The Copper Box Giveaway

Last week I did a review of my favorite new debut novel The Copper Box, so this week I have asked the author Suzanne J. Bratcher to share where she got her inspiration for this story! It was very illuminating to me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And she’s even offering a free eBook copy of The Copper Box to one person who leaves a comment and their contact info. We will run this post for one week so I will have my husband draw a number next Friday morning from all the comments, then post the winner.  Welcome Suzanne!

About the Book by Suzanne J. Bratcher

If you read the review of The Copper Box Rose posted last Friday, you know the story is set in the real town of Jerome, Arizona. More than just the setting, Jerome is the clay I used to model the characters and the energy that drove the plot. Here’s how it happened.

For almost thirty years I lived in Flagstaff, about fifty miles from Jerome. I first visited the abandoned copper mining town in the late 1970s, just before it began to reinvent itself as an artist community and tourist destination. I love wandering around art galleries, gift shops, and museums, so over the years Jerome became a favorite Saturday excursion. I taught a range of writing courses at Northern Arizona University, but my heart was in the mystery novels I wanted to write someday. When I decided to take that dream seriously, I wanted to start with a personal writing retreat. Jerome seemed the natural place. That summer the manager of the Jerome Grand Hotel gave me a reduced rate on a room Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. For four consecutive weeks I spent the first few days in Jerome.

“Write what you know” is important advice for writers. I knew Jerome—its history, its people, and its houses, so I had the setting from the very start. The characters came on stage one afternoon when I was walking along an unpaved road. I paused at a spot where a vintage Victorian house sat across from a tumbledown shack. As I stood there, I imagined a twenty-something woman with long curly copper hair and a thirty-something man needing a shave and a haircut. I had my characters. The plot took shape as I wondered about the personal ghosts these two people were in Jerome to lay to rest.

I wrote The Copper Box as a stand alone romantic suspense novel with a strong mystery element. When Kathy Cretsinger (Mantle Rock Publishing) said she wanted to publish the novel, she suggested emphasizing the mystery and considering writing a series. I was surprised, but the more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me. Jerome is filled with characters and mysteries. Time is layered there: the past is literally the foundation of the present. I’ve always loved present-day stories with echoes of the past, so to my delight, The Copper Box is now the first of a series. I’m hard at work brainstorming the next three books.

Book Blurb

Jerome, Arizona: the largest ghost town in America. Antiques expert Marty Greenlaw comes to Jerome to face the horror that haunts her dreams: Did she kill her little sister twenty-two years ago? Historian Paul Russell is there to face his own horror: Was the car crash that killed his wife his fault? Their lives become intertwined when an old lady dies on a long staircase in a vintage Victorian house. As Marty and Paul search the house for a small copper box Marty believes will unlock her memory, accidents begin to happen. Someone else wants the copper box, someone willing to commit murder to get it. As Marty and Paul face the shadows in the house and in their lives, they must learn to put the past behind them and run the race God is calling them to.

Bio

A preacher’s kid, Suzanne Bratcher grew up in churches in four states. A passionate reader, she began writing as a young girl. After graduating from Baylor University, Suzanne became a writing teacher. Over the course of her career, she taught high schoolers, college undergraduates, and public school teachers. Suzanne continued to write: publishing professional articles, two textbooks, short stories, and poetry. The Copper Box, a mystery shot with suspense and sprinkled with romance, is her debut novel. It is available in eBook and paperback at Amazon.com. Visit her webpage at www.suzannebratcher.com. Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorsuzannebratcher. Find her on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/suzannebratcher5

 

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Book Review–The Copper Box by Suzanne J. Bratcher

The Copper BoxCongratulations to Suzanne J. Bratcher for the best debut mystery novel I have ever read. When I got near the end I just had to keep reading to finally calm my heart! The characters and setting are so wonderfully drawn, and the story is so well thought out. I can’t think of a thing to make it better except a sequel to come out SOON!

Ms. Bratcher sets this book in the real former mining town of Jerome, Arizona, and you feel like you are living there with the characters whom you also feel like you know. And I love the verse at the beginning of the book which sets the tone for the story:  “But this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3: 13b-14) A good verse to guide the characters in this story and us–the readers! Continue reading

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Great book by Hannah R. Conway– Up in Smoke

I just finished reading Hannah R. Conway’s latest book today and it is a winner! I read Hannah Conway’s first two books earlier this summer, so jumped at the chance to read this new one from this almost-new author who writes like a pro! Ms. Conway writes with humor, emotion, and passionate, but pure love. She also has a good handle on the military mind, and understands children and writes about them realistically. And the ending for this story is a thriller, so hope you will order an eBook today and you can be reading this great story tonight.

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Great sale on my latest eBook Destination: Romance collection

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“Icing” by Debra Sue Brice–A review of a delicious book!

IcingI loved “Icing” as I love reading new books and reading new-to-me Christian authors. Debra Sue Brice and I connected on Twitter by each of us sharing one of our own books with the other. A cyber-friendship made in heaven!

“Icing” is pure fiction, but includes many of Debra’s interests–such as baking and hockey– in a story that seems so real you will feel like you are going on the adventures with the characters. Denie who owns her own bakery, has a sister and two other best friends whom she loves to attend hockey games with, especially the Cleveland Monsters.

Whenever they go, Denie always wears the jersey of #29 because she has a crush on him. One night after a game, one of the other guys from the team asks the four girls to share their bowling lane with him and his friends. Imagine Denie’s surprise when #29 (Tom Billingsly) shows up as part of the group. Continue reading

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Hannah Conway Writes A Realistic view of a Military Marriage

The Wounded Warrior's WifeThe Wounded Warrior’s Wife is one of my fave books I have read this year, and I totally identified with the story as the author, Hannah Conway, was also a warrior’s wife, and so writes very realistically about a serviceman and his family and the trials they go through while defending our country. It brought back many memories of my marriage to my Air Force husband during another time when our country was at war overseas. When you marry someone in the service, your life is not your own, but God is still in control, and that is something Whitleigh and Collier Cromwell have to learn to trust in. We are all wounded in some ways, and God is the only One who can bring healing and wholeness if we ask Him and trust Him.
Whitleigh had to move to a state far away from her family and go to college while her husband was serving overseas. She also had to deal with his personality changes from being in a combat zone, and a pregnancy with him thousands of miles away. But, I think all readers will be pulling for this couple to make it past all the stuff the world throws at them, as long as they put God first, and love Him and each other with all their hearts.

Up in SmokeHannah Conway has also written a prequel to this book Wedding a Warrior which is free on kindle, so if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you order it and learn more about Whit and Collier. Both of these books are published by Olivia Kimbrell Press.

And I just heard today that she has a new book to be released soon and here is the cover! I wonder what it is about!

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