Robin Lee Hatcher http://www.robinleehatcher.com stories of faith, courage, and love Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Authors Who Inspire | Mary Connealyhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/authors-who-inspire-mary-connealy/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/authors-who-inspire-mary-connealy/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12631 Authors Who Inspire

Mary ConnealyMary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Visit her website to learn more.


 

Who was the first author who inspired you to write?

I have to say that it’s probably Walter Farley, who wrote the Black Stallion books, though as an adult I’d have to say Mary Higgins Clark…and both of them for similar reasons. Farley is the first author I ever read who made me BE IN the story. In those horse races I swear I could smell the sweating horses and the kicked up dirt. I could feel those heavy, galloping bodies jostling against me. I could hear those thundering hooves and the breathing of those massive lungs as we whipped around the track. And at the end of those books I was aware enough of the difference in that reading experience to flip the book closed and go back to the front and think, “Who is this guy and how did he drag me into that story?”

Mary Higgins Clark was the same. It’s like she grabbed me by the front of my shirt and dragged me into that story and took me on a roller coaster ride. And I knew when I read her it was something very skilled and very different.

After you became a writer, what authors have you read that make you want to be a better writer?

Who comes to mind is Clive Cussler. I know, I’m picking strange characters. But Clive Cussler had this way of making a bunch of different stories tear forward on a collision course. You’d start reading and there’d be three or four things going on, seemingly unconnected and then suddenly BAM! It’d all make sense, very fast paced compelling way to right.

How do you help younger/newer authors as they set out on their writing journey?

That’s so easy. Seekerville. I’m part of a group blog for aspiring writers. We are coming up on our seventh year and have compiled an archives full of lessons from the best authors in Christian fiction. It’s a priceless resource in my opinion. In addition, we throw a party everyday online and you are all invited to attend.

How do you hope to inspire your readers?

My goal is to write the most entertaining book I know how to write. If readers learn something or are inspired by something that’s just fantastic. But I want my books to be fun. Reading fiction for most people is entertainment and that’s how I like to treat it.


 

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“Slavery Under Protest”http://www.robinleehatcher.com/slavery-under-protest/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/slavery-under-protest/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:14:37 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12698 At present I am reading my Bible in Romans. This morning I was in chapters 6-8. I paused when I came to this verse (already highlighted in my Bible):

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After finishing my reading, I returned to 7:15. Then I popped open my Logos Bible software, and I checked the verse in the Word Bible Commentary and read this:

‘for I do not know what I do.’ As the γάρ indicates, this verse begins the explanation of what it means to be ‘sold under sin’ (v 14)—that is, not an abject, unquestioning servitude, but a slavery under protest, the frustrated impotence of one who has to live ‘in newness of Spirit” while still “in the flesh’ [emphasis mine]

I have been wrestling with some things that I want to be doing more of in my spiritual walk and yet seem unable to do. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. When I read the bolded portion, I thought, Wow! Those words explain so well what this life is like for those who are born again and yet still walking on this earth in these mortal bodies. As we say it in my church, we are living in the “now and not yet” between the first and second Advents. Jesus has overcome the power of evil and yet the devil still roams the earth seeking to destroy. The kingdom of God broke through when Jesus came to earth in the flesh and yet we are not yet living in the New Heavens and New Earth. We await the Second Coming of Jesus because we long for the completion of all that began with his death and resurrection.

The frustrated impotence of one who has to live “in the newness of the Spirit” while still “in the flesh.”

No wonder we groan. No wonder we long more and more for our eternal home. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

~robin

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Lessons Learned

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Do you love to make lists? I do. I write all kinds of lists. Bucket Lists. Grocery Lists. Deadline Lists.

Although the following list was written from the perspective of author talking to author, I think many of these lessons learned as a published author apply to life in general and will be of interest to readers too. So here’s my list of things I’ve learned after over thirty years in publishing and the writing of over seventy books.

  1. Lists

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    A writer never has to worry about running out of  ideas. They’re a dime a dozen.

