Friday, March 30, 2012

with JoAnn Durgin

Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft, JoAnn!
Can you tell us a little about your new release?

Twin Hearts features the parallel and simultaneous love stories of Louisiana twins Josh and Rebekah (“Beck”) Grant. They are each other’s best friend, and share a loving, teasing relationship. Both are volunteers in a Christian organization called TeamWork Missions (led by my core characters in The Lewis Legacy Series, Sam and Lexa Lewis). Even if someone hasn’t read the first two books in the series, Awakening and Second Time Around, they can pick right up with this one! Josh was my wayward sheep in the first book, and as Twin Hearts begins, it’s more than four years later and time for him to find his redemption. Josh is now an up-and-coming attorney in Baton Rouge, and he goes to Houston to make his apologies to Sam, his close friend and former mentor. His last meeting with another TeamWork member still haunts him, and when he also seeks her forgiveness, he gets the shock of his life. It’s the big “secret” revealed early on in this book; Josh isn’t looking for love, but he finds it in a most unexpected and tender way. Rebekah is an elementary school teacher, and she’s at a personal crossroads. She has two men vying for her heart: a dashing British aristocrat offering her the world, and a quiet, faithful lumber man who’s also a TeamWork member. In a fun plot twist, a plan is hatched: give the girl what she thinks she wants in order to help her see what she really needs. This book has the love, humor, emotion, romance, realistic dialogue, relatable characters, drama, conflict—all the usual elements I hope readers know they can expect from one of my books.

My teaser about Twin Hearts is this: What do guppy lips, frog legs and a gazebo have to do with anything? Believe it or not, they’re very significant components. There’s another untraditional “twin” dynamic to the story, but readers will have to find that one out for themselves!

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Christians aren’t perfect, but we’re forgiven. We sometimes fall prey to the same temptations and sins as the rest of the world. It’s how we ultimately deal with the consequences of our sin that makes all the difference and can make an impact on others. My characters make mistakes—sometimes pretty big ones—and yet they pray, they seek to follow and honor the Lord, and when they stumble and fall, they pick themselves up and keep on going. Some have called my books modern fairy tales with a dash of realism. I let others write the gritty books, although I don’t shy away from the inevitable sadness of life. I’m a firm believer in happy endings; when you reach the conclusion of one of my books, you’ll have a smile on your face.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
It’s self-defeating to compare my writing to anyone else’s. Everyone is different in tone, pacing, voice and style, and what a blessing that is—especially since there are avid readers for every type and genre of Christian fiction. I tell my stories in a God-honoring way without worrying about the “rules,” and as a result, my books are somewhat “outside the box” in terms of pacing and the “formula” in contemporary Christian romance. However, readers are responding positively to my books, and it’s incredibly gratifying when they write to me and share how one of my stories touched them in a unique, special way. It’s always been my prayer that my books will get into the hands of those who most need to read them, and the Lord—in His infinite mercy and wonderful grace—is opening the doors of His choosing in His time.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Daydreams is the fourth book in my series, and it should release for the Christmas season 2012. I call Daydreams the “fun one.” It features an early December TeamWork wedding, and goes from NYC to Louisiana to Texas and back, complete with a spunky TeamWork girl who finally meets her perfect match—and also has a big New Year’s Eve shocking twist. I just love writing surprises!




JoAnn is giving away a copy of Twin Hearts. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

meet Teena Stewart

Welcome to the Book Loft, Teena. It's great to have you back.
What motivated you to write this book?
I have always been fascinated with stories of lost treasure. I am also an artist and for years have worked with recycled and discarded objects. The idea for the book developed over time as I read various treasure stories, including the ones in the Bible dealing with lost treasure, and as an artist began working with broken and discarded items making them into something valuable and beautiful. It is very much what God does with us…seeking out the lost, broken and discarded and making it into something truly valuable.

Tell us a little more about your book.
I weave treasure stories I have collected throughout the book. The first part of the book covers the concept of mutual searching and finding between us searching for the greatest treasure--a deep relationship with our Heavenly Father--and His quest to enter into a close relationship with us. The next part of the book looks at God as the Master Jeweler who takes us, his rough gemstones and polishes us and refines us.

You have a section in your book dedicated to gemstones.
Yes. As I considered how we are each unique with our own unique skills and personality traits, I began to see how we are like certain gemstones and every gemstone has its own flaws and inclusions. One section of the book talks about certain gemstones, gives a bit of their history. Readers can have fun identifying the ones they are most like based on their personality, etc. I also created a Treasure Seeker jewelry line and have designed necklaces and earrings based on these particular gemstones. Those who purchase my book can also order these handmade—for a discount when they purchase my book.

What do you hope women will learn from this book?
Most of all how important it is to stay in a deep relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we yield to him He will refine and develop us into the gemstone we are meant to be. I also want them to learn they are valued and that they can help others find value and worth as well.

What is the exact book title and where can people purchase it?
It is called The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father. It is published through Wine Press and you can order it through my website at www.teenastewart.com, through Wine Press, amazon.com and at most book stores.



You can purchase The Treasure Seeker at Amazon.

Teena is giving away a copy of The Treasure Seeker. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

JoAnn Durgin's Twin Hearts

JoAnn Durgin is the author of the popular contemporary romantic adventures, Awakening, and its follow-up, Second Time Around, published by Torn Veil Books. Her third book in the series, Twin Hearts, releases in March 2012.

JoAnn, her husband, Jim, and their three children live in her native southern Indiana after living in TX, CA, PA and MA. She likes to say she’s “been around in the nicest sense of the word.” She’s a full-time estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky, law firm, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (including its Indiana chapter), the Louisville Christian Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

JoAnn's books are available at every major online book retailer such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, both in paperback and e-book versions.

You can find JoAnn online at www.joanndurgin.com or on Facebook.



