Friday, December 01, 2017

TEXAS CHRISTMAS DEFENDER (Texas Rangers Holiday Series) - Elizabeth Goddard - One Free Book

Bio: Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than thirty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES—a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full time.

Welcome back, Elizabeth. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I have a computer science degree and worked in high-level software sales, traveling the country,  but eventually I resigned to stay home and home school my four children. After so many years working in the professional world it was hard to let go of “work” so I turned to an old dream—writing.                                                                                                                                                           
How did you become interested in writing?                     
I think I answered part of this question already, but writing professionally had always been a dream. I was always a writer “on the inside,” but it wasn’t until I quit my corporate America job that I had the opportunity to pursue publication.                                            
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Ha! Funny question—my editor compelled me. I was invited to participate in the Texas Rangers Holidays continuity series. I’m a seventh generation Texan, and this is my first book set in my home state.

I know what that feels like. For years, I wrote what my publisher wanted. That first Texas book was special. What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book
Theme in my books are usually spiritual, even though the books are romantic suspense. The themes revolve around trusting God and forgiveness.                                                                                                                     
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
My books are generally meant to be an escape from reality, but I do include small nuggets of encouragement or spiritual wisdom and readers will take away from that what they need. I often receive reader email or letters regarding some hidden message or spiritual theme that was just what they needed to hear.
What makes your book different from any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Me. What else? The only difference in books is the writer’s voice.

Tell us about the book.
Targeted at Christmas

After earning the wrath of her brother, a notorious drug kingpin, Adriana Garcia has been in deep hiding on a remote Texas llama ranch. But when Texas Ranger Brent McCord manages to find her—leading her brother’s men right to her—Adriana discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of a border patrol agent. The handsome, principled ranger, whose life she once saved during a dangerous sting operation, intends to bring her in for questioning…and protection. To prove her innocence, Adriana has to trust Brent with the truth, her heart and her life. Because her brother and his henchman have the ranch surrounded, and Brent’s all that’s keeping this Christmas from turning deadly.                                                                                                                                   
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?

I’m writing because I answered God’s call to write 17 years ago. I’m serving Him by fulfilling His purpose for me, His calling, in writing.         

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
That can change every day. But I love Isaiah 49:16. I’ll paragraph it here. I’ve written your name on the palms of my hands—your walls are continually before me. God deeply loves us!                                                                                                                                                                        When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
When am I not writing? Ha! I don’t spend a lot of time on hobbies, but I do enjoy knitting, going to malls, reading—I definitely read for enjoyment every day. I love watching movies, baking bread, and nature hikes.                                                                                                                                                                      
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for having me!

My pleasure, Beth. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter handle: @bethgoddard

Thank you, Beth, for letting me share this book with my blog readers. You know I love every book you write. And I miss seeing you.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Texas Christmas Defender -
Texas Christmas Defender (Texas Ranger Holidays) - Amazon paperback
Texas Christmas Defender (Texas Ranger Holidays) - Kindle

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scottsgal said...

I love any type of book centered around the holidays. Thanks for the interview - Elizabeth is a new author for me.

cheryl in IL

Unknown said...

Enjoyed the interview. Don't include me in the drawing since I have a copy.

Carole said...

Would love to read this book! I love defender stories, especially at Christmas!

Carole from Memphis, Tennessee

Unknown said...

Love Inspired Suspense at Christmas, sounds like a great book to me. Thanks for the giveaway. Donna in Illinois

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Carrie in Kentucky

Vivian Furbay said...

Enjoyed reading about the story. Would like to see how it ends. Vivian of Colorado

Kay Garrett said...

I love Christmas stories, books with excitement and danger, books that have a message and add a maybe a little romance and you have what to me would be a great book. TEXAS CHRISTMAS DEFENDER seems to fill all those criteras plus some. I'd love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Kay from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

kim hansen said...

Love books that take place in texas. north platte nebraska.

VanG said...

Wow! I love the synopsis of this book, as well as the beautiful cover. 😍 Elizabeth is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the giveaway! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
VanG in NC

Robin in NC said...

This really sounds like an intriguing page turner! Thanks for sharing!

Robin in North Carolina

Cindy W. said...

I love the Love Inspired Suspense line and with it set during Christmas makes it even better. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Cindy W. from Indiana

Beth Goddard said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I hope if you don't want a copy, you'll find a way to get your hands on one!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Elizabeth is an awesome writer. Thanks for sharing!
Connie from KY