Revived Hope Blog Tour

Revived Hope

About the Book

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Book: Revived Hope

Author: Kathleen J. Robison

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 19, 2021

How many near misses does it take not to be a coincidence anymore?

Melanie Thompson has spent her entire adult life trying to overcome the mistakes of her youth. Just as everything is looking up, it all begins to unravel as one problem after another piles on top of each other, each with one goal in mind. Get her out of the way.

Determined to make a better life for herself and her daughter, and with the help of her father, Melanie looks at alternative ways to make her dream of owning a storefront for her bridal business come true. Complications with her ex-husband, the new business, and a threatening landlord all conspire against her, and everything seems lost when tragedy strikes not once, but twice.

What will it take for Melanie to accept the alternate path the Lord has laid out for her?

Revived Hope, the prequel to the romantic suspense Bay Town Series, paves the path for Melanie and Lacey’s move from Orange County to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and a new life in Bay Town.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

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Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American. Born in Okinawa, raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels are the inspirational settings for her stories. She and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with fourteen grandchildren and counting. The diversity of their 31 family members provide the inspiration for more lively characters than can be imagined. Her husband grew up in the streets of Los Angeles raised by a single working mom, and that life provides fodder for many of the conflicts of her characters.

Tackling difficult life’s trials with God’s strength are the central theme of Kathleen’s stories. She hopes to inspire her readers to trust God and with His strength, weather through and rise above trials and tragedies. If you like suspenseful stories with a thread of romance, you will enjoy Kathleen’s Bay Town Series

More from Kathleen

In Revived Hope, the prequel to Shattered Guilt, it’s one year earlier. Melanie Thompson races through life’s challenges while navigating the trials of being a single mother, a budding entrepreneur, and a woman of faith, all with threats of danger.

Our past doesn’t define us, as Melanie learns, but it definitely frames who we become. Thankfully, we have a gracious God who uses all of the good and the bad to bring us to a place of communion with Him…desiring His will for His glory. And ultimately, it’s always for our good.

I love my character Melanie, and I hope you will too. I’ve spent so many years getting to know her that it was fun writing this prequel. I enjoyed writing about her past and introducing you to her family in California before the move to charming fictional Bay Town in Shattered Guilt. When I wrote of Melanie’s relationship with her dad, I laughed, I cried, and I left my heart in the book…in a manner of speaking.

But Revived Hope is not all sweetness and heartache. Things get pretty testy when Melanie tackles villains head-on and sometimes all alone. Often the world encourages us to do it all, and Melanie tries. Although tragedy strikes too many times, the lessons she learns strengthen her faith and trust in the Almighty.

Lastly, Revived Hope teases with a hint of romance but sets the stage for Melanie’s love story in Shattered Guilt, Book 1, Bay Town Series. I’m excited for you to meet Melanie and her family as you root for her in all her harrowing escapades.

Interview with Kathleen

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Only about nine years ago. But I have enjoyed writing for a long time. I loved writing Christmas Letters and sharing the antics of our large family with friends. I once wrote a weekly family newsletter reporting stories about the “good deeds” my children did, and I must confess, it was so they’d keep doing them!

But one year, two of my adult sons challenged me to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and I cranked out a book. That was it, I got hooked, and I naively thought I could get it published. That was nine years ago, and by God’s grace, the stories He’s given me are now books.

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The plots I invent, but the characters and locations are from my past. I have so much to draw on from the places I’ve lived and traveled. Likewise, my children attended college, played sports, and traveled on Mission Trips worldwide, so their exploits provide the basis for lots of exciting scenes. The internet is an immense help for research, but it never takes the place of first-hand knowledge. I have a ton of notes from a meeting I went to where our local coroner spoke. Goodness, he blew NCSI out of the water!

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

For my first book, Shattered Guilt, I interviewed an old friend working to fight against human trafficking with her church. I had no idea of her involvement and for how long. The information and statistics that rolled out of her astounded me. At one time, she had a price on her head while working to rescue girls off the street in Los Angeles. My heart ripped open over the things she shared.

  • What’s your favorite part about being a writer? Research? First Draft? Editing?

I love the first draft, or what I like to call the Zero draft—just getting it all out there as fast as my fingers can type. When the story unfolds and my characters take me where I didn’t expect to go, I’m so intrigued to keep going. Then side characters push their way in and become my favorites, and the subplots explode. Yes, First Draft is my favorite.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

That’s an interesting question because I finished a book that I almost put down after the first chapter. It was a time-shift format, so I had a tough time following it. But I loved the women in the book. They were so compelling, and their story was so intriguing, that I had to keep going. They pulled me to the end.

 When I watch a movie that enthralls me, I realize the reason is that the story/plot is captivating, but even more important, the actors are so perfectly cast. It’s the same with a good book. I love believable characters, and I love to engage them. When I connect, I want to know their story, and usually, I’m not disappointed. So, I guess the answer to what makes a good story for me is the characters because if I connect with them, I care what happens to them.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, November 30

Gina Holder, December 1 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 1

Texas Book-aholic, December 2

deb’s Book Review, December 3

For Him and My Family, December 4

lakesidelivingsite, December 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 9

Wishful Endings, December 10 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 12

Splashes of Joy, December 13 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/13cff/revived-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway

7 thoughts on “Revived Hope Blog Tour

  1. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, Revived Hope sounds like an excellent read and I am looking forward to it

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  2. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed the interview and the book sounds like a thrilling read for me and I am looking forward to enjoying it! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!

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  3. Alicia Haney says:

    Your book cover is beautiful, and your book sounds like a really good read. I enjoyed this interview. Have a great week and stay safe.

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