Danger, a Big Dog, and Bombs! Oh, my!

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I’m reminded of this song I used to sing in Sunday School, but sing “I’m on The King’s Highway”!

Debut Days never get old! October 1, 2015 brings a new series and book number ten that I’ve released in 2015; available in print or eBook formats!

The King’s Highway is book one of a new trilogy –Days of Dread–by Christian author Caryl McAdoo. Classified as a mid-grade dystopia, it’s written to bolster the faith of young believers that in all circumstances, God is with them and watching over them and will keep, guide and provide for them through the terrible days such as the world has never known.

This is a story of survival. It’s…well here, rather than me telling you, let me share a review or four 🙂

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The King’s Highway is a C. S. Lewis-type story, using symbolisms of the Bible. I loved the book! Loved the characters’ personalities! It held my interest, and I didn’t want to proof, just to read for enjoyment. It has just enough building to the climaxes with their adventure along the King’s Highway, with added depth that keeps the reader pondering about God, Jesus, and angels.   –Lenda Selph, a New Boston, Texas proofreader and lover of good books

Christian fictionOh my dear Caryl!! Thank you so much for sending me a copy of The King’s Highway!  As you know I devour books and I can’t remember when I have enjoyed reading one as much as this one.  If I really like a book, I can read it in a day. I read this book twice in two days. I couldn’t quit reading.  It has to be right up there with my all-time favorite books.  If anyone is thinking they won’t read this book because it is labeled mid-grade, I would encourage them to reconsider.  You will miss a blessing. Anyone who is reading age from the mid grades to senior citizens (that’s me) will love this book. The characters in the book are delightful.  I was right in the story with them following them all the way from their home in Irving to Red River County, anticipating every danger.  A fun, fun book!!    –Louise Koiner, a Clarksville, Texas beta reader 

Christian fiction“The King’s Highway” by Caryl McAdoo begins with a normal morning for three school age children. As their mother leaves for work and they get ready to head off to school, the unthinkable happens throwing their world into a tailspin like a jumbo jet falling from the sky. Assisted by a dog and an old man, the three siblings seek safety with relatives in the country. As their two week journey takes them through experiences no children should encounter, they begin to wonder if they will make it to their destination. After recent events, is there no safe place left on earth?                         This first novel in the Days of Dread Trilogy fits the mid-grade classification in that the chief characters are mid-grade children. It is so much more than a dystopian story since it fits so well into the quest genre. Just as C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” are much more children’s novels in that they are dearly loved and read by adults worldwide, even so “The King’s Highway” takes the adult reader hostage and keeps them enthralled to the very end, a point when they will want more story.                                                                                                                                    This book is so well written and edited that the critical eye of this reviewer found not one typo or mistake. For sure, every detail in the world Caryl McAdoo depicts fits perfectly with the projected future environment after another world war. It is to be dearly hoped that the author isn’t being prophetic in the scenario depicted in this book. Here’s looking forward to the next book “The Sixth Trumpet” due out hopefully before the Lord returns. I read this story in an advanced reader copy and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  –Cassandra Wessel, multi-published author and avid reader

Christian fictionI loved the story! The Kings Highway is an extraordinary view of how one teen reacts when placed with the responsibility of caring for his siblings as all chaos breaks lose in his town. Airplanes have fallen out of the sky and all electrical usage is no longer available. Jackson is left with no other choice than to travel with his siblings from their apartment to the grandparents’ house over 100 miles away. Jackson, questions his beliefs due to the events that take place. Loved the storyline! The book will keep you intrigued up until the last page and excited for the next book to come out.  This series is unique, creative and well thought out.        –J. Raymond, a Jackson, Michigan reader

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Jackson watched him disappear then turned his attention to Al. “So, what’s your story? You a pampered rich kid or what?”

The guy ducked his head then lifted one shoulder in a rather half hearted gesture. “Others might enlist me into such a category during earlier times, but any pampering or wealth unquestionably vanished five days ago with the EMP.”

McKenzie almost choked, coughing and gagging. “The what? Are you saying that you know what happened?”

“Yes, ma’am, certainly. In my estimation, an EMP is the only logical explanation as to why everything electronic ceased to function at precisely the same time.”

Cooper held his head back, mouth wide, ketchup packet open and hanging over his pie hole. “What’s empty got to do with anything?” He then squeezed the whole packet of red condiment, and it dropped in globs between his lips. He then tossed in a sardine.

Al put on quite a superior I-can’t-believe-you-didn’t-get-it expression. “Cooper, E-M-P. You know. It’s Starfish Prime all over again.”

Right back, McKenzie gave him one of those stop-being-a-smart-alec looks Jackson knew so well. “Good grief, lighten up, Einstein. He’s only nine! Now how about you tell us exactly what you’re talking about. Except this time, leave out the riddles and sea creatures. What do those initials stand for?”

“Acronym. They’re an acronym for Electromagnetic Pulse. Someone must have set off a nuclear explosion high in the atmosphere, probably somewhere over Kansas—at least that’s the logical place. I can only presume the outage extends coast to coast. Nothing else makes sense.”

I just know you’re going to fall in love with the dog, a Great Pyrenees named Boggs who loves the siblings running for their lives. Jackson (15), McKenzie (13) and Cooper (9) are on foot, traveling from their home in Irving, Texas to their grandparents’ in Northeast Texas. They pickup a few extra travelers on their way. I hope you love them all! 

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Blessed and Highly Favored lady!

BIO: Award winning author debuts her new Christian mid-grade, book one in the Days of Dread Trilogy THE KING’S HIGHWAY. The prolific, bestselling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved her to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. She and Ron live in Clarksville, Texas with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

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New Debut for You from McAdoo!

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It just never gets old.

The historical Christian Texas Romance series is my favorite!

