Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff

Please welcome Cindy Ervin Huff, multi-published writer and 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for her debut novel Secrets and Charades.

Hi Cindy! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Cindy: I’ve been married to my soul mate, Charles, for 43 years. We have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  I’m a pioneer homeschool mom. (By that I mean it was back in the day when people thought it was illegal.)

I grew up a military brat so I am definitely an extrovert. I learned to make friends fast because Dad was usual transferred every few years. Talking to strangers is as natural as breathing for me.

I’ve been writing since junior high off and on. Life interrupted me. Still I managed to get published in a variety of venues. Now that I am in my jubilee years, (over 50- and then some.) I write consistently.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Cindy: I write Historical Fiction. I love placing modern day emotional dilemmas in a historical setting. At the same time, my agent is promoting my Contemporary Romance. My romances are full of surprise twists.

Do you work to an outline or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I am a pantster who jots down ideas and directions as they come to me when I’m not at the keyboard. Lots of scrap paper to collect later. I do a sketchy outline. The characters always take me where I least expect it. And I create a character sketch to keep the basic facts straight on my main characters. My secondary characters are more fluid. They can change a few times throughout the drafting process. Their name, profession, gender aren’t set in stone. Even some scene settings can shift from rough to the final draft.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Cindy: Believing in yourself. Doubts keep a writer from consistently putting words on the page every day. It clogs up the submission process. And slows the whole timeline for becoming the writer God desires.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Cindy: I hope to see five more books published.  Lord willing I’d like to teach some classes and continue to be an encouragement for writers. And who knows maybe Hubby and I can take our bucket list trip to the UK.

Thanks for taking time to drop by, Cindy!


Secrets & Charades 

Jake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution.

Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife.

Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community. As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping. Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage?


Cindy Huff, a multi-published writer and 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for her first novel Secrets and Charades has a passion to encourage other writers on their journey. Check out her blog Jubilee Writer www.jubileewriter.wordpress.com or visit with her on social media.

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Twitter: twitter.com/CindyErvinHuff

Facebook:www.facebook.com/cindy.e.huff.

Summer’s Refrain by Sue A. Fairchild

Please make welcome freelance editor, writer, Christian and blogger, Sue Fairchild. She joins us today to talk about all things writing and her latest release, Summer’s Refrain.

Hello, Sue! Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Sue: I’m a small town girl, but I’m pretty savvy. I have a BA in graphic design, and I love words. I’m a nitpicker at heart and can find the littlest of errors. I think that’s what makes me a good editor, but it is a trait that sometimes makes my husband a little crazy.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Sue: I’ve finished two books at this point, one is a young adult and the other is women’s contemporary. I think both look at how woman grow and learn from one another, though. I’m draw to strong female characters. I want to show how woman can support one another, how we can encourage one another and can learn from each other. If we go it alone – it’s so much harder.

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Sue:  I never use an outline. Not on paper anyway. I usually have a general idea in my head where I want the story to go, but the characters typically start to take on a life of their own, so I just let them guide me. Both of my published novels did not start out the way they’ve come to be, but they are exactly what they should be now.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Sue: Starting with that first word. I have a lot in my head, but I’m often away from my computer and I don’t like to hand write things. Then, all too often, I get busy with life stuff and it doesn’t get put down. When I commit – it flows.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Sue: As a well-respected part of the editor community with several more books behind me. I have a non fiction Bible study aimed at negative thinkers in the works as well as a sequel, of sorts, to my YA. I’d love to also be a speaker at conferences.

Thanks for dropping by, Sue!


Summer’s Refrain

A refrain can be a repeated action, but also can mean to abstain from doing an action – which will Summer choose?

Summer Stewart is ready to run. Again. 

Running away from relationships and hardening her heart to love—that’s what Summer does best. When her boyfriend, Lou, unintentionally hurts her, she decides it’s time to hit the road once again. But Mrs. Delwich, her eccentric neighbor, intervenes and takes her on a powerful and thought-provoking supernatural trip through Summer’s past. As Summer is confronted with the choices both she and her mother have made, she realizes her life has been repeating for decades—well before she was born.

Now, faced with the biggest decision of her life, will Summer repeat the refrain or will she choose a different song?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBP4CS2

What You Think You Know

What would you do if your lifelong friend betrayed you?

