Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, December 29, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention 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.


Crossfire by Jodie Bailey

Our guest today is Jodie Bailey. Jodie is an Army wife, a mom, and a teacher who believes Mountain Dew, dark chocolate and a trip to the Outer Banks will cure all ills. In her spare time, she reads cookbooks, rides motorcycles, and searches for the perfect cup of coffee. She is the author of Freefall and Crossfire, from Love Inspired Suspense, and Quilted by Christmas, coming from Abindgon Press in October 2014.  Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband and her daughter.

Welcome, Jodie. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
    I’ve lived in 26 houses/apartments in my lifetime, not including various college dorm rooms.  May I never move again!
    My cousin and I play a “game” where he gives me a word or object that has NOTHING to do with my whatever book I’m writing, and I have to find a way to work it in.  So far, it’s been radiative transfer, giant robots, and graupel.

Please describe yourself with three words.
loud, quiet, curious

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
Mark Twain.  I’m honestly curious to see if he sounds anything like Hal Holbrook. Seriously though, don’t you know that would be an awesome conversation?  He had so many stories and so much wit, it would not be boring!    

Please tell us about Crossfire.
Crossfire is the story of Andrea Donovan and Josh Walker.  Andrea is a counselor working with addicted soldiers, trying to assuage the guilt she feels over her brother’s death from a PTSD-induced heroin overdose.  Josh was her brother’s best friend, and he has his own guilt and secret about the night her brother died.  When one of Andrea’s soldiers—who is also in Josh’s unit—vanishes, she has to team up with Josh to find out why he disappeared.  In the meantime, someone is stalking Andrea and threatening her livelihood.  What is happening in Columbus, GA that centers around Andrea’s counseling center? And why is someone willing to kill to keep it quiet?   

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
We have members of our military who come home from war with “silent wounds.”  Some get the help they need, but many suffer in silence or turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.  Our military men and women need our understanding and our support.  After I finished Crossfire, it hit home because I lost a former student to a drug overdose after he came back from Iraq.  He had a family who loved him, friends who supported him… but in the end, the pain was too great.  Real help is needed for our [military] men and women.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
In January, it will be on store shelves in many chain stores. And it’s always online at CBD and Amazon!

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
twitter.com/jodiebailey

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me!  I really enjoyed it!

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Thank you for offering a copy of Crossfire that one of the commenters to this blog post will win in a random drawing.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, December 29, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  Crossfire by Jodie Bailey. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog. Please leave any suggestions you have for Monday blogs in the comment section below. Thanks.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Jo! This was a fun interview!

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  2. Loved meeting Jodie. Her book sounds great. I so agree that we have lots of soldiers returning with silent wounds. And it's always been that way. My husband was in WWII and he rarely talked about what happened in the war. And I had a lot of friends in the Vietnam war who came home with silent wounds. So glad you wrote a book about it. I follow Jo's blog. pat at ptbradley dot com

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    1. Pat, thanks for sharing with us about the topic of Jodie's book. I appreciate so much that you follow my blog.

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    2. Thank you, Patricia! I think Vietnam is when we finally started to realize the issue. I'm grateful the military is working to help, but there is so much more to do! Thanks for commenting! I hope you enjoy Crossfire!

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  3. Great interview! It was wonderful meeting Jodie. I look forward to reading her book.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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    2. Thank you, Melanie! I hope you enjoy Crossfire!

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  4. Your book sounds great but most of all I want to wish you
    a terrific, God-filled 2014

    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. Chris, glad you enjoyed learning about Jodie's book. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. A great 2014 to you as well, Chris!

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  5. thanks for the chance to read this novel, jo...and happy new year, 2014

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen, glad you left your comment. Thanks for the happy new year wish. Happy new Year to you also.

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    2. Happy New Year to you, Karen! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I appreciate Jodie's care and compassion for our military. Crossfire sounds like a great read, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Merry, you're entered in the drawing. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. Thank you, Merry! Our military men and women have a special place in my heart. Thanks for commenting! Have a great new year!

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  7. Hello Jo. Nice to meet Julie. I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't have nightmares. I can't begin to imagine going through what they have to. The book sounds interesting.I'd like to read the book. Please put my name in. Thanks!
    Jo, I am a follower. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, you're entered in the drawing. Thanks for leaving your comment. So glad you follow my blog.

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    2. Thanks, Maxie! I hope you enjoy Crossfire!

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  8. I've read so many good things about this book. I'd love to read it.
    I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog!!

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    2. Thank you!!! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. What an interesting topic. I like that there is some thriller/adventure/suspense and something to think about when it comes to our brave soldiers and their sacrifices. I would love a chance to read this book. Love Inspired Suspense is really one of my faves (got my start reading Christian fiction through it). I am a new subscriber to your blog Jo. KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I hope Crossfire is one you enjoy. LIS has some great authors and editors! Have a happy and blessed 2014!

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    2. Kelly, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I really appreciate you subscribing to my blog!!

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