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MIKE DELLOSSO UP-CLOSE and PERSONAL 3 BOOK GIVEAWAY



 I’d like to introduce to you author Mike Dellosso who has recently wrote the book Kill Devil (it’s the second book in the Jed Patrick series).

Back Cover: Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe―new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.

Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust―including his own senses.

I read one of your blog posts about “living to your fullest” You mention a Matthew West song called, “The Motions”. You quote a few lines, “I don’t want to spend my whole life asking what if I had given everything instead of going through the motions.” What does this song these lines mean to you? How do you live your life?

Mike: Well, I try to live my life with no regrets but I’m not sure that’s totally possible. I do my best at whatever I do, act from my heart, stand for what I believe is right. I keep pushing ahead. I want to give 100% of myself to this life. I want to be at the place when I’m ready to die that I can say I’m spent physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Do I do this all the time? Sadly, no. I lose focus. I get distracted. I get selfish. But I’m trying, striving, pressing on toward that goal.

Nora: Amen! Amen! I like how you put that. I like the Matthew West song too. Powerful!

In growing up, what were three important values you learned that stuck with you and shaped your life?

Mike: Respect people. Be courteous, kind, caring. Yield when it’s necessary. Strive for peace.

Do the right thing. It’s not always the easy or most obvious thing. Most of the time it’s the hard thing. But it’s the right thing. So do it.

Admit when you’re wrong and make it right. Humble yourself. No one is above asking for forgiveness.

Nora: They are all important for sure!

What four words or what phrase would best describe you?

Mike: Thoughtful. Caring. Creative. Determined.

What three things are you most thankful for in life?

Mike: Jesus. Sometimes I think about where I would be in life or who I would be if Jesus hadn’t rescued me. Then I stop thinking about it because I don’t like the scenario. Jesus’ sacrifice was so great, so incredible, so unbelievable . . . and to think he did it all for me. It’s mind-blowing.


My wife. She is my rock, my partner, my best friend. I can’t imagine life without her. She’s been by my side through some very tough times and I don’t think I would have made it without her.

My daughters. I’ll just say this: I love being a dad and love having daughters.

Nora: The Lord has really used you to encourage others in many ways!

I’ve read one of your blog post where you mentioned 1 Cor 6:19-20 and how it has a special spot in your heart. Can you tell readers what this verse means to you? Did you give some of that point of view to your main character Jed Patrick? If so, what do you hope readers take away from him and the meaning of this scripture?

Mike: Yeah, this is something I need to remind myself of often. The message in this passage is that we are not our own. We were bought with a price and have a new master now. God owns all the rights to our life. He paid a terribly high price—the price of the life of His son—for us. My life is to be lived for His glory alone. And if I fully grasp that and embrace it then no matter what happens in life I can rest in the fact that God is in control. My life is His to use however he desires. It’s not about my plans and my dreams and my entitlements or privileges or rights. It’s about Him and His plans for my life. And yes, Jed Patrick eventually comes to terms with this as well. So much of my main characters in all my books mirror me. My struggles and thoughts and journey in life.

Nora: I liked how Jed Patrick had to deal with this aspect of his life. It was agonizing for him. I liked how you dealt with the issue in an organic way. You also engaged the readers to look at their own life and what they would do given the same scenario.

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most? Why not?


Mike: Evening, evening, evening. I’m a morning person all the way. My best time is between 5 and 10 am. Come evening I’m beat, tired, and just wanting to wind down and go to bed. But I have kids and one of them is a very energetic 5-year-old. About the time I’m running on fumes she’s just ramping it up and wants daddy to spend time with her. I have to be very intentional about that and don’t always succeed. I feel bad when I brush her off or turn down her efforts to get my attention. I definitely need to work on that.

Nora: I’m a morning person and can so relate!

ABOUT AUTHOR: MIKE DELLOSSO : Mike is the author of nine novels of suspense and several short stories. He also writes family dramas under the pseudonym, Michael King. In addition to his novels he's written for periodicals, websites, and is a regular conference teacher and speaker. Born in Baltimore, Mike now resides in Pennsylvania. He is also a colon cancer survivor and speaks often about dealing with suffering. Find out more about Mike on his website, www.MikeDellossoBooks.com  

THANKS MIKE for stopping in and helping us get to know you and your books. Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby. She has a precious name. Nora Jane. You had mentioned that she was named after family members. That’s how I got my name too! Thanks for sharing pictures of her. She is precious.


Mike: Please welcome Nora Jane to the Dellosso family! Nora was born 6/12/16, weighed 9 lbs, 2.4 oz., and measured 21 inches long. Yes, she's got the baby chubbies. Jen, myself, and Nora's five sisters are all smitten. She's absolutely beautiful.

ANSWER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING!

1.  If you had to leave your home forever with only one small suitcase, what would you take with you? Why?
2.  If you could visit any country tomorrow, where would you go and what would you do?
3.  If you could choose a different ending to a movie, which movie would you change and how?

