Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Would You Rather (and More) with Tanya Eavenson + a Giveaway

Hello, reader friends. Welcome back! This week I'm excited to introduce you to author Tanya Eavenson! And she's generously offering one of our readers an Amazon gift card (you'll have to keep reading to find out those details, though).




Tanya Eavenson is an award-winning Christian romance novelist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/


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Welcome to the Diamond Mine, Tanya. I’m so excited to introduce you and your books to our visitors!

Let’s begin with a short round of Would You Rather. I promise that none of these are disgusting questions.

Aww, thanks for having me, Suzie! And I love the game Would You Rather! We play it all the time as a family and yes, some of the questions can get disgusting. The things my kids can think of eating is beyond me! 

SW: Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life?

TE: Pause button. The reason, my life is very blessed where I am. I won’t change it for anything.

SW: Would you rather be stuck on a broken ski lift or in a broken elevator?

TE: Oh, my! Can I just say, I’m TERRIFIED of heights, but I’m also claustrophobic. I would be a mess in either situation. However, if I was to pick, I guess it would have to be the broken-down ski lift so I’d be able to breathe. Breathing is a good thing. LOL!

SW: Would you rather lose your keys or your cell phone? 


TE: Keys, hands down.




SW: Tell us a little about yourself. What does a typical day (if there is such a thing for an author) look like for you?

TE: Since most of Americas are sheltering in place from COVID-19, my typical day isn’t very normal. It’s hard to explain. My day job has allowed me to work from home, which is a blessing, but it’s a little hard to work with a house full of people. 😊 I’m sure several of your readers can relate! Then there’s writing, and for some reason with everything that’s going on, I’m not able to concentrate to put down on single word. I’ve decided instead of feeling overwhelmed by everything, I will give it to the Lord day by day. Honestly, now I have more peace as I sit at home with my family. God’s got this virus, He has my family, and my writing, He has everything is in the palm of His hand. 


SW: Yes, I know many of us can relate. It's hard to concentrate on routine right now. 

If you weren’t writing, what would your career involve?

TE: If I wasn’t writing, I’d have to say something with social media or with finances in some way. But honestly, I can’t see myself not writing. It’s a part of me. 


SW: What three books are at the top of your TBR?

TE:

1) Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano
2) Above the Fold by Rachel McDaniel
3) Loving the Mysterious Texan Series by Mary Connealy 


SW: I've read the first two and your are in for some laughs with Jen's book and some great banter in Rachel's. 

You’ve got a busy 2020 with a few book releases. How do you balance writing different stories in different settings and time periods?

TE: It’s a busy year for sure! For me it’s not hard to write different stories. Each story plot and character is different from one another, they’re easy to separate. The hardest part is not being able to write fast enough because a lot of my time is doing research. Yes, even for contemporary stories, there’s a lot of background work that takes place before writing that first word. 

Book One of the All Roads Lead to Texas series



SW: To Gain Forever in the Love is in the Air Romance Collection is your upcoming release (readers: this is only $0.99 until the May 10 release day so grab your preorder before the price goes up. More details and order links are below). Can you share a little about the collaboration process for a multi-author collection like this?

TE: It’s fun working with authors to make a project come alive. Having a vision and a goal is so important because there are many deadlines. My partner in crime, Candee Fick, and I, have taken different admin roles for this set, and we’ve had a great time getting to know one another. I love how God brings people together! I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know these ladies and look forward to more projects in the future.


SW: I think we can all agree that we’re here because we love words and stories. There’s a lot that goes into those and life/the world is so different right now than any of us ever imagined. How can we pray for you during this season and even throughout the rest of the year?

TE: I certainly appreciate the prayers! Please pray that God will heal those with COVID-19 and protect the ones who do not. For my writing, that the words will flow. And in all things, God will be glorified. 


SW: Thank you so much for you time today, Tanya. It's been a pleasure chatting with you and getting better acquainted. We're praying for God's blessings for you this year.

