Saturday, October 31, 2015

COTT's September Release Clash


Welcome back to our arena! We have six authors stepping onto our sands, ready to wield their mighty pens. Please look at each of their covers and descriptions and choose which one looks most appealing to you. Which would go on the top of your to-be-read pile? Be sure to make your choice in the actual survey, as those in the comments section alone won't be calculated into the results.
Let the game... BEGIN!

A Tide Worth Turning by Beth Wiseman:
In her newest novella, A Tide Worth Turning, author Beth Wiseman dives deep into the heart of a woman who is bound by what she believes to be true, and how she reacts when these false beliefs are brought to light.  The book is a fast read, with many dimensions of secrets and a love story that is pure and heartfelt giving readers a glimpse of how deep God's love is for us,  that forgiveness is a choice and how letting go of the past can set you free to love unconditionally.


Beyond the Cherokee Trail by Lisa Carter:
When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head on—literally—into arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago.


When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer:
Riddled with doubt, will Suzanne find strength in God to send her precious daughter on a search for her roots? And will lingering regrets rob Paul and Suzanne of a second chance at love?


The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon:
With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century?


The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White:
When Brook discovers she is an English heiress, it seems all her dreams of belonging have come true. That is, until a threat from her family's past resurfaces, jeopardizing her future--and her very life.

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter:
Lady Miranda Hawthorne may long to break free of her ladylike expectations as she approaches spinsterhood, but finding herself intrigued by her brother's new valet is more rebellion than she planned. When she accidentally begins exchanging letters with a long-lost duke, things become even more complicated. Especially when hidden state secrets and dangerous encounters prove everything isn't exactly as it seems.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Visit With author Glenn Haggerty w/Giveaway


Welcome, Glenn. When people find out we’re writers, someone will inevitably say ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book’ or, ‘I’d like to write a book someday,’ and you’re probably no exception. What is/would be your response?

It’s a big job to tackle. You might try writing a short story first, say 1000 to 1500 words. I began my writing career that way and it gave me insight as to how massive writing a book can be. It also opened the door to learning the craft of creative writing which is different from other types of writing. And ultimately, short stories provided writing credits when they were published in several magazines.

Good advice. I’m always curious about other writer’s habits, quirks, and the like: background music, or complete silence? Do you snack when you write? Share some of yours.

I usually start a story idea visualizing a scene in my head, often a dramatic moment and then try to imagine how the character would react. From there I often sketch the scene out further in my head, and if it feels right, I write it down. Then I just let it percolate in my brain for days—weeks—months. If it still feels like it could be a story, I then plot it out and draw up a character sketch not necessarily in that order.

Ah, a plotter then. I tried that once. Didn’t work for me. Anyway, tell us five random things about you.

  1. I often get some great ideas and insights as a ride my stationary bike.
  2. I love fall colors and also a sunny beach—pretty much mutually exclusive
  3. Hiding out in the seminary library near my wife’s work is also a great place for inspiration.
  4. I have six children and six grandchildren and they are all amazing.
  5. I’ve hit both the California and the Florida beaches. I’m not going to say which is better.

If you could spend the day with one contemporary (living) person–NOT family–who would it be, and, of course, why?

I think writer Andrew Klavan, he’s been a great writing model for me—inspiring, and he’s got a great sense of humor.

What sparks your creativity when feeling drained?

It may sound trite, but prayer and Bible always recharge my engine. But also a good night’s sleep and a good workout.

Not trite at all. Spending time in prayer and the Bible is imperative. As to the workout…not so much. Smile 

Describe your favorite writing space.

Any quiet comfortable place. No phone and no to do lists.

Coffee or tea?

I love great coffee, strong, and dark roast but with cream and sugar. Our Keurig makes a fast fix, but if I’m desperate, a shot of espresso and hot chocolate in a cup of skim milk. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are of course the best writing fuel food.

Fun question: If you’d been born into the animal kingdom instead of the human race, what animal would you be, and why?

As a kid, I sometimes fantasized that I was a talking mountain lion that went around doing good—sort of an animal superhero. Maybe influenced by Jack London’s dog characters “Buck” and “White Fang.”

Now, let’s get to the book we’re featuring today.

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  • · Title: Run, (Intense Book 1)
  • · Publisher: Taegais Publishing
  • · Release Date: Oct 13, 2015
  • · Genre: Action Adventure
  • · Stand alone or series: Intense series

 Purchase links:

What’s the book about and how did you come to write it?

Run is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy from a Christian home trying to find his way. Wanting to hang with the cool crowd caused Tyler to make some bad choices that mushroomed into a huge mess. A family relocation gave him the opportunity to start over, but he’s not a fast learner . . . Everything seems stacked against him, including a nasty run-in with some very bad men. But Tyler still wants to do things his way. Slowly he begins to trust in God again, and things begin to change. And it’s a good thing, because he’ll need God to make it through what lies ahead in this intense action thriller.

Abandoned houses in the woods have always fascinated me. Such mystery! My imagination just runs wild, especially when I remember those times I was brave enough to poke around in the ruins. This was the germ for the story.

Give us the back cover blurb:

At thirteen, a boy can run from lots of things, but he can’t always hide . . .

Awkward newbie, Tyler Higgins, has to navigate the middle school friendship jungle. But how can he focus on friends when a mysterious plumber casing the neighborhood threatens his life?

