Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Interview with Gina Holder & Spotlight of No Greater Love...



We're happy to have Gina Holder with us today talking about her book No Greater Love. To learn more about Gina and her work read on!

Back cover blurb:
One Book Changed Her Life…and Her Eternity

He said he’d never risk leaving a widow.
She said she’d never love a man in uniform.

Paige McDonald collects antique literature and works at the largest bookstore in Portland, Oregon. When her grandfather, a firefighter, was killed, she vowed never to fall in love with a first responder. An old Bible leads to an unexpected discovery and disrupts everything she knows about herself, her family, and God. Her desire to know the truth sends her to the town of Whitman directly into the radar of Patrol Officer Hamilton Bryant.
After the loss of his best friend and fellow officer, Hamilton vowed never to marry. He won’t risk leaving a widow. Instead, he reserves his passion for serving his family and the town he’s sworn to protect. When a series of robberies and threats against the mayor correspond with Paige’s sudden appearance in Whitman, their paths intersect.

Please give us the first page of the book.
There isn’t another smell like this in the entire world.
The musty scent of vintage paper enveloped her like the familiarity of a security blanket, drawing her into her happy place. The smell of various perfumes and lavender vacuum powder lingered in the air. Several dimly lit, antique lamps sat atop the stand-alone marble-topped bookcases in the middle of the room. A terracotta rug and leather chairs gave the room the appearance of a cozy den. Paige McDonald closed her eyes and jostled her hand along the fraying spines where their roughness tickled the pads of her fingertips. She imagined the lives they’d lived, the places they’d been, and the stories they could tell beyond the ones written on their thinning, yellowed pages.
A shrill noise echoed in the distance, breaking into Paige’s daydreams. She lowered her hand and sighed, moving to open the interior door of the Rare Book Room. She stepped through the doorway into the Pearl Room on the third floor of the largest bookstore in the world. Florescent lights momentarily blinded her. She clicked the door shut behind her, protecting the rare literary volumes against the ultraviolet rays.
“Paige! Paige McDonald!”
Customers lifted their heads as the intrusive sound interrupted their browsing. The source of the offensive voice topped the stairs leading from the color-coded Red and Purple Rooms below. “I’ve been searching everywhere for you.”
“Yes, Mrs. Bastille. What can I do for you?” Paige clasped her hands behind her back and waited for instructions as the swanky assistant manager stalked her direction. Cat Bastille’s red hair complemented her fiery personality. She wore an outdated navy pantsuit and a gold scarf around her neck. Paige detested the woman, but she was all that stood between herself and the unemployment office.
The manager invaded Paige’s personal bubble and blew coffee breath in her face. Paige scrunched her nose against the odor. “The toilet is overflowing. Get in there and put a stop to it. Then, clean out the fridge in back. Some of the employees’ lunches are growing mold.” Cat tossed her hair over her shoulder with a show of dramatics. The woman should have been an actress…or a troll.
“Of course, Mrs. Bastille. I’ll take care of it.” Paige kept her voice sweet and submissive, when all she really wanted to do was grab the woman by her oversized hooped earrings and shake her. Cat repeatedly assigned her to the lowest and most demeaning tasks in the store. However, working at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland was the closest thing to her dream, and if it required groveling at the feet of Cat Bastille, then so be it. Without another word, she ducked under her boss’s outstretched arm, heading for the janitor’s closet on the second floor.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-        I have heterochromia, meaning my eyes are not the same color
-        I collect Precious Moment figurines.
-        I took horseback riding lessons for three years.
-        I play piano, organ, and I used to also play cello and guitar.
-        I’ve visited 15 countries and 43 states.

Why did you choose to write this book?
I wrote the book in such a way that if I share my inspiration for the story, I’ll give away spoilers! 

What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?
Writing a book is about 10 % inspiration and 99 % perspiration. (Yes, I’m aware that doesn’t equal 100%.)

