2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Jill Lynn & The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby

Posted September 15, 2020 by meezcarrie in 2020 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Jill Lynn Buteyn, romance / 27 Comments

Happy Tuesday once again! Through this Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Jill Lynn and her Carol Award finalist book The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired ® (as Jill Lynn). A recipient of the ACFW Genesis award for her fiction work, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.
Visit her at Jill-Lynn.com.

Colorado Grooms #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2019
PAGES: 224

From bachelor to daddy…overnight!
Colorado Grooms novel

After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children—but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?


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Hi Jill! Welcome back to the blog!

Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?

Jill: I learn from Christian fiction. I love reading it. I love writing it. I find that the stories speak to me in subtle ways. My daughter has started reading many of the books written by fellow Christian fiction authors, and it’s so nice to know the content is safe and captivating. Sometimes Christian fiction is simply an escape for me and other times it hits me like a devotion. I’m so thankful for it!

Carrie: I love the way you said that – yes!

Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?

Jill: This is a tough question! There are so many great authors in Christian fiction. A few of my favorites are Becky Wade, Denise Hunter, Nicole Deese, Kristen Heitzmann and Laura Frantz. I could go on and on!

Carrie: I know… it was an awful question for me to ask, wasn’t it? lol

Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?

Jill: I try not to stop to research details when I’m drafting (beyond what I did before I started writing), so it’s very likely that I would have a sentence in the book suddenly switch to all caps and end with something like this: FIGURE OUT HOW HE DOES THIS AND FILL IT IN LATER. I also add notes like, THIS IS BORING. FIX! THEY AREN’T DOING ANYTHING HERE. ADJUST! Let’s just say I’m glad that no one sees my early drafts. 😉

Carrie: hahaha!

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve googled lately while researching a book?

Jill: I wrote a mechanic in book 5 for the Colorado Grooms series and ended up googling and watching tons of car videos. How to replace this or that or what was a mistake that a newbie mechanic might make. For about two seconds, I thought…maybe I can fix something on a car! And then I realized that wasn’t true in the least and went back to my fictional writing world. 😉

Carrie: LOL well… that was an admirable goal for a brief moment anyway lol

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby?

Jill: God taught me that He is in the details and to trust the instincts He gave me. It was while finishing up this book that I took a wonderful writing course by Margie Lawson. I realized I had been fighting some of my instincts when it came to writing, and the teaching allowed me to trust those and go with them. It was a gift from God.

Carrie: that’s such wise advice!

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

Jill: I loved writing sweet, sacrificial Emma Wilder who loves to curl up with a good romance novel. I think this quote speaks for itself. 😊

Carrie: hahaha yes!!! The way to a bookworm’s heart 🙂

I am offering one reader any TWO books (print copies) that finaled in the 2020 Carol Awards! (open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your address) 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 makes you want to read the short novel Carol Award finalist The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn & what did you enjoy about Jill’s answers?

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27 responses to “2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Jill Lynn & The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I love how she writes notes to herself in the drafts in all caps in order to fix something. I appreciate that her daughter is readinf Christian Fiction. And she’s got it that HE’s in the details!

  2. Roxanne C.

    I always enjoy Jill Lynn’s books, and I will keep reading when I should be cleaning or retiring for the night. I laughed out loud when I read about Jill’s “strange writing habits” because it sounds like something I would do.

  3. MJSH

    She’s a new to me author but I’ve heard great things about her books. Totally agree with her favorite authors 😉

  4. Suzanne Sellner

    I get happy thoughts when I look at this cover and think about the blurb describing the book. I’d love to read it!

  5. Becky D

    When guys actually think about what the perfect gift would be… *swoon* 🥰😉 Sounds like a sweet read. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Amy M.

    I’ve recently discovered Jill Lynn and have jumped on her ‘fan wagon’. Excited to see her being a finalist for her great writing.

  7. Paula Shreckhise

    I’m glad Jill found her strength and used it instead of fighting it. This one sounds like a winner!

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