Twin Hearts

Josh Grant is a man seeking redemption. He’s not looking for love, but finds it in a most unexpected and tender way. His twin sister, Rebekah, is torn between two very different men: one a dashing British aristocrat offering her the world, and the other a humble, quiet, faithful Louisiana lumber man. When family tragedy strikes, the twins lean on Sam and Lexa Lewis and their fellow TeamWork Missions volunteers for encouragement. Together they learn lessons in faith and family and what's most important in life as they discover it’s time to stake their claim on love, which means a road trip from Louisiana to . . . the peace to be found in seeking and finding the sweetest desires of the heart.

Here's an excerpt of Twin Hearts:

From Josh's Story:

He stood facing the large picture window at the front of the house, dressed in a perfectly-tailored gray suit, hands in his pockets. Even from the back, Joshua Grant was an impressive man. In the years since she’d seen him, he’d grown broader across the shoulders, and filled out his suit coat well. His thick, wavy blond hair was longer than she remembered and curled slightly at the nape of his neck. Her knees felt weak and threatened to buckle beneath her. Ridiculous. Get over it. You shared a moment with this man more than four years ago and never heard from him again. He’s here to say whatever it is, so stop swooning, hear him out and take it like a grownup.

“Hi, Josh.” Her voice was shaky, her hand even more so, and coffee sloshed inside the pot as she moved forward into the room. Then he turned around. Oh, goodness, the man was gorgeous. Since she’d last seen him, he’d transitioned from a very cute guy into a full-grown, handsome, confident businessman in his suit with a crisp, white shirt and that tie . . . well, it just wasn’t fair. The green in that silk tie was a perfect match for those unbelievable peepers. The heel of her sandal caught on the carpet, and she stumbled forward with a small cry. The modicum of grace she’d acquired from three years of ballet saved her, but she still swayed in precarious fashion, unsteady on her feet. Okay, Lord, this is going well.


From Rebekah's Story:

“Thanks again for lunch, the roses, everything, Kevin. I had a great time. Feel free to surprise me at the school anytime.” Rebekah gathered the flowers and waited as he walked around to her door. Once both her feet were firmly on the ground, he released her hand. When he smiled, it wasn’t the same, but it was probably the best he could offer. “Bye.” She forced a bright smile. “Call me later?”

Kevin nodded, but said nothing. His expression was guarded, his eyes cloudy, the emotional distance between them more than uncomfortable.

She shifted from one foot to the other, uncommonly antsy as an unspoken fear wormed its way into her subconscious. Rubbing her hands up and down her bare arms, she tugged her sweater tighter about her shoulders. She waited until his eyes met hers. With one last glance, she turned to go. A few steps closer to the entrance, Rebekah paused, turning to look behind her. Kevin stood on the sidewalk, hands on his hips, watching her. Pivoting, she walked toward him—wanting to run—forcing slow, steady steps even though her feet were weighted with an invisible burden. He met her halfway, drawing her into his arms. She moved her hands around his powerful shoulders, felt the hard muscles beneath his shirt. His kiss was gentle, tentative almost. Something passed between them. What it was, she didn’t know, but it was there, strong and real.

“Please don’t go, Rebekah.” It was barely more than a whisper against her cheek. Resting one hand on the side of her face, his features drawn, Kevin's eyes held a pervasive sadness she couldn’t understand. He dropped his hand and walked back toward his truck.

She watched as he climbed in and pulled away, not waving, not looking back. Rebekah shook her head, one hand moving to her lips. “Go where?”




JoAnn is giving away a copy of Twin Hearts. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teena Stewart's Treasure Seeker

Teena Stewart is an author and artist whose work reflects the spiritual message of being broken and yet valuable in God’s eyes—a message incorporated in her book The Treasure Seeker: Finding Value and Love in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father (Wine Press). When she isn’t creating up-cycled treasure (artwork and jewelry) from discarded and found objects, she is writing articles and books or leading ministry for Java Journey, an innovative coffee shop ministry in Hickory, NC.

Teena understands firsthand what it means to go from something of seemingly little value to a beautiful and valuable treasure in God’s eyes. Soon to be released, Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship (Spring 2012, Beacon Hill). Other recent published works include Benevolence: Ministering to the Poor and Needy (Beacon Hill), Successful Small Groups from Concept to Practice (Beacon Hill). For a full list of her published works visit Teena at www.teenastewart.com. For more info on her art or ministry visit www.serendipitini.com, and www.javajourney.org.

The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father

One of the toughest women's issues is that many women, even the most outwardly self-assured ones, wrestle with feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. Though women want to believe they have value, messages bombard them daily, telling them that if they don’t look a certain way, dress a certain way, drive a certain car, weigh a certain weight, or work in a certain type of career, they have little value..

Stewart casts God in the role of a heavenly Treasure Seeker who knows every woman’s true value and will stop at nothing to recover her, His cherished one. He longs to come into a close, loving relationship so that she can not only feel cherished but also cherish Him, the greatest treasure of all.

Through practical truth this Christian Living book will draw women closer to the Treasure Seeker who takes on the role of Master Jeweler and lovingly shapes, refines, polishes, even incorporating her flaws, to transform her into a jewel of stunning beauty. He will help her find her remarkable true worth so that she becomes the dazzling gemstone she was meant to be.

Unique accompaniments:

  • Intriguing treasure stories
  • A study of the "Lost" parables including the lost coin, the lost sheep, the prodigal son, the treasure hidden in a field, and the pearl of great price
  • Points to ponder at the end of each chapter for reflection and discussion
  • A chapter highlighting gemstone attributes allowing readers to determine which gemstone they are most like
A Treasure Seeker Jewelry line created by author/artist Teena Stewart available at a discount through her website when you purchase the book



You can purchase The Treasure Seeker at Amazon.

Teena is giving away a copy of The Treasure Seeker. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.





Winners!

