3 Questions Wednesday with Daphne Self

67177558_10217230486728501_1529675924142817280_oWelcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and welcome Daphne Self. Lets get started!

First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Daphne:  This is like asking what’s my favorite show, or dessert, or kid. I have many favorites so I will list a few: for suspense: Terri Blackstock, for westerns: Louis L’Amour, for thrillers: Eric Landfried and Mike Dellosso, for speculative: Daniel Peyton, Allen Steadham, Joanna White, Paul Regnier, and John Olson/Randy Ingermanson…and that is just a start. Oh, I love Henry van Dyke.

It is too hard to pick one with so many favorites! 🙂 Now here’s a fun question—

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

Daphne:   I’m working on writing a middle grade book about Martin Luther. This requires a lot of researching, but I like it. When it comes to fiction, I write about a variety of things. So I really can’t pinpoint anything. Guess you can say when it comes to fiction, I write about life. With nonfiction, I would write a book that goes into more detail about living with chronic pain and tell the stories of everyday people who live with this condition.

It seems like so many people are struggling with chronic pain and how to manage it in a healthy way.  That book could have the potential to help many people.  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?

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Daphne:  This is kind of hard to say. I don’t really live in books. I enjoy reading them, but once I close the book, the story lives in my memory only. If I had to say, it would be … I have no idea. Maybe Jordan and Bopol from Allen Steadham’s Jordan’s World. I would learn the way of the tribes on Algoran. Of Beroan from Shifter by Joanna White. To be able to see him in dragon form would be cool and he could tell me all about the dragon clan. Maybe even Doyle from Eric Landfried’s Solitary Man. We would fight to undercover the truth of what why the cannibals existed. Then there is Penny and Jonah from Susan Tuttle’s At First Glance. To spend a day with a sweet couple would be ideal. Being able to talk to Tassie from Judy DuCharme’s Blood Moon Redemption would be nice. I would have coffee with her and discuss the significance of her heritage and history. If I was able to spend time with Travis and Jane in Lucy Thompson’s A Cowboy’s Dare, it would be like living in a John Wayne movie. Laughter, adventure, and mayhem.

You may need a year instead of a day…LOL!   Thanks, Daphne, for visiting us on 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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Readers, Daphne will give away 3 print copies of Mississippi Nights, in celebration of Alabama Days‘ release in spring/summer 2020, 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir, in celebration of next year’s release of Journey On: Through This Shadowed Valley, and The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog, her newest children’s book release.  Don’t forget to comment below to be entered.


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The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog

Majesty, the firehouse dog, is missing. Willie and Jax are on the case to discover who is the dognapping culprit. Could it be their neighbor, Mr. Applebee? Or maybe it is Ms. Thornton?
Join the Pintail Duo, Wilhelmina van der Coup and Jackson Barnaby, as they follow the clues to rescue Majesty in The Case of the Missing Firehouse Dog.


 


Mississippi Nights

MN_Cover_FINALTwo brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt.
Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt? When firefighter David Boyette’s fiance perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.
Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?
Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

 


30 Days: A Devotional Memoir 

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Do you desire to no longer be alone? Do you yearn for understanding and hope? Do you wish for a closer walk with Jesus?
When a relationship ends, whether through divorce or death, it leaves us with heartache and sadness. Fear of loneliness overwhelms our soul. Anger at God consumes us. We are suddenly thrust into unknown territory, lost and bewildered.
Psalm 147:3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their their wounds”. 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir brings you deeply moving stories to strengthen your walk and bring you closer to Christ. Author D.M. Webb share her three year spiritual journey with a collection of thirty devotions designed to reach out and uplift those who have endured the turbulent emotions that come with divorce, widowhood, and single parenting. Reach out, place your hand in His, and begin your journey today.

 



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Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. A transplant from Mississippi who fell in love with the Midwest state, she spends her days writing, editing, and planning adventures with her husband and sons. Having always dreamed of being a writer she pursues this dream with only one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours books in many genres. Daphne is a long time member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and also helps upcoming authors polish their manuscripts.

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The Fabric of Love by Cara Lynn James

IMG_1306-2 copyGood morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Cara Lynn James to the Inspired Prompt.

Hi, Cara. So glad you could join us. First question:

Tell us a little about yourself?

