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Interview with Jo Ann Brown 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 am so happy to bring you Jo Ann Brown. I am in awe of her writing accomplishments and teaching resume. She is certainly someone to inspire writers around her! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. She’s giving away two copies of her latest release, so read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. My favorite treat when going with my mom to the grocery store was a picture book. Later, I discovered chapter books and all other sorts of books. I was one of those kids who, if I didn’t have anything else to read, would read the boxes in the pantry. My yearning to write began in middle school, and I began writing for publication over thirty years ago. Since then, I have had more than 100 books published as well as novellas, short stories and nonfiction. I’m thrilled that my books have found a place on several different best-selling lists, most recently Publishers Weekly’s mass market list. I’ve taught creative writing at Brown University and was awarded an Arts Lottery Grant to teach creative writing in Massachusetts. My husband and I have three children and enjoy photography, traveling and going to thrift stores…sometimes all three at the same time.

Tell us about your current release.  An Amish Christmas Promise is the first book in a four-book mini-series called Green Mountain Blessings. It was a December 2019 release from Love Inspired. It’s the story of plain volunteers who come to help a small Vermont town after a devastating flood in the wake of a hurricane. Of course, it’s a romance, so there are all sorts of complications awaiting those who work under the auspices of Amish Helping Hands. This first book is the story of an Amish woman who has given up her Amish life to hide her niece and nephew from their abusive father. It’s a secret she can’t share with anyone, even the man who touches her heart.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? The quick and silly answer is that, as the mother of three, I’m used to having multiple people putting demands on my time all at once. But, seriously, having characters “shouting” for attention is always a problem. I find the characters from the next book trying to get my mind on them instead of the ones I’m working with, especially when I’m in the middle of the work-in-progress. It’s easy to get distracted because their story—so new and exciting—promises to be so much more fun than the scene I’m working on. I learned early on that I can only work on one project at a time. Otherwise, I’ll quickly lose interest in both or get them confused. This lesson was driven home when I had in an early draft the heroine of one book marrying the hero from another one. At that point, I knew I needed to focus on one story at a time. I have learned to give the future characters some time in my mind as I’m going to sleep, so they get their “attention.” Otherwise, they just have to wait and believe I’ll get to them as soon as I finish the current project. So far, they’ve mostly cooperated.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Oh, I can answer this one. (See me holding up my hand and waving it wildly to catch the teacher’s eye.) My most effective way to get past writer’s block is to skip around in the book and write the scenes I do know. I may do two pages on a scene in Chapter 2, then jump to a scene in Chapter 10. That way, I always stay excited and involved with what I’m working on. It helps me discover how my hero and heroine act and react in various emotional situations, so I gain more insight into them. Also, it saves me from trying to come up with the best possible answer to a devastating question that the rest of the book will hang upon…when I don’t have any idea what that answer will be. Because it relieves the pressure of having to know it NOW, I can let it stew in my mind until something comes that I like. Many of my writer friends cringe at the idea of writing like this, but it works for me. If none of the above works, however, I depend on my last resort. I tell myself if I walk away from the computer, then I’m going to have to clean the toilets. Inspiration almost always comes at that moment!

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? The first story I wrote in 6th grade was because I was supposed to be doing an essay on immigrants coming to the North American colonies in the 18th century. I really didn’t want to write yet another paper for that class, and I let my imagination draw me into a scene of a young girl (my age!) who was traveling on a ship and didn’t want to be there either. Instantly scents of the sea and the roll of the ship were as real to me as the dining room table where I sat. I began writing, and I was hooked. I gave it to my mom to read. She told me she liked it, but I still needed to write the essay. I did, but I also completed a five page story of that girl. As soon as it was finished, I couldn’t wait to begin another story. It’s been that way since then.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea? The Big Apple Circus. I was acting as a chaperone for an elementary class. I was there only a short time before something triggered an idea for the project I was working on. Searching my purse, I couldn’t find anything to write on, so I bought a program just so I could jot down my thoughts. Since then, I try never to go anywhere without a way to take notes.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I started with the usual: Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, but then I branched out. My favorite childhood book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I love the timeless message of family and friendship and that it’s okay to be your own authentic self. I went on to read all the books in the series, and I still read them every few years. Another favorite was The Foreigner by Gladys Malvern, a fictionalized version of the Book of Ruth. I read it at least once a year when I was in high school and finally found a copy a few years ago. I read it again, and I enjoyed it still.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Realize that everything in your life and the lives of the people around you are fodder for your work. Read the best in your genre and read the debut books. Both will show you what the market is looking for at the moment. As far as writing, whether you write the same scene over and over until you are happy with it or whether you just keep going through a whole book (or maybe more than one), keep writing and honing your craft. Make your work the very best you can at that time, but never expect it to be perfect. If you spend all your time trying to make it perfect, you’re never going to reach that goal. None of us are. Give your work to people who are knowledgeable about writing and who will give you honest, constructive critique. Don’t worry about publication until you have something you feel is worthy of being published. Then go back to my first suggestion and read, read, read and learn about your market. And if you decide to go the traditional publishing route, don’t get discouraged by rejections, especially form ones. It’s your dream to publish a book, so don’t let someone else take it away from you.

