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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
Friday, October 10, 2014 by Patti Shene

Featured book: The Marshal’s Pursuit

Author: Gina Welborn

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired/Heartsong Presents

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Series or stand alone: 2nd book in 4-book Tuxedo Park Series

Target age: women 18+

 

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE AUTHOR GINA WELBORN.  GINA SHARES SOME INSIGHT INTO WHERE SHE FINDS THE IDEAS FOR HER STORIES AND HER CHARACTERS.

 

GINA IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE MARSHAL’S PURSUIT. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

 

 

Gina, tell us about your latest release, The Marshal’s Pursuit.

My heroine, Malia Vaccarelli, a New York socialite, needs a place to hide.

When her brother is arrested for a gangster’s murder, Malia is plunged into danger. Her life in peril, she trusts no one—not even the special U.S. marshal assigned to protect her. But handsome Frank Louden isn’t what Malia expects. Hiding Malia on his grandparents’ Tuxedo Park estate may not be the best idea, but Frank is determined to do anything to protect her…even if he’s soon unable to ignore his growing feelings for the beautiful woman. As their romance blossoms, will Malia’s criminal connections force her to choose between family and her heart?

 

You have published several stories. How many of the events you create are based on your own life experiences?

My first Heartsong began with a train wreck. This one with a murder. The Barbour novella I just finished features my widow hero dating twelve women at the same time. I’m glad to say none of those events are based on life experiences. What readers can find of “me” in my books are my quirks, fears, lessons learned, and my worldview based on what God has been/is teaching me.

 

Which of your novels or novellas is your favorite and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough question. I love each of my stories, like I love each of my five kids who range in age from 20 down to 7. I don’t have a favorite one. At least I didn’t I had a favorite story until I finished this last novella for Barbour. I’ve watched The Bachelor/Bachelorette show on and off for years. The last three seasons my girls started watching with me, and I use it as opportunity to talk dating and relationships. Never in my wildest imagination would I ever think I could write my version of the show for a CBA publisher. But when Rebecca Germany put the call out for The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection, I decided to submit my idea. It’s the story I wished I had read twenty-five years ago. It’s also the story I needed to write.

 

What life lessons do you convey to your readers in your work?

Oh my, Patti, you’re hitting me with some doozies today. I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction. Any John Eldredge book. What God Wished Christians Knew About Christianity by Bill Gillham. Beth Moore Bible studies. The Great Work of the Gospel. Confessions of St. Augustine. From Eternity to Here. I highlight passages that speak to my wounds, or truths I now see. My ultimate objective is to bring joy to readers through my stories. Maybe it’s just the pleasure in a satisfying read. Maybe it’s a reminder “you are loved, you are forgiven, you are free.” To be reminded that God is not waiting to smite you if you forget to confess some sin ought to bring joy.

 

How do you decide the traits your characters will have?

Part brainstorming. Part discovering it while writing the story. Two years ago we moved from Virginia to Oklahoma. God knew I needed a friend, mentor, and fellow writer. He brought Becca Whitham into my life. She helps me brainstorm. Sometimes, though, only half of our brainstorming makes it into the story, as with Zeke and Marianne in Mistletoe Memories. In The Marshal’s Pursuit, Frank began as a career-focused, serious guy. But when I reached the scene with him and Malia on the train, I knew she could learn to trust that Frank but she would never fall in love with that Frank. She needed someone to remind her how to have fun, how to find joy despite her circumstances. So I had to give Frank a personality transplant.

 

If you could choose one character to come alive and play a part in your life, who would you choose and why?

As much as I love my main characters, the people I’d want to come alive are my secondaries. Deputy U.S. Marshal Norma Hogan is a hoot. And I know I’d have a blast with Arel Dewey, my suffragette, go-all-in, coffee=whiskey secondary in my next release, Masterpiece Marriage: Quilts of Love Series.

 

Where can readers learn more about your work?

Readers can learn more about my novels and novellas at my website, as well as find my social links and even excerpts from my stories. Thank you for hosting me today!

 

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE MARSHAL’S PURSUIT BETWEEN NOW AND  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24th AT MIDNIGHT MST. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT EMAIL SO YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED IF YOU WIN! (SORRY, CONTINENTAL US ELIGIBILITY ONLY)

 

Gina Welborn wrote public service announcements for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She's written three novellas for Barbour, including the 2014 Selah finalist Mercy Mild in the ECPA-bestselling Mistletoe Memories. This year ushers in the release of her novels: The Heiress's Courtship, The Marshal's Pursuit, and Masterpiece Marriage. A moderately obsessive fan of Community, Once Upon a Time, and Chopped, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a box-lab, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a fancy Russian dwarf hamster. She is represented by The Steve Laube Agency.

 

Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/22/2014 11:31:17 AM

Suzie, what a nice compliment to Gina. Thank you for stopping by.

Suzie Johnson From Washington At 10/22/2014 9:50:39 AM

Wonderful interview, Gina! I hope everyone who reads this will purchase one of your books. They won't be disappointed.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/21/2014 8:26:33 PM

I bet you will really enjoy it, Niki. I've not had the pleasure of meeting Gina, except in cyberspace. Thank you for stopping by.

Niki Turner From Western Colorado At 10/21/2014 8:13:40 PM

Hi Patti and Gina! Gina has been a tremendous blessing to me as a writer in SO many ways. I'm always excited to see her stories in print! In fact, the Marshal's Pursuit is in my TBR pile right now!

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/21/2014 5:32:14 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Anita. I have not had the opportunity to read any of Gina's work as yet.

Anita Mae Draper From Montmartre, SK, Canada At 10/21/2014 5:24:00 PM

I love your writing, Gina. Your stories have everything that makes for a satisfying read.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/21/2014 11:07:42 AM

Pleasure to have you, Gina!

Gina Welborn From SW Oklahoma At 10/21/2014 10:53:49 AM

Thanks, Patti, so much for hosting me on your site.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/19/2014 8:11:34 PM

Yes, it does sound like a great read, Deanna. Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

Deanna K. Klingel From Sapphire, NC At 10/19/2014 7:58:38 PM

A fun interview. Sounds like a good read! Winter's coming, it's on my list.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/19/2014 6:56:24 PM

Thank you so much for stopping by Renee-Ann. So sorry you are ineligible for the contest. I hope you have the opportunity to acquire and read Gina's book.

Renee-Ann From Canada At 10/19/2014 6:50:57 PM

I realize I'm not entitled to win, as I am 'beyond the border' but wanted to say this is a great interview. A good way to get to know the author. I write suspense, but love to read historical. I'm always looking for new authors to read as well. Blessings! Renee-Ann <><

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 10/18/2014 10:34:00 PM

Thank you for stopping by, Renee!

Renee Blare From Newcastle, WY At 10/18/2014 10:27:10 PM

Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I would love to read this book! :)

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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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REVIEW OF SNOW OUT OF SEASON BY CHRISTY BRUNKE
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR BROOKE COX
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WELCOME AUTHOR H L WEGLEY
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Wildlife Video
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Welcome Home!
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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