Friday, February 22, 2008

Farraday Road by Ace Collins

Coming in October from Zondervan is another intriguing thriller, this time by Ace Collins.

Summary:

A quiet evening out turns into a deadly chase that ends on a muddy mountain road. Murder in a small town, a local attorney and his beautiful—and wealthy—wife gunned down; it’s big news for this part of the country. But the killers didn’t expect one of their victims to live. After burying his wife, attorney Lije Evans is on a mission to find them—and to solve a mystery that has more twists and turns than an Ozark-mountain back road. As he sifts through clues and follows dead ends, Evans realizes he is still a target. Discovering evidence of a conspiracy that goes back generations, Evans comes closer to finding the reason his wife was killed, and why an innocent man is now scheduled to be executed on death row. There are dark secrets hiding in the hills around this quiet Ozark-mountain town. Evans must find the truth before another innocent person dies.

Forsaken by James David Jordan

An intriguing looking novel coming from B&H this October (what a great cover) by James David Jordan (Something That Lasts).

Summary:

When Simon Mason, the world’s best-known televangelist, receives threats from Muslim terrorists, he hires Taylor Pasbury, a beautiful former Secret Service agent, to take charge of his security. Taylor is thrilled to receive the high-profile assignment, but she has no idea that Simon already knows more about her than she could imagine.

When the terrorists strike, making a demand of the pastor that would shake the most steadfast saint, Taylor draws on all of her hard-knock toughness and training as she fights to save Simon and his daughter. Along the way, she discovers that she is not the only one who has done things she would like to forget—and she is not the only one who understands that some things are more important than living.


Here's a little more from James' website:

The book focuses on a spiritual dilemma that we parents can only hope we will never face: What if we had to choose between God and our own children? Forsaken is an unusual kind of love story wrapped in an action thriller. It is the first of a two-book series revolving around Taylor Pasbury, a beautiful but troubled former Secret Service agent hired by the world's most famous televangelist after he receives terrorist threats. The second book in the series will be published in the fall 2009.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tyndale signs G.P. Taylor

According to Christian Retailing, Tyndale has recently signed author G.P. Taylor "to a multiple book deal to publish 'The Dopple Ganger Chronicles,' a new series of 'illustronovellas' featuring manga-style graphics ... The series will feature at least six books, with the first book, The First Escape, scheduled for release this fall, Tyndale officials said."

The Hunted by Mike Dellosso

Coming in June from Realms is a novel by Mike Dellosso that could be compared to Frank Peretti's The Oath. We've had a chance to read an advance copy, and it's definitely worth waiting for! Great story.

Summary:

After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills to aid in the search effort. When Caleb is found, badly mauled and clinging to life, Joe embarks on a mission to find the beast responsible. But the more Joe delves into the fabric of his old hometown, the more he realizes Dark Hills has a dark secret, shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence. As Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life into God's hands.

Visit Mike's website here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley

From author T.L. Higley (Retrovirus, Marduk's Tablet, Fallen From Babylon) comes the first novel in her Seven Wonders of the World series. According to T.L.'s website each book will cover a different wonder. Book #1, Shadow of Colossus is set to release this summer from B&H.

Summary:

Like Colossus overshadowing the island's harbor, years of bondage on Rhodes have darkened Tessa's heart. A high-priced courtesan in 227 B.C., she's abandoned hope for liberty or love. But her wealthy owner's death offers her a chance for both---if she can conceal his absence! Will she find God's wholeness before the island's peace is shattered?

Beyond the Reflection's Edge by Bryan Davis

Coming in May 2008 from Zondervan is Bryan Davis' first novel outside of his Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire series. Sounds like an intriguing one!

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Nathan Shepherd has a great life traveling where the careers of his father, an investigator, and mother, a renowned violinist, take him … until his parents are found murdered. Left with only a mirror and notes from his father’s last case, Nathan goes into hiding at the remote country home of Tony, his father’s college buddy, and Tony’s teenage daughter, Kelly. The mysterious mirror must be a clue to what happened to his parents, and when images appear in it—people and things that don’t exist—Nathan and Kelly painstakingly gather evidence. But the killers want the mirror too, and danger threatens the teens at every turn. As it becomes evident that Nathan’s father had stumbled upon dark forces at work in the world, several questions arise. Could it be that the mirror is a portal to a parallel world? Could this technology be used for evil purposes? And could his parents still be alive, trapped in another dimension? Nathan and Kelly struggle to solve the mystery before they too become victims. This chilling, hair-raising adventure is jam-packed with action in a fantastical world where nothing is as it seems, and even mirrors tell lies.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren

Coming in July from Tyndale is Book #3 in the Noble Legacy series. Previously we read about Stefanie's brothers Nick and Rafe. Now she gets her own story:

Summary:

Stefanie Noble feels like "happily ever after" has passed her by---until three needy kids show up in town. Movie star Lincoln Cash has one last chance to start a new career---in Phillips, Montanta. When Lincoln accuses one of Stefanie's charges of arson, neither of them realizes that somebody is out to get them!

