Wednesday, July 25, 2018

NO TRUE JUSTICE - H.L. Wegley - One Free Book

Welcome back, H.L. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
One theme I’ve used several times is the hindrance in our spiritual grown from unresolved guilt. Whether the guilt comes from a moral failing, such as a sojourn to the far country, or blaming ourselves for things that are not our fault, the guild can impact our relationship with God and with others.

Another theme I’ve used is the folly of self-reliance which, on the flip side, is lack of trust in God. In my stories, I’ve used many high-IQ characters with great abilities. It is sometimes hard for such people to see the truth that they are inadequate, flawed, and that they must depend on God. The black moment of the story is a great place for characters to learn this lesson.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’m currently releasing book 2 in my Witness Protection Series, but book 3, the last book in the series, is in the mill and will release this fall.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
It’s a toss up between Del Tackett and Ravi Zacharias. The “why” part is the same for both. After studying the subject for years, I still have questions about the biblical worldview and how to live it out in this world and in our society. Either of them could field my questions.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
So I can’t choose Jesus. Okay, I’ll pick his brother, James. I’d like to know what he thought about his brother before Jesus began his ministry and when James wholeheartedly believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Also, it would be interesting to know what it was like growing up with Jesus as your big brother.

You’re right. That would be interesting. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
There is often some useful information in a rejection. If so, learn what you need to in order improve your writing in the areas indicated by the rejection. If you receive no useful information, you can try replying and asking the publisher if you had the manuscript professionally edited would they allow you to resubmit it. If they say yes, then you know you need to work on your craft. Hiring a good editor is a great way to accelerate up the learning curve. But sometimes rejections do not reflect any deficiency in your writing. If you believe that is the case, then keep looking for a good publishing match for your story and keep submitting it.

Tell us about the featured book.
No True Justice is a high-action romantic suspense story—set in the beautiful Central Oregon desert near Lake Billy Chinook and Crooked River Ranch—about a young woman who was coerced into witness protection, not to protect her, but to shut her up.

After testifying in a high-profile court case, Gemma Saint, a young intern at an influential media outlet, is forced into WITSEC by corrupt DOJ officials to silence her, when Gemma’s testimony at a retrial threatens their elaborate conspiracy to control the upcoming presidential election. Gemma learns from her WITSEC Inspector that her identity was compromised and someone in the DOJ has sent a black ops team to kill her. After her Inspector is shot, Gemma sees only one chance to survive and resume her old life—expose the conspiracy, completely.

She seeks help from Lex James, a young investigative journalist. For Lex’s help, Gemma offers him the biggest story of his career. But Lex was recently given custody of his deceased sister’s four-year-old twins, Josh and Caleb, and must consider their safety. Sparks fly when Lex and Gemma meet, and the boys see their mother in Gemma. But can she endanger this fragile family, or should she run away, sacrificing her life and the course of her beloved country to protect Lex and his two boys? Lex has difficult choices, too. But the highly gifted boys, Josh and Caleb, have their own opinion about what should happen, and they will apply all 200 of their IQ points to get what they want.

Please give us the first page of the book.
July 4th, Madras, Oregon, 10:45 p.m.
Happy birthday, America! I—I still love you.
As Georgia Simpson, she did love her native land, though she could not shake the feeling that her government had done her a grave injustice.

A deep boom jarred her head and resonated in her chest.

Georgia looked upward.

The explosion filled the late evening sky with a brilliant display of red, white and blue lights that shot outward like a microcosm of the big bang. Then the lights floated downward and, within a few seconds, disappeared into the indigo sky.

And so ended the finale of the Madras Fourth of July celebration at Sahalee Park.

The crowd cheered.

The band struck up a rousing rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Families and friends celebrated together.

 But Georgia Simpson would walk home as usual … alone. If she had to be alone tonight, she could choose not to be Georgia.

After eight months in WITSEC, she had come to loathe the name the Department of Justice had coerced her into taking.

“It’s safer to keep your initials, GS,” they had said.

But she was Gemma Saint. Her life as Gemma was satisfying and filled with excitement.  Georgia would gladly return to being Gemma, if she had the opportunity.

The problem was, according to the DOJ, the life expectancy of Gemma Saint roughly equaled that of a free-drink award on her Starbuck’s card.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook author’s page:  
Many of my readers have friended me and use my FB profile page:

Thank you, H.L., for sharing this new book with us. I loved the first book in he witness protection series so much. I’m eager to read this one.

Readers, here are links to the book.
No True Justice: Witness Protection 2 (Volume 2) - Paperback
No True Justice: Witness Protection 2 - Kindle

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Robin Bunting said...

I love Wegley thrillers. Great interview!

H L Wegley said...

Thanks, Robin! I'm working on another thriller with romance right now.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like it will be exciting to read. I really enjoy those types of stories.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

H L Wegley said...

Thanks for stopping by, Linda. This was a fun story to write. One lesson from it, on the lighter side, is never, ever underestimate 4-year-old genius twins who are laser focused on what they want and the people they love.

Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a real page turner with some romance! Very interesting! Vivian Furbay of CO

Vera Godley said...

I've not read any of Wegley's work before and would love to read this one.

Vera in Central North Carolina

H L Wegley said...

Vivian, It seems I've branded myself with TWR, Thriller With Romance. Most readers like this combo ... all except those who want only the thrills and chills.

Vera, I hope you do get to read this one. The best I've written in this subgenre, according to my wife, is Voice in the Wilderness.

Connie Leonard said...

I love romantic suspense and would love to win this book. I have not read any of Wegley's books before, but I like broadening my author list.
Connie in Texas

Abigail Mitchell said...

Would love to have this book!
Abigail in VA

H L Wegley said...

Connie, I hope broadening your author list includes me. :) If you like high-action romantic suspense, then you'll probably like my stories.

Travel Blogs said...

Nice story and characters. Love the suspense and also romance. Waiting for more exciting stories to come.

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a winner! Melanie Backus, TX

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

H L Wegley said...

Hi, Melanie, Sharon and Travel Blogs!
Thanks for your interest in my story, No True Justice. Good luck in the giveaway.
I'm deep into the writing of the next book in that series. Time to get back to work.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

So glad I found this post. Thanks for being here.
Connie from KY

Shelia64 said...

sounds wonderful! Shelia from Mississippi