Thursday, June 25, 2015

Darlene Franklin novella

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     LOVE’S GLORY by Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes

full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. Poetry is her newest passion. She has written over thirty novels as well as more than 250 devotionals.

Welcome, Darlene. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would like to have been a fly on the wall listening to the discussions between Mary and Luke. How much more did Luke learn about Mary than what is revealed in his gospel? Her perspective on Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity would be unlike anyone else’s, but she seems to have been a very private person.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Love’s Glory.
I’m offering a patriotic novella for Kindle, Love’s Glory: 


LIES AND BETRAYAL CHASE BETH FROM HER HOME TOWN.


It’s 1919. Everything is changing—cars are common and airplanes helped win the War to End All Wars. Even the German-Americans of New Brandenburg, Texas, renamed their town Old Glory to prove their patriotism.


None of that matters to Beth Smith. In 1917, her boyfriend Garan Schmidt enlisted in the Army—and left her pregnant. She left home and built a new life for herself and their daughter.


When Garan finds Beth and their daughter in May 1919, he is eager to make amends and start over. Beth is unsure if she is ready to tell the truth that will set them free.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I wrote with one takeaway value in mind, and readers mention another, both valid. Mine was along the lines of “the truth shall set you free”—Garan and Beth had to admit the truth of what happened before they could be free of their past.


Readers mention the theme of forgiveness: Beth had to forgive Garan for abandoning her in her time of need.


Where can readers find you online?
You can find me online elsewhere at

My blog
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Love’s Glory?

Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thank for having me as your guest! And check out my next title, Jacob’s Christmas Dream, scheduled for release on August 8th, the first in the Christmas Mail Order Angels series. When the Black Hills gold rush winds down in Angel Vale, Wyoming, Jacob Underwood joins with his friend Matt Thomas in bringing mail order brides to Angel Vale. The prosperous store owner is drawn to the pastor’s daughter, Becky Patterson, and the attraction is mutual—until God calls Jake into the ministry.


Darlene, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a Kindle eBook copy of Love's Glory, which you've offered. 

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Sunrise by Scott J. Abel is Sheila H. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunrise, novel

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SUNRISE by Scott Abel



Scott Abel works in state government and is the author of several short stories and the young adult paranormal romance novel, Sunrise. In addition to his writing endeavors, Scott is also a public speaker. He often speaks to organizations, non-profits, and churches on leadership, communication, and teamwork.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University, but is a rabid, life-long fan of the TCU Horned Frogs. He lives in the suburbs of Austin with his wife and two precocious daughters - who enthusiastically assist him in his search for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.


Welcome, Scott. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Sir Anthony Hopkins. I’ve always fancied myself an amateur actor, and if I had to do it all over again I’d pursue acting as a profession. Hopkins, in my opinion, is the finest actor of the past thirty years. My favorite performances of his are Meet Joe Black and Legends of the Fall.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Compassionate. Driven. Coffee-addicted. 


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Watching college football – except when TCU plays, then I’m a nervous wreck.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
My kitchen table with a steaming cup (or two) of coffee.


What can your readers expect from you next?
A sequel, False Light, is in the works, and should be released in 2016. I’m also working on a contemporary adult romance entitled, The Promise Keeper.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word of mouth suggestions to friends are helpful, especially on social media. As always reviews are greatly appreciated.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Sunrise.
Eighteen-year old Parker, big brother and high school

quarterback, dreams of glory on the football field. But on the night of the shooting, his entire world shatters. In a chilling span of sixty seconds, a mass tragedy wreaks havoc upon his life, family, and community.

Although hailed a hero, Parker is horror struck to discover an incident from his past was the motive for the killings and that he was the intended target. And when someone threatens to get the one that got away, Parker finds himself hunted. But help comes from an unexpected source … an angel named Marie.


A spunky, impulsive guardian, Marie is dedicated to saving Parker at all costs. When confronted by a sinister nemesis who covets Parker’s soul, a desperate struggle is waged over Parker’s fate. With time running out, Marie must face her growing, but secret affections for Parker that she can no longer ignore. Affections that will force her to make the ultimate decision - sacrifice herself and all that she believes or lose Parker to the darkness forever.


Where can readers find you online?

Facebook
Blog

Where can readers purchase Sunrise?
My original publisher closed its doors shortly after Sunrise was released this Spring. Another publisher, Black Opal Books, quickly signed me to a contract and will re-release Sunrise in the next few months. When my book releases in the fall, I'll send the winner from this blog drawing an eBook copy of Sunrise.


