Monday, May 22, 2017

Interview with Sweet Romance Author Laurie Lewis


Book Giveaway May 22 - 29: Romance Novella, Sweet Water. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis began her career under contract with Covenant Communications in 2004, moving to Walnut Springs Press in 2010, during which time she published seven books. Her eighth novel, "The Dragons of Alsace Farm," which debuted in July 2016, was inspired by her family's experiences supporting a loved one with dementia, and is a finalist for a RONE Award, a Whitney Award, and was the winner of New Apple Literary's 2016 Medallion for Inspirational fiction. In March of 2017, she released her first romance novella, "Sweet Water" for Gelato Books' "Destination Billionaire's Series."

While Laurie Lewis is best known for her much celebrated historical fiction series, "Free Men and Dreamers," she writes different genres under several pen names--general fiction and woman's fiction as Laurie Lewis, historical fiction and suspense as L.C. Lewis.

Laurie and her McGyver-man husband, Tom, live in Maryland, and are the parents of four amazing cut-ups, and grandmother of 10 cutie-pie smidgeons.

Welcome to my blog, Laurie. I love your book cover. Please tell us about your romance novella: Sweet Water.

Thanks for having me back, Linda! “Sweet Water, has been a grand adventure for me. When Christine Dymock and I met at a writers’ conference two years ago, I had no idea she was the owner of Gelato Books, or that I’d be invited to leave my four-hundred-page comfort zone to take a stab at a romance novella for her Destination Billionaires series.

Redemption and forgiveness are big themes in all my books. We all need a little at one time or another. The romance storyline of SWEET WATER is about hijacked love—when two insecure people miss “their moment,” when their timing gets thrown off by someone or something, and how they respond when they realize what’s happened. I hope readers see Olivia and Hudson grow, and can relate to their emotional roller coaster ride, and their personal courage.

I like the plot of this romance. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

SWEET WATER was definitely inspired by location. Since it’s part of the Destination Billionaires Romance Series, I needed some intriguing settings and locales. I had plotted a women’s fiction novel out during a family visit to the Oregon coast, which I absolutely fell in love with. I decided to use that outline for this novella. I also was inspired by some amazing women whose stories added adventure and substance to the book.

Hudson refers to the AMAR foundation on page eight of the book. A dear friend introduced me to the chairwoman of AMAR, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, while assisting at a reception in her honor near Washington D.C.  AMAR provides health care and education to families living in war zones or in areas of civil disorder and disruption.

The nuns and orphans being attacked by rebels in SWEET WATER are based on an actual convent in The Ivory Coast of Africa. Another friend, Dr. Melei Lath, introduced me to her sister, Mother Eugenie, the Mother Superior of The Fraternité Monastique Des Soeurs de Jesus-Euchariste. These brave nuns support themselves and use their earnings to protect and educate orphans left alone as a result of disease and war. I hope readers will consider donating to these women’s work. Every dollar helps.

What kind of research did you do?

I was incredibly impacted by Baroness Nicholson and her work with AMAR, and I drew upon her presentation in D.C. as I wrote SWEET WATER. Additionally, I spent time with Dr. Melei Lath and Sister Eugenie to understand the people, the orphans, and the political and social climates in the Ivory Coast. Geography and more research was done online.

I had quite a good time conducting my banking research—learning about safety deposit boxes and how to set up a Swiss bank Account. (As if. . .)

The best research was aided by my son and his family in Oregon, who took me to every coastal location in the book, including the very romantic cave scene.

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

Readers LOVE Hudson, empathize with Olivia, and want to rip Jeff’s heart out. Hudson is the perfect man—handsome in a way that is not overt, gentle, self-effacing, unaffected by his wealth and power, very family-oriented, and willing to sacrifice for his principles. Olivia begins the book in dire straits, with a chip on her shoulder and a vendetta. Her growth curve is heart-warming. Readers cheer for her. I love all of them, and readers generally come to forgive even the seemingly dastardly Jeff by the book’s end.

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

Thanks for allowing me to meet your readers and to introduce them to SWEET WATER. I’d love to hear back if they read my books and want to share their experiences.




