Monday, December 27, 2010

Clash of the Titles & Cathy Bryant

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.

Cathy Bryant’s Texas Roads, was a hit, and her enthusiasm was contagious! "I love the concept behind Clash of the Titles, especially since it allows readers to see snippets of scenes from various authors. The book I chose to feature on COTT was Texas Roads, a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist and Book 1 in the Miller's Creek novels. The theme of the book is finding our spiritual "home" in Christ. For now, my earthly home is Texas. A Texas gal since birth, l live in a century-old Texas farmhouse with my hubby and a phobia-ridden cat."



In Texas Roads, city gal Dani Davis just wants to find a place to call home. Miller's Creek, Texas, with its country charm and quirky citizens seems like the perfect place to start over. Perfect, that is, except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town... Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller's Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she's always longed. Then the discovery of an age-old secret propel her down a road she never expected to travel. Steve Miller is determined to save his dying hometown. When vandalism jeopardizes the Miller's Creek restoration project, he can't help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Will Steve and Dani be able to call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani understand the true meaning of home?

You can find out more about Cathy and her writing at http://www.catbryant.com/, or purchase a copy of Texas Roads for yourself!

As you can see, we’ve had a great fall at Clash of the Titles and we are looking forward to an even better winter. Come join the fun at Clash of the Titles, where authors compete and readers judge!

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/



Clash of the Titles & Eleanor Gustafson

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.
Eleanor Gustafson, author of The Stones: A Novel of King David, had a unique COTT experience. (lol) She said, “The whole COTT concept is dull and dreary…NOT!! This was a fresh approach, and some of my friends who participated really enjoyed the process. Hey, it looked like fun—which for me is one of the essentials of life—air, water, and fun (not necessarily in that order).”

But what surprised her most? “The tie vote! Was this an historic first—two clashers actually clashing on the number of votes?”


She goes on to say, “Some found my weather selection good but challenging to read. I could blame it on the necessity of disguising character names, but the David story is complex. It deals with ugliness but yes, glows with grace. AND The Stones makes the Bible version of David’s life come alive for most readers. Try it, and let me know—thumbs up or down. If you don’t believe me, check out the Amazon comments—all five star.”

The Stones is a retelling of King David s life from his teenaged anointing to his death as seen through the eyes of Asaph, a Levite historian. Fictional in scope, yet with amazing scriptural accuracy, The Stones provides a revealing, behind-the-scenes glimpse into biblical history with all the twists, turns, thrills, and romance of the world s great drama.

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/



Clash of the Titles & Lena Nelson Dooley

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.
Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Love Finds You in Golden New Mexico competed in our Best Opening Hook Historical.

“I took part in the COTT because I felt it gave the author and readers another way to connect,” Lena said. “And it got our words in front of readers. I was pleased with the outcome and pray for its continued success. I was glad to haveLove Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, featured. This Heroine-in-Peril, Mail-Order-Bride-gone-awry story was a good fit. Readers have fallen in love with the secondary characters as well as the main characters in this historical.”


In Love Finds You in Golden New Mexico, Lena takes us back to an 1890, Golden New Mexico, mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride--despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip--and Jeremiah himself--the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her reputation beyond redemption.

You’re dying to know what happens next, aren’t you? Now you have two must have’s for your winter reading list! Visit Lena’s website and blog to find out more about her and her plethora of novels! http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/, http://www.lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/



Clash of the Titles & Gail Pallotta

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.


Gail Pallotta competed in our best Weather/Nature category with her sweet e-book, Love Turns the Tide. “I was thrilled to have my excerpt chosen for Clash of the Titles,” Gail said. “It offered exposure for Love Turns the Tide in such a unique way. Even though putting one’s work up for voting is difficult, I liked the idea of letting the readers decide.”




In Love Turns the Tide Cammie O’Shea suffers through a broken engagement and relocates to Destin, Florida to take a new job. Struggling to get over her heartache and loneliness, she tries to renew her faith in the midst of petty crimes committed at her condo. When Vic Deleona comes to her rescue, she grows fond of him. But she gets an offer to return home. Amid fear and confusion she must make difficult decisions.

Does her fear paralyze her? Cloud her judgment? Guess you’ve got another book to add to that rapidly growing list, don’t you? Find out more about Gail and her novel at her personal website, http://www.gailpallotta.com/ and her blog, http://www.gailpallotta.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/

Clash of the Titles & Shannon Vannatter

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.
Shannon Taylor Vannatter was one of our first competitors and all of us at COTT applaud her support and courage. Her novel,White Doves, competed in the Best Opening Hook category on October 18th-22nd.

“I enjoyed being on COTT because I think it’s a unique way of introducing readers to new authors,” Shannon said. “And I love unique, focused blogs. I loved getting reader feedback and the experience made me pay even more attention to the opening of my books.”

Her opening was unique. “I had fun writing the opening of White Doves,” she said, “because it was a role reversal of the heroine checking out the hero for a change.”

Readers loved Shannon, and her competing novel, White Doves, as well! “I already want to see if anything develops between Laken and Hayden,” said one intrigued reader.


As did we! Laken Kroft, the heroine of White Doves, left home eight years ago and never looked back. Who knew when she applied for the promotion to postmaster that she’d end up in Romance, Arkansas, and move closer to her parents and the local gossip maven? But then she meets the dashing Hayden Winters who has his hands full raising his paraplegic nephew, Brady, and wrestling guilt over having caused the child’s injury. When the boy’s father, Laken’s brother, turns up, and starts talking custody, Laken’s influence is Hayden’s only hope. But who’s side is she really on? Will there mutual bond with the seven year old boy be enough to draw them closer or rip them apart?

I’m not telling! You’re going to have to read the book for yourself! Find out more about White Doves, Shannon, and read a few real life romance stories at http://www.shannonvannatter.com.

