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Welcome Tanya Agler

Happy New Year friends! I’m not sure how long we can keep wishing each other a happy new year, but since we’re early into January, I say it’s still okay. I hope your holidays were blessed.

Today my beautiful friend, Tanya Agler, is joining us. Tanya is a brand-new author with Harlequin Heartwarming. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, has just officially released and I can attest that it’s fabulous! And if you haven’t seen the cover, just keep reading.

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Thank you so much, Sharee, for interviewing me for your blog. It’s such an honor to be here. And thanks to those who are taking their time out of their day to read about my book and my story.

  1. Share a little about your writing journey.

In high school, my English teacher, Mrs. M., told the class about a writing contest. While I’d created stories in my mind, I’d never written any of them down. For the first time, I took the time to plan out a story for fun and wrote it. Out of all of my high school activities, that one stands out because it was the first time, I acknowledged I wanted to be a writer.

Fast forward a few years, and my oldest son started kindergarten. I’m an avid walker, and every time I walked, I would work on the stories in my mind. I knew it was time to start writing. After a couple of months, I worked up the courage to tell my husband I’d been going to the library every day to write. He told me he knew I was a writer a long time ago and was wondering when I’d realize that I needed to write. There was one more road detour as my husband and I welcomed our twins into the family. When they entered preschool, I resumed my writing journey. Since then, I’ve written several novels and found a critique partner. I’ve also been fortunate to build an incredible network of writing sisters and friends who’ve been with me along the way. In January of 2019, I received the call from my agent and Harlequin Heartwarming about The Sheriff’s Second Chance.

  1. What are your favorite genres to read?

I love reading a variety of genres. I always have a sweet contemporary romance, a romantic suspense, a cozy mystery, a biography, and an inspirational romance in my TBR pile.

  1. What was the most influential book you’ve read and why?

This was the hardest question for me. There are so many wonderful books that inspire me. Overall, I’d have to say Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery is one of them as I love the themes of hope and family and friendship. I also love the romance between Anne and Gilbert.

  1. What are you working on now?

The sequel to The Sheriff’s Second Chance.

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a plotter. Even so, it takes me a long time to write the first chapter of a book, and there are always fun surprises that come up during the first draft. For example, Beau was not in the plotting stages (Beau is the dog who is featured on the cover).

  1. What’s one fun fact about you?

I attended twelve schools while I was growing up before I graduated high school. After high school, I attended and graduated from the University of Georgia.

  1. Please tell us about your debut and how you got the idea for it.

The Sheriff’s Second Chance is a story about hope and second chances. Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.

When my family was driving to our vacation destination, we stopped for a picnic at a state park where there was a classic car show going on in another section. For the rest of the day, I started thinking a plot revolving around what it would take to restore a car would be an interesting premise for a romance. After the vacation, I wrote down some notes and those became the basis of my debut novel. I’m a big believer in the message of hope and second chances.

And without further ado, here’s your chance to get a copy of The Sheriff’s Second Chance. Isn’t this cover gorgeous?

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Thanks so much for being here, Tanya! And click here if you’d like to read Tanya’s call story.

Thank you so much, Sharee, for hosting me on your blog.Tanya

More about the author:

Tanya Agler fell in love with romance novels when her grandmother brought one home from work. After years of reading happily ever afters, she decided to write a sweet contemporary romance with the support of her wonderful husband, four children, and her lovable Basset Hound. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she loves Cary Grant movies, walking, reading, and all things chocolate. Follow her on Facebook at Author Tanya Agler and sign up for her newsletter.

Meet Author Shannon Kent

Welcome friends! Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee or tea (no judgment here), and join me in welcoming author, Shannon Kent. I met Shannon this summer and learned she writes a wonderful series of books that include Korean pop culture. So let’s dive in! I can’t wait for you to meet her.

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SHAREE:       Shannon, thank you for joining us today!

SHANNON:   So excited to virtually be here!

SHAREE:       I had never heard of KPop, (yes, apparently, I live under a rock). When I was first told about your books, I was intrigued. I absolutely loved the FlowerBoy Tour Guide. It was fun, clean, and a wonderful sigh-worthy story that taught me a little more about KPop and the Korean culture. Can you share with our audience a little about KPop and how you were introduced to it?

