Sunday, May 1, 2016

Interview with Children’s Author Sherrill Cannon



Book Giveaway May 1 - 8: A Children’s Book, The Golden Rule To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Hard Copy: U.S. and Canada, Ebook: International.

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Sherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher and grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Author! Her multi-cultural books have received thirty-six 2011-15 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. She also fundraises for CureJM and imbullyfree.

The Golden Rule is a great reminder of how we should treat one another, for both children and adult alike. The storyline is cute, beginning with two children searching for a "golden ruler" that is said to be very valuable but then realize they misunderstood. Sherrill Cannon wrote: "It's a rule that you live by, to give and to share, A way to treat others to show that you care." This is a great reminder for the adult reading to a child and fun for children to listen to in rhyme.” –Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome back to my blog, Sherrill. Here is the synopsis of your new children’s book, The Golden Rule.

What if you treated others the way you’d like to be treated?  What if everyone did that?  What kind of world could there be?  Robert and Kait decide to look for a golden ruler that their Mom has told them about, only to find out that she had meant Rule instead of ruler.  What is this “Golden Rule”, and what does it mean?  Please join in the children’s quest to discover how to follow the golden rule and share it with others, and meet many of the classroom friends you have met in previous books!

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This is the subliminal message of all my books, so I thought I would write this book to be more specific and to try to suggest ways that children can try to follow the Golden Rule in a more kid-friendly way than “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  So I use “Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.”

All of your children’s books are done in rhyme. Will you please give us a few lines from your book to let my readers see what your style is like?

“Try to help others who have less than you,
And I think you will find that you’re happier too!
Help stop the bullies by forming a team
To protect smaller kids from the ones who are mean!
No matter the color of anyone’s skin,
It’s not just the outside – it’s what is within.
For we must be thankful for all that we have,
And try to be kind to the ones who are sad.”

Please tell us a little about the main character in this book.

The main characters are a brother and sister who have heard their mother talking about a golden ruler, not realizing that she meant “The Golden Rule”.  They work together to share with their friends what they learn about the meaning of the Golden Rule and how to apply it in their lives.


Where can my readers find you online?





Thank you so much for this interview, Sherrill. I hope my followers will check out your books.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver


Book Giveaway Apr 25 – May 2: You have a chance to win a Christian Romance, Amish Baby Snatched. To enter the contest, make a comment about the interview with your email.

The contest winner may choose either a print book or ebook of Amish Baby Snatched. If the winner should be outside of the U.S., then an ebook will be given.

Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary romance, inspirational 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 back to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about your new book.

I couldn’t say goodbye to the characters in my first Amish series, The Dreams of Plain Daughters, so they are included in my new series, The Bishop’s Daughters. I decided it would be fun to write about Luke’s sisters and his sister, Beth is a one of the main characters in my new release, Amish Baby Snatched. 

In this first book, I enjoyed writing about Englisher, Chloe Parrish, a new character, and her friendship with Beth. Their backgrounds are so different, but they still find a lot to share with each other because of their pregnancies. Chloe is single and considering adoption while Beth is looking forward to having her first baby.

During their prenatal visits, Chloe and Beth meet a new obstetrician, Dr. Tony  Cunningham. 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.

It seems as if more and more Amish stories are coming about. What interests you the most about Amish stories?

Faith is an important part of Amish stories, so I love that aspect of them. I think my Amish novels appeal to many readers because they want stories that they feel comfortable in buying. They know Amish books are clean reads and are uplifting in content. Readers have expressed to me that they like it when I include Bible verses in my stores, and especially like how my characters handle their problems spiritually. Amish families have a closeness because they are not constantly texting, watching TV or on computers, so their simple lives interest a wide range of readers. 

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did a lot of  research for this book because of the medical aspect. There is a tragic loss of a child in my book, so I researched the topic of stillborn deliveries. I share how it is difficult for the family, but also is a hard situation for the nurse-midwife and doctor. They become involved with delivering babies because of the miracle of life. When a baby dies, it is sad for them too.

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

In my romantic suspense, A Fiery Secret, my main character, Catherine Steel, was inspired by my daughter, Christina. She is a strong and determined woman. Another character, Miranda, a Down syndrome girl, is based loosely on our daughter, Amanda. Miranda is definitely no shrinking wall flower and is a feisty person. My female characters are strong and determined in all my novels.

