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.

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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

3 Questions Wednesday with Fay Lamb

Today’s guest is author, Fay Lamb.

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Fay. First question:

What inspires you?

Fay: Well, let’s get the truth out there first. Coffee. Have you ever sat down in the morning with your cup of coffee made the way you like it? You drink that coffee, and the caffeine seems to seep into whatever part of your brain provides motivation. You start thinking you can do anything. You make a list. You jot down ideas for a story. You’re invincible.

In my writing, I am inspired by many things. Locations get the creative juices running. My Amazing Grace series is based on a real area in Western North Carolina. Yet, in my novel Better Than Revenge, the heroine wasn’t connecting with me. She stood off to the side, aloof, daring me to get to know her. Then one day, my husband and I were driving around the area, and I was looking for a farmhouse because Issie lived in her grandparents’ old farmhouse she’d renovated. And there it was, this fantastic two-story white-framed farmhouse with a swing in the front yard, a field of corn to the right, and in the backyard between the house and the beautiful red barn were vegetable boxes. I saw them as Issie’s personal garden and the corn as her crop. Then to the side of the barn, there was a field and two cows grazing there. And Issie whispered into my ear, “You found me.”

Actors provide me with all types of ideas. I’ll admit it. Usually, it’s their looks that catch my attention, but then I look into the roles they’ve played. In my novel, Charisse, I have had readers tell me who they see as the hero, Gideon, and they saw him exactly as I saw him. He is one actor, but his character is based on two entirely different roles he played. One was an adventure/comedy where I realized for the first time that the guy could really act and had taken roles beneath his abilities. The other movie was one of the few dramas he has starred in. The subject was intense, and his character was likable but cautious, perfect for a multi-dimensional character.

A Bible verse or a Bible story has been an inspiration for me in a couple of novels. One is Libby. If anyone knows me, they know I tend to joke about my looks and about breaking cameras, and I see myself as great fodder for comedy, but God says in Psalm 139:14 that I’m fearfully and wondrously made, and that was the lesson Libby has to learn—in between a lot of hilarious matchmaking and some sad moments of truth. And my upcoming novel, set to release in March, is the biblical retelling of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba.

And lastly, a moment in time can be an inspiration. My novel Hope deals with serious matters from healing to forgiveness, but from the very start, one backdrop was set for that story: the Central Florida fair, and more particularly the carousel. I’ll admit that the moment in time was not on a carousel, and it was not as poignant for me, but my friend was there, and that is an important part of that storyline. In fact, the moment that brought to mind the carousel, as embarrassing as it was is still considered the most horrifying moment of my life as well as the one that can still bring me to laughter that causes tears to run down my face.

There’s inspiration in many forms here. I especially love the “moment in time.” This is so true. Sometimes we miss those moments, or don’t really appreciate them.

I almost hesitate to ask this one: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Fay: Interesting question, and more interesting that I didn’t have to think much about it.

I’d be turquoise because it goes well with black. Turquoise alone doesn’t ever stand out for me, but when you wear it with something black, it pops. And I know you want a better explanation than that, so here goes. I consider myself pretty bland when I’m just going through life, everything is okay. I don’t naturally look for the humor around me. I’m turquoise. But when I am sad, there is a darkness inside. When I use that term, I don’t mean it as evil. It’s just that my thoughts could turn to the morose. Depression doesn’t suit my brain, so it automatically begins to look for humor. Let’s take the moment I alluded to above—the Hope inspiration.

I was with my friend at the Central Florida Fair. We decided to go into the fun house. However, at the end of the fun house was a turning cylinder. My friend, an agile, gymnast and later a Disney dancer made her way easily across. Me, the clumsy person who fell off the inch-high balance beam in gym, hesitated. I was challenged by the ride’s operator to hurry across. So, the proverbial light bulb shined above my dim head. I’d hold on to the side and make my way over.

And you can imagine what happened next. My hand against the rotating cylinder began to pull me downward. I found myself on the ground, the cylinder taking me up and down, up and down, and the crowd growing outside and the laughter turning into a roar. I could see my friend laughing for all she was worth (and she’s worth a lot to me). And behind her stood my aunt and uncle who took us to the fair—laughing at their beloved niece. Finally, I guess after he stopped laughing, the ride’s operator climbed in and helped me out.

Now, I could cover the turquoise with black and mutter that I’m a clumsy idiot and hate the recall of the memory, or I could layer the outfit with turquoise and make a funny story out of my ability to be a carnival sideshow act without any effort. Life is easy when I’m wearing turquoise, but it is more interesting when I combine it with the black.

