Monday, December 10, 2018

FROZEN NOTES - Fay Lamb - One Free print or ebook (see below)

Bio: Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom. She is not only a fifth-generation Floridian, she has lived her life in Titusville, where her grandmother was born in 1899. Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ heart. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction.

Welcome back, Fay. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
There’s a funny back story to this one. When I first became serious about writing for publication, you could not have gotten me to admit that I write romance. I wrote contemporary fiction. One day, I awoke to the truth. While I’m probably not a hopeless romantic, I love romance, and all of my stories are romance—even my contemporary fiction. I fell in to writing romantic suspense because although I can’t watch a suspenseful show when I don’t know what’s going to happen, I sure love being the one who knows what’s going to happen and scaring other people who don’t know what to expect.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
This one’s going to be a little tricky to answer, so I’ll need to explain myself out of a corner for my oldest son. The happiest day of my life was the day that I gave birth to my second son. Now, that doesn’t mean that I love the oldest any less. I love them equally, but I think mothers can relate. That first birth—it’s a scary thing. You don’t know what to expect. And then when the child is born, you have all these things to learn. Well, I did anyway. During my second pregnancy, I wanted a girl. Oh, how I wanted a girl. When I began to have premature labor, I’d end up at the hospital, and on the last occasion, the nurse, listening to the baby’s heartbeat, asked if I wanted a boy or a girl. “A girl!” I said. She shook her head. “I’m sorry, honey. That’s a boy’s heartbeat.” Well, I wasn’t a happy camper. I didn’t want a boy. I wanted a girl. And then came the night that he was born. His father counted all his fingers and his toes, and I lay with my boy in my arms. A feeling of such peace fell over me. I’d never felt that before, and I haven’t had anything come close to it since. God knew that I’m equipped to handle boys, and I think that peace was due to the fact that God had blessed me with two wonderful sons.

How has being published changed your life?
When I was unpublished, I loved to write. But always, I had this pie-in-the-sky dream that it would change my life. You envision the myth of Rick Castle, that the contract is opening the door to a ritzy New York penthouse and notoriety, that Hollywood will be knocking on your door for a script of your New York Times Bestseller.

What’s funny, though, is that when none of that happened—I didn’t even get a small condo in Cedar Key, which was really my dream—I wasn’t too disappointed. Life went on as usual. I’ve learned how to promote, I’ve learned that promoting is the hardest thing I do as an author, but I’ve also learned that I’d write for free, because I love to weave a story. It’s just that simple.

What are you reading right now?
I’m not only an author, I’m an editor. Most often I’m reading stories before they get published, but I did just finish a non-fiction book on how to teach a Bible study.

What is your current work in progress?
My current work in progress is a Christmas novel slated for an October 2019 release. The tentative title is A Room at the End. This, I’m hopeful, will be a new Holiday series set in a fictional Florida swamp town at the edge of the Everglades. Of course, there will be all kinds of quirky characters and a lot of Holiday romance.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that my fourth book in The Ties that Bind series is Delilah, and it’s releasing in April.

What would be your dream vacation?
Tahupoo, Tahiti. I have a story sitting in my brain and on three separate drafts on paper about professional surfing, and I want to attend the Billabong Pro.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
My settings find me. My romantic series, The Ties that Bind, is actually the only series with real locations. That’s because two of the gals and one of the heroes were raised and attended school in my hometown. From there, they moved to Orlando. That series has some great unexpected scene locations, and not the theme parks. The setting for my Amazing Grace romantic suspense series is fictional, but anyone familiar with Western North Carolina can’t help but recognize a combination of beautiful mountain towns. And my Serenity Key series is set on a fictional island that reminds me of the place I love so much—Cedar Key.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
This isn’t for any political reason at all, but I’d like to be able to sit and talk with Donald J. Trump. I think there is a lot of depth in that man that he hides behind his official persona. I’ve never said this before, but there is something within me that knows without a doubt that one day I’m going to meet him. I don’t know if he’ll still be president. I don’t know if it will be this side of heaven, but I’m certain that I’m going to shake his hand and talk with him one day.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I'm a University of Florida Gator’s fan. When I say fan, I don’t just mean football. We’re football boosters, of course. We have my husband’s father’s seats that he first claimed in the mid-60s, and great seats they are. We’re also Gator Tennis boosters, and this year, I was able to talk my husband into season tickets for basketball, which is my favorite go-to-game college sport. Of course, my plan is to have so many events to attend in Gainesville that we have to move there. Shh, don’t tell my husband.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time or the sense of being pushed against a clock is my greatest obstacle. I wrote for many years without a deadline because, well, I didn’t have a contract. I was blessed to have eight books in different stages of completion when I did receive a contract. Finishing them was easy. I don’t write well under deadline because I’m a finicky writer. You can’t say that my words are prose or literary-esque, but I do like to think that each word counts and tells a story that readers will remember. The irony, though, is that I also work best when I feel I’m being pushed against a clock.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Study the craft, work on the art of writing, and don’t seek a contract or self-publish until you know all the elements that go into good fiction.

