Author Interview: Virginia Vaughan

Author Interview: Virginia Vaughan

I always enjoy introducing other authors to my readers, and today is no exception. Virginia is a new author to me, even though she’s published 16 books with Love Inspired. I hope you’ll give her a warm welcome.

Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger. Her sixteenth novel with Love Inspired Suspense, TEXAS KILLER CONNECTION, is now available.

Connect with her through:

Website  |  Facebook   |  Amazon  |  BookBub  |  Newsletter

 

Now for the fun stuff! I have to admit I am partial to my Fast Five. 🙂 So settle in as I hit Virginia with rapid-fire.

 

CC: Milk or Dark Chocolate?

VV: Definitely Milk Chocolate.

CC: Print or E-book?

VV: I love the convenience of E-books but there is nothing like holding a real book in my hand.

CC: Cat or Dog Person?

VV: I love both cats and dogs, but I do have a soft spot for rescue dogs.

CC: Morning Person or Night Owl?

VV: Definitely a night owl. I do my best work late into the evening when the house is quiet.

CC: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?

VV: Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, boots, and football season! .

Now for a couple of fun personal questions:

CC: What is your favorite Bible verse?

VV: My go-to verse is Jeremiah 29:11. In my darkest days, this verse gives me hope that God has something planned for my life that is better than anything I can see.

CC: Amen. And I love how that promise is given with the knowledge that the Israelites are getting ready to walk some pretty dark days.

CC: What are you reading right now?

VV:Right now, I’m re-reading Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series since I’m working on my own story featuring a Natchez Trace Park Ranger.

CC: Oh that is fun. I try to read books with similar settings to mine while writing as well. 

CC: What do you like to do when you aren’t reading or writing?

VV: Lately, my free time has been spent babysitting my grandbaby, Izzy, when they need me and it is so hard to get back to work when all I want to do is love on her.

CC: Congratulations on the grandbaby!!! Baby snuggles are the best and definitely hard to break away from.

CC: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

VV: I write out of order as I’m writing. Sometimes, I can be working on a scene and not even know where in the story it takes place. After my first draft, I go back and put all the pieces together into a coherent story. It’s a crazy way to write but it works for me.

CC: That is a neat quirk that I only dip into when stumped. I can’t believe you can write an entire book that way! 

CC: What is your writing kryptonite?

VV: Time is my greatest obstacle. I’m raising kids, homeschooling, and a caregiver for my mom so I have to be intentional with protecting my writing time.

CC: I’m a caregiver too and that can definitely be a huge challenge, especially on top of raising kids.

CC: What does your writing schedule look like?

VV: I’m not a great multi-tasker so when I’m writing a story, I tend to focus on getting words down as fast as possible.

CC: I am so similar. I think you and I need to do a little more chatting after this is over.

Let’s talk about your release, Texas Killer Connection.

To catch a killer

they’ll need to find the evidence.

When the investigation into her look-alike cousin’s death stalls, former army intelligence officer Brooke Moore arrives in Texas searching for justice—and is thrust into the middle of a deadly conspiracy. Now she must turn to her cousin’s ex, FBI agent Colby Avery, for help. But with every clue leading them deeper into danger, they must uncover the truth…before they are buried with it.

CC: Which character was the most challenging to create?

VV: My hero, FBI Agent Colby Avery, was a difficult character to get to know. I’d gotten to know his siblings well in the previous books in the series, but Colby was always kind of stand-offish to me in the previous stories. So getting into his character in this book was almost like starting from scratch with a new character.

CC:Those silent stubborn types can really give us authors a run for our money to be sure!

What was some of your favorite research you discovered while preparing for this book?

VV: One of the scenes in TEXAS KILLER CONNECTION involved a bomb threat in a hospital. It was interesting learning about the different security codes facilities use to indicate trouble.

CC: My brother works in a children’s hospital and we had a discussion once about some of those topics. It really is fascinating how prepared they really are for such scenarios.

If you could be any of your characters, which one would it be?

VV: I loved my heroine, Brooke, and the way she was able to take care of herself. She’s strong, independent, and not afraid to take risks for those she cared about.

She sounds like an amazing heroine, and I can’t wait to get to know her more soon.

Thank you so much for joining me today and providing all of us with a wonderful distraction. As my final question, I have my usual “Fun Question”.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

VV: As a huge superhero fan, I’ve thought about this question a lot. My superpower would be to be able to fly or transport myself from place to place at will. No more driving for me! LOL

CC: Oh I so feel you on that one! My second job is an unpaid chauffeur. LOL

Readers, you can purchase Virginia Vaughan’s books at Amazon or at Harlequin’s website.


Reader question:

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Last Chance Wife by Janette Foreman

Last Chance Wife by Janette Foreman

Last Chance Wife by Janette Foreman

I don’t know if you have heard the news, but Love Inspired is bringing back their Historical line for a limited time. I didn’t even know the line existed until after they’d already closed it, so with the announcement of the new line, I decided to read a dozen or so first chapters and pick out which story grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. Janette Foreman’s story was exactly that!

This was such a fun twist on mail-order brides and love letters. Winifred is a disgruntled mail-order bride ready to admit defeat and return home, however, first she must earn her way back home. Ewan begrudgingly puts an anonymous ad out for a mail-order bride–and his cut and dry expectations flare Winifred’s frustration with men to new heights. She picks up a pen and immediately writes to “Business Man” and signs it “Thoroughly Disgruntled,” never expecting to actually send the letter. Of course, it gets sent, and I have to say, I love the results.

