Marilyn Leach Interviews Authors
Mary's Christmas Surprise will reveal a holiday romantic read for the season.
Author Carol James tells us a bit about her story with a buy link below.
Suddenly alone for the holidays, Mary returns
to the comfort of her childhood home to spend Christmas in her parents' empty house. There's only one problem. The house is not empty. Unbeknownst to Mary, her parents have taken in a boarder, a handsome carpenter named Jake Wolesky.
Mary's Christmas surprise may make this the best holiday ever.
Let's ask Carol some questions about her stories and Christmas.
Q 1. What inspired you to write your newest release,
A: We all go though times of drought where God seems silent and distant. We’re trying to reach our goals, yet we don’t seem to be making progress. I wanted to encourage
people. Whether we feel it or not, God is always working for our benefit, and time spent waiting on Him is never time wasted.
Q 2. Here’s a fun question. If you were a Christmas dessert,
what would you be? (Why?)
A: O-o-o-o, this is hard. I wanted to say “fruitcake” because it is very fruity and a little nutty, but I have instead chosen the sugar cookie. A little understated
and often underestimated, but when well made, nothing is more delicious.
Q 3. How did you discover that the genre you write in suited you?
I’ve always loved happy endings, so romance is the perfect genre for me. When I first started writing, though, I sometimes felt embarrassed to admit I wrote romance. Something about it didn’t seem “serious” enough. But then I realized,
the greatest story of all times is a romance. A Bridegroom’s love for His bride.
Q 4. What would be your lead character’s favorite Christmas tradition? (Why?)
A: Katherine is a planner who likes to know what to expect. Her favorite Christmas tradition would be the daily opening of the advent calendar because of the consistency it offers.
Q 5. What’s your favorite thing to do on Christmas morning?
A: I love to curl up on the sofa in the soft glow of the Christmas tree lights, sip a cup of hot cocoa or tea,
and listen to carols. Then, my husband and I pack up and head out to share Christmas with our children and grandchildren. I love experiencing the wonder of Christmas through a child’s eyes.
Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She
lives in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and a perky Jack Russell "Terrorist," Zoe.
Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others
as she'd been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction.
Her debut novel, Rescuing Faith, has been a number one best seller on Amazon, and her second novel, The Waiting, is scheduled for release in early 2018. Her novella, Mary’s Christmas Surprise
is available on Amazon.
Order the book at the link below
Zoe M. McCarthy has a new book.
The Putting Green Whisperer
by Zoe McCarthy
is a romance par excellence
If you enjoy a round of golf and find reading romance a real driver, this is on your
green (or in your wheelhouse)
You can order the book at the Book Link below
so excited to have Zoe McCarthy with me for a really fun interview that"s quick as a chip shot but contains a fairway of insight about Zoe and her new release.
Thank you, Marilyn for hosting me on your blog.
1. If you could be a fictional character from literature for one day, who would you be and why?
I would be Hadassah from the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. I’m glad I’d be her for only one day because she’s a slave to a Roman family. But I think of Hadassah every
time I read the instructions to slaves from Ephesians 6:5-8. Hadassah satisfies these instructions completely, serving her masters as if she serves the Lord. I admire her and would like to be more like her.
2. Where did you find your inspiration to write The Putting Green Whisperer?
At a golf tournament, my sister and I watched golfers putt on one green, then move on to the next tee. In one
group, a male and a female caddy stood side by side with their backs to us, talking quietly while their players prepared to putt. He was tall, and she was petite with her blond ponytail protruding from her pink ball cap. My heart experienced a sappy moment,
and romantic what-ifs cluttered my mind. I turned to my sister, pointed at the caddies, and said, “My next book will be about those two caddies.”
3. Just for fun, if you were a pair of shoes, what style, brand, and color would you be?
As a child, I learned to walk fast to keep up with my fast-walking parents. Now when I have a destination in mind,
I dislike walking slow. So, as a walker, I want to be comfortable, swift, and never wear out. If I were a shoe, I’d like to be a white-leather Ked’s sneaker.
4. What holiday would your main character in The Putting Green Whisperer enjoy celebrating most?
My heroine, Allie Masterson, is a fiery young woman. Although she can be intense at times, she has a spirit of
loyalty and doesn’t give up on tasks or people she believes in. I think, by the end of the story, her favorite “holiday” would be Pentecost. The first Pentecost’s intense celebration of joyous followers of Christ would appeal to Allie.
5. Would you say you and your main
character in The Putting Green Whisperer are more similar or different in personality?
My hero, Shoo Leonard,is easy-going and willing to minister
one-on-one to others. He hopes to break into the PGA to become a good role model for youth. I’m not laid back. I admire Shoo and wish I could be more like him, but as an introvert I’m more comfortable leading a Bible study or workshop then sitting
and chatting with others at lunch.
Let’s find out more about The Putting Green Whisperer.
Allie Masterson returns to North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who’s gifted in reading the contours of golf greens. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie’s
excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she learns the easygoing caddy is Shoo Leonard, her childhood enemy. Despite Allie’s reservations, she agrees to use her sport science degree to help Shoo overcome a hand injury and train him to be
physically ready to become a PGA Tour golfer ... then she falls for him. Unfortunately, Shoo’s content to be her best friend.
What was that all about? Shoo stared at the retreating caddy, whose blonde ponytail protruding from the back of her golf cap danced wildly as she hurried off. He craned his neck to keep her in sight as she wove through the caddies on the cart path.
Approaching him, she’d seemed like a girl on a mission. Her striking blue eyes, bright against her tanned skin, had focused on him, as if she’d rediscovered an old friend. No doubt about it,
her smile had beamed at him. Then, bam! She’d done an about-face and slammed into the check-in table.
But he didn’t know her. Did he?
He mentally scanned
his female acquaintances. No match surfaced. Unlikely he’d have forgotten the petite blonde.
A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe
M. McCarthy writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. She is the author of The Invisible Woman in a Red Dress, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes
and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. Zoe and her husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Social media links
Website and blog: https://zoemmccarthy.com
SOFI’S BRIDGE Winner of the 2016 Readers Choice Award
enjoy this heartwarming story.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction and non-fiction. Readers describe her writing as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than
life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama. Christine's books have garnered the ACFW Genesis Award, The Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award (Twice), the READERS’ CHOICE AWARD, and was
a finalist twice for Readers’ Favorite and the Selah Award.
Multi-talented, award winning author, Amanda Cabot.
Popular Award-Winning Author
The creative storyteller and historian, writer of over 30 books, has a new one that you do not want to miss.
the second in her Cimarron Creek series
A Borrowed Dream
There is no such thing as an impossible dream . . .
is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor’s treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek’s dutiful schoolteacher,
resigned to a life where dreams rarely come true.
Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He’s managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield
captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series,
the Texas Crossroads trilogy, A Stolen Heart, and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for
all ages. Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.
Let's find out about Clare Revel's
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ABOUT ALL THAT GLITTERS
Gold medalist, Peter Stanmore has returned home a broken man and
intends to put the past behind him. But love isn't so easily repressed, and second chances are rare.
Jill Davenport has given up any hope of marriage and a life of her own, after all, years ago, she lost the only man she ever loved. But the truth is impossible to hide.
When secrets are revealed, decisions must be made in spite of the consequences.
Can what was once lost be found, or is love destined to remain forever lost?
The Power of Faith to Heal is in Keri's Wish
KERI'S CHRISTMAS WISH
I introduced you to Pamela Thibodeaux and her holiday story at Christmas
Excerpt from Keri's Christmas Wish:
Later that evening, Keri sat in her apartment bewildered and confused. Her search around the apartment complex after work had uncovered not a single string of wind chimes. Not one. She’d found nothing to explain the music she’d heard while drifting
off after her evening prayer the night before.
Goose bumps rose on her flesh in response to the shiver that shook her soul. Could
it be God used the music to acknowledge her prayer? Would this be the year she finally let go of all the angst she felt around Christmas and just enjoyed one of the holiest seasons? Would her Christmas wish finally be granted?
Author Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic
fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
To follow Pamela:
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
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Ebook Link: http://amzn.to/2ePnias
Can one month of survival camp training equip a girl to face all that the rugged Cascade wilderness and a madman can dish out? Faith and fear battle to determine which will be the victor in this modern-day David and Goliath tale.
Walking Between the Stones by Pamela Trawick
What a grand story of fortitude, wrenching decisions, and enduring love. That's what you'll find in Walking Between the Stones by Pamela Trawick.
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Let's learn more about GAME ON
is no game when a stalker nears and there’s nowhere to hide.
A run for the senate is just a step on the road to the White House for Congressman Lucas McMann. But his public profile has put him in the middle of a crazed gunman’s twisted game of stalking. If he wants to win the election and reclaim his
life, he’ll need the help of the one person who’d rather leave their past behind them.
Private Investigator Nikki Kent knows how to dig up secrets and discover those who exist in the shadows. She
should. She’s good at hiding secrets of her own. Can she risk her own discovery for someone so desperate for her help? For the first man who broke her heart?
With new-found faith, she’ll help Lucas
search for the answers. But with the truth comes a danger they must face together.
You'll enjoy Jane Choate's newest release
The Littlest Witness
If you're ready for a heart-gripping tale that includes plenty of suspense rough and tumble, plus romance, you'll enjoy this book.
Welcome Jane. Tell us a bit about yourself, and then give us a glimpse into The Littlest Witness.
Q 1. What inspired you to write your newest release THE LITTLEST WITNESS?
A: THE LITTLEST WITNESS focuses around a brother grieving the murder of his brother. I didn’t realize as I was writing
it that I, too, was grieving over the loss of my sister. Grief is a universal theme, one that we all deal with at some point in our lives. The hero’s grief was overwhelming, as was mine.
Q 2. What were your experiences as a child that contributed to you becoming a writer?
A: When I was a little girl, I entertained my family and school friends with made-up stories about them, always with happy endings. It seemed only natural
that I start writing stories, also with happy endings.
Q 3. If you were a TV, film, or book character,
apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?
A: I’d be Nancy Drew.
I cut my reading teeth on Nancy’s adventures.
Q 4. What is the primary
strength/weakness of your lead character(s)
A: My hero, Caleb Judd, blames himself
for his brother’s death. The heroine, Shelley Rabb, also suffers from a misplaced sense of guilt. In both cases, guilt—their weakness—brings them to fight for justice, their strength. And isn’t that the way it is with
most of us—our weaknesses are the other side of our strengths?
Q 5. Give us a brief summary
of THE LITTLEST WITNESS
A: When Delta Force soldier Caleb Judd’s brother and sister-in-aw
are murdered, the killers turn their attention on his orphaned nephew. Caleb’s new mission, protect little Tommy, who hasn’t said a word since witnessing his parent’ deaths, and figure out who’s targeting his family. He
needs help, and security expert Shelley Rabb is perfect for the job. But Caleb’s used to calling the shots, not taking orders, even when they come from a beautiful former Secret Service agent. Shelley knows firsthand what can happen when
business becomes personal, so she vows not to get too close to Caleb and his nephew.
Jane's books are available at
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Thanks, Jane, for the interview.
Karin's latest book fits so well with English tales that delight adult and child alike. What a fun read when all snug in bed or wrapped in your favorite
blanket on the sofa.
Welcome to Tea and Books, Karin. Tell us about Geraldine Woolkins, and
a few facts about yourself.
Q. How did you generate the idea for your book The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins?
I explain in my Note from the Author at the back of the book, my first story mouse wasn’t Geraldine; it was Nigel, her father. I saw him—or what became him in my mind—at a wedding reception twenty years ago and started making up stories about
him on the spot. Geraldine’s story took form a few months ago, while I was trying to sleep one night. Before I knew it, I’d written the entire first chapter of her adventures in my head.
What was your favorite childhood read?
A. I have several. I think my earliest favorite was The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack, about a little duck that lives on a boat in China and one
day, while on shore, misses the call back to the boat. That story always broke my heart a little! I also loved Winnie-the-Pooh, The Wind in the Willows, and Sam and the Firefly by Dr. Seuss. A little later in childhood I got
hooked on the Nancy Drew series.
Q. What do you like most about your main character in this book?
A. Geraldine, a “new mouse”
(that is, one who hasn’t yet seen all four seasons) is everything a young mouse (or child) should be: earnest, eager, curious, generous, and just a little dissatisfied by what she sees as the unfairness of life—in her case, her having been born
a tiny “ground thing,” seemingly incapable of real adventures or even bravery.
Q. What was your favorite flavor of ice cream as a child? Now?
A. As a child it was mocha almond fudge, but now it’s any thick and creamy sea salt caramel. Gee, thanks for asking, Marilyn. Now I have to make a run to Safeway!
Will you please tell us about your book?
A. Geraldine Woolkins began as a cozy bedtime book for adults, but as I started work on the second chapter, I realized
it was also a book for children—and that I needn’t change the language and thus “talk down” to younger readers.
The book’s description
on Amazon reads:
“Young Geraldine longs to have adventures as thrilling as those in the Book of Tales, the book her papa reads to her and her brother Button at
night. More than that, she wants to be brave--a seemingly impossible task in a world where ravens throw black shadows over the earth and wolves prowl barren lands in search of their prey. But Geraldine is a mouse. The weakest of ground things. Why was she,
who wants so much to be brave, created by God to be small and quivering?
“The book’s ten stories follow the Woolkins family--Papa, Mama, Geraldine, and Button--from
October to December, as they face their rather human trials and tribulations and Geraldine struggles to understand Very Very Big Hands, the creator of all, including ravens and wolves.”
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Web site: http://www.karinkaufman.com
LA Sartor is the kind of person that adds a touch of fun to even a room full of people. LA's Christmas romance book ran for several days as Amazon's best selling
holiday romance. She's agreed to an interview to tell us about her romantic adventure book, Stone of Heaven.
Welcome, to Tea and Books, LA. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book STONE OF HEAVEN?
