Monday, August 14, 2017

Interview with Christian Mystery Author Linda Shenton Matchett

Book Giveaway Aug 14 - 21: Traditional Christian Mystery, Under Fire. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Paperback: U.S. / Canada and also International.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda Shenton Matchett has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed light bulb inventor) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A varied career has included stints as a crisis counselor, human resources professional, bed and breakfast owner, youth center director, and dining services manager. In her off hours, she can be found volunteering as a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. She is active in her church where she serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. Linda lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with her husband, Wes and their fur-baby Ben.

Welcome to my blog, Linda. Please tell us about your novel, Under Fire, which is a Christian Mystery.

Thanks for having me. Under Fire is the story about Ruth Brown, a small-town journalist whose sister Jane, is pronounced dead after a boating accident in the Spring of 1942. Ruth is angry at God for allowing the accident. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. A series of events and discoveries raise Ruth’s suspicions about Jane’s work at the local manufacturing plant, and then additional clues send Ruth to war-torn London. During her investigation Ruth stumbles on black marketers, resistance fighters, and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead for what she uncovers.

This book sounds intriguing. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

WWII is my favorite time period, and I am blessed to be a docent at the Wright Museum of WWII that is located in my town. An exhibit about Ernie Pyle, a famous war correspondent, made me wonder if there were any women reporters. I discovered there were more than 125 and thought it would be interesting to write a story based on their experiences. I live near Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire on which there have been many boating accidents, although I’m not aware of any that were part of a murder. After I determined my sleuth and the crime, I had to come up with the victim and the motive. I wanted to make this investigation very personal for the sleuth, so decided the victim would be her sister. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so readers will have to find out for themselves what the motive is, but let’s just say it’s war-related.

What kind of research did you do?

Research is my favorite part of the writing process, and I probably overdo it. (LOL!) I read quite a few autobiographies and memoirs by women who served as war correspondents (writers and photojournalists) during WWII. I also read a lot of first person accounts of the American and British home fronts. There are oral history projects through museums and universities, so I availed myself of many videos and transcripts. The Wright Museum allowed me to read letters they have in their archives from men and women who served in various capacities during the war. My husband managed to find a London map printed just before the war, and he also got his hands on bus and Tube schedules. As stops were bombed out, the schedules were reprinted to exclude the stations. At the time I was writing Under Fire I had not yet been to England, therefore I used the Internet for photos and information about the locations where scenes occurred. To assure accuracy with regard to forensic and crime scene details, I contacted a forensic anthropologist who was incredibly helpful.

Wow! You did a lot of work on this story. I also love learning about a time period before my time. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Ruth Brown is my main character, and I based her on my paternal grandmother and maternal great-aunt. Both were adults during the war years, yet they didn’t let the challenges and difficulties get the best of them. They remained strong, Christian women who did the best they could to raise, feed, and care for their families while praying loved ones would come home safely. I love that Ruth has that same tenacity. She is also intelligent and spunky, heading overseas to a country that is at war.

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

My website/blog is found at www.LindaShentonMatchett.com. I’m also part of the StitchesThruTime blog found at www.stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com.

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Linda. I hope my readers will check out your new book.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Maria Hoagland


Book Giveaway Aug 7 - 23: A Sweet Romance novella, Kayaks & Kisses. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Two choices - Paperback: US only. Ebook: International.

When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found combing used furniture stores, remodeling houses with her husband, or sitting on the sideline of a son's soccer game. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. While she appreciates the home office she shares with her husband, Maria's favorite writing places are outdoors where there is sunlight and no internet. Maria Hoagland has several published works including two Whitney Award finalists, The {Re}Model Marriage and Still Time. Other works include Beauty and the Billionaire Beast, Home for the Holidays, Nourish & Strengthen, and Family Size.

Welcome back to my blog, Maria. Please tell us about your novella, Kayaks & Kisses.

Thank you so much, Linda! I love being on your blog and sharing my books with readers.

I know authors aren’t supposed to have favorites of their books, but Kayaks & Kisses is certainly one of my favorites (shh…don’t tell the other books). This sweet romance novella is part of my Romance Renovations series—my line of books that’s HGTV meets Hallmark movies. That means it will be sweet romance anyone can feel comfortable reading, and it will also contain some fun construction and renovation—this time of a business that two people are forced into sharing for a trial period. Here’s the official book description:

Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email.

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

What was your inspiration behind this story?

I wanted to write an autumn/Thanksgiving romance, and to me that means Ruidoso, NM. My family and I always rent a different cabin for Thanksgiving and spend the day hiking and enjoying the beautiful mountains and small town boutique shopping in this cute little town. I couldn’t imagine setting my story anywhere else. Add to that, You’ve Got Mail is my favorite movie, and one I watch every fall (“Bouquets of newly sharpened pencils.”), and that became the basis of the story. While this is not a retelling of that movie, it is my spin on the idea.

You love to write novellas. Why is that?

I love writing. Sometimes that means full-length novels, and lately, more and more novellas. I’ve found that my issues-driven ideas become novels and always end up in the Upmarket/Women’s fiction categories, but sometimes I want to write a sweet romance escape, something a reader can enjoy in a few sittings, to take them away from their regular life and experience a new setting and a new love. It’s the variety that keeps me intrigued as a writer.

Did you have to do any research for this story?

I always love doing research for my books, but this one didn’t require too much. I am already very familiar with the setting, so instead, the research involved looking into Basque food for my cafĂ©, and watching the movie, The Shop Around the Corner, which I’d never seen before.

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

The fun part about writing these characters was the push and pull between them. I was especially intrigued with Gage because he realized early on that he needed to fix things between him and Brynn. I couldn’t help rooting for him. Together, they are a fun couple who love the outdoors maybe even more than I do.

Thank you for this interview, Maria. I appreciate your time on my blog. I hope my followers will check out your book. For those interested, here are Maria’s links below so you can check out her books.

Maria’s website: MariaHoagland.com

Monday, July 31, 2017

Interview with Mystery Romance Author Colleen L. Reece


Book Giveaway July 31 – Aug 7: Lamp in Darkness from The Shepherd of Love Hospital Mystery/Romance series. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Paper back or Ebook: U.S. and Canada.

Colleen L. Reece learned to read by kerosene lamplight in a former one-room school house where her mother once taught all 8 grades. Colleen dreamed of someday writing a book. God has multiplied the “someday” book into 150+ “Books You Can Trust,” six million copies sold.

Welcome to my blog, Colleen. You’re the first author I’ve interviewed that has written over a hundred books. Congratulations! I’m so impressed with your talent. Please tell us about the Shepherd of Love Hospital Mystery/Romance series. What is it about?

Five best-friend, caring nurses serve at the Shepherd of Love Hospital in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to God: the hospital scoffers said it could never be built. Now doctors and nurses follow in Jesus’ footsteps and bring healing to body, mind, and soul. Note: Fans wrote asking to know more about the wonderful hospital/nursing school I created—they wanted to train there!

Wow! Your story must be very well developed for your readers to believe that the hospital is real and not made up. What a wonderful compliment! Please give us a short description of book one: Lamp in Darkness.

Although a respected RN, the heart of a frightened little girl beats beneath Jonica Carr’s uniform. Will God use an accident, a blizzard, and a lamp in darkness to bring the runaway nurse home to Shepherd of Love and Dr. Paul Hamilton?

Now tell us about book two: Flickering Flames.

Helping save young lives in Pediatrics can never erase Nancy Galbraith’s memories of those she failed to save as a child. Nursing helps, but Nancy must deal with secrets from the past that involves both her and Dr. Damon Barton.

A Kindled Spark is the third book. What is it about?

Surgical nurse Lindsey Best and Chaplain Terence O’Shea combine forces to expose and stamp out the kindled spark of evil hanging over their beloved hospital and threatening to destroy it . . . as well as Lindsey’s and Terry’s chance for happiness.

What is the fourth book about?

