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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 20 February 2019 – WREEL-to-WREEL WEDNESDAY – FEATURED MOVIE – STRANGER THAN FICTION

WREEL-to-WREEL WEDNESDAY – FEATURED MOVIE – STRANGER THAN FICTION

 

 

 

BLURB

A mentally unstable IRS auditor  hears an author’s  voice in his head and discovers that he is the ill-fated protagonist of her latest work. While a book-company employee  tries to cure the author’s case of writer’s block, the auditor and a professor  set out to find the woman and make her change her story.

 

STARRING

Will Ferrell

Emma Thompson

Queen Latifah

Dustin Hoffman

Maggie Gyllenhaal

 

RELEASE DATE

10 November 2006

 

SCREENPLAY

Marc Forster

 

PRODUCTION COMPANIES

Mandate Pictures, LLC

Three Strange Angels

 

AWARDS

National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay

 

RATING

PG-13

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

 

 

What movie(s) would you like to see featured?

 

#Blogwords, Wreel-to-Wreel Wednesday, Featured Movie, Stranger than Fiction, Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 19 February 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – EDISTO STRANGER by C. HOPE CLARK

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – EDISTO STRANGER by C. HOPE CLARK

 

 

THE BLURB:

A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.

When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.

Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

 

THE AUTHOR:

C. Hope Clark is founder of FundsforWriters.com , a writer’s resource awarded 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest Magazine each year for over a decade. Her weekly publications reach 40,000 readers. She works from her study overlooking Lake Murray in beautiful central South Carolina.

Hope comes alive at conferences across the country, from Mississippi to Oklahoma, from Pennsylvania to Florida, South Carolina to Iowa. She motivates and educates writers to step up, take charge, and create their careers. Her latest FFW release often discussed at conferences is The Shy Writer Reborn: An Introverted Writer’s Wake-up Call.

Hope, however, is most excited in her mystery fiction. She’s the author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, published by Bell Bridge Books, Memphis, TN. With an agriculture degree from Clemson University and a two-decade history of working with US Dept of Agriculture, Hope can walk the walk of protagonist Carolina Slade who reviewers are falling in love with per the long list of five-star reviews at Amazon.

However, Hope branched out with The Edisto Island Mysteries in 2014 with Murder on Edisto, Edisto Jinx in 2015, and Echoes of Edisto in summer 2016. Her writing voice now well seasoned, she dives into a coastal world with Callie Jean Morgan, who finds that the beach isn’t all that relaxing. The series is set on Edisto Beach, South Carolina, Hope’s second home.

 

MY REVIEW:

And now I must go back and read the first books in this series!!! So intense! So gripping!!

Ms. Clark poses lovely brief descriptive passages interspersed among concise and efficient writing that move this story at lightning speed. The depth of Callie Morgan’s personal issues rams head-on with her professional life. With lines gray and blurring, Callie doggedly struggles to survive.

This reviewer is a peace maker, and I seriously wanted to throttle both Callie and Special Agent Knox Kendrick for their incessant bickering. But as they doggedly follow leads and fight their own internal demons, the clues mount and bring them to a most unexpected end.

 

NOTE: To my readers who are off put by cuss words, there is some vulgar language in this book.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

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, Edisto Stranger, C. Hope Clark, Edisto Island Mystery

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 18 February 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LORETTA EIDSON

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – LORETTA EIDSON

 

Why Authors Read

People read books for different reasons. Some desire a quick get-away from mundane or stress-filled lives while others like to travel with the characters into worlds unknown, precarious or dangerous situations. And yet, other readers imagine themselves living in the drama of a good romance or with the desire to help the protagonist fall in love or make the right love choice.

 

But what about those who write these stories? Why do authors continue to read? What value could they possibly pull from other books when they write their own?

 

Authors like to be swept away by a great story, too, but while reading, they see how other authors write, build their characters and make the unreal—real. Curiosity may pique as the reader discovers another author’s writing techniques and how those work for them.

 

What are some of the reasons that writers must also read?