While chasing the cool kids through the woods, he tumbles into a ruined house where a shadowy creeper emerges from the basement. Tyler escapes, but for how long? The gigantic ninja-like goon sniffs him out and threatens to carve him up—along with his family.

Tyler finally connects with a rich kid, but a showdown brews. The plumber has a secret and lots of stolen cash—and Tyler’s friend is locked in on the plumber’s hideout. Now Tyler must risk his life or lose his new friend—permanently.

Where can folks find you on the Internet?

About the Giveaway:

Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of 25 print copies of Run. USA only, here is the link to enter:

Glenn has a question for my blog guests:

 Do you have any suggestions on how parents can encourage kids to read good Christian fiction? Please share in the comments section below.

About Glenn Haggerty:

Author  Glenn 2014 JPEGGlenn is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, father of six and grandfather of six. He likes tandem biking and kayaking, and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two youngest college age children. Glenn is also an award winning author who combines his love for teaching God’s word with his passion for writing exciting fiction. Run is his first novel.​ --Glenn Robert Haggerty Jr

Monday, October 26, 2015

“Organic Writing” with Author Karin Beery on Writing Talk Tuesday


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Organic Writing: Forget Outlines & Seat-of-Your-Pants. Focus on Story.

By Karin Beery

I love outlines. It started in high school, and I mastered them in college. When I started writing for a local newspaper, I struggled with my articles until I busted out the Roman numerals and outlined my drafts. Then the articles practically wrote themselves.

My confusion started when I wrote fiction. I wrote my first novel in six weeks, no outline. I sat down and wrote, never thinking about the details. My second novel, however, didn’t flow. I wrote two versions with so many holes that by the time I finished my final draft, I’d thrown away 90,000 words.

My gut reaction told me to outline my next novel. It worked for articles, it should work for books, right?


I outlined my next manuscript, but I only followed it for the first few chapters. Then the story ran off in different directions. Whole chapters summarized themselves into a few paragraphs. Situations that took two lines in the outline stretched into multi-chapter events.

The outline failed.

So where does that leave me? Most writers classify themselves as outliners or SOTP (seat-of-the-pants) writers. You can find dozens of articles extolling the virtues of each, but I don’t fit into either clubhouse. Should I outline or free-write?

I recently read Organic Writing by Steven James, published in Writer’s Digest, and it changed my perspective. He doesn’t focus on technique. Instead, it’s all about the story.

So how does one write organically? These are James’ ideas through the lens of my understanding.

1. Re-evaluate what you’ve heard about story. Know what every story needs, and put it in there. James says, “When you’re informed about what makes a story work, you’re never writing from the seat of your pants.” That doesn’t mean you don’t write freestyle, it just means you know what you need to include before you start typing.

2. Let narrative forces, rather than formulas, drive your story. I’ve got lots of diagrams and ideas about the writing doors, bridges, acts, etc. The problem comes when I try to fit the story into those molds, rather than letting the story tell itself. Forget the formulas.

3. Follow rabbit trails. “Without serendipitous discoveries your story runs the risk of feeling artificial and prepackaged.” Enough said.

4. Write from the center of the paradox. You need to know the backstory, but you don’t need to write it. Start in the middle, with the action, and go to the end.

5. Trust the fluidity of the process. It’s okay to abandon the outline. It’s also okay to start with idea and watch the story run off the page. Just go with it.

These revelations relieved the pressure of identifying what type of writer I am and freed me to sit and write, even if that means a great outline that I abandon midway. It’s okay to follow the story, where ever it leads. After all, it’s the reason I’m writing.

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Owner of Write Now Editing and Copywriting Services, a wife, novelist, and homemaker, Karin Beery has had hundreds of articles published in various periodicals, in addition to writing her novels. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the American Christian Writers Association, and Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. She is represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at WordWise Media. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website,

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Who is James R. Callan? An Interview

Hi, Jim, welcome to my Whispers in Purple blog. It seems I’m in an interrogative mood–which explains the title of this post–so I have a handful of questions for you. Hope you’re ready! Smile


: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I thank the Lord for another day, then jump up and head for a glass of high-pulp orange juice.

: What do you put off doing because you dread it?

: Marketing. I'd rather mow the grass than market. But, marketing seems to be a necessary evil, so I do manage to do some of it. Not enough, I fear.

: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

: That's a tough one. One thing? Hmmm. I like to finish things. There's a bit of euphoria when a task is completed. So, when I have a non-writing task that can be completed in a day, and a book that will take months, I tend to do the nice, short task and feel that sense of accomplishment. But you know the problem with that. One of those shorter tasks pops up every day. So, writing gets pushed back and back.

: What is your ‘typical’ day like?

: The morning is typically taken up with things around the house or property. We have some acreage so there is always something that needs attention. The afternoon, which may start late depending on the property tasks, will cover e-mails, some marketing, and perhaps a blog. After dinner and the news, I get down to the important things: creative writing. This is not as bad as it sounds, because I believe I am more creative at night. That's a somewhat typical day when we are home. But we travel a lot, and then, there's not a schedule. Each day is different. But, I try to squeeze in some writing every day.

: If you could spend one day with one person currently alive–outside of family–who would it be, and why?

: A few weeks ago, I would not have had an answer. But after watching the extensive coverage of Pope Francis on his United States visit, I think I would pick him. After watching his address to the United Nations and the Joint Session of Congress, I believe he would inspire me. His message, attitude, seemingly true love of the people appealed to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. I expect I would be changed after a one-on-one day with him.

: What is the #1 thing on your bucket list? Explain why.

