Anthology: From the Lake to the River by JPC Allen and Various Authors

Happy Saturday! It is my pleasure to welcome author JPC Allen to the Inspired Prompt.  Allen has taken part in a new anthology by the Buckeye Christian Fiction Authors.

Good morning, JPC.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

 JPC: I have to write all first drafts and any major revisions in longhand. I can easily make minor changes on a computer. But trying to write straight out of my imagination onto a stark white, digital page somehow squashes my creativity. The computer acts like a barrier, as if I was sculpting with oven mitts.

What is the book about?

 JPC: From the Lake to the River is an anthology of nine stories all set in Ohio. My short story “Debt to Pay” concerns a teenager and his older brother who live in Wayne National Forest. While out cutting wood, they stumble across a dying millionaire, who claims his private plane was rigged to crash. Do the brothers seek justice or cash in?

What is your favorite part of the book?

 JPC: Since it’s a short story, I don’t want to give away too much of the plot. But I like that this story fits in the crime fiction subgenre “country noir”, combining a rural setting with elements from classic film noir.

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

 JPC: I wouldn’t call it a message. More like a concept for readers to consider. As I wrote my story, I was struck by the paradox that often the people we owe the most are ones who least expect, or even want, to be repaid.

Where can readers find you online?

 JPC: I offer writing tips and inspiration to beginning writers on my website “JPCAllenWrites” and on my Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram.

Website: https://jpcallenwrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPCAllenWrites/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jpcallenwrites/

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From the Lake to the River: Buckeye Christion Fiction Authors 2018 Anthology

Whether you like romance, young adult, women’s fiction, a touch of mystery or danger, some humor, some holiday cheer, or a second chance at love, set in Ohio’s colorful history or the present – there’s something for nearly everyone in this collection.


JPC Allen began her writing career in second grade with a homage to Scooby Doo. She is a 2016 semi-finalist for her YA crime novel The Truth and Other Strangers in the ACFW’s Genesis contest. A former children’s librarian, she loves to introduce tweens and teens to the adventure of writing through her workshops. She is also a lifelong Buckeye with deep roots in the Mountain State. “Debt to Pay” is her first published short story.

A Season Change and More Winners

Fall is upon us. The summer clothes are on the clearance racks and Halloween and autumn decorations are filling the shelves.

School. Cooler weather. Football. Winners.

Winners? Always at the Inspired Prompt. In fact,  August gave us:

Jennifer Hallmark is gifting a $10 Walmart gift card to Caryl Kane! Congratulations!

Betty Thomason Owens is blessing lelandandbecky  with a copy of Rebecca’s Legacy. Woo hoo!

An e-copy of Love Comes on Kitten Paws, which includes Darlene Franklin’s novella, Of Cash and Cats has been won by Marilyn R.  Yay!

Jessica Boudreaux’s giveaway can be found at  Amazon giveaways.

Barbara M. Britton will give away reader’s choice (print, e-book, or audio book) of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey to Ariel Masters. Congrats!

Thank you for taking time to read our posts and leave a comment. You are the best!

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

 

Laura V. Hilton – Playing with Fire

Welcome back to Inspired Prompt, Laura!

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?  

Laura: I’m honestly not sure what you mean by rituals. I sit down in my chair, turn the computer on, critique someone else’s chapter, edit what I wrote the day before, then start writing. No music playing unless my daughter is listening to Pandora without earphones.

What is the book about? 

Laura: Arie Zimmerman has been in love with Noah Behr from almost the moment they met, but after a devastating wildfire destroys the community, everything changes. Noah questions how a loving Gott could allow such things to happen. As Arie and her family struggle to rebuild their home and lives, Noah escapes to California to fight another off-season wildfire—and maybe find Gott in the process.

When Noah returns, he promises Arie the prize money if she will help him with a chili cook-off to fund the fire department. Of course, in order to spend more time with the girl he loves, he’s also willing to pitch in unloading the new furniture and animals her daed bought at an auction. He’ll even help Arie slice and dice vegetables if he can taste test the recipes.

More than just the kitchen heats up as they spend time together. But will Noah find a still missing Gott in the process and discover there’s more to life than what he initially believed?

Thanks, Laura. What is your favorite part of the book?

Laura: When Noah tried to help Arie by chopping vegetables for the chili he got more than he bargained for.

Intriguing! So, is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp? 

Laura: The one thing I always hope my readers “get” from my novels is God is. He does. He will.

That’s a great message for all of us to remember. Thanks for visiting Inspired Prompt and sharing more about your latest release.

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About the author–

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

About the book–

Plain Everyday Heroes: Playing with Fire by Laura V. Hilton 

Arie Zimmerman has been in love with Noah Behr from almost the moment they met, but after a devastating wildfire destroys the community, everything changes. Noah questions how a loving Gott could allow such things to happen. As Arie and her family struggle to rebuild their home and lives, Noah escapes to California to fight another off-season wildfire—and maybe find Gott in the process.

When Noah returns, he promises Arie the prize money if she will help him with a chili cook-off to fund the fire department. Of course, in order to spend more time with the girl he loves, he’s also willing to pitch in unloading the new furniture and animals her daed bought at an auction. He’ll even help Arie slice and dice vegetables if he can taste test the recipes.

More than just the kitchen heats up as they spend time together. But will Noah find a still missing Gott in the process and discover there’s more to life than what he initially believed?

Where can readers find you online?

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-V.-Hilton/e/B004IRSM5Q 

visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/   

Twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook

 Pinterest

Purchase my books:

Amazon.com 

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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

Links:  Amazon

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