Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Latest Cozy Mystery Series from Author Julie B. Cosgrove

 Good morning all you Diamonds in Fiction fans. This week I want to again introduce you to one of my favorite authors in the whole world—JULIE COSGROVE!!!!

 Besides being good friends, I am a super fan of this talented and magnificent author!


Julie, I’m delighted to be able to feature today not only you, but the first book of your latest cozy mystery series WORD HAS IT! From the first sentence I knew this was the crème de la crème I’d been waiting for. Welcome to the Diamond Mine dear friend!

 Aww, thanks. I am blushing now. Can you believe this is fiction work #16??  I was first published in 2010, so I feel very blessed to have landed so many contracts.

 For those of you who don’t know, Julie is a multi-dimensional author, a kaleidoscope of genres, many award-winning!  She writes devotionals, cozy mysteries, has written three suspense novels on human trafficking, as well as Bible studies, and…well, Julie give our readers the cliff-note trip through your writing successes.

 I first wrote Focused in 2008, which was a romance of a different sort. It is about an empty nest couple who have drifted apart. Throughout the course f the book, they find out why they fell in love to begin with by focusing on the good things. and it was picked up in 2010. Then after reading Richard Maas’ book on to how to write a breakout novel, I decided in 2009 to write a suspense romance, Hush in the Storm. But by the third chapter I hit a wall and prayed on it. I wanted to convey a message, but what?? Over the next month, three different Spirit-led scenarios introduced me to the plight of human trafficking (at the time it was not a household word). The plot about a young widow who begins to discover her husband’s accident was not that at all began to quickly emerge. I got several nibbles but no bites from agents and publishers. Then I read an advertisement about Prism Books expanding into suspense romance and accepting queries. Within 48 hours I was under contract!


The editor in chief then contracted me to write two sequels, then three romance novellas over the next three years, and after that the four-book series called the Bunco Biddies Mysteries between 2015-2018. The Bunco Biddies novels are set in a 55 plus community and features 12 senior women who share recipes, play dice games, and solve a few crimes along the way. They are light-hearted but each features a social awareness issue, as do all my fictional works. I want to entertain but also hope my readers leave with knowledge of ways they can act, pray, and support nonprofit organizations that help people in tough situations. Jesus always met people in the middle of their messes and I believe we are called to follow in His footsteps.

Anyway, Prism was sold to a larger publishing house, so I decide to contract with a new publisher, Write Integrity Press, whose editor-in-chief I’d met through American Christian Fiction Writers. At her request, I wrote three new cozy mysteries (my genre of choice to read and write) under the Relatively Seeking Mysteries―One Leaf Too Many, Fallen Leaf, and Leaf Me Alone. These featured three thirty-something friends who delve into genealogies and discover family secrets some don’t want revealed. They were written following the Hallmark formula, which is so popular.

But my heart remained with senior sleuths, so Write Integrity Press approved and contracted six books in the Wordplay Mysteries. Word Has It is the first one. Books two and three are in various stages of editing and I am starting to write book four.



 I’d love to pick a favorite, but I’d be here all day arguing with myself …I love them all! It’s amazing how God has guided you every step of the way through your writing career. Can you share a little about how you started writing and how you’ve arrived at this latest series?

 I began writing as a freelance writer because my late husband was transferred a lot in his career in structural construction. Therefore, whenever I had access to the internet I could work. I also contracted to write devotionals for several publications and did so for ten years. I still have a devotional blog, https://wheredidyoufindgodtoday, which has a good following in about 50 countries, and for five years (2015-2020) I wrote and edited for a digitally-based missionary group out of Canada, a division of CRU.

But fiction has always been my secret passion so I gave it a try. A professor friend of my sister’s read Focused and said I had potential but needed to hone my craft. I spent the next few years attending writer’s workshops and conferences, and also reading “how to write faith-based fiction” books. Like most newbie writers, I wrote many drafts during those early years until a publisher picked me up. 

I have always loved mysteries, and after I wrote the suspense and romances for Prism, my sister asked me why I didn’t write what I loved. Prism had never published that genre but gave me a shot with Dumpster Dicing, the first Bunco Biddies Mystery. It won Best Cozy Mystery in Texas 2017, and by then I had been contracted to write the rest in the series. I have been writing cozies ever since.

 In the early writing days, I was always advised, don’t change genres. Those established writers, “Each time you change genres it’s like beginning to build your fan base again.” Any truth to that statement?

