Behold, I Am Doing a New Thing …

As this posts, I am in the midst of another book release. If you were part of last year’s Valentine’s Day release of A Dozen Apologies, you will be familiar with the process–Write Integrity Press releases a chapter a day. When all the chapters are released, we invite you (the reader) to vote on your favorite chapter. Last year, in A Dozen Apologies, you voted for a hero. This year, you’ll vote for your favorite heroine.

And you won’t know who the author is until the winner is announced.

Sound like fun? This year’s story, The Love Boat Bachelor, is a sequel to Mara’s story in A Dozen Apologies. Brent Teague didn’t win Mara’s heart. Remember him? He was the minister who met up with our repentant heroine while she was dressed in a turkey costume. Yes, you guessed it, he was her November apology.

This year, we catch up to Brent, dejected, disappointed, and ready for a change. When an offer comes from an old friend, Brent’s sister urges him to accept. Take a chance. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get out there! So Brent agrees to a two-week stint as a chaplain on board a cruise ship. But all is not as it seems, of course.

The adventure begins January 26, 2015. You can go to the website and read the first two chapters (see links below). Bookmark that website, so you can return there every week day (we take a break on weekends) until all eight chapters are posted … and then … you can vote for your favorite.


Elizabeth Noyes – Authorview


Betty Noyes

This week’s Authorview guest, Elizabeth Noyes, has been here before. You may recognize her from an earlier post. Her debut novel, Imperfect Wings, is a recent release from Write Integrity Press. She has a wonderful, humorous style, and I hope you enjoy her interview.
Nickname or “wannabe” name:I grew up being called “Betty Ann” by my family and friends (that’s a strong southern emphasis on Ann, two syllables, pronounced “Ayyy’-yun”). My brother dubbed me with my nickname – “Boop” (as in Betty Boop, not that I looked anything like her). Today, people call me Betty.
I am (what you do): For several years, I’ve told people I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up—retired! Last month I did it. Now, I plan to refocus my 40-hour work week on my writing.
My best trait: Perseverance
My bad habit: Self-doubt
Qualities I admire: Confidence, outgoing natures, positive outlooks
What I like to read: Reading is my addiction. I love all genres – suspense, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, historical, biographies, even some horror (if it’s not grisly). No war stuff, though.
What I write: Action/suspense with a dash of romance
What I watch: On television, I watch old movies, baseball, football, and bullriding! But I also like to people-watch at the park, at church or while shopping. You get some crazy ideas for stories that way.
My family: I have a husband (been married for 41 years this Christmas), one son married with a son of his own, and one daughter also married with a daughter and son. There are also assorted grand-dogs at any given time.
My favorite food, snack, or beverage: Ice cream – Chunky Monkey, Pistachio, Butter Pecan – haven’t found a flavor I’d turn down yet.
What I love to do: Read, crochet, read, yoga, read, write, read, bridge, and … did I say read?
What I admire: People who can put themselves out there without fear of rejection.
What makes me happy: Sunshine, blue skies, oceans, cruises, other people’s smiles, children playing, dogs napping, flowers, clean toilets, and that all important first cup of coffee in the morning.
What makes me sad: A friend’s tears, movies that make me cry, the end of a good book series, a wasted day.
I believe: There is a Creator who put order in the universe, one who lets us make mistakes and learn from them, one who created us for a purpose and will gently guide us to the right path if we allow Him.
Elizabeth Noyes–professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer–lives in Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human character clamoring to be heard. Imperfect Wings is the first novel in her romantic suspense Imperfect Series.

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Imperfect Wings by Elizabeth Noyes
Evil stalks TJ McKendrick.
Three years after burying her father, TJ visits Honduras where he died. While there, she witnesses a murder and is forced to flee.

Don Castillo dreams of power. Funnel the drugs into the States and it’s his. First though, he must kill the woman who dared spy on him.

The last thing Garrett Cameron needs is another woman interrupting his life, but when the feisty vixen that put a monkey wrench in his mission two years ago shows up at his ranch running for her life — what’s a man to do?

The attraction between TJ and Garrett bursts into flame in the midst of danger, a fierce desire that neither is prepared for. Her past is filled with betrayal. He’s lived a life of violence, and love isn’t for someone like him. Do they dare let go of past hurts and embrace a future together?

Only faith in God and trust in each other can overcome the deadly odds they face.

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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

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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Small & Indie Publishers Rock!

What a month I’ve had! July has been so exciting, I almost hate to see it go. And it flew by, don’t you think? Did you take a vacation? Go someplace really fun or restful?

I visited with three very busy people. Three publishers who are making their mark, pressing in and beyond to achieve their goals and dreams. Reaching out to bless others and speak living words into as many hearts and lives as possible. I’ve been blessed beyond measure just reading some of the comments left on the posts. Yes, these ladies are making a difference.

I would like to once again thank Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press, and Pix-N-Pens Publishing, Nike Chillemi of Crime Fictionista Press, and Nicola Martinez of Pelican Book Group, for taking the time out of their oh, so busy schedules to answer my questions.

Three outstanding interviews! If you missed one or all of them, click on the links here:

Tracy Ruckman
Nike Chillemi
Nicola Martinez

I enjoyed working with Tracy, Nike, and Nicola, preparing their posts, and reading their answers to my questions. It is obvious, all three of these ladies work hard at what they do. It shows through their most excellent work.

And most of all, thank you, dear readers, for stopping by. I hope you’ll check back in during the month of August when the subject is “Connections.” I have a couple of special guests lined up, who will share their take on the importance of connections in our lives.