Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Reluctant to Wed" ~ Anneliese Dalaba ~ Behind the story


Meet author Anneliese Dalaba and read about the Story Behind the Story of her book Reluctant to Wed. Welcome, Anneliese!


Anneliese Dalaba

Anneliese Dalaba lives in Michigan with her husband of 30 years. She has been in full-time ministry beside her husband all of those years. She is a member of ACFW and ACFW Great Lakes Chapter. For many years, she worked as an administrative assistant and medical transcriptionist. After raising their two children, she is now experiencing the wonderful phase of grandparenting. She is an avid reader, and an author of a Christian historical romance.
On my wedding day, I entered full-time ministry alongside my husband who was already a pastor. I felt as though I had boarded a moving train unaware of its destination. There were times we stepped off one train to quickly get on another, still unaware of where it would lead us. I was okay with the mystery as long as my love was beside me. He took me on a grand adventure and we had two children along the way. There were highs and lows, but we clasped hands and faced every situation together.

Three years ago, my husband’s job changed when he was elected into a district-level position. Changing trains again, I suddenly realized there was much less for me to do. My children were married and my nest was empty. My husband no longer had a pastorate, so there were no Bible studies to teach or women’s groups to lead. The time had come to pursue my dream.

Pulling out my computer, I began typing my first novel. I wasn’t sure which time period I would choose, but I knew it would be a historical romance. I always loved marriages of convenience. Whenever I’d imagined writing a novel, it was a pioneer or western romance. Since I live in the US, I figured I’d have more information at my fingertips. However, as the story began taking shape in my mind, a romance during the Regency period in England developed. Since I understand the mentality of Americans, being one myself, I decided the heroine should at least have grown up in the States. Therefore, Emma is an American who moves to England to marry Devon, a British lord. You will have to read the story to see how that is even possible.

I loved writing Emma’s story. She is unpretentious and embraces new challenges with optimism, trying to find good in every situation. She’s sincere in her faith, sometimes struggling, but always grabbing hold of the truth of God’s Word. Emma has a wonderful relationship with her mother, and I loved writing the letters she wrote to her mom.

Devon is a proud aristocrat, yet he has a soft spot—he longs for love, although he would not easily admit to it. His home life was cold in comparison to Emma’s and he cannot imagine finding joy in marriage. Add to that a friend, Fitz, who gives him bad advice, as well as a conniving lady friend whose goal is to climb the social ladder on the shoulders of another rich husband. Devon has looked out for the best interest of this friend and her son since the death of her husband, his closest friend, even contemplating marrying her, until he was forced into an arranged marriage with Emma.

In the midst of Devon’s fears and in spite of the barrier he tries to maintain, his heart seems to have a will of its own. Emma is different than any lady he has met before. She is forthright and direct, kind and not manipulative. He enjoys bantering with her and finds his defenses crumbling. Just when Emma sees a happy ever after in sight, something unexpected happens that challenges even an optimist to find hope.

I didn’t have an in-depth outline before I began typing. The story developed as I allowed the characters to tell their stories. It was fun. It was hard. It was exhilarating, yet I wanted to pull my hair out at times. But I never doubted that I would do it all over again.  My second novel will be published later this year.

About Reluctant To Wed:



 To keep her parents from losing their farm in Pennsylvania, Emma agrees to travel to England and accept her grandfather's offer to arrange a marriage for her with the Earl of Devonport. She secretly hopes a marriage to this stranger will lead to love. 

To honor his father, Devon reluctantly agrees to marry Emma, but determines to keep her at arm's length. A marriage of convenience is satisfactory to the earl who wants no emotional ties. He needs an heir, but he refuses to bow to the whims and demands of a wife. He would prefer simply to provide a home and a generous allowance for her, but continue to enjoy his freedom. 

Emma’s straightforward and unpretentious manner draws Devon’s admiration. Unfortunately, long-held fears are not easily overcome. Emma finds herself falling in love with him, but she’s afraid of being in love alone. Can a mutual love develop and grow in this arranged marriage? When all hope seems lost, Emma must learn to trust God even if it means letting go of her dreams.
 

