Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas to All our Readers!

In lieu of a Christian author interview, we here at the Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction wish all our readers the Merriest of Christmases in honor of the supreme author~the author of life, Jesus Christ. At this time of year we want to stop and remind ourselves of why we do all that we do, to glorify the Lord himself. He who stepped down from Heaven to come to earth as the sacrifice for the world's sins. 
May the joy and awe of the season bless you and yours.

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Author Abigail Wilson's Third Regency Waits in the Wings. . .

We're closing out one of the last weeks in December with Abigail Wilson, one of the Diamond Mine's favorite authors. She's turning out her third book and it's bound to be as exciting as the other two! May is just around the corner, (when her book releases) and I couldn't wait to don my white gloves and chat with her.

PT: Welcome back to the Mine! So, for the readers who haven't met you, tell us a little more about your genre, Regency.

AW: Thank you so much for having me back on the mine, Peggy!

The Regency era is by far my favorite time period in England and took place between 1811 and 1820 when George, Prince of Wales, governed the country as 'Regent' due to the madness of his father George III. Though the Regency period spanned only a few years, thanks to Jane Austen and the romanticized mix of honor, class, and societal expectations, it has sparked countless stories.

And, while balls and matchmaking mamas were giving their daughters seasons in London in hopes of snagging husbands of wealth and status, the Napoleonic Wars were raging on the continent, which provides a delicious mix of adventure and romance with which to set my own stories.

PT: Ahhh. The perfect backdrop. So share with us, when can we expect to see your book on the shelf and where is it set?

AW: My second novel Midnight on the River Grey
released in July 2019, and it is set on the southeastern coast of England where smuggling and spying with France flourished.
My next book Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey will release in May 2020 in the same location.

PT: Smuggling, spying, gracious I must fan myself! Tell us, is your new book a standalone novel or part of a series?

AW: Each one of my stories are loosely connected but can be read as a standalones, including Midnight on the River Grey.

PT: Such an exotic location to build a story. Have you ever been to London/Europe or do you research extensively for your projects?

AW: Traveling to England continues to be a dream of mine. However, I like to say I’ve visited Regency England thousands of times in my imagination. Thanks to the popularity of the Regency time period, there are so many research options online as well as in books. And Google Earth is a huge help too.

PT: Virtual reality is an ideal way to travel, especially to us book worms! So go ahead, wow us with your favorite regency quip (using your best regency British brogue, LOL.)

AW: There are so many I can hardly choose. Here’s one that comes to mind:
“I daresay the boot is quite on the other leg.” (The situation is the reverse)
And in response, “Eh, wot?” (Right?!)

PT: Is there Biblical themes/lessons in your books?

AW: My books are considered crossover books, which means they are presented from a Christian world view with a strong moral message rooted in faith, but can be picked up by anyone in the general public.

PT: Favorite place to be? Favorite place to write? Tea, Coffee, or other for writing?

AW: One of my favorite places that I’ve ever been is Glacier National Park, gorgeous sweeping mountains and waterfalls.
My favorite place to write is anywhere comfy and quiet. Currently, while my kids are at school, I like to put up my feet in my recliner and type on my laptop.
And I absolutely cannot write without tea by my side, preferably chai tea.

PT: Name 5 things fast about Abigail Wilson that have nothing to do with writing.

AW: I love visiting the National Parks and plan to see every single one in my lifetime.
I’m addicted to Coca-cola.
My dog is trained to do all kinds of tricks.
I’m a mom of two crazy kids (One is a competitive diver and the other plays the French horn).
I’m always planning my next road trip.

PT: What’s your next project?

AW: Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey will release in May 2020, and I’m so excited to get the chance to give Elizabeth Cantrell a happily ever after. Here’s the blurb:

When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son’s absent father. There she is met by Torrington’s beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murderer, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son’s true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family’s ruin.

PT: And there you have it, dear readers! A chance to travel back to England and embrace the Regency time period. Merely pick up one of Abigail's books and off you go. Perhaps now, the boot is on the other leg! Simply click on here, and you can pre-order her new book or purchase her other ones. 
Otherwise, you can be entered to win Abigail Wilson's Midnight on the River Grey by simply commenting and leaving your email. Good Luck, and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Interview with Rock Star Romance Author, Anne Carol and a Giveaway

Hello, friend! 

Pull up a chair by the fire, grab yourself a big ol' cup of hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, and get comfy. I am excited to introduce to you my friend and author, Anne Carol.

