PUYB Presents…Debut Novel…. The Road to Mercy…by Kathy Harris

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Join Kathy Harris, author of the Christian fiction, The Road to Mercy, as she tours the blogosphere October 1 – 26 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!





Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music quartet. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up.

She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management Team, eventually heading up the company’s public relations and marketing department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published three books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote (as well as ghost wrote) news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.

An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at www.DivineDetour.com. You can visit her author website at www.KathyHarrisBooks.com.

Visit her at Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/DivineDetour

Like Kathy at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathyHarrisAuthor

Pick up your copy of The Road to Mercy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Road-Mercy-Kathy-Harris/dp/1426741936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330640867&sr=1-1

Purchase your copy of The Road to Mercy at the publisher’s website: http://www.abingdonpress.com/forms/DynamicContent.aspx?id=162&pageid=700

Pick up your copy of The Road to Mercy at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-road-to-mercy-kathy-harris/1108857098



Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.

During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

In The Road To Mercy Kathy Harris weaves a tale that crosses generations while drawing readers into a dramatic story that has both heart and soul. In breathtaking style Kathy examines complex moral issues while looking at the consequences of very human decisions all woven together in a narrative that pushes readers so deeply into the adventure that they will come to know the characters as well as they know their best friends. This Road takes you by miraculous survivals and onto monumental life struggles and is one you will likely travel not just once, but time and time again.

Ace Collins, multi-published author of Reich of Passage, The Yellow Packard, and The Christmas Star

As an avid Christian fiction reader myself, I found Kathy Harris’ book a powerful one, with themes that engage both the heart and mind. Kathy handles the sensitive topic of abortion both realistically and graciously. The Road to Mercy is a blessing wrapped up in a novel—a reminder of the kindness of God.

Rebecca St. James, singer, author, actress

Exquisite writing, wonderful characters, and a captivating story left me devouring this book. I couldn’t put it down. Novel Rocket and I highly recommend it.

Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor, Novel Rocket, http://www.novelrocket.com



Josh and Bethany Harrison’s life tumbles upside down when Bethany is diagnosed with a very serious illness, and the news that Bethany is pregnant adds threatening dangers to Bethany’s life. Dr Abram wants Bethany to abort the baby, but she and Josh decide to go forward with the pregnancy and have their child. Between Bethany’s illness, the pregnancy, and problems on the road with John’s crew, this young couple faced difficulties above and beyond what most people ever have to face. Will their faith in God hold strong and help these two survive the trials that come their way?

This contemporary Christian fiction deals with any issues faced by people today, including abortion, adoption, marriage problems, financial problems, betrayal in a friend, business difficulties, the stress of Josh being away from home so long, and other issues faced by these young people. And Kathy Harris created a cast of characters that we grow to love as they develop so well as the story unfolds. With so many twists and turns, this story will sure keep your attention until you read the last page. And I really like the way the author stresses Godly living. With Josh being a contemporary Christian singer he was expected to live the Christian life, but I appreciate that the Ms. Harris shows that even being in the Christian and worshipful environment, sometimes it is still difficult to place all of you burdens and troubles in God’s had. It was heartwarming for me to see the humbleness of some of the characters, and the way their lives glorified the Lord.

This is a wonderful debut contemporary Christian fiction from author Kathy Harris. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy soon for your reading enjoyment. You will not be disappointed.  Even if Contemporary Fiction is not your favorite genre, I think you will love and appreciate this one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Abingdon Press through PUYB to read and review for their tour. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy Harris
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 22:23:55

    Joy, thank you for your kind words about The Road to Mercy. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!



  2. JaniceGice
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 22:36:30

    This sounds like such a well structured story to cover so many issues. Thank you for the excellent review and introduction to the author.

    Blessings, Janice



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