Today we are fortunate to have with us the talented and multi-published author Felicia Rogers. She is here today to showcase her recent release A Month in Cologne published by Soul Mate Publishing, April 21, 2014 and answer a few questions. She has also agreed to give away free a Kindle copy of A Month in Cologne to one lucky commenter today through noon Monday. All you have to do is leave your email address as part of your comment.
Now Felicia would you please tell our readers about the book that you are showcasing today.
The book I’m sharing today is titled A Month in Cologne. It is a contemporary inspirational romance set in Cologne, Germany.
Here is the blurb: Rachel Wilson has committed to working in Cologne, Germany, for one month. Consigned to a tiny apartment, she looks forward to completing her responsibilities to the museum so she may explore Europe and begin her new life.
John Viteri is a confident museum curator, but when he arrives at his new job in Germany, he struggles to find God’s plan for his life.
Thrown together, will Rachel and John allow God’s providence to guide them, or will they choose their own path?
That sounds like an interesting story. How did you come up with the concept for this book?
The concept for this book came from a writing challenge – pick an exotic locale, and use three writing prompts. I chose Cologne, Germany, because of its ties to religious history. The prompts were a swing, a fluffy pillow, and something I can’t remember, but trust me…I got it in there!
Now we have to go get the book to see how you got a swing and a fluffy pillow into a book based around Cologne, Germany. Now that this book is out what are you working on now and do you have a release date?
Currently, I’m working on Amelia the second book in my Southern Hearts Series. A tentative release date for this book is late June 2014. I also have a new book titled, Emerald Street, which is the third book in my Wounded Soldiers Series that is coming out August 18th.
You certainly keep busy with writing to have books coming out almost every two months. Please tell our readers how you got started writing.
I’d like to say that I’ve been writing forever, that I decided from birth that I wanted to write, but that wouldn’t be true. When I was a teenager, I did enjoy plucking on a cheap typewriter and making up short stories. However, writing to publish didn’t come about until about four years ago. I thought my cousin and I could write a novel together. I would do the basic writing, and she was supposed to make it “better.” Then her life got busy. I kept writing and next thing you know I’ve written the entire novel. But that wasn’t the end of the story. I had multiple rejections and rewrites before the book was ready, but it did happen. And now I’ve published a total of sixteen novels and novellas with more in the works.
With all that writing going on you’ve certainly kept your nose to the grind stone. That phrase reminds Donald about the sound of the grind stone being very noisy and distracting. We know some writers like quiet when they write, others want music. Which one are you?
Sometimes when I write I prefer music, other times I don’t. I listened to Germany folk music while writing some of the scenes from A Month in Cologne. When I use music I try to tailor it to what I’m writing about. I’ve used Spanish music to fuel my creativity for a new book coming out in August, and I’ve used the soundtrack from the Last of the Mohicans while writing a YA paranormal. So I guess I have to answer this question by saying I like both.
Interesting, that is an eclectic play list that you use. So, what’s in your CD player right now?
Right now the soundtrack to Lemonade Mouth is in my CD player. I love every song on the disc. While I can’t write while singing, it helps while I’m painting!
What about reading? Do you have a favorite book? (Or books since it’s always hard to whittle it down to one.)
I don’t have one favorite book, but I do have a favorite series—Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers. I also like books written by Verna Clay and Kelly Martin.
What is the first book you ever remember reading as a child?
The first book I remember reading as a child was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I think I read it more than once and I still enjoy watching the cartoon version with my kids.
Okay now a personal question. We love going to the movies. Do you? If so, what was the most recent movie you’ve seen?
I love going to movies! I’m an action and superhero junkie! The last movie I watched was Captain America II.
What caused you to want to write an inspirational book?
I love to share my faith with others, but I also love to share the history of my faith. One thing about Germany is it was at the center of the church’s Reformation.
What is your favorite scripture?
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Every day it is more obvious that I can’t do anything on my own.
What point do you hope your readers take away from your inspirational book?
One thing I’d like for my readers to take away from this book is that life is not always what we expect. We all have expectations, but God has his own plan and sometimes it doesn’t fit ours.
Okay, one last question. It’s been a pleasure having you here today. As you say goodbye, can you leave the readers with an encapsulation of your life’s philosophy? (a quote, a verse, a precept you live by or have tried to instill in your children?)
A precept I like to live by is that every day is a new day. Even if the day before was bad, the next day is new and fresh and the opportunity to be different and better.
He set his fork down, wiped his mouth, and stared at her face. He never wanted to forget how she looked at this moment. The light shone atop her head and highlighted her natural radiant beauty, stray strands of hair graced the length of her long neck, the silver necklace surrounded by sapphires glistened against her skin.
“Don’t talk. Just let me look at you.”
Shyly, she lowered her eyes then suddenly said, “I need to go to the ladies’ room. Excuse me.”
Rachel pushed away from the table and he rushed to stand. The door to the restroom closed and he threw his napkin on the table and dropped his head in his hands.
What was he doing? They hadn’t known each other that long. Even if she had added to his list of requirements for potential life partners, was that a reason for him to act like a love-simpering fool?
Best just to be glad she was staying in Cologne a little longer then he could take time to see if he really was falling in love with her.
Felicia Rogers born and raised in the southern part of the United States is a Christian wife and mother, with a side interest– writing. She won the Celebrate the Season Contest by Solstice Publishing in Sept. 2010 allowing her first novella, “The Holiday Truce” to be published. Since then she has published more than fifteen novels and novellas.
One lucky commenter between now and Monday June 23rd 12:00 PM, will win a kindle copy of A Month in Cologne. Just remember to leave your email address in your comment so you can be contacted.