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Are you ready for an adventure? Susan Page Davis certainly has many to choose from! I’m excited to have her visiting again today to share the latest in her Maine Justice series, The Labor Day Challenge. Before we visit with Susan and discover what she’s reading right now (among other things!), let’s take a quick look at The Labor Day Challenge.
What begins as a friendly city rivalry with Bangor turns into a baffling case for the Priority Unit. One of their colleagues turns up dead in what should have been a mock crime scene, and their suspects are legion. Detective Eddie Thibodeau is in charge of the investigation, but he’s more than a little distracted by his fiancée Leeanne Wainthrop’s erratic behavior. Is the wedding on or off? Leeanne’s younger brother Travis shows up in Portland unexpectedly with some disturbing news, and Chief Browning is out of town every weekend, pursuing his dream of living in the north woods. Captain Harvey Larson holds everything together for the family and the Priority Unit, but the convoluted path to solving Detective Joey Bolduc’s murder turns up evidence of other crimes.
Welcome back, Susan! Do you have a favorite character from The Labor Day Challenge? Why is this character your favorite?
Harvey is my favorite character in this story. He knows he should be able to solve Joey’s murder, so why can’t he? He’s trying to put everything together to solve the case, but he’s not quite there. Everyone around him thinks he’s trying too hard. He’s starting to believe maybe they’re right and is near his wit’s end when he finally gets the break he needs.
That sounds so frustrating! But what a relief the break must bring. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
I did take part in a mock crime scene event last fall, but that was after I’d finished writing this book. It was helpful, and I was able to enrich the story with some of the details I learned.
That would be interesting to see. What are you reading right now?
I am reading a book on my Kindle by Lyn Cote, Winter’s Secret, and I just finished Terri Wangard’s Friends and Enemies, a book set in World War II, which I very much enjoyed.
Terri has shared with us about that series! (You can find her interview about Friends and Enemies here.) Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
My son and I are finally writing our second book together—the next in the Hearts of Oak series. The first book is The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. In book 2, The Scottish Lass, Captain Alice turns down a proposal and attends one of her sailors’ weddings. Then Elwood Stark, who has been put in command of a ship by her rejected suitor, arrives at the Vera B. to announce that his schooner has been stolen. His enemy has set sail for a pirate island. Alice normally would let him deal with his own problems, but to her horror, she learns that one of her crew—Fiona Campbell—has been kidnapped by the pirates. She has no choice but to follow with Stark aboard the Vera B.
Fun! (If you missed the interview about The Seafaring Women of the Vera B, you can find that here.) Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
I think it is easier now to publish than ever, because of all the opportunities to publish independently. It may be somewhat harder to publish traditionally than it was ten years ago. The writing never gets easier.
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Susan!
Your turn! It’s a brand new year full of books to devour. 😉 What are you reading now?
More about Susan:
Susan Page Davis grew up on a small farm in the state of Maine, the daughter of a game warden. She’s the author of more than eighty novels and novellas and has won the Carol Award, the Faith, Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion. She’s the mother of six and the grandmother of ten, and she now lives in western Kentucky.
Also by Susan:
A missing man and a mysterious computer program confront the elite detective squad. Detective Harvey Larson was good at keeping his personal life out of his professional life—until he met Jennifer Wainthrop. The beautiful software designer was the last person to admit seeing Nick Dunham alive. Can Harvey find out what happened to her missing coworker before someone else gets killed? The murderer learns who is stalking him, and everyone associated with Harvey is in danger. He struggles for the strength he needs to protect Jennifer from the grim fate that claimed Nick, while serving up Maine Justice.
With the captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?
The Labor Day Challenge Giveaway:
Susan has generously offered to give away a copy of The Labor Day Challenge or any other book in the series (winner’s choice of paperback or ebook). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.