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THE LOOMING STORM GIVEAWAY & INTERVIEW WITH AUTHORS

How did you come up with the idea for The Looming Storm?

DAVID/DIANE: This inspirational thriller percolated in our hearts and minds for some time before we began putting thoughts on paper. In our nine earlier books, we’ve written about a variety of law enforcement and justice issues. We wanted to partially set our tenth novel in Florida, and we wanted to feature more of David’s undercover cases and techniques. Our prior two books contained history, and the new novel is totally contemporary. Ideas kept developing, so we took a fun research trip to the Florida Keys. While listening to Bertie Higgins singing ‘I was your hero, and you were my leading lady’ from his hit song Key Largo, we visited a landing strip on a tiny island in the Florida Keys where David once landed while working an undercover cocaine smuggling case. Offshore we spotted another small island where he stayed with drug smugglers who didn’t know David was a DEA agent. We thought the setting was perfect. The Looming Storm links startling events in high-powered Washington D.C. with the relaxed lifestyle of the Keys. Enough said … It’s suspense.

Nora: It's nice to get the behind the scenes scoop about your new novel!

What do you hope readers take away from The Looming Storm?

DAVID/DIANE: There are several takeaways we hope readers will have. They’ll find an insider’s view as they experience undercover activities of Federal agents gathering evidence and intelligence about an international cabal of spies, which readers often hear about in the news. After reading The Looming Storm, readers can know that while the news may be frightening, there are Federal agents and police officers who are working, sometimes for twenty-four hours straight and through the night while the reader is sleeping, to protect our freedoms. Also, the reader will realize some of these heroes are Christians whose actions are influenced by their Christian worldview. 

Without giving away too much of the exciting plot, the reader receives a glimpse of end times prophecy, which points to a “looming storm.” And finally, and perhaps most importantly, though Federal Agent Eva Montanna is challenged during the trials she and her family face, her faith comes alive. She learns how to trust God in every storm she faces. Because the Lord has protected us in so many situations, we strive in this novel to display His power and faithfulness.

Nora: Thanks for sharing this perspective. Things do seem crazy. Thank you for letting us know that people are working to help keep the peace and many of them are like both of you whose actions are influenced by our Maker!

What was your favorite scene in The Looming Storm? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why? 

DAVID/DIANE: For David, his favorite scene is when FBI agent Griff Topping flies undercover in the Keys. This is so like what David experienced when he infiltrated smuggling rings. 

For Diane, her favorite scene is the courtroom scene when a federal prosecutor questions a witness in a federal criminal trial. This is similar to her courtroom dramas when she served as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Nora: Your work experience helps make your stories believable and at the same time giving readers hope!

A fun scene for David to write is we introduce an informant by the name of Louis Clark. He tries so hard, but has made many wrong choices. Will life become better or worse for Louie as he helps the federal agents go undercover? David has worked with many informants, developing their evidence, and reaching higher into criminal organizations. 

For Diane, the most fun scene is introducing a new character—DEA agent Brett Calloway. David spent many years as a DEA agent, and he and Diane became a bit creative with Brett.

Nora: Thank you for sharing what your past work experience has been. It's fascinating to know this about you both!

DAVID/DIANE: The hardest scene to write takes place when Eva’s daughter Kaley goes to Eastern Europe for her class trip, and faces a dangerous situation. Though we have traveled near the area we write about, we wanted to portray events realistically for readers without being too graphic or dark. We aim for a light touch in writing suspense to keep our novels family friendly.    

Nora: Thank you for not being too graphic and dark!

Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

 DAVID/DIANE: Diane first had the desire to write a historical novel. Now you know why three of our novels include history: The Camelot Conspiracy, Stolen Legacy, and Embers of Courage. At the suggestion of a publisher, Diane asked David to join her in creating a suspense thriller. Neither of us knew how two people could go about writing the same novel.

The first Wow for us came as we discovered we could do this together. Clearly God was moving in our hearts, minds, and hands. There are some co-authors where one does the research and the other does the writing. We both do the research and the writing. It’s fun for us to pick up one of our earlier novels, and try to figure out who wrote which scenes.

 
The second Wow is discovering that we haven’t run out of ideas. We know some authors who complain about writer’s block. That is something we haven’t experienced. Our years in the criminal justice system have plied us with endless thrilling, and sometimes scary, stories that just need to be fictionalized.

Nora: These are definitely two fun WOW'S I'm glad you shared!
 

Can you share your testimony with us?

DAVID/DIANE: We are both Christians who have accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s selfless and loving act on the cross. He is the Lord of our lives and directs our steps. It is our desire to praise and worship Him in all we do. Although we’ve had exciting and dangerous careers that provide us with unending fodder of plots, we are eager to include in our novels characters who are Christians, living out their faith in their daily contact with family, coworkers and even criminals. A few times, we have been given reviews by readers that complain our novels contain “religious rubbish.” It’s hard to see those reviews, but we don’t have any choice. We are told to not hide our light under a bushel.