Cara:  I was born in Hamden, Connecticut where I spent the first 23 years of my life. My parents split when I was just a baby, but I have younger siblings (3 sisters and a brother) from blended family situations. I don’t pay attention to adjectives like “step” or “half” when it comes to my siblings. They’re my siblings, and I love them.

Thanks to visiting my dad on the weekends, I was in church every Sunday and grew up learning the Bible. I also started going to a Christian school in the fourth grade. But while I professed Christ at 9 years old, I pulled away from my faith in my teens and early twenties and made a few bad decisions. Once I hit what I considered bottom, my best buddy Chris invited me to come to live with him in New Hampshire and get back on my feet. It ended up being a great decision as God used the experience to draw me back to him and I rediscovered the faith I’d discarded. I’d been writing all along, and now my faith influenced the things that came out in my work.

New Hampshire has certainly had its ups and downs for me, but the one constant has been God, and He has been absolutely faithful through it all. I’m thankful for a God I can completely surrender to, and I’m thankful for the gracious blessings He grants me in this life. He just keeps giving, though I never could deserve it, and I’m now a published author.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Cara:  Once I finish the rough draft, I love editing because I enjoy finding just the right words. Editing seems so much more manageable than actually writing the first draft. That’s a sprawling, messy process. But I also like that, too, because it’s very creative and I’m never quite sure where the story is going. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not.

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 How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Cara: I’m embarrassed to say I have six half-finished books resting in my computer. My only excuse (and it’s not a good one) is I often get bogged down in the middle and tired of the story. If only I could go from the beginning, skip the sagging middle and sprint to the end. I’m half-plotter and half-panster, although I’m trying hard to plan ahead and avoid tumbling down rabbit holes. So far I’m partially successful.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Cara:   I’d have a serious talk with myself about how wonderful writing can be as long as I keep learning the craft and practice what I learn. I’d always accept criticism graciously, and develop the discipline to finish a project. My advice would be to steel myself against rejection, rejoice with every success, large or small, and never compare myself to others. Be as happy for my friends as for myself when good things happen. (Actually, I am and I think that’s very important.) There’s no room for envy. I’d try to make a lot of writer friends because they’re the ones who understand me and listen enthusiastically to my chatter about characters, plot, edits, etc. They understand the joys of writing and commiserate about the inevitable disappointments along the way. They ‘get it.’ And lastly, be generous and helpful with other writers.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Cara:  One common trap is publishing a book before it’s ready for prime time. With self-publishing so easy, aspiring authors have to be sure to study their craft and have patience while they’re learning. Be grateful others will critique your story and don’t be defensive if you disagree with their comments. They’re trying to help. Try to stay focused and not let yourself get overwhelmed or discouraged.

What does literary success look like to you?

Cara: Success means writing what God wants me to write, enjoying the process, having readers and interacting with them. Making a little money along the way never hurts either.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Cara:  I’m contracted for three inspirational novellas, two historical romances and one contemporary. 

The first novella is The Fabric of Love, a story set in a small Connecticut town around the turn-of-the-century. It’s about a young widow who struggles to support her mother and three kids. Against her will, Eliza Baldwin and Clark Henderson, the town’s new storekeeper, quickly fall in love. Eliza needs a job so she’ll be able to send her son to a private school, her late husband’s dearest wish. But the headmaster’s wife doesn’t believe in women working outside the home. Should Eliza confront society’s conventions and work in Clark’s store anyway? She’d risk her son’s acceptance at the school and the possibility of an academic scholarship. But more importantly, should she shed the familiarity of widowhood and move forward into a new life with Clark?

The other historical romance is The Innkeeper’s Promise which, not surprisingly, is about an innkeeper who tries to convince her business partner stay and help her manage the inn when he’s anxious to expand his horizons and move on. Despite their conflicting goals, they fall in love. Can they compromise and reconcile their differences?

The third novella is my first contemporary story set in New England. A young home stager snags a job to freshen up a kids’ summer camp so the owner can sell the property and make a good profit. The owner’s grandson hires her and they quickly fall for each other. But can their romance continue when he’s offered the presidency of his grandfather’s company in Arizona? They both have life-altering decisions to make and despite their growing love, it’s not easy.

Thanks so much for joining us!

