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Monday, October 19, 2020

Lillian Duncan and Free Books!

She survived, but what if she isn’t his last victim?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Carol Nelson's Christian women's novel, Audra -- Dying for Life, is:


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And now let's chat with novelist Lillian Duncan, author of the suspense novel (with a little romance thrown in), Jane Doe (Harbourlight Books, June, 2020).

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction.

Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action. Okay, that’s actually two things. She believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word.  

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

I’m short! Very short. I’m 4’8” or at least I used to be. The doctors are saying I’m a bit shorter than that now but I’m not acknowledging that in any way!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Jane Doe.

Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping, but she’s haunted by the memories. First because she doesn’t have any and then because she does. She wants to move forward with her life but one thought stops her. What if she’s not his last victim? As more memories surface she has to decide whether to put it behind her or try to protect others.

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

Even though she’s hit rock bottom (literally and figuratively), she refuses to give up. She not only fights her way back to good health but is willing to do what she must to bring her kidnapper to justice so he can’t hurt anyone else.

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

I’ve been reading The Giver series by Lois Lowry and am loving them even though they were written as young adult novels. They’re quick to read but make you think. I’d highly recommend them to anyone who hasn’t read them yet.

What are you working on now?

To be honest, not a whole lot. I finished writing my Messenger series which is a dystopian novel set in NewAmerica where even saying the name of God is a crime. I think I was so focused on that series, I’m having a hard time starting another project. But I’m not worried. Another story will come when the time is right.

I hear you. I'm even under some deadlines, and the stories are not yet bursting forth. It happens sometimes. I suppose that "fake it 'til you make it" adage occasionally fits with writing. Sometimes I don't remember those moments were even happening when I read back over things I've published!

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love to hear from them. They can visit me at my blog: Tiaras & Tennis Shoes. I also have a devotional blog called Devotions From Puzzle House. They can connect with me Facebook or on Twitter.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Readers, you can read a sample of Jane Doe HERE. Click on Look Inside.

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

How do you find new authors to read? What makes you buy a book? The cover? The blurb on the back? Or the name of the author?

Thank you, Lillian, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Lillian 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. I was unable to enter any of last week's commenters in the book drawing for lack of an email address. Only subscribers were entered.

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Stacey said...

Christian (romantic) suspense is my favorite fiction genre! And this book looks so good. Lately I've been plagued by unpleasant memories and would love to see how your heroine helps others and conquers hers!

As far as choosing what to read, I will gravitate to specific authors mostly because I have less time to read for fun these days. A book cover or title may capture my attention and get me to read the back cover. If the story intrigues me, I may pick up the book. Like your book...great cover, intriguing title, a plot line that grabs me because of what I'm experiencing. I'm looking forward to adding the name Lillian Duncan to my list of must read authors!


Diana Flowers said...

I read the sample & this sounds deliciously creepy! I used to pick books for their lovely covers & realized I was really missing out on some good books that may just show scenery on the cover. So I pick from description 1st now. I love learning about new authors from blogs like Trish's & many others!


Gail H. said...

I nearly always go by the blurb on the back. Most of the time I can figure out if I’ll like it by that only.

Lillian Kay Duncan said...

Stacey, I hope the book gives you some ideas but the best thing is to look to God's Word for any problem.

Lillian Kay Duncan said...

I usually pick from the blurb or recommendations from other people. But I love the covers my publisher creates for my books.

Paula Shreckhise said...

I choose a new author if they are being published by a known Christian publisher. Also if they are endorsed by an author I know and love. Or a book blogger I follow.
This one looks great!
paulamarys49 ( AT) gmail (DOT) com

Trish Perry said...

Stacey, you make a good point about being intrigued by a book's plot line because of what you're experiencing personally. I've had times an aspect of a book has unexpectedly touched on something I've recently gone through, and it's an entirely different level of reading experience.

I watch for book reviews and then look into the book's cover copy and reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If a book is available in audio format, that's a plus, since I can add it to my "reading" while I'm going for my daily walk. I love having a couple of books going at once--one in print, one in my ear, both very different from each other.

And I've become a big fan of suspense over the past several years!

Sarah Taylor said...

I love meeting new Authors and reading their books! This book looks like a great book! Sarahbaby601973(at)gmail(dot)com



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