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Call to Embrace Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Call to Embrace

Author: Maryann Landers

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release Date: November 1, 2023

She’s detached in a stormy marriage because of both of their unfaithfulness. Now she faces the aftermath of her compromise with an unwanted pregnancy. Will fleeing bring her the freedom she yearns for?

Emily Corentin wants to escape the jagged edges of her brokenness. She believes the only option she has is to take her young daughter, leave her husband, and end the unintended pregnancy with an abortion. But her plans take an unexpected turn when the homeless shelter she finds is not the type of help she wanted. She’d buried religion years ago with the death of her Gran. Any God-fearing place will only confirm how much God abandoned her.

An offer from a shelter volunteer may be the lifeline she and her daughter need, but Emily only sees it as a means to an end. The unlikely friendship that follows, draws her closer to the answers she may have carried with her all along. But rash decisions bring new challenges that drag her further into a sea of helplessness.

When all hope is lost in despair will she be washed away by the patterns of her past? Or will she answer the call to embrace the mercy of the cross and in turn bring reconciliation to her marriage?


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About the Author

Alaskan based author Maryann Landers writes women’s faith filled fiction based on true stories of extraordinary women of her magnificent state. She loves to showcase the unique north and give her readers a little taste of rustic Alaska.

While writing in her log home in the woods she is also looking forward to her next adventure with her Alaskan husband, juggling mom tasks such as crafting homemade meals from moose and caribou meat, building DIY projects from scrap wood piles and guiding her teens in their homeschooling.

Her first novel in the Alaskan Women of Caliber Series; Alaskan Calibration released June 2021.


More from Maryann

Call to Embrace is inspired by a true story of a young mom that I met over 13 years ago as I walked alongside her during a difficult time of her life. A year and a half ago I stood in the Pacific Ocean dip netting for salmon near the mouth of the Kenai River. As the waters tugged at my waders, I remembered the church set on the hill behind me where a cross is always lit as a beacon and I thought there is a story here. With anticipation, I prayed what God wanted me to share. What unfolded is the plot line of my friendship with that young mom set in the stunning geographical area of South-Central Alaska.

Interview with the Author

  1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

This is why I started writing. I live in rural Alaska and we experience unique everyday challenges. Each of my books is based on a woman that I know personally and a place that I have either lived or visited. However, with my new release, Call to Embrace I did go on a trip down to South Central Alaska the summer before I wrote the story. I explored the area and felt a sense that I wanted to have my next book set here specifically incorporating the beach.

  1. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

I’m not a person who picks favorites when it comes to anything because I usually like too many things equally.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

Since each book is based a real person I take their name and look up it’s meaning. Next, I choose a name that has the same core meaning.

  1. What was your hardest scene to write?

The middle of every book is always the hardest for me as the character sees themself for who they are.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters.

  1. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

Study about feelings and the thesaurus of those body gestures and thought processes that show us what characters are experiencing.

  1. What comes first, the plot or characters?

All of my books are based on the character first.

  1. Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

Karen Kingsbury. Her novels draw me in and I can hardly put them down.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

A variety of things occupy my time from doing house projects (we built our own house), building furniture, cooking, baking, walking and running.

  1. If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook?

My oldest son. He doesn’t live at home right now and I really miss him. I’d make him whatever he wants.

Blog Stops

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 13 (Author Interview)

Lots of Helpers, March 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 15

Artistic Nobody, March 16 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, March 17

Splashes of Joy, March 18 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 19

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, March 20

A Reader’s Brain, March 21 (Author Interview)

Inspired by Fiction, March 21

Cover Lover Book Review, March 22

Pause for Tales, March 23

Vicky Sluiter, March 24 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Maryann is giving away the grand prize package of a Alaskan themed gift pack including: one signed copy of the book, a half pint sized jar of canned salmon (caught and canned by the author from the mouth of the Kenai river where the book is set), a cross necklace and a promo code for a free audiobook version of the novel!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.