Clare Revell lives in a small town in England with her husband of 18 years and her three children.  Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan-fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories.  When she's not writing, reading, sewing or keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make, she's working part time in the breakfast club at one of the local schools.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life.  She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.

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Season for Miracles, my first novel was released on Nov 5th. Saving Christmas, my second, doesn’t have a release date yet, but probably before the end of the year.

Season for Miracles
A Killer lurks in Headley Cross…
…And Holly Carmichael is the only woman to survive his attack.  Now she lives in fear, searching for normalcy and trying to put her life back together.  When she meets Kyle Stevens, he turns her world upside-down.  He’s as exasperating as he is appealing.  How can Holly make sense of her awakening feelings when she’s so unsure of Kyle?  His voice is familiar, he’s left-handed, and he wears the serial killer’s cologne.  Who is he…really?  As Holly struggles to restore her damaged faith, she must find the strength to trust once again—in Kyle and in God.

Kyle Stevens isn’t ready to live again.  Racked by guilt, he’s afraid to feel.  His sole focus is finding the Headley Cross serial killer—his girlfriend's murderer.  That is, until he meets Holly Carmichael. He’s drawn to Holly, vows to protect her where he failed to protect his former love.  But Holly makes him feel again, emotions quickly morphing into something much more dangerous to his hardened heart.

When the serial killer returns to finish what he started, only a miracle can save them…but then, it's the Season for Miracles.

Saving Christmas
Rather than do the expected thing, Christmas Daniels, pursued a high powered career in London, flying across the world, never being home long enough for anything.  When her father is taken ill, she returns to Hollies Christmas Emporium, an all year round Christmas shop to run it in his absence.

Matt Pringle, store artist and accountant, doesn't make a good impression on his new boss when he accuses her of stealing his parking space.  Wanting to make up for it, he tries to impress her, but ends up falling for her instead.

When the store is threatened with closure, Christmas, who insists on being called Chrissie, sacrifices everything to try to save it.  A committed Christian, Matt knows that Chrissie needs saving just as much.  Will their growing attraction help Matt save Christmas before it’s too late?

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Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?

I have always wanted to be a published author.  I loved writing from a very early age, going from rewriting Little Red Riding Hood every single English lesson, through fan fiction and finally to my own original work.  If I don’t write, my mind just drives me nuts. The characters won’t let me rest until their story is told.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Totally made up.  I always cast my stories though.  Once I have a basic idea of what they look like, I find actors/actresses who look similar, but I don’t base them on anyone in particular.  The town they live in, however, is the one I live in, I just gave it a new name and renamed the streets and so on.

Are you currently working on any new book projects?

I’m about to start nanowrimo (Nov 1-30th) – but always have more ideas than time to write.  I’m in the process of sending a requested resubmission back, (just rechecking the edits) and I have another sitting in my finished and need a break from folder.

Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book?  Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?

Write a little every day.  I write 6 days a week and don’t write on Sundays.  That works for me.  Don’t give up.  When the rejections come, and they will and still do, just set writing aside for a day or two, then look back over the rejection.  Does it give any indication of where you didn’t meet their guidelines?  Can you fix it?  Do they ask to see it again once you’ve changed things?  If they do, then go for it.

Promotion wise – blog tours are a good idea.  Bookmarks to send out with Christmas Cards.  Set up a website.

What’s your writing schedule like?  When do you find time to write?

I don’t sleep much so have plenty of time to procrastinate…or write.  I work in a school from 7:30am – 9am doing the breakfast club.  So by the time I get home, I have 3 hours before my kids get in from school.  This gives me peace to write, in between a load of laundry and preparing tea.

Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies? 

The first draft of anything, maybe nano excepted, is done long hand.  It has to be a very sharp pencil – the propelling kind with a rubber on the end (that’s probably an eraser in the US) – and narrow feint A4 paper.  Nothing else will do.

How have your friends and family received your career as an author?  Are they supportive?

Hubby is convinced I’m going to make millions and he can give up work.  I don’t think so somehow.  They don’t seem to mind. “Mummy…when you finish your sentence, please can I have…” is the common phrase in our house now.

