Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ronie Kendig & LYGOS

December 7, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, Ronie Kendig 57

First, how have I never had Ronie Kendig on the blog before today??? I’m pretty sure that’s against my own blogger rules. <checks> Yep. Right here in Ye Olde Blogger Rulebook, Section C, part 2: Have the awesome Ronie Kendig on the blog at least once a year. (And Kim, if you’re reading this… Ye Olde Blogger Rulebook is much like the book blogger’s oath and blogger-author confidentiality lol)

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have a beautiful life in Northern Virginia with their children and retired military working dog, VVolt N629.

You can connect with Ronie on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Ronie’s newest novella, Lygos, is a followup to her recently re-released Discarded Heroes series!

Once nicknamed “Aladdin” by the Nightshade team, Azzan Yasir has found camaraderie–and a new call sign: LYGOS–in his six years with the Nightshade team. When Canyon Metcalfe recruits him to run security for his brother’s gubernatorial campaign, Azzan discovers how quickly long-buried secrets can devastate the best-laid plans.

Campaign manager Everly Sinclair has hidden from the limelight since her grandfather’s death. Assuming a nom de plume, she is out to prove her mettle in the contentious word of politics by launching her first candidate during a pre-Christmas event at an exclusive lodge in the mountains.

When Everly receives a mysterious envelope, she’s convinced the person who killed her grandfather now has her in his sights. But Azzan is convinced the killer is after him to settle an old score. Shedding their masks may be the deadliest move Azzan and Everly make this Christmas.

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Hi dear friend! Welcome to the blog! Finally! 😀

apples or oranges

Ronie: Apples because they’re sweeter

Carrie: And much easier to eat!

winter or summer

Ronie: Winter because it is the time before new life

Carrie: Yes! And snow 😀

dogs or cats

Ronie:  VVolt would kill me if I said cat. . . 

Carrie: Yes, I can imagine the glare he would give you…

coffee or tea

Ronie: Coffee if it’s Starbucks, organic tea otherwise because of the bouquet of sweet flavors

Carrie: “the bouquet of sweet flavors” – ooo i like that! Spoken like a true author 🙂

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Ronie: I would want to have a superpower that allows people to see themselves as they truly are, as God sees them.

Carrie: That is such a needed superpower, isn’t it? ♥

Q: Which books are currently on ‘your nightstand’?

Ronie: Dan Brown’s Origin, Orson Scott Card’s Children of the Fleet, Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, David Baldacci’s End Game, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

Carrie: One of these days I will read Brandon Sanderson…. my poor TBR lol.

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Ronie: I strongly prefer to write at my desk, where things and the set-up are familiar, however, I can pretty much write anywhere these days as long as I have my noise-canceling ear buds. 

Carrie: I cannot work in a coffee house, etc. I spend too much time people watching… even if I can’t hear them 😛

Q: Ok… I know this is tantamount to asking a parent to name their favorite child. But if you HAD to pick a favorite hero from the Discarded Heroes series, who would it be & why? And… would any of them hold up against Tox? <runs and hides>

Ronie: This question is pure evil, Meez Carrie. LOL I have never been able to answer this question because each of the Nightshade guys have their own reasons I adore them so much. I sort of think Max Jacobs always win because he was the first in this series, and he was so THERE, and ready to have his story told. I think he could hold his own against Tox, but neither of them are the type to fight their own brothers-in-arms.

Carrie: hahaha! Max would probably be my answer too… but … there’s also Colton. *swoon*

Q: What (and who) can readers expect to find in the NEW Christmas novella in this series?

Ronie: I have had such a delightful time writing LYGOS: A Discarded Heroes Novella because it returns readers’ attention to the entire Nightshade team. It’s been six years since the fateful Firethorn mission happened, and a lot has changed since then. It was really fabulous getting to know Azzan “Aladdin” Yasir, who earned a decent call sign of Lygos. 

Carrie: I have long been intrigued by Azzan – so excited he gets his story now!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from LYGOS?

Ronie: Truthfully? A fun Christmas read and a blast from the past as they hang with the Nightshade team for one more mission. 🙂

Carrie: Yay! Yay! Yay!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Ronie: I am in no way ready to go into that long night, so I have a lot on the docket for 2018, starting with FIERIAN, the third and final installment in the Abiassa’s Fire fantasy series, which releases in March! That will be followed in July by the third Tox Files novel, THIRST OF STEEL. I do have another paramilitary series coming, but I haven’t quite got those details declassified yet.

Carrie: Eep!! I’m muppet-flailing!!

Interested in the Discarded Heroes series?
The first 2 books have recently been rereleased!

