Friday, August 4, 2017

"Plain Retribution" by Dana R. Lynn

Q & A with Dana...

Q: What would you be doing if you were not an author?
A: I work as a teacher for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Q:  How did you get started writing? 
A:  I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote stories and poems even as kid. I didn't try to write for publication, however, until 2013. Harlequin had a contest called "So You Think You Can Write." I finished that contest with my first full manuscript. I was hooked.

Q:  What do you see as the hardest part of being a writer? 
A:  Balance is the biggest challenge. I have a family, a full-time job, and am active in my church. Making sure I meet all my commitments requires some prioritizing.

Q:  What advice do you have for new authors?
A:  Don't give up. Even with rejections and revisions, there are often comments. Keep working and improving your story. And when you finish one, start on another.

Q:  What is your favorite writing-related book?
A:  I have two that I love. Super Story Structure by James Scott Bell and The Story Equation by Susan May Warren.

Q:  What can you tell me about your next project? 

A:  I am hoping to continue to add a few more books to my Amish Country Justice series. Also, I have hopes of writing some contemporary romance. Inspirational, of course.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Dana. I'm sure my readers enjoyed getting a chance to know you a bit better.

My review...

While she was on rumspringa, Rebecca Miller was kidnapped, along with her friends, ten years ago. Now living in the Englisch world, Rebecca finds herself a target once again. Officer Miles Olsen is the only one of the force who is able to communicate with her, as Rebecca is deaf. When the threats increase and those close to Rebecca turn up missing, Miles questions his ability to keep her safe. Is this related to the incident years ago, or is someone else out to get her?

This is the second installment in the “Amish Country Justice” series. I was happy to see Rebecca as the heroine, as I enjoyed her in Plain Target. The fact that she is deaf adds to the danger angle in this story. The action starts on the front page. There is great chemistry between Rebecca and Miles, and the mystery keeps you guessing throughout. Spiritual elements are woven in and are not preachy or overwhelming. I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

About Dana...

Author bio...

Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. In addition to writing, she works as an educational interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing and is active in several ministries at her church. Dana loves hearing from readers and enjoys interacting with them on social media.

Where you can find me online...

Twitter:       @DanaRLynn

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think you'll really enjoy it!

      Good luck.

    2. I had so much fun writing it. Thanks!

  2. I have been reading Amish books since the genre first started in it's infancy with Beverly Lewis. Now I've read a lot of Amish books and I'll admit some authors are better than others. I have recently discovered suspense and the two genres mixed together makes for an exciting book!

    1. That's similar to how I began reading Amish fiction. You are definitely correct that it mixes well with suspens.

      Good luck, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    2. Oh, I love Beverly Lewis! I started with her, too! Good luck!

  3. You would be a new author to me, so I would love to read your new book. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Perrianne. Dana has some other books out, in addition to this one. I hope you check those out, as well. I'm glad I could introduce you to a new-to-you author.

      Good luck!

    2. I love meeting new readers! Good luck!

  4. I love Amish fiction! I have read the first book in this series and absolutely loved it! Can't wait to read this book!

    1. Tiffany,

      I agree. The first book was really good. I'm glad you stopped by my blog. Good luck!

    2. I'm so glad you enjoyed Plain Target, Tiffany. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. This combines two of my favorite things suspense and Amish stories! Love the cover and can't wait to read this!!

    1. They are a great combination, making them some of my favorite stories, too.

      Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck!

    2. I loved writing it. Good luck!