Happy Wednesday, Reader Friends!!
I pray you're having a great week! Hopefully, you're experiencing some spring like weather in your neck of the woods.
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Blessings to you!
Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!!
I hope you're week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by to check out the Interview with Ann Marie Bryan. She's talking about her upcoming release, A Place for my Heart. It releases March 30th, so be sure to follow Ms. Bryan on social media to get the link. Let's get started!
About the Book
From the back cover:
"Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.
When Chandler Peynard staggered into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he was desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he erects barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.
Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hadn’t
given up on finding love. Still, she was caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more– a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.
Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing
choice. However, complication is inevitable when the past he’d long thought was buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given
anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and
embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.
In a season that brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?"
Purchase link: Coming soon
Thank you so much for joining me today. I’m excited to talk about your upcoming release, A Place for My Heart. Chandler and Sabrina seemed to be total opposites. What made you create them this way?
Yes, they are total opposites. It is more exciting to write about two people who are total opposites, because I have to take them out of their comfort zones and also find the common thread that will create harmony between them. In all of this, the characters have to remain true to their personalities yet be open enough to try and understand each other. The lessons learned are priceless.
Ah, lessons learned! I can't wait to see what they go through. What was the hardest scene to write in A Place for My Heart?
The hardest scene to write was the proposal, mainly because I did not want it to be the usual. I wanted the protagonist to propose in a way that was thoughtful and innovative. He had wined and dined her, and she was captivated by his love. Nevertheless, I wanted her to be blown away by his proposal.
I absolutely adore proposal scenes in books. You've definitely piqued my interest. Do you base any of your characters on real people?
No. However, Sabrina Benjamin has some of my personality traits. She loves the Lord and she is about living her life to the fullest in Jesus Christ. She is not afraid to love, but she knows that boundaries need to be established in a relationship. In addition, she is not afraid to speak her mind in a tactful way. She has learned to place her confidence in God because He will keep His promises.
And won't He! So thankful for that. Let's talk about the beginning of your writing days. If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
Writing a book was not on my list of things to do. In light of that, my advice to my younger writing self would be - You are a writer. God gave you the ability to write. Your writing will bless more people than you can imagine, so keep writing. God takes you out of your comfort zone to stretch you and show you that you can accomplish far more than you think. He blesses you so that you can empower others.
Amen! Sometimes stretching can be uncomfortable, but I've always learned something from the process. What are three elements that are always present in your writing?
The three elements that are always present in my writing are a central theme, a major event that has changed the protagonist’s life (the character’s story), and conflict.
The central theme in A Place For My Heart is God’s grace. Grace is God’s gift to us. No matter who we are, we can be beneficiaries of God’s unlimited grace through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ transforms lives and brings hope in the midst of despair.
The protagonist’s story is vital. The occurrence of a major event in the life of a protagonist will show his/her true nature. A Place For My Heart focuses on the transformation of the protagonist as he deals with an event.
Conflicts move the plot forward in A Place For My Heart. In the story, conflict is unavoidable because two people who cannot stay away from each other, refuses to acknowledge that they are in love. In a season that brought so many changes in their lives, they must find the strength to take a chance at life and love.
Wonderful elements! What is next in your writing journey?
Currently, I am planning to write the fourth book in the “Encounters of the Heart” series. This novel will detail the story of Tyler and Madison. It will be released in early 2018.
I am excited about my writing journey, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others. I believe in working together, the exchanging of ideas and sharing of resources, so I hope that my writing journey takes me all over the world to share at conferences, seminars and workshops.
Fantastic! I'll be praying for you on your writing journey. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to answer the questions. Readers, do you have any questions for Ms. Bryan?
About the Author
Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.
A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Shades of the Heart is the first book in her bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series. Book 2 - Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire was released February 2016. Her new release, A Place For My Heart, is the highly anticipated third installment in the series.
Ann Marie's greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.
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Happy Monday, Reader Friends!!
I'm kicking off the week with a review of Terri Blackstock's If I'm Found. It is Book in the If I Run series. To see my review of book 1, go here. Have you read it? If not, be sure to move it to #1 in your TBR pile!
