Monday, February 27, 2012

Fay Lamb's "Because of Me"


Title: Because of Me.
Publisher: Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing.

Cover blurb: Issie Putnam’s life took a detour the night she was raped at gunpoint in front of her fiancĂ©, Michael Hayes. Instead of marrying Michael, a promising young investigative reporter, Michael, along with the man who attacked her, and the man who held the gun on Michael, are imprisoned for conspiracy to assassinate the local district attorney—a crime Michael was trying to expose but had no intention of committing. Issie’s name is ruined, she lost her perfectly-planned future, but she gained Cole, her son—born of that rape.

On the eve of her attacker’s parole, Michael, already released from prison, follows through on his plan to return to the small town of Amazing Grace and protect Issie from the madman who promised to seek revenge. There, he meets Issie’s seven-year-old son for the first time.

Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart? Will Michael be able to protect the woman he loves from the man who will stop at nothing to destroy them all?

1) How did this story come to you?
Because of Me was birthed when the hero, Michael Hayes, came onto the stage of my imagination and said, “There’s a young boy, Cole. I’m not his father, but he’s definitely on this earth because of me. I allowed something horrible to happen to his mother, but I still love her. I despise the kid, though. I’ve forgiven another for so much more, and Cole’s only fault is that his father is the man who took everything from me. How can I learn to love this child and protect his mother from the man who can again take her from me?”

Michael’s story captivated me, and when it was all said and done, I realized that Romans 8:28 permeates the pages of this story. All things, both the good and the bad, are used by God for our good.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
From the start I realized Because of Me was going to be a different type of story, one that doesn’t fit the mold of formula Christian fiction. I believed in this story of a young man and woman separated by more than time, who fight to regain what had been torn from them years earlier. I believed in it so much that I would not be deterred by those who told me I needed to fit it into a mold to sell to a certain publisher. The message that God is in the details of every aspect of our lives is much too important to lose within a mold.

When I met the editor-in-chief of Treble Heart Books, I knew I’d met someone who thinks outside the box. She asked for a full manuscript and after being scrutinizedby two reviewers for Treble House, I got the contract. When the editor completed the galley edits, she contacted me and said, “Fay, this book has grit.” And I agree. Because of Me isn’t your typical Christian fiction.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. While I consider myself pretty social online, I’m pretty much a hermit. I enjoy long periods of alone time, preferably spent in the mountains where I can write, walk around beautiful Lake Junaluska, and meditate.
2. I love to work with and to encourage other authors. American Christian Fiction Writers’ Scribes’ online critique group, which I co-moderate, and my work as an editor with Pelican Ventures, Inc., are both ministries I thank the Lord for daily.
3. I’m a salt and pepper shaker enthusiast. I collect all kinds. I’ve never met a pair I didn’t like. Currently, I have more than 500 pairs, which led my dear mother-in-law to remark one day when she asked for salt, and I handed her the Morton’s container, “You mean, with all of these salt and pepper shakers in your house, not one of them has salt and pepper inside?”

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary romances, Charisse and Liberty. Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the intriguing world of professional surfing.

5) Parting comments?

Thank you for having me on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share my novel, Because of Me. I truly feel this book has a message or hurting people. It doesn’t matter if your problems are a result of your own mistakes or the mistakes of others. God tells us that all things work for good to those who love Him. God is in the details of every part of our life. Look for Him there, and you will find Him.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My website is www.faylamb.com (where you can purchase an autographed copy of the novel) and I love making new friends on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/fay.lamb  and www.twitter.com/@faylamb

Because of Me is also available at Amazon.com and at my publisher’s site: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.

14 comments:

  1. This book sounds very interesting and one added to my to be read list. Thank you for the opportunity of winning it.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. thanks for the interview and chance to win your book

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  3. These books really look good and would like to win one of them. I especially like mysteries.
    Barbara
    thomas(dot)harris2(at)comcast(dot)net

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  4. This novel sounds very interesting. i looked for it at the local library, but they don't have it. Thank you for the opportunity to win, Dawn and Faye

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  5. This sounds like a really good book, and I look forward to having the chance to read it!

    wpd_2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Hi Fay, I put your book on my wish list after I read the first review. I love to read suspense and romance and can't wait to read this book. Enjoyed your review. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    K. Dawn, thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  7. This book sounds like an intriguing book! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!


    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  8. BECAUSE OF ME looks like a powerful read. I am most interested.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  9. Because of Me sounds like a good read. I can't wait to find out what happens. Will Michael and Issie find their way back to each other? Can Michael protect her from her rapist? I must find out!!

    Thanks for the great interview Fay and for this giveaway!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  10. Because of Me sounds like a book I would enjoy reading Fay. Thank you for the interview! Please enter me in your giveaway K. Dawn. I agree Fay that God is there in everything we experience working out the details for our good, as I have experienced that first hand many times!

    God's Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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  11. What an awesome post. I loved the interview, especially how you got the idea for the book. I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance to win it.

    Glenda Parker
    parker.glenda@ymail.com
    http://glendaparkerfictionwriter.blogspot.com

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  12. Dawn: Thank you for interviewing me for your blog and for highlighting Because of Me. And to your readers, thank you so much for the encouraging comments.

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  13. Hi Fay,
    My autographed copy of Because of Me arrived today! Hooray! Thanks!

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  14. Salt & Pepper Shakers are fun to collect & so interesting to look at. One of my Aunts has at least as many sets as you have, displayed beautifully in several tall display cases. I would look at each and every one just about every time I visited her. :O) Love the male-female animal S&P pairings the best!! :O) I'd like to read all your books & will look for them. Thank you for the free book offer.
    God bless you, Dawn
    autumnraindaisy@aol.com

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