Thursday, January 18, 2018

H. L. Wegley, Thriller with Romance Novel


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VOICE OF FREEDOM
by H. L. Wegley


H. L. Wegley
H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he served as a Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Physics Department of a national lab. Then, he worked 20+ years in computer systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking beaches in the Olympic National Park, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and high-action, romantic-suspense novels. Besides his scientific work, he is a multi-published author with 7 novels and 2 nonfiction books published and several more novels on the way.


Welcome, Harry. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
My heroine, Julia Weiss, experiences the message of 2 Chronicles 16:9. I hope readers will see that they should never underestimate what God can do through a heart fully committed to Him, especially if that heart is theirs. God strengthens fully committed hearts.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Usually they are surprised, then curious. The revelation usually spawns a few questions about what I write and writing in general.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The plotline for Voice of Freedom was determined by the story told in the 3-book series. However, my personal study of Christians and self-defense provided inspiration for the two main characters, Julia Weiss, a small woman and a pacifist, and Steve Bancroft a big, powerful man who served as the weapons specialist for a team of Army Rangers. Opposites do attract, but they also have differences to work through. And Julia has a big question to answer. Is it ever right to kill another human being? And trying to answer that question while you point a gun at a killer is not the best time.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach, especially if it’s sunny.
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all may not know it, but my wife and I spent 4 ½ years with you guys down in Texas. For the rest of our lives, we’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest. So, it’s both for us.
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits. But, for some reason, we call them dinner rolls on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer. 
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug. You can’t get enough coffee in a teacup.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Voice of Freedom.
Voice of Freedom is the Silver Medal Winner for Christian Thrillers in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2017. On one level, this is the story of two people God brings together so each can help heal the deep wounds of the other. On a larger scale, it is the story of the rending and the repairing of America, continued from book 1, Voice in the Wilderness.

Voice of Freedom (Against All Enemies 2) back cover blurb:
All eyes are on America as the nation writhes under a tyrant’s grip.


Six Americans who spawned a resistance movement against tyrant, Abe Hannan, are hiding on the Israeli coast. Steve Bancroft, an Army Ranger protecting the other five Americans, is drawn to Julia Weiss, who reminds him of the twin sister who died under his protection. Julia, a petite woman with strengths that belie her stature, has horrific images of war etched on her mind, making Steve the kind of person her pacifist thinking rejects. 

President Abe Hannan, in a stalemate with the insurgents, gambles to crush the heart of the resistance, Brock Daniels, KC Banning, and their four friends, in a winner-takes-all battle determining the future of America. If Steve and Julia survive, can they overcome the demons from their past and find hope for their future?

Voice of Freedom is an action-packed political thriller set in the immediate future, a story spanning the globe from Israel to Canada and from Washington DC to Oregon, a story for the time in which we live, a story of faith, hope, courage, and love.

Where can readers find you online?
Website   
Facebook author’s page
Many of my readers friend me and contact me using my Facebook profile page
Twitter 
Amazon
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Voice of Freedom?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
The third book in this series, Chasing Freedom, is a prequel, meant to be read last. It tells the story of the third couple in the series, the couple cast in a supporting role in books 1 and 2.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you think about a Christian—like my hero, Steve Bancroft—serving as a weapons specialist for a team of Army Rangers—a person trained to use nearly every military weapon on the planet?

Harry, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Harry is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address) or eBook copy of Voice of Freedom to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 23, 2018 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Voice in the Wilderness by H. L. Wegley is xxx. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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35 comments:

  1. I think we were meant to defend ourselves and if that means becoming a weapons specialist, then so be it. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
    perrianneDOTaskewATmeDOTcom

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    1. I agree. Living our lives in a fallen world forces us to confront evil in many forms. Sometimes evil must be confronted with force, as God illustrated to us many times in Scripture.

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  2. I think that yes, we need to be realistic enough to know that we do need self defense and that we have to protect our country and families. But you can still make decisions between what is right and what is wrong ethically. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Right! Nehemiah had the people holding weapons while building the wall, because they needed to defend themselves if attacked. My heroine, Julia Weiss, holds pasifistic beliefs that will be tested when a tyranny-minded president wants to kill her and her friends. No spoilers here -- you'll have to read the book to see how that turns out.

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    2. That's "pacifistic" beliefs. Can't believe I typed that. On the other hand, I haven't had my morning coffee, so I'm liable to tipe moast anitheng.

