Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

Welcome, Everyone! Let’s welcome, April W Gardner!

lindabrooksdavis.comWe’re privileged his week to have April W Gardner stopping by for a chat. Grab a cup o’ whatever you prefer and we’ll get to know April.

Who Is April W Gardner?

April W. Gardner

When asked, “Where are you from?” I sometimes go to the short answer: “I’m from all over, but I claim the South.” But when the asker looks me in the eye and seems genuinely interested, I unfold the lengthier version:


April W Gardner
Okinawa, Japan

First, I’m a true ATCK (adult third culture kid). Born to USAF parents in Okinawa, Japan, I didn’t enter the U.S. until my second year.

Before my tenth birthday, I’d visited or traveled through half the states and lived in four of them. I spent my remaining childhood years as an MK (missionary’s kid) in Spain.

April W Gardner
Madrid, Spain
April W Garner

After college, my new USAF husband and I hopped a plane to Germany where we spent seven glorious years touring Europe and birthing our two precious kiddos.  

April W Gardner

Then four years in England followed those in Germany, and after that, a beautiful stay in Middle Georgia where God taught us what true, lifelong friends look like.

April W Gardner Today
April W Gardner
Texas Hill Country

As of last May, we’re in South Texas where God is teaching us what true, state loyalty looks like. Yesterday, I picked up a bag of tortilla chips cut into the shape of—wait for it!—Texas. (Tweet That!) I laugh, but honestly, I love it. A person should be proud of their state, and Texas is certainly a state to be proud of. If God allows, I’d be honored to settle down here for good.

In the meantime, we continue to serve (nineteen years and counting). Only the hubby is active duty. I hold down the home fort, homeschooling and concocting stories that bury characters up to their noses in trouble, then wondering how in the world I’ll ever get them out of it!

April’s Writing Career: How It Began

My writing career started out at a small press house, but two years ago, I got my rights back and re-published my stories as an independent author. Being indie is no cakewalk, but it’s the most fulfilling job I can ever imagine having. For any author considering the indie route, I cannot recommend it highly enough. (Tweet That!) Nothing beats being your own boss, writing stories the way you want, publishing them when you’re ready, and getting paid many times more for it!

How It’s Going Now

I write Christian historical romance with an emphasis on our 1800s Southeastern Native Americans, most especially the Muscogee (Creek). The Muscogee were once mighty and ruled all of what is now Georgia and Alabama and parts of Florida. My stories tell of their tragic downfall. And always with abundant, sweep-you-off-your-feet romance!

Writing Career: April’s Latest Book

Bitter Eyes No More, my February 2017 release, takes place in Florida’s final year as a Spanish colony. As Spain’s power crumbles, Lillian McGirth gets wrapped up in international intrigues that bring her under the fierce eye of the U.S. Army. An unwed mother accused of treason and many miles from home, she has no advocate and is destined for a traitor’s noose. (Tweet That!)

Enter Captain Marcus Buck, surgeon and swordsman, who (as every wonderful hero should!) sails in to save the day. Through sickness, abuse, and a massacre that changes the course of U.S. history, he carries her to safety, teaching her of God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness along the way.

April’s Hope for Readers

Finally, my prayer is that my readers will come away with the same boundless Hope that can be found in Christ.

Where to Find April and Her Books

April W GardnerYou can find April W Gardner at her website,
Facebook Author Page,
Amazon: Boxed Set and Book 4
And BookBub


Lord, how marvelous are Your ways, even unto the ends of the Earth. You’ve set April Gardner in certain locales for purposes that have influenced her character. And now You’re using her to tell readers about the boundless Hope in Christ. Bless her every word for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake























13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

  1. Marilyn R

    Great interview and pictures with April Gardner. Thank you for sharing. I haven’t traveled to Texas yet, but know so many living there. : )
    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. We Texans love visitors to our state. It’s called The Land of Contrasts, by the way. Thanks for stopping by for our chat with April.

    2. April Gardner

      Marilyn, thanks for coming by to visit! Next time, maybe you can swing by Texas. 😉

  2. Carlene

    Interesting interview. Welcome to the Great State of Texas!

    1. April Gardner

      Why, thank you, Carlene! I think I’ll stick around. 😉

  3. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for that beautiful prayer. It sure means a lot!

  4. Jane Theriot

    Loved the interview. You have truly seen the world. I will be looking for your books. Historical fiction is my favorite, especially when it concerns the southern region and Indians.

    1. Love having you in the circle today, Jane!

    2. April Gardner

      Hi Jane! Sounds like we’re book-lover twinkies. 😉 Thanks for your interest in my books. I pray you they’re a blessing to you!

  5. BHriv

    Great interview!

    1. April Gardner

      Thanks, Becky!

    2. So glad you joined us. Please visit again!

  6. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for having me and for putting together this lovely interview. I’m honored to be here!


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Let’s Chat! Author Debra Sue Brice

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Debra Sue Brice!

Debra Sue Brice honors us with a visit to this week’s chat circle. A busy teacher and author, Debra exudes joy and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get to know her.

Comment below to be entered into the drawing for Debra’s romance novel, Icing.

Congratulations to Shoba Sadler, winner of the drawing for Debra’s novel, Icing

Who Is Debra Sue Brice?

I grew up in the small township of Columbia Station, Ohio. I loved it so much that I stuck around and now have my own home two doors down from my parents. Oh, and my sister lives between us!

I own a horse boarding barn. Currently, I’m training two adorable three year old horse. They bring such joy and entertainment to my everyday life!

