3 Questions Wednesday with Nadine C. Keels

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, author Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Nadine: Life, literature, and visual and performing arts inspire me constantly. The human experience is a fascinating story all by itself, and when it’s expressed through writing, acting, music, and dance, it becomes all the more amazing. Life influences art, and art influences life.

Life influences art and likewise. I like that! 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Nadine: Garnet red! Not too dark, but a deep red that symbolizes passion and a depth of flavor. I’m quite a passionate soul, and I try to get as much as possible out of an experience. Like, don’t expect me to just nibble at a meal and leave chunks of food behind on the plate. I’m going to eat it all, use my last bit of cheesy bread to soak up the rest of the pasta sauce, and afterward, I’m still going to be thinking about the meal and what I got out of it. And, hey, that meal just might influence the next scene I weave into a book.

Food and meal times make great settings for any novel. And I love red also.  Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Nadine: When I was a child, I thought for a while that I wanted to be a singer. I think I’ve always had a decent voice, but it was probably the thought of glamor and accolades I was more interested in than the actual singing part. Around the age of eleven or so was when I took a look at all the library books I kept checking out and all the pages full of original tales I’d penned, and I caught a clue: I was much more in love with stories than with vocals. And I still am to this day—though I’ve no aversion to enjoying the vocals of folks who’ve really got glorious pipes.

Me either. Thanks so much for stopping in! 

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Readers, would you like to win a PDF copy of Nadine’s book, Yella’s Prayers? If so, leave a comment below and you will be entered.


Yella’s Prayers

She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. “God? Was that You?”

A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.


Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

Author Website: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Nadine-C.-Keels/e/B004GBK6QM

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nadinekeels

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/nadine_keels

3 Questions Wednesday with Robin E. Mason

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today’s interview is with former Crew Member, Robin E. Mason.

Hi, Robin! It’s great to hear from you 🙂

Question: What inspires you?

Robin: Morning coffee. LOL Truly though, what doesn’t inspire me? Holy Spirit is my Muse, and I can find inspiration anytime, anywhere. He’s funny like that, whispers at random times, random moments.

 I guess many people would say coffee. 🙂

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Robin: Amethyst Rose. Amethyst is my birthstone and royal purple is my favorite color. My grandfather bought an amethyst ring in 1919 (!) and it’s now mine. It is a) an unusual setting, and b) a rare pink amethyst. It is my most cherished possession.

Wow. Sounds like a beautiful heirloom. 

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Robin: Which year? I remember wanting to be an actress early on. I’ve done some acting and love it! I wanted to be an Interior Designer—and have earned my degree in that. But the stories have always been chattering in my head, I just didn’t know they were trying to get out in book form! LOL

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Thank you so much  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Since The Long Shadows of Summer hasn’t released yet, Robin is offering one of her other books for a giveaway, winners choice. So leave a comment for your chance to win…


 The Long Shadows of Summer

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.


Robin E. Mason

I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

I have three novels published, the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I am currently working on The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Book Two in my new series, Seasons. It releases in November, following The Long Shadows of Summer, which releases in August. Books 3 and 4 in the series will be out in 2018.

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Summer and Winners

Summer is almost over for students everywhere. As another school year rolls around, we hope to lighten the mood by making some of our loyal audience aware of their winnings. Congratulations!

Elle E. Kay has offered a chance for someone to own a copy of Stella (print or Kindle version) . Congrats to Caryl Kane  for winning. Hooray!

Michelle Griep is giving Out of the Frying Pan, a book she wrote with Kelly Klepfer. [Winner’s choice! Paperback, or e-book]  to Marsha Wilder . Woo hoo!

Sarah’s Smile by Dawn Kinzer has been won by Karen Sargent . Yay!

Wow. Winning and reading. What a great way to enjoy the new school year.

3 Questions Wednesday with Kim Kintner

Happy Wednesday!  Kim Kintner is adopted by God, wife to one amazing man, mom to seven blessings, an author, speaker and lover of coffee.  Serving in ministry as a Christian camp counselor, children and youth minister and at a college campus ministry over the years grew her passion for the lost, weary and hurting.  Her greatest desire is to extend God’s love and compassion to the brokenhearted.

First Question:

What inspires you?

Kim:  Jesus Christ and the hope of Heaven.

