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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, April 20, 2020

Dawn Kinzer and Free Books!

An attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician discover that situations and people are not always what they seem.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Dawn Klinge's historical novel, Sorrento Girl, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll get 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 learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Dawn Kinzer, author of the contemporary romance novel, By All Appearances (Morningview Publishing, November 2019).

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog.

Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton. Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. By All Appearances is her first contemporary romance.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Wow, Dawn, your favorite things list could have come right out of my own mind! 

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

When I was much younger, I wanted to be a medical missionary.

It's interesting how God takes our desires and tweaks them to serve His purposes. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of By All Appearances.

Liana Tate, a special events planner, grew up in a high-profile family. No matter what she does, Liana feels she never measures up. She has the opportunity to prove herself by coordinating a fund raising gala for a large Seattle hospital. But an earthquake damages the venue, and Liana only has months to come up with a new plan and pull off the important event. At the same time, a handsome and successful architect steps into Liana’s life. She’s charmed by him, but she begins to wonder if appearances are deceiving.

Bryan Langley, a talented musician, was close to signing a recording contract when a barn fire left part of his face severely burned. He survived, but his career did not. Now he needs to find a new direction for his life.

When Liana’s father hires Bryan as a caretaker on the family estate outside of Seattle, Liana’s and Bryan’s lives become entangled. He risks public humiliation for Liana’s success, and she encourages him to use his musical gifts, despite his reluctance.

What is it about Liana and Bryan that will make your readers care about them?

Liana is a young woman who wants to prove herself, make her family proud, and find someone who will love her unconditionally. She struggles at times with body image—not because she’s overweight but because she compares herself to her sister who is a successful cover model. Her mother was also a highly-paid model, and now she runs her own agency. Liana has struggled with being a people pleaser, but she’s learning to be strong and true to herself. Despite her blunders, she does want the best for Bryan.

Bryan is kind. He’s sensitive to how people may view his scarred face—thinking more of them than himself. He works hard at making people comfortable around him. As a burn survivor, he shows great strength. His compassion is displayed through the relationships he has with other survivors in the hospital, especially the children. He’s very protective of Liana.

I would imagine your early interest in medical missionary work had an influence on Bryan's compassion when you wrote him.

What kind of brainstorming do you do when beginning a new novel?

I usually start with a location and a basic plot. Once I have a story idea, I flesh out the characters—their goals and challenges. I also begin researching various ideas to see if they’re feasible or make sense to include. What I discover often leads to more inspiration.

Just like life plans, our plot and character ideas often go where we hadn't foreseen!

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

The Letters, by C. Kevin Thompson is a well-written, fast-paced story that includes imperfect but likeable characters. With unexpected twists, The Letters is one of those rare novels that kept me in suspense until the very end. Despite having my own theories concerning mysterious messages that play an important role in the story, I was still surprised by answers revealed. I love stories that challenge us to consider the spiritual realm.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a novella that will be included in a boxed set of new contemporary Christmas romances written by a team of authors. We plan to publish these stories in October 2020.

Where else can readers find you online?

Connect and learn more about me by visiting these online sites:

Author Website
Faithfully Write Editing
Amazon Author Page

The book is available for purchase online via the following button:

Readers, if you would like to read a sample from the collection, you can find it HERE (click on "Look Inside")

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

With audio books becoming more available, I’m interested to know which format (paperback, e-book, or audio book) your readers prefer to use and why?

Thanks, Dawn, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Dawn 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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Alice said...

Hi, Trish. Hi, Dawn. I prefer the physical book though I have several e-books. I like the freedom of holding a book. I can take it anywhere, put it anywhere. If it falls on the floor, I don't worry about it breaking. Books don't have batteries that wear down. I can pass a paperback along to a friend.

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Alice!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

I'm with you! Although I like having a Kindle because of the ability to store hundreds of books and take them with me wherever I go with ease, I much prefer a physical book. I like the feel of paper, and I also believe a paperback (or hardcover) provides a more intimate reading experience.

~ Dawn

Unknown said...

Hi my sweet friend! Dawn I actually like BOTH! I find Ebooks convenient for travel (takes us less space and pages don't blow around when outdoors) What I like about paper, is the I find it easier to flip through and find my place when I get lost:)

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Unknown! I wish you would have left your name! LOL!

Yes! Great reasons for liking both. Thanks for commenting!

Nancy P said...

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HI Trish, Hi Dawn I Love the paperbacks because just to feel the book in my hand and turning the pages! Love the cover of your book sounds like a great read! SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

Dawn Kinzer said...

Nancy, thanks for the compliment on the cover! I love it, and I sincerely feel blessed to have a designer who gets my vision for my books.

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Sarah!

