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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Joanie Bruce, Suspense/Romance Novel


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by Joanie Bruce

Joanie Bruce
As an avid reader, Joanie Bruce welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful way to honor the Lord. She has three published Christian suspense novels, two suspense novelettes, and has illustrated a children’s picture book, which released in April 2018.

Joanie and her husband, Ben, live on their Black Angus cattle farm near Madison,
Georgia. She has three married children and one grandchild. Writing and painting from her home in the country is an opportunity she loves. Other activities she enjoys are making jewelry with polymer clay and taking long walks on the farm.

Welcome, Joanie. How do people react when they find out you write? 
They are quite surprised. Writing was always something I kept secret … even from my family. I’ll never forget the look on the faces of my husband and children when I told them I had been offered my first publishing contract. We were sitting in the den one evening when I received an email from a publishing company who wanted to publish my first book. My family was stunned. I had to laugh because I wasn’t sure if they were more surprised that I had written a manuscript worthy of a publishing contract, or that I had been writing in the first place.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? 
No, I’ve never had writer’s block, and I’m not sure if I believe in it. I can always think of something to write when I sit down at my computer. I admit that there were times when I can’t think of the perfect solution to a plot problem or a character’s reaction to a certain situation, but if I leave my writing and do something around the house, the answer always pops into my head. My best inspiration time is at night, usually in between lying down and falling asleep. Of course, I have to get up and jot the idea down, or I’ll never remember it in the morning. 😊 

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I write because I love showing my readers how rewarding and fulfilling life is when you have God watching over you. Hopefully, my readers will never have to face the suspenseful situations my characters live through, but even the smallest frustration in our lives can be easier if we trust the Lord to lead and guide us. He is with us, no matter what difficulties we go through.

I write suspense because I love reading that type of story myself … that heart-pounding action and anticipation. Because many others also enjoy reading a good suspense, they put up with a little bit of faith thrown into the story.  That little bit of faith can encourage them even if they’re not close to the Lord.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains

Y’all or You Guys? I’ve used both, but Y’all usually pops out of my mouth first. 

Biscuits or Dinner Roll?  I cook biscuits for my family, but I love to eat both.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Even though I love something about all the seasons, I would have to say fall would probably be my favorite. 

Laptop or Desktop? Definitely Laptop! I have several choice places where I love to sit when I write. One of my favorite places for writing is outside, in a shade, with a bright blue sky and puffy white clouds floating above my head.

Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Alana Candler, Marked for Murder
Alana Candler is on someone’s hit list. But why?

A stalker is breathing down her neck at every turn, hiding in the shadows, waiting for her to make a mistake— to freeze long enough for him to make his hit. 

When the stalker kidnaps her from a hotel and leaves her to die, Jaydn Holbrook, CEO and owner of the largest company in Tennessee, saves her life and promises to protect her. Jaydn’s high school friendship with Brad, Alana’s brother and the City’s Police Chief, gives him the incentive to protect Alana and shelter her from the growing danger. Alana’s trust in God’s protection intrigues him and compels him to explore her faith further, but when she mentions her aversion to rich, executive-type bosses, Jaydn keeps his position at his company secret—trying not to destroy their fragile bond. 

As tensions build, Jaydn and Alana are caught up in a dangerous web of hiding from the pursuer trying to kill them and fighting the attraction they feel for each other. While Brad scrambles to find her stalker and Jaydn struggles to keep her safe, Alana searches her memory to find the motive someone might have for murder.

Where can readers find you online?
Blog Page 
Amazon Author

Where can readers purchase Alana Candler, Marked for Murder?
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thank you for allowing me to visit with you and your readers today, Jo. I enjoy telling others about my books because I hope it inspires them and encourages their trust in the Lord to take care of us, even in suspenseful situations. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren't required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Have you ever been in a situation where God was the only one you could trust to help you?

Joanie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Joanie is offering a paperback copy of Alana Candler, Marked for Murder to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 12, 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 Callum’s Compass by Sara Foust is Vivian. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


  1. This was a nice post and I enjoyed reading it. I would love to read your book! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you so much, Sonja. I hope you will be able to read it sometime. Maybe you will win the free book offered here. :-) Happy Reading!

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

  2. I know that we are called to trust and obey but I can’t think of a particular instance that only God could help. I think he helps all day long every day but we don’t know it. I’m a follower.

    1. Thank you, Perrianne. I agree that God helps us all day long every day, and I am extremely thankful for that thought. Thank you for commenting, and happy reading. :-)

    2. Perrianne, thanks for following my blog and for commenting!

  3. Thanks for the interview. I thought it was really kind of amusing? that Joanie's family didn't even know she had written a book! Her book sounds like my kind of read. Here's hoping!
    I follow your blog, Jo. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

    1. Anne, you're welcome. Thanks for following my blog and commenting!

    2. Hey Anne....thank you for commenting and for your support. Good luck on winning the book. :-)

  4. Sounds like a interesting read! I can't think of a time that only God could help me without the aid of people. I am a follower Shelia sheliarhha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Shelia, thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

    2. Thank you for commenting, Sheila. I appreciate your kindness. :-)

  5. This book sounds like it will be hard to put down! Thanks for sharing a copy. God being our only help came at one point when we had to move and had no place to move to. Trying to not think we might be homeless, I drove down the street praying. There was a place available not far away and we could move in that day! Imagine our relief when the Lord came through - not before we needed but when we had nowhere else to turn! I follow your blog and appreciate the opportunity to win this book.

    1. Betti, thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

    2. Thank you, Betti, for sharing your personal experience. God always seems to take care of us at just the right time. :-)

  6. Would enjoy reading this book full of suspense and Alayna's trust in God. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at)q(dot)com

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

    2. Thank you, Vivian, for commenting. Happy Reading! :-)

  7. Sounds good.

    1. Kim, thanks for coming by to leave your comment.

    2. Thank you, Kim. I hope you get a chance to read it sometime. :-0

  8. I love mystery and suspense. I remember a time when I got myself in a fix, jobwise, but God found me another job, which I held until I retired. It was within walking distance. And although it was a trial at times, He helped me through.

    1. Paula, thanks for reading and for leaving your comment.

    2. Thank you, Paula, for commenting. Happy Reading! :-)

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  10. Enjoyed your interview with Alana Candler.
    The book sounds intriguing. Would love to
    Read & review.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carol Smith

    1. Carol, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Thank you, Carol, for commenting. I hope you get a chance to read my book one day. :-)