: I have been so blessed, my bucket list is pretty short. I am trying to teach myself to play the Rachmaninoff Eighteenth Variation on a Theme by Paganini on the piano. I'd like to complete that. I have visited all fifty U.S. States and six continents. I'd like to get to the seventh, Antarctica.

: Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have advice on how to handle the bad?

: Yes, I read my reviews. I do not respond to them. The bad? First, read it with an open mind. Try to learn from the bad review. Is there some merit to it? Has that person pointed out an area that needs improvement? Did I really leave that out? Is was clear to me, but what about people who had not lived with the story for a year? If I don't find any merit to the bad review, then I forget it - quickly and completely.

: Tell us about your latest book.

cover-OverMyDeadBody: Reviews on my latest book, Over My Dead Body, have been good. It was published by Pennant Publishing and released the first week in May, 2015. It is a Christian mystery and is the second in the Father Frank Mysteries series. However, it can stand alone. One needn't have read the first in the series, Cleansed by Fire, to fully enjoy Over My Dead Body.

: Give us an overview of the story.

: A large corporation is taking land by eminent domain. Syd Cranzler stands in its way, threatening a court battle. After a heated meeting with the corporation representative, Syd is found dead from an overdose of heart medication. The police call it suicide. Case closed.

But Father Frank, Syd’s minister, and Georgia Peitz, another member of the church, don’t believe Syd committed suicide and begin to look for clues of what really happened. This has an ill affect on Georgia’s budding romance with the lead detective.

When the priest is almost poisoned, they convince the police to investigate further. Immediately, Father Frank becomes the target of rumors and speculation he might have had something to do with Syd’s death.

The more clues Father Frank and Georgia uncover, the more danger they find themselves in. Can they find the real killer before they become victims?

: I enjoyed Cleansed by Fire. What made you choose a priest as your ‘hero’?

: I wanted a person who received some information on a church burning, but couldn't tell anyone, not even the police. A priest, getting the information in the confessional, fit that mold. Plus, I got the added dimension of his personal conflict between keeping the seal of confession and his desire to prevent more church burnings.

: Would you please provide a buy link/s for Over My Dead Body?

: Absolutely. Both print and Kindle editions can be found at:

:About James R. Callan

jim-color-formal-small: After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense, with his seventh book releasing in early 2016.

Where can folks find you on the Internet?

First, let me thank you for inviting me to your site. It is definitely my pleasure.

Thank you, Jim, for accepting my invitation. The pleasure is mutual.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Darby Kern Talks Screenwriting on Writing Talk Tuesday

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"Scriptwriting? But I'm not writing a script," says you.

"Sure you're not," says I. "And it's a good thing. The competition is even more ridiculous than in book writing." And I don't need more competition, I almost let slip.

Now before you start filling mailbags of missives to my generous host (and thanks for the opportunity) let me just throw an idea out there: whether you are writing narrative fiction or creative non-fiction, a careful understanding of how people talk is vitally important.

I have been fortunate to have been successful as the scriptwriter of over one hundred dramatic radio shows and a few short films, two of which have received some note in various film festivals and the one thing that made all that possible is having a gift for dialogue. In radio dialogue is crucial- it's the main way you are telling a story. Sound effects may help to set a scene but the story happens in the dialogue.

Now if you've been part of the Association of Hacks and Scribblers for long you've probably been up to your knees in the showing versus telling debate for the last half century, ever since Boris Pasternak was unable to find an agent for his second novel because he told too much of the story and Elmore Leonard became a best selling author by "leaving out all the stuff people don't read." What separates Dr. Zhivago from Freaky Deaky, besides the genre and the language they were written in?

Dialogue. Leonard uses a lot of it and Pasternak spends his time revealing the beauty and ugliness of Russia during the revolution through glorious pictures, painted with a brush of words. He even had the audacity to tell us what the characters look like!

"What's so bad about that?" you ask.

"Not a thing," says I. "Except that apparently modern audiences don't care for as many word thingys. Economy is the watchword and authors like Victor Hugo are only en vogue because somebody found a way to trim the fat and tell the story in 3 hours instead of fifteen hundred pages. And set it to music."

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Leonard is a better writer than Pasternak; I'm not even saying he's more entertaining. But, and it may be a fault in translation, Pasternak's dialogue lands with a tinny thud more often than not while Leonard's soars.

This is where thinking like a scriptwriter can help enormously.

A reader can spot bad dialogue in a second. Bad rhythms, bad use of language, unrealistic lines. "He wouldn't say that," they cry, and they're right. It stands out a lot further than bad exposition, in fact.

Scriptwriting is a completely different beast from narrative fiction writing, but there are great lessons to be learned from a careful understanding of script/screenplay writing.

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Scripts are written with an economy of words, which might explain why Stephen King's scripts end up being miniseries instead of feature films (why use ten words when eighty will do?). There is basically three parts to a script.

*The heading.



The heading will set up the location and the time of the scene. Clever scriptwriters will find ways to give as much information as they can, Considering the headline is only one line it's important to find a few words that say a lot.


This heading was taken from the Academy Award winning screenplay for The English Patient, adapted by Anthony Minghella, at random. Now you may look at that line and think, "That doesn't tell me a whole lot…" and you wouldn't be wrong, but it does tell you everything you need to know. You're inside, you're inside the patients room and it's morning. It sets you up for THE ACTION.