Tell us about the featured book.
Frozen Notes is the story of two people who lost their dreams. Lyric’s dreams were taken from her by Balaam who set off for stardom, abandoning her and their unborn child. Balaam’s dreams may have come true, but they nearly cost him his life. Now, Lyric’s life has become a nightmare, and Balaam must fight his own demons to save her from the danger his abandonment has caused.

The story is set in Western North Carolina against a winter backdrop, and it is filled with twists and turns and a villain—to two—that the reader will never see coming.

Please give us the first page of the book.
A hush fell over the small crowd loitering outside Lyric Carter’s house as paramedics placed the bodies of the two men, both encased in body bags, onto separate gurneys and wheeled them to the waiting ambulances. Gun residue test completed, Lyric backed away from the woman who’d done the test on her and fell hard into the chair at her kitchen table near the opened front door. The winter chill seeped into the house.

She fought to keep her tears at bay while investigators plundered through her home looking for shell casings, additional bullet holes, and other evidence. A murder-suicide was pretty cut and dry. The investigators wouldn’t search for much else.

Her body lifted with her sobs. If her husband, Braedon, had only looked at the documents he couriered from Raleigh, he and Matthew Roberts would still be alive. He’d left them unopened on their table before a phone call sent him out, and he’d left her behind. Before Braedon had returned, Lyric hid the evidence where no one would find it, prepared to face Braedon’s wrath should it come to that.

“Which one do you think she’s crying over?” Joe Johnson from the Amazing Grace Gazette said from somewhere outside her home. She’d recognize his haughty voice anywhere. He wouldn’t be so close to her now if Braedon and Matthew were alive and not stretched out on the gurneys ... or if Balaam was here.

No. She stilled her thoughts. Braedon deserved more respect than that despite what he had done. Balaam had no place in her thoughts—not tonight—not ever.

The flashes of several cameras pulsated from outside and through her windows and doors. The blossoming migraine delivered pinpricks of pain behind Lyric’s eyes. She ran her tongue over the cut on her lip and felt the mass of swelling beneath the surface of her skin then wrapped her arms around her to stave off the cold.

A stomp at the front door announced a new arrival. Lyric turned in her chair and bit her lip to squelch a rising panic attack.

Sheriff Daniel Dixon pointed toward the newshound standing in her doorway then toward the street. Johnson ducked around the sheriff and scurried off behind the paramedics. Daniel moved around the crime scene, ignoring his investigators. He’d look in her direction soon enough. Could she bear up under his scrutiny?

Everything she’d struggled so hard to redeem or protect—her reputation, her son, her vulnerable heart—they were all in danger.

Interesting. I’m eager to see what comes next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Here are links where you can find me:
Newsletter Sign Up: http://eepurl.com/c6m7DX
Amazon Central: amazon.com/author/faylamb
Frozen Notes link: http://bit.ly/FrozenNotes

Thank you, Fay, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers. We’re all eager to find out what comes next.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Frozen Notes (Amazing Grace) (Volume 4)  - Print book
Frozen Notes (Amazing Grace Book 4) - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Winners in the US can choose either print or Kindle edition. Foreign winners will receive a Kindle book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

WINNERS!!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

MERCURY RISING - Tim and Gail Sattler - One Free Book


Dear Readers, Gail is a long-time friend of mine who lives in Canada. We both started out being published by Barbour. I’ve not met her husband, but he’s the one who put up my first web page. I’m really interested in this book they’ve co-written.

