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Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson
Our guest blogger is Dianna Torscher Benson. This month Dianna won the Selah Award. She is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. She’s the author of The Hidden Son, her debut novel. Final Trimester is her second release.
After majoring in communications and a ten-year career as a travel agent, Dianna left the travel industry to earn her EMS degree. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, she loves the adrenaline rush of responding to medical emergencies and helping people in need. Her suspense novels about adventurous characters thrown into tremendous circumstances provide readers with a similar kind of rush.
Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.
Welcome, Dianna. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
As a scuba diver, I’ve dove nearly 150 feet in the Caribbean Ocean in Grand Cayman. As a climber, I’ve reached the summits of thirty-three Fourteeners (in Colorado there are fifty-four mountains over fourteen thousand feet in elevation). In addition to scuba diving and climbing, I love to cycle and run. My father was a triathlete; he was killed in a bicycle accident when I was in high school. My oldest daughter competed at the 2012 US Olympic Swim Trials for a spot on the team that went to the 2012 Summer Games in London, but the Trials were only seven weeks after my daughter endured scoliosis surgery (thirteen-inch spinal incision to insert two titanium rods and twelve screws), so she was unable to swim anywhere near her best.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a life-long outdoor enthusiast and high-level athletic competitor. I love spending time in any kind of nature doing something athletic and adventurous, especially with my family and friends. My four favorite activities are running, climbing, cycling and scuba diving. I also enjoy traveling, reading, watching all kinds of movies, and watching Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, The Walking Dead, Castle and The Big Bang Theory.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
Mother Teresa. Her life represented everything kind, good and selfless. The love she had for all people of the world is exactly how God wants us to think, feel and live. I’d love to sit down and simply listen to Mother Teresa about anything and everything.
Please tell us about Final Trimester.
Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before the Myrtle Beach PD even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. Despite the vast differences in the two cases, Jodi urges Detective Nate Quigley to think outside the box. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business, which only fuels her passion for the cases.
When a third pregnant woman is murdered, Nate is named lead detective on the case and works to link the deaths in order to unmask and stop the serial murderer, a disturbed man who believes God and the devil battle inside his head to bend him according to their wills. As he fights both voices, his interest fixates on Jodi when he discovers her obsession with ending his rampage.
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
Life is hard; relationships are super hard, but that’s that point. Through our trials and tribulations, God is building our souls so when our flesh dies, our souls are developed to where God wants them to be for our life in eternity. In Final Trimester (and in all my books), I want readers to see how my characters don’t just “get through” or try to “get over” the difficult stuff in life; instead, my characters accept the pain difficult events in their lives cause and they move forward with a renewed sense of understanding in themselves, in life, and in God.
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
My releases are available wherever books are sold. Below are the links to Final Trimester at the three biggest booksellers:
Barnes and Noble
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Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for hosting me on your blog!
Dianna, I’m glad you spent time with my readers and me in your interesting interview. Thank you for offering a copy of Final Trimester, which one of our commenters will win in a random drawing.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 25, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson. 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.
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.