Thursday, August 29, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, September 1, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the 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.    


It Adds Up To Murder by D.A. Featherling


Our guest blogger is D.A. Featherling, author of It Adds Up To Murder. Dorothy writes in several genres including mystery, romantic comedy, futuristic suspense, and romance. She has published two books to date and has several more in process. She co-founded the CenTex Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and served as its president for four years.


Welcome, Dorothy. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native Texan who’s lived in Central Texas for most of my adult life. I took early retirement and decided to try my hand at writing full time. Life intervened, but I continued to write up until several years ago when I became a small business owner. I’ve owned a home staging and design business for over 4 years, but recently decided to make the writing a priority. I have one super grandson about to go into 3rd grade. He and I collaborated on a book this summer – I wrote and he illustrated “Danger in Dax.” I know it will be a treasure for years to come.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

When I was a child, I always wanted to be a spy. Perhaps that’s why I like writing mysteries now.
I’m a recovering shopaholic (well, sort of recovering ).
I always wanted to backpack through Greece.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Independent, determined, humorous

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I love to cook, especially for friends and family; I do craft projects; and spend time with my family.  Most of all I love to read.

How did you become involved in writing?

It was actually rather cool. A number of years ago, I read an article in Reader’s Digest. It posed a question to ask yourself – if you could do anything in the world (regardless of education, experience, finances, etc.) what would it be? My immediate answer without thought was…I’d write books. A year or so later, I began my first novel on my lunch hour at my last ‘real’ job. That was the start.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

I actually have an extra bedroom that I use as an office. It has standard computer/printer capabilities, a desk, couple of filing cabinets, etc. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from any office. But I can be a bit cluttered if I want to (and I still tend to let the filing stack up).

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?  

Always! Always! Always! I cannot write a book without knowing the title first. I have no idea why, but that’s the way it is. Once I have the basic premise and a title, I’m ready to write.

Please tell us about It Adds Up To Murder.

I write in multiple genres (mystery, romantic comedy, futuristic suspense, romance) and wanted to try my hand at a mystery just to see if I could do it. Turns out I could…and loved it. It’s what I read and what I like to write, although the humor is also a favorite thing to write.

The book is the first in the “It’s Murder at the Office” series.  I hope to start book 2 soon. My heroine, Abby Newhouse, loses her regular job through no fault of her own and decides to be a temporary worker to pay the bills. She encounters murder on her first long term assignment and it sets the pattern for future books in the series. Every time Abby changes jobs, a murder (or murders) will follow. Lieutenant Nick Vaughn, homicide detective is the hero and he cringes whenever she changes jobs.

Each book in the series will feature an office machine or office procedure as the means or reason for the murders.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

My goal in writing is to provide a few hours of escape from the realities we all face in our lives. If, when a reader finishes one of my books, s/he is smiling, I feel I’ve done a good thing.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

My last job was as the administrator for a physics research center at a major university. I started thinking…what if a woman had what looked like a secure job, and then lost it and turned to temporary work? The murder weapon in It Adds Up To Murder was also a legacy from my time in state employment (‘nuff said – read the book).

Did you have to do any research for this book?

The only research I really needed to do was to ascertain how being a temporary employee worked, plus I talked with a homicide detective to be sure of procedural things.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

I’ve been writing for about 10-12 years. This first book was published this year (but I had 7 books ready to be published).

What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

These days there are so many authors and so many possibilities for publishing. Decide whether traditional or self-publishing will work best for you. Be aware that both require a lot of marketing and learn something about it. Bottom line? NEVER give up! NEVER! God is perfectly capable of matching you up with the right house, the right agent, at the right time. The timing is key.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing the first book in a new mystery series, Staged for Murder – a series that will feature home stager Ari Ames. Book 1 is Murder Outside the Box. I hope to have it published early this fall. I’m also preparing to publish Book 2 in my romantic comedy series Second Time Around. Book 1 – Sauce for the Goose is available now on Amazon. Book 2 – Kissing Frogs should be published within the next month.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Read, read, read…what you want to write and anything else you can get your hands on. See how the best writers do it and then learn how to write properly. Read books on writing, attend conferences or 1-day seminars when you can, basically learn the craft. If you don’t, you will never succeed.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My books are available on Amazon.com – or through a link on my website.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

My website is: www.dafeatherling.com
Facebook is: https:www.facebook.com/D.A.Featherling

Any parting comment?

