Monday, February 19, 2018

Interview with Romance Author Charissa Stastny

 Book Giveaway Feb 19 - 26: A Romance, Package Deal from the Ruled Out Romances series.

One lucky commenter will win an ebook of Package Deal. But that’s not all! Whoever signs up for Charissa’s newsletter can get a FREE copy of Game Changer (the 1st book in the stand-alone series). You just have to email her back when you receive your “Welcome Letter” to verify your email and she will send it to you.

Charissa Stastny is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children who are the light of her life. She’s an avid reader, happy writer, BYU graduate, and lover of poppies and irises, clouds, chocolate, sushi, and nature. Though born and raised in Las Vegas, she has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She shuffles kids, laundry, and church responsibilities rather well though. She currently lives in Utah with her family, where shuffling cards isn’t required.

“With witty dialogue and a fast-paced plot, this feel-good book will stick with you for days.”Taylor Dean

Welcome to my blog, Charissa. What is the Ruled Out Romances Series about?

In this new series of stand-alone stories, star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out. But life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, brings each of the unlikely duos together again and again until they yield to the magnetic pull between them and discover their unique happily-ever-afters.

This series sounds intriguing. Please give us a description of book one: Game Changer.

Orange chicken was a game-changer.

Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention.

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

Tell us about book two: Package Deal.

Angels come in different packages.

Single mom Spring has no desire to date again. At her best friend’s wedding though, she is surprised when a handsome man’s flirtations charm her, instead of annoy her. But when her toddler runs up and calls her Mommy, she can tell by his reaction that her daughter is a deal-breaker. He can’t escape fast enough.

Hudson Sandel proudly owns his bachelor status as he attends his little brother’s wedding as best man. Too bad the only woman who tempts him there has a daughter that rules her out. Instant fatherhood will never be on his agenda. Yet when the kid throws a tantrum, he swoops in to help keep her from ruining his brother’s special night. When he leaves though, he can’t get the gorgeous blonde out of his head. Playing hero to her child made him feel uncomfortably good, and he doesn’t know quite how to feel about that.

As fate, lollipops, and toddler tantrums keep throwing the angelic duo into Hudson’s path, will he risk his heart and dreams on a package deal, or stick to the sure road leading to professional success and glory?

What are the names of the next two books in this series and when will they be ready?

Collateral Hearts – book 3 (Coming later in 2018)
Corporate Crush – book 4 (Coming later in 2018)

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

Thank you so much for this interview, Charissa. It’s always a joy to have you visit my blog.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Interview with Romance Author Renee Riva

Book Giveaway Feb 12 - 27: A Series of Short Stories in a box set --Sweetwater Romance: A Valentine Sampler. Ebook Giveaway: International

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Renee Riva has been writing stories ever since she won her first writing contest in the second grade. She combines her memories of a happy childhood( growing up in a big Italian family with a bunch of noisy siblings she wouldn’t trade for anything in the world), the heart of a “hopeful” romantic, and adds a big dose of gentle humor to delight the hearts of readers. She loves writing romantic comedies and both contemporary and historical novellas about young love.

Welcome to my blog, Renee. I understand that seven of the Forget-Me-Not-Romance Authors have each written a short story. What was the inspiration for Sweetwater Romances: A Valentine Sampler?

In early December, one of our Forget-me-not-romance authors was noticing how much readers liked romantic Christmas collections. It made her think first, we are writers of romance, and, second, an upcoming holiday is all about romantic affection. What if we could get something short and sweet ready in time for Valentine’s Day? Each piece would be like a chocolate in a sampler box, the first one making the reader want to “taste” the next. After one night of mulling it over, she pitched the idea to our publisher Cynthia Hickey. She posted it on our authors’ Facebook group to test interest. The collection filled in half an hour! She set the length at 6,000 words and then slammed down the deadline –January 1st! Oh my, that put all of us in a scramble!

Please tell us about your short story that you wrote.

