Patti Lacy Raybon Virtual Book Tour

The Life of a Preacher’s Kid.

I’ve now written TWO books (The Rhythm of Secrets & Reclaiming Lily) about preachers’ wives. Now I’ve taken on a PK!!! Joy, a confused, alienated preacher’s daughter, flaunts her purple hair and piercings in my new book, Reclaiming Lily. I can see where you think I’m a preacher’s kid.

Not.

Actually, my dad filled in as a lay pastor and taught Sunday school classes. Then after retirement, God led my parents to the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board and a ministry teaching English in China. Though I had NO CLUE back in 1988, my parents planted the seed for this my fourth book, Reclaiming Lily. Dr. Kai, my mother’s cancer doctor, shared her poignant story, which germinated that seed. The Divine Influence, the Holy Spirit, caused it to sprout!

About the Book

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas hotel. They have come to discuss the future of Lily, the daughter Gloria adopted from China and the sister Kai hopes to reclaim. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her little sister during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily.

Gloria’s relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman’s apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer…or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?

About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti at http://www.pattilacy.com.

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Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour

January 17-21, 2011

 

About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti’s Web site at www.pattilacy.com.

About the Book

Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets—a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret—and greatest regret—is revealed.

Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream—and son—she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs. With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end—and won’t soon forget.

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Right Package, Wrong Baggage Blog Tour

About the Author

Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. She uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort.

Wanda B. Campbell’s literary achievements include: Mommy’s Present, a short story appearing in the anthology The Midnight Clear (KNB Publications, November 2006) ISBN 0-9742207-0-1, First Sunday in October (W.B. Campbell Publications, January 2007) ISBN 978-0-9790458-0-6 and the Crusin for Christ I Short Story Contest winner with Illusions by Urban Christian, February 2009, ISBN 978-1601629432. Right Package, Wrong Baggage is her third novel.

Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty years and two sons. She also has the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and also the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Wanda is the self-proclaimed biggest Oakland A’s fan.

Visit her online at: http://www.wandabcampbell.net

About the Book

For five years, Pamela Roberts, has balanced the demands of being a single mother and a devoted Christian. She unselfishly places the needs of her son, Matthew, above her own. Although she tries to convince everyone that she’s happy with Jesus alone, Matthew handpicks the perfect present for her—a husband. Everything about the man her son chooses is perfect, except for his past.

Micah Stevenson is excited when he learns the son of the woman he has been praying about wants him to join their family permanently. Believing Pamela Roberts is his soul mate sent from God, Micah pursues her. Once he is certain of her love for him, Micah reveals his dark history, shaking the foundation of the once loving and stable relationship. Trust is broken as judgments and prejudices threaten to deny the couple’s destiny.

Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?

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Enjoying a Chat with Author Cara Putman Today

Cara Putman graduated from high school when she was sixteen years old, college at age 20, and law school when she was 27. As a wife and mother, her writing journey started in 2005 when she decided to write her first novel. To date, she has eleven books published with more on the way.

When did you first fall in love with storytelling and writing?

I have loved books since I started reading at a young age. I can remember being in first grade and told I couldn’t read a book since it was a sixth grade level. Guess what became my favorite book at that school 🙂

As I got older, I read so fast that my favorite authors simply couldn’t keep up. Now I understand why! But then I decided that if they couldn’t keep up, I’d start writing. So I did. Started two novels while I was in high school and before college, starting a career and marriage filled my time. I restarted writing in 2005, but I never stopped yearning to tell stories.

You have a historical suspense novel, Stars in the Night, which just came out. What is the book about?

Stars in the Night is set in Hollywood in 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer’s sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her but instead must identify her body. Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister. Could the killer be the man with whom she’s falling in love?

Does the excitement over landing a new publishing contract ever go away? Tell us about your very first book deal.

No. Believe me with each contract I am so grateful to get to continue writing! Canteen Dreams is my first novel. When I attended my first ACFW conference in 2005, I wasn’t thinking World War II novels. I had a romantic suspense I was working on (that later became Deadly Exposure with Love Inspired Suspense). But I met an editor and we started talking about our mutual love for World War II. Turned out he had never heard of a canteen that serviced more than six million servicemen and women during the war. That became the historical hook. And then as I prayed about it wondering who the hero and heroine would be, I realized this was the perfect forum to share pieces of my grandparents’ story. I wrote the proposal and sent it in (breaking the rule about having a completed manuscript). Learned the editor was interested and wrote the book in three weeks. Then waited and waited and waited. At the 2006 ACFW conference, I learned why when JoAnne Simmons gave me the contract for Canteen Dreams in front of everyone. I will NEVER forget that feeling!

Which would you rather do: write an outline before writing a book, or write the book and let the story reveal itself as you go?

I tend to be an outliner. Three of my publishers have required that either by chapter-by-chapter synopsis or very detailed synopsizes. But for Stars in the Night, I only had a three-page summary. That made the story kind of exciting for me, too, as I learned exactly how it would come together as I wrote.

What books are currently on your to-read list?

