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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Spotlight on Susan Page Davis and Gunsmith's Gallantry

Don't forget the new rules of the spotlights here. Random questions will be inserted in each spotlight for you to find and answer in the comments in order to be entered. So, be on the lookout!


SUSAN PAGE DAVIS is the author of thirty novels. She and her husband Jim, a freelance editor, live in Kentucky with the youngest two of their six children. They also have six wonderful grandchildren. A native of Maine, Susan is adjusting to life in the South She’s an ACFW Book of the Year Winner, a two-time Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest Winner, and her July book, The Crimson Cipher, from Summerside Press, was named a Top Pick at Romantic Times Book Reviews.

by Susan Page Davis
Published by Barbour Publishing


The shy gunsmith has problems—women problems!

Hiram Dooley’s sister Gert is about to leave him to get married—if Sheriff Ethan Chapman would ever propose; his sister-in-law, Rose, thinks Hiram should marry her, since they’re both widowed; and the woman he truly loves, Libby Adams, is blind to his regard.

Schoolmarm Isabel Fennel has a different problem—a man claiming to be her uncle came to town…and then disappeared. She’s afraid her has to do with his disappearance. Hiram helps the sheriff end a brawl at Bitsy Shepard’s saloon, and a mysterious stranger claims to be heir to a mining claim. The mayhem continues when Cyrus Fennel shows up with a black eye and tries to sell his land.

Can Hiram and the sheriff, along with Libby and the other members of the Ladies’ Shooting Club, discover what’s behind the mysterious events in Fergus? Will the uproar derail Hiram and Libby’s blooming romance, or can the Ladies’ Shooting Club save the day once again?

Readers, buy your copy of Gunsmith's Gallantry today!


1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

It grew out of the first book, The Sheriff’s Surrender. Hiram’s story was begging to be told. I knew it would take drastic events to get him to step up, so I put him in several uncomfortable situations. My husband used to be a gunsmith, and he was a big help on this series. Also, I wanted to deal with Cyrus Fennel, the man everyone in Fergus loved to hate.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?

Not a lot, other than having lived in the West and visited the Idaho mountains.

3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

Hiram would be plain vanilla. Libby is black cherry—in a crystal dish.

4. Are there any themes in Gunsmith's Gallantry that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

Forgiveness and trust are big in this book and the entire series. Hiram can barely trust anyone enough to talk to them. Libby must trust her own instincts and forgive the annoying people in her life. Trudy has to trust Ethan and forgive his foibles. Isabel has perhaps the biggest leap—trying to trust her father.

5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

My favorite part was the first time Hiram went into the Spur & Saddle with Ethan. The hardest was the big event at the ranch near the end of the book. I won’t say too much, but it took some choreography.

6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

My July book is The Crimson Cipher, set in 1915. Emma Shutser’s father is murdered. The Navy was going to try to entice him to go back into the Signal Corps and solve ciphers. After his death, they recruit Emma instead. She soon finds herself pitted against an unseen enemy known as Kobold (German for “goblin”). As saboteurs work to prevent America from joining the Allies in war, Emma and her colleagues try to stop them.

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Thank you, Susan, for being in the spotlight with us.

NEW!! Readers, answer the question associated with the spotlight in the comments, then leave your email address for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Gunsmith's Gallantry. If you do not answer the question, you will not be entered.

Question: You may not have had to back your friend up in a saloon brawl, but when was the last time you had to step outside your comfort zone, and how did you deal with it?

Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname You won't be entered in the drawing without it. If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.


Malcolm R. Campbell said...

The book looks like a winner to me. The interview certainly was.


Unknown said...

It feels like I have been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot in the past few months! I had learned just to take a deep breath, pray and keep moving forward.

The book sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity to win this! P.S. I like how you always ask what flavour of ice cream the characters are!! so awesome! :)


Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Kim and Malcolm! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Tiff, thanks for featuring my book this week.

Luann Nordine said...

Thank you for the interview with Susan. I always enjoy reading her books and love the chance to win one of them.
A recent time out of my comfort zone was when I was asked to play in a tennis tournament. I am not a competitive or athletic person but thought I could try it and said yes. The morning of the tournament I realized they had placed me on court 1 where all the gallery of people sit and watch the games. I was so intimidated by this that I went to the coordinator and asked if he would switch up the courts so some better, more advanced players would be on court 1. He told me I would be just fine, go ahead with the match, and just watch the ball! So I prayed and asked God to help me tune out the crowd and concentrate on the match and do my best. My nerves went away, my partner and I lost the match but we had lots of fun and now the crowds don't bother me at all. I just go out there and play! God is good all the time...
Luann Nordine

Susan Page Davis said...

Luann, I love that story. I probably would have chickened out! Great to see you here.

Esther Miriam Lopez said...

I've had to pull away someone from an ugly scene. I was a bit scared at first because the other party was a bit aggressive, but I had to.

I can't say too much because it's kind of personal.

But normally I am a mouse, but at this point I know the Lord gave me the boldness in situation.


Susan Page Davis said...

Esther, I applaud you for your boldness. Amazing what we can do when the Lord is in it.

Edna said...

I had to step out when a girl my grandson was dating decided that I was not going to be allowed to post a picture of him on my face book page, I had to let it know that I was the granny and she was not my boss, I made be a great granny put I don't let people run over me.

Please enter me into the drawing for Susan's book.

mamat2730 at charter dot net

adge said...

Susan's books always have such a creative plot that I suspect she probably has fun writing her books. I liked that crystal dish tidbit.
The last time I had to step outside of my comfort zone was yesterday when my mom needed help getting dozens of seed ticks off of her back and back legs. I once had Lyme disease and definitely do not like ticks. I dealt with it by praying and doing what needed to be done. Praying is how I deal with just about any kind of stress. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Susan Page Davis said...

ticks! I hear you and shudder. They run rampant here in our new state (Kentucky). We moved here in May and our dog and cat have already had two flea/tick treatments each and so many ticks removed we gave up counting. My dh has been bush hogging and spraying and sprinkling the ground with something that is supposed to make them go away (or kill them--I'm not sure which and not asking for details). Anyway, Tiff, we are getting some great stories here! Face Bookers, tennis players, tick slayers...Yeah!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

You're right, Susan, the stories are great. I love the participation and creative replies here.

Winner coming later today!

Cherie J said...

For me it was homeschooling my son. It was a scary decision to make since it involves my child's future but after praying about it for awhile I knew it was the right thing to do.

Enjoyed the interview!


Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

We have a winner from this spotlight, and that is:

LUANN - dnordine

Congratulations! I've emailed you for your mailing information so Susan can send out your book.

Thanks to everyone for your support and comments. Some great stuff here!