Thank you, Laurie, for this interview. I hope my readers check out your book.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Children’s Author Rosemary Brossard


Book Giveaway May 15 - 22: Children’s Fantasy, The Fireflies of Pardalis. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Giveaway for a Soft Copy Book: U.S. and Canada

As a young mother Rosemary Brossard published “The ABC’s of Preschool” which was a large plethora of ideas to help mothers of preschoolers learn numerous educational skills. She happily gave many volunteer hours in the public schools promoting enrichment ideas for additional study, assisted the teachers, and offered endless hours in community service for children.

She has written stories and poems all her life. According, to her teachers comments they all encouraged her to continue writing. However, in the last 10 years she has become focused on writing with a purpose. Such as Parables, & Fantasy with lessons to be learned. Children and children’s literature is enticing her on. She currently is a member of the Southern Utah Heritage Writers guild.

She is mother of five children, and spent endless hours with them in public libraries.  Her children are all married now. She lovingly embraces her twelve beautiful grandchildren.

Welcome to my blog, Rosemary. I love the book cover. Please tell us about this children’s fantasy.

Captivating flying insects and birds live in the Kingdoms of Pardalis. Unusual magnetic portals provide thrilling transportation for the stirring adventures of the six heirs of the King and Queen. You will discover all the dimensions of Pardalis as you turn the pages of this book.
The King and Queen live in the highest ruling order of all the Kingdoms of Pardalis. Their land is the largest and most important order of this complex seven-dimension Kingdom and their ruling land is called by the same name, Pardalis.
The heirs of the King and Queen must learn to work as a team and triumph over the trials of their awakening in order to go on to the next phase of their development. If they do not conquer, they must go again until they do. It is critically important that they become strong both as a team and individually in order to take upon themselves leadership positions in the Kingdom of Pardalis.
They must all go through their final Transformation in Sagitta where they will emerge with full flying power. Only the heirs will have the ability to glow in three colors: yellow, green and orange. The brightness of their glowing will increase as they continue to help rule the Kingdom of Pardalis with wisdom and hard work.
When the ruling days of the King of Pardalis come to an end, he will choose one of his three sons to become the next King of Pardalis. The gradual increase of their glowing will help the King choose his successor. This son will then choose a queen who will also develop special glowing qualities when she becomes a Ruling Mother. Their days of ruling the Kingdom will continue to increase their glowing power. The other heirs will continue to rule as they work together in their responsibilities. But the King and Queen are the only ones who will eventually have full glowing powers as well as other gifts of special humming frequencies.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

This book started on a small scale parable Christmas gift for my grandchildren.  Every Grandmother wants to encourage her posterity to make good choices.  I felt the best way to do this was in story form. This would allow them to draw their own conclusions and come to realize how important every decision they make becomes a guiding thread in their personal fabric of life. 

The purpose of the Parables told in the exciting adventures of The Fireflies of Pardalis is to enhance the time honored values of:
Family unity and love
Obedience
Selflessness
Patience
Confidence
Good Leadership
Conquering fear and embracing trust

What age group is this book written for?

It’s geared toward 5th to 8th Graders.

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

Rigel finally faced his own personal awakening that many questioned he would ever achieve. His rescue, a miracle in the making, took the combined effort of all the fireflies’ heirs to accomplish. He was aggressive, independent and short tempered. His awakening brought him to understand how to channel his power in ways that would help others rather than dominate in power over them. His life was spared and his growth astonishing.

Where can my readers buy your book?

On Amazon at

It will also be available at Barnes and Noble.

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna Del C. Dye


Book Giveaway May 6 - 15: An Audio book, Elfs in a Conquered Realm. To listen to this audiobook, one has to be a member of Audible, which is owned by Amazon. To learn more, read the rest of this interview. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email.

Two Winners: International. You can choose: #1 The Elf and the Princess or # 2 Trouble in the Elf City.

Enter more giveaways at Stuck in Books here.

Anna del C. has published eleven book to this date. Her Elf series, from where these audiobooks come, was her first attempt to write in a language foreign to her own. Trouble in the Elf City is Book Two of her Silent Warrior Trilogy. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah with her husband of thirty-nine years and her cat Honey. She has received many Awards for her books and stories she has written.  

