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Saturday, July 4, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: Emergency Reunion by Sandra Orchard

Paramedic Sherri Steele refuses to believe someone's out to get her—until she's held at knifepoint in her own ambulance. It'll take her high school crush to convince her she needs protection—and deputy sheriff Cole Donovan is as persuasive as he is handsome. But when his brother rises to the top of the suspects list, Cole's torn between family duty and the woman he's never forgotten. With every emergency call to the paramedics turning into an attack on Sherri's life, Cole's convinced Sherri has a stalker. Cole needs to know whether his brother is the culprit before things spiral out of control. Survival—and a future with Sherri—depends on discovering who wants to cause trauma to this EMT.
1.    Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense. 

My name is Sherri Steele. You may have met my cousins, firefighter Jake Steele, and former FBI agent turned Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Steele, in previous stories. I’m the youngest paramedic on Stalwart’s EMT staff and the only female, which along with getting my very first partner fired for working under the influence, and failing to save the life of my second partner at an emergency-call-turned-deadly, has left me with a lot to prove and more enemies than friends. One or more of those enemies seems determined to convince me to quit, or worse, kill me, and I’m equally determined to not give him the satisfaction of succeeding. I only need a few more weeks of work to qualify for the newest flight medic position. And I’m sure if I can hold out that long, all this will settle down once I’m no longer working out of the same base.

2.    I understand that you’ve known Cole Donovan since you were a child.  Tell us a bit about him.  When did you know it was love? 

I’ve had a crush on him since I was a kid. He was one of the most popular boys in school and in our youth group, but he was always really nice to me, even when sometimes it probably made him look not so cool in the eyes of his friends. His parents’ breakup really shattered his world. He had a hard time accepting it. I thought we’d made a deeper connection when I tried to help him, but then he left for college and I never saw him again until a few weeks ago. I tried to deny the feelings that came rushing back when I saw him. I told myself he was more interested in clearing his brother’s name than actually protecting me. But when he defied orders to save my life and risked his job to stand by me, I knew I’d been lying to myself.
3.    What are your strengths and weaknesses?      

I’m well-trained and follow the rules, dedicated to doing the best job I can. I guess my weakness would probably be not wanting to admit to any.
4.    What scares you?   

The possibility of losing a patient due to my own wrong decisions.   

5.    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Sigh. I guess I’d stop isolating myself from the people who care about me and only want to help.

6.    What do you think about your spiritual life?

I thought it was pretty solid, but I’m starting to see that I have a tendency to rely on myself more than God. I need to be more open to his plans, especially when they don’t seem to fit with mine.
7.    What do you admire about the hero?

I confess to being a sucker for his mile-wide protective streak. I also think it’s wonderful that he willingly chose to give up a promising career with the Seattle police department to come home and try to help his brother.

8.    Why could you never see yourself ending up with the hero?

I can’t afford to let anyone get too close, too much is at stake.

9.  What is the one thing you would never do?

Quit my job as a paramedic. I promised Luke (my second partner) before he died that I wouldn’t quit and I owe him that much.

10. What do you hope people will learn from your experience?

That it’s okay to let people see your weaknesses and vulnerabilities. That sometimes being willing to talk about them can help others and yourself in ways you might not imagine. God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses.

Friday, July 3, 2015

This Year's RITA

The RITA, an award presented by Romance Writers of America, is the Oscar of romance writers-and this year’s presentation is coming up very soon! 

This year's finalists are
Grave Danger
By Katy Lee
Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Emily Rodmell, editor 

by Irene Hannon
Baker Publishing Group, Revell
Jennifer Leep, editor

For Such a Time
by Kate Breslin
Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House
Raela Schoenherr, editor

Hope at Dawn
by Stacy Henrie
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Lauren Plude, editor

Huckleberry Summer
by Jennifer Beckstrand
Kensington Publishing
John Scognamiglio, editor

The Widow’s Suitor
by Rose Ross Zediker
Harlequin, Heartsong Presents
Kathy Davis, editor

In the Craftie World, we celebrate the RITA win of Linda Goodnight back in 2008 with her Love Inspired romance A Touch of Grace.