 FEATURED BOOK: Reluctant To Wed
  • AUTHOR: Anneliese Dalaba
  • PUBLISHER: Self-Published
  • GENRE: Christian Historical Romance
  • SERIES OR STAND ALONE: First book in Arranged Marriage Series
  • TARGET AGE: 12-112
  • BOOK IS SOLD AT: https://amzn.to/2Hn8Pix

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Before I Call ~ Devotional by Alexis A. Goring





Before I Call
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
~Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)

One day, God answered a prayer that I did not pray. His providence amazes me! Allow me to tell you the story of the time when God answered me before I called.

It was an ordinary weekend. The food supply in the house was low, but I didn’t have money to buy groceries. I found myself thinking, I wish I had money to go to Panera, but I need to save my money to pay bills. So I determined to do without. I stayed home and went about my business.

A few hours later, I was talking to a writer friend who I was helping by providing feedback on certain elements in her story. She told me that she appreciated my time and talent, so she wanted to give me a gift as a thank you for my pro bono services. She asked me to choose what I wanted and suggested options like gift cards from Amazon and Starbucks. My first thought was about my wish list of books on Amazon, so I asked for an Amazon.com gift card. So she sent that to me via e-mail within the hour.

But since our arrangement was ongoing, she’d offered to send more than one gift throughout the editorial process. And I decided, since I was craving Panera, that’s what I’d ask for. But I wondered, how? I didn’t know if Panera had e-cards. So I called a local restaurant, and they directed me to their company website where indeed there was an option to send e-gift cards. I copied the direct link and sent it to my writer friend who then agreed that my payments going forward would be e-gift cards to Panera!

After our conversation, I realized God had answered me before I called. I never stopped and prayed to Him to make a way for me to have enough extra money to go to Panera, I simply thought it and pushed the thought aside when I realized it wasn’t happening right now. But God heard my thoughts, and He decided to bless me unexpectedly!

God is so good. He watches over all of His children—the ones who know Him and the ones who do not know Him yet. He wants us all to be saved in His Kingdom, to make it to Heaven and spend eternity in His presence. But we have to choose to accept the gift of salvation that He offers through His Son Jesus Christ, and we have to choose to follow Him.

Falling in love with Jesus and following Him have been the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I wouldn’t be able to stand through the trials and storms of life without Him and His provision. Just like God provided for me by answering my prayer before I asked, He wants to provide for you too.

The Bible says that He takes care of the sparrows in the sky, and we (His children) are worth far more than sparrows, so He will definitely take care of us. My story of how God provided for me is just a small picture of the grand scheme of things that God does for His children.

God is always at work in our lives. Even when we cannot see Him or feel His presence, He’s still there. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:5 that God will never leave or forsake us. It’s a promise from His heart to ours, and God faithfully keeps all of His promises!

I’m still growing in my faith walk with God, and I love it when He reminds me of Bible verses that apply to my experience. The Bible verse that speaks to my recent experience involving my desire for Panera reminds me of Isaiah 65:24 (NIV) in which God says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

It delights my soul that God taught me a lesson of His providence through answering my unspoken prayer regarding my desire for food from Panera. He used this to remind me that He cares about every detail as big as paying a mortgage to as small as buying a favorite meal from your favorite café.

So I’d like to encourage you to go to God first with your every concern, request, and praise report. Then trust Him to provide for your every need… and sometimes your wants too! Trust that sometimes, even before you go to Him in prayer, He’ll hear you and answer your heart’s desire in a totally unexpected way like He did for me. Why? Because before we call, God will answer; while we are yet speaking, God will hear!

God is amazing, friends! I hope and pray that you will experience His blessings, His providence, and His love for you.

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ. 


You can find her at the following links:


Website: https://alexisagoring.jimdo.com
“God is Love” blog: http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Poll results ~ Readers choice

Hi, readers:



I took down the poll I set up to ask readers how they choose their books. Though not scientific by any means, it was fun to see the results. So, here are the numbers:


  • Author recognition:  25 votes, 64%
  • Title: 12 votes, 30%
  • Cover design: 21 votes, 53%
  • Genre: 21 votes, 53%
  • Flyleaf/Back cover blurb: 29 votes, 74%
  • Reviews: 8 votes, 20%
  • Endorsements: 0 votes
  • Recommendations from friends: 13 votes, 33%
129 total votes. But, because I allowed multiple choices, it's hard to tell exactly how many folks actually voted.  But ...

There you have it. Interesting, huh?


