Monday, April 19, 2010

Amber Miller Stockton's "Liberty's Promise"

Amber Miller Stockton's "Liberty's Promise"

We're happy to have Amber Miller Stockton with us today talking about her new book, Liberty's Promise. To learn more about Amber and Liberty's Promise read on!

Your title: Liberty’s Promise
1) How did this story come to you?
Well, this book is actually a compilation of my first 3 books, and the inspiration came from driving by a home that was built in 1740. What those walls could tell of all they’d seen if they could only speak. That started the “what if” questions rambling about in my mind.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The first book came after pitching the idea to an editor who loved the premise and the unique setting as well as the time period of Colonial America. It took 2 years after pitching before the book sold and another 14 months after it sold before it released, but the journey was more than worth the reward of seeing my first book in print.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Before I married, I was the only living female Miller in my family for 3 generations. My mother married into the name. Second, I work for actress Jane Seymour, managing her fan site and handling her fan mail. Third, I sold my first piece of writing when I was 16 and joined the ranks of some of the youngest published writers.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Right now, I don’t have a contract, but I am working on 2 western series. One is set in Wyoming and one in Colorado. I also have a series set on Chincoteague Island that’s in the works. Praying one of them sells soon, so I can devote my full attention to them.
5) Parting comments?
I am loving this journey as an author. When I first began pursuing a professional career, I never imagined it would happen in such an abundant way. God has truly blessed me, and hearing from readers who write to say one of my stories has touched their lives means more than words can say. That’s the reason I write, and it’s an honor to share stories with you.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
You can always find me at my web site (http://www.amberstockton.com/ ),

Lisa Harris' "Blood Ransom"

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

We're happy to have Lisa Harris with us today talking about her new book, Blood Ransom. To learn more about Lisa and Blood Ransom read on!

Your title: Blood Ransom
1) How did this story come to you?
For a long time I wanted to write an adventure series set in Africa that combined the beauty of the continent, with the adventure of a thriller, and, of course, a thread of romance. Over a period of time, the characters and storyline started simmering in the back of my mind until the plot finally unfolded and I began writing.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I discovered early on that selling a book set in Africa was not going to be easy. Every editor I talked to told me that books set outside the US didn’t sell. About three and a half years ago, I pitched my idea to Sue Brower at Zondervan who loved my idea and told me that the timing was finally right. Churches were sending more people on mission trips and people had more of an interest in social issues around the world. Wanting to work with Zondervan, I didn’t send the book anywhere else, and was thrilled when I finally held that contract in my hand.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’ve traveled through over twenty countries, but do not enjoy flying.
I’m currently in the middle of watching Star Trek DVDs with my kids who love Sci Fi .
Hmmm…and I’m left-handed.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Right now, I’m writing a romantic suspense for Summerside press that will be released next February. It’s set in the early 1920s in both Northern Rhodesia and New York. Then book two in my Mission Hope series, Blood Covenant will hit bookshelves next spring.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Please visit me on my blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com/ or my website http://www.lisaharriswrites.com/

Vickie McDonough's "The Anonymous Bride"


"The Anonymous Bride" by Vickie McDonough

We're happy to have Vickie McDonough with us today talking about her new book, The Anonymous Bride. To learn more about Vickie and The Anonymous Bride, read on!

Your title: The Anonymous Bride
1) How did this story come to you?

It first started as a “what if” question. What if a mail-order bride showed up in town, expecting to marry the local marshal, but what if he didn’t order a bride? Then my thoughts morphed a bit. What if three mail-order brides showed up to marry the poor, unsuspecting guy? How could something like that happen? And if it did, what would happen to the women since only one could marry him? Then I thought, what if the town held a contest to see with gal would make him the best wife?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I’ve been writing novellas and Heartsong novels for Barbour Publishing for six yeas, so it was a natural progression to move into their longer fiction line. My editor mentioned it to me, so I worked up several proposals, and the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series is the one they bought.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. When I was fourteen, I bought a motorcycle.
2. Shortly after I was married, my husband and I went with a group of young people to live on a kibbutz in Israel for a year.
3. I have always loved horses, and when I was twelve, I talked my parents into buying me one, even though we lived in the city.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently writing a historical set in 1788 in the Charleston area. It’s called Mutiny of the Heart, and it’s the first book in a series set in South Carolina. After that, I’ll finish the third book in my Texas Boardinghouse Brides series.

5) Parting comments?
I never once thought about writing a book. Then stories started running through my mind like I was watching a movie. I decided to write them down to get them out of my head, and after writing my second book, I finally realized God was trying to get my attention. It still boggles my mind that I’ve written multiple books and even won awards for some of them. I want to encourage y’all to open your hearts and minds to God and let Him do something wonderful in your life. His dreams for you are far bigger than you can imagine.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My website is: www.vickiemcdonough.com
I’m also a regular contributor to the Bustles and Spurs blog:
www.bustlesandspurs.com

Review for Queen of Hearts Compares it to Shutter Island


First Review for Queen of Hearts

I'm so excited...I just had to share with you guys. Michelle Sutton has posted a review for Queen of Hearts on goodreads. She compared it to Shutter Island. Here's what she had to say.

Queen of Hearts is a blend of so many things that it really held my interest. It had elements of Dick Tracy, Psycho, The Godfather, and more recently, Shutter Island. If you enjoy suspenseful stories set during WWII (stateside) that have moments where you'll feel like you're as scared as the heroine is, then you'll love this story. I personally prefer romantic elements in romantic suspense, and this story had a lot of that, too. It was tasty enough to keep me reading. I was seriously torn and unsure for quite a while about who the bad guy was. At different times I liked them both. The author did a fabulous job of making you want her to run from both of them on occasion since each man told her the other guy was dangerous. It wasn't super-obvious who the real enemy was, and I loved that. It had me guessing for most of the story and I was terrified along with her. Those elements in this novel that reminded me of Shutter Island were eerie, but so well done that I couldn't stop reading. It is obvious that the author understands mental institutions and their histories. That made the setting even more authentic to me. Did I mention the mob involvement and dead bodies? Oy, this story had it all. It was a great read and highly entertaining, but also contained a faith element that was impossible to miss. I highly recommend this story. It's a terrific debut.

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