Wednesday, November 14, 2012


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Captive Heart by Dale Cramer.



I'm a big fan of Dale Cramer's writing and this book does not disappoint. With characters that will capture your heart immediately and a setting that is so real you can smell it, it's a book you won't easily put down and one you will be sorry to see end.


The second in the series, the story revolves around Miriam Bender, the eldest of Caleb Bender's daughters. She is a dutiful daughter, one devoted to her family and to her "Gott." But she is also a woman torn by that devotion and her feelings for Domingo, a native of her new home country, Mexico. Miriam knows her attraction to Domingo can only lead to heartache so she tries to be the good Amish daughter and accepts the courtship of Micah, the only Amishman available.

But the stresses and horrors of life in this new country interfere time and again in the idyllic life of this small Amish community. Caleb Bender's family is caught in the middle of raging disease and rampaging bandits and the events work to change them all.

Don't miss this one. It's a keeper.

Read a Sample Chapter 

Dale Cramer's Website

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


 
DawnSinger
By Janalyn Voigt

Your book reveals a variety of issues to do with freedom. One is the sacrifice of freedom. Can you think of an example from your own life of a time when you had to put something you loved aside for the greater good, so others could experience a greater freedom?

In our world today we tend to focus on rights rather than responsibilities. And yet, living a life of honor sometimes requires sacrificing what we want for the greater good. It’s almost a foreign concept in our world today but on a gut level, we still understand nobility. Shae’s struggle to accept her calling mirrors the decision each believer makes. Freedom is never truly free, especially when we win it for others.

On a personal level, I had to surrender my ideas about my writing and even my desire to live a normal life in order to write DawnSinger. In many ways, Shae’s journey is my own.
DawnSinger adeptly addresses the issue of prejudice. What example from your own life caused you to have these enlightened insights?

My father was a half-breed Native American who was orphaned and on his own at fourteen. Besides the dislike of prejudice he gave me through the stories he told about his life (and sometimes what he didn’t say), I’ve always had an innate sense of fairness. I seem to have inherited my father’s mantle.

Prejudice stands in the way of unity. What other issues keep us from living in unity, and how can addressing these issues expand the Kingdom of God? 

Prejudice comes in many forms, and it’s not always about skin color. We can become so focused on our will and our way within the Body of Christ that we limit what God can accomplish through us. Christ is the only door through which we can be saved. That is the unifying statement for all denominations. If we focus on that together, we can overcome a dark world with the light of unity.

Tell us about your calling to write and how your journey as a writer went in a different direction or detours than what you initially expected. 

My Tales of Faeraven series, of which DawnSinger is book one, began as a story to entertain my little girl during a drive. For the main character of my story, I twisted the name of her doll, Cinda, and came up with "Syl Marinda," a half-breed princess in a divided land.  Long after my daughter had forgotten that first story, the world of Elderland took shape in my mind. I could picture its trees, creatures, and landscapes. As time passed, the characters deepened and grew, and so did the struggles of the alliance of Faeraven, a group of kingdoms unified under a High Queen in Elderland. Through several attempts, I tried to record the story as it unfolded for me, but I kept backing up in time because much of the history in the story demanded to be told.  Syl Marinda doesn't even enter the scene until close to the end of WayFarer, book two in the series. She is the heroine of DawnKing, book three.

I had quite a story lodged in my mind, but I needed to grow as a writer before I could do it justice. I gleaned magazine credits, but I seemed unable to take the next step into becoming a published novelist. I needed to let go of my own vision of how my writing career would play out. It took my receiving a series of disappointments and turning away from writing for a number of years for me to do that. When I returned, I prayed about what I should write, and the answer popped into my head almost immediately: DawnSinger, the first novel of the series I'd abandoned all those years ago. Although I abandoned my writing dream, Tales of Faeraven and its people never left me. If anything they matured as I did, becoming more complex. I now knew them well.

A little over a year after I began writing DawnSinger, I signed a contract with a small press that later decided not to publish my book. That was devastating, but I saw God’s hand in it. I needed to see that I wouldn't turn away from writing ever again. I signed with Harbourlight just a few months later. I lost a contract for one novel but received a two-book contract and found an agent in a single day. Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary agreed to negotiate my contract and to represent me.