Bio: Tim and Gail Sattler have been (happily) married for 40 tears, In that time, Gail has published 43 novels/novellas, and 6 works of non-fiction. Tim and Gail enjoy having recently become empty nesters, and this is their first co-written book.

Back cover blurb:
Michael wants to save his daughter, but first he’s got to save the world.

Michael and Charlotte meet when Michael is trying to find Ashley, his missing daughter who has fallen into drug abuse, and Charlotte is searching for her son Jon, a brilliant and aspiring young scientist who has also gone missing.

Ashley and Jon should have nothing in common, but after the murder of Jon’s favorite professor, they become ensnared in a tangled web that becomes worse with every new discovery.

When Michael and Charlotte join together to figure what their children have become involved with, they, too, are sucked into a sinkhole for which there are no answers, only more questions.
When all seems lost, will they all recognize the source of strength offered to them, and… will they take it?

Purchase Mercury Rising on Amazon -

Welcome back, Gail. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Mercury Rising was actually my husband's idea. When I was working graveyard shift at my job and he was working from home, we would take our youngest son to school, then on the way home we would take the dogs and walk along the Alouette River dike path and talk.
Unfortunately no one took notes while we were walking, but we weren't in any rush, so it took almost the entire school year. Once we had the premise, we kept building the series of events, and at the end of the school year, we had a story with all the details. I always do a full outline when I write a book, so we were ready to go.

Gail, you and I are exact opposites in the way we write. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Rebecca Germany - she was the managing editor for Heartsong Presents when I first started writing, and she's a fantastic editor and a great person
Lena Nelson Dooley - Lena and I first started writing for Heartsong Presents at about the same time. She's a kind and gentle lady, and a great writer.
Colleen Coble - she's a great writer and a wonderful person
Jim Rubart - a great writer and a great guy.
Debbie Macomber - my favorite author, and she's written so very many books and she they never get old or repetitive.
Frank Piretti - he's a groundbreaking author, and I've met him in Portland at an OCW conference, and he's a nice guy

I would really love that party. Those other authors and our editor Becky are some of my favorite people. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Marketing. When I first started writing, all I had to do was write the book. Now the author has to promote the book, and themselves. With the advent of Amazon, so many bookstores and publishers have shut down or dropped fiction, the market has changed so much. Unless you write a lot, and have time to market, it's hard to make a dent. Not only that, a lot of books are flooded into Amazon so it's hard not to get buried.

I know what you mean. Tell us about the featured book.
This is the story of two single parents Michael and Charlotte (one widowed, one divorced) and their adult children Ashley and Jon, who are in their last year of college and university. Jon's professor has been murdered and left specific instructions in the event of his death. Following cryptic clues, the answer must be found before it's too late … for humankind.

Please give us the first page of the book.
“Ashley, I’m home!” Michael pulled the door shut behind him.

He held his breath, hoping to hear some normal, homey stuff. Noise from a blaring television and the latest sitcom. Giggles from his college-aged daughter watching dumb videos on YouTube. Even the smell of a neglected supper starting to burn.

Instead, there was nothing.

He unlaced his work boots and tossed them onto the rubber mat. On the positive side, even though he didn’t smell supper cooking, he also didn’t smell the pungent odor of pot or the cloying stench of dollar store candles trying to hide it.

Michael headed straight toward Ashley’s bedroom, hoping to find her with headphones on and her music turned up full blast, oblivious to the outside world, but at home.

The wide open door told him she wasn’t.

Inside, clothes littered the floor. Makeup, lotions, and hair products lay askew, spread all over the dresser.

He sighed. On the rare days Ashley actually talked to him, he didn’t want to make things worse by nagging about her pigsty of a room. She shouldn’t need to be reminded to clean up after herself. She was technically an adult.

Michael squeezed his eyes shut. Ashley hated when he said it out loud, but regardless of her age, Ashley would always be his little girl.

