CFBA Presents A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Heartbeat AwayDavid C. Cook (September 1, 2012)byHarry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.”

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the “rules” without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I’d have made faster progress if I’d have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you’ll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

When a brilliant surgeon undergoes a heart transplant, her life transforms as she begins experiencing memories of a murder she never witnessed.

The residents worship her. Nurses step out of her way. Her colleagues respect and sometimes even fear her. But surgeon Tori Taylor never expected to end up on this side of the operating table.

Now she has a new heart. This life that was formerly controlled and predictable is now chaotic. Dr. Taylor had famously protected herself from love or commitment, but her walls are beginning to crumble.

And strangest of all, memories surface that will take her on a journey out of the operating room and into a murder investigation.

Where there once was a heart of stone, there is a heart of flesh. And there is no going back.
If you’d like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.


Wow, I can’t believe this is my first book by Harry Kraus. This is an awesome read! I love medical Christian fiction, and this one was just right up my alley!

When Tori finally gets her new heart, and just in time, things start happening that’s totally new to her, like her change in feelings. She soon discovers that these feelings are ones of her donor’s. And boy does this story ever take off with a bang! With a subject I’d never heard of before, I was glued to the pages of this book to see what was going to happen next. And let me tell you, there are so many twists and turns in this story, there is no way I can begin to tell you about them. And even if I could, I wouldn’t because it would ruin it for you.

And the most heartwarming thing about the book is the unique way author Harry Kraus has of making sure the gospel is told in a detailed but loving way. I appreciate the way the author uses his writing so those reading his books can see Jesus in a strong and mighty, yet warm and loving way.

Overall, this is an amazingly wonderful book, one that I very highly recommend. I assure you, this book will be at the top of your book list for 2012.

This book was provided by David Cook through Christian Fiction Blog
Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The
opinions in this review are mine only.


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