Anne Carol grew up reading, writing, and listening to English rock bands, obsessing over one in particular. Her obsession and endless daydreaming inspired her to write her first romance novel at age twelve. Over twenty years later she decided to re-write the story for publication. Never Let Go is the first book in her edgy inspirational series, Faithfully Yours, and is a story that has been a part of Anne since childhood. Anne lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

So let's give a warm welcome.

CC: Hello, Carol!! I am so happy you were able to join us on the Diamond Mine. So tell us, what are you reading right now?

AC: I'm currently reading several books now! On my Kindle, I have Above the Fold by
Rachel McDaniel, a historical romance set in the 1920s, and Her Cowboy Till Christmas, a Love Inspired romance by Jill Kemerer. On Audible, I’m listening to The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen, a Regency romance. In paperback, Adorning the Dark by musician-author Andrew Petersen. It’s a nonfiction book for Christians in the creative arts. Very good!  

CC: Oh, I've read The Girl in the Gatehouse, very good, and I'm looking forward to picking up the others. 

When you're not reading or writing, what do you like to do?

AC: I love networking on Facebook with writing pals from all over the country! I also enjoy watching Hallmark movies, having coffee with friends, wine tasting with my husband, getting together with our extended family, seeing live music shows, cooking/baking, and traveling.

CC: I am so glad for Facebook and our ability to stay connected, that's for sure. I love seeing all your activities and watching your boys grow. Bittersweet I know.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

AC: It varies. Right now, Hebrews 12:1-2a: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (NIV)

I feel like I've been battling negative emotions daily--insecurity, envy, comparison, pride--you name it, I've felt it! I keep telling myself I need to fix my eyes on what matters eternally, not on what the world values. If There's anything I can press into my kids' minds before they leave for college, it's the truth. 

CC: Boy to I feel you, Anne. Those negative emotions are so difficult to overcome, but praise the Lord we have a savior we can fix our eyes on and continue running despite the emotions.

But running with your eyes on Jesus in your writing life wasn't always foremost in your mind. It's only been recently that you moved from "mainstream" romance to Christian romance. Can you tell us a little bit about what happened to change your direction? 

AC: My husband and I were in a car accident about week before my second novel released. We weren’t seriously injured, but a woman in the other car that was hit passed away four days later. The accident itself, plus her death and what followed (testifying against the drunk driver in court), put my emotions into a tailspin. Add to that my second book didn’t seem to get the reaction of my first book, and I fell into depression. I decided to read some Christian fiction, and my eyes were opened. My soul just filled with peace, and I knew I had to adjust my writing to reflect my faith. I wanted to give others that sense of hope, while still giving them an emotional love story. 

CC: What has God taught you along your publication journey?

AC: To trust and obey. Meaning, to trust that He has the best plan for my writing. Things work better when I follow His lead (that’s where obedience comes in). 

CC: Such a simple yet hard lesson. We know it, but to follow through can be one of the most difficult things to do. 

What does literary success look like to you?

AC: When my readers close my books with a smile and a sense of hope. (And want more!)

CC: I don't think that will be a problem once they get their hands on your books.

In fact, why don't you tell us a little about this series...

AC: I’m writing a four-book series about one couple, Beth and David. In the first book, they meet as teens when Beth (who’s from California) spends the summer in London, where David is an aspiring musician. The series chronicles their love story from young love (complicated by long-distance) to early marriage (when David becomes a full-fledged rock star) to starting a family, with all the challenges that entails, while managing the rock star life. The fourth book is currently in production, and it will continue exploring how Beth and David uphold marriage and family while pursuing their dreams. The series also includes themes of addiction and finding faith.
CC: When is your fourth book coming out? 

AC: I plan to release Never Give Up (Faithfully Yours #4) next summer, fall at the latest. I’m trying to engage more with the reader community, so I’ve revamped my book group. The Green Room: Anne Carol’s Hangout is open for anyone who’d like to join! The name of the group reflects what I write about: musicians. We chat about books, music, and life! And I have special previews and giveaways just for members. 

CC: I love the fact your group is called the Green Room, it's just so appropriate and it's a great place to keep up-to-date with your progress. 

What is the hardest part about this writing journey for you? How can we support you?

