Grace Awards Launch – Laura Marshall

Grace Awards Launch – Laura Marshall

Grace Awards Book Launch!

 

A Heart's Home Cover

 

Laura J. Marshall’s A Heart’s Home has a five-star rating on Amazon with readers calling for a sequel in their reviews.  Check out the novella at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve used some excerpts from some of the reviews below.

“I was a bit disappointed when it came to an end. I wanted to know more about Asyra. It would be wonderful to see a sequel on the next chapter of Asyra’s life and even a glimpse into her past.”
“What can one say after reading this beautiful story. I hope that the writer continues with more. This ended way too soon. I want more.”
“I too want the novel to continue!”
“I felt like I was there.”
 “I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can say that I have found another author I will be following for future books.”

Back Cover Blurb : 

Christian Historical Romance Novella set in 1746, India

Born in England and raised in India by her father after her mother’s untimely death, Asyra has been ostracized from her small village most of her life. News of her impending marriage arranged by her grandmother back in England only serves to confuse her further about who she is and where she fits in. When Madras is attacked by the French before Asyra’s ship sails, she must pretend to be the wife of her grandmother’s agent, who happens to be the elder brother of her intended. Can she move beyond prejudice to find her place in the world?

 

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR: www.LauraJMarshall.com

AUTHOR BIO:  Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of The Battle Cry Devotional series and inspirational fiction (historical romantic suspense and contemporary romance). She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall which hosts and promotes Christian and clean books and encourages interaction between authors and readers. See more at www.LauraJMarshall.com

 

 

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Grace Awards Launch – BJ Robinson

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Grace Awards Launch – B. J. Robinson

Southern Superstitions

Books Southern Superstitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Awards Launch – BJ Robinson

Hi, I’m thrilled to be a part of the Grace Awards Showcase. Southern Superstitions is one of my favorite books out of the ones I’ve written because it was developed from a first-prize-winning short story I wrote in creative-writing class at Southeastern Louisiana University many years ago. The short story was published in Gambit, the university’s literary magazine.

Blurb:

Magnolia June Russell is a small-town Louisiana strawberry farmer determined to have a career besides the berry farm, despite her mother’s advice that she doesn’t need more education to run a farm.

Andy Allen is a strawberry inspector at the local bureau. He has to convince June’s mother that he can be the son she’s never had, since she’s decided a local strawberry inspector isn’t good enough for her daughter. Andy is going to have to change her mother’s mind in more ways than one if their relationship is to survive. Can he persuade June that there is more to their relationship than friends?

Together, they both face the issue of superstitions, an April flood, and conflict after conflict. Will they ever convince Miss. Myrtle to let go of superstitions, or will she stubbornly cling to them just like she vows she’ll never fly on those big-winged mechanical birds because man ain’t got no business messing with God’s plans?

Can love survive the obstacle course placed in their path–an accident, escaped convicts, Andy missing in a Louisiana swamp? Can two determined young people overcome each obstacle with belief, faith, hard work and the power of prayer?

Andy falls in love, but June’s mother thinks her daughter can do better than a strawberry inspector. Can Andy convince Mrs. Myrtle he’ll be the son she has never had and win her approval? He’s going to have to change her mother’s mind in more ways than one if their relationship is to survive. Can he persuade June that there is more to their relationship than friends? He doesn’t want to be the big brother she never had. It’s going to take more than Myrtle’s superstitions to see them through an April flood, an accident, and escaped convicts when Andy goes missing in a Louisiana swamp while on a deer-hunting trip during Christmas season. Can love survive the obstacle course placed in their path? Will June be able to give Andy a child? Can two determined young people overcome each obstacle with belief, faith, hard work and the power of prayer? Will they ever convince Mrs. Myrtle to let go of superstitions, or will she stubbornly cling to them just like she vows she’ll never fly on those big-winged mechanical birds because man ain’t got no business messing with God’s plans? June never gives up on Andy and clings to hope that he’ll return to her. It was faith in God that would bring her husband home. Even a lucky penny or dime declared, “In God we trust.”

