Author Interview (and Giveaway!)- The Outlaw’s Secret


I am so excited to welcome award-winning multi-published author, Stacy Henrie, to my blog to talk about her latest book, The Outlaw’s Secret!

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The Outlaw’s Secret
by Stacy Henrie

Lawman in Disguise

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn’t in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair’s plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she’ll be fine…right?

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he’s a detective working undercover. And second, that he’s not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex’s twin brother, Tate Beckett.

Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 288 pages
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical

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Let’s get started!

As an author, I often get asked how much of myself I put into my characters. So I’m curious, if you were on that train instead of Essie, how would you handle the situation?

I would’ve been terrified! And unlike Essie, I would have chosen to stay seated and silent and hopefully unseen.

As you know, some writers overwrite, others underwrite, and not every scene a writer creates is guaranteed to make it into the final draft. Are there any deleted scenes from this book that you can tell us about without giving away any spoilers?

I love this question, and because I tend to write super close to my word count, there aren’t usually scenes that need deleting. If anything, I may have to add scenes.

As a historical fiction writer myself, I’m always interested in how others approach the research phase of our work. What is your research process like?

I like to get a good handle on the time period and setting before I start writing. Then I’ll research additional things as they come up during the writing process, followed by double-checking details during the editing stage.

I know I have at least one unfinished manuscript which will never see the light of day and another full-length manuscript I have set aside for possible major revision in the future. How many unpublished and unfinished manuscripts do you have and what are your plans for them?

I have three full-length manuscripts that are unpublished—and they will definitely stay that way. J The first novel I ever wrote has not been published because that was really my practice one. The characters of my second unpublished novel are the same characters as my third published book—though with different storylines—so that one will also remain unpublished. I tried my hand at writing a book with a contemporary and a historical story line and realized, for now, I enjoy writing historicals much more than I do contemporary. So, for that story, the contemporary part will remain unpublished too.

Oh, I like that! I am definitely calling mine “practice manuscripts” from now on. I can have more than one, right? 😉

There are so many wonderful writers’ conferences to choose from and only so much time (and money) to go around. Help a fellow writer out. Of the writers’ conferences you have attended, which did you find the most helpful?

Great question! For romance writers in general, I think Romance Writers of America (RWA) puts on a fabulous national conference. For inspirational romance writers, I think the best conference for networking and understanding the market is the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) national conference.

What other authors are you friends with and how did they help you become a better writer?

Siri Mitchell, who also writes inspirational historical romance, was the most influential in helping me discover what I wanted to write. I’d read some of her contemporaries, and after reading one of her historicals, I realized that is what I wanted to write—Christian historical romance. I wrote her an email, telling her how much I enjoyed her historical book, and she graciously wrote back and asked if I was going to the upcoming ACFW conference. This was back in 2010 and the conference was being held in three weeks. I arranged things so I could attend and that conference became the springboard to my published career. I also got to meet Siri there, which was a real treat!

What a great story! The ACFW is definitely on my list of “must attend” conferences for the near future. 

Stacy, thank you so much taking the time to share with us! 

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at




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– 1 winner will receive print copies of LADY OUTLAW and THE EXPRESS RIDER’S LADY + $10 Amazon Gift Card (US only)
– 1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
– Ends February 18th

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Be sure to check out the rest of the stops along the tour to learn more about Stacy and her newest book, The Outlaw’s Secret. Then stop back here to check out the Grand Finale on February 14th!

What better way to top off Valentine’s Day than by winning new romance novels?

(Yeah, I know there are Amazon Gift Cards too, but who are we kidding? That’s going straight to the book fund! Right? I mean, I know mine would… anyway.)

Tour Schedule

February 1st: Launch
February 2nd:
Bookworm Lisa, Rockin’ Book Reviews, Katie’s Clean Book Collection & Hearts & Scribbles
February 3rd:
Reading Is My SuperPower, I Am A Reader & The Power of Words
February 6th:
Seasons of Humility & Kathleen Denly
February 7th:
Getting Your Read On & Wishful Endings
February 8th:
Mel’s Shelves & Falling Leaves
February 9th:
Singing Librarian Books & Colorimetry
February 10th:
i blog 4 books & Zerina Blossom’s Books
February 12th:
Tell Tale Book Reviews
February 13th:
Heidi Reads… & The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
February 14th: Grand Finale

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Interview With Inspirational Romance Author Terri Reed

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I am so excited to welcome award-winning multi-published author, Terri Reed, to my blog for my very first author interview! Before we get to the questions, though, here’s a little about her latest book:

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A Family Under the Christmas TreeA Family Under the Christmas Tree
by Terri Reed
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 340 pages
October 4th, 2016 by Howard Books

In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog—but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom.

