3 Questions Wednesday with Ginger Solomon

Ginger 6 - brightened smallIt is my sincere pleasure to welcome author, blogger, and mother of 7, Ginger Solomon to 3 Questions Wednesday. Let’s get started!  First question–

 Can you describe yourself in three words?

Ginger:  Introvert, Mother, Writer

As a mother of 7 children, I would bet you have lots of patience also! Next question–

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

Ginger:  Scotland, hands down. I would love to spend the time researching and visiting the castles. 😊 I’ve done my ancestry, and I’m not in any way Scottish (I am mostly Irish and English), but I have had a love for that country for a long time. I love their accents. I love castles. I have to say, though, that I will not be trying haggis. LOL

haggis-3094697__340Haggis is a Scottish dish consisting of a sheep’s or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach.

I had to look that up…ewwww!!  Now–

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

Ginger:  It’s a newer song, but I’ve related to “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.

I have often felt like I’m not enough, that I will never measure up to other’s expectations. But one line keeps running through my head. It says, “The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me, in You I find my worth, in You I find my identity.”

I have to remember, daily, WHOSE I am. As another song says, “I am a child of God.” He is my father. He loves me. And even when I fail, He is there to pick me up, wipe away the grime, fix my boo-boos, and encourage me to try again. And again. And again.

Those are lovely songs with such beautiful messages.

Thanks, Ginger, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions and help your readers get to know you better.

Readers, Ginger will be giving away The Heart of Christmas collection to one commenter. So, leave her a comment, or ask her a question, and your name will go into the drawing for the book.

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The Heart of Christmas: A Romantic Christmas Novella Collection

Announcing five new stories filled with faith, hope, forgiveness, and of course happily-ever-afters. Each story focuses on an element of the Nativity, from the angels to the wise men. Be swept up in the love of the season and the promise of forever that the Christ child, the true Heart of Christmas, brings.

On Angels’ Wings by Ginger Solomon
Bakery owner, Jenna Wing prepares to spend Thanksgiving alone—her first without her family. When her former neighbor, Thomas Hayes, invites her to dinner, she finds that she can’t say no. Their previous friendship turns to something more, but Thomas’s family issues threatens their new-found relationship.

No Room in His Heart by Bonita McCoy
What happens when Evie’s car breaks down on the highway and her only hope is the handsome, sure of himself inn owner who can’t find his phone and lives off pizza?
A sweet Christmas romance … with lots of zing that will have you laughing.

Born for You by Leah Fornier
Ryder has never set foot in a church. But when his best friend, Kenna, begs him to direct a church Christmas play, he can’t refuse. As he and Kenna work through a series of mishaps, Ryder finds himself drawn to the One born for him. And also to Kenna.

Finding Wisdom in Noel by Janie Winsell
Travel photographer Billie accepts an assignment in Noel, Montana, to escape her ex-fiance’s wedding. Aiden takes custody of his nephew Kris and embarks on a journey of parenthood. When a luggage mishap brings Billie and Aiden together, they must find healing and wisdom in order for their love to flourish.

Season of Forgiveness by Darcy Fornier
Ruby Larson adopted Ivy Carlyle as her granddaughter when Ivy helped her arrange her funeral. When Ruby’s estranged grandson, Denver Reese, appears, Ivy is reluctant to share Ruby’s attention. As the two plan Ruby’s Christmas, unexpected attraction draws them closer. But Ivy’s painful past challenges their friendship.

Introductory poems by Betty Boyd

Ginger 6 - brightened smallGinger 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.

You can connect with Ginger at:


Inspy Romance Blog

Facebook Author Page.

Twitter @GingerS219


Amazon Author Page

3 Questions Wednesday with Shelly Roark

Welcome to our latest edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and say hello to Shelly Roark. Shelly is a senior copywriter for Focus on the Family and has released her debut children’s picture book.   Let’s get started!

First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Shelly:  Giggly Chaotic Hugger.

Sounds like you’re a fun person. 🙂 Now here’s an interesting question—

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

Shelly:  Right now it would be New York City and the reason can be summed up in one word . . . CHRISTMAS! I would absolutely love to hang out in New York and enjoy the wonderful onslaught of sights and sounds of the holidays.

That would be my kinda trip too. Last question—

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

Shelly:  Hmmmmm. The Mission Impossible theme song. Not because my life is an impossible mission, but because I like to think of it as one exciting adventure after another. And, quite honestly, the music just makes me happy.

I like it!  Thanks, Shelly, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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The Bubble Who Would Not POP!

The Bubble Who Would Not POP! shares the adventure of a determined bubble on a mission. Billy Bubble must get the green-eyed girl’s prayer to heaven! It’s not easy for a bubble to keep it together . . . will he see God before he pops? Join Billy on his surprising journey as he learns some life-changing lessons about God’s love and the power of prayer.

