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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

Can’t Buy me Love with Beth Vogt

headshotThis week Beth Vogt shares with us. It’s great having you here, Beth. Please tell us about Can’t Buy Me Love. Can’t Buy Me Love is the eNovella that introduces readers to my destination wedding series – all for 99 cents! It’s Bellamy and Reid’s story, and it has a fun Pinterest angle to it and a Manhattan destination wedding. I have a Story Question for each of my books and in Can’t Buy Me Love, my characters are wrestling with the question: What is the true cost of love?

Do you have a favorite scene you’d be willing to share? I had a lot of fun writing Bellamy and Reid’s reconciliation – I just let my imagination run with “dreams coming true.” And I also was surprised with their wedding reception scene. It didn’t go as I planned. Sometimes writing is like that – you think you know how things are going to turn out and then you let go of the plans and write something altogether different.

Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them? Oh, I do this all time. In my debut novel, Wish You Were Here, my heroine drank Jasmine tea – and I love Jasmine tea. Some of my friends say they can “hear me” in my novels. I weave my favorite snack foods into books, my friends’ names – and in one upcoming novel, I even put myself into a scene – but no one would ever know it unless I told them.

Oh how fun. I’ve never thought of inserting myself into a story. 🙂 How has publishing changed your life? Publishing has crystalized my faith. If you don’t know who you are –Whose you are – before you get published, you can get lost in the reviews, the awards (or the lack of awards), the competition, the comparison trap. I’ve had to anchor myself strongly to who I am in Christ – not to a particular review or moment of acclaim. I love what a pastor here in Colorado Springs said: “We have to trust what God declares about us more than what we think about ourselves.” And we can’t let what others say about us mean more than what God says about us, either.

That is great advice. What does a typical day look like in your life? I write in between – or despite – the interruptions of my life—however you want to say that. I set myself a schedule – and then I keep to that schedule as much as I can, despite the interruptions that life inevitably throws at me. I have people I love – family, friends – who I value. Sometimes they trump the deadlines and the imaginary people in my life. And sometimes they know the deadlines are looming and I’m going to be locked in my office. A lot.

What is next for you? Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the first full-length novel in my destination wedding series, releases on June 30th. This is Vanessa and Logan’s story and it features a, Florida destination wedding. This story asks the question: What if you discover that what you thought was your worst mistake was actually the right choice?

Interesting question. Thanks for sharing with us!

CantBuyMeLove_5bReaders, Beth is offering an Ebook giveaway of Cant’ Buy me Love. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Rules: Open to USA and Canada only. There must be at least five qualifying comments. Comments made by Kimberly and Beth do not count. The drawing ends May 3, 2015. The winner will be contacted the following day and must reply by May 10th, 2015 to receive the eBook. Void where prohibited by law.

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love(May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June). Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.

Stranger’s Secret with Laurie Alice Eakes

StrangersSecret_final[1][1]This week Laurie Alice Eakes shares with us about her latest release. Welcome, Laurie. Please tell us about A Stranger’s SecretA Stranger’s Secret is the second Cliffs of Cornwall set in, of course Cornwall, England, in 1811. In the first book, A Lady’s Honor, we meet Morwenna. She is the cousin of A Lady’s Honor’s heroine, Elizabeth (Elys in Cornish). Morwenna has a troubled past and present, to say the least. Angry with her controlling grandparents, who have raised her while her parents explore the world, Morwenna is determined she will restore her son’s inheritance without their help. She’s taking steps in the right direction when “wreckers” lure another ship onto her beach for looting, and, as she seeks clues to find out who is committing this crime that is being blamed on her, she finds David, who is nearly dead from a beating and half drowning. She nurses him back to health, but someone wants him dead and wants Morwenna to take the blame for it. Even as David falls in love with her, he doesn’t trust her and withholds information that could save or destroy them both.

Do you have a favorite scene you’d be willing to share? The following is from Chapter 9 of A Stranger’s Secret

 

David’s hands came down on Morwenna’s shoulders, gripping them hard enough to hold her near, gentle enough to feel like comfort. “Is that Penmara?”

