Cartoons, Interviews, and Winners…Oh My!

springSpring is officially here and we’re kicking it off here at the Writing Prompts Blog with a winner. Marlene won Kelly Ann Riley’s latest book For the Birds and the $10 B & N gift card. Congratulations Marlene!

Don’t miss any of our posts this month on cartoons. Make sure to leave a comment on a Monday or Friday post and be entered to win the $25 Amazon gift card to be given away on May 1st. Use our writing prompt in your comment and be entered twice.

It’s that easy!

Our interviTracy Ruckman Headshotew tomorrow is with publisher Tracy Ruckman. You’ll have a chance to win 3 ebooks from Write Integrity Press or Pix-N-Pens Publishing. See you there!

3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Ann Riley

Kelly Ann Riley

Today we welcome author Kelly Ann Riley to 3 Questions Wednesday. So glad you could drop by, Kelly! First question: Which author would you never tire of and why?

Kelly: There are many authors I really enjoy, but if I had to pick one I’d never get tired of, it would Debbie Macomber. Her books provide wonderful characters, compelling plots and emotionally satisfying endings.

Not only is she a great writer, but she’s a charming and pleasant person to know. Many years ago before I knew who Debbie Macomber was, I was standing behind an author in line at writer’s conference waiting to go into the dining room. We’d seen each other throughout the conference and chit-chatted a bit. She again struck a conversation and when the line moved, she apologized for not inviting me to sit with her because but she had to sit at a table up front.  It wasn’t until later during the meal that I realized Debbie was the keynote speaker. Despite being a busy important woman at this conference, she had taken the time to make a shy unknown writer feel welcome and comfortable.

When I feel discouraged and lacking in motivation, I like to read Debbie’s nonfiction motivational book, Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern for Your Life. In the book Debbie shares her journey and discusses finding God’s purpose for your life and to always to believe in your dreams.

Debbie has Skyped in and discussed her latest books several times with our small local book club. She’s awesome! Now let’s talk about villains. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Kelly: It’s hard to pick just one, but generally the villains that I find most interesting are complex, intelligent and worthy of being a formable adversary for the heroine or hero.  A recent example of a villain who intrigued me was Khan from the movie Star Trek Into Darkness.  Even though Khan was one of the bad guys his motive was to save his people. His motive was noble and hit you at gut level and it also set up great tension and conflict. Captain Kirk and Khan had to work together to save their crews but if Khan was successful it would lead to the ultimate destruction of the “inferior” human race.  Another ironic twist in the end is that if they don’t spare Khan’s life, Kirk will die. The complexity of Khan and his mission made him one of my favorite fictional villains.

I love all the Star Trek movies. Science fiction books and movies are always teeming with interesting villains. How about you?  What project are you currently working on?

Kelly: There never seems to be time to work on all the projects I have planned, but currently I’m working on a romantic suspense about an ex-army medic who must team up with a Montana rancher who had once broken her heart to prove she is innocent of murder.  I’m also revising a humorous mystery series about an ex-NASA engineer and LAPD Detective that I’m hoping to sell this year.

My latest cozy mystery with Guideposts books was recently released and is available on the Guideposts website. For the Birds Book 19 in Secrets of Blue Hill Library by Kelly Ann Riley w/a Emily Thomas. Link to the book on Guideposts Books:

**Something interesting about the book is that the parrot Lorenzo that you see on the book cover was inspired by my yellow-napped Amazon parrot also called Lorenzo.

I love the idea of using your own pet for the book cover model. 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit, Kelly!  If you like to win the giveaway which includes a copy of For The Birds and a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, please leave a comment below.

For the Birds

Coraline Watson brings her yellow-napped Amazon parrot to the library For the Birds Coverone night for the Birders Club meeting, and Liddie takes an instant liking to the beautiful bird. Anne doesn’t pay much attention to Coraline’s wild stories about spies from a nearby chemical company, until the next morning, when the parrot, Lorenzo, appears at Liddie’s window. Anne tries to return the bird, but Coraline’s house is dark and empty, the front window is broken, and no one knows where Coraline has gone. Did she stumble across some actual intrigue? Are her theories true about the chemical company trying to steal a local bird refuge for its own use? Or has Coraline managed to abscond with the Birders Club funds?

Meanwhile, Liddie is taken with Lorenzo and wants a parrot of her own. There’s even a cage in the attic it could live in. When Anne examines the cage, she realizes it was built for carrier pigeons. Did Aunt Edie own them?

Anne’s research leads to a fascinating discovery in her great aunt’s past.

Since winning RWA’s Golden Heart for Best Inspirational in 2009, Kelly Ann Riley has written ten novels for Guidepost Books and Harlequin Inspired Suspense. She enjoys writing cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. Kelly Ann is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have been finalists in numerous contests including RWA’s Rita contest and ACFW’s Carol Award.  Kelly Ann lives in rural north Alabama with her engineer husband, son, daughter and numerous spoiled pets.  She can be contacted through her web site





Kelly Ann Riley


Today we welcome Kelly Ann Riley, inspirational romantic suspense & mystery writer, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?

Kelly: I generally don’t watch reality television. I usually prefer fictional stories over reality when I want to be entertained. I’m not saying that reality television isn’t entertaining, but I like escaping reality at times, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I do get caught up in a reality show if I happen to come across an interesting episode while channel surfing.  I did follow a couple series at one time, one being Married to Jonas because the show reminds me of a very special moment.  My daughter was crazy about the Jonas Brothers and I was on the road taking her to their concert when I got the call from my agent that the editor from Love Inspired Suspense wanted to buy my first book, Firestorm.  Not only was my daughter thrilled to be at the concert, but I was celebrating a major milestone in my life and a dream come true.

(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?

Kelly: I think in some ways e-publishing is fabulous. It has opened a bigger market than could not be provided by traditional publishing in the past. I like being able to download a book instantly when the mood strikes me. E-Books don’t add to the piles of printed books in my already crowded house. However I still love printed books best. There is something really satisfying about the feel of a book in my hands and cracking open the pages to a new adventure.  Bookstores continue to be one of my favorite places to linger in, and it’s just not the same as shopping online for e-books.  Also printed books are easier to lend to friends. You don’t have to worry about running out of battery power during the climax of the book. Also, dropping a six dollar printed novel while reading in the bathtub or floating in the pool does not cause the same anguish as dunking an iPad.

(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?

Kelly: I like both Facebook and Twitter, but I tend to spend more time on Facebook. I enjoy the added space to be able to express thoughts and upload photos. I’ve appreciated how Facebook has allowed me to connect with old friends that I had lost contact with. It’s also great fun to be connected with readers and other writers and get glimpses of each other’s lives. You can follow me on Facebook at My Twitter address is

book1Thank you, Kelly, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Leave a comment and be entered to win a book–The Christmas Quilt– and a $10  gift card. The Christmas Quilt is part of a 3-book series and can also be purchased from Guideposts for the holidays.

Kelly Ann Riley began writing stories at an early age. She started penning stories at an early age, and received special recognition for her short stories. Later, she became a reporter and the editor for her high school newspaper.  She always dreamed of writing books but it wasn’t until many years later that the dream was finally realized.

book2Kelly’s first novel, Firestorm, won RWA’s Golden Heart Award in 2009 which led to the manuscript being published by Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense. Firestorm later was a RWA Rita finalist. She also has great fun writing cozy mysteries for Guideposts Books.

Kelly is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Alabama, where she enjoys many adventures as a youth leader in her church, wife to an engineer and mother to two wonderful grown-up children. You can contact her through her website at .