New Favorite Author Alert! Meet Kayla Kensington

I’m so delighted to introduce you to one of my dear writing friends, author Kayla Kensington. Her debut novel, Finding Her Family’s Love, is coming very soon!

When emotionally abused Kendra McFarland, widowed and pregnant, meets her mother-in-law, she hopes to be part of a loving family.

Instead, the woman accuses her of being a gold digger.

Will Pierce, her husband’s cousin, be an unexpected love interest, or will he cause Kendra more heartache?

Tell us three things we’d find if we looked under your heroine’s bed? How about the hero’s?

Under Kendra’s bed, you’d find a covered container with a stash of yarn. A basket holds a variety of knitting needles. You’d also discover a pair of comfy red slippers that she wears on chilly mornings. 

What would you find under Pierce’s bed?

Under Pierce’s bed, you’d find six pairs of running shoes. Two are pairs he recently purchased. He can’t part with the other shoes that he wore during key track meets in high school and college. 

What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series?

The main theme of the book is forgiveness. Kendra needs to find it in her heart to forgive her late husband who emotionally abused her. In addition, she needs to forgive herself for falling in love with an abuser. 

Why do you write this genre? What inspired this story? Do you write any other genres?

I write inspirational romance because I read many books in this genre when my husband experienced health issues. The books inspired me and the faith message gave me peace. I wanted to offer readers the same encouragement I received when I read inspirational romance. 

As a middle school librarian, I also write for that audience. 

A long time ago, I experienced an emotionally abusive relationship with someone who seemed kind. Even after the relationship ended, the consequences of emotional abuse lingered and took a toll on my self esteem. I hoped to help readers who may know someone who experienced emotional abuse and realize that future happiness and healthy relationships await them. 

Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach. 

Keep learning and improving your craft. Join a critique group. Take writing classes. Define success as never giving up. 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a made-for-TV Christmas!

Coming December 14th from The Wild Rose Press

Actress Kara Kensington flies to New Hope, Wisconsin, where she’ll spend the winter holidays filming a movie. Her entire career depends on the success of the feel-good story based on her best friend’s life. To salvage her strained friendship with Dani, Kara asks the cute guy from the flight to act as her new boyfriend. But the longer she spends with him, the less she’s acting.

For Chef Scott Neil, his holidays aren’t only about family togetherness. He wants Aunt Shirley and Uncle Ted to retire. When he’s asked to fake a relationship with Kara, he agrees. As he gets drawn into Kara’s production, he questions what is real and what’s just for show.

Only a fool would fall in love with America’s sweetheart.

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New Author Alert! Meet Wendy Rich Stetson

I’m thrilled to host Wendy Rich Stetson on the blog. A fellow Wild Rose Press author, her debut novel is Hometown.


When Tessa’s big-city plans take the A Train to disaster, she lands in her sleepy hometown, smack in the middle of the most unlikely love triangle ever to hit Pennsylvania’s Amish Country

Hot-shot Dr. Richard Bruce is bound to Green Ridge by loyalty that runs deep. Deeper still is Jonas Rishel’s tie to the land and his family’s Amish community. Behind the wheel of a 1979 camper van, Tessa idles at a fork in the road.

Will she cruise the superhighway to the future? Or take a slow trot to the past and a mysterious society she never dreamed she’d glimpse from the inside?

Welcome Wendy!

  • Tell us three things we’d find if we looked under your heroine’s bed? How about the hero’s?

If you peered under Tessa’s bed, you’d likely find a travel guide to New York City, a pair of denim cut offs for gardening, and dust bunnies comprised mostly of long, curly, red hair.

Jonas is Amish and lives with his sister who is a meticulous housekeeper.  Under his bed is nothing but wooden floorboards clean enough to eat from! Maybe now and then a pencil used for sketching carpentry plans might escape her dust mop.  Hidden in his nightstand drawer, on the other hand, are a few items that might surprise you…

  • What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series? 

Through Tessa’s journey in Hometown, the reader grapples with how two people from vastly different backgrounds can possibly create a life together.  In today’s increasingly disconnected, digital world, how does a person find purpose and a true home? 

The Hearts of the Ridge series is set in a small town in central Pennsylvania where the Amish and the “English” have lived side by side, fairly independently, for years.  However, with the rapid growth of the Amish population, interactions are on the rise.  Each book is a love story between an Amish and a non-Amish character, exploring what happens when differing cultures mingle, clash, and ultimately merge. 

Themes of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and the healing power of love run through all three stories.

  • Why do you write this genre? What inspired this story? Do you write any other genres?

Not gonna lie…an episode of Oprah some years back gave me the spark I needed to try my hand at writing romance. I grew up in Central Pennsylvania near a fairly large Amish and Mennonite community, but I never set out to write “Amish Romance.” The story sprang from the inspiration to write a sweet and funny book in which the heroine comes home to her little town in PA and falls in love with an Amish guy. 

I like to get my characters into trouble.  For a twenty-first century girl to fall in love with a guy who doesn’t have a cell phone and drives around in a horse and buggy all day seems pretty complicated.  Throw in a love triangle with a handsome, tech-savvy doctor and Tessa has a juicy dilemma on her hands. 

As a writer, I’m interested in exploring a lot of different genres.  I’ve also written a couple of screenplays, and I’m in the midst of a middle reader ghost story…in addition to book two of The Hearts of the Ridge.  I’ve got enough projects to keep me busy for the foreseeable future! 

  • Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Write the story you want to read.  Don’t set out to please some ideal reader you’ve imagined in your head.  Tell a tale that thrills and delights and amuses you, and you’ll find no end of inspiration.

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