Where can my readers find you online?

Diane’s Website: www.dianecraver.com
 


Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. Amish stories are becoming more and more popular lately. I hope my followers will check out your book.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Larry Hammersley

Book Giveaway Apr 16 - 30: You have a chance to win The Shunammite Woman. To enter the contest, make a comment about the interview. Hard Copy: U.S. only.

Larry has published three novels, one sweet romance A Change of Heart, and two science fiction stories, Higher Mission, and The Silver Dart.  He has several short stories, all sweet romances, at various websites.  He is married, age 77, has two children and six grandchildren.  Larry is active with the local church, amateur radio, jogging and some woodworking.  He has a B.S degree in chemistry from Purdue University and M.S. degree in chemistry from Indiana University.

Welcome back to my blog, Larry. Please tell us about your new book, The Shunammite Woman.

Thank you so much for having me, Linda. The Shunammite Woman lived in Bible times, during 895-884 BC according to my Holomon Bible which has dates at the bottom of every page.  She is described as a great woman, which can mean noble, mighty, intelligent, wealthy, understanding or wise.  The biblical account is in 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6 which accounts for all those characteristics.  She is unnamed but I chose Bina, which has the meanings listed above.  I remain true to the scriptures where she meets the prophet Elisha and his servant, Gehazi.  Fictional portions include how she meets her elderly husband, the Israelite king Joram, and the Philistine king, Achish.  Because of the fictional elements I must extend her story to fifteen years rather than twelve years. I have verbal permission to include a poem by a long time preacher friend, Mr. Fred McKinney, entitled Just Like That Shunammite.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I’ve read her story many times in the Old Testament and wanted to write about her because she is such a wonderful and righteous woman.  Her statement to Elisha when he asked her what he could do to repay her kindness to him has never ceased to amaze me.  She said, “I dwell among mine own people.”

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Besides the Holomon Bible, I consulted an old text “Lands of the Bible” by J.W. McGarvey who traveled those areas in the late 1800s.  I consulted Bible maps of that area as well.  I have included details in the front of the book complete with scripture references concerning King David, King Saul, King Solomon, Abishag and others who lived before and during that time period.

How would you describe your female character?

She respects her husband, but is clearly a strong and determined female character who takes charge and isn’t afraid to pursue what is right.

Where can my readers find you online?

My blog address is http://larryhammersley.blogspot.com/ and email address is lhammersley@comcast.net.

My books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Wild Rose Press, Wings ePress, Victory Tales Press and Champagne Books, Burst Imprint.  The Shunammite Woman can be found on Amazon and Createspace.

Thank you so much for this interview, Larry. This book sounds very intriguing. I hope my followers will check it out.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Interview with Poet and Author Amanda Leigh


Amanda is the author of two poetry collections, as well as a fiction novella titled My Heart is Yours. She is currently working on compiling and co - editing a collection of true stories from people with Cystinosis (a rare genetic condition that she herself has.) Shes also working on a YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy with a romance focus in it. Amanda adores reading, writing of many kinds, cooking, psychology, music, swimming and art. She has a cat named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters from the show Lost and is a bit of a chocoholic.

I am celebrating the art of POETRY this week! Welcome to my blog, Amanda. Please tell us about your book of poems called Thousands of Mornings.

Thank you so much for having me!! Thousands of Mornings is a collection about love, faith, friends, family, hope, nature and dreams. It is about our Thousands of Mornings and how we should cherish them.

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I get my inspiration for my poetry from real life events and things that happen to me. Or maybe an idea that came about because of a writing exercise. Like the poem Ill be sharing a piece of today, Broken Boys.

Racing Mindis a poem that I wrote because I couldnt get to sleep and so I wrote about the fact that I couldnt sleep and the reasons that I couldnt. My Ice Hillis inspired by when my cousin and I were going sledding but instead of snow the hill was entirely ice and we got stuck at the bottom of the hill. We both tried to climb it. I was writing about the literal experience as well as using it as a metaphor for overcoming adversity and obstacles in my/our lives.

Do your poems rhyme or are they free verse?

Ive done both when it comes to this question. I do tend to write in free verse a lot but I do also write poems that rhyme. Ive even written some according to specific structures. For example, haiku and acrostic. There are three haikus in Thousands of Mornings: The Simple Truth, Lostand Pain. Three other poems that rhyme are Time, Slipped Awayand Dark Love. There may be more that Im just forgetting.

