Books by Craftie Ladies

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blast from the Past

It's that time again. When we glimpse into the past of one of our Craftie Ladies. 

Our featured author this month is Barbara Phinney.

Tell us about your photo, Barbara.

Shortly after we arrived in Canada from England, my aunt came for a holiday. We lived near Toronto and it was a natural fit to visit Niagara Falls. I don’t remember this photo being taken, being the youngest of the family, but my brother remembers the US Scouts’ hat he’d traded something for, and the play gun he ‘shot’ around the Falls. I bet he wouldn’t be allowed to do that now. But I can remember how close I was to my mother. I always wanted to sit on her lap. And see the sweaters we’re wearing? She knitted them for us. My mother passed away a few years after this photo but I will always cherish my relationship with her, and I work hard to have the same with my children.

Oh, I love that, Barbara. What a special memory.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Single Dad

Hello, Jolene Navarro here today. Hope your day is going well. What are you doing today?
Oh, just some research for my current work in progress.  I know, I's hard work.
Jensen Ackles and his daughter, Inspiration for my hero and his adopted daughter

Another of Jensen Ackles and his daughter.
My hero, Garrett, finds out he has a four year old, orphaned son and that son... has a daughter. To keep the kids together he is about to take custody of both children. He will be going from confirmed bachelor to single dad over night.. and does it without hesitation. Oh, he might have some doubts about his ability to do the job, but he never imagines not doing it. How can our heroine not fall in love with him?
Something about heroes and fatherhood that pulls at my heart strings, especially when the child is not even his but they love them as if they were.
We hear that fathers are the ones that establish how a girl will expect to be treated from her chosen partner. The relationship he has with his daughter will set the ground work for her future relationship. Sons watch dad to see how his mom is treated. Without this foundation life is so much harder...doable but harder.
My own heart still melted whenever my husband loves on our own daughters, twenty-three years ago or today.
Our oldest daughter never wanted to go to sleep.

Our second daughter is home from school and my husband makes sure to stop and give her a hug as he leaves the press box and heads to the football field       .
I also have a deep respect the men that are fathers when there was no father. Brings to mind the country western song, "He Didn't have to Be" by Brad Paisley.

As lovers of romance we want to see the character and heart of the heroes in our stories, and know they are honorable. The kind of men that steps in and does the right thing for those that are smaller and weaker than him.  And he loves with his whole heart, eventually. For our fictional heroes, there are always some issues they have to work through, but we know at their core, they are good men. Sometimes, they have to learn that too.
Some people say it's just fiction...that doesn't happen in real life.
But I see these men all the time in the real  world. There are a couple of men in my family that have become fathers when they didn't have to...and truthfully we forget they aren't the "bio" dad. They are the real-life heroes. Being a father is more than blood and DNA, it's loving and supporting a child into adulthood. How can we not love a hero that does this?

This summer it will be twenty years  that I suddenly lost my father. I still miss his hugs and crooked grin when he thought I was being crazy.
Daddy's girl - Jolene Guinther Navarro and Roger Von Guinther 1970
I would say that all three of my father's daughters thought of themselves as a Daddy's Girl.
So are you a sucker for a single dad story? Does the image of a man holding a child make you sigh? Or is it just me?  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rejection and then...Perspective

Three books with Love Inspired Historical and then WHAM...a rejection.

Having a proposal rejected feels horrible. It feels like the end of my writing career. It feels like my ideas are drivel. Like I might be a three hit wonder.

So when I received the rejection, I laid on my couch and stuffed my face with chips and salsa while watching endless episodes of Criminal Minds and swiping the tears parading down my cheeks.

The next morning I found out that a beautiful couple I'd just met only weekends before passed away that very night that I laid on my couch, feeling sorry for myself.


I'm not crying anymore. But I am typing. And I am dreaming.

Each breath is a gift.

Have you ever experienced a 360 degree turn in your perspective? When was the last time you did a 360 in your life?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Suspense April 2015 Releases

Listed below are the upcoming releases from our talented Love Inspired Suspense writers here at Craftie Ladies of Romance.  To purchase any of these wonderful books, just click on the book covers.  And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.