The winner of:

  • Allie Pleiter's Falling for the Fireman is Patsy.
  • Betsy St. Amant's Confessions of a PK is Bethany.
  •  Carrie Turansky's A Man to Trust is Jennifer.
  •  Christa Allan's Edge of Grace is PatriciaW. 
  •  Fay Lamb's Because of Me is Joanne Sher.
  •  Gina Bovyn's White Lady is reluvbe.
  •  Linore Rose Burkard's Coach and Four is KarenK
  •  Sharon Dunn's Broken Trust is Carol N Wong
  •  Margaret Brownley's Dawn Comes Early is Nancee.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

with Jennifer Fromke

Is there a story behind this book?
I was studying the story of Joseph and wondered what it might look like for a person in my world to experience that same moment when Joseph stands before his brothers with a heavy choice. He could take vengeance for a severe wrong done to him, or forgive them and experience restored relationships. That day dream turned into this story, but the stories are vastly different. I’m not sure anyone would even think about Joseph on reading the novel if they didn’t know what had inspired it.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like stories that tug at your soul. Stories that make me think about my own life; how I might live it better, with eyes open wider. I also love a great historical novel that takes me to a time I haven’t read much about. Pope Joan was a great thrill for me to read - and I think it took place in the 9th century. I also enjoy WWI novels. My favorite is probably a Soldier of the Great War by Marc Helprin. If I have to pick a WWII novel, I’d pick two: Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren and also The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
I enjoy contemporary women’s fiction because that’s what I write. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite writers. A dear friend of mine recently published a fabulous series with Barbour and the first two titles are Southern Fried Sushi and Like Sweet Potato Pie.
Lastly, I like to read magical realism if it’s done right. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen is a great example of this.
I guess I need to fess up here. I read almost everything. If the story takes me away and I can make friends with the characters, I’ll see you in a couple days. Addicted to story. Don’t want to be free of this addiction.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I hate to admit this, but I think it would be 80s pop. Overall, it was mostly positive, upbeat, and bouncy music. The love songs were super dramatic - I’ve been known to over-dramatize a situation now and again. The words mostly rhymed (ask my kids, we speak in rhyme for fun sometimes). It was driven by several stand-out talents (Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John) and I am inspired and supported by several stand-out, incredible people in my life. Also, 80s music is the perfect music for a dorky dancer - Me to a “T.”

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Last Summer I was cast as an extra in the Hunger Games movie, which was filmed in my hometown. It was fascinating to see the workings of a big budget movie behind the scenes. I rubbed shoulders with a couple well-known actors, was fitted for wardrobe, and went through the make-up and hair trailers. Then we sat in chairs and waited. For a LONG time. And that’s part of it. I discovered that telling a story (my OWN story) while sitting in my own chair at home, laptop in hand, is FAR easier than telling someone else’s story on film using special effects and countless actors, extras, grips, set builders, make-up artists, hair stylists, prop people, casting directors, etc, etc . etc . . . It’s an enormous undertaking and I’m so grateful I don’t work in that business on a regular basis. But it was truly a fun experience and something I’ll always remember. Plus, I think I’m gonna get to see myself on the big screen! :)

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Ahem. Yes. To say the least.
1. Laundry.
2. Cleaning out closets.
3. Filling my gas tank.
4. Paperwork
5. Deleting emails - kinda like cleaning out a virtual closet.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
We make grilled pizzas on Friday nights. The grill sits beside an outdoor fireplace, so we build a fire, assemble every possible topping we can think of in tiny dishes beside the grill, and one by one, I grill individual pizzas. Each person eats their pizza as we cook the next one, and it takes about an hour for all of us to get fed. But we usually crank up the music and have a great time hanging out together by the fire.

Pizza dough: Trader Joe’s pre-made, or your favorite pizza dough recipe.
Sauce: Mix 3-4 lbs Roma tomoatoes (quartered) with 1 lg onion chopped, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tsp sugar, salt, 1 tsp roasted red pepper flakes. Roast this mixture in the oven at 450 degrees for 45 min. Remove tomato skins and mash mixture by hand. Stir in fresh, chopped basil.
Place pizza dough on grill and cook until bottom is dry and grill marks are brown. Flip dough over to cool side of grill, baste with olive oil, add sauce and other toppings (make sure you use fresh mozzarella as well as shredded.
Slide pizza back over to hot side of grill and cook until cheese is melted. Add fresh basil to finished pizza and serve.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
This verse blesses me every time. I imagine God speaking in a huge, booming voice so that every creature can hear Him. Listen up! Everything is getting a makeover. And not just a quick fixer-upper. I’m makin’ everything brand new. Including YOU! The divine do-over is so full of grace, so generous, so exemplary of who God is. He is making everything new and better and the simple fact that He can do this kicks me back in awe. He can make everything like new. He is the creator of everything from nothing. And He will make me - sinful, selfish, trying my best and failing, me - brand new. It’s better than a new haircut or a new outfit. I’ll be completely re-made, shiny, from the inside-out, brand, spanking new! And when He does this, sin will have already been defeated forever. So when He makes me new again, I will be powerless to mess myself up. How is that for abundant grace? And just think, we’ll get to see the earth without sin. I can’t imagine how beautiful perfection will look.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m still writing my next novel. The story is about lifelong friends who make promises as girls they find difficult to keep as women. The fallout of betrayal heaped upon the tragedy of early-onset Alzheimer Disease places these friends in a crucible where they must find a way out, or self-destruct inside.

I’m hosting an online contest starting March 23 and running through April 20. The Grand Prize Giveaway is a two night stay at the Harborview Inn in Charleston, SC. Details for contest entries can be found on the website and my Facebook author page.



