Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Bigger Life

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing A BIGGER LIFE by Annette Smith.
Navpress Publishing Group (January 15, 2007)


In 1997, Annette was working as a home health nurse. She traveled the back roads from house to house, caring for ill and injured, homebound people. Because of her unique position in the lives of relative strangers, she often found herself bearing solitary witness to intimate behind-the-scenes situations full of grace and meaning. The desire to honor both a particular patient and a poignant scene involving the woman and her husband prompted Annette to write a fictionalized story, The Anniversary.

That first story appeared as a column in the Houston Chronicle newspaper and as an essay in Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Later it became a chapter in Annette’s first and best-selling book of short stories, The Whispers of Angels, that has sold more than 100,000 copies

Since then, Annette has penned four more books of stories, two volumes on parenting, and the Coming Home to Ruby Prairie trilogy.

Annette and her husband Randy, a High School teacher and coach, make their home on a wooded lot in Quitman, Texas. They are the parents of two young adult children, Russell and Rachel, both out on their own. Wally, a grateful, rescued mutt provides warmth and entertainment and keeps the Smith’s empty nest from feeling too lonely.

In addition to writing, Annette continues to serve part-time as a registered nurse. She finds the people she works with and the patients she cares for provide great inspiration for her fiction.


Joel Carpenter did not plan for his life to turn out like this. He never meant to be a single dad, working at a hair salon in Eden Plain, Texas. But after making a careless choice four years ago, his marriage was permanently shattered. Now at twenty-seven, he finds himself juggling custody of his preschool son with Kari, the ex-wife he still loves, and sharing Sunday dinners with a group of other single dads.

Joel regrets the choices that brought him to this place, but it's not until the worst happens that he learns how much he still has to give. In the midst of deep tragedy, he learns that forgiveness is way more important than freedom. Hopefully it's not too late!

A BIGGER LIFE is a story of love in the midst of heartache, and friendship in the midst of real, everyday life.


Friday, April 13, 2007

Coral Moon, Brandilyn Collins

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing CORAL MOON, Zondervan (April 27, 2007) by Brandilyn Collins. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0310252245

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandilyn Collins is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Web Of Lies, Dead of Night, Stain of Guilt, Brink of Death, and Eyes of Elisha just to name a few.

Brandilyn and her family divide their time between the California Bay Area and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

She also maintains an informative blog called Forensics and Faith where she daily dispenses wisdom on writing, life, and the Christian book industry.


The figure remained still as stone. Leslie couldn't even detect a breath.

Spider fingers teased the back of her neck.

Leslie's feet rooted to the pavement. She dropped her gaze to the driveway, seeking...what? Spatters of blood? Footprints? She saw nothing. Honed through her recent coverage of crime scene evidence, the testimony as last month's trial, the reporter in Leslie spewed warnings: Notice everything, touch nothing...

Leslie Brymes hurries out to her car on a typical workday morning...and discovers a dead body inside.

Why was the corpse left for her to find? And what is the meaning of the message pinned to its chest?

In Coral Moon, the senseless murder of a beloved Kanner Lake citizen spirals the small Idaho town into a terrifying glimpse of spiritual forces beyond our world. What appears true seems impossible.


And as Brandilyn would say...

Presently this Kanner Lake Series of books has its own character blog called Scenes and Beans. Stop by and visit the folks from Kanner Lake!

A curse lies on the Kanner Lake community and teenager experiment with seances and a feeling of evil prevades the town. The pastor offers solace to a suffering community and realizes his lack of sermons on evil and seeking contact with the dead and demons. The town is vulnerable to attack and he plans to correct this is the future. Now, they must free the bonds of evil which engulfs and surrounds them. The books leaves you with the mystery of white hairs from a dead man, who the teenagers claimed to have raised in their seance. Demons?

Parents of a dead daughter seek contact with her and bring the forces of evil into their home and living son's life which destroys them all. The son, a hopeless victim becomes the one who carries out the curse against him own wishes. The first victim is found with a paper and the number 1 circle, the next a number 3. Where is number 2, maybe check the newspaper.


Friday, April 06, 2007

In High Places, Tom Morrisey

In High Places by Tom Morrisey, book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764203460

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.

After the loss of his mother, Patrick's father free-solo climbs make Patrick fear he could be left an orphan. He finds a Gideon's Bible where his mother has recorded her acceptance of Christ as her personal savior, leaving Patrick at a loss of the meaning of her death.

He stumbles on a faith of his own. A pastor who becomes a second father, and leads him into living a life of ministry himself. It is the story looking back on a 16-year old whose life was rock climbing with his dad, and then disaster struck. They move to start a rock climbing supply store and try to regain a sense of life in the face of unbelief. Then a pastor's daughter catches his eye.