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 Loree Lough!

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Loree Lough!

This week we visit with a wonderful and prolific author, Loree Lough. This is one inspirational woman, friends, so form a circle around our guest and give her a big Hello!

Loree is offering a signed copy of her newest release, 50 Hours, to someone in the U.S. who joins our chat circle and an ebook of the same to anyone outside the U.S. 

Congratulations to Melissa Henderson, winner of Loree’s 50 Hours!

Loree Lough: Her Before

First, I’d like to thank you, Linda, for the invitation to visit your blog. It’s truly an honor!

I was born in Wisconsin, raised in Illinois (12 schools in as many years thanks to my dad’s VA transfers), and spent a few years “on the road,” literally singing for my supper. I traveled all over the US and Canada, performing in pubs and hotel lounges, and working with ‘house bands’ to open for some major recording artists. My favorite audience? Wounded soldiers at VA hospitals. (Click to Tweet!)

Then, when Dad’s job took him to Baltimore, I followed, and stayed. Accepted a position at a national insurance company, and while tending the switchboard for a co-worker, my husband walked in. (One of his employees at the glazing company had cut his hand and bled all over the boss’s carpet; Larry came to inspect the damage and determine the cost of replacement.)

It was, as they say, love at first sight: We were married 9 months later. A year after that, our first child was born. Shuttle three years into the future when another daughter came into our lives. We moved around a bit (thanks to Larry’s transfers).

Loree Lough: The Writer

During our brief stay in Richmond, I answered an ad for a “neighborhood correspondent,” and wrote the first of what would become more than 2,500 articles in international, national, regional, and local newspapers and magazines. About mid-way through my “beat reporter” career, I tried my hand at fiction. Short stories, at that point. And a couple dozen pieces for “confession” magazines. The change was, as they say, more love at first sight!

When my first novel earned the Reader’s Choice Best Contemporary award, you could say I’d succumbed to Fiction Addiction. And I still haven’t kicked the habit: At last count, I had 115 books in print. When I’m not writing, I love spending time at our cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where I try to perfect my “identify the critter tracks” skills.

Loree Lough’s Debut Novelist Experience

In addition to ‘ghosting’ for professionals in a variety of technical and trade publications, I spent years as a freelancer and beat reporter, writing articles for magazines like Woman’s World, Redbook, McCall’s and more, and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Bal-timore Sun, and many others. In the early 90s, I began to notice a disturbing trend: Editors and/or publishers making changes to my work and the work of my peers…to appease advertisers! I told myself “If you’re gonna write fiction, you might as well write a novel!” (Click to Tweet!)

The result? Pocketful of Love. I’m hard-pressed to choose which I remember most fondly. The phone call during which Steve Reginald (who became my editor for the next few novels), said “We like your story and want to publish it!”, or when he called again to inform me that Pocketful had earned numerous 5-star reviews and won the Reader’s Choice Best Contemporary of the Year.

I’m the first to admit, it felt pretty good, and I wanted to repeat the experience. So I did my homework: Signed up for writing classes. Attended conferences, workshops, and seminars. Joined writer’s organizations. Read how-to books and magazines.

Along about the time my 15th novel hit the shelves, a friend who organized adult education classes at the community college me to teach a course entitled “Writing and Marketing Freelance Articles.” After a few years of that—and an additional 15 or so books on the shelves—she asked if I’d also teach “Romance Novel How-To.” Much as I loved interacting interaction with students, back-to-back deadlines demanded that I hang up my instructor’s hat.

What’s Up With Loree Lough Now?

114 additional books have joined that first one in my list of published works. Most recently, I saw The Man She Knew in print (#1 in the “By Way of the Lighthouse” series from Harlequin Heartwarming … my 3rd series for the company).

I’m also pleased and proud to announce that 50 Hours (based on a screenplay by Kevin J. O’Neill) released on June 30th. I believe God will work through that novel since it touches so many lives; endorsements state that anyone with a cancer connection—whether patient, caretaker, loved one, friend, or medical professional—will find lots of reason to feel hopeful after they’ve read this story.

As for the future? I have a few proposals out there, and I’m praying they’ll find a readership, also.

How to Find Loree Lough

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Loree Lough

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star re-views, and 7 book-to-movie options. Her 115th book, 50 Hours, is her most personal to date.

A Multiple Myeloma survivor, an incurable bone/marrow cancer, Loree endured a year and a half of twice-weekly chemo. She received a stem cell transplant, followed by another month of twice-weekly chemo.

Now, Loree is in what they call a “resting phase,” no meds and energy to burn. She recently re-leased, The Man She Knew, book #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series from Harlequin Heartwarming. Latest up, 50 Hours.

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Oh, Lord, how You amaze us. You called Loree from a young age to use her gifts, and she’s been faithful. You brought her through cancer and its treatments, and now her gift of writing includes her prayer for continued readership.
Will you bless her every word and use her for Your purposes?

~ For Jesus’ sake

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21 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Loree Lough!

  1. Does Texas have all the talented authors? Enjoyed the interview with Loree. Hope you’re all doing fine where you are.

     
     
    1. So great to see you here, Clarice. We’re just fine in San Antonio, but—oh—poor Houston. Praying for them. (You’re right—Texas has a lot of great writers!)

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Loree Lough has had her mountain tops and valleys, knowing God was with her each step. Thank you for the great interview. One of your books is on my forever growing TBR pile.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. So glad you stopped by. Loree’s a delight, isn’t she?

       
       
  3. Loree, it is so wonderful getting to know more about you. A singer too? You have led an amazing life, and by the grace of God, you are growing stronger in faith and words. I’m looking forward to reading your novels and learning more aboutg you. God’s blessings.

     
     
    1. Ditto, Chrissy. Loree has led a very interesting life. Thanks for joining the chat.

       
       
  4. Ann Ellison

    Love Loree’s books. Really enjoyed this interview. Do not include me in the drawing as I am blessed to have a signed copy.

     
     
    1. You’re a sweetheart, Ann! Thanks for stopping by!

       
       
  5. I’m replying for Deanne Patterson who for some reason can’t get a message through on this blog. So I’m replying for her:

    Great interview!

    🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks Linda and thanks Deanne!

       
       
  6. Paula Shreckhise

    I have read Loree in the past and so looks forward to reading this one! Thanks for the great interview!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Paula. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Thanks for the kind words, Paula! Hope you’ll enjoy 50 Hours!

       
       
  7. Lucy Reynolds

    Impressive, a singer and a writer. Gifts from God. I’m sorry you had to endure cancer treatments, but God uses all things for His greater good. Have a blessed and happy day.

     
     
    1. You’re right, Lucy. Impressive. Loree’s had an impressive career. Thanks for joining our chat.

       
       
      1. Lucy Reynolds

        Thank you for having me.

         
         
        1. You’re welcome. Thank YOU!

           
           
    2. Thanks Lucy! God is definitely good and loving!

       
       
  8. Very interesting. Nice to get to know about Loree. 🙂

     
     
    1. Loree’s such an impressive author. I’m so glad to have gotten to know her through this interview. Thanks for joining the conversation, Melissa.

       
       
    2. Glad you stopped by, Melissa! Hope you’ll enjoy 50 Hours!

       
       

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