Duty Bound Guardian
By Terri Reed

When a priceless artifact is stolen, museum curator Lana Gomez becomes the prime suspect. How can she hope to adopt her orphaned nephew if she's a person of interest in a crime? Cooperating with Capitol K-9 Unit officer Adam Donovan doesn't get her very far—the handsome cop thinks she's hiding something.

But when the real thief returns set on silencing Lana, it is Adam and his Doberman pinscher, Ace, who become her only defense against a madman who wants nothing more than to see Lana eliminated.

Capitol K-9 Unit: These lawmen solve the toughest cases with the help of their brave canine partners.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Finally A Hero Interview

Today we're learning more about Finally a Hero.  
Interviewer Rowdy Reporter will take you inside the pages
and introduce you to the hero and heroine.

Rowdy Reporter  here and I'm interviewing Eva Hubrecht and Jesse Campbell.

We're excited to be here.

Nice to meet you, Rowdy.
So, exactly, how did you two meet?

It was a restaurant.  I'd gone there for peace and quiet.  Then, his family came in and there was tension and noise.

That wasn't a real meeting.  That was the equivalent to a reality TV show and you were the viewer.  Our real meeting was when I showed up at your ranch after your dad hired me, and I thought you were going to faint.
                     Not exactly the best first meeting.  What changed things? 

Jesse needed help with his son.  I looked around and realized that I was the only one who could make a difference.

I did need help with my son.  I had no clue how to be a dad, and Timothy was a delayed five-year-old.  But, I was doing everything I could to change that.  At first, I resented her intrusion, but when I saw Timmy starting to trust, it made all the difference.

Yes.  Jesse came on board and my father was all about what Jesse could do.  He was giving Jesse the responsibilities, on the ranch, that I had been fighting for.  See, the Lost Dutchman is my ranch.
I'd not had many, if any, what I'd call good experiences with the opposite sex. Trust was non-existant.  See, I'd been ping-ponged as a child between the woman who gave birth to me and the foster care system.  Timmy's mother added to that when she left me in the middle of the night, with no money and no idea I was going to be a father.

Again, what changed?

I'd never met a man so patient, so determined, so strong in the faith.
I met Mike Hamm, a minister, while in prison.  He introduced me to God.  You were talking about trust a moment ago.  God was my first introduction to Someone I could trust.  Soon, I trusted Mike.  He arranged this job for me when I got out of prison.  The Lost Dutchman was the first time I lived in what could be called a 'thriving' family. Oh, they have their problems but at the end of the day, they are there for each other.  Soon, I wanted to be there for Eva.  She is a lot like Mike Hamm.  She takes care of others.  The day I realized she wanted to take care of me was the happiest day of my life.
What was the happiest day of your life, Eva?

Well, I want to say the day I got married, but really it was the day Timmy spoke for the first time. 

          Since becoming a part of the Hubrecht family, there are lots of happy days.

Give me an example of a not-so-happy day.

                  When Jesse got arrested for stealing my Kachina or the day he was taken in on suspicion of stealing a car.
Being an ex-con isn't easy.  I paid for my crime, but whenever something shady happens in the Apache Creek area, I'm given a suspicious look.  Still, my worst day was the day I almost packed up and left.
                                                                       He didn't get far.
Running away from problems isn't solving them.  I don't want to teach my/our son to run.
                                                          Plus, you'd have been giving up on me.

                        When did you know that were were a two-some meant to be together forever.
I'm afraid of horses.  I realized how deeply I loved Jesse the day I mounted one - first time in fifteen years - so I could warm him of trouble.  I can't think of anything else that would have gotten me to do that. 
For me, it was more gradual.  It was sitting across from her while she cut potatoes.  She's not much of a cook .  Then, it was watching her with my son while she made a blanket on her loom.  her fingers were so sure.  I wanted to kiss them.  Next-  

                                                                                        How long will this take.

I'm just getting started.

Maybe our audience should read the book.

Good idea.

Pamela Tracy (author):  Finally a Hero is dedicated to those who have to rise above their circumstances, forge a new path, and make a difference to the next generation.  The scripture that mentored it was 2 Corinthians 5:17  “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come." 