June couldn’t keep bittersweet memories at bay. She remembered a New Orleans trip when Andy had convinced her to stroll the Riverwalk. When she’d asked where he planned to take her in that big, wicked city, he’d laced his hand through hers and relied, “How about the zoo?” Her heart ached when she remembered how flippant she’d been when she’d answered, “As if I’d monkey around with you.” She wanted nothing more than to have Andy in her arms again. Her hand darted to the spot he’d kissed her, and she pressed her fingertips against it. She’d turned her face, and his lips found hers. Then, he’d pulled her to her feet, took her hand, and said, “Come on. Let’s enjoy the water some more before the sun slips away.” Holding her by the hand, the two walked into the river together. After all they’d been through, convincing her mother to accept Andy, an April flood, struggling to have a child together, and working side-by-side, the love of her life, her soul mate was missing and nothing would ever be the same. How could she go on listening to her mother’s superstitions? Was there no changing the woman’s mind about them any more than changing it about flying on an airplane? She could hear her mother rave about those big-winged mechanical birds and how man had no business messing with God’s plans, but deep in her heart she knew it was faith in God that would bring her husband home. Even a lucky penny or dime declared, “In God we trust.”

http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Superstitions-ebook/dp/B006X8GAWA/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327008085&sr=1-2

Endorsements

Shawn K. Williams says, “Southern Superstitions is an inspirational story that’s full of personality as well as intricacy in the way it explores the complexities of family life and the conflict between faith and luck. Barbara does a great job of pulling together the deeply rooted superstitions of the South and entwining them into a suspenseful tale of faith, romance, and endurance. I especially enjoyed the setting and the culture of the deep South.”

Kathy Boswell says, “Very good. She never gives up hope that Andy will return to her someday. She puts it all in God’s hands like she’s done every crisis in her life. She knows He will take care of this for her.”

Pam Cable says, “When I read Barbara Robinson’s Last Resort, I thought it can’t get any better than this. But, as a southern writer myself, I found myself caught up in this book of superstitions and the power of God. With a strong hand, the writer delivered the goods here. As good as a read from Eudora Welty. I was wrapped in the “pages” from beginning to end. Captivating. Loved the character of Andy … Enjoyed the ride, BJ Robinson.”

  • http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/southernsuperstitionrobinson.htm
    A review of Southern Superstitions from The Romance Studio. A four-star review, and the reviewer says I have created a most unusual book with the most intriguing suspense. Says she’d like to read more by me. I’m so honored to receive a four-star review from The Romance Studio, should say four hearts… 🙂 Check it out!
    Southern Superstitions
    www.theromancestudio.com
    June’s husband, Andy, has mysteriously disappeared in the swamp while hunting for deer. Though June has faith in God and believes in the power of prayer and hard work, she cannot help but worry because of the often repeated superstitious warnings of her mother. Then too, the day he left on the trip,…
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Read an Excerpt and see the Book Trailer:

http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/southern-superstitions-epub/

Interview: Interview with southern romantic suspense writer B.J. Robinson. She talks about herself and her latest work – Weeping Willows and Southern Superstitions available on Amazon – http://everything-dave.com/?cat=8

A Favorite Line: It was faith in God that would bring her husband home. Even a

lucky penny or a dime declared, In God we trust.

http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com where I review books and post updates about my own.

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Find my available titles on my Amazon Author Page.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/BJRobinson6

View the book trailer for Southern Superstitions here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNoo962DbF0&feature=share

 

Bio:

B. J. Robinson, an award-winning, multi-published author, writes inspirational southern-fried romantic suspense from Florida, where she lives with her husband, a cat named Frankie, a cocker spaniel named Sunflower, and a golden retriever named Honi. She developed her love for mystery through Nancy Drew books, her love for reading from her mother, who read fairytales to her before she began school, and her fifth grade teacher, who read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series to the class. She promises to take her readers on a continuous journey to another world. Reading and writing are her passions, and Jesus is her best friend.

 

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Grace Awards Launch – Kenneth Winters

The Lost Crown of Colonnade

Ken Winters

Grace Awards Launch – Kenneth Winters

THE LOST CROWN OF COLONNADE – Interview by Tammy Doherty

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to interview my friend and fellow author, Ken Winters.

When I was a teen, Ken Winters and his wife Connie played a big part in the foundation of my faith. Back then, Ken was the Youth Minister at my church; he led a musical group (made up of many of my friends) called True Direction. I did Ken the favor of not singing. Later, Ken joined the Navy Chaplain service and we fell out of touch for a number of years. When he retired and came back to my church as Associate Pastor it was a great joy to learn that Ken had become an aspiring novelist.

In the last few years, Ken and I have both grown in our writing abilities, each helping the other. Now, Ken’s dream has reached fruition with the publication of his young adult novel THE LOST CROWN OF COLONNADE. I LOVE this book! It’s got action, adventure, a touch of romance, humor, and (most important?!) talking bears. Here’s a blurb about the book:

A Strange New World…Faithful Friends…Impossible Quest!

Davey Johnsen is a physically challenged fourteen-year-old from a wealthy community in Connecticut. In a moment he exchanges the comfort of his beautiful home for the rugged terrain of an unknown land.

There he meets six faithful companions who join him in the perilous journey to reclaim “The Lost Crown of Colonnade.” One of them is the most beautiful young lady he has ever met, the teenage Princess Alisande.

