Thursday, June 22, 2017

Donna Schlachter, Historical Romance Novella

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Echoes of the Heart, a novella included in The Pony Express Romance Collection
by Donna Schlachter


Donna Schlachter lives in Denver with husband
Donna Schlachter
Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. Her current release, Echoes of the Heart, included in a 9-in-1 novella collection titled "Pony Express Romance Collection" released April 1. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She will be teaching an online course for American Christian Fiction Writers in June 2017, “Don’t let your subplots sink your story.” Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. 


Enjoy Donna’s article below about the Pony Express.



The Pony Express in a Nutshell

Most people know something about the Pony Express, but few realize it only operated from April 1860 through to November 1861. The first ride left St. Joseph, Missouri heading west, and from Sacramento, California heading east, on April 3rd, 1860.

The idea for a Pony Express was conceived in the minds of its owners because of the possibility of winning the contract for the overland US mail. Another company, Butterworth, was running a southern route that took up to three weeks to deliver to the west coast, and Majors and Waddell thought they could beat that time by taking the shorter northern route.

The irony of the matter is they never won the contract; instead, they merged with Butterworth to form the Overland Mail Company, and closed the Pony Express over $200,000 in debt.

My interest in this story came about because I met my friend Mary Davis at a writers’ conference, and I asked her what she was working on. At the time, she was doing the proposal for the book. I said I’d love to be part of it, but she said she had her authors. Still, I did some research, did a road trip, and when she emailed a month later to say one author dropped out, I was ready.

The time period, 1860, fascinates me as there were so many changes happening in America. The train is a near dream; the cross-country telegraph is nearing completion; the country is brewing for civil war; women are campaigning for voting and civil rights. In just a few short years, cameras will photograph the first war ever; telephones will be installed in people’s homes; electricity will light our lives into the dark of night.

Despite the changes, one thing is sure: The Pony Express lives on in our hearts and our folklore much longer than it actually ran.


Donna, please tell us a little about Echoes of the Heart, your novella included in the Pony Express Romance Collection.
Catherine Malloy, an orphan girl running from a compromising situation in Boston, answers a personal ad in a magazine, on behalf of her illiterate friend. Through his letters, she finds herself falling in love with this stranger. Benjamin Troudt is crippled and illiterate, and knows nothing of this ad. His route supervisor, Warton, who was helping Benjamin with the paperwork, has been given only a short time to live, and knows Benjamin needs help, so he places the ad. Can Catherine overcome her belief that the God of her parents has abandoned her? And can Benjamin allow God to open his eyes and his heart to love?

Where can readers find you online?
Blog
Website
Facebook:  
Twitter 
Donna’s Books

Where can readers purchase The Pony Express Romance Collection?
Amazon

An excerpt from Donna’s novella, Echoes of the Heart
Hollenberg Pony Express Station
Kansas Territory
May 1860

Chapter 1

Catherine Malloy braced a hand against the doorframe as the stage rounded a turn. A cloud of dust encircled the coach, filtering through the gaps in the doors, the curtains, the floor, and the roof, threatening to choke her. She coughed politely behind her gloved hand, cringing at the sight of the stains on her once-white hand coverings. Her spirits were as rumpled as her sleeves and skirt. Would the dirt ever come out?

But no matter how primitive the conditions, no matter how hostile the natives or how cold the winters—all stories she’d heard about the Wild West—she would not turn back.

She had nowhere to turn back.

When she’d excitedly read the advertisement in the magazine to her friend Margaret, neither had truly contemplated just how far the Kansas Territory was from Boston. Four days on the train to St. Joseph, Missouri had been just the beginning. Three days in this bouncing torture chamber, surrounded by surly men, snot-nosed children, and sharp-tongued women caused her to question her sanity and her decision more than once. She’d already eaten more dust than she’d known existed.

In Mr. Troudt’s first letter, he’d explained that he ran a way station and needed a wife. Neither she nor Margaret knew what that was. They knew a man from Australia, who talked about working at a sheep station. Perhaps a way station was similar.

Not that any of that mattered. She had no reason to go back. No family. No job.

Not after the way Master Talbott had approached her.


Donna, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Donna is offering a print copy (US residents only) of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 27, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Hidden Assets by Leeann Betts is Paula. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Leeann Betts, Cozy Mystery, Contemporary


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HIDDEN ASSETS
by Leeann Betts


Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while
Leeann Betts
her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with Hidden Assets releasing the end of June. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe here to her newsletter or follow Leeann here.



