Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Brenda S. Anderson & Chain of Mercy

Posted May 30, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Brenda S Anderson, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 16 Comments

Chain of Mercy JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Chain of Mercy by Brenda S Anderson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Brenda on the blog today to talk about her main character, Richard Brooks!

Chain of Mercy

CHAIN OF MERCY by Brenda S Anderson
SERIES: Coming Home #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Independently published through The Mosaic Collection (2nd ed.)
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2014 (1st ed.)
PAGES: 360

A devastating argument
One reckless decision
An unforgivable sin

Successful Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks is living the dream, drunk with success and all its trappings, until one reckless decision turns his dream life into a living nightmare.

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves.

Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer clothes in his closet.

Richard can’t deny the allure of a relationship with Sheila. The closer they get, though, the greater the risk that she will discover not only who he used to be but also the unforgivable sin he committed that reckless night.


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a character sketch for richard brooks

by Brenda S. Anderson, author of Chain of Mercy

Richard (Ricky) Brooks grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. There he learned all about the importance of faith, how to work hard, how to fix most anything, and the value of family, even a younger brother with whom he constantly fought and a younger sister who could always see what was going on inside his thoughts and heart.

As the oldest of three he very much follows the oldest-child birth-order traits: type A, go-getter, responsible, determined, hard worker, rule follower (more on that later).

Richard was a church youth leader as a teen, but that’s when his questioning began. He was a perfectionist who couldn’t resolve how someone who tried so hard to be perfect, kept messing up. He wrestled with why it so difficult to be obedient to God.

He’s intelligent and ambitious and he used those characteristics to build a successful career in Manhattan as a corporate fixer. He can fix anything from the boardroom to boilers. He’s also good looking: six-foot-two, dark hair, long dimples in his cheeks—think Brett Dalton (Grant Ward on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)— and he’s a charmer.

That’s where trouble walks in.

He allowed his success in the business world and attraction to women to crowd out his faith and his values. He still followed the rules of the world, but not those of his faith. A quote from Chain of Mercy says, “…if there’s no God to answer to, then there’s no moral standard to live up to either. As long as I pretended God didn’t exist, I could live life how I wanted. I could throw off the guilt from my behavior. It was all about me.”

His greatest successes are also his greatest weaknesses as they brought him down. His attraction to a woman led to a reckless decision and the consequences of that choice ultimately led to him losing his cushy job in Manhattan. Guilt weighs on him because of those consequences, so he punishes himself by taking a custodial position back in Minnesota. After all, he can fix anything. If not his life. And back home, he’s close to family

Which brings up his other important weakness: children. As a confirmed bachelor, he doesn’t have children of his own, but he dotes on his nieces and nephews. If there’s one thing he feels he’s missed out on by being focused on business, it’s becoming a daddy.

Deep inside there are two things his heart longs for: returning to God and becoming a daddy. The problem is, he hasn’t figured out yet that he still needs God.

I keep a playlist for each book I write. Usually those songs accompany the story and fit what the characters are going through. The lyrics and the melody from Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” almost perfectly fit the tone of Richard’s story. Someday, when someone makes a movie out of Chain of Mercy, I need that song playing in the background.

Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic and gritty life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live sports and theater, walking along the shores of Lake Superior, and sharing hot cocoa with friends and family. She lives near Minneapolis with her newly retired husband and their mischievous twin kitties.

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Chain of Mercy JustRead Tours blog giveaway

(1) winner will win a book box which includes a paperback copy of Chain of Mercy and locally crafted, book-related items like a Booktrovert glass tumbler, bath balls, a bookish tote, bookmarks, and much more!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 28, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 4, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only for book box. Winner outside the US will receive a $30 Amazon gift card and ebook. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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16 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Brenda S. Anderson & Chain of Mercy

  1. Brenda – Your book covers are gorgeous, plus I love the title: Chain of Mercy. I understand Richard’s desire to hide from his horrible decision or mistake. We all tend to do that. But, how wonderful it is when we fall back into God’s grace. Your novel sounds wonderful.

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