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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lynette Eason, Free Books, and New Releases!

Her daughter is the most important person in Lacey Gibson's world. So when the girl disappears, Lacey will do anything to find her.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for Caroline's Choice, by Martha Rogers, is:

jennycohen104@ . . .

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! Readers, please make note of the comment requirement, below!

Now let's meet novelist Lynette Eason, author of Missing (Harlequin's Steeple Hill Love Inpsired Suspense, January 2011).

PhotobucketLynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC and now lives in Spartanburg, SC. She is married and has two precious children, Lauryn and Will. Lynette is a full time writer. She enjoys visits to the mountains, hanging out with family and brainstorming stories with her fellow writers. Recently, her title, Too Close to Home was #13 on the CBA Bestseller List for December 2010. She gives God the glory for her giving her the talent and desire to spin stories that bring readers to the edge of their seat and to the throne of Christ.

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

-- I'm a former extrovert turned introvert.

-- I live in South Carolina but want to move to the mountains of North Carolina.

-- I hate most vegetables.

-- I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners.

-- I hate to fly on airplanes, but love to travel to different places. If only I could wish myself there instead of fly!

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

PhotobucketHer daughter is the most important person in Lacey Gibson's world. So when the girl disappears, Lacey will do anything to find her. Even track down a man she hasn't seen in sixteen years--U.S. Marshall Mason Stone, the father of her child.

Mason was perfectly content with his life until Lacey arrived. Her confession that their daughter--the daughter he didn't know they had--is missing shakes his carefully controlled world. But there's no time to adjust as they race to find their child, catch the kidnappers . . . and learn whether they can have a second chance at happily-ever-after.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Mason Stone -- a US Marshal recovering from being wounded in the line of duty. He's loyal, open to change and still in love with his high school sweetheart.

Lacey Gibson -- she's a mother fighting for the life of her child. 'Nuff said.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I believe readers who enjoy the type of novels that I write will find the suspense tight and the characters real.

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

PhotobucketChris O'Donnell

and Teri Hatcher.Photobucket

Who is one of your favorite fictional characters?

I recently discovered Mary Connealy's books and find that I love her female characters because they react just like I would in their situations.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I read Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy. Fast paced action, strong women, men to die for and villains galore to hate. Gotta love that kind of story.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on the first book of the second series for Revell.

Where else can readers find you online?

I'm often on Facebook. My email is lynetteeason@lynetteeason.com and my website is www.lynetteeason.com.

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What makes you keep reading a book?

The book is available for purchase online through the following buttons:

444263: Missing

Thank you, Lynette, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lynette has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 13. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lynette's question, above. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about the drawing for a signed copy of The Perfect Blend. And please take a look at the blog about Sandi Rog's debut release and her current situation.

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 fine inspirational fiction releasing this month!

1. Alaska Weddings by Susan Page Davis -- A Romance from Barbour. In this three-novel collection, love has come looking for the Holland family of Alaska. But new challenges to their faith lie around every bend.

2. Banda Mission: Kidnapped in Ghana by Ruben Schwieger -- A Thriller from Warner Press. Coup leaders unexpectedly kidnap a missionary who, like the Apostle Paul, is able to share his faith with his jailors and others in unusual and dangerous situations.

3. Book of Days by Jim Rubart -- A Thriller/Suspense from B and H Publishing. God's Book of Days. A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it's fable. Others are sure it's real, hidden somewhere on Earth...If Cameron Vaux can't find it, he will lose everything..

4. Caroline's Choice; Haynes Famiiy Series, Book 3 by Martha Rogers -- A Historical from Realms (Strang Book Group). When God sends forgiveness to the hearts of His children, they learn the true meaning of love.

5. Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- A Historical from Bethany House. Edythe Amsel is ready for her first teaching assignment, but is Walnut Hill ready for her?

6. Digitalis; Discarded Heroes, Book 2 by Ronie Kendig -- A Thriller/Suspense from Barbour. Deep in heart of the Holy Land for a snatch-n-grab to save her father, Colton Neeley and Piper Blum must make the treacherous trek out of hostile territory before they're caught.