A little girl who had fallen in with the wrong crowd, growing further and further away from him. He couldn’t remember the last time they’d sat together in the living room watching television and sharing a bowl of bad microwave popcorn.

“I guess I’ll just make supper for myself,” he announced to the teddy bear lying in the middle of the unmade bed then turned and headed for the kitchen.

Once there, a red light indicating a new message flashed on the telephone.

It wouldn’t be for him. It never was.

Michael pressed the button anyway.

I’m eager to know what happens next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Visit Gail Sattler's website at www.gailsattler.com
Gail's blog topic is What Goes On In The Mind Of A Writer - http://www.gailsattler.com/category/new/

Thank you, Gail, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS - Ginger Solomon, and others - One Free Ebook


Welcome back, Ginger. Tell us about your salvation experience.
When I was twelve, my family and I went to a denominational church. I remember going forward to profess my faith and was baptized in a cold, dirty baptismal. But I was so excited that I went to school the next day to share with my friends. They didn’t care. And life for me didn’t change.

When I went to college, at eighteen, I was already disillusioned with religion. My mom and I had changed churches, to a different denominational church. I heard the words but didn’t really have a relationship. Though I wanted one. I just didn’t know how.

I met my husband, and he showed me what it truly meant to lean into Jesus and make Him my best friend, to study the Word, and learn more. ’Cuz when you have a relationship with someone, you always want to learn more about them, have fellowship with them, and spend time together.

That is so true. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Oh, goodness. So many great authors that I would love to meet and hang with. But I’d have to say, if I could only have four that I would pull together some of the authors from the team I’ve worked with at InspyRomance—Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, and Narelle Atkins. I think the fourth author would be ... oh, so many to choose from ... Ronie Kendig.

I’d love to be at that retreat. I love all five of you authors. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
No. As of yet, God has not called me to take that step.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Oh, goodness. When my husband and I were dating, I had an “accident” and made a VERY large mess of my pants. I had to borrow a pair from his much smaller sister. All she had was a pair of sweats. Not fun. I’m pretty sure he took me home after that. I don’t remember.

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?
Write it. The words don’t appear on paper by themselves. If you have a story to tell, tell it. No one else can say it like you can.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Heart of Christmas is a novella collection born out of a random conversation at our local writers’ meeting. I mentioned how fun it would be if several of us got together and did a boxed set for Christmas. We played around with ideas, and here it is. We have taken a slightly irreverent look at The Nativity. Each of us, Bonita McCoy, Darcy Fornier, Leah Fornier, Janie Winsell and myself, chose an element–from the angels to the wise men–and wrote a story. Because we have one member who writes nonfiction, she wrote poems for each of the stories and one for the whole set.

That sounds like fun. Please give us the first page of the book.
The first page ... well, that would be a poem.

Our Savior is Born
There is a stillness in the night
A star above the midnight sky
Shone bright and steady over a manger
Joseph and Mary looked upon
A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes
Suddenly angels appeared out of nowhere
To give glory to our newborn Savior
Out of the east came magi from foreign lands
To pay Him homage
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh were bestowed
For the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords,
Jesus, the ultimate gift to the world.

~~ Betty Boyd

And then, the first story is mine, so this is what comes next.

Chapter One
Nothing seemed right.

Every song on the radio fell flat.

The twinkling Christmas lights she hung around her bakery lightened the room but darkened her mood.

Alone was not how anyone should spend Thanksgiving. But alone she was. Orphaned at twenty-three with no living relatives that she knew about. Every invitation she'd received for the holiday seemed as if they'd been given grudgingly. She'd rather be alone than pitied.

A knock sounded at the door.

"We're not open." Her yell bounced around the inside of the bakery.

"I know. Open the door, Jenna."

Thomas Hayes. The last person she wanted to see.

She stepped down from the ladder, leaving the last string of lights dangling from the hook, and opened the door. He looked good. Too good. He’d trimmed his strawberry-blond beard and mustache, and it made him looked distinguished and sexy. Her increased heart rate because of his appearance made her even more surly. "What do you need?"

"Mom sent me to get you for dinner. I was supposed to invite you but forgot."

