Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Legacy and Love: More than Romance with Paula Mowery




Hello, readers! Please welcome Paula Mowery to the Mine. Once again, we’re digging for diamonds in Christian fiction, and I believe we have quite the gem among us today.

Hello, Paula, thanks for joining us at the Mine. I noticed you have a new release.

Legacy and Love released in March. It contains two romance stories which both have a godly legacy passed through a grandmother on to the main character.

Two stories in one, and the premise is amazing. Can you tell us a little more about it? Like… what’s the message you wish the readers to receive from them?

Most of all, I pray my readers will be prompted, as I have recently, to think about the godly legacy they are passing on to those around them.
In The Prayer Shawl, I would hope that additionally the reader would understand that the world will try every way to pull you away from God and your Christian beliefs, but God will always take you back. Through Inheritance, I wish the reader would understand that God has a plan for each of His children, but you must seek Him to find it.

Although you have two distinct stories, the faith and hope interwoven in your book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it. Now I know you’re a busy lady. For those who may not know how busy, what’s a day in the life of Paula Mowery like?

During the school year, I go to work at 7:10 as an assistant in the Pre-K program at a local public elementary school. I get off at 12:15, come home, eat lunch with my daughter then begin my writing and editing jobs. Normally I write, promote, update blogs and Facebook, and send emails in the afternoon. Then, later I work on edits for my authors through my job as an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group. Not a moment to spare.

Sounds like it! Your day’s packed from morning to night. When do you find time to eat? Or sleep for that matter? I don’t see how you find time to write! By the way, what other types of books do you write?

My first two books were considered women’s fiction. The second two were both romance. I have also been included in several collaborative nonfiction books including Join the Insanity, a book for pastors’ wives. I have contributed to several devotional books as well.

Busy isn’t the word for you. I’m going to have to come up with another one. I have to say it though. I’m so excited for you especially with this book. Did you have special events surrounding the release of Legacy and Love?

Fairly soon after the book came out, I spoke at a women’s event, sharing about leaving a godly legacy. I signed copies there and at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Blue Ridge… I’d like to go to that conference. Well, any conference. I’d love to meet you in person. Not happening this year though. Until then… what do we have to look forward to? Do you have something in the works?

I have a book I’m finishing up tentatively called Lamp Unto Her Feet. This is yet another example of a heroine being influenced by a grandmother’s godly legacy. Right after that, I have a romantic suspense. I also am working on a nonfiction book about being intentional about leaving a godly legacy. Another project I’m working on is a Christian writer’s creative spark book.

Innovative, creative…awesome! A true gem.

Thanks, Paula. I believe we have a diamond, folks. Questions for Paula, anyone?



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About the Book: Love and Legacy

The Prayer Shawl
Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Inheritance
Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.
Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?


About the Author:

Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.

14 comments:

Misty Russon said...

I can't wait to read one of your books! I am humbled at how much you get done. I'm always saying there is never enough time, yet you pack twice as much into one day than I ever could!

Amory Cannon said...

Glad to see you on the blog, Paula. Hopefully we'll see each other in person if we can coordinate an east TN meet up!

Paula Mowery said...

Amory, I so want to coordinate our schedules to meet in person. Hopefully soon. thanks for stopping by.

Paula Mowery said...

For the third time, I will try to comment here, Misty. My reply to Amory's showed right up.
Thank you for stopping by. Please understand that I still struggle with time. I have just learned as a pastor's wife to take advantage of every moment. I have been known to write with one hand and stir supper on the stove with the other. I am also a crazy-organized person which would get a hearty amen from my hubby and daughter - the crazy part as well as the organized part.
Please let me know how you like my books. I love hearing from readers!

Renee Blare said...

I'm so glad you figured it out. I don't know why it's being such a pain for people. :'(

Peggy Trotter said...

Paula~so good to have you here on the Diamond MIne! I wish I were as organized as you! I love that you write from so many different genres. I find myself doing that as well. It was wonderful getting to know you better, and your books sound amazing!

nancy bolton said...

Hi Paula! Since your themes of legacies and grandmothers figure prominently in your writing, did you have a praying, believing grandmother? Or more than one? I often wonder how much of my own conversion as an adult was an answer to my grandmother's prayers.

Paula Mowery said...

Remember who we're dealing with here. I'm the one who writes out her first drafts in pencil in a spiral notebook. Not too heavy on the tech savvy - I'm just sayin'! LOL

Paula Mowery said...

Thanks Peggy. I really enjoyed the interview. Writing in different genres can keep us fresh and out of a rut.

Paula Mowery said...

Nancy, I most certainly did have praying grandmothers. My paternal grandmother died when I was quite young, though I remember bits and pieces of her singing church songs while she rocked my brother and me to sleep. My maternal grandmother - Mamaw Lindsey - was such a godly influence on me and everyone she came in contact with. Some of Granny Olivia's traits from the story, Inheritance, come from my mamaw. I fear we're losing that in our generation. I hope to be intentional about leaving a godly legacy. Thanks for stopping by!

Bonnie Engstrom said...

I love the idea of grandmothers passing godly legacies to their grandchildren, especially since I'm a grandmother of six. I'm anxious to read all your books.

Paula Mowery said...

With my grandmothers, it seemed something just woven into their DNA. I hope it's in mine, too.

NJ said...

These books sound wonderful! I love the message you're sending out about God's love and that he has a plan for his children. The idea of passing on a Godly legacy is such a meaningful topic! Wonderful idea!

Paula Mowery said...

Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging words. Passing on a Godly legacy is definitely the theme that lays heavy on my heart these days.