Monday, February 24, 2014

THE THIEF - Stephanie Landsem - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus the Chance to Win a Kindle Fire HDX

Bio: Stephanie Landsem loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she's explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she's not writing, she's feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.

Welcome back, Stephanie. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I never planned to write Biblical fiction, but one day I was listening to the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, and I just knew I had to tell her story. Since then, I’ve discovered that I love delving into ancient history and imagining what it was like to live in the time of Jesus.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I guess it would be a tie between the birthdays of my four kids. I didn’t know until my oldest was born how much I would love being a mom.

How has being published changed your life?
I had to learn how to juggle! I have so much more going on now, in addition to my vocation as a wife and mother.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading a book called Consider the Birds, it’s a lovely, prayerful discussion on the birds of Biblical times.

What is your current work in progress?
The Tomb, the third book in The Living Water Series. It is a surprising story of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.

What would be your dream vacation?
A trip to the Holy Land with my husband and children.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
In Biblical fiction, I choose the characters, and the characters dictate the settings: Samaria, Jerusalem, and Bethany.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My dad. I live in the Midwest and my parents are on the west coast, so I don’t see them much. My dad is very quiet and I’d love to just have an evening with just him, to hear his stories of growing up and his thoughts on everything from politics to his grandchildren.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to cook, especially in the summer when there is lots of fresh produce and berries available. With four teenagers, I have plenty of people willing to eat!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time management. I have a set schedule that I try to stick to. Writing in the morning, with no distractions, then marketing and social media in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening, as well.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t despair! Write, and don’t worry if what you write looks terrible. Sleep on it and go back the next day. It almost always looks better than you first thought.

Tell us about the featured book.
Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Mouse darted through the crowded streets of Jerusalem. His name suited him. Small and drab, he fled from one street corner to the next as though stalked by an unseen predator. Dirt and ash streaked his face, and the tatter of wool covering his head was no less filthy. Both his worn tunic and the cloak over it looked like they had been made for a man twice his size.

Not a head turned as he zigzagged around caravans, street vendors, and plodding donkeys. He was invisible—poor, dirty, worthless. Just another half-grown boy in the lower city whose parents couldn’t afford to feed him. If a Greek trader or a Jewish woman noticed him at all, that’s what they’d see—just what Mouse wanted them to see.

Mouse skirted the hippodrome, built by Herod the Great to show off his fastest horses, and moved like a trickle of water past slaves carting oil jars and women haggling over the price of grain. He didn’t stop to admire the trinkets laid out under bright awnings. He couldn’t be late.

There had been no food in his house for days, and the rent was due. Another week and the landlord would throw them into the street.

Thou shalt not steal, the commandment said.

A familiar voice whispered in his mind, dark and compelling. You don’t have a choice.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is:

thiefbloggerbuttonDon't miss Stephanie Landsem's outstanding sophomore effort, The Thief.

Best-selling author Tosca Lee had this to say of the book: Filled with memorable characters, The Thief is a tale of hopelessness turned to hope, of high stakes made higher, and ultimate love. What happens when a character at the lowest rung of society crosses paths with the most well-known figure in history? The story of The Thief. I couldn't stop reading.

Stephanie is hosting a Kindle Fire HDX and book giveaway at her website. CLICK THE BUTTON to find out more and enter to win.

Find out what readers are saying HERE. (Click the REVIEWS bar.)

Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing this new book with us.

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The Thief  -
The Thief: A Novel (The Living Water Series) - Amazon
The Thief: A Novel (The Living Water Series) - Kindle

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Britney Adams said...

I have heard great things about THE THIEF and would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for sharing Stephanie's interview and the giveaway opportunity!

Britney Adams, TX

Melanie Backus said...

Lena, thank you for a gret interview and the giveaway of The Thief. This sounds like a great book.

Melanie Backus, TX

mongupp said...

I just read the Thief and it was amazing! Some scenes gave me the shivers!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book. I always love reading Biblical fiction.
J.C. -Indiana-

Unknown said...

Thank you Lena, for having me on your blog and for sharing The Thief with your readers!

Mary Preston said...

THE THIEF is already on my radar. It does sound amazing.

Mary P


Litany said...

I would love to win a copy. I have heard really great things. I love the concept behind The Thief.

Litany from Orangeburg,sc

Unknown said...

The Thief Looks like a great read. I have not read any of Stephanie's books but I like the way she has written her stories to recapture Biblical personalities in a different way.
Thank you

Jan H said...

I love Biblical fiction. This book sounds different than any other that I have read. The more I hear about this book the more I want to read it.

Jan Hall TX

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks Awesome!!!
Please enter me!

Blanch, N.C.

sm said...

We have been to the Holy Land twice and it is lifechanging! It is surreal to look at roads, buildings and ruins and realize Jesus walked those roads. Hard to absorb. would love to win and read your book. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!
Thanks for the Giveaway!!!

Sydney Harries, GA

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win!

Courtney C. from AR

Library Lady said...

Thanks for entering me in your giveaway for the book, "The Thief" by Stephanie Landsem.
I enjoyed reading the interview.
Janet E.