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. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Writer Off the Leash

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WRITER OFF THE LEASH by Michelle Griep
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank

wall space and Crayolas. Follow her adventures and find out about upcoming new releases at her blog, Writer Off the Leash, or stop by her website. You can also find her at the usual haunts of Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.



 

Welcome, Michelle. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I hate fruit. No, really. Not even strawberries.
I am a Trekkie at heart, though I am not fluent in Klingon. Yet.
I love to garden, specifically flowers and herbs.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Reading is a huge passion of mine, as is eating chocolate, rollerblading, or walking my dog, Ada Clare, Princess of the Universe.

Please tell us about Writer Off the Leash.


Are you a writer at heart? How can you tell? And if you are,

how do you go about composing and selling the next Great American Novel? WRITER OFF THE LEASH answers these questions and more--all in an easy to understand, tongue-in-cheek style. This is more than a how-to book. It’s my attempt to blow the lid off stodgy old-school rulebooks and make it clear that writing can—and should—be fun.

Here are a few of the chapters: Getting Published, Fear and Rejection, Perseverance, Plotting, Characterization . . . and that’s just a sampling.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

Encouragement. WRITER OFF THE LEASH is a kick in the pants for anyone who wants to write but is stymied by fear, doubt, or simply doesn't know how to take their writing to the next level.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.


Currently available in paperback or ebook format at Amazon.

Any parting comment?

Go for the dark chocolate. It’s healthier.

Michelle, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters to this post will receive a copy of WRITER OFF THE LEASH, which you’ve offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Salt Covenants by Sylvia Bambola is Trixi. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


I'm giving away 25 Kindle eBook copies of my new novel, Wait for Me on my blog tour this month. Click the "Blog Tour Stops" tab at the top of this page to find a live link to the blog I'm visiting that day. Leave a comment on that blog to enter that blog's book drawing.

Till next time … keep on smiling.