Meet author Gina Holder

Gina Holder is an indie author and stay-at-home mom. She’s had an infatuation with books for as long as she can remember. She loves introducing readers to new and new-to-them authors on her blog. Gina enjoys playing the piano, cooking, reading, watching Hallmark mysteries, and solving “escape room” puzzles. She published her debut novel in 2017. Gina lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.

Tell us about your newest book.

She’s a modern-day damsel. He’s her self-appointed knight. Who will rescue whom?
Kylie just wants to run her café without people thinking she’s a damsel-in-distress. That proves difficult when a man claiming to be her half-brother reveals buried family trauma and forces Kylie to face the scars of her childhood. Peter doesn’t mean to be a knight in shining armor, but as her proverbial big brother, he decides to uncover the truth about Kylie’s semi-sibling, while trying to make peace with his own mistakes. Unearthing the past leads to a danger greater than either ever expected. In the end, who will rescue whom?

What inspired you to write Grace Immeasurable?

This is the final book in the Shadows Over Whitman Series. Kylie is an important character in the first two books, and it was finally time to tell her story.

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

Emotionally scarred girl goes from Damsel-in-Distress to Warrior Princess.

What genre do you focus on?

Women’s Suspense Fiction. I enjoy writing a novel with a love story and all the twists and turns of a suspense. However, I also like to dive into the emotional inner journey of the female character. I feel this genre best allows me to tell the stories I want to share.

Why do you write?

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. I love being able to share the truths of God’s word through fiction.

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

The main character is Kylie Phillips. I don’t know why.

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

I’m a stay-at-home Mom. I usually start writing after cleaning up the kitchen from the previous night’s dinner, then break for lunch, then write again until dinner.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

The writing part? LOL! Crafting a complete story is difficult for me. I’m great with ideas and my characters come to life on the page but creating a novel from start to finish takes time and a lot of banging my head on my desk.

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

The readers! There is nothing quite like hearing that someone loved your book or that it touched their heart.

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

I’ve written four other books—three novels and one novella. Information about each of them can be found on my website at storiesbygina.wordpress.com. My debut novel is a historical missionary romance, but the others have been contemporary romantic suspense.

What are you working on now?

After finishing Grace Immeasurable, my next project is The Escape Game, a prequel novel to my next series, The Game Master series. I’m excited to move (figuratively) from the Pacific Northwest to New England and introduce my readers to a whole new set of characters, as well as share my love of puzzles and escape rooms.

Website: http://storiesbygina.wordpress.com

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Immeasurable-Shadows-Over-Whitman-ebook/dp/B09HP8MVHV

Social media links: Blog: http://storiesbygina.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/storiesbygina

Instagram: http://instagram.com/storiesbygina

Twitter: http://twitter.com/storiesbygina

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gina-Holder/e/B074HC9SHX

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gina-holder

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17074375.Gina_Holder

Meet author Donna Schlachter

A hybrid author, Donna Schlachter writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than fifty times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both, and is an avid oil painter.

Tell us about your newest book.

Middle-aged widow Edith Cooper walks away from the cemetery along the Green River near Simpson’s Hollow, Utah Territory. Away from the husband buried there this morning. Away from their plans and dreams for their future. Along the way, two men offer their hand in marriage. For her protection, one says. For his children’s sake, says the second. Were any of these reasons enough to marry? She must choose one. But which?

Albert Whitt, stationmaster of the Pony Express Station, loves his independent life. Twice stood up by women, he takes the only course that ensures no more rejection: stay clear of them. But when he learns that the stoic Widow Cooper is considering two proposals from men not worthy of lacing her boots, he must do something. But what? Can Edith and Albert find a new beginning in the midst of tragedy, or will they choose the most convenient path—alone?

What inspired you to write Hollow Hearts?

I published the first book in this series as a novella in a historical romance collection, and when the rights reverted back to me, I wanted to release that first book, subsequently titled Hollenberg Hearts, as part of a series. I did that last year. For this book, I did some research, and learned of a place in Utah along the Oregon Trail, where wagon trains would stop to bury their dead. And I also read that widows in the 1860 and even later would often get a proposal for marriage as they left the cemetery. I couldn’t resist.

