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Monday, October 27, 2014

Visit with Virginia Tenery - The Watchman

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Virginia Tenery visits Lagniappe today to discuss her latest release, "The Watchman."

 Virginia, tell us about your current release.

The Watchman  is my second novel with the Pelican Book Group, and also the second novel I wrote in my writing journey. I fell in love with Noah Adams, the main character. Noah is a noble hero facing dark memories from his past with faith and humor. I try to infuse my stories with a stellar supporting cast and Noah has some very special friends to aid him as he tries to rescue the abused family of a powerful judge.
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?

Absolutely. One person’s salvation is worth whatever effort it takes on our part. That’s what the great commission is all about.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful?

Not at all. I don’t claim to be called to write, but I do believe my inspiration and any talent I have is a gift from God. I just write what’s on my heart and for His glory.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher? 

LOL, I pray a lot and remind myself that I write for His glory and therefore it has to be the best I can do. No exceptions. I’ve been fortunate that my work has been well received.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

A little of both. I always have the plot and characters outlined in my head before I set down to write a novel, but I’m flexible and open to changes as the story progresses.  

Virginia, thanks so much for visiting Lagniappe and sharing a bit about yourself and your writing journey!

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When Detective Noah Adams meets the abused son of a powerful judge, he knows he must intervene, and fast. The violence is escalating, and even Noah’s special gifts may not prevent the unthinkable.                  

Relentlessly pursuing two cases, Noah receives a chilling message: Cody’s deranged father has taken his son and it’s up to Noah to follow the judge’s twisted trail to find the boy before it’s too late. 

Corrupt city officials, a missing socialite, an attempted murder, and a rescue in the middle of a blizzard entangle Noah in the most complicated case of his career. A case that will mean his ultimate redemption or will take him back into the dark history that haunts him.

Author V. B. Tenery lives with her family in East Texas. Her passion is writing books with shining characters and settings with plots so exciting readers come away feeling delighted with the experience. Not content to stay in one genre, her novels range from contemporary suspense and supernatural suspense, to an upcoming historical suspense set in WWII England. When not writing she enjoys reading, hiking, and tube-floating down rivers in the beautiful Texas Hill Country   

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

Be sure to leave a comment to let Virginia know you've been here!

I pray that each of you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Visit with Clare Revell - Vegas Vacation

Good Monday Morning Readers,

Today I have the privilege to feature author, Clare Revell. My writing Ninja friend is back with her Passport to Romance release, "Vegas Vacation"

Welcome, Clare!

Clare lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, reading, or sewing, she's keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.
She can be found at:

Former protective services officer, Sgt. Martin Ames, is five weeks short of medical retirement from the Vegas PD when he lands one last case: spoiled English heiress, Lady Tamlyn Bradshaw, whose bodyguard is hospitalized with suspected food poisoning.

Tamlyn is on holiday, her first without her father and his ever present bodyguards. She wants to have fun, not spend the time stuck in a hotel room with a disabled cop, even if he is tall, dark and disturbingly handsome.

When food poisoning becomes murder, passions and tempers flare as Martin attempts to keep Tamlyn safe from the assailant who gains everything on her death.

Lies and deceit, murder and mayhem...what else can you expect in Sin City?


"Martin, you're the only person in the department with the security clearances and the experience to do this."

"I haven't worked protective services for over three years and for good reason. I'm five weeks from early retirement, and I don't want to spend them running around after a spoiled heiress."

"Did I ask what you wanted? This woman's father is royalty and I just got off the phone with him."

Tamlyn cringed in her seat, her cheeks burning. This was a bad idea. She'd go back to the hotel and trust God to protect her. No one knew who she was; she was just one more tourist in a city of thousands.

The angry voice continued its tirade in the office. "Royalty? In that case, I'm sure she can afford a replacement bodyguard. Even better—ask the British Embassy to provide one. My days of babysitting people are over."

"Unless you want to be fired five weeks before your retirement date, your assignment for the next three weeks is to be Lady Bradshaw's bodyguard. There's the door. She's by your desk waiting for you."

The door flung open, and Tamlyn glanced down. She focused her gaze on her fingernails. Maybe she could just pretend she hadn't heard.

Heavy steps crossed the room as muted conversations started up again. They stopped by the desk. "Lady Bradshaw, I presume?"

She looked up into the most intense, glittering pair of blue eyes she'd ever seen. His hair was pulled back in a long black ponytail, and he leaned on a cane. They had to be kidding. A disabled cop? His navy blue shirt and tie at least gave an appearance of professionalism. Although the gun holster on his shoulder made her shiver.

She stood, grateful he couldn't read her mind, because she was already regretting that first thought about his gorgeous eyes. She held out a hand. "I am. You must be Sgt. Ames." 

Other titles by Clare Revell

Season For Miracles
Saving Christmas
Cassie's Wedding Dress
Time's Arrow
Kisses From Heaven
After The Fire
An Aussie Christmas Angel
Monday's Child
Tuesday's Child
Wednesday's Child
Thursday's Child
Friday's Child
Saturday's Child
Sunday's Child
Fairytale of Headley Cross
Shadows of the past

Vegas Vacation 
Christmas Eva

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

Look for "Vegas Vacation" at major online retailers and at the Pelican Book Group Website!

Be sure to leave a comment to let Clare know you've been here!

I pray you find 
"a little something extra" 
in each of your days.