Denise Weimer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Denise WeimerDenise Weimer joins our circle today. This author writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored over ten novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams.

Denise is offering Fall Flip, The Witness Tree, Spring Splash, or Traces in ebook format to someone who joins our chat circle below. You can find her and her books on Amazon at https://amzn.to/38CAo3w.

Now, here’s our honored guest, Denise Weimer.

A Historical Author and Editor Writing Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense? Why, yes!

It stands to reason that a girl who grew up steeped in Gone With the Wind, Eugenia Price, and Civil War living history and vintage dance would write historical romance. And for many years, that’s what I did. I had a number of historical novellas and novels published before my agent told me that contemporary romance was often easier to place with publishers. So … I wrote several contemporary stories, all set in my home state of Georgia.

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all Flip
was the first off the press in September 2019, gleaning reviews as warm and fuzzy as its Hallmarky/HGTV vibe. I’m hopeful its readers are eager for Spring Splash, releasing this month along with Traces. But some may wonder … why an athletic romance? And Traces, a romantic suspense techno-thriller? Boy, Denise has really gone off the deep end with these.

Allow me to explain.

Spring Splash

romantic suspense
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pring Splash
combines two great loves of mine. For almost fifteen years, writing and being a swim mom ran on courses that appeared would never intersect. My two daughters, Emily and Abigail, started their athletic journeys at ages six and four, respectively. The sport played a huge part in molding them into the confident and compassionate individuals they are today.

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hen my older daughter first participated in high school meets, a special competition hosted during intermission captured my attention. The coaches of a local organization named Extra Special People (ESP – extraspecialpeople.com) fielded two relay teams. ESP is a non-profit in the Athens, Georgia area that serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The crowds went wild as those enthusiastic athletes stroked through the water, and the inspiration for Spring Splash was born—even though I didn’t realize it for about five more years. As I became aware my time in the stands was winding down, the idea came back to me.

And Traces?

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s a writer, I look for the unique and the little-known—but the truthful or realistic—to inspire settings and plots. The idea for Traces began with a reality TV show that ran only one season in the U.S. (2017), but it captured my attention because I recognized many of the filming locations here in Georgia. The U.S. version of Hunted was an offshoot of the original, ongoing British version. In both shows, contestants seek to evade skilled investigators for a set amount of time in a set area in order to win a cash prize.

The second piece of Traces was The Eye, technology that may seem futuristic but for all intents and purposes already exists. Constant Hawk was developed in the early 2000s at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system weighed around 1500 pounds and was flown on manned aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The technology from Constant Hawk has continued to evolve. Brazilian officials mounted four Simera cameras on weather balloons and small blimps to surveille the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Thirteen full-motion cameras capable of zoom captured real-time footage with sixty times the resolution of high definition at three frames per second.

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rom these examples of existing WAMI systems, it’s not hard to picture one being installed on a skyscraper. That type of surveillance makes some feel secure, but for others, it would represent a total loss of freedom. A perfect and unique setting for a suspense novel.

So will you genre hop with me? I hope you’ll find it worth the adventure. Bring along your happy-tears tissues for Spring Splash and your chamomile tea for after you read Traces.

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Lord, please bless each word Denise Weimer writes for You.
For Jesus’ sake

37 thoughts on “Denise Weimer: Let’s Chat!

  1. HI Linda Brooks Davis
    My name is Julia Lopez I am the youngest daughter of the late Rafeal & Maria Lopez .
    You might remember me and you might not but I remember your dad and mom. My dad and my family worked for your dad many years in Raymondville,Tx. Hope to read one of your books soon 😉

     
     
    1. Oh, my. Yes. How could I forget your family? You were a huge part of my growing-up years. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I hope you get to read my books. They’re all on Amazon. Just search for Linda Brooks Davis. There are links to them on my website too.

      And I’m sure you would enjoy Denise’s books. Your name is in the hat for one of hers. Maybe you’ll win!

       
       
  2. Alison Boss

    Thank you for sharing your writing journey, Denise! Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read, and then mystery/suspense, so I’m sure I would enjoy reading many of your books! “Traces” sounds really intriguing…very edge-of-your seat action, which I so enjoy. It was nice getting to know more about you. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books! 🙂

     
     
    1. Welcome, Alison. I love seeing your name in Comments. 🙂 You’re always so encouraging. Thank you and come back.

       
       
  3. Wendy Koonce

    Thanks!

     
     
  4. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound intriguing and like very good page turners! Thank you for sharing about your awesome sounding books. I will be adding them to my TBR list. Have a Great week, stay safe and God Bless you and your family.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia. It’s always great to welcome you. You’re a faithful follower. I hope you get to read Denise’s books. She’s a great author. Look forward to welcoming you again.

       
       
    2. Denise Weimer

      Thanks so much, Alicia! Good luck in the drawing.

       
       
  5. Paty Hinojosa

    Wow! Denise Weimer is a new author to me and I definitely want to try her out! Her stories sound so compelling and relatable! And I love the covers! Great to know more about you Denise! Love to hear the insight behind writing from authors! Stay safe and well these days! Blessings and prayers!

