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Mary Manners Reforms A Bad Boy In Her New Book Mended Heart

BY , APRIL 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author Mary Manners gives us a crash course in bad boys (and a look at how to make Bad Boy Stew) just in time for us to fall head over heels for her latest hero, Shane Calkin of this month's Mended Heart.

When the idea for my contemporary inspirational romance, Mended Heart came to me, I knew I wanted to take a bad boy and turn him good (within the confines of 200 or so pages). What a daunting task! So, how does one ‘change’ a bad boy to good? First, one must understand the recipe for a bad boy:

Bad Boy Stew:
1 Cup Hidden Secrets
2 Heaping Tablespoons Reckless Activities
1 Swollen Ego Mixed with a Rounded Teaspoon of Pride
A Bit of Insecurity
A Dash of Good Looks
A sprinkle of Humor
Just a Pinch of Conscience

Take the above ingredients and stir them well. Then add the girl he spurned in high school, who’s back in town with. Blend them together and bake at high temperatures until he realizes she’s developed a backbone—and a sharp tongue. Throw their hidden secrets into the mix and let them churn for a while, then peek and see what’s developed. Continue to let the contents mingle, watching for new developments. When the ingredients appear to be fully meshed and tender, remove from the heat and enjoy!


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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Inspirational Book Deals

BY , APRIL 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many new book deals being made in the inspirational market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of this week's most inspiring inspirational book deals — just after they’ve been announced! 

There is a lot happening in Ace Collins' Fall 2012 release The Yellow Packard. Set on the brink of World War II, the characters must deal with a robbery, kidnapping and the hunt for a mobster. What ends up connecting the events? A 1936 yellow Packard. 

In Darlene Franklin's upcoming anthology Calico Brides, four young women find love on the prairie. Release date TBA. 

Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall continue their The End series with The Four Horseman publishing in Spring 2013. Set in the near future, the fictional The End series follows the prophesized events leading up to the Rapture and the Last Days of mankind. 


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Win The Latest Inspirational Novels From Denise Hunter And Colleen Coble

BY , APRIL 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we chat with two inspirational authors about their newest releases and then giveaway copies of each book at the end of the post. First up we ask Denise Hunter questions about her new contemporary romance, A Cowboy’s Touch. Then we discuss The Lightkeeper’s Ball, a historical fiction set in the early 1900s, with author Colleen Coble. And don’t forget to enter below to win your own copies of these two great novels!

Denise, what inspired you to write a book about the life of a cowboy in your recent book A Cowboy's Touch?

There’s something very earthy and organic about a cowboy’s life. I was drawn by the idea of living off the land. I think it takes us to a simpler time and place—even though the life of a cowboy is not necessarily simple! And Montana is such a beautiful state. I thought my readers might like to journey there with me through story.

Can you tell us a little about what you have learned about the cowboy lifestyle while doing research for this book?

I learned a lot of fascinating details about the workings of a ranch: branding, breeding, cattle disease, etc. But what I came away with is a great respect for cowboys and their families. Those who choose this way of life do it because they love it. It’s not easy, and it’s not for the faint of heart. 

Abigail’s title at her job is “the Truthseeker.” What is the significance of this title, and what do you think a real truthseeker does?

I thought it would be interesting to write about a protagonist whose job was to seek the truth and have her find out that she was missing the real Truth the whole time. Since Jesus is the Truth, a real truthseeker follows Him.


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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Inspirational Book Deals

BY , APRIL 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many great book deals being made in the inspirational market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them! This week we are introducing our weekly series on five of the most interesting book deals — just after they’ve been announced! 

Author Janice Thompson has two projects she will be releasing soon. The first is a “Love Finds You...” title from Summerside Press — this time love bloom in Daisy, Oklahoma and features a young lady who takes care of orphans. The other project is a three book series about a group of feisty “belles” who come together to help each other. Titles in the series include Wedding Belles, Sleigh Belles and Belles and Whistles.

Annalisa Daughety's next novel All Shook Up will be published in Fall 2011. The story features a wedding planner who falls in love during Elvis Week at Graceland. 


