Friday, March 19, 2010


Butterfly Tattoo


Just when the darkness seems permanent, fate flips a switch.
Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash.

Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find—Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.
Rebecca, a former sitcom celebrity left scarred from a crazed fan’s attack, has retreated from the limelight and from life in general, certain no man can ever get past her disfigurement. The instant sparks between her and Michael, who arrives to help her during a power outage, come as a complete surprise—and so does her uncanny bond with his daughter.

For the first time, all three feel compelled to examine their inner and outer scars in the light of love. But trust is hard to come by, especially when you’re not sure what to believe when you look in the mirror. The scars? Or the truth?

Now available in print at Borders, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Interview with Leanna Ellis


Your newest release: Once in a Blue Moon is a unique story about a stubborn journalist who risks everything to uncover the secret behind her mother's death. I really enjoyed reading it!

Thanks so much, Martha! I’m delighted you enjoyed the story!

Where did the inspiration to write Once in a Blue Moon come from?

I was reading about an obituary writer and thought, “What if…” which is where a lot of my stories come from. About the same time, I was also thinking about those events in our history where you say, “Where were you when…” The two ideas merged and developed from there.

How long did it take you to write it.? Any obstacles during the writing process?

Once in a Blue Moon was written over about nine months, but the idea had been in my head much longer. The biggest obstacle to writing this story was that the three months before I turned the book in my father was in and out of the hospital and was starting to go downhill in his cancer battle.
There were about three weeks when I spent about five hours in the car every day taking the kids to school, then driving to the hospital, picking up the kids, driving home, then back to the hospital, then home again. Long, long days. If you’ve ever sat in a hospital room, then you know it’s never quiet and it’s very difficult to get work done.
But God helped me finish that book and turn it in a week early. Right after that, my father went in the hospital for the last time so I was able to spend that last week with him and the rest of my family.

What steps do you take when beginning a new book?

In a way, I’m a bit like Bryn (my main character in Once in a Blue Moon) as I often jump into the story without knowing too much. But I like discovering things about my characters and letting the story take me where it’s supposed to go. Over the years, I’ve learned to trust my instincts more with that. But I also have a lot of experience at this stage of my career since I’ve been writing since 1991.

How supportive has your family been in your writing career? How did they react to the long hours of writing?

I have an incredibly supportive family. My husband is the best! My husband and I met way back in 1994 when I was still an unpublished author and was spending many, many hours a day writing. So he knew from the beginning what to expect.

Would you mind sharing THE CALL with us? You know, that special call every aspiring writers dreams about.

The Call came for me way back in the spring of 1995. I was sitting at my desk where I was a receptionist for a company and an editor called to tell me she wanted to buy my book, Strong, Silent Cowboy. I was of course thrilled and shed a few tears. Then my husband, well, he was my fiancé then, took me to dinner that night.

Any favorite resources for finding story ideas?

I can’t think of any one place I go to for story ideas. They tend to be all around us and my brain just latches onto something and won’t let go. I don’t usually write ideas down. If they’re good they stick around. If they’re not so good, then I forget about them after a while. Ideas sit in my brain usually for a long time before I have time to work on them.

Writers often experience self-doubts regarding their own work. Do you still experience this? If so, how do you overcome it?

Oh, sure. I think writers are often insecure. I give a chapter to my critique buddy and I am nervous to find out if she liked it or not. Then when I turn it into my agent and editor, I chew my nails until I’ve heard if they like it. Then I worry and sweat my way through line edits. I hold my breath while waiting for those first reviews. And then I really am eager to hear what my readers think. I treasure every letter and email and Facebook post. Truly, what readers think is so valuable and important!

What aspect of writing was the most difficult for you? How did you conquer it?

All of writing is difficult at one time or another. I might overcome one aspect but then struggle with a different one. Then for the next book, my struggles might switch. Every book is so different. I don’t usually struggle with writer’s block but I did after my dad passed away. I was under deadline and really needed to get writing after a month or so. But some days I’d only write, “chapter five.” That was it. And I would feel myself start to panic over it but I would just breathe deep and pray. I just needed to give myself time to find the words. And they eventually came.

Could you share any successful marketing ideas that you found helpful?

The thing with marketing is that you never really know what works or what doesn’t. Mix that with you have to figure out what you’re comfortable doing too. One author might feel comfortable meeting all the booksellers in their area. But another author might rather dig ditches than do that. How you feel about a marketing gimmick will impact its success.

Best advice you ever gotten.

Sit down and write. That’s what it takes. Day in and out. You have to put your bottom in the chair and write. No huge platform will get those words on paper for you. On good days and bad, you just simply have to write.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Oops, thought that’s what the last question was, so I guess the answer applies to both questions. No excuses, just write.

Where can we learn more about you?

Lately, I’ve been on a lot of blogs but my home-sweet-home is I have a blog there at

I’m also on Facebook where I most often post, especially on my fan page.

Thank you, Leanna for taking the time to be interviewed. I enjoyed getting to know you better. As always, looking forward to reading more of your work!

Thank you, Martha! It was fun! I so appreciate you taking the time to read Once in a Blue Moon and review it. I hope it will bless your readers too.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Once In A Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon is an engaging tale of a stubborn journalist who learns to take a leap of faith. Bryn Seymour has risked everything to uncover the secret behind her mother's death. Regret and guilt takes a hold of her as she seeks closure. The well crafted story is packed with love, mystery, and a hint of humor.

New information about her mother's death leads her to Texas where she meets Howard and his handsome son, Sam. It is there she encounters a perfect love that only happens once in a blue moon.

A journey filled with believable characters and lots of emotion. Leanna Ellis does a superb job at bringing the story to life!

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Leanna Ellis has sold more than one million books and has been published in more than twenty countries. A recipient of the Reader's Choice Award, she lives with her family in Texas.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Slow Burn by Mary E. Demuth

Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter's killer. An unforgettable journey filled with forgiveness, redemption, and sacrifice. Will Emory find Daisy's murderer? Will she ever find the peace her heart longs for?
Mary weaves in a powerful and brilliant message to her readers. A Slow Burn is a unique story about the power of forgiveness. A well written plot with much imagination!
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thin Places by Mary E. Demuth

Thin Places by Mary E. Demuth is a heart-warming memoir guaranteed to touch your soul! A brave and honest story filled with hope and emotion. The words are beautifully crafted together, making it an easy and enjoyable read.

Memories can either weigh a person down or bring a sense of happiness and peace to ones soul. Mary shares what bad memories have done to her spirit and how God has helped cleanse her of these horrible experiences. Not only was I drawn to her courage and honesty, but I felt her emotion and the scenes vividly appeared in my imagination.

A well-crafted and poignant read!
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