Monday, March 20, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Regina Andrews

Book Giveaway March 20 - 27: A wholesome, clean romance, Destiny’s Designs. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Book: U.S. or Ebook: International.

A resident of Providence, RI, Regina grew up in nearby Barrington. After graduating from Providence College she attended the University of Delaware, eventually earning her Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Brown University. She is inspired by anything to do with nature, and she and her husband enjoy visiting nearby Cape Cod. Regina’s hobbies include Travel, Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Choral Singing and Gardening. She is a radio host for In-Sight, an association dedicated to providing services to the visually impaired of all ages.


Welcome to my blog, Regina.  I love your cover. Please tell us about your novel: Destiny’s Designs.

Thank you so much for hosting me, Linda!

Destiny’s Designs tells the story of Lisa Machon, an interior designer in Newport, Rhode Island. Running her own business is not easy, but when she wins the job of coordinating a New Year’s Eve gala for the wealthy Lamont family, she becomes an overnight success. In addition, she forms an affectionate bond with Countess Lamont - and she meets her handsome son, Neil. The Countess has a priceless vase, which she treasures, and when it is destroyed, Lisa agrees to help Neil find a replacement. This quest takes them to many exotic cities and finds them falling in love.

This sounds like a fun love story. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

A lot of Destiny’s Designs is based on my personal experience. I am from Rhode Island and actually worked for a very well-known interior designer in Newport, who taught me so much. The natural beauty of the area and the corresponding milieu of luxury and opulence definitely inspire me, too. The Lamont family is completely from my imagination, and they have conflicts and problems just like the rest of us even though they are so wealthy.

What kind of research did you do?

Many of the details of the book concerning the interior design are based on my experiences as an assistant interior designer. The various locations in Europe are all places I have visited and loved very much. As for the romance with a sailor...well, we’ll leave the kind of research I did on that part up to your imagination!

Oh yes. Imagination is good. I have read your books and really love your characters. They are so well developed. Tell us about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I would have to say the heroine Lisa Machon is one of my favorites in this book. She is completely self-made and had a rough start in life, being orphaned at a very young age. Also I love Bliss Lamont, the hero’s sister. She is a glamorous fashion model and seems to have the world at her feet - but her heart is broken from losing custody of her son in a bitter divorce.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you so much for hosting me, Linda! I love hearing from my readers!

Thank you for this interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your book. For those familiar with Regina's works, here are the books that she has reissued.

Regina’s inspirational romance DESTINY’S DESIGNS has been reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing  . Also available are LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART, Books 1- 4 of the Sterling Lakes Series, also reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing and THE PERFECT PROPOSAL and SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE. Look for REFLECTIONS OF THE HEART, book 5 in The Sterling Lakes Series, as well as more brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series, along with the reissue of  IN GOOD FAITH soon. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author June Foster


Book Giveaway Mar 14 - 28
A Christian Romance, Lavender Fields Inn
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Ebook: US and Canada


An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Since then she's also written Ryan's Father, Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, The Almond Tree Series: For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew and Almond Street Mission. Also available are Misty Hollow and Lavender Fields Inn. Find all June's books at Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Find June online at junefoster.com.

Welcome to my blog. This is a beautiful cover. Please tell us about your novel: Lavender Fields Inn.

Thank you for having me, Linda. Lavender Fields Inn is set at a relaxing resort in the Rocky Mountains. Wren Tabor is escaping her teaching job in busy Denver, Colorado for a week's vacation. She hopes to heal after her last boyfriend's betrayal, and she's determined she'll never trust men again.

Graham Maier, a Denver accountant, has always lived in the shadow of his successful brother, Greg. Graham's registered for a fishing tournament at Gold Pan Lake in hopes of impressing his father, an avid fisherman. When Graham arrives and sees the dark haired beauty, Wren Tabor, who's haunted his dreams for years, he's mystified.

Wren literally bumps into Graham one evening while running from a "bear" she later discovers is the maintenance man. Against her resolution, she finds Graham attractive. When Graham's brother, Greg, announces he will stay a few days at the inn, Graham's frustrated. He'd hoped to just be Graham and not Greg's brother for a week. Later Wren sees Graham kissing another girl, and she believes she's been betrayed. Love grows amid the flowers in the magnificent Rockies, but sometimes romance isn't as it seems.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

We love to go fishing in the Rockies, and I've always wanted to try out one of the luxurious hotels with relaxing spas, massage therapy, exercise rooms, and all the fabulous restaurants. So far I haven't checked into one, but that's okay, my characters Wren Tabor and Graham Maier did. 