Here is where you can find Jo Ann online:

www.joannbrownbooks.com

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Interview with Author Terri Reed 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 am so pleased to bring you Terri Reed. My family just watched A Dog’s Purpose, so I’m feeling a little in love with K9 units. Knowing she’s involved in a series of books about K9 units makes me so excited to have her with us this week! AND — she’s giving away an amazing gift set of her books Double Cross, Double Threat Christmas, and some fun extras (like chocolate)! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m always unsure what to say when asked this question. Do I start with childhood or skip to the present day me? LOL. Let’s see, I’m a wife, mother and writer. I spend the majority of my days at the computer in my office with my dogs at my feet. When not writing, I’m either with my family or my dogs. I’m in a joyful season of life and am so thankful each day that I get to do a job I love that allows me the flexibility to travel with my husband on occasion and be available to my family or friends when needed. I’m also blessed to have an outlet for the characters clamoring around inside my head. You writer’s out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

Tell us about your current release. I have two new releases coming out back to back. Both are part of the 2017 Love Inspired Suspense Classified K-9 Unit continuity series. Agent-in-Training, a March release, is a prequel novella that introduces the series characters while having it’s own romance and suspense plot. It is for sale online only for $.99. The story is about a K-9 officer Zara Fielding, who thwarts a robbery then becomes the robber’s target. Her childhood friend, FBI agent and computer genius, Dylan O’Leary is determined to keep her safe at any cost.

The first full length book in the continuity series releases in April. Guardian starts off the series’ overarching mystery with the kidnapping of an FBI agent and the hunt to bring him home safely. Each book provides clues to who and why the agent was taken, while each book also has its own romance and suspense plot. Guardian takes FBI K-9 agent Leo Gallagher to Wyoming to talk to a potential witness but he soon realizes the widowed mother and her young son are in danger. It’s up to Leo and his dog, True, to protect them and bring down the bad guy.

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)?  This is a great question and one I think every author faces, not only at the beginning of their career but all along the way. At least I do. Many years ago a very prolific author told me that suffering a crisis of confidence is normal and the only way through it– is through it. To me that meant, keep writing, keep learning, believe in myself even when it’s hard and never give up.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? The year was 1976, I was a budding gymnast at the time. School was out for summer but instead of playing outside I was glued to the television for the gymnastics competition during the summer Olympics in Montreal. A young girl, two years older than me, scored a perfect 10 in uneven bars and than went on to score six more tens and two gold medals. I cut out the news article from our local paper and hung it on my bedroom wall where it stayed for many years as an inspiration and a motivation to work hard and reach for my dreams.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I was totally over the moon about Donny Osmond. When I was ten, my dad took me to see the Osmonds in concert in Tahoe. That is one of my best memories. I also remember thinking how pretty Marie was in the blue dress she wore when she and Donny sang together.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I take a bath, hot shower, short nap, go for a walk or pick up the phone to call my critique partner. If none of that works, I go back to the beginning of the story and read through. Sometimes I’ve taken a wrong turn and need to get back on track.

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 heavy plotter but I do allow some room for developing as I go. I use a variety of different plotting and characterization charts to build my plot and my characters. Once I have those filled in, then I write my synopsis and character statements. Then I’m ready to begin writing actual pages. I follow my synopsis pretty closely but do occasionally veer off it taking the story in a different direction. I then either rethink the rest of the plot or figure out how to bring the plot back in line so that I can have the ending I plan.