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you leaving your comments on paperbacks and this particular story. I hope you get a chance to read the book.

Gail H. said...

Paperbacks are my favorite. I like to hold a book in my hand. And when I finish I always donate them to my church library. I’ve tried audio but my mind tends to wander and I miss lots. I do read ebooks if that’s the only way I can get one I want to read but not my favorite.
Thank you for the giveaway.


Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Gail!

Paperbacks are my favorite too! How nice of you to donate some to your church library. That's a great way to share stories - and keep your shelves open for new books!

When my bookcases start to overflow, I also donate to women's shelters and prisons. They've always been welcomed!

Trish Perry said...

I'm happy to see how many people still love paper! I love an actual book in hand--definitely my choice of format. But I always listen to audiobooks while I workout or walk, and I like the storage capability on my iPad. We're blessed to have so many options.

Esther said...

I love audio books when I am traveling to see family as a minimum of a 2 and a half hour drive each way. But otherwise I really like the real book to hold. Now that I can read them on my phone it is lighter but have to enlarge print so constantly turning pages but very nice to read at night without having to turn on a light.

Lori91301 said...

Well I guess I'm a bit of an anomaly because I read mostly digital media. The reason is the convenience. If I'm in a waiting room, staying somewhere or in a long line, I can read. I know I can carry a book, but am I the only one who has a purse that is too heavy already? Ha ha. I started on digital media while traveling because you only had to have your one device, but could read through multiple books. I like both, and now being under the "stay at home" directives, paper books would be great. Also, I have bookshelves loaded with paper books and I am so reluctant to get rid of any. On my devices, they aren't taking up space. Anyway, both media are fine! The story sounds unique, and honestly, that is my biggest draw to reading. Blessings to you all as you hunker down. lorigeorge hotmail

Dawn Kinzer said...

Trish, I'm also glad to see that people still enjoy reading paperbacks!

I think a lot of people choose digital because of the convenience and the cost of e-books versus paperbacks. However, I still don't hesitate to purchase a physical book if I love the author.

I wonder if people are more prone to listen to audiobooks if they have long commutes to work, travel a lot, or have vision problems.

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Esther!

I've also found that I enjoy listening to audiobooks if I have a long drive. My husband and I have been talking about driving from Seattle back to Wisconsin to see my family after he retires in a year - just for the adventure and to see a few things along the way. We normally fly. I mentioned to him that I think it would be a good idea to have some audiobooks handy for that trip.

My daughter reads books via her phone, but that method feels a bit too tedious to me because of only being able to see a small portion of the page. My eyes are getting older, and even with reading glasses, it's sometimes difficult to read the small print. LOL! But I do enjoy having a Kindle and the storage capacity.

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Lori!

Thanks for your comment about my story sounding unique. I appreciate that! I try really hard to include elements in my books that haven't been included in numerous books before.

I think your preference for digital is common. One of my closest author friends is a huge fan of e-books, and I know many others who prefer their Kindles to paperbacks for the same reasons mentioned here. It's so convenient to take them with us everywhere we go, the storage capacity, and the cost of the books is so much less than paperbacks.

My bookshelves are overflowing right now with paperbacks, and I'm also reluctant to get rid of any, despite my husband's occasional hints that it's time again. LOL! When I do part with them, I like to donate them to women's shelters or prisons. I always hope the stories will inspire other women.

Trish Perry said...

It's funny how many of us want to hang onto our paper books. I was the same, until I realized I had more than 900 still to read. I started giving finished books to people I thought would enjoy them and/or giving them to the library after I finish them. I still hang on to classics that I love too much to give away, lol. Now it makes me feel good to finish another book and send it out to other readers!

I forgot about the audiobook driving experience! I love that! I just don't seem to drive as much these days. But I always have an audiobook on my phone for even short trips. My last longer trip was at Christmas, from L.A. down to visit my sister in San Diego. A good audiobook makes the drive a pleasure.

I agree with Lori about Dawn's story. I love a unique main character!

Joan A said...

I usually prefer print books because I can share with friends who don't read e-books but, at times, ebooks are more convenient! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dawn Kinzer said...

Hi, Joan!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your reading preferences. It's nice of you to share your paperbacks with friends. Great stories have the potential to touch more lives, and perhaps your friends are also introduced to authors they haven't read before. :)

Paula Shreckhise said...

Hi ladies. I prefer a print copy but have a kindle , so I often have two things going at once. I won several CD audio books. So I had to get a CD player that reads MP3s. Just haven’t used it yet!

Dawn Kinzer said...

Happy Friday, Paula!

Thanks for popping in and joining the conversation.

I'm with you ... I prefer print, but I also use a Kindle.

I hope you're able to enjoy those audiobooks soon!



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