Monday, August 02, 2010

FEAR NO EVIL - Robin Caroll - Free Book

Readers, I'm interviewing Robin Caroll with her newest romantic suspense. I got to read and review this book as an Advanced Reading Copy. It's a wonderful read. Even my husband, who isn't much of a reader, loved it. Click on the Reviews-Books I've Read tab at the top of the page and go down until you get to the review.

Welcome, Robin. How did this book come about?

I had the opportunity to speak with several former-members of a gang about their finding Jesus in prison. Hearing their stories of gang-life intrigued me. As a mother, learning of how gangs “recruit” children broke my heart. The idea of writing about gangs to raise awareness hit me and wouldn’t let me go until I wrote FEAR NO EVIL.

Tell us about the book’s cover and what makes it unique.

I have to say, my publisher’s art department ROCKS. This particular cover captures the eeriness of the Louisiana bayou, and the subtle eyes in the top trees….shiver! :-)

Please explain and differentiate between what’s fact and fiction in the book.

Of course the story is fiction, but so much of the details of gangs—how they operate, function, recruit, and react—is very much true. Also, the information regarding social services policies and procedures are quite factual.

How much research did you have to do for this book?

 I was lucky that two previous gang members agreed to allow me intensive interviews. They were open and candid and only asked that I keep their identity secret for obvious reasons. Going into the realm of gangland, even by proxy, was so frightening.

What are some of the most interesting things you found about this subject that you weren’t able to use in the story?

Well, the REAL gang information. Names, criminal acts, etc.

What inspired and surprised you while you were writing the book?

What inspired me was the former gang members’ trek to find Jesus, disengage themselves from their gang, and helping lead others to Christ. Their journey story inspired me to keep going, even when the muck of the facts weighed heavily on my heart.

What do you hope the reader takes away from the story?

I hope readers realize how gangs operate, how all our children are at risk if we’re not careful, and how to help with the situation.

What is the next project you’re working on?

I just completed the 3rd book in this trilogy, IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL, which will release spring of 2011. Now I’m writing the first book, INJUSTICE FOR ALL, in a new trilogy.

What do you do when you have to get away from the story for a while?

Beg my husband to take me out to eat! LOL Or, play with my new grandson! :-)

Who, by the way, is beatuiful! Give him a hug for Grandma Lena, too. Please give us the first page of the book.

Fifteen Years Ago
“No más.”

Carlos jerked off the earphones and sat up in bed. The stench of something burning filtered into his bedroom and stung his eyes.


Drogas. Look at you. Repugnante.” His mother’s voice carried easily from the living room, thanks to the thin walls of the mobile home.

Great. His stepfather was strung out on drugs. Again. It’d gotten worse since he’d been laid off at the refinery. So had the fights.

Joya peque–a! Surely his little jewel hid in the corner of her closet, just like he’d taught her. He had to find her, hold her, and sing into her ear until Mamá and Robert finished yet another argument.

Carlos whipped off the covers, slipped out of bed, and crept over the beaten-down carpet to his door.

Readers, you don't want to miss what comes next.

How can readers find you on the Internet? or on facebook under Robin Caroll

Thanks for the interview, Robin. I know what a busy lady you are.
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Katrina said...

love the cover!!

Merry said...

Fear No Evil sounds exciting, the bayou setting makes it suspenseful and dark. I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks!

Naasom said...

Great interview. Congratulations for your job! I'm very interesting in this book. The story of gangs that need Jesus is aways fantastic. I'd like win a copy, please. Thanks.

letrassantas at hotmail dot com

grannyvon said...

I loved the interview and want to win the book. So many people are afraid to write about gangs. Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth Byler Younts said...

OOOOO, sounds really interesting. I 2nd what Katrina said, great cover! And great review/interview. Dontcha just love ARCs!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

What a great interview. My hubby and I are both involved with Prison Ministry and the importance of being there for the children when they are small and not influenced by gangs. I'd love a opportunity to win this book.


fredamans said...

Sounds like a fantastic read! LOVE the cover!

Casey said...

Please enter me, thanks!

Sue said...

Thank you for entering me, this book looks good.

Martha A. said...

This book looks interesting! Please enter me! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Maureen said...

I loved your interview...the excerpt sure left me hanging. I sure would love to read this book!
Thank You

Sheila Deeth said...

