Thursday, June 02, 2016

SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN - Lynne Hinton - One Free Book

BIO: Lynne Hinton was born and raised in North Carolina. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. She also attended NC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, and graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where she served on the Board of Trustees for six years and was a Distinguished Alumni in 2003. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ.

Lynne is the author of eighteen books, including the NY Times Bestseller, Friendship Cake and Pie Town, the 2011 NM Book of the Year: Fiction/Adventure, Drama Category and 2011 National Federation of Press Women’s Fiction Book of the Year. She has penned two mystery series and has one nonfiction collection of essays. She is a regular guest columnist in the Faith and Values Section for The Charlotte Observer and was the 2008 Lucy B. Patterson Author of the Year by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in NC. In 2010 and 2015, she was the recipient of a Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant and was named Favorite Local Writer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2012 by Albuquerque, The Magazine.

Lynne and her husband, Bob Branard, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Lynne has served as a hospice chaplain and pastor. She continues to write as well as teach classes and lead retreats on writing as a spiritual and healing practice. She can be reached at

Welcome, Lynne. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I am deeply impacted by events in my life, especially emotionally; but I don’t usually write myself into the characters. I’m not nearly as interesting or funny as I like to think my characters are!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Too quirky to tell!

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’ve always kept a diary. Writing has always been my way of getting to my truth.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Mysteries, literary fiction, non-fiction about spirituality

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
A great husband who is supportive, a fabulous dog who runs trails with me, meditation, and journaling every day.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
In this book, I used names of my coworkers at Hospice. It was fun to give them roles in the story!

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I ran a half marathon last year!

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I kind of like a butterfly’s life, just flitting about, looking beautiful.

What is your favorite food?
I’m vegetarian, love Indian food.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I’m Protestant, I had to learn a lot about Catholicism and about convents and monasteries.

Tell us about the featured book.
Sister Eve learns more about The Blue Nun, a very interesting character from New Mexico history while solving the murder of a religion professor.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The tea arrived on a simple wooden tray and was left outside Dr. Kelly Middlesworth’s room without a note or card. The young woman stood inside with the door cracked and held only partially opened. She was wearing her nightgown and robe, having changed for the evening, and was hiding behind the door assuming her night attire would be disconcerting for the monks.

One of the residents at the monastery, after all, was who she expected to see. It would be Father Oliver, she thought or Brother Gary, the youngest of the men who, earlier in the week had brought her clean towels and a blanket, the youngest of them who could never quite look her in the eye.

More than anybody else, however, Kelly expected or rather hoped it would be her sibling, Brother Anthony, to be the one who knocked so late. She knew he would still be observing the evening silence but she hoped he would stop by and at least demonstrate an effort to make amends for the argument they had earlier at dinner. She hated that things were left as they were, and she knew she was to blame, but she still hoped he would make the first move and come around and offer his forgiveness.

It had been strategy on her part to wait until the last minute to tell him, knowing that after dinner he was required to go to the service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at seven, followed by Compline at seven thirty. Once those services in the monastery chapel had been completed, she knew that the monks would enter into Grand Silence and that he would be unable to speak to anyone until after breakfast, and by that time it would be too late. She would have already made her presentation; she would have already made his discovery public.

Interesting. I love all kinds of mysteries. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is

Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this book with us. I'm sure my readers are as eager to read it as I am.

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Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoy mysteries and Sister Eve sounds like a great character!
Connie from KY

Mary Preston said...

This story sounds fascinating.

Mary P


Melissa Henderson said...

Looks like a great story. Melissa in Mechanicsville VA. ahenderson312(at)gmail(dot)com

Library Lady said...

I am not familiar with this author or her books.
The book looks as if it would be a hard one to put down.
Janet E.

diannekc said...

"Sister Eve and the Blue Nun" sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading the book. I'm from the Chicago area of Illinois.

diannekc said...

"Sister Eve and the Blue Nun" sounds amazing. Looking forward to reading the book. I'm from the Chicago area of Illinois.

Raechel said...

This book has really captured my attention - sounds interesting and unique! Would love to win it. :)
Thanks for the giveaway and interview!
Raechel in MN

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Donna B said...

This books sounds very interesting especially after reading the first page! I'm from Illinois. I look forward to reading this book.

Unknown said...

This book sounds really good. I will have to look up the author since she is new to me.
KayLee from NY

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read a good mystery.


Karen G. said...

I'm adding this to my To Read Wish List. Sister Eve sounds really interesting and I enjoy reading mysteries.

Karen G., NY