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Review and Giveaway: Trapped by Lillian Duncan September 30, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Trapped

Author: Lillian Duncan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)/Stand Alone

Release Date: September 27, 2019

TrappedAngelina Matthews has everything—rich, famous and beautiful—until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God. Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman. When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped—not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped. As an ex-Chicago cop he’s had his own demons to wrestle, but his faith helped him to move forward. He reaches out to Angelina whose paranoid delusions have her trapped still. But are they delusions?



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About the AuthorLillian-Duncan-238x300.jpg

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Her goal is to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us. To learn more about her, visit as well as her devotional blog at


More from Lillian

TRAPPED is my latest suspense novel. And suspenseful, it is! With just the right about of romance to make it even better.

You can’t help but love Nate Goodman—small-town policeman, believer in truth, justice, and Jesus—comes back home to the sleepy town of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio to work because nothing ever happens—until it does.

Angelina Matthews has everything. She’s rich, famous and beautiful until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God.

Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman.

When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped, not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. As an ex-Chicago policeman, Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped so he reaches out to help. Between the two of them, they have more than their fair share of problems. But that’s what makes the story exciting.

I have a philosophy when it comes to writing. If I find it boring so will the readers! That means I cut out the boring parts and focus on the action. I loved writing this story with all its twists and turns.

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To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and one of her eBook (readers choice)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

This book is full action, something always happening. We open with an action packed scene that is disturbing.

With that being said I didn’t really love this book. I don’t know if it was the style of writing that just didn’t resonant with me or something else. I do know I noticed a phrase that was repeat at least twice on the same page and then later as well, “if you say so.” It just didn’t seem to fit, I even reread it to see what was going on.

Also, when Nate comes to rescue Ange the immediate talk about God seemed fake to me. Most people wouldn’t just jump right into that when they are working and meeting someone they don’t know. But Nate’s faith was very strong.

I still liked this book it just wasn’t a book I loved. As always, these are my opinions and if the book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

Grab you copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


Write to the Point with Lillian Duncan September 2, 2015

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Lillian Duncan

Today we get write to the point with Lillian Duncan. She has visited us a couple of times before. You can check out her previous interviews here and here. Read on to see what she is up to these day 🙂

Tell us about your newest book.

Deadly Intent is the second in my Deadly Communications series that features Maven Morris, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who gets a little too involved with her clients. OK, a lot too involved. And that gets her into big trouble.

In Deadly Intent, she becomes a foster mother to an abandoned child who won’t or can’t speak. So many questions…who is he…why was he abandoned…where are his parents? Maven wants answers, and that’s when things start getting interesting not to mention deadly!


What inspired you to write this book?

I was a speech pathologist for more than thirty years and have been writing suspense for more than ten. So, it seemed a natural progression to create a crime-fighting speech pathologist! Of course, I never had anything quite so danger happen to me as a speech pathologist. And I’m OK with that.

What was your favorite part to write?

I love the way the writing process works. Sometimes, you write a sentence or two and you have no idea why. Then it all becomes clear as the story continues. That happened in Deadly Intent as well. Maven has to come up with a name for her foster son. She (along with a little help from me) picks Moses.

At the time, we picked it because it was a good strong biblical name but…later in the story you’ll find out just how much the name fits!

 What was the hardest part to write?

 My first answer was to say nothing, but on reflection…When I wrote this I was in the middle of treatment for my bilateral brain tumors. It hasn’t been easy and it’s still going on. So in fact, none of the stories I’ve written in the past few years would have been written without the grace and goodness of God.

 What kind of research did you do for this book?

 I’m not a big researcher. As I write, I do whatever research needs to be done. Since I’ve been a speech pathologist for many years, a lot of research wasn’t needed.

 What’s the best thing about being an author?

 I love being able to create new characters with new problems and then helping them figure out how to get out of the problem!

 What’s the hardest thing about being an author?

 Without a doubt, book marketing! Lots of writers are introverts and I’m no exception. That means it’s especially difficult for me to get out there and market my books. On the other hand, it’s part of the job and I’m learning to do it—and even starting to enjoy it!

 What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?

 DON’T QUIT! If being a writer is your dream, you have to keep at it and not let the rejections get you down. It took me 15 years to get my first traditional book contract! Now I have seven published and three more to be released soon. What if I’d stopped at year 14 ½?

 If you were writing about your life what would the title be? 