“It is.” Morwenna resisted the urge to lean back against his broad chest. Earlier in the evening, his strength had sheltered her from the horror of what the lieutenant had told them all. She had wished away everyone in the room so she could be held.

No one had held her with such tenderness in far too long.

You’re frightened, vulnerable, lonely. You. Do. Not. Care. About. Him.

But that was a lie, the part about not caring. She liked him, but how much was because of the person he was, and how much was her empty heart and arms she didn’t know. What she did know was that caring was dangerous. Yet she didn’t move away from him.

“How long will they stay there?” David asked.

She shrugged. “Until morning. Until—until a ship wrecks.” She shuddered with a violence that knocked her teeth together.

He moved his hands from her shoulders to her waist and drew her back against his chest. “You’re cold. We need to go in.”

“I need to watch.”

Not until the words flew from her lips did she realize how they could be understood. And he understood them that way. She felt it in the sudden tension of his body.

No sense in denying it. Denial would make her sound defensive, as though she did have something to hide. Now she must go inside where she could not see across the headland to the cliffs above Penmara.

She stepped out of David’s hold, instantly freezing to her marrow, and turned toward the house. “Let us be on our way before we catch our death.” Because the night was so dark between flashes of lightning, she took his hand and led him back to the garden. “How did you find your way out here?”

“I had a candle.” He lifted the iron bar into place to secure the door.

“Then why did you come out here?”

“Perhaps the same reason as you.”

Morwenna gritted her teeth. “Do you mean if my coming out here is innocent, you came out for the same reason?” Her hands fisted around the edges of her shawl. “But you say ‘perhaps’ in the event I have other reasons for being out here, as in waiting to see if my gang is successful this time?”

“I haven’t made any accusations, my lady.” He took her hand this time, as they traversed the path toward the house. “I was concerned.”

And wanted to stop her or anyone else?

Weakened from his wounds or not, he was a powerful man. The hand holding hers was surely broad enough and long enough of fingers to capture both her wrists at once. The roughness of calluses told a tale of labor that explained his strength.

Conan’s hands had been callused, as well, but not so much. They weren’t nearly as strong. David’s were more like Sam Carn’s, honed in the mines.

Dear Sam, her first flirtation, then her friend, now a married man who wouldn’t so much as look at her for fear of enraging his wife. Another abandonment, another loss. In days, perhaps as long as weeks, David would leave. Everyone went away, leaving her with the broken pieces to try to fit back together again. Each time, another sliver went missing, leaving an aching hole.

She removed her hand from David’s and gathered anger around her like a half dozen shields. “You may as well outright accuse me of being in league with these men. The lieutenant didn’t hesitate to do so.”

“And got him nowhere. His evidence was poor at best.”

“He could get a conviction from a jury at the assizes, men who don’t know me.”

“But they know your grandfather, which seems to be enough.”

They reached the steps to the terrace, and Morwenna slammed her booted foot onto the bottom tread. “Of course. Think badly of the widow with the tarnished reputation, but don’t dare offend the richest man in Cornwall. I tell you, if I’d been alone at Penmara, I’d be in chains right now.”

How has publishing changed your life? Publishing has given me a career I love. Now I don’t need to feel guilty about writing because it’s my job. And I have met so many wonderful people, both fellow authors and fans who never would have come into my life and enriched it with their presence had I not pursued publication.

What does a typical day look like in your life? I am usually at my desk by eight o’clock after I have made breakfast and packed lunches, fed and walked my golden retriever and fed the cats. Around noon, I take a break and walk the dog again—how far depends on the weather—then I work until five or five thirty before I stop to make dinner. I try hard not to work much on weekends, especially not Sundays. Sometimes, when I am on a deadline or the house is quiet because my husband is away, I will work. This is a business and I try to work business hours. Working includes being active on social media—mostly Facebook and Twitter—answering email, and talking with fellow authors or my agent or editor.

Are you published in more than one genre? I have written in various time periods of history from colonial America, to Regency England, to nineteenth century England. Now, however, I have just finished my first contemporary novel about which I am really excited. It will be out next year from Zondervan.

