la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, March 16, 2015
Valerie Goree - Weep in the Night
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Today, Valerie Goree visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Weep in the Night.
Give readers your brand/tagline and
share how you came up with it.
Stories of Passion and Intrigue . . .I
wanted something that evoked both aspects of romantic suspense.
Tell us a little about Weep in the Night.
I like to
compose interesting first lines to future stories. Several years ago, when in a
first-person writing mode, I thought about a story that begins: “I was in the witness
protection program for three years when . . .” That line stuck with me, and I
developed Weep in the Night from it.
Malone lost it all—husband, daughter, faith, and her freedom.After three years in WITSEC, her identity
is compromised. Now, who can she trust?
from an unlikely source, but will Bowen’s lies prove more than Sadie can
What do you enjoy doing when you are
not writing? Hobbies, etc?
I love to
knit, embroider, sew, and paint. However, I don’t have much time for these
activities any more. I help take care of my 94 year-old mother, and with
writing, there is just not much time left.
Is there anything you find
particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes. I am a
terrible time-manager. If I don’t have a deadline, then I can procrastinate all
What is your least favorite part of the
publishing / writing process?
The marketing. I do not like to
blow my own horn. I would not make a good sales person.
If you could have one of your senses
(Touch, sight, taste, smell, hear) be a superpower which would you choose and
I think I’d like super-sight. Details
fascinate me. With super-sight I could see far into the distance or examine
something up close. I wouldn’t want X-ray vision, but I would really like to
see every detail that God has created.
What's the worst job you've had and how
has it helped your writing?
job I ever had was cleaning the communal bathrooms during my college freshman
year. As a foreign student, I had to work on campus and had to accept the job
offered. Thankfully, the other students did not make fun of me. Lesson learned
– all jobs are worth doing well. Accept your lot in life, but don’t be content
there. Work hard and move ahead.
What can we expect from you in the
on the sequel to Weep in the Night.
It is a standalone story, but will feature the same organization and a couple
of the same characters. However, a new hero and heroine work together and solve
eReader or Paper book? Paperback book for sure.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Dogs or Cats?
For Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie? Pecan pie, made by my mother-in-law.
Socks or slippers or both? Socks.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains close to the water.
Weep in the Night
After three years in the witness protection program,
Sadie Malone’s life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker.
Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she
discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her
escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her.
Bowen, a seasoned operative with International
Retrieval Organization takes his job escorting Sadie back to California
seriously, but quickly finds he’s falling for her. Can he maintain a
professional relationship while he protects her from the crime boss her
testimony helped to convict?
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree was born in South Africa and grew up in Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe. She attended a Christian university in the USA and then returned to Zimbabwe with her husband, Glenn, where they served as missionaries.
After they settled back in Texas, Valerie served 25 years in the public school system, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with Glenn, two dogs, and two cats, and spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.