Any parting comment?
What I’ve learned over my journey to becoming a published author is this: work hard, have patience, and never, ever give up on your dream. And keep a large supply of coffee at hand.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you look for most when you want a book to hook you?


Thank you, Scott, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will receive an eBook copy of  Sunrise in the fall when it releases, which you've graciously offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.



Friday, June 12, 2015

When Dawn Breaks, novel-Corrected

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If any of you received an email with my 2014 Christmas greeting, I apologize. I did nothing for that to get sent out. Sorry it gave you unwanted mail in your inbox. I can't explain how it got delivered, especially since it was from many months ago. So sorry for the inconvenience. Instead of making you mad, I hope you can smile and remember the reason for the Christmas season, even in June.


 WHEN DAWN BREAKS by Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband. Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud


Rejoicing Over Closed Doors
Jennifer Slattery

When a door closes, do you rejoice or slam your fists against it? Do you remain on the stoop, trying to push your way in, or do you look up, awaiting direction from your Heavenly Father? 

Accepting redirection, especially when we’ve become entrenched in our current path or when we’ve developed fondness for a particular destination can be tough. When we focus on the detour sign, or our plans, or ourselves period. But when we focus on God and His ever-faithful, loving, unchanging nature, then redirection becomes easier. 


After nearly a decade of almost full-time ministry, we moved, then moved again, and again. Always the newbie, never staying long enough, it felt, to truly put down roots. We finally ended up in a small town, one where we felt alone and uninvited. (It’s hard being new, the outsider, when everyone else is family.) Eventually, needing a safe place to land, we attended a home church while we searched for a church home. One with no outreach events to plan and launch, no dramas to facilitate or classes to teach. Honestly, I felt like God was through with me. And that thought left me broken.


Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you’ve been in a place of waiting so long, you’ve begun to wonder if God’s forgotten about you entirely. If He’s done with you. But what if you’re waiting period is preparing you for an all new direction? 


Sometimes God must close a door to help us see the one He’s opened wide for us. 


As I look back, I realize what a blessed gift that brief desert period was because that was when I picked up my keyboard. It was my island of Patmos. Although I wrote on occasion prior to this, mainly as ministry aids, I never took my writing seriously. It was one of those “fill-a-need” things.


Once ministry opportunities ceased to exist for me, I needed an outlet for all the ideas swirling through my brain. This was when my love for writing was born and now I look back on that painful time with gratitude, realizing it was all part of God’s big-picture plan.


What about you? Are you standing before an open door, looking back at all those “training” steps God led you on, or are you trudging through the valley? When trudging it can be easy to think God’s forgotten or abandoned us, but in Scripture He promises to fulfill His plans for us. He promises to carry His plans to completion. Even now, as you hover between the disappointments and rejoicing, God is at work with one eye on the goal. Which means, you can rest in whatever stage of the journey you’re on knowing God will do what needs to be done in you to prepare you for His big-picture plan.


You’ve probably noticed I use that term, big-picture plan, a lot. For me, it’s a reminder of how completely other God’s plan is from mine. I might angst over a promotion, a move, a house…God angsts over lost souls. I often get distracted by today, but God’s worried about eternity. He came to seek and save the lost. And to conform us into His likeness, which means He will do what it takes to strip away inferior priorities, pride and selfishness so that we can be cleaned and open vessels ready to do His will.


Whenever we find ourselves fighting against His will, we know His work in us is not complete.



Jennifer Slattery’s recent release is When Dawn Breaks. Here’s a little about the book:


As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. Then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt of When Dawn Breaks


Here’s where you can buy a copy of When Dawn Breaks:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
CBD


Jennifer has graciously offered an eBook copy of When Dawn Breaks to one of the commenters on this blog post.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Mother to Love by Gail Gaymer Martin is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gail Gaymer Martin novel

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A MOTHER TO LOVE
                 by Gail Gaymer Martin

Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the
author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 57 contracted novels and four million books sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the Executive Board, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers and Christian Authors Network. Gail is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and enjoys presenting workshops at conferences across the U.S.  She is a lifetime resident of Michigan.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My mom often reminisced about her childhood and incidents in her past, and over time, I reminded her I’d heard the story before, if she continued, I listened with one ear. Now I wish I could spend another day with my mom and ask her a multitude of questions and re-hear those funny and sometimes poignant stories of her life. We don’t always appreciate things until they are gone.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Many Bible verses touch me with their truth and God’s amazing gift to His children, but one that has meant a great deal to me as a writer is this.


