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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sunrise, novel


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SUNRISE by Scott Abel

Scott Abel works in state government and is the author of several short stories and the young adult paranormal romance novel, Sunrise. In addition to his writing endeavors, Scott is also a public speaker. He often speaks to organizations, non-profits, and churches on leadership, communication, and teamwork.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University, but is a rabid, life-long fan of the TCU Horned Frogs. He lives in the suburbs of Austin with his wife and two precocious daughters - who enthusiastically assist him in his search for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Welcome, Scott. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Sir Anthony Hopkins. I’ve always fancied myself an amateur actor, and if I had to do it all over again I’d pursue acting as a profession. Hopkins, in my opinion, is the finest actor of the past thirty years. My favorite performances of his are Meet Joe Black and Legends of the Fall.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Compassionate. Driven. Coffee-addicted. 

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Watching college football – except when TCU plays, then I’m a nervous wreck.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
My kitchen table with a steaming cup (or two) of coffee.

What can your readers expect from you next?
A sequel, False Light, is in the works, and should be released in 2016. I’m also working on a contemporary adult romance entitled, The Promise Keeper.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word of mouth suggestions to friends are helpful, especially on social media. As always reviews are greatly appreciated.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Sunrise.
Eighteen-year old Parker, big brother and high school

quarterback, dreams of glory on the football field. But on the night of the shooting, his entire world shatters. In a chilling span of sixty seconds, a mass tragedy wreaks havoc upon his life, family, and community.

Although hailed a hero, Parker is horror struck to discover an incident from his past was the motive for the killings and that he was the intended target. And when someone threatens to get the one that got away, Parker finds himself hunted. But help comes from an unexpected source … an angel named Marie.

A spunky, impulsive guardian, Marie is dedicated to saving Parker at all costs. When confronted by a sinister nemesis who covets Parker’s soul, a desperate struggle is waged over Parker’s fate. With time running out, Marie must face her growing, but secret affections for Parker that she can no longer ignore. Affections that will force her to make the ultimate decision - sacrifice herself and all that she believes or lose Parker to the darkness forever.

Where can readers find you online?


Where can readers purchase Sunrise?
My original publisher closed its doors shortly after Sunrise was released this Spring. Another publisher, Black Opal Books, quickly signed me to a contract and will re-release Sunrise in the next few months. When my book releases in the fall, I'll send the winner from this blog drawing an eBook copy of Sunrise.

Any parting comment?
What I’ve learned over my journey to becoming a published author is this: work hard, have patience, and never, ever give up on your dream. And keep a large supply of coffee at hand.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you look for most when you want a book to hook you?

Thank you, Scott, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will receive an eBook copy of  Sunrise in the fall when it releases, which you've graciously offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. I know that I would really enjoy this book. Beautiful cover! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Sonja, I like the cover too. Thanks for leaving your comment.

    2. Thanks, Sonja. That's one of the things I liked about my original publisher: they did awesome covers.

  2. Sounds like another great book to read. I too like the cover. And I follow your blog.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. I'll be sure to let you know when it gets re-released, as well as the anticipated release date for the sequel.

    2. Nancy, thanks so much for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

  3. Great cover and the book sounds very intriguing. So glad another publisher picked it up.

  4. The cover art pulls me in first. But, I really want characters I can care about.

    1. Melissa B., thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING. IN CASE YOU WIN I'D NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

    2. Thanks, Melissa. What is it that makes you care about the characters? Likeability? Things in common? Belief systems? Their struggle?