What is next for you? I will be writing more historical romances, but my main focus will be on contemporary romance in the form of more midwife books, spinoffs of my historical series The Midwives.

It was wonderful learning about your new book. Thanks again for joining us.

rwa 2014 literacy signingLaurie’s bio: “Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.

After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet–they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.

Post Card by Laura Hilton and Giveaway

PostCardThis week we welcome back Laura Hilton.  It’s great to have you here, Laura. Please tell us about The Postcard.

David Lapp (from Promised to Another) survived a “code blue” when he was in a buggy/semi truck accident in Seymour, Missouri. Now after extensive therapy he has lingering mobility problems and is still struggling to find his place in the world. Lured away from Webster County by thoughts of closed buggies and a postcard friendship he’s developed with an Amish girl in Jamesport, he moves north, hoping for a fresh start. He finds work in the area tying flies and basket weaving, selling his products in the Amish markets in the Jamesport area.

Rachel Miller dreams of travel, but feels tied to her Amish life. She is being courted by Obadiah Graber, but wonders if there’s more to life. When she sees David’s name mentioned in The Budget, she strikes up a pen pal friendship with David while he’s in the hospital and in therapy, consoling him when he and his girlfriend part ways. She never dreams that David will come north and move into her community. David is still fearful in the buggy, especially in high traffic areas. Feeling he’s called by God to preach, David spends hours in the Bible, but the Amish discourage him, believing their ministers should be drawn by lot. Will David follow his call, even if it takes him out of the Amish church? Will Rachel realize her dream to travel?

What is the funniest or most awful situation you have ever put one of your characters in?   I put my characters in a lot of awful situations. My critique partners comment that they feel sorry for them. David survived a buggy accident with a semi in backstory—but what he goes through in this book is worse.

What does a typical day look like in your life? I get up, have breakfast and coffee and market. Then I homeschool the girls and do household chores. I run errands if I need to. Then I edit what I’ve written the previous day and start writing.

It sounds like you live a full life. 🙂 Do you write seven days a week? I take Sundays off, and there are a lot of days when life happens.

What is next for you? The Birdhouse releases in September. I am currently working on the first book in a new Amish series. I am also polishing up a Christmas novella.

Wonderful, Laura! Thanks for joining us this week.

Laura has graciously offered to give away a copy of Post Card to one lucky commenter.

Rules: Open to USA mailing addresses only. There must be at least five qualifying comments made by people other than Kimberly or Laura. Drawing closes April 5th. The winner will be notified on April 6th and have until April 12, 2015 to reply or forfeit the book. Void where prohibited by law.

35839_1469192045700_1110551537_1419357_4095333_nAward winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Birdhouse in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

 

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Dandelions for Dinner with Valerie Comer

 

 D4D-200x300I’m happy to have Valerie Comer with us this week to share about her new release Dandelions for Dinner: A Farm Fresh Romance 4. Welcome to Kimberly’s Musing’s, Valerie. Please tell us about your book.

She hates him. He loves her not.

Men are weeds. Allison Hart doesn’t need them in her carefully tended life, though her friends at Green Acres seem happy with their guys. Why can’t Allison open her heart to anyone but her young nephew? Then again, he’ll be a man one day, too. If only the irritating contractor in charge of building her home and farm school wasn’t the boy’s favorite person.

Fireworks with Brent Callahan’s newest client shift from antagonism to the rocky possibility of a relationship. When he comes face to face with a history he’d much rather forget, he realizes hiding his failures isn’t the best option for finding forgiveness, let alone love.

Can a little boy help weed out the past before it chokes their future together?

What inspired this story?

As I contemplated moving the Farm Fresh Romance series from the originally planned 3 novels to 6, I became excited to provide room for the setting, Green Acres Farm, to have its own arc. The next step was a school where outsiders could come to learn about organic farming and sustainability, so I created a teacher/investor in Allison Hart and paired her with a timber-framing contractor, Brent Callahan. Years ago I wrote a somewhat similar scenario in a proposal that went nowhere, with the heroine’s young nephew as part of the cast. That scenario seemed to fit the framework of this story well, so the two melded.

