Wednesday, December 14, 2011

See History Through the Eyes of an Immortal Legend

Pro Luce Habere Volume I only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle.

From now until December 30, 2011, get Pro Luce Habere Volume I on Kindle for only $0.99.  And check out the just released Pro Luce Habere Volume II on Kindle for only $1.99.  Both are full-length novels and Pro Luce Habere is a stand-alone story that can be read before Book I, On the Soul of a Vampire.  This dark epic tale of eight hundred years of human history through the eyes of an immortal is also available in a combined Volume I & II e-book edition for only $4.99 on Amazon and Smashwords.

Volume I

In the place between life and death, the soul is exposed to the light. Relive the memory of an 800 year old vampire's descent into darkness as he does, from child of faith who set out on the Children's Crusade in 1212 to desperate 14th century creature of the night. Sometimes the key which unlocks the secret of what's to come is hidden in the past. Book II of the On the Soul Series.

Volume I on Amazon 

Volume II

After an earth-shattering revelation, vampire Valéry seeks a new world, free of the Old World's pain. Trapped in the darkness he can't escape, his attempt to determine who really is the monster further leads to him becoming one whose greatest deception is the lie he tells himself. Until the illusion is shattered to behold an enigmatic mortal girl.

Volume II on Amazon

Volume I & II Combined Edition

From his departure on the Children’s Crusade of 1212 at fourteen through his remaking as a creature of the night, Valéry seeks answers to the mystery and meaning of his existence over the course of eight centuries of human history. Forced to kill so he might live, but cherishing the lives he knows intimately in death, he is both shaped and haunted by the battle between light and darkness within his victims and within himself. See the inquisitions and witch hunts of the Middle Ages, two history-changing revolutions, world war and modernity through the eyes of this living myth, before the final unfolding of the mystery in the legend’s origin and purpose and the incredible revelation of how profoundly it is linked to that of every human soul.

Volume I & II on Amazon

The On the Soul Series on Smashwords

Excerpt from Pro Luce Habere Volume I:

“I see Heaven,” he breathed to me, his voice soft and distant and, it seemed, filled with joy.  I tightened my hold on him as he grew more relaxed against me, and I felt his heartbeat speed up in his chest, to a rate even beyond that which my touch had provoked.

I closed my eyes and I knew him.  All he was, this man not much older than my own nineteen years, who had nevertheless lived a life just as long.  His wish to be free of the family that did not understand the passion in him was my wish, and the music he made to ease his pain and celebrate life, was also for a moment mine.  His faith in God gave me back my own faith and for those brief moments that I held him, I believed again with all the fire of my mortal youth.  All his dreams, all his hopes, his every wish and fear and desire, they were all mine and they were touchable, somehow made a reality I could hold in my hands.  All the pleasure he had ever known and all the sorrow in his knowledge filled me; and I knew the answer to it all was there.  Not close, not painfully near and just out of reach, but right there, and a light penetrated my entire being.  A light brighter than any sun and a living force of shifting color more beautiful than anything I’d ever seen.

His heart stopped with a final violent beat like an explosion, and his lifeforce seemed to remain there for a moment, uncertain, while I reached out with a part of myself I barely recognized, trying to touch it.  Wanting desperately to make it mine as it merged into that light and so make its knowledge and final acceptance my own.

And then it was gone.  I held his inert body in my arms – a shell now, it seemed, which no longer contained the thing I’d so badly wanted of it.  The thing in him I’d loved with a love I’d never even imagined could exist.

He is dead, a meek, numbed voice spoke inside my head.  Dead, dead, dead, and you are the reason.

I lowered his body away from me and rocked forward on my knees, lowering my head to his chest.  I stroked it in the place over his heart, as if my touch could make it beat again.  Then I lifted my head a fraction, staring at his face, still and serene and at peace.  The peace Sebastian should have had, I thought, but he hadn’t, and it did not matter that I’d tried to give it to him through this young man.  However I might want to justify what I’d done to recognize I’d taken him to death in great pleasure and erased every fear a dying man might hold in his heart, it changed nothing.  He was dead and I was the reason for it and as much as I wished it, I could not bring him back.

