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Sunday, March 7, 2010

MY NEW RELEASE: THE CAPTAIN'S LADY


I'm so excited to announce that The Captain's Lady will be released March 16!! This is my first book set outside the United States, so it's a landmark for me. Come with me to 1776 LONDON, where American Patriot James Templeton is torn between love and duty and must deny his heart to help win his country's freedom.

Captain James Templeton's orders from General Washington are clear. His target: Lord Bennington, a member of George III's Privy Council. The assignment: find Bennington's war plans. The risks: the future of the East Florida Colony, Jamie's life...and his heart. In spite of the dangers of their hopeless situation, he's fallen in love with Lady Marianne Moberly, Lord Bennington's daughter. Desperate to protect his country, Jamie carries out his orders with a heavy heart. But Marianne's persistence is a challenge he never expected. With love and faith, they must navigate troubled waters to win their future together.


I had so much fun writing this book, and I was also inspired by what I learned in my research. It's amazing to me that those brave American patriots gave up so much so they could establish a new country with a new form of government never before tried. Today, we don't have any idea what that was like, but I do know I'm grateful to live in a free society. I hope my readers will catch a glimpse of all that our forefathers and foremothers were willing to give up so we can breathe the air of freedom.

The Captain's Lady is published by Harlequin's Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical imprint. It can be ordered from cbd.com, amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com, or purchased at your local bookstore or even Walmart! Here's the ISBN: 13-978-0-373-82832-6.

If you would like to win a copy of The Captain's Lady, leave a comment AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I will have my drawing on March 31. Also, this contest is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Because this kind of drawing is against the law in some locales, it is your responsibility to know the laws of your state or province and refrain from entering if it's a no-no there.

When you leave your comment, please also ask me any questions you might have about the book or about my writing. I love to chat with my readers and try to be prompt in responding.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sworn to Protect: Expect an Adventure!

CONGRATULATIONS, MERRY! YOUR NAME WAS DRAWN FOR OUR FREE COPY OF SWORN TO PROTECT!
I will admit upfront that I am a diehard fan of author DiAnn Mills. This award-winning, best-selling author never ceases to amaze me with her exciting stories of contemporary suspense and historical romance. Her latest suspense book, Sworn to Protect, Book Two in her Call to Duty Series, is no exception. This story, taken right from the pages of today’s newspaper headlines and television reports, will have you on the edge of your seat, on a rollercoaster ride you won’t forget. Rather than retell the story, I’ll give you the back cover copy here:

Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales has sworn to protect the southern borders of our nation, but that oath has cost her. Two years ago, her husband, Toby, was killed trying to help the very immigrants Danika was responsible for sending back to Mexico. His murder was never solved. But now, a recent string of attacks and arrests leads her to believe that someone in McAllen is profiting from sneaking undocumented immigrants into the country . . . and it may somehow be tied to Toby’s death.


DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold 1.5 million copies. Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008. DiAnn’s website is www.DiAnnMills.com.

Sworn to Protect will be released by Tyndale House Publishers on April 1, 2010. ISBN: 9781414320519
If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Sworn to Protect, leave a comment below. This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on March 6, 2010. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Pirates, maidens, and kidnapping, oh my!

If you love exciting pirate adventures, kidnapped young maidens, and a healthy dose of God’s miraculous intervention, this is the book for you. In The Raven Saint, MaryLu Tyndall has written yet another ripping tale of high drama on the high seas. Pure and devout Grace Westcott makes the perfect target for the notorious pirate captain, Rafe Dubois. Here is the story:

Grace Westcott has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor—not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. But while on an errand of mercy, she is kidnapped by a French mercenary and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia. Determined to hold on to her faith and see God in every situation, she believes she must have been sent to help someone find God’s love. But no one will listen to her pleas, warnings, and prayers. When Grace’s situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn’t prepared to face her biggest weakness of all—falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois. Will Grace discover God’s purpose for this harrowing journey? And what will she do when she realizes His purpose for her is not to redeem the captain and his crew, but herself?

I never cease to be amazed by MaryLu’s daring in her stories. She creates compelling characters, forces them to the brink of complete disaster, and then makes their perils even worse! Through many twists and turns, her stories take you on a ride to a more than satisfying finish you won’t want to miss. The Raven Saint is a true delight and will keep you up into the wee hours turning the pages of this terrific book. I highly recommend it!


If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Raven Saint, leave a comment below. This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on February 14, 2010. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A thrilling adventure set in the Revolutionary War!

I had a pre-release opportunity to read Carla Capshaw's exciting Revolutionary War romance, The Duke's Redemption, and let me say that I was NOT disappointed. This book has everything readers want and expect in a historical romance: danger, excitement, history (but not too much), a compelling hero and heroine, and a situation that threatens to destroy their love. The eternal romance question rings true in this book: How will these two lovers ever get together???

Because I am in the midst of writing my third Revolutionary War romance for Love Inspired Historicals, this period holds great interest for me. This book kept me interested from beginning to end. It's a wonderful time in history, and I find it more than inspiring to revisit what our Founding Fathers and Mothers went through to establish our country. . .and find love in the midst of difficult times.

The Duke's Redemption is in your local bookstores right now, so I suggest you hurry over and buy it!

Here's the blurb:
He came to the colonies for one reason: revenge. Drake Amberly, Duke of
Hawk Haven, won't leave South Carolina until he's unmasked the colonial
spy who killed his brother. Yet the more he sees of spirited Elise Cooper,
the more he's moved by the happiness she brings him…never suspecting the
dangerous secret she hides.

Her faith drives Elise to spy for the rebels, dreaming only of freedom for
her homeland. Then she meets Drake, and learns that love could be hers, as
well. When his pursuit of "The Fox" brings him dangerously close to the
truth, she'll risk everything to prove that love and forgiveness are all
they need.

Find The Duke's Redemption at your local bookstore or online:
ISBN-10: 0373828284
ISBN-13: 978-0373828289

If you leave a comment, we'll put your name in the hat for our drawing for a free copy of The Duke's Redemption. This drawing is void where prohibited and applies only to residents of the United States and Canada. The drawing will be held on January 30. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends!

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Michelle Sutton's Bold New Book

I'm so pleased to have Michelle Sutton as my guest for these two weeks. Michelle really has a heart for young people, and her books are bold attempts to make a huge difference in the lives of teens.

Q. Michelle, Tell us a little bit about yourself: family, how long you've written, etc.

A. I've lived in sunny Arizona since 1991 and have two sons and a husband of 19 years. My experiment with writing began in August 2003. I had no idea how difficult it could be. I joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and that made a huge difference in my writing.
I love to blog and post book reviews all over the internet as well as giving away one book per week on my blog. I sold my book It's Not About Me to Sheaf House and the novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the series, It's Not About Him, will be released Sept. 2009, and It's Not About Her releases in Sept. 2010. Last, Sheaf House will be publishing Lover of My Soul in 2011.

