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Charleston, SC, July 13, 2020– Vinspire Publishing has acquired the rights to the novelization of Christmas at Mistletoe Lake, a made-for-tv movie script written by Canadian actor Robin Dunne.

The novelization will be written by Robin Dunne who penned the original script. This will be Vinspire Publishing’s first full-length Christmas novel as well as the first acquisition of a novel based upon a screenplay.

Robin Dunne, a Leo-award winning actor, has had several starring roles in various holiday movies as well as previous roles in the Syfy drama Sanctuary and the recent Netflix series, October Faction.  He also co-wrote the Roxy Hunter franchise for Nickelodeon and co-authored the novels for the franchise as well.

Penned as The Holiday meets Message in a Bottle, Christmas at Mistletoe Lake will appeal to viewers of contemporary holiday movies set in quaint towns and lovers of wholesome romances during the Christmas season. While the movie, which is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions and will be directed by Robin Dunne, is tentatively set to begin filming this fall for a Christmas 2020 release, the novel is set to release on November 30. Prior to the book’s release, readers can expect behind-the-scenes videos from Dunne that will look at the transformation from script to novel, his writing process, and, potentially, scenes from the set during filming.  

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An Open Door

 by Claire Fullerton
Years ago, I wrote a novel set on the west coast of Ireland about a twenty-five year old American female who moved from Los Angeles into a rural, Irish village. It was a fish-out-of water story filled with insightful narrative concerning Irish cultural nuances that also contained a budding love story. I adored the story I created, lived with the characters and the sense of place in my head for close to two years then decided to look for an agent. No avail. Forever. Then it hit me: I’m an unknown author and I need to find my proverbial open door that will grant me permission to keep writing!
I decided to park what I called “my Irish book” and sat down to write the kind of novel I would really love to read: one that would be unusual, a suspenseful page turner that would be unpredictable and keep the reader guessing. I wanted to write the novel that defied genre and give readers something to really think about when they finished the book. I wanted to write more than a good story, I wanted to hand readers a question with which they could consider their own life without the book being pushy or overt.
I put every ounce of my creative imagination into the novel, and titled it, “A Portal in Time.”  Next, I looked for a publisher that would understand the vision, and found it in Vinspire Publishing. Behold my open door! Everything I could hope for, I found in Vinspire, and joining its ranks is like joining a team that does things for all the right reasons. The learning curve I have enjoyed: the support, editing phase, the promotional education, has been invaluable, and I was so pleased, I decided to rewrite my Irish book ONE MORE TIME and humbly submit it to my new publishing home.
 Then I waited patiently. Three months later, I was offered a contract by Vinspire, and my Irish book, now entitled, “Dancing to an Irish Reel” will be out in early 2015. All of this goes to show that each writer has their own unique path to their open door, and the task is to never give up hope and keep writing.

BIO.  Claire Fullerton is the author of Paranormal/Historical Romance, “A Portal in Time.” Her second novel, “Dancing to an Irish Reel” will be published in March, 2015. She is a three-time, award winning essayist, a three-time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, a one-time newspaper columnist, and a contributor to numerous magazines. She hails from Memphis, Tn. and now divides her time between Malibu and Carmel, Ca.

Tourist Season In Savannah

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 My soon to be released YA paranormal book, Dead Man’s Fingers, takes place in Savannah Georgia. Savannah is an interesting place to visit and to live.


The month of May is the beginning of Tourist Season. I don’t know why they call it Tourist Season, it’s not like you can shoot them or anything like that. In Savannah we love our out-of-town guests. We greet them with a sincere southern greeting and say, “Welcome to our fine city. Where y’all from?”


I must have one of those friendly Savannah faces because tourists often approach me for information and directions. I find many visitors are looking for the same things: a good restaurant, the statue from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the bench Forrest Gump sat on with his box of chocolates.


There are many good restaurants in Savannah and each one is unique with diverse menu choices, ambience, and sometimes even a resident ghost. My favorite places are: The Pink House, Local 11ten, Leoci’s, NobleFare, and a bunch of others.


The Bird Girl Statue from The Book is in The Telfair Museum. After the success of the book, they moved the statue from Bonaventure Cemetery to protect it. Now visitors pay to see the Bird Girl, and photos are not permitted.


The bench Forrest Gump sat on was a movie prop. It is in The History Museum in the Visitors Center. His suitcase is also on display, but I think someone ate the chocolates.


There are many other interesting things about Savannah that are too many to mention, but visitors to our fine city will most defiantly not miss our genuine southern hospitality.


And I don care if it is Tourists Season in Savannah I could never shoot one. They are just too darn cute.