David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he’s only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog—who leads him to Sophie.

Sophie Griffith has spent her life traveling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment—helping her grandmother for a few weeks—is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake—but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn’t help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park—and leads her to David.

Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can’t go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it’s more than a holiday romance…and maybe Troy might finally get his Christmas wish for a family.

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Now, on to the interview!

Thank you, Terri, for agreeing to chat with me and congratulations on the release of your latest book, A Family Under the Christmas Tree! I know everyone’s busy this time of year, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet with six fun questions.

I noticed in the bio on your website that you spent ten years working as a model in your life-before-writing. How did that experience help with developing the character of Sophie Griffith?

Having worked in front of the camera for many years afforded me an appreciation for photography. I was able to glean the art it takes, the time and patience as well as the technical know-how for a well-done photo shoot. I enjoyed putting my knowledge to work for Sophie.

I volunteer in the foster youth community so children in need are dear to my heart. What inspired you to write a story that included a boy who’d lost his family?

I knew I wanted a child in the story and I thought it would be interesting to explore how my very career driven hero would take on sudden parenthood. And David didn’t disappoint, he stepped up to the plate and changed his life for his nephew despite how little he knew of being a parent.

The mischievous Riggs plays an important role in your story. I’m curious, why a Bernese mountain dog?Burnese Mountain Puppy - Mostly black with tan splotches, a white belly, white toes, white snout, a white-tipped tail and a white strip running up between the eyes.

Well, two things happened that led me to use a Bernese mountain dog in A Family Under the Christmas Tree.  I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration and came across a graphic of an adorable Bernese wearing a Santa hat standing beside a downed Christmas tree. The caption read, “Mom, the tree fainted.” I thought that was too cute. Then a few days later we were out at a park and met a Bernese mountain dog pup that was absolutely adorable.  I knew then I would use a Bernese mountain dog in the story.

What a great story! Also, I have to agree:  Bernese mountain puppies are pretty much melt-your-heart adorable.

What is your favorite childhood book?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Oooh! That’s a favorite of mine, too. 

Tell me something about you that might surprise your readers.

I have an extreme phobia of snakes. Doesn’t matter if they are on TV, behind a glass case or in the wild.  They give me the creeps. Mostly because I had a few close run-ins with a variety of snakes when I was a child.

What other authors are you friends with and how did they help you become a better writer?

I belong to Romance Writers of America and know a great many authors. There’s a huge community of writers out there and everyone I have met has been so generous with their support and encouragement. There are several authors who have had an influence on my writing career. Most noteworthy was author Lenora Worth who mentored me when I was an unpublished author. She gave of her time and expertise to help me along my journey to becoming published.

It’s always great to hear about authors supporting each other. I’ve added a link to your answer in case readers want to learn more about Lenora. 

Terri, thanks so much for sharing with us! 


Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 25 Romance and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine, More To Life Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.


Be sure to check out the rest of the stops along the tour to learn more about Terri and her newest book, A Family Under the Christmas Tree, and stop back here to check out the Grand Finale on December 18th!

Tour Schedule

December 11th: Launch
December 12th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Falling Leaves
Zerina Blossom’s Books
December 13th:
i blog 4 books
Bookworm Lisa
Mommabears Book Blog
Rockin’ Book Reviews
December 14th:
Jessica and Gracie’s Tree
Mel’s Shelves
Kathleen Denly
December 15th:
Kindle and Me
Getting Your Read On
Paulette’s Papers
December 16th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Tell Tale Book Reviews
December 18th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– 1 winner will receive a copy of Love Inspired Classic 2 in 1, Love Comes Home and A Sheltering Love, a light up angel ornament, a Santa bookmark, A Family Under the Christmas Tree bookmark, a manicure set, and a Tule Book Girl book bag (US only)
– 1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
– Ends December 22nd

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