Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Tomlinson & With No Reservations

Posted October 11, 2017 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, giveaway, Laurie Tomlinson, romance / 34 Comments

I always love getting to chat with this sweet author, so I’m excited to welcome her back to the blog!

Laurie Tomlinson is an award-winning contemporary romance author and cheerleader for creatives. She believes that God’s love is unfailing, anything can be accomplished with a good to-do list, and that life should be celebrated with cupcakes and extra sprinkles. Her novella That’s When I Knew was featured in the Love at First Laugh collection, and her debut novel, With No Reservations, is now available from Harlequin Heartwarming.

You can connect with Laurie on her websiteFacebook page, and Instagram. Sign up for her newsletter to download a free COOK With No Reservations PDF cookbook.

Her debut novel, With No Reservations, is on sale today for only $3.99!

There can be more than comfort in food…

What could well-known and wealthy Graham Cooper Jr. have in common with a blogger like Sloane Bradley, a woman with secrets she’s kept firmly out of the public eye?

That is, besides a love of food.

Sloane still can’t believe Cooper’s the chef at the restaurant she’s been assigned to promote. But she’s boiling to prove to him that her “little blog” can put his place on the map.

She can also fall head over heels for the guy, who has secrets of his own, it turns out…except for one thing. She can’t get past the post-traumatic stress disorder that keeps her walled up in her home studio.

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Hi friend! Welcome back to the blog!

Laurie: Strawberry cupcakes from Antoinette Bakery in Tulsa

Carrie: Well now I’m drooling…

Laurie: A yellow rose with pink tips

Carrie: Oooo that’s one of my faves too.. or red tips. So pretty!

Laurie: Does October count? 🙂

Carrie: Yes. Yes it does.

Laurie: Right now, “Spirit Move” from Bethel Worship

Carrie: Oh that’s a good one!

Q:  Alright. Fess up. What’s a secret talent you’ve been hiding? ?

Laurie: Since I make no secret about my car singing habit, let’s go with math and science. I am a rare writer sort who went to genetics conventions in high school and tutored pre-med students in chemistry. But it was the people (and the pretty words) that drew me to English lit 🙂

Carrie: This is a talent I do not have in any way, shape, or form lol

Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?

Laurie: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh, Shalom Sistas by Osheta Moore, and Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly. (I know. That’s a lot.)

Carrie: ooo I get to read Hometown Girl soon too! Yay!

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

Laurie: Oh, goodness. I’m surprised I’m not on some kind of government watch list for the things I’ve Googled. (If I am: Hi, just doing my author thing over here and actually moved a turtle out of the street the other day, thank you very much.) I always find cars and clothing for my characters. With my current WIP, the last 4 things I’ve searched are probate (estate/living will) laws in South Carolina, the technicalities of changing one’s name, the best sweet tea proportions, and the parts of the brain that affect seizures. So random!

Carrie: hahaha!

Q: As a Christian writing for a secular publishing house, what are some of the challenges you’ve faced?

Laurie: In Christian writing circles, it’s almost automatic for authors to pray with each other/speak about their faith because the Lord has inspired us, and He’s ingrained in every word and decision. In secular writing circles, when you mention that you’ve also written inspirational work, very few don’t really know what to do with that. But most are really supportive, even if they aren’t on the same wavelength. The biggest challenge has been building a platform among inspirational readers for years and then seeing some hesitant to read a general market novel, even if it’s clean and God-breathed 🙂

Carrie: I don’t know when Christians became so dependent on labels but it’s something that has spread to every area of life – from relationships to music to people in general … and to fiction. I know it grieves the heart of the One in Whom there are no labels, no ‘Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.‘ Somehow we need to get back to that again. <steps off soapbox> lol

Q: On the other hand, what are some of the blessings of being a Christian author for a secular imprint?

Laurie: When I got the call that my editor was interested in my book but wanted me to remove the inspirational element, I heard God clearly telling me: I don’t need my name in this book to make myself known. The biggest blessing has been seeing that happen, in people who have seen healing and freedom from a divine perspective for the first time.

Carrie: Oh I love that!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your books?

Laurie: I would love to bring hope to people who are tired of fighting, to help them remember that they are never too stuck nor their circumstances too bleak to experience restoration – even if it looks different than they expected.

Carrie: Yes. Amen.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Laurie: I’m working on a few projects that are still a secret (*shifty eyes*) and I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) to write a brand new novella, hopefully releasing this spring!

Carrie: oh yay!! Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂

Laurie is offering a copy of With No Reservations to one of my readers! (Signed paperback for a US winner OR ebook for international. Void where prohibited by law.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What’s your favorite song right now?

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34 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Tomlinson & With No Reservations

  1. Great interview! So great to get to know you better, Laurie. As for favorite songs, at the moment, I am loving the song “Even If” by Mercy Me. I’m a total puddle every single time.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Well, someone was asking me about Christmas songs yesterday and I’ve had Mariah Carey’s- All I Want For Christmas Is You stuck in my head every since. Guess I’m ready for Christmas. 🙂

  3. Evangeline

    I love music, so picking a favorite song is difficult. I guess I will go with Amazing Grace…an oldie but always good! Laurie is a new author to me and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the chance. ?

  4. danielle hammelef

    My favorite song right now is Just Breathe by Johnny Diaz, followed closely by Finally Home by MercyMe.

  5. Perrianne Askew

    Favorite song right now would be “Just “Breathe” by Johnny Diaz. This would be a new author for me also. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  6. Rebecca Maney

    Such a lovely interview. And while I have a terrific memory when it comes to book titles, I can never remember the titles of songs. We sing a lot of Hillsong and Elevation music at our church, and I love their words and arrangements. Otherwise, I am a classic rock girl.

  7. Katie Andersen

    Um, right now my favorite song is not a Christian one… I don’t like all the words, but I LOVE the beat to Brother Osborne’s It Ain’t My Fault.

  8. Gloria A

    There are so many good songs but the last one I heard that I like a lot is Mended by Matthew West. I liked your post. Sometimes God uses people to reach others outside of the faith with a gentle touch from a Christian. All the best, Laurie!

  9. Chanel Monroe

    Right now, I’m loving the Starlight album by Bethel Music. My favorite song on the album is King of My Heart; it’s really beautiful and moving.

    • Chanel, have you ever listened to the original by John Mark MacMillan’s wife Sarah? (But on his live album) It’s powerful and someone must chop onions around me every time I listen 😉

      • Chanel Monroe

        I just listened to it today. I loved it! I love this song. It just speaks to me. Thanks for telling me about the original; I had no idea. I also listened to other versions of this song and loved them all.

  10. Amy

    Favorite Christian Song right now – “Even If” by MercyMe
    Favorite Pop Song right now – “Perfect” by Ed Sheearn
    Both start the water works

  11. I’ve had Only Jesus by Jen and Brian Johnson on repeat for weeks. Also, I’m headed to Tulsa soon and am going to seek out this Antoinette’s Bakery and their strawberry cupcake!

  12. Ochegba

    Lovely interview. If I were to pick a favourite song right now it will be man of sorrows by Hillsong even though I have a lot of them.

  13. Amanda J.

    Hi Carrie. I haven’t commented in a while even though I follow this blog daily, so it’s time, especially since this book is definitely on my must read list. I can’t think of a current favorite song, probably because I constantly change Pandora stations. 🙂 Thanks for this giveaway!!

  14. Becky Smith

    My favorite song right now is Mercy Me’s “Even If”. I first read a story by Laurie Tomlinson in Love At First Laugh, which is a great collection. Sounds like a good book.

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