What kind of research did you do?

In the story, the lavender plant plays a huge part, to include a lavender festival at the inn on the last day before Wren and Graham go home. I had to research facts like how lavender was used in the past, the growing season for lavender, various products made from lavender, and what does a lavender festival look like. Besides learning more about the plant, I had to discover the intricacies of a fishing tournament. But I have an in-house expert—my husband.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

My hero, Graham, has always strived to live up to his father's expectations. Graham has never felt affirmed or valued by his dad. Not like his brother, Greg. But in the story, Graham learns that there is One who cherishes him more than any earthly father could. I love Graham because his perspective changes, and he finds freedom in the Lord.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Readers can find me at www.junefoster.com. Thank you again, Linda.

Thank you very much for this interview, June. I hope my readers will check out your inspirational stories.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Gail Pallotta


Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to hear from readers. To learn more about her books, visit her website at http://www.gailpallotta.com

Welcome to my blog, Gail. You enjoy writing young adult suspense and inspirational romance. What inspires you to write these stories? In other words, where do you get your ideas?

From things I see and hear. Often, I see an event or hear a conversation and think that would make a good story. If it’s a subject that nags me, I end up writing a blog, short story, article or book about it.

Stopped Cold nagged me for years. As a young adult I knew several people whose goals were to be the best rather than do their best. Then after I married and had a child, I saw quite a few children with the drive to always be number one. Later, I met three young adults who suffered devastating consequences because they couldn’t cope with not being the best. I’m not sure if this crossed my path more than that of others, but I kept thinking that God doesn’t ask us to be the best, but to use our gifts to the best of our abilities. Romans 12: 6, tell us “We have different gifts.” Finally, I put that on paper. I wanted to write an entertaining book with hope. I’d always loved mysteries, so I turned Stopped Cold into a sports mystery with a touch of first-love romance.

Mountain of Love and Danger is the fifth book in the Fairwilde Fairy Tale Series. One of my friends suggested five of us write the novellas. I selected Jack and the Beanstalk because I thought the story lent itself to a romance with mystery, and I love reading and writing who-done-its. All of the novellas, including Mountain of Love and Danger, are Christian versions. I chose “With God All Things Are Possible” as my theme, since the hero had what appeared an impossible task. The other stories are Red and the Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood) by June Foster; At the Edge of a Dark Forest (Beauty and the Beast) by Connie Almony; Mirror on the Fall (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) by Mildred Colvin; and Swept Away (Cinderella) by Vanessa Riley.

Please give us a description of Stopped Cold.

Flirting, swimming, friendships—it all changes when Margaret’s brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. He’s unconscious in the hospital, and Margaret’s angry at Dad for pushing him to be a great quarterback. However, hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay. She and her friends, Jimmy and Emily, explore a drug-filled, sub-culture to find them. While Margaret yearns to cure Sean and heal the hate, she sees Jimmy in a new light.

Excerpts from Five-Star Reviews:

 “The story and the characters grab you from the get go and keep you reading more to find out what happens next. Romance, mystery, love of family, teen drama, drug abuse, peer pressure...” Patrick

“…follow Margaret’s journey to discover the depth of true character and faith not only in school and friends, but family.” Author and Book Reviewer Lisa Lickel.

“They…” (the characters) “..are as finely tuned as a lovely stringed instrument, each having a different song to play in the story.” Book Reviewer Barbara Shelton
Now tell us about Mountain of Love and Danger.

Jack Greenthumb finds romance in Fairwilde Kingdom—a different day—a different girl. Then a cruel mystery begins. Dad’s beaten, the family farm destroyed and Jack’s true love, Gwenie, kidnapped. Jack must not only save the estate, but also scale a treacherous mountain, rescue Gwenie from the huge man holding her captive and bring her to safety.

Excerpts from Five-Star Reviews:

“...Fantasy? Sure, and we need that in our world today. Suspense? You betcha! Romance? Yep, it is in there too. Adventure? Oh my, yes! Throw in some Christian inspiration, and you have a wonderful read.” Lewis

“...a moving tale of prevailing love concerning Jack Greenthumb and Gwenie. Jack wonders who kidnapped Gwenie. He is resolute to find her as well as rescue the family business. Laden with Christian values this tale repeats the old folk-tale Jack and the Beanstalk. It emphases faith, forgiveness, commitment, the high standard of friendship and loyalty. It was a wonderful and refreshing read.” VMLM

This is a story filled with danger, sweet romance and faith... (It) kept me reading and wondering what was going to happen next.” Larry Hammersley

Did you have to do much research for these books?