     
     
    1. Hi, Paty. Great to welcome you back to the circle. I’m glad you’ve had a chance to meet Denise and hope you can read her books. You name’s in the hat. 🙂

       
       
    2. Denise Weimer

      Thank you, Paty! So happy to hear that you found the books intriguing. I was happy with the covers as well. Cover design is such a fun process! ☺️

       
       
  6. Suzanne Sellner

    I’m just becoming familiar with Denise Weimer and her books and look forward to reading them. I, too, have lived in Georgia and love reading about places where I’ve lived.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Nice to “meet,” Suzanne!!

       
       
    2. Welcome back to our circle, Suzanne. Thank you for your encouraging comments. Your name’s in the hat for one of Denise’s books 🙂

       
       
  7. Jean

    I follow Denise on social media already. She is still a new author for me but her books are on my huge TPR list. 😉
    I love suspenseful stories!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Jean, I hope you get to read and enjoy them soon. ☺️

       
       
    2. Welcome to our circle, Jean. I hope your TBR list will be reduced by at least one of Denise’s. Your name’s in the hat. 🙂

       
       
  8. Rose Blackard

    These books sound awesome. I love to read about actual places in books

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Rose, that’s great! The Witness Tree is set in NW GA, Fall Flip in Augusta, Spring Splash in Athens, and Traces in Atlanta. ❤️

       
       
    2. Welcome, faithful follower Rose! Thanks for visiting with Denise. Your name’s in the hat for one of her books 🙂

       
       
  9. The witness tree sounds intriguing. I lived in GA for 7 years and visit often. I’d probably recognize scenes. That would make the books more personal.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Teresa, I bet you would. It’s set in NW GA at the Chief Vann House.

       
       
    2. Hi, Teresa. So glad you joined us. I know you encouraged Denise. Sign up for the blog, and you’ll meet a slew of authors 🙂

       
       
  10. Joan Arning

    I already follow Denise on Facebook and Bookbub and get her newsletter!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      I appreciate staying connected!

       
       
    2. Wow. I know Denise appreciates your following her. We’re tickled to have you in our circle. Sign up for this blog, and you’ll meet a bunch of authors. God bless.

       
       
  11. Melinda Grace

    I love to read stories that take place in areas I know! Thanks for posting the link to this site and Denise’s site. I’ll take a closer look at both tomorrow!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thanks for stopping by, Melinda.

       
       
  12. Lisa

    Can’t wait to check out these books.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thanks, Lisa! Good luck.

       
       
    2. Hi, Lisa. Great to have you in our circle. Your name’s in the hat for the drawing. 🙂 Sign up for this blog on Linda-Brooks-Davis.com Home page, and you’ll have the chance to interact with a slew of authors.

       
       
  13. Tabitha Mccullers

    I would love to read all these books!!
    How did I not know you were an author.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Hey, Tabitha! Glad you found out. ☺️

       
       
    2. Welcome, Tabitha. So glad you joined us. I hope you’ll sign up for this blog where you can interact with many authors. I hope you get to read Denise’s books.

       
       
  14. Wendy

    I absolutely loved Fall Flip! I’m reading The Witness Tree now. I plan to own all of Denise’s wonderful books. She’s a fantastic author but even more a fabulous friend! I wish you many successes, dear friend!
    Wendy

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thank you so much, Wendy! You’re a sweetie.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Wendy. You sound like the best kind of friend. I hope you’ll join our circle again—better yet, sign up on the Home page 🙂

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Denise Weimer

Welcome, Everyone!

Denise WeimerDenise Weimer honors us with her presence this week. She is a hybrid author of historical and contemporary time-slip romantic suspense. Denise loves to write dual time-period stories where modern characters learn life lessons as they uncover a mystery from history.

Denise holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A former magazine writer, she works as a substantive editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has authored The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy and a number of romantic novellas. She is represented by Hartline Literary AgencyA wife and swim mom of two daughters. Denise always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!

Denise is offering a giveaway via Rafflecopter that will run the month of May. Just click here  and scroll down to Denise Weimer. Choose to sign up under your Facebook or Twitter account. And you’re entered.

Denise Weimer’s Birth as a Writer

Denise Weimer_girl writingMy life before writing consisted of 11 years. As an only child born near Atlanta, Georgia, I traveled with my parents to historic sites. I sat in the back seat and scribbled stories into spiral-bound notebooks about the people who might have lived there. My mother listened to every word and encouraged me to keep writing.

Denise Weimer’s First Steps as an Author

By the time I graduated with a journalism degree and minor in history, I had a Civil War-era trilogy ready to go. In those days, I was able to approach publishers directly, without an agent or prior publishing experience.

Following a string of rejections, my dream publisher called. My heart felt like it would beat out of my chest! This was it! My sample chapters had progressed to the final review committee. But alas … they had just committed to a similar series by another gentleman. (Probably Gilbert Morris. LOL.)

