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Monday, May 8, 2017

Mary Ellis and Free Books!

When a philandering husband turns up dead, two crack detectives find more suspects than moss-draped oaks in charming old Savannah, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne’er-do-well brother in Sunset in Old Savannah.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free e-copy of Runaway Brides is:


Congratulations! I'll get your e-book right out to you. 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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Mary Ellis, author of the Inspirational romantic suspense novel, Sunset in Old Savannah (Harvest House Publishers, April 2017).

Mary Ellis has written twenty-one novels. Her debut book, A Widow’s Hope, was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award.

She is currently writing Secrets of the South Mysteries. Book one, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award, and finalist for Daphne Du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Book two, What Happened on Beale Street, won the Judge a Book by its Cover for Inspirational Romance.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

My husband and I built our own home from the ground up. Everything—including structural, finished carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, painting—you name it! It took us 3 years to move in and another 10 years to finish. We will never do that again.

Wow. I remembering just remodeling a home, which proved a nightmare. Like you, I swore I'd never do that again.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Sunset in Old Savannah.

In Savannah, everyone has something to hide. Investigative partners and best friends Michael Preston and Elizabeth Kirby are hired by a wealthy socialite to do surveillance on her wayward husband. When the husband turns up dead, the socialite becomes the police’s chief suspect. Mike and Beth must follow the clues through the historic town with more secrets than branches of moss-draped oaks.

The duo uncovers a hodgepodge of potential murderers, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. As praise of their agency gets around, Mike and Beth must hire investigator Kaitlyn Webb to ease the workload.

But will ghosts of Kate’s past threaten everyone's safety before a killer can be put behind bars?

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

Beth Kirby is very good at her job, but makes plenty of mistakes too. She often lets her emotions cloud her judgement, and her heart for the downtrodden often gets her in trouble with the boss.

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

I would love that young actress from The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley, to play the lead role of Beth Kirby.

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

Yes, I thanked God many times this week because I was traveling alone. I don’t like flying, so I thanked Him each time the plane landed safely. I also thanked Him for helping me find each location, since my GPS wasn’t working right. And I thanked Him again when I finally walked through my front door! Did I mention I don’t like traveling alone?

It's always great to get back home!

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

I recently finished Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl. Not only was it well written, but it was so much my cup of tea—romantic suspense. I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

What are you working on now?

I am putting the final touches on the first of a new mystery series called Night Falls on Charleston. When a roving PI rents a room above an Italian restaurant, she lands in the middle of a family feud with robbery, arson and murder for the daily specials.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at www.maryellis.net and on Facebook at MaryEllis/Author.

The book can be purchased via the following button:

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

What edgy topic would you like to see addressed in Christian fiction?

Thanks, Mary, for visiting. Readers, Mary has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mary's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Gail H. said...

Forget building from the ground up or even remodeling. We checked with a contractor about building us a house and after question ten we said no way and started looking for a ready built! I'm from the south (Alabama) and I love books set in the south and any suspense so it's a win win for me....keeping my fingers crossed. In answer to your question....I have no idea. I'm amazed at the plots authors come up with.

Pam K. said...

I'm not sure if this qualifies as an "edgy" topic, but it is sure a much debated one: immigration, specifically someone (or a family) fleeing their country because of persecution or some other serious reason (witness to a murder, etc).
I've read a couple of Mary's Amish novels and liked them. These mystery books are on my "want to read" list. Thanks for the interview with Mary and the chance to win Sunset in Old Savannah.


Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for introducing another new author to me, Trish. Mary's books sound quite intriguing and inviting! I don't have any good ideas about something for edgy fiction writing. My inspiration is in writing poetry, but I enjoy reading all types and greatly admire those who write novels, and particularly good mysteries. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

Loraine Nunley said...

That is a good question. I'm not sure what I would like to see addressed. I did recently read Deborah Raney's Chicory Inn series where one of her books addressed interracial relationships and I thought that was pretty interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lori said...

hmmm interesting and thought provoking question. Maybe something to do with second marriages with children and the faith that is needed to blend a good family and how the church does and does not help the family.

Caryl Kane said...

I don't have a specific "edgy" topic that I would like to see addressed. I do believe we need more books that address those topics in Christian fiction. I enjoy those stories in which the Lord brings beauty from ashes and He demonstrates His Love and Power.

Trish Perry said...

One thing I welcome in this new world of independent publishing is that authors are able to address topics that might have been considered not marketable enough before, such as some of those topics mentioned above. Readers of Christian fiction want to know the book is safe, free of foul language, sex scenes, etc., but we also live in the real world. It is refreshing and inspiring to read about the power of Christ in what can be a difficult world. Sometimes the difficult world needs to be addressed in order for that power to be addressed.



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