Sunday, December 16, 2012

THE CHRISTMAS STALKING - Lillian Duncan - On Free Ebook


God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
My life has taken some dramatic turns this year, personally and professionally. I feel as if I’m in a tunnel. I’ve left my “old” life behind and am moving forward. I’m just not sure what it’s going to look like when I get through the tunnel. But knowing God, it will be more awesome than I can imagine.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m married and have two step-children, both are young men. My husband and I live in a small town with our “babies.” Our babies are two dogs and four parrots. So to say our house gets noisy at times is an understatement!
                       
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
My reading habits have definitely changed since I started writing and even more so since becoming a published writer. A lot of the time I devoted to reading has become my writing time so I don’t read as much. But one thing I do is to read outside of my genre more than I used to because I think it makes me more open to other possibilities as I write my suspense stories.

What are you working on right now?
I have a novella that was released this month called THE CHRISTMAS STALKING. It was my first novella and I loved it. And what a challenge to incorporate suspense, a Christian message, and a Christmas theme in one story.

I’m also working on final edits for the second in my Sisters By Choice series. It will be out sometime next year but I don’t have a release date yet.

What outside interests do you have?
My husband and I camp—if you can call an air-conditioned camper with cable and wi-fi camping! We also are on a bowling league together. I also dabble in some art and some other crafty activities—like stamping and card-making.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
When I choose Ohio as the setting, it may be a real or fictional town. If fictional, it will have elements of one or more than one town that I’m familiar with. When I choose settings outside of Ohio, I usually pick a place I’ve visited so I have some idea what I’m writing about.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Jesus, of course. I would love to know more about his childhood. It would be awesome to sit around and reminisce and share stories of his childhood.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I’d known about American Christian Fiction Writers. It’s an awesome group and I’m convinced I still wouldn’t be published if I hadn’t found it. 

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I’m having some ongoing health issues that I’m dealing with. And the Lord is teaching me how to face adversity and the unknown in a godly manner and with a smile on my face.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Number one is to be part of a critique group, either on-line or in person. Critiquing will make you a better writer. Not only because others will point out your weaknesses, but also as you critique others works, you will be able to recognize your own weaknesses.

Number two is to pick a genre and stick to it. And no you can’t create your own genre, such as the suspenseful, comedic, literary for singles genre. It needs to be a recognized genre. Publishers must be able to place your book into a genre slot. Once you’re rich and famous, you’re allowed to write out of your genre, but until then you’re not!

The third piece of advice is to NEVER give up. NEVER—NEVER—NEVER!

Tell us about the featured book.
The Christmas Stalking is a romantic suspense novella. It’s only available as an e-book at this time. It features Destiny-a very famous country music star. She has everything she dreamed of and more. Fame. Wealth. Beauty. Adoring fans. Oh, yeah and a stalker!

As the stalker escalates, she decides it’s time for Destiny to disappear and let Holly Stone take over her own life again until the stalker can be apprehended. She goes back to the      Adirondacks where she spent time as a young girl. She reconnects with an old friend and...that’s where the fun begins.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Holly Stone needed a place to hide. Well, not Holly Stone, but the persona she had become—Destiny, Nashville’s brightest country music star. Her sultry voice and trademark long, blonde hair had made her famous—her only goal in life.

Unfortunately, along with the notoriety came unwelcomed attention from a stalker. Not just any run of the mill crazy, but one who mailed her a dead cat. That had been enough for her. She skirted the security team’s suggestion, attended a charity concert in her blonde wig, and then two-stepped it out of town.

Now, her car’s headlights flashed on the welcoming sign for the Village of Serenity and Peace, better known by the locals as plain old Serenity. Legend said a group of monks hid behind their cowls and founded the little town in the wilds of upstate New York.

What better place was there than where she’d spent so many wonderful summers with her grandparents? She could ditch the wig, hide, and celebrate Christmas. Of course, she would spend this Christmas just the way she had last year—alone.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is www.lillianduncan.net and I have a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lillian.k.duncan


As an early Christmas gift to your readers, anyone who purchases a copy of THE CHRISTMAS STALKING can receive a FREE e-copy of either DARK ALLEYS or GEESE MATE FOR LIFE. Once you purchase it, simply go to my website (www.lillianduncan.net) and send me the order number. I will email you a copy of the book of your choice. Merry Christmas to all!!

Thank you, Lillian, for sharing this book with us today.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
The Christmas Stalking (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza)


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14 comments:

Garry Lee Fryman said...

Enjoyed your interview. Please don't enter me in the drawing as I don't have an e-reader. Your novella sounds fascinating. I'm sorry to hear about your ongoing health issues and will be praying. Blessings, Susan Fryman

Lillian Duncan said...

Thanks for the prayers, Susan.

Norma S said...

Hi Lillian,
Thank you for a chance to win "The Christmas Stalking ".I like to read romance and suspense books.This sounds like a good one.
God bless you and a Merry Christmas.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Mary Preston said...

Very generous thank you.

THE CHRISTMAS STALKING looks like such a thrilling read.

Mary P

QLD AUSTRALIA

rubynreba said...

The Christmas Stalking looks so very interesting. Thanks!
Beth from IA

Diana Flowers said...

I would love to win this -- sounds absolutely intriguing! I have been having health issues as well, Lillian, and it's no fun, but as you just mentioned it helps us to face adversity with a smile if we will let it! I will be praying for you! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome sounding book!

Diana in SC

dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Hannah said...

I would love to win!
Hannah P.
CA

Merry said...

I love the setting for The Christmas Stalking, please add me to the drawing.
Merry in TX

Marji Laine - Faith-Driven Fiction said...

This novella sounds intriguing! I'd love to win it!

spangldlady said...

Great interview---interesting book. I'd love to win. Please enter my name in the drawing. Blessings, Darlene from MO

spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

Nancee said...

Thank you for another wonderful interview with Lillian Duncan. Her new Love Inspired Suspense sounds excellent. Thank you for offering this contest!
Nancee in Michigan
quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Lillian Duncan said...

Thanks for all the great comments and the prayers. They help. I hope everyone one has a wonderful Christmas.

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Abigail
Blanch, N.C.