Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

Welcome, everyone!

Martha Rogers, author of historical and contemporary romance novels, is joining our chat circle this week. Welcome, Martha! We’re delighted to have you.

Martha’s giving away to someone who joins the conversation below their choice of a print copy of Christmas at Stoney Creek, which is set in Texas in the 1890s, or an ebook of Thanksgiving in the Valley. So comment below, and you might be the blessed winner of one of these lovely stories.

Martha’s Roots

First, thank you, Linda, for inviting me to your blog.

Martha’s Growing Up Years: Dallas, Texas


I was born in Dallas, Texas 82 years ago and was my parents’ first child and the first grandchild on each side. I have a younger sister and brother who still live in the Ft. Worth-Dallas area. I attended Kindergarten through grade twelve in Dallas. In fact, my family never lived anywhere but in Dallas.

Martha’s Young Adult Years: Waco, Texas

After high school graduation, I attended Baylor University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in English. My days at Baylor were full of fun as I participated in as many activities as I could and still do my studies. I liked to talk, socialize, and play pranks.


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any times I found myself on the borderline for being “Campused” which meant I could not leave the campus for the rest of the semester and restricted to the dorm with only my classes to attend. Never made that list because I knew the limit and never crossed it.

I had never lived outside of Dallas until going to Baylor, and when I graduated in 1957, I accepted a job in Houston and have lived here ever since.

Martha Meets Her Man

I met my husband at First Baptist Church in Houston in 1959, and we married that year. We remain members of that church even today. I attended the University of Houston and earned my Master’s of Education and went on to teach at the college level for eight years.

Martha Rears a Family

We have three sons and daughters-in-law. The oldest lives in Waco, Texas, the middle one is here in Houston, and the youngest lives with his family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have given us nine grandchildren. The youngest grandson is a sophomore in high school. Our two oldest granddaughters are married and have given us five great-grandchildren.

Last fall, our third oldest grandson married and our family grew. Here we all are at the wedding in San Antonio, Texas, the bride’s home town. Our fifth great-grandchild joined the family in July of this year. Her name is Hailey Kate and we think she’s adorable.

Then last December, we had a snowfall that actually stayed around, a rarity in Houston. Here is our house with the snow. The trees kept the ground from being fully covered. We’ve lived in this house for forty-three years now.

Martha Rogers, the Writer

I began writing and telling stories as a young child and wrote my first novel at age seventeen while at Baylor. I wrote short stories and filed them away, but never did anything with them. While teaching a creative writing class for high school students, I decided to write the book I’d been making notes on for several years. I wrote mainly in the summers because English teachers have very little time after grading papers for 150 or so students.

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I signed with an agent in the early 1990’s, but got nothing but rejections. We parted ways after three years. I continued writing and attended many writing conferences including Mount Hermann and the American Christian Romance Writers then later when it became ACFW. At an ACRW conference in 2001, I met and signed with my present agent, Tamela Hancock Murray.

Martha Rogers, the Author

My critique partners, DiAnn Mills, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Janice Thompson, decided we needed a collection of stories to submit for a collection. In 2007, Barbour published Sugar and Grits. This was one of the most fun books I’ve ever written.

I had nothing else accepted, but Tamela Hancock Murray, my agent, continued to send out my manuscripts. DiAnn, Janice, and Kathleen helped me come up with the title for a series I wanted to write and the title of the first book.

Martha Rogers Celebrates

Finally, in 2009, on my seventy-third birthday, Tamela called with the news the first manuscript, Becoming Lucy had been accepted. After the first manuscript, they sent a contract for the rest of the series that ended up being six books. The series, Winds Across the Prairie, is still available today. Lucy became a CPA best seller as did the sixth in the series, Christmas at Holly Hill.

After that first series, I contracted for two more of four books each. Now I have published fifty novels and novellas and have contracts for more in 2019. My newest releases are for two historical Thanksgiving and Christmas books, and two other contemporary ones.

I am now working on a cozy mystery for a series titled Spring Hill Sleuths. It’s set in a retirement community and my main character is in her 70’s and is much like Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. Her cohorts include a retired lawyer and a retired police detective. It’s a lot of fun to write with a number of quirky characters.

Martha’s Plans for the Future

I’m planning on writing as long as the Lord allows and gives me ideas. God is my Master Creator and fills my head with ideas. He has walked with me though my own cancer and my husband’s heart attack and his battle with melanoma. Without my Lord, I am as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Martha’s Give-Away

This is the print book I’m giving away. Christmas at Stoney Creek is set in Texas in the 1890’s. Although entirely fiction, the hero is named for my grandfather who was a newspaperman.

Blurb: News reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man, Joe, and brings him home to Stoney Creek. Tom’s journalistic instincts suggest there’s more to the old man than appearances tell. A carpenter by trade, Joe works at odd jobs around town and makes many new friends including Faith Delmont, a girl who grew up with Tom. Contradictions in the man’s manners and way of speaking whet Tom’s nose for news and raises even more questions. As he and Faith seek the truth, they learn that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph and true love comes to those who seek it.    