Glowing Embers: A Mount Rainier-size obstacle stands between Obstetrics nurse Shina Ito and Kevin Hyde, the man she loves. Nancy and Damon are again the victims of racial prejudice. It will take incredible faith and courage for the two couples to extinguish the glowing embers of turmoil.

Now for the last book in this series. Tell us about Hearth of Fire?

“Once bitten, twice shy,” describes Outpatient RN Patti Thompson. She escapes to Montana and becomes a helicopter rescue flight nurse with pilot “Stone Face” Sloan. Only God can save Patti from a stalker and change her hearth of fire to a home filled with peace and love. 

What kind of research did you do this series?

Although I dreamed of writing books, my small western WA logging town didn’t grow authors, just trees, so I planned to be a nurse. I studied accordingly, only to discover it wasn’t God’s plan for me. However, the knowledge I gained plus having my twin best friends become nurses, has proved invaluable in my writing many nurse books.  One editor said, “It is so nice to have a nurse heroine who does more than stick on a Band-Aid.”

Will you please give us a sample of the first book in this series, Lamp in Darkness?

“May I help you?”
A deep masculine voice jerked Jonica back to the present. She whipped around. A tall, slim man with white streaks in his hair and eyes as blue as her own stood smiling at her.
“I-I was just going in.” She put her hand to the doorknob and couldn’t help adding, “I’m Jonica Carr, the new night charge nurse in surgery.”
A surprised expression crossed the older man’s face. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. Welcome to Shepherd of Love.”
“Thank you.” She noticed how young and alive he looked when his smile broadened. “Do you work here?”
He nodded and gallantly swung the door inward for her. “I’ll be seeing you again, Miss Carr. Or is it Mrs.? Or Ms.?”
She glanced both ways and whispered, “Miss, but I like Jonica best.”
He bowed and swung off down the highly polished corridor, stopping now and then to admire the continuing mural of sea, forest, and mountains that brightened the walls.
“He loves this place,” she murmured. It seemed a good omen, as had the friendliness of the staff when she applied for the job a few weeks earlier, not expecting to get it, but confident she could do it well if chosen. She knocked on the closed door.
“Come in, Miss Carr.” The hospital director rose from behind his practical desk, a style in keeping with the paneled walls and muted carpeting. An open window with a view of an early-summer Puget Sound brought a fresh breeze and cooled Jonica’s flushed face. “We feel fortunate to have you join us.”
When she couldn’t hide her surprise, he smiled. She liked his keen eyes, modest dress, and obvious efficiency tempered by caring. “Oh, yes, I make it a point to know each of the staff personally. If there is ever anything you need, do not hesitate to come to me. You’ll notice I prefer to be personally available rather than use a secretary as a buffer.”
“Now.” He changed to brisk business. “We chose you despite your youth and limited charge nurse experience because of several factors. First, your record is impeccable. Even more important, your deportment at your personal interview clearly showed your ability to maintain your composure under trying circumstances.” He smiled again. “Interviewing for a position, even at Shepherd of Love, or perhaps especially at Shepherd of Love, can be trying.” He shuffled papers and paused. “Only one question on your application had a rather sketchy answer. I’m sure that’s due to our shortsightedness in not leaving enough room to write everything you’d like.”
Jonica’s heart plummeted. She knew what question this observing man meant. It had taken her longer to respond to the simple query, “Are you a Christian?” than to fill in the rest of the lengthy form. Hadn’t her penned words, “Yes. I was baptized as a teenager and have been faithful in attending church except when on duty” been enough? If not, why had they waited until now to question it? Surely she wouldn’t be disqualified now that official notice of her appointment had come and she’d served her thirty-day notice in Tacoma.
“You are a Christian, aren’t you?” the kindly director prodded.
“Of course.” She certainly wasn’t a heathen. She believed in God and had accepted Jesus as His Son. If she sometimes felt that God was some faraway Power who had little interest in her, she need not confess it.
Jonica’s quick reply appeared to settle possible doubts. The director rose, shook hands, then asked, “Did you tour the hospital when you were here before?”
“Oh, yes!” She knew eagerness sent a glow to her face. “It’s perfect; large enough to have the best equipment yet small enough to feel almost like a family home.” Wistfulness crept into Jonica’s voice.
“Do you think you can be happy with us?”
She sobered. “I know I can.” She blinked and scoffed at the instant moisture crowding her eyes. She never cried, hadn’t since she ran away from home all those years ago, away from the stepfather she hated, the pretty but weak mother whose only defense against him was a threat to leave if he ever mistreated Jonica . . .

