Saturday, April 30, 2016

March Release Clash Results!


The Votes have come in, and we've got a winner!


by Julianna Deering


Congratulations, Julianna!!

About the Author

JULIANNA DEERING has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016) and Murder on the Moor (Coming 2017). Also, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, she has written a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) and six contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction. She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (

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Dressed for Death Back cover:

A Regency-Era Costume Party Should Have Been an Amusing Diversion, But it Seems Wherever Drew Farthering Goes, Mystery--and Murder--Are on the Guest List

Drew and Madeline Farthering arrive at a Regency-era house party at Winteroak House, excited to be reunited with old friends, including Drew's former Oxford classmate Talbot Cummins. Tal is there with his fiancée, Alice Henley, and though many present seem worried about the couple, nobody is prepared when Alice dies from an apparent overdose. Tal refuses to believe she'd taken the drugs intentionally, and a dark question arises of whether the death is an accident or murder.

The police have their own information though, and Drew is shocked when they arrest someone he's trusted and admired since his childhood--someone who's been smuggling drugs into the country for years. Stunned by what has happened, Tal begs Drew to get to the bottom of everything, but Drew has never felt more unsettled. Questioning his own ability to see people as they really are, Drew doesn't know whom to trust, and he's not ready for the secrets he's about to uncover--or the danger he'll bring down on everyone he holds dear.

Clash Comments:

  • "Dressed for Death" is the best Drew Farthering mystery yet, and I'm really looking forward to the next one (and yes, even more after that)! Julianna Deering has a gift for storytelling that keeps me turning the pages long into the night, and her characters are always so vivid and lifelike! I love pulling out her books and re-reading them over and over again.

  • Julianna Deering captured our hearts and attention with Drew Farthering mysteries....can't wait for more.

This sounds like such a FANTASTIC read! Ready to dive in? Want to peek at the sample? It's right here:

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And don't Miss Drew's Upcoming Adventure:

Murder on the Moor

At the urgent request of Drew's old school friend, Hubert "Beaky" Bloodworth, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. According to Beaky, there have been several incidents of mischief making out on the moor, property destroyed, fires started, streams dammed up, sheep and cattle scattered and, if local gossip is to be believed, the sighting of the shadowy figure of a great black hound. Worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church, and no one can imagine who would want to kill him.

Beaky is obviously smitten with his wife of eight months, the gorgeous and vivacious Sabrina Bloodworth, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in a man as awkward and plain as he. Drew can't help wondering if Sabrina's affections lie more with Beaky's money than himself and, just perhaps, with the fiery Welsh gamekeeper, Rhys Delwyn. Delwyn says poachers are to blame for the recent trouble, Sabrina claims the moor is haunted, and Beaky suspects that Carter Gray, a neighboring landowner with a longstanding grudge against the Bloodworths, is behind the episodes. But when someone else is murdered and the troubling incidents grow more threatening, Drew begins to suspect local ne'er-do-well Jack Midgley of more than poaching. But just how does Midgley fit into the scheme and who is paying him? It's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

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Have a blessed week, everyone!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Heart of a Caregiver–Leanna Hollis ♦ Giveaway



Dr. Leanna Lindsey Hollis was born and has spent most of her life in Mississippi. She is a 1986 graduate of University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency in 1989.

In addition to practicing medicine, she has worked as a potter and freelance writer. She raised cattle for a quarter-century. She maintains a small farm where she enjoys horses, chickens, and organic gardening. She is a third-term alderman in Blue Springs, MS and a Certified Municipal Official.

She has written three non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles. Dr. Hollis began writing fiction in November 2014. Her first novel and current work-in-progress was a finalist in the 2015 Cascade competition.

Welcome, Leanna! I’m so thrilled to have you as a guest here on Whispers in Purple. We’ve become acquainted through our connection with ACFW’s Novel Track Writing forum. Aside from your daily word-count reports to the e-loop, you’ve included some intriguing information about your life away from writing.

This is what I’d like to focus on for this interview. Ready?

As a physician, of course, caregiving comes with the job. But you took a break away from your medical practice for a season. Could you summarize here the reason for that? Also, in what field of medicine was your practice?

I’m an internist by training, and board-certified. I’ve practiced general internal medicine for most of my career, but for the last few years, my practice was limited to management of wounds.

I’ve left medicine twice. The first time, I was exhausted after being on call 24/7/365 for four years. They were hard years with many after-hours calls. When my young son cried every time the phone rang, I saw I needed to make a change. I was home with him during those all-important junior high and high school years. They were vital. I’m still surprised, but I supported us during that time as a potter, writer, and speaker.

My most recent break for medicine came when I took what I thought would be a sabbatical to write a non-fiction book or two. A month in, I found my place in fiction and I’ve written non-stop ever since. Every experience of my life comes together in my writing. It feels like home to me.

In a sense, you are a caregiver as a politician—a word some folks find distasteful ()serving your community as an alderman. Tell us how that happened.

No one was more surprised than me when I became an alderman. Our town was a potential site for an automobile manufacturing plant. Things were about to change in big ways. Two women who were aldermen at the time came to me. A place on the board was about to open up because another alderman was retiring and they suggested I run. In fact, they gathered the names for my qualifying papers and left me no choice. I ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation. This is my third term.

