Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amelia's Legacy - 1920s Era Historical Romance

Nancy Sanderson is the heroine of my latest release, Amelia's Legacy. She's only eighteen as the story begins, and has big plans for her life. With wide eyes, she surveys her world, and sees what she think she wants. Freedom.

All around her, the world is changing at a frantic pace. Well, for the 1920's, thirty-five mph is frantic. Folks are replacing their horse-drawn conveyances with gas-fueled motorcars. You can take a train most anywhere you want to go. But more important to Nancy, a young woman can make her own way in the world.

For this young woman, that way is blocked by stone walls. The major one in her life is Amelia Woods-Sanderson, a trendsetter, leading a huge conglomerate in a male-dominated world. She is one tough cookie and she will not be cowed by a teenager. She lays out a plan that assures the final outcome of Nancy's life, one way or the other.

Amelia set her sights on a young lawyer, well-connected and wealthy. Robert Emerson's single-minded pursuit of his personal goals has won her attention. What a good prospective husband for her wayward granddaughter.

Nancy has other plans. Robert Emerson is Bor-ing. Nate Conners--sultry, ruggedly handsome football star--now there is an exciting guy. Nate is busy "wasting a valuable scholarship," according to Robert. Nancy prefers Nate because he has a wild side. She wants to be wild, too. Or so she thinks.

The last stone wall and perhaps the greatest one Nancy will encounter, is the vast fortune her grandmother has amassed--Amelia's Legacy. Nancy is a young woman of substance and as such, she has certain obligations. Though her young self desires freedom, a bobbed haircut, and short dresses--these things won't bring her lasting peace.

As she approaches womanhood, she'll reap the consequences of some of her earlier decisions, but she'll also encounter opportunities for love and grace, for which she feels unworthy.

Amelia's Legacy, Book One in the Legacy Series, Write Integrity Press, October, 2014




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dianne Butts - Authorview

Dianne Butts
Nickname or “wannabe” name (If you don’t have a nickname, you can choose one you’d like, that tells us a little bit about who you are): I never had a nickname. Unless you count the one young man I worked with at a gas station/rental shop who called me Lady Di. If I could choose one? I’d choose “Sandra Bullock.”

I am: a magazine writer, book author, speaker, screenwriter, and Bible prophecy geek.

My best trait: I’m a student and teacher at heart. I have to study then share what I learn.

My bad habit: workaholic

Qualities I admire: Deep thinking.

What I like to read: nonfiction, especially about Bible prophecy. The one thing I can’t put down.

What I write: Mostly nonfiction. Working on fiction. Developing future film screenplays (which are also fiction).

What I watch:   This season we’re enjoying the new shows Legend, Gotham, Scorpion, and N.C.I.S. – New Orleans. From past seasons we still enjoy the original N.C.I.S, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Ice Road Truckers, and catching up on Listener though it’s no longer on. We recently discovered Longmire but now that’s canceled – hoping another network picks it up. There are certain shows we at my house used to watch but quit watching because of the continual, gratuitous sexual connections, including Cover Affairs, Defiance, and Bones. I also enjoy fun family and faith-based movies, like God’s Not Dead, and corny holiday movies on the Hallmark Chanel. We’re often filling our “watch time” with reruns of Touched by an Angel, Murder, She Wrote, or Diagnosis Murder. That might sound like a lot of watching, but I’m lucky because at my house we call all TV-watching and movie-going “research.”

My family:  One husband. One cat.

My favorite food, snack, or beverage: Ice cream. Chocolate. Any other flavor is a waste of ice cream.

What I love to do:  Besides my work? Riding motorcycles. Gardening. Photography.

What I admire:  Strong godly leaders.

What makes me happy:  Christians who firmly but lovingly stand up to erroneous or sin-tolerating thinking.

What makes me sad: Compromising the Truth of God or softening that truth in order to “accept” sinful behavior, whether due to political correctness or fear of being slammed.

I believe: Jesus is coming soon. Not a cliché. I mean really, really soon. And that when He does He will fulfill all the remaining prophecies. That the current set of four lunar eclipses are prophetically significant. That people need to come to Christ for salvation now, but there’s not much more time left.


