What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free!

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, May 10, 2021

Eva Marie Everson and Free Books!

Allison Houser is a woman—a grandmother—looking back on her life, her marriage, and motherhood and questioning whether she will leave behind a legacy that matters at all.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the inspirational novel, Eyes of Our Heart, by Nancy Moser, is:


Congratulations! 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 chat with novelist Eva Marie Everson, author of the southern women's novel, Dust (Firefly Southern Fiction, March 2021).

Eva Marie Everson is the multiple award-winning, bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference. Eva Marie is a frequent speaker and keynote presenter at writers conferences across America. 

She and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they enjoy time with their children and grandchildren. They are owned by one very persnickety cat (is there another kind?). 

Dust is her 40th title.

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

I’ve been struck by lightning.

Wow. I don't think I've ever actually met someone who experienced that! I won't make any puns about your sparkling personality--I'm sure you've heard them all.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dust.

In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own.

Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.

From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.

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

She’s real. When she is a young woman of 19, she has the stars of love in her eyes. When she is a widow in her sixties, she understands what real love is. True sacrifice. And the act of putting one foot in front of the other when you think you cannot go forward.

I love stories that draw readers into the young lives of people now in the later stages of life. All too often we act as if older people never lived. 

How do you restart the creative flow when you feel a block coming on?

I take a walk. Or I watch an old movie. Or, listen to good music. Sometimes, I sit down with what I know is a good book. Let someone else’s talent become the muse.

Yes, I've actually watched movies before with the express purpose of keeping that right hemisphere open to what might spark. The ideas are never the same as what's going on in the film, but the inspiration is there.

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

Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas. The book was entered in the Selah Awards. When the first score came back, I knew I wanted to buy my own copy. I saw Sarah a week later at a conference, but I didn’t tell her I had ordered the book … I wanted to see, first, if I liked it. Liked it?? I could hardly put it down. Such talent this girl has!

Great recommendation. I read the summary on the Amazon page--intriguing! 

What are you working on now?

The Third Path, which is nonfiction. I’m also researching some WWII history and doing research for a series of children’s books.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook (personal) and Facebook Author

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, you can access a sample from the novel by going HERE and clicking on Look Inside.

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

How do you feel about what we are now calling “clean reads” vs. “Christian Fiction”?

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kim hansen said...

I enjoy both. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

Caryl Kane said...

I read both.

Eva Marie Everson said...

Me, too! I also read ABA novels but nothing graphic or full of sexual content. Tension is one thing but content and descriptions is another. :)

Eva Marie Everson said...

Kim, me too ... :)

Trish Perry said...

I'm happy with both genres, too. It's a comfort to read a book knowing it might be full of conflict but won't attempt to draw the reader into a dark way of thinking. I read plenty of mainstream fiction, but I'll stop reading if the author has chosen to be too graphic or clearly has an ungodly agenda. Christian and clean fiction won't do that.

Gail H. said...

I like to read both.



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