What are some of your ‘duties’ as alderman?

We attend monthly meetings to handle the business of the town. During my three terms, we’ve completed a 25-year comprehensive plan, established zoning, building codes, ordinances, a court system, and a police department. We’ve hired a code enforcement officer, police officers, and a judge.

We have a lovely park, donated by the generosity of Toyota, and we host events there during pretty weather. We host the annual Blue Springs Day, Friday Night Jam in the park, and the annual Pi Day Pie in the Park event.

As elected officials, we have to know the law so we can uphold it. That means lots of training. I’m a Certified Municipal Official, which represents many hours of training.

Let’s talk about your beloved neighbor Sam, for whom you are also caregiver.

When I first bought my farm in 1989, the owner wanted to be sure Sam, who was in his 50’s, could remain on the land. As a condition of the sale, I gave my word to take care of Sam and allow him to live on my land until he died. I was much younger and had no idea what that would mean to the Leanna of today, but I have kept my word.

At the first, Sam took care of the farm and of me. In 2003, two months after I first took a break from medicine, he had a subdural hematoma. His recovery was long and hard. In an instant, the running of the farm and management of my cattle and horses fell to me. I was a prissy, entitled woman who was accustomed to affluence and comfort. Life changed dramatically and, though it was hard, it was for the better. I was transformed during the years that followed, and my relationship with Christ became deep and intimate.

At what point did you pick up your medical practice again?

I went back into medicine part-time in 2008 and gradually increased to a 40-hour a week practice. My son graduated from high school in 2010 and I could see that an empty nest might be a challenge for me. To head it off, I went back into medicine and bought a high-maintenance dog.

Now, the biggie . . . how do you balance all the above with your writing?

I get up at 4:00 am most days. Some days I sleep until 4:30. I’ve always been an early riser. I don’t watch TV, I don’t follow sporting events, I rarely eat out, and I enjoy everything I do. With all that said, my mind writes non-stop, which makes me a very fast writer.

My day starts with Bible study and quiet time. I ask God what He wants me to write for my blog and I write it, every day, in the moment. I post what is essentially a first draft. Sometimes I wish I wrote differently, but that’s how I do it. The blog is filled with what I’ve studied in Scripture, experiences I’ve had, hard times and good. It’s a little bit like “Life with Leanna”. (

After the blog is posted, I go straight to writing fiction. When my goal for the day is done, I switch to writing for the new online Bible study on Hosea that begins May 1. It’s free and everyone is welcome. There’s a Facebook group for discussion (Lessons in Discipleship) and a website to access the lessons. The lessons for one chapter each week is posted on Sunday. It’s a 14-week study and I’m so excited about it.

Sam visits throughout the day so we address his issues in between. I take breaks to deal with livestock and I exercise by going to the barn and working in my ridiculously large garden. In between all that, I think about what our town needs and how to accomplish it.

Leanna’s Featured Book:

  • clay papers coverTitle: The Clay Papers

  • Publisher: Pinion Press

  • Release Date: Kindle 2015/Paperback 2005

  • Genre: Devotional

  • Stand-alone or Series: Stand alone

Synopsis/Back cover blurb:

In the midst of the dust and mud of pottery class, Dr. Hollis learned much more than how to shape the clay. Those seeking to be molded by the Master's hands will find encouragement and direction in The Clay Papers. The unique devotional stories in this volume will challenge and equip you for a deeper walk in your Christian faith through lessons in dealing with stress, obedience, prevenient grace, pride, waiting for God's perfect plan, holiness, perseverance, priorities, purity, and recognizing miracles.

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Leanna is giving away one copy of The Clay Papers in paperback (US Only). Giveaway runs from today, April 28, through Friday, May 6, at Midnight, Central Time. To enter, please leave a comment in the section below, including your email contact information- disguised such as: you (at) ABCxyz (dot) com, to keep those pesky bots from picking it up. A minimum of 5 entries are required to validate the giveaway. Winner will be drawn through and notified via email on Saturday, May 7.


Thank you, Leanna, for being my guest on Whispers in Purple. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you up-close-and-personal through this interview.

God bless you!




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Crumbs: A Devotion by Cassandra Wessel

by Cassandra Wessel


Mark 7:28 – "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." (NIV)

This morning after breakfast, as I ran my finger around the plate "licking up" toast crumbs, my mind flew to my mother. You see, she grew up in extreme poverty. As a result of the deprivation, she had a true appreciation for the things we take for granted—things like food. At the end of her meal, she would lick her finger, wipe the plate with the damp digit then lick her finger clean. That was her way of "licking the platter clean". Naturally, I grew up thinking that I was supposed to "lick up" the crumbs. I wasn't to waste one crumb. Mother always said, "Waste not; want not."

This morning as I "licked up" the crumbs from the plate, my mind drifted to the movie, "Jesus", and a scene based on today's Scripture, where a Palestinian woman fell at his feet begging our Lord to heal her desperately sick daughter. His reply was that he had been sent to the Israelites, not to the Gentiles. Her reply stuck with me like crumbs to my damp finger: "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs lap up the crumbs beneath the table." Jesus responded that she had exhibited great faith and he told her to go home; her daughter was healed.

