Release Day for The Complete Heart Seekers Series

HeartSeekers_Box_SetBetty Thomason Owens and Jennifer Hallmark are excited to announce that the Heart Seekers Series is now complete and will release tomorrow in a four-book set.  Betty helped write three of the books while Jennifer was involved in writing two of the books. An added bonus to the set is the #1 bestseller The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. Check out these descriptions of each book and also the links where you can purchase the series; in Kindle and print.

 

A Dozen Apologies

1558498_10202518187190318_1657138355_nIn college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

The Love Boat Bachelor

Romance is a joke.

After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too.

Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?

BeachStampTired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.

As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.

What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Unlikely Merger

LandingNo longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt

Grace takes delivery of a package and her life is turned upside down by nine sealed mystery envelopes from her late grandmother. Grammie’s instructions require Grace to take the journey of her lifetime, not only to far-off places but also into the deepest parts of her heart. As she follows the trail laid out for her and uncovers her family’s darkest secrets, Grace is forced to confront the loss and betrayal that has scarred her past and seek the greatest Christmas Treasure of all.

The digital version will be FREE for three days (Dec 4, 5, 6) and then it will be 99 cents for the rest of December.

Buy links:

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3 Questions Wednesday with Phee Paradise

PheeToday we welcome author Phee Paradise, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hello Phee! We’re so glad you stopped by. First question.

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Phee: Can I have two? I read all of C.S. Lewis’ books, fiction, and apologetics, over and over. When I have a few minutes and am not in the middle of another book, I pick up any Narnia book and start anywhere. There’s nothing I’d rather read unless it’s something by Rudyard Kipling. I love his short stories and never get tired of Kim. Kipling said, “The story’s the thing,” and they’re both great story tellers. But what delights me about them is their style. I love the way they use words.

Two wonderful authors. And they both write a great villain.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Phee: I don’t like this question because I hate villains. That’s one of the areas I struggle with the most in writing. I want the good to win, but I don’t like writing about the bad, so there doesn’t end up being much conflict. But since you asked, does Snape qualify? He’s so not nice to Harry and he’s snarky and so smug, but we get to see a bit of his background and I can’t help sympathizing with him. He’s surely not all bad and, of course, neither am I or anyone else.

Fair enough. Now tell us something about yourself.

What project are you currently working on?

Phee: My grandparents were missionaries in China and I am privileged to have copies of years of letters my grandfather wrote to his mother and sister. So I’m writing his biography. This project is a huge challenge because I didn’t know anything about writing biographies and didn’t even like reading them. But I’m learning as I go and it’s a great story. They lost a child in their early years, were there during a great famine, my grandfather was put in an internment camp by the Japanese during World War II, one son went blind and they eventually had to leave because of the rise of communism. But am I revealing too much?

 Sounds like a worthwhile project. Thanks for taking the time to chat, Phee!

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No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

Unlikely Merger is available as a free download from Kindle July 1st through July 5th. It will then be available for 99¢ through the month of July.

 

Phee Paradise was blessed to be a missionary kid and loves to share that experience in her writing.  In Miracles at Midnight, she edited her father’s stories about his years on the mission field where he saw God change lives for the Kingdom. Phee has also contributed to several books, including A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, and her latest, Unlikely Merger. She prays that her work will be used by God to His glory.  You can read some of Phee’s stories at http://www.faithwriters.com/member-profile.php?id=42864

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

IMG_6297Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is Writing Prompts’  founder and editor-in-chief, Jennifer Hallmark.

Welcome to 3 Questions, Jennifer. You know the drill–

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Jennifer: I love so many authors, but I’m going to go with a non-fiction author, Max Lucado. His books are so encouraging. His first book I ever read was When God Whispers Your Name and as a young Christian, it was life-changing for me. If I’m ever having a tough day, I know I can open any Max Lucado book and be refreshed in a short time.

Wonderful choice. His writings are so inspiring. Speaking of inspiring, writers must be able to develop good villains. The meaner, the better–

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Jennifer:  I do love a good villain. How about Zennon from James Rubart’s Well Spring Novels series? We meet him in Soul’s Gate and he is so beyond evil. You’ll find yourself turning each page, hoping he doesn’t show up. You can follow his descent in Memory’s Door and when he finally meets his match in Spirit Bridge.

Oh, he’s a good one. Now, on to your personal writing–

What project are you currently working on?

Jennifer:  At the forefront is the book collaboration Unlikely Merger I’ve taken part in with nine other authors. (One of them being you ;)) It’s the sequel to A Dozen Apologies and The Love Boat Bachelor. Find out more about it here.

I have a non-fiction story which will appear in Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage. This book will release in early fall.

As far as my novels, I’ve finished my YA fantasy novel called Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia and am getting ready to pitch it and my contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference in August.

How exciting! God bless you as you pursue His path in your writing. Thanks for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Unlikely Merger

11112210_858579607541022_8504991036842170166_oNo longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

Unlikely Merger is available as a free download from Kindle July 1st through July 5th. It will then be available for 99¢ through the month of July.


More about Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. With over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, her attention has moved to southern fiction and YA fantasy.

Her first book published in early 2014, a multi-authored romantic comedy novella, called A Dozen Apologies. She is currently shopping her YA series, Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia and a contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide.

She is also part of two compilation projects to be released later this year. Unlikely Merger is a romantic novella, a sequel to A Dozen Apologies. She’s also contributed to the anthology: Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage.

Jennifer shares a writer’s reference blog, Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! with friends, Betty, Tammy, Allison, Karen, Cari, Holly, Anne, Robin, and Betty B.

Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max. Their daughter Mandy is married to Tim and has given them two beautiful granddaughters, Ava, and Sadie. Their son, Jonathan, is currently working in the food industry and trying to complete his degree in business.

She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes.

You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.