JK Bovi


A Furry Muse

            I am so excited to be a new part of the Vinspire family! My YA novel Genius Summer is due out November 30. Check out the Coming Soon section of the website!


            Genius Summer is the culmination of a three year writing project. At first I was amazed that I even started it, considering the task I’d set for myself, and then I was even more amazed when I finally finished it. Part of what took so long was writing the story within a story: contemporary romance/coming-of-age juxtaposed against a tale of tragedy and ultimate triumph, set in 1865. I’m more into early nineteenth century history, so research took a great deal of time in order to be accurate to the story, which is based on true events. The other reason it took three years was because, for most of that time, I was working a full time job as a secondary English teacher. Somehow I just couldn’t justify sitting at the computer writing when I had stacks of compositions and homework papers to grade. Teaching is now in my rear-view mirror.

One of the reasons I’m so excited for Genius Summer to be released is because it will be featured in the bookstore at the museum where I work part time: Another reason I’m eager for the release date is because I will be traveling to Oklahoma, my home state and where a good portion of my story is set, to publicize my book.

            I have to paws (a little kitty humor) and give credit to my Mewwse (muse), Molly the cat. She always sits in my lap as I write at my computer. She has been with me while I’ve written all my novels, including two already published (Confessions of a Teenage Psychic and Certainly Sensible), one waiting for just the right home (Miss Match), and two more in the early stages of writing. Anyone interested can find me on Facebook, and I would be happy to interact with anyone who reaches out to me.




From Underwood to Vinspire Publishing

by Judith Ingram
My first efforts at writing call to mind my Aunt Elsie’s old Underwood typewriter. Her guest bedroom housed a huge antique reporter’s desk with a built-in Underwood bolted to a shelf that my uncle would swing up into typing position for me. Seated on two phonebooks at first and then one as I got taller, I would peck away the afternoon while my sisters played under the leafy magnolia in my aunt’s backyard. No matter how badly written my stories or how poorly rhymed my poems, I nevertheless took great pride in those sheets of beautiful type I could then staple along one side to make a “book.” I kept a secret collection of these in my closet at home.
I wish I had kept even one of those “books.” I would love to peek into that child’s imagination and see what dreams and notions managed to survive in the adult writer. I do remember the child had a maudlin streak—she was quite fond of elaborately shallow romances and killing off her characters with tragic illnesses, although woodland animals were never harmed. Sounds a little like her favorite fairy tale character, Snow White. Hmm.
As an adult I preferred technical writing to fiction, and I never intended to write a novel, much less a trilogy. However, I suffered a particularly unhappy circumstance in my life and found myself imagining—What if I could escape into another woman’s life? What if that woman lived in a more appealing century? And what if she were trying to escape from something in her life, some danger into which I would unwittingly step…
Thus was born Victoria, the protagonist in my time-travel romantic trilogy, Moonseed. Her counter-character, Katherine, I at first imagined to be Victoria’s shadow side, essentially selfish and corrupt. Katherine herself, however, saw things differently. She refused to let me write her as a mere shadow side of Victoria but revealed herself as a passionate and complex personality in her own right. As a result of Katherine’s persistence, Moonseed evolved into a narrative of two complete and parallel stories told in three volumes: Bridge to the Past, Borrowed Promises, and Into the Mist.
I was thrilled when Vinspire Publishing agreed to publish my trilogy. Editor-in-chief Dawn Carrington and her talented staff of editors and artists had helped me to publish my first book, a nonfiction inspirational work entitled A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness. Publishing in a romantic genre has been an exciting journey for me and truly a dream come true for that child pecking away on her Aunt Elsie’s old Underwood.978-0-9834198-2-2-frontcover
Bridge to the Past is now available on
Borrowed Promises is due for release in May 2014.
Into the Mist is due for future release from Vinspire Publishing.
A Devotional Walk with Forgiveness is now available on
Please visit my Web site or like me on Facebook.


A Step Back in Time

Once upon a time, we had a page on our website called The Editor’s Desk. Every month, our editor-in-chief, Dawn Carrington, wrote a different note to readers and authors alike. Below is one of those letters.


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.” ~ Edward De Bono

August 25, 2006

Dear Readers and Authors,

Finding a balance of happiness in our lives can be a challenge when troubles swamp us every day. Since some our closest friends are experiencing some trying difficulties now, I wanted to share part of an article which has really helped me endure.

Remember your past trials and how you came through them.

We’ve all had past problems, perhaps the loss of a job, financial problem,s or illness. Think back to the last big obstacle you faced. How did you surpass it? Okay, so you might not have handled it the best possible way, but you came through it, didn’t you? Remember this when another wave of trouble hits you. You can and will come through those dark hours.


Remember that it takes time for a wounded soul to heal or a problem to resolve.