Friday, April 17, 2015

What We Are Writing

By Margaret Daley

Author:   Pamela Tracy
Title:  TBA
Hero and Heroine: Emily Hubrect and Donovan Russell
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
The architect, one Donovan Russell, had taken to giving her covert looks should she come close.  Well, that was preferable to the irritable looks he gave her the last time she’d filed a protest.
Due date:  June 30, 2015
Word count goal today: 1000
Something cool learned recently from research:  Most bodies unearthed in the Arizona desert are from drug deals gone bad.  And, Navajo Indians will not touch the dead. 

Author: Carolyne Aarsen
Title: Meet Me In Montana #2 - working title
Hero and Heroine: Vic and Lauren
Line:  Love Inspired Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
But as they drove back to the ranch she couldn't shake the feeling that she had caught a glimpse of another life. A life that held light and joy.
Due date:  August
Word count goal today: just editing now.
Something cool learned recently from research:  A quote - “Dogs look for love. Horses look for a leader."

Author:  Jean C. Gordon
Title: I'm calling it "Josh" for now
Hero and Heroine: Josh Donnelly and Tessa Hamilton
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Whatever it was, she was game. Tessa stood and offered Josh her hand. “You’re on.” If it would humor Josh for her to make a fool of herself in front of everyone she knew in the area by dancing the silly chicken dance and make him more agreeable to what she needed from him, she’d do it. For Grandma.
Due date:  November 2, 2015
Word count goal today: 109
Something cool learned recently from research:  There are very few civil engineering positions in the Paradox/Schroon Lake area of the Adirondack Mountains. (Probably cool only to me because it fits a need in my story.)

Author: Patricia Johns
Title: A Second Chance at Forever
Hero and Heroine: Ben Blake and Sofia McCray
Line:  LI Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
"Mike Layton, you are under arrest. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney..."
Due date:  NOW!
Word count goal today: None, I'm at the editing stage
Something cool learned recently from research:  Police officers have spotlights that shoot out to the sides of their vehicles to aid in searches at night.

Author: Patty Smith Hall
Title: TBA
Hero and Heroine: Jefferson Muster and Kallie Huffman
Line: Contemporary
Paragraph from the page you're currently working on:
Frantic moments passed as the man lowered Mr. Anderson's limp body to the floor. Kallie knelt beside him, her eyes trained upon the old man's chest, her fingers moving instinctively to the soft tissue of his neck. No respirations, no pulse. Kallie titled his head back gently, plugged his nose between her fingers, and blew two quick breathes into his lungs. As she moved into position to start chest compressions, Kallie called out to God in a silent rage.
Due date: May 31
Word count goal today: working on edits
Something cool learned while doing research: the technology used in hospitals now is a far cry than what we had in my nursing days!

Author:  Barbara Phinney
Title: The Heiress and Proud Ranch
Hero and Heroine: Victoria and Mitchell
Line:  LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Victoria Templeton sank into the Queen Anne chair, her arms hanging over the delicately carved wood. Her mouth fell open in a most unfeminine manner as she gaped at her mother. “What do you mean, we’re broke?”
Due date:  N/A
Word count goal today:  1,000
Something cool learned recently from research:  That the curtains of a house are closed during mourning and invitations were sent to funerals in Victorian times.

Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Title: Healing the Warrior’s Heart
Hero and Heroine: Kaleb Palmer and Grace McAllen
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  She quickly turned away, reminding herself that Kaleb was her boss. Ouray was only temporary. Come the end of the summer, she’d never see either of them again.
Due date:  June 1
Word count goal today:  1500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: The abandoned mining town of Ironton, Colorado was once and important transportation junction and a stage and supply center.

Author: Merrillee Whren
Title:  Working title:  The Hope’s Healing
Hero and Heroine:  Melody Hammond and Hudson Paine Conrick, IV
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Melody shaded her eyes as the first parachute opened, its rainbow of colors brightening the sky. A second one opened, then the third as the skydivers maneuvered their parachutes in a zigzag pattern, following each other toward the earth. Melody waited for the fourth one, but the diver continued to plunge earthward, his chute not opening.
Due date: April 20
Word count goal today: Doing revisions
Something cool learned recently from research: What RICE stands for when you have a sprained ankle. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate  

Author: Teri Wilson
Title: Alaskan Sanctuary 
Hero and Heroine: Ethan Hale and Piper Quinn
Line:  Love Inspired 
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Someone had tried to kill one of her wolves. How could she go on after this? Even if Koko survived—and right now, survival hardly seemed like a given—how could she stay in a place where her wolves were so despised that someone had done this? It was over. Her sanctuary. Her dream. All of it.
Due date:  Tomorrow (!!!!)
Word count goal today: I don't have a specific word count today. I'm completely reworking the ending, because that seems like a normal thing to do the day before the book is due.
Something cool learned recently from research:  Alpine aconite, a flowering plant that grows in snowmelt, is sometimes called wolfs bane because it was once used to poison wolves.