My story, Sweetwater Café, revolves around Shelby Smith who has been a waitress at the café for six years. She’s hoping for a reason to leave Sweetwater, when a handsome woodworker arrives in town to restore a historical barn. Here’s my best description of what happens next:

Welcome to the Sweetwater Cafe in the small town of Sweetwater, Kansas, where EVERYBODY knows your name! For Shelby Smith, enough is enough. After six years of working the BBQ Lunch Special under the overbearing eye of grumpy, Great Aunt Beula, Shelby is ready to get out of Dodge... until a handsome, young, newcomer walks into the cafe one frosty February morning. Can Chase Tanner change the direction this city wannabe is heading, and help to heal a family at the same time? C'mon in for a BBQ Sweetwater Burger and find out!

Are any of the stories connected to one another, such as: Do the characters know one another or live in the same town?

Yes! We are all connected! There are seven shops in Sweetwater, Kansas, and we each chose our shop to be in charge of, and were free to visit other shops. We have: A café, hardwood store, B&B, candy shop, dress boutique, photography shop, and a bakery. Willow from Toolbox Trinkets comes to my café for lunch. I (Shelby), go to the Bon Bon Boutique to buy a dress for my hot Valentine date with Chase. Chase goes to Sweet Nothings to buy chocolate for Shelby. A few of the couples go to a Valentine Dinner at the B&B. The challenge was coordinating with the other authors so we had all of our stories in sync with one another. Fortunately, Cindy Amos, bless her heart, read all of our stories to make sure they jived with the others!

List the website of each author so my readers can check out their recent and past books they have written?

Cynthia Hickey Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.
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Cindy M. Amos is a freelance nature writer with nonfiction publications in numerous national magazines for ministry work and mentoring students in the sciences. From a career in natural resources management and endangered species conservation along the Atlantic coast, she now writes nature-infused inspirational fiction about people living close to the land from her post in the Midwest.
Jennifer AlLee~ For the first 10 years of her life, Jennifer AlLee lived above a mortuary in Hollywood, California, one block away from Hollywood and Vine. Over the years, she worked in numerous fields, including as a church secretary and an administrative assistant at a cable company, but whatever the position, writing always became part of the job description. In 2007, her first novel was published. Since then, she's published 11 novels and quite a few novellas with five different publishing houses. While she's thrilled to be living her dream as an author, Jennifer considers raising her amazing son to be her best creative achievement.
Martha Rogers is a multi-published author and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston, Texas where they are active members of First Baptist Church. They are the parents of three sons and grandparents to eleven grandchildren and great-grandparents to four. Martha is a retired teacher with twenty-eight years teaching. Find Martha at:
Christina Rich, a mother of four children, a grandmother of one, a romance author with Harlequin’s inspirational line, Love Inspired, Forget Me Not Romances, and photographer, and is currently working on several non-fiction books.
Brandi Boddie writes historical and contemporary romance. She resides in Texas, where she loves spending time with her husband and dogs, a cocker spaniel and a schnauzer who both aspire to be food critics.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Anna Del C Dye

Anna is an accomplished, award winning author of clean romance and medieval fantasy. She has written an Elf Series, with seven books, all published. She now is writing "The Royal Romance Series" in which the soon to be released Dark Mirror Image is stand-alone book number 4. She also has published several books in digital format: A Middle grade tale; Emerine's Nightmare, A Medieval Romance; The Chancellor from Connier; and The Other Santa A Christmas Miracle, a story set in the depression era.  

Welcome to my blog, Anna. Please tell us about your novel, Dark Mirror Image. This is part of A Royal Romance series.

This is book four in A Royal Romance series. 

King Keban didn’t realize that gazing upon Princess Arianne was punishable by death. Saldil was the kingdom that piqued his curiosity, and the sole reason he had accepted this visit. Her brother, the king, gave him another option—Now he will return home to Perjha with the princess as his wife. He wonders at the turn of events, but only for a small moment. After staying there for a night, filled with hair-curling cries and dreadful noises coming from her brother’s chamber, he could never leave her in that place…not even for his kingdom.

Arianne liked King Keban the moment their eyes met. She is no longer so sure when her brother announces that Keban demanded to marry her, or he would attack Saldil. Who is this man with two faces? And why won’t he tell anyone that they are married? She will have to keep both eyes on this king and this most unusual arrangement.

