This week we’re chatting with Toni Shiloh, author of eight novels. The latest is a yummy-looking Christian contemporary romance, Enduring Love.
Toni is giving away a digital version of Enduring Loveto someone who joins our chat circle below. So pull up a chair, ya’ll!
Take it away, Toni!
Life, Toni Shiloh Style
I’m a happy mom of two and a wife of thirteen years. Our family makes our home in Virginia and has for the past six years.
Prior to becoming an author, I served 6 years in the military. Afterward, I decided to get my bachelor’s in English and after taking a few creative writing classes, I knew what I wanted to do.
Toni Shiloh’s Debut
My first book was the novella, A Life to Live. I decided to write the novella because I felt like the word goal was something I could achieve for first time writing. Unfortunately, the company I wrote it for—who had an open call for submissions—declined my manuscript.
After much thought and prayer, I decided to Indie publish it. From there, I made the journey to become traditionally publish which has now lead me to be a hybrid author—publishing traditionally and independentaly.
What’s up With Toni Shiloh Now?
Right now I’m preparing for the launch of my eighth book,Enduring Love. It’s book three in my Maple Run series, which is published byCelebrate Lit Publishing. I’m excited to hear what readers think because I poured a lot of my heart into this one.
Lord, You are Love. You are the Author of romance. We’re grateful as readers for authors like Toni who write stories showcasing the purity of Your style of romance. Bless every single word Toni writes for You.
This week we encircle author Jaycee Weaver who writes Christian contemporary romance novels. She and her husband live in Albuquerque and have three daughters and a crazy shih-tzu.
Asubstitute teacher, PTA board member, and most other jobs your average WAHM home CEO does, Jaycee might have a few too many shows waiting in her Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon queues. And she tries to make time for the gym. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and sometimes hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real and letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.
You’ll find Jaycee totally delightful, so join in the conversation. She’s offering a giveaway, so be sure to check it out below. (And she’s a doll, to boot!)
**Congratulations to Marilyn Ridgway, this week’s winner of Jaycee’sWhat Could Be!**
Accepting our invitation to this chat party and contributing to the conversation encourages both Jaycee and me. So thank you ahead of time!
“Life” for Jaycee Weaver
Originally born in Henderson, NV, I’ve lived in Albuquerque, NM since I was 14. I met my wonderful husband while attending UNM (Go Lobos!) and we now have three daughters, a shih-tzu named Oscar, and a dwarf lop named Brindle.
When I’m not writing, I have more hobbies than any ten people I know put together (Click to Tweet!)and that’s only a mild exaggeration. I especially love floral and landscape photography, singing, reading (way, way too much), cooking and baking fresh, whole foods from scratch, crafting of all kinds, and basically anything having to do with my kids. I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur and have worked from home doing one thing or another for the past thirteen years or so.
Jaycee Weaver’s Debut Experience
What Could Be is my first full length novel and the first in the Everyday Love Series. (Click to Tweet!) It originally released last October, but this March I revised it completely and released the second edition. In between, I wrote my second book in the series, Whatever Comes Our Way, and I’ve grown and changed so much in figuring out my style that I felt it was important to revisit that first manuscript.
The debut experience was a lot of fun, and a ton of learning. I’m still new at it all but the independent Christian fiction writing community is absolutely incredible. I’ve been so blessed getting to know other Christian authors in the past year and seeing the way they uplift one another is encouraging beyond words.
Insight From Jaycee Weaver
I’ve prayed over my writing from the very beginning, and while I would like to make this a real thing, my vision is more aligned with telling the stories He places in my heart.(Click to Tweet!) Marketing comes secondary. If I’m never an award-winning best-seller, I’ll live. But if I hear testimonies on how the Lord spoke to someone through my books? That’s everything, and it’s already happened a couple of times!
One reader was going through a particularly overwhelming time and she spoke of how God showed her the need to slow down and take in the beauty of the world around her. She also felt the Lord convicting her of her need, like my main character, Brynn, to plan everything to the letter and control her circumstances. Reading Brynn’s journey encouraged her to try harder to stay in the present—enjoy the potential of what could be instead of constantly forcing things into her idea of what should be. It was such a blessing!
Jaycee Weaver Today
Currently, I’m editing my second book, Whatever Comes Our Way, and plan to release it in mid-April. (Click to Tweet!) I had major surgery recently and recovery is a little slower than I’d hoped, so I may have to delay it a bit. I’m also working on a novella that I plan to offer free to newsletter subscribers soon!
While writing the follow up book in my Everyday Love series, the Lord spoke to my heart about body image issues and trusting Him no matter the circumstances. (Click to Tweet!) Gina is a very complex character and it’s so strange feeling like I’ve gotten to know a dear friend while writing her.
As for the novella, I’m using a working title No Longer Adrift. I woke in the middle of the night with a fully developed introduction. And a whole list of traits about a woman who’s been widowed and is tired of treading water in her life. She’s ready to move forward but doesn’t quite know where to begin. (Click to Tweet!)
I love doing a giveaway of What Could Be in paperback or e-book version, winner’s choice.
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Dear Lord and Father, we come to You as Your children praising You as the Great Author of Eternal Life, the Storyteller Above All Storytellers. We’re humbled that You would use us to tell Your story. Jaycee is listening for Your direction. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake