Tuesday, October 13, 2015

VENDETTA - Lisa Harris - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Lisa Harris is a dear friend, and I love reading her books. I’m actually reading Vendetta right now. It’s hard to put down when I have to do something else. Before Lisa and her family went on the mission field in Africa, they were here for her husband to go to school. So I was privileged to mentor her before she became published.

Welcome back. Lisa. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
While it took me a long time to actually start writing, it was definitely something I always wanted to do. I was in my late twenties, though, when I finally decided to write my first book.

How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
I can comfortably write about 20k a month, so it depends on the size of the book, but typically 3-4 months plus a couple months of editing.

How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I think for most books the themes have evolved while I’m writing. I typically have a setting, plot, and characters to begin with, then the theme comes to life more organically.

Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I have a word count I need to finish every day. My days are usually filled with a lot of other things I have to do, so there is never a specific schedule I follow. (Though that would be nice!)

How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Breaking it all down into small bites! I know what I need to get done everyday, and I really try to stay focused enough to do it. Life does often get in the way, so I also try to add a bit of padding to my schedule for when things happen that I can’t ignore.

What elements do you think make a great story line?
Characters the reader can relate to and sympathize with along with a plot that will throw them into some kind of conflict that has the reader rooting for them even when it seems like everything is lost.

Oh, yes. You do that very well. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
There really are so many distractions that pull, so finding that balance can be hard. And then there is also the drive to make the next book better than the last book and really wanting to please readers!

How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’m not sure exactly how many, but somewhere around thirty. As for a favorite ... each book represents a time in my life and a story from my heart, so it’s so hard to choose!

Do you have a favorite character?
I’m going to pick Nikki Boyd since I’m writing her story right now. While book one is the story coming out right now, I’m actually writing book three and I love this series. It’s different from series I’ve written in the past and I’m really enjoying the journey.

Tell us about the story.
Book one in the Nikki Boyd Files is set in the stunning Smoky Mountains. No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Person Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels that this case is getting personal, and that she is not the hunter at all—but actually the one being hunted.

Please give us a peek at the first page of the book for my readers.
The initial step off the sheer face of a three hundred-plus foot drop was always the most terrifying. Nikki Boyd leaned back into her harness as far as she could, locked her knees, then peered over the edge of the sandstone cliff that plunged into the ravine below. The terror faded, followed by a shot of pure adrenalin as she kicked off and lunged over the edge.
Legs horizontal to the rock face, Nikki shimmied down the side of the cliff, kicking loose a few rocks along the way. The stress of the past few weeks began to dissipate into the crisp morning air. A day climbing and repelling with Tyler had definitely been the right thing to do. They’d come, not to dismiss memories of Katie’s death, but to make new ones. Which was exactly what they were doing.
Halfway down, Nikki slowed to a stop. The rope had shifted and now ran over a sharp edge of the cliff wall. She caught her toes against a narrow ledge and fought to catch her balance. While perhaps not common, it was possible to severe a weighted rope on a decent.
“You okay?” Tyler hollered down at her.
“The rope moved and it’s running over a sharp edge.”
She’d been told by more than one experienced climber that they hated rappelling because it was the most dangerous part of the day. And this was why. No matter how much training and preparation, no matter how many times she checked her equipment, things could still go wrong. And all it took was one mistake. But all she needed to do was unweight the rope and move it to a safer place.
“Can you move it?” Tyler asked.
“I’m trying.”
“You’re going to have to take some of your weight off the rope.”
“Like I said, I’m trying.”
Her gloved fingers held onto a crack in the rock face while she searched for another crack for her feet. Her fingers cramped. A trail of blood dripped her arm. She didn’t even remember scraping it. Her feet finally found a narrow crevice, alleviating her weight on the rope enough to give it some slack. All she needed to do now was redirect the rope’s path.
But she couldn’t get enough leverage to unweight the rope.
“Just a minute. . .” Sweat beaded across her forehead as she stood on her tiptoes, her fingertips pressed back into the crack, heart pounding against her chest.  
She’d heard plenty of stories about things like this happening. Freak accidents against the side of a sheer cliff. Climbers plunging to their deaths.  
You know this isn’t how I want to die, Jesus. . .

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
I have a brand new website about to be revealed thanks to my wonderful publisher, Revell. www.lisaharriswrites.com.

