The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog by Daphne Self

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. We have Daphne Self with us this morning. Daphne is talking about the writing process and her new book, The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog.

Daphne, tell us a little about yourself.

Daphne: I was formerly published under the name D.M. Webb and have 3 books under that name. When I remarried in 2012 after being a widow for seven years, I decided that I wanted to be published under my married name. Another little tidbit about me is that I lived the majority of my life in Mississippi, but in 2014, we moved to the eastern part of Iowa, right outside of Cedar Rapids. Will we stay here? Who knows. We go where God leads us. The one major change we have to deal with is the brutal winters!

What more can I say about me? I’m one of those introverts who cannot be put in a tidy box. I’m a sci-fi geek, but love romance. I’m a devout reader of thrillers, but need that cozy mystery for balance. I like British lit and classics, but abhor To Kill a Mockingbird. I play video games and have an extensive Monopoly collection. I can quilt, paint, and grow some plants, but I can’t knit or crotchet.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Daphne: What do I love most? Kind of a hard question to answer. I love writing. I enjoy the images that words can create, but I would have to say what I love most is taking that germ of an idea and creating a world with it.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Daphne: Quite a few! I have 3 unfinished novels. One unfinished novella and one unfinished nonfiction. Plus, I started the next children’s book. Unpublished? Two children’s stories have not found a home yet, but I haven’t been actively seeking one for them…not yet, at least.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Daphne:  Don’t give up. It may take a while, but everything comes to pass in God’s time. He alone knows when the best time is for you. So don’t give up hope and don’t stop writing.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Daphne: Listening to the rules and not listening to the rules. Believing that what another author says is etched in stone. The market changes and our writing will also change. Plus, our writing changes with each book we write. So listen to the market, but don’t pay attention to the market or it will affect your writing and make it boring. Listen to the “rules” and advice of others, but don’t treat them like a golden standard. Your voice is key to the story. Many authors allow their voice to be diluted. Listen to editors, but do your homework on those editors. Don’t isolate yourself. Find a community. There are many authors to connect with through social media. If you don’t have that support, you can’t succeed.

What does literary success look like to you?

Daphne: Having one smile on a reader’s face is success. Success isn’t defined by money or by hitting a bestseller’s list. Success is defined by bringing glory to Jesus through a story I have written.

Future projects or WIP you can talk about?

Daphne: I am working on the next The Adventures of Wilhelmina book titled: The Case of the Vanishing Teddy Bear. In this one, a new character will be introduced. There is also my next novel, Alabama Days, which is to be released either later this year or early next year. The date has yet to be determined. And it is my hope to have my nonfiction book released next September, which is National Pain Awareness Month. This nonfiction book, titled Journey On, will chronicle the daily ups and downs of being newly diagnosed with a chronic illness, in this case fibromyalgia. With this book I hope to bring awareness to how broad chronic pain can be and how it affects one’s life.

Thank you for joining us today, Daphne!


Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. A transplant from Mississippi who fell in love with the Midwest state, she spends her days writing, editing, hiking, antiquing, and planning adventures with her husband and sons.

Having always dreamed of being a writer she pursues this dream with only one goal in mind: to glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours books in many genres. As a long-time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she volunteers her time judging contests for unpublished and published authors. She also helps upcoming authors polish their manuscripts.


Beautiful Majesty has been dognapped!
Majesty, the firehouse dog, is missing.
Willie and Jax are on the case to discover who is the dognapping culprit. Could it be their neighbor, Mr. Applebee? Or maybe it is Ms. Thornton?
Join the Pintail Duo, Wilhelmina van der Coup and Jackson Barnaby, as they follow the clues to rescue Majesty in The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog.

A God-Wink Book

by Rose Allen McCauley

Have you ever heard the term Godwink? I had the privilege of taking a Christian cruise a few years ago with Squire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt. They used this phrase and wrote a whole series of books about the times God has winked at them and others by revealing something unexpected to them. I was reminded of this term a few weeks ago when Squire appeared on The Mike Huckabee Show. Also when Kathleen Gifford used the term over Christmas in one of the Hallmark shows we watched.

My latest book from Barbour came about through a Godwink God sent me through a library magazine. I read about real life canal boats and the hardships the workers went though while working on the Erie Canal. I thought it would make a great Christian fiction book about romances along the Erie Canal at its various locations. So, I contacted Rebecca Germany of Barbour, and she liked the ideal and suggested my agent Tamela Hancock Murray and I find some other authors to write it with me. And that is how The Erie Canal Brides Collection came about!

It was not only a Godwink, but a true blessing to me and the other six authors. We had so much fun working together and learning more than we ever knew about the building of the canal and the people it affected. Like in my story, I learned that the women of Zoar Ohio helped the men of the town build their section of the canal. Some of the women even ended up partially bald from carrying baskets of dirt on their heads! Ouch!

So, the next time you have a strange idea or encounter I hope you will stop and ask God what He might be trying to reveal to you. Then listen! You never know what He can make of it!

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The Erie Canal Brides Collection

The Erie Canal Brides Collection has seven romance stories that take you back to the building of the Erie Canal and the opening of the Midwest to greater development.

Completed in 1825, the Erie Canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, and soon other states like Ohio created canals linking Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Suddenly the Midwest was open to migration, the harvesting of resources, and even tourism. Join seven couples who live through the rise of the canals and the problems the waterways brought to each community, including land grabs, disease, tourists, racism, and competition. Can these couples hang on to their faith and develop love during times of intense change?



Who am I? A former city gal who married this farmer over 50 years ago. Last spring we celebrated our 50th anniversary on Maui after the dinner our family gave us with friends from middle school, high school, college and all throughout the years. I like to read and write stories set in small towns with quirky characters. And thank God and give Him all the glory for all that He has given us!

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Sara L. Foust

Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome author, Sara L. Foust, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Sara.

Who is your favorite author?

Sara: Zane Grey.

Great choice. He wrote so many good westerns. Next question…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Sara:  I love creating the stories I already write and including nature as an important element. I also love treasure hunts and mystery and puzzles.  So I try to combine those elements and create exciting, fast-paced books. That said, I guess I’m already writing what I would love to write about 🙂

Good for you! 🙂  Now for your last question.

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Sara: One of my all-time favorite stories is The Swiss Family Robinson. I would love to spend a day with their family, exploring their island and, especially, their tree houses. I do love tree houses!

That sounds like a wonderful day. Sara, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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Rarity Mountain

On the surface, SIMON FINCUFF and FERN STRONGBOW have nothing in common. Simon has served his sentence, but his past conviction still haunts him. Fern is a veterinarian and grew up on an off-the-grid homestead. The one thing they share? Each has a dark secret they would do almost anything to protect.

When their current careers are yanked away, they are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. A reality television show falls into their paths, offering a life-changing opportunity that tests their resolve and their faith.

These two unlikely partners must battle to survive for thirty days in the untouched wilderness of Rarity Mountain with only a handful of survival items and a director who is out for drama, no matter the cost. With their lives and their carefully guarded skeletons on the line, they will discover how far they are willing to go to win the million-dollar prize for Survival Tennessee.

Buy Link: Amazon



Sara L. Foust is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from the beauty of East Tennessee, where she lives with her five homeschooled children. To learn more about her, please visit www.saralfoust.com.

 

It Happened One Summer

Betty Thomason Owens

I love to write, but long before I started, I loved to read. Reading provided a pleasant escape from a sometimes not so pleasant life.

But all the experiences of my life prepared me for what lay ahead; telling stories. Some of my characters resemble me in character (intentional play on words).

Amy Emerson is one of those. When we first meet her, she’s a hard-headed young woman whose main desire is to be free. She chafes at discipline, hates being told what she can and can’t do. So, she plans an escape. She has the money, why not? (Let me interject here: Amy resembles me in all but the money part. That’s a dream of mine, but it never happened. Also, the dance scene. Dreamed of, but never happened.) 🙂

What Amy doesn’t know, and doesn’t count on: someone out to get dear, old Dad. Someone who’ll stop at nothing to bring him down. In her blind innocence, she plays right into the hands of my antagonist.

Just to make it interesting, I created a love interest. Amy despises him at first, and some of my readers weren’t too sure about him (until later). She resists, mainly because she suspects her dad approves of him. Whatever Dad approves must be avoided at all costs!

But Matthew Wordsworth is a patient man. His military background pays off in several ways as he navigates the troubled waters of Amy Emerson’s life.

Did I mention this all takes place one summer in the 1940s? That makes it truly fun.

Rebecca’s Legacy is the final book in the Legacy series. Each is set in subsequent decades. Amelia’s Legacy takes place in the 1920s. This book stars Amy’s mother, Nancy Sanderson, who becomes Nancy Emerson, as the book progresses. Carlotta’s Legacy takes place in the thirties, with Nancy’s best friend, Rebecca Lewis at the lead. And yes, she’s the Rebecca of Rebecca’s Legacy. These are historical novels with a good mix of romance and suspense.

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Rebecca’s Legacy

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress about the greatest legacy? Amy Juliana Emerson might be a cultured debutante, but she’s doing her best to follow her mom’s rebellious footsteps. Her desperate attempt to escape her father’s control, however, comes at the worst possible time. Robert Emerson has received a threat against his family in an attempt to take over his company, Sanderson Industries. To guarantee his willful daughter’s safety, he sends her to work on a produce farm run by her Aunt Rebecca. Maybe her quiet strength and unconditional love can work on Amy, keep her from becoming the prodigal daughter she seems insistent on being.

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to make sure his daughter stays in line. His only interest in the beautiful girl is purely part of his job. Purely. Amy considers him a fuddy-duddy which suits the situation perfectly, allowing him to stay close to her without concern for her losing her heart to him. And his own heart … well, his feelings didn’t matter. This was business.

Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home and away from Dad’s protection. Rebecca’s influence begins to change her feelings about everything, even about Matt, but Amy might find she’s playing into the hands of the enemy.


About Betty: Who am I? My friends say I’m creative, loyal, thoughtful and funny. I’m a storyteller. A word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. If I was an artist working with oils, I’d want to paint scenes so real, you’d think you were looking at a photograph. They’d include minute details that grab your attention and pull you into the picture. My characters could be your next-door neighbors. They’re open and friendly. They include you in their conversations. My themes include the grace of God, forgiveness, restoration, and redemption, but most of all, love. For years, my tagline has been: Love is the Legacy. That’s my desire, to leave a legacy of love.

www.bettythomasonowens.com

How it All Began

Harriet E. Michael

Many authors and writers will tell you that they have wanted to become a writer since childhood.

That is not my story.

For me, it all began with a crisis in the life of someone I love. My friend faced the challenge of her life and I found myself walking beside her, praying and wanting to understand prayer better.

As I pondered the topic of prayer, I happened to be reading in the book of Psalms in my personal devotions. I noticed something about prayer. The petitions the various psalmists make to God are almost always centered on God, rather then their needs. If you look for this trend you will find it there, and throughout the Bible.

If someone prays: “Help me because ___,” or “Answer my prayer because ___,” the reason stated usually has something to do with God rather than the psalmist. (Because of one of God’s traits, like His love, or faithfulness, by His power, or for His glory.)

An example of this would be asking God to heal someone because He is the Great Physician, full of loving-kindness, or because He is faithful and answers His people when they call on Him, rather than because of whatever issue you may be dealing with, or pain you may be suffering.

This discovery was a “Wow!” moment for me which prompted me to conduct my own personal Bible study, from Genesis to Revelation, looking at all the instances of prayer I could find. I kept a journal as I did this.

Four years later, I had a book written.

The manuscript was named a finalist in a national contest, “The Women of Faith” (2011). The manuscript won me a writing contract with Pix-N-Pens Publishing (PIP), the nonfiction arm of Write Integrity Press. Once the book was published, my friend Shirley Crowder wrote a study guide for it, which won her a contract with PIP as well.

IMG_0487 prayer book and study guide

Shirley is a lifelong friend of mine. She lived across a dirt road from me in Nigeria. Now, she’s a Biblical counselor and also leads Bible studies with women’s groups. When she read one of the first copies of my book, she whipped up the study guide for it, fully intended for use only in her own personal ministry. She sent it to me for my approval and I loved it, so forwarded it to my publisher, who also loved it. She contracted with Shirley to publish it.

After that, Shirley and I decided to do some co-writing. To date, we have a four-book series on prayer—Prayer It’s Not About You, Study Guide to Prayer: It’s Not About You, Glimpses of Prayer (a devotional), and Prayer Warrior Confessions (an anthology compiled and partially written by us). We are also under contract for a 5-book devotional series, only one of which is currently out—Glimpses of the Savior.

Harriet with Shirley Crowder, signing a writing contract!

… and it all started with adversity—a crisis, pain, anguish as I stood by a hurting loved-one. God is in the business of turning ashes to beauty. That is exactly what He did when He turned my friend Shirley and me into authors.

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Today, my loved one is doing well, and my book is blessing many. Since its publication in May 2016, several groups in various parts of the US have used this book and study guide for their Bible study. In fact, this month, a Sunday school class of around 30 people are just beginning a Bible study using it.

It can be used in a group setting or for individual study. Here is the link to my author page where you can purchase these books or any of the others that Shirley and I have collaborated on: Harriet’s author page.