Cover Reveal for Waking Up Joy!

The cover reveal is one of my favorite things about a book release. The writing part of getting published is hard work, but letting your publisher create a gorgeous cover for your novel is easy. This is the beautiful cover that Tule Publishing and their talented artist, Lee, landed on. I absolutely LOVE it. 





Don’t forget to mark your calendars. My third novel WAKING UP JOY releases exclusively in digital on October 8th, 2014. I can’t wait to share “Joy” with you!


Book News: Save the Date for My Next Novel!

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I received the go ahead to share the title and exact release date of my next novel with you! I hope you will put WAKING UP JOY to be released from Tule Publishing Group on October 8th, 2014 on your calendar. If you are half as excited as I am, please feel free to share the graphic in this post on your social media sites or email it to friends.




Author Heather Day Gilbert On Indie Publishing & Her New Novel Miranda Warning



I am so excited that author Heather Day Gilbert agreed to be interviewed here at Random Ramblings. She is one of those authors I’ve heard about in the publishing world for quite some time, yet I had never read one of her novels until recently. When I read God’s Daughter, I was blown away by what a talented writer Heather is and I couldn’t wait to share her books with you. Her newest novel, Miranda Warning, just released and I’m downloading it today. I hope you will too. Here’s more about Heather:


Me: How long have you been writing?

Heather: I’ve loved words and reading since I was about four years old. When I was about twelve, I felt I wanted to be a writer. But I didn’t write my first full book until I was in my thirties and my kiddos were no longer toddlers. I had to squeeze in writing at the end of the day (for NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month), but once that first novel was complete, I knew I wanted to write another one.

Me: What is God’s Daughter about?

Heather: God’s Daughter is a fictional recreation of two of the Icelandic sagas…so it’s very historical fiction, based around a real Christian Viking woman who sailed to North America with her husband.

I enjoyed fleshing out the saga accounts of the Vikings’ encounters with the Native Americans. Outside all the physical sickness and danger going on, I wanted to delve into the danger inside Gudrid’s own heart (Gudrid is my main character, and she was historically the first European woman to give birth in North America). So we see the (sometimes TOO-subtle) ways love manifests itself in her marriage.

Me: Who are your favorite authors?

Heather: I have quite a long list, but I would say Thomas Hardy and George Eliot are two faves, as well as Agatha Christie. I have many modern authors I love, like Sarah Jio, but I would also say I love anything my critique partner, Becky Doughty, writes (Elderberry Croft and Waters Fall are her novels to date). As far as children’s books, I’m currently working through Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series and I enjoy his flair for action and natural dialogue.

Me: What or who inspires your novels?

Heather: I think it’s different each time. For the Vikings of the New World Saga, I wanted to understand Viking history more, since I’m supposed to be related to Eirik the Red. And Gudrid kept showing up in the saga accounts and I realized her story needed to be (1)

For my mysteries, I wanted to write something that was set in my home state, West Virginia. I wanted to bring modern WV to life for readers—the highs and the lows. And, in my mind, there is no better place to set creepy, sometimes paranormal mysteries. At some point in my series, the Mothman legend will show up, since my heroine lives near Point Pleasant.

Me: What made you decide to go Indie? Are you happy about it?

Heather: God truly pushed me to this path, after years spent chasing a traditional publishing contract. It wasn’t for lack of trying, as I had three books out with three different agents. Even though it was torture waiting those six years, I see now that God always had a different plan in mind for my writing. I am a very independent writer and don’t like to fit the mold. I also like to push myself to the limit and that often meant pushing my agents too hard (this is my opinion, but I don’t know if they perceived it that way…). I never knew if my books should be designated ABA or CBA, as I would consider myself a crossover writer. As an indie, I still have to make these calls, but it’s always on my terms (and after much prayer and outside input from readers and friends!).

I love being able to communicate with my readers about what they are looking for in blurbs, series titles, etc. I love being able to monitor how different marketing techniques impact my sales. I love being able to publish when I’m ready and not a moment too late.

Short answer long—I love it, but it is a tremendous amount of work. I outsource very little, so the bulk of editing, formatting, marketing, etc, falls on me. It’s a full-time job.


Heather: Thanks for letting me visit today, Tina!

Me: You are such an inspiration to authors, including me. I’m so happy for you and I appreciate how willing you are to share about your journey. I can’t wait to start reading Miranda Warning.


bistrodeterminedHeather Day Gilbert enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Seventeen years of marriage to her sweet Yankee husband have given her some perspective, as well as eleven years spent homeschooling. Heather regularly posts on Novel Rocket about self-publishing.

You can find Heather at her website, Heather Day Gilbert–Author, and at her Facebook Author Page, as well as Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Goodreads. Her Viking novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon bestseller. You can find it on Amazon and Her Appalachian mystery, Miranda Warning, released June 20th.

Author Kellie Coates Gilbert On How Life As A Legal Investigator Impacted The Writing Of Her Latest Novel


Kellie Coates Gilbert made a splash when she released her debut novel MOTHER OF PEARL just two years ago. I’ve been waiting to see what else Kellie would be giving the Women’s Fiction world and it didn’t take long. This month her latest novel  A WOMAN OF FORTUNE released and I’m happily reading it on my eReader. I like to learn what’s different about each author, and for Kellie, it’s her career experience as a Legal Investigator. I’m so honored to bring you this great interview with Kellie.

