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Diane Burton~Adventure and Romance

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Welcome to Authors Visits Diane. We love your books. I especially like the title on your website, Adventure and Romance–in this world and beyond. It intrigues my imagination. Thank you for coming today.

I won’t to know about your series. How they started, why you write different ones and why you’ve added two new genres-mystery and romantic suspense? 

Switched started as a fun story because I’d felt beaten down by rejections of my romances. My heroine is very fond of Star Trek. So when she’s transported aboard an alien starship and thinks it’s a gag pulled by her brother, she sees everything in terms of the TV show and movies. Switched was supposed to be a stand-alone book, not a series. When readers started asking when I would write Scott’s (a secondary character) story, I had to and that became Switched, Too. The 3rd book, Switched Resolution, wrapped up everything.

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My second series, Outer Rim, explores what strong women have to do to survive and flourish on the frontier of space. Each story is a stand-alone. Secondary and tertiary characters eventually get their own stories. This series was a lot of fun to write while exploring the heroine’s relationships—with their parents, best friends, romantic interests. I chose a different “world” for this series because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do in the Switched world.

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When did you join Romance Writers of America? How do you feel your association with them helps you as an author?

I joined RWA when I decided to write for publication in 1993. I learned a lot from the national conferences and the magazine Romance Writers Report. At the same time, I joined the local chapter, Mid-Michigan RWA. My fellow writers are super-supported. They are my rock when my confidence is shaken.

 

What three things do you do to make yourself successful in your writing?

I’m visible online—I blog (my own plus as a contributor to two others, Paranormal Romantics and The Roses of Proses), Facebook, Twitter, my website—I’m active in online writers’ groups and offer other authors spots on my blog.

 

One of your newest books is The Case of the Meddling Mama. This is book 3 in your Alex O’Hara Novels series.  Tell us a little about this book.

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Well, once again, Alex O’Hara is up to her ears in mysteries. After surviving an attempted murder, all she wants is R&R time with Nick Palzetti. But his mother leaving his father (“that horse’s patoot”) and moving in with Alex puts a crimp in their plans. Then Nick leaves on assignment and the teen she rescued from an abusive father believes his buddy is doing drugs. Meanwhile, Alex has two easy cases to take her mind off her shaky relationship with Nick—a philandering husband and a background check on a client’s boyfriend. Piece of cake.

This is great Diane. Can’t wait to read it.  I thank you so much for visiting with us today.

Every one can go to Diane’s website and keep up with her events. Just go to

http://www.dianeburton.com/home.html

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Elaine Marie Cooper on Road to Deer Run

elaine marie cooper 451MtQNdo0qL._UX250_We are delighted to have Elaine Marie Cooper visiting with us today. Elaine is an author and speaker who became fascinated with the American Revolution growing up in Massachusetts. 

I describe myself as a history geek. You will find my bookshelves filled with volumes about the American Revolution.

Your  book, Road to Deer Run, tell us about the story and the books in the series.Road-to-Deer-Run-Cover-197x300

It’s a historical romance set in Colonial America in 1777. This book was published in December 2015. The war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa was killed by the King’s army, so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, you can imagine her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Inside she’s battling the “Should I help a soldier of the enemy who took my brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone?”

The war has  broken the British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. He’s severely wounded and a prisoner of war, he escapes his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy.

So the question becomes, what will they find on the Road to Deer Run? This book was highlighted in Southern Writers Magazine.

The second book, Promise of Deer Run was just published in June of this year.

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It is set in 1790 and the American Revolution is over, but a battle still rages in the hearts of survivors. Painful memories of war haunt one young veteran. He still waits for a father who never returned from battle and feels the sting of betrayal from a former love. Withdrawing into his own world, he clings to one hope — perhaps his father still lives.

There is only one person in Deer Run who seems to understand him, Sarah Thomsen. She’s nineteen- year- old who struggles to bury her own war memories. The veteran’s search for his father touches a chord in her, as she feels the loss of a father she never knew. While the couple begins to find hope in a mutual affection, others are determined to destroy it. Slander and misunderstandings ignite a fire of doubt and mistrust, destroying any faith they had in each other.

The next book, the third one in this saga will be released in December, 2016.  Can’t wait to hear more about the third book. We hope you will come back and visit and share information on this book and also information about the new historical novel that will release in October, 2016 which is Saratoga Letters. I understand that book is set in 1777 and 1977. Can’t wait to hear more about that one.

You also wrote a book called Fields of the Fatherless.

Yes and it won a few awards.

It won the Winner of the 2014 Selah Award, YA Fiction, right? 

Yes and it won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Best Religious Fiction
Winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and Best YA Religious Fiction .

The  Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.

fields of fatherless51yq+jk+SsL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_  In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family–– his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?

And this is based on a true story?

