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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, May 24, 2021

Nancy Farrier and Free Books!

Wounded and dead inside, she’s been hurt one time too many, but his patience and love may heal the empty places.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free Kindle copy of the Faith-fueled Fantasy novel, Windward Shore, by Sharon Hinck, 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 Nancy Farrier, author of the Contemporary Christian Romance, Cornerstone (River Ink Press, June 2021).

Nancy J. Farrier grew up on a small farm in the Midwest amidst a close-knit family and a large extended family. She loved farm life, including the animals, cooking, gardening, and canning, but not so much the cleaning-house part. A little-known fact is that she preferred to help with feeding cattle or mending fences rather than helping with housework.

In school Nancy often got in trouble in history class for hiding a fiction book in her textbook to read during the teacher’s lecture. Or, she daydreamed her way through classes, writing stories in her head instead of paying attention to the teacher. English and Literature were her favorite classes.

Now a best-selling, award-winning author of Christian fiction, Nancy lives in Southern Arizona. She loves reading, hiking in the desert, and needlework. 

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

If something or someone of mine is threatened, I tend to go charging in without thinking of a plan of action. I want to protect what’s mine from harm. 

I live in the Southwest and we’ve had problems recently with the javalina. Javalina look a little like wild pigs with the snout and tusks but they are a peccary. They’ve been digging under our fences coming in our yard looking for water. That was fine, but then they started destroying my cactus. The ones in pots on my porch. 

One night, at almost midnight, my dog started barking from her kennel. I knew the javalina were outside, so I jumped out of bed, jammed on my sandals and ran out to the porch. Javalina can be a little dangerous when cornered or startled, but all I thought about was my mammillarias [cacti]. I flipped on the light and charged outside. 

There was a moment of silence, and then javalina exploded everywhere. They were running around and I was clapping my hands, making shooing noises. I wasn’t hurt. Neither were my cactus. And the javalina were gone for that night. Whew!

Whew is right! Your story was so unusual compared to what authors usually answer, I read it to my family!

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

Cinda Bryant is done with men. They are only true to you until another pretty face catches their eye. Didn’t that happen to her mother? To her sister? To her, when her fiancé did the unthinkable? So, why, does her heart skip a few beats when her shop is broken into, and Officer Ortega is there to help?

Daniel Ortega has waited for the right woman, and Cinda is that woman. He’s prayed and searched for God’s choice for him. But, is Cinda too wounded to see how much he cares for her? If she learns of his past will a relationship fail before getting started?

When Daniel asks Cinda to teach a quilting class for a group of troubled teens, he doesn’t expect her to work a miracle in their lives and his. When an enemy from her past returns to town, and Daniel’s past comes to light, they must cling to the cornerstone of their faith.

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

Cinda is a very caring and giving person. She’s been wounded in the worst way and is struggling to find her way back to her faith and a semblance of normalcy. She puts everything into teaching a quilting class to teens and reaching out to those who have hurt her in the past. Her forgiving nature shines through.

Wow, she reaches out to those who have hurt her. That is a forgiving nature.

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

I like to walk. I rarely have a block, but sometimes I need to work through a scene. When I go for a walk outdoors, my mind wanders and often that scene will work out right in my head, ready to be put down on paper. I always have my phone with me, so I can jot some notes and be ready to get back to work when I get home. Meanwhile, I’ve also gotten some fresh air and had time to stretch.

That makes sense. Occasionally when I'm on one of my walks--during which I always listen to audiobooks--the narrator says something that makes me think about something with regard to the book I'm writing. My mind goes off on its tangent, and I suddenly realize I haven't listened to the narrator for about half a mile. I always have to stop and rewind to get back on track with the audiobook.

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

A recent novel I read and thoroughly enjoyed was Alexandra's Appeal by Hallee Bridgeman. This story about flawed characters struggling with their faith and life choices spoke to me. They faced obstacles that are very real-life faith deterrents that we face. Bridgeman handled sensitive issues with grace and truth. An excellent read for me.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the third book of the Driftwood Cove series, Center Point. This story is about Cinda’s sister, Glenna and her husband, Jeffrey. Glenna finds out some difficult news about Jeffrey in Cornerstone, and she must decide if fighting for her marriage is worth the work. Plus, she finds out some startling news of her own and faces difficult decisions about her business. It’s an emotional roller coaster of a story.

That sounds exciting, Nancy! Where else can readers find you online?


Readers, I can't provide a purchase button for you for Nancy's book yet, because its release date has been pushed to June--we're a little ahead of Amazon on this one. But you'll be able to Amazon search for it soon.

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

I am an avid reader. I read on my phone with my Kindle app and I read print books. When I walk or do housework, I listen to audiobooks. I’d love to hear about your reading experience. Are you as fanatical as I am about stories? What type of books speak to you the most? Do you like audiobooks? Ebook? Print?

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Melanie Backus said...

I am still partial to the written word and I tend to want to hold a book rather than read on my phone or I Pad. I do most of my reading at bedtime...a great way to drift off to sleep!
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Diana Flowers said...

I'm always excited about finding new-to-me authors! Thank you for the interview, ladies! I usually read in the late afternoon & before bedtime & enjoy both paperbacks & ebooks. When I'm doing an unpleasant chore I enjoy listening to books on my Kindle & it helps with the boredom.


Brenda W said...

I like paper and e-books which I listen to as text to speech. I would rather hear a computer voice than to hear one person try to read as man, woman and child using fake voices. lemonade050 (at) hotmail (dot) (com)

Trish Perry said...

I most love holding a print book in my hands. I'll read on my phone or iPad if that's how the book is most available. But I'm finding I get through the audiobooks the quickest, because I can listen to them while I walk. It makes the walk more enjoyable, and since I walk for about 1.5 hours a day, I get through quite a lot of books!

Gail H. said...

I prefer print. I’m visual and I will occasionally read an ebook if that’s the only way I can get something I want to read. Audio is out for me. I’ve tried it and my mind tends to wander, I have to look at the words. I am retired and read as much as I can. I’ve reviewed every book I’ve read since 2015.
One day I’m going to count just how many, they are listed on my Pinterest Boards for each year. I’d love to be able to read your new book.



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