Tuesday, June 9, 2020


--  'PLAIN REFUGE'  --
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Author Bio,
Excerpt, Unique Guest Post & Giveaway~
Plain Refuge Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn Title: Plain Refuge
Series: Amish Country Justice #8
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

On the run from hired gunmen, 
can she find safety in Amish country?

After overhearing an illegal weapons deal, Sophie Larson knows two things: her uncle’s a dangerous criminal…and he wants her dead. Now undercover cop Aiden Forster has no choice but to blow his cover and protect Sophie by hiding her and her deaf sister in Amish country. But with a mole in the police force, danger isn’t far behind.


There seemed to be two people in the car. Aiden couldn’t get a good view of the girl sitting in the back seat, but he could clearly see the woman in the front. Dark sunglasses hid her eyes, and her hair was pulled back into a thick ponytail high on the back of her head. It was a bright coppery red. Oval face, high cheekbones. Her mouth was drawn into a frown.

She looked familiar. Had he met her? He didn’t think so. His memory was sharp. No way he’d forget that face.

A second later, it clicked. Phillip had mentioned that his niece was coming over later. Aiden checked the time on his phone. She was early. Really early. He bit off the frustrated exclamation that rose to his lips as she turned off the engine. Aiden didn’t know that much about Phillip’s family, but he did know that his boss wouldn’t let any affection he may have had for them ruin a business deal. And listening to him talk about his family, Aiden knew Phillip did not harbor much feeling other than disgust for most of his family.

This had all the warning signs of an impending disaster. If Phillip wasn’t ready for her, she was as good as dead. And so was her passenger.

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Dana R. Lynn 

Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Her books have been on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. She has been a Holt Medallion finalist, a Selah finalist, and a New England Readers Choice finalist and Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website www.danarlynn.com.

JUNE: As an educator, you work with deaf and hearing impaired students. Please share how you use your experiences as a teacher to build your characters and settings -or- how you organize your work {outline, spreadsheet, etc.} For your romantic suspense novels.

DANA: Hi all! I am so glad to be here today! My new book, Plain Refuge, released on June 1st, and it’s dear to my heart. Not only because I love my hero and heroine. Aiden and Sophie were so much fun to write about. However, the character that really touched my heart was Celine, Sophie’s 12 year-old sister. Celine is profoundly deaf. As a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, being able to include characters such as Celine in my books means so much. She is strong, spunky, and meets her challenges with courage.

I am sometimes asked about my system. Honestly, it’s still developing. Sometimes I try something, but then I find a new way to do it. The way I organize my work now is completely different when I first started. Back then, I was only concerned with completing one book. It never occurred to me how many details I would need to retain from one book to the next. As I continued writing, a new strategy evolved.

When I begin to work on a new book for Love Inspired Suspense, I always start with my characters. I find pictures that look like my characters. Then I do character interviews to learn about what makes them tick. What is their motivation, conflict, etc. Once I have my characters down, it’s time to begin.

I learned several years ago to keep a binder for my work. In my binder, I keep a character chart. I add each character, no matter how fleeting, to the chart. I include names, ages, physical descriptions, careers and special skills, and which books they ‘re in. This way, I don’t repeat names or change their appearance. I also keep a synopsis, or plot description, for each book in the binder. The final item is a timeline. This is especially important if there are connected books. For example, my Amish country Justice books 1-5 are all connected. 6 and 7 are another miniseries. Plain Refuge starts off another 3-book miniseries. Each miniseries gets its own binder.

Recently, I have started playing around with Airtable to keep my work organized. It’s very convenient to use when I’m out and think of a new scene or a new character comes to mind. I’m not ready to give up my binder system yet, though. When I’m in the middle of writing a scene, it’s easy to flip a binder open to the correct tab to find what I need.

My research, depending on where it is from, is either bookmarked on my computer, or I have it in my binder. Either way, whenever I need it, it’s close at hand.

In another five years, I have no doubt my process will have changed again.

Thank you for having me on your blog today! I love talking all things bookish.

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(1) winner will receive a copy of Plain Refuge and winner's choice of a $10 Barnes and Noble OR Amazon gift card!

Plain Refuge JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 9, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 16, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. I liked the excerpt, sounds good.

  2. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  3. Quite a neat book to learn about.

  4. I like the way it sounds and the danger involved.

  5. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "Plain Refuge" by Dana R. Lynn.

    Enjoyed reading the guest post. Always love learning more about both authors and their books.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book which is most definitely on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. This book sounds like a really great read.


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