What word of encouragement can you give our listeners as they seek to live out their own purpose? How might they discover an even deeper sense of freedom as they operate in their strengths and giftedness?

Live the right dream. It's hard enough to do what you were called to in this life, let alone something you weren't. This is a soap-box passion of mine. So many of us never examine our lives. A person can be successful at the wrong thing because it doesn't matter so there's no fear of the risks. But that's not really living. When we step out of the comfort zone and risk what matters to us most, then our dreams can come true.  What that looks like for each of us is different, and that's the beauty of it.

You mention it’s often necessary to change your perspective to be ready to enjoy true freedom. Tell us about that. 

Inherent in human nature is the desire to matter. And yet, the approval of man is only what we think we need to fill a spiritual vacancy. Pleasing man is like eating honey. If we take a little, it brightens the eyes, but eating too much makes us sick. God’s approval never hurts us. Understanding these things opens our hearts to humility, which expresses itself in service.
One final issue to often get in the way of true freedom is our own fears. Can you share an example of how you’ve had to deal with your fears in order to enjoy a greater freedom?
When the lights went out in a Bible study I attended, I was forced to confront my lifelong fear of the dark. It didn’t leave me right away but took constant prayer and reliance on the Scriptures. Stepping up to become a published novelist has been a similar process. It sometimes feels like I’m on a tightrope, but I’ve learned to put one foot in front of the other and never look down. 

For our listeners who aren’t familiar with Christian fantasy or speculative fiction, please explain the genre and how it’s useful in communicating God’s truths to this generation.

Jesus told parables, stories that taught specific points. Similarly, allegorical Christian fantasy expresses spiritual truths with symbolism. Through books like those in the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series the publishing world has gained the attention of youth in particular through fantasy. And yet, some secular books in the fantasy genre present a warped idea of morality and of God. Christian fantasy and speculative fiction counters this with gospel truths.  

Janalyn Voigt’s epic fantasy trilogy, Tales of Faeraven, starting with DawnSinger, is published by Harbourlight Books. Janalyn also writes in the western romance genre. She is represented by Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary. Her nonfiction publication credits include Focus on the Family, Scripture Press (now David C. Cook) and Pentecostal Evangel. She serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA. Janalyn lives in a quiet corner of the Pacific Northwest, where she discovers worlds of adventure in the great outdoors.

CREATING WORLDS OF BEAUTY AND DANGER
Website: http://janalynvoigt.com
Creative Worlds: http://janalynvoigt.com/blog





Sunday, June 24, 2012

Interview with Lynn Dove, Christian author


Lynn Dove is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where she earned her Bachelor of Education degree in 1981, she has spent the last thirty years teaching children in the private and public school settings.  In 2007, she earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.   

Lynn’s blogs Journey Thoughtsand Word Salt have well over 10K in followers and readers.  Journey Thoughts won a 2011 Canadian Christian Writing Award (the equivalent of winning a Christy Award in Canada).  Lynn’s writing has also been showcased in a few compilation books the latest being in Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith featuring essays from Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer and Suzanne Woods Fisher just to name a few.  Lynn’s article “Cool Grandma” can be found on p. 56. 

How do you describe yourself, Lynn?
I am a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a teacher and a writer (in that order).  I wear so many different “hats” that I find prioritizing them tends to focus me better.  I have been married to my best friend, Charles for over 33 years and we have three wonderful children: daughter, Laurelle (husband, Matt) grandbaby, Jaxon, and we have two live-at-home teenagers, Brett and Carmen.   I have been a teacher most of my adult life, and I still substitute from time to time at the private Christian school my youngest daughter attends.  I love volunteering and working closely with the youth in our church.  I love to blog, camp and read.

