Tag Archives: Rose Chandler Johnson

Top 10 Tuesday — Ruining Book Titles With A Word

9 Aug

Happy Tuesday. Authors, agents, editors, and marketing departments all search for that perfect book title. The one that will call to readers. And here I am ruining perfectly good titles with a change of a letter or a word. Sorry, not sorry. 😉 Today, TTT bloggers were called on to present hilarious titles. I have a more perverse take on the topic. I’d love to know of other titles that can be ruined!

For more book hilarity, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Book Titles Ruined with A Well-Replaced Letter or Word

Boots of Wood And Stone by Amanda Wen

Uncomfortable shoes in the past and present.

Deadly Swallows by Dani Pettrey

Terrorist-trained birds!

Fatal Cod by Natalie Walters

The fish was a bit off.

Healing Fly by Janet Ferguson

Can a biologist find love while saving the endangered fly?

Quaker Oats Summer by Lisa Samson

It’s heart healthy!

Refuse at Pine Lake by Rose Chandler Johnson

Finding a place to belong at the dump.

Sea Glass Cottage Cheese by Irene Hannon

Can they rekindle love over a diet meal?

Shadows of Swanford Tabby by Julie Klassen

Is that a cat following me?

The Sweat Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher

It’s summer after all.

Until Sleeves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

Well-dressed resistance in France.

Author, Author! — Rose Chandler Johnson

27 Jun

croppedToday I have the great pleasure of welcoming Rose Chandler Johnson to my blog. The author of the devotional guide God, Me And Sweet Iced Tea has a debut novel out too! Thanks, Rose, for joining us today!

Tell me a bit about yourself, how long you’ve been writing, what types of writing you do, etc.

Rose: I wrote in the late 70s and 80s, had some poems and articles published then, and then basically didn’t write for close to 20 years. Due to the demands of my family life—I raised six children as a single parent—and the fact that I’ve been a teacher and a student myself over the last twenty-five years, writing took a backseat until 2008. I began writing again in 2008 almost daily and I’ve been writing ever since.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

Rose: Writers write because they have a passion to write. I always enjoyed it so much. I was a big fan of the classics growing up and very studious. I decided to get a degree in English and French and dreamt of one day writing a great novel.

What is the one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?

Rose: The one piece of advice—write everyday.

41-iu2lHhsL._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Rose: Keep a writing journal and jot down words, phrases, and ideas that come to you every day. I’ve forgotten entire story ideas because I failed to write it down.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?

Rose: Write. I simply start putting words on paper. It’s called “freewriting” and I’ve found that if I just start writing that I will eventually come around to the words I needed.


What are you currently working on? Any special projects?

Rose: I’m working on a couple of projects when I find the time — a non-fiction book and a second devotional, and another novel. I think of the non-fiction as a priority because it’s an overflow of what the Lord has done in my life and what He continues to reveal to me about Himself. I’m doing research for the novel and working on my characters. I do elaborate character sketches, with pictures and biographies for all of the main characters. I’m looking forward to see God’s timing in all of this. In the meantime, I want to be faithful to write everyday whatever God puts on my heart.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Rose: I love the classics. My tastes are a bit old-fashioned. My favorite novel is Jane Eyre, which I read every year or so. I actually read more spiritual non-fiction than anything else. I particularly love Oswald Chambers and have read his complete works. I usually reading 2 or 3 books at once.

Do you have a favorite time of day to write?

Rose: I like to write first thing in the morning, even before I begin my bible reading. This is when I’ve written most of my devotions. My most productive time to write fiction is the middle afternoon to early evening. I figured this out over time.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

MyFathersHouse_FinalFrontRose: My Father’s House was recently published. I lived with those characters for several years. I had my plotline developed all the way down to chapter summaries, and I found pictures for each character, even for places, things, and pets. (See my Pinterest pages for my books.) But, one of the most delightful things about writing My Father’s House was that my characters and events surprised me. Things happened that I didn’t anticipate. I learned things about the characters that I didn’t know when I started. Together we discovered the story.

How can my readers find out more about you and your work?

Rose: I really appreciate it when readers connect with me on the social media sites, including my Amazon Author Page. My blog offers encouragement and monthly book giveaways from guest Christian authors. I always respond to the reviews readers write for my books, and that leads to the occasional sharing of personal information as well.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Rose: I’m still working on the greatest roadblock, which is managing my time to write. My family has always been my priority, so I have to work very hard to carve out time to write. Often I have to give myself permission to make writing time for me.

Tell us about the featured book?

