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Whitewashed Giveaway

I’m giving away 3 paperback copies of Whitewashed, my Christian suspense novel about 18-year-old homeschooler Patience McDonough. For more information about Whitewashed, please visit my On the Brink page.FC---Whitewashed (3)

While you’re here, please take a minute to check out my blogs. On the Homeschool page, you’ll find information about my other novels and some free study guide downloads. On the Pastor’s Wife page, you’ll find my tips for the rookie pastor’s wife.

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Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Whitewashed! This giveaway runs from May 25th through June 22nd. After you visit my Facebook page and/or follow me on Twitter, be sure to return to this page and mark “I visited” on the Rafflecopter box to complete your entry!

Or, if you want your copy of Whitewashed now, follow this link to Amazon. Whitewashed is available in both print and ebook.

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Coming in February: Colorblind



Guess what? I just signed the contract for Colorblind, the second book in my On the Brink Christian suspense series!



Here’s a blurb about Colorblind:

Eighteen-year-old homeschooler Christy Kane has always been her daddy’s princess, and her dream has long been to use her musical talents as children’s music leader for his nationally known mega-church. Her first day on the job as music intern, the media shatter her world with news of her daddy’s affair with the church preschool director. Christy feels like God betrayed her as surely as her daddy did.

When her mom sends her to Buckeye Lake, Ohio, to help Aunt Jo, a relative Christy didn’t know existed, with her School of Music and Dance, Christy’s problems only increase. She’s expected to spend every day in the rebuilt Pier Ball Room, which sits on Buckeye Lake itself, and Christy is terrified of water. In addition, she and a handful of semi-talented volunteers who have underlying antagonisms she doesn’t understand are expected to prepare a professional-quality performance for the Grand Reopening of the Pier Ball Room on August 7th, with the added pressure of knowing Aunt Jo will lose the ball room if they fail.

Christy finds a diary written by Lillian, a girl who lived in Buckeye Lake ninety years earlier. Christy is intrigued by Lillian’s world in 1920s Buckeye Lake, when thousands came to play at the amusement parks and dance in the ball rooms. But soon Christy’s interest turns to concern as events from Lillian’s diary happen in Christy’s world, ninety years to the day after they occurred the first time.

Between her shattered family, her uncertain future, and her bizarre present, Christy doesn’t know where to turn. Will God rescue her?


If you haven’t yet read Whitewashed, the first On the Brink book, pick up your copy on Amazon today. FC---Whitewashed (3)



Discussion Questions for Whitewashed

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  1. Have you ever made plans you refused to give up even when it became clear they were not what God wanted for you? What were the consequences?
  2. Can you pinpoint problems in your life/your family that are a direct result of the sins of your (or your family’s) past?
  3. As Patience learned, truth and mercy go hand-in-hand to make the way to forgiveness (Proverbs 16:6). Have you ever erred on the side of speaking the truth without mercy? Or on the side of showing mercy to the neglect of the truth? What were the consequences?
  4. Have you ever wondered, like Patience, if the people you loved were lying to you? How did you react? How should you react?
  5. Patience is totally impatient and plowed ahead with things when she, at times, shouldn’t. Would you categorize yourself as a patient or impatient person? Think of a time when you acted with impatience. What did your impatience get you? Think of a time when you acted with patience instead. What was the result of your patient attitude?
  6. Responsibility is a minor theme in the book illustrated through the two dogs in Whitewashed. Compare and contrast Honor’s dachshund Chigger with Poppa’s coon dog Keynes. What do the two dogs show you about their masters’ views on responsibility?
  7. The biblical story of Esther is interwoven throughout the plot. What does Patience learn from Esther? Compare/contrast the two women.
  8. The book’s title, Whitewashed, has reference to Jesus’ indictment against the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:27 when he calls them whitewashed tombs. How does that label play out in the novel?
  9. Does Patience ever live up to her name? If so, when? When have you had trouble living up to your name (or calling)?
  10. What do you know about the Underground Railway movement? How would you feel being historical Simon, Peter, Abe, or Sadie? If you are a mother, can you imagine being in Hannah or Eve’s shoes?
  11. What are the implications of the Underground Railway movement for human trafficking today?
  12. I implied in Whitewashed that Hannah and Eve poisoned both Simon’s grandfather and uncle because of the way they devoured innocence. Do you think the women were justified in their actions? Why or why not?
  13. Racism is a sin of our nation, including the church. How can you, as a Christian, repent of that national/church sin? What ways can you root seeds of racism from your own heart?
  14. Vengeance is a big issue in the book. The Bible states in Romans 12:19 that vengeance belongs to the LORD. In what way did the Vengeance character misuse that verse? What in the person’s past led to that behavior?
  15. Are there sins/crimes a professing Christian would never commit? Consider the Vengeance character.
  16. In college life today, the emphasis on academics versus athletics is often glaringly unbalanced. Do you think that’s a problem? Why or why not? Why did the Vengeance character have such a problem with it?
  17. Have you (or anybody you know) ever embraced darkness as Lily Rose did, i.e. struck rose and manacle tattoos, countless piercings, goth makeup, abusive boyfriend, disdain of school, family, church, etc.? Why did Lily Rose behave as she did? How should Christians respond to people like her?
  18. Have you ever known anyone caught in the agonies of Alzheimer’s? If the person was a Christian, you may have noticed a marked calm when the Bible was read and/or hymns were sung. Why do you think that is?

Whitewashed Is Now Available

My new adult suspense novel, Whitewashed, has released! It’s available in both paperback and Kindle editions through Amazon, as well as in paperback through Mantle Rock Publishing. Here are the buy links:

Whitewashed in paperback on Amazon

Whitewashed in Kindle on Amazon

Whitewashed in paperback on Mantle Rock

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Here’s the blurb about Whitewashed:

Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?