Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Laurie Kingery

Is there a story behind your book THE PREACHER'S BRIDE CLAIM?

There certainly is. I had been doing a series about mail-order grooms, "The Brides of Simpson Creek" for my publisher, Love Inspired Historicals, when I was asked to take part in a continuity series, three connected books by three authors featuring three brothers who take part in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. It was an honor and a privilege, as well as a challenge, to write a book to a "bible," or story outline provided by the editors, so that all our details and timelines would mesh, but one that I enjoyed immensely. I definitely had the easiest end of the deal, by having the first book in the series. I really enjoyed getting to know fellow continuity authors Karen Kirst and Allie Pleiter. Their books will be out in May and June 2014 respectively, with my book in April.

What started you on your writing journey?

Like most writers, I started out as an avid reader, and began to think I could write the type of books I liked to read, historical romance. I began in the general market as Laurie Grant, and was fortunate to sell the first book I wrote. Then, as the Christian fiction market began to boom, switched to that and have never looked back.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The internet, of course. When I started writing in the mid-80's, it didn't exist, and research had to come mainly from the libraries or research trips.  Now, when I want to check a fact, I go online and can easily get distracted for an hour or more.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I read widely, but my main interest is historical fiction, and western romance fiction especially. In the latter, my favorite author is Mary Coneally. Her "comedies with cowboys" are right up my alley.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

The heroine, Alice Hawthorne, because she was a nurse like me. (Maybe that's why LIH selected me to write this one?) But unlike me, she was the victim of verbal abuse from her fiancée. Abuse aimed at women is still a problem today, of course, but women of the 1800's had virtually no resources, economically especially, to deal with it.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Signing up on eHarmony to meet my husband, but it certainly worked! We've been married for 8 years this month.

What is your strangest habit?

Eating ramen noodles and cottage cheese every time I have lunch at home. Every.single.time. J I am a saltaholic for sure.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

The captioned dog and cat pictures that one finds on the internet, especially on Facebook and Pinterest.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Spring, naturally, when Ohio throws off the shackles of cold, cloudy, "gray" days and the trees bud and the flowers bloom. Especially May.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

The first "book" I wrote, a long involved story about a dog and a horse. Then there was that Beatles epic I wrote for the amusement of my friends in junior high…

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Taxes. My every-2-yr. CPR renewal at my nurse job.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

—Definitely Texas, where I was born and my extended family lives. It's my soul's home on earth.

 Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

Redemption, journeys, second chances

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

As I'm writing this, I'm facing surgery next week, so my "life verse" in Phillipians 4:13 means the world to me: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book after THE PREACHER'S BRIDE CLAIM will be out in July, A HERO IN THE MAKING. It's part of the "Brides of Simpson Creek" Series and will feature Ella from the Spinsters' Club, and her unlikely hero, jack-of-all-trades Nate Bohannan.

Back Cover

For the Thorton brothers, the Oklahoma Land Rush is the perfect opportunity to finally put down some roots. A new start, a new community—what more could preacher Elijah Thornton need. Not a wife—not after losing his fiancée. But something draws him to the pretty nurse whose eyes are clouded by trouble.

Only by claiming her own homestead can Alice Hawthorne avoid an unwanted marriage. Even Oklahoma may not be far enough away from New York to escape her past. Yet with courage—and the handsome reverend's support—can she forge a loving future?

BRIDEGROOM BOTHERS—True love awaits three siblings in the Oklahoma Land Rush

To buy her book:

About Laurie:

Laurie Kingery is a central Ohio author and veteran E.R. RN who has written twenty-five historical romances, first as Laurie Grant and now writing Christian historicals under her own name for Love Inspired Historicals. She won the Reader's Choice for short historicals in 1994 and was a finalist in the 2010 Carol Awards in short historicals by the American Christian Fiction Writers for THE OUTLAW'S LADY. Her website is Her April 2014 release will be the first book in Love Inspired Historicals' "Bridegroom Brothers" continuity, set in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. Her next installment in the "Brides of Simpson Creek" series, also from Love Inspired Historicals is A HERO IN THE MAKING, July 2014.

To connect with Laurie:
ChristianFictionHistoricalSociety.blogspot.comMy blog day is the 19th of each month

Laurie Kingery is giving away a copy of The Preacher's Bride Claim. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. Would love to win this book. Very interesting subject! Mary B

Emma said...

THE PREACHER'S BRIDE CLAIM sounds wonderful.Please enter me in contest.Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.

Taylor Audrey said...

Sounds like fun! Please enter me in the giveaway!

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like a great book and a great series. I would love to win a copy.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Anonymous said...

Sounds great, would love to win!



Laurie Kingery said...

Mary B., thanks for commenting. Blessings on your week!
Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Emma, thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy the book.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Taylor, thanks for commenting! Good luck in the drawing.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Susan Johnson, thanks for commenting! Having read the other two books in the series by Karen Kirst and Allie Pleiter, I can say I think it is a good series that portrays the time period well.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Anonymous, thanks for commenting. Blessings in your week.
Laurie Kingery

Anonymous said...

A very interesting interview. So Laurie. Good to hear from you today. Happy Anniversary. I am so happy your EHarmony was a successful one. I've always been afraid someone would get hold of a crazy since it seems people can be tricked online. Glad you are happy. GOD has blessed you. Glad you love Texas. I do too. I live in the Houston area. I don't think anyone likes to do their taxes or take Test. I would love to win your book. it sounds very good. Thanks to you and to BDBL for a chance to do so. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jackie McNutt said...

Laurie, Loved the book description!
It was so nice to learn of you and your books.
This time period and story line are my favorites to read.
Thank You

Wendy Newcomb said...

My kind of book, thank you for the chance to win it.


PriviesAndPrims said...

So fun that you met on eHarmony. :)
Looking forward to reading this one.

priviesandprims at yahoo [dot][com]

Laurie Kingery said...

Jackie, thanks for commenting! Have a great week.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Wendy, good luck winning the book! Thanks for commenting.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Laurie Kingery said...

Doreen, thanks for commenting. Yes, I recommend eHarmony highly as you can imagine. ;)
Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Charity Lyman said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. Praying that your surgery goes well Laurie!


Abbi Hart said...

I have loved all six of the Simpson Creek series and I'm excited to read this one and this new series! Though I'm also really looking forward to the next Simpson Creek one-it sounds so good!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Merry said...

What a fun way to meet your husband! I enjoy Laurie's books and can't wait to read this one.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Would love to win.

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