If you prefer an E-book, then I have Thanksgiving in the Valley for you.

Blurb: Travis fell in love with Violet when she was fourteen. Now, ten years later, he returns to Ridgewood Valley as a lawman and still loves her. Violet has always loved Travis and when he returns from serving in the U.S. Cavalry, her love grows. Because she’s a preacher’s daughter, and he has less than stellar reputation while in the cavalry, he doesn’t feel worthy of Violet’s love and tries to avoid her. A few days before Thanksgiving, while he is away on a man hunt, Violet is shot during an attempted robbery of the church’s offerings. When Travis returns to town learns of Violet’s injuries, he realizes he can’t live without her. Will this Thanksgiving Day be one of great blessings for these two hearts? 

How to Find Martha Rogers & Her Books

Martha Rogers Author Facebook page

Website 

Twitter: @martharogers2 

Amazon for all of my books 

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Lord, You are the eternal time setter. You know the times, the seasons, the hours, and the days, and you have from the beginning. How inspiring Martha’s story of Your giving her a family to rear and then placing a pen in her hand to write stories about Your amazing love and grace. Please bless each word Martha writes for you.
~ For Jesus’ sake

24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

  1. I’ve been an avid Martha Rogers fan since Sugar and Grits. Spring Hill Sleuths promises to be another great read, too.

     
     
    1. Thanks, Linda. It’s fun writing about older characters and adding a few quirks and fun for them. Book 2, The Case of the Missing Pearls should be out in January.

       
       
  2. Thanks for stopping by, Alison. It was fun chatting with you on Facebook last night.

     
     
  3. Alison Boss

    Martha, I so enjoyed reading about your life and your writing journey! The Lord has truly gifted you and blessed you! I was just perusing through all your books that you have listed on Amazon…7 pages worth!! That is awesome! So many delightful reads!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book, Christmas at Stoney Creek! I love Christmas stories and this sounds sooo good!

     
     
  4. Marilyn R

    A beautiful and full life for you, Martha. What a blessing with all your family being together and another special great granddaughter to love. I look forward to reading your books. They sound like ones I’ll enjoy. Christian Historical Fiction is a favorite.
    Linda and Martha, have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones. God is good all the time.

     
     
    1. Thank you Marilyn. May your Thanksgiving be blessed as well.

       
       
  5. Susanne

    All of these books sound like great reads!

     
     
  6. Shelia Hall

    both books sound great. Love to win Christmas at Stoney Creek.

     
     
  7. SARAH TAYLOR

    Hi Martha Thank You for sharing You are new to me Would Love to read Your book Christmas At Stoney Creek! Your Great Granddaughter is Adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. This Christmas book was fun to write using my grandfather as the model for the hero. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

       
       
    2. I forgot to add, Sarah that was my great-grandmother’s name. They called her Sallie for some reason even though her name was Sarah Louise. She’s the mother of the hero in Stoney Creek.

       
       
      1. I have never understood why, by Sally/Sallie has always been the nickname for Sarah. I’ve known others. It’s cute.

         
         
  8. Faith Creech

    I also went to Baylor and absolutely loved my time there. Still follow the Baylor the Bears!! Thanks for the chance to win!

     
     
    1. Yay! Another Baylor Bear! I wrote my first full length novel as a freshman living on the 4th floor of Alexander Hall. I graduated in 1957, so I’m a Heritage Club member now. 🙂

       
       
  9. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed reading. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

     
     
    1. You too, Lucy. I love this time of year. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
  10. Seems like it took forever, Perrianne, but it was all in God’s timing. He knew when I’d be ready.

     
     
  11. Patty, the first book of the series, Mulch Ado About Murder is available on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. https://amzn.to/2zUNcDf

     
     
  12. Paula, I hope your daughter likes Dallas. That’s where my youngest daughter-in-law lived. She and our youngest son are now in Tulsa. I love that town. Thanks for stopping by.

     
     
  13. Paula Shreckhise

    My daughter and her family are moving to Dallas soon. She lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma presently.
    These books sound great! I like your biography. I’m glad you found an agent that worked for you. She seems like a nice fit. I see her name credited by some of my favorite authors. Happy Thanksgiving! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

     
     
  14. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for filling us in on how you got your start writing. You are an extremely patient woman! But the story goes that Texas women are tough. I wasn’t born in Texas but got here as fast as I could. My hubby and two sons are native Texans.

     
     
  15. Patricia Bennett Barber

    Hi, your new to me but this book sounds great..i want to read it!!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. I always love it when new readers come on board.

       
       
  16. Patty

    Spring Hill Sleuths sounds like a fun upcoming series. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries, but that sounds like a cute setting/premise.
    Christmas at Stoney Creek sounds more like my typical read, I would love to win a copy.

     
     

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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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