Meet the Author: Rachelle Paige Campbell

My guest today is Rachelle Paige Campbell, author of Her One in a Million, a Christian romance. Rachelle, thank you for joining me today. Let’s start with you telling us a little bit about yourself.

I write contemporary romance novels filled with heart and hope. I believe love and laughter can change lives, and every story needs a happily ever after. I earned my masters’ degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. I love to include Art History elements in my novels so I have an excuse to research. This book was a great opportunity for that!

What is Her One in a Million about?

While renovating a historic mansion, Samantha Holt discovers three hidden vases. If she sells the pottery with her family’s auction business, she can bring in a commission for her parents and help get funds for the mansion’s restoration. She calls an expert from Chicago, Zach Reynolds, for his opinion and is shocked that he wants to take the pieces back to the city. They both need the pottery for professional reasons, but the situation is complicated by their growing admiration and feelings for each other.

That’s a great story, Rachelle. Now for some questions about you:

Are you a night owl or morning person?

I am a morning person through and through! I love to get up and get going every day. My kids are early risers, too. This was an added complication for getting words in when they were little. Now that they are both in school, however, it’s perfect. After they are out the door, I can focus on my projects for a few hours and get a lot of dedicated time for writing in during the week.

Do you reward yourself when a book is finished? If so, what is your favorite treat?

I don’t always reward myself when a book is finished because sometimes I don’t have time or opportunity. But my favorite treat is a nice manicure. It’s lovely to get a hand massage and a new coat of nail polish after my fingers have been hard at work typing a story.

Were there any surprises that came up as you wrote your story?

I love historical romance and historical fiction. I have read a lot of both and really enjoy the genre. When I first started writing, I attempted a Regency era novel but the book fell flat. My writer voice is too modern. I had fun on this project creating a historical journal. I finally had a chance to incorporate a tribute to the genre but in a way that was genuine to the story. It was a wonderful surprise to me as I started crafting the novel.

Who was the first person you allowed to read your completed book?

The first people to read any of my completed books are my writing friends. Known as the Panera Supper Club, from the pre-Covid days when we would meet at Panera and write, I am blessed to be part of a very supportive group of incredibly talented, hard-working, and kind authors. We write different genres but are cheerleaders for each other’s work.

What book or author has inspired you the most?

I loved the Anne of Green Gables books so much as a kid. I continue to be inspired by Anne. I think I’ve been trying to be Anne Shirley my entire life. What I’ve always loved most is that she makes mistakes, takes responsibility, and learns from the experience.

What’s next for you as an author?

The fourth book in the Home to Harmony series is coming! I’m not sure when, yet, but it’s a Christmas book and ties the series together in an unexpected way. I’m really excited to share it with readers. I have loved writing these books and am so appreciative of the positive response.

Thank you for being my guest today, Rachelle. Before we go, where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Bookbub: https://bit.ly/3jKH9s0

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3KRvKCy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachellepaigebooks/

Newsletter: eepurl.com/dEjzZz

Website: https://rachellepaigecampbell.com/

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3U9lqep

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3U7d6f7

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3qB2yr1

Apple iBooks: https://apple.co/3BF8xl7

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Friday Feature: Substitute Family

Recently I published an updated version of my full-length Christian romance, Substitute Family. This was previously published under the title, No Longer a Substitute. If you read the first version, you will find this one almost completely different. The characters and story line are the same, but it has been revised and updated throughout the whole book, with a surprise ending.

Even if you haven’t read the previous version, I think you will enjoy this one. Substitute Family is a story about adorable twin toddlers and their widowed father, and the nanny who steps into their lives and falls for all of them.

About the book:

Kindergarten teacher Emily Riley volunteers to babysit her late cousin’s twin toddlers for the summer. She doesn’t count on falling in love with their daddy, Garret.

When Garret transfers across country for a three-month trial period to set up a new office, he decides to leave the twins behind until he gets settled. Emily takes a leave of absence from her teaching job to become the 24/7 nanny while he is gone.

