We are back in lockdown here in Victoria

So I’m busy finishing Taylor’s story, which is book 3 in the Romancing the Californian Cowboys series.

After that, I’m going back to the ex-cop from Murder at the Creek to write a “Seasoned Romance/Romantic Suspense” story. But come on, you all know what that means … someone is gonna die! And someone is going to have to solve the mystery.


FREE – limited time only

Book one of the six-book Copperhead Creek Australian Romance series, A Chance to Come True, is #free for a few days!

If you haven’t read it yet, now’s a great time to pick up a copy. Grab it on Amazon.

New release, and discount to celebrate!

To celebrate the release of Striking Gold, book two in the Romancing the Californian Cowboys series, I’ve dropped the price of Discovering Gold to just $.99 for a short time. So now, you can get both books for about the cost of a cup of coffee!

Discovering Gold – on sale at just $.99 for a short time or FREE to read with KindleUnlimited
Striking Gold – just $2.99 or FREE to read with KindleUnlimited

A Chance to Come True is FREE on Amazon

That’s right, you can get book one in my Copperhead Creek series FREE on Amazon, right now, but only for a few days. This wonderful series has been enjoyed by many readers, so if you haven’t had the chance to start it, now would be a good time.

Feel free to share this with your friends and family too!

A Chance to Come True (Copperhead Creek – Australian Romance Book 1) eBook: Spencer, S M: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store

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Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads (aka Flinch Free Fiction) author, Tammy Sinclair

authorphotoToday I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Tammy Sinclair.

Tammy Sinclair has loved writing stories from the time she was a small child. During her fifteen years of home-schooling her children, she had a non-fiction article published in Homeschool Enrichment magazine. A history buff and romantic at heart, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, cozying up with a good book or watching classic movies in her spare time. She resides in Oregon with her incredible husband and two amazing, young-adult daughters.

Welcome, Tammy!  Now, before we hear about your wonderful books, let me ask you three questions so we can get to know you a bit better. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I think I started writing stories just as soon as I could pick up a crayon. In fact, to this day, I still have a little book I made when I was about seven! It’s just a couple folded sheets of pink paper with a story and illustrations, so it’s amazing that I managed to keep it through the decades!

I kept writing all through my life, though I didn’t always finish my stories. It wasn’t until very recently that I was finally determined to finish a complete novel and have it published. I suddenly realized that time was marching on and I needed to take action to help make my dream come true. I had stories that needed to be told!

These days, I’m inspired to write fiction that uplift and entertain, while hopefully pointing people to our loving God through the pages.

Well, I think we’re all glad you decided to take action! Now, next question, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

I have a novella soon to be launched, but my first and only novel recently published was a long-time labor of love for me! The Sentimental Journey is a Christian WWII romance with time travel.

WWII has always been my favorite era. From the fashions to the music and movies, it has always held a special charm for me. It was so much fun for me to live vicariously through Kara, the heroine in this story, as she gets to experience this special time in history.It was also a time of uncertainty and fear for the entire world. I think there is much to be learned from what the world faced during WWII, especially given our present circumstances.

I agree, absolutely. Though that era never interested me that much in the past, I’ve read a couple of books and seen a few series on television that have changed me. It was a hard time for all, indeed, and much can be learned from those times. One last question for you, what was the most challenging part of writing your recent novel?

I suppose the biggest challenge was not only engaging the reader with the characters and events, but aiming for complete historical accuracy. Because the 1940s had been my favorite era most of my life, I already knew quite a bit about this amazing era. Of course, I still had plenty to learn, though. I spent countless hours in research…ship building, overseas battles…right down to the exact dates of when specific songs and movies came out! It was actually a fun challenge, though. I think when we write about something we truly love, it tends to show through to readers in the final story.

I’ve not tried to write historical fiction, and I’m impressed that you’ve done it for your first novel! I recently read a book called Khaki Town, written by Australian novelist Judy Nunn, and I was impressed with the huge number of references she had for her research. Not an easy feat. So, let’s hear a bit more about this book of yours.

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The Sentimental Journey is a Christian WWII romance with time travel. When a young woman finds herself suddenly on the American home front of 1943, a family is now residing in her house. Unaware of her secret, they take her under their wing…and soon their enlisted son returns before he’s to be shipped overseas. She finds herself instantly drawn toward him but doesn’t think their time together can possibly last.

Throughout the pages…throughout the tender romance she discovers…the theme of trusting God- no matter where we find ourselves, is woven throughout the pages.

 

Thank you for joining me here today, Tammy. Your book sounds wonderful. You can find The Sentimental Journey on Amazon, by clicking here.

 

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads (aka Flinch Free Fiction) author Kimberly King

!cid_1121f528-b8d3-2ece-40c8-90c21f8c8053@yahooToday I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Kimberly King.

