Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Writer Friends: Felicia Mason


Felicia and I at Seton Hill
Hi there! Lee Tobin McClain here, thinking about writer friends and how important they've been to me on my writing journey.

Writing can be a lonely job. I spend a lot of hours at my house by myself, dreaming up stories, writing them down, and polishing the words to make the story flow smoothly.

But I'm blessed to have made many writer friends along the way, including several Love Inspired authors. It's fun to think about how I got to know these ladies and all the good times we've had together. So throughout the summer, I'm blogging various places about my writer friends (check out the InspyRomance blog this Friday!).

Felicia Mason is my longest-term Love Inspired friend. We met years ago when we both needed critique partners, and have exchanged ideas and manuscripts many times. Felicia has been a real encourager to me in writing as well as in my personal life and my faith. As all of her friends know, she's a great one for sending inspiring cards, articles, and small gifts that seem to show up just when you're feeling down.

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Knowing how dynamic and knowledgable she is, I invited her to be a guest speaker at Seton Hill University where I work, and she continues to teach in our writing program's twice-a-year residencies. The great benefit to me is that I know I'll get to see my friend at least a couple of times a year. Since Felicia lives in Virginia and I live in Pennsylvania--and since we're both way too busy--it's hard to schedule get-togethers. But we're determined to meet in Harper's Ferry for a writing retreat before the end of 2015. And we'll take pictures!

Felicia's latest Love Inspired book, The Single Dad Finds a Wife, features a frazzled single dad who falls for his son's pediatrician. You are going to love it! For a chance to win an e-copy, comment below--tell us what you like about Love Inspired books. Do it by July 4th to be entered into the random drawing. 

For more freebies, drop by my website. I look forward to hearing from you!



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Release tomorrow!

Terri Reed here on this abnormally hot Oregon day. Whew! 
I have a new release in July that I wanted to share with you all. 
Joint Investigation is the second book in my Northern Border Patrol series from Love Inspired Suspense. 

LONE AGENT 
Under other circumstances, FBI agent Samantha Bennett might welcome a bit of backup—but not from an overprotective Mountie. She's been on the trail of a serial killer for six months and no one has ever taken the case seriously…until now. When Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Drew Kelley saves her life, he decides that the hunt for "Birdman" is his problem, too. Together they begin a cross-continent chase to stop the madman before he strikes again. However, Samantha fears her growing feelings for the lawman may weaken her focus, or worse—put Drew directly in the killer's sights… 
Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the U.S.–Canadian border safe


To celebrate my new release I'll be guest appearing on several blogs throughout the month of July. If you would like to see my blog schedule you can stop by my webpage to sign up for my latest newsletter.  I have several interview type blog posts as well as sharing some behind the scenes information about this book and also sharing a recipe for a Summer Fruit Treat.

Also stop by my webpage sometime between July 7th and July 31st and comment to enter in a giveaway I'll be doing on my webpage.  

And stop by Goodreads to enter to win a copy of Joint Investigation

I can hardly believe July is upon us. I have taken four writing related classes this year and have more coming up. I believe strongly in continuing to improve my writing and my research.  I just finished a class through Writers University-- M.A. Taylor's "Law Enforcement: Making Your Cop Real".
It was fascinating. The instructor was informative and knowledgeable. She went the extra mile for the students by contacting other agencies with questions from the class.  She even contacted Scotland Yard!  

I'll be heading to New York City in the later part of July to attend Romance Writers of America's national writers conference in the heart of the city. 
Then in August I'll be heading to the mid-west for the Writers Police Academy conference to learn more about the men and women of law enforcement, emergency personnel and fire fighters. I signed up to ride in a fire engine. I wonder if they'll let me drive it? 

I wish you a wonderful, safe and exciting Independence Day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Endings

The final pages of a good romance have me racing to reach The End. When I do, I close the book and heave a satisfied sigh.

And then I feel a strange sense of loss. After all, I've spent hours with the couple, getting to know them. At times I feared for them. Other times I cheered for them.

But they've reached their Happy Ever After, and I must move on to the next story.

The same is true in my writing world. I work hard on a story, wait a year or more for it to hit the shelves and then enjoy the joyful frenzy that is release month.


My first Love Inspired Historical was officially released on June second. I participated in a successful Book Release Party on Facebook along with the other June LIH authors, hosted a highly successful look Book Launch at the very rail depot where the hero and heroine in Family of Her Dreams met, was a guest on sixteen blogs, gave away many copies of my books and met lots of enthusiastic readers. I was crazy busy, but I had a blast.

