3 Questions Wednesday with JPC Allen

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author, JPC Allen! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

JPC: That depends on which of my favorites genres I want to read. If I’m in the mood for humor, I pick up books by P.G. Wodehouse and Patrick F. McManus. If I want a mystery, I’m overwhelmed by great authors, but some I’ve come to rely on to always deliver a rewarding story are Rex Stout, Melville Davisson Post, and G.K. Chesterton.

You are right. Reading a mix of genres is a lot of fun!  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

JPC: Well, getting to write a Christmas mystery for an anthology last holiday season was a dream come true. I don’t know why Christmas and mysteries work so well together. Some of my favorites whodunits are set during Christmas, so to be able to write one with a theme of mercy and forgiveness was a fantastic opportunity.

Another dream of mine is write a great adventure set in the present. I think a lot of people believe that with advances in technology, we can’t set out into the unknown and test ourselves. Most new action movies or books are science fiction or fantasy. I want to write a story to prove adventures are still possible today.

I like your perspective, there are still many adventures to be had.  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?

JPC: This depends on whether I’m working or on vacation. If I’m working, I’d like to hang out with the teen detective Rae Riley from my Christmas mystery, “A Rose from the Ashes”. I’d follow her around to get story ideas. Maybe we would go to the Hocking Hills because she lives in rural Ohio and is an amateur photographer.

But if I was on vacation, I have two choices. I’d either contact AAA and book the next available seat on a time machine to visit Victorian London and solve a mystery with Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson. Or I’d check Airbnb to see which hobbits are renting their underground homes and putter around the Shire for a few weeks.

Either way sounds like a great way to spend a day. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Another dream of mine is write a great adventure set in the present. I think a lot of people believe that with advances in technology, we can’t set out into the unknown and test ourselves. Most new action movies or books are science fiction or fantasy. I want to write a story to prove adventures are still possible today.

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Christmas fiction off the beaten path

Not your Granny’s Christmas stories … Step off the beaten path and enjoy six stories that look beyond the expected, the traditional, the tried-and-true.

Inspired by the song, “Mary Did You Know?” – a mother’s memories of events leading up to and following that one holy night. MARY DID YOU KNOW? By Patricia Meredith

A young woman seeking her own identity searches for the man who tried to kill her and her mother on Christmas Eve twenty years before. A ROSE FROM THE ASHES. By JPC Allen

Princess, tower, sorceress, dragon, brave knight, clever peasant – combine these ingredients into a Christmas-time story that isn’t quite what you’d expect. RETURN TO CALLIDORA. By Laurie Lucking

Anticipating tough financial times, the decision not to buy or exchanged presents leads to some painful and surprising revelations for a hardworking man and his family. NOT THIS YEAR. By Sandra Merville Hart

Years ago, a gunman and a store full of hostages learned some important lessons about faith and pain and what really matters in life – and the echoes from that day continued to the present. THOSE WHO STAYED. By Ronnell Kay Gibson

A community of refugees, a brutal winter, a doorway to another world – a touch of magic creating holiday joy for others leads to a Christmas wish fulfilled. CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS. By Michelle L. Levigne

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Meet JPC Allen:

JPC Allen started her writing career in second grade with an homage to Scooby Doo. She’s been tracking down mysteries ever since. A former children’s librarian, she is a member of ACFW and has written mystery short stories for Mt. Zion Ridge Press. Online, she offers writing tips and prompts to beginning writers. She also leads writing workshops for tweens, teens, and adults, encouraging them to discover the adventure of writing. A lifelong Buckeye, she has deep roots in the Mountain State.

Join the adventure on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads.

3 Questions Wednesday with Candace West

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Candace West! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Candace: I can never decide between Janette Oke and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Their stories inspired me to write my own. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Reading a good story of hope and inspiration makes it hard to put down!  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Candace:  The first person who comes to mind is General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Civil War history fascinates me, especially the struggles of conscience on both sides. I love the journey of General Jackson’s personal faith. I would dive into a project highlighting his beliefs and his walk with God.

Sounds like you may have a new historical story idea brewing.  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?

