A Conversation with Catherine Lanigan, Author of PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM (The Shores of Indian Lake #7–with a Giveaway!)


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Welcome, Catherine! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I’m a voracious reader. I wish I had more hours in the day to read even more, but I DO have to write.
  2. I work full time and write full time if that’s possible—meaning 40 hours at each job give or take a few hours here and there to buy groceries.
  3. I iron my sheets and pillowcases. It’s mindless work and I get a ton of ideas. You think it’s the spray starch? I use lavender scented.
  4. I never, ever work anymore without my essential oils diffuser going right next to my computer.
  5. My son and his family and then friends come first in my life. I’ll drop everything to help. Though I may pack my laptop on any and all trips.

Hmmmm. Running out to grab some of that lavender spray starch before NaNoWriMo…

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Most authors have “soapboxes” they haul out from time to time and weave them into our stories. Frankly, I can only go so long before I have to discuss the menace of domestic abuse and drug addiction. I touched on the drug addiction problem in Sophie’s Path last July.  That story was from the medical point of view.  Protecting the Single Mom is from the cop’s point of view and the dangers every police officer faces 24/7 on the job. And the danger can come out of the clear blue. With the rampant rise of drug usage in our country, it is more than common to see addicts in the shopping malls, churches, schools and workplace.  It’s a growing shadow across our land we seem helpless to stop it.  My story is that of a man and woman, fighting together for their town, their friends and their friends’ children.

That’s what it takes, unswerving courage to stand up, be counted and volunteer to make a difference. Throughout all history, heroes and heroines are the ones who risk their lives, livelihood, even the safety of their own children to speak up, do whatever it takes to stop evil in all it’s forms.

Inspiring! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

This is the beginning of my 38th year.  I knew I wanted to be a writer at a very young age,  (6) but I had a college professor who told me I had no talent whatsoever and that my best bet was to give up my dreams of writing and change my major. I believed him. I changed my major to Literature, History and Education. (I know….I was and am a book worm.) I didn’t write for 14 years.  Then I met a television journalist who “shamed” me into giving writing a real try. I wrote a romantic historical spy novel set against World War I.  He introduced me to his agent and within two months she had two publishers bidding on my book. That was in 1979.  I haven’t stopped writing. I will never stop.

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I just finished FAMILY OF HIS OWN, my July release for Heartwarming. In December, will be MICA’S BABY.   I’m working on synopses and ideas for more SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE BOOKS.

Awesome! Can’t wait!

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished another Beatriz Williams tome. Loved it and as far as I’m concerned she can’t write fast enough for me.  Last night I finished Karen Rock’s A COWBOY TO KEEP. Well, I lost several hours of sleep because I could NOT put it down. Whew. I’m glad to know Dani and Jack are safe now. I was so worried. LOL.

LOL! Such a relief!
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Cate Sullivan will risk everything, even her life and that of her son, for the man she loves.

Fantastic! Thanks so much, Catherine!

 

About the Author:

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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Protecting the Single Mom
Shores of Indian Lake #7
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous…

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.

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Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom

This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

Other Books in the Series

  
  Sophie's Path

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 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)
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Tour Schedule

March 26th: Launch
March 27th: Thoughts of a BlondeKatie’s Clean Book Collection
March 28th: Rockin’ Book ReviewsBook Lover in Florida
March 29th: Rainy Day Reviews & Zerina Blossom’s Books
March 30th: Hearts & Scribbles & Harlie’s Books
April 2nd: Hardcover Feedback & Reading Is My SuperPower
April 3rd: Mel’s Shelves & Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews
April 4th: underneath the covers & Wishful Endings
April 5th: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, Heidi Reads… & Singing Librarian Books
April 6th: Nicole’s Book Musings & Becky on Books
April 7th: Grand Finale

 

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Book Tour Grand Finale for
Sophie’s Path
By Catherine Lanigan

We hope you enjoyed coming along with us and Frenchie, as we got to know more about Sophie’s and Jack’s stories! If you missed any of the tour stops, go back and check them out now…

Launch – From Frenchie’s Point of View

Bark! Sorry. Hi! My name is Frenchie. I’m a six and a half pound Yorkie Poo and I’m here to welcome you to “The Shores of Indian Lake” series by Catherine Lanigan. If you are returning to our small town, I’m glad to meet you, too. This is a new role for me, being a star, I mean. I’ve been a rescue dog, which wasn’t fun. I like to have a family. In fact, I have to have humans to love. Humans can be fun but they can also be pretty clueless about the essentials in life. Take Sophie Mattuchi and Jack Carter, for instance. I thought I’d never get these two together.