Thanks, Lena!!! Praying for your recovery.

Thank you, Lisa. Prayers from you and so many others have carried me through this recovery faster than the last time. I sometimes forget that I'm not completely healed and do too much.

And thank you for sharing this new book with us. I'm going to be looking for the next Nikki Boyd novel.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Vendetta - Christianbook.com,
Vendetta: A Novel (The Nikki Boyd Files) - Amazon
Vendetta (The Nikki Boyd Files Book #1): A Novel - Kindle

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Lourdes said...

I love reading all of Lisa's books and am really excited to read Vendetta. Thanks for the interview.

Lourdes in Long Island, NY

Melanie Backus said...

Great interview, Lena! Thank you for the giveaway!

Melanie Backus, TX

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Vendetta sounds like a great read. So glad to learn more about Lisa and this new book.
Connie from KY
cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

Lisa Harris said...

Thanks so much for letting me stop by again, Lena. Appreciate it. And thanks ladies for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment!

Mary Preston said...

The peek was very exciting thank you.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

I just received Lisa's book, Desperate Escape. That should tide me over until I can read Vendetta. I enjoy the combination of romance and suspense.

Terrill - WA

Loraine Nunley said...

I have not read any of Lisa's books yet, but this one sounds interesting. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Diana Flowers said...

Lisa, I love your books and Lena, I'm so overjoyed that you are recuperating so quickly! Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to win this book! Sounds exciting!

Diana in SC


Vera Godley said...

Lisa Harris' books are always gripping and interesting. Vendetta sounds exciting from the first page. All of Lisa's books I have read and reviewed have been given to Alamance Christian School library which is a pleasure to do. I'd love this one, too.

Vera in middle North Carolina - and I do love our mountains shared with Tennessee.

Anonymous said...

This sounds very exciting!
J.C. -Indiana-

Lisa Harris said...

Thrilled to hear from some of you who have read my books and the new readers as well. I love the romance suspense combination well, and this was such an interesting setting for me. What a beautiful place!

Beth Gillihan said...

Great first page! Vendetta is going on my wish list.

Beth in Montana

kim hansen said...

Nice interview. BOok sounds exciting. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska.

Rebecca Maney said...

I love suspense novels and would love to read this one. I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina and grew up in the mountains. rmaney@firstarpchurch.org.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your amazing giveaway!! Can't wait to read this book!!!!
Conway, SC.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks great! Please enter me.
Blanch, NC

Deanna Stevens said...

Dee from NE would love to read this one!

Lisa Harris said...

I realized how much I missed the mountains after writing this book. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I live near the beach now, and love that, but those of you who live near the mountains are blessed. :-)

GrandaddyA said...

I'm looking forward to reading the book. It sounds very interesting!
Edward A in VA

Trixi said...

Lisa, you are a new to me author & just from the first page of your book, I know I will enjoy your writing!! I just recently seen this book around and would love the chance to win a copy for myself. Thank you for the opportunity!

I live in on the Oregon coast, and though I'm not right on the mountains, they are close enough to drive to! I love seeing either Mt. Hood or Mt. Rainer in WA on the horizon (when I travel up that way to my sis-in-laws!). I think we have the best of both worlds here, in my humble opinion....lol! I greatly enjoyed your author interview, thanks for taking time to share!

Trixi in OR

Brenda Arrington said...

Love the first page. Want to read MORE! Thanks for the chance to win.
Brenda in VA

Lisa Harris said...

You're so right Trixi that you've got the best of both worlds. I miss seeing Mt. Hood every day and being close enough to drive to the beach. What a beautiful part of our country.

Thanks for stopping by all!

rubynreba said...

Vendetta sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win this book!
Beth from IA

Pam said...

I am so looking forward to this new series by Lisa Harris!!! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors! Would love to win this one!

Pam said...

Oops. Forgot to say I'm Pam in Ohio!

Merry said...

Oh, what a beginning! Please add me for Vendetta.
Merry in MN

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena and hello to Lisa. Lisa this story sounds really good but some nerve-wracking times also. I would love to win it. Thanks lena for having Lisa here and to you both for the chance to win. Maxie (TX) > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Melissa M. said...

Sounds good--please enter me in the contest!

-Melissa M. in TN