Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Scripture

John the Apostle resting on the bosom of Christ,
early 14th century, Munich. [PD-US]

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ, 
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48


If you have prayer needs, please mention them in the comments section so we can join you in prayer. You do not need to include specific names or situations of a private nature, just say that you have a prayer request. The Lord knows your heart and the needs you have. It is a privilege and honor to pray with you and for you.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

New for October from Our Love Inspired Suspense Authors

Jean C. Gordon here with five new must buys from our Love Inspired Suspense authors. Just click on the cover or retailer links to purchase it. And to learn more about the authors, click on their names.

https://www.amazon.com/Grave-Peril-Love-Inspired-Suspense-ebook/dp/B07B26JHZ5
Grave Peril
by Mary Alford 

Mountain Ambush
Reunions can be deadly
Jamie Hendricks always believed her late father was innocent of murder…and now her uncle claims to have proof. But when she arrives in her hometown, her uncle has vanished—and someone wants her dead. Jamie’s ex-boyfriend, CIA agent Gavin Dalton, is the only person she trusts…even if he believes her dad killed his father. But can he help her uncover a deadly conspiracy that goes deeper than anyone expected?

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Secrets-Protectors-ebook/dp/B07B222M2Q
Amish Christmas Secrets
by Debby Giusti 

Safe Haven for the Holidays
The thrilling Amish Protectors conclusion

Leaving the nursing home where she works, Rosie Glick’s accosted by a man demanding incriminating evidence her murdered boyfriend stole—until Ezra Stoltz scares him off. Now with a killer dead set on silencing the Amish single mother, Ezra must hide Rosie and her baby to keep them safe. But can he expose a sinister conspiracy in time to save the woman he secretly loves?
https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Tested-Military-K-9-Unit-ebook/dp/B07B26LCWT
Battle Tested
by Laura Scott 

Keeping guard—because a killer lurks
A Military K-9 Unit novel

When Captain Isaac Goddard saves Vanessa Gomez from a vicious attack, he discovers the feisty military nurse is the Red Rose Killer’s next target. With help from Vanessa’s guard Doberman, the former pilot makes it his mission to protect Vanessa and her young brother. But when the danger closes in, can he overcome the post-traumatic stress that haunts him and stop a ruthless killer?
https://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Memories-Love-Inspired-Suspense-ebook/dp/B07B27JS8Y
Undercover Memories
by Lenora Worth 

Her most important mission…
and she can’t remember what it is.

After amnesia strands private investigator Emma Langston in Dallas, only Detective Ryder Palladin can stop the men trying to kill her. But protective custody on Ryder’s family ranch has its own risks, like falling for the handsome cowboy. Before she can untangle her feelings for Ryder, Emma must recover her memory…because she’s sure someone’s life depends on it, even if she can’t remember whose.
https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Collection-Christmas-Holiday-Alert-Christmas-Yuletide-ebook/dp/B07GH1DNJM
Christmas K-9 Unit Collection
Volume 2 by Valerie Hansen, Terri Reed, and Lenora Worth  

The holidays are dangerous times for these K-9 heroes. Enjoy four heart pounding K-9 unit novellas in one box set!

When a single dad returns from a war zone and discovers someone is following him, he turns to a K-9 officer for help.

After a cryptic note appears in the playground at a daycare center, a rookie K-9 officer vows to protect the proprietor and the kids she loves.

An FBI K-9 agent thwarts an attempted murder, and she becomes a target of the killer—the same hit man a US Marshal is tracking.

Determined to stop an arsonist with the help of his accelerant-detecting K-9 partner, an FBI agent must protect the only witness.

This box set includes Rookie K-9 Unit Christmas: Surviving Christmas by Valerie Hansen and Holiday High Alert by Lenora Worth; and Classified K-9 Unit Christmas: A Killer Christmas
by Lenora Worth and Yuletide Stalking by Terri Reed.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Take Time to Play by Christa Sinclair

Hello! This is my very first post and I’m so excited to join everyone here! So, let’s get started…  

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” This is my all-time favorite quote. I have this saying on my refrigerator and on the cork board in my office to remind me every day that if I want a well-rounded life, I need to engage in some silliness from time to time.


