Tuesday, March 01, 2016

SILENCE IN THE DARK - Patricia Bradley - One Free Book or Ebook

Dear Readers, we have an author who is new to this blog today. I just love finding new authors to introduce to you.

Welcome, Patricia. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
That’s a toughie. While I’m working with a character, I think I become the character, not the other way around. I find myself thinking like the character, listening to the kind of music the character likes, buying the kind of food he or she would buy ...

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Since my whole life has been kind of quirky … maybe the time I had someone tie me up and leave so I could see if I could loose. They were supposed to come back, though.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was always a reader until I turned 35. Then these people came to live in my head, and they wouldn’t go away until I wrote about them. I sent one of the stories to Woman’s World  and when they bought it, I started thinking of myself as a writer.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Other than erotica, there is no genre I won’t read if the story is good. My preference is suspense and romantic suspense, but if the story is good, I enjoy all genres.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I write, and in order to write, I depend on God for the creativity.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Names are one of the hardest things about getting the story started. A name must fit the character. I usually start with the Social Security website for baby names. I also use the automatic name generator function in Scrivener. I also have the Character Naming book that has them listed by ethnicity.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Giving a eulogy at my mother’s funeral. It was also the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I would imagine. My brother gave the eulogies at both my father’s and my momma’s funerals. He was a pastor, so I thought that was why he could do it. I totally respect you for being able to do that. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A mustang. It’s free and never really tamed.

What is your favorite food?
Bread. Plain and simple. J

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
When I first started writing, I knew no one who was a writer. It was before the Internet and I typed my first short story on a manual, portable Royal typewriter. I had no writing craft book, only Writer’s Digest. I kept making the same mistakes over and over because I had no craft partners. I finally went to writing retreats and gained great critique partners.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the back cover copy:
In one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, Bailey Adams is running for her life ... again.

When Bailey Adams left Logan Point two years ago for the mission field of Chihuahua, Mexico, she thought she was getting away from her problems. Running into her ex-fiancĂ© Danny Maxwell was not part of the plan—neither was being chased through the city by the local drug cartel, the Calatrava. Now despite her best efforts, Danny is her only chance of escaping the people chasing her and getting back to Logan Point safely. Can Bailey find the strength to face what’s coming? And in the midst of the chaos, can she keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?

Sounds like the kind of book I love to read. Please give us the first page.
Ten-year-old Bailey Adams huddled with the Carver twins on Cassie’s bed. They’d given up pretending Cassie and Jem’s parents weren’t arguing or that their dad wasn’t drunk. Bailey avoided their eyes, knowing how embarrassed they were. “Maybe I should just go home.”
Jem shook her head. “No, stay. He’ll go to sleep soon, and tomorrow it’ll be like nothing ever happened.”

Cassie threw back the blanket. “I’m going to tell them to stop!”

Jem grabbed at her arm and missed. “You’ll just make it worse.”

“I don’t care. I can’t stand it anymore.”

She wasn’t gone five minutes when it sounded like firecrackers exploding in the living room. And screams.

“No! Don’t shoot!”

Another boom.


Jem jumped from the bed. “Cassie! I have to go help her!”

“No! He might shoot you.”

“My daddy wouldn’t hurt me. You climb out the window and go next door to Mr. Arnold’s house and call the police.” Jem ran out of the room.

Bailey’s thumping heart jerked in her chest as she turned and stared at the open window.
Another gunshot bolted her into action as footsteps stomped down the hallway. She climbed through the window and ran for all she was worth to the neighbors.


How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Patricia for sharing this romantic suspense novel with us. I know my readers are as eager as I am to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Silence in the Dark - Christianbook.com
Silence in the Dark: A Novel (Logan Point) - Amazon
Silence in the Dark (Logan Point Book #4): A Novel - Kindle

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Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you so much, Leena for hosting me. You have such an amazing blog and readers! I look forward to this week.

Anonymous said...

would love to win angela in ky

Cyndi said...

Great interview! Have loved the other books in this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cyndi in Alabama

Patricia Bradley said...

Angela, I wish everyone could win!
And thank you, Cyndi! You've made my day.

Augie said...

Oh my goodness, the first page read pulls you in. I can't wait to see what happens next. Thank you James for directing me over to this site. Leena you will see me here again

Anonymous said...

Adventure novels are what make up most of my book collection. What can I say? I'm big on adventure! This book sounds like it's right up my alley! I'd love to read it!
J.C. -Indiana-

Patricia Bradley said...

Augie, I'm glad you enjoyed the first page. And J. C. I'm glad you liked it as well!

Thank you both for stopping by.

Just Commonly said...

Patricia is also a new author for me. Thanks for featuring her here. Silence in the Dark sounds exciting! Thanks for the chance!

Annie from MD

Caryl Kane said...

Fantastic interview with Patricia! I can't wait to read Silence in the Dark.

Caryl in TEXAS

Cindy W. said...

Oh, I love Patricia's books and would love to win a copy of Silence in the Dark.

Cindy W. from Indiana

dtopliff said...

Great blog interview and I love watching Pat's life develop as a writer, watching all of her hard work and seeking God's direction and then Him leading and giving her favor upon favor and increasing impact. Yes, a free untamed mustang--you go, girl.

Raechel said...

Sounds like a good book! Thank you the giveaway and interview!
Raechel in MN

Robin in NC said...

Wow! If that first page doesn't grab your attention, nothing will!! Thank you for sharing with us!

Robin in Raleigh, NC

Beth Gillihan said...

Awesome first page! Sounds like a fast paced read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Loraine Nunley said...

Wow! I am completely hooked! It sounds like it will be a good suspense. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Loraine in TX

Connie said...

Patricia, our reading tastes are the same. I don't appreciate and I won't read erotica but I will try the other genres. I especially enjoy romantic suspense and mysteries so your book sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and Lena, thank you for this interview and giveaway.

Patricia Bradley said...

Annie, glad to "meet" you here!

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you, Caryl and Cindy and Delores! Y'all have made my day.

Patricia Bradley said...

Raechel and Robin and Beth and Lorraine, thank you so much for stopping by. BTW, that first page was based on something that happened in my life.

Patricia Bradley said...

Connie, so glad to 'meet' another romantic suspense reader!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me for the book copy!!
Conway, SC.

Patricia Bradley said...

Will do, Sharon! Thanks for stopping by.

Kim Amundsen said...

Yup hooked on the book.

Melissa M. said...

Enter me in the contest, please!

-Melissa M. in TN

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you, Kim! :-)

Patricia Bradley said...

You are entered, Melissa. Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds like a great read! I love romantic suspense! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Melissa O in NC

Terrill R. said...

Yay! I'm so excited that this is so close to releasing. Two days after my b-day :) Congrats, Patricia!

Terrill - WA

kam110476 said...

Hi Patricia & Lena! I have loved the Logan Pointe books I've read so far so I know this one will be no less enjoyed!
Kristen in OK
Kam110476 at gmail dot com
PS... I want to live in Logan Pointe one day - you know, if it really existed! ;)

Melanie Backus said...

OH boy! Sounds like a winner!

Melanie Backus, TX

Bakersdozen said...

This book sounds like one I wouldn't want to put down.

Southern CA

Lourdes said...

Looking forward to reading this one!!

Lourdes, Long Island New York