Me: How did you come up with the story for Woman of Fortune? 

Kellie: A Woman of Fortune tell the story of Texas socialite Claire Massey who is living the dream—designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But her Neiman Marcus lifestyle comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts.

In late 2008, many of us watched as master financier Bernie Madoff’s story unfolded. I couldn’t seem to pull my eyes from the television as the man accused of swindling thousands of innocent victims—including family and friends—out of billions of dollars in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme, was taken from his posh Manhattan apartment in handcuffs and his family became vilified in the media. The events held particular interest for me. In my former role as a legal professional, I helped unravel, what was then, the largest cattle fraud in the United States. I interviewed dozens who were caught in the betrayal and who found themselves and their businesses floundering as a result. These stories fascinate me on many levels, but in particular, I’m intrigued with the families behind the scenes. What is it like for a wife to learn her husband is a criminal? What happens to children when they face that kind of shame? We know, at least in part, what transpired in the Madoff family in the aftermath—fractured relationships, family devastation and suicide. As a novelist, I yearned to explore what might happen if the converse were true. What would the story look like if a strong woman protagonist bucked the odds and used her faith to land on solid ground?

Me: How did your time as a Legal Investigator help you with writing this book?

Kellie: Over the course of my lengthy legal career, I spent a lot of time in courtrooms working on high profile cases. People are often at their most vulnerable in these tense situations where much is at stake, and I gained a unique perspective on the human psyche.  Early in my writing career, I recognized there could be value in telling stories about women facing relationship fractures, betrayal, and loss and what it looks like to exhibit strength and dignity in these journeys.

This story is particularly seeped with my legal background. As a legal investigator, I helped unravel the largest cattle fraud in the nation. I spent weeks in the Midwest interviewing and collecting records from farmers and ranchers who had invested with United Producers, a large cattle brokerage outfit. Ultimately, the owner George Young and his office assistant, Kathleen McConnell were imprisoned for many of the things you’ll see showcased in A WOMAN OF FORTUNE.

Me: What surprised you about writing the main character in this story?

Kellie: Claire Massey became so real to me as I journeyed through the creation of this novel. More of my own “stuff” landed on the page than I’d intended, frankly. As an author, I had to come face-to-face with the knowledge of how often I define myself with worldly goods and accomplishments – with status. It was a bit freaky to consider how I might react if all of that was suddenly pulled away. What would I do? What course of action would I take? And how would I survive that experience with my soul intact?

I knew my first reaction (and Claire’s) would be to deny my world had changed. I’d likely try to cling to my normal and fight the change for as long as I could, even if the fight was in my head.

Claire was surprised (and I think readers will be too) at who Claire learned she could trust . . . and who she couldn’t.  You find out the identity of your real true friends are when you face hard times, and life gets a bit ugly.

Me: What else is in the works?

Kellie: The TEXAS GOLD books are a collection of stand-alone contemporary women’s fiction novels all set in major metropolitan cities of Texas – Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

WHERE RIVERS PART is set in San Antonio, with many scenes at the popular River Walk. Ambition and loyalty vie for a place in an over-confident water quality director’s heart as she learns her company is the source of an e-coli outbreak, and is forced to team with her estranged father to expose who is responsible.

I worked on the Jack-in-the-Box e-coli litigation in the nineties where several toddlers died in the Seattle area from eating undercooked hamburger. I think this lends to an air of authenticity and I hope readers enjoy this thrilling and highly-emotional drama scheduled to release next February.

Me: How do you hope this story impacts your readers?

Kellie: Well, first – I just hope readers enjoy the story. Early readers are telling us the book reminds them of watching a PARENTHOOD or GOOD WIFE episode on television.  As an author, I’m known for creating an emotionally poignant story, with twists the readers never saw coming. This email reflects what I commonly hear from my readers:

“Hi Kellie . . . I just wanted to say your book was touching, gut wrenching and truly amazing at the same time and made me cry a lot. This book made me feel like I knew this family just by reading your book. You’re an amazing writer! It’s very hard for me to find the “Right” book to where once I start to read I can’t put it down. I finished it and just wanted to let you know I can’t wait to read the next one!”

(Readers, you have no idea what your emails and reviews mean to an author!  Thank you for taking the time to give feedback when you read a novel.)

Ultimately though, I’d love women to come away from this novel with a re-calibrated understanding of where (and in Whom) our security rests.

Me: Thank you, Kellie! I agree about how much the feedback from readers matters to an author, plus it helps spread the word about books. I’m enjoying your novel and love how you bring your characters to life. I’m so excited you took the time to share your latest with us. I love when authors include book trailer videos, so I’m including your video for A Woman Of Fortune here:


Kellie Coates Gilbert


Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who writes with a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure. Kellie’s books tell emotionally poignant stories about women in life-changing circumstances. She writes about messy lives . . . and eternal hope.

Kellie currently makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a very spoiled 2.7 lb. Yorkie named Emmie Sweetpea.

Please visit her online at

Guest Post at Fresh Fiction Blog: The World Is A Book (Also A Giveaway!)

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Did you know the “cage” in Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife really exists? I’m writing about it in my guest post over at Fresh Fiction.

My post is here: The World is a Book and in conjunction with my guest post is a Fresh Fiction Blog Contest!

Don’t forget to add Fresh Fiction to your favorite blog list. It’s a great site for Fiction lovers.