Of course, it doesn’t have to be anything major. Some examples of my silliness are rolling across the grocery store parking lot on the cart, riding on a swing while kids played nearby, getting up on a stage to learn dance moves from professionals, and playing hopscotch down the hallway with some students at work. See? Lots of silliness there, but also tons of fun.


Think about it. When we’re children, our lives usually revolve around church, family, school and playing. As we grow, many people do less playing. And by the time we’re adults, we’ve switched over to focusing on a job (or 2), our own families, bills, and many more responsibilities. We’re expected to behave a certain way and be an example of a mature, respectful adult for younger generations. But I say don’t forget your inner child and here’s why…


In August, I began a new school year with some challenging changes. Between that job, day-to-day living, and working on book revisions, I was neglecting my inner child. But I didn’t realize it at first. Instead, I found myself getting depressed, which led me to sleeping a lot, which led me to not getting work done, which added stress, and then the cycle continued. Yep, I was totally wrapped up in “adulting”.

Then, one day last week on my drive to work I heard a new-to-me song that shook some sense into me. ("Joy" from for KING & COUNTRY).  I soon realized how important it is to embrace my inner child because taking time to play makes me stronger. It reminds me not to take myself or life too seriously. It makes me remember who and what are important to me. And it re-energizes me so I can handle all the adult responsibilities in my life with confidence and a clear head.


So, treat yourself. Be a kid again, if only for an afternoon or even five minutes. The “adult you” will thank you for it!

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Christa Sinclair moved from New England to escape the harsh winters and settled in Texas once she received her Master’s degree in education. When she’s not teaching high school English or traveling around the world, she’s creating brave new characters who overcome danger to find love and to make sure the good guys win. Find out more about her at www.christasinclair.com, friend her on Facebook  or follow her on Twitter.



Thursday, September 27, 2018

How Endings Impact Your Readers

by Lisa Jordan, @lisajordan

Several years ago, while shopping with friends at Sam’s Club, we milled around the book/DVD section. One of my friends picked up a movie and showed it to another friend in our group since it had one of her favorite actors in it. We had discussed this movie when the trailers were first shown, but none of us had seen it yet. The friend who adores this actor said she refused to watch the movie because she had talked with friends who had seen the movie and were disappointed in the ending—the lead character died in a shocking way. The friend who brought the movie to our attention asked if the movie was any good, despite the ending. The other friend and I spoke at the same time, "Doesn't matter."

Have you ever read the ending of the book to see if you’re going to like how the story is resolved? I admit to being a second-generation ending reader. Sometimes I really try hard, especially while reading suspense, not to skip ahead because I like to guess whom the villain is and if I’m right.

I want a promise of hope and a happily ever after. Since I'm investing my heart in a story and the characters, I want a heart-satisfying conclusion. 

Quite a few years ago, I watched a movie based on a novel written by a popular secular author who writes love stories—notice I did not say romances—yes, there is a difference. I loved the movie’s storyline and adored the characters until I watched the ending with horror. 

My heart had been ripped out!

I sobbed and not in a good way. If I had been reading the book, I would've flung it across the room. I was that angry! I vowed never to read that author's books or view his movies again. I will admit I broke that vow after a friend promised one of his movies did have an HEA ending.

Endings affect the way a reader enjoys a novel. Some readers like me want the fairy tale and happily ever after. Other readers want a satisfying conclusion as long as the story is good. Of course, the novel genre influences the ending, too.  

Romances need to have a happily ever after where boy and girl fall in love and commit to a future. Women’s fiction novels need to have a satisfying ending for the character’s story arc. Suspense and mystery novels should have a solved crime at the end. The villain isn’t always caught, especially if the novel is part of a series, but most often, all loose ends should be tied up neatly for the reader. Fantasy and sci-fi novels should have a satisfying resolution to fit the story premise. Basically, the reader needs to have an answer for the proposed story question at the beginning of the novel.

What about you? Do you read endings first? What kinds of endings upset you? For you writers, what genre do you write and how do you know when you’ve written a satisfying ending?