Tell us a little bit about your “Wounded Trilogy”?
Shoot the Wounded, the first book of the Wounded Trilogy, is written for youth and young adults. It addresses how lies and gossip destroy a person's spirit and speaks to the heart of relevant themes such as bullying, teen pregnancy and family violence.  The story points the characters, and ultimately the reader, to hope in Jesus Christ.  STW was a finalist in the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

Heal the Wounded, is the sequel to STW and the second book of the Wounded Trilogy.  HTW won a Bronze Medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards in the Young Adult- Coming of Age category.  HTW delves even deeper into the real world of teenagers trying to live out their faith in the midst of upset and struggle.   Heal the Wounded, continues to follow the characters, Jake, Leigh, Mike (Jake's best friend), and Tim (Ronnie's brother) each of them dealing with the aftermath of their friend’s death in the first book. Jake is especially dealing with a variety of disappointments (“Job” experiences I call them) that cause him to question why God allows bad things to happen to good people. A new character is introduced into the story, Cassidy, a young cancer patient whose unquenchable spirit and faith impacts Jake, Leigh, Mike and Tim in a way that allows them all to experience God's grace and the power of His healing in each one of their lives.
Love the Wounded is the final and dramatic conclusion to the Wounded Trilogy series that has followed the lives of teenagers Jake, Leigh, Mike, Dylan and Tim as they come to terms with a series of tragedies and events that have made each of them question why God allows “bad things to happen to good people”.  Released May 30, 2012, the book has already received a five star review from Readers Favorite.     
My books deal with a variety of social issues: family violence, bullying, teen pregnancy, gossip and are listed as resources on the largest anti-bullying website in the world: www.bullying.org

 Why did you become a writer?
I know this is a cliché answer, but I have always wanted to write.  I have written poetry and short stories since I was in elementary school.  I was always writing.  In fact my biology teacher in high school signed my Gr. 12 year book: “To the only literary biologist I know”.  My teachers could always count on me to give a lengthy treatise on any subject.  I did not have aspirations to be a novelist.  My debut novel, Shoot the Wounded, actually started out as a short story but 100 pages later, I realized I couldn’t call it a “short story” any longer.  Then it sat for ten years taking up valuable computer memory space until one day as I was deleting files I came across the story again.  It was my husband who encouraged me to finish it and then get it published.

 Do you tend to base your characters on real people?
I have three children and because two of them are teenagers and I write novels for teenagers, I have been very purposeful not basing my characters on any one of them.  It would mortify them!  Instead I try to draw on my experience with working with teenagers in general as a high school teacher and as a youth leader, so I kind of create characters that have a smattering of many individuals I know personally all rolled up into one cohesive characterization.  My kids still say that they see themselves in the characters.  I suppose that’s to be expected, but I pray that when they recognize themselves they see the character as positively portrayed and not the otherwise.

 Do you have any new book or writing projects now that the Wounded Trilogy is done?
I am working on a more autobiographical account of my journey with breast cancer in 2001 called “Life Lived”.  I have a few projects I am working on, a devotional for one, as well as a few more articles set to be published in compilation book works.

 Do you have any advice for beginning writers (authors)?
I am asked this question a lot and my advice is always:  WRITE!  If you feel called by God to write, just write.  Decide in advance what your goals are for writing.  Is it for pure enjoyment that you write?  Is it something you do that is private or is it something you want to share?  Decide to whom you are writing.  Knowing your audience will also determine how you will write and what your focus will be when you write.  Also determine your “success” goals before you embark on the publishing journey.  Do you want to have a small, intimate audience or a world-wide audience?  That will help you set realistic expectations when it comes to selling and promoting your work. 

I had no idea when I embarked on this writing adventure that there would be so much work involved in promoting yourself and your work.  As a Christian we revere humbleness, however for you to be noticed in the industry and to get your books into the hands of readers, you have to create a “buzz” about your work.  It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of effort and purposeful networking.  I spend a lot of time building online relationships with hundreds of authors and industry professionals.  I read and review books and I have blogs that showcase new and “seasoned” authors.  I have learned so much for those who have been in the industry a long time, and I have been blessed with incredible mentors along the way.

 What is your favourite work of literary fiction? 
There are so many wonderful works of fiction it is tough to choose just one.  I love the classics but the book that inspired me to read (and then write) was Lucy Maude Montgomery’s, “Anne of Green Gables”.  I suppose being a Canadian; I gravitate naturally to Canadian authors and their work.

