Thursday, June 11, 2020

Plain Refuge Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Plain Refuge Blog + Review Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn Title: Plain Refuge
Series: Amish Country Justice #8
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

On the run from hired gunmen, 
can she find safety in Amish country?

After overhearing an illegal weapons deal, Sophie Larson knows two things: her uncle’s a dangerous criminal…and he wants her dead. Now undercover cop Aiden Forster has no choice but to blow his cover and protect Sophie by hiding her and her deaf sister in Amish country. But with a mole in the police force, danger isn’t far behind.

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Dana R. Lynn 

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 teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Her books have been on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. She has been a Holt Medallion finalist, a Selah finalist, and a New England Readers Choice finalist and Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website

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Hi Dana! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and giving my readers the chance to get to know you and your newest novel- Plain Refuge- a little bit better. I always like to begin these interviews the same way with something fun… tell us 5 random facts about yourself that we WON’T find in your bio! 
         I love singing. I have sung all my life in choir and in church. I’m an alto. When I was a kid, my best friend and I used to sing out my bedroom window, serenading my family.·         I am a huge Jane Austen fan and have read all the books and seen all the movies.·         I have always had a secret desire to sing the role of Eponine from Les Miserables on stage. However, since I’m getting older and only 4 foot 9, I don’t think it will ever happen.·         I have a horrible fear of flying. I still fly to writing events when I must, though.·         I have three brothers, two older and one younger. I always wanted a sister, and in elementary school, I used to write stories about how my twin sister was stolen at birth.

Let’s talk writing! When did you first discover a passion for writing and did you always know that it was something you wanted to pursue professionally?  

I loved writing from early on. It wasn’t until I was in sixth grade and read The Outsiders that I thought of writing a book. When I realized it was written by a 17 year old girl, I decided I’d write a book one day too. Of course, it didn’t happen for many years. The dream never left. It was just tucked away until I felt God telling me it was time.

While I enjoy typical Amish fiction some in general, I find Amish suspense tends to be my favorite among them. What attracted you to this genre as a writer?

My editor knew that I lived near several Amish communities. She asked me to consider writing Amish suspense. My first reaction was no. But the idea wouldn’t let me go. I felt that it was something I was supposed to do. I found, to my surprise, that I really enjoyed adding Amish elements and characters into my stories.

What type of research goes into creating this type of story and keeping accurate to the Amish lifestyle and culture? 

My favorite type of research is visiting Amish communities. There’s so much to learn, and each community has its unique qualities. I also have several Amish friends that I go to with my questions. I also read books and newspapers written about or by Amish people. Finally, I do some research and checking on the internet.

Can you tell us a little bit about Plain Refuge?

Sure! I loved writing this book. Here’s the back blurb:
  After overhearing an illegal weapons deal, Sophie Larson knows two things: Her uncle’s a dangerous criminal… and he wants her dead. Now undercover cop Aiden Forster has no choice but the blow his cover and protect Sophie by hiding her and her deaf sister in Amish country. But with a mole in the police force, danger isn’t far behind.

What do you hope readers will take away from the book?
God is bigger than any circumstance. And no matter how grim, He is always there

Plain Refuge is the 8th book in your Amish Country Justice series. Will readers who have not yet read books 1-7 be able to understand this story on its own, or will they need backstory from the previous books?

Although it’s the 8
th book under the Amish Country Justice umbrella, it’s a stand alone story.

It sounds like a fantastic story, and I cannot wait to read it myself. I have found that writers are so often some of the best readers too. If we were to take a look at your own TBR, what might we find there? 

Oh my! I have so many books on my list! Here are just a few of them.

·         Reunion at the Shore by Lee Tobin McClain
·         End Game by Rachel Dylan
·         Texas Twin Abduction by Virginia Vaughan
·         Submerged by Dani Pettrey
·         True to You by Becky Wade

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. Before we go, can you give us an idea on what we can look forward to next? Any other projects you are currently working on that you can share?

  I am working on a new book with Love Inspired Suspense. It will be out in 2021. I am also working on two novellas. One will be included in the Amish Christmas Miracles collection with 13 other authors in November. The second novella is a romantic suspense involving Sgt. Claire Zerosky and Sgt. Ryder Howard, two characters from my earlier books. This novella will be available sometime this summer as a free download to newsletter subscribers. I can’t wait!  Thank you so much for having me!

(1) winner will receive a copy of Plain Refuge and winner's choice of a $10 Barnes and Noble OR Amazon gift card!

Plain Refuge JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  2. Thank you for being part of the JustRead Publicity Tours book tour for "Plain Refuge" by Dana R. Lynn.

    Enjoyed reading the interview with Dana. Always enjoy this author's books so this book in definitely on my TBR list. Can't wait to read it and see how that wonderful cover plays into the book.
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  3. Thank you so much for sharing!!!


  4. I think that it is wonderful that Dana includes deaf characters in her stories.
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  5. This book sounds like a really great read.

  6. Sounds like an awesome book! The interview was interesting.

  7. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'd like to read this book. Thanks for the great interview.


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