3 Questions Wednesday with Leila Tualla

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Leila Tualla

Leila Tualla is a Filipino American writer, and author of a Christian YA contemporary romance, Love, Defined. She can be seen drinking copious amounts of caffeine while chasing after two miracle babies. She is a 2-time Preeclampsia Survivor, and online Advocate.
When she’s not writing about her Preeclampsia journey or chasing after her tiny “Mexipino” bosses, she can also be found buried in books.

Thanks for joining us today, Leila. Here’s the first question:

What inspires you?

Leila: My family inspires me to be better person. Children are our legacies, and I want to be remembered for my kindness by the actions of the little loves I left behind.

What a wonderful outlook and goal. Next question–

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

Leila: I would be lavender. It’s pretty, and sweet, and unassuming. It’s not bold and loud like purple, but there’s just something about that color that makes you pause…at least, I’d like to think so. I can be shy around people, but I’ve been told that even though I would swear I blended in with the background, people seem to remember me. Of course, how many Leila’s do people meet on a daily basis?

Nice. I read that a “lavender” person is usually creative, charming, witty and civilized. What do you think? Comments, anyone? Last question–

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

Leila: I wanted to be a teacher just so I could give stickers and write in pretty colored pens!

Cute!

Readers–Leila is offering a signed copy of her book, Love Defined–so comment to win! As usual, if we have lots of comments, we’ll draw for the winner and let you know. Here’s more about the book:

Love Defined by Leila Tualla

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In their final summer before graduating college, three childhood friends expect an uncomplicated transition to adulthood…but learn they all still have some growing up to do.

Alex Makapulo is facing a crisis of faith.

Raised a Catholic, Alex is considering becoming a member of her best friend Jack Page’s church—against her family’s wishes—but she can’t quite take the final step of baptism. Jack loves Alex and doesn’t understand her hesitation, and Alex wonders if Jack’s love is a blessing or a distraction to test her religious conviction.

Lori Hanson embarks on the trip of a lifetime.

For her twenty-second birthday, Lori’s grandfather presents her with a summer vacation in England. While preparing for her adventure, she meets British musician Colin Watson online and quickly falls for him. They plan to hook up when she lands in London, but her grandfather forbids it. Due to complicated family dynamics, Lori must regretfully comply with his wishes, though she vows never to forgive him.

Andy Taylor is looking for love in all the wrong places.

When Andy runs into an old crush, she decides she wants a more meaningful relationship with sexy Miles Webber. But when she confides in Alex, her friend warns her Miles only wants her for sex. Andy becomes angry and devises a reckless plan to distract Alex’s attention from her relationship. Things don’t go quite as she expected, though, and Andy is left facing a crushing moral dilemma.

As the summer unfolds, three young women learn love and faith go hand in hand, not everything is black and white, and sometimes in a fast-paced world you have to slow down, breathe a little, and find your own definition of love.

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Leila Tualla reads various novels, and her book reviews can be found at www.leilatualla.com/bookshelf.  She is currently working on a memoir about her Preeclampsia journey, 2-time NICU hospital experiences, bouts with anxiety, and postpartum depression, tentatively titled, “Preeclampsia can SUCK it.”

More places to find Leila:
www.facebook.com/leilatuallam
www.instagram.com/leilatualla
www.twitter.com/leilatualla


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3 Questions with Betty Thomason Owens

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday on Thursday!

It’s standing room only at 3 Questions Wednesday! We double-booked again, so we’re catching up with a Thursday post.

Today I get to interview a very close friend–Me! I’m so excited to see how I will answer our 3 Questions. So without further ado–

Let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Betty:  Sunshine—oh, and rain. Storms. And noise. I like noise when I write. I’ve always had this ability to close myself off, and noise actually helps. A movie in the background helps me get into the flow of writing. Unless there’s music. Music distracts me. I end up singing–that’s not a good thing.

You’re inspired by many things. I think we agree on the sunshine. Sunshine energizes me. Can’t wait to see how you answer this next question–

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

Betty:  Hang on…I’m picturing myself as a crayon. Well, I would have to be cherry red. I absolutely love that color. Except that it makes me hungry for cherries. Or cherry pie.

Wow, I love cherry red, too. It’s MY favorite color. Red is the color of strength, health, and vitality. And cherries are so good for you! So, last question–

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

Betty: The first thing I remember wanting to be was a cowgirl. Which is funny, because I was terrified of horses. The only horses I’d ever been around were my grandparents’ big work horses. One of them, named Henry, loved to bite. I had nightmares about those horses. But I so loved watching Roy Rogers westerns with my dad, so, I guess that’s where I got the idea in my head. I wanted to be Dale Evans. And I just aged myself really badly with the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans comment. Oh well. Anyone else remember campy Saturday westerns?

Ha Ha! I can place those in the late fifties, early sixties–I know how ancient you are, or rather–how “mature” you are. With age comes maturity, usually, though judging by your answers…

Click to tweet: Fun author interview with Betty Thomason Owens.  

All right, time to get serious. Betty has a brand new book coming out! We have waited long for this one. And I’m excited to tell you, she is willing to give away one of those, either a print book, or Kindle–winner’s choice.

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here’s more information about the book:


Sutter’s Landing

Still reeling from tragic losses, Connie and Annabelle Cross face life with their signature humor and grace, until fresh hope arrives on their doorstep.

In early spring of 1955, Annabelle Cross and her daughter-in-law, Connie have nearly made it through the first winter on their own. Then the skies open up as West Tennessee and much of the south endures one of the worst floods in history. As many of their neighbors endure losses due to the flooding, Annabelle and Connie sit tight on dry ground.

As spring gives way to summer, Annabelle begins to dread Connie’s upcoming marriage and removal to Sutter’s Landing. Though she’s happy to note the growing affection between Alton Wade and her daughter-in-law, their marriage means Annabelle will be on her own for the first time in her life.

Connie’s doubts increase when Alton’s bigoted brother Jensen uses every opportunity to drive a wedge between them. Is she doing the right thing? Did she move too quickly? Unexpected summer visitors and anticipation of a new neighbor provide diversion and open possibilities for both Annabelle and Connie.

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Betty Thomason Owens is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and serves as vice-president/secretary of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.

Her writing credits include a 20’s era romance, Amelia’s Legacy (2014), Carlotta’s Legacy (2016) Books 1 & 2, Legacy Series from Write Integrity Press (WIP), and the Grace-Award-winning Annabelle’s Ruth (2015), and Sutter’s Landing (2017), Books 1 & 2, Kinsman Redeemer Series, also from WIP. She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.

You can find me…uh…her…online in the following places–

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram and Amazon Author Central.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Happy Wednesday!  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.

She’s offered to give away two awesome prizes to two blessed commentors: a digital copy of Missing Destiny, gifted through, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords.  Also, a pendant and earring set of multicolored horses to go with the theme of Missing Destiny which mostly takes place on an equine therapy ranch.

 So read on and see how you can win…

First Question:

What inspires you?

Traci: Acts of kindness and love that I see people perform in everyday situations inspires me. I love seeing God move through people and I love the way He teaches me through others as well as circumstances my characters go through in my books.

I love small acts of kindness too! 🙂

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

Traci: I would be blue and white swirl so children can make their own cloud animals on rainy days.

Beautiful thought. Last question:

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

Traci: At 11, I knew I wanted to be an author. I took a round-a-bout way of getting there, but it only took 29 years from the birth of that dream.

Thanks so much for dropping by, Traci.

Click to tweet: Fun author interview with Traci Wooden-Carlisle . #WriterWednesday #amwriting

Traci has graciously offered to give away two awesome prizes: a digital copy of Missing Destiny, gifted through, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords.  Also, a pendant and earring set of multicolored horses. Don’t forget to leave a comment and be entered to win!


Missing Destiny

She spends Friday nights with charts and graphs. His best friend is a dog named Sebastian. 
All she’s ever wanted was peace and to feel she belonged. All he ever wanted was to disappear.
She’s a city girl hiding in a small town. He’s back home hiding from his past.
If life were perfect, they could be each other’s missing destiny.

When a mysterious man becomes a threat to her health Dr. Shauna Nathan, a workaholic scientist, is about to lose control over her emotions and her life.

Her family steps in to protect her even if it means disrupting her otherwise predictable and orderly existence by bribing her with a chance to spend time with her old college roommate and surround herself with her one true passion — horses.

She heads to a ranch in Chandler County to hide from her stalker. Instead, she might find there healing she looks for — and love she doesn’t. 

Horse therapist Zach moved to New York, had a successful career in finance, a beautiful wife, and daughter one day and the next it was all gone. He came back to Chandler County to come to terms with his loss and find a modicum of peace as a ranch hand- turned therapist at Murphy’s Equestrian Therapy Center. He has lost everyone he loved. Would he risk his heart again for Shauna? 

