Monday, October 18, 2010

Blog Tour: Don't Look Back (Review & Interview)


Jamie Cash is stuck between two men – one who wants to see her dead, the other who is fighting for her life.

Cash is at the center of Lynette Eason’s newest addition to the Women of Justice series – Don’t Look Back.

The story tells how Cash, who survived a brutal kidnapping 12 years earlier, has put her life back together thanks to hours of therapy and prayer. Since graduating from college, she has taken a position as a forensic anthropologist.

But her past – full of brutal and frightening memories – threatens to overtake her new life, as Cash discovers that her attacker is back, with a vengious.

About the Series
Eason crafted the Women of Justice series because of her interest in law enforcement.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the people who catch the bad guys,” Eason said. “I love Kathy Reichs’ books. I'm just amazed that anyone can do what she does and not puke.

“Seriously, I can read in detail how to do an autopsy or work with bones, dead people, etc, but I could never do it in real life.”

Through that interest, Eason developed Cash’s life story – which included a violent past.

“I wondered about the faith journey of someone who'd been traumatized in a really bad way,” Eason said. “We live in a violent world. Unfortunately, stuff like what I wrote about in the book happens. It's not pretty.

“But as ugly as the crime was, I wanted to show how much bigger our God is. How someone who suffered such indignities and horrors and lived to tell about it, could turn it into something that could help others. She could move past it and let God be the one to get her through it.”

Eason said Cash is her favorite character in the series, for a variety of reasons.

“She fascinated me,” she said. “The book required tons of research and I just really got to know my characters well. They became my buddies. I had to fight for them, pray about them, etc.

“Jamie needed the most prayer. I just loved her determination to conquer her fear and the terror of her past.”

Eason admits she puts a little bit of herself in each character – specifically characteristics she would like to have or develop more.

Initially, Eason envisioned two novels for the series. However, editors suggested she add a plot twist in book two – which led to the main heroine in an additional novel.

The next novel will focus on Kit, a young woman who discovered through a twist in book two that she is actually Jamie Cash’s twin sister.

“Kit is a hostage negotiator who is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she was put up for adoption while her parents kept the other two children,” Eason said. “ She takes a job in the hometown of her newly discovered birth family and sets out about getting to know them. Unfortunately in doing so, she attracts the attention of a killer.”

Eason said the addition of Kit provides a bit of surprise, a lot of conflict and “shows one more way how God can bring through something ‘bad.’”

Through it all, Eason said God has taught her a variety lessons while crafting her novels – chiefly perseverance.

“Never give up when you know God wants you to do something for Him,” Eason said, adding she has also learned to pray constantly, always staying in God’s will.

“While I knew all that before writing the books, the experience of writing them has just brought these facts home to me, over and over,” she said.

What I Thought
I liked Don’t Look Back. Gritty at times, and very realistic, Eason has captured the story of a woman who is haunted by her past, but resolute in moving toward a brighter future.

Evil exists in the world. Through Jamie Cash’s story, Eason is able to tell a story of how God can redeem any situation.

On a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. I give this a four. This novel has strong characters, a convincing back story and a strong story line. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

More About The Author
Lynette Eason is the author of Too Close to Home and three other romantic suspense novels. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America.
A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

Online Resources
Read an excerpt
Buy it at Amazon 
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Get it at CBD
Read my review of Too Close To Home – click here.

About the Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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