Monday, October 15, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley

Welcome to the CBRB, Margaret! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I have been writing for thirty-four years and sold my first book in 1981 in the secular market. After twenty books, I was introduced to the Christian market by the Lord, who gave me a story I could only tell with a faith thread in it. I have gone on to sell sixty-three books since that happened in 2000.

I have been married for forty-two years to Mike and we have one Shaun and four granddaughters from ages 3-12. I also have three cats that adopted us and think they rule the household. Don't tell them but they probably do.

When did you first discover that you loved writing?

I've always been a storyteller since I was a little girl. I never wrote those stories down, but after reading many books, I decided to try to write one. Since that first book, I've been continually writing--all with a romance thread in the story.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?


The first books I remember reading and really enjoying were the books in the Nancy Drew series. From there I grew to love suspense and adventure (usually with a love interest). I wanted to write what I enjoyed to read the most.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

Spelling. I'm the world worst speller, but over the years I have gotten better. I used to say if you can't spell the word how in the world can you find it in the dictionary. I've called my husband many times to ask him how to spell something. The mechanics of writing had to be learned. The story came more naturally to me.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

I taught special education for 27 years before I retired to write full-time. My writing allowed me to do that and not go crazy. I have to have something to do. I couldn't just retire and have nothing to do. My writing also allowed me to research a lot of different topics and visit many different places.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

I love the 23rd Psalm and what it tells us. God is with us through the worst. That is comforting to know.

Is there a book you've read that has been truly spectacular?

Amazonia by James Rollins (secular--pure suspense/adventure)

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you've ever done?

I once came out of a bathroom with toilet paper hanging out of my waistband of my pants. I turned ten shades of red.

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Please tell us about the featured book.

Blurb for Shattered Silence--Men of the Texas Rangers Series
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. 

While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn't what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

This book in the series (each book stands alone) is about bullying in various situations in society from high school to the workplace to a marriage.

Can you please give us the first page?

No one sees me. They walk right by me and don’t even know I am here. I’m invisible.

But that’s all going to change today. The woman who has agreed to marry me will be here soon. The world will finally know someone cares about me. It was worth all my savings to bring her across the border.

I’m tired of being alone. Being nobody. I’m getting married. I won’t be invisible anymore—at least she’ll see me.
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Maria Martinez lay flat on the dust-covered wooden planks, her right eye pressed against the hole in the floor of the abandoned house. Pedro won’t find me here. I’ll win this time.

A sneeze welled up in Maria, and she fought to stop it. She couldn't.  Quickly she looked through the small opening to make sure Pedro hadn't come and heard her. Her older brother always thought he could do everything better than her. Not this time. He’d never think to look here. He’d think she was too afraid to hide here. A rattling behind her sent a shot of fear through her. She went still. Her lungs held her breath and wouldn't let go.

There’s no such thing as ghosts. He just told me that to scare me. I’m not a baby. I’m eight.

Her words fueled her courage, and she popped up to look over her shoulder. Nothing. Just the wind blowing through the broken window. Maria sank to the floor in relief and took up her post again. Watching through the hole. If Pedro came into the house, she’d be ready to hide. He was not going to find her. For once, she would have the last laugh. He was just two years older, but the way he acted, you’d think he was Papa.

Another sound caught her attention. Down below. Footsteps. She started to hop up and scramble to her hiding place nearby, but a gruff, deep male voice stopped her. Not Pedro. Who?

With her eye glued to the hole again, she waited to see who it was. Another voice—a woman’s—answered the man, then she laughed. A funny laugh—like Pedro when he made fun of her.

“Dumb. Evil eye,” the woman taunted in Spanish.

The man raised his voice, speaking in the same language so fast Maria had a hard time keeping up. Mama insisted on only speaking English at home. Now she wished she was better at Spanish. But she heard some words—the ones he slowed and emphasized, repeating several times in a louder voice a few cuss words that got Papa in trouble if he said them at home. The deep gruff voice ended with, “You will pay.”

