Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Texas Witness Threat by Cate Nolan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Texas Witness Threat Author: Cate Nolan Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense Release Date: January 1, 2021 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
She saw something she shouldn’t have… Assistant US Attorney Christine Davis is positive she witnessed a murder, but with no body, the police aren’t convinced. Now someone wants her dead, and Texas Ranger Blake Larsen is the only one who believes her. For Blake, protecting Christine must stay more important than their growing feelings for each other. But can he keep her safe from an unknown enemy who wants her silenced?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Making of an Author
Once Upon a Time…
Isn’t that the way good stories begin?
Well, once upon a time, there was a girl whose parents subscribed her to a book club. Every month, she would wait by the door for the mailman to deliver the books to her house. There were only two, and she was sometimes done with them both within an afternoon, and then the agonizing wait would begin until the next month’s books arrived.
I’m sure you’ve guessed that girl was me. The books were The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West. Pete, Pam, Ricky, Holly, Sue and their parents lived in Shoreham and they solved mysteries that took them (and me) around the world.
We went to the Black Forest of Germany, to an ice festival in Canada, to Seagull Beach and Mystery Mountain, but what I loved most was that the characters were so real to me. They were my extended family, and if I’m honest, there were times I wished I really was the sixth child in their family.
They kept me company when I was stuck at the dinner table until I finished the tongue. (Note: I had just learned that tongue really was just what the word said, and I could not swallow it.) I was sitting there for hours, but I had my story friends to keep me amused. Then there was the summer I was confined to minimal activity for weeks after a bout with Scarlet Fever, but I didn’t mind because I had my Hollister family, and we were very busy solving mysteries.
Then came the black moment of this story. There were no more books. The series was finished. The book club sent me Marco Polo and Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates instead. My ten year-old heart was devastated.
Eventually I moved on to Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden. My father brought home every horse book his school librarian could find. I started to read Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna series and Rosamond du Jardin’s Pam and Penny Howard stories. I discovered Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier.
Mostly what I discovered through all those years was that I was a READER. If anyone ever asked me to describe myself, that was the first word that came to mind. But even if I loved to imagine myself in those stories, or if I spent time mentally spinning images extending our adventures, it never occurred to me that I could be one of those magical people who created my beloved books. Authors were creatures I elevated on a pedestal. To my reader’s mind, they were far more than mere mortals.
Until one day I was stuck in an airport and read a magazine article about two women – secretaries who spent their lunch hours writing romances. All these many years later, I still vividly recall that moment, because that article opened a door for me into a previously inaccessible universe – the world of writers.
Sometime after that, I discovered Romantic Times Magazine and Romance Writers of America, and eventually ACFW. It was pure magic. I had found a world of people who “got me” – other readers and writers who understood how it felt to be consumed by fictional lives that sometimes felt more real than our own.
I was hooked.
I still am.
Though a teacher by day (a reading and writing teacher, of course), once I’m home, I am free to escape into a world of my own creation. I get to play “What If” and spin stories out of glistening threads of an idea.
Texas Witness Threat is the result of one of those What If moments. What if you witnessed a murder, but the body disappeared and no one believed you? What lengths would you go to in order to stop a killer and find justice for his victim?
I had so much fun figuring out the answers to those questions and getting to know my characters. Because that is the special joy of being a writer – you have a whole family of people you created, constant companions you never have to give up – even when it’s time to move on to the next story.
Fortunately for me, I married a man who shared my love of books and we raised two daughters whose love of reading is boundless. Our home is lined with bookshelves he built, but tables still hold toppling piles – a never-ending source of adventure.
The ability to lose ourselves in books is such a blessing. To be able to create those worlds for others to enjoy doubles that blessing for the writer.
This year, in particular, I have been so grateful to be a writer. In the worlds of my own creation, I control the outcome and can give everyone a happy ending.
And aren’t those the best kinds of stories?
(1) winner will receive a Texas Witness Threat and Christmas in Hiding (print or ebooks, winner’s choice)!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 5, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 12, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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