Who is your favourite contemporary author?
Again there are so many wonderful authors out there.  I am an eclectic reader, meaning that I read all genres of fiction so my favourite Christian author(s) are Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Suzanne Woods Fisher and Janette Oke.  

Who are your greatest encouragers?
I have a hugely supportive family, extended family and friends.  My biggest fan is my husband, Charles.  He has been the one who encouraged me to publish in the first place (and he had never even read the book at that time).  My church family hosts my book launches and prays for me on a regular basis.  They realize that this is a ministry for me, and they have bought my books and sent them all around the world!  I am more than blessed!

Lynn’s books are available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, on Lynn’s website.
Readers may also connect with Lynn on Twitter, Facebook,  on her blogs: “Journey Thoughts”, “Word Salt” and on her website: www.shootthewounded.org

Monday, June 04, 2012

Knowing by Tammy Hill




BUY KNOWING: A SERIES OF GIFTS TOMORROW (JUNE 5) AND ENTER TO WIN A KINDLE!!!

Launch Page:

Ember Matthews has a gift...
Sixteen-year-old Ember Matthews is tired of being the person everyone else wants her to be. Although she is nervous about moving to a small town and leaving behind the comforts of her old life, Ember welcomes the opportunity to escape the mistakes and pain of her past. Ember truly wants to change, but when faced with temptation and peer pressure from some new friends, she finds herself slipping into the same old patterns.  As she reconnects with God, Ember begins to realize that she is no ordinary teenager. She sees things that no one else sees, and knows things she has no business knowing.  Will Ember learn to use her God-given gift, or will the burden of her calling be too much for her to carry?

Readers Reviews:


“This book is well done on all fronts. I highly recommend it to the general audience, but especially for teens.” –Carol B.
“What a refreshing and insightful look into the life of one with such a special gift. This read will not disappoint.” –Michelle F.
“I couldn’t put it down!”-Heidi M.
“The book is terrific!”-Gina D.
“From the first words to the last, the story and characters had me spellbound!”-Leslie O.

Book Specs:

YA Christian Fiction
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Creation House; First edition (June 5, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1616389265
ISBN-13: 978-1616389260
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches


 Author Bio:


Tammy Hill is a homemaker with a love for reading, photography, and writing who grew up in the South. She and her husband were stationed throughout the U.S. and Germany with the Army. A few years ago, they decided to trade an ordinary, comfortable life for a full life in Christ. This book is just one of the many exciting results of that decision. They now live with three of their six youngest children and two poodles in the South of France.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Winners!

Winner! of my novel, One Smooth Stone is .... Deborah M.

Winners! of the Kindle are: Marnie Pohlman and Patricia Day

Congratulations! Your prizes will be on their way very soon. :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Today's the DAY!

Hi Folks. Thanks for dropping by my blog. 

Today is the Online Book Launch for A TUMBLED STONE. 

All you have to do is purchase either the hard copy or ebook on Amazon TODAY, then send me the purchase code by emailing vinemarc AT telus DOT net. 

Then I'll send you the link for the launch page where you can get all the freebies. 

Authors have donated free ebooks and we'll also do a draw for free hard copies so don't delay. Happy Day! Marcia

PS - scroll down to see the John 3:16 blog hop. This is the LAST DAY to leave a comment to win the first book, One Smooth Stone.


Monday, May 07, 2012



Welcome to the 1st John 3:16 Giveaway Blog Hop! As one of the members of this great network of Christian Authors, I am excited to participate in this event! We have come together this week to showcase our books and to give you, our readers, a chance to win some great prizes as you "hop" from blog to blog.

A different prize is offered at each blog site (no purchase necessary), however if you want to have a chance to win one of two Kindles the network is giving away, the only requirement is that you sign up for the John 3:16 ezine newsletter. (Located at the top right side column of the John 3:16 blog site.) (See official rules here.)

At the other blogs, each author will require that you leave a comment (and a valid email address) so they may contact you if you win a prize offered on their blog site. May I also suggest that you show your love and appreciation to each blog host by either following them on Twitter, or "liking" them on Facebook or even subscribing to their blog. It won't help your odds of winning a prize but I know each author would be thrilled and very encouraged!

