Monday, November 26, 2007

Something New is Coming!

I'm going to break out of my mold and do something new for December. A group of twelve or so of us crazy historical writers decided to write a serial Christmas story. A couple of the writers are published. Louise Gouge, who wrote the acclaimed Ahab's Legacy series, including the award-winning novel, Hannah Rose, begins our little Christmas story, so if you're a fan, you definitely won't want to miss it. The whole story turned out well, I think, but I'll let you be the judge.

We'll start posting the story on our blogs beginning December 1st, so look for it. I believe the final installment will be posted December 22nd. I'm excited about it.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Shadow of Treason by Tricia Goyer

Book 2 in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series

Sophie discovers that nothing is as she first imagined. When Walt, the reporter who helped her over the border, shows up again after Guernica is bombed, Sophie is given an impossible mission. She must leave behind the man she's fallen in love with and return to the person who betrayed her. Another layer of the war in Spain is revealed as Sophie is drawn into the international espionage schemes that could turn the tide of the war and help protect the soldiers from the International Brigade ... she must find a way to get a critical piece of information to Walt in time.

Q and A with Tricia!


A Shadow of Treason follows A Valley of Betrayal. This is the first time you've written books as a series instead of stand alone. Which way do you like better?

A: I love writing in series. It was great to continue with the same characters. In my stand-alone books I fell in love with these people and then I had to say good-bye after one book. It was wonderful to be able to continue on.

Q: In A Shadow of Treason Sophie must return to the person who betrayed her in an effort to help the Spanish people. It makes the book hard to put down because the reader has to know how Sophie's heart will deal with it. Why did you decide to make this an element of the book?

A: There are very few of us who go through life without giving away a part of our hearts to someone who didn't deserve it. Even though Sophie had the best intentions, she gave away her heart and she was hurt-not only that she must revisit those emotions.

I wanted to include this element-to delve into the topic that emotions are sometimes as big of a trap as any physical cage. Emotions are real and they guide us -- even when we don't want to admit it. Poor Sophie, not only does she have to deal with a war around her -- she also has to deal with a war within herself. It's something I've battled, and mostly likely others have too.

Q: There is an interesting element that arises in this book and that is Spanish gold. I know you can't tell us what happens in this book, but can you give us a brief history of this gold?

A: Sure. When I was researching I came upon something interesting. The Spaniards, as we know, had taken much Aztec and Inca gold during the time of the conquistadors. Well, at the start of The Spanish Civil War much of this gold was still held in Madrid. In fact Spain had the fourth largest gold reserves in the world at that time. The Republican government was afraid Franco would take the city and the gold. They had to get it out of Madrid and this included transporting priceless artifacts. The element of gold does make its way into my story. It was great to include this little-known (and true!) element into my story.

Q: Another historical fact I learned about was the Nazi involvement during this time. Not only were the Germans active in Spain, but they had spy networks busy around the world. How did you find out about this?

A: I love reading tons of research books. Usually I find one little element that I dig out and turn into a plot line. This is what happened with my plot-line for the Nazi pilot, Ritter. I dug up this bit of research of Nazi involvement in Spain -- and the United States -- because a lot of people aren't aware of the Nazi involvement prior to WWII. The truth is they were busy at work getting the land, information, and resources they needed far before they threatened the nations around them. The Germans knew what they wanted and how to get it. And most of the time they succeeded!

Q: A Shadow of Treason is Book Two. When will Book Three be out? Can you give us a hint of how the story continues?

A: Book Three is A Whisper of Freedom. It will be out February 2008. The characters that we love are all still in the midst of danger at the end of Book Two. Book Three continues their stories as we follow their journeys in -- and (for a few) out -- of Spain. It's an exciting conclusion to the series!

Q: Wow, so we have a least one more fiction book to look forward to in the near future. Are you working on any non-fiction?

A: Yes, I have two non-fiction books that will be out the early part of 2008. Generation NeXt Marriage is a marriage book for today's couples. It talks about our marriage role models, our struggles, and what we're doing right as a generation. It also gives advice for holding it together.

I've also been privileged to work on the teen edition of Max Lucado's book 3:16. It was a great project to work on. What an honor!

Tricia is available for further interview. Contact Amy with your ideas and questions!

Tricia's Bio:

Tricia Goyer has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Today's Christian Woman, Guideposts for Kids, and Focus on the Family, and is the co-author of Meal Time Moments (Focus on the Family). She has led numerous Bible Studies, and her study notes appear in the Women of Faith Study Bible (Zondervan).

She has written seven novels for Moody Publishing:
From Dust and Ashes (2003)
Night Song (2004)
Dawn of a Thousand Nights (2005);
Arms of Deliverance (2006)
A Valley of Betrayal (2007)
A Shadow of Treason (Fall 2007)
A Whisper of Freedom (February 2008)
Night Song was awarded American Christian Fiction Writer's 2005 Book of the Year for Best Long Historical. Dawn of a Thousand Nights won the same award in 2006.

Tricia has also written Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom (Zondervan, 2004), 10 Minutes to Showtime (Thomas Nelson, 2004), and Generation NeXt Parenting (Multnomah, 2006). Life Interrupted was a 2005 Gold Medallion finalist in the Youth Category.

Also, coming out in the next year are: My Life, Unscripted (Thomas Nelson, 2007), Generation NeXt Marriage (Multnomah, Spring 2008), and 3:16-the teen version of the a book by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, Spring 2008).

Tricia and her husband John live with their three children in Kalispell, Montana. Tricia's grandmother also lives with them, and Tricia volunteers mentoring teen moms and leading children's church. Although Tricia doesn't live on a farm, she can hit one with a rock by standing on her back porch and giving it a good throw.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Just Jane by Nancy Moser

I'm reading this WONDERFUL book called Just Jane.

It's a fictionalized account of the life of Jane Austen. Who would have thought it would be so great? I mean, Jane Austen's life, on the surface, seems as though it would have been pretty boring. But Nancy Moser is a skilled writer, and Jane Austen was such an amazing woman. Her books are my absolute favorites of all time. Her work has stood the test of time, and Pride and Prejudice is often hailed as the best romance novel ever written. So imagine my surprise to find out that she wrote for many, many years wondering all the time if she would ever see her books in print. It seemed quite doubtful. One of her books was accepted for publication, then the publisher did nothing with it for six years. Jane waited, then finally wrote him a letter. He refused to publish it, said he never agreed to publish it. The nerve. But I could just imagine (no, don't have to imagine, I know) how Jane felt.

If you have any interest in what life was like for an unmarried woman in the Regency period--and Jane did have several chances to marry, but either she didn't love the man or things didn't work out for other reasons--then you should read this book. Or if you're a Jane Austen fan, like me. Or if you're a writer, feeling the disappointment and/or discouragement of wondering if your books will ever be published. This book encourages me to believe that no dream is wasted, no life is unimportant to God, even if society says, "We don't want you. You're insignificant and unworthy. You didn't play by our rules so we're going to ignore you."

Jane Austen is a hero to me, and even more so after reading this book.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

And We Have a Winner!

Cecelia Dowdy won my drawing for a copy of Boo Humbug. This book is really fun, especially if you've read any of the Boo books. Get it from