Marilyn Leach Interviews Pamela Trawick

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.


I'd like to welcome Pamela to Noteworthy Authors.  I have a few quick questions, and I hope the readers will enjoy our interview.


What inspired you to write Walking Between the Stones?

 Who would have thought that watching elderly neighbors and their spouses deal with dementia would lead me to write a book where one of the characters suffers memory loss? Who would have thought that I could find humorous aspects to such a heartbreaking subject?  Who would have thought that writing Walking Between the Stones would provide me with lessons I used when my mother was suffering from ALS and that I’m now using as I face serious health problems of my own?

 When I first started this book, I had no idea of the path God would put before me, but now I see his hand in everything. Walking Between the Stones is a story of love, family, and God’s healing hand. I hope reading it gives you new perspectives and a renewed faith in our Creator.


On a gray January day, what brings you sunshine?

Singing or listening to music gives me sunshine. First I sing “Jesus Loves Me.” Another song I like is “Sweet Dreams,” which I heard first when I was in college. Any song has to have a good beat.


 What’s your favorite place to vacation and why?

 Visiting Yellowstone is my favorite vacation. My husband David and I went there every year for ten years at different times from May to early November. What’s special about Yellowstone? It was the first national park and is formed around a figure-eight road separating areas of geysers, the big cold Yellowstone Lake, the Lower and Upper Falls on the Yellowstone River, Mammoth Hot Springs and Historic Fort Yellowstone, Lamar Valley, and many other areas.

 There are countless things to do at Yellowstone. The tour at the Old Faithful Inn took me back in time. Visitor Centers at Old Faithful and Canyon are new and must be seen. Take time to wait on the deck on the side of LeHardys Rapids to watch the trout leap in June and early July.

 Most people spend all of their time in Yellowstone marveling at the scenery.  David and I did that, but since we’re both writers, we did something else.  We were people watchers, and at the end of the day, we’d choose one comment we overheard and write a story about it.  David writes science fiction, and you know that I write contemporary women’s fiction, so you can imagine how different our stories were.


Tell us a bit about Walking Between the Stones.

They had the perfect marriage.  At least she thought they did… The day before their fortieth anniversary celebration in their small Arkansas hometown, Willie Joe Lankton tells Dory-Ann he must leave. Embarrassed by his disappearance, she makes excuses to her friends and family about her husband’s location. Heartbroken and frightened, she tries to track him down, but Willie Joe doesn’t answer or return her calls.
 Willie Joe Lankton, has a lifetime of experience repairing vehicles, however, he may have made a mistake when a young man is killed in an accident while driving a truck he just repaired. Suffering from memory lapses he believes are signs of Alzheimer’s, Willie Joe flees to the western states so as not to burden Dory-Ann. A troubled journey, pride, and fear keep them apart until God's plans are revealed.

 Thanks so much, Pamela, for the fun interview. 

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The Power of Faith to Heal is in Keri's Wish

Have you ever had a Christmas wish?  Find out how divine dreams and romance bring healing to a broken heart in



I'm very excited to have Pam Thibodeaux drop by and speak with us, just one stop on her extensive blog tour.  She's the author of Keri's Christmas Wish.  Today she answers a few quick questions I think you'll enjoy.


1.  What inspired you to write your newest release Keri’s Christmas Wish?


A: Since I write Inspirational I can positively say the Holy Spirit inspired this story. I hadn’t written a fiction story from beginning to end since 2009. I’ve started a lot of things, finished and published a few that were in various stages of publication, but nothing brand new. So when the vision of a young woman scrolling through her news feed and thinking “ba humbug!” over the ‘Christmas in July’ propaganda, I just rolled with it. The story thrilled and amazed me. I hope it does the same for my readers.

 2.  If you were an animal, what would you be?

A: A Horse! I absolutely love these graceful animals, always have. Probably always will. In fact, most of my books contain, or at least mention, horses in them. Their gentle spirit and generous hearts make perfect healing partners, which is why Equine Therapy is becoming more popular.

 3.  What is your favorite holiday dessert and do you make or purchase it?

A: Pecan Pie….I used to make it each year but found a Mr. Edwards ® is just as good as homemade.

4.  What would be your lead character’s favorite part of celebrating Christmas? (Why?)

A: If she could get past the angst she feels over the commercialism and hype of Christmas and the controversy over Jesus’ birth, Keri would enjoy everything about Christmas.

