3 Questions Wednesday with Ada Brownell

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, author and newspaper woman, Ada Brownell.

Great deal alert! Ada’s latest novel, Peach Blossom Rancher, is on sale for 99 cents tomorrow, Oct. 19, here: http://ow.ly/4ETL302QdhW

Now that you know how to buy the book, let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Ada:  A person with an active imagination and a workaholic personality finds ideas everywhere. When I see an interesting person, somebody with an unusual quality about them, I get inspired to create a character like him. The experiences my parents, siblings and other relatives used to tell about inspired me and I wrote articles, stories and books. I get inspired in church, and sometimes take notes and end up with an article of my own, or ghostwrite with the speaker. The truths I find in God’s Word give me a reason to write. When I can’t sleep I get ideas for new endeavors, or work out the kinks in something in progress.

I sometimes take notes at church too. 🙂 God is amazing!

Next question is a bit of fun–

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

Ada:  I’d rather be the color of cream, but I admit I’m red. It’s in my DNA. I am a redhead, today out of bottle, but I was born with an auburn top, and the blonde in it only shined light on the brilliance. Especially in my youth, I blushed easily. I have a temper that the Lord has worked on for years, but somehow my grit and the fire God put in me is behind my success as a writer and newspaper woman.

Good choice. Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love…

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

Ada: I wanted to be a secretary. Yet, I had experience leading youth and teaching Sunday school so I expected I could combine that with being a secretary. As a youth leader at age 15, I started selling ideas for youth services to a youth magazine. I expanded to articles. Then I enrolled in a Christian writers’ course, and the instructor suggested I write for newspapers to get experience. After I married, I became a correspondent in a little town and when we moved I got a job as a staff reporter. I was hired by The Pueblo Chieftain because of the stack of published Christian articles I had. I later earned my bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

 What an interesting road to take on your writing journey. Ada, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our 3 Questions.

Readers, Ada is offering a Kindle copy of Peach Blossom Rancher, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win.

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Here’s more information about the book:


Peach Blossom Rancher

Sequel to The Lady Fugitive, second in Peaches and Dreams series

A handsome young man with a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect. How will they achieve their dreams?

John Lincoln Parks yearns for a wife to help make the ranch all it should be after his uncle, a judge, ravaged it before he was murdered. John has his eye on his sister Jenny’s elegant matron of honor, Valerie MacDougal, a young widow. But Valerie, a law school graduate, returns to Boston to live since her little son was born. John and Valerie write, he’s kissed her a few times, but while in Boston Valerie and one of her father’s law partners try to get three patients wrongfully judged as insane out of the Boston asylum.

Will John marry Valerie or Edwina Jorgenson, the feisty rancher-neighbor who has been in love with John since they were in grade school? Edwina’s father is in a wheelchair and she’s taking care of their ranch. John tries to help and protect this neighbor who has a Peeping Tom whose bootprints are like the person’s who dumped a body in John’s barn. But John and Edwina fuss at one another constantly. Will John even marry, or be hanged for the murder?

Here’s a comment from Deirdre Lockhart at Brilliant Cut Editing: “By the way, I want Polly to live near me. Not just for the food, which made my mouth water, but she made my spirit sing too. I feel my absolute faith a little stronger after living with her and Abe this week.”

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 Ada Brownell’s latest novel is Peach Blossom Rancher and on sale for .99 Oct. 19 here: http://ow.ly/4ETL302QdhW

A handsome young man inherits a ranch in ruin and a brilliant doctor is confined to an insane asylum because of one seizure. Yet their lives intersect.

Angle and light make all the difference in Ada Brownell’s writing. A different angle and light will illuminate important facts for a newspaper story, create interesting characters for a novel, or important truths for a non-fiction inspirational article or book. The author’s perspective, discovered by years of praying for wisdom, hearing the Word and studying Scripture, is best described by her brand, “Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement.”

September Winners

October already? Where did September go? And why am I so late announcing our latest winners? Well, that’s a story in itself.  No time for that but we do have a few winners to discuss.

Are you on our list?

Lindsey P. Brackett’s book, Still Waters, has been won by Jacqueline Kimball. Congrats!

LelandandBecky have been picked to win a copy of Lynn U. Watson’s book, The Essence of Courage. Congratulations!

Brenda S. Anderson’s latest book, Planting Hope, goes to donnabrookmyer !

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.

And keep watching.  We’ll be posting details of our next contest soon…

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Vanessa Fortenberry

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Vanessa Fortenberry.

Vanessa’s children’s book titled Mama, I Want to See God was recently honored as a “Winner” in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2017 Bookvana Awards. Her latest work, Daddy, I Want to Know God depicts the spiritual leadership of fathers as they teach their children about a caring, unfailing, and capable God.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Vanessa:  God’s given life inspires me as a writer. When I hear sermons, speeches, or overhear certain conversations (I’m not eavesdropping :)), I’m inspired to write a piece about the topic I heard. It might appear later as a book, newsletter, or article. Of course, I was inspired to write my first book, Mama, I Want to See God when my grandson said to his mother those exact words. The conversation between mother and son later motivated me to write a series including dads (Daddy, I Want to Know God), and grandparents (WIP). I was also inspired to write a story (WIP) about a turkey who resided in my neighborhood a couple of years ago. This turkey hung around our yards and front porches for about 8 months. My grandchildren and I named him, Bob. Although my daughter speculated, that Bob was probably Barbara! Overall, it’s the experiences and episodes of life that inspires me.

I love that your grandchildren inspire you. (And turkeys)

Next question is a bit of fun–

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

Vanessa: As a new addition to the crayon box, my color would be “lavenpeach.” This hue would be a blend of lavender and peach, which are my two favorite colors. Also, peach is my favorite fruit and one of my favorite scents. While I’m not very fond of the aroma of lavender, the herb has calming and soothing effects. The color “lavenpeach” will not only be a radiate color that stands out among the rest, it will also emit an ambient fragrance.

Scented crayons are the best. Now, last question–

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

Vanessa:  As a child, I actually aspired to have several careers, all of which have come to fruition. I loved music and singing as a child. I remember as a teenager, pretending to hold a microphone and I introduced “myself” as Lea McGee. Lea is my middle name and McGee was the last name of my teenaged boyfriend. I also liked the idea of becoming a teacher. As a young child, I had a desk that was located under the stairs of the apartment where we lived. I would make up work and test for my made up students and as the teacher, I would grade the students work. Lastly, I enjoyed writing poems, plays, and stories as a child, so I aspired in my early twenties to write a novel. I soon put that idea aside when life caught up with me as a young wife and mother.

As a college student, I majored in music education. I’ve traveled abroad with a couple of choral groups. Now I sing locally with my church choir and a community chorus. However, I never received the chance to use my stage name, Lea McGee, I just use my real name and love singing for the Lord. In addition, in 1994, I commenced to teach music and chorus, in the school system where I live. I also taught private voice lessons. While I never aspired to be a librarian, I loved reading great books. Presently, as a teacher-librarian and a writer, I have the better of two worlds as I share my love of books and my written messages to others.

 It’s wonderful that you’ve seen your dreams come to fruition. You’re an inspiration to many…

Readers, Vanessa is offering a paperback copy of her book, Daddy, I Want to Know God, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win.

Click to tweet: Giveaway of Vanessa Fortenberry’s children’s book, Daddy, I Want to Know God. #WriterWednesday #amreading

Here’s more information about the book:


Daddy, I Want to Know God

Does God love me all the time? Will He ever leave me? In this rhyming verse story, children’s probing questions of their dads shows a burning desire to connect with God personally and to learn more about God.

Book two of the series, Families Growing in Faith, depicts a father’s spiritual leadership as he teaches his child about a caring, unfailing, and capable God. This captivating story articulates to young people of all ages and nationalities that through our belief in Jesus Christ we indeed become children of God.


 A music teacher turned teacher-librarian; Vanessa Fortenberry enjoys story time with her students. A Georgia Peach, Vanessa loves singing for the Lord and teaching Sunday school at her church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. To learn more about Vanessa and her other writing endeavors, please visit her website: www.vanessafortenberry.com

Blast From the Past

It has been called the last great decade. I don’t know about that. But for me, it was one exciting ride! During those ten years, I had two babies.

My son made quite an impression. He was the biggest baby in the nursery weighing 9 lbs., 6 ozs.

Not one to be left out, my daughter weighed 9 lbs. and was the only girl in a nursery full of boys.

Blast from the Past house moved

While our family grew, we moved our house to its current position and remodeled it. Later on, this former drop-out became a life-long student and chose to homeschool her children.