  2. A book gets written one word, one paragraph, one page at a time.
  3. Write a page a day and you’ll have a 365 page manuscript at the end of one year.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff (and there is a ton of small stuff in publishing).
  5. Don’t compare yourself to another author. Don’t compare your success to another author’s success. It doesn’t change anything and it isn’t healthy.
  6. As much as is possible, hold on to your joy of writing even when the business of writing is unpleasant.
  7. Be a professional in every way and be kind to the professionals with whom you work.
  8. Write the book of your heart every single time. In fiction, if you don’t love your characters and the story you are telling, neither will the readers.
  9. Read, read, read. Reading is just as important for a seasoned professional as it is for a raw beginner. You’ll learn more from great novels as a writer than from reading a host of how-to-write books (although you should read and study those too).
  10. Don’t forget to live your life. Without your own experiences—your heartaches, your joys, your failures, your triumphs—you’ll have nothing to write about. Live fully! Live relationally! Live joyfully!

Blessings,
~robin

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Pre-Order Collection Specialshttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/pre-order-collection-specials/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/pre-order-collection-specials/#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:46:23 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12688 If you’ve been waiting to read a couple of my historical romance series—Where the Heart Lives and The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs—or if you would just like to add them to your e-reader at a great price, now is the time. The publisher has put them together in collections at the reduced price of $12.99.

But right now, Amazon has marked the prices down even further. You can grab The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs for only $6.99 (for all three books in the series) and Where the Heart Lives for only $10.99 (for all three books in the series).

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Review an Advance Copy of LOVE WITHOUT ENDhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/review-an-advance-copy-of-love-without-end/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/review-an-advance-copy-of-love-without-end/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:24:46 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12665 Love Without End ARCsNormally I do giveaways of books on Goodreads because they make the process so easy for both authors and readers. But this time around, I’m using my blog because I hope to reach reach more of my faithful fans this way.

I have four Advanced Reader Copies (uncorrected proofs) of Love Without End, the first book in the new Kings Meadow Romance series. This is a contemporary romance, and for those of you who have read A Promise Kept, you will recognized the hero, Chet Leonard.

Love Without End is set to release in mid-November, and I would love to get some early buzz about the book started. Word of mouth is critical to a book’s success.

Riffing off a well-known George Strait song, Hatcher tells the story of Kimberly and Chet, both carrying deep-seated pain from past marriages. It will take one wise matchmaker to help them see that love doesn’t come with an expiration date.

I am looking for four of my readers who are willing to read an advanced copy (overlooking errors, knowing that the ARCs were printed before final corrections were made) and who will also promise to post reviews online as early as possible to places such as Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Christian Book, etc. Does that describe you?

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Real Life Heroineshttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/real-life-heroines-2/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/real-life-heroines-2/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:26:11 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12647 wrestling

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I’ve been absent from my blog a lot lately. At least when it comes to writing something personal. Mostly I’ve shared about other authors and their books. Which I really enjoy doing. Still, I like to share thoughts with you, my readers. So I’m poking my head up to say hello.

I’m trying to wrestle another book to the ground, and my deadline is fast approaching. Fast!! Since the heroine of this book is also a writer, she’s got a deadline barreling toward her as well. To say I sympathize (and empathize) with my heroine is an understatement. I sure hope both of our stories reach The End soon! :-)

But let’s talk about real life heroines for a moment.

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My two adult daughters, for example. Have I mentioned how proud I am of these wives and mothers who had the courage to start school again after 20+ years away from scholarly studies and exams. I shake my head because both of them are pursuing degrees that require biology and chemistry and advanced math like calculus. How did that happen? Trust me, math and science were not my favorite subjects in school. Give me a history or English or sociology class any day of the week. Anyway, my daughters are two of my real life heroines and a huge inspiration to me.

My mother was another of my heroines. Even though she’s been gone over four years now, I still find myself thinking, I need to share that with Mom. Similar to my daughters, my mom went to college in her late thirties. Only her reasons for going were different. My dad died in a plane crash, leaving her a widow with a toddler and baby to raise, and she was seeking a means of being able to provide for her children. Mom was always there for me, as a child and as an adult. Our home was so filled with love that I never missed the things we didn’t have. She inspired me in countless ways, including as inspiration for the heroine of Ribbon of Years.

