Friday, September 28, 2007

Eric Wilson news

In his latest newsletter, Eric Wilson gives us an update on his latest happenings:
  • TV INTERVIEW -- Click here to find a link to my solo interview with publicist Rebeca Seitz. We had a lot of fun chatting.
  • MOVIE UPDATE -- Expiration Date is still under development, by Fireside Entertainment, for the screen. A script is in the works, and the director is already looking at locations for shooting the film. I'll keep you posted.
  • FACING THE GIANTS -- I'm thrilled with the way this book came out. If you like it, please post a review on Amazon. Let others know what you think. It's the best form of advertising for a fiction writer. Your thoughts count!
  • INFUSE INTERVIEW -- In many ways, this was my most personally revealing interview yet. Read it for yourself.
  • CONTEST -- I'm still working on a good prize to be given to one of those who can email me the clue found woven through the pages of A Shred of Truth. I have twenty correct submissions to draw from. The door is open till the end of October. Don't delay.
Read our review of The Best of Evil here.
Read our review of Dark to Mortal Eyes here.
Read our interview with Eric here.

Jars of Clay lead singer rocks onto bestseller lists

(TRAVERSE CITY, MI) September 12, 2007 — Just one week after its release, Dan Haseltine’s The One, The Only, Magnificent Me is rocketing up the charts of the book world, debuting as the #1 children’s book on the Spring Arbor Bestseller List, and #9 for all Christian titles. Spring Arbor is the largest wholesaler of Christian books in the country. Outside of the Christian market, the book is already #2 for illustrated children’s books and #47 for all books on the Top 100 Bestseller List at Ingram Book Group, the largest book wholesaler in the United States.

The One, The Only, Magnificent Me
is written by Dan Haseltine, lead singer for multi-GRAMMY, multi-platinum band Jars of Clay and is illustrated by Joel Schoon Tanis, award-winning artist and Emmy-winning host of the children’s television show, Come On Over!

Magnificent Me
has already been called “Part Dr. Seuss, part Shel Silverstein” and has been getting glowing reviews from all over the country. Amy Sondova, editor of YMX & YMX:ALL ACCESS raved, “Haseltine’s skills as a songwriter may only be paralleled by his skills as a children’s author.” Other admirers have enthusiastically declared that the book “is at the top of my list for children’s books” and that “the illustrations are perfect, crescendoing with the brilliant rhyme and meter of the story.”

Haseltine, who acknowledged that the story was autobiographical, was thrilled at the immediate reception for Magnificent Me. “Joel and I worked very hard on it, putting so much energy and emotion into the book. The stores have been incredible and the teachers, parents, and children have been so supportive—it’s wonderful that they feel so strongly about it. It is very humbling to be compared to such iconic authors—they are heroes of mine.”

Tanis was equally thrilled. “I’m excited to go on tour starting next week and talk with the stores and share this story with them. The book is beautiful and I am so proud and happy that it can be making an impact on people’s lives—it is incredibly fulfilling.”

In addition to Haseltine’s touring throughout the country with Jars of Clay, Tanis is on a national television tour, painting live and doing finished paintings for charity.

The One, The Only, Magnificent Me
is available at all Target stores nationwide, as well as Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Christian and independent bookstores around the country. Please visit for further details.

The Wormling series by Jerry Jenkins & Chris Fabry

A new series by Jerry Jenkins & Chris Fabry for kids.

"Nothing special" is the best way to describe Owen Reeder--at least that’s what he’s been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father’s bookstore, Owen’s ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn’t even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Perfect for readers ages 10 to 14 who enjoy a fast-paced story packed with action, fantasy, and humor.

Book #1:
The Book of the King
Book #2: The Sword of the Wormling
Book #3: The Changeling

Read our interview with Jerry Jenkins here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Isle of Swords release party September 28th!

Isle of Swords Release Party
with author
Wayne Thomas Batson
Friday, September 28th, 7-9pm

Barnes & Noble

4300 Montgomery Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 203-9001

I'd like to personally invite you to come to the Isle of Swords Release Party. This should be a very exciting evening. I'll be there doing dramatic readings from Isle of Swords, as well as, a special sneak peek at something else coming in the not to distant future.

Pirate Costume Contests
Special Photo Op Sessions
Book Signing

Thomas Nelson Publishers will even be flying my publicist in to help with the event. Secretly, I think they want to know just what I do at these things. ;-) There may also be local press.

That said, the bigger the turnout, the better. I'd like to see that Barnes & Nobles store absolutely swamped with folks...and pirates. I'll be dressed in full pirate garb, including my new cutlass from See below:

Come if you can. I'd love to see you there!

Never alone.

Wayne Thomas Batson

Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser

Coming in January 2008.


Patti McCoy, a kitchen worker at a local resort, is accused of killing her boyfriend, Brett Lerner, the restaurant’s maitre d’. But was she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? It’s up to the jury to decide. Each member comes from a different background, but one in particular has a lot at stake by being on this jury. Her husband was actually the last person to see the victim alive. The circumstantial evidence against Patti, however, is piling up, and the jury--although torn--has no alternatives. Will the real murderer be discovered before it’s too late?

Back Cover Copy

Justice isn’t always blind.

Patti McCoy is on trial for killing her boyfriend, Brett Lerner, a maĆ®tre d’ at the restaurant where Patti worked. But was she simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

It’s up to the members of the jury to decide. Among the twelve, there’s Ken, a has-been golf pro; Abigail, a once-famous actress way past her prime; Bobby, a financially struggling family man; and Deidre, the socialite wife of a prominent doctor. All have prejudices that taint how they view justice. What they don’t know is that more than one life hangs on their decision. . . .

During the trial, Patti McCoy isn’t the only one who has to deal with innocence and guilt.

Or judgment.

Nancy Moser has this to say on her website:

It's an odd occurrence when characters don't behave themselves. In the writing of this book some characters behaved nicely, and others had the audacity to try to hide themselves-from me of all people! Little did they know how tenacious and stubborn I am, and that I would prevail. I did prevail, but it was often exhausting.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Brandt Dodson's next novel

Readers who devoured Brandt Dodson’s four Colton Parker Mysteries will eagerly welcome this new novel from the suspense writer fans are comparing to Robert Parker, author of the megaselling Spenser series.

This provocative novel centers on police officer Ron Ortega, a cop caught in the middle: His wife and new baby want him home. His superiors—and his own naked ambition—want him in Miami.

But when he infiltrates one of the city’s most vicious gangs, someone—or someones want him dead. And they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goal. In a test of his faith, he must decide if he will succumb to the challenges and the temptations that surround him or live the life he’s always proclaimed.

Or for that matter, whether he’ll live at all.

Read our interview with Brandt here.
Read our review of The Root of All Evil here.

New Virginia Smith series coming next spring

The Sister to Sister series, coming next spring from Revell, introduces a new series for author Virginia Smith (Just As I Am).


Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal--to get a date. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut.

Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, spiritual searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Help Matthew Paul Turner pick a book cover

The author of such books as Beatitude and Provocative Faith has a new title coming out -- Hokey Pokey. And Matthew wants your help in picking a cover.

Click here to go to his blog and give your thoughts. Then come on over here and tell us which one you picked!

Read our interview with Matthew Paul Turner here.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Try Dying by James Scott Bell trailer

Look for it this October!

Read our interview with Jim here.
Read our review of No Legal Grounds here.
Read our review of Presumed Guilty here.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Skizzer by A.J. Kiesling

With a title like Skizzer, this book is sure to make you look twice. But not only is its title intriguing, but the summary is too. Be looking for this novel sometime next spring. Published by Revell.


Claire Trowling is on a quest. After receiving news of her sister Becca's abrupt disappearance, Claire must piece together the shadowy remnants of a past she's long forgotten in order to find her. A cryptic note scrawled in Becca's handwriting leaves more questions than it answers: "Something both terrible and wonderful has happened. I can't explain now..." When a stack of mysterious letters bound by a rare necklace is found, Claire heads to England--the source of the heirloom--for answers. With the help of a rectory gardener she remembers from her childhood, Claire races to discover the secrets that hold her family captive. Suspenseful and full of intrigue, Skizzer takes readers on a transcontinental hunt for answers weaving seamlessly between the distant past of childhood and the urgency of the present.

Kill Me If You Can by Nicole Young

Hot on the heels of her debut novel Love Me If You Must, Nicole Young returns with a, er, "killer" of a title for her sophomore fiction offering: Kill Me If You Can. Coming in April 2008, this is Book #2 in the Patricia Amble mystery series.


Patricia Amble might be down, but she's not dead--yet. As if she didn't already have enough questions about her mother's suicide, Tish is forced to confront one more. She is renovating a northern Michigan log cabin, one in which she spent her childhood summers. But what she finds doesn't speak of carefree vacations in the woods: a torn photo of her mother with the words "don't ask why" written across her face. Combined with mysterious relatives and a backwoods drug ring, this 26-year-old mystery may be more than she can handle. Tish must put the pieces all together or risk losing everything--including her life. Book 2 in the Patricia Amble Mystery series, Kill Me If You Can is a suspense-packed story of family secrets, long-distance romance, and the renovation of the heart.

Read our review of Love Me If You Must here.