Welcome to my blog, Anna. I'm quite impressed with Audible and have listened to several audiobooks through this Amazon company. It's so easy because I have the app downloaded on my smartphone. I just put on my earphones and listen. Please tell us about your audiobook, Trouble in the Elf City. What is it about?

To Achieve Peace, War is Oftentimes Inevitable...
In the serene and beautiful city of the elfs, life has changed but little since Menarm was destroyed and the war ended. Three springs have passed and Adren, the last princess of Menarm, has settled into her new life. Her champion, the Silent Warrior, has not been seen since the battle at Wilapond. 
One day the peaceful life in her new kingdom is challenged by enemies the elfs are unable to fight. Disaster seems imminent for their whole race. Adren will have to witness the destruction of this kingdom and once again find herself alone in the world or the Silent Warrior could rescue them all. But, how can they asked him to protect them from an enemy he begged the elf to destroy? 

I love your book cover. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

When I finished The Elf and the Princess, the characters kept putting different scenes into my mind until one day I just sat down and pieced them all together. The Elfs wanted my readers to know that they were proud of the fact that no one has ever attacked their fair city. And they wanted to give us a warning... complacence tends to make one careless and set all one holds dear in danger.  

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

Adren, as half-elf/half-mankind, is the best of both worlds. She has the finesse of the elfs and the knowledge of mankind which makes her strong and powerful. She isn't intimidated by anyone yet she keeps her femininity to show us that both can exist at the same time. She is respected, honored and loved by the elfs and she is feared and respected by mankind. All in all, she maintains a good balance with the talents life has given her.

Tell us about the narrator. Does he use different voices?

George Tintura, is the narrator of my elf series. http://www.GeorgeTintura.com   
He has a minor in music and a perfect ear. George is the only one I know who bought a tuning fork just to turn around and tune it himself. His excuse... "it wasn't tuned perfectly." He is the author of the beautiful music and voice in some of my book trailers, like book one of The Silent Warrior Trilogy, “The Elf and the Princess.”


He does a great job with the many characters in the stories and Trouble in the Elf City has many characters entwined in its pages. He makes a table where he puts the name of the character and who he wants them to sound like. Usually he molds the voices of my characters to those of an actor or actress with whom he is familiar.

That is so interesting. In other words, a narrator has to remember what voices he or she uses throughout the book. Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written? Also, give us the link to your audiobook.

Audible link to the first book of the Silent Warrior Trilogy: $13.96 
Amazon link

Audible link to the second book of the Silent Warrior Trilogy:  $13.96 
Amazon link


As always, I am thankful for your help in spreading the news about my work. Thank you, Linda.

Thank you for this interview, Anna. To listen to this audio book, one has to be a member of Audible, which is owned by Amazon.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Brooke Williams


Book Giveaway May 1 - 8: A Humorous Romance, What Happens at the Airport. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International

Brooke Williams is a stay at home mom/freelance writer/author. She has a variety of clients for whom she writes blogs, web content, and articles. She also has a number of romantic comedy and children’s books on the market, including the upcoming novel “The Leftover,” due out this September. Brooke has been married to her husband, Sean since 2002 and they have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (7) and Sadie (4).

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your novella: What Happens at the Airport.

It’s about a woman who’s down on her luck with men. She’s gone through one thing after another with them and she’s downright fed up! Just when she thinks she’s through trying to find love, she finds herself seated next to quite the handsome stranger on an airplane. The only catch is he isn’t what he seems. And when I say that, I mean it more for the reader than for her! You’ll have to read it to find out what I mean…

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I’ve seen people meet and fall in love on planes in the movies and on TV, but I can’t say that I’ve ever even spoken to someone on a plane, other than family I was flying with. I’ve sat next to strangers myself and I liked the idea of two people, flying alone, starting up a conversation. Usually in TVs and movies, those conversations go well. In this story, things go all wrong!

Did you have to do any research for this book?

I’ve flown on planes and sat next to stranger. I spilled a Sprite in the purse of a woman who sat next to me. J Otherwise, I write as it comes and don’t think too deeply into it research-wise!

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

I like Wes, the under-cover air marshall. He knows what he wants and he goes for it. He’s a strong person because his job demands it and he’s noble in the meantime.

