Title: Single, Saved, & Searching
Author: Renee Allen McCoy
Publisher: FaytheWorks Publishing
Genre: Christian Romance
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. ~ Proverbs 18:22
“She’s getting married too?” asks the beautiful, intelligent, and single Elisha Maxwell who just received a wedding invitation from her last single best friend and her younger sister in the same week. As she stacks both invites on her kitchen countertop, she wonders when it will be her turn.
Challenged by a string of disappointing relationships, Elisha’s hope of finding Mr. Right leaves her feeling desperate and confused. Does such a man exist for her? In the wake of the most terrifying experience of her life, she is more determined now than ever to find him.
When she embarks upon a quest to change her single status to married, she finds something much more important along the way. Will she embrace the man of her dreams who seems the least likely of them all or go with someone who appeared to be her perfect match?
Single, Saved, & Searching is the second book in The True Love Novellas series.
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RENEE MCCOY (known to readers as Renée Allen McCoy) is a loving wife and mother, an author, but most importantly a devoted Christian. Having traveled to many parts of the world, today she, her husband, and their two children make Mississippi home. She maintains a newsletter entitled Straight Up and a devotional blog entitled In His Name.
To date, she has penned seven books that include: The Fiery Furnace series (The Kiss of Judas, Confessions, and The Eleventh Hour), Soul Ties: Breaking Up with a Past That’s Killing Your Future (non-fiction), The Christmas Beau (A True Love Novella, #1), In the Presence of My Enemies, and Single, Saved, & Searching (A True Love Novella, #2). Renée has also written for the world renowned devotional, The Upper Room (Pocket Devotional), both in digital and print.
With a heart to tell stories that will not only entertain, Renée hopes to enlighten readers to capture the message and power of God’s saving grace. Feel free to visit her online at www.ReneeAllenMccoy.com.
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What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My favorite quality about myself is that I am a homebody. I don’t have to have a crowd around me to feel important. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, children, family members, and close friends. The world can be noisy and unpleasant at times, so it’s great when you’re in your own world, enjoying the things in life that money cannot buy.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My books are all faith-based, so I would have to say that my love for God influenced my writing. They all have a Christian theme, sharing the love of the Lord with the world through entertaining stories.
Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to turn on the television or go to a movie theater where there is not profanity, excessive nudity, or defamation of God’s name. None of those things are appealing to me. So, I instead choose to write about Who is—God.
What made you want to be a writer?
In a nutshell, I think I wanted to be a writer because I could predict so many of the stories that were already on television. I enjoy a good read where I don’t know what the outcome is going to be. With that being said, I know as the Bible states that there is nothing new under the sun. I believe that as I thank God for my “creative flow” that I can write about common issues in an uncommon way. Take ordinary characters and toss them into challenging situations, causing the reader to question, “If it were me, what would I do?”
How did you come up with the title of the book?
I came up with the title to my current book, Single, Saved, & Searching, through prayer. It took me a little while to get the title. I wanted something catchy and accurate to the book’s content. The main character is single, saved, and searching for her life mate. The road she takes to find him is one where I hope readers will enjoy reading about.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most challenging part of writing Single, Saved, & Searching was consolidating some of the pitfalls of dating into a concise storyline. I could probably write a book three times the size of this one about dating alone, but since this is a novella I chose to focus on the hot topics, making the story crisp as well as relatable. Sometimes finding a middle ground where a broad audience can draw several nuggets of wisdom from can be challenging. But I’m satisfied in knowing that I overcame this otherwise intimidating obstacle.
Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?
The cover was actually designed by an artist in the Philippines. I chose this particular artwork because it describes what the book is about before you even open it. When you see a woman in the forefront and several men in the background, it causes one to think about a dating scene similar to that of the old television show Love Connection or The Dating Game. And this is similar to what Elisha goes through in Single, Saved, & Searching. There are men, each with different backgrounds, in which she has to choose.
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