Meet the Characters in Imperfect Wings by Elizabeth Noyes

April 10, 2015

Imperfect WingsWhen I read books for review, I periodically jot down things I want to remember to include about the story or the characters. By the time I reached chapter two of Imperfect Wings, I was so engrossed in the story, I tossed the pen aside because I couldn’t put the book down long enough to write a single note. That’s how enthralling this book is. If you like action-packed romantic suspense with an emphasis on the suspense and a touch of thriller, I highly recommend this book.

 The heroine was on a mission. But was it justice she wanted—or revenge? Either way, the fact that she witnessed a murder created further tragedy she couldn’t foresee and put many more innocent people in danger. Once she’d succeeded in rescuing the children from an orphanage in Honduras, her focus shifted to remaining a step ahead of her would-be captors and simply staying alive.

Her journey took her to middle-of-nowhere Idaho, where she finally began to feel safe, and where the host family was determined to protect her. But was it enough?

I invite you to grab a copy of this book, and hang on to your seat for a thrilling ride!

Meet the Characters:

T. J. McKendrick – A petite frame doesn’t necessarily mean fragility, and T. J. was hardly delicate. In fact, she could hold her own with well-trained men more than twice her size. But remaining hidden until she could testify in a trial that was sure to convict some evil people proved to be the biggest challenge of her life.

Don Rafael Castillo (“the Butcher”) had an agenda. He power, and he wanted T.J. dead. So did people in higher places with even more at risk.

Garrett Cameron gladly traded a life of violence for running his family’s ranch. However, the past would not let go of him, and he found himself bound to protect a person who’d already created havoc for him once before.

Mallory Cameron, one of the Cameron men’s younger sisters, knew them as well as anyone, and had no trouble discerning the heart of her older brother.

Agent Kevin Fowler was the person in charge of her safety and protection. Why was the warning in Mississippi so late it almost got her killed?

And who were the intriguing Cowboy, Rascal, Iceman, Dingo, Romeo, Farmboy, and Dawg, among others? Got to read the book to find out!

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Betty NoyesElizabeth Noyes spent fourteen years working as a professional writer for a private company. After she retired, she began writing full-time, and has published A Dozen Apologies, a collaborative work involving twelve authors. Online readers selected her character as the favorite hero, which entitled her to write the final chapter of the book. Another collaborative book in which Elizabeth contributed, Love Boat Bachelor, released Valentine’s Day, 2015.

 Imperfect Wings, her first full-length novel, was a CAT 5 winner in the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest. It is the first of her Imperfect Series, and the Book Two, Imperfect Trust, is due out this year.

Elizabeth lives with her husband outside Atlanta, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She shares her expertise in a critique group, and is a mighty encourager.

Elizabeth was a featured author in the Jan/Feb 2015 the edition of Southern Writers Magazine. You can purchase her books at http://www.amazon.com/, and learn more about her by visiting her blog at http://elizabethnoyeswrites.com/.

 


Meet the Characters in No Way Out by Susan Sleeman

June 5, 2013

No Way Out book coverAlsyssa Wells had been dealt some hard blows in life.  Trouble in her marriage. The loss of her police officer husband.  Coping with her children’s grief while dealing with her own. When she stumbles on the fact that her husband was framed for an illegal activity at the time of his death, and his murderer pursues her, Alyssa’s faith is tested beyond anything she could have imagined.

After discovering the one person she trusted most with her children is not as upright as she thought, can she trust a total stranger to protect them? And what is it about this new acquaintance that has her guarding her heart?

Meet the Characters:

Alyssa Wells –after all she’s been through, Alyssa maintains faith that God is in control. Her positive outlook puzzles her new friend. How can she help him see that her strength comes from God, and help him trust the Lord again?

Nolan Saunders  had been Todd Wells’ partner in the Pacific Bay Police Department. After Todd’s death, he clearly had his sights on Alyssa for more than friendship. While she wasn’t ready for another relationship, she’d trusted him completely after he’d helped her so selflessly after her husband’s death.

Frank Gibson, an officer with the local police department, was involved in methamphetamine distribution. After his son’s remission from leukemia, wanted to get out of deal, but the “boss” wasn’t going to let him out, at least not alive.