Speaking of everyday life, I teach first graders but have always had a passion for writing. I scribbled notes to my sister from her favorite actors and dropped them off in her locker in high school. I wrote my first novel when I was in high school but never thought I could do anything with a silly story about teenagers stuck in a blizzard. Now, I’m determined to find it, polish it up and send it off to a publisher!

As a teacher, I encourage my kiddos to write and be creative. (Tweet That!) We write anything from mysteries to plays. I dream that they’ll pick up one of my books when they are older and be proud they had me as their teacher.

Debra Sue Brice’s Debut Experience 

My first novel, Crossing Boarders, contains a hint of mystery and a bit of suspense. It tells the story of a young woman and her adventures in Canada with her horse.

At first I feared sending my manuscript out into the world, but my mom encouraged me, and I took the leap of faith. The first small press publisher I sent it to picked it up and worked with me throughout the entire process. He even let me be on the front cover with my horse! What a blessing!

An eternity, it seemed, passed  before the novel was actually printed, but when the proof copy finally arrived I snapped so many pictures you would have thought I was a New York Time’s best seller! 

What’s Happening With Debra Sue Brice Today?

The publication of Crossing Boarders encouraged me to keep writing and sending out my manuscripts. After Crossing Boarders, I wrote Icing, a romance novel, and self-published Danni Girl Mysteries, a cozy mystery series.

My wonderful publicist, aka my mom, blesses me. She encourages me to keep pressing on and pursuing my passion of writing. I dreamed of seeing my name on the front of a book, and I intend to keep doing what I love. 

Like other authors, I dream of having my books turned into movies. I know there are a lot of non-readers our there, but with a wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy a good, clean storyline.

What Are Debra Sue Brice’s Future Goals?

My ultimate goal is to continue sharing my passion through my stories. You don’t have to love horses to enjoy Crossing Boarders, but you’ll find a character you’ll want to see succeed. Not a Cleveland Monsters hockey You will definitely find a relatable character in Icing. You don’t have to like murder to enjoy the Danni Girl Mysteries … Well, maybe you like it a little.

I want to see everyone enjoying the beauty reading can bring to their lives! (Tweet That!) 

Where Can We Find Debra Sue Brice’s Books?


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Reader Friends,
How can anyone not want to snatch up one of Debra’s books? Does she exude joy or what?

Thank you for painting our world with enthusiasm. Please come again.

P.S. May I be one of your students?

Lord, You have the Words of Life. You are Creativity. You gift us and inspire us to use our gifts in creative ways. Bless Debra’s words designed to offer entertainment approved by You. Bless readers who hold her books and read her words. May they inspire us as they entertain, and may they reach hearts in need of encouragement.
~ For Jesus’ sake 








24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Debra Sue Brice

  1. Marilyn R

    Debra’s interview definitely contained joy and enthusiasm. Encouraging children to write at a young age is awesome. I have a young friend who won for her story this spring. A future writer maybe for her.
    Thank you for sharing and giveaway. Icing and rest of Debra’s books sounds amazing.

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Marilyn for the positive encouragement for our young authors!

    2. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see your comments. You brighten my day—and Debras’s, too, I’m sure.

  2. I can’t wait to read icing. It is the only one of your books I don’t have yet. I started reading Crossing Borders and didn’t put it down for a day and a half until I finished it. I love being able to have books around that I don’t have to be fearful of my children picking up and thumbing through. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel to Crossing Borders, like your Danni Girl Mysteries I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Stephanie! That really means a lot to me!!

    2. Wow. I loved reading your comments, Stephanie. Thanks so much for contributing to the conversation and for encouraging Debra and me both with your observations. Please stop by again.

  3. Trixi

    I love that you’re teaching kids to write & be creative with their words! They have such an imagination. Maybe you are feeding a future author’s mind…who knows? 😉

    Fun interview, thanks for sharing!

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Hi Trixi! It is such a blessing to work with young children…they do have quite the imaginations!! I hope to one day read one of my student’s novels!

    2. Thanks for joining our chat circle, Trixi. You’re right—Debra may be training a future bestselling author. Please stop by again.

  4. I’ve read Crossing Boarders and love it! How lovely to learn more about the background of the author and the road she followed to publication of her first book and now several under her belt. So inspiring. I also agree that we need more wholesome movies

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you for the kind words, Shoba!

    2. I love that you stopped in for a visit, Shoba. You have put a smile on our faces. Please come again. New interview each Wednesday.

  5. Jacquelyn

    These books sound so interesting! Looking forward to reading these!

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Although they are fictional books, many of the characters are inspired by some of my best friends. I think you’ll enjoy them!

    2. So good to have you in our circle, Jacquelyn. You have honored both of us.

  6. Kathryn

    These books look fantastic!

    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thanks Kathryn! My talented mom designed the front covers for my books. I am so blessed to have such support from my family and friends!

    2. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. You’ve encouraged both of us with four simple words 🙂

  7. Jane Theriot

    I can’t wait to read your books. I love books that involve mystery, inspiration and animals. Good clean literature is a rarity in this day. Perhaps Hallmark channel will pick up your books for movies.

    1. So glad you stopped by, Jane. Your name’s in the hat for one of Sue’s good, clean books!!

    2. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Jane!

  8. What a wonderful interview! Read all of the books, and can’t wait for more!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda B!

    2. Debra Sue Brice

      I’m so glad you have enjoyed the books! Thank you!


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