Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WOLFSBANE - Ronie Kendig - Free Book

Ever since Ronie's first book released, her stories have blown me away and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. While reading Wolfsbane this month, my own book deadline only allowed me to read it in snatches of time. I loved, loved, loved each of her first three books. This one I loved even more. I can hardly wait for Firethorn in January. Welcome, Ronie. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I almost never go into a story with the intention of writing a “theme” into it. The theme, for me, always comes out of the story organically. But some common themes found throughout my books are about the strength of family, honor, forgiveness.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Firethorn will be out January 1st, 2012, and then the very first military war dog book—WOOT!—will come out August 1, 2012.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan because I am working on my military war dog series and also because I have a three month old puppy who is very skittish but also very “mouthy,” chewing/biting just about everything.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
First—remember WHO you are writing for and that no matter what happens from here on out, if you are using your gift that He gave you, then you give Him pleasure. And that—giving Him pleasure—should be our focus. Beyond that, it’s all up to Him, so while it might be frustrating and part & parcel of the writing industry, remember that He’s in charge, none of this takes Him by surprise, and He still has a plan. Second, remember that getting published doesn’t mean rejections stop. And it doesn’t mean they are any less frequent. Today’s industry is T-O-U-G-H. Rejections continue regardless of who you are and what stage of the game you’re in.

That is so true. Tell us about the featured book.
A female demolitions who unwittingly holds a lethal secret. . .
A former Green Beret grappling with terrifying memories of a mission gone bad. . .
And the jungle that threatens to swallow them whole.

In Venezuela, Danielle Roark and her Army Corps of Engineers team is captured. After six months of captivity, Dani escapes, only to end up charged with espionage and forced to return to the jungle to prove that a nuclear facility exists. On the mission, she is abandoned by God and country. Will she live long enough to make those responsible pay? Haunted by memories of a mission gone bad, former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe wrestles with his developing feelings for the feisty senator’s daughter.

Setting aside his misgivings, he and Nightshade take the mission to help Dani unravel her lethal secrets. Separated from the team leaves Dani and Canyon vulnerable—and captured. After he is rescued, Canyon discovers Dani has been left behind. Livid, he sacrifices everything—including his role with Nightshade—to find Dani.

Can Dani and Canyon fight the nightmare armed with only forgiveness and raw courage? Or will they lose their lives, minds, and each other?

Please give us the first page of the book.

The Invitation
Judicial Building, Virginia Beach
Blood dripped into his left eye.
No. Not blood. Sweat. Hands tight against his hips and fists balled, Captain Canyon Metcalfe blinked away the sting. Another salty drop slid down his temple. Eyes ahead, he focused on his reflection in the massive mirror. Between it and him sat an eight-foot table harboring a panel of three Army investigators from Criminal Investigation Command sent for his one-year evaluation. More like interrogation. And he knew they weren’t legit. Nobody got a review once they were out. This wasn’t about legitimacy. This was about them insuring he’d kept his mouth shut.
Canyon watched his reflection as a bead skidded over his forehead and nose. Felt warm and moderately sticky. So much like. . .
It’s not blood. Not blood.
“Captain, do you have anything to add?” Major Hartwicke lifted the inches-thick file in her manicured hands and stared at him.
“You understand, Captain, if you reveal anything about what has happened here, you will face a full court-martial and dishonorable discharge.”
The voice from twenty-one months ago forged his response. “No, sir.”
Behind the one-way mirror a ghost of a shape shifted. Or was that a shadow? No, he was pretty sure he’d seen the human outline. So, there were more eyes monitoring this so-called review. They’re testing me. No surprise. As a matter of fact, he’d expected them to drag him out of bed in the middle of the night, haul him into the woods, and try to beat a confession out of him.
Innocence didn’t matter. Justice didn’t matter.
Only one thing mattered: silence.
Hartwicke pushed her chair back from the table and stood. “Captain, I don’t understand.” She motioned to the two investigators with her. “We’ve told you the CID believes there is enough. . .ambiguity in the charges and proceedings from thirteen March of last year to question the guilty verdict.” She tilted her head. “In fact, this panel believes you may be innocent.”
“You are not innocent in this brutal crime, Captain Metcalfe. No matter your role, you are guilty. As the officer in charge, you bear that responsibility. Do you understand?”
The eyes of the government held no boundaries. They saw everything. Knew everything. One way or another. Always waiting to throw him away for good. Just as they’d done with the villagers.
Her shoes scritched against the cement floor as she stepped nearer. “Why are you doing this?” she whispered. “Why would you throw away your career?”
Throw away his career? Was she kidding? It’d been ripped from his bloodied hands in a colossal mistake twenty-four months ago. Canyon ground his teeth together. She didn’t deserve a response if she thought this was his choice.
A chair squawked, snapping his gaze to the second investigator who moved from behind the table, his gaze locked on Canyon. What did they want from him? He’d kept the dirty little secret. Lived with it. Relived it night after painful night. Living when she died.
Brown eyes cut off his visual escape. “Captain Metcalfe,” Major Rubart said in a low, controlled voice. “I don’t know what they”—he rolled his eyes to the side to indicate the one-way mirror—“told you or what they used against you as a threat in retaliation for talking, but I think you know something.”
Despite his every effort not to, Canyon looked at the mirror.
“You know the truth about that fateful night, don’t you?”
The words yanked his eyes to Rubart’s. Did this officer really want the truth? Or was this another test? What Canyon wouldn’t do to tell, to right the wrong, to relieve the burden. . . But that’s just what they wanted him to do—relieve his mind and prove they were right, that he could be coerced into talking. That he was weak.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers! I can be found at my website, www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (ronie.kendig) or on Twitter (roniekendig). 

