Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Peek Inside a Hero's Mind ~ Fatal Inheritance

I'm delighted to have the hero of Fatal Inheritance with me today. I tend to fall a little bit in love with each of my heroes and Joshua Rayne has been no exception. He's strong and protective and cares for the hurting, man and beast--or maybe, I should say woman. ~wink~

I think this might be my favorite Love Inspired Suspense, yet. It's set in an old house much like my own, and old houses brim with stories. In fact, after you meet Josh, I hope you'll hop over to my blog to read some fun--and not so fun--vignettes from my own real-house experiences, and... share your own in the comments!

Doesn't the house image on the cover, with the dark clouds and shadows, stir your curiosity?

Well, this is the farmhouse Becki Graw inherits from her parents. But someone doesn't want her there and is willing to go to extreme measures to drive her away. Josh is her next door neighbor. A guy a few years older than her that she had a crush on as a preteen visiting her grandparents, but who, at that time, only had eyes for her older sister. (But shh...don't tell him. He doesn't know that yet.)

Please join me in welcoming Josh:

Hi Josh, welcome to the ICFW blog. Please, tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.

Thanks for having me! My name is Joshua Rayne. My friends call me Josh. I live in the rural outskirts of Serenity in southern Ontario, Canada. I’m a police officer so it was only natural that I’d try to catch whoever is harassing my new neighbor.

Yes, tell us a bit about your new neighbor Becki Graw. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?

First impression? I guess I’d have to say it was “wow”. She’s all grown up. As for love…I’m not so sure. The sparks, the attraction were definitely there from day one, but I’ve been burned before so I don’t give my heart away easily. I love simple rural living and didn’t want to fall for someone who didn’t share the same values. I knew Bec did as a kid, but a lot can change in fifteen years.

What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness? 

I’m a good cop, maybe care a little more than is wise sometimes.

What scares you?

At the moment, the thought of anyone getting to Becki Graw.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wouldn’t have run off to the military after my girl dumped me after high school graduation. Not that I don’t appreciate what I learned there, and the friends I made, but I should never have left my dad like that. He needed me here on the farm. By the time I came back it was too late.

Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?

My faith is very important to me. I go to church. Help out wherever I can. Always try to do the right thing.

Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?

I come to realize that one area of my life I wasn’t ready to trust God in was finding a wife. I had this mental checklist that my future wife would meet, and didn’t give myself a chance to get too close to any woman who fell short. But as my sister pointed out, you don’t fall in love with a checklist of ideals. You fall in love with a person, with all her faults and differing opinions—the way God made her to be. And you trust God to help you make it work, because relationships get messy no matter how many boxes on your checklist you’ve ticked.

What is the one thing you would never do?

Live in the city. At least not if I could help it. I lived a lot of different places during my military stint, but my heart is in the country.

What’s your greatest fear?

Marrying the wrong woman. My mom left my dad when I was in high school. Couldn’t stand living out in the boonies any longer. It killed him to lose her.

What is the most unusual thing about you? 

I guess it’s that I have a habit of taking in whatever stray comes my way. At the moment that includes a three-legged dog and a bird with a broken wing.

What do you hope people will learn from your experience in this story? 

Men should learn that you can never figure out what a woman wants. I thought I was being respectful by not chasing after a woman who cuts out on me, but my sister told me that sometimes that’s exactly what they want, to prove we love them. Love them enough to risk rejection again! And I’m telling you, if you really love her, you’ll be glad you did.

Wow, I can see you feel pretty adamant about that. Thank you for sharing!

Blog readers, if you'd like to meet Becki Graw or read other fun bonus features for this and my other books, including... Josh's super-yummy recipe for grilled vegetables, please check out the bonus features page on SandraOrchard.com: http://sandraorchard.com/extras/bonus-book-features/

Your Turn: Anything you'd like to ask Josh or me about books, old houses or antique cars? You'll find them all in this book!

Don't Forget if you'd like to swap old house stories, please hop over to my blog (click the red words)

Sandra Orchard is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian author of inspirational romantic suspense with Love Inspired Suspense and Revell. (Deadly Devotion, June 2013)

To find out more about her novels, and to read interesting bonus features, please visit www.sandraorchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard


  1. Fun interview with Josh, Sandra. Sounds interesting.

  2. A very innovative way of introducing your main character Josh and your book in general, Sandra! Well done!