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Interview with Terri Reed 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. This week, I am so pleased to introduce you to professional model turned Love Inspired Suspense author, Terri Reed! And, read on — Terri is giving away a copy of her book, Joint Investigation. To enter, see the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a mother, wife and writer. I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California in a small community that, at the time, had only one traffic light in the whole county. I caught the travel bug early in life when I spent my summers as a kid traveling with my grandparents. After high school I lived in Italy for a while before moving back to California. I attended college in Sacramento where I met my husband, then we moved to New York city while I pursued a career in modeling which took me all over the US. I married my college sweetheart and when we found out I was pregnant with our first child we were living in Portland Oregon and knew this was where we wanted to raise our children.

join investigationTell us about your current release.  JOINT INVESTIGATION is the story of FBI agent Sami Bennett’s pursuit of a serial killer who is operating on both sides of the US/Canada border. Royal Mounted Canadian Police inspector Drew Kelley teams up with Sami to put a stop to the killing spree and in the process Sami and Drew find they must rely on their faith and each other if they are going to survive their joint investigation.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I am a heavy plotter, meaning I write a very detailed outline/synopsis and stick to it as I write. I also fill out many character development forms and charts before I start writing so I can keep the characters consistent. I struggle in my writing when I don’t do this so have learned that my process is to plot, plot, plot.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?   Exercise, brainstorming with my critique partner and naps. When we exercise we release endorphins that help the brain to function. I don’t always have time to get to the gym for a class so walking at night with my husband or just putting on some music to dance to during the day helps me to work through any issues. Kicking around ideas with my critique partners helps to view an issue from a different perspective. And naps help me to rejuvenate as well as allow my mind to work through a problem with at rest.

terri reedWhat advice do you have for aspiring writers? Never ever stop learning and honing your craft. There is always something new to incorporate into your writing. Perseverance and persistent are key to success in any career. And always treat your writing with respect and professionalism.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) A little of both. I do a lot of pre-writing by hand but the actual writing of the novel is done on a computer.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child?  I discovered Trixie Belden when I was very young. Then moved on to Nancy Drew. I devoured those books. I also spent many summer hours in the library while my mother worked. My all time favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

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An interview with Author Winnie Griggs

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so pleased to introduce to you author Winnie Griggs. Winnie is from an area of the country that my husband and I fell in love with while on vacation there last year. We’re actually contemplating building our retirement home there. I was fascinated with her interview and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Let’s see. I grew up in a small town situated across the Mississippi from New Orleans and near the bayous of Laffite and Barataria. I was a geeky bookworm growing up and was more at home in a library than a playground. In fact, one of my very first summer jobs was working in our local library. Later, I went to college where I majored in Mathematics and met my very own Prince Charming, who I later married. We’ve raised four wonderful kids who are now out in the world living their own adventures. Meanwhile, my prince and I are still happily living out our happily ever after.

Tell us about your current release.  Her Holiday Family is a story I’ve wanted to write for quite some time. Eileen Pierce, the heroine, showed up in the very first book of my Texas Grooms series, though not in a very flattering way. She’s popped in as a secondary character in most of the other books, but has always remained very enigmatic. I knew there was an intriguing backstory in there, and that there was more to her than appeared on the surface. When I finally figured her out it was time to write her story. Here is the back cover blurb:

@Photo WGHER HOLIDAY FAMILY
What happens when a straight-laced young widow’s home is invaded by ten rambunctious orphans and their handsome caretaker just in time for the holidays…
Reserved widow Eileen Pierce never considered herself the kind of woman who was cut out to be a mother. She wouldn’t know what to do with one child, much less ten. But when handyman Simon Tucker is stranded in town with a group of young orphans just before Thanksgiving, she discovers she can’t just turn them away.
Simon knows there’s more to Eileen than meets the eye. Though his easygoing demeanor immediately clashes with her buttoned-up propriety, Simon’s kindness soon melts Eileen’s stern facade. Simon and the children have already upended Eileen’s quiet, orderly life. Will they do the same to her guarded heart?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?  Yes. Once a story plants itself in my mind, and the characters come to life, I feel the need to write it, even if no one else will ever read it.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down?  LOL – my problem is I am an analytical writer. By that I mean I like to fiddle with the words and viewpoint until I feel I’ve captured just the right shades and nuances of character I want to convey. So I’m by no means a speed writer.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? (ie. Moon Walk, Watergate, Pope being shot)  The Kennedy assassination. I remember distinctly being on the playground at school and all the teachers calling us back to class early. They delivered the news over the intercom and, while I knew death was a very solemn thing, there seemed to be an extra heavy pall over everyone and everything the rest of the day. I spotted one of the teachers actively weeping in the hallway and that brought it home to me as nothing else had.

