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Friday, June 27, 2014

Looking In the Window: Celebrating the Re-launch of Stopped Cold at The Book Club Network. Come Over and Share the Wonderful Things about the Teens You Know. Fun and Prizes

The Praise for the Teen in Your Life Contest!
Do you know a teen who constantly makes good grades, works hard to earn extra money, is loyal to family and friends, volunteers to help others, is someone you and count on? The list could go on and on.
Here’s a chance to honor the them.They can be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin or friend.

A gift will be given to the best entry, but everyone's a winner because the best prize is getting to share about the wonderful young people in your lives.
The rules are simple. Tell us how you know the teen and address the topic given.
Get your thinking caps on. Here’s the first topic:  Tell us something or some great things about your teen.

Prize: A stitchable journal and an e-book of Stopped Cold.
Place: The Book Club Network. Be sure to leave your comments in the Discussion Forum at The Book Club Network. Just click the link here.

About Stopped Cold
Stopped Cold finished fourth in the 16th Annual Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and was a Grace Awards Finalist.
The theme - We don't have to be number one for God to love us.
Things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, North Carolina.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.
See you in the Discussion Forum in the Teen Room! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Winner of Gathering Shadows

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Congratulations, Sonja!

Thanks to all for entering!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Best Selling, Award Winning Author Nancy Mehl Tells Us about Her Newest Book, Gathering Shadows. Gives Away a Copy.


A Warm Welcome toNancy Mehl!
Nancy will give away a print copy of Gathering Shadows. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

It's such a treat to have you, Nancy. First, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a wife, mother, and about sixteen months ago, I became a grandmother. This was definitely one of the greatest blessings of my life! I live with my husband, Norman, in Festus, Missouri. We moved here from Wichita, Kansas, eight months ago so we could be near our kids and grandchild. Norman works with a wonderful agency that trains people with disabilities for jobs. I’m grateful to be a full-time writer. I’ve written eighteen books, two of which haven’t been released yet. They are all either mystery, suspense, or a combination of the two. Besides reading and spending time with my family, I like to relax with a few favorite TV shows. I also enjoy playing with our puggle, Watson. I’m very active on Facebook, and I work with several wonderful authors on a blog called the Suspense Sisters. (

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother. Many authors were avid readers as children? What about you? If so, what did you read?

I was a voracious reader. I read all the time, sometimes staying up all night with a flashlight under the covers. I read everything – no genre was uninteresting to me. Books included Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and some books that my mother grew up on, the Bobbsey Twins. By the time I was a teenager, I was into Edgar Allen Poe, and I read every book Charles Dickens ever wrote. I loved the way he created characters. Still do.

Some of my favorites too. About your writing, why do you do it?

Because my publisher would be perturbed if I didn’t? LOL! Actually, this is what I’m called to do. I’m not sure just what God has planned for the future, but right now I’m happy just doing what I know I’m supposed to do.

Tell us about your latest book.

Gathering Shadows is about a young woman named Wynter Evans, a television reporter who has had to overcome tragedy in her life. When she was a teenager, her brother, Ryan, was kidnapped. The authorities believed he was captured and murdered by a serial killer who had been abducting young boys in the same area. But Ryan’s body was never found, and although the killer bragged about his other crimes, he never admitted to taking Ryan. Through the years, Wynter has had dreams about Ryan. In these dreams, he was calling to her. Asking her to find him. Then one day, someone shows Wynter a picture of a Conservative Mennonite family that lives in a small Missouri town called Sanctuary. The boy in the picture looks remarkably like Ryan. Wynter goes to Sanctuary, claiming only to be interested in including the small town in a special she’s working on about unique places in Missouri. She finds the boy, but before she can confront him or the people who call themselves his parents, they disappear. Now, along with Sanctuary’s handsome young mayor, Wynter is desperately trying to find them before the boy is lost to her forever. Unfortunately, someone else seems determined to stop her. As she tries to keep herself and her friends safe, revelations from the past will force her to rethink everything she thinks she knows about her life.

This sounds like another great Nancy Mehl story. What inspired you to write this particular book?

Before I write a book I try to find a spiritual theme. I was thinking about people whose lives seem to be wrapped up in the past. In something painful that happened to them. In Gathering Shadows, my main character, Wynter Evans, has allowed her life to stop in a moment of time. Her choices now stem from something tragic that happened in her childhood. We all have an opportunity to do this. But living life by looking backward never works. I hope any reader who relates to Wynter will be encouraged to leave the past behind and focus on the great future God has for them.

In three words describe your style of writing.

Character driven

How do you get to know your characters?

I actually let them evolve as I write. I believe in letting my characters become who they want to be. A lot of writers try to completely understand their characters before they start writing. I may know something about my main characters, but I don’t make them stay true to my preconceived ideas. Many times my plot will affect them in ways I couldn’t possibly see ahead of time.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

I try to write early in the morning, and I keep at it until lunch. If I haven’t written everything I wanted to, I still have the afternoon. But I’m usually not as creative then so I try to use that time for interviews, promotion, and cleaning my office!
I’m blessed to have my own office. Right now we’re renting a two bedroom house, and my office is large. In Wichita my office was an upstairs room in our bungalow-styled house. Much smaller, but I loved it. I have to say I enjoy my office is Festus much more though. My windows face a forest area, and I am regularly treated to visits by rabbits, squirrels, birds and deer. In fact, as I answered these questions I watched a deer feeding in my back yard. It’s awesome, and I love it.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

Yes, it does. If I can’t share something spiritual in my writing, I don’t want to write at all. A good story is vital, and it has its place, but in the end, what lasts is writing something that will touch a reader, reminding them that God adores them and has a wonderful plan for their life.

Do you put yourself in your books?

Absolutely. I have to understand characters to write about them. Some of my friends are able to point out certain characteristics and say, “Hey, that’s you!” Of course, this works for the negative aspects of my personality as well as my positive traits!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes. Learn your craft. Study. Read. Don’t try to publish too early. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see out there. Getting editors to take you seriously once they’ve seen something that wasn’t very good is difficult. Take your time. Once you get accepted, things will move pretty fast. Also, learn the market. Trying to get a publisher to read something that doesn’t fit their interest is a waste of time.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this great blog. I really appreciate it.

Aww, thank you. Having you is my pleasure.

Watch a video of Gathering Shadows

Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored eighteen books and is currently at work on a new series for Bethany House Publishing, as well as a new series for Guideposts. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, “Gathering Shadows” was released on May 6th. 
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: She has a newsletter located at:, and is a part of another blog, The Suspense Sisters:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Saturday, June 14, 2014





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Winner of Red and the Wolf

The winner of Red and the Wolf...


Hats, Horns...

Congratulations, Janice!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Looking Out the Window: Award-winning Author June Foster's Heroine in Red and the Wolf Has ADD. A Fairwilde Reflections Novella, It's a Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

A Warm Welcome to June Foster

June will give away a copy. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Hi June. Tell us about Red and the Wolf.

In my fairytale novella Red and the Wolf, which is based on Little Red Riding Hood, Lilly Hood is a journalist who struggles with ADD. In doing research for her character, I discovered some interesting facts including the most common symptoms.

ADD adults can "zone out" even in the middle of a conversation. They're not trying to be rude but just can't help it sometimes. They might be reading the most fascinating book yet find it hard to focus. Frustrating. Overlooking details and finishing a task, another ADD symptom, can be a detriment to one's career. Lilly Hood, reporter for the Daily Scoop in Fairwilde, Alabama, would agree.

If you know someone who has begun multiple projects that remain unfinished, it's possible that person could be plagued with ADD symptoms, since procrastination is another issue. Poor self-control and reckless or spontaneous behavior without regard for the consequences is an additional indication. In Red and the Wolf, heroine Lilly Hood displays one more common symptom—she can't stop talking. She constantly delivers a stream of words and conversation, especially when boyfriend Hunter Woods is trying to kiss her. What's she afraid of?

In doing research, I discovered an interesting concept. ADD adults can channel their symptoms into positive outcomes. Since ADD people are high-energy and good brainstormers, they are capable of working long hours on a task. They always have a surplus of ideas, creativity, excitement, and interest to add to the mix. Too, they are flexible, results-oriented, and independent. So there is a bright side to Attention Deficit Disorder. Just ask Lilly Hood when she's not afraid to climb a tree and text her boyfriend for help after she's pursued by a vicious bear in the forest.

Blurb: Newspaper reporter Lilly Red Hood forgot her dinner date with handsome Hunter Woods, thanks to ADD she's had since childhood. In Hunter's absence fellow reporter Wolf Skinner moves in with less than honorable intentions. When Lilly gets lost in the Alabama forest, which of these gentlemen will be her hero?

An Excerpt - Chapter One

Lilly tossed a strand of curly hair from her face. The unruly red locks, like her rebellious mind, refused to behave—especially under pressure. It made a woman want to scream. She blinked, trying to draw her attention back to the task in front of her. Her assignment on the computer screen glared. The Ten Most Popular Banana Bread Recipes among dessert lovers.
The comfort of her cushy swivel chair tempted her. Twirling herself around twice, she kicked her legs out. Uh, oh. I hope nobody saw that. Why was it so hard to remember? She was an adult, not a kid. The "Whee!" that had almost escaped remained lodged in her throat. Whirling in a spinning chair might appease ADD symptoms, but the shenanigans had to stop.
Once again the screen's blinking cursor reminded her of the pressing truth—the story needed to be finished and a deadline loomed. A glance at the clock the editor had installed on the office wall broadcasted the warning. Forty-five more minutes.
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An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. In 2013, June's book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC's eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan's Father won The Clash of the Titles book of the month for 2014. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July.  Ryan's Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives.

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