Friday, October 3, 2014

Spotlight on Author Ane Mulligan

Author Ane Mulligan is my friend. We've met through American Christian Fiction Writers. She is fun and an little quirky. Her first published book came out in September 2014. I asked her to answer a few questions about her journey as a writer.

Where do you find your ideas for your writing?

From life. For Chapel Springs Revival, the story perked for a few years. A young women at church told me when she married, she didn't know she should have prayed for the husband God had picked out for her, so she was going to get a divorce and go look for that other man.


I talked her out of it, but it stuck with me. If one woman thought that, there had to be others. So I decided to explore what would happen if a woman in her forties who had been married for a long time, just learned about it.


Describe the space where you most often write.

For years, I wrote in a corner of the master bedroom, with a lovely window to look out. However, the space was small. Just a few months ago, Hubs and I did the Big Office Move.


We moved him out of a front room and into the never-used-dining room, after we sold the furniture. I moved into his old office, with a beautiful new-to-me desk. I have a fantastic huge bookcase and an ergonomic writing chair. There's lots of natural light from the large window.

Tell about your road to your first writing contract.

On my word, that's one long journey. I started my first novel on Jan 1st in 2003. You can do the math, but in between were a lot of ups and downs. I started going to committee as early as 2005, but always got rejected for one reason or another. By 2007, the reasons weren't the writing but the other ones: it didn't quite fit this house, etc.

Then I began to get past editorial committee and to pub board. Again, strange things happened. One house had their slate full, so they held me over for the next quarter. Only the editor retired and her hard drive got wiped clean. I was cast off into cyber oblivion.

I saw a pattern and what I realized was God was saying, "Not yet. Not there."

I whined. He said, "Trust me."

He didn't give me any other option, so I chose to trust Him. I write and leave the rest to Him and my agent. So when she called with the offer, I knew it was the right place and the right time.

The right time and place was so important to me. You see, I believe people let down their guard when they think they're being entertained. Then when they least expect it, our words can reach out, touch heart, and change lives. And isn't that why we write?

Why is it important to you to be a dues-paying-member of writing organizations like ACFW? To what other writing organizations do you belong?

I owe so much to ACFW. Besides the life-long friends of like minds, and the wonderful networking contacts, I've learned so much from the conferences and online courses. I also belong to my local ACFW Chapter.

And the ACFW email loop! It saved my bacon when I wrote myself into a corner in Chapel Springs Revival. I suddenly had to find a geologist. Do you know how rare those are? Fortunately, an ACFW member's hubby is a geo-geek and was able to answer my questions, plus he put me in contact with a professional.

Who is your favorite character in your book? What makes him/her special to you?

I have to say my protagonist, Claire. She's so much fun. She's fiercely loyal to her friends and family, but she tends to speak her mind without filters. She also moves without thinking, which gets her into a lot of trouble. I've written several books, but she's still my favorite.

What else should the blog reading public know about you?

Wow, let's see...I have two English mastiffs that are like having two-year-old twins. Fortunately, I also have a chef-son. He has his own company that does corporate catering, and he tries out new things at home. Sorry, ladies, he's mine. My husband is an artist and did the artwork my publisher used for my book cover.  


Where do you go to 'get away'? Do you write when you get away?

Get away? What's that? Unfortunately, we don't much. Our dogs make that difficult. We once bought a motorhome, so they could go with us, but that was a fiasco, and another story for another day.


If I did get away, it would be to the mountains, preferably at a lake. I probably wouldn't write on my books, but I would write articles and journal the experience for a story.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

Please welcome, novelist, Gina Holmes.  Gina is the founder of popular literary site, She is a two-time Christy and ECPA Book of the Year finalist and winner of the INSPY, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award. Her books regularly appear on Christian bestseller lists.

 Gina, tell us a little bit about your newest release, Driftwood Tides.

 Driftwood Tides tells the story of an aging, alcoholic driftwood artist turned beach bum, Holton Creary, and young Libby Slater. Libby grew up with an absent father and a loving but cold, socialite mother. Leading up to her wedding, Libby and her groom-to-be go through genetic testing and she learns her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents. She confronts her mother and is reluctantly told that she’s adopted. She goes searching for her mother, Adele, only to find her husband, Holton Creary lying face down on the carpet of his Nags Head beach shack.

She lies about her real identity until she is finally found out. Holton does not welcome the news. He never knew the wife he had given saint status too had given up a daughter for adoption. Together the two search to find the truth about Adele, Libby’s father and themselves.