I gathered his lifeless form into my arms and I rocked him.  For minutes or hours, I didn’t know.  All I knew was that this was going to be the result with every human being I touched – for eternity, if Lukios had not lied.

“Oh God, oh please… make it stop,” I whispered once or twice or a hundred times.

My heart constricted so tightly it was excruciating; my breath came in ragged gasps.  Then I leaned forward over the man I’d just murdered, the human being whose very life I’d experienced the greatest pleasure I’d ever known to feed on, and I vomited up the blood I’d not long ago drunk with no qualms.  The blood that had tasted so sweet in its promise of fulfilled desire.

“Make it stop!” I screamed, rising to my feet and lifting my arms to the sky in desperate supplication.  “God, my God, strike me down.  Kill me.  Please, kill me now!”

But no bolt of lightning struck me; no fiery death rained down from the sky.  God did not answer in voice or in action, just as He never had before this monstrous desire made me the killer I’d never believed I could be.

I fell to my knees, vomiting again, and as I fell forward, my hand landed on the dagger I’d just taken a life with – an innocent, beautiful life that I had known so intimately it might have been my own.

Screams were torn from me again, but this time there were no words – just terrible sounds that could not convey the horror which provoked them – and I raised the dagger above my head then slammed it down, driving it through my wrist so forcefully, it pierced my arm completely and pinned it to the ground beneath it.

I pulled it back out and, watching the blood gush from it, I wondered dazedly if I’d have enough strength to do with my right hand what I’d just done with my left.

But then someone was rocking me as I’d rocked the young troubadour’s body, clamping my bleeding wrist in his hand.  And as a blessed darkness descended, I heard a soft sob that sounded like “I’m sorry.”

Pro Luce Habere Volume I is also available in paperback.  Volume II and the combined edition coming soon in print format.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Two Days, Two Fantastic Books: Darkspell and Lonely Hearts Book Launches

Today and tomorrow, November 1 and November 2, visit Novel Launch for the chance to win copies of two fantastic new releases from TreasureLine Publishing: Darkspell by Elizabeth Mueller and Lonely Hearts by Amanda Stephan.

Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary ... until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold. As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter's protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own. Will love prove thicker than magic? Included in this volume are author-created illustrations that bestselling author Ellen C. Maze calls a mind blowing treat. Darkspell is classified as a Young Adult Paranormal Romance that will appeal beyond the genre.




One lonely mother. Two matchmaking kids. Three eligible bachelors, and some very yummy apple pie!
When widow Becky Callis moves to a new town, her intentions were to start over in a place where she's not reminded of her dead husband. Her kids, however, take it as a chance to help her start over romantically. They soon realize it's easier to find someone to like their mother than it is to figure out which man is best for her.
To the delight of both kids, young and handsome cowboy Scott Boone makes his interest plain and starts courting Becky almost immediately. 
But Jack Anderson and Becky have been friends since childhood. When they're reunited years after their lives have taken very different paths, this lonely preacher begins to wonder if God has brought her back into his life for a reason. 
Pearce Morgan is a single parent raising his young daughter. Divorced and disillusioned, an unlikely friendship arises between him and Becky when his shy daughter decides she loves Becky and her kids.
Lonely Hearts, is a heartwarming story of second chances and choices, and includes an exclusive apple pie recipe!


