I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Katy Lee’s debut Love Inspired Suspense, Warning Signs, and unreservedly recommend it to all fans of the romantic suspense genre. This book will not disappoint.
First the Back Cover Blurb:
When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town’s number one suspect—the high school’s new principal—doesn’t fit the profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. But her recurring nightmares dredge up old memories that could prove her innocence—and uncover the truth behind a decades-old murder. Yet Owen’s help may not be enough when someone decides to keep Miriam silenced—permanently.
There are tons of things I love about this book. It’s fast paced. The villain is a mystery so the story keeps you guessing. It has a perfect blend of romance and suspense.
But what makes this book stand out for me is it’s unique heroine.
She is an avid swimmer and a principal of a small regular public school in Maine and she’s deaf. She refuses to let her physical challenges keep her from going after her goals.
These characteristics make for many insightful comparisons and intriguing twists, such as can we really trust her interpreter male sidekick?
Equally compelling, are the wonderful lessons the story conveys. It will transform how you think about, and interact with, those who are different from you, in particular the deaf.
One of the fun aspects of the story was learning about special signs for names. I invited Katy to tell us a little more about that. Click the “play” button to view her presentation. (Ensure your volume is on)
Cool, eh? I created this sign for my husband: his initial “M” waved over my heart to show my love for him. 😉
Your Turn: Create a sign for your name or the name of a loved one and share it in the comments for a chance to win a copy of Warning Signs. I’ll contact the winner by email and share the name here on Sunday.
Update: Sunday, Sept 29th — Our winner is Sonja! Congratulations, Sonja, please check your inbox for my email.
BTW if you haven’t read Katy’s first published book, you can check out my review here: https://sandraorchard.com/book-giveaway/lets-chat-about-real-virtue/ It is another must-read.
As an Inspirational Romantic Suspense author, Katy Lee writes higher-purpose stories in high-speed worlds. Through her writing, ministries, and teaching, she dedicates her life to sharing tales of love, from the “greatest love story ever told” to those sweet romantic stories of falling in love. Katy and her husband are born New Englanders and love to travel with their three adventuresome children. You can connect with Katy anytime at her website, www.KatyLeeBooks.com. There you will find links to Facebook and Twitter. She’d love for you to look her up!
Also on her site you will find details to take part in the Lighthouse Photo Contest. She hopes to receive lighthouse photos from around the world. So please, take part!
I enjoyed your video and your sweet smile comes across strong. I think the book sounds like an excellent read. Nice cover, too. 🙂
It is, Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by to view it.
Thank you, Diane. I was pretty happy with the cover. It definitely has a nice New England feel to it. And to go along with the lobster pots I found a great knitted lobster to make. 🙂
Cool! A knitted lobster would be a fun prize…my granddaughter would think it’s neat. I love lighthouses. My son took a great pic of one in Australia (where he just returned from) so…I’m trying to figure out a way to superimpose me reading your book in front of it. 😉
Thank you, Sandra, for this awesome review! I’m so glad you enjoyed WS. And I loved doing the video…even if it took ten takes because my cat kept getting up and showing the camera his butt. 🙂
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s name sign ideas.
You’re welcome, Katy. Your book deserves it. And here I was so impressed by what a good actor your cat is. 🙂
I started with my other cat, but she just kept jumping off. So Randy was the understudy who got to make his ten minutes of fame.
Sounds just like my cat! lol
Hi Sandra! Hi Katy! Your book sounds good, Katy. Very interesting video. I’m going to play with that to come up with a good one for hubby. Maybe the letter E and reading a book.
I love that, Loree! Good one.
I can totally picture that name sign. To say reading, put your left hand out like it’s a piece of paper your reading. Make an upside down v with the two fingers on your other hand (Like I’m watching you, watching me) and drag it down over the other hand, like eyes moving down the page.
Sandra, such an intriguing review/story! Katy’s video is endearing, and it’s always fun to learn something new. Thanks for sharing with our BtB group!
You’re welcome, Sara. Thanks so much for dropping by. It’s neat to see the Love Inspired line selling worldwide. I saw my first France sale this past summer. 🙂
OOOHH! Did you get a copy in French?
No, it wasn’t quite “that” cool. It’s an English edition sold in France (E book)
Thank you, Sara, for stopping by!
i love great reviews, thanks for a chance to win one of your books as your a new author to me,
Shirley B email@example.com
You’re very welcome, Shirley. Katy is definitely an author to check out. 🙂
I hope you like it, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
This book totally caught my attention because of the female lead being a deafie. I have many deafie friends and even attempted a few stories myself (for my enjoyment only) with deaf characters so I can’t wait to read yours. My name sign is using the letter K and swiping the index finger down the chin like the sign sweet or sugar. Apparently my deaf friends thought I was sweet. 30+ years later and I’m still fooling them. LOL Some family members’ sign names are the letter R on but hands pulling at your shirt like suspenders because he always wore suspenders. Another was an administrator for a deaf school and he ended up with the letter T on his shoulder like the sign boss.