 What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

 At its heart, Driftwood Tides is really about discovering who we are, whose we are, where we belong and the need to accept and bestow forgiveness.

Why did you set the novel in Nags Head?

Oh, how I love that place! I’m not sure there’s a more peaceful setting in all the world. And the further out I get from civilization, the happier I am. I love the sand dunes, the untouched nature, the quaint towns. Just everything! (Well, except sand in my bathing suit maybe J)

You seem to have a recurring theme in your novels about absent fathers, if it’s not too personal, why do you think that is?

 It is too personal, but I don’t mind answering (wink!) When I was 6 years old, I was packed up by my stepfather and driven to my father’s house. Overnight I had a new Mom, new sisters and brother, house and life. It was as traumatic an experience as I can imagine. There were few explanations that made sense to me and I missed my other family desperately. I think ever since I’ve been trying to settle some pretty deep-seated questions. Writing books is wonderful for that.

 The novel you’ve written that seems to be a fan-favorite is Crossing Oceans, do you ever see yourself writing a sequel?

 I love that book too. Makes me cry just thinking about certain scenes. I would love to write a sequel, prequel or off shoot stories. I love those characters dearly. I’m under contract for three different novels, so I’m not sure when I’ll have the time, but I’d love to explore Craig’s story and of course, Bella’s. I miss Mama Peg very much!

You’ve said that your favorite novel you’ve written is Wings of Glass. Why is that your favorite?

Well, for storyline, I think Crossing Oceans is the strongest. I think my writing in Wings of Glass was my best, plus when I was very young I watched my mother in one abusive relationship after another, and then two of my sisters. I had been there too, despite thinking I was better than that. I know the mindset that keeps a woman (or man) in a relationship like that and I wanted to give insight to those who don’t understand. I’ve received enough letters to know I did what I set out to do.

 You’re originally from NJ but write all your novels from the South, why do you set your novels down South if you’re from up North?

 Ha, you found me out! Yes, I was born and raised in NJ. As much as I love my friends and family, I am definitely more suited for the slower pace of the South. I’ve lived in Southern VA for half of my life and I plan to spend the rest of my life here if I can help it. I try to write books from settings that make me happy. So I write where I want to be. (Although, I’ve got to say, NJ food is amazing and you’ve got to love a boisterous NJ laugh!)

What do you like most about being a writer? Least?

Most, I like being able to have a platform to share lessons I’ve learned in my life that I know others would benefit from. And more than that, I just love to tell a good story.

Least, would be the unpredictability of the business. Sometimes it seems so random and the lack of control makes me uncomfortable sometimes. (Which is probably right where God wants me!)

 Do you have any advice for aspiring novelists?

 My advice is pretty much always the same. 1. Write. So many people want to have written but don’t actually do the work. 2. Get to a writers conference because there’s so much  you don’t know, that you don’t even know you don’t know. If you don’t you’ll be spinning your wheels for years, wasting valuable time. 3. Run, don’t walk, to the nearest bookstore and buy yourself a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Then apply it. (Best money I ever spent!) 4. Join a good critique group and get a nice thick skin, ‘cause you’re sure going to need it!

If you could go back to the pre-published writer you were, knowing what you do now, what advice would you give her?

Well, I wouldn’t have told myself how many novels I’d write that would never see the light of day, because I would have given up. I wouldn’t have told myself how little money there is actually to be made or how lonely writing can sometimes be. I wouldn’t have told myself that I’d still have a day job with 4 novels out in stores, including 3 bestselling novels… okay, but that wasn’t your question… I would tell myself to relax. Some of this, most of this is, is out of your hands, and that’s okay. It’s not going to be at all what you think it is, but it’s going to be so much more. You won’t get rich, but you will touch lives. At the end of the day, that’s going to be exactly what will fulfill you.

Where can readers find your books and more about you?

 Thanks for asking. My books are in B&N, BooksaMillion, Amazon, Lifeway, Parable, Family Christian and hopefully a good number of independent bookstores. You can find me at Thanks so much for hosting me!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Helsinki Sunrise, a Passport to Romance, blog tour follows on from yesterday’s return stop in Zambia where Beauty for Ashes host, Aldyth Thomson, posted a book review on Helsinki Sunrise.

 What do you get when you cross a devout ( hot!) missionary fasting before going on the mission field, a bitter missionary kid whose parents died in their service to God, and a small island with one house and sauna? You get a great love story! God woos Eveliina back from her stressful, bitter life using Adam as a lure. In an ironic struggle involving a sauna, blueberry pie, paint, and prayer, Eveliina falls in love with Adam even as she tries to make him break his fast and leave the island.