What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you? ~ POV issues; using too much passive voice and not enough active voice; trouble creating active and engaging dialogue; using too many similar words in starting sentences; or something else? 

Learning grammar and spelling all over again.  Working for a US publisher, means my UK spelling looks as if I can’t spell.  Especially with pyjamas, harbour, favour, apologise, recognise… oh you should see the red lines that just appeared on this paper.  Other than that, POV I overcome by working in two colours one for the hero and one for the heroine.  Passive voice…I have set word to underline passive voice so I can pick up on it and edit accordingly.      

I just wanted to share a few thoughts on Thanksgiving Day.  This day has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love the spirit of togetherness among family and how everyone takes the time to be thankful ~ and of course, I love all of the great food, especially my mom’s stuffing.  But is that really enough? 

I feel like I’ve been bombarded lately with messages of giving and having a heart to give ~ maybe God’s trying to get my attention.  ;-) 

At church the last few weeks, our pastor has been doing a sermon series based on the principles taught in the book, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.  My husband and I also attend a small group, and we’ve been studying the sermon series again at home and then at our small group.  We’ve been learning so much about true contentment and living a life of thanks giving and giving to others. 

Randy Alcorn defines the “Treasure Principle” as “You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.”  That has given me and my husband a great deal to think about during this study.  We’ve been re-evaluating our giving habits and how we help or don’t help others in need.

Our church recently took part in One Day to Feed the World through Convoy of Hope and people who wanted to participate, gave one day’s pay to this gift offering to the people in Haiti.  I was amazed when I heard the reports that over 40,000 had been collected from a congregation under 1500.  God is so awesome.  Our church is also starting to aid a local food pantry / mission center, in feeding the homeless in our area.  The church leadership thought maybe 25 people would sign up to help.  On Sunday, over 200 people signed up to assist in this new ministry.  My husband and I also signed up.  We’ve been so blessed that we want to give back of our time and help those in need. 

I don’t say this to pat ourselves on the back.  I’ve just been seeing a real awakening of people in this great nation waking up to a true sense of thanks giving and a desire to help others in need.  My husband and I also watch the Glenn Beck show on FOX News.  He’s been speaking of similar things in the last few days ~ that this Thanksgiving Day should be a time of reflection.  We need to get back to the basics and once again be content with what we have and help others. 

Will you make this Thanksgiving Day into a day to commit to a new way of making your life a lifetime of giving?  That is my goal.  I want to make a difference in this world, even if it’s only helping one person at a time.  I can give an encouraging word or smile.  I can give of my time in a ministry at church or in other service in the community.  I can give an offering of money.  There are so many things that I can do and we all can do to make this world a better place.  Let’s make our lives into offerings of a lifetime of giving.
I’m excited my book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, is still on the best seller list for inspirational romances on 

This has inspired me to run a contest for readers to win a copy of my first book, Shadowed Remembrances, which is a mystery novel. 

I will hold a drawing on December 18th 2010 for three readers to win paperback copies of Shadowed Remembrances~ just in time to give as a Christmas gift!  :-) 

Here are the contest rules:

PurchaseMr. Shipley’s Governess eBook from allromanceebooks and send proof of purchase to me

Answerthe following four questions about the book:
1.      What is the name of Sophie’s father?
2.      Why did Sebastian attend the riding party at Delilah Scott’s estate?
3.      What survived the fire in the church in France?
4.      What special event happens on Valentine’s Day in the book?

Rate the bookon allromanceebooks (log in and go to “my library” in your account and rate the book)

Send me an emailwith proof of purchase and the answers to the questions (

Thank you, everyone, for your support and happy reading!  :-)

Mr. Shipley's Governess
By: Joanne Troppello
Published By: Wild Horse Press
Published: Nov 09, 2010
ISBN # 9781456350895

Word Count: 71,400

Genre: Inspirational romance
Price: $5.99

Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Rocket

Purchase Link:

Summary: Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents' deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her.

Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective.

When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.

Karly Kirkpatrick is a YA writer, avid reader, high school German and French teacher, and mother of a toddler.  She is currently pursuing an MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University in Chicago.  She lives in Elgin, Illinois with her husband, daughter, and two stinky Shih Tzus. 

