Monday, May 23, 2016

Register to win a copy of Richard Mabry's "Medical Judgment"

We're happy to have Richard Mabry with us today talking about his book Medical Judgment. He's planning to give away a copy to one lucky winner. Please leave him a comment with your email address for your chance to win!

* Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
 I really like James Scott Bell’s book on Plot and Structure, and still use its principles when I start a novel. Noah Lukeman’s A Dash Of Style helped me get the nuts and bolts of punctuation correct. And for a look inside writing, I like Lawrence Block’s Telling Lies For Fun And Profit.

* What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
 I start out with a hook—a single sentence that gives the gist of the story. I formulate the opening, determine what “surprise” I can put in to avoid a sagging middle, and then come up with what Bell calls a “knockout ending.” I populate the story with the main characters before getting started, knowing I’ll add details of the secondary individuals as they pop up.

 * Are you a plotter or a pantser?
 Although I put together all the information noted above before getting started, after that it’s purely “seat of the pants” writing. But rather than “pantser,” I prefer Donald Westlake’s term: “push fiction.” His theory is that if he doesn’t know what’s going to happen next, it’s unlikely the reader will, either.

*What's next for you?
 My current release, Medical Judgment, is set for publication on May 17. It tells the story of a widowed physician who depends for help on her late husband’s best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective as she tries to determine the person who’s trying to kill her.

After that will come Cardiac Event, which is to be released this fall by a new publisher (whom I’m not yet at liberty to name—sorry).

* Tell us a little more about yourself, with three things not many people know about you.
 I was in medical practice for thirty-six years and in addition to my clinical work, teaching, and writing, I lectured both in the US and abroad. Kay and I spent our honeymoon in Singapore and Thailand (where I almost pushed her off her seat atop an elephant).

I’ve filled in as minister of music on a number of occasions, and have even preached  a few times.

I love baseball, and have played alongside such greats as Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford (at fantasy camp, of course).

 *How can readers get in contact with you?
 I blog twice a week at a site called Random Jottings. My web page has a lot of information about me and about my books. I’m on Facebook and Twitter. And my email address is

*Will you be doing a book giveaway? If so, the title of the book and will you be giving away a print or eBook?
 I’ll offer a copy of Medical Judgment, either a signed, print copy or an ebook, to someone leaving a comment on this blog. Don’t forget to include your email address with your comment, so we can contact the winner. 

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ane Mulligan's "Home to Chapel Springs"

We're happy to have Ane Mulligan with us today talking about the story behind the story relating to her new book, Home to Chapel Springs. To learn more about Ane and the story behind the story, read on!

An adoptee herself, Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She's a multi-published novelist, playwright, and humor columnist, who believes chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups. You can find her on her website or on her Amazon Author Page  Twitter Goodreads Facebook  Pinterest  LinkedIn  Pinterest.

Home To My Sisters

On a hot July morning while sipping a cup of coffee, I opened my email. Nothing breath-taking about that, except on this particular day, I was asked a question that irrevocably changed my life: "Are you the Ane Mulligan looking for your birthmother, Elsie Vauna Mullvain?"

It yanked the breath right out me. I'd always known I was adopted. From the day mom and dad brought me home at three months old, they told me I was a chosen baby. 

My childhood was idyllic…well, maybe not for my parents, given the fact I was a barely-contained firecracker. But for me, it was great. Born in January 1947 in Southern California, I truly was a child of the fifties, when Cokes were a nickel and roller skates had keys. 

I can't say I was never curious about my birth parents; I was. For one thing, I didn't look like anyone. I became a people watcher, always wondering.

In 1998, I received a letter from my dad. It was the kind of stock paper used for official court documents. Premonition made my heart pound. I took a deep breath, and with trembling hands, I slowly slid it from the envelope. A sticky-note was adhered to the outside of the folder. "I don't know if you want this or not. Love, Dad."

That was all. I peeled off the yellow sticky and caught my breath as I read:

The adoption of Roberta Ann Mullvain

Though I'd never seen nor heard that name before, I knew it was mine. And suddenly I wasn't me any more. But who was I?

I opened the blue folder and quickly scanned its pages, until I saw it - my mother's name; Elsie V. Mullvain. Countless emotions whirled. Scenarios played out and were cast aside. I didn't know how I truly felt or should feel. For a word merchant, I was an empty page. I refolded the papers, and slid them in the envelope.

Another year passed, and I'd reached an age where changes were taking place that I wasn't so happy about. After all, who wants wrinkles and triceps that waved goodbye for a full five minutes after you'd gone? I needed a place to lay the blame for the havoc gravity was playing on my body. When I brushed my hair, I found myself staring into the mirror, my hand pausing it in its work, wondering how did my mother age? Did I look like her? I had a million questions and no one to ask. I decided it was time to search for Elsie. 