No question about it. The 90s were unforgettable—the good and the bad. Do you remember…

News

First Gulf War-Operation Desert Storm
Mandela freed from prison, won the Nobel Peace Prize, became President of South Africa
Presidential candidate William Jefferson Clinton (D) became the 42nd President of the United States of America
Genocide in Rwanda
O. J. Simpson Trial
Oklahoma City Bombing
The Una Bomber
The Clinton Scandal

Television

Friends (Remember the raves over Rachel’s hair?)
Seinfeld
Home Improvement
Full House
Family Matters
Saved by the Bell
Dawson Creek
X Files
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Law and Order

Movies

Titanic
The Silence of the Lambs
Forrest Gump
The Matrix
The Lion King
Saving Private Ryan
Jurassic Park
Home Alone
Star Wars: Episode I -The Phantom Menace
Men in Black
Beauty and the Beast

Books

Notice a lot of these books became movies. Do you have a favorite on the list?

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Golden Compass
Harry Potter
Outlander
Ella Enchanted
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Notebook
The Firm
A Walk to Remember
The Pelican Brief

Sports

Tiger Woods (21) youngest golfer to win the Masters
Tara Lipinski (14) youngest figure skating champion
LeAnn Rimes (14) youngest Grammy winner.

Toys

According to Stitchlabs.com the top selling toys of the 90s include the following:

Ninja Turtles
Power Ranger action figures
Razor scooter
Furbabies
Beanie Babies
Buzz Lightyear
Tickle Me Elmo

Prices

Fun facts from 90s.com

Postage stamp: .25–.32
Bread: 1.29–1.62
Milk: 2.15–2.41
Gas: 1.08–1.11
Cars: 9,437.00–13,600.00
Houses: 128,732.00–119,250.00 (No, I didn’t write the number backward. Houses were less expensive at the end of the decade. WOW!)

Now you know my story, how about sharing your own blast from the past in the comments!

Click to Tweet: It’s been called the last great decade – A Blast from the Past.

Writing Prompt:

From the headlines above, choose one incident and write a scene. Where is the setting and what is your character doing? Try to incorporate all five senses to help your reader visualize the scene.

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Twenty Years of Grandma Status

by Betty Thomason Owens

Bill Clinton was the POTUS in 1997.

In China, they slaughtered 1.25 million chickens due to the bird flu. Tony Blair was Prime Minister in the UK, and Princess Diana was killed in a car crash.

For me, the fall of 1997 launched a new era, as I became a grandmother for the first time. My granddaughter was two when she called me grandma, and I thought that was truly the most beautiful title in the world.

The next two decades would bring five more granddaughters and two grandsons into the family. The first time they call me grandma still warms my heart.

Another life-changing event happened in the last twenty years. I began my publishing journey. I never set out to write books. If someone had told me I’d one day be an author, I would’ve laughed. Uproariously.

If the publishing industry had remained as it was two or three decades back, I may not be a published author today. I started out as an Indie writer.

Kindle and the entire e-book industry changed the publishing world—turned it upside down. Publishing exploded, as it became more accessible to the average, or not-so-average writer. It became a race. Some authors tried to write really fast to keep up with their readers’ demands. The more they wrote, the more they sold. Write fast. Sell ‘em while they’re hot.

But not everyone. Those were mostly romance writers. I started out writing inspirational fantasy adventure. They sold, but not like romance. Romance sells like IHOP pancakes. Stacks and stacks. All you can eat. Really good romance, mixed with suspense, will fly off the e-shelves.

Well, I’ve swerved off the twenty-year topic here. You can see what an intriguing subject Indie publishing is.

So, back to me, and my journey. After publishing those two fantasy books, my historical fiction novel was picked up by a small publisher. Then I sold another historical fiction to the same publisher, so I now have two series going on. Currently, I’m finishing up the first series, book number seven for me. I have almost as many books as grandchildren.

The name “author” feels pretty good. “Published author” sounds even better, and “award-winning author” (thank you, Grace Awards), is the thrill of a lifetime. But I think the name Grandma is still my personal favorite. Listing published book titles is fun, and claiming an award is a great honor, but naming all my grands and trying to remember their ages is the most fun of all. And perhaps the greatest challenge.

CLICK TO TWEET: Grandma and published #author: both are titles I’ve earned in the last #20years.

Writing Prompt: Take a look at the picture below. What comes to mind? Does it inspire you? Write a caption, or start a story, using this photo as inspiration.

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