This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is reviewing Jerome Teel's latest book, The Election.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Jerome Teel is a graduate of Union University, where he received his JD, cum laude, from the Ole Miss School of Law. He is actively involved in his church, local charities, and youth sports.He has always loved legal-suspense novels and is a political junkie. Jerome and his wife, Jennifer, have three children-Brittney, Trey, and Matthew-and reside in Tennessee, where he practices law and is at work on a new novel.
The book: THE ELECTION
They seek ultimate power.Nothing can stand in theirway.Ed Burke has waited a lifetime to become president of the United States. He's not about to let his nemesis, Mac Foster, stop him now...especially when he's sold his soul for the Oval Office.Claudia Duval has lived a rough life. And finally, things have turned around for her after meeting the wealthy Hudson Kinney. But is all what is seems?When a prominent citizen is murdered in Jackson, Tennessee, attorney Jake Reed doesn't want to know the truth. He just wants to get his client off. But as he investigates, he uncovers a sinister scheme. A scheme that would undermine the very democracy of America...and the freedom of the entire world.
"The Election, by Jerome Teel, is a fast-paced, highly readable mystery filled with suspense, intrigue, and political conspiracy. Teel skillfully weaves together themes of faith, family, suffering, and providence in a way that not only compels, but enlightens."
David S. Dockery-President, Union University
Thursday, 26 October 2006
Tuesday, 24 October 2006
In keeping with the current interest in all things Pirate, thanks to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, Mary Lu Tyndall has crafted a great tale set in the Caribbean in 1665, amidst the cutthroat life on the sea.
Lady Charlisse Bristol escapes the clutches of her depraved Uncle in England and begins a voyage to find her missing father, Edward Bristol, believed to be living in Port Royal. Disaster strikes leaving Charlisse stranded on a deserted island with little hope of survival until she is rescued by the reformed pirate, Edmund Merrick, whose savage crew's wild ways terrify her. Edmund and Charlisse's attraction is tempered by Merrick's vow to bring Edward the Terror to justice as Charlisse struggles to believe her father is the most vicious pirate on the high seas and that God has any compassion for her.
Mary Lu has weaved high adventure, a tender yet intense romance with a spiritual message of God's supernatural power and made it sing! Edmund and Charlisse are fascinating characters, as much for their flaws and struggles as anything else. Mary Lu's portrayal of the pirate lifestyle does not hold back but makes for an authentic and entertaining read.
I will look for the sequel, The Reliance, releasing in January, 2007 with great anticipation!
Monday, 23 October 2006
4 1/2 stars
Donna's first novel is an exceptional blend of action and suspense, palpable emotions, devoted friendship and the faithfulness of God.
Christina McIntyre is a wounded soul, both from childhood secrets and her life as a soldier in Iraq. A fledgling friendship with fellow soldier, Erin Grayson, develops but is soon tested by tragedy in combat and Chris disappears to the mountains of Colorado, seeking the anonymity she prefers. Erin knows God has placed a burden for Chris on her heart and her faithfulness to that call puts her at odds with her protective husband, Scott. When Chris' life is shattered by another tragic loss, Erin brings a broken Chris into her home and and shows her what true compassion is.
Donna Fleisher's sensitive characterization draws you into the lives of Chris, Erin and the eclectic group of people in the Kimberley Street Community Centre where Erin works and lives. The relationships are genuine and full of the realities of what life is really about. A fantastic start to a compelling series. Check back for my reviews on Warrior's Heart and Valiant Hope to be posted soon.
Thursday, 19 October 2006
Susan May Warren is one of my favourite authors so when I saw the cover of the first book of her new Noble Legacy series, Reclaiming Nick, releasing in early 2007, I couldn't help but post it here - and what a cover :)
If you love fascinating characters, fast paced suspense, romance and great humour, do yourself a favour and read her books. Here is a list for you and Susan's website:-
- In Sheep's Clothing
- Sands of Time (just released)
- Flee the Night
- Escape to Morning
- Expect the Sunrise
Heirs of Anton
- Happily Ever After
- Tying the Knot
- The Perfect Match
- Everything's Coming up Josey
Wednesday, 18 October 2006
About the Book:
A PEACEFUL TOWN...
AN IDYLLIC FAMILY...
A PHONE CALL THAT THREATENS THEM ALL.