Candace:  As strange as it sounds, I would spend the day with Earl Steen. After his conversion, of course! Why would I want to spend the day with this prodigal? There’s quite a bit of depth to him. As I worked on the sequel Valley of Shadows, Earl revealed more about his personality than I dreamed. I would love to spend the day listening to him play classical pieces on his violin and talking to him about his family history.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Connect with Candace:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspirationalnovel
Online: www.candaceweststoryteller.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/candacewest111
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Lane Steen blurb:

How can Lane let go of the past when she is forced to confront it?

Kidnapped by her father at two years old, Lane Steen never imagines she is living a lie until a new schoolteacher, Edith Wallace, comes to Valley Creek. Yet Edith is more than a schoolteacher. She is part of the past—a past hidden in a mysterious dream that has haunted Lane since childhood.

At sixteen, Lane yearns to escape from her embittered father’s hatred that engulfs her home. The schoolhouse is Lane’s only escape. Carefully, Edith works to earn Lane’s friendship, but love and trust doesn’t come easy for a heart plagued by hate. But then the truth shatters Lane’s world.

The truth sends Lane on a turbulent search into the past. Leaving Valley Creek behind, Lane reunites with a family she cannot remember—a family that surpasses her wildest dreams.

Despite her newfound joy, her hatred for her father only deepens. Although she desires to experience the faith of her family, Lane can’t cast away one thing she holds closely: the hatred that helped her survive.

Digging into her father’s unbelievable past, she confronts the story behind her father’s ruin. Will she always be bound by hate?

Yet something even stronger binds her. Something stronger than her family, something stronger than her will. She is bound to Valley Creek, the place of her stormy childhood, the place of the man she loves, but more importantly, the place of God’s calling. Ironically, she finds love, purpose, grace, and forgiveness in a place she’d sought all her life to escape.

Purchase on Amazon: Kindle or paperback.


Meet Candace West:

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” Since then, she has dreamed of writing Christian fiction. Over the years, she has published short stories as well as poems in various magazines. Since her teenage years, she has written many church plays. In 2018, she published her first novel Lane Steen, book one of the Valley Creek Redemption series. By weaving entertaining, page-turning stories, Candace hopes to share the Gospel and encourage her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband Aaron and their son Matthew along with two dogs and three cats.

Valley of Shadows, book two of the Valley Creek Redemption series, is scheduled for release in March 2020.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Sheri Poe-Pape

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes Sheri Poe-Pape! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Sheri: Hans Christian Anderson, because a lot of his stories are my favorites.  My favorite from him is The Snow Queen.

Good choice for a favorite in author and story! Next question…
 If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Sheri:  I would write a new book about the band, The Monkees. I loved their hit, Daydream Believer.

A fun band from the early 1970s. Their tunes were catchy! Who didn’t love Davy Jones?  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?

Sheri: I would like to spend it with the character Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, just following her through her adventures in Oz.

Yes, she did go on quite the adventure; one that taught all of us a little something. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: I would like to spend a day with a character from a book it would be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, just following her through her adventures in Oz.

Sheri Poe-Pape is offering to give away a book! Comment on this post that you would like to be included in the drawing and any other comment. We will draw a name on Sunday, October 13th.


Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons
In this delightful story, Cassie is welcomed to a new home filled with music, but when Mrs. Applebaum doesn’t seem to understand what Cassie is saying, or how talented she is, the happy little dog becomes an unhappy little dog. Fortunately, with a good ear and a kind heart, Mrs. Applebaum finds the perfect solution to Cassie’s problem, proving once again that music is the universal language.

Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??
Cassie has a new home, and a new owner with a bakery, who quickly signs her up for a cupcake bake-off with national cupcake champion, Cordelia Cat. Sparks fly from the beginning between the two, along with crazy fun and unexpected endings. Who do you think will win?

Sheri’s books are available on her website, www.SheriPoe-Pape.com, and Amazon.


Though Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and in history, “Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons” and “Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??” are the author’s first two children’s books. She has also been Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past thirty-nine years. Each day, she warms up on the piano, and for fifteen of those years, a small dog has been her constant companion.

