Monday, October 24, 2016

Johnnie Alexander is giving away a copy of "When Love Arrives"

We're happy to have Johnnie Alexander with us talking about her book When Love Arrives. When asked if she will be giving away a book, Johnnie replied, "A US winner can choose either an autographed print edition or an ebook edition of When Love Arrives; an international winner will receive an ebook edition." Please leave Johnnie a comment for your chance to win. To learn more about Johnnie and her book, read on!

What did you learn while writing this book?
 This story had its challenges. While I knew the heroine resented the hero (who wasn’t even aware of her existence until they met), I didn’t know why she was mad at him for the longest time. Eventually, during a walk in the pasture, everything fell into place. A flippant decision I made when writing the first story in the Misty Willow Series—that the hero’s parents had died in a plane crash—was an important element in this novel.

Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
 Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King is indispensable for novelists. Every writer should read it then read it again.

Story Trumps Structure by Steven James is another one of my favorites. I’m an organic writer (mostly) so the concepts in this book make sense to me.

What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
 The first major writing conference I attended was the Florida Christian Writing Conference. I’ve been to it more than any other—it’s where I met several women who became my best friends, where I met an editor who encouraged me to finish a manuscript, where I met an agent who referred me to the person who became my agent.

I’m also fond of the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference. (I’m on the planning committee so I’m a little prejudiced!)

The Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat is terrific, too. It’s small, relaxing, and inspiring.

What are you working on right now?
I’m breaking the unwritten “don’t change genres” rule. Again! J My next stories will be two cozy mysteries for Annie’s Fiction. This is the path God has set out for me, and I love it!

What do you do for fun when not writing?
 I’ve been traveling and that has been so fun. My sister and I spent a week recently in Prince Edward Island, and I’ve been sharing photos on my blog for the #Write31Days Challenge. 

While answering this question, I’m sitting in a Comfort Inn in Willow Springs, Missouri because tomorrow I’m meeting a friend at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, Missouri. (P.S. We had a great time!)

I’m also taking my collie Griff to obedience and agility classes. We’re just starting out so we haven’t competed yet. But that’s in our future.

Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it.

Brett Somers, the hero of When Love Arrives, was the not-so-nice-guy in the series’ first story. Faced with the tragic consequences of his actions, he wants to live a different kind of life, to be a different kind of man.

One Amazon reviewer writes: “When Love Arrives is an emotionally charged story of forgiveness and restoration with a strong dose of romance. 

This is a story of second chances, of forgiveness, and of redemption.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

I love to hear from readers. Please write me at and visit my website at

Will you be doing a book giveaway? If so, the title of the book and will you be giving away a print or eBook?

Absolutely! A US winner can choose either an autographed print edition or an ebook edition of When Love Arrives; an international winner will receive an ebook edition.

Thanks for having me as your guest, and thanks to everyone who stops by!

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 From the cover:
Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

Monday, October 17, 2016

"The Physics of Love" by Donna Schlachter

Mark your calendar... Donna Schlachter's Physics of Love  will release on October 31.
From the cover: A woman looking for love, a boy looking for family, the man who found both. This story, set in Newfoundland in the 1930’s and 40’s, isn’t unique, but the characters are. Follow the cynical and love-deprived Laura as she struggles to prove to her father that she isn’t unredeemable even while she makes bad choices just to spite him. Join Richard as he grows up in a family that he later learns isn’t truly his. And rejoice with the pragmatic, logical man he becomes who finds the two thing he’s longed for—love and family—even as he discovers he had both all along.

How did this story come to you? This story is loosely based on my father’s life story. He wanted me to write this book for our family, but he also felt it would have general market appeal because of the setting and history.

Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. My father and I spent about two years talking about what to include in the book and what to leave out. In the end, we decided to ‘tone down’ the family version because several of the characters are still alive and we couldn’t prove that some of the stories were true. However, for the market version, we decided to tell it like it is. We changed the names for the market version, but felt the location was of interest, so kept that the same.

Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers. I am a Canadian by birth, an American by choice. I’ve always wanted to be an American. I met my husband on the Internet.

What are you working on now and what's next for you? I am working on Book 5 in my mystery series which publishes under my pen name, Leeann Betts. And I am under contract with Barbour Publishing in a 9-in-1 novella collection that releases in April 2017, Hearts of the Pony Express. After that, I have several ideas for another historical set in World War I and World War II.

Parting comments? I really appreciate your readers stopping by today, and hope they leave a comment to enter the drawing for a free copy of The Physics of Love when it releases later this month.

