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CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL by Ane Mulligan
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion.
Welcome Ane. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
This was really hard. I vacillated a lot before settling on Carol Burnett. She has always been someone I admired. I loved her humor and she showed me how to laugh at myself.
Please tell us a little about your novel, Chapel Springs Revival.
Basically, it’s a romp through miscommunication in marriage, but with a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.
With their personal lives in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.
What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
Marriage takes work—work in communication certainly, but instead of a “Lord, change him” attitude, a “Lord, change me” attitude works best. That and if you continue to look at your spouse’s bad habits, soon those are all you’ll see. Scripture tells us we can’t get sweet and bitter water from the same well.
Where can readers find you online?
I can be found on my Southern-fried Fiction website, Google+, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Where can readers purchase Chapel Springs Revival?
Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me, Jo. I hope your readers will find reading Chapel Springs Revival like coming home. Gina Holmes, award-winning author of Crossing Oceans and Wings of Glass, said, “With the charm of the Mitford Series, the humor of I Love Lucy, and the heart of Andy Griffith's Mayberry, Ane Mulligan's Chapel Springs Revival is sure to be a hit with fans of Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Reading Chapel Springs Revival is like coming home to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love."
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Malevolent Tide: a Christian Thriller by R.H. Rauschenberger is Melanie B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.