Today I’m thrilled to welcome my friend and award-winning author, Ruth Logan Herne. Anyone who meets Ruthy will immediately discover that she’s a bundle of energy and can give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. She’s here to talk about where she gets her story ideas and also, her latest Love Inspired release. There’s a giveaway too, so stick around.
I love writing romance and I am blessed to write delightful stories for multiple publishers… and folks are always asking “where do you get your ideas from?”
My dearest ones, that’s an easy one to answer these days!
I look around.
I look at the families I know, at the families I work with. I look at the statistics of marriages ending in divorce, of cities on their last legs and breathing feebly, of empty churches and quiet pews…
And there you go.
Stories are everywhere. They surround us, they’re part of every neighborhood, and every family. They’re prevalent now, and maybe they always were.
When we read the Bible or listen to scripture, I see a whole lot of the same things going on. Infidelity. Turning from God. Greed. Lust. Power-hungry. Anger…
But my stories and my goals are to take those angry moments, those dark sides, those people in the shadows and bring them into the joy of the light. The kindness of forgiveness. The tenderness of sacrificial love, because isn’t that what it’s all about? To love enough to make a sacrifice for another?
This absolutely beautiful, tender story was just released by Love Inspired… It’s available just about everywhere right now, and I’m so excited about that!
We’ve got a broken, grudge-holding family, with years of angst… and two little children, illegal immigrants left with their aunt… and when the mother is killed in Mexico, the aunt pretends to be their grandmother in order to get them the schooling and services they need. But when their preschool teacher recognizes the fraud, she’s required to report it… And in comes the hero, and the last thing he wants to do is go back to his hometown and deal with his workaholic mother… a quality she passed on to him.
Two children and a future in peril. A family broken. A teacher who does the right thing, and helps mend the broken fences of faith…
It’s a story about forgiveness and moving on. It’s a story about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes… and about success and caring and balance and faith, but mostly it’s a beautiful love story where two unlikely people are thrust together to provide temporary guardianship of orphaned children… and love broke through. When you least expected it, Cinderella got her prince and the bonus of two children needing love.
Broken families are my specialty, and writing stories that help women see the beauty and strength within themselves is my calling. God wants his people happy, and since he created romance by creating us, I want to celebrate the joy of that creation… by writing stories that everyone can identify with, the kind of stories we see in our neighborhoods, every day.
Well, except there might not be a plethora of rich, Wall Street business men in our neighborhoods. That’s the fiction part!
And right next to Their Surprise Daddy on the shelves are these two beautiful books, the first two books of my cowboy series “The Double S Ranch”…
They’ve just been released in mass market paperback size, and they’re sharing shelf space with my Love Inspired books!
Healing broken hearts and broken families begins where we know it should: forgiveness. Now no one ever said it was easy, because people can be crazy stubborn! But it’s so totally worth it.
Forgiveness, a command given by Christ for all his people… And the Easter season is the perfect time to put that command to good use.
We’ve got a lovely giveaway today. I have two books for you, a copy of “Their Surprise Daddy” from Love Inspired AND a copy of book one of the Double S Ranch series “Back in the Saddle”…
I’m so glad you stopped by… I brought fresh coffee and sweet tea and a beautiful batch of pastel frosted sugar cookies with Easter sprinkles because, well… Just because!
Multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne loves God, her family, chocolate, coffee, dogs and some cats and she loves, loves, loves writing sweet books and meeting readers! Friend her on facebook (yes, she’s a hoot) and follow her on Twitter (@RuthLoganHerne) and see what crazy, fun, busy things are going on at the farm throughout the year. It is possible you’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know! And to see more of what Ruthy writes, swing by her website ruthloganherne.com or e-mail her at email@example.com.