Congratulations to Suzanne J. Bratcher for the best debut mystery novel I have ever read. When I got near the end I just had to keep reading to finally calm my heart! The characters and setting are so wonderfully drawn, and the story is so well thought out. I can’t think of a thing to make it better except a sequel to come out SOON!
Ms. Bratcher sets this book in the real former mining town of Jerome, Arizona, and you feel like you are living there with the characters whom you also feel like you know. And I love the verse at the beginning of the book which sets the tone for the story: “But this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3: 13b-14) A good verse to guide the characters in this story and us–the readers! Continue reading
I just finished reading Hannah R. Conway’s latest book today and it is a winner! I read Hannah Conway’s first two books earlier this summer, so jumped at the chance to read this new one from this almost-new author who writes like a pro! Ms. Conway writes with humor, emotion, and passionate, but pure love. She also has a good handle on the military mind, and understands children and writes about them realistically. And the ending for this story is a thriller, so hope you will order an eBook today and you can be reading this great story tonight.
I loved “Icing” as I love reading new books and reading new-to-me Christian authors. Debra Sue Brice and I connected on Twitter by each of us sharing one of our own books with the other. A cyber-friendship made in heaven!
“Icing” is pure fiction, but includes many of Debra’s interests–such as baking and hockey– in a story that seems so real you will feel like you are going on the adventures with the characters. Denie who owns her own bakery, has a sister and two other best friends whom she loves to attend hockey games with, especially the Cleveland Monsters.
Whenever they go, Denie always wears the jersey of #29 because she has a crush on him. One night after a game, one of the other guys from the team asks the four girls to share their bowling lane with him and his friends. Imagine Denie’s surprise when #29 (Tom Billingsly) shows up as part of the group. Continue reading
The Wounded Warrior’s Wife is one of my fave books I have read this year, and I totally identified with the story as the author, Hannah Conway, was also a warrior’s wife, and so writes very realistically about a serviceman and his family and the trials they go through while defending our country. It brought back many memories of my marriage to my Air Force husband during another time when our country was at war overseas. When you marry someone in the service, your life is not your own, but God is still in control, and that is something Whitleigh and Collier Cromwell have to learn to trust in. We are all wounded in some ways, and God is the only One who can bring healing and wholeness if we ask Him and trust Him.
Whitleigh had to move to a state far away from her family and go to college while her husband was serving overseas. She also had to deal with his personality changes from being in a combat zone, and a pregnancy with him thousands of miles away. But, I think all readers will be pulling for this couple to make it past all the stuff the world throws at them, as long as they put God first, and love Him and each other with all their hearts.
Hannah Conway has also written a prequel to this book Wedding a Warrior which is free on kindle, so if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you order it and learn more about Whit and Collier. Both of these books are published by Olivia Kimbrell Press.
And I just heard today that she has a new book to be released soon and here is the cover! I wonder what it is about!
It was hard to say our Farewell to all the new friends and familiar ones on our last day at the conference. After announcements and worship we began with another excellent class by Brandilyn Collins. This 2 hour class on Restraint and Control was super special to me as she chose my WIP and also one for Sara L. Foust to share her ideas at how to make the openings of our scenes better by leaving out the unnecessary words and reminded us that the”verb is the most important word in your sentence.” Brandilyn is a master at this, so we both appreciated the advice very much. And the rest of the class said they wanted to read these stories so that made me and Sara very happy! Hopefully the books will be finished and will be out in a year or so. Continue reading