Friday, April 29, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TANYA STOWE



Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…gifts of the spirit and
miracles, mysteries and exotic travel, even an angel or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a journey to the Old West or to contemporary adventures in foreign lands…be prepared for the extraordinary. Website, Facebook, Blog







Interview

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I’m an active, people person who loves to travel.  

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

Well, I love to play tennis. It’s not very interesting but we are also avid hikers. We hope to hike the Grand Canyon next year.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

In junior high I found a book about a young girl in ancient Egypt that fascinated me. It was called Mara and I read it over and over again.

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.

Oh gosh, I’m such a chatterbox I doubt there’s anything I haven’t already told them! Let’s see, I’m a movie buff. I used to ace the movie quizzes on machines. Before I decided to be a writer, I wanted to be an Egyptologist. Then I realized I could write about the past and not get dirty. My husband and I were high school sweethearts. That’s three things I don’t talk about much.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?

I started writing romance a long, long time ago. I’m still writing romance but I now I lean more to suspense. I have a knack for writing action and there always seems to be a ticking clock in the background of my stories. So suspense is a natural fit, especially romantic suspense.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

My toughest criticism came from an editor who attacked my beliefs, not my writing. It was an editor I’d previously had tremendous respect for. Of course, I was devastated because we write to communicate and I felt there was no place in the publishing arena for me. Of course, it didn’t take long for that notion to be dispelled.

My best complement came from a friend who pointed out a trait in one of my heroines that I had not seen. I had no clue I’d written something so profound. That’s the first time I recognized the Creator’s hand on my work. I was humbled and amazed.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?

Well, my first book was a time-travel, a genre I still love. I’m working on ways to make some of those stories fit with what I write now. I also write contemporary and historical romances so the only thing left for me is Science Fiction. My son has some incredibly brilliant concepts and he just needs a little helping hand with craft so…I think that’s on my horizon.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?

Honestly, I would take some basic grammar and sentence structure classes again. I think in order to break the rules you need to know them backwards and forwards. Also, I would start working crossword puzzles. I’m a storyteller not a word crafter so improving in that area would help my writing today.

What is the most important piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?

Write constantly and don’t give up. Also, find a mentor whose work you admire and trust. I’ve been part of a number of critique groups and even though I love them and find them beneficial, they also can push you off track. Finding someone you trust will help keep your voice true.

Tanya is giving away a print copy of her book, Santa Fe Sunrise. (U.S. only) Leave a comment below, along with your contact information, for a chance to win!

Santa Fe Sunrise

Brett Fraser has quit his job, loaded his earthly possessions into his sports car and headed out to find himself in the great Southwest.
Somewhere on his successful climb up the corporate ladder, he lost sight of the man God intended him to be. But Brett intends to find himself again.

Rafaela De Silva has an art gallery to run, a sprawling piece of family property with back taxes due, and a younger sister to care for who suffers from anorexia. She doesn't have time for broken shoelaces, sprained ankles or tumbling into the arms of a handsome stranger, especially one whose past involves scandal.

Brett's determined to help the beautiful runner he rescues from a fall. After examining the smooth edges of her broken shoelace, he’s convinced her accident wasn't accidental. But if he's going to help her, he'll have to convince her to trust him…a difficult task given his past. Under the sun-kissed skies of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Brett must rediscover his purpose in life before he loses Rafaela forever. Who is trying to harm Rafaela? Will she live long enough for Brett to win her heart?

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

RELAXING WHEN TIME IS AT A PREMIUM By Cynthia Hickey

 What do you do when the doctor orders you to schedule relaxation into your busy schedule? You camp and kayak!

Not an easy thing to do when you release a book a month and run a small press. At first, I told myself that if the doctor were in my shoes, she never would have suggested such a thing. Didn't she know about research, editing, formatting, marketing, and that's just for myself, not my clients.

But then, I sat back and thought about it. Why not schedule time off now and again? As a mystery and suspense writer, camping and kayaking provides the perfect background for a murder scene. Not to mention the time to curl up with a best-selling suspense novel to keep up with what is on the market.

Am I glad I did? Definitely! Did I come back refreshed and rejuvenated? Absolutely! Will I do it again? As often as I can :)


As an author, I need to expose myself to the world and experience new opportunities. If I don't, my stories will end up sounding all the same, and that's boring.

If an author is to write about what they know, then getting "out there" increases our expertise and knowledge. So, my advice is...GET OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN!

What's the most relaxing thing you've ever done to rejuvenate?


LEAVE A COMMENT TO WIN A COPY OF BEWARE THE ORCHIDS, the first in the Shady Acres Mystery Series



 Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold over half a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hot new inspy suspense for April!





(April 2016)
A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends Nate and Nicki Price to Memphis. At Danny Andre's last known address, they find signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the former choirboy they fondly remember...
(April 2016)
After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom...
(April 2016)
It is a deadly game of Russian roulette for the sake of justice, but Caroline is determined to see it through, even if it costs her life.

Monday, April 25, 2016

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!





It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters!

From Marji:

This week Iola Goulton reviews DRESSED FOR DEATH by Julianna Deering. Iola says: “Another excellent Drew Fathering mystery!”

Short Version from Amazon:

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 fiancĂ©e, 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. 

You can read the rest of Iola’s review HERE.

 
On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in
Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!





On Wednesday be sure to check out a great post from Suspense Sister Cynthia Hickey!







Friday, we’re interviewing author Tanya Stowe! She’s giving away a copy of her book, SANTA FE SUNRISE!









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