"Cheek to Cheek" leaks into the room from a gramophone that Caravaggio stands over proudly. The Patient opens his eyes- is confused, dislocated- stares blankly at Caravaggio.

Now we're cooking. Something is happening and there is a mystery being created in those 27 words. Notice the descriptive words as well: the song "leaks" into the room. Then this adverbs we've been trained to avoid like a squirrel running across the street: "proudly," "blankly." Of course we should vigorously avoid adverbs but they (as Elmore Leonard admonished gravely) can be a wonderful springboard to words that are useful. The Patient opening his eyes suggest what time of morning it is, his confusion and dislocation tell you his state of mind and his staring blankly connects the two men in the room.

Now I know from reading the script that there is nobody else in the room (the movie verified that)- until Hanna comes in a couple lines later. The stage is set, the players are in place and the action begins. We even get insight into their state o' mind. Time for the good stuff.


My favorite part of any good movie (think of the best: The Godfather, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Notting Hill- the action in these films is good- but the dialogue takes it all to another level). Check this out:

Caravaggio (smiling)- Thought you'd never wake up!

The Patient- What?

I'm not going to go too far out of my way to talk about how great this dialogue is but I want you to consider what you might learn about these two characters from these two lines of dialogue considering the syntax and pith. The scene does continue with a great line of ACTION.

Hana comes in, sleepily, stares at the gramophone.

Hana- Where did you find that?

Caravaggio- I liberated it.

Hana- I think that's called looting.

Caravaggio (relaxed)- No one should own music. The real question is, who wrote the song?

The Patient- Irving Berlin.

Caravaggio- For?

The Patient- Top Hat.

Caravaggio- Is there a song you don't know?

Hana (speaking for him)- No. He sings all the time.

As I said, I grabbed this scene completely by random from a place well into the screenplay. There is much that came before and much that comes after but what a treasure trove of characterization in just a few lines- a scene that takes 10-15 seconds to play out onscreen. Even if you've never seen the movie or read the book (never did, myself) you have a very correct understanding of these characters from this brief moment. Of course this snippet doesn't tell you that The Patient is covered head to toe in scars from spending a period of time on fire or that Caravaggio has no thumbs and that Hana is a nurse, but rest assured that was all covered in the previous 100 pages.

Having never read the source novel I have no idea how Michael Ondaatje handled this scene in prose, but I doubt he did it with this kind of economy. I'm not even saying that he should have or that you and I should strip everything to the bones this way but I do believe that starting with dialogue and building everything around it is a valid way to approach to writing a scene. In a book I'm rewriting now I have a very important discussion between a husband and a wife, a confession. I wrote 3 or 4 different versions of what they would say before I added a word of exposition and it made the whole scene better and more focused. It kept me from meandering into describing things that slowed the whole narrative thrust, something that would have killed the book.

I suppose if you're Victor Hugo you can throw that stuff in by the truckload, and I even suspect they'll wait until you're dead for seventy or eighty years before they trim your magnum opus by 70% to spare you any embarrassment. But 1500 page doorstops aren't en vogue these days so I suggest you find ways to only include the things that matter to your story. Thinking about the screenplay or script format is a good way to start.

that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Darby Kern -

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Darby Kern is a scriptwriter, actor, director, filmmaker and improvisational comedian from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to writing for Kid's Corner his most notable gig was lead scriptwriter for LEFT BEHIND: THE KIDS Dramatic Audio, with GAP Digital and Tyndale House Publishers. In his spare time Darby and his wife, Bobbie Jo, like to travel and try out new exercise machines, but not for very long.

This is great! Thank you so much Darby for this fascinating article on screenwriting. I can see how this can be applied to fiction writing!

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Get Acquainted with Author Anne Greene

Welcome to Whispers in Purple Anne. It’s a pleasure to host another author from the Christmas Mail-order Angels anthology. We’ll talk about that later, but first, let’s get acquainted.

Describe your ‘typical’ day.

I don’t really have a typical day. But if I did, I would schedule my day this way: From 8:00 to 12:00 do my Bible Study, household chores, and errands. From 12:30 to 7:00 pm write. Writing includes promotion, correspondence, and then HOORAY writing my novel. If I take time out to be with friends, I simply write later at night. Ten o’clock is my mind’s shut-off time, and then I watch one half hour of TV. But I seldom enjoy a typical day. Family comes before writing, and life is chaotic.

Some writers I know like to go somewhere away from the house to write. For example a library, coffee shop or elsewhere with Wi-Fi. What about you? Where’s your favorite place to write?

I have a lovely downstairs study where I can shut my double French doors and write. I have a wide view of the street from my window where I can watch my friendly neighbors come and go as well as walk their dogs, so I feel connected with my neighborhood. I cannot write where there is other activity such as a coffee shop. I get too distracted.

Are you a Plotter or Pantser?

I am a Pantser who wishes she were a plotter. Yet I find it so much more exciting to discover as a Pantser where my characters take me and what ending I will have. I either have a character, a situation, or a particular time in history that interests me as my novel’s beginning. I am trying to pin down a story idea before I start writing. But I find plotting a story in advance takes much of the discovery and fun out of writing.

What do you do when your creative juices have dried up?

I have never had that problem.

Coffee or Tea?

Actually I love both. However in the winter I turn to tea throughout the day as opposed to summer when I drink only a few cups of coffee and then turn to water.

What do you do ‘just for you’?

