Archive for February, 2019




“Shattering Lies ~ Strengthening Women”


“Even though we can’t control the negative influences of our society and the media, we can choose what our reaction is going to be.”


Please welcome Varina Denman to the blog.


Call or Text – Text, definitely. I’m allergic to conversation.

Paperback or Kindle – Kindle, most often, but paperback when necessary. I also love audio books!

Yoga Pants or Jeans – Jeans. Everyday. Usually with a sweatshirt.


rem:  Hullo, Varina. Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

VARINA:  I’m a native Texan, raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I still live there. During my high school years, my family moved outside the metroplex to a small town just south of Fort Worth. That’s where the setting for my first novel, Jaded, originated. Even though the book is set in West Texas, there are many glimpses of my high school hometown in its pages.

rem:  I can’t even imagine—we moved around so much when I was growing up. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

VARINA:  1. I’m sensitive to sugar and avoid it almost exclusively because it makes me intolerably cranky. Really, really cranky. 2. I have a red refrigerator. Actually, it’s a vintage 1950s model that no longer works. I painted it bright red, and it lives in our game room as storage for videos and gaming equipment. (I love antiques.) 3. As a child, I played with baby dolls until junior high, only putting them away out of embarrassment. As an adult, I started playing again when my first child was born. She was so much fun, I had four more.

rem:  Oh! I loved playing with baby dolls, too! Also love antiques, and the idea of the red vintage fridge. I’m totally the opposite when it comes to sugar, though—I have LOW blood sugar, and I gotta have my fix! What is your favourite quotation and why?

VARINA:  “Don’t look back; you’re not going that way.” I love this because it’s a good reminder to live for today, and to plan for tomorrow. What’s in the past is done and gone, and whatever mistakes I made back then don’t define who I am now.

rem:  That’s so, so important to realize. What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

VARINA: I have a set of latex gloves on my desk, in a container that holds random office supplies like tape and paper clips. I use the gloves when I change the ink cartridges in my printer, so I won’t stain my fingers.

rem:  Well, now, that’s just plain smart! If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

VARINA:  As a girl, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s prairie series, so I’d like to go back and visit that era. I would not want to stay long though, as I appreciate electricity and indoor plumbing. Also, I would request that Laura, Mary, and Carrie be present when I flash back. 😊

rem:  No kidding about electricity and plumbing! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

VARINA:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 I keep this on a sticky note on my computer monitor where I can see it every day because I have the tendency to w-o-r-r-y about things.

rem:  Don’t we all, my friend, don’t we all! #greatreminder  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

VARINA:  As a reader, Christian fiction is a safe zone where I can find good stories without having to worry about harsh content, and often the stories either encourage me in my walk with Christ or challenge me to grow closer to Him. As a novelist, I constantly feel God leading me to help other women with life’s hardships, even if it means I have to get out of my comfort zone.

rem:  I’ve read all your books, and let me confirm right here and now—your stories resonate profound and deep truth. Especially Looking Glass Lies.  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

VARINA:  The writing. If a story isn’t well-written, I get distracted by the mechanics. I love reading novels that I can lose myself in, even forgetting I’m reading at all.

rem:  So much yes! Which is more important: plot or characters?

VARINA:  Hmm. That’s a tough one, but I guess I’d have to say characters. Maybe? I only say that because when I’m writing, if I get the characters figured-out, then the plot creates itself from their personalities. That’s how it works for me, but I can see how many writers would start with plot and weave the characters in.

rem:  We are alike in that, my friend; I write my characters as if we’re getting acquainted—and they tell me the story. What would you do if you weren’t writing?

VARINA:  Play with my grandkids every day, all day. 😊

rem:  Sweetest answer ever. What are you reading right now?

VARINA:  The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware; In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson, and The Enneagram Movie & Video Guide, by Thomas Condon

rem:  OY! Three at once! Makes my brain hurt!  LOL  What do you munch on while you write?

VARINA:  I don’t usually eat while writing, but I always have a glass of water handy.

rem:  Your stories, while fiction, have a powerful message. Talk a bit about that, and how it came to be so vital to you.

