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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 3/23/20 – Social Isolation Week 2 – Autism – Book Anniversary – 5-Book Giveaway!

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m talking about the first week of homeschooling and autism, my 8-year anniversary of publishing, the 5-book ebook I’m giving away, speaking, teaching, and a 4-books for 1 paperback sale.
Links talked about in this video are:
free Yesterday’s Mail ebook: https://www.inspyromance.com/putting-myself-into-a-character/
and:
Buy Sapphire Ice paperback and get the other 3 books free: https://www.paypal.com/instantcommerce/checkout/B8B9NQG2SRQBW

The books discussed in this chat are:
Chasing Pearl
Yesterday’s Mail
Sapphire Ice
Greater Than Rubies
Emerald Fire
Topaz Heat

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Why Do I Write Christian Fiction?

I saw a blog post titled, “Christian Fiction: What’s the Point?”

And, it got me thinking.  Why do I write it?

When I started writing, I had no direction – no clear intent as to *why* I was writing in the first place.  It basically boiled down to: I had a story in my head and I wanted to get it out. When I finished that story, I was a little surprised that I had another story in my head and I wanted to get it out, too. Once I finished that second book, the ideas just kept coming.  I can barely keep up with the book ideas – they overwhelm me sometimes.

In my writing testimony, I talk about how we cleaned out our entertainment and how I no longer read the kind of books I used to write. I cleaned up, or “redeemed” my books, for the Christian market.  But I could very easily have simply cleaned them up – made them PG-13, taken out the sex and most of the greed and just written clean romances.

So, why Christian fiction?  Why do I add a spiritual arc to my stories? Why is the faith of each one of my characters so important to me? Why do I write about Christians in real situations, about pain and forgiveness, about decisions – made in faith or not? Why am I choosing to be labeled a “Christian” author?

For me, it comes down to this:

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

I want my writing to glorify God. That is my intent, my mission, my ministry. And, in the end, what I’m doing is ministering to readers.  I have so many reviews and emails like this one:

Just finished The Jewel Trilogy and am so emotionally moved I almost feel drained. I have never read such great Christian romance ever, and I have been reading for years, through hundreds and hundreds of books. All of these books were just as great as the one before, which is rare. So many times I have read a great book by an author, only to be extremely disappointed by the next book. Not this author. I cannot believe these are her first published novels. I loved the way she carried the characters all the way through the trilogy–not just giving them mention, but actually including them in the story. This is the first time I have ever seen a series follow almost 20 years in the lives of all characters and it was so refreshing. Most books just seem to end abruptly. All characters were believable and none were perfect Christians. I liked the way she had so much dialogue and interaction between hero and heroine in each story. Tony and Derrick so represented the love of Christ and had such a heart after God that I immediately loved them. Barry had his struggles but still was a strong Christian influence. I greatly appreciated the backgrounds of each individual and how God moved in their lives. I could go on and on but will just say BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You will not be sorry. Don’t know how anyone could not love each and every story. Happy reading and may God bless!

It is as important to me to write of the spiritual side of my books as it is to write the romance or the suspense. I think the word “Christian” before the word romance or the word suspense is the most important factor of what I’m writing. My prayer as I finish a book and publish it is not that it will entertain, but that it will bless a reader in some way. I pray that what I write will enlighten, encourage, uplift, or strengthen. I love that God is using me, and I will continue to write as long as He determines that I should.

I write Christian fiction to serve God.

As I went into writing Valerie’s Verdict and the rest of the books in the Dixon Brothers Series, my prayer and desire has been to pull the same kind of emotional and spiritual reaction from readers that the Jewel Series has for the last seven years. As feedback from beta readers has started coming in, I’m feeling very confident that I’ve accomplished that goal. I cannot wait until the October 22nd release of Valerie’s Verdict! You can preorder your ebook today from Amazon at this link!

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Monday Morning Chat: The First Book I Published

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

This is the third week I’m giving away a full set of the Jewel Series books to someone who has asked me a question about any one of my books (and about me!) But, I’m still taking questions, so ask away! The link is in the sidebar.

Here is this week’s chat!

Today I’m answering the question:

What was the first book you ever published?

Love the question! I hope you learn more about my Jewel Series through my response:

 

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The Jewel Series Refreshed!

I am so excited to show you the new covers for The Jewel Series! As we approached the 5th anniversary of publishing Sapphire Ice, we felt it was time to give the Jewels a facelift. As you can see, our cover artist did an amazing job bringing the sisters to life!

Some more changes are coming for the series — Sapphire Ice is now be free instead of Greater Than Rubies (this will take time to propagate through Amazon’s system, but it is currently free everywhere else.) I also edited and revised Sapphire Ice — not touching the original story, but bringing the writing up to my current standards (it had those first book blues). Christmas Star Sapphire, until now, has only been available at Amazon. It is now available everywhere ebooks are sold!

Click each book cover below to access that book’s page and find out where you can purchase them! (Note, the paperbacks have not been updated yet).

 

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My Favorite Romance Plot-Line with a Two Book Giveaway!

I’m on Inspy Romance​ today giving away talking about my favorite romance novel plot-line. I’m also giving away an autographed paperback of Topaz Heat and An Aria for Nick! Come say hi. You can get there at this link.

Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Series

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Topaz Heat is 99 Cents ALL Month!

To celebrate November’s birthstone being a topaz, I have placed Topaz Heat on sale for the ENTIRE month.  E-books of Topaz Heat are just 99¢ all month long!

Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Series
Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Series

2012 RONE Award Nominee2012 RONE Award Nominee Inspirational Novel of the Year

Amber eyed Sarah remembers absolutely nothing from her bloodcurdling younger years. Derrick fled a young life of crime to become a billionaire’s successful protégé. The very instant Derrick meets Sarah, the temperature starts to rise. After years of ignoring the spark between them, Sarah’s honey colored eyes finally see beyond Derrick’s violent youth. Just as they surrender to love, the patient past springs a decade old snare. Now the heat is on. Sarah and Derrick must truly live their faith to make it through.

Topaz Heat can be purchased in e-book format at the following places:

Deeper Shopping, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, All Romance eBooks , Apple iTunes Store , Kobo, Sony, Diesel, eBookIt, Lulu, Bookie Jar

Olivia Kimbrell Press
EBook ISBN: 978-1-452471-60-0

Here is the blurb:

The very moment Derrick meets Sarah, he realizes he has a reason to live. Sarah sees only an unshaven tough kid covered with tattoos and shuts down every advance.

Sarah Thomas has no memory of her broken young life leading up to the tragic murder of her mother. Her memory begins the morning she wakes in the home of her loving adoptive parents. She doesn’t even know her sisters exist until her 15th year. She learns to love her siblings, but always feels a little out of place in their presence.

A benevolent billionaire offers Derrick DiNunzio a home and an education. Fresh off the streets and rescued from a criminal future, Derrick sheds his old life. He trades his ripped leather jacket for silk suits; dealing drugs for mentoring “at risk” youth; lock picking and back door jobs for the rigors of mountain climbing and hotel management.

Sarah cannot seem to see beyond the past Derrick left behind … until one day she does. When they finally come together, an indictment threatens their future. Now the heat is on. Will Sarah finally set aside her prejudices and open her heart to true love or will the long forgotten past tear them apart forever?
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