 There is some truth to that. But in actuality, I have more migrated than switched. With Prism, I wrote romance, even though some of it was suspense.  The leap from suspense to mystery is not a huge one, and I include a flavoring of romance in the mysteries to add depth to my plots and characters. 

I think it would be hard to, for example, write historical romances and then switch to sci-fi or fantasy. Genres that far apart rarely have carry-over audiences. I do know some mystery writers who write various genres under several pen names, though. Still, it take a lot of marketing efforts to keep your name in front of so many audiences.

 And can I gather that cozy mysteries are your favorite genre?

 Without a doubt. I feel I have found my niche so I plan to keep writing them. If I am not writing them, I am reading them or watching them, especially the British series. I don’t mind reading historical novels and Biblically based ones, and a few YA’s (there, now I have confessed that!) but as a widow in her late sixties, romances just do not hit my hot button like suspense and mysteries. I prefer cozies because they are clean, have fun, quirky characters you get to know and love, and concentrate on solving the crime rather than committing the crime itself.

For those new Diamond Mine followers, can you share just a few words about how God called you to write? Did you always know you were meant to write?

 Three friends from three different states suggested I try writing for a living. They said my articles for church newsletters and even my personal letters showed a propensity for creative writing. I had taken that in school and excelled at it, winning a few awards. I prayed on it and felt somewhat confident God was leading me this way.

Now, I know the Holy Spirit “sits on my shoulders” when I get in my writing zone. Still working full-time, I must carve out writing time on weekends. I get antsy when I feel that prompting in my soul. My family understands when that happens, I am not available unless it is an emergency. Often times, I’ll sit down at the computer with a cuppa in the morning and then look up, astonished that it is after supper time. I am a panster, which means I have a vague idea of the overall plot but create the twists and turns as I go.

As I write, I marvel at where the Spirit leads me. Unraveling the mystery along with my main character is so much fun. I wouldn’t write any other way. By God’s merciful grace, the plot seems to always resolve, red herrings and all. That is when I know I have been steadily in His will.



 I’m sure we have many visiting the Diamond Mine today who are familiar with your work but haven’t heard from you recently. It’s obvious you survived the winter Texas storm of 2021, how rough was that storm in Ft. Worth?

 Not bad in my neck of the woods. Other than seven inches of ice and snow layered upon each other, we never lost power or water. I was able to work remotely the whole time. Others in Fort Worth were not as lucky, but all I know survived and that is a blessing.

 And now for the truly good part…what’s next? Will there be more books featuring Scrub Oak, Texas, Wanda Lee Warner, and her rookie cop nephew, Todd? I sure hope so.


Absolutely. As I said, six are under contract. It is up to my publisher when they will feature over the next 3-4 years, though. Write Integrity Press has fourteen faith-based authors of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, and is now closed to adding any new ones. But they are still determined to produce one work a month, so I fit in the queue somewhere in all of that. They let me know the release month by the second edit and a firm date along with the author’s copy for a final proof. Anyway, the future books are:

Word Gets Around, In Other Words, Away with Words, A Loss for Words, Hang on Every Word

To wrap this up, I always like to ask successful authors to share a word of encouragement or a “get outta Dodge” comment for all new writers joining us today.

 Write for One person and let Him decide who reads the books. Never get caught up in the numbers game. If one soul is comforted or encouraged, so be it. You have done your job. God will do the rest. As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, there is no other way.” Otherwise, you will become frustrated, envious, and stressed.  A myriad of other unfruitful and stifling emotions will creep inside of you, too, eating away at your creativity and enthusiasm.

Jesus’ followers had to learn from Him in order to serve Him well, therefore so must you. Keep an open mind and heart as you grow your talent. Don’t let pride get in the way and do not let the devil steal your joy!

 There you have it, folks! Thank you for sharing with us Julie. And I highly recommend WORD HAS IT! You won’t be disappointed!

                                                                      'Til Next Time…Keep reading and writing!

                                                                                                  DiANE

 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Interview and Giveaway with A.D. Lawrence

It is my great pleasure and honor to introduce to you A.D. Lawrence, one of the 2021 Christian fiction debut authors. Be sure to read the full interview and then enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win a copy of The Purple Nightgown.


A.D. Lawrence makes her home in Northeastern Nebraska. She has been passionate about writing and true crime for years, and her two obsessions melded into the goal of authorship. She is an active member of the ACFW, writes a true crime blog, won the 2019 Crown Award and was a 2019 First Impressions finalist and a 2020 Genesis finalist. Her first book will be released through Barbour in March of 2021 as part of the True Colors series.

You can connect with her at https://adlawrencefiction.com/, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.




Before we dive into your book, let's learn a bit more about you. What are you reading right now?

ADL: Though it’s not my typical reading genre, I’ve been enjoying The Smoke River series by Adina Senft. The first two books are amazing, and I’m just starting book three. 

CC: For those who are interested in what genre that is, it's Amish. I'm so glad you are enjoying the series! I have to admit, Amish isn't typically my thing, but my interest is piqued.

What do you like to do when you aren't reading or writing?

ADL:  Please don’t judge me, but I’m really into 90 Day Fiancé at the moment. It’s pretty crazy.

CC: When I first read that, I read 90 Day FINANCE. LOL Fiancé makes so much more sense. 

What is your schedule like when you're writing?

ADL: I have a full-time job, so writing keeps me busy. Since I only had seven weeks to write and edit The Purple Nightgown, I woke up at five to write before work and wrote until late into the night. Thank goodness, it came together!

CC: Holy cow! Seven weeks AND a full-time job? Girl you amaze me. I'm not sure my brain can function that early and go to bed that late afterward. Bless you!

Thanks for sharing those fun things. Let's dive right into talking about your debut novel, The Purple Nightgown!


Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?



CC: Which character was the most fun to create? What makes them fun?

ADL: I had the most fun with Henry, probably because I pictured him as James Norton. His conflicting emotions made him fun to write.

CC: That's a new actor to me. I had to look him up to know who you are talking about, but I can see him as being a character of conflicting emotions. He just sort of has that face.

What was your hardest scene to write?

ADL: Since I’m a romantically stunted person, the mushy scenes were a challenge. Emotions like fear and anxiety are easy for me to write, but warmer feelings … not so much. I’m thankful for critique partners who experience the full range of human emotion and gave me a hand.

CC: I am the same way! That does make writing romances so much harder, but you did a great job!

Thank you so much for joining me today and providing all of us with a wonderful distraction. The last question is always my fun one:

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

ADL: 1) Tour Highclere Castle 2) Hot Air Balloon Ride 3) Serve on a Jury (something serious, not some car theft or drug case.)

CC: Your third one is so funny to me. Everyone tries to get out of jury duty, and you want on it. In fairness, you want a serious case, but i still find it humorous. My dad served on a grand jury once, and I can remember the cameraman filming the shoes of the jury as they walked by and my family recognizing my dad's ratty tennis shoes. LOL

Readers, you can purchase A.D's book at any of the following retailers or your favorite bookseller, but be sure to enter the giveaway as well! If you win, you can make someone's day by giving it as a gift.

Amazon     Barnes and Noble     Christianbook.com


The Giveaway

To enter, please comment below with your name and email (name (at) something (dot) com). I'll check back on Wednesday to see if we have enough commenters for a winner! (At least 4 commenters needed to pick a winner.


Good luck and God bless!

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Interview and Giveaway with Erin Stevenson!!

 

Today we welcome Erin Stevenson to The Diamond Mine!! She will give one lucky winner a copy of her new book,  Sisters Ever After. It's Book One in the Canadian Meadows series! Just leave a comment by clicking the comment link at the end of the interview and include your email address so we can notify you if you're the winner!

Here's a little taste of Sisters Ever After:

Gianna Harper is living on borrowed time. Newly widowed, she’s struggling to hold things together at home and keep her business afloat while dealing with her late husband’s effects. But something’s not right and now Gianna is convinced that he was involved in something a lot more sinister than shady business dealings.

 Brock Hennessey fled California to make a fresh start in northwestern Montana. He hopes he’s put enough miles between him and danger, banking on a promised job to give his family a new start in a safe place.  

 Circumstances pit Gianna and Brock against one another, and neither one is willing to give an inch. As their professional dealings grow more acrimonious, their daughters become best friends and suddenly, the four of them are thrown into situations that have them acting, looking, and sounding like a real family.

Set against the stunning backdrop of northwestern Montana, Sisters Ever After is the first book in the Canadian Meadows series.

Sounds like an awesome read!! Hello Erin, and let's start the interview!!

When did you decide to be a writer?

I have an academic background and have penned a thesis, a dissertation, and published several articles. I turned my energies to fiction in 2014.

How interesting!
How do you get the ideas for your books?

