~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
-- 'A FATHER'S PROMISE' --
AUTHOR MINDY OBENHAUS
~Post Includes: Book Spotlight, Excerpt,
Author Bio, Unique Author Interview, Recipe
Shared By the Author & Giveaway~
Shared By the Author & Giveaway~
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Father's Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Father's Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
He doesn't think he deserves a family...
but now he has a daughter.
Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn't sure he's father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can't help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan -- a woman he's finally getting to know.
But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he's not meant to be a husband or a father...and make a promise of forever?
Laurel’s quick intake of air was hard to miss as she watched her little girl.
Still kneeling, Wes stretched his hands toward Sarah-Jane. “Come on, sweetheart, you can do it.”
She stepped once more, then bobbled, but caught herself before continuing. Several steps later, she collapsed into Wes’s waiting arms.
“You did it, Sarah-Jane!” He hugged her tight, pride weaving through him.
“I can’t believe it.” Laurel pressed a hand to her cheek. “That’s more steps than she’s ever taken. She was actually walking all by herself.”
“I guess you just had to strengthen up those legs, didn’t you, Sarah-Jane?” Still holding his daughter, he stood.
“Or have the right motivation.”
He looked at Laurel to find her smiling as she approached.
She took hold of her daughter’s hand. “Were you showing off for your daddy?” Laurel froze then and so did he.
Their eyes met.
“I-I’m sorry.” She took a step back. “That just kind of slipped out.”
“No, it’s okay.” He smoothed a hand over his daughter’s back. “Daddy is a distinction I will wear proudly.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining and sometimes adventurous manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer, and the occasional coyote, mountain lion, or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, and watching copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.
JUNE: Welcome to Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic, Mindy. Congratulations on the recent release of your tenth Love Inspired contemporary inspirational romance novel, 'A Father's Promise'!
MINDY: Thank you, June. It’s great to be here.
JUNE: Please share with us how the idea for this story came to you. How did you develop the characters and setting?
MINDY: Honestly, I don’t remember what inspired this story. Usually, it’s just a nugget of “what-if” that gets the ball rolling. Developing the setting was probably the most difficult thing for me. My first nine books were set in Ouray, Colorado, a real place, so I knew what was where and what it looked like. Creating the fictitious town of Bliss, Texas was a challenge because Texas is also where I live. Ultimately, I ended up picking and choosing interesting things from the many tiny towns I’ve driven through or visited.
JUNE: Do you have any writing tips you can offer to aspiring or new authors who may read this post? What are some things that helped you on the road to success when you began your writing career?
MINDY: Never stop learning and never give up. If God has called you to be a published author, it will happen in His time. Our job is to be obedient to that calling and that means honing our craft until it’s worthy of publication. Writer’s organizations such as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) have been incredibly valuable to me at every step of the writing process. Learning, seeking publication, learning, promotion, learning… I cannot recommend them highly enough.
JUNE: Your website states that you love to cook. Do you have a favorite family recipe that you would like to share with us here?
MINDY: Narrowing it down to just one is very difficult, but this is Chicken and Rice recipe has been passed down through at least three generations and is still a family favorite today.
Chicken & Rice Recipe
· A whole chicken, cut up, or whatever part of the chicken happens to be your favorite.
· 1 ¼ cups long-grain white rice, uncooked
· 1 packet dry onion soup mix
· 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
· 1 ½ teaspoons Beau Monde, a Spice Islands brand seasoning blend. **See note
· 4 cups water
· 4-8 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the dry rice in a 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle with the soup mix and seasonings. Pour water over rice and give it a quick stir.
Dip chicken pieces in melted butter to coat. Nestle chicken into rice mixture.
Bake 45-50 minutes, until chicken is cooked, and liquid has been absorbed.
** The Beau Monde and Italian seasoning are important for the right flavor. If you do not have access to Beau Monde, you can make your own with 1/2 tsp celery salt, 3/4 tsp onion powder and 1/4 tsp seasoning salt. Mix together before adding to rice.
JUNE: You and your husband live on a ranch in Texas. Please share some of your favorite things about living on a ranch and how they contribute to your spiritual health and well-being.
MINDY: Oh, where do I start. We moved to the ranch that has been in my husband’s family for generations three years ago. Prior to that, we’d lived in the suburbs of Dallas-Ft. Worth for decades, so it was wonderful to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Not to mention the traffic. Oy!
Our house is in the woods, so we’re surrounded by nature and with a slower pace of life, I’m actually able to stop and enjoy it. I’m constantly on the lookout for God’s glory, whether it’s a beautiful sunset, a hummingbird at my window or a newborn calf. I’m calmer now, and with all that’s gone on in 2020, I have an even greater appreciation for a simpler life.
JUNE: Sounds delicious! Thank you for chatting with us here today, Mindy! We wish you continued success in your writing endeavors and much happiness in your family life.
MINDY: Thanks, June!
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