Jack and Molly Campbell enjoyed an idyllic life (great house in a fancy neighborhood, high-paying job, and a beautiful little boy) in their small hometown outside Atlanta with their adopted 4-year-old, Joey. Then they receive the phone call that shatters their world: a social worker delivers the news that Joey's biological father has been released from prison and is ready to start lifeover with his son. (It's discovered that Joey's birth mother forged the signature of Joey's birth father, making it a fraudulent adoption.) When a judge rules that Joey must be returned to his father (a man who cannot separate love and violence), the Campbells, in a silent haze of grief and utter disbelief, watch their son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind.Struggling with the dilemma of following the law, their hearts, and what they know to be morally right, the Campbells find that desperation leads to dangerous thoughts. What if they can devise a plan? Take Joey and simply disappear....LIKE DANDELION DUST.
Review by Mimi Pearson
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
As you can see I have changed my template as my old one wasn't up to the task!
3 1/2 stars
Widows & Orphans is a solid start to Susan Meissner's new Rachael Flynn mystery series. A number of Susan's previous books contain elements of suspense but this book revolves solely around a murder and the impact on those associated with the crime.
Rachael Flynn is a successful young lawyer living in New York with her illustrator husband, Trace, enjoying a break from the law due to the birth to her first child, McKenna. When her mother calls to tell Rachel that her brother Joshua has been arrested, she is not surprised as Josh has a longstanding history of aiding the oppressed since a spiritual epiphany as a child. When Rachel realises the charge against Josh is murder and that he has willingly confessed she is shattered and convinced he is lying to protect someone else.
Susan Meissner has created an atypical heroine in Rachael, a woman trying to balance the responsibilities of motherhood, her sense of justice and the needs of her uncooperative brother. Rachael's husband Trace and his eclectic group of friends are fascinating and their artistic skills play a unique role in Rachael's investigation, another way the author has striven for a different approach. Trace's best friend Fig is a quirky and fun character and provides a comic element which does not subtract from the serious subject matter of the book.
The suspense is skillfully maintained throughout the story with the conclusion unexpected yet satisfying. Susan also senstively deals with the issue of how God speaks to us and our response. I expect Susan Meissner's writing will get stronger with each story and I look forward to reading more about Rachael in Sticks & Stones, releasing in January, 2007.
Sunday, 15 October 2006
On Friday night my book club enjoyed a conference call with Charles Martin, author of the amazing When Crickets Cry, Wrapped in Rain, The Dead Don't Dance and most recently its sequel, Maggie. Check back soon for the full interview which was informative, inspiring and a lot of fun and my review of When Crickets Cry!
Wednesday, 11 October 2006
It's that time of the week! Time to do a blog tour!
This week's tour is Violette Between.
Between Here and the PAST,
THERE LIES A PLACE...a place of longing for what has been rather than hoping for what could be!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Alison Strobel graduated with a degree in elementary education, and in the summer of 2000 she moved from Chicago to southern California where she taught elementary school for three years. It was in Orange County that she met her husband, Daniel Morrow, and the story developed for her first novel, Worlds Collide.
Violette Between is a poinant story of a true artist. When the love of Violette's life, Saul suddenly died, she died too. Then she meets Christian, who also is morning the loss of a loved one.As Violette and Christian begin to feel something that they both thought was impossible. Tragedy strikes again. Christian finds Violette on the floor of his waiting room, that she had been painting to look like a New York rooftop restaurant.As Christian holds a vigil at her bedside, begging her to come back to him, Violette is in a coma, traveling to a place where she meets her beloved Saul. And she finds that she may not want to come back!What would it be like to choose a place between the past and the present?
Violette Between is a powerful character study of a woman finally relinquishing the past to move on, only to be thrust into the quandry of reliving that life and needing to make a choice.For Christians, this will definitely make you think about heaven and the consequences of eternal life.
"Delving into the underside of complicated relationships, Alison Strobel takes readers to unexpected places, but doesn't hesitate to deliver redemptiom when needed."---Melody Carlson, author of Finding Alice
Monday, 9 October 2006
Tracy! Your details have been sent to the publisher of Dark Hour so look in your letterbox soon!
Reconstructing Natalie is one of the best novels I have read this year! Every woman should read this book and laugh out loud at the humour, cry through the suffering and pain and discover the joy of true friendship and sacrificial love. This book will give you all that and so much more.
Natalie Moore is diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of twenty seven and she knows her life will never be the same. What she doesn't know is how her family, friends and boyfriend will react to the news nor the scope of the battle ahead of her.
Laura Jensen Walker, a breast cancer survivor, enables you to walk alongside Natalie as she hears the shocking diagnosis, endures surgery and the debilitating rounds of chemotherapy and discovers that she is not defined by her illness or her breasts! Natalie is a genuine and courageous woman who you will make you laugh and cry and is a character you won't easily forget.
The book is thoughtprovoking, entertaining, educational and with a beautiful love story to boot, you couldn't ask for more! Buy this book to read again and share it with your friends!
