Friday, January 26, 2018

Blast from the Past and Giveaway by Elizabeth Goddard

Good morning, friends!

I’m up for an interview today, but I opted to write a blog post instead of the usual Q & A. I hope that's all right with you.

I’m giving away a copy of my December release, Texas Christmas Defender.

You know the drill--leave a comment with your contact information to enter the drawing. Digital or print. U.S. Residents only. 

I reviewed the typical interview questions and realized I've probably answered the same questions a hundred times. Maybe not a hundred times, but enough for you to know something about me--after all, I've been writing for publication for about eleven years. I started writing--submitting and hoping to be published--back in 2001, so I've been at this "game" for seventeen years. 


Though I'd been writing and submitting for publication since 2001, it wasn't until December 2007 that my first novel released--Seasons of Love. I held a copy of my first book baby in my hands the last week in December . . .
Original 2007 cover
a WEEK before 2008! The book wasn't delivered to readers in the Heartsong Presents book club until January 2008. 

So, in essence,  I'm celebrating --


--this January 2018.  

Now, a decade later, I've written somewhere in the vicinity of thirty plus novels. (I never know how to count the novellas.) 

I've often been asked where I get my ideas. 

How about . . . everywhere?

I remember attending my very first writer's conference--American Christian Writers (ACW)--in Austin  in 2001. There, I met DiAnn Mills, Kathleen Y'Barbo, and Lynette Sowell. I asked them where they came up with their ideas. They told me to start asking "what if." 

Since then I've trained myself to generate ideas on demand so much so that I can't stop the ideas! Everything has story potential, right?

Fast forward 10 years . . . 

Thread of Revenge, February 2018

Thread of Revenge releases in February! Can I just say how exciting this is! I love writing novels! 

Love creating fast-paced action adventure romantic suspense stories. 

(Now, say that really fast, three times in a row. Ha!) 

Something you might remember reading about me from previous interviews is that in my early years (high school) I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist. I love everything about the ocean. Instead of posters of the latest teenage crush, my walls were covered with posters of sea creatures. Well, that was one wall. The other wall had planets. I wanted to be an astronaut at one point too. But seriously, I was set to pursue anything related to the ocean in college.

But here's the clincher . . .

I took a SCUBA diving class in college and failed. My instructor said I was too nervous for him to
certify. Okay maybe I didn't fail. But I didn't get certified either. So I thought it was time to switch my major. If I was too terrified to even dive in a pool, then maybe marine biology wasn't for me. 

But marine biology was definitely for my character Sadie Strand in Thread of Revenge. See what I mean when I say I can live vicariously through my characters?

She's a scientist and knows how to research and investigate, so she's the perfect partner to help Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent, Gage Sessions. (Don't you just love his name?) Gage not only protects Sadie, but he's in the middle of solving a complicated case involving betrayal, revenge, murder and drug running. Researching this story took me a lot of places I would rather not go, but sometimes an author has to dive into dark places to get the goods. 

I hope you'll get your hands on a copy of Thread of Revenge

I'd love to hear what you think about the story--this is the first book in BRAND SPANKING NEW SERIES--Coldwater Bay Intrigue--set on the stunning Washington coast. You know me--setting always plays a big part in my stories.

Click HERE to see purchasing options! 

Don't forget to enter the drawing for Texas Christmas Defender!

Happy Reading!
Elizabeth Goddard


  1. Ten years! Congratulations Elizabeth and I wish you so many more. Your new book and new series sounds great and I look forward to reading about marine biology and the Washington coast.

  2. Romantic suspense is my favorite. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy reading. Thank you for a chance to win. lhanberry1(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I love your books! These two sound great! Thanks for sharing your "history."

  4. Congratulations on 10 years as a published author. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Texas Christmas Defender. I looks like a really good book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  5. All your books look scrumptious. Thank you for your blog. I can really tell you love your profession.

  6. Congratulations on your decade of success! Your new book looks fascianting! My college mentor is a marine biologist though I’m not.

    Mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

  7. Congratulations! I thank God for your positive influence you have had in the world! have been blessed by your books, too!

  8. Wow! Ten years and 30 plus novels! Congratulations! And I love your books.

  9. Congratulations to your writing career! I love reading suspense.
    Gail Hollingsworth

  10. Congrats on your years of great writing! I'd love to win a copy!

  11. Congrats on ten years. I would love the chance to read your latest book.

  12. Congratulations on your ten years of writing. I enjoy suspense and would love to win a copy of your book. The new series sounds intriguing as well.

  13. Congrats! I am looking forward to reading your new series! I absolutely love suspense, so your books seems like the perfect fit! I also love the cover!

  14. Congratulations on ten years and over 30 books! Amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. rose Blackard (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Love your books,would love to win,

  16. 10 years is quite an accomplishment! Congrats and wishing you many more years of writing. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  17. Congratulations on 11 yrs publishing...and CONGRATULATIONS on your persistence in pursuing your dream before your first book was published. I have to be honest, I haven't read one of your books, yet. However, I will look for a copy of Thread of Revenge tomorrow at Barnes and Noble. Good blog. :)

  18. Congratulations on 11 yrs of being published...and another congratulations on your persistence in pursuing your dream before your first book was published. I have to be honest, I haven't read one of your books, yet. However, I will look for a copy of Thread of Revenge tomorrow at Barnes and Noble. Good blog. :)

  19. Congratulations, may you creative juices keep writing many more years. kindle