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
When I was editing my debut novel, Whither Shall I Go, my husband took me away to a cabin in the mountains for us to work on the book together. Unfortunately, I was very sick the entire time, burning up with fever. When I got home, I was diagnosed with mono. I couldn’t do anything for the next two weeks.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
A reminder of just how much God loves them. Also, a new or renewed appreciation for the first responders and their families.

 What do you do for fun when not writing?
I read books for fun and for review. I love to watch cheesy Hallmark movies with my husband. I spend time with my family. I’m addicted to social media and spend time each day surfing the web.

What are you working on now?
I’m beginning Book 2 of the Shadows of Whitman series, the sequel to No Greater Love. I’m also working on a historical romance called, In the Midst of the Sea, it’s book one of a shoot-off series from my debut novel.

Where else can readers find you online?
I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter under the name “storiesbygina”. I also have a blog at http://storiesbygina.wordpress.com.
  


Gina Holder dreamed of being a writer from her early teen years and completed the Long Ridge Writer’s Group “Breaking into Print” course. She also graduated from Faith Bible Institute. In August 2017, she published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go?, a historical romance. No Greater Love is her first contemporary romantic suspense.
She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not homeschooling her daughter or working on her next novel, she enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, and playing the piano and organ.



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Interview with Patrick E. Craig & spotlight of The Mennonite Queen...


We're happy to have Patrick E. Craig with us today talking about his novel The Mennonite Queen. To learn more about Patrick and his book, read on!


Back cover blurb: Isabella, Princess of Poland, is raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court, destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, a young Anabaptist who works in her father’s stable. This chance meeting leads the young couple into a forbidden love. Together they flee Poland and embark on a dangerous journey that brings them, after great peril, to the small parish of a troubled priest named Menno Simons. Catholic Bishop, Franz von Waldek, paid by King Sigismund, Isabella’s father to find the princess at all costs, pursues them across Europe. Isabella does not know it, but if von Waldek captures her, she will have to make a choice that will change the course of European history forever.

Please give us the first page of the book.
PROLOGUE—1559  Sic Fata Volunt, The Will of Fate
The woman groaned and turned on the couch, awakened by a patter of rain rattling the windows. Outside, dark heralds of the unseasonal storm hid the moon. Distant lightning illuminated the room. An unearthly light touched her face momentarily and then faded as the gray predawn took victory over the indigo night. A long roll of thunder shook the window again, and she pulled her shawl tighter, a frown furrowing her brow.
I must tell him… before I go…
Queen Isabella of Hungary focused her eyes on the candle sputtering in the persistent draft that plagued the building. The flickering light illuminated Filippo Lippi’s painting above the fireplace, Madonna and Child Enthroned. Mary held the Christ-child, the love in her eyes captured perfectly by the artist. Jesus’s tiny hands clutched his mother’s robe, but he was not happy, nor was he comforted. Isabella could imagine his little mouth quivering—as though someone unseen was preparing to tear him from his mother’s arms.
Isabella blinked back tears.
Ah, my Abel, my son... where are you tonight?


Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
1.     I was a professional Rock & Roll Musician from the sixties to the eighties with albums on Warner Brothers Records.
2.     I quit the music business in 1986 and became a pastor/worship leader.
3.     My favorite sport is fly fishing
4.     I am one of only seven male Amish Authors
5.     I have every one of the Hardy Boy Books on my library shelf

Why did you choose to write this book?
The Mennonite Queen ties up my two Amish series, Apple Creek Dreams and The Paradise Chronicles, all of which are about several generations of a fictional Amish family, the Hershbergers, in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This book tells the slightly fictional story of the matriarch of the Hershberger clan, Isabella, who became the mother of the first Hershberger son in 1534. I say slightly fictional because Isabella Jagiellon was a historical figure I surrounded with fictional characters to create a mythical “missing three years” story to help me establish the roots of the Hershberger family.

