Friday, August 26, 2016

IDEAS GALORE! with Guest Lillian Duncan #Giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS, Stitches Thru Time on your three-year anniversary! To celebrate, they asked me to write something fun for my visit so… People always seem to be fascinated by how I come up with my story ideas so I thought I’d share some of my secrets on how that happens.

Exactly how do I get my ideas? The truth is there is no one way that happens. It’s different every time. Sometimes, I come up with a premise, such as what would happen if a big city lawyer fell in love with a farmer? (Pursued)

Sometimes a scene just pops in my head from nowhere. Like when a woman receives a phone call from a young girl asking for her aunt and she knows it can’t be for her because she doesn’t have a niece. Or does she? (Deception)

Sometimes a story comes about because of characters from another story. Both Betrayed and Redemption happened because I wanted to know what happened after Deception.

My Deadly Communications series happened when my writing life crashed into my other life as a speech pathologist. The series features a speech pathologist who gets way too involved with her clients!

One of my books even came from a dream! That was Birthright—my only horror novel. At least up to now. As soon as I woke up, I ran to my computer and wrote down the scene I’d dreamt. Later, I went up and added a little more and then a lot more.

So, like I said my story ideas can come from anywhere at any time. My latest book, GAME ON is no exception. I got it from watching a TV talk show of all things. And no, I’m not going to tell you which one. Of course, all I got from the show was a germ of an idea then it was up to me to figure out the who, what, when, how and why of the story.

Don’t forget to check out my book trailer at What’s a book trailer? No a book trailer is not a mobile home with lots of books in it! Haha—that’s supposed to be a joke. Anyway…A book trailer is a mini-commercial about a specific book. Now doesn’t that sound fun?

GAME ON releases on September 2, but you can preorder it right now by clicking on the AMAZON LINK. To celebrate the release of GAME ON, I’m giving away a virtual basket of goodies at that includes Amazon gift cards. For all the details go to my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes then leave a comment on the any of the GAME ON blog posts and you’ll be entered.


Politics is no game when a stalker ere’s nowhere to hide.

A run for the senate is just a step on the road to the White House for Congressman Lucas McMann. But his public profile has put him in the middle of a crazed gunman’s twisted game of stalking. If he wants to win the election and reclaim his life, he’ll need the help of the one person who’d rather leave their past behind them.

Private Investigator Nikki Kent knows how to dig up secrets and discover those who exist in the shadows. She should. She’s good at hiding secrets of her own. Can she risk her own discovery for someone so desperate for her help? For the first man who broke her heart?

With new-found faith, she’ll help Lucas search for the answers. But with the truth comes a danger they must face together.


Lillian DuncanStories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in Ohio Amish country with her husband. 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. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense and mystery with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at or She also has a devotional blog at


  1. A great post thank you.

    Loving the idea of a mobile home full of books. Kind of like your own private library on wheels. I had to laugh.

  2. Book trailers are fun and filled with creativity to intrigue readers to purchase the book. I enjoy book trailers.

  3. Loved the post. Fun to learn how you get your ideas, and your soon to be released one sounds right up my alley! :)

  4. Fun post! Thanks for sharing...and though the book may have done well, I hope you have no more bad dreams!

  5. Love where your ideas for stories come from. That would probably be my inspirations, also - real life happenings. :)

  6. Enjoyed the post. I love Lillian's books and sure looking forward to her new one.

  7. I always enjoy reading how an author gets inspiration for their books. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Just finished reading this.. Had me guessing untin the end.. Loved it!!