Just for me time sounds so charming. What is it? My children and grandchildren live close and I love to spend time with them. With two books and two novellas releasing this year, I haven’t seen a movie since probably last year. I now shop on-line rather than in stores as it saves time. The time I would love to spend reading books, I spend doing research. I do love to eat lunch out under my new arbor and look out over the golf course. But those lunch times tend to grow too long as I relax and enjoy life. So I don’t have very much Just For Me time.

If you’d been born into the Animal Kingdom instead of the Human Race, what would you be, and why?

I’d be an elephant because of my need for a prodigious memory. I’d not like to prey on other animals, nor have them prey on me. I love their staying in herds together with family and friends, and how long they keep their children with them. I like the sound of their trumpeting and that they enjoy a good bath.

Now let’s talk about Christmas Mail-Order Angels. First, how did this anthology come about?

I wasn’t in on the beginning. My first knowledge came with an email asking for two writers who’d like to join because two other writers were unable to keep their commitment. I loved the idea of mail order brides from the first and jumped at the opportunity. It’s been such a delightful journey working with so many other gifted authors and such a talented illustrator. It’s just been FUN.

Next, tell us about your book, Christmas Belle. Give us an overview of the story.

COVER A CHRISTMAS BELLEA CHRISTMAS BELLE is a historical set in Angel Vale, Wyoming. Amanda Geoffrey is a southern belle transplanted to Maine. Desiring a new life after being rejected by a Southern Gentlemen at the altar, she agrees to become a mail-order bride in Wyoming. She hates Southern men with their charm, their sense of duty, and their spineless backbones. She wants a fresh start with a Wyoming cowboy/miner in a new town. Frank Calloway is a miner with a paying gold mine and is a newly elected sheriff. He’s a recent believer who needs a bride. His past caught up with Frank when one of the women he’s known leaves a baby on his doorstep and names him the father. Frank’s sure he’s not the father, but his sense of duty and immediate bonding to the child makes him accept the responsibility. So he orders a bride. Felicity’s immediate attraction to Frank ends abruptly when Frank opens his mouth. Big problem. Frank’s also from the Deep South. Frank also has an over-developed sense of duty. Can this unlikely couple find happiness?

Where can my readers purchase this book?

All my books can be purchased on AMAZON

About Anne Greene:

EveningAnne4_BrushStroke4_5ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines who accomplish great things. Her latest two Christmas novellas, A CHRISTMAS BELLE, and A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS are now available. Her Women of Courage Series, spotlights heroic women of World War II, with the first book, ANGEL IN STEEL WINGS now available. Anne’s private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas, has the first book, HOLLY GARDEN, PI, RED IS FOR ROOKIE, now available. Her award-winning Scottish historical romances, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE and MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT, are also available. A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY also won awards. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas, with her husband Colonel Larry Greene, and has four children. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books on

Where can folks find you on the Internet?

Visit with Anne at,, @TheAnneGreene, on Pinterest at The Anne Greene, on Book Fun Magazine at, and at

Any special thoughts you’d like to share?

Writing Christmas books is such a pleasure. I love the time we Christians remember the birth of our Lord Jesus. To me Christmas is a time of renewal and recommitment to my Lord. I love the songs of Christmas and that even unbelievers sing them. When I was younger our small community played the songs over loud speakers so shoppers could enjoy them. I miss that time since now we hear so many songs like “I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus” and those types of songs. Let’s all remember that Jesus truly is the reason for the season.

Thank you so much, Anne, for being my guest today. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you a little better.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

COTT's 2015 Laurel Award Winner



On September 2, 2015, The Bound Heart took home Clash of the Titles's fifth annual Laurel Award. Over the course of six weeks, the novel's first chapters were read and judged by avid readers of Christian fiction who determined The Bound Heart to be the worthiest to receive the 
2015 Laurel Award.

Clash of the Titles extends a heartfelt congratulations to author Dawn Crandall for her exemplary writing. We wish God's richest blessings on her future work.


About The Bound Heart:
One accidental kiss. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her friend Lawry Hampton. However, with Vance out of the country and Lawry constantly at her side, Meredyth can’t help but wonder if what’s holding her to Vance is nothing more than a desire to redeem herself from their unfortunate past.

When Vance comes home to stake his claim on Meredyth, will she be strong enough to break free from the tangled web she’s convinced she deserves? Or will she find the strength to accept that God’s plan for her life could include redemption... and quite possibly the love of her best-friend?

About Dawn:

A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and a former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until 2010. That is the year she shared with her husband her long-time dream of writing books. He encouraged her to quit her job and to pursue her passion to write stories. Apart from writing books, Dawn also recently became a mother—she and her husband were blessed with a baby boy in March 2014. She also serves with her husband in a premarriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dawn Cahill Visits my Cozy Den


Hi, Dawn. Welcome to my COZY DEN on Whispers in Purple. So glad to have you visit. Let’s get acquainted.

Peg: What five words best describe you?

Dawn: As my mom used to tell me, I have stick-to-it-ive-ness, which I’ve found to be a very valuable trait for an author! As a child, I drove adults crazy with my incessant questions, and exasperated my parents with my tendency to run off and explore. My five words: Persistent, Curious, Exploring, sometimes Impatient, Introvert.

Peg: Tell us something few people know about you?

Dawn: I would not be alive right now if God hadn’t delivered me from alcohol addiction. I have a section on my blog devoted to substance abuse, in hopes of encouraging other strugglers. Since I came to know the Lord, He’s impressed on me the need to minister to others in the same boat. Over the years, He’s brought me opportunities to do just that, mainly through organizations like Celebrate Recovery.

