Author Interview – Davalynn Spencer

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Last year I discovered a new-to-me author whose book, An Improper Proposal, I truly enjoyed (and highly recommend). Today I’m excited to welcome Davalynn Spencer to my blog for a fun interview!

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Sweet Historical Western Romance

He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance.

Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, rancher’s daughter Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she’s not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she’s intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn’t be nearly so frustrating if he’d stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.

Garrett Wilson exchanged his deputy’s badge for a drover’s bedroll after his first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life. Now Wilson’s back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who’s worked under his skin and into his heart.

A Little About Davalynn

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Davalynn Spencer writes heart-tugging, Western romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and a recipient of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. A former journalist and crime-beat reporter, Davalynn lives in Colorado where she caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. She loves hearing from readers. Connect with her via her website at http://www.davalynnspencer.com.

the-interview

Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or travel to the future to meet your descendants? 

Most definitely I would travel back in time. It’s a foundational thing. I’d want to see the stories I’ve heard from family members – my great-aunt hiding in a flour barrel from roaming Indians; my grandmother’s two friends who survived the Titanic as children; William F. Cody, to whom my mother insisted we were related. I fear that if I were to travel forward into the future, I might weep at the results of my own failures in the lives of my children.

Your great-aunt hid from Indians in a flour barrel? Now that sounds like a great story!

If you had to live somewhere else for one year, where would it be?

If I could choose where to live for a year, I would choose Scotland. It intrigues me, draws me, waves an arm at me to come over and walk in my ancestors’ footprints.

 

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Well, it certainly photographs well! Can I come, too?

If you could only recommend one book to a child (ages 3-17) which would it be?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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Confession:  Although I saw the play as a child and I’ve seen the movie, I don’t recall actually read this book.

What’s the most romantic thing your husband has ever done for you?

One of my early contemporary romances (which will re-release late summer) was about a young woman who’d had her fill of electronic mail. What happened to letters? Hand-written letters, especially from someone dear. She receives such a note in the story (I won’t say more), and after my husband read the book, he wrote me a letter telling me what a good job I’d done on the story and how proud he was of me. (Tears here.) What was more romantic? The fact that he actually read my little romance book, or the fact that he acted on it, seeing me in the heroine?

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Awwww! You just melted my heart. What a great hubby!

Aside from good writing, what do you look for in the romances you read?

I look for the cost of love and the power of redemption. Are the hero and heroine willing to pay the cost (and it should cost)? And is their love redemptive, restorative?

Yes, there is always a cost in a great romance, isn’t there?

How did you meet your husband and when did you know he was the one?

I first met my husband at church when I ran into him with my guitar case as I rushed out the side door. Later, he showed up at youth group (I was a senior in high school, he was attending the local college) and I just happened to notice his 70% cocoa-dark-chocolate eyes. And his cowboy hat. And his hands that weren’t soft-looking, but capable and manly and potentially full of tenderness when it counted. No wonder I’m #lovingthecowboy in the stories I write.

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I love that you literally ran into him and that you noticed his hands. 

When does your next book release and what makes it special?

My newest historical release hit retailers on April 26, and I plan to re-release a contemporary romance in August. The recent release, An Unexpected Redemption, looks at forgiveness and the difficulty we sometimes face is offering it to ourselves.

I have been eagerly anticipating this one since I read (and loved) An Improper Proposal! Congratulations on its release!

Are you a plotter or a panster and what does your process say about you?

I am a total hybrid – a planster. Or plantser. Whatever. I pound out between 2,000 and 4,000 words, just to get my thoughts down, and then I start planning where things should go, what comes when, who does what. The layout is rough because I like to write as I watch the movie in my head. But I also need to know where I’m going if I want to get there.

I like that you described it as the movie in your head. Your process sounds very similar to mine. I tried doing more in-depth outlining in advance once and almost killed the story for myself. My characters need room to be themselves and surprise me.

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Do you have any deleted scenes from your novels hiding on your computer?

Oh yes, I have a deleted scene full of romantic tension that will definitely make Book 3 of my current Front Range Brides series. I’d planned it for Book 1, but had to cut it. It didn’t fit in Book 2 (the April 26 release), but I’m determined to use it in Book 3 (which I haven’t yet written!).

Well, now I can’t wait for Book 3! 🙂 

Which charity is closest to your heart?

I don’t know that I would characterize this outreach as a “charity,” but it is near to my heart and I gladly support it: Heroes and Horses. It’s a Montana-based nonprofit that helps combat veterans suffering from PTSD to reintegrate via one-on-one work with and care for a horse (at no cost to the veteran). You can read more about H&H here: https://www.heroesandhorses.org/the-details/

That sounds like a great program!

Thank you for taking this time to chat with me! I enjoyed getting to know the writer behind the words.

 

Let’s Chat!

Don’t you just love Davalynn’s story about the handwritten letter? Do you have a similar story? What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has done for you? Tell me about it in the comments!

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First Line Friday – 4.27.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book I recently added to my TBR, Angel Discovered by Kelly Harrel.

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Here is the first line:

3:30 p.m. The radio switched on. 