Follow your dream. If God has given you the dream, He intends for you to pursue it…even if it takes longer than you’d like and takes you down unexpected paths. Never give up.

Dorothy, thank you for this interesting interview. One of my commenters will win a copy of It Adds Up To Murder in a random drawing. Thank you for graciously offering a copy of your book.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, September 1, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of It Adds Up To Murder by D.A. Featherling. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address. 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 Speaking Confidence by Lisa Heidrich is JanetE. 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.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, August 28, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the 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.   


 Speaking Confidence by Lisa Heidrich 


Lisa Heidrich, RN, CCM, CHP, is a registered nurse, nursing instructor, international speaker, freelance writer, ministry director, Bible study teacher, prayer intercessor, voice-over artist and speaking coach with over 20 years experience in public speaking. Lisa serves Stonecroft Ministries as a speaker and Divisional Field Director. She is a graduate of "Proverbs 31 She Speaks" and "Christian Communicators Conference" programs.

Our guest blogger is Lisa Heidrich, author of Speaking Confidence. Welcome, Lisa. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Lisa Heidrich, Speaker, Evangelist, imperfect mom of 2 sons and 1 fur baby Mercy (my 10 year old Great Dane) and newly published book author of Speaking Confidence. I grew up in South Florida, have undergrad degree in nursing, post grad in adult education, now currently employed full time as a Divisional Field Director with Stonecroft Ministries and I love everything purple!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

I took ballet in college.
I have campaigned finished a Best in Breed Great Dane : Champion.
Worship One Von Winterlochen- a.k.a. “Elijah”
I am a word nerd.
I can’t spell.
I love shopping at thrift stores and Goodwill.
My secret “dream-job” is to be a Radio host / DJ one day.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Communicator, Body Activist.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Speaking / Evangelism.
Going to the beach.
Thrift store pimping.
Playing Scrabble, word searches, POP words, words with Friends.

How did you become involved in writing?

Good question…I have been an International Speaker for the ministry I work for and everywhere I traveled I was asked—“Do you have a book?”

I went to a couple writers’ conferences and thought I’d compile the devotions I was assigned to write on a monthly basis for my current job but God pierced my heart to help others gain Speaking Confidence. The rest is history.

Where do you write?

Multiple locations—I am flexible and go-with-the-flow.

I write on Airplanes—during travel, hotel rooms, one of my favorite locations is on my sofa with my laptop on my lap, while watching/ listening to the TV.

Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

I do have an office, but I rarely use it.

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

In this case, yes, I did have the title for a while before writing the book.

Sometimes “titles” spin through my head, I forget most, but for my style, I’d most probably start with a title first and go from there.

Please tell us about your book.

Speaking Confidence—a double entendre is about giving others practical tips, coaching, and edification to overcome the #1 Fear in our world: THE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING (this is meaning #1). The second meaning is—that this book would encourage us, person to person to SPEAK confidence into one another’s lives in each and every word we speak.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

Stand UP and Say your PIECE without FEAR.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

I was teaching and working with women in sharing their stories and realized our #1 fear is public speaking, so I was driven to “do something” to lessen this fear in our nation. I feel God gave me the inspiration and brought everything together to make the book possible—from typing each word, to meeting my publisher Chalfont House, to every detail. 

Did you have to do any research for this book?

Yes, stats on speaking phobia, research on microphones, questioning others about what they need to become speakers, and reading God’s Word for each and every bit of “Ancient Authentic Advice” at the end of each phase (chapter) in my work.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was a kid—my mom was a “note leaver”—she expressed herself to both my sister and me via notes all the time. Writing back to her was a lesson in communicating via the written word from around age 11 maybe?

As a Registered Nurse I had a few published professional magazine articles.  Speaking Confidence is my first book. I also wrote and drew books as a KID! And sold them to my sister, mom, aunt, and Mama Lou (grandmother). I have contributed Bible study pieces for the ministry I work for as well under the Stonecroft Ministry umbrella.

When did you sell your first book?

September 2012

What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

Pray. Don’t give up. Be willing to constantly “tweak your manuscript”, believe in something bigger than yourself, and network.

What are you working on now?

Curriculum for Speaking Confidence for Kids, beginning research and connections for Kid’s speaking confidence workshops and connecting with Home Schooled populations—if it is successful, I will approach my publisher about a KIDS version of Speaking Confidence.

