Wednesday, February 19, 2020

CatMom Chats with Author Tanya Agler

               CATMOM   CHATS   WITH .........AUTHOR TANYA  AGLER 😊   

I am thrilled to chat with Author Tanya Agler, a sweet friend and fellow Georgia girl whose debut novel recently released!!  Published by Harlequin Heartwarming, THE SHERIFF'S SECOND CHANCE is a delightful story that I read earlier this month and highly recommend! 

Tanya:  Thank you so much for hosting me today on your blog, Patti Jo!  

1. How long have you been writing?
   Tanya: The short answer is "all my life." The long asnswer is a little more complicated than that. I started writing in high school, but it wasn't until my older son was in kindergarten that I realized writing was a part of me that I needed to accomplish every day. I was writing my second book when my husband and I received the wonderful news I was pregnant. I thought I can write while holding a baby. Then we found out we were expecting twins. So, I kept that story in the back of my mind and when the twins entered Mother's Morning Out, I became serious about writing every day, starting to learn about the craft of writing, and pursued my dream of someday becoming a published author.

2. Where do you usually write? 
   Tanya: I usually write at Panera Bread or at a local library. When the twins were in preschool, there was a Panera nearby and it was easier to go there than drive home where laundry and our dog were waiting. 

3. When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
   Tanya: Spending time with my family, watching classic movies, reading, walking. I'm the mom of four and they usually keep me busy. I live in Georgia, and I love taking them to different scenic areas in north Georgia. Amicalola Falls and Cloudland Canyon are two of my favorite places to go. I also love walking on a treadmill for story ideas and exercise. At night, I love to either watch a movie or a television show or read. I started watching The Office for the first time, and I've watched the first five seasons over the past 4 months. I'm also a huge classic movie fan and love Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant movies.

4.  Do you have any pets?
  Tanya: Vera the Basset hound adopted us. We went to an adoption day sponsored by the Basset Rescue of Georgia, and she walked over to our family and wouldn't leave our side. We celebrated 5 years with her last month. She's a sweetie, and her age is estimated to be around 13.  Last Christmas, we gave her an orthopedic dog bed. Out of the entire family, I think she enjoyed that present the most. 

5.  I'm always interested in "Favorites" - - so, what is your:
     Favorite color?   Green

     Favorite food?   That's so hard! I have such a sweet tooth. Chocolate chip cheesecake or chocolate chip ice cream. I can't decide!  

     Dream Vacation?   This is also so hard! We're in the process of planning a family trip to Prince Edward Island, which is one of my dream vacations as I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan! The reason this one is hard is the mom in me says family vacation to Europe, and the wife in me is looking forward to a trip to Europe with my husband once all 4 have graduated high school.

6.  Anything special you'd like readers to know about you? 😊
   Tanya:  I went to 12 different schools before I attended the University of Georgia---Go Dawgs! Also, I love watching tennis on television (I'm a huge Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic fan, and also love the Big Three and Serena).   Thanks so much for hosting me today.

CatMom:  It was my pleasure, Tanya!  I loved learning more about you, and wanted to add that a trip to Prince Edward Island is on my dream vacation list too. When you go, please share photos!  And I hope those who haven't gotten your book yet will order it - - such an entertaining story! 💚


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A New Year - - A New Decade

Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of this decade. WOW!!  Earlier today, I was thinking back to ten years ago today, and am amazed at all that happened in those ten years. My daughter had just gotten engaged then, so we were thrilled. But I'd also finally accepted the fact that I had no choice but to have back surgery, so I was filled with fear. As always, despite my fears of what might happen with my health, the Lord worked an amazing miracle with my surgeries and countless blessings came from that painful time. Best of all, I was able to walk down the aisle at my daughter's beautiful wedding ceremony, standing straight and tall! God is SO good!! 

Reflecting on the past ten years was a reminder that no matter what our future holds, we can trust our Lord to be with us every step of the way. Through the difficult times and the happy times--He is always with us.   