This is great. Can’t wait to read the book and find out about Miriam and Owen. Thanks!
Kristal, thank you so much for sharing the different name signs. Reading about them in Katy’s book was the first time I’d heard about them. I love how creative people are with them. I’m sure you’re very sweet. 😉 When you first described your name sign, I thought perhaps you had a sweet tooth. 🙂
Oh wow, Sandra. Maybe you are right and they were just trying to be nice. I do have a major sweet tooth. Wow. Definitely a different way to think of it. Thanks. 🙂
Either way, it’s a great name sign. 🙂 I hope you enjoy Warning Signs. Thank you for sharing your excitement with us!
Preordered! Sounds fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading it.
That’s awesome, Carolyn! We’ll still include you in the draw. And if you win, you can gift it to a friend!
Thank you, Carolyn! Enjoy!
I love the story in this book! How neat that you made the leading lady have a wonderful ability. Hmmm, I would have to think long and hard about a sign. My hubby loves computers so it would have to involve that. 🙂
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What a perfect way to describe the heroine, Susan! And…based on your email addy, I’m thinking your sign could be the letter S for Susan making the sign for lattes (or coffee), maybe with books, too. 🙂 What do you think?
Hi Susan, thank you for your comment. And Sandra’s idea sounds like it could work,
I loved this book! It was great to see that everyone can do anything that they want to do. NO MATTER WHAT!!! I read it in a day! I couldn’t put it down!
Thanks for the vote of support, Christine! I love people who agree with me. 🙂
Super! So glad you enjoyed WS! Thank you!
Would love to win this book. My sister was born with a 95% hearing loss, but she never learned sign. She did learn to read lips and actually was good enough at it to take notes at meetings where she worked.
Oh, wow, how fascinating. I’m sure she’ll inspire an intriguing romantic suspense. 😉
That sounds like a new book type that I would really like to read! I have been sitting here trying to think up a “sign” and all I can come up with is a big “thumbs-up” and best wishes on the success of your writings!
Cute! I like that 🙂
I like that, too! Thank you for those thumbs up. 🙂
I know some people who just read lips too. Quite a talent.
This book sounds very interesting! I would love to be entered. My sign would probably be something to do with baking. I love to bake as well as read great books!
Oh, that’s neat. The sign for bake is holding your hands, palms facing each other, with a motion like placing something in the oven. For Donna, you could hold your hands in a D, while doing it…maybe. 🙂
Yes, Sandra, that would work. 🙂 I like it.
Oh, I’d love to win and read Katy’s newest book!
For my husband’s name, I’d make a K on my forehead, because he is very intellectual. Or would I swirl the K above my head to show he’s a little too erudite at times? LOL!
Thanks to you both for this giveaway!
LOL, love it Jeanette! 🙂
Too funny! 🙂
Welcome Katy, and a huge CONGRATS on your book! 🙂 Sandra, thanks for hosting Katy on your blog (Hey, anyone who features a CAT in their video is a winner in my book). 😉
I’ve never visited the New England area but it’s on my “wish list” of places to see someday. And lighthouses—oh my! I LOVE lighthouses!! (almost as much as CATS, but not quite!). 😉 So I’ll be checking out Katy’s lighthouse photo contest too!
No need to enter me in your drawing, because I am definitely going to purchase Katy’s book—it sounds fascinating.
Thanks again, Sandra and Katy (by the way, Katy’s cat is beautiful!!).
I had a feeling you’d like that video. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Patti Jo!
Thank you, Patti Jo. He is quite handsome and knows it.
Sounds like a great book! My letter would be a P, made with thumb and forefinger, draped over my heart. Sounds good for almost 46 years of marriage, don’t ya think?
It sure does, Judy!
Hey, Katy Lee, I just shared this on my FB page. Did you know that British sign language is completely different than ASL? Even how they form their letters is different. Last night I actually had a dream about someone signing using the British letters. LOL
Yes, ASL is different than British. It also can vary across our own country. Little signs that might trip someone up because they say it differently. Similar to speaking words, like soda or pop. Just depends on where you’re from. 🙂
Congratulations Sonja! You’re the winner of Katy’s book as chosen by random.org. A big thank you to everyone who participated for all your creative answers and cheering Katy on in her new book. Katy, I wish you all the best with this first of many to come, I’m sure, Love Inspired Suspense!
I like the sound of that!! Many to come! For now, it’s release day and it’s a good day. 🙂 Thank you, Sandra, for having me and spotlighting Warning Signs, and congratulations Sonja! Enjoy the story!
Congratulations, Katy. Nice video. Interesting. It makes me want to meet your character.