Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sandi Rog novel

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     OUT OF THE ASHES by Sandi Rog

Sandi Rog is an international and award-winning author of The Master’s Wall, Yahshua’s Bridge, and Walks Alone. Also
a mother of four, she lived in Holland for thirteen years and
now lives in Colorado with her husband, children, a cat, and too many spiders.

Jo, thank you so much for having me on your blog. I feel honored to be here today.


Welcome, Sandi. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
The apostle John. He was the one Jesus loved, and I’d love to get to know him and what Jesus loved so much about him.

What fun or unique thing can you tell us about yourself?
I can ride a unicycle. During cancer I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to do that again, so I asked God to let me be able to ride my unicycle again, and . . . I did!


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy. I got to go there while doing research for my first book The Master’s Wall. While the traffic is horrendous, I loved the history there. Absolutely fascinating.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Crazy about God.


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Taking a walk through the field near our house.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
Isaiah 41:10 New International Version (NIV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

If you could be an animal, what would you be? Why?
A house cat. Because they can laze around all day without feeling guilty.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Escaping into another place, another time, going anywhere I want to go, being anything I want to be. I love it! I also love writing about characters who overcome difficult situations.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Nope. Just my couch. I used to be able to write amongst chaos, but ever since beating cancer, I need quiet. I simply can’t focus without it. And with kids in the house, that makes it difficult. So, if I need to get some serious writing done, it’s after they go to bed, or I go to the local library, coffee house or bookstore. Nearly witnessed a brawl in Barnes and Noble once. LOL A man was using foul language (around children and everyone), and another man called him out on it. Boy, the man who was getting “in trouble” was becoming aggressive. I was surprised that the other man who had called him out, remained calm and seated. Had he stood, I’d hate to think what would have happened. I went to the library after that, LOL.


What can your readers expect from you next?
The sequel to Out of the Ashes is titled Into the Fire. It’s the story of Nathaniel’s brother. He’s a brooding, hot-tempered character who falls head-over-heals in love with the feisty, God-loving heroine, Nicolette.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Write a review! A positive one, and please, tell their friends on Facebook with a link to my book.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Out of the Ashes.
Here’s the book jacket copy:
A stranger. A kiss. A shotgun wedding.
NATHANIEL WARD, wealthy entrepreneur, needs a wife.

But he’s not interested in the preening, high-society women who are offered to him on a silver platter. He wants one woman, and one woman alone: the girl who gave him all the money in her reticule years ago when the Great Chicago Fire left him destitute. He sets out to find this woman and discovers she’s unattached. There’s only one problem, a shotgun wedding may be able to bind them, but will he ever be able to win her heart?

AMELIA E. TAYLOR blows a kiss to a street rat. Little did she know, years later that kiss would follow her to Green Pines, Colorado. When a handsome stranger arrives in her hometown, she guards her heart from the stirrings this man ignites. Despite society’s disapproval of spinsterhood, she is determined not to marry, having witnessed first-hand the lack of love and horrors that accompany marriage. But will a shotgun wedding reveal blessings that arise out of the ashes?


Where can readers find you online? 

Dare to Dream Blog
Website
I Beat Cancer Blog 

The Lord's Lady Blog
Facebook


Where can readers purchase Out of the Ashes?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble


Any parting comment?
Out of the Ashes is my first book since beating cancer (I have three other books before this: The Master's Wall, Yahshua's Bridge, and Walks Alone). I honestly didn’t know if I’d be able to write again as chemo-brain sets in during and after treatments. It’s a foggy forgetfulness that seems to take over and makes it difficult to concentrate. I’m grateful to God for my recovery, and for allowing me to write again. It’s all because of Him and His tender mercies. If any of you happened to be one of the millions who prayed me through cancer, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Really, there are not enough words to express my gratitude.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
For those who love to read historical romance, what would you like to see happen in an inspirational romance novel? What would you like to see “more” of, and/or what do you feel is missing in the genre today, if anything at all?
OR…
What do you love most about the inspirational romance genre?


Thank you, Sandi, for visiting with my readers. I’ll randomly select one reader from among the commenters to receive a print copy of Out of the Ashes.



 

The winners of last Thursday’s blog post for two copies of Ancestors by Terry Dodd are Patricia and Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Terry Dodd novel

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            ANCESTORS by Terry Dodd

Bullet Bio of Terry Dodd:
•    Author of ten books, including seven Christian novels and three memoirs
•    2012 Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award Winner for The Foursome: One Man’s Faith Matched against Doubt, Ignorance and Pride
•    Current active volunteer with There’s Hope for the Hungry, a 501(c)3 food-and-faith outreach to the needy of north Georgia
•    Juggling hobby led to a two-year Christian ministry to north Atlanta metro area assisted living facilities, which formed the basis for one of his books, Journey with Outstretched Hands
•    Member of Atlanta Writers Club and American Christian Fiction Writers
•    Married, with blended family of four adult children and seven grandchildren


Welcome, Terry. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
Wow! I asked myself if I should choose someone else from the Bible, perhaps Paul; or maybe an admired, but deceased sci-fi writer such as Isaac Asimov; or perhaps a departed family member such as my first wife or my father. Now, if it was to be my final dinner on this earth, it would be with my current wife, Helga. However, if it was not to be my last meal, I would choose someone scheduled to be hung or executed the next day, but who does not know Jesus.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I am an amateur juggler and sometimes perform during book talks, signings, and television interviews. Once, I even tried juggling for a radio interview, but that did not go well. On this same note, however, one of my books is a narrative written over a two-year period during which I juggled, joked, and shared the Gospel with residents of a dozen assisted living facilities in North Georgia.


After having lost my first wife (of forty-five years) to cancer, I met another wonderful woman in the same large church, and married her. When I first told my daughter about dating her and that she was a German named Helga, she said, “I think I know her!” I laughed and told her that that was highly unlikely. But it turned out she was correct.


How did that happen? Twenty-two years earlier my daughter had been working as a temp, and for two weeks she sat at the desk of a vacationing administrative assistant to the CEO at Siemens’ USA corporate offices in Atlanta. Back in real time, she not only remembered the unusual name, but recalled every day having seen pictures of Helga and her family on her desk. She also recalled that she was highly impressed with the person for whom she was working as a temporary. Figure the odds of such a thing! Of course, from then on my daughter claimed credit for first introduction.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
They are not only two, but they are the verses which led me to accept Christ at age fifty-eight: Matthew 10:32-33. 32Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (NIV)


At the time, I was in the process of writing my second novel, the subject of which involved a foursome, for each of which I felt led to write fictional resumes. These were for an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptic, and a born-again. The first three I easily managed, but for the born-again, not having a relationship with the LORD, I had to resort to reading from the Bible for the first time in forty years. Because of those two verses’ dramatic statements, I read them over and over again before accepting the fact that I was in the former category; disowned by the Creator of the universe. In that instant, God had revealed Himself to me, and I went to my knees in surrender.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Absolutely; it is my office in the home, which is where my desktop computer is located.


What can your readers expect from you next?
A mystery/thriller due out in August/September, titled Mirror Magic. It also has both science-fiction and Christian story elements. The novel’s provocative subtitle reads WARNING: Advertising Can Be Hazardous to Free Will. It deals with subliminal advertising and the mind’s ability to register information outside of awareness.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Ancestors.
Ancestors is a parallel narrative of two poles-apart

“pioneering” stories which, even given their very different settings, both illustrate man’s God-given desire to push forward in life through both external and internal obstacles.

Ancestors has a strong romance element between the “village blacksmith” (Greenville), and Harriet. The relationship includes an interesting 1800s-style courtship, their subsequent marriage and the raising of their family, plus her leading him to the LORD.

The book’s full title is A Window into the Lives of Adam and Eve and Other Ancestors. In weaving together the parallel narratives in each of its chapters, the first story is a fictional retelling of the first nine chapters of Genesis. Each chapter of its story incorporates fictional behind-the-scene glimpses into the lives of the biblical Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and on down the ancestral line to Noah and his family.


Each of the chapters of the second story reveals fictional aspects of the rugged lives of my real-life pioneering family as they made their way through much of the 1800s in traversing from Virginia to Iowa. How do I know anything of their particular travails as some of the more than 300,000 westward bound American pioneer contributions to make up one of the greatest human migrations in history? In 1851, one of my great grandfathers, Greenville Dodd, wrote a seventy-two verse poem (The Pioneer’s Story) about their trek. Each of the twenty-one chapters of my novel begins with three or four stanzas from the poem.


Where can readers find you online? 

Web site and blog 
Facebook 
Posted on the “videos” page of my web site, and also on You Tube, I have recorded nine two-minute homemade videos, each one including a bit of introductory—but relevant—juggling before dealing with one of my Christian books, including this title, Ancestors.

Where can readers purchase Ancestors?
Amazon

Barnes and Noble
If anyone would prefer an autographed copy, send me a direct request at my email address

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What characteristics most endear a protagonist to you?