Rose: One reviewer called it “a triumphant story of hope”. I think that describes it. It reminds me of the verse Psalms 27:13: I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

A bit about how the story came about:

I wanted to write a story about a young woman who in spite of devastating hardships, disappointments, personal loss and mistakes ultimately finds happiness after reconnecting with family and faith. I wanted the reader to take the journey with her, go with her through some of the hardships, but I didn’t want the painful things to be the focus of her triumphant story. Lily Rose has an indomitable spirit and warm heart that is endearing to readers. Her father believed that she would be alright; the reader wants to know she will be too. With my roots firmly planted in Georgia, the setting had to play a critical part in the story. So, I modelled my fictional town after so many small Southern towns and I set in some of my love of nature and gardening. Being a Southerner, I had definite ideas about elements I needed for this story to come alive. Besides fascinating characters and a distinctive setting, there had to be a little crazy, eccentric, and some downright mean, mixed with suspense, romance, and lots of southern charm.

Thanks so much for sharing with us today.

Make sure to check out Rose’s bio and links to her blog and other sites.


RJohnson-298Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013. Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications and online. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is a native Georgian and happily makes her home near Augusta, GA. She has been a French and English teacher over the last twenty plus years. Currently, she is an English instructor at a community college. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families. You get a glimpse of those interests in the pages of My Father’s House, where sweet iced tea is served in abundance. Rose wants to make it clear that the mention of all that sweet tea wasn’t a shameless plug for her devotional. No, ma’am. It’s just the beverage of choice in the South.

Connect with Rose:

Blog: http://www.writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rechanjo
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rosecjohnson/boards/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosechandlerjohnsonauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18188725-rose-chandler-johnson

Book Review: My Father’s House

22 Jun

MyFathersHouse_FinalFrontGrowing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant – her father’s love.

But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband’s sophisticated façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets.

When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices – abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. This is one woman’s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she’s meant to be . . . in her father’s house.


RJohnson-298Rose Chandler Johnson is the author of the award winning devotional God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments. My Father’s House is her first novel. She happily makes her home near Augusta, Georgia.

Find out more about Rose Chandler at http://www.writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com.


My Impressions:

My Father’s House, though a novel, reads like a memoir. The first person narrative of main character Lily Rose explores how a life can veer off track when looking for love and a place to belong. More than suspense, more than a coming-of-age story, this novel is filled with heart. So come along with Lily as she travels from Georgia to Detroit and back again to Georgia to find out just where she belongs.

The opening pages set the stage for a reminiscent look at Lily Rose Cates’ life. A picture perfect childhood is overshadowed by her mother’s depression and her father’s death. As Lily matures she looks to others to fulfill her needs, first friends, then a man. Swept off her feet, Lily soon realizes her mistake in rushing headlong into a relationship without thought.

Characterization is the strong point of My Father’s House. Lily is an interesting character who has the foundations to make wise decisions — a faith in God and a strong mentor in her life. But she chooses with her emotions, refusing to listen to wise counsel or even her own misgivings. Rushing headlong into a relationship with a man she barely knows proves to be disastrous. At first, Lily seems like a meek and docile character, but her strength and courage soon emerge. Her first person voice is honest, never making excuses for her actions, and offers an inside look at her life and relationships. Other characters will capture your heart, especially Sam and Annie Ruth. Although the novel had a slow start for me, it soon picked up and turned suspenseful. With a definite Sleeping with The Enemy vibe, I was never sure where the author was taking Lily or when the other shoe would drop. Lily’s husband is abusive, both emotionally and physically, and that was portrayed realistically, but not too graphically. Also, this novel contains elements not always found in Christian fiction (alcohol use and language) but I was never offended.

Her Father’s House is a good first novel, and I look forward to more from Rose Chandler Johnson.


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE. (Currently free for Kindle Unlimited)

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: God, Me, And Sweet Iced Tea

30 Apr

499862In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.




RJohnson-298Rose Chandler Johnson‘s devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She’s also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.


My Impressions:

Rose Chandler Johnson’s book, God, Me And Sweet Tea, may be small, but it packs a big punch! I loved the way this devotional guide combines Johnson’s personal experiences and insights with truths from God’s word. Each day, Johnson shares from her heart including a key Scripture verse along with additional verses to explore. She provides prompts for journaling and a simple prayer to get the dialog with God started. I especially like the prayer focus for each day. The unique prayer points got me out of my box and thinking about others and their needs. Perfect for busy women, God, Me And Sweet Tea can help you spend some much needed quiet time with God. With Mother’s Day coming up, consider getting a copy for that special woman in your life.


Audience: adult women.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to the author and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)