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Monday, February 22, 2016

Blog Tour Giveaway!

All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all … going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks? Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.

Enter the drawing here!


About the Author:

Theresa Oliver grew up in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Indiana. In her childhood, she fell in love with the power of the written word, a love affair that has continued her whole life. She moved to Florida, where she has lived much of her adult life. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tenn., and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, News Editorial sequence. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. She is currently a writer, a full-time teacher, and the owner of Write More Publications and TNT Author Services. However, her greatest adventure is as a mother of three beautiful boys. Oliver currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida, with her husband and children.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Meet Author Lori Soard!

    “Hi everyone! I am a Christian romance writer. I live in a tiny town in southern Indiana called Henryville. We are famous as being the birth place of Colonel Sanders (KFC fame) and for the 2012 tornado that leveled our town.
     When I’m not writing, I am usually with my family. I have two college-age daughters, am married to my high school sweetheart, and we always have plenty of pets as we all love animals.
I love to read and discover new authors, so that keeps me pretty busy as well. I also write nonfiction, edit, and design websites.”

Update!  My review of Lori's book:

  • "Cupid's Quest" is a great kick-off to Lori Soard's new "Cupid's Crossing" series. This cleverly titled story is a Christian romance and God is a big part of the characters' relationships, yet Lori has woven humor and playfulness into the story. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, they are developed into more than stereotypical figures. The hero and heroine have a lot to learn about each other, which they do with caring and gentle exploration of each others' personalities. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Lori's Latest Release

Lori’s latest story is Cupid’s Quest. It is the first book in her new series, Cupid’s Crossing, which is a contemporary inspirational romance line. Cupid’s Crossing is a fictional town that seems to get special attention from Cupid. You never know what’s going to happen there-----

The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business. 

Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees. 

While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.


Q & A with Lori

How long have you been writing?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t telling stories. When I was very little, my dad would make up stories at bed time and would let me help him choose what direction to take them. My mom would buy me books, which I loved even before I could read. It seemed only natural when my first grade teacher taught me to string letters into words and words into sentences that I would start keeping a journal and writing little stories of my own.

I absorbed books and I always wrote stories. Even in high school, I would start a story, pass it to my best friend between classes, we’d add to each other’s stories, and pass them back. I now know this is a round robin style of writing, but back then it was just something fun to do.

It wasn’t until college when I took a journalism class that I realized you could actually get paid to write. My professor had us cover a local topic and submit it to our local newspaper. The editor published it and even put it on the front page. On top of that, I got paid $25! I know that is a really small amount but you have no idea how excited I was about that $25. I could get paid to write? It was a true light bulb moment for me.

Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a lovely little office all set up. It is ergonomic, painted a pretty color, etc. However, I tend to wind up on the family room couch with my laptop 99% of the time. My little dog will snooze by my side and sometimes our kitten will crawl up on my chest, which makes it hard to see the screen or type. I like noise when I’m working, so the television is often on as background noise, or I might be listening to music.

I’ve been known to write anywhere, though. I carry an iPad mini with me that has a keyboard case. It isn’t easy to type on, but if I’m really into a story, I will work on it in the car with hubby driving, in waiting rooms, or even at dinner.

What genre do you write and why?

I love romances. When I was about nine, I read my first romance novel and was hooked. My Aunt Jewel loved them, too, and she would bring me big grocery bags full of Harlequin romances, which I would devour.

To this day, I love a good romantic comedy, whether a movie or a book. So, it only seems natural to write romantic comedies. I have written a historical, which I enjoyed, but found exhausting with the fact checking. And, I dabbled in romantic suspense. I’m really proud of those books, too, as well as my YA novel. I hate to pigeon-hole myself into one genre, because I really believe it is just about telling a good story that you have to tell. That might not always be romantic comedy, but for me it usually is.

Tell us a little about Cupid's Quest...

This is my first contemporary Christian romance. My other books are PG but not strictly inspirational fiction, although my characters are typically believers. However, over the years, I’ve grown as a Christian and I felt the pull to share His love and mercy through fiction. My goal has never been to be a New York Times Bestselling author. It’s very hard to attain that and still  ill hold onto your standards. My goal instead is to reach one reader, to give that reader hope and share my faith with her. If I can do that, then I’ve succeeded at what I truly believe God put me here to do.

What are some of your favorite things?

Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (favorite movie, too)
Favorite food: Pizza – I could eat this for every single meal and never get tired of it.
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Favorite character: Libby Henderson. This is woman is in her 80s and features prominently in Cupid’s Quest. She is bold, brash, and hilarious. Yet, she has a heart of gold. My biggest challenge with her was keeping her from taking the book over completely. She will appear again in the next book, though. There were times when I was writing a scene with her in it and I had to stop and catch my breath because I’d be laughing so hard. I know writers are always saying their characters take over, and that was truly the case with this one. I had to really rein her in at times.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the second book in the Cupid’s Crossing series. It’s going to be called Change of Heart. It is Sinclaire’s story. She is Gracie’s friend and co-worker in Book # 1 and just screamed for her own story. Sinclaire is very damaged and does not start the story as a believer. It will be interesting to write her journey toward redemption.

