Double Jeopardy — WHY THIS STORY WILL CHANGE YOU AS A READER ( + Giveaway )
Welcome to the eighth of nine days of fun and excitement leading up to the book launch on January 7th. During this time, you’ll learn more about the book, the characters, and, hopefully, me, too. If you missed the previous posts, check back. There’s a great recipe for biscuits and some fun insights into Zeke and Becky and the villain, as well as my inspiration, history, and setting behind the story. Plus you can still leave a comment each day to get in an extra entry on the drawing.
If you make the biscuits, leave a comment and let us know how they turned out.
Now, on to the reason why this story will change you as a reader.
As readers, we all like to read a good book. One with complex characters, a compelling premise, and a plot woven into the story like spaghetti. Books like that are written and published every day. But for a book to really stick in our heads, to get our hearts racing when we think of it, something else is needed.
I believe that something else is what changes us as readers.
When I think about a book from my childhood, I recall books like Black Beauty and Call of the Wild. Yes, the characters were great, the setting was exciting, and the writing was superb. But what really sticks with me is both told stories of heartbreak and joy, of separation and reunion, or defeat and victory. Throughout these two books in particular, bad things happened for no good reason. People got sick. Died. Animals were mistreated. Lives were shattered.
But then. . .
In the end, all was set right with their world.
When I sit down to write a book, I ask myself, “How bad can things get?” And then I set out to do just that. Putting my characters into more and more danger physically, while also straining their moral judgment, their emotional well-being, and their spiritual journey. Not every character gets off scott-free. Sometimes the journey seems to impair them more than make things right. But that’s life.
In Double Jeopardy, I took a city girl completely out of her element. Or did I? Becky Campbell didn’t really fit into society life in New York, either. She was much more like her father, who she adored. Zeke Graumann believes that his family’s ranch is worth everything, until he meets a girl who shows him that home is where the love is.
And we see other characters who are changed, too. Matilda Campbell, the controlling matriarch of the family, figures out that she can’t always direct every situation, no matter how much money she’s willing to throw at the problem. Even the land title clerk has a change of heart from the ruthless businessman (think of the tax collector’s in the temple during Jesus’ day) to a man with a compassionate heart.
The theme of this book is that we are never truly alone, if we’re willing to give God room in our lives. But that takes a conscious decision. It won’t happen by osmosis. It can’t be forced. It must be a voluntary decision, not because we have nowhere else to turn, but because we do, but we choose God anyway. It took me a lot of years to figure that out, and our second—and third—and fourth-chance God patiently waited for me.
So next time you don’t know what to do or where to go next, remember: The God who pursues is still there.
I will randomly draw from all who leave a comment over the next nine days to win a print (US only) copy of Double Jeopardy. Which means, if you stop by every day and leave a comment, you’ll have nine entries.
Available at https://shoplpc.com/double-jeopardy/ Amazon.com, and fine booksellers in your area.
Don’t forget to join us on Launch Day, January 7th, at our Facebook event to win more prizes: FB event
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.
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