News! News!

It’s been an exciting few weeks around the West house. In addition to the usual family stuff and writing, I’ve been super busy with edits. That’s right. This girl has new release coming in October!

Covered is a new adult romance novella. If you love sweet romance, motorcycles clubs, and proverbial knights in shining armor, this one is for you. I had so much fun writing this one, and the hero is totally swoon-worthy. *happy sigh*

In other news, Pelican Book Group gave me a contract for an inspirational romance novel! Tentatively titled Redeeming Honor, this book is one of my favorites. How do a yarn-creating heroine and a hero from Afghanistan sound?

Yeah, it’s a little different, but these characters and this story captured my heart. At some point, probably next year, they’ll capture yours, too. Oh, I can’t wait for you to meet Meghan and Basir!

You can keep up with all the latest on my  Facebook page and Twitter. Also, did you know I’m on Instagram? You should totally check it out and give me a follow. *wink*

Book Spotlight – I do? – Or do I? by Karen King

Please welcome Karen King to The West Corner! She’s here today with her new chick lit novel, I do? – Or do I?

I Do... or Do I? cover artBook Description

Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.

The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancé, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.

Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question – Who Will She Choose?

Excerpt

Jared must have seen the panic in her eyes because he quickly composed himself and shook Sylvia’s hand. ‘Delighted to meet you. And this must be the bride-to-be.’ He smiled at Cassie as if he’d never met her before. Never held her in his arms, kissed her, made love to her, promised that he’d love her forever and then walked out on her.

She’d often imagined seeing Jared again, wondered how she’d react. Now it all came flooding back and all she could do was remember how utterly devastated she’d felt when he’d walked out on her.

Get a grip, Cassie told herself. That was years ago. You’re over it now. You’re marrying Timothy. Jared is history.

She was suddenly aware that Jared was holding out his hand to her and Sylvia was watching her curiously. She forced a smile on her face and shook his hand, desperately hoping she showed no sign that his touch still made her tingle.

‘Miss Tyler,’ he said smoothly.

‘Call me Cassie,’ she told him. ‘Sorry I kept you waiting.’

‘Not a problem.’

How she wished she’d arrived on time. Jared used to tease her about being late. He probably thought she was still as ditzy as she was back then. If only she’d put on one of her power suits instead of a maxi dress, then she would have looked sophisticated and professional. Like she’d changed; which she had.

Oh God, she was still holding his hand. What must Sylvia think? She quickly removed her hand, tore her gaze from those big brown eyes, and tried to act as if her body wasn’t zinging at his touch. Just like it always had.

‘Take a seat, ladies, and tell me exactly what sort of photographs you’re looking for.’ He glanced down at his notes. ‘I see that the wedding is only two months away.’

‘Yes, we decided against a long engagement,’ Sylvia replied as if she was the bride. She sat down in one of the plush dark brown chairs and indicated for Cassie to take the other seat. ‘Timothy and Cassandra got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we thought a summer wedding would be lovely. Especially when we managed to secure Hollington Castle,’ she paused to make sure this announcement had the desired effect.

Jared nodded, looking suitably impressed, and Sylvia continued, ‘I know it’s short notice but Daniel assured me you’d be able to fit us in.’ She was letting him know that she was on first name terms with the director of the company.

Jared nodded again. ‘We’ve had a cancellation for that date, so yes, we can accommodate you both.’ His gaze flicked to Cassie then back to Sylvia. ‘Would you like a cup of coffee while we discuss the arrangements?’

‘Thank you. Black with no sugar, please.’

Jared raised an eyebrow questioningly at Cassie. ‘And for you, Cassie?’

‘Black with no sugar for me too, please,’ she replied. That would surprise him. She always used to have white coffee with two sugars. The Cassie he used to know had a sweet tooth. At least that was one thing that had changed. Except it hadn’t, really, she was only drinking black coffee to make sure she could get into her wedding dress. Well, to be honest she was drinking black coffee in front of Timothy and his mother because they would frown and remind her about needing to get into the wedding dress. When they weren’t around she still took her coffee with milk and sugar. She thought longingly of the iced mocha she’d be enjoying with Sam later.

Jared pressed the intercom and asked the receptionist to bring in the coffees, then he leant forward, linked his hands under his chin, and gave Cassie the benefit of his full attention. Devastating. She quickly averted her gaze. ‘Now, tell me about the wedding,’ he said. ‘It’s important that I get a feel of the atmosphere you’re trying to create so I know what tone to set with the photos. We aim to be professional but not intrusive. And please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. We want our clients to be completely happy and relaxed on their special day. We won’t take offence at all if you decide that we aren’t the right photographers for you.’

You’re not! Cassie’s mind was screaming. You’re the very last person I want as my photographer. Ever. For a moment she feared she’d uttered the words aloud, but Sylvia was now talking to Jared, so clearly it was all in her head

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I do? – Or do I? is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and Waterstones.

