Let’s Chat! Author Carol Moncado

Welcome, Readers! 

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Carol Moncado, who writes contemporary Christian romances (often with royals :-), otherwise known as Romantic Dramedy in the Ozarks—and beyond.

Carol Moncado’s a hoot, so this should be fun! Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win one of Carol’s books in digital format via Amazon’s gift option.

Congratulations to Paula Shreckhise, winner of this week’s drawing!

Life as Carol Moncado

Hey all! I’m so happy Linda asked me to be here today! YAY! I love Linda and her sense of humor!

I write romantic dramedy and originally set it all in the Ozarks because that’s where I live. I’ve been here almost 25 years and plan to die here (a very long time from now :).

I moved from Phoenix when I was 17 to attend college in Springfield, MO. One of the first people I met was this cute supervisor at the local Chick-fil-A where I’d be working. One thing led to another and we’ve been married over 20 years now!

Carol Moncado’s Family Circus

We claim four kids and two dogs who weigh less than many hardback books (okay – not quite, but they weigh a combined 12 lbs.).

Our sixteen-year-old daughter works for our old boss at one of the local Chick-fil-As. She plays tenor saxophone quite well and took her solo to state last year. She also plays clarinet and alto saxophone and wants to learn to play keyboard. Bandmomming is my life in the fall!

Our fourteen-year-old daughter plays flute and does color guard.

Our almost-thirteen-year-old kiddo plays trumpet and does color guard. She wants to play French horn but not yet – and got a keyboard for Christmas!

Our youngest is our only boy. He’s ten and still in elementary so we’re not sure what he’s going to play just yet :).

I’ll be a band mom until 2025. Or longer. The oldest plans to direct her high school band when she grows up and her director retires. Then I get to be band godmother!! With hubby’s acquisition of a triangle at Christmas (he’s planning to rock the triangle solo), we have 22 instruments in the house (23 if we can find his tambourine from his childhood).

Me? I play the radio. On a really good day, I can get Pandora to cooperate… 🙂

CANDID Publications Carol Moncado
We also have a Shorkie
(shih tzu/yorkie mix) named Mr. Benny who weighs 5 lbs and a Yorkie named Jett who clocks in at a whopping 7 lbs.

A Job in Another Time

I spent fifteen years teaching at a local community college, the best of both worlds. I got paid to talk to grownups but my kids were rarely in daycare more than 15 hours a week and often less than that. God also managed to orchestrate it so that when I needed the option of staying home, I was making enough from my writing that I could afford to.

Carol Moncado’s Debut Experience


The first book I ever wrote
(for real anyway) has a working title of Unbreak Her Heart. I adore the story and the characters, but it needs a major overhaul before I release it.

A whole bunch of books later …

I realized it was time to “fish or cut bait” as it were, and I made the decision to “go indie” and publish books myself. I created my own publishing company, CANDID Publications, bought stock photos, edited the best I could, and went for it.

Book 1 for Carol Moncado

CANDID Publications Carol MoncadoMy first release was Finding Mr. Write, Book 1 in the CANDID Romance series. Two authors who travel together to a writer’s conference (much like ACFW’s) find themselves accidentally married. It was so much fun to write and incorporate nods to some of my friends and favorite authors as I did.

I’d pitched it and several others over the years. I signed with ACFW’s 2017 Agent of the Year Tamela Hancock Murray with Grace to Save. We pitched it around, but no takers.

The indie thing hasn’t been easy, but it’s been totally worth it. Tamela has been incredibly supportive over the years and is still my agent even though she doesn’t really have anything to do on my behalf while I’m an indie. Perhaps if I sign a traditional contract some day and become “hybrid”…

Many of those other books have since been published. But four still languish (along with a whole bunch of half-written ones).

Book 2 for Carol Moncado

My second book released a week after the first and was set mostly in Serenity Landing with an honest-to-goodness Crown Princess as the heroine. Good Enough for a Princess took off so I’ve been writing mostly royalty books ever since. I  revamped the covers a bit because the Montevaro Monarchy series and the Brides of Belles Montagnes series kind of went together. They became the 6 novel + 1 novella series The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes.

The Serenity Landing Second Chances series of three books tells the stories of the last of the royal siblings from the three countries that make up the Commonwealth of Belles Montagnes).