Will you please give us a sample of your favorite poem in this book?

This is a verse from the poem, Broken Boys. This has always been one of my favorites in the book. I also love the title poem, Thousands of Mornings(as well as several others) but this is one that I particularly love. It came out of an exercise that we did in Poetry class. To write a poem with two Points of View in it.

Go back to him, if you cant decide.

(But I dont want to lose you)

Make up your mind.

Who do you love?

Choose now, or go.


Now its time to tell us something about the real you that well never forget.

I have a rare genetic condition called Nephropathic Cystinosis. When I was born, the prognosis for people with my condition was not good. Doctors told my parents to expect me to not live to see 16. Im going to be 25 years old soon.

Thank you so much for letting me join you on your blog today!! I really appreciate it and I love to see the art of poetry celebrated. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!!

Thank you, Amanda, for this wonderful interview. And thank you for sharing a part of your life that is very tender. You have reminded me that we should be grateful for each day of our lives. We should not take our life for granted but cherish it.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interview with Romance Author Regina Andrews


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 back to my blog, Regina. Please tell us about your new book, Spotlight on Love.

This is a World War II romance with a timeless message of love. The walls close in around the hero and heroine on December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day. The hero, Red, is in the US Postal Service and is commissioned by the Army to serve in Africa. The heroine, Helen, is a nurse who decides to serve her country at this terrifying time. Here is the story blurb:

Ever-dutiful, Nurse Helen Middleton is a successful Emergency Room Supervisor at Rhode Island Hospital in December, 1941. To help her family through tough economic times, she has sacrificed her dreams of a singing career for steadier employment.
Things change when she meets William ‘Red’ Williamson, a dynamic and compelling man she finds irresistible. As they to get to know each other, Helen considers following her musical dreams and a new world of romance and song seems to be opening up to her. Then, the horrors of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 change the world and throw Red and Helen into the danger and chaos of wartime. Will Helen’s dreams be shattered by World War II or will the power of love triumph over all the obstacles in their way?”

Where did you get your inspiration for this historical romance?

I am so glad you asked me that question, Linda. SPOTLIGHT on LOVE is actually based on my parents’ love story. My mother was a nurse in World War II and my father coordinated the Postal Service in Algeria during the war. As a child (and older!) I listened to their stories over and over again.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Many of the details about the war and the Army that my father and mother had relayed to me were historically accurate, but I had to check them out. Also, the medical care at that time had to be researched and I had to check into the geography, culture and climate of Africa. However, this is not a biography -- it is a work of fiction, so that provides some leeway with authenticity, and readers, I hope, will keep that in mind.

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

It takes a lot of courage to put your dreams on hold for the good of others. Putting yourself second is one of the strongest, bravest things a woman can do. For that reason, my leading female characters are strong and determined. Helen Middleton, I think, is a perfect example of this strength and determination.

Thank you for having me visit your blog! Next releases are DESTINY’S DESIGNS, IN GOOD FAITH and a brand-new work, book five in the Sterling Lakes Series: REFLECTIONS of LOVE. Look for them soon!

Where can my readers find you online?

Regina’s Website: www.reginaandrews.com

Thank you for this interesting interview, Regina. I hope my followers will check out your new novel.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Interview with Mystery/Suspense Author Bruce Judisch

                                                                                                              
Bruce Judisch has been writing fiction for many years.  His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with contemporary and 20th-century historical storylines. Please see the next pages for more information on these works. Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh.  Bruce and Jeannie are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

Welcome back to my blog, Bruce. Please tell us about your new book, Quimby Pond.

Oh, my goodness, was this fun to write! It’s a contemporary mystery/suspense—with a healthy dose of romance—based upon a true historical event.  Let me give you the contemporary storyline (I’ll save the historical hook for the next question.)

Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls. Maine, to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her and her friends, one by one.  Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Marble Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time? If not, what have they stumbled into?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This is the really cool part. A good friend shared a 19th-century newspaper article she’d found in her aunt’s attic. Here’s the verbatim article:

Rangeley Lakes, Volume 2. Rangeley, Maine. Thursday, August 20, 1896. Number 13.
The center of attraction Thursday was at the railroad station after the arrival of the 1 o’clock train. There came on that train a “bridal trunk,” anyway, one of the cards attached said: “I’m a bride;” another announced, “We are married.” There was a drawing of a loving couple with wedding bells and a cupid. But the happy couple didn’t come. There was a crowd awaiting the train at night, and again they were doomed to disappointment, but they had the pleasure of looking over the trunk just the same.