So who are the Real Heroines in your life?

~robin

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The Books Authors Read | Amber Stocktonhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-amber-stockton/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-amber-stockton/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12622 Books Authors Read
Amber Stockton

Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie.

Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards. Find out why readers love her by visiting her website AmberStockton.com.


 

What was your favorite book as a child?

You mean I have to pick just one? That’s not possible, so I’ll narrow it down to my top 4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder rank at the top. Oh, and I could quote the entire book of Whos Mouse are You? by Robert Krouse. Can still quote it today. ☺My children love it. And I have family ties to the little island of Chincoteague in Virginia, so Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry was always high on my list.

What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?

Wow, this is a challenging one. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until after I had an editor request a full manuscript, but I had been writing stories for my own enjoyment for years. If I had to pinpoint a specific novel that made me wonder, “What if?”it would probably be the Ribbons of Steel and Ribbons West series by Tracie Peterson and Judith Pella. There was something about the way they portrayed the lead family in those novels and carried the reader from the start of the railroad dynasty to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad that made me want to tell history in stories like that.

What was the last book you read, just for fun?

Hmm, for myself or my children? ☺For my kids, it would be Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore. They want it almost every night. For me, that’s a bit harder, as most of what I’ve been reading lately has been for business & personal development. The last book I recall reading for pleasure is Sandwich with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips, but I know I’ve read others since. That one sticks out to me right now.

What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?

Tamera Alexander’s next book in her Belle Meade Plantation series, To Win Her Favor. The cover features a lady and a horse, and I love it. You can see the cover here. Though Tracie Peterson still ranks high on my list of favorites, Tamera has edged into the #1 spot with this series.


 

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The Books Authors Read | Deborah Raneyhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-deborah-raney/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-deborah-raney/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12409 Books Authors Read

 

Deborah RaneyDeborah Raney accomplished something very few authors are able to do with their first book. Her debut novel, A Vow to Cherish (originally published in 1996), inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists.

Raney’s newest novel, Home to Chicory Lane, releases in August as the first book in the Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press Fiction.

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What was your favorite book as a child?

The Village that Slept by Monique Peyrouton de Ladebat was in my country school library (it had been translated from the original French). I fell in love with the story of two young teens who survive a plane crash but find themselves stranded high in the Pyrenees Mountains and with a surviving tiny Asian baby to care for.

What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?

After Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, it was probably Catherine Marshall’s Christy or one of Eugenia Price’s novels set on St. Simon’s Island that inspired me to hope I might someday give readers as much pleasure with my writing as those amazing authors had given me.

What was the last book you read, just for fun?

Susan Meissner’s A Fall of Marigolds. I’d been on a run where everything I was reading was either research or for endorsement, and I decided after hiking with Susan at Mount Hermon, that I was going to treat myself to her book. It’s wonderful, as everything I’ve ever read of hers has been!

What upcoming release or releases (your own and/or by other authors) are you most looking forward to?

I can’t wait for Courtney Walsh’s Paper Hearts coming in February 2015 from Tyndale House Publishers. Her Sweethaven series was so good, and I’ve had a sneak peek at an early manuscript for Paper Hearts, which drew me right in.


 

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Book Review: Beautiful Nate by Dennis Mansfieldhttp://www.robinleehatcher.com/beautiful-nate-by-dennis-mansfield/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/beautiful-nate-by-dennis-mansfield/#respond Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:32:56 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12586 Beautiful Nate Book Cover Beautiful Nate

Biography & Autobiography
Simon and Schuster
Mar 5 2013
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A father tells the story of his efforts to be a good parent according to the rules of conservative Christian experts, and how his son went astray anyway and died at the age of twenty seven of drug-related causes.

 

I read Beautiful Nate because I attend the same church as the author and I have met him a number of times.