I love your book cover. It seems to draw me into your story. What age group will enjoy this book?

Teens and even some twelve-year-old girls will enjoy the romance, mystery and happy (?) ending.

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

King Keban is the most remarkable men I ever know the kind every girl dreams of as her prince charming. He is intelligent, calm, respectful, kind, positive, and doesn't need to prove he is the king...everyone knows it and loves him for it.

Put in a peculiar situation by a creepy king during his trip to a neighboring kingdom, he makes the best of it. When he later sees the need to save a damsel in distress, he takes it seriously and rescues Princess Arianne in two days flat by getting her out of her kingdom.

You write fantasy. What intrigues you most about writing this genre?

What captures my imagination about fantasy is the many possibilities in this genre. You can start with no matter of thought and take it to a new universe and beyond, leaving you breathless all at once. The many different roads you can travel there and back and all that can be yours for the taking. It truly is a fountain of ever running ideas and inspiration.

I love your description of why you write fantasy. Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

They can find everything I have written and a lot about me in my website:

Thank you so much for this interview, Anna. It’s always fun talking about your books.

You may buy Anna's book at the links below:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Interview with Romantic Mystery/Suspense Author Mary L. Ball

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

Readers can connect with her on her web page, Face Book or Twitter

Visit Mary’s Singing Ministry Site at:

Welcome to my blog, Mary. Sunny's Dream is the first book in an Inspirational Mystery Series called Celestial Investigation. Please tell us about this Mystery/Suspense Romance.

Sunny Kast spends her week fighting cyber-crime, and dreaming of her prince charming. When a man walks into Celestial Investigations, and introduces himself as Trouble, she’s sure he’s not her prince and positive that he lives up to his name. After Max Trouble finds an important document, his life gets complicated with the know-it-all P.I. hired to track down its owner.

Sunny and Max’s relationship grows. She’s optimistic that he may be her prince charming, but after her car is sabotaged and she’s almost killed, Max’s chauvinist ideas of a female investigator surface. Will she see God’s perfect plan, or a not-so-perfect relationship?

“Sunny’s Dream,” Celestial Investigation, book one, is a Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I was driving home one day. For no reason, the concept of creating a series with three sisters came to mind. The names were instant. I’m very grateful to God for fueling my imagination.

I understand completely. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I researched the requirements to be a private investigator in North Carolina. I also searched out several facts on various ways to sabotage a car and gun laws. LOL I’m sure if anyone notices my search history they may think I’m some kind of nut.    

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

Sunny is the main character. I like her spunk, and the way she reacts to difficult situations.

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

Thank you for this fun interview, Mary. This series sounds so intriguing.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Interview with Author Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Kathryn has been interested in book marketing since her first book was published in 2002 and her ‘then’ publisher, invited her to take care of her own book signings. She was surprised. Later, she realized that no matter how an author is published: traditionally or self-published, it’s up to the author to market his/her book. She has since published 12 books, and the marketing continues.

Welcome to my blog, Kathryn. Please tell us about Marketing Your Book on a Budget.

Marketing Your Book on a Budget is in its 7th year. It’s a short read; no fluff, and filled with links and tips on marketing that any author will be excited to find. In it, the writer will find links to book reviewers, blog interviewers, free advertising, and more. In it, they will learn how to market their book without fear, and will discover what to do when rejection comes. Because it will. The most important thing for authors is to keep doing what works – what brings in the new readers, what gets the most views – and let go of what doesn’t.

Can you give us one example that will help an author to spread the word about his or her books?

Best example I can think of. Good reviewers. It often takes hours and hours to find reviewers to review a book, but this is the single most important marketing tip I can share with you. But where do you find them? How do you approach them? And what is their contact information? The answers to these questions can be found in Marketing Your Book on a Budget.

At one of your lectures that I attended, you encouraged authors to submit their books to ACX and turn them into an audiobook. I did it and was so impressed with the outcome. Could you please tell my readers more about ACX, which is a sister company to Amazon, and how one goes about making their book into an audiobook?