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

“I adored Frenchie, the dog, who really helped thread the story line together. The characters are multifaceted and have depth. I love the process they each developed in. This is a town that I would love to read more about.

I recommend this to readers who enjoy a clean romance with good characters and depth.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Excerpt

Still, the guy moved with the grace of a panther. He was the kind she couldn’t help being attracted to. Her nerve endings sizzled as if touched with electrodes. She couldn’t stop the pounding of blood through her veins that didn’t come from exercise. It was automatic. She was being Sophie.

Brooke Blogs – Sophie Mattuchi

Jeremy was a heroin addict. Sometimes he would pass out and forget to feed me or give me water. He loved me very much and I loved him. That’s when he decided he had to give me up. The day we met Sophie, I knew she had a heart as big as outdoors.

Hardcover Feedback – Review

“I really liked Sophie. I loved her desire to help others, how she volunteered and helped her friends, but I didn’t like how she stretched herself so thinly…but thought it was nice she had people in her life that cared and tried to keep her in check.”

Wishful Endings – This or That

Are you guys ready to get to know a little more about Catherine? Here we go:

Chocolate or fruity candy?
Chocolate… Always

I’m with you there 100%. 🙂 Read a book or watch TV?
Read and read more. I seldom watch television anymore, but I do watch movies on DVD.

Nicole’s Book Musings – Jack Carter

Meeting Jack for a little dog like me was pretty intimidating at first. He’s a big guy. Strong. And handsome—for a human. He looks like that movie star, Hugh Jackman. Jack’s been running for years. The first thought in my head was that if I came to live with him, he might want me to run with him. He has long legs. Mine are short and I knew this wasn’t going to work.

EskieMama Reads – Excerpt

Sophie continued drying his pants’ legs, pretending she hadn’t heard what he’d just said. She was thankful she was on the floor because being this close to Jack, in this intimate setting, had turned her bones to jelly.

deal sharing aunt – Interview

What would you like my readers to know?

I especially love to hear from readers. It is from your comments and desires that I steer my course of the next book. God willing, I hope to write 26 Shores of Indian Lake stories in all. In each of the up-coming books, I introduce new characters who will have their own stories in the future. Mrs. Beabots will always be the anchor that holds everyone together, the matchmaker who wants to see every one happy.

Colorimetry – Humans Can be So Silly

As a dog, I hear a lot of gossip and advice-giving. I heard every word of Sophie’s concern for me when she and Mrs. Beabots were making tarts for the Recovery Alliance.

Jack’s office is a hot-bed of confidential material. Of course, this is due to his clients who are buying insurance to protect their children and families. But sometimes, they don’t want insurance for errant children or grandchildren. Sometimes they have lost their jobs and have to stop their premiums. Or some have medical issues. It’s really sad what humans have to deal with sometimes. No wonder they need us dogs so desperately to love them.

Getting Your Read On – Review

“. . . but the story is a good one and worth sticking with. If you love a gentle romance with slow build, you will love this book.”

underneath the covers – Nurses Make Great Girlfriends

I’ve decided that if I were a human and since I’m female, I’d be a nurse like Sophie. For starters, even though she was on her “self-improvement” regime and she was eating healthy, her nursing career also taught her that we all only live once.

Falling Leaves – Review

“I definitely recommend this book to everyone, whether you’re in the middle of struggle or you’re just content with your life.

A story of trust, forgiveness, hope, pain, death and love that you will cherish.”

