Monday, July 7, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Lorena McCourtney

Is there a story behind your book Death Takes a Ride?
This is a twisty story line that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, but I never seemed to have characters that really fit into it. But then assistant private investigator Cate Kinkaid came along, along with Mitch Berenski, who is always there to help her even though he has a big problem with her being a private investigator.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?  
I read a wide variety of books, but mystery and suspense are my favorites. In secular books, I especially like Dean Koontz. Among Christian writers, I’m fond of several authors who do mostly lighthearted mysteries, Christy Barritt, Traci Tyne Hilton, Ron and Janet Benrey.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I’m especially fond of the main character, Cate Kinkaid. In many ways, she’s a younger version of my Ivy Malone character, the older woman who is dismayed to discover she seems to have aged into invisibility, but then decides she can make good use of this. Cate had no plans in her life to be a private investigator, but when she’s thrust into the job (in the first book, “Dying to Read”) she makes good use of the opportunity.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
I like fall best because it’s a time of finishing things up. I like the feeling of getting things done, readying for a cozy winter of reading. It’s kind of like finishing a book I’ve been writing.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes! Housework in general, but vacuuming in particular. And washing silverware. Blessedly, we now have a dishwater that takes care of this job, but the vacuum cleaner just sits there unless I turn it on and push it around. But I see there are those little robot ones available now – maybe I can hope for one of those!
When I get some disliked bit of housework done, my reward is to give myself a few minutes off to read. (But I have to set a time limit on this, or I’d never get back to the housework!)

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Oh, yes. We took a raft trip down the Grand Canyon, and I wrote a romance called – appropriately! – “Canyon.” We spent some winters in Baja, Mexico, and I wrote “Three Secrets,” now available as an e-book novella. I love the Oregon coast, and I wrote my first mystery series, The Julesburg Mysteries (“Whirlpool,” “Riptide,” and “Undertow”) with that setting.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
A favorite one that has turned up more than once in my fiction is about how the Lord takes care of each of us. He may not give us the lifestyle to which we’d like to become accustomed, but he provides for and takes care of us.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Well, not a very elegant place – but I like the bathtub!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.    
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” It’s special to me because it goes along with that favorite spiritual theme I mentioned above. Don’t worry – God is in control and can take care of everything.

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

My Ivy Malone Mysteries (“Invisible,” “In Plain Sight,” “On the Run,” and “Stranded”) have been quite popular, and I’ve had many requests to continue the series. So, Book #5 in this series is what I’m working on right now. (It’s going slowly. Happenings such as my husband’s recent fall that resulted in a 7-day hospital stay bring everything to a screeching halt.) I’m also in the process of making some of my out-of-print Christian romances available as e-books, and the first of those, “Yesterday Lost,” should be out this fall.

Back Cover

It’s official. This case is above her pay grade—and Cate’s in over her head.

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there—this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense.

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.

To buy Lorena's book:

About Lorena:
Lorena McCourtney started out with a degree in agriculture and the intention of raising cattle and horses and writing non-fiction on agricultural subjects. But, as with many plans, life went in a different direction, and her writing turned into a career in fiction. She first wrote numerous children's stories, then short stories for women. Romance novels followed, then a switch to Christian romances, and now she feels she's found her real home in Christian romantic suspense and cozy mysteries.

Lorena and her husband live in southern Oregon, where their only livestock now is one eccentric cat.

To connect with Lorena:

Lorena McCourtney is giving away a copy of Death Takes A Ride.  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 loved "Invisible" -- it had to be one of the most fun reads I've had in a long time. I'd like to win a copy of "Death Takes a Ride." cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com
Deb R.

apple blossom said...

Oh, I love these books. I have Dieing to Read and Dolled up to Die

please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Patty said...

I don't think I've ever read any of Lorena's books. Thanks for the interview and chance to win!


Linda Kish said...

Sounds good. Count me in, please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

I love all of Lorena's books! Can't wait for the next Ivy Malone...Great interview. pat at ptbradley dot com

Charity Lyman said...

I would love to be entered! Lorena writes a great mystery comedy:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sandra for asking Lorena to visit. I find her to be very interesting. Also this book of her's. I have many genres I like Lorena, but Mysteries and Suspense are always a good read if it has a good author. I would be happy to be your winner Lorena. I also love your name. Sounds like you have some good settings in your book to. Please put my name in for this give-away. Maxie
> mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Lorena McCourtney said...

Hi Everyone-- I'm delighted to be here, and thanks for the nice comments. Happy reading!
Lorena McCourtney

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get a hold of this book. Joyce Guard

Anonymous said...

Count me in again. I'll try for it twice.
Joyce Guard

Merry said...

I love Lorena's books, I'm so excited Ivy will have another adventure!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love mysteries, Investigations, etc.
Joyce Guard

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