Step by Step by Candace Calvert

Step by Step by Candace Calvert

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.
While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Candace Calvert books always blow me away with her amazing medical scenes, which is the entire book! Being a nurse, Ms. Calvert doesn’t have to research the knowledge is already there, thus why her medical fiction are so amazing, Including this one, Step by Step. ER nurse Taylor Cabot is ready to have a life again after loosing her husband in a tragic accident. But when Friend Seth Donavan reappears, her life is turned upside down again.

This is a really good book, and the characters just steal your heart and keep it long after you finish the story. This storyline is excellent, sometime it’s gets sad and emotional so be prepared to sometimes cry, and other times laugh as you follow Seth and Taylor as they find out shocking truths and dangers that will have you biting your nails!  I just couldn’t put the book down until I found out exactly what happens. Ms. Calvert makes sure there are enough twists and turns that readers will enjoy this book till the very last page.

I highly recommend Step by Step for anyone who loves a good clean entertaining read. I received this book from Tyndale House Blogger program to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Stealing Jake & Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

Stealing Jake and Claiming Mariah

TWO BOOKS
by Pam Hillman

STEALING JAKE

Stealing-Jake


ABOUT THIS BOOK
When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can’t seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

MY THOUGHTS ON ‘STEALING JAKE’

I received this book from the author to read and post a review. The opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Claiming Mariah

ABOUT THIS BOOK

After her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON CLAIMING MARIAH

Mariah and her grandmother are trying their best to keep their ranch running after the death of Mariah’s father. But their lives take a drastic change when Slade Donovan show up claiming the ranch. As it turns out, Mariah’s father supposedly took money that belonged to Slade’s father and bought the ranch, so now that Slade’s father is dead, he is there to claim what belongs to their family. He agrees to let Mariah and her grandmother stay in the house until his mom and sister come to live there. But a lot of things happen here in this story before that takes place.

This was my first book by Pam Hillman, and I loved it so very much! There was a lot of tension between the characters because Slade was carrying around so much anger and bitterness. Mariah was shocked that her father would steal money, so she and  Slade didn’t get along. The two that did surprisingly got along was Slade’s quiet brother and Mariah’s grandmother, while I think had a lot to do with Slade and Mariah slowing changing their minds. Grandma was a sweetheart, she loved the Lord, and nothing seemed to upset her. She was the glue that held them all together. But when the mom and sister get there, things may change for them.

I enjoyed Ms. Hillman’s writing style and I look forwarding to reading other books by her. The bit of suspense and romance make this story one you will love and enjoy. And I can’t leave out the fact that the history throughout this story was so interesting and very well searched and woven into the lives of the characters. You can’t go wrong with this book being on your ‘to read’ shelf. I purchased a copy of this book to read, and it is so good I wanted to leave a review.

 

ABOUT PAM

CBA Bestselling author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age.

Born east of the Mississippi and a hundred years too late, Pam still boasts of wrangling calves, milking cows and putting up hay, first as a child, and later with her own personal hero, Iran, on their family farm in Mississippi.

A voracious reader as a child, Pam especially enjoyed stories involving the great Westward expansion, and television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. The western writer, Louis L’Amour, kept Pam mesmerized with his tales of cowboys and Indians, mountain men and outlaws, prim schoolteachers, hot dry deserts, and boom towns.

Pam’s life in the country and her love of the old west bring authenticity to her work and depth to her characters, something that has been recognized many times in the industry through writer’s awards.

Her work has placed in dozens of writer’s contests, including being a four-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest for unpublished novelists with Claiming Mariah, her second novel, winning the coveted Golden Heart.

As a published novelist, Pam’s books have been recognized by judges of the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, International Digital Awards, and the EPIC eBook Awards. Claiming Mariah, her second novel, most recently hit the CBA Bestseller lists for November and January. Pam lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.

Double Cross by Diann Mills from Tyndale House

Double Cross
by Diann Mills
from Tyndale House

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a book for those who enjoy a good clean suspense, and full of thrills, chills, murder, and well, just a fast pace thriller that you will not want to put down until you read the last page. Scammers are on the loose, and they are targeting the elderly. FBI Agent Laurel Evertson and Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton join forces to track down who the guilty scammers are, leading them straight into the crosshairs of a killer. Can they trust this Wilmington who was arrested for a felon years before?

Double Cross is the kind of book I enjoy snuggling up to when I have lots of time to read, because I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading. Following Agent Evertson and Officer Hilton on this journey to find out who is scamming the elderly people in the community will sure have you on the edge of your seats many times throughout the book. A lot of twists and turns happening in the story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next! The characters were so realistic, and well developed, I begin to think of them as real people! Don’t let this awesome suspense thriller get by you. Go out and pick up a copy of Double Cross today!

I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

By Your Side by Candace Calvert from Tyndale House

By Your Side
by Candace Calvert

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her―even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome―and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

Chance of Loving You by Three Awesome Authors

Chance of Loving You
by Three Awesome Authors

chance of loving you

About this book!

An anthology by three bestselling romance authors

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Chance of Loving You is a collection of three different stories by three of my favorite authors!  For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock , The Recipe by Candace Calvert and Hook, Line, and Sinker by Susan May Warren, each are about different couples. I loved all three of these romance stories, and I especially liked that I could read each one in a setting. The characters were likeable, and believable and I the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading each story without putting the book down.