"I've made other arrangements." She didn't lie. Her other

I know my blog readers are as eager to see what comes next as I am. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Ginger, for sharing this Christmas collection with us. So many readers love having novella collections to read in this busy season, and I’m one of them.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.
The Heart of Christmas: A Romantic Christmas Novella Collection

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

WINNERS!!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

LOVE IN PICTURES - Alexis A Goring - One Free Book

Bio: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

Welcome back, Alexis. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write Contemporary Romance books (fiction) and devotionals (nonfiction) because I want to infuse hope into situations that seem hopeless in real-life.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Wow that’s quite a question that I’m not sure how to answer because I’ve had many happiest days of my life! But when it comes to my writing, I’d have to say that the happiest day of my life was when I received my complimentary copy of my first published book Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories. Everything really came together for that book and the Hand of God was over everything, especially with the creation of my dream book cover design by Brenda McClearen and her creative team in Nashville, Tennessee!
  
How has being published changed your life?
Being a published author has changed my life in the way of more people knowing my name and reading my work. It’s been an adventure filled with book signing events, author interviews on blogs, podcast interviews like the ones with Mantle Rock Publishing, radio interviews like the one with WGTS 91.9 FM and LIVE television interviews to promote my books!

What are you reading right now?
Right now, I am reading Building Friendships that Fit by Holly Furtick. She’s the wife of Pastor Steven Furtick who is the lead pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina. The ministry that God’s given Pastor Furtick and his wife is beautiful and making such a positive impact on people around the world!

Praise the Lord for that. What is your current work in progress?
My current work in progress is a food and romance story about a formerly fat baker who is now every woman’s dream catch. But he’s not dating every woman who throws herself at him because his heart is set on the one girl he loved at first sight in high school. However, he was too shy to ask her on a date. What he does not know is that the same girl grew up to become a food writer and she works at the magazine office down the block from his family-owned bakery!

Sounds interesting. I’ll want to feature it on my blog when is releases. What would be your dream vacation?
Another great question that I don’t know how to answer because I have several dream      vacation spots! But if I had to choose just one place to visit for now then I’d say Paris, France, because it may or may not be an international setting in my next book! *Hint, hint!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Pure imagination helped by my favorite settings in movies, TV shows, and real-life experience.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Ben Patton (the brother of former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher, who was a contestant on Ready for Love) because he seems like a fascinating person!

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Photography and food! I love to practice natural-light photography. I have an eye for color and design that compliments my clients’ complexion and brings out their natural beauty. I also love good food. I love cooking it, baking it, buying it, and sharing it with loved ones!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult writing obstacle is writing fiction stories when my heart is troubled by the woes of the world or a situation in my real life. I still have not completely overcome it.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
The advice I would give to a beginning author would be to never quit if this is a dream that God placed on your heart. Pray about it and work at it. Keep writing! But don’t just write, read! Read books by notable authors who write books in the genre that you want to write. Study books on the craft of writing. Maybe even take a few creative writing classes at your local community college or university. Be encouraged in your journey because if God wants you to become a writer and you work for it, it will happen!

Tell us about the featured book.
My newest novella, Love in Pictures, was published in June 2018. It’s a Contemporary Romance about a wedding photographer (Michelle) who’s never been in love until she meets the one man (Logan) who she cannot forget. Logan is recovering from a bad breakup with his fiancée. She ended their engagement to pursue her dream career in another country, leaving him heartbroken in Maryland. Since then, he’s focused on his work as he climbs the Journalism career ladder while steering clear of the dating scene. But something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Michelle Hadley stared at the Lightroom editing screen on her computer and studied the newlywed couple she’d captured in the photo.

The bride held a beautiful bouquet of soft blue and pastel pink hydrangeas near her waist, while the handsome groom with skin the color of coffee stood close behind her, holding her in a loving embrace, kissing her forehead.

Michelle sipped her favorite green tea as she sat and worked at Marie's Mocha Café and sighed. The forehead kiss. So romantic. Meant he loved her brains, not just her beauty.

The bride’s olive skin glowed, and her dark brown tresses cascaded down her shoulders and rested at her waist. She peered at the flowers she held in her manicured hands, her golden-brown eyes sparkling, a sweet smile tugging at the corner of her lips. Everything about this picture showed that this couple was in love and happy to say I do, not only on their wedding day, but every day they spent together thereafter.

Ah, love. Something she might never experience.

She bit her bottom lip. Would she ever meet a great guy and be blessed with a real-life happily ever after?

She reached for her cup and took a sip to the calming accompaniment of the smoothie machine.

She tapped her fingers on her computer keyboard and opened Facebook Messenger. Writing messages to her best friend, Juliana Fernandes, who worked as a writer for Bridal Mode Magazine, also soothed her nerves.

Michelle: Hey, girl. What’s up?

Juliana: Michelle, mi amiga, it’s been such a long day! Want to meet me for lunch? I could      
use a little girl talk.

Michelle: Sorry. I’m editing photos, and I’m on deadline.

Juliana: Oh yes, my lovely friend the wedding photographer who’s all work and no play.

Michelle: What do you mean?

Juliana: You never make time for fun.

Michelle: Yeah, I do. I meet up with you, and we go shopping and for coffee.

Juliana: Yes, and I love our time together, but girl, you need to meet a man and go out on a   
date, several dates, with several eligible bachelors. I could find one for you. I meet plenty in
my line of work.

Michelle: Aren’t most of those men you interview getting married?

Juliana: Oh yeah, that’s right. L But they have brothers, cousins and friends! Amiga, I could
totally hook you up!

Michelle: Lol. Thanks, but no thanks. God is my matchmaker.

Juliana: Yeah? Well, sometimes God uses good friends like me to pull the strings.

Michelle: Sorry to cut this short, but I need to get back to work.

Juliana: And then you do that.

Michelle: Do what?

Juliana: When I get too close to the truth, you end the conversation.

Michelle: Jules, you’re taking this way too personal.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find everything about me as a creative professional on my official website, https://alexisagoring.jimdo.com.

Thanks for the interview, Lena!

And thank you, Alexis, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it, and I’m sure they are, too.

Readers, here is a link to the book.
Love in Pictures

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Monday, November 26, 2018

EMERGENCY CASE - Richard L Mabry, MD - One Free Book


Dear Readers, if you love medical romantic suspense, you’ll like this new book from Richard L Mabry, MD. His stories are always so authentic to current medical practices.

Welcome back, Richard. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I wanted to publish a “Christmas” type of story but couldn’t come up with a Christmas-themed book that fit into the genre in which I’m comfortable—medical thrillers. Then, while backing out of our driveway one morning, I idly wondered what a woman would do if, fresh from an argument with her husband, her car hit a bump which turned out to be the body of his most recent client. Add a bit of snow on the ground (partially covering the body), set the story in the Christmas season, and I had the beginnings of Emergency Case.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I suppose I’d invite Candace Calvert and Jordyn Redwood, so that there’d be someone to talk medicine with. I can’t forget DiAnn Mills and Susan Sleeman who bring romantic suspense to the table. And, since I want the conversation to be spirited, I’d round out the party with James Scott Bell and Randy Ingermanson. How’s that for a mix? (And I could add more, but we’ll stop at six).

I would love to be at a party with all six of those authors. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Confession time—I don’t read much Christian historical fiction, so I haven’t read books by all these authors, but I know they’re good writers. Let’s start with Francine Rivers, the admitted queen of Christian historical fiction. Then I’d add Kristy Cambron, Kim Sawyer, and Robin Hatcher. And to round out the six, how about Mary Connealy and Lauraine Snelling? That should give us some lively conversation. (If I’ve left you out, please forgive me—there are too many who are at the top of their game when it comes to writing in this genre).

That would be a fun party, too. I love books by all of those authors. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
It’s not running out of ideas (which many people think would be a problem). It’s being content with my situation. I’ve moved from being contracted by a traditional publisher to indie-publishing. I won’t go into the causes of that move, but let me say that—as I try to juggle all the parts about writing, editing, cover, marketing, etc. — I look across the fence and think that the grass might be greener on the other side. But I’ve been on both sides of that fence, and they each have their good and bad points. As one very wise individual puts it, the reason we often struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

So true. Tell us about the featured book.
I suppose the best thing I can do is give you the back cover copy for Emergency Case.

