Meet author Anne Greene

Anne Greene loves writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer and about gutsy heroines. Her first book in her CIA Operatives series opens with Shadow of the Dagger. Her Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. Blast off with Angel With Steel Wings. Her Holly Garden, Private Investigator series opens with Red Is For Rookie. Enjoy her award winning Scottish historical romances. Anne hopes her stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart. Discover more about Anne at: https://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

Tell us about your newest book. Trail of Tears, The Story of John Ross                               

What if you are a twenty-year-old, about to attend college, and your whole world collapses? Your mother and sister are missing, and soldiers murder your father, burn your mansion, and take you prisoner.

Trail of Tears relives one of the most heartrending chapters in American history as the US Government transports the self-governing, wealthy Cherokee nation from their ancestral homeland to relocate in hostile Indian Territory. The Georgia militia force John Ross, with only a trickle of Indian blood flowing in his veins, to walk the thousand-mile Trail of Tears.

After John protects a full-blood Indian girl from the lustful wagon master, the cruel soldier targets John for retribution—until John’s shoved too far. Bitter animosity explodes from a jealous Army Captain as John pushes and pulls his Conestoga wagon over mountain roads made muddy by rain and slippery by snow. Yet the persuasive voices of the preacher and his daughter have an impact. A new destiny awaits John at the end of the trail—if he survives. Four thousand Cherokee do not.

What genre do you focus on?

I love writing historical romance with a large dose of suspense stirred in. Today’s young people are unaware of the rich history of their country. History has turned from a boring subject in school to non-existent. Fiction gives people, young and old, a healthy awareness of the past, how America was built, and how we became the people we are.  I write historical romance to help them understand.

Who is your main character?

John Ross is the fictional nephew of the real John Ross who was President of the Cherokee Nation during the terrible ordeal they endured. My fictional John was less than one-eight Cherokee, but because of the plantation he owned, the State of Georgia wanted his land. So, he was forcibly evicted and under military guard was removed from his ancestral land to a land already occupied by far more primitive and often hostile Indians. John symbolizes the many mixed blood people evicted from their lands.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

My work schedule has changed over the years. In the beginning, I spent seven to eight hours a day writing. These days I write from one in the afternoon until six or seven at night, seven days a week. I spend a portion of my mornings trying to connect with my readers. I attempt to squeeze in exercise and time with friends whenever the opportunity arises. As my books have become more popular and well-known, I spend more and more time with family and friends. Today, I’m a faster writer with far less revisions than when I began.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

I’m an introvert. I find it difficult to share with people I meet that I’m an author. You need to be a long-time friend before I tell you I’m a multi-published, award-winning author. Unlike most of my writer friends, I don’t share my writer life with neighbors, friends at church, or people I casually meet. I’m working on this, but it’s hard. I find radio and TV appearances difficult. I’ve yet to make a podcast. But I’m working on these essential venues because I really want people to read my books.

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

I love to travel. I’ve been blessed with a husband who also enjoys travel. To date, I’ve visited every state in the US, including Hawaii and Alaska. I’ve visited some thirty foreign countries, yet there are more to be explored. I have a long bucket list.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I’m an eclectic writer. I began with serious books, then branched into mysteries and romances, and even humorous novellas. With the condition of our country at present, I’ve dipped a toe into writing about important controversial subjects like abortion. But above all, my purpose in writing is to entertain. To let readers escape whatever problems they may have and for a short while enter a world of fun, entertainment, or suspense. And to provide a bit of new knowledge on the journey.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I’ve written thirty other books. Historic, Suspense, Mystery, and a bit of Humor.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novella which should release in June or July, titled A Time To Stand, about a girl living during the Gilded Age among Newport Rhode Island’s new ultra-rich families. These parents, in order to enter the old-money, ultra-upper-class society, sell their beautiful daughters with a huge fortune, to titled Englishmen with huge estates they can no longer afford. The daughters, who left their homes and families to live with their titled husbands in England, become known as Dollar Brides. Most of these marriages became unhappy prisons for the girls. However, a few were happy. Cora, in Downtown Abby, was a Dollar Bride. The bride provided the money to maintain the English estate, and the title gave the parents entrance into Newport Society. In my book, one girl rebels.