AC: Transitioning has been a long, sometimes discouraging process. It’s taken me a while to figure out where I belong. Connecting with more seasoned writers who can mentor me has been a bust. God has brought some wonderful writing friends into my life, and I’m so grateful for them. But I could really use critique partners and a mentor. 

CC: We will definitely be praying for those to come along. And we are so thankful you stopped by to let us get to know you better.

Readers, if you'd like to connect with Anne, check out her social media links below. Interested in winning a copy of the first book in her series? Comment with your favorite music band and your email. If we have five different commenters, then we'll pick a random winner!

Anne's Social Media

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Interview and Giveaway with Erin Unger!

Erin Unger is back in the spotlight on The Diamond Mine! Today, we're offering a free copy of her thriller The Cabin. Just leave her an answer at the end of this interview to be entered in the drawing for a free copy. Let's turn our attention to The Cabin!    
Being trapped in a snowstorm might not be the worst thing…

Leah Kettridge’s writing career is over before the first book lands on the shelf, when a famous author has claimed she’s stolen his work.  
Keenan Brinner has it all. He's a best-selling author who's only headed toward more greatness. And he must be the most gorgeous guy Leah's ever seen. But he's also a liar and a cheat.

When they end up at the same cabin to write, emotions explode. 

But an unexpected snowstorm traps them deep in the mountains. Is 

he bent on destroying her in more ways than one? How will love 

find them amidst all their anger and distrust?

Sounds like a good one!! Now, let's get started on the interview!

Hi Erin! 

What does it mean to you to be a published writer?

I have worked so hard and for years to get to where I am today. It means so much to me to be traditionally published. I thank God for getting me where I am.

Do your characters ever surprise you?

When I write, I love to let the characters surprise me. They do tend to have a mind of their own.

That's so true!
Since you write stories with intricate plots, do you need to work from an outline?

It’s kind of funny how long my outlines are. My friends like to tease me about it. They usually average 50-60 pages. Pantster writers think I’m crazy but it allows me to write faster and cleaner.

Wow, that is a long outline!!
Have you ever started a story with no idea of how it will end?

My first two books didn’t have an outline and I didn’t know the ending, so it was a little hard for me to work without completely developing the story first. But they were a great learning experience.

Which is more fun for you to write, the hero and heroine or the villain or villains?

I completely love writing both sides! The hero/heroine are characters I get to really delve into. I love to develop them and show their weaknesses. But the villains creep me out sometimes, yet I love to get into their heads.

It's so funny how a character you're writing can actually creep you out. I think only a writer would understand that!
How would you describe the way you feel when writing?

Quite often, it takes a long time for me to get into writing a scene—even with an outline—so it can be frustrating. But when I get into the groove, excitement wells up when I see how my characters are going to get out of the messes they get themselves into.

What do you want your readers to feel when reading your stories?

Emotion is a very important part of writing. If readers don’t feel anything as they read, they’ll put the book down and never finish it. I want them to be on a rollercoaster ride with my characters, to feel what they feel in every part of the story.

Yes!! That's the main thing I think most fiction writers strive for.
Is there a common underlying theme in your work?

There does tend to be a common theme in most of my stories. It’s that bad things can happen to good people, yet God is in control of it all.

Do you write in more than one genre?

I do. I have a children’s book I illustrated, and I plan on writing and illustrating a whole series about a kitten who is always getting into trouble. It’s based on my adorable Persian cat who does the funniest things.

That sounds like a lot of fun! What are you working on now?

I’m about to start rewriting a manuscript called Expired Coupons: Buy One Get Dead Free that I wrote years ago. This fun romantic suspense is about a coupon addict and a murder. Throw in an adorable neighbor, and the main character will never be the same again. It’s due to the editor soon, so I better get to work.

To win my giveaway for an eBook of The Cabin, answer this question. Who is your favorite author and why do you love them?

Thanks for the interview, Erin! So there you go, readers! Answer Erin's question in the "leave a comment" section and you'll be entered for the free copy. Now here's a short bio of Erin, followed by her social and purchase links:

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, five grown children, and a couple grandkids.

Amazon Author Page:

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Interview with Award-Winning Historical Romance Author, Jodie Wolfe

Today I'm extremely pleased and honored to feature historical romance author, Jodie Wolfe and feature her book about the Oklahoma Land Rush, To Claim Her Heart. 

I'm a huge fan of audiobooks because I get stuck in traffic a lot. I also have to do a lot of mindless tasks prepping lessons as a special education teacher (cutting out pieces) and love listening to books when I do so. Guess what? I just ordered Jodie's book on AUDIO! It's featured in all sorts of places: Target, Apple, and Amazon's Audible! Wow! AND it's also a book included in the Audible Escape program.

I'm really looking forward to Jodie's next release, but while we wait, let's peek in on the chat we had about Oklahoma and To Claim Her Heart.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Writing Inspiration and More with Romantic Suspense Author Sharee Stover

Welcome, friends! This week I'm excited to introduce you to Sharee Stover who writes for Love Inspired Suspense. If you enjoy a fast-paced, intense suspense with plenty of romantic tension, you should check out Sharee's books (keep reading to enter to win a print copy of her upcoming December release).

About Sharee Stover

Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to ignite, transform, and restore. Her Christian romantic suspense stories combine heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Nebraska Writer's Guild. Sharee is a three-time Daphne du Maurier finalist and the winner of the Wisconsin Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award. Her debut book, Secret Past, was named the 2019 Best First Book by the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd.

Connect with Sharee

SW: Share with us what your writing journey has been.

SS: I have always loved to write though early in my career I did a lot of professional technical grant writing. After the birth of my youngest child, I began working on devotionals. As the desire to write grew, I attended seminars and writing conferences to learn everything I could. I’ve always been an avid reader and about nine years ago, I wrote my first book, a suspense story where I did everything wrong. I had a blast writing it!

In 2017 I responded to a Facebook post by my editor. She was snowed in and was willing to look over story blurbs. I sent mine in and was floored when she asked to see the full manuscript. You can read the entire story here

My debut novel, Secret Past, released in April 2018. Since then I’ve contracted four more books with the next, Silent Night Suspect, releasing in December 2019.

Writing is a dream come true and I’m beyond grateful that God has given me such amazing opportunities.

SW: Congratulation on four more books!! Speaking of books , what three books are at the top of your TBR pile?

SS: My TBR is constantly changing with all the new releases! I cannot read them fast enough. But right now, I have Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard, Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright and The Coroner by Jennifer Dornbush.

SW: What does your writing space look like?

SS: (Ducks head embarrassed) One word. Messy. It’s a disaster area. But I know where everything is and it works for me. As long as I can dig my keyboard out from under the piles of books, notepads and files, I’m good. I try cleaning it up on a regular basis, but as soon as I start to write again, all that stuff comes out. Sigh. It’s a never-ending battle.

SW: I'm sure several authors can relate. What are your favorite elements of the romantic suspense genre?

SS: I love weaving believable and intense suspense scenes with the intricacies of falling in love. It’s a balancing act and that makes it super challenging.

SW: Who are your writing mentors and/or partners?

SS: My number one partner is Jesus. I cannot write anything without Him so I spend lots of time in prayer. My husband is my second. He’s my litmus test for all things law enforcement. Over the years I have been blessed with several mentors and critique partners who have helped me to write deeper and better. They’re also prayer partners and that means a lot.

SW: Just for fun (and you can include unpublished works here), which of your male characters would plan the best first date? Which of your heroines would you like to hang out with for a weekend?

SS: What a great question! I really had to think on this one. I’m going to say Slade Jackson from Silent Night Suspect. He’s a natural romantic so he’d definitely plan something wonderful. 

Katie Tribani from Secret Past would be fun because she’d have tons of questions. She’s spent her life in witness protection and heavily protected away from the internet and social media so everything would astound her.

SW: Share a little about Silent Night Suspect.

SS: Silent Night Suspect is my second Love Inspired Suspense book and I’m super excited for its release. The story is based around a reunion relationship between widow, Asia Stratton and Nebraska state trooper, Slade Jackson. Although Slade is imaginary, the State Patrol is a group near and dear to my heart because my husband is a State Trooper. I love the themes of second chances and forgiveness woven in their story. 

The inspiration came while I was watching a television program featuring a police officer who was a recovering drug addict. He talked about his battles to uphold the law while struggling with his addiction and the effects it had on his family. I was touched by his authentic and vulnerable openness in sharing his story. It sparked my imagination and the backstory for Silent Night Suspect developed.

SW: I've read an early copy of the book, and you don't want to miss it! Thank you for spending some time with us and sharing a little about your writing and your heart. How can we pray for you?

SS: Again, what a wonderful question. First, thank you for praying for me. Writing can be tough because I’m striving to produce a great story while sharing my heart. My prayer request is for wisdom to share whatever message will shine the light of God’s incredible gift of redemption, and how he makes beauty out of ashes.

