HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!! to Natalie Walters & her debut novel Living Lies that I am drooling over (oh please can I have more hours in the day to read???)
Natalie Walters is a military wife of 22 years and currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past.
SERIES: Harbored Secrets #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2019
In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name–but no one knows your secret. At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.
Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.
Debut novelist Natalie Walters pulls you to the edge of your seat on the first page and keeps you there until the last in this riveting story that will have you believing no one is defined by their past.
Hi Natalie! Welcome to the blog! I’m so excited for you on the release of your debut novel!
Natalie: Tea. I’ve never liked the taste of coffee (though the aroma is calming) and my obsession started out with green tea, which is basically the gateway tea and now I’m pretty much a connoisseur of all teas. Except red. Red tea feels like I’m drinking blood and freaks me out.
Carrie: I’m not a fan of coffee or tea but if i had to drink one it would be green tea… and EW to red tea. I didn’t even know there was a such a thing!
Natalie: Is this for real? LOL. Over. Under is for the un-civilized. Get it? Un…under. No?
Carrie: hahaha! I am happy to report that since NO ONE has said ‘under’, I have caved to peer pressure and switched to over 😛
Natalie: I like both and in our family game night is a pretty big deal but for ease, a card game requires little room, can be taken and played anywhere, and is easy to set up. My favorite card game is Uno because I can get back at my kids without feeling bad (hey, it’s part of the game!) and my least favorite game is Wizard, which I think is similar to Spades, and requires some sort of strategy that I haven’t figured out.
Carrie: We love UNO – specifically, UNO Attack. And I’ve never played Wizard but since I haven’t quite figured out Spades yet I should probably pass on that one too lol
Natalie: Print. I’ve grown to like ebooks more but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hand. Also, a print book doesn’t lose its power in the middle of a pivotal scene leaving you rushing around the house looking for the charger like a maniac.
Carrie: hahahaha truth. #avidreaderproblems
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Natalie: Hmm, this is a good question. I think time travel. Is that a superpower? I would love to travel back in time to when my kids were little and just hug on them longer, enjoy the little moments more, remind the harried, insecure version of myself to relax and breathe and not worry about the messes or the growing list of chores because the cliché is absolutely true—it goes by too fast. *And now I’m weepy and am going to interrupt my teenager’s video game to hug him and remind of that one time when he was potty training and how cute he was…he’s going to love it! 🙂
Carrie: hmmm…I bet he did LOL
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Natalie: Christian Fiction. I’ve had the privilege to meet so many authors on this writing journey that it really feels like I’m visiting my friends when I see their books on the shelf. Knowing now all of the hard work it takes to get that shelf space—I admire them all. And I’ve also been known to rearrange the shelves so that my favorites are facing out as my husband keeps lookout.
Carrie: yessss me too!!!
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?
Natalie: My life is organized chaos. Receipts from purchases made ranging from recent to a year ago…but they’re all bunched together nicely. Lip gloss/lipstick because nothing makes a girl feel put together than some color on her lips. Hand sanitizer because ever since I worked as a flight attendant, I’m a germaphobe. Debit card—who carries cash anymore?? Also, I can say no to my kids request for money without guilt. And also, I still carry a checkbook. A pair of socks I stuck in there last November when we took the kids bowling. Business cards-the first purchase I made to establish myself “legit” as a writer. I ordered 250, I have 239 left. Loose change, which for some reason is too difficult to put into my wallet. An essential oil roller for headaches. Tea. And pinguecula covers (AKA sunglasses but saying pinguecula is much more fun!).
Carrie: You’re so right – pinguecula is much more fun to say! And I love that your receipts are bunched together nicely. Much better than my system of just shoving them haphazardly in there 😉
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in your book?
Natalie: Characters!! That probably sounds weird but I’ve already begun planning the next series I hope to write and I’ve dropped a couple of characters from those stories into the current Harbored Secrets books. I’m excited for readers to figure out who they are to figure out what I might have in store for them next.
Carrie: ooo! ooo! I love it when authors do this!!!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Living Lies & why do you love it?
Natalie: “If there’s one thing I know about God—He’s about second chances. And sometimes second chances come tall, handsome, and in a uniform.”
I love this quote because it was totally out of my element. In theory, I’d like to think I’m a romantic, and I do LOVE a good romance, but truthfully, it makes me feel awkward. When the matriarch of Walton spoke these words to Lane I got all swoony. Even now it makes my stomach flutter with romantic anticipation. But even more is the truth behind the wittiness that speaks of who God is. Sometimes (or many times) life doesn’t happen the way we expect but God has this beautiful way of delivering His love in unexpected ways too.
Carrie: <blissful sigh> I’m swooning too!! And this is so like God to show His love in unexpected ways that overwhelmingly bless us, you are right – and it makes me love Him more
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.
Natalie: I’m super excited readers won’t have to wait too long after reading Lane and Charlie’s story to find out what happens next in the Harbored Secrets Series. Book 2, Deadly Deceit, releases November 2019. Readers are welcomed back to Walton and into the lives of Deputy Ryan Frost, the All-American poster boy for law enforcement, and Vivian DeMarco, the tenacious reporter who will chase after a headline no matter how dangerous.
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What about you? What interests you most about Natalie and/or her debut novel?