About the Book
Book: Dangerous Amish Showdown
Author: Mary Alford
Genre: Amish Suspense
Release date: August 24, 2021
Under siege in Amish country…
She must fight for their lives.
Gunshots shatter Willa Lambright’s placid Montana evening—and that’s before she discovers on-the-run lawman Mason Shetler on her doorstep. Willa hadn’t glimpsed her childhood friend since he’d turned his back on Amish country years before. Now the US marshal’s returned with an injured partner, a young witness he must protect at all costs…and vicious Mafia agents dead set on making sure none of them survive.
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Mary Alford loves giving her readers the unexpected. Her titles have appeared on the USA Today list, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can’t face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two spoiled cats and a dog who thinks he owns the place.
More from Mary
When I first heard of the title for my latest Love Inspired Suspense, I smiled. Dangerous Amish Showdown reminds me of the old westerns where the good guys face off with the bad guys and always win. As a child I loved watching them, mostly because my dad loved them so much, and yes, a big draw for me besides sharing the time with him, was seeing the good guys win. It’s what I try to put into every single book I write, and it’s exactly what happens in Dangerous Amish Showdown.
Lately, I find myself reminiscing a lot about childhood things such as watching old westerns with my dad, and smiling at those simpler times.
In Dangerous Amish Showdown, it takes coming back to his simple childhood Amish community for Mason Shetler to realize how special that life once was for him. Through the courage found in a little girl who has lost everything, and the strength of a woman whose future is uncertain, Mason discovered what he had been searching for all along.
I truly hope you enjoy Mason and Willa’s fight to protect young Samantha and the love they find along the way. And I hope their happy ending leaves you with a smile on your face, and maybe takes you back to a simpler time in your life.
Interview with Mary
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think it was a natural transition for me. I loved to read and gravitated toward mystery and suspense. Then, as a pre-teen, I tried my hand at writing my first book. It was terrible, but the spark to write was ignited and it never went out.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Most of my books are set in the mountains because that’s my happy place. No matter if it’s here in the US or abroad, you will find mountains in my stories.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Information comes in many places. Whether it’s something I read or hear on TV, or simply taking a walk. I can see something unusual and my brain creates a story for it immediately.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hanging out with my husband is my most favorite thing to do. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. I also try my hand at crafting from time to time, and I love to play the piano and bake.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
The most surprising thing was how difficult it was to get published. I thought, oh, well, I’ve written a book, now it’s only a matter of time before it finds a home. That is not always the case. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of rejection to reach your goal. But it is so worth it.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read, read, and read some more. And not just in your genre alone. Find the authors you enjoy reading and study how they create a story. You can learn so much from other authors.
What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?
I’d say my favorite is when the idea first comes to me and I start formulating the story in my head. It’s so exciting—almost like living the suspense and action for myself.
What do you think makes a good story?
I love stories that have lots of twists and turns and keep you guessing until the very end. But I think the most important aspect of a story is a satisfying ending where everything works out and it leaves you with a smile. That’s a good story.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Believe it or not, I wanted to work in an office. I didn’t have any specific type of business, I just wanted to work in an office environment answering phones and filing paperwork. After doing those things in the past, I can admit it wasn’t always as glamorous as I thought it would be growing up. Office work can be hard.
What project are you working on now, and how do we find your books?
I am currently working on a mystery and suspense collection with 14 other authors entitled Dangerous Pursuits. It comes out on October 12th. I am very excited to be part of this collection with these talented authors.
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Maureen’s Musings, September 22
Hebrews 12 Endurance, September 23
The Avid Reader, September 23
Genesis 5020, September 23
Texas Book-aholic, September 24
Vicarious Living, September 24
Inklings and notions, September 25
Blossoms and Blessings, September 25
Betti Mace, September 26
For Him and My Family, September 26
Lighthouse Academy Blog, September 27 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
deb’s Book Review, September 27
Older & Smarter?, September 28
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 28
Bizwings Blog, September 28
For the Love of Literature, September 28
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 29
Living the Good Life, September 29
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 30
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, September 30 (Author Interview)
She Lives To Read, October 1
Bigreadersite, October 1
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 2
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 2
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 3
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3
Mary Hake, October 3
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 4
Simple Harvest Reads, October 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
HookMeInABook, October 5
To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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