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Who Wrote Whom: Meet Authors of Unlikely Merger: Jennifer Hallmark

IMG_6297-5x7-100resToday, I’d like you to meet my friend, Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. With over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, her attention has moved to southern fiction and YA fantasy.

Her first book published in early 2014, a multi-authored romantic comedy novella, called A Dozen Apologies. She is currently shopping her YA series, Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia, and a contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide.

She is also part of two compilation projects to be released later this year. Unlikely Merger is a romantic novella, a sequel to A Dozen Apologies. She’s also contributed to the anthology: Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage.

Jennifer shares a writer’s reference blog, Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! with friends, Betty, Tammy, Allison, Karen, Cari, Holly, Anne, Robin, and Betty B.

Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max. Their daughter Mandy is married to Tim, and has given them two beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Sadie. Their son, Jonathan, is currently working in the food industry and trying to complete his degree in business.

She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes.

You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Jennifer shares her inspiration behind her hero, Talon Hawthorne:

When I agreed to create a character, the strong masculine hero, for Unlikely Merger, I just poured out my thoughts on the computer. I do very little outlining when I create. I go with my gut feeling and let the character write his or her own biography

Talon Hawthorne is patterned after my son. Why? I’m not sure. He’s been going through a rough patch in his personal life and nothing hurts a mother’s heart more. Besides, my son is good-looking, loves the work he does, and is charismatic. What more do you need in a good hero? So Jonathan, this story is for you.

After I chose the basic characteristics for Talon, I decided to incorporate the town and business the same as my son’s, but I made his physical appearance a little different. I kept seeing him with a surfboard, so I created surfer dude. I had some help with his clothing from my daughter, who is up-to-date on all such things.

In all, my chapter in Unlikely Merger was a family project. Everyone had a little input and we all had fun with it.

Jennifer has been a collaborator on two of the three novellas that make up this compilation. She is also the author of my favorite short stories, The Game, published in Harpstring. (Blog host notes again: This wonderful story is well worth the subscription price).

Unlikely Merger Cover

More About Unlikely Merger:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

Our authors at Write Integrity Press love collaborating on novellas. Here are a few of our other works:

A Dozen Apologies:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR CoverThe Love Boat Bachelor:

Romance is a joke.After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry? Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise. As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Meet the Heroes of Unlikely Merger: Talon Hawthorne

Madison ALToday, I’d like to introduce you to Talon Hawthorne. Talon, please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not working?

Sure. My name is Talon Hawthorne and I’m from Madison, Alabama. I’m the executive chef at Diane’s Burger Bistro and have aspirations to one day own our family business. When I’m not working, I still love creating new recipes and watching Food Network. I also enjoy going to movies and working out at the gym. My secret dream is to try out for American Ninja Warrior. I’d be the Ninja Chef.

You recently met with Mercy Lacewell of Lacewell Limited regarding a merger or a buyout of your company. Tell me what immediately came to mind when you first met Ms. Lacewell.

At first, I was quite upset. I figured they were one of these big conglomerates trying to take over the restaurant and change it from a family friendly environment to something automated and cold. But I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t add that, even in my anger, I noticed how gorgeous she was.

What do you remember most about Mercy as a result of that meeting?

Well, after I got over my anger and thought about it. I remember her eyes. They were such a beautiful shade of blue, and had such a hurt look at the way I treated her. Man, I wasn’t too bright that day.

Tell us how you really feel about Mercy Lacewell. Don’t be shy.

After I talked more with Mercy and started to see she cared about our business, I really wanted to know more about her life. We talked a lot the day she followed us around the restaurant observing. She loved my wit. Or wither she was polite. That night, I cooked a great meal for her (isn’t that the way to a woman’s heart?) and lowered my defenses. I guess you could say I was smitten with her beauty, charm, and heart for others.

Do you think that you and Mercy could have a future together? If so, tell us why you think you’re the man for Mercy.

I think we definitely could have a future together. We both have such a strong tie to our families, and that’s important. I’m the man for her because she needs someone to love her and encourage her to be all she can be. I’ll be her greatest supporter.

Unlikely Merger Cover

More About Unlikely Merger:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

Read today’s chapter of Unlikely Merger and read Talon Hawthorne’s story at Write Integrity Press.

Our authors at Write Integrity Press love collaborating on novellas. Here are a few of our other works:

A Dozen Apologies:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR CoverThe Love Boat Bachelor:

Romance is a joke.After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry? Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise. As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Four heroes have already been interviewed: Dustin Rogers, Landon Gates, Ric Montoya, and Gabriel “Gabe” Mann.

We hope you’re enjoying Mercy’s story and the blog posts surrounding it. Here are some other Unlikely Merger posts:

Marji Laine: Yummy!

Carole Towriss: Talon’s Home Madison Alabama