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Coming SOON!!! ‘BROTHER’S KEEPER’ Movie from Desert Winds Films in Theaters on November 1, 2013

Published October 27, 2013 by One Desert Rose

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BROTHER’S KEEPER

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Sometimes the greatest revenge is forgiveness.

Andy and Pete Goodwynn have been side-by-side since the womb. But that’s about to change…

Identical twins, they have grown up watching out for one another while avoiding the glares and whispers that come with a small-town tragedy like the one that left them orphans at a young age.

Yet despite their bond, Andy and Pete couldn’t be more different. While Pete readily turns the other cheek, Andy prefers an eye for an eye. As their high school graduation nears, Pete plans to marry Maggie, the love of his life, and head off to school to become a preacher. Andy, who wants nothing to do with God, has no plans, no direction, and seemingly no future.

Yet this too is about to change.

Instead of becoming engaged to Maggie, Pete hears his love say no to his proposal. In a dizzying turn of events, he ends up in jail… framed for murder! As Pete wrestles with God about this cruel twist of fate – orchestrated by the most powerful family in town – Andy struggles to find a way to help his brother… even if it means coming to peace with God and abandoning his hopes for revenge.

Coming to theaters on November 1, 2013, BROTHER’S KEEPER takes moviegoers on an incredible journey through rural Georgia in the 1950s: from Main Street to the State Penitentiary… from young love to a heinous crime of passion… from counterfeit justice to forgiveness forged through pain… from God’s mercy to the ultimate sacrifice.

The first feature film from Desert Winds Films, BROTHER’S KEEPER is co-directed by Josh Mills and TJ Amato and stars Alex and Graham Miller as Pete and Andy. The cast also includes Daniel Samonas (as Gordon), MacKenzie Mauzy (as Maggie), Ray Wise (as Herbert), and award-winning singer Travis Tritt (as Eddie).

Will Andy be able to help Pete gain his rightful freedom? Will the brothers seek vengeance on those whose corruption and deceit have taken that freedom away? While revenge may seem sweet, BROTHER’S KEEPER is a powerful reminder that only forgiveness can truly heal.

BROTHER’S KEEPER
In Theaters November 1, 2013
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“Vanished” (Book 1—Private Justice) by Irene Hannon (A Revell Blog Tour)

Published January 10, 2013 by One Desert Rose

A Tenacious Reporter…  A Skeptical PI…
And a Secret That Will Shatter Lives!

VanishedReporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn’t want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.

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Endorsements:

A riveting storyline…one of those addictive books that once started, compels you to shut out the world till you reach the very last page.
New York Journal of Books 

Hannon’s intricately developed characters struggle with complex moral issues, bringing into question whether the ends ever do justify the means. An engaging, satisfying tale that will no doubt leave readers anxiously anticipating the next installment.
Publishers Weekly

Double-RITA winner Hannon begins a new romantic-suspense series, and this novel’s fast-paced plot and compelling characters (including a surprisingly complex villain) make it an excellent suggestion for inspirational-fiction fans as well as readers who enjoy Mary Higgins Clark’s subtly chilling brand of suspense.
Booklist

With the intense mixture of romance, mystery, darkness, and suspense, the author has done a great job introducing some truly interesting characters, including a ‘bad guy’ that will completely surprise readers. Enjoy!
Suspense Magazine

IreneIrene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist for that prestigious honor. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, a HOLT Medallion, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as one of the top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

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My Review:

If you are a fan of Irene Hannon, you are in for one power-packed suspense story!

Reporter Moira Harrison finds herself lost in a torrential downpour on Highway 94 out of Augusta.  Though not technically needing glasses to drive, she reaches for her purse to find them.  The purse gets hooked, and she glances over for just a second to find them.  Upon returning her eyes back to the road, a woman is in the middle of the road waving for her to stop.  Hydroplaning and losing control, she ends up hitting the woman and slamming into a tree, causing her temple to impact the side window.

She reaches to find her phone to call 911 when she hears a male voice asking her if she was okay.  He cautions her to watch for glass as she searches.  She feels a jab on her thigh, and the man brushes off the glass.  He tells her that he’ll call 911 and go check on the woman.  But both he and the woman disappear.

She’s dizzy and passes out, awakening an hour later.  With no emergency help there, she calls 911. Upon their arrival she tells what happened, but they find no evidence of a woman getting hit, and claim she must have hit a deer.

Knowing she didn’t hit a deer, she asks an ex-homicide private detective, Cal Burke, at Phoenix Inc., to check out her story.  But upon meeting the receptionist, she’s having second thoughts.  Reluctantly, the Phoenix group takes her case pro bono, with Call as lead investigator.