In March of 1999, I received a phone call. The woman said she had an Aunt Elsie Vauna Mullvain, and she would forward my letter to her. However, this cousin cautioned, when she'd told Elsie about my letter, her aunt said when she was young, she'd let a friend use her name. 

That sent me to the state of Confusion. Was that true? Or was she lying to protect herself? In truth, it made no sense. Back in the 1940s, a person's good name meant everything to them. I was left to wonder if my search had ended in success, or was this only step two? I waited. A month later, I received a letter from Elsie, and with it, more of her story. 

While she told me about her situation back then, which remarkably matched my earlier fantasies, she did not want a relationship with me. I understood and honored that. My only other communication was to send her flowers on her birthday that year. The card merely said, "Thank you." 

I didn't contact her again. Although I was saddened a bit, I never knew her, so the loss wasn't as hard as it could have been. After all, I had no mental picture of her; she was still faceless to me. I never got a sense of her personality from her letter. Maybe it was strength of will, but I closed that door.

However, through the cousin who had called me I learned I had sisters. While I had a loving relationship with my adopted brother, I'd always wanted a sister and now had several. I prayed and hoped one day I could find them. However, with no names, I had no way to search for them. I relinquished the dream into God's hands. It was never out of my mind, though.  

On July 18th, 2009, I got an email from a woman named Linda, asking that breath-taking question. Linda connected me with my birth sisters. The moment I met four of them in Seattle, they welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. One sister told me I'd spent a lifetime lost and finally I’d come home.

Debby Jo’s words “come home” resonated in my heart long after I returned to Atlanta, and I knew I would one day write this story. Home to Chapel Springs is that book.

Home to Chapel Springs
A homeless author, a heartbroken daughter, and a theatre ghost. There’s trouble in Chapel

There’s always someone new in Chapel Spring, either coming home or stirring up trouble.

Bestselling author Carin Jardine’s latest book is a flop. While the reviewers are happily skewering her, her racecar-driver-husband walks out on her and she’s evicted, because he hasn’t paid the lease on their condo for the last three months. Then she discovers he also he drained their bank accounts. Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs—the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life.

After the residents thwarted Howie Newlander’s plans for a Miami-style resort on Chapel Lake, he’s running for mayor and spreading rumors about diverted water and misused taxes. The Lakeside Players want to remodel the town’s old theater, but it’s rumored to be haunted. When Newlander and Mayor Riley go head-to-head, Claire gets caught in the middle.

Claire’s youngest daughter is in love with a young man whose daddy is none other than Mayor Felix Riley…the man who man who blames Claire for every wrong in Chapel Springs. Having him part of her family isn’t in Claire’s plan. The years of her heartache should warn her daughter off this boy. So far, her daughter’s heart isn’t hearing the warnings.

With hearts pulled in all directions, will they find a home in Chapel Springs?

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Jodie Wolfe's "Hearts Tightly Knit"

We're happy to have Jodie Wolfe with us today talking about her book Hearts Tightly Knit.  To learn more about Jodie and her book, read on!

1) What did you learn while writing this book?
One of the fun things I learned came from my beta readers, twin sisters. They shared some fun stories about what life as a twin is like, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

2) What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Being patient. J I've found that God's timing often isn't my timing. In fact, it rarely is. But along the way I've learned to trust Him more.

3) What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
I like to figure out my characters first and the setting. I typically have a basic story idea in my head but it can change as I go through the process of writing.

4) Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
I guess I'm a hybrid—a little of both. I like having a good feel for my characters and the story before I begin, but my characters often change things on me as we go along the journey too. J

5) What are you working on right now?
I've just returned from vacation, but I'm getting ready to work on two different projects. One will be Mae's story, Ellie's twin sister. It will be the final installment in the Twins & Needles Series. Watch for it in November. J
The other project is one set in my home town. I've truly enjoyed learning more about its history.
Of course, if I happen to hear back from my agent about a couple projects I've pitched that have snagged a publishers interest, then I'll switch gears and work on those.

6) What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
Reading, walking or relaxing with my hubby. J

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

Here's the Back Cover Copy:
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid-twenties, they are bucking convention in Calder Springs, Texas, as women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works at the Good Fixin's Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The Children's Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up looking for a cook, she's hardly tempted, despite his good looks.
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.

I try to add history, hope, laughter and happily-ever-after in each of my stories so hopefully that will interest readers. 

8) How can readers get in contact with you?
Readers can find me at the following:

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