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com

Clash of the Titles & Janalyn Voigt

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

The literary website, Clash of the Titles, launched with a bang, and has increased in momentum ever since. They’ve had phenomenal authors, from historical romance writer, Lena Nelson Dooley to fantasy writer extraordinaire, Janalyn Voigt. Today Jennifer Slattery, Marketing Representative for Clash of the Titles, will highlight six COTT participants.
Janalyn Voigt likely had one of the most unique entries with her fantasy novel, Dawn Singer. She was excited to participate in COTT because she saw it as an excellent way to promote her upcoming release.

"With my book still awaiting its release date in Fall, 2011, participation in COTT helped me gear up for promotion,” Janalyn said. “I enjoyed having the COTT crew's help in getting the word out about DawnSinger, my epic fantasy adventure. My website received a surge of traffic the week of my clash, and I still get visitors from Clash of the Titles.”

We, at COTT, were very pleased to learn about Janalyn’s positive experience, which led to a special friendship between her and her competitor.

"I enjoyed the friendly rivalry between JoAnn Durgin, my competitor, and myself,” Janalyn said. “We've kept in touch. I worried I'd stress about competing but participating in Clash of the Titles was fun. I appreciated that we both lived with our stories for more than a decade before writing and placing them for publication. I believe that together we modeled perseverance for the readers of COTT.”

That is a great story, and a great reminder to us all. Perseverance pays off. We enjoy celebrating the finished product with our authors, and have been very pleased with the family atmosphere our site has created.


DawnSinger is the story of Nalyn, a young maiden who answers a summons to Torindan, High Hold of her people. Her companion, Spreil, must choose whether to reign and rule in his homeland or serve in Torindan. Ancient Prophecy requires Nalyn to release the Dawn King, and salvation, into Elderland by an impossible task. But first she must overcome her own wayward heart. Will she learn in time that sometimes victory only comes through surrender?

DawnSinger is another one of those “must reads”! Find out more about Janalyn and this captivating story at http://janalynvoigt.com, http://www.authorhaven.blogspot.com/ and her blog, http://www.bookreaderscentral.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Slattery is a freelance writer, columnist, novelist and the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. In 2009 she won first place in the HAWCN writing contest, book category and in 2010 she placed second in the Dixie Kane and fourth in the Golden Pen, Inspirational category for both. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and has been published in numerous other publications. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maurice Gray's "To Whom Much is Given"

We're happy to have Maurice Gray with us today talking about his book, To Whom Much is Given. To learn more about Maurice and his book, read on!


Title: To Whom Much Is Given
Publisher: Write The Vison, Inc.

Cover blurb: Max Carson’s goals in life are to live a life pleasing to God, to achieve as a journalist and to find and marry the woman God has for him. His life is quiet and he is content. If only those dreams would go away- - -
Donna Randall is establishing her adult life. Having moved to Delaware after college, her concerns are to find a job, a church home and eventually, a husband. She has no time for dreams and visions, but now she has no choice but to deal with them.
Merry Lucas is convinced that one day she will have the life of luxury she thinks she deserves. When she sees her chance, she reaches for it, but her plans will be derailed if she can’t forestall a threat from her past.
Fred Bennett has a good job, Max as a best friend and all the women he can handle. Life is good, but at thirty, Fred feels like something is missing. Is Merry the answer, or only another question? And could Max be right about God?
Yolanda Mason has helped Donna decipher prophetic dreams and visions since they were children, but this time, Yolanda can’t shake the feeling that the stakes are much higher.
Max and Donna learn that their individual dreams are pieces of a puzzle. If they don’t solve the mystery, hundreds of innocents will die. They are caught up in a whirlwind adventure wherein they explore the mysteries of the Holy Spirit and of their own hearts. Their only recourse is to trust in God to work things out.

1) How did this story come to you?
A phrase came to my mind: “the woman of my dreams.” I flipped that around to “the dreams of my woman.” I thought “what if this man dreamed about a woman he’s never met and then he meets her someplace?” The story took off from there.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It took me ten years from idea to finished product. I started writing the first draft in 1990 (the year I graduated college) and had the first edition in my hands in October 2000. In between, I wrote, I learned the craft and I met authors who helped me along the way. I met author Gayle Roper at the Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference in 1997. She critiqued the first chapter of To Whom and gave me great advice that helped me fine-tune it. I also made contacts with several publishing companies, and submitted my manuscript to them. Not long after that, I met another author, Patricia Haley, who also helped me. She taught me everything she knew about self-publishing, and helped me realize that this was a viable option. After about thirty rejection letters from various traditional publishers, I decided to self-publish and I’ve never regretted that decision.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) In college, I briefly played on a coed intramural flag football team that went undefeated.
2) On my first ever job (at a Roy Rogers restaurant), I got a raise and promotion for being able to speak Spanish to some Mexican new hires.
3) I sing bass in a men’s quartet at my church

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My next novel, Female Problems, is set to release in April 2011. I also have plans to write another book featuring Max, Donna, Fred, Yolanda and friends in the near future.

5) Parting comments?
My second novel is the sequel to To Whom Much Is Given. It’s called All Things Work Together, and it features Max and Donna’s best friends Fred and Yolanda.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I can be found at http://www.mauricemgrayjr.com/, on Facebook, Shoutlife and Shelfari.



Chuck Black's "Sir Quinlan" and "Sir Rowan"

We're happy to have Chuck Black with us today talking about his books, Sir Quinlan and Sir Rowan. To learn more about Chuck and his books, read on!

Titles: Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor, and Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest (ages 8+)
Publisher: Multnomah Books

Cover blurbs:
Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor: Two friends are called into duty, but only one has the courage to follow. Will Quinlan choose a life of comfortable apathy or faithful service to the Prince? When things go wrong, will he face his past and overcome distrust to bring the Valor Knights back together?

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest: Sir Rowan, Cameria’s most prestigious tournament knight, is attacked and left for dead. Meanwhile, his people suffer as the Dark Knight expands his tyranny. The final battle looms – will Sir Rowan recognize his true purpose as a Knight of the Prince in time to save Cameria?

