Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stranded


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STRANDED by Don and Stephanie Prichard



Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, and in retirement have turned to co-authoring novels now that their three children are busy raising a beautiful crop of grandchildren for them.



Welcome, Stephanie. Your husband wrote Stranded and then invited you to join him. Why did you say yes?

I have to admit at first I was skeptical. Don loves movies but seldom reads books, so how could he write one? I figured I’d just correct the spelling and grammar errors and let it go at that. However, once I read his manuscript I discovered all that movie-watching had made him into a fantastic storyteller. We started discussing changes to strengthen the book and found working together so much fun that, well, I became his co-author!


What attracted you to the story?

I love stories about survival, especially in a wilderness where you have to get down to the basics of simply staying alive. Being stranded on a jungle island not only created that edge-of-the-seat suspense, but the relationships between the four castaways and their spiritual struggles added depth to the story.


What benefits did the story gain from the two of you writing it?

The male and female perspectives. I’d compose a chapter and read it to Don and sometimes he’d say, “Men don’t think that way.” Similarly, I’d read what he wrote and say, “That’s insulting to women.” We think that between the adventure and the relationships, the story is one both men and women will enjoy.


Please tell us a little about your novel.

Sure! Here’s a brief description of Stranded: A Novel:



All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.


Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake's survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she's responsible for his wife's death. 



Where can readers purchase Stranded?

It’s available as an e-book for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQGJBUY




Where can readers find you online?



 

Any parting comment?

Just a big hug and thank-you for featuring us on your blog, Jo!


Stephanie, you’re so welcome. Glad to have you visit with my readers and me with information about your novel. One of the commenters on this post will receive an eBook copy of Stranded, which you have offered. 




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice Wisler is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

28 comments:

  1. Here's something to comment on ~ If you could take only one thing to an island where you'd be stranded, what would it be?

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  2. "If you could take only one thing to an island where you'd be stranded, what would it be?" A copy of this book!

    I don't need to be entered in the drawing--I already own and have read the book, and I'm a big fan! What a great debut novel.

    Steph, it was fun to hear about the early days of the novel and co-authoring with Don. Looking forward to your sequel!

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  3. Ha ha ha! Now that's an answer an author would love, Danielle!

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  4. Wow, sounds like an intriguing story. And your cover is beautiful! :) If I could take one thing to an island where I'd be stranded, it would be my husband. Lol

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  5. Definitely a good time to have a husband around, LOL! Thanks for liking the cover, Anna, and I hope you will enjoy the inside too!

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  6. interesting premise

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. For sure, it's been a great one to work on with a Marine Corps reservist (my hubby) for a co-author!

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  8. ONLY one thing? My hubs, Jerry. I'd be STRANDED without him. lol

    This book is fantabulous. . .how do I know?. . .I'VE READ IT! So _xited for you, Steph and Don. . you've done an amazing job and Steph, you're right. Don is a GREAT story-teller. HUGS,

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  9. I'd want to take my Kindle WITH a solar powered charger WITH a copy of Stranded downloaded on it so I could see how to survive being STRANDED :)
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    1. Deanna, thanks for commenting. I see below you follow my blog--I appreciate that!!

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  10. :) I follow by email...
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  11. Ha ha ha! I didn't think about taking a Kindle! Good call, Deanna!

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  12. Danielle, Ana, bn100, and Joy--thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  13. Hi Stephanie and Jo -

    I'm reading this on my Kindle now and can't wait to see what happens next. I've shared your interview on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

    It's exciting to discover new authors. Great job!

    God bless,
    Susan J. Reinhardt

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    1. Susan, thanks for leaving your comment. Glad you're enjoying STRANDED. Thanks for sharing the interview!

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    2. Bless your heart, Susan ~ thank you for sharing the review!

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  14. Thanks, Susan. Love it that you can't wait to see what happens next … and next … and next, LOL!

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  15. I would love to read this, it sounds really good! I am a follower.

    Thanks,

    Becky I.
    ischu9 at aol dot com

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    1. Becky, glad you came by and left your comment. So appreciate you following my blog!

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    2. Hi, Becky ~ I love it that you'd want to read Stranded!

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    3. Hi, Becky ~ so glad you want to read Stranded!

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  16. Hi, Becky! Thanks for the visit!

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  17. Hi, Becky! Good to see you're here (and not stranded)!

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  18. Hi Jo and Steph,

    Hello Steph from a fellow Iowan!
    This sounds like a very intriguing book and one I would enjoy! I think honestly I would want my Bible with me if I were stranded on an island!

    Thank you for the book giveaway opportunity. May God bless you Steph and your husband Don with more books in your future!

    Blessings,
    Lori
    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Lori, you're welcome. Glad you left your comment.

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    2. Hi, Lori ~ the setting of Stranded is certainly one in which you'd face such a huge spectrum of emotions and needs that you'd definitely be wanting a hug from God! In fact, the island is sort of the stomping grounds of the Holy Spirit, who is poking and prompting the castaways to deal with the obstacles they've put between themselves and God.

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    3. Hi, Lori ~ with the spectrum of emotions and challenges the castaways face on the island, they definitely need a hug from God! In fact, the island is sort of the stomping grounds of the Holy Spirit, who pokes and prods everyone to deal with the obstacles they've put between themselves and God. Having the Bible there is definitely what they need!

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