The relationship between Dr. Kelly Irving and her husband, attorney Jack Harbaugh, has cooled recently, but she figures they’ll muddle through and repair it. Then when she backs down her driveway, her car hits a bump that turns out to be the partially snow-covered body of a man her husband recently represented. Not only that, the gun that killed him belongs to Jack, who seems to be the primary suspect.

As events escalate, Kelly can’t decide if her husband is a murderer or the next victim. Eventually, they must put their marital differences aside to find the person masterminding the syndicate behind all this, while trying to keep Jack alive.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Jack Harbaugh sat at his mahogany desk scribbling notes on a yellow pad, several law books open beside him. This was a particularly ticklish tax case, and he’d promised his CPA friend to have an interpretation soon. He was at a critical point when his secretary’s voice over the intercom interrupted him.

“Mr. Alba is here.”

Mr. Alba? Then Jack remembered. This was the case he didn’t want to take. But he’d allowed himself to be pressured.

Jack redid the top button of his dress shirt and cinched his tie. “Send him in,” Jack said.

The man who entered his office was, at first glance, the type of individual that Jack and his partners cultivated as clients. His dark hair appeared freshly cut and styled, his clean-shaven jaw bore not a trace of five o’clock shadow, his suit draped perfectly to conceal a stocky frame, and his white shirt fairly gleamed. But then Jack reached Alba’s eyes, and that gave him all the judgment he needed. He had seen eyes like that only once before—in a criminal who was amoral to the point of having no concern for others, including their life.

Jack stood but didn’t extend his hand. Instead, he gestured toward one of the two client chairs across from his desk. Alba didn’t seem upset by Jack’s failure to shake hands. He nodded, seated himself, crossed his legs, and looked directly at the attorney. “What do you want to know about the case?”

 “First, let’s get some things settled.” Jack resumed his chair and opened the center drawer of his desk. He pulled out a contract of representation and shoved it toward Alba. “Read this. Then, if you want me to represent you, sign it.”
 
Alba scribbled his signature without reading the document. Then he pulled a fat envelope from his shirt pocket and put it atop the contract. “Here’s the fee…in cash, just as you were promised.” He held up his hand. “And I won’t need a receipt.”

“Whether you want one or not, I’m going to note that I’ve been paid, and report this as income.” Jack put the envelope, still unopened, into his drawer along with the signed contract. “Now tell me about the traffic stop and the ticket that came afterward.”

The story was pretty much what Jack had already heard.  Alba was pulled over because he fit the description of a man the police were looking for. There was no other reason for the stop, although that point was arguable. What was clear to Jack, however, was there was no legal justification for the search of Alba’s car, a search that turned up a small amount of marijuana in the glove compartment.

When Jack had enough details, he nodded. “We should be able to get you off. Maybe a fine, but I doubt even that.” His mind went back to what he’d been told previously. Supposedly, this was a “slam-dunk.” He wondered if that was because the fix was already in with the judge. Whether it was or not, he’d do his best. That was what he was being paid handsomely for.

“You really need to get this case dismissed,” Alba said.

“I’m pretty sure we can do that,” Jack responded. “Trust me.”

“I mean, I need to be free, so I can complete the gun buy scheduled for a few days after my court date.”

Interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I post on my blog twice a week. I also have a web page and can be found on Facebook and Twitter  as well as on Goodreads.

Thanks for having me, Lena. And I hope your readers enjoy Emergency Case.

Thank you, Richard, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

WINNERS!!!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

THE DISAPPEARING SHIP (The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection) - Lena Nelson Dooley - One Free Book


This is the last of the novellas in this collection. I really loved writing it.

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I first started writing Christian Romance, so my daughters would have books to read. I loved reading romance stories, but they were having more and more things in the that I didn’t like reading and didn’t want junior high aged daughters to read them.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I hoped I haven’t lived it yet. But there have been many super happy days. Like when my husband and I were married, when each daughter was born, and when each of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren was born. There have been many super happy days in my writing life. When I signed my first contract. When I first won major award. When I first hit a major bestseller list.