The island retreat belongs to Mikko and Eveliina’s grandparents. Mikko promised Adam a three week, solitary retreat for his preparation for the mission field. However, Eveliina decides to escape her stressful job, relationship, and life without knowing the cabin is occupied. Mayhem ensues in the war of who gets to stay on the island.

Eveliina has been running from God since the death of her parents on the mission field. She is living the glamorous city life, loving her boss, and thinking she has it all. Without God in her life, she finds little pleasure in any of it. Adam represents everything from which she has tried to run away. Her brother Mikko has followed in his parents’ footsteps into mission work. Adam is a friend of Mikko who continues to ask others to pray for Eveliina and her relationship with God. Eveliina takes delight is torturing Adam offering coffee, pie, home-cooking, and even herself to him to try to break his devotion to God.

Adam tries to bring her words from God. He has often prayed for her when Mikko had asked for prayer. He feels he has been given an opportunity to be God’s ambassador and bring her back into relationship with God. However, her temptations become more and more difficult to resist. He finds himself attracted to Mikko’s worldly sister, even as he is attempting to focus on God and his mission. Eveliina becomes God’s mission for him.

I was blessed to read this story as a part of ACFW’s Scribes. In submission after submission, Marion created the drama and Christian passion for God as well as for each other in Eveliina and Adam. I was sorry to finish the story.

Spoiler Alert! God wins, as He always does.

Be sure to follow this blog across to the UK tomorrow at Clare Revell for an interview with Helsinki Sunrise heroine, Eveliina Mikkola.

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Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven. Her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise, releases August 22, 2014 by White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Book Group imprint, Passport to Romance series.

Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Davis Bunn's The Turning; Win a free copy!

God's people answering God's call.

Five multinational Christians are called to do a most difficult task so they can accomplish a God-sized task. They must ask for forgiveness, give up a treasured position, make peace with those who were intent on being unrelenting, or come to terms with a shameful past. Then God brings them together to counter one man's ambition.

Davis Bunn's novel, The Turning, at its heart, asks the question: What if? What if God's people heard His voice and acted?
Trent Cooper's ambition, desires, and ruthlessness are brought to bear to promote a single idea: Hope is dead.  God brings these Christians together to counter the Satanic attack with which Trent Cooper hopes to make his fortune, impress his boss, and win the girl.
The five Christians in this novel are not saints. They each have issues like all of us. The difference in these Christians is that they have been studying a Christian education booklet focused on hearing God's voice. [Devotions and other teaching resources are available at]

God's message is simple: God is Hope and He is not dead. At great personal sacrifice, these called out ones pray and work to refute the Hope is Dead campaign.

I was given 2 copies of this book: one to read and review and one to give away on this blog. [More on that at the end.]

I found this book powerful and profound. The answer to the What if? question is that God calls us all  to battle the forces of evil in the world all the time. The idea that God can speak to different people and bring them to one area to serve as his warriors in spiritual warfare is compelling. God can absolutely bring this about. I was reminded of Lifeway's Experiencing God and MasterLife materials. These thoughts made me wonder if River North/Moody had a new discipleship book coming out on hearing God's voice.

The Turning is a novel, therefore fiction. Can God work in just this way to achieve His plan? Of course, He can! In fact, He can do it without our help, but He chooses to use broken vessels that only He can repair. He sees past our imperfections to create His perfect tools in a fallen world. Those truths are not fiction!

I read The Turning on a transatlantic flight to Ireland. It brought me hope that God's people can still hear His voice and be part of His plan to combat evil. I couldn't put it down until I knew the outcome of the final battle.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

My Writing Process - World Tour Blog, 2014

I’m excited to be a part of this worldwide blog tour, thanks to fellow ACFW Scribes critter, Marion Ueckermann, a South African writer and dear friend. She is tearing it up writing for White Rose Publishing, a division of Pelican Book Group as part of their Passport to Romance series of novelettes.  I have been privileged to critique Helsinki Sunrise, Oslo Overtures, and Glasgow Grace on the ACFW Scribes loop.  Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. Marion lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally. 

My task on the blog tour? Answer 4 questions about my writing process and introduce you to three writers who will do the same next week, May 12.

1.     What am I working on?

 I always have many ’irons in the fire’!

 I am working on a series of novels I call “Faith Amidst the Crucible of American History”. My hero in each novel is a son of a blacksmith. (Get it, irons in the fire!)

