Episode 12 Behind the Story with Karin Beery, Clean & Wholesome author and editor.


Karin Beery writes Hopeful Fiction with a Healthy Dose of Romance. Her books include Summer Plans and Other Disasters, Practically Married, and her upcoming release, Avoiding Marriage.  Karin also offers a host of editorial services through Write Now Edits, and is the Managing Editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys time at home in Northern Michigan with her husband and fur babies.  

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ep57 Biblical Novelist, Jill Eileen Smith, award-winning author explores Eve’s point of view

Our guest today is Biblical Novelist, Jill Eileen Smith. Jill is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, Daughters of the Promised Land, the Heart of the King, and Star of Persia, Esther’s Story, along with the nonfiction books When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams, and She Walked Before Us. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

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MIDPOINT QU: What are one of the struggles you think Eve had?

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ep56 Behind the Story with Tabitha Bouldin – from Steam Punk to Inspirational Romance

Our Guest today is our good friend and writing machine, Tabitha Bouldin. Tabitha writes in many genres including Steampunk, Fairy Tale Retellings, Contemporary romance, and Historical mysteries. Her characters are real, and usually with a good dose of sarcasm.

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0:00 Co-host book news

08:31 Interview

15:58 Midpoint question

Which of your favorite fairytales would you like to read a retelling or mashup?

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ep55 Behind the Story with Amanda Bedzrah, Biblical fiction author

Our Guest today is Amanda Bedzrah. Amanda is a prayer minister, an inspirational speaker and an NHS professional. She is passionate about seeing people restored and living a full life beyond salvation. She has written several book including two Biblical novels: Leah Unnoticed Unwanted Unloved and Becoming Queen Bathsheba.

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Midpoint question Which Biblical novel has sent you back to the Bible?

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Bathsheba is taken against her will by the most powerful man in Israel. A month later, she discovers she carries the evidence of their secret, dangerous encounter. With her husband at war, this pregnancy could mean her death or untold greatness. When the king finds out that she is with child, he immediately summons her husband home from war, a cunning plan in mind.

Connect with Amanda and her books through her website https://amandabedzrah.com

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Behind the Story with Laura Thomas, Romantic Suspense author

Our guest today is Laura Thomas. Author of the Flight to Freedom Series, and The Christmas Cabin, Laura is a certified hope writers coach, and a chocoholic mom and nanny, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, B.C. as audacious empty-nesters.

Find out more about Laura’s books at https://laurathomasauthor.com

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Co-host freebies: https://lisareneeauthor.com https://naomicraig.com

MIDPOINT question: Do you read Christmas books all year round?

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ep2 S3 Behind the Story with Liz Tolsma – WW2 historical fiction

Our Guest this episode is Liz Tolsma, host of Christian Historical Fiction Talk Podcast, world traveler and gifted Historical Fiction writer. If you follow Liz on Social media you’ll find posts about her latest interviews, engaging conversation starters and her lovely family.

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Check out her podcast here: Christian Historical Fiction Talk Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/christian-historical-fiction-talk/id1530436391

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MIDPOINT question: Which country do you like your WW2 fiction set in?

Behind the Story Happy New Year 2023 – Season 3

Happy New Year from Naomi and Lisa !

We have a giveaway when you subscribe to our channel.

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Win a $45 prize pack which includes inspirational reader prints, a $10 Amazon voucher, an Ezekiel Song ebook & a Fake Identity at Stake audiobook. https://kingsumo.com/g/x3tsdd/behind-the-story-new-year-giveaway

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All the best for 2023 from Naomi and Lisa.

S2 ep19 Behind the Story with Kim Vogel Sawyer, Christian author of 60 novels.

Our guest this episode is Award-winning author, Kim Vogel Sawyer. If you follow Kim on social media, you’ll likely find pictures of sunsets, old Christmas carol lyrics, Operation Christmas Child ideas, and of course, kitty pictures.   