 Sophie's Path

Sophie’s Path
(Shores of Indian Lake #6)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her choice. His consequences.

Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one’s ever rattled her like Jack Carter. He has no right to blame her for his friend’s death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn’t she? Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She’s never cared this much about any man’s opinion of her. But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy. Sophie’s definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he’d never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?

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Other Books in the Series:

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort.

Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel.

Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming:Love Shadows,Heart’s Desire,A Fine Year for Love,Katia’s Promiseand Fear of Falling.Sophie’s Pathpubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for three more in the series:Danger Zone,Wedding for IsabelleandA Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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Fear of Falling
(Shores of Indian Lake #5)
by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her best bet is to stay away

Was Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she’d found truly intriguing since, well, forever—the hopelessly handsome heir to the region’s most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni—was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn’t just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father’s racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can’t be part of that world. Rafe’s world. She can’t trust him, or his magnetism. But there’s something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer…

 

Excerpt:

“I told you that Rodan was a Thoroughbred. My dad and I were hoping to enter him in trial races for the Kentucky Derby. I didn’t want any kind of publicity or news about him coming out until I was ready. He still needs training and experience. He’s not as lean as he could be. Not as muscular as he will be after Curt and I get through with him. On the day he makes his debut, I want to set the judges and reporters on their ear. I want him to be the best he can possibly be.”

“But he’s magnificent already.”

“He can be better,” Rafe retorted sharply. “Look, I can’t expect a—a caterer—you, I mean, to understand what I’ve spent a lifetime learning.  Rodan isn’t just a horse. He’s a champion. He has incredible genes.”

“I believe that,” she interjected, taking affront at his dismissive attitude toward her.  She wasn’t about to let him be condescending.

“Good. Great. Then you’ll control your urge to try to make yourself seem special to your girlfriends by using my horse.”

That was it. Olivia put her hands on her hips and marched around the bakery case and up to Rafe. Tilting her head back she glared at him. “Look, you, bonehead. I did nothing of the kind. Coming here to insult me doesn’t get that post off the media. It doesn’t help your horse win a race. What it does tell me is that you chose me to be angry at today. Bingo! I’m the winner. I get it that your dad died and I am heartily sorry about his death. But that doesn’t give you the right to come into my restaurant and bawl me out for something that was un-intentional. It was stupid. I give you that. So, I’ll tell you what, Mister Barzonni, it won’t happen again. Ever.”

Olivia stepped back. She had a crink in her neck from shoving her face up into his. It was the first time she’d realized how really tall he was. “Now, please leave.”

“Fine. I will,” he stomped toward the door. Just as he reached the door he swiveled around. “You’re right. I am angry about my dad. And I did take it out on you. That wasn’t fair. I’m sorry for that. Goodbye, Olivia.”

“Goodbye, Rafe.”

 

 

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The Other Books in the Series:

Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over a dozen languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available on audio-cassette, CD and on electronic format. A prolific writer, she is always writing wonderful stories. She has several titles only available in ebook format on Amazon.com Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine for December, 2002, and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. In March, 2006 Divine Nudges: Tales of Angelic Intervention and the second in Lanigan’s Angel Watch series of books, was published by HCI, the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! FEAR OF FALLING by Catherine Lanigan (Shores of Indian Lake #5)

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Fear of Falling
By Catherine Lanigan

Coming March 1, 2016, from Harlequin Heartwarming…

(Shores of Indian Lake #5)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages

Her best bet is to stay away

Was Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she’d found truly intriguing since, well, forever—the hopelessly handsome heir to the region’s most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni—was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn’t just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father’s racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can’t be part of that world. Rafe’s world. She can’t trust him, or his magnetism. But there’s something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer…

The Other Books in the Series:

Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over a dozen languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available on audio-cassette, CD and on electronic format. A prolific writer, she is always writing wonderful stories. She has several titles only available in ebook format on Amazon.com Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine for December, 2002, and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. In March, 2006 Divine Nudges: Tales of Angelic Intervention and the second in Lanigan’s Angel Watch series of books, was published by HCI, the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher.

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