Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Scent of Fear by Susan J. Reinhardt

Happy New Year! Hope you all are doing well. :)

First up for 2014 is a stop on author Susan J. Reinhardt's blog tour. Susan is celebrating the release of her latest book, The Scent of Fear.

The Overview:

First the The Moses Conspiracy, now The Scent of Fear....

The Zimmermans enjoy the tenuous peace in the wake of their hair-raising year battling the New Patriots. Unexpected visitors once again throw them into turmoil.

Jim Kenneman, Director of National Security, masterminded the plan to break up a hate group ravaging the Christian community. Now, his enemies are out to eliminate him. Should he make a run for it or stick by his tried-and-true negotiating skills?

Monty Addison, a topnotch operative, carried out his assignment in Bird-in-Hand. A plot to destroy his boss sends him on a mission. Without agency sanction, it may cost him everything - his career, his family, and maybe his life.

Dr. Abby Weaver strives to save infants and toddlers in Holmes County, Ohio. When she meets two strangers, she can't get the tall, handsome one out of her mind. Will their paths intersect again or will dangerous times keep them apart?

Susan's tour includes a giveaway, so check out the details below.

I thought it would be fun to interview one of Susan's characters, and chose Jim Kenneman. Those of you who have Susan's first book, The Moses Conspiracy, will remember Jim. He plays a more prominent role in The Scent of Fear, and this interview offers his perspective on the action.

Without further ado, I give you Mr. Jim Kenneman:

KLIf someone told you 20 years ago that the United States would have been in this political state, would you have believed them? How would you have responded?

JK: No. I would have said it was impossible. Our Constitution built many safeguards into the government to keep any one branch from becoming too powerful. Americans are a feisty bunch and wouldn't put up with their freedoms being abridged.
KL: What was running through your mind as you were fleeing D.C.?
JK: It was surreal. I couldn't believe what was happening to me. I'd done nothing wrong, and yet the authorities were determined to kill me. Having to take on a new identity and not being able to contact my son and his wife was and is still one of the most difficult aspects of the entire experience.
KL: You were instrumental in shutting down a hate group in the Lancaster, PA area that targeted Christians. What motivated you to take the action that you did?
JK: I have a strong sense of fairness. Even though I wasn't a Christian, I was a husband, father, and grandfather. Having lost my wife and grandson, I knew how much it hurt and didn't want them to suffer a similar fate.
KL:  What do you foresee life in the United States like in 15 years?

We're now in 2032. Life is still difficult for Christians and is getting worse for the general population. We've not been able to travel freely for some time now, and there's still much anti-Christian sentiment. The former methods of the ballot box, pressuring legislators to be accountable, and expecting courts to operate within the confines of the Constitution no longer apply. There's little recourse for the American people. At my age, I may not see how this plays out, but I pray for the younger generation. There will come a time when history books are re-written to suit those in power, and there will be no one with firsthand experience to challenge the lies.

KL: Thanks, Jim (and Susan) for sharing your thoughts with us today! Wishing you all the best, Susan, with your books!

For more info on Susan and her books, visit her blog.

Purchase The Scent of Fear on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

More About Susan 

Susan J. Reinhardt's publishing credits include her debut novel, The Moses Conspiracy, and the Christmas novella The Christmas Wish, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

You can connect with Susan at her Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.





My Review for The Scent of Fear

The sequel to The Moses Conspiracy takes readers on another exciting journey into the future of the United States. Filled with action, suspense, and mystery, this story expands characters from The Moses Conspiracy, sharing their lives, trials, and how they come to terms with future events. Although I highly recommend The Moses Conspiracy, you do not need to read it to understand what is happening in The Scent of Fear. I like that. Reinhardt's latest will entertain, engage, and challenge readers from start to finish. Looking forward to book 3!

The Giveaway

Open to US addresses only. One person will receive a $25 Amazon GC and a copy of The Scent of Fear. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered: a Rafflecopter giveaway The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced January 17, 2014.


What are you reading in the new year? Have you read any of Susan's books?

