Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Counting on Trust, Audio Book by Mary Ferguson Powers @GoddessFish

Counting on Trust, Audio Book
by Mary Ferguson Powers
GENRE: Mystery, Suspense


In this suspense-charged, touching novel, Counting on Trust, information is stolen from a U.S. genetic engineering company (Omniprotein) by an employee promised payment by a Chinese general who wants to profit from selling the company’s technologies in the military region of China he commands.

• To force quick payment the thief attacks fellow employees and threatens to continue until his money arrives. Will his next targets be: young lovers, computer geek Gabriel and gorgeous biologist Selena, who are discovering loving sex while trying to overcome post-traumatic effects of Selena’s girlhood rape.

• Company president, Eleanor, who’s determined to keep some privacy and intimacy although her job’s high profile and her husband, Charley, has just had prostate cancer surgery.

• Venture capitalist, John, who plans to duplicate Omniprotein’s facility in China and reunite with his ex-wife, fashion designer Ziyi, who returned to Shanghai after their only child died.

The personal stories of these couples explore how privacy, intimacy and trust are changing in our social-media age. They paint a compelling portrait of our time.

Listen to an Excerpt of  Counting on Trust, Bad Day on Facebook

Interview with Mary Ferguson

What was the hardest scene from your book to write?
The most difficult scene was probably the love scene between Selena and Gabe. Selena had been raped as a child, and has had a fear of men ever since. Yet she and Gabe love each other deeply. She struggles to overcome her fear of physical intimacy. The scene required managing her conflicting emotions, Gabe’s attempt to support her, and the uncertainty they both have about whether the relationship can work.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I wrote Counting on Trust out of my career interest in globalization and its impacts and microbiology.  I also have been personally interested in how relationships have evolved in an age of social media and limited privacy. The suspense thriller genre seemed like the right way to weave those interests together.

If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?
My first book was Each Unique and Fascinating nad my second book was OrcaSpeak which is actually the sequel to Counting on Trust. Both of these stories take place in the Pacific Northwest and involve themes of love intermixed with eco-activism.  Those these stories were in a somewhat different genre, they still drew on my primary career and personal interests and that made transitioning between genres easier.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Creating the dynamics of the 3 love stories was the most interesting and challenging part of writing the book for me. The couples were of different ages and this meant different perspectives on love and relationships, as well as different life concerns / problems. Their stories then had to be told against the background of corporate intrigue.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I don’t think I can pin it down to just one book. But certainly the biggest inspiration for my writing was the work ofJane Austen. I appreciated the way she deconstructed relationships and the social norms around romance and marriage in her day. Counting on Trust follows three couples of different ages and background, each struggling with issues of trust.

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I grew up in the Great Depression, one of several children in a  family with just a single parent - my mother. She had to work very hard to support us. I admire her deeply, and she was, in some sense, a model for some of the strong women who appear in my writing.

Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?
My husband and I lived in Nebraska for a number of years and it serves as the setting for Counting on Trust.  The story involves people with ties to Nebraska State University at Lincoln. There is no such university.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Themes of novels by M. Ferguson Powers reflect the author’s varied interests, including preservation of the natural world and its creatures;

Challenges of building and maintaining loving relationships in a culture with decreasing respect for personal boundaries and privacy

Influences of globalization on world events and how the U. S. and other nations relate to one another

Public policy issues such as controlling the military-industrial-political complex and requiring the health care industry to be more respectful of its clients

The need for cooperation across governments, cultures, and societies to address global challenges such as climate change

Developments in business and university administration and management

Powers has taught microbiology, headed a university office of research, served as executive director of two university-business partnership programs, and co-authored two books on university administration. She has a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in experimental psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

She lives on an island near Seattle with husband David R. Powers and their two shelties. Her first novel, Each Unique and Fascinating, about a bullied young girl whose father has gone to war, was published in 2012.  OrcaSpeak, a novel of relationships and suspense, was published in 2013, and its prequel, Counting on Trust, was published in 2017.

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