Thank you for this interview. I hope my readers will check out your books. Here are some links so you can find out more about Colleen Reece.

Reece’s Ramblings Blog: www.colleenreece.blogspot.com
Check out Colleen’s Amazon site: www.amazon.com/Colleen-L.-Reece/e/B001H9PAYY

Monday, July 24, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Dean White

Xmas in July! Book Giveaway July 24 – 31: Christmas Romance, Winter Wonderland. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International.

Diane started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her books to date are: Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Texting Mr. Right, Winter Wonderland , This Side of Heaven, and Stories from a Porch Swing, Lilacs in May, Journey of Redemption, and soon to be released, Beyond the May River. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-five years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals, and live in the Sunshine state.

What is Christmas in July? The term Christmas in July describes Christmas celebrations that are held in the month of July for the southern hemisphere. Seasons down south are in reverse from the northern hemisphere. For those down south, summer is in December. Even though they still celebrate Christmas on December 25, someone decided it would be fun to celebrate Christmas in July specifically for the southern hemisphere.

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your Christmas Romance, Winter Wonderland.

During the early 50s many families were seeking employment in the factories in Detroit. Edsel Ford, after Henry’s death, sought workers from all over, and they were very dedicated. My characters left their home for a better future. They are a loving Christian family with three younger children and an older daughter, Ruth.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I’m from Michigan and JL Hudson Company was a huge department store. My mother went there with her family when very young and it continued to serve the area until the malls became popular, and was finally taken down in the late 90s. People watched the landmark come down on television. My inspiration came from the trips I made with my mother from Lansing and then with my husband when we were first married. I wanted to write about Detroit when it was in its heyday, and I felt a Christmas novella would be fun. The storefront windows were beautifully decorated in all the stores. You can imagine the competition.

What kind of research did you do?

I’m laughing out loud!! You wouldn’t think you’d have to do much, just go back a few years and be creative. Mercy! I had to dress Ruth in the right clothing, and her love interest…we’re talking hats, coats, boots, skirts; hair styles…no pierced earrings and then the music! Times were different then, and we didn’t have tension like we do today. I tried to portray that, as well as a bad health issue that was popular then, and we happily have a cure for today. I was shocked to discover that JL Hudson’s had over 80 bathroom stalls in one lady’s rest room…gold fountains and I knew they had elevators and operators…it was the only way to go to the upper floors.

Research is to much fun, isn’t it? Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I enjoyed Ruth. She was determined to make a life outside of marriage and secured a good position, having had a year working in an office after high school. She took advantage of the lay-away’s and helped get things for her younger siblings, and was a loving daughter. Vernor’s Gingerale was a big company in Detroit at that time, and she literally walked into a representative from there, as they both approached the revolving doors at the same time at Hudson’s.

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




It’s so much fun to talk about Christmas in July. I hope my readers check out your books. Thank you, Diane, for this wonderful interview.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Christina Lorenzen


Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. She is busy working on a modern take on her favorite fairy tale, Rapunzel for a summer release. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

What is Christmas in July? The term Christmas in July describes Christmas celebrations that are held in the month of July for the southern hemisphere. Seasons down south are in reverse from the northern hemisphere. For those down south, summer is in December. Even though they still celebrate Christmas on December 25, someone decided it would be fun to celebrate Christmas in July specifically for the southern hemisphere.

What would it be like to be transported through time two generations and meet your grandmother as a young woman? I know I would absorb everything I saw and heard and put it to memory. It would be fun to get to know my grandmother in her youth. This is exactly what happened to Carrie in this story. Through a snow globe, she was able to be transported through time and meet her grandmother. But that wasn’t all. She also met the grandfather of the young man she grew up with, who was also her neighbor.” –Book Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to my blog, Christina. Please tell us about your Christmas novella, Snow Globe Reunion.

