IT’S HERE! JANE DOE!

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JANE DOE is my latest novel and it’s a doozy!

What’s the genre you ask? It’s suspense with lots of drama and action…but it also a political thriller…but it also has a lot of mystery components…but there’s the romance element as well… and let’s not forget the spiritual message! No matter what genre you classify it as, it’s one I think you’ll enjoy!

So how did JANE DOE come about? I’d finished all my edits on a current book and was feeling very uninspired. I had no idea for my next story, so I went on FB and asked people to send me an idea for my next suspense novel. An old high school friend sent me the suggestion to write a story where the main character struggled with memory loss. Mmmm… but the old amnesia plot has been done and it’s a big no-no that writing experts warn against.

Still, I took the challenge and wrote JANE DOE.

It’s definitely not your typical amnesia plot, but the main character is haunted by her memories. First, because she doesn’t have them and then because she does!

Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping but just barely. Along with a broken body, her mind is broken. Even though she can’t remember the details of her kidnapping, she’s haunted by the thought that someone else is being victimized by the kidnapper she can’t remember.

Her journey to discover the truth leads her to the highest politicians in the state and then the country. Each reclaimed memory brings her closer to the truth—and to even more danger.

I’m not going to give away the plot, but there’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night!

 

GIVEAWAY!

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and this time is no exception. The first giveaway will be here on my blog, but there will be a second giveaway later, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that information  For now, leave a comment on any of my Jane Doe blogs, and you’ll be entered to win one of three  $10 AMAZON GIFT CARDS! That’s right–three winners! But wait…there’s more!  If you tweet, or post about JANE DOE  on your social media, I’ll give you a second entrance.  Just enter the link as a comment and you’ll be entered a second time. EASY PEASY!

Here’s a few examples of a tweet or post you can use:

A Broken Body. A Broken Mind. What if she isn’t his last victim? JANE DOE by LillianDuncan https://buff.ly/2Zf6NdV

A chance to win Amazon Gift Cards at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes to celebrate  the release of JANE DOE. No purchase necessary to be entered. For more details, go to www.lillian-duncan.com 

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON JULY 20TH. PLEASE SIGN UP TO FOLLOW THIS BLOG SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON THE WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT! THANKS.

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

STANDOFF by Patricia Bradley

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This is my first Patricia Bradley novel but it won’t be my last! I love the way she weaves the romance into a suspense novel. But make no mistake, suspense is definitely the shining star in STANDOFF–just the way I like it!

Standoff (Natchez Trace Park Rangers Book #1)

I don’t like to give away plots in my reviews but I’ll tell you this much. The story centers around Brooke Danvers who is about to become a park ranger when her father (a park ranger) is found dead. His death is ruled a suicide but Brooke knows her father well enough to know that’s not true. And she plans on proving it–even if she is a rookie. Her old flame, Luke, shows up. Brooke thinks he’s a bartender but he’s actually working undercover.

And that’s all the teaser I’m going to give you. But there’s plenty of suspense and action to keep you turning the pages. Bradley is an award-winning novelist and it shows in STANDOFF.  I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense and mysteries.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

THE LAST CHRISTIAN SERIES

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I’m so excited about The Last Christian series. It’s filled with lots of drama and suspense but has a deep spiritual message that is very relevant to the times we’re living in right now. When I started writing these stories, I had no idea that they’d be released in the middle of the pandemic when so many people are so afraid and worried about the future. Magdalena and her friends learn a valuable lesson throughout The Last Christian series.

God promises never to forsake his children even in the darkest of times–and he always keeps his promises!

The first story, THE LAST CHRISTIAN is a short novella to introduce NewAmerica–a country where even saying the name of God is a crime! MESSENGER introduces Magdalena Denton, the main character in the last three stories. She’s an unlikely messenger, but when God has a message he always finds the right messenger. UnCitizen follows Magdalena to prison. Prison in NewAmerica is nothing like prison in America. It may sound grim, but it’s really not. I’m in the middle of writing the fourth (and probably final) story–EXILE.

GOOD NEWS!

THE LAST CHRISTIAN is FREE today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Here’s the link:

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If you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

               

 

Round Lake

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Round Lake is one of my favorite places!

         

It’s a church camp for children but I never went there as a child.

But it’s still one of my favorite places.

Even though it’s for children, twice a year (Memorial Day and Labor Day), they have something called Family Camp. People from all over Ohio come for a weekend of camping with their church family.  It’s a wonderful and very special time. I’ve learned many things while having a fun time at Family Camp. Maybe, I’ll write another post called Lessons from Round Lake, but not today.

