Hello from Davalynn Spencer in sunny Colorado. On a clear winter’s day, I can see almost all the way east to Illinois where today’s featured author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer lives.
Okay, maybe not all that way, but I know she’s out there writing her “stories from the heartland.”
Welcome, Diana, and give us the back-cover copy for your book, From a Distance.
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
He wants independence. She longs for safety. Will they find a way to be together for good?
Shanna Becket’s first assignment makes a stop at her hometown bringing her dangerously close to meeting her abusive stepfather. What she didn’t count on is the distraction of a handsome stranger. Read More →
Greetings from Kevin Thompson! If you are thinking of coming to Florida soon, you may wish to wait. We had snow in the panhandle a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had below freezing temperatures as recent as mid-January coupled with winds of over twenty miles an hour, and they are breaking out the swimming suits in the stores. Coats, jackets, mittens? You should have bought those in October when they were plentiful…and it was ninety degrees outside.
Welcome to winter, Florida-style.
Nevertheless, we’re here on the front porch, bundled up in layers of blankets, grasping a cup of hot coffee, watching our breath drift away in the wind.
Who wants to join me? Well, believe it or not, there is a hearty soul from the great northwest who is willing to brave these swampy wilds, huddle up in one of our Adirondack rocking chairs, and share with us some of his writing tales. Welcome to the Florida front porch, H.L. Wegley (we all know him as Harry)!
Welcome, Harry! And congratulations on your latest book, Chasing Freedom. Give us the back cover copy. Fifty words or less. Go!
When Allie Santiago’s father opposes a drug cartel, she’s also targeted. Disgraced Olympic decathlete, Jeff Jacobs, discovers Allie running through Southern Oregon mountains. Helping her starts a war, first with the cartel, then with Oregon’s immigration court, forcing Jeff to choose between regaining his Olympic honor and saving the Santiago’s. Read More →
Greetings from Davalynn Spencer in unseasonably warm Colorado! It’s my pleasure today to visit with author Linda P. Kozar about her new devotional book, Sweet Tea for the Soul – Down-home Devotions to Comfort the Heart (DaySpring 2018).
Welcome Linda. Tell us a little about your book.
These devotions give a fresh look at life offering calming reminders of God’s grace, and a southern wink at our busy lives, reminding us why we are blessed.
Linda P. Kozar
What inspired you to write this book?
I love to start my day reading through the Bible and finding one thing to focus on. Sometimes, God narrows my attention in on a particular Scripture. Other times, I follow interesting rabbit trails. But regardless, I always wind up doing a bit of research and writing down my thoughts, which inevitably transform into devotions. This time with the Lord is essentially, my devotion time. So, I was surprised when a wonderful former editor of mine who works at a different publishing house, contacted me in May and wanted to introduce me to an editor at DaySpring who was looking for someone to write Southern-themed devotions with a touch of humor. I sent him some samples. They loved the samples, and offered me a contract. Then, in December, I was offered a contract to do another devotional, and I was happy to say yes. My daily time with the Lord turned into two books to share with others, and I could not feel more blessed. I thank God that He would be so tender toward me to consider me for this work. Read More →
Greetings from Marti Pieper in warming-back-up Mount Dora, Florida! Central Florida had lows in the low 30s last week; in fact, we had the longest cold spell in eight years. However, in Yvonne Ortega’s Virginia home, temperatures in the thirties would be an improvement. I’m glad to welcome my sweet friend Yvonne back to the CAN blog today and to learn more about her current projects. Let’s get started!
Welcome, Yvonne! What inspired you to write Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief?
I had suffered a traumatic divorce, breast cancer with aggressive chemotherapy and thirty-three rounds of radiation, and four car accidents in seven years. In one of those accidents, the other driver totaled my new car. As if that were not enough grief, eight years ago, within seven months, I lost two aunts, my mother, and my only child. The emotional roller coaster of grief took me on a ride I didn’t want. Well-meaning people felt they had to say something but did so without thinking. I refer to them in the book as “Wound Salters.” On the other hand, others provided comfort and helped me through the grief process. I call them “The Comforting Angels.” I’ve watched the bereaved question God, their faith, and their reason to live. I did so myself. Through this book, the readers receive assurance that grief is a normal process, and they will get through it. Read More →
Greetings from Sarah Sundin from California, where we’re rejoicing in the smidgen of rain we’ve received. Today I have the honor of interviewing multi-published novelist Donn Taylor, who has put his careers in the military and in academia to use in his stories!
Donn, tell us about your book, Murder in Disguise.
Official verdict: Suicide. But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? When visiting professor Preston Barclay asks questions, he receives threats. The more things don’t add up, the more the threats increase, leading Press and his colleague Mara Thorn increasingly into danger.
Why did you write this book?
The main focus of the novel is the murder mystery. But as a long-time member of the National Association of Scholars, I have closely followed universities’ all-too-common violations of students’ constitutional rights, especially violations involving censorship of religious activities. Without burdening the main plot, I wanted to dramatize some of the more common types of violations that I have studied. Read More →