(All the above questions were taken from a Great book I’m reading about family. It’s called Come to the Family Table by Ted and Amy Cunningham. Release date August 2016)

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57 comments:

  1. I would take my Bible, two changes of clothes, a rain slicker, a sheet of plastic, firestarter, magnifying glass, knife. The Bible for my spiritual life and everything else to preserve my life outdoors.

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  2. I loved the interview. Thank you for sharing. I can picture me leaving home with a suitcase stuffed with my iPad (Bible and books on there) and my cats. lol That would be interesting.

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  3. #2: I would go to either England or Scotland and do genealogy research.

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  4. I would go to Italy. See sights. Visit a friend. See if I can trace my roots.

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  5. Rachel Dodson has left a new comment

    1. I love Christian fiction! I do occasionally read in the secular market but mostly try to stay in the Christian market. readerscorner01@gmail.com

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  6. Janice McCrimmon has left a new comment

    I would tell myself to trust in God with my whole heart, soul and mind. That I didn't need to be good enough to be a Christian because Jesus came fir the imperfect. This would mean I would be restored by His word and Sacrament of Holy Communion and not need to live in the future of what ifs and if I only had _____ I would be fulfilled and happy. Through my Baptism I was made His child, but my younger self needed to learn to stop searching elsewhere to fill what only God can fill.
    Janmccri@aol.com

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  7. Virginia winfield has left a new comment

    I read a lot of Christian fiction and other genres. I like suspense, mysteries, thrillers, some nonfiction and some scifi. Sometimes I have to see what book I need to review next or what is due back at the library soon.

    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  8. Beth has left a new comment

    #2: I would go to either England or Scotland and do genealogy research.

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  9. Anonymous has left a new comment

    I would tell my younger self to slow down and enjoy the years raising my children. To be more patient and to make myself understand how quickly the years would fly by. ba.wood@live.com

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  10. Heather McBride has left a new comment

    I would go to Italy. See sights. Visit a friend. See if I can trace my roots

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  11. Gail H. has left a new comment

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  12. LadyDy has left a new comment

    I read Christian fiction because I can trust it won't be "tarnished with trash"!

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  13. Nancy Anderson has left a new comment

    I read light romance mainly, with Christian fiction, thrillers and cozy mysterys for a change of pace. I also like biographys of Christian singers and missionarys. Nancy A

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  14. Annie Laura Smith has left a new comment

    If I could go back those years, I would enjoy today more and plan less for tomorrow.I would encourage my friends and family to do the same.
    I looked at the magazine because I was curious about the content.
    The information about The Jerusalem Secret was intriguing.

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  15. Lisa Harness has left a new comment

    I would like to go back and walk with Jesus as he taught & healed. Oh,to see His face.

    I hopped on over because of receiving your email 😊

    Always my first read is the editor's page; it just draws me in!

    ozarkharness@gmail.com

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  16. If I had only one suitcase, I would put my Bible, some pictures that aren't in digital form, 2 changes of clothing, undergarments and toiletries. I would hopefully have my smart phone that have my other pictures stored and if you notice, I did place my Bibke first. This is in reference to the children's object lesson that teaches if you put God first in your day, then other activities will fall into place.
    Thanks for Mike's interview and book giveaway!
    Blessings!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I would go back to Italy. I visited on a pilgrimage about 10 years ago and fell in love with the place...especially Assisi. Would like to spend at least a week in that peaceful place where St. Francis lived.

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  18. I would travel to Israel. I would enjoy seeing this beautiful country.

    Great interview with Mike. Thank you for the giveaway.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  19. Great interview. I loved your 3 values. I would love to visit Israel & walk where Jesus walked on earth. I believe it would be an experience I'd never forget. I would love to win.

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  20. I would go to Israel & see all the places where Jesus lived & walked. This is a REALLY GREAT interview! New author to me, but I will definitely read one of his books!!

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  21. I would go to France. High school French class was full of French history and pictures of that beautiful land with its beautiful places and architecture. I would love to see Notre Dame, Mont St. Michele(sp), the Alps, the Loire valley, Normandy Beach,etc. Also, I would love to get so list in the culture that eventually the language becomes second nature. Last but not least, I would visit my cousins who live over there and I see infrequently.
    Becky Lewis
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  22. I would like to go to one of the most northern countries like Greenland to see the "winter" beauty that God created.

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  23. If I could visit any country tomorrow I think I would choose Austria. I would love to see the Alps and soak in the beauty. It's hard to choose only one country by the way! I'd love to visit my "Youth for Understanding brother" in Greece or who wouldn't love to step into the romance that is Italy? So asking us to choose only one? Not good!

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  24. I would take my IPad and charger since it has everything on it including my Bible. Some clothes and of course my toothbrush and paste.
    Chrisbuob1012 at gmail dot com

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  25. I would travel to Israel. Would love to see where Jesus actually walked!

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  26. I would go to Malta, and sail the Mediterranean on a stormy day (with motion sickness meds on board)
    maryveewriter@gmail.com
    I read this issue and chose your article as my favorite Adopting...wow. You went through so much and the result far from what was expected. Sometimes God just wants to know we are willing. :)

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  27. I would go to the Holy Land or to Ireland to see where my ancestors lived.