The book is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target, and other online outlets.

 Shelly Roark has been writing professionally for more than 25 years—from early years as a newspaper reporter to ghost writer for ministries and non-profits. Today, she is a senior copywriter for Focus on the Family.

Her debut children’s picture book—The Bubble Who Would Not POP!—recently received Gold in IBPA’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin/Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/YA) and the 2018 Silver Medal Illumination Book Award. Shelly and her husband Geoff live in Texas with their three teens. Website


3 Questions Wednesday with Donna Schlachter

aaaSchlachter DSCF1330_DonnaHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes  author and story teller, Donna Schlachter. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Donna: Analytical. Justice-oriented. Child of the Living God.

A mind for details makes a great 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?

Donna: England. For the history. And it needs to be at least a month long. Maybe two. No, six. Six months in England, to tour old castles, ghost towns, and cemeteries. Yes, cemeteries. I love dreaming up stories to go along with inscriptions such as “Mother of 10”, “Love of my life”, and “Infant daughter of J.C. and E.M. Clements”.

What a interesting answer! Last question:

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

Donna:  I had no idea, so I went online and did a crazy quiz. Answered 7 seemingly unrelated questions, and presto! The answer: Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams. Apparently, I wish it were still the good, old days. They say I’m not much for change, which is true. As for the rest of their conclusions, don’t know that I agree, but then again, they came up with the theme song when I couldn’t. If you want to try the quiz, here’s the link: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=What-song-tells-story-your-life-1

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

You wish it were still the good old days.  You are not much one for change, because it never seems to work out for you.  You love to look back and reminiscence on all the great times you have had.  Your friends are faithful and pals you have had for most of your life.  You have their backs, and they have yours.  Life is pretty much the way you like it, so you see no reason to change it.  Things are just better when you let everything unfold the way it should.  Who knew the story of your life would be the worst export Canada ever sent to the USA?

Change is a struggle for me too… why mess with a good thing?!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

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What would be the theme song of YOUR life? Feel free to use the quiz mentioned above, or choose your favorite song. Leave a comment and enter to win a random drawing for a free print copy (US Only) of MissAdventure Brides Collection.


The MissAdventure Brides Collection

These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.

About Detours of the Heart: A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?

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Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Judythe Morgan

2018 croppedHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Judythe Morgan. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Judythe:  Eclectic: Years ago, one of my husband’s business associates told him he had quite an eclectic wife. I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or insulted. I looked it up and decided  I am indeed eclectic. I like to select what seems best to me from various styles, doctrines, ideas, and methods.
Resourceful: My resourcefulness stems from being eclectic. I have a wealth of knowledge floating around in my head that helps me deal with new situations or difficulties.
Imaginative: A creative imagination is the mainstay of most authors. Mine sometimes works overtime.

Yes, wonderful qualities for a 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?

Judythe:  My first thought was to return to Ireland and drink in the raw beauty, relish the culture, and visit friends I’ve made on previous visits. I always recharge my imagination there. Then I gave a second thought and Scotland came to mind. I’ve traveled in Scotland too, and I’d love to wander beyond the typical tourist places. Maybe add a Scottish bur to my Irish brogue. Of course, wherever I went I’d love the adventure and feed my writer’s imagination.

I would imagine Scotland and Ireland are both breathtaking around the holidays! Last question:

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

Judythe: This was the hardest question for me, even though I live in a very musical family. We have oboists, pianists, singers, composers, and hummers. We have piano teachers and music teachers. We know a gazillion songs. Still, this question was tough for me.  I asked for suggestions. And, what fun that was collecting the different ideas. Interestingly, many of the suggested songs involved travel. I have moved around and traveled a lot. There were also many hymns and Christian songs suggested. My faith does guide my life. After much reflection, I narrowed my choices to two.  One reflects how my life has played out – The Happy Wanderer. I’ve loved all the places I’ve lived, the people I’ve met, and the lifelong friends I discovered along the way.  The other, I consider the underpinning of life – His Eye is On the Sparrow. I do know who’s in control of my life and I’m so thankful He watches over me.

What great song selections. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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When Love Blooms, Book 1 of the Fitzpatrick Family series


After a hit-and-run accident leaves her mother confined to a special care facility, Darcy Clark abandons her dream of an art career to focus on the family’s struggling landscape business.

At-risk students from her old high school become the labor force on a city park project, and their teacher, Andy Fitzpatrick shows up to supervise his students. The chemistry between Darcy and Andy is instant.

But will a secret link between Andy and her mother’s accident kill the attraction before love can bloom?

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Award-winning author Judythe Morgan was an Air Force daughter then an Army wife and a one time-Department of Army Civilian employee. She’s also a mother/grandmother, antiques dealer, teacher, former mayor’s wife, and sometimes-church pianist.

