Saturday, June 29, 2013

Riveting true story: My review of "Angles in the Fire" by Dann Stadler

Cover Art

about the book....


There was no way Dann and Tracey Stadler could avoid the drunk driver speeding toward them. Moments later, with Tracey trapped in their burning car, a lone figure walked out of the nearby woods and saved her from certain death. Seconds later, he was gone. But the disappearance of this stranger was not the end of God's tangible intervention in their lives.

As the Stadlers struggled through grueling recoveries and heartbreaking setbacks--even years after that fateful crash--the miracles and divine encounters continued. For the first time, the Stadlers share these incredible moments, offering an inspiring testimony to anyone enduring heartache and loss.

If you are facing hard times--if you need assurance that God still ministers through His angels today--let this true story provide the hope and encouragement you need.

my review....

"Angels in the Fire" is a story made all the more riveting by the fact it's based on a true event. I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting because the moment I opened the first page I just couldn't put it down. It is one thing to read a fiction book and place myself in the situation occurring, but it's something else quite different to read about something that actually happened and think about what it would be like to go through that! The Stadler's experience of not only surviving a horrific crash, but having a divine encounter with Jesus and Angels, is very soul-stirring, demonstrating the power of prayer and that the God of the Bible is the same God of today, able to do the miraculous. The account of their experience is well-told, and I enjoyed experiencing the story from their different perspectives. I leave the book more aware of God's presence in my own life, and the work of angels in the world around me. Any book that blesses my relationship with God is a book worth reading!

I am confident that anyone reading this book will have their faith challenged and inspired, and I encourage you to pick up a copy and see for yourself. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Dann StadlerDann Stadler is an energetic speaker, author, father, husband, and tireless advocate for Christ. Creator and author of the popular website, he encourages readers to live in Saturday's Promise, where the sins of our past are being vanquished by the promise of his resurrection tomorrow. He and his family live in Jackson, Wisconsin. Learn more at

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And the winner of "Offering" by Angela Hunt is....

Congratulations to Cameron Connor, who won a copy of "The Offering" by Angela Hunt.

The Offering: A Novel

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming giveaway of the latest book from Ann H. Gabhart...

I love the winners of the "Christy Awards" this year! Check out the winners and my SHOCKING disclosure :)

The Christy Award

Every year I wait with anticipation to see who will win the Christy Awards. This year, I have to say I was in almost complete agreement with those chosen to win the awards from the list of finalists. Read on for my impression of the awards (and let me know what you think of my SHOCKING disclosure about the winner of Book of the Year...)

In case you haven't yet seen the list, here is the list of the winners:

  • Lifetime Achievement Christy: Lee Hough
  • Christy Award Hall of Fame Inductees: Lynn Austin (8 Christys) & Karen Hancock (4 Christys)
  • Book of the Year: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell (David C Cook)
  • Contemporary Romance: The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group).
  • Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas: You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
  • Contemporary Standalone: Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
  • First Novel: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell (David C Cook)
  • Historical: Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot (Tyndale House Publishers)
  • Historical Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
  • Suspense: Rare Earth by Davis Bunn (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
  • Visionary: Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
  • Young Adult: Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank (Delacorte Press, a division of Random House)

In looking through the list, it is so very clear why both Lynn Austin & Karen Hancock have been made "Christy Award Hall of Fame Inductees" as they are both fabulous authors and definitely deserve this award.

And now, check out my prior reviews of the other winners of Christy Awards (I haven't read all of the above listed books, but a fair number of them anyway):

The Breath of Dawn      My rating? 5 out of 5 stars.

 My rating? 4 out of 5 stars.

   My rating? 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 My rating? 5 out of 5 stars Against the Tide

Rare Earth   My rating? 5 out of 5 stars.

My rating? 5 out of 5 stars.  Soul's Gate

And so, now for my disclosure... I tried my best to pick up the overall winner of this years book list, "Into the Free", and after a few chapters I just gave up because I couldn't get into the story! That must show what I know about good fiction, anyway.... :)  Did everyone else love it?

I guess that just proves that people's taste in fiction is entirely subjective!

If I had to choose a winner for the entire list of finalists, I would have chosen...

Rare Earth

Happy reading, everyone. Congrats to all the winners!

"Hell & Beyond": FREE fiction ebook from author Michael Phillips

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Check out a preview of "Paige Torn" by Erynn Mangum with CFBA

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Torn
Think (May 1, 2013)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her: So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she's lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can't even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God's Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Preview "Pieces of the Heart" by Bonnie S. Calhoun (CFBA)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pieces of the Heart
Abingdon Press (June 1, 2013)
Bonnie S. Calhoun


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year,” President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC) and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference(GPCWC).

