Releasing today from Radiant Publications is the much-anticipated The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 362 pages in length. With a full-time job and a precocious five-year old daughter, this story took me two days to read. Click HERE to read my full review of this AMAZING story!
About the Book
Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.
As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.
In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?
*** AMAZON ***
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.
An Interview with Sarah Monzon
I have the great privilege to be a part of Sarah’s Book Squad team, and asked if she would kindly respond to a few interview questions for me. She said, “YES!” What follows are Ms. Monzon’s candid responses. I hope you enjoy!
1. The premise for The Esther Paradigm caught my attention immediately. I absolutely love the Biblical story of Esther. Beyond the Biblical story, what inspired you to write this book?
Oh, this question is always the hardest for me to answer. I never feel like I have a specific “inspiration.” I don’t plot my stories, and often don’t know what will happen, what the theme will be, how the characters will grow, what struggles they’ll have, etc. While writing I am constantly thinking about the story, praying about it. Is that inspiration? *shrugs* I don’t know.
2. While writing The Esther Paradigm, did you run into any snags? If so, what did you do to overcome the problem or hold-up?
No snags. The writing experience was a bit different with this book than my others. Whenever I sat down to write, the words just flowed out of my fingers. It really felt like the story was writing me instead of the other way around.
3. What is your favorite part of the writing process? Why?
Every stage has its frustrations and its rewards. If I had to pick a favorite, I might have to say it would be the pre-writing/brainstorming/dreaming stage. When everything is a possibility. It’s really exciting!
4. How do you balance all of the hats you wear every day?
I write for about an hour and a half, 4-5 days a week at the gym while my oldest is in school and my youngest is in child watch. The rest of the day is dedicated to wife and mom roles.
5. If you could invite any three authors — past or present — to dinner, who would it be and why?
I’d probably either pick three authors of books in the Bible *or* three of my critique partner. Both for obvious reasons. ❤
6. What’s on your current TBR list? What are you excited to read right now?