A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin

sandra ardoin_headshot1Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Sandra Ardoin with me this morning. Sandra is talking about the writing process. Let’s begin!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Sandra:  Thanks so much for having me!

I’m a wife and an empty-nester mom who began writing in the mid-80s. It wasn’t until about ten years ago that I began writing novels. I haven’t looked back.

I’m a couch coach for the Carolina Panthers. (No, they don’t listen to or pay me.) Give me something to read or watch with some mystery/suspense and I’m happy. Or, you can take me out to eat.

What do you love most about the writing process?

SandraI love the creativity in taking an idea, scenes in my head, or dialog and fashioning (hopefully) quality stories others want to read. Most fiction writers just want to write, but there are so many responsibilities a writer has that have nothing to do with creating a fictional story.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Sandra:  I will admit, way too many half-finished books lounge around in my computer. In fact, that’s my word for this year: Finish. I’ve tasked my critique partner with keeping me accountable. She’s to scold me harshly if I start a project without finishing the previous one.

I also have a number of finished but unpublished stories. I have three published books: The Yuletide Angel, A Reluctant Melody, and A Love Most Worthy. The latter released this week.

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

Sandra:  Don’t be fooled by what you think a writer’s life is like. Don’t think you’ll write something “brilliant” and it will automatically be published. Writing for publication is filled with a constant learning of the craft, constant editing and more rewriting, rejection, and taking on tasks you never imagined were part of the career, like marketing and a knowledge of technology.

Do persevere! You’ll eventually be glad you did.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Sandra: 

  • Thinking it’s easy to write and publish (see the previous answer). 
  • Waiting until they’re ready to submit their work before starting on a platform.
  • Not writing on a regular basis but when they feel they can make time.
  • Submitting too soon, before the work is ready.
  • Caving in the face of rejection. We ALL get rejections.

What does literary success look like to you?

Sandra:  It looks like a couple of things.

  1. My mission statement reads: “To write fiction that is both entertaining and provides the reader with insight into God’s grace and forgiveness.” If I achieve that, I’ve achieved the most important success.
  2. On an everyday life note, it’s earning enough to afford to make more books available.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Sandra:  At the moment, I’m working on a historical romance Christmas novella. I have long-term plans for it but will tackle one thing at a time.

Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!

Click to Tweet: Author Sandra Ardoin shares her writing advice and encouragment #SandraArdoin  #ALoveMostWorthy @InspiredPrompt


A Love Most Worthy 

almw - ardoinShe didn’t know which was colder,

           an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart.

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners.

Tragedy led Rance Preston to repent of his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve.

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?


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As an author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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Finding Wisdom in Noel by Janie Winsell

As a member of the North Alabama Writer’s group, I’m thrilled to be able to share a new Romantic Christmas Novella collection, “The Heart of Christmas”, written by some of our members. Today, we’ll talk to Janie Winsell about her book in the collection, Finding Wisdom in Noel.

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

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Janie: I write best at night. Depending on what type of book I’m writing, I will tune up my iPhone to instrumental music that puts me in that mood. For instance, writing my Christmas novella, I was listening to Christmas music in July. Music helps me visualize scenes and tap into my character’s emotions.

What is Finding Wisdom in Noel about?

Janie: Billie Sonders does not like Christmas, but in order to escape her ex-fiance’s wedding, she accepts a Christmas blogging assignment in Noel, Montana “The Christmas Playground.” While there, she meets Aiden, a struggling uncle in need of some guidance with his mischievous nephew. Together, Billie and Aiden discover love, healing, and wisdom.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Janie: I had a blast writing the line-dancing fight scene. Don’t worry, no one really gets hurt, just a few smashed toes, but visualizing two grown men having a dance fight in front of an entire town had me laughing out loud. A few of my critique partners and beta readers also expressed their enjoyment of reading that scene.

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

Janie: I always write with a message on my heart. Sometimes the message changes as I write the story. That’s what happened with Finding Wisdom in Noel. I began writing the story with a message of love at Christmas time, but as I dug deeper into my characters, I found that the real message was God provides healing for those that have been hurt. He did not cause the hurt, even though we like to blame Him for it, but He always provided His healing touch to soothe our hurt and heal our scars.

And last question. Where can readers find you online?

My Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Amazon

Goodreads

Thanks so much for joining us, my friend!

Click to tweet: The Heart of Christmas: A Romantic #Christmas Novella Collection available now for 99 cents. Announcing five new stories filled with faith, hope, forgiveness, and of course happily-ever-afters. #amreading


Janie Winsell is a Christian author who lives in Alabama. She writes Contemporary Women’s fiction, Romance, and Romantic Suspense. She received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Full Sail University. She is a member of ACFW and active in the critique main loop. She writes about real Christians who, like the world, are not perfect, but through God’s love and discipline, they learn the lessons needed to grow in their relationship with their Heavenly Father as well as with each other.


Finding Wisdom In Noel 

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.

Finding Wisdom in Noel can be found in the Christmas box set “The Heart of Christmas.” Here’s a little more about the set . . .

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.

September Winners

I’m so glad fall is here. Aren’t you? And during the month of September, we had more winners…

The winners of Glimpses of the Savior by Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are: Marilyn R &  Sadie Trawick.  Congrats!

Alla Drake has been picked to win either an e-book or print copy of Laurel Blount’s book, A Baby for the Minister. Woo hoo!

The winner of Anthology: From the Lake to the River by JPC Allen and various authors is Anne Clare! Yay!

Julie Arduini is gifting You’re Beautiful, a book written by her and her daughter, Hannah to Melissa Henderson. Congratulations!