VARINA:  When I first started writing, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write about. I stumbled around with plot and characters, and I ended up with Jaded, a story centered around small-town church hurt and the pain of three women who live there. Even though I didn’t initially plan to write for hurting women, as I wrote the Mended Hearts series (Jaded, Justified, and Jilted), I became more and more passionate about speaking to that need. Now, I clearly see God working in my life, leading me toward topics that I might never have considered on my own.

rem:  Don’tcha just love when He leads us, blindfolded, like that, to have such an impact? I am one who was so deeply impacted by Looking Glass Lies. Tell us about Shanty. Who is she, and what was her role in Cecily’s story?

VARINA:  Ah, Looking Glass Lies was difficult for me to write because it hits so close to home. It’s not my personal story, but like the main character, Cecily Ross, I also struggle with self-image and have spent years learning to “think happy thoughts.” Shanty Espinosa is a figment of my imagination. (rem: I loved Shanty!)  In Looking Glass Lies, she’s the leader of Cecily’s accountability group. Shanty is beautiful yet overweight, and she wears a smile constantly. She’s Cecily’s role model and cheerleader, and she helps the group work through their feelings in healthy ways … even when her own life begins to unravel.

rem:  What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

VARINA: I have a morning routine that I try to stick-to faithfully. Up and dressed around 6:00, then I make a fruit & protein smoothie which I take upstairs to my office. While a drink it, I have my morning devotional and prayer time, then I make a todo list for the day. After that, I write for a few hours, then I tackle the list.

rem:  So structured—not sure if I’m jealous or if that scares me! LOL What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

VARINA:  Insecurity! What if my next book isn’t good? What if readers don’t like it? What if, what if, what if? Sometimes I drive myself a little insane, but to counteract the little voice in my head, I spend time with other writers, and we encourage each other, reminding each other of our strengths.

rem:  Such a common dread, even among more seasoned writers. And the best way to handle it! What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

VARINA:  Self-employment. I can work when I want, where I want. Unless I’m on deadline, then I work 24/7 no matter where I am.

rem:  Can’t argue with that! How do you choose your characters’ names?

VARINA:  Usually a name will just pop into my head for certain characters. Sometimes I keep them, but sometimes I realize they don’t work out so well. For instance, I might have two characters with rhyming names. Or I might realize four of my characters’ names all start with the same letter. (confusing) Several times I have searched for baby names with specific meanings. For example, one meaning of the name Cecily is “unrecognized beauty,” which suits my plot in Looking Glass Lies because Cecily believes herself to be unattractive.

rem:  Oh that’s beautiful! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

VARINA:  Well, I try to. I’m a plotter, meaning I attempt to plot the entire story before I write the first chapter, but no matter how hard I try, the story always veers into a slightly different direction. But for the most part, I follow my outline fairly closely.


rem:  Tell us a little about your latest book?

VARINA:  Looking Glass Lies tells the story of Cecily Ross, a young woman who suffers from low self-image following her divorce from an emotionally abusive husband. She returns to her hometown of Canyon, Texas, looking to heal, but coming home isn’t what she expects. In a town as small as Canyon, Cecily’s pain is difficult to escape. With help from her father, a support group, and an old friend who guides her to see her own strengths, Cecily may have a shot at overcoming her insecurities and learning to love again.

rem:  I love how you weave such disparate characters into her life—not so unlike how Father God brings people into our lives. What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

VARINA:  Looking Glass Lies is set on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle, and I love the visual imagery that the story holds. When I was working on it, I felt like I was walking through the canyon with the wind whipping through my hair … instead of sitting in my office in front of a computer screen.

rem:  Ditto when I read it! Tell us about why you wrote this book.

VARINA:  I’ve struggled with self-image my entire life, and I wrote the book as an encouragement to other women that there’s more to life that what we look like. God has so much more in store for us than just looking pretty.

rem:  Please give us the first page of the book.


Chapter One


            I woke up in the middle of the night in our cavernous walk-in closet. Again. For a moment, I enjoyed the wispy memory of a not-yet-forgotten dream, but then I realized the plush carpet had become solid rock while I slept, its gritty fibers pressing against me as though I were wedged into a sandstone crevice instead of willingly tucked against the back wall beneath my hanging clothes.