Happy reading and writing,

Karen

Giveaway is open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Diane at That’s What I’m Here For… and sponsored by the author, Susan J. Reinhardt. The author provided me with a free copy of The Scent of Fear to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free book.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 
 

18 comments :

  1. Welcome back, Karen!
    That vision of the future probably isn't that far off from reality.

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  2. Hi Karen -

    Thank you for featuring The Scent of Fear and Jim Kenneman on your blog today. I enjoyed doing the character interview. These folks do have a way of becoming real in our minds. :)

    Hi Alex - I pray the scenarios in my books or something similar never become a reality. As a people, we've become too complacent and replaced our Abba Father with abba government. (Note: For those who don't know, Abba is Daddy in Hebrew.) Thanks for your astute observation.

    Blessings,
    Susan




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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Susan's book and being part of the blog tour. I appreciate you and am wishing you wondrous joy for the New Year!

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  4. Alex,
    Thank you! The break has been great. Trying to stretch it out a bit further if I can...LOL I think you are right about Susan's book. I could see it happening in the US.

    Susan,
    It was a fun interview! I feel like I know Jim too after reading both books. Wishing you all the best! :)

    Diane,
    Thanks so much, you are so sweet! I enjoy hosting Susan! The interview was a lot of fun. Blessings and Happy New Year to you too! :)

    Happy reading,
    Karen

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  5. What a clever interview idea, Karen. Clapping here. Very creative!

    Congrats to Susan for her second book! Such good news for her, and I'm very happy.

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  6. Hi Diane - Thanks for all your help with the blog tour.

    Hi Karen - I'd love to do this again sometime with another character. :)

    Hi Rhonda - I thought it was a nice change from an author interview.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  7. Welcome back, Karen! There are days when I think that vision of the future isn't too far off - partly because I think God wants us to get back to prayer and complete reliance on him, instead of our coffees and cell-phones.
    It sounds like an exciting read!
    Currently, I'm reading The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr, and several other books at the same time.

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    1. Hi Tyrean - Thanks for commenting and Liking my author page. :)

      Blessings,
      Susan

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  8. Welcome back from your break! I love the title of this book and it sounds very interesting. I haven't read anything by Susan- yet. It was also fun to read the interview with the character- Jim. Thanks for sharing. :)

    I am reading a great MG book right now (the sequel to A Tale Dark and Grimm).

    Happy New Year!
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi Jess -

      Thanks for commenting! I hope you'll check out my books.

      Blessings,
      Susan :)

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  9. Rhonda,
    It was such fun! I like learning more about characters. By the time you are done the book, you really "know" them, you know? Glad you liked it. :)

    Tyrean,
    It is an exciting read. I got to read it before it was published, and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how things turned out! :)

    Jess,
    It is interesting, and you just might like Susan's books! :) Let me know if you get the chance to read one.

    Happy New Year,
    Karen

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  10. "We're now in 2032." Susan (or KL) may be far more prescient than we hope proves true! But, from reading history, her glimpse into the future may be more than just interesting. Sounds like an exciting read.

    Congratulations, Susan, on another book. And thanks, Karen for the good review here.

    And, I hope you both had a good Christmas and New Years! On to more writing, right? :)

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    1. Hi Warren -

      It's a scenario I hope never takes place. Yet, our actions are taken seemingly without a view to the consequences down the road. I hope all lovers of freedom wake up before it's too late.

      Book 3, with a working title of Out of the Mist, is currently being written. :)

      Happy New Year,
      Susan

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  11. Congrats to Susan.

    This book sounds intense from the description and character interview.

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    1. Thanks, Medeia -

      You can read several chapters for free on Amazon.

      Happy New Year,
      Susan :)

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  12. Warren,
    It is an interesting read, and one that really makes you think! Yes, exactly, more writing for 2014!

    Medeia,
    It does make you think, that's for sure!

    Happy New Year,
    Karen

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  13. This was a creative interview, Karen, and I loved it. You know I appreciate a good interview that's off the beaten path, and this idea of interviewing fictional characters is one I'm going to borrow for future interviews on my own blog. ;-)

    Susan's book sounds intriguing and like a page-turner. It's scary to think about our freedoms being further infringed, given the present political climate. We who respect our constitutionally-granted freedoms will continue to make our voices heard and hope our representatives fight the good fight on our behalf.

    Be well, ladies.

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  14. Janette,
    I cannot lay claim to the idea but I do think it is a good one! Yes, by all means, please borrow the idea. :) Susan's book is good - I enjoyed it at least. She is a wonderful writer!
    Take care and stay warm,
    Karen :)

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