Garret decides not to tell his new employees that he is a widowed father of two. At first he calls home every week, but then a month goes by without a phone call, and he won’t return Emily’s messages.

She worries that Garret might like his freedom so much that he will decide to leave the twins, and Emily, behind permanently.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon as a Kindle book or in paperback.

New Release: Warrior’s Heart

Today author Colleen Hall is here to talk about her new release, Warrior’s Heart, a historical Christian romance. Colleen, let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in New England, so I really consider myself a New Englander even though after I married my Southern husband, I’ve lived in the South. Besides my husband and family, I love writing, horseback riding and giving my horse hugs, and my three very spoiled cats. I enjoy browsing through antique stores for that special item to take home.

What is your book about?

Warrior’s Heart is Wild Wind’s story. Readers met Wild Wind, Shane Hunter’s half-Cheyenne brother, in Wounded Heart.

Warrior’s Heart takes place six years after Wounded Heart closes. Most of the Plains tribes have been subdued and are living on reservations, although there is still much lingering fear and animosity toward the Indians among the settlers.

When a coalition of tribes escapes from their reservations and clash with George Custer’s 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, fear boils over into anger toward all Indians.

So what is Wild Wind, a former Dog Soldier whose name strikes terror in the hearts of the settlers, to do when he leaves the reservation and tries to build a new life on the Slash L?

How does he cope with the distrust that he faces among the cowboys and townspeople?

And how does he navigate two different cultures when the woman he loves is a white woman?

What is the inspiration behind your story?

Even though I’ve never lived in the West, I was fascinated by the West when I was growing up, so it seemed natural to me to set my stories in the West. Western history in particular interested me. I was able to finally visit Colorado twice to do research for my Frontier Hearts Saga books, and I fell in love with the West. I hope that love comes through in my stories.

What was the catalyst for your interest in writing?

I think my love for writing grew out of a love for reading. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. My mother tells me that I wrote my first story during the third grade. And it helps that I have a very vivid imagination!

Are you a night owl or morning person?

Definitely a night owl, but with working and writing, I’ve learned to combine both.

Do you reward yourself when a book is finished?

If so, what is your favorite treat? Yes, I reward myself when I finish a book. My husband and I celebrate with a nice dinner out, then I watch one of my favorite movies. And chocolate—I definitely indulge in chocolate, and I don’t feel guilty!

Were there any surprises that came up as you wrote your story?

Wild Wind’s whole story came as a surprise. I’d originally intended for the third book in my series to feature another character, but as readers may have noticed in Wounded Heart, Wild Wind is a very strong person. I tried to lay the groundwork for my third book using my original idea, but Wild Wind wouldn’t let me alone. He was always there in my head, demanding that I write his story.

My third book just wouldn’t take off, so I abandoned my story premise and gave in to Wild Wind. Once I gave in to him, I tried to lay out a story line and a love interest for him. That’s when I got my second surprise. Wild Wind absolutely refused to love the woman I’d created for him, and she wouldn’t come to life no matter how hard I tried. Wild Wind insisted that he already loved another woman, and he refused to love anyone else.

My plot had hit a roadblock. So for the second time I scrapped my story premise and gave in to Wild Wind. I allowed him a future with the woman he already loved. This made it necessary for me to completely change the plot, but once I made the changes to accommodate him, the story took off and practically flew off the page. I guess I could say that Wild Wind wrote Warrior’s Heart, not me.

Who was your favorite character to create?

My favorite character in Warrior’s Heart is definitely Wild Wind. He’s such a complicated character, and the challenges he faces require much strength of character and flexibility to overcome. I must say that my other favorite character is his love interest, and developing the tension between the two of them was so much fun.

Who was the first person you allowed to read your completed book?

I have a church friend whose feedback is invaluable to me. I always shoot her my rough drafts after I finish.

What’s next for you as an author?

The fourth book in my Frontier Hearts Saga, Wild Heart, takes the next generation of the Slash L ranching family into the Colorado uranium mines during the Titanic era. I just completed the fifth and final book in the series, Valiant Heart, which is set just after World War I.