Peg: If you were a book, what would the title be?

Dawn: “People-Hugging God Worshiper.” Here in the Pacific NW, we have plenty of tree-hugging earth worshipers. We need more people huggers that worship the Creator of the earth.

Peg: What have you learned recently about yourself and how has it affected your writing?

Dawn: I’ve learned that I can successfully put myself in the head of someone as unlike me as you can get. I’ve written stories from the POV of a male twenty-something aspiring rocker (see my latest release below), a drama queen (which I’m totally not), a father, and an identical twin. It’s given me more confidence to stretch myself. After all, you wouldn’t want to read a story about someone just like me. How boring would that be?

Peg: Oh, I don’t believe that for a minute!

When you’re not actively writing, what do you like to do? Hobbies, etc.

Dawn: I’m an avid hiker, and I live very close to an awesome mountain trail. I can walk to it from my house. I also sing and dance at every opportunity - even around the house, to my sons’ mortification. <grin> And I love puzzles of all kinds. One of my favorite childhood memories: sitting with my siblings around the card table on a chilly November evening, fire crackling in the fireplace, a 1500-piece jigsaw puzzle spread out in front of us, racing to see who could finish first.

Peg: I love jigsaw puzzles! What kind of books do you enjoy reading, and what are you reading now?

Dawn: I love action-packed, edgy fiction. I just finished a book by Harlan Coben, Gone For Good. But sometimes I just need a fun, light-hearted read, and will select a chick-lit book. Christian authors such as Brandilyn Collins, Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker are top-notch plot-twisters, and I aspire to write stories as compelling as theirs.

Peg: Ooh, I agree with you about Brandilyn Collins. She’s top-notch in my book.

At the last minute you learn company was coming. What kind of meal would you throw together?

Dawn: The truth? I’d run to Safeway around the corner and load up on their pre-made trays. I live alone now, so I usually only keep enough food on hand for my own needs. And after raising three constantly-hungry sons on my own, I’m a little burned out on food preparation. Smile

Peg: I understand you’re re-releasing a book from your backlist. Tell us about it.

clip_image001Dawn: When Lyric Met Limerick: Two creative souls – a songwriter and a poet - meet one day at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. But obstacles keep popping up to stop them from being together.

I became very attached to the MCs as I wrote, because both of them love word-play, as I do, and rhymes. So they make the perfect pair!

It’s available as an e-book on Amazon. Get a sneak preview HERE


Peg: Where can readers find you on the Internet?

Dawn: and


Dawn V. Cahill loves stories that entertain and inspire. “The characters in my stories don’t always live pretty lives…just like you and me. But God can take the messiest of stories and turn it into a happy ending.” In her Hot Topic Fiction series, she tackles current events that real people in the real world face with ever-increasing frequency. Issues without pat or easy answers.

Along with word-crunching, Ms. Cahill also crunches numbers, and can’t live without her morning frappuccino. She wrote her first story at age 5, and at age 8 heard one of her stories read on a children’s radio program. Someday she plans to finish the novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians. She has published a short story, written several newspaper articles, two Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. Email her at, or find her on Facebook. She is a member of Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).


I have a section on my blog called "Crumpets and Tea: Encouragement for Single Moms." It includes anecdotes from my years as a single mom, mock interviews with "Solo Mama", and interviews with real-life single parents. If any of your single-parent readers would like to share their story on my blog, they may email me: Dawn Cahill

Thanks for that information, Dawn. I hope there are some reading this who will take advantage of this.

And, it’s been fun getting to know you!

Thanks for having me!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Little Chat w/Darlene Franklin

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Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV, in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.


Welcome to Whispers in Purple, Darlene. It’s great to have you here today. Let’s chat a little.

How do you start your day?

I try to have my quiet time first thing. Otherwise I get caught up in other things. Breakfast whenever it’s served (I live in a nursing home) After that, it depends on the day.

What ten words best describe you?

I asked my friends, so I wouldn’t be bragging about myself. According to them, I am encouraging, smart, creative, tenacious, kind, friendly, sweet, giving, faithful. On my best days, that’s the person I want to be.

Those are great, admirable traits, Darlene. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing every day since 1991.

What authors have inspired or mentored you?

My original mentors were the writers I met with every other week for years: Vickie Baker, Janet Garmon, Laurel Becker, Sheila Seifert. Tamela Hancock Murray believed in me enough to be my agent. Susan Page Davis and Cynthia Hickey have been close writing partners and co-workers throughout the years. From there, I could list dozens of authors who have touched my life over the years.

What is your favorite food?

Either a rare steak or a hot caramel & fudge sundae

Yummy! I love a rare steak, too. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Hmm. Maybe traveling home to Maine from Mexico City by bus?

Yikes! I would say that definitely qualifies! Smile

Describe your writing process.

I used to have a lengthy pre-writing process. Now I write in chunks. For the next hour, I’m writing on my big project. Break. For the next half hour, I’m editing devotionals, and then I’m posting on Facebook for half an hour and take a break. At any time I may be interrupted for a shower, to clean the room, eat a meal . . .

OKAY, let’s talk about your book.


    •  Title: Gifts of Christmas
    • · Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances
    • · Release Date: 8/23/15
    • · Genre: historical romance, novella, holiday

Tell us a little bit about it and how you came to write it.

