Friday, October 24, 2014

Get Hidden With Vannetta Chapman!

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. She writes Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House and Amish novellas for Abingdon and Zondervan. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. Her first self-published book is an inspirational romantic suspense titled Hidden. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.


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Home is where our story begins ...
DANA JACOBS would rather forget the night of tragedy and violence that marred her childhood. She is now supervisor in charge of the Department of Homeland Security in Taos, New Mexico. Her team is prepared to handle any threat—biological, chemical, conventional, cyber, even nuclear. BENJAMIN MARSHALL is newly assigned to Dana’s office. Straight from a six year military deployment, he is not what Dana wants or needs.
Ben knows God has a reason for putting him in this place at this time—to help Dana. When a local school is threatened, they open a case which leads them on a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, pursuing a man filled with a bitterness Dana can understand. But her anger is different. It’s justified, it remains hidden inside, and it hurts no one.
Can Dana face her own mortality? And when she does, can she truly understand what it means to forgive and to be forgiven? 

Alexa: All right. Let’s get started, Vannetta. How often do you get lost in a story?
Vannetta: I’m lost most of the time, just ask my husband! J But seriously, I am rather absent minded and that’s partially because my nose is usually stuck in a book (or e-reader). I read approximately 2 books a week—more if we’re travelling because I love to read in the car or plane!

Alexa: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Vannetta: Cookie Monster, for obvious reasons.

Alexa: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
Vannetta: It will sound corny, but my husband! He’s a great guy who always does the “right thing.” We’ve been married 15 years, and I’m a very blessed woman to have met him. (ps – he’s shy, so don’t tell him I put him on a blog.)

Alexa: Who’s your favorite villain?
Vannetta: You know I thought BEN LINUS on Lost was just awful. Beady little eyes and an evil mind. But then he became a good guy in Person of Interest and it took me a LONG time to decide I could like him.

Alexa: Be honest, when you put yourself in the heroine’s role? 
Vannetta: I don’t “put myself” in the role, I AM THE ROLE. J Which is why I like strong, brave, funny, smart female characters. I want to be all those things.

Alexa: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Vannetta: I step away from the computer and shout “Yes! I’m done! I’m never sitting in front of this computer again!” That lasts for a few hours. But seriously, I try to take off at least a day or two between projects. No play time would make for a very grumpy writer.
Alexa: What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were? Why are stories important?
Vannetta: No one really asks that. I think stories are VERY important—whether they’re stories we hear in a song, or watch on the television, or read in a book. Stories are the way we learn things without having to go through the pain and/or experience. Stories connect us to other people and other places. They give us empathy and compassion and entertainment all at once. They help us to laugh and hope in the darkest of times. I think story-telling will continue as long as man (woman) is on this Earth … and though the format may change the fact of story-telling is a very important blessing. (Writer now steps off her soap box.)
Alexa: What does it mean to love someone?
Vannetta: Wow. Great question. I think it means to put their needs before your own. When we love someone, we care so deeply for them that their needs ARE the same as our needs—we celebrate with them, cry with them, and long to spend time with them.

Alexa: And finally, have you got a question you’d like to ask your fans?
Vannetta: I set the story HIDDEN in Taos because it’s a memorable place for me – we honeymooned there. What location is memorable for you and why?

Thanks so much for joining us today, Vannetta! Folks, our guest will be offering a free copy of a book her choice to one North American commenter so get busy answering the question!
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Get Lost in Heaven's Strain!


Sunni Jeffers is the award-winning author of 15 books. Her life has taken many turns, from Navy wife and mother, to business owner and office manager, to rancher—all of this in partnership with her wonderful husband of 48 years. Now she writes as she and her husband travel the country most of the year, living in a motorhome. Visit her at


Spiritual forces are at work to destroy mankind…

Dr. Ellen Larson has heard myths of fallen angels, but she has no idea they exist—or that they’re after her. She has enough on her mind--her research and her own strange DNA, which she’s kept secret since she discovered a mutation in medical school that’s never been seen before.

Then the impossible happens. Two patients admitted to the University Medical Center—Rafe Zacharias and Homer Wilton--have the same genetic mutation! Without transfusions, the men will die. Ellen can’t withhold what may be their only hope: her blood. She has no choice…

Her secret must come out.
Unseen, a battle rages around them. A battle to bring an ancient curse to life. Ellen, Rafe and Homer are pawns in a war mankind can't afford to lose...