1. How did this story come to you?
My original inspiration for writing biblical allegory in the form of children’s adventure stories came from my own kids, and finding that their attention was so much more engaged when the stories of God and themes of the Christian life were told in the form of medieval knights and castles.
When it comes to my development of these books in particular, the stories grew out of the themes I wanted to illustrate. The theme of Sir Quinlan is apathy. I realized that the best way to show the perils of a life of apathy was to show the contrast between one character who lives in apathy and one who lives with purpose.
The theme of Sir Rowan is pride. The fame and fortune of people in our entertainment industry was a natural backdrop for Sir Rowan. Additionally I wanted to close out the series with a lead-in to the end times. I’ve always been fascinated by the biblical account of the two witnesses, so I used this Revelation account to help tell the story.

2. Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I self-published the first four books until enough interest was generated to catch the attention of a publisher, Multnomah Books. They quickly caught the vision for the story and here we are five years and twelve books later. The journey has been a whirlwind full of labor, adventure, and blessing!

3. Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. Writing a book was never a goal or plan of mine, but now I’ve written twelve.
2. My wife and I were never going to have children, but we now have six.
3. I’ve written twelve books I was never going to write for my six children I was never going to have. I’m still learning to give up my selfish ways, listen quietly to God, and say yes when He calls.

4. What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have three different ideas for my next work but haven’t yet decided which to pursue. I am taking a short break from writing to rejuvenate myself, my family, and my creativity.

5. Parting comments?
I consider it a great honor and privilege to be able to share these stories with people everywhere. The power of an inspiring story is immense, and aspiring to live with purpose for something greater is motivating. Jesus Christ gives us both story and greatness by which we can live a life filled with purpose and adventure. That is the heart of all of my books. Although my characters are not perfect, they are noble and true to that call. I know there are faithful Christians that have done that well, and it is my desire to one day be as noble and courageous.

6. Where can fans find you on the internet?
They can find me at http://www.kingdomseries.com/ or www.facebook.com/ChuckBlack.Author or write to me at chuck@perfect-praise.com. Fans can see all my books and read free excerpts at http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=75395.



Leeann Cronk's "Chop, Chop"

We're happy to have Leeann Cronk with us today talking about her book, Chop, Chop. To learn more about Leeann and her book, read on!

Title: Chop, Chop
Publisher: Rivulet Publishing.

Cover blurb: Ever since Laci was a little girl she's been growing out her pretty, brown hair and chopping it off to send to Locks of Love. When Greg moves into town and finds out what she's doing, he thinks it's a great idea...so he starts doing it too! It's just one of the things that reserved, young David must tolerate as their friendship grows throughout the years. As they near adulthood, they grow not only closer to each other, but closer to God as well. Eventually, David finds himself content in every way, but when tragedy stikes he must struggle to find his way back to God.

1) How did this story come to you?
God literally put the whole story in my head while I was driving home from work one night. It took exactly two months to write it – I couldn’t write fast enough to keep up with what He was giving me.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Early on in the process God let me know that He wanted me to self-publish Chop, Chop, so I did. It’s probably a good thing that I had no idea how much time and money it was going to cost or I might not have had the courage to obey Him! In the end, though, I am really glad I went this route – it has been very fulfilling.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
#1 If my readers only know me as L.N. Cronk, they would probably be surprised to find that I am a woman (since all my books are written from a male’s point of view). #2 I’ve had the same cell phone for four years and the same car for ten! #3 In my “real job” I’m a math teacher!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Since publishing Chop, Chop, I have written and published three sequels and I am currently working on the next four.

5) Parting comments?
In Colossians 3:2, Paul gives encouragement to "Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. I believe that reading Christian literature is a lot like listening to Christian music or watching Christian movies – it is another way to keep our minds on things that are above. Keep filling your minds with uplifting things! I am so thankful that God has given me the opportunity to be one small part of the community that helps people to keep their mind focused on Christ and I am having a lot of fun doing it!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.lncronk.com/ and on Facebook: Leeann Cronk or the fan page: Chop, Chop.



Penny Zeller's "McKenzie"

We're happy to have Penny Zeller with us today talking about her book, McKenzie. To learn more about Penny and her book, read on!

Title: McKenzie.
Publisher: Whitaker House

Cover blurb: Desperation to rescue her younger sister from an abusive husband prompts McKenzie Worthington to run away from her stately Boston home as a mail-order bride for a rancher in the rugged Montana Territory.
Desperation also prompted Zachary Sawyer to post the ad for a bride, and he eagerly awaits the woman God has chosen for his wife.
When they meet, McKenzie tries to keep her distance, but she can't help feeling attracted to Zach and his selfless ways. What will become of her plan to annul the marriage when she finds her sister?

1) How did this story come to you?
My family and I were in a car accident a couple years ago where I suffered neck and leg injuries. During that time period of seven months, I was also hit with back-to-back bacterial infections. Because of the injuries and illness, I was pretty much homebound and my active athletic lifestyle suddenly became limited. I look back now and praise God that He gave me McKenzie, as well as two other manuscripts (another historical and a contemporary) I wrote in that seven month period of pain and illness. God took what was a difficult time for me and turned it around to something positive that can be used for His Kingdom – taking the time to write the books that I had always wanted to write.
He has since healed me and I pray daily that the path I have chosen in life will glorify Him. I think that’s why Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “’For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” is so close to my heart.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After I wrote the book and after much prayer, I sent the proposal to Whitaker House. They responded and asked to see the entire manuscript. McKenzie was accepted and released in September 2010. It is the first in my Montana Skies Historical Romance series.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Hmmm, let’s see – three things. Well, first, right out of a romance novel, I met my husband of 18 years through a prank phone call while we were in high school (he was a football player from a school 20 minutes from mine and I was a cheerleader). The rest, as they say, is history. Secondly, and quite humorous, I might add, I had two imaginary friends as a young child. They were two gray-haired grandpas (the ones from Sesame Street). I imagined they lived at the end of my street. And finally, some may find it interesting that I never do outlines for my novels. I dream up the entire book in my head as if I were watching a movie then write it down scene by scene. My husband and kids always tease me and ask if I’ve “watched” any movies lately *grins.*

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Book two of my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series is scheduled for release in April 2011. The book is titled Kaydie and is a touching story of God’s provision. (The full description of Kaydie can be seen at http://www.whitakerhouse.com/DeskTop.aspx?page=ProductInfo&item=431956)
I am currently working on Book Three in my Montana Skies Series, which will take fans of the series into the lives of more Pine Haven characters and a glimpse at the main character’s chance for love in an unexpected place. In addition, I just completed the first book in a new historical romance series that takes place in the Civil War era.