About the Book
The Blurb: "Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormentors. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.
In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?"
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This book has all things awesome in it! I was so excited to continue Casey Cox's story. Opening this book was like revisiting a friend to make sure she was all right and I wasn't disappointed.
Casey runs, making sure her tracks are covered so that she won't be found. She makes friends, lives a relatively normal life all things considering. And it's enough to tear you apart with tension!
I loved getting to learn about Dylan more this go around. He's definitely inching his way up as one of my favorite heroes. Plus, the romance factor kicked in and I loved it!
This book had me biting my nails, sighing with happiness, and crying in shock. Ms. Blackstock made me experience all the emotions necessary in a romantic suspense. I cannot WAIT until book 3 comes out.
* I give this a 5 out of 5!
**I received an ARC through Netgalley. This review is my own, honest opinion.
About the Author
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots while challenging her readers. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
“Blackstock is absolutely masterful at bringing spiritual dilemmas to the surface and allowing readers to wrestle with them alongside her characters.” Romantic Times, Melissa Parcel
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Happy St. Patrick's Day, Reader Friends!!
I had a week filled with snow, so I'm glad to see Friday ride in on stack of books. My author friends have sent me their book info for Friday's Freebies, Sales, Releases, Giveaways & Facebook Parties. I know you're going to love it. Seriously, who doesn't love books?!
Caryl McAdoo's Sins of the Mother
This eBook is FREE!
The Blurb: "Blind love propels Mary Rachel to defy her father and elope to California with Caleb Wheeler where betrayal and murder drive her to despair. Who will ever love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her from the pit she’s dug for herself? An unforgettable Christian romance!"
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Elizabeth Maddrey's Kinsale Kisses
Ebook is on sale for 99¢!
The Blurb: "She wants stability. He wants spontaneity. What they need is each other. Travel to Ireland and fall in love with Colin and Rachel."
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Marion Ueckermann's Spring's Promise
Check out this eBook for 99¢!
The Blurb: "1972. Every day in Belfast, Northern Ireland, holds risk, especially for the mayor’s daughter. But Dr. Olivia O'Hare has a heart for people and chooses to work on the wrong side of the city.
When blue-collar worker Ryann Doyle’s brother kidnaps the Lord Mayor of Belfast’s daughter, Ryann has to find a way to rescue the dark-haired beauty, though it means turning his back on his own flesh and blood for someone he’d just met."
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Cynthia L. Simmons' Pursuing Gold
Ms. Simmons has a new release!
The Blurb: "Peter and Mary Beth must Pursue Gold to save their Confederate bank. Someone is counterfeiting money against their bank, which could cause the bank to close. As the struggle, they learn to pursue God for hope and peace."
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Elizabeth Maddrey's Muffins & Moonbeams
Ms. Maddrey has an Arcadia Valley romance release!
The Blurb: "Past hurts and insecurity mean they both prefer the background, but a chance at love shines a light too bright to escape."
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Alison M. Tomlinson's An Untimely Birth
Ms. Tomlinson has a new release!
The Blurb: "Nineteen-year old Beckie is heavily pregnant when her newly-converted Christian boyfriend, Julian, confesses he slept with a prostitute and is now HIV-positive. The hospital consultant says the baby’s best chance of survival is an emergency caesarean followed by immediate ARV (anti-retroviral therapy). Just before Beckie goes under anaesthetic, Julian asks the Lord to show her the best way to save baby Daisy. Beckie goes to sleep and wakes up in Classical Greece."
Purchase: Amazon, B&N
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Cindy M. Amos' Secondhand Flower Stand
Ms. Amos has a new release!
The Blurb: "Rellie Lassiter arrives in Mount Hope for her aunt’s knee surgery and discovers an unkempt flower garden out back. Neighboring rancher Trevor Garner doesn’t welcome feminine company—pretty or otherwise. When these secondhand blooms launch a battle of bruised versus bitter, it will take hail-fire and brimstone to make them see eye to eye. Count on the tempestuous Kansas weather to set the mood as Rellie’s flower stand unveils resolution to lend healing…and then some."
