A note from Gail:
When I considered starting a new series, I weighed ideas that caught my interest. Though I often write about small towns, I wanted to try something even more intimate and the idea of residence on the same street in a small town. I prefer using places I know, and though I had never been to Owosso, Michigan, which is a small town, I made arrangements to visit there and had the help of a wonderful woman who is responsible for the Chamber of Commerce and all of the events found in this amazing small town.
The two day visit I made in Owosso sealed my excitement about writing this story. I not only learned about the many interesting community events in town but also in the adjacent two of Corunna. The cities share many events and every season of the year brings back favorite activities for the community. Owosso has its own amazing castle built by an author named James Oliver Curwood whose early 1900 novels were made into movies. He used the castle has only for writing and lived in another home in the city. You can read this blog post with photos of the real town of Owosso http://www.gailgaymermartin.com/2014/06/research-setting/
A Husband For Christmas, released by Love Inspired in October, is the second novel in the Lilac Circle Series. It is in stores now. Lilac Circle is the name of the cul-de-sac street where the character’s live. It is not the real name of the dead end street, but I took photos of the homes and layout so the things happen on an image of real street. The first novel, A Mother To Love was released in June 2015 and all the characters appear again in other novels.
Romantic Times: This is a sweet Lilac Circle romance where characters remind readers that all one needs is faith the size of a mustard seed. The characters’ fears of rejection are believable.
Most of my novels include a recipe from a dish prepared in the story. The recipe in A Husband For Christmas is one of my personal favorites. It’s easy to make, delicious and a guest pleaser.
Creamy Corn Casserole
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 14.5 oz box dry cornbread mix (I prefer Krusteaz Honey Cornbread)
1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 15 oz can creamed corn
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9 x 9 pan.
In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, dry cornbread mix, corn and sour cream.
Pour batter into baking dish.
Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 58 contracted novels and four million books in sold. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. Her books have received numerous awards, including: ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice, Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion, Award of Excellence. Gail is a cofounder and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and presents workshops at conferences across the country. Gail is a lifetime resident of Michigan. Contact her at: www.gailgaymermartin.com.
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