You can purchase A Familiar Shore from Amazon.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of A Familiar Shore. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jennifer Fromke's A Familiar Shore

Jennifer Fromke is a lover of books, mother of three and wife to one extraordinary man. When separated from her laptop, you may find her teaching Bible study, cooking or (most often) sneaking off someplace with a good book in one hand and a vanilla latte in the other.

Jennifer is a member of ACFW and the Carolina Christian Writers. She attended Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 08 and 09 as well as the Master’s Seminar in 2010. She participates in an online critique group of other women’s fiction writers. They call themselves the “Yay-sayers.”

A BA in Literature from Wheaton College shares a decent part of the blame when it comes to ascertaining how Jennifer turned out this way – addicted to reading, writing and all things literary.

Her first novel, A Familiar Shore (formerly Docking) won the 2010 ACFW Genesis competition in the Women’s Fiction category

You can find her online at: http://www.jenniferfromke.com
http://www.facebook.com/jenniferfromke
https://twitter.com/ - @Jenniferfromke

A Familiar Shore

Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?

Here's a short excerpt from A Familiar Shore:
Provisions perched on the edge of the Cape Fear River. As Meg neared the building, a mixture of fried seafood and boat fuel assaulted her nose. A smile crossed her face and memories crossed her mind every time she breathed the incongruent scents together.

The lunch crowd spilled out the front door in a line displaying great anticipation and remarkable patience. Meg pressed past the people waiting to order and shoved her way onto the porch. Rolled up canvas “walls” hung from the eaves around the perimeter.

Popsie waved to her from their favorite table, in the corner farthest from the kitchen and closest to the water. Though Meg usually visited whenever he docked Gilda near Charlotte, she burned up the asphalt today for a potential client Popsie wanted her to meet. But he sat alone at a table for two...

***

Meg squinted her eyes against the brightness of the day as she exited the terminal at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. Crisp, clean air filled her lungs and gave her a shot of confidence. She could hold her own across the table from any lawyer in Charlotte. Small town family at the lake? Piece of cake.

She rolled her bright red carry-on, which supported a matching shoulder bag further into the cool sunshine of northern Michigan in the springtime. Searching for the car and driver arranged by Mr. Vanderzee, she scanned the area for someone holding a sign.

Amidst slow-moving SUVs and a few parked sedans, a well-kept vintage Chevy Malibu drove past and skidded to a halt with a loud screech of the tires. She watched as both doors simultaneously opened and two young women who looked about twenty stepped from the car. Meg stared at their precise sameness. Head to toe, their appearance matched in every way. Hairstyle, eye makeup, clothing, even pink toenail polish. As they drew near, she noticed their dark ponytails bobbed in exactly the same rhythm, left-right, left-right. They wore matching black flip-flops, skinny jeans, hot pink wrap tops and matching heart-shaped lockets on gold chains. Thin and tall, they reminded her of fireworks.






Jennifer is hosting an online contest starting March 23 and running through April 20. The Grand Prize Giveaway is a two night stay at the Harborview Inn in Charleston, SC. Details for contest entries can be found on the website and her Facebook author page.



You can purchase A Familiar Shore at Amazon.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of A Familiar Shore. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.




Finding the Extraordinary God in our Ordinary Lives

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Welcome Back, Shannon

It's a pleasure having Shannon Vannatter with us. Now on to her interview!



What is your favorite scripture verse and why does it resound with you?

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.


In your latest book, is there a story--an inspiration behind it that gave you the desire to write it?

When I pitched my first book in my Texas rodeo series to my editor, she said, “Why is it always the cowboy? Why not the clown? But then who would want to be a clown?”

I pulled a reason a guy would want to be a rodeo clown out of thin air and she liked it. So I had to write it.

Lol I love it! Do you have a favorite character in your book that is dear to your heart?

I really enjoyed writing Stetson Wright as a rodeo clown. I had fun with it. Lots of jokes about clowns and a guy wearing makeup to work. It was a bit of a challenge making him sexy. I first had the heroine meet him in full makeup, but decided that didn’t work. So, I rewrote it to where she meets him in normal cowboy gear and doesn’t know about his profession until later.

That could be a shocker for the poor heroine. I'll look forward to seeing how you handled it. Now, a couple of fun questions:

If you could choose a favorite meal, where would it be and with whom would you want to share it?

Olive Garden with my husband and son. Shrimp Caprese is my favorite, but they’re not big on Italian. They usually suffer through it for special occasions.

Where would you like to live permanently if you could have a choice? Why?

Either rural Arkansas (where I currently live) or rural Texas. I like wide open spaces and peaceful country living. My father-in-law lived on a rural Texas ranch until he passed and we loved visiting there.

Please tell us where readers can stay in touch with you and where to purchase your book.

shannonvannatter.com

http://shannonvannatter.com
http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/
Facebook: facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter
Twitter: @stvauthor

Books available at:


http://www.barbourbooks.com/Catalog/ProductSearch.aspx?filter=Titles&search=Shannon+Vannatter&ExtendedSearch=False&SearchOnLoad=True

or

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=Shannon+Taylor+Vannatter&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCG&nav_search=1&cms=1&search=

Harlequin recently bought the Heartsong Presents line and their purchase site is in progress. Rodeo Hero can be ordered by calling this number: 800-873-8635

Shannon is giving away a copy of Rodeo Here. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meet Shannon Vannatter!

Happy spring morning.

Shannon will join us tomorrow for a short interview about her writing life. Be sure to check in and comment today and tomorrow for TWO chances to win her book!

Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home
mom/pastor’s wife. Her debut novel, White Roses won the 2011 Inspirational Readers Choice Award in the short contemporary category.

The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards named Vannatter 3rd Favorite New Author, and White Roses #1 and White Doves #8 in the contemporary category.

The Arkansas Democrat Three Rivers Edition voted Vannatter one of 20 to Watch in 2011.