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  3. I agree with the previous statements. We don't live in a perfect world and evil does exist so I am glad that there are people trained to defend us and proud that they are Christians!
    Thank you for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie, I don't envy those men and women trained to protect us, but I'm sure thankful for them.

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  4. Looking forward to reading this book!
    Elly -Indiana-
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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  5. I think a weapons specialist is an awesome job and being a Christian probably puts a lot of things into perspective for the hero.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Yes, it does put things in perspective for the hero. The heroine, on the other hand ... well, being a heroine isn't easy. If it was, the story wouldn't be much fun to read. :)

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  6. I keep trying to get this posted and something keeps going wrong. Hopefully I have the right combination this time. I would love to win and read this book. I totally support Christians serving in the military, whether their job is in transportation or weapons. We need men and women of integrity and character serving in every area of the military. I have great respect for Christians serving faithfully in the military. grandaddya[at]Comcast[dot]net

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    1. Hi, Ed! It's good to see you over here. And, yes, you got it posted. I got to serve in the military for a while. I didn't use weapons but I gave weather briefings so pilots and air crews could use theirs more effectively.

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    2. Ed, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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    3. Harry, my daughter-in-law has an uncle who made a career of the military and was so well trained with weapons that he spent his last several years training others in weaponry (I don't recall his exact specialty). He is a fine Christian man. I would love it if we had more like him serving our country. Edward

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  7. I don't have a problem with Christians being in the military or working with weapons in the military or police force. So thankful for those that protect us here and abroad! We're in a sinful world. The Bible uses an example in Eph. 6 for Christians to be soldiers for the Lord (even gives the armour) and I don't think that means just spiritually. If we don't have our freedom, can you imagine what it would be like to defend our faith?
    And as you probably guess...I love this series! It's the best Christian political thriller series around!
    Oh, and I follow this blog. :)
    famhriv(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Becky! It's been a long, hard 14, going on 15, years for those that rotate in and out of the Middle East to protect us. Many are fathers and mothers who had no idea they'd be doing that when they joined the National Guard, or remained in the Reserves. But we're thankful for what they do and the sacrifices they've made for us.

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    2. Thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

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  8. I can't say anything very different from all these answers, but I am very thankful for the people who defend us & their personal sacrifices! I wish it wasn't necessary, and one day we WILL lay down our weapons and "turn them into plowshares..." I've read one of your books, and my hubby has been reading another of your books. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and bought a couple more. Hoping to get to them soon because I really enjoyed your writing! Becky lelandandbecky(at)reagan(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Becky. It's encouraging to hear that readers enjoy what I write ... even more encouraging to be reminded of that day when we will no longer need weapos. Real peace. A good King. Real justice in the land rather than some human-borne ideology's opinion of justice.

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    2. Becky, thanks for following my blog and coming by to comment!

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  9. I think Christians walk many different walks in this life whether working in an everyday job or defending our country. Thank goodness, God takes every step with us.
    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  10. Melanie,
    Yes, thank goodness He goes with us and directs our steps, even if our plans aren't His plans. If we have a heart for Him, we don't have to worry about wandering away from His will. He will keep us in it as we respond to His promptings.

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  11. Voice of Freedom sound very intriguing. My son, my brother, my dad, my uncle were all in the military. I have the utmost respect for all of them and our veterans and current military. They are risking their lives to protect us at all costs. It is such a blessing to live in America. May God bless our nation!

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    1. Thanks for your interest in my writing, Sally. Yes, our country is blessed in many ways. My dad and his brothers had the honor of serving the USA in WW2 and I'm a Vietnam era vet, though I never made it to SE Asia. I'm thankful for those who've served, and are serving, in the recent conflicts. Many signed up for the National Guard, or remained in the Reserves, not realizing how many times they would be deployed. We need to pray for them and their families, that God would watch over them and strengthen those families.

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    2. Sally, thanks for leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN ORDER TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING.

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  12. I grew up in a Christian, military family, so weapons and war aren't a problem for me. I really enjoyed Voice in the Wilderness and I'm I'm looking forward to reading Voice of Freedom.
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Kay, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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    2. KayM, I grew up with guns -- BB gun when I was 7, my first .22 rifle when I was 10 -- but in the military I only used them on the firing range. My dad, like most dads at the time, had his hunting rifles standing in a corner in his bedroom. We were taught how to use them safely but would never touch them without permission. No accidental shootings by kids -- such a different time.

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