Website:

https://www.annegreeneauthor.com/

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Greene/e/B004ECUWMG

Social media links: www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1873472.Anne_Greene

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/anne-greene

 

 

 

 

Meet Bible study author Kathy Howard

Kathy Howard has a passion for God’s Word that’s contagious. With more than 30 years of experience, Kathy has taught the Bible in dozens of states, internationally, and in a wide range of venues. Kathy, who has a Masters of Religious Education, is a devotional and Bible study author. She and her husband live near family in the Dallas/Ft Worth. They have three married children, and six grandchildren.

Tell us about your newest book.

Deep Rooted: Growing through the Gospel of Mark, is a 40-day devotional journey through the life and ministry of Jesus. “Deep Rooted” will show you how to interact with and apply Scripture, not just read it. This devotional will nurture a delight for God’s Word that keeps you rooted and growing.

What inspired you to write Deep Rooted?

The concept for my new devotional book “Deep Rooted” was inspired by a Bible reading group I started on Facebook several years ago. I break Bible books up into bite-sized daily pieces and supply commentary and questions. The women read the passage, study it based on my prompts, then discuss it in the comments. The feedback and growth have been so positive. Since the format obviously meets a need, I decided to adapt it to this book format.

What genre do you focus on?

I focus on Bible studies and devotional books. I especially love opening God’s Word in person with a group of women, whether in a small group at my own church or in a larger setting like a church retreat or conference. Writing Bible studies and devotionals is a way to reach even more women with God’s Word.

Why do you write?

I long to help women deepen their relationship with God and live lives that please Him. The Bible offers everything they need to thrive spiritually. But many women need help and encouragement to get into God’s Word regularly. In whatever I write, I work not only to help them gain Bible knowledge, but to also encourage them to apply it to their lives, and to equip them to study God’s Word for themselves.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I am a slow writer in general and in particular a slow starter. It’s rare that I can sit down at my desk and jump right in. That’s why I like to write in large blocks of time rather than snatching an hour here or a half hour there. So, I block off whole days to write, days when I don’t have to do anything else or go anywhere. On those days I drink lots of coffee and spend a lot of time in my pajamas! My best writing time is the morning so I start early and work until late afternoon. When I’m on a book deadline, I block off three to five full days a week for writing. Then I lump other tasks, errands, appointments, and time with friends in the other days.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

Learning that my writing has positively impacted a reader’s life is the best part of this calling. Getting those emails or social media comments encourage me to keep going. Writing can be very discouraging and God knows just when I need that dose of encouragement.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I have a bit of a competitive streak. I enjoying playing games and cards with family and friends. But I really like to win. I also enjoy word games and really good at Words with Friends.

What is your favorite pastime?

I read a lot, particularly fiction set during the second World War. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, hiking in the mountains, and fishing with my husband.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

“Deep Rooted” is my ninth book to be published. I also have four Bible studies, two devotional books, and a Christian living book titled “Fed Up with Flat Faith.”

 What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m in the editing phase for a devotional book with Tyndale titled “Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith.” “Heirloom” is a 52-day gift devotional that combines family faith stories with tips for leaving a spiritual legacy and tips for genealogy research. “Heirloom” tells those faith stories from history and Scripture that positively impact future generations. I had a great time researching and writing this one! “Heirloom” will release in early summer 2021.

Website: https://www.kathyhoward.org

Link to book:

https://www.kathyhoward.org/books/deep-rooted-growing-through-the-gospel-of-mark/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946708542?tag=kathhowa-20

Social media links:

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https://www.instagram.com/mkathoward/

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Meet Bible study author Debbie W. Wilson

Drawing from her walk with Christ and decades as a Christian counselor and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson mixes insight and encouragement to inspire readers to trust Christ with their lives. Her books include Little Faith, Big God; Give Yourself a Break; and Little Women, Big God. She and her husband Larry founded and run Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit biblical counseling, coaching, and Bible study ministry. Find free resources to refresh your faith at debbieWwilson.com.