17 HHF smallWhat inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I’ve enjoyed writing for as far back as I can remember. I often penned stories for the characters from some of my favorite TV shows, with a few of my own, non-fan stories thrown in here and there. My desire to write only deepened when I got to college which was when I really started focusing on wholly original work. After college, when I got married and started a day job as well as a family, the writing got put on hold for the most part. It was only after all my kids were out of diapers, and also when I got my first home computer, that I started toying with dreams of actually writing novel length work that I would let someone else read.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?  A little of both. Before I begin the actual writing, I have a VERY high level feel for the characters, some of their backstory and how they must grow and change over the course of the story. And the same with the plot – I have an idea of what external circumstances will bring them together and keep them interacting with each other throughout the story. But often that changes as I dig into the writing and get a deeper understanding of who these characters REALLY are. Usually, around chapter 4 or 5 I have to stop and reassess where my story really needs to go..

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?  Yes and no. My publisher requires my books to come in at 70,000-75,000 words so that is my ultimate target. And to a certain extant I can intuitively feel when my story has the ‘right’ weight to meet that target. But I often come in over 75,000 words on my initial draft and then have to work on tightening the story in subsequent drafts.

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Interview with Christina Rich 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. This week, I am so pleased to introduced to you fellow member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Rich.  I love anyone whose advice for aspiring authors is, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” Christina just launched her Love Inspired Historical, The Guardian’s Promise, and she’s giving away a copy of it to one of you! So, check out the Rafflecopter below!

Welcome, Christina! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I was born and raised in Kansas. I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, and a mother of four children. I love to read, fish, research my ancestry and write.

Tell us about your current release.

guardians promiseThe Guardian’s Promise is about a former temple guard posing as a bond servant in order to protect his young king. He ends up falling in love with his master’s daughter when he witnesses her fierce protection of the young child.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down?

🙂 I often write synopses and first chapters and then file them away for later.

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)?

I spend a lot of time praying for guidance. I also recognize that my stories won’t reach and touch everyone, but if there is one, just one person who gains something from the words written… well, that keeps me going.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?

The Fonz!

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

Not usually. Most of the time I see an image of a character or hear a snippet of conversation in my head, which begins the story. The Guardian’s Promise began with a simple question, what if a bond servant fell in love with his master’s daughter, what if he wasn’t really a bond servant but the former commander of the temple guard?

christina richDo you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?

Yes. Even though I really dislike numbers, when it comes to writing I’m a numbers gal. I decide on the length and then break it up into section so I can figure out where major plot points should occur.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Of course, you may find that as you do, the desires of your heart will be the Lord. 🙂 Seriously though, this writing gig is difficult and at times, disappointing, but I’ve found that trusting God’s timing is vital for sanity. I’ve also found that praising Him, even in the midst of disappointment, is just as important.

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Interview with Author Jean C. Gordon and Giveaway!!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This is a special edition of Readers Write to Know highlighting the wonderful Jean C. Gordon’s Small-Town Midwife. – Jean is giving away either a paperback OR ebook (reader’s choice) of this book I’m SOOOO excited because this book doesn’t release until March 1st!  Which means you’ll have a chance to win it just as it’s coming out!

Enjoy this interview and check out the Rafflecopter below to see how you can enter to win this brand new book!

Tell us a little bit about yourself
Writing is a natural extension of my love of reading. From that day in first grade when I realized t-h-e was the word “the,” I’ve been reading everything I can put my hands on. A professional financial planner and editor for a financial publisher, I’m as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as writing romance novels, but novels are a lot more fun.