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Georgiana Daniels Interview ~ Shadows of Hope ~ Giveaway


Hello, Whispers in Purple readers! Author Georgiana Daniels has graciously consented to answer some interview questions and share with us some insights into her life and her book, Shadows of Hope. AND ... a giveaway.

Welcome, Georgiana! We’re spotlighting your book Shadows of Hope. Please give us the back-cover story.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Peggy! I’m excited to visit with you. Shadows of Hope delves into a marriage that’s disintegrating and what it looks like from three very different points of view.

Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. 

But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.

Oh, my! Reminds me of the line from Tale of Flodden Field by Sir Walter Scott: "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!"
What inspired you to write Shadows of Hope?

Examining the way people’s faith is affected when they face the worst thing they can imagine intrigued me. Every Christian will, at some point, be confronted by tragedy or heartbreak. The question is, will their faith be strengthened or lost?

How did you come up with this story?
Nugget of truth: I’m a slow, slow writer. I started Shadows of Hope so long ago that I don’t remember the precise spark that came to me. I do know that trying to come up with the worst situation I could fathom eventually evolved into this story. Because my marriage and family are a treasure, I can’t imagine a more heartbreaking scenario.
While I haven’t personally experienced what my main character, Marissa, does, I have experienced those emotions at other points in life. I was able to draw on betrayal and profound disappointment, and hopefully convey the full range of emotions that way.

What surprised you the most during the writing of this book?
I was surprised by how easy it was at times to write the POV of the antagonist. He’s someone I don’t identify with at all—nor would I want to—but some of the things that went through his mind just rolled off my fingers. And I was like, I can’t believe he just thought that!

For example, he doesn’t believe he’s really been unfaithful to his wife in the ways that really matter. Seriously? Dude, you’re having a baby with someone else! But there are people who will justify their bad behavior and make it everyone else’s fault. That’s real life.

For sure!
What kind of research did you have to do, if any?
Some authors love research and taking little detours while they dive into different topics. I want to be one of them, but I’m not—at least not yet. Once I hit that phase, though, I have a feeling I’ll be spinning off in all kinds of directions.

This wasn’t a research-heavy book, thankfully, but there were a few bits I didn’t have a clue about, like how professors achieve tenure and how academia works in general. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but I wanted to get it right. Also, I needed to know a bit about ultrasounds and what kind of training someone would have in order to do that type of work.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
My prayer is that readers will come away realizing that no matter what they’re going through, no matter how big the tragedy, they can trust God. Their faith might look differently than it did before, but that’s okay.

Through reading about a character who faces a horrible situation and comes out with a stronger faith, I hope readers will say, “I can do that too!”
God will use every trial we face to make us more like Christ if we’ll let Him.

Amen! If you had a choice, what would be your ideal writing place?
So many possibilities! I’d like to be in a cozy nook, filled with books and the smell of books, curled away with pen and paper while lightning flashes across the sky. Thunder crackles and rain beats against the window while I delve into my story.

Oh, I like the image of that. Sounds like my kind of place. I love thunderstorms.
So, what is your actual writing place like?
Well, I live in sunny Arizona and my laptop is surround by the kids’ school books. I’m pretty much praying the coffee doesn’t spill because there’s just enough space on the table to keep it next to me. How’s that for living the dream?

What ministries are you involved in … and why?
Since we just moved…none! At our last church, our family’s favorite ministry was helping out at the food center—that was an incredible blessing! Our church also contributed to Knitted Knockers, so I spent quite a bit of time knitting. After we settle in next month, I’d love to get back into the food center/feeding the hungry because that’s an area of need that keeps tugging our hearts.

What talents do you have, aside from storytelling, that is?
Knitting—I adore playing with yarn! Did you ever see the commercial where the kid is covered head-to-toe in a giant piece of knitwear because they’d just received a package from Nana? That’s probably how my family feels.

Perhaps once our two younger girls are on their own I’ll have more time to develop other talents since there are so many things I’m interested in trying.
One area where I’m not skilled: cooking. There, I said it. The secret is out!

Did you have/do you have a day job? How did it influence what, or how, you write?
I haven’t had a regular day job in 13 or so years, but I never know what tomorrow holds. Prior to homeschooling the kids, I had some great careers that I enjoyed. I was a stock broker, and before that I was in retail management. (It’s rumored I could occasionally be heard crooning out a tune over the intercom before the store opened.)