The first book in her Texas rodeo series, Rodeo Dust is available in paperback and e-book at http://www.barbourbooks.com. Rodeo Hero and Rodeo Ashes release in March and August 2012. Her books are available at Kathy's Book Nook in Heber Springs, AR, The Bible House in Searcy, AR, Amazon, and christianbook.com.

Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/. Connect with her on Facebook: facebook.com/shannontaylorvannatter and Twitter: @stvauthor

Shannon is giving away a copy of Rodeo Here. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Friday, March 23, 2012

Welcome, Peg Phifer

It's so good to have Peg visit here today!


Your book cover is gorgeous, Peg. I know you've waited a long time to hold your book, and I'm thrilled for you. Let’s start with some fun questions:


Tell us a bit about your childhood: a favorite memory or moment that’s stood out to you through the years.

That would have to be the time I rode by train across the country from New York City to San Francisco with my mother, just the two of us. My dad had been in California on business (he was a chemist working in the sugar refinery business) and the whole family was supposed to join him there and then drive back home as a vacation. I had just recovered from the Chicken Pox, and by the time our departure time drew near, both my sister and brother had come down with it. So they had to stay behind with my grandmother while I, alone, got to make that memorable trip. It was 1945, during the closing months of WWII. I was six. Mom and I were just about the only civilians on the train and I remember getting so much attention from the soldiers and sailors! At each stop along the way, some of the servicemen would leave and more would get on, so the attention I got was never-ending.

And the trip back to the east coast was just as memorable along the famous Route 66. That was, and still is, my favorite childhood memory.

What career did you have before writing?

I spent twenty-one years in Corporate America for a Fortune 500 company. I worked in data entry, inventory control, customer service, administration, purchasing and finally executive assistant. But I was writing during this time. When I retired, in 2001, is when I began to take my writing more seriously.

Now, some serious ones:

Do you have favorite spiritual themes you like to write about?

That’s a difficult question to answer, mostly because I’m a SOTP writer. I tell the story that comes to me. And I’m not exactly a “spiritual” writer. By that I mean I don’t consciously work toward a spiritual theme. If it’s there, it’s totally by God’s hand, not mine. To See the Sun’s “theme” turned out to be ‘second chances’ and ‘forgiveness’ but it didn’t start out that way.

If one of your characters showed up at your house, which one would be the most feared/least wanted? Why?

That one’s easy. Astrid Macintyre, my heroine’s mother-in-law, a condescending, social-climbing snoot, who managed to make everyone’s life miserable. I’ve known several women like that over the years, so writing Astrid was both easy and fun. Call it writer’s revenge.


Tell us where readers can learn more about you and where they can get your book.

I can be found on my website at http://peggyblannphifer.com where you can read about me and my testimony.

You can read the first chapter and back cover blurb at
http://peggyblannphifer.com/my_books.htm

Or on my blog, Whispers in Purple, at http://whispersinpurple.com

And To See the Sun can be purchased at the following:



Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-Book/dp/1468121081/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-3

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-ebook/dp/B006US56MI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-1

B&NNook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-see-the-sun-peggy-blann-phifer/1108167699?ean=2940013729612&itm=1&usri=peggy+blann+phifer

Peg is giving away a copy of To See the Sun. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Welcome Peg Phifer!

Peg will be back tomorrow to answer a few questions about her writing life.

Be sure to join her then.

Here's where you can find out more about her testimony:
http://peggyblannphifer.com/

To read the first chapter and back cover blurb, check out: http://peggyblannphifer.com/my_books.htm

On her blog, Whispers in Purple, she has contests and books to give away, at: http://whispersinpurple.com


And To See the Sun can be purchased at the following:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-Book/dp/1468121081/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-3

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-ebook/dp/B006US56MI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-1

B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-see-the-sun-peggy-blann-phifer/

See ya tomorrow!

Peg is giving away a copy of To See the Sun. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winners!

The winner of:

Susan Davis’s Almost Arizona is Pat Hines

Gail Sattler’s Seattle Cinderella is Jennifer

Debbie Malone’s Death in Dahlonega is Elaine Marie Cooper

Past winners that still haven't responded:

Mary Ellis’s An Amish Family Reunion is Karen Schulz

Max Anderson’s Legend Of The White Wolf is Tom Blubaugh

Linda Rondeau’s The Other Side Of Darkness is Nancee


Winners, it's your responsibility to contact me (Sharon {at} BarnDoorBookLoft {dot} net with your address so the author can send you a book.

Subscribing by email will ensure you don't miss the winners list.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until Next Time . . . Sharon A Lavy

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Darlene Franklin

Darlene, it's good to have you here. Tell us, what is your favorite
scripture verse and why does it resound with you?


"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)

This verse voices the central truth that has sustained through bad times and good: God loves me, no matter what. When everything around me is falling apart, He still loves me. And I can trust Him.

I love that verse too! In your latest book, is there a story--an inspiration behind it that gave you the desire to write it?


A Ranger’s Trail is the fourth book in a series, so I already knew broad strokes for the story: a Texas-centered story from the 1870s. When my research uncovered the Mason County War (a range war/ethnic feud), I knew I had found a story that would provide all kinds of potential for conflict and drama. I never expected it to be so hard to write, as I had to live through my characters’ experiences.

Do you have a favorite character in your book that is dear to your heart?

I feel close to Leta Denning—her struggle to let go of the desire for revenge mirrored my own, although in a very different setting.


Now, a couple of fun questions:

If you could choose a favorite meal, where would it be and with whom would you want to share it?


I love a good steak. Can I have a grilled steak from a steakhouse and the marvelous dinner rolls from Denny’s? As for whom I want to share it with—if my grandkids would slow down their eating and be at the table longer than 5 minutes after the meal starts—I would stay with them.

Yum! Your answers are what mine very well could be. Where would you like to live permanently if you could have a choice? Why?

Wherever my son is . . .that’s why I moved to Oklahoma, and I’ve enjoyed the experience so far. I loved my years in Denver, but I’m at a different place now and I’m happy where God has placed me.