Though the ruthless killer on Shauna’s trail will stop at nothing to destroy her, will Zach and Shauna escape danger and find happiness in each other’s arms and their missing destiny?

Amazon – https://goo.gl/LsaMJi

Barnesandnoble – https://goo.gl/tvoBls

Kobo – https://goo.gl/ymhoOE


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 teaches fitness classes, runs a jewelry and craft business, and is currently writing the third book in her Christian-fiction romance series.

Amazon Author Page – https://goo.gl/mpD2YX

Bookbub – https://goo.gl/WMGebX

website: www.tawcarlisle.com

www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548758.Traci_Wooden_Carlisle

www.instagram.com/tawcarlisle

www.twitter.com/traciwcarlisle

www.pinterest.com/tawcarlisle

3 Questions Wednesday with Liz Galvano

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Liz.

Liz Galvano (Harshberger) has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she’s a princess.

According to her website, Liz grew up in a loving Italian family with four brothers and a sister. They spent long hours in the kitchen and filled their home with lots of love, laughter, fights, and makeups. She’s been a golf professional, a radio personality, a youth pastor (with her husband), and a counselor. What an interesting background. So let’s see how she answered our 3 questions.

What inspires you?

Liz:  I get the best inspiration from three things:

  1. Nature – often great ideas come while I’m on horseback, out in the middle of nowhere. There’s just something about the sun on my face and the smell of earth. A horse is a great companion for discovery and inner-reflection.
  2. Cooking/baking. I’m Italian American so I grew up basically in the kitchen. I love to draw from my experiences as a child, familiar smells and sounds and recipes do that for me.
  3. Music. If you find me in the kitchen, I’ll be playing my music. Andrea Bocelli, Ill Volo, and stuff from my growing up days, such as Perry Como, Dean Martin and Al Martino. “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie….” Music most definitely gets my creative juices going.

Sounds amazing, especially the Italian cookery. Suddenly I’m hungry for marinara sauce. Second question–

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

Liz: Sunshine State Yellow! I love the sunshine and I LOVE Florida. Bright sunny days with a balmy breeze in contrast to a turquoise sea…. What more could you want?

Yellow is the color of happiness–which definitely reminds me of sunny days. I love the picture you created there.

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

Liz: A story teller! I love to make up a tale. My favorite story teller is C.S. Lewis.

I was a storyteller when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a good thing. 🙂 Looks like you had a great start in life. C.S. Lewis is one of the best.

Click to tweet: Fun author interview with Liz Galvano. #WriterWednesday #amwriting

Her books– Messina, Book 1, The Casa Bella Chronicles. Book 2, Anna Lucia, will be out this month.

You can find out more about them and purchase the books from Liz, or at Amazon.com.

Here’s more information about the book:

Messina by Liz Galvano

Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?

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May Winners

May is over and most schools are out for the summer. I know my grandchildren are elated. How about you? The month of May saw six more winners on our blog.

Janell Butler Wojtowicz’ offer of a Kindle copy of Embracing Hope has been won by Janetta. Congrats!

Mimionlife has been picked to win a Kindle copy of Katie Clark’s book, Securing the Handyman’s Heart. 

Stephenia H. McGee is gifting an E-book copy of In His Eyes also to Mimionlife. She was the only one to leave a comment. An easy victory 🙂

The winner of a $10 Starbucks gift card from Melissa Henderson is Becky Hrivnak. Woo hoo!

Susan Holt Simpson is a contributor to Michelle Medlock Adam’s book, Love and Care for the One and Only You. She is graciously giving this book (print version) to lelandandbecky.

The winner of Waiting For Butterflies by Karen Sargent is Frank! Yay!

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We so appreciate you! And please don’t forget us while you’re enjoying your summer 🙂

3 Questions Wednesday with Karen Sargent

Happy Wednesday!  Author Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. Let’s see how she tackles our questions…

First Question:

What inspires you?

Karen:  Momhood inspires me. For nearly 21 years I’ve loved being a mom, and that’s long enough to look back and realize I expected too much from myself—just like moms typically do. I expected perfection and always fell short because I compared myself to moms who loved to cook (my least favorite book is a recipe book!) and to moms whose homes were spotless (I’m good at moving clutter from one room to another and closing the door). I overlooked what I did well. Like my own mom, I’m a good listener and I have honest conversations about the hard stuff.

