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It Didn’t Work!

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Have you ever tried something that didn’t work? Whether work, a food recipe, a building project, a sport, or writing a book? That’s what happened to me, and it’s not an inspiring moment. My agent wanted me to try my hand at writing a romance novel for a certain publishing company. I finally agreed to give it a shot even though my genre is suspense and/or mystery (that should have been the first warning sign). It took me a few months to write all three, but finally they were done. My agent shopped them, but we found no homes for them (the second sign). Even I knew they were lacking something (the final sign), so I shelved them.

Enter the year 2015. An editor I had been working with asked if I had anything else I’d like to give a try at publishing– and my mind wandered to those three languishing books, collecting dust. My personality likes to use what I have and not waste. Although I am not
fanatic about that with certain things, my writing is one that I am.
Could I revive them? Better yet, could I rewrite them, give them new life? Hope bounced inside me. As I pondered and plotted, the idea blossomed, and I knew I could update them and add a mystery thread to give them some zest. Voila! It was the spark they’d lacked as romances. The proof came as people loved the first book, renamed Sabotaged Christmas (released November 2015), and are now waiting for Knight in Shining Apron, releasing this month. (Projected release date for the third book will be sometime in 2017, and it’s called Undiscovered Treasures.)

Sometimes adding another major thread is more difficult then it seems. You have to insert the clues, the red herons, the attitudes and scenes at just the right places. Even though this series– The Appleton, WV Romantic Mysteries– are lighthearted novels meant to warm the reader’s hearts, I still bring in serious issues– whether bitterness from betrayal, abuse from a past marriage, or stubbornness in wanting your own way.

No, they didn’t work the first time around. They flopped! But I’m so glad that editor encouraged me to see what I could do with them. Returning to the genre I do best made the difference. What satisfaction to re-create and bring to fruition stories that can entertain my readers, but more important, encourage them to keep reading.

Carole’s new book:Front Cover- Carole Brown

Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?

Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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Heather Gray: An Informal Introduction Hits the Market

An Informal Introduction Bk CoverShe saves lives. He protects them. And someone’s trying to stop them both.

Lily Ziminski is an ICU nurse near the nation’s capital where politics are a regular part of hospital policy. Assigned a series of high-profile patients, she finds herself an unwilling focus of the media. Lily would much rather do without all the attention…except where one cowboy-hat-wearing state trooper is concerned.

Caleb Graham runs into the same captivating nurse twice in one day, and he’s not a man who believes in coincidence. When problems at a local impound lot force him into the middle of a bizarre case that threatens Lily, Caleb will stop at nothing to protect her.

From a stranger in a parking garage to Secret Service agents, surprise chases Lily around every corner. In the midst of the chaos, she has two constants – her longtime faith in God, and her growing attraction for a silver-eyed trooper.

Why Heather Gray created these fascinating characters:

I attended my first writers’ conference in 2014. I didn’t even know Christian writers’ conferences existed, so I went to a secular romance writers’ conference.  Talk about an eye opener! I hadn’t realized how much the secular romance market had changed.  Books black-labeled when I was a teen are now mainstream. I was shocked more times in my first day at that conference than I’d been in the entire year prior.  I probably blushed more, too.

On the drive home from that conference, I mulled over the changes in the world and wondered where Christian fiction – romance especially – fit into it all. Was there a place for Christian romance anymore? Did people even read it?

I was in country music territory, too. I’m sure there were Christian radio stations out there, but I couldn’t find them. Every time I passed from one radio signal into the next on my drive home, it seemed like I came in on the exact same song.  I had the words memorized by the time I got home. The song appealed to me, too. It spoke to this deep craving we all have to be loved and to be completely secure in that love.

As believers, we have access to that kind of love through our relationship with Christ.

But what about people who don’t believe in or haven’t accepted Him? After all, this song was written for a secular audience.  The lyrics got me to thinking. What kind of man do women want? Take away the trappings of job, clothes, and even personality. Take away the issue of faith. What do you have left?

A woman – regardless of how she feels about God – wants someone who will stand by her side no matter what, who won’t turn away when things get tough and who will love her even when she’s unlovable.

If I could take that core need of a woman’s heart  then add the other layers – starting with Christian faith and ending with a Southern drawl and cowboy hat – what would I end up with?

My hero has gone through a couple of changes since I first envisioned him. He’s finally here, though, and I like who he’s become. He loves powerfully and unconditionally, and he recognizes that the strength to do so comes from his faith in Christ. I hope you’ll enjoy spending time with him as much as I have.

Heather GrayHeather Gray loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order!

She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. Her books almost always include someone who’s infatuated with coffee, too. Some things just can’t be helped. Heather delights in creating characters who, like her, have their share of faults and foibles, characters who are flawed…but loved anyway.

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