I am excited to have Alexis as my guest on the blog today.
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.
Her latest book, A Second Chance, came out January 25th.
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.
Hi, Alexis! Thank you so much for joining us today. I see that you had a new release in January. A SECOND CHANCE sounds like a great book and the cover is just beautiful! Tell us a little about yourself.
What is one of the most challenging things you’ve faced as an author?
Alexis: One of the most challenging things I’ve faced as an author is pressing on and moving forward in writing more fictional stories when there’s so much trauma and drama going on in the real world.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Alexis: My favorite thing about being an author is creating fictional characters in fictional story settings and writing their fictional life stories. Lol. I love being able to express my creativity and heart through my characters. It’s an adventure every time I start a new story because I’m a pantser so I never know where the story may take me. However, since my second book, I have become a bit of a plotter.
Nowadays, before I start to write a story, I always get to know my characters now by filling out GMC (Goal/Motivation/Conflict) charts that identify their emotional, spiritual and physical desires. I credit my editor Liz Tolsma for teaching me this skill. Mastering the GMC for my main characters helps me to create a more solid story because I know the characters inside and out.
Melanie: I'm a pantser myself, so I definitely get what you mean about never knowing where a story may take you. I think that's half the fun!
What is your least favorite thing about being an author?
Alexis: My least favorite thing about being an author is having writer’s block!
Melanie: Oh, yes. Writer's block can be so hard to get through at times!
If there was one place you could go to research a book, where would it be?
Alexis: I’d love to go to Paris, France to research a book because I’ve always loved romantic cities and that is definitely one! I’d like to stroll down the cobblestone streets, eat authentic French bread in the fancy little cafes, enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and take photos of everything I experience there—the food, fashion, scenery, people, etc.
While I’m in Europe, I’d also like to visit London (England) and Spain. I’d love to connect with fellow creative people (writers/photographers/chefs) and explore the culture through the arts, especially the culinary arts! ;)
One more note about this: While in London, I’d like to research The Goring Hotel. It’s a five-star luxury hotel where Princess Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single lady with her bridal party before the morning of her Royal Wedding. Exciting, isn’t it? I know there’s a story there that I may be connected to, and I want to discover it.
Melanie: That all sounds wonderful. I hope you'll get to go on an adventure like that sometime in the future. It would definitely be one you'd never forget.
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
Alexis: I’d love to learn how to sing professionally! Music is my love language. When I was growing up, I would choose to buy a new CD over new clothes and snacks with my allowance. As an adult, eating good food wins over buying new music (like, every time) but I still do love the art of song!
Melanie: How awesome! I love to sing, though it would take a miracle for me to sing professionally. lol
What project are you working on now?
Alexis: I’m working on a story about a fictional five-star quality bakery in the heart of a major city and the main characters that love it.
Melanie: That sounds like a great setting for a new story! Thanks again for joining us, Alexis. I’ve enjoyed chatting with you today!
Alexis: You’re welcome. Thanks for interviewing me and hosting me on your blog!
Please welcome Robin Bayne. Her new book, REUNION AT CRANE LAKE is now available. This Christian romance is also the prequel to her novella, CHRISTMAS FOREVER.
Colt's memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family's inn, but he'll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He'll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia's goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she'll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart...can she ever trust him again?
About the Author
Robin is the author of Christian and “sweet” romance, including the Carol Award winning “The Artist’s Granddaughter.” She compiled a collection of devotionals for writers, “Words to Write By,” featuring work by many well-known Christian authors including Robin Lee Hatcher and Cecil Murphy. She lives in Maryland with her husband of 26 years, and works a day job in community bank lending.
Congratulations to Melissa Storm on the release of her new book, LOVE'S PROMISE. The book just came out today and the cover is just gorgeous!
Check out the beautiful book trailer and then scroll down to learn more about the book, a week-long party to celebrate, and meet the author!
She's waiting for her prince to come … but was he right beside her all the time?
Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she's willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.
Jeffrey Berkley can't bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.
Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord's feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?
Don't miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love's Promise today!
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Join us for the Release Week Party of Melissa Storm's Newest Christian Romance!
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About the Author
Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa's way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.
Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. When she's not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her four dogs, four parrots, and rescue cat. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Because priorities.
I'm excited to have Kristin Holt stop by the blog today to introduce her new book, SOPHIA'S LEAP-YEAR COURTSHIP. Check out my review below and make sure you enter the giveaway, too!