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About the Author

photo of author Karen KingA member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. ‘I DO – or Do I?’ is her first chick lit for Accent Press. She has been contracted for two more.

Karen has had two other romance novels, several short stories for women’s magazine and 120 children’s books published.

When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.

Connect with Karen Online

Website: http://www.karenking.net/

Twitter: @karen_king

Karen King Romance Author Facebook Page

Karen King Children’s Books Facebook Page

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/karenkingauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenkingauthor/?hl=en

Book Spotlight – The Debutante Bride by Wendy May Andrews

The Debutante Bride cover art

Please welcome author Wendy May Andrews to The West Corner! She’s here today to share an excerpt from her new Regency romance, The Debutante Bride.

The Debutante Bride cover artBook Description

Miss Elizabeth Dunseith, Beth to her friends, grew up in genteel poverty, happy despite her abusive father and weak mother. When her father sells her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his gambling debts, she fears what her future will hold but is relieved to get away from home with her new, handsome husband.

Lord Justin Fulton, Earl of Westfield, is confused by the contradictory behavior of his purchased bride. One moment she is haughty and cool, the next she is warm and endearing. When his sister refuses to help establish his new bride in Society, Justin turns to a friend’s wife to show Beth the best way to navigate the politics of the ton.

Their growing attraction just seems to confuse matters even further. Will these two be able to see past their differences to make it to happily ever after?

Excerpt

As she came to wakefulness, Beth held herself very still, momentarily surprised to find herself in a strange bed, but then it all rushed back into her consciousness. She was a married lady. A countess at that. And she had only met her husband thirty-six hours before.

The thrill of freedom flowed through her as she reminded herself once more that she would never again have to return to the house she grew up in unless she so chose. Of course, she would want to see her mother again, but she allowed herself to bask in the contentment she was experiencing. She wiggled her toes and stretched her arms, reveling in the new sensation.

The unknown factor of her new husband was obviously of concern, but so far he had been remarkably even tempered. She would even go so far as to describe him as kind, at least what she had seen of him in their short acquaintance. Beth could not decide how she felt about how handsome he was. He was deliciously attractive, but she was unsure if that could be trusted. No doubt other women would find it to be a point in his favor.

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The Debutante Bride is available from Amazon and other online retailers.

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About the Author

photo of author Wendy May AndrewsWendy May Andrews has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. This is Wendy’s third book with Clean Reads.

Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favorite travel companion.

Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, on twitter or Facebook.

Connect with Wendy Online

Website: www.wendymayandrews.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendyMayAndrews

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WendyMayAndrews

Instagram: @wendymayandrews

Guest Post – Author Wendy May Andrews

Please welcome author Wendy May Andrews to The West Corner!

What I’ve learned since becoming an author

While I was writing my first book, I had no idea how much I didn’t know. I knew I had a lot to learn, but I thought it was all to do with craft – how to create more believable characters, deepen conflict, engage the reader. Yes, all that is, of course, very important, I would even say the most important, but after that book got a contract and I continued to write more books, I found out what else I needed to learn.

As an author, the writing is just the beginning. First there’s the editing. I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know what Track Changes was! My first set of edits had to be done twice because of that (sigh). It also turns out that I have a HUGE comma weakness. I have had to read scores of articles about the proper use of the comma. My first line editor nearly quit on me due to my lack of commas. Editors are a writer’s best ally.

I had also never been into social media before so figuring out Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tsu all posed various levels of frustration. Thankfully they are reasonably user friendly and I am slowly getting hooked on each and every one of them. Previously, I couldn’t understand articles I would read about the need to limit your time online chatting. Now I get it and am starting to look into various apps that will cut off your online access for predetermined lengths of time – another lovely invention for writers!

My most recent technological education was with Rafflecopter. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a means for getting people to perform various tasks in order to be entered to win a prize. Tasks can be as simple as answering a poll or signing up to follow me on Twitter. Rafflecopter.com is remarkably user friendly, but unfortunately, while I was trying to set it up I was also dealing with computer problems (double sigh). But it is finally all set and ready to go. If you’d like to check it out and enter to win a $25 Amazon card, visit my website.

I never would have thought being an author would be so educational. But it really is the best job ever! I can’t wait to see what I’m going to learn tomorrow, next week, next month, next year…

About the Author

photo of author Wendy May AndrewsWendy May Andrews has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. This is Wendy’s third book with Clean Reads.

Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favorite travel companion.

Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, on twitter or Facebook.