            Good grief. You have to stop this, Cecily. I told myself the same thing every blasted time, but so far I hadn’t been able to do it. Even now, I didn’t move so much as a pinkie finger, didn’t open my eyes against the harsh fluorescent light, didn’t crawl past Brett’s shoe rack where I could see myself in the floor-length mirror. Not a chance. Because that would have broken the spell and sent me back to the real world, and—no, thanks—I preferred the fairy tale where high school sweethearts lived happily ever after.

            My husband slept soundly in our pillow-top king, just on the other side of the closet door. The phrase sleeping like a baby crossed my mind, and I snickered softly because Brett’s snoring was anything but childlike, and his seemingly undefiled slumber had been brought on by over-the-counter sleeping pills rather than the serenity of innocence.

            Besides, Brett wasn’t the one who was childish. He never scrutinized his reflection in the mirror late at night. He never beat his fists against his thighs until he had bruises, hoping a tantrum would somehow change things. He never bawled uncontrollably, wishing he could mold his body into what it ought to be—like Play-Doh—kneading and pressing until the flesh became aesthetically balanced.


rem:  Such a gripping opening scene! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

VARINA:  Hope. I pray that readers take-away a message of hope—that there’s more to life than surface appearances, and that God has awesome things in store for each of us.

rem:  Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

VARINA:   Thanks, Robin! It’s been fun visiting with you and your readers today.











“…refuse to believe the lies you hear when you look in the mirror. Because you, my friend, are lovely.”




Varina is offering a paperback copy of one of her books, winner’s choice. Apologies, U.S. address only.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Thursday 28 February and end at 12:00 A.M. on Thursday 7 March. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.








#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Varina Denman, Looking Glass Lies


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The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.




Jessica Dotta has always been fascinated by England during the Regency and Victorian era. Her passion for British Literature fueled her desire to write in a style that blends the humor of Jane Austen and the dark drama of a Bronte sister. She lives in the Nashville area with her family and works as a freelance media consultant and publicist.








#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Born of Persuasion, Jessica Dotta

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Stella Faye Emory has known a life of loss. Orphaned at the age of eleven, she is sent from her home at the Biltmore Estate to become a companion for a wealthy family in Boston. As she grows into a kind and talented young lady, a benefactress recognizes Stella’s artistic skills and funds her education but Stella’s fame as an illustrator inspires jealousy and an unwanted rumor that sends Stella fleeing back to the Biltmore.

James Craven is the second-born son of an automobile tycoon. Following his family to their new estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, James finds his place among the forests and mountains of the countryside. When his little sister is saved from drowning by the mysterious, “Faye”, James’ interests take a new turn in the direction of this fairy-like artist who seems to appear and disappear at the most unexpected times.

As James and Stella’s friendship deepens, Stella’s past finds her and threatens her newfound romance. Can a charm bracelet and an unanticipated visitor restore hopes for a happily-ever-



Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairy tales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the-box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Amazon | Goodreads





Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her Penned in Time historical romance series has garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsy, and the ACFW’s Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer, recently listed as a finalist in the RT awards. Her contemporary romance novels, A Twist of Faith, Just the Way You Are, and Charming the Troublemaker have received high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WWII espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge.
You can get to know Pepper on her website, www.pepperdbasham.com, on her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.




Ms. Basham has taken her love of all things Biltmore and mixed it with her love of all things fairy tales, and put her own spin on Cinderella. In her distinctive style and voice, she spins a perfect tale for Stella and James.

No wicked stepmother or stepsisters for orphaned Stella, rather a jealous nemesis, set on ruining Stella. In an age when women didn’t have a career—or rarely—when they were expected to marry, or be cast into the poor house, Stella’s reputation could cost her everything.

Though not a prince, James is a wealthy heir to a vast estate and fortune. An estate he really had no interest in running.

Ms. Basham paints a perfect fairytale picture of their story, if not with magic, then with faith and love.






I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.



#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Between Stairs and Stardust, Pepper Basham, Finding Ever After

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“Through the pages, we connect. Through the story, we see. Through the imagination, we live.”