Ronie, it's always a special pleasure to host you on my blog. See you again when Firethorn releases.

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Anonymous said...

Frist comment....WooHoo!! I would be blessed to win a copy of this book. ANGELA CHESNUT FROM KY

Sandy Jay said...

This whole series sounds great. I'm putting them on my TBR list. I'd love to win this one.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

from Michigan

Unknown said...

Thanks Lena and Ronie for a great post and giveaway. i have been looking for a Ronie book but don't have a lot of outlets in my area. would love to win any one of hers. mitzi_wanham at yahoo dot com from Peace River Country, Alberta

Ronie Kendig said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Lena! And thanks, Angela, Sandy, and Marianne for signing up! You've made my day! :-D

Susan Falck said...

Looks like a must read. Can't wait!

Unknown said...

I have yet to read any of Ronie's books, but am looking forward to it.

Enter me in the contest.

Kim Brady said...

Have read the first 2 books in the series in the last 5 days. Thrilled to read this one, but, sad because the next one isn't out until Jan 2012. If you haven't read her books, get ready. You won't want to put it down. Excellent storytelling! She will get you hooked fast.

Lourdes said...

Sounds wonderful would love to win.

Lourdes11743 at gmail dot com

Huntington, NY (Long Island)

Michelle said...

I cannot begin to say how badly I want to read this book. Please enter me.

mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net


Rebecca said...

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

I am from Oklahoma.


wmmahaney said...

I have heard nothing but great things about this series of books. This one looks great.
I live in Michigan.

Jo said...

Would love to read this book. Please enter me.


Rose said...

Your book sounds fantastic!!!
from Walla Walla WA

apple blossom said...

love to win thanks
I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Greer/ohio said...

Hi, my son would love to read this book...but since he's away in another country, I'd like to win it for him...Thanks for a chance :)

Ms. Greer

Joyce said...

Great interview, thanks for a chance to win this book.

Joyce in TN

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

WA state

Kristie said...

That was good advice about just pleasing God. I'll remember that. Thanks. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com I'm from Ohio. Thank you.

Cindy W. said...

I would absolutely love to win a copy of Wolfsbane. I love Ronie Kendig's work. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

I live in Northeast Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


mariska said...

Yes..yes..i want to win and read this book !

Mariska - indonesia

peachykath said...

This book sounds really interesting. Please enter me in the drawing for this book. Thank you.

Katherine from Northern California


Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me.
Blanch, N.C.

Anonymous said...

The book sounds like a great read. I'm a subscriber and a follower gfc. Please enter me!

Brenda from Michigan
dancealert at aol dot com

Unknown said...

I read the first two books in this series and I loved them! Can't wait to read this book and would love to win a copy!
Kari in Oregon

A.Carpenter/Ohio said...

Would love to win this book....thanks, A.Carpenter

cynthia said...

Thank you for reminding me the main cause of why e write--not to get published or to target a particular editor or agent, but because God created us to be creative in this way. Thank you for that reminder during the frustrating times.
I'm from the San Francisco bay area.

Jaedyn said...

Looks awesome! Definitely going on my wishlist in case I don't win. :) Thanks!


Bakersdozen said...

I have read so many books by so many Christian authors, I am surprised that I haven't read any by this author yet. I will definitely add her books to my wish list. I live in S. CA.

Sarah said...

Would love to win!

Sarah H

sarahw said...

i love, love,love her books, and i would be honored to win this one. great looking cover too.
sarahw- Mt.Lake, MN