Visit Novel Launch for more information on these great new releases and for other special offers and giveaways.  And stay tuned for more awesome holiday giveaways coming soon from TreasureLine Publishing!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dark Horse (Jim Knighthorse Series #1) by J.R. Rain


5 *****

Reviewed on October 17, 2011

Former college football star and present private investigator, Jim Knighthorse, is hired to find evidence that will prove the innocence of Derrick Booker, a black student at a well-off Orange County high school who has been arrested for killing his white girlfriend. Convinced, along with several others, that Derrick has been framed, Knighthorse soon has a roster of suspects to investigate, from the girl’s abusive father to a band director with a penchant for seducing his female students, all while dealing with his own complicated life situations – a wish to return to football as a pro player, a cold, absent father whose approval he may or may not need, new evidence pertaining to the long-ago murder of his mother, a hitman trying to “persuade” him to drop the case, and an unusual friendship with a homeless man (or is he?) at the local McDonald’s.

To say this novel was a delightful surprise would be an understatement. I honestly loved this book and it is definitely at the top of my new favorite reads. I picked it up because I like crime fiction and mystery/suspense, figuring it would be, well, just that – a murder mystery. Instead, here’s this incredibly unique story with laugh-out-loud funny lines, an unbelievably likeable narrator and a subtle touch of philosophical spirituality.

Jim Knighthorse’s almost over-the top self-confidence in his looks and talent could have, seemingly, made for a vain and annoying character, yet instead he manages to bring this across as an almost self-parodying charm. Except that it isn’t parody because, though he really does appear to think quite highly of himself, he does so with such panache and with such a compassionate and insightful evaluation of those around him, it’s impossible not to like him – not just despite his over-confidence, but somehow even in it. The lines he comes up with, both about himself and others, are often so hilarious because they’re delivered with sincerity and leave the reader feeling that they’re simply true, no argument. This would have been enough to have had me enjoy the novel, but there were so many other things I loved about it just as much. The dialogue and story are smooth and realistic with great plotting, the character development of all the main players is perfect and, though he doesn’t veer from the main crime story at hand, author J.R. Rain does a fantastic job of introducing another mystery in Knighthorse’s life, the unsolved murder of his mother. Last, but definitely not least, the addition of the narrator’s sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating circular conversations with a homeless man who may well be God make for an even more fascinating read. This aspect of the novel gives the story even more depth as Jim deals with his own personal demons – his conflict over his purpose in life, his pain over the loss of his mother, the drinking that eases his pain, physical and emotional, and his struggle to do the right thing, something at which he sometimes succeeds and sometimes doesn’t, just like every other human being.

A great narrative voice, a fast-paced and fun mystery/suspense with real-life characters and some serious reflection that subtly adds to its overall effect, I highly recommended this novel and eagerly look forward to reading the next book in this series, as well as Mr. Rain’s other novels.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pro Luce Habere Book Review, Guest Post and Giveaway at Kim's Bookish Place

Hey paranormal and spec fiction fans,

Be sure to drop over at Kim's Bookish Place for a great new review of Pro Luce Habere Volume I, the just-published second book in the On the Soul Series.  And don't forget to revisit on Wednesday for a special guest post by vampire Valéry himself and a book giveaway offering the opportunity to win one or both books in the series so far.

My great appreciation to Kim for the wonderful review, for inviting Valéry to share on her blog and for the book giveaway!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Darkspell Launch Spookfesta

Join author Elizabeth Mueller all month for a cool countdown to the launch of her fantastic YA paranormal Darkspell on October 31, 2011. With sneak peeks at chapters and illustrations and fun contests, this is a Halloween countdown launch you won't want to miss!

Click on the book cover above or go to:

to take part in some spooky fun!


Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary... until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter's protector against the darkness that hunts her.  Violently thrust in a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Will love prove thicker than magick?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honor by Jaimey Grant

5 *****

Reviewed on September 21, 2011

Before Jaimey Grant’s Honor, I had never read a modern Regency romance and, save for a few classic authors such as Jane Austen, I’ve never been a big romance novel reader at all. So I was beyond pleasantly surprised by just how much I loved this beautiful story and to find I absolutely could not put it down until I read the last word.

