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Monday, March 12, 2012

Hannah Alexander and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen Dr. Megan Bradley attempts to escape the trauma of murder in Corpus Christi by returning to her hometown of Jolly Mill, Missouri, she discovers there is a man who loves her who is unwilling to let her go.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Man to Trust, by Carrie Turansky, is:

mstalgal1966@ . . .

and the winner of the signed copy of The Key on the Quilt, by Stephanie Grace Whitson, is:

stacey_dale@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you both today for your snail mail addresses, and we'll get your books 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 revisit Hannah Alexander, author of Eye of the Storm (Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin, March 2012).

PhotobucketHannah Alexander is the pen name for Dr. and Mrs. Cheryl Hodde who met, discovered Mel loved helping Cheryl with her novels, and began to collaborate on stories about his experiences as an ER physician. A little over a year later they were married and not only was he bringing home ideas for exciting stories, when they attended conferences, editors liked Cheryl’s writing. So far the editors are still listening.

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

--I hate horror stories but am a fan of Dean Koontz.

--We are dog lovers but we have four rescue cats and no dogs.

--Mel’s favorite hobby is remote control airplanes, while Cheryl loves to hike.

--It has happened too often to be comfortable that when I write about a particular incident, such as a tornado, we are hit by a tornado. I can be writing about meth lab busts and I drive home to find a meth lab bust taking place down the street from my own home. It can be frightening.

Hmm. Maybe you need to change your genre and start writing wonderful fantasy novels! It would be fun to see what happened after writing those.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Eye of the Storm.

PhotobucketWhen Dr. Megan Bradley abandons her job at the Vance rescue mission, she not only abandons the man she loves, she turns her back on the work she must do in order to pay back school loans. Little does she suspect that her boss, Gerard Vance, is passionate enough about her to follow her wherever she goes, to protect her no matter the danger she discovers in Jolly Mill, and to love her no matter how hard she tries to reject him and his God.

He proves his worth and God’s when they discover that her best friend’s mother has been poisoned by her estranged husband, who makes the mistake of believing a dying uncle could be tricked into sharing his wealth with a killer. No one realizes what has happened for sure when that killer is found dead at the bottom of a two-story staircase, No one knows what has happened until a long-time friend jumps into the fray to protect her best friend.

What is it about Gerard and Megan that will make your readers care about them?

Gerard Vance cares enough about people, especially the homeless, who never brought the present situation on themselves, and his dream is to make jobs for them, find them new homes—affordable homes that the banks can’t get their claws into. —and help others through, giving no thought to his own financial situation.

Dr. Megan Bradley forces her way past her fear to face danger out of love for her friends, and she realizes the risk is worthwhile. She’s been running from pain of loss that she realizes she’ll never escape.

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

PhotobucketI believe I would like Megan’s role to be played by Amanda Righetti, the actress who plays VanPelt in The Mentalist.

PhotobucketI would like Gerard played by Chris Hemsworth, the actor who played Thor –with short hair.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

Simply — Without conflict, what will we write when we reach heaven?

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

Eli by Bill Myers. My husband read it, and if he will sit and read it, that says tons for the writer. Mel doesn’t just sit and read a novel.

What are you working on now?

A novel set in 1855 with a wagon train traveling to Kansas to fight for freedom for the slaves. They are surprised to find slaves much closer to hand who must be rescued or they will die. My hero and heroine must get past the fear that they may lose one another before they will give in to their love.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.hannahalexander.com, GirlsWriteOut at Blogspot every Friday, and ChristiansRead blog every other Tuesday.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:

444809: Eye of the Storm

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

How many books have you loved so much that you’ve reread it over and over again, and what was the depth of quality that made you think of one particular character for weeks after?

Thank you, Hannah, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Hannah has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Hannah'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 interview with Yvonne Lehman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Judy said...

I've read Gone With The Wind too many times to count. I love Scarlet O'Hara. That girl has guts, moxey, she's fearless, and goes after what she wants!

