3 Questions Wednesday with Cynthia Herron

CH-7888 copyHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Cynthia Herron. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Cynthia:  Oh, my goodness! Such a hard question. While I have many, many favorite books and authors, I’d have to say two of my favorite authors are Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Their themes and stories resonate with me. I love the smooth flow of their writing style. I also connect with the small-town aspect and the characters who live in those towns. While each author’s voice is unique, the overriding message in both authors’ work is love and perseverance. Also, the spiritual thread is subtle, not preachy. At the end of their stories, I’m uplifted rather than depressed.

Of course, too, Francine Rivers’ books have always challenged me and expanded my thinking. While she writes in a different vein, she forces me beyond my comfort zone, and I admire that in an author.

Good choices.  Next question…

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

Cynthia:  One day I’d love to incorporate more diversity in my work. I hope to introduce characters and issues that the inspirational fiction market has yet to embrace. While we’re seeing some progress in this area, there’s still room for expansion.

I’d love to write about average, everyday “mom and pop” characters adjusting to twenty-first century realities—in other words, those themes deemed too “racy” to address, yet realities that exist within today’s “church.”

Handled with Christlike compassion within a spiritual framework, I believe these stories would resonate with readers.

In fact, I think these stories would be groundbreaking.

What a great idea! 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?

Cynthia:  Ida Mae Hoscutt, a beloved character from Her Hope Discovered, book one in my Welcome to Ruby series, is the colorful, down-home friend I’d love to have in real life. Full of wit and witticisms (kind of like me), Ida Mae is the owner of the Come and Get It, a small-town diner in fictional Ruby, Missouri. She’s charming and down-to-earth with a big heart and an even bigger attitude.

If I were to spend the day with Ida Mae, I suppose we’d kick off the morning with the diner special and a strong, black cup of coffee. We’d gab for a good hour or two, and then maybe we’d venture across town to her little abode where we’d have a chick-flick marathon, munch popcorn and slug back some hot apple cider.

At some point, I’m quite certain we’d bake a cherry pie and indulge in a slice still warm from the oven. Maybe later we’d expend some calories and take a hike along the Ozark foothills. It would be the perfect day—sunny and warm, filled with giggles, hugs, and memory-making, Paradise.cherry-pie-1241372_1280

Sounds like a wonderful day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Her Hope Discovered

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Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.
Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course?

Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.


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Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a three-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink. 

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA. 

She is a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her short story Words from the Heart appears in The Story Anthology (Karen Kingsbury/Family Fiction) via Salem Publications, 2014. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

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What Genre Is This Book, Anyway?

By Nike N. Chillemi

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All you have to do is look at the cover and it’s plain to see that BLOOD SPEAKS is a Christmas mystery. The title screams mystery novel and there’s a Christmas wreath on a Christmas red cover. Well, that still begs the question, is it a Christmas novel or a mystery novel?

This conundrum has been cleared up somewhat by calling these types of novels Mixed-Genre, or Cross-Genre, or Blended-Genre. 

The old adage was that genre fiction had to fit neatly into an easily recognizable single category: romance, mystery, historical, science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc. Today, the lines are fading and elements of one genre are blending into one another.

In the past brick-and-mortar world, staying within a specific genre was necessary because the bookstore needed to know on what shelf to place the novel. And shelves were labeled by genre. Pretty much, they still are. However, today a novel can be listed in one blog’s mystery favorites and another’s paranormal favs. books-2596809_1280

So, what genre is BLOOD SPEAKS? First of all, it’s Christian fiction. It took the first two novels in the series for Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels to become comfortable in her relationship with the Lord. Now that she is, BLOOD SPEAKS opens with Ronnie and her BFFs on a bridal shopping trip to that one special bridal shop in the snow-covered Maryland mountains. Ronnie and Taylor County, Texas sheriff’s deputy, Lt. Dawson Hughes, have a wedding date set.

Then, that begs the question with all this bridal shopping going on, is this a mystery or a romantic suspense? Ronnie is a private detective and Dawson is a sworn detective. So, is this a detective novel? I tend to think of the series as three detective stories, but that’s a mystery sub-genre. I also think the series has a strong love story element. Not only are Ronnie and Dawson falling in love, but Ronnie’s best friend and Christian mentor, Bertha, has fallen in love with a Gabby Hayes look-alike. Bertha is the sweetest fifty-plus, plus-size Christian lady. Many fans of the series instantly fall in love with her.

Then again, since this novel is set in a quaint holiday decorated village in December, is it a Christmas story? Well, the answer is BLOOD SPEAKS falls squarely into the mystery category. The story is driven by the need the heroine and hero have to find the killer. It also fits neatly into the detective story sub-genre and it has strong romance elements. Then it veers outside of the box with a strong secondary character who is a lovely plus-size widow who falls into her own fifty-plus love story. And, yes, it is also a Christmas mystery.

I guess we have to say BLOOD SPEAKS is mixed, crossed, and blended.

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Writing prompt:  This time there would be no witnesses.


Moi 2017 Ponte Vedre LibraryNike N. Chillemi writes contemporary detective and/or suspense novels with a touch of wry humor, and there’s often a national security twist to them. She likes her bad guys really bad, her good guys smarter and better, and a touch of the comedic. Her newest endeavor is COURTING DANGER.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes series HARMRUL INTENT won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Ginger Solomon

Ginger 6 - brightened smallIt is my sincere pleasure to welcome author, blogger, and mother of 7, Ginger Solomon to 3 Questions Wednesday. Let’s get started!  First question–

 Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ginger:  Introvert, Mother, Writer

As a mother of 7 children, I would bet you have lots of patience also! Next question–

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Ginger:  Scotland, hands down. I would love to spend the time researching and visiting the castles. 😊 I’ve done my ancestry, and I’m not in any way Scottish (I am mostly Irish and English), but I have had a love for that country for a long time. I love their accents. I love castles. I have to say, though, that I will not be trying haggis. LOL

haggis-3094697__340Haggis is a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep’s or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach.

I had to look that up…ewwww!!  Now–

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Ginger:  It’s a newer song, but I’ve related to “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.

I have often felt like I’m not enough, that I will never measure up to other’s expectations. But one line keeps running through my head. It says, “The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me, in You I find my worth, in You I find my identity.”

I have to remember, daily, WHOSE I am. As another song says, “I am a child of God.” He is my father. He loves me. And even when I fail, He is there to pick me up, wipe away the grime, fix my boo-boos, and encourage me to try again. And again. And again.

Those are lovely songs with such beautiful messages.

Thanks, Ginger, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions and help your readers get to know you better.

Readers, Ginger will be giving away The Heart of Christmas collection to one commenter. So, leave her a comment, or ask her a question, and your name will go into the drawing for the book.

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The Heart of Christmas: A Romantic Christmas Novella Collection

Announcing five new stories filled with faith, hope, forgiveness, and of course happily-ever-afters. Each story focuses on an element of the Nativity, from the angels to the wise men. Be swept up in the love of the season and the promise of forever that the Christ child, the true Heart of Christmas, brings.

On Angels’ Wings by Ginger Solomon
Bakery owner, Jenna Wing prepares to spend Thanksgiving alone—her first without her family. When her former neighbor, Thomas Hayes, invites her to dinner, she finds that she can’t say no. Their previous friendship turns to something more, but Thomas’s family issues threatens their new-found relationship.

No Room in His Heart by Bonita McCoy
What happens when Evie’s car breaks down on the highway and her only hope is the handsome, sure of himself inn owner who can’t find his phone and lives off pizza?
A sweet Christmas romance … with lots of zing that will have you laughing.

Born for You by Leah Fornier
Ryder has never set foot in a church. But when his best friend, Kenna, begs him to direct a church Christmas play, he can’t refuse. As he and Kenna work through a series of mishaps, Ryder finds himself drawn to the One born for him. And also to Kenna.

Finding Wisdom in Noel by Janie Winsell
Travel photographer Billie accepts an assignment in Noel, Montana, to escape her ex-fiance’s wedding. Aiden takes custody of his nephew Kris and embarks on a journey of parenthood. When a luggage mishap brings Billie and Aiden together, they must find healing and wisdom in order for their love to flourish.

Season of Forgiveness by Darcy Fornier
Ruby Larson adopted Ivy Carlyle as her granddaughter when Ivy helped her arrange her funeral. When Ruby’s estranged grandson, Denver Reese, appears, Ivy is reluctant to share Ruby’s attention. As the two plan Ruby’s Christmas, unexpected attraction draws them closer. But Ivy’s painful past challenges their friendship.

Introductory poems by Betty Boyd


Ginger 6 - brightened smallGinger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Donna Schlachter

aaaSchlachter DSCF1330_DonnaHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes  author and story teller, Donna Schlachter. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Donna: Analytical. Justice-oriented. Child of the Living God.

A mind for details makes a great writer.  Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Donna: England. For the history. And it needs to be at least a month long. Maybe two. No, six. Six months in England, to tour old castles, ghost towns, and cemeteries. Yes, cemeteries. I love dreaming up stories to go along with inscriptions such as “Mother of 10”, “Love of my life”, and “Infant daughter of J.C. and E.M. Clements”.

What a interesting answer! Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Donna:  I had no idea, so I went online and did a crazy quiz. Answered 7 seemingly unrelated questions, and presto! The answer: Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams. Apparently, I wish it were still the good, old days. They say I’m not much for change, which is true. As for the rest of their conclusions, don’t know that I agree, but then again, they came up with the theme song when I couldn’t. If you want to try the quiz, here’s the link: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=What-song-tells-story-your-life-1

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

You wish it were still the good old days.  You are not much one for change, because it never seems to work out for you.  You love to look back and reminiscence on all the great times you have had.  Your friends are faithful and pals you have had for most of your life.  You have their backs, and they have yours.  Life is pretty much the way you like it, so you see no reason to change it.  Things are just better when you let everything unfold the way it should.  Who knew the story of your life would be the worst export Canada ever sent to the USA?

Change is a struggle for me too… why mess with a good thing?!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

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What would be the theme song of YOUR life? Feel free to use the quiz mentioned above, or choose your favorite song. Leave a comment and enter to win a random drawing for a free print copy (US Only) of MissAdventure Brides Collection.


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The MissAdventure Brides Collection

These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.

About Detours of the Heart: A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?


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Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Judythe Morgan

2018 croppedHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Judythe Morgan. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Judythe:  Eclectic: Years ago, one of my husband’s business associates told him he had quite an eclectic wife. I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or insulted. I looked it up and decided  I am indeed eclectic. I like to select what seems best to me from various styles, doctrines, ideas, and methods.
Resourceful: My resourcefulness stems from being eclectic. I have a wealth of knowledge floating around in my head that helps me deal with new situations or difficulties.
Imaginative: A creative imagination is the mainstay of most authors. Mine sometimes works overtime.

Yes, wonderful qualities for a writer 🙂 Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Judythe:  My first thought was to return to Ireland and drink in the raw beauty, relish the culture, and visit friends I’ve made on previous visits. I always recharge my imagination there. Then I gave a second thought and Scotland came to mind. I’ve traveled in Scotland too, and I’d love to wander beyond the typical tourist places. Maybe add a Scottish bur to my Irish brogue. Of course, wherever I went I’d love the adventure and feed my writer’s imagination.

I would imagine Scotland and Ireland are both breathtaking around the holidays! Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Judythe: This was the hardest question for me, even though I live in a very musical family. We have oboists, pianists, singers, composers, and hummers. We have piano teachers and music teachers. We know a gazillion songs. Still, this question was tough for me.  I asked for suggestions. And, what fun that was collecting the different ideas. Interestingly, many of the suggested songs involved travel. I have moved around and traveled a lot. There were also many hymns and Christian songs suggested. My faith does guide my life. After much reflection, I narrowed my choices to two.  One reflects how my life has played out – The Happy Wanderer. I’ve loved all the places I’ve lived, the people I’ve met, and the lifelong friends I discovered along the way.  The other, I consider the underpinning of life – His Eye is On the Sparrow. I do know who’s in control of my life and I’m so thankful He watches over me.

What great song selections. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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When Love Blooms, Book 1 of the Fitzpatrick Family series

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After a hit-and-run accident leaves her mother confined to a special care facility, Darcy Clark abandons her dream of an art career to focus on the family’s struggling landscape business.

At-risk students from her old high school become the labor force on a city park project, and their teacher, Andy Fitzpatrick shows up to supervise his students. The chemistry between Darcy and Andy is instant.

But will a secret link between Andy and her mother’s accident kill the attraction before love can bloom?


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Award-winning author Judythe Morgan was an Air Force daughter then an Army wife and a one time-Department of Army Civilian employee. She’s also a mother/grandmother, antiques dealer, teacher, former mayor’s wife, and sometimes-church pianist.

Her diverse experiences have made her life full, her stories authentic, and her characters vivid. She creates her stories from a Christian worldview and there’s always an emotionally satisfying ending. 

With her husband, a preacher’s kid, and her son, a preacher, she has a wealth of material for her Fitzpatrick Family series about eight preacher kids and their sweet romance stories. When Love Blooms is Andy’s story and first of the series.

Judythe is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her fiction has earned numerous writing awards.

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