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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 5/4/20 – Will you ever write the Suarez brothers?

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question, “Will you ever write the Suarez brothers?”

If you have a question, click this link and it will take you to the google form where you can ask me!

Books talked about in this video are:
A MELODY FOR JAMES: http://www.halleebridgeman.com/books/a-melody-for-james/
AN ARIA FOR NICK: http://www.halleebridgeman.com/books/an-aria-for-nick/
A CAROL FOR KENT: http://www.halleebridgeman.com/books/a-carol-for-kent/
A HARMONY FOR STEVE: http://www.halleebridgeman.com/books/a-harmony-for-steve/

What’s Hallee drinking? Hallee’s Brew! Try it today! http://www.halleebridgeman.com/hallees-brew/

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Interview with Tanya Eavenson and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so pleased to bring you Tanya Eavenson — who shares my first onscreen crush with me! Yay! (“I need a coool, rider…”) Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of Tanya’s latest release!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. My husband and I have been involved in youth and adult ministry for over twenty years. I’m an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. I’ve written several Bible studies that have been translated and published in different languages by Christ to the World Ministries, and I’ve recently joined the Wholly Loved Ministries team. But most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children, as well as grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. I’ve lived in Texas for several years, which inspired my interest in small-town life, ranching, cowboys, and how our great nation expanded west.

Tell us about your current release. I’d be happy to! The Rescue takes place in 1889 and is set in Graham, Texas. Here’s the blurb. 

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters, the pieces scattering to the wind when she is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker. But when a telegram arrives announcing the man who captured her heart is on a train to Boston, Rosalind must hide her true feelings before the thin cord of her existence unravels the deadly secrets she keeps.

Cowboy Trent Easton returns to his roots in Boston society to find his childhood friend, the love of his heart. Instead he finds a broken woman engaged to a man close to her father’s age. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he determines to do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! There are many times in a person’s life when he or she may reach an obstacle like my character, Rosalind. It may be an illness, an accident, or a difficult decision that must be made. I personally reached that point in my life while writing The Rescue. It was a defining moment.

Through the fears of dealing with my cancer prognosis and searching for God’s direction, I learned that He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and that no matter what I was facing in my life, it 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.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? LOL! I wish I could write fast enough! Instead, I carry around a notebook and my phone. I’m constantly writing my thoughts down and taking pictures of things that give me inspiration. Recently I was praying and asking the Lord for a story idea while waiting for my daughter’s cross county practice to finish. After I finished praying, I looked up and noticed a dog park across the way. An idea for a book popped in my head. Twenty minutes later, I had photos and two sheets of notes ready for me to begin a new story set to release this upcoming Mother’s Day.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher (or agent or audience if you self publish)? The Lord really has been working on me in this area of my life. He’s put things into perspective for me and has helped me to understand that His plans aren’t necessarily my plans. All He asks me to do is keep my focus on Him and write the words He’s placed on my heart to write. He is the author. I’m His instrument.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Goodness! That was such a long time ago, but I haven’t forgotten! 😊 It was Michael (Maxwell Caulfield) from Grease 2.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? I never saw myself being a writer! I remember saying with ready fingers pressed on the keyboard, “Are you sure, God? I never wanted to write. Never cared to write.” But there I was, typing away at the keys with a burden to share a story when I had no idea where it would be heading. Even though that story never saw publication, it was the beginning of something exciting!

Here is where you can find Tanya online:

http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TanyaEavensonAuthor/

https://twitter.com/Tan_eave

Tanya is giving away an ebook copy of The Rescue when it releases on Sept 2 to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Interview with Patricia Bradley and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m thrilled to bring you Patricia Bradley. I love Patricia. Every time our paths cross, I enjoy talking to her and getting to know her just a little bit more. I also LOVE the fact that she wrote what had to be a hard book to write – with a protagonist who escaped the imprisonment of human sex trafficking. Wow! And the title Justice Delivered, knowing the content, gives me chills! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy for yourself!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I live in Northeast Mississippi with my two rescue kitties, Suzy and Tux who are very jealous of each other. Tux is a Johnny-Come-Lately and Suzy wants him to leave. I never thought about being a writer until I turned thirty-five and these people came to live in my head and wouldn’t leave until I wrote their stories. Woman’s World published the very first short story I wrote and I thought I was on the fast track to publishing success. And I was if you count thirty plus years before my first novel released the fast track. But I persevered and learned the craft and when God opened the publishing door, I walked through it. I’m working on books eleven and twelve.