I would be glad to. ACX, or Audio Creation Exchange, works with, iTunes and Amazon where your audio book is listed and can be purchased. At ACX, you can search out a narrator for your book. I have used Nancy Peterson (who now charges for her services) and Lauren Holladay. While some narrators prefer to be paid upfront for their work, there are others who will split the royalty with you at the time of sale. This is what I have done for 9 of my 12 books. Of course, you can do the audio yourself, but it’s fairly difficult to get the audio just right unless you have a studio in which to produce it.

What kind of research did you do?

Both of these narrators came to me without doing any research. I guess I was lucky. One of my sisters knows Nancy, and Nancy was looking for someone to get her started in narration. A connection was made. Nancy has narrated all of my Parable books.

With Lauren, I’d just joined a new site called, Alignable, and was getting familiar with the small businesses that were a part of that. One day I got a message from Lauren. She was trying to build her new business and wondered if I’d be interested in listening to a sample or two. I did, and we connected. Lauren has worked on all of my mysteries, including my newest YA – Tie Died.

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

You can find me at and, where you’ll find information in publishing with Idea Creations Press. We currently have 22 authors who have published with us, and are always looking for more.

Thank you so much for this informative interview. I hope many authors check out your book and that it helps them.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Interview with Author Paul Joseph Brennan

Paul Joseph Brennan was born in the Boston Children’s Hospital. He was one of 5 children. His early childhood memories were happy, even though his family had some troubles. Then the trials became such that he quit school and left home at the age of 14. His education consisted mostly from the school of hard knocks, a tough taskmaster. His journey through his trials has been difficult, but he was able to not only survive but also find joy in his life. He now lives in Southern Utah with his wife. His grown children and his grandchildren live near him and he and his wife spend most of their time enjoying their family. Paul’s family is his greatest treasure. Under Pressure: Buried Alive and Other Ordinary Miracles is Paul’s first book.

This story gives you a new insight on the life of Paul Joseph Brennan. I have never known a neighborhood where joining a gang was expected and smoking pot was part of life. I had never had a father who was an alcoholic and beat me regularly. These were experiences that Paul Brennan had as a young boy and teenager. For someone to go through all the trials Paul did in his life and come out a stronger person really amazes me. It would be so easy to give up, but he didn’t. He continued on and changed his life for the better. My respect for this man grew by leaps and bounds as I read his story. This book has humor, hardships, and spiritual experiences.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

This book is one of my favorite books that I read in 2017. Welcome to my blog, Paul. Please tell us about Under Pressure: Buried Alive and Other Ordinary Miracles.

Under Pressure: Buried Alive and Other Ordinary Miracles is a book about my journey. I believe that we can change our future no matter what our past looks like. People have told me all of my life that my life has been unusual. I believe that my past has made me who I am today and there are miracles everyday, large and small that can change us for the better if we just recognize them. I want to share my story in hopes that I can help someone out, then have the hope and courage to carry on and find their true joy in life.

Where did you get your inspiration to write your autobiography?

My inspiration for my autobiography came from all my friends and family and people I’ve met along the way that have heard pieces of my story that have inspired me to write all the stories down and put them together in a book. 

You mention “ordinary miracles” in the title. Would you like to expound on this subject?

Ordinary miracles. I believe we have miracles all around us everyday. Sometimes we don’t recognize them because we get used to them and so we call them ordinary. Like the sun coming up each morning, a baby growing inside a human being, or even all the amazing things our bodies can do. I was kind of playing with the words ordinary miracles in my book because in reality, there are no ordinary miracles. All the miracles around us are amazing!

That is so true, Paul. Did you find it an emotional experience to reminisce about the past as you wrote your autobiography?

It was and still becomes an emotional experience each time I reread a portion of the book. Some memories are cherished, while others are memories I wish I could forget at times. But again, they have all contributed to who I am today.

Where is your website so my readers can check out your book?

You can find more about me and about my book at:

Thank you, Paul, for this enlightening interview. Just a note to my readers, I have known Paul for many years but never realized what kind of life he had lived before moving to Southern Utah…until I read his book. My respect for this man grew so much as I learned about his trials, his spiritual feelings about life, his love for his children, and his devotion towards his wife. I didn’t know this “tough” man was so romantic until I read his deepest feelings for Karen. Get the book. You’ll enjoy it!

