Showing posts with label #romance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #romance. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Romance & A Giveaway from Jean C. Gordon

I wish to introduce you to Christian author, Jean C. Gordon. I'm excited to have met her. Read this information about her new book. Sounds fascinating. What a unique presentation! Scroll to the bottom to enter to win Mending the Motorcross Champion book.


Mending the Motocross Champion was a long-time coming. I originally started writing it in the mid-2000s as a secular romance, and then about five years ago rewrote it as an inspirational romance.

 

You might think that it was inspired by me or my husband being a motocross fan. Actually, the idea for the book came from a discussion a former coworker and I had about marriage. The books original title was Everlasting Vows. The person I was talking with had only been married a short time, and shared with me that she didn’t want to make what she called compromises in her marriage. I saw the compromises she didn’t want to consider as the give-and-take needed for any successful long-term relationship.

 

That got me thinking about the sanctity of marriage vows. Since I read a fair number of cowboy romances, I considered the rodeo circuit as a situation that could try a young marriage. I also love reunion stories, so I wanted to put that spin on it. I felt rodeo would have required a western setting. So, I looked at other possibilities that could be set in Upstate New York and discovered motocross. There are two small local tracks nearby and Unadilla, an AMA Pro Motocross Facility, is only a couple of hours away. I had such fun with this story that I’m planning a whole series. A related sweet romance novella, Holiday Escape will be released next month.

 

As one book reviewer said, Mending the Motocross Champion isn’t heavy on sport details. I was more interested in the people of the motocross circuit. So much of my research was reading blogs written by motocross racers and their spouses and significant others and following them on social media. I found former supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s autobiography Wide Open invaluable for insight. I also discovered Team Faith, a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about action sports. It uses professional athletes to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I learned about “pit pastors” who minister to Christians and others on the circuit.

 

Mending the Motocross Champion description:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

 

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.


 

For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.

They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

 

Connect with Jean on Facebook, as @JeanCGordon on Twitter, or on JeanCGordon.com

 Post a comment below. Don't forget to leave your e-mail URL. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into Jean C. Gordon's contest that runs until the end of October. On November 1, I will post the winner. The author offers a print book to anyone who lives in the United States or an e-book to anyone in the world.

I find motorcross racing something new I wish to learn about. What is it about this book that strikes your interest? Tell us in your comment below.
 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Author Interview with Diane Dean White

Christian author, Diane Dean White visits our Writing with God's Hope blog today. Diane, I'm eager to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello, Janet. Thank you for allowing me to share time on your nice website with your readers.
 
 
Where did you get the idea for your book?

 
The idea for, THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN, has been with me since my hubby’s work took us to rural GA, in the late 70’s. It’s one of those stories that took a long time before it could be told. The title was through a critique partner and something I was reading of hers, and a phrase jumped out at me. I ask if she was going to use it and she wasn’t ,so I did!

 

How did you find your publisher?

 

I had been with two different publishers for previous books, and had also self published. I was headed down that road again, but at the last minute researched a few smaller publishers…and happily Winged Publication liked my book.

 

Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

 

Yes, I’m contracted with Winged for a winter romance, a run-away bride, and a story about the orphan trains. I’m having fun working on them. With all my books I share the plan of salvation and pray that those who read the pages and don’t know Christ will think about that important step. 
 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy a variety of genres.  I like both Christian historic and contemporary romance, and suspense. Some of my favorite authors are Eugenia Price, Victoria Holt, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and Barbara Taylor Bradford. Sadly several are no longer with us.


What has your writing journey been like so far?


I have always enjoyed writing and asked for a typewriter in 6th grade. That summer I wrote a short book, but probably only my artist friend and grandmother read it! In the 70’s I did some newspaper reporting. Once the bug bites you, your name is in print along with your stories, and people enjoy your column…it doesn’t stop. Our children were preschool at this time, and although I continued to do stringer work and ancestral history research, my writing was put on hold until our youngest was in his junior year of high school. After that I had a number of short stories published in various books and, magazines. I had a four year weekly column in a Michigan based magazine, and then I took time off to write ON A SUMMER NIGHT, and my writing hasn’t stopped.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Since we’ve been living in first South Carolina for twelve years and now Florida, I enjoy going back to our home state in Michigan. My parents are both gone now, but for years we enjoyed their summer home on Lake Michigan, and our daughter and family have a home in MI too. It’s wherever the kids gather and we can go!


Tell me a fun fact about yourself.


I had a small boutique of collectibles and antiques when we lived in SC. They were packed and put into storage while we became acquainted with Florida after our move, while were living in a small high rise. When we purchased our home those boxes of antiques and collectibles were placed in our new 2 ½ car garage. My poor hubby has never used it for our car, and people in Florida are down-sizing and not interested in my cherished collectibles and antiques...I’m considering an auction sale! It’s really hard to see a good buy and pass it up!

If you could be a song, what would it be?


“This World is Not my Home.”  Thank goodness we have the assurance of a place in Heaven, especially today with all the changes in our world.

I so agree, Diane. Thank you, Jesus. I can identify loving to be with family.

Where can we find you online?



 

Give us links where your book can be purchased. 





Darlene arrives in rural Georgia with her two preschoolers to escape an abusive marriage. In hiding, she struggles to adjust to a secretive life among the pecan trees and gardenias. Then comes an unexpected visit from a neighbor. Detective Brett Gafee is married to his job and his community, and heir to large pecan orchards. Expectations of a loving relationship dwindle over the years, and he sets aside all thoughts of marriage. Then he introduces himself to Darlene. Is it fate or the Lord that brought them together? Will Darlene adjust to the southern ways and become the loving wife she so desperately wants to Brett? Can she imagine the life that awaits her?

 

 

Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, a stay-at-home Mom.
She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Winter Wonderland, Texting Mr. Right and This Side of Heaven. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-three years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart.
 

Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianes-Author-Page/547038885384768?ref=stream


Hopefully, you'll gain new likes, Diane. I love the idea of the story. May God continue to bless your writing.