabot and In Firefly Valley

This week we learn about Amanda Cabot and her latest release In Firefly Valley.

Amanda CabotWith both parents avid readers, it’s no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled “All About Thermometers,” were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.

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She’s lost her dream job—but has she found the man of her dreams?

 Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real identity?

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will have you believing in second chances.

Okay, it’s your turn to interview Amanda.

 

Equipment for Valley Travel by Jo Huddleston

Ephesians 2:14

My bedside vigil stretched into days as I watched meningitis suck precious life from the still form of my college-age child. Sunday afternoon I sat alone with my daughter, watching the disease apparently winning its battle. Gone were the twinkle in her eyes and the ready smile on her lips. The nurse had just left, the same one who had been coming in every 15 minutes to take vital signs. Pained and discouraged, I watched when she recorded on her chart a blood pressure reading only half what it should be.

Alone again in the hospital room, each of us experienced our own unique agony. Lying curled in a fetal position, my daughter moved only her eyes. With them almost swollen shut, she looked up at me through her consumed torture. “Mother, this may be my time to die,” she whispered. No panic or fear registered in her words or in her fevered eyes.

The same thought had been silently hammering inside my mind all afternoon. Holding her limp hand in mine, I leaned closer and said quietly, “Darling, it may be.” She shared a labored smile with me and slowly closed her eyes.

Amazingly, I did not curse God or offer him any arguments or attempt to bargain with Him to spare her life. I knew without doubt that my daughter believed in God’s Son and trusted Him for her salvation and eternal life.

As precious minutes slipped away in that lonely hospital room, I trusted God for his comfort and everlasting strength to support me (Isaiah 26:4). I rested in the assurance that my daughter also claimed these same promises. I saw peace on her swollen face when she closed her eyes. We both accepted God’s will.

Our pastor and his wife came by after evening church services. They barely concealed their shock at seeing my daughter’s hands and face twice their normal size. After speaking encouragement to her, they prayed with us in that still, quiet hospital room.

Looking back, I can only believe the Holy Spirit influenced every medical move my daughter’s doctors and nurses made. The next day, her health made an unbelievable change for the better. Since she was fully recovered by Wednesday morning, the doctors released her from their care.

On Wednesday evening when our pastor found my daughter’s hospital bed empty, he asked about her at the nurses’ station. Later he told us how much the nurses had marveled about her unexplainable recovery. “It’s just a miracle that she survived,” one nurse told him. We all smile now, knowing what absolute truth she spoke.

Does a Christian experience valleys between the mountaintop experiences? Yes. Those trying days when it was evident I might outlive my daughter were one of the deepest valleys I’ve traveled. God promises His buffering strength and calming peace for valley travel. We can always cling to His promises.

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Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren. Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com.

WAIT FOR ME finalBACK COVER BLURB for Wait for Me:

Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?

 

This is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?

You can purchase eBook for Kindle and print copies of Wait for Me at: http://tiny.cc/xndfwx

Author Spotlight with Peggy Trotter and Year of Jubliee

SONY DSCPeggy Trotter is with us this week. Remember, you get to conduct this interview! Here is a little more about Peggy and her book, Year of Jubilee.

Peggy Trotter has been writing something for over 30 years. The empty-nest syndrome set her to groping for a new direction, and wow, did God answer! Year of Jubilee, a Christian Historical Romance set in southern Indiana, debuted on April 10th of 2015 through Prism Book Group. A second, a Contemporary Romance entitled, Reviving Jules, will follow on Oct. 9th, 2015 as well. She loves to reveal God’s miracles through the world’s underdogs and mix in a little love and happy endings.

She finaled in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest in 2013 in the inspirational Category, and is a 2014 ACFW Genesis Winner in the Novella Category. Seldom does she stand still, but when she does, it’s to praise her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Creator of all gifts and Bestower of all blessings!