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

@AuthorBrookeW

That should be enough information for you!
I’d like to mention that I have a lot coming up this year! In June, I’ll re-release Wrong Place, Right Time so you can watch for that. I have a huge release coming in September as well called “The Leftover.” I’m over the moon excited for this book to come out!!! Check out my facebook, twitter, blog etc and I’ll have details coming soon!

Thank you for this interview, Brooke. I have read this short story and here is my review below. For those who would like to buy this ebook, here is the link: http://amzn.to/2nCrDzr

“This story is about a young woman who mistakenly thinks that because a man is handsome and has the build of a bodybuilder, he must be the perfect guy. Not so! When she sits next to a dreamy looking hunk, she very soon realizes that he isn’t what he seems to be. He is very annoying and quite the pervert. All looks and no brains! Not far into the story, she realizes what a mistake it is to encourage him. Actually, her heart belongs to someone else. This short story reminds us to not make such quick judgments of others.”
–Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, April 24, 2017

Interview with Regency Romance Author Donna Hatch


Book Giveaway Apr 24 – May 1: A Regency Romance, Heart Strings. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. One paperback book: US and Canada. One ebook: International for Heart Strings.

Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish eighteen historical romance titles, to date. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and she loves to dance—especially ballroom-style. Donna and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Welcome to my blog. Today we’re giving away Heart Strings, but we’re talking about The Matchmaking Game. I hope that makes sense to everyone. Haha. Please tell us about your newest novel.

Thanks, Linda, it’s always a pleasure to be here. The Matchmaking Game is actually a novella of roughly one hundred pages about best friends who become more. Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Honestly, the opening line came to me whole, then I built the story around it in a purely seat-of-the-pants manner. That seems to be how I float most of the time. Here is what started it all: Rowena Emerson studied her longtime friend, Evan Barnes, and tried to judge by his expression if he’d be game for a new scheme. It was hard to tell; he had come home from the war a mysterious stranger, with only glimpses of his former playful self who had always been ready for a new lark.

What kind of research did you do?

Most of my research is ongoing so I needed very little new information for this story, however, I did review the process of a lady mounting a horse side saddle just to be sure I got the details correct for a key scene I wrote in this story.

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

The heroine was so fun! She’s sort of a tom-boy (although that term was not yet in use) and a fun-loving, live-life-to-the fullest adventurer whose best friend is a neighbor boy named Evan. Evan never really saw her as a girl…until he came home from the war and they took a good hard look at each other.

Here is an excerpt from The Matchmaking Game, where Evan first realizes Rowena is no longer the gangly friend from his youth:

Evan laced his fingers together so Rowena could mount her horse. A pert smile came his way before she placed her left foot in his cupped hands. She put one hand on his shoulder to steady herself as he boosted her up. Her soft body brushed his arm and chest. Her scent, something soft and feminine he could not name, tingled his senses. Mere inches away, her smooth cheek and moist lips taunted him. His chest squeezed and his knees wobbled. Awareness of her, of the desirable woman she had become, rendered him immobile. She glanced at him, one brow raised, and a half smile curving those luscious lips. A burning energy formed in the middle of his stomach and shot outward like sunbursts.
She parted those lips and spoke. “Am I too heavy for a big, strong man like you?”
“Er, no. Of course not.” He cleared his throat again and boosted her up with a bit too much force.
Despite his aggressive boost, she placed her right leg over the leg rest of the sidesaddle and found her balance. She settled the long, heavy skirts of her riding habit around her, while he helped position her left foot in the stirrup.
With the reins in one hand and her riding crop in the other, she eyed him with an expectant lift to her brows. “Shall we?”
He shook his head, stopped staring, and mounted Otoño. It must be all Winnie’s talk about courting Rowena that had him so rattled. He couldn’t entertain such an idea. He’d made a vow to Joseph and all but promised himself to Cynthia. Besides, as an additional benefit, Cynthia’s dowry could restore the family fortune without having to sell off some of its most precious assets and break up generations of holdings. His path was already paved. Honor and duty dictated his next move.

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

www.donnahatch.com is website, or you can go directly to my bookshelf at www.donnahatch.com/bookshelf

Thank you so much for having me here today, Linda!

