Monday, November 7, 2011

Shawna Williams' "The Good Fight"



Title: The Good Fight.
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing.

Cover blurb: Roger Talbot's life is defined by his devotion to public service. Having just successfully prosecuted a brutal murder case, Roger turns his attention to discovering the shady dealings of Niles Parker -- the town's former mayor, Roger's old boss and the father of the woman Roger almost married.

Pennye Carrington ran away from Port Delamar with plans never to return. However, learning that her brother had murdered a family member of a famous movie star changed those plans. Pennye comes back with the hope of bringing stability to a family in disarray, but facing the torment of her childhood may be more than she can handle.

Roger's mission to bring down Niles Parker and Pennye's desire to keep her brothers out of trouble create a middle ground, where two people who couldn't be further apart, embark on a danger-filled journey of discovery to find themselves and each other.

1) How did this story come to you?
After the release of No Other, my debut novel, I had several readers ask me if the sequel, In All Things -- which was already under contract based on a proposal -- was going to be about Roger, Jakob’s rival in No Other. When I told them that it wasn’t, they expressed disappointment. While writing In All Things, however, his character crept in unexpectedly, and in a rather profound way. He was hardly present throughout the book, but his name and the impact he’d had on Jakob in the previous book kept coming up. When In All Things released, once again I had readers asking me if I was going to write a book about Roger. As I looked at certain elements of the story, I realized that the relationship between Jakob and Roger wasn’t quite finished, and that it would also serve as the cohesion in a three book series if I chose to write another book. Furthermore, Roger was a rather interesting character with a unique angle from which to explore. So, here it is. The Good Fight is the third book in what I’ve dubbed, “The Series I Didn’t Intend to Write but My Readers Made Me Do It.”

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I pitched this book with a proposal. The other two books had been met with a favorable response by readers, so Gail Delaney, the EIC of Desert Breeze was excited about the prospect of a third book. We both just wish we’d known this would turn into a series a little sooner so we could’ve given it an official title.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I write Historicals, but I’m equally fond of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
2) I’m a small person, but I can out eat a giant if it’s Mexican food -- especially if it’s spicy.
3) I once performed a dance routine on a television show in Hong Kong.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I edit for two publishers, so at the moment I’m playing catch-up on some work, but I’m about to sign a contract for a sequel to my Christmas story Orphaned Hearts, which released last December with Desert Breeze. I’m also working on a story called Memoirs of a Ghost Town. It’s not a romance, and it blends a contemporary story with one set in the past. I’m unsure right now as to where I’ll pitch it. I need to finish it first.

5) Parting comments?
While The Good Fight is the third book in a series, it is written so that it can be enjoyed as a stand alone. It’s also different than the other two books in that it’s a romantic suspense and the other two are more romantic drama-ish. I wanted to take advantage of Roger’s job as District Attorney and the fact that readers have been itching to see Niles Parker experience some sort of consequence for being his sorry self. The character of Pennye became one of my favorites during the writing process. I could easily relate to her sense of adventure and sympathize with her insecurities.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
http://www.shawnakwilliams.com/
http://shawnawilliams-oldsmobile.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/shawnakwilliams
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shawna-K-Williams/236629884245

15 comments:

  1. This book sounds so good and one that I definitely want to read. Please enter me!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Enter me!
    Susan
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  3. This book sounds great. Please inclue me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)Verizon.net

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  4. This sounds like a book I would love!! Please add my name to the pot for the giveaway. Thanks! margie at mijares dot net

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  5. My mom's always passing me books and I'd love to read one I could pass to her! She loves Christian mysteries/suspense/crime books!
    Denise
    chadanddenise(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Oh yes ! Another great book! I would like to read this book!
    Thanks. Remain Blessed

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  7. This sounds like my genre! i would love to win this book. Thanks Dawn and Shawna for the great post and giveaway.

    mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. I'm a fan of Shawna's writings. This new one seems a bit different than the other's; and I'm very anxious to read this story. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win it.

    Grace & Peace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  9. You actually answered my question as to whether THE GOOD FIGHT can be read as a stand alone.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  10. This book sounds great. I would love to read this. Thank you so much for the chance to win this.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I love it that you are such a kind author that allows your readers to influence your writing, so cool. This book sounds like a great suspenseful read! Thanks so much for enterring me in the giveaway! Cheryl
    ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

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  12. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  13. I read NO OTHER and loved Shawna's writing and this book. The Good Fight sounds like another gread read!
    Thanks!
    Rebecca
    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Your suspenseful book 'The Good Fight' sounds like it will be too good to put down till the last page is read! :o) I am always ready for some good Mexican food also!! :o) I am growing some very hot peppers, called 'Bird Peppers' and they are called that because they are so hot that only birds are suppose to be able to tolerate the heat because they do not taste the heat. Thank you for the free book drawing!!!
    ~Dawn Adams
    daisyflower.adams@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I couldn't live without books! Being disabled and in severe pain 24/7 a good book helps to "take me away" especially a good suspence!
    Tracey Krieg
    krieg.tracey@yahoo.com

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