I've also sold five books to Desert Breeze publishing in 2009. They are all category romance novels, two being romantic suspense and two being cowboy romances. The titles are below. I also sold two titles to Abingdon Press with my friend and co-author Bonnie Calhoun. There is an option for a third title. For now the first two titles are Thicker than Sisters and Thicker than Blood.

In addition to writing, I hold the position as Editor-in-Chief of a new online magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is called Christian Fiction Online Magazine and it's sponsored by the CFBA, which is the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Q. What is your "writing vision"? Whom do you want to reach and why?

A. I want to reach young people who have misguided opinions of themselves and of God's plan for their lives. I want to show young readers that there is always a second chance and you can always start over with Jesus. Most importantly, I want to show readers that there is a purpose to every circumstance in our lives. Nothing is wasted in God's economy.

Q. What is your writing day like? Do you have a day job? If so, how do you juggle family, writing, job, etc.?

A. I write when I can. I work full-time for the government. How I juggle everything is that I try to keep the Lord first (I wish I could say I was always successful but that wouldn't be honest), and I don't waste time sitting in front of the television. I'm one of those weird kinds of people that does better and is more efficient the busier I get.

Q. Any last words? Any word of inspiration to unpublished writers?

A. Hang on folks, it's a wild ride.


Here's a blurb about Michelle new release, It's Not about Him:
Susie wakes up after a party knowing something isn't right. When she discovers she is pregnant but has no idea who the father is, she decides to place her baby for adoption with an infertile couple from church. Following through ends up being more challenging than she'd imagined. But she wants to do the right thing. If only Jeff would quit trying to marry her so she'll keep her baby! Why doesn't he understand? It's not about him; it's about what's best for her child. Meanwhile, a man shows up in her life that looks irritatingly familiar. Could he be the father?

For more information about Michelle and her books, visit her Web site at www.michellesutton.net.
Michelle has agreed to a book giveaway, BUT we must have twelve entries in order for anyone to win. Tell your friends about this great book and this free giveaway on September 12!

To enter the drawing, click below and leave a commnent AND your email address so I can contact you if your name is drawn.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another Great Regency Romance!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEZ FOR WINNING A COPY OF THE HOUSE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE!!!
This month I'm featuring Linore Rose Burkard's The House in Grosvenor Square. After reading Ms. Burkard's Before the Season Ends, I've been waiting for this delightful sequel! If you would like the opportunity to win a copy of The House in Grosvenor Square, leave a comment below.

England, 1813: As Ariana Forsythe plans her wedding, she must adjust to the realization that she will soon become the wife of an extremely wealthy man. She wonders if it's wrong to rejoice that her future husband is rich. But she promises herself to use her new position to do what she can to aid the numerous street waifs she sees all too often in London. During a tour of her future home-the house in Grosvenor Square-Ariana impulsively makes plans to redecorate (just a little) according to her tastes.

But when Philip arrives home later, he is informed that an expensive silver candlestick and a miniature portrait of George III have gone missing. Moreover, each time Ariana visits the house, another item disappears.

When Ariana suffers an abduction attempt by two villains, and other mysterious goings-on are unexplained, Mr. Mornay must unravel the mystery of who is after her, and why. He knows he has to prevent any harm from befalling his future bride, even if it means he must keep her under lock and key in his own house!

Romance, suspense, and a deft touch of humor are part of the wonderful story of Philip Mornay and Ariana Forsythe's march to the altar. Fans of Linore's first book, Before the Season Ends, will love this delightful addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

Publisher's Weekly affirms, "Ms. Burkard's command of period detail is impressive, evident in material details, but also in dialogue. Her novels even help non-Regencyphiles learn the difference between ladies' pelisses and spencers...On the whole, it's a tasty confection."


Linore Rose Burkard began writing when she couldn't find a Regency romance with an inspirational twist. "There were Christian books that approached the genre," she says, "But, they fell short of being a genuine Regency. I knew that many women like me want stories that are historically authentic and offer glimpses of God's involvement in our lives. So I finally gave up looking and decided to write one myself."

Ms. Burkard was raised in New York, where she graduated magna cum laude from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. She lives with her husband and five children in a town full of antique stores and gift shops in southwestern Ohio. Her hobbies include working on four new Regency novels, family movie nights, swimming, and gardening.

To enter our drawing for a free copy of The House in Grosvenor Square, leave a comment AND your email address so I can contact you if you win.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Joan Hochstetler, A Historical Author after My Own Heart!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARTHA A. FOR WINNING A FREE COPY OF WIND OF THE SPIRIT!

Joan's vision for putting real history into novels

I suspect most of us know the old adage that goes something like: “Those who refuse to learn from history will be condemned to repeat it.” There’s a lot of truth in that. We’ve all experienced it in our personal lives, and we see it in the public life of our nation too.

A few years ago I read an article about the historical amnesia among Americans today, particularly among our schoolchildren. The results of history tests taken as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that most children in this country are shockingly ignorant about even basic information about our nation’s history. That concerns me tremendously. If our citizens lose touch with the great ideals and principles that form the foundation of who we are as a nation, that’s going to have serious consequences for our future. Many of us are already seeing some of those consequences impacting our country today.

History matters. God calls us to remember all the ways He has blessed us in the past. When we look back, we can see His hand of guidance through trials and gather hope, confidence, trust, and faith that God will continue to guide and bless us. History teaches us that we are part of the stream of life, part of the legacy of faith that runs through our own families and our nation from the beginning, part of something bigger than ourselves. It enriches our lives, gives them meaning and purpose, and equips us to be responsible citizens, parents, teachers, and disciples.

I believe there’s a serious need for non-traditional methods of teaching to bring history alive for students. So few students come out of the educational system with any understanding of or interest in history because too often it isn’t taught in a way that engages them and they end up thinking it’s boring. One bright spot is that many history teachers have begun to recommend historical fiction to their students. There are excellent reasons to do that. Well-written, accurate historical fiction allows readers to identify with the story’s characters and experience a world that is outwardly very different from their own—in other words, to really “get” history on an intimate level.

That’s why I write historical fiction. I believe it to be perhaps the most effective tool in teaching history. In this series I’m dropping my fictional characters right in the middle of the crucial events of our nation’s founding. They participate in those events and interact with the real historical people who were involved in them. That gives me the opportunity to include many of the recorded words and actions of the real people as well as details from history such as storms and other natural events that affected the outcomes of some of the battles. What results is a narrative that is as dynamic and thrilling as the real events because it carefully follows the historical record.

