Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

Welcome, Mary Hanks! And welcome, Readers!

This week Mary Hanks treats us with a chat about her yummy Christian Romance & Marriage novels. Mary’s name appears on several books, each as beautiful as the former. 

You’ll want to get to know this author, so join our chat. Mary’s offering a give-away: all 5 ebooks in the Second Chances series. So be sure to comment below! 

*Congratulations to Kathleen Friesen, winner of Mary’s fabulous give-away: the Second Chances 5-ebook series!*

Pre-Author Life of Mary Hanks:

I am a firecracker, born on the 4th of July! When I was little, I thought the fireworks were all for me. Boy, was I disappointed to learn the truth!


Also, I consider myself an Alaska Girl. Even though I haven’t lived in the “last frontier” for quite a few years, its raw beauty still dwells in my heart. I love nature, whether hiking in the woods or traipsing across miles of beaches, and I’m sure that originated in my Alaskan experiences.

My earliest dream was to be a wife and mom. This year, Jason and I celebrated our forty-second anniversary. And I’m blessed with four kids, who are grown and on their own exciting journeys. So my dream definitely came true!

My second dream was to write books. I’m living that adventure right now.

How it all Began for Mary Hanks

Mary HanksWhen I received a typewriter for Christmas, at age thirteen, I began writing a book—a Walton’s-esque tale I never finished. But even our early attempts at writing are stepping stones in our path toward becoming an author.

At fifteen, I had the opportunity to write skits for youth services at church. It was my first chance to see my words come to life on stage. Over the next couple of decades, I worked with schools to create drama programs. I love Youth Theater, and I’ve had the privilege of writing and directing 20+ full-stage shows.

Mary’s Favorite Themes

My favorite genre for reading or writing is Christian romance with a marital-reconciliation theme. Every marriage will face storms. Jason and I have weathered our share. But when we came to breaking points in our relationship, we chose to hold on tight to each other and to not let go, and I’m so glad we did. Since then, or maybe because of those experiences, the writing themes God has planted in my heart are redemption, reconciliation, and love in marriage. The beauty of second chances still strikes a thrilling chord within me. (Click to Tweet!)

Mary E. Hanks: First Book and Debut

My first published book was Winter’s Past (2013). In this story, Ty and Winter have been divorced for ten years, but neither of them have forgotten the love they shared. Ty’s life has been radically transformed by God’s love, and he’s praying for a chance to make things right with Winter. When she comes to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to speak at a conference, he considers the opportunity to see her again a miracle. However, she’s still troubled by their past. Can she forgive the man she hasn’t been able to forget?

What’s up with Mary Hanks now?

Mary HanksIt’s been hard for me to end my Second Chance series. The characters are like my family. However, my fifth book, Season’s Flame, a story about a pastor and his wife who, after losing their church, struggle in their marriage, released in September. While Saying goodbye to the characters I’ve grown so fond of is hard, but it’s time for me to move on.


I’m eager to meet new friends (and a few enemies) in a town on the Oregon Coast. I can’t wait to go there and do the research! The first book in this series is about a woman who returns to the beach to start over. But sometimes coming back is just as painful as leaving in the first place.

We all need a second chance sometime, don’t you agree? (Click to Tweet!)

Being an Indie Author

I love being an indie author. I like making all the decisions and being the boss (after God) of my art and ambitions. While I hire out tasks, like graphic design work and professional editing, I’m a DIY lifer. I also appreciate being a part of the indie community. And I thank God for letting me see my dream of writing books come true.

Second Chance Series:

Winter’s Past
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April’s Storm
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer’s Dream 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn’s Break 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Season’s Flame 
Mary HanksHow can we find Mary Hanks?

I love sharing about God’s love, reconciliation in marriage, and chocolate!

Here are some of the places online where I hang out:

 Website

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

Lord, You are the God of Second Chances! What a lovely theme You’ve called Mary to write. We glory in Your ways that are beyond our understanding and our ways.
Bless each word Mary writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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27 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

  1. Thank you to everyone who participated in the responses, here, and also to those who read about my journey in the interview.
    Blessings. And happy reading!
    ~Mary

     
     
  2. Nadine Hapaz

    I’m an avid fan of Mary’s books. They are both interesting and inspirational. It was great to learn more about her life from the interview and I look forward to her future books. I’m grateful and pray many blessings. 💐🌹

     
     
    1. Thank you ever so much for joining us, Nadine. Your comments encourage us!

       
       
    2. Hi Nadine! So good to see you here. Thanks for your kind and generous comments. Blessings to you, my friend.
      ~Mary

       
       
  3. Good interview, Mary and Linda. These books look like the type my wife likes to read.

     
     
    1. Hi David! Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion. Blessings to you and your wife.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, David. I’ll bet you’re right about Mary’s books and your wife. Maybe you’ll win the 5!

