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! Chloe S. Flanagan

Welcome, Everyone!

Chloe FlanaganChloe S. Flanagan is our honored guest this week. Chloe, a young author with wisdom beyond her years, writes Christian Romantic Suspense.

Chloe is offering BOTH her books in digital format. Is that an offer or what!

Here’s Chloe in her own words.

Chloe S. Flanagan: Before Authorship

First of all, I’m a hopeless bookworm and have been for most of my life. When I was growing up, my family lived in several different places, including Oklahoma, Texas, Atlanta, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. All that moving provided some wonderful experiences, and yet it could also be lonely at times. But books were the friends I had with me no matter where I went.

Chloe Flanagan
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t’s probably not a surprise, then, that when I first went to college at New York University, I wanted to study English and one day write fiction. But a bad economy at the time prompted me to switch to a major I thought would be more practical. Not long afterwards, though, multiple family crises required me to leave school for several years.

A Time to Listen

Chloe S. FlanaganIn the wake of these crises, I went through a period of depression. I stopped reading, and my writer’s voice fell silent because I didn’t believe I had anything worthwhile to say.

During this season, I spent a lot of time struggling to figure out what God was doing in my life and what He wanted me to do. That was a question that, sadly, I hadn’t asked as much as I should have.

A Time to Explore

At one of the gloomiest points of my struggle, I discovered a number of Christian fiction authors that I had never read before. One of the first of these was Jamie Langston Turner. Her books impressed me so much, that I decided to write her an email to express my appreciation. I was thrilled when she actually responded to my message. She thanked me and told me a little bit more about her books. She closed her note by telling me that my email was so well written, that I could be an author myself.

Ms. Turner’s response touched and humbled me, of course, but her kind words also stunned me. Reading them was like receiving a visit from an old dream—a dream that I thought had died.

A Time to Write

Chloe S. FlanaganNot long after that email exchange, God began pulling me back into writing. I was finally in college again, researching and composing papers. Next, I received numerous freelance writing opportunities that led to me getting a job as a technical writer in the aerospace industry.

Now that I was back in the habit of writing, I decided to document some of the struggles and joys of my faith journey by starting my own blog, The Candid Corinthian. The blog brought a wonderful opportunity to connect with other believers for honest, loving conversations about God and the faith community.

Chloe S. Flanagan, Author

Chloe Flanagan
F
inally, around eighteen months ago, I began work on my first novel, a Christian Romantic Suspense novel called Forward to What Lies Ahead. I self-published it in November 2017 and released its sequel, A Time For Every Matter, in August of 2018. These two books, along with a third that I’m currently working on, form the “An Offer of Grace Series.” Each story features characters that accept a unique opportunity that causes them to encounter God’s grace in a new way. Consequently, my characters learn, as I have learned, that God has a loving purpose for all of us, and He often reveals it in life’s darkest moments.

Chloe Flanagan

Looking Ahead

Once I’ve completed my current series, I have several contemporary and historical fiction projects on the horizon. In the meantime, Lord willing, I will continue to share thoughts and dialogue on The Candid Corinthian blog.

Chloe S. Flanagan

A Gift from Chloe

I want to thank you, Linda, for creating a space for other Christian authors to discuss their writing journey. I’m so grateful to be included. To show my appreciation, I’d like to offer one commenter a digital copy of both of my books, Forward to What Lies Ahead and A Time For Every Matter.

How to Find Chloe and Her Books

Here are my websites:

https://chloesflanagan.weebly.com

https://candidcorinthian.blogspot.com

Here are my social media pages:

https://www.goodreads.com/chloeflan

https://www.facebook.com/candidcorinthian/

https://twitter.com/candidcorinth

https://www.instagram.com/candid_corinthian

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Lord, we come to you in gratitude and praise for Your kind hand of blessing. We thank You for calling writers like Chloe to create stories that bring honor to You name. Thank You for readers who are looking for stories such as these. Bless each word readers of Christian fiction store in their hearts. And bless each word Chloe writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Chloe S. Flanagan

  1. Arletta

    What a powerful testimony! Do you need to read the books in order for the third to make sense?

     
     
    1. Chloe Flanagan

      Great question!

      You will be able to read the third book as a stand-alone. Characters from the first two books will figure prominently in this one but you won’t need to know their stories to understand this one.

      Blessings!

       
       
  2. JANE QUAIL

    It is very humbling for me to admit, Chloe, how your story moves my heart. In a small space we cannot include everything about ourselves that we might like to tell. You succeed in uplifting others of us who’ve had some disappointments. Self-published like you, it has been difficult for me to get further into my storytelling. Apparently, you’ve written some studies as well, and I have one coming, “Under the Cover of His Word”. Hoping for God’s lifting you up richly in times to come…

     
     
    1. Jane,

      We face so many challenges as writers, including some unique ones when we’re self-published. It’s so easy to be discouraged. But I’m glad we can support and lift one another up on this road.

      Your study sounds interesting. I like the title. I haven’t published any of my reflections except in blog format, but I have that in mind as a future project.

      I pray God blesses and encourages you on your future work.

       
       
    2. Thank you for your kind words to Chloe, Jane. You’re a blessing to this blog, friend.

       
       
  3. Candace West Posey

    I loved reading your personal story, Chloe. I already have both of your books, and I’m looking forward to reading the third one. May the Lord continue to bless your writing journey!

     
     
    1. Thanks for reading, Candace! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work too.

       
       
    2. Thanks for stopping by, Candace. Come back now.

       
       
  4. Chloe, it’s cool to hear how your conversation with another author encouraged you to pursue your dream of writing again. I think we often underestimate how much our words mean to each other. May God bless your journey as you continue along the paths He has for you. : )

     
     
    1. Thanks, Given.

      You’re right! Our words are so powerful, and we can use them for harm or for good. I try to use the encouragement I’ve received as a reminder to be positive and uplifting in what I say to others (although I’m sure I slip up sometimes).

      Blessings!

       
       
  5. Lorel Kline

    I was very touched by all that Chloe shared. I know that God takes all of our experiences and what we go through and uses them if we will let Him. I am sure that is what He is doing through her books, her love of reading and reignited love for writing. Continue to be all that He calls you to and we will all benefit from through your books.

     
     
    1. Thanks for chatting with us, Lorel. You’ve encouraged Chloe and me both. Please come back.

       
       
    2. Lorel, (that’s such a lovely name)
      Thank you for your kind words.
      It seems odd to say now, but when I was younger, I loved reading and daydreaming stories so much but I never thought of how God had placed that passion in my heart. I just looked at it as a quirk! haha. That’s why I’m very grateful for creative and faithful role models:mentors who help show me the truth about His calling.

      Have a blessed day!

       
       
    3. Woo Hoo, Lorel! You win Chloe’s two books! (She’ll email you.) Thanks for joining our circle and encouraging us. Please come back!

       
       

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