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Buzzin' about with Vanessa Miller

Thank you for allowing me to spotlight you on All the Buzz! It is truly a pleasure.

First, tell me about your new release, Through the Storm?

Through the Storm is a suspense Thriller which deals with the power of prayer and God’s ability to help us through the storms of life. It is a fast paced book that will have readers in suspense until the last few pages of the book.

Is there a story about the writing of this book that just begs to be told?

Yes there is. When I first started Through The Storm I new I wanted the book to be a suspense Thriller and fast paced. However, while writing the book I attended a Prayer Journey at my church. The experience was so powerful that I knew I had to share it with my readers. So, Through The Storm became much more than a suspenseful novel – it became a novel that will truly speak to the reader’s heart.

Where do you get the ideas for your books?

I get ideas for my books many different ways: A sermon at church, a movie, a conversation, a newspaper article. I have no shortage of ideas for books, which is a good thing since I plan to write at least a hundred books.

What is your writing process like?

I normally write from about 9 in the morning until about 4 in the afternoon. However, if I am really engrossed in a story, I will write from sun up to sun down. I need complete quiet when I am at the beginning stages of creating my novel. I also write best at home. If I tried to write at Starbucks, like some authors do, I wouldn’t even get a page done.

When you write, what lessons do you take away from your stories?

My novels deal with issues such as forgiveness, unconditional love, God’s grace, the power of prayer and so on… needless to say, I am always learning something about myself when I write my books. For instance, when I wrote Latter Rain which deals with forgiveness I dealt with this very same issue and had to let God mend my heart and help me to forgive --- even when I felt as if I had been done wrong.

What is the motivation behind your writing?

I think about God’s people as I write my books. I want each of my books to touch the hearts of God’s people in such a way that they begin to draw ever closer to Him.

What is the best thing that has happened to you during, or because of, your writing career?

I would have to say that the best thing that has happened to me because of my writing career is the knowledge that I am in God’s will. Every time someone tells me that their relationship with God has grown stronger after reading one of my novels, I hear God saying to me, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I read a lot, but I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite author right now. I like Christian fiction and suspense Thrillers. Currently, I am reading Million Dollar Dilemma by Judy Baer and Battle of Jericho by Kendra Norman-Bellamy.

What can readers expect next from you?

The new book I’m working on is FORSAKEN. It is a story of a pastor who lost his way and longs for redemption. I’m excited about this book, I think my readers will truly enjoy it. Forsaken is due out in October 2009.

Thank you again for chatting with me on All the Buzz. I wish you continued success!

And thank you. I appreciate the fact that you would take the time to interview me. Much success and God’s blessings to you.


To find out more about Vanessa and her books, visit her online at

Hello everyone and welcome to my In Love Virtual Book & Podcast Tour celebrating the release of my new novel, Heavenly Places! I’m Kimberly Cash Tate and I am so honored to have my third virtual tour stop here at All the Buzz and The Master’s Vessel!

In Heavenly Places my main character, Treva, believed the lie that she was inferior. Because of her mother, she felt there was nothing about her that was significant or important; so she had to manufacture it through a career. Once she saw herself through the eyes of God, however, her life and her perspective were gloriously changed.

Have you ever asked, do I really matter?
Have you ever wondered does God really care what’s going on with you?”
To anyone who has ever doubted they matter, my podcast tour message today is for you - You are Significant and Important!

Listen to my podcast and the first 2 bloggers who comment and share their thoughts with me, will each receive an autograph copy of Heavenly Places!

About the Author

Kimberly Cash Tate is a vibrant new voice to the genre of Christian Fiction. She is the founder and president of Colored in Christ International, Inc., a nonprofit ministry dedicated to equipping and encouraging believers to walk with a true perspective in Christ. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland in College Park and is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law. Kimberly resides in Missouri with her family. Heavenly Places is her first novel. For more information about Kimberly, visit her online at,, and

About the Book

Heavenly Places
Kimberly Cash Tate
Walk Worthy Press, March 2008
$13.95 US; ISBN:

Treva Langston has always been plagued with self-doubt, thanks to her mother. She found her worth in a career, with success…until it was gone. Now her life has suddenly been turned upside down. Without her high-powered job, she has returned with her family to her hometown and all the memories of heartache she fought to escape. Worse, she’s near her mother again, who hasn’t changed a bit. Beset with feelings of unworthiness, she’s filled with despair, until her sister coaxes her into a women’s home Bible study. Though Treva resists, and quits a couple of times, she comes to learn the importance of family, the blessing of friendship, and the powerful truth that conquers a lifetime of lies. To every woman who has ever doubted she is fearfully and wonderfully made, Heavenly Places by Kimberly Cash Tate is a novel for you!

