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Giveaway Interview IN HIS STEAD by JUDITH SANDERS @judithasanders

Book Description

November 10, 2012

Retired Army Ranger Thomas Lane once burned for the taste of gunpowder and the thrill of the battle. But as he struggles to cope with his own PTSD and the death of his eldest son, killed by an IED in Afghanistan, Lane learns that the price of war is far too dear.

When the National Guard calls up Lane's youngest son to serve, Lane knows he will do anything to save his child--even if it means going in his place, a pursuit unheard of since the Civil War when slaves were sent to war in place of their masters.

In His Stead, Judith Sander's second novel, follows Thomas Lane's crusade against the United States Army, its JAG corps, a vengeful officer, the very son he is desperate to save, and his own wife, who has the Solomon-like choice of losing either a husband or a son.

Capturing the essence of family life in wartime--the good, the bad, and the hopeful--In His Stead explores what it means to be a father and a man.

About the Author
Judith Sanders was born and raised in a rural town in New Jersey. She received her BS from Graceland College and worked as a registered nurse for many years, including serving the military as a nurse in Maryland. Sanders, a mother of three boys, now makes writing her full time career and divides her time between her homes in New Hampshire and North Carolina. Her first novel, Crescent Veil, is a reality fiction novel about a hunt for terrorists. With her second novel, In His Stead (A Father's War) Judith honors the memories of those fallen in war.

Judith Sanders
On Twitter: @JudithASanders


1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
 “White Fang”

2. What are you reading right now?
 “The Secret of the Nightingale Palace” by Dana Sachs, “New York to Dallas” by J.D. Robb, rereading collected works of Jane Austen, and just finished “Inferno” by Dan Brown

3. How does your garden grow?
In NH I’ve got flower boxes which are being attacked by Japanese beetles. To get my dose of weed pulling I visited my daughter-in-law’s vegetable garden and did some weeding there yesterday. Back in NC I love my day lilies, irises, Japanese maple (no J. beetles there) and my husband’s very small tree farm (mostly red buds).

4. What is the last thing you Googled?
 Besides your website, the Boston Museum of Science (we took our grandkids there this week).

5. What makes you cringe?
 Mice (although there’s screaming with the cringing), breaking and broken bones (I was a nurse before being a writer)


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  1. I am sure this will be a good book to read.

  2. This sounds like a very emotional book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  3. Judith--are any members of your family currently in the military?
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  4. This is Judith. I have two grand-nephews who have recently completed tours in Afghanistan. One in the Army doing communications work and the other a Marine who is in the military police and trained Afghan troops. My husband is retired from the medical corp of the army.

  5. Sounds wonderfully touching. jtretin at aol dot com

  6. Congratulations on the new release. Looks like a very interesting storyline. Would love a chance to read and review at The Reading Cafe;

    sandy (at) thereadingcafe(dot)com

  7. From where do you get your ideas? So many storylines and novels resembling each other it is difficult to come up with something unique.....

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  9. From the Author, Judith Sanders:
    My ideas come from my life experiences as a nurse, mother, with my extended family & friends, my connections with military and former miltary, and my views on the world's affairs. "In His Stead" you will see came from a conversation with my nephew-in-law who was worried about his son who was graduating from high school and considering joining the service (for the bonus money) and while my nephew-in-law supported the patriotism of his son's thoughts, he was not ready to put his son in harms way and we discussed the idea of someone serving in another's place and the book was born.

  10. I was wondering if the author focused those fallen war because she suffered a loss due to the war?

  11. From the Author, Judith Sanders:
    Thank you for the question about whether I have suffered a loss due to war. The answer depends on how you define "loss". My brother-in-law came back from Vietnam a different person, with severe PTSD and has not recovered over these years. My father died of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure for his work in support of WW II. And every life lost & body injured to guarantee my freedom and way of life weighs on me. Beyond that, fewer and fewer people are directly connected to the war and my message is for those people to not forget the toll it takes on our service members and their families.

  12. Hi Judith,

    how did you go about researching for this story?

  13. From the Author, Judith Sanders: First thing is that I love to do research. For "In His Stead" I first had to research whether the premise of a father taking his son's place was feasible. I began with reviewing legal documents online and then contacted a lawyer who put me in touch with a retired general from the US Army's legal arm, JAG. For the military scenes I consulted with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to ensure my descriptions of places, equipment, and procedures was accurate. For the pool shooting scene, I studied the script for the movie "The Hustler". For family matters I drew on my own experience and imagination.

  14. This book sounds like a very interesting read. I know a lot about the Army for my husband served and is retired. Thanks for this chance to read it.

  15. I have recently become a fan of Judith Sanders.

  16. I know I would enjoy reading this book. I have been wanting to read Judith's books for awhile now. :)

  17. Whew - sure to be an emotional one - will have to keep the tissues near :) Sounds like it will be great!

  18. From Judith Sanders: Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Today's the last day to sign up for the giveaway. Tell your friends and check out my facebook page at for news & new giveaways


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