SHANNON:   It started with Jane Austen (like so many good things in life). Because I love Pride and Prejudice, I watched a version of the story that featured an Indian heroine. This led me to the fabulous world of Bollywood movies with its colorful dance scenes and lush, romantic stories. Since a family friend knew I wasn’t afraid of subtitles, she recommended Korean dramas. These are short TV shows that might last from 16-20 episodes. They tend to be much cleaner, have a sweet, sentimental side, and still value innocence. Another great feature is they don’t drag on for years and kill off every original character you cared about like our American shows do. When you watch K-dramas, you are naturally introduced to the Korean music culture or K-pop. Groups like BTS are becoming quite a hit in western countries. To be honest, I don’t listen to much of it. I’m more a fan of the dramas. There are a few on Netflix, though not my favorites. If anyone wants recommendations, they can message me at my Shannon Kent Facebook page, and I’d love to help them find a drama they like.

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SHAREE:      I am acquainted with the dramas and will be watching more of them. Let’s shift gears and talk about how your books fit into all of this. Would you share a little about your writing journey?

SHANNON:   My family traveled a lot when I was young, and my parents had to periodically stop at bookstores in different towns, just to refill my supply. I loved to read. But didn’t realize I wanted to create books until I was almost done with a four year college degree studying music. I went on to get an M.A. in Journalism, wrote music and theater reviews for a local paper, and started collecting my own pile of rejection letters. A fellow K-drama fan decided to do the My Korean Crush Series, invited me to join, and here I am two romances later. I’m still working towards the traditional feather in my cap where I acquire an agent and have a publisher offer me a contract.

SHAREE:      I totally understand the collection of rejection letters. Got a pile of my very own. Writing’s a hard business 🙂 I loved FlowerBoy Tour Guide. It was so much fun! What are your favorite genres to read?

SHANNON:   I’m a happily-ever-after girl, all the way. I love Love Stories.

SHAREE:       Absolutely! What was the most influential book you’ve read and why?

SHANNON:   Doesn’t everyone give the same answer? The Bible. What other book has adventure stories, romance, songs, erotic poetry, etc.? There’s nothing like it. The fact that it’s God-breathed and can pull you out of the deepest funk is also a plus.

One of my favorite books to re-read is a lesser known work by L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables. She wrote a romance called The Blue Castle which is jam-packed with quirky characters, sarcastic observations, beautiful descriptions, and a pathetic heroine who turns herself into a stand-on-her-own-two-feet woman. I highly recommend it.

SHAREE:       I agree, the Bible is never dull! And somehow, no matter how many times I read it, I still find something new. What are you working on now?

SHANNON:   I just finished a romantic comedy about a group of sassy senior citizens who retire on a cruise ship and spend their free time matchmaking the people around them. These ladies made me laugh and cry as I wrote them, and I hope to share The Matchmaker Cruise with the world soon.

SHAREE:       That sounds wonderful!! I can’t wait to read it. We have to ask those all important questions like…Are you a plotter or a pantser?

SHANNON:   I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer who can acknowledge the value in being a plotter. I’ve taken to covering my walls with colored index cards to lay out the key scenes of a story. But I suspect I’ll always be a pantser at heart.

SHAREE:     LOL. Love it. What’s one fun fact about you?

SHANNON:   I can sing The Alphabet Song backwards—Z,Y,X,W,V… it’s harder to type backwards than sing it.

SHAREE:       Giggle. Now that is original! Shannon, thank you so much!! But it gets better because Shannon is offering an eBook of Flowerboy Tour Guide to one lucky commenter!

Comment for a chance to win

bw headshotFriends, find Shannon at the following links:

Facebook            https://www.facebook.com/shannonkentauthor/

Twitter               https://twitter.com/dramarookie

 

 

 

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Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.

As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.

Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FN7X5TD

Other sellers’ link https://books2read.com/u/mvKWa2

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Letty McDonnell—a hug first and ask questions later kind of gal—stumbles into an unexpected scandal with her favorite K-pop star when she spots him at the airport. Is it bad timing or a blessing in disguise? The international publicity leads to a job offer from the reality show Marry My Stalker, where the two pretend to be man and wife as they complete a variety of crazy couple missions.

Wacky challenges, jealous fangirls, and a language barrier can’t slow Letty down. Especially when she has handsome translator, Ben Park, whispering in her ear. He steers her away from cultural faux pas and offers behind-the-scenes encouragement as she maneuvers the unfamiliar public arena. But is he sincerely interested or just doing his job? The affectionate words her fake husband says for the cameras are always repeated by Ben’s caring voice, and Letty begins to wonder if a romance without spotlights or red carpets is the real path to true love.

