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Monday, July 31, 2017

Jennifer Slattery and Free Books!

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Mission of Love, by Martha Rogers, is:


Congratulations! We'll e-mail your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's chat with novelist Jennifer Slattery, author of the women's fiction novel, Healing Love (independently published, July 2017).

Editor, novelist, and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I love music but I’m tone deaf and can turn heads during church worship—and not in a good way!

Aw, that's pretty cute, Jennifer. I'm glad you ignore the attention and make your worshipful noise anyway.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Healing Love.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams. Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

What is it about Brooke that will make your readers care about her?

Brooke can easily be misunderstood. She’s dominated by fear, and as a result, had a need to control nearly everything. Some may view some of her behaviors as selfish, but they actually stem from the feelings of loss and being out of control when both her parents were killed in a car accident. She longs to follow God’s leading, but she’s struggling to release her death grip on her life-plans.

Many readers enjoy reading seasonally set novels (Christmas, summer beach reads, etc.). Have you written anything seasonally set? If not, which season would you like to focus on in a novel?

Though I’m not sure if they’d be termed seasonally set novels, a couple of my books have taken place over the Christmas season. I absolutely love Christmas, with its decorations, nostalgia, and familiar carols. I’d love to write a Christmas novella one of these days.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I’m currently reading The Progeny, by Tosca Lee, and wow, it’s intense and intriguing. That girl can write! On the lighter side, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn was a sweet and hilarious romance novel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I haven't read Mikal's work yet, so I'll put her on the TBR list! Tosca is an amazing author. What are you working on now?

I’m about 85% done with a light cowboy romance set in a small, fictional town located in Texas’s Hill Country. The hero is a contractor and widowed rancher’s son raising two boys hired on to help restore his town’s church, which was built in the mid-1800s and since vandalized. The heroine is a painter and stained glass artist from Austin contracted to restore the broken and dirty stained glass windows. She hates small towns and he doesn’t trust city girls and isn’t convinced she’s the best person for the job.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can visit me at my website, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud, they can visit my ministry website at WhollyLoved.com, and they can connect with me on Facebook, on Twitter at JenSlattery, or on Instagram at Slatteryjennifer.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

If you could visit any location that you encountered in a novel, where would that be and why?

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Jennifer has offered to give away an e-copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jennifer's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. Many commenters are left out of the drawing because they forget to include a way for me to notify them of their win (their email).

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Unknown said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please don't include me in the drawing since I have a copy of this wonderful book.

Linda Rainey said...

I also enjoyed the interview and I also own a copy of the book.

Gail H. said...

I would love to visit Macinaw Island in Michigan. It's on my bucket list. Hope I don't kick it (the bucket) before I get the chance.

Jennifer Slattery said...

Ann and Linda, how fun to see you here! Thanks for the kind words regarding the interview.

Hi, Gail! What's in Macinaw? I've never heard of it. I'm trying to think if I've ever been to Michigan. I'm not sure I have. I know my husband would love to go to Detroit to go to a ball game. Maybe one of these years we will. :)

Gail H. said...

It's surrounded by water, you get to it by ferry. No autos allowed, only horse drawn carriages, or bicycles. The Grand Hotel, shops I want to visit and supposed to have the best fudge in the world. Look it up.

Gail H. said...

New release by Carrie Fancett Pages, My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island.

Gail H. said...


Trish Perry said...

Gail, isn't Mackinaw Island where they filmed Somewhere in Time? If so, that was a lovely setting!

Gail H. said...

I don't know, never saw it but if it was I need to check into it!

Gail H. said...

Just looked it up and yes it was filmed there!

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful interview with Jennifer! No need to enter me in the drawing, as I already have her book.

I would love to visit Prince Edward Island. It sounds beautiful and I love the water.

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Patty said...

I would love to be able to spend some time on Mackinac, or Prince Edward Island. Some great suggestions here! Australia is another place I would love to visit.




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