Union Pacific Station Agent Chadwick Hughes has everything in a state of readiness to welcome his mail order bride…everything but the bride. The woman he’s corresponded with for a year didn’t change her mind or miss her train in Omaha—she never existed. Chadwick’s mortified to discover he’s been swindled by a fraudulent matrimonial agency in Chicago. He needs a lawyer if he’ll ever recover a dime of the fortune he spent on worthless membership fees and the nonexistent bride’s transportation west.
Sophia Sorensen, Attorney at Law, is a spinster on the edge of propriety. The good people of Wyoming Territory are open to a lot of things, including Lady’s Privilege during Leap Years, but some aren’t fond of her day-to-day behavior. Why, the woman rides her bicycle hither and yon, showing her petticoat ruffle and ankles. She might be the least ladylike specimen beneath Wyoming skies, but it’s entertaining to watch her court the U.P. Station Agent, Chadwick Hughes, the most-eligible bachelor in the county.
~ My Review ~
This book was a lot of fun! I don't read historical fiction often, but when I do, I love coming away feeling as though I've learned something new. I knew very little about the etiquette of leap year during the Victorian Era and found it fascinating. It also made for a unique - and fun - basis for SOPHIA'S LEAP-YEAR COURTSHIP.
Kristin did a beautiful job of moving us along through time in this story. I often find that novellas feel rushed, but that wasn't the case here. It was all nicely done.
Chadwick and Sophia are both characters that are written well with wonderful personalities. I enjoyed their scenes together and ended the book with a big smile on my face. I admit this is the first of Kristin's books that I've read, but it definitely won't be the last!
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Hi everyone! Please join me in welcoming author Josie Riviera. Her novella, I Love You More, is the perfect story to read for Valentine's Day and has such a beautiful cover. It's on the top of my TBR list!
A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.
He’s a billionaire businessman …
Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.
He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.
She’s a single mom …
Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC, for romance. She's here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.
Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia's reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the driving rain and gale winds.
Can Valentine’s Day bring this unlikely pair together … this time for good?
Don’t miss this poignant story of love, loss and renewed hope.
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Author's Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.
This sweet romance novella touches on international adoption, a subject close to my heart as my husband and I adopted our daughter from S. Korea. (Note the Asian child on the cover.)
About the Author
Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.
Please join me in welcoming author Milou Koenings as we celebrate the pre-release of her new sweet romance novel, I Love You Three.
A former Marine. A single mom. Two broken people.
Mac’s struggling to adjust to civilian life after the death in combat of his best friend. When a teaching job opens up in the small town where his friend used to work in the summers, Mac takes it as a sign and moves to Green Pines, hoping to find refuge from his demons.
For Julie, there’s no refuge from night feedings, a crazy mom, an ex-mother-in-law and an overdrawn bank account. She’s struggling to build a better life for herself and her baby and the only thing she knows is she’s not falling for any guy again.
There’s only one problem. You never know when love will knock you off your feet.
About the Author:
Milou Koenings is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place.
Please join me in welcoming Faith Blum as she reveals the cover for her new series. These books are Christian Western Coming of Age and if you've read any of Faith's other books, it sounds like you'll enjoy seeing some of those characters again.
About the Series
Through God’s leading, four orphans grow up to be important members of their communities.
The Orphans of the West series is a continuation of the stories of 4 orphans that were introduced in either a Hymns of the West novel or novella and goes through each orphans life.
Savior, Like a Shepherd is about Titus Hine who was introduced in Blessed Assurance (Hymns of the West Novellas #6) and how he must take care of his sister and brother as winter approaches, all while not being allowed to work anywhere.
All the Way is about Henry Salisbury, the only orphan in the series not directly introduced in a previous book, but it has other characters you will recognize from the books about the Brookings family.
He Hideth My Soul is also attached to the Brookings family and Otis Miller as Otis finds out that his grandfather left him a large inheritance and he can finally follow his dream.
He Leadeth Me takes up Gage Wilhelm’s story. Gage was introduced in I Love Thee (Hymns of the West Novellas #1) and tells how he is given the deed to his farm and told to go back to his farm. Gage gladly accepts only to have someone show up claiming his long-dead father owed another man a large sum of money and now there’s 10 years of interest added on.
About the Author
Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her New Releases Newsletter so you can get an email when her next book in the series comes out. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.
Now comes the fun part, the cover reveal! First, here is the cover I am revealing to you:
Savior, Like a Shepherd
When an illegitimate young man is orphaned, he must take care of his sister and brother as winter approaches, all while not being allowed to work anywhere.
To gain access to the secret web page so you can see the other three covers, go here to find options for Facebook post, tweet, Instagram, and email wording. Each option shares the pre-order link to the first book in the Orphans of the West series, Savior, Like a Shepherd. In each post is a word in ALL CAPS. That word is the case sensitive password to gain access to the covers.