Fifteen-year-old Emily Forester is sure of one thing: Beth Myers will be her friend forever. Friends almost since birth, they even share the same nervous habit—biting their cuticles. They’re like sisters and nothing can ever change that, or so Emily thought.

Now, Emily discovers Beth displaying disturbing new habits, and begins to doubt how well she knows her best friend after all. When Beth betrays their sister-like bond, Emily is crushed and considers what life would be like without Beth. She’s already lost her mom; will she lose Beth, too?

The one concrete thing in her life, her friendship with Beth, starts to crumble. Longing to talk with her mother, Emily confides in her dad instead and he reveals more shocking secrets. Will these new revelations bolster her relationship with Beth, or tear them apart forever?

What You Think You Know is a young adult novel for every young woman in your life who may be faced with betrayal, broken friendships and the heartbreaks of youth. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTKKEKR


Sue A. Fairchild is a blogger, writer, and editor. She has been a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series twice and has recently published a young adult novel, What You Think You Know as well as a contemporary women’s novel, Summer’s Refrain. Sue also edits professionally for Christian Editor Connection and is a member of ACFW. For more information on her professional services and to read more of her simple snippets, please visit her website Sue’s Simple Snippets: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness. You can also connect with her on Facebook, or Twitter.

A Second Chance by Alexis A. Goring

alexis-a-goringToday we welcome my author friend, Alexis A. Goring, to discuss her latest release, A Second Chance.

Hi, Alexis! Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Alexis: I love to write! Since age 9, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. God allowed me to follow my dreams…And a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing later, my dreams are becoming a beautiful reality!

I’m passionate about photography, good food, music and movies. I love shopping at my favorite malls and spending time with family and friends.

My favorite colors are purple and black. I love to wear those two colors together. Close seconds are deep shades of blue and pink.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Alexis: My books are Inspirational Romance/Contemporary Romance for the CBA market. My love for clean love stories and Hallmark Channel movies drew me to write this genre. I love a good romantic comedy and I adore a story where true love wins!

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Alexis: I prefer to see where an idea takes me. I’ve tried writing outlines before writing the story and it made it tough for me to write the story because it felt like all of the fun of it was gone. However, I do determine the emotional, physical, and spiritual GMC (goal/motivation/conflict) for each of my main characters before writing the story. My book editor Liz Tolsma advised me to do so and provided coaching as how to do that and it’s helped me to get a better handle on my characters. Thanks to this newly acquired skill, I am able to write stories that are solid.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

 Alexis: Re-writing when you already thought that your story was perfect. But a good editor knows best! So I take my editor’s advice and when I’m done, I see that my editor was right. I went through this process with my latest release, A Second Chance. It was re-written at least twice and adjusted several times before publication.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Alexis: Hopefully, in five years I will be an award-winning, well-paid writer with more published books and screenplays that are made into movies on the Hallmark Channel and the big screen! Maybe happily married too and experiencing my own happily ever after, the real-life version!

Thanks for dropping by, Alexis! And here’s where you can purchase Alexis’s latest book 🙂

Purchase link for A Second Chance 

Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/2kAP4HX


A Second Chance
book-coverNewly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life. 

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

alexis-a-goringAlexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

Connect with Alexis at FacebookTwitterWebsite, PinterestGoodreads, and the “God is Love” blog.

Purchase links for Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories (book):

Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/2kygelo

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/1Tm5T4P

Christianbook.com – http://bit.ly/2luh9RM

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Hope by Fay Lamb

I’m thrilled to welcome back to the blog, my friend, author extraordinaire, Fay Lamb. She helped me when I first joined the Scribes critique group as a newbie. I don’t think I could have made it without her constant encouragement. So what’s she up to these days? Let’s see…

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Fay: My husband and I have lived in Titusville, Florida, our entire lives though we didn’t met until we were in our twenties. We are actually fifth generation Titusvillians and two more generations (our two sons and our six grandchildren) follow us. We’re all still here in this small town where the building of a new bridge is entertainment, and don’t get us started on our new shopping center where everyone provides at least one update a day as to the progress. I think that our citizen’s interest in small-town life is pretty remarkable when you realize that Titusville is the gateway to space, and we have grown up watching rockets and space shuttles blast off and return from outer space. Our parents and grandparents were the generation that made those things happen, and Titusville, through it all, has remained small and neighborly.

