Last week I highlighted a fellow Prism Book Group author, today it is my pleasure to focus on another great author, Nancy Bolton also from Prism.
Nancy, welcome to Behind Every Story. Please tell the readers a little about yourself.
I’m a wife of 41 years, mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl. Ever since I learned to write, I’d jot down thoughts and impressions. Once I decided to try writing novels, I realized I love to write character-driven stories about relationships of love and faith, since I think those are the most important relationships we have. My debut novel, The Right Ingredients, is a multi-layered contemporary romance.
Where do you get your ideas?
I’ve always been curious about people and their lives, so I draw from a wide range of people I’ve known in real life and all the anecdotes and experiences I’ve had or have heard about.
Can you tell us about your latest novel?
Here’s a description: Ann’s hectic work responsibilities demand all her time and effort, and what was once a useful, satisfactory life has become a burden. Her bakery partner Susan has lost none of her enthusiasm for their business, and Ann can’t understand her exuberance, or her friend’s Christian faith. So she trudges along, hiding her dissatisfaction from Susan, resigned to a life of work, sleep and problems.
Unexpected comments offered by two different people cause a crack in Ann’s armor and her thoughts careen into unexpected directions. Attention from a young widower with a son challenges Ann’s resolve to stay safe and uninvolved. Susan’s example of faith through trial furthers Ann’s curiosity about God. Ann must choose to step toward the unfamiliar freedom of giving and receiving love, or stay in the shadows, stuck in the grip of past hurt and long-standing barriers.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Growing up, the Little House Books made a huge impression, and as an adult, The Grapes of Wrath and the Bible influenced me a lot.
Is there anything in your novel based on real life experience?
Yes! I worked in a busy donut shop with my husband and in-laws for a few years, and boy, was it physically demanding. So, I used that experience to frame some of Ann’s reality.
Nancy I’ll bet it was a challenge, but it sounds like a yummy job. :) What project are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on edits for two books coming out this year! I’m also writing two more romances, one contemporary, one historical.
Where can readers connect with you online?
The Diamond Mine group blog
Amazon Author Page
Also, you can get all the information about The Right Ingredients, including purchase links, reviews and endorsements on this page: All the information on The Right Ingredients!
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I think that through stories, we can illustrate not only our common concerns as human beings, but explore our built-in need to connect with each other, with God, and with His creation. I try to explore the fascinating worlds of love and faith in my books and characters. It’s an amazing journey, and I learn new things as I write. God bless you all!
Thanks Nancy for sharing a bit about yourself, and The Right Ingredients. I agree with you about the need to connect. Books are important and they keep us sensitive to each other. By doing that, we are living a life that the helps glorify God.
I enjoy highlighting authors from all over the internet highway, but I'm always happy when I get to host a fellow Prism Book Group author.
Vicki Pitts Caine is a wonderful writer. Let's find out a little about the woman behind the novel, and her new release, before we get to the interview.
Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels. While her genre is inspirational romance, she has ventured into other areas in the past few years.
The author has received recognition from: Enduring Romance Top 10 Picks, an honorable mention Persie Award from the William Saroyan Writing Conference, and additional honors from: Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, HI Families Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society.
Her trilogy: Alvarado Gold, Cairo, and The Tempering Agent as well as her novella, Like a Lily, have been on the best seller list. Publications include The Front Porch, True Love, Short Stuff, Living for the Whole Family, Manzanita Literary Society, and many others.
The mother of two daughters, Victoria enjoys visiting the mountains and the Central California Coast. She is an enthusiastic crafter using her gemstone knowledge to incorporate the ancient art of silver wrapping into award winning jewelry.
Not Bound by Time: Time cannot imprison love nor hold it in place. At Balmoral, a two-hundred-year-old estate in old Northampton, love calls and only the heart can answer.
When five-year-old Albert Farraday first sets foot on the grounds of Balmoral, he senses its magic. After he returns from the Korean War and is employed as the caretaker, Camille, the mysterious new wife of the owner of the estate, leads Albert to believe there is indeed a force drawing the love-worn to Balmoral.
After Camille’s widowed niece visits the mansion, then disappears, he is certain his own sister Lydia traveled to meet her love and didn’t go mad as his mother had suggested.
Over the years Balmoral welcomes brokenhearted travelers who find their way to the portal and into the arms of love, and Albert comes to the understanding he is not only the custodian of Balmoral but the keeper of its secrets.
Victoria, you usually write inspiration romance, why a time travel?
I read Love of My Heart by Bess McBride and was haunted by the story and the concept. The couple discovers they were in love before in another time. I decided it was a genre I wanted to try.
There are three different stories in the novel how do you bring them all together?
The catalyst for the tree stories is an old Victorian mansion in Northampton, New York. There is a portal where the travelers come and go. The secret in finding the portal is love must call the traveler from the other side.
What time periods are covered in your story?
The first section takes place during World War II, but the traveler is from Victorian England. The second story is present day and the traveler finds herself in the American West during the 1850’s. The final story is in the late 1940’s and the traveler goes back in time to Scotland in the 1500’s.
Are the travelers all women?
Yes. Camille, Angie, and Liddy all travel through the portal in the stable area of the mansion to find their true loves.
How did you come up with the title, Not Bound by Time?
I thought it appropriate that love knows no bounds; the travelers find who they are meant to be with no matter where they are.
What are you working on now?
I’m in a critique group and one of our challenges for this year is to get a piece published outside of our current work in progress. I’m submitting a young adult mystery/suspense with a sprinkling of young love. If it is selected, it will be in an anthology.
Any new novels?
I’ve had a novel kicking around for about six years that I have all of three chapters written on – LOL. I promised to bake my muse a cake if she’d show up, but so far it’s been a slow process.
While it won’t be for the inspirational line, it is like my trilogy a mystery/suspense. This one is set in the south and I’m trying to maintain that southern atmosphere. Maybe I should take a road trip.
That sounds fascinating, and if it’s southern charm you want, came visit North Carolina, we’re full of oddities and we don’t even raise an eyebrow when the store clerk calls us honey. :)
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About the Book:Liz Savoy has no plans to date anyone—least of all the dark handsome mystery man who sometimes inhabits the corner table at the coffee shop where she’s working to get through school. But plans change, sometimes in ways no one expected. Jake McCoy is the next mega-millionaire author, or at least he would be if he could get the stories in his head down on the ether. With no good place to write, he resorts to dark corners in Wi-Fi hotspots, knowing no one in the world cares about him or his comings and goings one way or the other. However, there is one waitress at The Grind coffee shop with a cute smile and kind eyes who doesn’t seem to think he is as invisible as he likes to think he is. Can reality with her ever hope to match the fantasy world where his imagination has him living?
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The Theft of an Antique Doll is Theme for New Cozy Mystery
It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. “I love the sparks of romance -- they spice things up and add much interest to the story.” – Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook
Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.
“This was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I think you will enjoy the other books in this cozy mystery series, as well. Amelia and Rick seem to be getting closer as the series continue and some romance is definitely in the air.” – Sonja Nishimoto, Sunnie Reviews
In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
“I am LOVING the Amelia Moore Detective Series!” wrote Shauna Wheelwright on her book review blog. “FUN! CLEAN! FUN! AMAZING! DID I MENTION FUN?! I recently reviewed The Bali Mystery and loved it so much that I quickly dove into this sequel.”
To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mysteriousdoll.html
About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.
The Mysterious Doll (ISBN-13: 978-1502929143, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
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