Her diverse experiences have made her life full, her stories authentic, and her characters vivid. She creates her stories from a Christian worldview and there’s always an emotionally satisfying ending. 

With her husband, a preacher’s kid, and her son, a preacher, she has a wealth of material for her Fitzpatrick Family series about eight preacher kids and their sweet romance stories. When Love Blooms is Andy’s story and first of the series.

Judythe is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her fiction has earned numerous writing awards.

Visit Judythe’s website to learn more.

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5 Questions Wednesday with Jean Petersen

jeanpetersen new head shotGood morning! Today is a special 5 Question Wednesday interview. Hey, everyone needs a little change now and then. 🙂 And it is our pleasure to welcome freelance writer and weekly columnist Jean Petersen  to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Jean.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

JeanMy only writing ritual is I need quiet, or at a coffee shop, which doesn’t make much sense since those are two polar opposites. I can be creative in my quiet work space at home or other venues-no tv, music, kid distractions, animals crooning, or even laundry thumping the dryer, but there’s something that inspires me at a coffee shop-maybe it’s the aroma, the unknown people and the unknown stories I create as I observe their interactions or routines, special treats and uniqueness of the different orders, relationships and conversations.

I agree, there is something special about coffee shops 🙂

What is the book about?

Jean:   Kind Soup has several layers to it. It’s about an enthusiastic girl who has an opportunity to join with her mom in something she loves, cooking. This time they’re making an unusual recipe called Kind Soup, made with Fruit-Fruits of the Spirit, that is. Each of the soup’s ingredients represents one of the virtues of the Galatians 5:22-23. When the recipe is complete, the little girl and her mom share it with community members, as her mom said, “A friend shared with me”. The element of the ‘friend’ is Jesus, and this is the base of the virtues and the makings the soup. As the little girl serves, visits and shares eagerly about her new soup made with fruit, she comes home with the ‘ah-ha’ moment of the depth in how good it felt to have tangible responses and outcomes from those she shared with. She finds living and demonstrating the Fruits of the Spirit within her is a mighty important gift she’s been given.

Sounds like a fun way to present the Fruit of the Spirit to kids.    Next question…

What is your favorite part of the book?

JeanWhen Kate and her mom visit and serve community members, and she comes back and says, “You know what my favorite part of making Kind Soup is?” “The way it made me feel inside when we gave it away.” The little girls realized and feels the deeper gratification of what she’s done and why she feels this way. It is the love within her spirit that’s being additionally confirmed and recognized as she shared what she made. It full-fills each of the Fruits of the Spirit’s virtues in that instance.fruits-1388848_1280

What a great maturing of love moment.  And…

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Jean:   My hope is for the reader (big or little) to go out and serve with a glad heart and spirit, that they would practice on and reflect in the virtues shared in Galatians 5:22-23, and spend time together, be it cooking, reading, serving, discussing, sharing stories or anything that creates virtuous moments. I encourage the reader that their ‘together’ doesn’t always necessarily need to be those you comfortably know, like your family and friends. I encourage the reader to meet new people (safely-children should always be accompanied by adult known to them), make the soup at a community center-invite anyone, read to school classes or local libraries-get out of your immediate comfort zone because these ‘uncomfortable-or out of your normal comfort zone and leap of faith opportunities’ are often the moments God offers the biggest blessings, growing experiences and relationships. The trickle effect has the ‘God opportunity’ to begin as a ripple in a puddle and become the mighty waves of the sea, you just never know how, who or when He’s going to bless another through the Fruits in Your Spirit.

What a great way example for others to put in practice.  One last question…

Where can readers find you online?

JeanI’m on Facebook, Intstagram,  Twitter,  and Jeanpetersen.com

Thanks so much, Jean, for dropping by!

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Kind Soup

Kind Soup wo grad from Little Lamb for release

Kate and her mom are in the kitchen and their making something delicious-a special soup wrapped in prayer and ladled out with love, composed of the Fruits of the Spirit, Kind Soup is as much a joy to make as it is to share.
Pre-orders begin in November with Little Lamb Books.


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Jean Petersen is excited about her January release of her children’s picture book, Kind Soup with Little Lamb Books.

She recently released The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook-Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes with Arcadia Publishing and The History Press as a part of their American Palate series with Chef Barrie Boulds this summer, and her first non-fiction children’s picture book, Moose Shoes, was released in 2007.

Jean is Colorado State University-Journalism alumni, and has been a freelance writer and weekly columnist for 12 years with Western Ag Reporter covering a host of topics. Her weekly children’s column is called Life on the Ranch with Banjo celebrated 10 years this past spring, and some of her feature articles can be found published in Distinctly Montana magazine and Raised in the West Magazine.

Jean lives near the Beartooth Mountains in scenic southern Montana on her small farm with her husband, four children, and a host of animals knocking at her door, all of whom give her lots of fuel for all her writing.

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