Nora: I'm thankful for your faith and your stories!

Out of all the sounds in the world, which are your favorite?

David’s is the Pan Flute.

Diane’s is David’s lively and spirited whistling. 

Nora: Fun!

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?

DAVID/DIANE: Each of us keeps pretty busy schedules both researching and writing, or scheduling and supporting book events. We serve in the food pantry and sing in the choir of our church. The stress comes in the evening when we’d like to relax and unwind toward bedtime. Adrenaline is still kicking in. That’s when we are most likely to turn on the TV where we find the producers promoting “if it bleeds, it leads” or the constant mantra of baiting people groups against one other for political advantage. We tend to read a lot or watch nice movies instead. And we are inspired to pray at this time of the day praising God for how He has moved throughout our day, and for His protections, and provisions. We ask Him to bring peace to our spirits as we turn over to Him the many needs of family and friends and the persecuted church around the world. 

Nora: I'm glad He's called you all to write as a team!

If you were asked to create a theme park, what would the theme be and what would you name it?

DAVID/DIANE: Welcome to Urban Alley. In each stage of this venue, the guest is equipped with a body camera and an electronic gun, something like laser tag or paintball. They walk about the streets and alleys playing the role of a “good” police officer. The guest approaches actors playing the role of residents. Some are friendly and others are antagonistic. Some may be complainants or victims while others would be witnesses. Suddenly, the paying patron is confronted by a person with a knife or a gun. Do they shoot or not? At the end, they are critiqued on their reaction and temperament. Urban Alley is what rookie police officers and federal agents must go through in their training. Even after extensive training, they may still be accused of overreacting in the heat of the chase. If we could all walk in their shoes, we might better understand. Maybe it’s too realistic to be a successful theme park.

In a separate part of the park, Diane wants a replica of Jane Austen’s home to tour, a movie theater playing movies based on her books, and beautiful gardens to walk in after experiencing Urban Alley.

As you can see, we don’t always agree on everything. Imagine us writing a 320- page book. It works, thanks to Jesus!

Nora: LOL! That sounds like quite an interesting park. I know that my boys and husband would love to go there! I'd be there cheering them on watching!

If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you wake up tomorrow and do?

Cure zika virus, cancer, ALS, and Alzheimer’s, giving God all the glory.

Nora: Love your answer!

If you could write yourself into a novel, which book would you choose and what would your character do?

DAVID/DIANE: We’ve both had the chance to do this in several of our thrillers. In Confirming Justice, Hero’s Ransom, and The Looming Storm, the prosecutor or defense attorneys described are based on Diane’s many hours dressed in a suit and high-heeled shoes while arguing before stern judges and needing-to-be-convinced juries. Hero’s Ransom features a young attorney named Madison Stone who takes on a difficult child custody case. Maddy is inspired by Diane’s experience as a fledgling lawyer and also on one of her cases.

In Confirming Justice, and The Looming Storm there are undercover DEA agents doing the risky things David did in his career. Diane says that FBI agent Griff Topping, who appears in each of our novels, is really a compilation of the qualities she finds in David, including a terrific smile, sense of humor, and gutsy determination in facing life’s challenges. Go Griff! 

Nora: Fun! Thanks for answering this question!

ABOUT AUTHORS: After a millionaire drug-dealer wrote a memoir that became a movie starring Johnny Depp, Diane Munson decided the good guys wearing white hats should be the ones to write memoirs. A former Federal prosecutor, she asked David, a former undercover DEA Special Agent, to join her in writing about David’s arrest of Johnny Depp’s character in Chicago and other criminals in what the Munson’s deem “high velocity suspense”. Now, this husband and wife writing team reveal the thrills of back alley deals and legal drama in their intriguing suspense novels.

Diane Munson is an attorney of more than twenty-five years who transitioned from her law practice and writing briefs for judges to weaving inspiring fiction for readers. David Munson was a Special Agent with the NCIS and with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As an undercover agent, he infiltrated international drug smuggling organizations. David also served on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Fellow for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he investigated the government’s efforts to co-opt foreign spies and other classified military operations.

More recently Diane flew solo in a law practice specializing in family law. She and David also worked together as Christian mediators and have seen that justice and forgiveness are possible no matter the circumstances. As they travel to research and cloister to write, they thank The Lord for the blessings of faith and family. A verse they hold dear is Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares The Lord, “Plans to give you hope and a future.”



Nora: I'm so thankful to have David and Diane Muson here today. I appreciate you both stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’m excited about the Signed copy of Looming Storm Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com We will run until the Sept 1st.


Three questions for your readers. 

PLEASE ANSWER ONE of the following questions to be entered into the drawing.  (Note: For USA Entries only)

1.Do you read the last page of the book before you start reading the beginning? If so, why? If not, why not?