Those careers were so long ago that I’m not sure they can be said to have influenced much of my writing. But I’ll tell you this: part of being a new broker was going door-to-door to build the business. I learned a ton about how to handle rejection—a handy skill to have as a writer!

Definitely! Finally, tell us about your next project.
I wish I knew, Peggy! I have a project I’ve been working on, but I’m a bit stuck at the moment. It’s research intensive, and as I mentioned previously, that’s not my forte. It’ll be a while before another book actually hits the shelves.

The thing is, I’ve made peace with that. Maybe someday I’ll enter a season of life that allows me to shift priorities, but right now homeschooling the kids as they finish middle school/enter high school tops the list.

Thanks, Georgiana. It’s been a pleasure visiting with you.
I’ve enjoyed our visit! Thank you so much for having me here. I do hope to meet you in person one day!

Here's a little bit more from the back cover:
A story of hope in the aftermath of inconceivable betrayal and broken dreams What if. . .. . .you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?
What if. . .. . .the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage?
What if. . .. . .your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?
 Abouit Georgiana:
Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. 

She enjoys sharing God's love through fiction and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.


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About the Giveaway:
Georgiana is offering a free print copy (US Only) of Shadows of Hope to one of this blog's readers. To enter, simply leave a comment below with your name and contact information (in case you're the winner) and tell us why you'd like to win this book. You'll get a second entry if you become one of my follower (see sidebar) and mention it in your comment.
Giveaway ends one week from today, Wednesday, April 18, at Midnight CDT. 

We hope to hear from you!

Georgiana, thank you so much for being my guest this week. It's been a pleasure learning about your book, and something about you, too. 



Monday, April 9, 2018

The Physics of Love redux with Donna Schlachter ~ Giveaway ~ Bonus


Please welcome author Donna Schlachter as she shares a book from her back-list for the Everything Old is New Again feature here on Whispers in Purple. She is also offering a free copy of this book to one of this blog's readers. See below for details.



Title: The Physics of Love

Published by: PLS Bookworks
September 2016

A woman looking for love, a boy looking for family, and the man who found both.
Set in 1930’s and 1940’s Newfoundland, this story is as rugged as the island setting. Years of struggling to survive in a harsh environment have created a unique group of people, isolated by the miles of ocean surrounding them who long to connect with each other. Laura, motherless since she was 12, has sought her father’s love and attention ever since; however, his heart is buried with his dead wife. He has nothing to give. Richard, the son born of a backseat liaison sure to anger her father, stands between the life Laura thinks she wants and the life she will be relegated to in the small town of Carbonear. So she does the unthinkable—she leaves him. Richard grows up thinking Laura is his sister, only to learn when he is a teenager that she is his mother, that his father is really his grandfather, and that the woman he calls Mom isn’t even related to him by blood. But instead of destroying him, Richard sets out on a journey to prove he is wanted and he is part of a family that would love him if they really knew him. In the process, he finds everything—and more—that he longs for.

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.


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About the Giveaway:
Donna is offering a free copy of The Physics of Love, your choice of eBook, or print (US Only). To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below with your name and contact information, so we can reach you if you're the winner. Giveaway ends one week from today on April 16, at Midnight CDT. 

Thanks for entering, and good luck! 

  


Friday, April 6, 2018

Voice recognition ~ Kass Fogle Devotional



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Voice Recognition

a Devotional from author Kass Fogle


Have you ever been caught on the phone with voice recognition software, repeating your name five times only to hear in a recorded, tinny voice, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. Please say your first and last name followed by the pound key.”

If you haven’t thrown the phone across the room or furiously tapped or pressed the ‘zero’ key to get an operator, you have gotten farther than many. It can be very frustrating to think you are communicating clearly only to have your message misunderstood.

Especially when you are communicating with God.

I must admit, there are times when there is a cloud of toxicity that creates static between our communication. And it’s not coming from His end.

Maybe there is unconfessed sin (Psalm 66:18) or unforgiveness in our hearts (Mark 11:25). But whatever it is, we must recognize it, cleanse our hearts of it so that our prayers are heard. He listens to those who seek to clear their hearts of sin and repent of their unrighteousness.

And even though He has it all figured out, He will still listen.