This is where the story takes on multiple, mind-bending twists and scenarios, with Moira’s life ending up in danger.  Someone wants her silent!  And it’s mostly Cal’s job to keep her safe.  Their budding romance sizzles between the dangerous scenarios and circumstances.  But don’t be fooled by the romance; this is one power-packed book of suspense that keeps the pages flying to the end.

As always, Irene’s characters are real and complex, making for a tight, riveting story.  The suspenseful twists are mind-boggling and a challenge to figure out before the end of the story.  I’m certainly looking forward to her second in the Private Justice series coming out in the Fall of 2013!

This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant/Blog Tour Coordinator, of Baker Publishing Group.  No monetary compensation was received.

RESCHEDULED! With My Review: “No Safe Harbor” by Elizabeth Ludwig | Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party 12/6

Published November 17, 2012 by One Desert Rose

Rescheduled for 12/6!

Welcome to the campaign for Elizabeth Ludwig’s, No Safe Harbor!

Elizabeth’s latest release is already receiving praise, “Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance.” (Booklist) Elizabeth is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.

From Political Unrest in Ireland to New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she’s found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother’s warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She’s then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother–but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke… a man she’s grown to love?

Purchase a copy here.

Read an excerpt here.

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times.

She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book.

Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas.

Learn more at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Welcome to the campaign for Elizabeth Ludwig’s, ‘No Safe Harbor’!

Elizabeth’s latest release is already receiving praise, “Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance.” (Booklist) Elizabeth is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 112/6.

My Review:

What a power-packed historical fiction of Ireland and NYC in 1897!  Political unrest, murder, and revenge transport the Turner family from Northern Ireland to America to order to find the snitch/alleged murderer of their father and a husband.

Elizabeth Ludwig’s book, No Safe Harbor, is an intriguing story of inconsolable revenge festering from the shores of Ireland to the shores of America to find Eoghan Hamilton.  The author keeps us hoping that Cara Hamilton finds her brother before he is compromised and killed.  She’d been warned by her brother not to trust anyone in America, yet she falls for Rourke Walsh and puts her trust in him.

Little does Cara know that Rourke wants her brother dead also to avenge his father’s death.  His conniving ways puts him in a bad light for me most of the time, yet there’s a hint of his faith that keeps him cautious.  He’s secretive and lies to Cara to get his hands on her brother, and Cara does likewise to protect her brother.  Thus the dilemma that runs throughout the storyline. Both feel betrayed by the other. Yet their attraction is very palpable.

Elizabeth does an excellent job of twisting the plots almost page by page to keep your head spinning.  One page you’re ready to trust Rourke, and the next you can’t.  Little do Cara and Rourke know there were more sinister activities going on outside the rim of their romantic yearnings.

Elizabeth’s use of metaphors makes for vivid, picturesque descriptions that fit the scenarios to a ‘T.’ The Irish brogue adds to the realistic storyline, as well as the in-depth descriptions and inner thoughts of the characters.  Without the luxury of electricity, walking at night was dangerous, even deadly. Add the explosive intermingling of the women at the boardinghouse at times, especially between Cara and Deidre, and the story is ripe for suspense and intrigue. We aren’t privy to the reason until close to the end of the story.

It’s a story that demonstrates the ravages of man’s vengeance instead of forgiving and leaving vengeance to the Lord, and the host of other maladies that afflict man when politics tears Ireland apart and the skirmishes are brought to America.  One realizes that life in a new country may not be any different if they don’t resolve the issues that caused them to leave the first country.This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

My Review: “No Safe Harbor” by Elizabeth Ludwig | Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party {10/30}

Published October 25, 2012 by One Desert Rose

From Political Unrest in Ireland to New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she’s found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother’s warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She’s then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother–but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke… a man she’s grown to love?

Purchase a copy here.

Read an excerpt here.

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times.

She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book.

Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas.

Learn more at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Welcome to the campaign for Elizabeth Ludwig’s,No Safe Harbor’!

Elizabeth’s latest release is already receiving praise, “Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance.” (Booklist) Elizabeth is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 10/30.

My Review:

What a power-packed historical fiction of Ireland and NYC in 1897!  Political unrest, murder, and revenge transport the Turner family from Northern Ireland to America to order to find the snitch/alleged murderer of their father and a husband.

