Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Dana R. Lynn & Plain Refuge

Posted June 9, 2020 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Dana R. Lynn, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 11 Comments

Plain Refuge Blog + Review TourWelcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Plain Refuge by Dana R Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m pleased to host Dana today as she talks about her new book!

Plain Refuge by Dana R. LynnTitle: Plain Refuge by Dana R Lynn
Series: Amish Country Justice #8
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

On the run from hired gunmen,
can she find safety in Amish country?

After overhearing an illegal weapons deal, Sophie Larson knows two things: her uncle’s a dangerous criminal…and he wants her dead. Now undercover cop Aiden Forster has no choice but to blow his cover and protect Sophie by hiding her and her deaf sister in Amish country. But with a mole in the police force, danger isn’t far behind.


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Writing is a unique career. I don’t always know what experiences will go into creating each story. Sometimes, I think I have my story all figured out. Then something happens, and the whole story changes. This happened with Plain Refuge.

Early last summer, my family decided to take a short vacation. All three of my kids were home, and the weather was gorgeous, just perfect for an adventure. My kids decided they wanted to try white water rafting. Now, first of all, this was not at the top of the list of things I wanted to learn. I am not a strong swimmer. However, I went along with it. I set aside my writing for a few days. We booked a guided tour, which made me feel a little safer. There would be 7 of us: my husband and I, our two sons, our daughter and her best friend, and the guide.

As the guide started going through all the safety protocols and rules, I started having second thoughts, but there was no way I was going to back out. It turned out to be a lot of fun. And quite an adrenaline rush.  I would go as far to say that I would willingly go again.

There is one part of the trip, however, that I will not do again. Not ever. We stopped about midway through at Jump Off Rock. That was literally the name. It was a rock cliff that we climbed up and jumped off into the water below. My kids all loved it. I thought it was terrifying. I was never so happy to get into a boat.

When I sat down to continue writing Plain Refuge, I remembered the emotions I had felt during the trip. I remembered the instructions from the guide. As I recalled the experience, I realized that my heroine had a fear of water.  I was going to test her strength and make her face her fear during the story.

This addition to the story completely changed where the story was headed and how it ended. I could have stuck with my original plot, but it wouldn’t have felt right. Sometimes, you just have to trust and take a leap of faith. When the story was done and I read through it again, it wasn’t the story I had started out to tell, but I trust it was the story that I was meant to write.

Dana R. Lynn

Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night.

She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Her books have been on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. She has been a Holt Medallion finalist, a Selah finalist, and a New England Readers Choice finalist and Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website

CONNECT WITH DANA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Plain Refuge JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a copy of Plain Refuge and winner’s choice of a $10 Barnes and Noble OR Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 9, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 16, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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What about you? What makes you want to read Plain Refuge by Dana R Lynn? Have you had a similar experience to the one Dana shared?

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11 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Dana R. Lynn & Plain Refuge

  1. Anne

    A captivating and intriguing story which i would enjoy. Thanks for the great feature and giveaway.

  2. Roxanne C.

    Lynn is definitely braver than I could ever be! How wonderful it is that she was able to use her experience in the story of Plain Refuge.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for for being part of the book tour for “Plain Refuge” by Dana R Lynn.

    Absolutely love this author! WOW! Now that is a cover that grabs you and I know her story will hold on to you from page one to the very end.

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one!

  4. Sandy Klocinski

    An awesome story! It’s great that the author incorporated her personal experiences into the book. Delightful

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