My main theory in my book Speaking Confidence is that public speaking phobia is a fear handed down generation to generation—so if we reach the kids coming up in this world, we can lessen the FEAR.

I am also collecting thoughts and ideas for a book called “Praying Confidence” helping others develop their voice for God and teaching others to pray.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

YOU-can-do-this!

Stay the course. Set parameters in place to reach certain goals each day and each week. Have accountability partners—one of the reasons I believe my book came to fruition is because I had a Publisher who believed in me and set the time to connect with me every week. Once a goal is set, it is difficult to veer from the course and most importantly PRAY.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Any parting comment?

Of course…
Writing is a honed gift that we all must practice and work on to really define and shine at, speaking is an innate ability that with the right encouragement everyone CAN be inspirational at.  Stand up and say your piece.
Thank you.

Lisa, thank you for the interesting interview. In a random drawing from among commenters, one will win a copy of your book that you graciously offered. Thank you.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Speaking Confidence by Lisa Heidrich. Please, please remember to leave your email address. Should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday's blog.


The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer is Amada. I'll contact you and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time ... keep on smiling.




Thursday, August 22, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 25, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a digital copy of the book mentioned below. Valerie requires that we have at least 10 comments to give away a book. 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 can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.      

Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer

Valerie Comer's life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.
Valerie writes Farm Lit and Farm Fresh Romance with the voice of experience laced with humor.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live on a small farm in western Canada with my husband, a few cows, pigs, chickens, and bees. We source as much food locally as we can—much of it from our large garden.

Our son and his family also live on the farm, while our daughter's family lives a 90-minute drive away. I'm a happy grandmother with three little grandgirls to snuggle, tickle, and read to!

What 4 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

1. I've been on a 10-day canoe camping trip.
2. I spent 3 months in Bolivia many years ago.
3. I can operate a (small) church soundboard.
4. I can fool people into thinking I'm an extrovert…for a while.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Child of God.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

When not writing, snuggling grandgirls, or gardening, I enjoy riding my bike in summer or snowshoeing in winter. A perfect getaway is when hubby and I pull our little camping trailer in beside a mountain creek for a few days. Ah, to feast on nature and worship the One who made it.

How did you become involved in writing?

Like most writers, I dabbled in it for many years and talked about writing a novel "someday." It wasn't until I got a job as the only employee in a small-town flooring shop that I realized I had the perfect opportunity. I wrote ten novels in the back corner of the shop over 11.5 years when no customers, phone calls, sales reps, boss guys, or freight deliveries required attention!

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

Since separating from my job in November 2012, I've claimed part of the upstairs bedroom my granddaughters sleep in when they visit. My desk sits in front of a window where I can look out over my garden, our pastures, and neighboring farms to the mountains beyond. In the heat of summer I'm more likely to be found writing in my recliner or at the kitchen island than running the air conditioner upstairs, but I miss my space and can't wait for the weather to cool off enough to welcome me back to my room!

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?  

Not always. Raspberries and Vinegar's working title was Domino's Game, after the Border collie puppy instrumental to the romance. The final title didn't come until several weeks after signing my contract. Sometimes the perfect one comes to me in advance or early in the process, and other times much later.

Please tell us about Raspberries and Vinegar.

Sweet like raspberries. Tart like vinegar.
Josephine Shaw: complex, yet single minded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming. 

Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can't handle? And surely there's something sweet beneath all that tart.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

I hope they will laugh, I hope they will cry, and I hope they will think, at least a little bit, about where their food comes from.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

When my son and his wife lived in the city attending university, I was amazed by how many of their peers claimed eagerness to get their hands in the dirt and grow their own food. I wondered just how many surprises city-bred 20-somethings would find if their dream came true. Many of those surprises have found my way into Raspberries and Vinegar and the other two books in the Farm Fresh Romance series.

Did you have to do any research for this book?

Even though I've lived on the farm for more than half my life, there were things I needed to research. I needed to pinpoint the exact chemicals Zach would be using on his farm in early spring, and what his veterinary college training would have been like. I also had to research the incident that became the novel's black moment, so I'm not free to tell you what it was! Dozens of other minor things cropped up that required either a fact-check or something more in depth.

How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

I started writing in the spring of 2002. I began submitting work to agents in 2008. In 2011, I sold my first work, a novella that became part of Rainbow's End, a 4-in-1 collection that released from Barbour in May, 2012. While this opened some doors for me, it didn't net me the Big One, a contract for a solo novel, until May, 2013, when I signed with Choose NOW Publishing for my Farm Fresh Romance series, starting with Raspberries and Vinegar.