Carol Moncado’s Books, Books, Books

Starting with Finding Mr. Write, I’ve published a total of 23 books, with the 24th up for preorder. In that number are two more novels in the CANDID Romance series.

My summer series, Serenity Landing Lifeguards, has two novellas.

The Christmas series, Serenity Landing Teachers, includes three novellas (though one is currently only available in a boxed set). They’re all set in Serenity Landing, MO, a fictional town near Springfield.

My one single novella is set in a bakery in Minnesota.

But one thing I love about my books is that they’re all set in the same “universe.” Characters cross over or pop up in unexpected places. I didn’t set out to write royal romance, but that’s what’s happened!

What’s Up With Carol Moncado Now?

I’m currently writing in a new series – Crowns & Courtships – involving the royal families of two fictional countries in the Atlantic Ocean/ Sargasso Sea, with two other countries on tap.

A prequel novella (Dare You) and Book 1 (Heart of a Prince) start eighteen months before the end of Book 3 in Serenity Landing Second Chances. Then there’s a sort of inbetweenie novella out as part of the super fun Out of the Blue Bouquet set. 

Book 3 (The Inadvertent Princess, the second full novel in the series), is due to release January 31.

Book 5 (mostly written) picks up immediately following Book 3 of the Serenity Landing Second Chances series, merging the two different timelines.

My very favorite book isn’t officially part of a series just yet, though Book 2 should release next year. Grace to Save opens on 9/11 then skips ahead to 2017. (Click to Tweet!) It’s a story of prodigals, redemption, forgiveness, and the incredible grace found in Christ. (Plus the teenager on the cover is my oldest daughter :). If you’ve lost track, that’s 14 novels and 9 novellas, with novel #15 releasing next month.

Clear as mud? Yeah. I have a hard time keeping up with all of it, too, which is why I’m building (with the help of a couple of dedicated friends) my own wiki site. It’s found at www.hea-tv.com (that’s the fictional version of Hallmark) and has book summaries, timelines, and a glossary of characters, etc. It’s definitely a work in progress but we’ll get there – and I’m trying to keep up with new books as they release.

Final Thoughts from Carol Moncado

I have been so incredibly blessed with readers and readers who’ve become friends and friends who’ve become my readers. I quit my (admittedly quite part time) day job to write full time and wouldn’t trade it for the world. God’s managed it so that I could. A number of other commitments eased just in time for the band mom thing to really take off. It’s allowed me to commit to being there for my band kids (and, hey, they’re all my band kids :-). I get to be a part of that in a way many parents are unable to. That has been such a huge blessing.

How to Find Carol and Her Books

My main social media is Facebook. You can “follow” my profile at www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolMoncado and like my Books page at www.facebook.com/CarolMoncadoBooks. You can join my Reader’s group at bit.ly/MoncadoReaderGroup which is great fun and has teasers and cover reveals, etc.

All of my books appear on Amazon and are in Kindle Unlimited, except Finding Mr. Write and Good Enough for a Princess which are free :).

I blog occasionally at my website www.carolmoncado.com. Check out “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Carol Moncado’s Fictional Universe – and more” at www.hea-tv.com (though it’s still in progress)!

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Lord, we’re so grateful You created the gift of story. Thank You for equipping writers like Carol Moncado, who thrills us with romance, delights us with comedy, holds us spellbound with drama, and inspires us with faith—in each story she writes. Be with Carol as she directs her Family Circus. Bring their dreams to reality. And bless every single word Carol writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carol Moncado

  1. Becka

    I just love your (Carol’s) books. So far, I’ve only read the CANDID and Belle’s of Montagnes series. I have plans to aquire the rest in short order. Is there a master list of the order of books (since they intertwine)? Also, I find myself curious about Prince William. Are you going to write a book about him too? 😀

     
     
    1. Great to have you in our circle, Becka! Isn’t Carol a wonderful storyteller? You’ve encouraged both of us. God bless!

       
       
    2. Carol Moncado

      Hi Becka!!! I’m so glad to hear that!!!

      Yes!!! William’s story is RECLAIMING HEARTS, book 3 in Serenity Landing Secknd Chances (1 is Jonathan Langley-Cranston; 2 is Christopher Bayfield, Alexander’s twin brother).

      There’s a list on my website (that needs updated – note to self – but should be good through last summer or so). There’s also the HEA TV site that has lots of stuff on it (or in progress) including a sort of “master timeline” (that also needs updated but should also be good through last summer or so).