For the last six years she has taught workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and creating Social Media promotions at both CCWC, and GPCWC, and in 2011 at the Montrose, Pa Christian Writers Conference. She also taught a Facebook workshop at the 2012 ACFW conference.

Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin in upstate area of New York with a dog and cat who think she’s wait-staff.

Her sites are:


Cordelia Grace watched Bernard Howard, the love of her young life, go off to fight for our country in WWII. And she has spent the last three years creating the Pine Cone quilt that will grace their marriage bed when he comes home. Each row of triangles signifies a layer in her life, sets of memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers for her future, enough spoken words to cover them forever. Her image of their “happy-ever-after” grows proportionally as the quilt expands.

But is the man that returns from the war, the same man that she remembered? Are the dark shades of color that she had to use for the outside edges of the beloved quilt prophetic of her life to come? Can love and faith overcome all?

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

2 free kindle downloads: Forgiving Solomon Long by Chris Well & Magdalene by Angela Hunt

2 Christian fiction ebooks are free for download from right now, including Chris Well's Forgiving Solomon Long. I haven't found them free elsewhere but will keep you posted if I do!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Provides a rich adventure! My review of "Sovereign" by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee


about the book....

Nine years after Rom Sebastian was thrust into the most unlikely of circumstances as hero and bearer of an unimaginable secret, the alliance of his followers is in disarray. An epic battle with The Order has left them scattered and deeply divided both in strategy and resolve in their struggle to become truly alive and free.
Only 49 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation. Misunderstood and despised, their journey will be one of desperation against a new, more intensely evil Order. As the hand of this evil is raised to strike and destroy them they must rely on their faith in the abiding power of love to overcome all and lead them to sovereignty.

SOVEREIGN wonderfully continues the new testament allegory that was introduced in FORBIDDEN and continued in MORTAL.

my review....

Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee have again combined their tremendous writing talent in "Sovereign", the third installment of "The Book of Mortals" series. As with the first two books, the scenes are vividly drawn, the writing is crisp, and the words flow smoothly, sweeping you up into the power of the story. From the start, the scenes explode with action, and I was immediately gripped by the opening chapters as good clashes with evil. My favourite character in this story is easily that of Jordin, who wrestles with doubt and whether she's making the right choices, but ultimately has a powerful encounter that opens her eyes to truth and to love. All of the characters are very well-developed, and I enjoyed the twists that are written into the story, where nothing is black and white, and even the villains invoke sympathy.  The authors have created a book and an entire series that has so many parallels to the Christian walk and what Jesus accomplished through his death and through the abundant life he offers us. As such, the book can be read purely for entertainment value, or you can ponder the deeper truths woven into the story. I did find that the book dragged a bit for me in the middle, but by the end I was glued to the pages to see how everything would resolve. I closed the pages thinking about the strength of my own faith in Jesus and how fully I've allowed his truth to bring freedom into every part of my life. Any book that has me mulling over issues of faith while providing an absorbing ride is definitely worth reading!

Sovereign provides a rich adventure, and readers who have enjoyed the first two books in the series are certain to be pleased with this addition. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Hachette Book Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group.

 about the authors....

Dekker, Ted (1526019)TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. - See more at:

Lee, Tosca (1541287)TOSCA LEE is the New York Times bestselling author of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, Iscariot and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She is best known for haunting prose and humanizing portraits of maligned characters. A former international business consultant and lifelong adventure traveler, she makes her home in the Midwest. - See more at:

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tracie Peterson’s “The Quarryman’s Bride” True Love $200 Anthropologie Giveaway and 7/9 Facebook Party!

Welcome to the campaign page for Tracie Peterson's newest book in the Land of the Shining Water series, The Quarryman's Bride. Tracie is celebrating with a "True Love" $200 Anthropologie giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party. QuarrymanBrideOne winner will receive:
  • A $200 Anthropologie gift card
  • The Quarryman's Bride and The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the "The Quarryman's Bride" Facebook Author Chat Party on July 9th. Connect with Tracie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tracie will also share an exclusive look at the next book in the Land of Shining Water series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of The Quarryman's Bride and join Tracie on the evening of July 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Hope to see you on the 9th!

A powerful read: My review of "Love in a Broken Vessel" by Mesu Andrews

Love in a Broken Vessel: A Novel

about the book....

An epic journey of intimacy, rejection, betrayal . . . and hope.

God gives Hosea a difficult command--marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of His love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim the Lord's message, the woman God directs him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only means of escape, Gomer does what she's good at--she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel restore Gomer's broken spirit?

With her powerful combination of in-depth research and masterful storytelling, Mesu Andrews brings to life one of the most complex and fascinating stories of love and forgiveness in the face of utter betrayal.

my review....