Stranded by a snowstorm, Carrie Sanders is left holding a bag an old woman she had been talking to left behind in the airport coffee shop. Mystified by the woman’s disappearance, she sits on the bench staring at the snow globe that was in the bag.

Inside the glittery snowy world, it’s Christmas during the 1940s. Fighting sleep, the next thing she knows she’s in the arms of the soldier she last saw skating on the pond in the snow globe. He’s no stranger, but the boy next door who never forgot her.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Actually, my publisher was putting together a collection of novellas for Christmas and each story had to have a snow globe in it. And each story had to take the heroine back in time to a Christmas long ago. I had always wanted to write a Christmas story so without even thinking much I jumped on board.

What kind of research did you do?

Since my heroine gets transported back to December 1942, I did need to do some research war time in our country. I needed to find out as many details as I could like what women wore during that time, the food products they ate, the makes and models of cars on the road and the little things that I knew my readers would be expert at spotting.

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

I loved my hero, Jimmy Hall. He’s the all American soldier and a true gentleman. When Carrie was a young girl Jimmy had a crush on her that continued until the day she left home. He’s the typical boy next door that most girls dismiss in their quest for Mr. Right. At least that’s what Carrie thinks. It’s not until she ends up back in December 1940 that she finds out who truly is right for her.

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

I love to talk to readers! They can find me at several places online:


Thank you for this interview, Christina. I read your book and it was such a fun story of fantasy and romance.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Interview with Christian Cozy Mystery Author Deborah Malone

Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads, since 2001. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson as well as the “Christian Communicator,” and “The Southern Writers Magazine.” Deborah has two daughters, and lives in Georgia with her husband, Travis

Welcome to my blog, Deborah. Please tell us about the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series.

Thank you for having me Linda. Trixie is a journalist for a magazine in Georgia called “Georgia by the Way.” It just so happens that I, too, write for a magazine: “Georgia Backroads.” I guess you could say that Trixie is a lot like me. She gets to travel because of her job, and she usually takes her best friend Dee Dee along with her. They seem to be magnets for murders and have become quite good at solving them.

The settings in my books are real and if you’re familiar with the area you would recognize the buildings, restaurants, roads, etc. This makes it fun for people who have visited these areas or plan to visit them.

Death in Dahlonega is the first book in this series. What is it about?

Trixie is near her sixth month probation period on her job as a magazine journalist. Her boss, Harv, has given her an assignment to cover the Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia, a mining town in the north Georgia mountains. She takes her friend, Dee Dee, with her. While they are visiting the Gold Museum, Dee Dee has to go to the bathroom when she happens upon a dead body. Let’s just say it doesn’t go well for Dee Dee since she and the victim had an argument earlier in the day. Trixie and Dee Dee get involved to help solve the murder.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

While writing for “Georgia Backroads,” I wrote several historical articles, and while researching fell in love with this unique little town. I knew when I started writing my novel I wanted to set it in Dahlonega. I wanted to use the real setting, because it is such a quaint and unique area, and a well-known tourist spot in Georgia.

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

Trixie is the main character and I feel close to her because part of myself went into her. And Trixie isn’t perfect. She’s been through a divorce (her husband wanted to move on to greener pastures), she is at a point in her life that her faith has wavered, and she has a bum knee from when she fell off a horse when she was younger. She uses a cane for long walks. In other words, she is real! Through the series, you will see Trixie grow and regain her faith with the help of her good friend Dee Dee.

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

My website is www.deborah-malone.com.

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Deborah. I appreciate it and hope that my readers will check out your books.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Maria Hoagland


When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found combing used furniture stores, remodeling houses with her husband, or sitting on the sideline of a son's soccer game. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. While she appreciates the home office she shares with her husband, Maria's favorite writing places are outdoors where there is sunlight and no internet. Maria Hoagland has several published works including two Whitney Award finalists, The {Re}Model Marriage and Still Time. Other works include Kayaks & Kisses, Home for the Holidays, Nourish & Strengthen, and Family Size.