Even though He knows best how to guide us, He will listen to our petitions.
He listens because we call on Him and rely on Him for his strength. He delights when we reach out for His protection. He rejoices when we praise and worship Him.

So, don’t let a lack of faith hinder your prayers, remove barriers from God recognizing your voice and learn to recognize his.

We recognize His voice through our faith and study of the scriptures. When the enemy comes to do battle, we are prepared with the sword of the spirit. We are better equipped when the enemy throws platitudes and worldly fixes, packaged in pretty words our way.

If we follow Jesus, then we must believe and have no doubts about His voice. John 10:27 says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (NKJV)

Those who doubt do not recognize His voice, because though they have seen His works, they still don’t believe.

Those who have not witnessed His works but still believe we are His sheep. And sheep always recognize their shepherd.

What sin or discord clouds your conversation with Christ?

Are there any worldly vices you rely on other than the Word of God?

Do you recognize His voice? What can you do today that will enable you to more clearly battle against the enemy?


Kass Fogle is a Contemporary Christian Author, Speaker and Blogger who lives with her husband and two teenaged children in South-Central Illinois. She is working on her first novel, Ruth's Garden and when she is not working the day job you can find her at the local coffee house writing, at home baking, hanging out with family or causing trouble with her tight group of girlfriends. Kass is also a raging Football Mom.

I would love to pray for you. You don’t have to battle the enemy alone. Please contact me and let me know how I can help you recognize God’s voice.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Interview with author Toni Shiloh ~ Revisiting Grace Restored


Hello Whispers in Purple blog readers! Today we're hosting author Toni Shiloh with an interview and a bit of a peek into one of her back-list books ... GRACE RESTORED. So, sit back and enjoy getting to know her, and her book.

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.
Welcome, Toni Shiloh! We’re spotlighting your book, Grace Restored, for my Everything Old is New Again feature. Give us the back-cover story.

Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she’s just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she’s intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder?

Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise.

Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God’s grace restore what has been broken?

What inspired you to write this story? 
I knew I wanted to write Guy and Michelle’s story while I was writing the first book in the Freedom Lake series, Returning Home. However, it wasn’t until I sat down to write Grace Restored that I realized how much the characters were holding on to secrets. I wanted to show them God’s grace in hopes it would reach a reader or two.

What surprised you the most during writing this book
How much I loved it. I enjoy writing as a whole but these two really touched my heart and taught me a lot.

That's great!
What do you hope readers will take away from this book? 
The biggest thing I hope they take away is that God’s grace covers all and is limitless.

How does Toni Shiloh share Christ in this writing? 
I love incorporating Scripture and God’s truth in my writing. I love reading the Bible over and over and I hope that my books would have a reader seeking it for their own reading pleasure.

If you had a choice, what would be your ideal writing place? 
Oh! I like this question. J I would love it to be like a library. Book shelves lining the walls, posters of my book covers. Relaxing sofa and reclining chair for me to sit in and type. Hopefully it will have some shelf that I can place my laptop. I’d love natural lighting with a view into greenery and flowers or the beach.

Oh, that sounds lovely.
What is your actual writing place like? 
I write on my bed with my laptop. Nothing exciting, lol.

I was never able to do that comfortably. More power to you.
Why do you love writing? 
I love creating stories that reach people for God and entertain them in the process. I can’t put it all into words accept to say when all the hours spent in front of my laptop end up in a book that graces my bookshelf I count myself blessed each and every time.

What ministries are you involved in … and why? 
Currently I’m not involved in any except for my writing. I went through a period when I was involved in a lot and now I’m in my period of rest and restoration.

Good to do that once in a while.
What talents do you have aside from storytelling? 
That’s a good question! I like to make jewelry from time to time. My son would say I’m a good cook, but I’m not sure I agree.

Trust your son. 
Did you have/do you have a day job? How did it influence what, or how, you write? Currently I’m a stay-at-home mom. Both of my boys are in elementary so I’m able to write while they’re in school. I’ve used some of their antics in some of my characters who have children.

Ah, yes, kids are rich fodder for the writer, aren't they?
Finally, Toni, tell us about your next project. 
Right now, I’m working on edits for book 3 in my Maple Run series. It will be releasing in June.

Thanks, Toni. It’s been a pleasure visiting with you.