Sunday, July 23, 2023

Lone Star Sweetheart by Shannon Sur Dunlap



About the Book


Book: Lone Star Sweetheart

Author: Shannon Sue Dunlap

Genre: Inspirational Rom-com

Release Date: May 23, 2023

Katherine Bruno is the shrew of Sweetheart, Texas. Her passionate, unfiltered temper clashes with the gentle pace of her tiny hometown. When she’s drafted to help the mayor’s wife who wants to run in the local election against her own husband, she meets big city political consultant Ryan Park, and cue the fireworks! The handsome campaign manager gets under her skin in a big way, but fraternizing with the enemy is off-limits.

Katherine must battle her lack of experience, campaign sabotage, and her growing feelings for Ryan as she strives to succeed. His unprejudiced acceptance of her strong-willed character beckons her heart, but his rejection of God is an insurmountable barrier. Will Ryan return to his faith and stay with her in Sweetheart or leave when the election ends?


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I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.


Author Interview


What/Who inspired you to write on the main themes found in the book?


I hope it was Heavenly inspiration. I’d like every story I write, whether Christian fiction or mainstream, to be God-breathed with something that touches the soul. A common theme in Lone Star Sweetheart is that life doesn’t always go the way we want it, but we have to hold on to hope, even in the darkest storms. When it looks the bleakest, we can still believe God keeps his promises while we watch for the rainbow.


Which character in your book do you relate to the most?


I remember the day a college friend called me blunt. It blindsided me. I immediately denied her description but later noticed the words coming out of my mouth didn’t have much sugar-coating on them. “Maybe I AM blunt,” I admitted. It was a light-bulb moment. My heroine Katherine in Lone Star Sweetheart is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of girl. To the extreme. I hope my bluntness hasn’t reached Katherine’s level, but I can definitely relate to her tendency to speak first and regret later.


What did your research process look like for this book? 


I’m not a super political person so writing about a small-town election involved all kinds of things I didn’t know. I researched requirements and perception analyzers and who knows what else. But that wasn’t the only area I was ignorant. My setting of Sweetheart, Texas is a charming, close-knit community, and I’m a big city girl. My current home of Houston provided little inspiration for small-town Americana. I drove to a nearby place called Conroe and walked around their quaint downtown. Flower boxes with the Texas star on them. Decorative lampposts. Some of the descriptions in my novel are drawn from my experiences there.  


Do you have a favorite drink or snack for when you’re writing? 


No drinks. No snacks. I’m not saying I never sip a cup of tea, especially if I’m writing at a coffee house, but for the most part I prefer to be in the zone without distractions. I can reward myself with a Dr. Pepper when I’m done.


What message do you hope readers take away from your book? 


I’d like them to finish the last chapter, set the book down, and sigh. That kind of contented feeling after you’ve spent a night laughing over dinner with your friends and your heart feels refreshed. I hope a Heaven-sent optimism permeates their soul with the belief that there are good things on life’s path, and God has planted special gifts along the way just for them.

About the Author

Shannon Sue Dunlap lives in the lone star state of Texas. She’s a die-hard fan of happy endings and believe there’s a Heavenly Father who’s designed one for each of us. Inspiration comes from everywhere—including worldwide travels, her adorable music students, and the fun and flirty Korean dramas she enjoys watching.

Even in the hard times, there’s humor to be found, and Shannon tries to infuse every story with moments that bring a good chuckle or an all-out belly laugh. One of her greatest hopes is that readers recognize themselves in her books. We’re all such a fabulous mix of flaws and greatness, and everyone is the hero or heroine in their own life story.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University and has published three romances under the pen name Shannon Kent. You can connect with her at, and if you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a free copy of her romcom novella Flower Boy Tour Guide.


More from Shannon

“How could she survive the night without a cookie?”


This line introduces my feisty sugar-loving heroine Katherine in Lone Star Sweetheart. She and I have a lot in common when it comes to enjoying our sweets. One hidden gem I discovered has won me more than one holiday baking competition in my church’s ladies group, and I’d like to share the recipe for Lace Cookies.


Warning: These are very fragile and may look like a healthy snack because of the oatmeal. But when you bite into them, the taste is unexpected and addictive.


I hope they bring you the same joy they’ve brought me. I know Katherine would have loved them.

(If you would like to see the original recipe, you can find it and other sweet sensations at



10 tablespoons of butter (Yes, 10!)

1 cup of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of flour

½ teaspoon of salt

1 ½ cups of rolled oats

(I also include a dollop of vanilla. Just tilt the bottle over the bowl and give it a quick few drops. It adds to the rich taste.)



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper so the cookies won’t stick.


Heat the butter at a medium temperature in a saucepan. Mix in the brown sugar. Stir it well and remove it from the heat.


Mix in the flour and salt first. Then add the oats until the ingredients are evenly combined.