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I hope my readers check out your new book. You can purchase an ebook for only $2.99 at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B01MUC3MAZ

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Interview with Women's Fiction Author Renee Blare


A pharmacist who serves her community located in the wondrous foothills of the Wind River Mountains, Renee loves to write Christian romantic suspense and does so any chance she gets. Her stories reflect the power and grace of her Wyoming home and the Almighty God who created it. She invites you to discover what makes her books unique and take a trip with her where the wild meets the Forgiven.
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The newly wed couple, Rick and Jordyn, still have the newness of marriage and romance in their lives but soon experience what tribulation is all about when her pregnancy begins to have complications. The complications are real and I could feel Rick’s concern for his wife as he cares for her. The couple is adorable and I enjoyed their relationship and interaction with one another. I, too, had to go through a similar experience as this couple with two pregnancies, so I understood what they were going through. Not able to do much and having to stay in bed most of the day can be so boring for a pregnant woman. It is as if Jordyn’s life is at a stand-still for so many months.” –By Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to my blog, Renee. Please tell us about your novel, Racing Hearts.

Hi, Linda! Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to be here and would love to talk about this book. Racing Hearts is one of my newest releases and is dear to my own heart. It’s actually inspired and based on a true story…my own in fact.

I wrote this book as a novella for Prism Book Group’s “Love Is” Series which is based on 1 Corinthians 4:13 but the idea for this story had been rolling around in my head for a long time. In other words I had been wanting to write it a long time. When my publisher, then Joan Alley, put out the request for this series, I jumped at it. I knew this story would be perfect for the “trust” feature of this series. Everyone agreed and signed me for it! I was so excited and then I started writing. The rest is history.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

As I was saying before, the inspiration for Racing Hearts came from history, my own past. This story is based on my own marriage and my pregnancy with our only child. We like to call him our miracle. Although the story is not an autobiography, the marital, physical, and spiritual challenges are real. I bared my soul (as well as my husband’s with his permission) in Racing Hearts. Why? To show the world that life isn’t always predictable or fair. And we don’t always have the answers especially when we’re starting out, but God is good and He’s all we need…if we trust in Him and each other.

This story sounds intriguing because you have put so much of yourself into it. What kind of research did you do?

When I began the process with Racing Hearts, I really didn’t know how to write it. I’m a contemporary writer. I write romantic suspense and mystery. If anyone reads my novels, they know that action is a driving force in my novels. I also do not plot! I start with character sketches and a general timeline and go for it.

So here I was with a story and I already knew it. ALL of it. The characters, the plot, the setting, and it was in the PAST! I was completely out of my element. What I did have going for me was that it did have suspense and nobody knew about it…not even my own family (except for my husband.)
So, I brought the story into the present but that took research. Was my pregnancy complication in 1991 as serious today as it was yesterday? Did it warrant the restrictions? Would it be treated the same way? The prognosis? Would my labor be treated the same way? I had to consider all of these things. And finally, should I keep the same setting?

I tried to change the setting and actually consulted with my editor on it before I began writing. I researched the different areas of Wyoming and decided to make up another town like I did with Timber Springs in the Snowy Range Chronicles. When I began writing the story though, it didn’t work. LOL So, the beautiful landscape you’ll find in Racing Hearts is the actual town where my son was born, Jackson, Wyoming.

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

Rick Folsen is a special kind of guy. He’s a Christian and has a work ethic that’s hard to find or match. An electrician by trade, he’s fought for every inch of success he’s ever achieved in life. Why? Because he’s had to. He’s what many term as a “half-breed.” He’s part white, part Indian, and is married to a white woman. His life isn’t easy for many reasons, but he’s determined to care for Jordyn no matter what it takes, even if that means driving himself into the ground. While working ten and twelve hour days, he strives to make sure his wife obeys doctor’s orders. When Rick realizes that Jordyn’s and his unborn child’s lives may still be ripped away, he struggles to understand the “why’s” and the “how’s,” but in the end, God remains his anchor.

The strength and weaknesses of this character make him a true man and lovable to me. But then I modeled him after my husband. It’s why I continue to love him after twenty-eight years of marriage.

