Thursday, October 22, 2015

RUN ... YOU CAN'T HIDE - Janice Olson - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Janice Olson lives not far from me, and we’ve been friends for years. I love her books, which she has Indie published. She spent a number of years in the critique group that meets in my home and really honed her writing skills before she started publishing. I really like her romantic suspense novels.

Welcome back, Janice. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was born into a minister’s home and was raised on the front pew of the church. From a baby, my mother taught my brother and me about the love of God and His amazing grace. Around the age of six, I realized my need of a savior and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I won’t say I was a perfect child from that point forward, or that my way was easy, it wasn’t. However, the day Jesus Christ bought and sealed me by his blood, He also preserved me from experiencing the displeasures of the world. And to this day, I have never regretted my decision to follow Jesus.  

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
That’s a tough one but I’ll answer with two authors I would love to have at a retreat and then add all my writer friends.

James Patterson for his mastery of marketing and his concept of outlining a novel allowing another writer to pick up his outline and write the novel for him.

Debbie Macomber for her ability to make you feel warm and fuzzy while weaving a tale of hearth and home.

Nora Roberts for the suspense she weaves.

Susan Mallory for her command of romance and series.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
Yes, I love to speak to groups and encourage them that they can do the impossible. Since I deal with dyslexia on a daily basis, and I didn’t start writing until 2003, I particularly like to inspire others that they too can reach beyond their limitations and effect change around them or set goals and reach them.

I have taught in retirement centers, writers’ and readers’ group, and also taught biblical studies at women gatherings and at churches. It encourages me when I see a spark of hope in someone else when they realize they too can accomplish something they thought impossible.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I’m not sure I have a most embarrassing moment because my next faux pas is always the most embarrassing one to me. However, one of my more memorable one was the night of my first date with the guy who would be my future husband. When we said goodnight, I called him Harold. The next time I saw him, I called his Harold again, then promptly turned red when he said, “My name is Harry, my grandfather is Harold.” I didn’t forget his name again.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
When people tell me, I would like to write a book, I ask them, what’s holding you back? Their answer is generally work, family, and/or other such things. I smile. If they know me, they know why I’m smiling.

I work full time, have a family, and I write. It’s not the perfect world, nor what I would like to do, but because I am an author, I make time to write.

So my best advice to all the would-be writers reading this, there’s no better time than the present to sit down at that computer or pick up that pen and begin that book. Take some classes, read some books, join a critique or writer’s group, but while you’re learning how, write, write, write. That’s how you become a writer.

Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Run … You Can’t Hide was a story that came to me while driving through the tiny artisan town of Ben Wheeler, Texas. A few miles outside the city limits we saw a sign Cabins For Rent, so my husband turned on the dirt road leading to a resort of sorts. We came upon a beautiful setting of rural cabins in among the tall piney woods with a small sparkling pond.

The thought came to me, this setting would be the perfect place for a person to hide. Consequently, the story of Aimee Hamilton was birthed which was a tough story to write.

Aimee full of spunk and a sense of humor is ever mindful there is a real threat out beyond her little self-made compound of safety. She desperately needs what her neighbor, Special Ops Tom Branigan can supply.

Tom Branigan, medically discharged from the service, wants to be left alone to wallow in self-pity for the hand life has dealt him. When he built on his gated acreage, he didn’t know his land butted up next to the property of a fiery-headed woman with a temper and persistence to match. Now she refuses to be turned away.

When Aimee and Tom meet for the first time it isn’t love at first sight, more like mutual tolerance. She needs his special ops training to stay alive. And though he doesn’t know it, he’s needs her zany, upbeat outlook to learn to forgive and love again.

Together, Aimee and Tom work to keep the killer from getting what he wants … Aimee.

Wow! Please give us the first page of the book.
Aimee Hamilton’s ’57 pickup sprayed a rooster tail of brown dust into the air as her truck barreled down the country road. So far, she’d managed to hit every rut and pothole left behind by the last downpour as she drove at a faster-than-normal rate of speed.

And for what? To catch a man.

Whew! What a change. She hadn’t wanted anything to do with a man since she’d run from one over two years ago. Now she was racing to catch her reclusive neighbor, Tom Branigan, an odd one at that.

