3 Questions Thursday with Lenora Worth

lenora-worth-picHappy Thursday! And no, you’re not seeing a typo. We’ve had  so many good books we’ve wanted to share in October that we added an extra day.

It’s my pleasure to welcome author of more than 45 books, Lenora Worth, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Lenora.

Now Lenora, here’s your first question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

LenoraTolerant, loyal, and a wicked sense of humor

Interesting mix of characteristics. 🙂 Next question,

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Lenora:  Ireland. I’ve always been drawn there and have it on my bucket list to visit one day. I think I could live there and be perfectly content

What a great place for a writer.  Question #3:

If someone made a movie of your life, what wouldperson-731144__340 be the theme song?

Lenora:  Oh, that’s a good one. So many songs come to mind but one of my favorite songs is “The Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles. I think because we are all trying to find our way home again.

A great song and thoughtful response. Thank you, Lenora, for taking time to answer our three questions.

Click to Tweet: Multi-published, award-winning author, Lenora Worth, is our 3 Questions Wednesday guest via @InspiredPrompt. 

Lenora is graciously offering a giveaway of a print copy and an e-book of Undercover Memories. Make sure to leave a comment to be entered to win…


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Undercover Memories

Her most important mission…

and she can’t remember what it is.

After amnesia strands private investigator Emma Langston in Dallas, only Detective Ryder Palladin can stop the men trying to kill her. But protective custody on Ryder’s family ranch has its own risks, like falling for the handsome cowboy. Before she can untangle her feelings for Ryder, Emma must recover her memory…because she’s sure someone’s life depends on it, even if she can’t remember whose.


lenora-worth-picLenora Worth is the author of over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks.
With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.
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3 Questions Wednesday with Sharon Rene

photo to useHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Sharon Rene. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Sharon: Creative, emotional, loving

All great characteristics! Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Sharon: Ireland and Scotland because my ancestors are from these two beautiful countries. I am fascinated by their beauty, history and mystery.

 I would love to visit them both also! 

ireland-1971997_1280Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Sharon: The theme music to Mission Impossible would fit. I often feel like I’m taking on impossible quests but with God nothing is impossible.

Interesting choice. I love that song. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Sharon Rene talks about writing and a giveaway. #Writer #amwriting

Sharon: I would love to give away a copy of  A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace. US winner will receive a print copy and international winner will receive a kindle copy.

 


A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace 

A Mixed Bag of God's Grace_5x8_FRONTA Mixed Bag of God’s Grace is a collection of short stories for children, ages seven to eleven.  The stories are biblical, historical and contemporary. The biblical section includes Daniel in the Lions’ den from the perspective of one of the hungry lions and the apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. In the historical section the reader travels to England in the middle ages and encounters a queen, knights, and a ship full of pirates. Modern young Christians face a variety of
issues in the contemporary section. A devotion, prayer and scripture follow each story.

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photo to useSharon Rene enjoys writing children’s and young adult books. Several of her flash fiction stories have been published by Splickety Magazine, and she’s also had nonfiction pieces published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Life Changing Miracles. Her book for children ages seven to eleven is entitled “A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace,” and was published in May 2018. Currently, she’s working on a YA speculative series. 

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3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Medlock Adams

Good morning! It is our pleasure to welcome  award-winning journalist and best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams  to the Inspired Prompt.  Michelle has written over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold.

Wow.

Good morning, Michelle.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Michelle:  Energetic. Driven. Loyal.  (and if we added a fourth, a little crazy, lol! But, in a good way! I love to have fun and I’m a risk taker so that makes me a little crazy.)

Aren’t we all a little unique? 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Michelle:  I’d LOVE to go to Ireland because I learned through my Ancestry DNA that I am about half Irish. I’d love to see “my homeland” so to speak. Plus, I hear it’s simply gorgeous. 😊 And, I am pretty sure with that lush land and gorgeous scenery, I would be able to hole up in some castle and write amazing stories.

It would be a beautiful place to visit. Last question…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Michelle:   “You’re an Overcomer” by Mandisa.  I taught Zumba to that song, and I love it! It speaks of staying in the fight ‘til the final round. And about not going under because God is holding you right now! That’s pretty much the story of my personal and professional life as a writer.

I’m a cancer survivor. I have been caregiver to my parents who are both in heaven now. I’ve stood by my youngest daughter as she fought through anorexia. I could pretty much wallpaper my entire office with past rejection letters but I just kept pressing on because I knew I was called…more than 80 books and thousands of articles later, I can say to others, “Stay the course! Stand your ground! Keep trying. If God has called you, He will equip you!” God has been faithful, and my greatest tests are my greatest testimonies. Yep, let’s go with “You’re An Overcomer.”

Great choice. And you are certainly an encourager. Thanks so much, Michelle, for dropping by!

