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Monday, May 23, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Brooke Williams Talks About After the Final Dandelion, Book Three in Her Series Based on Reality TV. She'll Give Away an E-book

A Warm Welcome to Brooke Williams

Brooke will give away an e-book of EITHER After the Final Dandelion (Book Three) OR Dandelions on the Road (Book Two) in the Dandelion Series. Winner's choice. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

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

I was born and raised in Iowa, but somehow landed in Nebraska after college. I spent a decade in radio before I had my first little girl. At that time, I segued into freelance writing and the novel bug bit me. I began writing romantic comedies and haven’t stopped since. You can find some of my work in these titles: Wrong Place, Right Time, Accept this Dandelion, Mamarazzi, Backwards Christmas, Dandelions on the Road, and After the Final Dandelion.

Lots of writers loved to read as children. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

Oh yes. I used to memorize books before I could read and then “read” them to people to impress them. I loved Beverly Cleary books and Berenstein Bears.

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

Because I can’t NOT write. Writing is like breathing to me. It’s good for me. As a mother to two young girls, I don’t get much that is just for me. Writing is. It’s my break, my stress reliever, and my fun away from being a mom!

Tell us about your latest book.

After the Final Dandelion is the third book in the Dandelion series. In the first book, we see a couple come together. Book 2, a second couple comes together. In the third book, we get to see what happens after these two couples have a happy ending. Here’s the blurb:

After Renee Lockhart appeared on the local TV dating show "Accept this Dandelion" and found the love of her life, she thought she was done with TV. But when she hears that the entire city has bets on how soon she and her fiancĂ© will break up, she is determined to show that their love is meant to last. When Mike, the KETO producer, approaches her about airing the wedding live, she jumps at the chance. Once she is set up with a famous wedding coordinator, plans take a turn for the worse and the simple wedding they wanted becomes the event of the year. In the meantime, Eva Merida is dealing with her own life changing opportunity. Though she’s in love with her boyfriend, who she met on the second season of the dating show, she can’t turn down the chance to investigate a Hollywood TV show when offered a position. When she runs into an old flame, she questions the stability of her current relationship. Will Renee be able to prove her love for Ben to the city before her wedding falls apart? Who will Eva choose on her own emotional roller coaster? Hilarity ensues as the wedding of the decade melts into the disaster of the year. Because everyone knows weeds take over every garden…

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Lately, reality shows. I’m fascinated by the type of people who go on these shows and I always wonder what it would be like if someone crazy like me was on there. But I get inspiration for the little elements from daily life, clutzy people around me (hey, dad!) and just from my insane imagination!

In three words describe your style of writing.

Silly, light-hearted, fast

How do you get to know your characters?

I get to know them through their stories. I’m not good with character names, but their stories come to me and as they reveal more about what happened to them, their nature comes through.

What themes do you write about?

Love in a real way, somewhat. I mean, what real love story doesn’t have some embarrassing episodes behind it, right? My characters want love, but they get there in a real way that includes clumsy incidents and bumbles along the way! You’ll also see a theme of imperfection in my books. My characters are flawed. But the strongest ones are those that KNOW they’re flawed…and they’re OKAY with that!

What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

I am a full time mom first and foremost. But my older daughter is in elementary school and my younger daughter still naps. So I get 1-2 hours in the afternoon to work with when one is in school and the other asleep. I use that time to do my freelance writing for clients and, sometimes, to write fiction.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

It might feel hard to break into the writing industry and it is. But I guarantee you that you will NEVER break into it if you stop trying. Never give up. The right publisher is out there. It’s up to you to find them. Also, write because you love it. IF you enjoy it, keep at it. Do it for yourself. Readers will be able to feel how much you love it.

What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?

Taking a nap with my daughter.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Ginger Solomon Talks About Second Choice, The Second Book in Her Belikarian Wedding Series

A Warm Welcome to Ginger Solomon

Ginger will give away a PDF copy of Second Choice. To enter to win leave a comment and an e-mail address below.

Hi Ginger, tell us a little about yourself.

Without repeating my bio… my name is Ginger. I live in northern Alabama with my husband and six of our seven children—the oldest moved out a few months ago. I homeschool the youngest four, but in a few short weeks that will change as the oldest of them will graduate high school. I love reading, coloring (even before it was “in vogue”), reading, writing, reading, needlework (cross-stitch, crochet, and knitting), and reading (but I think I mentioned that one already). I am also a “gaming” mom, much to my son’s enjoyment. Many of their friends are jealous. LOL

I see you love to read. Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what did you read?

Absolutely. There were many of a night that I would stay up until one or two in the morning reading, and then get up at six to go to school. I can’t do that anymore. I enjoyed a variety of books, as I do now, but back then I mostly read mystery and suspense, including Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

I enjoyed those books as well. Tell us about your latest book.

Second Choice is the second book in my newly entitled Belikarian Weddings Series. Book one, One Choice, released in February 2014. Second Choice is Princess Anaya’s story. Her father gave her one year to choose a husband from among five approved noble sons. With only three weeks until the wedding, her first choice disappeared, and she was forced to make a second choice.  Knowing time was running out, she turned to her Heavenly Father for wisdom, since she no longer trusted her own judgment in regards to people’s intentions or actions.

While it sounds like a historical novel, it is a contemporary romance based in a fictional country, Belikara, located in the Aegean Sea.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

My readers. After One Choice released many of the clamored for Princess Anaya’s story, while others wanted Matthias’s story. Both will get their wish. Second Choice released April 28th, and I hope Love’s Choice, the third book in the series, will release this fall.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

Many of them come to me in dreams. It’s the reason I started writing in the first place. I had a dream that would not leave me alone, so I wrote it down. The words kept flowing, and in the end, I had written my first novel. Some of them come to me in the midst of worship. 

In three words describe your style of writing.

Three words? Goodness. Organized, chaotic, and organic. Ha. It sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but my thoughts are organized chaos. I know where I want to go with the story, but getting there is not always easy. 

How do you get to know your characters?

Before I start the story, I have an idea of the type of people they are. I get a mental image of what they look like, find a picture on the Internet to match, and move from there. I usually know their basic information—height, birthdate, age, etc—before the story begins. Then I learn more about them as the story unfolds.I’ve tried to fill out character interviews in the past, but they tend to lie to me on those, so I quit.

What themes do you write about?

Trust and forgiveness. I didn’t realize it until several books into my writing career (not all have been published) when I noticed each one touched on one or both of these since they almost always go hand-in-hand.

Does your faith affect your writing? How?

Most definitely. How could it not? I live my life to glorify God. I don’t always do a good job, but He knows my heart. This includes my writing. I rarely write salvation messages in my stories, but all of my characters will either find faith, renew their faith, or continue to have a strong faith in God at some point.

Do you put yourself in your books?

To a certain extent, yes. Again, how could I not? I know my personality best, so a part of me goes into a least one of my characters.

What are you working on right now?

I’m a busy writer at the moment. I’ve just sent Love’s Choice to my publisher, and, as I said before, hope it releases in the fall. In addition, Broken Freedom, the final novella in the Broken Holidays Series, will release mid-June. And I have another novella, not yet named, that I’m writing which will release mid-September.

More about Second Choice
Set to be married in less than a month, Princess Anaya Vallis’s intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God’s plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for.

Buy Second Choice on Amazon

Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer — in that order (mostly). When not homeschooling her youngest four, doing laundry or fixing dinner, she writes or reads romance of any genre, some sci-fi/fantasy, and some suspense. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and writes regularly for two blogs. In addition to all that, she loves animals, likes to do needlework (knitting, crocheting, and sometimes cross-stitch), and is a fan of Once Upon a Time and Dr. Who.

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Web site
Inspy Romance Blog
Facebook Author Page
Twitter @GingerS219
Amazon Author Page