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Alexa: Thanks for joining us, Sunni. How often to you get lost in a story?
Sunni: Almost every time I read a book or story or a research site. I become oblivious to anything around me.

Alexa: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
Sunni: I’m sure there were many children’s books, but I remember The Secret Garden and all of the OZ books.

Alexa: What’s your favorite “love” word?
Sunni: Cherish. It wraps so many emotions and meanings into one word. It’s a commitment to love and protect. Precious is a close second. It goes far beyond physical attraction or the heart-throbbing early love to a deep love that sees inestimable value in the loved one.
Alexa: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Sunni: Oh my, I love fairy tales. Pick one? Impossible.

Alexa: What turns you off like nothing else?
Sunni: When someone who uses “I” or “my” in everything they say.

Alexa: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
Sunni: My husband would be at the top of the list. He is smart, loyal, cute, a natural leader, he cares about others and always wants to help. He isn’t afraid of confrontation. He is protective, and yet has always encouraged me to reach higher. Outside of my husband, I once met a man named Ernesto Contreras, a Mexican bio-chemist and doctor. He gave up a lucrative position in a large hospital in Mexico City to open a clinic in Tia Juana to help cancer patients. But he was one of the humblest people I’ve ever met, and truly cared about each patient and family member who came to his clinic.
Alexa: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
Sunni: Fairy tale.

Alexa: Where do you read and how often?
Sunni: I have a favorite recliner at home, or I read in bed at night. I’m always reading something.

Alexa: What sound or noise do you love?
Sunni: The ocean, or a babbling brook. The sounds of birds. The coffee pot dripping, and the smell that goes with it. Fresh cut grass or hay fields. Evergreen forests. Fresh herbs. The silence when it snows.

Alexa: What was the first story you remember writing?
Sunni: I wrote a poem about my little sister, who died of leukemia when I was 9. Also, I turned in a story about God’s love in English when I was in 1oth grade.

Alexa: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Sunni: A Knight’s Tale.

Alexa: What is your biggest vice?
Sunni: I’m a foodie. I love to eat just about anything. Sweet, savory, tart, sour, rich.

Alexa: Got a question you’d like to ask your fans?
Sunni: Do you have a favorite genre, even within romance? Or do you read lots of genres. What is your favorite romance that you’ve ever read? What is your all-time favorite book that wasn’t a romance?

Thanks so much, Sunni! Folks, our guest today will be giving away 1 print copy of Heaven’s Strain to one commenter!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The NO ACCIDENT Valerie Bowman

Playful Brides Series, Book 2
St. Martin's Press


For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.


After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?
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VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

ANGI: In the Playful Brides Series books…Do you have a favorite?
VALERIE: Oh, my goodness. They are *all* my favorites. I adore this series because each book is a take on a famous romp play. My favorites! The stories are also interconnected with related characters who reappear from book to book. The Unexpected Duchess is a Regency twist on Cyrano de Bergerac. The Accidental Countess is a Regency retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Unlikely Lady is based on Much Ado About Nothing.

I just confirmed plans to write at least three more stories in the series. The next one is untitled but it’ll be based on The Philadelphia Story. Remember that movie with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart? Did you know the movie was based on a play? I’m REALLY having fun writing that one right now.

ANGI: In the Playful Brides Series books…Do you have a favorite hero?
VALERIE: Julian Swift from The Accidental Countess is one of my favorites for sure. He’s a war hero who nearly died from his injuries and he’s got a lot on his shoulders when he gets back to England, including the fact that he can’t find his fiancee!

ANGI: In the Playful Brides Series books…Do you have a favorite heroine?
VALERIE: Cassandra Owens from The Accidental Countess is a sweet heroine. I really enjoyed writing her because she’s one of those people who wouldn’t hurt a fly and yet is silently strong and fiercely loyal to her friends. She gets involved in a situation (pretending to be a fictitious person) because she can’t say no and she’s tempted to spend time with the man she’s loved for so many years. It’s a sticky situation but her heart is always in the right place.
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
VALERIE: I love Wonder Woman and Lady and The Tramp is my favorite cartoon movie. I ADORE dogs and the end where Lady and Tramp have their puppies… Oh, my gosh, it’s just too cute.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of the ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS?
VALERIE: One of the things that really endeared Julian to me while I was writing him is his inability to dance. So many times in historical romance novels, the heroes are perfect dancers. But Julian has been away at war for years and his sister has to quickly try to get him up to speed on the dancing. He’s perfect in many ways but the man can’t dance. I love that about him. A small vulnerability but a charming one, I think.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
VALERIE: I usually read in bed and as often as I can which usually means reading a chapter or two before I go to sleep. I’m also usually reading several books at once. There are just too many fantastic books out there!

ANGI: What's something that no one knows about you?
VALERIE: When I was about 11, I thought I invented the name Leon. I thought it was brilliant and named one of my stuffed animals that name. A few weeks later I was watching an episode of The Facts of Life and there was a character named Leon on the show. I was crestfallen. Ha!

ANGI: You live in Florida. Do you get to the beach often?
VALERIE: I do not! Isn’t that sad? My house is about an hour away from the beach so going there is a special treat and one I should take advantage of more often for sure.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's the coolest thing you've learned from writing Regency Romance? Anything unexpected?

VALERIE'S GOTTA ANSWER: I adore reading English history books and I learn new things all the time, but one of the craziest in recent memory was reading that someone actually wrote the equivalent of a phone book for prostitutes. It was a guide with the names, locations, and general details (including if they had any diseases!) of the most notable prostitutes in London. Guess that came in handy back then. Yikes!

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Playful Brides Series, Book 3       
Spring 2015
Read a little, but the book

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Playful Brides Series, Book 1       
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Read a little, but the book

VALERIE is giving away  a copy of The Accidental Countess (e-book wherever available or print U.S.-only)

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VALERIE WANTS TO KNOW: Ok, I admitted that I truly thought I invented the name Leon when I was a kid. One of my nephews actually briefly believed he invented toast. Ha! Did you ever think you invented something when you were a kid only to find out it was already a thing? Know anyone who did? 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Lost in Four Unforgettable Classics from Jill Marie Landis

Sometimes the best stories to get lost in are those classics you just can't forget. Such as these four historical romances from New York Times Bestselling author Jill Marie Landis. 

You'll want to add these books to your Must Read (or Must Read Again) list, especially if you long to be swept away into sumptuous settings with fascinating characters and poignant love stories. When it comes to the best in historical romance, Jill Marie Landis delivers the whole wonderful package.

Can a proper lady coax a rugged cowboy into surrendering his heart?
     Prim and proper Jessica Stanbridge is a brilliant woman who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick, wire-framed spectacles. She travels to the wild west in search of historical artifacts, but instead finds an ornery but gorgeous cowboy who agrees to serve as her guide.

     Rory Burnett hides his passion in his secret poetry, but he can't disguise his growing desire for the determined young beauty...or his fear that Jessica's quest might lead her into deadly danger. As the spark of passion between them flares into an irresistible flame beneath the sizzling heat of the desert sun, Rory and Jessica must decide if the promises of the past are going to lead them to destruction--or to a future in each other's arms.

"A gifted to enthrall readers and touch their deepest emotions."--Romantic Times

Available in eBook or Paperback
Until Tomorrow 
Can two yearning hearts learn to beat as one?
     Dake Reed is a jaded soldier traveling home from the Civil War when he stumbles across an ambushed wagon--and a helpless newborn in need of a mother.
     The last thing Cara James expects to see is a lean and handsome stranger riding across the lonely prairie with a baby in his arms. She's nothing but a backwoods girl with sky-blue eyes living on a Kansas homestead making rag dolls and dreaming of a better life.

     Desperate to find someone to share his burden, Dake uses his thick-and-sweet-as-molasses drawl to coax Cara into leaving everything behind and joining him on his journey. As Dake and Cara travel to a place they both hope to call home, Cara dares to dream it's not just the child who needs her tender touch, but the man.