Some of them come from real life! I always keep my eyes open for ideas. A few months ago after it had snowed about a foot, I was driving on a country road and pulled over to take a picture of the beautiful winter sunset. However, I didn’t realize that the “shoulder” was really a snowbank, and I was thoroughly stuck. While I waited for my son to come and rescue me, I wrote a scene in my head about a sweet young thing who gets stuck in a snowbank and gets rescued by a strong, handsome hero. But wait—maybe he gets stuck and she rescues him! I was also visiting relatives in south Texas in February when they lost power and water for four days. That was an adventure! I’ve already had several people ask if I’m going to work that into a book someday, and the answer is, “probably.” 😊

Oh, the mind of a writer! We see stories everywhere!

How long do you typically work on a book?

I have written a 43,000-word manuscript in 30 days, a 77,000-word manuscript in sixty days, and still have some that I started five or six years ago that are in various stages of completion. I’m usually working on at least two books at any given time.

You are so productive. And imaginative, too. Are any of the characters based on a real person?

Not completely, but yes, pieces of real people.

 Do any of the characters share traits with you?

I don’t think so, but a family member told me she thought the female lead in my first published book, Plan B, was based on me. I still don’t see it!

I always wonder if people I know will actually spot the traits I've borrowed from them!So, which character did you most enjoy writing?

That’s so hard to answer. It’s always the ones of whatever I’m currently working on, because I get as deep into their heads as I can. I really loved Morgan and Brandon from Home to You, and Ben and Vanessa from the book I just finished. I think it’s because they had more to overcome to find their happy ending.

Do you write from an outline, or wing it as you go?

I am a 100% wing-it gal! I tried to do an outline once and it was torture, LOL.

Me, too! What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?

How much time do you have? It completely feeds my soul. I love when the characters hijack the plot and take things in a different direction than I had planned—and it’s always better! I also enjoy setting books in diverse places and have had the opportunity to visit some of them for “research.”

I do so enjoy research! Is there any underlying theme in your books that you want the reader to take away?

Sometimes. In my St. Clair Family series, that wasn’t the case. I just wanted them to be clean, wholesome enjoyable reads. The main characters were believers, but there was no overt spiritual theme. For the Canadian Meadows series, I wanted a theme for each book, and prayed for God to help me define that. For Sisters, it’s learning to trust God’s timing. In my current work, Our Place of Forgiveness, well, that’s pretty obvious. That’s been quite a journey for me. Book three of the series is kind of a modern-day prodigal son story.

Sounds great! What are you working on now?

I just sent off the first completed draft of the second book in the Canadian Meadows series to my beta readers, titled Our Place of Forgiveness. It features two minor characters from Sisters Ever After, Ben and Vanessa. They and most of the characters from Sisters will continue into the third book—which is well underway, scheduled to release in early fall, 2021. I’m also finishing a fun little Christmas book set in Boston that I hope will come out later this year. And I have lots of ideas simmering…I literally have a file on my computer called “back burner ideas” and it’s chock-full!

Thanks for the interview, Erin!! It was a real pleasure to get to know you and your book! Okay, readers, here's a little more info about Erin:

Erin has been writing fiction since 2014. She has published independently and with Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Writing is like breathing to Erin. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist. 

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms. 

To see Erin's books and purchase them:

https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Stevenson/e/B07GCWQVHS%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Interview with Romance Author, Susan Tuttle

Susan L. Tuttle, Author

ACFW Carol Award finalist, Susan L. Tuttle was born and raised in the Mitten State (Michigan) where she met and married her best friend. A homeschooling mom of three, somewhere along the way she blinked and those three littles aren’t so little anymore. Now she balances their young adult years with directing the women’s ministry at her church, writing, and caring for her parents. She fully believes that God is the biggest romancer in the world and that He loves each one of us lavishly even in all our imperfections—a belief tried and tested by her own misses at perfection. Never having met a cookie she didn’t like, most days you’ll find her enjoying one for a treat between chauffeuring her kiddos around, attempting housework, contemplating exercise, or coaxing her current characters to talk.
 





Connect with Susan at susanltuttle.com or at susanltuttleauthor@gmail.com. 


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Karla Akins, M. Ed., is an award-winning author and curriculum designer specializing in stories and resources for families with special needs.

When she's not writing or studying, you might find her riding her motorcycle or teaching online classes. She makes her home in Florida where she lives with her husband and adult twin sons with autism.  

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Kelly Goshorn is “BACK” ON THE MINE!

WELCOME TO THE DIAMOND MINE, KELLY . . .  AGAIN!