But now the month is drawing to a close. The June titles will still be available online, but the focus will soon shift to the July titles.

My book's time in the spotlight is over, but I have a host of happy memories. Reality has returned, with my days spent working on my next story in solitude, but I'm content. That is the ebb and flow of a writer's life.

How do you feel when something you've anticipated for a long time is over?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sharon is the winner of our quarterly giveaway!

Congratulations to Sharon H. for winning our quarterly giveaway basket! (Sharon, I’ve emailed you so please contact me if you didn’t get it.)

Be sure to re-enter every quarter. Click here for the entry form.

Also, get extra entries by commenting on our blog! (One extra entry per person per blog post.)

Get a peek at the new giveaway basket here.

Thanks for reading and loving Love Inspired romances!

~The Love Inspired authors

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Groceries by Leann Harris

The other day my husband and I went grocery shopping. Since I had cancer, he was in charge of the shopping. Now that I'm well, we take turns going to the store. This day as I put things into the cart, my husband told me he had a system. Cold items go in the seat area in a neat pile. Well, I couldn't believe my ears, so I just tossed in the items we needed. He would stop and reorganize. He informed me it was easier to take things out of the cart and put on the cashier belt. Over 44 years of shopping and now suddenly I'm doing it wrong. Go figure. At least he's doing the shopping.
I also took him by the book section of the store and showed him my latest book. He was amazed.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Allie Pleiter on...wait, I forgot...

It’s all material….

image courtesy of WikiHow
It had to happen.  

After all, romance author is probably the only career—except maybe soap opera star—where experiencing an episode of amnesia is a professional resource.  I was bound to do an amnesia story one of these days.  And this year, A RANGER FOR THE HOLIDAYS (November 2015) is just that.

In June of 2010, I woke one morning with no ability to retain short-term information. I remember only glimpses of this, but my son CJ tells me I recognized him and all our family, but not that my daughter was at camp or the things we had bought the day before.  Now, CJ is no stranger to medical crises, so he wisely asked me things like what day it was, etc.  I could not answer any of them.  Smart kid, he sat me down on the couch with my dog, said “here, pet Bella while I call Dad.”  CJ and Dad decided it was time to call an ambulance.  CJ was in cancer treatments at the time, so the immediate theory was that I had suffered a stroke from the stress of his illness.

I remember none of this.  I don’t remember the ambulance ride nor most of my days in the hospital.  Evidently, I asked the same 12 questions over and over (think “50 First Dates” only nowhere near as charming) and gave identical responses to the answers.  Can’t you just see the headline now?  “Teenage cancer patient calls 911 on amnesiac romance author mom

It’s almost amusing now that everyone is okay.  CJ is healthy and in very successful remission, our house is not in any medical chaos whatsoever, and my doctors tell me that I experienced not a stroke but Transient Global Amnesia—a once-in-a-lifetime vascular phenomena known to happen to migraine patients and people who take cholesterol drugs (I am both).  And, it makes a fascinating story.


I don’t recall many facts, but the emotions are still vivid for me.  Feeling like a freak, feeling as though your missing memory is stalking you, the desperate need to feel safe, all these things were useful to me as I crafted Texas Ranger Finn Brannigan.  And now I really can say, “It’s all material…”  

If the story is vivid and compelling to you, now you know why.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New cover starting a new series....

Jenna Mindel here, excited to share the cover of the first book of my new Maple Springs series.   The book doesn't release until the end of summer, but hey, might as well get the word out now, right? 


The Widow's Surprise Baby.....

When Annie Marshall discovers just weeks after her husband’s death that she’s carrying his baby, her sadness turns to hope. Scared of facing this all on her own, she reluctantly accepts the help of her husband’s best friend, Matthew Zelinsky. The kiss they shared after the funeral was just two friends comforting each other—or so she tells herself. Yet spending time together makes them wonder if what they feel is more than friendship.When people in town start raising eyebrows and her business begins to suffer from the gossip, Annie must decide if loving Matthew is worth the risk.






I'm excited about this for a several reasons.  It's my first, very own Love Inspired series, and each book I have planned highlights some really cool and unique occupations that I've encountered since living in Northern Michigan.  Also, the town of Maple Springs is inspired by the area where I currently live.   Now, I'm crazy about Northern Michigan - but I can't help but wonder if there's certain series settings that are your favorites...

What's your favorite kind of place to read about? 
  
Have a blessed day, and check out more about upcoming books in the Maple Springs series at my website jennamindel.com