2,Many TBCN fans have read many of our books. Authors don’t always hear from readers, so we’d like to know from the TBCN fans. If you’ve read our books, which one did you like the most and why? Secondly, do you have a favorite character? If so, who?



3,In The Looming Storm, teenager Kaley Montanna considers her mother, Federal Agent Eva Montanna, to be her role model. Do you have a hero/mentor? Who is it and what difference has he or she made in your life?

NAME DRAWN for a Signed copy of The Looming Storm is Loraine Nunley. CONGRATS!


HAPPY CONTEST!

Sincerely,

Nora :o)

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com
The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com

44 comments:

  1. I do not read the last page first because I'm usually eager to see how things start rather than finish.

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  2. In answer to: Do you read the last page of the book before you start reading the beginning? If so, why? If not, why not? - I do not read the end of the book before I begin because I don't want any spoilers. Many times I will not even read the back cover copy just before I read so I can be surprised.

    This book sounds really interesting. I have not read anything by these authors before so I will have to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  3. I do not read the last page of the book before I read the book, that would take the fun out of reading the book. My Mother used to do that and I would always try to stop her from doing that.

    I haven't read any books by these authors, they are new to me and would like to read.

    I guess my mentor would have been my Dad. I worked for him for a while and I got my work ethic from him and ended up back working at the same Company he worked for.

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  4. I never read the last page first. I like the suspense of not knowing the end and the thrill of trying to figure out what is going to happen next.
    I have read several books by the Munsons and enjoyed them all However, I am a history buff, so would have to say Stolen Legacy and Embers of Courage are my favourites.
    My mentor/role model is my mom who both demonstrated and taught that where there is a will, God will help you find a way.

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  5. I also never read the last page first. The fun is in seeing if you connect with the characters enough to figure out how the book will end.

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  6. I do not read the last page first as I don'the wantvtobride know how the story ends before I know how it begins. Have not read any other books by these authors, but this book sounds eonderf8 fascinating and would live to read it.

    Melanie73@live.com


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  7. I do not read the last page first as I don'the wantvtobride know how the story ends before I know how it begins. Have not read any other books by these authors, but this book sounds eonderf8 fascinating and would live to read it.

    Melanie73@live.com


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  8. I do not read the last page of a book first as I don't want to know how a book ends before I know how it begins. I haven't read any other books by these authors, but this book sounds wonderfully fascinating and I would love to read it.

    melanie73@live.com

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  9. I have never read the last page before reading the entire book but once and that was enough for me. I want to know what happens before the last page.

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  10. I never read the last page before reading the book. I enjoy mysteries and suspense and like to watch the plot build, so I don't want to know the end before the beginning.

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  11. Many years ago I would skip to the last page and read it. I quickly discovered it ruined the book for me so I stopped. I like to be surprised!

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  12. I never read the last page of the book. I don't want to ruin the story.

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  13. 1. I always read the end of the book before I even decide to read it. I want to know where the book is going and how the author wants me to feel at the end. If it's a super cheesy ending and everything is hunky-dorey, I don't pick it up and read it. ;)

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  14. 1) I no longer read the last page of the book. I don't want to know how the story ends before I have read it. I once read the author's comments at the back of the book before reading the story, and it had a shocking spoiler. I did go ahead and read the book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have because I knew what was coming. Lesson learned!

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  15. I have been guilty of reading the last page of the book (not necessarily) before the first, just to see if everything ends up ok.

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  16. I have never read the last page of a book before I have read the rest of the book. The more suspenseful the story is, the less likely I am to put it down for a long time. I will likely finish it in a day or two.

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  17. #3 - My mom has always been my role model. I am who I am because of the way she raised me and the example she set for me!

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  18. Not only do I NOT read the ending first, but I also never read sneak peeks. It's too much torture reading just a bit of a book, especially if the book isn't released for awhile.

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  19. I never read the last page first! That would just be wrong! LOL

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  20. My hero/mentor is my dear 86 year old mama, because no matter how ill she is or what life throws at her, she always has a smile, kind word, and praise for Our Lord and Savior on her lips.

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  21. I do not read the last page first. One reason is that I don't want to spoil the suspense. The other reason is that I like to try to follow the action, watch for clues, and see if I can figure out how it will end.

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  22. No I do not read the last page.. I want to be surprised and want to read the whole book to find out!!

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  23. To me it would be a sin to read the last page of the book prior to actually getting there.... I am an AVID reader and getting to those last few pages creates two feelings 1. It's exciting to get to the end. 2. It's almost like losing a friend when you get to the end ��

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  24. I do not read the last page first because that would spoil the ending.