And it certainly is mine, too! That makes the celebration for DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART all the more boisterous! You’ve seen the cover, but here it is again, because I just love looking at it and figure you will, too 🙂

Absolutely love this cover…from first glimpse to now. Just love the looks on the girls’ faces. I want to get to know them. Can you tell us a little bit about Daughters of the Heart and the lovely girls on the book cover? 

01 Front - DaughtersSure, I’d love to. All of the girls are beautiful and smart as whips, too. They love God and never want to break their daddy’s heart like their big sister did two years ago when she ran off and eloped–plus he was right all along about that no-good Caleb Wheeler!

So the three girls, Gwendolyn, eighteen, Cecelia, seventeen, and Bonnie, twelve going on twenty–make a pact. They promise to abide by Daddy’s rules and whatever he says. A noble treaty, right?

Sounds like a sweet plot so far.

But when suitors start calling, it becomes very hard to keep their word to each other. He’s so strict, and his rules are worse than ridiculous! And worst of all, the one person who could help, who wields any influence over him, who should understand better than anyone and be on the righteous side of their gender…isn’t! 

Gwendolyn  Belle instigated the Sister Pact, but before Clay Briggs even Gwendolyngets to asking for permission to court her, Daddy sends him packing. Said her beau needed to have a closer relationship with God! That they weren’t a good match! How did he know? And who was he to judge Clay’s standing with God. Wasn’t that a personal issue?

The young man from California who came to build Daddy a steam engine for the sawmill seemed to be interested, but still, her heart almost broke watching Clay ride off. They’d been good friends forever, and none of the Briggs boys were hard on the eyes. 

And then–would miracles never cease?–a new man showed up at the Buckmeyer door, one she didn’t know, but handsome enough…older than Clay…a bit of a dandy all dressed to the hilt. Perhaps her Daddy had been wise all along.

CeceliaAnd the plot thickens…What about the other girls?

Cecelia Carol set about making this new man love her and realize she was the sister for him, but he kept paying her older sister all the attention…the only one old enough to court at all according to their pigheaded father!

Daydreams and night dreams only confirm to CeCe that he’s the one, but she has almost a whole year to wait before Daddy will even allow him to ask to court her. By then, he’d surely chose her sister or be gone back home, and she’d probably never see him again.

Oh, now. Sounds like trouble for Daddy! What is CeCe going to do? 

Something drastic to make him see. She schemes and plots and births a plan to get him alone so she can talk with him. Make her love understand that she is worth waiting for. Then Daddy made his plans to be gone overnight with the timber man. Suddenly. it was her only chance!

Poor Henry. He’s got his hands full with his daughters. What about the youngest? 

Bonnie Claire hated being the youngest; she just hated it, truly! It wasn’t Bonniefair that Daddy sent Clay Briggs back home when he was probably the best catch in Red River County, he’d broken Gwen’s heart. It wasn’t fair! He shouldn’t get to choose. He was only a stubborn old man. What did he know?

While her big sisters spent their time planning and crying and trying to talk Mama May into helping them, Bonnie filled her piggy bank serving as a chaperone because they weren’t allowed to ever be alone with any of the three handsome young men who all of a sudden practically lived at her home.

Lol. We used to do that with our youngest. Does Bonnie Claire do her duty? 

Well…it wasn’t long at all before she figured out that one of them–the best one by far–was sweet on her. After all, when her ungrateful sisters spoke in a mean tone just because she asked a pertinent question, he took up for her. He’d even winked at her. He must love her! Would daddy ever even think about lowering his courting age to where she could be available to her soulmate, her one true love for life?

Lol. Daughters of the Heart sounds amazing! When did you start with this series?

The Texas Romances started only eighteen months earlier with book one, VOW UNBROKENDAUGHTERS OF THE HEART is book five in the series and the fourth title I’ve published as an Indie (independent author–without a publishing company). My first, book two, HEARTS STOLEN debuted in September a year ago, followed by book three HOPE REBORN and book 4 SINS OF THE MOTHERS; that’s four in one year’s time.

So, how is Daughters of the Heart doing in the midst of all these releases?

Reports are already coming in that DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART is the best yet out of the series. That is so exciting to hear, because each one of these stories is quite different from the last, and I always wonder how readers will react.

As many reviewers have said, they don’t have to be read in order as each book is a stand alone story, but… you’ll enjoy them even more if you’ve read the previous stories.

I’m so impressed. What about the future plans?

Plans are to debut book six JUST KIN–that I wrote ‘The End’ on yesterday–in January; then the following May, AT LIBERTY TO LOVE; and book eight THE BEDWARMER’S SON in September 2016.

Thanks for sharing your new releases with India’s Crown!

I want to thank you for supporting me, Holly and being my sister-friend. I love you.  And I also want to thank all my readers for purchasing my books and telling your friends–for reading and reviewing the Texas Romance series, and sharing, commenting and liking Facebook posts. You ought to pick up The Generations Biblical fiction volumes and the contemporary Red River Romances, too. You’re sure to fall in love with those characters as well.

Love and blessings, y’all!

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Under The Silk Hibiscus

Alice Wisler! Welcome to India’s Crown. Yes, indeed! We’re so glad to have you! It’s Caryl in green 🙂  I’ve been checking out your book for some time, mostly due to the international setting. You lived in Japan as a missionary child, right?

Thank you for having me here and yes, I did.

Did your life abroad at a young age affect your decision to become a writer?

It might have, given the warm, welcoming environment. From the time I was six in red tights and a plaid skirt riding the train to school in Kyoto, Japan, I knew I wanted to be an author. I wrote little stapled stories and gave them to my first grade teacher, Miss Terwilliger. She loved them and had me read my tales to the whole class. Below, in the picture, that’s me all the way to the left with my mom. I was in kindergarten, then.