The excerpt certainly leaves me wanting to read more. Nice interview, and I'd love to read the book.

Mark said...

I'd love to read it, please enter me, thanks

Cindy W. said...

Awesome cover art! I would love to win a copy of Fear No Evil. Thank you for the chance!

Cindy W.


Linda Kish said...

I don't think I would have noticed the eyes without the mention but then you just keep going back to them.

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Trinity Rose said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the super interview. Please enter me.
Trinity Rose

Lady Araujo said...

The cover is so beautiful. This book sounds great. Enter me, please.

Bakersdozen said...

This book sounds interesting and I would love to read it. I so appreciate these interviews as I can't seem to satisfy my appetitie for reading. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie G. said...

I love the cover! Very interesting! It would make me want to pick it up and see what it was about. Please enter me into the drawing! It sounds wonderful!

God bless!

~Katie G.

wmmahaney said...

I would love to read this.

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Patsy said...

It must have been scary interviewing gang members. I don't know if I could have done it. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anita Yancey said...

I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!


apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book. thanks
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Julia M. Reffner said...

That is a creepy cover and the subject matter of gangs is one I haven't read about in the Christian market, yet.


Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Charity said...

Please enter me:) Thanks!


stacie/adam said...

sounds awesome! please enter me to win the book. =)

Anonymous said...

I have only recently discovered Robin Caroll's books, with Deliver Us From Evil. I would love to win this one!

Edwina said...

The eyes on that cover scared me out of my seat!

I would love to read this book!


Carla said...

Would love to read this book.

Genre Reviewer said...

Sounds like a very interesting novel. Please enter me.


earlymorn23 said...

I think it took a lot of courage to interview gang members. Please enter me in the draw for the free book.

Robyn said...

You caught my attention hook, line and sinker.

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LeeCTne said...

Outstanding idea. Every parent needs to be aware of this.

I'd love a chance to win!



Robin Caroll said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for the kind comments. And I LOVE my cover. I, too, kept going back to the eyes...I think they follow me! LOL

barbjan10 said...

An important book for everyone. We need to be aware of the info in this book. Please enter me in the giveaway and thank you.

Love in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Brenda said...

Would love to win the book.
Great Interview! Thanks for the opportunity!

dancealert at aol dot com

Desiree said...

Sounds like a very interesting book.

barbjan10 said...

I've come back to leave my name for the giveaway again, I hope that is acceptable to you, Lena. This is an exceptional interview and strikes in the center of one of the most vicious infiltrating problems in our nation and the world today. It's a war of it's own and only God can stop it. We need to pray for this cause and these lost people just like we need to pray for our nation. I would appreciate the chance to win this book. I have young grandchildren who need information they can believe and pray about. Thank you.

Grace & Peace in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said... more thought about this book. This author, Robin Caroll needs to be commended for her work and the faith in Christ to be able to tackle such an endeavor. What a beautiful show of trust and faith in Jesus. Jesus is in this, praise Him.
This has been on my mind so much since I first read Robin's interview.

Blessed Be in Jesus,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Nancye said...

I'm already eager to find out what happens next! I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Pammer said...

Great interview! I always love hearing how Robin comes by ideas for her books. She's such an inspiration to me.

LOVE this awesome cover. (That is huge frame worthy in my opinion.) :D

Hugs to you both!

Sarah said...

The sounds like a great book. I would like to win. Thanks for the chance!

srupp1 (AT) embarqmail (DOT) com

misskallie2000 said...

Oh wow, I know I am going to read this book. Gangs are destroying our young people and hopefully this book will help some of our youth to stay away from gangs and help the parents talk to their kids about gangs and why they should stay away from them.
Great interview ladies.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

~Ley said...

Wow, sounds like a really good book. Is this the second book in the series? That's what I got from the interview, and I am such a stickler for reading books in order. :)

Cíntia Mara said...


Long time since I've been here for last time.
This books looks very interesting, with a important subject.

God bless you!

rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks!

Mozi Esme said...

Congrats to the author on the grandson!

And this book looks intriguing.

Janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Carman said...

This book sounds good. I can't wait to read it. :) Please enter me!


barbjan10 said...

Another chance to win this incredible book. I've not read any of Robin's writings as yet, and it is my full intention to do so soon. Many will be blessed by this book.

Grace & Peace,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com