Welcome, Leeann. How do people react when they find out you write?
Most people react in one of two ways: they move on to another topic, like they’re afraid I’m going to ask them to buy one of my books. This usually happens when the person is a writer. Or they ask if I’ve been published. When I tell them yes, and then offer them a card, now they take me more seriously. Usually I figure out what genre they prefer, and tell them about the books I’ve written in that genre.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? 
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I have had times when I didn’t want to write, but that’s different. I think sometimes writers experience a not wanting to write and call it writer’s block. I look at writing like this: could I call up my boss and say, “Sorry, I don’t feel like coming in to work today. I have banker’s block (or whatever job you do to pay the bills).” It wouldn’t work with an employer, and so it doesn’t work for me.

There are times I don’t have any words in me. That happens if I haven’t been reading enough or refilling my tank through movies and videos, which I find is a quick way to top up the tank.

And then there are times when the project I’m working on isn’t inspiring me, or I’ve reached that middle muddle where I feel like I’m drowning in the book and won’t ever finish it. Sometimes I’m struggling with writing a scene that dredges up deep emotions or painful memories, and I don’t really want to push through.

In all cases, my solution is to write. I can pick up another project and get it off my desk. Write a few blogs and schedule them. Start writing at a different point in my story. Write a character sketch and ask tough questions.

But what I always finds unsticks me is to pray, breathe, think, and act—in other words, type.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
Never written erotica, probably never will, because it goes against my deeply held religious and moral beliefs. I believe erotica is simply pornography by another name. Women are very relationship-based and emotion-based, and erotica really doesn’t help. It might make us feel titillated for the moment, but just like one-night stands and casual sex, it leaves us wanting something more. I prefer to show committed characters in marriage relationships who experience romance and physical intimacy without spelling out every move. What happens behind closed doors is a lot more interesting to most women readers than what is paraded out in the open.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Gluten free dinner roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug, although teacups make me feel sophisticated

Please tell us a little about your novel, Hidden Assets.
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?

Where can readers find you online? 
Blog
Website
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Hidden Assets?
Amazon (digital and print) after June 30th  
Smashwords (digital) after June 30th   

Any parting comment?
Thank you to all who dropped by here today. Your support makes all the hard work worth it.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Leave a suggestion for the setting for the perfect cozy mystery.

Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Leeann is offering winner’s choice of a print (US only) or eBook copy of Hidden Assets to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 20, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Defiance by L.R. Burkard is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Linore Burkard, YA/Suspense novel


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DEFIANCE
by L. R. Burkard


Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of regency
Linore Rose Burkard
romances
for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, she home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is a writing conference coordinator. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES takes readers into a "chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times."



Welcome, Linore. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
My absolutely favorite summer activity is water-jogging about 100 laps around our pool and then lounging on a float doing nothing. There is no relaxation quite as sublime for me as being on the water. Growing up in Queens, NY, we had a backyard pool, and my dad had a boat that we took out on the Sound. (The Sound becomes Manhattan Bay to the west.) So I have lots of good water memories. One of my almost-finished novels, Falling In, has a lot of water-related plot content.   The title refers to the heroine's falling in love, but the cover image shows a woman's legs on a floating lounge cushion, so the double meaning is there. I had a lot of fun writing that book.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I like to be in the mountains or at a lake. Last year, we rented a houseboat in Kentucky and had a blast. (Except for mooring the boat each night. The steep hillsides made it downright treacherous.)

Please describe yourself with three words.
Christian, passionate, Type A!

Please tell us a little about your novel, Defiance: Book Three in the Pulse Effex Series   
In this third installment of the PULSE EFFEX SERIES, foreign soldiers and fellow Americans gone rogue are just the beginning of what Andrea, Lexie and Sarah must face. Beneath the threat of nuclear strikes and guerrilla armies, the girls long for a free country in which to live--and love. Survival means resistance must give way to defiance. But can ordinary teens and their families withstand powerful forces and keep hope alive?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
PULSE Companion website
Facebook
Twitter
Amazon Author Page   

Where can readers purchase Defiance?
DEFIANCE
PULSE EFFEX SERIES

Any parting comment?
I encourage readers and writers to join thousands of other people on my mailing list. I have a fun monthly newsletter with giveaways, contests, book news, writing tips, as well as spirituality and healthy living links. Plus, every month two subscribers win a free book!  Join us at either of my websites (links above).

Linore, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Linore is offering an eBook copy of Defiance to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 13, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Rescue Me by Sandy Nadeau is Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



My latest book has released –Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sandy Nadeau, Christian Romance Novel


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RESCUE ME
by Sandy Nadeau

Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph
Sandy Nadeau
them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado. Sandy wrote a community news column in a small newspaper for twelve years, a few magazine articles and two novels with adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has two books out. Married for 40 years, she and her husband love life as grandparents to three after the big move to Texas.


