Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Winter & Safeguarding the Witness

Posted April 28, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Laurie Winter, mystery/suspense, romance / 19 Comments

Safeguarding the Witness JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Safeguarding the Witness by Laurie Winter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to welcome Laurie to the blog today to chat about her new romantic suspense!

Safeguarding the Witness

SERIES: The Protectors
GENRE: Christian Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Inspirational The Protectors Collection (Love Inspired Suspense)
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2023
PAGES: 209

A treasure worth killing for…

Unless the bodyguard can protect them

Kayla Swartz’s return to Snowberry, Montana, has been a living nightmare. She found her estranged father murdered, and unless she retrieves some missing jewels, Kayla and her three-year-old sister could be next. With nowhere else to turn, Kayla entrusts their lives to bodyguard Nicholas Galanis. But is hiding at a remote cabin in the mountains their best chance to survive…or the perfect opportunity for an ambush?

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Hi Laurie! Welcome to the blog!

Laurie: Apples

Carrie: yum!

Laurie: Dogs

Carrie: good answer! 🙂

Laurie: Summer

Carrie: too hot! lol

Laurie: Over

Carrie: I am definitely in the minority for how I hang my toilet paper on the roll.

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

Laurie: I wish I could fly, though I’m afraid of heights so I’d need to work up the courage to fly too far off the ground.

Carrie: flying would make travel so much faster … but I fear I’d have the same problem as you.

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.

Laurie: I just finished Their Sweet Coastal Reunion by Kaylie Newell and The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan. Both highly recommended!

Carrie: ooo yay!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Laurie: I’m most comfortable writing in bed. It’s one of the few spaces in my house I find peace and quiet.

Carrie: that’s my favorite place to read 🙂

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Safeguarding the Witness, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Laurie: Before writing suspense, I tended to let the story guide the plot as I wrote. Now, I’m wrangling complex suspense and mystery plots and I need to have the plot well thought out or the first draft of the story makes no sense.

Carrie: ahh that’s a good point. I hadn’t thought of it like that.

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Safeguarding the Witness?

Laurie: To be gracious with our forgiveness. The heroine in Safeguarding the Witness had every reason not to trust her father and the hero. Using God’s example of forgiveness, she discovers a way to forgive those who wronged her, which then blesses her life with love.

Carrie: forgiveness is so tough, but so rewarding.

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.

Laurie: My next Harlequin romantic suspense, called Hunted by a Killer, will be published January 2024 in their Cold Case line.

Laurie Winter

Multiple award-winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with jogging and binge-watching true-crime shows. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she’s enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

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Safeguarding the Witness JustRead giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of Safeguarding the Witness

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 24, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 1, 2023. 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.

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19 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Laurie Winter & Safeguarding the Witness

  1. Roxanne C.

    I like how the message of forgiveness is woven into the story. I am quite interested in the role of the little sister.

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