One of Kimberly’s favourite things to do is make people laugh. All of her books are full of humour, with bits of romance and a dash of magic. She loves writing for young adults when relationships are new and fun and scary, and life is full of so many possibilities.
Kimberly currently live in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, trying to squeeze in minutes of writing while raising six children. 
Welcome, Kimberly. We’re all curious to hear about your books, but first, let’s get you to answer three questions.  First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?
I’ve been writing and publishing my own stories ever since I learned how to write. My bedroom drawers were always full of spiral notebooks full of stories and ideas, stapled cardboard picture books, and printed out manuscripts. I realized becoming an author might be a real possibility in seventh grade when my English teacher told me that the picture book I’d created for a project was worth publishing. Then, as a junior in high school, my Creative Writing teacher pointed out my ability to write humor. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I realized it was time to reach out and grab my dream of becoming a published author. I hired an amazing editor, and with her help, I finally made that dream come true.
Another wonderful story of the inspiring teachers some of us were fortunate to have! So glad you got a good one there. Now, next question, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?
Writing is a beautiful art, and while your story is so personal to you, be humble enough to realize that it’s not a masterpiece without help from others. Getting beta readers to go through your manuscript is necessary, whether you choose to go the traditional or indie route. Also, don’t doubt yourself. Everyone has a different story to tell. Just because your story doesn’t seem as sensational as someone else’s, you are a unique author with a unique story to tell, and it’s going to speak to someone. Always be true to yourself. And lastly, don’t ever think you are too old or too young to reach your dreams. Keep trying, keep working, and eventually, you’ll get there.
Wonderful advice, Kimberly. Just wonderful.  Now, one last question, what makes you happiest as an author? 
I absolutely love it when people read my books and tell me the parts they laughed at. Making people feel good, empowered and happy is one of the reasons I write. I want people to finish my books and feel the burdens of life lifted. Happiness is contagious, and I want to help spread it around.
Awwwww, that’s lovely. All authors like to hear their books have touched others, but to make someone laugh, especially in troubling times, in a true blessing.
Now, let’s hear about your books.

“The Trouble with Fairy Godmothers” was my first published book. This was a fun one to write, because it’s a modern-day take on my favorite fairy tale, “Cinderella.” In this book, Nikki Baker discovers she’s got a fairy godmother who’s willing to help her get her first kiss, but Nikki soon discovers her magic tends to have hilariously disastrous results.

“The Trouble with Prince Charming” is Book Two of the Magical Troubles series, full of memorable characters I hope you enjoy as much as I did!  Dating Ryker Stone is the happy ending Nikki has been hoping for, opening up the exciting new world of popularity. But dating a guy way out of her league presents a whole new set of problems she never anticipated. When a secret admirer comes to light, Nikki must decide which path to follow–and that means either betraying her fairy godmother or her own heart.
“Evan the Horrible” was my absolute favorite book to write. Evan Rice, a character from Book 2, is the textbook definition of class clown. He’s determined to make life as miserable as possible for everyone around him, especially after he finds a ring that grants wishes. From a school-wide food fight to a stink bomb not easily forgotten, Evan turns the school into his personal playground. But what he doesn’t know is that on the other end of his ridiculous wishes, something sinister lies waiting. Every wish he makes brings the mystery woman inside the mirrors closer and closer to getting out. It’s up to Jazzy Allen, a gothic recluse, to knock some sense into Evan before it’s too late. But what she doesn’t expect is to actually fall for the guy.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Kimberly. And readers, you can find all of Kimberly’s book on Amazon, by clicking here.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads (aka Flinch Free Fiction) author, Allistar Banks

 

!cid_f_k6qjkyre0Today I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Allistar Banks.

Ms Banks was born and raised in McCormick, South Carolina and is a graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, SC .

 She has been featured in the Index-Journal, The Press and Banner, McCormick Messenger, Lander University’s magazine, and interviewed on WZLA 92.9FM, and was recently a featured author at the Palmetto State Literacy Association Conference in Hilton Head Island, SC. Ms Banks is best known for her personal development books that teach young women how to have healthy relationships with others and food and also children’s books that teach new concepts and kindness. She is now honoured to be on a future broadcast with the CBS Sunday Morning Show for her children’s book called A Colorful Balloon Ride, which teaches one to five-year-old’s their colors by using objects of carnival food and nature on Mary and Emily’s hot air balloon ride around the County Fair with Mr. John.

Besides writing, Ms Banks loves to read, hike, do yoga and Pilates, hike, go bowling, watch comedy movies, see plays, go to the mountains, and spend time with family and friends.

Welcome Allistar. We’re anxious to hear all about your books, but first, three questions. What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I was in the fourth grade and I was nine-years-old. Our school had a story contest and my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Jones at the time saw my ability to do storytelling and loved my fun and wild imagination I had for story book characters. I decided to write a picture book at the time called The Sorcerer and the Magic Pond where Henry learned to use his powers for good and not for evil. I loved fairy tale books at the time and how magic in Cinderella was used for good when Cinderella was given the chance to fall in love with prince charming.