The Value of Reading for Authors – The Worlds Between the Bindings


She sits huddled under a blanket, her tiny light smothered by cotton and thread. Outside, her room is quiet and bathed in shadows. The rest of the world sleeps. But inside her haven…oh, inside an entire world is born. It jumps from the pages of her hidden book, takes hold in her imagination, and is sparked to life.


It’s a beautiful partnership, the one forged between writer and reader. The book doesn’t exist without the words, but the world between the bindings doesn’t truly exist without the imagination of the reader.


Through the pages, we connect. Through the story, we see. Through the imagination, we live.


How many of us have been like the girl under the blanket? Swept away to another world, another place, or a new adventure. Beautifully crafted words make us forget we are reading, and suddenly, we are living the story. We fall through the rabbit hole, we take on a quest, and we are stirred with the emotions of the journey.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.


What a luxury to see and experience so much even while waiting in the doctor’s office or snuggled on our couches. What an amazing blessing to experience the creativity that God has gifted to us with the synergistic dance of writer and reader.


To really write, you must also read. Steven King once said,

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”


In order to write well, we must also read. And I believe we should read far and wide. Each genre lends facets that can be incorporated into our craft.


Want to write beautiful scenery? Read fantasy. Need to craft tension? Read suspense. The books we read both shape and grow us. They challenge us. Some books provoke us to see the world in a new way. And if you are ever planning on writing more than one character, then this is a muscle you’ll have to exercise.


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird


Without the influence of the classics, the freshness of the cutting-edge, and the thought-provocation of the different, our own stores of words and emotions are lacking. We must fill ourselves with the richness of the written word in order to take all of those feelings, thoughts, and experiences and use them as materials to craft something of our own.


Read everything you can, writer friend. Read books on craft, read books by writers you’ve never heard of. Read inside and outside of your genre. Read genres you don’t like. Read the classics and the trends. And just read for fun. Don’t forget in your quest to learn and grow the very thing that drew you to books in the first place.


The love of story. The adventure of the unknown. The relentless curiosity to see how it all ends or solve the mystery.


No matter how much you’ve written, how old you are, or how many libraries you’ve devoured…don’t forget to be the little girl under the blanket and let your imagination take you away.




With a rich blend of history and fiction, bestselling author Stephenia H. McGee delivers vibrant settings, endearing characters, and page-turning romance. You can find out more about her and her books at www.StepheniaMcGee.com



“Daughter of the Most High King. Beloved wife. Blessed mother. Author of historical fiction.”







#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, Stephenia McGee

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I had a plan for this week, had my post started—then I crashed. Part of the RA I hate the most. And while there’s a devotion hidden in there, I haven’t the oomph to extract it.



I give you, then, All Creation Worships.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Author Down, All Creation Worships

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I like to cook. And I like to invent my own recipes. And I like to try other people’s recipes. And now I’m going to share them with you.


It’s cold and rainy here today, and this soup warms the heart as well as the tummy.



  • 1 lb                  ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon    olive oil
  • 1                      onion


  • 1 can                beef broth
  • 1 can                cut green beans
  • 1 can                peas
  • 1 can                sliced carrots
  • 1 can                whole corn
  • 1 can                diced tomatoes
  • 2 med              potatoes, diced (I prefer red potatoes and I leave the skins on)



Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons  Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons     garlic powder  *I use powder not salt.

1 teaspoon       oregano



  • Drizzle olive oil in large skillet, and add ground beef. Brown over medium heat. Season to taste with 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Dice onion and add to meat.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat the inside of a Dutch oven or 4 quart pan with olive oil. Place on hot burner.
  • Add broth, canned vegetables, and potatoes. Season to taste with remaining Worcestershire, salt, and pepper, and stir in 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and the oregano. Bring to a low boil and turn burner to medium-low.
  • Drain hamburger and onion, and add to broth.
  • Cover pan and allow to simmer, stirring frequently.



Fresh or frozen vegetables in places of canned.

Add ½ cup chopped celery or mushrooms.

Add or change up any vegetables you prefer.

Thicken broth by adding ¼ cup instant potato flakes.