So I concentrated on my public relations job, independent editing, and layout as we started a family. God removed my pressing desire to write so I could focus on our two baby girls.

A Debut for Denise Weimer

Denise WeimarWhen my younger daughter took naps, I wrote a novella. Redeeming Grace’s publisher set the price so high I LOST money when I placed it in a store. That venture looked like a failure. But it led to an introduction to John Kollock, a prominent regional artist who lent me his family letters and diaries . His endorsement and cover art opened doors for my Georgia Gold Series (historical romance with a touch of mystery, set from the Georgia Gold Rush through Reconstruction).

The publisher for that series went under just as book one released. A dreadful and embarrassing situation and six months of hemorrhaging money as I attempted to keep book one, Sautee Shadows, afloat, led me to put my writing on the altar. I was willing to do something different if God wanted.

After a move and another year, I found another traditional, independent publisher, Canterbury House. This time, things went smoothly!

Next Steps for Author Denise Weimer

Denise WeimerI followed Georgia Gold with The Restoration Trilogy, time slip romantic suspense. The modern characters uncover stories from three different centuries as they restore a historic property. But someone does not want them at work.

Denise WeimarWhile promoting Restoration Trilogy, I learned the importance of networking with readers via social media and other authors via blogging. My dear friends at Colonial Quills blog invited me to join them in the Backcountry Brides collection. The eight Colonial romances in one volume release this month with Barbour Publishing.

My heart-pounding story, Across Three Autumns, features a strong heroine who doesn’t think she’s worthy of love. However, the swoon-worthy Scottish scout might be stubborn enough to convince her otherwise.

What Denise Weimer Sees for the Future

I have several stories out to publishers via my agent. I pray they’ll invest in an emerging author! I’m also helping out with editing at Lighthouse Publishing. Being an editor was always a secondary dream, a package deal with being an author.

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The latest collection, the agent, and the editing position all came about thanks to my Colonial Quills connections. I’ve learned writing is NOT a solo endeavor. In the community of faith, we all need each other. So thank you, Linda, for hosting me today! And thank you, readers, for stopping by.

How to Find Denise and Her Books

Website
Facebook
Twitter @denise_weimer
Amazon
Backcountry Brides Collection – Colonial America

P.S.Denise Weimar

On our recent 25th!! anniversary (I was a child bride), I enjoyed three favorites—hot tea, cheesecake, and truffles. But I had to fight off husband Wayne. Guess who won?

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How fascinating, Lord, the myriad ways You call writers to pen Your stories. Then You bring them together as community in support of one another. You’ve written Your history on the hearts of writers like Denise whose passion is sharing Your story. We treasure books like hers that tell of Your goodness through all generations. We pray You’ll bless each word Denise writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Denise Weimer

  1. Tanja

    Hi Linda and Denise,
    “Denise loves to write dual time-period stories where modern characters learn life lessons as they uncover a mystery from history.”
    Exactly my words! I am writing in the same genre. So excited, to meet someone, who thinks the same way!

     
     
    1. Hi, Tanja, glad to “meet” you! I’d love to connect via FB and Twitter!

       
       
    2. Hi, Tanja! Seeing your name put a big smile on my face. Thank you for stopping by.

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Nice interview with Denise Weimer. It’s always nice to learn more about an author. Denise, your variety of genres sound like wonderful read. The Backcountry Bride Collection is one collection I defnitely want to read.

    Linda, Denise and everyone have a fun filled Memorial Day weekend. Blessings

     
     
    1. Hi, friend. I ditto your comments about Denise’s books. And wish you and yours a beautiful Memorial Day weekend too. Thank you for joining in.

       
       
    2. Hi, Marilyn, thank you for stopping by. At one point I thought I’d only ever write historicals, but sometimes unexpected opportunities force us to try something new! I’ve found that writing contemporary stories has helped tighten my future historical writing.

       
       
  3. Thanks, Andrea! Glad you liked Caylan. He seemed so real when I was writing his parts!

     
     
  4. Andrea

    Very nice interview. I like getting to know authors better.
    I liked your swoon-worthy Scotsman!
    Love this collection!

     
     
    1. Hi, Andrea. Welcome to our circle. Your comments have encouraged Denise and me both. Please stop by again.

       
       
  5. Perrianne Askew

    Thanks for the interview. I’m sure being an author is not for the faint at heart! I thoroughly enjoyed The Backcountry Brides which I would say has been very successful. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up next for Denise.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Perrianne! I’m eager to see what’s coming next also. 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi, Perianne. Seeing your name in Comments always makes me smile. So glad you could stop by for our chat. Ditto to your remarks about Backcountry Brides and what’s coming up next for Denise.

       
       
  6. Paula Shreckhise

    Thanks Linda and Denise. I’m reading Backcountry Brides now. I’ll keep Denise on my radar!

     
     
    1. Thank you, Paula! I was so happy to “meet” you at the Heroic Women FB party this week. I hope you enjoy the novellas.

       
       
    2. Hi, Paula. It’s delightful to see you in our circle this week. You’ve encouraged us! Thank you.

       
       

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