You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3, NIV
 
This verse reminds Christian writers that what we write ministers and changes readers as the stories, like modern parables, brings characters to life who have the same kinds of issues and problems, joys and sorrows of the reader. I hear this over and over in my reader mail and I praise the Lord He has allowed me to write for Him.

What 2 or 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
The first thing that comes to mind is my tap dancing lessons. I had a friend who was a beautiful ballet dancer and she also took tap, and I wanted to be like her. I had the wisdom to know I’d never be a ballet dancer but tap might be something I could do. Every year the dancers performed at the State Fair, and I faced my first performance on stage with a large audience. I was petrified and when the dance began, tapping to the old song, Varsity Drag, I was fine, but somewhere in the dance, I mixed up two parts of the routine and reversed the steps and did a section backward. I leaped into other dancers rather than leaping in the direction they had. Red faced, I realized perhaps tap dancing wasn’t for me.

Another surprising moment was when I was named and then crowned the queen of our new city, Madison Heights. I won a bond, took part in a city parade and joined the King to open the dancing at a big park event. I’m not a beauty queen by any means. The king and queen were based on a number of criteria and somehow I was the Queen of Madison Heights, Michigan.

And finally something unique about me is I’ve been in every state in the United States, all fifty, and most of the states weren’t just a drive though but also staying there and spending time. The state where I spent the least amount of time is Delaware.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Once again I can’t name one favorite place but I’ll try to be brief. In Michigan, my home state, I love amazing, back-in-time Mackinac Island. Take A Look And in another state, Sedona, Arizona where we spend three winter months. Don't miss this video. But out of the country my favorite travel vacation is Europe. I’ve visited and stayed in so many of the countries including: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Italy, Greece, and the Greek Islands, Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Crete, and Rhodes. Each country has a charm of its own, and I go back to some of them when I can.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Mother To Love.
A Mother To Love is the first novel in the Lilac Circle series. Lilac Circle is a fictitious cul de sac in the real town of

Owosso, Michigan. Readers will get to know a number of the neighbors and their goings-on, some wise, some nosy, some struggling and some happy and falling in love. Each novel will revolve around a character or two who live on the neighborly small town street.

Book 1: Angie Bursten wants to find love without her family's matchmaking, and coworker Rick Jameson comes to the rescue as her pretend boyfriend. Angie spends time with Rick and his adorable daughter, Carly, and what began as a hoax soon feels all too real. Betrayed by the woman he'd once married, Rick is slow to trust. but when Angie helps him with gaining full custody of his child, is he still pretending.? Do Rick and Angie have a real shot at happily-ever-after?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?The story leaves readers with the realization that we have little power on our own, and instead of living with fear and worry, trust in God’s promises and keep their faith strong. With God all things are possible.

Where can readers find you online?
I can be found everywhere in social media.
Website
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
GoodReads 
Google Plus Circles

Where can readers purchase A Mother To Love?
A Mother To Love is published by Love Inspired and they are sold in most bookstores, at Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer’s, among other grocery stores and bookstores online.

Any parting comment?
I am active on social media, but readers can also find personal photos and news, appearances, new books, sites with free book drawings, recipes from Gail’s Kitchen and a devotional in my Bi-Monthly Newsletter. The subscription box is located in the right sidebar on my website.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Novelists love to meet readers who share their posts and book information, leave comments at online bookstores and promote authors’ books. If you have been moved to support a specific novelist, what about the books or the author inspires you to do so?  
 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Cowgirls Don't Cry by Debra Lynn Collins is Trixi. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling. 








Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cowgirls Don't Cry

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                 COWGIRLS DON'T CRY
                   by Debra Lynn Collins



Debra Lynn Collins is an Amazon Best Selling Author. She was born and raised in Georgia, but moved to Gaylesville, Alabama after marrying her real-life hero, Steve, in 1981. She considers herself a Georgiabamian.

Not only has God blessed her with a wonderful husband, but He's also blessed her with four wonderful children, and as of right now seven precious grandchildren. She’s also a member of ACFW.


Welcome, Debra, if you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?

