Saturday, February 9, 2019

When Love Inspires: Amanda Tru and her author friends (Part 1 of 2)


Note from Alexis: We're doing things a bit different in "When Love Inspires" for today (Feb. 9) and tomorrow (Feb. 10). I'm hosting ALL of the six authors from their boxed set "Betwixt Two Hearts." 

So in order to accommodate the authors and not give you information overload, I've divided this book promo feature into two parts (Part 1 = today and Part 2 = tomorrow). Enjoy visiting with Amanda Tru who coordinated the boxed set, and her author friends!



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When Love Inspires: Amanda's story

For as long as I can remember, I have made up stories in my head while falling asleep, entering dreamland partway through a dream consciously spun. I love to write because I get to share those stories that have always danced through my imagination while also providing meaning that can touch others.

Words are powerful. They make tangible invisible ideas. And somehow, inspiration and enlightenment is often more palatable in the world of fiction, and even more so if the fiction Is good! Even Jesus Christ used stories to communicate deep messages and meaning.

I am an author because that is what God has gifted and called me to do. 

I write to glorify Him, and I believe writing the stories in ways that are sweet, clean, and romantic is the best way for me to do that. I like to create a picture of love that glorifies the Lord, providing for others a moment of escape from the stress of every day while also inspiring and encouraging them in their spiritual walks.

I hope readers are different by the time they reach “The End.” To me, it is a great responsibility and privilege that God can touch others by allowing them to visit my imagination and discover something valuable there. In every sense, it is a dream come true.

In my book Betwixt Two Hearts, the main character struggles with these ideas of real Christianity and love all while trying to make her own dreams come true.

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Amanda's Author Bio:

Amanda Tru loves to write page-turning books that inspire real-life Christianity while providing plenty of unexpected twists. She figures she loses so much sleep writing the things, it’s only fair she makes readers lose sleep with books they can’t put down! 


Amanda's current book list includes everything from historical, to action-packed suspense, to inspirational romance, to a Christian time travel/romance series. She is also the author and organizer behind the unique, multi-author Crossroads collection series.

Amanda is a former elementary school teacher who now spends her days being mommy to her four young children and her nights furiously writing. Amanda and her family live in a small Idaho town where the number of cows outnumbers the number of people.

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Blurb for Amanda's novella, "Betwixt Two Hearts":

With control of their dating website the prize, Bailey and Camden embark on a matchmaking competition that snags on unexpected results. 


All is fair in a contest of love. May the best matchmaker win.

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Connect with Amanda:
Website: www.amandatru.com
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/ZQdw9
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandatru.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TruAmanda
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/truamanda/

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When Love Inspires: Alana's story

As an author who mainly writes suspense thrillers, many of the topics I tackle contain issues our society faces on a daily basis.

I’ve written about sex trafficking, kidnapping, abortion, racial issues, and homosexuality to name but a few. However, I choose to also write fiction romance because it gives both myself and my readers a nice break from the heavy emotional topics listed above. 

It’s nice to create characters and towns who have “happily-ever-after” endings when we all know there are no guarantees for them in real life. However, romance novels remind us about the good in life, the way our men treat us like ladies, the way ladies respect their men, and how communities pull together and create memories and traditions to be enjoyed for decades. 

So I think it would be safe to say while I primarily write suspense novels, life is definitely made up of both genres – the nitty gritty “hot button topics” that flood the news as well as the sweet romance and “happily-ever-after” endings found in romantic fiction. 

I hope you enjoy reading this sweet romance as much as I did writing it.

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Alana's Author Bio:

Alana Terry is a pastor's wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. 


Alana's passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. 

She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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Blurb for Alana's novella, "Seoul Refuge":

Caroline is a new believer, excited and passionate about her faith. Calvin is a Boston police detective, an atheist who can hardly believe Christians have brainwashed his wife. Caroline just wants to follow God. Calvin just wants his wife back.

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Connect with Alana:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alanaterrywrites
Newsletter sign-up: https://www.alanaterry.com/readers-club.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanaterrybooks/

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When Love Inspires: Kari's story

I write inspirational romance because I think everyone should be able to read what makes them feel good and comfortable if that’s what they desire. 

So many women love the romance part of romance novels, but don’t want to read bedroom scenes. I go one step further by adding a faith element to all of my stories, but they are for both Christian and non-Christian readers.

Each reader comes at a book with different expectations. Some want a lot of tension and build up in the story, even though they know how it will end. 

In romance, it isn’t really about the ending because readers know when they start a romance how it will end, it’s all about the journey. I write about the journey in a way that many readers would feel comfortable sharing it with their daughters when they are done.

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Kari's Author Bio:

Kari Trumbo is a best-selling author of Christian and sweet romance. 


She writes swooney heroes and places that become characters, with detail and heart. She's a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn't writing or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one's listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

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Blurb for Kari's novella, "Whole Latte Love":

Misguided Drew thinks all quiet women hide harmful secrets. 


While pretty, new best friend Addi's soft-spoken nature reminds him too much of past hurts to move their relationship forward. Can a matchmaking agency change his heart?

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Connect with Kari:
Website: www.KariTrumbo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KariTrumboAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karitrumbo
Instagram: www.instagram.com/KariTrumbo
Book Bub: www.bookbub.com/authors/kari-trumbo
Amazon Author Page

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7 comments:

  1. I love everything about hearts and Valentine’s Day, so it sounds like I would love reading this boxed set.
    perrianne(DOT)askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Thank you for entering. I love Valentine's day as well. Good luck!

      Kari

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  2. I'm a hopeless romantic! This sounds like an amazing read!

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I hope you love them. :)

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  3. Great feature! Thanks for having us!

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  4. Can't believe I hit delete instead of publish !!

    @_eHope - commenting ...
    Always delighted to discover new to me inspy authors and their novel offerings ;) especially in this season of love and romance ! Thanks for the generosity ... much anticipation..��

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