By the way, Paul, I couldn't help putting this awesome "tough guy" picture below. Haha. I got it from your wife!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Interview with Historical Romance Author Renee Riva

Renee Riva is an Inspirational Romance author who loves to write about the good in life. She has written close to twenty young adult, coming of age, romantic comedies, and historical romances. Her inspiration stems from growing up in the middle of a large Italian family with lots of pets and noisy siblings. She wouldn’t trade her memories or her sibs for anything in the world.

Jackson's Treasure: This story is adorable and the humor delightful. I enjoy reading stories that are humorous and romantic. When an author adds a bit of adventure, then I’m hooked. And this story is definitely adventurous. Young Adults will enjoy this story so much. After reading this book, I decided to give it to my granddaughter who will be thrilled to read it. She’s an avid reader.” –Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to my blog, Renee. Please tell us about this lighthearted romantic comedy: Jackson's Treasure.

Jackson’s Treasure begins with Peyton Abercrombie running away from her betrothal to a plantation owner and stowing away on a ship. She soon comes to realize she’s aboard a pirate ship. When Captain Jackson Lafitte discovers her hiding behind the barrels in his captain’s quarters, he finds her surprisingly interesting and amusing. He sympathizes with her dilemma, and allows her passage to Grand Isle, Louisiana, where she plans to hide out at the family cabin. There are many storms ahead on the high seas as these two get to know each other during the course of a hurricane.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I have always loved the old pirate stories and the image of pirates, but have been hesitant to write about a character who steals for a living. The thought occurred to me that perhaps not all pirates were bad, and there is hope for them just as there is hope for anyone willing to change their course.

I absolutely love pirate stories and movies, especially if the pirate has some good in him and he’s being a rebel for a good reason. Haha. What kind of research did you do?

I found a wonderful historical account of the life of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana’s most notorious pirate (which I added as a bonus to the end of the book). It proved that pirates were capable of change and serving their country, as he chose to do when America fought against the British. I also read historical accounts and a novel about Grand Isle during that period of history as well as enjoyed many old photos of the island.

That is so awesome. My family and I went there just last year and toured the Jean Lafitte Historical Park and Museum. We learned so much about Jean Lafitte and his devotion to our country when faced to choose a side. He was such an interesting person. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Peyton Abercrombie is young, beautiful, and high-spirited. I love her sense for adventure, her gumption to stand up for herself and what she feels is right. I love her Faith and her humility to admit when she needs help with things too big to handle. And I love that she is kindhearted.

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

My books can be found on my Amazon Author page: Renee's Bookshop

My website and blog can be found here:

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

Interview with Cozy Mystery Romance Author Carole Brown

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

There isn’t a better way to cozy up with a good book than with a “Cozy Mystery.”

In A Flute in the Willows, Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other's love...and keep the German enemy at bay. She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamorous life...especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife's life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie. These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their ownselves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

Welcome to my blog, Carole. A Flute in the Willows is part of your WWII Spies series. Please tell us about your novel.

This novel is about the second red-headed daughter in the Rayner family. In the first book, With Music in Their Hearts, Josie and Jerry eloped, and were madly in love. Now, after separation because of his spy mission in Germany and injury AND Josie's own injury while ice skating (she trained and hoped for a chance at the Olympics once the war is ended), she's struggling with Jerry's rejection. These two troubled persons must work together to find forgiveness and peace besides locating the German spy who's trying to kill one or both of them. Can their love survive?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My mother lived through WWII, and her stories and the pictures I saw impressed and inspired my interest in that period of time. In With Music in Their Hearts (Book One), I chose her name, Emma Jaine, for my female protagonists and Tyrell's name from a book I read years ago.

That time period speaks to me in such a vivid way. I suppose because of my mother and her memories. The dangers and spy activities, the romance of the 1940s era, the gorgeous fashions, the hats, the men's bravery and the women's strength and determination in stepping up to fill their missing men's jobs, and so many other things resonate inside me.

