UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. I appreciate all who stopped by!
Today on the blog I’m hosting author Nike Chillemi, a fellow member of American Christian Fiction Writers, who happens to live nearby—just a few hours south of me in New York City. After seeing Nike out and about on the internet, I realized we have interests in common besides ACFW. I’ll let her tell you about herself before we give you a chance to win her latest novel . . .
About Nike, in her own words: “I’ve always been enamored of the post World War II era in American history. The 1940s is a time when ordinary Americans had a great deal of class and dignity. The time period seems to be larger than life. It’s a time when America was on the verge of catapulting into the technological age, a very exciting time. All the problems we face now, they faced then. In terms of plot and characterization, there are so many possibilities. It’s a wonderful setting for my novel series.
Also, I’m a murder mystery, detective novel, police procedural fan. For most of my life I read only general market mysteries and thrillers. It was only about seven years ago I discovered there was such a thing as Christian fiction. But I couldn’t find too many Christian suspense novels I wanted to read. I’d hear a certain novel was a seat-of-the-pants thriller. I’d purchase it and then be sorely disappointed because to me it read as a tepid mystery. There were some Christian writers I liked—James Scott Bell, Robert Liparulo, Sibella Giorella, J. Mark Bertrand, and Steven James.
But I thought, ‘I’m going to write crime fiction novels that I want to read.’ Of course it didn’t take long to discover I like to include romance in my thrillers. My novels are character driven, so I can get a tad psychological. Back story is important to discover why my characters do what they do. My latest novel, Perilous Shadows, is a bit of a psychological thriller.”
Nike talks about the main characters in Perilous Shadows: “I’d planned for this novel to be number two in my Sanctuary Point series, but my hero, Argus Nye, balked. He informed me he wasn’t over his love for Ada Pinter, the murder victim in Burning Hearts, my first novel in the series. He was still devastated by her loss and couldn’t fall in love again so soon. So, I had to make his story, Perilous Shadows, book number three. The village of Sanctuary Point is populated by all the same people from the first two novels. But you also get to meet all the folks who work at the local WSAN radio station with Argus.
My heroine, Kiera Devane, is fighting her way up the career ladder in a man’s world. I did some research and found out most women who held jobs during WWII received pink slips upon war’s end, so returning war veterans could have jobs. Only a few women were able to hold on to their positions. Kiera is one of those tenacious ones. Kiera believes she will never marry and have a family. So, her career is very important to her. If readers want to know why she feels she has no option but to work, they’ll just have to read the book. (smile)”
Book blurb: A post-war crime wave is sweeping the south shore of Long Island. Pioneer newspaperwoman Kiera Devane hunts a young coed’s killer. Ace radio broadcaster Argus Nye, still bereft from the loss of his first love, can’t understand why this female reporter is mesmerizing him. As Kiera takes chances with her life trying to catch a killer, can Argus protect her? Find the answer in Perilous Shadows.
Now that you’re eager to read Argus and Kiera’s story, here are two ways you can get your hands on this book. Nike is generously offering one lucky reader a copy of Perilous Shadows. (1) Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (Contest ends Monday, August 27th.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book.
The Sanctuary Point series is published by Desert Breeze. PERILOUS SHADOWS is the third book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone novel. The series begins with BURNING HEARTS, released in May, 2011. GOODBYE NOEL, the second book in the series, released in December, 2011, and won the Grace Award 2011 in the Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller category.
Author Bio: Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 and 2012 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chairman, a reader’s choice award for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning).
You can connect with Nike at her website: www.nike-chillemi.com.