To date I’ve read 22 Terri Blackstock novels and I have two of her older books on my shelf, so to say I was just a LITTLE excited to have the opportunity to interview her a couple of months ago would be an understatement!!

Our Interview:

When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?

I look forward to meeting Mary Magdalene, because she was an eye witness to Jesus’s ministry and He changed her completely. I think her perspective of those three years, and the years after his death and resurrection would be fascinating.

What would be the first question you would like to ask her?

I would ask her how the seven demons that were cast out of her manifested themselves. And I’d like to hear firsthand how her life was changed after that, and the part she played in the early church.

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

For the first eleven years of my life I wanted to be an actress, because I loved making up stories and getting my friends to act them out with me. When I turned eleven I started writing those stories down, and then I realized that I really didn’t want to act, I wanted to write. I realize it’s rare to actually become the thing you dreamed of being as a child. I feel extremely blessed that God gave me such clear direction so early.

How do you approach the New Year?

I love January because it’s a time of new beginnings, a time when I can start over with diets, Bible studies, my prayer life, and all the other areas where I falter during the year. If I’m disappointed in myself for some reason, I can wipe the slate clean and resolve to be a better person.

We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?

A good review is one that doesn’t give away the plot or the surprises in the book, but gives a thoughtful, honest critique of the story. A good reviewer would never review a book he/she hasn’t read. I know that seems like a no-brainer, but there are reviewers out there who base their reviews on the blurb on the cover. They declare a book good or bad without even opening it, and people listen to them. I also have a problem with people who declare a book bad simply because they disagree with its world view. Books should be judged on the plot, the characters, and the craft, and reviewers shouldn’t weigh in on genres they don’t like.

Reviewers need to play fair. A careless comment on Amazon or in a blog can hurt a writer’s livelihood and hinder their career. I’m not saying they should declare every book good just to keep us in business, but they should consider their words carefully and make sure  they’re giving each book a fair shot.

Thank you so much Terri for your interview.

My Review – I have enjoyed all of Terri’s  books, but the book series are my favorite. With a series the author can develop the characters giving the reader the opportunity to “know” them and see their growth over time. I was very excited when I learned Vicious Cycle would again feature the Covington family.

As the series title implies this is a story about the destructive power of addictions. Emily Covington has almost completed a year of rehab and will soon be returning home. This both excites and worries her mother, Barbara. Will Emily be able to handle life outside of rehab? Can you stay clean for the long term? However, Barbara gets hit with sometime never expected was that her 15 year old son is arrested for  kidnapping the newborn baby of junkie, Jordan Rhodes.

Again, Terri Blackstock gives her readers an action packed fast paced story about real life.  You see the power of drug addition and you see the prejudices many of us “good people” have toward addicts. This story vividly demonstrates the power addiction holds on a person’s life. You also see the power of prayer and trust in God.

I have noticed a new focus in Terri’s recent books (specifically Intervention, Predator and now this one). The change is the addition of a secondary message. Terri’s books have always had great story lines and characters that end the book or sometimes the series better people than they were at the beginning. In Predator and the Intervention series we see added dimension in that the author is education us. In Predator we saw the dangers of too much personal information on the Internet and with the Intervention series we see not only the destructive power of addiction, but we see how Christians often responds to people fighting addiction.  We see our own attitudes reflected in Lance as he deals with Jordan and his cell mates in jail. Yes, this story will entertain you, you will love Lance’s fight for justice and make a change in others.  You will see the struggle of a single mother as she copes with her recovering daughter, her son facing time in jail, and a potential love life.  More than just entertaining you, Terri gives us the opportunity to examine our own lives and attitudes.

If you have been a Terri Blackstock fan you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book.  If you’ve never read one of Terri’s books this is a great one to start with, even though it is a book 2. You’ll understand more if you read book 1, but she gives enough information for you to understand what is going on.

Sorry there is no give away this time.  I bought the book for my Kindle (needed instant gratification when it came out!).

250678: Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2 Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2 

By Terri Blackstock / Zondervan

When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse. His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan-the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own.Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies. In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

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