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That is so sweet! I bet those were some really amazing years. How about your life now. Do you have another job beside writing?

My husband and I have a business, Carved By Heart, where we make log cabin mailboxes, rustic clocks, customized house signs, bird feeders, frames, etc. The business keeps us busy. We have a shop on Etsy where we sell the crafted items.

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Sweet! LOVE It! Almost want to shrink and go inside for a nice writing retreat. I love it, too! Y’all are so creative! Isn’t it great how God leads us or allows us to use our gifts and imaginings to #1 have fun and #2 make dollars! We are in His image and He is the Master Creator!  Where do you write?

I like writing at the local library. But the best place to write is where there is no Internet service so I can’t keep checking my email.

Tell me about it. I force myself to set my alarm for one hour and write with absolutely no checking email or getting on to social media sites. Yes, it’s the social media, mostly Facebook that  woos me, but I consider that work, too, but still…a writer has to write! Sometimes I forget to check email. You’ve got a good idea Alice! 🙂 It’s so tempting. I agree! Do you have some advice for aspiring writers?

Don’t be afraid to spend the majority of time editing your work. And never give up.

UnderTheSilkHibiscusCoverGreat advice. Editing is so important. And so is never giving up! Now, tell us about  your book, Under The Silk Hibiscus. 

Here’s the back cover blurb:

During World War Two, Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan’s one desire is to protect the family’s gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. He fails; the watch is stolen. Struggling to make sense of his life in a bleak camp as the only responsible man of the household, Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, and the girl he loves.

Lovely. How do you suppose a reader living in a different culture—such as India—will relate to Under the Silk Hibiscus?

My novel takes place in the US, but it features the lives of Japanese-Americans who face discrimination and prejudice. I think most people can relate to being pushed aside for one reason or another or treated poorly. I grew up in Japan as a missionary kid and often felt very “different” and isolated.

I can imagine, because you were! Still what an adventure and experience! Why did you decide to write this story?

I have local friends who had relatives in internment camps in America during WWII and they have shared their stories. I wanted to convey what life was like for Japanese-Americans who were sent to camps and had to face prejudice both during and after the war.

Fascinating! Sad, but very interesting time.

Yes, and as with all my novels, I added lots of humor. Aunt Kazuko, Nathan’s aunt, is always looking for a “pep”—a bite of a cookie or something sweet to give her a little energy boost. I enjoyed creating her to take away some of the enormity of the sad situation of people being sent away from all they knew.

Good idea! Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with?

Forgiveness is important in order to fully live, no matter how badly you have been treated.

Amen!

And we like to share a couple favorite things. Caryl is the singer. Go Caryl….

Why, thank you Holly, I’d love to, of course!  ♪♫•✫♥✞ ♪ These are a few of my favorite things♪♫•✫♥✞ ♪ :

Pet?

I love boxers—the breed, that is. We have a boxer named Levi, and he’s as good looking as George Clooney.

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Maybe better looking! And, I love Boxers, too. At one time we had three boxers! They’re beautiful dogs.  Black coffee or sweet?

With cream? The more cream, the better the coffee!

And one more random question. How’d you meet your husband?

Online! We met in person six weeks later.

How fun! I love that too, and you hear it happening more and more! 🙂 I think it’s wonderful. Y’all probably don’t hear the TV commercials for FarmersOnly.com. They’re so funny – it’s a site where ranchers and farmers can meet country ladies 🙂 Thanks for sharing and now we will get to the contest. Readers must answer your question below for a chance to win a copy of your book. 

Aunt Kazuko believes everything can be solved with a cookie and some hot tea. What is your favorite snack?

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Bio: Alice J. Wisler was born and raised in Japan as a missionary kid. She is the author of Getting Out of Bed in the Morning, and five novels. Rain Song and How Sweet It Is were Christy finalists. Ever since the cancer death of her four-year-old son Daniel in 1997, she has found solace in writing from heartache and teaches Writing the Heartache workshops across the country. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and children where they have a wood carving business, Carved By Heart. Visit her website at alicewisler.com

 

 

“Replenish the Earth” Replenishes Readers with New McAdoo Material

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The Generation series grows with REPLENISH THE EARTH, the continuance of the story of Noah, the Old Testament giant right up there with Abraham, Moses, and King David–men found righteous by God. You will be on the ark with Noah and his family, wife Hattimas, sons Japheth, Ham, and Seth, and their wives Jemri, Varsi, and Mylen. You’ll work beside these eight souls and share their joys and frustrations experienced as God carried them through the epic flood.

Christian fictionAll because author Caryl McAdoo has mastered the writing techniques that puts her readers into her stories. I hear it over and again browsing her reviews. So, first welcome today, Caryl, so glad for the opportunity to share your eighth title released in this eighth month of 2015! Can you tell us how do you do it?

I love you, Holly Michael, and can’t wait to see your face at the ACFW Conference next month! (American Christian Fiction Writers) Thank you for helping me celebrate my new title. I’m so blessed to have this outlet. As to how I do it, I wonder which–take readers into stories or write a book a month? But am happy to answer both.

Well, shucks…love you, too, Cary! Tell me about the book a month first because I’m so impressed and have not been able to master that. Not. Even. Close.

The book a month became my goal as soon as Simon and Schuster released me from our contract on Vow Unbroken. I was required to wait six months after Vow’s launch before I could publish another book, but had completed four manuscripts and started several more during the almost two years from the time that contract was signed and the six-month waiting period ended. God showed me without a doubt how to keep up the momentum I’d worked so hard to established.

You submitted my name to the Christian Indie Authors (CIA)–a marvelous, helpful group of Indie authors willing to share every bit of publishing and marketing information they know with beginners. And I was off!

They are a wonderful group. 

