Author Susan Page Davis: An Interview

Welcome to Whispers in Purple, Susan. Make yourself comfortable in my Cozy Den.


I’m so happy to have you here as my guest. Let’s chat awhile

List five things that you must have in your life–people not included”

Books, a cat, a sharp pair of scissors, my glasses, and comfortable clothes.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you, and how did you handle it?

As I waited for my daughter to complete the road test portion of her driver’s exam, I was telling her instructor why we had chosen him over our older child’s teacher: she had smoked in the car with the students, even though we told her that our son had asthma. Then I turned around, and guess who had accompanied another exam taker and was standing right behind me? Gulp. I think I just said, “Oh, hello,” and that was about it.

Oops!  If you could go back in time and live in another era, what would it be, and why?

I would like to live for a SHORT time in the Middle Ages. I don’t really want to stay there. This era fascinates me, but I know it was a hard time to live, especially if you weren’t rich.

Money being no object, where would be your dream writing getaway?

In the tower room of an old castle, with a fire crackling on the hearth and a servant to keep it going. Oh, and plenty of parchment and quills and ink.

Ooh, that sounds wonderful!  May I join you? What is your favorite material item you own? Why?

I am pretty attached to a watercolor painting of the house I grew up in. It’s not by a famous artist, but it reminds me of “home” and family.

What sparks your creativity when feeling drained?

Solving a code or petting a cat.

Who is your favorite author and what, if anything, have you learned by readinghis/her books?

I love Dick Francis’s mysteries. I learned from him to go deeper with the plot twists and keep the action coming.

What superpower would you like to have, and why?

I’d love to be able to write books by thinking about them. Have the thoughts I think show up on the screen without typing or saying it. But only the ones I WANT to show, of course.

Wow, wouldn’t that be grand? I’m with you!

Let’s talk about your featured book. How did you come to write it?

Reliable CowboyThe Reliable Cowboy is a classic mail-order bride romance. The heroine, Isabella, is a little bit like me. She left her home and friends in Maine and ventured west. I did that, too, when I married my Oregon-born man. But ours was different in that we had met several times and gotten to know each other. We had corresponded for about four years.

Give us a peek into what it’s about.

Isabella Johnston lost her husband to the sea, and now she wants to get as far from the coast as she can. She is tired of always worrying about men on the water. When she hears about a plan to send mail-order brides from her church to Wyoming Territory, she sees it as the ideal chance to move far from the ocean. She leaves Maine to marry a cowboy, reasoning that he will be safe on the ranch. Edwin Gray is being considered for the job of ranch foreman by the owner. This job would include a small cabin, and Edwin decides to put his name on the list for a mail-order bride. Afterward, he wonders if that was a mistake. If a bride comes for him, and he doesn’t get the promotion to foreman, how can he marry her? He needs to be sure he’ll have a place for them to live. Isabella arrives, and they wait for word from the rancher. Every time Edwin is late for an engagement, she finds herself worrying. Has he had an accident, the way her first husband did? What could be horrible enough to make him late for their wedding?

Who is the publisher and what is the release date?

Christmas Mail-Order Angels vol. 1-6While I published my individual novella, the Christmas Mail-Order Angels collection is published by Forget-Me-Not Romances. It’s available now, as a solo novella (The Reliable Cowboy) or in the collection.

Where can readers purchase it?

Right now it’s a Kindle-only book, and can be borrowed or purchased here for The Reliable Cowboy:

And here for the Christmas Mail-Order Angels collection:


About Susan:

Susan Page Davis croppedSusan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. She’s a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the More Than Magic Contest. Visit her website at: .

You can find Susan at the following links:


Thank you, Susan. It’s been fun getting to know you! Would love to have you come back again soon.

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Welcome Guest Blogger JC Morrows


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Press release: This just in!

This week, Prince Dvarius sent the more well-to-do families of our Kingdom into a flurry of activity as they prepped their daughters for an event – the likes of which this country has never seen.

His Royal Highness, Prince Dvarius, last male heir to the Fortine family throne and fortune, has invited twenty-five young women to the Palace for the sole purpose of finding a bride.