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

You can check out my website at http://www.reneeblare.com/ . I have podcasts on my website and also a monthly newsletter called the Winding Trail. I’d love for any and all to sign up for my newsletter for all updates and events! Right now, if you sign up and refer a friend, you’ll get a free hand-crafted evangelical tool that my husband and I make called the Soul Catcher. It’s beautiful and handy for all you fishers of men out there. Just email me at contact@reneeblare.com with the name of the person you referred and if they sign up, I’ll send one to you!

My blog is called Renee’s Inspirational Moments and it’s url is https://reneeblare.blogspot.com/ . I’ve been blogging for years now. I actually blogged before I began writing! LOL I started this blog on Blogger, switched to WordPress, and then went back to Blogger because I liked it better. This blog is about Faith for the Journey in our lives, our writing, and our books. I write my own inspirational blog posts in addition to having guest posts, Coffee Corner author interviews, and the Faithful Reviews. I also have special posts including DIY in Faith Posts, Pen to the Page, and others. It’s a great blog that I have dedicated to Christ!

I’m also a founding member and the moderator of the Diamond Mind of Christian Fiction at https://diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com/. Please stop by this blog if you want to find out more about the wonderful treasure trove that Christian Fiction has to offer the world! I’m dedicated to spreading the Good News to this lost and dying world and this is another part of that mission.

For those who may be interested, I do have another blog on WordPress called Cooper, the Water Dog, https://cooperdogblog.wordpress.com/ . That’s my goofy, fun blog that I have on no schedule whatsoever. If you check it out, you’ll see this crazy lab who loves the water and playing around. Yep, his name’s Cooper.

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

Interview with Women’s Historical Fiction Author Laurie Lewis


Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a forever bride, mother, grandma, and a craft-challenged, weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. Her ninth published book, Sweet Water, which is also her first romance novella, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based. Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Welcome to my blog, Laurie. This book is set after World War II. Even though it’s listed as a woman’s fiction, it also has some romance. Please tell us about The Dragons of Alsace Farm.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm is actually set in 2016, but one of our main characters—Agnes—is an eighty-year-old French woman with dementia, who survived the bombing of Alsace France. Agnes survived the bombing, but internal scars and secrets left by the war continue to plague her. Her grandmother survived the attacks of the Prussian dragoons during WWI. As a child, Agnes transferred the term dragoons to the Nazis, calling them “dragons.” Now every problem that confronts her is a dragon.

Here’s the back-cover blurb: In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia. Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years. The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

Is Agnes taken from history? Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I originally intended to write a WWII novel about Nazi-stolen art, but Agnes’s personality and situation was changed after my mother’s diagnosis of dementia. Agnes is a composite character drawn from many interviews with caregivers, loved ones, and patients suffering with dementia, but it was Mom who inspired our beloved Agnes. The characters Noah and Tayte are loosely based on Mom’s interactions with two mentally disabled tenants who came to live with her during her last year on the farm. Two family therapists helped me fashion the delicate and vulnerable characters of Noah and Tayte, who come to help Agnes, and end up discovering that Agnes has actually been the one helping them.

Interestingly enough, right after The Dragons of Alsace Farm launched, I met a real life Agnes, a true survivor of the bombing of Alsace France, who served as a courier for the Allies when only twelve years old. She and I have become dear friends, and we are in the process of getting her life story down so I can write her memoir.

What kind of research did you do?

Besides online research about the bombing of the Alsace region and Nazi-stolen art, I think my greatest research tool was interviews and conversations on varied topics from the impact of abuse and neglect to how to build a deck. One of my funniest research topics was how to birth a goat.

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

Oh, that’s like asking to pick my favorite child! I love them all. Agnes is probably the most beloved of any character I’ve ever written. Everyone loves her and knows someone like her. She is strong and brave, even while being terrified about the changes occurring within her mind. Her love is deep, and loyal, but those who have broken her trust reap her wrath, which is no pleasant thing. She is a very intelligent woman, which is actually a hindrance to getting her properly diagnosed because she is able to compensate so well for her diminishing capacities. In Noah’s presence, she feels safe enough to let down her guard and make some peace with the changes, but Tayte’s need to hold on to the grandmother she remembers pushes Agnes beyond her mind’s limits, and leads to a dangerous outcome.

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

www. laurielclewis.com. Thanks so very much for the interview, Linda! I hope readers will subscribe to my monthly newsletter and receive news about upcoming books, my favorite recipes, some of my friends’ book deals, and excerpts of current projects.

