Wednesday, December 30, 2015

RESCUING FINLEY - Dan Walsh - One Free Book

Bio: Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 15 novels including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and When Night Comes. He’s been a finalist for 6 Carol Awards and has won 3, the winner of 3 Selah Awards, and 3 of his books have been finalists for RT’s Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Word Weavers International, Dan writes fulltime in the Daytona Beach area. He and his wife Cindi have been married 39 years and have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren. You can find out more about his books or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or Pinterest from his website at

Welcome back, Dan. You have a lot of books out now. What is your favorite setting to use in your books?
For my earlier novels, I chose a variety of locations, but most of my books now take place somewhere in Florida (or a fictitious FL town). I’ve lived here since I came here as a kid in 1965. It dawned on me … people love to visit FL (and many wind up moving here). So why am I trying to come up with all kinds of other locations? Once in the book, it’s not uncommon for part of the story to take place somewhere else, but most of my novels are in FL, or else nearby in Georgia.

What do you look for when you’re shopping for a book to buy for yourself?
Even though I write mostly inspirational novels and love inspirational movies, I like to read suspense novels, or else well written adventure/historical non-fiction books (but well-written, I mean, “reads like a novel.”) The way I pick them is probably how most people do. I ask, do I know the author and already like their books? If not, I look at things like the cover, the “back cover” description, then at the reader reviews.

Give us a little tour of the setting for this book.
Rescuing Finley takes place in Summerville, FL, a fictitious small southern town located in the middle of the state (somewhere near Ocala). Most people are well aware of the bigger Florida cities like Orlando, Miami or Tampa. Maybe even Daytona Beach (where I live). But Florida is filled with much smaller towns that have their own measure of charm. I decided to make a fictitious town to give me the creative freedom I need as I tell the story. But Summerville resembles many of these smaller FL towns.

What other books do you have coming out soon?
Right now I’m working on Book 2 of my Jack Turner Suspense series. Book 1 was When Night Comes. It was something of an experiment to see if I could “get away with” writing in 2 distinct genres. I believed it was possible, and I’m happy to discover I was right. It did well enough to allow me to write both kinds of novels going forward (suspense and inspirational). Book 2 will be called Saving Parker and I plan to release it in March.

The rest of 2016 will be spent writing Books 2 and 3 of the Forever Home series (the series for Rescuing Finley).

Please give us a glimpse of your home.
We’ve lived in the same house the past 30 years. It was always my dream to buy a small house we could afford, then stay there as the years go by, adding onto it rather than buying bigger houses. That’s what we’ve done. It started at 1,300 square feet and now has 1,850 (still a modest size) and a backyard pool. I’ve attached 2 pics of the outside. The first is the front from Google Maps (street view). The 2nd is our backyard, with a pool we added 10 years ago.

We’re empty nesters, so the house is a little more than we need (3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a home office). But it’s paid for and filled with so many memories, I don’t see us downsizing any time soon. The rooms are nicely furnished with a warm, comfortable lived-in look. I used my first advance check back in 2008 to let my wife finally get the IKEA kitchen she had dreamed about (our kitchen is the fanciest room in our house).

Is this novel part of a series or a stand-alone book?
As I mentioned earlier, Rescuing Finley is Book 1 of the Forever Home series. Book 2 will be Saving Parker, and Book 3, Finding Riley. I hope to release Book 2 in July and Book 3 in November.

Be sure to contact me in plenty of time to feature those books near their release dates. Now tell us about this story.
Here’s what’s on the back cover:

Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn't see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley's life for good. Finley is a mostly-golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Later, he's brought to a prison to be trained in a special program for female inmates. Could this prison become the place where Finley finally finds freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Please give us the first page of the book.
She could get arrested for this.

Amy knew that walking into the mall. Signs were everywhere. Shoplifting is a crime! Shoplifters will be prosecuted!

But Amy Wallace didn’t need a sign to tell her she was doing wrong. She’d been raised a church girl. Thou shalt not steal. She’d stolen plenty before now. The worst kind. Not just stores, but from family. And not just once, many times. One too many. They’d finally gotten sick of it, all her lies, and threw her out of the house.

That was over a year ago. Since then, she’d been on her own.

At the moment, Amy considered herself a recovering meth addict. Clean five days now, ever since she’d lost her job after failing a drug test. The temptation to start using again had gotten really bad recently. Today it had been especially strong.

“Are you ready?”

Amy looked up at Sandy’s face. Sandy was the ringleader of their little trio. Standing beside her was Chloe. The two of them were close friends; Amy was the outsider. Neither of them were users, and that was a good thing.

“I’m ready.” She stood and looked around. “Are you sure we should do this?”

“Yes,” Sandy said. “I’ve done it just like this five times already. Never got caught. Never even had to run. Just do like I told you. You’ll be fine.”

Sandy was so confident. But her confidence did nothing to calm Amy’s nerves.

You have me hooked. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Probably the easiest thing is just to visit my website and check out my homepage. There are buttons there to connect to my blog, send me an email, sign up for my newsletter (which I highly recommend) or follow me on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest. They can find me at:

Thank you, Dan, for sharing your home and this new book with us.

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Rescuing Finley (A Forever Home Novel) (Volume 1) - Paperback
Rescuing Finley (A Forever Home Novel) (Volume 1) - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

Rescuing Finley sounds like a fascinating story. Dan Walsh is a great writer.

Melanie Backus, TX

Barbara Anne Waite said...

This is on my "to be read" list. I have become a Dan Walsh fan with the first book of his that I read. Would enjoy first and then share with friends.
Barbara Anne Waite

Britney Adams said...

I always enjoy Dan's stories and look forward to reading Rescuing Finley! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful interview and giveaway!

Britney Adams, TX

Kari Trumbo said...

One of my closest friends is avid Dan Walsh fan. I would love to give this to her. I live in Minnesota.

Connie said...

I fell in love with Dan's writing when I read The Unfinished Gift. Reading this first page makes me want to read more of Rescuing Finley.
Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!
Connie from KY

Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win

Margaret said...

I live in Scotts Valley, CA, and have never yet been to Florida... I've loved all the other Dan Walsh books I've read, so would love to win this one.

Linda Kish said...

Dan Walsh's books are always great reads. I love rescue dogs. This sounds perfect for me.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

This sounds really good. I love the fact that it centers all the stories around a dog. That's something new and makes me even more eager to see what this book is like! Also my sister is a dog-nut and I'm sure she'll be interested in this book. Thanks for the interview. Looking forward to reading this!
J.C. -Indiana-

Caryl Kane said...

I love reading Dan Walsh's stories. I am a huge dog lover. I can't wait to read RESCUING FINLEY.

Caryl in TEXAS

Tea Norman said...

Thank you for entering my name in the giveaway. I have been in the mood for books with pups or cats in the plot. Rescuing Finley seems like a very inspiring story especially for women. Thanks for openly sharing so much about your life.

Deanna Stevens said...

Toss me into the drawing it sounds like a great story!
dkstevens from NE

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the interview thank you.

Mary P


Loraine Nunley said...

I'm interested in this one. Dan is a really good author. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Kim Amundsen said...

Nice interview, home and pool. north platte nebraska

Anonymous said...

I am an avid fan of your books! I live in GA and mu husband & I go camping in FL frequently! I am going to read "Rescuing Finley" as soon as I finish this comment!

Kathy Rissmann said...

I did not wish to remain anonymous!, See above.

Edward Arrington said...

I have enjoyed all of Dan Walsh's books and look forward to reading this one. It sounds like it will be interesting.
Edward A in VA

rubynreba said...

Sounds like a great start to a wonderful series.
Beth from IA

Karen Hadley said...

Sounds intriguing. Hi from Oklahoma!

Bonnie Engstrom said...

How I would LOVE to get a copy of Rescuing Finely. I had to pass up an opportunity to pre-read it because I couldn't figure out how to download it. I love Dan's books. So, please put me in the mix to win it.

Bonnie in AZ

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Patty said...

I always love a good animal story!

Patty in SC

Barbara Anne Waite said...

I forgot to say Barbara Anne Waite enjoys all Dan Walsh books in California.

Anonymous said...

Love Dan's books, they are always great. Shelia Hall

kam110476 said...

I've loved all is Dan's books I've had the chance to read & I'm sure Rescuing Finley will be just as wonderful as all the rest!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Melissa O in NC

Lourdes said...

Ok I'm really ready to read Rescuing Finley sounds great.

Lourdes in Long Island, NY