"Love in a Broken Vessel" is a powerful read, one that breathes with historical authenticity and heart-rending emotion, and has left me contemplating the vast love of God. Mesu Andrews does a fantastic job at bringing to life the story of the prophet Hosea, called by God to love a prostitute as a display of God's love for his chosen people of Israel. The characters are richly drawn, with much about them to admire while still definitely showing their human side as well. Gomer is a woman that you will quickly grow to care about, even as you may find yourself shaking your head at some of her actions and her often hard-heart. I love the author's portrayal of the various prophets you meet in this story, from Hosea to Jonah to Isaiah, and I can honestly say that I have gained a deeper appreciation of the cost that they paid to honor God's calling on their lives. I found myself asking if I could ever be as bold as they were, sharing God's message to a king who could strike them dead, telling people to turn back to God even if that may end up costing them their lives. I was not only fully entertained by this story, but I was challenged in my faith as well - and that makes for a worthy novel indeed.

Biblical fiction doesn't get better than this! I award this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love's Sacred Song. She is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Check out Melody Carlson's latest: "Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel" (UPDATED)

Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel

Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Melody Carlson, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


With high hopes, Daphne Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it's not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dee passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Daphne, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Daphne only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt's very specific posthumous terms -- personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dee’s cats.

And if Daphne thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dee's life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God's perfect timing.

If you would liketo read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

my review.....

"Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel" is a fun start to a series that is sure to please fans of Melody Carlson, and features a character that I'm looking forward to revisiting in the future! Daphne Ballinger is one of those characters who is utterly real, one who seems stuck in the rut of her life until her Aunt Dee passes away and offers Daphne the chance to reclaim her life. Daphne is someone we can all relate to, as she has to live with regrets over past choices, but also realizes that she can move beyond her past and discover God's plan for her life. There is plenty of drama and action to keep the pages of this story turning, and the unique premise of the book makes for a fun read as Daphne is forced to wrestle with the clauses of the will regarding the estate that has been left to Daphne. I do have to say that as Daphne considered several different potential love interests, that there were times I felt like smacking her upside the head (most gently of course) as she waffled about the future of her relationship with one gentleman in particular. But Melody Carlson did an excellent job of resolving some of the subplots of this novel while leaving plenty of things open-ended to address in future books in the series. I, for one, am looking forward to see what happens next in Daphne's life, as she becomes ever more confident in who God has made her to be.

I strongly recommend this contemporary fiction read, and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

FRIGHTENING. NEW. FACT. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Today while reading my daughter's "research report", I learned that "Giraffes are hunted by loins". 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A tale full of intrigue: My review of "Red Dawn Rising" by Sue Duffy

Red Dawn Rising: A Novel

Cass Rodino was born to wealth and privilege, yet spends her days as a set designer on Broadway hiding behind a veneer that keeps everyone else at arms length, including long-time friend Jordan Winslow. But when a request from her mom to help determine whether her step-father is having an affair uncovers a web of secrecy, Cass and Jordan are unexpectedly drawn together into a deadly investigation. As they journey to warn famous pianist Liesl Bower that she is the target of an assassination attempt, they converge onto the path of a former KGB assassin seeking to halt attempts to resurrect the Soviet Union by a man known only as Architect. Soon, former enemies find themselves banding together to race to unstop a plot of pending disaster.

Sue Duffy returns with a second installment in the "Red Returning" series, providing a tale full of intrigue and twists and turns. I enjoyed reconnecting with Liesl Bower, introduced in the first book of the series, The Sound of Red Returning. Sue Duffy has done an excellent job at balancing the fast pace required for a suspense novel with strong characterization. Cass and Jordan and their unfolding relationship make for an interesting story arc, and I enjoyed watching their stories unfold as we discover their pasts and hope for their future together. Readers who are drawn to suspense novels will find much to appreciate in this book. I personally struggled a little bit to find the plot to be believable, to always understand the motivation behind why several of the villains would commit to the cause the way they did. Despite this I still found the story to be filled with plenty of excited and drama to keep the pages turning.

I award this story a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

A copy of the book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Kregel, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Riveting & simply impossible to put down! My review of "Fear Has a Name" by Creston Mapes

Fear Has a Name: A Novel

Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Creston Mapes, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fear Has a Name
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker's terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor's mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family's safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind "Christian" walls--secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all--the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known--takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

my review.....

