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 Pamela Harstad – November 3, 2017


I’m excited to have multi-published author Lillian Duncan share her new release, PUZZLE HOUSE with us today!  Take it away, Lillian.




We’ve all heard the phrase—God works in mysterious ways. So true! In 2012 I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease (Neurofibromatosis Type 2) and the brain tumors that go with it.

I hate my tumors but God is a good God and he really does work out all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8: 28).  Because of the tumors I wrote Puzzle House–the book I never wanted to write.

I would never have written Puzzle House had I not developed the brain tumors. Rachel Summers, the main character in my new book, Puzzle House, also has brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2.

So exactly how rare? NF 2 affects about 1 in 30,000 people. That makes it extremely rare. It allows tumors to grow anywhere on the nervous system, but especially in the brain (almost always on the auditory nerve and vestibular nerve) and the spine.

The tumors are almost always benign, but there’s two meanings for benign. One being non-cancerous and the other being harmless. The good news is that my tumors are not cancerous, the bad news is they are definitely not harmless. Without going into all the details, I’ll just say that I’m not as healthy as I used to be—and never will without God’s supernatural intervention.

After reading all that you might think Puzzle House is a really depressing story, right? I certainly hope not. My first goal when writing a story is always to entertain and that’s true with this one as well. In fact, the subtitle of the story is a novel of healing and hope.

I’m not going to give away the plot but I’ll give you a little hint. While unconscious after an auto-truck mishap, Rachel has a very special visitor who asks, “Do you want to be healed or to be a healer?” She makes her choice and that’s when her adventure begins.

Why did I choose a puzzle theme? Because in many ways life is like a puzzle—not a box of candy! There’s lot of pieces that have to be put together before you can see the whole picture. Many times we don’t understand why we need a particular piece of our puzzle but God does. If we trust God with all the puzzle pieces of our life, He will use them to create a thing of beauty out of our chaos.

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Life isn’t a box of candy—it’s a puzzle!

Rachel Summers is all about Rachel Summers…until the day she crashes headlong into a semi-truck. As her life hangs in the balance, she has a visitor who asks a very simple question.

Does she want to be healed or to be a healer?

She makes her choice, but the journey doesn’t go quite the way she expected.

And so Rachel now runs Puzzle House. Every guest is different and yet the same. They all come to the Puzzle House for one reason and one reason only—to be healed, usually from a life-threatening illness. Sometimes they receive their miracle, and sometimes they discover there’s more than one kind of healing.

Nia is a fifteen-year-old African-American girl who is dying. The doctors have told her there is nothing else to be done. No more treatments. No more hope. No more life. And she’s angry about that. Very angry. Against her wishes, Nia’s aunt brings her to The Puzzle House.

Together, Nia and Rachel will take a journey that will change both their lives.


Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. 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 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

Thanks so much for joining us today, Lillian.


The Write Inspiration-

Chicago Greek Town Inspiration

As I reviewed the comment under my blog title, The Write Inspiration, “experience life, travel, be inspired, write” I thought I might relate a bit of a recent trip.

It’s been a year since I’ve visited the establishments on Chicago’s Halsted Street, so my memory of Greek town had dimmed. Plus, I’ve been to other Greek establishments elsewhere throughout the year.

Since it’s less than a month since my latest release, THEIR GREEK KEY debuted, with the book fresh in mind, I realized upon visiting the Pegasus restaurant, it sported the same blue doors, similar murals on the walls, and a Greek key design railing, all part of the setting for the restaurant in my book. I’d love to take credit and say it was all stored in my subconscious, but I know better. My friend, Gerri Russell, kindly offered to take my picture at the doors.

In any event, it reminded me that if we don’t travel overseas or even to a city a few hundred miles away from home, reading a book, any book, allows us to travel the world when we like. Costs less, too and better than no travel at all, besides the benefit to enjoy a story.

I think that’s one reason summer reads or “beach reads” are especially popular. The weather’s good, it stays light all evening, and it’s a great time to daydream into another world.

Although travel itself can be great, you need some kind of a story to go with it. So please share your comments of recent travel events here, but especially what books you may have enjoyed this summer, so the rest of us might consider them. After all, word of mouth is often the best advertisement. Feel free to share.

As always, happy reading,




With another book finished and under consideration, I have the time to give a short update for readers and writers, alike. There are many sites offering book specials. BookBub is one of them. In addition to their daily book deals, they offer authors a profile site and the opportunity to have their new book releases sent out to their followers.

For instance, if you type in your favorite authors by clicking on a link, in my case, or insert another author’s name, you can follow that author directly, or go to the BookBub website,

Join their daily specials and follow your favorite authors. You’ll be notified with a book graphic and information when your favorite authors have a new release.

Happy Summer Reading!