Happy Wednesday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the mystery/suspense/thriller & romantic suspense categories, including Lynette Eason and her Carol Award nominated book Called to Protect! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor, Called to Protect, and Code of Valor, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.
CALLED TO PROTECT
SERIES: Blue Justice #2
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2018
For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.
When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?
Hi, dearest Lynette! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Lynette: I write fiction because I like making stuff up and because of the control factor. I’m a control freak so writing fiction is a great fit for me. I think I write Christian fiction simply because I can’t imagine writing a story without God and the faith element. I know there are secular books with those things in them, but I really enjoy the Christian market. I can trust it. 🙂
Carrie: It’s why I love reading Christian fiction too ♥
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Lynette: Honestly, I must be really weird (okay, that’s a proven fact), but I don’t really have a favorite book, cherished or otherwise. I read, enjoy the story, and move on to the next one. LOL. That’s really sad, isn’t it? I suppose if you twisted my arm, I would have to say, Dee Henderson’s Danger in the Shadows and The Negotiator are two of my all time favorites. And I’ll give Terri Blackstock’s Smokescreen a shout out. I got to read an early copy and it was amazing.
Carrie: Ok it was touch-and-go there for a minute LOL but you redeemed yourself by listing those two Dee Henderson books which are also two of my all-time faves 😉
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Lynette: Hahaha…what does a decomposed body look like after being in the water for two weeks.
Carrie: LOL ohhhh this question is always so fun with suspense authors haha!
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Lynette: She’s crazy. You should see how she writes a book. She paces and talks to herself and her dog and then she goes and takes a shower or a bath because it seems to help her think. Nuts. But most authors are so…
Carrie: Yes, but we all still love y’all anyway 🙂
Q: Which of your main characters (either in Called to Protect or over all you’ve written) is most like you?
Lynette: Probably Emily Chastain in Code of Valor. Not EVERYTHING about her, but a lot.
Carrie: oh yay! that’s my very fave book in the Blue Justice series!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Called to Protect?
Lynette: God really opened my eyes to the evils of human trafficking. But he also showed me there are wonderful people out there fighting it and offering hope to survivors.
Carrie: Yes!! It’s definitely something we need to be talking about – in real life and in stories -and I love that Called to Protect addresses it so well.
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What about you? What interests you most from Lynette Eason’s Q&A or the romantic suspense Carol Award finalist Called to Protect?
I’m glad she is a Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock fan, I enjoy these authors as well. I’m glad human traficing is coming to people’s attention. I think it’s a much bigger problem than we realize.
Another new author to me. Sounds like a good book.
oh Dianne! You must add her books to your TBR pile – she’s so good!
Amazing the details you find when you google something.
I love everything that Lynnette writes and this series is one of her best! I have enjoyed the St. John family.
me too! I can’t wait for Derek’s story in November!
What is your greatest inspiration?
ooo good question!
Hello Carrie and Lynette! Lynette’s books are a must read!
I love Lynette’s books! They are all so intriguing and full of mystery and romance! Looking forward to reading this book!
she’s so good, isn’t she?
I absolutely loooove Romantic Suspense! And Christian Fiction is so blessed to have so many fantastic authors to choose from! Lynette Eason is one of my faves!
yes!! I agree!
I haven’t read very many of Lynette’s books. I remember when reading one of hers I wished I wasn’t home alone. It was VERY suspenseful.
YES! She’s so good! And you need to definitely carve out some space on your ‘read soon’ list for her books!
I also love the Dee Henderson books, especially the O’Malley series. Not sure if I heard about Lynette from one of Dee’s books or not, but both are in my top five authors!!
they’re so good, aren’t they??
I love suspense stories but have not read this one…yet!!
Wow! So many amazing authors and books! I’m never going to get caught up!
Looking at this finalist list, I’m realizing I’m so so behind in my reading. I actually read the last book of the series and loved it but need to go back and read the others.
I am “over the moon” getting to read an interview with one of my very favorite authors! I love, love, love Lynette Eason’s books! I first met her at a Christian bookstore in Greenville, SC. She is so delightful and friendly! Then I have been able to hear her speak and interact with her in 2 Spartanburg Co. (SC) library events! It is pure joy to talk with her! I admire her and her writing so much!
Super books by Lynette Eason! I will read ANYTHING Lynette writes! Loved this series!
Thank for for giving voice to a story that needs to be told. It is hard to imagine losing family this evil and that it even happens in this country. I thankful that there are people willing to step up and flight this evil.
Love Lynette Easton’s books. I just have to set aside a block of time to read them, because I don’t want to stop once I’ve started one. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!
Oops- that’s Lynette Eason, not Easton. Texting is NOT my superpower! ☺️☺️☺️
I love O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson!
This book sounds really good, would love to read it if I got the chance.
I’m so thankful for the people working to combat human trafficking and rescuing the victims. I follow Operation Underground Railroad on Facebook and Instagram and it’s both heartbreaking and hope-filled.
I like reading good Christian fiction that makes the characters human and how they overcome by faith in God.
I haven’t read any Lynette Eason yet, but I definitely want to! I also love Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock, so it seems likely that I would enjoy her books as well!
Oh totally!!! Make time to read her books for sure 🙂
Haven’t read this book but Love Lynette Easton books! They are great books!
Thanks for sharing the interview. She’s a completely new author to me. The things Google can help us research… ?
Congratulations Lynette ??! I’ve been waiting nearly a year (since I finished Oath of Honor) to read Called to Protect, so thank you for the giveaway ?!