Most readers of mine know that my life has been impacted by the addictions of another, so I knew going in that I would relate to that aspect of the story. What I didn’t expect was that the book would take me down memory lane when it came to coming to faith in Christ in the Jesus Movement of the 1970′s and then maturing in Christ in the years to follow. Although my children are long since grown, it made me consider choices I made as a parent when they were at home. It even made me remember some of my favorite worship songs from decades ago (the author and his son both became friends with the widow of Keith Green, a favorite artist of mine). It also served as a reminder that following the rules, even rules of evangelical Christianity, does not guarantee a particular outcome. We can never be perfect. Not a one of us.

A beautiful, heart-wrenching, uplifting story. I recommend it.

~robin

 

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Christian Fiction Wednesday 08-13-14http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-wednesday-08-13-14/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-wednesday-08-13-14/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:42:30 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=12575 Christian Fiction Wednesday

I know many authors of Christian fiction, and while I don’t have time to keep up with reading all of their books, I love to tell readers about them. Look for my posts about new and recent releases on most Wednesdays. You might find a new-to-you author or see a new release by an already favorite author. Happy reading!

~robin


 

Herb of GraceHERB OF GRACE
by Adina Senft

Amish widow Sarah Yoder has been struggling to raise her two teenaged sons and provide a home where family and members of her Old Order Amish church can find fellowship and friendship. Though she is close to her in-laws, lately it feels like her relationship with her boys is splintering. Her stepson Simon wants to move out west with his cousins to find work. And her youngest, Caleb, is spending far too much time over at the tumbledown home of a man who left the church long ago. Henry Byler only returned recently to Willow Creek when he inherited the family farm–under protest–and now seems caught in a struggle between the faith of his childhood and the world he’s come to know.

Ruth Lehman, the local Dokterfraa, believes Sarah should use her gift for growing plants to become an herbal healer, too. Sarah is reluctant, however, uncertain if caring for others will take her away from her family–the place where she believes God wants her. But when she feels called to help members of her community, she soon discovers that the heart can be scarred as deeply as the body. As she compiles her herbs, she waits for God to do his healing work in a man who rues a harsh decision, in a lonely prodigal who has lost everything, and maybe even in a herbalist-in-training who firmly believes she will never love again.

ADINA SENFTAbout the Author:

Adina Senft earned an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescue chickens.


 

The Doctor's ReturnTHE DOCTOR’S RETURN
by Narelle Atkins

Megan Bradley Is Putting Down Roots

After years spent traveling the globe, she never expected to be back in her hometown sharing an office with her former sweetheart, Dr. Luke Morton. Megan is focused on building her business, and doesn’t have time to dwell on past mistakes. But she can’t ignore her feelings for the handsome doctor who works down the hall.

Luke is afraid to trust his heart to Megan, knowing she may not stay for long. But as they work together, their romance quickly rekindles. When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes her way, Luke must free Megan to choose between a big-city career or love and family…right there in Snowgum Creek.

Narelle AtkinsAbout the Author:

A fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle Atkins was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children. A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle’s contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to write for Heartsong Presents.


 

Prudence PursuedPRUDENCE PURSUED
by Shirley Raye Redmond

At the advanced age of twenty-seven, Prudence Pentyre is on the shelf.

Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret, shy and plain, does not share her own unmarried fate.

Despite her best efforts, all of Prudence’s matchmaking attempts fail. Margaret proves reluctant to accept Sir James Brownell’s marriage proposal, and fears being “bovinised” if she undergoes the controversial cowpox vaccination he recommends. And the dashing baronet—with his sunburned skin, eye patch, and unfashionable attire—seems more concerned about the plight of headhunters in Borneo than Margaret’s stubborn refusal of his offer.

Prudence, on the other hand, finds herself unexpectedly smitten with the man. Can she trust that God’s plan for her life is richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?

Shirley Raye RedmondAbout the Author:

Shirley Raye Redmond is an award-winning children’s book author with more than two dozen titles to her credit. Her Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Amanda’s Beau is her first inspirational novel for women. Connect with her via her facebook author page or at www.shirleyrayeredmond.com

 

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