Monday, July 17, 2017

Interview with Romance Author Christina Lorenzen

Christmas in July! Book Giveaway July 17 - 24: Christmas novella, Snow Globe Reunion. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Ebook: International.

Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. She is busy working on a modern take on her favorite fairy tale, Rapunzel for a summer release. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

What is Christmas in July? The term Christmas in July describes Christmas celebrations that are held in the month of July for the southern hemisphere. Seasons down south are in reverse from the northern hemisphere. For those down south, summer is in December. Even though they still celebrate Christmas on December 25, someone decided it would be fun to celebrate Christmas in July specifically for the southern hemisphere.

What would it be like to be transported through time two generations and meet your grandmother as a young woman? I know I would absorb everything I saw and heard and put it to memory. It would be fun to get to know my grandmother in her youth. This is exactly what happened to Carrie in this story. Through a snow globe, she was able to be transported through time and meet her grandmother. But that wasn’t all. She also met the grandfather of the young man she grew up with, who was also her neighbor.” –Book Review by Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to my blog, Christina. Please tell us about your Christmas novella, Snow Globe Reunion.

Stranded by a snowstorm, Carrie Sanders is left holding a bag an old woman she had been talking to left behind in the airport coffee shop. Mystified by the woman’s disappearance, she sits on the bench staring at the snow globe that was in the bag.

Inside the glittery snowy world, it’s Christmas during the 1940s. Fighting sleep, the next thing she knows she’s in the arms of the soldier she last saw skating on the pond in the snow globe. He’s no stranger, but the boy next door who never forgot her.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Actually, my publisher was putting together a collection of novellas for Christmas and each story had to have a snow globe in it. And each story had to take the heroine back in time to a Christmas long ago. I had always wanted to write a Christmas story so without even thinking much I jumped on board.

What kind of research did you do?

Since my heroine gets transported back to December 1942, I did need to do some research war time in our country. I needed to find out as many details as I could like what women wore during that time, the food products they ate, the makes and models of cars on the road and the little things that I knew my readers would be expert at spotting.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

I loved my hero, Jimmy Hall. He’s the all American soldier and a true gentleman. When Carrie was a young girl Jimmy had a crush on her that continued until the day she left home. He’s the typical boy next door that most girls dismiss in their quest for Mr. Right. At least that’s what Carrie thinks. It’s not until she ends up back in December 1940 that she finds out who truly is right for her.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

I love to talk to readers! They can find me at several places online:

Thank you for this interview, Christina. I read your book and it was such a fun story of fantasy and romance.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Interview with Christian Cozy Mystery Author Deborah Malone

Book Giveaway July 3 - 17: Death in Dahlonega: Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. To enter the contest, make a comment and leave your email. Paperback copy: Death in Dahlonega, U.S. only.

Deborah has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads, since 2001. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson as well as the “Christian Communicator,” and “The Southern Writers Magazine.” Deborah has two daughters, and lives in Georgia with her husband, Travis

Welcome to my blog, Deborah. Please tell us about the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series.

Thank you for having me Linda. Trixie is a journalist for a magazine in Georgia called “Georgia by the Way.” It just so happens that I, too, write for a magazine: “Georgia Backroads.” I guess you could say that Trixie is a lot like me. She gets to travel because of her job, and she usually takes her best friend Dee Dee along with her. They seem to be magnets for murders and have become quite good at solving them.

The settings in my books are real and if you’re familiar with the area you would recognize the buildings, restaurants, roads, etc. This makes it fun for people who have visited these areas or plan to visit them.

Death in Dahlonega is the first book in this series. What is it about?

Trixie is near her sixth month probation period on her job as a magazine journalist. Her boss, Harv, has given her an assignment to cover the Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia, a mining town in the north Georgia mountains. She takes her friend, Dee Dee, with her. While they are visiting the Gold Museum, Dee Dee has to go to the bathroom when she happens upon a dead body. Let’s just say it doesn’t go well for Dee Dee since she and the victim had an argument earlier in the day. Trixie and Dee Dee get involved to help solve the murder.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

While writing for “Georgia Backroads,” I wrote several historical articles, and while researching fell in love with this unique little town. I knew when I started writing my novel I wanted to set it in Dahlonega. I wanted to use the real setting, because it is such a quaint and unique area, and a well-known tourist spot in Georgia.

Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

Trixie is the main character and I feel close to her because part of myself went into her. And Trixie isn’t perfect. She’s been through a divorce (her husband wanted to move on to greener pastures), she is at a point in her life that her faith has wavered, and she has a bum knee from when she fell off a horse when she was younger. She uses a cane for long walks. In other words, she is real! Through the series, you will see Trixie grow and regain her faith with the help of her good friend Dee Dee.

Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Deborah. I appreciate it and hope that my readers will check out your books.