Monday, June 27, 2016

Register to win Gail Pallotta's Breaking Barriers


We're happy to have Gail Pallotta with us today talking about her book, Breaking Barriers. Please leave Gail a comment below for your chance to win. To learn more about Gail and Breaking Barriers, read on!


1. What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I hope readers of Breaking Barriers come away realizing that anger can leave lasting scars, but forgiveness heals. I’d also like them to see the hurt in the anger, and if they know someone who suffers from it, attempt to help that person. If they aren’t already working to preserve Christianity, I hope they will. 

2. What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I research the main topic. Then I write a rough plot, overview and character sketches. Sometimes, I have a character journal through me to get to know him or her a little better.

3. What are you working on right now?
I’m writing a series of romantic comedies. 


4. Tell us about your latest release and why you think readers will enjoy it.
 Breaking Barriers is part of Prism Book Group’s Love Is...Series taken from I Corinthians 13: 4 - 8. My sub-title is “Love Isn’t Easily Angered.”
In the action-packed thriller gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To
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rebuild the church she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting she’s attacked by a terrorist but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.
I think people will enjoy the suspense, the developing friendship between the main character and a co-worker, her unlikely romance, her realization that love is kind and the importance the book puts on our Christian faith.

5. What is your personal definition of success?
Living in peace and happiness, which I believe we find through Christ.


6. How can readers get in contact with you?
Several ways. I love to hear from readers.
Web site - http://www.gailpallotta.com
Blog - https://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore
Twitter - Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords

7. Will you be giving away a book? If so, a print or e-book? 
I’ll give away an e-book of Breaking Barriers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Register to win Susan Page Davis' River Rest




 We're happy to have Susan Page Davis with us talking about her book, River Rest. For your chance to win, please leave Susan a comment at the end of the post. To learn more about Susan and her book, read on!

1) Why did you choose to write this book?
My great-aunt left a journal she wrote in the 1920s and ’30s. It gave such a vivid picture of life in rural Maine that I wanted to write a story in that setting. I decided to push it back to 1918, near the end of World War I, because of the added tension, and also because my grandfather (Aunt Belle’s brother-in-law) served. He was drafted close to the end of the war, and I adapted some details of his story to fit in for my heroine, Judith’s brother. River Rest is purely fiction, but many of the events in it were inspired by things that really happened in my family.

2) What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I usually do a lot of research, especially for historical novels, and I write a long synopsis that serves as my outline.

3) Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
I am now a confirmed plotter. I started out as a seat-of-the-pants writer, not sure where the story would take me. I was very proud of that. But after a while I realized that I thought about my stories a lot before I began writing. In fact, I was thinking through the entire plot in my head—basically a mental outline. When I discovered that, it wasn’t so hard to write the outlines my editors wanted beforehand. Now I never start writing a book without a written synopsis.

4) What are you working on right now?
I have several projects going. I’m finishing up a western novel called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains, which will release in 2017 from Barbour Publishing. I’m also working on a cozy mystery for Guideposts. It’s Book 9 in their new Tearoom Mysteries series (for which I also wrote Book 1, Tea for Two). And my son Jim and I are planning a sequel to the book we wrote together.

5) Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.
In River Rest, Judith Chadbourne gave up her teaching job after her mother’s death to help her father with her five siblings. But when her brother Joel is drafted, the household chores
and farm work may overwhelm her. Their neighbor, Ben Thayer, seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s shattering. Joel falls ill at the army camp, and Ben’s concern may bring the beginnings of trust. Can love take Judith beyond the frozen Maine winter?
I hope readers will travel with Judith as she seeks for spiritual peace. She constantly feels that she hasn’t done enough and will never be able to do enough. I have struggled with those feelings, too, and been overwhelmed by work and family issues. There’s only one trust rest when your heart is burdened, and that is in the Lord.

6) How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Email: susan@susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

7) Will you be doing a book giveaway? If so, the title of the book and will you be giving away a print or eBook?
Yes, I will give an e-book or paperback copy of River Rest.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Grace Marshall's "No Pizza Delivery?"


We're happy to have Grace Marshall with us today talking about her book, No Pizza Delivery? She will be giving away a copy on her website at the end of the month, so please keep an eye out there. To learn more about Grace and No Pizza Delivery?, read on!


1) What would you like readers to take away from your book?
When life drops manure in your path, make fertilizer! The main goal is for people to get
some laughs and be uplifted.

2) Why did you choose to write this book?
As a christian teenager growing up I loved horses! Still do. When I went to find books
for a horse crazy christian girl, all I found were ones on competition, or adult erotic
books. They just weren’t what I was looking for. So I wanted to write a fun adventure
story for Christian girls who are crazy about horses but want to read a clean story and
aren’t as in to the competition end of it.