Oh they surely are! The only way I’ve been able to keep the book-a-month schedule is because #1 God helped me – sent me a wonderful proofreader in Lenda Selph and cover artists in Kirk DouPonce (historical series) and Judy Levine (The Generations) #2 so much of the writing was already done #3 my wonderful husband (who writes, too) and cook for helping his writer-marketer wife, and #4 the afore mentioned CIA! Absolutely could not have accomplished this without any one of the above!

And immersing readers into the story?

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The Generations series, Volume 2

I believe that can be attributed first to an understanding of Point of View (POV). And that did not come easy. I think it’s one of the hardest creative fiction ‘tools’ for a writer to grasp. It means staying only in the head of one character – known as the POVC – to ‘show’ (not tell) the story as it happens, minute by minute, including the POVC’s internal reaction to what is happening. The show-don’t-tell aspect also pertains to writing in an active versus passive voice, which also helps readers to sink right into the story.

Well – so share a little with us about REPLENISH THE EARTH.        

I tried to put myself in Noah’s wife’s shoes. The Bible doesn’t say much about her, doesn’t even mention her name–my dear proofreader actually came up with Hattimas, and frankly, when I get to meet her in Heaven one day, I’ll be so surprised if that isn’t her real name. 🙂

Ha ha!

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That’s a part of the “fiction” part of Biblical fiction. God’s story, in my humble opinion, is not subject to change, I believe no man should change what is written in the Word, and so I strive to stay true to it and am always open for anyone to point out anything in my story that strays from the Word.

Right. We should never change God’s Word or deny it, even if it seems contrary and strange to today’s world. 

Since the beginning, He has told His beloved ones to do some strange things…Isaiah went around naked for a while. Ezekiel had to lay on one side eating the same bread for over a year, three hundred ninety days, then bake barley cakes using men’s dung! God did let him use cow’s when he asked. Whew! Imagine that was a relief.

Yep, that’s strange.

Anyway, Hattimas thought forty days and nights, they probably all did. She could do that. But though the constant rain stopped after forty days, the waters covering the earth continued to rise. And without the firmament in place, it would have rained then as it does today, by the winds blowing the high and low pressure systems in and out.

I can’t imagine the frustrations and depression those on the ark had to overcome. 

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Mount Arafat today

I know! And we always have the blessing of His Living Word to guide us–which Hattimas didn’t. Those days on the ark had to be so difficult. The work alone of feeding all the animals, seeing to it they all had water to drink, dealing with their eliminations…can you imagine how bad it must have smelled? Everyone had to do their part.  

They were on the ark almost a full year before it finally settled on Mount Arafat. Then they had to wait some more. And then…what do you think?

That after the earth being covered by water a year, there were trees and flowers and blue sunshiny sky with billowy white clouds? No, it would all be drab and brown with no surviving grasses or trees. How hard do you suppose it was climbing down off that mountain? Oh dear! And after all they’d been through.

How about an excerpt?

Oh, certainly:

Noah studied Shem’s wife until she realized it and offered a weak smile.

“Daughter, is something troubling you?”

She ducked her chin and shook her head.

Her husband put his arm around her shoulder. “The Lord showed her Nod last night in a vision.”

She looked up, her head still shaking a short, rapid no or as though trying to rid the images from her mind’s eye. “Oh, Father, it was horrible. They were climbing over each other, trying to get to higher ground. The strong pulled the weak back down, stepping over the women and babies. I don’t know why….” Her eyes brimmed full, and a tear rolled down her cheek.

“Sweet Jemri, I’m so sorry.” Mother hurried to her and hugged the girl from behind.

“I am, too, but also, I’m thankful the Lord brought us here, saved us from the flood.” She managed a weak smile. “Before I saw Nod, I dreamed of the giant who saved Varsi and me.” She glanced across the table to her twin. “Friend goes by Centurion. He’s an angel of the host, and has great wings.” She held her arms up and out. “Twice this big. He took me up high into the sky and through a sparkling blue circle of light that opened when he sang three notes. It opened to a place where the angels war with songs.”

“Grandfather Enoch spoke of it being the second heaven.” Noah held a hand out to his beloved.

Reviews:

Caryl McAdoo has retold the familiar Genesis flood account with clarity and sensitivity. While remaining faithful to the King James Version, the human story beneath the print page comes alive drawing the reader into the pathos and joys of real breathing people faced with the most devastating natural disaster ever known in human history, one which survives in the mythology of every culture and race, but which is most fully and literally told in the pages of the Bible. This reviewer loved this segment of The Generations Series and heartily recommends the whole work.    –Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals

Replenish the Earth is the third installment in The Generations series, and I loved it just as much as I did the first two. Caryl has taken the story of Noah and the flood and written it in such a way to capture the emotions and feelings of Noah and his family that leaves the reader feeling as if you are living the story with them and experiencing first hand their trials and victories and the working of God in their lives. This book is a wonderful addition to an excellent series that I definitely recommend. This is an amazing series that has really enabled readers to see these stories in a new and wonderful light. Caryl has really brought them to life.         –Ann Ellis, Texas reader

I’m sure everyone will want to read this and see how these eight people made it through, and still loved God and worshiped Him. What do our readers need to do to get into the drawing for a free, signed copy of REPLENISH THE EARTH?

How about a comment left here?

And visiting The Generations facebook page and liking it, too, for another entry. I’d love comment there as well 🙂 BLESSINGS TO ALL!

Christian FictionBio: Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series, all with a Christian perspective: the historical ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction; and the King’s Highway trilogy, a mid-grade any day dystopian. The best-selling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.

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Gail Pallotta Takes Us Face-to-Face with Danger in her New Book

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Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s been a best-selling author on All Romance eBooks and in amazon’s paid kindle store. She’s also published poems, short stories, and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Coming soon: Barely above Water with Prism Book Group!

Great to have you with us today, Gail!