Is it all a dream, or are his new friends and the enemies he faces very real? Will this band of seven accomplish their quest, or will they fall victim to the overwhelming forces of the Evil King of Necrus and his Master, Dagron?

And now for the interview!

Tammy: Seems like youth ministry is near and dear to your heart. Can you touch on that?

Ken: Yes, Tammy.  As you know, from 1976-83 I served as Youth Pastor in North Brookfield. Then God led me into the Navy and for twenty years I primarily ministered to and counseled young adults and young families. So, the societal changes that affect them have been obvious and important to me.

Tammy: Is that what led you to write a young adult novel?

Ken: It was a part of it.  Of course, this book “developed” over many years. I don’t think it would have ever been completed if it weren’t for the encouragement of the Writers’ Group at our Church, and friends like you and Kay Combs. My hope was that this book might get some teens or young adults to re-think their values and beliefs. I have to mention that, while I did write this book with that audience in mind, the book has been read and enjoyed by people from 11 to 92! The 92-year-old, a dear friend named Mike, read it in a couple of days about 2 months before the Lord called him home.

Tammy: In THE LOST CROWN OF COLONNADE, Davey comes from a dysfunctional home where he has all the worldly goods a boy could want but is missing the most important thing – love. Do you see this as a common problem with today’s kids?

Ken: The American family today is in big trouble. At least Davey’s parents are still together. Unlike him, many of the teens and young adults I have met come from broken homes. Sometimes there have been multiple relationships that parents have had with multiple other spouses and/or “significant others” over the years. That doesn’t create a very stable place to grow in and learn about what a family should be.

I do find that, even among less affluent families, “THINGS” have become way too important. The biggest HDTV, the newest cell phone or I-Pad bring a temporary thrill, but no deep meaning. When obtaining and playing with things supplants building loving relationships with others, or the God who created us, the results are emptiness or hurt or both.

Tammy: Some of the characters and scenery in your novel are reminiscent of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. I like the conversational voice of the writing, almost as if I’m sitting by the fire in Bundiggle’s trading post, listening to you tell the story. Your humorous author interjections are much like Tolkien in THE HOBBIT. Were these authors an influence in your writing style and/or the choice of setting?

 Ken: I love C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. Their books are very different, yet pack a message that is deeper than just the story. I know that the “rules of writing” discourage directly addressing your audience in the first person.  However, after I submitted my book to XULON Press, I happened to read Stephen Kings The Eyes of the Dragon. Actually, I’ve never read any of his horror stories.  They are not my thing. But I had heard that this book was a very different book for King. I was surprised to find that he adopted that writing style. So at least I’m not alone.

Tammy: Davey comes from Connecticut, where you were last stationed with the Navy. Colonnade, however, is a fictitious land. Are there any real-world influences on the setting? For example, Davey arrives in a cave and crawls through a tunnel to exit, finding himself on the side of a dead (or sleeping) volcano. Is that a bit of Hawaii?

Ken: No, it’s a bit of Colonnade’s Northern Reaches.  Obviously, there are things I have used from my own personal travels to the Rocky Mountains, Europe, the Dominican Republic and even Caverns here in the Continental US.  But I did not consciously model Colonnade after any one of those places.

Tammy: THE LOST CROWN ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but can you share a little about book 2?

Ken: Hmmm. Book 2 is a work in progress. Many of the key characters return to take their respective places in the next adventure. I won’t tell you which characters. I believe there will be some surprises in store for those who have enjoyed The Lost Crown.  The working title right now is “The Enchanted Bride” Book II of the Journeys to Colonnade.

 

Tammy: Wrapping up on a lighter note, my daughter wants me to ask this question – quoting from the novel: Most of the talking bears I know prefer small quiet farm villages, or just living in the woods like Snuffles.

How many talking bears DO you know?

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Grace Awards Launch – Janalyn Voigt

 

Grace Awards Launch – Janalyn Voight

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Please join me in welcoming to the Grace Awards Launch – Janalyn Voight, author of DawnSinger.

Janalyn voigt DawnSinger

Back Cover Copy: A headstrong young princess and the guardian sworn to protect her fly on winged horses to the Gate of Life above the Well of Light in a desperate bid to release the DawnKing, and the salvation he offers, into a divided land. Will they each learn in time that sometimes victory comes only through surrender?

 Read an excerpt from DawnSinger: http://buff.ly/16JJyXE 

 

The Story That Haunted Its Author

The story that became Tales of Faeraven, Janalyn Voigt’s epic fantasy trilogy, began as a fairytale she made up for her bored young daughter while on a car trip. Long after her daughter had forgotten the people and places of Elderland, they lived on in Janalyn’s imagination.  Any writer might hope for such deep inspiration, but there was a problem:  after a series of disappointments (including a book contract that fell through), Janalyn had given up writing.

Years passed, during which Janalyn attempted a hodgepodge of careers that were far removed from her calling to write. She delivered mail, studied music, and performed in operas, worked in a real estate office, and even spent several years on the top floor of a Seattle skyscraper as an assistant underwriter for an insurance company. Although she was successful in every endeavor, nothing stuck and she always moved on.

Meanwhile, the world of Elderland evolved along with Janalyn. The story simply would not let her go. It took a re-commitment to her Christian faith to make her see that nothing could substitute for what she had been called to do. She needed to return to writing. More specifically, she had to write DawnSinger, book one of the Tales of Faeraven. Her manuscript might never see publication, but that didn’t matter as much as taking this step of faith and releasing the story that had haunted her thoughts for so long.

DawnSinger’s journey to publication was almost as rocky as its inception, but it released with Harbourlight Books (Pelican Book Group) in 2012. WayFarer, book two of the Tales of Faeraven, will release January 3, 2014. Janalyn is currently writing DawnKing, book three in the series.

Janalyn, thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m intrigued by the world of Elderland. Can you tell us what it’s like?

Immersing myself in the world of Elderland is like returning to a childhood dream, the one where you can fly. It is a place that should be, where wild wingabeasts roam the farthest mountain reaches, long-tailed birds of fantasy roost in strongwood trees, and fish in rainbow hues swim the streams. Curtain walls shelter castle keeps, guardians man the barbican, and honor carries the day.

Of course, there’s another side to Elderland. This is also the place where goblin-like monsters hunt fresh kill, giant birds of prey spread their wings against the sky, and spider-waevens inject poison into their victim’s souls.

Elderland’s beauty and its beastliness both come from me, its author.

 

When you wrote DawnSinger, speculative fiction was accepted less than it is now. Did you find that daunting?

I did, especially since I didn’t know if I’d left the story waiting too long and missed my opportunity to bring it to readers. This all took place at the advent of the e-book revolution, and very few writers understood self-publishing as a viable option. This put stress on me to find a publisher at a time when speculative fiction was more of a hard sell than it is now. If I had it all to do today, I might have self-published instead. That can be a good option for a speculative fiction author when done well, but I’d have missed out on the benefits of working with my publisher.

With such a lyrical writing style, did you find it hard to avoid purple prose?

I learned through the editing process that I tend to wordiness. Edits were invaluable for teaching me how to let fewer words do more work. Having editors help you identify and overcome your particular writing flaws is a huge benefit of traditional publishing. It can be a painful process but well worth the costs. I’m always grateful for anyone willing to save me from myself.

I agree, editors are invaluable. As are critique groups. How does the heroine of DawnSinger’s journey echo your own?

Shae has to accept her true identity if she is to embrace her calling. This, in a nutshell, was what I had to do in order to write DawnSinger. I accepted myself as I am and stopped trying to become something I’m not. This gave me the freedom to pursue my calling to write. Only then could I sing my song.

 

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Grace Awards Launch – DeEtte Beckstead

Grace Awards Launch – DeEtte Beckstead

 

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Please welcome DeEtte Beckstead, author of Victory.

Victory is the story of a little girl, and the town where she lives. The town of Victory has a history of patriotism, faith, and friendliness. The little girl, Brown Eyes, orphaned when her missionary parents were killed in a fire, lives with her only known relative who does not want the girl. When The Guest comes to town, the people open their hearts and town to him, without knowing who he is or what his motive is. Shortly after his arrival, The Stranger appears, much to the discomfort of The Guest. Slowly, the town loses its freedoms as one of the men takes over little by little. When they have a face to face showdown on the mountain, the life of the child and the future of the town are at stake. Will freedom be a thing of the past? Who will have the Victory?

Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B00AJ9QEKM

Blog link: http://deetteanderton.wordpress.com

Victory Cover Art DeEtte

 

Writing can be a very tiring and frustrating career – especially if you are still working at a full-time job. After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate? Does it work?

 

I like it quiet, perhaps with low lights. I like to watch old movies from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, or listen to either classical or contemporary Christian music. I also like to crochet. If one of my little grandkidlets is around, snuggling with him or her is a wonderful way to recuperate! It works for me!

What genres do you write?

Both are Christian fiction, paranormal. There are no ghosts, werewolves, or zombies, but there are demons and angels.

Sounds interesting. What made you decide to write in your particular genre?

It just sort of happened that way. Once I started writing, the story wrote itself. I am a Christian with strong faith, and it came from that.

 

What compelled you to write Victory?