About Love Is In The Air


All you have to do is look up.


This collection of five brand new romances is sure to send your heart soaring. Journey from Canada to Georgia and Colorado to Paris by way of Michigan as these couples find love is in the air. All they had to do was look up.

First Class Wrong Flight by Laura V. Hilton
Candi Walker is excited to attend her former college roommate’s wedding. At least it’s a direct flight across the country and the potential of messing up is next to impossible…until she crashes into a handsome pilot. Now it’s a dream-come-true or her worst nightmare.

Alex Kuklewski has one last flight before he attends his stepsister’s wedding. Desperate to escape his tagalong ex-girlfriend’s clutches, Alex prays that his future wife would drop into his path. And she does. Too bad he and Candi aren’t headed to the same destination.
Emotional baggage on both sides exceeds the weight limit, and the flight to happily-ever-after seems grounded. What will it take for them to launch true love into the air?

A Castle in the Clouds by Candee Fick

Aspiring romance novelist Miranda Scott has her head in the clouds and her nose buried in a book. Raised by a single mother, extravagant trips to castles overseas are only a fairy-tale…until a co-worker’s accident has her boarding a plane to teach creative writing on an all-expenses-paid school-sponsored trip. Family responsibilities kept Joshua Clark close to home, but it’s finally time for the history teacher to spread his wings. Hopefully his time chaperoning an overseas trip and seeing history in person will reveal what the next chapter holds.

However, falling in love surrounded by teenagers was never the plan.

Flying Into Love by Kathleen Rouser

Unable to say no when others need her, Talia Sampson took on her deceased aunt’s advice column and the care of her special needs niece. Then new veteran, Ben Tanner, shows up unexpected on her doorstep. Hurt many times, he wonders where home is. Talia isn’t happy finding a hot-air balloon with him, but she treasures the old journal with it. Ben hopes restoring her family’s antique will please her, until he discovers a secret that shatters his trust. And Talia hates flying. Will she trust God—and Ben—enough to go airborne?

To Gain Forever by Tanya Eavenson

Karianne Bennett, small-town wedding coordinator, has always believed in happily-ever-afters. That is, for everyone but herself. Her fiancé’s alcohol-related death put an end to her own dreams and turned her career into a weekly reminder of all she’s lost. Hope comes when she adopts a retired service dog and a newcomer catches her eye.

Trey Scott has been fascinated with fireworks since he was a boy. If he can land the account for a hot-air balloon festival in an out-of-state town, he’ll be that much closer to achieving his lifelong goal. But his dreams never included a beautiful dog walker who also happens to be the stranger he’s been praying over for years.

Written in the Clouds by Kathleen Friesen

A mysterious cloud formation, a nerve-wracking introduction for JR and Serena, an unexpected reunion for Jim and Blythe, a few traumatic memories, a pilot for the company plane, and another afraid of flying. Mix them together…and what in the world is God up to? Is it love at first flight?

Can love—for two generations—be written in the clouds?




Giveaway


Tanya is giving one of our readers a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card.
To enter, leave a comment and tell us one thing you are thankful for. Be sure and leave a way for us to contact you in case you are chosen as the winner.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Surprising Facts about Delia Latham And Her New Release

It’s so nice to have Delia Latham on the Diamond Mine today! Wait till you read what she’s been working on. Take it away, Delia.



Give me one fact about you as an author that most people don’t know.


Once upon a time, in a far and distant land…well, at least in another time and place…I was the lead singer in a Country Western band. Even then, I wrote—songs, of course, both gospel and country. (I was also working as a Staff Writer for the largest daily paper in Kern County, California, and freelancing numerous articles to a regional magazine, so I was writing a lot.) Had a grand time with the band, but it was just a curve in the road of life that brought me to where I am now.



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?


