3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Griep

Author, Michelle Griep

Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Michelle!

According to Michelle Griep’s website, she’s an author, blogger, and occasional super-hero (when her cape is clean). She does own a sense of humor. 🙂

She goes on to say, “Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.”

So, let’s see how she answers our latest 3 Questions–

Question: What inspires you?

Michelle:  Music. I make a playlist for each new book that I write. While I’m writing, I play that music. I use Spotify for those playlists. Great ideas for inspiring music are movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and classical.

Great idea–especially the movie soundtracks.

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

Michelle:  If I were a crayon, I’d be Wisteria for two reasons . . . first off, purple is my favorite color, so it’s a no-brainer that I’d choose something in that palette family. Secondly, Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers. I’ve actually got one just about to bloom climbing up my back porch.

“Lavender” people are witty, charming, and creative, according to my “favorite colors” site. I’m a big fan of Wisteria. It’s very nostalgic, and calming to me.

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

Michelle: I wanted to be an astronaut when I was young. That didn’t pan out so well, though. I found out you needed to be good at math and science. Yuck and yuck. So I gave that up and thought I might be a pirate instead. Yeah . . . that didn’t work out either. So, I found the best of both worlds by becoming a writer.

Funny! I think you’re our first wannabe astronaut. Yes, a writer can be all those things–no math or science required. Just a little research so you can fake your way through.

Thanks, Michelle, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Click to tweet: Michelle Griep,  author, blogger, and occasional super-hero. #romance #amreading

Readers, Michelle is offering Out of the Frying Pan, a book she wrote with Kelly Clepfer, to one of our commenters. [Winner’s choice! Paperback, or e-book] So let us know you want to be included by leaving a comment below.

Is there a question you’d like to ask Michelle?

Out of the Frying Pan

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts–especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.

One Reviewer says…

“This novel couples over-the-top hilarity with Jessica Fletcher wannabes as murder occurs at a retirement community. I enjoyed the quirky older sisters-in-law and their niece, who all get involved with the detective assigned to the case. At times bizarre and also dangerous, this story keeps you flipping pages to see how it concludes—satisfactorily, of course. I don’t know if such people really populate the earth, but the authors make them believable and unique. The original plot is intriguing too.”

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Her latest release is OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, but historical romance is her usual haunt. THE CAPTIVE HEART releases in October. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.








3 Questions Wednesday with Elle E. Kay

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Elle E. Kay.

Elle E. Kay lives on a farmette in the Back Mountain region of Pennsylvania. She is a born-again Bible-believing Christian.

Stella was her debut novel. Claudia, the next book in the Endless Mountain Series, is expected to be released later this year, with Sofie following shortly after. Elle writes children’s books under the pen name, Ellie Mae Kay.

Her website is updated with the latest information about her upcoming books. http://www.elleekay.com/. She also has a blog, where she writes mostly devotional posts based on traditional hymns http://www.elleekay.com/blog/.

First question: What inspires you?

Elle: Many things inspire me. My biggest inspiration is my faith. I love to write about Jesus and tell others about Him through my blog and my books. My husband is a big inspiration. Without his input, I probably wouldn’t have published my first children’s book. Even my illness inspires me. It inspired me to write a non-fiction book about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The woods around me inspire me. I love living out here in the Pennsylvania Endless Mountains and writing about the area.

 I love it that you are inspired by both the good and not so good in life. 

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

Elle: I’m an evergreen color that blends into the woods where I live. Green is my favorite color and I get sad when it fades in the winter, so I want to be evergreen, so I can keep my lovely shade of green like the white pine and spruce trees do.

That kind of green sounds like an eternal color. 🙂 

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

Elle: A Cadillac or a tree. Seriously, that’s what I’ve been told by mother. At some point my dream changed to ballerina. I never became a famous ballerina. However, writing was a dream too and I’m happy that after several detours, I started writing books. I think I finally found my niche.

 I love this answer. And I’m sure your readers are glad you found that niche…

Thank you, Elle, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

To learn more about Elle, visit her blog at http://www.elleekay.com/blog/  or connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, GoodReads, or Instagram.

Click to tweet: Another fun interview with Elle E. Kay. #interview #amreading

Readers, Elle is graciously giving away Stella (print or Kindle version) to one among our commenters. Here are the details–


After an encounter that leaves her petrified, Stella faces her stark reality. Can she find the faith she needs to persevere? Jason is a complication she’d rather not deal with. Can she trust him? Something is awry in Stella’s world. When she is abducted will anyone hear her cries?

A Christian romantic suspense about a young woman battling to find her faith in the midst of struggle. It deals with the heavy subjects of rape, pregnancy, and kidnapping through a lens of faith and hope.



Winners for the Fourth of July


Happy birthday, America! As another fourth rolls around, we celebrate by making some of our loyal audience aware of their winnings. Congratulations!