The novel opens with Lady Verena Westbridge fleeing her home so as to escape being forced into marriage. At first it seems that, perhaps, she is simply a strong-willed woman who disdains the customs of her day, but as her story unfolds, it becomes clear that her desire not to marry has a much more tragic foundation than only that of wishing to avoid a relationship with the loutish noble her father has chosen for her. Hiding her true identity and working as a housemaid, she is rescued from the unwanted attentions of one of the homeowner’s guests by Lord Connor Northwicke, who befriends Verena despite her efforts to dissuade him. When the truth of her station is discovered, however, Verena is forced to accept Connor’s offer of marriage to save her from her father’s terrible choice of husbands. It is only then, as she struggles with her new role of wife, that an understanding of her fears of marriage are brought to light, Connor’s patient attempt to earn her trust allowing her to slowly reveal the abuses she’s endured in her past.

The depth and sensitivity with which the author portrays the horrific pain and humiliation Verena has suffered and the realistic depiction of her heartrending journey toward healing are exceptional, as is her portrait of both Connor’s gentle patience and terrible frustration as he tries to help Verena overcome her fears. This story offers the best and truest type of romance, for me, as Connor’s desire for Verena is born of real love, not simply physical attraction. Despite his natural human passions, his respect for Verena as a person and his longing to be with the woman he loves for everything he sees in her, gives Connor the strength of will to help her heal so she might know love in its fullness as well. Although the romance is not steamy in the sense of being graphic, there is definitely no lack of passion in this story, and both Connor’s frustrated desires and Verena’s conflicted feelings are extremely palpable and very moving.

A beautifully-written and well-crafted story, I highly recommend this novel to any reader looking for an amazing historical romance which shows why there is no true love without honor for the beloved. I eagerly look forward to reading more works by this talented author.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable

5 *****

Reviewed on September 18, 2011

Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable is a terrifyingly realistic suspense story that could be ripped from the headlines, but it’s also a beautiful life-affirming novel that offers so much more.

Jenny Callahan, a devout Catholic mom overjoyed by the imminent birth of her sixth child after three heartbreaking miscarriages, stands on the bus stop with her young son, waiting for her daughters’ return from school. When she’s approached by a woman offering to share some maternity and baby clothes, she accepts, with no idea of the terrible ordeal she and her family are about to face.

Flawlessly transitioning between Jenny enduring her captivity at the hands of the disturbed woman who means to steal her unborn child and her distraught family trying to hold to their hope she will be rescued, author Ellen Gable offers another amazing portrait of the power and gift of faith in the most horrific of circumstances.

As is the case in all of her novels, in Stealing Jenny the author again excels at smoothly weaving the Catholic understanding of marriage and family – the sanctity of life and the precious gift of children and the sexual relationship – into a moving story of real people facing real world challenges and traumas. The characters of Jenny, her husband, Tom, and their children, as well as those of the unbalanced kidnapper, Denise, and the police officers who search for Jenny, are developed wonderfully. Through the family’s present suffering and glimpses of both the joys and sorrows Jenny and Tom have experienced throughout their relationship, the reader descends into this nightmare with them, but is also lifted up by the Callahan family’s faith and hope in God and by the strength He imparts in the very love which unites them.

Another powerful novel from a favorite author that I highly recommend to all suspense readers, especially those who appreciate not only exceptional storytelling, but the depth and meaning in a novel whose creativity is so perfectly intertwined with its spirituality.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman


5 *****

Reviewed on September 13, 2011

Karin Kaufman’s suspenseful mystery, The Witch Tree, is, hands down, one of my favorite novels this year for a host of reasons, not the least of these being the outstanding writing.

The story opens with genealogist Anna Denning finding the body of one of her clients, to whose home she has gone in order to deliver a copy of her family tree. It’s apparent the woman has been murdered, and when the victim’s husband finds Anna in his house, he is convinced she’s the perpetrator of the crime. From there, the tension mounts, as Anna discovers that it was not the victim who requested her own family tree, but the owner of a new age occult store called ‘What Ye Will.’ The danger grows more deadly still when Anna’s research into why this self-proclaimed witch secretly employed her services makes her the woman’s number one enemy.

