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Monday, April 8, 2013

Interview with Author, Susan J. Reinhardt and giveaway!!

A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.

Convinced it's now safe to visit D.C., Ellie and her 8-year-old son, Peter, travel to the nation's capital. Both mother and child make an effort to enjoy the sights, but they're unprepared for the challenges they face. Her nightmares come true when she and Peter are separated.

Back home, John witnesses a neighbor's buggy accident. The suspicious circumstances and law enforcement's refusal to take them seriously prompt him to take on the role of detective. He and a tenacious reporter band together and vow to find out what's happening in Bird-in-Hand.

Extended family squabbles erupt when John's sister, Annaliese, faces off with Ellie for blowing her D.C. experiences out of proportion. She'd rather ignore the warnings than deal with the growing danger. 

Hi everyone! I’ve returned from my blog break, and it’s so good to be back. This week, as promised, I am interviewing a super author, and a real fine lady, Susan J. Reinhardt. Susan is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. The Moses Conspiracy is Susan's debut novel. I’m excited to have her here this week!

Welcome Susan! So glad you could visit with us this week.

Thanks for having me on your blog this week, Loree!

To start off, how long have you been writing? Is this your first novel?

I've been writing for many years, but pursuing publication for only 10.  I started off as a non-fiction writer and have numerous publishing credits with devotionals, short articles, Sunday School take-home papers, and anthologies.

The Moses Conspiracy is my first novel.

Author Susan J. Reinhardt

What is the inspiration behind this book, Susan?

My late husband and I visited Gettysburg in December 2004. Surrounded by old buildings in the town square, I "heard" the voices of the forefathers. They were fading like distant echoes.

Attempts to write a non-fiction piece failed, and I put it aside. In August 2005, we were discussing "the Gettysburg experience" when my husband said, "That's it! That's your book, and you'll call it Ghosts of the Past and write it in 4 months."

At first, I thought he was crazy, but I caught the vision. The name changed to Echoes of the Past and later to The Moses Conspiracy. The first draft was finished in 4 months, but my fiction skills needed serious work. This process took 8 years with a 2-year hiatus to care for my husband after his leukemia diagnosis.

Most people know how much I love Gettysburg. There is so much history there. I love that  your “Gettysburg experience” is the inspiration behind the book! Now I must ask, is there a sequel or series planned?

I have a second manuscript with a working title of The Scent of Fear going through editing. The third book is mostly in my head.

They say that there is a bit of us in each of our characters. Which character is most like you, and why?

Without a doubt, Ellie Zimmerman is the most like me. I'm passionate about my relationship with the Lord, my family, and freedom. Ellie's emotions sometimes get the best of her, but she's a firm believer in "doing it afraid."

What do you like to read for enjoyment, Susan?

My tastes are somewhat eclectic and run the gamut from Christian Speculative Fiction to Historical Romance. I'm a big fan of Tamera Alexander, Cathy Gohlke, Kathi Macias, Sarah Sundin, Julie Klassen, Kristen Heitzmann, James L. Rubart, and the earlier works of Frank Peretti.

That's a great list! Okay, this is a required question - What’s your favorite sweet treat, Susan?

Chocolate Chip cookies and milk! Chocolate and I have been buddies from my earliest memory. Unfortunately, I can't eat very much due to lactose sensitivity.  I've branched out to other treats, but they'll never satisfy like chocolate.

Nothing beats chocolate! Susan, it’s been a real treat having you here! Thank you for dropping by!

Okay friends, Susan is giving away a copy of The Moses Conspiracy, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

To enter: Go to her website:  http://www.susanjreinhardt.com  
and look for the Rafflecopter to enter... 

OR follow this direct link to the Rafflecopter for The Moses Conspiracy Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/deca9491/

The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of my debut novel, I'm inviting you to enter my giveaway.

One lucky winner will receive:

    *An ecopy of my book, The Moses Conspiracy, and....
    *A $25 Amazon Gift Card

Open to US addresses only. In order to be entered to win this
incredible prize package, jump on the Rafflecopter on my website or click the direct link above. But hurry,
the giveaway ends on April 19th. The winner will be announced on April 21, 2013.

You can find out more about Susan and her novel at her website: http://www.susanjreinhardt.com OR follow her on Twitter @susanjreinhardt OR stop by and "like" her new author facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanJReinhardt

Between you, me and the gatepost,



Sandra Orchard said...

Good to have you back, Loree. I hope your break was super-productive.

Susan, congratulations on your debut! Sounds intriguing.

Karen Lange said...

Glad you had a good break, Loree! It's nice to see you again. :)

Congrats to Susan! Enjoyed the interview!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Loree - Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I had fun answering your questions.

Hi Sandra - Thanks for the congrats. I hope you'll enter the giveaway and check out The Moses Conspiracy.

Susan :)

Jessica R. Patch said...

Great interview. Looks like a book I'd love to read!

Loree Huebner said...

Thanks guys! It's good to be back, and I'm so excited to be part of Susan's blog tour. I'm just so thrilled for her.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Susan, I love that you liked Christian Speculative! You're book sounds intriguing. Loree, welcome back, you were missed!

Melissa Tagg said...

Hey, I read an interview with Susan at a blog last week. I really can't wait to read The Moses Conspiracy now. :)

Victoria Lindstrom said...

It's great to have you back, Loree! Susan's book sounds so exciting. I'll definitely put The Moses Conspiracy on my TBR list!

Jessica Nelson said...

I didn't realize the history around your book, Susan!! What a lovely interview. I'm very much looking forward to reading it. :-)

Carol Garvin said...

Another great interview! Thanks, Loree and Susan. It's interesting to hear of your favourite authors, Susan, and to hear we share a love of chocolate chip cookies. (Is there anyone who doesn't love them?) I've been justifying my love of chocolate by eating more dark chocolate because it's actually supposed to be good for us. LOL!

(Don't enter me in the draw as I'm not in the USA, and I'm already one of Susan's supporters anyway.)

Brandi Boddie said...

Welcome back, Loree! Great interview!

Susan, great learning more about you. Congratulations on the book release!

Loree Huebner said...

Welcome everyone! I thank you for stopping in!

Janette Dolores said...


It's nice to meet you. I came over from Susan's site.


My husband is lactose intolerant too, and is a cookie monster as long as the cookies don't contain too much dairy. FYI, you may already know this, but if you enjoy ice cream, I buy my husband coconut milk ice cream. That he can have by the pint and he says it's delicious. :-)

Be well, ladies...

Lynda R Young said...

sounds like a fabulous read!

troutbirder said...

Interesting! I guess it never occured to me that Gettysburg could be an inspirational venue for science fiction....:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda - Nice to meet you!

Hi Troutbirder - Thanks for commenting. The book is more Christian Speculative Fiction than Sci-Fi. You won't find any aliens or spaceships. :)


Terri Tiffany said...

I love that you interviewed Susan. Welcome back from your blog break too! Susan's book is one I plan to read:) So happy for her. I love Gettysburg and can imagine her hearing the story there.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

I hope you enjoy the book. :)