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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Allyson Carter Talks about Her New Book, Hearts Undone

A Warm Welcome to Allyson Carter

Allyson will give away an e-book. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below
Hi Allyson, first, tell us a little about yourself.

 I’m a mama and wife. I have 4 kids with three on the autism spectrum. Our children are homeschooled.

Were you an avid reader as a child?

I was! What did you read? Wow, that’s a loaded question. I read so many different things. I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Really, there were too many different genres that I would read.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Everywhere. That’s pretty much where I get my ideas. It can come from a song I heard on the radio, something I read in a newspaper or even on the news.

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

Yes I do. How do you balance it? Some days I’m not sure. The only way I get anything done is with God’s help. I try and stick to a schedule, which benefits my kids. My hubby is helpful as well. Sometimes, I also write once the kids are in bed, if I didn’t get everything done before.

Are you a plotter or a pantzer? I’m a plotter.

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

That depends on if I’m homeschooling or during the summer. I usually write once my husband gets home from work. I’ll write for a couple of hours. I strive for a work count each day…usually around 2-3k.

What themes do you write about?

How life is messy. I aim for showing imperfection in my books and how God fixes that. How we need Him to come in and fix us, because no one else can. I also tackle how believers can stumble and how God is waiting there with open arms.

What do you love about this book?

I love this book because it shows all that I talked about before. It shows how someone can mess up so bad and they think God won’t welcome them back. And what do you hope readers will tell others about it? I hope readers will tell others that my books are fresh and edgy, but that God is the center of the story.

Does your faith affect your writing?

Yes. It didn’t use to but now it does. How? There’s always a faith message in my stories. It may be subtle and yet faith is always weaved into the story.

Tell us about your latest book.

Hearts Undone is book 1 in the Carolina Danger series.

About Hearts Undone

After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for herself and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most: men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him rise to the surface. Can she open up her heart again? When someone threatens her life, she realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line. She turns to the only man she feels she can trust.

Mark Daniels returns to his hometown to solve a crime committed in the military. When he gets caught up in Shelby's troubles, he knows she needs someone to protect her, but can he be that man? Being around her again is forcing him to face the way he feels—something he’d rather not do. When his past comes to haunt him, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.

Through God's love, Shelby and Hannah find their way into Mark's heart. Will there be room for God too?

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Allyson writes Edgy Christian romance and suspense novels. In her books, readers will find emotionally stirring story lines, as well a compelling mixture of suspense and faith. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. When not spending time with her family, you can find her knitting, and watching perhaps a few way too many suspense and reality television shows.

She can be found around the Internet at these places, Web site, blog, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Looking Out the Window: LoRee Peery Talks About Her New Book, Where Hearts Meet, Writing and Praying Bible Passages

A Warm Welcome to LoRee Peery

LoRee will give away a PDF copy of Where Hearts Meet. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Hi LoRee, let's talk about your writing. What led you to it?
I’m convinced writing is what the Lord wants me to do at this time in my life. I don’t know what else I’d spend my time on. I believe that without faith I cannot please God. Without faith my words can’t bring Him glory. So I need to trust Him from the get-go for words that ultimately honor Him. Writers have viewed the action of writing as a compulsion, a drive, a conviction, even as a need. It’s all in how a person views what we do. I once heard an author say, “I cannot not write.” That sums up why I write.

Where do you get ideas for your books? Ideas are everywhere. I carry note paper in my purse and have it throughout the house for the times Bible verses, concepts, characters, dialogue, settings, or random ideas strike. I’ve started with character, a place, a situation, lines from movies, pictures, news articles, or what I keep in my three-ring idea notebook. Brainstorming a new project can take three days or two weeks.

In three words describe your style of writing. Prayer bathed chaos

What themes do you write about? Redeeming grace. As a Christian, and a Christian writer, I believe my purpose in is to keep the love of Jesus at the forefront of my writing. I strive for my characters to either learn how much God loves them, or for them to know where the Lord wants them in life. Most of the time, my stories are set in Nebraska, which can be stated as their sense of place. Since I write romance, happily-ever-after according to the Lord’s will, is the goal of my stories.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
First, I cannot do it without Him, as stated above. Writing is hard. It takes determination and perseverance and there is some kind of struggle most days. When I am weak, I need His strength. Second, thanks to Zoe McCarthy’s perspective, I count on God as my co-Author.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Pray. Write. Read. Write. Learn. Write. Attend conferences, workshops, or take online courses. Write. Write some more. Keep your senses alive and alert. Pray. Write.


Praying a passage from the Bible

Aging as viewed in Psalm 71

One of my favorite things to do is pray a passage from the Bible. In Thee, O Lord, I have taken refuge. For Thou art my hope. My mouth is filled with Thy praise. Do not cast me off in the time of old age…

I’m a senior citizen so I can identify with this Psalm. In many ways I’m still in the twentieth century. Though the Psalmist, presumably David, often had enemies who threatened his physical body, enemies against the aged of today are often younger people without patience, who do not value the elderly. Young readers may not have understanding because they haven’t lived through certain life experiences. Deena and Simon in Where Hearts Meet are exposed to the ravages of dementia as it affects his mother, Rose.

I’ve witnessed the ravages of dementia in my friend, Emma. Jesus loves Emma and I cannot disbelieve, since Emma served the Lord with her whole heart, phrases from the Psalms like verses from chapter 71, reach her heart and mind despite the disease.

Charles H Spurgeon’s take on the Psalm: The first four verses are faith's cry for help; the next four are a testimony of experience.

From Ps. 71:9-13, the aged saint pleads against his foes, and then rejoices in hope, Ps 71:14-16.

He returns to prayer again in Ps. 71:17-18, repeats the confident hopes which cheered his soul, Ps. 71:19-21; and then he closes with the promise of abounding in thanksgiving.

Throughout, this Psalm may be regarded as the utterance of struggling, but unstaggering, faith. Dear Lord, do not forsake me when my strength fails. O God, Thou has taught me from my youth. I still declare Thy wondrous deeds. Even when I’m old and gray, don’t forsake me. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee.

About Where Hearts Meet

Shattered by the loss of her parents, Deena pours her love into her patients at an assisted living facility. When the son of one her charges starts showing up to spend time with his mother, Deena's wary heart is warmed by his attention to his mother...and to her. Simon is plagued by his ex-wife's disappearance years before. When he meets Deena, who closely resembles the woman, he fears his attraction is based only on Deena's looks. But she exhibits a warmth his ex-wife never had. Dare he risk his once broken heart? As two lonely souls pursue a tentative, budding love, secrets and lies come forward to tear them apart. Can Simon and Deena overcome loss and allow their hearts to mend?

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Christian romance author LoRee Peery writes to feel alive, as a way of contributing, and to pass forward the hope of rescue from sin. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. LoRee clings to I John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Series and other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author. She’s been a reader since before kindergarten. One day she slapped a story in her lap. “I could write better than this.” (Lofty assumption, eh?) Her dear hubby challenged, “Why don’t you?” Thus her writing journey began many moons ago. Connect with LoRee through these links: and

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Looking Out the Window: Best-selling, Award-winning Author Anita Higman Talks about Summer's List and a Kinder, Gentler Time

A Warm Welcome to Anita Higman
Congratulations on your newest book, Summer's List

 Life and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer's past. With Laney the Chihuahua along for the ride, a childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?
Anita talks about writing and shares her thoughts on a kinder, gentler way of life

You like fairytales. Tell us about that.
My mother read me fairytales when I was a kid, and I believe these stories had a profound effect on me. I have been told my stories read like modern-day fairytales, and I am hoping that Summer’s List will have that same fun feel to it.

Tell us a bit about your writing journey.
I have been writing for thirty years, and I have forty books published. To be honest, it’s been a rough journey. I have known a great deal of failure before I ever knew any success. But then that is a common tale among writers. As far as where my journey will go, only God knows the answer to that question.

Got any pet peeves?
Sure. I suppose one of them is that occasionally we’ve forgotten how to be polite and kind when it comes to social media posts and emails. I think it would be lovely to go back in time to a simpler, gentler era when people had a deeper sense of the preciousness of humanity. Harsh words spoken in haste can really hurt—sometimes for a lifetime. I say this from having experience on both sides of this issue, so I’m not holding myself up as perfect. I’m far from perfect. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to care about each other in the same way Christ loves us?

Do you have a Bible verse that is particularly meaningful to you?
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

What is the hardest part of writing?
All of it. I’m not kidding. Sometimes I still can’t believe I write books. Yes, it’s about fun creative stuff, but it’s also about keeping my bum in the chair and writing even when I’m not inspired. It’s about getting the job done. No. Matter. What. And sometimes that’s not easy to do.

Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. While I’m running errands. While I’m at church. While I’m talking to friends and family. With each story, colorful bits of life end up in my final piece of art—a little like the way a mosaic comes together, making a lovely picture.

What have you read recently?
Recently I read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. It’s a masterwork—a true story about slavery in America—and a book that everyone should read.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about your new novel, Summer’s List?
One of my characters is taken from real life—a sweet Chihuahua named Laney. This little dog was considered a love-gift from God since she helped my daughter-in-law get through a painful passage in her life. It was a true joy for me to add this beloved dog, Laney, to my story.

How can your readers get in touch with you?
Here are two of my media links. I’d love to hear from you!

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Bio: Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.