Traci Wooden-Carlisle gave two people a chance to win. Congrats to Jeannie D. for winning a copy of Missing Destiny and Caryl for winning the jewelry. Hooray!

Betty Thomason Owens is gifting either a Kindle or print copy of Sutter’s Landing to Traci. Woo hoo!

Loved Defined by Leila Tualla   has been won by Mimi. Yay!

Wow. Winning and reading. What a great way to enjoy the holidays.


3 Questions Wednesday with EJ McCay

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, EJ McCay.

EJ McCay lives in a small West Texas town with her husband, two daughters, and four cats.

When she’s not writing, she’s listening to music, watching the best movie ever, Princess Bride, or the best show ever, Chuck.

I loved Chuck!–And Princess Bride is a classic. Okay, down to business–first question

What inspires you?

EJ:   I’m inspired by different things, from things my daughters say/talk about, to television shows, or my own past experiences.

Our children often inspire, and without even realizing it. 🙂 In my opinion, life experiences are the very best. Makes it easy to “write what you know.”

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

EJ:  I’d be ocean blue, because I love the beach.

Blue is a very relaxing color, and the beach is the best place for it, don’t you think? There’s something about water that automatically calms you.

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

EJ:  Ha! I wanted to be a stand-up comedian. A case of perpetual stage fright made that not such a lucrative career choice.

Uh-oh! Maybe you could use the stage fright as a platform. Humor is such a great way to communicate.

EJ McCay has authored three books, all available on Kindle. You’ll find more information about them here: Books by EJ McCay.

You can connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJMcCay and Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ElizabethJMcCay

Broken Like Glass by EJ McCay

How is Papa supposed to set me free when I don’t even know what I need to be freed from?

Lillian Louis James tried to live a good life but her father had a knack for bringing out the worst in her. When a quick weekend visit with him turned violent she found herself on the wrong end of the law. Stuck in the small town she would rather forget Lillian was forced to attend therapy and try to figure out where it all went wrong. Her high school crush showing up on the scene didn’t help either as unresolved feelings bubbled to the surface. Will Lillian let Jesus heal her broken past before her chance at love is gone?






3 Questions Wednesday with Kristen Hogrefe

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Kristen!

Kristen Hogrefe is an author, speaker, and English teacher. She also serves as a mentor for Word Weavers International and works with the teens in her church’s youth group. Her new release, The Revisionary (Write Integrity Press), is the first book in her YA trilogy The Rogues. The novel is a dystopia of a different kind—one where characters look back to their civilization’s heritage for hope and wisdom to move forward. You can find Kristen outdoors in the Florida sunshine or online at www.KristenHogrefe.com.

Question:  What inspires you?

Kristen:  Many things inspire me. For starters, nature inspires me. God’s creation provides an endless resource for my imagination! Also, my fellow writers (Word Weaver friends) inspire me as do some of my favorite authors and books. However, I think that writing is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration (to borrow that famous quote by Thomas Edison). Writing requires discipline and hard work. Finding inspiration is easy. Putting in the long hours is the tough part, but the end result is worth the effort.

Good answer!

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

Kristen: I would be a spiral blue and yellow crayon (same concept as a twisty ice cream cone): yellow for sunshine and blue for ocean. I’m definitely a Florida girl! I’ve lived in the Sunshine State my whole life and keep a volleyball and beach chair in my car trunk—ready for any spontaneous trips.

Yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and understanding, according to my trusty “favorite colors” page. Blue is compassionate, and caring, among other things. What those two colors signify to me, is a sunny day with crystal blue skies! Good color choice.

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

Kristen: As a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I loved animals and didn’t think there could possibly be a better job—that is, until I realized that needles and blood make me queasy. Now, I just have one kitty named Ness, and enjoy writing and teaching.

At one time, I thought a veterinarian would be a good career choice, if a love for animals was all it took. Like you, I reconsidered when faced with the facts. Sounds like you made a good decision!

Readers, I hope you enjoyed this week’s 3 Questions Wednesday. You’ll find Kristen at the following locations:

Kristen is @kjhogrefe on Twitter.

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/kristenhogrefe.author/

Website: https://kristenhogrefe.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/KristenHogrefe/e/B004FZXG7U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

I #amreading Kristen’s newly released YA dystopian novel, The Revisionary–it’s riveting!  Here are the details about the book–

A Revisionary rewrites the rules. A Rogue breaks them. Which one is she?

Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy accepts her Revisionary draft to the Crystal Globe with one goal: earn a Dome seat so she can amend the satellite rules and rescue her brother. Her plan derails when Head Gage Eliab brands her as a suspect in a campus Rogue attack, and in her quest to clear her name, she questions if the vigilante Brotherhood responsible might not be the real villain.

Her shifting loyalties pit her against Luther Danforth, her Court Citizen ally who believes in reform, not revolution. Joining the Brotherhood makes a future with him impossible—and Portia must decide if it’s better to rewrite the rules or to break them.





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!


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

Click on book to buy Print Version.

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.”

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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.