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Blog Tour ~ Tricia Goyer's A Valley of Betrayal

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Tricia Goyer's latest release, A Valley of Betrayal!

I am thrilled to be hosting my first blog tour! Please welcome Tricia Goyer!

I first became aware of Tricia last year when I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and she was looking for people to answer questions for her Generation NEXT Marriage book. Then I saw her name everywhere, it seemed! Tricia is one of those enviable writers who can tackle nonfiction and fiction with equal aplomb, and is wildly successful at both genres.

Today we are talking about her latest fiction release, A Valley of Betrayal. This novel takes place during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, in the aftermath of The Great War (World War I) and the rise of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party in Germany and the Fascist movement in Italy. Here is Tricia's own story behind the novel:

The Story Behind the Novel:

A few years ago when I was researching for my fourth World War II novel, Arms of Deliverance, I came across a unique aut…


I queried the local women's magazine in my town, and according to the editor, their editorial policy doesn't allow them to accept submissions. Huh? I've never heard of that! At least it wasn't me; it was the policy. Plus, she said she'd hang onto my contact info in case she needs new talent.


I had a bang-up idea which several online writer friends (and one of my best friends in real life) thought was good. I am going to still put it together, write it up after Friday, and submit it SOMEWHERE. Somewhere, someone will want my article. I have to believe that.

Happy Birthday, Henrik Ibsen

Once again, from The Writers Almanac. Thanks, Garrison Keillor.

It's the birthday of playwright Henrik Ibsen, born in Skien, Norway (1828). He was an assistant stage manager for a new theater, where it was his job to produce a new drama each year based on Norway's glorious past. He produced a number of plays, but none got any attention. Overworked and on the edge of poverty, he applied to the government for a stipend to travel abroad, and got it. He spent the next 27 years living in Italy and Germany.

He found that by leaving his homeland, he could finally see Norway clearly, and he began to work on creating a true Norwegian drama. At a time when most people were writing plays full of sword fights and murders, Ibsen started to write plays about relationships between ordinary people. He used dialogue rather than monologues to reveal his characters' emotions, and he stopped writing in verse. He said, "We are no longer living in the age of Shakespeare. ... What I desire to…

Happy Birthday to Hester Prynne

from Garrison Keillor's Writers Almanac:

It was on this day in 1850 that Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, was published. He was living at a time when there was almost no such thing as American literature, in part because the American publishing industry was so behind the times. In order to publish a book, a single printer would edit the manuscript, set the type, operate the printing press, bind the pages into books, and then sell them. It was remarkably inefficient, and so it was almost impossible to produce a best-seller, since so few copies were available to be sold.

But by 1850, books were being printed by machines. Long, continuous sheets of paper were fed into steam-powered printing presses, and factories of workers folded, pressed, and stitched the pages into books. The Scarlet Letter became the first great American novel in part because it was the first great American novel that could reach a large audience. A to…

Sticks & Stones book review

As the title suggests, Susan Meissner tackles the subject of bullying in her second Rachael Flynn mystery.

Rachael, now working at the Ramsey County attorney’s office in Minnesota, receives a disturbing, unsigned letter:

“They’re going to find a body at the River Terrace construction site. He deserved what he got, but it wasn’t supposed to happen. It was an accident.”

The body turns out to be that of a fifteen-year-old boy, long presumed to have run away; he’d been buried for over twenty years. Initial research confirms that he had been a neighborhood bully, terrorizing all the children on his street, unstoppable by adults, school, or police.

Rachael and detective Will Pendleton begin to search for answers: how the bully died, and for the person who wrote the letter.

Rachael has a strong sense that the writer of the letter is among those whom the bully tormented on the street where his body was discovered. One by one, Will and Rachael interview the now-adult victims, and the nagging sense …

What books have you read?

Got this from Lori and I thought it was a good one...and if you want to be tagged, and you're reading this, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! YOU'RE IT!

Look at the list of books below.
Bold: I have read
Italics: I’d like to read
Regular type: Not interested in

Look at the list of books below.
Bold: I have readItalics: I’d like to read
Regular type: Not interested in

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry …