Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Dawn Crandall

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancĂ© is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


           BOOK THREE

                                               THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER   


1 - Have you read book one - The Hesitant Heiress?  2 - Have you read book two - The Bound Heart?        


 Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband, her three cats [Lilly, Pumpkin and Clover] and their newest addition, a little baby boy named Rhett (March 2014).

A former bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn didn't begin writing until her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit her job in 2010 in order to focus on writing her first book, The Hesitant Heiress. It didn't take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.

Dawn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter.

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     Dawn Crandall continues to bring Historical Romantic Suspense alive to her readers. THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER is just one more of her works that makes this reader impatient for the next one. The story begins  in Portland, Maine in 1881, which happens to be one of my favorite eras. It moves to EVERSTON in central Maine.
      Nothing like one of the elite masquerading as a companion to set the stage for some deliciously tense moments for Ms Crandall's heroine. The hero doesn't see himself enamored by someone of the higher level of society, but yet, is drawn to the companion who gets left to fend for herself.
     Characters, description, setting, dialogue, plot. . .all drawn with expressive word painting that added to the twists and turns of events keeps one turning pages well into the night. 

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Journey's To Joy presents ~ First ever novella ~ LOVE COMES CALLING

Allow me to introduce to you the featured author for 
April 7th through  April 13th



Deborah, how did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
 I actually wrote this novella years ago for a publisher who put out anthologies. They had advertised about four different themes they would be accepting submissions for. I selected one called “A well-kept secret,” wrote the book on about six months, and submitted on the first day they were scheduled to accept them. The next day, I received an email explaining they had decided not to publish that particular anthology. Shortly after, I heard they weren’t doing anthologies at all, anymore.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
 I usually write romantic suspense, and I do because it’s my favorite genre to read. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll read most any genre, if there’s an interesting story to it, but I really like a romantic element to what I read (and write). I also really enjoy suspense. But this novella is pure romance. As explained above, I always like to have a romantic element in anything I read or write. Also, my answer to the previous question had much to do with why Love Comes Calling is solely romance.
I have future plans for some nonfiction books, movie scripts and a TV series, but I can’t speak yet for how I balance them, because I haven’t gotten that far, yet.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
 I believe a lifetime of reading has sparked my love for books. From that sprung the desire to write.

What did you enjoy most about writing this novella?
The characters’ interactions. It’s always about the characters for me, because that’s where all the fun is, as far as I’m concerned.

How did you come to know the Lord?
It’s funny, because I don’t remember the Lord not being in my life, yet, I wasn’t always saved. I grew up Catholic, attending Catholic school, but they didn’t teach about a relationship with Him. I think I must have picked up on the right things they did teach, and just naturally developed one with Him on my own. When my sister, who had just gotten saved herself, explained about salvation to me, I knew it was the truth, so I then accepted Christ into my heart.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
As a new Christian, I never knew there were Christian books out there. When I found a small rotating rack (Choice Books) full of them in my local supermarket, I was both astonished and overjoyed. There were some books there written by Grace Livingston Hill. Now, granted, she wrote those books years ago, but they seemed to be ahead of their time. There were stories that touched on pornography, crime, alcoholism, infidelity, to name a few. But reading those books inspired me to begin my writing, knowing I could incorporate faith into such stories.
Another author, Sally John, is my mentor. In my very early stages of learning, I read some of her books, and contacted her through the publisher (this was just before the internet explosion). 
I told her how much I enjoyed her books, and that I was an aspiring writer. She so graciously wrote back, offering to take a look at my writing. From that time on, she has been a tremendous help to me. We have never met personally, as we live on extreme opposite sides of the country, but we have said that it will happen sometime.
That situation is not what normally happens, today. I just happened to be blessed by a truly kind and wonderful lady who is now my good friend and sister in Christ.

What are some day jobs that you’ve held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
For most of my employment years, I held secretarial positions. But what mattered is who those positions were with. Most of my career was spent working for our county’s Family Court. While there, I was even chosen to substitute for a clerk who sat in at hearings to write up docket sheets for the files (I’m really dating myself, here. They probably use computers, now). I really enjoyed that. After having my children, I worked part-time, mostly for attorneys. I think that helped me get into writing suspense.
What process did you go through to get your book published?
This novella had already been written years before, and just sitting there. I wrote it for a publisher who had advertised that they were going to be accepting submissions for novella’s to be put into four different anthologies. Each anthology had a specific theme. I chose to write for “a well-kept secret.” The day after I submitted, they emailed me, saying they decided not to publish that particular volume. Shortly after, they stopped putting out any anthology, at all. This was one of the most prominent publishers in the Christian genre.
Fast-forward to summer 2014. I heard Prism Book Group was running a contest. I don’t know what made me do it, but I decided to enter Love Comes Calling. I was one of three winners who were invited to submit the complete manuscript of their books, and, well, here I am with an e-book release of March 20th!

What do you like to read in your free time?
I read all kinds of things: First and foremost, I read my Bible every morning, and sometimes at other times throughout the day or evening. Then, in between all my household, wifely and motherly duties, I’ll read the newspaper, magazines here and there, nonfiction Christian books about how to apply Biblical principles to my life, and in fiction, mostly romantic suspense, but all other genres, too, as long as it has a good story.
What projects are you working on at present?
I have a few projects in the research stage, such as, two nonfiction books, a movie, and I have just begun writing a script for a TV series.

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I'm so excited to announce this is the first review posted to Journeys To Joy for a NOVELLA and it's so so worth the exposure!

LOVE COMES CALLING - a Contemporary Novella packs a whollop from the get-go. . .it's a 2-for-1 kind of story too. . Interesting connections between two different couples with an emphasis on FORGIVENESS and the REDEMPTIVE POWER in Christ. . .wowser this is a good story.
CHARACTERS - realistic, compelling
PLOT - well thought out - realistic
SETTINGS - interesting and real
EMOTIONAL - extremely well done - depth is amazing and then some. . .

ALL SO WELL WRITTEN! I can honestly say, once I started reading, I did NOT stop. . .didn't even get up to eat before I'd finished reading this story. Hard to believe it's not a full-length novel considering all that Deborah conveyed in these pages. I wholeheartedly promote LOVE COMES CALLING!

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PLEASE leave a comment. . .leave your email addy so I can contact you if you're one of two winners.

A LINK for purchasing LOVE COMES CALLING will be made available later in the week.

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