What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?  
The best writers do not write about topics they think will sell, they write stories that are in their hearts.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer? 
To be honest, the toughest test has been continuing to write as I waited for that one breakthrough book that captured the imagination of the reading public. So far, The Amish Heiress has come the closest, although I have great hopes for The Mennonite Queen. As a writer, I am determined to continue writing my stories. If I can’t get them published traditionally, I will publish them myself. So far, I’m about half and half.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel? 
Every story does not end with a “happily ever after.” Life can be hard, it can be painful, and it can especially be unfair. Yet in every story, people can achieve greatness by clinging to that which is great—truth, faith and love.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not? 
I’m proud of the success I had as a young man in the music business, I am proud of my work as a pastor and worship leader in the middle part of my life, and now I am proud to be pursuing the thing I love the most—telling stories that touch people in the deepest part of their lives.
  
What do you do for fun when not writing? 
My wife and I love to pack up our travel trailer and take off for the mountains of Idaho and Oregon. We fish, ride bikes, rest, sit by the campfire and get back in touch with God’s wonderful creation.

What are you working on now?  
I have several projects in process. One is a World War II series I am co-authoring with my friend, Murray Pura, who I consider one of the great writers of this generation. The series title is Islands and the first book is Far On The ringing Plains. I am also working on a book title The Amish Menorah. It’s set in the last Amish community in Europe in 1937 and it is about an Amish man who falls in love with an Amish man who falls in love with and hides a Jewish girl from the Nazis. I also have a medieval series, Amour mi Tien (Love Keep Me), that is set in the heart of the Wars of The Roses. I call the first book in that series The Roses of Agincourt. I also just signed a contract with Elk Lake Publishing to release my YA mystery series, The Adventures of Punkin and Boo. The first book, The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch, will be released in August. 

Bio:  Patrick E. Craig is a traditionally published/independent author. In 2013, Harvest House Publishers published his Apple Creek Dreams series. His current series is The Paradise Chronicles, published by P&J Publishing, and the first book, The Amish Heiress was published in 2015. It remained on the Amazon Top 100 best sellers list for seven months. The Amish Princess was released in 2016 and The Mennonite Queen in April 2019. In 2017 Harlequin purchased the print rights for The Amish Heiress for their Walmart Amish series. That book is now in Walmart stores on across the country. Just recently Patrick signed with Elk Lake Publishers to publish his kids’ mystery series, The Adventures of Punkin and Boo.  Patrick and his wife, Judy, make their home in Idaho. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

Where else can readers find you online?  
Where can readers find your books?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Interview with Johnnie Alexander & spotlight of Match You Like Crazy...


We're happy to have Johnnie Alexander with us today talking about her book Match You Like Crazy. To learn more about Johnnie and her book, read on!

Back cover blurb
They have everything in common. So why aren’t they a perfect match?

Bre Fisher wishes she’d said no when her grandmother gave her a trip to Matchmaking Week, especially when Nate Hunter takes the seat beside her on the puddle-jumper to Joy Island. He’s the last person she expected to see.

Nate figures he can’t go home if Bre is his match. The longstanding business rivalry between their families makes romance with a Fisher impossible. 

Yet in addition to the same family expectations and obligations, Bre and Nate have the same interests ~ maybe even the same dream. 

Will a week on Joy Island spark another feud? Or prove they’re a crazy perfect match? 


FIRST PAGE
“Match You Like Crazy”
Resort to Romance Series

Johnnie Alexander
Chapter One

A puddle-jumper!

For the hundredth time since Bre had arrived at the oceanside airport, she wished she had paid more attention when Gran asked if she wanted to take a plane or a boat to Joy Island. The plane seemed the obvious choice since the flight didn’t depart till three. The boat had left the dock at ten that morning. Way too early!

By choosing to fly, she’d had plenty of time to make the drive from her Tampa home to the private airport located along Miami’s southeastern seaboard.

But a puddle-jumper?

She prayed she wouldn’t vomit as she maneuvered the narrow aisle on her way to Seat L-1 near the back of the small plane.

L for Love. Perhaps it was a sign.

