Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Enduring Justice Review, Interview & giveaway

I loved this book! Amy does not write easy stories. Instead, her characters deal with real life issues in very real ways. But each book is over shadowed by God's amazing grace. This books shows that even more than the prior two. Her characters are real -- the kind you want to sit down and share a cup of coffee with. Her plots are rich with layers of suspense, romance, and a spiritual depth that reaches right to your heart!

ENDURING JUSTICE Secrets Can't Last Forever

A PAINFUL PAST

Hanna Kessler's childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.

A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED KILLER

As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael's drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A LIFE-ALTERING CHOICE

A racist's well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?

"If you love breath-stealing suspense, unforgettable characters, and remarkable spiritual depth in your fiction, Enduring Justice is a book to savor. Amy Wallace is at her best with this poignant, grace-filled addition to her deeply satisfying Defenders of Hope Series."
-CLAUDIA MAIR BURNEY, author of Wounded: A Love Story

Here's an interview with author and friend Amy Wallace

Where did the idea for the stories in the DEFENDERS OF HOPE series come from?

The Defenders of Hope series started with a literal dream about an FBI agent with a wounded heart and a mom on a dangerous quest for answers. That dream became the book Ransomed Dreams. During the research for Ransomed Dreams, I met with a federal agent and asked the question-what would happen if an FBI agent found out he had cancer? His answer became the second book, Healing Promises. And the third book in the series, Enduring Justice, grew out of a secret one of the characters, Hanna Kessler, struggles to keep hidden.

Your current release is Enduring Justice, book 3 in the Defenders of Hope series. Is it necessary to read all the books in order?

I've been told by many readers and read reviews that have said the Defenders of Hope books can be read in any order as stand-alones. The cases and suspense story-lines are self-contained, no cliffhanger endings until the next book. But the characters' friendships and relationships grow and are challenged in each book, so I'd say it's best but not necessary for the stories to be read in order.

You've said that Enduring Justice contains the shards of your once-broken heart. What do you mean by that?

Fifteen years ago, God placed me in a safe place and used my future husband's hands to hold me together while my heart shattered. David was the first person to hear about my being date raped when I was a teen. For five years I'd denied what happened or blamed myself. So when my walls of secrecy started to crumble, I felt alone and terrified.

But God met me there. He covered my shame with His grace and we started down the painful path of healing. Even though this isn't the same circumstances as what Hanna Kessler faces in Enduring Justice, a lot of my personal story went into the writing. And while this subject may qualify this story as "gritty," the focus is not on the past experiences, but on the healing an adult woman finds as she opens up to her family and the man she loves.

One of the key themes running through Enduring Justice is racism, as Hanna's love interest, FBI Agent Michael Parker, is investigating a white supremacist. Why is this topic near to your heart?

I grew up in the military and had friends of all skin colors and nationalities. One of my best friends was African American. We never talked about our skin color, but I remember one time she made a comment about how people treated her differently because of her skin. She wouldn't explain. It wasn't until years later after hearing some ugly words from extended family members about people of other skin colors that I started to understand racism still exists. And it breaks my heart.

Through Hanna and Eve and Michael and Lee, I wanted to highlight some of the challenges I've learned about from friends of other nationalities and also to show that it's not skin color that matters, it's who we are on the inside. We truly can be color-blind.

Where can readers learn more about you, Enduring Justice, and your other books?

I enjoy and value email from readers! So please visit me on the web at the Dark Chocolate Suspense site: www.amywallace.com and leave a note in the guestbook, drop me an email, or join the Dark Chocolate Suspense newsletter community. Readers can also check out a very cool book format and read the first two chapters of Enduring Justice online.

Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of book two in this series!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

ooh! enter me please. I love this genre. Haven't read any Amy Wallace and would love to.

Janet K.
dandjklein@juno.com

333sue said...

Enter me please. This book sounds great---If I don't win it I will be hitting up Amazon.

Amy Wallace said...

Cara,

Your words are a gift and your encouragement an enormous blessing. Thank you for loving Enduring Justice~ your review was music to my heart.

ladybug said...

This book looks exciting! The reviews are excellent and I'd love a chance to win!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

windycindy said...

I adore Amy's writing style and her characters are intense and intriguing. Please enter my name in your delightful giveaway drawing!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchopes[at]hotmail[dot]com

rebornbutterfly said...

Oh i hope i win book 2! it's the only one i don't have!

bigguysmama said...

Amy's book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing the interview. I'd love a chance to read this book.

Blessings,
Mimi B
mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I would love to win Amy Wallace's book. Love FBI series. Goes along win 'Forensics' on TV. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Thank you.

Abi said...

Would love to win Thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

donna said...

I'd like to win a copy!
(rebornbutterfly's mom) :)

Carole said...

The first book in Amy's series was excellent, so I can't wait to read Enduring Justice. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

MJ said...

I'd love this.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Stonefox said...

Sounds great! Would love to win it! stonefox@pobox.com

Denise said...

I would love to read it. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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