Monday, January 23, 2012

Molly Noble Bull's "The Overcomers"


Title: The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities by Ginny Aiken, Margaret Daley, Jane Myers Perrine, Ruth Scofield and me, Molly Noble Bull.
Publisher: Westbow Press published The Overcomers.

Cover blurb: Did you ever try to push a one hundred-pound rock up a hill with nothing but a toothpick? If you can image what that might be like, you have some idea how difficult it is for a child with a learning problem to read or spell ten simple words.

Five published Christian authors with learning disabilities wrote this book from their own experiences. It is their hope that others will be encouraged from reading how they overcame.

1) How did this story come to you?
I was on an Internet loop made up of Love Inspired authors. One day the Lord led me to tell everyone on that loop that I had a learning problem. I didn’t want to tell my long held secret to a group of published novelists I respected. Nevertheless, I told them in an email message, and as soon as I clicked send, I regretted it.

How could I have guessed that seven of the women in that group would write to say that they had learning problems, too? From that small group, The Overcomers was born.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
In 2007 The Overcomers was accepted for publication by a small press. However, the publisher went out of business before the book came out. In 2011 we paid Westbow Press to publish it, and now it’s available in paperback and as an e-book.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’ve never had a sense of smell. Yes, I can taste, but things might taste differently to me than they do to you.
As a teenager, I planned to be a professional singer when I grew up or a journalist.
I taught third grade, second grade and kinder for a total of eleven years before becoming a novelist.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am waiting to hear from an editor that took one of my novels to committee. If the book sells, I will polish it, and God willing, I will start on something else.

5) Parting comments.
To find all my books, write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online and walk-in bookstores.
Click below to see The Overcomers at Amazon right now and look inside for free.



6) Were can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.mollynoblebull.com/
http://writersrest.blogspot.com/
http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/

Roseanna White's "Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland"


Title: Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland
Publisher: Summerside Press

Cover blurb: In 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater … before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

1) How did this story come to you?
In a couple parts, actually. I first got the idea for a story revolving around a betrothed couple who had a falling out of prodigious proportions right after graduating from college. It was nearly five years later that I decided it would be fun to incorporate historic Annapolis into the story by making my heroine flee there. Still, the story just sat on a back burner until Summerside asked if I had any historical ideas set in Maryland for their Love Finds You line.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Well, as already mentioned above, Summerside asked if I had an idea for a Maryland title—this was after a contemporary I’d submitted was penciled into their schedule but then declined because they wanted more historicals. I whipped up a proposal for them in a week, but then went 9 months without hearing anything back—at which point they asked if I could get the full to them round about March. I got to serious work on it in January, and it’s a good thing I did—two weeks later my editor emailed to ask if I could rush it to them because they had a sudden opening. In March I got the call that it had been accepted—and 9 short months later, it hit the shelves!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Apparently quite a few are surprised when they go to Facebook and see that I’m young—only 29. And while I intend to stay 29 for a while, right this moment I’m in my first year of being 29. ;-) Next, I’m not very good about eating my vegetables—which is especially bad because my family owns a produce farm, LOL. And finally, I’m a morning person—I can bounce out of bed at 5, but don’t ask me to put a coherent sentence together after 9 p.m.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
At the moment I’m working on a Civil War era novel set in Savannah, about a whimsical heroine determined to write her perfect romance, and the disillusioned, injured sailor who isn’t so sure he’s up for being her hero anymore. And while I have nothing releasing in 2012, 2013 will be a busy year full of releases for me!

5) Parting comments?
In addition to the giveaway here, anyone who comments is also entered into my Great ANNAPOLIS Giveaway, which includes not only a book but a quill and ink set, a leatherbound journal, a Colonial doll, a Colonial mug, and two packs of gourmet hot chocolate. To read about other ways to get more entrees, check out my page on the giveaway at http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/p/great-annapolis-giveaway.html

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.roseannamwhite.com/
http://www.roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/
www.facebook.com/roseanna.white

Martha Rogers' "Winter Promise"

Title: Winter Promise
Publisher: Realms Fiction of Charisma House.

Cover blurb: A young doctor bound by a tragedy in his past finds forgiveness through a determined librarian and a baby he delivers at Christmas.

1) How did this story come to you?
The heroine is Rachel’s best friend from the first book and I wanted her to join Rachel in Portersfield. I decided the town needed a library and Abigail would be the best one to open it. I used the doctor’s story from the second book for the hero’s story and there I had the plot.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It is the third book in the contract for the series Seasons of the Heart.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I was a complete tomboy as child. I climbed trees and played football with the neighborhood boys.
2) I learned to cook at the age of 5 when my grandmother let me help her make cookies. She also taught me to sew.
3) I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, but ended up teaching English for half of my career in teaching.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m almost finished with a Christmas book for 2012. The title of it is Christmas in Holly Hill. I have a new series that will begin in 2013. It will be three books based on the years following the Armistice with Lee and Grant in 1865. I’m excited about writing it because it includes a lot of my own family history based on letters and journals of my Great-grandfather and grandfather.

5) Parting Comments:
I’m excited that my books are available for Kindle, Nook, and other E-Readers. It’s a whole new way of obtaining books. You can find me on the internet at http://www.marthawrogers.com/.

Barnes and Noble:   http://tinyurl.com/7y5gcya

Amazon:

Zoe Mack & The Secret of the Love Letters

When Zoe Mack moves in with her grandparents to start college, she's thrown into more mystery than she bargained for. Her cousin, Emma, is terrorized by a stalker who breaks into her house and leaves a photo-shopped image of Emma hanging from a tree. Nothing is as it seems and Emma soon learns that even the man she thinks she can trust is suspect.

Zoe can't wait to reunite with Nate, the bad boy who doesn't talk about his feelings much, but the passionate kiss he gave her last summer had to have meant something. When she arrives back in town and discovers that he's in trouble with the law, she must take matters into her own hands in order to clear his name. She has her hands full with a needy Emma, a cop who gives her the creeps, and Nate, the guy she desperately wants to call her own. Can Zoe solve the mystery, clear Nate's name, and make him fall in love with her?

If you'd like to read the first chapter, click HERE.