Riveting and simply impossible to put down, "Fear Has a Name" is a top-notch suspense thriller that left me wanting more. I'm not sure how I've missed out so far, but this is the first novel by Creston Mapes that I have had the pleasure of reading. After devouring this fast-paced read, I can hardly wait for the next addition to The Crittendon Files series! The characters are superbly drawn, causing me to come to have compassion even for the villain in the story. I was quickly swept up into the characters' lives, and as such felt their fear that much more palpably. And I can tell you that there are many moments in this story where your heart pace will rush along, beginning with the opening scenes which had me instantly thinking of how I would feel if a large man dressed in black suddenly crashed his way into our home with only my wife and children home. Yet amazingly, in the midst of the heightened suspense is a truly powerful portrayal of the deep love of Jesus, a sacrificial love that offers grace to every one of us. This is one of those books that not only leaves you feeling like you've been thoroughly entertained, but has you pondering the deeper things of life as well. I simply loved every part of this book, and hope that if you, like me, haven't yet given Creston Mapes a try, that you will certainly pick up a copy of this novel for yourself. It's a keeper.

I highly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, David C. Cook, and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Free ebook: "Raising a Modern-Day Joseph: A Timeless Strategy for Growing Great Kids" by Larry Fowler

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Win a large selection of some of Tracie Peterson's greatest adventures!

For nearly 100 novels, bestselling author Tracie Peterson has entertained readers with heartwarming tales of history, romance and courage. Now you have the unique chance to win a large selection of some of Tracie’s greatest adventures, along with her newest novel, The Quarryman’s Bride. To enter, just visit Tracie's Book Page on Facebook and fill out the short form. Then click around to read an excerpt, take a poll and more!

Friday, June 14, 2013

New Giveaway of the well-written book "The Offering" by Angela Hunt

I have ended up with an extra copy of "The Offering" by Angela Hunt... and I want to share it with one of you wonderful readers!

Please enter following the instructions below...and if you missed my review, check it out here.

The Offering: A Novel

I am giving away 1 copy of "The Offering" to readers from the U.S. or Canada, courtesy of the publisher, Howard Books.

You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:

1. Become a follower of my blog (through Google Followers or Networked Blogs) then leave a comment confirming you became a follower. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment that you already follow and I'll give you 1 entry for that.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment. (The link is at the top of the webpage). Let me know if you've already liked it, and I'll give you an entry.

3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!


4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "Would you ever be a surrogate mom (or if you are the man in the relationship, support your wife to be a surrogate mom)?"
++ Please include your email address in your comment so I can contact you to arrange to get the book to you.

That's all there is to it! Contest Ends June 25, 2013.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Deeply compelling: My review of "Afloat" by Erin Healy (and there's still time to win a ipad MINI!)


"Dark waters are rising. Who will stay afloat?"

my review...

Nestled in a sheltered cove lies a complex of unique floating apartments, providing housing for a group of eclectic residents that include single mom Danielle Clement and her son Simeon.  The partially completed project is the brainchild of architect Vance Nolan, a man seeking to move beyond the tragedies of his past by bringing to life a vision of people living on the water. All is going according to plan until a sinkhole gives way.  Death and destruction follow in increasing measure as torrential rains flood the cove, an unnatural darkness descends, and a man is murdered. No one knows what is real and who can be trusted. 

Erin Healy has again crafted a masterpiece, a novel of suspense and supernatural wonder, where nothing is as it seems. "Afloat" reminds me a bit of "Lord of the Flies", where a people become stranded together and in that crisis moment, their true colours emerge. Like all great stories, Erin Healy's book has the hero and the villains, and yet she manages to create each character with such depth that you cannot help but feel empathy for them all in their state of lostness. I admire Vance as a person of light, a man seeking to overcome his past and faithfully follow God. But probably my favourite character is the blind-man, Zeke, a man who clearly hears from God through visions he is given and through God's voice impressed upon his heart. As such he is utterly fascinating, a character I wish I could meet in real life. Afloat can be read on many different levels, perhaps first of all as a novel that will simply entertain with its intriguing plot, scenes of suspense, and its spiritual flavour. And yet as my mind mulls over its message, I find that it is really written with depth, a reminder to us all that each of us is afloat, utterly lost, except where God intervenes and reaches out his hand and offers salvation through nail-scarred hands.

I walk away from this book with a deep appreciation for Erin Healy's skill in creating such a compelling read. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Image of Erin HealyErin Healy writes supernatural suspense novels from a Christian worldview. Her books explore what it means to be a spiritual being in a physical world, and a physical creature in a spiritual world. She is an award-winning fiction editor who worked with Ted Dekker on more than a dozen of his stories before their collaboration on KISS and BURN. She owns WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. 

Learn more about her books at
This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

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buy the book...

Erin Healy is celebrating the release of her latest novel Afloat (Thomas Nelson) with an iPad Mini giveaway.
One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini 
  • iTunes gift card
  • Afloat by Erin Healy 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 15th. Winner will be announced on Erin's blog on June 17th. Save the date and click HERE to see if YOU won the iPad Mini!

Don't miss a moment of the fun; ENTER today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Visit Erin's blog on the 17th!