Only available on Amazon, is also a Kindle Unlimited book

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MMPCY3F

Rosemarie Ross

Please welcome our guest and my friend, Rosemarie Ross as we discuss her new cozy mystery, Cobblered to Death and talk about writing! And, Rosemarie has generously offered a copy of Cobblered to Death to one lucky commenter (US only). 

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SHAREE: I absolutely loved your new cozy mystery, Cobblered to Death. You’ve written in many different genres. What drew you to cozy mysteries?

ROSEMARIE: Cozy mysteries are so fun to read and write! You get to create quirky characters and infuse humor into your story line. It’s also fun to develop a series character and watch them grow and change over time.

SHAREE: You definitely endeared me to Courtney. Since this is book one of the Courtney Archer series, what can we expect in book two?

ROSEMARIE: The American Baking Battle is a wedding themed show in book two of the series and book three is a Christmas book which is what I’m working on now.

SHAREE: Can’t wait!! What gave you the inspiration for the story?

ROSEMARIE: My editor was looking for a baking show scenario in a book. Since I watch a lot, A LOT, of cooking shows, it was easy for me to come up with a show premise then twist it with the behind the scenes filming being much different than what you see when you watch the program.

SHAREE: I enjoy cooking shows too, but they make me hungry. Giggle. What is the message you hope readers gain from Cobblered to Death?

ROSEMARIE: I don’t know if I have a message worked into my theme? I like to entertain readers, help them forget about their problems or stresses for a few minutes.

SHAREE: Cobblered to Death was definitely entertaining. Let’s shift gears a little bit. Rosemarie has done wonderful writing workshops and if you ever get the chance to hear her teach, I’d highly recommend it. What advice would you give to writers?

ROSEMARIE: For beginning authors, READ. Read books about the craft of writing and believe what they say. Read books about the marketing side of writing. Take writing courses through colleges, tech schools or online. Writing is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough, competitive business and knowing as much as you can about the process is vital to your success. Also, keep your eye on the market. I don’t mean following trends, but know your genre. For mid-career authors, keep abreast of the marketing trends and continue to develop your craft either by taking courses or attending workshops. Also, for all authors, don’t be afraid to try something new, a different genre, writing in 1st person vs. 3rd, etc. It helps stretch those writing muscles!

SHAREE: I’m taking all of that advice to heart. Okay, now for fun, do you have a dream vacation? Or a bucket list item?

ROSEMARIE: I’m going to combine these two questions. I don’t have a dream vacation or bucket list, but I would like to visit all 50 states in the U. S. I’m a little over halfway but for a few states I’ve only ‘visited’ an airport.

SHAREE: I have visited many states via the airport only. Giggle. What a fun idea to visit all 50 and you’re halfway through?! Wow! What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done?

ROSEMARIED: Hmm…I don’t know. I do a lot of silly things.

SHAREE: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

ROSEMARIE: Pertaining to my writing? Having to regroup and reevaluate my writing career after losing an editor who liked working with me and having the new editor cancel my contract with only one of the four books in the series published.

SHAREE: That does sound hard. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

ROSEMARIE: Yes, I want to say: THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. Writing is a lonely profession so having readers, and hearing from readers, is very special.

SHAREE: I agree, Rosemarie! Thank you so much for joining us today. And friends, Cobblered to Death is such a fun read. It would also make a wonderful Christmas gift! You can read my review here.

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Rosemarie Ross is a pseudonym of multi-published in multi-genres author, Rose Ross Zediker. Rose writes cozy mystery novels, contemporary and historical inspirational romance novels, and has hundreds of publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Her titles have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists and been finalists for the RITA, National Reader’s Choice, Booksellers Best and Book Buyers Best award contests. Visit Rosemarie at www.rosemarieross.com.

Joy Avery Melville

Welcome Joy!! TEAL HEAD SHOT - FACING MY RIGHTI am delighted to host you today. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate your debut, Meant for Her.

But before we talk about the book, I would love for our readers to get to know you better.

SHAREE: For those of you who don’t know, Joy is an amazing mentor. She’s a three-time CONSECUTIVE Mentor of the Year Nominee (2016-2018) and she won ACFW’s 2015 Mentor of the Year. What do you think is the most important thing about mentoring writers?

JOY: I firmly believe anything I’ve learned should be imparted to others, not hoarded for only my personal gain.

SHAREE: I love that you’re willing to share those incredible morsels, and those of us who have learned under your prayerful wings (waving hand emphatically), we are most blessed! Would you please share a little about your writing journey?

