Monday, September 26, 2016

Interview with Suspense/Inspirational Author Gail Pallotta


Book Giveaway Sept 26 – Oct 3: You have a chance to win a book of novellas, Breaking Barriers. To enter the contest, make a comment about the interview.
Ebook: international.

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.

Welcome back to my blog, Gail. This book is number eight in Prism Book Group’s Love Is...series. Please tell us about this series.

It’s taken from I Corinthians 13: 4 - 8. Each author has written a novella about one of the phrases in the passage. Book number one, based on “Love is patient,” is Hounded, by Anita Klumpers. Each book is released as a single e-book and will be paired, or already has been grouped with another e-book, for print copies. My book, Breaking Barriers, will be in print with Julie Cosgrove’s Navy Blues, book number seven based on “Love Is Not Self-seeking.”

Your story in this series is Romantic Suspense. Tell us about your novella, Breaking Barriers, which is based on Love Is Not Easily Angered.

In this action-packed thriller gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

When I learned that Prism Book Group wanted to publish a series taken from I Corinthians 13: 4 - 8, I wanted to be part of it, but wondered if I could write something worthy of the Scripture. How could I even choose? I kept reading the verses until finally “Love isn’t easily angered” caught my eye. Years before I had written a book about Christians worshipping underground because those angry at Christianity tried to destroy churches and their congregations.

I wanted to also add a personal story too. I decided to contrast a consistently loving character to one who claimed to love, but demonstrated anger in his actions and words. I gave the victim of this anger a strong faith. Christianity is her fortress. It means so much to her she’s willing to defend it against the unsavory people attempting to destroy it. The book had been in my desk and my heart for a long time, and now when it appears we need to wrap ourselves around all the kindness we can find, it seemed right to bring it to life.

Tell me about the main character and what you love about him or her?

The main character, Ann Jones, has survived physical and verbal abuse by her father and her beloved mother’s death. By clinging to the faith her mother taught her as a child, she’s finished college and manages Beach Lady, a boutique in White Sands, Florida. She’s depended on God to fill the voids and needs of her life for as long as she can remember. When she loses her church home to a terrorist massacre and learns other churches are receiving threats, she’s determined to keep Christianity alive.

I love her devotion to her faith, her perseverance and bravery. 

Where can my readers find you online?

Twitter, Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords

Thank you so much, Gail, for this interview. I read this book and have posted a review below. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Breaking Barriers begins with a church that is being attacked by an anti-Christian terrorist group. This story is a suspenseful romance. When Ann Jones organizes an underground group of Christians, then the terrorist leader finds out and hires someone to get rid of her. The underground group is called True Light Guardians and they discuss ways of protecting themselves and still worship God. Since the anti-Christian terrorists are attacking all the Christian churches and killing anyone who carries a bible or cross, Ann is trying to help those who are afraid for their lives and the lives of their family. With the help of James, a caring and romantic guy, they both try to protect the Christian world from attack.” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, September 19, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Candee Fick


Book Giveaway Sept 19 - 26: An Inspirational Romance, Dance Over Me. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Book: U.S. only. Ebook: International.

Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book


Welcome back to my blog, Candee. Please tell us about Dance Over Me.

Dance Over Me is the story of a fledgling actress (Dani) searching for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, except that a jealous cast member threatens to drop the curtain on her dreams. It’s also the story of a young man (Alex) living his dream as a musician. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of a bigger stage could steal her away. In addition to the romance, it’s also an adoption reunion story set at the fictional Wardrobe Dinner Theater where readers will find their toes tapping to the sound of Big Band trumpet and rousing tap dance numbers. Just try to avoid the backstage diva drama.

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

The initial story nugget came in a dream years ago but changed a lot as I dug deeper into the characters and created believable situations for Dani’s story. Actually, now that I’ve drifted back down memory lane, my initial idea fits better into the current book I’m writing (book three of The Wardrobe series) so I suppose my subconscious has been playing with that dream for a long time! I chose to set it at a dinner theater because they bring the Broadway musical experience closer to home and make a perfect date night. The title for the book actually comes from a song by Phillips Craig and Dean (“Amazed”) about God dancing over us while we are unaware. It’s perfect for this story because of the dancing piece but also the reminder that God is working behind the scenes in our lives.