In recent years, little Cassie has stood on the right side of the keyboard and brushed the author’s hands off the piano keys and helped also to be a ‘baker’s helper’ – habits that inspired these stories! The author is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she studied music, English and creative writing.  She lives with her family in Northern Illinois, where she continues to write and to teach music-alongside Cassie.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes romance author, Jennifer Slattery! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Jennifer: Um, whomever I’m reading at the time? I love Lysa Terkeurst and Max Lucado. Love Inspired suspense author Jodie Bailey is brilliant. Shannon Taylor Vannatter’s sweet cowboy romances are pretty great too. I love the sense of family Jennifer Hallmark presents in her southern fiction. Then there’s Francine Rivers and Deborah Raney and … So many books, so little time!

I agree, there are so many great authors with outstanding books for us to read! Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Jennifer: Grace and the freedom of living in it. But more than just write on it, I would so love to find ways to help others really grasp the depth, reality, healing, and transformation available through His grace. He’s given us so much through His death and resurrection and longs to teach us, in ever-deepening degrees, how to experience the filled to overflowing life He promised, and we experience that life through grace.

You are so right, believers have abundant freedom in the grace of Christ, as writers, sometimes we feel so limited by our words to share this good news. Keep using your talent for Christ, and His spirit will come through.  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?

Jennifer: I think I’d spend an afternoon with Mrs. Tappin, Hometown Healing’s hero’s grandmother. (That felt like a mouthful. Whew!) First, she’s adorable. Second, she can cook and bake. Third, she always sees the best in others and helps call out that best. And fourth, did I mention she can bake? She was a constant source of love and support for Paige, my heroine. As to what we’d spend the day doing—baking and eating, followed by more eating. We might even invent a recipe or two (which she does in the book).

Ok, now I’m hungry and ready to read Hometown Healing. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Grace and the freedom of living in it. But more than just write on it, I would so love to find ways to help others really grasp the depth, reality, healing, and transformation available through His grace.

Jennifer Stattery is offering to give away a book! Comment on this post that you would like to be included in the drawing and any other comment. We will draw a name on Wednesday, October 9th.


Hometown Healing:
She’s home again, but not for long…
Unless this cowboy recaptures her heart


Returning home with a baby in tow, Paige Cordell’s determined her stay is only temporary. But to earn enough money to leave, she needs a job—and her only option is working at her first love’s dinner theater. With attraction once again unfurling between her and Jed Gilbertson, can the man who once broke her heart convince her to stay for good?

Hometown Healing is available on Amazon, click here to purchase.


Jennifer Slattery is a writer and international speaker who has addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She maintains a devotional blog found at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud and on Crosswalk. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Love Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Contact her HERE to book her for your next women’s event.

3 Questions Wednesday with June Foster

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes June Foster. Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author? 

June: What a difficult question! I guess I’ll have to say Jerry B. Jenkins who wrote The Left Behind Series.

Jerry Jenkins is a great author, and the Left Behind series really made us all think! Next question…

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

June: My husband and I recently spent a month in southwestern Colorado and explored the Mesa Verde Indian Pueblo ruins. A small ruin sits at the top of a hill adjacent to the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center about twenty miles away. The partially excavated pueblo is called the Escalante Ruins, named after its Spanish explorer. We explored the area more than once, and I imagined a tale about a young Indian woman who might’ve lived there. I would love to write a story about a maiden who hungers to know a God who created all things but is misunderstood by the chief, her father.

Traveling to new areas and exploring new cultures is a great way to cultivate stories.  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?

June: I would love to spend time with Mary Louise from Dreams Deferred. The story is the fictionalized tale of my great grandfather who became a Catholic priest then met my great grandmother. I’d like to ask Mary Louise what it was like falling in love with a man she thought she could never have. We’d go to lunch in San Antonio at one of the famous hotels and walk the River Walk, all the while talking about Matt Hall, the man she loves.

What a day that would be! Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to get to know you better.


Click to tweet: We explored the area more than once, and I imagined a tale about a young Indian woman who might’ve lived there. I would love to write a story about a maiden who hungers to know a God who created all things but is misunderstood by the chief, her father.

June Foster is offering a free e-book! Download your copy of Dreams Deferred today! Click here.


Dreams Deferred

Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.

Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she’s free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.

Can two people find their way to each other amidst insurmountable obstacles? Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author’s great grandfather and great grandmother’s story.


About June Foster

June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 20 novels and 1 devotional. Find June at junefoster.com.