Thanks for hosting me.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved writing. My first published work appeared in a grammar school newspaper a friend and I put out. Later, when I attended Western Carolina University, I enrolled in the college’s first professional writing class. That makes me how old? Oops. That class encouraged me to take writing seriously and inspired me to pursue writing as a career. After I graduated, I worked as an editor and a copywriter for many years.

I’m smiling at your journey, especially the grammar school part. I’m sure many writers can identify. Do you have a job besides writing?

Yes, I have an editing service. There’s information about it on my website in the links below.

Are your stories well outlined ahead of starting or do you write for discovery, flying by the seat of your pants?

A friend of mine calls me a ‘pantster.’

Haha! Yes, I can relate; although I’d say I’m a mix of planning and pantster. What are you working on now?

Thank you for asking. I’m excited about a new book, Barely above Water, releasing soon from Prism Book Group.

Here’s the back cover copy: An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. She turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida, and takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer league swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but must overcome his fear of losing someone close then regain Suzie’s trust. She relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, financial burdens without permanent employment and heartbreak in this contemporary romance.

Readers will have lots of fun with the children on the swim team and learn useful facts about Lyme disease, an illness that remains a mystery, even for medical science. They’ll root for Suzie and Matt to overcome their problems and realize their love for each other.

Sounds like a good mix of crisis, mystery, humor, and faith. The swim team should prove a nice addition to balance out the frustration over her illness and her boyfriend troubles. How has being published changed your life?

Working as an editor for eight years, I prepared others’ manuscripts and my own for publication. Then, after I married I assisted my husband with his business, but I didn’t want to lose an association with writing. In my spare time I published freelance magazine articles and poetry. However, pursuing publication as an author created a big change in my life. I’m writing differently for fiction as opposed to non-fiction and adjusting to the world of book publishing. Rather than having my work appear printed in a publication sold to a particular market, like all authors, I must promote it. That is a whole new profession within itself. I’m still not sure I understand marketing, but I’m trying.

Author promotion is a hot topic these days among writers. Know that you’re not alone, Gail. On another note, how do you suppose a reader living in a different culture—such as India—will relate to your book?

StoppedColdforwebuseGailPallottaToday I’m giving away Stopped Cold. The theme of the book is universal, and it’s actually for adults as well as teens. We find our worth in the fact that God gave each of us a gift or gifts to use for Him. In this country we’re often told we must be the best, and we can’t always do that. In other countries people often are given worth because of their standing in society, but the Bible tells us we’re made in God’s image, and that makes us valuable. From my days in Sunday school, I recall lessons from the Parable of the Talents in Chapter twenty-five in Matthew. The teachers always stressed that God had given each of us a talent to use for Him.

I’m so glad to hear you have a passion for encouraging readers to discover their God-given gifts. So necessary for ministering with purpose and direction. Why did you decide to write this story specifically?

As a young adult I saw lots of heartache in several instances when people weren’t number one. Sadly, the drive pushed some of them to destructive behavior. I could only imagine the pain they must have gone through and how their God-given talents were wasted simply because they weren’t the best. The fact that God gave us all a gift or gifts to use for Him kept rattling around in my head. When I thought of being number one, even though we can win anything from a pie-tasting contest to a spelling bee, sports came to mind. As a young person I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and wanted to write a mystery. I pondered how to connect a sports story and a mystery and steroids came to mind. When I researched steroid use, one of the main reasons given for taking them was a desire to excel in athletics. This rounded out the theme for my book.

Interesting. I have seven grandchildren and one of them in particular is as competitive as they come! We try to encourage him to enjoy the process, win or lose, and to purpose to be a good sport no matter what happens. But alas, that’s a hard sale for a little guy. With a combo of loving guidance and a heap of prayer, I trust God to use his competitive personality for good, not ill.

The steroid angle to the story sounds intriguing and one that might catch potential reader interest.

What about your setting might entice readers from India?

The book is set in the awe-inspiring mountains of North Carolina. Each year thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to the area to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mount Mitchell, which is 6,699 feet above sea level, has the distinction of being the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. The views are spectacular.

Ah, now there’s a setting I’m partial to, not far from my home roots in Tennessee.

Now for a little fun! Since our readers enjoy getting to know author quirks, tell us a bit about the following items.

Your favorite color? Purple
Food? Fish
Season? Summer.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Oh, chocolate!
Coffee? Black, sweet With cream? A little cream
Paper, digital, or audio? Digital and paper
Scripture? Matthew 22: 36 – 39, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

What hobbies do you enjoy beyond writing and reading?

As for hobbies, I enjoy arranging flowers and am on the flower guild at church. I also like to spend time with friends and family, especially bargain shopping with my daughter. She and I can while away hours laughing and talking as we try on clothes with uneven hems, extra buttons or inaccurate sizing. We’re so proud of ourselves when we leave with the one perfect, prized treasure, and we’ve had a great day that usually included lunch. Also, three times a week I swim laps.

Now, that’s a fun day!

Share the blurb for Stopped Cold with our readers.

Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina. Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming GailPallottarivershotand hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

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EXCERPT FROM STOPPED COLD

Near the lobby a soft glow coming from an opened door shone on a wide strip of the gray floor. A Chapel. Something urged me to go inside. Maybe it was because I had nowhere else to turn. Maybe it was because Reverend Hopewell’s visit made me believe God would do something about Sean’s condition if I kept asking him to.

A cinder of hope sparked inside me as I walked in the tiny, narrow sanctuary with mahogany paneling and one pew. If only God would make Sean well and lead me to the drug dealers. Did God do that sort of thing? Maybe I didn’t know enough about God to be in here. He wouldn’t approve of all the hate I had for the drug dealers. Jesus preached a Gospel of love. My heart beat so fast.