In the movie, Jesus' disciples objected to this healing. He replied that He had seen a dying child and asked them, "Did you want me to let her die?" The mother's situation had been hopeless, desperate. Jesus was her last and best hope. Thus he honored her crumbs of faith.

Just as Jesus honored the request of the Palestinian mother from long ago, crumbs on my plate remind me that Jesus still honors our smallest crumbs of faith.

Prayer: Father God, we find it hard to have faith when life throws impossible challenges our way. We ask you to increase our crumbs of faith so that we may face life's difficulties through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thought: God will honor our smallest crumbs of faith.


Cass Wessel spends her time reading and crafting stories to win the heart. She has many published devotionals, contributions in denominational magazines, anthologies, and also in the books of other authors. She is currently editing her own Amish romance, Choices, and has written two other novels. In her role as Influencer, she edits, critiques, and promotes other works. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW Pennsylvania Group, ACFW NW PA group, and the DOGMA critique groups. In past years she attended ACFW Conferences and also Writing Success Conferences. In the latter event, she won awards in writing and poetry three years in a row. Cass lives in Tionesta, PA and is a retired elementary school teacher, minister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

March 2016 Releases Duke it Out on COTT!

Welcome back to our arena! The following authors are stepping onto our sands, ready to wield their mighty pens. Please look at each of their covers and descriptions and choose a favorite. 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. (web link provided below for those devices which don't display the embedded survey. We're thoughtful like that.)

Let the game... BEGIN!

Book ImageThe Gilded Curse by Marilyn Turk:
Responding to a cryptic telegram, Lexie Smithfield returns to Jekyll Island to sell her family's abandoned vacation cottage in the Millionaire's Club. Because tragic events in her family convinced her mother the island was cursed, it's been ten years since her last visit to the island. Lexie's trip is prolonged when suspicious incidents cause her to stay and discover the cottage's hidden secrets. Just offshore the presence of nearby Nazi U-boats threaten the coast and endanger the island's residents. While the management of the Millionaire's Club attempts to keep members unaware of the danger, Lexie discovers the real threat that lurks within this closed community and learns that her destiny is not determined by curses or her family's mistakes, but by the choices she makes.

Book ImageBitterroot Bride (American State Flower) by Angela Breidenbach:
No one knows the real Emmalee Warren, just what they want from the infamous prostitute. Men are coming out of the woodwork to stake a claim on the miner's widow. They wanted her body before. Now they want her money. Hiring a lawyer, Richard Lewis, to save her from financial ruin might let her start over where no one knows Miss Ellie. Becoming an unknown is the only way to freedom…or is it? Can she leave her past and build a new future?

Book ImageBreaking Free by Jennifer Slattery:
Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters. Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

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Dressed for Death (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering:
A Regency-Era Costume Party Should Have Been an Amusing Diversion, But it Seems Wherever Drew Farthering Goes, Mystery--and Murder--Are on the Guest List.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“The Ability to Soar” A Devotion from Sharon Rene



By: Sharon Rene

Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)

I don’t know about you but sometimes I don’t want to face another day. I dread the sun rising and pouring its golden rays into my room. The alarm sounds or the cell phone beeps and I roll over in bed, pulling the covers over my head. Have you been there? Can you relate?

Thank God His strength never fails. Isaiah writes in verse 40:28, “Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.” God never gets tired or runs out of strength. He’s never sad to see the morning sunrise. He doesn’t dread what the day will soon reveal. So we shouldn’t either. Not if we’re a child of God. We have the greatest power in the universe living inside of us. The precious Holy Spirit directs us and travels with us every step we take.

Isaiah goes on to tell us in verse 30, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.” So it doesn’t matter if you’re nine or ninety, male or female. We all get tired, physically and spiritually. At times every one of us reaches the point where we just want to lay down and give up. It would be so easy to stay hidden under those blankets and let life pass us by.

But that’s not God’s plan for us. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” God will give us the majestic grace and power of an eagle soaring through the morning sky. Most of the time I feel more like a squawking chicken than a soaring eagle, but God’s word clearly tells me that I have the ability to soar. But I have to lay aside my worries, fears and incessant sins so God can enable me to soar.

Look in the sky and watch the birds as they easily rise, dip and glide. They’re not carrying burdens on their backs. You’ll never see a hawk soaring with a pile of rubbish on her wings. We can’t soar if we hold onto the past, dwell on present problems or worry about the future. We will soar if we give all of these issues to our loving father.

Does this mean life will go smoothly and we’ll never face another problem? Of course not. We still have to go to work, deal with family problems and confront obstacles. The path isn’t always clear and sometimes our hopes and dreams seem to be nothing more than morning mist. But, God will be with us through every struggle. He will not leave or forsake us.

So tomorrow when you start your morning, take a deep breath, lay your burdens down and whisper a prayer to God. Ask Him to give you peace and strength and lift you up on wings like eagles. Then watch out, because you are about to soar!


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Sharon Rene works as a legal secretary at a large corporation. She loves to write, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys writing young adult fiction, children’s short stories and devotions. Her short story StageFRIGHT was published in the September 2015 edition of the Kid’s Ark Magazine. Her Facebook page is entitled Creative Grace with Sharon Rene.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Sense of Humor is Essential!