Hi Marilyn, thank you so much for having me as your guest.
It's an honor to be here. Stone Of Heaven started as a script. The seed for the script was born when my husband showed me a news article about a real blue jade highway that was uncovered in Guatemala by Hurricane Mitch.
Jade has always fascinated me and most people think most the mythos associated with the gem is Asian inspired, but that's not true. Many ancient cultures used jade in ceremonies and for worship.
The Mayans did. So my story takes place in the Yucatan, involves romance, adventure, Mayan gods, but centers on the characters and their goals, fears and triumphs
What were your experiences as a child that contributed to you becoming a writer?
You know I say I started writing at four years of age, and often people look at me with raised brows, not believing me. But it's true. While I couldn't "write" at that tender age, I told my stories to my mother who wrote them down
on large sheets of paper and then I'd "illustrate" them. Early story boards. Why did I start telling stories? I don't know.
I think about it, and can't imagine not doing this, even though there was a period of about 17 years where I didn't. A Jr. High teacher told me and my parents that I would never become a good writer, because I only wanted to tell the story, and not learn
grammar. Mom told me I stopped writing that day. But I began again, because I was a voracious reader and one day,I read a truly horrible book. When finished, I threw it against the wall and told my husband I could do better. He said, "So do it." I called my mom and she said, "Finally, I always hoped to start again." Then she told me the
story. I didn't remember it, but I do remember the teacher, young and filled with a certain knowledge she knew best. Never squash anyone's dreams. Never.
life experiences influence your stories?
Absolutely! People always said write what you know, and for years I took that literally. But we all share life experiences: love, hope,
tragedy, success, failure, euphoria, and despair. We all "know" that. I'm not an adventurer, like my heroine Tori Carswell, so I did a lot of research. But I can relate to her fears and her yearning. And, hopefully, so will you.
Life experiences every day shape me, shape my writing.
If you were a TV, film, or book character, apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?
Ohhh, let's see…what a fun question. A Bond girl? Smart, sassy and stunning? Hmmm, Lara Croft, fabulously wealthy with an appetite for adventure? Hmmm, really, I think I would be someone like….Jessica Fletcher,
younger…with her community of friends, a writer, and someone people in her area admire and trust. My second choice would be Captain Janeway of StarTrek's Voyager, her crew trusts her, she admits her faults, and has amazing courage.
Give us a brief summary of STONE OF HEAVEN.
A: Seriously, Marilyn have you ever known me to be brief?
The real book blurb is on the book's purchase page, so I'll give you a different one.
What if your twin sister, Abby Carswell,
is an adventure junkie, and this time she's put herself in mortal danger, captive of an ancient Mayan cult.And what if the only person that could help you save her is Reid Hunter, Abby's ex-partner, whom she no longer trusts. Worse, Reid is currently
broke and is on the same hunt for the fabled blue jade, the Stone of Heaven, that Abby is on.Then add to that mix that you're happiest living a reclusive life and are aero-phobic to boot? Find out just what Tori Carswell does as you
follow her into the mysterious and mystical Yucatan and see if she'll join forces with Reid, or will he put riches before life and love?
Stone of Heaven is available at Amazon.com
Susan Page Davis, it's great to have you with us.
Susan Page Davis's latest book releases in May. And it sounds like a great read!
Q: What inspired you to write your newest release What a Picture’s Worth?
A: I had the idea of the heroine
seeing a painting or drawing that depicted something personal, which the artist had no business knowing about, and it took off from there.
Q: What childhood influences impacted
your choice of writing as a career?
A: I learned to read very young, mostly from my older siblings reading aloud to me a lot. I started making up stories very young as well, and writing
them down as soon as I learned how.
Q: What real life experiences influence your stories?
A: Just everything—people
I meet and find interesting, and things I see that strike me as unusual.
Q: If you were a TV, film, or book character, apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?
A: I’d love to be Agatha Christie’s Ariadne Oliver. (For those who may not know who Ariadne Oliver is, she appears in Hercule Poirot mysteries as the mystery writer who is his friend and comrade
in crime detection.)
Q: Give us a brief summary of What a Picture’s Worth.
At Shannon’s craft
market, one of the most successful artists is Fredo Benson, an eccentric and moody painter. All goes well until Shannon goes to his loft studio one evening to turn out lights and discovers detailed sketches of her home—sketches of the gardens, the mansion
she inherited from her grandmother, and even items inside the mansion.
That night her craft store is broken into, but nothing appears to be stolen. The following morning, Fredo doesn’t show
up for an art class he was to teach. Shannon and her 19-year-old son go to Fredo’s apartment, where they find the artist dead. Do his sketches hold clues to his reasons for stalking her? How is his death connected to the store break-in? Who murdered
Fredo—and will the killer strike again?
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