  • Reading reveals different writing styles and can offer insight into what works best to capture the readers’
  • Reading the work of others may prompt writers to ask themselves these questions. Have I made my voice clear? Is my voice distinct and consistent in all my books? Would a reader be able to identify me by my voice without seeing my name first?
  • Reading stretches the imagination and can be the catapult that sparks new ideas for plot twists, scene changes, character behaviors, etc.
  • Reading may help authors press through writers’ block.
  • Writing skills are likely to improve when authors continue to read and can be beneficial if they read books in their genre.
  • Authors may discover the importance of consistent descriptions. Have you ever backtracked in a book because a character’s hair color or other physical features changed?
  • As a story unfolds, an author might become aware of how much research goes into building the profession of a character. Did the doctor make the right medical decision, order the right tests or medication for a specific injury or sickness? Did the author use the correct terminology that fits with the different professions? Did the pizza joint really serve steaks?
  • While reading, authors will, without even trying, notice point-of-view switches within a chapter or scene changes that needed a transitional sentence. Repetitive words will jump off the page for the trained eye, perhaps prompting authors to search their work for similar transgressions.
  • Authors don’t normally read another author’s book to search for errors unless they’ve been asked to critique it. However, when we notice mistakes in others’ works, we can learn from them.
  • Reading helps keep authors alert to the details and the continuing changes in writing guidelines.

 

It’s interesting to find ideas for descriptive tag lines, body language, and setting while reading. Seeing how authors show emotion through their characters body language rather than telling can be enlightening to another author who may struggle in the area of showing and telling. Reading about a character slamming his fist on the table rather than saying he was angry helps the reader experience the anger rather than hearing about it.

 

There are multiple genres and reasons to read, but enjoying a great story is the ultimate goal for authors and the general public. Once upon a time, a dark and stormy night or her scream devoured the silence may hook readers and keep them turning pages, but it also confirms what type of adventure they are about to experience. Whether it’s a fairy tale, suspense or murder mystery these stories transport readers into an imaginary world of adventure with laughs, thrills, and unexpected twists.

 

Regardless of the genre, readers become enthralled and devour the books while authors read and continue to learn.

 

 

Loretta Eidson writes romantic suspense. She won first place in romantic suspense in the Foundations Awards at the 2018 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and was a finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis, and a finalist in the 2018 Fabulous Five. She was a double finalist in the 2017 Daphne du Maurier contest.

Loretta lives in North Mississippi with her husband Kenneth, a retired Memphis Police Captain. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her four grown children and twelve grandchildren.

www.lorettaeidson.com

www.facebook.com/loretta.eidson.7

www.twitter.com/lorettajeidson

https://www.instagram.com/lorettaeidson/

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, Loretta Eidson

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 17 February 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – GOD IN THE DAILY GRIND

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – GOD IN THE DAILY GRIND

 

I had planned to write about God in the ordinary moments. Then this week happened. My birthday, which was wonderful, but also an eye exam the same day. All.the.LIGHT in my eyeballs! I was wrecked for two days!

 

Then sad, sad news on Friday—my sweet kitty mama died. And I spiraled into sadness.

 

But God.

 

As He is wont to do—and does so often—He led me to two blogs by two of my writer friends with just such a topic.

 

Melissa Henderson’s blog is filled with lovely snippets of ordinary life—and sweet nuggets of God-wisdom nestled in, like nougat in a chocolate bon bon. Pop on over for a visit, and be sure to say Hullo!

 

https://melissaghenderson.com/

 

Then I saw a post today (Saturday) by Jennifer Major, entitled Valentine’s Day Tubes. She talks about God in the small things, because He is in ALL things. Give her a visit, too, and a shout out.

 

https://www.jennifermajorbooks.com/single-post/2019/02/16/Valentines-Day-Tubes

 

Now, the neat thing about all this, and what really drives my point is this: even when I didn’t have it in me to write my own post, Father God directed me to not one, but two posts that say what I wanted to say. A God-wink as Melissa calls it. A “just suddenly” as my best friend and I used to say.

 

Because He is. In all the details, every moment. Even when we feel abandoned, even when the bottom falls out or an eye exam renders us with a blazing headache. Even when you have a blog post to write—and can’t.

 

I’ve seen a meme going around that makes the point that long before Zacchaeus needed a tree to climb, God planted one. In the exact spot ol’ Zachy would need it.

Father knew I’d need to see those posts this week. And I thank you, ladies, for planting that fig tree for me to climb when I needed my little blog post—and couldn’t see one.

 

Truly, isn’t that what the Body of Christ is? Being the hands and feet of Christ, to minister to those in need? Even if that need is just a little blog post.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, God in the Daily Grind, #GodWink, Just Suddenly, Melissa Henderson, Jennifer Major, Zacchaeus

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 16 February 2019 – WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – LEMON BLUEBERRY SCONES

WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – LEMON BLUEBERRY SCONES

 

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.

 

 

LEMON BLUEBERRY SCONES

 

Today’s recipe generously provided by Carrie Turansky.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 ¼ cups          flour

2 tsp                baking powder

½ tsp               salt

½ tsp               baking soda

4 tbs                sugar

½ cup              cold butter

¾ cup              buttermilk

1                      egg

¾ cup              blueberries

grated zest from lemon

 

 Streusel Topping:

¼ cup        rolled oats

¼ cup        brown sugar

1 tbs          butter, melted

1 tbs          flour

Lemon Glaze:

½ cup        freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups        confectioner’s sugar

1tbs           butter, melted

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the dry ingredients of the scone into a food processor.
  • Cut the cold butter into cubes and put into bowl of food processor with the lemon zest.
  • Pulse the mixture until the butter is the size of peas.
  • Pour the mixture into a large bowl, add the blueberries and toss with the flour.
  • Mix together the buttermilk and egg and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Fold mixture together gently, being careful not to break the berries.
  • Press dough into a large circle on a flour surface.
  • Cut out dough with a biscuit cutter.
  • Sprinkle streusel on top of them and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
  • Bake the scones for 18 -20 minutes until golden.
  • Mix together the glaze, adding as much powdered sugar as it takes to make the consistency you want.
  • Let scones cool a bit before drizzling with the lemon glaze.
  • Serve while warm and fresh.
  • Scones may be re-warmed in a 350 F. oven for 5 min.

 

Today’s recipe generously provided The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky.

If you try this recipe and bake some scones, be sure to let me know how you liked them. Happy baking!

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, Lemon Blueberry Scones, Carrie Turansky, #RandomRecipes, #AuthorsEat #AuthorsCook

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 15 February 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK– BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK – BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Novella Collection: Finding Ever After

Release Date: February 14, 2019

 

 

THE BLURB:

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-

 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

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

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Between Stairs and Stardust, Pepper Basham, Finding Ever After, Rachel McMillan, Ashley Clark, Betsy St. Amant

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 15 February 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION – TUSCAN LEGACY – LA FIAMMA SACRA: SACRED FLAME by CLARE REVELL

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LA FIAMMA SACRA: SACRED FLAME by CLARE REVELL

 

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!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Forged in love’s sacred flame, can a firefighter and a widow find the path God set for them?

Ric Rossi left the family farm in Tuscany and never looked back. Working as a firefighter in Reading, England, he has everything a man could ask for—a secure job, a firm faith, and a neighbour who cares for his cat Noci when he goes away. The only thing missing is a woman he can share his life with.
Widowed when her son Deforest was a week old, Bracken Hughes isn’t prepared to open herself to the heartache a relationship can bring. Especially with her handsome neighbour who risks his life each time he leaves for work. No matter how good the man is with her son.
Ric finds Deforest to be an appealing child who captures his interest. And the mother has that certain something that pricks his heart. But the unhealed wound in Ric’s soul might just spoil any chance he has at love.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from a early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children’s stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.
Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American, the books contain British language and terminology.
The first draft of every novel is hand written.

THE FIRST LINE:   

The jet plane roared down the runway, wheels humming.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, La Fiamma Sacra: Sacred Flame, Clare Revell, Tuscan Legacy Book 5

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 14 February 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – CARRIE TURANSKY

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY – CARRIE TURANSKY

“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.”

 

Please give a happy feathered welcome to Carrie Turansky!

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies – Cookies please  

Dogs or Cats – Dogs, they’re are more cuddly. 

Eggs or Pancakes – I love a perfect poached egg. 

Facebook or Twitter – Definitely Facebook

Paperback or Kindle – Paperback. I Love holding the book in my hands.

Thornton or Darcy – Mr. Darcy

Yoga Pants or Jeans – Yoga pants for a relaxing writing day. 

 

rem:  Hullo, Carrie, welcome. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

CARRIE:  I was born in Oregon and lived there until I married Scott and we moved to Hawaii. We lived there for eight years where our three oldest children were born. Then we moved to New Jersey where Scott took a new ministry position, and we adopted our two youngest daughters. We’ve lived in New Jersey for more than thirty years. The children are all grown, and now we get to enjoy our six grandkids.

rem:  Sheesh! From Hawaii to New Jersey—talk about culture / climate shock! Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

CARRIE:  I was editor of my high school yearbook. I inherited a family farm in Oregon. I collect teddy bears and love sharing them with my grandkids and young visitors.

rem:  What is your favourite quotation and why?

