Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Heir by Paul Robertson

The book that this blog tour features, The Heir, holds a special place in my heart. I read Paul Robertson's manuscript to give my opinion to the book's editor. Suggesting changes was very difficult, though - I loved the story!

Jason Boyer is stunned when he finds out his father's billions aren't going to the Foundation - they're going to him as the eldest son. At first he wants no part of the corrupt power his father wielded, but then he wonders if he can change things. As events begin to spiral out of control, details surface about the accident that claimed his father's life . . . or was it an accident?

Don't miss this action-packed yet thought-provoking thriller!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Return of the Guardian-King

I've read every book Karen Hancock has ever had published, and I've waited more than a year for her series finale Return of the Guardian King.

It was worth the wait.

Hancock whisks you back to the glittering palaces, snow-covered mountain passes, and arid deserts of Kiriath and its surrounding countries. Only a handful of people know King Abramm is still alive. Abramm himself travels incognito with a group of refugees heading for Chesedh. His wife, Maddie, torn between belief and doubt about her husband's rescue, is urged as Chesedh's First Daughter to remarry and form an alliance against Esurh's armies.

Abramm's hope of reuniting with Maddie and regaining the crown of Kiriath fades with each day as the refugees don't recognize him and question every decision. Meanwhile, a charming suitor seeks to win Maddie's heart - and begins to succeed.

Faith battles fear. Growth fights desire. Don't miss this epic saga that has won three Christy awards and is likely to win a fourth.

I'm also a regular reader of Hancock's blog, where she shares insight about her writing life. Find out more about the Legends of the Guardian-King series and its author there and at the blogs below:

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Coral Moon

Coral Moon sits in my room about 1/4 of the way read. It was starting to creep me out a bit, and I put it down.

I don't think I've recovered from Brandilyn Collins' Dead of Night yet. I've read two of her "Seatbelt Suspense" novels since then, but only when I'm in the mood for shivers up my spine.

So when I'm ready to dive back into the creepy suspense, I'll give you a full report. But until then, remember, Brandilyn Collins is best for making your heart pound in the dark.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

In High Places

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Bethany House March 1, 2007)



Tom Morrisey is the author of four previous novels and numerous short stories, a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Executive Editor) and other leading magazines.

He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Orlando, Florida.


For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own …. He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.

It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a silent moment, they'd lost the person most important to them—her death raising unanswerable questions and dangerous doubts.

Launching a new life in a new town to escape their pain, son and father find themselves in danger of being torn apart forever. As his father seeks a route to solace on the dangerous high face of the rock, Patrick finds a path to hope with the unlikeliest of allies—a pastor's daughter. Together they must discover the one answer that can bring Patrick and Kevin back from the brink of the precipice.

Endorsements: "It is rare to find a 'man's man' who knows the human heart, much less one who can write with such a well-balanced combination of sensitivity and adrenaline-charged adventure."
—Athol Dickson, Christy-Award-winning author of River Rising

"Beautifully exciting, haunting, and satisfying. Morrisey leaves you hanging by your fingertips."
—Lisa Samson, award-winning author of The Church Ladies and Straight Up

"Tom Morrisey is a master wordsmith and an expert at weaving gripping stories. If I pick up a book with his name on it, I know I'm going for gold."
—Angela Hunt, author of Uncharted

Pick up a copy at Amazon

Visit Tom's Website

Review written by Bonnie Calhoun

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Allah's Fire

Thanks to whoever bought 16 books through my BooksChristian affliate link - I appreciate it!

I realized that I never got around to posting all the Waterfall Books reviews here on the site, so I'll be posting them interminently with blours and new reviews (I've got some great books coming up!). Here's one:

Allah's Fire
Task Force Valor Book One
by Chuck Holton and Gayle Roper

Terrorists have a new weapon, a colorless liquid explosive dubbed "Allah's Fire." Special Ops Sergeant John Cooper and his Explosion Ordinance Disposal team are scrambling to find the weapon's source and stockpile. American reporter Liz Fairchild loves the Lebanon she grew up in, but the treatment of women, especially in the refugee camps, breaks her heart.

Then the new weapon blows up a hotel, and Liz uncovers evidence that her sister Julie may have escaped the blast. But if she did, where is she?

Co-written novels and military novels sometimes share a common trait - the plan is often better than the execution. Not so with this offering from the newly-joined pens of Holton and Roper. Blending page-flipping action with deep characterization, this novel expertly matches motivation with events. The vivid details match today's headlines without bogging the story down. The method of Holton writing the male point-of-view and Roper covering the female works excellently, giving each of the main characters a distinctive voice and allowing the author changes to feel natural. Even though the protagonists don't meet up until nearly halfway through the novel, it doesn't detract from the story. I give this novel a resounding Cascade rating.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Wishing on Dandelions

It is April 1st, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book's FIRST chapter!

This month's feature is:

Mary E. DeMuth

and her book:

Wishing on Dandelions

(NavPress Publishing, 2006)


This month's feature is very special. The author is one of the FIRST Day Blog Alliance Members!!! Click here for her Blogspot! MARY E. DeMUTH has spent the last fifteen years as a writer. Winner of the 2003 Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference's Pacesetter's Award, she now splits her time between writing and planting a new church with her husband, Patrick, and two other families. Wishing on Dandelions is the second book in the Maranatha Series. The first was the critically praised book, Watching the Tree Limbs. She has also written two parenting books. Building the Christian Family You Never Had and a new one called Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture which will release this summer with Harvest House. Mary, Patrick, and their three children make their home in Texas.


I n t r o d u c t i o n

I still can’t tell my story up close, like it was me in it,breathing the tangled wisteria on the fence posts of Burl, Texas. There are times I still can’t bear to say it was me. The book of mylife continues to open, painful word by painful word, page after page. I get real close to typing the whole story with the word I in it, but I hit delete every time, replacing me with she.

Zady tells me I’m ready to write my story honest, but I’m not so sure. She says she’s there to help me remember my healing,even as she puts an arm around my shoulder when a tear slips through. “It hurts,” she says. “Real bad. Lord, I wish it didn’t rip at you so.”

She tells me I survived that story — that I should be proud — yet her presence brings back its horrid validity written on the backdrop of her tender love. Reminds me in a kind, wild way that this is my story even if I can’t seem to admit it on the page.

Click the FIRST link to read the rest!


Sample from Wishing on Dandelions / ISBN 1576839532 Copyright © 2006 NavPress Publishing. All rights reserved. To order copies of this resource, come back to