My goal is to enable my readers to live in the period I’m writing about so the sacrifices that were made to provide our legacy of freedom become real to them. My fear is that if we don’t learn our history and value the lessons it teaches us, we’ll lose everything our Founders gave their last full measure of devotion to gain. I hope and pray that the blood spilled to bequeath this precious heritage to us will not have been sacrificed in vain.

Inspiration for the series
The series really started as a stand-alone book—Daughter of Liberty. Back in the early 1980s, I watched a TV movie that was set during the French Revolution, The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. It totally enthralled me. I was so engaged by the storyline and the characters that I knew I had to write a similar story. Obviously I needed a different revolution, so what more natural than to set my story during the American Revolution? I quickly decided my heroine would be a woman instead of a man, and then, of course, she would have to have a love interest who would be at odds with her dangerous role. I dove headlong into the history of the era, and everything just grew from there.

In writing Daughter of Liberty—with no intention of writing a series—surprising details kept creeping into the story. I had no idea what purpose they served, and some of them seemed irrelevant. But for some reason I couldn’t force myself to take them out. Carleton’s acquaintance with the Shawnee was one of them. Then when the proposal kept getting rejections, I started to think that maybe it would be easier to sell as a series, and so it turned out. And suddenly all the connections for Native Son came together out of those details that had puzzled me. Isn’t that just like God to always go ahead of us?

By then, all the research I was doing had hooked me, and the series grew to include 2 more books. But I quickly realized that was unrealistic if I was going to do justice to this story. So now the series includes a total of 7 books! The upcoming volumes are Crucible of War, Valley of the Shadow, Refiner’s Fire, and Forge of Freedom. I’m going to be an old woman by the time I finish them all, but I’m very much looking forward to writing each volume! This project is not only educating me, but it’s also quite a blast to write!

In addition to the series, I have also published one contemporary novel, One Holy Night (2008), which is a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times. And I have several other projects in various stages of development, most of them historicals. I’m determined to get them all completed and published someday!

I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, and Historical Novels Society. My husband and I live near Nashville, Tennessee, and whenever I have any spare time—which is rare these days—I enjoy traveling, gardening, redecorating the house, doing crafts, spending time with my children and grandchildren, and reading.

Louise here: If you would like to win a copy of Joan's exciting new novel, Wind of the Spirit, leave a comment AND your email address so I can contact you if you win.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

EXPECT AN ADVENTURE WITH DIANN MILLS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEV FOR WINNING A COPY OF BREACH OF TRUST!!

This month, I’m delighted to feature a great writer and awesome lady, DiAnn Mills, whose latest release is an exciting suspense novel entitled Breach of Trust from Tyndale House. I’ve read this book and highly recommend it to suspense lovers and anyone who loves action, adventure, and, um, dare I say? Romance.

DiAnn is an exceptional writer who has sold over 1.5 million books in her eleven year writing career. Her books have won numerous awards, and she is a popular speaker at writers’ conferences around the US. Not only does DiAnn challenge her readers to “Expect an Adventure,” but she also gives back to the writing community by mentoring new and wannabe writers through Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writer’s Guild. A member of several prestigious writers’ organizations such as American Christian Fiction Writers (a founding member) and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, DiAnn lives in sunny Houston, Texas. She and her husband have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Q. DiAnn, tell us about your latest book, Breach of Trust.
A. Paige Rogers is a former CIA agent who lost all she treasured seven years ago when her entire team was killed in a covert mission. She blames their leader—Daniel Keary—whom Paige believes betrayed them. Disillusioned and afraid for her life, she disappeared and started a new life as a small-town librarian. But when Keary announces his candidacy for governor of her state, he comes after Paige to ensure that she won’t ruin his bid for office. He threatens everything she holds dear, and Paige must choose between the life of hiding that has become her refuge . . . or risking everything in one last, desperate attempt to right old wrongs.

Q. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
A. While driving through rural Oklahoma, my "what-if" writer's mode kicked in. What if a CIA agent was forced to change identities and hide out in rural Oklahoma? What would she do? How would she change her looks? And more importantly, what would bring her out of hiding? I wanted my heroine to have found God among good people who showed her what following Jesus was all about. And I wanted her commitment to her new-found faith to guide her in all of the decisions she faced in bringing a corrupt politician to justice.

Q. What themes exist in Breach of Trust that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?
A. All Christians are called to a purpose, a divine calling that others may not understand. The issue of trust is difficult topic for anyone who has ever been betrayed.

Q. What advice or tips do you have for writers who are just getting started?
A. Read the books in the genre you want to write. Read the how-to books.
Attend conferences and get to know other writers, editors, and agents. You are a professional. Write every day. Pray for wisdom and guidance. Give God the glory.

Q. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
A. Breach of Security is my next book in the Call of Duty series. Danika Morales is a Border Patrol Agent in McAllen, Texas. For two years she's looked for the murderer of her husband. What she discovers is a plot to destroy everything she believes in.

Thank you, DiAnn!

If you want to know more about DiAnn’s books and ministries, visit her Web site at www.DiAnnMills.com . Look for Breach of Trust in your local bookstore. Tyndale House, ISBN: 1-4143-2047-2.

Enter our drawing for a free, autographed copy of Breach of Trust by leaving a comment AND your email address. (I have no way to contact you if you don’t!)

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Monday, February 9, 2009

A Beautiful Lady Pirate Meets Her Match!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHERYL FOR WINNING AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE RED SIREN!


As a college English instructor, I present my students with a book list from which they must choose a novel to read and then give an oral report. One of my students chose The Falcon and the Sparrow by M. L. Tyndall. In her report, my student said that she was like Chase Randal, the hero of the story, in that she had turned away from God. Through reading Tyndall’s book, this young lady returned to her childhood faith and was filled with joy. This is the value of Christian fiction, and this is why I am delighted to present Ms. Tyndall’s next book. The Red Siren is truly a delightful tale, but it is also about the spiritual odyssey of two people who are drawn together despite their differences. Even more than that, the hero and heroine are drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of their souls. Read on. Louise M. Gouge

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she’s caught red-handed?

God-fearing Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a more-than-capable captain in the British Royal Navy. But when he is asked to take on the guardianship of Faith and her sisters, he’s headed for deep water. Having vowed to avoid women, what will he do when he finds himself falling for Faith?
Will Faith regain her trust in God only to find herself headed for the gallows? Will Dajon scuttle his good name—and neck—to save her?


