Monday, February 27, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver


Book Giveaway Feb 27 – Mar 6: Amish Fiction - The Bishop's Daughters Series. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Giveaway for an Ebook of A Plain Widow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now tell us about book two: A Plain Widow.

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

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

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

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

Did you have to do any research for this series?

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

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


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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Interview with Children’s Author Cheryl Malandrinos


Book Giveaway Feb 20 - 27: A Children’s Book, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email.
One e-book: International and one printed book: U.S. and Canada.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What ages is this book written for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna del C. Dye



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

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

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

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Linda Baten Johnson

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

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


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

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

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

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

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

What kind of research did you do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Interview with Mystery/Romance Author Carole Brown

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

What kind of research did you do?

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Fantasy Romance Author Katrina Hart


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

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

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

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

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

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

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

What kind of research did you do?

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

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

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

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

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

Links

Social media links:
Twitter: @Katrinahart2015

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

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Interview with Christian Romance Author Mary L. Ball


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

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

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

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

Sparks of Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What kind of research did you do?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Monday, January 9, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Jo Huddleston


Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her endearing Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). Learn more at http://www.johuddleston.com

Welcome to my blog, Jo. I have admired that name ever since I read Little Women as a young girl. Jo was my favorite character. Please tell us about your Romance: Tidewater Summer.

Will Rose find the solitude she seeks during her island summer or is solitude what she really wants? 

A compelling story of one woman’s pursuit of restoration from physical abuse at the hands of her fiancĂ©. Rose Marie Henley’s Great-Aunt Clara convinces Rose to spend the summer at her South Carolina beach house. 

Aunt Clara’s handyman sends his nephew to repair Rose’s water heater. Last year Rose would have been excited to see her over-the-top handsome nephew, Frank Sutton. But now she doesn’t want any man in her life again. 

Frank has an instant attraction to Rose. Can he break through her defenses? He’ll do anything to protect her, but will she open her heart to trust him? 

This sounds like an intriguing romance. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I've loved being at the beach--any beach--since the first time my parents took me when I was preschool age. Time at the beach always makes my troubles lighten while there. I wanted to set a story on a beach and thought about a heroine who might visit the beach for an extended stay for restoration from whatever problem she had. I write novels set in the 1950s, so I came up with my heroine's problem of physical abuse at the hands of her fiancĂ©. In the 1950s, the attitude toward abuse was often to ignore it or to blame the victim. I started with the above and my characters grabbed the story and ran with it. I don't plot, plan, or outline my stories on paper. I'm what is called a panster--I write from the seat of my pants.

You are right. The beach is a peaceful setting for someone who is troubled. What kind of research did you do?

Although I’ve traveled to many places, I’ve lived in the U.S. South—Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. I’ve also spent time at many beaches, including those in South Carolina. So I didn’t have to do research to get the setting correct. Closely observing life around me filled in what I needed to know to make Rose’s character authentic.

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

The male main character in Tidewater Summer is Frank Sutton. Rose, the main female character, is struggling in the aftermath of physical abuse, and her fears are too raw to appreciate the kindness of Frank. But he’s a true Southern gentleman and a godly man who refuses to give up on Rose. I love his determination to tread softly and to be patient with Rose.

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

My website is http://www.johuddleston.com, where readers can learn about all my books, read first chapters of my novels and novellas, and sign up for my mailing list.

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Jewel Adams


Jewel Adams is a wife and the mother of eight children, and a grandmother. She has been writing inspirational romance for over twenty years, and has over thirty published works. Always one to share a message of God’s love through her stories, Jewel is a devout Christian Latter-Day Saint who loves the Lord with all her heart and has experienced many blessings and miracles in her life because that love, and she is secure in the knowledge of God’s love for her and all men. She is an inspirational and motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences, and she considers The Gladiator’s Day of Grace the most important story she has ever written.

The Gladiator’s Day of Grace is a Christian short-story of a servant girl, a centurion, and forgiveness. Is it possible to be forgiven for all that Maximus has ever done, all the lives he has taken in the arena? It takes the servant girl, Andromeda, whom he loves, to help him learn about forgiveness. She has seen the Savior and she describes what it was like. Then she describes how she had learned to forgive those who had hurt her deeply when Jesus Christ came into her life. “He made me whole again,” she says. This is a story of forgiveness and love.” –Linda Weaver Clarke, Author

Welcome to my blog, Jewel. I love your book cover. Please tell us about your historical romance: The Gladiator's Day of Grace.

