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Monday, October 24, 2011

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

PhotobucketPutting her trust in Dylan Monroe, a man Reggie Meyers barely knows, will either be the best decision she ever made or the last.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Elizabeth Goddard's novel, Freezing Point, is:

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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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Lillian Duncan, author of Pursued (White Rose Publishing, July 2011).

PhotobucketLillian lives in a small town in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband, four parrots, one Jack Russell, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Whether as a speech-language pathologist, an educator, or as a writer, she believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian believes books can be entertaining without being trashy. She writes the types of books she loves to read, suspense with a touch of romance. Along with writing novels, she writes devotions for ChristianDevotions.us

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

--I’m very, very short--4'8"--and believe it or not that does change the way people react to you.

--My husband is the funniest person I know.

--I can paint, but I can’t draw! Go figure.

--When I get writer’s block I stop writing and start painting. Before I know it, my creative juices begin to flow once again.

--I have had some amazing experiences with God answering my prayers.

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

PhotobucketReggie Meyers has spent her life pursing the American Dream, but now she’s the one being pursued— by an unknown killer.

Reggie’s a big city lawyer and Dylan’s a country farmer. In the normal course of events, their lives would never intersect but some accidents just aren't meant to be avoided. When Reggie crashes into Dylan, it makes a bad day even worse or so she thinks. Dylan, on the other hand, is intrigued by the feisty lady lawyer and wrangles a way to spend a bit more time with her by offering to drive her home after the accident. And so the journey that will change both their lives begins...

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

Reggie has some rough edges but the readers will forgive her that because she’s overcome so many obstacles in her life, including diabetes.

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

PhotobucketOh, oh! I’m afraid my age will show with my choices. I think Jennifer Anniston would be a good pick for Reggie because...who doesn’t love Jennifer Anniston?

PhotobucketAs for the male lead, I need to be careful who I say—don’t want to make my husband jealous! I’m going to pick country singer, Brad Paisley...

Photobucket...or Toby Keith, because they’re cute and they’re country—just like Dylan.

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

Mmmm. Hard question. So many choices. If I could go back in time, certainly at the top of the list would be Helen Keller. She had to have been such an amazing and intelligent person. Having worked with deaf children and one deaf-blind child, it’s hard to imagine how she overcame such disabilities.

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

Rooms by James Rubart and I loved it! I’d recommend it to anyone who needs to heal past hurts from their own life, and who doesn’t need to do that? I’d read so many good things about the book, I finally decided to read it and am glad I did. Certainly, one of the best books I’ve read this year.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new book that will come out this fall, Deception. It’s a great story about a set of estranged twins. I love it! And the other project I’m also working on is a sequel to Pursued.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.lillianduncan.net and I’ve recently entered the blogosphere at lillianduncan.wordpress.com. They can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase through these buttons:

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

What’s the deciding factor when you buy a book? Is it the cover, the blurb on the back, name recognition of the author, or something else?

Thank you, Lillian, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lillian has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 31. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lillian's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interviews with Dan Walsh and Susan Meissner, below. Leave appropriate comments at the bottom of the posts to enter the drawings for a signed copies of their books. And don't forget to enter the drawing for His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, below!

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margie said...

Lillian...Usually I am looking for a particular writer when I shop for books...an attractive cover will catch my attention, so I will turn the book over and read the blurb on the back. If the book sounds interesting and I'm not familiar with the writer, I will look to see if there are recommendations from any writers that I do know. I am always looking for new writers to support and I love reading...my passion!! I am not familiar with you but have read Trisha's books, so her recommendation would make me want to read your book:) margie at mijares dot net

apple blossom said...

I guess my final factor is the author If I am familiar with them

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

There are so many reasons a
book appeals to me. Favorite
authors for certain, the
catagory, the jacket blurb
and reviews,mostly online,that
I have read.


Linda Yezak said...

I'm like you--I can paint, but I can't draw either. And I don't think you're too old for casting Jennifer Anniston (I cast Meg Ryan for mine!). Either of those good lookin' country boys would be great in your book, which also sounds terrific. Love the cover!

All the best!

~Dana Pratola said...

Great interview, ladies! Lillian, before I buy a book I always look at a sample of the writing, whether it's flipping pages in a store or reading an excerpt online. A nice cover may drawm me to the book but it won't get me to buy it.

Patsy said...

I'll have to say when I buy a book the cover does draw me. I can glance at the cover and know if it's one I might be interested it. I also read the blurb and see if I might like it. However, the author is usually the deciding factor. If I know that author is good that's usually what makes me buy the book.

Would love to read Lillian's book. Yes I'm short too - 5'1".


squiresj said...

There are many factors that come into play when I buy a book. The cover has a lot to do with it because it draws you in. But I always check the back of the book to see what it is about. Also blogs by Trish and others interest me in books. I have authors who recommend books that I have come to treasure. Once I find a book that I cannot resist, I check all the books by that author and pass books on so others can learn of that author.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Nancye said...

Generally speaking, if a cover catches my attention, or sometimes even itt's title, then I will pick it up. Once I pick it up I'll read what it is about. Boring-- back on the shelf. Sounds promising--I'll sometimes buy it, but usually it'll go on my working list of books I want to read or buy.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

kalea_kane said...

Oh there are so many things! Often I hit the bookstore, because one of my favorite authors has a new book out, but once I am there, I have to get more than one book. What I usually do is look at the titles (as most of the books are showing their spine). I'll grab a title that draws me. I will most likely glance at the cover, but that will not really influence my decision for the most part. Usually it is what I read on the back when it comes to a new author for me. Occasionally the back of a book doesn't give me enough. At that point I will just randomly open the book and read a paragraph. That will be the deciding factor. I have discovered a lot of new authors by getting a free kindle or nook download. I have bought several books after finding that I really enjoy a new author this way.


Lane Hill House said...

What’s the deciding factor when you buy a book? Is it the cover, the blurb on the back, name recognition of the author, or something else?
First I would look for historical fiction and a recognized publisher. The title and cover would catch my eye; I would read the back cover. I don't look at the recommendations first. I have been reading new authors lately, adding to authors I enjoy from previous books.


Kristie said...

Lillian, what a great question. I'm a librarian and get to see new books every day. So many choices. It is very difficult. The cover has some influence but the jacket blurb has way more. I don't usually read reviews but I do take recommendations, And of course I have my favorite authors so anything they write I will read. Sorry if it's too long of an answer. Take care! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Cheryl Barker said...

The deciding factor for me is personal recommendations and high praise from other readers.

Thanks for the chance to win the book!

ckbarker at gmail dog com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Lillian, If shopping in a store I usually look for author but I have to check out the other books and the title and covers that catch my eye will have me reading back cover then maybe 1st chapter. I have been reading over 60 yrs so read romance, mystery, suspense and some thrillers. Don't like blood and guts. lol Must have a great story. I have not read any of your books but love to find new authors. I know I will enjoy reading Pursued.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

lorlyn63 said...

Hi Lillian,
I typically look for authors I have read, but often a cover of a book or the write up on the back cover will encourage me to read a new author and buy their book. I like variety from romance, historical romance, mysteries, and suspense. I have a lot of favorite authors, but I love to try new authors and find I just add to my favorites list. I have never read your books before, but I would love the opportunity to read Pursued.
Thank you for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat.




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