Let’s Chat! Author Belle Calhoune

Welcome, Everyone! Welcome, Belle Calhoune! 

This week we’re chatting with inspirational romance author, Belle Calhoune. Belle’s offeringprizes, so be sure to read to the bottom and put in your 2 cents worth. I’ll announce the winners next Tuesday, the 19th, here on the blog and on Facebook.

Congratulations to Deanne Patterson and Patricia Bennett Barber, winner’s of last week’s drawing for two of Belle Calhoune’s books: His Secret Alaskan Heiress and An Alaskan Christmas!

Who Is Belle Calhoune?

I grew up one of five children, the daughter of a Massachusetts physician and a biologist. A public library sat across the street from our house and influenced my future hugely. Entranced by the literary world, particularly romance and mystery novels, I developed a hunger for books.

I met my husband, Randy, at Syracuse University. I worked 13 years as a Federal Investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Boston, Massachusetts. It was a wonderful job, and I was able to help a lot of people struggling with discrimination in employment. I worked from home a few days a week which was nice with a small daughter. After my second daughter arrived, we moved to Connecticut and I began to pursue my writing dreams.

How Belle Calhoune Became a Writer

I wrote for many years, but I didn’t pitch to publishers. Long before I sold my first book, I wrote a romance novel during my maternity leave from my EEOC job. I received a letter back stating the premise was interesting, but it wasn’t right for this particular publisher.

Returning to work, I halted my writing dreams, but I continued to write in my rare downtime. Besides full-time employment, I was rearing a toddler, and my husband was studying in law school. I suspect a part of me feared rejection. In retrospect, my fear held me back because every time a writer submits a manuscript he or she learns from the process. You progress. Take chances. You have to be in the game to succeed. No one will publish you if you keep everything under wraps. (Click to Tweet!)

Fast forward to 2012. I discovered Harlequin forums online and looked at the various pitch opportunities. How amazing that authors aspiring to write for Harlequin could have this wonderful opportunity to pitch to editors.

I saw the Love Inspired opportunity and jumped on it. As a fan of the line, I thought my writing would fit them, particularly since I love to write about small towns and cowboys. I was asked by a Love Inspired editor, Emily Rodmell, to submit a full manuscript. Happily, after a few weeks, I was offered a contract for my first book: Reunited with the Sheriff.

Belle’s Debut Experience

The Reunited with the Sheriff  experience was amazing. I had always wanted to be published with Harlequin, so it was a dream come true. Harlequin allows authors to have a say in the cover process. We provide examples of what cover we think would be a great fit. Ultimately, the art department decides which vision they wish to pursue, but it is lovely to have a say in the outcome.

Writer Life for Belle Calhoune

Since my debut, I have published roughly 30 books and novellas. I traditionally publish with Harlequin Love Inspired, but I also self-publish additional books. I enjoy writing series that feature interconnected characters. I am currently finishing up my Alaskan Grooms series for Harlequin Love Inspired.

I self-published the very popular Seven Brides, Seven Brothers series, as well as the Secrets of Savannah series. I am currently working on Seven Brides, Seven Brothers, Pelican Bay series, a spin-off of the original Seven Brides series.

I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work in my chosen profession. I love writing inspirational romance. And I truly have the most wonderful readers in the world.

Belle’s Upcoming Releases

On August 22, 2017, His Secret Alaskan Heiress, my fifth book in the Alaskan Grooms series came out in the Harlequin Love Inspired line.

In September of 2017, my Indie published boo, All This Love, will release. (Book 3 in Seven Brides, Seven Brothers Pelican Bay series)

Also in September of 2017, my sixth book in the Alaskan Grooms series, An Alaskan Christmas, comes out in the Harlequin Love Inspired line.

In March of 2018, my seventh and final book in the Alaskan Grooms Series hits shelves. It is titled Her Alaskan Cowboy.

It’s my pleasure to give away a print copy of His Secret Alaskan Heiress and An Alaskan Christmas to two readers who comment.

Where Readers Can Find Belle Calhoune

I can be found on social media in many forums such as my Author Belle Calhoune Facebook page, on twitter @BelleCalhoune, my website  and on my Belle Calhoune Bookbub page. My books can all be found on Amazon where I have a Belle Calhoune author page.