I am now looking forward to the next books from each of these amazing authors. I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

CFBA Presents Double Cross by Diann Mills

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Double Cross

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)

by

Diann MillsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling
author who believes her readers
should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with
unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two
Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier,
Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library
Journal
presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction
award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction
Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith,
Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers
Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various
groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her
husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and
would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms
listed at her website.

ABOUT THE BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Double Cross, go HERE.

A Robertson Family Christmas by Miss Kay Robertson

A Robertson Family Christmas

a robertson family christmas

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Hunter Clarke wanted one thing for Christmas: to spend it with his dad and his brother. He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he’s less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they’re supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn’t enter? Besides, he’s never heard of them and sure doesn’t want to spend Christmas in a swamp with a bunch of strangers.

Korie Robertson is excited to open her heart and home to Hunter and show him what the Christmas season looks like for the Robertson family. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it firsthand. From duck-hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter quickly discovers what it’s like to live with this boisterous, yet loving family. Putting on his headphones and ignoring them is not an option. Before long, Hunter begins to let his guard down. But with Christmas and the end of his trip fast approaching, will it be too little, too late? Or will Hunter be open to the greatest gift of all?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love Miss Kay Robertson, and I was happy to be able to read and review this book. This was a mixture of fiction and non fiction, which is different than what I read, but I liked it! The story was interesting and very well kept my attention. For Hunter, spending time at the Robertson’s house was not always easy. There were many struggles striving to live with these strangers, and the same was with the Robertson family, They struggled with Hunter being in their home during the Christmas Season as well. But as the story goes on, they begin to tolerate one another better, and everyone started enjoying one another’s company!

This is a really short story, and can be read in one setting. So I don’t want to give any details to ruin it for you. And I will mention too, this story can be read during the Christmas Holiday Season, or after, either way, you will enjoy this heartwarming story.

I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

when i fall in love

When I Fall in Love

by Susan May Warren

About this Book

Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love the Christiansen family and I really enjoyed a visit with them again in Grace’s story. Grace never wanted to leave home, she was perfectly content at home with her cooking ability. Was she ever surprised when here siblings give her a three week culinary vacation to Hawaii. But though at first she thinks she will be alone, she suddenly finds out that her brothers high profile pro hokey player Max will be in Hawaii to watch out for her, which is the last thing Grace wanted.

Susan May Warren has such a way with words, and uses them well when writing awesome books! I love, love this series and this book! I love how she makes the characters seem so very real! I feel as though I know this family personally! And I love the way she introduces Grace and Max to each other. The vivid scenes of Hawaii and the cooking classes, contest, and just everything about the story was just so amazing, I’m still on a high from reading it! I love how Max and Grace are two different personalities, but have so much in common, and Max with his expert side job, or hobby was shocking to me. He just didn’t seem like the type. And I don’t want to keep going on because I will end up telling an important part of the plot, and I don’t want to do that!

If you love romances, this is a must for you! And you want clean, faith base and fun to read added to romance, then you will love When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren. I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

CFBA Presents Firewall by DiAnn Mills

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Firewall

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)

by

DiAnn MillsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills
ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

DiAnn Mills has me on the edge of my seat in every book she writes!! And I love, loved this one.

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta from Tyndale House

Mark of Distinction

by Jessica Dotta

from Tyndale House

Mark of Distinction

ABOUT THIS BOOK

London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself–but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal–substantiated or not–can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.When Julia discovers that Lord Roy Pierson, her guardian and one of most influential men in England, is the father she has never met, she begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well.Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate–but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I was very excited to read this second book in The Price of Privilege Series. Mark of Distinction takes up where the first book, Born of Persuasion left off, with Julia struggling with life as it is for her. As the story unfolds in this second book, there are many twists and turns that will keep your attention and keep your nose in the book until the end. The characters were very well created and the story was so well written. Jessica Dotta is a very good storyteller and I enjoyed this book so much! I can’t wait for the third book in this series. Then I will read all three of them together! If you are looking for a good, clean, fun and exciting story, Mark of Distinction is an awesome choice. But wait, be sure and read Born of Persuasion first because it makes the second book so much more interesting! I highly recommend The Price of Privilege Series for your enjoyment and entertainment.

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Litfuse Presents It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

It Had to be You 

by Susan May Warren

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A Christensen Family Novel.

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love this book! Everything Susan May Warren writes is just awesome and this book is one of my very favorite books! I didn’t get to read and review the first book in this series, but I am buying it so I can read it! I think this is my first book about a hockey player, and centers around the team and games. It was interesting to get an inside view of the players and what they go through as famous hockey players. When I finished reading It Had to be You, I felt as though I’d had a front row seat with this family and team! I loved all of the vivid details in each scene. Ms. Warren does an amazing job of pulling you right into the story along with her other characters, and I think that was my favorite part in reading! I can just go on and on about this book, but I think you need to read It Had to be You and see for yourself! I just know you will love the story line and the characters just as much as I did. I love the was the characters supported each other, and I appreciate the way Ms. Warren weaves God, and the Christian life into the lives of the characters. She surely shows that God is waiting on us to call out to him, no matter how deep and dark the situation.