Stung by a ten hour delay and a €300 fare to Spain on his native ‘low fares’ airline, Dubliner Paul Kilduff plots revenge - to fly to every country in Europe for the same total outlay, suffering every low fares airline indignity. Armed with no more than 10kg of carry-on baggage, he endures 6 am departures, Six Nations boarding scrums, lengthy bus excursions, terminal anxiety and cabin crew who deliver infamous customer service. Kilduff travels to places he never knew he wanted to go that are probably not quite where he thinks they are and he is not sure what he will do once he gets there, including beautiful Beauvais, cosmopolitan Charleroi, electric Eindhoven, heavenly Haugesund and tropical Tampere. And all this on a cheap Irish airline led by a self-proclaimed ‘obnoxious little bollocks‘, which flies from A to somewhere remotely near B, weighs baggage like gold, charges its passengers to check-in or for wheelchairs, sells them hangover cures and scratch cards, lands its aircraft at the wrong airport, takes court cases against its own pilots and doesn’t even care if Kilduff shows up. On his miserly pan-European exploration he reveals the secrets of the new travel phenomenon favoured by one hundred million plus passengers annually. And his advice to fellow travellers in the ultimate airport holiday book? - "Don’t get mad, get even - Get a one cent airline ticket."

Interested buyers - click here!

International Virtual Book Tour with Paul Kildufff

Paul Kilduff was born in Dublin, Ireland, graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1985 and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He moved to London in 1989 and spent six years working in the City of London.

He returned to live in Dublin in 1995. He began writing fiction in 1996 and finished his first novel in 1998. Square Mile was published in 1999, The Dealer in 2000, The Frontrunner in 2001 and The Headhunter in 2003, which were published by Hodder & Stoughton in London and by Muelenhoff in The Netherlands.

He decided to write a travel book a couple of years ago and was extremely fortunate shortly afterwards to be abandoned in Malaga airport for ten hours, where he had the germ of an idea for Ruinair - an epic tale of human endurance on Europe's low fares airlines. Ruinair was published in February 2008 by Gill & Macmillan Ireland and entered the Irish non fiction bestseller list at no 1 where it has spent 6 weeks to date.

Coming up Monday on All the Buzz - Paul Kilduff

“Paul Kilduff is excited to bring his first nonfiction work, entitled Ruinair, on a virtual book tour. Paul’s book is a witty travelogue which sees him get his own back on the airline that overcharged him and significantly delayed him on a flight from Malaga to Dublin :

Stung by a ten hour delay and a E300 fare to Spain on his native “low-fares” airline, Dubliner Paul Kilduff plots revenge – to fly to every country in Europe for the same total outlay, suffering every low-fares airline indignity. Armed with no more than 10kg of carry-on baggage, he endures 6.00am departures, Six Nations-style boarding scrums, lengthy bus excursions, terminal anxiety and cabin crew who deliver famed customer service.’

This book will have you laughing out loud at Kilduff’s sharp wit and the hilarious accounts of his misadventures. Anyone who has ever flown with a low-budget airline and has lived to tell the tale will identify with Paul’s experiences.

Ruinair has enjoyed the position of bestselling nonfiction title in Ireland during its first seven weeks of publication and has received wide critical acclaim. Paul is also the author of four fiction novels, the most recent of which is The Headhunter. He will be happy to discuss all aspects of his work, both past and present, on the day – in particular, the transition from fiction to nonfiction writing. He is also happy to talk about his travel writing or to lend writing tips and inspiration to any aspiring authors out there.”

Buzzin' about with Francine Craft

l. What did you find most challenging about writing Designed for Passion?

The most challenging thing was writing about a full-figured woman whose poor self esteem had been engendered by her mother, her sister, then her husband. I've seen this happen often enough and I wanted to depict a woman who doesn't turn evil and bitter, but clings to her dreams, although she has given up on romantic love. I caught a lot of flak from women who wrote that there was nothing wrong with their self esteem and that they could therefore not identify with Melodye. Bully for them, but tender, hurt people like Melodye are all over the place and believe me, they wrote in appreciation.

2. Being a full-figured woman myself, I can certainly relate to Melodye's poor self-esteem. Whhy did you decide to tackle these issues in this story?

The story came to mind bit by bit. I've been both full-figured and slender, so I know all about the gratuitous, stupid attention you can get, as well as the warm, tender, appreciative attention. I've often written about full-figured women; they just haven't been so front and center. And they had self-esteem a-plenty.

3. Designed for Passion is steamier than what you normally write. Do you believe that is what readers tend to favor more?

No, I don't. Writers like Francis Ray who sell like mad have extremely tasteful, guarded sex scenes and believe me I will be writing more of these. I write from a psychological standpoint and let the chips fall where they may. These were two absolutely starved people, denying their hunger for love, passionate, hotblooded. They just about wrote their own story. I never expected it to come out this sizzling. And by the way, one reviewer criticized it for having too much extraneous detail in the lovemaking scenes detracted from the sizzling quality. Others disagreed.

4. Has steamier sex scenes overshadowed the whole romance aspect of romance novels you think?

Far from it. I read through my first romance novel -- Devoted -- and I had to smile. I loved it and it's guarded and extremely tasteful. But times change. We live in a world where we feel free to take the best of a lot of things. My own reading tastes are extremely varied. I adore Eric Jerome Dickey, but I also like the quieter writers like Jacquelin Thomas. Until I have some more characters in mind who cry out for love and satisfaction and don't have it, my stories will be a bit more sedate.

5. What can we expect next from Francine Craft?

I'm presently working on a series about a cosmetics dynasty and a woman romance writer whose marriage has gone sour. These are middle-aged people, caring, glamorous. The title is "A Wicked Love Affair."

It's a bit sizzling, but doesn't scorch:)

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