How has being published changed your life?
It helped me discover my God-given destiny. I could never read a book the same after that. I’ve gone places I’d never have gone before. I’ve met hundreds of wonderful authors, editors, and publishers. It totally broadened my horizons.

What are you reading right now?
North by Starlight by Diane and David Munson.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m researching a book set in the panhandle of Texas in 1913. I don’t have a title yet. And after that, I’ll be researching a book about a Widow Gold Digger.

What would be your dream vacation?
James and I would really love to go to Hawaii. And I’ve dreamed for years about going to Australia.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Often the story idea comes with the setting attached. Sometimes, a publisher requests a particular setting.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Mine is two people—George and Laura Bush. I believe God chose them specifically to be our first family when 9-11 happened. I’d love to visit the ranch near Crawford, Texas, while discuss his work with wounded warriors.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Over the years, I’ve had a lot of hobbies, but not so much now. I spend time with family and with friends a lot.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write. Connect with other authors. Write. Read a lot. Write.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Disappearing Ship a novella in The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection is a mystery that draws two people together in an unusual way.

Please give us the first page of the book.
1902, Upper Michigan
Early Summer
Defeated.
The word drummed through Norma Kimbell’s head as she gazed out at the pine forest rushing by the window in a blur. Riding the train always felt as if life were passing her by without noticing her. Despondency clung to her weighing her down like the heavy woolen robe, packed in her trunk in the baggage car, did in the long winter months. Sometimes they went for days without seeing even a peek of the sun.

That’s what she needed right now, to know the sun was shining on her. But how could she believe it? She had failed at the only thing she ever wanted to do with her life. Papa had encouraged her to follow her heart.

After Papa died, she’d spent several years living at the Whitefish Point lighthouse with her uncle and aunt. Because of her inheritance, she’d been able to pursue her dreams. Dreams of being a doctor. She knew it would be hard, but some medical schools accepted a woman or two, and she’d enrolled.

When she graduated at the top of her class, Uncle Charles contacted a friend, who was a doctor in a needy area of Chicago. He’d agreed she could be a part of his practice. After all, he’d needed all the help he could get. But now she was returning to Whitefish Point a complete failure.

Tears filled her eyes, blurring the landscape even more, like one of those impressionist paintings she’d seen in the museum she often visited on her one day off per week. Before she could control them, they leaked down her cheeks. She grabbed a hanky from her lady’s carpetbag and dabbed at her eyes, trying to stem the flow.

“Are you all right, Miss?” The conductor’s gentle bass voice interrupted her thoughts.

She glanced up and gave him a quick nod. “I’m fine.” At least her words hadn’t trembled or revealed just how much she wasn’t “all right.”

After lingering a moment, the man headed farther down the railroad car, checking on other passengers. Norma was so glad the train wasn’t crowded. She wanted to sit as far away from other people as possible. She wouldn’t have been able to carry on a conversation without sobbing. Being by herself was better.

As the train began to slow when they reached the outskirts of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Norma grabbed another hanky and mopped up the rest of the mess from her face. She took a deep breath. Soon they would pull into the railway station. She faced many more miles before she’d reach the Whitefish Point lighthouse and feel her aunt’s arms around her. She needed that hug so much.

But she dreaded seeing Uncle Charles and the disappointment in his eyes. She’d done her best. Her failure wasn’t her fault. But none of the patients wanted a woman doctor treating them. She could understand men feeling that way. But the women? Why didn’t they want her? Much medical treatment dealt with intimate exploration of the patient’s body. She would much rather have a woman examine her, but not a single one of the women who came to the clinic wanted to be seen by her. She was just a glorified nurse for the physician. It wasn’t his fault or hers. Women doctors all over the country were facing the same situation. She’d heard of a few physicians out in the far west, where male doctors were scarce, who experienced success. If someone needed a medical help, and the only one close enough to reach was a woman, they used her. Maybe she should have gone west, instead of staying in Chicago.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Blogtalk Radio, The Lena Nelson Dooley Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/along-came-a-writer/

Readers, I hope you’ll enjoy reading my story, and the others in the collection, as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Here are links to the book.

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