Gifts of Christmas is a trio of three stories I had already written. An Apple for Christmas is part of the Christmas Traditions series. Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter was originally published by Barbour about a family of four sisters with significant ranching skills. And Christmas Visitors is a short story my agent encouraged me to write last year, one of my first solo-published books and which has been well received.

Give us the back cover blurb:

Enjoy Christmas from time gone by, when times were simpler and celebrations wholesome. In Gifts of Christmas, Darlene Franklin has brought us clean, sweet stories that celebrate the true meaning of the holiday and leave our hearts warm and our spirits uplifted.
Includes the novellas: An Apple for Christmas, Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, and Christmas Visitors

Give us the buy link/s where folks can purchase it.

Where can folks find you on the Internet?


Thank you so much Darlene for being my guest on Whispers in Purple. God’s Blessings on you and your writing career.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Proximate Point of View, on Writing Talk Tuesday


Proximate Point of View

Hello, my name is Paula Mowery, and I have an obsession for using point of view correctly and expertly. The authors I edit for in my role as editor for Prism Book Group can all attest to this as well as those attendees to my point of view classes at writing conferences.

Point of view can simply be defined as the character the reader is experiencing the story through at any given moment. The term, deep point of view, has been coined to represent that state at which the writer has successfully allowed the reader to sense everything the character is sensing and be pulled into that story as if he or she was that character.

I’ve coined my own term for this: Proximate Point of View.

Proximate means very near. This is exactly what I want to achieve in my stories. I want my reader to feel very near to the characters. The closer my reader can feel to my characters, the better experience they will have while traveling through my story.

What specific ways do I achieve this proximate point of view?

I make sure that I stay in only one character’s POV in each scene. No head-hopping.

I only write what my POV character can sense. For example, my character can’t see her own face turn red.

I get rid of telling words like thought and felt. There is no reason to say that my POV character thought something or felt a certain way. That’s a given in his POV. I just state what was thought or felt.

I show what happens to my POV character in order of occurrence. For example, I wouldn’t write that my character screamed after the door slammed. I write it in order. The door slammed then she screamed.

I consider exactly what my POV character would be thinking. I might include internal questions.

I try to show emotions instead of naming them. For example, stating a character is mad isn’t as effective as writing: She gritted her teeth and clenched her fists.

By striving to incorporate these specific areas of point of view into my writing, I’m allowing my reader to come in closer to my characters. I’m hopefully accomplishing proximate point of view.

Personally, those books I’ve read which have made an impact upon me and left me wanting more are those in which I felt very close to the characters. I sensed their pain and even cried with them. I chuckled at times. I feared for them and hoped for them. What I’ve found to be the key to those types of reading experiences is the author’s use of proximate point of view.


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I'm a pastor's wife and a former homeschool Mom. I'm also a Christian writer and winner of the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. My articles have appeared in Woman's World and in my ongoing column on I also write Christian fiction. My debut novella, THE BLESSING SEER came out July 6, 2012 from Pelican Book Group. The sequel, BE THE BLESSING, released Sept. 13, 2013. I am an author and acquisitions editor with Prism Book Group. My story, Forgiven, is in the anthology, Brave New Century which released Nov. 13, 2013. This book appeared on Amazon's Top 100 Bestsellers in Religious Historical Fiction. My first solo romance released in March, Legacy and Love.

Visit Paula on her blog at:


Okay, writers and readers, what books have you read recently that have had an impact on you because you've been drawn closely to the characters, leaving you wanting more? Please share in the comments section below. Thanks

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

2014 Olympia Winner Now Available for Purchase!

COTT's 2014 Olympia winner, Reclaimed, launched in September! Author Jennifer Rodewald is pleased to put this winning title in front of readers, especially the COTT judges who fell in love with her story.

About the book:
Suzanna Wilton has had a heavy share of heartache in her twenty-seven years. Left wounded by a marriage cut short, she leaves city life to take up residency in a tiny Nebraska town. Her introduction to her neighbor Paul Rustin is a disaster. Assuming he’s as underhanded as the other local cowboys she’s already met, Suzanna greets him with sharp hostility.
Though Paul is offended by Suzanna’s unfriendliness, he can’t stop thinking about her, which unsettles his peaceful life. Intrigued by the woman who lives down the road and propelled by a sense that she carries a painful burden, he frequently drops by to offer help as she adjusts to rural living.
Just as Paul’s kindness begins to melt Suzanna’s frozen heart, a conflict regarding her land escalates in town. Even in the warmth of Paul’s love, resentment keeps a cold grip on her fragile heart.
Will Suzanna ever find peace?
Q: Jennifer, what message or theme do you hope readers will take with them after reading Reclaimed?
A: I put up a promo meme the other day on my Facebook page. This one:
One of my friends posted this response: so thankful He does.
That’s it. Right there.
I write women’s fiction with strong threads of romance, but my heart’s desire is always to point to the romance of heaven, to reflect back to the King’s heart toward his reclaimed bride. He knows every wound, small and festering or fresh and gaping, and He LOVES us. He holds out hope and healing, He waits for us to run into his arms with our heartaches. I think almost every woman’s heart longs for the love of a good man, but ultimately our thirst is for Love. Agape Love, the kind that pours out from heaven to satisfy our thirsty hearts.
About the author:
Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that reveal the grace of God.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

She would love to hear from you! Please visit her at or

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Author Susan Page Davis: An Interview

Welcome to Whispers in Purple, Susan. Make yourself comfortable in my Cozy Den.


