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Digital First authors guest blog post

Tyndale’s Digital First authors, Pam Hillman, Johnnie Donley, and Diana Brandmeyer have banded together this week to promote their books as a team. Here are a few questions from interviews and Q&A sessions all three authors participated in on the Tyndale Blog.

The Digital First authors can be found tweeting up a storm using the hashtags #Digital1st and #1.99ebook.They’d love to have you join in the chorus on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads and help spread the word: Only two more days until the sell is over.

Now, please welcome Johnnie, Diana, and Pam. 

Describe your novel in seven words or less.

“Coma plus kids equals headache.” Mind of Her Own, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

“Artist loses game of Nazi hide-and-seek.” Where Treasure Hides, Johnnie Alexander Donley

“Love turns a quest for revenge into redemption.” Claiming Mariah, Pam Hillman

For someone debating reading your story, what would you say makes it worth the read?

“Where Treasure Hides is an engaging story of how two people choose to love one another while trying to live out their faith in the midst of chaos, brutality, and loss. Set against the realities of a world war, the novel is both romantic suspense and suspenseful romance.” Johnnie Alexander Donley

“Hard question! It’s like asking a mom to tell you why her child is so much better than anyone else’s. I would say if you like stories about families with problems that has some humor you’ll like this one. If that doesn’t make you start immediately reading maybe I could say this…Ever wondered what it would be like to wake up and be the person you thought you were going to grow up to be? That’s what happened to Louisa only there’s more to the story.  What sets it apart from other contemporary novels out there? Most of the novels out right now are about single people falling in love. A Mind of Her Own is about two people finding their way back to love.” Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

“Some might say the hero doesn’t come across as very heroic to begin with, but he believes he has good reasons for his demands. He quickly softens toward the heroine and her family and eventually lets go of his bitterness. Also, I like readers to see part of the story from an unusual angle, a point of view that shines a light a little off center, and in Claiming Mariah, that light is on Red Harper, a secondary character who plays a pivotal role in the story.” Pam Hillman

If your book was made into a movie, what actors would you cast?

“I pictured a younger Gerard Butler, darker hair, and a day-old scruffy beard playing Slade. And Olivia Wilde would be a good fit for Mariah. Although I have to say I love the model on the cover of Claiming Mariah. Do you suppose she could play Mariah?” Pam Hillman

“For classic movie lovers like me, Joseph Cotten plays Ian, Ingrid Bergman plays Alison, and Van Johnson, sporting a dueling scar, plays Theodor. For a more contemporary audience, Ian is played by Dan Stevens (Matthew inDownton Abbey), Alison is played by Gwyneth Paltrow, and Theodor is played by a blond Jim Caviezel.” Johnnie Alexander Donley

“Jazz would have to be played by Kate Hudson. She’d be amazing in the role. Collin—Christian Bale.” Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

In the larger sense, what do you hope readers learn from your book?
“I hope readers can learn to let go of bitterness toward someone who has wronged them. But on the flip side, I pray that someone who has committed a wrong would have the courage to offer restitution if God lays it on their heart to do so.” Pam Hillman

“Since I was a young woman, I have held onto Proverbs 31:25 which reads, ‘Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future’ (NASB). It’s not a coincidence that this is Alison’s go-to Scripture though she recites the King James Version: “Strength and honour are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.’ Alison faced an unlikely trial and a difficult loss. But by holding onto this promise, she could rejoice in the blessings God had given her even as she mourned what she had lost. As daughters of the King of Kings, we can clothe ourselves in strength and dignity/honour no matter what trials we are going through or what difficulties we are facing. Even in sorrow, joy can be ours as we claim the promise of an eternal future with our Savior.” Johnnie Alexander Donley

“Don’t be afraid to be who God made you to be.” Diana Lesire Brandmeyer


Claiming Mariah, Where Treasure Hides, and Mind of Her Own 
are $1.99 THIS WEEK.
Sale ends Saturday

Claiming Mariah
Pam Hillman
In light of her father's death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths.

Direct Buy Links for Claiming Mariah


Mind of Her Own
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn't. But when the George Foreman grill fell out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa's life takes a turn for the unexpected.

Direct Buy Links for Mind of Her Own


Where Treasure Hides
Johnnie Alexander Donley

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to trajedy.

Direct Buy Links for Where Treasure Hides


Mark your calendar, put a string on your finger, 
tattoo your forehead, but whatever you do, 
don’t let this opportunity slip by.

The #Digital1st authors are counting on you!


The Prize Vault is Open!

To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders 
(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)
Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’

Contest runs from January 1
st until March 31st, 2013.

And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

(1 Year Subscription to E-cards by Jacquie Lawson, and pewter bookmarks and 40% off coupons for Deirdre’s Handmade Jewelry)

February 13th: Angie Breidenbach



  1. Camy, thank you SO much for letting the Digital First authors drop by your blog and chat it up today.

    Funny, but Johnnie, Diana, and I didn't even know each other (other than in passing) before our books were contracted with Tyndale's Digital First and slotted to release all together on January 1st. But in the last couple of months we've become great friends. These two ladies have written amazing books that you don't want to miss!

    Having other authors come alongside you when you have a book release is wonderful. Gives you somebody to share your triumphs and your disappointments with without driving your normal family and friends insane.

    And, peeps, Camy deserves another pink teddy bear AND a box of chocolates for getting this post up. I sent it to her late last night, and BOOM, she went above and beyond to post it even though I was horribly, embarrassingly, and way more than unfashionalbly late! Camy ROCKS!

    (Brings back memories of staying up until 2am processing Genesis entries, doesn't it, Camy? lol)

    Last... I accidentally sent Camy poor, dead buy links, (that's what happens when I work on stuff at 1AM! lol), so here are live links to the Digital First titles for Kindle and Nook:

    Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman Kindle / Nook
    Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Donley Kindle / Nook
    Mind of Her Own by Diana BrandmeyerKindle / Nook

    1. LOL I remember those Genesis entries! That was before we were smart enough to change the deadline time to something during the day!

  2. Hi Pam and Camy!!!!

    How fun to be mentioned on the Camy Tang blog. It's been a dream of mine for years. Even sneaking in on Pam's post counts, right?

    Claiming Mariah is a wonderful book. Strong heroine meets reluctant hero-- the stuff romance is made of.

    1. Aw Diana if you want to be on my blog just email me! We've known each other long enough that I'd be happy to host you!

  3. Camy, thanks so much for hosting us today. I'm the newbie author of our Digital First group, and I can't thank Pam and Diana enough for grabbing me by the hand and pulling me along with them. (Reminds me of that three-corded strand in Ecclesiastes.)

    1. Johnnie that is a sweet thing to say! I like that we are 3-cords instead of horses. :) (inside joke)

    2. Congrats on your book, Johnnie! I remember your name from the Genesis semi-finals. :)

  4. Aw, what a great visual, Johnnie. Or maybe Dorothy, the tin man, and the scarecrow hurrying down the yellow brick road? lol

  5. Thanks, Camy. Where Treasure Hides won the 2011 Genesis in the historical category. So exciting!

  6. Camy, I wanted to stop back by and say Thank You! for letting the Digital First authors stop by. We had a great time!


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