What kind of research did you do?

Lots and lots! I did research on clothing, shoes, women's hats, men's hats and the message of different tilts of them, food (or the scarcity of it), gardens, clothing styles for both sexes, language, Germany, spies, ammunition, plots for spies, the town of Cincinnati, ice skating, flute music and many other things. I enjoyed it all!

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

Jerry Patterson came from an abusive family—not with physical beatings, but in that his father was absent a lot and required excellence from his two sons and degraded them if that wasn't given 100%.  Jerry is good looking in a sulky, mysterious way. At heart he is needy and loves his wife, Josie Rayner Patterson, with all his heart. Confused and hurt and angry at the happenings in Germany and his own injury, he misguidedly thinks he must turn his successful and athletic wife loose from the marriage they share. Of course, his thinking is faulty, but with God's help, Josie's love and the danger they both face, Jerry's heart softens and finally yields to God's perfect plan.

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

Readers can follow my blog or join my newsletter:

or Amazon is a great place to follow my posts and books too!

Thank you for having me!!

Thank you for this wonderful interview Carole. I hope my readers will check out your books and the links below.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Interview with Comedy Romance Author Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is a stay at home mom/freelance writer/author. She has written ten different books including family dramas, romantic comedies, and children’s books. She spends most of her time playing with her girls, but when they are away, she writes blogs and web content for clients. Fiction is her fun time and she has trouble leaving characters behind when she’s in the midst of a story. Brooke has been married to her husband, Sean, since 2002 and they have two daughters, KAelyn (8) and Sadie (4).

Welcome to my blog, Brooke. Please tell us about your romantic comedy: The Leftover.

The Leftover is a romantic comedy based around a local version of the TV show Survivor. So, imagine your local news station were to put on a contest, similar to Survivor, with people from your community. Of course, it’s not a big production like the real show, but it’s plenty exciting!

Romantic comedies are so fun to read. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

My oldest daughter (age 8) loves the show Survivor so we watch it together. The people on the show seem to REALLY want to be there. They give up a lot to play this really tough game. I wondered what would happen to a character that got pulled into the show a bit more. IT’s not her thing and she knows it. But she lands herself in the position anyway. Now what?!

This story sounds intriguing. What kind of research did you do?

I watched Survivor with my daughter and did a lot of imagining. I used location names that are a combination for certain neighborhoods in Nebraska and left little name-like gems for locals around this area to find.

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

I love Megan Malone, the main female character. She’s awkward and she knows it. She wears glasses and keeps her hair up and out of her face and she doesn’t particularly feel comfortable around people. She has a lot of me in her, really, but she’s able to overcome her failings and find her confidence. I love how we get to see her grow to love herself just as she is!

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

Thank you for this interview, Brooke. I hope my readers will check out this fun book.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Author Colleen L. Reece

Colleen L. Reece learned to read by kerosene lamplight in a home without electricity, dreaming of someday writing a book. God has expanded Colleen’s “someday” book into 150+ “Books You Can Trust” with six million copies sold. She describes herself as an ordinary person with an extraordinary God.

Breaking News: Colleen's Romance Quartet (Romance Rides the Range, Romance Rides the River, Romance at Rainbow's End and Romance at the Hacienda) will soon be available as audiobooks. Winged Publications recently issued Shades of the Old West Romance Quartet in both Kindle and print editions. Available from Amazon.

Welcome to my blog, Colleen. You have really accomplished a lot in your life. More than 150 books published is quite an accomplishment. Please tell us about this Christmas book: Patchwork Christmas?

An Heirloom Quilt Heals Tattered Hearts: Tying many lives together—literally—with the use of a beloved patchwork quilt led to this heart-warming title. When a homeless mother and a grounded pilot are most in need of healing, a treasured patchwork quilt appears to each, offering comfort, hope, and love.

Story 1: Remnants of Faith, written by Renee DeMarco
Natalie Thorsett and her two daughters, seven and five, are in desperate straits. Natalie's letters to her husband are returned marked "Addressee Unknown." Has Mark abandoned his family?

