Marilyn Leach Interviews Authors
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Let's find out about Clare Revel and her story
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town just outside Reading, England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, their three children, and unfriendly mini-panther, aka Tilly the black cat. Clare
is half English and half Welsh, which makes watching rugby interesting at times as it doesn’t matter who wins.
Writing from an early
childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she can
be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.
Her books are based in the UK,
with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American in some of them, the books contain British language and terminology and the more recent ones are written in UK English.
The first draft of every novel is hand written.
She has been a
Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter here -
She can be found at:
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:
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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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Karen's books are available at AMAZON.
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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