Welcome to my blog, Maria. Please tell us about your novella, Beauty and the Billionaire Beast.

Thank you so much for hosting this interview, Linda. It’s always great to visit your blog!

Beauty and the Billionaire Beast is part of the Destination Billionaire Romance series, sweet romance novellas set in a fun place with at least one billionaire as a main character. Each Destination Billionaire book is written by a different author and a new one is released every month. There are some fabulous ones out there, so check them out as well, but this is my first.

Beauty and the Billionaire Beast is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but there’s a little more than you might expect. There’s a family mystery that draws the two main characters together, but a family feud keeping them apart. Some of my favorite parts, besides the sweet romance which always makes me happy, are the hints of magic and the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast details which were so fun for me to weave into the story!

Did you get your inspiration from the Beauty and the Beast fairytale or was it more personal?

When I first starting writing this story, Beauty and the Beast wasn’t even on my mind. I was enchanted by my setting, a beautiful, mysterious antebellum plantation in Louisiana—magical gardens, a run-down, imposing mansion, and it seemed to fit. Add to that what some of the community might think about my main character, and I realized that it would work great as one of my favorite fairy tales, Beauty & the Beast. To add the Beauty and the Beast flavor, I made sure I was familiar with the original version, written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, as well as rewatching the animated Disney version. I wasn’t able to watch the new live-action film until just after I sent it to my editor for the first pass; I did, however, choose to name my character Emma because of Emma Watson’s portrayal of Belle.

Did you have to do any research for this story?

One of the things I love best about writing is doing research. Some of the most important research for this story happened before I wrote it. My family and I took a trip to New Orleans, and when we visited a plantation, I took copious notes and photos that helped me ground my story. During the writing phase, I researched to find the perfect prop, checked out plantation graveyards, and hoodoo traditions.

I agree with you about research. It’s one of the things I love about writing a story. I learn so much. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I had so much fun writing Emma’s character. She is a landscape architect, something I know little about, so it was fun searching out some of the best gardens in the world. Now I have a whole bucket list of places I want to visit. My favorite part, though, was writing her spunk and imagining what the “Belle and Beast dancing scene” might be for this character. That was the best!

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

I love connecting with readers, and you can find me multiple places. The best place to learn about my books is my website at MariaHoagland.com and on Amazon. I also have a Facebook page, Maria Hoagland, Author and a home renovation blog RomanceRenovations.blogspot.com.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Linda, and I look forward to hearing from your readers!

Thank you for this interview, Maria. I appreciate your time on my blog. I hope my followers will check out your book.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Dean White

Diane is the author of Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Texting Mr. Right, This Side of Heaven, Lilacs in May and Journey of Redemption. A former newspaper reporter and weekly magazine columnist, Diane has written over three-hundred short stories which have been published worldwide. She lives with her husband of 45 years, they are the parents of three grown children and three granddaughters.

Welcome to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about Lilacs in May.

Thank you for having me Linda. It’s always fun to share on your blog. LILACS in MAY takes place in the rural area of Saginaw, Michigan. A graduating senior and her younger sister take on responsibilities due to an unforeseen situation. Their older brother returns from his ship in the US Navy, and introduces Heather to a college friend who helps them carry on after the tragedy they go through.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I wanted to do some more stories that take place in Michigan, and honestly as a fly-by-the-seat writer…it truly led me!

What kind of research did you do?

A little about legal laws for Michigan and some fun song lyrics. This takes place in 1971, so I had to remember to dial O for operator, there was no 911, the kind of perfume that was popular then, and those fun hair dryers aren’t blow dryers!

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?
I enjoyed Heather and her personality and how she knew what her kid sister was up to but also how she encouraged her to do the best with the talents the Lord gave her. Her faith was strong and there were many hard decisions to make.

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

My website and author blog are at www.dianedeanwhite.com. The books are all there and links to where they can be obtained.