Auralius law dictates that any heir – male of female, who wishes to ascend to the throne, must be married and thus able to provide an heir to the throne, leaving Prince Dvarius little choice in the matter. He must marry if he wishes to step into his father’s shoes. . . or crown.

With the unexpected and tragic passing of our beloved King, the responsibilities of the throne have fallen to Queen Shiara until her son weds. Sources inside the palace have hinted that while the Queen continues to fulfill her duties, she rarely leaves her suite of rooms. . . much less the palace itself.

With such tremendous pressure – and not nearly enough time to prepare – can Prince Dvarius find a Queen befitting the magnificent house of Fortine, using such an unconventional method?

Though the palace has refused to comment on the subject, we have managed to gather information on a few of the ladies invited and it appears that the Prince is out to catch a Princess with connections.

The whirlwind romance of our beloved Queen Shiara and dear, departed King Devron is well-known among our young people – a true Cinderella story. Clearly Prince Dvarius is not interested in following his parents example in this area.

Though with so much at stake – and with so little time – perhaps the Prince is merely being practical.

We intend to watch the situation closely and will bring you more news as the story unfolds.

Article © JCMorrows 2015

JC Morrows - A Reluctant Assassin CoverHer mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .

Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .

But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

  • Book Title: A Reluctant Assassin
  • Author: JC Morrows
  • Publisher: S&G Publishing –
  • Release date: September 29th, 2015
  • Genre: YA Inspirational Speculative

Purchase links:

About JC:

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JC Morrows – Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop.
She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan.
She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 KJV

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Writing Talk Tuesday with Nike Chillemi: Are Christian Heroes Too Wimpy?

Are Christian Crime Fiction Heroes Too Wimpy? by Nike Chillemi

Are we creating a bunch of Dudley Do-Rights? Are these guys so good they’re boring? Are they too saccharine? I’ve read Amazon reviews and heard a few whispers (even a few grumbles) stating the hero is so perfect, he’s one dimensional. It’s a Christian novel, so there can be angels in it, but the flesh-and-blood hero should not be angelic.

They say nice guys finish last, and I think that’s true in crime fiction. The hero has to be as much fun or more fun to watch in action than the villain or antagonist. The hero has to have a backbone. When the hero is set upon by the villain, it can’t be that he overcomes the obstacles and wins the day as a clueless wonder who accidently stumbles through. He’s got to have the fortitude and law enforcement skills to overcome the villain, or he’s not very compelling.

If the hero is a Christian character, the author has some limits in that the reader will expect the hero to live by certain principles. Of course, that is as it should be. No quarrel there. Yet in life, we know real Christians have faults, some of them major. We know real statistics show a little over fifty percent of all Christian marriages end in divorce, a good number of them due to infidelity. In real life, we know most of those couples do not reconcile. Although it’s changing, we still don’t see too many divorced heroes in Christian fiction. We do have tons of nearly perfect widowers who have become nearly perfect single fathers.

If the author creates a wimpy hero, the only way it works in crime fiction is when the plotline shows him morphing into a forceful protagonist who can meet and defeat the villain. In this way, all of his goody-two-shoes traits can grow into some type of competent strategy to stop the evil deeds of his enemy. This is the type of storyline I can sink my teeth into.

Last, but not least, there should be some fireworks. This is especially true if the story is a romantic suspense. If there isn’t any chemistry between the hero and heroine, it leaves me flat. Those romantic fireworks don’t have to be physical. There can be an intense lingering gaze…even a hostile one, or witty repartee. Although physical magnetism on some level is a plus as far as I’m concerned. Christians do have bodies and those bodies do respond when there’s attraction. There might be some type of mystery to the guy. The hero has something lurking in his past, which functions as the catalyst for this chemistry and his actions in the story.

Deadly Designs 400Dawson Hughes, my hero in DEADLY DESIGNS is a highly competent lawman, compassionate, and wildly attracted to my heroine, Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels. He’s got some personal tragedy in his life, and he’s also well-read and highly intelligent. Readers today have no tolerance for a dumb hero. In addition, a great hero isn’t predictable. The author is able to reach within him and pull some response out that creates unexpected plot twists. Dawson finds himself in this situation soon after he re-commits his life to Jesus and the only one he can share this with is heroine Ronnie Ingels.