Thanks, Dianne!  

Read more information about Dianne and her books:


BIO

Dianne E. Butts has been writing for more than twenty years with over 300 published print articles and dozens of online articles. Her work has been published in Great Britain, Bulgaria, Poland, Canada, and Korea. She has contributed to 20 books. Her book Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Jesus completes her 3-book “Prophecies Fulfilled” series and is her sixth print book.

Dianne is also a screenwriter. Her feature-length screenplay placed as a semifinalist in the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays and a short script was a finalist in the 168 Film Project’s “Write of Passage.”


Buy Links & Book Info:
You can find out more about her books on her blog www.BiblePropheciesFulfilled.blogspot.com and web her site www.DianneEButts.com. For writers, Dianne offers the e-book How to Get Published by Magazine and Book Publishers and her blog www.ButtsAboutWriting.blogspot.com



How to Get Published by Magazines & Book Publishers



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ruth O'Neil - Authorview

Ruth O'Neil
I am: I have been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. I enjoy helping others of all ages make their publishing dreams come true. I was born and raised in upstate New York and attended Houghton College. When I’m not writing or homeschooling, I spend my spare time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping, and hiking with the family.

My best trait: Organized   

My bad habit: Oh, do I only have to mention one? Or any at all? Ok, if I have to mention one, it might be starting projects, but not finishing them. But, then there’s the sarcasm thing…

Qualities I admire: Punctuality, respect, prayer warriors, dependability

What I like to read: fiction, I like to escape to other worlds.

What I write: mainly fiction

What I watch: I don’t watch a lot of TV/movies, but I like the classics and shows on the retro channel.

My family: Husband of 23 years, 3 kids, a son-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, parents…there’s a lot of us.

My favorite food, snack, or beverage: Chocolate is always good, but then I like something salty. Pepsi is my guilty pleasure. Then there are days I have to hit the “hard stuff” – CAFFEINATED Pepsi

What I love to do: Read, write, quilt, go camping

What I admire: People who are more disciplined than I am.

What makes me happy: Spending time with my family and hearing from my readers.

What makes me sad: Lack of sunshine

I believe: I believe God gave me the ability to write and that every experience I have is an opportunity for writing in some way, some day.

Thanks, Ruth! Here's more about Ruth and her writing--


Ruth's Bio:
Ruth O’Neil has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years. She sees everything as a writing opportunity in disguise, whether it is an interesting character, setting, or situation. When she’s not writing or homeschooling her kids, Ruth spends her time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping and hiking with her family.
Ruth's Contact Links:


Belonging 
by Ruth O'Neil
After the death of her father, painfully shy and introverted Shelly finds her world turned upside down. She is forced to speak with people and she may even have to move from her comfortable apartment. Sorting through her father’s possessions at his house brings back many memories, including how they would research her mom’s genealogy so that in a way, she could get to know her mother’s family, who are all deceased. Shelly wonders why her dad never researched his own family and she never remembers any family events. Why? She begins a journey that takes her to places she never dreamed. Throughout the entire story, God nudges Shelly to get out of her comfort zone. That’s easy for some, but for Shelly it may almost be impossible.
Buy Links:               Amazon                    Ruth’s website link

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fay Lamb - Authorview

Fay Lamb
I'm a fan of Fay Lamb's - I love her writing, and have read all of her published books except one. We've found so many weird connections in our lives, we've decided we're twins, separated at birth. Only she was born several years before me (actually, it's the other way round, I'm the eldest). I recently met Fay Lamb in person, after a cyber friendship that spans several years. It was as if we'd known each other all our lives. Fay has a gift for making people laugh, and also for pricking your heart. I hope you enjoy her answers to my questions.

I am: Baby Fay or Fay Fay. These are names from my childhood. Baby Fay is precious to me because my grandmother was called Big Fay by my four cousins, and I smile every time I think of my mother exclaiming, “If you refer to your grandmother by her given name, I will kick you into next week.”