I am a fan of musicals, ever since I was a kid. I have the DVDs of the Roger and Hammerstein musicals and many others, too. Since this story is about dancing and Broadway musicals, what kind of research did you do?

Since I adore musicals and love going to dinner theaters, I could draw on a lot of my personal experiences and memories. However, I still bought tickets to see the two plays performed in the book—42nd Street and White Christmas. I also contacted the three closest dinner theaters with a list of questions. One responded with the phone number of an actress who answered those questions and many more over the course of an hour. When she revealed that her company supplied shared apartments for the cast, my mind buzzed with plot possibilities for more conflict outside the theater doors. As far as dancing or acting goes, I’ve dabbled a little during church Passion plays and an Israeli folk dance group but had to research the names of specific tap dance steps in order to bring that authenticity.

Do you consider your female character to be feisty or meek yet spirited?

Dani’s a fighter inside, but after spending years growing up in foster care, she’s learned the hard way that sometimes it is better to get along at all costs. She tries really hard not to step on anyone’s toes and would prefer to avoid the spotlight of attention. Part of her motivation is living out her faith with humility and kindness, but a bigger part is fear of having a target placed on her back and losing what security she has gained. Of course, through the challenges she faces, she’ll gain the confidence to take a stand when necessary.

Where can my readers find you online?

My online home base is my website/blog at www.CandeeFick.com where readers can find out about my other books and get a peek at the first chapters of my novels when they sign up for email updates. I’m also active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CandeeFick) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Author.Candee.Fick).

Thank you so much for this interview, Candee. I hop my readers will check out this new book.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Interview with Children’s Author John Briggs

John Briggs is a former nationally syndicated children’s TV critic who now writes books for children. He is the author of the picture book Leaping Lemmings, as well as several middle-grade biographies, including Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent and Mary Dyer, Friend of Freedom. A Pennsylvania native, John enjoys baseball, tea, and spending time with his children, ranging in age from thirteen years to nine months. He currently lives in New York’s Capital District, where, unlike his lemming characters, he has never, ever jumped off a cliff.

Welcome to my blog, John. Please tell us about your children’s book, Leaping Lemmings.

Thanks for having me. Leaping Lemmings is a fun story about a lemming who won’t jump off cliffs with his friends, even though they want him to. He thinks they’re nuts, and spends most of the book trying to stop them. The story teaches children to think for themselves and not give in to peer pressure, particularly if their friends want them to do something dangerous. Leaping Lemmings shows them, in a fun way, that they don’t have to be lemmings. They really should look before they leap.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I was looking for an animal you don’t see much in picture books, and while on a long, four-hour drive, I thought of lemmings. Maybe it was all those cars on the highway, in a straight line, heading in the same direction, but that furry little animal really caught my attention. When I realized that lemmings are best known for jumping off cliffs (even though they don’t), I thought about how much pressure it would take to get me to do something like that. From there, it was a short leap (yes, pun intended) to writing a book about the peer pressure children face. By the time my drive was over, I had an outline for the story and a character I just loved – an independent lemming who could think for himself.

This book is meant for ages 3 – 8 and parents can read it to their children. Are the words easy enough to be read by young people, as well?

Three- and four-year-olds will most likely need help, but the older readers should have no problem. Fortunately, for the youngest readers, there are several sight words in the refrain (“If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” “No!”) that will keep them engaged and joining in the story, and picking up a few short words along the way. I know with my own kids, I loved reading to them when they were very young, and then having them read the same book back to me when they got older. It’s wonderful to see that progress.

What other picture books have you written?

Leaping Lemmings is my first picture book, though hopefully not my last! I just love the art form. That interplay between the text and illustrations that lets you tell a complete story in so few words is exhilarating. I have written several books for older readers, though, including the first children’s books about legendary actress Judy Garland and civil rights hero Mary Dyer. I guess I’m just attracted to strong, independent characters (whether human or lemming!).

Haha! That’s wonderful! Where can my readers find you or your books online?


