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 This book, still unpublished, showed me what real romance was.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


Links to Elaine’s Books:

Annex Mail-Order Brides Boxset 




The Perfect Gift






Cloaked in Love 


















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













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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Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Lucy Thompson!

Lucy Thompson, author
Lucy Thompson

This week we’re traveling “down under” to Australia to visit with historical romance author Lucy Thompson. What a treat’s in store for you!

Lucy is offering a give-away, so be sure to read to the bottom to learn what it is.

Congratulations to Penny Richards, winner of her choice of one of Lucy’s novels, Cowboy’s Dare or Mail Order Surprise! All Penny did was comment, and her name was drawn. 

Growing Up, Lucy Thompson Style

I grew up in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia on 160 acres of rainforest, hills, and rain. (Click to Tweet!) Lots of rain. Thirteen feet per year to be exact.Lucy Thompson, author

Part of why I love historical romance is that I’m familiar with a pioneer lifestyle. We had no electricity (apart from the generator at night), cooked on a woodstove, and raised our own animals for food.

I didn’t make the wisest of choices through my teen years and ended up in an unhealthy relationship. By age twenty-four I was a single mum of 4 children aged between 6 months and 6 years. I’d just started down a windy track to learning about self-worth, God’s extravagant love, and who I was as a person.

Lucy Thompson, the Author

At age twenty-six, I decided one day after church that I was going to write a book. (As you do. Lol) All I knew about the story was that a young mail order bride was getting off a train. Didn’t know her name. Or where she was. Or that she was about to meet a handsome cowboy who may or may not be a cattle rustler. That he had three siblings (that he didn’t tell her about) and a house in a mess.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Writing the book was half the effort. How was I to put it in the hands of readers? After all, I’m an Australian. A very small fish in our Aussie Christian book market. The American book pond, ah, market with its much bigger fish is harder again to break into.

Growing as an Author

So I joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I joined their critique group and met my wonderful crit partners there. Entered contests. Finalled in some. Flew to America for the 2012 ACFW conference and met my (now) agent, Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary. He pitched my book to all the bigger publishers and all came back with a no, no, no. Sigh.

Then, after a break from writing in which we moved across country, I remarried, had a baby, baked lots of cookies, etc. My agent suggested we pitch my story to Forget Me Not Romances. He introduced me to Cynthia Hickey, who runs FMNR and she loved my books. ☺ Yay!!

Lucy’s Debut Experience

Lucy Thompson, authorWhen Mail Order Surprise released on Amazon there was an excited buzz amongst my friends on Facebook and on the internet. I found it quite amusing as I sat cross-legged in my pj’s on the sofa posting away on Facebook that more people had seen my FB author post and were interacting with me than the entire population of my small country town.

But God is like that. He likes to bless us. (Click to Tweet!) And bless he did. Reviews. Comments. Shares. Memes! A reader even made a meme with a quote from my book. *sniffles* My heart overflowed with gratitude for his goodness.

Inspiration, Lucy Thompson Style

The song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman has been a huge encouragement to me over the years. 

I will bless His name when I’m found in the desert place. When I walk through the wilderness, I will bless His name. When the sun’s shining down on me. When the world’s all as it should be, my heart will choose to say “Lord, blessed be your name.”

May I suggest you try the same? God has everything under control and he’s much bigger than our circumstances or what we give him credit for.

A Give-Away Offer

Lucy Thompson, authorI love readers. ☺ And books. ☺ To prove it, I’m giving away an ebook copy of either Mail Order Surprise or A Cowboy’s Dare to one special commentator. (Actually, you’re all special. But I can only afford to give one book away. Children have to eat after all. Ha!)

God bless.

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Readers, you can find Lucy on Facebook!

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Lord, blessed be Your Name, indeed! How delightful to learn about your daughter Lucy Thompson, whom You’ve called to write for You. As Lucy blesses Your Name, she blesses us, and we pray You’ll bless each word Lucy writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake
















28 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

  1. I love Lucy’s story, but then, I’ve known for a long while what kind of woman she is from her Facebook posts. I’m not sure how we became FB friends, but I cherish that friendship. Definitely will be getting the book and sharing this interview.

    1. So wonderful to scoot over to make room for you in our chat circle, Penny. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both. God bless you.

    2. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you for your kind words, Penny. I appreciate your friendship and am blessed because of it. 🙂 God bless!

  2. Bonnie Mae Evans

    Lucy, The way you give God the glory and praise for turning your
    life around is so encouraging. It is good to be reminded that nothing is too hard for God. Yes, blessed be His name! Blessings to you as well!

    1. Our circle is growing! So good to see you in it, Bonnie. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me!

    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day Bonnie!
      Yes, to God be the glory. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Ann Ellison

    What a wonderful interview. The book sounds really good.

    1. Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for joining our circle. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both.

    2. Lucy Thompson

      Try out the first chapter on Amazon. 😉 In the meantime, all the best with your entry. 🙂 God bless.

  4. Nice to see a fellow Aussie writer here. Loved Lucy’s honesty and matter of fact way of writing.
    Goodonya Lucy!

    1. How wonderful to see another Aussie in our chat circle, Susan. I agree that Lucy’s transparency is refreshing. I knew readers would love her. Please join our chats with other writers too.

    2. Lucy Thompson

      No worries, Susan! 🙂 Great to have you here.

  5. I love reasing about new authors and their books thank you for sharing

    1. Thanks for joining our circle of reader friends, Brenda. One of my favorite things is meeting these authors on this blog. Please come again!

    2. Lucy Thompson

      Happy to share. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Marilyn R

    It’s always nice to meet a new author here on Linda’s blog. Lucy, your books sounds like delightful read. Thank you for the giveaway. A reader will be blessed.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see you in our circle again. God be with you!

    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day! Lovely to see another smiling face here. All the best with the giveaway. 🙂

  7. Evangeline

    What a delightful new author. It was great to begin to get acquainted. I would love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings on you as you continue to write.

    1. Lucy Thompson

      You currently have a 1 in 3 chance of winning. 😉 Thanks for popping in.

    2. Hi, Evangeline. So good to see you here in our circle. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that we’re getting to know another author from “down under”? I love getting to know all these authors.

    3. Great to see you here, Evangeline. You’ve encouraged me and Lucy both.

  8. Love to hear how God’s changed your life and blessed you, Lucy! Keep writing!

    1. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you, Clarice. 🙂

    2. Lucy inspires me, Clarice!

  9. How wonderful to learn about you, Lucy! 🙂 Thank you for being here and sharing your writing journey.

    1. Lucy Thompson

      Hi Melissa!
      What a pleasure to be here. 🙂

    2. Isn’t Lucy a love, Melissa? Thanks so much for joining the conversation.


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