Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Talks about Her Lost Love, the Latest Cozy Mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series



A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the Amelia Moore Detective Series

Congratulations, Linda, on your latest cozy mystery, Her Lost Love
 
 
Her Lost Love: Amelia Moore Detective Series

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.

What the reviewers are saying about the Amelia Moore Detective Series and Her Lost Love

Most mysteries are a “who-done-it,” but this cozy mystery series specializes in missing persons. Amelia Moore, founder of the Moore Detective Agency, and Rick Bonito always solve their case. Her Lost Love is the fifth mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. There is a nice blend of mystery, romance, and humor. The little sparks of romance between the two detectives simply add to the mystery of this story.

“I've read this series from the beginning and come to know and love Amelia and Rick more with each book. These are some of my favorite cozy mysteries and I know exactly what I'm getting with them--a fun, unique mystery that isn't too intense, mingled with a sweet, clean romance. I think Amelia and Rick compliment each other perfectly, both professionally and personally. Of course, since I'm a romantic at heart, I love the romantic moments in the story.” --Katie Watkins, Katies Clean Book Collection

Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.

“I love long-lost love stories,” wrote Melanie Valderrama of Mel’s Shelves. “So this one grabbed my interest right from the beginning. What I enjoy about this series is that there's always more to each case than they originally think. This case was no different. I love how their personal relationship is progressing and am excited to see what happens next. Rick is so irresistible and romantic and he steps up big time in this book. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more!”

 Each novel in this mystery series has enough twists to keep the reader guessing. “Her Lost Love” not only has a case for Amelia and Rick to solve, but the romance is intriguing. Library of Clean Reads wrote: “This is a fast-paced, creative mystery that has at its heart crime, archaeological digs, romance, ‘good guys and bad’ that combine to make an interesting, quick read.”

The books in the Amelia Moore Detective Series are The Bali Mystery, The Shamrock Case, The Missing Heir, and The Mysterious Doll. For more information or to read sample chapters, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

More about the Amelia Moore Detective Series on YouTube here

About Linda Weaver Clarke
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Winner of Broken Silence


The winner of Broken Silence is...

Hats, horns...

Congratulations to Sonja!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Annslee Urban Talks about Broken Silence, Her Latest Love Inspired Suspense. Gives Away a Copy and Shares a Yummy Recipe.



A Warm Welcome to Annslee Urban

Annslee will give away an e-book of Broken Silence.
To enter to win leave a comment and e-mail address below.

She shares her favorite Bible verse and a yummy recipe for brownies.

About Annslee

Annslee grew up watching old-time romance movies, which she attributes to her passion for sweet romance, true love and happy endings. A daydreamer at heart, Annslee began her writing journey when the youngest of her five children started school. For several years she worked as a freelance writer for newspapers in her community and has written for magazines and online publications.
Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she moved to Western Pennsylvania, before settling in North Carolina with her husband and children. Aside from writing, Annslee works part-time as a Registered Nurse in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of ACFW, and has served as on the board of Carolina Christian Writers. She guest blogs regularly and also has her own blog, Cozy Customs at annsleeurban.blogspot.com.
 

 About Broken Silence

Broken Silence for the second month running has been on the Amazon’s Best Seller’s Rank for Books and Kindle under Christian Romance and Suspense.
 
In the book

SHE'S HIDING A DEADLY SECRET…
…and someone wants to make sure Amber Talbot never reveals it. When she becomes the target of a car bomb and a home invasion, she gets the message loud and clear. If she tells anyone her secret, she will die. The person charged with protecting her is police detective Patrick Wiley—the fiancĂ© she walked away from but never forgot. The same man she never wanted to tell about the attack that left her for dead. Back then Patrick couldn't save her. Now he must. Because the attacker has returned to finish what he started. Except this time he's got them both in his sights.

Nourish the Soul - Annslee talks about her favorite Bible verse

"I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
 
This was a verse that was part of my devotional on 9/11 after the attacks on our country. It was a heartbreaking day for all Americans and very personal to our family as my husband is an airline pilot.  There was so much uncertainty that day, but God gave me this verse and a peace that truly was beyond understanding. I have cherished this verse since.