2013 - Missy Tippens is a finalist with her Love Inspired bookA House Full of Hope. 
2012 - Linda Goodnight is a finalist with Love Inspired book, The Christmas Child.
2011 - Linda Goodnight is a double finalist with her Love Inspired books, The Wedding Garden and Finding Her Way Home.
2012 - Linda Goodnight is a finalist with her Love Inspired book The Snow-kissed Bride.
2008 - Pamela Tracy is a finalist with her Love Inspired Suspense Pursuit of Justice
2007 - Allie Pleiter is a finalist with her Love Inspired book My So-Called Love Life
2006 - Terri Reed is a finalist with her Love Inspired book A Sheltering Love.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Planning Ahead

Terri Reed here, so my husband and I are planning a big European trip for next spring. This was supposed to be our 30th Anniversary trip but then we decided we didn't want to wait another three years. We're not getting any younger so we're taking the plunge.  This past spring at my son's high school auction I won a week stay in an apartment in Munich, Germany.  This wasn't on our list of places we wanted to go but the more I have researched Munich and Bavaria the more excited I'm getting to visit this part of the world. We've purchased our plane tickets now I'm in the process of securing accommodations. 
Our trip will start Amsterdam where we'll hop a flight to  Prague for a night and then we'll move on to Munich. I'm planning on taking a journey to Neuschwanstein Castle which is an hour and half from Munich. In case you don't know this castle is the inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland. 

We're also planning to visit the BMW museum and headquarters. My husband is a huge BMW fanatic.  I'm also hoping to take a day trip to Salzburg Austria where Sound of Music was filmed.  I also plan to journey to the walled town of Rothenburg. This German town is like stepping back in to medieval times.  

After our stay in Munich we're heading to Italy. We're debating a stay in Venice or Florence before heading to the Cinque Terre for four days of relaxing and hiking. 

Then on to Rome for a couple of days before heading to Paris and then home. 

I plan to write a bit while in Europe but mostly I plan to absorb the culture and find inspiration for more stories. Who knows I might write a European set romantic suspense.  

Do you plan your vacations this far ahead? This is a first for me. We're usually more the seat of the pants type vacationers. 

Oh and by the way, JOINT INVESTIGATION  is on sale now!

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Are Holidays Overrated? (and giveaway)

My newest heroine thinks so.

Hi Sandra Orchard here. In Canada, where today is a holiday.

A day off. Woohoo!

In my newest release, Emergency Reunion, Sherri Steele, the paramedic heroine resists taking time off even at her boss's urging, because she thinks half the mishaps that have happened on her shifts are the hazing of her male colleagues, while the other incidents, such as getting sideswiped by a speeding car or threatened with a knife are hazards of the job, and she refuses to let either break her.

Not when her last partner made her promise, with his dying breath, that she wouldn't quit.

Thankfully, Deputy Sheriff Cole Donovan is convinced otherwise and watching her back. It makes for much different fireworks than we will be seeing here tonight.

I learned so much interviewing paramedics while researching this book, and gained a deeper appreciation for their dedication in the face of dangerous situations. Not to mention the emotional toll of devastating accident scenes or losing a patient.

My heroine eventually learns that being open about what she's feeling helps not both her and her colleagues work through their emotional traumas and not let it eat away at them and lead to self-destructive behaviors to numb the pain.

Emergency Reunion will hit bookstore shelves within the next few days. It received a "Top Pick" designation from RT Book Reviews

and the reviewer Leslie McKee invited me to talk a bit about the book on her blog today, too, where...

we're also giving away a copy!

So please click Leslie's name above to pop over and leave a comment to be entered.'ll find a second giveaway and super fun character interview here:

I hope you enjoy Emergency Reunion!

Paramedic Sherri Steele refuses to believe someone’s out to get her—until she’s held at knifepoint in her own ambulance. It’ll take her high school crush to convince her she needs protection—and deputy sheriff Cole Donovan is as persuasive as he is handsome. But when his brother rises to the top of the suspects list, Cole’s torn between family duty and the woman he’s never forgotten. With every emergency call to the paramedics turning into an attack on Sherri’s life, Cole’s convinced Sherri has a stalker. Cole needs to know whether his brother is the culprit before things spiral out of control.

Survival—and a future with Sherri—depends on discovering who wants to cause trauma to this EMT.

Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint. A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren. Subscribe to Sandra’s newsletter to receive a subscriber-exclusive mini-novella. Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features, as well as writer helps, at or connect at

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Grandmother memories

Hey Everyone,

It's Danica Favorite, and I am late posting today. So sorry! I'm visiting my parents for my grandmother's memorial service. She passed away last month, and the family decided that rather than have a funeral then, we would do a memorial service on her birthday, which was today. In all of our travel and events, I completely lost track of time.

One of the things that struck me at the memorial service was one of the things the pastor said about how no matter what happens to our bodies, our spirits remain. Even though Grandma is gone, she is with us in our memories. When we remember the things we love about her, special things we did with her, and the stories about her, we have her spirit with us. I'm probably not saying that as well as he did, but it reminded me that even in the midst of our loss, we still have so much.

Grandma and I had our own special traditions. I know most people think Martin Luther King day is in honor of him, but from now on, that's my day to remember Grandma. That was our day, and we always got together on that day to go shopping. The past couple of years, she'd been unable to keep our date because of health issues, but we always hoped we'd get to do it again.

