Tell us about your salvation experience.
When I was about six my parents “got saved” and it completely changed our lives. We lived every moment for Jesus and were on fire like nothing I’ve seen since. I accepted Jesus into my heart at that young age, evangelized at my elementary school and grew in the Lord throughout my childhood. Of course, over the years, I have rededicated myself to God as I matured and understood better what I was committing to. I guess you could say I’ve been a Christian all my life with some occasional back sliding experiences along the way.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Laura Kinsale – Her writing is amazing and I would love to talk and work with her.
Julie Lessman – She’s so wonderful! I would love to hang out with her!
Laura Franz – Such a sweet spirit in that girl and a talented writer to boot.
MaryLu Tyndale – She really has a spiritual depth that I enjoy. I could have long conversations with her for sure.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I’ve always thought it odd that people think that just because you can write you should be able to speak. I’m terrified of public speaking! I do enjoy small group discussions though and love to visit book groups and library groups.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Ha! So many!! Let’s go back to the last question for this story. I was at an ICRS Conference in Denver and was asked to speak at the “Heart of an Author” luncheon. The emcee was none other than Karen Kingsbury! I had prepared my seven minute speech to within an inch of my life and thought I could get through it. Well, somehow Karen received an older copy of my bio and when introducing me she basically said everything I was going to say in my speech. My mind went blank with terror. What was I going to say now? I couldn’t take my eyes off the big countdown clock staring at me with 7:00 minutes on it. I stood, shaking from head to toe, and proceeded to spew out a bunch of information about how I got published (breaking into tears 2-3 times while talking). It was a total blackout moment. I have no idea what I said! Thankfully, my sister was in the back of the room motioning for me to leave as soon as I finished. We had to hurry because we had a flight to catch so I didn’t have to go back to my table and sit there, mortified, after my train wreak of a speech. (I’ll bet everyone remembered me though – I didn’t see anyone yawning – lol!) I hightailed it outta there and vowed my speech days were over!!!
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Go for it! Finish that book! Now is a great time to write a book with so many publishing options. There is no reason not to try if it is really in your heart to do so.
Tell us about the featured book.
A Duke’s Promise is the third book in the Forgotten Castles series. Because it is a continuous series (Yes, you should read them in order to get the most out of the story) I can’t give too much away so here is the back of the book blurb:
Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria
Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has
promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents
were last seen -- Italy and
the marble caves of Carrara
-- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting
parents. Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by
balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction
to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The
mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This
journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will
win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.
Sounds wonderful. I’ve loved the first two books. Please give us the first page of the book.
The silken curtains around the bed fluttered from the summer breeze that blew through the open windows of the duke’s bedchamber on number 31 St. James Square. Candlelight flickered across the room, a place she had only passed by while living here with him, peeking inside, wondering at the depths of his private chambers. The light of the candles made wavy shadows against the creamy paneled walls and
the new Duchess of St. Easton, tried to ignore Clarissa’s incessant chatter as
the maid helped her out of layer after layer of her wedding costume.
Alex tried to look anywhere but at the bed, and yet she couldn’t tear her gaze from it—the royal blue counterpane trimmed in gold, the massive four posts of carved wood draped with dark curtains, the piles of pillows. She swallowed against the knot in her throat and turned, lifting her arms and following the nudges of the maid.
“Great heavens, Your Grace, sit down before you faint. You’re as white as a ghost, you are.”
Alex obeyed, relieved to sit and rest her wobbly knees. She stared in the mirror at her reflection and watched as Clarissa took out the spiderweb-thin, diamond tiara from her hair, which Gabriel’s mother had given her as a wedding gift, and brushed out Alex’s long, dark hair. A suspended feeling of dread and terror surrounded her.
He would come in at any moment.
He would come in and find out about everything.
I can hardly wait until I get my copy. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this new book with us.
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