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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 18, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook copy of a book mentioned below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.      

Betrayed by Lillian Duncan is the second book in her Sisters By Choice series and will be released in January 2014. The winner of my drawing among commenters will win an eBook of Deception, the first book in the series. In Deception there is a terrorist. I kept wondering what kind of woman could be married to a terrorist and not know it. Betrayed is the answer to that question.

Our guest blogger is Lillian Duncan who writes Stories of faith mingled…with murder & mayhem. Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian, welcome. Please tell us about Betrayed.
Betrayed is the second book in my Sisters By Choice series and will be released in January 2014. In Deception (the first in the series), there is a terrorist. I kept wondering what kind of woman could be married to a terrorist and not know it.
Betrayed is the answer to that question. It is Maria’s story and her struggle to get past the betrayal of her husband and form a new life for her daughter.

What’s the setting for Betrayed?

Most of the story takes place in or around a small fictional town in Ohio called Sunberry. Coincidentally, we have a small town in Ohio called Sunbury that is very similar to the fictional setting!

How did you come up with the title for Betrayed?

It was an obvious choice since Maria was betrayed by her husband so horribly.  And since the first in the series-Deception-was a one word title, I wanted to keep it consistent.  Presently the third in the series is titled Redemption.

Is Betrayed the first book you published?

No, I’ve published several others in the past few years, including Deception and Pursued also published by Pelican Book Group along with a novella, The Christmas Stalking.

Why did you write Betrayed?

I had actually written much of Maria’s story in Deception, but it was taken out of that book. Maria wasn’t happy about that and begged me to write her story, so I did.

What do you want readers to take away from Betrayed?

Bad things happen to all of us. How we react to those things will determine the quality of our future. We can make the choice to stay in the past and be angry and bitter.  A much better choice would be to forgive and move on with our own life.

Does Betrayed have a theme?

Beauty for ashes is a phrase that comes up several times throughout the book and I consider it the theme. It comes from Isaiah 61: 3. A second theme is about honoring God with our choices and our actions even in the midst of a crisis.

What’s the SISTERS BY CHOICE series about?

This series definitely has romance in it, but I also wanted to explore the strong bonds that form between women—through blood or through the choices we make. Each story focuses on a relationship between two women that becomes as important to the story as the romantic plot.

Deception was the first in the series and it focused on the broken relationship of identical twin sisters, Patti and Jamie. The lesson from Deception was don’t waste time arguing with those you love—you may not get a second chance to repair that relationship.

In Betrayed, it focuses on two strangers bonding and becoming friends as they face a crisis together.  One of the characters teaches Maria about how to honor God by her actions even in the most horrible of circumstances.

What is your writing process?

I am not an outliner. I wish I were—it seems easier to me. But my mind doesn’t work that way. I never know what is going to happen in my story on any given writing day. It’s as if my mind is a movie screen and I watch that day’s events and then I write it.
When I start a new story I usually have a clear picture of the main character in mind and what obstacle he/she will face, but anything goes after that. If I’m writing and start to feel bored—then I kill someone or blow something up. And that way it’s a surprise to me and to my readers.

Do you know who the bad guy is when you begin your story?

Not usually. Most of the time I have several characters who it might be and as the story comes to a conclusion, I am surprised right along with my readers. Betrayed was no exception. I wasn’t sure who it was until the very end.

Most people don’t think of murder mysteries and suspense novels as Christian Fiction. What do you say to them?

I can certainly understand their point of view. And for some readers my stories might be a bit too graphic or edgy and that’s ok, I understand that. I would say my readers are those who like traditional suspense and mystery novels but are tired of all the explicit language and sex scenes that aren’t necessary to a good story.

I don’t promote or glorify violence in my stories. I show characters experiencing the natural consequences of their bad choices and bad actions. My characters are usually on a spiritual journey as well—but some are further along than others.

Then what makes your stories Christian Fiction?

I don’t promote or glorify violence in my stories in any way. My characters experience the natural consequences of their bad choices and bad actions.

My stories always have an element of faith in them. How that plays out depends on the individual plots of each specific story. My main characters are always on a spiritual journey, though some may be farther along than others.

One more word about Christian Fiction. It has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Other than erotica, readers can find their favorite genre as Christian Fiction as well as mainstream fiction. There are Christian Fiction books out there for every book lover—historical; romance; regency; science fiction; even horror novels.

If Betrayed becomes a movie who would you like to see play your main characters?

Oh, I can see Angelina Jolie playing Maria. In Deception, Maria was a bit of a wimp, but life has changed her. She’s tough now—like Angelina. I think Mark Harmon, better known as Gibbs, would make the perfect male lead.

What are you working on now?

I have a devotional blog POWER UP WITH GOD’S WORD: Secrets For a Better Life at: I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors this past year and so many of the devotions focus on how to help others who are facing a crisis—physical or spiritual.

Along with that, the third book in The Sisters By Choice series (Redemption) is finished but is in the process of rewriting. Also, I have a new series that will be coming out next year—The Minton Family Mysteries. The Minton Family Mysteries are about three siblings and their bowling center. It’s been really fun writing it and I think people will love this family!

How Can Readers Find You on The Internet?

My website is and I have a devotional blog at My blog is TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at . I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook at

From the back cover of  Betrayed:
Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules--every rule. She's given up everything--her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future. Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.
When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she's wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one...and that's her first mistake.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 18, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for an eBook copy of Deception by Lillian Duncan. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address or I cannot enter you in the drawing. I’ll need you email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

The winner of last Monday’s blog post for a copy of The Healer’s Touch by Amber Schamel is boton. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Replies
    1. Marjorie, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lillian. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

  2. sounds like an interesting book, please enter me.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

    1. You're entered. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  3. Hi, Lillian!
    Enjoyed your interview - your book has an unusual storyline & sounds very suspenseful. I would enjoy reading it - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Praying for your restored health!


    I am a follower.

    1. Bonnie, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lillian. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate your following my blog!

  4. Enjoyed the interview. Book sounds suspenseful and intriguing. Thank you for sharing and please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

    I'm a follower and a subscriber!

    1. Barbara, you're welcome and you're entered. Glad you enjoyed the interview and left your comment. Thanks so much for being a follower and subscriber to my blog!

  5. I love the sound of this book. I love the cover too. Gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Wanda Barefoot

    1. Wanda, you're welcome for the giveaway. Glad you came by and left your comment.

  6. I love mysteries and suspense! Sounds like you have another winner, Lillian! Thanks for sharing.

    I won't need to enter the contest, just wanted to comment. :)

  7. Love the interview! And I like the idea of suspense that isn't inundated with romance, but that the romance element is still a part of the story! I would also love to win the book. I'm

    1. Sue, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lillian. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  8. This looks really good! I love mysteries and suspense. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Veronica, I love mysteries and suspense but I've never been able to write one. I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.