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Into the Shadows is a YA paranormal novel and is available in eBook format at - -  -

It’s also available at Amazon UK.

A paperback version will be available later in November at

Paivi Anderson has it all—friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents, and quite possibly, her first boyfriend.  It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for.  Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State?  Could it be because of her special powers?  No one was supposed to know about them, but the mysterious messages in her tater tots say otherwise.  In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn’t see coming.

1. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? 

I wrote Into the Shadows because it was a mixture of two of my favorite things – the paranormal and history.  The book is set in modern day, but I used the historical elements of the Nazis’ rise to power and the early days of the Holocaust to create the plot.  I teach high school and I see students every day that complain about learning history.  My thought was if I took the main themes we hope to get from history and dress them up in modern clothes, it would still deliver a similar message.  Not all my books are like that, but I thought it was an interesting approach. 

2. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I do a little bit of both.  Usually, I take the characters I know and enhance their traits, so they are exaggerated versions of the original.  I work in a high school and have access to a wide variety of characters on a daily basis, so that helps!

3. Where do you go to do your research? 

I usually only need the Internet to do research.  For my New Orleans book, I did purchase some books about specific people from New Orleans in order to make it more authentic.

4. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story?  Is the process the same for every book you write?  How long does it take you to write a book? 

Every book is pretty much the same in terms of preparation.  I like to take notes, sketch out the characters a little in words, as well as write down everything in my brain about the plot.  It’s not super organized, just jotted in a notebook, but it gives me things to consider when I do write.  I like to write from beginning to end, it sort of plays like a movie in my mind and I type it out as I see it.  I only wish I could type faster.  My first book took roughly a year to write.  My second took about a month and a half. The third book required a couple of months of research, so I’ve only managed the 60 pages.  I hope to write the next books in 1-2 months.  I just have to make the time!

5. Are you currently working on any new book projects?

I have a completed YA contemporary novel, that I hope to release soon, about a drug-dealing cheerleader called The Green.  I’m 60 pages in on another YA paranormal set in New Orleans, titled Rising Sun. I will put both of those aside for November, while I work on a new YA paranormal, called Bloody Little Secrets, for NaNoWriMo.  In December/January, I hope to work on the sequel to Into the Shadows.  I figure that should keep me busy for a while!

6. Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book?  Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published? 

Write it down.  The first obstacle is getting it on paper (or in the computer).  So many people want to write and don’t know where to start.  Start on page one.  Don’t worry about rules and books and whatever.  You’ve read books.  Tell your story.  And then join a writers’ group, like SCBWI, RWA, SFWA, something like that.  They’ll help you find what’s good and bad about your writing.

It’s important to have a presence on the Internet, start a blog, or go on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. Or all of them!  And just interact with people.  No need to sell your product.  Just be yourself.  That is sometimes the best marketing!

7. What’s your writing schedule like?  When do you find time to write?

Right now, I write when I can, which is mostly during my lunch hour at school.  It’s been harder to find time this last year than it was previously; I have a daughter (she’s 3) who takes up a lot of time.  My husband and I both work full time and we are both in school.

8. How did you find your publisher?  What was your journey to publication like?

My journey was a little different than the traditional path.  I started there first, submitting to agents and editors, just like everyone else.  But I was never successful in finding one.  After learning about epublishing and eBooks, I thought I might take a chance and try it out with a book that, while people were interested, never seemed to sell in New York.  With my first eBook coming out November 1, 2010, it’s a little early to say how it will go.  But at this point, if it’s successful, I plan to continue to use this format to release my books.  I have a pretty strong presence online, between social networking and blogging, and I hope that will translate into some eager readers.

9. How have your friends and family received your career as an author?  Are they supportive?

My friends and family are super supportive.  Never once has anyone thought that it was silly, or a waste of time.  They’ve been behind me 100% from the beginning.   Which is awesome, because I don’t think everyone gets that kind of support.  I was always embarrassed to mention that I wrote books to my non-writer friends or to acquaintances, because they always ask when your book is coming out, and I never had an answer.  But now that I do, I am a lot less hesitant to tell people about what I do.
C. S. Lewis ~ “You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I love this quote because I really relate to the sentiments behind it.  First of all, I am a big tea drinker and I love to read.  Just add a warm blanket and I’ll be all set.