Have you ever laughed so hard it brought tears to your eyes and made you sides hurt? Yeah, me too. And it felt great, didn’t it?

Solomon wrote:

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance . . .” ~ Proverbs 15:13a [KJV]

My guest today agrees wholeheartedly. Please welcome Max Elliot Anderson.



by Max Elliot Anderson

CONTACT: Max Anderson

PHONE: (815) 877-1514

The Sense of Humor

Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living

Rockford, IL - Max Elliot Anderson announces the release of his new book, The Sense of Humor - Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living, from Elk Lake Publishing. ISBN: 9781942513971 | ASIN: 1942513976

“April is National Humor Month,” Anderson said, “and kicks off on April Fool’s Day. During these uncertain times, what people need most is a good laugh. Imagine what would happen if we understood there is an untapped force, contained within us, that has the power to totally change our lives. And what if we discovered, all we had to do in order to unlock this secret, is to simply start using it?”

The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 85% of all human illnesses are curable by the body’s own healing system. Recent data suggests the more positive input we can include in our lives, the more we are supporting our body’s ability to tap into its natural healing process.

The Sense of Humor is divided into two sections. The first explores the benefits of incorporating humor in medicine, relationships, the classroom, families, the workplace, by youth workers, pastors, counselors, and more. 

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“This project began as a simple joke book,” Anderson continued. “But through my video production work with clients, I began to discover the healing value of laughter and humor plus the benefits being found in business and industry where humor was used.”

The second part of The Sense of Humor contains hundreds of jokes and humor arranged in sections that relate to each of the major subjects found in the first. 

Studies reveal that humor aids in the healing process. And a personal sense of humor helps combat stress and depression. In business, one of the primary traits the human resources department looks for is a healthy sense of humor in job applicants. People without a sense of humor aren’t expected to go far. 

A pastor notes, “Humor is disarming. It makes us deal with issues we wouldn’t face otherwise. Humor is more than a joke at the end of a sermon.” As one youth pastor puts it, “The way to a student’s heart is through his funny bone.” 

Education professionals tell us laughter encourages learning. Humor leads to an increase in attention span and it can help both the students and the teacher. Educators find, when used in teaching, humor promotes better retention, better understanding, along with more attentiveness and alertness. 

Research also demonstrates how humor can make sense in the life of anyone who is willing to use it. Outside of this primary benefit, humor touches the lives of everyone around the user in positive ways.

Max Elliot Anderson is best known for his many action-adventures and mysteries written for middle grade readers. The Sense of Humor, with its clean content, is intended primarily for adults.

The Sense of Humor is available wherever books are sold.

Bio for Max Elliot Anderson

Max_AndersonMax Elliot Anderson has spent most of his life in the production of documentary and dramatic films, client videos, and television commercials. Most of his previous writing includes adventures and mysteries that bring the same visual excitement, and heart-pounding action from those productions into his books for middle grade readers 8 and up.

While producing video programs and commercials for clients, he observed the important role humor played in many different situations. The Sense of Humor is a culmination of those experiences and observations, and is intended to help people understand the power a positive sense of humor offers.

Mr. Anderson is listed in Who’s Who in America and his productions have won multiple Telly Awards. He and his wife Claudia have two children and four grandchildren.


Some Links for You:

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The Sense of Humor Promo blog

The Sense of Humor Promo Video 1

The Sense of Humor Promo Video 2

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Chat with Christine Lindsay, Award-winning Author & Speaker ♦ Plus Giveaway

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Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and explosive finale Veiled at Midnight.

Christine’s Irish wit and her use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming and her newest release Sofi’s Bridge.

Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is the release of Christine’s non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.

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Welcome Christine!

I’ve been looking forward to this day for a chance to get to know you better. Ready to go?

If you were a book, what would the title be? (create one of your own) Any particular reason behind that?

Sweet Breeze of God in my Soul. I love a soft breeze, and so often God comes to us in a still, small voice, or a word as gentle as the mist or a breath of wind. I cannot live without the Lord. I learned that many years ago. No matter what struggles we go through in this life, when we trust in the Son of God, then Father God hold us in the palm of His hand. We are forever safe.

Share a few things most people don’t know about you.

When I was a baby I was patted on the head by Prince Philip (Queen Elizabeth’s husband) outside the Belfast City Hall.

My great-grandfather and my grandfather (yes father and son) were both riveters on the building of the Titanic in the Belfast shipyard. It was my grandfather’s very first ship when he started as an apprentice at 14 years old. But as a family we accept no responsibility for the 1912 sinking of that infamous vessel.

I use many of my ancestors as fodder for my novels. The soldiers on my mother’s side were the inspiration behind my multi-award-winning historical trilogy Twilight of the British Raj.

How do you start your day?

A cup of tea and then curl up on my living room couch to have my morning devotions. I especially enjoy reading a page from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. Then I pray.

What is the funniest, strangest, most interesting thing you’ve ever come across—or done?

Probably the most interesting is that I relinquished my first child to adoption in 1979. I was an unwed mother at the time and gave my little girl Sarah up so that she could have a daddy as well as a mommy. We were reunited 20 years later, and it was extremely traumatic but has taught me more about the Lord’s personality than any other life event.