Thank you so much for this interview. I hope my followers will check this book out.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Searching For True Happiness In Your Life


Everyone is seeking for true happiness in their lives. It’s the most sought-after subject on earth. To be truly happy is a great mystery to many, as they search for joy in everyday life. In the book, Searching For True Happiness, you will learn specific things that will bring you true happiness.

If more people took the advice from this book and used it to its fullest, the world would be a different place. Some of the ideas are rather simple but the overall message is profound. Happiness isn't sitting where you'd think. But it's easy enough to find with a little work and a few extra steps. I hope many, not only read this book, but also take it to heart.” –Author Brooke Williams

In this book, you will be assigned a few tasks to do. They are simple things, but yet very important for true happiness. Joy in one’s life doesn’t come without working on a few things to enrich your life. Inishowen Cailín said that it was “a lovely little book that I am sure to read many times.” The reason for reading it more than once is to help remind you of the things that will make you happy.

Inishowen Cailín wrote: “At the beginning of the book the author gives us a few tasks to complete in order to kick start our journey to personal happiness. One of her assignments is to greet someone each day. I live in a town where it is a normal everyday practice to greet every single person you meet, whether you know them or not....so this was an easy one for me. Her other tasks are also simple, fun and rewarding to complete- show love to others, gives hugs etc. I really enjoyed reading all the stories the author researched for her book as well as all the stories from her own family. I think when I reread this book I will be inspired by something different each time. It is a simple guide to put you on the right path to feeling happy and optimistic. A worthwhile read.”

In the first chapter of Searching For True Happiness, it says:

Do we believe that happiness will finally be ours if we find our true love or have a baby or find a new job? When we’re feeling discontent, we tend to think a change in our lives is the answer to our restlessness. After making that change, we find that it was not the answer we hoped for after all. The fact is, I never find the joy I’m seeking if I’m looking for it. There’s much more to finding happiness than we think. In this book, I will discuss how this can be accomplished. I would like to list a few things to consider that have to do with happiness.

About the Author
I have traveled throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. I am the author of several historical romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All my books are family friendly. Visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Interview with Author Melissa Martz


I have been a Nanny since 1997, and absolutely love my job. I have also written freelance articles for more than 30 publications, both print and online, but now have switched to writing books. Inclusive Playgrounds: Play for Every Child is my first book I published. I am currently writing a book about finding and hiring childcare, with the intended release date of Fall 2016.

 “This book will help playing side-by-side at the playground to occur and will also help with anti-bullying, and cultivate friendships, understanding and tolerance among all students.” –Melissa Martz

Welcome to my blog, Melissa. Please tell us about Play for Every Child.

Inclusive Playground: Play for Every Child tells the story of one family's quest of implementing a fully inclusive playground in their neighbourhood so their daughter who has special needs could play alongside her friends, and not watch them from the sidelines. I also give a glimpse to several other inclusive playgrounds throughout Ontario. This book gives you the framework of how one would go about bringing an inclusive playground to their community. Even though this book features playgrounds in Ontario, Canada, they are universally designed.

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I read an article in our local newspaper about the Meissner family, and their plight to bring a fully inclusive playground to their town of Elmira, Ontario. This twinged my interest in what an inclusive playground was. I emailed Kelly (Kate's Mom)  to see what I could do to help. I wrote an article for a Canadian magazine called “Abilities” about inclusive playgrounds, and then a second article for a local magazine here in Kitchener called “Grand” Living Well in Waterloo Region. But still I felt I needed to do more, as in 2025 all public playgrounds in Ontario are suppose to be fully inclusive, and I found no resources available on the topic...with Canadian content; thus the birth of the book came. Inclusive Playgrounds: Play for Every Child was released on September 18, 2015

What kind of research did you do?

I researched with ABC Recreation Ltd (the Canadian version of Landscape Structures Ltd). Nancy Lochner of ABC Recreation Ltd was phenomenal! I went online and began searching for other inclusive playgrounds in Ontario.

Teachers are using it as a resource to help teach the concept of inclusion and disabilities to their students. The book has several photos, so kids will enjoy looking at the photos to determine what playground features they like best.

