Monday, February 09, 2015

DEADLY ECHOES - Nancy Mehl - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I read this book last week. It’s another book in Nancy’s series set in a town named Sanctuary. I’ve loved all these books, and I think this one is my favorite. She writes romantic suspense novels that cross the lines between Mennonites and non-Mennonite people. The characters in this one were especially poignant. Their losses really touched my heart and are still with me. You won’t want to miss this book.

Welcome back, Nancy. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
One theme overrides any other, and that is that God has a plan for our lives. All of us are unique and no matter what mistakes we make or what trials we endure, His plan never changes.

I like to encourage readers to see themselves as God sees them. Special, anointed, gifted, and completely and passionately loved. I believe it’s hard to become everything God has created us to be without first understanding how deeply we’re loved, forgiven, and accepted by our Father.

That is so true. What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’m working on a cozy Amish mystery series, along with several other authors, for Guideposts. The first book in the series will release later this year. Also, the third book in my Finding Sanctuary series, Rising Darkness will be out toward the end of 2015.

I want to feature the Finding Sanctuary book on the blog. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I thought a lot about this question, and to be honest, it wouldn’t be anyone famous. I would spend the evening with a friend I don’t get to see often. Several come to mind, including Laurel Johnson. It’s been many years since we’ve been together. She doesn’t travel, and I haven’t been able to drive to see her. I would love to spend an evening talking about life and writing. She’s one of the best writers I’ve ever known. I worry sometimes that we’ll never see each other again in this life.

I hope you get that opportunity soon. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I have a deep appreciation for Joseph. He went through so much, but he never lost faith in God. His patience and faith touched me deeply. And when he could have paid back evil for evil, he chose forgiveness and love. When studying him, I had a reaction that surprised me. When it was time to go on to something else, I actually broke down and cried. I felt as if I were saying goodbye to a close friend. I desperately want to be more like him.

He is one of my favorite Bible heroes, too. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I’d ask them if they’d like to see my file of rejections. It’s quite a thick file! Here’s the thing: If you believe God has called you to write – then write. Work hard to learn more and hone your skills – that’s your part. But then you must trust God to open the right door at the right time. It sounds easy, but it isn’t. Many writers give up along the way. Be stubborn. That “yes” you’re looking for could be right around the corner. The best writing advice I ever received? Never give up.

Tell us about the featured book.
Deadly Echoes is about Sarah Miller. After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide—even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
The old familiar fear returned with a vengeance, along with the musty smell of neglect and the sweet scent of sweat.

I was back in that small dusty place under the stairs. The one place in the house that escaped Mom’s rigorous weekly cleaning. It was used to store things that were only needed on special occasions. Like our old luggage and the cane Dad used when he sprained his ankle.
But this night, the often ignored storage area was the most important place in the entire world. Hannah’s arms tightened around me, and she whispered in my ear that I must be quiet. That I couldn’t say a word, couldn’t sneeze, even though the dust tickled my nose. The terrible noises from outside had stopped and now there was nothing except an awful silence. The only sound left was our rapid breathing. Hannah breathed in, I breathed out. Without meaning to, I began to inhale and exhale in harmony with my sister. In and out. In and out. Tears slipped down my face unbidden, but I ignored them and concentrated only on our labored breaths. It was the one thing I could control.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is located at:
They can also find me, along with several other mystery and suspense authors, on the Suspense Sisters:

Thank you for this opportunity. You’re a blessing!

It's always a pleasure to have you visit my blog, Nancy.

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Deadly Echoes -
Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary) - Amazon
Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary Book #2) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela from Ky

Anonymous said...

sounds like a great book! Shelia from MS

Nancy Mehl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Angela and Shelia! Good luck!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Wow! Reading this first page makes me want to run to my library! Thank you and blessings!
Connie from the Bluegrass State, KY

Lucy Reynolds said...

Thank you for the review and chance to win. Have a blessed day from Montrose WV

Brenda Arrington said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. The first one was very good. I live in VA.

Nancy Mehl said...

Thank you, Brenda. :)

Anonymous said...

Murder? Mystery? Suspense? I'm in!
J.C. -Indiana-

Mary Preston said...

Such an exciting first page thank you.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I would really, really love to win this book.Thank you for the chance to win.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Sheila Deeth said...

Wow. You've hooked me with that excerpt. Sheila from OR

Pam Graber said...

THIS IS THE SECOND OR THIRD SERIES I've read by Nancy Mehl and all have been great!! I look forward to reading Deadly Echoes!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

Nancy Mehl said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I wish you could all win!

Melissa M. said...

Sounds quite intriguing! Thanks!

-Melissa M. from TN

rubynreba said...

Romantic suspense books are a favorite of mine!
Beth from IA

Samantha T said...

Would love to win and read! Samantha from KY

Merry said...

Thanks for a peek at Deadly Echoes, it sounds great!
Merry in MN

Mary Hart said...

Sounds like a good book,one that I would love to read!

Mary from Missouri

Hannah Corner said...

This book sounds so good and I love finding a new author (to me) to check out! I'm Hannah in FL.

susanlulu said...

When I read the first page and got to the word "teacher," I was drawn in! Sounds like a great book!
Susan in NC

Megan Parsons said...

I love Nancy's books! Would love to win. Thanks!
Megan in Missouri
makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I have heard good tings about this book from authors!! WI want to read this one!


Melissa Oldaker said...

Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Melissa O in NC

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

kam110476 said...

Hi Nancy & Lena! Wow, I am hooked! I just bought the first book in this series, but haven't read it yet because I'm waiting until I have Deadly Echoes - also Rising Darkness now that I know it's coming soon -in my hot little hands!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

kam110476 said...

Hi Nancy & Lena! Wow, I am hooked! I just bought the first book in this series, but haven't read it yet because I'm waiting until I have Deadly Echoes - also Rising Darkness now that I know it's coming soon -in my hot little hands!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a winner!

Melanie Backus, TX