Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

Welcome, Everyone!

Merillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Merrillee-Whren/e/B001HPI34M?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmr1_1&qid=1557163230&sr=8-1-fkmr1 Merrillee Whren joins us this week. I’m super excited to introduce you.  Merrillee writes inspirational romances and won the 2003 RWA Golden Heart© Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award. She wrote for several years for Love Inspired and now is an established and successful independent novelist.

Merrillee is offering an ebook of her latest, A Place to Call Home, to someone who joins our conversation here on the blog.

Now . . . Here’s Merillee . . . 

P.S. The winner of Merrillee’s drawing is Trudy Cordle!

Merrillee Whren Before Authorship

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ve been an author from the time I learned to read and write. I’ve always loved to tell stories but not necessarily for publication. I grew up in South Dakota, Montana, and Washington State. I graduated from Dakota Bible College and Milligan College.

My husband and met and married in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I was an elementary school teacher. 40 years later we enjoy two grown daughters and two granddaughters.

Merrillee Whren’s Writing Journey

Merrillee Whren_https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Homecoming-Love-Inspired-314/dp/0373873247/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=The+Heart%27s+Homecoming+Whren&qid=1557162231&s=gateway&sr=8-5-spellWhen I first started to write with publication in mind, I often thought I wanted to write children’s books, but my heart was in romance. I love a good love story with a happy ending.

I wrote and submitted manuscripts for twenty years before I made my first sale to Steeple Hill Books, which is now known as Harlequin Love Inspired. The Heart’s Homecoming was released in August of 2005. I wrote 13 more books for Love Inspired before I started my indie publishing journey.

Merrillee Whren: What’s Up With You Now?

As I mentioned in the last question, I wrote 14 books for Love Inspired and have received the rights back to 10 of those books. I am republishing them with updates and new covers.

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y Kellerville series, published by Love Inspired, has been reissued as the Kellersburg series. That was my original name for the fictional town, but it was changed because of an editorial snafu. The books in the series are Hometown Promise, Hometown Proposal, and Hometown Dad.

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m in the process of reissuing the Dalton Brothers series. Wade’s story is Four Little Blessings. Matt’s story is Country Blessings. Peter’s story is Homecoming Blessings, which is now up for preorder for 99 cents. Before starting my republishing, I wrote 5 books in my Front Porch Promises series. I intend to publish one more book in that series.

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How to Find Merrillee Whren

You can find my books and purchase links on my website on my books page.https://www.merrilleewhren.com/category/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerrilleeWhren.Author/

Twitter: @MerrilleeWhren 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/merrilleewhren/ 

A Merrillee Whren Giveaway

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will give away an ebook copy of the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, A Place to Call Home. 

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Lord, Your paths for us sometimes take curves, switchbacks, and u-turns. Sometimes we reach dead-ends. How glorious to know we can trust You to get us through mazes and back on the road You’ve laid out for us. Authors often find an apparent end to be an unexpected beginning. We pray You’ll bless Merrillee in her independent publishing endeavors. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

31 thoughts on “Merrillee Whren Let’s Chat!

  1. Mary Treadwell

    Are all your books self published or small press published? If so, what do you feel has been your biggest challenge? I love indie authors! Some of my best friends are indies.

     
     
  2. Trudy

    The book looks really good! All of them sound great! I just found another new-to-me author!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Trudy! Thanks for joining us. You’ve encouraged Merrillee and me both 🙂

       
       
  3. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the chat! Looks like a good book!

     
     
    1. Thanks, Faith. You’re welcome.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Faith! Great to see you in the circle!

       
       
  4. Gina Johnson

    Your writing touches my heart. I have been very happy with your books I have had the pleasure of reading. I already have A Place to Call Home.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Gina. Thanks for joining the chat. I know your comments encourage Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Thanks, Gina. I appreciate your kind words.

         
         
  5. Rose Blackard

    Great interview. Hope I get to read one of your books soon!

     
     
    1. Hi, Rose. Welcome to this week’s circle. You encourage us!

       
       
      1. Hi Rose,
        Thanks for stopping by. You can grab HOMECOMING BLESSINGS for just 99 cents.

         
         
  6. Joy Gibson

    Loved the chat!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Joy. It’s great to have you join us.

       
       
    2. Joy, thanks for stopping by. I glad you enjoyed what I had to say.

       
       
  7. Linda, thanks so much for hosting me.

     
     
    1. It’s my pleasure! I’m glad to highlight you and your work.

       
       
  8. Alicia

    Very nice interview, I enjoyed it and your books sound awesome, and the covers are super nice! Thank you for sharing this. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. You’re welcome, Alicia.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Alicia. Great to see you in the circle. You’re encouraged us by participating.

