3 Questions Wednesday with Marji Laine

Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author and publisher, Marji Laine, to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Marji. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

 Marji: Young-at-heart – an elementary spirit in a nearing senior body. Computerific – I can usually make it do what I want, if it’s working at all. Laughing – if I can’t laugh at myself, I’m missing out on some fun!

Sounds like you’d be a fun person to hang out with. 🙂 Next question…

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

Marji: I feel like I got that last summer when my kids sent hubby and me on an Alaskan cruise. But for research, I would want to visit castles in Europe. I’d be torn between the beauty of Germany or my personal ancestry in Scotland, but I think I’d lean toward the Scottish highlands. And I’d be ready to dabble a bit in some historical romances!

Castle visiting would be so cool. Last question: 

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

Marji: Canon in D. Starts out so simple and gets more and more complicated (and full and beautiful) as the song goes on. Yeah, that’s pretty much been my life!

So pretty. Marji, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Marji is offering an e-copy  of her book, Ain’t Misbehaving to one commenter.

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Ain’t Misbehaving

Annalee Chambers: Poised, wealthy, socially elite.
Convict.

Annalee Chambers floated through life in a pampered, crystal bubble until she smashed it with a single word. Dealing with the repercussions of that word might break her, ruin her family, and land her in jail.

True, Annalee’s crime amounted to very little, but not in terms of community service hours. Her probation officer encouraged her with a promise of an easy job in an air-conditioned downtown environment. She didn’t expect her role to be little better than a janitor at an after-school daycare in the worst area of town. Through laughter and a few tears, Annalee finds out that some lessons are learned the hard way, and some seep into the soul unnoticed.

Carlton Whelen hides behind the nickname of CJ so people won’t treat him like the wealthy son of the Whelen Foundation director. Working at the foundation’s after-school program delights him and annoys his business-oriented father. When a gorgeous prima donna is assigned to his team, he not only cringes at her mistakes but also has to avoid the attraction that builds from the first time he sees her.

AIN’T MISBEHAVING encourages acceptance:
•Of things that can’t be changed.
•Of people who are different.
•Of lessons learned.
•Of oneself.

What can a bunch of downtown kids teach a Texas princess?


Marji Laine is a“graduated” homeschooling mom of four who is grateful to her twins for not forcing her into the empty nest season just yet. She now spends more time in her role as executive editor for Write Integrity Press than she does crafting her own stories, but she loves both jobs.

When she’s not wearing the publishing hat, she directs a children’s choir, teaches 10th grade girls Sunday school, and sings in the adult choir at her church. She also leads a high school and college weekly Bible study and has a monthly radio talk show.

She and her husband of 30 years live in a suburb on the north side of Dallas with their twins and their own version of Hank the cow dog, a rescue mutt that rides herd on the entire household. Marji prefers mountains to beaches, dogs to cats, Alaska to the Caribbean, entrees to dessert, and white roses to most any other flower. Her favorites include “Live PD,” the Hallmark channel, Hand and Foot Canasta, NASCAR, and worship music.

You can learn more about Marji and her books at her author pages on Amazon.com and WriteIntegrity.com and her website, MarjiLaine.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Irvin

KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author Kelly Irvin to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Kelly. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Creative. Faithful. Introverted.

Perfect words to describe a writer. Next question…

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

This is a timely topic! I’m getting ready to write a proposal for a new Amish romance series for my publisher. The location is the oldest and most remote Amish community in Montana. It’s a difficult trip for me because of physical disabilities. I’d love to be able to spend a week in that region, seeing the mountains, visiting the nearby state park and lake, and interviewing some of the personnel involved in fighting the wildfires. It’s difficult to write a series if you’re not familiar with the setting. You get a lot from the Internet, but it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. You absorb so many more details.  It’s a remote location in far northwest Montana so I’m sure the travel will be expensive. Those are challenges writers have to consider when selecting locations for their series. It would be fun and beautiful, though!

Your description makes me want to pack my bags. 🙂 But first…

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

Eeks. This is hard!  “Standing Outside the Fire,” performed by Garth Brooks.

Ah… a choice to play it safe or give it all you got. Kelly, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Kelly is offering a hard copy of her book (United States only) to one commenter.

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BeneathTheSummerSun_CVR (002)Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.


KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.

More Winners to Start Off the New Year

2018 has arrived! Here, at the new Inspired Prompt Blog, we still have winners, a total of six this month…

Bethany Morehead offered a $25 Amazon gift card to one blessed commentor. Its been won by Robin E. Mason. Congrats!

Liz Galvano has been picked to win a copy of Gail Johnson’s memoirTreasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past.  Congratulations!

Readers, Terri Wangard is giving a choice between a print first-edition copy of her debut Friends & Enemies (US addresses), or a Kindle copy of Wheresoever They May Be to Lynn Watson

Sherri Stone is gifting  Leland&Becky with a Kindle copy of The Confession of Tobias Tucker.

Rory Lemond has won a copy of Carole Brown’s latest novel, A Flute in the Willows.

Ginger Solomon is giving away an e-copy of One Choice to Sonnetta Jones . Woo hoo!

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

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner!

 

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Ginger Solomon

Good morning, dear reader. Today we welcome author Ginger Solomon to Inspired Prompt. Ginger is offering one commenter an e-copy of One Choice. Stay tuned to find out more.

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Good morning, Ginger. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Organized. Average. Friendly.

A great combination.  Next question…

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

eilean-donan-castle-665549_1920Scotland. I’ve had a fascination with Scotland for many years. I’d love to travel all around the country, checking out the castles. I love castles. I love the Scottish accent. I do not love haggis. At least I don’t think I would love it as I’ve never tried it and have no intention of doing so. 😊

Ha! I’m with you on loving the land and the accents, but I don’t think I would enjoy anything that contains a sheep’s lung. For your last question…

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

I’m not good with song names, but two come to mind. It was a toss-up, really. I just couldn’t decide between Don’t Worry, Be Happy or Amazing Grace. LOL

I like that, Ginger. If we’re saved by His amazing grace, we can lay aside worry and be happy. J

Readers: Leave a comment to enter the drawing for One Choice. Keep reading for information about the book!

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One Choice finalCahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.

Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries-old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?

When Cahri and Josiah meet, passion ignites. Will it spark a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?


Ginger 6 - brightenedGinger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Carole Brown

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome author Carole Brown to 3 Questions Wednesday. Good morning, Carole. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Carole BrownCaring. Determined. Author.

I like that. It takes determination to become an author.  🙂 Next question…

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

A secluded Island. Why? I’m in love with the ocean and islands period. Warm breezes and clear, turquoise water. Relaxed atmosphere. Simple living. Plenty of time to write, muse, enjoy being with family and friends and explore. What more could be asked?BeachStamp

Maybe an instrument. 🙂 But a warm and sunny place sounds divine. Now, here’s your last question.

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

Hubby and I have always loved Kenny Roger’s Through the Years. It says a lot for a song and fits our life perfectly. How fortunate we were when God brought us together. Tough times? Of course, but God saw us through. Misunderstandings? Plenty. We’re works of progress. Adventures? Oh, my, not enough space and time to tell all. Still in love? Definitely!

I love that song, Carole. Thank you for being with us today.

Readers, Carole is willing to give away a book (reader’s choice of print or kindle in states; outside of states, kindle only).

 

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Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.


Author Bio:

Carole BrownBesides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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