Story 2: Silver Lining, written by Colleen L. Reece
Major Gavin Scott, a U.S. Air Force pilot, is badly injured after a plane crash in the Middle East. Can his nurse-practitioner fiancée accept the grounded "white hawk?" Will Natalie and Gavin’s former teacher’s cherished possession fulfill her dreams concerning her beloved students? Can the couples, with the help of God and an old quilt, piece their lives back together and each find true love as they struggle to make it through a Patchwork Christmas?

Award-winning aunt-and niece team Reece and DeMarco combine their talents into a touching story of those who face adversity. Note:  The story is fictional, Colleen’s mother, Pearl, made the quilt on the cover more than 50 years ago

You published a Children’s Christmas picture book that tells where some of our favorite hymns came from: Christmas Caroling Classics. Please tell us about this book.

Nine-year-old Dennis and seven-year-old Sarah love singing Christmas carols. Dennis wants to know where the carols came from and why they are called classics. Mom suggests that the children look up the answer to that question and report on the find in their family worships between then and Christmas. Dennis and Sarah eagerly agree and discover some surprising facts. A preacher who was considered one of the greatest of his time wrote over 700 hymns and psalms. However, he couldn't compare with another man who wrote over 6000 hymns! The children's favorite story is about naughty mice that may well have been the reason for one of the world's best-loved Christmas hymns. Suggested age range for readers: 6-10

Will you please give us an example of one of these hymns?

All Christmas Eve day nine-year-old Dennis and his seven-year-old sister Sarah talked about the special story Dad had promised to tell them at family worship that night. They sang as much as they could remember of “Silent Night, Holy Night” over and over, then got out their hymn books and sang some more.
At last it was time. Dad turned out most of the lights and threw an extra log on the fire. “I want you to pretend tonight,” he told the family. “Try and feel the way two men felt just before Christmas in 1818 in a little town in the Austrian Alps.
Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber looked at each other in despair. ‘How can we have a Christmas service without music?’ they asked each other. ‘The organ is old. It needs to be repaired.’
“They stared out the window into the village of Oberndorf. Thick snow blanketed the ground and made it impossible to get a repairman through the drifts.
"'Perhaps mice have been in the or­gan. Or maybe it's just too old to work properly,' they de­cided. 'What can we do?’
"Joseph Mohr continued to stare at the snow-covered village. Gradually the snow lessened. Into the young man's mind came the words, 'Silent Night, Holy Night.' The next morning, he handed the words to Franz Gruber, who soon hummed a simple melody for the song.
Dad paused.
"What happened?" Sarah cried.

Dad smiled. ''The organ still didn’t work, but Franz Gruber played the melody in chords on his guitar. 'Silent Night, Holy Night,' or 'Stille Nact, Heilige Nacht,' the German language in which the song was written, was first heard in that candle-lit church."

"I wish I'd been there." Dennis sighed. "I kind of feel like I was." It sounded funny when he said it, but when the others nodded, he didn't feel funny at all.
"Since those early days many other wonderful hymns have been written," Mom reminded the children. "Every time we go to church and sing a Christmas carol we should remember how God in­spires people to write and compose music that praises Him. The word carol in Old French means 'song of joy.' "
"Does it make God happy when we sing carols about Jesus?" Sarah wanted to know.
"I'm sure it does, especially when we mean what we sing. I believe such songs are prayers. We always need to listen carefully to the words we are saying," Dad said.
Dennis thought about everything they'd learned. When they all joined hands in a prayer circle, he thanked God for Christmas carol classics.
But most of all, that it was almost Jesus’ birthday.

What do you love most about Christmas?

Everything! Putting up decorations on December 1st, putting a lighted star in the front window. Hanging a Christmas flag that honors the birth of Christ outside my house. Decorating the mailbox and lamppost with big red bows. Watching inspirational classic movies on TV such as It’s a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Calling “Merry Christmas” to neighbors on my daily walk and clerks in stores. Listening to carols. Spending time with family and friends. Most of all, simply giving thanks for the gift of God’s Son.

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

Colleen L. Reece: Writing to Inspire and Entertain

Thank you for this wonderful Christmas Interview. I hope my readers will check out your books.