 5.  Give us a brief summary of Keri’s Christmas Wish

A: For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Find out in Keri's Christmas Wish



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.”




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If Romantic Suspense Thrillers are your Cup of Tea, Drink Up:

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by Lillian Duncan

I'm thrilled to interview Lillian today.  Let's find out more about her and her book.

Welcome Lillian

 What inspired you to write your newest release GAME ON?

I’m always looking for new ideas for a book. One day I was watching a talk show that featured a man who believed he was the victim of an elaborate stalking game on the Internet. Well the writer in me thought what would happen if he was right? And that was the beginning of GAME ON.

What were your experiences as a child that contributed to you becoming a writer?

No doubt about it I was a bookworm—that’s even what my parrot calls me thanks to my husband! I read and read and read some more. Wherever I went a book went with me. And yes, I was one of those kids that read under the blanket when I was supposed to be sleeping. I even got caught reading a book when I was supposed to be listening by more than a few teachers. All that reading gave me an innate sense of story and story structure. When I started to write, it came naturally to me. Besides reading, I was a daydreamer. Daydreamer and reader? It’s no wonder I love writing stories!

If you were a TV, film, or book character, apart from one you’ve created, who would you be?

I’d love to think that I was the Angela Lansbury character from Murder, She Wrote. But I’m not sure I’d be as brave or foolhardy as she was!

What is the primary strength/weakness of your lead character.

 I think Nikki Kent’s primary strength is she loves God and wants to please Him. Even when it’s not what she wants to do, she does it because that’s what God wants. Her primary weakness is that she’s held on to anger and bitterness for too long, allowing it to ruin her past relationships with family and friends.

Q 5.  Give us a brief summary of GAME ON.

Lucas McMann wants to become  a U.S. Senator, but he believes he’s the victim of an elaborate stalking game. The problem is no one else believes him. He can’t move forward until he stops the game. To do that he needs someone who can help him get proof.

And he knows just the person--if only she’s put their past behind her.

Nikki Kent makes a living finding out other people’s secrets, but she has one of her own. When Lucas shows up asking for her help, she wants to refuse but her new-found faith won’t let her even if he was the first man to break her heart!


Let's learn more about GAME ON

Politics 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.

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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)

 AMy 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.

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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?

A. As 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.

Q.  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!

Q.  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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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.

 Do day-to-day 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




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?

 Thanks, Marilyn! Readers can view all my books and enter my monthly book giveaway at:

Here's Karin Kaufman's latest book, Sparrow House. Read the interview I had with her below.

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marilyn/leslie | Reply 12.01.2017 15.18

Leslie Sartor said she really liked the idea of overhearing someone's conversation, then writing a story about it. How fun.

Linda Moffitt | Reply 13.12.2016 23.58

Thanks for sharing Keri's Christmas Wish on your Blog. I'm Following the Book Blog Tour around. It really sounds like a Good Book.

marilyn leach 14.12.2016 15.36

Linda, love that you dropped in. Have fun reading the book. Cheers

Amanda Cabot | Reply 10.12.2016 12.55

Marilyn, Thanks so much for featuring Pam and Keri's Christmas Wish today. I'm intrigued by the story and can't wait to read it.

marilyn leach 14.12.2016 15.35

Thanks, Amanda, and I hope you enjoy the story.

M. Leach | Reply 10.12.2016 12.00

Pam, your story is beautiful and enriching. I wish you the best. Cheers

Pamela S Thibodeaux 10.12.2016 12.52

Thanks Marilyn and THANKS for hosting us!

marilyn leach | Reply 03.06.2016 13.50

Jane Choate's work is an excellent read.

Karin Kaufman | Reply 04.02.2015 20.30

Thanks so much for featuring my new book, Marilyn (forgot to mention a paperback ed. will be out later this month). And thank you for your fun questions!

marilyn leach 05.02.2015 19.02

So glad you were available to do it. Cheers

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12.01 | 15:18

Leslie Sartor said she really liked the idea of overhearing someone's conversation, then writing a story about it. How fun.

14.12 | 15:36

Linda, love that you dropped in. Have fun reading the book. Cheers

14.12 | 15:35

Thanks, Amanda, and I hope you enjoy the story.

13.12 | 23:58

Thanks for sharing Keri's Christmas Wish on your Blog. I'm Following the Book Blog Tour around. It really sounds like a Good Book.

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