Author Renee Ryan Gives Away an autographed copy of her Latest-Open for comments to win through Sunday!

My guest today is Author Renee Ryan who speaks about her personal faith journey and her latest book. Please let Renee know what you think of her journey into a deeper trust of our Lord and her venture into writing a WWII historical. Here’s Renee:

“Thank you, Lyn, for inviting me to participate in your blog today. Although I write about strong, brave women, I’m not always that way myself, especially when it comes to my writing ministry. Even though I consider myself a conservative evangelical Christian, I sold my first manuscript to the secular market. At the time, I didn’t see a contradiction in my faith versus my career. I was proud of the fact that I was following Jesus’ command to “go out and make disciples of all nations.”

That first sale brought lots of validation. All my hard work had finally paid off. I’d arrived. I was doing something important. I was God’s vessel. I was woefully misleading myself.

Within months of that first book hitting the shelves I was released by my publisher. Enter a very long, very frustrating dry spell. For months I rationalized why I couldn’t make another book sale. It was everyone else’s fault, of course. Westerns were dead, the market was shrinking, the editors didn’t like people with the first name Renee.

Long story short, the pursuit of publishing my second novel became my obsession. No, it became my idol. When I realized this, I knew something had to change–me. So I started working on my relationship with the Lord, something I had let lag to a dangerous level of indifference. I began studying the Word on a deeper level and turning to God for answers, rather than myself.

It was around this same time that I decided, hey, if I was going to collect rejections I might as well swing for the fences and stop playing it safe. I was going to write what I wanted to write, not what people said would sell. Enter WWII, a taboo time period for romance writers.

The resulting book was my first attempt at writing Inspirational romance. By the time I wrote “the end” I’d found my home. Writing isn’t any easier, but knowing that I’m the quill and the Lord is the Great Author brings unspeakable joy (and peace).

That WWII story is my next release. DANGEROUS ALLIES is a romantic spy thriller set in 1939 Nazi Germany. The hero is an American officer on loan to the British government. The Brits sends him into enemy territory to photograph the blueprints of a Nazi secret weapon that is having unprecedented success. Because this book is an Inspirational, the main characters happy ending includes a return to a life of strong faith (something I myself had to learn).

So what’s the point in all this? Simple. Swing for the fences in everything you do, never play it safe and always put the Lord first. The rest will work itself out in time.

I’ll be giving away a copy of DANGEROUS ALLIES today. All you have to do is leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing.

Renee Ryan writes for Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired line. Her fabulous editor is Melissa Endlich. For more information, visit Renee at


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18 Responses to Author Renee Ryan Gives Away an autographed copy of her Latest-Open for comments to win through Sunday!

  1. Patsy says:

    Your book sounds great, Renee. I've read several of your books and really enjoyed them. I love Love Inspired Books. Good clean reading.

  2. Renee Ryan says:

    Hi all,

    Chiming back in late! I just moved my baby girl off to college this weekend. It was a ten hour drive both ways. Arghhh.

    Thanks to everyone who commented these past few days.

    FYI, I have a bonus feature on my Web site that includes deleted scenes from DANGEROUS ALLIES. Just hop over to: to see the scenes (you'll find the link on the books page under the cover art for DA).

    Blessings all!


  3. Edna says:

    would love to win this book just saw it on facebook


  4. A J Hawke says:

    An intriguing time in history as so many nations were involved. Look forward to reading Renee Ryan's lastest.

    Please put my name in the draw.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawkeauthor at aol dot com

  5. Michelle says:

    I would love to be included in your giveaway as well! Your new book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it!

  6. trish g says:

    I could really use a book with this message right now!
    "Swing for the fences in everything you do, never play it safe and always put the Lord first. The rest will work itself out in time."

    I'd LOVE to be included in your giveaway! Even if I don't win, I still have this great book recommendation! Thank You & keep up the amazing work ladies!

  7. JKW says:

    I love the expression, you are the Quill and He is the author. Amazing insight. It takes a lot of experience on our part, and God thumping us on His part, but we finally get it. . . I understand. Blessings, Janet

  8. Juanita W. says:

    1939 the year of my birth. Do want to get that book. Several of my uncles were in WWII.Would love to win a book, but it may be too late. Juanita W

  9. Debbie Kaufman says:

    Hi Renee: I picked up your book at Nationals and read it a couple of nights ago. I was so excited to see the historical "mold" being broken with a WWII novel. I have a 1918 historical on Melissa's desk right now under consideration.

    I really enjoyed how you didn't go with the cliches and kept it hard on your characters. Loved the story!

  10. Lisa Nelson says:

    I have enjoyed your Love Inspired Historicals.
    Thank you for writing!
    Lisa Nelson

  11. Barb says:

    Dear Renee and Lyn,
    I loved the interview, and the book sounds wonderful. I love to read about the WW II time period. Please enter me in the drawing. I may be reached at:


    Renee, I am saying a prayer for you and your daughter today as you take her to college. What an exciting, yet bittersweet, time.

  12. Renee Ryan says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Oh, going off to college. How exciting for you! My daughter is heading to University of Kentucky. I have no idea why she chose that school (no one in our family went there).

    And, hey, no worries about the books. Sounds like you're a busy girl. The first book in the Charity House series is THE MARSHAL TAKES A BRIDE. But now that I think about it, you actually might like my August release best. It's a contemporary Love Inspired romance called HOMECOMING HERO. It's in the bookstores now. Walmart always has the LIs on sale.

    For now, I'll be praying for your transition into college.



  13. Renee Ryan says:

    Hi Ariel,

    So glad to hear what I said resonated. I think we all go through "seasons" with our faith. Here's praying you have a fabulous, uplifting journey ahead.


  14. Project Journal says:

    Hey Renee!
    I'm a freshman this year too! I want to find more freshman because I want to talk with people in the same boat as me. My aunt was talking with someone and her daughter's going to the same school as me. So, we've been emailing. She seems genuinely nice, pretty cool, and like my other half! We have SO much in common! It's really great!

    I SOOO hope that your daughter finds some people that she fits in with really fast, same thing I wish for myself : D

    Where's she going? If that's not too personal…

    Your book sounds great, by the way! I have to say, I think I'm a terrible person…I've seen your books, but never actually read one. I don't know why exactly, though, because they all sound great. I was disappointed that I didn't buy Loving Bella because by the time I got back to the store, it was gone. It's on my Kindle Wishlist, however, so I know I can buy it anytime. And Hannah's Beau is a given that I want to read it because….my name's Hannah! What's the first book in that series?

    Okay, I'll stop rambling now! What a gem you are to the writing world. Thanks for being here today and sharing your journey!

  15. Ariel says:

    I love your story! I'm trying to get back into my faith right now, so this is encouraging 🙂 Please enter me in the giveaway!


  16. Renee Ryan says:

    Yay, apple blossom, welcome!


  17. apple blossom says:

    Oh, I'd love to be included in this book giveaway. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Renee Ryan says:

    Good morning!!! Thank you, again, Lyn for having me. I'm so glad to be here today. I'll be checking in periodically. Today is a big day for me. I'll be running around getting last minute things for my daughter. We're taking her to college tomorrow. Sniff, sniff…she's the baby.