My life has consisted of work as a court clerk, a legal secretary/paralegal, a church secretary, and various other jobs, including a stint in a mental hospital—working there, not voluntarily or involuntarily committed. However, at no time since my memory formed can I remember wanting to be anything but an author. School aptitude tests always indicated that I would be either a great librarian or an author. That should have been enough to lock me away, I think. However, every job I have ever undertaken proved good experience for my writing career.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Fay: I’ve never adhered to the admonition that writing in more than one genre can be fatal to a career. I do mainly write romance and romantic suspense, yet I do have a couple contemporary fiction novels I’d love to see published one day.

So, what draws me to the genre? True confession: when I first started out writing, you would never have gotten an admission out of me that I wrote romance. No, ma’am, not me. I wrote women’s fiction—oh wait—they told me women’s fiction doesn’t do well in the market. Therefore, I declared myself a writer of contemporary fiction so that someone might find an interest in it. Well, when I finished my first contemporary fiction novel, and edited it and edited it and edited it, one truth became blaringly honest. Anything without romance, no matter how much of a role it plays in a story, is boring. Since that truth struck me upside the head, I have never shied away from admitting I write romance.

So, if you’re trying to think this one out, I have an example for you. It’s a movie I love to loathe. I’ve never had any interest in the story. The mention of any of the sequels cause my eyes to roll back in my head, but my husband loves it, and sometimes I suffer my way through it with him. Think about Rocky’s story. If it had only been about boxing, if he hadn’t fallen in love with Adrienne, would the movie still be the same? Why did Rocky go the distance—what moved him forward? Without romance, the movie ended with him going down and not getting up. In my version of the thing, Rocky would have beaten the crap out of Apollo Creed and gotten the title, hugged Adrienne, lived happily ever after, and there would have been no need for any sequels. Romance, for better for worse, is the reason that movie works and for those **rolling eyes** sequels.

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Fay: I do prefer to see where an idea takes me. With my novel, Hope, when my publisher gave me my deadline for the release date, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Hope and her hero, Danny, had taken me almost to the very end of the book.
In my current work-in-progress Frozen Notes, I found I’d already written 70,000+ words when I was told of the due date for an autumn release. The difference between Hope and Frozen Notes is that the 70,000+ words need a quite a bit of revision. That can be the hard part about letting your ideas take you where they want to go, but I will admit, that the plot of Frozen Notes holds together. The tweaking I plan to do, though, will make it a much stronger book, conflict-wise.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Fay: I honestly believe that I answer this question in a different way each time it is asked simply because life is constantly changing for us or for those around us that depend upon us.

Currently, what I find the most difficult is sitting at my chair and keeping my bottom firmly placed. This isn’t because of my desire to get up and down and do other things, but at this time in my life, I am dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s, and that person is living in her own story world and pulling those of us who care for her into it with her daily. Therefore, bottom firmly in chair for me for more than thirty minutes at a time is a luxury.

But if you look at my answer to Question 3, you’ll find that God was never surprised by what would be happening in the life of my loved one or how it would affect my life. He’s actually made a way that thirty minutes at a time works for me right now, and I am grateful for that because, though I long for all the time in the world to write, the quenching of that longing will come at a great price, and I’m just not ready to pay that yet.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Fay: Alive and writing, if the Lord so wills.

Thanks for dropping by, Fay!


Hope

Hope Astor is literally a starving artist, living off the good graces of her friends as she seeks help for the fatigue that has plagued her for over a month. Dr. Daniel Duvall is a noted oncological surgeon whose life hasn’t been the same since losing his sister in a car accident the year before.

When Hope receives her diagnosis, she understands that her carefree artist’s lifestyle has left her without any options to save her life, but her friends try to convince her otherwise. They persuade Hope to seek treatment from the best doctor she knows. Trouble is, Hope is the reason Daniel’s sister is dead, and she doesn’t think saving her life is on his list of priorities.


Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories that remind the reader that God is always in the details. Three of the four books in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series, are available: Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken. Hope is the third book in The Ties that Bind Series, which also includes Charisse and Libby. Fay’s adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Future releases from Fay will be: Frozen Notes, Book 4 of the Amazing Grace series, and Delilah, Book 4 from The Ties that Bind.

Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor.

Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard

terri-wangardToday we welcome my friend, Terri Wangard, to discuss her latest release, Soar Like Eagles.

Hi, Terri! How long have you been writing?

Terri: I first started writing in the early 2000s. A publisher had my manuscript of a contemporary romance for a year before saying no thanks. I’d started something else, but put it aside at that point. In 2008, I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, about a group of women who fulfill long-held dreams. I bought a laptop and started writing the original version of Friends & Enemies,, my debut novel.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Terri: A stack of letters found in my grandmother’s house came from distant cousins in Germany immediately after the war. My grandparents had sent them care packages.  I found the letters so interesting. When I decided to write again, I got the idea of creating a story for a German family in the war, using all the information I could draw from the letters. I don’t know what they believed regarding Hitler and the Nazis, but I created a family to be proud of.

What are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Terri: For Soar Like Eagles (Book 3 in the Promise For Tomorrow WWII series), I read a lot of memoirs from women who served as doughnut girls in the Red Cross. I also read many memoirs from airmen who served in the Eighth Air Force. Memoirs are my favorite references because of the incidents they describe and how they felt about them.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Terri: I’d never heard of the Red Cross doughnut girls until I was searching for something to involve my main character with. I love researching my topics and figuring out how, or if, I can use all these great anecdotes.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Terri: I’ve written a standalone World War II novel that’s waiting in the wings. Now I’m writing about in 1915 and the Lusitania. I have two other book ideas to go with it.

Thanks for dropping by, Terri!


Soar Like Eagles

soar-like-eagles-2x3She wants to do her part for the war, but struggles to maintain her ideals. He joins the air force, hoping to find peace.

Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for.

Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. After he’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review, his focus changes to staying alive, and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.


terri-wangardTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Connect with Terri:
www.terriwangard.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriWangard
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/terriwangard/

Buy link:  http://amzn.to/2dMEDNJ

Soar Like Eagles won the First Impressions contest as a historical, but could be considered a historical romance.

Desire’s Promise by Karen Jurgens

picmonkey-photoToday we welcome one of our own Crew members, author Karen Jurgens, to discuss her latest release, Desire’s Promise.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Karen: I was born with a big imagination. Since there were twelve years between my older brother and me, I grew up as an only child. I spent my days different ways–  acting out plays, (especially about princesses and Knight’s in shining armor), playing school and house with my dolls, and devouring books (the Bobbsey Twin series was my favorite). After I learned how to write cursive, I penned the stories I acted out and have been writing ever since. My innate love of English carried me through a teaching career until I retired two years ago. Now I am a full-time author and blogger. I enjoy angling my writing so as to minister to my readers through scriptural answers to life’s trials.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Karen: I write contemporary Christian romance. Not planned—I just fell into it. Last year my local critique group had decided to publish an anthology with a Christmas theme, and I joined in. Since retiring from my teaching career, I miss my interaction with teens and have always wanted to make a difference in their lives for Christ. After re-editing and expanding my original novella into Desire’s Promise, it was clear that this story targets that age group. It was born out of my personal desire to see my daughters happily married to Christian husbands, just as I had set out to do that age. For young adults who are seeking a Christian mate, this story illustrates the miracles God can perform if you trust Him with your future.

Do you work from an outline or do you see where an idea takes you?

Karen: I do some of both. I am a plotter and a pantster. I first map an outline of the entire story’s main plot and characters. But as I create a scene, the characters come alive, like actors on a stage, and show me what they want to say. It’s funny how they become so real to me, even creating their own subplots. If I ever sink into writer’s block, I  give the scene back to the characters, although sometimes we have a tug-of-war. In the end, everyone is satisfied. There’s never a dull moment when the creative juices are flowing.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Karen: The hardest thing for me was learning how to write fiction. I had always been an expert in non-fiction and editing from my English background, but this is a new animal and harder than I expected. I had to take the time to research and read books about deep POV, beats and tags, and character development arcs. Then I had to learn all the current trends, such as adverbs are a no-no (which distresses me because I love them so), and cook up strong, exotic verbs to replace them. Although I was well acquainted with “show-don’t-tell,” I have to constantly police my writing so as not to violate that rule. I’m no expert yet, but it gets a little easier as I progress.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Karen: I see myself as an editor working for a publishing company. I have recently begun exploring this option and love it. It is so much more enjoyable for me to help writers to become better at their craft. That is where I have invested my entire career and am at my best. My ultimate dream? To someday even become a publisher.