I’ve been blessed all my life to have people who love and watch out for me—friends and family who are always there to help with whatever I need and wish only the best for me. It’s easy to forget that not everyone has that—some people are forced to scratch and claw, with no help from anyone, just to have the basic necessities. This book awakened me to a couple of things that are all too easy to overlook. 1) Be grateful for what you have, be it ever so humble. As the Apostle Paul said, “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” 2) Keep an eye out for fellow “travelers” in this world who could use encouragement, a hand up, or even a kind word and a smile. You never know when your kindness will literally change someone’s world.


What is the quality you like the most about your heroine?


Norah is smart, determined, and tough. Nothing in life is handed to her on a silver platter. She knows the world doesn’t “owe” her a living, and she’s willing to work to better herself, and do whatever it takes to make a home for her son. I’m not sure I’d be so strong and self-sufficient in the same situation, but I admire women who are. Norah’s character was created to be a little like a sweet, godly woman who is very dear to me, someone I love, admire and respect. In many ways, she’s who I want to be when I grow up. 😊


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



Sweet Scent of Forgiveness, available now for pre-order, will release April 14. I’m working on Book 2, Radiant Rays of Grace, which will be followed by Glorious Gift of Hope. Potter’s House Books all have themes of hope, redemption and second chances. I love the concept, and I’m always grateful for projects that provide an opportunity to touch the hearts of hurting, desperate, searching people—those who, even if they don’t know it, are looking to fill a God-sized hole in their lives. I pray these books will fulfill that goal, touching hearts and stirring souls to look up…to Christ.

Delia will give away an electronic copy of Sweet Scent of Forgiveness as a special, "early" gift to the winner who comments below and leaves their email address. She also has a novella in a Christian fiction anthology that releases the same day! Speakeasy: Collection 1 is three novellas by three different authors. She'll give an electronic copy of her Speakeasy story, Something Almost Heavenly if there are five comments or more.   



Book Blurb:


Norah has a delightful seven-year-old son, owns a thriving nursery business in the Sierra Blanca Mountains of New Mexico, and adores both. She’s past the horrors of earlier years and life is good.
Then Marcus Corman walks into her nursery looking for a couple of special rose bushes. For the first time since she met her late husband, Norah finds herself drawn to a man. Even so, she’s not ready to trust love again.
Neither is Marcus. His ex-wife abandoned him and their infant daughter years ago. Why bring another possible source of pain into little Juliet’s life?
Still, Norah and Marcus find themselves thrust together when their children meet and become fast friends. But as their attraction becomes undeniable, a dark shadow from Norah's past finds her and her son. Will Marcus turn away as all is revealed?
Within the petals of a rose lies a profound message. Will they find it in time to save Norah's life and open the door to love?


Buy link:


https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Scent-Forgiveness-Potters-House-ebook/dp/B085X6FP5L/

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Author Bio:

Delia and her husband Johnny live in East Texas, where their pampered Pomeranian, Kona, kindly allows them to share her home. The author enjoys multiple life roles as wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but above all, she loves being a princess daughter to the King of kings. She admits to a lifelong, mostly un-battled Dr. Pepper addiction, and loves hearing from her readers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chasing Romantic Suspense Author, Robin Patchen


Grab your magnifying glass, readers, and slip on your heels! We’re chasing after author Robin Patchen this morning! Just click on her website https://robinpatchen.com/ and watch those beautiful books scroll by. If you like romance with a mysterious twist, well, this is your author! She’s turning out romantic suspense with both soul and spirit!

PT: So glad you have you here today, Robin! Welcome to the Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction. Let’s dig out some basic facts. How did you become a writer in the Romantic Suspense genre?

RP: That’s a good question. Honestly, it’s not a genre I read routinely before I started to write. When I started writing novels, I assumed my stories would mostly be women’s fiction, but every story I came up with had some element of suspense. Rather than fight it, I decided to write the stories that seemed to want to be written, if that makes any sense at all. Now that I’m settled in Romantic Suspense, I’m so happy this is where God placed me, not just because of the stories I get to tell but because of the other writers I’m getting to know, sweet, generous, encouraging friends who write in this genre.

PT: There is nothing more precious than your tribe! Legacy Reclaimed just came out in February, and now Legacy Redeemed will debut in July. Both are part of the Nutfield Saga Series, actually the tenth and eleventh books. So give us a little background on this series.

RP: It feels like forever ago that I began the Nutfield books. I had an image—a single woman with an infant returning to her hometown in rural New Hampshire. That woman became Rae McAdams, and the story, Convenient Lies, was born. Though the fictional town is more remote and nearer the coast than where I grew up, I was thinking of my hometown of Londonderry when I named it. The area that currently encompasses Londonderry, Derry, and Windham, New Hampshire, was founded in 1719 and originally called Nutfield. When what I think will be the final Nutfield book releases this summer, the eleven books will have spanned about thirteen years.

PT: Is your new book Legacy Reclaimed set in New England and does it have a Biblical message?

RP: Legacy Reclaimed introduces a different town. Coventry (also fictional) is located in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. It is a tourist destination, but its primary industry is a clothing factory, which was founded by the heroine’s parents.
The theme of Legacy Reclaimed is that it is not money or influence or status that makes us who we are, but our faith and our character. Truly, it is God who defines us and gives us our worth.

PT: Share a bit about Legacy Reclaimed.



RP: Early in the story, the heroine vows to save her parents’ legacy (speaking of the company), even at the risk of her own life. The hero gently encourages her that she, as their only child, is their true legacy. Throughout the story, Chelsea learns that she is valuable and worthy regardless of her wealth, and regardless of whether or not she succeeds at saving her parents’ company. She is worthy of love because God says she is. 

PT: Here's the blurb:

She’ll risk anything to save the company her parents built. He’ll risk anything to save her. Someone will stop at nothing to make sure they both fail. 

 Chelsea Hamilton spent her life preparing to run the international clothing business her parents started, but she’s still caught off guard when she learns of her mother’s untimely death. Chelsea returns to New Hampshire, buries her mother, and prepares to take over the floundering business. When a stranger attempts to kill her, she realizes somebody doesn’t want her to inherit her legacy.

Private Investigator Dylan O’Donnell spends his time searching for lost teens. He doesn’t know what to think of the beautiful woman seeking his services. Hers isn’t the kind of case he’s accustomed to handling, and she isn’t the kind of client he quit his steady job to help, but something about the woman pulls at him. She’s in danger, and he can’t turn her away. But if he blows this very public case, his floundering business might not survive.
Together, they dig into her family's secrets. The closer they get to the truth, the closer they grow to one another. Can Chelsea save the legacy her parents fought to leave her? Can Dylan save Chelsea from the enemies determined to see her dead? 


PT: Could this novel stand alone or is it best to read the entire series?

RP: It can stand alone. Some characters from previous books make an appearance, but readers don't need to know their stories to understand this one. I hope people will be curious enough to go back and read the previous books.

PT: Is there more novels in store for the Nutfield Saga?

RP: There will be at least one more book. Legacy Redeemed will release July 28. Readers who’ve read Innocent Lies, book four in the Nutfield Saga, will recognize the heroine, Vanessa Baker, as the villain from that book. Vanessa was sold into human trafficking when she was ten years old. By the time we met her in Innocent Lies, she was twenty and jaded and selfishly motivated. But the death of the man who’d enslaved her and birth of her daughter spurred her to seek God and change her life. When Legacy Redeemed begins, her daughter, Katarina, is seven years old, and Vanessa has to face her demons.


                
PT: Yum. I love it when evil characters take a one-eighty and become a new creature. Now let’s divert a bit. Share a special place to which you’ve traveled.

RP: I currently live in Oklahoma, and I’m getting ready to move to Texas, but I love going back to New Hampshire. There’s something special about the place we call home, isn’t there? I long for the pines and birches, the rugged coast and gentle mountains. I’ve visited many places in my life, but New Hampshire will always hold a unique place in my heart.