I highly recommend It Had to be You, and I encourage you to check out the first book in this series. I know I am! Though it is not necessary, because this is great as a stand alone!

I received this book from Litfuse to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at http://www.susanmaywarren.com

CFBA Presents Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Born of Persuasion 

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2013) 

by 

Jessica DottaABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in the wrong century–except for the fact that she really likes epidurals and washing machines–Jessica Dotta writes British Historicals with the humor like an Austen, yet the drama of a Bronte.

She resides lives in the greater Nashville area—where she imagines her small Southern town into the foggy streets of 19th century London. She oversees her daughter to school, which they pretend is an English boarding school, and then she goes home to write and work on PR. Jessica has tried to cast her dachshund as their butler–but the dog insists it’s a Time Lord and their home a Tardis. Miss Marple, her cat, says its no mystery to her as to why the dog won’t cooperate. When asked about it, Jessica sighs and says that you can’t win them all, and at least her dog has picked something British to emulate.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Born of Persuasion, go HERE.

Tyndale House Presents Randy Singer in Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

978-1-4143-8675-1

ABOUT THE BOOK

A new legal thriller from a master of his craft
Landon Reed is an
ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a point-shaving scheme. In prison, he
finds forgiveness and faith. After prison, he earns a law degree and longs for
an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth.

Be careful what you ask
for.

Harry McNaughten is one of the founding partners of McNaughten and
Clay—and the only attorney willing to take a chance employing an ex-con turned
lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, the crusty
old lawyer wins Landon’s respect with his brilliant legal mind and knack for
winning. But as the two lawyers prepare for a high-profile murder case, Harry is
gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Weeks later, the firm’s
leased jet explodes over Chesapeake Bay, and two more McNaughten and Clay
lawyers are eulogized. Somebody has a vendetta against the firm, and Landon, his
family, and his sole remaining partner are the final targets.

As Landon
struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder: Is the plot
related to a shady case from McNaughten and Clay’s past, or to the murder trial
he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

About the Author . . .

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author
Singer_Randy_02and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers and was
recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper
Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and
the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia
Business magazine’s select list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys. In addition to his
law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in
Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part
pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School
and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his
wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website
at www.randysinger.net.

Interview with the author about this book!

1. What was your inspiration for this book, Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales?

Two things worked together to inspire this book. First, the scandals that rocked college football in the last
few years. Have you ever noticed that when a player gets in trouble and is kicked off a team or sent to
prison, we never hear from him again? What happens to him? Are there some inspirational stories of
redemption out there? Do these young men ever discover a meaningful life beyond football?
Second was a friend of mine with a real-life story of redemption. He had committed a felony as a college
student but had become a believer while serving his time. Everyone who knew the man verified that his
life had dramatically changed while in prison. He was not just a model prisoner, but he became a spiritual
leader and a catalyst for change in others as well.
When he was released from jail, he went to law school, where he was respected by all his peers and
professors. After graduation, he applied for a license to practice law. His dramatic turnaround raised
societal questions about the restoration of rights for those who have served their time and demonstrated
that they’ve changed.
That’s when the what-ifs started happening. What if a college quarterback got caught up in a pointshaving scandal in a major football

conference like the SEC? What if he went to jail and turned his life
around? What if that man became a lawyer determined to prove his integrity and loyalty to the firm that
hired him? And what if somebody had a vendetta against that firm and started killing its lawyers one by
one? That’s where this book started—on a football field, in a courtroom, in a small and dysfunctional law
firm in Virginia Beach (not mine—the one in the book!), a firm that believed in giving a changed man a
second chance, a firm fighting for its very life.

2. Tell me about your main character, Landon Reed. Was his character based upon anyone in particular?

As I explained in response to the previous question, the inspiration for Landon Reed came from a real-life
friend. That man showed me how much someone can truly change while incarcerated and how hard it can
be to rebuild a life with a felony conviction. But he also demonstrated that, by God’s grace, it can be done.
He became the inspiration for my protagonist, Landon Reed, and for that I am deeply in his debt.

3. What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?

I once heard a well-known Hollywood scriptwriter say that the two themes shown to most resonate with
moviegoers were stories of redemption and forgiveness. It made me realize that God has planted an
attraction for the themes of the gospel deep in our hearts.
Landon Reed’s life is a quest for redemption and forgiveness. Most of his former teammates have spurned
him, but one of his offensive linemen stuck with him throughout his entire ordeal. That man plays a major
role in this story. As a former quarterback, it was fun describing the “band of brothers” relationship
between a quarterback and the members of his offensive line.
There’s also the question of how much society forgives someone who has been convicted of a serious
crime. What roles are off-limits afterward? Should somebody who has committed a felony be allowed to
practice law?
It’s fascinating to see how some athletes “earn” redemption after significant scandals, provided they can
perform better than before. But what about those former athletes who never make it back into the
game? How does a man like Landon obtain forgiveness and redemption for what he has done?
For Landon, earning redemption means proving his loyalty. When Landon went to prison, his girlfriend
was pregnant with their first child. She waited for him while he served his time. She became Mrs. Landon
Reed as soon as he was released. But this young couple faces unbelievable challenges to their marriage
when Landon is willing to risk the safety of his family to prove his loyalty to the only firm that would take
a chance on him.
Lawyers at the firm start dying, and a sensible man would run as far and fast as possible. But Landon is
tired of running. And sometimes a quest for redemption makes a man anything but sensible. Driven to be
a hero, Landon has to decide whether he is willing to sacrifice his own family in his quest for redemption.