Cole Justice carried serious baggage from two tours of duty in Iraq. His partner had died, and Cole blamed himself. He’d given up on God two years ago. Or maybe God had given up on him? His siblings insisted he take some time off from the Justice Agency to deal with his issues at the beach. What he discovered there would change his life.

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Ms. Sleeman is a very talented and prolific writer whose characters warm your heart and whose stories of romanticSusan-Sleeman-228x300 suspense make it difficult to put her books down.  One of the things I like about her books is that they’re long enough to tell an exciting story, but short enough to read in a sitting or two.

I’ ve read all Susan Sleeman’s Justice Series books, and I love the Justice siblings, all five of them: Ethan, Cole, Kat, Derrick and Dani.  In my humble opinion, I believe these books could easily become as popular as the Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke.

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sleeman at a book signing event a year and a half ago. Little did I know I’d immediately become one of her biggest fans. Having read her Garden Gate series books, I started the Justice Agency series, and eagerly await each new release.

If you’d like to learn more about the author and her books, please visit her very interesting website at http://www.susansleeman.com.

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Meet the Characters in Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

November 28, 2012

Highly entertaining with a thread of romance and plenty of suspense, Winds of Wyoming is a must-read.The interesting, well-developed characters, especially Kate, will steal your heart and leave you salivating for more Kate Neilson stories. Rebecca Lyles has created a great debut novel that you’ll not soon forget.

There are too many intriguing characters to list them all, so meet the major players in this story:

Kate Neilson has a past, one she’d like to forget. Although she’s in Wyoming, many miles away from her home state of Pennsylvania, an ugly part of her past has followed her there, threatens to haunt her and ruin her chances of realizing her dreams.

Dymple-with a y-Louise Forbes is undoubtedly my favorite character. Spunky and full of grit, the tiny old lady befriends Kate early on, and demonstrates her testimony of faith through her actions.

Mike Duncan, son of Laura Duncan, owner of the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, helps keep the family business alive and prospering after the passing of his father. Mike seems to take a fancy to the new girl on the ranch, but not without opposition from his long-time friend and the woman who pursues him.

Laura Duncan (“Mrs. D.”) is a brave and determined woman of faith. She struggles against outside influences to retain what rightfully belongs to her and her family and manage her business without interference from certain neighbors.

Clint Barrett, handsome ranch foreman and Mike’s best friend has eyes for Kate. How will he respond when he realizes Mike has also taken a shine to her?

Tara Hughes, self-proclaimed fiancé of Mike, won’t allow anyone to interfere with her dream—marriage to Mike Duncan and acquisition of Whispering Pines. To what lengths will she go to accomplish her goals?

Jerry Ramsey is the compulsive, violent man who is bent on having Kate Neilson all to himself—with or without her consent.  To what depths will he stoop to get her?

Manuel Ortega is a teen who works at the ranch. Was it because he’d been sent to reform school that people shunned him, or was it because he was he’s Hispanic? What was it that Kate sensed about him that caused her to trust him?

Cyrus Moore is Whispering Pines’ dining hall manager and a twenty-three veteran of the ranch. Was it just his personality that caused him to grouse at Kate, or was there something more?

You can purchase your copy of Winds of Wyoming from your local book retailer, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or another online bookstore.

 About the Author:

Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming, then moved to Idaho with her husband, Steve. She has written non-fiction articles and books. Winds of Wyoming is her debut novel. You can interact with Becky on Facebook or visit her blog at http://www.beckylyles.com.


Growth of an Author: Getting to Know Fay Lamb

February 25, 2012

 I am honored to share with you today my interview with Fay Lamb, author of the recently released romantic suspense book, “Because of  Me.” I’ve known Fay for a number of years, and worked with her as a fellow staff member at our church. I have been privileged to be able to read several of Fay’s works. It is Fay to whom I am grateful for introducing me to the American Christian Fiction Writers organization and for becoming my mentor in writing. And it is God to whom I am thankful for sending such a wonderful Christian friend my way.

