Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Hope! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in this awesome blog!
Okay, a little about me…
I’ve been making up stories in my head ever since I was a little kid. As an adult I became a journalist and PR manager, then took some time off to freelance when I had my sons. At that time, life was challenging managing the needs of two little boys, especially since my husband travelled a lot for work. So a friend dropped off a stack of books on my front doorstep and said, “Lose yourself in a good story and relax!” Up to that point I’d only been reading non-fiction on how to be the best mother possible. <G>
So I dove into a Judith McNaught contemporary romance, then a Jude Deveraux historical, and then a Nelson DeMille thriller. I was hooked! A little voice inside of me whispered, “You should do this!” Needless to say, that little voice got louder and louder. I discovered a fabulous writing group in Chicago, where I lived at the time, and my fiction career was born!
When did you first discover that you loved writing?
In junior high school I’d space out during class, stare out the window and make up stories in my head. These characters were not only distracting, but seemed WAY more interesting than what I was supposed to be learning in class. Then our teacher had us write and illustrate a book – what a rush! I still have that book around here somewhere…
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I enjoy writing highly emotional books, and suspense heightens the emotional impact all the way around. Puzzles have always fascinated me, the why’s and how’s of a story. I’d spend hours watching Law & Order marathons and realized I only enjoyed the ones where justice was truly served. In a Love Inspired book I can make sure everyone gets a happy ending, while eluding the bad guys, and embracing their faith!
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
That obstacle would be setting boundaries. When you write from home everyone thinks you sit around and watch TV all day, play with the puppy, or just generally goof off. It’s challenging to express to others that although you have a flexible schedule, you’re still working. I’ve learned to overcome this challenge by turning off all phones before diving into story. That way I can’t be distracted, and it makes it clear to those calling that I have a work schedule just like everyone else, and I will eventually get back to them.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
Absolutely. It’s made me consider my own personal conflicts and emotional development. Plus, writing Christian suspense novels has helped me focus on love and forgiveness even more in my everyday life.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:8
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
There are so many amazing books out there. Truly spectacular? Let’s see, I guess I’d put Jay Asher’s YA, “Thirteen Reasons Why” in that category. Also, the classics, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I never get tired of reading those!
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m really shy, so that’s a tough one. Probably singing karaoke with writer friends to a full room of strangers who were trying to eat dinner in peace. We probably caused a lot of indigestion that night!
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Please tell us about the featured book.
The book is titled “Mountain Rescue” and it’s the first book in my Echo Mountain search and rescue series. A little about the characters…
Quinn and Billie share a history. About a year ago, Quinn rescued her from a mountain ledge during a search-and-rescue mission, but her husband died in the fall. Seeing how lost she was after her husband’s death, Quinn offered her a job and place to live. When she started developing feelings for him, Quinn pushed her away, finding her a job at Echo Mountain Resort, which he owns. He felt it was the honorable thing to do, that she was falling for him because he’d rescued her. Quinn knew she deserved better than a rogue like Quinn.
Fast forward to present day: Billie is hunted by a stranger in the mountains and takes a fall while trying to escape. When the search and rescue call goes out, Quinn discovers its Billie and races to the rescue. Again. Apparently Billie’s dead husband’s criminal associates think she has information they need, and they’re not giving up until they get answers!
Quinn assigns himself her protector until the case is resolved and the threat is gone. But will Quinn survive losing his heart yet again to a woman he can never have?
Can you please give us the first page? Sure!
Her husband was dead.
Billy stood on the Cascade Mountain trail overlooking the steep drop down the side of the mountain. She took a deep breath and finally released the pain weighing heavy on her heart.
Pain. Anguish. Dread.
There, she’d finally admitted it. She’d been living under a cloud of dread during the last year of her marriage, nervous about Rick’s volatile moods and erratic behavior.
She tugged her fleece hat down to cover her ears. It felt as if the temperature had dropped ten degrees since she’d started out on her hike. But she had to finish this, had to visit the site where Rick had spent his last hours in her arms.
It had taken her a year to get to this place emotionally, the place where she accepted that what she needed most was closure. Closure and forgiveness.
“And I do forgive you,” she whispered, hugging herself. Forgiveness was a step toward grace, and it would help her heal.
Still, there were those occasional moments when she’d lie awake at night wondering if she could have done something to stop him from his downward spiral.
She glanced at the plateau below where Rick had shivered and groaned as she’d portioned out food to sustain them both until help had arrived.
If only they hadn’t argued; if only he hadn’t stormed off and tripped, falling over the edge and hitting his head on a rock below. But you can’t rewind the past, no matter how much you want to.
A sudden flash of Quinn’s blue eyes and confident smile haunted her thoughts. No, she wouldn’t think about search-and-rescue volunteer Quinn Donovan, not today. He may have rescued her from the mountains and helped her get back on her feet by giving her a place to live, but he was another lost soul like Rick, running from his pain.
“It’s good that I left,” she whispered.
She’d only seen Quinn sporadically since she’d started her new job at Echo Mountain Resort. They’d agreed it was the best thing to do, the right thing, because they both had suspected she was leaning on him a little too much after he’d rescued her.
She was falling for him.
But she wouldn’t make the mistake of thinking what they had was anything more than an emotional condition brought on by trauma. Billy was smarter than that.
A sudden gust of wind whipped through the mountain pass. If she were so smart, she wouldn’t have gone hiking by herself. Although her friend Bree had offered to join her, letting go of the past wasn’t something you did with an audience. She interlaced her gloved hands and closed her eyes. She said a prayer in an effort to completely let go.
“Lord, please help me make peace with Rick’s mistakes, with my own failures as a wife and--”
She spun around and peered into the mass of trees to her left but saw nothing, no wild animal or hiker. The hair pricked at the back of her neck.
Where can readers learn more information about you?
At my website: hopewhiteauthor.com
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Hope has generously offered to giveaway a print copy of Mountain Rescue AND a print copy of Safe Harbor! Print giveaway is available to U.S residents only. Giveaway ends on Saturday September 20, 2014 at midnight (Eastern time). Thanks for coming by to enter!