"In Until Tomorrow, Landis does what she does best by creating characters of great dimension, compassion, and strength."--Publishers Weekly

Available in eBook or Paperback
Can a mysterious beauty win the heart of the most eligible bachelor in San Francisco?
     Jade Douglas is a determined young woman who risks all to travel to San Francisco in the late 1800's to learn the truth about her father's mysterious death.
     J.T. Harrington is a handsome, rugged rancher who has just inherited a vast estate. When he finds the radiant beauty on his doorstep, he is tempted to ignore his vow never to love again and offer Jade both his name and his heart.
     Before their scandalous wedding can unveil the secrets of the past, J.T. and Jade find themselves torn apart by a dangerous deception, but brought together again by a desire too powerful for either one of them to deny.

"If you love historical romance, you'll adore Jill Marie Landis." -- New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah

The Orchid Hunter
Available in eBook or Paperback
Can an English lady raised as a "wild orchid" ever be truly tamed?
     When Trevor Mandeville leaves behind the drawing rooms of London and journeys to an island paradise in search of a rare orchid, he comes face-to-face with an even more shocking treasure. 
     Stolen from her family at a young age, Joya Penn has spent most of her life running wild and free. Trevor tries to resist her charms, but soon finds himself captivated by the deliciously innocent--yet wildly seductive--young creature with eyes as blue as a mountain lake and blonde hair rippling down her back in an untamed mane.
     Given her first taste of desire by the handsome adventurer, Joya believes all her dreams have come true when Trevor agrees to escort her back to London. But her uninhibited ways quickly throw his entire household--and his heart--into delightful chaos.

     As Joya despairs of ever being the sort of "proper lady" Trevor could love, Trevor begins to wonder if he's finally found the treasure he has been hunting for his entire the forbidden paradise of Joya's arms.

"Jill Marie Landis is fabulous!"-- New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

For a complete list of books by Jill Marie Landis, check out her website
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Meet Jill Maire

JILL MARIE LANDIS writes novels that earn distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in Single Title Historical and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

She resides in Hawaii with her husband. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, occasionally quilting, but most of all dancing the hula. 

Her recent releases include the “Tiki Goddess Mysteries” set in Hawaii from Belle Books. MAI TAI ONE ON, TWO TO MANGO, and THREE TO GET LEI’D, and the latest, TOO HOT FOUR HULA. She also has her Irish Angels Series, inspirational historical romance from Zondervan. 

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind for Jill Marie. Over the past four months, Amber House Books (under the direction of publisher and bestselling author Teresa Medeiros) has re-issued four of Jill’s backlist historical romance titles in both ebook and trade paperback formats. I finally caught up with her and had a chance to chat.

E.E, Can you tell us a little bit about your reissues?
Jill Marie: Until Tomorrow, Past Promises, and Jade, from Amber House are all historical romances from the mid-to-late 1800’s, Victorian-era stories set in America. The fourth, The Orchid Hunter, begins on a tropical island off the coast of Africa and ends in Victorian England.

E.E. Among those four stories, do you have a favorite? Why?
Jill Marie: Although it’s always hard to choose a favorite, I think The Orchid Hunter is my choice out of the four, not only because of the tropical setting, but because it’s also full of humor. The heroine, Joya, was one of my all time favorites to write because she is truly a duck-out-of water. The laughs start once she comes face to face with the rules and restrictions of Victorian society.

E.E.: Do you see American-based historical romances making a comeback? If so, are you planning to write more?
Jill Marie: I think they are back, especially Westerns, for the inspirational and the “sweet” romance audience. I thought about revamping the reissued novels for a nano-second but taking them from “hot” to “sweet” would have entailed giving all the characters entire lobotomies and reworking all the plots. All four books received great reviews back when they were first published and Until Tomorrow was my first big USA Today Bestseller which put me on the RWA Honor Roll. I fell back on “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

E.E. What's on your TBR list? 
Jill Marie: I’m actually looking forward to previewing a new title by E.E. Burke! [Note from E.E: I swear I did not pay her to say that.] I just finished reading Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, set in China in the late 1950’s. It’s a sequel to her book Beautiful Girls. I really enjoyed them both. They’re historical but not romances.

Today, Jill is giving away one eBook of each of her FOUR titles. Just leave a comment and enter the raffle.

Question for our readers: What is your favorite setting for historical romances and why?

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