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Temperatures are dropping, and some parts of the country have already had snow! Here in the south, it feels like we’ve finally found fall. Whatever the temps in your area, hopefully it’s perfect novel-reading weather! I’m happy to have Christina Lorenzen back to visit today about her novella collection, Faithful Women: Legacies of Grace. Before we begin, let’s take a brief look at the stories in this collection.
Eve: Eve Douglass has worked hard to recover from opioid addiction. In doing so, she’s reinvented her life in Bay Shore, Cape Cod and held fast to her dream of one day opening her own bakery. When she meets handsome veterinarian, Flynn Samuels, Eve finds herself struggling with her attraction to him. Ever since the tragic death of her ex-boyfriend, Adam, Eve has steered clear of relationships. But Eve knows God wouldn’t want her to walk through life alone. As she and Flynn begin a relationship, Eve struggles with the knowledge that she still needs to make amends to those she’s wronged.
Hannah: Can God bring together what man has torn asunder?
Hannah and Kane Winthrop had it all—until the challenges of infertility drove a wedge between them and threatened their marriage.
Like her biblical namesake, Hannah is a woman of prayer, and she never stopped praying for a child.
Sometimes God answers our prayers in unexpected ways, and for Hannah that means a chance to be the guardian of two young children while their mother is deployed.
Will this opportunity give Hannah and Kane a chance to rebuild their marriage, or will it reinforce their differences and drive them apart forever?
Ruth: Ruth Baker has lost her husband. Unsure of what the future holds, she clings to her faith and her six-year-old daughter, Mara, when she travels to her grandmother’s beachside home in Pebble Shores.
Eli Hamill has felt the pull to put down roots. After years of buying and selling houses, he’s doing something he’s never done before – living temporarily in the beachside house he bought from an elderly widow. The last thing he’s looking for is an instant family.
Can an old house filled with loving memories and a sweet little girl show two lonely people what the future can hold?
Mari: A chance encounter in the aftermath of a storm takes Mari Armfield on a path of discovery that leads to a newfound faith in God. As her faith grows, she realizes that her life can’t stay the same. She has tough decisions to make, including the future of her relationship with her boyfriend Steve.
Steve doesn’t believe in God, but he’ll support Mari in her new walk. As her faith deepens, his concern grows. How can their relationship survive paths that aren’t compatible?
Mari is a fictional novella inspired by the biblical woman at the well.
Welcome back, Christina! What inspired you to write your story in this collection?
The inspiration to write this book, Ruth’s Garden, actually came in the form of a proposal from author friend Belle Calhoune. When she approached me about joining her and two other authors in writing the Faithful Women: Legacies of Grace collection, my writing had been at a standstill. I had been trying to figure out what to write next. Nothing seemed to ‘click’ for me until Belle proposed I join this collection. The idea of each author writing a story based on one particular one of the Bible clicked for me. I loved the idea instantly. And I knew which woman I would base my story on.
The Bible is definitely inspiring! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
As soon as I was invited to join this collection, I knew which woman of the Bible I would be writing about. I have read and reread the book of Ruth so many times that I knew I wanted to write a story based on Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. I know I’ve said it before, but inspiring women inspire other women. For me, Ruth is the perfect example of courage and selflessness. Despite the painful loss of her husband, she feels led to stay beside her widowed mother-in-law and join her on her journey back to her homeland. How many women today would do exactly that?
It speaks highly of the relationship between the women, doesn’t it? Aside from reading and writing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
I spend a lot of time writing and a lot of time reading (I’d read all day if I could). When I’m not doing either of those, I enjoy drawing and painting. I have a small corner in my office filled with art supplies that I like to pick up when I have the time. I also love the new adult coloring books. They truly are perfect for destressing.
Color therapy! I love that. 🙂 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
My goal is to visit three of my dream locations – Paris, Tuscany and London. I think if I had the time (and the money) I’d take an extended trip and visit all three at the same time. With a busy career and family, I think it’s going to be some time before I can go. In the meantime, I enjoy looking at pictures and watching documentaries about all three.
That would be an amazing trip! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I haven’t made an official announcement yet, but in 2019 I will be making my debut as a cozy author. My publisher, Winged Publications, and I have been working out the details for a three book series. I’m very excited about this new direction my writing will be taking. But my first love is sweet, small town romance and I’ll have five new releases in 2019.
Wow! You weren’t kidding when you said you have a busy career. Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
I just celebrated my ten published books milestone in September. I don’t think the writing itself has gotten easier as I am also working on improving my craft and pushing my abilities. Publishing itself is a whole other game and one that, sadly, authors have little control over, with the exception of self publishing. I think what’s gotten more difficult over the years is the volume of books out there and the time authors need to put in to reach readers. But despite that, I am living my dream. I have wanted to be an author since I was in the sixth grade. I came to fiction just after my fifty-first birthday, but I spent over twenty years in journalism. I truly love writing.
That’s so cool! Thanks for taking the time to share with us today, Christina!
Your turn! Who is your favorite woman of the Bible?
More about Christina:
Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-to-door saleswoman.
Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. She loves to write the types of stories that she loves to read and watch on her favorite channel, The Hallmark Channel. Quaint small towns and happily ever afters are a guarantee. She’s the author of eight books. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.
Also by Christina:
After her grandmother’s death, Sammie finds herself thinking about the Christmas Coin and all the sweet memories attached to it. She decides to take a trip back to her grandmother’s house in Holly Hamlet, Vermont to find it. With the impending sale of the house, all Sammie wants as a keepsake of her grandmother is the coin and the story that she still holds close to her heart. With fifty years of possessions tucked inside the house, she realizes she has her work cut out for her. When the little girl next door innocently mentions the Christmas story, Sammie realizes that Ally could be the key to her finding the Christmas coin. As the weekend goes by, Sammie becomes attached to Ally, and subsequently her single father Jack. Her plans begin to change more than she could have imagined.
Jack Stevens had heard about the impending arrival of his neighbor Mary Holt’s granddaughter. Seeing her bright red hair and immaculate red mustang, he knows a woman like that is just making a quick stop to get whatever it is she came to Holly Hamlet for. But as he and his six-year-old daughter Ally spend time with Sammie, he begins to see her in a different light. As he finds himself inviting Sammie to join he and Ally in their Christmas traditions, he worries about his little girl. She’s already had one woman walk out on her life. Sammie had told him she was only in town for a day or two. Seeing his daughter’s attachment to Sammie, and ignoring his own growing feelings for her, he’s worried about Ally’s heart breaking when Sammie leaves town.
Will a decades old tradition and the sparkle of Christmas work its magic on two people who both need a gift that can’t fit under the tree?
Faithful Women and The Christmas Coin Giveaways:
Christina has generously offered two giveaways! She’s offering one paperback copy of The Christmas Coin, and one e-copy of Faithful Women. And yes, you can enter both giveaways. 🙂 Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.