Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lynne Tagawa, Romantic Suspense Novel


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A TWISTED STRAND
by Lynne Tagawa


Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is a semi-retired science teacher by trade, the wife of a wonderful husband, mother of four sons, and grandma to three. We all live in South Texas. 




Welcome, Lynne. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been? 
Virginia. Our dream vacation is Scotland, but I’m currently writing a series set in colonial Virginia, and I want to know the tiny details—the texture of the soil, the smell of the Blue Ridge trails—that can’t be gleaned from the internet.

What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself? 
Rules. There are rules for fiction that truly startled me: some of the things that pepper my writing are said to be “old-fashioned” by some or quasi-illegal by others. I’ve conformed to some of it, but you will have to pry my semi-colons out of my cold, dead hands. And then there’s “preachiness.” Apparently, I write way too “preachy” for most publishers. That shocked me. I thought, “Aren’t we Christians? Can’t we quote Scripture in a book?” But apparently, the larger publishing houses dislike more than a few verses.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
As a newbie fiction writer myself, I would say to be humble enough to receive criticism and seek it out, but at the same time remember that you have a story to tell and a style all your own. Preserve that. Rewriting is hard work, but persevere, and don’t hold back in cutting excess flab or weak verbs. Finally, write the story you’d like to read—not the latest best-selling genre. Don’t write for the market. Don’t write Amish if your passion is medieval or vice versa. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains—I’ve been to the beach!

Y’all or You Guys? y’all and all y’all (everyone!)

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Is chocolate-filled croissant not a choice?

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? spring

Laptop or Desktop? Anything with an apple logo

Mug or teacup? Mug, with coffee

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Twisted Strand.
After dragging her heart through a divorce, Rachel Davis is ready to settle down on their South Texas country home, raise her kids, and find some peace. Can she find the secret to making her heart whole again?

William Davis, MD, would do anything to take back his horrible mistake, but infidelity is more than his wife can forgive. He goes home to an empty house in Austin every night, trying his best to be a good dad to his kids from afar.

When Rachel discovers their Jersey heifer dead from a hemorrhagic fever, she quickly realizes that the danger may spread to humans. Working for an epidemiologist, she joins the investigation. Is it natural? Or terrorism?

The family vet sickens, and Will enters the fray. Could this become an epidemic?  

Estranged from God and from each other, both Rachel and Will encounter the truth of the gospel and struggle to make sense of it all. Is there hope? And is there hope for their relationship?

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase A Twisted Strand

Lynne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lynne is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of A Twisted Strand to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 26, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winners of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Dancing in the Rain by Jennifer Slattery are Connie and Mindy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


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.


35 comments:

  1. Virginia is the place to be! It's beautiful here. Love your advice for aspiring writers. I am a semi-colon fan as well. And I don't understand the too much preachiness either. If it's a christian book, shouldn't it have scriptures in it? Your book sounds great! Great post! Are you working on another book at this time?
    I am a follower of this blog as well. sallyshupe1ATgmailDOTcom

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    2. Hi Sally, I am working on a book set partly in the Shenandoah Valley. It's historical fiction, called The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening. In many ways totally different, but the romance is still very clean. Coming out this summer!

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    3. I'll be watching for it! Thanks!

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  2. Always love the lightning round questions and answers! The book sounds like a great read and I'd love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity. anne at rightler dot com

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  3. Hi Lynne, I enjoyed "meeting" you this morning. You mentioned that authors need to be open to criticism but still remain true themselves. Constructive criticism is good for all of us but there are times when criticism tears down instead of building up to promote improvement. I wish you continued success.
    Thank you Jo!
    Connie
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  4. This was a nice post and I would love to read this. And if it's about Texas, I will be anxious to read it! I follow. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  5. Sounds like a book not to miss! Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. sounds like a great book! I'm a follower! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Another great book for my TBR list. As a new resident of Texas I am enjoying reading books with that setting. I am a follower.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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  8. Sounds like a fascinating book! Thanks for the giveaway.
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  9. This sounds like two broken hearts who meet through a tragedy. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

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  10. Our church library readers are going to love this book and I will too.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Jo, thank you for giving us a glimpse into Lynne’s life.
    Lynne, it would be great to meet you sometime. From your answers I think we would have a lot in common. I also live in Texas and spent many years in south Texas. I now live in central Texas. Not as hot and humid, but enough to stay in a lot. lol
    I am impressed with your conviction to put as much of the Christian faith in your books as possible. I didn’t know the publishers were so rigid about how much a CHRISTIAN writer puts in THEIR own books. We are so persecuted in our own FREE country now. It saddens me to see the destruction of it.
    Anyway, I can’t wait to read your book. I know infidelity is a very hard thing to forgive. It hurts everyone involved. As they say, when the egg is cracked, it’s almost impossible to put it back together. I hope your book “A Twisted Strand” will find it’s way to those who need to hear about forgiveness the most. I know I need it.
    Thank you and Jo!
    Blessings

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to say that I follow you Jo! 😉

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    2. Oh, my email address
      kdanheimAThotmailDOTcom
      I follow you.

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  12. Hi! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy, especially since you are a new author to me:) It appears I would love your books! God bless! My email: krautter12ATbresnanDOTcom

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  13. Correction on my email: krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

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  14. Great interview! Thank you!
    I’m a follower.
    kykla99ATgmailDOTcom

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  15. Thank you for the interview with a fellow Texas girl (can somebody please turn down the heat?). I enjoyed the tidbits about Publishing and the lightening round. The subject matter seems tough, but I’m afraid is common in todays society. I would love to read it. I am a follower.
    perrianne(DOT)askew(AT)me(DOT)com
    Perrianne

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  16. I liked the interview and have similar passions. The book sounds really good. sallydav45ATgmailDOTcom

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