Elizabeth Ludwig’s book, No Safe Harbor, is an intriguing story of inconsolable revenge festering from the shores of Ireland to the shores of America to find Eoghan Hamilton.  The author keeps us hoping that Cara Hamilton finds her brother before he is compromised and killed.  She’d been warned by her brother not to trust anyone in America, yet she falls for Rourke Walsh and puts her trust in him.

Little does Cara know that Rourke wants her brother dead also to avenge his father’s death.  His conniving ways puts him in a bad light for me most of the time, yet there’s a hint of his faith that keeps him cautious.  He’s secretive and lies to Cara to get his hands on her brother, and Cara does likewise to protect her brother.  Thus the dilemma that runs throughout the storyline. Both feel betrayed by the other. Yet their attraction is very palpable.

Elizabeth does an excellent job of twisting the plots almost page by page to keep your head spinning.  One page you’re ready to trust Rourke, and the next you can’t.  Little do Cara and Rourke know there were more sinister activities going on outside the rim of their romantic yearnings.

Elizabeth’s use of metaphors makes for vivid, picturesque descriptions that fit the scenarios to a ‘T.’ The Irish brogue adds to the realistic storyline, as well as the in-depth descriptions and inner thoughts of the characters.  Without the luxury of electricity, walking at night was dangerous, even deadly. Add the explosive intermingling of the women at the boardinghouse at times, especially between Cara and Deidre, and the story is ripe for suspense and intrigue. We aren’t privy to the reason until close to the end of the story.

It’s a story that demonstrates the ravages of man’s vengeance instead of forgiving and leaving vengeance to the Lord, and the host of other maladies that afflict man when politics tears Ireland apart and the skirmishes are brought to America.  One realizes that life in a new country may not be any different if they don’t resolve the issues that caused them to leave the first country.

This book was provided free by Amy Lathrop and Christen Krumm of the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.

Review: “Nothing to Hide” by J. Mark Bertrand (A Bethany House Tour)

Published September 25, 2012 by One Desert Rose

A Grisly Homicide.  An International Threat.  The Stakes Have Never Been Higher.

A Roland March Mystery

In Nothing to Hide, a grisly homicide uncovers an international threat. On the streets of Houston, the discovery of a headless corpse launches a new case for Detective Roland March. The stakes have never been higher for Detective Roland March. The victim’s head is missing, but what intrigues March is his hand. The pointing finger must be a clue — but to what? According to the FBI, the dead man was an undercover asset tracking the flow of illegal arms to the Mexican cartels. To protect the operation, they want March to play along with the cover story. With a little digging, though, he discovers the Feds are lying. And they’re not the only ones.

In an upside-down world of paranoia and conspiracy, March finds himself dogged by injury and haunted by a tragic failure. Forced to take justice into his own hands, his twisting investigation leads him into the very heart of darkness, leaving March with nothing to lose — and nothing to hide.

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J. Mark Bertrand is the author of the crime novels BACK ON MURDER (2010), PATTERN OF WOUNDS (2011) and NOTHING TO HIDE (2012), featuring Houston homicide detective Roland March. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.J. Mark Bertrand lived in Houston, where the series is set, for fifteen years, earning an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. But after one hurricane too many he left for South Dakota where he lives with his wife Laurie in South Dakota.  Mark has been arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, was the foreman of one hung jury and served on another that acquitted Vinnie Jones of assault. 

My Review:

This book is not for the faint of heart!  It’s gruesome and torturous in places.  But within the world Roland Mark finds himself in, these horrors become the norm to the men and women who work to get drugs and illegal arms to the cartels when they want them.

Bertrand’s characters are well-developed, but there are definitely some you would not want to get involved with.  The camaraderie between Lorenz and Roland as partners is genuine as police officers.  The interactions between the police department, the FBI, and the CIA are true to form–no one wants to give up information that might hinder any of their activities that are ongoing.  It’s a book of secrets, manipulations, and betrayal all within the confines of the main characters dealing with the murder and the cartels.  The multiple twists and turns that take place seem monumental at times.  There’s confusion as to who is on whose side.

If you are the thriller type reader, you will find that Bertrand’s book delivers and then some!  The gruesomeness of the headless victim portends to what is to transpire as the book progresses.   Though it’s grueling and gruesome, the author overrides some of the horror and hardships of the job by depicting Roland’s loving marriage relationship.  And you’ll need it for a respite!

This story will make you wonder if you really want to contend with a job in the police department, CIA or FBI.  Are you the gritty type to find the truth regardless of the consequences or one to let some of the evidence slide by as requested by your chief in charge?  These are the people who put their lives on the line to keep our lives safer.

Though I did find some references to faith, it’s was not as well-defined in the context I’m used to. It is tested to the max in the heat of the action, however, but in a wondering way of what’s ‘out there.’

Because this book was inspired by a true life story, it made the book even that much more interesting to me, as I enjoy working through the criminal mind. But do be prepared for the gruesomeness of the story.  It’s unfortunately real life for some people. I found that the innocent ones who are trying to do their job are the ones that my heart goes out to. 

This book was provided by Noelle Buss of Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged. 

“Dying to Read” by Lorena McCourtney (A Revell Blog Tour with Review)

Published August 19, 2012 by One Desert Rose

All She Wanted Was a Paycheck…What She Got Was a Murder!

Cate Kinkaid’s life is . . . well, frankly it’s floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut–they’re all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a “real” job.

All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

Dying to Read/By Lorena McCourtney/978-0-8007-2158-9/$14.99/Paperback/320 pages/Pub Date: August 2012

“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Lorena McCourtney has spun a fast-paced and witty romantic mystery in her new book, Dying to Read.  From the very first chapter, she grabs your attention and keeps you hooked until the very end.

Cate Kinkaid is just dipping her toe into the world of private investigating until one of the many résumés she has floating around lands her a real job. All she has to do is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? When the big and brooding house happens to contain a dead body, this routine PI job turns out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

Lorena McCourtney is the award-winning author of dozens of novels, including Invisible (which won the Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), In Plain Sight, On the Run, and Stranded. She resides in Oregon.

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Endorsements:

“With each new mystery series Lorena McCourtney skillfully creates a unique sleuth—and Cate Kinkaid is no exception in Dying to Read. I loved all the witty prose and the laugh-out-loud moments I’ve come to expect when reading McCourtney’s mysteries. Seasoned with romance and a fascinating collection of peculiar characters, this clever tale will keep you guessing about more than murder. Never a dull moment, Dying to Read is a winner!”—Elizabeth Goddard, author of Carol Award–winning The Camera Never Lies

“Lorena McCourtney has fashioned a fun and engaging mystery that begs to be solved. And just when I thought I had figured it out, I realized she had added another layer. Mystery lovers, kick off your shoes, curl up somewhere comfortable, and prepare to be entertained! Dying to Read will keep you fully engrossed and guessing.”—Kathy Herman, author of The Baxter series, Seaport Suspense series, and Secrets of Roux River Bayou series

“I adore Lorena McCourtney books. She’s one of my favorite authors. Dying to Read adds a delightful new tale to her stack of engrossing and entertaining mysteries seasoned with her signature wry humor. The fun and intriguing plot is populated by interesting characters with fascinating quirks, foibles, and challenges. McCourtney keeps the pages turning with fresh developments in a case that lures rookie PI Cate Kinkaid ever deeper into skin-tingling danger. I can hardly wait for the next book in this exciting new series!”—Jill Elizabeth Nelson, award-winning author of Reluctant Burglar

My Review:

Cate Kinkaid has a teacher’s degree, but found she isn’t a teacher type.  She floated through a few miniscule jobs and failed.  She finally took up her Uncle Joe’s offer to be a P.I. while searching for a ‘real’ job.  She’s given a simple case.  Find a missing woman, Willow Bishop, and get her back in touch with relatives.   Cate found her address.  What could go wrong?

Outside the aforementioned address, several older, white-haired women were knocking and pounding to get into Amelia Robinson’s house, as it was her turn to host their Whodunit Book Club.  The conversation turned catty until Cate determined how to enter the house.  All had keys, so she borrowed one and opened up.  Willow was found to have hastily disappeared before their arrival.  When Amelia didn’t answer anyone’s call, Doris McClelland offered to go upstairs with Cate to hopefully find her.  What they found was a very dead Amelia at the bottom of the outside, rickety stairs.

Uncle Joe, meanwhile, had fallen off his ladder while cleaning the garage gutters and broke a hip, sending him into surgery and rehab.  He urged Cate to continue her search for Willow, whom she found, and from there the stories flow so freely that the truth may be floating in the midst of the conversations.

Though the initial catty conversations at the beginning seemed slow for me, they became essential to the balance of the story. The author heaps layer upon layer of suspense and suspicion that keeps your head reeling, wondering who Amelia’s killer was, and she kept the stories flowing from Willow’s mouth, upstaging Cate’s involvement!  In fact, she was involved in so many circumstances that her boss (Uncle Joe) and Mitch had told her to stay out of.  But it’s those suspicions and the suspense that keep you reading to find the truth.  The twisting plots don’t quit till the last page!

The characters, though I found the Book Club women catty, were true to the storyline. Willow was one to stretch the truth, but I found her to be the most interesting character.  She had Cate flustered at all points.  The romance end of the novel was intriguing, particularly between Amelia Robinson and Radford Longstreet, as well as Cate and Mitch and Willow and Coop.

The issue of faith does flow through the story when Cate finds she needs wisdom through prayer to know what to do in the flighty and dangerous circumstances she finds herself in.

Though this is quick read, you will find this to be a great ‘whodunit’ by the time the story ends!  Thoroughly entertaining!  It’s very well written, with overflowing suspense and the right amount of romance.

I did find the ending a little off-key in regards to Willow, only because of my legal background.  But it kept pace with her character throughout the storyline.

This book was provided free through Donna Hausler, Blog Tour Coordinator, for Revell Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com

Q&A and Review: “Blue Moon Bay” by Lisa Wingate

Published April 17, 2012 by One Desert Rose

Every Once in a Blue Moon Your Heart Waits at a Crossroads

Moses Lake, Texas, is the last place Heather Hampton, Seattle architect, ever wanted to go again. Yet a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, and she’s determined to return home, signed contract in hand, the next day.

But the currents of Moses Lake take visitors on unexpected journeys. As Heather’s stay lengthens, she discovers a family steeped in secrets and an unexpected connection to the handsome local banker, Blaine Underhill, despite his opposition to her project. With each new revelation comes new questions.  She can’t help wonder if the family she has come to know again are crooks or crusaders.  Somehow Heather must find the truth before she loses everything her heart longs for.

Bio:

Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of 16 books.  Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its fifteenth printing from Penguin Putnam.  Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.

Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, in mainstream fiction.  Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational southern fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.

When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women’s literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read.  Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What’s new/What’s next in Lisa Wingate books?

A:  Blue Moon Bay is new on shelves and just received a STARRED REVIEW from Booklist.  I hope you’ll have fun in Moses Lake, Texas–a place with a little romance, a little mystery, and a whole lot of small-town charm!    

Q:  Any exciting contests going on right now?

A:  Always!  Sign up for the Lisa Wingate email newsletter and you’ll be entered in a monthly drawing for an autographed Lisa Wingate book!  Click here to sign up for the newsletter — No SPAM, we promise.  Just book news and holiday wishes a few times a year. 

Q: How can I keep up with you and your books?

A:  In this busy cyber age, there are so many ways to keep in touch!  You can find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, find my writer profile and videos on Ning, or sign up for my email newsletter.  Check out our Youtube channel for inspirational videos from the books.  Join me on www.SouthernBelleView on Mondays for my blog stories and articles, or email me by clicking the Contact Lisa button on the menu.  I love keeping in touch with readers.  The best part of writing is watching stories do what they are meant to do–bring people together.

Q: Where can I find a full list of Lisa Wingate books and sample book chapters?

A:  For a full list of the books, in order by series, and sample chapters click here.

Q: How long have you been writing and many Lisa Wingate books are there?

A:  I’ve been writing all my life.  The release of Blue Moon Bay marks book-baby number seventeen!  For a full list, go to my Bookshelf Page.  Below are a few of the more recent books.  Click on the book covers to read sample chapters.  You can also read sample chapters on my Bookshelf Page.

Q: Will you phone chat with my book club or visit my book club, church, or organization for a speaking engagement?

A:  I love to chat with real people (as opposed to the imaginary kind) anytime schedules permit.  For information on speaking engagements and phone chats, check my Speaking Info Page. 

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My Review:

Though I’ve never lived in Texas, I have lived on farms near small towns.  Lisa Wingate’s Blue Moon Bay brings back the memories of slow, small-town life where everyone knows everyone’s business.

However, in Lisa’s book, Blue Moon Bay, everyone doesn’t know everyone’s business when it comes to the Hampton family’s questionable behaviors.  Heather Hampton, a Seattle architect, living in big city Seattle and fast times must adjust her hasty lifestyle when she returns to Moses Lake, TX, in order to get her mother’s signature for the sale of the home place for her firm’s contract project and return the next day.  However, her family deliberately won’t tell her anything.  She’s totally unable to gather them all in one place to hash out the situation.

Lisa caught my eye and my heart from the first page of her book, Blue Moon Bay.  I love her free-flowing style of writing, her in-depth characters, and the complicated and sometimes funny circumstances that Heather finds herself in as she travels to and arrives at Moses Lake, TX.  The novel is laid out as a story of family grief, secrets, and conniving that seem to be connected to the local banker, Blaine Underhill, Heather’s former high-school crush.  Her family’s apparent rejection of her and her presence at Moses Lake and their complicity in avoiding any communication with her is mind-boggling to her. She doesn’t know if what they are doing is conniving or crooked. Toss in a clandestine romance, an overt courting, and suspense and the story is complete.