I think I might have started writing a little older than that … perhaps ninth grade, but yes, the teachers who inspired us are worth their weight in gold. Next, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

The inspiration for my latest two books Girl Rise and Cracking the Happy Weight Code was I struggled with self-worth and body image and weight and insecurity. In Girl Rise, I found myself placing my identity in academics, extra-curricular activities, leisure things, and the societal status quo that was loved and accepted by my family being you have to go to school and make good grades and go to college and have the 9-5 job and be married by the time you’re thirty with children and have the house with the white picket fence and the dog. When I got older, I had four toxic love relationships that taught me valuable lessons at the time which were I can’t change who I am for someone else, I can’t fix somebody, you have to stand your ground and not allow someone to take advantage of your kindness, and know when to walk away from someone when they don’t value your time.

I tell my story through Alli Billings’ perspective and I use biblical principles to help and encourage women to take back control over food and life.

Many women have faced those same challenges, and I applaud you for weaving what worked for you into your stories. Now, one last question–what are your favourite books?

My favorite books are Sunday’s at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and The Help. I like how in Sunday’s at Tiffany’s Jane keeps a friend named Michael who only she can see and makes her feel less alone being single. The Help is absolutely hilarious as it tells a story creates three women named Skeeter, Minny, and Abileen who are determined to start a movement about the way women think about one another during the 1960s.

Okay–now lets hear a little more about your books.

51eGbcm5yZL__SY498_BO1,204,203,200_The five books I have now published are Girl Rise, Cracking the Happy Weight Code, Spring Brings Summer, A Colorful Balloon Ride, and Lenny the Lizard and His Green Scarf. I am now honored to be on a future broadcast with the CBS Sunday Morning Show for my children’s book called A Colorful Balloon Ride, which teaches one to five-year-old’s their colors by using objects of carnival food and nature on Mary and Emily’s hot air balloon ride around the County Fair with Mr. John.

You can find A Colorful Balloon Ride, and all of Allistar’s other books on Amazon by clicking here.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads (aka Flinch Free Fiction) author, Dawn Cahill

IMG_4459Today I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Dawn Cahill. Author Dawn V. Cahill writes “Stories of Victorious Faith for the 21st Century,” nearly always with a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or dark chocolate nearby. “The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.”

Ms Cahill also blogs about single parenting, substance abuse, and puppies…sometimes all in the same day. She’s going to finish that novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians…someday. She has written several newspaper articles, five Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. 

You lead a very interesting life, Dawn, but before we learn about your books, I have 3 questions for you. First, where are your books set, and have you been there, or spent significant time there?

My books are set in places I’ve lived, and have a certain familiarity with. For instance, I lived for five years in a town north of Seattle in the late 80s to early 90s, just before the explosion of grunge, Microsoft, and Starbucks.

My Golden State Trilogy is set in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. I lived in the northeast Bay Area during part of my childhood, and I still think San Francisco is the most dramatically scenic city on the West Coast, and even in the US. I attempt to capture some of the stark beauty of the area in my books.

Well, you’ve certainly got my attention!  I was born in San Francisco, and while I love living in Australia, there’s a part of my heart that will always reside in the San Francisco Bay Area!  Next question, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

From the time my older sister taught me to read (I was five), the fantastical worlds that books created in my mind captured me. Even at such a young age, I wondered if I could write a book as compelling as the ones I was reading. So I started small, with short stories—some okay, some embarrassingly bad—, then in college took a year of journalism before switching to the more lucrative business major.

But before I could get serious about writing that first novel, I had to finish raising my kids. It wasn’t until 2015 that I uploaded my first book, the novelette When Lyric Met Limerick, to Amazon Kindle.

Ah, yes, you had a job (raising kids) and I had a job (in the corporate world) to do before writing took precedence, but now that we’re there, there is no stopping us!  Last question for you, if you could trade places with any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

I would be Meg, my protagonist in Golden State trilogy. She was a single mom (like myself) who found a wonderful, godly man that offered her a second chance at happy marriage (unlike myself.) Meg can paint and draw, two things I’m woefully bad at, but wish I could do. She has to endure some terrible trials, but her faith in the Lord shines bright through it all.

It’s fun to think we could be one of our characters … I’d like some aspects of many of mine, but we all have our own paths to follow, don’t we. Now, let’s hear about these books of yours.

When Lyric Met Limerick: A Novelette (Seattle Trilogy) by [Cahill, Dawn V.]

 

My books: Seattle Trilogy is my suspense/mystery series. These books feature identical twins Livy and DeeDee using their ingenuity to solve mysterious deaths/unsolved crimes/attempted murders. Threads of clean romance add spice!

 

 

 

My Golden Gate Trilogy I like to call Hot Topic fiction. These books feature modern-day, controversial issues that didn’t exist 30 years ago, proving gritty and clean can co-exist in the same book. If you prefer your clean stories gritty, not pretty, these are for you.

  • Book 1, Paint the Storm, centers on same-sex marriage, yet with no sex scenes.
  • Book 2, Paint the Desert, involves a school shooting, yet contains no explicit violence.
  • Book 3, Paint the Sunrise, is currently under construction. It’s about the opioid/homeless crisis that has exploded in recent years.

 

You can find all of Dawn’s books on Amazon by clicking here.

Thanks for joining me today, Dawn. I look forward to checking out the series set in the San Francisco Bay Area!