How could I explain my deep despair to God? Did He care about Sean and me? Through the blur of my tears I peered at the stained glass cross embedded in dark paneling behind the altar, the soft lighting washing over it. I didn’t need to tell God how sad I was. He already knew. Of course, He cared. He sent His only son to die for Sean’s sins and mine.

But did I know the right thing to say to God, especially in my angry state? Reverend Hopewell’s prayers sounded so eloquent when he said them for the youth group. If I ever wanted a prayer to be good enough for God to answer, it was now. The words “Ask and it will be given to you–” popped in my head. I knew they came from the book of Matthew, so I looked it up on my iPhone–Chapter seven, verse seven. I stared at the words for several minutes then turned it off and bowed my head.

‘Dear Lord, Please have mercy on Sean and heal
him, if it is your will, and dear Lord, I hope it is. Mom,
Dad, and I need him. I’m sorry I haven’t been a better
sister, and I’m sorry about the hate I feel toward the drug
dealers. Maybe you can help me get over it…if I could just
find them. I love Sean so much. If he gets well, I’ll talk to
him about the gifts you gave him and tell him what a great
brother he is. Please let Dad see that Sean doesn’t need to
be a quarterback. I ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.’

I stood and took one last look at the cross. My heart beat steady now. There was peace, hope, and answers in this room.

Okay, readers, I’m sure we’ve wet your appetite for Stopped Cold

One blessed visitor to India’s Crown this week will receive a free copy of Stopped Cold, thanks to our author’s generous gift.

1) Leave a comment on his / her Facebook page for ONE ENTRY, and be sure to ‘Like’ him or her while you’re there!

2) Copy and paste the following tweet for ONE ENTRY.

Tweet – Who influenced Sean more than his father in Stopped Cold? @indiascrown

Margaret, the heroine in Stopped Cold, loves swimming. Her brother enjoys learning, and her heart-throb grows extremely interested in detective work.

What’s your passion, what interests you, or what do you like to do in your leisure time?

3) Leave a comment here on India’s Crown’s for Gail Pallotta and that’ll be ONE more ENTRY!

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Website – http://www.gailpallotta.com
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First and Goal! A Winning Team!

IMG_1177Today we welcome a very special guest, author and NFL Football player Jake Byrne to INDIA’S CROWN. And his mom, is our own Holly Michael. Y’all know Holly and will surely enjoy meeting this handsome young man who has just released a great devotional book (with a little help from his mom and Harvest House Publishers). So, how did the two of you decide to write a devotional.

Holly: I was planning to attend an ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference and had the idea that Jake could write an exceptional devotional with all of the challenges he’s come up against in his life. I had fiction to pitch and knew that some of the publishers also accepted nonfiction proposals. So, I called Jake and asked him if he’d like me to work up a quick one-sheet and pitch it. Right, Jake?

Jake: Yes, and I thought it was a great idea.

Holly: I knew Jake would love the idea because, as a type one diabetic, he’s always been very interested in mentoring and inspiring kids with diabetes. I thought a book about his trials and triumphs done in devotional style would help so many, not just diabetics.

Jake: But then you said we got the contract, and I got a little worried about writing a hundred and forty-four devotionals.

Holly: And I told Jake not to worry. I knew it was a God thing. And I knew God would show us the way…and I knew Jake had a lot of amazing stories to tell that would inspire so many. 

Caryl: Ah ha ha ha ha! I can see how this interview is going to go. I’m going to have to work hard at getting a word in edge wise! 🙂 But I am so glad to get to know Jake a little better. I’ve heard SO much about you, Jake! So, either one…how exactly did you write the devotionals together? Did y’all meet up in person? Phone? Or just email back and forth? 

Jake: I was at the beginning of a busy football season with the San Diego Chargers, a rookie needing to prove himself when we got started.

chargerBut, we worked it out. First we talked on the phone about stories and anecdotes we could use. Then Mom worked helped me work up a few samples into devotionals and we chatted in Skype about them.

Holly: Even though I am a professional ghostwriter and should know my son’s voice, sometimes Jake would say, “Mom, that sounds too much like a girl.” I’d answer, “Better than a fifty-something-year-old woman.” But we had a great time and ultimately, it’s Jake’s book and his words.

Now you’ve got me thinking…that’s a great tip for mamas. So I need to write a book 017dc6c481970ab4d46c578e6271cee9f62b51ff64with one of my sons to get more time to talk. Good going, Holly! 🙂 Sorry for interrupting. Please, go on!

I’d gather information from him through Skype and through phone calls and an occasional in-person visit. It was a real team effort with me taking his words and ideas on Bible verses and helping him put them together.

And the third member of the team was God. There was no other way it could have come together so easily. In the very end, we got together in person for final edits and cuts. We had ended up with more devotionals than would fit in the book!

Jake: I shouldn’t have doubted. With God, anything is possible. And it sure was great getting to work on this project with my mom. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Holly: Awww…he’s such a sweet boy. It was such a blessing, time-wise and just getting to know more in-depth stories about his struggles, inspirational moments, deeper thoughts about His personal walk with God…

….and I told her some entertaining college stories, too.

Yes, and some of them did not make the book, Haha. 

nfljakefirstandgoalCaryl: So how long did it take you two to write First and Goal?

Jake: From contract to pub…through a couple of very stressful football seasons of being cut and picked up a few times.

Holly: But, all those challenges made for great stories for the devotional, didn’t they?

Jake: Yep, they sure did. I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Even though, at the time, those challenges frustrated me more than anything,

Caryl: There’s nothing new under the sun, Jake! Frustrating deadlines come at you right in the middle of living life! Welcome to the world of writing for publication! So, let’s get to that book! Tell us a little about First and Goal. A back cover blurb would be a great place to start.