5) Parting comments?
I would like to say a special thank you to Dawn for having me here. I’d also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. May the Lord bless you with His love and faithfulness in 2011 and beyond.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to connect with my readers at my website http://www.pennyzeller.com/, http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com/, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penny-A-zeller/96391560959?ref=ts

Angela Ruth's "Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho"

We're happy to have Angela Ruth with us today talking about her book, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho. To learn more about Angela and her book, read on!

Title: Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth
Publisher: Summerside Press

Cover blurb: Actress Emily Van Arsdale has returned to her Idaho hometown - with an entire film crew in tow! With its stunning scenery and reputation for hosting celebrities, Sun Valley is the perfect setting for Emily’s newest romantic comedy. Tracen Lake is happy to work as a stunt consultant for the movie but not as thrilled to deal with a bunch of high-maintenance Hollywood types. But Tracen is surprised to discover in Emily a down-to-earth Idaho girl who does all her own stunts and loves the outdoors. As filming wraps up and Emily heads off to her next gig, will she be able to leave Sun Valley - and Tracen - behind?

1) How did this story come to you?
I took a trampoline class in college and was intrigued that a lot of the students went on to work as stuntmen in Hollywood, so I decided to have my main character do the same. The story was originially set in Sweet Home, Oregon so it has a "home sweet home" vs. "home is where the heart is" theme to it. And since Sweet Home is located on a river between two lakes the water symbolism originated there. I've never had a story come together this easily. The toughest part was moving the setting to Sun Valley, Idaho when my publisher requested the change, though moving it definitely works because Sun Valley is known for having celebrities visit, which is what turns the hero off from the heroine in the first place. Kinda fun, huh?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I'd written two women's fiction manuscripts that were being represented by my agent. Then I saw Summerside Press was looking for stories that had specific settings and they only needed an outline and three chapters to submit. I thought, "Well, I can do that," and wrote thirty pages in one day. When my agent called with good news I expected it to be for one of the novels I'd spend years on. Selling this book couldn't have been any easier, but I believe it's because I'd already learned so much through writing my first two novels. Probably won't ever be this easy again...

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I actually went through a divorce during the publication process of this book, and I really struggled with my characters being so happy and in love while I was mourning the death of my marriage. But at the same time it gave me hope for my future and comfort knowing that I am loved unconditionally by God.
2. The story in my book about Grandma falling off a raft really happened to my grandmother.
3. My uncle worked in special effects for The Tonight Show, and I got to visit the studio where he works as research for writing this novel.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
1. I have a middle grade novel coming out in 2012 titled The Water Fight Professional. Your kids will love, love, love it.
2. I'm putting a proposal together with my award-winning critique partner Christina Berry for an anthology of four romance novellas called California Classics with modern versions of classics like The Count of Monte Cristo and The Scarlet Pimpernel set in California.
3. I'm writing a non-fiction title called The Other Woman Never Wins with relationship expert Dr. Todd Bennett. It's to help women move on after their husband moves out. Todd writes the self-help while I write the I-need-help.

5) Parting comments?
Wherever you are at, this is not the last chapter of your life. Get excited for what the Author of Life is plotting for you. It's gonna be good.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.angelameuser.com/

Monday, December 13, 2010

JoAnn Carter's "Teacher's Plans"

We're happy to have JoAnn Carter with us today talking about her book, Teachers Plans. To learn more about JoAnn and her book, read on!

Title: Teacher's Plans
Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Cover blurb: When Amanda Manning, an exhausted, short-handed special education teacher, is given an assistant, things don't turn out as she planned. Her new assistant is anything but what Amanda expected—most strikingly, a male.

Tracy Atkins secured a job as a teacher's assistant, but will he be able to secure the hand of the woman he is falling in love with? Especially when she finds out about the secret he is hiding? Come join their adventure as both Amanda and Tracy learn that God's plans are far better than their own. (Jeremiah 29:11)

1) How did this story come to you?
Have you ever been in what you thought was a disastrous situation—only to turn out to be one of the biggest blessings in your life? As I thought about that, this story started to coming to life for me. Truly, God's ways are higher than ours. This book was a fun outlet for me to share and explore just one way that we could see that come to be.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I held a contract for this story with a small e-publisher called, By Grace Publishing. However, before this book was published, the company went out of business. After a bit of searching for publishers who accepted Inspirational Romance, and praying, I found out about White Rose Publishing. (At the time, WRP was part of a larger group called The Wild Rose Press.)
I sent them a query. At first it came back rejected, but with suggestions for some revisions. I deeply appreciated their comments and knew I'd love to work with them so I could grow in the craft of writing. After working through the rewrites, I sent the manuscript back in, and the rest is history.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I'm not sure how surprising this is, but did you know my husband and I have been married for 18years? We have four boys ranging in age from 14-10. One of my favorite activities is walking. There's nothing like getting outside to see the flowers, snowflakes, birds, and other beautiful things in nature, up close and personal.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm working on a historical series set in 1923. The first book, The Floating Palace will be released July 15, 2011 from Desert Breeze Publishing. It's been a real blast and I'm enjoying every moment of this project! If you'd like to see the book trailer, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDcuTF8v9bg

5) Parting comments?
If anyone is interested in purchasing Teacher's Plans (or any of my other titles) they are available @ http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Teacher39S-Plans, White Rose Publishing, Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com, CBD, and other e-book retailers.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Visit JoAnn's Web site: http://home.comcast.net/~jo.glenncarter/site/
Email JoAnn: glenncarter@yahoo.com
Connect with JoAnn on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoAnnDavisCarter

Maurice Gray's "Home Again"

We're happy to have Maurice Gray with us today talking about his book, Home Again. To learn more about Maurice and his book, read on!