When I was writing for NaNo in 2007, I started with a description of the day. The story moved on to the scene with the pigeon. It was just a few days after my real encounter with a pigeon who had crashed into the apartment roof, so that was added. The rest just grew from there.

 

How long did it take you to write it?

Since Victory was my NaNoWriMo project, I wrote it in about 28 days.

Of course, that doesn’t include the years it sat on my computer, or the time spent editing and getting it ready for publication!

 

I know the editing is tedious but necessary. If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything?

I think I would get it published sooner. Victory sat untouched for over four years before I thought about publishing it.

Thanks so much for joining us today. It was very interesting to learn a little more about your writing and your novels.

 

 

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Heidi Glick – Dog Tags

Heidi Glick – Dog Tags

Heidi GlickToday, Heidi Glick, author of Dog Tags joins us and she’s doing a giveaway! Just comment on the post and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of Dog Tags.

I’m very excited to have Heidi on my blog today. She weaves a story that will keep you reading long into the night and won’t disappoint when you reach the end.  I love this book, and I know you will too.

 

Dog Tags Cover ARt

Back Cover Copy:

When disabled ex-Marine Mark Graham reconnects with his best friend’s sister, he finds himself falling in love. But Beth Martindale’s presence is a constant reminder of events he’d rather forget. Mark wants to move forward, but the secrets surrounding her brother’s death as well as his own confinement to a wheelchair threaten to tear them apart. When a psychopath who calls himself The Knight fixates on Beth, Mark is determined to give her the protection he failed to give her brother on the battlefield, yet he discovers that a wheelchair isn’t the only impediment he has to keeping Beth safe. Will terror win or can Mark find the strength of mind and body to rescue Beth and find his own redemption?

 

Excerpts:

Excerpt 1

 

The Knight’s mind clouded over, like fog settling over the local San Diego metro area. One thing was clear as he sat in his white, sparsely furnished living room: his goal. He must continue his quest to help damsels in distress, ones like Juanita. He hoped she’d listen to him, that she’d understand he only tried to protect her, that she’d appreciate his chivalry. But as he’d learned from experience, the women he chose to rescue might not always be cooperative. Being a knight in shining armor did not always prove an easy task.

The finger in the jar atop the entertainment center served as a reminder: death was far kinder than the fate Juanita could have suffered at the hands of that other man. No matter what society thought, the Knight had done the right thing.

 

Excerpt 2

 

He grabbed the notebook and took his time removing a page. The paper tore in one spot. A string of curses spewed from his lips, and he folded the first two sheets of paper. He couldn’t crumple them. The Knight stared at his clenched fists then took a deep breath. His hands trembled as he separated a perforated page from the notebook.

He took a moment to relight the candles surrounding his shrine to Beth. Gaining inspiration, he admired her photo. A chill ran over him. What if Beth refused his help?

He stared in the direction of his gun safe. Be a shame to waste such a beautiful life. Besides, Plot Fifty was taken.

To be fair, the Knight would warn Beth about possible repercussions of refusing his assistance. If she was smarter than Juanita, she’d take the hint. Sweat trickled down his face. He steadied his hand enough to compose the letter. Anticipation flooding over him, he could hardly wait to leave Beth her next surprise

 

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Grace Awards Launch – Nike Chillemi

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Grace Awards Launch – Nike Chillemi

Darkest HourNike Chillemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For today’s Grace Awards Launch, Nike Chillemi, author of the popular Sanctuary Point Series, joins us today to tell us a bit about her latest Sanctuary Point novel, DARKEST HOUR.

If you’ve never read any of Nike’s novels, I encourage you to pick one up. You won’t be able to put it down! She weaves the words of intrigue and suspense into a must-read book, all while developing likable characters.

Q: Nike, as writers, our characters often surprise us. Is there anything that happened in the writing of this novel that surprised you?

A: I thought my heroine Lucinda Byrne had two sweet grandparents who would stay in the background and just…well look sweet. However, Nellie and Daniel Walsh took me by surprise. I hadn’t planned on Mrs. Walsh having crippling arthritis and on that illness becoming a sub-theme in the novel. So, I had to research how severe arthritis was treated in the 1940s. As his wife’s role in the novel grew and blossomed, Mr. Walsh also made himself known as an elderly gentleman of honor and dignity with quite a backbone. Then I began to depict them engaging each other as a married couple. They weren’t content to remain in the background. They insisted on coming to life.

 

Q: I just love it when the characters do the most unexpected things – like refuse to stay in the background. As someone who’s battled with a type of autoimmune arthritis for many years, I loved how well you portrayed Nellie Walsh.

When we first meet Hank Williams it would never occur to us he’d take any personal risks to help a young woman he hardly knew. How did you create this character?