Where can my readers find you online?


My website has several of my freelance articles at: www.melissamartz.com

I am on Facebook. I am on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @write_nanny and I am on Instagram: melissa.martz

Thank you so much for this interview, Melissa. I hope you will be able to educate the public about this important matter. All children need to be included at playgrounds.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s been a best-selling author on All Romance eBooks. She’s published five books, poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

Welcome back to my blog, Gail. Please tell us about your new book, Barely Above Water.

An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team and is determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Ten years ago I grew very ill. After a month of tests, the doctor told me they couldn’t diagnose my malady, so they couldn’t treat me. The last name of a chiropractor a friend of mine had seen ten years earlier kept popping in my head. I ignored it because I needed medical help, not an adjustment, but the name persisted until finally I called my friend and asked about him. He turned out to be David Lee, D.C., Ph.D., C.Ad., now an alternative doctor as well as a chiropractor. I scheduled an appointment, and he started treating me immediately for a toxic substance. Later, a scan at Dr. Lee’s office showed the bacteria for Chronic Lyme disease. Since then I’ve met and heard of many people suffering from Chronic Lyme disease, or an illness that can’t be diagnosed. Their stories touched my heart and inspired me to write Barely Above Water, which gives information about symptoms and treatments for the disease. I wanted the book to be fun as well as informative, so I included a romance and a cute group of youngsters on a summer league swim team.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Even though I personally have had the alternative treatments mentioned in the book, I read pamphlets and online information about them. Also, I’ve had them explained to me by Dr. Lee and assistants in his office.

Do you consider your female character to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?

In Barely Above Water Suzie’s so determined to get better she leaves every trace of life as she has known it behind and moves to Destin, Florida, to receive the treatments she needs. Only because she’s strong in her faith can she take the drastic step, cope with the disease and coach the youngsters.

Where can my readers find you online?

I love to hear from readers. My web site is http://www.gailpallotta.com
Twitter - Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords (https://mobile.twitter.com/Hopefulwords)

Thank you, Gail, for this wonderful interview. I read your book and was so impressed with what I learned. Here is my review.

Suzie's relationship with Matt is adorable. Not only did I enjoy a sweet love story, but I learned about a mysterious illness that I had never heard of before. All the symptoms of the young woman made me want to read on to find out what she had. What could this illness be? I also found out how hard young children have to work to be in a swim meet. This was something new to me. The children are adorable as they interact with both Suzie and Matt. I loved the story and it was very well written!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, August 15, 2016

Interview with Regency Romance Author Donna Hatch

Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series," is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart. A music lover, she sings and plays the harp. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Welcome back to my blog, Donna. Where did you get your inspiration for The Rogue Hearts Series?

My intention was never to write a series. My idea for the first book, The Stranger She Married came, oddly enough, in part from Phantom of the Opera but with the idea that maybe the man with the mask was not a monster, but rather a kind and honorable man, and that maybe he had more substance than the handsome young man vying for her attention. Of course, my story has a few twists. The idea for writing book 2 came from a random sentence I typed without any forethought that he had a brother who was a pirate. And so book 2 was born. Then my editor suggested I should write a book about each of the four brothers. So I did. Two more books, about the sisters in this family, are not yet completed.

Please give us a short description of book one: The Stranger She Married.

Desperate to save her family from debtor’s prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. Her choices? A scarred cripple with the heart of a poet or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

I read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it. It’s full of mystery. Now tell us about book two: The Guise of a Gentleman.

So glad to hear you loved it! The Guise of a Gentleman is about a young widow whose proper English world is shattered when a charming rogue re-awakens her yearning for adventure. The stranger’s irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a terrible secret that will test both her love and her courage. I promise it is NOT your typical pirate romance. Where The Stranger She Married has more mystery, this one has more adventure.

