Thursday, January 19, 2012

Deborah M. Piccurelli's Hush Little Baby

Deborah M. Piccurelli was a legal secretary with the court system and private practice attorneys for almost eighteen years. She began writing in 1995.

Deborah’s first published novel, In the Midst of Deceit (Jireh Publishing Company), was released in March 2004. Her article against embryonic stem cell research appeared in the Courier Post newspaper in May 2005.

Deborah is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Edgy Christian Fiction Writers, and The Writers View. In 2006, she became a sustaining member of the pro-life organization, The National Right to Life. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is a former parole officer, and their two sons.

Is there a story behind this book? For my main characters, I chose to use little people, because some years back, they were being exploited (it seemed to me) on a lot of the daytime talk shows. I felt sort of embarrassed for them, so I vowed to write a book, someday, showing them living normal lives like anyone else. As for the subject of fetal harvesting, once I had my characters in mind, I searched my notebook stuffed with story ideas. It wasn’t until I reached the last small piece of paper that contained only a few words I had scratched out on it that I knew was IT! When I saw it, I remembered that I had seen an advertisement on TV that 20/20 would be doing a segment about the fetal harvesting. That was a few years before, though, but it still goes on today.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I like many different types of books, but my favorites are suspense, or romantic suspense. I like books by Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerritsen, Dean Koontz, Brandilyn Collins, Harlan Coben, and Ronie Kendig, to name a few. In other genres, I like Sally John, Michelle Sutton, Debra Ullrick, Julie Lessman, Shelley Bates, Patti Lacy, Joyce Magnin, Lenore Rose Burkhart, C.J. Darlington, Miralee Ferrell, and on and on. I would recommend any book by any of them!
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Probably those oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I know so many of those so well, because of my older sisters.

What is your strangest habit? (you pick—something to have fun with and show personality.)
I don’t know if this is all that strange, but when cracking eggs into a bowl, I always rinse my fingertips under the faucet before cracking the next, so that, if there are any tiny little pieces of shell on them, they won’t fall into the bowl. I also wipe the top of every can of food/drink, etc. with a damp paper towel, because I can’t stand the thought of any dirt falling into whatever it is in that can.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Sometimes, but there aren’t a whole lot of things in my life that CAN be put off.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (feel free to share a recipe with us!)
Lasagna. I make the noodles myself. I think everyone knows how to layer the noodles, ricotta, meatball pieces, mozzarella and sauce. But to make the noodles from scratch, use one egg per one cup of flour. Add a little water, a pinch of salt, and knead together, adding a little more flour at a time, until the correct consistency. Never add so much flour that the dough becomes dry. Let rest for about 30 minutes, keeping covered with a bowl. Cut pieces off and put through pasta machine to make wide, flat noodles. Boil for a few minutes and let dry some before layering.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I love Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” This verse assures me that whatever Jesus did for people 2000 years ago, He’ll do for any one of us today, and always, no matter what it is. It says to me that His love for us never changes, and if He had it to do all over again (the Crucifixion), He’d do it in a second.

What are you working on now?
It’s another romantic suspense about a young woman who overhears some incriminating stuff from a co-worker, then while driving to her boyfriend’s house, is rammed from behind, causing a near-fatal auto accident.

You can discover more about Deborah M.Piccurelli on her website and follow her on twitter.

Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s romantic overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office. 

Thank you for the teaser, Deborah.
Come back tomorrow and read part of this story.

Deborah M. PIccurelli is giving away a copy of Hush Little Baby. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Can't wait to get this book? Get it here!


Linda said...

Mind-boggling suspense with a topic of today. Please enter me. Thanks.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Hmmm, interesting teaser. Part of me wants to find out what happens, but another part of me doesn't. Please enter me for the giveaway. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Teela said...

Deborah, I'm sure your lasagna ROCKS, but I'm made noodles once and truthfully, we thought the bought ones were better....I guess I don't have the touch. Your book looks like a good suspense, would love to read and post reviews. Thanks for the chance to win. teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Marianne said...

i don't make lasagna noodles, but i do make angel hair noodles - they must be slightly different texture, because i use 2 eggs for every cup of flour!
This novel is probably one of those i would have to distance myself from every so often because of the content, but would love to win!
Thanks for the post and opportunity to win, Diana and Deborah


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Linda, cjajsmommy, Teela, and Marianne, for your kind comments about both my book and my Lasagna! Teela, I once used the boxed noodles that you don't have to boil, and truthfully, they were almost as good! My best to you all in the drawing!


ann said...

Sounds like a very interesting book one I would like to read. Home made pasta - your my kind of lady .

amhengst at verizon dot net

misskallie2000 said...

I love mystery, suspense and romance and would love to read your book. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being here for my interview Ann and misskallie2000! I appreciate your comments. I think that if you like romantic suspense, you'll like Hush, Little Baby, because, even though it's about a controversial subject, I had so much fun writing it.


Jennifer said...

That's all I needed to hear, a mysterious door! You have me hooked.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, it makes me feel great that you said you're hooked! Thanks!


lgm52 said...

Intriguing! Definitely one I want to read!

Jennifer said...

What is the other spotlight?

Pam K. said...

This sounds like such a fascinating book on a difficult topic. I'd love to read it. Thanks for giving away a copy and introducing us to Deborah.


margie said...

I haven't read any of Ann's books and this one really has me intrigued...must add to my wish list!! I admire anyone who makes homemade noodles or bread...2 things I have NO talent for:) Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy of Hush Little Baby. margie at mijares dot net

Jo said...

Wow is all I have to say. This sounds like quite the interesting book and one that I definitely want to read. Please enter me!


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