Tweet: How Endings Impact Your Readers by @lisajordan #writing #amreading https://ctt.ac/cbH33+

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Heart, home, and faith have always been important to Lisa Jordan, so writing stories with those elements come naturally. Represented by Rachelle Gardner, Lisa is an award-winning author for Love Inspired, writing contemporary Christian romances that promise hope and happily ever after. She is the Operations Manager for My Book Therapy. Happily married to her own real-life hero for almost thirty years, Lisa and her husband have two grown sons. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys family time, kayaking, good books, and playing in her craft room with friends. Visit her at lisajordanbooks.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Readers View

Good Morning. Lorraine Beatty here and I have a guest with me today. One of my readers here in central Mississippi, Mary Wieden. We met through our hair dresser. No. Really. Mary was interested in writing and so we met for lunch and hit it off. Let me tell you a little about her.



Mary has been a Mississippian since 1980. She came to Jackson to anchor the news at a Jackson TV station. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Detroit area, Lake Huron and Heidelberg, Germany as a military child. Before coming to Jackson, Mary finished Michigan State University and learned news in Indiana and North Carolina.

After Jackson, Mary was also Capitol Correspondent for WLOX-TV on the Coast.

In the 1990s well into the 2000s, she did talk radio in Jackson, known as the Queen Of Talk Radio.

She was a reporter onboard on Skycopter 3 and currently has a talk show on Mississippi Super Talk Radio where I’ve been her guest several times, talking about writing and Love Inspired books. During my last visit we talked about my October release, Their Family Legacy



I thought it was time to shine the spotlight on our readers ask her a few questions. After all, one of our main goals is to give the readers what they like to read.



So I posed a few questions:



1.  What do you most like about Love Inspired?

       These are sweet stories enjoyable to read in a world full of too much angst.

       They're good escape fiction yet with real-life challenges to the hero and heroine.

       I do not ever try to figure to how the two will work through their problems; I

       do know that the ending will be love between the two but I like going along

       for the ride the writer takes me on.



2.  Favorite theme:

        I would have to say ranches even though I have no experience living on one.

       As a former horse owner, I enjoy reading about the way people use them/

       love them/treat them.  Other themes like secret babies, reunions etc are also

       enjoyable because like my first answer, it’s always about two people with one

       or more problems to solve so these settings/themes are fine for me to read.



3.  What I like to see:

       That's hard to say ....I enjoy being surprised by the authors - I wouldn't have

       thought I'd enjoy reading about some widows or about people who have to

       figure out how to make major repairs to a historical structure or evens setting

       up a library....but then, it's about love with various settings.  I say keep up

      the writing, taking us along for a good ride/red!  I never read to fall asleep...

       that would be a boring book!



4.  What kind of reader :

       I  am strictly a fiction reader; always have been since college and textbooks.

       Maybe I'll stay up till late or make myself stop and leave more to read the next

       say or night.  I don't read to fall asleep....only a boring story would do that and

       these are not boring stories to me!  

 Thanks Mary. All of us sincerely appreciate our readers and we strive to keep our stories filled with faith hope and family, the things you enjoy most.
 Their Family Legacy, book #2 in the Mississippi Hearts series is available now; https://tinyurl.com/y6wjrd55

 Can new love spring from old pain? Hope lives in Mississippi Hearts

To keep her new inheritance single mom Annie Shepherd must uphold an old court ruling imposed on Jake Langford, who’s still paying for a tragic accident from his youth. But as Annie and her twin boys get to know the grade school teacher, she discovers a kind generous man beneath the past mistakes. Can Annie and Jake create a family through forgiveness?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall is in the Air by Belle Calhoune



I love Fall.  I love the smell of the crisp cool air and the fall foliage that turns pretty shades of red,

orange, yellow and brown.  As a New Englander, I love going apple and pumpkin picking, enjoying

a hearty bowl of soup and curling up in a love seat with a good book and a warm blanket.  I don't

particularly love football, but it makes me happy to see my husband and my daughter so ecstatic

about it.  I've promised my daughter that we'll go to a New England Patriot's game this season.   Go

Pats!  And while they're watching football I can dig into a juicy novel or I can sit with them and

brainstorm a book.





