Monday, February 02, 2015

TAKEN - Lisa Harris - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Lisa has been a friend of mine for a long time. I mentored her in her early writing career. I’ve been thrilled to watch what the Lord has been doing in her writing life since then. She’s a multiple-award winner, and her books are wonderful reads. Very exciting romantic suspense novels with characters, who quickly grow in the reader’s heart and mind. Since Lisa and her husband are missionaries, they’ve lived in several countries and they’ve traveled to exciting locales that make wonderful settings for her novels.

Taken is set in both the United States and Paris. They have visit Paris more than once, so stopping plot twists. I loved this book, and I know you will, too.

Welcome back, Lisa. If you were planning a women’s retreat, what would be the theme for it?
I’d love a retreat that focused on each person realizing their value in God’s eyes and how He can use ordinary people—like each one of us—for extraordinary things. And where women could see that they’re not alone in this journey.

I like the sound of this already. Who would you want as speakers and why?
The first name that came to me was Elizabeth Elliott. She’s been such an influence on my life as someone who lost so much and yet in the process gained so much from her dedication to serving God no matter what.

I studied her life a lot when I was writing for Accelerated Christian Education, because they wanted me to write about her. That would be a wonderful retreat. Where would you hold the retreat and why?

Somewhere warm and sunny and tropical. In fact, I have the perfect location in a bunch of bungalows not far from our house, along the Indian Ocean where the sand is warm and white, and there’s nothing but blue ocean for as far as you can see. As long as we’re imagining. J

Then let’s imagine that you sign me up for that retreat. Do you read print books or ebooks? Or a combination of the two?

I honestly didn’t think I’d ever enjoy reading ebooks, but four years ago, my husband bought me a Kindle, and I’ve been reading on it ever since and love it. And because we don’t live near any bookstores, I love being able to automatically download any book I need. It’s so convenient.

The featured book has an interesting title. How did you come up with it?
I love the title, and it fits perfectly. My heroine’s niece is kidnapped, and she is determined to find her—even if it costs her everything.

So what is the book about?
Kate Elliot's suburban life turns upside down when her sister is shot and her niece kidnapped. Unsure of whom to trust, she turns to FBI agent Marcus O'Brian. But Kate doesn't want to leave the case to the authorities. Against the handsome agent's orders, she tracks her niece to Paris, and the City of Light quickly becomes a city of danger. Marcus can't explain why he feels such a strong connection with the headstrong woman, but soon he's taking on the role of Kate's protector. Yet when the kidnappers demand a ransom Kate can't deliver, he's not sure how much longer he can keep her alive. Now Marcus has the next twenty-four hours to save a stolen child and the woman he's grown to love.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
“911, what’s your emergency?”

Kate Elliot pressed her cell phone against her ear with her shoulder as she fumbled to open her sister’s front door with her spare key. The lock stuck. “My sister. . .I think. . .I think she’s been shot.”

“What is the location of the emergency, ma’am?”

Kate squeezed her eyes shut, fighting back tears as she gave the woman her sister’s address.

“The paramedics are in route now, ma’am.”

Thirty seconds later, Kate managed to open the door. She stepped inside the two-story house in the upscale Dallas suburb, her heart pounding. Dora the Explorer giggled on the flat screen TV in the living room. The normally immaculate house had been completely trashed.

“Rachel!” She screamed out her sister’s name.

Kate picked up the remote, froze Dora’s character, then called for her sister again, but only an eerie silence greeted her. Trying not to panic, she checked quickly through the downstairs.
There was no sign of her sister.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a website where you can keep up with my latest books at and a blog, where I share bits and pieces of our life in Africa.

Thanks so much for having me, Lena!

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this new book with us. And readers, check out her blog. I follow it and find it very interesting.

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Taken -
Taken (Love Inspired Suspense) - Amazon
Taken (Love Inspired Suspense) - Kindle

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Unknown said...

I have always loved Lisa's books, she is such a great writer! I would love to read Taken
Thank you from Ohio
mcnuttjem0AT gmaildot com

Britney Adams said...

I love Lisa's stories and am eager to read TAKEN! Thanks so much for the chance to learn more about this great author and win a copy of her latest release!

Britney Adams, TX

Anonymous said...

Taken sounds like a great, suspenseful book. I can't wait to get my hands on it!
J.C. -Indiana-

Linda Kish said...

This does sound suspenseful. I'd love to read it.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Pam Graber said...

I have become a recent fan of Lisa Harris books. Her Southern Crimes series ranks among the best in the romantic suspense genre, in my opinion. Looking forward to reading Taken!
Pam in Ohio

Melissa M. said...

Sounds suspenseful!

-Melissa M. from TN

Melissa Oldaker said...

I LOVE her books. Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

Melissa O. in NC

Deanna Stevens said...

A Lisa Harris suspense! ! I'd love reading this one too...
Dee From NE
d_stevens310ATLiveDoTCo M

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in KY

Donna E said...
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Donna E said...

I have always liked the stories told in the Love Inspired Suspense line. This one will be no different, I'm sure. [I mean I'll like it also]
I like Lisa's idea for a retreat -- often times women especially forget or don't realize their value in God. And I can't help but like her idea of where to hold a retreat. :)

donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net -- from OKLAHOMA!

Lisa Harris said...

Thanks so much, Lena, for letting me stop by and share about Taken. And thanks so much to all of you for stopping by. Love reading through your comments and am thrilled that some of you enjoyed my Southern Crimes series! And I think you're right, Donna. It would be an awesome retreat!

Mary Preston said...

A very exciting first page thank you.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

I absolutely LOVE Lisa's work and would love to win a copy of Taken. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Unknown said...

I love Lisa's books! they are always so good, and leave me on the edge of my seat!

Tammy G. said...

I'd love to read Love Inspired stories and would like to read Taken. ; Texas

Nicki Olsen said...

I've always LOVED Lisa's books. Would be amazing to read Taken!! Thanks for the chance to win, love your blog, followed!

Nicki Olsen, Appomattox, VA


Jan H said...

Great page. I love mystery and travel in books. Jan in TX fishingjan[at]aol[dpt]com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

kam110476 said...

Hi Lisa & Lena! Taken already has me sucked into the story. Besides I've loved everything else I've read by Lisa so I'm sure I'll enjoy this just as much!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

kam110476 said...

Hi Lisa & Lena! Taken already has me sucked into the story. Besides I've loved everything else I've read by Lisa so I'm sure I'll enjoy this just as much!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Lisa Harris said...

Love meeting all of you here and am thrilled many of you have already read and enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy reading!

Carrie D. said...

Taken sounds like a great book. I am a missionary in Russia. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Breanna said...
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Merry said...

I love the Paris setting... can't wait to read Taken!
Merry in MN

rubynreba said...

A good suspense book is always great to read.
Beth from IA