Kim’s latest novel, Still My Forever, follows Disillusioned musician, Gilbert Baty, strives to get his career and love life back on track. Four years after leaving his hometown to “make it big” on the elite New York City music scene, Gil returns to Falke, Kansas, with his head held low. As he tries to rediscover his creativity, he can’t help being distracted by Ava Flaming, the baker to whom he was briefly engaged before he ended things—and who is finding herself even more drawn to Gil than she used to be . . . Discover the story behind Still My Forever.  

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*** Check out Kim’s website to learn about her books and where to get them. https://kimvogelsawyer.com 

*** Enter to win 2 paperbacks from Kim if you are in the US, https://kingsumo.com/g/ml7yy5/kim-vogel-sawyer-paperbacks 

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ep18 S2 Behind the Story with Carmen Schober, Christian Romance with Grit.

Our guest today is Carmen Schober. Author of After She Falls and Pretty Little Pieces, she is a wife, mother, and a proud Cuban-American. Carmen writes unexpected romance novels for the modern woman, with relatable but inspirational heroines and heroes. 

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Pretty Little Pieces, releasing December 6, 2022. Ambitious influencer Georgina Havoc and her designer beau Lance Broussard have been dubbed the next Chip and Joanna Gaines, but their happily-ever-after falls apart when Lance blindsides her with a “pause.” The show must go on, so Georgina takes on the task of renovating a forgotten cottage in the tiny, tight-knit town of Tarragon, Tennessee on her own.  

*** Enter to win this new release in eBook: https://kingsumo.com/g/z2c4av/pretty-little-pieces-ebook 

Visit Carmen’s website for more about her and her books https://www.carmenschober.com 

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ep16 S2 Behind the Story with Tessa Afshar, author of The Hidden Prince

Our Guest today is Award-winning Tessa Afshar. Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls, before immigrating to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of Tessa’s life forever.   

From the bestselling author of Jewel of the Nile comes the thrilling tale of a woman who feels she has no future but soon discovers the fate of nations may rest in her hands.   

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***Enter to win a paperback copy of The Hidden Prince*** https://kingsumo.com/g/wfkzfu/the-hidden-prince-paperback-from-tess-afshar 

0:00 Pre-show chat. Publishing updates from the co-hosts 

08:46 Interview with Tessa Afshar 

15:17 Midpoint question 

15:54 Advice for authors 

29:34 Show freebies  

Show mentions: 

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Naomi Craig’s free novella On Desolate Heights https://naomicraig.com

Lisa Renee’s free romcom audio or ebook novella https://lisareneeauthor.com 

Tessa Afshar’s website and a free ebook: https://tessaafshar.com 

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ep15 S2 Behind the Story with the My Funny Valentine ROMCOM authors

We are honored to have 4 of those books represented here on Behind the Story. We’re going to do a bit differently and interview these authors as if their characters are on a newlywed game show.

The heroes are deliciously imperfect, but the way they love will leave you breathless. It’s a good thing no one ever said the path to happily ever after would be easy. Inside the pages of this laugh-out-loud romcom boxed set, you’ll find heartwarming and binge-worthy full-length romance novels filled with flawed and hunky heroes, sassy heroines, mixed signals, accidental attractions, dating disasters, unexpected twists, and huge jaw-dropping gestures to help balance out their many wrong turns along the way. You’ll be cheering out loud for Mr. Right to finally get it right.

From secret admirers, to best friends hoping to become more, to exes dying for a second chance, to fake relationships, to mistaken identities, there’s something for everyone in these all-new, standalone, contemporary romantic comedies from your favorite USA Today bestselling, award-winning, and rising star authors.

Buy it on iBooks, Nook or Kobo at https://Books2Read.com/FunnyValentine Also available on Amazon. A collection 25+ Full Length Sweet and clean Romantic Comedies, on sale for $0.99.

MIDPOINT Question: Which of these 4 books represented in the game show, would you like to read first?

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