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


T
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


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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.

Leanna’s Books

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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.
      Leanna

       
       

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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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