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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

PhotobucketA former Navy SEAL fights a new battle--the home front.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for Chasing Lilacs, by Carla Stewart, is:

malward2002@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Ronie Kendig, author of Nightshade, Discarded Heroes #1 (Barbour, July 2010).

PhotobucketRonie Kendig grew up an Army brat, married a veteran, and they now have four children and a Golden Retriever. She has a BS in Psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I'm an Army brat.

-- My mother was a naturalized citizen from Ireland.

-- I have identical twin sons.

-- I was born in Germany to a military father.

-- I have a Maltese dog.

Ah, so now I understand your Irish coloring!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Nightshade.

PhotobucketSoldiers all across the globe are returning home to their families after brutal tours of duty. They are discharged from the service. . .and on their own. Meet Max Jacobs, one of these discarded heroes, as he faces a wall of failure--in his career, his friendships, and his marriage.

Failing again--this time to end his life--he is offered a thread of hope. Are covert government operations the answer for him, or will they only bring more danger and dissension upon his broken family?

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about him? 

Max is the ultimate soldier who wants to serve his country but brutal tours of duty have massacred his faith and his marriage. He wants to make things right but doesn't know where to begin; he's afraid to face his inner demons.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because there is honesty, integrity, heroism, and current issues that are dominating our lives and media.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketMatt LeBlanc with the dark eyes.

PhotobucketA modest Keira Knightley.

What is one thing you've learned about yourself as a result of your writing career? 

I am much more sensitive than I ever realized . . .and I love people immensely, which translates well into fiction.

What is the last book you read that moved you?

Rooms by James L. Rubart--it drastically altered my life by taking the Audience of One concept to a new, deep level. It's an absolute must read!

What are you working on now?

Book #3, Wolfsbane, and series proposals for new stories.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

www.roniekendig.com or www.discardedheroes.com

The novel can be purchased online via the following buttons:

607774: Nightshade, Discarded Heroes Series #1

Thanks, Ronie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Ronie has offered to give a copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 8. To enter, leave a comment for Ronie, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Cara Putman and Margaret Brownley, below, and leave a comment under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.

Finally, take a look at some of the fantastic inspirational fiction being released this month!

1. A Shore Thing; Otter Bay, Book 2 by Julie Carobini-- A Romance from B and H. A fiery, eco-friendly young woman leads the fight against a large development in her beachfront hometown while falling for the architect assigned to the job.

2. Back on Murder; A Roland March Mystery, Book 1 by J. Mark Bertrand -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Bethany House. Homicide cop Roland March attempts a comeback as corruption and a high profile case threaten to sink him.

3. Beautiful Bandit; The Lone Star Legends Series by Loree Lough -- An Historical from Whitaker House. When rancher Josh Neville rescues a terrified woman who calls herself Dinah, she unwittingly leads notorious killers to his door, putting him and everyone at the Lazy N in jeopardy.

4. Beyond Summer; Blue Sky Hills Series, Book 3 by Lisa Wingate -- Women's Fiction from Peguin Group/NAL. Tam Williams discovers the blessings of community when her father is jailed, and the family moves to downscale Blue Sky Hill where her new friend, Shasta might lose her home to her father's shady mortgage company.

5. Bride in Training; Man's Best Friend Series by Gail Gaymer Martin -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Troubled lives lead to loneliness, Emily and Martin learn, until the Lord teaches them he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.

6. Cattleman's Courtship by Carolyn Aarsen -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Cara Morrison has to fix the past before she can face the future.

7. Doctor in Petticoats; Sophie's Daughters Series, Book #1 by Mary Connealy -- A Romance from Barbour. A burned out doctor is called in because he's a man, while the town's lady doctor does all the work and keeps the doctor from cracking up.

8. Driftwood Lane; 3rd in Series of Stand Alones by Denise Hunter -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. A love story set on Nantucket Island.

9. Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A firefighter falls in love while trying to find her father's killer.

10. Flash Point; Emerald Coast 911 by Stephanie Newtonr -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. Courage Under Fire.

11. Heart of a Cowboy; 2nd book in the Helping Hands Homeschooling by Margaret Daley -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Zachary Rutgers is perfectly happy with being a loner until he discovers he has a son and must deal with buried feelings concerning Jordan Masterson.

12. Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig -- An Historical from Summerside Press. A young seamstress struggling to survive in a booming mining town is pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner.

13. Minnesota Moonlight 3-in-1 Collection by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke -- Romance from Barbour. An ex-con, a storm chaser, and a footloose musician--three unlikely heroes for three women learning to trust God...and the men He's brought into their lives.

14. Nightshade; Book #1 of the Discarded Heroes series by Ronie Kendig -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Barbour. This Former Navy SEAL is fighting a new battle--the home front!

15. Prodigal Patriot; Vermont #1 by Darlene Franklin -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong. How can Sally and Josiah battle through the barriers separating Tory and Patriot to find love and forgiveness?

16. Ransome's Crossing; The Ransome Trilogy, Book 2 by Kaye Dacus -- A Romance from Harvest House. Disguising herself as a midshipman to get to her secret fiance, Charlotte Ransome faces danger--and love--crossing the Atlantic.

17. Rodeo Redemption; The Rodeo Royalty Series, Book 1 by Teri Wilson -- A Romance from White Rose Publishing. Josie Turner would rather forget she was ever crowned Rodeo Queen. Can former rodeo cowboy Luke Anderson mend Josie's heart and can one rodeo weekend help them both find redemption?