4. How do you expect Landon’s story to resonate with your readers?

All of us have mistakes in our past that haunt us. One of my favorite verses is Joel 2:25a: “I will restore to
you the years that the swarming locust has eaten . . .”
This is ultimately the story of how God can use our greatest mistakes and turn them into something
redemptive. The first step, of course, is taking responsibility for our actions, facing into them, and owning
them. I think we will all see a little bit of ourselves in Landon Reed.

5. As a writer, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story?

There is an axiom that writers should write what they know best. I’ve added a corollary: Writers should
write what they know best and what they love most. That’s what I did with Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales.
The story takes place in the legal community in Virginia Beach. In fact, the law office that Landon joins is in
the same building where my firm is actually located. How’s that for writing about things you know?
Moreover, I had some great mentors in the practice of law (I dedicated this book to them), so I gave
Landon a colorful and affable mentor as well—a crafty old lawyer named Harry McNaughten.
But ultimately this is a book about what matters most: family relationships, loyalty to our spouses, and
being changed by our faith. I loved crafting this story not just because it hit close to home but because it’s
the story of an underdog battling the giants in his life—both those of his own making and those on the
other side of his cases. And I love underdogs!
When lawyers start dying in Landon’s firm, he finds himself in way over his head with only his faith, his
family, and his best friend to help him. For me, crafting that type of David and Goliath story never grows
old.

6. What is your hope for this story? How would you like it to impact readers?

My hope is that I’ve raised important issues about redemption, forgiveness, and the power of the gospel
to change lives. My goal is to entertain readers with a fun and compelling story while they wrestle with
those issues. But there is also a more subtle thread throughout the story—an allegory for what Christ did
on our behalf. I hope to surprise readers when that allegory is fully revealed at the end of the book.

7. How has this novel helped you to grow as a storyteller?

Something happened when drafting this story that has never happened to me before. Before I ever start
writing a book, I put together a very detailed outline of the characters and plot (usually about twenty
pages long). The plot changes and evolves as the story is written, but I always know generally where the
story is headed. This time, I got about halfway through the book and just ran into a brick wall with the
plot. No matter how hard I tried to work the angles, I couldn’t seem to pull it all together in a coherent,
believable, and compelling way.
I called my editor at Tyndale, Karen Watson, and told her that this story just wouldn’t work. But Karen
wouldn’t let me quit. Eventually, everything came together in what I hope will be one of my best plots
ever. This book is a story about persistence in the face of adversity and, providentially, writing the book
taught me the same thing.
What have I learned as a storyteller? Sometimes our best stories are the ones we almost give up on.
Nothing valuable in life comes without a struggle.

8. Your novels are typically multilayered and keep readers guessing until the end. Would you say that Dead
Lawyers Tells No Tales is similarly full of surprises?

I hope it is. I love to throw in enough twists and turns to keep readers off balance. When I read other
authors, I love to be surprised so long as the author plays fair.
It’s easy to surprise somebody by bringing in some random twist from left field that has nothing to do
with the story. But that’s not playing fair. My perfect ending is one where the reader says, “Wow! I didn’t
see that coming, but I should have.” That’s the kind of ending I try to write.

9. Can you share anything about the next project you are working on?

Next Easter, I will be releasing a book that I am more excited about than any other book I have ever
written. It feels like the book I was born to write. It brings together my roles as pastor, lawyer, and
storyteller.
The working title of the book is The Advocate. It’s the story of Theophilus, the man to whom Luke
addressed his Gospel and the book of Acts. My premise is that Theophilus was Paul’s court-appointed
advocate to represent him in front of Nero, probably the most despised ruler in the history of Rome (and
that’s saying a lot). Theophilus was chosen because he had served in Judaea as Pilate’s assessore, or law
clerk, during the trial of Jesus.
My hope in writing the book is that it might bring to life the stories surrounding the two greatest trials in
the history of the world. One of those, the trial of Christ, has been studied, dissected, and analyzed more
than any other trial for the past two thousand years. The other, the trial of Paul in front of Nero, has been
a short time as a missionary in Spain. Both of these great trials changed the lives of everyone associated
with them and the trajectory of history.
It’s a real stretch for me to write historical fiction, especially a book that is so intertwined with the story of
the gospel. But I am embracing the opportunity. I’ve had a chance to visit Rome and talk to some amazing
historians. I know for a fact that this is the most challenging and rewarding book I’ve written. My prayer is
that it might also be the most impactful.

10. In addition to being an author, you are also a pastor and a lawyer. How do you reconcile those two things,
and what skills do they have in common?