     The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
                                                                                                                 Psalm 29:11

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  May we all count our blessings--not just in this Thanksgiving season, but throughout all the year. 
No matter what you might be going through, there are still many blessings around you.
The photo I'm sharing is my favorite backyard tree, when it was showing off its colors. So beautiful! I knew the leaves wouldn't last too long, so I snapped a photo before rain and wind arrived. 
Each Autumn this tree is another reminder of the beauty God has placed in our world--so many blessings for us to enjoy. May I have a thankful heart every day. 

     O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.  Psalm 107:1  


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CatMom Chats With...Author Sharee Stover

I am thrilled to finally begin my Author interviews! 😊 

My first guest is wonderful and lovely Author Sharee Stover, who writes for Love Inspired Suspense. 

How long have you been writing? 
     Going on 10 years. Wow, that just doesn't seem possible!

Where do you usually write? 
     I'm a creature of habit and like my "office"'s more like a hallway that I share with my dogs, but it's where my desk and computer live so I spend 99% of my life there.  

When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?  
     Taking walks with my hubby and German Shepherd. Crocheting in the winter, and of course, READING. 

Do you have any pets?  
     Oh yes! We have a German Shepherd and a Schipperke/Miniature Pinscher mix.   

I'm always interested in "Favorites" - - so, what is your:
     Favorite color?  PURPLE. When in doubt....PURPLE. 💜

     Favorite food?   Mexican-TexMex - - by far. I could eat it everyday.  

     Dream vacation?  Australia. They have THE coolest animals. 

Anything special you'd like readers to know about you?  😊
     I am so grateful for the wonderful folks that read Love Inspired Suspense books. It's truly an honor and privilege to write for them.    

Thank you so much, Sharee!!  And I will add that if anyone hasn't read Sharee's first book, Secret Past, it's still available on Amazon and is AMAZING!!  I don't read much suspense, but loved this story!  
Her 2nd Love Inspired Suspense book can be pre-ordered now on Amazon, and is Silent Night Suspect.  Wow, sounds interesting - - I plan to order this one, too!  Happy reading, friends!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, my friends! Oh my goodness - - where is this year going?! 
Each season has special blessings, but I must say that the Fall season is my very, very favorite season of all. The cooler temperatures (which hopefully will arrive soon!), colorful leaves, and pumpkin everything makes me smile! 😊

I'm preparing to attend a Christian Writers' Conference, but after I arrive home again, I *will* (finally!) begin posting my CatMom Chats with... posts, and I'm super excited about these! I will be featuring some brief interviews with special writer friends---both published and yet-to-be published. There might be a few prizes given out now and then too. 😉

The photo I've posted shows some of my favorite trees dressed in Fall attire (from several years ago). At the moment these trees are still wearing green, but I'm sure by late October or early November, the colors will change.

Enjoy this beautiful season! 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Blessings and a New Book!

Today is Good Friday, and despite my long To-Do list, I'm making sure I take time to reflect on the meaning of this day. Thinking of what Jesus did for all of us---for you and me---takes my breath away. He gave His life, so we can have eternal life---if we only believe. 

I pray that your Easter weekend is filled with special blessings, and that you'll reflect on this Holy weekend and all that it means. We can still enjoy time with family, egg hunts, and good food (and candy!). But most importantly may we all remember that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us - - No Greater Love. 💜 

I would also like to announce my 3rd book, which just released! This is the third book in my "Emerald Coast Romances" series, and I'll admit that I fell in love with this coastal community on Florida's panhandle. If only it wasn't a fictional place, LOL.  

In Tune With Romance features a widowed heroine who wants to start her own business, but is plagued by her late husband's stepmother harassing her. The divorced hero is a piano tuner, trying to make a fresh start after moving to Coastal Breeze. He deals with painful memories of his failed marriage, but is moving forward. Then a cousin visits, and traumatic memories from childhood resurface. Can a couple who are polar opposites find romance and a lasting love? I hope my readers will enjoy this sweet story! 😍

Sunday, April 7, 2019

New Feature! CatMom Chats

Hi Friends! My interviews with writing friends will begin very soon! I'm excited about featuring some of my special writer friends---both published and soon-to-be published. 😊

These interviews will be titled: CatMom Chats With .....  and will be a peak into the lives of some wonderful folks. Please stay tuned - - these will begin SOON!!