Monday, January 25, 2010

Diane Craver's "No Greater Loss"

We're happy to have Diane Craver with us today.

Click on the photo to the left to visit the author's website. Read on to learn more about Diane and her book...

"In spite of her friends opposition, Mallory Harrington decides after the end of her marriage that it's time to do something for herself. But falling in love with Dr. Seth Whitman complicates her life."

1) How did this story come to you?
After reading many romances, I decided it was important to have a character with a
physical defect, such as a large nose. Of course, not all heroines in romances are flawless
beauties, but usually the main female characters have smaller noses. I decided that
Mallory would not have a perfect nose. After her marriage ended, she would then decide
it was time to do something for herself.

I have an emotional tie to Mallory – she has a physical flaw that I can relate to on a
deeper level. I got into her mind completely because I know what it's like not to have a
cute, small nose.


2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Last March, I heard about a new publisher, Desert Breeze Publishing, that didn't publish
erotic romance. It was an answer to my prayers. I felt it would be a good fit for the type
of sweet romances I write. I decided to submit my contemporary romance, "Whitney in
Charge." After Whitney was accepted, I submitted my inspirational romance, "Marrying
Mallory" and I was happy to get a second contract from DBP.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I was a carhop at a root beer stand for 3 years during high school. And no, I wasn't
the kind of carhop on roller skates.  I suffer from insomnia, getting only get a few
hours of sleep a night. We were blessed with 6 children, two of whom were born with
Down syndrome.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just finished a novella, which is a contemporary romance and submitted it recently. I
haven't started anything new, but have several story ideas with character descriptions and
scenes written down. I've been busy getting our house ready to put on the market.

5) Parting comments?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. Readers, if you haven't read any of my
books, I hope you will. My first three novels were published by Samhain. I'm giving a
signed print copy of my inspirational romance "No Greater Loss" to one lucky winner!
This book is a page-turner when Dr. Jennifer Hunter’s radio talk show, "Hour of Healing"
catches the attention of a vengeful arsonist. Luke Brunsman and Jennifer must overcome
the shadows of the past and find the courage to love again.

Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx47eTrY8M0)to see the trailer for my
new inspirational romance, "Marrying Mallory."

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: http://www.dianecraver.com/
Blog: http://www.dianecraver.com/blog/
And I'm on Facebook!

Mary Ellis' "Never Far From Home"


We're happy to have Mary Ellis with us today.
Click on the photo to the left to visit the author's website. Read on to learn more about Mary and her book...

1) How did this story come to you?
Since I live in a rural area, I’ve been fascinated with farms for many years. Researching to write Never Far from Home was a real eye-opener for me. Agriculture, even Amish farming, is much more complex than most would assume. Since I have visited Amish families since childhood, I am enjoying writing stories set in the close-knit Christian community of Holmes County, Ohio. Getting to know sheep and horses up-close-and-personal has been a special treat.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I spent about eight years writing in several different genres and sending to too many publishing houses to count. Then I tried submitting to agents instead. I found my wonderful agent this way, and she sold my two romantic suspense novels. When I decided to change from ABA to CBA, she found my current publishing house, which is a “perfect fit” for me.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I used to teach middle school math and algebra, but not English, which might not surprise my editor. My favorite pastime is snorkeling, even though I’ve never lived close to a beach in my life. And I once volunteered at the Cleveland Zoo as a docent snake–handler. I used to wrap (well-fed) boa constrictors around my neck and shoulders during presentations to school groups.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently finishing the third in the Miller Family series, The Way to a Man’s Heart, which will be released in July. I’m also working on a Christmas novella to be released late next summer.

5) Parting comments?
If there are any discouraged writers who are reading this…don’t give up! Many times I was ready to throw in the towel, but now I’m so glad I didn’t. Have faith.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Readers can find me at www.maryeellis.wordpress.com. I love to hear from fans at maryeellis@yahoo.com.

Michelle Sutton's "First Impressions"

We're excited to have THE "edgy Christian fiction writer," Michelle Sutton with us talking about her new release from Desert Breeze Publishing, First Impressions: Tombstone Treasures Book One.

"Playing the role of a saloon girl taught Sammie Carpenter how to flirt, but it made a lousy first impression on Jimmy... the man whose heart she longed to win."

Click on the photo to the left to visit Michelle's publisher's website and learn more about this book. Read on to learn more about Michelle.

1) How did this story come to you?
It was the first story I ever wrote. I visited Tombstone when I first moved to the area where I now live (and have since returned numerous times) and loved the whole thing. I thought it would be fun to write about the private love lives of people who dress up in costumes and hang around in Tombstone on their time off.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Well, my publisher was looking for cowboy romances and I thought, "Hey, I have one!" Then I pulled it out and polished it up since I'd written the story over 5 years ago.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
My mother was a nun.
I graduated from high school a year early.
I have four grandchildren by marriage. My sons aren't old enough to be dads yet.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
Working on polishing up my next release for Sheaf House and also starting the sequel to First Impressions.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me on your blog.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
www.michellesutton.net or http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/