UnknownJake Byrne dreamed of playing professional football. He had the size, the talent, the drive…but at age 14, he found out he also had type 1 diabetes.

Still, Jake was determined to reach his goal. And God was determined to guide and empower him all along the way.

Jake’s journey to the NFL is the backdrop for this collection of inspiring devotions based on nearly a hundred football terms. Jake takes you to the weight room, practice field, and even across the goal line. You’ll feel as if you’re lined up next to him, facing a very large defender you’re about to take down. He also includes Scripture and then ties up each story in a way that feels real and encouraging. You’ll discover…

  • what to do when God calls an audible in your life
  • how to respond when God puts you on special teams
  • why prayer is never an incomplete pass

These quick daily readings will help you press through your own difficulties and experience God’s dream for you.

Caryl: I loved the premise of this devotional the first time your mom mentioned it to me, and that jacket copy shoud sure pull in some readers! And how about an excerpt so our guests can get a good idea of what to expect? Personally, I think everyone should buy multiple copies – one for themselves and one for all the young men, football fans, and–Heaven forbid–every young person with Type 1 diabetes they know!

Jake: That’d be great.

Holly: Here’s an excerpt:

Defensive End: A defensive player who lines up at the end of the defensive line. He wants to disrupt the play and cause as much trouble for the blocker as possible. His job is to contain the running back on running plays and not let him get to the outside. He also rushes the quarterback on passing plays, keeping him inside and hopefully sacking him.

IMG_0448After graduating early from high school, I carefully listened to the quarterback during my first play in college spring ball. My mind was on the very basics of football: alignment, assignment, and where to stand in the huddle. The quarterback broke the huddle and I ran to the line, meeting the confident eyes of a defensive end—6-foot-6, 260-pound Matt Shaughnessy.

I was seventeen, a true freshman, and he was a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, a third-round draft pick. Huge difference between the two of us. Impressing the coach was not on my mind. Survival was. “Oh, Jesus,” I said. I wasn’t cursing. I was praying for help.

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray (James 5:13).

That day Matt came off the ball so fast. Bam! Next thing I knew, I was flat on my back, thrown to the ground. I got up and limped back to the huddle.

Four years later…standing on the sidelines in my first NFL game, bouncing on my toes, waiting for my chance to go in, one of the tight ends went down. My time to shine! Where do I stand? Who do I have? I look up and meet the same eyes I met on my first play in college football.

Matt Shaughnessy!

Now a third-year NFL veteran, he is the other team’s defensive end. The ball snaps. I’m now pass-blocking him, thinking I’m doing an awesome job, pushing past the pile and securing the edge. Then Matt rips under my right hand and forces it under his facemask. My first play in the NFL resulted in a penalty. He got the better of me again.

Troubles sometime repeat even when we are doing our best. We are good intentioned, charging forward toward our goal, and then bam! We get hit. Maybe it’s not in the form of a half-ton linebacker (though it may feel like it).

A defensive end is looking to mess you up. Life is like that too. Sometimes you think you are doing an excellent job, and then you get bull rushed by the defensive end, and he blows by you and gets the better of you. Do your best, pick yourself up, limp back to the huddle, and when you’re in trouble, pray! Whatever the outcome, get up and carry on, doing what you are called to do.

Caryl: Jake, thank you so much for coming by today…well, you’ll be here virtually all week 🙂 I really do hope it won’t be long before I get to meet you in person. I feel like I know you already. Holly, Holly! What a great son you’ve reared! Keep reading, folks, because there’s a chance below to win a FREE copy of this awesome devotional that glorifys God!

Bio: Jake Byrne grew up in Rogers, Arkansas. A type 1 diabetic since the age of fourteen, he has since been proactive combating the disease and mentoring diabetic youth. He played football for the University of Wisconsin as a tight end, and went on to compete in the NFL. Originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2012, he has also been a Houston Texan, Kansas City Chief, and San Diego Charger.

Jake blogs at www.typewon.net.

He can be reached through the following social media:

Facebook Page (Type Won): http://www.facebook.com/typewon1

Twitter: @sugarfreejb82

Instagram: Jakebyrne81

Email: typewonquestions@gmail.com

Jake also has begun a foundation to help kids with type one diabetes stay active and healthy. Check it out. www.typewon.net

Bio: Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular ghostwriter for a Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop, Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children; Jake, Betsy and Nick who plays football for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Kansas City, Missouri is home and she blogs at www.writingstraight.com

Contact her at www.HollyMichael.com or on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/AuthorHollyMichael or Twitter: @HollyMichael

Thrilling Premises From an Up and Coming Author

DSC_8915-25ed-2Robin Patchen, welcome to INDIA’S CROWN. We are so glad you are here. Our readers love to know a little more about the author, especially one who is having great success. So, tell us….when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve loved to write as long as I can remember. Unlike most writers, I didn’t fall in love with reading until I was a high schooler. The books and stories I had to read for school not only didn’t ignite a love of reading, but they made me associate reading with dark, ugly subjects. Why school systems choose books about suicide and death for already depressed teenagers, I’ll never understand, but that’s a conversation for another day.

I agree, Robin. But, how weird. You’d think they’d push more positive books. 

But even though I didn’t love to read, I remember sitting with my pencil poised over a piece of paper, wanting so badly to write something. I would end up writing snippets in my journal and bad poetry. Back then, though, I had so little self-confidence, I didn’t dare believe I could be a writer someday. I thought my desire to put words on the page was just weird.

I think every would-be writer goes through the same thing. We read these wonderful books and think we can’t do that, but yet with God’s help we are so capable. When did you decide to pursue writing?

I started college at a business school, and boy did I not fit in there! I transferred to Northeastern University in Boston and studied journalism. Even though I still lacked confidence, I thought that at least in J-school, I could learn to write marketing copy and press releases. That seemed easier—less lofty, I guess—than studying to write books or novels. Even then, my lack of self-confidence kept me from pursuing a career in journalism. Those people were real writers, and I was not good enough for that.

