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Author Interview with Robin Patchen

Welcome to the Quid Pro Quills! Author Robin Patchen is here to discuss her latest novel, tell us what’s next, and relate the most valuable lesson she’s learned.

QPQ: Thanks for joining us, Robin! What’s new since Convenient Lies?

Kindle CoverRP: Book 2 in the Hidden Truth series, Twisted Lies, just released, and I’m more than halfway done writing Book 3. It’s been a busy few months!

QPQ: No kidding! Give us a glimpse into Twisted Lies and your hero and heroine.

RP: The hero, Nate, was a supporting character in Convenient Lies. He’s sort of a bookish guy—but of course very handsome. I picture him a little like Ryan Reynolds. He ran into some dangerous and terrifying issues in Convenient Lies—I won’t give it away—and while I was writing those scenes, I thought, this guy deserves his own book. Twisted Lies opens with Nate packing up his house in Queens with the plan to move home to New Hampshire in search of a quiet, drama-free life. Of course, I had to wreck those plans.

QPQ: Naturally.

RP: The heroine, Marisa, fled the country eight years ago after her fiancé was murdered, a lot of money went missing from his place of employment, and the guys who killed her fiancé thought she stole the money. She’s built a life for herself in Mexico and plans to live the rest of her life there. And then her daughter is kidnapped. She enlists Nate’s help—and together they have to discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her daughter.

QPQ: Terrifying! Obviously Marisa’s a survivor, but what’s her most endearing quality?

RP:  Her kindness, her heart for her daughter and all the orphans she works with.

QPQ: Tell us how Twisted Lies came to be.

Kindle CoverRP: Well, it started when I asked myself what kind of trouble I could get poor Nate into. He’s a reporter working in New York, so I decided the problem had to be related to his job. Then, it snowballed from there. Honestly, I have no idea where the idea came from.

QPQ: From a wonderful imagination, no doubt! What about Nate will appeal to readers?

RP: Poor Nate wants nothing more than to retreat from life. He’s suffering from PTSD—you have to read Convenient Lies to understand that—and he believes he failed to be a hero in that story. In fact, he believes other people are heroic, and he’s only here to record what others do. But when he has to be heroic in order to protect the people he loves, Nate proves himself to be the hero we always knew he was.

QPQ: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about writing or life in general?

RP: Only when we get to the point where we realize God is our only hope do we understand that He is all we need.

QPQ: True wisdom. Speaking of, do you have any wisdom for aspiring authors?

RP: Keep writing, all the time. Read books both within your genre and outside of it. Read craft books and try to apply what they suggest. Get a good critique partner—I have eight great ones! You’ll be amazed at how you all grow together.

QPQ: Tell us something we might be surprised to learn about you.

RP: I utterly despise cooked vegetables. The only exceptions are tomatoes, onions, peppers, and artichokes when mixed with copious amounts of mayo and Parmesan, as found in dip.

QPQ: Yep. Definitely surprised! What’s next for you, Robin? Can you give us a peek into the third book in your Hidden Truth series?

RP: Samantha, a supporting character from the first two books, is the heroine in book 3. She and Garrison—who made his debut in Twisted Lies—have kept in contact, but because they live so far apart, nothing has come of it. When Garrison’s son nearly overdoses on drugs at a party, Garrison knows he has to get the teen away from the negative influences of his friends while he figures out what to do. Sam offers them one of her cabins on a lake in New Hampshire. What Garrison and Aiden don’t know is that one of Aiden’s friends has stashed contraband in their car, so while they’re trying to regroup, some bad people are looking for them.

QPQ: Oh, that’s fabulous! Thanks for sharing. How might readers contact you?

RP: Readers can connect with me at my website and on Facebook.  They can also follow me on Amazon or BookBub.

QPQ: Finally, where can we find Twisted Lies?

RP: AmazonKobo, iBooksB&N, and Goodreads.

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

 

 

Twisted Lies: New Romantic Suspense from Robin Patchen

Kindle CoverShe thought they’d never find her.  And then her daughter vanished.

Marisa Vega’s life as an adoptive mom in a tiny Mexican village isn’t what she’d dreamed while growing up in New York, but as the target of a man who’s convinced she stole millions of dollars from his financial firm, Marisa believes hiding is her only way to stay alive. When her daughter is snatched and held for ransom, Marisa must discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her.

Months after being kidnapped, tortured, and left with PTSD, Nate Boyle is ready to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. When the source of his breakout newspaper article—and the woman who haunts his dreams—begs for help, he gets pulled into a riddle that’s proved unsolvable for nearly a decade.