PT: I think we all have those special places locked away in our heart. Okay, my fav. Tell 5 things about Robin Patchen that have nothing to do with writing.

RP:
1. I hate to clean even more than I hate to exercise.
2. I love to travel. I want to visit every place on the entire planet twice. (Unfortunately, my husband is not on board with that plan.)
3. I am super proud of my kids. My eldest son (22) is a missionary, my daughter (20) is a super talented singer/songwriter and performer, and my youngest son (18) is an influencer on Tick Toc.
4. I have a secret desire to write a nonfiction book about my family’s experiences in the last six years or so—including addiction and recovery, job loss and transition, and two near-fatal accidents. The book would be about prayer, God’s faithfulness, and the power of godly friends and family.
5. I am an unapologetic New England Patriots fan.

PT: Share you current favorite Bible verse.

RP: I’ve recently memorized Nehemiah 8:10: “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’”


PT: Thanks so much for joining us today, Robin! I know you want to know, you little sleuths, what this week's giveaway is! And Robin is not about to disappoint anyone. She is giving away a free copy of Legacy Rejected. Andddddd. . . . .if you can download a FREE copy of Robin Patchen's Convenient Lies, Book One of the Hidden Truth Series just for visiting her website: robinpatchen.comIs that a deal or what??!!

Here's the links to purchase any of Robin's books right this very instant J:



Robin's Bio:

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Interview with Bernadette Botz and Giveaways!











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It is my honor and extreme pleasure to introduce you to Bernadette Botz. We first met when our kids were school age and played sports together. She lives in Montana (as do I) and is a sweetheart.
Bernadette has graciously offered to give away not one but two copies of her debut book, Liar. Be sure to read this post to the end to find out how to enter for your chance to win a copy.

 Welcome to the Diamond Mine, Bernadette.

BB: Thank you for the opportunity to be here.

RS: I know this is your debut novel. Can you tell us what your occupation was before writing?

BB: I homeschooled my five children. Read-aloud time was my favorite. I wrote Liar as a read-aloud specifically targeted to homeschooling families.

RS: I loved storytime with the kids.  I even read aloud to my study hall students. It seemed to help them work better. Did this time with your children influence your writing?

BB: Absolutely! I want to create quality fiction that will challenge and encourage the Body of Christ. I also want to create characters that stay in the mind and heart of the reader. We read a few books at home that my kids are still talking about. To see that happen for other families would be a dream come true for me.

RS: I think as authors, we all our dream of writing something that will stick with others in some way. I believe your novel Liar will do that. Can you tell us about your inspiration for this story?

BB: My kids were struggling with the messages of the world. I wrote it because I wanted to make them aware of the enemy’s voice. “Idiot. Worthless. Ugly. Stupid. Fat. Unliked. Unloved. Unwanted.” That and the suicide rate in Montana. I felt sick over the enemy’s work, and I wanted to expose him as much as I possibly could.

RS: The enemy’s voice can be so strong. You are right; the suicide rate here in Montana is high. Liar will definitely bring hope to the hopeless. I know the Bible brings you hope. Can you share with us your life verse and why you chose it?

BB: It’s always hard to choose one verse, but I always go to Zephaniah 3:17. This was the first verse I memorized as a new believer at the age of thirty.
“The Lord, your God, is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you with his love. He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
The Lord did a lot of housecleaning when I first became a Christian. This verse meant a lot to me because I read that He was with me, that He didn’t turn His back on me, even when I didn’t have my act together. I read that He is a mighty warrior. I needed someone to fight for me, and I knew I could trust Him to do that for me. That Jesus Christ takes delight in me with His love, that He no longer rebukes me (which I deserve) and especially that He rejoices over me with singing??? I couldn’t believe what I was reading! In this verse, my Savior expresses so much of His character from beginning to end, and it has helped me overcome a lot of my fear of man. It reminds me that I am known, protected, delighted in, loved, rejoiced over and amazingly… that I belong to a Savior who sings over me. I never, ever thought about the Lord singing, and it just blew my mind!

