today’s book: Fugitive in Hiding by Jenna Night
We are moving right along on our summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head toward the northwest US!
today’s stop: Idaho
FUGITIVE IN HIDING by Jenna Night
SERIES: Range River Bounty Hunters #4
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2023
Framed and on the run…
with killers on their trail.
When her brother is set up for a murder he didn’t commit, the last thing Naomi Pearson wants to do is turn to her bounty hunter ex-husband for help. But she knows Connor Ryan is her best option to bring Jared home safely after he disappears. When the criminals come after Naomi too, will Connor’s protection keep her alive long enough to find her brother?
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Other Books in This Series
Road Trip from Reader to Writer
by Jenna Night, author of Fugitive in Hiding
The way I finally got published was by flunking out of a writing competition.
First, let me say that I had been trying to get published for a long time. Like, decades. For real. I loved reading as a kid and wanted to write my own books from the time I was in junior high school.
I should mention that there were stretches along the way where I had to prioritize things other than writing. Also, I took an ill-advised scattershot approach to getting published by writing a book in each of several different genres rather than staying focused. And in the very early years I thought I knew all I needed to know because I loved to read books and that was enough, right? Writing craft? What’s that?
I collected lots of rejections. Surprise (not.)
Eventually I became more focused in my efforts. At times it was admittedly hard to stay motivated. I had stories in my head and my heart, but nobody wanted to publish them. I tried going in the other direction, looking for what publishers wanted and then trying to write that. It would have been a smart strategy, had it worked for me. Instead, it caused my writing to stall until it felt like I was pushing a broken-down clunker up a steep mountain highway.
I kept learning about the craft of writing. I continued to read a lot of books by talented authors. I submitted manuscripts but I still wasn’t being offered publishing contracts. Of course at times I was discouraged. Who wouldn’t be? But that internal push to connect with people by telling stories wouldn’t go away.
Maybe you know that feeling? That there’s something you’re supposed to be doing but it isn’t easy and right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out? Maybe with writing, or maybe with something else?
Perhaps you, too, are a reader who dreams of being a writer? And maybe you, too, are (ahem) not exactly the youngest blossom on the apple tree and you’re afraid it’s too late to start a writing career. Maybe it’s not too late.
Eight years ago I heard about a contest called Killer Voices hosted by Love Inspired Suspense. I entered and stayed in for a couple of rounds and then I got the boot. They sent me a long editorial letter explaining exactly why I hadn’t made the cut. And I decided to take that letter as encouragement.
Crazy, huh? Taking rejection as encouragement. But that’s what I decided to do.
I re-wrote that book fairly quickly, submitted it, and a few months later got my first ever acceptance letter.
I’ve published twelve Love Inspired Suspense novels and one novella since that time and there are more on the way. Thanks to the delays and detours on the road, I had years of living under my belt when I started publishing and that gave me a rich assortment of characters and locations, situations and conflicts to use in my stories. It also gave me the confidence I need when the pressure is on to get the books written and turned in on time now that I write with contracted deadlines. And I’m not intimidated by the inevitable rounds of edits.
If you want to publish books, whether you go the traditional publishing route or find your way along the Indie highway, believe me, you’re going to need a healthy dose of tenacity and a willingness to learn and to keep chugging down uncertain stretches of road until you reach your destination. Along the way you’ll benefit by actively looking for reasons to be encouraged.
I humbly suggest you pray. A lot.
Those of us who love to read a good book will be so glad you kept going. And based on my experience, I’m pretty sure you’ll be happy you kept going, too.
Jenna Night comes from a family of southern-born natural storytellers. Her parents were avid readers and the house was always filled with books. No wonder she grew up wanting to tell her own stories. She’s lived on both coasts, but currently resides in the Inland Northwest where she’s astonished by the occasional glimpse of a moose, a herd of elk or a soaring eagle. Connect with Jenna at her website.
Jenna Night is offering a print copy of Fugitive in Hiding to TWO of my readers! (US only. 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read Fugitive in Hiding by Jenna Night? Have you ever visited Idaho?