Add ½ cup uncooked barley or rice 30 minutes before serving.

Add ½ cup uncooked pasta 30 minutes before serving OR cook pasta separately and serve soup over noodles.

Prepare biscuits or cornbread according to directions, and serve with soup.


I *may* have added a wee bit too much macaroni… Then again, I like it that way!


If you’ve a recipe you’d like to share leave a comment below or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com

NOTE: All recipes must be original or used with permission.


#Blogwords, What’s Cookin’ in Your Kitchen, Hamburger Veggie Soup, #RandomRecipes, #AuthorsEat #AuthorsCook

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!


Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!





He likes to play the field. She’s content to wear her goody two shoes.

Piero Carter packs light and travels often. He loves adventure and manages to keep his life simple by sticking to a two-dates-only rule. The longest relationship he’s had — aside from family — is with his camera. As a photographer who works primarily with fashion, he’s used to having his pick of beautiful women who want to be seen by his side.

Felicity von Wolff is a makeup artist whose job takes her around the world. That’s all the adventure she craves. She has little use for Piero the Playboy. Being seen on his arm means getting tied to his reputation, and that’s the last thing she wants. Yet, somehow, they keep getting thrown together. What’s a girl to do?

Piero finally meets a woman who makes him want more than two dates, but does that mean he’s ready for one of life’s greatest adventures — falling in love? When Felicity peeks over the wall she’s built to protect herself, she discovers there’s more to the people around her than she ever realized. What will it take for Piero and Felicity to stop hiding from life and open their eyes to the rich beauty God has in store for them?


Heather Gray loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. Her books almost always include someone who’s infatuated with coffee, too. Some things just can’t be helped. Heather delights in creating characters who, like her, have their share of faults and foibles, characters who are flawed…but loved anyway.



Piero Carter ran as if his life depended on it.



I enjoyed getting to know Piero and Felicity—and identified a little too well with her tendency to hid behind her mask.


#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Bella Notte: Beautiful Night, Heather Gray, Tuscan Legacy Book 6

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“Touching Hearts With Stories of Faith and Love”


“…  spent many happy hours, lying on our porch swing reading. Those lazy days gave my imagination a chance to grow, and they helped me develop a love for well-told stories.”




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Thanks to everyone who entered!





Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beautifully written” . . . “My new favorite author!” Visit her website and sign up for her email newsletter at Carrie Turansky.com. Follow Carrie on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.







“My goal for each book is to create a story that touches your heart and lifts your spirit.”


Carrie is offering a free e-copy of Seeking His Love, or a paperback copy to a US reader.





#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Carrie Turansky, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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“My relationship with my Savior is the most important part of my life!”


“Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, English & Irish characters (so far), adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!”


Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Naomi Miller.



Cake or Cookies — cake (I love pudding cakes)

Call or Text — texting works best, especially when I’m working.

Facebook or Twitter — Facebook


rem:  Hullo Naomi! Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

NAOMI:  I was born and raised in East Tennessee. My parents had three daughters (I’m the youngest), and they’ve all passed on. My family now consists of my two children and my two grandchildren. I worked for the State of Tennessee until 2017, when I took early retirement and moved back to East Tennessee. Now my days are filled with homeschooling, writing, editing, and reading.

rem:  You’re not so far from me, then. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

1) I’m homeschooling my grandchildren.
2) I am one of those rare people who listens more to the TV than I actually watch. I often put in a favorite show, just to listen to it while I clean or work on my computer.
3) I can’t sleep without a fan running (even in the winter).

rem:  I’m totally the opposite with fans—only have it running while I’m sleeping because I need it. (I don’t like air blowing directly on me.) What is your favourite color and why?

NAOMI:  If I have to choose one, I’ll say purple, but I’ve never really been able to choose a favorite color. I love them all.

rem:  I’m all about purple—not only is it my birthstone (amethyst) but it’s the color of royalty.