"The Guise of a Gentleman was very well done. The hero of the story acted rough and tough, just like a pirate would. Jared even looked at Elise, who is the main character, as a pirate would, which was not very gentlemanly. He was the perfect swashbuckling hero. It was fun to read a “clean” romance with a lot of intrigue and adventure. I was so impressed with was all the research this author must have done. She knew all the technical names of a ship, how they did their coordinates to know where to sail, and the ways of a pirate ship, such as having “articles” that they stood by. Great research! I learned a lot." –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
A Perfect Secret is the third book. Please tell us about it.

Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian to marry the blackmailer threatening her father, but flees her husband’s violence. Though fate brings her back to Christian, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves. This book is more suspenseful than the others.

"A Perfect Secret had a very sad beginning but soon changed into one of suspense and forgotten love. This is the first time I’ve read a regency romance that began with sorrow, but I soon realized that the couple would be able to overcome their trials of the past. I absolutely loved Christian’s personality. He was humble, noble, and courageous. The secret that I loved about the relationship of this couple was the respect Christian had for Genevieve even when he was hurting. I just knew that his love would win out." –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
The fourth book is called The Suspect's Daughter. What is this one about?

This is the book my fans have been demanding since the very first book. It’s about the cynical brother of the family, Grant, and the woman who is his match, Jocelyn. She is determined to clear her father’s name in a murder plot. Jocelyn aids an intriguing wounded war hero, Grant, to find the conspirators. England’s future hangs in the balance…and so does their love.

Each book is written to be a stand-alone novel, so reading the previous books in the series is not required to understand what is happening in subsequent books.

Thank you for this awesome interview, Donna. I have read your books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Below is my review for The Stranger She Married, which is my favorite book out of the series.
  
"The Stranger She Married was not only a clean romance, but was filled with action and suspense as well. What would it be like to marry a man you didn’t love but had no other choice? The most memorable moment in this story was when the heroine realized she was finally falling in love with her husband and told him so. I was waiting for that moment because I saw him as a caring and loving man. I wanted her to see that, also. The only time I was concerned was when the heroine had feelings for her husband’s cousin... that is, until I began figuring things out." –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, August 8, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Christina Lorenzen

A former journalist, Christina Lorenzen writes and reads sweet and inspirational romance. A Wife for Humphrey is the sequel to her first book, A Husband for Danna. She is at work on a Christmas novella, Snow Globe Reunion, for Lovely Christian Romance Press. She is the proud mother of two homeschooled children, now both successful young adults. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, 3 cats and 1 lone dog.

Welcome to my blog, Christina. Please tell us about your novel, A Wife for Humphrey.

Runaway bride Danna and her handsome new husband are happily setting up a new home and business in the small town of Harmony, where only months before they’d been stranded strangers together. While unpacking boxes Danna finds the gift from Minnie she’d never remembered to open. After finding the delicate silver locket with a young soldier’s picture in it, hopeless romantic Danna has to find out who he is.

Once she finds out that the soldier was the only man Minnie had ever loved and lost, she’s determined to find out if Humphrey Lewis still loves Minnie. Is there a chance for Minnie to have her happily ever after? It couldn’t hurt to check, could it? Though she should be working side by side with her sweet new husband in their soon to be opening antique shop, Danna becomes more and more invested in this decades old love story. And when she finally tracks down Humphrey, nothing, not even his disapproving grandson or a minor fall, will stop her from reuniting these two sweet people who never stopped loving one another.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This story is the sequel to the first book, A Husband for Danna. At first I wasn’t going to write a sequel. But several readers emailed and messaged me asking ‘what happened to Eric and Danna?’ and several asked if they would be in my next book. In the first book, Minnie gives Danna a small box when she and Eric are departing the town the two were stranded in for a weekend. That little box was the ‘what if?’ for this sequel. I wanted readers to find out what was in the box and join Danna on a little quest once she opens the box. In the first book, Danna is on the run from a groom that her father has found for her. In this second book, Danna gets to play matchmaker. Now that she has her ‘happily ever after’ she’s determined that Minnie gets hers too. And she won’t let anything get in her way.

What kind of research did you do?

This story needed very little research other than some facts about young men going off to war and family life during the 1940s. The setting, Harmony, is a fictional town in upstate New York. Mainly I drew on my experiences in small town living and created a town based on the small town neighboring my own.