Title: Home Again: Stories Of Renewed Relationships
Publisher: Micah 6:8 Books, LLC

Cover blurb: “Home Again is a compelling journey into the relationships that matter most: family, friends and self. Each story is founded on natural love, but will require the Father’s love to heal the brokenness. Travel with husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, friends and families as they maneuver through life’s hurts and betrayals while leaning on a power greater than themselves.”

1) How did this story come to you?
When I was invited to submit a story, the publisher told me about the book’s theme, restored relationships. At the time, I was working on my next novel, and it occurred to me that my lead character in the novel needed more of a family history than I’d given him. I decided to explore that via my contribution. Family Matters is about Erik Dawson, who is estranged from his mother CC. Neither of them is sure how to end their conflict until a brutal accident forces them to reevaluate the entire situation.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I met the head of the publishing company through an online writers group in which we both participate and then met her in person on a Christian cruise about three years ago. She invited me to contribute to the anthology, and, when I thought I didn’t have the time to do it, she wouldn’t take no for an answer.  My submission was accepted, and the anthology released on schedule.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I am a member of Toastmasters International, and have won or placed highly in several local speech competitions in my five plus years as a member.
2) I am an avid fan of both Star Trek and Lost
3) I once did standup comedy on a cruise ship

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My next novel, Female Problems, is set to release in April 2011. This novel features my character Erik Dawson from Family Matters and deals with the bond of friendship between three Christian men and how it helps them deal with the ups and downs of life.

5) Parting comments?
If you enjoy Home Again, you will also enjoy individual works by the other contributors. Aside from myself, Linda Beed, Bernard Boulton, Wanda B. Campbell and Dijorn Moss have also written novels, and the others (Tavares Carney, Shenette Jones, Tyora Moody and Trinea Moss) have projects in the works. There is more information about each contributor on www.micah68books.com.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I can be found at http://www.mauricemgrayjr.com/, on Facebook, Shoutlife and Shelfari.

Marilyn Meredith's "Invisible Path"

We're happy to have Marilyn Meredith with us today talking about her book, Invisible Path. To learn more about Marilyn and her book, read on!


Title: Invisible Path
Publisher: Mundania Press

Cover blurb: A popular young Indian man is found dead near the recovery center at the far end of the Bear Creek Reservation. While investigating, Deputy Tempe Crabtree learns the victim wasn’t quite what he seemed, and she crosses paths with a militant para-military group who piques her curiosity and ends up being a threat.

1) How did this story come to you?
Because I live near the reservation I base a lot of my story on, learning about the recovery center started the idea. I also had a contest asking folks to come up with a plot for the story. Though I got a lot of ideas, none quite fit the bill but pieces did.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This one wasn’t difficult as Invisible Path is part of an ongoing mystery series and Mundania has been supportive about publishing the last few.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Perhaps that I’m a great grandmother and family is extremely important to me. At one time I wanted to be an artist as well as a writer, but I realized to do a good job I had to choose between one or the other and writing won. I grew up during World War II and had a great time imagining that I would be asked to be a spy.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I write two series and at the moment am finishing up my next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel. The next one in that series will be out sometime after the beginning of the year and is called Angel Lost.

5) Parting comments?
The characters in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series are as real to me as any of my friends and family—and I know how the characters think, not something I know about the flesh and blood folks in my life. I keep writing about Tempe because I want to know what’s going to happen to her next and I hope that’s why readers will continue on with the series.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My webpage is http://fictionforyou.com, my blog is http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com and every Tuesday I make an appearance at http://thestilettogang.blogspot.com . I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Elizabeth Goddard's "Praying for Rayne"

We're happy to have Elizabeth Goddard with us today talking about her book, Praying for Rayne.To learn more about Elizabeth and her book, read on!

Title: Praying for Rayne
Publisher: Heartsong Presents

Cover blurb:Water speaks to Rayne like nothing else on the planet.
Which is why she cannot simply stay on the farm and marry Paul like everyone expects. Her job designing and choreographing magnificent fountains is a dream come true—so why does it seem that no one who says they love her can understand her need to create, to express the beauty she sees?
When Jack comes to FountainTech to manage its team of creative designers, he is amazed at the high level of talent he finds there. Expecting to challenge his team, he soon finds his own ideas being challenged, too—professionally and personally. When charges of corporate espionage and theft arise, will the blossoming love between Rayne and Jack survive, or will it shrivel and die like a plant on the vine?

1) How did this story come to you?
I knew the title and I knew I needed corporate espionage. One night I watched a program about incredible water sculptures and the people who create them and I immediately knew that would fit perfectly for this story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
 Praying for Rayne is the third book in a series for Heartsong Presents that will be repackaged into Barbour’s Romancing America, this one set in North Dakota. I’m not sure of that title yet. But the proposal was with my editor for two years before she bought it.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
 Since I’ve answered this question several times here and on other blogs, I’m not sure I have anything left! But I’ll give it a try. I’m a member of a creative family, both musically and artistically. I used to be in high-level software sales. My husband’s family are ranchers in Montana.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on two deadlines right now. Under the Redwood Tree, a contemporary romance for Heartsong Presents, and Freezing Point, a romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense. Both titles release in October 2011. Next will be the second book in my three book Heartsong Series called Redwood Coast (the series title), and hopefully, something more for Love Inspired Suspense.

5) Parting comments?
I hope readers continue to enjoy my stories because I love putting them on paper. Also releasing this month is The Camera Never Lies, a mystery romance with Barbour Publishing.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.elizabethgoddard.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethGoddardAuthor

Sandra Robbins' Yuletide Defender

We're happy to have Sandra Robbins with us today talking about her book, Yuletide Defender. To learn more about Sandra and her book, read on!


Title: Yuletide Defender
Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
Cover blurb: Is a vigilante responsible for the murders of Lake City gang members? According to reporter Rachel Long’s anonymous source, yes. The goal is to trigger a gang war—and her investigations lead Rachel to the heart of the battlegrounds. Which is where she finds handsome officer Matthew Franklin. The protective cop wants her out of harm’s way. But she needs the raise from a big story to secure care for her special-needs sister. Rachel won’t walk away, even though the vigilante is now aiming at a determined reporter—and a tailing cop—for a showdown just in time for Christmas.