 

A: That’s right. Hank wouldn’t be seen as a man to go out on a limb for anyone. It’s not that he’s cowardly. He’s got a backbone. It’s just that he’s been so hurt in the past he doesn’t extend himself for other people. He’s as surprised as anyone when he decides to help Lucinda Byrne. Perhaps it’s because his professional opinion has been ignored, and the one thing he’s got left is his career. Then he begins to see her as someone who’s being unjustly hurt. He can certainly identify with that.

 

 

Q:  I loved Hank’s character, by the way. How did you develop the plot for DARKEST HOUR and how did you come up with the name?

A:  In my Sanctuary Point series, one novel flows out of another. Main characters in one novel will appear as subordinate characters in the next one.  Hank Jansen, the Nassau County Medical Examiner, first appeared in my Christmas/New Year’s novel in the series, GOODBYE NOEL. Then he popped up at the murder scene in PERILOUS SHADOWS. I got to like him and thought he’d be a terrific hero. He is the most flawed of my heroes, but like all my others, he seeks to right injustice. So, he needed a heroine, but I wanted a gal who would be put off by him at first. So, I created a widow with a young son who is dignified and protective of her family. At first she thinks Hank is a ladies’ man and too cavalier for her taste. Then, of course, he grows on her. It helps that he’s practically the only one who thinks she’s innocent of murder. The name DARKEST HOUR came to mind because things in this story get so scary for the heroine.

Thank you, Nike, for taking the time to visit with us today.

Back cover copy:

A petite widow, medical secretary and sole support of her young son and grandparents, is framed for the murder of her boss. Wealthy village residents conspire with the DA to indicte her and stop further investigation. The medical examiner thinks the shooter was a tall individual. When his report is shoved aside, he starts his own side-investigation trying to clear her and in the process he falls in love with her.

Lucinda Byrne lost her husband and parents at sea. When she discovers the body of her boss, his A-List society finacee, backed up by her powerful family and a corrupt DA, acuses Lucinda of murder.  She struggles on shielding her five-year-old son, her feisty grandfather and arthritic grandmother from the ugliness of her situation. She mistrusts the dapper ME, thinking he’s a ladies’ man, but soon realizes he may be the only one in her corner.

Hank Jansen, the county ME who’s had his share of pain and loss, doesn’t know if this little widow was in on the murder, but he knows by the trajectory of the bullet she’s too short to have pulled the trigger. His professional opinion ignored, he begins his own investigation and at least one cop accuses him of an ethics violation. He certainly can’t deny he’s fallen head over heals for the accused, and also is crazy about her son. A huge problem is there’s a leak inside the investigation and the murderer is always one step ahead of them.

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Barnes and Noble/Nook.  http://bit.ly/17Kh6mg  

EXCERPT:

From Chapter one…

A black coach resembling an ambulance drove into the lot. An older man in overalls pulled a collapsible gurney out of the back and raised its bed to hip level. Its chrome gleamed.

The night orderly and two nurses getting off the night shift stopped to watch.

The brown-haired man pointed to the gurney and his voice carried. “They finally allocated some funds my way. Makes transporting much easier. Oscar and I used to carry them on a stretcher. My back sure is grateful to the board of supervisors.”

The detective laughed. “Don’t you county guys have all the dough you want?”

“Who’re you kidding?”

The gurney’s wheels rumbled across the gravel parking lot. The older man pulled on the straps of his overalls.”Hank, you ready to move the body?”

The stylish man nodded. “Let’s do it.” They lifted the body onto the gurney and the man in overalls covered Dr. McCloud with a white sheet. Blood seeped through and began spreading.

Lucinda gasped, took another step back, stumbled, but managed to keep her footing. She straightened her spine. She still had to go into that building and work a full day. She had a son to support.

The detective nodded toward the body. “By the size of the hole in his chest, I’d guess he was shot with a pistol, maybe at close range. I need to have the bullet as soon as you recover it.”

“Then by all means, you’ll be my guest at the autopsy.”

“Gee, thanks.” The detective shook his head.

The debonair man chuckled, turned, and approached Lucinda.

A tremor ran down her back. More questioning, and all she wanted to do was run and hide. She sniffled and wiped her nose with the side of her index finger.

He reached into his inside pocket and offered her a folded white handkerchief. “It’s rough if you’ve never seen anything like this. I’m Hank Jansen, the medical examiner, by the way.”

Lucinda’s gaze followed the gurney to the black coach. “He was my boss.”

“You work at the hospital for Dr. McCloud?”

“Yes. I… I’m his secretary… was, I mean. And Dr. Hinsey’s too.” She couldn’t believe the doctor’s life had ended this way.

Detective Daltry barked, “Hank, can I speak with you?”

“Excuse me.” The medical examiner stepped away.