This story takes place about three months after Christ’s crucifixion. It is about Maximus Vitruvian Messalla, a decorated centurion who is betrayed and charged with treason. He is forced to become a gladiator of Rome to earn his freedom. He is a friend to Alexius, a fellow centurion, whose story is well-known in the New Testament book of Matthew. After witnessing the healing of his friend’s servant by the Rabbi, Maximus begins his own spiritual quest as he searches for answers.

I enjoyed reading about his search for truth. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Believe it or not, this story really just came to me one day and I knew I had to write it. I hadn’t planned on writing any more fiction and have been concentrating on my inspirational blog, but it seems God still had a message for me to deliver through my storytelling. The story just flowed together.

Did you have to do any research for this book?

Oh, yeah! Since it was my first crack at historical (something I never thought I would write,) I really had to do some reading about ancient Rome and the gladiator games. For such a short story, I did a lot of research because I wanted the writing to be accurate. It was actually a lot of fun.

I understand what you mean about research being a lot of fun. That’s how I feel, too. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I really love both the main characters. I love that Maximus was this tough and hardened warrior who longed for peace and wasn’t afraid to search for it. I love Andromeda for her strength and the ingrained goodness she possessed.

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

I have a fewJ

Thank you, Jewel, for this wonderful interview. I hope my readers will check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fantasy, Magic, Romance, and Mystery!

Fantasy has become one of the most popular genres because you are taken into a completely new world. A world of magic and mystery, where almost anything can happen! In The Isian Series by Serena Clarke, we have a tender love story, an enchanting kingdom, and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.

The Treasure of Isian is the first book in the series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

The Treasure of Isian was a stirring tale of an enchanted servant and a handsome prince. The adventures they face together as they search for the fabled treasure of Isian that will grant the bearer any wish they desire. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. The author did a wonderful job pacing the story and connecting me to the characters. Superb story that brought a smile to my face and helped me remember that sometimes, we can overlook the most valuable treasures in life if we’re not careful.” --Author Charissa Stastny

In the second book, The Alliance of Isian, the queen decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies.  Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?

This fantasy has magic and mythical creatures, but it also has a beautiful love story where Alec and Gabrielle have to learn to understand one another because their society and culture is so unlike their own. Cheryl Larson wrote: “I am always intrigued by stories of arranged marriages and how they turn to marriages filled with love. There is plenty of action and intrigue in the storyline.”

The Secret of Isian is the last book in this series. Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies. With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?

The Secret of Isian is a fast moving tale. Not only does it have romance, but also lots of action, intrigue, and battles as the characters make their trek to save the kingdom. While Prince Ander learns to accept his destiny, he also realizes that his love for Rimelda is growing day by day. For the first time in his life, he has met his match! She is spunky, obstinate, and frustrating…but at the same time, she intrigues Ander because she demands respect. Even from the prince!” –Author Linda Weaver Clarke


About Author:

Serena Clarke is from Sunny Southern Utah and has taken several writing classes in college. She loves fantasy with a dash of romance. Serena has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and is a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. She not only is an author, but also creates book covers for authors. She is passionate about learning, education, art and design.


Links for Audible Audiobooks:
The Secret of Isian: 
http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Secret-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01MQVA4PP

Monday, December 12, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Author Colleen L. Reece



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

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about Joy to the World. What is it about?

“Joy” contains 40 short true and fictional stories, articles, poetry, hymns with their origins, and inspiring author-narration. 

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

My niece, Julie Reece-DeMarco, and I have co-authored a dozen+ books with more than a million copies sold. Many are Christmas novels: i.e., Homespun Christmas, Patchwork Christmas, Seasons of the Heart.

Wonderful stories of God’s grace and mercy have come down through generations of our family. They provide the foundation for Joy to the World.

You love to write Christmas Stories. What is your motivation for writing seasonal works like this?

Our goal is to encourage readers to stop in the midst of their “busyness,” look beyond the tinsel, and remember Whose birthday we are celebrating.

Will you please give us an example of one of the stories in this book?

“The Blessings of Grace”

A single mother struggles to reflect joy when the “Baker family tree” is a tilting branch trying to pass itself off as a Christmas tree in the corner of a barren room. Hanging snowflakes cut from old newspapers doesn’t help. Or the lone, newspaper-wrapped presents: two-liter bottles of soda

Sleeping on mattresses on the floor with macaroni and cheese as the designated Christmas dinner, the last thing Grace needs is to help deliver care packages to the needy. Yet the church has been there for her and her five-and -seven-year-old daughters. She reluctantly agrees—and begins an unexpected journey.

Where can my readers find you online?


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