I’m delighted to welcome Judy DuCharme to the blog today!
Judy DuCharme is a retired fifth-grade teacher, former Christian radio announcer, Bible-study teacher, and mother of two who lives in Door County, Wisconsin. A graduate of Michigan State University in Communication Arts, Judy received her teacher training at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The upcoming arrival of the first grandchild has generated a great deal of excitement in the DuCharme home. Judy and her husband are very active in their church and with an organization that works with International students working in Door County in the summer. Judy loves to hike, worship, and jet-ski . . . and yes, she can back up a trailer to launch the jet-ski and take it out of the water.
An ancient relic, a puzzling prophesy, a young woman . . . tied together through the ages . . .
Throughout history, blood moons have always been surrounded by persecution and provision, great trials and triumphs. The first blood moons in 1493-1494 provided a new world for the Jewish people. The second in 1949-1950 gave them Israel, and the third in 1967-1969 presented the Jewish people with Jerusalem. Now a fourth set of blood moons is on the horizon, and Tassie’s mother is certain they will bring about great change.
Tassie, a young Jewish lawyer named for a lost religious relic, has her sights set on her career and love, and she doesn’t have time for silly children’s stories. Dismissing the blood moons as circumstance, her unbelief threatens to keep her from her destiny. When Tassie finds herself in the center of worldwide turmoil and a terrorist plot, can she accept her family history and fulfill her place in the future of Israel? Or will the country of her heritage finally fall to its many enemies?
Blood Moon Redemption is an end-times thriller that will keep you riveted until the very last moonrise.
Hi Judy! Welcome to the blog!
Judy: Summer – I love to be outside and on the water. The older I get the less I enjoy winter.
Carrie: I hate being outside but i’m in a distinct minority haha
Judy: I used to only like cats, but then we got a dog. We’re on our 4th Dog, Oreo, Lightning, Packer, and now Missy. They have such funny personalities, drive you nuts sometimes, but love you so much.
Carrie: Our sweet dog Zuzu was such a quirky, loving and lovable dog – they really are just the best 🙂
Judy: Hallmark – guess I’m a sap. So many are so predictable but they just feel good. But then I also like the intrigue and action of NCIS, 24 (few years ago), Die Hard type movies.
Carrie: I’m the same way…
Judy: Ocean – love the water, so refreshing. One of my verses is “The voice of the Lord is upon many waters.” I just hear Him by the water, and I grew up on Lake Huron – out the back door, across the back yard, down the hill and you were on the beach.
Carrie: i love that!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Judy: I think flying. I like to get the full picture as well as the details. Flying would give me that. Just sounds cool.
Carrie: That would work out well!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
- Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin – this is about Ezra and the Jews in Persia when the decree encouraged by Haman for all the Jews to be killed.
- Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg – I like all his books, very current, very believable, pro-Israel. I like to think Blood Moon Redemption is similar but without the military aspect.
- Modoc by Ralph Helfer, an old book, a true story, of a boy and an elephant born on the same day. Most of their lives were spent together until age 78 when they died only a short time apart. Journeys in Europe, Burma, and a shipwreck.
I also enjoy historical romance books – kind of like the Hallmark movies – just enjoyable.
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Judy: That I cram everything in I can. That’s why I can’t have big purses. But I try to cram everything in each day – don’t want to miss anything.
Carrie: A great philosophy in life … not so much in purses 😉
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Judy: This is a fascinating question. I think they’d like me. We get along quite well. I ‘listen’ to them and let them lead me often. And we have so many laughs together. No matter how serious my writing is, I have to infuse some humor in the book. Slight spoiler: notice when Tassie is on the plane with Hector and comes out of the fog. Notice what she asks – I thought it was quite humorous and so like her.
Carrie: It sounds like y’all make a great team!
Q: What inspired the plot of Blood Moon Redemption?
Judy: My husband. He is a non-fiction, informational reader. He doesn’t care for fiction, but he had the idea for the relic, knew I needed to write about the blood moons, and had the idea for Hector. And he nudged me to get busy writing it. When I was doing all the research, he would tell friends, “I was looking for Judy, but she was in the Middle East somewhere.”
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from the book & why do you love it?
Judy: Favorite quote is when Jesus tells Omar, “I will pursue you until you pursue me.” I felt that so came from Him and applies to everyone for whom we are praying.
Carrie: oh that’s a great quote – i love it!
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.
Judy: I’m working on a book set in the Door County area where I live. It’s historical and about a girl growing up in the nearby Islands and lighthouses.
For events, I’m doing two book presentations at the local library. I just did two in the Fox Cities (about 100 miles from here). I’m also the speaker for a Christmas breakfast in Appleton. And then my first grandchild and his parents are coming to visit. He was born this past summer and I was there for a month and then back again for a few days in September. I don’t know if I can wait till December to see them. He’s such a doll.
Judy DuCharme is offering a print copy of Blood Moon Redemption to one of my readers. Open internationally, except where prohibited by law. If winner is in the US, you also have the option to receive a book bundle of all six of Judy’s books. 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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