Today I got to visit with family and friends- many people I haven't seen in a long time. My next book, The Lawman's Redemption, is a July release, and as I talked with everyone, I got to tell them about my book. It felt weird to tell people about my book at my grandma's memorial service, but when one of her friends pulled out all of her pictures and things out of her purse, it reminded me of how Grandma did the same thing. I have no doubt that if she'd been there, she would have been pulling out my book postcards, and sharing them along with family pictures.

So, I'm sharing my book, and my grandma, with all of you. Unfortunately, because I'm traveling, I don't have any pictures of her to share.

Did you know your grandmother? What is your favorite memory of her?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: Family of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn

A Family to Cherish 
Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she'd fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can't help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she'll keep any emotions about her boss to herself. 
Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a gold-rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire's kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?

How exciting to have a visit from Tess Grimsby, the heroine from Family of Her Dreams, written by Keli Gwyn, a June 2015 release from Love Inspired Historical Romance.

1. Tess, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’d have to say my height. That’s the first thing most people notice. I’m six foot tall, although with my large hat and three-inch boot heels, I appear even taller.

2.  What do you do for fun?

I love to cook. I spend my Saturday afternoons off in my employer’s kitchen coming up with new dishes. Spencer is quite happy to sample my creations.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I tackle most things head on, but I’m somewhat hesitant to spend time with Spencer in the parlor each evening before he heads to the bunkhouse. My friend Polly says that’s how I’ll get to know him better, but my employer is a man who says little, so talking with him can be challenging. Plus, I don’t want to overstep my bounds as his housekeeper. 

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I fear spending the rest of my life alone. I haven’t had anyone who’s really cared about me since I was three years old. That’s when my mother passed on and my father left me at the orphanage.

5.  What do you want out of life?

More than anything, I dream of having a family of my own. I long to have a husband and children to shower with love—and to be loved in return.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

My journal is very special to me. I record my hopes and dreams in it and tuck my mementos between its pages.

7.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I tend to be a bit too outspoken at times, but I’m working on that.

8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I’ve never had a pet of my own, but Spencer has a wonderful watchdog who keeps an eye on the children and alerts me if adventurous Luke, Spencer’s four-year-old son, wanders too far from the house.

9. Can you tell us a little interesting tidbit about the time period you live in?

Spencer works as the stationmaster at our local rail depot in Shingle Springs. He tells me that crews are working to build a rail line that will link the East with the West. They’re calling it the Transcontinental Railroad. While I like the idea of seeing our big country connected, I feel for Spencer. Once the Central Pacific and Union Pacific meet, his railroad station, currently one of the busiest in California, will see business fall off dramatically.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: Security Breach by Margaret Daley

When White House tour director Selena Barrow is attacked in her office, the Capitol K-9 Unit goes on high alert. Selena's cousin is a person of interest in a congressman's shooting, and Selena has been collecting evidence to exonerate her. Could this be the break they're looking for? Officer Nicholas Cole and his dog, Max, step in to safeguard Selena—and to keep an eye on the evidence. As the attacks escalate, Selena finds it increasingly difficult to keep her distance from her handsome protector. But with an unknown enemy watching Selena's every move, Nicholas will become her confidant…and her lifeline. 
Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.
Today we're welcoming Selena Barrow, the heroine of SECURITY BREACH, written by Margaret Daley, a June 2015 release by Love Inspired Suspense. 

Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.   
1.  Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
I’m the White House Tour Director. I’m in charge of the White House Easter Egg Roll that is done every year for the children around the country.
I’m in trouble because I was sure my cousin, Erin, was innocence of the murder of the congressman’s son and I was determined to prove it. That upset someone.
2.  So, during the book you met Nicholas Cole.  Tell us a bit about him.  What was your first impression?  When did you know it was love?
I’d worked with Nicholas at the White House. He was part of an elite group called, the Capitol K-9 Unit. I always thought he was very capable at its job. I learned how capable as he protected me from the person who was trying to kill me. I fell in love when I realized he would be there for me, that he wouldn’t abandon me.   
3.  What strengths/skills do you have?  What is your greatest weakness?
I’m organized and a hard worker. My greatest weakness is that I have a hard time trusting.      
4.  What scares you? 
Being abandoned by someone I really care about.   
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could trust more. I’ve been let down one too many times.
6.  Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
Shaky, scared to put my trust in the Lord.   
7.  Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?
I discovered God was always there for me and He would never abandon me.  
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story.  Tell us why this scripture is significant.
By whom also we have access by faith into his grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
Both Nicholas and Selena needed to learn to trust in the God. To rejoice in Him and bask in His glory.
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?
French silk pie—rich and delicious.