Rescue Operation by Lenora Worth

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome my friend Lenora Worth to the Inspired Prompt. Lenora’s new Love-Inspired Suspense book is Rescue Operation, a story involving military K9 units and the FBI…and, of course, love ❤

Good morning, Lenora.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Lenora: Hmm. I like to warm up by clearing out e-mail and I always read over the chapter I finished yesterday before I start today’s work. I have to have a spiral notebook next to my laptop to jot down notes. And I have a stash of chocolate nearby at all times!

What is the book about?

Lenora:  This is Book Five of a suspense continuity written by eight different Love Inspired authors. It’s a military K9 series so it was definitely a challenging book. My heroine is a Senior Airman and a Search-and-Rescue military working dog handler. My hero is an FBI agent with a vested interest in finding a serial killer.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Lenora: I love the scenes were they get to know each other away from the woods and searching for the killer. In those scenes, they open up to each other in a way that helps them fall in love.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp? 

Lenora: Yes, that we all need redemption. My FBI agent feels responsible for something in his past and my heroine is a very strong woman who shows him he’s worthy of redemption.

Where can readers find you online?

Lenora: www.lenoraworth.com (where they can sign up for my newsletter) @lenoraworth on Twitter, and @lenoraworthbooks on Facebook.

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Rescue Operation
Racing to rescue a child
Danger heats up in the Military K9 Unit series.
A little boy is missing, and it’s up to search-and-rescue K9 handler Ava Esposito and her dog to find him … before the Red Rose Killer does. FBI special agent Oliver Davison is hot on the trail of the escaped convict and joins forces with Ava. But when the killer turns his crosshairs on them, Oliver must protect them all before time runs out.

 


Lenora Worth writes romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired and also writes for Tule Publishing. Three of her books finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and several have been RT Reviewer’s Choice finalists. She also received the RT Romance Pioneer Award for Inspirational Fiction. “Logan’s Child” won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RT. She has made the NY Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With eighty books published and millions in print, she enjoys adventures with her retired husband, Don. Lenora loves reading, baking, and shopping … especially shoe shopping.

First Saturday Extra: Indie Author Traci Tyne Hilton

Today, we are super excited to welcome popular Indie author, Traci Tyne Hilton. She’s published over 20 books and teaches publishing at conferences and writer’s groups around the country.
Traci, tell us a little about yourself.
Traci: I’m a mom first, publishing nut second. My two daughters are teens now, but when I started writing novels, they were toddlers! Everyone told me time flies, but I had no idea. Keeping that balance between mom and obssessive publisher is hard work. My indie friends harass me for not having good enough focus, and my kids ride me for being on my laptop all day long. But what can you do? I wouldn’t give up either role.

When and why did you decide to go the Indie publishing route?

Traci: I fell into indie publishing. The short story is that I participated in Nanowrimo for a few years as a young mom. In 2009, I completed a novel and achieved my award of a free Createspace paperback. After you make your paperback Createspace asks you if you want to make your book available for sale on Amazon. I said: “Why not?”

A few months later I was encouraged to make it an ebook, so I did that, too. It sold ten thousand copies that winter and I was hooked.

Do you hire an editor or use Beta readers to try and perfect your work? 

Traci: Not the first time! Whoo-boy, did I learn my lesson!

But even now I seem to have a hard time keeping a good proofreader–the really talented ones book up fast and get too busy for my somewhat spontaneous needs, lol.

Please share three marketing tips for our friends considering Indie publishing.

Traci:

  1. Buy ads.
  2. Buy ads.
  3. Buy ads.

and a bonus for you all: Buy ads. Buy all the ads you can at all the sites you can. Keep close track of sales on the days your ads run to figure out which sites work well for you, then buy more ads at those sites.

What mistakes did you make when you first started out?

Traci: Well, I already mentioned I didn’t have any editing whatsoever when I launched my first book!  Don’t do that! The indie world is way too competitive for that kind of rookie mistake these days.

Also, take your work seriously as a business. Have a plan and work it. Your success will come from the consistent release of quality books, and that, in reality, is just a lot of work.

 Any final words?

Traci: I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of both the indie literature community and the Christian literature community. It’s been rewarding, challenging, and immensely satisfying. If I could do anything different at all it would be to spend every penny I have ever earned on editing and advertising. Thanks so much for chatting with me today!

So glad you dropped by! We loved having you as our guest and I know our readers will gain a lot of insight from the interview. Thanks again!