Jane Austen ~ “It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.”  

I like this one!  It’s true, just like wine, we get better with age. 


J.R.R. Tolkien ~ “It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.”

So true, especially since I’m a big procrastinator.  If I never begin, I’ll never finish.


Helen Keller ~ “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

I truly believe that when one door closes, God always opens another door.  This quote is so true…many times we are looking at the loss in life and not seeing the beauty of what God is bringing to our lives. 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid…Although thoughts of the Bible remained in the far recesses of her mind, they came unbidden to her now.  Not understanding this sudden resurgence of God’s voice, she tried to push it back.  The shifting of the small form sleeping near her side interrupted these quiet musings.

Sophie looked at Anastasia and smiled.  She cared for this child, but she kept fighting off these motherly feelings.  Prepared for a student-teacher bond, especially working one on one, such emotions caught her off guard.  She felt a growing attachment to the child, even in these few weeks, and she knew her little Miss sensed the connection as well.

Emptiness filled her heart with a longing to communicate with God, but in her present spiritual state, that void remained unmet.  In the deepest depths of her spirit, she knew where to turn, but stubbornness, and more importantly, a deep sorrow, halted any progress in her relationship with the Father.

“You’re very deep in thought.”

That statement brought Sophie back into the moment. “Um…yes, I guess so.” 

Much to her relief, Sebastian courteously let the subject go. Instead, he surged ahead with a safe topic, Anastasia.  “She’s out like a light, almost right after lunch.  I didn’t expect her to get so winded. We’ve only been out for a little over an hour.”

“I think she just needs some time.  She’s not used to such an active day.  But I know she enjoyed it.”  Sophie gazed at her young charge. “She’s so precious.”

“Yes, she is.  My father decided to stay in England for now because he heard such glowing reports of his granddaughter’s new tutor.”

“Oh, so he was coming to check up on me?”

“I guess so.  He dotes on Ana more than me.”

“No, that’s not possible,” Sophie teased.

“Sophie Baird, I must say that you are indeed most refreshingly down to earth. You're much different than most of the high society ladies I associate with here and in England.”

“Thank you,” she responded quietly.  “That’s the nicest compliment I’ve had in a while, and I don’t think you give them out easily.”

“You’re right, I don’t.”

Sophie put his words in the bank of her heart and savored them. She remained quiet for a while and stared out at the serene lake. Basking in the warmth of the sun, she ventured to ask, “Where does your property line run along the lake?”

“All around.”

Sophie looked back in surprise.

“I own the lake.”

“Oh. That’s nice,” she replied lamely, remembering one of her mum’s lectures on social graces.  Anastasia sat up suddenly. “I’m sorry, did I wake you?”

Wiping the sleepiness from her eyes, Anastasia shook her head. “No, I just woke up.” She looked around.  “Are we at the house yet?”

“Almost, my dear,” Sebastian responded.  “Just lay back and relax. We’ll be there soon.”

“No.” Her firm tone startled both adults, and they leaned close, waiting for her to continue.  “I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to say it so loud.”  She paused, and Sophie instinctively knew the child needed to share something important.  “I want to tell you both something. I know I am getting better.  I prayed about it.  God healed me.” She stopped, almost waiting for an argument.  When no debate came, Anastasia settled into the crook of her father’s arm.  He and Sophie both acknowledged their support.  The rest of the boat ride continued in an unspoken, agreed upon silence.

Mr. Shipley's Governess

By: Joanne Troppello
Published By:
Wild Horse Press
Nov 09, 2010

Word Count: 71,400 

Price: $5.99

Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Rocket

Purchase link:

I recently came across a great online resource ~ The Reading Room (, which is “a community of book readers, book people, book clubs, bestsellers and online sharing of great books to read.”

