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

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

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Visit JoAnn's Web site:
Email JoAnn:
Connect with JoAnn on Facebook:


  1. JoAnn, you've been busy! This sounds really good. shawnawilliams(at)allegiance(dot)tv.

  2. Shawna,

    LOL...No more than you my friend! Thanks for popping in to say hi. You're a blessing.

  3. JoAnn, as you know I read and loved Teacher's Plans - it's a great story I highly recommend! Blessings to you, and great interview - nice job ladies!

  4. Hi JoAnn, Teacher's Plans sounds wonderful. Lovely interview, great to learn more about you.

  5. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a writer but I have also worked for ten years in special education classes from LD to ED. I can totally relate to this book in a number of ways I'm sure. BTW, I love reviewing books for Amazon and other places.

  6. I'm a subscriber. thanks. I'd love a chance to win this book.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I hope I'm not posting twice...

    Wow! 4 boys that close together!!! I have two teenage boys so I know at least half of what it's like ;) Gotta love those boys, though because they sure love Mom! I haven't read your books but would love the opportunity to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway and have a very Merry Christmas!


  8. It sounds really great. It's nice to have a romance with christian values. thanks and God Bless anna

  9. Wow, what a blessing to come over here before I dig into my day and find your comments!

    Yes, my guys are great. I can't believe how quick the time is going though. Our eldest is in High School now.

    In my quiet time today I read quote that struck me. I hope you don't mind if I share it. (The scripture reading was Acts 4:1-13) "Training and education are valuable in the service of the Savior, but nothing can replace time spent in His presence." ~ Bill Crowder.

    What a great thought to ponder!

  10. I've had those kind of situations happen to me. Just 5 yrs ago I found out we where going to have another baby, when my youngest just graduated from school and was starting collage. I must of prayed about hundred times a day asking for all the help he could give me. You see my oldest daughter, who at that time was 26, was living on the streets and using drugs. It was a very hard time. But my son was born healthly and we had 3 daughters so a son was wonderful news and he has been a blessing everyday. His birth also helped me keep busy so i did sit around going crazy wondering what my daughter was doing. She's not on the streets today but she still is dealing with her other problems and now on top of that she has health issues. We don't see her much but i try to keep tabs on her and if she ever needed me or would let me help I would be there in a heart beat.
    Your book sounds wonderful and I look forward to reading it...


  11. Heidi,

    Thanks for stopping by. It's so hard to watch any of our children struggle in life!

    I know this is easier to say then to hear, but sometimes the struggle is important. For some folks only when they reach the bottom do they dare to look up to find a Savior waiting with open arms.

    I'll be praying that your daughter would reach that place in her life's journey soon.

  12. K. Dawn,

    Thanks for having me on your blog. It's great to meet some new folks and hear from old friends!

  13. My, my, my, this sounds like the perfect book for me. Jeremiah 29:11 says it all. Whenever I attempt to think my life is set to flow in a certain direction, God steps in and reveals His plan, which is always more fulfilling than any plan I could ever devise. I hope to win this awesome book.

  14. It's a great story! I'm sure whoever wins it will enjoy it!

  15. This sounds like a good read:)
    I am thankful for the opportunity to win it!
    God's Plans, not Teacher's Plans, first and foremost and all of the other things will fall into place according to His will!!!!!!!!!!
    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

  16. I am in the midst of a year just like that. Things are not going as expected, which is hard. But I know that things would not have been so bad if God didn't plan something really exciting to come out of it. Looking forward to seeing what God has planned next.

    bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

  17. Lynel,

    I loved your comment. It's true, His ways are always more fulfilling. I just wish I didn't struggle so to remember that! :)


  18. Donna and Charlotte,

    Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Gail,

    Hang in there! Sometimes our lives "tapestry" looks pretty ugly from this side of heaven. But God, who's fashioning it from above, is making it into something beautiful for His glory.

  20. The book sounds really good. I love to read this type of book, as it gives me more courage every day.
    The top greatest gift in my life has been god.
    Without him..I would have given up long ago. He has great things in store for all us..we just have to be brave enough to listen and learn.

  21. I agree with Joann Carter.My favorite activities is walking, also. There's nothing like getting outside smelling the fresh clean air, and enjoying all the sites of nature up close and personal.
    God has pulled me through many heartaches and blesses me and everything falls into place according to His will!
    God Bless You and the author and all commenters.

  22. Thanks to everyone who stopped by this week!

  23. Anne Payne... congratulations! My husband drew your name from the list of commenters for a copy of TEACHER'S PLANS. Be sure to check your in-box.

    Merry Christmas, everyone~