Will you share a teaser?

Brent couldn’t believe the gall of this woman. “No, you cannot work on the job site.”

Allison’s chin came up. “And exactly why not? You obviously need help. I may not have all the experience you guys have, but I can make things easier for you. I can fetch and carry, and whatever you need done. Like an apprentice.”

“I don’t think so, ma’am.”

She leaned closer, her eyes flashing fire from mere inches away. “Don’t call me ma’am.”

Brent’s grandmother had drilled that kind of respect into him when he was a kid. Allison Hart seemed to take it as a personal affront. Just went to prove not all women thought the same, as if he hadn’t had enough life lessons on that one already. But he couldn’t back down… or away. He was the foreman here, regardless of what she thought. “I beg your pardon.” Never mind that his tonal inflection was the exact opposite of begging.

“Give me one good reason I can’t help.”

He could give her thirty without coming up for air. “Steel-toed boots.” He should make her wear them anytime she put that hard hat on.

“Okay. I’ll go put them on.” She turned.

No way. She had a pair? He might need a few more of his thirty reasons. “No sweaters with holes in them that can get caught on pegs. No hoods on jackets for the same reason.”

Allison glanced back at him with a shrug. “You think I only have one change of clothes?”

He could be pardoned for thinking that. She only wore black, as near as he could tell. It all looked the same to him.

She marched back and plunked her hands on her hips. Not that she had any. “Why don’t you say what’s really on your mind? You don’t want me here because I’m a woman and you don’t think I can do the job.”

Two could play this game. “I don’t want you here because you’re a woman and you have no experience. I’d rather watch for falling hammers than watch for someone who’s bound to get injured in the first hour.” He leaned closer. “I don’t have the time or the patience to teach an apprentice.”

“You have the time,” Allison shot back. “But I totally believe you don’t have the patience.”

Do you write in more than one genre?

Contrary to what it looks like on my Amazon author page, I don’t.

In my “apprentice days” I wrote six speculative fiction titles (science fiction, fantasy, and YA fantasy). I published one of these as an indie experiment before re-releasing my first two Farm Fresh Romance books. At this point, I have no intention of returning to spec fic.

I’ve found a readership in contemporary inspirational romance, and have dozens of stories left to write in that genre. Being as the number is added to at least monthly, I don’t think I’ll ever run out!

What does your writing space look like?

I’ve taken over most of a small bedroom upstairs in our farmhouse, with my laptop desk under a west-facing window — perfect for a morning writer. A long table creates an L space where I can spread out notes, calendars, maps, etc. Above the table I have a giant inspiration board with character pix and other photos and items that inspire the story. I also have a large whiteboard for working out plot problems.

 

When my daughter’s family comes to visit for a few days, I pack away everything that three- and five-year-old hands and minds might find interesting. The space then becomes their bedroom. I’ve got the pack-and-put-away down to a routine by now, so it doesn’t take long! And it’s worth the inconvenience to have the grandgirls visit.

How long did you write before you were published?

I started writing in 2002, and had my first release in May, 2012 (a novella with Barbour). I hoped this would open more doors, but it really didn’t. I contracted the first two Farm Fresh Romance books to a small publisher but regained the rights a year later.

This time I moved straight into indie publishing, and I’m so glad I did! I love it! Readers are finding my stories and enjoying them. That’s the goal of any writer.

Of the 17 manuscripts I’ve completed to date, 11 are published or are queuing up for it. The rest… you don’t want to know about. My apprentice works don’t deserve to be published.

What is next for you?

I’m hard at work on the next Farm Fresh Romance novel, Plum Upside Down, which I expect to release this summer. Between now and then, I’m releasing two novellas in my Riverbend series, Pinky Promise (April) and Sweet Serenade (June).

The first book in the Farm Fresh Romance series, Raspberries and Vinegar, is free on all e-book platforms. It’s a great place to start!

Thanks for sharing with us, Valerie. It was fun learning about your office space and your book!

Valerie-Comer-300x300Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.
Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.