Tell us about your newest book.

Little Faith, Big God digs into the lives of those in Hebrews 11. God commended these people for their faith—not their striving. They grew just like we do, three steps forward and two back. Those who tend to be hard on themselves will especially appreciate seeing God’s grace at work in the lives of these biblical characters.

What inspired you to write Little Faith, Big God?

Because I tend to be critical of myself, I noticed how gracious God was to His children in Hebrews 11 when they stumbled. From working with women, especially over-achievers, I know others live with that inner-critic too. I wanted them to see firsthand how self-condemning thoughts don’t come from God. Instead, He amazes us by showing up after we’ve failed—with amazing grace. He passed the blessing of Abraham to Jacob, the deceiver, right after he tricked his father and cheated his brother. That’s grace!

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

You know how some of us can be hard on ourselves? By digging into the backstories of those named in Hebrews 11, Little Faith, Big God shows believers how to give themselves a break and grow strong in God’s grace. These imperfect lives show how God remembers our faith, not our flops.

What genre do you focus on and why?

Christian Living/Bible Study: I was a biblical counselor for 24 years and have taught the Bible much longer than that. I like to help people connect to the heart of God and see how understanding and applying the Scriptures empower our everyday lives.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

For me, it is marketing the book. I’m always looking forward to the next project and am a teacher—not a promoter.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

I love that learning and sharing what I learn is my job. Writing helps me process my thoughts and think more deeply on a topic.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I have two standard poodles that make me smile or laugh every day.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I think my writing has become cleaner and tighter. When I read some older blogs, I wince. Some are too wordy.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Little Women, Big God looks at the women in Jesus’ genealogy. These women faced big problems but discovered a bigger God. They show us quality of life isn’t based on the size of our problems but on the size of our God.

Give Yourself a Break addresses ten areas that tend to rob many of us of biblical rest and shows us how to experience God in those areas.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a follow-up to Little Faith, Big God that explores the lives and lessons of those in Hebrews 11 that didn’t fit into my last book. Hebrews 11:34 speaks of those who “from weakness were made strong.” What were their weaknesses? What transformed them? And what can we learn from them? At this stage in life, I need the reminder God is enough when I’m weak.

Website: debbieWwilson.com

Link to book: https://debbiewwilson.com/little-faith-big-god/

Social media links:

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https://www.pinterest.com/djwwilson/

twitter: @debbieWwilson

https://www.instagram.com/debbiewwilson/

 

 

 

Meet author Carol Grace Stratton

Carol Straton is a novelist, reporter and freelancer. She’s written hundreds of articles and four books—Changing Zip Codes, The Littlest Bell Ringer, her award-winning debut novel, Lake Surrender, and her newest, Deep End of the Lake.

An avid hiker and baker, Carol also speaks to women’s groups such as Mothers of Preschoolers. Married to her literary muse, John, they have four children and nine grandchildren and reside in Clemmons, North Carolina. I love to encourage new writers and readers who have moved.

Tell us about your newest book.

Deep End of the Lake is the sequel to Lake Surrender. It’s the continued story of Ally Cervantes, a Californian who has moved to Lake Surrender, Michigan, with her two children to start life over again. Newly engaged to camp director Will Grainger, she still thinks she can do it all. But with an autistic son, rebellious teenage daughter, a crazy work schedule, and a shaky engagement, she finds herself back in the rat race she left. As a new believer she learns to trust God, not her plan B.

What inspired you to write Deep End of the Lake?

Readers loved Ally and Will and I wanted to continue their story to show how Ally grows in her faith. (She’s a new Christian).

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb?

Parenting a rebellious teen and autistic son, satisfying a demanding boss, and learning to love again, single mom Ally Cervantes learns when you’re in the deep end of the lake you’d better know how to swim.

What genre do you focus on?

