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Promotion in Motion with Peggy Blann Phifer

Posted by Lisa Lickel on June 19, 2012

Two Promotions in One Day!

Our other GUEST SPOTLIGHT is on Peggy Blann Phifer…welcome to Reflections.

Peggy Blann Phifer is an author and columnist whose work has appeared on various Web sites and writer periodicals both in print and online. She is also an avid reader and loves to escape between the covers of a good book. A retired executive assistant, Peg now makes her home in southern Nevada with husband Jim.

TO SEE THE SUN is her debut novel, released January 2012

Contact her at her website at: http://peggyblannphifer.com

Visit her blog “Whispers in Purple” at http://www.whispersinpurple.com

Facebook.com/pegphifer

Twitter.com/pegphifer

About the Book:

Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . .

Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed.

When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband’s gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger.

With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.

Wow, that sounds exciting!

Q. Peggy, what do you love about this book?

A. This book, and all its variations, rewrites, metamorphoses, et al, lived tucked beneath my heart for close to 20 years. Give or take. Scenes & settings changed. Some plot changed. Even characters and names changed. But one thing remained constant: God gave me a story to tell. Thing is, He didn’t tell me how to write it. He didn’t “write it for me,” else it wouldn’t have taken me 20+ years to get it written . . . and published.  And He wouldn’t let me give up, though He knows I wanted to.

Q. What’s the main thing you learned during the process of writing and publishing this book?

A. Ha! That writing is hard work! That it takes a whole lot of dedication and prayer. That you’ll meet umpty-dozen types of roadblocks, detours, interruptions, um . . . lack of support, that’s a biggie . . . discouragement and self-doubt. Contracts dissolved, mutually . . .

Many times I tried to quit the frustrating journey, and I did. For a bit. Several times. But I kept getting this nudge to pick it back up again. And again. I learned that if God gives you a story, He wants it written. But, as I said before . . . He won’t write it for you. His gift, beyond the story He wants you to write, is the talent, the imagination, and the ability to write that story.

Q. Yes – that sounds about right. What should your readers discover and want to share with their family and friends after reading this book?

A. Pain and tragedy can hit all of us at any given time. Our life can change in the blink of an eye. At the opening of To See the Sun, Erin, my main female character, has already lost her twin sister in a freak accident she blames herself for, followed by the plane crash that killed Erin’s parents. Now she must deal with the tragic death of her husband, leaving her pregnant and facing life alone as a single parent. There’s a lot here that, in one way or the other, might touch one of my reader’s life. Remember, God is faithful to those who love Him. As Erin’s faith wavered she questioned God. Who wouldn’t? Yet she still cried out to Him in her need. That’s the message I want to send. He is always there!

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Read an Excerpt:

Friday, March 26, late afternoon

 

What a fantastic day. A bid won. A contract signed. The job of a lifetime that would put Stuart and Macintyre at the top of the construction heap, not just in Las Vegas, but all of southern Nevada.

Whistling, Justin Macintyre pressed the keyless remote of his Cadillac Escalade, tossed his briefcase across the console to the passenger seat and slid behind the wheel.

To top it all off, after seven long years, he and his wife, Erin, were going to have a baby. A baby! He laughed aloud at the overwhelming joy of it.

“Hey, world, I’m going to be a daddy!”

He shifted the SUV into gear and pulled out of the Mt. Charleston Lodge area onto Kyle Canyon Road and headed down the mountain to the Las Vegas Valley below. Despite the successful day, Justin couldn’t banish his worry over a recent discovery of some irregularities in the company’s finances. Nothing concrete, and his Uncle Sebastian, S&M’s CFO, assured him everything was fine. Nevertheless, Justin’s uneasiness had prompted him to send what little proof he had to his long-time friend, Clay Buchanan, a private investigator in Texas.

Preoccupied with his thoughts, he vaguely registered the yellow and black blind curve warning sign. Too late he saw the stalled car across the center line. No time to stop! He spun the  wheel to the right.

I’m going too fast! God, help me . . .!

###

Seconds passed and silence settled once more over the mountainside. A shadow emerged from behind a Joshua tree and stepped to the edge of the ravine. After a moment, the form walked to the car in the road and drove away.

###

Erin Macintyre stretched her arms along the balcony’s balustrade of her twenty-seventh-floor condo above the streets of Las Vegas. Beyond that, the lower edge of the setting sun kissed the still snowy peaks of the Spring Mountain Range and Mt. Charleston.

Justin would be home soon.

“Erin, where’s the zester?”

Erin returned to the kitchen. “In the utility drawer.”

“Which is the utility drawer?” Magie Gifford, Erin’s dearest friend, pulled out drawer after drawer.

Erin giggled and reached across Magie’s arm and slid out the utility drawer.

“You changed it.” Magie snatched the zester and bumped the drawer shut with her hip. “That’s not where it was last time.”

Erin wrapped her arms around her friend and hugged. “No, Mags, I didn’t change anything.” She waited a beat. “Can I interest you in a memory enhancement program?”

“Very funny.” Magie pushed Erin aside and proceeded to rub a lemon across the gadget and then whisked the zest into a frothy mixture of olive oil, Italian herbs, and balsamic vinegar. “Okay, just drizzle this over the salad and stick it in the fridge.”

That done, Erin checked on the lasagna in the oven. The garlic toast waited on the foil-lined cookie sheet ready to pop under the broiler. Everything was ready.

Erin glanced at the kitchen clock. “He’s late.”

“Posh. You should know by now how those meetings can drag on.”

“Yeah, I know. It’s just—”

“Get over here, Erin. He’ll be here when he gets here.”

Erin joined her friend in the breakfast nook off the kitchen and adjacent to the balcony. She scooped up a dozing Siamese cat from her chair and sat, settling him back on her lap.

“You spoil that critter.” Magie brushed off the chair cushion before sitting.

“Yeah, I do. But you love him, too. I saw you sneaking him some treats earlier.” Erin smiled. “Not to mention the romp you had with him in the living room when you got here.”

“Busted. But he’s so much fun, aren’t you, Kazimir?”

At the sound of his name, the cat uncoiled, left Erin’s lap and jumped onto Magie’s. She snorted. “So much for protecting my black slacks.”

“Thanks for coming over to help with this meal. I wanted it to be special and I never know when the nausea will hit.” She raised an eyebrow. “But you will leave as soon as Justin gets here.”

“You think he’ll get that bid?”

Erin tapped her heart and nodded. “I know he will.”

The first five descending notes of Welcome to My World sang out in the condo’s foyer. Justin! No, he wouldn’t ring the doorbell. Puzzled, she stepped across the tiled floor and rose on tiptoes to peer through the peephole. She gasped and jumped back.

The doorbell chimed again.

Fingers trembling, Erin released the security lock and opened the door to two uniformed police officers.

“Mrs. Macintyre?”

Erin nodded as Magie moved to her side.

“What is it, officers?”

“I’m afraid there’s been an accident, Mrs. Macintyre. Your husband . . .”

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3 Responses to “Promotion in Motion with Peggy Blann Phifer”

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me here today. It’s been an honor.

  2. Anne Payne said

    I thoroughly enjoyed your book, Peggy! It really does hook the reader with the trauma in the beginning. Pulled my heart right in.

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