Click to tweet:   An interview with best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams at the Inspired Prompt blog.  Michelle has earned top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. #amreading #devotional

Readers, Michelle will give away a print copy of Fabulous and Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Working Women. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Fabulous and Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Working Women

Even though every woman is different and every work situation is unique, some challenges and opportunities are universal. God’s grace and goodness equip you to handle whatever comes your way in the workplace.

Addressing the issues that business women encounter every day, including communications, relationships, opportunities, integrity, professionalism, and achievement, this devotional is a helpful companion and an inspiring start to every day. Written with humor and insight, the authors share hard learned lessons and provide guidance for the many challenges and opportunities that women face in their career.


 Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, My First Da of School (Worthy Kids) won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.

In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards.

Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and she serves as Chairman of the Serious Writer Board of Directors.

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor three different years at Taylor University, teaching “Writing for Children.”

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.

3 Questions Wednesday with Ellie Gustafson

Image result for Eleanor GustafsonHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Ellie Gustafson . We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ellie:  I would say, Lover of God.

Love your answer! Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Ellie:  My heart is drawn to Scotland, and even though I’ve been there multiple times, I’d go again in a heartbeat. Grazing sheep, lochs, the Highlands, the isles, and even remote spittals*—all captured my heart. I met dear friends there—Brian and Isabel—also lovers of God. On my trip, I would simply follow them around to listen and drink in the high-powered nutrition of their spiritual relationship with people and with God. How could I record such an experience? Only a few people are sufficiently gifted for such writings, and I’m not one of them. I could prick a vein and write in blood, but even that would be a weak portrayal.

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* Spittal—a house or place of refuge for the sick, especially one for patients with contagious diseases; or a shelter built along roads in 16th and 17th century Scotland as a haven from wolf attacks

Very interesting. 🙂 Last question…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Ellie:  My theme would be, “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” based on Psalm 103. It speaks my heart. Having written a novel on the life of King David (The Stones), I identify with his passionate love for the Lord.

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like we His praise should sing
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same forever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in His faithfulness.

Fatherlike He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely as His mercy flows.

Angels, in the height adore Him
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Me ‘n David—that’s our song!

Great choice.  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Ellie Gustafson talks about faith, Scotland, and a giveaway. #faith #delphiniu

Ellie would love to give away a copy of An Unspeakable Glory, reader’s choice of format. (Print, USA only) Please leave a comment to be entered.


 An Unpresentable Glory

A noted gardener from snobbish Westchester County in New York, finds a stranger, obviously ill, sprawled near her delphiniums. She takes him into her house and cares for him an entire week and only later learns who he really is. An investigative reporter uncovers the secret week, and both Linda and her guest become a spectacle in the eyes of the world.


Image result for Eleanor GustafsonEllie Gustafson began thinking up stories at a young age but didn’t write anything down until much later. After graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois, she jumped into church life as a minister’s wife, teacher, musician, newsletter editor (Asaph by name), and encourager. Additional experiences include gardening, house construction, tree farming, and parenting—all of which helped bring color and humor to her fiction. One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today’s readers through the undeniable power of story.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Catherine Castle

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Catherine:  I guess I’d say that I’m curious. I love learning about new things, different places, and I have tons of non-fiction, research books on my shelves. I’m also a loyal person. If you’re my friend, I have your back. And I’m outgoing.

A great combination for any writer. Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Catherine:  My first choice would be the British Isles. I’d love to see England, Scotland, and Ireland. However, since my husband won’t leave the continental U.S. until he’s seen it all (and there’s no way I’d leave him behind), I’d have to buy an RV with the funds and tour the USA. There’s so much history to see here and every place would inspire a story. It’s happened to me already when we’ve been traveling.

What a great idea! Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Catherine:  Wow, this is a hard one! While I’ve always been into music, I’ve never thought of songs in terms of a life theme. They’ve been entertainment for me or praises to sing to the Lord. The song that’s coming to mind right now—probably because my husband and I recently sang it as a duet in our church and I just wrote a devotion that references the song—is Josh Turner’s “Me and God.” God has been a big part of my life ever since I was a child, and I love the lyrics to “Me and God.” Because with Him there is nothing we can’t do.

Here’s the YouTube video of Josh Turner’s song “Me and God.”

Thanks for hosting me today, Jennifer.

We’re so glad you could stop in! Come back real soon…

Catherine: I’d like to give away a Kindle ebook (gifted through Amazon) of my award-winning sweet, contemporary romance, A Groom for Mama. The book just won the contemporary category in the Raven Awards sponsored by UnCaged Books, so I’m super excited to share it with a new reader.

 Click to tweet: Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle talks about writing, the British Isles, and a giveaway. #romance #amreading


A Groom For Mama

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.

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Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning books The Nun and the Narc and  A Groom for Mama on Amazon.

You can visit Catherine at her blog and website. She’s also on FacebookTwitter , Goodreads and Google+