Deadly Commitment

By Kathy Harris

Publisher: New Hope Publishing

Release date: October 14, 2019

ISBN#: 978-1563093043

About the book: 

When Danielle Kemp walks out of her downtown Nashville condominium, she becomes convinced that the homeless man outside her building is stalking her. Butafter learning the real identity of the intimidating stranger, she faces something even more threatening―the truth about her fiancé. Deadly Secrets is a new fiction series with southern charm and big-city twists. Set in the author’s hometown, it’s filled not only with intrigue and suspense but subtle glimpses into how God is at work in the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary jobs … or maybe they aren’t so ordinary after all.

 

About the Author: 

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville music business where she has worked for 30 years as a marketing director. She sold her first Christian nonfiction story in 2007. Her debut novel released in 2012. She writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Visit Kathy’s website for more information.

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Commitment can be a good thing…when we’re committed to the right thing. But how often do we make a decision without fully weighing the cost? How often do we say “yes,” when we want to say “no”?

I’ve been guilty of it myself.

When I sat down to write my latest novel, Deadly Commitment, I wanted to write about how we sometimes make decisions without thinking them through. Maybe it’s a monetary commitment. Or a spur-of-the-moment decision to leave our job or drop out of school. It could even be the decision to marry the wrong person. We may think, “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll get a divorce…” “Or, sell the house…” “Or, go back to school.”

Sometimes, a hastily made decision works out. But many times, it leads to regret. And there are even times it can be deadly. I wanted to explore that idea, taken to the extreme, in my book. And, when I did, a suspense plot was born.

Fortunately for most of us, one bad decision—or several in a row—doesn’t mean we can’t start over. Jesus tells us that we should forgive each other seventy times seven, just as our Heavenly Father forgives us.

Thank God for second chances. That theme has played an important role in my life, and in my writing. No matter what mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to change courses. Our past doesn’t have to hold us captive. We are given daily, moment-by-moment opportunities to turn around, turn in a new direction, and recommit—to the right thing.

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business where she works as a marketing director. For several years, she freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote, as well as ghost-wrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. She sold her first Christian nonfiction story in 2007. Her debut novel released in 2012. And her new novel, Deadly Commitment, releases today.

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Janet McHenry
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin, who is rapidly posting this because my power might go out! Today I have the honor of interviewing one of our newest CAN members, but an author I’ve known for years and consider a friend—Janet McHenry. Janet made a name for herself with her bestselling book, PrayerWalk, and she’s published over twenty devotionals and books about prayer.

Welcome, Janet! Please tell us about your latest book.

Janet McHenry

Janet McHenry

Stronger Every Day is an 11-week Bible study examining personal strength—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Each week looks at a different biblical character to see how God developed strength in that person’s life. The study also includes memory verse cards and other tools to track weight loss and health. Read More →

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Recently, I was bummed out by some in the church who seemed to imply writing fiction is not a holy calling. They as much as said that if we aren’t engaged in outright evangelism, then we aren’t fulfilling the Great Commission.

I did some soul-searching. Told God, “I quit. I’m done (writing).” He immediately began sending me encouragement, reminding me that I write because He called me to it, and it is no less legitimate a calling than my call as a wife, mother, or friend.

But a reader’s note to me the very next day capped it and encouraged my heart with the words, “I think it’s important you know the good impact you are making (for) the body of Christ.” She said, “What you do is subtly draw a picture of what holy (clean, righteous, moral) living looks like in contrast to unrighteous living…This underlying message is clear in every one of your novels.”

And, “Finally, it is always such a joy to be able to be entertained and feel clean afterward! Your books are like a daffodil pushing up through a crevice in the rock and snow—beauty in this moral wilderness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

The timing of her words couldn’t have been better. The Lord is so kind. We all must fulfill the calling God gives us, and not the particular vision of other Christians who happen to be in our lives at any given time.

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first novel (Before the Season Ends) opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories (ie., “Three French Hens”). Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots. Sign up for Linore’s newsletter to be automatically entered in monthly book drawings. You’ll also receive a free novella, Coach and Four: Allisandra’s Tale, set in the days of King Charles II! Enter your email to join here: http://www.LinoreBurkard.com

 

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Author Terri Gillespie
Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Greetings, book lovers, from Marti Pieper! I’m writing today from the Mount Dora, Florida, fall, which means slightly cooler temperatures at night and less humidity during the day despite daytime temperatures in the 80s. I’m grateful to welcome author Terri Gillespie to our CAN blog today. I know you’ll enjoy meeting her and hearing about her work.

Author Terri Gillespie

Terri Gillespie

Welcome, Terri! What inspired you to write this book?

When women are in harmony, amazing things can happen. I wanted to find an environment—a culture—where women congregate. All types of women. The hair salon is a bastion of estrogen that can either be a force for good or catty gossip and selfishness.

In book one, She Does Good Hair, the women of the Hair Mavens Salon became a team of talented, albeit opinionated dynamos. They knew they wanted to make a difference in the lives of women—not just give good hair.

Katya—the once-timid maven—learns about a program that could do precisely that. Not only change lives, but perhaps even save lives. She campaigns to bring it to the salon.

There is an actual program within the beauty industry called Cut It Out: Salons Against Domestic Abuse. In real life, hairdressers have made a difference in the lives of abused women by learning how to spot abuse and providing resources for women to seek help. With regular clients, hairdressers can sometimes better identify victims of abuse than even family and friends. The Cut It Out program provides salons with training and resources to hand out to those who are abused. Read More →

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