RS: I was thirteen when I became a Christian, but I will never forget the first time my daughter Sharla showed me the verse in Philippians 2:15, where it refers to us as shining like stars in the sky. That blew my mind. I couldn’t believe I’d missed God’s voice in this verse. 
Liar speaks a lot about voices and which one we are to seek. Your characters take quite a journey in this book.  Did you take a personal journey as well while writing? 

BB: This book sent me on the hardest journey for any Christian. It is voiced in my book when Yeshua asks, “WILL YOU TRUST YOUR KING?” 
Will I trust Him when everything is upside down? Will I trust Him when I feel alone and unseen? Will I trust Him to be enough for me when nobody knows what the work is costing me? Will I trust that He won’t let me put something worthless out into the world? Will I trust Him with critics? Will I trust Him with haters? Will I trust Him to help embrace that part of His design for me that is writer? Even though I’m terrified? Even though I feel completely inadequate.
I wrote this book for my kids. Jesus saw to it that I wrote it for myself.

RS: Powerful questions. How does it feel to see your book in print?

BB: When my book was delivered to my house, I just happened to be alone. I opened up the box and saw my name and the beautiful cover. (painted by my friend, Kathy Smith) I wanted so much to share my joy with someone – someone who would understand all that I had been through in birthing this story.
  Since I was alone, I sat on the hearth of our fireplace, imagining all my characters around me.  I read the entire book aloud to them!  It was a profound moment.  It was a way to honor them for all their help, and it was a way to say goodbye. As my original intent was that the book function as a read-aloud, it was a wonderful way to say, “The End.”  It was a holy moment shared only with the characters from my book and the Lord. They fully knew the cost.

RS: I have enjoyed our interview. I pray you have, as well. One last question before we talk about the giveaways. What do you hope to leave with the reader through your writing?

BB: I hope Liar leaves the reader with a renewed sense of hope in doing the right thing. For men, that means returning to protecting women, children, and culture. Men are called out of passivity in this story. For women, it means leaving fear and insecurity behind. It means allowing yourself to become vulnerable so that you can be free. It means that freedom first starts with Christ. I want my reader to leave the kingdom of Struggle having identified with the characters in a way that changes their life. I want the Body of Christ to return to the kingly qualities of truth, courage, honesty, and confession so that they can take their rightful position in the battle against the enemy. To arms! This book is a call to arms!

RS: After reading Liar, I believe you and GOD will accomplish much in the direction you speak. The story is poignant and thought-provoking, indeed.

BB: I’m so grateful to you!  Thank you for investing in me this way.


Let’s do two free book giveaways. One drawing for signing up for my newsletter. One drawing for signing up for writing practice. Please go to https://granberrybooks.com/category/news/, then come back here, drop a note in the comments letting us know which or both you have signed up under.
   

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Interview and Giveaway with Melony Teague, Author of A Promise to Keep!

Hi, guys! V. Joy Palmer here! Since we are all friends here, you guys can call me Joy. ;-) And one of my favorite things to do is talk with my friends at coffee shops then head to the bookstores. Yes, plural. 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. <3

Today we're going to pry into the private life chat with Melony Teague, author of A Promise to Keep! I had the honor of reading A Promise to Keep for endorsement, and you can read my review HERE! I am so excited to chat with Melony today!



Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.
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This may be the most important question I ask -- no pressure or anything, LOL! *drum roll* What are you drinking in our virtual coffee house? Coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate? Something else altogether? 

All of them. Coffee first thing in the morning, tea in the afternoon and in winter, hot chocolate at night.

That's a good -- and yummy -- beverage system! If you could order anything in the world to eat at our virtual coffee shop (we can dream, can't we?), what would it be

Chicken Pad Thai. I love it!

