There are several more books I hope to write including another book for the Blushing Brides Series, but once Lawfully Vindicated releases, God willing, my release schedule will slow down until winter.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Joe, is a carpenter. He is a blessing from God. Our son is in the Army and stationed in
His family is down there with him, so we don’t get to see much of our grandchildren
and have to make-do with Facetime for watching them grow. San Antonio
I’m also blessed to be from a large family and extended family. I recently returned from a girls weekend with my sisters, an aunt (my age), and my mom. It was a blast, and I even made time to take a walk on the beach and have some alone time with God.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes. I don’t have the time to spend reading that I once did, so I gravitate toward shorter books. I also notice mistakes that I never would’ve picked up on before I started writing. Being unable to turn off my inner editor takes some of the enjoyment out of reading.
I frequently read trade books now, so that takes up time that used to be devoted to pleasure reading, but I still love reading, even though it’ll never be the same as it once was.
I understand that. If a story takes me out of inner-edit mode, I know it’s a very good book. What are you working on right now?
Lawfully Vindicated. It’s a historical western romance partially based on a true story of a
is arrested after shooting a former justice while on duty. The research for
this one is quite interesting. US
What outside interests do you have?
Mostly our goat farm. I enjoy the time I spend with our livestock, and our livestock guardian dog, Sadie. Bird watching is a pleasure, also.
For a long time, I enjoyed being in the church choir. I learned how to play piano and really enjoy it (though I still consider myself a beginner).
How do you choose your settings for each book?
It depends. Mostly, I like writing about the area where I live, since I know it best, but in the case of my current WIP, it’s a historical and the events I’m fictionalizing took place in 1889
so I set my novella there. California
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Most of the time someone asks this question, they exclude Jesus. I’m glad you didn’t. I would choose Him. I’d like to sit at the Master’s feet like Mary did, and soak up everything He has to teach me.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Point-of-view. I wish I had understood it better. My debut novel had too many point-of-view characters, and although it added a unique element to the story, I wonder if it might’ve been better served by limiting them.
I think POV is hard for every author early in their career. I know it wasn’t until about the third book that I totally understood. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
That sometimes we think a matter is concluded, but if we haven’t talked it over with Him, it’s not finished. I listened to a David Peacock sermon on Sermon Audio tonight after hearing a sermon from our local preacher on the same subject on Sunday morning. Whenever that happens, I know there is something in it that God wants to make sure I understand clearly.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Learn the craft.
Tell us about the featured book.
Lawfully Guarded was my first Billionaire romance. It’s a novella and I’ll give you a hint: the guy isn’t the billionaire. It was fun to write Delaney as she starts off a selfish spoiled brat, but opportunities abound for her to grow and learn about real life, love, relationships, and most importantly, God.
I could tell from the cover that he wasn’t the hero. Please give us the first page of the book.
When Alexander Whitaker’s office door opened, Trenton Prescott turned his back on the spectacular view of the
to face the woman entering the room. Her thick brown hair spilled down her back
in waves, skimming her waistline. The picture he’d been sent of her didn’t do
Interest sparked in her dark eyes as she looked him up and down. The mini dress she wore showed off her shapely legs, and he fought to keep his gaze on her face.
Delaney Whitaker lowered herself into the chair facing her father’s mahogany desk. “What was it you wanted, Daddy?”
“I’d like you to meet Trenton Prescott of Garrison Security.”
She turned and appraised him once more before offering her hand, which he shook. “Charmed, I’m sure.”
Mr. Whitaker scowled at her. “
will be your bodyguard until such time when Courtney is safely returned home
and I determine that the danger is past.” Trent
The woman sneered. “I will not be followed around like a child with a nanny.”
“You will do exactly what you’re told if you’d like to stay in my good graces, my dear.” He leaned back in his chair, turning his stare from Delaney back to
“Thank you for getting here so quickly. I appreciate everything Garrison
Security is doing to help us during this difficult time.” Trent
“Glad to be of service, sir.”
stood. “If we’re about done here, I’d like to get going.” Trent
“I think we’ve covered everything,” Mr. Whitaker stood and gave
a firm handshake. Trent
The young woman rose to her feet, and the older man kissed the top of his daughters head, saluted
and left him to face his surly client. Trent
“Well, come on then.” Delaney held the door open. “I’ll get the staff to ready a room for you.”
“We’re not staying here.” He brushed past her, and the sweet smell of jasmine tickled his nose.
“I’m not leaving home.”
He turned to face her. “You don’t have a say in the matter, princess. Your father and I worked out the details.” He grinned. “You’re not safe. Not even in your daddy’s Bel Air mansion.”
“We have excellent security.”
“Yes. So excellent someone managed to get around security, turn off all the cameras, and kidnap your sister.”
“My sister is a nitwit.”
“Even so, you’re coming with me.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/ellekay
Thank you, Elle, for sharing this book with my readers and me. I’m eager to read it.
Readers, here’s a link to the book.Lawfully Guarded: Inspirational Christian Contemporary: A Billionaire Bodyguard Lawkeeper Romance (The Lawkeepers)
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