Author Karin Kaufman has crafted a fascinating mystery-suspense around the modern phenomenon of neo-paganism in The Witch Tree, her well-researched story dispelling some common myths about the “historical” roots of Wicca and its relationship to true witchcraft. However, though this theme is an essential aspect of the story, it is not the only one, and the author leaves it to the reader to make his or her own decision on the validity of neo-pagan claims. Just as vital to the story are the universal themes of love and loss and the human tendency to seek escape from a painful past – which can lead to the search for new gods or to an injured faith in the personal love of the more traditional one. All of the well-drawn characters in this novel are real people – from protagonist Anna Denning, still struggling with the grief of losing her husband only a few years into their marriage to the embittered antagonist who searches for self-identity in all the wrong places. This isn’t a book filled with good and evil stereotypes, but with human beings making choices as they struggle with very real challenges in life. The novel’s spirituality is a subtle one – there for those who believe a story lacks without it, as a person’s worldview is fundamental to his or her character, but not thrust on those who are only looking for an exciting mystery. For this reason, I found The Witch Tree to be simply a marvelously-written story that offered all the things I like best in a novel – tightly-woven plot, believable and sympathetic characters, terrific suspense and beautiful writing. I eagerly look forward to reading more works by this talented author.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Damascus Road by Ellen C. Maze

5 *****

With Damascus Road, author Ellen C. Maze continues her fascinating Corescu Chronicles, and in this fantastic sequel to The Judging, readers are not only plunged into darker twists and turns, but into some profound and thought-provoking spiritual questions as well.

Mark Corescu, horrified by how he has used the excuse of judging the wicked acts of sinners to justify satisfying his bloodlust, has fled to a remote location in Europe to protect humanity, leaving newly-made vampire, Paul Black, without his mentor. For this, Paul blames Tony Agricola, and his revenge on this man of God who helped open Mark’s eyes is a most terrible one. Despite his repulsion and Paul’s constant torment, Tony succeeds in convincing Paul to feed his bloodlust on only him and preacher Big John Jenkins, who reluctantly agrees in order to keep others safe and for reasons of his own. But Paul and Mark have left a trail of bodies that have set two detectives on a mission to solve the mysterious case and, finally, Tony and Paul are forced to flee to Germany in search of Mark, with the abandoned woman who loves him, Hope Brannen, hot on their heels. But will finding the ancient vampire really lead to the answers they each seek?

Damascus Road is another amazing story by Ellen Maze that doesn’t just offer non-stop suspense and fascinating characters, but also provides an extremely unique way to look at human spiritual dilemmas. I loved the development of the characters Tony and Paul in this sequel. It’s possible to sympathize with the two in both their strengths and their weaknesses and their complex relationship is absolutely spellbinding. Even when Paul’s cruelty and constant sarcastic barbs and Tony’s often too patient suffering soul make the reader want to shake them, it’s still impossible not to feel for them and see them as simply human – fallible and redeemable, both. The questions their story poses about selfishness and self-sacrifice, temptation and faith offer great depth, raising a suspenseful paranormal horror story to a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, as do the challenges and struggles of new characters, Big John Jenkins and the pursuing detectives.

Another excellent work by an author who has become one of my favorites for her incredibly imaginative and well-written stories that don’t just entertain, but give me so much to think about. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Corescu Chronicles. If you haven’t read any of her two series or short stories yet, don’t miss out!

Friday, September 2, 2011

ECFL Blog Tour Last Stop: Nike Chillemi

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, they say, and today is the final date in the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Tour.  The tour finishes on a great note, though - a visit with author and Grace Awards founder, Nike Chillemi, at:

Nike's four featured books are the exciting crime fiction and thriller novels:

BURNING HEARTS (Sanctuary Point Series), Revenge, K-I-L-L FM 100 and The Clouds Roll Away (Raleigh Harmon Series).