1) How did this story come to you?
The idea for the book popped into my head one day. I think I’d read something about a reporter not wanting to reveal a confidential source, and I thought that would make a good plot. As I thought about it more, the idea of gang murders came to mind, then the vigilante. After I sent the proposal to my editor, she asked if I could incorporate a Christmas theme. I really enjoyed writing my characters into situations that seemed so opposite to all the Christmas cheer that surrounded them.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
This is my third book with Love Inspired Suspense, so I’ve learned what the ediors liketo see in a proposal. I think that understanding the kind of stories that the publisher you’re targeting helps a writer.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I love to play all kinds of board and card games.
When a friend and I were visiting San Francisco once, we hired a limousine and driver to take us on a tour of the city.
I am a big fan of Broadway musicals and was thrilled when I got to attend the London production of Cats.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on two books that are sequels to my Love Inspired Suspense that will release next July. The three books are set on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. I am also working on a historical romance set in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains in 1894.

5) Parting comments?
It’s been a pleasure to be a guest again, and I hope readers will enjoy Yuletide Defender. It releases December 7.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
For more information about me and my books, go to my website at http://sandrarobbins.net/. I always enjoy hearing from my readers at Sandra@sandrarobbins.net

E.G. Lewis" "Witness"


We're happy to have E.G. Lewis with us today talking about his book, Witness. To learn more about E.G. and his book, read on!

Title: WITNESS
Publisher: Cape Arago Press

Cover blurb: WITNESS — an old story told in a new way. Young shepherd girl, Rivkah, accompanied her father to a Bethlehem stable and held the baby Jesus…and years later she watched him die on a cross. Meet Shemu’el, the man God destined for Rivkah. Experience a love so strong that neither Caesar's might nor Herod's cruelty could crush it. Witness it all through the eyes of one who lived it.

1) How did this story come to you?
 In 2006, while singing Carols during a Christmas service, I began to imagine a young shepherd girl accompanying her father to the stable that first Christmas. I immediately knew she’d want to hold the baby Jesus. I sat down to write this short, sweet Christmas tale knowing only two things; her name was Rivkah, the Aramaic form of Rebecca, and she’d held the Christ child. In no time at all, my little story grew into a full blown book and that single book became The Seeds of Christianity™ Series.

2)Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
 When I completed WITNESS I went through the usual query process and, just when I was about to give up, found an agent who loved Rivkah almost as much as I did. Still, Biblical fiction is never an easy sell and the Christian publishers weren’t interested, so my agent decided to run it by the New York trade houses instead. They eventually passed, but by then several CBA editors expressed interest. Through two more rounds of submissions WITNESS garnered lots of praise and no offers. My agent released the book back to me, suggesting I try to place it with a small publisher. About six months later a local publisher, Cape Arago Press, took on the series.

3)Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
The main characters in most of my books have been women; with a wife, three adult daughters, and five granddaughters, I suppose it comes naturally. Also, my books are Biblically and historically accurate. What happens to Rivkah and Shemu’el could, and did happen to people of that era. I once wrote and directed corporate training films. It surprised me, I’d never worked with scripts and sets before.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
The second book DISCIPLE, was released this past June. Right now, I’m hard at work on the next one in the series, APOSTLE, which has a February deadline. There’s one more after that and then I can turn to some other ideas I have squirreled away.

5) Parting comments?
I want to thank you for this opportunity to connect with your readers and tell them about Rivkah, WITNESS and The Seeds of Christianity Series™. Writing and researching these books has been a journey of faith.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My blog, Sowing the Seeds – The Life and Times of the Early Christians, has lots of interesting articles about the Early Church, Judaism, the Roman Empire, etc. http://seedsofchristianity.com/wordpress/. All of my books are available in hard copy or as eBooks from Amazon and most other internet booksellers, or direct from the publisher, Cape Arago Press, at http://www.capearagopress.com/

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lyle A. Way's "The Day of the Lord"

We're happy to have Lyle A. Way with us today talking about his book, The Day of the Lord. To learn more about Lyle and his book, read on!

Title: The Day of The Lord
Publisher: Biblemystery.com Publishing

Cover blurb: The evil Abaddon, of Revelation 9:11, drools with desire for his release from the abyss and his makeshift throne room deep in volcano Sharat Kovakab in Syria. His hoards of scorpion tailed locusts lust for escape from the pit to torture mankind.

1) How did this story come to you?
The person who co-authored this work, Dr. Terry Gage, is an expert in eschatology. He asked me to write the novel with his notes about the end of days and Biblical references. The Day of the Lord is mentioned in Joel 2:31 which says “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, in the presence of the great and terrible day of the Lord…” The novel is based on the events leading up to and including that great and terrible time which will take place at the end of days.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
That journey was simple. Dr. Gage has a publishing business, so we used his.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I have been both a Deputy Sheriff and have done full time missionary work. 2. I received my Bachelor of Theology degree when I was 60 yrs old. 3. I have published 5 other novels for the Christian mystery lover.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on a novel that deals with some of the great events in the Bible from an angel’s point of view. I have a sea novel at the publisher now. It’s an adventure describing events in the life of a smuggler in the South China Seas. I think I will write a sequel to that novel.

5) Parting comments?
I love writing mysteries for Christians who enjoy the excitement and adventure in a good mystery, but dislike the profanity and obscene events that other writers surprise them with.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.lyleaway.com/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cheri Hardaway's "Worth Every Tear"


We're happy to have Cheri Hardaway with us today talking about her book, Worth Every Tear. To learn more about Cheri and her book, read on!

Title: Worth Every Tear ~ Forever and for Always
Publisher: Xulon Press.


Cover blurb: Most parents have heard of the prodigal son, but few expect their precious child – the one who wraps himself around their hearts and them around his little finger – might one day make them doubt themselves at every turn.
This book is for any parent who has ever gazed into a child’s eyes and fallen in love . . . who has poured heart and soul into that child, that he might have the best in life. It is a book for parents who have stared into their own tortured eyes in the mirror and asked, “Why?”