Welcome, Sandy. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
This is always a challenging question, because there’s so many. I’ll be a little different. At this point in life, and with the bombardment of news, I would choose Mike Rowe. I think he is one of the funniest guys out there and highly intelligent. Not to mention an amazing singer. It would be a hoot and certainly a diversion from all the bad going on in the world, to sit down and have dinner with that guy.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
We were blessed to spend 10 days on the Grand Cayman several years ago. It was my first experience with snorkeling. Being a land-loving, chicken in water, this was a big step for me in my list of adventures. My hubby and brother-in-law were there with me. I had a death grip on my hubby’s arm and threatened him if he swam away from my side, but once they got me in that crystal clear water and I put my masked face under the surface, I didn’t need anyone. To see an entirely different world filled with vibrant colored fish, coral of every shape and size, creatures I never could have imagined, and so many exciting things, it was the most magical time of my life. During that week, we experienced the adventure of our lives daily. Even having a nurse shark swim below us (that was a little too exciting, since I didn’t understand that was a harmless one at the time), and Moray Eels, lobsters, Eagle Rays and then one day we swam with Stingrays. It was so exhilarating.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
These days, I have a few. I have an office. A really nice one. I also write in the recliner with my lap top most often. But I look forward to writing on our back porch now that the weather has cooled off in Texas. We moved here from Colorado last January. From March through June it was fabulous out back. On the right is a picture of the view I have. It’s very relaxing.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Tell ALL their friends and please write a review on Amazon or any other ordering site. Give them as books. Say something on your Facebook page. Tweet about it. Just spread the word! I would appreciate that so much! In fact, do this for any author. It helps a writer’s career.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Rescue Me.
First Responder Ronnie Spencer has a no-dating- firefighters rule. She lost her father to a fire, and
won't risk the heartbreak of losing someone else. But when Steve McNeal returns, Ronnie's heart is tested. How can she swear off dating a firefighter when she has to work with the one man she used to love?

When the unthinkable happens, Ronnie has doubts. How can a loving God allow tragedy to stalk her life again? As her faith wavers, Ronnie must decide. Will their blossoming relationship be quickly extinguished by the very thing she feared, or will Ronnie trust God and allow her heart to be rescued—even if that means giving it to a firefighter?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Facebook 
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Rescue Me?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Pelican Book Group 

Any parting comment?
Thank you for having me on your blog. I enjoy interacting with readers, so I encourage any questions on social media.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
What has been your most exciting adventure in life?

Sandy, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Sandy is offering a paperback copy of Rescue Me to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 6, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Let Love Spring by Jodie Wolfe is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jodie Wolfe, Historical Romance Novella


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AN ANGEL FOR THE COWBOY
by Jodie Wolfe


Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky
Jodie Wolfe
meet. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.



Welcome, Jodie. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is steak, sweet potato, and a fresh salad.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Suspense. I occasionally read it but wouldn't attempt writing it. 

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I've always wanted to write a story about a lady writer who wrote dime novels. It finally fit to have her be the heroine in this story.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Neither. :) I try to be gluten free.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Definitely winter. I love snow.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novella, An Angel for the Cowboy (included in Let Love Spring: A Historical Spring Collection).
When the bank threatens foreclosure on Essie Love's home, it's up to her to provide for her sisters. She’ll do whatever it takes to save them, even if it means marrying a stranger.

Jud Steele is wanted for a crime he didn't commit. Wounded and left for dead, he lands on Essie's doorstep. While she nurses him back to health, he finds himself longing for a home and family.

Can two desperate people find a path that leads to what they both need?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook Author Page
Facebook Personal Page 
Twitter
Pinterest
Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New.

Where can readers purchase Let Love Spring?
Amazon

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What grabs you when you are reading a book?

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Let Love Spring to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 30, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


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

Till next time … keep on smiling. 




My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jennifer Slattery, Women's Fiction/Romance Novel


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RESTORING LOVE
by Jennifer Slattery


Editor and novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has
Jennifer Slattery
a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit with Jennifer online.


Please enjoy Jennifer’s article below:



When God Revived My Passion For Prayer

At times, my prayer life can resemble a multi-looped roller with me vacillating between faith and fear. It’s not that I don’t believe God has the power to answer prayer. Nor do I think Him callous or unhearing. Rather, I have a tendency to sit rather comfortably in the rational.

About ten years ago, this heavy reliance on rationalism made my prayers feel scripted and dutiful.

Until Katrina hit. We were living in Shreveport, Louisiana at the time, far enough away from the storm to stay safe, yet close enough to see the devastation. But most of our friends had family living in the New Orleans area. Such a thick blanket of gloom overshadowed our city, perhaps the entire state. A trip to the grocery store felt like a funeral procession. The shelves were bare, and men and women walked up and down the aisles with slumped shoulders and hallowed eyes. I wondered which of them had lost a loved one or were anxiously awaiting news.

