Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
My part of the series is titled, BIG ON CHRISTMAS!!
Here are the prizes to be given away:
2 - $10 Amazon Gift cards
2 - Necklaces that I bought in Tennessee this summer especially for this drawing
1 - Sonomo Necklace
1 - Origami Necklace
* Every winner will also get a box of chai tea. Why? Because I'm silly that way and because my heroine in the story, Cassie Newman, drinks chai.
Friday, November 7, 2014
When Katie Mettner writes a series, each book is easily a stand alone as well. She never leaves anything untied or unfinished. However, Katie leaves a trail of bread crumbs that hint there may be more to come. When I found out she was writing a fourth book in the series, I wondered what she could possibly put Tula "Sugar" and Donovan "Van" Walsh through, that she hadn't already done. Trust me, she puts her characters through a ton of stuff.
I eagerly began to read Sugar's Faith and was drawn into the love and chaos that is unique to Sugar and Van.
There are so many things I want to say about what happens in this story, but I fear I'll give too much away. Katie puts Van through the ringer with the pains of his past. In doing so, Sugar goes through the ringer too. There were times when their world was crashing down around them and I wondered if their love would survive. I wanted to take Van and give him a good shake; to tell him he's messing things up. The author has a knack for drawing raw emotion from her characters, and from her readers. I was on the brink of tears a few times. Of course, there are some fun scenes to break up the angst.
Katie effectively breathed life into Sugar who is an amputee, because she's literally walked in Sugar's shoes as an amputee herself. The issues and struggles come through crystal clear and Katie courageously shared another reality, other than physical and mental, that amputees have to deal with: devotees. You will have to read the book to understand what and who they are. I was shocked, to say the least.
Along with the chaos and trials of strength in this story, there is a lot of joy; especially when the story comes together completely at the end. I truly feel that Sugar's Faith is Katie Mettner's best book yet.
Katie Mettner grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and moved to the Northwoods where she now resides with her husband and three children. Katie writes spicy Christian romance and is the author of The Sugar series and The Northern Lights series. Her stories are a reflection of her love for family, intricately woven with life experience. When the gales of November blow early you can find her at the computer with a cup of joe working on her next adventure.
Find all of Katie's books on Amazon!
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming author Carol Rose to my blog!
When I was preparing the information for this post, I sent Carol a note telling her that when I read her bio on Amazon I discovered she'd written twenty books, has a family, works as a therapist, and is an active member in her local chapter of Romance Writers of America. I asked how she juggles all that and maintains her sanity. I received a clever response:
Jan, let's not assume I'm sane.
LOL love it! That immediately told me Carol and I would get along just fine!
On with the interview...
Carol, can you explain a little bit about your writing style?
I always struggle to answer this because I don't have much consciousness of my style. Readers have given me everything from extravagant praise to outright indignation. Thankfully, most fall toward the more appreciative side.
You have some different and interesting titles for your books. (Here are a few: Roy's Rent-A-Hubby, Momentary Marriage, Always, The Favored One, Forgotten Father, and many more) Does naming your stories come easy?
Titles can be easy and automatic or very difficult. The writing, however, is kind of like breathing for me. Plotting is a different kettle of fish. I have to work at that.
Are there any specific messages or topics you like to write about?
While I can enjoy reading other romance genres, I really love writing about real life people dealing with real life relationships and making these work. It's kind of my thing.
If your muse gets stuck, how do you get it going again?
I watch movies, read books and take naps -- that is, I stop trying so hard.
Is there one aspect of writing you find particularly challenging and have to power through?
It's silly, but I have to make myself power through the last chapter of books. Also, action scenes can take specific effort?
Tell us something, non-writing related, that you've always wanted to do.
Live for six months in New York City. I don't want to stay there forever (I like driving too much), but I love the city.
Are you busy working on a story or do you have book #21 coming out soon?
My most recent release is Thankfully Yours (Holiday Romance Series, #3). I'm currently finishing up, Smooched -- the first in my Blue Collar Boys series. This is Case's story. The guys do architectural salvage, which fascinates me. I'm looking to release the first three books in the series next fall.
Thanks for being here today, Carol! Come back anytime.
If you'd like to catch up with Carol and her incredible books, she can be found at these locations:
Website - www.CarolRoseBooks.com
Twitter - @CarolRoseBooks
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/carol.rose.author
Amazon Author page - http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Rose/e/B001KI1OVA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1415382859&sr=8-2-ent