Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Unforgiveable by Tessa Stockton

Angie here: Have you ever done something unforgiveable? I'm pleased to present Tessa Stockton's new work called, The Unforgiveable. 

About the book:
Accused of the worst war crimes in the history of Argentina, Carlos Cornella is despised by a wounded nation…
 “I’m in love with a monster. That’s what people call him anyway: monster, murderer, kidnapper, torturer, sociopath, even the devil. His crimes are so terrible that he may be unforgivable. But I have come to know him as something else. I know him as God’s Treasure. And I’m not sure what to do about that. So, here’s my story.”
Angie: Tessa, Tell us about your recently released debut novel. 

Tessa: The Unforgivable is a contemporary love story, set against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War—a military dictatorship that took place during the years 1976-1983. It’s about a Christian woman from Tennessee who goes to Buenos Aires for a quilting expo, then unexpectedly meets and falls in love with an ex-Navy officer whom she discovers is accused of war crimes.

Angie: Where did you find the inspiration to write this particular book? 
Tessa: About 16-17 years ago, I was involved in human rights. In fact, I choreographed a dance suite in memory of victims of Argentina’s Dirty War. Then I sort of had an epiphany. God gripped my heart and compelled me to pray for the very people whom acquaintances wanted to see brought to trial. I saw flaws in the blind zeal that buzzed around me, and even when I dove into the hard-to-stomach research way back when, the entire time, I couldn’t help but feel conflicted. I believe the Lord prodded me to dig deeper, searching for the spiritual significance of events that evolve from the aftermath of war. He led me on the path to forgiveness. All people, labeled monster or not, are children of God, regardless of earthly repercussion caused by sin, violence, war, remorse, guilt... God offers healing, and no one is immune from redemption. The Unforgivable is a result of that era in my life that left such an impact.

Angie: Can we expect similar stories from you in the future?  
Tessa: Yes, The Unforgivable is the first book of the series, Wounds of South America. Each novel portrays love and redemption in the midst of some of the desperate political conflicts that have plagued South America. I just finished writing the second book, which is set in Colombia, and I’m currently working on the outline of the third installment of the series.
Angie: Where is your book available?
Tessa: Available in paperback, Kindle, or Nook, click on one of the links to purchase The Unforgivable:

 I thought you'd like a teaser from Tessa's new book so please enjoy The Unforgiveable: 
The spell. That’s what I call it, whenever you’re so caught up in somebody’s gaze like Carlos and me. In some ways his eyes reminded me of a jaguar’s. Sleek and beautiful, mysterious, sly as in not entirely sure what he is thinking and—okay, I’ll say it—dangerous. We didn’t talk, just stared at each other. Er…well, we might have made some small talk but I can’t recall any of it, so I’m not positively sure those superfluous niceties took place.
Plates of food literally dropped onto the table with a harsh clang. That’s what broke the spell. One of 
my empanadas slid off the ceramic in reckless abandon. I gaped at it as it then sat lifeless on the 
tabletop, turned askew. And then I shifted my attention to Castel who hovered over us, seething under 
his breath.

Author bio:
A former contemporary dancer, Tessa Stockton, who was also active in politics and human rights groups, now writes Christian political intrigue novels. The Unforgivable is her first book in the Wounds of South America series.
You can find out more about Tessa at these online sites:
Tessa Stockton
Political Intrigue Novelist


  1. Your book sounds fascinating, Tessa. I'll have to add it to my "to be purchased/downloaded" list.

    May your sales be plenty and your criticisms be few!

  2. Sometimes it really does require us to dig deeper to see God's purpose and meaning. Thanks for visiting with us.

  3. Hello Tessa:

    I noticed you used a conversational tone first person POV. Was this a natural choice dictated by the nature of the story or did you consider using third person? Is your next book also in first person?

    I really enjoy reading a first person POV book after reading three to four third person books in a row. It’s a refreshing change.


  4. Tessa,
    Your book sounds great. I really hear your passion as you tell what inspired you.
    Thanks for being here today!

  5. Wow, sounds like a very powerful story. Thanks for sharing with us, Tessa and Angie!

  6. Thank you, all, for the great comments. @Vince: This was a natural choice...the story seemed to call for first person POV. While I write in third person for other genres, such as fantasy, the first person method sort of "took over" from the very first concept of The Unforgivable, as well as for the series. So, I'll be continuing in this voice for the entire series. Thanks for such a good question...