Everyone in my family eagerly anticipates Fall.  All of our birthdays are in September, October and

November, which makes this season all the sweeter.  Once I see pumpkins for sale, that sets the tone

for Autumn bliss.




Everywhere I go these days, I'm surrounded by pumpkin-flavored food items.  This trend has

definitely kicked into high gear.  I'm not complaining because I love pumpkin flavored treats.


Pumpkin flavored Oreos.  Pumpkin oatmeal.  Pumpkin cookies.  Pumpkin spice coffee.  And my

personal favorite, Pumpkin donuts.  So yummy! I do draw the line at pumpkin yogurt though.  Not

my cup of tea!











Apple picking and peach picking a few weeks ago yielded these gorgeous apple tarts made by my

teenaged daughter.  She just turned 16 and is enjoying making new recipes and turning apples into

tarts.  It brought me back to my childhood and the apple treats my mother used to bake for us.





I love fall most of all because I believe it's a season ripe with new beginnings.  As summer wanes,

all the possibilities are laid out before us.  For me, it feels as if anything is possible as kids go back to

school and my house becomes a little quieter.  As writers, we can touch more hearts with each and

every book we write.  We can soar to greater heights in our craft.  We can achieve more of our

writing dreams by stretching ourselves and creating more.




My new release "Forever and a Day" (Book 5 in Seven Brides Seven Brothers Pelican Bay series) even has a Fall-like cover.   This was a happy coincidence,

since when I picked the image for the cover I had no idea it would be a September release.



What are your favorite things about Fall?  Any other pumpkin lovers out there?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Scripture

Jesus Christ with the Children, Carl Block, 1800s, The Museum
of Natural History, Denmark. [PD-US]


Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it. 
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” 
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?” 
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest. 
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” 
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”
Mark 9:30-37

If you have any prayer needs, please mention them in the comments section so we can join you in prayer. You do not need to include specific names or situations of a private nature, just say that you have a prayer request. The Lord knows your heart and the needs you have. It is a privilege and honor to pray with you and for you.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

New for October from Our Love Inspired Contemporary Authors

Jean C. Gordon here with four new must buys from our Love Inspired Contemporary authors. Just click on the cover or retailer links to purchase it. And to learn more about Lorraine, Jo Ann, Arlene, and Jill, click on their names.

https://www.amazon.com/Their-Family-Legacy-Mississippi-Hearts-ebook/dp/B079YSCHZB
Their Family Legacy
by Lorraine Beatty 
 
Can new love spring from old pain?
Hope lives in Mississippi Hearts
To keep her new inheritance, single mom Annie Shepherd must uphold an old court ruling imposed on Jake Langford, who’s still paying for the tragic accident from his youth. But as Annie and her twin boys get to know the grade school teacher, she discovers a kind, generous man beneath the past mistakes. Can Annie and Jake create a family through forgiveness?
 
Amazon | B&N | Harlequin | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Cowboy-Spinster-Club-ebook/dp/B079YRNVM5
The Amish Christmas Cowboy
by Jo Ann Brown 

A cowboy for Christmas…
or another year in the Amish Spinster Club?

Nanny Sarah Kuhns has her hands full with kinder, her overbearing brothers and her big dreams. And it only gets worse when she takes on the care of an injured cowboy. For Amish traveling horseman Toby Christner, tight-knit Harmony Creek represents everything he’s run from. Until he heals, he can’t leave…but will falling for Sarah make him want to stay?

Amazon | B&N | Harlequin | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks

https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Answered-Prayer-Three-Brothers-ebook/dp/B079YQW9XH
The Rancher's Answered Prayer
by Arlene James 

A single mom. A bachelor cowboy…
and an inheritance forcing them to share Three Brothers Ranch
According to the will, single mom Tina Kemp’s stepfather left her his house, but his nephew, Wyatt Smith, inherited the ranch—including the land the house stands upon. With neither willing to give up their legacy, they must find a way to make it work. Can these adversaries possibly share a home…without falling for each other?
 
Amazon | B&N | Harlequin | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks

https://www.amazon.com/Wyoming-Christmas-Quadruplets-Cowboys-ebook/dp/B079YQVVYG
Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets
by Jill Kemerer 

A nanny at Christmastime…
Will she find love in this Wyoming Cowboys novel?
Six weeks on a ranch caring for quadruplets—aspiring nurse Ainsley Draper’s prepared for a busy Christmas. When the children’s handsome uncle opens the door, her task gets extra complicated. Marshall Graham is upholding his promise to look after his twin sister, the babies’ mom. But as family loyalty clashes with new love, will the perfect present include a future with Ainsley?
 
Amazon | B&N | Harlequin | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks

Friday, September 21, 2018

God's Promise in a Tomato Plant by Jordyn Redwood


There’re a lot of things I do well . . . gardening is not one of them. This is somewhat surprising since I’m a nurse. You would think helping heal children would translate well to the botanic arts. It doesn’t—at least not for this author. If your child has a broken arm I’m right there with you, game plan in hand. However, if your garden is suffering from any sort of terrible plant disease (Club Root, Downey Mildew, and Mosaic Virus—keep in mind I have no idea what these are or how to treat them) I’m the last person you should call.

All this doesn’t mean I don’t try my hand at gardening. I don’t know why—it’s like playing a game I seemingly can’t win, but I pursue the battle none the less. Call me Nurse Black Thumb. This year was more trying than ever. I tried growing starter plants inside (which I have successfully improved upon

over the last three years), but as soon as I planted them outside, they died in the blistering heat in three days. Some of my problem is my family is not as dedicated to the garden as I try to be so if I’m working a stretch of night shifts no one is really keeping my little samplings alive. 

After all my starter plants died, I headed to a large nursery to see what they had left over, which was quite a bit—and at fifty percent off because it was now mid-June. Nevertheless, I purchased zucchini, yellow squash, and a lot of different tomatoes and babied those younglings along, sunbathing them a little each day, until they were “acclimated” so I could plant them in the sun and hopefully they would stay alive. They did—and actually grew.

However, the plants didn’t perform as well as I would have liked. I think the bees were not busy enough as I only got a measly two zucchini from three plants and there were plenty of blossoms. I thought about shaking my fist at the sky, “Come on bees, there are talks named after you. Don’t let me down!” Come to find out, you can aid in this process of pollinating blossoms, but that seemed a little bit beyond my gardening wherewithal. My “healthy kick” tomatoes (this was really their name) were the most sickly of the bunch—go figure. I think God finds humor in all of this.

Two tomato plants I tried to grow in pots on our patio. I did well forcing my children to water them daily. All was well until I went to a writer’s conference for four days straight. Guess what? No one watered those two tomato plants. They’d already been through several traumas—knocked over by wind storms, etc. When I saw their brown, curling leaves I gave up trying to salvage them. Too far gone.

I don’t know why, but I kept those plants, slowly dying, on my deck for the rest of the summer. A few days ago, I looked out and among the dead, crispy corpses was one bright red tomato. I had my youngest daughter, a budding photographer, capture the sight. Seemingly, every bit of life that plant had to give had been poured into this one, single tomato. All I could think was—this is what Jesus did for us. Dying, withering on that cross so each of us could have life.

I don’t know if this spiritual lesson was something God wanted me to see from my gardening failures, but I do believe there are little insights into everything we do if we just put down our phones (or whatever glowing rectangles you might be looking at) and consider the divine intricacy of the world around us. When I do this, I see touches of God in nearly everything. A child’s smile. A neighbor helping another.

And in one tiny perfect tomato.

Where do you see miracles?

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Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric nursing supervisor by night, suspense novelist by day. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn’s novels have been nominated for multiple awards and she recently won the Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Contest with her novel Taken Hostage. You can connect with Jordyn via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her website.  


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Many steps from idea to published book, by Myra Johnson

This week I’m finishing up the first round of editorial revisions on my next Love Inspired romance. The beautiful thing about working with an editor is the powerful synergy that comes from sharing ideas. My editor never pushes me to use her exact suggestions. Instead, she points out weak areas in the plot and characterization, then offers her thoughts about possible fixes. I use those ideas as jumping-off points to brainstorm changes that will address the problems while best preserving my vision for the story.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
There will be more back-and-forth as the manuscript is polished and the final text proofread, but all those extra eyes on every page help to ensure a book worthy of the Love Inspired imprint. Yes, the occasional typo, research error, or cover art discrepancy is bound to slip through, because we’re all just human beings, each of us doing our best to provide an enjoyable and inspiring reading experience.

And the Love Inspired readership is a voracious bunch! It still amazes me to realize Harlequin publishes SIX brand new Love Inspired romances and SIX Love Inspired Suspense novels every month! That’s a lot of hours logged by writers, editors, copyeditors, and proofreaders, plus the art and marketing departments and everyone else involved from the germ of an idea in the author’s mind until it becomes the published book you’re holding in your hands.

12 books a month = 144 books a year!
Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

Readers, what questions have you always wanted to ask about the book publishing process?

Authors, which aspects of publishing have taken you most by surprise?


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Myra Johnson writes emotionally gripping stories about love, life, and faith. She’s currently at work on a new Love Inspired mini-series, Hill Country Haven, with returning characters from Her Hill Country Cowboy and Hill Country Reunion. The first book in the series has been officially titled The Rancher’s Redemption and is currently slated for a May 2019 release.


Myra is a three-time Maggie Awards finalist, two-time finalist for the prestigious ACFW Carol Awards, winner of Christian Retailing’s Best for historical fiction, and winner in the Inspirational category of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards. Originally from Texas but now residing in the beautiful Carolinas, Myra and her husband love the climate and scenery, but they may never get used to the pulled pork Carolinians call “barbecue”! The Johnsons share their home with two very pampered rescue dogs who don’t always understand the meaning of “Mom’s trying to write.” They’ve also inherited the cute little cat (complete with attitude) their daughter and family had to leave behind when they moved overseas.



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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Life Imitating Art?

Hi Everyone,

Danica Favorite here, and I thought I'd tell you a little about my transition to writing for Love Inspired after writing for Love Inspired Historical for eight books. It's kind of a weird place right now, since my last book was out in February, and my next book is also a February book. I just got a sneak peek at the cover, and oh boy, do I wish I could show you!

So what is this next project?

For Love Inspired, I'm writing a series called Three Sisters Ranch, about three sisters who inherit a run-down ranch from a long-lost relative. They have no ranching experience, but they're determined to build a new life on this ranch in Colorado.

Here's the funny part about life imitating art. Or maybe it's my art imitating my life. We did not inherit a ranch (rats!), but, as some of you may recall, we did buy a house in the mountains with property and the intention of getting horses.

This past Saturday, we got our fourth (and FINAL!) horse. What's been cool about our horse journey is that I've been able to use a lot of what we've learned to write this series. Our horses are all formerly wild mustangs, so we've had quite a few adventures training them. In fact, book two, which is as of yet untitled with no release date other than mid 2019, is ALL ABOUT the horses. Sort of. I don't want to share too much now, because you'll hear more about that book later, but I couldn't resist introducing you to our new crew:


Meet Simba, Ava, Jasper, and Stunner!


I've also been doing a lot of travel with my daughter, who is part of a mounted drill team. So, more horses! It's been great watching her see the fulfillment of her dreams. She's been part of the program for nine years, and is now traveling the country, riding at their top level. They did shows this year in Colorado, New Mexico, and Iowa. I'm told next year will also include a show in South Dakota!
 I'm excited to see what she does next, and of course, what fodder I will find for my stories!



Cowgirl in action


So that's what I've been up to! Hopefully, you'll see a taste of this fun in my books, but if not, I'm always posting fun things on Facebook and Instagram about our adventures. I can't wait to see what you read in my books and say, "hey! She posted about doing that!"


As readers, what do you like to see from authors' lives? What interesting things can I share with you about our animal adventures? Or my other adventures?

About Danica Favorite:

A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.
You can connect with Danica at the following places: