Friday, November 25, 2011

THE JOSHUA COVENANT - Diane and David Munson - 2 Free Books

So glad to have the two of you back on my blog with one of your heart-pounding suspense novels. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
With careers in law and law enforcement, we have lived in the midst of much adversity and trouble. Each one of our “factional” thrillers reveals an aspect of our personal faith in Christ Jesus. We have explored how Eva Montanna, a federal Special Agent and believer, dealt with the death of her sister on 9/11. As Eva’s faith falters, God gives her a new beginning as she tracks down the masterminds who fund terrorism. This feisty and courageous agent learns to rely on God. Also in Facing Justice, another character faces his failures and learns to trust in Jesus.

Our subsequent novels examine the beauty of forgiveness and how we as believers can show the love of Jesus to friends and family (Confirming Justice); how God sends His protection for those who follow Him (The Camelot Conspiracy); reliance on God for all our needs, especially in difficult circumstances (Hero’s Ransom); and how a believer’s firm insistence that she cannot marry a non-believer brings him to a place where he discovers the liberty in Jesus (Redeeming Liberty).

In The Joshua Covenant, readers are immersed in a fast-paced plot as CIA agent Bo Rider is thrust in Israel surrounded by enemies on all sides. We had an intriguing time blending ancient truths from the book of Joshua with modern-day turmoil in the Middle East. God’s promises to His people take center stage.    

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
The Joshua Covenant released on November 11, 2011. Bo Rider CIA is assigned to America’s U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and in his second week discovers there is a spy leaking secrets. Bo and his family are in for a wild ride.

We so enjoyed bringing Bo’s two children to life in Joshua, that we are expanding our writing to young readers.  It is our prayer to release Night Flight in the fall of 2012. While it is aimed at teens, we hope adults will also enjoy reading about Bo Rider and the adventures of his kids. After they adopt a retired law enforcement dog, the family discovers excitement and what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.   

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Diane – Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham. He is sold out for Jesus with Samaritan’s Purse and is never ashamed of the Gospel. He brings the love and truth of Jesus all around the world, including North Korea, South America, Alaska, and everywhere. If only I could have his vision and drive to save the world. He is in my many prayers.

David – Juan Williams, author and former NPR commentator, now with Fox News. While he and I probably don’t agree on many subjects, I think a conversation with Juan would be civil and stimulating. I would like a chance to be salt and light to him.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
David – I would like to interview Judas, the disciple of Jesus, a man who never wrote about his time with Jesus. He was flawed like most of us and betrayed Jesus, but in doing so, he fulfilled God’s plan for Christ’s crucifixion. What would he have to say now? What might he write about his regrets?
Diane – A writer whose work has had a tremendous impact on me and my own writing is George MacDonald, the Scottish writer, pastor and poet, from the late 1800’s. His fiction is genius. My faith is stronger after reading his novels, where he weaves in tenets of the Christian faith in exciting plots, and also the genuine love of Christ. If your readers have not read his books, I urge you to check them out, starting with The Curate’s Awakening.  

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Never give up and keep praying for God’s blessings on the works of your hands. Jeremiah 29:11 says God has a plan for us, a plan to give us hope and a future. Each person is created by God to be unique, with his or her own talents. Diane started writing in the late 1990’s, doing research for an historical fiction. David typed every word she wrote on yellow legal pads. Taking this manuscript to a writer’s conference led to meeting our first publisher and being offered a contract for suspense. The offer came after about eight years of writing, studying the craft of writing, and honing the story. So what we thought was going to happen, didn’t. And God had a better plan for us—to write together stories with a factional twist, using our long careers.

On a final note, nothing is impossible for God.

Tell us about the featured book.

Lena, thanks for the opportunity. In The Joshua Covenant, we blend in David’s days as an NCIS Special Agent and some of Diane’s time as a federal prosecutor. We call our books, “High Velocity Suspense,” but we do not use graphic descriptions. In our latest family-friendly adventure, we ratchet up the intrigue and throw in several surprises as we take readers behind the scenes of espionage in the Middle East.

After years of clandestine spying, CIA agent Bo Rider is posted to the U.S. Embassy in Israel where he is rocked to find a menacing plot against America’s ally. His wife Julia loves being in the ancient land of the Bible and finds her new-found faith in God soaring. She home schools her two children, thirteen-year-old Glenna and eleven-year-old Gregg, bringing them on tours with a Bible scholar. When Bo’s life is threatened by an unknown enemy, he finds help from a surprising person: the same Bible scholar. Plunged into a search for an elusive spy, Bo discovers how God’s covenant to the Jewish people intersects with His prophecy for the end days.

Meanwhile Bo battles sinister forces that challenge not only his loyalty, but also his identity. He faces the greatest threat ever to his career, his family, and his life. (Bo stars in Hero’s Ransom and Redeeming Liberty, but all our books can be read in any order).  In The Joshua Covenant, we give readers a glimpse of tomorrow’s headlines in the Middle East. Although the book is just being released, several events we write about are coming true. Read to the last page for the ultimate thrilling conclusion. 