“In a day when ‘expert’ advice about parenting abounds, Cheri Hardaway’s Worth Every Tear is a gem. It’s an honest story of Christian parents who try hard and feel failure. Yet God leads them back, so beautifully, to an understanding that He is as sovereign in the lives of their children as He is in their own. Worth Every Tear will bring tears to your own eyes, as it encourages parents who struggle with doubt and disappointment.”
—KAREN DEIKUN, fellow parent and contributing author to FaithWriters anthologies

1) How did this story come to you?
Five years ago, in an interview with FaithWriters, I stated that I felt like I was born with a pen in my hand. I’ve kept a journal for as long as I can remember; writing is my way of processing life’s ups and downs. Fifteen years ago, I had the distinct impression that God had a purpose for my writing, and that one day I would write something for Him. As the years of our lives unfolded and we lived our story, my husband and I had a growing conviction that we were supposed to share our testimony with other parents, to share with them the same hope and love God had so graciously poured into our family. Worth Every Tear is the culmination of that conviction, the true story of our family’s journey with God. Though the book is non-fiction, I chose to write it like a novel, changing the characters’ names for privacy’s sake. Readers have shared that they were hooked by the story line and found the book difficult to put down. For a sneak preview of the prologue and Chapter One, you can go here: http://blog.cherihardaway.com/p/our-book.html.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
As I worked on the book, I also researched publishing options. The market for memoirs is a bit different than most; the plain fact is that traditional commercial publishers are reluctant to take a chance on an author who is relatively unknown. I did learn, however, that little known authors have been known to find a traditional commercial publisher, if they have a remarkably unique story. I struck out on both counts; I’m not well-known, and a family impacted by drug addiction isn’t a new or unique phenomenon in this day and age. Yet, every person has been created a unique individual by God, with a purpose in life and a story to tell. And my husband and I still had the conviction that our story needed to be told. For that reason, we researched the avenues of subsidy and self-publishing and chose to publish our own book with Xulon Press, trusting that God would see that it gets into the hands of those readers who need to hear His message of grace and hope.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1.) I hate to be the center of attention, yet I’ve written an entire book which shares the intimate details of my life.
2.) I am actually a fan of the “blind date,” having met my husband on one. In fact, my daughter met her husband on a blind date arranged by me and “his” mom.
3.) During my college years in Texas, weekends usually found me in a “kicker” club, garbed in cowboy hat and boots, two-stepping to the latest country-western hits.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
In December 2008, while the writing of Worth Every Tear was in progress, my husband and I began a blog called Glass House Ministries, as a vehicle to connect us with others who could use some hope and encouragement. As the blog has grown, God has also used it to develop a ministry of prayer. My current focus is on keeping the blog up-to-date and on being faithful to wherever else God may take the Glass House ministry. At some point, if God opens the doors, hubby and I are open to accepting invitations for speaking engagements; our desire is to pass along to others the same hope and peace we’ve found with God.

5) Parting comments?
God is faithful. If you are feeling hopeless, He can bring hope to the bleakest of circumstances. During the writing of my book, I had several titles in mind. During my quiet time one morning, I came across Psalm 126:5: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” As I meditated on the Scripture, I found myself thanking God for the path we’d taken as a family, telling Him that it was “worth every tear” to be where we are today. It was then that He whispered to my heart that He had just given me the title for my book. My life’s journey as a woman … as a wife … and as a parent has forever etched the hope and love of God in my heart, and it’s my desire to share that hope and love through the pages of Worth Every Tear.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I can be found on my website: www.cherihardaway.com, or on the Glass House Ministries blog: http://blog.cherihardaway.com/. I’m also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheri-Hardaway/728073316, and Worth Every Tear has a fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worth-Every-Tear/343241642931.

Susan Sleeman's "Nipped in the Bud"

We're happy to have Susan Sleeman with us today talking about her book, Nipped in the Bud. To learn more about Susan and her book, read on!

Title: Nipped in the Bud


Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Cover blurb: Paige Turner has secured her first landscaping contract, sprucing up the city park for the upcoming Pickle Fest. But after a confrontation with the city manager, she finds him dead in a mound of mulch. With no alibi for the time of death and, according to the police chief, with plenty of motive to carry out the murder, Paige must dig her way out of the mess by finding the real killer. Attorney Adam Hayes aids in her search as he works hard to keep her out jail—and his heart.

1) How did this story come to you?
I love to garden and I love to kill people—on paper that is, LOL—so it was only natural for me to combine both together in Nipped in the Bud. I also wanted to share gardening tips in a humorous format a cozy mystery like Nipped in the Bud is a perfect format to do so.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Wow, that’s a story. I was awarded my contract for Nipped in the Bud at the American Fiction Christian Writer’s conference in September of 2008 for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Mystery imprint. Then in January, the line folded and my dreams died. Or so I thought. But a year later Barbour decided to publish the contracted mysteries in a new single title line called Hometown Mysteries and they selected Nipped in the Bud to release in the first six mysteries.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Hmm, let’s see. I have lived in nine states, one twice. But that was Texas and it’s such a big state you have to live there twice, LOL. I used to teach computers to kindergartners through eighth graders and that job also included doing hardware repair for the computer lab. One day, in my younger years, my husband went to work and I decided to take down all of the walls in the second story of our house to open up the rooms. He came home and all that was left were wires hanging from the ceiling. FYI, we were planning to this, I just got a head start.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am working on the edits for Behind the Badge, a romantic suspense book releasing in June with Love Inspired Suspense and writing Relentless Pursuit another romantic suspense book releasing in the fall of 2011 also with Love Inspired Suspense

5) Parting comments?
Thank you for having me here, today and I’d like to say a special thank you to all the readers who have bought both High-Stakes Inheritance and Nipped in the Bud this fall. I am so appreciative of all the kind readers out there.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to connect with readers and here are a few places I can do that.
http://www.susansleeman.com/ Personal website
http://www.thesuspensezone.com/ Book review website
http://hometownmysteries.com/  Hometown Mystery Website
http://www.twitter.com/susansleeman Twitter
http://www.facebook.com/susan.sleeman Facebook friend’s page
http://www.facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks Facebook fan page
http://www.loveinspiredauthors.com/ Love Inspired Authors

M. Ann Ricks' "The Son"

We're happy to have M. Ann Ricks with us today talking about her book, The Son.  To learn more about Ann and her book, read on!