I'm giving away a copy of my award-winning novel, One Smooth Stone. Just leave a comment on this post along with contact info. and I'll enter your name in the draw. The winner will be announced here on May 15th. Please also take a moment to LIKE my page on FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/marcialeelaycock  Thanks!

So tell your friends about the John 3:16 Giveaway Blog Hop! It's going to be a great week of fun! Just click on the links below to go from blog to blog! Happy hoppin'! Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Lorilyn Roberts (John 3:16 Network Blog)http://john316mn.blogspot.com/
  2. Lynn DoveWord Salt (Host blog) - http://wordsalt.wordpress.com/
  3. Laura J. Davis - http://interviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/
  4. Paulette Harper - http://www.pauletteharperjohnson.blogspot.com/
  5. Carol A. Brown - http://connectwithcarolbrown.blogspot.com/
  6. April Gardner - http://www.aprilwgardner.com/
  7. Sue Russellhttp://www.suerussellsblog.blogspot.com/
  8. Thomas Blubaugh - http://tomblubaugh.net/
  9. Susan F. Crafthttp://historicalfictionalightintime.blogspot.com/
  10. Heather Bixlerhttp://heatherbixler.com/
  11. Joy Hannabasshttp://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/
  12. Deborah Bateman - http://www.DeborahHBateman.com
  13. Kimberley Payne - http://www.fitforfaith.blogspot.com/
  14. Rose McCauleyhttp://www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com
  15. Lisa Lickel - http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/
  16. Alice J. Wisler - http://www.alicewisler.blogspot.com/
  17. Amanda Stephan - http://www.thepriceoftrust.com/
  18. Saundra Daltonhttp://gracetolivefree.blogspot.com/
  19. Tracy Krauss - http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com/
  20. Ashley Wintters - http://ashleyschristianbookreviews.blogspot.com/
  21. Deborah McCarragher - http://www.godmissionpossible.blogspot.com/
  22. Lorilyn Roberts - http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com/
  23. Anita Estes - http://anita-thoughtsonchristianity.blogspot.com/
  24. Martin Rothhttp://www.military-orders.com
  25. Janet Perez Eckles - http://www.janetperezeckles.com/blog
  26. Kenneth Wintershttp://www.lostcrownofcolonnade.com/
  27. Eddie Snipeshttp://www.eddiesnipes.com/
  28. Diane Tatum - http://tatumlight-tatumsthoughts4today.blogspot.com/
  29. Janalyn Voight - http://janalynvoigt.com/
  30. Alberta Sequeirahttp://www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com/
  31. Tammy Hill – http://tammyhillbooks.blogspot.com/p/blog-hop.html
  32. Marcia Laycockhttp://www.writer-lee.blogspot.com/
  33. Julie Saffrin - http://juliesaffrin.com/category/blog/
  34. Nike Chillemi - http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/
  35. Elaine Marie Cooper - http://wp.me/PVo1a-1vM
  36. Sidney W. Frost - http://christianbookmobile.blogspot.ca/2012/05/welcome-to-john-316-giveaway-blog-hop.html
  37. Jairus B. Kinghttp://ministerjking.blogspot.com
  38. Bill Burt - http://kotbooks.blogspot.com/
  39. Kathy Eberly - http://authorkathyeberly.blogspot.com/
  40. Bob Saffrin - http://bobsaffrin.com/
  41. Theresa Franklin - http://theresa-lifesjourney.blogspot.com/
  42. Ray Lincoln - http://blog.raywlincoln.com/
  43. Lilly Maytree - http://www.lillymaytree.blogspot.com/
  44. Valerie King - http://www.valeriekingbooks.com
  45. Yvonne Pat Wrighthttp://www.spicetoeternity.co.uk/1/post/2012/05/come-blog-hopping-with-john-316-marketing-network-members-for-gifts-and-prizes.html
  46. Pauline Creeden - http://fatfreefaith.blogspot.com/
  47. Katherine Harms - http://livingontilt.wordpress.com
  48. Brenda Wood - http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com/
  49. Deborah Malone - http://deborahsbutterflyjourney.blogspot.com/
  50. Melissa Mainhttp://www.mainwriters.com/
  51. Kevin Main - http://mainchristianbooks.com/
  52. Sandy Humphrey - http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/
  53. Felice Gerwitz - http://www.writingandpublishingblog.com/
  54. Hallee Bridgeman - http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee
  55. Lisa Mills - http://www.authorlisamills.com/blog/