What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

NAOMI:  A little pack of post-it notes.

rem:  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

NAOMI:  I love the 14th chapter of John; it has so many wonderful verses. One of my favorite verses is John 14:27 — Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.
I’m always asking for peace when troubles come… and HE always gives me peace. That’s a wonderful thing.

rem:  That’s so significant, one of the greatest things that separates us from the world—peace in the middle of the storm! What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

NAOMI:  Sometimes it’s difficult to find a book (or a movie) that doesn’t have cuss words (especially the F-bomb and those words dishonoring God) — even in Christian fiction. I am blessed to write books that honor God and won’t offend readers… and I hope I’m a blessing to readers.

rem:  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

NAOMI:  Bad language, bad attitude, and bad behaviors are the worst, but a badly written story or one that’s 100K just for the sake of being wordy is also a turn-off.

rem:  I’ve started a few that I just can’t finish because the writing or the story is lame. And I feel like I’m betraying the author when I do! What would you do if you weren’t writing?

NAOMI:  Since I’m happily retired, I’d spend my time reading, knitting/crocheting, and hanging out at the beach as often as possible.

rem:  I used to knit and crochet, haven’t in years… What are you reading right now?

NAOMI:  I just finished a series by Kelly Irvin (Every Amish Season) and I’m reading a new series by Vannetta Chapman (The Amish Bishop).

rem:  What do you munch on while you write?

NAOMI:  Pretzel sticks, cheese cubes, and Dove chocolates.

rem:  Dove chocolates! Now you’re talking! You write Amish Fiction. How did you become interested in the Amish?

NAOMI:  I’ve always been impressed by the diligence, the determination, and the reverence they have for their families, faith, and way of life. When I decided to write a clean, wholesome story, Amish fiction was the perfect choice.

rem:  Sometimes, the old ways truly are best. What are some fun or interesting things about the Amish that you’ve discovered?

NAOMI:  They’re a lot more like us (Englischers) than we think, but they truly enjoy being a family and part of a community. On the down side, they ARE a lot like us, with their failures and imperfect lives.

rem:  Such a simple observation, that they’re still people, same as us Englischers. What was the inspiration for your Sweet Shop Mystery Series?

NAOMI:  The idea to create stories with a little mystery and romance, yet maintain my goal of writing stories that would always uplift, encourage, and entertain readers.

rem:  Your stories look delightful. I love your titles. You have some titles you have written with your daughter, Rachel L. Miller—how fun is that! How do you gals make that work? What’s your routine when co-authoring?

NAOMI:  My daughter often jokes that she and I share a brain, which is likely how this happened in the first place. We brainstorm together so often, and when one of us comes up with an idea we both fall in love with, we know that needs to be a collaboration. We take turns writing the story, each adding our own little touches and going through a lot of drafts.

rem:  Not at all in regards to writing, but my best friend and I used to say that about sharing a brain. I love that you get to work so closely with her, and how collaboration comes together for you. What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

NAOMI:  I’ve found that I can write most anywhere. During the day, I’ll sit at my desk and write. At night, I prefer the couch, especially wrapped in a warm blanket these cold, winter days.

rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

NAOMI:  My biggest struggle is writing what God leads me to write… and hoping that readers will be blessed by what they read. I found myself enjoying shorter reads the past few years, so many of my stories are shorter reads (novella length).

rem:  Writing is a calling, isn’t it? And as Christian writers it is an honor and privilege to write what He leads. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

NAOMI:  I really do love getting a story down on paper and sharing it with others. I’ve also stepped out of my introvert ways and pushed myself to sign up for several local author and craft events… I meet a lot of wonderful people there.

rem:  Ouch! I feel ya, stretching outside of the comfort zone. Good on you, gurl! How do you choose your characters’ names?

NAOMI:  My characters usually name themselves. Even when I try to change a name, it never seems to fit, so I go back to the original name.

rem:  Mine are mostly the same way—like meeting a new friend, they tell me their name! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

NAOMI:  Oh no. Most of the time I only have a beginning… and a possible ending. Once I have a good idea of the first few paragraphs, I begin writing — and I let the story play out.

rem:  Same here! 100% pantzer! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

NAOMI:  I’ve stepped away from cozy mysteries for now. My next book will also be located in Abbott Creek, with many of the same characters, but it will be a romance.

rem:  Sounds intriguing, Naomi. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!












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