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Monday, November 13, 2017

Debra Marvin and Free Books!

Can Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective help her stay out of jail when she finds herself implicated in the death of a handsome professor?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of A Waltz for Amber, by Kimberly Rose Johnson, is:


Congratulations! We'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 chat with novelist Debra Marvin, author of the historical cozy mystery, The Case of the Clobbered Cad (Journey Fiction, August 2017).

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction and Barbour Publishing, and has been a judge for the Grace Awards for many years.

Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.

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

I travel with a gnome named Gnorman.

How very Travelocity of you!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Case of the Clobbered Cad.

Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls' Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground and they grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until...

Heather Munro’s youthful sleuthing led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master's Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her classes. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archaeology collection, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, one she’d hoped never to see again.

As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish archaeologist she longs to believe in.

That sounds like a fun read, Debra!

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

Heather Munro is smart, kind and enjoys witty conversation. She could easily be the gal you’re glad to have as a good friend. She’s used to working hard toward her goal and while she’s always been open and giving, the pain of a recent betrayal causes her to be extra tough on herself when she almost falls for a charming professor. Things get worse when he’s murdered and she has to face too many embarrassing reminders!

What is the most positive thing you can tell my readers about the state of Christian fiction today?

Christian fiction continues to provide entertaining and thought-provoking fiction with a Christian worldview and its genres are ever-widening.

I agree. That widening has increased with the emergence of independent publishing, I think. 

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

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, by Susanne Dietze. Susie found just the cutest way to make a simple complication in a mail-order bride story into a super entertaining and sigh-producing novel!

What are you working on now?

I’m plotting my second mystery with Heather, which will be published n 2018 and set in Ireland.

Where else can readers find you online?

Far too many places! I’d suggest my Facebook Author page or my Amazon Author page. Both are under Debra E. Marvin, and easy to find.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

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

Do you find you have an abundance of options for reading Christian fiction, and if so, does it make you more likely to put a book aside and start a new one?

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Debra E. Marvin said...

Thanks Trish! I agree that Christian Book Heaven is a great way to learn about deals on Christian Fiction. It's a new and fast-growing promotion tool that is a benefit for readers and authors!

Thank you for hosting me and I look forward to chatting with your readers!

Library Lady said...

I would put a book aside only if it didn't keep me glued to the page.
As for an abundance of Christian Fiction books, I volunteer in the Church Library and have for almost 40 years. The library is 75 years young and we have books for all ages. I'm also the "book buyer" since I know what we have and what books people enjoy reading.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Thanks for commenting, Janet! You must have seen a lot of changes in Christian fiction over those years! And Thank you for all that service to your community.

Pam K. said...

I do find I have lots of options for reading Christian fiction. I love that there are so many genres now. I try to be pretty discerning about the books I get so I rarely put a book aside without finishing it. My TBR pile is certainly growning. There are books buried in that pile that I was anxious to read but others came along that pushed them aside in priority. I hope to get to them someday!
Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy cozy mysteries so this appeals to me.


Faith Creech said...

I love reading Christian fiction and esp. like cozy mysteries. I read both hard back books and on my iPad.
Thanks for your giveaway!

Anne Payne said...

I love the cover! Sounds like a good mystery. I'm not one to put a book down and not finish it unless it is incredibly boring. I've run across a few like that in Christian fiction but it's not the norm. Of course, I'm quite particular now about which authors I choose to read. Too many stories seemed 'cookie cutter' after a while.

Debra E. Marvin said...

Hi Pam.
I agree. Twenty years ago when I first discovered any kind of Christian fiction, it seems the number of authors was very low. Now I could never keep up with the authors I like unless I won the lottery--and quit writing, too. Thanks for commenting!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Hi Faith!
Sounds like The Clobbered Cad would be a good fit for you. While 'cozy mystery' now has many genres (So many of them are contemporary with the main street setting), some readers still think of cozies as Agatha Christie, but she really is 'classic or traditional' and her sleuths never put themselves in danger like the protagonists in the modern cozies often do.
Thanks for commenting!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Hi Anne!
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the fact you've done some reviewing for me--it means a lot!
I admit that I tend to give up on books far too quickly. I have too many on my kindle to choose from and I can only read for those few moments at night before I fall asleep. Without audiobooks, I'd be sunk!

Trish Perry said...

I can't say I've ever put aside a Christian novel, but as I get older I do find myself more likely to put aside a mainstream novel if it doesn't grab me. There just isn't enough time to get to every book I want to read, as Pam says above. I don't want to waste time on a novel that seems to be wasting my time!



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