Article about the book:
I never intended to be a writer. Never gave it any thought until I was 31 years old, and even then it was just about my own curiosity in trying to make sense of a dream I'd had. I pondered that dream for many years as I wrote and revised the story -- ad infinitum times. My first two books, NO OTHER and IN ALL THINGS were the result of those years of pondering and rewriting.
THE GOOD FIGHT was a book that I had no intention of writing. When I came up with Roger Talbot's character while writing my debut novel, NO OTHER, my initial plans for him were to serve as one of the main antagonist -- especially to the hero in that story, Jakob. As the story unfolded though, the character of Roger began to reveal himself in a different way. He was arrogant and unlikable, but not bad, just easily manipulated due to his sights being focused on attaining a certain goal. In the end of that book he showed himself capable of standing for right, though it cost him what he'd been trying to attain.
As I promoted NO OTHER, I often mentioned that there was a sequel in the works, IN ALL THINGS, and was surprised to find that many of my readers assumed it would be about Roger. When I told them it was a continuation of Jakob and Meri's story, they would ask, "Are you going to write about Roger?" My answer at the time was that I had no plans to do so.
However, while writing IN ALL THINGS, something funny kept happening. The character of Jakob had many unresolved issues, and they kept manifesting in a comparison of himself to Roger. A third of the way through that book I realized that while Roger's character wasn't in the story, he definitely had a strong presence. Toward the end of the book he made a reappearance, and I thought that I was likely done with him.
The book released and guess what readers asked me. "What about Roger?" That's when I began to ponder some of the more interesting aspects of his character, and his character's relationship with the other characters from those two books, as well as the history of the area at the time. Suddenly it was staring me right in the face, the workings for an intriguing story -- one with strong elements of suspense for that matter.
Even as I wrote I didn't really think I could ever grow to like Roger's character the way I had liked Jakob. But then this other character named Pennye popped up, and she had a way of bringing out some unexpected qualities in him. By the time the book was done these two had wormed their way into my heart as deeply as Jakob and Meri had. I hope my readers will feel the same. This book is written because of you. Thank you for stirring it within me.
Roger Talbot's life is defined by his devotion to public service. Having just successfully prosecuted a brutal murder case, Roger turns his attention to discovering the shady dealings of Niles Parker -- the town's former mayor, Roger's old boss and the father of the woman Roger almost married.
Pennye Carrington ran away from Port Delamar with plans never to return. However, learning that her brother had murdered a family member of a famous movie star changed those plans. Pennye comes back with the hope of bringing stability to a family in disarray, but facing the torment of her childhood may be more than she can handle.
Roger's mission to bring down Niles Parker and Pennye's desire to keep her brothers out of trouble create a middle ground, where two people who couldn't be further apart, embark on a danger-filled journey of discovery to find themselves and each other.
I'm a lot of things: a Christian, wife, mother, friend, author, artist, rock hound, science geek and animal lover. The first four take priority. The rest tend to jostle for my attention. Since I'm always a dreamer, author usually wins.
Indeed, my first two books are the result of a dream -- an actual dream. It nagged me for six months as I mentally tried to fill in all of the gaps. I finally had to write it down. Since then, God has continued to bless with me inspiration at times of His choosing.
Technically, I'm an Inspirational Romance writer. But I like to think that romance includes more than the relationship between two people. It can also be about the era or place, or even a single moment in time, when an elusive whisper reaches inward and ever so gently taps the soul, saying, "This... Remember this."
It's my desire that my stories create such a moment.
Some of my methods for filling my creative reservoir are reading about the histories of small towns, pouring over old photos in antique shops and people's homes (if I'm at yours, I'll ask to see your picture albums) and asking prying questions about your best family stories. Oh! And if you ever see a lady on the side of the road, taking pictures of old, dilapidated houses and buildings, it's probably me.
Details about my book release contest:
ALRIGHTY, so here's the big news. To promote my newest release, THE GOOD FIGHT, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. And... a KINDLE! (or equivalent Amazon gift card. Winner's choice.)
I want to make this worthwhile for me and my readers so there are lots of ways to participate. I'm running two contests: a 'most points' and a random drawing.
The drawing is for the gift card and for every time I see your name in response to a blog interview, a facebook post, like or share, a tweet or retweet, or a recommendation to a friend, I write down your name and throw it in a jar. Yes, my hope is to spend a lot of time writing names. I'm going to need a way to contact you, so if you want to participate, email me at email@example.com. I will send you updates as to how many entries I have for you so as to be sure I'm not missing anything. I will NOT use this information to spam your inbox with any future advertisement or to contact you in any way not unrelated to this contest.
THE KINDLE GIVEAWAY (or gift card equivalent)
This is going to be a 'most points' contest. Not only might you win a Kindle, but you'll be helping me by creating a buzz about the new book. So here's how it works
Follow me on twitter, facebook, or my blog and get a point. For every friend you recommend who mentions your name and follows, you get another three. If they mention you on all three places, that's nine (per friend!). Plus your friends are accumulating their own points in the process. Here are the addresses:
My links are listed in the blog contest details and here is my website address
For every time you mention this contest or one of my books, whether it be on your facebook page, someone else's, twitter, your blog, someone else's blog, newsletter, whatever... email me the link. firstname.lastname@example.org and that's another five points per mention. I'll be emailing you back to let you know that I received it.
If you post the cover of my newest book, that's ten points. If you include purchase links, that's another ten points per posting.
If you buy one of my books, email me proof of purchase and I'll quadruple all your points for every purchase. If someone contacts me and tells me they bought one of my books based on your recommendation, then I'll triple all of your points, and they'll get the quadruple. Gifting the book to a friend counts as a purchase and quadruples your points. I'll send out periodic emails to let you know your number of points and where you stand in the competition.
So, as you can see, it's complicated, but it's also in your hands if you really want it. So help me make this a great book launch and let's have some fun. (The book is pretty darn good, if I may say so.)
THE GOOD FIGHT releases on Nov. 1st, but the contest begins now. Winners will be announced at 5pm Central on Dec 7th 2011. (Kindle shipping applies to U.S. addresses only, but not the gift certificate.)