My best trait: I believe I’m friendly for the most part, unless something upsets me politically or if someone disparages the University of Florida Gators.

My bad habit: While I consider myself someone who can look at both sides of the issues, I do have some key triggers upon which I do not budge, and it has been said that I don’t lack an opinion on those things.


Qualities I admire: I admire honesty, integrity, and someone who offers a smile or better yet can get me to laugh.


What I like to read: I’m reading a lot, but I think that my favorite stories are young adult novels that transcend the age group and books that make me smile or laugh my way through them (because they are truly funny and not because they are poorly written).


What I write: I write contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense.


What I watch: Oh, boy. Are you ready for this eclectic list in the order of favorites: Longmire, Finding Big Foot, Mountain Monsters, Ghost Hunters, and well-written short films, which I’m usually introduced to through my favorite short-film makers, Keychain Productions.


My family: I have two married sons and six grandchildren (three boys and three girls). Oh, yeah, and I have a longsuffering husband.


My favorite food, snack, or beverage: Moonlight Drive-In sweet iced tea with extra ice and ice cream.

What I love to do: I love to write and to work with authors.

What I admire: Beautiful settings, friendly people.


What makes me happy: My husband would say nothing makes me happy, but I always rejoice when someone tells me that something I have written has ministered to or been a joy to them.

What makes me sad: Right now, I’m the saddest over the changes I see in America, its people, and its freedom. I’m sad that the First Amendment right is being taken away from us by rhetoric labeled political correctness, and I’m sad that those who cry out for the rights afforded us under the Second Amendment are more concerned with the fact that they won’t be able to hunt more than they are concerned with the true reason we have that amendment: to protect our nation from enemies within and without.

Sorry, I got a little political there, but this truly the thing that makes me saddest because if we continue on this road or children and grandchildren may face more than the loss of their freedoms.

I believe: After all that I mention above, I do believe that my God is the One True God. That He is a sovereign God, and that He has all things in control. I believe that the hateful “gods” of others are dead and of none affect until the great enemy Satan invades the cause and takes the form of those “gods.” But again, I believe what God declares in His word. Satan and evil will be defeated.

 Thanks, Fay!


Fay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. 

Charisse and Libby, Books 1 and 2 of The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released and are currently available for purchase.

Future Write Integrity Press releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties That Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren.

Libby Overstreet can’t see herself as anything but shy and socially awkward. She’s nearing thirty, and she’s never even been on a date. Then she meets the man of her dreams, but Libby knows he would never be interested in a wallflower like her. All she wants to do is to buy that garden nursery on the outskirts of town and settle down with the life she has always dreamed about. Evan Carter has been watching the sweet woman in the coffee shop for weeks when his friend tells him that the object of his affection plans to buy a garden nursery and needs Evan’s expertise as an architect/contractor. When they meet, Libby is more enamored of Evan and even more convinced that he would never look at her as anything but a friend. However, that’s far from the truth. Evan would love to get to know the innocent beauty God has placed in this path. Trouble is, he fears that a lovely flower like Libby will wilt under the sins of his past, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep that from happening.

Links for Fay:
http://faylamb.com (Fay’s website and blog: On the Ledge)
http://facebook.com/fay.lamb (personal FB page)
http://facebook.com/AuthorFay (Fay’s fan page)
http://twitter.com/FayLamb (Fay’s Twitter address)
http://faylamb.com/innersource/ (Inner Source Blog)
http://tacticaleditor.faylamb.com/ and http://facebook.com/TacticalEd
http://faylamb.com/ontheledge/on-the-ledge/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rose McCauley - Authorview

Rose McCauley
Rose McCauley is a fellow Kentucky author and one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. She's the embodiment of Southern hospitality. 

While she's here, answering my questions, I'm over at her blog, answering hers. We're doing a "reciprocal" post (you'll find the link below). After you've read her interview, hop on over and find out what she asked me!


 

I am: Rose Allen McCauley; my family still calls me Rosie

My best trait: perseverance

My bad habit: disorganized

Qualities I admire: someone who is good at organizing!