June Foster won, reader’s choice of format,  A Groom For Mama, a book by Catherine Castle. Yay!

Ellie Gustafon is sending a copy of her book, An Unspeakable Glory, to Emily Rees.

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We so appreciate you!

Licky the Lizard by Melissa Henderson

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Melissa Henderson with me this morning. Melissa is talking about the writing process and her children’s book, Licky the Lizard. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Melissa:  Most of my writing happens in the upstairs home office. A double window looks out to a pond across the street. Before writing begins, I pray and ask God to give me the words He wants me to share with the world.

What is Licky the Lizard  about?

Melissa: Licky the Lizard is about overcoming fears of the unknown. Based on my true life experience with lizards, I have learned not to be afraid of them because they are created by God, just like I am created by God. He loves all His creations.

He does love His creations! 🙂 What is your favorite part of the book?

Melissa:  My favorite part of the book is when the lady (who is somewhat based on my own personal experience) in the story pauses to consider how Licky feels. Licky is afraid of her and she is afraid of him. Through thinking about Licky’s feelings, the lady realizes she doesn’t need to be afraid.

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

Melissa:  I hope readers will grasp the message that we are all created by God. There is opportunity to love and share love in every moment.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

 Melissa:  Readers can find me at:

    Website and blog

Amazon-Licky the Lizard 

Facebook 

   Pinterest

Click to Tweet: Melissa Henderson’s debut children’s book teaches you to overcome fear. #children #childrensbook @InspiredPrompt


 Licky the Lizard

Licky the Lizard is one nice lizard, and just like you and me, he’s one of God’s own creations. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that we’re really all the same—because He created everything in our world. We feel afraid because of our differences. 

What happens when Licky the Lizard comes face to face with a lady who’s going in and out of her house? When the lady sees Licky, he causes her quite a fright! But guess what? Licky is also scared. Of her. They’re scared of each other! Then Licky and the lady remember that there is no need to be afraid. They were both created by God, and that’s what makes them very special. 
In Licky The Lizard, author Melissa Henderson offers parents, grandparents, and educators a tale that teaches young children a simple, yet important message: There is no need to fear any of God’s creatures because we are all created by Him—and He loves us all.

Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in coastal South Carolina. She was taught the love of reading and writing at an early age by her parents. Melissa continues to write Christian stories and also, enjoys writing her blog.

You can find her blog at https://melissaghenderson.com/.

Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash by Amberly Kristen Clowe

Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Amberly Kristen Clowe with me this morning. Amberly is talking about the writing process and her children’s book,Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash. Let’s begin with rituals.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Amberly: This is a fun question, because my writing rituals are always changing. If it’s a morning writing session, you can bet there’s a cup of coffee within reach. If we’re talking afternoon, I’ve been starting with a few Hershey’s kisses lately. Brain food, right? I’m one of those writers who needs silence. So, there’s that. I always go back to the beginning of the chapter I’m writing, just to remind myself of the voice and what’s happening. I have zero social media browsers open. That’s way too distracting for my brain. That about sums it up. 😊

What is Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash  about?

Amberly: My latest book is the first in the new Teeny Sweeney chapter book series for children, published with the wonderful Little Lamb Books. Teeny Sweeney is this fun, dynamic character. She reminds me a lot of Ramona Quimby and Pippi Longstocking. There’s never a dull moment with her. In this book, Teeny is assigned the task of creating a business plan. She does so, so much more in total zany Teeny fashion. There’s a best friend, a nemesis (naturally), uber wonderful parents, and a too-cool-for-school big brother. The second book is currently in edits. I’ll be releasing more details about this one through my newsletter peeps and then on my social media pages. You guys, it is a fun time.

Sounds like fun! What is your favorite part of the book?

Amberly: Hmmm … that’s tough to decide, but I’m pretty partial to the playground scene, when Teeny sells her very first mustache. Everything hinges on this moment with Jak. That was so much fun to write.

You have my attention. 🙂 Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Amberly: I really love the Scripture throughout the book. I love that Teeny is like a lot of us, just trying to better know God and understand how scripture applies to her own life. I pray that children will relate to the fact that life isn’t always wrapped up in a pretty bow (more not than so, really). It’s messy, yet beautiful.

So true! Looking forward to the release. Where can readers find you online?

 Amberly: I’m active on Twitter and Facebook, under Amberly Clowe. I also post a Five Minute Friday each week on my blog at www.amberlykristenclowe.com. They are Bible lessons for families that take literally five minutes to complete. Readers can pop over to the same website and sign up for my monthly newsletter to receive another Bible lesson for kids and my latest bookish news.

Click to Tweet: Amberly Kristen Clowe’s latest book is the first in the new Teeny Sweeney chapter book series for #children, published with the wonderful Little Lamb Books. #childrensbook @InspiredPrompt


 Teeny Sweeney and the Mustache Cash

Third-grader Teeny Sweeney has been one-upped by seemingly perfect Amanda Mayweather too many times. When their teacher assigns a project to create a business plan, Teeny knows she’s destined for success. After all, with two entrepreneurs as parents, business sense is in her blood! The best laid plans, though, often go awry.

Teeny will have to learn that God’s plan is one she can always trust, and that with prayer it is possible to love everyone—even Amanda Mayweather. With Teeny, young readers will learn that even when things don’t seem to work out, you can always trust God’s plan.


Amberly Kristen Clowe loves to make children smile with stories, and if they laugh, even better. She is at home with a cup of coffee and a pastry. Amberly lives in Houston with her family, who just so happens to share her same zest for life. Amberly teaches both elementary and middle school students, and she hopes to learn at least one zany thing every day.

You can find Amberly at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.