JOY: How much time and space do we have here? I was in the last marking period of 8th grade, when God used my English teacher and then a combination of other people, circumstances, and situations, I fondly call my God-given Dot-to-Dot Connections. In 2008, I was able to finally dig in and write in accordance to obedience and trust – lots and lots of trust.

SHAREE: Trust and obedience are definitely must-have writing essentials. Great writers are also readers. What are your favorite genres to read?

JOY: In order of preference – Gripping Romantic Suspense, Romance, Historical Romance and light Women’s Fiction.

SHAREE: I sooo appreciate that you like romantic suspense since it happens to be one of my favorite genres too. LOL. So, of all those wonderful books, what was the most influential book you’ve read and why?

JOY: I was 13 years old. I read a book by the author, Christmas Carol Kaufman (real name) LIGHT FROM HEAVEN was the title – I think I read that book once a year for five or six years afterward. That author knew her characters and put them into positions that were anything but pleasant, yet they persevered. I tear up now, remembering how the mother in the story was such an example of love under horrid conditions and how it shaped her son’s life.

SHAREE: The greatest stories are the ones that stick with us. What are you working on now?

JOY: I’m scheduling book signings, book club presentations, blog tours, and review tours like crazy. I’m also editing for a long-time client – we are into my 16th book with her. I will be getting ready for the holidays – squished in like a slice of meat in a sandwich – and January 2nd – without any time to READ or HALLMARK MOVIE-WATCH – I’ll be tearing into editing/revising Book One of my wounded warrior series, Operation Return To Peace, SOWN IN PEACE.  Lord willing, I’d like to see it published before Veteran’s Day 2020. (Of course, that means it’ll be squeezing me up against another holiday season with promotions, right?!) I’ll have to see what the Lord intends for that book.

SHAREE: Whew! No rest for you! We know it’s serious when there’s no time to read or watch Hallmark movies. When you’re writing, are you a plotter or a pantser?

JOY: Is there such a thing as Plantser? LOL – Seriously, my characters are extremely well developed with definite backstories before I commence writing. I also write chronologically, so the story unfolds as the characters lead me forward, often shocking me with things they do or say, I can’t believe as I write it. Those tend to become my, and many readers’, favorite places in the book, also.

SHAREE: I absolutely believe in PLANTSERS!! I am one. 😊 What’s one fun fact about you?

JOY: Oh, boy. One fun fact? (Isn’t that an interviewing trick – asking a question of the interviewer to gain time as the interviewee flounders for an answer?) Honestly, I’m kind of at a loss since I spend so much time in my personal library with a computer screen in front of me, I don’t know exactly how to answer that. BUT During the holidays, when hubby is working, I get out the snackies instead of a real lunch – curl up in a comfy chair with our Is-A-Bella Bindi (Is-A-Beautiful Little Girl) and watch Hallmark Christmas movies to death – it’s my reward for having worked like a crazy woman all year, and I do it when Jerry is at work, because he cannot handle so much “gush” as he puts it.

SHAREE: I’m laughing because when you asked if my fun fact question was a time stall technique. All I pictured was when the dentist asks you a question while he’s working on your teeth. LOL. Joy, I’m so glad you were able to join us today. Blessings on your long-awaited debut. I cannot wait to get my hands on the print copy! And Joy is generously offering ONE lucky commenter a print copy of Meant for Her (US only for print/ Ebook for International).

Now let’s talk about Meant for Her:

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Had it all truly been ~ MEANT FOR HER?

Kidnapped, raped, brutally beaten, and left for dead, Candi Reynolds becomes a prisoner of fear. Faced also with the impact of the unexpected break-up with her fiancé, and an unwanted pregnancy resulting from the attacks, she believes God has forsaken her. Choosing to move back to the Michigan horse farm, owned by her older brother, Dr. Cam Reynolds, Candi essentially goes into seclusion.

Dr. Patrick (Mack) MacKevon, long-time friend of Cam’s, watches from the sidelines at the farm, w here his horses are stabled, while Candi struggles to regain a sense of normalcy. His own big-brother tendencies develop into a much deeper emotion over the months he prays for her.

Is it possible for Candi to put all of the pain and trauma behind her and renew her former relationship with the Lord? Will she allow her heart to open enough to discover authentic love, while making decisions of victory on her personal journey to joy?