My goodness, how can an author read an account like this and not write a mystery story? In Quimby Pond, Rangeley becomes the fictional town of Marble Falls. Outlying areas—like Quimby Pond—retain their names for authenticity.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I received wonderful help from contacts in the Rangeley area—notably through the exceptional Ms. Belinda Mansfield, a Rangeley resident I credit in the Acknowledgments. Additionally, an author who penned the chronological history of the Rangeley Lakes area sent me a complimentary copy of his book. The chair of the History Department at the University of Maine was also very forthcoming with material regarding 19th-century Maine. Most fun, though, was the superb joy of visiting Rangeley, after having written the first draft of the manuscript, for a “boots-on-the-ground” research trip. It was during this journey that I bonded with the beautiful Rangeley Lakes region. If any of your readers is interested in touring New England, Rangeley is a must visit—especially in the autumn, or the winter if they’re snow-sports enthusiasts.

Tell us what you love about your main character?

Who, Gwen? Oh my goodness, what a lady! She has two things going for her. First, her namesake is my fourteenth granddaughter—let there be no mistake about my bias. J  Secondly, I strived to write Gwen outside of the modern Disneyesque profile of heroines abandoning their femininity in favor of “kicking the butt” of any and all male counterparts. Women are blessed God-given beings to the world in all of their strengths and weaknesses, the same as men. In Quimby Pond, Gwen Kelly retains all of her feminine qualities, like grace and charm, but still rises to save the day in more than one instance. If I were unattached and 30 years younger, I would so date Gwen!

Where can my readers find you online?

For now I’m at www.brucejudisch.com; however, I may be changing that soon. Any interested reader will find my work by searching my name at Amazon,com.

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog, Linda. It’s been fun!

Thank you, Bruce, for talking to us today. I hope my readers will check out your suspenseful story.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Interview with Children’s Author Corine Dehghanpisheh

Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. She was a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children's book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. Corine published her second children’s book, Buddy’s Dream, in November 2013, and her third children's book, #BabyLove: My Social Life, in July 2015. When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby.

Welcome to my blog, Corine. Please tell us about your book, #BabyLove: My Social Life.

#BabyLove: My Social Life is a modern children’s picture book based on a baby being raised in today’s digital world.  The story is told from the perspective of an adored baby who is photographed and recorded all day long for the purpose of sharing with family and friends via social media and messaging.  The story is intended to highlight today’s social phenomenon of sharing life using social media and technology.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My inspiration for the story came from my own experience with my daughter Lily.  My husband and I live away from the rest of our family and many of our closest friends.  Social media and technology has provided us the opportunity to share the announcement of the birth of our daughter and other milestones with those that are far away.

Because of technology, Lily gets to see her extended family through regularly scheduled FaceTime sessions with her grandparents, cousins, and our friends whom she wouldn’t otherwise get to know.  Technology has actually helped her relationships with her family members.   When we do get to visit in person, she already recognizes and interacts with them comfortably and not as strangers.  This is one reason I see the benefits of using these tools. 

There are downsides to sharing and using technology such as safety and privacy.   We take security seriously and try to use our best judgment before putting pictures or videos of our daughter online.  Also, I do get a sad feeling at the end of a FaceTime session or when we are looking at photos together on my phone or computer when Lily gives the screen kisses and hugs instead of the real people.  But is that any different than kissing or hugging a photo?

What kind of research did you do?

I didn’t really do much research.  I just looked at every day life– how are people using their social media feeds?   It was abundantly clear that many people are using social media to share their life events and updates including their kid’s milestones, announcements, and updates. 

Where can my readers find more information about you?

Readers can connect with Corine on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
To learn more, go to http://www.booksbycorined.com/

Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

As a child, I enjoyed reading so much that I would hide books and a flashlight under my bed so that I could read after the light went off.  Thankfully the flashlight didn’t bother my twin sister who slept in the same room with me.  I would read for hours and fall asleep dreaming of the stories that I was reading. 