The first book in the series is called Colonial Dream. The setting is the American Revolution. Two friends, Colin Browning and Ben Andrews, who want nothing more than to be Americans, find themselves fighting on opposites sides. Heroine Amanda Andrews Browning must learn to be a strong, independent woman as she supports herself and her child, Michael, as an embroiderer/seamstress in Colonial Williamsburg while the men are at war. I am editing it in response to a “not a rejection/not a contract” letter. Prayers are greatly appreciated as I groom this project to receive that coveted contract.

The second book in this series, Transforming Bitterness Into Joy, is the one I am actively creating/writing/critiquing on Scribes. This book is a Beauty and the Beast type story set in 1809-1810. Michael, son of Colonial Dream couple Amanda and Colin Browning, has had to raise his younger siblings after the death of his parents when he was 17. He has had to set aside any personal life for 12 years as a result, working his father’s forge to support them. Heroine Susannah, daughter of the new pastor at the church founded by his Uncle Ben Andrews, finds herself serving him after she encourages Michael’s youngest sister to elope. She is determined to play matchmaker for Michael, with her friend Rachel, to help him out of his bitter loneliness. Of course, Susannah becomes the perfect match for him.

 The third book is the series, A Time to Choose, is set during the Civil War. Andrew Browning, blacksmith and officer in the Union Army, is assigned to protect and guide Lincoln. Maggie is a Northern abolitionist, Harvard-educated newspaper columnist. Terrors come into their lives as she writes about the war effort, runs a stop on the Underground Railroad, becomes a target for Andrews’s revengeful ex-fiancee, and teaches reading to emancipated refugees. The setting for this story is Lincoln’s White House and Washington, DC.

 The fourth book in the series will involve Lincoln Browning, son of Andrew and Maggie, who takes his blacksmithing skills into the new industry as an inventor.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My series is reminiscent of John Jakes Americans series. The big thing that sets it apart from other historical romance is that my characters are Christians who seek to live their faith amidst the struggles of life. How do Christians be involved in God’s plan for their lives? What happens when that plan seems to be falling apart? Like us, they must deal with the setbacks, heartaches, and dreams knowing that God is still present in their lives and works everything together for an ultimate good.

3) Why do I write what I do?

 The first question should be “Why do I write?” I have always had an avid fascination with story. I began writing stories, a play, and a compendium of Dark Shadows supernatural beings in 6th grade. My friends and I spun imaginary tales with our teen idols, writing extensive notes to one another. My first published book is Gold Earrings. I wrote the short story that became the novel in high school. I constantly have ideas for new works. While I was teaching middle school, I would write the scenes that were playing in my head, all that I knew, and save them on the computer. I guess I write because I am compelled to write.
3 1/2)Why do I write Christian historical romance?

 Again, I am compelled to write about characters who need and long for love. These characters have varying levels of relationship with God. I believe God meant for us to be in relationship, with Him, with friends, with family, and with a spouse who helps them both become what God wants them to be. I love history! Most of our vacations involve discovering the history of the place we visit.

4) How does my writing process work?

 As I said previously, the story or characters appear in my brain almost like a movie that you need to write down as it happens so you don’t lose any precious part. Or I think of an intriguing question. In Colonial Dream, I was contemplating whether rebellion against the king is sin against God. After all, scripture says that we are to obey and pray for the king because God placed him in power. Once I have the initial ideas down, then the hard part starts. I ask myself, “What comes next?” Some days that’s easy. Other days, well, it doesn’t happen. On those days I research my time period, characters, dress, holiday traditions, etc. If you check my Pinterest boards, you’ll see that I have one for each of my novels where I pin maps, places, occupations, timelines, etc. Some days I create a timeline of events in my story with actual historical events. Eventually, the novel comes together like tying up loose ends.

Check out these 3 authors. Their blogs will go live May 12, 2014.
 I met NY writer Kate at the 2013 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. She is a member of ACFW and ACFW’s Scribes Loop. Kate enjoys writing Biblical fiction. She asks, “What if I had been …?” Then she tells the story of how that person met Jesus or how the character’s role played out in the Old Testament.
Kate grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York where she nurtured the love of reading. It wasn’t until much later that her reading addiction grew into a love of writing. Throughout her travels, she has learned one thing; People are people wherever you go. She has taken this lesson into her writing. Whether she is writing of contemporary, historical or biblical themes, her characters reflect that humanity.