Thank you for sharing
 
Annslee’s Walnut Fudge Brownies
 
This is a recipe I have used for over 30 years. It is one that I tweaked from a recipe given to me by my grandmother. I often get asked for the recipe whenever I bring it to a function or give some as a gift.

Walnut Fudge Brownies


1 cup flour      ¼ teas. baking powder
¼ teas. Salt      1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar      1 teas. vanilla
12 Tablespoon cocoa     1 cup chopped nuts
4 eggs

Preheat oven 325. Grease 10” x 12” pan. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in small bowl. In larger bowl beat butter, sugar, eggs until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and blend in dry ingredients, and then add nuts. Spread evenly in pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

You can reach Annslee at: annsleeurban@gmail.com

Learn more about Annslee and her books on the following sites
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Winner of Bridge of Faith



To choose this winner I gave my husband the names to select one at random.


He picked....


Hats...Horns...


Congratulations, Laurean!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Catherine West Talks about Her New Book, Bridge of Faith. She'll Give Away a Copy.




A Warm Welcome to Catherine West

Catherine will give away an e-book OR a print book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below
 
 
Hi Catherine. First, tell us a little about yourself.
Let’s see – the first thing people ask when they meet me, is “How did you end up in Bermuda?”  Actually I had the good fortune to be born here. My parents were already living here and quite settled into island life by the time I came along, and here we all remained. Growing up on a tiny island has its advantages, in that I’ve done a lot of traveling, and it’s definitely a simpler way of life. I love it.
When I’m not writing, I’ll work in my garden (which is in a sorry state right now!), walk my dog and hang out with my family. I also love to sing, and I’m on the worship team at our church. I kind of have a crush on the worship leader guy. (Who I happen to be married to, btw). We have two grown up kids, our daughter and her husband live in Bermuda, and our son is just about to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?
Oh, definitely! My parents were great readers so it was kind of a family activity. I was an early reader and went through all the books at school quite quickly. I think at some point they just let me bring my own. I loved mysteries, anything with animals, fairy tales. I was a huge Enid Blyton fan, read all her books, every series. Basically I read whatever I could get my hands on!

Let's talk about your writing. Often people wonder why writers write. Why do you write?
I suppose it’s in me? Hard question and I’m always asked it, so I like to challenge myself to find a good answer! Really, I think I write because I can’t imagine doing anything else. And it’s the most comfortable way for me to express myself. I love the excitement of thinking up stories, creating characters and watching their lives unfold on the page. I love the thought that one day my words might help somebody in that same situation. But really, I just can’t imagine anything else I’d be any good at!


 
About Bridge of Faith, Catherine's Newest Book.

Two lives taken down different roads - one enduring love - one shot at starting over.

    If only they believed in second chances.

Julia Connelly is finally free from twelve long years in an abusive relationship. Now able to live the life she’s longed for, Julia takes her two children back home to Vermont, hoping for peace and healing. The last person she expects to see is the man she eloped with at eighteen—who then abandoned her two months into their marriage, with little explanation.

 When an assignment in the Middle East ends in tragedy, popular news correspondent, Reid Wallace, returns to his hometown seeking answers and peace of mind. Confronting his past was not in the plan.
Now he’s asking different questions. Like why the only woman he’s ever really loved still mesmerizes him. Why the haunted expression she wears reaches right into his soul.

And why her twelve year-old son looks just like him.

They say you can’t go home again. Sometimes you don’t have a choice.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?
I love the characters. Reid and Julia are about as real as you get. They’ve both been hurt. They’re both dealing with the hard things life has thrown at them, and they are both in need of God’s healing touch. Both a little stubborn, but eventually they come to realize that forgiveness is the only way forward. It’s my hope that this will challenge my readers as well, because I know from my own experiences that sometimes forgiveness is really the hardest thing to give. I hope my readers will tell others that it’s a book for everyone!

In three words describe your style of writing.
Realistic. Emotional. Challenging.