Thank you so much for this interview, Diane. I hope my followers will check out this book. I love your book cover.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Interview with Romantic Cozy Mystery Author Miss Mae

Miss Mae is all about G-rated romantic mysteries. “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred”, and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning stories. Her latest, “Catch Me If You Can”, and the SF novella “Through a Glass Darkly” have already received top rated five-star reviews.

On the flip side, Miss Mae is also about humor, creating that Pukelitzer Award winning official unofficial reporter, I.B. Nosey. You can find more about Nosey and the gang of ‘Mischaps of Gum Drop Island’ in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ series of books: Ahoy, Gum Drop!, Ahoy, Out There!, and the newest ‘Ahoy, Mummy Mia!’ Fun for the kids and the kids-at-heart. Nosey is located at http://feelingnoseyblogspot.com

Welcome to my blog, Miss Mae. “Catch Me If You Can” has won the platinum for the 2017 Hermes Creative Awards. Congratulations! Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My inspiration for this story came about because of my love of mysteries. (I’m a great Sherlock Holmes fan). I also love the intrigue of mastering puzzles, and I love escape games. In a sort of way, I combined all of that in this book. I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie as well (who hasn’t watched her movies on TV?), so for my ensemble of characters, I followed Christie’s lead…have the people trapped together. That’s where my idea of a hurricane came in.

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

I love all the characters, of course. Each has their own unique personality. And I must say that the actors in the audio book were astounding at how they captured the characters’ quirks and feelings. J.W. Terry, who “plays” the obnoxious Bob took my breath away with how real he portrayed him; Stephen Mendel’s deep tones who plays Victor, the hero, made my heart go pitter-patter; Robin Riker who plays Lois, the heroine, sent shivers down my spine at how she knew exactly when to be soft and the next instant to be hard as nails (depending on the scene); Toni Attell, as Jenna the resort owner --ooh, she had “catty” to an art, and Dave Mallow as Andy was Nasty with a capital N.

Please tell us about this book.

Thank you, Linda, for having me at your blog. I’m thrilled to chat up about the audio version of my latest romantic mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”. Roger Rittner Productions of Los Angeles is the ‘man behind the curtain’ (as he describes himself) for this full-cast production. If I may, I’d like to use the press release that Roger wrote so that your readers have a better understanding of what went into this book:

You Can Now Hear the Award-Winning "Catch Me If You Can"

The howling wind of a hurricane. The creak of footsteps on the stairs. The wailing of a dog in the dark of night. "Catch Me If You Can", the thrilling romantic mystery by award-winning author Miss Mae, is now available in an enhanced audiobook at PulpRadio.net.

"Catch Me If You Can" has received five-star reader ratings at Amazon.com, and the brand new audio version enhances the story with extensive sound effects, background accents, and a complete music score. The story is performed by five of Hollywood's best voice artists, and is produced by Roger Rittner Productions of Los Angeles.

In this riveting story, Lois Steinberg is washed ashore on a South Carolina island during a category four hurricane. She seeks shelter inside an old plantation house that was scheduled to host a video game convention to announce the newest mystery game, "Catch Me If You Can". But almost immediately, the cook is found murdered. Then the prize to be awarded at the convention, a CD of the game, goes missing. The quest to discover the answers becomes a maze more complicated than any "Catch Me" game could ever be devised, as Lois races to save her life ... and keep hidden her mysterious secret.

The new audiobook is available in a deluxe 6-CD set in library case, or as an instant MP3 download at PulpRadio.net.

Reviewers say:
"Love the pacing of the story. Catch Me If You Can has intriguing characters and more and more surprises in each chapter." Geeta M. Kakade.

"The emotion in the voices and the sound effects are great." Larry Hammersley.

"The sound effects ... absolutely make the story come alive, transporting the reader right in the midst of the story." C. Rogers.

About the Author:
Miss Mae is an award winning best selling author. "Said the Spider to the Fly" has received consistent five-star reviews and has won the renowned title of Best Book of the Week from The Long and the Short of It Reviews and The Romance Studio. With her writing style compared to Agatha Christie's after the release of her gothic thriller, "See No Evil, My Pretty Lady", she's gone on to pen "It's Elementary, My Dear Winifred" which was featured in the Top Ten Read at Myshelf.com in 2009.