I enjoyed the interview with Hannah. I love the cover of Eye of the Storm. This book sounds like a great read. I can't wait to read more about Dr. Megan Bradley.


Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the enjoyable interview, Trish. How interesting about the things happening that coincided with Hannah's writing!

Sad to say, my memory is such that I can't remember much about books a while after I read them. The good thing is, I can read a book again and it's almost like the first time. I do remember which ones I like or don't like though, and Eye of the Storm seems like one I would enjoy. I have a collection of Love Inspired books.


apple blossom said...

I have way to many that I want to read I just don't have time to reread. I generally love all the books that I'm presently reading.

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Marianne said...

There is a novel called Marya that i read about every two years or more. i believe it is out of print, i have never found any more by that author, and each time i read it i find another thing i either didn't remember or hadn't caught it before. Other than that, there are way too many great novels out here to re-read. Thanks for the great interview and awesome giveaway.

Marianne said...

oops, did it again. i get so anxious to enter my comment, i forget to say...


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Abigail Richmond said...

That is a hard question. hmm I couldn't say but I love Lori Wick's books and have read some of them more then once. but there are so many books that I haven't read yet that I want to and then there are new ones coming out all the time, including the one you are working on right now, that one sounds very interesting!
Eye of the Storm looks very interesting as well!
God Bless!

Choctawwoman said...

I have read and still love Hannah Hurnards "Hinds Feet on High Places" I love her other ones as well but the one I mentioned is the best. This book was a gift as I was leaving to go to Operation Desert Shield/Storm. What stays with me, is the fact that Much afraid and her two companions Sorrow and Suffering; stay with her as she struggles to get past each and every day and her pure will and determination to get to the high places to "walk" with the Shepard.
I have read this book 7 times and lent it out just about that many times and each time, I end up having to re-buy the book because I never get the book back. It is truly a great read. I am so blessed that I discovered the site, thank You. You can reach me at poeticalchristian at gmail dot com.
God BLess you.

Jennifer said...

Me too! I have to many books to be read to reread. The Bible is the one book that I have read and will continue to read again and again. Esther and Ruth are my favorite books in the Bible, especially since the ladies had guts and brains!
Fiction wise I just got done reading An Amish Family Reunion by Mary Ellis. Mary Ellis has a talent of making the reader feel like you're part of the story. Very good book and I enjoyed getting to know Phoebe and her family.
I do have several of Hannah Alexander's books: Grave Risk, Season of Danger, Under Suspicion, Death Benefits and Hidden Motive.

Jackie S. said...

I don't reread books (except the Bible) cause I love to read so much and there are so many great books on the market! I do fall in love with an author's books and find myself going back (Amazon,used) to read her other books....what I did to Cheryl's.. lol..as well as make sure I read all her future books!
Am so anxious to read this new one and enjoyed this interview!

by Pegg Thomas said...

I can't count the number of books I've re-read over the years. Well more than 50 I'm sure. Passion is what draws me to a character and keeps me thinking about him/her. Not passion as in romantic love, but passion for life, or for a cause, or for something worthwhile.
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Nancee said...

There are probably a dozen or so books that I have reread over he years. What makes a character memorable to me is a strong sense of conviction, compassion and a personality that commands attention.

Hannah Alexander said...

What great answers to my questions, and it's good to see some of my friends on here, who have been there for me through a difficult time. I'd love to see each of you win. Can't wait to see who does!

Nyrays said...

I generally do not re- read books on purpose. I have re-read books accidently. Wish I had better thought provoking answer

Bethany said...

I generally do not re-read books because there are so many good ones on my to-read list...but I have read Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series many times. I'm honestly not sure what it is exactly but I've enjoyed them as much at age 25 as I did at 15! :)

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Merry said...

I haven't read too many books multiple times but two that come to mind are The Autobiography of George Mueller and Pride & Prejudice. George Mueller had such amazing, inspiring faith in God. And as for P&P, I just love the interplay of characters, the humor and the insight into human nature.

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