How do you get to know your characters?
Usually I just write and see what happens. My stories tend to play out like movies in my head, and that’s the best way for me to get to know my characters. I try to think like them, to wonder what they’d do in certain situations and why they’d react that way or say something like that. It’s an ongoing process for me, which makes it all the more fun.

What themes do you write about?
I write what I tend to call ‘Reality Fiction’. The stuff of real life. I think all my books will have various themes in them, but for the most part I’d have to say always forgiveness, redemption, hope and healing. And of course none of these are possible without God’s grace.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?
I hope so! I really hope that my writing conveys the depths of God’s love for us. While I prefer to weave a spiritual message subtly, it’s always there. I don’t think I could write a book that didn’t point people toward the cross. It may not be in blazing neon lights, but sometimes it’s in the smaller details that all of a sudden just pop out at you. God gets our attention in the strangest of ways at times, and that is also true for my characters.

What are you working on right now?
Well, I’m working on marketing, really. I have some ideas mulling around for something new, but I probably won’t get started on that for a little bit. I’ve got some good news on the horizon which I'll be able to share soon, but my readers can expect more books from me in the future!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Oh yes! First thing of course, read as much as you can about craft. There’s so much to learn, but don’t let it intimidate you. Be humble. Ask as many questions as you need to. Find a critique group and don’t ever be afraid to submit your work. Join writers groups like ACFW, attend conferences if you can, or local seminars. But really, have fun with it. If this is what God has called you to, He’ll provide all that other stuff. Don’t take it or yourself too seriously, life is too short for that!

Bio: Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards. Catherine’s latest novel, Bridge of Faith, is now available on Amazon.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

Learn more about Catherine and Her Books on the following sites

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Winner of Love Comes Calling





Hats...horns....


Congratulations, Linda Weaver Clarke!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Deborah Piccurelli Talks about Her New Novella, Love Comes Calling


A Warm Welcome to Derborah Piccurelli

Deborah will give away an e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Many writers have loved to read as long as they can remember. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

Yes, I was. The books that most stick out in my mind are The Three Little Kittens (I was about 2 or 3 yrs. old), Madeline (5 or 6 years), and at around 8 yrs., I remember a book with stories about Barbie, the doll, and her boyfriend, Ken. I don’t remember the exact title, though.

Neat. Why do you write?

I write because I just have to. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do with all this stuff going on in my head.

About Love Comes Calling, Deborah's Latest Book
  
 
The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to tell her who he really is.
Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

It’s unique storyline, and the characters. I hope readers will tell others that they were highly
entertained; that they couldn’t put it down; that it tugged on their heartstrings.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Love Comes Calling is a sweet romance, but most of what I write is cause and issue-related romantic suspense. For those books, I get ideas from newspapers, magazines, television news shows and the internet.

How do you get to know your characters?

I get to know them some before I put anything on paper, and then more closely during the writing process.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

The word “schedule” makes me laugh! I don’t have a schedule. I write whenever I can grab the time.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

Definitely a pantzer! I may write a list of things that will happen in the book, but that’s it. I call that my outline. I just have to write as it comes. I do wish I were more organized and practical about my writing, as some authors are.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Never! I wouldn’t make an interesting character. LOL!

What are you working on right now?

The pilot script for a futuristic television drama. This is something the Lord impressed upon me to write now, and lay aside the book I had been working on.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Study, study, study, even after publication. Attend conferences and workshops. You can never learn enough.
Develop a thick skin. Not everyone will love your writing.
Never give up.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

I’m not sure. I might be singing (though I’m not very good at it); or I might be acting (but I’ve never tried it); I would never go back to secretarial work (been there, done that). But it’s very possible I would be lazing around the house, watching TV and eating bon-bons all day. LOL!

Buy Links for Love Comes Calling:

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 Bio:
After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She is active in her church and is an advocate for sanctity of life. Deborah is the author of two novels, a novella and several cause-related newspaper articles. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the New Jersey Society of Christian Writers. As one of the winners in a contest by The Christian Authors Show, details of Deborah’s writing journey can be found in the 2013-2014 edition of the book, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.  
Learn more about Deborah at her web site - http://www.deborahmpiccurelli.com/