CARRIE:  “The best is yet to come!”  I like this quote because it reminds me that believers have a glorious future, and eternal life starts now.

rem:  So much yes!!! What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

CARRIE:  A lifetime pass to the National Parks.

rem:  That’s one awesome random thing! #winkwink What’s your all-time favorite movie? Favorite TV show?

CARRIE:  Favorite movie: While You Were Sleeping. Favorite TV show: Downton Abbey

rem:  Well, of course! If you could go back in time, what era would you choose and why?

CARRIE:  I’d love to go back to Edwardian England and see some of the places and events I’ve written about in my books, like the first flight across the English Channel, and Armistice Day at the end of World War One.

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

CARRIE:  There are so many great verses that I love. This is one I am memorizing now with the small group of wives I’m mentoring. “Make me walk along the path of Your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.” Psalm 119: 35. It reminds me that my happiness doesn’t depend on people or circumstances. Walking along the path the Lord outlines in his His Word is where I’ll find true and lasting happiness.

rem:  That is so very true—apart from Him, any happiness is shallow, thin, and fleeting. If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

CARRIE: I’d enjoy an evening with Anne of Green Gables. I’d love to hear more about her life before she came to live with Marilla and Mathew, and I’d also like to know what her life was like after she married Gilbert.

 

rem:  What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

CARRIE:  Christian fiction can bring hope and inspiration to readers when we weave God’s principles and love into our stories. Readers can learn from the experience of our characters, consider the choices they make, and see the outcomes, both good and bad. Writing Christian fiction has helped me grow stronger in my faith as I learn to trust God for the story and write it with His help and inspiration. It’s also challenges me to think through issues and conflicts my characters face, and then look for the wisdom and practical help they need to deal with those issues. As I write about my characters’ struggles, I learn along with them how to live out my faith each day.

rem:  Methinks that we as authors sometimes focus on what our readers gain from our stories, and forget the impact of writing them! Not so unlike going on a mission trip—I was very much affected after my first trip! When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

CARRIE:  I want to be swept away by clear descriptive writing and interesting characters. I’m not sure I have a pet peeve, but if there are a lot of mistakes in a story, either factual or typos, that will break the spell for me. Too many of those, and I may put the book down.

rem:  That bugs me, too. One or two, here and there, though, actually makes me less self-conscious of my own faux pas! What would you do if you weren’t writing?

CARRIE:  I enjoy the balance I have in my life now –writing one book a year, partnering in ministry with my husband, and enjoying our family and friends, so I’m not sure what else I would do, probably more of the same.

rem:  Now, that’s a good description of a happy life! What are you reading right now?

CARRIE:  I just finished listening to Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielki. It’s an excellent WW1 novel, and a great debut! I’m eager to read her next one, The Songbird and the Spy.

rem:  I’ve seen her book and wanted to read it—now it’s a must read! What do you munch on while you write?

CARRIE:  I’m more likely to drink a glass of ice water with lemon or a cup of hot tea.

rem:  You are so disciplined! You have visited England and Scotland for research. Tell us a little about those visits. (P.S. #totallyjealous!)

CARRIE:  I’ve been blessed to take two research trips to the UK. The first trip was with my husband Scott. We toured Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed. That was amazing! We also toured villages in the Costwolds, and Chastworth House in the Peak District, which was Mr. Darcy’s Pemberly in the latest version of Pride and Prejudice. On the second trip my traveling companion was my dear friend and fellow author, Cathy Gohlke. We toured Tyntesfield, the beautiful estate I had in mind when I wrote the Highland Hall novels. Then we visited the Lake District and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm. After that we joined a tour group led by Liz Curtis Higgs and visited several castles, gardens, and islands in western Scotland.

rem:  When I get to go, the Cotswolds is first on my destination must-see! You have stories set in the Edwardian era and current day. What is your favorite to write and why?

CARRIE:  I like both. I’ve enjoyed learning more about Edwardian England, 1900 through WW1. That’s such an interesting time period with many changes in technology and culture. I especially enjoyed learning about Christians in that time period and how they impacted their society.  Writing contemporary stories is also fun for me.

rem:  You’ve got that right, Carrie. So very much changed in those early years of the 20th century. Things we take for granted were still luxuries then. Tell us a little about your writing journey.

