March Madness Will Soon Be Over

created by Betty Thomason OwensCollege Basketball season is nearing its end. Yes, March Madness is in the round called Sweet Sixteen and on April 8th, they’ll crown the NCAA Men’s Basketball champion.

But you’ve already met all the winners on Inspired Prompt: our bloggers and their books. In case you missed a Monday or Friday in March, here’s a reminder:

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the Inspired Prompt crew and their books. I know we’ve had fun sharing.

There’s still time to win one of their books! Comment on their posts for a chance to win the book (or other prize) being offered. March Madness winners will be announced by mid-April.

March Madness. Fun, fabulous, and unpredictable. Join us in March 2020 for more…

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Why Delilah?

By Fay Lamb

When Delilah came on the scene as the ruthless antagonist for Charisse in the first book of the series, a reader wrote to me before finishing the story and said, “I hope Delilah gets hers.” I replied that she definitely did, but it would not be in the way that she thought.” Since the release of Charisse, I heard from many readers who fell in love with Delilah, this delightfully fiendish character who changed in some ways from story to story but never truly lost her brash personality that made her who she is.

I never meant to give Dee her own story, but like many of the characters I write, I find that those that I consider truly secondary are the ones that seem to capture the imagination of the readers. I have a character in a little-known book that I wrote in 1999 that my readers still ask me about today, and characters in a writing tutorial that I used as examples have an adoring audience. The same was true of Delilah. When I sent the synopses in for Charisse, Libby, and Hope, the stories which at that time, encompassed the series, the publisher indicated I could have the contract on one condition: if Delilah got a story of her own. Who was I to argue?

As I completed the other two novels in the series and five other novels in different series for the same publisher, I worked on Delilah in my mind. She wouldn’t let me alone, and she never ceased to amaze me with her story. When she told me her background, I laughed aloud. When she learned her connection to one of the other gals in the series, I cried and I rejoiced with her. Delilah truly had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I couldn’t wait to sit down and tell her unique tale set against the backdrop of Central Florida’s homelessness and our wonderful natural resources. It is truly my hope that you’ll come along for the ride.

Find Delilah here.

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Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom. She is not only a fifth-generation Floridian, she has lived her life in Titusville, where her grandmother was born in 1899.

Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ hearts. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction.

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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.

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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Sara is offering winner’s choice of a Kindle or print book of Rarity Mountain (US addresses only on print) to one blessed winner. Comment below to enter and good luck!


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.

 

Writing Prompts and Novels

By Jennifer Hallmark

In May 2012, three ladies, Betty Thomason Owens, Christina Rich, and myself,  joined together to start a blog.

This one.

Over almost seven years, the blog has evolved and changed for the better. But we’ve always kept one aspect the same: writing prompts. I believe for many writers, prompts can lead to a great story.

My debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, began life as a short story written from three prompts:

  • Faded coveralls
  • Dusty baseball cap
  • Wedding dress designer

I wrote the original short story on November 13, 2008 and it contained only 756 words. When I shared it with others, it evoked strong emotion. Friends wanted to know what happened next. So I turned it first into a novella, then a novel. Eva Marie Everson, the acquisitions and managing editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, showed interest at a writer’s conference. I sold Firefly the book in October of 2017 and on June 15th, Jessie’s Hope will release.

All from three writing prompts.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?

I love all my characters and the story. I hope you will too. Since I can’t give away a copy of the book during March Madness, I’ll offer a $10 Amazon gift card to one person who leaves a comment. Then, if you’d like, you can purchase some of the books my fellow bloggers are offering this month. 🙂

Click to tweet: Make sure to check out the Inspired Prompt every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in March and win some great books and other prizes. #MarchMadness #giveaway

And on June 15th, take a moment to shop online for my book. I’ll share the links as soon as I receive them.

Thank you from the Inspired Prompt crew for all your encouragement and support!


Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and fantasy, an interesting combination that keep the creative juices flowing. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations.

When she isn’t babysitting her six grandkids or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. Or even watching American Ninja Warrior.