Thinking back over some of the old literary classics, which character, from which book, would you most identify with, and why?

I cannot for the life of me remember any of the old literary classics which fit me best, but I can choose one from a current day story. That would be Lady Edith Crawley from Downtown Abby. When she gives up her little girl Marigold and can’t stay away from her, I totally relate. I know exactly how she feels.

OK, now let’s talk about the book we’re featuring today.

SofisBridge_w11814_750· Title: Sofi’s Bridge

· Publisher: WhiteRose

· Release Date: Digital April 15, Paper May 1, 2016

· Genre: Christian Historical Romance

· Series or Single Title: Single

Give us the back cover blurb:

Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.

Read for free the first chapter of Sofi’s Bridge, Click HERE

Anything else you’d like to share about this book?

The spiritual theme of this book is about trying to save our loved ones when perhaps there are times when we should back off and leave them to God. This is especially hard if we are caring, nurturing types of people. But this personality trait can have a downside, when we step in to “fix” things for those we love when we shouldn’t.

Where can we buy this book in Paper and Ebook?

Where can readers find you on the Internet? or follow her on Amazon on Twitter. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook, Goodreads,

And on my writers’ blog that I share with Rachel Phifer Novel Renaissance.

What’s coming up next for/from Christine Lindsay?

I have a second book coming out this year, my non-fiction book Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story, which is the true account of my experience in relinquishing my baby girl to adoption in 1979 and our reunion twenty years later. This book is not all about me though; it also includes my birthdaughter’s story in her own words, as well as her adoptive mom’s. Stories from other adoption reunions are woven in at the end of each chapter. I’m very excited about the release of this long awaited book. Being a birthmom is what started me writing in the first place.

That sounds exiting, Christine! I wish you great success with it.



Christine is giving away an Ebook copy of Sofi’s Bridge (no country restrictions!) to one lucky Whispers in Purple reader. To enter, just leave a comment below with your name and contact information (so we can notify you if you’re the winner). Giveaway ends next Friday (April 27) at Midnight, CDT. Winner will be drawn on Saturday and notified via email.

Thank you so much for being my guest today, Christine. It’s been great spending this time with you.

Let’s Celebrate!

by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer


Today is:

  • Air Force Reserves Birthday

  • Look up at the Sky Day

  • National Support Teen Literature Day

  • National Dolphin Day

  • National Reach as High as You Can Day

  • National Pecan Day

  • National Ex-Spouse Day

  • International Moment of Laughter Day

So . . . what will you celebrate?

Personally, I like “Look up at the Sky Day, because today it is a gorgeous, sunny day here in NW Wisconsin

Then there’s National Support Teen Literature Day. No need to explain why, right?

And of course, “International Moment of Laughter Day . . . everyone knows laughter is good for the soul, AND your health.

Please share your thoughts with me.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“I’m Peter” a Devotion from Joi Copeland


by Joi Copeland

I’m Peter

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

When I first became a believer in 1990, my faith pretty much exploded. I knew that God could do anything, even the impossible. I’ve seen God work so many miracles in my many years of following Him, I still believe He can do the impossible.

Yet, as my family and I prepare for the mission field, I have found my faith wavering. We are supposed to leave by the end of August, and we don’t have all of our support raised. This has been tough. I began to doubt. I began to listen to what others have been saying. Things like, “You aren’t going to make it by August.” Or “What happens if you don’t make it? Do people who support your get their money back?” or “What if you never make it to the mission field?”

To say the least, this is discouraging. VERY discouraging.

And so I became Peter. Peter, the man who had faith to walk on water. I’ve got the faith to walk on water. But like Peter, I took my eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. I sank for a few weeks. It was tough.

Then one day, all of it began to change. No, not because God provided all the money we need. But because I’ve started focusing again on Him. I believe we can still make it on the mission field by the end of August. I’ve seen God do miraculous things! But no matter what, my eyes will remain on Jesus, His calling, and His timing. My eyes are back on the One who controls the sea, the wind, and the challenges.

Prayer: Jesus, sometimes the wind and the waves of our lives take our focus off of You. As we go through these storms, help us to look to You, to trust You, and to know that You are always with us, guiding us, walking through the storms with us. We love You, Jesus, and will trust in You. Amen.

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Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.

Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.

Joi’s books include:

  • Hope for Tomorrow, book 1

  • Hope for the Journey, book 2

  • Hope from the Past, book 3,April 2013

  • Letters of Love

  • Christmas Rayne, a novella

  • Sheriff Bride Rob's Story, a novella

Monday, April 11, 2016

Do it Yourself Blog Tour, by Ane Mulligan


While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and multi-published novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, chef son, and a wooly mammoth…uh, English mastiff. You can find Ane on her website, Amazon Author page, Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.

  DIY Blog Tour

by Ane Mulligan @AneMulligan

Some of you may be fortunate enough to hire a blog tour manager and let them do all the work. I couldn’t afford that for my debut book. So how did I do my own? I’m glad you asked.

First of all, I used the time prior to getting contracted wisely. I built networks. I featured other writers on my blogs. So when it came my turn, I had the network in place.

So, how do you organize and plan a blog tour? Step by step and keep good notes.

