God, Writing, & Me!

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I love the way God shows up when I’m writing a new story!

Unlike many writers, I don’t create an outline before I write. I think about it and then I sit down and write. I started working on what I thought would be a Christmas novella (for next Christmas not this year.) but it seemed very dark. A baby is kidnapped a the beginning of the story. Not a light topic–nothing fun about that.

I like my Christmas novellas to be suspenseful but still show the Christmas spirit but this story had a different feeling than my other Christmas-themed suspense novels. And I didn’t particularly like it. Lately my writing has taken on a different style so I started to think my days of writing suspense and mysteries might be numbered. As I thought about this story, I really thought that might be the case.

So I prayed about it and did a little meditating on it as well. My conclusion, I would write the story God gave me and see what happened. Stories can change a great deal from the first draft to the final.

Anyway…this morning as I was working out and listening to Joey + Rory’s Hymns album, I was inspired on how to fix the story so that it kept the Christmas spirit and still had suspense.

God is an awesome God!

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BROKEN TRUST

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GIVEAWAY NEWS!

My latest book, BROKEN TRUST, will be releasing on March 17. To celebrate I’m giving away Amazon gift cards. There’s more info on that at the end of the post, but first…let’s talk about BROKEN TRUST.

Life is all about choices…and consequences.

Chryssie Mason longs to soar like a butterfly, but a lifetime of bad choices has kept her in the caterpillar stage. After years of struggling, her dreams are finally within her grasp. Her only goal is to graduate from nursing school so she can have a better life—so she can morph into a butterfly.

With her final exam only days away, she witnesses a murder. A butterfly would call the police, but she decides to take the easy way out…once again. Life has taught her to never trust anyone, especially herself. With her freedom and her very life at risk, it’s time to trust.

And that choice changes everything.

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

To celebrate the release of BROKEN TRUST, I’m giving away five $5 Amazon Gift Cards. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post or any of the other Broken Trust posts and you’re entered. Easy Peasy! And because I’m such a nice person, if you tell me that you’ve shared this post on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site, I’ll give you a second entry. Last day to enter will be April 1–no fooling!

Don’t know what to say–here’s a question: How do you choose a book to read–the cover; the title; the blurb about the book or something else?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Questions about DEADLY SILENCE

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So DEADLY SILENCE was released a few days ago. I thought you might enjoy a more in-depth look at how it came to be so I imagined what some questions might be regarding it.

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE–DEADLY SILENCE?

First it’s part of my Deadly Communication series so it needed the word Deadly in it. But the more important word is silence. I wanted to explore the idea of silence from several different perspectives. First there’s the silence of being abandoned at the altar without a word of explanation. But Maven is also faced with a different kind of silence as she takes on a new client who is a late-deafened adult. Her client has been thrust into a silent world due to a medical condition. And then there’s the silence from God that threatens due to Maven’s anger and bitterness.

WHAT GENRE IS DEADLY SILENCE?

I’m so glad you asked that! I like to think of my Deadly Communication series as cozy mystery meets suspense. It’s got all the action of suspense but the great characters of a cozy mystery.

WILL THERE BE A FOURTH DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS NOVEL?

At this point I don’t have any plans for a fourth but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Since I write the stories that come to my head, if another Maven story pops into it, then I’ll write it.

WHAT’S THE TAKE AWAY OF THE SERIES?

My goal was to portray a real woman with real problems. So we saw Maven struggle with depression, the after affects of Bell’s palsy, her weight issues, and then being left at the altar. We also saw her keep going through it all by depending on God.

So that’s the take away–no matter what happens in your life, God will be there to see you through it.

 

YOUR TURN: Do you have a question about Maven and the Deadly Communication series, or one about writing? Leave the question in a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING

 

 

 

Even More About DEADLY SILENCE

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Today’s the day! No, I’m not talking about the inauguration, I’m talking about the release of DEADLY SILENCE.

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Here’s the back cover blurb:

FACED WITH ONLY SILENCE.

Her happily-ever-after is shattered when Maven Morris is left at the altar. Without a word of explanation, her fiancé, has disappeared, leaving Maven and the church filled with their family and friends. Maven refuses to give into the darkness of depression. Instead she takes on a new speech therapy client. Layla’s life has been shattered by silence, as well. As a late-deafened adult, Layla needs skills to cope with her now silent world.

TRUST YOUR EYES.

Those are words of advice Maven gives Layla. The words stir up something on the inside of Maven as she realizes there wasn’t a hint that Paul’s feet had turned cold about their upcoming nuptials. And that’s when silence turns deadly.

 

I think you’ll enjoy the latest installment in the Deadly Communication series. If you do, I’d love to hear from you!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

More About DEADLY SILENCE

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DEADLY SILENCE, the third in my Deadly CommunicationS series, will release in a few days on January 20. Here’s what people are saying about it:

Jo Huddleston, author of the West Virginia Mountains series of sweet Southern historical romances:

Deadly Silence is a sweet romance wrapped in page-turning suspense. Lillian Duncan paints enough suspicious characters to keep readers guessing who the villain is until the end. Great characterization and setting descriptions in a story sure to please readers who love suspense.

Mary L. Ball- author of Redemption in Big Fork Lake:

A rollercoaster of anticipation from the first page to the last.

Deadly Silence took me on ride filled with tension. Clues were scattered through the chapters that had me blindly believing I knew the end until another twist in the plot made me guess once more, who the villain is.

Lillian Duncan did a fantastic job creating a novel fill with heart fluttering adventure. I cheered with joy and sighed with sadness as I followed the characters on their journey. Weaved in the plot is also a wonderful message about relying on God to be your guide. This is a book you’ll want to read many times.

Bettilu Davies, author of Shepherd’s Song:

Deadly Silence by Lillian Duncan was a good read, logical, suspenseful, and surprising. I enjoyed the book.

 

Thanks to the above writers who took time to read my book and give me an endorsement.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

 

 

 

My Friday Friend–MARY ELLIS

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Mary Ellis is my Friday Friend. Mary and I have shared a table at various book events in Ohio. Not only is she good writer but she’s a very nice person who’s fun to be around! Mary’s written a variety of novels. Most of her books have been Amish stories, but in the past few years she’s branched out to historical and mystery novels–all Christian books as well.

You can learn more about Mary and her books at www.maryellis.net.  Her latest book is MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT.

 

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What Sinister Secrets Lurk in the Shadows of Yesterday?

Natchez, Mississippi—Private Investigator Nate Price and his new wife, Isabelle, need a vacation. Their coworkers generously team up to surprise them with a belated honeymoon…but the happy trip turns sour when Izzy spies her ex-husband, who appears to have taken up his gambling addiction once again.

While the boss is away, Price Investigations remains in the hands of Beth Kirby, a former police officer, and Michael Preston, a former forensic accountant. Hardly a dream team, as Beth resents working with a man who has no experience in his new job.

But Beth and Michael must move past their differences if they hope to uncover the truth behind a beloved Southern preacher’s demise. The preacher’s widow suspects foul play, despite the evidence indicating suicide.
With tension escalating between these investigators and local law enforcement—and new threats arising on all sides—how will Beth, Michael, and Nate hold on to faith and bring the truth to light?’

MY REVIEW OF MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT

I’ve read and enjoyed some of Mary Ellis’s Amish books so I wasn’t sure what to expect with Magnolia Moonlight. After all mysteries and Amish books are not exactly similar. I was delighted with the characters and even more surprised by the double  plot. She did a great job depicting the southern lifestyle and attitude.

Magnolia Moonlight is an enjoyable book that I would recommend to others. Great job, Mary Ellis!

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

My Sabbatical–BREAKTIME!

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Everyone needs a break now and then. I’ve spent more than twenty years writing and rewriting. And I still love to write but my heart’s been telling me I need a bit of a break from writing. I’m in the midst of my 3rd round of chemo for my brain tumors.

No, I don’t have cancer but the doctors are using the chemo as a way to make my tumors smaller so they won’t damage any more of my hearing. The chemo isn’t horrible but it’s not wonderful either. So this seemed like a good time to take a break from my writing.

I still have plenty to do, including blog posts and other writing activities, so don’t worry about me getting bored. But my main goal while taking a sabbatical from writing is to READ and READ and READ. And that’s just what I’m doing.

This is my second official week of my sabbatical and I just finished reading my fourth book. Now don’t be too impressed, one was a novella and one was almost finished before the beginning of my sabbatical so I’ve only started and finished two books in the past week.

And lucky you–I’ll be sharing info about the books I’m reading so stay tuned for some book reviews in the coming weeks.

How long will my sabbatical last? I have no idea. I’m depending on God to give me that answer at the right time.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!