Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl - GIVEAWAY

I'm delighted to have Nancy Mehl visit the Inkwell and tell us about her latest release, Deadly Echoes.  Nancy is one of the premier contemporary suspense writers in Christian fiction, a fellow Bethany House author and a real sweetheart. And don't miss her GIVEAWAY at the end of the interview! Soooo, Nancy tell us . . .

1.      What inspired you to write your newest book, Deadly Echoes?

Actually, I’d been thinking about jealousy and competitiveness. Why sometimes we feel threatened by someone else’s success, looks, or possessions. I was wondering what causes us to compare ourselves to others in the first place. Jealousy is like a slow poison that can work its way into every area of our lives if we open the door to it. It weakens us and steals our joy. I believe a lack of knowing who we are in Christ makes us susceptible to the green-eyed monster. Addressing this problem inspired Deadly Echoes.

My main character, Sarah Miller, was orphaned at a young age. Her sister, Hannah, was adopted, but Sarah wasn’t. Even though her life has turned out well, She’s never lost her belief that Hannah was adopted because she was prettier and more worthy of love.  Sarah would never admit to being jealous of Hannah. She truly loves her sister, yet she lives under Hannah’s shadow, accepting a false reality based on her own feelings of inadequacy. As my story unfolds, Sarah will not only have to deal with threats from the outside, she will have to look inward and deal with her own demons. 

2.      Ah, sibling rivalry. I think we're all familiar with that. Tell us about the plot.
After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

3. Intense! Now we just have to know what happens! What usually fuels your inspiration?
Deadlines certainly make me look for inspiration, LOL! But the truth is, I’m in love with stories – and characters. I love to see my stories and my characters develop and change.

 4.      Oh, so true! There's nothing like crunch time to keep an author moving. Besides those deadlines, why do you write?
I write because I truly believe I’m called to it. And I love it. At this point in my life, it’s just part of who I am.

5.      I understand that. There is nothing as satisfying as doing what God made us to do. What are your favorite types of books to read?

I like almost everything, but I think my favorite genres are mystery and suspense. Believe it or not, I also love biographies. I’ve found that many writers are the same way. I think it has to do with a love for understanding people so we can create interesting characters.

6.      What are you working on now? Any new books being released this year?
Actually, right now I’m writing an Amish cozy mystery for Guideposts. I’m working with one of my all time favorite editors. It’s been so much fun. Blessings in Disguise, Book One in the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series, will release in June of this year.

I recently finished the third book in my Finding Sanctuary series. Rising Darkness brings back two characters from my Road to Kingdom series. I felt I’d left them hanging in Unbreakable. It was very satisfying to complete their story. This book will hit book shelves later this year.

7.      That sounds very interesting. I love reading about characters I've met before. How can readers connect with you?
My website is: I’m very active on Facebook: And I work with several other suspense/mystery authors on the Suspense Sisters!

8.     Oh, I love Suspense Sisters! Anything else you’d like to share?

I love to hear from readers! Thanks for hosting me!

Thanks, Nancy. I'm looking forward to seeing your new books on the shelf!


Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty books and just finished a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, Gathering Shadows, was released in May of 2014. The second book, Deadly Echoes became available in February.  The third book, Rising Darkness, will release late in 2015. She is also working on an Amish cozy mystery series for Guideposts.

Readers, you can win a copy of Nancy's brand new book, Deadly Echoes, right here! Between now and March 11, 2015, leave a comment telling us either (a) which one of Nancy's books you've enjoyed the most or (b) the type of book you most like to read. The winner will be chosen at random from qualifying entries.


  1. Hi Nancy, I'm a fellow Bethany author too. Can you believe there are two of us on this group blog! Congrats on your new book. I've been seeing it everywhere!

  2. Thanks, Dina! I've seen your book too. Such an incredible cover. One of my all time favorites. :)

  3. Love reading suspenseful Christian fiction!

  4. I haven't read any of Nancy's books! I would love to though :D I enjoy Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical fiction... Pretty much anything Christian :D


  5. I loved the interview Nancy . I just want to say I really enjoyed reading Deafky Echoes . This was my first to read by Nancy Mehl , and it want be my last . I love suspense , but like to read others too . Thanks

    1. Sorry for the miss spelled Deadly . Computer thinks it knows what I am saying .

  6. I have not yet had the joy of reading one of Nancy's books, however I have several on my CBD wish list.

    I love reading just about anything. I love historical, suspense, romance, contemporary, romantic comedy are probably my favorites.

    Thank you,

  7. I love any type of book that keeps me in suspense of what will happen next. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  8. Welcome, Nancy! So nice to get to know you. I write historical romance, but I enjoy reading suspense, cozy mysteries, and adventure, too. Your book sounds amazing! Thanks for the introduction, DeAnna!

  9. Reading Christian suspense from a female point of view is my favorite type of book to read, so thank you for your writing! I want to read this book!

  10. I love mystery-suspense. My favorite for sure!

    Kathy Faberge

  11. I have read Nancy's Amish fiction books. That's generally what I like to read. But open to reading good Christian fiction that Nancy has written.

  12. My favorite genre is christian romantic suspense and Nancy's books sound right on. I haven't read any of her books yet, but they are on my list!

  13. My favorite type of book is also Christian romantic suspense. I also enjoy clean romantic comedies. I look forward to reading Ms. Nancy's series and would like to win a book. :-)

  14. I have always loved mystery/suspense and I am thrilled that many authors who write in the Christian Fiction market are now offering us this choice. Thank you for this giveaway and blessings to Nancy!

  15. I haven't read any of Nancy Mehl's books but after reading this review would like to start reading them! I do enjoy a good mystery/suspense but read in several different genres. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!
    elaineking1 at hotmail dot com

  16. Thank you for sharing, Nancy. Your new book sounds good. I love mystery/suspense and Amish stories. Would love to have a copy of your book. Thank you for considering me. rebunting(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. I haven't ready any of Nancy's books yet but I definitely will now. Mystery/suspense is my favorite genre.

  18. I haven't read any of Nancy's books yet but would love to. I like to read several different genres but would have to say Amish fiction is my favorite.


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