Most people think that someone who is both a pastor and a lawyer is an extremely rare bird. In fact, I had
one reader e-mail me and say that she loved my books but that her son said it was impossible for
somebody to be both a pastor and a lawyer!
That mind-set assumes an artificial barrier between “ministry work” and “secular employment.” In truth,
everything we do is ministry, and we should do it with all our heart, “as to the Lord, and not unto men”
(Colossians 3:23). My law practice is a ministry just as much as my leadership at the church.
In both professions, I am meeting people at a point of need and often ministering to them in the biggest
crises of their lives. To be effective, I need to have a servant’s heart for both my clients and my church
members. And advocacy is an important skill in both trying a case and preaching the gospel.
A lot of people forget that Christ’s main method of making a point was through parables. Both pastors
and lawyers are storytellers in the best sense of that word—not that we make stuff up but that we help
our listeners enter into the story and become a part of it.
Come to think of it, I’m surprised there are not more people doing this!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Landon Reed is now out of prison, married to his sweetheart and mother of their daughter, and is determined to make something out of
his life. After going to law school, Harry McNaughten, one of the founding partners of McNaughten and
Clay was the only lawyer that would give him a chance. But Landon never dreamed of what his life would be like after agreeing to
help Harry.

Wow! Randy Singer blows my mind with each book I read by him! With so much stuff going on in this story, I kept wondering how he would
ever pull is all together in the end, but he does, in that unique and wonderful way he has of writing! Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales was Randy Singer
at his best! I totally loved, loved this story, when I started reading it, I only put it down a few times, just when I absolutely had to! Randy Singer created characters
that were unique and awesome, and were perfect for their parts in the story. The plot was fast pace and will pull you into the story and hold you there until long
after you finish reading.

If you enjoy suspense, thrillers, with romance, spiritual values, mystery and everything else going on here, you will love, love this book! I encourage you to pick up a copy
now! This is a must read for all of you suspense people out there. I can’t wait for the next book from Mr. Singer!

I received this book from Tyndale House to read
and review.  I was not required to write
a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing
this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Rescue Team by Candace Calvert

Rescue Team by Candace Calvert

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, brings swarms of media, legal chaos . . . and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life.

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. That’s why he’s determined to extend a lifeline of hope to others as a search-and-rescue volunteer. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director.

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might finally have found a home. But when a startling missing person’s case unearths secrets and opens old wounds, she fears that all they’ve found will just as quickly be lost.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Kate Callison has been running from her past and jumping jobs for several years, and now she is working as ER director at Austin Grace Hospital. As different cases came through the ER department, memories of Kate’s past surfaced more and more. Wes Tanner was at the right place at the right time when an emergency happened at Austin Grace, but then he met the new ER director, Kate. Wes finds himself attracted to Kate, despite her dismissive attitude, but just how does Kate feel about Wes?

I am a big fan of Candace Calvert and Rescue Team is another Candace book that I LOVE! I love books that capture my attention early in the story, and this one had my attention from the first page! I wasn’t sure about Kate at first, with her attitude and the mystery of her past, but as the story unfolded, I could understand her attitude about life. And I love Wes, he is such a sweetheart, and I love his family. But he has a heartbreaking past as well, that he doesn’t want to talk about. Ms. Calvert weaves together a story of heartbreaking pasts,  through many difficult situations and twists and turns, and so vividly shows love, forgiveness and healing through God’s love and mercy in Wes and Kate’s story.

If you enjoy Christian fiction, or just want a good clean medical romance to read, I highly recommend Rescue Team. With Candace being a former nurse, the medical knowledge is phenomenal, making the story even more interesting and enjoyable.

I received this book from Tyndale House to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CCbooksigned[1]Former ER nurse, wife, Mom and proud grandmother, Candace Calvert believes that love, laughter, and faith are the best medicines. Her popular medical fiction offers charismatic characters, pulse-pounding drama, romance, humor, suspense–and a prescription for hope. Think, “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul.” She is . . .

A Northern California native who spent several years in Hill Country Texas–where she learned to check her shoes for scorpions and plucked an armadillo from her swimming pool. Thinks cruising is the best way to travel: honeymooned in Venice, swam with stingrays, rode a camel at the pyramids, and sang (badly) with a Newfoundland country band. She’s passionate about cooking, loves bird watching, gardening, and gets goose bumps when her handsome husband hits the low notes at karaoke. She writes inspirational fiction because . . .

God blessed her with a quirky wit, buoyant optimism, and a contagious sense of fun–but she didn’t come to know him until after the Triple Whammy that turned her life into a bad country song. A painful and unexpected divorce, the Northern California floods of 1997, and (just when she was coping like a champ, no problem) an equestrian accident that left her with fractured ribs, a bleeding lung, broken back, neck fractures and a spinal cord injury. She’ll tell you that God took drastic measures to get her attention.

In the months of rehabilitation, Candace healed in body and spirit. And came to fully understand the difference between being a strong woman and a woman of strength. The difference is faith, and that lesson has been her biggest blessing. Her story, “By Accident,” appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, and launched her writing career. Now . . .

She is honored to bring readers medical fiction that offers exciting entertainment and a healthy dose of hope.

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You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren…Plus Wine Awesome Weekend Getaway

A Deep Haven Novel

About the Book

Sometimes the secrets we keep to protect ourselves can be our undoing.

To all who know her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She’s a permanent member of the PTA, never misses a sporting event, and is constantly campaigning for her husband’s mayoral race.

No one knows that Annalise was once Deidre O’Reilly, a troubled young woman whose testimony put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Relocated through the Witness Security Program to the quaint harbor town of Deep Haven, Deidre received a new identity and a fresh start, which began when she fell in love with local real estate agent Nathan Decker.

Twenty years later, Annalise couldn’t be more unprepared for her past to catch up with her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on parole and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the courage to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?

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Purchase a copy here.

My Thoughts On  “YOU DON’T KNOW ME”

You Don’t Know Me….by Susan May Warren   for Litfuse Tour

Wow, Susan May Warren just keeps getting better and better with her writing! Another book written by this very talented author that I Love, Love, Love!

Annalise and Nathan have been married for twenty years, but what Nathan doesn’t know is that Annalise has secrets that would turn their happy lives upside down if these secrets leaked out. And little did Annalise know, that was just about to happen. Would she have to leave her family and relocate to stay alive, or would her family have to leave in the middle of the night, never to be seen or heard from again?

I will captured from the first page of this book, and couldn’t put it down until the very last word. The entire time I was reading this book I was thinking, you know, any one I know could be just like Annalise. And I started wondering about new people who have moved into the area, people we know nothing about. Are they part of the WitSec program? It gives you are weird feeling! And Susan writes so many twists and turns into the story she keeps you on the edge of you sets! And of course, you fall in love with the characters in Deep Haven as the story develops and find yourself really upset and rooting for Annalise and her family to be able to stay in Deep Haven and live as the family they are.

And one of the special things for me in this book is the church scene in Chapter 9, where the Lord was speaking to Annalise through their pastor. And wow, what a sermon that was, and it was also something I needed to hear as well. And it is more special knowing that a sermon like this was preached at the author, Susan May Warren’s church.

I highly and strongly recommend this book for everyone to read! I just can’t say enough about this book, but then I don’t want you to know any more about it because it will ruin the fun of reading it.

I was provided a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

 

 

 

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Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert….from Tyndale House

List Price: 12.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6111-6
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Binding: Softcover
Release: May 2012

Book Blurb

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–>Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.
Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.
As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Trauma Plan  by Candace Calvert

Awww finally another Candace Calvert book! I’ve been waiting on this since set informed her readers the story was in the making, and let me tell you it is well worth the wait! I love Trauma Plan, as well as all of Candace’s other books! Yes I am a Candace fan!

Hospital Chaplin Riley Hale needs to be back in ER at her old nursing job. That’s what she loves to do. But because of an earlier assault, her Doctors haven’t released her to do that job again, and her fellows workers are not sure she is competent enough just yet.

And then there is Dr. Jack Travis. Or could we say drill sergeant Jack? Dr. Travis worked as an ER Dr. and also ran a clinic for those who couldn’t afford high hospital bills. Since the run-down clinic was near a high and mighty sub-division, Jack was constantly being harassed by the rich folks from the wealthy community. This, and other things in Jacks past life cause such deep anger and bitterness in Jack that his fellow workers found him very difficult to be around.

And it seemed that Jack especially had it in for Riley, one thing he really didn’t care for her job as Chaplin at the hospital. He felt it was a total waist of time. Then why did he offer to let her help at the clinic? And Riley working at the clinic throws she and Jack together more. Could there be an attraction between them? Well I for one would like it, but then we will have to wait and see!

There is so much going on in this story that you will not want to put this book down once you start reading it. And with so much going on, we see Candace Calvert’s expert writing ability in full force, because she does a wonderful amazing job of pulling all of the characters and situations together to pen an unforgettable medical drama. And to read all about it, I highly recommend that you go grab a copy of “Trauma Plan” to read and enjoy for yourself.

And I save the best ‘til last. If for no other reason, read the book to meet Bandy and Hobo. Of all the characters in all of the many books I have read, Bandy and Hobo are the most special, heartwarming characters yet! And don’t read spoilers about them, it will ruin it for you!

Tyndale House Publishers provided a copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

Tyndale House Blog Tour…The Last Plea Bargin by Randy Singer & Interview

The Last Plea Bargin

by Randy Singer

List Price: 13.99
ISBN:  978-1-4143-3321-2
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Binding: Softcover
Release: March 2012

Book Blurb

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

MY THOUGHTS ON RANDY’S BOOK!

When I review a Randy Singer book, I hang on to my seat at the first page and don’t let go until the very last word. Randy is absolutely one of the best suspense/thriller authors today! So if the book says `Randy Singer, just go ahead and buy it because it’s going to be good!
Readers meet Jamie Brock again, from Randy’s book “False Witness.” Jamie has been working as an assistant DA for several years. Her mom was shot and killed 11 years earlier and she is now losing her dad to illness. And to add to that, Jamie has been assigned a murder case, the suspect being the lawyer who defended the man who killed her mom. As this story unfolds, well you just need to read the book to find out what happens, it’s too much to tell her. And I don’t want to spoil the book for you.
Randy brings up some interesting questions about the death penalty in this book through the lawyer character, Mace James. How should Christians feel about it? Suppose the killer gives his life to Christ while in prison? Should he be left there to die alone since he made mistakes and bad choices? Suppose this person is really innocent? There are several other issues with the state system that are talked about in this book through the life-like believable characters created by the author.
Being a lawyer himself, Randy Singer expertly writes stories with so much detail the reader gets a touch of a lawyer’s real life when reading his books. Add to this a little suspense, drama, romance, danger, fear, and determined characters taking on the most dangerous and difficult cases, and you have a Number 1 novel that will blow you away when you read it.
I highly recommend this terrific book to those suspense/thriller lovers out there looking for awesome books to read. And as in all of Randy’s books, you will see Jesus and salvation through Him throughout the book.
I was provided a copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review of this product. The review is my opinions only.

