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Monday, January 6, 2020

Carol Nemeth and Free Books!

While Park biologist Ruth Campbell and park policeman Gage Hampton search for the treasure, La Cruz de San Mateo, they’re intent on discovering who’s leaving bodies on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of James Miller's Christian romantic thriller, No Pit So Deep, is:


and the winner of the free copy of Joy Massenburge's African American contemporary Christian romance, A Heart Surrendered, is:


Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you both via email, and we'll get your books 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 me introduce you to novelist Carol Nemeth, author of the romantic suspense novel, Ocean of Fear, Faith in the Parks Book 3 (Winged Publications, March 2019).

A native North Carolinian, Carol has always loved reading since childhood and enjoyed making up stories since junior high school, most based in the places she's lived or traveled to. She worked in the National Park Service as a Park Aid and served in the US Army where she was stationed in Italy and traveled to over thirteen countries while there.

Carol met the love of her life, Mark Nemeth, also an Army veteran, while stationed in Italy. After they married, they lived in various locations, including North Yorkshire, England. They now live in West Virginia, where, in their spare time, they enjoy RVing, researching/sightseeing and are active in their church.

Carol and Mark have a son, Matt, who is active Army and a daughter, Jennifer, her husband Flint, who is active Air Force, and three awesome grandchildren, Martin, Ava, and Gage. Their four-footed kid, Holly, a black Lab, loves traveling in their RV, and when they pack up to go, she’s waiting inside for them to head out.

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

I studied art in college. I had sketched and drawn as well as written stories since I was young and my father encouraged me to take art in college, so I did. Needless to say, the Lord shut that door after my sophomore year.

It never ceases to fascinate me how many authors are artistically inclined in other areas as well. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Ocean of Fear.

National Park Service biologist Ruth Campbell discovers a body on the beach near Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Her life shifts out of her comfort zone, but not nearly as much as when the newest park policeman, attractive Gage Hampton, arrives to take her statement. She’s determined to stay as far from him as possible. Scarred by her past, Ruth attempts to avoid young men, but she realizes that avoiding Gage Hampton will be a lot harder than she thought.

Another body washes up with the surf, and Gage is intent on discovering who the killer is. When Ruth’s uncle, Owen Lawrence, arrives searching for a long-lost treasure, both Gage and Ruth find themselves pulled into the search, and things become sinister as the killer grows desperate. They attempt to find the treasure before the killer does, and before he snuffs them out.

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

Ruth Campbell’s past has scarred her, but her faith shores her up. She’s extremely uncomfortable around young men, and she attempts to avoid them at all costs. Readers will wonder why but will sympathize with Ruth. You’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) once said, “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” How does that quote affect you as a writer?

I see story ideas everywhere, and I often write them down. Unfortunately, there’s just not enough time to write the stories for all the ideas I come up with.

That's excellent, Carol. I have to say, that only happens to me if I'm of that mindset, and then it happens all the time. I found when I started writing consistently that story ideas happened around me all the time! 

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

I highly recommend the novel Warrior by Linda Knadle Rodante. Although it’s a novel, it deals with Christians and spiritual warfare in the world today. It’s relevant to us as Christians and how we need to 1) be aware of and 2) deal with the spiritual warfare that’s happening around us. It’s an excellent book. I just bought the sequel, Roar. I’m looking forward to reading it, and if it’s half as good as Warrior, it’ll be great.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the fourth book in my Faith in the Parks series entitled Glacier of Secrets. The rough draft is finished, and I’m now working on first edits. It’ll be published in early March.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at jcarolnemeth.com and readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter there. I can be found on Facebook and my Amazon Author Page is HERE. I love chatting with readers, and they can email me at carol.nemeth.cn@gmail.com. I can also be found at Twitter.

The book can be purchased online vis the following button:

I have first chapters from a few of my books on this page: HERE  Just scroll down until you see Ocean of Fear, Faith in the Parks Book 3. Feel free to check out the first chapters of my other books there as well.

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

What is your favorite type of hero? (Cowboy, lawyer, businessman, fireman, soldier, etc.) Be specific, but name more than one if you have more than one favorite.

Thank you, Carol, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Carol has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. 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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Unknown said...

I like everyday heros. The people that go above and beyond to help others. If I need to choose a specific type I would go with EMT/Firefighters because I was one!

Susanne said...

I like law enforcement heros. This sounds like a great read!

kim hansen said...

cool national parks.

Vie said...

I like everyday heroes. Working, honest fellas in any trade. I am intrigued by a series set in the National Parks, so I'd love to read your books. I see that you worked within the parks system. How did you get permission to use the NPS logo for your series? (Just a curious editor wondering--feel free to answer that unrelated question at my email if not here. vherlock(@)yahoo(dot)com.)

Melanie Backus said...

I love doctor, firemen and cowboy heroes.
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Carol N. said...

Hi Unknown. Thank you for commenting. I'm with you. Our everyday heroes deserve our notice & our respect. I consider park rangers in this category because there are also law enforcement in the Park service. Thank you for commenting.

GrandaddyA said...

The book sounds inviting. I have enjoyed visiting the Outer Banks on three occasions and especially the last time, which was about three years ago. I climbed Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Currituck Beach Lighthouses on that trip. As for my favorite type of hero, cowboys have always been at the top of my list. After that, I enjoy books with LEOs as the hero.

Joan A said...

I prefer outdoor or small town guys so cowboys, military, park service, police, firemen, farmers. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

J Carol Nemeth said...

Hi everyone. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to answer your comments individually. Thank you for commenting. I love your answers. You've got some great heroes and I totally agree. These are hardworking guys who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and put their lives on the line for anyone who needs them to.

I enjoyed my time in the park service and no two days were the same. We worked search and rescue, back country patrol, trapped troublesome wildlife and removed them into the back-country, dealt with car accidents, dealt with campers who didn't put their food away and had bears rummage through it. Yes. You read that right. If you can imagine it, we dealt with it. My first park book, Mountain of Peril is based on a lot of my experiences in the Great Smoky Mtns.

Good luck!

Alicia Haney said...

Hi, and Happy New Year to you all! I love heroes and they can be an everyday reg. person, to lawyers, Drs. Nurses, Mechanics, Zoologist , just anyone who is a Great person. Your book sounds like a very good read and I love the cover! I will be adding this book to my TBR list. God Bless you all. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Trish Perry said...

Duh, I had to look up what LEO stood for (Law Enforcement Officers, in case anyone else didn't know). I don't really have a professional type for a favorite hero in a story. I just like a hero who ends up doing and saying things that show he's of noble character.

The more I get to know Carol, the more impressed I am by her life experience. I'm sure your profession(s) reflect well in the stories you write, Carol.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I especially appreciate stories about firemen because all of the firemen in my rural area are VOLUNTEER. They risk their lives and donate their time because they are brave and compassionate citizens. Thanks for your giveaway!

Carol N. said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alicia. I totally agree with you. It's amazing to me just how many every day heroes there are. Folks who give of themselves selflessly for others every day. Those are real heroes.

Carol N. said...

I agree with your assessment of heroes as well, Trish. Heroes are so romanticised in fiction. I like it when they're everyday heroes. Thanks for your comment. I would like to think you're right.

Maria said...

Happy new year! I don't have a favorite type of hero per se. People are heroes once they overcome obstacles to help others.



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