Meet MaryLu, aka, M. L. Tyndall
Q: Pirates and adventures on the high seas are topics you love to write about. What draws you to craft stories about these topics?
A: Tall ships in the Age of Sail have always been a passion of mine—one that I gained early on as I grew up on the beaches of South Florida. I used to lie on the sand, listen to the waves lapping onshore, and dream of grand adventures on the sea. There is something romantic, yet dangerous, about the sea, and I admire the men and women who ventured upon it seeking new lands, fortune, and adventure. No matter what story I formulate in my mind, it always tends to include at least one of those magnificent ships sailing the ocean blue.


Q: How did you get your start in writing?
A: I’ve written my entire life. It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed, but it was more of a hobby for many years than anything else. The very first time I sat down to write a novel that I intended to submit to a publishing house was four years ago after I had watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie with my daughter. I felt the Lord tugging on me to write a story about a Christian pirate—a man who had once been wicked and done vile things but who had given his life over to God. I had so much fun writing that book, but I still knew the odds were slim that I would ever see it in print. God had a different idea. Three months after I finished The Redemption, I was offered a 3-book contract from Barbour publishing.


Q: In The Red Siren, the story of Faith Westcott is taken from the parable of Matthew 13 in which the farmer sowed a seed on rocky soil. When the plant came up, it was withered and scorched because it had no root. What are the foundations that are so important in order for us to develop a faith with roots?
A: Great question! I believe the biggest and most important foundation for a victorious Christian life is to know God. By knowing God, I mean to really know Who He is. To know His character, His desires, His sorrows, and most of all His love. And like any relationship, you cannot get to know someone unless you spend time with him. To know God should be our greatest desire. And we do this by reading His Word often, by praying without ceasing and by abiding in His presence. When we do these things, despite our enemies’ continual attempts to stop us, we will come to see how wonderful, how faithful, how glorious and how powerful our God is. But most of all, we will get a glimpse into how much He truly loves each one of us. Then when bad things happen as they did to Faith in The Red Siren, we won’t fall away or become scorched by our trials. Why? Because we know that God loves us, and no matter how bleak things appear, He is working all things out for our good.


Q: How do you think God uses tragedies for good in our lives?
A: In answer to this question, allow me to give an example most of us can relate to—a parent. Suppose there were two little boys. One was raised by loving parents but in a family where there was no discipline. He was allowed every freedom possible and received everything he wanted. When he grew to manhood and left home, he had not learned to work hard and thus couldn’t hold down a job. He had not learned to get along with others, so he had no friends. He had not learned to live without the things he coveted so he stole them and ended up spending his life in prison. The other boy grew up with loving parents who disciplined him. He was not given every freedom. In fact, he had to earn each freedom he received by proving that he could be trusted. Though it pained them, his parents allowed difficulties to come into his life to teach him the value of integrity, patience, honor and courage. When he grew to manhood and left home, he worked hard at his chosen profession, got married, had children and lived a happy, successful life. The moral of the story? God uses bad things in our lives to teach us to be more like Him and to become more effective for His Kingdom and, in essence, to have successful lives and be filled with joy!


Q: In the book, Dajon struggles between doing good works for God and simply accepting God’s grace. How has this been a struggle for you?
A: When I became a Christian, I had spent years doing many bad things. Consequently, it was hard for me to accept God’s complete forgiveness. I wanted to pay Him back by doing as many good deeds as I could: volunteering at church, visiting the sick in hospitals and tithing great amounts of money. None of those things made me feel any better about myself. In fact, they made me feel much worse as I looked around and saw others doing even more. The truth of the matter is, God’s gift of forgiveness and salvation is free and undeserved and can never be paid back, no matter what we do. Getting that through my thick skull has been a challenge, but once I began to really understand, it changed my whole perspective on God. I no longer viewed Him as a gift giver I needed to repay, but as a gift giver I needed to worship. God has done it all, and I can do nothing except bow before His throne with eternal love and gratefulness and completely surrender my life to Him,not because I’m trying to pay Him back but because of who He is!


Q: A character in the novel struggles to believe in the existence of God. What would you say to someone like him?
A: I would say that God has made Himself evident in His creation and in our hearts and that He promises that if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him. My husband was a non-believer for many years and though I tried every Christian apologetic tactic on him to convince him of God’s existence, nothing worked. One day, frustrated, I told him to find a spot where he could be alone and ask God to reveal Himself. So my husband went for a walk on the hill behind our house and did just that. And guess what? God showed up. In a big way, and my non-believing, scientist husband came down from that hill a changed man. The key I believe was that my husband was really seeking. He really wanted to know God, and he was open to finding Him. God’s Word is true. If we truly seek Him and keep seeking Him, He will make Himself known.


Q: Of the three sisters in The Red Siren, who do you relate to most and why?
A: I’d like to say that I relate to Faith the most. She’s independent, strong, confident, and courageous: everything I’ve wanted to be most of my life! Plus, who wouldn’t want to try their hand at being a pirate? But, in all honesty, Hope is the sister I relate to the most. She’s had a rough go of things. She’s insecure, wounded and she’s seeking more than anything to be valued and loved. She longs to be strong like Faith and to be pious like Grace, but she finds she can be neither. Though she knows about God, she doesn’t value herself enough to think that God would give her a passing glance. So, she is easily drawn away from Him by the things of this world. This was my life before I came back to the Lord, so Hope’s story (The Blue Enchantress, summer 2009) is very dear to my heart.

Thank you, MaryLu.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE RED SIREN, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

AND THE WINNER IS...


CONGRATULATIONS to Joyce! You won a copy of Linore Rose Burkard's Before the Season Ends!

I finished reading this delightful book yesterday and highly recommend it. I'm not a Regency scholar, but I do know a fun story when I read one. And Before the Season Ends is just that. Abandon yourself to this tale of faith and love, and let the adventure begin. A nice addition is the Regency lexicon in the back to help the uninitiated with terms unique to the era.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing. Your kind remarks are a great encouragement to the author. If you didn't win, by all means, go get this book for your own personal library!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A REGENCY DELIGHT!




ABOUT THE BOOK Before the Season Ends

England, 1813
Romantic woes at home send Ariana Forsythe to her Aunt Bentley’s town house in the fashionable Mayfair district of London. There she finds worse troubles than those that prompted her flight from home. Under her aunt’s watchful eye, Ariana is soon steeped in high society—and at odds with Mr. Phillip Mornay, London’s current darling rogue.

Then, unexpectedly, rumour of a scandal changes Ariana forever. Her faith and her future are at stake in an unexpected adventure that gains even the Prince Regent’s attention.

Will Ariana’s faith survive this test? And what about her heart? For it is Ariana’s heart that most threatens to betray the truths she has always believed in. When she finds herself backed against a wall, betrothed to a man who cannot share her faith, how can it ever turn out right?