That says it all. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Kim:   Rainbow swirl because my five-year-old would absolutely love to color with a rainbow swirl crayon!

What a fun color! Last question:

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kim: I wanted to be a catcher for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Team.

Very high aspirations! Thanks so much for dropping by, Kim.


Kim’s books

The Stained Glass Family
A Story of Brokenness to Beauty

Do you have a relationship in need of healing? Are your current circumstances overwhelming your contentment in life? Do you desire an improved interpretation of who you are?

In The Stained Glass Family, Kim Kintner will take you on a journey to cultivate healing in your relationship with your Heavenly Father so that you may love yourself and others in a healthier manner. Through healing the void in your life that broken humans cannot fill, your life can transform from brokenness to beauty.

I Love You All the Time, Each and Every Day

I Love You All the Time is a timeless tale of Little Mouse and her Mama sharing God’s unconditional love through everyday feelings.  As children discover emotions, the repetitive, heart-warming affirmation will bond children and adults together.
“I love you through the happy.  I love you through the sad.  I love you through the scared.  I love you through the mad.   I love you through the sleepy.  I love you through the play.  I love you ALL the time, each and every day.”

Enough: Healing Our Identity Crisis (to be released in 2017)

A six-week Bible study on Galatians
 

We never feel we are enough.  Not smart enough.  Not fast enough.  Not old enough.  Not young enough.  Not Christian enough.

The Galatian Church struggled with accepting their grace-given identity in Jesus Christ, just as we do today.  Join Kim Kintner in this study of Paul’s pleading with the people to find their ‘enough’ through the radical Gospel message of grace.

Kim Kintner is adopted by God, wife to one amazing man, mom to seven blessings, an author, speaker and lover of coffee.  Serving in ministry as a Christian camp counselor, children and youth minister and at a college campus ministry over the years grew her passion for the lost, weary and hurting.  Her greatest desire is to extend God’s love and compassion to the brokenhearted.

Her time learning and serving in the campus ministry also introduced her to stateside and overseas humanitarian work where her heart developed a longing to provide aid in orphan care, adoption and foster care.  Kim and her husband adopted all seven of their children through international and stateside adoptions which led Kim to found Hope for Love Ministries to help foster and adoptive children and families.  Kim also writes for Live in the Round: Inspiring Women with the Gospel.  Her first book is, “The Stained Glass Family: A Story of Brokenness to Beauty”.  Her second book (which is a children’s book) is, “I Love You All the Time, Each and Every Day”!  Her third book, “Enough: Healing Our Identity Crisis” a six-week Bible study on Galatians will be released within the next year.

Indie Publishing: Here to Stay

By Jennifer Hallmark

Wow. We’ve had so many good posts this month concerning Indie publishing that I dislike seeing it come to an end.  In case you missed any, here’s a quick review…

Betty Thomason Owens started our month on July 3rd by discussing her own road to Indie publication with her fantasy novels: A Month of Indie Publishing.

On July 7th and July 11th, Susan Neal shared not only how she Indie published her book but how she took it to a number one Amazon ranking: Make Your Dream Come True and Self Publish Your Book, and How to Obtain an Amazon Best-Selling Ranking.

July 10th rolled around and Gail Johnson pointed us to some good ideas while Trekking the Indie Route.

On July 14th, Tammy trail asked an important question, “Is There Room for Indie Publishing?

Harriet Michael “Declared Her Independence” on July 17th with her Indie publishing journey.

On July 21st, I interviewed Hallee Bridgeman, an “Indie Author Extraordinaire”, who shared how she sold over half a million books.

Sherrie Giddens wrote a guest post titled “Take the Steps to Self-Publish Your Books” on July 24th of how she Indie published her books.

And Betty Boyd ended our month with an interview with blogger, author, and life coach Nancy Colasurdo and her Indie published memoir.

As you read each of these articles, I believe you’ll understand why Indie publishing is here to stay. The reasons behind the decision may vary but each person seemed happy with the results.

Next month, we’re taking a totally different road and discussing favorite books of the Bible. Don’t miss it!

Click to tweet: Indie publishing is here to stay. #IndiePub #amwriting

Writing Prompt: Bob stood facing Lil, hands on his hips. “Why would anyone want to read your memoir? And who’ll publish it?”

Lil snorted. “Haven’t you ever heard the word Indie?”