Please tell us where readers can stay in touch with you and where to purchase your book.

Readers can find me at Facebook and also at my website/blog: http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/

I have a weekly book drawing, so if you’re interested in reading more of my books, that’s a good place to contact me!

A Ranger’s Trail is available from Moody as well as in bookstores and online providers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors.

Thanks for joining us, Darlene.

Darlene is giving away a copy of A Ranger's Trail. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Darlene Franklin

Tomorrow Darlene will answer questions giving us a very small insight into
her writing and life. Today I want to encourage you to visit her blog at:

http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/

where she share her sorrows and joys, her prayers and writing news and adventures. And each week she has a giveaway!

Enjoy, and be sure to pop back in tomorrow to see what she has to say . . .



Darlene is giving away a copy of A Ranger's Trail. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

Friday, March 16, 2012

with Margaret Brownley

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Margaret!
What is the last book you read and wished it wouldn’t end?

I really enjoyed “The Help.” I could hear those southern voices in my head. I enjoyed the movie, too, but the book was wonderful.

What are the best words of advice you’ve been given? Who said them?
I started my career by writing angst-driven contemporaries but had hit a brick wall. I asked my then agent for advice and she suggested I write a humorous historical. At the time I thought that was dumbest idea ever. Nevertheless, I sat down and wrote a humorous historical and that’s when I found my true voice. Sometimes it takes another person to see the real you.

What is your strangest habit?
My family would probably say that my strangest habit is talking to myself—but how else can you test your character’s dialogue?

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My favorite meal is eating out. We enjoy eating breakfast out on Sundays with friends after church. I never liked to cook and the wisest thing I ever did was raise a professional chef, who also happens to be married to one. (I also wisely raised a computer expert!)

What do you do on an a typical Tuesday?
Pretty much the same thing I do on Monday, Wednesday and the rest of the week—write.

What themes appear in your writing?
My favorite theme is forgiveness because that’s what I personally struggle with the most. The heroine in Dawn Comes Early struggles with forgiving her mother. But unless she makes peace with the past, she can never find happiness.

Besides rejection, what do you think is the most difficult thing a Christian author faces?
I think all writers struggle with staying fresh and relevant in a market that’s constantly changing. I personally feel a big responsibility in writing about faith, but some Christian books are so very serious. God has a great sense of humor so I’m a big believer in mixing faith and laughter.

Dawn Comes Early
Brides of Last Chance Ranch

Heiress Wanted
Looking for hard-working, professional woman
of good character and pleasant disposition
willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory.
Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.


Her latest dime novel banned, twenty-nine-year old Kate Tenney answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever.

Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam’s charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.



You can purchase Dawn Comes Early from Amazon.

Margaret is giving away a copy of Dawn Comes Early. The giveaway is only open to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Margaret Brownley's Dawn Comes Early

Thrills, mystery, suspense and romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this—except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."

So that’s what Margaret did. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit The first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series Dawn Comes Early will be published March 2012. The book will be followed by Waiting for Morning January 2013.

Margaret’s first non-fiction book Grieving God’s Way: the Path to Hope and Healing will be published in July by Thomas Nelson. She wrote this book following the loss of her son and it’s especially close to her heart.

You can find Margaret online at her website, www.margaretbrownley.com.

Dawn Comes Early

Heiress Wanted

Looking for hard-working, professional woman
of good character and pleasant disposition
willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory.
Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forever more.


Her latest dime novel banned, twenty-nine-year old Kate Tenney answers an advertisement for heiress to an Arizona cattle ranch. It seems like the perfect solution for a disgraced novelist with no intention of getting married—ever.

Trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The west is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner, and nefarious outlaw, but a traitorous heart. Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam’s charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—if it kills her. If only she could stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.



You can purchase Dawn Comes Early from Amazon.

Margaret is giving away a copy of Dawn Comes Early. The giveaway is only open to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome Back Margaret Daley


EXCERPT
Rose gripped her cell phone so tightly her muscles ached. “Where are you, Lily?”

“At—Nowhere Motel.” A sob caught on the end of the last word. “Help—me.” Lily’s breath rattled, followed by a clunking sound as though she’d dropped the phone.

Rose paced the small bathroom at Beacon of Hope. “Lily?” Sweat coated her palms, and she rubbed her free hand against her jeans. Silence taunted her.

What have you done? But the second that Rose asked that question, an image came to mind of her friend lying on the dingy gray sheets in the cheap motel, wasted, trying anyway she could to forget the horror of her life.

“Lily, talk to me. Stay on the line.” Pulling the door open, Rose entered her room. When she saw her roommate, she came to a stop.

Cynthia’s wide-eyed gaze fixed on Rose for a few seconds before the fourteen-year-old dropped her head and stared at the hardwood floor. Rose crossed to her dresser, dug into the back of the top drawer, and grabbed a small, worn leather case. She pushed past her roommate and headed into the upstairs hallway. Striding toward the staircase, Rose dismissed her room- mate’s startled expression and focused on the crisis at hand. “Lily, are you still there?”

A sound as though someone fumbled the phone and caught it filtered through the connection. “Rose, I need—you.”

“I told you I would come if you wanted to get out. I’ll be—”

A click cut off the rest of Rose’s words. No, Lily. Please hang on. Rushing down the steps to the first floor, she quickly re- dialed the number and let it ring and ring. When she approached the program director’s office, she finally pocketed her cell, took out her homemade tools, and picked the lock, a skill she learned to give her some sense of control over her life. In the past she’d done what she had to in order to survive. Guided by the light through the slits in the blinds, Rose entered Kate’s darkened office and switched on the desk light. A twinge of guilt pricked her. If Kate found her in here after- hours, how could she explain herself? Especially with what she was going to do next to the woman who had saved her and taken her in.