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  28. I guess my former comment didn't show up.
    I'd prefer to travel within the US the way things are these days. My bucket travel list includes Alaska, Hawaii, Macinaw Island, Niagra Falls and maybe a little travel into Canada.
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Hi, I would go to Calais, France. My paternal grandmother came here with her parents, on a cattle ship when she was 13 years old... I would love to research ancestors and see where my grandmother lived!
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  30. One small suitcase? WOW! My Bible, my kindle, can I bring my Shih Tzu? Of course there would be chocolate.

    Second, I would love to go back to the Swiss Alps and this time in the summer. Also, my dream vacation would be to tour Hawaii and the natural rain forest, the volcano, just the beautiful islands - not the tourists places like some of the public beaches, but would love to see the memorial for Pearl Harbor.

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  31. If I could visit any country, I would visit France. I would love to take day trips with no specific destination in mind. Thanks for the chance to win. vjameson(at)perkinscenter(dot)org

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  32. I like to read Christian fiction - mysteries or relationships going wrong and then mending. I prefer Christian novels for their non-swearing and non-nudity. I also like reading Christian non-fiction. I like to learn new things about my Christian walk. I also like to read about missionaries - especially in Africa.
    debralindquist1@gmail.com

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  33. Thanks for a great interview.
    ?#2 If I could visit another country I would love to go to Australia. I would love to visit the original Hillsong church and experience the outback.

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  34. If I had to leave home forever I think I would take my photo albums!

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  35. If I could go to any country, I would go to Italy and visit Rome, the eternal city. So much to see - I especially like seeing everything old. It makes our country seem brand new.

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  36. If I would visit Trinidad because my sister lives there with her kids and it is one of my favorite places to visit. As I grow older I am realizing how short life is and appreciate all the time spent with family.

    The other place would be France. I love the language and one of my favorite authors is Alexandre Dumas

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  37. I would love to go to Israel and visit all the places Jesus walked on earth!
    Wonderful interview. Thank you so much.
    thecritterfamily@gmail.com

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  38. If I could visit any country where would I go? Difficult question... because I love to travel and there are sooo many places in the world I would love to not only see but experience. But the answer is simple - Brasil. Why? Because I grew up there, my family is there, and I have many friends there I haven't seen in ages.

    I read the first book in this series and would love to win the second. :-)

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  39. Ireland, Scotland and Wales to visit castles and explore the sheep - dotted highlands.

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  40. If I had to leave home with only one small suitcase I would take my Bible, my iPad, my computer. I would take my Bible for the obvious. I like having a tangible Bible. I would take my iPad for taking photos and access to the internet and games. I would also take it because it houses my e-book collection. Although I prefer tangible books, I love reading and could only take so many books with me, so e books is the next best thing. I'd take my computer because it stores all of my photos and documents I've collected over the years.

    Shayla.Logan11@gmail.com

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  41. If I knew I would never be returning home, I would pack the outfits we brought our children home from the hospital in, my journal from our son's first 3 years (while Jay was deployed and God drew me close), passport/important documents, and my phone and charger. Everything else is replaceable. Technically the phone is too, but it has all my contacts.

    **We had a fire at our house a few years back. Truthfully, I grabbed our sleeping kids, let the dog out of her kennel, and walked out the door dialing 911. The rest is just stuff.

    @AmandaGeaney
    Geaneymail at gmail .com

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  42. I think questions1 and 2 combine. Cloths for the most part you could get local though undergarments might be wise to pack and your study bible and head off to Livingstone Zambia ...the name alone has always gotten me ...but go there or one of the shante towns surrounding and preach large doses of the hope of Jesus Christ.

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  43. I would go to Greece and walk among the ruins.I have always wanted to visit there.

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  44. I would change the ending of the movie My Sister's Keeper to match the ending of the book. Without spoiling it for anyone, the book's ending is powerful because of its shocking twist. The movie ending is about as predictable as they come and completely robs the story of its final punch!

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  45. If I could travel anywhere at this moment, I would go to Europe, but specifically the UK (Scotland, Ireland.) The US is so young with most of our history starting just over 200 years ago. I would love to visit a place that is actually centuries old with richer histories than the US.

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  46. There are so many places that I would love to visit. Scotland and Ireland because that's where some of my ancestors lived, Germany because I took German in college, Australia because I have friends there.

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  47. If I took one suitcase with me, I would take my Bible, pictures of my kids, grandkids, and parents, underclothes, lighter, energy bars, charcoal filter for water, and try to fold up hubby and take him. LOL
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. I would take my Bible, not clothes (I'd buy more), and my teddy bear, even though I am 60+ years old, my teddy bear is very important to me.

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  49. I would go to Israel, to walk where Jesus walked, and to see where it all began and where it will all end!

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  50. I'd take my Bible, medications, a coat, my Fire and charger, and paper and pens.

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  51. Forgiving Don by Kathy Collard Miller was another article that caught my eye. Forgiveness is sometimes hard but we all must be willing!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I'd bring my diaries, my Bible, and my science books so that I could always know where I've been, where I'm going, and how everything works along the way.

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