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Monday, June 13, 2016

Sharon Srock - Karla

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, Sharon Srock visits
 Lagniappe to discuss her latest release and final book in the Women of Valley View Series, Karla.

Welcome, Sharon!

Tell us a little about KARLA.
Karla is the last book in the Women of Valley View series. It was hard to let these character’s go, but I hope I gave her the sendoff she deserved. Here’s the blurb:

Karla Black had everything she ever wanted until the night tragedy tore her world apart, stealing her husband and her identity in one vicious twist. Twelve months later Karla is a shadow of the woman she used to be, struggling through her grief, living with bankrupt emotions, and resisting any suggestion that God might give her a second chance at love.

Ian McAlister was a helpless bystander as breast cancer took his beloved wife from him one breath at a time. As days of grief turn into months, Ian begins to dwell on the vow she elicited from him before her death. Promise me that you won’t grieve for too long. But how will he know when it’s time?

Two broken hearts, two futures destroyed by death, until a chance meeting in an unexpected place kindles a friendship between Karla and Ian that rockets into a romance neither one anticipated. Can they overcome their grief and the objection of family members to grab onto the surprising future that God has for them?

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Hobbies, etc?
I love to bake cookies, and read, and travel. 

What was one of the most surprising things you've learned while writing your books?
That the character’s I made up are so much wiser than I am!  I’m not quite sure how that works, but they always have the best answers and give the best advice. Nothing like that ever comes out of my mouth!

What is the most awkward situation you've ever put your character(s) into?
There’s a scene in Karla’s story where she’s doing her best to explain how she feels and Callie takes a large swipe at her. It was a make or break moment. Even I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before and is it a place you'd set a story?
Australia. It’s at the top of my bucket list and, God willing, this trip will be my retirement gift to myself in about 18 months. Placing a story there…Hard to say. I’ve never been there, but there are always possibilities

If you could have one of your senses (Touch, sight, taste, smell, hearing) be a superpower which would you choose and why?
Probably taste. If tasting were a super power, you wouldn’t need to eat a whole piece of pie to get the full enjoyment. Think of all the calories you could save!

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve started a new 5 book series, tentatively titled SISTERS BY DESIGN. I’m only about 1/3 of the way through the first one, but I already like these ladies.
Mackenzie, Charlene, Jessica, Alexandra, and Miranda are impatient to meet my readers!

Links for Karla:




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Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t working or writing, she loves to read, cook, and travel. She’s still working on a way to do all three at the same time.

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Sharon, thanks for sharing!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe

We'd love to hear your thoughts on Sharon's question:

What do you think makes an ordinary woman extraordinary?

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



Sharon Srock said...

Marian, thanks so much for hosting me!

Janetta Messmer said...

Sounds like a great series, Sharon. Enjoyed getting to know you better.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Sharon, you are welcome. It is a pleasure to have you! I loved Karla and hope your readers do as well!

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Janetta, thanks for stopping by!