 


Traci Tyne Hilton is the author of The Maura Garrison Mysteries, The Plain Jane Mysteries, The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries and the Tillgiven Romantic Mysteries. When not writing she has been known to knit socks, play the spoons, and teach Sunday School.

She was the Mystery/Suspense Category winner for the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, a finalist for Speculative Fiction in the same contest, and has a Drammy from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. She blogs at TheWriteConversation.blogspot.com.

An active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Oregon Christian Writers, Traci teaches publishing at conferences and writer’s groups around the country.

Traci attended Fackelbararnas Bibelskola in Holsby Brunn, Sweden, and earned a degree in History from Portland State University. She lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director, two busy teens, and their pets, Doctor Watson and Kitty Biscuits.

Learn more about Traci at www.tracihilton.com


The Book of Judges

All things work together for the good for those who believe. Too bad Maura Garrison, a private investigator, isn’t a believer. The murder she was hired to solve hinges on its parallel in the Old Testament book, Judges, but she was just dumped by her pastor-husband so the Bible is the last thing she wants to turn to for answers.

Rick Styles, Maura’s husband, is a popular marriage and family counselor with a thriving writing and speaking side business. He’s also the member of a city council committee dedicated to getting homeless children off the streets of Portland, Oregon, a worthy goal that seems to have attracted the attention of a sick and twisted killer.

She’s working the hardest case she’s ever faced during the hardest time of her life with few friends she can count on and only her cat Rhoda for support. Solving this crime means digging deep into issues Maura wants desperately to avoid, will she be able to see her way through this tangle in time to stop a serial killer?

The Book of Judges: A Maura Garrison Mystery is classic Christian murder in the spirit of Chesterton, Sayers, Peretti, and Rushford.

Hilton’s prose is beautiful and clever. She draws readers into the story with vivid descriptions of places and emotion states. –The BookLife Prize

Hilton opens up a thought-provoking mystery in The Book of Judges, exploring the idea of forgiveness and belief through Maura’s personal relationships. A must-read for mystery lovers! –Reader’s Favorites

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June and July Winners

Summer.

Sunshine. Swimming. Vacations. Hot weather. Winners.

Winners? Always at the Inspired Prompt. In fact, the months of June and July heated up with  winners. Who were they? Read on…

June

Melissa (Mimi) won a copy of Deborah Dee Harper’s upcoming release, Misjudge, or one of my Laramie books (winner’s choice!)

LelandandBecky won Jennifer Slattery’s book, Dancing in the Rain. Congrats!

Laura Shuck won a print copy of River to Redemption or choice of Ann H. Gabhart’s  other recent Revell novels. Woo hoo!

July

Ellen Fannon has offered an e-book of Other’s Peoples Children, to LelandandBecky. Yay!

Michael Ehret graciously gifted Laurel Blount  with an e-book version of Coming Home.  Way to go!

Marilyn R. won a copy of Laura V. Hilton’s latest Amish novel, Firestorm. Cheer!

Glenn Haggerty recently released Chase, the third book in the Intense Book series and the winner of this e-book is Karen Sargent.

Cara Lynn James has offered a paperback copy of Love on a Dime to Caryl Kane .

Linda Yezak has won 3 silver bookmarks that coincide with the Promises to Zion series by Traci Wooden Carlisle.

And I want to shout a big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We appreciate YOU!

Please continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner…

My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness by Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Today we’d like to welcome back author Traci Wooden-Carlisle to the Inspired Prompt blog. Traci has just released her new book, My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness and we want to know more…

Glad you could join us again, Traci! Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Traci: I was a voracious reader as a child. I averaged eleven books a week during the summer. My favorite trip was to the library and when I got grounded the trips would be suspended. I had a few reserve books but when they were gone I would write stories to myself.

I am a freelance graphic artist and jewelry maker, but my first love is writing.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Traci: I write Christian Women’s fiction with elements of romance and Christian romantic suspense. I am a hopeful romantic, but I love writing with an open ear to God. I try to express and relay through my characters God’s love, forgiveness and perspective in any situation.

Do you work from an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Traci: I go from a general idea to a focused story as I write a story. I love discovering new thoughts and feelings that my characters have. I love writing by the seat of my pants, but on the few occasions that I have had to do an outline I have found it to be rewarding as well.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Traci: The hardest thing for me is staying within certain word parameters. I constantly go over my maximum wordage because I am very detailed with feelings and surroundings. I think the more I write, the better I will be at meeting certain limits while presenting readers with a great story.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Traci: I will still write books, but I believe I will also empower women to regain confidence and control of their lives after dealing with abuse. I’ve addressed certain forms of abuse in my books as well as shared my testimony that inspired my “Promises to Zion” series. I believe it is a great story for television as well.

Thanks for stopping by and telling us about yourself and your book!

Click to tweet:  My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness by Traci Wooden-Carlisle is a family saga worth the read.  #amreading #MustRead

Traci would like to give away a set of 3 silver bookmarks. They will coincide with her Promises to Zion series. Leave a comment to be entered…


My Garment of Praise for Your Spirit of Heaviness

The same secret that united their family could be used to destroy them.

It has been a year since Paige, Mason, Brandon and Victoria’s worlds collided. One near-fatal incident, two weddings, and an earth-shattering revelation later, and the lives of these four former strangers are now inextricably bound.

After a year of upheaval, things are finally falling into place for everyone.  Victoria’s marriage to Richard is on the mend, and a long-kept secret has given her the family she has always longed for. Brandon’s relationship with God has never been stronger, and his marriage to Paige has surpassed his wildest dreams. And, with the support of Brandon and her newfound family members, Paige has stayed grounded throughout a series of life-changing discoveries.

Unfortunately, the family that fought so hard for their happy ending quickly learns they must fight just as hard to keep it.

After losing Paige to Brandon, Mason is determined to move on.  However, as Brandon’s health takes a serious turn for the worse, and Grace stirs up fresh trouble in Paige’s life, he is forced to choose between keeping his promise to Brandon and finding happiness with someone new. Meanwhile, when old acquaintances come forward with life-altering revelations, Victoria is left to grapple with a profound choice—forgive, and deepen her faith, or risk losing her hard-won family to the very secrets that brought them together. 

Link for book: Amazon


Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God.  Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband.

She is a graphic artist, runs a jewelry and craft business, and teaches an occasion fitness class for fun. She is currently writing a Christmas romantic suspense.

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Chase by Glenn Haggerty

Today we’d like to welcome author, Glenn Haggerty, to the Inspired Prompt blog. Glenn recently released Chase, the third book in the Intense Book series, and we want to know more…

Glad you could join us, Glenn! Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Glenn:  Once I was puzzling out a plot point and couldn’t make it work. When the brain fog descended, I called it a day, but since I was feeling like a couch potato too, I decided on a 30-minute workout on my stationary bike. I tried to forget the plot problem and just focus on the ride, but unexpectedly, ideas started popping up, and I suddenly had solutions. Now whenever I’m going for some serious creativity, I add a 30-minute bike ride to my schedule.

What is your book about?

Glenn:  In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Glenn: That’s a tough question for an author! I won’t spoil the wrap-up, but I can say that the dramatic and I think surprising resolution to the opening scene is probably my favorite. Another is the scene where the hero, Tyler, gets blindsided at school by the glamour clique. He’d had an embarrassing encounter with a certain girl and had no clue what can happen in middle school when those things go public. I guess I can relate to that sense of helplessness and humiliation when you are roasted for something dumb that you did.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Glenn: Yes, several. God doesn’t force people to do the right thing, so we can’t force anyone to do anything regarding matters of the heart. Bad company corrupts good morals. Sometimes you have to make tough choices about who to hang out with. On the other hand, using good judgment, consider giving someone another chance. If someone has broken your trust, you must forgive them, but then he or she should have to earn your trust back again. And, there is power in prayer, but God doesn’t always answer the way we might expect, sometimes it is yes, sometimes no, sometimes wait and sometimes another unexpected way.

Where can readers find you online?

Glenn:   Website 

Facebook 

Twitter

Amazon Author Page 

If you’ve read this far, I have an extra for you! You can get Escape, Intense Book 1 free in e-book format at:

Kindle Link

Nook and other epub 

Escape is a short, fast-paced introduction to the series and another great summer read.

Readers, Glenn has graciously offered to give one of you a free e-book of Chase. Please leave a comment to be entered…

Thanks, Glenn, for stopping by and telling us about your book!

Click to tweet:  Chase by Glenn Haggerty, Jr. “I write inspirational fiction with an edge. I want people to finish my stories saying, ‘Awesome book!’ and, ‘Yes. I can do this life thing too.'”   #amreading #YA


Chase

“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here:  https://books2read.com/u/3yZOW6


Glenn Haggerty writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven.

Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.