Friday, January 21, 2011

My Friend Ronie - Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Ronie Kendig to the blog to talk about her latest romantic suspense. It sounds awesome, so y'all are in for a treat!

Ronie has been kind enough to offer a giveaway, too. So as usual, to be entered please leave a comment below with an email address where I can reach you in the event that you win.


About Ronie

Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat, married a veteran, and they now have four children and a Golden Retriever. She has a BS in Psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Ronie lives in the Dallas/Ft Worth her family and their pets, Daisy, a Golden Retriever and Helo, the Maltese Menace.


What's your latest book?

Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2) was released January 1 from Barbour Publishing. Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a Marine trying to find his footing as he battles flashbacks now that he’s back home. Piper Blum is a woman in hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. When their hearts collide, more than their lives is at stake. Will Colton find a way to forgive Piper’s lies? Can Piper find a way to rescue her father, trapped in Israel? Is there any way their love, founded on her lies, can survive?

Oo, sounds intriguing! What's your favorite part of the story?

Oh man, that’s. . .hard. I can’t give away the story. . .but there are so many favorites parts, too. I guess one aspect that I loved in this book was Colton’s relationship with his family, especially his daughter. That’s pivotal. I loved writing the scene in the mall when his daughter vanishes.

We authors are such strange folk, delighting in making terrible things happen to our beloved characters, LOL. What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

I’ve spent the last week reading Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Fascinating story and read. I have a stack of books sitting next to me that are champing at the bit for me to read: Decision Points by George W. Bush, Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, and Valley of the Shadow by Tom Pawlik. That’s not counting the dozens more that I have.

I just read Pathfinder! It was fabulous. We ordered his other new release too. =) Lost Gate, I believe. Anyway. While we're on the topic of books . . . Other than the Bible, what's your favorite of all the books you've ever read?

It would definitely have to be The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis because that book radically changed my mind and life.

I've yet to read those, though several friends have recommended them. One of these days . . . Okay, so what's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

Years ago, at a small group meeting, we had to write something about those around us on 3X5 cards. One friend wrote that “Ronie is sweet. . .and unassuming.” Sweet? Well, if you insist, but the “unassuming” stopped me cold. I had to ask my husband what that meant to him, and when he explained, I realized. . .she’s right. But I’d never really thought about that, and it blessed me that someone would notice such a small thing about me.

Awwww. Any funny family stories about living with a writer?

It was the night when Brian and I were flat broke but managed to scrape up a smidge to go out for a CHEAP dinner date. We were sitting there in the restaurant, and he mumbled something that threw my mind back into my story... I have no idea how long I sat there, staying off into space before he said, "I've lost you, haven't I?"  I felt HORRIBLE. Our first night out in eons and I spent it with my characters. *blush* I apologized profusely, but he laughed, said he loved that I loved writing so much.

Another awwwwww. Aren't those supportive hubbies grand? =) Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

Yes, absolutely! In July, the third installment of the Discarded Heroes will release—Wolfsbane. Then in January, the final book releases, Firethorn.

Can I just say I love your titles? =) Okay, one final question. Is there another author who has greatly influenced your writing?

This question brings warmth to my heart just thinking about my mentor, John Olson. He plucked “me” from an entry in the Genesis contest—before it was called the Genesis. I didn’t final that year, but John sought me out, befriended me, and told me he wanted to be my advocate. He has such a passionate heart for writers, and such a very gentle soul. But he’s wildly creative and sometimes, he just blows my mind with the way his works. He has not only encouraged me, but championed me in so many ways. I would *not* be where I am without John’s help (through the Lord, of course). He’s become like a big brother to me. If you haven’t read his books—Shade, Powers, Fossil Hunter, Oxygen, Fifth Man—take a moment to do so. He’s amazing and so very brilliant!


Thanks for visiting, Ronie! Everyone, you can get her books at Amazon or CrossPurposes. And check out her website at

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 1/28/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Ronie is one of my favorite authors and I loved getting to know her better in this interview! Great job.

  2. Thank you, Roseanna, for featuring me, Colton, and Digitalis. :D

    Sara -- You are way too good to me. Thank you so much.

  3. Great interview! I loved learning more about Ronie Kendig. I'm a fan and an Army brat too. :o)

    leesmithwriting at yahoo dot com

  4. I've seen this book being advertised around the different blogs and it sounds like a book I'd enjoy! Thanks for the interview, I enjoyed it as well. Carman sent me.

  5. Carman sent me. After reading this interview I know I would like to read it.

  6. I would love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  7. Sounds great!


  8. This book sounds really interesting. Would love to read it!


  9. I love Ronie's books and don't have this one yet.

    Michelle V

  10. Please enter me! This book looks good!


  11. I would love to read this one! Suspense is one of my favorite genres. Great interview, ladies.


  12. I would love to win this book.
    I haven't read any of Ronie's books yet but this one and the first in the series sure look and sound good!
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
    Carman sent me.

  13. Enjoyed the interview...would love to read the book!

  14. Ronie, I haven't read your writings yet, and I hope to do so soon. My husband and I raised 4 army brats together, so we have a little in common. Before I forget, Carmen sent me and I appreciate her doing so. Thank you for offering this book as the giveaway and for the chance to win. I hope I win!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  15. I'd love to win this one!


  16. I haven't heard of this author before, but her book sounds great. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks.
    tressa dot sherman at

  17. I have never read a book by Ronie. I like this one. There is so much going on in the characters lives. Sent by Carman.


  18. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I hope those who haven't had a chance to explore my books will soon get a chance. Blessings to all!

  19. Loved the interview and the book sounds very good and Id love to win and read it! Havent tried her books yet!

  20. Looks like a great book!


  21. I've heard a lot about this book Ronie! Looks like a fun, suspenseful read - which is right up my alley! :-)

    I'd love a chance at winning this book. Thanks!

    ~ Katy

  22. Count me in!

    dwarzel at

  23. I haven't read a good romantic suspense in a long time---I think this one should fit the bill.

  24. thanks for the chance to read ronie's latest novel...

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  25. great interview .I'd love to read this book

  26. I've actually read some good reviews on this book too, but glad to read the interview. Please enter me in the giveaway!

    dunlizzies_corner at yahoo dot com

  27. Carman sent me and I would love to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  28. Nice interview and great looking book!

  29. I love a good army related story. Great interview!


  30. I would like to read this work.

  31. The plot has lots of conflict and action. I would like to read this to see the outcome

    rhondastruthers at

  32. Sounds fantastic. After taking a 10 year reading hiatus, I am looking for some new material to start reading again!

    sylver_1982 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  33. this sounds amazing, i can't wait to read it
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  34. Carman sent me. Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a really good read!

  35. It sounds like a great book. I would love to read it.

  36. Enjoyed the interview...hope I get the chance to enjoy this book as well!

  37. This sounds like an interesting read