I cannot even express how excited I am about today’s guest! She is one of my auto-buy authors, no matter what genre she’s writing, and truly a sweetheart in person.
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com and connect at Facebook.
Her most recent release, The View from Rainshadow Bay, starts her new Lavender Tides series!
After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.
“Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble’s beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down.” –Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered
“…The View From Rainshadow Bay, opens with a heart-pounding, run-for-your-life chase. This book will stay with you for a long time, long after you flip to the last page.” – 4 STARS, RT Book Reviews
Hi dear Colleen! Welcome to the blog! I am so incredibly honored to have you here 🙂
Colleen: Apples but they have to be Pink Lady. I am obsessed with the sweetness and tartness of that type. LOL
Carrie: Yum! I love Pink Lady apples, though my faves are Honey Crisp.
Colleen: Summer. I hate the cold and snow. 🙁
Carrie: It’s okay. I still love you 🙂
Colleen: Cats. We had a cat for 18 years and loved him. I like dogs too but cats don’t slobber. LOL
Carrie: haha!! This is very true. My sweet Zuzu would be highly offended at me saying that, but I have yet to meet a cat who slobbers. Zuzu on the other hand? But she’s worth it ♥
Colleen: Coffee, coffee, coffee! I’m obsessed with coffee, but it has to be GOOD coffee. Organic, fair trade is the best. Captain Davy’s Coffee Roasters is the very best! When roasted on an IR roaster, the full flavor of the bean comes through, and there’s no sour stomach. I used to drink it with flavored creamer, then with cream, then with butter and MCT oil, and now I drink it black. Actually, thanks to Kristin Billerbeck, I started on the entry drug, Iced Mochas. LOL You just learned a lot about me. 🙂
Carrie: LOL! I know… that was really a silly question to ask you lol.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Colleen: Reading also! I started reading really young and still read at least 3 books a week, even when writing. I couldn’t live without reading. Reading helps me make sense of the world, and I believe it instilled a great sense of empathy.
Carrie: Oh I love that! It always makes me sad when my author friends say they had to quit reading when they started writing. I’m delighted that you still read so much – makes my heart happy!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately.
Colleen: I’m obsessed with Lisa Gardner and Lisa Scottoline. I’m making my way through their entire backlist (and they are both large!) I have Gardner’s Look For Me on preorder and it’s due to hit my Kindle in a week. My fave book of hers is always the last one I read. LOL
Carrie: Hmmm yes – that happens to me with your books haha! I have not (yet) read anything by Lisa Scottoline but I do love Lisa Gardner!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Colleen: Right after 9/11, I was writing Without a Trace, and I needed to know how to down a small plane on purpose. Try getting that question answered when everyone was on high alert. I finally found a small plane forum and begged for help. One kind soul went to my website and checked it out, then finally gave me the answer I needed. 🙂
Carrie: haha! oh dear! that would be a tricky time to research that…
Q: You are a master at setting and, particularly, at integrating the setting with the suspense. In your new Lavender Tides series, you’re heading to the opposite side of the country from your Sunset Cove series in Maine. How did Washington state pose different challenges and/or benefits in creating the setting for your characters?
Colleen: I’ve visited the area since I was a child because my aunt and uncle lived in Tacoma. It’s very different from Maine though, and the Sequim area is different from Seattle as well. I always try to make sure you can’t pick up one of my books and plunk it into another setting. In Washington you have that awesome ferry system and so many islands. It’s beautiful in a different way from Maine.
Carrie: I can already imagine many delicious suspense possibilities with a ferry system and islands and Colleen Coble!
Q: Zach and Shauna are both dealing with grief, guilt, secrets and second chances in The View from Rainshadow Bay. And of course trying to stay alive lol. Which of these two characters do you most closely relate to, and why?
Colleen: Probably Zach. I’m one of those people who feel guilty at the drop of a hat. LOL I want to keep everyone happy, and I hate conflict.
Carrie: I can totally relate to that too!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The View from Rainshadow Bay?
Colleen: I want them to forgive themselves for any guilt they are carrying around. Forgiving ourselves can be hard!
Carrie: I think forgiving ourselves is sometimes so much harder than forgiving other people.
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.
Colleen: It was great to be with you, Carrie! You’re one of my favorite people. 🙂 Next up is The House on Saltwater Point, book 2 in the Lavender Tides series. My protagonist, Ellie, is a house flipper, and I had so much fun with that! But she’s racing against time to save her sister and stop a terrorist attack.
Carrie: Sweet friend, you are one of MY favorite people. And I cannot wait to read my new fave book from you ♥
Colleen Coble is giving away a hardcover copy of The View from Rainshadow Bay to one of my readers!! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What’s your favorite Colleen Coble novel?