Purchase Link: ebook




Moi 3Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (colored might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four-novel Sanctuary Point series, set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. HARMFUL INTENT released under the auspices of her own publishing company, Crime Fictionista Press, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historic Suspense category. Her new release is DEADLY DESIGNS. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

Check out her website at:

♦So, writers, what kind of heroes do you write? And readers—if you’re here—what kind of heroes do you like to read?

Join the conversation!


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Interview with Deborah Hemstreet, all the way from Haifa, Israel: Part III

Welcome back, again for Part III of my interview with Deborah Hemstreet, who lives in Haifa, Israel. If you missed the previous blog posts with Debbie, click on PART I and/or PART II to learn about my friend across the sea.



Matter of fact, here’s a map of Israel, the blue star marking Haifa, where Debbie lives. Click to enlarge.


Now, let’s pick up where we left off on Thursday. Ready?

Q: I understand you’ve written a song and made a video. How did that come about?

A: The name of the song is Kotel. I first wrote it in 1982 during my first visit to Israel. I remember looking at the Western Wall (Kotel in Hebrew), and praying, “Lord, what is it about this place that touches my soul so much?” Just like that the words and melody came to my mind. I couldn’t forget them and wrote it all down as soon as I got to my hotel room.

About a year later, after I had come to Israel to live, I was thinking about the song and could see in my mind exactly how it should be presented, with me singing it, out of sight, and everyone looking at a big screen with pictures about the history of Israel flashing on and off in succession. This was long before the advanced features of PowerPoint had been created. In fact, the closest I’d seen of something of what I envisioned was a costly slide show with several projectors working in synchronization for an amazing presentation! I remember sharing my dream with some friends. I deeply believed it was from the Lord and that this was HIS vision for the song He had given me. They quickly reminded me of my limited budget and suggested that I should place this dream on a back shelf where dreams belong—if it was from the Lord He would have to do it.

Some 30 years later I was preparing for my first trip to Norway. My friend Solvejg and her husband loved the song. Over the years, every time they visited they would ask me to play it on my guitar and sing it for them. If I was visiting them with friends, they would ask me to perform for their friends. They even had me sing it at their wedding! Truthfully, I got sick of the song and lost the vision. But since coming back to Israel in 2011 my heart has markedly softened and I began to find a new place for it. I began to understand what God had given me in a different way. Now, as I prepared to visit Solvejg, I realized that I needed to give her a gift—a recording of my song for her to enjoy all the time.

Then I remembered my dream from so long ago and thought, “Oh, Lord, it’s hopeless.” The thought came to me, “Are you sure? What about PowerPoint?” I got a friend to help me with a piano accompaniment and put a quick presentation together. Needless to say, my friend Solvejg and her husband William were thrilled.

When I got back to Israel I began to fill this tugging on my heart strings with the thought, “Now do it again, only with a professional recording and good photos that you have permission to use, and put it on YouTube to speak to people about Israel.” I talked about it with one of the elders in my congregation and his response was, “I was wondering how long it would take you to do this!”

So my friends on the worship team in my congregation helped and we did a professional recording. What is really neat is that the musicians are myself, from the USA, Alexi from Russia, Kyung Im from Korea, Naomi, an Israeli, Gabriele the guitarist is from Italy and his wife is an Israeli with Swiss background. One of the verses talks about the waves cast upon the shore of Israel. In Israeli history, they call the different groups that came en mass to Israel a “wave.” I realized as we prepared to record that in God’s eyes, the waves cast onto the shore of Israel were not just the different groups of Jewish people, but all the people groups who have found refuge here over the centuries, refuge in God their savior!

Putting the pictures together was quite a challenge. I found amazing photos on the Israeli archives for free. One newspaper gave me permission to use their photo—for free, and another company charged me only $75 instead of $500 for a photo.

So more than 30 years later, I feel like my dream is on the way to being fulfilled. I don’t know if this video is the fulfillment of that dream, but like this song, it’s a start.

