Double Cross by Diann Mills

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Diann Mills


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.


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 Sparrow in Terezin’ by Kristy Cambron | New Book Plus a Book-Inspired Giveaway

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.
Today. With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiancé threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.
June 1942. After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kája Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kája has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kája finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.
Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kája will fight to protect all they hold dear.

Note: This book two in Kristy Cambron's Hidden Masterpiece series. You can find book one, The Butterfly and the Violin, here.

Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Find Kristy online: website, Facebook, Twitter  

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. 
Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A set of poppy notecards

  • A poppy pin

  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly

  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD

  • Literary tea bags

  • Tumbler

  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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My Thoughts:
Kristy takes us right into the midst of WWII,the blitz in London, the horror of the concentration camps, and then to modern day London, and San Francisco. Kristy doesn't miss a beat, and the imagery is both heartbreaking and beautiful.
Highly recommended!

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

Friday, April 17, 2015

Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents, along with Christina, a young woman taken into the family during a crisis pregnancy, have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up and give your life over to God. Christina's feelings for Doug have been growing, even though he writes her off as not worth his time. Will Doug's own crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?
Readers who have been on this emotional and romantic journey with the Anderson family will fall in love with this satisfying conclusion to the popular series.

About this author
Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken Dan's writing to Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first national bestseller and was a finalist for Inspirational Book of the Year.

Since then, Dan has written 10 more novels, including a 4-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. The Discovery and The Reunion, both stand-alones, were also named finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year and both have over 250 5-Star reviews on Amazon. The Reunion has also been optioned for a movie by Team Two Entertainment.

Dan released his first indie-published suspense novel, When Night Comes, Nov 1st.

He lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.


Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on relationships. He is the author and co-author of over 60 best-selling, award-winning books along with several popular films and videos, which have sold over 12 million copies.

In over 40 years Gary has spoken to more than two million people in live conferences and he has appeared on national televisions programs such as, Shawn Hannity radio show, Fox and Friends morning TV show, Kathy Lee’s TV show, ‘Oprah Winfrey’, ‘Larry King Live’, ‘NBC Today Show’, ‘James Robison Show’ as well as numerous national radio programs such as ‘Focus on the Family’, ‘Oliver North’, and many more.

Gary’s books and video, along with numerous small group curriculum, are continually providing the most practical principles on strengthening relationships. After all…with our country having the worst divorce rate in the world there is a great need for solutions to keep marriages vibrant and growing.

Gary and Norma Smalley still produce and create resources, relationship coaching, research and conferences on relationships with a focus on marriage. The center’s web site provides access to hundreds of practical articles, assessments and a weekly newsletter to encourage people in their pursuit of help and enrichment.

Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 49 years and live in Branson, Missouri. Their three married children, Kari, Greg, and Michael have produced 10 grandchildren. And all three of Gary and Norma’s grown children are in the work of helping couples and families through their own publishing and counseling careers.

My Thoughts:

I have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series. The Legacy was an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. I am sad to see this series end, I would love at least one more. Even though this is the conclusion to the series, each of these books could stand alone. I would recommend starting from the beginning, you'll have a better understanding of the family.
Highly recommended!


Jaded by Varina Denman

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook (March 1, 2015)
Varina Denman


An avid reader and blogger, Varina Denman enjoys writing fiction about Christian women and the unique struggles they face. She seems to have a knack for describing small town life, and is currently working on a three book Texas series which will soon be published by David C. Cook. The first book in the series, Jaded, won the 2013 ACFW Genesis contest for romance.

Varina attended three Texas universities over a span of five years, majoring in four subjects and earning zero degrees. However, she can now boast sixteen years as a home educator, volunteering in the local cooperative where she has taught numerous subjects including creative writing and literature.

Even though Varina has spoken at ladies’ retreats and taught women’s Bible classes, she finds the greatest fulfillment facilitating prayer groups. She lives in Burleson, Texas, where she helps with Family Ministry in her home congregation. Varina is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and North Texas Christian Writers.


As a child, Ruthie was shunned by the local congregation. Thirteen years later, Ruthie’s heart begins to stir when an attractive single preacher arrives. But their relationship is bitterly opposed—unearthing a string of secrets which threaten to turn the church, the town, and her world upside-down.

Jaded is the rare novel that is both love story between a woman and man ... and God and His church. Plunging deep into the waters of shame, forgiveness and restoration, it will resonate with every woman who’s experienced a loss of heart ... and a thirst for hope.

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

My Thoughts: Have you ever gone to church only to walk out and wonder why you were there, or if some of the people within the walls actually lived what they said they believed? That is the center point of this debut novel by Varina Denman. I know the pain of being hurt by people I attend church with and I could identify with Ruthie and the reluctance to go back to church.
Varina does a great job portraying the hurt and restoration that Ruthie experiences.
Highly recommended!

I will be interviewing Varina about writing this book in the next week or so.

Here is my thoughts on being hurt in the church:

The Creole Princess by Beth White

Sunday, April 12, 2015

22504614All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

Beth  White
Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so far.

Also published as Elizabeth White, her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award.

My Thoughts:
The book starts out well, pulls you right in, as you read further there are so many points of view it is hard to have a character to cheer for, and feel for. I was saddened by this because I enjoyed The Pelican Bride. 

Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd

Thursday, April 9, 2015

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Mist of Midnight
Howard Books (March 10, 2015)
Sandra Byrd


After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. The Tudor series’ end cap, Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, debuts in March, 2015.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens, and is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.


In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

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

My Thoughts: Imagine that you return to your family home from being missionaries in India, your parents were killed, to find that someone impersonated you and you're dead. That is exactly what happens to Rebecca Ravenshaw. She arrives home and no one believes she is who she says she is. I was upset for her. I couldn't imagine how frustrating that would be. I was completely drawn into the story, wanting to know who had impersonated Rebecca and why. Up until this book I had never read a Gothic romance, and I must say I really enjoyed it. The pace was perfect, the characters well developed and the story kept me up way past my bedtime reading. I highly recommend it!

Killing Jesus Reviewed

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I don't know why I bother to watch "biblical" adaptations of the Bible, it doesn't matter who does it they end up messing it up! In this ridiculous adaptation, based on the book by Bill O'Reily is not even close to being biblical! Had I known that it was based on a book by Bill O'Reily I wouldn't have bothered.

When Jesus comes to John the Baptist and wants to be baptized, Jesus acts like he doesn't know who he is or why he is on earth, and then . . . after he is baptized no dove descends, God doesn't speak saying "This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17

The few miracles that are performed by Christ in this movie he acts confused, like he has no clue he is the Messiah sent to save the world.

When he is crucified there are no thieves on his right and left, and the part that annoyed me the most, before he bows his head and dies he does not say to John, and his mother, Mary. "Mother, behold your son, son behold your Mother." John 19:25

The anointing of Jesus, happened in the upper room, and instead of her anointing his feet and wiping them with her hair, she anoints his hair. John 12:3; Jesus' feet anointed.

This is a 3 hour waste of time! I hated the Bible adaptation by Roma Downy and her husband. I realize that they can't put everything in a movie, however, God wrote the script at least follow it, don't ad-lib.

Don't waste your time!

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