Leanna Sain: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Leanna Sain joins our chat circle today. Leanna earned her BA from the University of South Carolina before moving back to the mountains of western North Carolina. Her stories are plot-driven and successfully combine elements of best-selling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Jan Karon.

Her writing accolades include: Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year; nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the Global Ebook Award; and the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the NC Society of Historians for her time travel trilogy (Gate to Nowhere; Return to Nowhere; Magnolia Blossoms.) She loves leading discussion groups and book clubs.

I‘m honored to turn over the reins to this North Carolina author of romantic southern suspense, or “GRIT-lit.”

Leanna Sain and Hush

he idea for a story about a serial killer who uses the verses of the lullaby, “Hush, Little Baby” as staging or directions for his murders had been percolating in my brain for a while. But I didn’t actually begin writing it until Mama’s battle with Alzheimer’s took a turn for the worse. I was struggling badly with the pain, anger, and frustration of it all and I needed the outlet that writing would allow. I used this book as a sort of therapy. It was a way to filter out some of the negative emotions as I dealt with this terrible disease.

Hush and Alzheimer’s

lzheimer’s is a horrible disease, straight from the pit of hell, as far as I’m concerned. It did so much more than simply kill my mother. It stole away everything that made her who she was, leaving behind an empty shell. The person I loved and who loved me died long before that empty shell did, and there was nothing I could do about it.

I decided to create a minor character (in this case, Lacey, my protagonist’s mother) and I gave her Alzheimer’s. I know, I know…it was a mean thing to do, but at that point in my life, it felt necessary, and it allowed me to honor Mama by weaving some of the things she said and did into my story. I guess Lacey was sort of my alter ego during this difficult time. I know God is in control even when everything feels chaotic, but writing this book helped me by giving me a tiny measure of control over one small thing in a fictional world.

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Because of all that came with the writing, Hush is a little “darker” than my six previous books. I consider it a sort of memorial to Mama. Just like Lacey’s mom in the book, many, many students knew my mama as the ‘Reading Lady.’ She read hundreds of books to thousands of children over the years, but Alzheimer’s stole that woman away.

To honor my mother, I will donate the royalties from “Hush” to Alzheimer’s research through the Rotary Club’s CART fund. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust)

So, if you like Christian suspense with a bit of romance, you’ll love this book. Treat yourself or a friend to a copy today and you’ll not only get a great read, you’ll be helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. And please don’t forget to write a review!

A Taste of Hush by Leanna Sain

Lacey Campbell can dream murders before they happen. The problem is her dreams are in fragments—bits and pieces—not enough clues to allow her to stop the murders from happening. She dreams flashes of a man singing “Hush, Little Baby” while he strangles a young woman. When she awakes, she tried to convince herself it doesn’t mean anything, but the next night she dreams a second murder—same scenario—the lullaby… another strangulation. It’s time to tell the police.

State Bureau of Investigation sends in their man, Detective Ford Jamison, to help the local police which results in the typical territorial skirmish between the two forces. Ford soon has a two-part working theory: the killer is using the lullaby to stage his murders and he’s targeting women who look remarkably like Lacey. That knowledge doesn’t slow the killings, though and the police are always one step behind. Now Lacey is afraid to go to sleep because the next face she sees in her dreams might be her own.

As a hurricane churns ever closer to the little coastal town, danger and suspicion spin out of control. Time is running out. Can they stop the killer before the last verse of the lullaby?

Leanna Sain Links

Book: https://shoplpc.com/hush/

Kindle: https://amzn.to/36du3Lj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leannasbooks

Twitter: https://LeannaSain@Leannasbooks

Website and blog: http://leannasain.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LeannaSain

For more information or to contact her, visit: www.LeannaSain.com

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Lord, please bless each word Leanna writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

3 thoughts on “Leanna Sain: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    Leanna, I’m so sorry about your mother’s illness with Alzheimer’s. It is an awful disease. I’m thankful you were able to write during this time for therapy. Blessings and may your book increase the odds of finding a cure.

    1. Welcome, Marilyn. Thank you for encouraging us.

    2. Thank you so much, Marilyn. Praying they find a cure soon. Help spread the word about Hush.


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The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Four

Welcome, everyone.

The Women of Rock Creek series is composed of novels and novellas. These stories focus on each of the audacious females who hail from Needham, Oklahoma in the first two decades of the twentieth century. They originate with Ella McFarland. And extend through Lillian Cathleen Sloat and Adelaide Fitzgerald. Later, the stories highlight Ella’s girls–Amaryllis, Blossom, Camellia, Dahlia, Ebony, and Julia Jane Evans. Readers travel with the feisty women from Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Italy, Washington, D.C., and deep South Texas. Subsequently, their adventures pull readers along with them on horseback, in buggies, wagons, automobiles, trams, trains, and even on a transatlantic passenger ship.

Besides Adelaide, a host of all-important characters await the reader in the wings . . .

