I recently discovered a NEW author and I am here to share a bit more about her today!
Spotlighting Martha Rogers!
About Martha Rogers and her wonderful books
Martha Rogers is a freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and a speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction novella released in 2007.
Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry.
Martha is am alumni of CLASS and is available to speak at Women’s Retreats, conferences, and luncheons on topics of interest to women of all ages.
As an author, she is available to speak at writing conferences and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to writers.
My interview with Martha:
– What first drew you to the Historical genre? Do you have plans to give any other genre a try in the future?
Our son lived in Tulsa, and we drove up there to visit about 3 times a year. We always stopped at the visitor’s information center for a rest stop, and they had all kinds of information about Oklahoma. I loved Texas history and wanted to know about our neighboring state. The more I read, the more interested I became in Oklahoma and her past. From that interest was born Becoming Lucy, my first historical novel.
Right now my agent is submitting a contemporary romance series, and it’s a series close to my heart perhaps because it’s set in Houston.
– Christmas focused stories are becoming ever more popular at the moment… will we be seeing more Christmas stories from you any time soon?
I have a contract for another Christmas book, but it won’t be out until the fall of 2016 because of a backlist of Christmas novels for my publisher. That book will be a part of my present series based in part on a lot of my family history.
– I’ve noticed that many published authors’ journey to publication did not “follow the rules”? Would you share a bit about how you got started? Did you journey “follow the rules” or is it one-of-a-kind?
I started in the early 1990’s seeking publication. I had several articles as well as submissions to collections published, but not a book. I followed the rules somewhat in that I went to conferences, joined a writing group and a critique group and signed with an agent. After so many series and stand alone novels were rejected, Becoming Lucy landed on the desk of an editor whose publisher had made a decision to branch out into historical novels. Mine was there, she liked it, and she bought it as well as three others in the series. It was all God’s timing and not my planning.
– You have done several series and also several stand-alone novels. Do you prefer one over the other? Which are you in line for next?
Actually the two that people think of as stand-alone are part of the first series. The Christmas book has two of the characters from Lucy in it and the family in it are from the town in Lucy.
– Can you tell us about the project you are working on right now?
I’m working on the Christmas novel, Christmas at Stoney Creek and polishing up the first novel, Faith on Trial, in the contemporary series.
Thanks for having me Rachel.
Here is a bit about Martha’s most recent release:
“Love Never Fails”
by Martha Rogers
At odds over their beliefs and separated by the war, Molly and Stefan must learn to depend of God.
In book three of the Homeward Journey series, Daniel and Sally Delaney’s daughter Molly finishes school and returns to her home to teach. When old friends of her parents come for a visit with their son, Stefan, Molly is attracted to the young man, but all he is interested in is talking about his position in the army. When he leaves to rejoin his regiment, Molly is both relieved and saddened. Can they overcome their differences and find love?
I am a firm believer that you should start at the beginning of a series…
LOVE STRAYS TRUE
Release date: May 2013
THE HOMEWARD JOURNEY, Book One
It is April 1865, can Sally and Manfred overcome the distance that the war has put between them and find love?
Three strong women from the South forge ahead to new territories to establish a new life and find happiness through their staunch faith. Related not only by blood but also by courage, they prove that love knows no boundaries, and when all else is gone, love will be there. Covering the themes of family, loyalty, belonging, and the journeys we take to find love, this new series by the popular author of Becoming Lucy will be sure to please her many fans.
AND WATCH FOR my review later this month of Martha’s Christmas Book:
“Christmas At Holly Hill”
BY Martha Rogers
Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?
It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery.
His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.
Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.
As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble.
Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?
I can hardly wait to see what she writes next!
And those are not the only books Martha has in her repertoire…
Click HERE to read more about her past works!
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God Bless You all and Have a GREAT week!