Women’s Contemporary fiction. I love helping women navigate their world through my stories. The modern woman faces so many choices and so many pitfalls and often feels alone. I’m hoping my stories might resonate with many who face difficult decisions. Life can kick you in the butt and if I can mirror life situations and solutions, as well as entertain readers, I’ve done my job.

Why do you write?

I’m fascinated with human personalities and why some choose certain paths in their life’s journey.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Ally Cervantes is my protagonist. I love the name Ally because it has a fun-loving vibe. Her last name, Cervantes comes from the Spanish word for servant. In the first book Ally starts out as a hard-driving career woman whose family is second place. In both books she learns through humiliation and failure that “success” isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Instead, she realizes how serving others gives her true satisfaction. As with all of us, she is a work in progress.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I’m not a morning person, so I use the early part of my day to do less creative work like answer emails and work on marketing books. My most productive time is afternoon and evening.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The solitude, and the constantly wondering if I am writing a book anyone will buy.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

It’s satisfying to know you’ve touched others with your story and maybe changed their outlook towards life.

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

I’ve lived in two countries. I was an exchange student in Mexico City in my teens and I studied at Capernwray, New Zealand, for a semester in my mid-twenties.

Navigating a huge city like Mexico City was a bit overwhelming, but my Mexican sister and I learned how to take buses everywhere. Even still, I ran into some dicey situations that weren’t safe for young girls. I love the Mexican people. The phrase, “My house is your house,” epitomizes the hospitable Mexican culture.

I love New Zealand, chocked with beautiful scenery, from the majestic beaches on the North Island to the fjords on the South Island. I could have stayed longer but my boyfriend was back in California and I missed him. Yep, I ended up marrying him.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I’ve learned to be more disciplined, although I still struggle with time management. Half of writing is getting into the groove. I can do that a lot faster now because of my years having to be on deadline as a newspaper reporter helped this.

What is your favorite pastime?

Trying out new recipes and eating them. I come from a family that loves exotic recipes so I come by it naturally.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes, Changing Zip Codes (a devotional) Lake Surrender (the first book in the Lake Surrender series), and The Littlest Bell Ringer (a Christmas middle grade novel).

What are you working on now?

I’ve sketched out a possible novel about a dysfunctional family and an inheritance.

Website: Carolgstratton.com

Link to book: https://tinyurl.com/128jsv85

Social media links: FB: Carol Grace Stratton

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Meet author Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series. The Land Beneath Us was a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The Sky Above Us received the 2020 Carol Award, and The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love. A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in California and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.

Tell us about your newest book.

Munich, 1938. American foreign correspondent Evelyn Brand is determined to prove herself in her male-dominated profession—and to spotlight the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. Working on his PhD in German, fellow American Peter Lang is impressed by Germany’s prosperity and order. But when the Reich’s brutality hits close, he decides to use his connections in the Nazi Party to feed information to Evelyn, pulling them deeper into danger as the world marches toward war.

What inspired you to write When Twilight Breaks?

When my family visited Ellis Island a while back, I fed family names into their computer and found my grandfather’s return trip from Hamburg, Germany to New York in 1936. I knew he’d studied in Germany—he was a professor of German—but I hadn’t realized he’d studied in Hitler’s Germany. I wondered what it would have been like to have been an American student in Nazi Germany. I decided to set my novel in 1938, which was a momentous year, and to have a female foreign correspondent as the foil—and love interest—for my doctoral student.

What genre do you focus on?

All of my published novels have been historical fiction set during World War II. When Twilight Breaks is actually set right before the war, which was new and fun for me. Historical fiction suits my writing voice, and I’ve found I love research. And World War II has been a good fit for me. It’s a time full of drama, daring, and romance—plenty of material for a novelist!

Why do you write?