Ronie is giving away a copy of LYGOS to one of my readers (Print if US, digital for international. Void where prohibited) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? If you’ve read the Discarded Heroes series, which hero is your favorite?


57 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Ronie Kendig & LYGOS”

  1. Jeanne C

    Thank you for the fun interview! I am new to Ronie Kendig and have heard great things about her books! Thanks for the chance to win! (So I do not have a favorite hero….YET!!)

  2. Hannah Corner

    I have never read your books, but I’m excited to hear about them! Looking forward to reading!

  3. Meg

    I’ve yet to read any of Ronie’s books, but Sis is trying so very hard to get me to read them. I really like the sound of this one.

  4. Amy

    Canyon Metcalfe is my favorite in the Discarded Heroes Series, but WOWZA!!….that Tox is turning on the charm hot and heavy. Can’t wait to read LYGOS, and check in with the Nightshade team.

  5. Gloria A

    I am very excited to visit with the Discarded Heroes series again. Loved it the first time. I am thinking that Max is probably my favorite but I did enjoy each one’s story. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  6. Dianne Casey

    I haven’t read any of Ronie’s books. Looking forward to reading a new to me author.

  7. Paula S.

    No, sorry I have not read any YET. My poor TBR mountain! But I look forward to reading all of these.

  8. Mary Foster

    Oh, Ronnie, I can’t wait to read the newest Kendig book. You are an inspiration girlfriend, keeping up the writing pace you do with all you have to deal with. Love you!

  9. Amanda T.

    I love Ronie’s books, but I still haven’t gotten my hands on the Discard Heroes series, so I have to go with Tox. 🙂

  10. Kay Garrett

    Enjoyed the interview and learning about Lygos. I would VERY much love to read the book!

  11. Abbi Hart

    Canyon! He has always just stuck with me, such an awesome hero!! Excited for this new story but it’s been so long since I’ve read the Nightshade books I think a reread may be in order!

  12. Rebecca Maney

    Ronie’s “Discarded Heroes” series is one of my favorite on the planet! And yes, Colton won my heart years ago with his whole “buying the towels to meet the girl” scenario. But “Nightshade” is still my favorite story; . . . . that hike and “mr. incognito”! Can’t wait to read the novella!

    • Carrie

      YES I loved Colton & the towels. And I agree too that Nightshade is my fave story of the bunch. They’re all fabulous though!

  13. Brittaney B

    I know I will be in the minority but Dane Markowski/Cardinal is my favorite Kendig hero. Perhaps it’s because he’s Russian and I’m obsessed with all things Russian. Or maybe it’s his tortured past which makes for a great fictional hero if not a real life one.

  14. Beth Erin

    I have to say TOX because I haven’t shuffled the Discarded Heroes series high enough in my tbr YET but SOON!!! TBR is top priority in 2018! HOOAH!

  15. Naomi Shores

    I read them such a long time ago. I like Colton, if memory serves, he was kind of cowboyish and I love cowboys.

  16. Katie Donovan

    Oh, what a painful question! I love them all for different reasons, and I’ve seriously gone to type each of them and then deleted what I was going to say! I just can’t do it! 😖

  17. Kim

    Great interview Carrie! Great answer to superpower question. How can anyone be better than Tox? I mean I can’t. Even….that said, I haven’t read the Discarded Heroes yet – but soon. Oh, and I didn’t not know how many “rules” you have to follow to be a blogger!! ;=)

  18. Abby Breuklander

    I haven’t had a chance to read this series yet….I know, my bad. But they’re definitely on my reading bucket list now!

  19. Mara Mittelman

    I have read a lot of your books not as many as some. But a lot!! I love your style if storytelling and always feel like I am joining the team on their missions. Thank you.

  20. Winnie Thomas

    I love all of Ronie’s heroes. She creates such wonderful characters and is so talented at writing their stories.

  21. Perrianne Askew

    I have not had the honor of reading about the discarded heroes yet. I will be putting those on my wish list after your fun interview. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and Merry Christmas.

  22. Caryl Kane

    Love the interview with Ronie! I’ve not YET read the Discarded Heroes series. Thank you for the opportunity.

  23. Rosalyn

    Tox is definitely my favorite!
    I also liked the characters in the Discard Heroes. I think it was Canyon.
    Ronie Kendig has such awesome characters it’s hard to pick just one! 🙂

  24. Penny Mooney

    I haven’t read any of your books but they sound really good. I look forward to reading your books.

  25. Nancy M

    Due to my overwhelmingly large TBR pile I haven’t. Gasp! I know! But I have them! And my husband has read them! If he wasn’t asleep I’d ask him. I’m a fan of Ronie’s. Meeting her this summer was a delight!

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