I would have dinner with my daughter who passed away in 2000. To be able to see her smiling face and hear her beautiful laugh again, would be the best gift ever.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I have tried my hand at many, many different kinds of crafts. Some were successful, and some weren’t.
I love singing Karaoke. So much so, that my husband and I purchased our own Karaoke system a few years ago.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There’s just something amazing about those spectacular and breathtaking mountains. Whenever we have the opportunity to get away for a weekend, you can always find us in Tennessee.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Recently, it has been at the kitchen table or the end of my sofa. However, right now, I am in the process of converting a (now) empty bedroom into my office.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Cowgirls Don’t Cry.
Sami Lawson’s scars run deep, and she trusts no one. Ever

since her mother abandoned her family when she was ten, Sami has watched her father grow cold and bitter from a broken heart.

The one question she cannot shake is: Where is God through all this? To her wounded heart, the only answer she can find is: He is not. As Sami gets to know Chase, her walls start to come down, which frightens her. Can she trust this man who seems so sincere? Or will he abandon her just like her mother did?

After hearing rumors about Sami, Chase Townsend expected a “man-eater” of a woman, especially with a nickname like “Wild Cat.” Instead, he is stunned by the beauty with the sparkling blue eyes.


However, Chase quickly figures out that something has happened to Sami, and he has to decide if he is willing to try to help her overcome her bitterness or if he should just let the “Wildcat” be. Because of Chase’s deep trust in God, and his strong perseverance streak, he makes it his mission to show Sami that God loves her, and only He can heal her broken past.

Now that Chase has made it his business to witness to Sami, he finds himself falling in love. Will his heart be broken when Sami pushes him away?


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
First and most importantly, I want them to know that no matter what we may go through in life, we have a God that CAN AND WILL always heal our brokenness and pain. Also, it’s my hope that my book will touch the hearts of the readers, and they will laugh, cry, and cheer Sami and Chase on as they find their way into each other’s hearts.


Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook 
Twitter
Blog


Where can readers purchase your book?
Cowgirls Don’t Cry can be purchased at Amazon.com 


Any parting comment?
Thank you so much, Jo, for having me on your blog, and giving me the opportunity to share a little about my book with your readers.


You’re welcome and thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will be randomly chosen to receive a copy of your book, which you’ve offered. Winner may choose a print copy or an eBook copy.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Hard Country by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe is Deanne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Novel from the Writing Cuffe Sisters

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HARD COUNTRY
by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe



In addition to writing, the Cuffe sisters run a small farm in downeast Maine.  They bring Jane-of-all-trades life experiences to their work, and believe God gave them this background to write squarely to the heart of real women who don't always wear a size 2, and who prefer boots to high heels. If you want to "talk shop" about family, rural life, livestock, music, God, house construction, or girl stuff, they'd love to hear from you.  They believe with God anything is possible; and that some of the best stories aren't hatched in creative writing class, they're composed on the seat of a tractor.

Welcome, Sadie and Sophie. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Our dad, who passed away in 2008. We miss his humor, wisdom, and laughter and it would great just to be able to hang out with him again, and to get one more of his wonderful hugs.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
Right here in downeast Maine! Great hikes and camping, Atlantic Ocean, fantastic beaches, lighthouses, and not very many people.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
We chose Habbakuk 3:17-19:  Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. (NIV) Because it reminds us that all the blessings and gifts are transitory and, even without them, we have Jesus Who gives us the song and the joy, and that's everything! It's the visual embodiment of Romans 8:28.

If you could be an animal, what would you be? Why?
Sadie would be a giraffe due to its swan-like neck and its cool plaid outfit (she's wardrobed challenged) and the view and the little pipes on its head. Sophie would be a white-throated sparrow as she loves the idea of being able to fly without being in a jet. Plus they make beautiful music, which calls to her musician side.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or
corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
We love our office! It's a corner of the daylight basement, and in the winter it becomes our snow cave.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Thank you for asking. If you like our book, please spread the word. We've gotten a lot of good feedback, but we'd really love some reviews. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Hard Country.
Is blood thicker than West Texas dust? Johnny's broken his sister's heart too many times to count, but with one tug of her heartstrings, CJ braves Texas heat in a last-ditch effort to save big brother. When Yankee stubbornness butts heads with cowboy arrogance, CJ has a better chance getting answers from her horse than from the men on the ranch. She knows she's rubbing elbows with a murderer. She's in over her head, and the bodies are adding up. Will she be next?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
That there's always hope, and even in the midst of conflict, especially family heartbreak, may you always find the love and the good that comes from being heart-connected to your siblings and your parents and your heavenly Father.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Hard Country?
At Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for letting us share about our book and our writing. We love hearing from our readers and respond to all emails. Email us.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Would you read another book if we wrote it? Hahaha. Seriously, if you've read Hard Country, we'd like to know who your favorite character is and why you like them.