Thanks, Karen, for the visit!


Desire’s Promise

Carlie Livingston is steering into her last year of college in desires-promise-ebook-1Oxford, Ohio, confident that she and Lance Holloway are headed to the altar after graduation. Those plans are wrecked, however, by her dad’s infidelity, causing her parents to walk through a messy divorce. Will she have the same fate if she marries her college sweetheart who comes from a secular family? Her mother insists she will.

She tests God’s Word by letting Him take the wheel of her life. But if God is in control, why are all her close relationships crumbling?  Nothing makes sense.

Just when it appears hopeless, Clay McKinney two-steps into Carlie’s life, promising to provide everything she’s looking for. But if he’s God’s answer, why can’t her heart release Lance? Where will her final destination be on this journey of trust?


 

karenjurgensharrisonKaren Jurgens, a Cincinnati native, has been a Texan transplant for thirty years and counting. As a lifelong writer, she has written stories since her elementary school days. As an adult, she wrote Christian fiction for her church’s newspaper as well as non-fiction that was published in a national magazine.

Since retiring from teaching in 2014, she has begun a new career as an author, blogger, and speaker within the context of Christian ministry. Her first contemporary romance novella, A Christmas Mosaic, was published in October 2015, and is part of a multi-author anthology, Warm Mulled Kisses. Her second novella, Desire’s Promise, was published in November, 2016.

Karen is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters—Meghan, a dietician, and Caitlin, a journalist. As an avid gourmet cook, she loves to go all out for holidays and family birthdays. She enjoys spin classes, reading the Classics, and playing online word games. Participating in several professional organizations, volunteering, Bible studies, and her invaluable critique group keep her actively engaged in her community.

You can follow her blog about scriptural answers to life’s trials at Touched by Him Ministries at www.karenjurgens.com.

eBook Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4PPF38

Fb Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheKarenJurgens

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenha00661653

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karen-harrison-52aa4071

 

Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

Cynthia 3Today I’d like to introduce my friend, author and speaker, Cynthia L. Simmons. She and I first met at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference.  Her latest book is out and I’ve asked her a few questions…

Hi, Cynthia! How long have you been writing?

Cynthia:  I started writing for publication in 2004. During a difficult time homeschooling my disabled son, I came across stories from history that encouraged me to keep going. In 2 Corinthians 1, the Apostle Paul said God gives us encouragement so we can give it to others so I felt a strong obligation to share what I learned. Within a few months, I found a local writing group and worked on perfecting the art of writing.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Cynthia:  Jesus gave us an example of teaching through stories when he told parables. Plus, the material I uncovered fit well into the historical fiction genre. I’d already found ways to include scripture in my Bible studies, so I did the same with my novel. Several secondary characters actually lived, and I researched enough to show their personalities and their love for God.

What are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Cynthia:  I spent a lot of time researching. First, I went to libraries where I live and in Chattanooga (my hometown). I also visited museums that cover the era. My highest priority was finding and studying letters and diaries. I also used the internet to find books and archival materials.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Cynthia: The research was terribly fun. I particularly enjoyed learning the medical care of the day as well as herbal medicines since my background is nursing.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Cynthia:  I have a sequel and a prequel planned. Right now I’m working on biographical fiction of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of C. H. Spurgeon.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit, Cynthia!


Cynthia 3Cynthia L Simmons has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. Cynthia taught for over thirty years as both a home school mother and Bible teacher. She peppers her speaking with fascinating historical vignettes while delivering a riveting exposition of God’s word. Her presentations leave her audience uplifted and empowered. For women who want to grow deeper in their faith, she hosts Heart of the Matter Radio for women seeking the elegance of God’s wisdom. To learn more, visit her website. www.clsimmons.com.

Twitter – @CynthiaLSimmons

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Pursuing Gold

pursuing-goldWith his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.