2019 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Jill Lynn & The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter

Posted September 26, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 Carol Awards, Author Interview, awards, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Jill Lynn Buteyn, romance / 24 Comments

Happy Thursday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the novella & short novel categories, including Jill Lynn and her Carol Award nominated novel The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.

FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

Jill Lynn is an award-winning author, hot mess, loud laugher and coffee addict who lives with her husband and two children near the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She writes the kind of stories she likes to read—ones filled with humor, faith and happily-ever-after. Her newest release, The Bull Rider’s Secret, is in stores now, and she can be found online at Jill-Lynn.com.

SERIES: Colorado Grooms #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2018
PAGES: 288

A reunion he never expected…
In this
Colorado Grooms novel

Luc Wilder’s surprised when his ex-girlfriend Cate Malory arrives at his Colorado guest ranch. And he’s downright stunned when she introduces him to his three-year-old daughter, Ruby. Bonding with the bubbly little girl is easy–Ruby loves ranch life, just like her daddy. But after all the secrets, can Luc and Cate find a way to trust in each other again?


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Hi, sweet Jill! Welcome back to the blog!

Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?

Jill: I write fiction because I love stories. They are an escape. They make me laugh and cry. And often, I learn from them. Jesus always told stories. I think stories are how we connect to and understand one another on this earth. Writing Christian fiction allows me to explore the nuances of faith—doubts and failures and fears—from a struggling character’s point of view.

Carrie: So much this. Yes. Love this answer. The power of story to change a life….

Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?

Jill: I have an old set of the Little Women series, which I’ve read numerous times and had since I was a girl. Those are special to me. And Redeeming Love is a book that shook me to the core when I read it because of the parallels to how we treat Christ when he has nothing but love for us.

Carrie: I completely agree about Redeeming Love! And those beloved books we’ve had since we were kids are so special, aren’t they? Like spending time with old friends ♥

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

Jill: What’s a crime that would earn a person a short jail sentence? Or what would get a person in trouble for tax evasion? 🙂

Carrie: haha i often wonder if the FBI and NSA have a ‘writer file’ where they just stash all the reports on y’all’s suspicious search histories, just in case 😉

Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?

Jill: They’d say that I can be scatterbrained. That sometimes I write a mile a minute and other times can’t get anything to come out of my brain. It’s possible they might call me sassy. I would also hope that they would admit that they often keep me up at night!

Carrie: Only possible on the sassy thing, huh? LOL

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter?

Jill: God taught me to take care of myself and heal. Before writing The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter, I’d lost a friend to cancer and was also struggling through some anxiety issues. Lo and behold, God gave me extra time to write this book—far more than I usually have for a manuscript. So during that extra time, I learned to take care of myself. Self-care was a new concept for me, but it’s not anymore. If I hadn’t had the space to create and heal during this book, I wouldn’t be the much healthier version of myself that I am today.

Carrie: Oh goodness, I need to be reminded of that lesson often!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter & why do you love it?

She was falling to pieces—trampled wildflowers plowed over by horse hooves—and Luc smelled like a forest and looked as tall and strong as a one-hundred-year-old pine.


I love this quote because it represents Cate’s struggle throughout the book. She’s forced to let go of her daughter in pieces, and she’s been holding on so tight. I feel for Cate—the struggle is real when it comes to trusting God and others with our children!

Carrie: oh boy! I can’t imagine how tough that has to be!

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What about you? What interests you most from Jill Lynn’s Q&A or the Carol Award finalist The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter?

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24 responses to “2019 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Jill Lynn & The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I’m sorry about thr loss of Jill’s friend. I’m glad she could take some extra time to heal. You will always have her in your heart.

    • Rachel Taylor

      Thank you for this story of healing that you told in your review. I, too, have had to learn self-care and that it’s okay.

  2. Vivian Furbay

    I’ve read the three books in this series and they are all real good. Jill lives in Colorado my home state.

  3. MJSH

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but have seen a lot of buzz around her books. Will need to read them soon.

  4. Caryl Kane

    Hello Carrie and Jill Lynn! Thank you for the wonderful interview! Self-care is necessary but so easily overlooked.

  5. Becky D.

    How true that as readers we “explore the nuances of faith—doubts and failures and fears—from a struggling character’s point of view”. Thanks for sharing with us, & congratulations on being a finalist!

  6. Winnie Thomas

    I love Jill’s books! Congratulations on being a finalist, Jill, and thanks for the interview, Carrie and Jill!

  7. Caitlyn Santi

    So far I’ve only read Jill’s novella The Start of Us, but I absolutely loved and am so excited to read more of her books! ?

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