Who won the $25 Amazon gift card???

easter basketWas it you?

I looked at all the comments made on our Monday and Friday posts during the months of March and April. If you responded to a writing prompt, I added your name twice. I tossed all the names in an Easter bucket (you make do with what you have) and stirred them around and around. I plucked a single name from the bucket and it was…

Sparks of Ember!!!

Congratulations! You’ve won the $25 Amazon gift card. It only takes a moment to comment.

To win.

Bummed it wasn’t your name? Comment on a Monday or Friday post during the months of May and June and be entered for a drawing on June 30th. This time it could be you…

We’ve also drawn names to win two different books: Saving Eric by Joan Deneve and Love Comes Calling by Deborah M. Piccurelli.

Drum roll please…drum roll

The winner of Joan’s book is…Kimberly Smith!

The winner of Deborah’s book is…Lucy Afong!

Stay tuned for our May posts on the topic…

The Monster Under the Bed: Childhood Fears.


Great Authors, Winners, and Fun? Oh my!

CongratulationsEntrusted FRONT Cover_edited Harriet Michael! You’ve won a copy of Julie Arduini’s book Entrusted! 

There’s still time to win Joan Devene’s book Saving Eric or Deborah M. Piccurelli’s book Love Comes Calling. Just leave a comment under their interview.

Tomorrow Lori Roeleveld joins us and talks about Amadeus, C.S. Lewis, and her latest project. Don’t miss it!

We hope you’re enjoying our Monday and Friday posts on “What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Next month, we’ll discuss the monster under the bed…







Love Comes Calling by Deborah M. Piccurelli

Picture of Me (6-17-14)Today, Christian romance author, Deborah M. Piccurelli, joins us to talk about her romance novel, Love Comes Calling. Let’s start at the beginning.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Deborah: I remember at age 10 or 11, loving to read so much that I tried my hand at writing a couple books. I never told anyone, so I never had encouragement, and that inevitably went by the wayside in my teen years. But I still always had a book in my hand all through the years. I would finish one book and begin another in the same day. But after marrying and having children, the desire to write returned, but stronger than ever before. That’s when my journey began.

I’ve always loved reading since I was very young. Now about your writing schedule:

Do you write every day? What does your typical writing day look like?

Deborah: My life is such that I don’t get to write every single day, but I do perform writing-related tasks every day.

Sounds good. I try to apply the same strategy to marketing.

What’s your favorite marketing strategy?

Deborah: The Facebook book launch party I hosted last night (4/10/15) was pretty cool, and may fast become my favorite. I also like the Goodreads giveaways.

I really enjoyed your book launch party and know I will enjoy your book. As for the future,

What project are you currently working on?

Deborah: Right now, I’m working on a futuristic TV drama series. I had to put other writing projects aside, because the Lord impressed on me that this one was of greater importance.

Great! Last question:

Have you ever had a unique experience connected with being an author?

Deborah: While researching my previous novel, Hush, Little Baby, which has a dwarf couple as its main characters, I found the website for Little People of America. I got the phone number for the president and called. I never expected the actual president to answer, but maybe a secretary. Well, the president, himself picked up who just happened to be Matt Roloff, star of Little People, Big World on The Learning Channel. That show hadn’t aired, yet, at that time. Shortly after that, I began seeing him and his family on different talk shows, saying they had a reality show coming up. I said to my husband, “Hey, that’s the guy I talked to on the phone.” Needless to say, he was no longer president of LPA, and it was virtually impossible to get a hold of him. I did speak to his wife, Amy, once, and we chatted for a good amount of time. I’m not saying I idolized them. I just thought it was kind of cool that after speaking with them, I began to see them on TV.

Amazing the experiences that we find as writers. 🙂

Thanks Deborah for dropping by! If you’d like to win an e-copy of Love Comes Calling, leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

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The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to tell her who he really is.

Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.

But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?

After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She is active in her church and is an advocate for sanctity of life. Deborah is the author of two novels, a novella and several cause-related newspaper articles. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the New Jersey Society of Christian Writers. As one of the winners in a contest by The Christian Authors Show, details of Deborah’s writing journey can be found in the 2013-2014 edition of the book, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.