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  25. 1 - I do skim through the last few pages of books. Sometimes again while I'm reading the book so everything makes sense. I read mysteries and I like to see how it ends. I can't stand not knowing (must be my anxiety). I didn't used to do this when I was younger. It's not a spoiler for me; it adds to the enjoyment. Then you know who's innocent and who wasn't (therefore, they were lying to the sleuth or police about their movements).

    2 - No, haven't read any of your books and hadn't heard of these authors before.

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  26. No, I do not read the last page of the books I read. That normally gives away what happens.

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  27. #3 - I have a mentor; she is my Aunt Lu. She is someone whose attitudes I would like to mirror - she isn't afraid to tell me when she makes mistakes, memorizes many scriptures, among other things. She brought me back to the Lord over 20 years ago after a long period of doubt and fear and encourages me through this extended health challenge. Praise God for mentors! (Jeanie Dannheim)

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  28. I usually try to refrain from reading the ending before a start a book. If I get frustrated by the action, I may sneak a peek, but usually that spoils the surprise.

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  29. I never read the end until I've reached it. I want to see if I have guessed how it will end correctly. Most of the time I do, but then I like to go back and try to find all of the "bread crumbs" I might have missed along the way. Such fun! I haven't read anything by the Musin's, but their experiences certainty provide a lot of story fodder. I look forward to reading some of the books.

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  30. Q:1 I don't read the back of the book before the beginning but occasionally, if I am in the middle and I just can't stand the pressure.... I will take a sneak peak and make sure everything turns out all right. :-) But honestly I don't do it often because it takes away from the suspense of wondering what happens.

    I have not read any of your books. The current giveaway book was on my list of wants but I didn't get to request it. I always enjoy finding new authors to read, and suspense, mystery type books are probably my favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  31. I do not read the last page because I'm very patient and like to let the story develop on it's own, looking for clues. It's not fun to know the ending. It spoils the book for me.
    Kathy F.

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  32. I do not read the last page and then read the book. I don't want to spoil the story and know the end before the beginning.

    Thank you!

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  33. I almost never read the last page first. It would ruin the suspense for me. However, if the book is boring I might skip around in the book then read the last page. Have to see if it got better. That happens rarely. I love a good Christian Suspense, Mystery, Murder type book. They are my favorite & I've never read anything by you but would love to. Will definitely be checking the Christian bookstores in town and see what they have by you.

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  34. DO I READ THE LAST PAGE FIRST? NO BECAUSE I WANT TO FIND OUT THE END OF THE BOOK AT THE END NOT EARLY BEFORE YOU HAVE READ TH REST OF THE BOOK.SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  35. I've never read the last page before I get there because I want to read the story and learn as I go.

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  36. #1) I do not read the last page before I start a book at the beginning. That would spoil the fun of "meeting" the characters and learning their story. I like to try to see if I can figure out how it's going to end before I get to the end of the book.

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  37. Do you read the last page of the book before you start reading the beginning? If so, why? If not, why not?

    It depends upon the book. Typically I read the synopsis, the first page (still love those amazing first sentences) and if I'm still in doubt, the SECOND TO THE LAST chapter. :) Most of the time I prefer to be surprised. I love suspense and true crime style stories. Especially when female law enforcement is involved. :)

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  38. Sorry to say I do sometimes, not always read the last page; not before I start, but usually after I've started a book.😯 Not sure why, but it doesn't spoil it for me.

    My parents have always been role models for me. Seeing Christ living through them, points me toward Christ.

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  39. I only read from front to back, never the last page first LOL

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  40. No. I do not read the end of the book before I start reading. Once or twice, I did scan the last chapter for a character's name just to be sure the made it and to be prepared in case they didn't.

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  41. To answer the question about reading the last page first......

    I never read the last page first because it would totally ruin the suspense for the entire book. Even as a child/teen, I always started from the very beginning.
    Just like in life, I wouldn't want to know the last day of my life and what I would be doing, it's just a big spoiler for everyone!!!!

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  42. These comments are so encouraging. No further need for subterfuge in our book endings, as most people don't cheat and look there before beginning the book.

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  43. Here's an idea for Book Club Network readers. This suggestion will usually work when reading our novels and might work when reading novels by other authors, depending on their writing style. In The Looming Storm, the heroine has a mysterious meeting with Bo Rider, her CIA counterpart. The meeting occurs in Nottaway Park in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. It is the same park used by the infamous FBI agent, turned spy, Robert Hanssen to leave messages for his Russian handlers. If a reader Googles "Nottaway Park, VA, the reader can be transported right to the park. Using the Satellite image option, the reader can see the benches near the ball park where Eva and Bo met. This is true of most of the settings in our thrillers and possibly in other's novel too.

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  44. NAME DRAWN for a Signed copy of The Looming Storm is Loraine Nunley. CONGRATS! Thanks to David/Diane Munson for dropping by and sharing what you did in your interview. I know that readers enjoyed it as much as I did!

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