I’m so happy to have you here as my guest. Let’s chat awhile

List five things that you must have in your life–people not included”
Books, a cat, a sharp pair of scissors, my glasses, and comfortable clothes.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you, and how did you handle it?
As I waited for my daughter to complete the road test portion of her driver’s exam, I was telling her instructor why we had chosen him over our older child’s teacher: she had smoked in the car with the students, even though we told her that our son had asthma. Then I turned around, and guess who had accompanied another exam taker and was standing right behind me? Gulp. I think I just said, “Oh, hello,” and that was about it.

Oops!  If you could go back in time and live in another era, what would it be, and why?
I would like to live for a SHORT time in the Middle Ages. I don’t really want to stay there. This era fascinates me, but I know it was a hard time to live, especially if you weren’t rich.

Money being no object, where would be your dream writing getaway?
In the tower room of an old castle, with a fire crackling on the hearth and a servant to keep it going. Oh, and plenty of parchment and quills and ink.

Ooh, that sounds wonderful!  May I join you? What is your favorite material item you own? Why?
I am pretty attached to a watercolor painting of the house I grew up in. It’s not by a famous artist, but it reminds me of “home” and family.

What sparks your creativity when feeling drained?
Solving a code or petting a cat.

Who is your favorite author and what, if anything, have you learned by readinghis/her books?
I love Dick Francis’s mysteries. I learned from him to go deeper with the plot twists and keep the action coming.

What superpower would you like to have, and why?
I’d love to be able to write books by thinking about them. Have the thoughts I think show up on the screen without typing or saying it. But only the ones I WANT to show, of course.

Wow, wouldn’t that be grand? I’m with you!

Let’s talk about your featured book. How did you come to write it?
Reliable CowboyThe Reliable Cowboy is a classic mail-order bride romance. The heroine, Isabella, is a little bit like me. She left her home and friends in Maine and ventured west. I did that, too, when I married my Oregon-born man. But ours was different in that we had met several times and gotten to know each other. We had corresponded for about four years.

Give us a peek into what it’s about.
Isabella Johnston lost her husband to the sea, and now she wants to get as far from the coast as she can. She is tired of always worrying about men on the water. When she hears about a plan to send mail-order brides from her church to Wyoming Territory, she sees it as the ideal chance to move far from the ocean. She leaves Maine to marry a cowboy, reasoning that he will be safe on the ranch. Edwin Gray is being considered for the job of ranch foreman by the owner. This job would include a small cabin, and Edwin decides to put his name on the list for a mail-order bride. Afterward, he wonders if that was a mistake. If a bride comes for him, and he doesn’t get the promotion to foreman, how can he marry her? He needs to be sure he’ll have a place for them to live. Isabella arrives, and they wait for word from the rancher. Every time Edwin is late for an engagement, she finds herself worrying. Has he had an accident, the way her first husband did? What could be horrible enough to make him late for their wedding?

Who is the publisher and what is the release date?
Christmas Mail-Order Angels vol. 1-6While I published my individual novella, the Christmas Mail-Order Angels collection is published by Forget-Me-Not Romances. It’s available now, as a solo novella (The Reliable Cowboy) or in the collection.

Where can readers purchase it?
Right now it’s a Kindle-only book, and can be borrowed or purchased here for The Reliable Cowboy:

And here for the Christmas Mail-Order Angels collection:


About Susan:

Susan Page Davis croppedSusan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. She’s a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the More Than Magic Contest. Visit her website at: .

You can find Susan at the following links:


Thank you, Susan. It’s been fun getting to know you! Would love to have you come back again soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Welcome Guest Blogger JC Morrows


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Press release: This just in!

This week, Prince Dvarius sent the more well-to-do families of our Kingdom into a flurry of activity as they prepped their daughters for an event – the likes of which this country has never seen.

His Royal Highness, Prince Dvarius, last male heir to the Fortine family throne and fortune, has invited twenty-five young women to the Palace for the sole purpose of finding a bride.

Auralius law dictates that any heir – male of female, who wishes to ascend to the throne, must be married and thus able to provide an heir to the throne, leaving Prince Dvarius little choice in the matter. He must marry if he wishes to step into his father's shoes. . . or crown.

With the unexpected and tragic passing of our beloved King, the responsibilities of the throne have fallen to Queen Shiara until her son weds. Sources inside the palace have hinted that while the Queen continues to fulfill her duties, she rarely leaves her suite of rooms. . . much less the palace itself.

With such tremendous pressure – and not nearly enough time to prepare – can Prince Dvarius find a Queen befitting the magnificent house of Fortine, using such an unconventional method?

Though the palace has refused to comment on the subject, we have managed to gather information on a few of the ladies invited and it appears that the Prince is out to catch a Princess with connections.

The whirlwind romance of our beloved Queen Shiara and dear, departed King Devron is well-known among our young people – a true Cinderella story. Clearly Prince Dvarius is not interested in following his parents example in this area.

Though with so much at stake – and with so little time – perhaps the Prince is merely being practical.

We intend to watch the situation closely and will bring you more news as the story unfolds.

Article © JCMorrows 2015

JC Morrows - A Reluctant Assassin CoverHer mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .

But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

  • Book Title: A Reluctant Assassin

  • Author: JC Morrows

  • Publisher: S&G Publishing -

  • Release date: September 29th, 2015

  • Genre: YA Inspirational Speculative

Purchase links:

About JC:

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JC Morrows - Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader - is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn't stop.
She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother - also known as her biggest fan.
She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Habakkuk 2:2 KJV

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