Sunday, April 01, 2012

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Great Article on Self Promotion

If you are a writer who has to promote yourself and your books, read this -
http://tinyurl.com/7dpc782

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Hop Coming Soon

Only one month to go until the John 3:16 Giveaway Blog Hop –

May 7th – 14th!

Join over fifty authors and bloggers who will be offering great books and other prizes on their blogs during that week. As a reader, you just “hop” from blog to blog and sign up to win some great prizes at each blog.

But wait…you also have a chance of winning one of two Kindles!

How’s that for fun?

Tell all your friends and join us May 7th – 14th for the

John 3:16 Marketing Network Giveaway Blog Hop!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer

Tight writing, skill with creating tension and suspense and the ring of reality makes this book a winner. Singer has done it again as he weaves a plot of intrigue into a story that grips you from the first paragraph and keeps you going to the very end. The characters are believable and the author makes you care about them. Don't miss this one!


The Last Plea Bargain
380 pages, $13.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3321-2

The Last Plea Bargain
Randy Singer Returns with Thriller Loosely Based on Real Case
(Carol Stream, IL)—In 2002, Donna Somerville was indicted for first-degree murder of her husband, Hamilton Somerville, Jr., in Virginia. 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 multi-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, in 2010, she was found legally responsible for her husband’s death in the civil case.

Attorney and best-selling author Randy Singer represented Hamilton Somerville’s daughters in the civil case, and in his latest legal thriller, The Last Plea Bargain (Tyndale House/March 2012), Singer loosely draws on the case as he looks at revenge, mercy, and the question of where the God of justice is when tragedy strikes. He also explores what would happen to the prison population—and the legal system overall—if plea bargaining was no longer an option.

Prosecutor Jamie Brock, first introduced in Singer’s book False Witness, is known in the legal world for her refusal to plea bargain with criminals, no matter the stakes. But despite her legal toughness, Brock is fighting her own demons as she awaits the execution of Antoine Marshall, who sits on death row convicted of murdering Brock’s mother and wounding her father. Marshall claims to have experienced a religious conversion while in jail but still holds fast to his claims of innocence.

Brock’s nemsis, powerful defense attorney Caleb Tate, represented Marshall in his intial trial, but now faces his own challenges as he’s indicted for the murder of his wife, Rikki, for allegedly poisoning her with a lethal cocktail of drugs. Tate maintains his innocence, claiming that Rikki, a former Las Vegas show girl, was an addict, and even takes an on-air lie detector test.

Brock leads the fight against Tate for the prosecution, wanting nothing more than to nail him on the charges. But things get crazy when Tate allegedly comes up with a way to logjam the system by convincing criminals not to plea bargain, overwhelming prosecutors and styming their ability to work effectively. Fueled even more by a desire for justice, Brock pushes on in her fight against Tate. But what she doesn’t realize is that things aren’t always what they seem and people aren’t always who they claim to be.

Randy Singer is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He 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. He has authored ten legal thrillers, including the 2003 Christy Award-winning Directed Verdict, Irreparable Harm, Dying Declaration, Self Incrimination, The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney, False Witness, By Reason of Insanity (2009 Christy Nominee), The Justice Game (CBA Bestseller), and Fatal Convictions as well as the novella, The Judge Who Stole Christmas. He has also authored or co-authored three nonfiction titles. Randy runs his own law practice and was recently named to Virginia Business magazine’s select list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys. He also serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part pastor. He teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School Randy and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach and have two adult children. Visit his Web site at www.randysinger.net.
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What the Reviewers Say about Randy Singer

The Last Plea Bargain
Publishers Weekly
Veteran attorney Singer turns out another admirable legal thriller that will again draw comparisons to the inestimable John Grisham. . . . Singer skillfully loosens the strings and reweaves them into a tale that entertains, surprises, and challenges readers to rethink justice and mercy.