Connect with Wendy Online

Website: www.wendymayandrews.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendyMayAndrews

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WendyMayAndrews

Instagram: @wendymayandrews

The Debutante Bride cover artBook Description

Miss Elizabeth Dunseith, Beth to her friends, grew up in genteel poverty, happy despite her abusive father and weak mother. When her father sells her to the highest bidder in order to pay off his gambling debts, she fears what her future will hold but is relieved to get away from home with her new, handsome husband.

Lord Justin Fulton, Earl of Westfield, is confused by the contradictory behavior of his purchased bride. One moment she is haughty and cool, the next she is warm and endearing. When his sister refuses to help establish his new bride in Society, Justin turns to a friend’s wife to show Beth the best way to navigate the politics of the ton.

Their growing attraction just seems to confuse matters even further. Will these two be able to see past their differences to make it to happily ever after?

The Debutante Bride is available from Amazon and other online retailers.

Book Spotlight – The Crux of Honor by Paula Mowery

Please welcome Paula Mowery back to The West Corner! She’s here today to share an excerpt of her inspirational romance, The Crux of Honor.

The Crux of Honor cover artBook Description

Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

Excerpt

Chelsea Wilson stared at Samuel’s face as he repeated his apology. The small town campus bustled in the background.

“Chelsea, I’m sorry. I’m ready to go back and join the Amish church and be baptized.”

She nodded as tears slid down her cheeks. Her pulse strummed in her ears.

He grasped her hand and leaned closer. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t be together. Come back with me. It’s not unheard of…”

“No.” Her voice was low, almost a whisper. She studied his plain clothes. “Samuel, I think down deep we both knew this day would come. You never fit here, and I would never fit there.”

“You will hate me, ja?” His Amish accent crooned.

“No. I respect your heart-felt decision. I can see it in your eyes. It’s what’s right for you.”

“And you? What is right for you?” Honesty poured from his big brown eyes.

“I’m not sure.”

“You will find your way. Trust God.” He pulled her head to his chest and wrapped his arms around her back. She leaned into his embrace for a moment and then backed away. He replaced his black felt hat atop his head, nodded, and marched toward the junior college parking lot.

A stream of tears blurred his silhouette. Chelsea planted her face in her hands, thankful for the concrete bench under her to keep her from sinking to the ground. How could she be so stupid? Her mother had warned her to stop fraternizing with a young man on Rumpspringa. When she refused, her mother had kicked her out of the family home. Chelsea couldn’t help chuckling at her mother’s rich vocabulary. Fraternizing and banished. Why did her mother have to be right? As small as the town of Integrity, Tennessee, was, Mother would discover the news of her break-up by nightfall.

She wrapped her arms around her waist. I can’t sit here feeling sorry for myself. She swiped her cheeks with the backs of her hands and rose to her feet. Draping her book bag over her shoulder, she shuffled toward the library. She would focus on studying for her final exam. There was plenty of time to cry her eyes out later, alone, in her tiny rented room.

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The Crux of Honor is available from Amazon.
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About the Author

photo of author Paula MoweryPaula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.

Guest Post – Author Paula Mowery

Please welcome author Paula Mowery to The West Corner!

The editor-in-chief at Prism Book Group put out a call to the authors through our private Facebook group for submissions to a series based on The Love Chapter. She printed out the passage and basically the different phrases were up for grabs as to be the theme for the story. I had my eye on one phrase but missed out on that one. I decided that I could come up with a story based on the section: “Love does not dishonor.”

God brought to mind my time living in Maryland near the Amish and their honorable ways. This is when my story started to take form. What if someone with Amish ties were to bring dishonor to the family? What if the supposed dishonor actually revealed long-concealed lies?

My next thought was about an unexpected pregnancy being the ultimate dishonor in the story. I recalled my time as a devotional leader at our local Pregnancy Crisis Center. Conjuring bitter feelings to portray through my characters wasn’t difficult. When God afforded me the opportunity to serve at the pregnancy center, I was definitely conflicted. These girls had become pregnant, many by accident. As a young woman I struggled with infertility and harbored ill feelings toward those who found themselves in unexpected pregnancies. But as I got to know these women and heard their stories, I realized I was wrong. What I needed to show them was God’s unconditional love, available to all.

Thus, the reader will encounter some Amish parts as well as a precious Pregnancy Crisis Center ran by loving Christian women. There are also some medical conditions that reflect research into the Amish community. Of course a romance buds within the pages of the reunion/second chance type.

My ultimate hope is that the reader will encounter an unconditional love available from God within the pages of this short romance.

About the Author

photo of author Paula MoweryPaula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.

Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.

The Crux of Honor cover artBook Description

Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

Guest Post – Author Anne Garboczi Evans

Please welcome author Anne Garboczi Evans to The West Corner!

5 Tips for Writing Christian Fiction Without Being Preachy

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There’s nothing wrong with preachy Christian fiction. There’s certainly a market for it and I know some lovely readers who devour it as well as some talented authors who write it.