Author: Terri Reed
Title: TBD—Working title Northern Border Patrol Book #4
Hero and Heroine: Liz Cantrell-owns an antique shop on Hilton Head Island. ICE agent Blake Fallon works to protect our northern border
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
Due date: May 8, 2015
Word count goal today: 2000
Something cool learned recently from research: Uncut diamonds are ugly, they look like ordinary rocks, but they have the potential to be worth millions.

Author: Sandra Orchard 
Title: Serena Jones Mysteries, book 2
Hero and Heroine: Serena Jones
Line: Revell publishing
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Nate led me down a set of steep, poorly lit stairs into the basement of a dry cleaning business. “You sure the place is still open.” 
         Due date: October 1st
Word count goal today: 1500
Something cool learned recently from research: How to forge paintings.

Author: Linda Goodnight
Hero and Heroine:  Hayden Winters & Carrie Riley
Line: HQN
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Hayden rubbed a weary hand over his face. Dora Lee had called again last night but he hadn’t answered. The voice mail still lingered on his phone, also unanswered, haunting him, reminding him that he was a liar and a fraud.
Due date: July 15
Word count goal today:  I'm editing, trying to figure out where I took a wrong turn.
Something cool learned recently from research: During the Civil War, southerners sometimes used ground, roasted persimmon seeds to make a coffee substitute.

Author: Jolene Navarro
Title: Clear Water # 4 Surprise Dad
Hero and Heroine:  Angelica Ortega & Garrett Kincaid
Line: LI Contemporary
Due date: Just Turned in the proposal
Word count goal today: 500
A snippet:
Didn’t she realize how dangerous it was to be anywhere near the apartment let alone on the roof without any help? He rubbed his palm over his face. Getting upset would not help, but he did need patience. Getting out of the car he felt years older than twenty-eight.
Something cool learned recently from research: Children that have experienced violent domestic trauma can have the same symptoms of soldier returning from a war zone. Not very cool more on the sad side.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In Between Deadlines

Janet Lee Barton, here. From the title, you can tell I must be in-between deadlines and I am. I've just finished sending in the proposal for my next Boardinghouse Betrothal story and am waiting to see what my editor has to say about it. I hope she likes it as much as I do! I'm also waiting on final edits on the story that comes out in November, which is titled The Mistletoe Kiss. It was so much fun to write. But now,  what to do in the meantime? For me, it means a lot of catching up--or at least trying to!  And still writing some each day is a goal, for I know that it's easier to keep with it than to get back into it.

So while I'm waiting, and in between catching up on housework and gardening, I'm working on a sequel to Stormy's Rainbow that I hope to have out later this summer. This one is called To Win a Cowboy's Heart. It's another reunion story about a woman who broke up with the only man she's ever loved when she found out it would be near impossible for her to ever have a child. When she comes back home because of her aunt's health, she finds he evidently found someone else--for now he's widowed with a child to raise. And she's just accepted an offer to help his mother-in-law with her care. Having lots of fun with this one.

Other than all that, I'm finding it hard to stay inside. I love this time of year, planting and bringing in hanging pots of flowers to put here and there in our small yard and patio.  What do you think of our Hibiscus? It had a ton of buds when I bought it and I just love the color!
I've also been planting in the front--this is the third spring we've spent in our condo and each year, I've tried something a little different to see what works best. I still have to put down mulch, but think this combination of Double Impatiens and Marigolds looks great with the boxwoods--if the wind we've had doesn't get to them.  Hoping you're all having a happy Spring, too!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

God is the great Knitter of things in my life. By Barbara Phinney

Now, above is a rather unusual title, don't you think? I knew this post was coming up, but hadn't really given thought to what I would write, nor was I too worried. Like most writers, I can chatter on about anything.
Then came last Sunday and I began to see that God is indeed the Great Knitter of my life. 
My husband and I were sitting in our usual pew in the sunshine. (I have no idea why I sit there. I am after all, 'of a certain age' and really don't need to be warmed by the sun) But a fellow writer, a good friend of mine, slid in beside me and all of us began to listen to the message that day.
The new series is called 'Living A Better Story'

Our pastor asked what do we need to do in each of our lives to make each a better story. What does a 'writer' of each story need to do?
I leaned over to my writer friend and whispered, "Kill your darlings."
She giggled. It's a common answer when writing a book. Especially a murder mystery.
But I'm thinking that isn't exactly what our Pastor wants us to do.
Then our Pastor held up an index card and said, "I want all of you to write down something you want out of your life and why."
Oh, great, homework. 
But bad memories of high school aside, his request got me thinking. What do I want? And why?
Naturally, I want to write that blockbuster, sell the movie rights and have the movie and all involved in it to win all the Oscars.
And why? So everyone earns millions of dollars.
Okaaaay, let's take a step back. It's good to have lofty goals, but what do I want that lines up with God's Plan? If I wanted to lose weight, why not write down spiritually healthy reasons why I want to lose weight. 
I'd answer;
I'd feel better and could do more.
I'd be encouraging others to make healthy choices in life.
I could help out in church more because I'd be healthier.
But although I could stand to lose a few pounds, what do I want out of my life? 
I want to write a great story, and touch people's lives for Christ. I want to follow the Holy Spirit's leading and encourage those who read my books to turn to God more. I hope my latest book, Sheltered by the Warrior, does that.

I would be helping others.
I would be stretching myself and learning to be a better writer.
Yes, that's a bit more in line with what my Pastor was thinking. Yes, I do want to live a better story. And I want to live a better story for Christ. So suddenly, my need to write a blog today is knitted together with my church's sermon series and what I need to do with my life.
Do you need to Live a Better Story? What would you do, and why?

Barbara Phinney 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Allie Pleiter on When A Character Won’t Stay Put

Every once in a while, a character gets uppity.  Sometimes they decide “secondary” isn’t a sufficient status, and they want their own book.  Other times they clamor for their own ending, having seen how their buddy/sister/partner just got all the happy kisses and they now demand their own.  If you think the author’s in charge, think again…

Characters can hound you, stalking you from the back of your mind until you relent and give them their own book.  Such was the case with Ida Lee Landway from Homefront Hero.  She wasn’t going to settle for “best friend” casting, no sir.  She was ready to play leading lady, and would not hush up until I gave in.

Then came the search—what man would win this feisty army nurse’s heart?  Outspoken and unconventional, her match of course needed to be a bit on the stuffy side.  Opposites attract, after all.  He needed to share her dedication to her work, but I wanted him to be in sorry need of the color Ida brings to the world wherever she goes.  Is it any surprise, then, that one of the first ways Dr. Daniel Parker shows his growing affection is with the purchase of cans of paint?

Ida and Daniel’s journey to each other’s heart is filled with bumps and twists, tender moments and outright laughs, as well as a host of adorable little orphans who create no end of surprises.  I hope you enjoy reading THE DOCTOR’S UNDOING as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Craftie Ladies - Love Inspired Historical April 2015 Releases

Listed below are the upcoming releases from our talented Love Inspired Historical writers here at Craftie Ladies of Romance.  To purchase any of these wonderful books, just click on the book covers.  And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.

The Doctor’s Undoing
By Allie Pleiter

Healing the Doctor's Heart
When Dr. Daniel Parker requested an army nurse to help with his orphanage, he expected an organized, sensible matron. Instead he gets young, beautiful, obstinate Ida Lee Landway, whose vibrant outlook and unrelenting optimism turn his work and his life inside out.

Army life was easy compared to the discipline at her new workplace. Yet Ida is immediately smitten by the children in her care…and impressed by Daniel's unfaltering dedication. Adding color and warmth to her new surroundings is one thing. Can she also help the good doctor embrace joy—and in so doing, find the family they both deserve?