Tell us about your current release. Justice Delivered is a book I had to write after a volunteer from Advocates From Freedom came to our church and told us about human trafficking. Here’s the back cover copy:

Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes. I decided long ago that I was writing for an audience of One – God. It would be up to Him what He did with my stories. So far it’s worked out pretty well.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? First of all I pray, asking God to reveal why I’ve hit the wall. Then I go back and look at my POV characters. What have they not told me? What did I miss about their wound and lie? When I figure that out, I get back on track.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I was always a reader and hadn’t thought anything about being a writer. Then one night when I couldn’t sleep, this man appeared in my vision. He stood at a window looking out at the smokestacks billowing in the background, and then he turned around and looked straight at me and said, “This isn’t how my life was supposed to turn out.”

For the next week, I told myself stories about what went wrong in his life, and pretty soon I was putting those stores on paper.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? When I first started writing, I loosely plotted my books out. Then on the third Memphis Cold Case novel, I hit that writer’s block wall before I ever started writing. My deadline was getting closer so I just started writing, going wherever my characters took me. It happened again on this book. It took writing about my characters before I could get to know them.

Now there are three things I have to have before I start writing: who is murdered and why now; what lie do my POV characters believe about themselves that make them who they are when they walk onto the page; what can they do at the end of the book that they couldn’t do at the beginning.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Never give up. From the time I first started writing it took thirty-one years before my first novel was released. What if I’d quit at year 30?

What is your preferred method of writing? I wrote my first short story by pen then on a manual Hermes portable typewriter. If I had to do that with my books, there would be no books. So my preferred method is COMPUTER!!

I’m always intrigued by how writers get started. Did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? My ideas pop into my head at the most bizarre times. This last book was conceived in church. My very first book, Shadows of the Past, came to me after God had called me to lay aside my writing in order to work in the abstinence program for seven years. Then one day as I sat on my sofa doing my daily Bible study, a woman popped into my head and told me her name was Taylor and someone was trying to kill her. I pumped my fist and yelled out loud, “Yes!” For God had given my precious murder stories back. lol

Here is where you can find Patricia online:

https://ptbradley.com/

https://twitter.com/PTBradley1

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricia-Bradley-Author/310231559090148

Patricia is giving away a signed copy (US only) or ebook copy of her book to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Interview with Lynn H. Blackburn and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! I’m always excited when a friend is my guest. As I type this introduction, Lyn is at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference with me.  Our paths have crossed many times over the years and she has always been a very dynamic presence. I really enjoyed this interview and am so excited that she’s giving away a copy of her latest release! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I live in South Carolina with my husband, three children, and a spoiled rotten mini goldendoodle. When I’m not writing, you can frequently find me cheering for one of my kids on a baseball field or basketball court. And if it’s a Saturday in the Fall, I’ll be cheering for the Clemson Tigers.

Tell us about your current release. In Too Deep is the second book in the Dive Team Investigations series. When the Carrington Sheriff’s Office dive team discovers an encrypted laptop that is linked to an open murder investigation, white collar crimes Investigator Adam Campbell turns to the only person he can trust—cybercrimes expert Dr. Sabrina Fleming—to help him with the case. But when their investigation uncovers an unsettling connection to Adam’s family, they will face a choice between loyalty and the truth.

Have you always wanted to write a book? Not at all! I was a reader for decades before I ever attempted to write anything. I had always had stories in my head but it was a long time before I decided to try to write one down and see what would happen.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m a very organic writer. I know the general idea of how the book will end, and the general idea of what the suspense plot is, but how I’m going to get from Chapter One to The End is always an adventure. I’ve tried to outline and plan it all out in advance and it just never works for me. So I write the first scene and then see where the characters and story take me.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? There are too many to list, but the ones that jump to the top of the list are always L. M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon) and C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia). But my first favorite (as evidenced by the photographs my parents have) was definitely Dr. Suess. 🙂 

Do you talk out plot lines with others, and if so, who? The first person I contact is my friend and mentor, Lynette Eason. She can usually fix any plot disaster I’ve created. 🙂 I’m also blessed to have a group of writer friends who are amazing brainstormers. 

I often wondered….when you sit down to write that first line/paragraph in a new book/novella, is it difficult to get that started or do the words flow easily? For me, it’s BRUTAL! I can stare at the first blank page for hours before I ever get things moving. I’m a very slow starter, but once I get a few chapters written, that’s when the words begin to flow.

What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write? I pray! I also have found that watching something like sci-fi or fantasty – which is nothing like what I write – always inspires me. Live theater or live concerts do the same thing. And if none of those things are an option, I take a shower. I get some of my best ideas there! 🙂

Find Lynn online:

www.LynnHBlackburn.com

www.facebook.com/LynnHBlackburn

www.twitter.com/LynnHBlackburn

www.instagram.com/LynnHBlackburn

Lynn is giving away a copy of her newest book along with a bookmark (within US only). See below how you can enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Sapphire Ice Coming Soon

The first installment of the Jewel Trilogy, Sapphire Ice, will soon be available in eBook and in print.

I still have to finalize the cover design, the print layout, and a million other details but it will be available this month which is why I set up this website.

Stay tuned!

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