  • · Start three months prior to your release date. Don’t wait until the month of your release. You’ll find everyone already booked.

  • · Get a calendar large enough to make notations. It can be a paper calendar or one on your computer.

  • · Choose your dates. I started a few days before my release and booked blogs for 30 days.

  • · Check the list of names you’ve been gleaning over the years. Review their blogs and ask them to host you, offering to give away a copy of your book.

  • · Ask the host what they want form you: Interview or article?

  • · Have all interviews and articles completed two months out. It will save a lot of hair pulling.

  • · Start a spreadsheet. List the date, blog name of the host, the URL, and what you sent (interview or article). Are you doing a giveaway? Put a check in that column. I was on 89 blogs in my 30-day tour. The spreadsheet kept me sane.

  • · One month prior to the guest post, send the host your article/interview. Don’t forget your short bio, back cover copy, your headshot and book cover. A word on headshots: be professional. You’re a published author now.

  • · Be a good guest and answer any comments left for you during the day of and through a couple of days after your guest post.

  • · Get the giveaways out to the winners right away. Be sure to ask them to post a review if they like the book.

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So, writers, are you ready to set up your book blog tour? Do you have any questions? Ask Ane in the comment section below. I’m sure she’d be more than happy to help. Don’t forget to join the conversation!

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Chapel Springs Survival
Chapel Springs Survival Cover SMClaire Bennett's Operation Marriage Revival succeeded and life is good. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son has wed a Brazilian mail order bride. When Claire tries to welcome her, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa—then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Then her groom's adult son moves in—on everything. With her son's future at stake and the town's problems to solve, it's Claire's who needs a guardian angel.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

New Feature . . . new News


Hi, Whispers readers!


I’m excited to announce a brand new feature, or topic, or whatever . . . Starting Wednesday, April 13, I will be presenting weekly devotions written by a great collection of writers from all over.

I’m calling it Wednesday Worship. These posts will include standard devotions with Scripture and prayer. Some will be Bible studies, or things the writer has learned from, or through, Bible studies. Others may include Life Lessons. The potential is great, and I’m very excited about it.

If any of you are interested in contributing to this feature, just use the Contact button on the Menu bar across the top. Would LOVE to have you.

The kickoff this coming Wednesday is from author Joi Copeland, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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NEXT . . . I’m going to be starting up a Newsletter in the near future—by opt-in subscription only—frequency to be determined, but no more often than once-a-month, but most likely quarterly. It will contain news about my latest releases, some giveaways and the like.

Watch for an upcoming announcement right here on Whispers in Purple. To be sure you don’t miss it, or ANY updates, subscribe to this blog using the SUBSCRIBE form at the top of the right sidebar.

And thanks a bunch for being a friend and supporter.

God bless you!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sneak Peak at Salsa and Speedbumps by Susan M. Baganz

One moment of sin leads to a path of pain . . . and unexpected love.

Welcome to Stephanie and Roberto's story! They have serious chemistry, but how many hurdles can they overcome? Both fun and deeply moving, this book will engage you from the start. Here's what readers have to say:

Fantastic read. Riveting from cover to cover. Susan has great storytelling skills that speak volumes. Although the book itself is fiction it did bring to the forefront the reality and seriousness of human trafficking.
Althea Zamzow (Amazon Review)

This book skillfully handles many issues in today’s society: date rape, addiction to pain killers, kidnapping, human trafficking, and the mafia. The well-written story keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and the book is hard to put down. How much more can Robbie and Stephanie take before they’re broken apart by life’s circumstances?
Victoria Pitts Caine (Amazon Review)

Listen in on a conversation from the book:

“Christmas is just around the corner.”
“Really? I hadn’t noticed.”
“Come on, dad and I didn’t do too bad getting a tree up and decorated.”
“You did a fine job. Much better than I could have managed with my bulging belling getting in the way.”
“I happen to be fond of your bulging belly. Reminds me of Santa Claus.”
“Very funny.” She snuggled up to Robbie’s side. “If you had a wish for Christmas, what would it be?”
“That forty years from now I would be as in love with you as I am today.”
Stephanie smiled. “I like that.”
“Did you have Christmas wish?”
“Mine wasn’t big enough.”
“What was it?”
“Really? You will laugh at me.”
“Really, I want to know.”
“I want a puppy.”
“A puppy.”
“Yes, a puppy.”
“We may need to wait awhile for that one. Dogs are not allowed on our lease.”
“I know, but you asked. Wishes don’t have to be realistic.”
“No, they don’t. But how about I lick your face and pant in your ear. Will that do in the meantime?”
Stephanie grinned and gave her husband a kiss, “Oh, that will do.”

So where did this story come from?

Susan, can you tell us what inspired you to write Salsa and Speedbumps?

The title was suggested by a friend after I wrote the first draft of Pesto & Potholes. I hadn’t really thought of writing a second novel but figured Renata’s roommate, Stephanie, who seemed to have things all together, might need to have her world shaken up a bit. I also knew someone who had been a victim of a date rape but those were words not really used much years ago. She kept the baby, met a great guy, became a Christian and married after the child was born. He adopted the little girl. And Roberto . . . well, I had to get some salsa in there somewhere so having a Hispanic character seemed a good way to do that along with busting some stereotypes about that culture in the process. Roberto’s back issues . . . well, I’ve struggled some with that but have known people with far worse pain like what he experiences . . . so he struggles with an issue many people have but don’t talk about, intense pain while recovering from an addiction to narcotics. The story became far more intense than I ever anticipated too and the heat between Roberto and Stephanie starts to build pretty early in the story.