If your target audience isn’t people who have attended church for decades, making your Christian fiction preachy will drop your sales number faster than a lead balloon. My target audience is millennials and as a whole they never even flip the cover of Christian fiction. By using the strategies I’ve outlined below, I hope to change that.

1. Show Don’t Tell Your Faith

Show don’t tell, it’s a classic writer admonition. Normally this admonition refers to using body language rather than telling the reader what the protagonist is feeling or other similar situations. The same caution applies though to the faith element of your stories. When your hero makes an ungodly choice, don’t let him monologue for a paragraph about his sins. Even better, allow your heroine to go for chapters on end without feeling repentant at all. Instead, use the progression of the chapters to show how that sinful choice didn’t work out so great for her. After all, isn’t that how things happen in real life? If I instantly felt repentant for every sinful choice I made, I’d be fully sanctified by now. Newsflash, I’m not.

2. Make Prayers Poignant

I’ve read a lot of preachy Christian fiction and thoroughly enjoyed quite a few of those novels. A recurring theme in preachy Christian fiction is prayer. A lot of prayer. Often times the heroine spends more time talking to God than to the hero.

Prayer is a crucial part of the Christian life since it is how we communicate with God. I certainly believe in the power of prayer, and every year I age, my prayer list expands. But there’s nothing to turn a novel preachy faster than page after page of prayers. I include prayer in all my Christian fiction, but I usually stick to one, maybe two in the entire novel. The prayer often isn’t longer than a sentence. Perhaps two sentences max. But I place that one short prayer in an epic moment where the reader will never forget it.

If you want to write non-preachy fiction that still contains a powerful Christian message, don’t make prayer the filler material in the dialogue of your book. Make prayer the climax, something that happens at a pivotal moment in your book. Your reader might not even believe in prayer, but they’re going to pay attention to that prayer.

3. Let Your Characters Sin

A lot. Don’t write an Elsie Dinsmore style heroine who’s worst failing is, just once, considering speaking in a curt voice to her friend. To avoid a preachy novel, let your characters manifest all the attitude, anger, jealousy and bad decision-making that fallen people do. No one can argue that protagonists sinning isn’t realistic. We all sin every day. Another advantage of heeding this advice is it leaves a lot of room for character growth. Letting your protagonist change throughout the novel rather than starting out in starched-white splendor, allows you to subtly show a lot of inspiring messages.

4. Make Your Protagonists’ View of God Change Throughout the Story.

Perhaps your heroine doesn’t believe in God, hates the idea of a Divine Being, or is a Wiccan? Maybe your hero thinks he doesn’t have time for God? The most natural way to introduce spiritual themes is by having your characters’ espouse beliefs contrary to Christianity. You can’t be considered preachy if your hero launches into an intellectual debate on why he’s a Buddhist. You can bring up some fascinating Christian points though as the hero struggles to defend that decision in his own mind. Using this technique also forces you as an author to defend why you believe what you believe and gives you the opportunity to read some awesome apologetics books.

5. Don’t Give Cookie Cutter Answers

Make the reader think. Don’t let your hero fix everything with a Sunday School answer such as “be more generous”, “don’t yell at people”, or “be more forgiving.” Let your heroine struggle and sweat through her decisions. Give him and her time to agonize over their decisions and show just how high the personal cost will be if they do choose to embrace change.

Even in the ending, don’t make your protagonists do the absolute perfect thing. Allow their weaknesses to shine through. Don’t make your protagonists angels just because they converted or had an encounter with God. Not only is such a radical flip of personality preachy, it’s not true to life. We all bring our own quirks, flaws, and failures into daily life.

On the other hand, don’t take this technique too far. The movie version of My Fair Lady is an example of taking this technique way too far. In the movie, Henry Higgins, a rich professor, is trying to teach Eliza Doolittle how to speak English like an elite lady rather than using the accent of the poorer classes. Throughout the movie, Professor Higgins is misogynistic and rude to Eliza. The ending suggests that Eliza and Professor Higgins marry. Yet, in the last line of the movie, Professor Higgins is still unbearably rude to Eliza.

Don’t end a novel like that. Rather, allow one of your protagonist’s more endearing weaknesses to shine through. Perhaps a character who overcame a social phobia in the climax of the novel, could still allow their introverted side to show in the ending. Or perhaps a crotchety protagonist who learns to love others throughout the novel could end the book with a self-deprecating joke that shows he still does have a snarky side.

Readers, what situations or scenarios make you think a novel has turned too preachy for your tastes? Authors, what do you do to ensure you are making readers think about spiritual concepts rather than handing them cookie cutter solutions?

About the Author

photo of author Anne EvansAnne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor, military spouse, author, and mama to an opinionated little preschooler named “Joe-Joe.”

Find out more about Anne and her writing on her blog.