Anything you'd like to add?

If there is one thing I’d like to encourage my readers to do, it is to memorize scripture. Even if you just choose one line verses, get them into your heart. As you’ll notice when you read Cupid’s Quest, having those words etched on your heart allows you to pull them out during the trials of your life.
This was reinforced to me recently when a family member told us she was ill. I was able to share a verse I knew would give her hope to hold onto. Even though she is a believer, sometimes you  just need someone to speak God’s word to you. There wasn’t time to look up a verse, but because Jeremiah 29:11 is etched into my heart from the many times we used it when teaching youth a few years back, I was able to speak those words to her from the heart.

I truly believe it is worth the effort to memorize scripture in this way. You may not remember it word for word, but it will help you or someone else when most needed.

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes! Readers can stay up-to-date by going to LoriSoard.com and clicking on newsletter to subscribe. I also offer regular contests for things like autographed books, Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and other goodies.

Also, Cupid’s Quest is available for free from KDP and Unlimited for three months. It’s also available in paperback.

Thanks, everyone. I love questions from readers or even just a short note. Feel free to email me or contact me on social media.



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·      Excerpt of Cupid’s Quest here.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday, February 07, 2016

40 Days of Psalms

A free 40 day devotional by the authors and employees of Pelican Book Group.

All about the book--watch the video.

The authors and staff at Pelican Book Group come together to offer this free devotional for Lent. Travel through favourite psalms and discover Christ in a special way during each day of Lent. Available for download February 8, 2016


Click here to order a paperback copy (U.S. addresses only. Shipping costs will apply.)

Contributors include:
Brenda Baker
Candice Sue Patterson
Christine Lindsay
Claire Sanders
Clare Revell
Delia Latham
Dianne J Wilson
EA West
Heidi Glick
Jamie West
Jan Elder
Janalyn Voigt
Karen Cogan
Kathleen Friesen
Kristen Joy Wilks
Lisa McCaskill
LoRee Peery
Marianne Evans
Marilyn Leach
Mary Manners
MaryAnn Diorio
Megan Lee
Merry Stahel
Natasha Deen
Nicola Martinez
Niki Turner
Pamela Thibodeaux
Robin Bayne
Sandy Nadeau
Susan Lyttek
Terri Weldon
Valerie Goree
Wendy Davy
Zoe McCarthy

Monday, February 01, 2016

Meet Dawn V Cahill



Sapphire Secrets

Filled with mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Sapphire Secrets is the story of a Seattle woman’s relentless pursuit of truth and God’s power to heal and transform broken lives.

Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary open a dance studio in honor of their late mother, whom they lost when they were six. Problem is, Livy remembers nothing of the day her mother died. The more she questions her family about that awful day, the more she suspects she’s been lied to all her life. While she’s seeking answers to what really happened, she keeps crossing paths with handsome engineer Scott Lorenzo, who compels her to question the New Age philosophy she was raised on. What if there is a personal God out there who cares about her?

Before Livy can discover answers, a brutal accident interrupts her search. Her life flips upside down as she faces a future she is not prepared for. Yet the unanswered questions continue to haunt her. Can she find the strength to keep on with her quest, even if it means losing the two people most dear to her—her twin, and the man she loves?

---2015 Finalist, ACFW First Impressions Contest 


Q&A With Dawn...

1.      How long have you been writing?
I started and stopped many a book over the years, but really got serious just two and a half years ago, after encouragement from my sister. Since then, I self-published two books - a short story and a novel, finished another novel, and am currently working on two more. Plus I hold down a full-time job!

2.      Where is your favorite place to write?
In my son’s former bedroom, now my writing room.

3.      Do you have any habits while writing?
I like to have a crossword puzzle next to me, and somehow, when I get stuck, it “unsticks” the creative flow.

4.      What genre do you write and how did you choose that genre?
My Hot Topic series is women’s fiction, and Seattle Trilogy is mystery. Because I like to read these genres, I challenged myself to write them as well.

5.      Tell us about your latest book.
Identical twins…a suspicious death…a family secret. Sapphire Secrets has it all, plus a dash of romance. And Livy is the only one who saw what really happened. If only she could remember…
Also check out its prequel, “When Lyric Met Limerick,” a cute romance. (see below) You could call it an appetizer for the main course.



 Dawn loves to go hiking!

6. Do you have any parting words?

I do a giveaway periodically for new subscribers to my blog. Hop over to dawnvcahill.com and sign up. You might win an ebook. And I’ll be posting updates on my publishing progress, cover reveals, and launch, so stay tuned!



Check out Dawn's other story...