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Catherine Ulrich Brakefield~A Hopeless Romantic and Patriot.

katherineCatherine is an ardent receiver of Christ’s rejuvenating love, an award-winning author as well as a hopeless romantic and patriot. She skillfully intertwines these elements into her writing as the author of The Wind of Destiny, an inspirational historical romance, and Images of America, The Lapeer Area. Her most recent history book is Images of America, Eastern Lapeer County. Catherine, was a former staff writer for Michigan Traveler Magazine, and freelanced for numerous publications.

Her short stories have been published in Guidepost Books; Extraordinary Answers to Prayers,Unexpected Answers and Desires of Your Heart; Baker Books, Revell, The Dog Next Door, and The Horse of my Heart; CrossRiver Publishing, The Benefit Package, and Abba’s Promise; and Bethany House, Jesus talked to me Today. 

Catherine enjoys horseback riding, swimming, camping, and traveling the byroads across America. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Edward, of forty years and her Arabian horses. Her children grown and married, she and Edward are the blessed recipients of two handsome grandsons and a lovely granddaughter.

We welcome Catherine to AuthorsVisits today. 

Tell us about your newest book, Destiny’s Whirlwind, which is the second book in your Destiny Series.

destiny6Collina McConnell is thrust from adolescence to adulthood as she promises her dying father she will manage their estate, but her father dies before disclosing the mystery behind his legacy for Shushan. Dashing Rough Rider Franklin Long offers his help, and suddenly Collina’s heart has a will of its own. Does he feel the same for her? War is declared, and he leaves for the Cuban shoreline. He holds the key to her heart, but will he return? A disgruntled in-law and a vindictive lawyer place the McConnell clan in the clutches of life’s tangled web of deception and greed. As Collina fights to keep her promise to her father, the words of Esther 8:6 ring in her thoughts. “How can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people?”

This is the second part of a four-part series, right?

Yes.

In Destiny’s Whirlwind the events within the novel, which is a historical romance, take place just before the Spanish-American war and span through 1898.

swept into destiny 2The struggles which the McConnell family faces throughout the Destiny series mirror the struggles and perseverance which have been shown by past generations of American leaders, like former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

History, and historical romances, are really about the past shaping our future. I think that is what my Destiny series portrays.

The series begins in the Antebellum era in the 1850s and it’s going to carry us all the way through . . . after World War II. It shows us that each generation peppers (its) wisdom upon the next generation. The people who lived in the past, they helped (transform) this nation into what it’s become. Those American leaders throughout our history (demonstrate) courage and wisdom … It really shows us how we survived, despite all odds.wilted dandeliions

I read an article that Elise Shire of The Oxford leader wrote about you. In it you said “I hope my novel, Destiny’s Whirlwind, a faith-based fiction will help inspire readers to face life’s challenges with similar fortitude. We’re sinners, but we’re willing to repent. Life may knock us down but, like the McConnells, we never quit. Our nation was founded by Christians. As long as we keep praying, God’s going to keep helping us through our ordeals.”

We thank you for visiting with us today, and we are looking forward to your next release in your Destiny’s series.  Please keep us posted.

Visit Catherine on her website and blog:

https://www.catherineulrichbrakefield.com/

https://catherineulrichbrakefield.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CatherineUlrichBrakefield

https://twitter.com/CUBrakefield

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Robin Lee Hatcher “That Savvy Author”

 

Today “Best-selling novelist ” Robin Lee Hatcher is visiting with me today. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love is visiting with me today. Robin is a Christy award winner, RITA award,  Carol award, Inspirational reader’s Choice, and other awards. Robin and her husband make their home in Idaho.

robin lee hatcher photoRobin is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of America (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Author of over 70 novels. 

After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values. Her ability to introduce her characters in her stories and the characters become real people to her readers is uncanny.

To welcome her and make her feel at home, I have prepared a Creamy Mocha drink for us today. If you would like to join us, the recipe is below.

creamy mocha Sugar substitute equivalent to 6 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup 2% milk, 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, 1-1/2 cups no-sugar-added reduced-fat vanilla ice cream, 4 tablespoons whipped topping, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the sugar substitute, cocoa and coffee. Add boiling water; stir until coffee and cocoa are dissolved. Stir in milk and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Place the coffee mixture in a blender; add ice cream. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into mugs or glasses; garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon. Yield: 4 servings. (recipe and picture from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-mocha-drink, be sure and check out their website.)

Hi Robin, we are so delighted to have you visit with us on Authors Visits.

Thank you for having me.

I know you spend a lot of time researching. I was curious if you had some interesting stories about that.

Yes, every book requires lots of research, whether it’s an historical or a contemporary setting. For the first book in the Kings Meadow Romance series, Love Without End (November 2014), my favorite research was the history and development of the American Quarter Horse. For the second book in the series, Whenever You Come Around (May 2015), the research wasn’t as much fun. Fractured bones were at the top of my list. But the most fun I’ve had for research was for a Year of Weddings novella that is also set in Kings Meadow, I Hope You Dance (July 2015). In this story, my heroine is a dance instructor and my hero is a student with two left feet. I cranked up the country tunes (for a waltz and a two-step, specifically) and danced around my office, picturing those scenes in my mind.