7 Questions with Randy Singer

Randy Singer, The Last Plea Bargain

Randy, you bring a unique perspective to your writing because you are also an attorney and a pastor. How do you juggle these three things and still have a life?

Who said I had a life?

But seriously, it helps that these three things all draw on common skill sets. For example, principles of powerful story-telling are important for a pastor, lawyer and (obviously) writer. I’m a little ADHD and like being able to go from one thing to another. It’s like crop rotation—keeps things fresh. And, to be honest, writing is more like relaxation for me than a job. It gives me a break from the pressures of the other “real life” jobs and lets me go into a world where I get to control things! (aka “God complex”)

On the practical side, there are three principles that help me juggle. One, I try to stay focused on the big stuff. It’s not that I do the little stuff second, I try not to do the little stuff at all. Second, I stay focused on what I can do well and let others worry about the stuff that is out of my control. And third, I’ve learned to get comfortable with the fact that I will always have stuff in each of these areas that does not get done. As long as the ball is moving forward, I’m satisfied with that.

Ultimately, I thank God that, in His grace, He allows me to do three separate things that I love. My prayer is that I might bring glory to Him in all three arenas.

The Last Plea Bargain

is loosely based on a case you tried. Can you briefly share with us some of the details of that case and why it is special to you?

In 2002, Donna Somerville was indicted for the murder of her husband, Hamilton Somerville, Jr., in Orange County, Virginia. Hamilton Somerville was heir to the DuPont fortune. The prosecution alleged that Donna Somerville had poisoned her husband with a lethal cocktail of hospice drugs and the case drew national media attention, including a front-page story in Vanity Fair and a Lifetime movie, Widow on the Hill. Donna Somerville was found not guilty in the criminal case in 2004, but I represented the daughters of Hamilton Somerville in a wrongful death civil case against their step-mother which had a very different outcome. That litigation, and the tension between seeking justice and extending forgiveness, played a large role in the writing of The Last Plea Bargain.

Your main character, Jamie Brock, originally appeared in your novel, False Witness. Why did you decide to bring her back, and will we see more of Jamie in the future?

Readers will often ask me whether I’m going to bring back one character or another. I make a mental list of the characters mentioned the most often, realizing that those characters must have resonated with the readers in some way. Jamie is mentioned a lot. In addition, in False Witness, we saw her as an idealistic and persistent law student. Given her intriguing backstory and motivation for going to law school (her mother was killed in a home invasion and Jamie wanted to become a prosecutor), I thought it would be fun to follow her as she matured into a tenacious but conflicted prosecutor.

Jamie takes a pretty hard stance against plea bargaining. How rampant is plea bargaining in the legal system and is it necessary?

Most people don’t realize that about 90% of the criminal cases in our country are disposed of by plea bargains. A plea bargain is when the defendant pleads guilty to a crime, frequently in exchange for a lighter penalty.

This book asks the question: What if the defendants in a certain jurisdiction banded together and decided not to plea bargain, insisting on a full jury trial for every case? It would overwhelm the system. There wouldn’t be enough prosecutors or public defenders or available court dates. Even the defendants who lost would be able to claim ineffective assistance of counsel or the lack of a speedy trial on appeal. The system would be thrown into chaos.

That’s what happens in The Last Plea Bargain. Jamie Brock is staring down defendants who have found a way to wreak havoc with the system. Who is willing to compromise? Who will blink first?

While plea bargaining is part of the overall plot, at the heart of the book are the issues of justice and mercy. How does Jamie learn to balance those two?

Justice without mercy is legalism. Mercy without justice is license. Only when we realize the need for justice tempered with mercy do we have a fair and equitable result.

It takes courage to pursue justice. You have to stare evil in the face and demand accountability. It is easier to let evil have its day. So, if we cling only to mercy, then there is nothing to stop the advance of true evil. We live in a constant state of spiritual warfare. And God is a God of justice. We should be irate at injustice in the world and willing to risk our own lives to stop it.

But passionately seeking justice is just one step away from vengeance. And Scripture tells us not to take revenge into our own hands. Romans 12:19. Instead, we should leave room for God’s wrath, not trying to overcome evil with evil but overcoming evil with good. Romans 12:20-21.

How do we draw this line? I believe a lot of it has to do with motivation. Are we mad because somebody hurt us or disrespected us? Chances are, that’s vengeance. On the other hand, are we striving for justice for others, or devoting ourselves to a just cause? Chances are, that’s seeking justice.

What do you hope readers walk away with after reading this book?