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

I love to write anywhere except at my desk it seems. It might sound strange, but my desk is for client work and editing. To me, I need a change of scenery for my creative side of writing. So I’ll move to another room, the dining room, or somewhere else, or if I can’t concentrate because I’m getting distracted by housework, I will go to the nearest Starbucks
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I'm very similar when it comes to creative space. Do you have an odd habit that is only explained by your bookish, writer tendencies? Safe space. ;-)

Oh goodness, I asked my husband and he said I have too many odd habits, but he’s not sure any of them can be explained. He did not want to elaborate for some odd reason. I think my curiosity is probably part of being a writer. Asking people questions about things in the name of research is a wonderful perk.

LOL! I bet that's the safe answer for any spouse of a writer! ;-) What inspired you to write A Promise to Keep

I wanted to write a story beginning with a high school reunion, with the focus on second chances and promises kept. I love quirky characters and Savannah is certainly quirky. Michael quickly became a loveable character, although complex and—dare I say—swoony. He has such a good heart. The story developed from there. But my goal was to write a book that would be fun to read, as well as meaningful. I don’t see why these two goals can’t co-exist. 




Yes! I could see all of those elements when I read A Promise to Keep! What led you to write in this genre? 

As much as I love reading historical fiction, I’m not smart enough to write it, so that rules out that genre. (I mean, the research! I admire historical fiction writers so much!) I am a romantic at heart, so it had to include romance—and contemporary romance lends plenty of room for that romantic side of me to come out.

You and your voice are such a wonderful addition to the contemporary romance world! What message do you hope to convey to your readers? 

Good question! Even though life is hard, and messy, there is always hope and there is always time for second chances. There are some promises we can count on, no matter what life brings our way. God Keeps His promises (Ps. 145:13). Also, it’s okay to laugh at yourself. I’d want readers to come away being inspired to live in the moment, be present, and make choices that will bring quality to their relationships and lives.

So much YESSS!!! Can you tell us a little about your next project(s)? 

I have a few project possibilities and am still deciding which one I should tackle first. Stay tuned.

You had better believe I will! Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that inspires you on a soul level? 

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

This inspires me because it reminds me we all have gifts which were given for us to serve others and reminds me to stay faithful in what I am called to do. And not everyone’s gift is the same, so we shouldn’t compare our journey to someone else’s.

Yes! This verse is so powerful! What are you currently reading? Inquiring minds -- mine -- want to know! 

Actually, lately I have been listening to audio books while I knit scarves for the family. It gets cold in winter here in Canada! And we have had lots of snow. The last audio book I listened too was Christmas in Evergreen with Nancy Naigle since it was around Christmas time. Before that I listened to The Defenders of Justice series by Nancy Mehl.

Such great books! Glad you're still getting in some "reading" time while you knit!

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

A Promise to Keep ~



A Promise. A High School Reunion. And a pact that proves harder to keep.
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?




Giveaway ~

Melony Teague has generously offered a $10 Amazon.com or Amazon.ca gift card to one randomly chosen individual!


Rules, Info, and Such ~


The author is giving away a $10 Amazon.com or Amazon.ca gift card!

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada! 


This giveaway will close on March 19th, 2020,  at 12:00 A.M. for all the night owls.

A winner will be drawn within four days of close of giveaway. If the winner does not respond to our e-mails within one week of notification, then a new winner will be drawn in their place. Void where prohibited by law.

May the odds be ever in your favor. ;-)

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See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!

Hugs!

~V. Joy Palmer


V. Joy Palmer loves to write romantic and comedic stories that proclaim God’s deep love for us. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an avid blogger. In her spare time, Joy loves to sing (especially Disney songs), drink large quantities of coffee, and take flowery photos for Bookstagram. When Joy isn’t fighting with fictional people, she’s hanging out with her husband and their adorable little girl. Connect with Joy via www.vjoypalmer.com!