Category Archives: Guest Authors
I guested at fellow blogger Leeann Betts today. In honor of teamwork, I present you this post.
Because I am totally asea with social media, I totally missed Dawn’s great follow-up post in March. And so, humbled and groveling, I now gift you with the great interview we did about those tough questions writers hate to answer. Dawn is the author of Sapphire Secrets. She does a weekly drawing for a free e-book of new subscribers to her blog: https://dawnvcahill.com/
Dawn, thanks for being so gracious and sticking with me.
Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
The character Luna in both my books has a unique talent that she shares with me: the ability to write catchy limericks. I always thought it would be cool to earn money writing personalized limericks for people. In “When Lyric Met Limerick”, Luna lives out that dream when she sets up a booth at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, asks people a few questions about themselves, and…
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Author Laura Hilton dropped by today to tell y’all about her latest release! Welcome, Laura. Let’s start with some questions about yourself.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? My mom. I’d like to ask her questions about things I don’t remember and ask her advice about things. I really miss her.
What is your favorite Bible verse? I have so many favorite Bible verses, it is hard to pick just one. But for today, the one that is coming to my mind is “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
What do you enjoy most about writing? Almost everything. I love the creating process, getting to know new friends (in my mind) and learning their story.
What can your readers expect from you next? The Amish Firefighter is releasing in May and it will be followed by three more Amish books.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? Review on your favorite online retail sites, tell your friends, libraries, and book clubs, and others about it. Word of mouth is the best way to support an author.
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Amish Firefighter.
Can they overcome their past?
Abigail Stutzman’s life is about to change – whether she wants it to or not. Her mamm is getting remarried to a widower with a large family. Abigail is sent to live with her aenti and onkle in Jamesport because she and her new step-brother had dated and their parents anticipate problems. (Her step-brother is needed on the farm.) Abigail launches a full-scale plan to return home to her family—and Mark—when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Abigail and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble, her punishment includes helping a collection of crazy old maids with housekeeping. In the midst of her atonement, Abigail uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Abigail must decide if she’ll continue her messed-up legacy or embrace a new beginning with the man who’s stolen her heart.
Sam Miller has trouble of his own. When Sam and his close friend Ezra Weiss are in a drug/alcohol-related car accident in Pennsylvania, Ezra is killed. Though Sam survives, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and vows to help other victims. Now a new Christian, Sam is a volunteer firefighter and a college student working to earn his EMT and paramedic license. But Sam has a past. When it comes time to confess his crimes, he finds that the truth may set him free—but it might also land him in some uncomfortably hot water. Will Sam and Abigail be able to find a future together?
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase The Amish Firefighter?
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), Promised to Another, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards), Surrendered Love and Awakened Love, A White Christmas in Webster County, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, The Birdhouse, Swept Away, Christmas Mittens, and The Amish Firefighter.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.
Today a fellow Christian fiction author, Ginger Solomon, is visiting my blog to tell you lovely readers all about her brand new release, Broken Valentine. First, let’s meet her protagonist, Sarah.
Book Title: Broken Valentine
Character name and role: Sarah Sawyer Richmond
Life took an unexpected turn for you, but you seemed to take it in stride. How did you do that?
–Author (Ginger) didn’t write all the times I doubted I’d made the right choice. Marriage is hard, and Michael and I had to fight even harder because we didn’t know each other. I think that almost made it easier. And then the fact that we both believe in and trust God solidified our decision to work it out. There used to be a book out titled Love is a Decision. Much could be said about choosing to show love to someone.
What about your former boyfriend, Trey? Wasn’t it a little too convenient that he was out of the picture?
Laughing: Had he not been out of the picture, none of what happened would have. He would have shown up for our date and taken me home like I expected. I’m just glad I found out about him before I made a lifelong commitment. My opinion: If a guy is willing to leave a girl for you, he’s willing to leave you for another girl. Good riddance to Trey and his ways. Michael is all I want or need.
Let’s talk about Michael. What about him drew you to him in the first place?
His kindness and chivalry. I was raised by an old-fashioned family, as you well know. Dad always opened doors, including car doors, for my mom. He’d seat her before sitting. He allowed her to enter a building before him. Well, you get the idea. Michael did the same things for me. It touched my heart from the very beginning.
You were angry with your parents for forcing you to marry Michael. Have you resolved your differences?
Definitely. I wonder what might have happened if they hadn’t, and I shudder. Michael and I couldn’t be happier, but it took a long time. You have to read the book to find out some of what we went through to get here.
A change of direction. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Trips to the beach with my family. I’m not a big beach person, but building sand castles and catching waves with my siblings when we were young, and then playing Frisbee and volleyball as we grew older are some of my best memories.
What is your worst childhood memory?
Related to the above beach trips, one year the jelly fish were particularly bad, and I got stung quite a bit. It hurt for a long time.
What do you value most highly?