This book is generating great praise among Regency romance lovers. Janice LaQiere of Logos Book Reviews says: “In the vein of Jane Austen, Burkard weaves a delightful world, rich with detail. Her characters spring to life as they deal with their own struggles and prejudices.” I haven't read it yet but have it on my Christmas list.


Linore Rose Burkard delights in bringing Regency England to life with Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. After self-publishing her first novel, Before the Season Ends, Harvest House Publishers snatched up her book and she now writes exclusively for them. Linore's books give readers the sense of visiting the Regency while bringing a message of hope in character-driven stories that delight and inspire. A longtime fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, Linore's desire is to provide quality historical fiction with a Christian worldview and "happy endings only!" Born and raised in NYC, Linore now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children, and is a member of FHL-RWA, ACFW, Christian Authors' Network, and other organizations.

More of what Linore has to say about her books:

England in the 1800s is a world away from the 21st century. What do you think we could learn today from how society operated in the Regency period?

Times have changed, but people haven't. Men and women of the time were concerned with their appearances, their finances, their futures, finding the right spouse, and so on, just as we are, today. How they went about pursuing these ends is where all the difference lies, however, and this is precisely where the interest and adventure opens up for writers. Bringing to life the means and methods of everyday life and timeless concerns from the regency. It is fun and enlightening as a glimpse into the past, but readers can also identify with the basic human need to be genuinely loved for onself, no matter the setting or time period, and to be certain of one’s convictions concerning life, eternity, and faith. Having said that, it is good to remind modern readers that valuing one’s purity can be mainstream, as it was then; or that the struggle to find a true love and a sense that one’s life has value, has always been a human issue.

What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I hope my readers will feel as though they've been transported to the Regency for a good, satisfying visit; While they’re visiting, they’ll be reminded that God is involved in their life, and that happy endings are possible for everyone.

OUR DRAWING IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME! HERE ARE THE RULES: WE MUST HAVE AT LEAST TEN COMMENTS/ENTRIES BEFORE ANYONE CAN WIN, SO BE SURE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO ENTER, TOO. ALSO, BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Piracy, Pathos, and Paradise!

CONGRATULATIONS TO LISA DECKER FOR WINNING A COPY OF BELOVED CAPTIVE!!

Caleb Spencer has a secret that can ruin his carefully planned future in politics. Emilie Gayarre must hide her past or be cast out of society. And each holds the key to the other’s happiness . . . or destruction.

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s new novel, Beloved Captive, takes readers on an exciting adventure with pirates, mysteries, adventure, and faith. Set in an intriguing time – the 1830s, and place – the Florida Keys, this novel is sure to leave readers breathless.

Beloved Captive
Kathleen Y'Barbo
Barbor Publishing, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60260-230-4

If you would like to win a copy of Beloved Captive, leave a comment below. BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!!!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lying on Sunday by Sharon K. Souza

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHERYL FOR WINNING A COPY OF LYING ON SUNDAY!

My guest this week is Sharon K. Souza, whose latest novel, Lying on Sunday, will be given away in a drawing on November 21.

Welcome Sharon!

AN INTERVIEW WITH SHARON K. SOUZA
Author of Lying on Sunday

1. In your previous novel, Every Good & Perfect Gift, you address the tough issues of infertility and catastrophic illness. Again, in Lying on Sunday, you've tackled a tough subject, that being infidelity. Why do you choose such tough topics?

I like to write stories that speak to women on deep and personal levels. None of us gets through this life without being affected in some form by sadness, loss, a sense of failure over one issue or another, and having been failed. I think when we know we're not the only one going through these types of situation--and it's so easy to feel that you are alone--it gives us hope that we really can come through, not necessarily unscathed, but certainly stronger and more equipped to help others.

2. Do heavy topics equal a heavy reading experience?

Definitely not. I firmly believe that pleasure reading should first and foremost be entertaining. Time is a precious commodity. I hope that readers who choose to spend some of their precious hours in the pages of my books will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

So even though I tackle tough subjects, I infuse enough humor to keep those subjects from becoming an albatross around the reader's neck. Conversely, I love to read for pleasure, but I want to take something away from the experience.

3. What would you have readers take away from Lying on Sunday?

In one day, Abbie Torrington has the underpinnings of her world knocked out from under her. Everything she thinks she knows about her marriage turns out to be false. It leaves her reeling in the aftermath. Years ago, while dealing with health issues in my own life, a close friend gave me a Precious Moments figurine entitled "Light at the End of the Tunnel." In Lying on Sunday I want to show that even with issues as devastating as betrayal there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and for me that Light, of course, is Jesus.

4. Lying on Sunday deals with the betrayal of infidelity, but are there other forms of betrayal that the book might speak to?

Types of betrayal obviously vary, but the end results can be equally devastating. Any time a trust is broken between people in relationship, someone is going to be hurt. We can either allow those hurts to hinder us, or we can allow the Lord to use them as lessons to make us better and stronger. That brings to mind the old adage "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger." Well, through her own devastating experience Abbie becomes a stronger, more independent person than she knew she could be.

5. Once again you've written a story with a strong and vital friendship that's central to the story. Was that coincidence or by design?

Absolutely by design. I'm all about relationships and so are my characters. Having gone through a period in my early adulthood without a close friend, I know how important friends are in our lives. In fact, I've recently reconnected with two friends from high school, one I hadn't seen in 25 years, and the other in over 30 years. But relationships between women, while vital, can be very complex. That's certainly true for Abbie. Besides her close friendship with Shawlie Bryson, she has a close relationship with one daughter and a challenging relationship with the other, mostly because of the very different emotional place these girls are in while dealing with the death of their father. Not only that, but Abbie has a strained relationship with her own mother for reasons she eventually discovers. I'm certain that women of each one of these generations will relate to one or the other of these characters, especially the woman caught in the middle, where she's both the daughter and the mother.

6. Truth is a theme you deal with extensively in Lying on Sunday. In a book that deals with betrayal, wouldn't forgiveness be a more fitting theme?

I believe forgiveness is the key to getting beyond the kind of hurt Abbie experiences - which doesn't necessarily equate to restored relationship. (In Abbie's case, of course, that's impossible anyway.) But the discovery of truth is a huge first step in the process. In any difficult situation we can choose to ignore the facts and try to keep life on an even keel. But there inevitably comes a day of reckoning. For Abbie to arrive at the desired destination, there are some unpleasant truths she must acknowledge and deal with. She's dogged by a scripture from John 8:32 that says the truth will set you free. Only she can decide whether or not she'll let it.

7. What is the most satisfying thing that comes out of your writing?

I love hearing from readers, especially those I don't know, who say my stories have touched them in one way or another, and most importantly, have helped them see more clearly how good and loving our Lord is.

