Blog Tour Kick Off for SPECIAL DELIVERY by Kathi Macias | Book Giveaway


BOOK GIVEAWAY … APRIL 2, 2012

Post a comment on this blog about either book 1 or 2 of the Freedom Series, human trafficking, or Kathi Macias to enter your name in the FREE book giveaway. We will give away a set — Deliver Me From Evil and Special Delivery by Kathi Macias. (US and Canada residents only, please.)

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Special Delivery is book two in the Freedom (human trafficking) series. For anyone who may not have read book one, Deliver Me From Evil, can you fill us in on the focus of the series in general, and Special Delivery in particular?

Author, Kathi Macias

The Freedom series is a three-book fiction series built around the horrifying topic of human trafficking. People often ask me why I decided to write about such a dark topic. First, I explain that I’m not writing about a dark topic; I’m writing about the Light that shines in that darkness. And second, I believe the Church should be at the forefront of the modern-day abolition movement to set the captives (modern-day slaves) free. The three books in this series specifically follows the life of a young woman named Mara, who was sold into sexual slavery by her own parents in Mexico, and then smuggled across the border into San Diego by her uncle who then served as her pimp. A strong sub-plot throughout the series tells of two sisters in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Chanthra and Lawan, who are also trapped in a brothel. Finally, a teenage girl named Francesca, kidnapped in Juarez, Mexico, and forced into prostitution, is introduced in book two. Special Delivery picks up two years after book one, Deliver Me From Evil, ends, and continues with the stories of Mara and Lawan, as well as others carried over from book one. Mara hopes she is finally free to pursue her own life because she was rescued from the brothel and her testimony helped lock up her uncle for life. But the man has underground connections and is driven by revenge to reach out from behind bars and deliver the ultimate punishment to his niece.

This isn’t the first fiction series you’ve written on nationwide and even worldwide social issues, the one previous to this being the persecuted Church. What draws you to these difficult topics?

As a Christian, I believe I am compelled to use my God-given gifts to honor God in all I do—and that includes exposing the deeds of darkness, calling sinners to repentance, and taking a stand for righteousness by doing all I can to help rescue those who are suffering. I dare not turn my back on “the least of these.” I also believe that God placed this sort of burden on my heart even before I became a Christian at the age of 26. I’ve always been a champion of the underdog, a “soap-box” preacher, if you will. When I met Jesus, I simply redirected that passion toward His people, realizing I couldn’t effect real change in my own strength anyway.

With your obvious passion to right social and moral wrongs through the power of the Gospel, how did writing and speaking enter into that?

I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was a child—never wanted to do anything else. When I was a teenager I told my then boyfriend (now husband) that I was going to be a writer one day. What a blessing that God allowed me to fulfill that dream! After becoming a believer and growing in my faith, it was natural to take my passion to fight for others and incorporate it into my writing. Speaking, on the other hand, was an entirely different story. I was terrified of public speaking when I was young, and the day I received Christ I made a “bargain” with God, promising to do anything He asked of me—so long as it didn’t include public speaking. (Does God have a sense of humor or what???) Now, when I stand in front of audiences where I believe God has called me to speak (and actually find myself enjoying it!), I tell my listeners that if God has called them to do something and they feel it’s impossible, they can consider me their “visual aid” that NOTHING is impossible with God IF we will simply take that first step of obedience and let Him fulfill His purpose in and through us.

With the topics of the worldwide persecuted Church and human trafficking under your belt, what other issues are you dealing with in your writing?

My Christmas 2011 book, A Christmas Journey Home, dealt with the immigration/border problem, and my Christmas 2012 novel, Unexpected Christmas Hero, will be about homelessness in America. The next issues-related fiction series I have on tap—which I am just starting to write, by the way—is called the “Patches of Courage” series and will begin releasing in late January 2013. Book one is The Moses Quilt, based on the life of Harriet Tubman, and will be followed by The Christmas Quilt and The Impossible Quilt. This series of books will highlight historical American women whose Christian faith enabled them to walk in great courage and make a difference in the lives of countless people.

 

 

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Karen Power.

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15 comments

  1. Congratulations to TED ROCKWELL! He will receive DELIVER ME FROM EVIL and SPECIAL DELIVERY (Books 1 & 2 in the Freedom Series) by Kathi Macias.

    Stay tuned for THE DELIVER (Book 3 and final book in the Freedom Series) by Kathi Macias. To be released Fall 2012.

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  2. I have enjoyed reading Kathi’s books and am anxious to read these as well. Human trafficking needs to be addressed and stopped.

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  3. Laura Chambers … there are only 2 of the 3 books in this series released. Book 2 – Special Delivery – just released March 1, 2012. The 3rd and final book will release this Fall. Stay tuned as we will probably give away the complete set at that time.

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  4. Laura Chambers · ·

    I have read one book by this author that the library owns…..too bad you couldn’t give away the whole series….but still….might be good.

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  5. libraryjan57 · ·

    Oh would I love to have both books for our church library. We already have some books on human trafficking and work with a program to prevent it, so this is a perfect fit.

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  6. Deborah Seeley · ·

    This series sounds great!!!! I can’t wait to read it!!! This is a really big issue. I am glad that you are bringing it more into the light!!!!Thanks Kathi!!!

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  7. thank you for bringing this subject to light, kathi…

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  8. More & more americans need to open their eyes and understand that this is a very real problem in America.

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  9. Sharon Moore · ·

    Our book club selected “No Greater Love” to read this November. Really appreciated how Kathi presented the immigration problem in her Christmas book. Thanks for the opportunity to win copies of this series.

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  10. I read her first book “Deliver Me from Evil”, but I haven’t read the second one yet. Have you read “Mother’s of the Bible speak to Mother’s of Today”, it is really great…I used some of the stories from her book during a Mother’s Day breakfast to share with some women at my church.

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  11. sandisthoughtsandreviews · ·

    I would love to win this set of books and learn more about Human Trafficking.
    slc925@yahoo.com

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  12. Kathy Staples · ·

    I thing Kathi Macias has a very special talent for bringing to light just what a major issue human trafficking is. It disgust me that this is a real and everyday thing and sometimes it takes a special writer like Kathi to make the public aware. She has done a terrific job and I am one of her biggest fans. WAY TO GO KATHI – and she has a great name. Spelled alittle differently than mine, but still great!! : )

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  13. Sheryl Barnes · ·

    I am definitely a fan of Kathi’s books. I have Delivere Me From Evil and look forward to reading Special Delivery. Also, our bookclub read A Christmas Journey this past fall and had some great discussion on this very prevalent issue. Looking forward to her new series too!

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  14. i like to read about current events through fiction rather than newspapers. Am sorry though that a topic like this is relevant and happening. Thank you Kathi for being courageous and being willing to write about this horrific situation. i want to read your novels, and thank you for the opportunity to win. Even if the local library had it (they don’t, yet) this is one i will want on my bookshelf so i can share with friends.

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  15. I am just becoming aware of the human trafficking problem… and I am APPALLED! I thought the book Special Delivery was amazing… great insight into human trafficking. I would love to win this set. I have already shared Special Delivery with friends and I want to read and share Deliver Me From Evil. I would love to put a set in my church library!!

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