Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gay N Lewis Visits!

Interview with Gay Lewis!

What genres to you write in?
Thanks Peggy, for asking. I usually write in the genres of Fantasy and Romance. My Sarah series is about a dyslexic angel who comes to earth to play Cupid but bumbles her way through assignments. The havoc she creates makes the reader laugh out loud. The hallmark of all my writing is humor and faith.

Where did the inspiration come from for your current novel?
Actually, Mattie’s Choice is the first book I ever wrote, and it was the most difficult. It’s Historical, Christian, Women’s Fiction, and it is a serious book that will make the reader consider attitudes and social mores. It is loosely based on family experiences. My mother-in-law was married to a demanding man who refused to let her see her family. Research shows that controlling men do this, even today. These men feel threatened by people who can see through them. In 1925, women had few choices, but more are available today. There’s humor in the book, but there’s also a lot about faith, or the lack of it.

Is there a theme in the book?
Yes. The original name of the book was Choices, but my publisher had already published a book with that title, so I changed it to Mattie’s Choice. The choices the characters in the book make are based upon their interpretation of Scripture, society’s traditions, and their personal lack of self-confidence. Mattie is a na├»ve 17-year-old who elopes with the love of her life, but she soon learns she’s made a mistake.  Here’s a blurb.
In rural Oklahoma in 1925, a naive seventeen-year-old Mattie chooses to elope with Jesse, leaving behind an ideal life with her wealthy and loving parents and siblings. She vows to stay with her husband through good times or bad. The wonderful life she dreams of with Jesse is shattered by his abusive nature and his refusal to allow her to see her family.
When Jesse's brother, Joe, travels to Galveston, and returns with his new wife, the vivacious Ella, Mattie believes Ella is living the life Mattie prays to have with Jesse. As the years grow harder and Jesse and Mattie's growing family struggle to survive The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl and illness, Jesse's abuse worsens. Life for Ella and Joe also unravels as Joe begins to tyrannize his wife. Ella makes the choice that Mattie has never considered.
Will Mattie keep her vow to stay with Jesse at the risk of her own life and the life of her children or will she leave him despite the vow?

Interesting! Let's get to that writing time. Need a window? Prefer no distractions? Prefer laptop or a pc?
I write at my desk at home on my desktop computer. My husband and I share an office. He sits at his desk behind me and that's okay, as long as he's quiet. The problem? Well, he likes to talk to me. He thinks I know more about computers and technology than he does, so he asks me to handle his correspondence. I'm slowly teaching him what little I know. He always said he'd leave this world computer illiterate, but he's learning. He gets things mixed up. For instance, he says, "I texted you." When he actually emailed it to me.
I usually give up writing and wait till he is in another room.

What’s your next plans?
I’m writing my Sarah books again. I have one contracted to be out July, 2018. Sarah helps a lady with a makeover in this one. The young school teacher is overweight and thinks poorly of herself. Sarah, the angel, has the ability to appear in any size or form, she wants. She materializes as a young female in need of a transformation and befriends Valerie. Just wait till you read the chaos Sarah creates for Valerie.  I’m also writing a Sarah Christmas story for next Christmas. Mattie’s Choice is a bit darker and much more serious. I’m happy to be back to my silly Sarah.

A native Texan, Gay lives in Fulshear, a small town west of Houston. She loves to travel and engage in artistic ventures. Two videos she producedThe Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations and Psalms from the Mountainssold well in international markets. Graphic skills kept her busy as a portrait photographer, and for over ten years, she used her imaginative insight in the interior design field.

As a pastor’s wife, she writes Faith Features for various church periodicals. She also writes articles for Texas Hill Country.  Gay is also a published author for Pelican Book Group in romance and fantasy fiction. Her current series is about a dyslexic angel who comes to earth to help humans, but Sarah, the angel, is more like Lucy Ricardo with humorous antics and bumbles.

All of the Sarah books have appeared on Amazon’s Best Seller’s List. The Sarah series is available in eBook format as well as print at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Pelican Book Group, and other book sellers. Some additions are available in Amazon Audible. Each book in the series is a standalone novel.

Her latest books, Mattie’s Choice, and Clue into Kindness are not fantasy and romance. These books are women’s fiction. The stories are about abusive men and women who are addicted to an unhealthy relationship.

The books are available in print, eBook, and audio.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Do you hear that? A New Book is on the Horizon!

I hear the rumble of a new book on the horizon! Here's a snippet:

Doesn't it look lovely? Not enough to tell? Ahhh. Then you'll have to gird your loins for a bit of a wait, dear friend. But it's soon. Very soon. Stay tuned. . . . 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Two Love Is Novellas~This is Better Than Christmas!

 Your hunger for a compact satisfyingly clean romance can be assuaged right this moment. And in any form you'd like. These two are as different as can be, but no less endearing. Want a tale of a married couple facing a matter of life and death over their firstborn? Choose Racing Hearts by Renee Blare. Yearning to escape the bustle of busy life and grow with the heroine as she discovers God's forgiveness and love? Haven in the Woods by Nancy Shew Bolton is the one for you. Here's what others are saying about these novellas.

 “Learning to trust God for everything from their marriage, health, finances, and baby, makes for a story that will warm your heart…and perhaps make it race too…” Susan Baganz

#prismbookgroup #LoveIs #Amreading #ChristianRomance #CleanandWholesomeRead

Need more? How about a little excerpt:

     The small cubicle darkened. As she struggled to slow her breaths, her heart thundered in her ears as fast as a mustang across the high plains. 
     She slid to her knees and pressed her forehead against the cold steel of the dividing wall. “Oh, Lord, help me.”

Or how about this one?

"Bolton’s lush setting paints a perfect backdrop for these people who learn that protecting each other, no matter how they came together, as well as living under the protection of God’s wings, makes life worth living. Told in multiple viewpoints from the perspectives of the main characters, this sweet novella clips right along at a quick pace. Full and satisfying, readers will root for both Robert and Ellen, even in the darkest moments." Lisa J. Lickel

A Haven in the Woods by Nancy Shew Bolton OUT NOW from Prism Book Group.
#loveis #prismbookgroup #amreading #kindle #ChristianRomance

Don't miss this excerpt:

     She kept the gun aimed at him. “Stay off my property or I’ll shoot you.”
     “Technically, I’m standing on my land.”
     His calm voice didn’t fit with having a gun trained on him. He pointed at a small orange flag affixed to a rod in the ground near him. “The survey marker shows where your land starts and mine ends. Also, you can’t just shoot someone in New York State for stepping onto your property.”
     He seemed like a reasonable person, but didn’t people always say psychopaths were good at appearing normal? She continued to point the gun at him. “I can shoot anyone I think means to harm me.”
     “Well, that wouldn’t be me.” He shrugged and gave a brisk flip of his hand. “See ya.”

Ready to select? Just click the blue words beneath each cover and you'll zoom right over to Amazon, where you can purchase each book for only $2.99. Now that's a steal!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Susan Baganz's Edition to the Love Is Series!

The Love Is Series just keeps adding to its ranks at Prism Book Group. Today we've got Susan Baganz and her book, The Baron's Blunder.

Take it away, Susan!

You would think the author of countless romance stories would find it easy to write one out of her own life. But it’s not.

Growing up, I would walk home and look up to heaven, spin around, and wonder if God was taking my picture. Did He care for my overly-sensitive, hurting and lonely heart? All a teacher had to do was look at me wrong and I’d burst into tears until sixth grade when I learned to hide my pain.

The sweetest love story is when, after years of sensing God’s call to me, I finally understood that I could respond. That he was waiting for me to do so! James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (NASB)” Really? He wasn’t some distant King high on a thrown beyond my reach. I first came to understand this at a Campus Life/Youth for Christ meeting.

For weeks I had begged some friends to let me come to a meeting. They seemed happy. They had something I didn’t. And they would go to concerts for groups like . . . Petra, who I had never heard of. Finally, I was invited and we had a conversation about misconceptions people had about Christianity. I was raised knowing about God and taught to fear Him, so I was fully engaged in the conversation. Then the biggest misconception hit me—that people didn’t understand that they could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Whoa. Really?

I prayed right then and there and my entire world shifted.

I went out and bought a Bible and started devouring it. Opposition came but I clung to Christ. To a hurting, lonely fifteen-year-old, the fact that the God of the universe wanted me—Me?—was a huge revelation. When depression plagued me, I was told I was trying to manipulate people. The only reason I never attempted to take my life was because of the love of God.

Thirty-five years have brought me through many trials and triumphs, deep pains and sweet moments. God has been there by my side through all of it. I wish I could say that I’ve been as faithful to Him as He has been to me. It’s hard when people have wounded me deeply to trust the God who allowed it to happen. Yet I wouldn’t be here without Him. He’s led me, grown me, matured me . . . and I’ve learned that in Him I have more strength than I could ever have on my own. Some trials I look back on in wonder at how I was able to respond the way I did. That couldn’t have been me, could it?

Only God.

Through abuses, betrayals, heartache, He has been my constant. My one true love. When I write my romances my hope and prayer is that at some level the reader will understand the love of God that underlies the journey’s my characters take.

God is faithful. He has never abandoned me. The fact that He gives me the opportunity to put some of those experiences into my stories to bless others is just another example of His love for me.

Check out Susan’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…

The Baron’s Blunder
“Love does not delight in evil …” 1 Corinthians: 13:6

Fighting evil has been a hobby, but fending off marriage-minded debutantes—a chore.

Lord Charles Percy fends off a land pirate robbing a carriage in broad daylight. Noting he has rescued a beautiful debutante, he lies about his title claiming to be a mere mister.

The Honorable Henrietta Allendale isn’t convinced Mr. Percy is who he claims to be. But after he admits to one blunder can she ever truly trust what he says? Especially about the evil threatening her? Who is the Black Diamond anyway and why would he be after either of them?

One intrepid debutant and one bumbling Baron soon join forces to defeat evil. But to do so might mean they have to sacrifice the one thing they’ve each held as most important—their single status.

Can the truth set them free to love? 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Renee Blare Celebrates the Second Installment of the Snowy Range Chronicles!

The moment we've all been waiting for! Inspirational author, Renee Blare's second installment of the Snowy Range Chronicles has hit the shelves! If you need help to get your copy, click here: Amazon.

Here's a quick blurb:

If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same... 

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. 
Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again. 
She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved. 

Can two people find each other through raging waters? 

And in case you missed the first installment, click here: Amazon.

Renee Blare has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Gail Pallotta's Novel in the Love Is Series Is Out!

When I was in college I used to run into an atheist in the small cafe where we gathered for Coca-Colas, hamburgers and French fries after class. I tried to avoid him, because he always hopped over to my table and started an argument about my faith.
Perhaps he comes to mind on the release day of Breaking Barriers for several reasons. One, he was angry at me because I am a Christian. Even though today I can’t recall which verses he used, he’d take passages from the Bible and try to make me say they weren’t true. When I wouldn’t, he’d retort with a scientific argument and claim it had to be right.
The second reason he comes to mind—it was the mention of God’s love that finally silenced him. One day I grew so frustrated I asked, “If there’s no God, where does love come from? Why don’t you mix me up a little bowl of it? If scientists could do it, they would, because they could sell a ton of it for lots of money.”
His mouth gaped.
He never trotted to my table again.
Since then I’ve read that we have chemicals in the brain that produce love. I’ve often wondered if he came up with that theory. Even if that were true, the chemicals in the brain came from somewhere, and that would still lead back to God. I hope it wasn’t him. I hope he thought about God’s great love for us and decided to read the Bible.

Check out Gail’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…

Breaking Barriers
“…love is not easily angered …” 1 Corinthians: 13:5

Gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters the church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop, then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church, she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting, she’s attacked by a terrorist, but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later, like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

99 Cent Sale!

My second book, Reviving Jules is now available for 99 cents! Get your copy for this new hot price!