Fun Friday ~ The Giveaway Winners & More

Thank you to all who made the “suspect interviews” so interesting!

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I had such fun seeing the suspects of Critical Condition squirm on Wednesday with your questions that I decided to give away 3 copies of Critical Condition AND an advanced copy (when it becomes available) of Deadly Devotion, my upcoming book with Revell, due out next summer.


 If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the first two books in my Undercover Cops series, check out these giveaways:

For Book 1, Deep Cover, visit Christian Bookshelf Reviews (open to US & Canada) ends Oct 20th

For Book 2, Shades of Truth, visit Inkslinger Blog also ends Oct 20th

And without further ado… 

The winners of Critical Condition are: 

Angela Holland 

Laura AKA Loves to Read Romance and 

Lisa at Two Bears Farm

The winner of an Advanced Copy of Deadly Devotion is: 

Congratulations! Please email me your snail mail address this week. See link at top of sidebar.

If you’d like to read heroine Tara Peterson’s interview, stop by the Craftie Ladies Blog on Sunday (link will work Sun) Then stop by Margaret Daley’s blog next week to read Zach’s. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Suspect Interviews for Critical Condition & Giveaway

Visiting with us today are secondary characters from Critical Condition, Dr. Whittaker, intern Dr. McCrae, and nurse Alice Bradshaw. To help you better follow the interview, allow me to first share a brief description of the main characters.

Zach Davis (aka Zach Reynolds) ~ Undercover cop working as an IT specialist at Miller’s Bay Memorial Hospital to figure out if a murderer is behind recent suspicious patient deaths.

Tara Peterson ~ Head nurse of the cancer ward at Miller’s Bay Memorial. She brought the deaths to the police’s attention after a patient and the patient’s husband died. The husband’s dying request was that Tara stop the killer

Between you and me, I haven’t informed our guests that they are suspects, nor are they all the suspects in the book.

Sandra: Alice, I understand that you were pretty upset that Tara Peterson was recently appointed head nurse instead of you.

Alice: Of course, I was upset. I have ten years seniority to her. That should count more than the couple of extra years of schooling she’s had. Experience is the real teacher in our profession.

Sandra: Some would have us believe that you were upset enough to sabotage her work, to make her look incompetent.

Alice: That’s ridiculous. She’s quite capable of digging her own grave without any help from me.

Sandra: Dr. McCrae, I understand you’re pretty passionate about helping cancer patients find cures. Can you tell us a little bit about what drives you?

Dr. McCrae: All doctors are passionate about helping their patients become well, but I have a particular heart for cancer patients, because I lost my brother to cancer.

Sandra: That’s admirable, but as an intern, you must have a heavy debt load from your years of education. Heavy enough perhaps to be tempted to pilfer a few pills here and there to sell on the street.

Dr. McCrae: Absolutely not. I’m the one who requested more security cameras to combat precisely that concern.

Sandra: Does that mean you believe a thief killed the husband of that patient, because the husband caught him stealing the patient’s pills?

Dr. McCrae: As I explained to the police when they questioned me, it is my medical opinion that the patient died due to complications from a seizure, and the husband died of a heart attack. Since Miss Peterson claims someone else had been in the room and rushed out upon her arrival, it seems reasonable to assume that perhaps this person had a confrontation with the patient’s husband before his heart attack.

Sandra: You report to Dr. Whittaker is that correct?

Dr. McCrae: Yes.

Sandra: Has he ever asked you to falsify reports so that patients, who normally wouldn’t qualify, might be allowed to participate in experimental treatment protocols?

Dr. McCrae: Absolutely not. I would never do such a thing and he knows it. Personally, I have serious questions about the efficacy of his current pet project, but clearly, his rapport with the pharmaceutical companies brings much needed funding to the hospital, as evident by the newly built cancer wing.

Sandra: Ah yes, the wing they named after him. Are you suggesting he’s testing drugs that he knows are of no value purely for the profit it brings him?

Dr. McCrae: He’s not interested in the profit for himself. He thrives on prestige. You’ll have to decide for yourself if that hinders his judgment with respect to his patients’ treatments.

Sandra: Some of his patients have started to request to see you rather than him. Can you tell us why?

Dr. McCrae: I care about getting them well, not about satisfying a treatment protocol.

Sandra: But I thought patients called Dr. Whittaker Dr. Wonderful because of his wonderful bedside manner.

Dr. McCrae: (laughs) I believe that’s what the single nurses call him, which probably has more to do with his good looks.

Sandra: Dr. Whittaker is it true that you’ve solicited donations from patients toward the construction of the new cancer wing?

Dr. Whittaker: Absolutely, and I’m proud of the level of donations brought in by such personal requests.

Sandra: I understand one couple donated their entire estate, then died soon after.

Dr. Whittaker: Yes, very sad case that. But at least their money will go on to help others.

Sandra: Tell us a little more about the experimental drug you’re providing patients.

Dr. Whittaker: Only terminal patients are permitted into this program, and yet we have seen some stunning reversals in tumor growth in several participants.

Sandra: Isn’t it true that those shrinkages of tumors occurred after the patients withdrew from your program?

Dr. Whittaker: Yes, several withdrew due to the side effects. But clearly the drug has a remarkable latent effect. There is no other explanation. Unless of course you believe in miracles.

Sandra: And what about those who suddenly died? How would you explain those deaths?

Dr. Whittaker: As I said, all of the participants are terminal. We cannot predict whether they will react favorably or unfavorably without further testing.

Sandra: Are you concerned that Tara’s allegations about murders on the cancer ward will have negative repercussions on the hospital’s reputation?

Dr. Whittaker: Of course I am. They couldn’t help but sour people’s opinion of our work here.

