3 Questions Wednesday with Sara L. Foust

Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome author, Sara L. Foust, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Sara.

Who is your favorite author?

Sara: Zane Grey.

Great choice. He wrote so many good westerns. Next question…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Sara:  I love creating the stories I already write and including nature as an important element. I also love treasure hunts and mystery and puzzles.  So I try to combine those elements and create exciting, fast-paced books. That said, I guess I’m already writing what I would love to write about 🙂

Good for you! 🙂  Now for your last question.

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Sara: One of my all-time favorite stories is The Swiss Family Robinson. I would love to spend a day with their family, exploring their island and, especially, their tree houses. I do love tree houses!

That sounds like a wonderful day. Sara, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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Sara is offering winner’s choice of a Kindle or print book of Rarity Mountain (US addresses only on print) to one blessed winner. Comment below to enter and good luck!


Rarity Mountain

On the surface, SIMON FINCUFF and FERN STRONGBOW have nothing in common. Simon has served his sentence, but his past conviction still haunts him. Fern is a veterinarian and grew up on an off-the-grid homestead. The one thing they share? Each has a dark secret they would do almost anything to protect.

When their current careers are yanked away, they are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. A reality television show falls into their paths, offering a life-changing opportunity that tests their resolve and their faith.

These two unlikely partners must battle to survive for thirty days in the untouched wilderness of Rarity Mountain with only a handful of survival items and a director who is out for drama, no matter the cost. With their lives and their carefully guarded skeletons on the line, they will discover how far they are willing to go to win the million-dollar prize for Survival Tennessee.

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Sara L. Foust is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from the beauty of East Tennessee, where she lives with her five homeschooled children. To learn more about her, please visit www.saralfoust.com.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Allison Wells

Allison-Wells-3Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Allison Wells to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Allison.

Who is your favorite author?

I would have to say that my favorite author is Liz Curtis Higgs. I first read her novel Thorn in my Heart years ago and was fascinated with how she told a story. I was so enthralled with how she worked a Biblical story (that of Jacob, Leah & Rachel, in this case) into a work of fiction set in 18th century Scotland. I’ve read all of her novels and all of her Bad Girls of the Bible books, and have been fortunate enough to have emailed back and forth with her a bit as well.

Ms. Higgs is a true inspiration for any first time author and I would call myself extremely blessed to have one fourth the success and reach she has.

She is one of my picks also 🙂  Next…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

I have been fascinated with the story of Esther from the Bible for over fifteen years. I have read numerous books, both fiction and non, about her life. I would love to write book after book about her life, each with a different angle. Did she ever fall in love with Xerxes? How did she feel about being chosen? Was her stomach in her throat as she approached her husband? There are so many angles, one could get lost in them for a lifetime.hand-3248672__340

The story of Esther is such a wonderful read.  Love this idea! Last question…. 

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would love to spend the day with Grace Walker. She’s the mother of my main character, Abby. Grace was born at the turn of the twentieth century, married young, and has birthed seven children. Maybe her life seems a little mundane, but she’s seen a lot in her lifetime.
Grace’s character isn’t explored too deeply in War-Torn Heart, but she’s a wonderful woman I’d like to get to know better while sitting on her front porch with a glass of sweetened iced tea. I think we would just tell stories back and forth all day while watching our little world float by.

Sounds like an a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Readers, Allison will give away a kindle copy of  a War-Torn Heart.  Please leave a comment to be entered.

Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.

Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, the nephew of a family at her church and a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.

As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey. Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey’s love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby’s heart?

War-Torn Heart is a Kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make readers cry, scream, and long for more.


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Allison Wells
Allison is a graduate of Clemson University and she has lived in the Upstate for twenty years. She is married and has four amazing children. Allison is a freelance writer for a number of Upstate publications, but is usually found taking her children from one activity to another. War-Torn Heart is her first book.

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Writing Prompts and Novels

By Jennifer Hallmark

In May 2012, three ladies, Betty Thomason Owens, Christina Rich, and myself,  joined together to start a blog.

This one.

Over almost seven years, the blog has evolved and changed for the better. But we’ve always kept one aspect the same: writing prompts. I believe for many writers, prompts can lead to a great story.

My debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, began life as a short story written from three prompts:

  • Faded coveralls
  • Dusty baseball cap
  • Wedding dress designer

I wrote the original short story on November 13, 2008 and it contained only 756 words. When I shared it with others, it evoked strong emotion. Friends wanted to know what happened next. So I turned it first into a novella, then a novel. Eva Marie Everson, the acquisitions and managing editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, showed interest at a writer’s conference. I sold Firefly the book in October of 2017 and on June 15th, Jessie’s Hope will release.

All from three writing prompts.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?

I love all my characters and the story. I hope you will too. Since I can’t give away a copy of the book during March Madness, I’ll offer a $10 Amazon gift card to one person who leaves a comment. Then, if you’d like, you can purchase some of the books my fellow bloggers are offering this month. 🙂

Click to tweet: Make sure to check out the Inspired Prompt every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in March and win some great books and other prizes. #MarchMadness #giveaway

And on June 15th, take a moment to shop online for my book. I’ll share the links as soon as I receive them.

Thank you from the Inspired Prompt crew for all your encouragement and support!


Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and fantasy, an interesting combination that keep the creative juices flowing. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations.

When she isn’t babysitting her six grandkids or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. Or even watching American Ninja Warrior.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

July2018Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome author, Julie Arduini, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Julie.

Who is your favorite author?

This is a hard one! I have to say the one constant where each book is a homerun for me as a reader is Susan May Warren. She creates characters and conflicts that I can’t get enough of. I love her work.

I would struggle picking a favorite too.  Next question…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

These two ideas come from loved ones and I honestly don’t know how I could pull these ideas off, but here you go….one fiction idea a loved one wishes I’d write is in the Amish genre, covering a story line that includes the real journey Amish families often take to Mexico for healthcare. The second would also be fiction and would tell the story of a family and the impact of using a donor and finding (half) siblings who also used the same donor.

I enjoy all things Amish. Their way of life is so interesting.  Now for your last question.

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I think because I just finished her story and I related to her, it would be Lena Calloway from You’re Amazing. She’s a mentor in the Linked ministry but by no means does she have a perfect life. That’s part of her problem, she feels ill-equipped to mentor because her life isn’t perfect. She’s completely overwhelmed as a mom and struggles because others inject their opinions about her motherhood, causing more self-doubt. I was part of MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, as a mom and a mentor and I know those early years are confidence killers if you allow it. I’d take Lena out for coffee and just let her vent. I’d encourage her and build her up and make sure she knew I was available. If there’s a mom who can relate, I hope you check out MOPS. It was a lifesaver for me!

MOPS is a fantastic program. Julie, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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One lucky winner will receive a copy of You’re Amazing.  US winner has the choice of print or eBook. Outside US will receive the eBook. Comment below to enter and good luck!


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Book 2, Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Julie Arduini/Hannah Arduini

A middle schooler and her mentor, a mom of young boys, realize they both have a lot to learn when they come across criticism.

Jazmin’s a natural at dance until a series of changes make her wonder if she should even keep up with her favorite hobby.

Lena’s a mom with young children overwhelmed with her schedule when a woman remarks that what Lena does isn’t even important.

Both Jazmin and Lena belong to Linked, a mentoring ministry where all ages encourage each other and build friendships.

Can these two surrender the lies they are believing and realize they are amazing?

A novella for tweens, teens, and women of all ages by mother and daughter team Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini.

Pre-Order You’re Amazing on Amazon

Releases eBook Format February 4. Print Format February 2019.

 


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 Juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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March Madness and Inspired Prompt Blog: Think Winners

By Jennifer Hallmark

March Madness. The Division I men’s basketball tournament is considered one of the premier events in sports. The 68-team single-elimination tournament holds 67 games in 19 days, a jam-packed end to the season that aptly earned the nickname March Madness.

Here at Inspired Prompt, we’re having our own tournament of sorts. But without the basketball and cheerleaders and buzzer-beating wins. Throughout March, you’ll hear from many of the writers how they wrote their books, why, and a lot more interesting information. No competition here, though. All of our authors are winners. 🙂

You might be too!

The best part is the tournament trophies—er—prizes. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you’ll have a chance to win books and other fun things. And for March only, we’ll even let you win twice.

Stop by and visit.

Leave a comment.

Let us know how you’re doing and how we’re doing on the blog. We’d love to see you!

Maybe you’ll even find a basketball…

Click to tweet: #MarchMadness  Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in March, you’ll have a chance to win books and other things at Inspired Prompt blog. #winners