Monday, January 27, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: A Plan for Everything by Beverly Varnado

A Plan for Everything JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Plan for Everything by Beverly Varnado, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


A Plan for Everything by Beverly Varnado Title: A Plan for Everything
Author: Beverly Varnado
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: January 21, 2020

Connie’s Coffee and Cones is thriving, and owner Connie Spencer is right on track to realize her dream of expanding into a catering business. She believes she owes her success to her remarkable ability to plan. In fact, she has a plan for everything. At least, she thought she did—until Michael Cole appears in Worthville.

Michael has an agenda of his own—and a competing business—that threatens to derail everything Connie hopes for professionally. And if that isn’t enough, Michael carries a secret that could cause a backlash for both of them. So, why does she find herself attracted to him? When an accident on a rain-slicked highway leaves Michael temporarily incapacitated, Connie is presented with a dilemma she never saw coming—helping the man she’s falling for, or moving ahead with her meticulous plans.

As life spirals out of her control and Connie faces losing everything, she questions whether her plans are enough. But if hers aren’t, whose are? As she searches for the answer, she learns she must come to terms with her deepest hurt in order to embrace a higher plan for her future.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Beverly Varnado, author

Award-winning Southern writer, Beverly Varnado, is a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger who writes to give readers hope in the redemptive purposes of God.

She has written a nonfiction memoir as well as several novels and screenplays, one of which was a finalist for the prestigious Kairos Prize in Screenwriting. Her work is also included in several anthologies and periodicals. As an artist, her work was recently chosen for exhibit at a State University gallery.

She lives in Georgia with her husband, Jerry, and their chocolate Aussiedor who is outnumbered by several cats. Beverly is Mom to three children and Mimi to two grandchildren.

Read her weekly blog One Ringing Bell, peals of words on faith, living, writing, and art at oneringingbell.blogspot.com.

CONNECT WITH BEVERLY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

AUTHOR INTERVIEW


Did a person or anything specific inspire A Plan for Everything?

Beverly: Connie Spencer showed up in the first book in this series, The Key to Everything. She was such an intriguing character, I wondered what her back story was. So I began to pursue that. My friend, Terry Kay, who wrote To Dance with the White Dog and The Valley of Light, both turned into Hallmark movies, says “We don’t write to tell a story. We write to discover a story.” The story I discovered in A Plan for Everything when I began digging into Connie Spencer’s past was she carried a deep hurt―one that fueled so much of how she lived her life. This hurt is what brings her to a moment of decision.


How long did it take you to write this novel?

Beverly: It took around six months for the first draft.

Do you have a favorite character in A Plan for Everything?

Beverly: Ah, that’s a hard one. To choose my favorite character would be like choosing between my children.

What do you hope readers take away from this novel?

Beverly: If readers struggle with trying to surrender their future to God, I pray they find hope in Connie’s journey.

Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?

Beverly: I like one by Tim Bouvier who is a funny character in the book but also one of wisdom, He says, “I lost my plan, but God gave me His.” The book challenges us to embrace the reality that God really can give us His plan when ours falls apart.

Can you share a book you are currently reading or have read recently?


Beverly: I am currently reading a midcentury autobiography by historical fiction writer Eugenia Price. I love reading biographies because they inspire ideas for characters.

What hobbies do you enjoy when you aren't writing?
 

Beverly: I am also an artist and enjoy painting in oil and watercolor. I’m a member of an arts foundation and through that have had amazing opportunities to participate in juried shows including several at a state university gallery. I have a small Etsy store where I sell notecards of some of my paintings.

Who is an author that you would recommend to anyone and everyone?


Beverly: Jan Karon. She has been a huge inspiration. At one point, we even exchanged letters and she encouraged me to write a book.


Thanks for sharing with us, Beverly!


TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive an A Plan for Everything inspired giveaway including a Jeremiah 29:11 planner, coffee mug, Starbucks coffee, and a $15 Amazon card!

A Plan for Everything JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 23, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 30, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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  2. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

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  3. I enjoyed the author interview. Jan Karon is a terrific author, and this book (being based in a small town) reminded me of the Mitford setting.

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  4. This sounds like a really great read! I love the cover! ❤

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  5. Thanks for your comments ! SoUndo like a good book! Such a lovely cover!
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