Valerie Massey Goree: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Valerie Massey Goree, a treasured author friend, is guest blogging this week. I know you’ll love hearing from her about her latest romantic suspense novel.

Valerie Massey Goree, Author

I’m honored to be hosted by my friend, Linda. August 30, 2019 marks the release date of my latest romantic suspense novel, Day of Reckoning, a stand-alone sequel to Weep in the Night.

Day of Reckoning by Valerie Massey Goree

Both stories feature agents who work for the International Retrieval Organization. Lela was introduced in Weep in the Night, and now she has her own story in Day of Reckoning.

As a seasoned operative, she is assigned the kidnapping case of the businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Jay Vashon, Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay prays at the most inopportune times.

Jay would do anything to help bring Chuck home, even work with feisty Agent Ortiz. As Jay and Lela decipher clues Chuck sends to his son with special needs, they are forced to work in close proximity.

Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God?

And Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline?

Thoughts from Valerie Massey Goree

Ooh. Such intrigue! But that’s what I love about writing romantic suspense. Twists and unexpected turns are so much fun to create. If my characters sail along without a care in the world, then I haven’t done my job. We all know that life is full of bumps and sometimes craters. The ‘happily-ever-after’ will come, but not without facing hardships along the way.

Speaking of sailing… We recently moved to Washington state. Our condo is right on the water, and my office window overlooks the bay. Talk about inspiration! Little sailboats, fancy yachts, brave people paddling kayaks. And then to the north, we often see cruise ships, or tankers and container ships heading to or from Seattle.

I haven’t incorporated any of these sights in a plot yet, but when my husband and I see a boat anchored in the middle of our bay—and yes, we do consider it ours—we speculate as to what the crew might be doing. Are they picking up a load of drugs? Tossing a body overboard? Spying on the houses tucked away in the trees on the bluff? The possibilities are endless. Of course, the crew could just be fishing or enjoying the weather. But that’s too tame.

In Day of Reckoning, Jay’s nephew, Sean, has fragile X syndrome. Having worked with children with special needs for twenty-five years, I often include a special child in my stories. People use sign language to help communicate with Sean. The sign for ‘wait’ is cute. Hold your left open hand, palm up by your left side. Then hold your right hand in the same position, a little closer to your body, fingers pointing to your left wrist and wiggle your fingers. Wait. This sign plays a crucial part in solving the kidnapping case.

Valerie Massey Goree: Looking to the Future

I’ve completed the third novel in the series. It will feature an IRO agent introduced in Day of Reckoning as the hero or heroine. Who will it be? Manny, Pamela, Smitty, Cooper? Hmm. I can keep a secret.

5 thoughts on “Valerie Massey Goree: Let’s Chat!

  1. Sounds like you love a mystery to be solved. I imagine you love Nancy Drew books as I did as a young girl. Intrigue is the name of the game. I loved a book that absorbs me to the very end. Your books sound like they would be enthralling to read. Keep writing.

     
     
    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Jane. Valerie and her husband are enjoying a wonderful tour out of country so she may not be able to check in this week.

       
       
  2. Alici Haney

    This book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner, I love the cover , it is super nice! I love watching forensic shows, and I understand what you say , I know whenever I see something amiss or just while walking in the desert walking our dog all kinds of things go through my head, even if there is a bag that has something in it which has been trashed on the street, all kinds of thoughts go through my head. All those shows I’ve been watching or books I have read, but actually you never know!! I enjoyed reading this blog. Thank you so very much. Have a Great rest of the week . God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Alici: right now I’m waiting at the airport and watching folks. Hmm. What is he up to? Why did she hide the book she was reading? Never know when a plot idea will appear.

       
       
      1. I can just see it! Have a wonderful trip!

         
         

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Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

Welcome, Everyone!

Becky MelbyThis week Becky Melby is treating us with a visit. Becky writes cozy mysteries, and I just know you’re going to love her. 

Becky is offering a print copy of Family Secrets to the winner of this week’s drawing** (U.S. resident), so join the chat below to enter.

**Congrats, Lucy Reynolds, this week’s winner!

Becky Melby’s Roots

I’m a Midwest girl–born in Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I married my high school sweetheart 46 years ago. We just celebrated 50 years since our first date! We have four sons, all married, and fifteen grandchildren.

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y writing career began at the age of eight when I started writing stories on anything I could get my hands on. In fifth grade, when my teacher put my bunny poem (with a red “A+ Very Good!” on it), on the bulletin board, I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. In high school I had a poem published in the local newspaper. That was a huge moment.

I was married with three kids by the time my first short story was published. I still remember dancing around my kitchen like a crazy lady with the acceptance letter in my hand.

A Debut for Becky Melby 

Twenty-seven years ago I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. In the midst of the busyness of raising four boys, my writing dream was a fuzzy, distant memory. Then one day my friend Cathy Wienke called and told me she’d just literally thrown a book at the wall because of its trite dialogue and predictable plot. “We should write our own,” she said. And so we did.

