Monday, August 13, 2012

Deborah Piccurelli's "Hush, Little Baby"

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

Cover blurb: Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office.

1) How did this story come to you?
Back in 1999, I saw a segment on Good Morning America about the story airing on 20/20 that night. I quickly jotted down a few lines on a small scrap of paper and filed it in my huge “story idea” folder. When the time came to find something to fit my characters, there was that scrap of paper at the bottom of the stack!

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Abortion and fetal harvesting is not an appealing subject to many readers, so agents and editors turned me down left and right. Finally, a friend who had published with a newish small publisher suggested I try them, because they published what some of us call “edgy Christian fiction.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1.) I can’t stand the smell of lamb chops cooking. Because of that, I’ve never even tasted them.
2.) I am a woman of few words. ‘Nuff said.
3.) I’m not trying to be snobby, but I’m older than I look. I included this only because I’ve been told, and I couldn’t think of any other third thing off the top of my head (you can go to my website at, take a look at my pic, and try to guess my age. I’ll send a free copy of my book to the first person who gets it right on the nose. Use my contact page and type “Age” in the comments box).

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a book with another “issue” and another physical challenge. It’s about a young legal secretary who overhears some incriminating information about an illegal activity. Then, on her way home from work, she is involved in a major auto accident, leaving her with a condition that practically eliminates her ability to protect herself. Was it really an accident? Or is someone trying to kill her? Hopefully, this will be what’s next for me.

5) Parting comments?
As I mentioned above, abortion and fetal harvesting are not topics appealing to some readers. But I hope you will give it a chance, as I feel I’ve handled the subject with tact and taste. It is a romantic suspense, and I’ve woven in eye-opening suspense, and a beautiful love story.

Also, 10% of the proceeds for this book will go to Life Dynamics, an organization that works to stop abortion and fetal harvesting.

9) Where can fans find you on the internet? All over, but here are the main ones:
Twitter: @DebPiccurelli


  1. Hi K. Dawn! Thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I'm excited to see who will win the two books up for grabs. My best to the lucky winners!

    Deb Piccurelli

  2. I read about HUSH, LITTLE BABY just last week. It strikes a chord. I would love to read it.


  3. Deb's such an encouragement to me! Wow! You haven't been sharing, Deb, with me as you should! I would LOVE to check out this book!

    Thanks, Dawn, for being a hostess with the mostest!
    Blessings, patti

  4. What a great post. I am intrigued by your new book and would a chance to read it. I love suspense. My last book is on human trafficking another edgy topic. I can't wait to read it.

    Glenda Parker

  5. Thank you for tackling a difficult topic. People really don't want to think about what is happening in our country. Hopefully a fictional story will open some blinded eyes. I would love to read the book.
    Linda LaRock
    dlarock (at) wolfenet (dot) com

  6. I don't want to sound critical, but the cover wouldn't have grabbed me if I was scanning books in a catalog, for instance. I think a picture of a real baby would be much more effective. I would love to hear how your decision was made.
    Linda LaRock
    dlarock (at) wolfenet (dot) com

  7. Dear Deborah...Oh how I dislike the smell of lamb chops cooking as well - it is the worst - I so agree with you...the 2nd worst cooking smell is that of Chicken Livers boiling! haha .. I'd like very much to read your new book, Hush Little Baby- sounds like a real page turner! Thank you for the interview! ~Dawn

  8. Thank you everyone for your wonderful posts! I'm sorry I didn't get back here sooner, but it did my heart good to see you all interested in my book. If you didn't win a copy of my book this week, look for me on other blogs throughout the rest of the year for other chances.

    Blessings all,

  9. I just wanted to let you all know that I checked the replies on my website to win a copy of my book if you guessed my correct age. No one guessed it, but I'm contemplating giving it to the one who came closest.

    Thanks ladies!