What I like to read: fiction and non-fiction; ABA and CBA; women’s fiction, romance, small town stories; real life stories; Christmas stories

What I write: small town stories, romance, Christmas stories (or at least a Christmas scene in most of my stories)

What I watch: Dr. Oz, Hallmark movies, some police/crime shows with my husband

My family: I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for over 46 years. We have 3 kids and 5 grandkids so far! We live on a cattle farm, but are moving in a few months to a suburb of the small town of Paris.

My favorite food, snack, or beverage: dark chocolate, also fruit and nuts, or a combo of all three!

What I love to do: read, write, walk, sing, scrapbooking when I get a chance

What I admire: loyalty, kindness, helping others

What makes me happy: getting email/letters from people who are blessed by something I wrote; seeing people use their gifts for God; family and friends; peace and quiet; Christmas and Christmas books

What makes me sad: seeing people who don’t try to reach their potential

I believe: that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God
 
 
Rose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is happy for Christmas Belles of Georgia to be her first fiction anthology because Christmas books are her favorites. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 46 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids! You can reach her through her website www.rosemccauley.com or blogsite at www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com

Her book Christmas Belles of Georgia is available at cbd.com and amazon.com in both paperback and kindle versions. 








Now, hop on over to Rose's blog for my interview! http://rosemccauley.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jerusha Agen - Authorview

I first "met" Jerusha Agen while co-writing A Dozen Apologies for Write Integrity Press. Now, I am deep into her Sisters Redeemed Series, so I'm delighted to host her interview on my blog. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Jerusha Agen
Jerusha:

Nickname or “wannabe” name (If you don’t have a nickname, you can choose one you’d like, that tells us a little bit about who you are): I’ve been called “J-Dog.” I do love dogs, but I never quite warmed to the nickname. At least it made me seem cool for a while.

I am: A perfectionist fixer.

My best trait: Fixing everyone and everything.

My bad habit: Fixing everyone and everything.

Qualities I admire: The ability to fix things. No, I really can think of something else. Ah, yes, patience and contentment (then things don’t have to be fixed!).

What I like to read: Exactly what I can’t ever write—Nineteenth-century British fiction.

What I write: Whatever God gives me the idea to write! All mistakes are mine, of course.

What I watch: Way too many TV shows from the 60s and 70s. I think I was born in the wrong era.

My family: Seems like more animals than people these days! We’re at three dogs and two cats right now. They’re a fun, furry circus.

My favorite food, snack, or beverage: It’s always a tie between chocolate and ice cream. My solution? Have both whenever possible.

What I love to do: Eat!

What I admire: The best frosting in the world at our local grocery store bakery (I’d gladly give them as many free copies of my book as they’d like in exchange for the recipe).

What makes me happy: Snow and cold weather! Yes, I’m crazy.

What makes me sad: Summer and hot weather. See above for explanation.

I believe: I’ll have to go eat something now. This interview made me hungry!

AUTHOR BIO

Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story--a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series, which includes the titles This Dance, This Shadow, and This Redeemer. Jerusha co-authored the e-books A Ruby Christmas and A Dozen Apologies from Write Integrity Press.

Jerusha is also a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. In addition, she is a film critic, with reviews featured at the website, www.RedeemerReviews.com
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Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her three large, furry dogs and two small, furry cats.

Visit her website at www.SDGwords.com. Follow Jerusha on Twitter @SDGwords and Facebook Jerusha Agen – SDG Words.


Not all prisons have bars.

Charlotte Davis should know—she’s lived in one for years. She can handle getting slapped around by her boyfriend, Tommy, and even being forced to do things she would never choose, but when Tommy turns on her 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte must try to escape. With nowhere else to turn, Charlotte runs to the stranger her dying mother believed would help her.

Looking only for shelter or cash, Charlotte finds a family she longs to call her own and a gentle man she could learn to love. But if Tommy catches up with Charlotte, these strangers could discover the truth about her. Will they send her back to Tommy? Or can a Father’s love set her free?

Jerusha Agen
Author, Screenwriter, Film Critic
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