Just a Few of Belle’s Fabulous Romance Novels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord, what a delight it has been to meet this prolific author who inspires and encourages and gives You the credit for her success. Will you hear us now as we ask Your blessing on Belle’s every word? Bless us as readers and writers, that we may see You and share You throughout this dark world. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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33 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Belle Calhoune

  1. Marilyn R

    I enjoy reading Love Inspired books. The Alaskan Groom series sounds like wonderful stories I’ll have to add to my TBR list.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. I love seeing your name among the commenters. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by. I had a great time writing this series. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read them. Blessings.

       
       
  2. Lucy Reynolds

    I enjoy Belle’s books very much. Thank you for the review.

     
     
    1. Hi, Lucy! Great to see you joining our chat. You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Lucy. Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. I so appreciate your readership. Thanks so much for your kind words.

       
       
  3. Deanne Patterson asked me to post this for her:

    I love Love Inspired books, good quality,fun books. Belle Calhoune is a great author. I would love to read these.

     
     
    1. Deanne, you’ve been patient in your persistence in getting a comment on this blog. I’m sorry about whatever’s keeping you from posting here. You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Awww, Deanne. What thoughtful, kind words. I so appreciate them. Keep reading! Blessings.

       
       
  4. Lanetta Goff

    I have read every book that Belle Calhoune has had published and have enjoyed every one of them. If you haven’t read her books, you really need to start. She is one of my favorite authors. I have already won one of the Alaskan Grooms novels, so I don’t think it would be fair for me to win another one in this series. I just wanted to give Belle a shout out.

     
     
    1. Hi, Lanetta. Welcome to our circle this week. Thank you so much for the shout-out to Belle. You’ve encouraged her and me both. And thank you for your generous attitude about the drawing.

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Lanetta. I’m so thrilled to see you commenting. You are such a supportive reader. It’s readers like yourself who keep me going during the tough writing times. Bless you!

       
       
  5. Evangeline

    Belle is a new author to me and her books sound delightful! I would love to win one! She lived across from a library? O my, that must have been heaven on earth.:( Blessings on you as you continue to write.

     
     
    1. Hi, Evangeline. It’s just great to see you in our chat circle this week. I ditto all your comments to Belle! You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Evangeline. I think that was one of the best presents my parents could ever have given me. A treasure trove of books located right across the street. It was heavenly and it changed my life. Thank you for your kind words.

       
       
  6. Nancy M

    I really enjoy her books! If you haven’t read any yet, you really should! I need her latest!

     
     
    1. Hi, Nancy. Welcome to our chat circle. So glad you’ve enjoyed Belle’s books and are looking forward to her latest. You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Nancy. Great to see you over here. You’re such a wonderful supporter of authors. That means a lot! Blessings!

       
       
  7. Paula

    I love that you grew up across from a library! That must have been so much fun! You seem like a person that quietly won’t let go of an idea! Perseverance! Continued success! I would live to win a copy of your book! Thanks!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Paula. Thanks so much for joining the chat and leaving a comment. You’ve encouraged Belle and me both. You’re entered in the drawing. P.S. I ditto your comments to Belle.

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Paula. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It was a very cool thing indeed to grow up across the street from a public library. It really fueled my writing dreams. I don’t believe things happen by accident in our lives. It was meant to be. Blessings!

       
       
  8. Patricia Bennett Barber

    New to me but would love to read them all!!

     
     
    1. Hi, Patricia. I love that you’ve stopped by and joined our chat. Thank you. I, too, am eager to read Belle’s books. You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Patricia. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Good luck on the drawing. Blessings.

       
       
  9. Ann Ellison

    New to me author. Her books look like ones I would enjoy.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann. So good to have you stop by. I agree with you—I’m eager to read Belle! You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Ann. Welcome! Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment. I really hope you get a chance to read the series. There’s a lot of romance in Love, Alaska. Blessings.

       
       
  10. Susan Snodgrass

    I’ve never read her books, but would love a chance to win one.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our circle, Susan. Thanks for taking the time to participate. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Susan. Thanks for stopping in. Good luck on the drawing. If you happen to win, I truly hope you enjoy the journey to Love, Alaska. Blessings.

       
       
  11. Becky Smith

    Please don’t include me in the giveaway because I already have and have read these books! I found Belle Calhoune when I started reading her Seven Brides, Seven Brothers series, and I could hardly wait for the next one to come out! I hope you have many comments and new readers find you. They will be blessed!!

