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DEBUT NOVEL DELUSION & GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY


ABOUT AUTHOR: In a youth culture intrigued by the paranormal yet often skeptical of biblical claims, Laura Gallier seeks to bring awareness and understanding to issues surrounding the supernatural. Having battled her own enemies of the soul throughout her teen and young adult years, she is on a mission to expose deception with the light of truth, bringing hope and healing to a generation in need. Laura lives in the greater Houston area with her husband, Patrick, and their three children. Get to know Laura better at www.lauragallier.com.

Can you share your testimony with us?
LAURA: As a young girl, I based all of my life decisions on the examples set by my friends and the media. This led me down a dark path, including sexual promiscuity, that began in the eighth grade. It was only after I experienced an unplanned pregnancy, followed by a quick marriage and equally quick divorce, that I arrived at a destiny-changing realization: God’s commandments are for my protection.

Whereas I'd always dismissed biblical standards as old fashioned and God as a cosmic killjoy, I now understood that His instructions are wise and lifesaving—an expression of His love and desire to protect us.
Laura speaks at schools

In time, as I immersed myself in God’s Word and pursued a relationship with Him, the Lord healed me of the regret and shame associated with my past. His biblical plan for sex and family became increasingly clear to me, and soon I started sharing it with audiences and developing resources along those lines. It also became clear that, as was once the case with me, many people today have no clue that the demonic world is real and that Satan uses sexual perversion and other temptations in an effort to destroy us. I’ve devoted my life to exposing his strategies and equipping people to overcome them through faith in Christ.

Nora: Thank you for sharing your testimony and journey with us. I’m so grateful the Lord inspired you to write The Delusion. Praying the He continues to inspire you and gives you surprises for the story line in the sequel; along with favor in obtaining funding for the movie. I love it when I am captivated by a story and the Lord uses the characters struggle and/or event to show me something I never would have seen otherwise. I felt that way about reading your novel.

You talk about teen suicide in your book and lift the veil to let readers see the forces that might be provoking these acts. There is a toxic trend in today's Ya media to romanticize serious teen issues like suicide and self-harm, popularizing them in TV series such as 13 Reasons Why. What are your thoughts on this? Why did you make this part of your book?

LAURA: When I was first writing the self-published version of The Delusion back in 2012, I chose to include teen suicide in the storyline because it so demonstrates the tragic result of believing evil’s lies—to the point of being willing to end one’s life. I had no idea at the time that teen suicide rates would spike, but of course, the Lord knew and led me to address the issue. It grieves me to see how 13 Reasons Why seems to glorify suicide, and I have no doubt what force is ultimately behind that. It makes me all the more passionate to see The Delusion reach the masses so that students can become aware of where suicidal thoughts come from and how to combat them.



Later this week, I’m participating in a video shoot featuring a young man’s testimony of having changed his mind about killing himself after reading The Delusion. It is my prayer that this video will circulate far and wide, giving students hope and a new perspective on the gift of life. (View the video on DelusionSeries.com).

Nora: Wow, thanks for sharing the video. It’s a powerful video. Fascinating to hear how God was working on you and the enemy was working on the boy. So, thankful someone gave him your book to read.

I’m a chicken at heart, and I liked that you weren’t super graphic in the novel written for a YA audience. I saw the trailer for the movie, and it’s pretty scary. How did your novel become a movie? How graphic will you all get in the movie? What do you hope viewers will see and take away from the movie that they wouldn’t glean from your book?
George Clooney's Production manager

LAURA: When I was 13 years old, I had a vivid dream that I was on a movie set, being chased by a hate-filled, yet handsome film director who I intuitively knew was Satan. He pursued me to the point that I thought he was going to kill me—and then a double-edged sword appeared in my hands, causing Satan to gasp with horror and shrink miserably into the ground, vanishing away entirely. It was only when I started writing The Delusion and envisioning it as a movie that I was reminded of that powerful childhood dream.

While we have created a book trailer video, we have yet to shoot the movie; however, I am fully convinced that The Delusion will be an incredible feature film someday that engages the masses, exposes the enemy, and extends the gospel. That said, it’s been four trying years of working hard with various production companies only to experience ongoing setbacks that sabotage forward momentum. True to my dream, I believe there are ultimately opposing forces at work, but as my supporters and I cling to the Word of God (the double-edged sword), we know we will experience victory, delivering an exceptional feature film! (All who are willing, please agree with us in prayer.)

Whereas the book relies on imagination, the movie will allow us to depict forces of good and evil through visual means—including how these forces operate in students’ lives—which will be majorly eye opening and impactful. It will be a thriller, not a horror movie, and although the content will be clean from start to finish, it will likely be rated PG-13 due to intensity and mature themes.

Nora: I agree with you on the rating. This is not a light-hearted read.

A friend of yours has a time machine, and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?
Laura doing book signing at school

LAURA: I would go back in time to when my father was a child and desperately needed a mother’s love. If I could care for him, perhaps I could spare him some of the wounds that have ultimately taken their toll on my family for generations. Of course, I’d also want to travel back to when Jesus walked the earth and hear him preach in person! I wouldn’t mind seeing the Red Sea part either.

Nora: These would be powerful and moving trips.

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorites?

LAURA: Small children laughing hysterically.
Worshipful music.
The thundering roar of a Lamborghini accelerating.
My husband saying, “Honey, dinner’s ready.”

