Monthly Archives: November 2013

‘Birdie Saves the World’ Isn’t Your Mom’s Inspirational Romance

I’m  so happy to report that I’m very close to being finished with the edit of ‘Birdie Saves the World’. I’ve got to tell you this has been the most fun book I’ve ever written. And I can’t wait to see the gorgeous cover artist Amy DeLoach is creating.

Shiloh Buchannan and Birdie O’Brien barely introduced themselves before the sparks began to fly. I love it when I have a nice organized outline and then the  characters wreck it by going off on their own to have the most interesting adventures. That’s what happened with ‘Birdie’.

So basically it’s a story about a quirky artist living in Savannah. Back to the coastal city comes the poor bad boy she fell for years earlier. When he shows up in Savannah he’s obscenely rich, notorious, and out for revenge- against her family. Add in scandal , a funky non-profit charity, a deep spiritual message, arson, some emotionally satisfying romance, a broken engagement, Tybee Island Beach at Christmas, plus too many twists and turns to count and you have ‘Birdie’.

I love writing Inspirational Romance but my style is a little different from the norm. I believe the two main characters should have a wild roller coaster ride- both emotionally and spiritually before they win their ‘happily ever after’. I’m OK with the hero having to physically protect others, sometimes with mild violence. I don’t use profanity in my novels or write explicit sex scenes, but I do like a sort of slow toasty simmer of chemistry percolating between the hero and heroine.

I like to write real people so my characters aren’t perfect. Not by a long shot. The heroes are always damaged, and usually cynical. They’ll change over the course of the story. But they stay masculine. They act and speak like real guys. I like an alpha male. God made men to be different from women and I relish the differences. Don’t you get tired of reading Christian fiction where the guys are almost asexual? I mean really, David wasn’t lily-white. Neither was Solomon. I don’t want to read about a bland perfect man.The above image will give you a sense of how I see Shiloh Buchannan.

I like heroines who are spunky and not victims. And they don’t have to be blue-eyed blondes either. The Lord in His infinite wisdom made femininity in many, many different iterations. And we need to celebrate the beauty of all of them. I hope I write my female characters as smart, independent, and vulnerable. I think the greatest part of the beauty of Godly women is in their purity, kindness, and vulnerability. I strive for that kind of inward beauty in my own life. And that standard spills over into the heroines I write.       

I hope you’ll give ‘Birdie’ a try when it’s published in December. It would make a great Christmas gift!               

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The Giftlings Available in Print

BookCoverPreviewThe Giftlings is now in print. It would make a fun gift for your teenagers.

If they loved the Twilight books they will love The Giftlings.

It has that paranormal vibe that is so popular right now, but it’s written from a Christian World View.

It’s sort of Cinderella meets Village of the Dammed.

If you, or your teenager, likes a coming of age novel with an innocent girl, a bad boy, & a great spiritual message this book is for you!

Great Thanksgiving break read.

Birdie Saves the World is Finished!!!!!

Wooooo! Hoooo! Birdie Saves the World is finished. I’ve got to tell you, I’m so in love with the hero of this book! Shiloh Buchannan is a corporate shark who’s been carrying a torch for the heroine Birdie for ten years. Problem is….he doesn’t know it.

And he’s got waaaay too many sins and secrets in his past to qualify as an acceptable guy for innocent Birdie O’Brien. She’s completely boho- a dedicated Christian, a world-famous artist, and a person who so wants to have the love and approval of her family.

 

Set in Savannah this novel has it all. There’s old money against the newly rich.All kinds of selfish manipulations. And some real laughs plus aching two hankie heartbreak.  Birdie Saves the World is not at all predictable. Lots of turns in the plot road.  I do so love a Hitchcock twist!!!

It makes for a very fun mix of conflict and faith and passion.

We’re poised for a Christmas release. And I must say, it’s a perfect Christmas season read. Sinners, angsty love, & ultimate redemption!!!! Yummy!!!

The Giftlings in Print!

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My paranormal Young Adult, ‘The Giftlings’  should be available in print form on amazon next week. It would appeal to the folks who loved the Twilight books but like to read novels from a Christian world view.

 

Here’s the blurb:

High School student Madison Jones has a lot on her mind. In the past six months she’d caused the loss of her father’s job, the relocation of her entire family, and the arrest of a church deacon. And she’d met a guy, Will Stone, who just might be the love of her life. She’d also become the unwilling recipient of a spiritual ‘gift’. Then there’s the arch demon who wants to own her soul at any cost…

If you’re a kindle junkie, it’s already out there for you. Available here: The Giftlings

Closing in on Finishing ‘Birdie Saves the World’

I getting very close to having “Birdie Saves the World’ completed. I’ll be editing it in a week or two.  I can honestly say this novel has been one that has made me laugh and cry. I’ve even been furious with some of the characters.

Set in modern-day Savannah it’s my first foray into Contemporary Inspirational Romance. I had written one a Love Inspired editor requested a few years ago. She eventually passed on ‘Carried Away’. I still may tweak and publish it some day. But ‘Birdie’ is the first Contemporary I’ve written specifically for KDP.

I really like the character Birdie. If she were real, I’d love to have her as a shopping buddy. She is an artist who pedals around Savannah on an old vintage bike.

But the hero Shiloh Buchannan is the character who makes my heart skip a beat every time I sit down to write. He’s strong, handsome, cynical, damaged, and he’s got bad motives for just about everything he does.

Birdie’s been through a lot in her short life. But it’s made her a better person. Shiloh’s past has scarred him in just about every way a person can be scarred. And he’s got the attitude to prove it.

It’s been a real treat to see how God changes them both over the course of the novel. I do love a story with angst, love, & redemption.

I hope “Birdie Saves the World’ will deliver on all three.

Working Hard On Print Edition Of Mercy’s Heart

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I’ve been hard at work getting Mercy’s Heart ready for print edition. I must say I couldn’t be doing it without the help of a wonderful book cover artist….Amy DeLoach is a joy to work with and is incredibly talented!

I recommend her services to anyone who is getting ready to publish. She took a look at my interior and promptly got to work designing the interior to reflect the book’s genre. She is the BOMB!

She does not have a website yet, but as soon as she does I will post it here. I think you’ll agree she did a masterful job with the cover of Mercy’s Heart.