Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sandra Ardoin novel


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A RELUCTANT MELODY
by Sandra Ardoin



Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler.

 

Welcome, Sandra. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My husband and I prefer the mountains to the beach. We spent our honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains. We like trees and a landscape that isn’t flat. We’ll often head to the Blue Ridge Mountains (a couple hours away) for a day trip. We also like to go to the North Carolina Sandhills area on a day trip or overnight.


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
When I’m not reading at night I’m watching TV with my husband. I love football and NASCAR Sundays. I used to do much more gardening than I do now.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have two favorites (technically, three). The first, for encouragement, is Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV): “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
and
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV): For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” If that doesn’t keep a person humble, I don’t know what will.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing is an acceptable outlet for releasing all the people and situations trampling through my mind. (No, I’m not schizophrenic.) I love being able to use my imagination to create people, places, and emotional experiences that provide others with entertainment and, hopefully, minister to them in some way.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Before my husband retired, I wrote in the formal

living room. Although it was off the beaten path, it attracted unexpected company regularly. Now, I write
at my desk in our guest room. All the furniture makes
the small room a bit crowded, but (mostly) private. (Shh! When my child leaves the nest, I’m taking over her room and making it my office.) Here are a couple of my writing buddies.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Here are a few suggestions:
These days a book needs reviews. After you read A Reluctant Melody, I would be grateful for an honest review on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble and Goodreads. The best is simply a sentence or two that tells others what you liked about the book. 


When you meet people who enjoy Christian fiction, please suggest the book to them and tell them a little about it. 


Ask your library (church and/or public) to order it.


Take a photo of yourself with the book cover (print or shown on an e-reader). Put it on social media and tag me. You’ll find my links below. Send me the image with your permission to put it on my website.


Add the cover to a Pinterest board of favorite reads.


With so many books out there and not enough time to read them all, it can be difficult for any writer to gain attention for her stories. I’m truly thankful for whatever someone does to help my title become one others want to spend their precious time reading.


Please tell us a little about your novel, A Reluctant Melody.
A Reluctant Melody is a story of redemption and second chances. It asks the question, “Are we ever too bad to receive God’s forgiveness if we seek it through Christ?”


Kit Barnes’ alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.


Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.


When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?


Where can readers find you online?
Website 

Seriously Write blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest
Join my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.


Where can readers purchase A Reluctant Melody?
A Reluctant Melody is available in both print and e-book on Amazon and my publisher’s website.


Any parting comment?
I want to thank you, Jo, for letting me tell your readers about my new book, and I appreciate your support for both my releases!


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Readers, I’d love to know how you choose a book to read. Cover? Backcover summary? Word-of-mouth recommendation? Social Media posts?


Sandra, thank you for visiting with my readers and me and for offering an eBook copy of A Reluctant Melody that one of the commenters to this blog post will win.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of An American Gothic by Alice K. Arenz is Kim. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it in the spring.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Alice K. Arenz novel


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AN AMERICAN GOTHIC
by Alice K. Arenz

2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K.
Arenz, has been writing since she was a child. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Award: cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D. (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist)—all re-released by Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications.  Her newest book, a mystery/romantic suspense, An American Gothic was released in August 2015. Visit Alice at her website.

Welcome, Alice. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
My mom. She died when I was eight—long before I had the opportunity to find out who she was aside from my mother.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Quirky, loving, determined.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I know it’s a little trite & predictable, but it would have to be John 3:16-17—any Bible version—the following is the King James.


“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

These were the first verses I memorized when I was very small and they have served me through both good and bad times as a constant reminder that I—we are not alone.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’m what they call a seat-of-the-pants writer, or as I term it, I write what I feel God is leading me to write. This means I don’t have a plan and don’t know where the characters or book are going. So I enjoy the ride, the discovery. When I finish a writing session & have to go back and read what I just wrote because I literally have no idea what’s on the screen . . . that’s not just enjoyable, but exciting!


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
We’ve turned a bedroom into an office. I have to have a desk—can’t use anything on my lap because of neck and back issues. I used to be pretty persnickety about keeping the office neat, but it’s kinda haphazard now because I had to get a different desk and rearrange the room. Someday I hope to get some order going again. Maybe . . . it’s a nice thought at least.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Spread the word. Word of mouth—or fingers, as in use of computer and electronic stuff—is the best support I could ask for.


Please tell us a little about your novel, An America Gothic.
An American Gothic—mystery/romantic suspense
Tagline:  She came to Foxxemoor to write a mystery,

not to become part of one.

Back Cover Copy:  Devastated by the death of a child in her care, Lyssie's heart strings are tugged when she finds another child in danger. Amid past secrets, lies, and betrayals of an old college friend's family, she must choose a twin brother to trust. If she makes the wrong decision, she could not only lose her own life, but also the life of the child she's come to love.