Gran had suggested as much when she printed out the ticket and stuffed it in the packet with Bre’s other travel documents. Her gray eyes had sparkled with a mischievous glint. Bre should have summoned the courage to say no.

No to the plane. No to Joy Island. No to the whole matchmaking scheme.

Yet here she was, entrusting her life to a flying tin can to make her grandmother happy. But she refused to sit in a window seat no matter what it said on her ticket.

Each row held three seats—two on the right side of the aisle and one on the left. Row L was empty, and Bre gratefully dropped into L-2, the only seat that wasn’t next to a window. Perhaps L also stood for Luck and no one else had been assigned to the row.

She stowed her tote then opened the texting app on her phone to send a quick “I’m on board” message to Gran and her parents.

“I think you’re in my seat.”

Bre looked up at the man hovering above her. And gasped. It couldn’t be. Not him.

Recognition dawned in his eyes, and a slow smile curved his lips.

“You’re Bre Fisher. Aren’t you?”

“And you’re Nate Hunter. Small world.”

“Too small.” He tapped his phone screen. “I’m pretty sure my ticket said L-2. I’ve got it on here.”

“I’m L-1. It’s just that . . .” Bre gazed toward the window. Outside the plane, palm trees waved their fronds in beat with the tropical breezes wafting from the Atlantic Ocean. The sun shone bright and hot in a perfect blue sky dotted with perfect white clouds. A tranquil picturesque scene if you overlooked the concrete of the tarmac.

But to be among those clouds in that perfect blue? Bre gagged at the thought.

“How about I take the window seat?” Nate offered. “You look a little tense.”

“Thank you.” Bre stood so he could squeeze past her. She’d imagined this day getting worse before it got better but sitting beside Nate Hunter for the duration of the flight was the worst of the worst. Unless she did vomit. She shuddered at the thought of that humiliation.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
1.     My birthday is in a couple weeks!
2.     Captain America is my favorite Avenger.
3.     I traveled through Europe with a penguin travel pillow.
4.     My mom lost the crest on her class ring, so she had it polished and gave it to me when I was thirteen. I’ve been wearing it ever since.
5.     I took my kids out of school for Trilogy Tuesday—when theaters showed all three of the Lord of the Ring movies.

Why did you choose to write this book?
Authors Jill Kemerer and Jessica Patch created the series and asked me to write one of the ten novellas. The concept—ten couples spending Matchmaking Week on a Bahama island owned by two eccentric and wealthy sisters—sounded so fun that I immediately said yes. All the stories in the Resort to Romance Series have the word “Match” in the title.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
This is a light-hearted romance which I hope readers will simply enjoy—an escape from the to-do list to a romantic tropical island. The main characters, Nate and Bre, work in their individual family businesses but they both have an adventurous dream. It’s a story of reconciliation and following one’s heart.

What is something you hope to achieve, writing-related or not?
I’d like to write a screenplay based on a short story that was published in an anthology. And though I don’t expect to ever have the opportunity, I’d love to be a director’s VIP guest on a movie set.

What do you do for fun when you finish a writing project?
Start on the next one!
However, I also enjoy going to the movies, browsing the shelves of my local library, taking walks, and curling up on the couch with a good book.

What are you working on now? 
I’m writing “Blue Moon,” a WWII novella for Barbour’s Hometown Heroines Collection. My heroine, a member of the Women Officers of Public Safety unit, teams up with an Army Intelligence agent to protect a top-secret atom bomb facility from sabotage.

Bio
Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won't forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive boards of Serious Writer, Inc. and the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with her at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr

Where else can readers find you online?   
My monthly newsletter provides fun updates and giveaways. Please sign up at http://johnnie-alexander.com. Connect with me on other social media sites via LinkTree.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Interview with Amy R. Anguish and spotlight of Faith and Hope....


We're happy to have Amy R. Anguish with us today talking about her book Faith and Hope. To learn more about Amy and Faith and Hope, read on!


Back cover blurb
Two sisters. One summer. Multiple problems.
Younger sister Hope has lost her job, her car, and her boyfriend all in one day. Her well-laid plans for life have gone sideways, as has her hope in God.
Older sister Faith is finally getting her dream-come-true after years of struggles and prayers. But when her mom talks her into letting Hope move in for the summer, will the stress turn her dream into a nightmare? Is her faith in God strong enough to handle everything?
For two sisters who haven't gotten along in years, this summer together could be a disaster ... or it could lead them to a closer relationship with each other and God. Can they overcome all life is throwing at them? Or is this going to destroy their relationship for good?

Please give us the first page of the book.
“In all honesty, I really thought this meeting might have been to say I was going to get a raise next year.” Hope Cook gave a little chuckle. Anything was better than bursting into tears in front of her boss, even if it was faking laughter.
“Trust me, Hope. If I could have done that, you would be at the top of my list.” Mr. Smith straightened some papers. “Unfortunately, the school board has spoken. The team has to have another coach.”
“I know.” Hope half-heartedly held up a fist. “Go Buckley!”
“If anything changes at all, I’ll let you know.”
Hope couldn’t help but slump her shoulders as she opened the doors to rain. Evidently, the weather was in the same mood she was. She stepped out from under the overhang ... and directly into a puddle.
Laid off.
Wet clothes.
Soaked feet.
She listed every bad thing the afternoon had wrought thus far as she squished her way through the parking lot.
“You have got to be kidding me.” The umbrella doused her with another shower as she fought to close it. She tossed the miscreant tool into her backseat and slammed the door.
She took a moment to lay her head on the steering wheel and give in to her depression. “Why, God? Why give me my dream job only to take it away?”
A clap of thunder sounded. She lifted her head and hands.
“Okay, okay. Sorry. But I don’t understand.”
She shook her head. Was she really arguing with God? Obviously, she needed to go home and rest.


Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
1. I hate plan white socks. I prefer polka dots, stripes, and sometimes a mixture of each.
2. I love having a random few streaks of hot pink in my hair.
3. I love reading about horses, but not so much actually being near them, and especially not riding them.
4. I used to tell people that I wanted to be a babysitter when I grew up.
5. In high school, I was a runner up in a contest and had a drawing hanging in the football stadium where the Tennessee Titans play.

Why did you choose to write this book?
I sort of wrote this book as therapy for myself. It helped me work through some of the things I was going through dealing with infertility at the time. I also just couldn’t get the idea out of my head—what would happen if two sisters who didn’t along were forced to spend the summer together?

What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand? 
It’s almost impossible to be perfect. I don’t mean me. I mean my manuscript. No matter how many different eyes have looked at it or how many times I have gone through each line, it seems there is always a mistake left.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Marketing myself and my books. It’s not that I don’t believe they’re good and that you’d enjoy them. It’s that I don’t want to be pushy, either.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
No matter what you are going through in your life, if you have God, you can make it through and come out better on the other side. Especially if you have other Christians there to help you.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
Being a mommy. Having made several quilts. Any plants that don’t die in my gardens.

 What do you do for fun when not writing?
Crochet, paint, sew, read, garden, teach Bible class, chase kids, and the usual things like laundry and dishes.

What are you working on now? 
I am waiting to hear if I’ve made it past round one in the Love Inspired contest, and rewriting a romance I started back in like 2008 that needed A LOT of work.


Bio
Amy R Anguish
Author of An Unexpected Legacy

Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher's kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

Where else can readers find you online?   
http://abitofanguish.weebly.com and http://facebook.com/amyanguishauthor




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Interview with Jennifer Slattery & spotlight of Restoring Her Faith


We're happy to have Jennifer Slattery with us talking about her Love Inspired book Restoring Her Faith.  To learn more about Jennifer and her book please read on!

Back cover blurb
She left belief behind…
Yet this family could change her mind


With two boys to raise, a fledgling contracting business to run and a family ranch to keep afloat, widower Drake Owens finds his hands aren’t just full—they’re overflowing. When Faith Nichols is hired to help him renovate the church, he’s drawn to the beautiful artist, but he can’t fall for a woman who isn’t a believer. Can love restore her faith…and his heart?

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
I have a fierce ice cream addiction which my husband encourages. I may have three containers of Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Party ice cream in my fridge at this moment—as he wants to see I never run out! My daughter jokes that I would quickly choose coffee over dinner, if forced to make a choice—and she’s not entirely wrong. I would also much prefer a leisurely walk with my man on a sunny day than a fancy steak dinner. I’ve attended eight colleges in five different states but only acquired one degree. I’m a terrible cook.

Why did you choose to write this book?
Normally, my story ideas start with a character—her struggle, fears, dreams, etc. But this time, it began with a church. A series of churches, actually, sprinkled throughout Texas. They’re known as the Painted Churches of Texas, and they are gorgeous. I was immediately drawn to their artistry, the symbolism in many of their images, and the history behind them. As I spent time learning about these churches, Faith, my heroine, emerged, and the plot took form.

What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand? 
Hm … That God made me to be strange. It’s just a symptom of the creative brain. ;)

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
These are questions I’ve never thought of. I think the toughest test will likely be a continual one—will I serve myself or stay obedience to Christ, however He leads.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
That faith can carry us through really difficult challenges, families can stay strong through chaos if they hold tight to one another, and close-knit communities make life easier and more fun.
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
Holding tight to my marriage and (both my husband and I) choosing to get help and push through when we wanted to quit. We almost got divorced some 20 years ago but God radically transformed our marriage, and I’m so glad He did. And that, by His grace, we stayed.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The long, deserted road felt much too similar to one Faith had taken decades before, with all her belongings crammed in a pair of tattered suitcases. Hopefully Sage Creek would be nothing like her experience in Alpine, back when she’d been a gawky, metal-mouthed kid in desperate need of a friend.
She’d received taunting and rejection instead.
Her cell phone rang, and she glanced at the screen. It was her best friend, Toni. As a fellow artist fighting to survive Austin’s competitive market, she understood Faith in a way few others did.
She answered through her Bluetooth. “Hey, girl. What’s up?”
“Girls’ night out this Friday. Bahn mi French fries, baby!”
“Sounds fun but can’t. I’m on my way to that contract job I told you about. I’m just over fifteen miles out. With no sign of civilization, except the occasional longhorn, in sight.”
“You make Sage Creek sound so appealing.”
Faith glanced at her wobbly trailer through her rearview mirror, packed with, she hoped, everything she’d need to restore Trinity Faith’s historic stained glass windows, which had decorated the church since its founding. “Let’s just say I haven’t had the best experience with small town Texans.”
“Not all ranching communities measure a person’s worth based on how well they bake a casserole. Besides, those people didn’t hire you to make friends.”
“True.” She was going to, hopefully, get some media exposure, enough to salvage her career. If she, and whoever else she’d be working with, pulled this job off well, the church stood a good chance of receiving historical status. “Depending on how this deal turns out, I may even be able to get Jeremy Pratt from Lone Star Gems to write a feature article on me.”
“Wow. Just a mention in that magazine would for sure get folks’ attention. But a full story? That’d put your name on the map for sure.”
She gripped her steering wheel with both hands as something black—a tire?—came barreling toward her in the opposite lane, while a red pickup screeched past, throwing sparks.
She screamed and slammed on her brakes. Her trailer tugged right, then left as the oncoming tire rammed into her front end. It bounced off, flying ten feet into the adjacent field.
Smoke seeped from beneath her hood as she veered onto the shoulder, and the acrid stench of burning rubber pricked her nose.
“Faith, you okay?”
“I…” Her throat felt scratchy. What had happened? “Can I call you back? I was just hit by a…a flying tire. The front of my car is smoking.”
Her supplies! She shot a glance to her trailer—lying on its side—behind her. She groaned and closed her eyes.
Faith pressed trembling fingers to her temples. Now what? All her sheets of specially ordered glass, potentially shattered. She didn’t have time to order new. And what about the damage done to her car? Fighting the urge to hyperventilate, she focused on her breathing—in through her nose, out through her mouth. In, out…
Did Sage Creek even have a mechanic? Probably one that charged outsiders ten times what they should. Through her rearview window, she watched a tall, broad-shouldered cowboy step out of his now lopsided truck. Dressed in faded jeans and a Stetson, the man had to be at least six foot five and was built like a linebacker.