     
     
    1. What a terrific endorsement, Becky. So glad you joined the chat. Love seeing you here.

       
       
    2. Belle

      Hi, Becky. Thanks for stopping by. Becky! You’re the absolute best. A dream of a reader. Your support and kind words mean the world to me. Blessings.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Allison!

Right up there among my top 5 people in the entire world sits Allison Pittman. I met Allison about ten years ago and have grown to love her more as the years go by. She’s a spectacular author who’s been honored more times than I have fingers on a single hand. (She’s gotten comfortable on the Christy Award stage 🙂 Believe me—you’re gonna love this week’s chat. (One thing I dearly love about Allison is she never—and I mean NEVER—is unable to find the time to help me or listen to me or bounce things around with me.) Allison is a mentor extraordinaire! (And hilarious!)

CONGRATULATIONS, Pam W., winner of Allisons’ newest novel, Loving Luther! All Pam did was comment below, and her name was drawn from among the batch of commenters. 

Who Is Allison Pittman?

I’m not one of those people who can make a geographic claim to identity. My childhood and teen years were spent in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and now I’m in Texas (San Antonio). So, while I have really strong opinions about what makes a good enchilada, I don’t see a singular influence on who I am today. (Click to Tweet!)

The constants in my life have been: Family and Faith. Really, my past is super boring—which is a blessing, I suppose, right? I have parents who continue to love each other to an embarrassing degree; I was a solid B student because I never wanted to work hard enough for A’s.

God knows I have absolutely no spunk whatsoever, no drive or persistence or tolerance for suffering, so He’s kept me at a good walking pace in the middle of a wide road. That doesn’t mean everything’s been perfect! I’ve experienced the loss of my beloved older brother, and I’ve seen my share of disappointment, but the sad points in life have made me so appreciative of every ordinary day. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Beginning as a Writer

My first novel was Ten Thousand Charms with Multnomah about ten years ago. I love that book—meaning I love it enough to wish I could go back and tweak it. I was at the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference and had an appointment with the editor Rod Morris. He looked at my pages and declared my craft REALLY needed work, but that my characters were intriguing. I took a year away from writing and just studied everything I could find. Two years later, I saw him again at the same conference, and (long story short), he contracted the Crossroads of Grace series.

Allison Pittman’s Debut Experience

received the acceptance email and experienced an adrenaline rush like I’d never known before. Like, a visceral feeling. And then I cried uncontrollably for days. (literally, days) I don’t think I let myself really know how badly I wanted this.

Like I mentioned before, I’m not a driven, persistent person. It took me years to finish that first novel, and it wasn’t quite finished when Multnomah requested the full manuscript. I think I wanted to just brush it off and walk away if nobody wanted my story. It’s easier to handle disappointment if you never quite acknowledge desire. 

God has been so incredibly faithful, in that first contract and beyond. I’ve been steadily contracted since that first book, sometimes even with projects where I was approached by an editor with a story idea for me to write. God has led me in (and out) of teaching jobs so that I can continue to write. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Journey

I’ve been blessed with editors who have allowed me to write about my idiosyncratic passions. Historic baseball? OK! Three books there, including the Carol winner Stealing Home. (My mother’s favorite, by the way.) Flappers? Done!

When Tyndale approached me about possibly writing about the early Mormon church, they had no idea I grew up in Utah and my husband is an excommunicated Mormon.

So, yeah, I’ve been all over the place with my stories. Some authors can stay with Westerns, or—I don’t know—Oregon or something. I find stories everywhere. Rather, stories find me. 

What’s Up With Allison Now?

My new release Loving Luther takes me way out of my comfort zone—16th Century Germany, the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora.

This is another one of those stories brought to me by someone else…in this case, my agent, Bill Jensen. But I fell in love with both the story and the challenge. And, I really think readers will, too. It is such a different book for me, and I feel like I had to keep it a secret for so long! I actually finished the manuscript nearly 2 years ago, but we wanted to hold off and publish it to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. (Click to Tweet!) 

Now…here she is!

This is my first novel set outside of my usual Americana comfort zone, and I’m really hoping readers will follow me. Katharina’s story is still universally relevant—it’s very much a love story.

What’s Up Next?

My next historical takes us to the French Revolution by way of a Charles Dickens minor character. Y’all just put that on the back burner for a while. There might be a surprise in-between! 

Where to Find Allison Pittman

Readers can find me on facebook on my Allison Pittman Author Page, and at my website where I am an infrequent blogger. (seriously, infrequent) For fun, too, find me on Twitter and Instagram.

In the month leading up to the release of Loving Luther, I’ve been posting a daily pic of my Playmobil Little Luther figure, taking him everywhere with me.

Allison’s Give-Away Offer

I will absolutely do a give-away of Loving Luther, as well as a Little Luther Playmobil figure! Here’s a pic of my Little Luther with tacos. Combining my two very favorite things.

Books by Allison Pittman

Ten Thousand Charms

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak Through the Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Endless Sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stealing Home (Carol Award Winner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridegrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Time & Eternity

 

 

 

 

Forsaking All Others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Sister

 

 

 

 

 

On Shifting Sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Offering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Luther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my, Lord, how gracious You are! You walked with Allison when she was a girl, a teen, a young adult, and as a mother of three boys—twins + one. You’ve given her the desire of her heart—a successful writing career—all the while wrapping her and her family in the fleece of Your grace. You’ve blessed Allison for her faithfulness.
Bless every word Allison writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I signed up! Thanks!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in, Paula!

       
       
  2. Pam W.

    For Time and Eternity was the first book I read by Allison Pittman, and one of my favorite books of all time. Excited to hear of her new release!

     
     
    1. I’m with you, Pam! One of my “Allison” favorites of all time. Thanks for stopping by and joining in. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Those books…they were life changing for me to write. Exhausting! But–I still get more reader feed back from them, even five years later, than anything else I’ve written. They have such an impact!

       
       
  3. I love reading Allison’s books. She has written so many stories and I’ve read them all. Looking forward to reading this one.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Cathey! Great to have you in our circle. I’m like you. I’ve read and loved all of Allison’s books. She’s just plain gifted.

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Thanks, Cathey! I love the idea of “Allison’s books…”
      Such a joy to have returning readers 🙂

       
       
  4. Hello, Allison! Nice to meet you. Linda, thank you so much for introducing me to another author. Allison will be a new addition to my TBR pile.

     
     
    1. Great to have you join our circle, Gail!

       
       
  5. Carol Moncado

    Hi Allison! I would love to read this!!!! I think I’ve read a couple but it’s been a while! Love your story of persistence!

     
     
    1. Hi, Carol. Welcome to our chat circle. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Hey Carol! And I love (and secretly envy) your word counts! If I get 1,500 in a day I consider it a huge victory! 2K nearly kills me…

       
       
  6. Trixi

    I’ve not read anything by Allison. I really enjoyed the interview and seeing all her other books. I’ll have to see if I can borrow them from my library 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway chance Linda! Cute taco picture 🙂

     
     
    1. Hi, Trixi. Oh, you must read Allison. She’s truly gifted. I think Loving Luther is her best yet (and that’s saying a lot!). You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      For me, it’s just as exciting to see my books in a library as it is to see them in a bookstore. I am a huge library patron. The only downside is that I’m a super-slow reader, and my library fines bring shame to my husband who had a perfect record for turning books in on time before he married me! 🙂

       
       
  7. Allison is one of the best storytellers! A fantastic teacher and friend.

     
     
    1. Hi, Valerie. You and I both know what a fantastic teacher and friend Allison is–on top of being a gifted writer, too!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      awww…thanks, Valerie! You’re pretty amazing, too!

       
       
  8. Evangeline

    I enjoyed your interview with Allison and love her books. I would be delighted to win one of them. Thanks for the chance to do so. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi, Evangeline! Good to see you here in our circle. You’re entered! 🙂

       
       
  9. Paula

    I’m a Lutheran and I already asked Allison where she got the idea for the novel. I hope you had an enjoyable time researching this book. So glad it could coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the interview! I have enjoyed other books by Allison, too. Blessings.

     
     
    1. So glad you stopped by, Paula. The release of Loving Luther coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was no accident 🙂 What a fabulous plan! Please come back. Sign up with my newsletter and blog, and you’ll know the latest on other fantastic authors!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      I was really blessed to be introduced to this story. It was a fascinating journey to research.

       
       

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