3) What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that I can rewrite a story and have it look totally different from the original,
without actually scrapping the first draft and starting over. Sometimes it’s good to just
write the story and after you’ve gotten it on the paper, you can go back and make it
presentable.

4) What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Not giving up after my writing was rejected. The writing and publishing world is cruel
and sometimes heartless. There are those who encourage and teach, but it’s hard not to
feel discouraged, or as if you won’t be good enough. I’m glad for those out there who
shared their struggles as authors and for my own personal support group; I couldn’t
have done it without them.

5) Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
A lot of what I learned came from the internet. I struggled with discouragement
especially with everything new I had to learn. Finding blogs and making social media
connections with successful authors who had good advice on topics from self-discipline
and writing techniques, to how to react (or not react) to criticism has been priceless.

6) What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
Chasing my dream of writing. Whether I make it and become wildly successful, become
a mid-stream author, or completely fizz out, I’m proud that I tried. Even though it was
difficult, I am putting books out there that are selling. Not being too scared to chase the
dream is an accomplishment in itself.

7) What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
If it’s a novel in a series then I do a lot of preplanning for marketing and brainstorming.
If I’m trying to get a point across that has been irking me, I try to complete an outline. If
God tells me to write something specific or I get a creative bug in my ear, I just watch
what shows up on the page.

8) Why do you write?
I write because I want to make a difference in people's lives. In all my stories I want my readers to find lessons and moral trials that can encourage them in this negative world. I want to make them laugh, cry, love, hope, and remember God is in control, always.

9) Are you a plotter or a pantzer?  
It depends on how much coffee I’ve had and the novel at hand. If I just have a general idea of what I want to accomplish I start with only a simple outline, sometimes I want to get something specific across and I create an entire outline, and sometimes an idea just strikes me and I sit down and see what comes out.

10) What are you working on right now?
I currently have a few works at different stages of the writing process. One of them is
Christian PornoGirl, about a Christian teenager who becomes addicted to porn. Another is Pastor God, about a pastor who loses sight of what it means to be a servant of God. I’m also working on the second book in the “Horse Haven” series, titled Unexpected Allies and Recurring Warts, it’s scheduled to release September 1.

11) What's next for you?
Other than the second book in the “Horse Haven” series, I’m not sure. Honestly, I never can tell! I find if I make plans God tends to change them on me, so instead I just try to enjoy the adventures as He takes me through them.

12) Tell us a little more about yourself, with three things not many people know about you.
Before I settled on making a difference with writing, I thought I would be a lawyer. And my husband can attest I like winning arguments! Another thing many people won't know is I've struggled with depression to the point of contemplating suicide. However, thanks again to God, he brought me out of it, and now I can use those experiences to write from. Lastly, I love adventures, I own a motorcycle, and I believe in living life to the fullest while walking in God's will.

13) Do you listen to music when you write and if so, what kind of music – or do
you find it distracts you?
It depends on my mood and where I am in my writing. Sometimes if I am struggling to plod through the story or the tedious editing parts, I find that music helps to motivate
and I listen to all different types of music. At other times I get so inspired I completely forget about the music. Compared to a boring office job where I sometimes sang to stave off boredom, having the chance to do something so enjoyable and thrilling that I don't even hear music is very different and satisfying!

14) What do you do for fun when not writing?
I try to experience a lot of different things. Since I’m currently short on cash though, I spend most of the limited free time I have playing with my animals or hanging out with my husband. If I become stinking rich, I would love to travel the world.

15) Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about
it.
No Pizza Delivery? is the first book in my “Horse Haven” series. Ruth is a relatable
Christian teenager that faces life’s challenges with humor. She moves from Wisconsin
to Sainte Genevieve, Missouri with her family. Her father loves horses and begins to
work on starting a ranch but she finds that there is a different culture in southeast
Missouri and she also has to cope with losing her friends. I believe readers will find a
place to laugh and grow within the pages of the book.

16) If you could spend an hour with anyone dead or living, who would it be?
Jesus would be my first and most obvious answer to that. Aside from that, I know this
sounds a bit mushy, but my husband. I spend a lot of time with him already but he’s my
favorite person in the whole world. Every hour with him is an adventure that I thank the
Lord for. Yes, we do fight and have our differences, but we challenge and support each
other to chase dreams. I truly believe God brought us together and if he wasn’t the best
person in the world for me, than God would have paired me with someone else.

17) What is your personal definition of success?
Living in God’s will to the best of my ability. I think success is different for everyone and
to be successful as a Christian means to do what the Lord is calling me to do.

18) How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
I can be found and contacted through my website, www.wordsbytwo.com. I can also be
found on Twitter or Instagram at GraceM_Author. My Facebook page is
https://www.facebook.com/gracemauthor.

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