Where can fans find you on the internet?
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bettilu Davies and "Shepherd's Song"

We're happy to have Bettilu Davies with us today talking about her book, Shepherd's Song. To learn more about Bettilu and her book, read on!

Why do you write?

I’ve always enjoyed writing; I have made up stories and poems from the time I could hold a pencil, filling papers with stories about my imaginary friends. When I took piano lessons, Mrs. Matthews took part of my lesson to play classical music and would ask me to tell her what story I was hearing. That stimulated my imagination even further.
Several years ago my husband’s company was moving, and our future was uncertain. We didn’t know if we would be moving or where. At a Bible conference, Paul and I committed ourselves in separate workshops to going anywhere and doing anything that God wanted us to do.  In the next service at our home church, the pastor directed us to a verse in Revelation: “the Spirit said unto me write.” I didn’t hear anything else he said, because I was so astounded by those words. Our five children were sitting between Paul and me, but when the service was over, both Paul and the pastor came straight to me, both of them wanting to know what had happened to me. I simply said, “The Spirit told me to write.”

The Zondervan Corporation published The Secret of the Hidden Cave and Moody Press published the four books of my Marty series: “Really Marty!” Tall Trouble, Marty’s Double Life, and Marty and the Scholarship.

I wrote several more books, all rejected. I became discouraged. My children kept me busy, as did the piano lessons I taught. I also taught during the day at our church’s Christian school, so eventually the writing fell by the wayside, but there was always that niggling feeling that I should be writing. I returned to the writing two years ago, creating Shepherd’s Song.

Why did you write this book?

I subscribed to music magazines for years. In one issue I read about an orchestra leader who was also a body builder. He believed that it took a lot of stamina to be a musician, but most musicians spend much more time practicing their art than they do taking care of their bodies. I was practicing the piano from three to five hours a day, besides teaching several hours each night. I knew that I was often exhausted because I wasn’t taking good care of myself.  I was also studying with a concert pianist who told me of joys mishaps at concerts, the difficulties and the loneliness of the concert life. I combined these elements with my own teaching experiences and a lot of imagination and came up with Shepherd’s Song.

What’s next for you?

I have fibromyalgia and extensive arthritis. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to keep up my responsibilities. It occurred to me that there are few, if any, books where the protagonist has a chronic disease, but there are well over five million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have written Defeating the Enemy, which I am hoping to publish soon to fulfill a need. I have also resurrected some old manuscripts, Whom My Soul Loves and The Puppeteers, which I also hope to see published soon. Finding a publisher is at least as difficult as writing a book in the first place.

What do you do for fun when not writing?

I like to paint a variety of pictures, most of which I give as gifts. I also knit, crochet, and do paper crafts. I read a lot, averaging from ninety to one hundred books a year.
What is your personal definition of success?
No matter how important writing is to me, the most important part of my life is my family.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” (Third John 4) When one of my children told me that something that I wrote in Shepherd’s Song had answered some God-oriented questions for him, I knew it was worth all the work I put into it. 

How can readers get in contact with you? (email, website)

Email:; Website: 

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Monday, October 3, 2016

"Providence: Hannah's Journey" by Barbara Britton

We're happy to have Barbara Britton with us today talking about her book, Providence: Hannah's Journey.

From the cover: When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own.

1)  How did this story come to you? I was teaching chapel to elementary students and my lessons were on young people in the Bible who did brave things. I realized we didn’t know much about the servant girl in the story of Naaman in II Kings 5, so I wrote a story using similar plot lines.

2)  Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. My story is a long story. I will have
been writing nine years when Hannah makes her debut. “Providence” was the fourth book I wrote and I received my big break (after many rejections) because of my involvement in the mentoring program Pitch Wars. My mentor took on an alternate who was an acquiring editor for Pelican Book Group and she was interested in my story.

3)  Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers. I write every book in cursive on a notepad before typing it into the computer. My son says that’s writing them twice. I’ve had two serious illnesses/surgeries that could have taken my life, but I’m still here.  I’ve never read an e-book.

4)  What are you working on now and what’s next for you? I am finishing the third book in the Tribes of Israel series. The second book “Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey” will release in 2017. I’m looking for another Old Testament character or story to write.

5)  Parting comments? Thank you for having me on your blog today and a big thank you to everyone who stopped by or commented. I hope you enjoy Hannah’s story. And if you do, please leave a review.

6)  Where can fans find you on the internet? I have my own website, and I am on facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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