I hope everyone found some great summer reads on the tour.  If you haven't had a chance to check out all the stops on the tour, summer doesn't officially end until September 21, so be sure to visit:

for the entire list of authors, books and blog links.

Thank you so much to Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers for letting me participate.  My TBR list is full of fantastic new reads!

A happy holiday weekend to all!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Real Vampires Don't Whine Myth

…holds up about as well as the real men don’t eat quiche myth, I’d imagine.

The thing is this:  Unless the vampire in question is an alien species or a “born” vampire (from another planet or something like a surviving Neanderthal with fangs, I’d guess; but I assure you, we are neither), the dreaded creature is, for all intents and purposes, human.  Or that is to say, he was a human being who was altered in some fashion by being bequeathed bodily immortality and sharp teeth.  We’ll leave aside the argument of whether he is still human after this change, but for the little mention of a couple other animals who go through a rather profound metamorphosis, yet remain the same creature in essence – namely, the caterpillar and the tadpole.  Without putting too fine a point on it, for those not ready to change their stance on what makes a being what it fundamentally is and on when in its stage of development it “becomes” that being – these two creatures seem rather definitive proof that one is what one is from the moment of conception and despite any and all change to the body.  Feel free to argue a caterpillar isn’t alive until it becomes a butterfly or a tadpole alive until it becomes a frog – I’m all for spirited debate – but I daresay there’s no logical way to win that argument and it would merely be a distraction from the main dispute on the table.

Therefore, sneaky vampiric pontificating aside, the point here is:  it would seem that if a vampire starts out human, then he’s fundamentally always human, whatever changes his body may have sustained through his receiving of earthly immortality.  As such, he would be as likely to whine as any other human being.  (Whining being understood by those employing the word to mean any expression of unhappiness, dissatisfaction or upset with one’s present state.)  Now, human beings, I’m sure you’d agree, are pretty darn good whiners in general, and it might be argued that a vampire has more excuse to voice grief with his state of affairs than the average human.  Unless he checked his conscience at the door or started off a very dark-souled human indeed, isn’t it doubtful that he’d accept he now must kill and feed on his fellow man with the ease and even joy some writers like to propose?  And if he was made a vampire against his will to boot, as is so often the case in both fiction and folklore, all the more reason to be a bit disturbed, even perhaps outright horrified, about this new blood-soaked and murderous existence, wouldn’t you agree?

So, some recent suggestions by authors and readers alike that “real” vampires ought not to be whiny, emotional types, but should instead be returned to the personification-of-evil, revel-in-one’s-wickedness and celebrate-one’s-new-parasitical-status creature of old, puts more than a few “hey, wait a minute’s” on this vampire’s bloody lips.

First off, if you think that Dracula and his ilk are the “true” vampire of old, you’ve missed out on about four thousand or so years of creature of the night lore previous to the Count’s debut in 1897.  There are a near countless host of descriptions of vampire-like creatures prior to this royal bloodsucker’s fictional tale and they are not all painted as the epitome of evil.  In fact, some are much more tormented revenant than bloodthirsty undead beast.  Secondly, Dracula was not such a nice guy during his mortal lifetime.  His story was based on the infamously cruel Vlad the Impaler, whose name, I think, pretty much says it all.  As such, it seems fair to assume he went into immortality with quite the bloodlust and lack of conscience, both; so that he reveled in his new murderous lifestyle could be consider not a very far leap for him across the morality spectrum.

What’s most troubling to this vampire, however, is the philosophy which seems to lurk behind recent proclamations that real vampires should be evil and, furthermore, that they ought to celebrate this license to kill (and as much recent fiction also suggests, this license to have sex free of responsibility and consequence with as many people as possible as often as possible – for, after all, if you’re going to enjoy treating people as a resource, you might as well use them in every way that floats your boat).