Silent Night Suspect

Suspected of a crime she knows she didn’t commit…

All she wants for Christmas is to remember.

Blood on her blouse. A gun in her hand. A cartel leader’s dead body in front of her. Widow Asia Stratton can’t remember what happened—just that she’s been framed. The only way to prove her innocence is to work with her ex-sweetheart, Nebraska state trooper Slade Jackson. But can they clear her name before this Christmas turns even deadlier?

Preorder your copy here.


Sharee Stover is graciously giving one of our visitors a paperback copy of Silent Night Suspect (US addresses only). To enter to win a copy of the book, simply leave a comment below and tell us your favorite Christmas tradition and a way we can contact you if your name is randomly chosen as the winner. Giveaway ends 11/19/19 at midnight CST.

Friday, November 8, 2019

God Has a Plan!

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 of her grown children and a couple grandkids.

Here is what Erin had to say about one of her latest book.

Fateful Fall is my fourth book and I’m beyond excited to share it with readers. It is the perfect example of God’s timing. You see, this book was born once before. My first book to come into the world. It only had four days to live that first time. And when the publishing house closed right after its release, I was devastated. I thought it had to be a clear sign I was done as a writer. I put my keyboard aside for what I thought was going to be the last time and bowed my head in defeat and tears. But this story wasn’t over. God was going to use some incredible circumstances to bring it back to life.

A year passed. My heart was heavy with lost dreams and an unsure future. But one thing I knew was that God didn’t want me to write anymore. So I dove into life at home in a busy household, where teenagers and friends came and went at a dizzying pace. But no words ever crossed my screen even though my writing haunted me. God was about to show me in the most incredible way that He had a plan…and it took a woman from across the world to accomplish it.

I had made many friends on social media over the years. One in particular was from the United Kingdom. How cool was it to have a friend in England? One night I was sitting on my couch when I got a message from her. She told me she felt God telling her to encourage me to keep writing. It was so out of the blue, so astonishing that I burst out in tears. She had become friends with a lady from my church and they had been talking about Fateful Fall prior to her message to me. What were the chances that she would know this lady from my church?! Sure, social media can make connections, but this was extraordinary.

God could not have spoken clearer to me than in that conversation. I can’t thank my English friend enough for letting God use her to get me back on track. Now my book is reborn. And it’s so much better than on the first go around, because I had time to grow and learn more by the time it was getting to the editing stage.

If you’ve been discouraged to the point of giving up, take courage. God has a plan!

Here's a blurb: 

One suspect after another is cleared from Ava’s list until she’s sure she has the real killer targeted in her sights, but he’s hunting her, too. How will Ava and Cory find the killer and admit their love before they are buried under a mountain of secrets?

You can find Erin at:

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Enter The Kingdom of Author, Amory Cannon

Grab your tiaras, ladies and straighten your crowns, dear men, for we are plunging into the realm of a mythical place. My dear friend, Amory Cannon, is our guest today and is escorting us through her Young Adult series, The Broken Crown. But if that's not your cup of tea, she offers many other genres to  enjoy as well. Step closer to the thrones, my dears, and learn all about Amory and the Atlas Empire. . .

PT:  Welcome Amory! I'm so excited to be highlighting you and your new book. So, basics to start, tell us your genre, how long you’ve been writing, and what drew you to be a writer.

AC:  I started writing in the mystery/crime procedural genre about ten years ago, but lately I’ve been leaning more towards speculative or YA fiction. My first two books (Learning to Die and Warzone) fall into the mystery category, but my latest book (The Broken Crown) has a much more YA-feel to it. I’m currently finishing up the sequel to The Broken Crown.

PT:  Nice. A little something for everyone. Now tell our readers, do you have a day job and how does that influence your writing career?

AC:  I currently work as a clinical laboratory scientist, but before that I was a forensic scientist—yes, just like the CSI people. I worked in DNA specifically and loved it. It was definitely helpful to have the background when writing my first two novels, but because I was surrounding myself with so much crime and intensity both at work and in my writing time, I looked for an outlet that was a little more lighthearted. That’s when I stumbled into writing YA.

PT:  Ah, interesting. I've discovered a lot of not-so-young-adults who love YA. So, could you share the title of your new book and whether it is a standalone or part of a series?