Lol! I’m not sure at this point, whether to laugh or be embarrassed for you–never mind–I’m laughing too hard to write sensibly. About that color turquoise–“Complex, imaginative and original, Turquoise people drive themselves hard and may be in a state of turmoil under their outwardly cool exterior.”–according to my favorite color website. Um…I think it may be fairly accurate, what say you?

Now, one last question:

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

Fay: This is going to be the shortest answer you’ll get from me. From the time I remember thinking, I was a storyteller. I never wanted to be anything but a writer, and after taking my high school aptitude test, I was informed that my best track for my life would be either as a librarian or a writer. I answered back that there was only one choice. I would be a writer. While I took a series of detours that proved the aptitude test wrong, I still wrote. Each detour added to the growing collection of stories I have carried with me since I began as a storyteller all those years ago.

I’m not at all surprised by that answer! I love your stories and look forward to many more. Thanks so much for participating in 3 Questions Wednesday.

Readers! You can win a copy of Fay’s latest release, Frozen Notes. Read more about the book below, then leave a comment in the comment section. Feel free to ask Fay a question, or let us know you’d love a chance to win the book. Thanks for joining us at 3 Questions Wednesday.

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More about today’s guest:

Fay Lamb

Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities. Currently, Fay will be donating her royalties from the second quarter of 2017 through December 31 (royalties paid March 31), to Samaritan’s Purse Relief Fund to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and any other relief the organization feels necessary.

Fay’s fourth book in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series, Frozen Notes brings to a close stories of intrigue and suspense and reveals to her readers the secrets of one of the series reoccurring characters from the first three novels, Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken.

Fay is also the author of The Ties that Bind Series, which includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. The fourth story in the series, Delilah, will be coming soon.

Fay’s adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Readers of Fay Lamb’s fiction can look forward to her Serenity Key series, with her epic novel Storms in Serenity set for release in March 2018.


Frozen Notes by Fay Lamb

Lyric Carter’s dreams of fame and fortune in a rock band ended the day Balaam Carter left to pursue their dreams without her. When Balaam’s brother promised to love and protect Lyric and to love her son, Cade—his brother, Balaam’s child—as his own, she believed him. But Braedon turned her dreams into a nightmare by killing Balaam’s best friend, turning the gun on himself, and placing Lyric in the middle of a criminal investigation that could leave her and Cade dead.

Balaam Carter’s every dream has come true, but he’s living in a nightmare of addiction and regret. The famous rock star would give everything he has to return to the girl he once held in his arms—back when his only crime was running moonshine for his father. Now, he’s seeking redemption for all the destruction his dreams have brought to the people he loves.

No one said the road to recovery would be easy, but Balaam is also desperate to protect Lyric and the little boy he left behind from a state full of drug lords who believe Lyric has the evidence that will tumble their lucrative cartels. Balaam’s continued sobriety, his natural ability for finding his way out of trouble, and his prayers to God above for the strength to never let them down again are all that he has to protect Lyric and his son, and still, he doesn’t know if he’s up for the task.

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3 Questions Wednesday with April W. Gardner

April W. Gardner

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, April W. Gardner.

April writes Christian historical romance with a focus on our Southeastern Native Tribes. She is a copy editor, military wife, and mother of two who lives in Texas.

Let’s see how she does with our three questions!

 

What inspires you?

April: Music. Always music! It moves me in a way nothing else does. It’s my preferred form of worship, and I always have something playing while I write. For writing, I prefer soft music without lyrics. Jim Brickman is one of my favorites, but I also listen to a lot of spa music.

Good answer. The next question is just for fun–

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

April:  Blue! Any shade. Blue is one of those colors that, no matter the shade, can never be ugly. Green, for example, can have ugly shades and make us think of unpleasant things, but I can’t think of any shade of blue that has a negative connotation. It’s so soothing!

I agree! Blue suggests patience, kindness, and perseverance. The color is soothing, kind of the like the music you prefer.

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

April: When I was four, I told my mom I was not going to college. I was going to be a mommy. Well, I went to college, but in the end, I became a stay-at-home mommy. I still am! Though I also work from home now. Best. Life. Ever.

Isn’t it, though? What a blessing that you’re able to do that. Enjoy every moment.

Thank you, April, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

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Bitter Eyes No More

A man of abiding honor tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.

Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.

Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child’s father, a ruthless don. All the while, he’s to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name–simple labor compared to dodging the army’s noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.

Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two…

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