Thank you so much for this interview, Laurie. I read this book and enjoyed it. Here is my review of this book.

“This is a romance/drama filled with mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this story because I totally fell in love with Noah. He is an awesome young man, so understanding and tender with the elderly woman he is assigned to take care of who has dementia. Noah has to help the heroine of the story to understand her grandmother’s needs. Tayte is a perfectionist and is quite stressful if there is no order in her life. This couple made for a fun but intense relationship throughout the story. They didn’t hit it off so well at first but soon realized the importance of compromise so they can help her grandmother. As the romance develops, it becomes more difficult to put the book down.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

Monday, April 3, 2017

Interview with Children’s Author Sherrill Cannon


My Little Angel is Sherrill S. Cannon’s 9th children’s book. All her books stress consideration for others, and subliminally teach children to be nice to each other – and they have received 46 Awards.  A former teacher, she has 10 grandchildren, the youngest of which is the little girl in this new book.  She’s happy that she has such a talented illustrator!! 

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your children’s book, My Little Angel.

Does your child have a Guardian Angel? Please share a day in the life of this little girl, while her little guardian angel Angela sits on her shoulder and keeps her safe and guides her throughout her various activities throughout her day.  This includes getting ready for school, crossing the street, being polite and kind to her friends, learning her lessons, fastening seatbelts while traveling, being aware of stranger-danger, praying for her pets, and reminding her constantly that she is loved.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I believe in angels, and that they are everywhere.  I often think of one riding on my own shoulder, so I wanted to share this idea with some slightly younger readers.

Your children’s books always rhyme and I love that. Will you please quote a few of your favorite lines from this book?

Wherever I go, and whatever I do,
Angela’s with me to say, “I love you.”
She’s always beside me, away or at home—
So sometimes I’m lonely, but never alone.

That’s beautiful. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

There are only two main characters: the little girl and Angela, her Guardian Angel.
There are other familiar characters and book covers from previous books within the illustrations, but the little girl tells the story of Angela and how they interact throughout a day…  I love everything about both of them!!!

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

My website is www.sherrillcannon.com and my author site is http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Sherrill. I hope my readers will check out your children’s book.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Larry Hammersley


Please write a brief bio in 3rd person, about 5 sentences. You can tell us how many books you have written, how many children you have, etc. It’s up to you. Larry is age 78, married for 54 years, has two children and seven grandchildren.  He has three novels, two nonfiction books, and several short romance stories all available on Amazon.  He has two romance novels for which he is seeking acceptance at two different publishing companies.  He has a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Purdue and Indiana University respectively.

Welcome to my blog, Larry. Please tell us about your novel: Marcy’s Struggle.

For those who have read my romance novel, A Change of Heart will recognize Marcy as a minor character from that novel.  Since she lost the battle for Leroy’s heart, she seeks romance with the quarterback at Purdue where she is working on her PhD in chemistry.  This story is cast into the early 1960s.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?  

I liked the character of Marcy and felt sorry for her so I wanted to write a story where she finds romance.  She overcomes the obstacles standing in her and Ross, the quarterback’s way.

I read A Change Of Heart and loved it. So now Marcy gets her own story. What kind of research did you do?

My background in chemistry helped me to write about Marcy going for her PhD.  Although I didn’t get a PhD myself I know what the grad students must go through to get their degree such as synthesis of a new compound, the fact she must face an oral exam before professors and other requirements.

Tell me about the main character and what you love about her.

Marcy is beautiful, intelligent, faces problems with determination, has deep felt emotions, is persistent in convincing Ross of her love for him and faces danger in her research where she is hurt in an explosion.

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

My books are available on Amazon by typing in my name, Larry Hammersley which would be the easiest way to find the books.  My writings are available via several publishers including Wild Rose Press, Wings e-Press, Champagne Books (Burst Books division), Rebecca Vickery Publishing, Create Space, Smashwords and one free read short story, Ice Rink Romance located at www.read-a-romance.com/contemporary_romance/ice-rink-romance/. It is currently in second place in voting at 4.2 stars.


Thank you for this interview, Larry. It’s so fun to learn about men who write clean romances for us to read. I hope my followers will check out your new book.