I was also a journalists before I ventured into writing books. So what changed for you? How did you go from the girl who was too afraid to pursue a journalism career to the woman writing novels?

The long answer involves 20 years of moves and starts and stops and risks and failures and career changes and tears. But the short answer is that God created me for a purpose, and at some point after I became a Christian in my early 20s, I surrendered to His will. Not that I didn’t still fight and cry and worry, but I tried. God had a plan for my life, and He patiently walked me through all that stuff to His plan. And through those stops and starts and failures and such, He brought me where He wanted me. I am not here through any force of my own will. I am here because this is where God wants me, and at some point, I decided that I want what He wants.

Amen. He has plans for us all, guides us and brings our plans to fruition. My daughter said she wanted to start a company and make God her CEO. Can’t go wrong if that’s where He leads us, right. So, after studying journalism and marketing, how did you get started writing fiction?

I had a story in my head. It had been there for years, literally. These pretend people with made up lives and histories and dreams and desires. I’d been traveling through a season of depression, and there were times I thought maybe I was just losing my mind. Then my husband gave me a laptop for my birthday, and I decided that perhaps if I wrote the story down, it would get out of my head. So I wrote. I started the story in December of 2008, and I finished it in March. In three months, I’d written 240,000 words. And it worked. I got the story out of my head. But then it was on paper, and I could mess with it all the time. After a year of editing that book, I joined my local writers group. I realized my book wasn’t very good, definitely not publishable, but by then, I was hooked on writing.

WOW! That’s a lot. Very inspiring. You say your first book wasn’t very good. So how did you improve your writing skills?

So many ways. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about writing and story. I went to conferences and classes. But the biggest thing I did was get some critique partners. My first was a gal from my local group, and we’re still partners today. She’s a very talented, multi-published writer now, but back then, we were both completely new to it. We learned so much together. And then I joined a huge, online group. I think I learned as much or more from critiquing other people’s stuff than I did from them critiquing mine. It’s easy to see how others are doing it right or wrong, but to not see it out own work, so the critique group was vital to my growth as a writer. I think that’s true of every creative endeavor. We need other people to come alongside us and help us along, and we always need to be helping someone else along, too. Because creating—whether it’s with words or paint or music—can be a very lonely business.

Finding Amanda cover-high resolution-3Very true. Networking with other authors is vital. What led to the premise of Finding Amanda?

That’s a funny story, actually. I was at a writers conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and there were these very box-like chairs in the lobby. And being slightly crazy, I sat in one and immediately thought that if someone were to sit on the table right across from me, I’d be trapped. (Along with my slight craziness, I’m a little claustrophobic. Can you tell?) Then I thought, what if the person who sat across from me were trapping me on purpose? What if that person were someone from my past, someone I’d been avoiding?

I’d driven to that conference, and during my eight-hour drove home a few days later, I plotted out the story. That was in September of 2011. I finished the first draft of that story in January of 2012. Three years—and multiple other books—have passed, but finally, Finding Amanda is available.

Yippee!!!! Don’t you love that feeling?

You bet!

And how do you suppose a reader living in a different culture—such as India—will relate to your book?

Finding Amanda is about a woman who was involved in a very unhealthy relationship when she was a teenager, and though she lived a pretty normal lifestyle after that, she carried that shame with her for years. Unfortunately, women from every culture can identify with shame and, too often, abusive relationships. I also hope people from other cultures will enjoy the setting—I know I love to read about places I’ve not (yet) been able to visit. Finding Amanda takes place in a Boston suburb and in the mountains in New Hampshire.

Readers from India love to read about other cultures. That’s why we started INDIA’S CROWN. So what advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Read. Read craft books. Read in your genre, and read outside of your genre. Read the best books you can get your hands on, and leave the mediocre books on the bookshelf. You want to study the best. Consider reading a part of your job and don’t neglect it. I’m shocked at the number of people I’ve spoken to who are trying to write fiction but who never read because they don’t have time. Not every reader is a writer, but I’ve never met a great writer who’s not a reader.

Find a community. A group that meets in person, or a group that meets online. People who can help you along in your journey, and people whom you can help along in theirs. You need critique partners, and first readers, and people to brainstorm with. You need a community of writing friends. If not for my local writers group and my online critique group, I’d have quit writing a long time ago.

Finally, write a lot. If you’re not working on a book, write blog posts and write in your journal. Write letters and personal stories. Always be writing, because like anything else, practice makes perfect.

What are you working on now?

51rKc89UWRL._AA160_What I’m most excited about right now is the book bundle I’m so blessed to be a part of. Authors Brandilyn Collins, Mary DeMuth, Julie Carobini, and Sharon Srock are fantastic writers who’ve joined up and put this thing together, and by some weird quirk or something, Finding Amanda has been included.

WOW! Those are amazing authors! How blessed you are. But, I doubt it’s a weird quirk. I’m sure your book is fantastic! I can’t wait to read Finding Amanda!

I’m thrilled and a little nervous about being in this book collection. Do I really want my book side-by-side with those masters? Whether I’m ready or not, I’m there. The collection is on preorder for 99 cents for a short time.

Chasing Amanda, the prequel to Finding Amanda, is my new release. It’s a novella that tells the story about how the main characters in Finding Amanda met. It’s got a hint of suspense and a whole lot of romance.

Well, I better get reading, then. Because I will so want to read the prequel, too. 

Thanks. 🙂 I’m really excited about my current project. I finished the first book in what I hope will be a three-book romantic suspense series set in a small town in New Hampshire. It all started with the simple question—What if a woman accidentally married her biggest enemy?

Sounds thrilling!

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