18. Seeds of Summer; Seasons of the Tallgrass - Book #2 by Deborah Vogts -- A Romance from Zondervan. When a former Miss Rodeo Kansas queen returns home after her father's death to care for the family ranch and her two younger siblings, what follows is a summer full of change, life-lessons and an unexpected romance with the new minister in Diamond Falls.

19. So Over It; Book 3 in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series by Stephanie Morrill -- General Fiction from Revell. Senior year is over and Skylar Hoyt is ready to forgive and forget. Or at least forget.

20. Song of Solomon by Kendra Norman Bellamy -- A Romance from Urban Books. How can he convince her that she's his God-given mate when she's already wearing a wedding ring?

21. Stars in the Night by Cara Putman -- An Historical from Summerside Press. Step back to 1942 Hollywood as Audra Schaeffer tries to find her sister and a killer before it is too late.

22. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis -- An Historical from Summerside Press. When Emma's father is murdered, she's hired to do the job he could have had--helping track them down by breaking their ciphers.

23. The Engineered Engagement; Book Three in the Kennebrae Brides Series by Erica Vetsch -- An Historical from Barbour Heartsong. Sparks fly when a shipbuilder finds himself engaged to the wrong girl.

24. The Seeker; The Shaker Series # 3 by Ann H. Gabhart -- An Historical from Revell. The story brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers and the ravages of war in 1860s Kentucky.

25. The Way to a Man's Heart; The Miller Family Series, Book 3 by Mary Ellis -- A Romance from Harvest House. When all the men beat a path to Leah's diner, her parents don't breathe a sigh of relief until she narrows her suitors from half a dozen down to one.

26. Where the Dogwoods Bloom by Myra Johnson -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong. Jilly Gardner left Blossom Hills ten years ago, determined never to return, but when Cam Lane calls to ask for her help, she finds she can't say no.


squiresj said...

So you have two dogs. I did but one died a little over a year ago. I miss her so. She was Saint Bernard/Rotweiler mix.
In the book you say Max is afraid to face his inner demons. Aren't we all if we'd be honest?
I am sensitive but sometimes it is hard because of that because I get my feelings hurt more easily. But I dearly love people and care about them.
I have never James Rubart.

Please enter me to win.

Carman said...

Please enter me! i want to read this book so bad!


Michelle said...

I really want to read this one. Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me.

mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

Kameko said...

I'm an Air Force brat, but never lived overseas as Dad only did temporary stints there. The premise of the book sounds so good, I can't wait to read it. I like what you say about it having "honesty, integrity, heroism, and current issues..." all things that to me, make for a good book.

Thanks for taking the time for the interview.

Have a safe & happy holiday weekend Ronie & Trish!


barbjan10 said...

Hello Ronie, your book really interests me as I am the wife of a military career officer, now retired. We were younger during the Vietnam war, but he served two grueling years in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. We have a few things in common and I hope to be a winner for your book. I'm looking forward to reading more of your books following that.

Blessed Be in Christ,
Barb Shelton

Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Esther Y.M. said...

Hi Ronie,

Thanx for having the giveaway, I hope I win in :p


April said...

Wonderful interview. I have read just book and what a great series this is going to be. I can hardly wait to read the next one. I would highly recommend this one. Blessings. April

Trish Perry said...

I imagine most of us have some connection to the military--either through spouses or parents or children or even simply as Americans currently at war. So Ronie's series touches a nerve for everyone. I'm looking forward to reading it, as you all are!

Ronie Kendig said...

Thank you all so much for taking the time to comment and enter to win a copy. Inevitably, we all will know someone who knows someone...in the military, if we are not connected directly.

Thank you for your kind words! Trish, thanks for having me here--it's an honor!

Lynette Sowell said...

Of course this sounds like a terrific book! I live close to Fort Hood, so I'll be telling my friends about it. :)

windycindy said...

Sounds like you book has very interesting characters.
Please sign me up!
Thanks, Cindi

Diane Ashley said...

I have the book, so don't put me in the drawing. It's wonderful, I'm about halfway through it right now and would recommend it to all. Even if you don't win the free copy, DO NOT fail to purchase one for yourself. You won't be sorry.

Anonymous said...

This sounds great and I can't wait to read it! Please enter me in the contest.


Wendy said...

Sounds like a really good book.

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to read Ronnie's Nightshade.



hspruitt said...

This sounds like a great story! Please enter me in the giveaway.

hspruitt {at} juno DOT com

Cindy W. said...

I have wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it. Please enter my name into your contest and thank you so much for the opportunity!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Martha A. said...

I love Maltese dogs, as much as I can love a dog!! Well, i grew up with one....the lest annoying of all all dogs!! = ) martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Phyllicia said...

This book looks so interesting! I can't wait to read it =)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the chance to read ronie's fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

cynthia said...

Thanks for the great interview. I can't wait to read your story. It sounds great. :) Please enter me in the drawing.

cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

Sheryl Barnes said...

Trish & Ronie - Thanks so much
for the introduction to Ronie's books. As a book club leader, I am always looking for new authors to introduce our readers to and look forward to checking out Ronie's books.
Please enter me in the drawing.

Jan Marie said...

Oops - I thought that I had already put my name in the hat for Ronie's book but I don't see my post in the list. Hope I am not too late because I have really been wanting to read this one. Really enjoyed the interview too!

I just finished reading Rooms today and have to agree with Ronie that it is definitely a life-altering book.




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