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall

Almost Forever by Deborah Raney

 The Confirmation by Ralph Reed

Can you share one of your most touching reader comments?

Great question! I love the comments I get from women who were alive during World War Two who say they can’t believe how young I am because I got the details and time period right. But there’s one letter I’ll never forget. A Promise Kept contains a subplot dealing with miscarriage. I’d experience one when I wrote it, and knew it was a story I was supposed to share. Many women have told me in tears how it affected them. But one woman wrote me such a long letter ministering to me and sharing how God had led her on a journey of healing after her miscarriage. That letter came the week of the due date for the second baby we lost to miscarriage. God is so good and His timing is perfect. I cherish that sweet letter.

Thank you so much for having me, Sharon. People can find me on the web at Http://www.caraputman.com and my blog http://carasmusings.blogspot.com and at facebook and twitter.

 

 

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A Love for Tomorrow Blog Tour with Vanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa’s creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has been centered on themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.

Vanessa’s novels have received rave reviews, with several appearing on Essence Magazine’s Bestseller’s List. Miller’s work has receiving numerous awards, including “Best Christian Fiction Mahogany Award” and the “Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction.” Miller graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication. She is an ordained “exhorter” in her church, explaining, “God has called me to exhort readers and to help them rediscover their place with the Lord.”

A Love for Tomorrow is the second book in the Second Chance at Love series.

About the Book

When Christian talk show host Serenity Williams’ fiancé calls off their wedding because he can’t deal with her popularity, she determines that she will never fall in love with another pride-filled, ego-driven pastor. Then, Serenity’s producer asks her to interview the charismatic Pastor Phillip McKnight, who has recently gone through a divorce. Serenity feels that this is her chance to expose the arrogance of ego-filled pastors to the world. But Pastor Phillip is broken and humbled from his experiences, and the surprising humility of this man causes Serenity to want to un-break his heart. However, Serenity will need the Lord to fix her heart and change her mind about male preachers before she and Phillip can become all they were meant to be to each other.

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Author Betsy St. Amant Swings By For a Cyber Chat

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is currently writing her fifth novel for Steeple Hill Love Inspired. She has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. Betsy has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly contributes articles to Crosswalk.com. She is a devoted wife, mother, author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

Hi, Betsy, welcome to my cyber cubby. You have a new novel coming out in October, don’t you? What is the book about?

Thanks for having me! Yes, I do. Mistletoe Prayers is a two-in-one novella compilation by Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Fellow author Marta Perry and I each wrote a Christmas novella. My novella is titled The Gingerbread Season.

Where did the story idea come from?

When my publisher asked me to write a Christmas novella, I started brainstorming. What are my favorite elements of Christmas? I instantly thought of small towns, community, and family. Since my word count was limited being a novella, I knew it’d be easier for the hero and heroine to have already known each other—so I had them be high school sweethearts who never got over the other. The rest…you’ll have to read ::wink::

Which of your novels was most challenging to write, and why?

I actually want to say this novella, because of the limited word count. My novels with Steeple Hill Love Inspired are still shorter than traditional trade length novels, being category, and wind up at 60,000 words. This novella only allowed me 30,000 words. I tend to be long winded, and well…you can imagine the struggle to be extra tight and concise in my writing. But it taught me a lot and my editor really pushed me to my limits in a good way with this story. I appreciate all her hard work. Writing is such a team effort.

What drew you to writing romance?

The first Christian fiction romance novel I ever read was when I was about 11 or 12 years old—Whispers by Robin Jones Gunn. I was hooked – forever. I fell in love with romance, with the idea that a book could not only inspire me as a young teenager to dream of a love worth waiting for, but be drawn closer to God as I read. Wow! I wanted to share those feelings and inspiration with my readers. It became my heart’s desire.

I see several of your books were published by Love Inspired. How did you find and meet your editor?

I first acquired my agent, Tamela Hancock Murray with Hartline Literary Agency, at the 2007 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference. She pitched my first Love Inspired novel, Return to Love to an editor at Steeple Hill and it was contracted in the spring of 2008, and released summer of 2009. The rest is history! ::grin::

How long does it normally take you to write a book? How many books do you write per year?

This is a tricky question because it’s never the same answer! It depends on so many factors—whether I have a deadline, whether I have other obligations at the same time (and as a part time employee outside of the home, a freelance journalist, a wife, mother to a busy toddler, and novelist…I always have those!) how inspired I am, how pressured I am, etc. I can write a Love Inspired novel from start to finish (not including revisions or the editorial process, just my own start to finish writing) in 3-4 months. I suppose right now I average 3 books a year. I had a July 2009 release, a February 2010 release, an April 2010 release, and now my Christmas novella this October. I am currently writing on my newly contracted fireman story, set to release summer 2011 that I am very excited about! More on that later ::wink::

 

 

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Meet Christian Romance Novelist Vickie McDonough

A few fun facts about my guest, Vickie McDonough.