 Actually, I released a book earlier in the year that talks about my life, some of my struggles, and my faith in God. It’s called GOD, LIFE, & HULA HOOPS. How’s that for a title?

Anything you would like add?

 Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

 To celebrate the release of Deadly Intent, I’m having a giveaway on my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at Grand prize is a $25 Amazon gift cards but that’s not all! Five more winners will get a $5 Amazon gift card. How’s that for a celebration?

All you have to do is hop over to and leave a comment on the Deadly Intent announcement. The contest ends September 26. PS. When you leave a comment, be sure to tell me what blog you read about me on. Then check back to see if you’re a winner!


 Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!

Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us

Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at


 deadly intent


DEADLY INTENT Back Cover Blurb:


Everyone belongs somewhere. The key to happiness is recognizing that place when you get there.

 Maven Morris can’t seem to find that place. A childless widow, she has no immediate family. Forced into a medical leave, she has no career. At loose ends, she hasn’t a clue what’s next for her.

 Her neighbor, Paul Jordan knows what he wants—to move their friendship to a new level. Maven may not know what’s next, but she does know she has no interest in romance with anyone— not even her handsome neighbor.

When a young boy is abandoned in the city park, he touches her heart. In spite of his obvious special needs, she agrees to provide a temporary foster home for him. She has no idea the impact he will have on her life—or the danger he brings to her doorstep.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. It’s great to hear about your newest writing adventure 🙂


Write to the Point with Lillian Duncan January 29, 2014

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Lillian DuncanThis week we get write to the point with Lillian Duncan. I interviewed  Lillian a while ago. You can read her first interview here. She has giveaway for you so read until the end to find out how to enter (it’s not through my blog).

Tell us about your newest book.

My newest book is BETRAYED. It’s the second in my Sisters By Choice series. Even though the books are romantic suspense, they also show the strong bonds between women when they face a crisis together.

BETRAYED is the story of Maria as she struggles to create a good life for her daughter in spite of being in the Witness Protection Program.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I do some crafting now and then. Also, my husband and I like to go camping. And by camping I mean with air conditioning, cable TV, and Wi-Fi! I enjoy playing and spending time with my 2 dogs and 3 parrots.

Your idea of camping is just like mine 🙂

Where do you get your ideas?

Each book happens in a different way. Sometimes, a scene pops in my head. Sometimes, I have an idea that I want to promote. For BETRAYED, I had written some of Maria’s story in DECEPTION, but it was edited out. Maria wasn’t happy about that and insisted I tell her story as well—so I did!

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I am a definite seat-of-the-pants writer. No outline at all. I sit down and I write. I never know what’s going to happen until it does. I learn about my characters as they show up in the story. I’ve tried outlining, but it doesn’t work for me.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

I can’t really say that I do, but there is one book that I haven’t tried to get published yet. It’s more of a supernatural horror story. I may do something with that this year. Or not!

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I’d say it’s more of a case of wishing I was like them. I’m more of a thinker while my characters are more about action.

Are you working on a new project now?

I’m working on edits for the third book in the Sisters By Choice series, REDEMPTION. Along with that I’m working on a new mystery novella series entitled DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS that features a crime-fighting speech pathologist! I was a speech pathologist for more than 30 years so this story was a lot of fun for me to write.

Anything you would like to add?

To celebrate the release of BETRAYED, I’m giving away a virtual gift basket at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at The virtual gift basket includes e-copies of all my books. Along with the books, a $25 Amazon gift card is included plus a few books from some writer friends. To enter the contest, simply hop on over to Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at, leave a comment on the post titled CELEBRATION! Winner will be chosen and announced on February 14.

 BETRAYED by Lillian Duncan


Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules–every rule. She’sBetrayed_h11347_300 given up everything–her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.

Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.

When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she’s wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one…and that’s her first mistake.


Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit:  She also has a devotional blog at:  as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. It was great to hear from you again. I pray God will continue to bless you and your writing.


Write to the Point with Lillian Duncan September 12, 2012

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Congratulations to Amada who won Linore Burkard’s book last week.

Today we get write to the point with Lillian Duncan.


DARK ALLEYS is a suspense-filled story about a woman who ends up homeless and alone in a dark alley on a cold winter night. She witnesses a murder while in a drunken stupor and almost becomes his second victim. She awakens in the hospital with no clear memory of how she was injured. She attempts to put her life back together but, of course, the murderer has other plans.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Being innocent and proving it are two different things, especially when a powerful politician is involved 

Tessa’s life spiraled out of control after the death of her only child, and she finds herself in a dark alley on a cold wintry night.  After she witnesses a murder, she almost becomes his second victim, but manages to escape—just barely.


Homeless and alone, she knows the authorities won’t believe someone like her, leaving her only one option—to run.


No, I’ve published several others. Last year I published DECEPTION and PURSUED.  I love to write books that have an element of mystery or suspense along with some romance.


I always root for the underdog—sometimes I have to do it in secret so my husband won’t know just how uncompetitive I am. Anyway, I wanted to write a story where the main character was the queen of underdogs and I think I did that.


At one time or another most of us end up in dark alleys, but God never deserts us. And that’s what I want readers to take away from this story. No matter what we’ve done, God never stops loving us.



I am not an outliner. I wish I were—it seems easier to me. But my mind doesn’t work that way. I never know what is going to happen in my story on any given writing day. It’s as if my mind is a movie screen and I watch that day’s events and then I write it.

When I start a new story I usually have a clear picture of the main character in mind and what obstacle he/she will face.

For example, in DARK ALLEYS I knew I wanted the main character to be homeless-the very epitome of powerless-and her opponent to be very powerful. When I started the story I didn’t know why she was homeless but as the story evolved, I learned more about Tessa and what brought her to that dark alley.

In another book, PURSUED, I knew I wanted the female lead to be a powerful type A personality and the male lead to be a laid-back, down-home kind of a guy. It was fun to watch the two of them interact with each other.


Not usually. Most of the time I have several characters who it might be and as the story comes to a conclusion, I am surprised right along with my readers.

In the case of DARK ALLEYS, I knew as will the readers who the bad guy is from the start. The mystery and suspense comes in from not knowing if Tessa will discover the murderer before he succeeds in his second attempt on her life.


I can certainly understand their point of view. And for some readers my stories might be a bit too graphic or edgy and that’s ok, I understand that. I would say my readers are those who like traditional suspense and mystery novels but are tired of all the explicit language and sex scenes that aren’t necessary to a good story.

I don’t promote or glorify violence in my stories and show characters experiencing the natural consequences of their bad choices and bad actions.


My stories always have an element of faith in them. How that plays out depends on the individual plots of each specific story. My main characters are always on a spiritual journey, though some may be further along than others.

One more word about Christian Fiction, it has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Other than erotica, readers can find their favorite genre as Christian Fiction as well as mainstream fiction. There are Christian Fiction books out there for every book lover—historical; romance; regency; science fiction; even horror novels.


Wouldn’t that be awesome? Usually, I have a hard time with this question but not this time. Tessa would be played by Demi Moore and Mark Lawrence (the detective) would have to be Richard Gere. And the politician would be Bruce Willis—if he would agree to act with Demi!


I have a Christmas novella that I’m finishing final edits on. It’s being published by Harbourlight Books and will be out in November or Decemeber. It’s called THE CHRISTMAS STALKING. It’s my first novella I’ve written and I loved that format so it won’t be my last.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

The Christmas Stalking: During the Christmas holidays, a country music star hides out from a stalker at a remote cabin in upstate New York. Destiny knows fame always comes with a price, but she’s tired of being a prisoner of the very fame she sacrificed so much for.

Terrorized by an unknown stalker and fearing for her life, she escapes to the summertime home of her youth. She yearns for a simpler life, but her fame follows—and so does her stalker.

The cover for THE CHRISTMAS STALKING is so awesome, you should take a look at


After high school graduation, I rebelled and chose to live a self-centered non-Christian lifestyle for more years than I care to admit. Looking back on those years, I can see where God steered me in the right direction regardless of the bad choices I was making.
None more obvious than when I decided I would go to college-almost 37 years ago. And yet I remember the moment quite clearly even to the point of knowing exactly where I was. I was driving toward home and was trying to decide what my major would be in college. And it was almost as if a voice spoke on the inside of me–TEACHER. I asked what kind of teacher? Deaf children the unheard voice told me.
Those words led me to a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education which led me to a more than 30 year career that I have loved and still love.God blessed me that day by guiding me to a career that was perfect for me.

My website is and I have a devotional blog at I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook at

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers.

Readers, Lilllian is giving away an ebook copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Lillian by September 18 at 5:00 PM.