Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Deserted Islands, Garden Gnomes, and Practicing Murder with Erin Unger + a Giveaway

This week we welcome back one of our own here at The Diamond Mine to celebrate her new release. Erin Unger has a busy book year but that's great for us readers, isn't it?

About Erin

Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her novel, Practicing Murder, releases March 29, 2019.

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Suzie: Welcome, Erin! First of all, congratulations on your second book release of 2019. We’re thrilled to have you as a team member here at the Diamond Mine but also as a guest once again.

Way back in November, right before Thanksgiving, we talked about your upcoming release, Desolate Paths and got to know you a little bit. Instead of starting with some “Would you rather…” questions, I’m going to ask a few unique and interesting questions that I found have been asked at job interviews.

If you were stranded on a desert island and all of your basic needs (food, water, shelter) were taken care of, what three other things would you want with you and why?

Erin: My kindle for sure with an unlimited power supply because you can put a ton of books on it. I’d also have to have my hubby  because we do everything together and whatever I don’t think of he will.

Suzie: What was the last gift you gave someone?

Erin: I just gave my parents a cast iron dutch oven for their 46th wedding anniversary. They’re always trying new recipes and calling me to tell me how the food came out.

Suzie: How fun! I hope you also get to sample some of those new recipes once in a while. This
one cracked me up: What do you think of garden gnomes?

Erin: I think they’re so adorable! I don’t know that I’d put them in my yard, though.

Suzie: Ok, that’s it for the random job interview questions. I want to know why someone wants to know how you feel about garden gnomes, LOL! Now that we’re a little ways into spring, I’m going to veer a tiny bit away from the “What’s your favorite season question” and instead ask: What do you like and dislike most about our current season?

Erin: What I love the most about spring is the way the grass turns an emerald green here in Virginia just before everything starts to bloom. I look forward to it every year.

Suzie: What has encouraged or surprised you the first (almost) half of 2019?

Erin: My biggest surprise this year was when my son decided to move in with his best friend. He’s a full-time college student, and I assumed he’d be with us until he graduates next year. It’s so quiet at home.

Suzie: I bet it's quiet. Let’s talk books! What are you currently reading or what’s at the top of your TBR?

Erin: I like to read and review books for Christian authors so the next book on my TBR list is Color of Danger by Alexa Verde. 

Suzie: Great title, and since we're talking romantic suspense, give us your elevator pitch for Practicing Murder. (Readers: a more detailed description of the book is below).

Erin: All the money in the world couldn’t make Maddie trust Joze again. But could a stalker?

Suzie: Oh, great pitch! For those who read Desolate Paths, what might surprise or please them about Practicing Murder?

Erin: Another great but hard question. Both stories take place in New England, and I love making it a setting in my stories because of its rich culture and history, and because of the great architectural appeal of that region of the United States

Suzie: Other than the actual writing of the story, what is your favorite part of creating a book and/or its release?

Erin: This is going to be hard to believe but I absolutely love to do edits. It’s my chance to tighten up the story and add a little more spice to it.

Suzie: Edits are usually what end up stalling me. Although, I love editing/critiquing for others, so it's just my own work that hangs me up. Here’s a fun question (and with five books out in the world or in the works, it may be challenging too). Which of your heroes would you most like to date? And which of your heroines would you want to be best friends with?

Erin: Ooh, that is tough! I’d say Joze from Practicing Murder is my favorite because he’s quirky and fun. He’s also a little different from the norm with his short stature. When it comes to heroines, I’d love to be best friends with Shauna from Fateful Fall and Summer Flash Burn which come out in August and October. She’s got a lot of sass but she’s a very loyal friend who loves her besties and protects them even over her own life.

Suzie: Oh, something to look forward to! We’d love to hear what’s next for both you and for readers. Can you share a little about both?

Erin: This year is loaded for me. I’m getting ready to move again in the summer. It’s going to
be tricky doing that and continuing to keep up with releases and edits. My readers are going to get a treat in June. My next book to release is The Cabin. I’m so excited about this novella set in the isolated mountains of Vermont. I’ve always toyed with the idea of writing about two people getting trapped together in a snow storm. But what happens when they are arch enemies?

Suzie: We wish you the best with the move and ALL the bookish work you've got in store. Thank you for spending time with us this week and once again, congratulation on the release of Practicing Murder.

About Practicing Murder

Graduate student Maddie Clare is never talking to her ex-boyfriend Joze Evans or God again. Broken from her past and Joze’s betrayal, she must go home for her Aunt Lonna’s funeral. But after a run-in with a stalker, who insists Maddie knows the secret that had Aunt Lonna investigating him, she’s afraid for her life and must accept Joze’s protection. 

As the stalker draws closer, how will Maddie and Joze face the past and their love that never died? And will Maddie stay out of the stalker’s grip long enough to figure out what secret he possesses?


Erin is giving one reader an ecopy of Practicing Murder. Enter to win below!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fun Facts and Kimberly M. Miller

Welcome Kimberly Miller to the Diamond Mine! Kimberly Miller is a writing and film professor by day, author by night. She enjoys watching movies, making jewelry, and creating fun, romantic stories for her readers. Let's see what she has to say about her newest book, Forgiving Tess.

Give me one fact about you as an author that most people don’t know.
I recently signed up for an adult tap class.  

As Christian writers, we long to share God’s love, goodness, and grace with others through our writing. But quite often our stories speak to us as much as our readers. How did God use this story to help you stretch and grow as a person?

Tess struggles with forgiving herself as much as the fact that others haven’t forgiven her. Working through all the ways she needed to let go and accept the freedom of forgiveness was an excellent thing for me.  

Was there a scene you had to edit out which you really liked? Tell us about it.

One of the original scenes I envisioned in this story was of Tess hitchhiking and Josh picking her up, neither of them realizing who the other was. But, when I edited the story I moved their reunion to Josh’s turf in Florida, which meant she couldn’t be in that situation. It was sad, but I think the book is stronger as it is.  

I love strong male heroes, don’t you? What is the quality you like the most about your hero?

I adore Josh’s ability to love Tess unconditionally. Even when she doesn’t yet believe in him.  

If you could go back and change one scene, which one would it be and why?

Hmm... that’s a tough one. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. 

Being a writer is a busy life, isn’t it? I’m sure you’re working on something new to fascinate your readers. What’s in the works for you right now?

I’m working on a story that involves an actress who has a strained relationship with her father and her career (in an agent who is too much like her father). When she finds love again, she finds the courage to protect herself and redefine her career. I don’t have a title yet and a solid first draft is about half done so it may be a while before the story sees the light of day. Still, as always, I’m having fun writing it! 

Here's a great blurb:
Tess Carson had finally turned her life around. After a string of bad decisions, she was making amends, paying back debts, and working to bring her family back together. It was her own forgiveness that remained elusive.
So when Tess’s childhood crush re-enters her chaotic life, she’s certain it’s the worst time for romance. Even if he still has those mesmerizing dimples.
In Tess’s eyes, Josh Thorne has it all. As a youth pastor with a thriving ministry, he’s exactly what she needs. He’s stable, kind, confident, and not afraid of Tess’s troubled past—even if she still has an entire town that insists her sins will never be forgotten.
But when the demons of her past collide with the incredible promise of her future, Tess wonders if it’s possible to forget and if she has enough courage in her to forgive.

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