The Justice Game, CBA Best-Seller
Publishers Weekly
Christy-Award winning novelist and lawyer, Singer (Directed Verdict) lets the action sprint out of the gate with a murder in the first few pages. With murderer and victim dead, the moral issue of gun control takes center stage in the book, with a number of side dilemmas. … a book that will entertain readers and make them think—what more can one ask?

By Reason of Insanity, Christy Award Nominee
Publishers Weekly
Inspirational suspense novelist Singer (Directed Verdict) hooks readers from the opening courtroom scene of this tasty thriller, then spurs them through a fast trot across a storyline that just keeps delivering.

Booklist
At the center of the heart-pounding action are the moral dilemmas that have become Singer’s stock-in-trade. In addition to scrutinizing the insanity defense from an ethical point of view, Singer offers similar appraisals of the death penalty and vigilante justice. This is inspirational fiction, but it isn’t didactic or preachy, and it’s an exciting thriller all on its own.

False Witness
Publishers Weekly
In this gripping, obsessively readable legal thriller, Singer proves himself to be the Christian John Grisham. The three students … are especially well-developed. Indeed, readers may want to meet them again in a sequel.

Booklist *Starred Review*
Great suspense; gritty, believable action; and unnerving scenes of torture make this entry Singer's best yet.

Directed Verdict, Christy Award Winner
Publishers Weekly
There is plenty of room in evangelical Christian fiction for fresh voices, and debut novelist Singer is a promising one.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Play it Again by Tracy Krauss

Tracy Krauss, author of ‘edgy inspirational fiction’, is launching her book PLAY IT AGAIN on Feb. 21. You can help her achieve ‘best seller’ status by purchasing the book at amazon.com TODAY – and receive all kinds of cool free gifts while you’re at it!

Here’s how:

1. Go to the Landing Page on Tracy’s Website

2. Buy the book at amazon.

3. Go back to the Landing Page and fill in the form with your name, email and purchase number

It’s that easy! You’ll be directed to your free gifts and all you have to do is choose which ones you want.


About the book:

An unlikely duo meet in Play It Again, a story of love, life and faith. Sparks fly when an ex-rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music. Play It Again is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy’s debut novel And the Beat Goes On. Find out where Mark Graham’s journey began in this, the story of his parents.

What others are saying about PLAY IT AGAIN:

“This is one of the best contemporary novels I've read all year. . . Not only was it well-written, but it was edgy in that the story dared to be honest. . . I can see this touching a lot of people who have thought about God but have been afraid to move forward.”

- Michelle Sutton, author of more than a dozen inspirational novels

“This book is hot property, and grabs your interest from page one.”

- Yvonne Pat Wright, author of From Spice to Eternity

Author bio:

Tracy Krauss is a high school teacher by profession, and a prolific author, artist, playwright and director by choice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has gone on to teach Art, Drama and English – all the things she is passionate about. After raising four children, she and her husband now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests. Her first two books were both nominated for the ‘Indie Excellence Book Awards’ for religious fiction in 2011.



FREE STUFF:

Here’s just a sampling of the FREE e-gifts from generous supporters:

- An e-copy of Lisa Lickel’s award winning novel Meander Scar

- Sample chapters from The Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Cooper, Warring Spirits by April Gardner, and The Right Person by Stacy Padula

- Beautiful downloadable art cards by author and artist Brenda Hendricks

- A free subscription to ‘PixApple’

- You copy of Frazzled No More by Shelley Hitz

- A cool ‘Daily Scheduler’ developed by author Janalyn Voigt

- And much more!

All if you buy your copy of PLAY IT AGAIN at amazon.com on Feb. 21! All links will be operational on the ‘Landing Page’ at www.tracykrauss.com/

DISCLAIMER: This ‘Best Seller book launch’ has been coordinated with the help of the ‘John 3:16 Marketing Network’ and many other generous supporters. The free gifts are deliverable electronically over the internet or by email by individual authors and supporters. They are not in any way associated with, nor deliverable by, amazon.com