Wednesday, December 27, 2017

GRAFTED INTO DECEIT - Sherri Wilson Johnson - One Free Book

Welcome back, Sherri. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
My sixth Inspirational Romance novel, Grafted into Deceit, came out just a few months ago. I’m super excited about how God moved in that process from the beginning of the story idea all the way through to the publication of it. I’m working on the sequel now, and I’ve also been asked to be a part of an upcoming novella collection. I feel so blessed!

That is exciting. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Dan, and I live northwest of Atlanta. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary next summer and hope to take a two-week road trip. We have two grown children, one of them is married. We are Mama and Daddy to a spoiled rotten Chihuahua named Posey. Life isn’t always easy, but we always feel blessed.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes, I usually read in the genre that I’m currently writing. It helps me to “get into” my story better.

What are you working on right now?
The sequel to Grafted into Deceit. I haven’t titled it yet, but it starts off with gunfire at a wedding. 

What outside interests do you have?
I love to swim. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and taking vacations to the beach.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I don’t choose them. They choose me.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend time with some of my ancestors. I’m fascinated with genealogy and would just love to hear the stories of how my family came to America.

I’m a second generation American on my father’s side. A cousin did an extensive generational search. I used some of the stories in the novels in my Brides of Minnesota collection. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How long the process to publication is. And I wish I’d been warned about rejection—that it is inevitable.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Endurance. Running the race and staying in it until the end (no matter how it ends) is vital.

Some people think it’s about the goal, but it’s really about the process. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Commit your writing to the Lord.
Practice, practice, practice.
Hold your projects with open hands.

I really like that last one. Tell us about the featured book.
Grafted Into Deceit:
Answers are hard to find when there's no one to trust.

Disappearing business funds and a missing dead body have Marina Acres doubting everyone—including the detective who can't solve his case without her help.

When Marina Acres launches an investigation to find her company's missing money, she becomes a killer's target and uncovers a tangled vine of deception in the process. Detective Steven Pennington, who suspects drugs are at the root of the problem, must keep Marina safe from the killer while keeping himself from falling for yet another victim. Marina refuses to believe that her business partner could be part of a drug trafficking ring, but when evidence points its finger at her, she must join the fight with Steven to weed out the killer.

Here’s a link to Grafted Into Deceit:

Please give us the first page of the book.
Marina Acres opened her eyes to utter darkness, except for the sliver of mid-November moonlight that crept its way between the almost-bare branches of overhanging trees. Her ‘85 BMW lay on the driver’s side in an overgrown ditch smashed against a telephone pole. If her seatbelt hadn’t restrained her, she’d probably have gone through the shattered windshield when her car wrecked on her way back to the office.

Lifting a trembling hand to her aching forehead, she tried to recall what had happened. Then a warm droplet of something landed on Marina’s temple, trailed its way down her right cheek, and trickled into her mouth. The question of what had happened no longer seemed important. Blood poured from her head, and she needed help. She spat and wiped the metallic substance off her tongue with a shiver.

“Help! Can anybody hear me?”

The engine hissed echoing her cry for help.

Marina held her breath and resisted the pungent smoke billowing from beneath the hood and the gasoline fumes which leaked into the car. Another shiver coursed its way through her as blistering pain penetrated her right leg all the way to the bone. The coffee she’d brought with her from the restaurant in Lewistown must have spilled and scalded her when she crashed.

How had she crashed?

She closed her eyes and tried to remember how she’d gotten here in the ditch. She wasn’t far from her landscaping business’s property. Was she? She last remembered passing the entrance to the O’Reilly’s Southern Hope ranch, adjacent to her business.

Another droplet, thick and sticky, assaulted her face, barged its way into her personal space, and forced her eyes open again. She crinkled her brow but winced when more pain sliced across her forehead. Steam from the engine wafted in the wind, and her gaze landed on something jutting through the passenger’s side of her cracked windshield.

A man!

“Oh no!” She locked her hands over her mouth and fought not to lose consciousness and the contents of her stomach.

Who is he?

Her suspicions that someone was using her landscaping company’s money for personal gain had haunted her every waking moment for months. The feeling that something was on the verge of happening had brought her back tonight. Could this guy be part of whatever might be going on at the nursery? Why else would someone be on foot all the way out here away from the town at night?

“Hey, man, are you okay? Please, answer me.” She stretched out her quivering arms, but because of the seatbelt, which no longer represented security but confinement instead, she couldn’t reach him to see if he was alive. She jerked the strap and pressed the release button six, seven, eight times until finally her trembling fingers succeeded, and the seatbelt dropped her with a thud against the driver’s side door.

She reached out to the man—was he dead?—but her arms quaked, and she couldn’t get enough leverage to push her way to him. She needed to rest and get her strength, then she could help him.

Marina closed her eyes to make it all go away if only for a minute, but in the distance, a dog’s howl startled her and invaded her attempt at peace. Head pounding, her heart hammered against her ribs. She sucked in a deep breath. “Ouch!” Heat seared through her rib cage. “Mister, wake up and answer me. Are you okay?”

Nothing. Not even a groan.

Wow. This is a departure from the other books of yours that I’ve read. I love it. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Sherri, for sharing this suspense novel with me and my blog readers. We’re all eager to read it.

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Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thank you, Lena, for hosting me today! I'm tickled that you liked my first page!

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like it will be exciting. Count me in,please.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

Lena was definitely right when she said we would all love to read this. Especially me! lol The cover is a beauty. Love it! Thank you for the interview and giveaway opportunity!

Diana in SC


Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for introducing me to a new author and telling me about her new book GRAFTED INTO DECEIT. Loved the first page and wanted to keep reading.

I loved her statement about endurance. Seems we have quiet a lot in common. We have been married a bit longer, 34 years, and definitely had major ups and downs but feel very blessed. We, also, have a very in charge Chihuahua named Snickerdoodle. :)

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this amazing sounding book!
Kay from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thank you all for stopping by and showing interest in my book!

Danielle H. said...

Thanks for the excerpt as I want to keep reading. And thanks for the chance to win a copy. Happy New Year from Michigan.

Dianna said...

I love seeing the excerpt because it gives me just a peek into the story!
Dianna (TN)

VanG said...

Sherri is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks for the enjoyable interview with her. Happy New Year!
VanG in NC

Vivian Furbay said...

Wow! After reading the first page and what the book is about this should wet anyone's appetite to want to read it. Vivian Furbay of CO

Shelia64 said...

sounds interesting! Shelia from MS

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I'm so thrilled that everyone is so interested in my book!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

It was a pleasure to meet Sherri. Thank you for sharing.
Happy New Year!
Connie from KY

rubynreba said...

I enjoyed the interview qand review! Looking forward to this book.
Beth from Iowa

Faith Creech said...

This book looks so good. Would love to read it. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

Faith from Colorado

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Lourdes said...

Excited to read this book, looks great.

Lourdes Long Island, New YOrk

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

I am so blessed by the interest everyone is showing in my book!

Natalya Lakhno said...

I'm eager to read Marina's story. Thank you for the interview!
Natalya Lakhno from Citrus Heights CA

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Kay, don't you just love "in charge" Chihuahuas? ;)

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thanks, Diana!!