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Author Dan Walsh On The Deepest Waters And More In Today's Author Interview

BY , APRIL 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author Dan Walsh chats with RT Reviewer Leslie McKee in this special author interview. Walsh shares a look behind the scenes of his stories, talks about his writing process and reveals some of the authors whose works inspire him!

Leslie McKee: As a former pastor, how did you get started in writing and are you still working as a pastor?

Dan Walsh: It’s probably fair to say I’m not a pastor who became a writer, but a writer who became a pastor. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since my 11th grade composition class (partly due to the inspiration of a wonderful teacher). I set the writing aside when I experienced a call to ministry. In 2007, I began writing again and we were able to sign the contract for my first book before the year ended. I wrote part-time from then until last September, when I retired from pastoral ministry after 25 years to write full-time.

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Video Interview With Allie Pleiter

BY , APRIL 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Allie Pleiter is known for her inspirational romances. This month her Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical romance, Yukon Wedding releases. Today the author chats with her editor Krista Stroever and RT's Morgan Doremus about her new novel and what fans can expect next.

Allie Pleiter On Yukon Wedding And Other Projects In The Works >>

Allie Pleiter Talks About Writing Series Romance For Harlequin >>

More From The RT BOOK REVIEWS Video Channel >>


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Behind The Scenes Of Jill Eileen Smith's Wives Of King David Series

BY , MARCH 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Jill Eileen Smith's newest inspirational historical novel, Bathshebais a March RT Top Pick! This final novel in Smith's Wives of King David Series won high praise from RT reviewer Lindy J. Swanson who wrote, "Smith’s portrayal of how women lived in Old Testament times and her research of the wives of King David give this series authentic appeal. " Now Smith takes us behind the scenes for a look the challenges she faced when creating her series.

Writers of biblical fiction spend a lot of time transporting themselves into the past, imagining how life might have been. Details become important, and it takes a conscious effort not to insert modern thinking into the story’s culture and their world. For instance, in a contemporary novel or even a historical that was written after the invention of the clock, one might say, “Minutes ticked by as she waited for his response.” But in King David’s era, clocks did not exist, so to say “A few minutes later” would be inaccurate. Details involving flora, fauna, animals, birds, food, fabric, and daily life must be carefully researched.


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Neta Jackson On Who Is My Shelter? And Her Other Windy City-Set Stories

BY , MARCH 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

We turn the spotlight on the new inspirational novels that received Top Pick! ratings for the month of March. First up is author Neta Jackson whose inspirational mainstream novel, Who Is My Shelter? us the latest in her Yada Yada House of Hope series. Now Jackson shares a look at the city that has captured her heart and provided the setting for her two popular inspirational series.

Chicago. Even though I grew up on the west coast and always thought of myself as a “country girl,” I’ve spent most of my adult life here and realize I’ve fallen in love with the city. Yes, even with all its quirks and messy politics and racial tensions. The lakefront and Chicago skyline are beautiful. The ethnic festivals and concerts in the parks are exciting. But most of all, I’ve fallen in love with the wonderful diversity of people that call Chicago home.


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MaryLu Tyndall Shares Inspiration For Writing Inspirationals - With Giveaway!

BY , MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Inspirational author MaryLu Tyndall shares the path that she took to writing and her top five tips for aspiring authors. And don’t miss your chance to win a set of books from her historical romance Surrender series, including this month’s Surrender the Night

I’m currently writing my 11th novel. Wow! Did I say 11? That fact is still as shocking to me as the first time I got “that call” from my agent, telling me that I received a contract on my first novel. Every contract I’ve received after that has been just as exciting. God has been good to me. But, now that I’ve been in the business awhile, I often get asked, how did I get published? What is my advice for writers trying to capture that illusive ship of publishing?


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Men Writing Romance: An Interview With Inspirational Romance Author Henry McLaughlin

BY , MARCH 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today we talk with male author Henry McLaughlin who has just released his inspirational historical romance, February’s Journey to Riverbend. This novel got an RT Top Pick! from Review Patsy Glans who praised McLaughlin’s multidimensional characters. Now McLaughlin answers our questions about what it’s like to be a man writing in what is classical considered “a woman’s genre”.

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What type of romance do you write? Western/historical

When did you first get published as a romance author? Journey to Riverbend is my first published novel.


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