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

I love both the heroine, Danna, and the hero, Eric. I love that Danna is torn between honoring her culture and family and becoming her own person. I love that Eric, too, believes in family but has always wanted to be his own man  and does so by refusing his mother’s plea to come back to the family business.

Where can my readers find you online?

Since the debut of my first book, I have several places online that readers can connect with me. I have an author Facebook page under Christina Lorenzen author https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaLorenzenAuthor/?ref=settings. I can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChrisFoxLorenz and at my website http://christinalorenzen.com.

Readers who are interested in keeping up on my upcoming releases and goings on can subscribe to my newsletter at http://christinalorenzen.com/connect-with-christina/. All subscribers are entered automatically each month to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

Thank you so much for this interview, Christina. I hope my readers will check this book out. It sounds intriguing.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Interview with Christian Romance Author Renee Blare

Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, well, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she continues to serve her community as a pharmacist while penning her Christian stories any chance she can get. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Welcome to my blog, Renee. Please tell us about your novel, Through Raging Waters.

This book is what I like to call my roller coaster novel. Hang on because you are going for a ride!

Timber Springs is hit with a series of storms including one massive thunderstorm during spring run-off and water is everywhere. And in Wyoming, we like to say water only runs one way…downhill. It’s exciting, fast-paced and full of intrigue.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My home…Wyoming. For those who may not know, Wyoming is as much a character in my novels as the people. This land is as temperamental and moody as an old woman. Whatever you do, don’t turn your back on it and don’t take it for granted.

That’s hilarious. I’ve never heard that before. What kind of research did you do?

Much of what you’ll read in Raging Waters is written from personal experience but I need to research a few things. Such things as how helicopters are used in logging and rescue operations, climbing techniques (I’m not a climber but my brother is), and the various routes and terrain in and around the Snowies including Vedauwoo. After all, I lived in that area quite a few years ago.

Do you consider your female character to be feisty or meek yet spirited?

Melissa Hampton is quite feisty for a small town girl. She may never venture very far from the boundaries of Timber Springs but that doesn’t mean she’s not a force to be reckoned with…especially when her loved ones are threatened.

Where can my readers find you online?


Thank you so much for this interview, Renee. I hope my readers will check out your book.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Interview with Contemporary Romance Author Linda Baten Johnson


Linda Baten Johnson has spent many hours packing and unpacking as she and her husband George have lived in 20 different places in the United States and enjoyed a stint in England. In between moves, Linda worked as a Realtor, a teacher, and logged many volunteer hours. One of her favorite volunteer assignments was at a lighthouse in a National Park where they were housed in the assistant keeper’s cottage.

Growing up in White Deer, a small town in the panhandle of Texas, Linda won blue ribbons for her storytelling ability. She still loves telling stories, reading stories, and sharing stories.

We’re celebrating Christmas in July this week. Welcome to my blog, Linda. Please tell us about your Christmas novel, Cocoa and Christmas Crackers.

Joy Young, an attractive, young waitress at the Cozy Cocoa Shoppe, intends to graduate with top academic honors and without a penny of debt. She believes that working hard and doing the right things will bring the rewards she desires. Her philosophy works until Dane Michaels threatens to take the coveted award she considers to be hers.
But Joy refuses to back off from this fight, even with Dane, her handsome rival. Can she win without sacrificing her principles? Or her heart?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

All three of our daughters were involved in academic rivalries for college scholarships, which gave them an opportunity to grow in many ways. As for the Christmas crackers, we were introduced to the tradition when we lived in England, and I thought it would be fun to incorporate the crackers into a novella.

What kind of research did you do?

I learned how to make Christmas crackers, so we’ll have a bowl of them for guests this holiday season.

Yum! Christmas crackers sounds delicious. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I like Joy Young because she is hard-working, loyal, and loving. Oops! That makes her sound like the ideal dog. She is not a dog—she’s a spunky, attractive heroine with a good sense of humor. However, she must resolve some past issues before she can move toward the future she craves.

Where can my readers find you online?


