Thursday, April 5, 2018

Alice K. Arenz, Christian Romance


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THE WEDDING BARTER
by Alice K. Arenz



Alice K. Arenz
Though Alice K. Arenz is known for her cozy mysteries and romantic mystery/suspense novels, the Carol Award-winning author has branched out with her newest release, The Wedding Barter, a romance that is both serious and funny.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Arenz’s first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Awards:  cozies—The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (2011 finalist). These novels have been followed by An American Gothic, Portrait of Jenny, and short story, Home Cookin’.

Welcome, Alice. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The same thing that the characters in The Wedding Barter remind one another: that all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. It’s something we all need to remember.

What’s your favorite place you have visited? 
Multnomah Falls in Oregon. It’s beautiful, majestic, and awe-inspiring.

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?
The inspiration was an article about a bride auctioning off positions for potential bridesmaids. My publisher decided to put together a “bridezilla” type novella collection and I was invited to contribute. I couldn’t wrap my head around the original idea of a bridesmaids’ auction, but after a lot of prayer, The Wedding Barter was born. 

But after getting the go-ahead from my publisher, problems with my health kept me from writing the book. The eventual solution was me dictating (cold turkey!) as my husband typed on his laptop. The result was a 49,000-word short novel.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? neither
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? whichever is coolest without being cold!
Laptop or Desktop?  desktop
Mug or teacup? mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Wedding Barter
Riley Carr has been best friends with Amy Lawton since they were toddlers.  While Amy awaits her discharge from the Army, Riley's been left in charge of helping to arrange "a very small, intimate ceremony with no fanfare" for Amy and her fiancĂ©. But, Riley has something else in mind.

With the aid of two other friends, Riley presents her “wedding barter” idea to groom, David Herron. He agrees, providing best man, Mike Todd, stays in the loop to keep things from getting out of hand. 

It doesn't help that the giant of a man is threatening, overbearing, and just doesn’t seem to like her or her ideas. But, when Todd gives Riley an ultimatum of producing results in three weeks or he’ll take over, she’s determined to prove him wrong...in more ways than one. 

Where can readers find you online?
Website

Where can readers purchase The Wedding Barter
Amazon 

Any parting comment? 
Thank you for inviting me on your blog, Jo. It’s been fun!

Alice, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Alice is offering an eBook copy of The Wedding Barter to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 10, 2018, 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 Mail-Order Brides Collection by Donna Schlachter and other authors is Tammie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here

22 comments:

  1. We don't often get funny romances! This sounds like fun.
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  2. Serious and funny! Nice combo! I am a follower and would love to read this! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  3. Since I'm in the collection with Alice I've read The Wedding Barter. As always, her storytelling is exemplary. I don't need to be in the drawing - just wanted to support Jo and Alice.
    Bonnie

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  4. Thanks for the kind words, Bonnie. Thanks for leaving comments and entering the drawing, Nancy and Sonja! And, if it's ok with Jo, I'd like to offer an additional incentive--if more than 10 different people enter the contest, I will give away ONE ebook copy of the Trying Out For Love boxed set. So, send your friends!! God Bless, alice

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  5. This sounds so interesting! I'm a follower! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Thanks, Sheila! Once I finally got my head around the idea of writing a romance it was really a lot of fun! God Bless, Alice K. Arenz

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  6. I enjoy your posts. You have introduced me to new authors and I also get to keep up with you. Thank you. Judith Cooper gran1942@gmail.com

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  7. This sounds like a read, I would love to win.
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  8. This is a very unusual story. Sound like a fun read. I am a follower.
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    2. Thanks so very much for your comments, Judith, Karen & Jan. Jo does a wonderful job, doesn't she?! God Bless, Alice K. Arenz

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  9. Hm...for some reason I think I've commented here already...apparently not - brain freeze lol
    Thank you for another great post Jo. Alice, serious and funny is exactly my type of the story. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!
    I am a follower. Blessings, Natalya.
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  10. The books sounds like a funny & warm & cozy read, Thanks for this amazing chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  11. Hi, Natalya & Linda! I love it when God gives me a story that is not only thought-provoking but involves laughter, too--running the full gamut of emotions! God Bless, Alice K. Arenz

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