What genre do you focus on and why?

I love historical fiction, because I love learning and researching. I like to read historical fiction for the same reason.

Why do you write?

The stories are in there, and they have to come out. I write because I see it as a calling from God on my life, one where I can hear His voice as He transcribes the story, and where I get the privilege of sharing that with others.

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

Edith Cooper is my heroine. I actually asked my newsletter subscribers to suggest old fashioned names for a strong female lead, and I liked this one the best. At least for now.

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

I schedule a two-hour block each weekday to write, and I write a chapter. If I get done early, good. I have a little time to do something else. If I don’t get that chapter done—well, that puts pressure on me for the next day.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Sitting down and facing the blank screen. For me, starting the story is the hardest. It’s like I have to learn to hear from God all over again. I argue with myself about where to start the story. Which is why an outline or synopsis is my best friend.

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

When my characters say or do something I didn’t expect. I love it, because now I know for sure God is in the midst of the story.

What is your favorite pastime?

I love to binge watch British cozy mysteries, such as “Midsomer Murders”, or “Father Brown”, or “Pie in the Sky”. You get the idea.

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

I have published more than fifty other books. You can check them out at my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2ci5Xqq

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m writing a Contemporary Christmas Romance about two people who aren’t looking for romance, and a little boy who wants a new mommy. It’s called A Mommy by Christmas, and will release November 8th.

Thank you, Susan, for allowing me to interact with your readers. Hope to “see” you online soon!

Website: www.donnaschlachter.com

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Hearts-Book-Pony-Express-ebook/dp/B0B5B7H4XG

Social media links:

www.DonnaSchlachter.com/blog

Check out previous blog posts at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com and www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DonnaSchlachter

Books: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ci5Xqq

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/donna-schlachter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=donna+schlachter

Etsy online shop of original artwork: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dare2DreamUS

 

 

Peyton’s Promise: God in Social Change?

Have you ever struggled with waiting for God to change something, whether in your personal life or in the culture? Peyton sure did! Here’s an excerpt from Peyton’s Promise. Hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy…the rest of the story!

Patrick’s brow quirked, and bobbed his chin. “I have to ask—and please don’t be angry with me.” He paused and held her gaze, apparently making sure she wouldn’t explode. “Where is your faith that God will change things in His own good time?” He swallowed, licking his lips and sucking in a deep breath as if to gain courage. “You cannot fight what society deems right, Peyton Pie. They will ridicule you. They’ll whisper in the streets. You’ll be ostracized from here to New York City.”

Peyton waved a hand of dismissal. “Oh, I’ve already endured three years of that. I’m used to it. But men live such exciting, rewarding lives, free from social constraints, and women cannot. Men can talk about business and politics and enjoy every new-fangled invention of the day without a thought of ridicule. They can do anything without others whispering, accusing, condemning. Yet as women, we are relegated to the home and nothing more.”

Patrick held her gaze. “I can see where that could be frustrating.”

And that was all he had to say? She bit her lip. “Don’t you see? It takes sacrifice to change things. We women have been ignored for too long. We are looking forward to a time when every little girl is equal to every little boy. We don’t want to be lawbreakers—we want to be lawmakers. We just want to define our own destiny.”

 “Thank you. I may not completely understand, but I’ll try.” He took her hand, and his touch rattled her more than she’d expected. He was her childhood chum, for heaven’s sake! Her heart jumped three beats as her blood rushed to her head, making her woozy. Her cheeks warmed as if she had a fever. What was the matter with her?

Peyton slipped her hand from his and stepped back. “I’m not a radical like Susan B. Anthony, but I do have an open mind to hope for a better tomorrow. And I cannot be the wimpy, whiny, submissive woman who hides in her home and tends babies. I shall likely continue to work and become an old maid like Aunt Bess. I must keep working, and if I marry, my husband must allow that as well as the freedom to learn, even though I shall be glad to nurture my family as well.”

Meet author Tanya Stowe

Book release date: September 1, 2022

Tanya Stowe is a Christian fiction author with an unexpected edge. She is a Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author who fills her books with the unusual…mysteries and exotic travel, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a train down a mountain or a suspenseful journey packed with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

Tell us about your newest book.