“Wait.” Lucinda quickly refolded the handkerchief and handed it back to him. She didn’t know this man. Wouldn’t begin to know how to return the white cotton cloth. “Don’t forget this.”

“Take it with you. The day’s not over. Things could still get rough.” He smiled.

“No, I can’t take your hankie.”

“Listen, I’ll pick it up the next time I’m at the hospital. You say you work for Dr. Hinsey?”

“Hank,” the detective called, impatience sharp in his tone.

“Yes, Dr. Hinsey is the head of the maternity ward. I’ll launder it and have it ready for you.”

The medical examiner nodded and smiled. “It’s a date. I mean, I’ll stop by and pick it up.” He turned and trotted toward the detective.

Lucinda slipped the handkerchief into her purse. She headed for the main entrance of the hospital, bent and picked up a fountain pen in the gravel lot.

She pivoted and advanced toward the two men.

The detective made a chopping gesture with his hand and raised his voice. “I’m not fooling, Hank. Don’t go putting another notch in your belt. She’s a witness.”

“Can’t a fellow do a simple act of kindness?”

“I’m warning you, stay away from her.” The detective spun around and nearly collided with Lucinda.

Heat rushed to her face, and she couldn’t meet either man’s gaze. If the ground would only open and swallow her. She held the pen out to Detective Daltry. “Uh…I…I’m sorry. I think you dropped this.”

Author Bio:

Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (penciled might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

 

She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chairman, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. BURNING HEARTS, the first book in the crime wave that is sweeping the south shore of Long Island in The Sanctuary Point series, finaled in the Grace Awards 2011 in the Romance/Historical Romance category. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series released in December, 2011 won the Grace Award 2011 in the Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller category. PERILOUS SHADOWS, third in the series released July, 2012, and DARKEST HOUR, the fourth in the series released in February, 2013.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning). http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/

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Grace Awards Launch – Marcy G. Dyer

Grace Awards Book Launch!

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Grace Awards Launch – Marcy G. Dyer

To celebrate the Launch of my latest novel, Out for Blood, I’m doing a Rafflecopter giveaway. I hope you’ll take a second to join the contest! The prizes include an Amazon gift card and a copy of Book One – Out for Blood.

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Dialysis nurse, Danielle Battershawn’s, life is turned upside down when her identical twin is murdered. As she strives to deal with yet another death, the killer sets his sights on eliminating her. Can handsome security consultant, Tyler Covington, keep her alive?
Excerpt
Under the cloak of darkness, the man donned latex gloves. He picked the lock on the back door to Janine’s house and tiptoed over the threshold. The soft fragrance of her perfume permeated the air. Such a shame. Inquisitive mongrel. They could’ve shared an exciting time together, but she had to play buttinski and stick her beak into his business, cutting short their love affair. Anger threatened to engulf him, but he shook it off and turned his attention to his search.
In the living room, he pulled books off the shelves, thumbed through them, and overturned the bookcases. He slashed furniture cushions and dug through the foam, then ripped up the corners of the carpeting. As small as the drive was, the witch could’ve hidden it anywhere. He pulled her antique glassware off the fireplace and broke them open. Empty.
After he pulled pictures off the walls and slashed open the backs, he moved on to the air vents. He unscrewed each one, stuck his hand inside the duct, and felt around.
Cursing, the man moved from room to room, dumping out contents of cabinets, drawers, the dresser, and desk. He turned over the furniture and checked the backsides and underneath.
In the bathroom, he checked under the cabinets and behind the mirror. Where did the conniving broad hide the flash drive? He slashed her bed to ribbons, dug through the stuffing, and pulled out handfuls of the cotton batting, but found nothing.
He slammed his fist through the drywall. “Stupid witch.” He composed himself and explored the entire house once again.
Slipping out the front door, he removed his latex gloves and stuffed them in his pocket. As he wove through the sprawling subdivision, he hummed the tune to “Death’s Head.”
Knowing Janine, she gave it to her sister for preservation. He would search Dani’s house and, after he had the drive, he’d dispose of her. Doing away with both of the meddlesome twins would solve two problems for him. He allowed himself a smile at the thought of carousing with Dani before he got rid of her.

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Out For Blood

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Dialysis nurse, Danielle Battershawn’s, life is turned upside down when her identical twin is murdered. As she strives to deal with yet another death, the killer sets his sights on eliminating her. Can handsome security consultant, Tyler Covington, keep her alive?