I try to remember what it was like to be a young adult and that my girls are still learning how to do life. It took time for me to sort the important from the trivial, but once I did, I was inspired to share. So I started The MOM Journey, a blog where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay. Being a mom has also inspired the novels I write. Each explores the depth of a mother’s love and how that love can reach beyond possible. I love being a teacher. I love being a writer. But most of all, I love being a mom.

What a great way to look at inspiration. Now…

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

Karen: My crayon color would be passionately purple. First, purple is my favorite color…inspired by guess what? Momhood! When my first daughter was born, I loved dressing her in frills and lace, but there was so much pink!

Just to be different, I started to dress her in purple instead, and somewhere along the way purple became my favorite color. It makes my heart happy! Passionately…that’s genetic. I credit my Italian grandparents. Whatever we feel, we feel deeply.

I like that. Color should make the heart happy. 🙂

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

Karen: I wanted to write before I could write. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with a crayon, pretending to write words. However, I never dreamed I could be a writer. I chose to be an English teacher instead, so I could be surrounded by books and writing. My desire to write would wiggle every now and then to remind me it was still there, but I was busy raising two daughters and 120 students each year. Little did I realize that being a teacher and a mom were preparing me for Waiting for Butterflies. Teaching students to read great literature and to express themselves in writing taught me to be a better story teller and writer. And being a mom gave me something important to write about.

It’s amazing how life prepares us for writing. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Make sure and leave a comment if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway of a print copy of Waiting for Butterflies.


Waiting For Butterflies

A mother’s love never ends—not even when her life does.

Longing for her family after a tragic accident, Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family’s downward spiral in the aftermath of her death. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother’s death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family’s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out.

A tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible, Waiting for Butterflies will embrace your heart and not let go.

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Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. A romantic element is woven within each story. Her writing has been featured in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth magazine and on ForEveryMom.com.

When she is not writing, she teaches high school and college English in the beautiful Arcadia Valley where she resides with her husband and two daughters.

Website: karensargentbooks.com

The MOM Journey Blog: karensargentbooks.com/blog

Facebook: Facebook.com/KarenSargentAuthor

Twitter: Twitter.com/KarenSargent_87

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/KarenSargent87

3 Questions Wednesday with Susan Holt Simpson

Susan Holt Simpson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Susan Holt Simpson.

Susan Holt Simpson is a freelance writer who lives in Kentucky with her husband and three grown sons. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in the garden with a hoe or a camera in hand.

Susan has followed Christ since the age of ten, sometimes lagging behind and other times running ahead, but always safe in His love.

Question: What inspires you?

Susan:  Old things inspire me. A box of beat-up doorknobs, an antique wedding veil, or a bundle of letters from bygone days can conjure up all sorts of story ideas. Also, everyday natural beauty—sunsets and storm clouds, lightning bugs and birdsong—generates so many opportunities for wonder, which for me, often leads to inspiration.

I love combing through old things and wondering about where they came from, and who owned them. It’s an imagination feast!

Next question is a bit of fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Susan:  My crayon name would be Heavenly Blue. It’s the color of a high Kentucky sky on a summer day or the exact shade of my favorite summer vine, the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory.

Well, the blue spectrum suggests that you are soft, soothing, compassionate and caring. I love blue, especially that Kentucky sky.

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

Susan: I wanted to be whatever character I was reading at the time. For a while, I wanted to be a nurse, like Cherry Ames. Then I longed to solve mysteries like Nancy Drew. I even thought maybe, a very big maybe, I could be a jockey and ride a Black Stallion. As a writer, I’m still deeply inspired by what I read and often grow in the same direction as the characters I admire.

I so seldom hear of others who’ve read Cherry Ames. I loved those books and longed to be a candystriper like she was!

Susan: Thanks so much for this chance to visit with your readers!

Thank you, Susan, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

To learn more about Susan, visit her blog, Sweet Annabelle, or connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


Readers, Susan is a contributor to Michelle Medlock Adam’s book, Love and Care for the One and Only You. She is graciously giving this book (print version) to one among our commenters. Here are the details–

 

Love & Care For the One and Only You

What if we valued and cared for ourselves the way one does a masterpiece sculpted by a master artist? Each of us is a unique creation crafted by the ultimate Artist. When we realize that, how can we help but love and care for the body, mind, and heart God has given us?
Weekly encouragements along with practical tips and suggestions will help you love and care for yourself as your Creator intended.

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