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Tyler Stevens is firm in his goals—win Best Actor for his new action film, move up in the ranks of Hollywood’s Most Eligible Bachelor, and have any woman he desires. Lauren Drake has her priorities set—serve God, become an elementary school teacher, and marry a nice Christian man. When their worlds collide, Tyler finds himself attracted to this conservative girl despite her refusing his advancements. Lauren is drawn to Tyler although she rejects his worldly lifestyle, wondering if God can change such an arrogant heart. Angel Discovered is a story that reminds us of the power God’s love can have when we allow it to flow through us.

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5 of My Favorite Book Bloggers

5 Of My Favorite Book Bloggers

I am always curious who my author and reader friends are following online, so today I thought I’d share with you just 5 of my favorite book bloggers:

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Reading Is my Superpower (Because I want to rock the book blogger world like Carrie when I grow up.)

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Bookworm Mama (Because Rachel rates books with Jane Austen quotes.)

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Faithfully Bookish

Faithfully Bookish (Because Beth coined “swoof”.)

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Joy Of Reading

Joy of Reading (Because Trisha’s author interviews rock!)

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The Christian Fiction Girl (Because she is a fellow Celebrate Lit Blogger and I love the title of her blog.)

 

This is just the very tip of the book blogger iceberg, but I think five is a good number to start with. I plan to share more of my favorite bloggers in future posts, so if you haven’t already signed up to follow my blog, make sure you click HERE and sign up now!

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Let’s chat!

Which book bloggers do you follow?

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First Line Friday – 4.20.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book I recently finished reading and will be reviewing in June: This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller.

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Here is the first line:

November, 1852 
Canadian Rocky Mountains

I am the luckiest man alive.

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Joseph Malcom has spent his life protecting those in need, but now that his sister is safely settled with her new family in the Canadian Rockies, his help is no longer required. That is, until he’s asked to safely retrieve the priest’s cousin to help minister to the local Indian tribe. But his passenger is not at all who he expects.

After the death of her mother, Monti Bergeron has nothing to keep her in Montreal. While the prospect of ministering to the Indians out West is daunting, she looks forward to assisting her beloved cousin in his mission work. The life of a nun may be just what she needs to heal her grief, serving her Heavenly Father and fellow mankind, especially if no more pesky suitors are around to ask for her hand in marriage. But the man who’s been sent to guide her through the mountains might make her second-guess her plans before she even begins.

As Monti settles into her ministry, Joseph finds his wandering feet drawn back to the Indian camp. Monti’s focus on God is more unsettling than he’d like to admit. Add to that her beauty which tests his willpower at every turn, and she’s made it crystal clear she doesn’t want a husband. But when his determination to keep distance between them puts Monti in danger, protecting her might require something Joseph might not be able to give.

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10 Awesome Books on Audible

10 Awesome Books on Audible

One of the great things about reviewing books is getting to read fantastic works earlier than most readers. One of the downsides is that by the time the audiobook releases for some of my favorites, I’m often too busy reading the next new release to get a chance to enjoy the audio versions.

That said, I do love a good audiobook, so I thought I’d share with you 10 awesome books currently available on Audible.

Since I have read and reviewed each one of these, I’m providing links to my reviews to help you with deciding which you’re in the mood for.

Book #1:

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

My Review5 Stars!

Book #2:

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

My Review: 4 Stars!

Book #3:

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The Thorn Bearer by Pepper D. Basham

My Review5 Stars!

Book #4:

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The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

My Review: 4.5 Stars!

Book #5:

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

My Review5 Stars!

Book #6:

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Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

My Review5 Stars!

Book #7:

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The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

My Review5 Stars!

Book #8:

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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

My Review5 Stars!

Book #9:

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Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

My Review5 Stars!

Book #10:

This one is newly released on Audible and I have enjoyed experiencing this story in a whole new way. I also recently reviewed this book on Goodreads and although I have mentioned it her previously (in a First Line Friday post and an interview with the author last summer), I never officially shared my review here. So below you will find the full text of my mini-review.

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The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

My Review5 Stars!

I picked up this fantastic novella at a writers conference in June of 2017. I started reading it that night thinking I would just read a page or two and go to sleep. WRONG! I couldn’t stop reading! This book had my attention from the start and didn’t let go until the last page. Almost a year later, I still think about it and with the recent release of its audible version, I am actually revisiting this story – an extreme rarity for me. Even if you don’t normally read this genre, I highly recommend giving it a try. I read a lot, but I have never read anything quite as unique and entertaining as this. There is a Christian message in there, but it is subtle (without being weak) and completely organic.

 

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Have you listened to any of these books? What did you think of the narration? Do you prefer printed, digital, or audiobooks?

 

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First Line Friday – 4.13.18

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Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from the next book on my TBR list: Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper D. Basham. I completely adored the first book in Pepper’s Mitchell’s Crossroads series, so I’ve been wanting to read this second book in the series for a long while now. I’m excited to finally get to do so.

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Here is the first line:

Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.

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When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne. When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

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With All My … Scripture Thoughts

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Today I’m sharing a video on a topic close to my heart. It was something that just struck me as I was filming some other videos which I will be sharing in future posts. I had already taken down my tripod and my camera had died so this was spontaneously filmed with my phone. I hope it speaks to you.

Let’s chat!

Can you relate to any of the thoughts I mentioned in the video? If this video spoke to you in any way, please let me know!

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