Saturday, January 31, 2015


On Tuesday, I shared EYES OF LIGHT.
On Thursday, I shared SECRET KEEPERS.

Today I'm sharing the final book in the
Bending Willow Trilogy,
I'm really looking forward to reading this!

Released 1.26.15 - In the finale to the Bending Willow Trilogy, love, loss, and forgiveness weave a tapestry that will touch hearts as James, Suvi, and Austan are tried by separation, death, grief and revenge. As they struggle to survive, they will discover that when all seems lost, the only hope comes from unseen Hands of Mercy.

About the Bending Willow trilogy:

This series has religious undertones about not judging others and being more aware of hidden secrets people carry, but I tried very hard not to come across as preachy (I hate books that give me a sermon instead of letting me draw my own conclusion from the character’s actions). This is a story about several characters’ journeys as they take different paths in life, from very religious to agnostic to atheistic (yet I love them all, especially the troubled ones). The characters will sometimes ponder upon their spiritual life, but not in a preachy way. That would have made my daughters throw my book out if they thought mom was trying to pull one over on them.



Meet the Author: Charissa Stastny

Charissa Stastny hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled the handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. Since 4th grade, she has envisioned herself an author after writing the creative work, The Creature from McGool, and continuing in shame to pen some cheesy romance scenes as a teenager. Thankfully, she has matured somewhat and is a member of the Idaho Writer’s Guild and tries hard not to spread too much cheese around in her writing now. She graduated from Brigham Young University and enjoys writing, reading, hiking and biking. She resides in Idaho’s Treasure Valley with her husband and children (where card shuffling isn’t required).

Q & A

Tell us a little about your family. 

My husband and I are high school sweethearts and married after his mission. We have four children—3 daughters (one married, one serving a mission in Korea, and one still in high school) and one son (in high school). We love being together and our favorite activities include biking, hiking, camping, and going to Disneyland.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

Quite a lot. There is always one character I identify with—usually the shy, awkward one with a good heart who doesn’t know how to accessorize. My cool characters are my dreams of how I wish I could be. It’s fun as a writer to live vicariously through our characters. 

Where do your ideas come from? 

My characters. A vivid character creates their own action, tension and stories. 

Do you have a favorite character? 

I love Suvi and wish I could meet her in real life. Austan’s pretty cool too (he’s a hoot to write), but I don’t know if I’d be brave or confident enough to meet him in person. I wouldn’t be able to come up with witty comebacks fast enough.

And now . . . the question that features my favorite answer!

Most writers are readers. What are some of your favorite books?

I love The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, any of the Harry Potter books, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and anything by C.S. Lewis. Contemporary romance authors I can’t get enough of are Amy Harmon and Taylor Dean. I can reread their stories over and over and not tire of them.

Wow! Thanks, Charissa! What an honor!

I hope you've enjoyed this three part introduction to Charissa's books!

(ends March 1st)

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Up for grabs:

13 lucky winners! (1 each-$20, $15, $10 Amazon Gift cards; 10 eBook winners)


  1. awesome book,
    good luck.

    writing, sharing, and publishing poetry is good as well.
    hope that you join us soon.

  2. I love Harry Potter books too :) And OF COURSE, Taylor Dean books :) Thanks for sharing this series, Taylor!

    1. Aw, thank you, Christy. You're so sweet.
      I'm a Harry Potter fan too. And Twilight and Hunger Games. All unputdownable classic books I could read over and over.

  3. Charrisa's books sound great. I would love to read them. Thank you
    also signed up for newsletter

    1. I have greatly enjoyed Charissa's books. Hope you do too, Linda! Thanks so much for your interest!

  4. Charrisa's books sound great. I would love to read them. Thank you
    also signed up for newsletter

  5. These books looks and sounds great I will have to most difinately check them out soon thanks for the awesome giveaway and I also signed up for her newsletter.

    1. Great! Thanks so much, Katiria! I appreciate you stopping by and participating in the giveaway.
      BTW, I love your name. It's so original and such a beautiful name.

  6. Thanks again for helping me spread the word this week about my series, Taylor. It's been fun!

    1. My pleasure. I'm happy to help. Good luck with the rest of your tour!