The bigger question other than the issues was how does a Christian woman and man stay true to their faith and have integrity when life throws curveball after curveball their way. How do they navigate a relationship in the midst of those trials as well? It was fun to explore.

About the book:

Stephanie’s life hits a speedbump in the wake of her boyfriend’s sin. Splitting up with him, she faces a future of difficult choices shaded in shame. She wants to do what is right but the new man in her life leaves her fantasizing about a future that is now beyond her grasp.

Roberto finds his heart and professional world turned upside down by the beautiful bombshell. He struggles with his own inner demons and past so he’s not about to cast stones. When he is accused of immoral behavior, and temptation haunts him from every side, can he stand true to the calling God has given him?

Joining forces to face the future though comes at a high cost for them both as their individual pasts rise up to destroy them and their relationship. Integrity comes with a high price tag. With a deep faith in God and the help of friends at Orchard Hill Church, can they find happiness and love they long for?

Find the book on Amazon

Meet the author:

Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.

Susan speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. She serves behind-the-scenes in various capacities at her church as well as on the board of the local ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writer’s) chapter. Her favorite pastimes are lazy ones—snuggling with her dog while reading a good book, or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.

You can learn more by following her blog, her twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page,

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why Do Some Authors Use a Pseudonym?

by Leeann Betts

Creating a Pseudonym


Several people have asked me “Why a pseudonym?”, so I thought perhaps more readers and authors might want to know the answer, as well. Within the Christian community, I’ve had folks who said, “Isn’t that like lying?”

The answer to the first question is perhaps easier than to the second. So I’ll start with the second.

In the Bible, we see many instances of folks being given new names. Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah because God changed who they were. Jacob became Israel, which loosely translated means “one who struggles with God” because of his night-long battle with the angel of the Lord. Joseph of the Old Testament was given a new name by the Pharaoh because of his new position, and in Isaiah 62:4 we read: Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride.

In Biblical times, names had a meaning, so it only makes sense that if God changes who we are in Him, it’s not lying.

How does that apply to my pen name? Well, that brings us to the answer to the first question.

I (Leeann) was created to fulfill a specific purpose, including:

  1. Donna writes historical and contemporary, and she didn’t want readers confused when they picked up one of her books as to which genre to expect.

  2. Schlachter is pretty far down the alphabet, and most people who look for books in stores or libraries tend to start at A and work their way to Z. Betts is much closer to the beginning of the alphabet.

  3. Donna wanted to experiment with voice and story-telling style, and felt that might be better accomplished through a pen name.

  4. Donna wanted to honor her mother and mother-in-law, so here’s how she did it: Lee is her husband Patrick’s middle name; Ann is her mother-in-law’s name; and Betts was her mother’s nickname in nursing school.

You will have your own reasons for creating a pseudonym. The most common reasons I’ve read about are: the desire for anonymity, the mult-genre issue, the new creation in Christ issue (if you wrote erotica, for example, in your ‘before’ life); and a desire to be somebody you just aren’t.

Please leave a comment below about your thoughts on pseudonyms. As a reader, do you feel cheated if you find out your favorite author is really a pen name?

aaaLeeann Betts_02Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, is due in April, with more planned for later dates. If you like accountants or are an accountant, check out Counting the Days: a 21-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk. You can follow Leeann at All books are available at in digital and print, and at in digital.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Writing MG/YA novels

by Glenn Haggerty @grhaggertyjr

Writing MG/YA novels

I write for middle grade and teenaged boys because I want to provide serious entertainment from the Christian worldview. It’s tough being a tween or teen today, there’s so much bad stuff in our culture, and secular entertainment often offers only despair. I write to give kids hope that they too can make it through this difficult period of life.

I’ve developed my writing skills for middle grade through reading lots of MG/YA titles, writing practice, conferences, books and most importantly critique groups. Today for Whispers in Purple I’ll review my writing methodology in general, and then give some specific tips for MG/YA writing—not that I’m an expert, this is just one wandering writer’s methods at the moment. Hopefully there’s something here that will help another writer.

My stories are usually inspired by an image that somehow works its way into my mind. Often I’m not sure where it came from, other times it might be based on experiences, other books, movies or plain old inspiration. For example, my first novel, Run, started as a picture of a thirteen-year-old boy on an Appalachian Plateau peering down a heavily foliaged trail leading into a secret valley. For my second book, Chase, (soon to be released) it was a scum bag drug dealer waiting on a river bank for one of his little pushers.

Once I have an image—the scene—I ruminate on the idea and see if it can be built into a story. I’m a plotter, and so followed James Scott Bell and his book, Plot and Structure, as a basic handbook (but also include methods from Randy Ingermanson, Nancy Kress, Camy Tang and many others). Using Bell’s “LOCK” acronym, I first expand on the lead character, with a short Bio, developing his motivation and a goal related to the original scene big enough to carry the story.