AC:  My newest book is called The Desolate Reign. It’s the second book in a planned trilogy and follows The Broken Crown.

(The first book.)

PT:  Nice cover. I simply adore the font! (flutters face with an intricate oriental fan) When does your new book release and where is it set?

AC:  The Desolate Reign doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but I hope to have it ready to go by the end of the year. It’s set in the fictional Atlas Empire which is comprised of five (or six depending on who you ask) countries ruled by vassal kings and one emperor. The setting and culture have a lot of ancient Roman influences, but it’s definitely its own world.

(The second book.)

PT:  Intriguing. I love entering an entirely new world. Are there any characters in your books that resemble you most in personality?

AC:  I think I relate to most of my characters on some level—obviously some more than others. Emilia from The Broken Crown is who I’d like to be. She has her flaws for sure, but she’s courageous and considerate, and she always strives to do the right thing even if it costs her on a personal level.

PT:  Wouldn't we all like to be more like Emilia! And that's a fabulous lead to my next question. What’s the main Biblical theme/lesson in your new book?

AC: The Desolate Reign deals with choosing God’s plan over our own even when we can’t see the path in front of us. It focuses on not necessarily being the most qualified person to carry out God’s plan, but being willing to do whatever He calls us to because the task relies on His power working through us and not our own.

PT:  Indeed a maxim for us all. Now, my favorite. (sets down sceptre-spelled the British way, 'cause the interviewer secretly delights in British spellings-to rub hands together) Name 5 things fast about Amory Cannon that have nothing to do with writing.

AC: I have 2 dogs
        I’m a runner 
        Fall is my favorite season
        I love to travel
        And cookie dough is my weakness. 😊

PT:  Well, after all, who can resist cookie dough? (wink) Of course we all want to know your next project.

AC:  I’m jumping straight into the final book in The Broken Crown series. I also have plans for a romance currently titled To Whom It May Concern that I’ve had on the back-burner for a while now.

PT: Amory is giving away a copy of The Broken Crown to one lucky reader who leaves a comment. You'll be caught up and ready for her new release at the end of the year. Don't miss your opportunity to be entered, but if you cannot wait, go here to purchase The Broken Crown right now! 

And as always, thanks for joining us in the throne room of the Diamond Mine and getting to know author Amory Cannon a little better. Thanks for joining us, Amory!

Bio: Amory Cannon is an author of Young Adult and Romantic Suspense novels. Her favorite things include autumn (anything pumpkin spice), Harry Potter (proud Ravenclaw), and Sherlock Holmes. She published her first book under the name Amryn Cross while working as a forensic scientist. Her non-writing time is filled with running, crafting, and snuggling her two dogs—Luna and Argo. She currently resides in Tennessee.

Visit her website or on Instagram @amory.cannon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Interview with Hannah Currie, Author of Heart of a Royal!

Hi, guys! V. Joy Palmer here! Since we are all friends here, you guys can call me Joy. ;-) And since we are all friends, one of my favorite things to do is talk with my friends, family, the teens I mentor, and everyone else at coffee shops/bookstores. Books and yummy drinks are the perfect combination, after all. So, consider this our virtual coffee shop. I'll wait a second for you to get your warm drink and a fuzzy blanket before we chat with today's guest. :-)

Today we are prying into the private life chatting with Hannah Currie, author of the beautiful YA princess story, Heart of a Royal! Hannah is a fellow WhiteFire Publishing author!

Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. A book nerd from birth, she knows firsthand the difference a good book can make in a person’s life. Even, and especially, fiction. Her dream as a writer is to make people laugh, cry and maybe even swoon a little but mostly to remind them that no matter how dark life may get at times, because of God, there is always hope. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. 

Connect with Hannah on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads!

Interview ~

First things first, would you order coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in our virtual coffee house? Something else altogether? This is possibly the most important question... No pressure or anything, LOL! ;-) 

Hot chocolate or chai latte. Can't stand coffee. Tea is still being decided.

I might have initially gasped, but I approve of your choices. ;-) I love hot chocolate and chai lattes! On to our second most important question: if you could order anything in the world to eat, what would it be?

Spit-roasted meats with roast vegetables and hot-buttered bread rolls.

Yummy!! Where is your favorite place to write, and why is that your favorite place?

On my couch at home in the lounge, because I can keep an eye on the rest of the house (ie kids…) but still get work done. It’s also right beside my bookshelves which inspire me not to give up. When I get discouraged or the words just aren’t flowing, I can look up at those books I love and be encouraged that those authors didn’t give up and neither will I.