I asked my church to point me toward people that might be isolated, people I could reach out to and pray for. I volunteered with the local food pantry and once a week I make deliveries with a friend from church to families in need. This helped me shift my attention away from myself and toward othersto ‘count my blessings’ as it were rather than focusing on whatever I perceived I’d lost or had changed since COVID-19 came into our lives.

RENEE: I’m grateful to the Lord that you recognized the depression and acted upon it with the Church. Our Christian Family if people would simply recognize it, are caring and loving people God places in our lives for much more than Sunday and Wednesday (and simply to be a thorn in our side as so many in this fallen world believe.)
It’s also in the hard or tough times that we take the small things for granted like the Sunday morning person who sits in the pew behind us with the ever-faithful smile for a greeting, that creek-bed we used to fish in as a child and haven’t done so for years, the mountains we see on our drive to work every way but don’t have time to bother take our children for a weekend picnic... 

Yeah, it’s times like these that we “count our blessings” and remember the things we have around us not for the first time but have had all the time and have simply taken advantage of or forgotten along the way.
That’s a lesson I learned quite a while ago when I became disabled and unable to work or do much else. Instead of the mountains I loved to run around and play in, I picked up other hobbies like painting and making soy candles!
I don’t have much time or ability to write my books, although I have been researching brainstorming on two new series involving the genres of historical and science fiction. Can you believe that, Kelly? Science fiction! That’s me, eclectic! LOL
You know me, I can’t just wilt into the bed or recliner, my mind is constantly going even if I can’t remember what I’m doing half the time. I have even begun advocating for those with Chronic Pain and Rare Diseases like mine, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Causalgia. So many of us are not receiving adequate pain management that I couldn’t keep silent any longer and had to say something as an educated medical provider, a pharmacist, and a patient.
So, your turn! What’s happening in your wheelhouse? Any new series, books, or exciting news for us to know about? I know you are a busy woman as well!

KELLYI’m so proud of you for getting involved and advocating for Chronic Pain and Rare Diseases. I think it’s wonderful that you’re working hard to improve life for yourself and others, some of whom may not be able to advocate on their own behalf.
As for me, I’ve been working on a three-book series set locally in historic Loudoun County, Virginia, where I grew up and which also provides the setting for my debut novel, A Love Restored.
KELLY-GOSHORN-PET-DOG-DIAMOND-MINE-BLOGLoudoun was a border county in a border state. While the county as a whole voted for secession, the western part of the county that borders what would become the state of West Virginia, was home to many Quakers. As you may have guessed, they voted to remain in the Union. This gives a historical romance writer like myself plenty of tension-filled scenario opportunities including the historic Burning Raids which will be featured in book one of the series.
In late November and early December 1864, Union cavalry troops tore through the area burning barns, confiscating crops and livestock, and slaughtering what they couldn’t take with them—anything they thought could be used to aid the enemy whether the civilians were Confederate sympathizers or not.
Writing historical romance requires a lot of research and if the procrastination bug bites, my faithful Welsh corgi, Levi, always manages to herd me toward the computer again.
He helps me keep my website in order though. Oh, and if you and the folks want to learn more about my upcoming releases or follow the ups and downs of my writing journey, you can subscribe to my quarterly newsletter at https://KellyGoshorn.com/mywriting/newsletter.

RENEE: I can see why you love historical if you have things like that spurring you along! Not the bugs, but Levi! He’s a great research buddy to have along. LOL I do have one question for you and may sound a little “controversial” but since I want to write historical and our readers love it as well, I’m going to go for broke!

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As you know, life isn’t easy for me or many people lately. I could list the things wrong, but one things that’s always been right has been the Lord.  He remains my strength and guiding Light.
In today’s environment of “cancel culture” and freedom of eliminating, rewriting, or simply ignoring whatever incidents in the present, or past that we don’t like, how do you see His Light affecting the world and in essence, you?
Sin is consuming this world like it did with Sodom and Gomorra in the Bible. Please tell the fans and readers your opinion of the future of this country amidst the decadence around it and us. Is there reason to retain hope?

Is Love and Hope Still Around Us?


KELLY: While I do have serious reservations about the direction our country is headed with the current level of political discord and what I consider a dangerous trend toward curtailing free speech, we need to remember that our hope isn’t found in the latest social or political movement nor is it found in government mandated policies. I think our culture places too much value on the opinions of trending celebrities, political movements, and even men and women in elected office. These things, these people won’t save us. Who are they but sinful human beings, just like us, but most of whom are not connected to the source of truth? The enemy will use anything or anyone to stir up fearso we turn our eyes, and eventually our hearts, away from God—our only source of lasting peace and joy no matter our circumstances. 