Excerpt

Under the cloak of darkness, the man donned latex gloves. He picked the lock on the back door to Janine’s house and tiptoed over the threshold. The soft fragrance of her perfume permeated the air. Such a shame. Inquisitive mongrel. They could’ve shared an exciting time together, but she had to play buttinski and stick her beak into his business, cutting short their love affair. Anger threatened to engulf him, but he shook it off and turned his attention to his search.
In the living room, he pulled books off the shelves, thumbed through them, and overturned the bookcases. He slashed furniture cushions and dug through the foam, then ripped up the corners of the carpeting. As small as the drive was, the witch could’ve hidden it anywhere. He pulled her antique glassware off the fireplace and broke them open. Empty.
After he pulled pictures off the walls and slashed open the backs, he moved on to the air vents. He unscrewed each one, stuck his hand inside the duct, and felt around.
Cursing, the man moved from room to room, dumping out contents of cabinets, drawers, the dresser, and desk. He turned over the furniture and checked the backsides and underneath.
In the bathroom, he checked under the cabinets and behind the mirror. Where did the conniving broad hide the flash drive? He slashed her bed to ribbons, dug through the stuffing, and pulled out handfuls of the cotton batting, but found nothing.
He slammed his fist through the drywall. “Stupid witch.” He composed himself and explored the entire house once again.
Slipping out the front door, he removed his latex gloves and stuffed them in his pocket. As he wove through the sprawling subdivision, he hummed the tune to “Death’s Head.”
Knowing Janine, she gave it to her sister for preservation. He would search Dani’s house and, after he had the drive, he’d dispose of her. Doing away with both of the meddlesome twins would solve two problems for him. He allowed himself a smile at the thought of carousing with Dani before he got rid of her.

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Grace Awards Launch – Naomi Musch

 

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Naomi Musch Paint Me Althena Cover

Grace Awards Launch – Naomi Musch

About Paint Me Althena

When still life artist Ethan Day discovers a fantasy painting by Althena Bell in a consignment shop, he’s sure he’s found Ava, his wife who abandoned him and their two little girls three years ago. Finding and rescuing her are one thing, but forgiveness and second chances are impeded by outsiders, and conflict between Ava’s search for identity and Ethan’s new faith might break the safety net he offers.

Excerpt

 

She needed to get away, but there was no place to go. She leaned forward, longing to hug her friend but, conscious of her wet clothes, she pulled back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come here.”

She turned for the door. Anguish flooded her even as the rain let up outside. Light brightened the window to a gentle gray.

“Thena!” Ann pleaded, but Ava hurried to the door. She flung it open and rushed outside — and smack into a man’s chest.

“Oh!” She stepped back. “I’m sorry.” Gushing her apology, she moved to pass around him, but he didn’t budge.

“Ava?”

She hadn’t heard her name spoken aloud in three years, and now it sounded like her subconscious come to life. She looked up and swooned. Ethan grasped her shoulders as the bag dropped from them. She blinked. “Please… please… I have to go.”

“Can I give you a ride?”

She nodded, her glance grazing up the street and down again. “Yes. Please.”

She reached for her bag but he swooped down and picked it up. The rain had gone from shower to sprinkle, but he allowed her to hurry them down the walk.

“This way.” He pointed at a small sedan. “It’s not locked.” He tossed her bag into the back seat as she climbed into the passenger side.

“Wait. My bike.”

He glanced back at the shop and nodded. “There’s room. I’ll get it.”

She gnawed her lip. Any moment now, Dan would come around the corner. Maybe on his cycle, maybe in his truck. The car jerked as Ethan opened the trunk and lifted the bike inside. He couldn’t close it tight, but pushed it down as far as it would go. He opened the door and ducked in beside her, tucking his long legs into the car. She inwardly urged him to hurry. A moment later he turned the key and the motor purred to life. “Which way?” he asked as he pulled from the curb.

She shook her head. There was no answer.

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Grace Awards Launch Schedule

Here’s a list of all the other great book suggestions coming your way in this ‘Grace Awards’ book launch tour: (Or check out the post at the ‘Grace Awards’ for more details on each book)

Mon. July 29 – Suzanne D. Williams – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCAS McGILLEY

Mon. Aug 5 – Barbara Brink, ENTANGLED

Mon, Aug 12 ~ Naomi Musch,  PAINT ME ALTHENA

Mon, Aug 19 ~ Marcy Dyer,  OUT FOR BLOOD

Mon, Aug 26 ~ Nike Chillemi,  DARKEST HOUR

Mon, Sept 2 ~ DeEtteBeckstead,  VICTORY

Mon, Sept 9 ~ JanalynVoight,  DAWN SINGER

Mon, Sept 16 ~ Kenneth Winters, THE LOST CROWN OF COLONNADE

Mon, Sept 23 ~ BJ Robinson, LAST RESORT

Mon, Sept 30 ~ Laura J.Marshall   , A HEART’S HOME

Mon. Oct 7 – Tammy Doherty, CELTIC KNOT

 

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