       
       
  9. Of all your characters is there one that has a special place in your heart? If so, why?

     
     
    1. Mary,
      It’s hard to say because it’s like saying you like one of your children better than the others. But if I have to choose, I would say Kelsey from A Baby to Call Ours. It’s a recent book, and maybe that’s why that character is fresh on my mind. When the story opens, she is very troubled. She has to work through a lot in the story. I recently learned that this book is a finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. I hope you’ll check it out.

       
       
      1. Mary Treadwell

        Congratulations! I will check it out. Sometimes a character has a way of speaking in ways you never imagined. Best wishes on your nomination.

         
         
        1. Thanks, Mary.

           
           
    2. Hi, Mary. Welcome to the chat. Great question for Merrillee.

       
       
      1. Mary treadwell

        Thanks!

         
         
      2. Mary treadwell

        Thanks! I love to know tidbits.

         
         
        1. Welcome, Mary! Love having you in our circle.

           
           
  10. Great chat, Linda! Merrillee, it’s so nice to meet you. Your books sound amazing. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi Gail,
      I hope you’ll look for my books. My book, HOMECOMING BLESSINGS, is up for preorder at the bargain price of 99 cents.

       
       
    2. Hi, Gail. Great to have you in our circle!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Toni Shiloh

Welcome, Readers and Toni Shiloh!

This week we’re chatting with Toni Shiloh, author of eight novels. The latest is a yummy-looking Christian contemporary romance, Enduring Love.

Toni is giving away a digital version of Enduring Love to someone who joins our chat circle below. So pull up a chair, ya’ll!

Take it away, Toni!

Life, Toni Shiloh Style

Janet SimcicI’m a happy mom of two and a wife of thirteen years. Our family makes our home in Virginia and has for the past six years.

Prior to becoming an author, I served 6 years in the military. Afterward, I decided to get my bachelor’s in English and after taking a few creative writing classes, I knew what I wanted to do.

Toni Shiloh’s Debut

Toni ShilohMy first book was the novella, A Life to Live. I decided to write the novella because I felt like the word goal was something I could achieve for first time writing. Unfortunately, the company I wrote it for—who had an open call for submissions—declined my manuscript.

After much thought and prayer, I decided to Indie publish it. From there, I made the journey to become traditionally publish which has now lead me to be a hybrid author—publishing traditionally and independentaly.

What’s up With Toni Shiloh Now?

Right now I’m preparing for the launch of my eighth book, Enduring Love. It’s book three in my Maple Run series, which is published by Celebrate Lit Publishing. I’m excited to hear what readers think because I poured a lot of my heart into this one.

Maple Run Series, Books 2 & 3

The first book in the Maple Run series is Buying Love. And the second is Finding Love

How to Find Toni Shiloh and her Books

To purchase: 

https://amzn.to/2Ht7lqh

Social media links:

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Lord, You are Love. You are the Author of romance. We’re grateful as readers for authors like Toni who write stories showcasing the purity of Your style of romance. Bless every single word Toni writes for You.

~ For Jesus’ sake ~

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Toni Shiloh

  1. Anita

    I’m excited to read Toni’s work. Looking forward to more new authors.

     
     
    1. It’s a delight to welcome you to the circle, Anita. You’re entered in the drawing! Winner announced tomorrow night here and on Facebook. I hope you’ll come back to visit.

       
       
  2. Marilyn

    Nice to see Toni on your blog, Linda. Congratulations to .Toni on her upcoming release with CL. God always know what is needed for His children who are following His Perfect Will for their life. Blessings to both of you.

     
     
    1. And it’s wonderful to see you here, Marilyn. Thanks for encouraging us!

       
       
    2. Blessings to you, Marilyn!

       
       
  3. Always fun to learn more about one of my favorite authors! Congratulations on your latest book, Toni. 🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks, Linda!

       
       
    2. It’s great to welcome you, Linda! Thank you for encouraging Toni—and me too.

       
       
  4. Thank you so much for having me!

     
     
  5. Sometimes an author knows themselves better than a publisher. Glad you were persistent and did not lose sight of your goal. My aunt, a poet, did the same as you. Matters not how the work gets out,but rather the importance that it did get published for others to enjoy. Hope to read your publications.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Jane!

       
       
    2. What wise, encouraging comments, Jane. Thank you.

       
       
  6. Enduring Love is a great story, filled with hope and love.

     
     
    1. Never too much hope and love, is there, Melissa? Thanks for joining us this morning.

       
       
    2. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Melissa!

       
       

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