Thursday, March 17, 2016

RESCUED - Tina Pinson - One Free Book

Welcome back, Tina. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
My love for WWII and movies of that time gave me the idea for this story. The Trail of the Sandpiper Series. Betrayed, Rescued and Avenged follow the story of Justine Whitman, a missionary wife whose compound is attacked and she must get herself and several children off the island through enemy lines. The navy is there and after a spy. And they have to use code to decipher between the real Sandpiper and the fake. The story comes from three movies Pearl Harbor, which shows the attack on the island. Father Goose, a story about a drunk coastwatcher and a girl's school teacher and the girls they have to get off the island, and Windtalkers, which tells about the Navaho Code Talkers.

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career? 
Right now my mind feels kind of fried. I have several books to finish, and one on deadline, but we just moved and are still unpacking and getting our house in order and we are trying to set up a business and still trying to get our other house sold. Plus I just got over being sick. Needless to say, it makes sitting down to think hard. Not that I can't sit down, but when I do, I can't always formulate the words that have been running through my head. I hand write most of my stories and still come back wondering if that's what I really meant to say.

Tell us about the featured book.
Rescued is the second in my Trail of the Sandpiper Series. Justine Whitman, whose missionary compound was attacked in Betrayed— book one, is still trying to get herself and several children off the island. She also has the US military to contend with. Tyler Merrick of the US Navy has finally decided she is not the spy and can be trusted, and he follows her to a sheltered island where they hope the Nandus, the sub that is coming to get them, can pick them up without Japanese detection as the Japanese are not only following them on land but they are waiting offshore for the sub as well. Justine and Tyler still don't know who the enemy in their ranks is and hope they can catch them before someone else dies.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Island of New Guinea, 1942
"Please, please, don't kill me. Don't..." She shrank back against the muddy sidewalls of her prison—afraid to look up at the man who reached for her through the bars of the grate. In her heart, she knew who reached for her; she could almost see his leering smile.

She whispered his name, "Thomas MacGregor," better known as Tomoyuki Nekata, the Japanese commander. The enemy.

He wanted her trust. Ha. The traitor. He'd come back to kill her. She froze, hoped he'd go away. He stood there. Watching her. Breathing heavily.

A long arm spanned the distant and his fingers fell on her. His nails cut into her head as he grabbed a handful of hair and began to tug.

She shivered and started to whimper, "No, no, please. I don't want to die. I can't die, my children, my children..." She pled with her tormentor. Thomas MacGregor didn't answer. He was a shadow with dark eyes and a white smile.

She started to scream.

Slapping at her tormentor, Justine sat up and found herself wildly swatting thin air. There was no hand in her hair, no tormentor. She sat in darkness. Alone. Her heart fluttered in her chest as she labored to breathe, she covered it and pressed. Then felt along her limbs and body to make sure she was okay. Her gaze darting about, she listened to the night and realized where she was.

It had been a dream, only a dream. Justine assured herself as she took a deep breath. She was still in Dugan's back room and, for now, she was okay.

"For now." She still wasn't off the island. All the fears that threatened to overwhelm her surfaced again.

Since the Japanese invasion, Justine's life had become one ordeal after another. She'd been imprisoned. Her husband, Mark, had died. The mission camp where she'd lived had been obliterated, leaving her with several orphaned children to lead to safety. Now she had the help of Tyler Merrick and the US Navy, but still ... she felt like she'd done a dismal job. Would she ever get herself and the children to safety?

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Thank you, Tina, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Rescued (Trail of the Sandpiper) (Volume 2) - paperback
Rescued (Trail of the Sandpiper Book 2) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela in ky

Tina Pinson said...

Good morning, Angela. Thank you for stopping in.

Tina from Colorado

Anonymous said...

This sounds SOOO good! I look forward to reading it and I know my sister does too. This is right up her alley!
J.C. -Indiana-

Tina Pinson said...

Hi JC from Indiana. If you win I hope you and your sister will enjoy it and let others know. Make sure to look at book one as well. Betrayed.

Anonymous said...

I have the first book, and would love to win the second! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

-Melissa M. in TN

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a good one! Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Tina Pinson said...

Hello Melissa, hope your evening is going well. Glad you read Betrayed and have come visit and enter for Rescued.


Tina P

Tina Pinson said...

Hi Melanie, Your welcome for the opportunity and thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello.


Tina P

Mary Preston said...

My father was in New Guinea during WWII.

Very interesting.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a great book! I would love to win a copy!

Cindy W. in Indiana

Sandy Quandt said...

Tina, your Trail of the Sandpiper series sounds fascinating. The three movies you mentioned are some of my favorites, especially Father Goose. :)Thanks for offering a chance to win Rescued.

Sandy Q TX

Tina Pinson said...

Can I just I would have loved to hear your father's stories about WWII and in New Guinea even. And you live in Australia where some of the third book in the Series- Avenged takes place. (Once I get it written.)

Thank you so much for coming by.

Tina Pinson said...

Cindy, I am kind of partial to the series. My husband more so. He calls the main character GI Justine.

Consider yourself entered for the book and thank you for visiting.

Tina Pinson said...

Sandy, Father Goose has always been a favorite. That and Calamity Jane with Doris Day. But the two main Characters from this series are somewhat crafted after Grant and Caron.

Appreciate your coming by.

Edward Arrington said...

I have stopped entering every giveaway because my collection of unread books has increased greatly over the past two years. However, this book sounds like a "must read". I'm going to have to locate the first book and read it before this one. I would love to win this.
Edward A in VA

Brenda Arrington said...

Rescued sound very interesting. I hope to win the giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
Brenda in VA

Connie said...

Father Goose is one of my favorite movies. Tina, this series sounds thrilling! Thanks for sharing this first page.
Connie from KY

Tina Pinson said...

Edward, I'm honored you jumped back into the giveaway book fray let's hope my books don't set too long on your mountainous to read pile. I know precarious they can be. ;-)

Tina Pinson said...

You are most welcome for the chance, Brenda. Glad you stopped in to say hey.

Tina Pinson said...

Hi Connie,

Got to love Cary Grant as a grumpy coastwatcher. He sure put up with a lot. I think the book has a touch of the thrill factor. I hope so. Of course I want everyone to enjoy it. And my other books too.

Thank you for commenting.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great contest!!
Conway, SC.

Tina Pinson said...

Hi Sharon, Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday. How are things in South Carolina? Glad you came by. You are entered for the contest. I hope you have a wonderful day.

rubynreba said...

My Dad served in World War II and I always enjoy books from this era!
Beth from IA

BJM said...

I'd love to read this book.


Tina Pinson said...

Hello Beth,

Your father was in WWII! Did he share many stories with you? Or was he private about it as many who served then were? Glad you stopped by. Hope you have a great day.


Tina Pinson said...


Thank you for coming in to visit. You are entered in the drawing. Hope your day is awesome.


Pam Graber said...

Love those first page glimpses into the story! Would enjoy reading this one!

Pam in OH

Bakersdozen said...

This was a nice interview and the book sounds great.