Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): S.K. Derban & Circumvent

Posted October 1, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, S.K. Derban / 20 Comments

Circumvent JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Circumvent by S. K. Derban, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m pleased to have the author here today to chat about her book!


Author: S. K. Derban
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Release Date: November 9, 2017
Genre: Clean Read Mystery

When perfection turns to panic an isolated couple must learn:

“For we walk by faith, not by sight…”

Imagine living in a quaint, beach-front cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui. You have an amazing job, combined with the pleasure of working from home. Lunch breaks become a daily picnic on the sand. Dessert is always included because of your marriage to a famous pastry chef. Life could not be any better. Or so it seems…

French-born, Nikki Sabine Moueix travels to Hawaii for a special work assignment, but the job of writing an article about a famous Swiss pastry chef generates more than a magazine piece. They fall in love, get married, and Nikki Moueix becomes Mrs. Ruggiero Delémont.

When another assignment calls for Nikki to spend three weeks in France, Ruggiero’s schedule prevents him from joining her. She travels alone, advancing straight into danger. After a threatening confrontation, Nikki wakes up in a French hospital with no knowledge of her past. After she fails to check in, Ruggiero panics and pushes for an immediate investigation. But as he closes in, Nikki’s new found friend moves her to another city. It becomes a game of hide and seek with Nikki as the prize.

CIRCUMVENT allows readers to form a bond with Nikki as they yearn for her to remember. They will cheer for Ruggiero and his relentless determination to locate his beloved wife. This is a story about two people who never lose their faith in God, and find amazing friends to help them along the way.


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Hi SK! Welcome to the blog!

SK: Cats! I simply adore them, but am allergic! Olive, a fabulous feline already has a starring role in my next series.

Carrie: aww that’s sad to be allergic to a type of pet you love but at least you have fictional ones!

SK: Coffee, and I am such a snob! I only have one morning cup so it needs to be perfect. Dark roast, freshly ground with half and half.

Carrie: I so wish coffee tasted as good as it looks to me lol

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

SK: Flying! Then I could “Soar on Wings like Eagles” as in the Book of Isaiah.

Carrie: i love that God promises that we can do that figuratively when we trust in Him …. BUT doing so literally would be pretty cool too 😀

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

SK: Nancy Drew from the mystery series changed my life. The Nancy Drew series generated my love of reading. I could not wait for the next book! Reading this series also unleashed my mystery solving skills, resulting in my desire to write.

Carrie: Nancy Drew is awesome – she and I go way back, too.

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?

SK: Ah ha! Hopefully I am not being monitored. I researched how to murder someone using the toxins from poisonous frogs.

Carrie: hahaha

Q: Which character in Circumvent was the most difficult to write?

SK: Nikki in Circumvent was the most difficult because she is French and I am British.

Carrie: i bet those were two different mindsets – not to mention the language barrier

Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in your books?

SK: The name of my first book For No Apparent Reason is also in my second book Uneven Exchange as a way of describing the ocean water.

Carrie: fun!

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Circumvent & why do you love it?

SK: My heart smiles when Nikki tells Ruggiero “he is nuts,” and Ruggiero responds, “about you!” My husband has been telling me that for years. I just had to use it in a book!

Carrie: aww ♥

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.

SK: Here comes Macaroni on Wheels, a new three book cozy mystery series. The first in the series is Case of the Bayfront Murder. I cannot wait for you to read all about Terza Tiepolo and her colorful Italian family. She is a crime solving caterer with skills as sharp as her chef’s knife!

Carrie: yay! I love cozy mysteries!

S.K. Derban

S.K. Derban resides with her husband in Southern California. Although born in the United States she moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Her British mother was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. After returning to the United States, Derban’s life remained filled with a love of the theatre, and a passion for British murder mysteries.

S.K. Derban’s personal travel and missionary escapades are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters. Readers are often transported virtually across the globe. She has traveled to Hong Kong on five separate occasions to smuggle Bibles into China, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. Derban’s other adventures include visits to Bangkok, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and the Caribbean.

Beginning with her faith in the Lord, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life when writing. She hopes her books will allow readers to go on holiday without having to pack!

CONNECT WITH S. K.: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Circumvent JustRead Giveaway

(4) winners will receive a signed copy of Circumvent and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 27, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 4, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. 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 Circumvent by SK Derban?

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20 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): S.K. Derban & Circumvent

  1. Pam K.

    This is a new to me author but the story sounds very intriguing. I especially like the faithfulness of the husband.

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