It’s free to join this community and for book enthusiasts, there are several benefits:

~ Create an online profile

~ Find people with similar reading interests

~ Start or join a reading group

~ Create a bookshelf with books you’re reading or want to read

~ Recommend books

~ Read for free (part or whole) books that are out of print and publisher approved

I was invited to have my two books, Shadowed Remembrances and Mr. Shipley’s Governess, listed on this site.  Authors also join this community and utilize their membership as a way to communicate with readers and network with people.   
Beth Shriver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska and is presently in a graduate program at TWU.  She worked as a case worker for Boulder County Department of Social Services before starting a family.  Beth free-lanced for local papers in her area and wrote columns and devotionals for magazines.  She has two children. Beth currently lives in Texas after a career move from Colorado.  She writes in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction. 


Peace for Parents of Teens
This grace-filled devotional offers parents the assurance that God is in the midst of their family and will guide them and their children through the teenage years.

Find this book on amazon ~

How is the book structured?

Each week of this devotional has a topic.  Each day of the week there is a verse of encouragement, a question, and a prayer that you can pour over your child.  That nugget of peace will help get you through the night knowing you’ve called on God and covered your teen with hope.  A tie-in paragraph addresses some of the struggles teens are dealing with today.  Peace for Parents of Teens can also be used as a parent-teen meditation if and when the teen is willing.  Parents can choose whether to answer the questions themselves or to think about how their teen might answer.  The questions are designed to personalize the verse and prayer, so use these tools to best fit your approach.

Why will readers enjoy the book?
I hope this book will help lead parents to God for assurance and that their teen is drawn in as well.  If their year was spent strengthening their bond with their teen, I hope the issues addressed in this book prepares them for some things they might be dealing with.

What has been the most effective marketing move for your books?
Unlike my fiction books this one sells itself.  There is such a need for parents to have this kind of resource; people are already readily searching for this type of comfort.

How much of your book is based on real-life situations you encountered, either as a parent or as a social worker/psychologist?
When my daughter was going through hardships, I wanted desperately to find encouragement to give me peace of mind before I laid my head down each night; something to help me feel that I wasn’t a bad mother and that my daughter wasn’t a bad child; comfort that let me know God was there in our midst and that He was seeing us through this storm.  These devotionals provided just that—unconditional peace of mind.

What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you?  What do you struggle with?  Explain.
I love the idea of a new project, creating the set-up and seeing it evolve into a full fledged story or in this case a devotional.

This isn’t a fiction book where you can hide yourself in what you write into the story.  For this book the struggle was exposing me and my daughter to the struggles we went through.

What is the last book you read that moved you?  How did it affect you?
I recently read Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller.  I loved his journey and relationship with the Lord.  It was refreshing to hear such honesty and realism.

What are you working on now?
I just completed a YA titled Kentucky Dreams:

Benford Peavey is a hard working young man with big dreams.  He’s a grunt at Churchill Downs, no one notices him yet.  But once he gets rid the bullies, his mean uncle to leave him alone, and an even angrier boss off his tail, he'll be someone no one forgets, especially Samantha who knows he’s special already.


Everyone has a unique life situation, but as authors, we all have one main goal in mind ~ to keep writing and selling our books. 

Maybe you are a full-time author and have 6 + hours a day to write and market your books.  Not every author is blessed with that much time in their day to devote to their passion of writing.  You might have a full-time job and can only allocate a small portion of your day to writing.  I remember when I was working full-time, I could only work on my books during my lunch hour and then later on in the evening when I came home; however, after I got married, I had to cook dinner and clean up and spend time with my hubby and by the time that was all done, I didn’t have much energy to write. 

Now, I’m a freelance writer and I work from home, so I have more time to write.  Others are stay at home moms and their children are their first priority and they need to find time in between taking care of the little ones and other household duties, to write.  Some of you are also moms and you work a full-time job.  Your schedule is just as busy and sometimes it could be difficult to find time to write.

So how do we, as authors, come to a specific plan for our own situations that enables us all to be the prolific authors we hope to be?

1.      Take a good look at your own unique situation and figure out the best time management plan to keep writing and marketing your books.

2.      Look at what other authors are doing, but don’t get overwhelmed if you can’t produce as much work as they are doing.  Every situation is different.