Friday, 6 October 2006
As I am newly registered to CFBA, I haven't yet read Dark Hour but look for my review soon. I loved Chosen, Ginger's first Bible based novel, looking at the life of Esther. It is an exceptional book and I can highly recommend Ginger's attention to detail and historical accuracy. I rarely have the confidence to recommend a book I haven't read but Dark Hour is sure to enthrall you if Chosen is anything to go by.
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
It is time for another Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Tour! This week's feature author is GINGER GARRETT and her novel, Dark Hour!
Guess what? The publicists for Ginger have agreed to a book contest for each CFBA member's blog post on Dark Hour! It is up to the member on how they judge which commenter wins the free book...so, comment and you might become a winner!
About the author:
Ginger Garrett is an acclaimed novelist and expert in ancient women's history.Her first novel, Chosen, was recognized as one of the best five novels of the year by the Christian publishing industry. Ginger enjoys a diverse reader base and creates conversation between cultures.
In addition to her 2006 and 2007 novels about the most evil women in biblical history, she will release Beauty Secrets of the Bible (published by Thomas Nelson) in Summer 2007.
Ginger Garrett's Dark Hour delves into the biblical account of Jezebel's daughter and her attempt to end the line of David.
And now, a special Q&A with Ginger Garrett:
1.) First, tell us a bit about Dark Hour.
I was praying about what book to write after Chosen, and accidentally left my open Bible on the kitchen table. (A dangerous thing, since in my house, small children and large dogs routinely scavenge with dirty hands and noses for snacks!) As I walked past it, I saw a caption about someone named Athaliah and a mass murder. I stopped cold. I knew it was my story.
Athaliah was the daughter of Jezebel--a real woman in history--who tried to destroy all the descendents of King David in a massacre. God made a promise that a descendent of King David would always sit on the throne, and one day a Messiah would come from this line. If Athaliah succeeded, she would break the promise between God and the people, and destroy all hope for a Messiah.One woman, her step-daughter, Jehoshebeth, defied her. She stole a baby during the massacre and hid him. Between them, the two women literally fought for the fate of the world.
2.) What drew you to write biblical fiction?
The similarities between the lives of ancient women and our lives. We get distracted by their "packaging," the way they dressed and lived, but at heart, our stories are parallel.
3.) How much time is spent researching the novel versus writing the novel?
Equal amounts, and I don't stop researching while I write. I have a historical expert, probably the best in the world in his field, review the manuscript and point out errors. The tough part is deciding when to ignore his advice. He pointed out that most everyone rode donkeys if they weren't in the military, but a key scene in the novel involves riding a horse to the rescue. It would have been anti-climatic to charge in on a donkey! :) So I ignored his advice on that one.
4.) Dark Hour takes its reader deep into the heart of palace intrigue and betrayals. Were parts of this book difficult to write?
I left out much of the darkest material I uncovered in research. It was important to show how violent and treacherous these times and this woman (Athaliah) could be, but I tried to be cautious about how to do it. The story was so powerful and hopeful--how one woman's courage in the face of evil saved the world--but the evil was depressing. I tried to move quickly past it. I wanted balance. Our heroine suffers and some wounds are not completely healed in her lifetime. That's true for us, too.
5.) What would modern readers find surprising about ancient women?
They had a powerful sense of the community of women. They also wore make-up: blush, glitter eyeshadow, lipstick, powder, and perfume! They drank beer with straws, and enjoyed "Fritos": ground grains, fried and salted. Many of our foods are the same today, but they loved to serve pate made from dried locusts, finely ground. Ugh!
Monday, 2 October 2006
4 1/2 stars
Mel Odom's foray in to military suspense is riveting and appealing to both male and female readers. This first book in his NCIS series contains non-stop action, intriguing characters and great locales.
Commander Will Coburn heads a specialist NCIS team undertaking covert investigations in potentially lethal situations. Each member of his team brings with him or her specialist skills which uncover the evidence necessary to put terrorists and criminals behind bars. When NCIS agent, Chief Petty Officer Helen Swafford, is found murdered, Will's team is plunged into a global terrorist plot which could jeopardize the security of the United States and its allies. As evidence in the North Carolina crime scene is gathered the team is led to South Korea and confrontations with Colombian drug lords and Russian mobsters.
Mel Odom's attention to detail makes this book a thrill to read. The plot is tight with unseen twists and the characters are fascinating, not only for their occupational skills, but for their complicated personal lives that have shaped the way they view the world. I hope Tyndale's decision to limit the series to two books changes as there is scope for plenty more action and character growth from this NCIS team!