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Lillian Duncan's Broken Trust
Happy Release Day!!
Snippet of the Blurb: "Chryssie Mason longs to soar like a butterfly, but a lifetime of bad choices has kept her in the caterpillar stage. After years of struggling, her dreams are finally within her grasp. Her only goal is to graduate from nursing school so she can have a better life—so she can morph into a butterfly. With her final exam only days away, she witnesses a murder. A butterfly would call the police, but she decides to take the easy way out…once again..."
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Cindy M. Amos' Lifting Lock Runner
Ms. Amos has a release coming in April!
The Blurb: "Keeper Fallon McKenzie admires a handsome rescuer’s level head when tragedy strikes in a flooding lock. A shared cruise on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee hints toward romance as Court Reynolds, owner of Bait Crate shop, enjoys her companionship. A connector in his coastal community, Court feels the time-worn ties begin to fray. Can hosting corporate fishing frolics inland offer the change of scenery Court needs? A heartfelt lift would be an improvement…and Fallon is in the perfect business."
Purchase: Coming soon
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Jo Huddleston's Weekly Giveaway
Author Jo Huddleston is hosting a giveaway for Cecelia Dowdy's Sweet Dreams. You can enter HERE until March 21st for a chance to win.
Snippet of the Blurb: "Misty Stewart found Christ shortly after the birth of her baby, causing her to make drastic changes in her life. Short-tempered and street-smart, she realizes being around her un-saved, dysfunctional family is draining her, so she feels the Lord wants her to distance herself from her relatives. She hopes this distance from her family will allow her to deepen her faith, making it possible for her to raise her two-year-old daughter, Jennifer, in a better environment."
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Girl's Night Facebook Party
Join Nicole Deese, Melanie D. Snitcker, Melissa Tagg and Crystal Walton's Facebook party. You can RSVP here to attend the party on 3/20 at 7pm CDT!
Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!!
Thanks for stopping by to check out this Thurday's Throwback Feature Novel, The Bargain, by Vanessa Riley. This novel takes us back to 2015. Have you read it? If not, the first episode is FREE on ebooks. Plus, Ms. Riley is offering a giveaaway. Check out the details below.
About the Book
The Blurb: "Coming to London has given Precious Jewell a taste of freedom, and she will do anything, bear anything, to keep it. Defying her master is at the top of her mind, and she won’t let his unnerving charm sway her. Yet, will her restored courage lead her to forsake a debt owed to the grave and a child who is as dear to her as her own flesh?
Gareth Conroy, the third Baron Welling, can neither abandon his upcoming duty to lead the fledgling colony of Port Elizabeth, South Africa nor find the strength to be a good father to his heir. Every look at the boy reminds him of the loss of his wife. Guilt over her death plagues his sleep, particularly when he returns to London. Perhaps the spirit and fine eyes of her lady’s maid, Precious Jewell, might offer the beleaguered baron a new reason to dream."
Author's note: The Bargain is a serialized story or soap opera told in episodes. Each episode averages from three to eight chapters, about 15,000 to 30,000 words. Each episode resolves one issue. Emotional cliffhangers may be offered, but the plot, the action of the episode, will be complete in resolving the main issue. My promise to you is that the action will be compelling, and I will tell you in the forward the length of the episode. This episode, Episode IV, is nine chapters long, 32,000 words. There are 4 episodes total for Season 1. Enjoy these Regency Tales set in South Africa. --Vanessa Riley
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About the Author
Vanessa Riley worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse peoples to her stories. Since she was seventeen, Vanessa has won awards for her writing and is currently working on two series. She lives in Atlanta with her military man hubby and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
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Ms. Riley is giving away an eBook OR paperback copy of the complete series of The Bargain (U.S. only). Leave a comment by 3/22/17 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. I will use a random generator to pick a winner on 3/23/17 (be sure to come back and check if you won). To enter leave a comment answering the sentence: My favorite regency era novel is....
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