Get your copy at:

Kindle:        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y8RJFJ1

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Meant-Her-Intended-Avery-Melville/dp/1691723665

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Email               joyjournaling@gmail.com

Twitter            https://twitter.com/Journeystojoy

Website           https://www.joyaverymelville.com

Blog                https://www.journeystojoy.net

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Amazon:          https://www.amazon.com/author/joyaverymelville

Goodreads:     https://www.goodreads.com/joyjournalinggmailcom

Bookbub:        https://www.bookbub.com/profile/joy-avery-melville

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Efficient isn’t as important as Effective

Please join me in welcoming my beautiful friend, Jackie Layton.

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Hi Sharee, thanks so much for inviting me to join you today.

This summer I read What’s Best Next by Matt Perman and treated it as a Bible study. As a writer there are so many issues to address, and paralysis can set in. What is the best step to take next?

Perman didn’t write this book for authors specifically. It’s for anybody and everybody. He says we can learn to be effective in the “midst of seventy-five emails, twelve phone calls, and eighteen interruptions a day.”

I learned to look at every aspect of my life as an opportunity to glorify God.

One point that punched me in the gut was being efficient is not as important as being effective. I can be efficient, but if I’m doing the wrong task efficiently, I’m not effective. Ouch.

I’ve always been a prayer, but I’m trying to listen better after reading Perman’s book. I’m also trying to keep my eyes open for opportunities to glorify God. Big things and little things.

As far as my writing goes, I learned to write in blocks of time. I don’t step away to rotate the laundry or load the dishwasher. I am giving myself blocks of time to sit down and only write. I belong to an online accountability group of writers and we check in with BICHOK. Butt in chair hands on keyboard. When I sign in with that, I ignore social media and focus on writing.

I’d love to hear ways you’ve found to be more effective in your work. Also, I’d love to pray for you. Please leave me a message, and I’ll pray.

Sharee, thanks again for hosting me.

Jackie, your words are a great reminder! Thank you for joining us!

Friends, you can find Jackie at:

http://www.jackielaytonauthor.com

http://jackiesbackporch.blogspot.com

Twitter: @Joyfuljel

https://www.facebook.com/JackieLaytonAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/Joyfuljel

https://www.pinterest.com/jackiebeth117/

https://www.instagram.com/joyfuljel/

 

The Fast Track to Traditional Publishing

Please join me in welcoming my very dear friend, the Queen of Suspense, Connie Queen as she shares her tips on the fast track to traditional publishing.  Connie is a brand new author with Love Inspired Suspense! Please also leave a comment for your chance to win a super, cool custom-made coffee mug!

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Crickets chirping.

Do you hear that? Yeah, me too. Silence.

If you’re looking for the secret pill or magic formula to get your stories contracted quickly by a traditional publisher, I’m afraid I have no clue. But I do have some things I’ve learned along the way that I’ve found helpful and can hopefully encourage you to continue trudging along on this crazy path of becoming published authors.

First, let me thank Sharee for inviting me today. She’s a sweet friend and a great encourager of both published and unpublished authors. I love her books and am honored she asked me to be her guest.

In addition to encouragement from my family and faith in God, there are gobs of writing advice out there that has benefited me. I’m going to narrow down my list to three, and these do tend to overlap.

  1. Time doesn’t matter. That’s right. Don’t worry about how long you’ve been writing. Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep submitting. Unless you’ve just quit your day job and you’ve got ten hungry mouths to feed, stop rushing your journey. I only say this because we all want, me included, to receive the call or that next big contract right now. Today. Yesterday would be even better.

I’d been writing for over twenty years before I got the call. My first rejection came in 1999 by a Harlequin editor. Many of you will reach your goals much earlier than that, some later. It really is okay.

  1. Don’t compare apples to oranges. If we were all trying to get to Texas, Writer A in Oklahoma should arrive before Writer B from Montana. What if I had compared myself to the author who received a contract after pursuing publication for only two years? I’m married with 8 kids. Did I really sit down every day and write with kids running around the house? Nope. Sometimes months, even years, went by with little progress. It would be unfair to compare my journey to someone who is single, studies the craft, has a degree in creative writing and sits down to write three hours every single day. Yes, it’s cliché, but don’t compare apples to oranges. It just isn’t fair. It’ll leave you feeling inadequate and sometimes bitter toward those who “seem” to have an easier time.

Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep submitting.