Don’t expect to wake up tomorrow morning to find the problem miraculously solved and the pain gone. It doesn’t happen that way. Just as grieving is a process, so is the solution to a problem. It takes steps-sometimes big-sometimes small. In life, miracles are few. So be patient with yourself and with others.


Do something to take your mind off the problem if only for an hour a day.

Take a class or a walk. Call a friend. Take a bubble bath. Get a massage, or read a book, but do something other than think about your problem(s). There’s always something you can do, and if financial difficulties are the cause of your current distress, there are plenty of free things to do in life. Visit the library or a nursing home. Put on your favorite CD and dance. Meditate, but just give yourself at least one hour a day to enjoy life without the albatross of your problem(s).


So just remember that no matter what you might face today, you can make it through. You can survive all the problems-even when your heart tells you it can’t take any more. The human spirit is very resilient and giving up is not an option. Living your life to the best of your ability isn’t an option, either. It’s a choice.


We wish you all good health and happiness!


Dawn Carrington

Vintage Romance Publishing, LLC




My Road to Success Started at Vinspire



2006 was my finally going to be my year! I just knew it. My childhood dream of writing a novel was coming true. With over fifty magazine and newspaper articles published, I figured I’d paid my dues and was ready to tear up the publishing world. The YA manuscript I’d worked on for over two years was complete, polished and ready to roll.


Now I just needed a publisher. And that was proving to be problematic.


My historical novel, influenced by my personal teenage faves, Catherine Marshall’s Christy, and Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, was turned down by potential publishers one after the other for nearly a year. It was too clean to be billed “secular” and too edgy for “religious.”


So The Distant Shore just sat collecting dust while my dreams began to disintegrate into the same.


Enter Dawn Carrington and her wonderful small press which at the time was known as Vintage Romance Publishing.


Dawn was looking to begin a YA line and I was completely thrilled when my book was chosen to be the first. The Distant Shore released in 2007 and was followed by a sequel, Billowing Sails, in 2008. These were soon joined by Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, a combo devo/how-to for writers that was one of Dawn’s first nonfiction projects under the Vintage Spirit label.


With three high quality Vintage (now Vinspire) books under my belt, it was easier to attract the attention of an agent, who was able to find traditional press buyers for my nonfiction women’s inspirational humor manuscripts (sadly, a genre not under Vinspire’s umbrella at the time).


Since that time, I’ve been busy traveling as a women’s event speaker and author. Eleven further women’s inspirational books have been published, I’ve been blessed with several literary awards, and one of my most popular books, Too Blessed to be Stressed, has given birth to six babies. These bouncing babies are adorable offspring products bearing their mother’s cover graphics, including 2014 and 2015 Too Blessed to be Stressed Planners, a TBTBS Perpetual Calendar, TBTBS Promise Book, TBTBS Journal and a TBTBS Spanish translation that’s being distributed internationally.


This year, I’m looking forward to the release of book #14, Too Loved to be Lost (fourth in my “Take On Life” series), in October. And I’ll always be grateful to Dawn and Vinspire for giving me such a great start.


Debora M. Coty

Award-winning author, humorist, columnist, speaker


Destined to Write

I suppose many writers have known since childhood that they were destined to write. My childhood dreams revolved around a baseball, not a pen. Not until my mother was diagnosed with cancer a decade ago did I realize that deep inside me a writer was waiting to emerge.

The news about my mother was devastating, and I had a strong desire to put down in words how much she meant to me. And so I came up with an idea to write a story about a man who, after the death of his mother, journeyed back in time to when he was a boy.

And in some way, it allowed me to go back to a time when death was the furthest thing from my mind. It allowed me a chance to go back to when my parents were young, indestructible, and when life was carefree.


As I wrote, the words took me back to a world that I truly loved. It also awakened memories that reminded my life wasn’t all fun and games in the days of my youth. But it was a special time in life nonetheless, and I wanted to capture it with my words.

I could hardly write fast enough to keep up with what my mind wanted to say. When I finished, I immediately knew it was time to write the next one. As a boy, I’d spent time visiting my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, and I was mesmerized by its beauty, its isolation, and decided it would make the perfect setting for a murder/suspense.

And now my writing is a journey, a chance to immerse myself into places, writing about people that I love; people I miss. Writing allows me to go wherever I want. It allows me to be with people I’ve loved, respected, adored, as well as feared. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and I plan on writing until my mind just gives out on me.

Find more about Chuck Walsh here.

Dawn Carrington, Editor-in-Chief, Vinspire Publishing

by Marjorie Owen

I would like to introduce our wonderful publisher who has worked so hard on Mum’s first book Ladies of Class.  Dawn helped me through the process of trying to edit Mum’s work, doing a lot of the work herself.  Advising me on how to write the acknowledgements, cover and back page.  The artist at Vinspire Publishing created a beautiful first cover from my initial ideas and subsequently an even lovely cover!  Ladies of Class was published 2008.

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Mum’s second book The Poison Pen is to be published April 30th 2014, the sequel to Ladies of Class. Dawn and her staff have again worked so hard in making this publication possible.
Thank you Dawn and staff at Vinspire Publishing.
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Please read this interesting interview with Dawn by Delia Latham, a very talented author with Vinspire Publishing.


Note: This interview is from the March/April edition of my ( Delia Latham) newsletter, Brushing Wings.

I’m pleased to welcome Dawn Carrington, owner and editor-in-chief of Vinspire Publishing—the publishing company that made my novel, Goldeneyes, a reality. I’ve written several books since Goldeneyes, and hopefully my writing skills have improved with each one, but I will always think of that one as the book of my heart, and I’ll always be grateful to Dawn for making it happen.
Welcome, Dawn! I know you’re crazy busy, and I appreciate your willingness to visit with me—and all the Brushing Wings subscribers. I usually introduce an inspirational author in each edition of this newsletter. But variety is the spice of life, to use a cliché. I’m also interested in how things look on the other side of the writing industry, and I’m sure others are as well. So let’s talk about that.

First, give us the lowdown on Vinspire Publishing. How did it come to be? What prompted you to start a publishing company?
I, along with three partners, began what was then called Vintage Romance Publishing in

2003. We didn’t launch until February 14, 2004. We all four came from very different backgrounds. Two of us were already published in fiction, one was a poet, and the other a customer service specialist. We were all friends and unique women that brought something special to the drawing board.

Ebooks weren’t really all that popular yet in 2003, but my partners and I had an interest in getting into the digital arena because I had already been published electronically. I can’t think of one aha moment. It was more a series of “let’s think about doing this” that finally became “let’s do this.”

Those well-thought-out, slow “processes,” are usually most successful.

As I mentioned before, I’m aware that you lead a very busy life. Take us through a day in the life of an indie publisher.

Unfortunately, there is no typical day, but here are a few things that can occur over the course of the week, and this is not just what I do. This is what takes place with our staff as well.

The morning usually starts in a rush of e-mails, putting out fires, so to speak. Then it begins.

Returning phone calls. Negotiating contracts. Approving cover art. Working on the website. Editing. Proofreading. Marketing. Publicity. Networking. Streamlining. Thinking outside the box. An occasional lunch. Graphic design. Reading incoming manuscripts. Preparing contract packages. Working on ad spots. Writing guest posts for blogs (like this one!). Print layouts for paperbacks. Royalties. Updating the budget. Updating numerous spreadsheets that house our author contact information, royalty rates, contract expirations, and more.

As I said, there is no typical day, and not all of the above happens every day, but I can tell you it’s always interesting. Usually, there is work being done around the clock. Thankfully, I’m not the middle-of-the-night person who’s working!

Q&A: Working with Vintage Reflections

I just signed a contract with Vintage. When will my book be released?

Once we’ve received the signed contract in-house, we will notify you of the next opening in our release schedule, which, at present, would be sometime in 2012 for any books we sign this year.

How soon will the editing process begin?

Editing usually begins approximately five months prior to a book’s release.

What can I expect from the editing process?

After you sign a contract with Vintage, you will receive pre-edit guidelines that will start you on the journey. Then your book will be passed on to our editor where it will go through two rounds of edits. Once those edits are completed, the book will be sent to our editor-in-chief for a final proof. It will then be sent to you for one more read before finalization for print.

How long does the editing process take?

We can’t answer this specifically because it depends upon how much editing is required, i.e., if you have submitted a relatively clean manuscript with little or no mechanical, pacing, structure, or plot issues, it’s entirely possible you’ll complete edits in less than a month. Usually, though, you can count on the process taking at least two months.

I know nothing about promoting my book. Will Vintage help me?

Though we can’t promote books individually all the time, we do promote our catalog continually, and your book is sent to reviewers and entered in appropriate contests on our end. We do have an active author’s group where we discuss promotions, what works and what doesn’t, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. We will make sure you know what you need to be doing to help your book sales.

Can my parents (or other family members) receive the same discount I receive for purchasing copies of my books?

No. Our author rates are for our authors only. You can, however, purchase the books and then sell them to family and friends at your cost.

When will I get paid?

As indicated in your contract, Vintage pays royalties monthly on or before the last day of the month.

If I’ve signed a contract with Vintage for one book, can I submit another book right away?

As a Vintage Reflections author, you’re always welcome to submit a book to us even if we are closed to outside submissions.