Can Nate and Marisa unravel the years-old mystery and bring her daughter home?

Twisted Lies is the second in the Hidden Truth Series. Pick it up today at AmazonKoboiBooks, and Barnes & Noble. For information on all Robin Patchen’s new releases, visit her website or follow her on AmazonBookBub, or Goodreads.

DSC_8915-25edAbout the author:  Robin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

 

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Words

What are the last words you spoke to the last person with whom you spoke?

To be fair, I’ll share mine: “I love you, too.”

But if you’d heard my words yesterday, they would’ve sounded less beautiful. More… ungrateful. Untrusting. Unkind.

Words have the ability to encourage or the ability to destroy. When you add emotions, exhaustion, and ego to the mix, communication can be a minefield. The paradox? We frequently mete our harshest words to the individuals we love the most.

Why is that? Don’t you hate it? I do. I want to be a better listener. A better problem-solver. I want to end a conversation with someone knowing that I’ve affirmed him. In times of disagreement, my desire is that when the conversation is over, the problem has truly been resolved instead of postponed. I want to stop falling into the same speech traps that constantly leave me disappointed and defensive.

The gift of speech is one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given, but I’m so inept at utilizing the spoken word. That’s why the Proverbs wield power. These wise sayings help me to love God and my neighbor.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3

“It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Proverbs 20:3

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

Sometimes the best use of the tongue is to keep it sealed behind our lips. Silence is a powerful form of communication. The best Communicator who ever lived, Jesus Christ, chose to remain silent even when He was unjustly accused and on the way to His crucifixion. I would’ve been screaming. But He was silent. He knew He was right. Therefore, He had nothing else to say. His final action of love was all that was necessary.

It’s tough to control our words. We should think before we speak, and if we do have to say difficult words, they must be spoken in love. One of the scriptures most difficult to apply is this: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

Father, give me wisdom. Use my speech to glorify You and encourage others. Make my words agents of Your healing.

 

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Under the Weather

cold-1947995_640I’ve been under the weather for the past week and a half. I can’t even remember when I’ve been this sick and for this long. I’m past the achy body and sleeping for hours on end, but there still is something lingering in my head and sinuses.

Throughout my time of being sick, I’ve had a terrible sore throat. One that was only appeased with a Wendy’s frosty. It hurt too much to swallow regular liquids. I tested negative for the flu and for strep throat, but still I was left with feeling lousy and medicines weren’t doing much in the way of relieving the pain I endured.

Through the pain, the Lord kept reminding me to pray for a man from my church who was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. He had a sore throat that wouldn’t go away. I’ve missed two Sundays of going to church, so I haven’t heard how he’s doing or the results he heard from further testing. But through my pain and discomfort, God prompted me to pray for someone who is going through much more than I can even imagine.

How can God use your ‘inconveniences’ to point you to pray for someone in need?

 

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Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at http://www.jodiewolfe.com.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in devotion, Writing

 

Writing What You Love

the-intimidator-and-suzieWhen I started writing – lo, those many years ago – I always heard, “write what you know.” I think that’s good advice for a beginner sticking their toe into the writing world. Learning to write for publication is difficult. It’s work. It’s not the way you were taught to write in high school English class. Not even close. So it makes sense to start writing about things you know, things you don’t need to research.

Once you’re comfortable in the craft, it’s a lot of fun to write what you love. tweet this

I spun my first yarn – the fiber kind – at the age of 16 on an antique great wheel similar to the one in the photo, which I now own. That combined my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I was hooked. I purchased a new spinning wheel and started a multi-decade journey of fibers and spinning that included raising both French Angora rabbits and Border Leicester sheep.

My current WIP (work in progress) is a Colonial historical romance involving a woman who spins and weaves beautiful cloth, and a handsome journeyman fuller who finishes her cloth at the fulling mill. I’m once again combining my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I’m also spending many hours researching the historical facts. How many people today have ever heard of a fulling mill? How will I make it understandable without dragging down the story? The goal is to bring a bit of history to readers via the romantic journey of the characters, not to overload the reader with historical facts. Still, the history must be correct, or the story falls apart for those who know history.

Writing what you know is the easiest way to begin, but writing what you love is. . .fun!


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Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Pegg Thomas, Writing

 

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Meant To Be

If you’re a fan of military suspense, patriotism and romance then today’s featured book in our Book Showcase, Meant To Be, by multiple award winning Christian author Jessica James is the one for you.

 

meant-to-beIt started as a chance encounter on the beach, and ended 24 hours later when they parted to go their separate ways.

Or so they thought.

Actually it was just the beginning.

