Sunday, June 26, 2011

FOREVER AFTER - Deborah Raney - Free Book

Welcome, Deb. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
I always feel guilty when my name stands alone on the cover because, as you say, so many people are involved in bringing a book to life. Since the issues Forever After deals with are set around firefighting and a homeless shelter, people from those groups were key to my research. Among the firefighters and their wives who answered questions for me, were my niece and her firefighter husband. I’m not sure I could have written the book without their insight and info. I also depended heavily on my experience as a volunteer at our local homeless shelter, and all the workers and clients there. And as always, my critique partner, Tamera Alexander, early readers Terry Stucky and Courtney Walsh, and my editor at Howard, Holly Halverson. Others too numerous to mention help with research and “author support.”

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
I’ve just come off a busy conference season, teaching at Mount Hermon in California, and in North Carolina at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. My calendar isn’t nearly as busy the next couple of months since I have a new book to finish before July 1! But I am keynoting the all-school reunion in my hometown of Lyons, Kansas over the 4th of July, and I have a book signing in Newton, Kansas on July 9. It’s always a joy to meet my readers there! The next event after those is the Gideon Media Arts Conference in North Carolina in August, and the ACFW Conference in September in St. Louis, where I’ll be teaching a two-hour workshop with Tammy Alexander.  

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
That’s easy! It would be in the beautiful state of Missouri where our three little grandsons live! We have a fourth grandbaby due in July in Iowa, so I’ll soon be torn about the answer to that question!

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Don’t rush the process. It takes time to learn the craft of writing. It takes time to find the right agent and publishing house. Sometimes I’m afraid new writers rush ahead of God and miss the blessings he has for them even in rejection and in that waiting time.

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I’m not a huge fan of cruises, so I’m afraid I’d cancel the cruise and invite the celebrities to come to Europe instead. (Can I do that?) I’d ask retired Army chaplain Jeff Strueker (of Blackhawk Down fame) to speak; music would be provided by Shannon Labrie (talented daughter of my novelist friend Stephanie Grace Whitson), and the Steel Wheels (lead singer grew up next door to us), and the incomparable Liz Curtis Higgs would also speak and emcee the whole event (along with taking us all on a guided tour of Scotland!)

I would go to Europe with you. Tell us about the featured book.
Forever After is second in the Hanover Falls Novels series, picking up the story of Lucas Vermontez and Jenna Morgan. Lucas was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy's beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders what he could possibly offer Jenna. Jenna is trying to grieve her husband's death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future

Please give us the first page of the book.

Forever After
Chapter One

Thursday, November 1

Lucas Vermontez clutched the mask to his face and forced out a measured breath. His air-pack fed a steady line of filtered, compressed air, but the thick wall of smoke in front of him carried him to the brink of claustrophobic madness.
He sucked in oxygen and exhaled again. He could not panic! Standing statue-still in the smoky darkness, he strained to discern the human voices he was sure he'd heard mere seconds earlier. But his helmet and hood created their own "white noise" and no sound pierced them save the roar of the fire.
The concrete beneath his feet shuddered and an explosion rocked the building. He dropped down on all fours, scrambling for protection from the debris that rained down on him. Beside him, Molly Edmonds went down, eyes wild behind her mask. She quickly regained her feet, motioning wildly behind them toward the entrance they'd come in.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the pipes overhead trembled and several beams bowed beneath the weight of the building.
They didn't stand a chance if the structure collapsed. He and his comrades were in the belly of the beast––the basement of the former hospital that now housed a homeless shelter––with three stories rising above them.

Where can we find you on the Internet?
I’d love to see you over at my website: Or as a Facebook friend:, or follow me on Twitter:  

Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Deb.

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Jo said...

Great interview and this sounds like such a great book. Please enter me.


Marianne said...

Love Deborah Raney's books! Thanks for the great interview/post and chance to win this book Lena and Deborah! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River Country, Alberta

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like an interesting story.


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scottsgal said...

Love to tour Scotland
cheryl in il
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Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This book looks great. I would love to read this book. Thanks again.

I am from Oklahoma.


Anonymous said...

I would be blessed to win a copy of this book. I love the cover.

Sarah said...

This looks like such a great story!

Sarah H.

Patsy said...

Would love to read this book. It sounds great!

From the Bible Belt


Judy said...

I really enjoyed the interview with you Deborah. I think it is so neat to learn a little about the author.

This book sounds like a good read and I'd love a chance to win "Forever After".

God Bless,

Judy B from IN

Lindsey said...

How exciting, I love Deb's books! I can't wait to read this one. :)


Tom Blubaugh said...

Very nice interview, especially since you want to come to Missiour. We live in Springfield, 40 miles north of Branson. Beautiful country. I wish you much success with your novel.


Tom Blubaugh
Night of the Cossack

Krista said...

I have been eagerly awaiting this book. I cannot wait to read it! Please enter me! :)

Krista from Gresham, OR

apple blossom said...

love to win thanks

live in ND

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Pam K. said...

I've read the first book in Deb's Hanover Falls series so would love to win a copy of "Forever After." Deb is a great writer and nice lady.We both live in Kansas so I'm fortunate to have met her several times. Thanks for featuring her new book and for the giveaway.


Edwina said...

This book sounds great!Please enter me in the drawing.

Edwina from Georgia

Deborah Raney said...

Lena, thanks for the fun interview! I always enjoy time spent on your blog.

And best of luck to all who entered the drawing. I appreciate all your comments and support!


Kristie said...

Wow!! I wonder what that would be like to be relieved about your husband's death. I love my guy and can't really imagine that feeling for myself. I know people that would feel that way though. Sadly. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Faith's Grandma said...

Would love to win this book.....

Faith's Grandma/Ohio

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book! Please enter me! Thanks!

WA State


Jackie S. said...

Deb is one of my favorite authors; love her books. Hoping to win this one...please enter me! From NE Georgia!!

Robyn said...

Please enter me. Sounds like a great book.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

Count me in. :)

Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert AZ

Emma said...

Great interview. This book sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the chance to win this.PA.

Faith's mom said...

Would like to win this book, sounds interesting....


Bakersdozen said...

What a nice interview. I love the idea behind this book and I would love to read it. I live in S. CA.

Sarah said...

I love Deborah Raney's writing. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

Abigail said...

Enter me

S.Thompson/Illinois said...

This book sound wonderful, I'd love to win it. Thanks

Shirley T.

Merry said...

Forever After is on my wish list, it sounds like a touching, engaging story. Please include me in the drawing, thanks!
Merry in TX