For some reason my web browser (Google Chrome) wouldn’t allow me to embed the video within this post, so here’s the YouTube e link:

Debbie, would you mind sharing the lyrics here?


Stone upon stone upon stone

Polished by touch of hand.

Shining from multitudes’ tears

Standing tall in an eternal land.

Touch upon touch upon touch

In tremors of joy and of pain

Centuries’ old dream come true

Hearts linked to a wall in a chain.


Tear upon tear upon tear

Shed in a stream that won’t dry,

Praying for peace to come

That no more of her sons may die.

Land upon land upon land

Casting waves upon the shore

Determined from their hearts

To live free forevermore.


Kotel, Kotel, Kotel,

You’ve engraved your stones on my heart

So now I lay my prayer in yours

Trusting Him before whom you stand.

All that you are no man can see

But perhaps with this song it’s a start.

Original lyrics by Deborah Hemstreet © 2015. All rights reserved.


Oh, what beautiful, heart-touching words. Thank you.

Where can folks find you on the Internet?


Haifa at NightAnd now I share the final picture Be sure to click to enlarge this one. It’s beautiful!

Debbie says:

“One of my favorite views is Haifa at night. This is looking towards the north, with Haifa Bay middle right.”

And I don’t blame you one bit, my friend. I wouldn’t mind sharing that view with you some day.

Thank you, Debbie, for sharing so much of you, your life, and your beloved Israel. It’s been a wonderful visit.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,

                                          And give you peace.

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Winner of COTT’s September Clash!

Congratulations to…

by Mary Ellis
About the book:

What Lies Beneath the Black Water of the Bayou?

Hunter Galen, a New Orleans securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, of embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.
Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs her the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter—the police’s only suspect—her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day.

What COTT voters had to say:

–I normally enjoy reading mostly Amish fiction. But, because Mary Ellis is such a wonderful writer, I would choose Midnight on the Mississippi.
–Mary Ellis, Looking forward to reading this.! Congratulations !
–Love to read books written by Mary Ellis. She writes great stories.
–Mary Ellis as with all your books i love this one too, you amaze me each time i read one of your books, they just get better and better
–Mary Ellis, wishing you much success with this one!
–Just love Mary Ellis writing style and always look forward to new releases !!
–Love your books, Mary! Best of luck with MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI!
–Go Mary Ellis! Your books are always wonderful
–Mary Ellis pulls you into the story in the first few pages!
–Mary Ellis, love her work. She writes a character so well, you can feel like you know them, and you can’t wait to see what’s on the next page.

About the author:
Mary has written twelve bestselling Amish fiction novel along with three historical romances. She is currently working on a romantic suspense series called Secret of the South mysteries for Harvest House Publishers. First of the series, Midnight on the Mississippi is set in New Orleans and was given 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews. Book two, What Happened on Beale Street, is set in Memphis and will release in March. She is a former middle school teacher and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. She can be found on the Internet at her Website or on FaceBook.

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Guest Author Interview with Tanya Stowe

Tanya Stowe Photo 2Welcome. Tanya, so happy to have you here today. Ready to do a bit of Let’s Get Acquainted?

What five words best describe you?

Friendly-outgoing-athletic-detail oriented-traveler

List five things that you must have in your life…people NOT included.

Music-exercise-good food-outdoors-books

Did you have a childhood nickname? How did you get it?

Magamapie – my grandmother told me I talked as much as a magpie and I promptly told her I wasn’t a magamapie.

When is your most productive writing time?

Early morning while it’s still quiet.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would love to have the motivation and self-discipline to be an athlete.

Do you listen to music as you write, or are you the silent writer, or a combination?

Both. Quiet most of the time but when I need inspiration and a reason to park my behind in the seat, I definitely need mood music.

What made you decide to be a writer?

I don’t know how to do anything else. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember.

What is your typical day like?

We rise early. I write for 2-3 hours then I do my yoga stretch to help prevent carpal tunnel. Then I like ride my bike or play tennis. After that I’ll do house work or run errands. By that time it’s dinner and a good movie. But that routine is about to change since my husband has retired and we will be selling our house and moving into a motorhome to travel full time.

