Archive | October 2013

Christmas Calling Is Now Available

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Two Heartwarming Christmas Novellas by
Best Selling Authors Colleen L. Reece and Birdie Etchison

now available at amazon and at
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Novella Christmas Challenge, by Colleen L. Reece

After the death of her guardian, Valerie Shannon O’Shea feels as adrift as a boat torn free of its moorings on Lake Michigan. She prays about her future and finds a challenge in the newspaper. IS THE PIONEER SPIRIT STILL ALIVE AND WELL? A skeptical financier doubts women in the late 1880s can live the hard life of their ancestors. He is offering train fare to Montana and a substantial cash prize to a young woman courageous enough to live in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse for a full year without help from anyone.
The schoolhouse is near Whitewind, where Valerie and her father lived ten years earlier. Danny O’Shea was then convicted of a crime he swore he did not commit. There is little to connect Valerie Shannon, as she signs her paintings, with the gawky fourteen-year-old known as Shannon O’Shea. What if she can meet the newspaper challenge, paint the Montana landscape, and carry out her long held vow to clear her father’s name?
The long train trip across country brings back bittersweet memories. Many are of eighteen-year-old Locke Stuart, son of the judge who sent Valerie’s father to prison. Locke had stolen Valerie’s heart but never answered her letters. She wonders if he ever thinks of the girl he fiercely championed in spite of his father’s opposition.

Valerie and Locke must ride tangled trails and learn to heed the everlasting whisper, Trust Me, before they can find happiness.

Novella Christmas Snow by Birdie L. Etchison

Janie Montgomery leaves Seattle to escape sad memories and spend Christmas with her aunt in Spokane.. On the way, she plunges headfirst into trouble. A truck zooms by, throwing snow on her windshield. Temporarily blinded, Janie fights to control the Camry—and loses. She ends up with her car stranded in a ditch, surrounded by a mountain of snow.

EMT Greg Kincaid, who comes to Janie’s rescue, appears like a knight in snowy armor, not riding a white horse, but driving an SUV sturdy enough to get her back on the road. He gives her his card.

Janie continues toward Aunt Lou’s, wishing the snow would stop. She glances at her cell phone. Mistake number one. She starts to slide. Slams on the brakes. Mistake number two. She holds her breath and prays for the car to stop, but it slams across the road and into the ditch. Now she is facing in the wrong direction and in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic. When Greg, who is patrolling the highway on his day off, arrives to rescue her for the second time, she thanks God.

Janie calls Greg at his brother’s. It is the beginning of a love story as mystifying as a white-out, as soft as gently falling snow, as fraught with danger as the storms that swing down from Canada, as colorful as Christmas decorations, and as sweet as homemade cookies.

Only by the grace of God can Janie and Greg weather the storms and find true love.

Lovely Romance Press is proud to have worked with these two wonderful and yes beloved authors….

Interview with Colleen L. Reece

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Lovely Romance Press is so pleased to have the talented writer Colleen L. Reece working with us.
She and Birdie Etchison have teamed up to put together a two novella book, Christmas Calling

What inspired you to write your first book?

Reading Avalon inspirational romances and thinking I could write books like that

 Do you have a specific writing style?
Simple, straightforward, descriptive

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Trusting God changes lives.

Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Very much. Part of me (and/or others I know) is in every plot and character

 What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. The Man Nobody Knows, by Bruce Barton. Novels by Emilie Loring and Grace Livingston Hill.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
God, Author of Creation. Then Julie Reece-DeMarco (niece) and Susan K. Marlow, (we trade editing).

What are your current projects?

Mostly short articles and children’s short stories due to regaining strength after some health issues.     

 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?
I wouldn’t wait until I was past forty to get serious about writing. On the other hand, God knew I wasn’t ready until then (lack of self-confidence, etc.)

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Accepting it is never going to be perfect but the best I can do at the time.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
(1) Tying up every loose end in order to play fair with my readers. (2) Making sure solutions to each problem were authentic and believable.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Concentrate on writing for God, not for fame or fortune. Write what He impresses you to write, then turn it over to Him. He knows where it can do the most good. We don’t.

What were the challenges in bringing your writing career it to life?
Darrington, Washington, the small logging town where I was born and raised grew big trees. It did not grow authors. It took a long time for me to learn what an extraordinary God can do with an ordinary logger’s daughter.

What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?
It is funny now, but not when it happened! In 1976 I wanted to write an inspirational romance but was working full time. Unwilling to complete a book that might never sell I decided to write one chapter and submit to Avalon Books. By the time I received a reply (no doubt “thanks, but no thanks”) I’d  have a couple more chapters done and would approach another company.  
Bad idea.  Three days later a letter came. The editor really liked my story. She asked me to please send the rest of the manuscript. Ouch! I had no outline, no character charts, and only a vague plot idea. I’d just blown my chance to get published.
Not true. I finished The Heritage of Nurse O’Hara and Avalon published it in 1977. Ever since, my students have laughed at but learned from my horrible example: Never, ever, approach an editor until you know you can deliver—and soon!       
Colleen L. Reece
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Interview with Birdie Etchison

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Lovely Romance Press is proud to announce that we are working with the
talented Birdie Etchison, who has authored so many of the beloved
Heartsong books. Now, she and her dear friend, Colleen Reece have
together authored a Christmas book with two novellas, called Christmas Calling.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was a juvenile. I wanted to write something my children would enjoy.
I was a tomboy and my heroine was a tomboy.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Not sure I do. My style is to write it down fast. Let it sit, then go over it page by page.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A lesson is learned. Always. It’s the journey that counts, however.

Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A little bit of me comes out in the story. Even when I wrote short stories it was
something that had happened to me, or to someone I knew.


What books have most influenced your life?

The Bible of course. I read it through when I was 14. My all-time favorite books are classics: The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, Heidi, and later To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

There’s not just one mentor. Back when I started, Agnes Kempton read my short stories. All the members of various critique groups have helped. Colleen Reece is the
best editor ever.

What are your current projects?

I am rewriting an Amish novel. A three book historical series, North Beach, is being considered. I’m also working on another novella. I like essays, too

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?

Try to be more organized. Write chronologically. It’s much easier in the long run.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

To finish what I start. I have 15 novels in various stages.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The rewrite. It’s easy and the most fun for me to write the basic idea down.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Decide what you want to do and make a schedule. Write down the title, a line of dialogue, names, when something hits you. I get all sorts of ideas when I vacuum.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just begin. Even if you don’t feel like writing that day, do a page, or a scene, or part of the outline. Read what you want to write. See how other writers do it.

What were the challenges in bringing your writing career it to life?

Having a large family; doing what I felt I must. But one learns there is time for all you hope to do.

What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?

I am a klutz; have always been a klutz. Readers and friends say they can see me in my writing. It might not be the funniest thing in the world, but it amuses me.

Birdie Etchison