      You can find them at:
      http://www.carolmoncado.com/timeline
      http://www.hea-tv.com

      Message me on Facebook if you can’t get those to work.

       
       
      1. Carol Moncado

        (Actually, I’ve JUST discovered there’s an issue with my website. That first one should work… once I figure out what the issue is…)

         
         
    3. Carol Moncado

      AH! Not sure what happened, but think I figured out how to fix it. More time than I’ve got right now so the links on this page may not work, but this link itself should…

      http://www.carolmoncado.com/my-books/timelinebook-order

      🙂

       
       
      1. Becka

        😀 Thanks! I did try to access the info earlier on your site. The links worked great. Guess I’ll be buying the second chances books very soon. I want to read stories of all those characters!

         
         
  2. Becky Smith

    I enjoyed this interview with Carol. We have had 2 of our children go to college in Springfield, and we live not far from there – in Kansas City, Missouri. And we have a son who lives in the Ozark region. I actually bought 8 books (I just checked on Amazon) of Carol’s, but haven’t had time to read them yet. But I do look forward to reading them.

     
     
    1. Another reader who’s taken with Carol! I hope your TBR pile will soon diminish and you can get a taste of Carol’s personality. She’s such a joyful person! Loved having you in our circle this week, Becky. You’ve encouraged us. God bless.

       
       
    2. Carol Moncado

      Hi Becky! I moved here to go to college, too! Met a cute boy and stayed ;).

      Most of the stories have a connection to the Ozarks in one way or another, though not quite all do. (Okay, so one of the books in the current series is tied strictly by yarn sent from the Ozarks to Eyjania, a fictional country near Iceland.)

      I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them!!! I understand a TBR pile that’s way too big!!!!

       
       
  3. Paula

    Wow! What a busy life you lead. We retired to Lebanon, Just 45 minutes upthe interstate from Springfield. We have travelled up to Hermitage for my husband to preach a few times( small church with no permanent pastor) . The scenery is very pretty down here. I have three of Carol’s books. Unfortunately I have yet to read them. My bookshelves are too full! I need to get to her books! Thanks for the glimpse into Carol’s life!

     
     
    1. Busy is right, Paula! Thanks for joining us. You’ve encouraged us! God bless.

       
       
    2. Carol Moncado

      Hey! I have some friends (writing friends even!) in Lebanon! In fact, I have a fictional town set in the area – Spring Meadow I think I called it that’s basically Lebanon :). I hope you enjoy the books when you get to them!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Joy Palmer

Welcome, Readers and V. Joy Palmer!

Our guest this week is Joy Palmer (a.k.a. V. Joy Palmer) who writes inspirational romantic comedy.

Joy is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Also, she’s an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions

Joy is offering a copy of her debut novel, Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, to someone who joins to conversation below. So … take it away, Joy!

Congratulations to Kim S., winner of the drawing! Yay! Check your email, Kim, for a message from me.

Joy Palmer’s Pre-Author Life

So, I’m Joy. *waves awkwardly*

First, my life began as a bald book-hoarder. My mother likes to tell everyone how I was nearly bald until I was three-years-old and how I loved, loved, loved, my books.


N
ot a lot has changed. Well, I have hair now, but I’m still a hoarder of all things bookish.

When I was six years old, I wanted to be school teacher…or a bus driver. Yeah, I’m serious. However, I always loved telling stories, writing songs, and reading. So I started (and stopped) writing several stories while growing up, never showing them to anyone. I filled notebook after notebook with songs I had written. Yes, I wanted to be a singer/songwriter, but fear held me back.

How Joy’s Writing Began

Janet SimcicHowever, God is awesome. He took that dream and helped me fully realize another dream – writing books. In my senior year of high school, I realized I actually liked writing assignments. They made me downright giddy. Yeah, I’m a weirdo, but that’s when I knew I wanted to be an author.

When I wasn’t writing, I volunteered as a youth leader, and I still love mentoring teens. I discovered the coolest writer’s conference in the world – the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference, and I married my warrior knight in August of 2013.

If you and I were hanging out, I’d drag you to a coffee shop with a stack of books in my purse that you MUST read. (And yes, my purse is that big.) We’d gush about our favorite authors, Gilmore Girls, cheesecake and everything under the sun as we drank all the coffee, tea, and hot chocolate the establishment had in stock.

