A few weeks ago, I posted my 2014 favorites, which you can see at My 2014 "Best of the Best" in Christian Fiction. Over the next few weeks, I am delighted to spotlight a few of these authors with giveaways, so be sure to come back.
I am honored to have Lorena McCourtney visit with us this week. Lorena excels at writing cozy mysteries, a genre I have enjoyed for more years than I care to admit, and I'm glad to see mysteries of this quality in Christian fiction. Lorena's writing is strong, characters loveable, mysteries well plotted - but what assures Lorena a place on my favorites list is her humor. Let me just say that Death Takes a Ride contains some of the funniest scenes I've ever read, and that is a gift in itself. (Click on the title to see my review.)
By the way, Lorena told me that her publisher, Revell, has been calling her a "New York Times Bestselling Author" because Dying to Read, Book #1 in the Cate Kinkaid series, made it onto a NY Times bestseller list. That's indeed a great accomplishment! So please sit back and enjoy all that Lorena has to share . . .
Lorena: About Death Takes a Ride and the lighthearted Cate Kinkaid series: What I basically wanted to say in this series, the "heart" of the series, is that God may have plans for us that diverge widely what we have planned, and those plans may be outside what we've ever considered - very good plans, even if they come as something of a shock. Cate had never thought about being a private investigator - but just look where the Lord is taking her!
In Death Takes a Ride, which is the conclusion of the 3-book series, I wanted to use an idea that has been in the back of my mind for a long time, but which never seemed to fit into what I was writing at the time. A story about an obvious self-defense situation, backed up by a credible person witnessing it. But all is not as it seems on the surface.
I enjoy writing these lighthearted, fun mysteries. My mind, even when I'm thinking I'll be really serious, always seems to see the humorous aspects in a situation.
With the conclusion of the Cate Kinkaid series, I've been working on a book #5 in my older, but quite popular Ivy Malone Mysteries series. The title is "Go, Ivy, Go!," and I'm hoping to have it ready for release as an ebook in the first half of 2015. I've been working on it much longer than I originally planned, stalled several times by my own or my husband's medical problems (and a big "medical" problem with my computer too!). This is also a lighthearted series, about an older woman dismayed to find she seems to have aged into invisibility. But seeing that being "invisible" can be a useful asset for a sleuth. The titles are on the first four books are Invisible, In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded.
Carole: Invisible was the first book of Lorena's that I read, and I was instantly a fan. So I am delighted that #5 in the Ivy Malone series will be coming out soon.
Lorena, I am honored that you would take the time to be with us and hope you will come back again. And thank you so much for sharing a copy. Readers, if you haven't discovered Lorena's books already, I hope you will try one soon. They are indeed a delight.
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Lorena said that the "heart" of her series is that God may have plans for us that diverge widely what we have planned. I suspect that's something many of us have learned the hard way, so please briefly share an experience you've had in that area. If it's funny, that's all the better!
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