A Surprising Turn of Events

Becky MelbyNine months from that conversation, we had a finished manuscript. This was back in the old days before the internet and email. We used Writer’s Market to find publishers that accepted unsolicited manuscripts and started sending out proposals.

Then, after a few rejections, we received a positive response from Barbour Publishing. They were interested in our story for their Heartsong Presents line. There was just one small problem: Their word count limit was 50,000 and our manuscript was 75,000! We faced the bird-in-the-hand dilemma. After a few days of prayer, we decided to go ahead and start slashing. As it turned out, what we thought would feel like lopping off body parts without anesthesia became a hilarious time of “Why did we write that?”

What’s Up With Becky Melby Now?

Becky MelbyCathy and I wrote eight other Heartsong titles and a novella together. I have also written a full-length three-book series called the Lost Sanctuary Series. (Out of print now, but watch for the series re-release later this summer.) I have two novellas in collections with Cynthia Ruchti, Rachael Phillips, and Eileen Key. A Door County Christmas and Cedar Creek Seasons are both set in my home state of Wisconsin.

Family Secrets by Becky Melby

Becky MelbyFamily Secrets, my recent release is the first in a series of Guideposts cozy mysteries called Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. In the series, three retired school teachers find an old warehouse that had once been an inn and hope to restore it to its former glory as a B&B and soup café.

In Family Secrets, someone (or something!) is out to stop them. The inn was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and each of the books in the series will contain a contemporary mystery as well as a glimpse into the life of Prudence Willard, a former slave who became a conductor on the UR and hid people escaping to freedom in the inn’s secret rooms. I am one of eight authors working on this series. One will be released every month. I just finished the manuscript for Book 9 which will come out in February.

Insight from Becky Melby

Tess, LuAnn, and Janice, the three main characters in Secrets of Wayfarers Inn have become my good buddies after all the time we’ve spent together. I love “watching” how they strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus while sleuthing around the beautiful riverside town of Marietta, OH.

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look back at the editing required for that first book as the greatest editing lesson I’ve ever had. Cathy and I basked in the joy of holding that first book baby in our hands. Back then, our readers sent actual handwritten snail mail. To know that our story was touching someone enough to motivate them to sit down and bless us with a letter was such a humbling experience.

Where to Find Becky Melby

Family Secrets can be purchased from Guideposts

You may reach me on my website is www.beckymelby.com.

I’m also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becky.f.melby and my author page, https://www.facebook.com/Becky-Melby-Author-Page-147542291976020/

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Lord, what a privilege and blessing it is as authors to realize our words encourage others and bring them closer to You, the Word. From all points in our great country and across the world readers are finding Your messages of hope and encouragement in stories you’ve given authors like Becky Melby. Please bless every word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ Sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

  1. Terri Buchholz

    Hi Becky. I am really excited to eventually read your new series. I read between 2 to 5 Christian fiction books a week. Sometimes I read so long into the night I start seeing double (then I just close one eye and keep on !) Historical fiction is my favorite ,, I collect those I like, loaning them out with subtle threats if not returned. I’m also blessed by a good mystery that is not gory. Bless you and thanks!

     
     
  2. Marilyn

    Hi Becky, nice to meet you here on Linda’s blog. I’m in Illinois and heat index is over 100 today.
    Your books are ones I know I’ll enjoy so they are going on My that never ending TBR list. Blessings as you continue to write.
    Linda, thank you for introducing new authors who write Christian genres right here in your blog. Hugs and blessings.

     
     
    1. Introducing authors to readers is so much fun! PS: You’re feeling south Texas heat, girl!

       
       
  3. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the chat. It’s always good to know an authors roots. I would love to be where you are right now, it’s just so HOT here in central Texas. And it’s too soon in the summer to be this hot. Stay cool!

     
     
    1. I’m visiting my son and family in central Illinois where it’s 93 today, but I imagine you are in three digit weather in central Texas, Perrianne!

       
       
  4. Faith Creech

    I lived in Wisconsin as a very young girl. Thanks for the chat and also a chance at the giveaway!

     
     
    1. Happy to meet a former Wisconsinite, Faith!

       
       
    2. Hi, Faith. So good to see you in our circle this week. This South Texas girl would love to visit Wisconsin. Thank you for supporting this blog—and Becky. God bless you!

       
       
  5. We are about an hour and a half south of Oostburg, Lucy. Beautiful area up there.

     
     
  6. Lucy Reynolds

    Loved reading this. Exciting journey. I lived in central WI for twenty years and am in Oostburg now visiting my daughter and family. Have a blessed day.

     
     
    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lucy. I love these connections among writers and readers of faith-based fiction. Thank you for your faithful support of this blog and Becky. Bless you!

       
       

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