Thursday, February 28, 2019


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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Never Let Go, the first book in the Uncommon Justice series by Elizabeth Goddard with JustRead Publicity Tours!

9780800729844Title: Never Let Go 
Series: Uncommon Justice #1  
Author: Elizabeth Goddard 
Publisher: Revell 
Genre: Romantic Suspense  
Release Date: February 5, 2019
The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up.

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow's life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget--and put Willow's tender heart at risk.

June:  Welcome to 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic', Elizabeth. I'm thrilled to have you as my special guest for this blog tour stop. Congratulations on the recent release of 'Never Let Go' by Revell on February 5th, 2019! 

June:  Please tell us how you created your setting and developed the characters for 'Never Let Go'. Are any of the characters or their personality traits or physical descriptions based on people you've come across in your own life?  If yes, what prompted you to include them in the story?

Elizabeth:  Setting is usually what inspires me. I love the Jackson Hole region—Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are among my favorite places. That said, I had to write a story with this unique and amazing setting as the backdrop. I guess you could say that setting is almost a character in my stories as well! Once I have the setting and start writing the story then the characters come alive and that’s how I develop them. Or rather, they come alive and develop themselves, if you will. 

I don’t deliberately model characters or their personalities after people I’ve come across in my life, but I think it’s only natural that life experiences and people I’ve met will show up in some way. Take Willow’s grandfather, for instance. I didn’t model him after either of my grandfathers, but I did take the warmth and love I received from them, the connection and bond Willow has with him (even after he’s gone), from my own personal experience with my grandfathers. The wisdom and guidance they gave stays with me. In Never Let Go, her grandfather’s words stay with Willow.

June:  Who is your favorite character in this story? Why is this person your favorite? Without spoiling the story, is there anyone in the story who you do not like? Why not?

Ellizabeth:  Well I think I gave this one away in that first question. I love Willow because I relate to how she feels about her grandfather. As for who I don’t like—the villain. But I’m not giving that away.

June:  Your website bio says you have written forty romance novels and counting! Your genres include romance, romantic mystery, and romantic suspense. If you were not writing in those genres, what other fictional genres might you try? Would you ever consider writing non-fiction? If so, what subject(s) would you like to write about? Does writing children's literature (picture books, middle grade, or young adult) interest you?
Elizabeth:  Before I landed in romantic suspense I tried my hand at historical romantic suspense. I love historical novels and would love to write those. I enjoy WWII novels! Also, I spent a couple of  years writing and pitching fantasy novels. So I would consider writing in those genres and possibly YA, in addition to non-fiction. I think that’s probably the same with all writers. We love the written word and there are many kinds of stories inside of us.

June:  When you write a book, do you outline the entire story, or do you have a different way of organizing your plot, characters, etc.? Do you always know the ending of your story before you begin putting things down on paper, or into your computer?  Do you have any particular organizational tips that you'd like to pass along to other authors and aspiring authors?

Elizabeth:  Great question. When I first started, I was writing for Heartsong Presents and they required a chapter synopsis, so I definitely had to know what would happen in each chapter. For Love Inspired Suspense I also need to write a synopsis so they can approve the story. So forever I considered myself an outliner or plotter. 

However, the last several novels (the longer novels for Revell) I’ve been moving across the spectrum (between plotting and pantsing) to writing without an outline—I sort of pick my way through the story or unearth the story as I’m writing.

I do have a general idea of the direction I want to go and possible plot points and possibilities for the black moment. But even with an outline, those often change as needed for the sake of the story. Admittedly, “pantsing” as it’s called slows down the writing a bit because I have to figure out what happens next. But outlining or plotting also takes significant time, and if I’m going to change directions anyway, I’d rather start writing. 

In the end, I do whatever I need to do to get the story down.
I don’t have organizational tips, but my tip for aspiring writers would be to get words on the page, no matter how bad. You can always fix them later, but you can’t fix a blank page. I think that’s key to getting started.
June: On your website you share that you home school your children. How do you balance your life as mother, wife, teacher, and full-time author? 

Elizabeth:  It’s true for years I was writing and also homeschooling my four children and I can’t say it was easy. Far from it. We would homeschool in the morning and then I would spend afternoons and Saturdays writing. I’m a fast writer which is fortunate. Now my kiddoes are mostly grown, and my youngest is a special needs teenager. It’s a matter of juggling and compartmentalizing. I figure out how many words I need to write in a day or a week and I get it done.

June:  You are a very busy lady! What do you like to do when you're not writing? Do you have any hobbies or interests you would like to pursue in the future? 

Elizabeth:  Writing full time has a way of being all-consuming. When I’m not physically at my computer and writing, I’m thinking about the story or my characters. Let’s say I’m doing the dishes or laundry or some other menial task—in my head I’m still writing.

My hobby is reading. As for future hobbies—as a writer I’m interested in everything! But for starters, I’d love to play my cello again (haven’t played in decades), and get into fiber arts. The list goes on, but honestly, I don’t see myself giving up writing or retiring even beyond the foreseeable future.

June:  Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Elizabeth. I truly appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us with us about your writing career. Best wishes for you continued success in your creative endeavors.

Elizabeth:  Thank you for having me! I enjoyed it!


Photo Credit: Emilie Hendryx 

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Carol Award–winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh-generation Texan and can be found online at  

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never let go giveaway

(2) winners will win a copy of Never Let Go & swag from the publisher, Revell.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing Never Let Go! It sounds like a great read!