Yes, for Stopped Cold I used the library and internet and interviewed a narcotics agent and an undercover policeman. Since I wrote the book, Winstrol V, the drug sold to Sean illegally has been approved for human consumption. However, a person must meet stringent requirements and have a doctor’s prescription to obtain it legally. Even though my daughter was a U.S. Swimmer and a swim team coach, I consulted with a U.S. Swim Team Coach and a county parks and recreation administrator for the swimming scenes.

Even though Mountain of Love and Danger is a fantasy, it also required research for a scene where Jack enters a prison to gain information about the huge man holding his true love captive. Also, I researched mountain climbing and the equipment needed online. I’m fortunate to know a young man who scales mountains and rock precipices. He supplied and verified information for the mountain climbing scene.

Who is one of your favorite characters in these books and what do you love about him or her?

Margaret in Stopped Cold has such a strong love for her brother and her family and a passion for seeing the criminals brought to justice. I also love that she never stops asking God for help, even though she’s upset about her brother’s stroke and struggling to maintain normalcy in her life.

Jack in Mountain of Love and Danger. I love watching him grow from a young man about town to a responsible adult in a short period of time. I’m proud of the way he realizes how deep his love is for Gwenie. He takes on the responsibility for rescuing her as well as helping his parents save the farm.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


I’d like to invite readers to sign up for my new newsletter while visiting my site. I’ll send it on special occasions and for new releases.

Thank you for this interview, Gail. Below is my review of one of your books.

Mountain of Love and Danger is a modern day fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with cell phones and all. And yes! There is definitely a giant beanstalk, which Jack climbs. This beanstalk does not reach into the heavens as the fairy tale. It reaches to the top of a tall rocky dangerous cliff. There is no other way to get to the top, other than the beanstalk or by helicopter. What is at the top of the cliff? A shack where the giant resides! Why does Jack want to climb the beanstalk? To save his beloved, whom the giant has captured. There would be no other reason to put his life in danger but to save someone he dearly loves.

This story is fast paced and delightful. From chapter one to the last chapter there is plenty of suspense as you watch Jack try to figure out where his girlfriend has been taken. This story was written for young adults to appreciate. As an adult, I totally enjoyed it
.” --Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, February 27, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver



Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Although she enjoyed being published with traditional houses, she made a decision to switch to self-publishing her fiction to have control over all aspects of publishing. But there’s more - she’s also a wife, mother to six children and grandmother to four grandchildren in southwestern Ohio! Diane’s dream vacation is going to the beach.

Welcome to my blog. Where did you get your inspiration for The Bishop's Daughters Series?

My inspiration for my new series came from my previous Dreams of Plain Daughters Series. Bishop Amos King tried to influence his only son, Luke King, in Book 4, to stop dating Violet Robinson, a U.S. Senator’s daughter. I thought it would be fun to write about the bishop and his daughters in a new series.

Please give us a description of book one for us: Amish Baby Snatched.

Instead of going backpacking in Europe for the summer, pregnant eighteen-year-old Chloe Parrish ends up in Fields Corner. Her parents send her there to work in her aunt’s restaurant. Chloe’s parents and her boyfriend Logan want her to consider adoption.

Amish and happily married, Beth Byler is pregnant with her first baby. When she sees how sad Chloe seems at the doctor’s office, Beth asks if everything is okay. Although they come from different backgrounds, their pregnancies give them something to share and they become friends.

A young obstetrician, Dr. Tony Cunningham is hired, so he meets Chloe and Beth during their office visits. He becomes interested in the lovely Chloe. Tony and Chloe find themselves at crossroads in their lives—she’s torn about what to do about her baby, and Tony isn’t sure he wants to do Amish home births.

After a baby is kidnapped, anger explodes between Beth and Chloe. Can both women recover from a heartbreaking situation, and trust God still knows what is best for them? 

Now tell us about book two: A Plain Widow.

A Plain Widow is about the bishop’s oldest daughter, Molly Ebersol. Her husband, Caleb, goes into their barn when it is on fire to save his horses. Although firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Now alone, Molly has to cope with her pregnancy and their little toddler, Isaac.

A mysterious donor leaves money for her. She doesn’t think it was an Amish person. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and left the money. During this time, Jonathan is a new neighbor who lives close by, and he helps her family members with planting her crops. 

When the fire investigator tries to learn who torched the barn, she uncovers that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. 

