Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 19, 2014 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.



Betrayed by Lillian Duncan



Lillian Duncan is our guest blogger today. Lillian writes Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem. She 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. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit her website.




Welcome, Lillian. Please tell us about your book, Betrayed.
Betrayed is the second book in my Sisters by Choice series. 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 create 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. But as the story continues, Maria begins to believe she’s been betrayed yet again. But by whom?


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 removed from 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, but 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.


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.


What makes your stories Christian fiction?

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. Christian fiction 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. I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors this past year and so many of the devotions focus on help for others who are facing a crisis—physical or spiritual. Along with that, the third book in The Sisters by Choice series (Redemption) is in the process of rewriting. I’m also working on a new mystery novella series, Deadly Communications. It features a crime-fighting speech pathologist. Having been a speech pathologist for almost 35 years, this story was so much fun for me to write.


How can readers find you on the internet?

My website 
I have a devotional blog.
My blog is Tiaras & Tennis Shoes.
I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook.



SPECIAL NOTE FOR THIS BLOG:

To celebrate the release of Betrayed, I’m giving away a virtual gift basket at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes. The virtual gift basket includes a copy of my books, Serenity Springs, Ohio; Dark Alleys; and Geese Mate for Life. Along with the books, a $25 Amazon gift card is included plus a few books from some writer friends. To enter the contest, simply hop on over to Tiaras & Tennis Shoes, leave a comment on the post titled “Celebration!” Winner will be chosen and announced on February 14. (Jo here: don’t forget to come back to leave your comment on this blog post.)


Lillian, thank you for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters on this blog post will receive a copy of Betrayed, which Lillian has offered.



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, January 19, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  Betrayed by Lillian Duncan. 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.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

24 comments:

  1. Most interesting interview. Enjoyed it.

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    1. Majorie, glad you enjoyed the interview.

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    2. Majorie, I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN ORDER TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

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  2. thanks for the chance to read 'betrayed' I'm a follower, too!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  3. Betrayed sounds like a very good book.
    I follow via email.
    Katie J. (johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com)

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  4. Really enjoyed getting to know Lillian better. And her books sound fabulous! I'm a follower. pat at ptbradley dot com

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  5. I am a follower and I loved the interview. Thank you!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.I'm glad you follow my blog!

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  6. Would like to be entered for a chance to win. I have the first book in my wishlist. I didn't know she had written two more in the series. Thank you for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Boos, you're welcome and you're entered. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  7. I sure would love to win this. Sounds really good. I am a follower of you I get your emails. I Loved the interview. I also love your books Jo,
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana, glad you enjoyed the interview. I appreciate you following my blog. Thanks for your kind words about my books.

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  8. Your book sounds fascinating......Thank you for writing it
    God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  9. Hello Jo. Enjoyed the interview. Hope this is a print book. I am a follower. I hope this New Year will be good for you. Thanks!
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, glad you enjoyed the interview. So glad you follow by blog. Happy New Year to you also.

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  10. Sounds like an interesting read. Hope to win! keishabass(at)att(dot)com. Thanks!!

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  11. Hello Jo - I'm a follower - and Lillian! I enjoyed your interview and especially liked how Maria's story was cut from an earlier book and she really wanted it told, so she bugged you. I think it's so fun when characters do that! : )

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    1. Caryl, thanks for following my blog. Glad you stopped by and left your comment.

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