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Introducing Robin Dunne

As we announced last week, Vinspire has acquired the rights to the novelization of Robin Dunne’s script, Christmas on Mistletoe Lake. Robin will also be penning the novel, and we want to introduce you to our newest author!

Robin’s acting career began in 1998, when he landed a role in the John Woo produced blockbuster The Big Hit opposite Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips. Since then, Dunne’s other feature film credits include Borderline Normal, The Snow Walker, Devil In The Dark, Space Milkshake, Torment, and Just Friends. His television work includes roles on Manchester Prep, Dawson’s Creek, CSI Miami, NCIS, Dead Like Me, Defiance, and the Netflix series October Faction, as well a lead roles in the television films Sound of Christmas, Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, and On The Twelfth Day of Christmas, the latter of which he also co-wrote.

In 2008, Robin landed the starring role in the SyFy Channel’s hit series Sanctuary that ran for four seasons. He also directed on the series, which launched his career as a writer/director. To date, Robin has also written and directed the feature films A.R.C.H.I.E and A.R.C.H.I.E 2 (both featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox) as well as Welcome To Nowhere, which he also starred in alongside Sara Canning.

Most recently, Robin directed the movie-of-the-week, The Magical Christmas Shoes for Lifetime. Coming up in 2020, Robin is slated to direct the Lifetime MOW Christmas on Mistletoe Lake from his own script.

Introducing Mindy Steele

As we previously mentioned, we’ve contracted with Mindy Steele for a three-book Amish series set in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, Kentucky. The first book in the series is “To Catch a Hummingbird,” which will release next year. Now, we’d like to introduce you to Mindy!

Raised in Kentucky timber country, Mindy Steele and has been writing since she could hold a crayon against the wall. Inspired by her rural surroundings Steele writes Amish Romance peppered with just the right amount of humor, as well as engaging Suspense. She strives to create realistic characters for her readers and believes in charming all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending.

She is a mother of four and grandmother to a half dozen blessings. When not at her writing desk, Steele enjoys family, coffee indulgences, and weekend road trips. Steele is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, Christmas Grace, releases September 2020. She is also the author of A Cranberry Christmas, which releases at a later date.

​Visit her website for more information on her upcoming releases. 

Announcing a new Amish series!

We’ve just contracted with Mindy Steele for a three-book Amish series set in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, Kentucky. The first book in the series is “To Catch a Hummingbird,” which will release next year.

About the book

Lydia Miller prefers keeping busy. It leaves little time to think, and to regret what she did. She works hard to help keep the family farm afloat since her father’s death, but with her mother busy running the local bakery, it only made sense they would sell the farm. Now, instead of multiple jobs, Lydia has only one, caring for the Graber children, which is proving to be a challenge like no other.

Widower, Silas Graber fell right into the Bishop’s plan. He did need help, but he thought he was getting Hazel Miller not her daughter. Her ways are nothing like his late wife’s, but she has breathed life back into his home. It’s only right he help her overcome her past, but he didn’t expect so much in return.

We’re excited about this book series, and believe you will be, too!

Continuing the Forlorn series by Gina Detwiler

Detwiler, Gina3BWGina Detwiler, author of the bestselling Forlorn series, has signed a contract to continue the series with an additional two books and a novella.

The novella delves into Jared’s backstory while the two novels continues his and Grace’s journey as they fight against the forces of evil.

Look for the continuation of the series in 2021! In the meantime, you can read the first three books which are all together in one bundle!

 

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A Congressional Congratulation for Susan Miura

On Christmas Eve, Susan Miura received a letter from Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi congratulating her on her Midwest Book Review rating and Royal Dragonfly award.  It’s impressive that the Congressman took time out of his day to thank a hardworking author! We couldn’t be happier for Susan (or prouder of her accomplishment!)

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Welcoming Renee Yancy!

Renee-Yancy-headshot-300x289We’re happy to welcome Renee Yancy to Vinspire Publishing. Renee has written a three-book series set in the Gilded Age which you will NOT want to miss. We were enthralled from the first page!

Renee Yancy is a long time history and archaeology nut who has been living vicariously through historical fiction since she was a young girl. Now she writes the kind of books she loves to read—stories filled with historical and archaeological detail on every aspect of living in a different time period, interwoven with strong characters and a tale full of pathos and conflict. She wants to take you on a journey into the past so fascinating that you can’t put the story down.

When she’s not writing, Renee Facetimes with her twin grandbabies, and lives in Kentucky with her husband and two mutts. She enjoys reading, antiquing, and collecting pottery. To learn more about Renee, visit her website!

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Here’s a sneak peek (taken from the author’s blog) at the first book in the series, A Test of Gold.

In late 19th century New York City, Evangeline Lindenmayer, called Lindy, has been raised in the wealth and sheltered splendor of Fifth Avenue.

Her social-climbing mother, Vera, has big plans plans to marry Lindy to an English duke, trading the family’s nouveau riche cash to gain a royal title for the Lindenmayer family.

Lindy’s father, unaware that his daughter spends all her free time in the library, loans the use of it to Jack Winthrop, a middle-class seminary student.

When Lindy falls in love with Jack, she’ll need all the courage and determination she possesses to defy her battleaxe of a mother and find true love.

 

Two More Book Awards!

We’re excited to congratulate Leanne Pankuch and Leslea Wahl on their Moonbeam Awards wins!

 

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Did You See…?

Leanne Pankuch was recently featured in a guest post on shadow plotting your villain’s story line on TeachingAuthors.com. Leanne is the author of the young adult fantasy, Dragon’s Truth, which is officially six-months-old. (Go to Leanne’s site to enter a contest to celebrate, but hurry! It ends September 30th!)

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In case you don’t know what shadow plotting is (We didn’t until we read the interview!), it’s plotting the main character’s and the villain’s journey in your writing process. There’s so much more to it than that, though, so you’ll want to go read the complete article/interview. You may find a better way to chronicle the journeys of your lead characters!

Don’t Miss Leanne Pankuch’s Celebration!

In honor of the six-month anniversary for the release of Dragon’s Truth, Leanne Pankuch is hosting a giveaway at her website! You can find all the details here, but hurry! The contest ends September 30!

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