Two of my friends had aging parents further south. Apprehension abounded as we awaited news, but within short order, our anxiety was alleviated. Both sets of parents lived far enough away from New Orleans to avoid major calamity. We assumed everything was fine and went about our business trying to care for the large influx of hurting, and hungry, people packed in our churches, shelters, hotels and convention centers.

A dear friend and born leader quickly moved to the forefront. She was one of the first to show up at the church each morning, where pews were filled with toiletry, clothing and food items for Katrina victims, and often the last to leave. Her stories of God-moments kept us all energized and reminded us that no matter how dark the storm and no matter how thick the rubble, God was still there, holding His children together.

But then things hit closer to home, and Tina*, the prayer warrior, was in need of prayer. Her father, already in poor-health, quickly took a turn for the worse. I was sitting in a mutual friend’s kitchen when I first heard the news. Tina’s father was bleeding out. Fast. But with the hospitals, and even veterinary clinics, jam-packed with Katrina victims, there was nowhere for him to go.

The situation seemed hopeless. After the phone ended, my friend and I sat speechless, processing it all. With all hope gone, we cried out to God, interceding on our friend and her father’s behalf. I prayed first, and as I began, years worth of “Your will be done” swam through my mind. I started to pray for God’s comfort for Tina and Tina’s family, but then I stopped. A man’s life lay on the line, and asking for comfort just wasn’t good enough.

In desperation for my friend, I poured my heart out to God begging for the miraculous. I’m not sure how long my friend and I prayed. We didn’t watch the clock or search for the right words to say. Our words poured easily, fervently, from united, yet completely broken hearts.

The next day, we learned that the man whom we’d prayed for had stopped bleeding, completely, during the time we were praying.

Unfortunately, he died a few weeks later, although in a much more peaceful environment surrounded by family and friends. And yet, his momentary healing wasn’t in vain because it revived my faith, and my passion for intercessory prayer. True, God is sovereign and He’s going to do what He knows to be best, but He also hears us when we cry out to Him and allows us to catch a faint glimmer of His glory.
________
*Name changed for privacy purposes.


Welcome, Jennifer. Please tell us a little about your novel, Restoring Love
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Restoring Love?
Christian Book Distributors
Barnes and Noble
Amazon

Jennifer, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jennifer is offering a paperback copy of Restoring Love to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 23, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Poison We Drink by Carol McClain is MH. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Carol McClain, Contemporary Women's Fiction


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THE POISON WE DRINK
by Carol McClain

Carol McClain is a New York Yankee now living as a
Carol McClain
Southern belle. She moved from New York—so far north she was almost Canadian—to Tennessee. Everything in Tennessee from the Smokies to Dollywood to the Secret City delights her.


She has three novels. DWF: Divorced White Female is a laugh-out-loud tale of a woman looking for love online. In Waters of Separation, the tragedy of a physician assistant’s past resurrects when she discovers child slavery in the Ivory Coast. The Poison We Drink explores forgiving the unforgivable.

She has one husband, one daughter and one dog.


Welcome, Carol. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I was young, the Freedom Riders worked in the South. Desegregation and marches and long-denied liberty was finally being granted to our African-American brothers and sisters. I wanted to be a part of that, but my mother and father wouldn’t let me run off to the South. They claimed I was too young. They said the South was too far away, and I wouldn’t make my curfew if I left.

As an adult teaching AP English Language and Composition, I taught many of King’s essays and speeches. What an orator he was.

He, along with Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln are my heroes.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Zany, creative and socially-minded.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love working with stained glass. I have my own studio and am currently working on a Tiffany-styled lamp. The light on glass, the texture and the colors delight me. I sell them at craft fairs along with my books.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
My success as a writer, aside from writing engaging stories, hinges on my readers. Word of mouth endorsements help me tremendously. In addition to telling friends, reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and sites like these help enormously.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Poison We Drink.
How do you forgive the unforgivable?


A drunken accident injures Torie Sullivan, and her life collides with paramedic Adam Benedict who rescues her. She’d made his life miserable when they went to middle school, and those scars still wound Adam. When he discovers she’s homeless, he introduces Torie to his girlfriend Maya Vitale, and their friendship develops.

Despite her idyllic, gentle life, Maya, too, hides dark secrets.

The three friends must face their toxic pasts and learn forgiveness before bitterness poisons them.

Where can readers find you online?
Blog
Twitter
Facebook

Where can readers purchase The Poison We Drink?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Unforgiveness is the poison we drink. Holding grudges only hurts ourselves. Forgiveness heals us. I hope you join Torie, Adam and Maya on their path to redemption.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren't required to answer the question to be entered in the book drawing.)
How do you forgive, especially when severe hurts are hurled your way?

Carol, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Carol is offering an eBook copy of The Poison We Drink to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 16, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin is Susan F. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.