Robin Lee Hatcher http://www.robinleehatcher.com stories of faith, courage, and love Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 The Books Authors Read | Elizabeth Musser (with a Giveaway) http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-elizabeth-musser-with-a-giveaway/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-elizabeth-musser-with-a-giveaway/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14724 Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.

Elizabeth Musser

 

What was your favorite book as a child?

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

I started writing poems and stories almost before I started reading—when I was just six—but A Little Princess was definitely one of the books that inspired me as a child

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

I actually just read Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell for the first time! This Atlanta native is embarrassed to admit it. I’ve seen the movie many times, but had never read the novel. I have a 1936 edition. So fun!

What upcoming release (other than your own) are you most looking forward to?

Well, this is probably not very original, but I am very much looking forward to reading Harper Lee’s ‘new’ (very old) novel.


Among the Fair MagnoliasAmong the Fair Magnolias
by Elizabeth Musser (and others)

In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women–destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war–face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.  

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander

Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.
An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers she’s very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.
A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.
  
Each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that’s inherent to each author’s story and that will suit your book club meeting to a T!

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Time to Breathe http://www.robinleehatcher.com/time-to-breathe/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/time-to-breathe/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:47:37 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14751 © juanjo tugores / Dollar Photo Club

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My summers for the past 30 years have included deadlines. Often pressing deadlines, which meant I was writing every day, no matter what else was going on, no matter the beautiful weather, no matter family get-togethers, et al. My summer travel was more likely than not tied to a writer’s conference rather than being a true vacation. Conferences are fun but they are also work.

deadlineSo I have to confess to being a little disoriented by the whiteboard that hangs on my office closet door. This is where I write all the deadlines that relate to a book. Initial draft due date. Revision letter due to me. My completed revisions due back to the editor. Line edits due to me. Etc.

At the moment, nothing is there. What a change!

Not that I don’t have things to fill up my time. I’m studying for a math exam that will happen later next month. I have not used algebra in way too many years. Way too many decades. Ack! So my Algebra 1 for Dummies has become my new best friend. 😉

I am working on a client’s website in my Website Design by Robin capacity, but this is a project that can’t be done quickly due to the nature of the work and the client’s needs. So I do the work as it comes to me. No panic. No pressure.

I’m continuing to work on ideas for a new series, and I like how the first book is shaping up. What it needs now is some brainstorming with my writing buddies. Great timing since our annual retreat is right around the corner.

And if I don’t use some of this downtime to reorganize my walk-in closet, then I’m going to have to hang my head in shame. It has become the equivalent of a junk drawer.

But mostly I want to take time to breathe, to simply enjoy the summer days, to walk around the yard and enjoy the latest sunflowers in bloom, to watch the birds on the feeders.

Taking time to breathe is something we all need to do on a more regular basis. Busyness can consume us.

Are you taking time to breathe this summer?

~robin

 

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The Books Authors Read | Beth K Vogt (with a Giveaway) http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-beth-k-vogt-with-a-giveaway/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-beth-k-vogt-with-a-giveaway/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14737 Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author who said she’d never write fiction, the wife of an Air Force physician who said she’d never marry anyone in the military and a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist, her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, and their youngest daughter.

For more information about Beth, visit her website, become a fan on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

Beth K Vogt

What was your favorite book as a child?

I read and re-read Little Women, and yes, I cried every time I came to the scene where Beth died. There was so much that appealed to me in that story: the strong sense of family, how different Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy were – and yet, they were loyal to one another. That was also my first glimpse of happily ever after not always going the way we think it should go. Jo and Laurie don’t end up together? What?!

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

In my teen years, I read all of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. I have dog-eared paperback copies that I still read. I remember thinking it would be a lot of fun to write novels like hers, ones that weave history and romance together. Oddly enough, I write contemporary romance.

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

Reading books for fun? That rarely happens for me. Often my reading for endorsement and reading for fun is combined. The last one was Rachel Hauck’s How to Catch a Prince, which I happily endorsed! I thoroughly enjoyed her Royal Wedding series.

What upcoming release or releases are you most looking forward to?

My friend Keli Gwyn has a Love Inspired novel releasing in June, Family of Her Dreams. I loved Keli’s debut novel, and expect to enjoy this one too. Denise Hunter’s Married ‘Til Monday looks good and Susan May Warren’s The Wonder of You releases in July. Of course, I’m excited for the release of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the first novel in my destination wedding series.


Crazy Little Thing Called LoveCRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
by Beth K Vogt

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?


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The Books Authors Read | Melissa Jagears (with a Giveaway) http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-melissa-jagears-with-a-giveaway/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/the-books-authors-read-melissa-jagears-with-a-giveaway/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14591 Much to her introverted self’s delight, Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschool teacher, day-care provider, church financial secretary, and historical romance novelist. She doesn’t have to leave her house to be a housekeeper either, but she’s doubtful she meets the minimum qualifications to claim to be one in her official bio. Her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Melissa Jagears

What was your favorite book as a child?

I don’t think I’ve ever had only one favorite book, unless it was the first one ever read to me! Before I read much, my favorite story my mother read to me was Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Nancy Drew was my mainstay when I left storybooks behind.

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

Hmmm, I don’t think I have such a book. I think that probably makes me weird. When I decided to be an author, I was bored with a single baby at home with reading as my only entertainment. I used to say one could never read too much, but at that time, reading was passive use of my brain, and without a job that required some critical thinking skills, I needed some active use for my brain before it atrophied!

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

Surprisingly, you caught me between fiction books. The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle. Her husband is a lot like mine, so I got lots of smiles from it.

What upcoming release (other than your own) are you most looking forward to?

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin – Preordered and everything!


A Bride at Last A BRIDE AT LAST
by Melissa Jagears

Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she’d been deceived about her intended groom, she’s now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she’ll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony–until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy’s father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?


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First Amendment and First Commandment http://www.robinleehatcher.com/first-amendment-and-first-commandment/ http://www.robinleehatcher.com/first-amendment-and-first-commandment/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:11:12 +0000 http://www.robinleehatcher.com/?p=14713 Recently, a friend said in an email, “I believe in the First Amendment and the First Commandment.” Those words have resonated in my heart ever since.

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

First Commandment:

You shall have no other gods before Me.

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I was raised by a member of the “Greatest Generation.” My mom lived through the Great Depression and World War II. I was raised with a love of country and a belief in our constitution and the freedoms it protected. I was raised to honor God, too.

But in my lifetime—and especially in the past twenty years—I have seen the First Amendment erode until it is almost non-existent and I have seen the First Commandment forgotten by the culture at large.

My heart breaks at times, but then I remember the First Century church in places like Rome and Corinth and Ephesus. Those cultures were in turmoil, too. The world is the world, but God is God. And so I pray:

Holy, holy, holy God. I lift up our nation before You. You have called Your church to love. You have also called Your church to speak truth, no matter what the culture around us says. You have called Your church to be holy as You are holy.

By the power of Your Spirit, guide us in the righteous path. You have called upon us to deny ourselves, to cast off the sin that so easily entangles us, to take up our crosses, and to follow You.

You have called us to purity, but our culture says things are okay that You say are not. Too often the church mirrors the world around us. Forgive us and cleanse us. Help us to be loving examples of living for God and not to please ourselves.

We are a nation and a world in chaos, Father. Have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

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And finally I remember what Jesus promised:

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

~robin

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