Darlene L Turner: Let’s Chat!

 

Welcome, everyone.

Darlene TurnerDarlene L Turner, an award-winning author of romantic suspense, blesses us today. Darlene lives with her husband, Jeff, in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book.

She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

And she’s offering a giveaway: one copy of Border Breach to someone who joins the conversation below. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.

Darlene Turner

Darlene L Turner in her own words: “I’m a Writer?”

“Darlene Lynn, get your nose out of that book and vacuum!”

My mom often said these words when I put my books before my chores. Not that she didn’t want me to read, but I needed to also help out around the house. To this day, I’d rather read than do the dishes or laundry (but who doesn’t, right?!). 🙂 

Darlene TurnerGrowing up, I was better known as “Red” or “Carrot Top,” but ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book, I’ve always loved a good mystery. That’s when my love of writing took hold of my heart. I started writing my own “Mindy Dobson” mystery series! Even though I continued to read, the writing spark faded and life happened. I started working, got married, and eventually moved to a different city. I didn’t have time to write . . . or at least, I didn’t think I had the gift, so I put it out of my mind.

Years flew by and then the unspeakable happened. I went through some rough times and a betrayal by someone close to me (you can see my full story on my blog under My Story https://darlenelturner.com/category/my-story/). On my journey working through the hurt, I decided to take a creative writing course. This triggered the idea for the very first book I wrote. That’s when my love of writing re-surfaced and grew. So, God does use ALL circumstances in life to grow us, right? 

Darlene Begins to Write

With the spark re-ignited, I joined a writer’s club and my passion for writing grabbed my heart.

I took writing courses through the Christian Writer’s Guild (CWG) to grow my skills. I wrote devotionals, articles (personal experience, travel, inspirational), and short stories. But even after this and having my first article published in a magazine, I still didn’t feel like I could call myself a writer.

Finally after graduating from the Craftsman course at CWG, finishing my first novel, and being led to start blogging, did I dare call myself a writer? Seeing my name in print on a website seemed to make it official for me—not in a boastful way but feeling proud of what I’d learned and accomplished. It was an “aha” moment. I did it. I was a writer! At least that’s what my business cards said. J

Darlene L Turner’s Writing Journey

Darlene TurnerHowever, I still had a long roller coaster journey ahead of me. After I’d written that first manuscript, I began pitching it to agents at writer’s conferences. I’d get interest but never a contract. I started to question if I was doing something wrong. Maybe I just wasn’t cut out for this writing world. There were times I felt like quitting, but then I’d get an encouraging word from a reader or I’d final in a contest. In 2016, I won my first award. This encouraged me to press on, so I continued.

I wrote another romantic suspense manuscript and it ended up winning the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in 2017. A few months later, God gave me an incredible gift. An amazing agent, Tamela Hancock Murray. She started pitching my manuscripts and suggested I write something for Love Inspired Suspense.

I started brainstorming ideas on what story I could write. I’ve always been intrigued by law enforcement. I wanted a strong female character who knew how to take care of herself and the Canada Border Services Agency caught my attention. I googled popular items being smuggled and saw that there was a bust for the doda drug in Saskatchewan. Knowing I had to partner Kaylin Poirier with a forceful police officer but one with teddy bear qualities, I knew Hudson Steeves fit that bill. I also wanted to give them a past case they worked on together that didn’t go well, so they both would be a bit apprehensive about teaming up again.

Darlene L. Turner Debuts

This was when Deadly Bouquet (my original title) was born. I sent it to my agent and months later, I received that call. You know, the words every author dreams about hearing. “You’re going to be published.” Needless to say, I did a happy dance! Yes!

I still pinch myself when I think of it. My dream that had sparked from the first time I picked up a Nancy Drew book as a young girl was finally coming true. Border Breach launched in April. Even though I had already considered myself a writer, I can finally say . . . Yes, I’m a published author. I am blessed. God is good…all the time.

A Darlene L Turner Giveaway!

Darlene Turner
I’
m giving away a copy of Border Breach to one reader. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite childhood book. Open to US and Canada only. If the winner is Canadian, they will need to answer a skill-testing question (don’t worry it won’t be hard!).

Border Breach by Darlene L Turner

When drugs are smuggled across the borderit’s their duty to stop the culprits . . . at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?

Darlene’s social media:

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Purchase Links:

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Lord, please bless each word Darlene writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

12 thoughts on “Darlene L Turner: Let’s Chat!

  1. Hi Roxanne! Wow…you still have your copy? So cool. I have some Nancy Drew books but got them at an antique store! Thanks for stopping by!

     
     
  2. Roxanne C.

    My favorite childhood book was “Eight Cousins” by Louisa May Alcott; I still have it. I also liked “The Happy Hollisters” series.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Roxanne. Can’t beat Louisa May Alcott. As a preschooler, my fav reading experience was Bozo Under the Sea. (I’m showing my age 🙂 ) It had a record with read-along book. Later on, Where the Read Fern Grows. Please join us again. God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

       
       
  3. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    My first love of books was the Golden storybooks. My favorite storybook was I Love My Grandma. Thank you so much for the chance. Blessings.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Lucy. Having you in our chat circle is a delight. I’m with you on the Golden storybooks. My fav was Bozo Under the Sea. I was a preschooler and couldn’t get enough of the record with read-along book. Later on, I loved Where the Red Fern Grows. I’ll be looking for you next time. God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

       
       
    2. Hi Lelia! Yes, the Golden storybooks are amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

       
       
  4. Alicia Haney

    My favorite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web. Your book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! Have a Great rest of the week and a Blessed Easter.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia. My first favorite was Bozo Under the Sea. I was a preschooler and loved the record and read-along book. It was the birth of my love of reading. (I’m showing my age—73.) Later on, I adored Where the Red Fern Grows. Great to see you in our circle. May God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

       
       
    2. Hi Alicia! Thanks so much. I enjoyed writing Border Breach. Happy Easter to you too. Stay safe.

       
       
  5. My favorite childhood book was any mystery I could find. I love watching police shows and trying to solve the mystery. Great interview. Enjoyed learning more about the author.

     
     
    1. Mysteries have always been my go-to genre when reading for pure pleasure. Historical comes in as a close second. So happy to see you here, Gail. Hope you’ll come again. May God bless and keep you and yours. Happy Easter.

       
       
    2. Hi Gail! You’re a girl after my own heart…mysteries and suspense are my fave too! Happy Easter! Blessings.

       
       

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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.

Denise Weimer
F
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.

Denise Weimer
W
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?

romantic suspense
A
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.

Denise Weimer
F
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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