Please join me in welcoming Angela Ruth Strong to the blog to chat about her new book, A Latte Difficulty!
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon best-sellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK. You can find out more at www.angelaruthstrong.com.
A LATTE DIFFICULTY
SERIES: The CafFUNnated Mysteries #3
GENRE: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2020
Can two baristas track down a gunman after the espresso shot heard ‘round the world?
When Marissa witnesses an attempted murder during the 4th of July parade, it starts a battle for her independence. She is forced to hide out in a safehouse, leaving her co-owner, Tandy, to run their coffee shop, track down the criminal, and, worse, plan Marissa’s wedding. Thankfully Tandy has help, but can she really trust the P.I. in a bow tie, her new deaf barista who acts more like a bartender, or a wedding planner who’s keeping secrets?
The threat on Marissa’s future goes from bad to worse when her bridal gown is covered in blood. Though her fiancé, Connor, agrees to give up his identity to join her in the Witness Protection Program, Marissa refuses to wave the white flag. Instead, she enlists Tandy to help her fight for truth, justice, and the Americano way.
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Hi Angela! Welcome to the blog!
Angela: Summer because I hate being cold and I love wearing sundresses.
Carrie: winter isn’t usually conducive to sundresses, you are right 🙂
Angela: Netflix because it has some Hallmark style movies as well as a ton of other options.
Carrie: best of both worlds!
Angela: Over. Nuff said.
Carrie: and right now, we’ll probably all take it however it ends up on the roll because that means at least we have some LOL
Angela: Coke Zero for the flavor AND aftertaste.
Carrie: Definitely – Coke beats Pepsi hands down on both of those.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Angela: Hope is my superpower. It’s also my mission statement: My mission is to encourage, create, and inspire hope in myself and others.
Carrie: that’s beautiful – and something we definitely need always & especially right now.
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Angela: We read The Scarlet Pimpernel in 8th grade, and even though we weren’t supposed to read ahead, I couldn’t stop myself. I loved everything about it. He was the original hero with a hidden identity. And also there was this passionate love story that had my teacher clasping the book to her chest and waltzing around the room. I’ve read it a few times since and really want Hollywood to remake the movie with the quality of my favorite movie, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Carrie: ooo yes please! that’s an excellent idea!
Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Angela: The same year I fell in love with The Count of Monte Cristo, I went to a party in a garage where the ping pong ball bounced behind the refrigerator, and when I went to retrieve it, I ended up getting stuck. Some situations are worse than middle school gossip about being stuck behind a fridge. I’m currently battling breast cancer. I would never wish it on anyone, but I have allowed my characters to battle cancer because it was part of their character growth. I believe this is why God lets us get stuck. We have to turn to Him for hope, which is the only way it can become a super power.
Carrie: I love the way you put that – yes. So true.
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in A Latte Difficulty?
Angela: Yes!!! In A Latte Difficulty, I’ve referenced two other series by Christian mystery/suspense author friends. I’ll be holding an “Easter Egg hunt” with prizes in the month of April for those who can find them.
Carrie: how fun!!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Latte Difficulty?
Angela: The message in A Latte Difficulty is about the fear of the Lord. I believe that we all have little fears that we can only overcome when we face bigger fears. For example, I might be afraid of water, but if my baby falls in a swimming pool, then the bigger fear of losing my child will help me overcome my fear of water. That’s what the fear of the Lord needs to be for Christians—our greatest fear that keeps us from making poor choices out of other fears.
Carrie: Amen. Love that.
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.
Angela: A Mug of Mayhem will be Book #4 in The CafFUNated Mysteries, but I’m also excited about my first rom/com about a modern-day woman trying out advice from the 1950s on how to catch a husband. Both are super fun and involve weddings.
Carrie: Oh my goodness that romcom sounds hilarious!
Angela Ruth Strong is offering an ebook copy of A Date With Danger (which includes the 1st book in her CafFUNated Mysteries & five other Christian romantic suspense/mystery novels) to one of my readers! (Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about A Latte Difficulty and/or A Date With Danger by Angela Ruth Strong?