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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

Reeling from the death of her mother and the loss of her dream of becoming an attorney, Joanna Chandler is falling for a man whose circumstances might take her even further from the life she’s dreamed of for herself.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Kathy McKinsey's children's Christmas book, Millie's Christmas, is:


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And now let's revisit novelist Deborah Raney, author of the women’s fiction book (with a strong romantic thread), Chasing Dreams (Kregel, October 2019).

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched Deb’s writing career. Twenty-five years, thirty-five books, and numerous awards later, she's still creating stories that touch hearts and lives. Her novels have won RWA's RITA Award, the ACFW Carol Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the HOLT Medallion. She is also a three-time Christy Award finalist.

Deb is a recent transplant to Missouri, having moved with her husband, Ken Raney, from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grandkids. They love road trips, Thursday garage sale dates, and breakfast on the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard.

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

My husband spent almost a year trying to convince me to sell everything we own, buy a (tiny!) RV, and travel the country with him for a year. I love the man with all my heart, but I told him that idea wasn’t even on my Top 1000 list, let alone my top 10!

We finally reached a compromise we’re both happy with. I got to keep my stuff, we moved to Missouri where our two daughters live, and in September, we embarked on our first more-than-overnight trip in Meriwether (what we call our Winnebago Travato camper van, named after another explorer who wanted to experience the grandeur of this beautiful country.)

So far, so good… (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/raneydaytrippin/

What a great compromise. A little of both. And I can attest to the emotional benefits of living near the kids and grandkids!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Chasing Dreams.

Joanna Chandler always dreamed of becoming an attorney. But when she left law school to help care for her dying mother, stepping away from her single-minded pursuit gave her space to reconsider. The only question is, if not law, what should she do with her life?

To keep her mind off an uncertain future, Joanna helps her older sister, Phylicia, throw an amazing outdoor wedding on the charming Missouri property the three Chandler sisters own together. That's when she realizes wedding planning could be a thriving business of its own. And Lukas Blaine, the handsome wedding DJ, opens her mind to the possibility of love on the horizon.

But there's more to Luke than meets the eye. The young boy he's been mentoring has lost his mother and become Luke's ward. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams--and crush her dreams at the same time.

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

Joanna Chandler is still grieving the death of her mother and the loss of her dream career. Now, she’s fallen in love with a man whose circumstances will surely take her even further from the life she’s dreamed of for herself.

I think we can all identify with the difficulty of changes in our life plans!

Author Robin Jones Gunn once said all inspirational authors eventually get a sense of an overall theme God has given them for their stories. What do you think your overall theme is?

I couldn’t agree with Robin more! Very early on in my career, I realized that the theme of nearly all my books—even when I try to steer to a different theme!—is redemption: the idea that God can take a life that is a mess and redeem it to become something beautiful.

That's a lovely theme to look forward to in one's reading.

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

I was honored to endorse Jim Rubart’s The Pages of Her Life, and I highly recommend it (and any of Jim’s books!) I loved it because it is brimming with wonderful characters and it surprised me at several turns!

He really is so talented and creative.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the third book in the Chandler Sisters Novels series, Finding Wings. I’ve loved writing these sisters stories and exploring sister relationships like the one I have with my own sweet sisters.

Where else can readers find you online?

Amazon Author Page
Inspired by Life and Fiction

Here’s the link to the first chapter of Chasing Dreams, from ACFW’s Fiction Finder: FictionFinder.com

The novel can be purchased online via the following button:

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

I would love to know what kind of information you’d like to hear from your favorite authors on social media? I’m always looking for new ways to interact with my readers, and I love social media for that reason, but I also don’t want to bore readers with the mundane details of my daily life. So what kinds of things do you want to know about the authors you read? Do tell, readers!

Thank you, Deborah, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your novel. Readers, Deborah has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. 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. 

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Remember that Winged Publications is having a sale on its Christmas-themed novellas, novels, and collections. See the details HERE.

And for a couple more days (through October 31), you can get my romantic suspense, A Special Kind of Double, for only 99 cents:

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Joan A said...

I love everything by Deborah Raney! The first book this series was great! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Patty said...

I love to hear a bit about the writing process!
I enjoy following Deb on Facebook and hearing about her travels with her husband.


Deb said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joan and Patty! And thank you, Trish, for always being such a fun interviewer!

Kelley said...

I love reading about the inspiration behind each work of fiction and the process as it unfolds from beginning to end. I like to know whether the entire plot is planned out or whether twists and turns can occur midstream. As much as I love a good read, the behind the scenes piece is fascinating as well. kelley.deases@gmail.com

Paula Shreckhise said...

I love Deb’s stories and follow her adventures with Ken on Facebook. My favorite parts are the interesting places you visit and I love your garage sale finds and your decorating! Your family news is great, too. I think you balance your media outlets just great, book news, writing process and family news. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

Kathleen Bruner said...

Deb, I think you do a great job with social media. I'm only involved on FaceBook, but love seeing more about the homelife, pets, etc. of my favorite authors.

Alva Hay said...

I have read the first of the Chandler Sister's books and am looking forward to this one. I haven't read one of Deb's books that I didn't like!

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoy Deb's books! It's fun to follow along on Facebook as she and Ken go RVing.


Pam K. said...

I think you do a great job of connecting with your readers on Facebook, Deb. You show us your travels, family, home, plants, and even your garage sale finds. You do it in such a way that it feels like a visit with a friend.
I read the first book in the Chandler sisters series and enjoyed it very much. I'm looking forward to Chasing Dreams (and the third book). Thanks for the giveaway.


Unknown said...

I love your books, but I also love to see on Social media and elsewhere, what you are reading. It is fun to see what you are cooking, the projects outside of writing that you are working on as well.

Deb said...

You guys are all so encouraging! Thank you so much for the comments and suggestions. I'm so glad to know that you enjoy the things I share on social media. It's a balancing act for sure, but you guys make it fun!

Patricia Hawes said...

I like to hear all about the day to day. I like hearing about trips,new books,contest...

Anonymous said...

I love reading about the author's real life - not too personal but definitely relatable. I love seeing your plants, the interesting garage sale finds, adventures and grandkids. Peeks into new books and writing progress.
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Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a good book plus with a possible romance. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Gail H. said...

I’m always fascinated with the publishing process for each new book. Especially the choice of the cover and title. Was it a stock photo or were models dressed to fit the characters in the book.

Gail H. said...

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