CARRIE:  I started writing in mid-life after our family spent a year in Kenya, East Africa. When I came home I missed it so much I thought writing a story set there would help me relived my experiences. I joined a writers’ group at my local library, and shortly after that, I joined American Christian Fiction Writers. I wrote five full-length novels and two novellas before the first one was published in 2005. I’ve had 20 novels and novellas published since then. I’ve enjoyed the journey and made many wonderful friends in the writing and reading community.

rem:  It is such an amazing community in the writing world, isn’t it! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

CARRIE: I have a corner desk in my dining room, and I usually take care of email, social media, and business there. When I want to focus on writing, I take my laptop around the house to a cozy chair or the couch. In the warmer weather I like to sit outside on my back patio and write there.

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

CARRIE:  Sometimes I struggle with distractions and that can slow me down. Turing off the Internet and putting on my headphones helps we stay in the writing zone. I also listen to instrumental music to help me focus.

rem:  Ah yes, focus, that elusive zone… What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

CARRIE:  I enjoy finishing the story and sending it out to readers. Hearing from them, and knowing it has had an impact on them is also a highlight for me. Developing friendships with other authors and seeing them succeed is also a real joy.

rem:  Hearing from readers is right there with the moment that first copy is finally in our hands! What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

CARRIE:  I think one of the most difficult things about publishing is how often you have to wait. We wait to hear from an agent, then we wait to hear from an editor. We wait for a contract, and we wait to see the cover and hear the marketing plan. Then we wait for the book to come out and wait for readers to read and review it. We have a lot of opportunities to develop patience and trust the Lord for His timing!

rem:  Waiting! UGH! That is all! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would you recommend not doing?

CARRIE:  Recommendations: After you finish the first book, revise it and send it out or put it in the drawer. Don’t rewrite it so many times that you never go on to write the next book. You learn by writing, so keep going and plot out your next story. Read many different authors and carefully observe what you like about their writing. Build a network of writing and reading friends, and be supportive of those authors. Things to avoid: Don’t criticize other authors and their books. If you don’t care for a book, keep that to yourself.  When you have an issue with your editor or publishing team, don’t fire off an angry email. Give yourself time, discuss it with your agent first and take his or her advice to formulate your response. Guard your reputation with you publishing team, and don’t be a difficult or demanding author.

rem:  That’s some good wisdom right there. How do you choose your characters’ names?

CARRIE:  I keep a running list of names I like, and I also look online at the most popular baby names in the year my character was born.

rem:  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

CARRIE:  I know the basic outline of my story, especially the beginning and the end. I like to leave some of the ups and downs in the middle unsettled so I can have the fun of seeing what will happen to my characters as I write.

rem:  Sounds like your stories surprise you as you write almost as much as the reader when they read! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

CARRIE:  Seeking His Love released February 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day! It’s a contemporary inspirational romance, the first of three books in the Bayside Treasure Series. The heroine, Rachel Clark, is a drama teacher who moves to Fairhaven, Washington, to make a fresh start and direct a Christian youth theater program. Her group needs a new place to hold after school rehearsals and summer drama camp, and that’s how she meets the hero, Cam McKenna. He owns a frame shop and oversees an artist’s co-op in an old school building with a great auditorium that is perfect for Rachel’s group, but Cam is not sure he can tolerate all those kids running around his building.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

CARRIE:  Cam has to take care of Kayla, his fourteen-year-old niece, for the summer while her mom is undergoing cancer treatments. I loved writing about the interaction between Cam and Kayla and the drama that goes along with having a teenage girl in his life. He ends up needing Rachel’s practical help and advice, and that draws them closer. Rachel offers his niece a scholarship for drama camp, and that created several more fun scenes to include in the story.

rem:  Tell us about why you wrote this book.

CARRIE:  I read several articles about teachers who were accused of inappropriate relationships with students, and I wanted to explore what would happen if a teacher was falsely accused. How would she handle a difficult challenge like that? How would it impact her faith and relationships? What lessons would be learned by all those who were involved?

rem:  That’s some heavy stuff! So good to have a Christian perspective to it! Please give us the first page of the book.

CARRIE:

            A shiver of anticipation raced up Rachel Clark’s back as she stepped into the dark auditorium of the old Fairhaven Elementary School. Cool air ushered a dusty smell toward her, teasing her nose. With only the dim glow of the Exit signs to light her path, she made her way down the sloping aisle toward the stage.

            The house lights came up. She blinked as her eyes adjusted to the sudden brightness, then took in the scene. Rows of padded folding seats in three sections filled the cavernous hall. Two carpeted aisles led to a large proscenium stage with a wide, bow-shaped apron and a plush burgundy curtain.