3.      Set goals for yourself ~ immediate, short-term and long-term and write them down; then get an accountability partner (family, friend or fellow writer) to help keep you accountable.

4.      Find a balance between your marketing time and your actual writing time.  It’s a great thing to market your own work, but if you spend too much time marketing and not enough time writing more books; soon you won’t have anything left to market.

5.      Keep reading ~ find authors that you really like and admire their work and read their latest books.  This will allow you to always hone your writing craft and you’ll also get a needed break from the creative processes.

6.      Throughout this process, there will be times when you will need to force yourself to sit down at your computer and write.  You may not be inspired, but you must write ~ keep writing and the inspiration will come.

7.      Discipline yourself in each of these steps and never give up.  If your passion is to write, then you need to write every day.  Success will follow if you persevere and don’t get out when the kitchen gets too hot and adversity comes.  Take all the criticism and rejection letters and bad reviews and know that if you keep going, soon the good reviews and awesome opportunities will come your way!
JoAnn Carter writes stories that will encourage your faith through inspirational fiction novels and novellas.  She resides in Vermont with her wonderful husband and four children.

JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, womens' ministries events, school events, and church retreats.  To learn more about her writing ministry, or to contact her please visit her web site.

How to find JoAnn on the Web:

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Teacher's Plans ~

When Amanda Manning, an exhausted, short-handed special education teacher, is given an assistant, things don't turn out as she planned.  Her new assistant is anything but what Amanda expected—most strikingly, a male.

Tracy Atkins secured a job as a teacher's assistant, but will he be able to secure the hand of the woman he is falling in love with?  Especially when she finds out about the secret he is hiding?

Come join their adventure as both Amanda and Tracy learn that God's plans are far better than their own.  (Jeremiah 29:11)


Mary Manner's said, “JoAnn Carter weaves a lovely romance that will sweep readers away from the very first page.

When Amanda's new teaching assistant, Tracy, causes her heart to sing...romance blooms.  Two faith-filled people following God's call begin a journey of twists and turns that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

JoAnn Carter never fails to please.  As a middle-school teacher, I especially enjoyed the way Ms. Carter wove the aspects of a school year into the chapters.

Don't miss
Teacher's Plans...plan on reading it and enjoy the ride!"

Available as both an e-book and as a paperback.

Daniella ~

When Harrison Beckman meets his father’s secretary, Daniella Duncan, she’s shy and self-conscious.  Harrison, however, is determined to get to know her better. Before he gets to do that a rival comes along to steal Dani’s heart as quickly and thoroughly as the company’s contracts, which have been disappearing.

As the mystery unfolds, Harrison has to fight for the woman he loves, even though this means crossing swords with his father and his determined adversary.  Will Harrison be able to find the love that could await them or will it be too late?


Marianne Evans said, "Daniella is a tale of hope for every person who has ever doubted themselves - for any reason.  "Daniella" affirms the truth that love sees beyond all things - and that God, and the man of her dreams, love her just as she is, and without condition.

There's suspense here as well - corporate intrigue and machinations that keep the pages turning, yet never lead the reader away from a wonderful romance.  I love the fact that the hero, Harrison, who is handsome and successful, is completely attuned to a God Daniella seeks - but not with a fullness of heart and belief.  Further, she doubts Harrison would ever be able to see past her size to the heart beneath.  But he does!

I strongly recommend this heart felt and heart warming romance from the skilled pen of JoAnn Carter."

(Also available to purchase at White Rose Publishing, Amazon, and B&N: Smuggler of the Heart, By the Book, and Sweet Rest)


Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?

Some people seem to be born with a pen in their hands and have written for as long as they can remember.  That’s not the case with me.  In fact if my Jr. High teacher’s knew how much I enjoy writing now- well, let’s just say I’m sure they would get a kick out of it.

In 1996 my husband (a Youth Pastor) and I discovered we were going to have our first child.  I knew as I stopped working as an LPN and transitioned into motherhood, I’d be home alone many nights.  It was then, without ever having tackled anything like it, I wrote my first manuscript with the desire to encourage others as I have been.