About the Producer:
Roger Rittner is a producer of audiobooks, audio drama, and audio marketing and training. He created the cult radio adventure "The Adventures of Doc Savage", and "Bulldog Drummond - The Audio Adventure", which won the AVA Platinum Award for Audio and the Hermes Creative Award for audio drama. He created and produced The Variety Arts Radio Theatre live stage show, and co-created and directed "Charlie Sent Me!", the original musical comedy for radio, heard on National Public Radio.

About the Talent:
"Catch Me If You Can” is narrated by and stars Stephen Mendel, whose voice credits include radio and TV commercials, video games, and audiobooks. Robin Riker has starred in TV series for ABC, CBS, FOX, and Showtime, and films including the cult favorite film "Alligator". She is currently a regular on "General Hospital". J.W. Terry is an Emmy-winning TV actor whose voice credits include video games, anime, audiobooks, and cartoons. Toni Attell is an Emmy-nominated film and TV actress, as well as a respected acting coach and motivational speaker. Dave Mallow has been heard in commercials, film, radio plays, audiobooks, and numerous video games and cartoons.

Please tell my readers how they can get a discount on this audiobook from the producer and any pertinent information they should know.

I’ll provide the code in the comment section. EVERYONE who visits, for the entire MONTH, can use this code for the 40% discount on the instant download price. That way anyone, and everyone, who wants to “win”, can. (and I don’t have to choose just “one” person!) LOL

The wonderful thing about ordering straight from Roger’s site is that you don’t have to join anything, or become a member of, or sign up for anything (as opposed to Audible). You come over, put in the code, grab the download, and listen. That’s it! 

Thanks so much for having me, Linda, and it’s wonderful to meet your readers. I hope they’ll tell their friends about this audio book!

Thank you for this interview, Miss Mae. I hope my followers will check the book and audiobook out. You can visit her website at www.themissmaesite.com/p/welcome-readers.html.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Interview with Humorous Romance Author Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer/author. She’s a mom by day, freelance writer by naptime, and asleep by 9pm. She works in her novel writing on occasion as well. Brooke has two young daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie, and has been married to her husband Sean since 2002.

Welcome to my blog, Brooke. Please tell us about your novel: Wrong Place, Right Time.

You’ll often see in the movies or on TV shows someone interrupting a wedding. They step in at the last second and “object” to the marriage for some reason or another. They usually end up running away with the bride or groom, right? Well, what would happen if someone wanted to interrupt a wedding for loving reasons, but they went to the wrong location and interrupted the wrong wedding? That’s the idea behind this book. Kate, the main character, needs to tell her friend Brian she’s in love with him before he marries. But she doesn’t find him…she finds another couple!

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I went to a writer’s conference when I was 7 months pregnant with my youngest. I had given up writing for a long time, but had finally fallen back into it. I met an agent there who encouraged me to write romance and give it a try. She said there’s a huge romance audience out there and it was a good place for any author to start. Through brainstorming at the conference, I came up with the idea for this book, which turned out to be more of a romantic comedy.

What kind of research did you do?

The book is based in Las Vegas and San Francisco, both of which I have visited in the past. The main character is a TV traffic reporter, a job I did once for 5 months. And one of the male leads is a news anchor, something I’m familiar with from my time in traffic reporting. Otherwise, I make things up as I go along.

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

I really enjoyed Brian, one of the side characters. He’s quite a catch, but has rough luck with love himself. He’s the type of guy who would do anything for anyone and that’s endearing. He makes everyone feel like they’re something special. He actually returns in another one of my books in his news anchor role (Dandelions on the Road). I wasn’t done with him after this book!

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

@AuthorBrookeW

Please reach out any time! And watch for my next release in September, it’s a big one! It’s called “The Leftover” and it’s ideal for Survivor and romantic comedy fans alike! That’s all I’ll say for now…

Thank you so much for this interview, Brooke. I hope my followers check out your romance.