My college-sweetheart husband and I tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to our native Upstate New York. We share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with our daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Our son lives nearby. While I create stories, my family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

Although my day job, writing and family don’t leave me a lot of spare time, I like to give back when I can. My husband and I team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on our church’s Evangelism Committee. I also share my love of books with others by volunteering at the church’s Book Nook.

jean gordonTell us about your current release.

My heroine Autumn Hazard feels her purpose in life has deserted her. My hero Dr. Jonathan Mitchell Hanlon sees his new position as director of the Ticonderoga birthing center as a stepping stone to achieving his. What neither realizes is that they can’t move forward without each other.

Like my other Love Inspired books, SMALL-TOWN MIDWIFE is set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. An experience my daughter, a midwife, had inspired the story. I thought, what if Autumn was a midwife who no longer had the confidence to catch babies. Then, I brought in Jon, a man from her past, who exudes nothing but confidence in his technical approach to delivering babies. A man whose faith helps Autumn come to grips with her situation, while he’s unaware that he, too, needs to take some direction from above concerning his own career and life.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?

I think I would. I recently received a letter from a reader who wrote how SMALL-TOWN MIDWIFE had touched her life and the satisfaction I felt was overwhelming.

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)

I think it has helped me immensely that my day job is also a writing job. I’m used to people reviewing my work and my having to make changes to it for publication. So, when I’ve gotten a revise and resubmit letter from a publisher or agent, I haven’t been devastated (for more than the first day). I also belong to a very good and encouraging critique group. I think having the support of other writers is very important in having the courage to submit a project. But not as important as having God’s support. I put myself in His hands for the writing and the submitting. And, as a recent example, I was determined to write a particular story, and it took two rejections from my editor before I listened to Him and began the story He wants me to write.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? (ie. Moon Walk, Watergate, Pope being shot)

Going to give away my age here. It was the assassination of President Kennedy. I was in second grade and we were in an all-school assembly watching a space launch (maybe) and another teacher came over to my teacher and she started crying.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?

One thing I have always done is “just write.” Particularly, when I’m on a deadline (publisher- or self-imposed), I set a daily/weekly word count goal and try to meet it. If you have any words on the page, you can fix them later. When I get stuck on a detail or character action, I’ll put a phrase in brackets [look up later], [some kind of action/emotion here] and continue. Lately, I’ve started to write scenes out of order. If I’m stuck on something in chapter four, but I know what’s going to happen after that, I’ll skip ahead and write what I know.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?

I have always wanted to write. I worked on the school newspaper in high school and sold my first piece to the Buffalo Evening News — a short essay on my family’s Christmas traditions — when I was in high school. I majored in journalism in college and worked on the student newspaper there, too. After I graduated, I went to work for the financial publisher I still work for. My writing expanded into fiction writing when I started doing romance novel reviews for a now-defunct review magazine. From there, I tried my hand at writing sweet romances and published five with Avalon Books that are now available in Kindle format from Amazon Publishing. After that, I had a renewal of faith and felt called to write Christian romance. And here I am.

MidwifeDo you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

I always know the beginning and end of the story and basically who my hero and heroine are when I start. The middle and other characters, as well as further development of my main characters, evolve as I write.

I assume when you start a book, you pretty much have the plot laid out. Do you ever change your mind later on in the book, and go in a different direction?

This is kind of a continuation of the previous question. I always change my mind on at least some things as I write. For instance, when I wrote my proposal for SMALL-TOWN MIDWIFE, it had nothing about Jon’s grandmother, who became a major character. She just appeared as I was writing.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?

Not to sound mercenary, but I have always written my fiction with the intention of having it published. So, before I’ve started a book, I’ve always had a publisher or similar publishers in mind and have written to the word length of those publishers. I also keep a spreadsheet that tracks my count-up to the required length. I discovered early that my nonfiction writer has made me a better short-book writer than long-book writer.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read?

A little of each. I enjoy writing my books and I write them for people to read. I believe my story lines are my own. I don’t particularly fashion them to what I think people want to read. However, I do have a certain reader in mind when I write — Christian readers and other romance readers who want a clean read — and write my stories to those readers, knowing I can’t please all of them all of the time.

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Small-Town Midwife| Love Inspired | Look for it in March 2014
Small-Town Mom| Love Inspired | July 2013
Mandy and the Mayor & Love Undercover| Montlake| July 2013

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