7. Faith's Reward by Tammy Barley -- A Historical from Whitaker House. The year 1865 starts out as a nightmare come true for Jessica Bennett. The cattle she and her husband, Jake, fought to save from drought the summer before now face the threat of freezing to death. Her fears worsen when Jake contracts pneumonia.

8. Found in Translation by Roger Bruner and Kristi Rae Bruner -- A Young Adult from Barbour. God can do the humanly impossible through a thoughtless teen once she learns to be faithful, obedient, and forgiving.

9. Jewel of Persia by Roseanna White -- A Historical from White Fire Publishing. How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?

10. Lily of the Field by Rose Zediker -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong Presents. Marriage isn't on Caroline's or Rodney's minds...but their minds are not God's and He is busy taking care of the lilies of the field-and His children.

11. Missing by Lynette Eason -- A Suspense from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Her daughter is the most important person in Lacey Gibson's world. So when the girl disappears, Lacey will do anything to find her. Even track down a man she hasn't seen in sixteen years.

12. Night Prey by Sharon Dunn -- A Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Injured birds of prey, late night trespassers, and threatening note lead Jenna and her childhood friend Keith into more danger than could have imagined in the ranch country of Montana.

13. Rocky Mountain Hero by Audra Harders -- A Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Can a single mother desperate to make ends meet find love with a rancher too busy to fall in love?

14. Sharp Shooters in Petticoats by Mary Connealy -- A Romance from Barbour. You didn't think Sophie McClellen's daughter would grow up to be a quiet little thing, did you?

15. Softly and Tenderly; Songbird Series by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. Emily and David each come to terms with a past that follows them, testing their faith and resolve.

16. Tennessee Brides by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver -- A Romance from Barbour. Romance, adventures, and dangers--including the war with Britain, discrimination against the Cherokee, and organization of the Underground Railroad--lurk at the fringes of three Tennessee women's lives.

17. The Baby Promise by Carolyn Aarsen -- A Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A soldier determined to fulfill a promise and a woman determined to forget.

18. The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy -- General Fiction from Kregel. Inspired by a true story, The Rhythm of Secrets intermingles jazz, classical, and sacred music in a symphony trumpeting God's grace.

19. Touched by Mercy by Tina Pinson -- A Historical from Desert Breeze. The west seems to hold all the answers to Samantha Northam's dreams, but is it far enough away to protect her from her nightmares?

20. Unexpected Love; Seasons of Redemption, Book 3 by Andrea Boeshaar -- A Historical from Realms (Strang Book Group). Nurse Lorenna Fields is drawn to a blind patient searching for his past. But as his memories return, will there be a place for her in his future?

Happy reading!


Cindy W. said...

If a book grabs me in the first couple of pages I will finish the book. I like mystery and suspense but I also find a sweet love story enticing too. Would love to win a copy of Missing. I love the Love Inspired line.

Cindy W.


apple blossom said...

language used by the author will keep me reading. I don't like cursing when reading.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

Well, i love Lynette Eason's books that i have read so just that they are her books would keep me reading. Haven't read Missing, though, and would love to win it. Otherwise? Strong characters, believable plot..

mitzi_wanham [at] yahoo [dot] com

Pam K. said...

What keeps me reading a book? Relatable, engaging characters, an interesting plot, suspense (if it's that kind of book), humor, and witty dialogue. I also like a faith thread. Of course, every book doesn't contain every one of these elements, but books I enjoy contain at least several of these.
I'm also a new Mary Connealy fan and agree with the comments Lynette made about her books. "Missing" sounds like a book that would contain enough of my required elements so I'd really enjoy it.

windycindy said...

The characters and the plot keep me reading a book! If a book grabs me,then I have to find out what happens...
Many thanks, Cindi

misskallie2000 said...

If I like the story line I will continue reading but if I just can't get into the story I will put it aside and try to read later. I love a good mystery and suspense story and enjoy trying to decide who done it. But I also love romance with HEA. I Love Christian authors because I don't have to skim or skip parts of the book and there are so many great books to read. I would love to win Missing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
Great interview and another great Southern author.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

I would love to win a book my Lynette Eason.


Lynette Eason said...

HI all! Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I wish you ALL could win a copy. :) I love blog interviews, it's fun to see who shows up and what everyone has to say.

Thanks, Trish, for having me!


Maureen said...

What makes you keep reading a book?
That depends on the book...sometimes I keep hoping that it will get better. Mostly, it is so good I can't put it down.
I loved your "Too Close To Home".


Trish Perry said...

I'm with you Maureen. I'll usually stick with a book even if I'm not terribly keen on it, just in case it gets better. But as I get older, I find I'm getting less accommodating with my time, LOL! Sympathetic characters are usually what hook me on a book.

Carol M said...

I have to like the characters and the plot has to hold my interest. Mysteries are my favorite but I don't want the ending to be predictable.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Lynette said...

Thanks Maureen! I'm so glad you enjoyed Too Close to Home. Don't Look Back is now out in case you'd like to check out Jamie's story.

I'm with you, Trish. Sympathetic characters and a great plot. I think that's why I stopped watching Lie to Me. I simply don't like the main character. He gets on my last nerve with his rudeness. LOL. I'm sure there are people out there who enjoy his quirkiness, I'm just not one of them.

Thanks y'all!

Trish Perry said...

Oh, how funny, Lynette! My son and I watch Lie to Me when he's home from college. I kind of enjoy the storylines. I just have problems with the guy's weird body movements and how he gets way up into women's faces, which is supposed to be sexy, but I can't help but think he has bad breath.

Pat Rowland said...

I keep reading when the story is fast-paced and I can't figure out the ending. I also like short chapters and quotes at the top of each one.

Jo said...

I have read a few of Lyneete's books and enjoy them. I like to read suspense, mystery, and some romance as long as they are clean. I keep reading a book as long as it has my interest. If I lose interest, I will try reading a little more to see if I just hit a boring part or have to put the book down altogether. "Missing" sounds like a great book that I definitely want to read.


lollipops said...

If I grow to care about the characters I'll finish the book.


Lynette said...

LOL Trish! I know what you mean about him getting in people's faces! I've often wondered if he gives his mouth a little spritz before filming those scenes. Hehe.

cynthia said...

Thanks for the great interview. I look forward to reading your latest book.
I love reading a book that is a good pace, has good dialogue, and engaging characters. If a book is too slow paced, especially at the beginning, then it's hard for me to continue reading.
Thanks for the giveaway.

cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

squiresj said...

I love to read Lynette's books so yes, I please want to enter. I have even written reviews for Lynette.
I am allergic to some food proservation but have no way of knowing what. Was it hard for you to find out you were allergic to artifical sweetners.
I used to love to fly but doubt I would anymore.
Love the except of the story - A mother fighting for the life of her child - that is an instinct most Mother's have,
I loved your choice of Teri Hatcher.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Merry said...

I love Lynette's books! Engaging characters, beautiful word pictures and a plot that sparks my imagination are some of the things that keep me reading a book.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

by Pegg Thomas said...

What keeps me reading is investment in the characters. I need to care about them and what's happening to them. I don't care if nothing blows up, if nothing runs off a cliff, and if nothing endangers the world... but *something* better be happening to the characters that get my interest and/or sympathy engaged.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Carol said...

So many things will keep me reading a book. Ordinary characters that you could meet in real life, small town living where everyone seems to know your business (!), faith-filled characters, the unexpected, taking place in a great place such as near water, mountains, islands. And Missing sounds like a good read to me! Thanks for the opportunity!!

choco1950 (at) netins (dot) net

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. said...

Want to say "hi" to Trish from here in VA. and I actually know where Spartanburg is, having visited a friend there, Lynette! What makes me keep reading is characterization and story.Right now, I really prefer audio or backlit kindle computer books. Blessings!

Julia M. Reffner said...

Characters that I relate to keep me reading...also non-stop suspense keeps me turning the pages and Lynette is a master of that so I would love to read this one.


Nancye said...

Let's see, what makes me keep reading a book? First of all, the characters need to be believable and realistic. I need to be able to relate to them in some way. Second, the book needs to keep moving. I cannot stand stagnant books that bore me to tears (I won't finish them!). And finally, I have to be able to "get into" a story. I love books that I hate to put down and devour quickly. That's my two-cents! :)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Judylynn said...

Suspense or unpredictable plot lines.

Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Judylynn in East Tennessee



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