When Lauren Cantrell and Michael “Rad” Radcliff said goodbye, they had no way of knowing they would ever see each other again. But fate had another unexpected meeting in store for them—this time in a place where danger was part of the culture and the stakes were life and death.

From the sundrenched beaches of Ocean City, Md., to the snowcapped mountains of Afghanistan, this gripping tale of espionage and intrigue takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the secret lives of our nation’s quiet heroes—and answers the question:

What do you do when the person you most want to protect is the one risking everything to make sure you survive?

 

Awards of Author Jessica James:

2016 Gold Medal Military Writers Society of America
2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Bronze Winner Romance – Suspense
2016 Finalist for BOOK OF THE YEAR in Foreword Magazine’s IndieFab contest
2015 NJRW Golden Leaf Award
2014 Valley Forge Romance Writers Sheila Award Finalist
2014 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2014 Reader’s Crown Award Finalist
2014 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2013 USA “Best Books 2013” Finalist in Fiction/Religious
2012 Bronze winner Foreword Magazine Book of the Year in Romance
2011 John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction
2011 USA “Best Books 2011” Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Best Regional Fiction
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Romance
2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist in Historical Fiction
2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
2010 Military Writers Society Award in Historical Fiction
2009 HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Southern Theme
2009 Nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 Indie Next Generation Finalist for Best Historical Fiction
2008 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction
2008 ForeWord Magazine Finalist for Book of the Year in Romance category

~ Kara Hunt

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Book Showcase, Kara Hunt

 

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Are you frustrated yet?

3753584003_95eef4f7ce_oYou’re 18 days into the new year, and you still haven’t lost those ten pounds, finished that novel, or gotten your kids in line. Your plan to get the house clean seems to have disappeared beneath a fresh layer of dust, and you’ve apparently misplaced the organization chart you spent hours crafting. Your decision to work out daily was waylaid by a nasty cold, and your resolution to make it to church every Sunday wasn’t quite enough to drag you out of bed on time.

You started the year with such hope lo, those many months…er, days ago. And now, all is lost.

Or maybe you’re like me and quit making resolutions years ago. If we don’t aim for anything, it’s impossible to miss.

Impossible to hit, too.

I jumped on the word-of-the-year bandwagon awhile back, so every year around the first, I pray about what word God would have me focus on for the next 365 days. Guess which one he gave me this year?

Perseverance.

I wasn’t happy when the word came to me, because it means that those things I want might not come so easily. The ten pounds won’t just slip off like pants two sizes too big. The words of the novel won’t glide effortlessly from my fingers onto the screen. The teenagers won’t suddenly behave like mature adults.

So I’ve decided to look at my word from a different angle. Perhaps my word is not about the goals at all. Perhaps it’s about trusting God with everything and slogging forward—“straining toward what is ahead” as Paul so aptly put it (Philippians 3:13).

Would God ask me to persevere in a lost cause? Would he expect me to keep fighting a losing battle? I think not. I think he wants me to fight for what I want and trust him with the results, so that when I do achieve what I’ve worked for, I’ll have truly accomplished something. And I’ll know he was with me all along.

There are still 347 days left in this year to persevere. Imagine what God can do with a servant unwilling to give up.

Bring it on, 2017. I’m ready.

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Check out my latest releases, Convenient Lies and A Package Deal, at my website. Or read more about them below:

Kindle CoverConvenient Lies

What happens when a woman marries her greatest enemy?

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband Julien is part of a powerful international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn, returning to her childhood home in Nutfield, New Hampshire. She plans to gather her inheritance, collect her beloved grandmother, and disappear forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father. 

But when Reagan arrives home, her heart breaks at the news of her grandmother’s death. Finding her missing inheritance—hidden somewhere on the property—is as impossible as a second chance with her former boyfriend, Brady. Reagan’s feelings for Brady are stronger than ever, but when Julien harms innocent people to smoke her out, Reagan must make a choice.  

What—and who—will she have to sacrifice to save her son?

Only Mine

A Package Deal

Jo didn’t know she wanted children until she learned that cancer had likely ruined her chances to have them. Dared by her friends to try online dating, Jo meets a man who would be perfect—if not for his obvious desire for a family and her too recent cancer scare. 

Carter can’t believe his luck when his first match through the online dating site is the pretty woman from the UPS store. He figures he’ll tell Jo about his five-year-old daughter if things get serious—which he doesn’t figure they will. He’s been burned by enough women not to get his hopes up. 

As Jo and Carter start to fall for each other, they realize the secrets they’ve hidden could tear apart the tenuous bond they’ve created. They both come with baggage. 

Can either of them accept a package deal?

 

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