MESSENGER by Lillian Duncan

I’m so excited about the release of MESSENGER. This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment.

Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult),  it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

And that’s what makes MESSENGER a modern day parable.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time.

The grand prize winner gets an e-copy or a print copy of MESSENGER along with their choice of any other book I’ve written. Five more winners will receive an e-copy of one of books from Amazon–except for MESSENGER  or The Sisters By Choice trilogy.

To be entered, leave a comment under this post. Easy Peasy!  Winner will be chosen on March 15.

Question: Why do you like to read Christian Fiction?

By the way, I’m extending the giveaway for the $50 Amazon Gift Card until April 1. If you sign up to follow this blog, you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway!

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction

Lillian Duncan…turning faith into fiction.

Lillian writes in a variety of genres, but mostly in suspense and mystery. She loves to write the sort of books that she loves to read! Lillian lives in Ohio with her three parrots, two dogs, and one husband.

How did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved books. From the time I could read, I would always have a book with me no matter where I went. Visiting family…had a book. Doctor’s office…had a book. Fishing…had a book. And yes, I was one of those people that got in trouble when the teacher caught me reading one of my books instead of a text book!

To me a writer was more awesome than a rock star!

As much as I loved books, I didn’t start to write until I was 40. I can’t explain why it took me so long to figure out that I wanted to write, other than it seemed impossible that I could become a writer.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

I didn’t start out writing Christian Fiction, but as my faith became more important to me, it became clear to me that I couldn’t or wouldn’t write for the mainstream market.

I now consider my writing my ministry as well. All the books I write illustrate some spiritual principle–usually more than one. That’s why I call them modern day parables.

Share a bit about your books, including a few titles.

Most of my books are romantic suspense–heavy on the action and suspense but with enough romance to sweeten up the story. My Sisters By Choice series (Deception; Betrayed; Redemption) was my first series. But I love my stand-alone books as well, such as Game On; Broken Trust; and Trapped. 

I have two books that will come out this year. Jane Doe is romantic suspense while Suffer the Little Children is women’s fiction.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I received my first traditional contract in 2011. In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. Even though they were not malignant, they have wreaked havoc on my health. I had two books under contract when I was diagnosed. That means I’ve written more than twenty books while undergoing a variety of treatments for the brain tumors and dealing with all sorts of side effects!

I don’t say this to brag or to get sympathy but to encourage others who are struggling because of their health. With God, we are so much stronger than we think.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

They can connect with me at http://www.lillian-duncan.com.

Thanks for having me.