1. She is a triple finalist in the ACFW Carol Award

2. She is married with four boys and her favorite color is green.

3. When it comes to snacking…popcorn and chex mix are her favorites.

Romance and adventure sure go great together. When did you know that you wanted to write romance novels?

I’ve loved reading Christian romance novels ever since I discovered them back in the 1980s, when they first started being published, but I never dreamed I’d write one. I honestly believe that God “shoved” me into the writing field. One day, a story idea started running through my head and wouldn’t go away. The story kept growing and developing, and it got to where it was affecting my sleep, and I was only getting about 5 hours sleep a night. I thought that if I wrote the story down, it might go away and leave me alone. It did, but right on its heals came another idea. I wrote that whole book too, and then began to wonder if God was trying to get my attention.

After talking with my husband and praying, I felt writing was the direction God was leading me at this time in my life. I had hated English class way back in school, so I pretty much had to learn everything about writing. I jumped in with both feet and joined ACFW (American Christian Fictions Writers) and some local writers groups, took local and online classes, read books and listened to tapes, and attended writers conferences whenever I could. Writing Christian romance was an easy choice since I love reading them. I also like exciting books with lots of adventure and try hard to make my books adventurous. My brand emphasizes that: An Adventure into Romance

Vickie, you have been a busy lady writing up a storm because you have not one, but two books coming out in September. Can you tell us about each of the books?

Sure! Second Chance Brides is the sequel to The Anonymous Bride and the second book in my Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. It tells the story of two mail-order brides who were losers in a bride contest to determine who would marry the town marshal. (The Anonymous Bride). Neither woman can return home, and both are stuck in a small Texas town without any means of support. They must find a job or find another man to marry. Both women hope to marry for love, but will desperation force them to settle for less than the best?

Something cool, The Anonymous Brides has received 31 5 star reviews on Amazon.

My second September release is a historical novella collection called Christmas Mail Order Brides. Here’s the blurb:

Ride the transcontinental railroad as marriage arrives by mail-order—and just in time for Christmas. Annika arrives in Wyoming to discover her intended is missing. Jolie’s journey to Nevada is derailed by disaster. Elizabeth carries a load of secrets to Nebraska. And Amelia travels to California to wrap up her final attempts at matchmaking. Will the holiday season be the ticket to spark love in unexpected ways?

The other three authors in this collection are Susan Page Davis, Therese Stenzel, and Carrie Turansky.

So how many books do you tend to write in a year? Have you ever experienced writer’s block or a mental drought where you struggled to come up with new plot ideas?

That all depends on how many contracts I have and what the deadlines are. I generally have more time for a longer book than I do for a novella. I think the most I’ve written in one year was four Heartsongs, which are shorter novels, and two novellas.

Sometimes I do struggle with mental drought (love that term) and finding new ideas. For drought, I’ll usually call up a writing buddy and do some brainstorming, bouncing ideas back and forth. It often helps me look at a situation from a different angle.

For new plot ideas, research is what helps me the most. I read true-life stories of pioneers or study a specific location and find something interesting to write about, which was especially true with my North Dakota series, when I discovered a French marquis, who had a vision to ship refrigerated beef back east in 1883. The Marquis DeMores started a small town and named it Medora, after his wife, and it’s still around today, as is his 26-room home and many of his personal belongings. I set a 3-book series in and around Medora. Research can lead you off on many exciting adventures.

Do you think non-writers have a misconception about what it’s like to be a writer? If so, what is the most common misconception that you have encountered?

Yes, most non-writers have no idea how much work writing is. They often think because you’ve sold a book that you’re making a ton of money or that you lead a glamorous life, when you’re actually sitting at home in your pjs tapping away on your laptop for hours at a time. I’ve also had nice Christian (older) ladies tell me there’s no such thing as Christian fiction.

On the flip side, there are definite perks to writing. I love the research trips and attending conferences and being able to deduct those from my taxes. Probably the best thing about writing is all the friends I’ve made in the Christian fiction writing world. Also, there’s a great satisfaction in knowing that after I’m long gone from this earth, my books will still be circulating, and hopefully, entertaining readers and inspiring them in their faith.

I have often blogged about my quirky habits. What quirky writing habits do you have?

Hmm. . .I can’t think of anything particularly related to writing, unless you count writing in my pjs and house shoes in my recliner. This might count as a quirky thing, when I autograph my books, I like to use green ink. Oh, and I love using all different kinds of sticky notes and would much rather go in an office supply store than to go shopping for clothes. I like to munch ice, especially from Sonic. And just so you know, Sharon, all my clothes in my closet face the same direction too. 🙂

Has there ever been a time in your writing life when you felt like giving up? What made you keep going?

My friends will laugh at this question. They tease me that every time I think about quitting writing and say I’m going to get a regular job, I get another contract.

There’s a lot of insecurity with writers, even ones who have been writing for decades. Few writers are guaranteed to have “the next” contract. You don’t know if your editor will hate your book and require massive rewrites or decide to choose another author’s proposal over yours. I think I struggle with giving up less these days than I used to. I believe writing Christian fiction is what God has for me for this time in my life, and that’s what keeps me going in the hard times.

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