Read our review of Reclaiming Nick here.

Bella novelization by Lisa Samson

Coming in April from Thomas Nelson is the novelization of the movie Bella.

Summary:

Once a famous athlete, Jose now cooks at his brother's restaurant---and shuns the world. Waitress Nina is struggling to succeed---and discovers she's pregnant. When a simple act of kindness brings them together, Jose not only confronts his own past but shows Nina how the healing power of love can help her embrace the future.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett

An interesting looking novel coming out with Zondervan this June:

Meet Ryan Fisher. He’s young, energetic, and needs an edge in the real estate market. He’s found the perfect niche: Christians. His business doubles when he advertises in the Christian business directory, and he begins to think he could really cash in by planting a church. But when the church takes off, Ryan is in over his head.

Description:

Meet Ryan Fisher—a self-assured real estate agent who’s looking for an edge in the market. While watching a news special late one night, he sees evangelical Christians raise their hands in worship.

It’s like they’re begging for affordable but classy starter homes, Ryan thinks.

He discovers the Christian business directory and places an ad with the “Jesus fish.” His business doubles in a week.

But after visiting an actual church, Ryan realizes that with his business savvy, he could not only plant a church—he could create a church empire.

When he starts a church it quickly blossoms into one of the largest and most influential in the state. But Ryan must lead while trying to hide his struggling marriage and the fact that he’s not really a pastor—let alone a Christian.

The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher is a hilarious, spot-on, and often heartbreaking satire in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Perrotta, and Douglas Adams.

Rob Stennett is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, and film and theater director. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Julianna, and serves at New Life Church.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Shade by John B. Olson

Coming in September 2008 from B&H publishing is John B. Olsen's Shade. This book has been described as John's vampireless vampire novel!

Summary:

Graduate student Hailey Maniates is injured as she tries to escape a waking nightmare. The doctors diagnose her as having paranoid schizophrenia and urge her to forget about the hallucinations, but she can’t rest. Too many unsolved mysteries surround the attacks. First and most perplexing is the giant homeless man who rescued her. He seemed convinced that some kind of Gypsy vampire is pursuing both of them. Is he suffering from the same condition she has?

Against all reason, Hailey finds herself becoming more and more attracted to this strange young man. But can she trust her feelings? What if they’re part of her delusion? What if the vampire is real after all? What if the homeless man is the vampire?

House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe

Coming in August from Thomas Nelson, is House of Wolves by Matt Bronleewe. This novel is the follow-up to his successful Illuminated and features some of the same characters.

We snagged this summary of the novel for your reading pleasure:

Rare-books dealer August Adams is enmeshed in the mystery surrounding another book-this time The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

In 1983, a mysterious book reappeared. The book was The Gospels of Henry the Lion. Created in 1188, the book was a chronicle of Henry's aspirations to become the most powerful ruler in the world. But the book was only a part of the mystery. Henry was also the originator of the legendary Guelph Treasure-a collection of history's most significant religious relics. Legend said that The Gospels of Henry the Lion held the key to finding them.

Now it's up to August, April, and Charlie to find out if the legend is true. Not that they don't have problems of their own. April has a meddlesome boyfriend. Charlie has a schoolyard bully on his back. And August's long-estranged father has suddenly decided to enter his life again. What they discover about the treasure-and themselves-will change their lives forever.

Read our interview with Matt here.
Read our review of Illuminated here.

Friday, February 1, 2008

A FREE mystery story for Valentine's Day!

As a special gift for Valentine's Day, our friends Chris and Erica Well are giving away a world-premiere mystery story exclusively to subscribers of their free WELL READ NEWSLETTER. Don't miss out. Sign up today by clicking here!

This unpublished tale introduces a brand-new mystery series from the husband-wife duo.

Chris is the author of the acclaimed novels Forgiving Solomon Long, Deliver Us From Evelyn, and Tribulation House.

Erica Well creates and draws The Miller Sisters comic strip found every week on the TitleTrakk.com home page, plus many other projects.

Learn more about both Chris & Erica at their website StudioWell.

Read our review of Deliver Us From Evelyn here.
Read our review of Tribulation House
here.

What's Robin Parrish writing after the Dominion Trilogy?

Well, first of all, let us remind you that Book #3 in Robin's Dominion Trilogy, Merciless, comes out this July from Bethany House. We're looking forward to discovering how the story ends!

But after that? Robin recently shared in an interview with our friends at Where The Map Ends what his next projects will be. Says Robin:

"Next up I'll be doing a standalone science fiction novel about the first manned mission to Mars, and what happens when the crew from that mission returns home to find...well, something no one ever imagined possible. It'll be another blend of genres with lots of suspense and mystery and action.

After that, I'm planning a supernatural thriller with one of the most original story hooks I've ever come up with. I'm obsessed with this idea and can't wait to write the story."

Read our review of Robin's first novel Relentless here.