       
       
  4. Joan Shaver

    Hi, Mary, I have read all five of your books in the Second Chances series and love them…yes, the characters feel like family! Blessings on your new adventures and stories to come!

     
     
    1. Hi Joan! Thank you so much for always being so encouraging. I really appreciate your kind words and support. And thanks for sharing in this discussion too. 🙂
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Welcome, Joan. So glad you joined us.

       
       
  5. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. This is a new to me author and I look forward to reading her books. What a wonderful giveaway.

     
     
    1. Hi Ann! Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate the chance to get to visit with readers. Blessings on your journey.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Seeing your name always brings a smile to my face, Ann! Yes, Mary’s offering a wonderful giveaway!

       
       
  6. All God’s richest blessings in your endeavors, Mary. I will definitely be buying one of your books. Just seeing your comments about yourself and indie publishing, I feel more confident I have made the right decision…My first 2 books are about 2nd chances too, so we’re on the same page(oops! that was a little too clunky, wasn’t it?) Many blessings to you!
    Jane Quail (Pen name)
    Jane Waughtal

     
     
    1. Hi Jane! Thank you for joining in the conversation here. And thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you are writing about second chances also. We need more stories about God’s grace and His ability to change us–and our marriages. He brought about a beautiful healing in my life, and I like to share it through my storytelling.
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane! How exciting to see you in our circle! Love!

       
       
  7. I love second chances–and sometimes third and fourth! Great interview, Linda and Mary. Mary, visiting Alaska is high on my “bucket” list, and the Oregon coast is a favorite destination. You have great taste! I’d love to meet you through your stories.

     
     
    1. Hi Kathleen! Oh, me too! I must be on my 356th or so time of needing a second chance. 🙂 I hope you can go to Alaska. It’s so beautiful. Truly the “last frontier.” But the Oregon Coast is right up there in my esteem. I love it!
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Love seeing you in our circle, Kathleen!

       
       
    3. Congratulations, Kathleen! You’re the winner of the drawing! I’ll give Mary your email address. Happy reading!

       
       
      1. Congratulations, Kathleen! I hope you’ll enjoy this series. Blessings to you!

         
         
  8. Becky Smith

    I’m following Mary on all her social media sites, so I’ve obviously heard of this author. However, I have not yet read any of her books, but they are now on my list to read. Fun interview and, yes, we all do need second chances!

     
     
    1. Hi Becky! Nice to visit with you here. Thanks for joining the discussion. Yes, we all need second chances. I know I sure do! Blessings to you.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Becky! So wonderful to welcome you into our circle!

       
       
  9. Paula

    Thanks for sharing. These looks really interesting.

     
     
    1. Hi Paula! Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for your kind comments.
      Blessings to you.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Paula! So good to see you with us!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Elaine Manders!


Elaine Manders

This week independent author Elaine Manders, who writes Christian romance novels laced with suspense, history, and adventure, treats us with a visit to our chat circle.

Elaine is offering a give-away to someone who comments below, so read to the bottom to get the scoop! Join the conversation, ya’ll.

Congratulations to blog reader Paula Shreckhise! You’re the winner of Elaine’s Regency novel, The Duke’s Dilemma!

Readers, comment on the interview each week, and a book may be coming your way too. 🙂 

Who Is Elaine Manders?

I was born in rural South Georgia and grew up in a one-traffic-light town. If you ever watched Mayberry RFD, you know the type. A place of community spirit, Christian values, and strong family ties.

After college, I became a government accountant at a huge AF base about fifty miles away. I married and divorced. My life was as busy as any single mother building a career can be. All during this time, it never occurred to me that I should write down the stories percolating in my mind. But when my mother passed away, and my daughter went off to college, I found myself alone and at a turning point. (Click to Tweet!) 

Learning to Write, Elaine Manders Style

After completing a two-year correspondence fiction writing course, I joined a local writer’s group and began work on my first novel, a saga set in Austria during the Napoleonic Wars. This book, still unpublished, showed me what real romance was. Not a series of relationships, which is all I’d pursued since my divorce, but a meeting of the hearts where two become one. I began to pray that God would bring a hero into my life.

Without that book I would never have met my soul-mate. As I was doing research into the Lipizzaner horses mentioned in my novel, I heard that a Lipizzaner horse show was coming to a nearby town. Trouble was, I hate driving in a city and none of my friends cared for horseshows. Then I remembered an acquaintance of a friend had mentioned he liked horses. We’d been out on a couple of casual dates, and I had his phone number. I called him about going to the show with me.