I know every writer says this, but I can’t not write. The characters won’t let me stop. Their stories have to be told. So I write.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

The main characters in When Twilight Breaks are Evelyn Brand and Peter Lang. I like to choose names that were popular in the era. Evelyn just had the right sound for my spitfire reporter—and I had fun with her last name when Peter meets her and accidentally calls her Miss Firebrand instead of Miss Brand. As for Peter, his name was something completely different when I wrote my proposal, but it just didn’t fit. He kept telling me his name was Peter. I told him it couldn’t be because I had a Pete as a hero in a novella I wrote. Then he said he wasn’t a Pete and never had been a Pete, but he was most definitely Peter. He won that argument. Yes, novelists are strange people.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

I’m not a morning person, and my brain doesn’t kick in until afternoon. So I fill my mornings with emails and social media and the business part of writing. Over lunch, I read research books. Then my afternoons are free for outlining, writing, and editing.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I try to challenge myself with each new book or series, because I want to grow as a writer, and I don’t want to write the same book over and over. For my current three-book contract, I’m writing standalone novels rather than a series, the novels are set in Nazi-occupied Europe rather than the US Home Front, and I’m exploring some deep ethical dilemmas. I don’t know if I’ve seen the growth myself, but my readers say they’ve seen it. But then, it kind of feels like when you’ve lost weight and people say, “Wow! You look great now!” And you say to yourself, “How bad did I look before?”

What is your favorite pastime?

Before COVID, my favorite pastime was taking my barre class at the gym. But my gym is closed. I’ve been walking a lot and found I love the combination of vigorous exercise, fresh air, and fresh sights and sounds. Plus, we adopted a new dog this fall, and he loves long walks at a brisk pace. It certainly helps counteract the effects of the sedentary writing life.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

When Twilight Breaks is my thirteenth novel. My most recent series is Sunrise at Normandy, which follows three estranged brothers who fight on D-day from the sea, in the air, and on the ground. The titles are The Sea Before Us, The Sky Above Us, and The Land Beneath Us.

What are you working on now?

I just finished my next novel which follows two Americans living in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1941, when the United States was still neutral. It features a charming bookstore, aid to the resistance, and an opposites-attract love story. It was an exciting and romantic story to write!

Website: www.sarahsundin.com

Link to book: Book page on my website: http://www.sarahsundin.com/books/when-twilight-breaks/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0800736362/

Social media links:

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/sarahsundin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahsundinauthor/

 

 

 

 

Meet author Sally Jo Pitts

Sally Jo Pitts writes what she likes to read–faith-based stories steeped in the mysteries of life and love that will inspire and encourage the reader. Her careers have included: private investigator, lie detection examiner, high school guidance counselor, and teacher with over twenty years’ experience in the field of marriage and family living. She enjoys bringing her professional experience in affairs of the heart and detective work to the fiction page.

Tell us about your newest book.

Winter Deception is about Private Investigators Robert Grey and Jane Carson who intend to combine business with pleasure when they arrive at Topazus, their client’s South Carolina antebellum estate. But a murder gets in the way.

What inspired you to write Winter Deception?

I have worked as a private investigator for years in my lawman husband’s investigations agency. The ideas for character conflict in this story grew out of real issues we dealt with in some of our cases.

What genre do you focus on?

My focus is on two genres right now—romance and mystery/detective. Since I am a private investigator, the mystery genre was a natural. And as for romance, years of working with young people and teaching marriage and family living gave me lots of information about the search for “true love.”

Why do you write?

To share clean, stories that not only provide entertainment but exemplify practical ways to approach conflict from a Christian viewpoint.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

It is like a pandemic stay-at-home quarantine! My waking moments are submerged in story.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Since becoming a Christian writer, it has made me more discerning of spiritual takeaways that abound all around us that I overlooked before.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I have a Hamilton Harbor Legacy romance series of three books, And Then Blooms Love, Stumbling Upon Romance and Designed for Love. Winter Deception is book #2 in my Seasons of Mystery series. Book #1 is Autumn Vindication.

What are you working on now?

I have just completed book #3, Spring Betrayal, that will come out spring 2021, and I’m beginning the #4 summer book that is yet to be named!

Website: https://sallyjopitts.com

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Deception-Whodunit-Seasons-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08KTHD9Z8/ref

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/sallyjopitts

https://twitter.com/SallyJoPitts

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