Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Vast and Gracious Tide Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Interview with Lisa Carter

A Vast and Gracious Tide Blog and Review

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


a vast and gracious tide Title: A Vast and Gracious Tide

Author: Lisa Carter

Publisher: Gilead

Release Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

A wounded veteran and the police chief's daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice

Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.

McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .

But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna's property--and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks. 


Award-winning author Lisa Carter describes her Southern suspense novels as “sweet tea with a slice of murder.” She is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas, and a contemporary Coast Guard series. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

I am always excited to chat with authors since I just love the fruits of their labor! I am delighted to host Lisa Carter on the blog today. 

Lisa: Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Ellie.

What inspired you to write A Vast and Gracious Tide?

Lisa: I have always had so much respect and admiration for those who serve in the United States Armed Forces. My mother had three brothers who served during World War II. One of them was an Annapolis graduate and protected merchant marine vessels along the East Coast during the Battle of the Atlantic. Hence, the World War II aspect to this particular suspense novel. I love writing contemporary mysteries with links to past events.

I was also gutted by the staggeringly high statistics of veteran suicides. What would cause someone so obviously heroic—so willing to give their life for others—upon coming home to make the decision to end their own life? This again had personal overtones for me. Another one of my mother’s brothers became career military after serving as a young teenager during World War II. He would later fight in the Korean War and Vietnam conflict.

One former soldier told me something profound. “Every soldier, one way or the other, is a wounded soldier.”

That was true of my uncle, who chose a slower form of suicide. He never quite emotionally made it home from Vietnam. But instead over the course of several decades, drank himself to death. Coming home is a pervasive theme in all my books that I find myself returning to over and over again.

I thought a lot about the cost of war on a personal level. The price, the sacrifice, these men and women paid on our behalf. Freedom is not free. And thus was born A Vast and Gracious Tide, about a grievously wounded young soldier desperate to find a reason to live again.

It became my prayer that all of these heroes might find the Home for which we’ve all be truly made.

I am most familiar with you from your Love Inspired contemporary romance books. A Vast and Gracious Tide has an element of suspense and a bit heavier tone than the Love Inspired books. How was writing this book different from writing a Love Inspired novel?

Lisa: Honestly, the suspense writing takes more out of me on an emotional level. I have to delve deeper into character motivations, conflict and consequence. Basically, a suspense writer kills people on paper. That is often exhausting and wearisome. And takes me to dark places in fiction that I’d never want to venture into in real life.

Thus I always enjoy being able to finish writing a suspense novel and turn to writing the lighter Love Inspired novels—although they, too, often deal with how we as flawed and fragile human beings respond to brokenness.

What has surprised you the most about being an author?

Lisa: It is a lot of work. Sometimes, seemingly never-ending work. I will be writing one book, editing another and marketing yet a third all at the same time.

I found truly lifelong friendships among fellow Christian writers. They have been a source of inspiration and support during my writing journey.

Writing has forced me to be totally dependent on God for every aspect of the process. It’s scary and exhilarating—kind of like that first step off the platform into nothingness when you go ziplining. Writing has definitely deepened and transformed my faith walk. Which is probably a large part of what God intended by giving me this gift and opportunity in the first place.

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?

Lisa: Writing has brought me so many lovely, spiritually nurturing relationships. The research has also enabled my family to experience and see more of God’s beautiful, yet fallen, world in which we live. And I love when readers contact me to share how God used a story to minister to them, to encourage them and bring them into a closer relationship Himself.

What does a typical day look like for you when you are writing?

Lisa: I begin my day taking care of miscellaneous writing tasks connected to marketing and/or answering emails by seven a.m. My best writing time is in the morning so I guard those hours. I am trying to be more diligent about stopping for breaks and getting outside for exercise. By four p.m., I’m usually totally spent of words and I stop to make dinner. Unless I’m on a roll, and then it’s every man (my husband) for himself if he wants to eat. I don’t work after dinner. I just lie on the couch, watch the evening news and several hours of mindless television. Then, rinse and repeat, I do it all over again the next day.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or a verse that is particularly meaningful to you right now? If so, what is it and why is it meaningful?

Lisa: My life philosophy is sort of summed up in Romans 8:15.
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

This is how I’ve tried to live my entire life—hand in hand with God on life’s greatest adventure.

What are you planning next?

Lisa: I am writing another romantic suspense novel, The Sound of Falling Leaves, set in the hauntingly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I am also beginning a new Love Inspired series, also set in the Blue Ridge.

And in between, I will try to plan as many adventures as I can manage.

Lisa: Thanks again, Ellie, for hosting me and A Vast and Gracious Tide today.

Thank YOU, Lisa, for taking time to be here with us today! It's been a pleasure to hear your thoughts about A Vast and Gracious Tide as well as gaining some insight into your life as an author. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your upcoming Blue Ridge Mountains books!

CONNECT WITH LISA: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

AVGT giveaway

Don't miss your chance to enter this great giveaway prize pack! 

One winner (US only) will receive:

Print copy of A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter
Sea glass jewelry set (see here)
Framed print of Psalm 93:4 (see here)

$65 value

Giveaway will run from midnight June 18, 2018 through 11:59pm July 2, 2018. It is subject to the policies found here. 

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  1. Enjoyed learning more about what inspired this book Lisa Carter! Great review!

  2. Thank you for interview with Lisa Carter and for being part of the blog tour for her book "A Vast and Gracious Tide".

    Enjoyed reading the interview and learning more about both author and her book. The statement “Every soldier, one way or the other, is a wounded soldier.” is very profound and so very true. I am the very proud daughter of a man that served his country proudly during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

    I'd very much enjoy the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Thanks for joining the conversation, Kay.

    2. My dad served in the military, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is a great interview! Thanks, Ellie & Lisa!

    1. I'm so glad to be on Sprinkles and Pink today. Thanks so much.

    2. Thanks for having me be part of the tour!

  4. What a great interview by sprinkles and Pink...you made the author and book sound really like a must read..thanks for a chance to win