Honesty. Tell me the truth, even if you think it will hurt me. I’ll get over the hurt. I won’t appreciate the lying when I find out, and I most certainly will. Somehow.
How has your relationship with the Lord changed since meeting Michael?
Michael challenges me. He asks me what I read. We talk about the sermon. We worship together at home. What happened between us could have caused a rift, but we both fought hard to draw closer to each other and to God. I saw an illustration once. Imagine a triangle. One spouse starts out at one of the bottom corners. The other spouse starts at the other bottom corner. God is the pinnacle of the triangle. As we individually draw closer to God, we automatically draw closer to one another. I keep that in mind as a reminder that I must continuously grow closer to God to keep my marriage strong.
Thank you for stopping by, Sarah.
Broken Valentine blurb:
Being stood up on Valentine’s Day is not how Sarah Sawyer wanted the evening to go. It only gets worse when she discovers her boyfriend’s betrayal. Accepting a ride home from her attractive waiter goes against everything she’s been taught, but her choices are limited.
Michael Richmond can’t let his beautiful yet heartbroken customer walk home, no matter how tired he is after working fourteen hour days all week.
It might be either the best decision of his life, or the worst. Only time will tell if their broken hearts can become one, or if they will tear each other apart.
Broken Valentine is the second book in the Broken Holidays Series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Read more and download here: Amazon
Now let’s meet Sarah’s creator, Ginger~~
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.
My fellow author, Travis W. Inman, dropped by to visit and say hi to all my lovely readers. He has a new book out, Shadows: One Choice a Future Makes, that sounds really exciting. Travis, what can you tell us about it?
Secret societies, dangerous passions, and untold millions await Justin “Flip” Grey when he arrives at a banking conference for a weekend seminar. Little does he know he is being auditioned for inclusion with The Lair, a group of businessmen who influence more than the economy. And they are going to test Justin. Enter Dahlia, the world’s most dangerous temptress, who has been assigned to seduce Justin. He must choose his future: his wife or his passions?
Travis W. Inman then allows Justin to make both decisions, and creates dual realities. In the first, Justin remains faithful. He and his family begin to change the world in ways they never dreamt possible.
In reality two, Justin becomes “Flip”, and chooses the seductress. The consequences of his choice begin to spiral, descending into chaos. Evil begins to manifest in his life, and the disaster it brings is irreversible.
One choice a future makes.
Wow, a story about dual realities. Can’t wait to read it!
Travis W. Inman grew up in the ranch country of West Texas and worked as a cowboy for his first 20 years. Travis graduated from seminary in Dallas, Texas, and later served a year in the mission field in Mexico and South America. He returned home and married Sarah, his wife and sweetheart of more than 20 years. They have two teenagers whom they home school.
Over the years, Travis has applied his skills to a variety of fields, ranging from marketing and real estate to criminal justice and law enforcement. Travis served in the United States Army where he overcame a devastating injury and was able to walk again despite the odds.
Writing is a life-long passion for Travis. His short stories and poems have been selected for publication in a variety of newspapers and on Internet sites. Travis’ writing includes children’s literature, action adventure, short stories, one act plays, love stories, westerns, sci-fi, thrillers, and drama.
Travis and Sarah Inman currently reside in Idaho.
I know some of you out there love Christian romance novels, or know someone who does. Who doesn’t like a good love story? My author pal Marian Merritt is visiting today to tell us all about her new release,
THE CHRISTMAS BELLS OF CAVAZZALE
Welcome, Marian. Can you tell us about your book?
When Charleston Charly Maynard loses her job just weeks after her fiancé calls off the wedding, she decides to visit the cottage in the quaint village of Cavazzale, Italy she’s inherited from her grandmother. She’s hoping the time there will help her to decide what to do about her future. When she meets André Lagneaux, a handsome man from Bayou Country, who is visiting his brother in Cavazzale, Charly ignores the attraction. After all, she’s not looking for romance.
When André Lagneaux’s parents set up a family trip to Italy, André is eager to spend Christmas with his brother and godchild. Meeting the beautiful American woman at the airport adds to his excitement. He’d love to get to know her, but her cool demeanor tells him she’s not interested. Will she let down her guard and allow them to get to know one another? When Charly finds a prayer in her nonna’s diary that makes her realize God may have His own plan for her future, she must learn to trust. But, what if His plan includes the dark-haired Cajun?
Marian is visiting all the way from Texas!
Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her tagline, Where the Bayous Meets the Mountains, grew from both loves.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
This Louisiana native writes her Christmas romances and Southern women’s fiction with a Louisiana/Colorado connection from the Texas home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle.
Buy links to Marian’s Books: http://www.marianmerritt.com/#!/cnec
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Do you like college football? I certainly do. And so does new author Candee Fick. In fact, her new novel is set in the always-exciting college football world.This intrigued me, so I invited her to share with us a little about her new release and the hot topics it addresses.
First off, can you tell us about the premise of your debut?
