Sleigh Bells Ring Author Spotlight

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SLEIGH BELLS RING 

Four Contemporary Romance Novellas

By Sandra D. Bricker, Lynette Sowell,

Barbara J. Scott, & Lenora Worth

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gilead Publishing

Date of Publication: October 14, 2016

Number of Pages: 320

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Synopsis

cover-hi-res-sleigh-bellsSanta Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters.

Never mind a pony. The Tucker girls have inherited their father’s horse farm for Christmas. Make that . . . a run-down horse farm. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again?

One thing’s for sure—nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart.

Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas?

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Writing is usually a solitary act, but reader-favorite authors (and friends) Sandra D Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth got a happy Christmas miracle when invited to work together on Sleigh Bells Ring

Author Spotlight: Lenora Worth


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has written over 45 books for three different publishers. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense as well as her newest publisher, Gilead Publishing. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine.

She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.

AuthorInterview

How long have you been writing?

I sold my first book in 1993, so almost twenty-four years now. Of course, I wrote short stories in grammar school and sold them on the playground. (Milk money!)

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

With inspirational and spiritual writing, I find I can share my faith and my core values in a way that is universal.  We all want to be loved. It’s that simple. My stories show God’s love and they also show forgiveness and redemption. I don’t preach but I work hard to bring two lonely or hurt souls together. My characters teach me things every day and I hope my stories help others to find their way on their faith journey. I love hearing from readers who have learned forgiveness through my stories.

What literary character is most like you?

Cinderella! (Not literary but definitely a great character.) I identify with her because I grew up in a large family and sometimes I felt shoved aside and forgotten but I’ve always been optimistic and hopeful and determined. And I love shoes!

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

Oh, my. I grew up on a farm so some of my early jobs included cropping tobacco, hoeing and picking peanuts and driving tractors. My daddy paid me so I could earn money for my school clothes and supplies. I went on to retail which taught me how to deal with people,  and marketing which showed me how to reach people, and I’ve also worked for a Mother’s Day Out Program (just to have spending money while I was writing.) Dealing with four-year-olds all day taught me how to handle just about any situation!

What do you want your tombstone to say?

“Okay, I’m done now!”

What’s something fun or funny that most people don’t know about you?

I once was carried across Times Square on a gurney during a bomb scare and the EMT taking care of me looked like Danny Glover. And I told him that.  (I slipped and hit my head in the hotel room, but he really did look like Danny Glover.)

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The District Manager Author Interview

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THE DISTRICT MANAGER

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Matt Minor

Genre: Political Suspense

Publisher: Dead Tree

Date of Publication: June 30, 2016

Number of Pages: 266

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Synopsis

“Doing the right thing means you don’t eat”

District Manager CoverSo begins the sweltering narrative of District Manager, Mason Dixon, a haunted man serving Texas House District 100. After a constituent reaches out to his office with disturbing information about twisted activities going on in district, Mason finds himself drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a malevolent entity.

While these events unfold, Mason begins dating a county judge’s assistant. Brenna is a single mother who is ready to start the next chapter of her life. Can she and the stoical Mason connect? Or will she become collateral damage to his unorthodox, occupational hazards?

Mason soon finds that the danger has reached the highest ranks of the district, and that the century-old structure where he offices is not haunted, but instead possessed by an all too real menace.

Can a man who is profoundly broken restore order when the very core of order itself has been corrupted?

“Matt Minor knows Texas politics from the inside, and he weaves a devious tale of deceit and death and even a little romance. Buckle your seat belt and hang on for the ride.”  — Bill Crider

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How has being a Texan influenced your writing?

It has influenced me as I imagine being French or Russian would influence one. Where we are from shapes us like it or not. You cannot escape it. And if you try to it screws you up.

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

People have no idea what’s happening right under their noses. I write the suspense angle so as to shed some light on things. I always throw in a romance because love is the only thing worth anything.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Love and grit.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Moving in and out of the psychology of the narrator, Mason Dixon. He is a good guy but he’s disturbed and in a lot of pain.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Developing the soundtrack.

Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book?

Prisoners; potheads; civil servants; animal lovers; musical acts that never got their due.

Who are some of your favorite authors you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

Graham Greene; Walker Percy; Tolstoy; D.H. Lawrence; Larry McMurtry

They each have shaped every aspect of my writing in their own way.

What literary character is most like you?

Graham Greene.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

1. Expressing my inner conflicts. 2. Expressing my inner conflicts.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?

There is no such thing as a part-time writer.

What are some day jobs that you have held? Did any impact your writing?

I worked as a house painter to help pay for school. That was wild. That experience shaped the first novel I ever wrote. I now work in government. It gives me an informed and insider perspective on the how things actually work. Scary.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Literary criticism and poetry, and a novel here and there.

What projects are you working on at the present?

A novel and a book of poems.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

So many really…some not mentioned above would be…Mary Shelley; Robert Penn Warren; Toni Morrison; James Dickey; Thomas Hardy…

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Names are their own beast. Some are thought out and others I just toss in while typing. My only suggestion is make your main characters have memorable names.

Do you use the literary device of motif in your novels?

Yes. In The Representative the motif is Shelleyian via water. In The District Manager it is canines.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Invisibility.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

No clue, but if I were invisible I wouldn’t need a costume.

 

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554a4a20-9f19-465a-b146-3dde4eed08e8Matt Minor presently serves as a Chief of Staff in the Texas House of Representatives. He has worked as a political campaign manager and is a well-regarded public speaker.

Matt has authored official state publications, oversees syndicated editorials, and is a speechwriter and district radio legislative commentator. Prior to his life in state politics Matt was a professional musician and entertainer. Matt’s hobbies are centered on the arts, including the craft of poetry, an interest that has brought academic recognition and numerous awards.

His first novel, The Representative was an Amazon Political Fiction Bestseller the summer of 2015. It was accepted and archived into the Texas State Legislative Library. In April of 2016 The Representative won an IPPY Gold medal for Southern-Region Fiction.

Matt Minor resides with his wife Stacy on their ranch property in Wharton County, Texas. He lives in Austin during legislative session.

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