Monday, November 22, 2010

Joshua Graham's "Beyond Justice"

We're happy to have Joshua Graham with us today talking about his book, Beyond Justice. To learn more about Joshua and his book, read on!

Publisher: Dawn Treader Press 2010

Cover blurb: THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS NOT ALWAYS VERTICAL…Sam Hudson, a reputable San Diego attorney, learns this when the authorities wrongfully convict him of the brutal rape and murder of his wife and daughter, and sends him to death row. There he awaits execution by lethal injection.
If he survives that long.
In prison, Sam fights for his life while his attorney works frantically on his appeal. It is then that he embraces the faith of his departed wife and begins to manifest supernatural abilities. Abilities which help him save lives– his own, those of his unlikely allies–and uncover the true killer’s identity, unlocking the door to his exoneration.
Now a free man, Sam’s newfound faith confronts him with the most insurmountable challenge yet. A challenge beyond vengeance, beyond rage, beyond anything Sam believes himself capable of: to forgive the very man who murdered his family, according to his faith. But this endeavor reveals darker secrets than either Sam or the killer could ever have imagined. Secrets that hurtle them into a fateful collision course.
BEYOND JUSTICE, a tale of loss, redemption, and the power of faith.

1) How did this story come to you?
After hearing a sermon on forgiveness illustrated by the story of Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, I felt moved to explore the nature and extent of human and divine forgiveness. I challenged many of my own beliefs and values in this book.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It took a great deal of persistence. You have to learn to discern good counsel from useless criticism, take the good and discard the rest. And you can’t take rejections personally. When I learned about how many bestselling authors had faced numerous rejections before getting published, it gave me a better perspective on the matter. Interestingly, the work only just begins after your book gets published. Next comes all the promotion to let people know your book exists!

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
a) I am a classically trained musician (cellist) with a bachelors and masters degree form Juilliard and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins.
b) Before becoming a full-time writer, I worked in the IT field for over a decade. My last position was Director of Operations at an IT firm.
c) One of the odd jobs I had as a college student was as a sales representative selling new cars in one of the largest Honda dealerships in the United States.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am currently completing a YA Fantasy (first in a series) which my six-year-old (at the time) son had asked me to write for him. Keep an eye on my website for the release of a collection of my short fiction in an anthology. I also have another suspense thriller DARKROOM, which I’m hoping to see released soon as well.

5) ) Parting comments?
Spend time with your loved ones every day. Treat each day as though it were your last on Earth. Because in the end, it’s the relationships and their love you carry with you into eternity.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.joshua-graham.com/
www.facebook.com/J0shuaGraham
www.twitter.com/J0shuaGraham
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003UTNSZM
Barnes & Noble Page: http://tinyurl.com/39yjd88

BEYOND JUSTICE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller and is available in trade paperback here.
It is also available for Barnes & Noble nook here and Kindle here.
You can also purchase it for the iPad, Kobo and SONY Reader at their respective stores, or at Smashwords.com

25 comments:

  1. I would love to win this book! It isn't my usual sort of read, making it even more something I woud like to have!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  2. What a powerful book. Reminds me somewhat of Shawshank Redemption and By REason of Insanity combined! Would love to read your book.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  3. Wow...sounds like a very interesting storyline. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    I lived in the Wichita area when BTK was doing his thing. It was quite a shock to find out who he was all these years later.

    Thanks for doing the interview and introducing your work to all of us.

    Brandi
    vi2005@aol.com

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  4. Joshua, I just heard about your book a few weeks ago on Pump Up Your Book! I'd love to win a copy!

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Would to win a copy of your book, just discovered your writings when I downloaded one of your e-books the other day .

    email- mrhpets@gmail.com

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  6. Hi Joshua!

    I have already read your book on Kindle, but you know I want to win a signed copy of it! ;-)

    Carol

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  7. "I am a classically trained musician (cellist) with a bachelors and masters degree form Juilliard and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins."

    Joshua just keeps getting cooler!

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  8. Suspense, murder mysteries are not my usual genre. Due to the included Christian message and great reviews on nook Facebook, I had to check it out. Awesome, soul searching book! Looking forward to your next book! BEYOND JUSTICE would be an asset to my DTB collection!

    Thank you,
    Julianne

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  9. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to win this book!

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  10. Not my usual read, but it sounds intriguing enough that I'm entering :)

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  11. Fantastic book! I've read it three times and I can't help but be riveted every time! This is more than a well-written story, it is an exploration of what forgiveness truly means. I can't wait for the next book!!!

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  12. I am now reading Beyond Justice and just love it, so much so that I can hardly put it down. Joshua is on my always to read list.

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  13. A great book. By far, the best of the year.

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  14. This sounds like an excellent book- not my normal genre, but sounds great!! I would love to win it.

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  15. Loved the book and would love to win a copy to add to my DTB's! Thanks for writing such a great book!

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  16. Loved the book and would be honored to have the paper copy as well as my ebook!

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  17. I read this book on my Nook, but would love to own an autographed copy! Looked forward to more great reads!

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  18. Am a collector of autographed books, would LOVE a copy to add to my collection!!! Just started this book a couple of days ago, great read!!!

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  19. I must check your books out!
    I would love to win a copy to get me started!
    God bless,
    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

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  20. Enjoyed reading the interview about Joshua Graham. As a fellow musician, I find it interesting to see how many writers are also musicians. I think it must have something to do with the creative process. I play the bassoon, which often doubles the cello part when the composer doesn't know what else to do with us! I own a cello and have tinkered around with it but I much prefer the bassoon.

    I heard about this book somewhere else and thought it would be something I would enjoy reading - please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!

    janmarien[at]embarqmail[dot]com

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  21. So looking forward to reading your book! Though I still want to have a "Real" book in hand as well :)

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  22. What a great topic to write about. that would have to be the hardest person to forgive and I think people who can give forgiveness for such a crime are the most wonderful faithful people.
    God Bless them.
    I really wnt to read your book and added it to my list.
    Thanks for a great interview
    Heidi
    heidijohnjeff@verizon.net

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  23. would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  24. This happened in our town. Kelly Currin Morris has been missing since 2009, Her body was found this year and her husband and father-in law have been charged for the murder. For our own peace of mind, I know we should forgive. A challenge beyond vengeance, beyond rage, beyond anything we believe we could be capable of: to forgive the very man who murdered Kelly who was a very faithful person. But this endeavor is so hard for me. BEYOND JUSTICE, a tale of loss, redemption, and the power of faith would help me toward the goal of forgiviness,
    God Bless You!
    Rebecca
    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

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