Title: The Son
Publisher: Leading Lady Publications.

Cover blurb: Daniel Manders has been dubbed the “chosen one”.
Since childhood, he has always been the one that was admired and called upon to do the right thing especially when it involved rectifying a situation for his family. Choosing to leave home to escape the pressures of family, he lived his life without worrying about rescuing his brothers from themselves. While living the life he thinks he wants, Daniel finds himself in a situation that only the Lord can get him out of. When finally acknowledging that he’d been shirking his responsibilities and a divine calling, a way of escape is provided. He decides that he can run no longer and promises to return to the home of his youth. Upon his return, he meets Melina; a woman that seems to be made just for him. While trying to be the man he feels he needs to be and reassemble the puzzle that he calls his family, Daniel’s purpose becomes clear but God’s desire and destiny for his family is challenged.

1) How did this story come to you?
It was impressed upon me that there are so many people that know who God is but are either afraid of being who God has called them to be or don’t think that they can handle the responsibility of being a “true and uncompromising” child of the Most High God. Many sometimes let their fear, families and relationships keep them from the future that God has destined for them. God has gifted so many of us, with the intelligence and “know how” to do so many awesome things. Men, as they relate to the novel, are born leaders. They simply have to acknowledge it and stop running from who they are and who they were made to be. The path may not be easy nor is it always convenient, but if we seek Him first, everything else will be added. Additionally, and contrary to the popular consensus, we ARE our brother’s keeper. Sometimes our family will be our hardest obstacle but we must be obedient. We need to be obedient to the will of God and be that man or woman of God who can show them how to live a life of freedom and liberty through Jesus. Someone’s life is depending on it. Your brother or sister…. Our families and those connected to us are depending on it! Stand fast and believe God regardless of what the enemy throws your way. We have the power to thwart each arrow of adversity because God promises all of us who believe in Him that we’d receive our expected end.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It seems my journey to get this novel published was riddled with obstacles. I was under the impression that because I had one novel published; Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance, a second novel would be easier. That was not to be. I believed the subject-matter was God-ordained and that the novel would bless those who read it, as many, I’m certain, can identify with the premise, but initially I struggled with the content and writing from a man’s perspective. I knew that I had to saturate The Son with the word of God as it always makes the difference but some viewed it as deterrent. As a result, finding a publisher and getting it out to the masses seemed to be a challenge. I was very happy to finally find a publisher that believed in my story and its relevance and that is when one stumbling block was removed. Getting it into the stores, however, was yet another faith fight. I really had to trust that God had and has everything under control… (BIGGEST Lesson learned!) Thankfully the journey to publication ended victoriously as many who have read The Son have nothing but wonderful things to say about it as it has done exactly what God said it would do… encourage hearts, provide revelation and confidence using His Word. It confirms that we are all called to impact the world with Jesus Christ!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Well… Let’s see!
1)I was in a music video back in the late 80’s with a group called FOREIGNER. While singing with the Youth Division of The New Jersey Mass Choir, I was part of day long video shoot of the song.., “I Want To Know What Love Is”. It was an awesome experience and a memory that I will never forget.
2) I’m a part-time Fitness Instructor and a real CARDIO junkie. I love STEP Aerobics and Cardio Dance and use Gospel House music to work-out and praise God at the same time. The crazy thing about it is that I absolutely LOVE cakes, cookies, etc. How can I be such a fitness junkie and a sweets junkie at the same time??? You tell me? That surprises me, if no one else!
3) Lastly, if someone would have told me that by age 40, I would have two novels and a third one on the way, I would have never believed them. Many readers think that I have been writing for my entire life and that is true to some extent but I wrote for school and my profession. Writing about the love of Jesus and sharing His word with the masses using fiction is an awesome surprise to me… It certainly goes to show us that God has a way of moving us into our destiny as He prepares us along the way. I love what I do and crazily enough, I couldn’t stop writing if I wanted to!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have completed my third novel: THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME. This novel took me the longest to write and has blessed me immensely. It is seasoned with the sensuality of love, the need for familial truth and deliverance as well as God’s promise of hope and redemption. Regardless of who you are; rich or poor and whatever you’ve done or what your family or people in your life have done to you, the blood of Jesus can make you a new creature because of its power. Many are living defeated lives, unaware that freedom and life in abundance is available. Set in present day, THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME chronicles a woman’s desire for redemption. The novel will enlighten and encourage as we journey with the heroine, Honey Lamb. Because the story of her life is one of demoralizing circumstances, she questions why she is and who she is. Not realizing that God places people in our lives for His purpose, she reluctantly embarks upon a journey that will open her eyes and heart to a divine inheritance.

5) Parting comments?
I consider it an honor and privilege that K. Dawn Byrd Blog Spot would decide to spotlight me and my novel, The Son. This is truly a blessing. Thank You!!! Sharing stories of faith and His unconditional and unending love, will change lives and provide spiritual revelation thus augmenting the Kingdom of God. I believe this is what God has purposed for my life and I am determined to walk it. It has been made clear that my steps are divinely ordered and I am assured that God has purposed me to affect lives in a realistic way with messages that will birth “overcomers” in the Earth that will glorify God!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Please visit www.mannricks.net to read more what God has purposed for my life as well as events, workshops and dialogues that I have had the pleasure to facilitate. Interested readers can certainly purchase my novels Awesome Wonder, my debut novel as well as The Son . I am presently having a “READY for RAIN” Online Sale! Each novel is only $5.00!! Click on the “Christ IS” link to make your “READY for RAIN” purchase and the novel will be signed and shipped to your location.