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Y’all! Today’s featured author just released her fabulous debut novel this week and I am so excited to have her here on the blog!!! We’re going to have so much fun chatting about books and she even brought a giveaway for y’all!!!
About the Author
Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry organization, volunteers as a Key Spouse for her husband’s squadron, serves in her church’s library, and drinks lots of coffee.
By night, she pulls her hair out, wrestling with characters and muttering under her breath as she attempts to write. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.
Mikal lives in Nebraska with her husband, Mark, their three children, and one ferocious feline who can often be found taking over her Instagram account.
Five Favorite Books of All-Time
Mikal: (This is a HARD question to answer, man!)
The Princess and the Pea. So, I love fairy tales. I mean, I loooooove them. I have so many ideas in my heads for fairy tales, but alas. Hopefully one day! But I digress. The Princess and the Pea is one of my favorites, though I don’t know if I can tell you why. For real. Maybe it’s just my love of Hans Christian Andersen. Probably.
Beth: I know it’s hard but you’re off to a great start! I think the inner beauty emphasis makes that story special to me!
Mikal: Cinderella. Um, yeah. Are you catching a theme here? My favorite version is by Perrault—the closest to Disney’s version, basically. But can I admit something? I also love the Brothers Grimm version, which is kinda darker in tone. It just speaks to the suspense/thriller-genre-lover in me.
Beth: I love a good HEA! I can’t say that I’ve spent a lot of time with the Brothers but I might be tempted to dabble a little in the future, they are classics after all.
Anyway, I love all of Ronie’s books, which is why I can’t list just one. I love the action, the suspense, the action, the very light romance, the action…you get the drift. I also LOVE her covers. Did you know that all the covers on her military novels feature an actual service member? Yep. Love.
Beth: Never a dull moment with you, Mikal, dear! Since we’re talking about Ronie Kendig here, I’ll let it slide because I just met her books with her latest series, The Tox Files, and YES, they are fabulous in every way!
Beth: YES!!! ???? I need more Tamara Leigh in my life!!! I don’t have any posts for her books on the blog yet, gah! I must fix this ASAP!
Mikal: My last favorite book—can I do it? Dare I say it?—is mine. LOL! Count Me In. I love it because it’s my very first book baby, because the hero is everything I kinda wish I was, and because the heroine is pretty much everything I actually am. Except I’m funnier.
Beth: I DIE!!! You are very funny, lady! And your book SHOULD be on this list because it is FABULOUS! ????
Tell us about your latest release
Mikal: Count Me In is a Christian romantic comedy that I wrote over one summer just last year (2016).
Okay, I did start it months before the summer, but only wrote about 10,000 words by the time summer rolled around. It was fast and furious because I wanted to finish it before the American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference in Nashville in August.
So while my kids were wreaking havoc on our house, I drank lots and lots of coffee, ate lots and lots of Australian licorice (strawberry, thank you kindly), and had word count challenges with author Sarah Monzon. I won the Twizzlers. ???? I do hope you love Tyler and Allegra as much as I do!
Beth: Yummy! I love Twizzlers and ALWAYS strawberry!
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s out of a job.
Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly.
It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.
Beth: I absolutely DROOL over this cover!!! ???? I adore it and I adore this story!!! my review
What are you working on now?
Mikal: I’m actually in the very early part of brainstorming ideas for book two! This book will feature Bo and Story from Count Me In.
Bo is a former NHL player, and Story works part-time as a figure skating coach. I mean, there must be some humor between a hockey player and figure skater, right?
There’s also some real-life inspiration as my own daughter is a figure skater. I’m having fun gathering some photos, quotes, and inspiration from Pinterest! I even have a rough draft of the cover. WOOHOO! I love book covers.
Beth: CANNOT WAIT!!! Squee! Thank you so much for sharing some of your favorite books and your super exciting book news with us, Mikal!
Mikal Dawn has generously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader a Count Me In ebook!
Are any of the books Mikal mentioned among your favorites?