Round Lake is special, not just to me, but to everyone who’s attended there over the years. In fact, I’ve heard more than one person describe it as “Holy Ground.” The first time I heard it described that way, it resonated in me. Round Lake truly is Holy Ground. Over the years thousands of children have been taught about God there; but even more important, they met God at Round Lake.

As a writer, something that special doesn’t go unnoticed to me. For more years than I can remember, I wanted to write a story that included Round Lake. I sort of knew the premise of the story I wanted to write but never did anything about it. Until now! Last year after I finished and submitted this year’s books to my publisher, I decided it was time. So I wrote part of the story and got stuck and then I’d write a little more and get stuck. Again and again.

It was really frustrating! I usually can write the first draft of a novel in about a month but not this time. To say it was slow going would be an understatement. But when something’s important to me, I don’t give up too easily. So I kept plugging along. And still there was nothing in it about Round Lake and no way to get there. Yet. But then the story started falling in place. It’s ended up in a series I titled THE LAST CHRISTIAN.  I released the second story–MESSENGER–before the first story–THE LAST CHRISTIAN. But I’ve got it all arranged now. THE LAST CHRISTIAN–MESSENGER–UNCITIZEN–EXILE in that order.

The first three books have been released–and still no Round Lake. The first story, THE LAST CHRISTIAN is a short novella to introduce NewAmerica–a country where even saying the name of God is a crime! MESSENGER introduces Magdalena Denton, the main character in the last three stories. She’s an unlikely messenger, but when God has a message he always finds the right messenger. I’m in the middle of writing EXILE now. And I’m getting very close to Round Lake–or maybe I should say the characters are getting very close to Round Lake.

I’m so excited about The Last Christian series. It’s filled with lots of drama and suspense but has a deep spiritual message that is very relevant to the times we’re living in right now. When I started writing these stories last year, I had no idea that they’d be released in the middle of the pandemic when so many people are so afraid and worried about the future. Magdalena and her friends learn a valuable lesson throughout the stories. God promises never to forsake his children even in the darkest of times–and he always keeps his promises!

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GOD BLESS & GOOD READI

THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

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A friend challenged someone to come up with a story about Covid-19 and how it tried to steal Easter. similar to How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Being a writer, I took the challenge.

I’m no Dr. Seuss by any means, but here’s what I came up with.

PS. This is a first draft so it’s subject to change!

 

THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

 

THE UGLY BUGLY WHO TRIED TO CANCEL EASTER

 

It was twenty-twenty in the Land of Plenty.

Easter was fast approaching.

So busy—so much to do!

 

Easter hams.

Easter egg hunts for the little runts.

Chocolate bunnies to be bought.

 

The Ugly Bugly sat in his Ugly Bugly hole and wondered.

I thought Easter was about the Risen Savior, not jellybeans and peeps.

The People of Plenty have forgotten.

So there is no need for Easter.

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed.

As he watched the People of Plenty making their plans.

He had a plan of his own.

To cancel Easter.

So busy—so much to do!

 

The Ugly Bugly crawled out of his Ugly Bugly hole.

He looked around.

He stretched his wings from the sky to the ground.

And he laughed some more.

So busy—so much to do!

 

But what could he do?

After all, he was only one little ugly bugly.

He thought and he thought.

And then he knew.

There was only thing he had to do.

Keep the People of Plenty in the dark.

If it stayed dark, there could be no sunrise.

If there were no sunrise, there could be no Easter.

It was the perfect plan!

So busy—so much to do!

 

He flew away from his Ugly Bugly hole and into the Land of Plenty.

Everywhere he flew he left a drop or two of mist and dew.

Not much, just enough for one or two.

But the darkness grew.

Along with the darkness, came the fear.

Darkness and fear.

No sunrise.

No Easter!

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed and cheered as he shouted with glee. “No sunrise; No Easter!”

His plan made perfect.

Easter was cancelled indeed!

 

The People of Plenty sat in their houses, so afraid and sad.

Life was so bad.

And they were so mad.

 

No Easter hams.

No Easter egg hunts for the little runts.

No chocolate bunnies to be bought.

 

In the twinkling of an eye, they went from the Land of Plenty to the Land of Darkness, Fear, and Want.

 

People bought and bought.

They did not share.

They did not care.

 

The Ugly Bugly laughed and cheered.

Knowing he had won.

Easter was cancelled indeed!

 

But then the people opened their Bibles.

But then the people sang praises to God.

But then the people looked to the Cross.

And they remembered.

 

Easter wasn’t about ham or eggs or even chocolate bunnies.

Easter was about the Risen Savior indeed!

Death and Darkness could not stop him then.

Nor would it stop Him now.

 

The people left their sad little houses.

And walked out into the darkness.

Holding high their crosses of light.

They sang praises to the Risen Savior.

 

And the sunrise came.

And with the sunrise, Easter came.

And the People of Plenty proclaimed.

Jesus is the Risen Savior indeed!

 

The Ugly Bugly frowned and stomped his feet.

No1 No! No!

This simply wouldn’t do.

He would start again.

More darkness.

More fear.

More dread.

 

But the People of Plenty had remembered.

They refused to listen.

They sang ever louder and louder.

They held their crosses higher and higher.

Because they knew no weapon formed against them could prosper.

And that the Risen Savior loved them indeed!

 

Copyright 2020@ Lillian Duncan

Contact: www.lillian-duncan.com

 

 

Blessings to your this Easter.

 

NEW BOOK ALERT! MESSENGER

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I’m so excited to let everyone know that the first in my MESSENGER Series will be releasing on February 29!  As of now, it will be a 3-book series, the second will be UNCITIZEN and the third, EXILE.
This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

 

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment. Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult), but it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time but…. the giveaway is on my new blog–MODERN DAY PARABLES. To learn about the giveaway, go to Modern Day Parables and leave a comment under the MESSENGER POST. And while you’re there, sign up to follow the blog so you don’t miss any other giveaways! Thanks,

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

FREE BOOKS!

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I’m in the winter doldrums–even though we haven’t had much of a winter here in Ohio.  How about you? To beat the winter doldrums, I’m giving away FREE BOOKS! For a limited time, these books will be free on Amazon. Click on the link and get a free book–that’s all there is to it. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. But, of course, reviews are always appreciated–especially 5-star reviews!

 

ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE:  Kara Smith has the perfect life except for one thing—the voice.

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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART (Country Living Book 2): When Reggie vowed until death do us part, she had no idea how close she’d come!

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SPLIT: No matter how hard she tries, her life is one big gutter ball!

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DARK ALLEYS:  Homeless and alone, Tessa witnesses a murder–now he’s after her!

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THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF: She can’t go home—ever—if she wants to stay alive.

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The books will only be FREE for a few days so click on them now!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

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The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue Book #1)

I was excited to read The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren but… this book was not for me.

The story was good. The characters interesting.  Lots of tension. Great romance. The writing was even better!  So, why wasn’t this book a favorite for me?

Both characters are mountain climbers and the story revolves around mountain climbing. Susan May Warren does an amazing job of creating word pictures that got me right up on that mountain with them. And that’s the problem. I’m not an outdoorsy-type person. I have absolutely no interest in mountain climbing, whether it be on a mountain or in my armchair reading.  So unfortunately, this wasn’t a book that I particularly enjoyed but… if you’re more adventurous than me, it might be just the book you’re looking for. And it won’t stop me from reading another Susan May Warren book–she’s an awesome writer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless and Good Reading!

 

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

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Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps Book #1)

I jumped at the chance to review COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason because she always does a great job. And Collateral Damage is no exception. She manages to weave romance and suspense with a great plot and wonderful characters.

In Collateral Damage, the hero and the heroine are truly heroes. Both have spent time on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Now that they’re back in the states, life should be safer. Not true in this story. As I read this story, I wondered if Ms. Eason had spent time on the battlefield herself. I don’t know the answer but if the answer’s no, then my respect for her writing has grown by leaps and bounds. With Collateral Damage, she’s brought the grit of war along with the heroes who fight every day for the principles that keep America strong. Can you tell that I loved this book?

This is a definite YES for me.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

There’s a New Blog in Town!

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If you love Christian fiction (and I’m assuming you do), there’s a new blog in town! Modern Day Parables is all about Christian fiction and the people who write it! As well as about the readers who read it!

Check it out at MODERN DAY PARABLES.

If you enjoy reading about other authors and their books, not to mention giveaways, you’ll want to sign up to follow Modern Day Parables. I’ll be moving my interviews and book highlights over to that blog so you won’t be seeing them on this blog any longer.

Make sure you hop over to MODERN DAY PARABLES and sign up to follow the blog by email. If you sign up right now, you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!