Emma Right
Award Winning and Best Seller author, Emma Right, is a happy wife and Christian homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired Dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

 Born and raised in Japan, Alice loves sushi! Now She writes, blogs, and enjoys crafting fun characters in Durham, NC. An award-winning author, all of her novels are set in some part of North Carolina.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lisa Lickel's The Last Detail

The Last DetailMissionaries. How do they choose the mission field? How does God choose them? What do they do when the mission is taken away from them through no fault of their own? Do God's people also deserve love and happiness?

Merit and his family have sacrificed much on mission for God. The older brother Worth died on the mission field; Merit served the same people but was injured in an attack on the clinic where he served and was sent home to recover; and the younger brother Justice disappeared at age 17 but ended up serving refugees from the same mission field. Merit feels that everyone he loves has been taken from him, so when he meets Amalia, he is afraid she will also die if he allows himself to love her.

Amalia's business The Last Detail helps grieving families take care of the final details following the loved one's funeral. She does a great job caring for others, but not so great taking care of herself.

Lisa Lickel has done a great job of placing Amalia and Merit in juxtaposition and helping them overcome themselves in order to be one in their marriage. The story has twists and turns including instances where God clearly has stepped into the picture to help them become the servants they need to be for him.

Questions I asked Lisa concerning her book, The Last Detail.
Have you had a relationship with the Nehrangestan people?
I love this question, Diane. It’s always an author’s goal to make the setting as true as possible, even when it’s fictional. So, in a way, yes, I do have a relationship with these people who, essentially, I made up. They are a combination of people I’ve read about and some people I’ve met and spoken to, and I even made up the language as a combination of dialects I looked up and took liberties with.
Was there a reason you named the brothers Worth, Merit, Justice?
Yes, this was my first experiment with meaningful names of characters. I have heard of these names in either public, or among friends, and with their background, coming from a strongly faith-based family, it just seemed like something their parents would do. We’ve all probably heard of parents giving names to their children that they hope the child would grow into, whether a way or life, a job, or a celebrity; however that practice is much more prevalent in Asian countries. The children are named after qualities, which I think they strived to earn.
How is this book similar/different from your previous books?
That’s hard to say on the surface, Diane. This manuscript started life seven years before it was published as a book written specifically for a group of themed books about weddings in different states, then it was rewritten for a themed group of romances taking place in unusually-named real communities in the US, then it was just a genre romance, and by the time five years of “no thanks,” six other published novels, and two agents passed, I simply took the story, revised it the way I wanted it to look and feel, which was not intentionally a genre romance that ends with a happy proposal or a wedding, and sent it out as a mainstream novel exploring what happens after the wedding. It’s similar in that I am asking my readers to think about what makes a family, and how unusual relationships work out, and it’s different in that the publisher allowed me to have a little more control over where I wanted the story to end.
When researching for this book, what was the single most interesting thing you uncovered?
It is gruesome, but fascinating to me, about the murders that took place at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. The park is so beautiful that it’s such a shock to find out about this sensational and senseless act. I was intrigued about the police work that went on to discover the murderer and the subsequent trial.
What questions would you like to answer that I didn't ask?
Thank you, Diane, for hosting me! I would like the readers to know about the setting of the book, that while Fox Falls is fictional, Starved Rock park is very real. You can visit the following websites for more information, as well as take a virtual tour:
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Short bio: Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CrossReads Book Blast With Sharon A. Lavy

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Deadly Secret By Sharon A Lavy
About the Book
The covering on Evalena Davidson’s head invites all kinds of confidences and sharing, a blessing on Denton Community Hospital’s oncology ward. But people expect her to be perfect, which makes living up to the promise of her Old German Baptist uniform a challenge. Pete Neper, head of the sanitation department senses unrest among the employees but finds it a challenge to track down the cause. Danni Wagoner, another oncology nurse is implicated in a drug scam. Old German Baptist Brethren with their adherence to traditional ways do not get involved with the law. But how can Evalena turn her back on a friend? This unlikely trio put their lives and reputation at risk to uncover a deadly secret in an attempt to identify a killer before someone else dies. Sharon3Sharon A Lavy Writer of Inspirational Women's fiction with a touch of Suspense. Sharon A Lavy lives with her husband in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in the German crafted Flight Design airplane they call PaPa. Sharon is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady. In the Old German Baptist community she's a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes. And in her own mind she's a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God. ~~ Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God's own heart~~ Sharon has a heart for hurting women, and writes women's fiction. Because when~~it's all said and done~~It's all about relationships.
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