Saturday, November 13, 2021

Author Interview & Giveaway: Right Here Waiting

Right Here Waiting JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Right Here Waiting by Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Right Here Waiting

Title: Right Here Waiting
Series: Deep Haven Collection #6
Author: Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She doesn’t belong in his world—but she’s determined to try.

Sled dog musher and outdoor adventurer Nick Dahlquist doesn’t mean to be a loner—he just feels at home in the woods, with his dogs, and online in his vlogging world, where he’s amassed nearly a million viewers. But he’s just a simple guy, with simple goals—care for his dogs, teach people how to survive the cold, and run the Iditarod. Unfortunately, life turns cold when his lead dog is injured, and he’s low on funds. Good thing he has LadyJHawk to chat with. She’s become an online friend he can turn to, and he’s starting to need her more than he’d like to admit. But the last thing he wants is for some random woman to show up on his doorstep… 

Chopper pilot and Texas gal Jae Lynn Washington has been following Nick’s DogQuest videos and Get Lost in the Woods vlogs since she inherited her deceased boyfriend’s military working dog. Three years later, his online friendship has made her wonder if he could be more than a friend. What if she moved to Deep Haven? Would that be considered stalking, even if she got a bonafide job on the Crisis Response Team? 

When Jae shows up in Deep Haven—and on Nick’s doorstep—he’s not at all the man she met online. And when Nick is tapped to train the team, he’s pretty sure petite, summer-loving Jae won’t last a moment in the brutal cold—a fear he pours out to LadyJHawk. As their training takes a personal turn, their chilly start begins to thaw. But what will happen if he discovers that Jae and LadyJHawk are one and the same? 

When a blizzard strikes, and the CRT is called out into the storm, more than just their relationship is at risk… 

Cozy up to this delightful twist on You’ve Got Mail set in the snowy escape of Deep Haven. 

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Susan May Warren Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at

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Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills. 


Q: What was the inspiration behind Right Here Waiting?
Michelle: The hero of Right Here Waiting, Nick Dahlquist, was a side character in my first book Crazy For You. As he gave his cousin Peter advice on women, I discovered that he had his own issues with romance. So I was compelled to figure out Nick’s story. I already knew he was dog sledder which made for fascinating research and a great reason to rewatch a favorite movie Iron Will. And as I was dreaming up the right heroine for Nick I thought about another favorite, the Nora Ephron romcom You’ve Got Mail. Nick and Jae have a real connection online, but I wondered what would happen when they met in real life.

Q: How long did it take you to write this novel?

Michelle: This novel took longer than my first because it was such a hard season! We were in the midst of the Covid shut down, kids trying to distance learn from home, and our community was hit hard with some tragic situations. And let me tell ya, writing while grieving is not easy. So my first draft took six months, but it needed a lot of work. The editing took another four to five months. But this book has come a long way and thankfully I had great editors helping me find the heart of the story.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?

Michelle: Pastor Dan always has some words of wisdom that I need as much as my characters do! Here’s this nugget from him: “Faith is not about being strong, having all the answers, or having our act together….God chose unlikely heroes: the weak, the despised, the needy. I wonder if that’s because they were aware that they had little to offer while the strong and proud were busy trying to prove themselves worthy.”

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Right Here Waiting?

Michelle: Both of the characters in RHW are hiding. Nick is hiding out in the woods from a broken heart and Jae is hiding her online identity. They each feel like they just don’t fit in. I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt that way at times. But if we want a true connection with others, it often means being a little vulnerable: asking for help, inviting others into our lives, and sometimes being the first one to reach out. I hope readers will find the encouragement to do that especially as so many of are emerging from isolation and a season of distancing from others.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Michelle: I studied cross-cultural ministries in college. I love to learn about other cultures and try to include characters with different ethnicities in my books. And you will almost always find a reference to 80’s and 90’s pop songs in my stories. This one happens to be the title.

Q: What are you reading now?

Michelle: Irene Hannon’s Labyrinth of Lies. I love undercover identity tropes! 😉

Q: How many bookcases are in your home? 

Michelle: Five…and they are all overflowing! And there’s multiple stacks and piles of books on places that aren’t shelves! We love books.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Michelle: Reading! I was a reader long before I thought about writing. I love to read any kind of romance, but especially historical ones from WWII and the Regency era. And I definitely need time with my people when I’m not writing too. My family and I like to hike or watch movies and I’ve got a great group of friends that keep me laughing and enjoying life.


(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Right Here Waiting ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Right Here Waiting JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Sounds great, thank you for sharing.

  2. I enjoyed the interview and Right Here Waiting sounds like a fantastic read for me! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading this book and series

  4. Sounds so good. I love stories set in the wilderness, and sled dogs are a huge bonus!

  5. This sounds like a terrific book.

  6. Good book for fall reading.
    Thanks for the contest.