Escape Route centers around a hero and heroine who have a past. The heroine is a helicopter pilot, and the hero is a Border Patrol officer. They grew up together and suffered under a local bully. But the hero supported his brother and not the heroine. Now the bully has a criminal gang and has returned to wreak havoc over their small Texas town as he attempts to smuggle weapons out of the country.

What inspired you to write Escape Route?

Years ago, I attended one of my son’s college events which took place inside a WWII aircraft in a boneyard. The boneyard fascinated me and wondered about the history of the planes…all the planes. I also have had the pleasure of knowing two Viet Nam veteran pilots and really wanted to write about flying. They have such wonderful stories to tell, so I’ve incorporated them into my heroine’s adventures!

What genre do you focus on?

I write mostly romantic suspense these days. I love action/adventure scenes, suspense, and nature. I always wonder how things work and happen, “the what if and how.” So, by combining all these interests, I came up with romantic suspense. Plus, I think it’s the writing I do best. It’s been kind of a natural movement into this arena.

Why do you write?

I’m addicted. Plain and simple. No matter where I go or what I do, “what if” pops into my head and I must follow it to its natural conclusion. It won’t leave me alone until I put it on the computer. I used to say my husband supported my addiction. Now I can say it supports itself. Lol.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

I used to say the hardest part for me was getting my ideas down on paper the way I see them in my head. But I guess after 26 books, I’ve finally honed my craft because that’s not as hard for me as it used to be. Now my biggest problem is that my husband is retired and I’m not. I’d like to go play more and write less. But I still have a lot of ideas I must get out of my head.

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

The best part is doing what I love to do. I’ve been writing stories since I was eleven years old. Seeing them in print and sharing them with others is a dream come true.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I live in a Recreational Vehicle or RV. My husband retired four years ago. We sold our home, bought our RV, and hit the road. It’s really glamping though, not camping. I have a washer and a dryer, a king-sized bed, two bathrooms and 4 TVs in my RV, so I’m not suffering. I have a lot less cleaning and a lot more time to write!

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I think I unintentionally answered this already. Lol. I’ve worked on the craft of writing for many, many years. It’s just now that I finally feel like I’m getting the words down the way I see them and the way I want to tell the story. That’s a change for me and a lot of that comes from having excellent editors to keep me on track. I’ve had both kinds, freelance and house editors, and I appreciate how both have helped me hone my craft.

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

I think Escape Route is my twenty-sixth book and my fifth with Love Inspired Suspense, but I’m a hybrid writer which means I publish in multiple platforms. I have quite a few books with a small press and I’ve indie published several novellas as well. You can find all of my titles on my new website.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on a story set in Yosemite involving climbing search and rescuers. Appropriately, the working title is Yosemite Fire Storm.

Website: https://www.tanyastowe.com

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/TanyaStoweReadersPage?ref=h

https://twitter.com/TanyaStowe1

https://www.instagram.com/tanya.stowe/

https://www.amazon.com/Tanya-Stowe/e/B003UDYONS

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/tanya-stowe

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4595413.Tanya_Stowe

 

 

 

 

 

Meet author Paige Edwards

Paige Edwards is a Reader’s Favorite Book Award recipient, a Forward INDIES, Whitney, and RONE finalist. Due to her deep British roots, Paige’s romantic suspense novels are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of her area’s Interfaith Community Council, gardens, bikes battlefields, and kayaks near her home in Virginia.

Tell us about your newest book.

Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson.

Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

What inspired you to write Facing the Enemy?

When I finished Danger on the Loch, many of my readers wanted to know what happened to Harry and Elise. Until then, I hadn’t considered writing their story. Naturally, their questions spurred all sorts of ideas, and Facing the Enemy (the first novel in my Roxbury Heirs series) is the result.

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

It’s a second-chance romance between two MI6 agents set in Scotland. While on medical leave, Agent Elise Taylor discovers that the man who killed her former MI6 partner is hunting her to exact his revenge.

What genre do you focus on?

I grew up reading Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Helen McInnes, so I naturally gravitated toward romantic suspense and mystery genres.