Drop small balls of the mix (about ½ tsp. in size). In the oven, these cookies spread quite a bit, so space them out accordingly. Bake for 6-9 minutes and remember to keep an eye on them. The edges should turn brown when they are done. (If you’re like me, it may take burning a trial batch, to get the right feel.)


Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for 3-4 minutes before removing them. They will be almost see-through like candy and very fragile. Handle with care and try not to eat too many. You can also crumble any broken ones and use them as a delicious ice cream topping.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 19

Texas Book-aholic, July 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 22

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 23 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, July 23

A Reader’s Brain, July 24 (Author Interview)

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, July 24

The Book Club Network, July 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 26

Bliss, Books & Jewels, July 27 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, July 28

Holly’s Book Corner, July 29

Artistic Nobody, July 30 (Author Interview)

She Lives To Read, July 31

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 1


To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Broken Yet Called:A Leader’s Journey to Renewal and Restoration by Terrance Rollerson



About the Book


Book: Broken Yet Called: A Leader’s Journey to Renewal and Restoration

Author: Terrance Rollerson

Genre: Religion / Spirituality

Release Date: July 12, 2022

Everyone experiences brokenness at one point in their life, but are we prepared to handle these tough situations in a biblical and effective way? In Broken Yet Called, Terrance Rollerson equips church leaders and members to approach these situations with love, perspective, and a clear vision for the role God would have us play in each other’s lives.What should we do when brokenness comes? How should a church respond when a member experiences brokenness? How about when the brokenness comes in the life of a pastor? How should our response differ from that of the world?It’s time that we, the people of God, flip the script. It’s time to see brokenness as an opportunity to find redemption, renewal, and restoration. Rollerson believes the Church has a crucial role to play in all of this as we seek to better support those involved in ministry.Come along this journey where there is grace and healing for both the church and the individual! It will take time, humility, patience, and a radical pursuit of God. When brokenness comes, the called people of God will show themselves to be like Christ, ready to be a part of God’s great redemptive work!


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 I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own and not an endorsement of author’s opinions. 

Author Interview

What audience did you have in mind when writing this book? 

This book is written for pastors and church leaders. Yet, any person that finds themselves dealing with brokenness can find hope.


How did you balance keeping your book informative yet engaging as a non-fiction? 

This book is based on my story and provides, what I hope would be, practical steps toward living in a renewed way amid brokenness. 


Did you have to step out of your comfort zone to write this book? If so, how? 

Writing this book took me out of my comfort zone by forcing me to deal with my dyslexia, which has kept me from even considering writing as a possibility.


How did you celebrate when you completed your book? 

My celebration took place while on a trip to Israel.


What message do you hope readers take away from your book? 

Brokenness does not have to define your life. It can be the doorway to something much greater.


About the Author

Rev. Terrance J. Rollerson has pastored six churches over the span of twenty plus years in Minnesota and Michigan. Two passions that have guided him throughout his pastoral career are loving people and multi-ethnic ministry. He earned his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Terrance has been married to Michelle for thirty years and considers it a great blessing to be father to Micayla and Elijah.


More from Terrance

Let me start with the end in mind.

There is great joy in being gracefully broken. Some of the greatest pain can bring new insight into our lives. This was true for me in writing, Broken Yet Called. I was riding high as a new pastor of what would be my perfect church to pastor. Amid experiencing one of the hardest moments in life, I felt like I heard God say to me that it would be a season of writing.

Let’s stop there for a moment.

At this point, I need you to understand something about me. I am not a person that would say my go-to is reading or writing books. I have struggled in this area for many years due to my dyslexia. My actual response to God was, “God do you know whom you’re talking to.” How could I enter a season of writing? There was no point of reference from which I could draw from. The only thing I knew to do was to be obedient to the God I have served for years. So I stepped in and did not worry about what I was about to write. Rather, I made it about just speaking to my friend. The friend with whom I felt safe to share everything I had been through. This included deep sadness, broken dreams, profound pain, and a reflection on my own brokenness.

Over a year during COVID, I took moments to write in small enough chunks—not to overwhelm myself with the writing process. I just wrote what most stood out with what I had gone through and what I was going through. The words found in Broken Yet Called were penned during the season of my pain and how I lived through it to find my way to renewal and restoration.

When I talk about being gracefully broken, it is what you find when you allow God to do the necessary work to bring you to a place of renewed hope. If you are looking for a guide to help you with your journey through some brokenness, I encourage you to read Broken Yet Called. It is my prayer that you, just like me, would find that space between the pain of your brokenness and the grace of your brokenness. This is the place where God shows up in some powerful ways. I wrote this book to help someone understand that we are called by God in many ways, even with our brokenness.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 20

A Reader’s Brain, July 21 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 21

Texas Book-aholic, July 22

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, July 23(Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, July 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 25

Tell Tale Book Reviews, July 26 (Author Interview)

The Sacred Line, July 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 28

Vibrant Wings by Valerie, July 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 30

Artistic Nobody, July 31 (Author Interview)

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 1

Guild Master, August 2 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, Terrance is giving away the grand prize package $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.