Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Debbie Lynne Costello & Bride By Blackmail

Posted September 24, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Debbie Lynne Costello, giveaway, historical, romance / 37 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Debbie Lynne Costello to the blog today to chat about her new book, Bride By Blackmail!

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon’s #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, 6 ducks, and miniature donkey.

You can connect with Debbie on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Wakefield Press
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2020
PAGES: 311

A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness.Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass’s hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.


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Hi Debbie! Welcome to the blog!

Debbie: Summer, Summer and more SUMMER!!! Reason—I don’t like the cold. 😉

Carrie: I’m one of the weird people that gets SADD during the summer and comes alive during the winter lol.

Debbie: Audio books. I love to listen to a good book as I work. I feel like I am multitasking that way. 

Carrie: I get too caught up in my work and realize belatedly that half the book’s done and I have no idea what happened 😛

Debbie: Haha. Well, it is under if I have a puppy in the house as it is harder for them to grab and run with. But if no puppy is in the house then it is over. Which is the correct way according to the toilet paper patent. Who would have thought a patent could solve that long time dilemma. 

Carrie: Except… is it really solved when clearly ‘under’ is the right answer? 😉 lol

Debbie: Diet Coke! Although, I gave them up and only drink them on occasion. I still love them.

Carrie: You’re my hero for giving them up! (I say as I begin sipping my 2nd one of the day lol)

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Debbie: It would have to be taking care of animals but I know the most about dogs. I love to take care of my animals and love to help others who are having problems with theirs. 

Carrie: that’s awesome!

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately!

Debbie: I’ve read several newer releases they are Dogwood Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Chaplain’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher, and Miss Fanshawe’s Fortune by Linore Rose Burkard.

Carrie: all are on my TBR list!

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?

Debbie: The first thing it would tell you is I keep WAY too much stuff in my pocket book! It would also probably tell you that I am not a city girl, and I must like to measure things.

Carrie: hahaha

Q: Which character in Bride By Blackmail was the most difficult to write? 

Debbie: Duncan is spoiled. I didn’t plan that when I started writing him. But he took me down that road and that was part of his testimony and what he had to see he needed to change.

Carrie: interesting how his story developed more than you’d planned!

Q: Based on the above answer, I think I know the answer to this already but… Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next? 

Debbie: I try to plot out as much as possible of my story. But I can honestly say that my characters never follow the plot line! They always take me places I hadn’t thought of!

Carrie: i always find that process so fascinating!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Bride By Blackmail?

Debbie: That we all have things in our lives that we need to overcome, whether it is something that someone else has done to you like Charlotte or Duncan who had to overcome his propensity to control things and to get what he wanted.

Carrie: and by God’s grace we can!

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.

Debbie: Coming up next is Sword of Trust, the long awaited sequel to Sword of Forgiveness. I have had people asking me when am I going to get this out, and I am working on that now about 2/3 of the way through it! Yay!!!

Debbie Lynne Costello is offering one of my readers his/her choice of any one of the author’s books, in winner’s choice of format. (US only for print. Open internationally for digital. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) 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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37 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Debbie Lynne Costello & Bride By Blackmail

  1. Lynn Brown

    I like the choose between an unwanted marriage and a shame to her family. The cover is pretty. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Debbielynne Costello

    Carrie, Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I’m looking forward to meeting and chatting with your peeps!

  3. Roxanne C.

    I am really interested in learning about the “unconventional ways” that Duncan uses to win Charlotte’s heart. Yeah, it really makes me wonder.

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Hey Roxanne! I hope you get to read Bride by Blackmail! It was such a fun story to write. Thanks for coming by Reading is my Super Power. Be sure to stop by my other stops on this blog hop for more chances to win!

    • Sword of Forgiveness

      LOL! Thank you, Amy! When I saw the cover I fell in love with it. She captured Duncan and Charlotte perfectly! I hope you get a chance to read it.

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Yay! Thank you, MJ! I hope you love the story, too! Some books are just more fun to write than others and this was so much fun!

  4. Becky D

    “…characters never follow the plot line!” Haha! Love this. It seems characters have more depth, are more relatable, when this happens in the writing process. Looking forward to reading it!! 🥰📚

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Hey Vivian! Thanks for coming by. Good luck in the giveaway! If you don’t win I hope you’ll buy the book and find out!

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Hey Diana! Thank you! I love the cover. Blurbs are always hard for me to write. I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Debbielynne Costello

    Kay! I am honored that you read all my books! Wishing you best of luck with this one. Check out the blogs in the blog hop for more chances to win!

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Judy, this book sounds like it will be right up your alley. It is clean, Christian fiction romance. Thanks for coming by!

    • Debbielynne Costello

      Karen!! Thank you for coming by. I hope you get a chance to read Bride by Blackmail. Two days ago I released a new book! Sword of Trust. So I’m gearing up for that one! Exciting times!

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