The woman laughed again, but the sound died suddenly. “What are you doing?” she said in Spanish.

Maria strained to see the two people. The lady moved into her line of sight as she stepped back, shaking her head, her long brown hair swirling in the air. Maria glimpsed the top of a tan cowboy hat that hid the man’s face from her.

The beautiful lady held up her hands. “No!”

The fear in that one word chilled Maria.

Before she could think of what to do, a gunshot, like she’d heard on TV, blasted the quiet. The lady jerked back. She glanced down at her chest, then up, remaining upright for a few heartbeats before crumbling to the floor.

Maria froze. Her mind blanked.

The man came closer to the still lady on the floor, her unseeing dark eyes staring right at Maria, pinning her against the wooden planks. She saw the gun as he lifted his arm and aimed it at the woman. He shot her in the stomach then the forehead.

Maria gasped.

The man must have whirled away. Suddenly he wasn't in her line of vision. She bolted to her feet as the sound of heavy footsteps coming up the stairs echoed down the hallway.

Terror locked a vise about Maria and held her in place.

Where can readers learn more information about you?


I love hearing from readers.
Website: http://www.margaretdaley.com
Blog: http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/margaretdaley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margaretdaleybooks

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GIVEAWAY!
Margaret has kindly offered to giveaway a print copy of Shattered Silence! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Be sure to check the sidebar (under Winner Announcement) after the giveaway is over to see if you've won. The winner must contact me by going to my "Contact Me" page and sending me an email. 

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Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at midnight (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen through Random.org,

33 comments:

  1. Margaret, I share the red face with you about the toilet paper incident. It was really bad for was at church. But, luckily for me a friend told me before going into the sanctuary. Oh my! And, as far as the spelling, mine is the reverse of yours. I was always an A student in spelling and loved the Spelling Bees. But, seems I forget how to spell so many words. And, sometime since moving my Dictionary disappeared. I still haven't been able to win one of your books, but will keep trying. Thanks Aizess for this interview. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  2. Aizess, I am a follower of your blog. Please enter me again. I really need to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  3. Please enter me for 2 more extra entries for being a subscriber of yours.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  4. I am posting this on my Facebook for another entry. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  5. Please enter me in this giveaway! I'd love to win a copy--sounds like a great book.

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  6. I love Margaret's books and am anxious to read this one! Thanks for the chance!
    Jackie S.

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  7. I subscribe viaE!!!

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  8. I've enjoyed Margaret's other books and this sounds like another winner! Thanks for the opportunity to win this one. Blessings to you both!
    hollymag

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  9. I would love to win a copy of Shattered Silence. I love Margaret's books!

    Blessings!
    Judy
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  10. I am a follower!


    Blessings!
    Judy
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  11. Since I already have this, and read and review it, please don't enter me in the contest. Just wanted to say that I love, love this book. Margaret is a wonderful author, and you will truly not be disappointed at her new book!

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  12. I love reading Margaret's books and I really like stories with cowboys in them so this one is a must read for me.
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  13. I love Margaret's books. I would love to win a copy. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker

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  14. Would love to win this book...please enter me in the contest.
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  15. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  16. I'm a follower!

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  17. I'm a subscriber!

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  18. I would really like to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win it. I am a follower.
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  19. I KNOW that Margaret is a great author, have met her, and would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the chance.
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  20. I just signed up for the newsletter for your blog.
    Thanks for entering me with 2 more chances to win.
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  21. I'm also now following your blog. Thanks for entering me for another chance and for including me in the drawing for the COURAGEOUS DVD AND COURAGEOUS CD PACKAGE.
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  28. Thanks, everyone. I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Silence. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, Joy.

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  29. Margaret, what an excellent excerpt! I can't WAIT to read this book! It's going on my amazon wish list so hubby can find it for Christmas if I don't win! Thank you for using your talents for God. And thank you for the opportunity to win. :)
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  31. Thanks for sharing the excerpt! The first page was riveting!

    Jes
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