Why do you write?

I’ve always had stories swirling inside my head, and I love to figure out twisty plots when I’m reading or watching TV. But the main driving factor that pushed me toward publication was to draw readers closer to God (in a non-preachy way), to inspire and uplift them via the character’s personal journey.

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

I generally craft two main characters to provide greater scope to the type of stories I write. In Facing the Enemy, Lady Elise Henderson’s (aka MI6 Agent Elise Taylor) surname is one of my Scottish family names, and Elise came from my daughter-in-law’s sister.

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

After my early am devotional, I plunk myself down at the computer and write until I reach my word count for the day.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Plotting. Why? I love to create characters and settings, but plotting takes me a while. My stories demand two full arcs (romance and suspense/mystery), then I braid them together into one complete story.

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

When a box of newly printed books arrives in the mail. Why? Up until then, it isn’t real. Even now, looking at the books on my shelf is a bit surreal.

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

I have a legitimate title in Scotland. When the hubs and I hop the pond, I’m the Lady Paige Edwards. Don’t be impressed. We own a historic property that came with the title. When we sell the place, the title goes with it. It’s a fun talking point but nothing more. Most peeps in the UK (except royals and a few others) don’t use them.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

I’ve learned so much since I first started writing. My goal is to improve something in each novel. To ensure that my writing doesn’t stagnate, I regularly attend writer’s conferences, check out ACFW’s online classes, and meet with my critique groups.

What is your favorite pastime?

Hillwalking through Scotland (when it’s not pouring rain). The air is cool and almost sweet, the perfect conditions for climbing Munros and taking in the spectacular views.

Do you have other books?

I do. My novels can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Seagull Book, and Deseret Book. I’ve even seen a few at Costco from time to time.

What are you working on now?

I’m revising a book in my Pressley-Coombes series and have started book two in my Roxbury Heirs series (Elise’s sister’s story). I also have a novella coming out in an anthology on October 1st called Sinister Secrets.

Website: authorpaigeedwards.com

Link to book:

https://www.amazon.com/Facing-Enemy-Roxbury-Heirs-1-ebook/dp/B09LKBFYWN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=11HWJY4OWJAZX&keywords=facing+the+enemy&qid=1655383933&sprefix=facing+the+enemy%2Caps%2C90&sr=8-1

Social media links:

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18839862.Paige_Edwards

Facebook readers group: Paige’s Page Pals

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/paige-edwards

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

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Paige-Edwards/e/B07N44C65Z?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1655385847&sr=8-1

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paige-edwards-a3a38841/

 

Meet author Stacy T. Simmons

Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her writing her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby.

Tell us about your newest book.

A Promise for Faith is a story about a woman at the crossroads of her life, she faces some interesting choices in her career steps. One of which connects her with an old flame from her past.

What genre do you focus on?

I write contemporary romance—there’s something exciting about writing a story which could happen during the time we are here on earth.

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

Faith Fuller is a chef, her nickname, “Faithful.” Portrays the journey she undergoes in her own life.

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

I’m an educator, so my summers are super busy behind my desk trying to write a book in a few months.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Juggling work and family life. Sometimes I must put off participating in fun weekend activities to achieve my writing goals. Thank the Lord my sweet husband is so understanding and patient.

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

I’m an avid reader across all genres, I love a suspense or time-slip novel as much as a beautiful romance or historical fiction story.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Six years ago, when I began to write, I knew the barest of things about actually constructing a novel. In attending both local ACFW-DFW meetings and ACFW conferences my “writing craft toolbox” has strengthened. Within any field of occupation, there’s always more to learn, and I’m an eager student.

What is your favorite pastime?

Spending time with family and friends, swapping stories, and sharing laughter.

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

This fall, I have a Christmas castle novella coming out which is part of a collection. As of yet, the title has not been announced. In January of 2023, the second in my Briar Creek Love series will arrive.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on book three in the Briar Creek Love series, and have my eye on another story to create after this one is finished.

Website: https://www.stacytsimmonsauthor.com/

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Faith-Briar-Creek-Love/dp/1951839471/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/stacytsimmons?lang=en

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