And then the book stuff happened…

Joy Palmer’s Debut 


I
t took me four years to complete my first novel, and I did some major revisions (translation: weeping and gnashing of teeth) right before my second ACFW Conference, where I pitched that novel.

 Afterwards, I came home and waited.

Waited…

And waited.

Some rejections followed, and I drowned my sorrows with salty chocolate.

I mean, I tried to drown them. Rejections are hard. We know they’re not personal, but because we put so much of our heart and soul into our stories, sometimes it feels personal. God spent many hours whispering to my heart during this season. Not condolences, but to be me.

I distracted myself by writing and, goody, more waiting. Then I received notice my proposal was going to committee.

Thank God, I got the answer the next day because I could. not. sleep. that night!

My book baby, Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, released from WhiteFire Publishing in June of 2016.

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true.

But sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else’s gown without dreaming of the day it’ll be her turn to wear one?

When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can’t handle: change. He’s determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black…and prove to Izze she should give him a chance.

But if there’s anything Izze handles worse than change, it’s trust. She may have a few issues—fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that’s going to require some…minor alterations.

Post-Debut for Joy Palmer

Remember that whispered message? It hadn’t sunk in. Not completely because things started getting really stressful.

First, there was the pressure of sales. The pressure of making every story even better. The pressure of following all the rules of all the social media outlets. The pressure of doing the author thing perfectly. And because I’m a perfectionist.

Finally, God’s voice broke through my stubborn, stressed heart in a blub session at another ACFW conference.

Be me. Write with Him. With. Him. Not me trying to do everything a certain way. Write with Him.

And that’s made all the difference for my heart.

What’s up with Joy Palmer now? 

Then about two weeks after I found out about my book baby, I found out I was pregnant. So honestly, the last few years have passed in a sleep deprived blur. Zzzz.

Now I’m working on two projects. All I can tell you about the first one is that while I absolutely love these characters now, for a while they made me want to pull my hair out by the roots!

The other is a Christmas novella I plan to release next year. Yay! I’m super excited for readers to meet these friends. So check my blog and social media pages for updates!

In my spare time, I’m an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and I love acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens I mentor. (Click to Tweet!) 

When I’m not urging the elves that live in my computer to write, I’m hanging out with my husband, our adorable baby girl, and our socially awkward pets.

How to Find Joy

Purchase Links

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Lord, You are Love and the Author of Romance. You’re the Author of Everything, including laughter. Thank you for authors like Joy who add the lovely spice labeled humor to love stories that inspire readers to look to You for their everything.
Bless each word Joy Palmer writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Joy Palmer

  1. Marilyn R

    Thank you Joy for sharing your journey in being published. Comedy in a book is perfect when life is so busy. Blessings as you continue to write “With Him”.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. We all need as many occasions as possible to laugh, chuckle, or smile, don’t we? You can smile about being entered in this week’s drawing! 😊

       
       
    2. I feel honored to share this crazy, wonderful journey. <3 Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂

       
       
  2. Jane Theriot

    Comedy is exactly what our hearts need. Think about how many times we are told to rejoice in the Bible. Keep up the great writing and mentoring.

     
     
    1. Amen to that, Jane! You’re entered, by the way, friend. 🙂

       
       
    2. Exactly! <3 Thank you so much, Jane! 🙂

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    I enjoyed reading about Joy’s writing journey. Her book sounds like a fun read.

     
     
    1. Joy AND her book seem like they’re delightful! You’re entered, Ann, friend.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Ann! 🙂

       
       
  4. Kim G.

    Hey Joy!

    Great interview. I follow you on Instagram and your blog. I haven’t read your book yet but your humor on your blog and on Instagram has put it in my overly massive TBR! And lunch sounds like the most perfect lunch. 😉

     
     
    1. I’m very glad to “meet” you here on this blog, Kim. You’re entered for the drawing!

       
       
    2. Hi Kim! *waves* Awesome to see you here!!

      I know a thing or two about massive TBR piles! I hope you enjoy the story when your TBR stops threatening to attack!

      Oh, wait… That’s my TBR. Hopefully yours is much nicer. 😉

       
       
  5. Thank you for hosting me! Your prayer blessed my heart! <3

     
     
    1. I’m honored to host you, Joy!

       
       

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