Thank you, Terry, for visiting with my readers. TWO commenters will win a signed print copy of Ancestors that the author has offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan is Brenda A. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.







Thursday, July 16, 2015

Angelhood, a novel

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       ANGELHOOD by A.J. Cattapan


A.J. Cattapan is an author, speaker, and middle school
English teacher. When not busy writing or teaching, she can be found traveling and blogging about her adventures. Her debut novel Angelhood was released in April 2015 and immediately became an Amazon bestseller for Christian young adult fiction on social issues.

Welcome, A.J. If you could have dinner with one person (except Jesus) from today or history, who would it be?
If I could have dinner with anyone, I would like to chat with L.M. Montgomery. Her book, Anne of Green Gables, played a key role in my career choices (teacher and writer), and I'd like to know more about her writing process and what advice she might have for me.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is Italy. In fact, I'm typing this blog post from an apartment in Florence! This is the second summer that I've spent studying Italian in Italy, and I think it's a great way to get to know the people, their culture, and their language. God willing, I'll be fluent in Italian someday. If you want to read about my adventures here (which include running into Ben Stiller, being left speechless by a Swiss Guard, and having an epiphany moment in a church), you can check out my daily blogging entries from this trip on my website.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing helps me figure out my world. I keep a prayer journal, and for me, it's cultivated some of my best prayer moments. Writing forces me to slow down my thinking process and really evaluate a situation. Sometimes I do this through my nonfiction writing, but even my fiction writing helps me to have these "lightbulb" moments that help me see the world in a clearer way.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
With the incredible number of books being published today, it's easy for any author to get lost in the shuffle. The best thing fans can do is to help spread the word about their favorite books. Recommend them to friends. Post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble. Tell all your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers how much you loved this book. Simply put, encourage as many people as you can to read the book. Or  even just ask your local library to purchase a copy so that lots of other people will have a chance to read it.


Please tell us a little about Angelhood.
Seventeen-year-old theater geek Nanette believes her life is headed toward stardom on Broadway. But when her dream theater college rejects her and her best friend dies in a terrible accident, Nanette decides the world would be better off without her. Unfortunately, the afterlife offers something less than a heavenly situation. Trapped between alternating periods of darkness and light, Nanette is stuck following around a high school freshman. Soon, she learns she's a guardian angel, and the only way she can earn her wings is to keep her young charge, Vera, from committing the same sin she did--taking her own life.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook

Google+ 
Amazon Author Page

Where can readers purchase Angelhood? 
Amazon Kindle ($1.99)
iBooks ($1.99)

Thank you A.J. for visiting with my readers today. One commenter will win an eBook copy of Angelhood, which you've offered. 


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley is trosado. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thursday, July 9, 2015

Patricia Bradley, romantic suspense novel

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GONE WITHOUT A TRACE
                      by Patricia Bradley

I’m a Romantic Suspense writer living in North Mississippi.

My short-stories have been published in Woman’s World, and my fifth novel, Gone Without a Trace is out. In 2012 I won the unpublished Inspirational Daphne du Maurier award, the 2012 Touched by Love award, and was also a finalist for the 2012 Genesis award that went on to be her first release—Shadows of the Past.

I teach writing courses both on-line and at conferences. When I’m not writing or speaking, I throw mud on a wheel and try to make something beautiful. I can be found on the web at http://www.patriciabradleyauthor.com



Welcome, Patricia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’m sure this isn’t what you had in mind, but if I could have dinner with one person from the past it would be with my mother. She’s been gone a year and a half, and I’d like one more day to spend with her.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I’m ADHD; my first book was published after I turned 69; and I’ve been dating the same guy for 17 years.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Vacation? What’s that? I’ve written 6 books since 2012 and haven’t had time for a vacation. But if I had time I would go to the beach.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Jesus-loving, ADHD, energetic


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
See favorite vacation spot question above. Seriously, I knit for relaxation. Or sit on my deck.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have to give you two. Psalm 37:4, 7a: 4) Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. 7a) Wait patiently for the Lord…


What do you enjoy most about writing?
I don’t know. Maybe the sense of joy when I realize I’m living my dream.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
In the mornings when it’s warm enough, I like to work on my deck.


What can your readers expect from you next?
My third book, Gone Without A Trace, in the Logan Point series just released as I finish the fourth book—Silence In The Dark, and I’m writing a short story to go in a Christmas book being published by several Heartwarming authors. And I’ve started work on the first book in my next series, The Cold Case Files—it’s set in Memphis. Whew. That makes even me tired.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Tell others if you like it. Reviews are awesome, but I know how hard that is for a lot of people to do.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Gone Without a Trace.
The past is repeating itself--and time is running out.


It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator's missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she's finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she'll have to find a way to work with Alex--before it's too late.

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley keeps you on the edge of your seat with a case--and a relationship--that is anything but certain.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
FaceBook
Pinterest

Twitter: @PTBradley1
 
Where can readers purchase Gone Without a Trace?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
CBD


Any parting comment?
I’d like to encourage anyone who wants to write to adopt Nike’s slogan. Just Do It! Claim God’s promises in Psalm 37:4. But do the hard work of learning the craft so that when God opens the door, you’ll be ready.


Patricia, thank you for spending time with my readers. One of the commenters will win a print copy of Gone Without a Trace, which you've graciously offered.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Over My Dead Body by James Callan is Karen H. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

James R. Callan, mystery novel

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OVER MY DEAD BODY
by James R. Callan

After a successful career in mathematics and computer

science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing.  He wrote a monthly column for a national magazine for two years. He has had four non-fiction books published.  He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense, with his sixth book releasing in 2015.

In the article below, “The Story Behind the Story,” James tells about the idea that resulted in his novel, Over My Dead Body. After his article, read about his book and learn where you can find James online and purchase his book. Leave a comment to be included in the drawing for a Kindle eBook copy of the book, which James has offered.


                             The Story Behind the Story

The Keystone Pipeline, meant to carry raw petroleum products from Canada to the Gulf coast of Texas has been in the news frequently over the past three years. In fact, it is still a point of conflict between the Congress and the President.


It became a point of conflict for me several years ago when a Keystone representative informed us that the pipeline would cross our land. Their plan was to clear-cut a swath of land one hundred and fifty feet wide and about a third of a mile long across our land. This meant bulldozing down thousands of hundred-foot tall pine trees and fifty year-old oak and hickory trees. We argued, fought, resisted. But, the court had issued an eminent domain order giving the private company the right to do just that.


 I decided I would write a book touching on the problems of eminent domain usage for private companies.  I write murder

mysteries for the most part.  And as I thought about using the Keystone Pipeline as the backdrop for my novel, several points came to mind.  First, I was unaware of any murder associated with the many protests citizens made over Keystone. Second, I did not want to bring in a real company where I might face a legal battle over what I included in the book. And third, I wanted the leeway to put in whatever I wanted to, without casting a shadow over real people or companies.

To my knowledge, Keystone had done nothing illegal. To me, the problem was in the way eminent domain had been subverted over the years. That was a failing of the courts to protect private property rights. I did not want to imply that Keystone had anything to do with that.


So, Over My Dead Body had its genesis from the problem eminent domain had visited on me. But the book would not address my particular interaction with it. The book would be a work of complete fiction.


Over My Dead Body released the second week in May, 2015 in both paper and Kindle editions. It has received many very favorable reviews, as did the first book in the Father Frank Mysteries, Cleansed by Fire.  The pipeline has crossed our land. No one was murdered. Except the trees. The loss of the trees was difficult for my wife and me. But, if one looks on the bright side of things, I have gotten a very good book out of it – the silver lining, you might say.


And that’s the story behind the story.



Where you can find James R. Callan online:
Amazon Author Page
Website
Blog
Twitter: @jamesrcallan
FB: James Callan


Over My Dead Body is available at Amazon 

 
About Over My Dead Body:

A large corporation is taking land by eminent domain.  Syd Cranzler stands in its way, threatening a court battle. After a heated meeting with the corporation representative, Syd is found dead from an overdose of heart medication.  The police call it suicide. Case closed.

But Father Frank, Syd’s pastor, and Georgia Peitz, another member of the church, don’t believe Syd committed suicide and begin to look for clues of what really happened. Will this affect Georgia’s romantic interest in the lead detective?


When the priest is almost poisoned, they convince the police to investigate further. Immediately, Father Frank becomes the target of rumors and speculation he might have had something to do with Syd’s death.


The more clues Father Frank and Georgia uncover, the more danger they find themselves in. Can they find the real killer before they become victims?  


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a Kindle eBook copy of Love's Glory by Darlene Franklin is Nancy G. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


I have a permafree Kindle eBook, Amen and Good Morning, God: A Book of Morning Prayers. It's always free and available at Amazon.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.


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.