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Interview with Tammy L Gray

Thank you so much for willing to be interviewed!

1. What would you say inspired Mercy’s Fight?

Matt started as a secondary character in Splintered Oak (the third book in my Winsor series). When I told his story, I felt this deep longing that he needed his own happy ending. Matt still is my favorite hero I’ve ever written. So, as soon as I finished that book, I immediately started writing Mercy’s Fight. His character was so vivid in my mind that it was easy to find the right heroine and story for him.

2. Of all the books you have written, do you have a favorite? Or one that challenged you the most as a writer?

Each book I’ve written has things I love about it. Shattered Rose was my first book and very truthful to my own struggles, so that one will always hold a special place in my heart. Mercy’s Fight is my favorite storyline in that I really loved all the characters and the uniqueness of the plot. As for the most challenging, I would say my new YA novel that is currently unpublished. It took me the longest of any book to write and I had such a time of writing growth during that book that I can truly say I found my voice as a author. I hope to get that book out to all of you soon!

3. When writing NA fiction, what about the genre, would you say, makes it different from others?

NA is a beautiful period in a person’s life. He/She is often away from their parents for the first time and they truly discover who they are. There are new people and temptations and usually many mistakes are made. My own college experience shaped who I ended up becoming. But the very thing I love about this genre is what makes it flawed. So often the answer portrayed in these books is that a woman finds herself through sex or obsession with a man. I cannot express what a lie that is. Self-worth/value can only come from within and personally, I believe it only can come from God. So, I try to write stories that show the struggles of that season of life, but also expose the truth.

4. What authors would you say have influenced your writing?

My dear friend, Nicole Deese, has been a total inspiration to me. I wrote my first couple of books in a vacuum, and once I met her, she really challenged me to take my writing to a new level—to make every word matter and every sentence count. She also writes NA from a Christian worldview and has been a constant encouragement to stay true to our quest to bring honesty and truth to that genre.

5. Can you tell us what you’re working on next?

I have lots of projects going on right now! My next release will be a summer novella romance series that I’m writing with three other fabulous authors. It will release June 10th, so mark your calendars! I will also be starting a new 10 episode Kindle serial in August. Every month, a new episode will be released. I super excited about this project because I have centered the serial around five friends who have grown apart, but are challenged to mend those relationships with each other. And of course, there will be lots of romance!

Things are happening all the time, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter at tlgray.com or check out my page on Facebook.com/tlgraybooks. I’m also on twitter @tlgraybooks. Can’t wait to meet all of you!

Be sure and check out my review here. This book is only one of my favorites…ever…

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Jaye L Knight’s The King’s Scrolls

Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.

Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.

When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?

Review

The first book in this series was one of my favorites last year, so I, of course was thrilled to read this book. My thoughts:

What I liked:

It didn’t take me long to get back in the groove. Maybe it took me two chapters for me to remember everyone, but once I did I was not lost in the either the story, the setting, or the characters.

The plot. Things get intense. More people are introduced, but there was no sense of being overwhelmed. We get more of Kyrin’s family and I was very glad to see them. I will say not everything that takes place in the book is happy, but really that’s to be expected with the circumstances that they’re going through.

Dragons. At first I was like, now how is this going to work. It did. I’ve discovered I like dragons in my fantasy novels.

Spiritually, the novel again raises the idea of what would you be willing to suffer for Christ? And, it shows what real persecution looks like. To be honest, the spiritual aspect of the church almost reminds me of the early church in Acts where each word from the Lord was precious and standing up for Christ could be a death sentence.

What I didn’t like:

I was kind of disappointed with the romance. This is a bit of a personal preference. Unlike most book twos where the blossoming couple is separated, Jace and Kyrin are not separated. But, there interaction with each other is small. I believe there will be a book three and I just felt like if you read book one and then skipped book two and read book three, from a romance perspective you missed nothing. And I really wanted something.

Romantic scale: 5

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The writing was engaging and fun and sometimes intense. If you read book one and enjoyed it, you don’t want to miss this one!

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Monday Musings….Handsome Men

Lately I’ve found that I have become bored….with handsome heroes. I don’t know why, except that in just about every novel I read the hero is devastatingly handsome. I remember when I was in college and my cousin and I came across a picture of some handsome actor and she looked at me and said, ‘chances are our husbands won’t look like this.’

Let’s be honest people, we’re not all going to think our spouses are breathtaking from the moment we lay eyes on them. And frankly, I’ve walked enough of this earth (and hopefully you have to) to realize that we’re not all going to marry the most attractive guy in the room.

But that’s not to say that most men are not without their attractions. Maybe they’re just ordinary initially, but once you get to know them they become breathtaking. That, is the kind of book that I want to read. Frankly, it helps to get rid of the insta-love and lust that often happens in romance novels

And so, has anyone read any books where the hero is not described as super handsome? Any ordinary heroes out there? Anyone else tired of the handsome hero?