Thanks, Sadie and Sophie, for spending time with my readers for this enjoyable interview. One of the commenters to this post will be drawn to receive an eBook copy of Hard Country.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When Love Must Wait by Sherri Wilson Johnson is Martha. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 




Thursday, May 14, 2015

When Love Must Wait, novel

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WHEN LOVE MUST WAIT
by Sherri Wilson Johnson

Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, speaker, and a social media/marketing junkie. She lives in Georgia with her husband and her Chihuahua, Posey, and they are empty-nesters. Sherri loves spending time with family, sitting on the beach, curling up with a good book or working on her current work-in-progress. She is the author of To Dance Once More, To Laugh Once More, and When Love Must Wait from her Hope of the South series, and a Contemporary Suspense series due out later this year. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries.

Welcome, Sherri. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would love to sit down and chat with a lady of a manor from the late 1800s—American or English--since that’s one of my favorite time periods.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I can sing but I can’t whistle.
I love to ride roller coasters but no one in my family will ride them so I have to tag along with friends and their families to Six Flags or bum rides with people I barely know in order to get my roller coaster “fix.” 
I write about horses but I’m terrified of them in real life.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I love to vacation at the beach although I’m not a sunbather. I just love to sit under a cabana and stare at the ocean. We usually go to the Gulf of Mexico but have vowed now that we’re empty-nesters that we’re going to explore other beaches.

A beach vacation is also my favorite, Sherri! Please describe yourself with three words.
Diehard night owl!

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
John 14:1-3 King James Version
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

What do you enjoy most about writing? 
I love the high that comes from dreaming up the storyline and doing the research for the book. Oh, and I love writing the story too. I also love doing the marketing. Actually, I love it all except maybe for the editing process and the proposal stage.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table? 
I write anywhere and everywhere I can squeeze it in. I do a lot of writing by using my voice-to-text command on my phone and sending it to my computer. Sometimes it doesn’t always translate properly though and I get a good laugh at what my phone thinks I actually said.

That happens to me, Sherri. I think it's my Southern accent. What can your readers expect from you next?
I am rereleasing the first book in my contemporary suspense series set in the south (Song of the Meadowlark), which was formerly traditionally published. It will be followed by two more books by the end of the year.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Readers can help spread the word by leaving reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble and other sites, can share about my books on Twitter and Facebook, and can chat them up to their friends and/or choose them for book-of-the-month in their book clubs.

Please tell us a little about your novel, When Love Must Wait.
Annabelle's heart is as drought-stricken as the creek beds of Marietta, Georgia. After a devastating loss, she turns her back on missions work and forges ahead to a marriage of convenience. She'll do whatever God wants and whatever her betrothed allows—as long as it's from the safety of her community. Marriage to Jarrett MacKaye, the town's copper supplier, is her perfect escape. Until Luke Cavanaugh comes home…

Leaving behind a tragic past, Luke returns home for a respite after four years out West. His feelings rekindle for Annabelle, whom he let go years before, but she belongs to someone else now. Although he'll never win her love, he challenges her to embrace all that her life can be. He wants to help her unearth the secrets of her heart—yet keep his own secrets buried deep.

Annabelle is afraid to leave the safety of her community. Luke is too restless to stay. When storms hit Marietta and its surrounding cities, they must embrace their faith in God and trust each other in order to revive their struggling town and their withered hearts.

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase When Love Must Wait
When Love Must Wait is available on Amazon and other major retailers.

Any parting comment?
Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to get to know more readers!

Do you have a question you’d like to leave for my readers to answer?
Just for fun, what’s your favorite thing about the Victorian era?

Thank you, Sherri, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will be chosen to receive an eBook copy of When Love Must Wait, which you've offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Writer Off the Leash by Michelle Griep is Sonja N. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

I’m on my blog tour through May talking about my new novel, Wait for Me. I’m giving away a total of 25 Kindle eBook copies of my book. Click the “Blog Tour Stops” tab at the top of this page to find the live link to each day’s blog visit. Leave a comment on that blog to be entered in that book drawing.

Till next time … keep on smiling.