 Fay, when did your start writing seriously?  Since I’ve been writing most of my life, this is a good question. I didn’t get serious about it until I was in my late twenties. I wrote seriously as a teenager and a young adult. One of the stories I’m still working on was started when I was a teenager. However, in my late twenties I realized that God had given me this desire to put words on paper and some natural ability because He had a job for me to do. I also knew that in everything we do, we are to do it mightily for the Lord. So, leaning upon Him, I began to get serious, to study the writer’s craft, and to produce work that I felt glorified my Lord and Savior. Now that doesn’t mean I haven’t had setbacks, because I have, but God has seen me through them.

What is your biggest challenge in writing, aside from finding a publisher?   The biggest? I think it was an internal struggle to accept the fact that writing is a ministry and a career. I’ve been busy all my life, working outside the home, raising two sons and a husband, and busy in church with projects others felt were my “calling.”  When I finally decided that the only two things in my life that came before my writing were God and my family, writing went to the top of my to-do list. My service to the Lord became a much wider spectrum than the local church. Yes, local church service is important, but sometimes, well-meaning people believe they know where God is leading you when—and here’s the secret—they really don’t have a clue as to what God’s doing in your life. I was listening to others and not to the Lord, and I was miserable. Eventually, God was the One who took me out of those other ministries. That day came when I broke down in front of my pastor and said, “I’m done.” Those were two of the most powerful words I’ve ever spoken, and probably two of the hardest. I don’t like to give up on anything. I hate to let anyone down, but that day I gave it all up. I know I hurt the feelings of people I love, and it destroyed some relationships, but sometimes when we’re working against God’s will for us, He will bring us to the end of ourselves. On that day, that’s where I was. Once I fell into line with the path God had for me, I discovered that God’s main ministry for me is to work with writers at all levels of their career, and the doors to my own writing opened wide.

How long have you been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)?  I’m not good with dates. When I first became a member, the organization was called American Christian Romance Writers. I dropped out for a time and quickly learned that there is no place better for a Christian writer to learn and to fellowship than at ACFW.  I rejoined in 2007, and I don’t think I’ll ever be foolish enough to let my membership lapse again.

What was your role in the formation of the Scribes critique group?  Well, I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I was looking for a place to serve within ACFW. I started under the old critique system. That system wasn’t working because individuals were actually put into groups with individuals they didn’t know. Groups were falling apart, and ACFW really wanted to establish some meaningful critique relationships for its members. The newer system started in 2009, and to be honest, I thought, “This is never going to work.” I’m very happy to tell you, that I was wrong. The large group system is one of the best offers ACFW has for its members. In the large group of 275+ individuals, writers are meeting others with the same goals: publication. They come together and the goal becomes: publication for each other. In the large group, friendships are formed, and those friendships often result in the formation of small groups under the Scribes’ system.

What is your favorite “how-to” book on writing? Without a moment’s hesitation I would tell any writer to buy a copy of James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure. I love Mr. Bell’s teaching and especially the fact that he uses movies to make his point. I’m a fan of his LOCK system which is set out in the book as well. Often when I see authors meandering through a story, I suggest the LOCK system. It’s a panster and a plotters best friend because it resides somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, allowing creativity while you’re essentially building a lose outline of your manuscript.

What do you see as your most helpful “lesson learned” about writing?   Deep point of view. It takes your story to an all new level. It’s the writer’s answer to a camera’s lens. With deep point of view, you get inside your point-of-view character’s head and you experience the story through him or her. The deeper you get into that character’s head, the more your readers are going to feel as if they are that character and not simply on the outside of the story looking in.

What is your favorite comfort food?   Now, that’s a question I know that you know, Pat. You’ve been to The Moonlight Drive-In enough times with me to know I take comfort in ice cream. Or is it the fried pickles. Maybe it’s their wonderful sweet iced tea. Well, let’s just say all of the above.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?    Well, I tat, but I haven’t been doing a lot of that. I think spending time with friends. I have some gal pals who keep me from being too much of a hermit. I’m able to act silly with abandon around them when we get together on Saturday nights to watch television, discuss our favorite actors—and recently my son gave me a Wii. I suspect I’ll have lots of fun with the gal pals beating up on me in the Wii games.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group, offers services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is available at all book retailers and Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing, www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb. A signed copy of her book may be purchased from her through her website, www.FayLamb.com.

Fay’s passion is working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.  In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board.

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

About “Because of Me”

This book is not your typical Christian fiction.

Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.  Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.  Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?


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