Please give us the first page of the book.

Julia Rider bounced onto the cable car with a smile, her dream of journeying to this old-new land finally coming true. She marveled at the aqua sea rolling against Israel’s northern coast. Suddenly the steepest cable car in the world lurched and she rocketed down the sharp cliffs.

Panic erupted, crawling up her throat. How could she remain calm in front of her children? Though Gregg and Glenna giggled at the fast approaching water, Julia tried to steel herself. Strong winds jolting the cable car roiled her stomach. She squeezed her eyes shut.

“At the bottom, I’m searching for gold coins,” Gregg shouted over roaring winds.

Julia gripped the middle railing, wishing she hadn’t listened to Clara Cohen. The Ambassador’s wife had coaxed her and the kids to join the last-second tour with other embassy wives to the towering Rosh ha-Nikra and the grottos. Her husband, Bo, toiled at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, completing an urgent project for his new boss, Ambassador Hal Cohen.

Someone shook Julia’s arm and she popped open an eye.

“Mom, look! You’re missing the best part.” Gregg pointed at rugged cliffs zooming by.

            Julia blinked. In her eleven-year-old son’s shining gray eyes she glimpsed a much younger version of Bo. Would he follow his father’s footsteps into the CIA? A shudder ripped through her. Bo lived to take risks and she didn’t want Gregg living in constant jeopardy. At least Bo’s new assignment in the State Department kept him close to home. Well, on most days
            “Cool! Watch those jets diving,” Gregg chirped, his nose plastered against the window.

Julia’s daring glance upwards was rewarded by the sight of a jet swooping dangerously low. She reached for Glenna, and her thirteen-year-old daughter hurtled toward her just as two more fighter jets roared overhead. A moment later a huge explosion and fireball erupted in the sky.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Check out our website:, where readers can sign up for our free, quarterly newsletter. We announce appearances, new releases, and we hold contests.

Also on our website we feature our new blog entitled, “Two ExFeds News Wrap,” where we write a weekly posting about the hit TV show, NCIS, and have offer insiders’ comments on law and justice headlines.

From our website, readers can find our Facebook “Fan” page or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you so much, Diane and David, for dropping by. Our visits are always stimulating. 

Readers, here's a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
The Joshua Covenant (Activity Books)

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Jo said...

This book sounds great and one that I definitely want to read. Please enter me.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Alicia said...

This book sounds very interesting and looks like a great read.

Alicia from NY

Bakersdozen said...

Thanks for the great interview. This book sounds like a great read. I live in S. CA. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Holly Magnuson said...

Sounds like an exciting book. Thanks for sharing it Lena!
Holly from California!

Melissa M. said...

Sounds like a riveting read. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Melissa from TX

Mary Preston said...

Thank you for this opportunity. THE JOSHUA COVENANT looks like an amazing read.



Cindy W. said...

The Joshua Covenant sounds like a great book. I'd love to be entered to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Unknown said...

i don't think i would have picked this book up to read the back cover, Lena, so thanks for writing about it, cause now i have to have it! it sounds awesome, and in my genre, too!
Thanks for a great post and giveaway.



Mark said...

I enjoy their books, would love to win this one

Susan said...

It sounds a bit like "The Last Imam" which was a fantastic read! Hope to win it!

Sarah Elisabeth said...

Wow, I'd say this duo knows how to write suspense!

Sarah from Texas

Deborah M said...

I think the Muson's are the most interesting couple who writes books. With their background it makes it perfect for their suspense novels.
I live in the North Georgia mountains.
Deborah M
debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing
for The Joshua Covenant.
God Bless You!

Dennie Richmond
Blanch, NC

Jackie Layton said...

I love the sound of this book. Thanks for introducing me to these authors and books.
Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

Aizess said...

Intriguing! I really enjoy books about political issues such as Israel. This book promises to be a great story. Please enter me!

I live in New York

Coolestmommy said...

I'm so glad to 'discover' you here!!! I love suspense books, but hate the graphic nature. Sounds like you've hit the winning combo for me.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Mama Cat said...

Thank you for sharing about this book! It does sound like one that I would be interested in - thank you for the chance to win it! Please enter me. Jeanie in Arizona

Rachel Christine said...

This book sounds like a "stay-up-all-night" thriller. My kind of book. I'd like to win it - Thanks for the opportunity. Rachel at

Ann Lee Miller said...

Sounds great!
Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert AZ

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks and God bless!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Diane and David Munson said...

Hello all on Lena's blog,
Thanks for all the interest and great comments. The Joshua Covenant gives you a glimpse at tomorrow's headlines. So check back to see if you won one of the two copies! Have a blessed week,
Diane and David Munson

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Blanch N.C.

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye in Kentucky

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nathanael Richmond said...

Enter me!
Nathanael Richmond
Blanch, NC.

rubynreba said...

Thanks for the chance to win this.
Beth from Iowa.

Vera Godley said...

Please enter me in this book giveaway. I would love to read "The Joshua Covenant" by D & D Munson.

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