Sandra: Are you concerned enough to put a stop to the allegations?

Dr. Whittaker: Yes. I’ve warned Tara several times to keep her opinions to herself.

Your Turn: If you would like a chance to receive an autographed copy of Critical Condition, please leave a question in the comments for one of today’s guests. (no spoilers please) Winner will be announced on Friday’s blog and asked to email me. You do not need to leave your email address here.


There’s a murderer in the hospital, and nurse Tara Peterson is determined to prove it. With mysterious deaths in the cancer ward, anyone could be next. But no one wants to believe her…except undercover agent Zach Davis. The murderer wants Tara’s suspicions silenced, permanently. To protect Tara, Zach lets her in on his secret, and unwittingly into his heart. Tara and her three-year-old daughter are like the family he lost years before. Zach will risk everything to keep them safe, no matter the cost.

“Alice” Image courtesy of Ambro at
“Dr. McCrae” Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at
“Dr. Whittaker” Image courtesy of photostock at

What’s Your Favorite Sore Throat Remedy?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… what do throat remedies have to do with fiction books or conversations about characters?


Tomorrow, the final book in my Undercover Cops series, Critical Condition, releases from Love Inspired suspense. As you might guess from the title, it’s a medical mystery/suspense.

Alternative medicine plays a role in the suspense plot, so I thought it would be intriguing to explore the realm of alternative medicine and home remedies with you.

With the onset of autumn, at least in the Western Hemisphere, comes the beginning of cold and flu season. Everyone seems to have their own little ritual for what they do when they feel a sore throat or cold coming on.

And commercials abound with commercial remedies promising to lessen your symptoms.

But what works for you?

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For me, when I feel a sore throat coming on, I take a few drops of Amol® in water. It is a traditional herbal medicine originating from Germany that I have never seen in any store. My friend purchased the bottle–which has long since expired–for me in her local pharmacy. Yet, even supposedly past its prime, the stuff still works great.

It contains: oil of clove; oil of cinnamon; oil of peppermint; and oil of lavender. It clears my sinuses and soothes my sore throat like nothing else I’ve ever tried. And if I take it at the first sign of a sore throat coming on, my condition often doesn’t worsen.

Your Turn: What’s your favorite or most effective remedy or ritual for battling a cold or sore throat?

Fun Friday – Romantic Times Review for Critical Condition

Today’s post is short and sweet, because I’m working like crazy to finish the first draft of my next Love Inspired Suspense. But…

I wanted to celebrate with you the fun news I heard this week about my October release Critical Condition.

For those who have read the Undercover Cops series so far, this book has Zach (introduced in Deep Cover) as the hero.

The news is…

The Romantic Times Magazine gave Critical Condition 4.5 stars!!!

The 4.5 star rating is described as a fabulous read, a keeper–their second to highest rating.

But what was even more thrilling for me was how the reviewer described it:

“Well-developed characters and fast-paced action will keep readers fully engaged in this wonderful tribute to spouses struggling with a loved one’s illness.” 

The hero lost his wife to cancer eight years ago and now has to work undercover in a hospital to stop a killer. The suspects include several medical professionals involved in experimental and alternative treatments.

The reason I soooo appreciate this reviewer’s description is because I wrote the final draft of this story after losing my dear writing friend to cancer and dedicated the story to her husband who is the kind of hero I imagined Zach being.

Your Turn: Would you like to help me spread the word about this upcoming release?

You could…

Share this post on FB or G+ using the icons below the post. 
If you’ve already read the book (through Hqn), please consider posting a review on Goodreads or your favorite online retailer. (Note: some, like Amazon, don’t allow review posts until the book releases October 2nd) 

Visit the book, or others in the series, at your favorite online retailer and click the “like” button. With Amazon this only works if you’re signed in (ie. have an account). With Barnes and Noble and, you can “like” using FB or G+ social media buttons.
Clicking the photos in the sidebar, takes you to the books on (Christian Book Distributors)
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and helping me celebrate. It is my dearest prayer that this book will inspire you to cherish the gifts of each day and open your heart to new possibilities. 
Have a fabulous weekend!

Giveaway Winner

I asked my granddaughter to draw the name of the recipient of the advanced copy of Critical Condition.

It proved a little more challenging than I expected as on the first try she pulled out a fistful!

So… we put all the names back in and tried again.  
And the winner is…
Congratulations, Melanie. Hope you enjoy the story!

I’m Back and Have I got News! And a Giveaway!!

I hope you are enjoying a happy, healthy summer! 
I’ve missed our conversations and look forward to more. I  have so much I want to tell you about!

The Big News is…
Deep Cover won the 2012 Canadian Christian Writing Award for Romance! 
And my sweet husband was there to share the celebration with me. 

Fun News
After a harrowing night before, we had a fabulous time celebrating our 25th anniversary in Alaska. I plan to share more pics and stories with you in the coming weeks. We met so many interesting people and the scenery was breathtaking!
Bigger News
We arrived home from Alaska to an offer from Love Inspired Suspense for a fourth novel!! 
Finding Home features an antique Cadillac so hubby and I enjoyed a cruise around the peninsula in the name of research.  
The novel will, of course, be a suspense, but thankfully none of those nasty things I’d do to my heroine’s car happened while we were out and about.

Last but NOT least
 My author copies of my October release arrived on Friday, so… I want to celebrate being back to blogging by giving away a copy this week. 
Please leave comments today, Wednesday, and/or Friday for a chance to receive an early copy. I’ll post the winner’s name next Monday. 

Your Turn: What have you been up to this summer?

P.S. Aspiring Writers, if you plan to attend the American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference in September, I’m one of the authors doing critiques and there’s still a couple of weeks left to sign up for one.