Next, I brainstorm the antagonist, the conflict, and the desired outcome. If that looks good, I then brainstorm the “Knockout,” the climax of the book. I spend a lot of time on this part because it has to be compelling and hopefully somewhat unique. If I am not satisfied with the results, I do not move forward and may abandon the idea altogether. However, once I’ve developed these coordinates, I connect the dots if you will, by mapping the story out. I write out as many chapter titles (with goals) as I can think of, and place them in ascending order.

Take a breath! At this Point I return to my lead and further develop his character, his strengths, his weaknesses, and projected character arc etc. I make a greater effort to put myself inside this character’s mind and that changes everything. I write the first three chapters, adjust the plot map, write up an elevator pitch, and a brief synopsis and send these to my critique partners to determine if they think the opening has enough momentum and if the entire idea is viable.

Another break, and reload! Once those questions are answered, and it may take a number of revisions and a lot of time, I once again decide if I will move forward or not. If so I return to my map and begin outlining scenes and sequels using Randy Ingermanson’s methodology. Often as my character is refined, the plot shifts. Then I rewrite the synopsis and if it’s a go, I began writing out the chapters according to the outline and floating them to my critique partners as I go until the first draft is complete.

That’s my basic methodology, and now some specifics relating to MG/YA writing. As I mentioned, it’s crucial to get into the mind of your tween/teen protagonist. To do this, I read many MG /YA titles and try to draw from my own experiences (I’m blessed with a good memory of that period of my life). I’m a little reluctant to admit it, but I also watch television and movies about kids in this age group, but the most important thing is to simply get around kids, to talk with them, listen to them and try to understand the issues they are dealing with. Speech is crucial. I actually have a file that lists vocabulary and different phrases that teens use today. If I’m unsure about a word or phrase, I use something simple and clear. Better timeless than dated, kids will sniff that stuff out. On the other hand I also have to watch using too much adult language. I think writers can be blinded to some of this—another reason for good critique partners, and eventually beta readers.

Another thing I do as I self edit my MG/YA story if is to make sure the crucial plot points are stated simply and obvious. In addition to the usual editing for wordiness, I also look for over complicated dialogue tags. Comprehension trumps subtlety. Both spirituality and themes come back to the issues that kids in your target age range deal with. I ask myself the question, “how would kids deal with this issue without God?” And, “how might the problem play out if they asked for God’s help?” In the end, the spiritual issues are most interesting and important, but they must you woven into the tale seamlessly and naturally.

Last step, as I mentioned before—beta readers. Getting your church’s youth pastor to expose your writing to kids is huge, and even better if you can obtain honest feedback. Of course as always, you have to have thick skin, be flexible, teachable and above all humble. I’m certainly not an expert, but hopefully this is helpful to someone.

Thanks Peg

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Glenn 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.​

Find Glenn at:

Thanks you so much, Glenn, for sharing this on Writing Talk Tuesday.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

And the Win Goes to...

by Tanya Eavanson
About Restored:
Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart.
Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family's grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future.
But how can there be a future when he's only come to kiss her and says good-bye?
What COTT Voters Had to Say:
--Enjoy your books so much Tanya! Please continue writing. Such an inspiration!
--I love the way God unfolded this story for you, Tanya Eavenson. You are already a winner for sharing His message through your writing.
--What a great storyline, Tanya! Hope you win!
--"Restored" by Tanya Eavenson, is an uplifting and inspiring story that can be appreciated by everyone, especially when facing a challenge or struggle in life.
--Love you Tanya!!
--Tanya, enjoyed your first book and Looking forward to reading "Restored".
--I am enjoying your book, "Restored", very much. Tanya Eavenson is a very inspiring and creative writer. I look forward to reading more of her books.
--Wonderful story Tanya
--Tanya Eavenson. You are the bomb! Love you!
--Your book is on my must read list Tanya Eavenson!
--All of these covers were beautiful. The premise behind Tanya Eavenson's novel is intriguing!
--Can't wait to dig in to Tanya Eavenson's newest!
Q&A with Tanya:
Q. Why do you feel inspired to write inspirational Christian fiction?
A. I believe the Lord called me to write stories for Him. Several years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and it was a defining moment, not only dealing with my cancer prognosis, but asking the Lord if He truly called me to write as I thought or was I mistaken. But through the fears and searching for God’s direction, I learned He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and no matter what I was facing in my life, that didn’t diminish His call. I’m inspired by the Lord to write inspirational Christian fiction so people may know the love of Christ. To know the depth He will go to have a relationship with us. And though we struggle, He uses us, He uses people like me, the ordinary, to do out of the ordinary things. Unexpected things—like writing.
Q. What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
A. I hope readers will take away the fact that God is our hope, our comfort, and our fortress. He is faithful--when those tough times come, and they will, He will never leave us. He is the One who gives us hope, a future, and a peace that transcends all understanding.
I dedicated RESTORED to those whose faith is shaken. To anyone who is searching. To anyone who needs to believe in the impossible. For as Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
About the Tanya:
Tanya Eavenson enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite
pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. Tanya is a
member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and writes for
Christ to the World Ministries. You can find her at her website