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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Misty Beller's Blog Tour For Her New Book, A Rocky Mountain Romance, And A Rafflecopter Giveaway


A Warm Welcome To Misty Beller And A Rocky Mountain Romance Blog Tour

Misty will give away a reader's only gift basket chocked full of treats and sweets. To enter to win see below.

Hi Misty, lots of writers loved to read as youngsters. How about you? If so, what types of books did you read?

 Yes! If I wasn’t outside riding horses, I was inside reading. I almost memorized every book about horses our little small-town library owned—both fiction and non-fiction. Beyond that, I loved kids mysteries like the Mandy series by Lois Gladys Leopard. 

Let's talk about your writing? Why do you write? 

I’ve always loved to read, but it wasn’t until I put “Write a novel” at the top of my bucket list that I decided I needed to take the plunge. It was slow going as I learned about plotting and craft, but I quickly realized I love it! Writing is in my blood. It's my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.

How do you get to know your characters? 

Characters are where I start my stories. Typically, as I'm writing the previous book, characters for the next book will start to form in my mind. I always keep a Brainstorming document available and jot down anything that comes to me. Then when I'm ready to develop those characters, I begin to write out their stories, including motivations, fears, and spiritual arcs. From there, I have a great idea of what will happen to them in the story!

What themes do you write about?

It seems like so many of my books are tied in some way to the theme of following God’s leading. He has a plan for each of us that rarely seems to follow a logical path, but when we seek His way and submit to His guidance (and submission is an important piece!), His plan turns out to be so much more wonderful than we ever imagined!

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it? 

Yes, my husband and three young daughters definitely keep me jumping! As I write this, it feels like I haven’t slept in days due to my 10-month-old’s current ‘sleep challenges.’ I’m once again reminded that God is stronger than my challenges, though.

Balance has never been easy for me, as I tend to be an ‘all-or-nothing’ kind of gal. But that’s an area God has been working with me for a few years now. I’m getting better, but I’m not perfect yet. 

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

Oh, yes. God is the source of the joy I find in both reading and writing, and I try hard to make sure my books share whatever jewel of wisdom He wants that story to impart. I want these to be His words!

I often worry that I'm not creating a strong enough plot. Not building an emotional connection with the characters. But God regularly reminds me that this is the path He has planned for me. The story He's given me to write. I do my very best, then I have to rely on Him to use it for His glory.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Sometimes, yes. Many of my heroines possess a few of my own characteristics, whether they be mannerisms, my stubborn streak, or my deepest fears. Many times, some part of the story or plot will spawn from an incident in my life. I’ll use the “What if?” question to imagine how the situation or relationship could have turned out differently. From there, the stories tend to grow their own personalities. 

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m writing the third book in the Wyoming Mountain Tales series, and I’m loving it! This is Ezra’s story—Zeche’s younger brother—as he finally seizes the opportunity to step out from under the shadow of his older brother and sister. He’s running the Rocky Ridge Stage Stop on his own during the winter of 1868, and determined to prove himself capable. But when a woman shows up on his doorstep in the remote Wyoming wilderness, he’s shocked to find out she is Tori Boyd, the correspondence partner he’s been writing to for a few months now. She and her cousin seem to be running from something, and he realizes it's up to him to find a safe situation for them in this untamed country. Unfortunately, his heart decides it might have found a better way to keep them safe. Except, the feisty Tori Boyd doesn’t seem to feel the same attraction growing in him. I hope readers will love this story as much as I do! 

I bet they will. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

There are so many things that spring to mind! Some I've learned from wise writers. Some from my heavenly Father. And some from doing it the hard way. If I had to narrow down my experience into advice, these are the three things I would share:

1.Seek:  Read books on craft. Join a writer's organization. Make friends with other writers and develop connections. Seek to learn everything you can about this wonderful world of fiction!

2.Work:  Writing takes so many hours of typing and plotting and editing. You may feel it will never end. But enjoy the journey, even the hard times. I heard a quote today that really hit home for me. "Happiness is counting your blessings for the good things where you are right now." We all need goals, but the joy truly can be in the journey.

3.Pray: Seek God's face and His direction for your writing. If you're in His will, He will bless the work. His blessings may be a different outcome than you expected, but I promise it will be wonderful!


About a Rocky Mountain Romance



The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, he stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His protective instincts won't let him desert them to continue his travels, especially when the father’s haunting memories from the War of Succession put his daughter’s safety at risk.

Fighting her own nightmares after the war, Greta Michelly is trying to settle into this rugged mountain land, but her bad memories are nothing compared to the demons that haunt her father. The haven they’ve found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace—until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can’t help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds the man, but that strength seems to be that very thing that intensifies her father’s struggles.

As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he’s the one putting her in more danger, he’s forced to make a difficult choice. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control, Zeche has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even at the cost of his heart.

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About Misty

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her
Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today.

Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded
and crazy. God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family--both immediate and extended--is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Alexis Goring Talks About Writing And Her New Book, A Second Chance




A Warm Welcome to Alexis Goring


Hi Alexis, first, tell us a little about yourself.

Alexis here! I’m a writer at heart and a journalist by profession.

I love to interview people and learn from their life stories!

I like to connect with creative people who are chefs, architects, writers, photographers, actors, and musicians.

I’m passionate about storytelling that makes a difference, vegetarian East Indian and Filipino food, Barnes & Noble bookstore, PANERA’s Autumn Squash soup and French baguette with whipped butter, shopping at my favorite malls, writing, photography, Contemporary Christian/Gospel music and romantic comedy movies!

Lots of writers loved to read as children. How about you? If so, what did you read?

Yes! As a child, I loved reading the Berenstain Bears books. I spent most of my pre-teen summers and teenage years breezing through the Sweet Valley High book series.

Let's talk about your writing. Why do you write?

I write because I need to breathe. Writing is just as important as breathing to me. I write to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I write to warm hearts and make my readers smile. I write to share hope with the world and point them to a Savior (Jesus Christ) who loves them with all of His divine heart.

What do you love about A Second Chance? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?

I love the cover of my book, the storyline and my characters!

I hope that readers will tell others that they loved my book and recommend it as a lighthearted, inspirational read that will encourage their heart.

In three words describe your style of writing.

Riveting. Creative. Sweet.

How do you get to know your characters?

I create GMC charts for each character, which helps me to discover their goal/motivation/conflict (GMC). I fill out character profile charts too that help me to determine their personality, style, background, relationships, career and dreams.

However, I’m more of a pantser than a plotter, so sometimes I get to know my characters better as I write the story.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

Yes. My faith inspires me to encourage real life people through the stories of my fictional characters.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Sometimes! Most of my characters share something in common with me, from their personality to their outlook on life. But I’ve yet to write a character that is completely like me.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on two stories—one about characters who love a famous bakery in the heart of Northwest D.C. and another about a wedding photographer that has never been in love.

They are fictional stories under the Contemporary Romance category.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes! Study the craft of writing. Take classes that will help you grow as an aspiring author. Keep the faith and trust that if a writing career is in God’s plans for your life, then it will happen.




About A Second Chance

 Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.

Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

Bio:

 Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Looking Out the Window: A Clash Of The Titles Interview With Judith Rolfs





http://www.judithrolfs.com/

This week we have a special treat! Author Judith Rolfs has been published in every genre. As an author and professional marriage and family counselor, Judith focuses on motivating people to live their best lives - emotionally, physically and spiritually. In her thirties, she researched the complexity of the natural world and moved from agnosticism to faith in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today, she talks about her latest novel, Never Tomorrow.




Tell our readers about your new mystery novel Never Tomorrow.

Thanks for asking. It’s like having a new baby - I welcome a chance to talk about Never Tomorrow after literally years in the writing. This is a powerful murder mystery, plus more - a psychological thriller that probes the marriage relationship, infidelity and forgiveness. I use my insights and experiences as a psychotherapist for three decades to instill deep emotions in my characters– the grieving, the loves, and the deep joys, that we all experience in real life. These are integrated with a compelling murder mystery.

This is your seventeenth book but only your third mystery novel. Tell us about your switch to fiction from non-fiction.

My previous books were how-to books about marriage and parenting and family issues, also a devotional and a teen book. Mysteries are a huge change. They are much more difficult to write, but seem to have a greater impact on readers.

Which leads to my next question. I understand your slogan is Mysteries With A Message. Explain please.

My mysteries center on real life family issues while keeping the suspense steaming. Directive 99, my first self- suspense novel is about conflict between a woman’s career vs. family priorities. She makes major life changes when her husband is kidnapped. My next mystery novel Bullet in the Night with Prism Books is about genuine rehabilitation leading to life change and the value of nurturing friendships. I want readers to have a takeaway to ponder that can help them face situations in their own lives with more wisdom and confidence.

Tell us about where you like to write and a bit about your process.

My favorite writing places are my cottage in the woods in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake and a winter beach condo we rent in Venice, FL. I need solitude to create the story and develop my characters, but then I love to edit in coffee shops where I’m immersed in the energy of people. Relationships have always been fascinating to me, which is why I became a psychotherapist. Of course it’s helpful as an author to develop well-rounded characters. I also love to travel. In fact, Never Tomorrow starts out in Ballybunion, Ireland which I researched during a three-week trip there.

How and when did your writing career begin?

My writing career began at age ten creating stories for neighborhood children. I wrote newspaper editorials in high school, and was part of the Superior Student program at Marquette University, which published me in their literary journal. I love everything about writing especially contact with readers and other authors who are so gracious! I recently met Pat Gussin, New York Times Best Selling Author of After the Fall and she offered to read Never Tomorrow prior to publication. She blessed me with an amazing review: “Layer upon layer of intrigue—laced with murder–propels this novel to the pinnacle of suspense. An ingenious plot, dynamic and complex characters, and an insight into the troubled avenues of human behavior rarely exposed make NEVER TOMORROW a stand-out for readers of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense.”

In closing, where can we find your new book baby?

Never Tomorrow is available through Prism Book Group, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and through local libraries. If it’s not at the local library I hope readers will request it. Thank you for featuring me on your blog. It’s been a pleasure.

Visit Judith at http://judithrolfs.com/Dr._Judith_Rolfs/Home.html



About Never Tomorrow



 A compelling mystery with a powerful theme of forgiveness and healing...

Journalist Whitney Barnes investigates the mysterious death of her mother and three women from Cortland City seeking the thread that links them to an enigmatic killer. Why are women being murdered with no apparent motives for their death? Police are mystified at the lack of clues and a growing sense of fear surrounds the community. Who will be the next victim?

Determined to find the killer, Whitney discovers these women were dealing with wounds from their troubling pasts, but what was their connection? She teams up with Dr. Sarah Stevens, an expert on women's issues, to ferret out information while TV talk show host Rich and real estate broker Jordan vie for Whitney's affection.

Whitney discovers new strength within her, but is it powerful enough to cope with this dark force of evil? Suspense escalates as Whitney becomes the killer's next target.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Looking Out the Window: ACFW March New Releases





More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.



Contemporary Romance:


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Reunion at Crane Lake
by Robin Bayne -- Colt's memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family's inn, but he'll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He'll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia's goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she'll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart...can she ever trust him again? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])



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Hope
by Fay Lamb -- She's a starving artist facing a serious illness; he's the doctor who's her only hope of survival. If only she hadn't caused his sister to die. (Contemporary Romance from Write Integrity Press)



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Muffins & Moonbeams
by Elizabeth Maddrey -- Malachi Baxter is happy to hide in the background and manage the business-end of the family bakery. He'd much rather live in the online world of computer games where he can explore the galaxy and no one has to know he's deaf. Ursula Franks designs websites during the day and spends her evenings battling alien races online where relationships are easy and uncomplicated. When she agrees to design a website for the local Community Supported Bakery, she has no idea that Malachi is the real man behind her online persona's best friend and her own secret crush.As the two work together on the website, they uncover an attraction, but will they be able to put aside past hurt and insecurity to find love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)



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Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella
by Becky Wade -- Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn't know much about babies. But he's going to have to learn fast because he's just become a single father to his newborn daughter. Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can't seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart.... (Romance Novella, Independently Published)




General:



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When the Bough Breaks
by Ane Mulligan -- Her dream job has a Catch 22—and time's running outRookie lobbyist Sienna O'Shea is determined to make a name for herself in New York's capitol city and use that influence to gain easier access to her birth records. For years she's searched for her birth mother, but when she's handed her first assignment—to lobby support for the permanent sealing of all adoption records—her worlds collide. Swept up into the intrigue of backroom politics, falling in love was not on Sienna's agenda, but the candidate for Lt. Governor runs a formidable campaign to make her his first lady. When an investigative reporter discovers foreign money infiltrating political campaigns, the trail leads to Sienna's inner circle. (General, Independently Published)



the-memory-of-you
The Memory of You
by Catherine West -- Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her? (General from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])




Cozy Mystery:



murder-is-no-accident
Murder Is No Accident
by A. H. Gabhart -- When murder comes to call at a stately Victorian house, the town of Hidden Springs looks to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane to solve the crime before anyone else dies. (Cozy Mystery from Revell [Baker])




Historical Romance:



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A Rocky Mountain Romance
by Misty M. Beller -- When Zeche takes shelter from a blizzard in a remote cabin, he doesn't expect to find a beautiful woman and her father, a disturbed Civil War veteran. Zeche's instincts tell him Greta is endangered and he should stay and protect her, but his own presence aggravates her father's condition. With a dangerous snowstorm outside and growing hostilities inside, can he find a way to keep them all safe from harm? Or will it be to the detriment of his heart? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)



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A Stolen Heart
by Amanda Cabot -- From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])



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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela's Quandary by Susan Page Davis -- Experience the Wild West as Carmela seeks freedom of body and soul. Forced for years by her uncle to pose as a survivor of an Indian kidnapping so he can profit on the speaker circuit, she longs to end the lies. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with a deputy US marshal and his handcuffed prisoner. When the stage is attacked, will Carmela's wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)



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Desert Moon & Honor Bound
by Susan Page Davis and Colleen L. Reece -- Enjoy an Old West romance adventure from author Susan Page Davis. Julia Newman looked forward to moving home to Arizona, then she got word that her mother has died and Julie's stagecoach is robbed. If that wasn't enough, the first person she sees in town is Adam Scott—the man she always loved but could never have—and now he is accusing her brother of criminal activity. Also includes a bonus historical romance, Honor Bound by Colleen L. Reece. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)



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Her Motherhood Wish
by Keli Gwyn -- En route to the Double T Orphanage to work on its expansion, carpenter Chip Evans and Caroline Hunt discover two orphaned children—and become their caregivers. But Chip's determined not to let himself get too attached to the children who just lost their widowed father…or to the lovely woman helping him care for them. Especially since Callie and the little ones just don't fit into his detailed plans for the future. Callie can't help but fall in love with the orphans, and despite her better judgment, she's falling for Chip, too. Her dreams of being a wife and mother were not quite like this. But Callie believes a plan bigger than Chip's brought them all together…and now she just has to help him see it, too. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



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The Planter's Daughter
by Michelle Shocklee -- When her father's Texas cotton plantation faces bankruptcy, Adella must choose between the man who can her family's land and the man who can save her! (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)



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When Tides Turn
by Sarah Sundin -- When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, eager to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in antisubmarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is fun-loving Tess. As Dan and Tess work together in Boston, the changes in Tess challenge his notions--and his heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])



Medical Suspense:



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Dcotor's Dilemma
by Richard L. Mabry M.D. -- Young surgeon Tyler Gentry thought the offer to join the Hall Group of surgeons offered the answer to his problems, but things changed when he received a 3 AM phone call that told him such a move would be hazardous to his health. (Medical Suspense, Independently Published)




Romantic Suspense:




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Her Baby's Protector
by Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman -- Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley: As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster's infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine's heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family? Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman: The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield's best friends--and left her with custody of their young daughter--has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who'll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

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Agent-in-Training
by Terri Reed -- FBI intern Zara Fielding and her K-9 partner, Radar, stumble across a robbery gone wrong and put themselves in the criminals' crosshairs. Her childhood friend FBI computer guru Dylan O'Leary works for the secretive FBI unit she longs to join, and he vows not to let anything happen to her. As they work to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, new feelings ignite. When she goes missing, it's only Dylan--and Radar--who can track her down. Will they arrive in time to save her and the future she and Dylan have started dreaming about? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



Speculative Romance/Fantasy:


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Ingrid's Engagement
by Kristen Reed -- When King Viggo marches through the kingdom of Schlagefilde in a relentless quest for retribution against its wicked king, the Count of Anselm attempts to make peace with him. As the two strike a deal that will protect the people of Anselm, the King of Villriket becomes enthralled with a portrait of the Count's oldest daughter, Ingrid. The vengeful king vows that he will leave Edmund's county in peace if he will allow him to marry Ingrid. To prevent her father from incurring the sovereign's wrath, the young lady hastily agrees and enters into an unforeseen engagement with the grim ruler. Ingrid's Engagement tells the enchanting tale of a beautiful young woman who softens the hardened heart of a beastly king with nothing more than her quiet wisdom and gentle spirit. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Winner of Fatal Frost



Wow! This was difficult!

We drew a name and the winner is...

Hats...Horns...

Congratulations, Connie!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Looking Out the Window: Award-winning, Best-selling Author Nancy Mehl Talks About Fatal Frost, Book One In Her New Defenders of Justice Series




A Warm Welcome to Nancy Mehl

Nancy will give away a print copy of Fatal Frost. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below. (U.S. Residents Only)


Hi Nancy, lots of writers loved to read as youngsters. How about you? Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

I read all the time. During the day, at night when I was supposed to be sleeping. A flashlight under the covers works great! My tastes were varied. Nancy Drew, Dickens, Little House on the Prairie. I’d read almost anything.

Let's talk about your writing. Why do you write?

Because I’m called to, and because I love it. It’s just part of who I am.

What themes do you write about?

I love to write about the battle of good against evil. This is the heart of mystery and suspense. Also, in each plot I include at least two battles. The main battle from outside forces and the inner battle that comes from personal trials and conflict.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

I have a room designated as my office. I really need a private place to work. As far as my schedule, Mondays are for organizing, scheduling, and getting other things done that have to do with my writing life. (Like this interview!) Tuesday through Friday, I get up at 6:00 a.m., have breakfast and spend some quality time with God. Then I write until 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. After lunch, I go back to the office for a while and work on whatever I didn’t get done on Monday.

Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations? How do you balance it?

Sure. All writers do. During the week I try to be done with all things “writerly” by dinner time. I spend the evening with some quality recliner time and a little TV or reading. I also try to keep my weekends free – especially Sunday. I’ve had some emergencies when I have to work through the entire weekend, but I really don’t like to do that. When I keep my weekends free, I have lots of time for my hubby, my kids and my grandkids.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?

Both, actually. I’d love to plot out an entire book before I start writing, but it just doesn’t work out that way for me. I like to be able to go another direction if something pops up I hadn’t originally thought about. I usually have a rough idea as to where I’m going when I start writing. Usually about half way through I’ll plot the rest of the way so I can wrap everything up successfully.  

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

I wouldn’t want to write if I couldn’t share the love of God. Writing is more than my career, it’s my ministry. I try to write about people who aren’t perfect. Who need a touch from God. I pray over every book, believing that something within the pages of my books will touch my readers personally.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Absolutely. All authors do. We can’t possibly leave ourselves out. We understand life through our own eyes and interpret the world through our own experiences. You can get to know an author when reading their books if you read between the lines.

What are you working on right now?

Blind Betrayal, book three in my Defenders of Justice series. It’s about a woman named Casey Sloane, a Deputy U.S. Marshal who is given an assignment to transport a reporter from St. Louis to Washington D.C. The reporter has been called to testify before a grand jury investigating a U.S. Senator with ties to terrorism. She is working with two other deputy Marshals, not knowing that they are not only being tracked by men working with the terrorist, but they’re also being betrayed by someone close to them.

Wow! I can't wait to read it. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes. First of all, don’t become a writer because you envy someone else, or you think being a writer might be exciting. Make sure you’re called. If you’re not, it won’t work out. You won’t be happy. Find out what God has called you to do. That’s where your joy will come from. I’m not talking about people who write for their own pleasure. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want to be published, be sure you’ve heard from God. This job will take more from you than you realize. It’s not easy, trust me. You must be sure that God is with you and that He’ll bring you through to the end.

Also, you must be willing to stay strong during disappointments, failures, jealously, bad reviews (some of them really mean-spirited), and other authors who may not treat you well. Then there are agents who reject you, poor sales – the list goes on and on. Yes, there are great rewards as well, but if you can’t take the hard knocks, you’ll never get to the good parts. I’ve watched writer after writer turn back when things got tough. Once when I was complaining about an unfair situation, God asked me if I really wanted to write - that if so, adversity was part of the deal. I had to repent, suck it up, and get back up on my feet. Every day I have to trust God and believe that He has a good plan for my life.

Thanks for sharing with us!



About Fatal Frost





Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

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Bio

Nancy Mehl is an award winning author who lives in Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her puggle, Watson. She’s authored over twenty-five books and is currently writing a new series for Bethany House Publishing based on the U.S. Marshals. The first book, Fatal Frost, in her Defenders of Justice Series, released on November 1st, 2016. The second book, Dark Deception, will hit store shelves in June of 2017. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Website. She is part of  The Suspense Sisters Blog, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.