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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Inspirational novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Amanda Stevens and Free Books!

As far as Zac Wilson knows, he can’t die—and he’s not the only one. When he meets two new ageless folk claiming others like them have died, Zac must discover if their time is finally up, or if they are being targeted by someone who knows what they are.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Nancy Moser's historical time travel novel, Where Life Will Lead Me, is:

jarning67@...

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Amanda Stevens, author of the contemporary fantasy, From Sky to Sky (Barbour, February 2020).

As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction.

She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.

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

I’m a classic “old soul.” My favorite decade of mainstream music is the 1970s, and my favorite Christian music is from the 80s and 90s. Most of my favorite actors and films are from the Golden Era. My favorite TV show is Gunsmoke (the Dennis Weaver seasons).

That's a pretty eclectic combination!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of From Sky to Sky.

Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.



Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?



The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help...from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.

I really love this premise. I enjoyed the film The Age of Adeline, but the addition of a Christian level gives this idea so much more depth. 

What is it about Zac Wilson that will make your readers care about him?

Writing Zac Wilson’s point of view is both a delight and a challenge. He has lived a long time and accumulated wounds (as we all do throughout life in a broken world, but Zac’s extended lifespan means extra hurt along the way). He has outlived all his children and has fought in two wars, one of which left him with some pretty serious mental scars. But Zac is so much more than the sum of his struggles. He has a deep and tender heart that he hides behind a nonchalant façade until he can trust you. He has an insatiable sweet tooth and a need for open spaces. He loves music and physical activity.

In Zac's voice, give us a statement of what he thinks about romance (or love).

“I’m probably not the best person to quiz on that topic. My love life has been fairly stormy for longer than you’ve been alive.” < chuckles > “But in the abstract, I’d say it’s a rare and good thing. If you’ve found a person who challenges you and who’s worth that depth of soul-sharing, then you’ve found a gift worth fighting for.”

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

I’m currently working my way through The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, by Dorothy L. Sayers as fast as I can. I absolutely love these books! The characters are drawn with subtle nuance and psychological accuracy, and I love Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. The dialogue is witty and realistic. The plots are classy and smart. Everything about this series is a win for me.

The only Dorothy Sayers novel I've read was Gaudy Night, set at Oxford. It's in the Lord Peter Wimsey series. Sayers is  excellent--as you said, smart and witty.

What are you working on now?

The third book in the No Less Days series.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook: Facebook
Goodreads: Goodreads

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You can read a sample of Amanda's book HERE

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

I’m always up for book recommendations! Has anyone else read Dorothy L. Sayers? If I love Lord Peter Wimsey (and the mystery genre in general, more noir less cozy), what should I read next?

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2 comments:

Patricia Hawes said...

Not sure, if I have read hers. I mostly read Amish books and some from Guideposts.

Trish Perry said...

I know Graham Greene is considered one of the leading classic noir writers out there. I've only read his Our Man in Havana, but I really enjoyed it. His British style and humor is incorporated in his "entertainments," which is what he called his thrillers, versus his more serious books ("Catholic novels"). If you enjoy Dorothy Sayers, you'll probably enjoy Greene. Also, he was recruited into M16 at one stage in his life, so his point of reference is a good one!

 

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