What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

Focus on craft, first. Don't be in too much of a hurry, and don't fret.
These days it's easy to give up on the traditional path and self publish. I've got nothing against it. I considered it myself and still will likely go that direction with some of my stories. What I do have a problem with is people writing The End on the first draft of their first novel and pushing the 'publish' button on Amazon ten minutes later.
Oh, people! Learn the craft. Get a critique partner. Go to a conference or take some workshops. Revise your story—not once, but several times. Polish it. Write another one. Learn some more. Don't toss something online prematurely. It won't do you a bit of good, and may do your authorly reputation some harm.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

I guess I gave a lot of that advice in the previous answer! But I'd like to take this opportunity to invite your friends, especially new-to-intermediate writers, to my website http://towriteastory.com. To Write a Story is designed to provide an overview of the writing process. I'm offering a free course via email that starts at the beginning (with an idea) and goes through planning, plotting, writing, editing, publishing, and marketing fiction. I also blog Thursdays on one of the topics in the course.

At first I hesitated to offer this course because there are so many writers with more experience than I have. Still, I've learned a lot in 11 years of trial and error, and welcome the opportunity to "pay forward."

What are you working on now?

I'm revising the second book in the Farm Fresh Romance series, Wild Mint Tea. Thankfully I wrote the first draft a couple of years ago when a major publishing house was considering the first book. That's helping me keep to a fairly tight timeline for the remainder of the series. Books 2 and 3 will both release in 2014.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My publisher's website has links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sites where either the paperback or the digital version can be purchased: http://www.choosenowpublishing.com/posts/books/raspberries-and-vinegar-farm-fresh-romance/

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Connect with Valerie at:
 Website: http://valeriecomer.com
 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valeriecomer.author
 Twitter: http://twitter.com/valeriecomer
              http://twitter.com/towritestory
 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/valeriecomer
 Blog: http://valeriecomer.com/blog
 Writing Blog & Free eCourse: http://towriteastory.com

Any parting comment?

Thanks so much for having me here today, Jo! It's fun visiting with someone having the same name as my heroine.

Valerie, thank you for an interesting interview. I’ll draw from among the commenters on this post for a copy of Raspberries and Vinegar, which you’ve so graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 25, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a digital copy of Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer. Valerie requires at least 10 comments to give away a book. Please, please remember to leave your mailing address so that should you be the winner I can get  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 Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Akins is Barbara. 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.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, August 21, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the 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.  Please see my note at the end of this post.  


The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Akins


Karla Akins is a pastor's wife, mother of five, and grandma to five beautiful little girls. She lives in Northeast Indiana with her husband, twin teenage boys with autism, mother-in-law with Alzheimer's and three rambunctious dogs. When she's not writing she's dreaming of riding her motorcycle through the mountains and hunting for treasure.


Karla Akins

From the book’s back cover:
Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she's not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed...and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Join Kirstie and her motorcycle "gang" - two church matrons and a mouthy, gum-smacking non-church member - as they discover that road-toughened bikers are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the most unexpected ways.

From Jo:
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. In this book when a pastor’s wife sometimes doubts her faith, friends suggest she get a motorcycle and ride with them. She still has money that her aunt left to her, which makes it even more tempting to join her biker friends, two of which are in her church. The ups and downs in this book are sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad. As I read I went from laughing out loud to wiping away tears. Akins does a superb job making her characters come alive—some good and some not so good. You will not soon forget these characters. And the cover is a gem! I highly recommend this book!


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Akins. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address. If you should you be the winner I'll need that so I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday’s blog.

The winner of Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Deception by Lillian Duncan is Wanda. 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.


NOTEClaiming Peace, Book 3 of the Caney Creek Series, releases in late September. Would you like to be a member of my launch team for Claiming Peace? I have seven remaining spots open for my launch team. My launch team will receive a free copy of the book and commit to helping me to get the word out about Claiming Peace (at no expense to you). Details will be posted soon on my website. If you'd like to be a member of my Launch Team for Claiming Peace, please email me with "launch team" in the subject line or mention in a comment below that you'd like to be included. Thank you so much.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Win a Book!

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: www.PowerUpWithGod.com. 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 www.lillianduncan.net and I have a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com My blog is TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at www.lillian-duncan.com . I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lillian.k.duncan


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.


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