Although she has feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Caleb hurt her deeply that he never trusted her enough to share about his past.

Did you have to do any research for this series?

My research for Amish Baby Snatched, Book 1, consisted of medical research about stillbirths. For my second book in the series, I researched Amish firefighters because I hadn’t realized they volunteered in their local fire departments. Some bishops frown on their members working with non-Amish firefighters, but many districts don’t have a problem with it. I also researched arson investigators. One of the characters, Nicole Spencer, is one and wants to find out who caused the tragic fire in the book. 

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you for this interview, Diane. I hope my readers will check out this new series.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Interview with Children’s Author Cheryl Malandrinos



Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, and Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. 

She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your picture book: Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for inviting me to visit with your readers, Linda. Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving finds ten-year-old Macy using some quick thinking and ingenuity to save dinner when the dog swipes the turkey from the table.

This story sounds really cute. I just happen to know someone who does something like this for Thanksgiving. Haha. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

While searching for an alternative to National Novel Writing Month in 2010, I stumbled upon Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). The challenge: to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

By the end of the month, I was struggling to come up with concepts. A review of my ideas from earlier indicated a trend toward holiday-related books (Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas). I settled on Thanksgiving, but wanted something more than the standard “be thankful” message. After wandering around in my brain a bit, I decided a holiday disaster story would fit the bill…but it would need to be something kids would find funny. That’s when the “what if’s” began flying around and I thought, “What if the dog stole the Thanksgiving Day turkey off the table?”

What ages is this book written for?

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving is part of Guardian Angel Publishing’s Littlest Angels line and is written for children ages 4 to 8.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Macy is the oldest child in her family. She’s expected to help out around the house and enjoys cooking with her mother. Sometimes she’s the peacemaker for her eight-year-old twin brothers who fight a lot. What I really love about Macy, though, is that she’s smart and creative in providing a solution to the family’s dinner problems.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Readers can find my website at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and I blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/. Thanks again for hosting me today. I greatly appreciate it.

Thank you so much for this interview, Cheryl. I hope my readers will check out your children’s book.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna del C. Dye



Anna was born in Chile, S.A. near some famous beaches. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She loves cats, when not shedding, and romantic clothes and music. She lives in Utah, USA with her husband of thirty-nine years. Anna has received many awards through the years and has published her work by different houses. She self-published her YA novels.
  
Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your novel, A Golden Princess.

Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. Then one day, all changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart. As soon the other kingdoms discover the condition of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom from her hands.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

It came to me one day, when I didn't expect it. I wondered about medieval times and a crippled main character. I have never seen another medieval book that deals with the subject and it thrilled me to do something about it. Also, once I saw a young man whose eyes, hair and skin were in different tones of gold, but with an undertone of black too. I asked him about his parents and his father was black skinned while his mother was white. (Brazilian descendants) it made such an impression on me, that I had to have a golden princess for one of my Royal Romance books.

That is so interesting. What kind of research did you do?

Some about wheel chairs in medieval times. Also about horse accidents and back injuries.
  
Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Nyala, the princess in this tale, is small and shy yet, when life throws a curve at her, she becomes a hero that not even she could see before. She is so much like me in many ways, and that keeps her close to my heart. You can say we are soul mates.  

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you Linda, I appreciate your help to spread the news about my new YA, medieval, Clean Romance

You’re welcome, Anna. Thank you so much for this interview. I hope my readers will check out your books.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Linda Baten Johnson

Linda Baten Johnson loves reading and writing, especially about historical events. She currently volunteers as a docent for the Frisco Heritage Museum where she dresses in costume and tells Frisco second-graders about the lives and difficulties of pioneers to the Blackland Prairie of Texas. 

She manages to write at least two books a year when she is not having fun with friends and family. Linda is the author of 14 books, including those of romance and books for young readers.


Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your novella, Magnolia Morning.

Magnolia Morning is part of the state flower series and represents Louisiana. I chose to write about this state flower and include a fictional account of the love story of my great-grandparents, which began after the Civil War.

Energetic, hard-working Martha Bodine and her mother survive the war, but Captain Bodine does not return from the Confederate Army when expected. Threatened with the loss of their farm unless Martha agrees to marry a neighbor, they offer lodging to a controversial Northern gentleman, which causes a rift between them and those in the community.
Peyton Anderson, a soldier in Captain Bodine’s unit pays a condolence visit and offers to help the feisty Martha and her gentle mother get on their feet, but he has his own family obligations and practical concerns about their situation. Even his best efforts may not change the course mapped out for Martha’s life or his own.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This is loosely based on the story of my great-grandparents.