8. What are you working on now, and does it continue in the style of Lying on Sunday and Every Good & Perfect Gift?

My work in progress, Unraveled, is another contemporary novel about a young woman who gives a year of her life to help teach children in Moldova, a small country in eastern Europe. While there she experiences a crisis of fath (the story ultimately deals with human trafficking). And yes, it continues in the style of my previous novels.

9. Is there anything you'd like to add?

I'm an avid fan of Christian fiction, both as a writer and a reader. I am pleased that it has grown to include titles that are topping the most prestigious best seller lists in America. As a Christian and lover of fiction, I believe it's time this genre came into its own, and have a strong desire to contribute to it."

Naturally I love to hear from readers. You can email me through my website: http://www.sharonksouza.com. If you're in a book club and choose to read any of my books I'll send a complimentary book to the person who contacts me on behalf of their group. Then, after you read the book I'd love to participate in your group discussion, either by phone or in person if you're close enough for me to drive to.




Author: Sharon K. Souza
Paperback: 427 pages
Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (September 15, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600061761
ISBN-13: 978-1600061769

Praise for Lying on Sunday:
A moving drama in the tradition of The Pilot's Wife. Sharon K. Souza is a talented author who never fails to impress. - Kathryn Cushman, author of Waiting for Daybreak


Lying on Sunday is delightful and poignant, witty and moving. I devoured the story, reading it in two days. Bravo! - Nancy Moser, author of Washington's Lady and Just Jane.

Be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Lying on Sunday.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Michelle Sutton explains her vision

CONGRATULATIONS TO PAMMER FOR WINNING A COPY OF IT'S NOT ABOUT ME!

I wanted to write a story that would grip young people's hearts and make them think about their lives. So I took a beautiful girl with a bright future and had everything she thought she wanted in life ripped from her hands. Then I watched what God did in her life through someone who loved her enough to help her heal and to show her what real faith was. It's a romance story with a love triangle, but it's more than that. There are serious conflicts throughout the novel and boy did my characters take me on a wild ride with this novel. I hope you enjoy the story but I don't want to share any spoilers, so you will have to read it to find out what the conflicts entail. Here is a brief synopsis.


About the book: Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night when an unexpected visitor appears, Annie's safe world is destroyed. As she tries to recover the pieces of her broken life, a war ensues between two brothers who both claim to have her best interests at heart. But who will Annie choose? Or will she decide to turn her life in a different direction?

About the author: Michelle is a member of ACFW, Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating Board, Editor-in-chief for Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Sheaf House Marketing Director, edgy fiction writer, book reviewer, avid blogger/alliance member, CWOW blog mistress, mother of two teenagers, wife, pet owner, social worker by trade, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Michelle Sutton (pen name)
The Edgy Inspirational Author
ACFW Volunteer Officer voloff@acfw.com
http://edgychristianfictionlovers.ning.com
http://www.michellesutton.net
http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com
http://christianfictiononlinemagazine.com


It's Not About Me - 4 stars from Romantic Times!


To win a copy of It's Not about Me, tell Michelle how you would use the book to influence others to purchase it. On November 14, Michelle will read all the entries and choose a winner!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Eve. Myth and legend surround her in mystery. Now hear her story.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSAN ALVERSON FOR WINNING A COPY OF HAVAH!
Recently I read the most amazing novel about our first mother, Eve. I am delighted to feature Havah here, along with my endorsement AND a book giveaway.

This is our Beginning, deeply, richly, beautifully imagined, lifting our hearts in worship to the One who Is.

From paradise to exile, from immortality to the death of Adam, experience the dawn of mankind through the eyes of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.

Words from Tosca Lee:
Why I wrote it--I like examining conventional wisdom and staple stories – which have become woven into the fabric of our culture so thoroughly as to be taken for granted – in a new light. I don’t like comic-booky characters, villains or protagonists—whether they be red-horned demons or, in Havah’s case, the first woman of Genesis. No one—including demons, humans, or God, are that two-dimensional.

About the name “Havah”--“Havah” is the Hebrew name for Eve. I’ve drawn on nontransliterated names for her family members as well in this rendering, mostly to help escape the cliché images that spring to mind when one hears “Adam and Eve,” or “Cain and Abel.” The one name that remains mostly the same is Adam’s, as “Ha-adam,” meaning merely “man from the (red) earth.” Though we are told Eve’s proper name in the Genesis account, we are never given a proper name for Adam. He was literally… “The Man.”

What I want readers to take away--That sense of “Oh!” at what that perfect communion with God, and with another human might have been like. As I envisioned it, in writing it, I sometimes sighed. I hope there are moments like that for Havah’s readers. I want them also to think, “Haha—I have felt that way before toward my spouse/children/chores.” Regardless of the age, some aspects of life really don’t change. We all have moments of bliss, of feeling taken for granted, of heartbreak and hope.

It was important to me to write this story, too, because frankly, Eve has long been vilified for her role in this story. But both Eve and her mate were culpable. And while all of humanity is fallen because of it, women throughout history have suffered varying degrees of guilt, suspicion, and even abuse because of this story. That, alone, merits close scrutiny. It is my belief, especially for those who consult scriptures for guidelines on daily living, that we have a moral obligation to delve deeper than we have into what exactly happened here.

Tosca
www.toscalee.com
To enter a drawing to win a copy of Havah, leave a comment AND your email address.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Looking for a great book to read? See Below.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BECKY C. WHO WON A COPY OF A TASTE OF MURDER!



A Taste of Murder
By Virginia Smith

A ruthless killer stalks a young woman during a Kentucky town's annual Bar-B-Q Festival. He's had a taste of murder … and is hungry for more.

When classical music lover Jasmine Delaney accepts a gig to play her violin in a small town, she arrives in time to join in the festivities of the local Bar-B-Q Festival. But when she checks into the hotel, Jazzy is in for a few unpleasant surprises--like a body in the bathtub covered in barbeque sauce. Not even the soothing strains of Mozart can still her jangled nerves--especially when it seems the killer is intent on making her the next victim.

"A Taste of Murder is a delightful read. ... Virginia Smith dishes up strong characters, a viable plot and a warm, effective conclusion. " -- Romantic Times (4-star Review)

LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF A TASTE OF MURDER.

Lying on Sunday
By Sharon Souza

For Abbie Torrington, betrayal and truth are about to collide.

After learning her husband died of a heart attack—in another woman's bed—Abbie is faced with a choice: She can give in to despair, or she can create a new life. Abbie does both … Then a shocking revelation threatens to undo everything she's accomplished. Will the power of the truth really set Abbie free, or is forgiveness too far out of reach?

