Friday’s Feature with Marilyn Turk

Interview and Giveaway

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Abigail’s Secret

by Marilyn Turk

Newly widowed mother Abby Baker goes home to Hope Harbor to help her ailing mother and restart her life. Weighed down by grief and fear of failure, she wishes she had the strength of her grandmother, who raised a young child alone while taking on the role of lighthouse keeper after her husband drowned. What was the secret of Granny Abigail’s strength?

Carson Stevens is a lighthouse enthusiast who has bought the deteriorating Hope Island lighthouse to restore it and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. When he meets Abby, he wants the attractive granddaughter of the former keepers to be part of the restoration.

As Abby and Carson work together, they uncover clues to a family secret that threatens to change Abby’s life forever. But someone is trying to sabotage their efforts at restoration. Is the saboteur trying to keep something from being found?

Interview

Theresa: Thank you for being here today Marilyn and for sharing your new release with us. Tell us about your favorite character in your new book.

Marilyn: My favorite character in the book, and I hope I won’t hurt the other characters’ feelings, is probably Abigail, the grandmother, a widow with a small child during during WWII, who takes her husband’s place as a lighthouse keeper, and shows us what life was like during that time period.

Theresa: I love lighthouses but I can’t imagine running one alone! How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Marilyn: I think there are often parts of my own experiences in the lives of my characters. After all, I can show how the character felt because I felt that way myself.

Theresa: That’s so true! Sometimes, I think a parts of us seeps into our characters without us even realizing it. What is your favorite genre of book to read?

Marilyn: I read Christian historical fiction and write in the same genre. Abigail’s Secret is different than anything I’ve ever written because there was a contemporary story going on at the same time as the historical one. I didn’t know I could write contemporary until I did it!

Theresa: That is awesome! And sounds hard! Who are some of your favorite authors?

Marilyn: Because I like Christian historical fiction, my favorite authors write in that genre. I love Ann Tatlock, Melanie Dobson, Lynn Austin, Tamera Alexander, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lisa Wingate and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Theresa: That’s an impressive list of amazing authors! How important do you feel reviews are to authors?

Marilyn: Reviews are critical to a book’s success. People want to know why someone else liked or disliked a book before they buy it, and naturally, the better the review, the more good reviews, the better it is for the book (and author).

Theresa: That is so true! We do love our good reviews!

Win a copy of Abigail’s Secret!

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About Marilyn

Marilyn Turk sees the miraculous creation of God in everyday life. As a writer, she tries to capture His truths through her historical novels and heartfelt devotions. She loves to encourage people to find their strengths and develop their God-given gifts, a message she shares when she speaks to audiences. She and her husband, avid lighthouse enthusiasts, have visited over 100 lighthouses, and her popular lighthouse blog features true lighthouse stories. In her spare time, she enjoys boating and fishing, taking walks or playing tennis.

Find Marilyn online:

Social Media Links:

Website: www.pathwayheart.com

Facebook: Marilyn.turk.9

Twitter: @Marilynturk

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bluewaterbayou/

Friday’s Feature with Davalynn Spencer

An Impossible Price

He has to choose – keep his secrets or the woman he loves. He can’t have both.

With no husband of her own, midwife Sophie Price lives to keep others calm in their hour of need. But when a handsome horse handler steps off the train with a fiery stallion, he brings anything but calm as he looks her dead in the eye and clear through to her soul.

Clay Ferguson returns to the place he once called home, hunting a fresh start and the one woman who could draw him back. If he can hide his battered heart and the brutality of his past, maybe she’ll take another look and give him a second chance.

Both bear scars from their fathers. Both fight for life. Together, they may learn that love is worth its impossible price.


Buy Links: Amazon.com

 

 

Excerpt:

The voice, the subtle limp. Those eyes. Only one person had all those traits, and when he’d left, he’d said nothing that made Sophie think he’d ever return.

Far from an unseasoned youth, the confident stranger leading the fiery stallion might be no stranger at all.

Had Clay Ferguson come home?


Interview with Davalynn:

Theresa:Do you ever read reviews?

Davalynn: Yes, I read reviews and comments of readers. I am interested in what they like or dislike, and what moves them emotionally. After all, it’s their hearts I’m trying to reach, and unless I listen to what they are saying, I’ll never know if I did.

Theresa:I love that answer! I think most of us are so afraid of bad reviews we cringe to read them. What an excellent way to look at it! Do you have a favorite character you’ve written about?

Davalynn: Most often, my favorite character in one of my stories is the heroine. I write romance, you know. But in this book, I was drawn by the hero, Clay Ferguson, and his story. For some reason it touched me deeply. I pray that his story arc touches the hearts of my readers as well.


About Davalynn

Bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction, Davalynn Spencer is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and can’t stop #lovingthecowboy. When she’s not writing Western romance, she teaches writing workshops and wrangles Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at www.davalynnspencer.com.

Friday’s Feature with Connie Queen

Justice Undercover

Keeping her true identity a secret

is the only way to stay alive.


Going undercover as a nanny brings presumed-dead ex-US Marshal Kylie Stone closer to catching the man who murdered the witness in her protection—and also killed Texas Ranger Luke Dryden’s sister. When someone tries to kidnap the twins in her care, Kylie must tell their uncle the truth…and convince Luke to help her. But will revealing her identity put all their lives at stake?


Thank you for being here today, Connie. Your new book sounds very intriguing.  I have a few questions for you so let’s get started.

Tell us about your favorite character in your new book.

I love my villain. To me, it’s creates a slew of challenges when the bad guy is someone the community loves, especially if he’s respectable in many aspects of his life. Hal Alcott is a businessman who donates to charities, well-dressed and friendly. You know, someone you’d like to have as a neighbor. But he has a dark side that my heroine knows all too well.

How important are reviews to authors?

Since this is my debut, I’m not certain, but I’ve heard they are important to reaching readers. I don’t know if the number of 5-star ratings is as important the total number of reviews.

Do you read the reviews and comments of your readers?

I have so far… After I receive my one-star review, I may change my mind.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Well, I’m afraid of heights so I won’t be scaling the side of a cliff like my heroine. But my husband was reading a scene the other night and started laughing. I asked him what was funny and his response, “That sounds just like something you’d say.”

Some people believe being a published author is glamorous, is that true?

This week is the release of my debut book, so yeah, I’d say it’s extremely exciting. Today, I gonna go to the store and see my book for the first time which is surreal.

But the frustration, self-doubt, and rejection are also a part of that package.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Most of the authors I read today are Love Inspired Suspense so I can get the feel/tone of the books. I started off reading Catherine Coulter, Jude Devereaux, and Phyllis Whitney.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

There are not short cuts. Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep submitting.

What is your writing schedule like?

I’d like to say I sit down at the same time everyday to write, but it’s not true. I’m still learning what works best for me. So far, mornings are more conducive to critiques, blogs, and research. Mid-to late afternoon I’m more energetic and my brain is more cooperative to write the story.

If you could do anything else, what would it be?

I’m happy with staying at home writing. But if I ever wanted to do another career, I would do it. Maybe one day I’ll decide to build houses.

What is your favorite genre of books to read?

I love suspense and westerns by Louis Lamour.

 


 

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About Connie

Connie Queen spent her life in Texas where she met and married her high-school sweetheart. Together they’ve raised eight children and are enjoying their grandchildren. As a child, Connie remembers her mom and sisters reading, but she preferred to be outside. It wasn’t until later, she found the joy of being whisked away into another world. Today she resides in Nebraska with her husband, and Nash, her Great Dane, where she’s working on her next suspense.