Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored twenty-four books and just finished a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The first book in her Finding Sanctuary series, “Gathering Shadows” was released in May of 2014. The second book, “Deadly Echoes” became available in February. The third book, “Rising Darkness released in November. Now she’s writing a new series based on the U.S. Marshals. The first book, “Fatal Frost,” in her Defenders of Justice series, will release in November of 2016. She is also working on an Amish cozy mystery series for Guideposts. The first book, “Blessings in Disguise” was published in June, 2015 and was nominated for a Carol Award. It was followed by “Simply Vanished,” and “All Abuzz at the Honey Bee.” She will write at least one more in this series.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
What happens when life suddenly goes in a direction you didn’t anticipate? When you feel as if you’re starting over again? Do you feel confused and discouraged? Don’t! Chances are, God is doing something new. You’re facing a new beginning – and that can be a great thing!
When I started out writing, I wanted to write secular mysteries that would deliver a gospel message to people who might not ever pick up a “Christian” book. My intentions were good, and I’m sure some writers are called to do this. But when I finally put my writing career on the altar and sought God’s will, not my own, God opened doors into inspirational fiction. Now, I believe I’m called to “feed His sheep,” and I love what I do.
Along the way, mysteries, my first love in fiction, went to cozy mysteries, to romantic Mennonite-themed suspense, and now…to law-enforcement themed suspense with a touch of mystery! Why all the changes? I’m not sure, but sometimes on the road to where we’re going, there are twists and turns we don’t expect. But don’t fear! God knows how to get us where we’re supposed to be. All we have to do is trust Him. Remember that He loves us, and He promised that He would never forsake us.
So, here I go again. A new beginning. But I’m excited, and I hope my readers are too. I’m passionate about law enforcement, and I’m honored to write about our brave men and women in uniform. The suspense has been kicked up – but the ministry is still there. I want to give you a great story, but I also want you to walk away with something more important. A glimpse into how much you’re loved by God and how valuable you are to him.
Here’s a recent review of FATAL FROST, the first book in my Defenders of Justice Series, by RT Reviews:
An out-of-control roller coaster of a romantic suspense novel! The first book in the Defenders of Justice series has something for every fan of the genre ... like secrets, lies and people who pretend to besomething they aren't. The characters are smart, cunning and know how to use their wits to get them out of tight situations. The plot is fast paced and is not standard or run of the mill. Nancy Mehl has raised the bar with her new series.
U.S. Marshall Mercy Brennan is not happy to be in close proximity with her father — she has been out of contact with him for a long time. Now she’s assigned along with the St. Louis Police Department to take down an infamous gang. When Mercy's father is killed shortly after her visit, she is in danger because of something in her possession. Mark St. Laurent, a Deputy U.S. Marshal, has been assigned her protection detail until the department can apprehend the gang. While in the safe house, an ice storm has left them without backup and on their own. Mercy and Mark will have to trust each other and think on their feet to come out alive. (BETHANY HOUSE, Nov., 304 pp., $14.99).
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