Thank you so much for this interview. Your book sounds wonderful. I hope my followers will check it out.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Interview with Adventure Author Andean White


It does not matter if it is peddling on a skinny seat, looking for a little white ball, or laying a fly on a riffle, Andean and Nancy enjoy the outdoors with their dog Sage.

Andean is a work-from-home writer. He retired nine years ago when diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, although it has not slowed him down much. He is writing his fourth book to be published this autumn. On weekends you might find him on his bike participating in a fundraiser.

“I am completely amazed at your story telling abilities…” Lynda Logan
“I really enjoyed this book!” --Cindy Paret, artist
“I finished reading your third book, and it is FANTASTIC!” Dale George, writer

Welcome back to my blog, Brad. After reading your bio, I have the greatest respect for you. Please tell us about your new book, Summer’s Swarm.

Summer’s Swarm is the story of a queen and prince frightened by dark visions foretelling the death of their unborn son. Prince Kendrick’s long lost, mystic uncle arrives predicting a bleak and devastating future with thousands of marauders attacking the castle. Several schemes are developed to protect the kingdom, but a bold plan becomes the central hope.

Summer’s Swarm is the third book of the “Seasons” quartet.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I had the same set of elements as many other quality medieval tales—dragon, mystic, over protective mother, gifted son, angel, archery, and so on. The challenge of creating a unique story is what inspired me. Early reviews have been very positive.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Research focused on angels and dragons—both topics were fun to study. I had thought that angels were basically God’s emissaries, but they have numerous jobs—attendants at God’s throne, spiritual soldier, messengers to mankind, and much more.

Tell me about the main character and what you love about him or her?

Kendrick is the son of the Captain of the Guard resulting in excellent weapon skills, but he prefers using his creativity to defeat a foe. He lives today, but thinks about how a decision impacts the future.

Where can my readers find you online?

Email:              Andean.White@gmail.com
Website:          www.AndeanWhite.com
Twitter:           @AndeanWhite
FaceBook:       www.facebook.com/AndeanWhite
Amazon:         Click here.

Thank you so much for this interview, Andean. I hope my readers will check out your book.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Interview with Science Fiction & Romance Author Larry Hammersley

Larry is 78, married to Sue for 53 years, has two children and six grandchildren. He has published one romance novel and two science fiction novels along with a number of short romance stories. He is active in the local church, enjoys amateur radio, jogging, astronomy and some woodworking. He has a BS degree in chemistry from Purdue University and an MS degree in chemistry from Indiana University.

Welcome back to my blog, Larry. Please tell us about your new science fiction book, The Silver Dart.

Thank you for having me again. The Silver Dart is a high tech spaceship built by Jade Cromwell’s genius wife, Darla. She willingly went with aliens two years prior to the beginning of the story. Living on Mars, Jade, Missy, their daughter, and Spike, their Australian Sheep Dog lose a fight against seven aliens who abduct Missy, also a genius. Jade and Spike take the Silver Dart and hunt for Missy and Darla. They must leave our Milky Way Galaxy and span the space to a distant galaxy. Along the way Jade and Spike encounter other aliens, some militant and some who help and need help themselves. They learn why the aliens took Darla and Missy.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My love for astronomy and the love for our dear deceased dog, Roscoe who is Spike in the story, have inspired this story. I admit the model from istockphoto.com sparked me to create a strong heroine. I had a hand in the cover by providing the blond and the dog.

This book has plenty of action. It’s different than your others. I know you as a romance writer. You’ve now stemmed off to science fiction. What intrigued you to try a new genre?

Actually, science fiction is not a new genre for me. It came along over forty years ago when I kept submitting short science fiction stories to magazines. I never gained acceptance from the SF magazines. It is an extremely difficult market to break into but I’m still trying. Most all my SF stories have clean romance and lots of action.

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

How about four characters? Jade is a tough but family oriented man, fights for his loved ones and gains loving attention of alien women. Darla and Missy are pure geniuses, skilled in fighting ability and risk their lives for family. Spike is a beloved dog who will do anything for family and fights to protect them no matter the odds.

Where can my readers find you online?

Email address is lhammersley@comcast.net

Thank you for a wonderful interview, Larry. I hope my readers check out your new book.