Last Chance Wife is a story that will have you giggling, grinning, and turning the pages all night long.


Genre: Historical Romance, Mining Camp, 1878

Plot Overview:

Her Secret Suitor

When six-time mail-order bride Winifred Sattler is stranded in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, she’s grateful to find a temporary position at Mr. Ewan Burke’s business until she can return home. Ewan is handsome, but stuffy and serious—her complete opposite. Unlike her new anonymous correspondent, Mr. Businessman, who appreciates her bubbly optimism.

To keep his mining company afloat, Ewan can’t be distracted by Winifred’s vivacious beauty. He needs a no-nonsense wife. Someone like Miss Thoroughly Disgruntled, the only respondent to his recent ad with whom he truly connected. In person, Winifred and Ewan don’t get along, but in their letters they’re falling in love. Will they discover a perfect match in each other?

What I loved: I loved the letters the most! It was so fun seeing them interact in person and then through the written word. It truly made my heart swoon.

Favorite Character and Why: Although Ewan appears to be a stiff, stand-offish person on the outside, he proved to be a multi-layered hero who steals your breath with his generous heart.

Who would like this? I’d recommend it to anyone who loves sweet romances with heroes who are generous on the inside but appear rigid on the outside, and heroines who are independent and capable but not perfect.

Rating and Why: Five Stars. It was a fun, quick read with a unique twist on letter writing and mail-order brides.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon.com     Barnes and Noble    Walmart

The Unlikely Wife by Debra Ullrick

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The Unlikely Wife

by Debra Ullrick

4star

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Idaho Territory, 1885

Overview of Plot:

Michael Bowen expected a refined lady when he agreed to marry Selina by proxy. Everything in her letters suggested she would be, but when Selina steps off the train, he realizes the woman he thought he loved was a fantasy. Dressed in trousers, poor grammar, and unable to read or write, Selina is far from the woman he pictured as his wife.

Michael is everything she dreamed of, but when she discovers her best friend Aimee lied in the letters she wrote for Selina, her hopes for a love-filled marriage dies. She isn’t willing to change who she is but neither is she willing to break her vows.

Together they must learn to accept one another for who they are and to find love runs deeper than fantasies.

Favorite Character and Why:

I loved Selina. She is a Kentucky girl (like me) and had some ways about her that just didn’t make sense to her new family out west. (I have family in Idaho, too, so I could relate.) The challenges she faces and the hopes she have resonate with every woman I know. Not to mention she was just plain funny.

What I liked:

I loved how this wasn’t your typical mail-order bride story, yet it was. Michael had to overcome prejudices and learn to love his wife instead of the fantasy woman he built up in his mind and Selina had to learn to be happy with who she was as a wife.

Who would like this:

Anyone who loves mail-order bride stories that are are fun, set in the West, or stories of husbands and wives learning to love each other.

Amazon blurb:

“The arrival of Michael Bowen’s bride, married sight unseen by proxy, sends the rancher reeling. With her trousers, cowboy hat and rifle, she looks like a female outlaw—not the genteel lady he corresponded with for months. He’s been hoodwinked into marriage with the wrong woman!

Selina Farleigh Bowen loved Michael’s letters, even if she couldn’t read them herself. A friend read them to her, and wrote her replies—but apparently that “friend” left things out, like Michael’s dream of a wife who was nothing like her. Selina won’t change who she is, not even for the man she loves. Yet time might show Michael the true value of his unlikely wife.”

Links for Purchase:

Amazon.com     Barnes and Noble

Her Texas Family by Jill Lynn

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This is the second book of a series released by Love Inspired, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

 

Jill Lynn does a fantastic job of creating characters you love and can connect with. I loved how natural and three-dimensional all the characters were, experiencing true-to-life emotions, growing as human beings, and growing in their relationship with God.

 

Lucy is spunky, independent, and determined to help others have fun. Her personality is one that draws you in and bonds you to her as if she were a living breathing woman. I absolutely loved her energy for life and the fact you never knew what she was going to do next.

 

Graham is a wonderful, attentive father with a sweet insecure side that tugs at your heart strings. He is handsome and easy to fall in love with. Mattie is a darling five-year-old girl who warms your heart as you watch her bloom into a carefree existence.

 

The story moved at a natural pace and kept you hooked from beginning to end. As a reader, you experience the struggles of each character as if they were your own, growing with them as they discover God’s will and His ability to overcome any situation.

 

The romance was just what every romance reader wants: a dance of denying feelings, the tug of attraction, kisses that make you sigh in complete contentment.

 

I highly recommend Her Texas Family for any romance reader. In fact, I loved it so much I sought out the first book in the series Falling for Texas. You won’t regret purchasing this great read.

 

 Moving to a small Texas town, Lucy Grayson is looking to live life on her own terms. When she agrees to take a job in Doctor Graham Redmond’s office, the two instantly clash. The same can’t be said for the widower’s daughter. They quickly form a bond when Lucy begins teaching the little girl to dance. Graham soon realizes how good Lucy is for his daughter—and for him. Yet his late wife’s parents don’t agree. Their ultimatum to choose between them or Lucy fills Graham with despair. He can’t let his daughter lose her grandparents…but he also can’t lose the woman who could complete their family.

– Amazon Book Blurb

 

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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which you have just read.*

 

 

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