Instead, I find hope in the knowledge that God is working behind the scenes for our good and His glory. Nothing that happens takes Him by surprise. And despite the upheaval of the last yearI see that His people are resilient because our lives are built on a firm foundation, one that doesn’t shift and can’t get “canceled” no matter how unpopular our views become in our culture. His Word is that foundation and the only source of peace and truth I know. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

RENEE: Thank you, Kelly. Even though we know it in our hearts, it’s good to hear someone else say the words aloud. We may not see God working. The enemy’s actions are evident for all to see because he is pompous and arrogant . . . Loves attention and hates God. And oh, yes, our hope does come for the Almighty Lord Jesus. Thank you for the words. I needed to hear them touch my ears.
Before we go, is there something you would like to say to the Mine about you and your life? Writing? After all, you are an awesome Christian author and don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to become a fan, Kelly!

KELLYI’d sum up my life as a work in progress. Although I’ve been a Believer for over 40 years, I’m still learning whatit means to walk with God faithfully, to fully submit my desires to His will. As God reveals those areas of my life that I need to surrender to Him, I’ve often found that my personal journey unfolds in my books.




In fact, that is the very idea
 behind the working title for the series I mentioned above, Surrendered Hearts. Through themes of surrender and sacrifice, I examine what happens when God calls us to lay down those things we hold most dear—our dreams and ambitions, our pride, a relationship, and ultimately our hearts as God recklessly pursues each of us.
My characters discover, just like I have, that this journey with God that we call life has the potential to transform us and to restore our relationship with othersand with Him if we are brave enough to submit our stubborn will to His.
My deepest hope is that God will carve a similar path for those readers who take the journey with me in the pages of my stories.


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RENEE: Kelly, it has been a true pleasure interviewing you for the Diamond Mine and I pray that your new book and series is a success. Thank you for all that you are and do for Christian Fiction. Once again, you show the world what having a relationship with Jesus Christ means.

KELLY: Thanks so much for chatting with me today. Perhaps those who are interested in entering the giveaway for a paperback copy of A Love Restored, could share a verse that has been a comfort to them during the past year.

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WIN ONE PAPERBACK COPY OF KELLY’S GOSHORN’S
A LOVE RESTORED

Kelly asks that you enter this contest
 by sharing a verse that has given you particular comfort
during the last year of the Pandemic’s isolation and trial.
(All entries must include a valid email address and name
to facilitate contact if it is drawn as the winner
seven days from 03/17/2021 by random selection.)

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Giveaway Ends 03/24/2021
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About the Author, Kelly Goshorn:

Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith, and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A

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Love Restored, won the Director’s Choice Award for Adult/YA fiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference in 2019 and earned recognition as both a Selah Award finalist in the Historical Romance category and as a Maggie Award Finalist for Inspirational Fiction

Kelly earned her B.A. in Social Studies Education from Messiah College and her M.Ed. in History from The Pennsylvania State University. She has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 3years. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, binge-watching BBC period dramas, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi. 

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About the Miner, Renee Blare, RPh

Best-selling author Renee Blare has hung her hat in several states but only calls home to one . . . Wyoming.  A bookworm by nature, she began her

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writing journey late in life, but her first book, Beast of Stratton became a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis Contest before publication and after publication, a best-seller on Amazon. Her second and third books joined it with the same high ranks.

With five books now in publication and all best-sellers, Renee is known as an inspirational writer who paints the page with words, pictures, and real life.

A pharmacist of over twenty-four years, she has served veterans, Native Americans as well as well as those who lived around her every day. Now disabled with the most painful disease known to man, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Type 2 or Causalgia, Renee survives excruciating pain and advocates for those with her same plight and that of her husband— Chronic Pain and Rare Disease in a world insensitive to both.

To relax and find what joy she can from life, she’s a die-hard fisherman (woman), hunter, and loves to explore the history of her country and family. When she’s able to does all of the above and teaches herself to paint, learn new crafts such as making soy candles, and learning to diamond paint. Renee also enjoys to learn new and exciting skills which don’t invite pain but knows life without pain is unavoidable. Even picking away on her old classical guitar is not without a twinge or two.

Discover what life with this special person, living with the pain of life, and disability produces at her website and blog, Inyan Kara Studio. You may even want to take a piece home with you.

Inyan Kara Studio Website: https://www.InyanKaraStudio.com/
The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction: https://DiamondsinFiction.blogspot.com/


Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5 (NIV)