"Sharon has created a character so vivid and real you'll feel as though you've stepped into Abbie Torrington's life. You don't want to miss this beautiful story of healing and grace." --- Virginia Smith, author of Stuck in the Middle.

"Lying on Sunday is delightful and poignant, witty and moving . . . Bravo!" --- Nancy Moser, award-winning author of Washington's Lady and Just Jane.

To read an excerpt of these new titles, click on the CAW icon on the right -->

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sweet Forever: Terrific Beach Reading

CONGRATULATIONS TO AUSJENNY FOR WINNING A COPY OF SWEET FOREVER!

It's been forever since I posted anything new, but fortunately, I have a Sweet Forever to talk about.









Ramona Cecil is a friend and fellow author. Below my short review is my interview with Ramona. Don't miss reading about her journey to become a published author! Leave a comment and your email address to be entered in the drawing for an autographed copy of Sweet Forever.

Sweet Forever makes perfect beach reading for this summer. Ramona Cecil’s stories always touch the heart, and this is no exception. Many people carry some sort of emotional baggage in this life and wonder how God will view the wrong things they’ve done. Rosaleen Archer is no exception. In fact, she’s had a double dose of condemnation. Raised to believe she is unredeemable, forced into an unsavory life, Rosaleen longs to be forgiven . . . and loved. Her complicated view of a vengeful God conflicts with the simple faith of Reverend Jacob Hale, through whom the healing love of Jesus Christ shines to the lost. Which view of the Almighty will Rosaleen take to heart? Sweet Forever is a gentle, satisfying story of God’s redeeming love that every person can carry into his or her life and eternal soul.

Now, here are Ramona's responses to my interview quesitons:
1. What book or project is coming out or has come out that you’d like to tell us about?

Sweet Forever, the first book in Heartsong Presents Indiana Brides series, was released to their book club this April. The story is set in 1845 in the real town of Madison, Indiana, along the Ohio River. Rosaleen Archer thinks God hates her, so when a riverboat explosion frees her from the clutches of a notorious gambler, she doesn't look to God for help. Reverend Jacob Hale is intrigued by the lovely young woman he rescues from the banks of the Ohio River. He longs to convince her that God loves her, but she spurns his best attempts to bring her to Christ, fueling his growing self-doubts about his calling. The theme of Sweet Forever is that every soul is loved and valued by God. It is this spiritual truth I hope my readers will take away from Jacob and Rosaleen's story. The second book in the series, Everlasting Promise, is scheduled for release to the Heartsong Presents book club this August. The third book, Charity's Heart, has not yet been given a release date. Each book features different members of the same family.
2. How long had you been writing seriously before you got “the call” that you were going to be published? Tell us how you heard and what went through your head.


I had been writing seriously for about five years when I entered my historical romance novel, Larkspur, in a contest sponsored by a small publishing house. I'd found that entering contests and getting feedback from judges was a good way to discover what aspects of my writing most needed improvement. A couple months later, I learned I was one of three finalists. I was thrilled, but never imagined I would actually win the thing. Later, when the editor called me one evening to let me know my story had won first place, I nearly collapsed! Good thing I was sitting down. I knew that part of first place prize was a contract to publish the story. I just couldn't get my mind around it. Though I'd written several stories since, this was the first story I'd ever tried writing. The editor continued chatting, giving me information that just went in one ear and out the other. Fortunately, she emailed me later with the same info. I just kept thinking "I'm going to be published. I'm going to be published. . ."


3. Do you still experience self-doubts regarding your work?


All the time. There always seems to be that little insidious whisper in my ear saying, “Why do you think you can do this?” I don’t know how many times I’ve petitioned God saying, “If I’m not supposed to do this, please let me know.” After each of these petitions, He has always sent an encouragement. I just try to ignore the negative thoughts and remind myself that this work is for God. If He didn’t want me to be at this place, at this time in my writing life, I wouldn’t be here. I do think self-doubt is good in some ways. It keeps pushing me to strive to do better work. I keep the verse from Ephesians 3:20 beside my computer. “Glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare ask or even dream of. . .”


4. What’s the best advice you’ve heard on writing/publication?


To remember that this is about God, not about me. The most important thing is the journey, not the destination. As difficult as it is sometimes, this is the work God has given me to do. A second piece of advice was to keep working, never quit learning your craft, and never, never, never give up!


5. What’s the worst piece of writing advice you’ve ever heard?


Because I had rewritten and reworked it so many times, someone once told me to give up on my first story---the story of my heart. I didn't take their advice, and I'm glad I didn't. I eventually won that contest and it became my first published novel.

6. What’s something you wish you’d known earlier on that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?


I wish I had found American Christian Fiction Writers' group sooner. A writer needs support—at least I do. I don’t see how anyone can do this alone. Find a good writers’ support group, get into a good critique group, and take advantage of all the free advice and writing courses offered by groups like ACFW. It is a well-spring of invaluable writing information, freely and lovingly shared.


7. Do you have a scripture or quote that has been speaking to you lately?


Yes. 1Peter 4:11 reminds me that whatever I do, I should do in a way that glorifies God. "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever."


8. Do you have a dream for the future of your writing, something you would love to accomplish?


I would like to begin writing longer stories. I have one completed 90 K word historical and ideas for several more.

9. Do you have any parting words?


Thank you, Louise, for inviting me to share my thoughts about my writing and the release of Sweet Forever. I eagerly await the release of my other two stories in Heartsong Presents' Indiana Brides, series. I'm thankful every day that God has allowed me to write the stories of my heart for Him and see Him bring them to publication, sometimes seeming against all odds. I'm constantly reminded of His promise we read in Philippians 4:13, "I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

Don't forget to leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win an autographed copy of Sweet Forever.
Thanks, Ramona!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Great Book Giveaway!!

It's hard enough to find books that are just right for everyone. Chapter-a-Week gives readers the opportunity to read sample excerpts from a broad range of Christian fiction every week without having to pay a cent! Plus it's a great way to discover new authors you might not have found otherwise. Your inbox will NOT be filled with needless emails. Only one email per week is all it takes to discover great new titles.

Founded in February 2002 by beloved novelists Jane Orcutt and Angela Hunt, Chapter-a-Week has had a steadily growing readership. In honor of the 1000th member, Chapter-a-Week is giving away autographed books by your favorite Christian novelists! The 1000th member will receive a box of books! And if that person recommends the books, he or she will receive two free books to your snail mail address too!

Chapter-a-Week is a Yahoo! Group, so simply sign on to be a subscriber of the list and you'll start receiving your excerpts every Friday. Just go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChapteraWeek/ and click "join this group."