The All-Important Women of Rock Creek Characters

Actually, the characters who populate a locale run the show. If a character doesn’t come across as someone a reader has known or could know or won’t ever forget, the writer has missed the boat.

Here are a few of those who come to life in The Women of Rock Creek series:

Ella McFarland

women's rightsFor example, take Miss Ella McFarland, heroine of The Calling of Ella McFarland. This young woman is the quintessential ever-busy, strong-willed, sassy-tongued defender of women’s rights. You see, Ella doesn’t think a problem exists that can’t be solved. Honestly, she rarely encounters a mountain she can’t climb. In fact, when she sets her sights on a goal, folks had best step aside.

Examples of her goal-oriented, confident, determined, sassy tongued self are found in the first chapter of The Calling of Ella McFarland
         ~Ella had aimed for this day all her life. She would allow nothing to spoil it.
         ~Women, more prone to divided loyalties than men?

         ~A finger of ire picked at her restraint. “My parents must account for your uncertainty?”

Lily Sloat

And then there’s unforgettable Lily Sloat. This thirteen-year-old, severely abused child in The Calling of Ella McFarland has grown into a poised, confident young woman in The Mending of Lillian Cathleen

Thanks to the love of Ella McFarland, Lily has been rescued from a life of deprivation and abuse. And thanks to Adelaide Fitzgerald, she has received a college education. In 1914 she seeks a life of her own far beyond the cruel hand of Walter Sloat.

But Providence intervenes in ways Lily never could imagine. And the woman who emerges on the last pages of this story bears little resemblance to the cowering girl Ella McFarland first met.

Maggie Gallagher

The Women of Rock CreekMargaret Gallagher hails from Ireland. She is the feisty, Irish-born housekeeper at Broadview, Adelaide’s estate on the banks of Rock Creek. Forever spouting Irish wisdom, she loves both Adelaide and Lily as if they were her own. In fact, she’s the only mother-figure Adelaide has ever known, and she has stepped into Lily’s mother’s shoes since her death. Maggie’s shoulders are broad and strong enough to lift heavy loads yet tender enough for a young girl’s tears. 

Blossom Evans

The Women of Rock CreekThis thirteen-year-old dreams of newspaper photography. The curiosity that will make her a good newspaper woman one day, unfortunately, embroils her in serious trouble in The Mending of Lillian Cathleen. But courageous Lily Sloat and the women of Rock Creek save the young girl. And she has prime material from which to write an expose.


Adelaide Fitzgerald

Adelaide Fitzgerald steps onto the stage in The Calling of Ella McFarland–not directly but through the experiences of Ella McFarland. Addie makes a cameo appearance at the end of the story, and then she plays a significant, albeit not a leading role, in Book 2: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen.

Addie was orphaned as an infant but was left an heiress to a fortune, part of which is Broaview, her grand Oklahoma estate on the banks of Rock Creek. She’s generous to a fault and an opera singer who is renowned in Europe. She has given up the opera stage to bring Lily to adulthood and finds herself free to pursue her calling when in 1914, Lily graduates from college and the Great War breaks out in Europe.

Then The Awakening of Miss Adelaide unfolds in 1918. Where will the war lead Addie? What will become of her opera career? Will love finally find her? Or has her time passed her by on all fronts?

Emmeline Ashbury

Perky Emmeline Ashbury hails from Washington, D.C. Modeled after the real suffragist, Dora Lewis, Emmeline befriends Adelaide in Washington, D.C. In the process, she demonstrates real-life concern for the city’s underprivileged. Always attired in powder blue, the energetic octogenarian introduces Aadelaide to the urban neighborhood center she built for poverty-stricken children and their mothers. One of the women of Rock Creek in spirit, Emmy serves as a model and inspiration to Adelaide.

Eleanor Brackenridge

Photo retrieved from Texas State Historical Association https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbr04

A true character from San Antonio Texas history, Eleanor Brackenridge plays a pivotal, albeit imaginary, role in The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. The real Miss Brackenridge lived as the quintessential strong, leading lady: businesswoman, suffragist, women’s and children’s advocate, and supporter of higher education for women. A true heroine, Miss Brackenridge steps into imaginary shoes alongside Miss Adelaide in this story set in 1918-1919.

P.S. I’ll be giving away a print or digital copy (winner’s choice) of The Awakening of Miss Adelaide on each of the two remaining dates–July 31 and August 14–so be sure to join the conversation.


4 thoughts on “The Awakening of Miss Adelaide: Part Four

  1. Debbey Cozzone

    Looking forward to reading The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. Love your use of female heroines as models for the characters in your book. Anything with history intrigues me.

    1. Welcome, Debbey. You and I are birds of a feather–finding history intriguing. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Three role models for women created in each of the three novels. Each of your characters face such unique situations. Looking forward to reading The Awakening of Miss Adelaide. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels and have shared my personal copies with several friends.

    1. Hi, Jane. Great–as always–to see you in the group. You always encourage me. Thank you.


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