Storytelling either through pictures or writing has something that I have done since I can remember.  I am very thankful that I am able to write and illustrate my stories for a larger audience.  I truly enjoy what I do. 

Thank you, Corine, for this awesome interview. I hope my readers will check out your book.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Laurean Brooks


Laurean Brooks has authored six inspirational romances. Two titles are full lengths available in print or ebook: Journey To Forgiveness and Beneath A Macon Moon.  A Medley Of Inspirational Romance is a compilation of four short stories/novella which can be purchased as a single ebook or together under one cover, print or download.

Ms. Brooks lives in a rural area of Tennessee surrounded by woods, creeks and farmland. Her favorite time of day is a leisurely walk with her two labs and black cat, in the late afternoon. Yes, Tux the cat joins her and the dogs. When Laurean isn't writing, you might find her engrossed in a home renovation show like, Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, or Texas Flip and Move.

Welcome back to my blog, Laurean. Please tell us about your book, A Medley Of Inspirational Romance.

A Medley Of Inspirational Romance was born when my publisher, Publishing By Rebecca J. Vickery wanted to compile four of my short stories to make a full-length book. Each hero and heroine is struggling through a painful experience. Each must learn to trust God's grace and guidance.

Where did you get inspirations for these stories?

Jonquils In The Snow—This story came to me after the ice storm that hit our area in late January, 2010. What if a young single lady calls a tree service man after the storm took down trees in her yard?

Miranda is a third-grade teacher, but school is canceled due to a devastating ice storm. Miranda was jilted two days before her wedding. Two years later she's ready to put it behind her. Brady owns a tree service business. Three years after his wife's tragic death, he still grieves. Can Miranda and a cluster of snow-covered Jonquils give Brady hope for a new beginning?

Over The Coals--My publisher asked. short story submissions for a summer romance collection she was putting together. What could be more summery than a backyard cookout?

Jill watches Rob flirt with the blonde who hangs over him while he's grilling. The gregarious Rob thinks he's God's gift to women. Or does he? A one-on-one talk with Rob makes Jill reassess. What is he hiding? Why does he not answer questions about his past? And why does Rob start avoiding her?

Will Jill's suspicious heart soften toward Rob? Will Rob find healing for his broken past?

Severed Hearts—Set in the Vietnam Era when time seemed to move slower. My late brother's experience was my inspiration for this story. I even named my hero “Johnny” after him.

Johnny is crazy in love with Julie. He is about to propose when he overhears a conversation between Julie and the arrogant guy who devises to destroy him. The demeaning words send Johnny packing. Without a word to Julie, he enlists and hops on a bus. Who can put these Severed Hearts back together?

Sad to say, my brother and the young lady he loved never reconciled. Like Johnny in my story, he enlisted to run away from heartbreak.

A Decision of Trust—My heroine's position as a legal secretary came from my experience. Though, the heroine, hero, and plot were figments of my imagination.

Amanda's late husband was a high-paid CEO. They had everything money could buy. But after his death, she discovers he was a philanderer and obsessive gambler. Amanda could lose everything. She is disillusioned, not willing to trust her heart again. Handsome attorney Jake, lost his wife to a medical procedure gone wrong. He is not looking for a second chance at love. Once was enough. He will raise his young son alone. Then Amanda walks into his office to apply for a job.

Can God heal their broken hearts and give them the courage to trust love again?

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Very little. All four stories are set in the South, familiar surroundings to me. In A Decision Of Trust, I used my experience as a former legal secretary. Otherwise, I would have been clueless to certain legal terms and procedures in a legal office. My full-length books required a lot of research. My historical, Journey To Forgiveness set in the year 1938, because it is a historical. My contemporary Beneath A Macon Moon because I'm not familiar with the town.

Do you consider your female characters to be strong and feisty or meek yet spirited?

They appear strong and feisty, but beneath the surface all are vulnerable. The feisty or cool manner is a coverup for past hurts. I wouldn't call any of them meek. Jill Landers in Over The Coals is a bit shy. She doesn't like being the center of attention.

Thank you, Laurean, for this wonderful interview. I hope my readers will check out your books. Here are some links below for them to find you.

