Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Valerie Goree

Is there a story behind your book Colors of Deceit?
Certainly. Although Colors of Deceit is a stand-alone sequel to Deceive Me Once, it is the continuing story of Maricella, my Latina heroine - wife, mother, and now grandmother. She doesn’t want to be an interfering mother-in-law, but she has to intervene when Teresa her daughter-in-law is attacked.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read suspense, mysteries, and police procedurals. I loved The Christine Sterling Mysteries, a cozy mystery series by Catherine Leggitt.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I fell in love with Frankie. At first, he was only going to be a very minor character, but after I met him, I had to increase his involvement in the plot. Both my grandfathers passed away before I was born. I’ve adopted Frankie as my fill-in grandfather.

What is your strangest habit?
Since I have OCD tendencies, I have many strange habits. Now, I don’t do the hand washing, but I do make lists, and have to do things in a certain order. I also count items such as steps in a staircase, or cars behind me on our country road, or birds sitting on a telephone wire. So far, thank the Lord, these habits have not interfered with my daily life.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
I love autumn. Here in Texas, any time the temperature drops and the humidity is minimal, is a good day!

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Going camping with my family, Mom, Dad, and older brother. I grew up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe in central Africa, so when we went camping, we were out in the bush. However, we never encountered any really dangerous animals, other than pythons, baboons, and an occasional hippo.

 Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Definitely! Ironing and dusting.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
So far, all my novels have a spiritual thread of forgiveness. To me this is such an important aspect of our lives. We need to ask for forgiveness, but we also need to forgive each other – and ourselves.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.  
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with winds as eagles…” The imagery this scripture brings to mind is so soothing to me. If we wait on the Lord – something I have to work on every day – then our strength will be renewed and we’ll fly like eagles! Oh how I want to soar across the heavens.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book, Weep in the Night, is due out in October. The romantic suspense features a woman in the Witness Protection Program whose identity is compromised. If WITSEC can’t keep her safe, who can?

Back Cover

An antique jewelry box! What a wonderful gift. However, if Maricella had known what the box contained, she might have allowed the thief to steal it. But she thwarts his attempt, and the box is damaged as he flees.

When Maricella has the box repaired, she has no idea that this action will threaten her family, or that her investigation into the original owner of the box will bring her face to face with a suspected murderer.

As the danger escalates, will her newfound faith be strong enough to sustain her while she endeavors to keep her infant grandson safe?

To buy Valerie's book:

About Valerie:
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband in the Texas Hill Country northwest of San Antonio.

After serving as missionaries in Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie returned to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.

To connect with Valerie:

Valerie Goree is giving away a copy of Colors of Deceit.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

I think this is going to be a very interesting book to read. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Deb R.
cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Oooh! A mystery - what happened to Theresa? I really would like to read both of these books. Thank you for entereing me in the giveaway.
Joyce Guard

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