Knowing the mailman delivered mail between eleven and one to the mailboxes lining FM 279 at the corner of the County Road 4614, Aimee figured Branigan would wait until after one to drive out to get his mail. She hoped her assumption was correct. If not, she’d be here at eleven tomorrow and stay until she caught the man.

Seeing her quarry standing alongside the mailboxes, thumbing through his mail, she applied her brakes. It wouldn’t do to pelt him with dirt or choke him with dust when she wanted his cooperation. That is, if he stayed long enough for her to ask.

Branigan must have heard her coming. Duh! The man would’ve had to been blind, deaf, and barely breathing not to know she was heading in his direction.

Glancing up from his mail, even with his aviator glasses shielding his eyes, she knew he saw her, but he skittered off toward his Silverado. One of her neighbor’s traits, a barely perceptible limping gait, was even more pronounced today.

Gaze locked on her prey, Aimee aimed her truck in his direction. She wasn’t about to let him get away.

I can hardly wait until my copy arrives. How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me at,

Thank you, Janice, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are as eager to read it as I am.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Run ... You Can't Hide (Texas Sorority Sisters) (Volume 4)

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds exciting. I'd love the chance to read it.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Melissa M. said...

Sounds like a fun read.
-Melissa M. in TN

Melanie Backus said...

Oh, I am so glad to see Janice here today. I had to he privilege of meeting her at RT back in the Spring and she is delightful! I would love to read her great book!

Melanie Backus, TX

Janice Olson said...

Thanks Linda for stopping by and putting in your name. My character is spunky yet scared, and she has a reason to hide. I think you will enjoy reading my book. Janice

Janice Olson said...

Thanks Melissa for stopping by today. It was a fun but hard book to write. My heroine, though feisty, had issues to deal with, one fear. But it's is a fun read ... or at least I think is is. :-) Janice

Janice Olson said...

Thanks Melanie for stopping by. And yes, I remember meeting you at RT, what fun. I believe you will enjoy the book. I'm afraid my zany sense of humor had a lot to do with writing this book and help me write such a serious subject. Janice

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Janice! I love the premise. I can't wait to read Aimee and Tom' story. :)

Caryl in TEXAS

Janice Olson said...

Thanks Caryl. Run was fun, but at places was tough to write. In fact, I stopped several times before I could finish the book. But I think you'll enjoy it.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to read this book...sounds interesting.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Mary Preston said...

Wow indeed, this sounds fantastic.

Mary P


Diana Flowers said...

Love these suspenseful cat & mouse novels! I can see why you can't wait to get your copy, Lena! This one is definitely going on my wishlist. Love the cover!

Diana in SC


Beth Gillihan said...

Love the first page! Sounds like a great exciting read!

Beth in Montana

Kim Amundsen said...

Soundsl like a good read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Kim Amundsen said...

North Platte Nebraska Kim

Anonymous said...

This sounds like something I'd enjoy reading. The synopsis sorta reminds me of a kinda Beauty and the Beast retelling. I'd love to read this!
J.C. -Indiana-

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your amazing giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Edward Arrington said...

Everything about the book sounds interesting. I would love to read it.
Edward A in VA

Janice Olson said...

Wow, I'm excited to see all the response to "Run ..." I loved each comments and the interest in my book. Although there will only be one winner, I hope the rest of you will get the book too and then once you've read it, let me know what you think. I'm always glad when my book reaches a new audience. Thanks, Janice

Terrill R. said...

I went and checked out the whole series on Amazon and they all sound soooo good!

Terrill - WA

Connie said...
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Connie said...

This first page promises us an exciting book. Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY
cps1950 (at)gmail(dot)com

Lourdes said...

First time I've heard of this author book sounds great will have to look up her other books also.

Lourdes in Long Island NY

Brenda Arrington said...

This sounds great. The first page got me hooked. I hope I win a copy. Enjoyed the interview.
Brenda in VA

Pam Graber said...

This book sounds so good! I love romantic suspense and this one sounds like it falls in that genre. Enjoyed reading about it.

Pam in Ohio

Merry said...

Run... You Can't Hide sounds like a terrific book with a lot of sparks!
Merry in MN