First, the concept that the “best” vampire is the horrific, undead monster variety seems to indicate a tendency enlightened man has sworn he wishes to see put to rest.  That is, the tendency to designate another more evil, so as to avoid seeing any wrong within oneself.  This can range anywhere from “I’m not really an alcoholic because that guy drinks so much he can’t hold a job” and “I’m not really a liar, because that guy never tells the truth, while I just fib a little” to painting certain persons or groups as wicked enemies, somehow less human than oneself.  Creating a conscienceless, soulless vampire who revels in his monstrosity to function in this regard is a great way to see the monster without instead of the one within but, I fear, it’s not a great sign of enlightenment – man’s been pulling that one out of his sleeve for all of blood-drenched human history.

Just as worrisome, though, is the sentiment that a vampire who “whines” (as in expresses any qualms about his actions) is somehow more annoying and offensive to modern sensibilities than a vampire who enjoys killing and loves his perceived newfound status of living outside any moral code whatsoever.  That a conscience and a voicing of pain caused by the same are now seen by some as more negative qualities than leeching off one’s fellow man both physically and emotionally and equating said behavior with simply embracing one’s lifestyle is, I admit, a bit of a frightening idea to this frightful creature of the night.

Not that I’m one to preach, all things considered.  Just some food for thought from one who knows human beings better than you’d think – and in more ways than one.

ECFL Blog Tour Stops 24 & 25: Shawna Williams and Lisa Lickel

There are two more great stops on the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Tour this week.  I missed posting on Monday, August 29 due to Hurricane Irene, but be sure to visit with author Shawna Williams at:

Shawna's four featured books are the Christian speculative and historical fiction novels:

Future Savior Book I: Conception, Future Savior Book II: Resurrection, No Other and In All Things.

And the second visit is with author Lisa Lickel at:

Lisa's four featured books are the wonderful historical novels:

Wounded Spirits (2010 Grace Awards Winner), Yesterday's Tomorrow, Undercurrent and Meander Scar (2010 Grace Awards Winner).

Check out these fantastic books and continue following the tour at:

My thoughts and prayers with everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Irene.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ECFL Blog Tour Stop 23: Teric Darken

It's time for the next stop on the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Blog Tour and today's visit is with author Teric Darken at:

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Teric's four featured books include two of his own fantastic thriller novels, Wickflicker and K-I-L-L FM 100: Music to Die For, Kevin Maze's eerie, WISP: A Small Town Nightmare, and Teric was also kind enough to choose my debut novel, On the Soul of a Vampire.  (Thank you, Teric!)  As I've also been fortunate enough to read all of these unique novels and they're some of my favorites, I can second the recommendation that they make fabulous summer reads!

Check out Teric's great reviews of these exciting books and continue following the tour at:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ECFL Blog Tour Stop 22: Lynn Dove

It's August 24 and time for the next stop on the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Tour.  Today's visit is with author Lynn Dove at:

Lynn's four featured books are a great mix of Biblical romance, fantasy-adventure romance and YA, including:

Love Amid the Ashes, The Only One He Couldn't Have: Covenant of the Rose Saga, Shoot the Wounded and its sequel, Heal the Wounded.

Check out these great reads and continue following the tour at:

Monday, August 22, 2011

ECFL Blog Tour Stop 21: Dora Hiers

It's time for the next stop on the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Tour and today's visit is with author Dora Hiers at:

Dora's four featured books are the exciting romantic thrillers:

Purple Knot, A Killer Among Us, Marked for Murder and Journey's End.

Check out these fantastic reads and keep updated on the tour at:

Friday, August 19, 2011

ECFL Blog Tour Stop 20: Christine Lindsay

It's time for the next stop on the 2011 Hot Summer Reads with Edge Tour and today's visit is with author Christine Lindsay at:

Christine's four featured books are a fantastic mix of historical romance, mystery and sci/fi, including:

Dance of the Dandelion, A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare, Seasons in the Mist and Shadowed in Silk.

Check out these great reads and continue following the tour at: