3 Questions Wednesday with Sandra Ardoin

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

sandra ardoin_headshot1This week’s guest is an award-winning historical romance author Sandra Ardoin, Welcome to the Inspired Prompt blog, Sandra.

First question—Who is your favorite author?

Sandra: Like so many other favorites in life, my “always-read” authors change from time to time. In fact, I’ve had numerous favorites over the years. At this moment, though, I’d say it’s Elizabeth Camden. I’ve read ALL of her books. I really enjoy how she incorporates interesting professions, particularly for women, and provides so much historical information about those professions within an intriguing story.

Nice choice.  Now, second question

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

Sandra: While I write historical romance (with a bit of mystery/suspense/adventure) and love it, I’d like to try my hand at a contemporary romantic suspense. It’s a genre I enjoy reading. In fact, I enjoy any story with mystery or suspense. Actually, I have started one, but the historical romance continues to call me back. I believe in God’s timing and leading, so…clock-3179167__340

Timing is everything 😉 That brings us to question number three—

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?

Sandra:  I’d pal around with Hallie Russell Preston, the heroine in my new novella A Love Most Worthy. She loves adventure. I think we’d borrow Bill Zeller’s rocker to find gold nuggets on the beach at Nome, Alaska. Bill and his wife are friends of Hallie’s with a tent on the beach where they live as they search for their fortune in gold. We might drag along Amelia Peabody, the archeologist from Elizabeth Peters’ books. Um… Come to think of it, she’d probably drag us along!

Sounds like an adventurous day! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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A Love Most Worthy

almw - ardoinShe didn’t know which was colder,

           an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart.

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners.

Tragedy led Rance Preston to repent of his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve.

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?


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Sandra Ardoin

As an author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Carol McClain

87489044f054Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome back author Carol McClain to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Carol.

Who is your favorite author?

Carol:  We have so many great authors to choose from. For years, I loved Annie Dillard. Her way with words and her thought process and sass always keep me thinking. I’ve reread Pilgrim at Tinker Creek too many times to count. With each reading, I uncover more wonder.

Dillard’s always my first thought when it comes to authors. Recently, though, in the realm of fiction, I’ve fallen in love with Lisa Wingate and Susan Meissner. Both authors think differently than most CBA authors. They don’t seem to lean to the obvious. Never am I afraid to pick up one of their books—so much so, that I don’t put a lot of thought into it. If I find a secondhand book or on a bookstore shelf, I nab it.

Great choices 🙂

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

Carol:  Currently, I’m obsessed with goats. I love their personalities. We live on two acres in the country, and if my husband was willing to help me, (or willing to own them), I’d have goats. I, at one time, owned a Nubian named Heidi. Such a sweet animal.

Since goats are not on my horizon, my new protagonist owns eight of them. She creates soap and yogurt from their milk. I’m learning soap making (I already know how to milk) and having a ball living through Meredith’s world. Her mother shears Meredith’s angora goats (she owns angora and Nubian), and creates fabric from it.

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Goats are so funny to watch! They do have the best personalities.

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? 

Carol:  Although Adam allowed the past to poison his true nature, I love Adam’s vocation. He’s a paramedic. When researching his occupation, I got to attend training sessions with the local EMTs. My critique partner, Randy Cook, was a paramedic at one time. I love the idea of saving people’s lives. I’m obsessed with medical shows (and weirdly—I love the autopsy scenes the most). Adam has a heart for the hurting, when he discovers his nemesis needs help, despite his disdain, he finds a solution to her problem. His love, his skill and his compassion make me want to be like him.

 He sounds like a wonderful character. We’re so glad you dropped by, Carol.

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Yesterday’s Poison

After her boyfriend betrays her, Torie Sullivan careens into a ditch in a drunken fury. Paramedic Adam Benedict rescues the unconscious woman, then realizes she’s one of the middle school bullies who tormented him twelve years ago. The encounter rips open scars he thought had healed.

While kayaking one morning, Adam discovers Torie bathing in the frigid waters of Hookskill Preserve. He then learns she’s living in a lean-to in the forested preserve. Despite his hatred for her, Adam’s innate compassion won’t allow him to leave Torie in the wilds of Albany County. He offers her a secure, private room in his minuscule cabin.

When tragedy strikes Adam’s family, his girlfriend Maya Vitale gives Torie a room in her apartment. Torie envies Maya’s idyllic life, unaware she, too, hides a dark and shameful past.

Each character drinks yesterday’s poison. Their friendships intertwine their lives and expose their toxic pasts. They must learn to forgive the unpardonable.


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Author Carol McClain is an eclectic artist and author of three books. Her interests vary as much at the Tennessee weather—running, bassoons, jazz, stained glass and, of course, writing. She’s a transplant from New York who now lives in the hills of East Tennessee with her husband and overactive Springer spaniel.

She is the president of ACFW Knoxville and the secretary of the Authors’ Guild of Tennessee. Currently, she serves as course coordinator for the ACFW loop.

In her “free time” she teaches life skills in the local jail and supervises student teachers for WGU.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Clarice G. James

headshot high resolutionHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Clarice G. James. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Clarice: Although selecting favorites isn’t easy, I choose Leif Enger and Cynthia Ruchti. Leif’s novel, Peace Like a River is rich and full, and kept me emotionally engaged in the story for months after I finished it. Since I write contemporary women’s fiction, I admire Cynthia’s skill in that genre, especially her ability to create believable characters who overcome in real-life situations.

Sounds like a great read. I am adding it to my book list. 🙂 

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

book-1209805__340Clarice: A woman who struggles with fad diet after fad diet her whole life, then finds the help she needs in Scripture alone. Of course, that woman would be me. [smile]

Lol! I think that book would strike a familiar chord with a large audience. Now about one of your characters…

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?

Clarice:  I’d love to spend more time with Seymour Kaufman, one of the characters in my novel, Manhattan Grace, because of his big faith and unique way of overcoming life’s hardships and disappointments. We’d spend the day walking around Lincoln Center in New York City, while I listened to his stories and learned from his experiences.

He sounds like an interesting and wise character. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Giveaway: Clarice is pleased to give away a copy of either of her books: Double Header, Party of One, or Manhattan Grace.

Manhattan Grace

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When a door opens for Gracie Camden to leave Cape Cod and move to Manhattan as a nanny for a Juilliard drama instructor, she fully expects God to use her acting talent and launch her to stardom. It’s been six months. What’s taking him so long?

Seymour Kaufman relocates to New York City from Iowa due to a shortage of mohels (circumcisers) in the tri-state Messianic congregations. Secretly, he hopes to explore a deeper relationship with Metropolitan Opera star and fellow Moldovan, Polina Zelenka. But he is conflicted when he meets her less complicated, widowed cousin, Simka.

Meanwhile, fresh from Palm Beach, the Chief plans to cap off his short yet lucrative career as an international jewel thief with a multi-million dollar heist during the Met’s gala in Polina’s honor. His usual modus operandi is to work alone—but this time is different.

While Seymour celebrates every closed door by believing God will open a better one, Gracie whines and wonders why God doesn’t bless her plans. Gracie finally learns it’s not about making it big in the Big Apple, it’s about living God’s perfect plan for your life.


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Clarice G. James writes smart, fun, relatable contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not writing, Clarice is reading, encouraging fellow writers, or organizing author events. Eight years after Clarice was widowed, she was blessed to remarry (Ralph) David James. She and her husband live in Southern New Hampshire. They both enjoy the writing process and host a monthly critique group in their home. Together, they have five married children and ten grandchildren. Between children, grandchildren, and extended family, they have relatives in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Virginia. So, you know what their “vacations” are like. Here are five additional and fascinating (or not) facts about Clarice:

  1. As a little girl, she helped her mother clean by soaking all the family’s toothbrushes in Lestoil.
  2. She loves time alone with her grandchildren, so they can play make-believe without their parents spoiling it.
  3. She and her husband don’t keep score in Scrabble. They’re just happy they can spell.
  4. If she ever invites you on a road trip, say no. She once got lost in a beach parking lot.
  5. She’s a Christian who wishes all the wacky Christians of the world would stay away from those she’s praying for. She says, “You’re not helping.”

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3 Questions Wednesday with Alexis A. Goring

Welcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and welcome Alexis A. GoringAlexis loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ. Lets get started!

First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Alexis:  Ooh, that’s a hard question because I have many favorite authors! But if I had to choose just one for now, I’d say Becky Wade. I love her Porter Family book series.

Sounds good. I haven’t read this series. Yet. Now here’s a fun question—

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

Alexis: I’d love to write a (nonfiction) biography about Kamala Harris. She’s an American attorney and politician who is currently serving as a senator of California. Kamala is awesome! I’d love to work with her on writing an authentic, detailed biography that’s just as inspirational as her personality, career, and life story!

Intriguing to say the least. 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?

Alexis:   If I could spend time with a character from my book, it would be Michelle from Love in Pictures! I’d love to join her as a second shooter of one of her weddings where she is the main photographer! I’d like to learn the ropes of wedding photography from Michelle and find out by serving as her second shooter, if this would be a good fit for me as a side career (writing is first).

Photography would be a great side career.  Thanks, Alexis, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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Love in Pictures

Wedding photographer Michelle Hadley has a passion for diversity and believes that love comes in all colors. So, she’s working hard to convince editors to feature her clients’ images on the covers of the mainstream bridal and wedding magazines.

Despite having a career that focuses on celebrating forever love, Michelle has never actually been in a romantic relationship, and she’s not looking for love, until she meets the one man she cannot forget. 

Since his fiancée broke his heart, Logan Emerson’s focus has been on his career. He’s won awards for his work as a print journalist and dreams of greater success on television as a broadcast journalist. But his personal struggle presents many challenges that might prevent his dreams from coming true.

Michelle doesn’t date often, and since his heartbreak, Logan has shied away from the dating scene. But something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.

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 Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
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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.

Cindy loves to connect with friends at her online home. She also hangs out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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