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Cara Lynn James writes historical romance often with a twist of mystery and occasionally contemporary romance. She is an award-winning, multi-published author of four Gilded Age romances, Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment, Love by the Book and A Path toward Love. Her first novella, The Fabric of Love, will be published September 31, 2019, on Amazon, and will soon be followed by The Innkeeper’s Promise and Staging a Romance, her only contemporary novella to date.

She’s been a finalist in many writing contests including Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest which led to publication. She won the American Christian Fiction Writers Noble Theme award in the historical fiction category.

You can find her on Facebook and at her website caralynnjames.net


The Fabric of Love

Eliza Baldwin, a young, bereaved widow, and mother of three struggles to support her family and save enough money for her son’s private school tuition. 

She’d like to take a job, but in her small Connecticut town in 1900, working outside the home is not acceptable for the widow of a once prosperous attorney.

Loyal to the memory of her late husband, she wants to fulfill his fondest wish to send their son to Whitfield Academy. But that’s out the question unless she can find the tuition money. Her best option is to rent a room in her spacious home to a respectable, god-fearing woman. But when Eliza advertises the room, the only person interested is a handsome male stranger.

Reluctantly, she rents the renovated space over the stable to Clark Henderson, the new owner of the Whitfield General Store. Right from their first meeting, Eliza and Clark feel a strong attraction toward each other. Yet, despite their growing feelings, Eliza believes any romantic relationship would show disloyalty to her late husband.

When Clark asks her to accept a position in his store, the headmaster’s wife makes it perfectly clear that working will jeopardize the boy’s acceptance at school.

Clark offers Eliza love and a chance to shed her widow’s weeds and genteel poverty, but she’s unsure about what the Lord has in mind for her. Will she reject Clark’s love and his kindness and hold fast to her old, familiar life? Or will she defy the headmaster’s wife and take a step forward into the future with Clark?

3 Questions Wednesday with Lindsey Brackett

BrackettLWEBHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author and speaker, Lindsey Brackett. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Lindsey:  Currently? Lauren Denton and Patti Callahan Henry. Obviously I love southern women’s fiction but both of them capture prose like its poetry and there’s really nothing I love more than beautiful writing. My upcoming favorite author is my critique partner Kimberly Duffy. Watch for her historical fiction debut, A Mosaic of Wings, from Bethany House next summer! And I’ve always loved Lucy Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Forever they are my inspiration.

Great authors, and we will keep a look out for Kimberly.  Next question…

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

Lindsey:  Recently I wrote a southern gothic novel that’s now out on submission. It’s set at my alma mater, Berry College, and explores the truth behind the legendary ghost story of “The Green Lady.” While researching, though, I fell in love all over again with the story of Berry and its philanthropic, feminist founder Martha Berry. Someday I think I’d like to fictionalize her story and honor this place that helped define the person I’ve become. 

But people keep asking if I’m done writing about the Coultrie-Halloway-Watson family and the answer is no. Their story is so deeply rooted in my own family’s story that I’m sure there will be another book someday that shares Annie’s story.

Both sound interesting 🙂 Last question:

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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?

Lindsey:  I’d love to spend the day with Lou and Liam on the tidal creeks of Edisto Island. During my research for this story, I was captivated by the environmental practices coming into play in my beloved Lowcountry. Never has it been so important to recognize the impact we have on our ecosystem. These places we love will pass away with overuse unless we—the ones who treasure them—subscribe to sustainable practices so the land and water can be enjoyed and utilized for generations to come. 

Of course after we worked, we’d settle in for a great Lowcountry meal. For me, however, this would have to not include shrimp. Sadly, I have developed a late onset allergy. Good thing I love scallops and crab—and those don’t seem to bother me as long as they aren’t fried with shrimp!

Oh how sad to miss out on shrimp! Coconut shrimp is my absolute favorite.  That sounds like a productive and rewarding day.    Thanks so much for dropping by!

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The Bridge Between

Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.

David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm—and he hopes for more.

But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them.

In this idyllic setting, relationships, like the creeks, deepen and shift. Once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she’s chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.


BrackettLWEBLindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction infused with her rural Georgia upbringing and Lowcountry roots. Her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by family summers at Edisto Beach, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named an INSPY finalist and the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Bridge Between, released July 31, 2019. Download Magnolia Mistletoe with newsletter signup at lindseypbrackett.com or on Instagram and Facebook

3 Questions Wednesday with Janet W. Ferguson

IMG_7307-(ZF-1056-64043-1-001) - Copy (2)Welcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and welcome Janet  W. FergusonJanet is a multi-published author that likes to write about humorous inspirational fiction. Lets get started!

First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Janet: I totally fangirl over Francine Rivers! I met her at a writing conference and asked to get my picture made with her! Her writing taught me the power of story. Her latest novel The Masterpiece was wonderful!

 Oh how neat that you got to meet with one of your favorites!  Now here’s a fun question—

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

Janet:  Oh my! That’s hard!

I wish I could write biblical fiction that pulled people into Bible study. I loved Lynn Austin’s biblical fiction based on the kings in the Bible. While reading the series, I wanted to go back and read about them in the Old Testament.

I would also love to write a fictional story based on my parents’ lives. They have a sweet story of meeting on a train during World War II.

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A love story…. on a train… during a war…❤️❤️❤️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?

Janet:  In The Art of Rivers, the heroine, Rivers, is an art therapist. It would be neat to hang out with her on a nice day at the beach with a canvas. We could talk, paint, and she could teach me a few things about art. Maybe give me some therapy!

I would love to hang out with her for some beach therapy too!  Thanks, Janet, for visiting us on 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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Readers, Janet will be giving away an eBook copy of her award winning novel Magnolia Storms to one reader who leaves a comment .


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A Coastal Hearts Novel

Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. 

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3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

I’m really excited about this week’s post since the guest is … ME! I’m a blogger and author, thrilled that my debut novel released a couple of days ago. It’s been a looooong journey but one that’s been well-worth the wait.

How will I answer our three questions now that I’m a too-good-to-be-true novelist? Read on, my friend.

Who is your favorite author?

Jennifer: I love reading and read just about any genre. I’d have to say my favorite author is James L. Rubart. I pre-order all his books. I don’t do that for anyone else, but his books are so engaging that I just can’t put one down once I get started.  His tagline is Live Free and that’s what all his novels promote.

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

Jennifer: In the first writing class I ever attended in 2006, the first question asked was “If you could write anything, what would you write?” We had a few minutes to figure it out. At the time, I’d only considered writing non-fiction. The thought of me writing a novel hadn’t really entered my mind.

I pondered for a moment, then wrote in my notebook, “I want to write an allegorical fantasy like Narnia or Lord of the Rings.” I’ve been working on this book, which I consider my magnum opus for several years now and am currently running it through a critique group. Maybe one day you’ll get to read it. 🙂

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

Jennifer: Wow. I love all my characters.  It would be a blast to hang out with Estelle Granger, the woman who creates Jessie’s wedding dress. Her quirky personality would make her so much fun to be around. We’d go eat pizza and then shop ’til we dropped…

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June Blog Tour Giveaway Extravaganza-June 10th-June 30th

Prizes include:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card
  • Print copy of Jessie’s Hope
  • 2 Kindle copies of Jessie’s Hope

Giveaway details: Go to my Rafflecopter Page to enter and possibly win one of five prizes to be drawn by Rafflecopter. Winners will be revealed on Jennifer’s blog on July 1st. You can only enter by visiting my June blog tour from June 10th until June 30th. My visits include:

June 13thJennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
June 14thFavorite Friday Fiction
June 15thInspired Prompt
June 17thAuthor Trish Perry
June 17thSouthern Writers Magazine
June 18thAuthor Liz Tolsma
June 19thInspired Prompt
June 21stSnark & Sensibility/
June 24thFear Warrior
June 24thJune Foster
June 25thTrumpet Tuesdays
June 26thSeriously Write
June 28thHeartfelt, Homespun fiction/
June 29thThe Write Conversation/


Jessie’s Hope

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?

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Jennifer Hallmark: I love writing, reading, and learning. 🙂

But I am so much more: Wife, Mother, Mamaw, friend and family to many,  cookie baker, LOTR marathon watcher, greeting card sender, church bulletin maker, day trip with hubby and friends taker, snowman and Golden Age of Detective Fiction book collector.

And, at the moment, binge watcher of River Monsters. Welcome to my world!

You can find me at: my website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and my monthly newsletter.