Catch of a Lifetime is an inspirational romance about a first year college football coach who wants to win and the football-hating graduate student athletic trainer who has to work with the team. Of course, romantic relationships between staff and students are discouraged and they must keep their growing attraction hidden behind a wall of professionalism in order to avoid a scandal.
Sounds intriguing. Did you have a message you wanted readers to come away with?
I wanted to show a real example of how people look at and judge each other based on the outside, but God sees the heart. While my heroine’s opinions about football change as she gets to know the individuals on the team, headlines over the past year indicate that our nation still wrestles with broader stereotypes and prejudice based on race, political party, moral convictions, and even career choices like law enforcement. Unfortunately, those damaging and divisive stereotypes are often rooted in the poor behavior of specific individuals.
Can you think of an example?
Take, for instance, a narcissistic football player. His athletic skill may have propelled him to the limelight and then he starts to believe the world revolves around him. That every ball should be thrown to him so that he gets the statistics and credit. That every girl on campus should be begging for his attention. That the rules don’t apply to him. After meeting such an egomaniac, one could assume that all of the other players on the team feel the same sense of entitlement.
However, just because a team has such a player (or two), doesn’t mean everyone on the team is that self-absorbed. Some, in fact, are hard-workers with personal integrity and a strong sense of right and wrong. While my heroine learns to not judge the whole group by the actions of one, it was also satisfying through the course of the story to have the narcissist suffer the natural consequences of his behavior and get taken down by the good guys.
Nice. So, your book touches on negative stereotypes and narcissism. Any other hot topics?
How about sex? Or rather maintaining sexual purity despite temptations and external pressure? My hero and heroine had to work to keep their attraction to each other within the safe boundaries of their personal faith convictions and I tried to give an honest picture of their struggle in the context of a college football environment. However, as one reviewer already pointed out, I ended up also showing readers practical solutions like accountability and staying in public places. I believe that’s the purpose of touching on a hot topic … to meet readers where they are and leave them with hope.
CATCH OF A LIFETIME: He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport. After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare. Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game he cherishes and the woman he loves.
Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
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Thank you, Candee, for visiting my blog today!
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It’s always fun to get to know fellow authors. KL Dierking speaks and blogs about overcoming the negative effects of abuse. Find out more about Victorious Living Team, and her new release, No Longer a Victim – Made to Be Victorious – here.
DVC: My fellow author Brenda S. Anderson is here to say hi and tell us about herself and her writing journey.
First of all, Brenda, thank you for visiting today. I am intrigued that you write what you describe as “gritty” fiction. It sounds a lot like the type of fiction I like to read and write. Tell us why you decided to write that type of fiction.
“When I sit down to write, the stories that come alive on my computer all tend to focus on broken people and messy lives. If you look at the majority of fiction released under the Christian fiction umbrella, you’ll see gritty fiction isn’t the norm, and the edgy books that are out there aren’t big sellers. So why write gritty fiction when the market doesn’t support it? Well, I have a number of reasons:
“It’s What I Enjoy Reading. When I look for books to read, I quickly skim past the sweet romances and cozy mysteries, not because they’re poor quality (which they aren’t), but because I prefer what I call meaty fiction. I want to read a book I can ‘sink my teeth into.’ I love stories that challenge me and make me think, not ones that merely provide entertainment. I want to read about God’s broken people because He can do such a mighty work through them.
“Out of Obedience. Most authors will tell you they’re called to write. They can’t not write. And that’s true with me as well. Although my stories aren’t your typical Christian fiction fare, they are all stories God puts on my heart—I have to tell them, and then trust that He will get them to the right readers.
“Writing Allows Me to Speak Out. I’m normally a quiet person, one who doesn’t like to make waves, but I also know God doesn’t want us to sit on life’s sidelines when we live in a very fallen world. Writing stories allows me to speak out on those topics I’m passionate about. My first published work, Chain of Mercy, centered around a man going through post-abortion syndrome. Pieces of Granite is about a couple who struggles with their marriage after learning their unborn child has Down syndrome. My new release, Hungry for Home, is about a homeless teen. Stories touch people’s hearts in a deeper way than non-fiction, so my hope is that my stories will get someone to think beyond their cozy little world.
“It Helps Me See From Multiple Perspectives. In Hungry for Home, I tell the story from a homeless teen’s perspective and a wealthy couple’s perspective, along with some minor characters points of view. All are going to see the world through their own unique lens. Writing their stories helps me see people’s hearts, the heart God sees, not that the world sees.
DVC: I love the cover of your new release, Hungry for Home. Can you tell us more about it?
About Hungry for Home
After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger …
A hungry, homeless teen.
The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled.
The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts.And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home.
Pre-Order Hungry for Home for Kindle: http://amzn.to/1VtIb8h
Brenda S. Anderson bio:
Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She lives in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 28 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.
Readers can learn more about Brenda S. Anderson at www.brendaandersonbooks.com
Get in touch with Brenda:
- Blogs: http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/ http://inkspirationalmessages.com/