Where can readers find you online?

Website  

Where can readers purchase An American Gothic?
Amazon


Any parting comment?
Thank you so very much for having me. God Bless!


Alice, thank you for visiting with my readers and me and for offering an eBook Kindle version copy of An American Gothic that one of the commenters to this blog post will win.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Double Header by Clarice James is Donna. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Clarice G. James novel



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DOUBLE HEADER
                 by Clarice B. James

Clarice G. James writes smart, fun, relatable contemporary women’s fiction. As one of the winners
in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest, Double Header is her first published novel. The first novel she wrote, Party of One, was a finalist in the 2011 Operation First Novel contest, and her third is titled Manhattan Grace. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or involved in a home decorating project. Clarice has been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 35 years. She and her husband David live in Southern New Hampshire. Together, they have five married children and ten grandchildren.

Welcome, Clarice. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Ralph David James, my husband, because I learn from him, we get each other, and we always have a good time.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself? 

1. When I was a little girl, I used to soak all the family’s toothbrushes in Lestoil.
2. If I ever invite you on a road trip, say no. I once got lost in a beach parking lot.
3. Once, as a kid in a confessional booth, I wet my pants. And I didn’t confess it. (You guessed it, I’m a Protestant now.)

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My husband and I recently enjoyed Newport, RI off-season, and we would go back.  In general, a quiet place alone with my husband.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Faithful, funny, and sociable.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~Colossians 3:17 (NIV)


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Developing interesting characters and watching them interact with each other.  I never know what they’ll do until they do it!

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
My husband turned a lower level bedroom into an office for me. I decorated it in colors of blue and green with a pop of orange. I love it because it’s nice and quiet and all mine.


What can your readers expect from you next?
I hope to get Party of One published. It’s the prequel to Double Header. I’m almost finished with Manhattan Grace. The protagonist is one of the characters in Party of One but it is a stand alone novel.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word-of-mouth in person or via social media can be a huge boost. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Double Header. 
Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam; her lucrative

marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which she writes with her brother, Griffin. When Casey discovers that her late father, the one man she idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn't know about, she’s determined to identify this walking threat to her father’s memory before he can do any harm. When Casey attempts to fit the changes that life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she’s challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?

Where can readers find you online?
Website & Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


Where can readers purchase Double Header? •   Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble Nook
kobo
iPad


Any parting comment?
Thanks, Jo, for sharing your online presence with me. You’re a blessing!

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Have you ever had an issue with control? And how did the Lord help you give your control over to Him?


Thank you, Clarice, for visiting with my readers and offering a print copy of Double Header to one of the commenters to this blog post.

 

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

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CORRECTION


INTERTWINED by Jennifer Slattery

So sorry for the confusion in the blog post that went out this morning. My mistake. Here is the correct information about the giveaway:

A winner will be drawn from among commenters to this blog post to receive a paperback copy of Jennifer's novel, Intertwined -- paperback giveaway limited to those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S.

Jennifer Slattery novel



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INTERTWINED
BY JENNIFER SLATTERY

Jennifer Slattery is a novelist, speaker, and mother who’s been married to her best friend for the past twenty years. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her reading in one of Omaha’s lovely coffee shops.

Welcome, Jennifer. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Author Carrie Stuart Parks—because she’s brilliantly creative and has such a heart for other writers!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love peanut butter and eat it straight from the jar by the spoonful. I’ve been known to visit four coffee houses in one day (buying decaf, I swear!). I tend to bobble, bounce, and sway when I write. Apparently it’s amusing to watch…


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Seattle! I grew up in the Northwest, and this is where I met and fell n love with my sweet husband. We’ve been back numerous times, for our first date night after baby, then later when she was a toddler. Last September we spent a week there to celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary. It was awesome and we’re already talking about when we can go again.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27, NLT).


What can your readers expect from you next?
My next novel, Breaking Free, releases in March. How about I share the back cover text?


Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
What a lovely question! All authors love book reviews; they help readers know what to expect before buying a book and are such encouragement to the writer. And of course, they can tell their friends, family, and neighbors about the book as well.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Intertwined.
Here’s the text from the back cover:

Abandoned by hubby for another woman, Tammy

Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator finds herself in an altercation with a doctor. Now she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, they soon discover their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance....or is it? This could this be where life begins again.

Where can readers find you online?
Blog

Facebook

Where can readers purchase Intertwined?
Pretty much anywhere. Here’re a few places:
CBD
Amazon
B&N


Any parting comment?
I’d love to hear from your readers! Readers, where’s your favorite vacation spot and why?


A winner will be drawn from among commenters to this blog post to receive a paperback copy of Jennifer's novel, Intertwined -- paperback giveaway limited to those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Master's Calling by Amber Schamel is Betti. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.