What kind of research did you do?

We had letters my great-grandfather wrote to “Most Honorable Miss Martha” and in them, he described sections of Louisiana and his hopes and dreams. My two sisters and I went to Louisiana to find some of the places they lived. We also visited a living history museum in the state to get a feel for the time period, and enjoyed good Louisiana food. Yummy.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I tried to be true to what I knew about my relatives. Martha was not a beauty. She had a rounded figure, freckles and a no-nonsense attitude, but she was a loving and caring woman. I hope that comes through in the book.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is www.lindabatenjohnson.com. I would love for readers to visit.

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I have read this novelette and enjoyed it. Here is my review below:

This is an adorable story that has a few surprises toward the end! Knowing it was loosely based on the love story of the author’s great-great grandparents made it even more fun. I was taken into the past during the 1860s after the civil war and learned what life was like. I loved Martha’s character right off and how feisty she was. It’s fun to learn about our ancestor’s and what their lives were like, especially after hardships from the civil war and how they recovered. I totally enjoyed this story.”
–Written by Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, January 30, 2017

Interview with Cozy Mystery/Romance Author Carole Brown


Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Welcome to my blog, Carole. Please tell us about your Cozy Mystery: Undiscovered Treasures.

Caroline Gibson is co-owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a shop of antiques, collectibles, and junk in rural West Virginia. Inside the shop is a music box that Caroline particularly relates to, believing that her own life is similar: forever spinning and never going anywhere. She dreams and prays for the right man to turn up. But when family and friends hint that the local artist could be the guy, Caroline forgets about trusting God and takes matters into her own hands. Besides, she could never love a man who paints such depressing pictures.

Andrew Carrington, painter of said depressing pictures, insists there’s always one redeeming trait to each of his works. He’s loved Caroline since they were kids and thinks he’s not handsome enough, strong enough, or rich enough to impress this woman. But when God—or is it?—suddenly sends contracts begging for his signature, Andy thinks this just might be the way to win the only woman he can ever love.

But there’s a hitch in their plans. Someone is stealing Andy’s pictures, and why would they do that when he’s an unknown--so far? Do they know something Caroline and Andy don’t know? Is it mischief? Or something deeper that neither understand? Andy gets the chance to work with Caroline, and she must put aside her on-going battle to avoid Andy and his art so they can discover the art thief in Appleton before Andy loses the chance of a life time to ‘make it big.’


This is the third book in your Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

It was part of the idea I had years ago of writing a romance novel: to write about three friends separate adventures in finding a true love. But since I’m not a “per se” romance writer, I shelved these three books and recently unshelved them to turn them into mysteries. That worked for me, and apparently my readers! Lol. People are enjoying them.

What kind of research did you do?

For this book, the main research I did was on Paris, France. I wanted to find out more about names and areas, what could be used and not. It was a fun task (as always) and I thoroughly enjoyed the research.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I love both my co-protagonists, but I’ll focus on Caroline (Caro) Gibson today.

She’s a bit clumsy and downplays herself, too outspoken, and in this book, pretty rude in trying to ignore Andrew Carrington’s lovelorn advances. But, in her defense, she’s a staunch Christian, active in church, loyal to her friends (hence her quick worry and defense of Andy when she thinks he’s being taken advantage of), and a success in her and her brother’s business, Undiscovered Treasures. Once she realizes the huge mistake she makes in the book, she willingly makes amends. She’s a wonderful example of taking the reins in our own hands rather than waiting on God’s direction. 

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Thank you, Carole, for this fun interview. I enjoyed learning about this new series. I hope my readers will check them out.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Fantasy Romance Author Katrina Hart


Katrina Hart, who is always called Katie, lives in the East of England with her family, two hyper cats Holly and Smokey as well as Jessie her dog. Katrina always had a passion for reading and could spend her lifetime engrossed in a good book. In her twenties she joined an online writing class, where she fell in love with writing her own stories. She started her first Fantasy novel called Finding Destiny on the course and had it published some time later. She's always writing something mostly in the night because she doesn't sleep, but she always finds it magical writing when the stars are out in the sky.

Welcome to my blog, Katrina. This book is a fantasy romance and a perfect story for Young Adults. Please tell us about  The Flower Angel.