Kate’s gonna be so disappointed in me for stealing—no, borrowing—the van. She’s put so much faith in me. But I’ve got to save Lily. I promised her. When I bring Lily back here, Kate will understand.

Rose used her tools to open the locked drawer on the right. Pulling it out, she rummaged through the papers to find the set of keys at the bottom, then bumped the drawer closed with her hip.

I have no choice, Kate. Please forgive me.
The memory of the words, I need you, spurred Rose to move faster. She had to get to her friend. Get her out . . . finally. Bring her to Kate.

Clutching the keys in one hand, she turned off the lamp and carefully made her way to the office door. She eased it open a few inches and peered out into the short hallway. The empty corridor mirrored the feeling inside her. When would it go away? When will I feel whole?

After she checked to make sure the office door was locked, she hurried toward the side exit of the building that housed the residential program for teens like her. Outside the summer heat blasted her in the face even though it was past midnight. Her heart pounded as hard as her feet hitting against the concrete. Sweat beaded on her forehead as she rushed toward the parking lot to find Beacon of Hope’s van. The security light cast a yellow glow on the vehicle at the back of the building. Visions of her friend slipping into drug-induced unconsciousness, no one there to care whether she died or not, prodded her to quicken her steps.

I won’t let you down, Lily. She was the reason her friend was where she was right now, stuck in a life that was quickly killing her.

As Rose tried to unlock the white van, her hands shook so badly the keys dropped to the pavement. Snatching them up, she sucked in a breath, then another, but her lungs cried for more oxygen. With her second attempt, she managed to open the door and slip behind the steering wheel. Her trembling hands gripped the hot plastic. After backing out of the parking space, she pressed down on the accelerator and eased onto the street in front of Beacon of Hope. With little driving experience, she would have to go slower than she wanted. She couldn’t get caught by the cops. This was her one chance to save her friend. If all went well, she could be back here with Lily before morning.

She tried to clear her mind and concentrate totally on the road before her. She couldn’t. Memories of her two years as a prostitute tumbled through her mind, leaving a trail of regrets. One was having to leave Lily behind.

Nowhere Motel—her and Lily’s name for one of the hell- holes where they’d had to earn their living. A place—one of several used when they were brought to Dallas—near the highway on Cherry Street. A place where inhuman acts happened to humans—young girls who should be dressing up for their prom, not their next trick.

She’d escaped only because she’d been left for dead on the side of the road when a john discarded her like trash. But the Lord had other plans for her besides death. A judge had seen to it that she came to the Beacon of Hope program, and Kate had given her a glimpse of a better life.

And I’m gonna start with rescuing Lily. I’m not gonna let her die. She’s gonna have a chance like me. Rose slowed as she neared the motel, two rows of units. Bright lights illuminated the front rooms, which maintained an appearance of respectability, while the rooms in the back were shrouded in dimness.

After she parked across the street from Nowhere, she sat in the van staring at the place, its neon sign to welcome travelers taunting her. Sweat rolled down her face, and she swiped at it. But nothing she did stopped the fear from overwhelming her to the point of paralysis. Memories of what went on in the back rooms of the motel threatened to thwart her attempt to rescue Lily before it began.

I owe her. I have to make up for what I did to her.

She pried her hands from the steering wheel and climbed from the van. After jogging across the two lanes, she circled around to the second building that abutted the access road to the highway.

The sounds of cars whizzing by filled the night. People going about their ordinary life while some were barely hanging on. A loud, robust laugh drifted to her as she snuck past the first unit, heading for room three, the one Lily always used at Nowhere. Someone opened a door nearby and stepped out of a room ahead of her. Rose darted back into a shadowed alcove at the end, pressing her body flat against the rough cinder block wall. Perspiration drenched her shirt and face. The stench of something dead reeked from a dumpster a few yards away. Nausea roiled in her stomach.

Two, sometimes three, of his guards would patrol, making sure the girls stayed in line. She wasn’t sure this was a guard, but she couldn’t risk even a quick look. She waited until the man disappeared up the stairs, then hurried toward the third unit. With damp palms, she inched the unlocked door open and peeked through the slit.
Dressed in a little-girl outfit that only underscored Lily’s age of fifteen, she lay sprawled on the bed, her long red hair fanning the pillow, the sheets bunched at the end. Her friend shifted, her eyes blinking open. Groaning, she shoved herself up on one elbow, only to collapse back onto the mattress.

Footsteps on the stairs sent a shaft of fear through Rose. Her heartbeat accelerated. She pushed into the room and closed the door, clicking the lock in place. She almost laughed at her ridiculous action as though that would keep anyone out. But she left it locked.

The scent of sex, alcohol, and sweat assailed her nostrils and brought back a rush of memories she’d wanted to bury forever. For a few seconds she remained paralyzed by the door as memories bombarded her from all sides. Hands groping for her. A sweaty body weighed down on top of hers. The fog she’d lived in to escape.

She shook them from her thoughts. Can’t go there. Lily is depending on me.
Turning toward her friend, she started across the room. Lily’s glazed eyes fixed on her. For several heartbeats, nothing dawned in their depths. Then a flicker of recognition.

She tried to rise, saying, “Rose, so sorry . . .” Lily slurred her words as she sank back. “Sor—reee.”

“I’m here to get you out.” Rose sat on the edge of the bed. “You’ve got—” A noise behind her and to the left cut off her next words. She glanced over her shoulder as the bathroom door crashed open, and he charged into the room.

“Did you really think I’d let you go?”

His gravelly voice froze Rose for a few seconds. King never came to Nowhere Motel. Too beneath him. He should be— Finally, terror propelled her into action. She scrambled off the bed and ran for the door. She grappled for the lock, her sweat-drenched fingers slipping on the cold metal.

