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.

Buy link for A Groom for Mama.


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+

3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Julie Arduini. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Julie:  Encouraging. Faithful. Sassy. If I was allowed to expand on that, I’m working on the sassy part being more grace and prayerful.

Good choices. And we’re all working on something. 🙂 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?

Julie:  That’s a great question! I’ve been intentional about using regions in Upstate New York as my settings. My current series I’m working on is set in the Finger Lakes, where I grew up. A future setting I’d like to use and would need to do research on as I haven’t visited since I was a little girl would be the 1000 Islands. My heart is to show readers places apart from NYC that are typically small town. My first series, Surrendering Time, was in the Adirondack Mountains. The biggest compliment I received was from residents in the real Speculator who looked at a map to make sure my fictional village of Speculator Falls was fake.

Sounds like an interesting place. What a compliment! Last question:

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

Julie:  So many songs come to mind as music really speaks to me. There have been seasons where I have a theme song because it ministered to me at the time. “The Anchor Holds” and “I’m Still Standing” (yes, Elton John.) The one constant song is “I Won’t Back Down,” the Sam Elliott version. I’m tenacious and prayer is important to me. The lyrics really fit my life, even though it’s a song used in an animated movie.

Interesting choice. I like a lot of songs from animated movies too.I love that song. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Julie: Thank you, this was fun!

Click to tweet: Author Julie Arduini talks about writing and a giveaway. #Writer #amwriting

Julie: I would love to give away a copy of You’re Beautiful, a novella for girls 10-100 that I co-wrote with my teen daughter, Hannah, plus Entrusted, my first contemporary romance in the Surrendering Time series. It’s based in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate NY and my favorite place to visit. US winner can choose print or eBook. International winner will automatically receive eBook.


 You’re Beautiful by Hannah Arduini & Julie Arduini

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

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 Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY.

Her latest release, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah. A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance blog that will be available for pre-order mid-September. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Laurel Blount

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes Love Inspired author, Laurel Blount. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Laurel: I think I’d go with curious, humorous and friendly! I am fascinated by so many things—and I absolutely love to learn. I also love to laugh—I so appreciate people and books that make me laugh out loud. And finally—I’m mutt-puppy friendly—I  truly enjoy getting to know new people.

I agree. I loved getting to know you at the Blue Lake Christian Writer’s Retreat! 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?

Laurel: That’s such a great question. I was born in Georgia, and I’ve lived all my life here. If I could have a fully funded writing research trip, I’d want to buy an RV and spend a year traveling around the USA, lingering in various towns to soak up the local atmosphere so that I’d have memories and experiences to draw on in order to write authentically about other parts of our wonderful country.

What a great idea! Last question:

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

Laurel: Oooh. That’s a hard one! I think if I had to choose, it would be Brave by Nichole Nordeman. That song was one I listened to over and over again during one of the biggest changes in our life—the adoption of our youngest daughter from China. Adoption was a brand new idea for us—now there are five adopted children in our own and in our extended family–but at the time—we were definitely stepping out of our comfort zone.  The lyrics really spoke to me: “ So long status quo, I think I just let go! You make me want to be brave. The way it always was is no longer good enough. You make me want to be brave.” That adoption—and our second one of our then 7 year old son, also from China—were amazing adventures with God—and convinced me that some of the most wonderful experiences of our lives are found when we follow Him out of our comfort zones.

I love that song. And adoption is a big but rewarding step. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Love Inspired author Laurel Blount talks about writing and a giveaway. #LoveInspired #amreading

Laurel: I’d love to provide the choice of either a paperback copy or a digital copy of A Baby for the Minister as a giveaway for a winner residing in the U.S. –or a digital copy for a winner residing elsewhere!


A Baby for the Minister

A minister with a heart of gold…

and a pregnant bride with no groom!

Jilted at the altar, Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to—until Jacob Stone steps in. The single minister’s drawn to the beautiful mommy-to-be and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job. But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project?


Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, a milk cow, dairy goats, assorted chickens and ducks, three spoiled cats and one extremely bossy goose with boundary issues. She divides her time between farm chores, homeschooling and writing. She’s busy, but she’s never bored!Her debut novel A FAMILY FOR THE FARMER was the recipient of the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements category and was a finalist in the 2017 Carol Awards. Her newest release A BABY FOR THE MINISTER is available now!
Whenever she’s not working, you can find Laurel with a cup of tea at her elbow, a cat in her lap, and a good book in her hand.

Website:  www.laurelblountbooks.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurelblountbooks/

Amazon:  www.amazon.com/author/laurelblount

A Season Change and More Winners

Fall is upon us. The summer clothes are on the clearance racks and Halloween and autumn decorations are filling the shelves.

School. Cooler weather. Football. Winners.

Winners? Always at the Inspired Prompt. In fact,  August gave us:

Jennifer Hallmark is gifting a $10 Walmart gift card to Caryl Kane! Congratulations!

Betty Thomason Owens is blessing lelandandbecky  with a copy of Rebecca’s Legacy. Woo hoo!

An e-copy of Love Comes on Kitten Paws, which includes Darlene Franklin’s novella, Of Cash and Cats has been won by Marilyn R.  Yay!

Jessica Boudreaux’s giveaway can be found at  Amazon giveaways.

Barbara M. Britton will give away reader’s choice (print, e-book, or audio book) of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey to Ariel Masters. Congrats!

Thank you for taking time to read our posts and leave a comment. You are the best!

Please continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner…

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Barbara M. Britton

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Barbara M. Britton to the Inspired Prompt.  Barbara brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.

Good morning, Barbara.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Barbara:  Down-to-earth (I’m counting that as one). Compassionate. Committed (to projects and goals). And I’m all these things while enjoying semi-sweet chocolate.

Great choices. Especially the semi-sweet chocolate 🙂

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

BarbaraThis question is easy. Israel. My books bring little-known Bible stories to life. I’d love to visit the places where my stories took place. I am working on a story surrounding the fall of Jericho and I keep reading about the tells that have been discovered by archaeologists. How cool would it be to visit the actual site of my story locations?

Sounds like an awesome research trip. Next…

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

Barbara:  I’m going to choose “God’s Great Dance Floor” by Passion, featuring Chris Tomlin. The title contains two things I love: God and dancing. I love the lines, “I feel alive, I come alive, I am alive on God’s great dance floor.” I realize how fragile life can be after losing half my blood supply during a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and many years later battling breast cancer. God is with me during difficult times and he keeps me dancing. I’ve also lived all over the dance floor of the United States.

I love that song! And your testimony…

Click to tweet:   An interview with author Barbara M. Britton at the Inspired Prompt blog.  Barbara brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.  #Israel #amreading

One extra question today: So, tell us a little about the book you’re giving away to one of our readers—why you wrote it, and what you hope readers will take away from the story.

Barbara: I am giving away a copy of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. The theme of the story is ‘be strong and courageous and do God’s work.’ I had taught the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem’s crumbled wall for many years until I noticed in Nehemiah 3:12 that the daughters of Shallum were among the builders. Women working alongside men in Bible times? This was rare and bold, and we don’t talk about the daughters. I gave Shallum two daughters, Adah and Judith. I hope readers see that God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His work. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and romance built into this story, too.

Readers, Barbara will give away reader’s choice (print, e-book, or audio book) of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey

When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

 Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.


Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. You can find out about Barb’s books on her website, www.barbarambritton.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.