What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?  (Daniella)

While in the middle of writing this story, I heard the song MIRROR MIRROR by Barlow Girl on the radio.  As I listened to the lyrics, it hit me how many women like Dani, (the heroine in DANIELLA) struggles with self-image.

As the plot develops, and Dani comes to the realization God loves her the way he made her.  I had to be honest and ask myself, "Do I believe that?"  It’s easy for me to nod my head while I’m writing this, but it’s another story when I’m standing in one of those dinky changing rooms try to find a bathing suit for the summer!

Accepting myself is sometimes a daily struggle.  In the same way this story has challenged me, as you experience Dani’s growth reading this book, it’s my prayer that it will draw you closer to God as well.  (If you’d like to hear Mirror Mirror, click onto this link: )

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

I think I tend to do a blend of both.

What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?

I think it's for the project that I'm working on right now.  I've been researching the early 1920's.  People, times, the history of War they lived through, medicine, and such.  It's been fascinating.

Where do you go to do your research?

We have a great little library with lots of DVD's and tapes.  I also went to a museum that houses the steamboat, Ticonderoga where my story is set.  Then of course there's the Internet.  What a blessing this nifty tool is!

Are you currently working on any new book projects?

As I mentioned above, I'm working on a series of Historical/Inspirational Romances. I have a contract for three books with Desert Breeze Publishing.  The first book is due out July 15, 2010.  Want to take a peek?

Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book?  Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?

Hmm.  I recently wrote this post for my blog.  I hope you won't mind my sharing it here...

Following a Dream...
Perhaps you've written one story—or a hundred—but I think we've all reach times when we feel like we're at the end of our rope and want to give up, or at least question will I ever sell this book?!

I know I've been there, even quite recently.  I kept waiting for news—good news—not the pile of growing rejection slips.  But it wasn't happening.  Even worse, I found that instead of focusing on the joy of writing I had become side tracked.  Somewhere along the line, my goals had shifted from enjoying the writing process to making a sale.  Instead of rejoicing with my friends over a contract awarded, I began to cringe and wonder will my turn ever come?  That's when I knew something was wrong—dreadfully wrong.  Where did the love for writing—not to mention my fellow writers—go?

It wasn't until I hit this place, going full speed mind you, that I realized God was up to something.  Whether I was ever offered another contract or not, He was using this time to tenderly teach me some hard lessons.

1.      Love: I can't let the rejection letter's pull me down.  Instead, I need to embrace to love of writing.  Write for the love the craft and out of my love for the Lord.

2.      Hope: With each new proposal I send out, I'm not going to give up on hope. Writing is fickle.  What one person loves, another may reject.  It’s about finding the right person as God allows.  You never know when a window or door will open.

3.      Patience: Writing has stretched me in areas of patience.  Instead of cringing over the length of time a publisher is holding my story, I can use this time to work on another project.

4.      Joy: I don't want to loose the joy of my project and get bogged down with the passing of time.  Instead, I'll choose to enjoy each and every moment of this growing process and seek out lessons that the Lord wants me to learn

5.      Peace: This gives me great peace...knowing as I alluded to above, if God wants my story published; it will in be--in His good and perfect timing.

6.      Kindness: It's now always easy showing kindness to folks who criticize your work. (I'm not referring to the helpful edits that editors do, rather the general remarks that are made, which make you feel like your manuscript is only fit for the trash.)  I have found in writing, I need to have thick skin.  I'll glean what I can from their comments, perhaps they have a valid point(s)—but if that's not the case, I'm choosing to let their personal opinion go.  After all, what is one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Did you ever think God could use the writing process to help us learn more about the Fruits of the Spirit?  What a totally creative and awesome God we serve!  Don't grow weary in your writing.  Instead, let’s choose today to do our best for the Lord—and allow Him to accomplish His purposes in our lives.

Best wishes on your personal writing success.

How have your friends and family received your career as an author?  Are they supportive?
I have a wonderful family that is so supportive!  Although the "romance genre" isn't popular in a household full of males, they still are proud of me, their mother and wife, for pursing my dreams.  I get such a kick out if it when my sons tell their English teachers that I am an author and that I could come and speak to the class if they'd like.  Friends and family truly are a blessing for those days when the road seems so long and dark.
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