Author Interview with Ronie Kendig!

 

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing one of my all-time favorite authors: Ronie Kendig! Her books combine some of the most intensely real characters I have ever read with stunning un-put-downable action scenes.If y’all out there haven’t tried any of her books yet, you really should. You won’t regret it! 

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Author Bio:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of a dozen novels. She grew up an Army brat. Now, she and her husband, an Army veteran, have an adventurous life in Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie’s degree in Psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

 

 

The Interview

What is your favorite hobby?
I would probably say crocheting or decorating.

Which do you prefer? Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Um, depends. Haha. I think coffee as long as you’re talking Stabucks lattes. And tea – well, that’s pretty much always good. I’m not big on hot chocolate, though.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I’m a 2nd degree black belt in tae kwon do

What are the hardest scenes for you to write?
I think action scenes are tough because I really work them hard–I make sure every action has a reaction. Ever impact a resonance. They take a lot out of me, and I’ll rewrite them as many times as possible to get it right.
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Of all the characters you have written, do you have a favorite?
I do not – because each of them are a favorite for a different reason. I am really fond of Tox right now, but perhaps that’s because I’m immersed in his story still.

All your characters have an incredible amount of emotional depth. How do you write them so realistically?
I think that having a degree in psychology has really helped me a lot–and understanding people. I’ve got a sixth sense about people, and that drives my stories. I’ll never start a story without exploring the character first.

Are you an outliner, or a seat-of-your-pants writer?
Yes. Ha. Sorry, I’m not being difficult but there are times I plot and times run by the seat of my pants. Depends on the story and/or the demands of my publisher.

Is there anything specific that you hope readers take away from your writing?
You said in the question–HOPE. I want readers to see and believe there is ALWAYS hope, especially hope in Christ.
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What is one piece of advice you would like to give aspiring authors?
It’s very important to take the time to learn the ropes of writing, learn the rules and they why of those rules. It’s so easy to say, “they just don’t get my story,” or to want to push and be “edgy” or “real,” but perhaps that really means you are still growing into your authorial skin. Even with fifteen traditionally published novels, I know I still have a lot to learn, and I pray I never stop learning/growing. So, learn those rules. Master them. But in the end, down the road, don’t let them strangle your story or your voice.

 

Thank you so much, Ronie, for taking the time to do this interview with me! It was great having you!

Conspiracy of Silence: a book review

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Conspiracy of Silence: a book review

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Description:

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers–and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague–but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem–but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

My Review: 

Cole “Toxic” Russell lives up to his name. Everyone who gets close seems to invariably get poisoned by his existence. After a massive snafu involving a very high profile target – with personal connections – Tox and his team are courtmartialed and imprisoned. Yet he is given one last chance to save his team. One job, then they’re free and he can disappear.

Four years later Tox gets hunted down by the very government who abandoned him, and they want him back.

Standing under the command of men he doesn’t trust, and with a team that hates him, Tox is expected to find a deadly bioweapon contained within a set of ancient religious artifacts before millions of people die.

Oh, man, where do I even begin?

Tox is a great character. Deeply flawed, seriously hurting and angry, but with a great heart beneath. Kasey, our main female lead, was also a lot of fun. As an FBI deception expert, nobody could get anything past her, the human lie detector. I’m a bit jealous of her “superpower”. Wish I had it. Life would be so much easier.

To also had a really great team, even if they were rather harsh with him sometimes. Okorie was my special favorite of that group. He’s Tox’s rock. Without him, I feel that things would really have begun to crumble.

No one writes military fiction like Ronie Kendig. In fact, I swear she gets better with every book. (Is that even possible?) She’s pretty much the only military fiction author I even bother to read anymore. Just like all the rest of her books, Conspiracy is non stop action from beginning to end. I was riveted to my seat from the time I picked it up. Only the consequences of not showing up for work on time could convince me to set it down – but I still brought it with me. Any breaks I got at work immediately saw me glued back to that book. I lost a lot of sleep too, thanks to it. Book 2 – Crown of Souls – can’t come fast enough for me!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. One kiss.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs:  clean
Blood/violence: There is a great deal of violence in this book. several firefights and fistfights, chase scenes, and some death. Descriptions of blood are minimal. Worst part is the phosphorus weapon the villains use, a nasty piece that burns a person from the inside out. There was one fairly descriptive scene of that happening.

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Happy Reading y’all!

Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

I had been planning to post a favorite books of 2016 list but unfortunately there was a bit of a mishap with the post and I lost it. So instead of looking to the past, let’s look to the future and what 2017 will bring. Unfortunately most of them don’t yet have covers, but I guess that’ll just have to be another fun thing to anticipate, right?

Now where to begin? There are just so many awesome books coming up that I hardly know where to start!  Unfortunately, if I tried to put every book I’m anticipating on this list it would be a mile long. So this is really only a handful of the books I’m counting the days ’til they release.

Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

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Deliver by Tricia Mingerink

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Mercy’s King + Mercy’s Joy by Katy Huth Jones

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Fierian and Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

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The Noble Servant + The Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

Fuego in the Night by Alicia A. Willis

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The Wounded Shadow (Working Title) by Patrick W. Carr

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Awakened by Morgan L. Busse

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Unraveling by Sara Ella

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Into the Void by Joshua A. Johnson

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

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An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

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What about you? What are some of the books you are eagerly anticipating the release of in 2017?