Author Jo Huddleston

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, February 12, 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. 

Perilous Shadows by Nike Chillemi

Nike Chillemi is our guest blogger today. Like so many writers,
Nike started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (colored might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chairman, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. Burning Hearts, the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, finaled in the Grace Awards 2011 in the Romance/Historical Romance category. Goodbye Noel, the second book in the series released in December, 2011 won the Grace Award 2011 in the Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller category. Perilous Shadows, third in the series released July, 2012, and Darkest Hour, the fourth in the series released in February, 2013.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).

Welcome, Nike. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

This past summer my daughter Delayne and I took a horseback riding lesson. As a girl, I had ridden western style, but had not been on a horse for over 30 years. For this lesson I rode English which is not something I was entirely comfortable with, but I did pretty well. This became part of the research for Harmful Intent, my contemporary mystery to be released in the spring. In Harmful Intent, the heroine, a Brooklyn private investigator, finds herself a prime suspect in a murder investigation in Abilene, Texas.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Intense, Foodie, Humorous

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

I enjoy cooking. My four historical novels have even been called "foodie fiction." For the last six months I've been on a low starch diet and have lost nearly 25 pounds. I don't call it low carb because I eat plenty of carbs in fruit and veggies. I've eliminated potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, sweets, except twice a week in dinner meals. I've enjoyed pouring through many classic recipes, as well ethnic fare looking for low starch and lower carb dishes.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?

I'm going to stretch this a bit and make it two first ladies: Barbara Bush and Laura Bush. I think sitting between them at dinner would be a delight. I'd enjoy listening to Barbara Bush tell stories about her family and her life in public service. She has a great sense of humor which would be fun to be around. I admire Laura Bush so much. Every article I've ever read about her flat out states she's genuinely kind to everyone she deals with. I think spending time with her would be a blessing.

Please tell us about Harmful Intent.

Harmful Intent will come out this spring. Brooklyn private investigator Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels discovers her husband has been unfaithful. So, she impulsively decides to take up a standing offer she's turned down many times from her BFF and former college roommate to come to Abilene and visit. When she arrives at her friend's bridal salon, she finds her husband in her former best friend's arms. The next day, her husband is found shot dead and the handsome deputy sheriff thinks she might just be the prime suspect.

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

Harmful Intent is a classic murder mystery with romantic elements. However, there is a sub-theme of how a parent's unfaithfulness in his marriage affects his child, even into her adult life. Ronnie Ingels has been negatively impacted by her father's penchant for cheating on her mother.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

Harmful Intent has not come out yet. I hope readers will look for it in the spring. However, my four-novel Sanctuary Point historical whodunit series (set in the mid-1940s) is available on Amazon

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.


Any parting comment?

The world of Christian fiction is an exciting place to be. There are novels for all tastes and age groups. Why not check out the third in my historical series, Perilous Shadows, perfect for Valentine's Day. Pioneer newspaper woman Kiera Devane has given up on men. Then she meets Ace radio broadcaster Argus Nye and together they chase a news-breaking story and hunt a killer.

Nike, thank you for this interesting interview and spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters on this blog post will win a copy of Perilous Shadows, which Nike has offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  Perilous Shadows by Nike Chillemi. Please, please remember to leave your email address. (On a recent giveaway blog, 12 of 45 comments did not leave an email address and therefore could not be entered.) 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 Thursday’s blog.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Love Still Stands by Kelly Irvin is Merry. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Nice to see you here, Nike, and congratulations on your new book! I'll be watching for it. Thanks for all you do.

  2. I loved Burning Hearts. Congrats on your new book! And I love to ride horses. pat at ptbradley dot com and I'm a follower.

    1. Pat, thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog.

  3. Jo, Thanks for having me.

    Lisa and Patricia, This is a wonderful writing journey. Exciting in so many ways.

    1. Nike, you're so welcome. Thanks for visiting with us.

  4. The book sounds very interesting
    Chris Granville

    1. Chris, glad you stopped by and left your comment.

  5. I enjoy reading your books, Nike!

    1. Jennifer, thanks for leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

  6. I have never read anything by Nike, but I would love to have the chance.



    1. Melissa, glad you found a new author to read. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  7. I actually met Nike on ShoutLife a couple of years back, but I have not been spending a lot of time on there lately. I have never read any of Nike's books, but would enjoy reading them! Thank you Jo for featuring great Christian authors and blessings to you Nike and your writing!



    1. Lori, you're welcome--I Iove featuring Christian authors. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  8. I am all in on this one. It sounds great! Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

  9. Thanks everyone for commenting. (((hugs)))