Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NEW BEGINNINGS




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 be
something 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).

Reviewed by:
Patsy Glans

I’m giving away three copies my upcoming novel, FATAL FROST! Leave a comment below, along with your contact information, for a chance to win.

Nancy

72 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed, I have this on hold at the library but am hoping to have my own copy for me and mom! Thanks for a chance to win.
    Lela: paralegal7@hotmail.com

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  2. Hi Nancy - New beginnings can be difficult, but you are taking the changes in your life with Grace (I follow you on facebook, so I know about the move). Can't wait for the new book!

    Cindy cdrage54@yahoo.com

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  3. Would love a copy! Marshachrs@gmail.com

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  4. Enjoyed Gathering Shadows and am looking forward to reading more your nooks. Hope to get this one soon.

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  5. Enjoyed Gathering Shadows and am looking forward to reading more your nooks. Hope to get this one soon.

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    1. Glad you liked Gathering Shadows, Jaida. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Hello! I am so thrilled with the new direction your books are taking. I can't wait to read Fatal Frost

    The "other" Nancy
    Nancydarby2007@Yahoo.com

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  7. Hello! I am so thrilled with the new direction your books are taking. I can't wait to read Fatal Frost

    The "other" Nancy
    Nancydarby2007@Yahoo.com

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  8. This book sounds super exciting!
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1(@)imonmaildotcom

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  9. This is exactly the kind of book I love. What else could you ask for. I believe this one has it all, suspense, the U.S. Marshalls and I am sure Romance. Thank you Nancy for a chance to win this book. I so look forward to reading it. spotts06@comcast.net

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  10. I'm glad that God has you "feeding the sheep" Nancy. I love romantic suspense and having a spiritual threat in it just makes my day. Thanks for the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  11. Sounds like a fun change Nancy. I would love an opportunity to win one of your books--I LOVE your writing & strive to be 'just like you'! ;-)

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    1. Oh, my. I hope you're much better than me, Vicki! LOL!

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  12. Nancy, thanks for the chance to win your new book! It looks like one I will have to read soon! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. Don't forget to leave your contact info!

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  13. I've ready your Sanctuary books and enjoyed them, but "Fatal Frost" sounds even better! I'd love to win.

    amybradsher@gmail.com

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    1. It's a little different. Hope you like it, Amy. :)

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  14. I love Christian suspense, and have enjoyed reading many of your books. Looking forward to reading this one!
    Rosalyn

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  15. Thanks for opportunity.

    Meagle029@gmail.com

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  16. Thanks for opportunity.

    Meagle029@gmail.com

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  17. Would love to win! Love your books!
    thedanielsr (at) comcast (dot) net

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  18. Can't wait to read this!
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Great author and review. Looking forward to this book. Blessings, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@gmail.com

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  20. What an intriguing cover. I would love to win a copy.
    debsbunch777(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. New book sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it! betsytoj(a)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I really enjoyed your Finding Sanctuary series and this sounds like a must read also! Dawn dot Nicol at gmail dot com

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  23. Enjoyed the interview! God sure does have His own ideas of what's best for us. can't wait to read "Fatal Frost"! I love your books and have read them all!

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  24. Nancy, I love the books I've read that you have written. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  25. "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!"

    These words leapt from the page into my heart as I was reading your blog post. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I look forward to reading this series of books. I have several friends serving in law enforcement as well as a son-in-law who is a military policeman in the U.S. Army.In my opinion, a law enforcement officer's family lives daily with the stress of their loved one being injured or killed just asx a military family does when their loved one is gone to war.
    Kathy

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    1. I completely agree, Kathy. It's my privilege to write about those "behind the badge."

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  26. Love suspense. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    1. Leave your contact info, Kim, so we can reach you if you win!

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  27. Book sounds intriguing? Love suspense oriented books.
    Enjoyed your interview.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre! Thanks so much for sharing the chance to win a copy of FATAL FROST! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  29. Nancy, I appreciate your sharing about how new beginnings have led to good things in God's economy. It's timely for where I am in my life. Thanks, so much. Cheers.

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    1. You're so welcome, Marilyn. Glad the post struck a chord with you. :)

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  30. It's interesting to see what paths our lives take, isn't it. I'm looking forward to reading "Fatal Frost" to see where your new past has taken you and enjoy reading your book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. It's interesting to see what paths our lives take, isn't it. I'm looking forward to reading "Fatal Frost" to see where your new past has taken you and enjoy reading your book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Love your books. Can't wait to read this one.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  33. Sounds like a great new book! Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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  34. This new book and series sound great. I've read and enjoyed several of your other books. Thanks for the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  35. would love to win, I really enjoy romantic suspense. Have read 6 of your books and look forward to reading more. catlover0112 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I am looking forward to this new series.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  37. Hello Nancy, I LOVE all your books!!!

    mfaubion22@gmail.com

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  38. Isn't it funny sometimes how God completely changes your course in life? And it's usually in the most unexpected way too! I've learned to trust the Master & know He's in control and has my best in mind :-) Sounds like he did the same with your writing Nancy. Thanks for sharing your story. I also look at Christian fiction writers as having a "ministry" through their books. God has something to speak through each one & I always encourage each writer to keep writing what God has you to & be open to His words :-) Many blessings on this new series! Sounds good :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. Love the romantic suspense.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  40. NANCY, I am so ready for a "new beginning". I am trusting that He is at work behind the scenes. He is perfect in ALL His ways. Thank you for this encouraging post. I'm excited about your new series. I love romantic suspense.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  41. Festus, Mo!! I grew up near Hillsboro, Mo, and did a lot of shopping in Festus. :) Your book sounds exciting, and of course I love St. Louis as a setting. :) I would love to win a copy! :) steveandchrista@yahoo.com

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  43. I love your books and have been looking forward to your suspense series. I also have enjoyed listening to several of your books on audiobooks, too. I'd love to win a copy!

    cindy99@mac.com

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  44. This books sounds like another big winner you have written! The suspense for me has already started about how quickly I can get my hands on this book!
    pjrcmoore@windstream.net

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