My novella follows Chris and Lara as they meet at Forget-Me-Not Inn. However, it soon becomes clear they both have suffered in the past year, and both are on a path to finding just what they need to try and bring peace back into their lives.  Could they even find love at the Inn?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I was inspired to write this novella after enjoying writing Love In Little Snow a few months back. When I sat to write The Flower Angel, I got inspired by my boyfriend and the feeling of new love, of unexpectedly crossing paths with another person, be it a good experience or not, and after that moment, never being the same again. Like that person left himself or herself somehow into one's life even if it was a brief encounter.

I love the idea of second chances and looking at someone, not just for their one mistake, one moment of panic, but for the person they are, like Lara is forced to do when she crosses paths with Chris.

Also my Nan who sadly passed away in December 2016 inspired my writing and I was blessed she got to hold a copy of my novella just before she passed away and I read her the story.

What kind of research did you do?

I did a little on bible quotes, but most was just sitting and letting the characters tell their story.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Lara has been through a long recovery before she gets to the Inn and I found that she was such a kind and mostly forgiving character, who is brave and determined. That's what I love about her.

Chris suffers, he's scared, he's guilt ridden and yet he's not a bad man. He's human and humans make huge mistakes. But I loved that he finally found a path to try and put his past mistake right.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

Links

Social media links:
Twitter: @Katrinahart2015

Thank you, Katie, for this wonderful interview. It was a pleasure speaking with you. I hope my readers will check out your books. Here is my review of the novella:

Forget-me-nots, a bit of magic, angels, and miracles! This is an adorable story about finding one’s soul mate and forgiveness. Forget-me-not Inn is a magical place where everyone can find true love. And how about the Forget-me-nots? They hold a special secret. I feel this story was written with the young adult in mind but can be enjoyed by all ages.” –Written by Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, January 16, 2017

Interview with Christian Romance Author Mary L. Ball


Mary L. Ball is a multi-published author and a member of ACFW. She resides in the heart of North Carolina. When Mary isn't working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at church functions.

Visit Mary’s singing ministry site: http://heirsofsalvation2.webs.com
Readers can connect with her on Face Book, Twitter and Goodreads.

Welcome to my blog, Mary. Please tell us about your novel: Sparks of Love.

Linda, thank you. It’s always a pleasure to visit with you. Sparks of Love is my seventh book out. The main character is a fictional woman who has lost faith and felt the Lord turned away from her life. It’s about that age-old question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Here’s the blurb.

Sparks of Love

Misjudged and accused, Lynette Cunningham walks away from God and everything she loves.

Ten years later, a phone call from her father offers hope when he announces he may have a clue to the unsolved crime that forced her to run. She’s scared, but encouraged. This could clear her name from slander in her small North Carolina hometown.

Tragedy strikes. A Fire destroys her childhood home and kills her father. While she sorts through the ruins and hopes to find the clue, Lynette meets the new pastor, Price Fletcher.

She must face the two things that scare her most. The past and a man of God.

Someone wants the past to stay buried. Will Lynette stay alive long enough to prove her innocence and accept the Love that is offered?

This sounds like a suspenseful romance. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

For most of my novels I can go back to the hour the idea flourished or the time I felt a nudge from the Lord. But “Sparks of Love” is unique for me. All I felt led to do was write about a character that loses faith and feels God has turned away. I know that’s not a new concept for a writer but the trials she goes through as she learns more about believing are. Most of the story was a process that developed as I worked on the character’s inner battle with her life.

What kind of research did you do?

I didn’t need to do much research but I checked into the laws concerning arson. The location of the story is based on a place nearby which I visit often. I rode through the small town to get the scenery and building facts straight. I did change the street names a little.   

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Lynette Cunningham left home at an early age, fueled by disappointment. She’s strong on the surface but lacks faith. Tragedy strikes her life (again) and confirms her belief that God doesn’t care. I like Lynette’s determination to get past the hurt.   

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?


Linda, thank you again for having me on your blog. You’re a great lady who gives me inspiration to keep smiling.  

Thank you, Mary, for this wonderful interview and for sharing one of your creations with my readers. I hope everyone will check out your book. Here is my review of this book below:

Sparks of Love is a sweet love story that takes place in a small town in North Carolina. In this inspirational romance, Lynette learns to trust the Lord and realizes the importance of coming back to the fold once again with the help of Price Fletcher. When she realizes that she is attracted to Price, she never dreamed that she would fall in love with such a handsome Pastor. She soon finds out that he is just like any other man and has the same feelings and desires in life. And his kisses? They really are “sparks of Love.” First and foremost, this is a love story, surrounding this couple. Secondly, it is a mystery that slowly unravels as time slowly passes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  –Written by Linda Weaver Clarke