She’s a small town Hoosier native who teaches 1st and 2nd grade at a small Christian School and writes Christian Romance in her spare time. God blessed her with a wonderful husband who cooks and helps clean while supporting her crazy dreams. She has two incredible grown kids, one fabulous son-in-law, and two rays of sunshine, commonly called grandchildren.YearofJubilee copyBack Blurb of Year of Jubilee

You can catch up with her at peggytrotter.com or at diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com. Follow her on https://twitter.com/Peggy_Trotter, https://www.facebook.com/PeggyTrotterAuthor?ref=hl, https://www.pinterest.com/pegtrotter/, Pen in Hand, Google, and Linkedin.

Peggy is giving away a copy of Year of Jubilee to one lucky commenter. To be entered you must ask Peggy a question.

Rules: Open to USA mailing addresses only. There must be at least five qualifying comments. Responses by Peggy or Kimberly do not count. The drawing ends May 17, 2015. I will contact the winner the following day. The winner will have until May 24th to reply or forfeit the book. No new winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.

 

Not My Way But God’s

I’m over on Jennifer Slattery’s blog today sharing a devotional titled “Not My Way but God’s”

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How often do we take God’s delay as “no”, or perhaps even lack of care. As if, because we can’t hear Him, He’s suddenly not listening? Waiting, on anything, is incredibly hard for me, and I think, if I were to get to the root of it, I’d find, my impatience stems from a lack of surrender. If you’re following our Fear of the Lord/Resting in Christ study, you may remember our discussion on half-hearted trust.

Oh to surrender our whole hearts, our whole selves, to Christ, even in, especially in, times of waiting–what peace and joy we’d have! These were the thoughts running through my brain as I read Kimberly Rose Johnson’s devotion. As you IMG_4314-2 Publicityread her devotion, think of whatever it is  you’re waiting on and how you can trust God with your whole heart, as Proverbs 3:5 urges, while…

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More Than A Princess by Carol Moncado

More than a PrincessPrincess Anastasia has grown up in the shadow of her older siblings and foster sister, Queen Christiana of Ravenzario. Ana longs for an identity beyond that of a princess. More than anything she wants someone to see her as more than just a tiara and a pretty face. Two men vie for her attentions but only one believes in her, believes she can make a difference by using her royal status to draw attention to the plight of those less fortunate.

American Jonathan William Langley-Cranston IV has dated both her sister and her soon-to-be sister-in-law, but he and Ana seem to have something extra special. When his brother disappears without a trace, she returns to the States to become the public face of his family.

In Montevaro, Dr. Jonah Fontaine wants to help. And unlike most people, he’s willing to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty. He spends his vacations going places most people couldn’t be paid enough to visit. As much as he wants to, he doesn’t understand why Ana and others like her won’t put their time and effort where their money is.

When Ana takes Jonah up on his challenge to join him at an orphanage in Ravenzario, they find themselves facing a crisis. A little girl, recently diagnosed with diabetes, is threatened by rising flood waters after a rare Mediterranean hurricane makes landfall. Jonathan, with the help of Queen Christiana, desperately searches for them, praying rescue won’t come too late.

Her head knows which man, Jonah or Jonathan, is the wise choice. Too bad her heart has different ideas. Which one will win? Will Ana be able to convince either one of them of her worth as More than a Princess?

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Carol bw 300dpiWhen not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado hangs out with her family and a dog who weighs less than most hardback books. Her favorite activity is watching NCIS, unless Castle is on – or Girl Meets World (with her four kids, of course!). She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. If her kids, and dog, aren’t racing around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a community college. She’s President of MozArks ACFW and can be found on Facebook, her website, and the InspyRomance blog.

Would you like to be entered for a chance to win the Ebook of More Than A Princess? To be entered you must ask Carol a question. Let’s have some fun and make Carol feel welcome!

Rules: Void where prohibited by law. There must be at least five comments from five different people not including Carol or Kimberly for the drawing to take place. Drawing ends May 10th and the winner will be notified on May 11, 2015. The winner will have until May 17th to reply or forfeit the book.