Nora: Amen! Amen!

ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS?

LAURA: When God inspires us to do something, the very next thought usually involves an awareness of how unqualified we are and why we can’t and shouldn’t dare to follow through. Act in spite of those relentless, mean thoughts, and God will achieve glorious and great things through you.

Nora: I’m glad you persevered and wrote The Delusion. It’s a game changer. 

CONGRATS TO CARYL KANE
Whose name was drawn for a copy of Delusion.

TO ENTER DRAWING ANSWER ONE of the Following Question:

1. Have you read any Frank Peretti type stories? If so, which ones?
2. Looking at the cover of The Delusion would you give it a try after reading what I've said about this novel? Here is the link to my review of this book I highly recommend it. http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2017/08/frank-perretti-fans-check-out-this.html 
3. What books do you not read? You deem too scary to read?
4. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

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Nora St. Laurent
The Book Club Network Inc. http://www.bookfun.org
You can read author interviews, reviews, learn about book signings and about TBCN giveaways on the blog she created called The Book Club Network blog, 
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Nora also does author interviews and reviews for Book Fun Magazine 
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Nora has also run book clubs face to face and on-line with more than 100 members. She enjoys working part time for the Public Library as a CSA.

24 comments:

  1. I love Frank Peretti books, my favorite is The Visitation. Could not put it down. This book looks really interesting.

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  2. 2. I think that this cover is intriguing and I definitely would like to read this story. The subject is Very relevant!
    4. I love mystery/suspense and historical fiction and I tend to read the books written by Christian authors.. There are some secular authors that I also enjoy but they don't overstep the lines of excessive violence, sex and profanity.
    Thanks for sharing today. I pray that your movie will find funding and support.
    Blessings!

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  3. 1. I have read Frank Peretti and I want to read more of him. I started with This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. I read those as a teenager and they still stay with me today. The closer I grow in my relationship with God, the more real the supernatural is to me. I would love to have the opportunity to read this book. Thank you so much for showcasing it and letting us know about this wonderful author.

    In Him,
    Cheri :)

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  4. I have read and enjoyed "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti!

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  5. Thank you for writing this book! I relate to your story and have spent the last 10 years teaching on the lies of the enemy. Your book could be an answer to prayer as to how to reach teens and young adults earlier!

    I loved the cover...being bound, trying to reach out through thick fog. The cover and the write up has made me super excited to read this book!

    Shannon Clark

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  6. This Present Darkness though it's been years since I read it.

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  7. I have read a lot of Frank Perretti's books. My favorites are This Present Darkness series. It made me see the impact of prayer in heaven in a new way.

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  8. I have The Visitation by Frank Peretti and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

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  9. I have read several Peretti books. Monster was an interesting one. I have read most of Ted Dekkers books also.

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  10. I used to read horror fiction in my late teens/early 20's. I no longer read those books because of the scary images they bring to mind. I would love to read The Delusion. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. No I have never read Frank Peretti sure I'd love to read your book just looking at the cover it looks like a good super natural read, I don't read romance much or porn at all, there isn't much to scary for me to read since I experienced the super natural and high strangeness from the age of five years old, I read Sci For, action adventure and monster books, thanks for entering me in the contest

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  12. I LOVE Frank Perretti's books. My favorites are This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of The Delusion.

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  13. I have read Peretti’s THIS PRESENT DARKNESS and PIERCING THE DARKNESS. I love his books and wish he wrote more like these two.

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  14. Yes, I have read The Darkness books by Mr. Perretti and really liked them.
    #4 My favorite genre is hard to narrow down! I like "clean" reads, Christian suspense or women's fiction or mainstream cozy mysteries. I like the challenge of thinking through mysteries and seeing how Christians handle challenges. I also saw another review by Blooming with Books so between that and Nora, I am looking forward to reading this.

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  15. Comment from Catherine DeYoung "I really enjoy Frank Perretti's books. I have read The Visitation, This Present Darkness, and Piercing The Darkness. I can't say I have a favorite add all were very good. I would love to win a copy of The Delusion and the opportunity to read that as well."

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  16. I usually try to avoid horror or terrifying plots that seem to exist only to frighten people.

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  17. I’ve read several of Perretti’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I used to read a lot of Stephen King’s books but in the last number of years because of the language. Love historical fiction especially if well researched. I love reading about the past. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.

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  18. Yes, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness.
    I think I would enjoy your story too.. The review & interview were so interesting!

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  19. I love horror, and have been reading Stephen King since I was 8! I hate westerns! and cowboy romances

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  20. I've read Peretti's Darkness trilogy and our book club just finished reading The Oath. All great books to make you think about the unseen.

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  21. I have read two of Frank Peretti's books - House and The Oath. My husband has several of Frank Peretti's books. When he finished House and recommended me to read it, I thought for sure that it was "not my type of genre," but to please him, I thought I would give it a try. I was spellbound. I don't usually like horror movies or books, but Peretti's type of writing kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  22. CONGRATS TO CARYL KANE Your name was randomly drawn.

    THANKS to everyone for stopping by and answering my questions. It's always GREAT to hear from you.

    Congrats! Again! THANKS to the publisher for the giveaway opportunity.

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  23. I'm so excited to have won! Thank you Laura, Nora and TBCN!

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