Laurean Brooks Website: http://laureanslore.blogspot.com
Friend Lauren on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/laurean.brooks
Follow Laurean on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Laurean2

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Interview with Christian Romance Author Regina Andrews


 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. Among Regina’s inspirational romances are: THE PERFECT PROPOSAL, LIGHT OF THE HEART, ANGELS OF THE HEART, PRAISE OF THE HEART, and GLORY OF THE HEART. Look for brand new titles in her Sterling Lakes Series: DESTINY’S DESIGNS, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and IN GOOD FAITH.

Welcome to my blog, Regina. Where did you get your inspiration for the Sterling Lakes Series?

This series is based, in part, on the town where I grew up. By that I mean all the good parts! As I grew older I realized how idyllic my background was in Barrington. It was filled with natural beauty and kind-hearted people. We never locked our doors. Things change over time, and that became a theme I wanted to explore in my work. So I added the dimension of life’s problems and challenges to Sterling Lakes. I think it makes the books more true-to-life and easier for my readers to relate to. I hope so anyway! They are all stand-alones but flow as a cohesive series. The nine books in the series all deal with the renovations of the town church and thematically are divided into three sections. The first three deal with the past, the middle three with the present and the last three with the future. Of course, past, present and future overlap, but that is the general story arc of the series.

Light of the Heart, book 1, is a great love story with plenty of humor. Cascade, the female character, is charming. As for Dan, he is a hoot and he’s such a fun and masculine character. One of my favorite quotes that he says is this: “I’m just the project manager. I come into town, do the job, and leave. No ties, no friendships, no tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors. In and out.” He snapped his fingers. “Just like that.” No tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors? After that statement, you can tell what kind of guy he is going to be. This story is very entertaining and I really liked Dan.”  –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Tell us about book two: Angels of the Heart.

The life of a television journalist has been good to Maryanne Lynch. That is, until she learns of developer Travis Collimore's plans to destroy the Townsend Barn, a cherished Sterling Lakes landmark, and build a strip mall in its place. Will Maryanne's efforts to stop him be successful? Or will Travis' plans for the future prevail over her attachment to the past?

Angels of the Heart, book 2, is a love story with grit. Maryanne is a strong character and is trying to save a historical landmark, a barn with an angel weather vane. She says that the barn represents the city’s past and who they are, so it can’t be torn down. She says that we don’t tear down our history but “we build up on where we came from, that’s who we are.” I loved her strength and grit concerning other beliefs she had and she was not about to back down. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Now tell us about book three: Praise of the Heart.

Librarian Laura Matthewson is happy staying out of the limelight. But when pro baseball star Cliff Markham returns home to Sterling Lakes to help with the St. Luke's Church Renovation fundraiser, will she be able to resist his magnetic power?

Praise of the Heart, book 3, is a sweet love story with challenges. Laura is a librarian with a quiet demeanor who doesn’t like a lot of attention drawn to her. Cliff is the complete opposite. He’s an all-star baseball hero and enjoys the limelight, but he doesn’t let it go to his head. These two are opposites, but they quickly fall for each other. Love at first sight! This story has its challenges, too. Someone is trying to stop the church renovations from going through and a certain woman gossips and bad-mouths others without another thought or worry about who it hurts. Not only that, Laura is faced with a decision whether or not to become a model. These challenges have their moments, but end happily. A great story!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Now tell us about book four: Glory of the Heart.

GLORY OF THE HEART deals with a hero who is grappling with the past and a heroine who is starting a new future, trying to put the past behind her. CC, the heroine, has just moved to town and purchased the house that the hero used to live in as a child before his family left Sterling Lakes. He finds a stash of letters from his father in CC’s attic, and they reveal a shocking truth about the past that shatters his image of what his family really was. Both characters struggle to find the truth, and both struggle to move on from the past. Faith and doubt play a huge role in how their romance develops.

Perrin Marlowe, a war hero, has based his life on the ideals of his father and pursued a livelihood in the realm of stonework and masonry. Returning to Sterling Lakes, he finds the truth about his past in the attic of CC Cogshell’s house--and for CC, who has started a new life in the rural New England town, this seminal move in her life as she leaves a terrible relationship may lead her to places she never dreamed of going. It is through the past that they will both be able to move into their futures...will it be a future that they can share together?

Please tell us where my readers can find your books

Regina Andrews Website: http://www.reginaandrews.com

Thank you so much for this interview, Regina. I went to Writers Exchange and it’s a very nice website. I hope my readers will check out your Christian Romances.