Love-Without-End  (Love Without End  quarter horse  softpedia.com  Whenever You Come Around Whenever You Come Around   I Hope You DanceI Hope You Dance

They all sound great. Your 15  is all planned out. Which means your readers are going to be happy fans.

I’ve wondered if coincidence sometimes plays a role in your books?

I try to avoid using coincidence in my books. Truth is often stranger than fiction. People may believe something coincidental in real life, but they probably won’t believe it in a novel.

On the other hand, I am a woman of faith. Because I believe God has a plan for me and is directing me, there isn’t any room in my life for coincidence. Only for “God-cidence.” So I try to pay attention to the unexpected things that happen in my life because they may be important for eternity.

I truly believe God has plans for us too Robin. Our magazine, Southern Writers is proof of that. I try hard to pay attention to that too.

I know our readers would be interested in knowing about your hobbies.

I love my pets. Do they count as a hobby or are they simply members of the family? The latter, I suppose.

Mine seemed to always wind up as members of our family. It’s one of those things that happens.

I guess Susan, I would have to say knitting is my favorite hobby, especially knitting prayer shawls to send to those who need comfort. However, a problem with my neck has made it difficult to knit (I’m a knitter, who has to watch what I’m doing which means looking down as I knit) so I haven’t picked up my needles in a while.

I tried to learn how to knit but it didn’t turn out pretty. So I stuck with cross-stitching.

Tell me, what area of the country are most of your books set in?

My books are mostly set in Idaho, which means I don’t do much traveling for research purposes.

Although I love to travel,  I don’t do a lot of it. I have some Bucket List locations I need to get to before it’s too late.

Have you visited any unusual places?

The most unusual place I’ve visited was Okinawa by way of Tokyo. My oldest grandson was born there, and I visited twice during the first year of his life. I had some unique experiences on those trips, but none that I’ve put into books.

What did you do before becoming a writer?

Before I became a writer, I was (first and foremost) a mom to my two young daughters. My eight to five job was as an office manager and bookkeeper. I continued working full-time and writing part-time until the month my ninth novel was released. Then I gave my notice and started writing full-time. That was sixty-four books and twenty-three years ago.

That’s a lot of writing Robin. But I for one am glad you wrote them. I really enjoy reading your work, I like the style you use.

Love-Without-EndWhat was your inspiration for writing your latest release, Love Without End, I understand it releases this month?

My inspiration was the readers and reviewers who read my book A Promise Kept. They fell in love with that book’s setting, Kings Meadow, Idaho. I had fallen in love with it, too, and so was eager to return and stay for a while. In addition, readers loved Chet Leonard, and I put him through an emotional ringer in A Promise Kept. I wanted a chance to give him a happily ever after of his own. Who better to be the hero of one of my romances than a handsome, rugged, Idaho cowboy?A Promise Kept

Well, I’ think most women would  agree with you on him being handsome.

Robin Lee Hatcher book Your book, The Heart’s Pursuit, that released in May of this year. Tell us a little about this. I read the book and you took your readers on a chase through several states  froth with danger, and set in another era where we could experience the hardships they encountered.

It’s about a  jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An Arduous trek toward justice…or redemption. Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distracting beautiful for comfort.

I liked the book and I like it set in another era.  A time of stage coaches, horseback riding to get from place to place. Of taking bed rolls and bunking under the stars at night, eating on dusty trails with slim pickings for food. You can’t help but feel you’re there the way you write. In fact, I didn’t want it to end.

 Irene Cover 8620211 You were just in our  Southern Writers Magazine’s September/October 2014 issue where you were interviewed by Annette Cole Mastron. I enjoyed the interview. Some authors may not know what a genuine and giving author you are; you’re always willing to help other writers achieve their successes. In the interview you graciously shared your “Social Media Savvy”, and how you achieved it. I wanted to thank you for also sharing those important Ten Things you’ve learned in all your years of writing.

If our visitors would like to read the article just click on the front of this magazine and it will take you where you can get a copy of the issue. 

Robin, thank you so much for visiting with us today and sharing the information on your upcoming releases for 2015.

I want to thank you so much Robin  for stopping by today and visiting with me. It makes reading an author’s books so much more enjoyable when you know the author.

Thank you for having me, I’ve enjoyed being here and especially enjoyed the delicious Cream Mocha. Thanks for the recipe too!

We especially thank our readers for joining us. We hope you have enjoyed the time spent visiting with Robin Lee Hatcher. Be sure and let Robin know when you read her books. She loves hearing from her readers. And if you have a book club, go to her website and click on “Readers” and go to book clubs.

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Be sure to check her website to keep watch for new books releasing. Real the wonderful  information Robin shares with her readers about herself and her books.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading.