Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janyre Tromp & Darkness Calls the Tiger

Posted May 15, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Janyre Tromp / 12 Comments

Darkness Calls the Tiger JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Darkness Calls the Tiger by Janyre Tromp, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Janyre on the blog today to introduce her characters!

Darkness Calls the Tiger

A Novel of World War II Burma

GENRE: Historical Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Kregel Publications
RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2024
PAGES: 420

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan devours the southern portion of Burma, intent on taking over mainland Asia. Unaware of the coming darkness, Kailyn Moran drifts in her role as the only daughter of a widowed missionary.

As whispers of war snake through the Kachin mountains, Kai’s father is convinced God will protect the mission. He entrusts the village to her and the kind yet inexperienced new missionary, Ryan McDonough, while he makes routine visits to neighboring villages.

War descends like a tempest upon the mountain peaks, and an unbreakable bond forms between Kailyn and Ryan as they unite to provide solace to both villagers and the flood of refugees. Despite their tireless efforts, a brutal enemy shatters almost everything they love, pushing Kailyn to embark on a path of unrestrained vengeance.

Afraid he’s losing the woman he loves, Ryan fights to protect Kai from the deadly consequences of her choices. But in the face of destruction, can he convince her of the power and freedom of forgiveness?

“Evocative and transportive, filled with nuance and spiked with the violence of war, Darkness Calls the Tiger is a story of redemption in the midst of hopelessness.” –Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author

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Janyre Tromp guest post

meet Kailyn & Ryan

by Janyre Tromp, author of Darkness Calls the Tiger

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk a little about Darkness Calls the Tiger. What follows is a quick first-person snippet from both of my main characters as they are at the beginning of the book. Basically this is their response to “tell me about yourself.”

Kailyn Moran

My adopted people have a story that speaks of a time so dark, the sun will turn his back on the mountains and swallow the moon. It is then that the sharaw—tiger’s little sister bound in the form of a woman—will come prowling, exacting revenge on the darkness.

The Legend of the Sharaw was a curse pronounced on me when I was nine summers. I do not know if received the attention of the storyteller was because I am the only daughter of the American missionary or because of my amber-colored eyes, but the result is the same: I am an outcast despite the fact that I love the Kachin people and my home in the Himalayan Mountains. I do not truly believe it is my fault that my mother and brother died, but who knows what the Supreme God plans?

Ever since I have studied and done everything my father asked of me, yet I have no place to call home. My world is predictable, if not entirely pretty, until the new missionary arrives and destroys my hope of taking over the mission from my father.

Still we find a rhythm, a way to survive, until the flames of war lick the feet of the mountains, scorching the jungle, setting fire to everything I have ever loved, and striking the torch of all-consuming revenge in my heart. Ryan’s offer of refuge is a gentle sprinkle in the face of a raging forest fire. I will destroy the man who lit the fire, even if I am burned to ash with him.

Ryan McDonough

I arrived in the land of mountains and mist with a bag of medicine, a guitar, and easy dreams of becoming a hero to the Kachin people. My mother, God rest her soul, saw something in me that is either long since buried or never existed in the first place. But I am nothing more than a bumbling bear—too blond, too big, with too little understanding of the language and culture, and with too few answers in the face of deep pain that echoes my own.

Clearly Burma is as far from my family farm in Indiana as one might think.

Still, I run school, teach the boys English, math, and baseball, and do what I can to make life easier for everyone in the village.

Most of the time I wonder why I’m here, but it’s easier to see God when I sit above the village and listen to Kai read poems to the orphan boy, Tu Lum. Kai is one of the most brilliant people I know, but she’s hurting and scared, and I only ever seem to make things worse for her.

What is the point of being strong, being a light, if you can’t help? Though I don’t know the answer, I will stand guard over the dark silhouette of mountains, their sharp edges silent until I know what to do otherwise.

Janyre Tromp

Janyre Tromp is a developmental book editor who has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and contributor to It’s a Wonderful Christmas, a Christmas novella collection with other award-winning authors, including Julie Cantrell and Lynne Gentry. When she isn’t writing, she’s a Bible study leader, writers conference speaker, ACFW member, wife, and mom of two kids and their menagerie of slightly eccentric pets.

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Darkness Calls the Tiger JustRead blog tour giveaway

(1) winner will win a signed copy of Darkness Calls the Tiger, a bookmark, and other book-themed goodies!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 13, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 20, 2024. 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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12 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Janyre Tromp & Darkness Calls the Tiger

  1. What a fabulous introduction the the characters! The writing style of this book is going to appeal to the inner, nerdy English teacher in me! I can’t wait!

  2. Faith Creech

    This books sounds intriguing. I’ve been to Myanmar so it’s even more interesting for me.

  3. What intense and classy writing to introduce characters! Kudos to this author – a true wordsmith. Should I say I’m drooling or salivating, ready to bite into her novel.

  4. Sandy Avery

    I’m looking forward to reading this book, very interesting characters! Thank you for sharing this!

  5. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds amazing. I’ve yet to read one of Janyre’s books but they are certainly on my tbr. Can speed reading be my superpower because I’m not sure I’m ever going to catch up to all the books on my list at this point.

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