Yes, on the first day of the American Revolution, the worst battle did not occur at Lexington or Concord. It took place at the home of Jason Russell in Menotomy Village, MA. “Fields of the Fatherless” brings this true story to light as seen through the eyes of Jason’s daughter, Betsy.  Although written for a YA audience, it has received positive reviews from its many adult readers.

No wonder this novel has received several awards and continues to find new readers more than two years after its release. Thank you for sharing this with us.

It was great having Elaine here today to share her books. Be sure and check out her website

http://www.elainemariecooper.com/

and visit her blog

http://www.elainemariecooper.com/blog/

 

 

 

Amy Clipston-Knows the Meaning of Success in Life

clipstonpublicity    Today we are delighted to have Amy Clipston visiting with us. Amy is an Amish and Christian Author. She is a native of New Jersey, but on graduation from high school, she and her parents moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she met her husband, her senior year in college at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk.

Tell us about the beginnings of your writing.

I was surfing the Internet for a professional editor’s group one day and accidentally found a local fiction writing group, Chesapeake Romance Writers. I attended a meeting and met writers in all stages of their careers. They helped me realize I did want to be an author, and it was my dream to see my name on the cover of one of my novels. Through this group, I learned how to plot, write, and edit a novel, and how to pursue an agent. I signed with Mary Sue Seymour at the Seymour Agency in 2006, shortly before Joe and I moved my parents and our sons to North Carolina.

giftofgrace_thumb“My dream came true when I sold my first book in 2007. Holding my first book, A Gift of Grace, in my hands was exhilarating and surreal.”

Tell us how your Amish series came about.

I love writing about the Amish. An Amish friend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, reads my manuscripts for accuracy. I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me that the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the Amish and their culture.

“My plots come straight from my heart and all involve family issues intertwined with faith.”

We are always asking our author visitors what is something they would like their readers to know about them that they don’t know. Amy Clipston graciously shares her answer with us.

Some readers may not know that my husband, Joe, has endured two kidney transplants. Joe received a kidney from his brother in 2004, and it only lasted four years.  In 2008, he went back on dialysis, and he was very ill. I was willing to donate to Joe, but I wasn’t a perfect match. Instead of donating a kidney to Joe, I found another way to help him.

I donated a kidney through the paired donation program on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband, Joe, received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. I donated a kidney to a woman, and in exchange, her husband gave a kidney to Joe. I wrote a memoir called A Gift of Love, which tells our story of how we fought Joe’s kidney disease.

 

Due to Joe’s kidney struggles, I’ve become an advocate for both organ and blood donation. I volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation, and I run blood drives at my church. If you are healthy and able, please give the gift of life and donate blood!

Gift of love You share yours and your husband’s story in a memoir called A Gift of Love that released March 2014.

“Anyone is free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you’re healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

Wow, thank you Amy, first for sharing that with us and for becoming an advocate for organ and blood donations.

Every author has a memory about how it feels to hold their book when it is published and sent to them. Amy describes what if feels like for her.

Oh, there’s nothing like it!  I jump up and down and screech like a child on Christmas morning when I see the boxes waiting for me on the porch.  I then call my sons and ask them to help carry in the boxes. Once a box is open, I pick up the book, touch the cover, hug it, and breathe in that awesome smell of new book. It never gets old, and I’m thankful for each book.

Your also write Young Adult books. Tell us about those.

“I wrote my first Young Adult book, Roadside Assistance in 2011 and the sequel, Destination Unknown 2014. The third book in the series, Miles from Nowhere release in April 2015.roadside_thumb    destination_unknown_thumb   MilesfromNowhere-small

You are an author who has learned how to balance her family life and her writing life. I understand you are a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

“Yes, and I work full-time for the City of Charlotte. My chaotic home includes my husband, Joe; two sons, Zac and Matt; mother, Lola; and four spoiled rotten cats…Molly, Rico, Jet and Lilly.”

When authors are writing their books and see them published we like to know what that author would like the reader to take away with them after reading the book.

I believe the recurring themes in my books are faith and hope. I think those themes are subconsciously woven into my books due to what I’ve endured with my husband’s kidney disease. We faced some tough times, but we persevered with our faith.  I hope that my books will give readers a sense of peace and help them find a renewed hope and faith in God.

You were just highlighted in the March/April 2015 Southern Writers Magazine in What’s The Story. Thank you for participating in the magazine.Cover March 2015 med

 We also thank you for coming today and can’t wait until your next book releases.  Please drop us a note about it.

 Visit Amy Clipston at her website and learn more about her.

 

http://www.amyclipston.com/

 

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.

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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.

Be sure and  go to the following  locations to keep up with Robin.

Go and follow her on Facebook. 

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Readers can subscribe to her newsletter (and receive a free short story) at:
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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.