First, I want readers to be entertained. If the story isn’t compelling, nothing else matters. So my primary goal is that readers will find it impossible to put the book down and, when they turn the last page, shoot me an email asking how long it will be until I finish another.

Second, I want to present readers, in the context of story, with compelling characters on both sides of the death penalty debate, so that readers might draw their own conclusions. And third, I want readers to walk with my characters down that thin line that separates the lust for revenge from the hunger for justice. And…hopefully, to learn which side of the line they might be walking on.

Okay, Randy, what’s next?

I’m working on my next book tentatively entitled Rule of Law. It will come out next spring. It’s the story of another flawed protagonist. He is a former college quarterback who got caught up in a point-shaving scandal, served time in prison, and then went to law school and became a lawyer. He finally gets his first job but ends up at a firm where somebody is killing off all the firm’s lawyers, one-by-one (even lawyers who try to leave the firm). It’s a story about loyalty and trust, honor and betrayal.

At the same time, I’m working on a longer-term project (one that’s been on my desk for a long time) which will give readers a front-row seat to the two most important trials ever—the trial of Christ and the trial of Paul in front of Nero. The story is told from the perspective of Theophilus, Paul’s court-appointed advocate, and may be the most important book I’ve ever attempted.

About The Author…….Randy Singer

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s select list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at www.randysinger.net.

101 Bible Adventures Tyndale House Publishers

101 Bible Adventures 

Tyndale House Publishers

101 Bible Adventures
Ed. Pub. Concepts
, Tyndale

Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-4143-4997-8
List Price: $12.99
Release Date: February 2012
Page Count: 224
Trim Size: 6 x 9
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About this Bible Story Book
101 Bible Adventures offers kids a high-energy, adventure-filled approach to reading, interacting with, and learning life lessons from the Scriptures. It takes 101 favorite adventure-filled stories from the New Living Translation and puts them into one amazing book. Each Bible story has a brief overview so kids can get a bird’s-eye view of the story, a key verse that sums up its meaning, and a Read and Learn application section that challenges kids to make their faith active. 101 Bible Adventures gives kids a great way to explore the Scriptures while highlighting concepts such as building good character; the importance of having good role models; and themes such as forgiveness, love, and God’s wonderful plan for our lives.
My Thoughts!

This Bible Study book is just what it says, its 101 stories taken from the Bible and told in a fun way your child can understand. Each story is two pages long. It starts out with a What’s up section telling a bit about the story; then an Action Adventure giving the scripture and the Bible story; there is a Key Verse for each story; a Cartoon of the story and a Now What to give a Bible application of the story to go with our everyday lives. And the Bible referenced are from the New Living Translation, an easier version for your child to read and understand.

This would be a fun study tool for any older child or tween. The front cover and the layout of the pages will capture the attention of readers this age, making them curious enough to want to check it out! Being two pages makes it a fast and easy read, though it is interesting enough and with the information given, a young reader can study deeper than just what is in the book.

I highly recommend this study for your child. It will be a wonderful way to have them study God’s Word without feeling overwhelmed because of the simplicity and shortness of it. And it is truly a high-energy action-packed, adventure-filled book!

I was provided a copy of this Bible Story Book by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review of this product. The review is my opinions only.

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Journey to Christmas DVD Tyndale Publishers

Journey to Christmas DVD 

Tyndale Publishers

19.99

ISBN:
978-1-4143-6508-4
Trim Size:
Binding:
2 DVDs
Release:
December 2011

 

 

About this DVD Series

Journey to Christmas is a fascinating new reality DVD series that invites you to explore Jesus’ birth through five modern-day explorers. Shot on ultra-high-definition film and packaged as a four-part DVD church curriculum, this unique study series chronicles the experiences of five very different people—a messianic Jew, a First Nations woman, a poet, a Christian radio personality, and an agnostic lawyer—as they journey through the Holy Land to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Guided by a local historian (Nizar Shaheen) with on-camera commentary from a team of Bible experts (astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross, ancient history expert Dr. Paul Maier, archeologist and New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans, Biblical times culture expert Claire Pfann, and others), viewers will see the Christmas story unfold though the eyes of each member on this unique pilgrimage. Journey to Christmas lets you immerse yourself in the culture, places, and people surrounding the Nativity. Stunning photography, a reality show format, exotic locations, and fascinating commentary from a team of Bible experts make this an unforgettable Bible learning experience!

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My Thoughts

This Journey to Christmas 2 DVD Series is a wonderful way to realize the true meaning of Christmas. Five people that had never met take a journey to the Holy Land to walk the road of remembering the birth of Jesus. The history and scenery in this DVD is incredible. Traveling with this group and viewing the journey with this, hearing the discussions, seeing the changes in their lives was wondering to watch. For me, it gave me a new reality of what happened that night so long ago. Sometimes we are so engrossed in pictures, scenes, and such that we really don’t grasp what it was really like for Mary and Joseph on that long journey. How she felt, the wonder of how and where her child would be born, and just thinking about all of the things happening to her being so near giving birth. This DVD series makes you think a lot!

I encourage you to grab a copy for your family to enjoy during this Christmas Holiday Season as we celebrate the birth of our wonderful Lord.

I was provided a copy of this DVD Series by Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review of this product. The review is my opinions only.

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