We all start in different places and have different things going on in our lives. Day job? Kids at home? Helping elderly parents? Health issues? Going through a divorce or a major life change? Or maybe you’re an empty nester for the first time (waving my hand ecstatically) and things are calm. Some write a book every month (I know, I still can’t grasp that…) and some take years to complete a single manuscript. Some are natural-born story tellers and others must learn through trial and error. Really, it’s okay.

Just keep writing. Keep learning… Well, you get it.

  1. Have fun! This is the Grand Poohbah of writing. Whether your goal is to increase someone’s faith, entertain, educate or offer hope, enjoy the process. Life is short. No doubt, I will still have writing challenges and setbacks no matter how many books I publish, but I love my critique partners, a special mentor who took me under her wing, publishing professionals, and all the many people I’ve met along the way. Sharing stories with readers and other writers, really is living the dream. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

What about you? What motivates you to keep writing? Please share any words of wisdom that’s made a difference for you.

Share your comments below and one person will be chosen at random to win this fabulous mug!!coffeemug

Connie Queen is a brand new author for Love Inspired Suspense.
When she’s not writing, she’s busy spending time with her kids and grandkids. She has a houseful of BIG LOVEABLE dogs called Great Danes. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over 33 years. A native-born Texan, she now resides in Nebraska.

Follow Connie at: conniequeenauthor.com

Twitter @ConnieSueQueen

 

 

Meet author, Cindy Regnier!

Cindy Regnier_headshotFriends, it’s been too long but I’m so glad to be back with you and today, we’re talking with my very dear friend, and debut author, Cindy Regnier! Her book, Mail-Order Refuge, releases tomorrow, June 11, 2019.

I know…I know…you’re as excited to talk with her as I am. Grab a chair!

First, Cindy, welcome!! We’re so glad you’re joining us today. So, let’s dive right in. What drew you to historical romance as a reader and made you want to write it?

CINDY: As a child, I loved reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I think I read These Happy Golden Years about fifty-bazillion times. When I wrote my first book, I didn’t even think about it. Historical romance is what came out of that pen.

SHAREE: Oh, I remember those books! They were some of my favorite as well! Folks always ask questions about writing life. Do you have any writing routines?

CINDY: Mostly my routine is whatever works. I have a full-time job that’s not writing, so when I get home I usually curl up in my recliner, open my computer, and words start appearing on the page. Kind of fun how that happens.

SHAREE: I love that kind of routine! Now, an important question. Coffee or tea?

CINDY: I like both. Coffee in the morning, especially in winter, and then iced tea the rest of the day.

SHAREE: I’m with you there. I love both of them. What’s the one message you’d want a reader to get from Mail-Order Refuge?MailOrderRefuge (3)

CINDY: Forgiveness and grace are there for the taking. By grace, we can get rid of our guilt and release our burdens. That and cowboy heroes are delightful.

SHAREE: Amen to that! What was the best advice you received and would want to pass on?

CINDY: There’s no wrong way to do this writing thing as long as people want to read what you wrote. Write what you want and don’t worry about the “rules.”

SHAREE: Definitely. The rules can stifle creativity. Writers are readers so what’s your favorite book?

CINDY: My favorite book will always be Pride and Prejudice. (Favorite movie too!) Seriously – how could anybody not love Pride and Prejudice?

SHAREE: Ah, a true romantic at heart. What were your first words when you got THE CALL?

CINDY: Stunned silence immediately followed by “Really?”  Pretty eloquent, right?

SHAREE: Giggle, I love that too. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

CINDY: My writing sisters, including Sharee, mean so much to me. I couldn’t do this without their help and support.

SHAREE: Cindy, I couldn’t agree more. There’s something wonderful about having a writing community to walk alongside during this journey. I’m so grateful to share this time with you!

Alright friends, there you have the most wonderful reasons to buy and read Mail-Order Refuge. And it gets better, because Cindy has also offered one print or ebook copy to ONE commenter. So be sure to comment! (Winner will be chosen at random. US only for print copies).

Cindy Regnier_headshotScribbling in notebooks has been a habit of Cindy Regnier since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born and raised in Kansas, she writes stories of historical Kansas, especially the Flint Hills area where she spent much of her childhood. Cindy is married to her husband of 36 years, has two grown sons, a son residing in heaven, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a beautiful daughter-in-law-to-be.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a dual major in Agriculture and Business, Cindy works for her local school district as clerk of the board of education and is active in her church and community. Her experiences with the Flint Hills setting, her natural love for history, farming and animals, along with her interest in genealogical research give her the background and passion to write heart-fluttering historical romance.

 

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