I love that your bookshelves inspire you! Other books tend to distract me from writing, LOL! Do you have an odd habit that is only explained by your bookish, writer tendencies? 

Hmmm… I occasionally forget book characters/situations aren’t real and bring them up in real conversations only to realize later that it was from a book not something that actually happened. Haha. Oops. I also forget how to talk sometimes when I’ve been writing for too long. Kind of like I used up all my words on the story and now my brain has shut down :p

Hahaha! I've been there! What inspired you to write Heart of a Royal?

It was a mix of a couple of things. I’d just finished reading another royal series which I’d been sharing with my teenaged sister and we were both going into withdrawals from it. I remembered this dream I’d had (a full decade before) about this girl who’d grown up in a palace alongside the prince and princess but wasn’t a royal herself, and thought it would be fun to turn into a full novel. Asked my sister what she thought, she sent back a rather emphatic ‘yes’ so I got started. I sent her a chapter a week for the next three months. It was so much fun to write and I really loved sharing it with her.

LOVE!! It's so cool that you got to share the experience with your sister! What led you to write in this genre?

I write Young Adult Contemporary Christian Romance novels (aka YA princess books, which is way easier to say!).

As to why…short answer, because it’s what I love to read. Longer answer, because the YA age is such an incredible time of personal growth for people – they’re coming out from under their parents’ umbrellas and discovering who they really are and their own purpose in life. Add in the rules and expectations of royalty, a few tiaras, a bit (lot) of romance and I can’t think of anything I’d rather write more. Christian fiction – especially Robin Jones Gunn’s Christy Miller (and co) series – had a huge impact on my faith as a teen and if God could use my books to encourage and grow someone like Robin did me, I’d be absolutely stoked!

Yes! That's the dream! Robin Jones Gunn inspired so many of us! <3 What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

I’d love for them to realize both that they have a purpose and that there is always hope. I doubt too many people are growing up in a palace like Kenna (although, hey, if you’re a princess, let me know! I’d love to meet you!) but so many of us – myself included – are dealing everyday with overwhelming expectations, the pain of watching people we know live away from God and life circumstances spiraling way beyond our control. And yet, through it all, God is still good. He hasn’t walked away. So there’s still hope. Still a reason and a purpose.

Yes, yes, and yes!!! <3 Can you tell us a little about your next project?

Not announcing anything officially yet but…well … Heart of a Royal is book one of my Daughters of Peverell series… so I’ll let you make some assumptions about what might be next J Sign up for my newsletter at to find out more about that!

Readers, run! Go! You don't want to miss this! *ahem* ;-) Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that inspires you on a soul level?

Oh sooooo many!!! But one I really love is Psalm 46 (especially The Message version).

“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need hi. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake….. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.”

I love this! The idea that even in the craziest, most terrifying and overwhelming circumstances, we can be fearless because God is standing by our side, fighting for us. No matter what happens, we’ve already won. 

Yes! It's so incredibly uplifting and empowering! What are you currently reading? Inquiring minds -- mine -- want to know! LOL! ;-)

I’ve just finished Liz Johnson’s A Glitter of Gold and Melissa Tagg’s Now and Then and Always, both of which were incredible. About to start either Wooing Cadie McCaffrey (Bethany Turner) or A Girl’s Guide to the Outback (Jessica Kate). Haven’t quite decided yet. Might end up reading Heart of a Royal again J I really love that story!

I loved Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, and I can't wait to get my hands on A Girl's Guide to the Outback! I'm might be green with envy right now, LOL! ;-)

Thank you so much for hanging with us and answering all my prying questions, Hannah! 

Be sure to check out Hannah's debut, Heart of a Royal! You can read the first two chapters HERE!

Brought to the palace as a newborn, the royal life bestowed upon Mackenna Sparrow was never meant to last forever. With Princess Alina engaged to be married, Mackenna’s presence as companion is no longer required and, like it or not, she must return to the birthright which should have been hers – that of a commoner. 

But not everyone at the palace wants her gone. When the truths she’s based her life on start crumbling as fast as her future, will she find the courage to trust, both herself and the prince she’s fallen in love with?

Read the first two chapters HERE!
Thanks for stopping by, my writerly, bookish friends! <3 See you next time!


V. Joy Palmer 

V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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