 What do you do for fun when not writing?
I love spending time with my husband, our adult daughter, her boyfriend, and her dog. It doesn’t hugely matter what we do, though playing games always leads to laughs. Oh, and coffee must be included at some point. I also love spending time with my friends and reading. Does brainstorming count as writing? Because that’s crazy fun for me also!
What are you working on now? 
I’m plotting a book I plan to write a proposal for soon. I’m super excited about this one. It’s also set in Sage Creek.

Bio:
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She’s the author of seven contemporary novels, including her latest release, Restoring Her Faith. She also maintains a devotional blog found at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online HERE to find out more about her writing, ministry, speaking engagements, or to book her for your next women’s event.

Where else can readers find you online?   
They can visit my website at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com or find my blog on Crosswalk. They can also visit my ministry’s website, WhollyLoved.com, find me on Facebook, Twitter (though I’m nearly nonexistent there …) or Instagram.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Interview with Kathy McKinsey & spotlight of All My Tears...


We're happy to have Kathy McKinsey with us today talking about her new release All My Tears.

Back cover blurb
Meet five women who struggle with life’s deep sorrows. Beth fights to recover from alcoholism and to mend her relationships with her family. Ann doesn’t believe God will forgive her. Kathleen wrestles with a years-old fear and with saving her marriage. Cassie needs to learn to deal with chronic depression. Martie finds herself the single parent of the eight-year-old niece she barely knows when the child’s parents die in a car wreck. See how god gives them the gifts of hope, healing, and love.

Kathy, please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
I have three brothers; please pray for me.
My favorite TV shows are MASH and West Wing
I graduated from high school in a class of seventy-two
My mother’s homemade white bread is my favorite recipe to bake.
I love when my dog kisses me on the lips.

Why did you choose to write this book?
I wanted to write stories about women, in different stages of life, with a variety of struggles.

What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?
I wish non-writers understood what a hard job writing is.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
The toughest part for me is convincing myself to start a story. When I start, I thoroughly enjoy it.

What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
I want my readers to know that God is a loving Father, who waits for us and runs to greet us the moment we turn to him.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
I am so blessed to have five adult children who are fascinating, competent individuals.

The first page from All My Tears
 When I opened my eyes, my brother Jeff sat beside me, his head in his hands, asleep.
Where was I? I didn’t know this room. What . . . “Jeff?” My voice croaked.
He jerked awake, then looked straight at me. “Cassie. Hey.”
“Why are you here?” My eyes were heavy and my mouth dry. Turning my head, I saw the IV attached to my arm. “Is this a hospital? Why, what, why are you here?”
Jeff leaned over and put his face right beside mine. “Because there’s nowhere else I’d rather be right now.”
“What—what happened?” I lay in a bed, and my head was confused and groggy. “Jeff?”“You’re hurt.” He laid his hand on my shoulder. “But yes, this is a hospital, and you’re going to be okay. Just sleep now. I promise I’ll stay with you.”
Relaxing, I closed my eyes. He wasn’t going anywhere.
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 What do you do for fun when not writing?
Besides reading, I love to knit and crochet and play with the cat and dogs.

What are you working on now?
My current story is about a lady who, after tragedy, returns to the farm home and family she’s kept herself from for twelve years.

Bio:
Kathy McKinsey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl.

She’s been married to Murray for 31 years, and they have five adult children.

She’s had two careers before writing—being a stay-at-home-Mom and working as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind.

Now she lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dogs.

Where else can readers find you online? 

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