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Every Good and Perfect Gift

CONGRATULATIONS to Janna Ryan, who won Sharon K. Souza's Every Good and Perfect Gift!
In addition to Lena Dooley's Carolina Carpenter Brides, I now have a copy of Sharon K. Souza's Every Good & Perfect Gift to give away. To read her interview, click on her Book Title on the right side of this screen. Be sure to enter separately for each book. AND BE SURE TO PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR ENTRY COMMENTS!

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Lena Dooley's Artful Novels

CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret Chind for winning Carolina Carpenter Brides!!

Welcome, Lena. Here are some questions readers would love to have answered.


1. How do you come up with the ideas for a story?

I spend time with the Lord. I believe He gave me the imagination, so I could write, but spending time with Him often sparks another story idea. Sometimes I see something in the newspaper in real life that sparks one, too.

2. You write both historical and contemporary books. Do you like writing one more than the other? If so, why?

I enjoy both. Some stories work better as historicals, others as contemporary. I’ve sold more historicals, but I also love to write about the present, too.

3. If you were planning a party with contemporary Christian authors, what six people would you invite and why?

I just love to get together with people and have fun.
Tosca Lee – where does she come up with her stories? And she’d add a touch of glamour
James Scott Bell – we need at least one male, and I love his stories.
DiAnn Mills – Her novels about the Sudan should be read by everyone.
Linda Windsor – She’d keep us all laughing.
Nikki Arana – She’ll keep us in touch with what’s going on in some areas we might not visit.
Robin Caroll – I love her Bayou suspense books.

Actually, this was hard. There are so many others I’d want to invite, too.

4. Now let’s do that for a party for historical Christian authors, what six people would you invite and why?

This won’t be any easier, but here goes.
Kathleen Y’Barbo – Have you read Beloved Castaway? Where did she get her ideas?
Terry Burns – The masculine member. Besides he writes wonderful westerns
MaryLu Tyndall – Pirates, pirates, and more pirates
Tricia Goyer – No one else has gotten me to read war stories and like them. Quite a feat.
Tracey V. Bateman – Her soul series was just too good to pass.
And I’d ask you, Louise, I loved your Ahab’s family series.

5. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?

Just like unpublished authors and newly published authors, I have to submit proposals to see more books. Right now, I’m working on several proposals. It takes a lot of work to present new fresh ideas.

6. Tell us about the featured book.

My story in Carolina Carpenter Brides is titled Can You Help Me? It contains misunderstanding and learning to trust someone who has withheld vital information. Set in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, the story starts in a home improvement superstore.

7. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Actually, I’m several places. My web site is: http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/
My blog, where I interview authors, is: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/
I’m also on Shoutlife: www.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooley

I give away free copies of my books on my web site and free copies of the other authors’ books on my blog.


Thank you, Louise, for having me.


LEAVE A COMMENT AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF LENA'S Carolina Carpenter Brides.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

DiAnn Mills' Awaken My Heart

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF DiAnn'S BOOK: Susan K. Marlow!


When I was a kid, I used to get spanked for lying. Now I get paid for it! Ah, such is the life of a fiction writer. Hi, I’m DiAnn Mills, and I’m excited about Awaken My Heart, my new historical novel published by Avon Inspire.

I live in Texas, the Lone Star State, where history and adventure are carved out of ordinary people and presented in novels and across the screen. Texas provides the perfect setting for tales of adventure. Here you can find cowboys and rodeos, deserts and mountains, bluebonnets and cactus, rattlesnakes and alligators, trail rides and space exploration. The romance and intrigue of those who helped build this State weave powerful stories. You name it, and Texas has it. But it’s the stories about the courageous people who stand tall and make this state what it is today that capture the readers’ attention.

If you’ve ever thought about writing your own novel, remember that characterization is the key to a dynamic and unforgettable story. Spend time getting to know your protagonists and antagonists, because well-written characters will make your manuscript stand out from others when you are looking for a publisher.

Now, let me introduce you to my February release and its cast of unforgettable characters!

Awaken My Heart is set in 1803, when Texas was Tejas, a colony ruled by Spain. Indians, Mestizos (native-Spanish lineage), and the elite ruling class of the Spanish lived and died here. The priests living in the Catholic missions helped educate and train the people in various crafts and how to serve God. From this culture was born my story of forbidden love.

Which brings me to one of my favorite heroes—Zorro. Who can forget the handsome, daring masked man who championed the poor and fought the injustices his people faced? His flashing sword, generous smile, and chivalry would bend the strongest woman’s resolve. It also helped Zorro’s cause to be portrayed by Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005).

Is it any wonder that I call Awaken My Heart my Zorro book? My hero, Armando Garcia, is passionate about the cause of his poverty-stricken people, but his passion also extends to Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy Texas rancher. The wealthy and the peasant. The Diablo and his angel. And her daddy ain’t happy. Oops! I mean Marianne’s father is out for blood.

When mestizos kidnap Marianne, they hope that her father will trade land for her freedom. But rebel leader Armando Garcia is enchanted with this young woman whose faith is so strong---and arranges for her escape. How much will Marianne and Armando risk to give their love a chance?

This isn’t the first book I’ve written about historical Texas. The Texas Legacy Series was set in the period of the Old West when lawlessness reigned and unscrupulous characters crawled out from under rocks and attempted to claim the state. I chose unlikely heroes and heroines who made a courageous stand for what they believed in.

Hop into the saddle and grab the reins. This ride will keep you up all night.

http://www.diannmills.com/ Let me hear from you!

Leave a comment and win a copy of Awaken My Heart.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Home by Christmas

The Christmas season is here, and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than to read a Victorian Christmas story? Fourteen authors joined together to write “Home by Christmas,” set in northern England.

I have the honor of being the first contributor to the story, which you can find at http://www.homebychristmas.blogspot.com/ .

Drop by, enjoy the adventure, and leave a comment. When the story is completed, we’ll have a drawing of all the names. Several published authors have donated books to be given away to the winners.

You might want to bookmark the story so you can find it easily to read the daily installments. I’m going to be reading it every day. Although I started the story, I have no idea how it ends! What fun!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Beloved Castaway

Historical author Kathleen Y’Barbo has written another delightful novel, Beloved Castaway, in which “a stormy romance rages along the Florida Keys.” Mistaken identities, broken families, forbidden romances, struggling faith, and adventure on the high seas come together to keep the reader turning the pages from beginning to end. Seldom do I finish the last page of a book with happy shivers running down my spine and tears in my eyes. Beloved Castaway is one such book.

If you would like to win a copy of Beloved Castaway, leave a comment in response to Kathleen's formula for a successful historical novel:

A successful historical novel is a combination of good research, good writing,
and great plotting. If any of these things are missing, the book will fall flat.
In my opinion, a great plot will trump the writing and research, but it’s got to
be really great.

--Kathleen Y'Barbo

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