Welcome, Friends! We’re glad you’ve joined us. The Quid Pro Quills have gathered around the cyber-table with our favorite hot beverages. Our very own Jericha Kingston is delighted to introduce you to the beautiful and talented Joannie Deneve.
JD: Hello, Jericha. I’m thrilled to be here. I’ve been married to Rene’ for forty years. I’ve been a teacher for thirty years, a grandmother for eighteen years, and a writer for three years! My official author name is Joan Deneve. I’m Mrs. Deneve to my students, and Noni to my grandchildren (I teach three of the seven grandchildren, and when I have to lay down the law, they affectionately call me Darth Noni). And to my particular friends–as you well know, Jericha–I’m Joannie. We live in Prattville, Alabama. I love my life! And currently, I’m proud to be a co-author for Write Integrity Press’s lastest project, The Love Boat Bachelor.
QPQ: Oh, great title! Tell us how The Love Boat Bachelor came about.
JD: Last year, Write Integrity’s novella A Dozen Apologies was a ton of fun and a great success. So this year, we took one of the characters from that novella and gave him his own story. Think: American Idol, The Voice, and The Bachelor meet The Love Boat!
Because of a heartbreaking experience, Brent Teague vows he is done with romance. But God has other plans. As a favor to an old college buddy, Brent steps into the temporary role of chaplain on a cruise ship, unaware that it is actually a “love boat” cruise.
Here’s the fun part–Eight different authors wrote a chapter in which Brent meets a potential love interest, either on board the ship or at one of the ports of call. Readers will get to vote which heroine Brent will be with at the end.
QPQ: So, eight different Christian Fiction authors banded together to write The Love Boat Bachelor? What types of challenges presented with eight authors contributing?
JD: Great question! The author in charge of the project provided a very detailed description of the hero of the story. In this case, it was the wonderful Jerusha Agen, author of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Brent was her “man” in our previous novella, A Dozen Apologies. Last year, he didn’t end up with the girl, but this time he will! Jerusha’s notes about Brent helped us stay true to his character. Another of our writers, Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes is our resident cruise expert, and she kept us on track with the latest cruise information.
Individually, the challenge was to show Brent meeting several heroines without showing him to be a player. It was also a challenge to make the heroine as appealing as possible in only one chapter. Collectively, we had to avoid saying Brent had talked to (or seen) the same people on days outside our particular chapter. Since there are seven potential love interests, each contributing author wrote a final chapter, just in case her heroine is voted as “The One”. That was so much fun. I can’t wait to see who it will be!
QPQ: We can’t wait, either! Tell us, what about Brent Teague will appeal to readers?
Girl, don’t get me started. Brent is African-American, six-feet tall, and muscular. He’s twenty-nine years old, has a killer smile, and compassionate dark eyes that look right into the heart of a person. He’s spiritually mature, and well-suited to pastoral ministry because of his compassion for hurting people and his ability to read people. He’s able to see past facades to who people really are. While attracted to beauty, Brent could only come to love a woman with an attractive character and in whom he sees a love of Christ. He’s gentle, but at any hint of danger to a woman or a child, Brent becomes fiercely protective, and intimidating to the aggressor. He’s also extremely romantic, and loves children–who uncover Brent’s lighter, playful side. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t he?
QPQ: Oh, Joannie, please thank Jerusha for us–what an inspiring hero! Where can we find The Love Boat Bachelor?
Write Integrity Press will post the heroine chapters daily, Monday-Friday (January 26th-January 30th; February 2nd-February 4th). What the publisher doesn’t post is the last chapter. Between February 4th and February 7th, we want readers to visit Write Integrity Press and vote for a heroine! Then on Valentine’s Day, the entire eBook–complete with the winning chapter–will be available FOR FREE on Kindle. The Love Boat Bachelor will remain free until February 17th, and then it will cost $.99 thereafter. This will be so much fun!
QPQ: Indeed! How can readers contact you, Joannie?
To read chapters from The Love Boat Bachelor, visit Write Integrity Press.
QPQ: Thank you for visiting with us, Joannie. We anticipate another visit soon, and wish you success in your future works!
JD: Thank you so much, Jericha, for inviting me to visit the Quid Pro Quills. I hope you check out The Love Boat Bachelor and cast your vote!
QPQ: Will do!