King slammed her against the wall beside the door—her only escape route. He pressed her back to hold her pinned, the scent of peppermint sickening her. He loved to suck on peppermint candies, and she’d come to hate that smell. The aroma enhanced her desperation.

Words from her street days spewed from her mouth. She twisted and tried to buck him off. He thrust her harder against the wall until she couldn’t catch her breath. Lightheaded from the lack of air, she went still.

“You’ll always be mine. That john paid for losing you.” Her pimp threw the lock on the door and opened it. “Tony.” Oxygen rushed back into her lungs and with it returned the frantic need to get away.

But before she could make a move, King’s fingers clamped around her upper arm so tightly she thought he would break it. A six-foot-tall guard appeared in the doorway as King dragged her across the room and flung her on the bed. One of her arms flopped then bounced on the mattress near Lily. Her friend’s head lolled to the side. Her eyes closed.

“Hold her.” King withdrew a syringe, filled with a clear liquid, from his pocket.

“No,” Rose screamed and scrambled over Lily’s body. She had to get away. She wouldn’t go there again.

Tony lunged across the bed and grabbed her leg. His fingers dug into her ankle. Inch by inch he hauled her to him. Lily moaned as Rose slid across her, but Lily’s eyes stayed closed.

Can’t give up. Rose kicked free and launched herself at the guard, raking her fingernails down his cheek.

He struck her face with his fist. Pain radiated outward from her jaw. Her vision blurred. A metallic taste coated her tongue. The room tumbled through her mind, as if she’d been stuffed into a dryer in the middle of its cycle. The ringing in her ears drowned out what Tony said. Throwing his body over hers, he trapped her on the bed.

Can’t—

Her pimp loomed over her. Through the haze, she saw the malicious grin as King gripped her arm and yanked it toward him. When he held up the syringe, her heart beat so fast she thought she would pass out from the hammering force against her ribcage. She gasped for a mouth full of air, but it wasn’t enough.

“No, please not that,” she whimpered as he jabbed the needle into her arm.


Wow! That was an exciting read! Thanks for sharing Margaret!



Find out more about Margaret on her website.
Purchase the book at Amazon
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Margaret Daley is giving away a copy of Saving Hope. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Please Welcome Margaret Daley

Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-two books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website.

Thanks for being here today.
What is the last book you read and wished it wouldn’t end? Ginny Aiken's book that will out in August 2013 called For a Time Such as This: A Woman of Hope Novel, Book 1

What are the best words of advice you’ve been given? Who said them?
To be true to yourself--my mother.

What do you do on an a typical Tuesday? What I do most Tuesdays is write.

What themes appear in your writing?
Two themes that I often write about is trusting in the Lord and forgiving others.

What is your favorite hymn or praise song?

Amazing Grace. I love the words and the meaning behind why it was written.

What do you like best about writing?
Making up stories. I've been doing it my whole life. I had to learn to be a writer, but I've always had a vivid imagination and would make up stories using my dolls as a little girl.

Picture this: You have a deadline, a book to read, a review to write, a church activity and 3 important calls to make on the same day. What do you have for dinner?
Something fattening and delicious.
Pecan pie comes to mind with vanilla ice cream on top.

That's sounds really good. 





When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.






Find out more about Margaret on her website. 
Purchase the book at Amazon 
Purchase the book at Barnes and Nobel 

Margaret Daley is giving away a copy of Saving Hope. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Please Welcome Debbie Malone

Is there a story behind this book?
“Death in Dahlonega” is a cozy mystery. The two main characters are friends and they have a little bit of me and my best friend woven into them. My friend and I actually took a trip to Dahlonega, GA for Goldrush Days and we ate trail mix and listened to country music on the way. Other than that the rest is purely fictional.

What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always loved to read – since I was a child. My love of reading just evolved into writing. In 2001 I wrote an article for a historical magazine “Georgia Backroads” which began a writing relationship with them for ten years. I can’t remember not wanting to write a book so it was just natural that I finally decided to do it in 2005/2006.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I have an adult daughter who is disabled. Her needs are many and this can be distractive at times. I also have fibromyalgia and my pain level dictates how often and how much I can write at a time. But I’ve learned to work around both of these things.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
This is a great question. I used to only read mysteries and mostly cozy mysteries. When I started a blog and began to read all genres for reviews I discovered I liked all types of books. It is like a whole new world has opened up to me. Mysteries are still my favorite, but I can read just about anything.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Trixie would have to be my favorite character. She is a person who is going through real problems in a real world. She struggles with her faith while dealing with emotional and physical problems. To me she represents people in everyday life who struggle with their own problems. Just because we are Christians does not mean we are exempt from trials. We are promised we would have help. In Trixie’s case she has her friend Dee Dee to help her through some hard times. Dee Dee’s example of strong faith encourages Trixie.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
This is too funny! I’ve never thought about what style of music would represent me. Humm. Let me think. Classical is a little too laid back, I guess I’d have to say country.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
One fun thing I did one time was something I did on the spur of the moment. For some reason I was going through the cards in the Trivia card game and one of the questions was what is the number to the White House. They gave a number so I called it to see what would happen. Guess what? It was the number to the White House. I told them what I’d done and why.  This was several years ago before 911.  I don’t think I would do that today.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring by far!
 
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
The day I got a horse for Christmas has to be my favorite memory. That is one day I’ll never forget.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh my goodness yes. I don’t think you have enough room for me to list them all. How about grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes just to name a few.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
God’s grace and love. Forgiveness is another thing I like to write about and will be in the second book “Murder in Marietta.”  

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   
Trixie’s favorite verse for “Death in Dahlonega” is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have a definite date for my next book, but it is the second in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series and titled “Murder in Marietta.” I’m also working on the third book “Terror on Tybee Island.”


Purchase Death in Dahlonega at:
Barnes & Noble

Debbie Malone is giving away a copy of “Death in Dahlonega”. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy

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