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.

 

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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.

Purchase Links:

Amazon/Kindle.  http://amzn.to/1bWg3F1

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 Release

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.

Purchase Links:

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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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Grace Awards Launch – Barbara Brink

 Grace Awards Book Launch!

Grace Awards Launch: Barbara Brink

Please welcome Barbara Brink, author of Entangled, to Roller Coaster Suspense.  I hope you’ll check out her blog post with information about this exciting novel. She can be found here.

Barbara Brink Entangled Cover Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTANGLED

One lost summer is time best left forgotten…

When Minneapolis attorney, Billie Fredrickson, inherits her uncle’s small California winery, she has no intention of actually moving to the west coast and starting a new life. Her only thought is to get it off her hands as quickly as possible. But her return to the winery after an absence of twenty years opens up more than the reading of her uncle’s will. Childhood memories, long-buried, begin to surface, prompting questions that no one is able or willing to answer.

A late night prowler, a break-in at the winery, and an unearthed box of shocking photographs is someone’s way of pulling the welcome mat out from under Billie’s feet, but it only makes her dig her heels in deeper.

Secrets lie buried beneath Fredrickson Winery’s innocent façade and Billie intends to get to the root. But disturbing the past lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother’s. Can she live with the consequences of full disclosure or will she run home where everyone is Minnesota Nice.

Her books may be found here.

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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Grace Awards Launch – Suzanne Williams

 

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Grace Awards Launch – Suzanne Williams

Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Williams to Roller Coaster Suspense.

Suzanne Williams Lucas McGilley Cover Art

 

 

RS:  Suzanne, thank you for joining us today. I love the cover for you YA novella. I’ve never done any YA writing. How did you get started?

Suzanne: I never set out to be a YA writer, and actually, write many other romance titles, but it’s the YA that I always come back to, which brings me the most joy and feedback. As a Christian writer, I add Bible morality into each story as well. Some have more of a Christian theme than others, but all have foundational truths behind them.

No one person’s life is perfect, and I try to reflect that in the mistakes and foibles of the characters, and write what’s best for that particular tale because what works for one doesn’t work for another. Yet when all is said and done, love always triumphs because that, after all, is romance.

RS: What do you love the most about writing for the young adult market?

Suzanne:  The innocence of it, two young people first falling in love, and the thrill that brings to the heart and the mind. The older I get, the more I appreciate this.

RS: The Life and Times of Lucas McGilley is an unusual title, what inspired it?

Suzanne: I woke up early one morning with that title in my head. I saw it like a headline. I am a graphic artist as well as a writer, so initially it came to me like the top of a newspaper. But when I made the book cover later, I decided to use a couple instead and give the title an old-fashioned headline effect.

RS: What was the most difficult part of writing this story?

Suzanne: Remembering all those brothers – Jesse, Lucas, Marcus, James, William, Charles, John, and Sam.

I try to make each story unique in some way. Lucas being one of eight boys is definitely unique, but add in the challenge of having so many names in the text, giving each of them a personality, and the rapport brothers in a large family would have with each other, and I had to stop and think…a lot. Sam’s my favorite brother next to Lucas. Lucas, being the troublemaker, I needed a brother who’d continually stir the pot, so to speak, and he became it.

Here’s an unusual fact about the book, my editor is herself a mom of five boys, so she identified with the feel of the family, and that was a huge help to me in finalizing the story.

BOOK BLURB:

“Go ahead and plan to leave,” Lucas said. “Hold onto your ticket. I’ll even drive you to the train. But I’ll do it with Sam and John and Charles and Will. With Marcus and James. Even with Jesse. And you’ll have to look us all in the eye as you board and decide what’s more valuable to you. Your plans in Atlanta. Your friend, Christine, who I’m sure is great. Or ten people who love you.”

The second of eight boys, Lucas McGilley spent his youth pulling pranks. Yet growing up comes hard, and he’s learned his lesson. Or so he thinks.

Then Iris Willow shows up for the summer, and along comes love, strife, and a terrible family secret. He needs her now, more than he’s ever thought possible.

But can he convince her to stay, or will she catch the train and be gone forever?

From the author of best-selling novella, ME & TIMOTHY COOPER, comes another young adult romance of first love and the importance of family.

About Suzanne: Suzanne D. Williams is a native Floridian, wife, mother, photographer, and writer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for Steves-Digicams.com on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.

To learn more about what she’s doing visit http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com/ or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor.

Suzanne’s book, The Life and Times of Lucas McGilley, may be found here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E1U4FNS

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-life-and-times-of-lucas-mcgilley-suzanne-d-williams/1116121863?ean=2940148478218&itm=1&usri=2940148478218

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, ENTANGLE
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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Grace Awards Launch – Tracy Krauss

Grace Awards Book Launch!

Grace Awards Book Launch

Tracy Krauss – Author of Wind Over Marshdale

 

Wind Over Marshdale Cover ArtTracy Krauss, Author Please welcome Tracy Krauss to Roller Coaster Suspense. She’s graciously agreed to kick-off The Grace Awards Launch this summer.

Author bio:

Tracy Krauss is a high school teacher by profession, and a prolific author, artist, playwright and director by choice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has gone on to teach Art, Drama and English – all the things she is passionate about. After raising four children, she and her husband now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests.

About the book:

Marshdale. Just a small farming community where nothing special happens.  A perfect place to start over… or get lost. There is definitely more to this prairie town than meets the eye. Once the meeting place of aboriginal tribes for miles around, some say the land itself was cursed because of the people’s sin. But its history goes farther back than even indigenous oral history can trace and there is still a direct descendant who has been handed the truth, like it or not. Exactly what ties does the land have to the medicine of the ancients? Is it cursed, or is it all superstition?

Wind Over Marshdale is the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth. Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty – prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.

 

Excerpt:

Thomas shot up in bed, panting. The T-shirt he wore clung to his body with sweat. It was not the first time the dream had come to wake him.

He took a deep breath, disentangled himself from the sheets, and rose to get a drink of water. No point going back to bed now. He wouldn’t sleep anyway. He padded down the narrow hallway,

passing the half closed doorways that sheltered his sleeping children. Ducking to avoid hitting his head as he entered the tiny kitchen, he paused for a moment to look at the expanse of landscape beyond the window. Mostly flat, with a rise of gently rolling hills in the distance, it was clothed with a carpet of rippling grass except for the odd patch of dry fallow. Just like in the dream.

The early morning sunrise was just beginning to filter in, reaching to shed some light in the shadowed corners of the room. Thomas had managed to rent a house near the outskirts of     town. Correction. It wasn’t exactly a house. The realtor called it a “double wide.” Okay, it was a trailer, but it was the only property for rent in Marshdale at the moment. At least, that was what    the realtor had said. It wasn’t the nicest place—rather dingy if truth be told—and it was farther from school than Thomas would have liked, but it was still within walking distance. Better than    the overcrowded and dilapidated homes he’d been used to as a child.

But that was another time. Another life.

He was here now, for better or for worse, and the people of Marshdale would just have to accept it. He was Thomas Lone Wolf, proud of his Cree ancestry, and determined to do something about it. As a community liaison, he’d worked with dozens of indigenous groups all over the    western provinces trying to set up business propositions. This time was different, though. It was personal.

With practiced fingers he undid his nighttime braid and shook out his hair, which fell well past his shoulders. Even at forty, there was no sign of graying or hair loss. It was straight, coarse and black, just like his ancestors’ – the perfect picture of a Cree warrior.

Now that he was awake, he allowed himself to replay the dream in his mind – at least the parts that he could remember. Like most dreams, the initial clarity soon faded after just a few waking moments. There were buffalo – always buffalo. And they seemed bent on suicide, careening to their deaths before he could stop them somehow.

He was going to start writing it down. The theme was too familiar; the mixture of fear and power too real. Some people said you dreamt in black and white. Thomas wasn’t sure about that. He knew there was blood in his dream – and lots of it. The redness of it stood out in stark contrast to the muted prairie landscape. And the stench. That unmistakable metallic scent filled his nostrils to such a degree that he could almost swear he still smelled it. Almost. But that was ridiculous and he pushed the memory of the coagulating stains out of his mind.

With a sigh he turned back to the cupboards and started readying the coffee. It would soon be time to wake the children and get ready for work himself. Another grueling day of lobbying for something that should be rightfully his to begin with. Reality didn’t stop for dreams.

Interview:

Q: What inspired you to craft this tale of simple small town life suddenly threatened by the emergence of hidden evil?

A: It started out with some interesting characters that I had been thinking about. I am from a small town and have lived in many small towns and I’ve noticed that every place has its own  ‘colorful’ people. I also have an interest in spiritual warfare and native history and I saw a way to weave all of these elements together.

Q: Did you do any research prior to bringing the story to life?

A: I did do some research into certain aspects of Plains Cree history and rituals.

Q: Why do you think it’s often so easy for us to give way to sin, whether major or minor in scope?

A: I suppose it’s what the Bible calls ‘the flesh’. It’s part of human nature to want our own way, and let’s face it, most sin is also fun – at least for a season.

What readers are saying about Wind Over Marshdale:

The characters were realistic and the conflict was palpable

–          The Wordsmith Journal

Krauss weaves a story that satisfies the romantic soul and caresses the puzzle solver in each of us at the same time…

–          Barbara Ann Derksen, author

Krauss typifies all that is good in modern Christian authorship. She is consistently there for her readers and elevates her every effort

–          Joyce Godwin Grubbs, Author

Tracy’s characters are raw and real; her plots edgy and electric.

–          Lisa Lickel, award-winning author

There is plenty of intrigue and mystery to keep any reader’s attention, but for lovers of romance, this one will make your heart pound.

–          Michelle Sutton, author of more than 25 inspirational novels

Krauss writes about real stuff that real people, including Christians, struggle with. Her fiction is at times earthy, but that drew me into the very real characters, their failures as well as their hopes and triumphs.

–  Ken Winters, author

 LINKS:

Astraea press (publisher)-  http://astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662245&mode=product&product=12328252

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Over-Marshdale-ebook/dp/B008ARYQPA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339803471&sr=8-1&keywords=wind+over+marshdale

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-over-marshdale-tracy-krauss/1111512160?ean=2940014767682

More at Tracy’s Online Storehttp://tracykrauss.yolasite.com/online-store.php

Website: http://www.tracykrauss.com

Blog: http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com

FB: http://tinyurl.com/Tracy-Krauss-Author-Fanpage

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TracyKrausswrtr

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JT16E7SpFI

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, ENTANGLE
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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