Tell us a bit about The Christmas Mail-Order Angels series.

Book 7I’ve been involved with another series but all of the writers knew each other before starting the project. The ladies in the Christmas Mail-Order Angels were new to me so I’ve enjoyed brainstorming, sharing ideas and now, reading the stories.

Next, talk about your book, The Evergreen Wreath.

I was really intrigued by the concept of why a woman would sign up to leave her life and her family and journey to the west to marry a stranger. I felt a woman needed to be desperate and the idea of a young girl in an impossible situation with no way out came to me. Virginia Pepper was born. I knew she needed someone young and full of hope to love. Levi Harper and his siblings were the perfect antidote to her fear and bitterness. The Evergreen Wreath was the symbol of hope they needed in their lives.

Back Cover Blurb:

Twenty-year-old Levi Harper needs help. Life is difficult after his father and brother die in a mine cave-in. But when pneumonia takes his mother, Levi can’t manage the mine and his four younger siblings alone. He signs up for a mail-order-bride.

Virginia Pepper is determined to escape her father’s unrelenting anger and all-too-ready fists. She’ll do anything to get on that train…even agree to marry a stranger. But she has no intention of trading one abusive man for another. Paper marriage or not, she’ll be on her way first chance she gets, no matter how sweet and kind Levi seems.

As Christmas approaches, Levi counts down the days with a waiting, hopeful spirit. Can the Christmas season create a path for Levi into Virginia’s heart?

Where can readers find you on the Internet?

It seems like I’m everywhere on the Internet…or at least I spend a good deal of time there. My books are available on most Internet sales sites and with Pelican Book Group.

Thank you, Tanya. I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit today. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to host you on Whispers in Purple.

Thank you very much! I love visiting new blogs and meeting new people!

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Interview with Deborah Hemstreet, all the way from Haifa, Israel: Part II


Welcome back! Debbie and I have been waiting for you Smile  If you missed Part I of this interview you can read it HERE.

Today, Debbie and I are going to share some of the great photos Debbie sent along, with their location, and an explanation to go along with each one. We hope you’ll enjoy the tour. Click on each picture to enlarge.

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Rich and I were married outdoors on Mount Carmel. One of the happiest days of my life.

Banias has a great deal of water that feeds into the Jordan River. This picture was taken there. Banias is at the foot of Mount Hermon in the North.

court_of_pan_and_nymphs Saint Peter's in Gallicantu

In the north of Israel is a site many like to visit called Banias, the location of Biblical Caesarea Philippi. This site is traditionally thought to have been where Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people way that the Son of Man is?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” People miss the significance of this statement, since they don’t know where Caesarea Philippi was. This photo is of the remains of shrines to idols that were in use at the time of Jesus.

In the face of a Judaism that did not want a non-political Messiah, and the idolatry all around, Peter’s answer was truly one of faith!

Many pilgrims to Israel miss this amazing site in Jerusalem near the Old City. It is my favorite place to visit.

Called Saint Peter’s in Gallicantu, it marks the archeological site of the home of the High Priest, and a court yard—most likely the courtyard where Peter denied knowing Jesus.

This statue commemorates that site.

Also very special is the excavation of the original stairs that climbed up from the Kidron valley to the High Priest’s house. Every time I visit, I like to walk on these stairs… literally the stairs that Jesus walked on…


Debbie, those last few words you wrote on the right, ‘the stairs that Jesus walked on,’ brought back to my mind a solo I dared to sing once–when I still had a voice. The title was I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked. A dynamic piece of music and words that give one goose bumps. The closing words of the song are: […] and felt Him close to me.’ What an experience that would be! You are blessed, my friend.

And so ends Part II of this  fascinating interview with Debbie Hemstreet. It has been wonderful – to see these pictures of today and then try to visualize what they looked like back in Jesus’ time.

Thanks again, Debbie. I’m enjoying every minute, every word, and every picture.

Friends and readers, there are three more photos to share, AND, the story of Debbie’s song and the video recording of it . . . on MONDAY, October 5. Be sure to mark you calendars to read the rest of the story!


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