I found the small-town TX story absolutely intriguing.  The “back-hills” family keeping the “high city roller” in the dark was done to perfection.  The suspense added to the story as well as Heather’s heart-breaking memories of her father’s death and her mother and brother’s flighty lifestyles.  Will Heather ever be able to overcome her unrest over her father’s death?  Will she be able to forgive her mother and brother for their flighty, irresponsible behaviors?  A great read!  Be sure to pick up a copy!

This book was provided by Noelle Buss of Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

Movie: “Deadline” by Mark Ethridge, Produced by Curt Hahn

Published February 17, 2012 by One Desert Rose

Uninvestigated, Unsolved, Unpunished…UNTIL NOW

This movie is based on a true story from the book, Grievances, by Mark Ethridge.

Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts star in Deadline, the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancée and his father’s cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption — for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper.

Inspired by a true story, Deadline is adapted from Mark Ethridge’s novel Grievances. Ethridge is a former managing editor of The Charlotte Observer. Deadline will be released in theaters nationwide in 2012.

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Endorsements:

“Mark Ethridge has captured the South in a way that is every bit as evocative as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and he has told a story as riveting as the best Grisham courtroom thriller. But Grievances is no mere thriller. It is a story of the heart that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the final page.”
~ Pat Conroy, Author of My Losing Season, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides

Deadline is an important, terrific movie, with the kind of compelling story and fascinating characters that made The Help so engaging. Beautifully acted and directed, with a fine attention to the details of the newspaper world.” ~ Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant on over 2,000 scripts and author of Making a Good Script Great.

My Review:

Amos, AL, 1993.  A young black man, Wallace Sampson, was gunned down.  It was never investigated until Police Chief Olen Perringer was murdered near the same spot almost 20 years later.  Why would the Chief be murdered near the same place as Wallace?  Or is it just a coincidence?  Or retribution?

Young Trey Hall, who was raised by Wallace’s mother and bent on finding out the truth, came to Reporter Matt Harper of The Nashville Times, requesting his help in solving the Sampson murder. Having been made a scapegoat for his latest newspaper article, which caused a picket line outside the paper, Matt wanted a ‘go’ from the editor to investigate this case.   It was granted, but only if he took (Ronnie) Bullock with him.  Bullock was the last person Matt wanted to work with.

As the investigation gets started, Matt Harper and Bullock have an early contentious relationship that eventually works into a compatible, blended reporting team that bordered on hilarity at times.  To complicate matters for Matt, Delana Calhoun broke off their engagement.   However, bringing Trey Hall into the picture bumped up the tension between Matt and Delana, as her jealousy over seeing Matt working with Trey seemed more than she was able to handle.

Through all the scenarios of Matt and Bullock, and Matt, Delana and Trey, nothing took away from the seriousness of the murder investigation.  Matt and Bullock were tenacious in seeking truth.  Even jealous Delana became amenable to talking with the women involved, as they wouldn’t open up with the men.  Truth and justice appeared to outweigh the relationship issues.

The investigative process was so apropos for the times and prejudices of the area and the type of crime.  It was powerful and intensive, and seemingly unending at times.  The climactic ending, based on the extensive investigating, was priceless.

I was profoundly affected by the heinous murder of Wallace Sampson.  He’d just been with his girlfriend, Vanessa Brown, reading poems and saying goodnight.  The gun blast came out of the blue, and is one I won’t soon forget. The fact that the murder became a non-issue because he was black made me angry, as I, too, wanted to see justice and resolution.

Racist comments become an issue of concern, though back in those days it seemed appropriate to some white people.

This being an election year, I felt the picture of the President, who is running for reelection, was inappropriate.  It would also have been more uplifting to show a pastor who is able to vent his anger over the injustices, yet still be able to lift it to the Lord in faith, like Mary Pell Sampson was doing.

A vimeo view of Deadline was provided by Matt Slaughter of BuzzPlant in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

“When the Smoke Clears” by Lynette Eason (A Revell Tour)

Published February 14, 2012 by One Desert Rose

Infinite Suspense!  Welcome…to the edge of your seat!

About Lynette:

Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don’t Look Back, and A Killer Among Us.

She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America.

A home schooling mother of two, she has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.


DEADLY REUNIONS–Book 1

Book Blurb:
As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother’s home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she’s involved with murder, arson–and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she’s been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

Excerpt: 

“Get out, Alexia. Now!”
“Got to check the closet first, sir.”
“Get your tail outta there. Immediately!”

She needed air. How had her
oxygen run out? She should have had
at least another five minutes. Reaching
up, she disconnected the hose from
her tank and shoved it up under her
heavy turnout. The coat would protect
her as much as possible from smoke
inhalation. And she wanted to minimize
the blast of hot air that would fill her
lungs. She caught a breath.

The dizziness receded.

The countdown was on. The decision:
leave or check the closet?

She scanned the imaging device over
the door. Bingo. “I’ve got something.Definitely a child.”
“Alexia! Get out!”
“She’s here, sir. Can’t leave without her.”

Alexia went to the door and turned the
knob. A little girl. The child looked up at
her, eyes wide, stark terror stamped on her
tear-streaked features. Then she coughed
and her eyes rolled back. Alexia slung the
imager over her shoulder and leaned in to
pick up the little girl.

Alexia took another breath and coughed.

Dizziness returned full force and she
went to one knee. Vaguely, she felt the
sweat roll down her back. “I’m in trouble,”
she said into her radio, keeping her cool,
refusing to panic. Help was just a second
away.  “Where’s RIT? No air.”

She pulled in a lungful of smoke this time.
Coughing, sputtering, she turned with the
child, frantic to get her out before the flames
caught up with the smoke.

And then the spots before her eyes
merged into one big black dot. Then nothing.  Source.

Endorsements:

“I love this book.  It will keep you guessing until the very end.”  Dee Henderson, best-selling author.

“The suspense is high; I was turning pages so fast I had to go back and re-read a time or two.”—Suspense Magazine on Don’t Look Back

“This plot-driven third entry in Eason’s series is sure to appeal to fans of romantic suspense as well as readers who like Joel C. Rosenberg and Ted Dekker.”—Library Journal on A Killer Among Us

• Readers will be on the edge of their seat as a female firefighter tries to keep a long-held secret in the face of threats on her life
• Readers of Brandilyn Collins will appreciate Eason’s intense style and Dee Henderson fans will love the romance
• Book 1 in an explosive new series from a bestselling author

Also available:  Women of Justice
1 Too Close to Home
978-0-8007-3369-8
2 Don’t Look Back
978-0-8007-3370-4
3 A Killer Among Us
978-0-8007-3371-1

My Review:

After an unauthorized, calculated call to rescue to small child in a fire, where Alexia Allen almost lost her life due to equipment failure, she decides to attend her ten-year class reunion and to recuperate at her mother’s home while that incident is under investigation and her job is under consideration.

Ten years earlier, the night Alexia graduated from high school, her friend, Jillian Carter, came running into the graduation dance with a haunted look on her face, out of breath, and mumbling that she saw something she shouldn’t have.  She immediately plunged through the back door, never to be heard from for almost ten years, leaving Alexia and Serena Hopkins aghast, wondering what Jillian saw.  Alexia left that night also, estranged from her family.

Since Alexia’s return to her mother’s house, her life has been in danger and considered a possible suspect in a murder/arson case.  She wonders if the equipment failure and the circumstances at home are possibly interrelated.

When the Smoke Clears, by Lynette Eason, is an explosive  suspense that includes murder, fires, stalking, sniper gunshots, kidnapping, secretive complicities, and one very handsome detective, Hunter Graham.  I consider Lynette’s book a thriller, with twists and plots that are forever being rearranged due to unknown, outside influences.  Lynette makes us privy to some of those secretive complicities, but not enough to understand the full scope.  Alexia and Hunter are unaware of these outside influences that are actually fueling their fears and anxieties, as there seems to be no safe place to hide her.

To ease the tension of the dangers that Alexia and Hunter find themselves in, Lynette throws in Graham Hunter’s mayoral candidacy dinner, Alexia’s attempts to reconcile with her mother, and a tensive romance trying to bud out from under the circumstances.   The ease of Hunter and Selena’s faith puts Alexia on edge.  What had God ever done for her?  Where was He when she needed him?  Surprises abound as the story evolves.

Lynette’s book had me pumped with all the action, suspense, and danger.  The characters’ interactions and relationships were real.  The tension was palpable during the high intense episodes.  This author knows how to create a moving story of suspense as well as interspersing the tenderness of the Lord’s interventions in unsuspecting places and people.  It’s natural and real.

