Writer of the Day–Alice K. Arenz

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AND A GIVEAWAY!

My writer of the day is  Alice K. Arenz.  Though she’s known for her cozy mysteries and romantic mystery/suspense novels, the Carol Award winning author has branched out with her newest release, The Wedding Barter, a romance that is both serious and funny. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Awards: cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist). These novels have been followed by An American Gothic, Portrait of Jenny, and short story, Home Cookin’.  Visit her at her website www.akawriter.com

 

Good news for you, Alice is going to giveaway an e-copy of her new book, The Wedding Barter. Keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.  So let’s find out how a mystery/suspense writer came to write a romance in her own words. Alice K. Arenz:

 

Though romance—to some degree—has always been part of my books in the past, I hadn’t attempted one in…well, let’s just say too many years to count out. Let’s just leave it as being in the ancient times of the early 80s. It didn’t go very well. I was told my contributions were filled with too much comedy, too much mystery, and not enough sensual content—at which point I said “EW-www,” then promptly moved on.

Back to the story of how The Wedding Barter came to be part of the TRYING OUT FOR LOVE boxed set published by my incredibly awesome published Forget Me Not Romances. To be honest, the encouragement and confidence in my ability to write a romance sealed the deal. I was convinced it was the correct decision when, after a lot of prayer, the title for my “short novel” as well as the names of the lead characters were “given to me.” From there, it was a question of how to fulfill my commitment—which had suddenly become more difficult because of health issues. But, I’m a firm believer that God wouldn’t have given me the idea and details if He didn’t have the solution already worked out.

After stewing over the dilemma for about a month, my husband suggested that I dictate to him as he typed on his laptop. Um, seriously? Would that work. Really??? He was not only serious, but was dedicated to the project—even when absolutely nothing was happening! He tried to understand how “my process” had always involved me sitting at my desk, eyes closed, fingers on the keyboard while I prayed and waited for the “connection.” I can’t even begin to explain how much more difficult it was to find a way to verbally describe what I saw happening in my head! But, like my characters in Barter reminded themselves, all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. That’s what I sought, and the result is a 49,000 word short novel—a romance based in the same fictional town of Tarryton, Missouri where The Bouncing Grandma Mystery series is set. No murders, but a few twists and turns, and, I hope, some laughs as well.

 

THE WEDDING BARTER by Alice K. Arenz

Riley Carr has been best friends with Amy Lawton since they were toddlers.  While Amy awaits her discharge from the Army, Riley’s been left in charge of helping to arrange “a very small, intimate ceremony with no fanfare” for Amy and her fiancé. But, Riley has something else in mind.

With the aid of two other friends, Riley presents her “wedding barter” idea to groom, David Herron. He agrees, providing best man, Mike Todd, stays in the loop to keep things from getting out of hand.

It doesn’t help that the giant of a man is threatening, overbearing, and just doesn’t seem to like her or her ideas. But, when Todd gives Riley an ultimatum of producing results in three weeks or he’ll take over, she’s determined to prove him wrong. . .in more ways than one.

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To enter to win an e-copy of the Wedding Barter, leave a comment. Winner will be picked on July 16th. Thanks!

Thanks, Alice for sharing your story with us–both the book and how you came to write a romance. So, readers, do you prefer your favorite writers stick to one genre or are you willing to read something different from them?

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK GIVEAWAY!

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Yea! We’re having a book giveaway today! And that’s always fun, but before we get to that, I want to talk about gothic novels. Not sure what that is? No problem. Gothic novels have a very distinct feel to them. Here’s a few of the characteristics:

  1. A castle setting, but modern day stories usually have a huge mansion instead.
  2. An atmosphere of mystery, suspense, or foreboding.
  3. And, of course, romance but often unrequited or a love triangle.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, today I’m featuring a gothic novel today. It’s title–An American Gothic written by Alice K. Arenz. I’m so excited to have Alice as my Writer of the Day. Even though, we’ve never met, we share a special bond. I look forward to the day when we do get to meet, Alice.

A.K.Arenz

An American Gothic is the new book of 2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K. Arenz. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her first two novels, cozy mysteries, The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 ACFW Carol Awards finalist), and the 2010 winner of the ACFW Carol Award in Mystery, The Case of the Mystified M.D., were originally published under A.K. Arenz and have now been released under Alice K. Arenz. The more serious mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist for the Carol Award) will soon be re-released by Forget Me Not Romances. Visit her at her website www.akawriter.com .

 

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AN AMERICAN GOTHIC by Alice K. Arenz

She came to Foxxemoor to write a mystery, not to become part of one.

Devastated by the death of a child in her care, Lyssie’s heart strings are tugged when she finds another child in danger. Amid past secrets, lies, and betrayals of an old college friend’s family, she must choose a twin brother to trust. If she makes the wrong decision, she could not only lose her own life, but also the life of the child she’s come to love.

 

I’m in the middle of reading An American Gothic right now. And enjoying it. So I don’t mind recommending it to all of you. Anyway, Alice wants to give one lucky reader the chance to win a print copy of the book. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered. Winner will be picked October 5!

 

UNTIL NEXT TIME…God bless & Good Reading!