Welcome Toni Shiloh to Thoughtful Thursday!
Today, I’m grateful to have accomplished author Toni Shiloh on the blog. If you’ve not read her books yet, I highly encourage you to pick one up. You won’t be disappointed. Toni has graciously given her time for an interview, and I know you’re anxious to find out a bit more about this fabulous author. So, here we go.
Do you have a favorite book that you have written? If yes, tell me about it.
Oh it’s so hard
to choose. I’ve loved each one for one reason or the other. But I will have to
Risking Love has my favorite hero I’ve ever written. Shorty’s
gentleness and steadfastness win me over with every line! What do you find motivating when you’re deep into a story?
characters’ transformation. When I’m in the middle and entrenched in the story,
the characters give me the most heartache but it’s because they’re working
through their issues. Knowing their transformation is coming keeps me pushing
If you could sit down with a few favorite authors, who would you invite?
That’s so hard!
I usually pick ones I haven’t met yet but it would be also great to have ones I
consider friends as well. I’d love to meet Becky Wade in person. She’s still an
author I have yet to meet in person. And my friend writers would be Andrea
Boyd, Jaycee Weaver, Mikal Dawn, and Sarah Monzon.
Was there a specific moment when you knew you were meant to write?
You know I
knew when I wrote a few books and had them published. I started
getting notes from readers who really understood the heart of the story. That’s
when I knew for sure I was doing what I was called to do. Before that, it was a
want and dream that I prayed God would bless. Are you a pantser, plotter, or a mixture? Can you give some insight into your writing style?
I’m so a pantser it’s not even funny. It surprises some people because I’m so structured in my other activities. However, I love the surprise that comes with reading and not knowing where the story goes. If I plot, that’s taken away and I no longer want to write the story.
As you can see, Toni has quite the lineup of books for your reading pleasure. Please go check them out and visit Toni’s wonderful settings and unforgettable characters.
There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance. Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve. As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.
Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she’s just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she’s intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder? Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise. Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God’s grace restore what has been broken?
Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings. Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker. Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?
A Proxy Wedding Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all, so when her best friend calls asking her to be a proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom. Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he must take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved. Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding? Hope Beyond Savannah Lily Allman and Nikotemo (Nik) Lagatuo were the poster children for the term “opposites attract.” He was an evangelist and CEO for a non-profit from Samoa who grew up in a large loving family. She was a blond bombshell with a funky style and no family to call her own. Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely of places, but God had a plan when He brought them together. They never let their differences deter them from the love they had for each other, but when Nik’s mother comes to the States for the wedding, the idea of wedded bliss is shaken. Can prejudices be over looked, insecurities overcome, and hope for a better future be restored so that these two can have all that was promised?
Previously seen in the Making Spirits Bright boxset. Sidelined with a career-ending injury, wide receiver Jahleel Walker is forced to return to his hometown of Peachwood Bay, Georgia to heal. Nothing shocks him more than running into his high-school sweetheart, Lucille “Bebe” Gordon. Bebe Gordon returned to Peachwood Bay three years ago with a divorce certificate and her daughter, Hope. When Jahleel returns, all the memories of the past come rushing back. She can’t decide if he’s changed or if her heart is holding onto past hurts. Will Jahleel and Bebe take a chance on love or let life sidelined them at Christmas?
Mia is headed to the famed Nottingham for a month long vacation. She never imagined she’d run into her high-school sweetheart thousands of miles away from her home town. Why would God throw them back together? Caleb always regretted the way things ended with his high-school girlfriend, Mia. After a chance encounter in the streets of Nottingham, Caleb feels God is giving him a second chance to right the wrongs he committed. Unbeknownst to him, Mia has secrets that may require his forgiveness. Will her past overshadow his wrongs? As Mia and Caleb work through old hurts and broken hearts will they let the blessing of forgiveness redeem their relationship?
Previously seen in the Comfort & Joy boxset. Kendall Jackson is the proud owner of Heartfalls’ bookstore, The Cozy Shelf. Her life is one straight out of the pages, except she’s missing that leading man. Although she has a crush on the handsome auto mechanic, Quinton Hendricks, Kendall wants an old-fashioned type of romance—the stuff swoon-worthy romance books are made of. But Quinton seems to need a little prodding. Something about Kendall sparks hope in Quinton Hendricks that love could be his again. Only being abandoned by his ex-wife has made him cautious to the point of non-moving. Can two people hesitant on second chances find love as they Deck the Shelves?
Will money ruin everything? Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money. Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. When he sees Nina’s monetary offer for a husband, he goes for it. He’s determined to save the legacy his dad left him, but can he let it go to prove his love for her? Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation?
Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow. Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution? Praise for Finding Love: “This second visit to the quaint community of Maple Run is even better than the first! Mouthwatering food, a swoon-inducing hero (complete with dimples and military uniform), adorable children, and a compelling heroine (complete with a great family and a yummy restaurant) – just one of those elements would be reason enough to love Finding Love. All of them together, plus a tender story of second chances and trusting God? Yes please!” ~ Carrie Schmidt, Reading Is My SuperPower “Toni Shiloh’s Finding Love is a sweet tale of overcoming fears to find not just love, but trust in the Lord. She weaves a powerful tale amid some beautiful romance and a few giggles, bringing a satisfied, swoony-sigh at its conclusion. I already want to revisit Maple Run to catch up with its sweet residents!” ~ Mikal Dawn, author of Count Me In “Ms. Shiloh has put together a compelling and heartwarming story that will make you smile One minute and hold your breath the next. Her attention to military details opens a window for the reader to take a glimpse into the private life of our service members. She sheds light on the struggles as well as the fears of their families here at home. My hats off and deepest gratitude to all who serve and prayers for those who make that sacrifice.” ~Melissa Wardwell, Author of Finding Hope in Savannah
“There comes a point in every woman’s life where she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present.” Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all. Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction. When Belle’s past is revealed, Micah prays that his love can endure it.
Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even the sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? Read Risking Love today and see what happens when you risk your heart to the care of a good man.