A Love of Her Own

He was fascinated with my writing and specifically the romance I was working on. Six months later, I married the answer to my prayers. We were blessed with 23 years of happiness. He inspired and encouraged my stories and became my best salesman.

I lost my partner, my hero, my sweetheart last year, but the memories live on in my heart and in my writing.

Debut and Beyond for Elaine Manders

When Amazon opened markets for independent publishers, I jumped at the chance to put my books on the fast-track. The formula-type books traditional publishers want from new authors didn’t suit me.

My first published works were a trilogy of mail-order bride novellas, In the Annex Mail-Order Brides, which were a prequel series to my Intrigue under Western Skies series, four friends become among the first women to attend Harvard College. Three of them travel west for husbands, the mail-order bride series. The full length novel series that follows is the fourth woman’s story.

Two of the Intrigue books have been published to date, and I’m currently working on the third, due to be released in October.

What’s Up With Elaine Manders Now?

This year I began a new novel series, the Wolf Deceivers, with two books published so far. My latest release is The Duke’s Dilemma. If I have time this fall, I hope to release a second Christmas novella.

Next year I’ll begin a new series entitled Women in Peril, two historicals and two contemporary novels about women in dangerous situations, and the men who rescue them.

Each of my stories follows a different Christian theme, and all have suspense elements as well as the romance. The first goal of my writing is to bring glory to the Lord, after that I hope to inspire and entertain my readers. (Click to Tweet!) 

I‘m offering an ebook copy of The Duke’s Dilemma to anyone in the world. Or a print copy to anyone in the United States. 

Where to Find Elaine

Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Links to Elaine’s Books:

Annex Mail-Order Brides Boxset 

 

 

 


The Perfect Gift

 

 

 

 

 

Cloaked in Love 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursued 

 

 

 

 

 

Surrendered 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chieftain’s Choice 

 

 

 

 

 

The Duke’s Dilemma 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Lord, how marvelous are Your ways—far beyond telling. We praise You for walking alongside us, Your lowly creatures, and throwing petals of blessings along our path. You’ve done this for Elaine, and we thank You. Please bless every word Elaine writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

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16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

  1. Paula

    Thanks for my winning the book! Blessings.

     
     
    1. Thank YOU for enriching the conversation!

       
       
  2. Elaine Manders

    Thank you, Linda, for this beautiful post and the opportunity to meet some of your followers. You blog is amazing.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Elaine. The author interviews are one of my joys. Thank you for being a part of it. You’ve blessed me and the readers, many of whom don’t comment but are still blessed.

       
       
  3. Trixi

    Wow Elaine, what a real life story! I’m so glad you found the love of your life and was able to spend some wonderful years together. I’m also sorry to hear of his passing! I can’t imagine losing a spouse, or the heartache that goes with it. I pray you have found peace and comfort in our Lord.

    I really enjoy Christian historical romance stories with suspense threads…now that’s a mouthful! I’ve not had the pleasure of reading anything by you, but “The Dukes Dilemma” sounds really good. That cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings to you dear one!

     
     
    1. Elaine Manders

      Hi Trixi, thanks so much. I had trouble fitting my stories into the typical genres. There’s not a category for historical suspense, much less romantic historical suspense, but hopefully they’ll recognize it before long because I can’t write a plot without some suspense, and the ending always surprises me, which makes the writing fun.

       
       
    2. Welcome to our chat circle, Trixi. Your comments buoy both Elaine and me. Please visit against. God be with you.

       
       
  4. Marilyn R

    A wonderful interview with Elaine Manders. I’ve gained some new tidbits about this amazing talented author. I have read several of her books and have been captured into each story that shows the glory of God’s love and faithfulness.

     
     
    1. Elaine Manders

      Thank you Marilyn. You are such a wonderful encourager.

       
       
    2. I’m tickled to see you in our chat circle, Marilyn. You encourage both Elaine and me. Thank you! You’re entered 😊

       
       
  5. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview. Elaine is a new to me author and her books sound like good ones.

     
     
    1. Elaine Manders

      Hi Ann, I’m happy to meet you. Bringing enjoyment and inspiration to my readers is my greatest pleasure.

       
       
    2. Oh, Ann, how wonderful to see you join our circle of friends. What an encouragement you are!

       
       
  6. Paula

    I would love to win a print copy of the book. Thanks for the informative interview. Sorry you list your husband but I’m glad you had a wonderful marriage. Blessings!

     
     
    1. Elaine Manders

      Thank you, Paula. It’s been a tough year and a half. I’m so glad my sweet husband was Christian, as I am, because we’ll see each other again someday.

       
       
    2. Greetings in the name of the Lord, Paula. I love having you join the chat. You’re entered!

       
       

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