My reaction at the end of the book:  “I just can’t believe I have to wait for the next book!”  When The Smoke Clears ends in an integrated fashion for a partial resolution, but it leaves you wanting more, more, and more, opening the door for a sequel!   Fantastic ride for a great suspense/thriller.  Fabulous writing from a superb author.  Lynette is one powerful, plot-twisting, heart-pounding writer!!

This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant at Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

My Review: “Not in the Heart” by Chris Fabry

Published January 27, 2012 by One Desert Rose

NO GREATER LOVE…

Truman Wiley used to report news stories from around the world, but now the most troubling headlines are his own. He’s out of work, out of touch with his family, out of his home. But nothing dogs him more than his son’s failing heart.

With mounting hospital bills and Truman’s penchant for gambling his savings, the situation seems hopeless . . . until his estranged wife throws him a lifeline—the chance to write the story of a death row inmate, a man convicted of murder who wants to donate his heart to Truman’s son.

As the execution clock ticks down, Truman uncovers disturbing evidence that points to a different killer. For his son to live, must an innocent man die? Truman’s investigation draws him down a path that will change his life, his family, and the destinies of two men forever.

Not in the Heart will release on February 1, 2012. For a sneak preview, download the first chapter.

I was born in West Virginia in 1961 and grew up in a small town much like Dogwood. I was affected by my parents, my older brothers, the hills, and books. I was never a very fast reader, but the things I read really helped change me. Particularly novels. I vowed I would write if I ever got the chance.

I met Jerry Jenkins at Moody Bible Institute in the 1980s. He discovered I wanted to write and said, “I can help you do this if you want, but it will be painful.” Boy was it painful. Gloriously painful. In 1998, Jerry and Dr. Tim LaHaye hired me to write the Left Behind: The Kids series. I had published five books up to that point. I wrote 35 books in that series over the next six years, finishing in 2004. I later collaborated with Jerry on the Red Rock Mysteries series and The Wormling series, and in 2008 the NASCAR-based RPM series rounded out my work in the area of children’s fiction.

Dogwood was my first attempt at writing fiction for adults. It took more than six years to get to the page and to find a publisher. It received the 2009 Christy Award for Christian fiction in the Contemporary Standalone category, which surprised the Dogwood out of me! My next novel, June Bug, draws its themes from the classic Victor Hugo tale, Les Miserables. A nine-year-old girl walks into Walmart and sees herself on a missing children poster. Who is she? Who is her father who travels with her in the beat-up RV? Charles Martin wrote this about the story: “Anne Lamott said that ‘good writing is about telling the truth.’ Chris Fabry has done this. Beautifully. June Bug is masterful. An honest story that dove deep inside me and lingered long after I turned the last page.” June Bug was named a 2010 finalist for the Christy Award and the ECPA’s Christian Book Award.

My Review:

Truman Wiley is a man lost–out of work as a reporter; out of touch with his family; drowning in gambling, hospital and school debts; loss of his small house; car repossessed; neglectful father and husband; and most importantly, out of touch with God.  His son, Aiden, is slowly dying from a heart ailment, and is desperately in need of a heart transplant to survive.

Truman’s estranged wife, Ellen, gets him a job writing a book about Terrence Conley, a death row inmate accused of murder, who is willing to donate his heart for Aiden, an impossible feat in itself without intervention.  Terrence and his estranged wife, Oleta, are friends of Ellen from church, and they just want his side of the story told before his execution.  As most death row inmates, he claims his innocence.

After receiving the retainer money on the book, Truman immediately goes and gambles it away instead of visiting his son and paying off bills.  His daughter, Abigail (Abby) ends up finding him and working with him on the book, since he neglected to pay her college bills so she could graduate.

In his book, Not in the Heart, Chris Fabry methodically creates a real-to-life story that is heart-wrenching in terms of Truman’s estrangement from himself, God and his family.  One sees into the disturbing devastation of gambling, a peek into the realms of evil, Godless men, and the anguish of his love-starved family.  Truman’s circumstances, his attitude towards God, and his comments directly spoken to you, the reader, opens wide a space for him in your heart–what a great point of view insertion that gets your attention! You sense the futility of his life without God, stumbling around, trying to stay ahead of the loan sharks and bill collectors.  Your heart is truly caught up in Truman’s life and relationships, and he seems to stay on your mind as someone you know.  The book also touches on those on death row who maybe shouldn’t be there–a hot topic today.

The investigative, suspenseful part of the story is woven in amongst the continuing family issues.  You’ll find this to be a book of superb suspense with multiple plots, and a sensitive, heart-warming book of hope for family relationships.  Without the prayers of the those who knew the Lord, things wouldn’t have happened as they did.

This book was provided by Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group, Inc, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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