Where can readers find you online?

I can be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ColleenHallRomance and at my website at https://www.colleenhallromance.com/. I also have a newsletter which readers can subscribe to if they email me at colleen.hall.romance@gmail.com to let me know they want to subscribe.

Buy Link for Kindle version. Paperback coming soon.

Friday Feature: Christmas Novellas

Today I’m featuring author Katy Eeten’s three Christmas novellas. They are unrelated to each other, but each is a heartwarming holiday story. You can find out more about the books in the details below:

Wrong Turn Christmas (Anaiah Press 2021)

April is desperate to eliminate her dad’s cancer bills so her family can enjoy the holidays. But, on her way to get legal assistance, she ends up at the wrong house. There, she finds a warm and caring soul… but a boyfriend won’t solve her family’s financial issues.

Jake is surprised to find a beautiful woman on his doorstep asking for help. It’s a case of mistaken identity, but after spending just a little time with April, he knows they are perfect for each other—even if she does have bad taste in football teams. Except April is facing an uphill battle, and he believes he has nothing of real value to offer. Or does he?

One wrong turn might just end up turning a Christmas crisis into a Christmas miracle.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Turn-Christmas-Anaiah-Romance-ebook/dp/B09L4J3PDZ/

First Class Christmas (Pelican Book Group, 2020)

When Mandy Brockman flies home from her friend’s destination wedding, her heart is on empty at the thought of spending Christmas alone. It doesn’t help that her ex is on the plane, seemingly unaffected by their breakup. But the kind-hearted man seated next to her seems to have it all together—and he’s handsome to boot. She knows her emotional healing won’t come in the form of another guy, but will the source of this man’s peace and joy help Mandy find the Christmas she’s looking for?

CJ Hawkins is captivated by the beautiful, feisty woman he meets on his flight. The only thing is, she’s fresh out of a relationship, and he has no interest in being anyone’s rebound. But the more he learns about Mandy, the more he’s drawn to her unique mixture of compassion and spunk.

Can he figure out how to make their relationship take off before this First Class Christmas is grounded forever?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/First-Class-Christmas-Holiday-Extravaganza-ebook/dp/B08KSJHMW4/

Christmas In Meadow Creek (Anaiah Press, 2018)

Sarah Laughlin left her big-city life and dead-end relationship behind for a fresh start as a fourth-grade teacher in the small, Wisconsin town of Meadow Creek. And it feels like home, too, despite the persistent troublemaker in her class and the lack of familiar faces. But the holidays are going to be lonely this year. Until she meets firefighter Lincoln Thompson. Suddenly, the hope of spending Christmas with someone she cares about is within reach.

Lincoln loves his home town of Meadow Creek, but ever since his long-time girlfriend left him for a better life in the city, he wonders if he’ll ever find love in this small town where everyone knows everyone. Then he meets Sarah during her class’s field trip to his firehouse, and a spark is lit. But when they discover that Sarah’s troublemaking student is none other than Lincoln’s beloved nephew, their newfound relationship is put to the test. Can they navigate through the complexities of family dynamics to find a love that will last?

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Meadow-Anaiah-Romance-Novella/dp/1947327305/

Friday Feature: Courage to Trust

With harvest season behind us and the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I thought this would be a good time to introduce book 2 of my historical series, Legacy of Courage. Courage to Trust is the second book in this story about a young widow and the hired hand who befriends her.

Here is a summary of the story:

Adam’s dreams are changing.

Instead of going away to the university, he decides he wants to be a farmer after all.

His family isn’t happy with his decision, but it feels right to Adam. He asks Cara if he can continue working as her hired hand after harvest.

Cara wants Adam to stay, but for the wrong reason. Her feelings for Adam are growing, and she is afraid he will discover what she holds in her heart. Yet she needs help for the winter months, so she agrees to keep Adam employed.

Then tragedy strikes, altering their plans.

Courage to Trust is only available on Kindle right now but I hope to have it published in paperback in the near future.