            Warmth and wonder tingled through her. “This is perfect.” She turned and searched for Hannah Bodine.

            The silver-haired curator of the local historical museum poked her head out from the sound booth at the back. Dressed in a flowing tropical-print blouse and coral Capri pants, she stepped into the aisle. “Do you like it?”

            “Yes, it’s exactly what we’re looking for.” Rachel hurried forward and mounted the steps. Waltzing to the middle of the stage, she scanned the auditorium. “Do you know how many seats there are?”

            “Let’s see.” Hannah strolled forward, counting the rows of burgundy chairs. “Looks like almost four hundred.”

            Rachel smiled and nodded. “That’s a hundred more than we have now.” With a larger house they could increase their ticket sales and income, something she and her small staff desperately needed if they were going to hold on to their jobs.

            “I think this would be a good home for your group,” Hannah added. “Why don’t I take you to meet Cameron McKenna, and you can make arrangements to speak to everyone at the co-op meeting tonight.”

            “That would be great.” Rachel ran her hand along the velvet curtain as she crossed the stage, memories of past performances making her smile.  She descended the wooden steps and met her friend down in front.

            “Thanks, Hannah. This is really an answer to prayer. I was beginning to think we were going to be a homeless theater company.” Rachel crossed her arms and rubbed away a chill brought on by that thought.

            “It works out well for all of us. The school district is raising our rent.” Hannah sighed and shook her head as she led the way up the aisle. “You’d think they’d be happy to receive any income from this old building. It sat empty for two years before we got together to rent it. We’ve made a lot of improvements, but if we want to hold on to it, we have to rent the remaining space.”

            Rachel nodded. It sounded like the Fairhaven Artist’s Co-op needed her as much as she needed them. She blew out a deep breath and tried to relax her tense shoulders. This would work. It had to.

            Finding the position as director of Northcoast Christian Youth Theater had been a miracle. She didn’t want to think about disbanding and looking for another job. Returning to teaching wasn’t an option, not after everything that had happened. She pushed those painful memories away and followed Hannah into the main hallway.

            “That’s Cam’s frame shop.” Hannah motioned toward the open door across the hall. “He handles all the finances for the co-op. He can give you the particulars about renting with us.”

            Rachel stepped forward, eager to meet him and discuss the details.

            Hannah held out her hand to slow her down. “Cam might be a bit resistant to the idea. He’s a little . . .” She bit her lip and glanced toward the ceiling. “Well, I suppose I should let you make up your own mind. Just be patient with him, dear.”

 

rem:  That certainly pulls the reader smack into the middle of the action! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

CARRIE:  I hope readers will be inspired to consider the importance honesty and forgiveness in their relationships. rem: oh, yes, both are so very important! I also hope they’ll enjoy the sweet, inspiring romance and gain some insight from Cam and Rachel’s relationship.

rem:  Anything you’d like to add?

CARRIE:  I love connecting with readers! You’ll find me on Facebook and Instagram and on my blog. I hope you’ll connect with me there, and we can share our love for reading and writing!

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

CARRIE: Thank you, Robin!

 

 

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

“… I feel blessed that God has allowed me to share the stories He puts in my heart.”

GIVEAWAY

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

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:oo A.M. on Thursday 14 February and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 21 February. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 13 February 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING by ROBIN E. MASON

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING by ROBIN E. MASON

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

THE AUTHOR:

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

I have been writing since 1995.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons. They encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?”

For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

I am a Christian and write from a Christian world view, but some of my characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Bible and the guidelines for life that we take for granted. My books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.

My greatest priority and highest calling is to honor God in all I do, especially with the talents and abilities He’s given me. Like writing.

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

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“There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” —Erin Hanson

 

GIVEAWAY:

I am visiting Cover to Cover Café today, https://covertocovercafe.com/, and in honor of my birthday yesterday, I am offering one winner a signed print copy of one of my books, winner’s choice.

 

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:oo A.M. on Wednesday 13 February and end at 12:oo A.M. on Wednesday 19 February. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 13 February 2019 – WREEL-to-WREEL WEDNESDAY – FEATURED MOVIE – COMING SOON

WREEL-to-WREEL WEDNESDAY – FEATURED MOVIE – COMING SOON

                                                                             

BECAUSE MOVIES ARE FUN, TOO!

 

What movies are your favorites!!!

 

#Blogwords,Wreel-to-Wreel Wednesday, Featured Movie, #ComingSoon

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