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Zoom Interview with Joy Harding & a Giveaway

By Deena Adams

Please help me welcome Joy Harding to the blog this week. Joy answered my call out on Facebook for author interviews, and it was a pleasure learning about her and her novels.

She’s graciously offered a giveaway, so one person who comments on this post by January 25 will win their choice of format of Joy’s debut novel, Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief AND a paperback of book two, Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Imagination.

As a heads up, I had technical issues on my end when we recorded Joy’s interview so my words are not exactly in sync with my mouth. Since Joy does most of the talking, I decided to go ahead and publish as is. I apologize, and I’m working on fixing the problem.

I hope you enjoy meeting Joy!

Interview with Joy Harding

Join the conversation. Does a story about search and rescue interest you? Do you enjoy a romance element in an adventure novel? What about animals in the story? Fan or not?

Be sure to comment by January 25 for a chance to win a copy of both of Joy’s novels!

Beyond Belief Book Cover

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief by Joy Harding

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Trauma surgeon and co-founder of the Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Unit, Jack Lockwood, was beyond frustrated… 

A century blizzard, impassable roads, and gale force winds start Jack’s Monday off the wrong way long before daybreak. To make matters worse, his friend and colleague—the police chief of Ely, Minnesota—orders him to stay home on a morning when the weather virtually guarantees injuries requiring Jack’s skills.

Little did he realize that he wouldn’t need to go anywhere to save a life that morning. His next rescue would be in his own front yard, where he finds a half-frozen, gravely injured woman buried in a snowdrift. A woman who needs his help to stay alive long enough to tell her story—why she was out in this kind of weather—bound, battered, and bleeding.

Beyond Imagination Book Cover

Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Imagination by Joy Harding

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When a chance encounter in the Emergency Room leaves Ely physician Jack Lockwood reeling from the opening of a long-buried wound, he and Liz struggle to cope. Little did they know the sweeping life changes that would come out of their distressed prayers that night. Through the pain of almost forgotten regrets to new joys, their faith leads them on a journey only God could orchestrate.

An old foe, unimaginable twists, and deep disappointments challenge both Jack’s and Liz’s faith and their young marriage. Will their love survive strong and intact, or will the pain of the past overcome the promise of the future?

Joy Harding Head Shot

Joy Harding is a Christian, a wordsmith, and a lover of books. She is committed to bringing you, her readers, exciting journeys, uplifting love stories, and family sagas that will touch your hearts.

Together with her husband of almost 40 years, Joy is a passionate believer in the centrality of God in their covenant marriage relationship. Her characters reflect this passion through good times and bad. 

Trained as an attorney, Joy lives in the beautiful state of Minnesota. Her first series, Boundary Waters Search and Rescue, is set in the northwoods of her home state.

Connect with Joy: Website/Blog / Facebook

Please share this interview on social media to help spread the word about Joy and her books!

If you missed last week’s interview with Stacy T. Simmons, you can find it here.

As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


    • Joy Harding

      Hi Timothy,
      congratulations on winning the Boundary Waters Search and Rescue Series (2 books). I will be in touch by email.
      Thank you,again, Deena, for hositing this fun time.

  • Joy Harding

    I want to say a huge thank you first of all to Deena. I so appreciate her hard work to bring us all hope-filled fiction via this blog—it is so needed in today’s world. I also want to thank those of you who left comments, they brought both illumination and beauty to my spirit. I believe the drawing is done tomorrow for Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief and Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Imagination, to be given as a set. To the winner of the drawing, I will be happy to sign your books , I will just need to know how you would like them inscribed. I wish you all well in the drawing.

    Thank you. You all have my deepest gratitude.

    • Deena Adams

      Thanks for your kind words, Joy. I’m blessed to meet so many wonderful authors doing interviews for my blog. People can still comment throughout tomorrow to get into the drawing. I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday and coment on this post and send them an email. I’ll also send you an email with the winner’s name and contact info. Blessings to you!

    • Joy Harding

      Hi Penny!
      The Boundary Waters and environs are a wonderful place to visit (and the environs are a beautiful place to live) If you ever do go to visit, I would recommend late summer or early autumn. Both are lovely, the weather tends to be beautiful, and the mosquitos are past their prime. I hope you will enjoy the books. Because I am from northern Minnesota they reflect my love for the north country. (And also my respect for it’s reflection of God’s glory and power.)

  • Joy Avery Melville

    I loved the premise of the novels, but Joys interview impressed me even more- she was so ‘real’ during the interview. That has me wanting to read her novels even more than the back cover blurbs.

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Joy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. It was fun chatting with Joy. Hope you’ll love her books. Thanks for watching and commenting!

    • Joy Harding

      Dear Joy,
      Thank you so much for the lovely complement on my interview. Deena’s gentle questions made it natural to share both a lot of myself and my books and I am so grateful to her. I hope you enjoy the books! God bless you!

  • Deena Adams

    Just an update for everone, Joy reached out to let me know book two is now available so I’ve added the puchase link to the book cover. And she’s also giving away a copy of book two to the winner of book one! Thanks so much for your generosity, Joy!

  • Taylor R Williams

    They sound great – the first one is now on my wish list. When I was about 12 I spent a week in the Boundary Waters and it was amazing. Can’t wait to read your books. Thanks for the chance to win one.

    • Joy Harding

      Hi Taylor! It is wonderful to find someone who knows this beautiful area. I hope that my descriptions resonate in your spirit. The BWCA is truly a beautiful part of God’s creation. I also hope you enjoy the book. God Bless you!
      In gratitude,

  • Timothy Buch

    Really enjoyed the interview with Joy. Makes me interested in reading the book. Thanks for sharing such a rich conversation.

    • Joy Harding

      Thank you so much, Timothy. I very much appreciate your response to the interview. I hope you get the chance to read Boundary Waters Search and Rescue: Beyond Belief. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Thank you to Deena for opening this forum to me.

  • joy Harding

    Hi all!
    I am so excited about this wonderful opportunity to share my book with Deena on this interview. Talking with her was so much fun and, of course, I love talking about my books. I am living proof that God doesn’t need our abilities, but rather our availability!

    Just so you all know-the second book in this series, Boundary Water Search and Rescue: Beyond Imagination, has been released in print form (digital soon to come) and is available on-line at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on other outlets soon.

    I am here and if anyone has questions, I’m happy to answer them. Looking forward to connecting with you!


    • Deena Adams

      Thanks so much, Joy. It was such a pleasure to speak with you about your books and get to know you a bit. Congratulations on the second book launching out into the world!