Friday, May 23, 2008

Unpretty by Sharon Carter Rogers

Coming from Howard/Simon & Schuster in September is Sharon Carter Rogers' follow-up to her novel Sinner.

Summary:

The city of Lehigh, West Virginia, faces the insidious threat of a sadistic cult bent on eliminating all "unpretty" things in the world.

A bomb goes off at the Conklin Art Gallery, killing eight people associated with a unique Michelangelo exhibit being shown there. The only person who may have seen the bomber is Hummingbird Collins, an aspiring artist who works down the street from the gallery. But she soon starts receiving ominous cassette recordings of a rambling madman who reveals his plan to rid the world of "unpretty" things.

This madman -- known only as Number 26 -- leads a cult known as the Michelangelus Movement, which has kidnapped and tortured people for use in their bizarre artistic experiments over the past dozen years.

When Hummingbird breaks her frightened silence, she enlists the help of Detective Buck Barnes, her brother, and an old family friend, Ready Robinson, a former pro-football player who entered the priesthood after ending his NFL career. But when Hummingbird is abducted by the cult, her friends must discover where she's been taken before she becomes another addition to the leader's horrific replication of Michelangelo's masterpiece -- Last Judgment.

Read our interview with Sharon here.

Miss Fortune by Sara Mills

Coming from Moody publishers this fall is the debut novel of Sara Mills.

Summary:

There’s only one female P.I. in New York City in1947 and her name is Allie Fortune.

They call her the P.I. Princess. Allie Fortune is the only female private investigator in New York City and she’s the best.

In the middle of the night there’s a knock on Allie’s door. Someone out on the streets in the middle of the night is usually trouble, either causing it, or being chased by it, and Mary Gordon is no exception. She’s being followed, her apartment’s been ransacked and she’s been shot at, but Mary Gordon still claims to have no idea who’s after her or why.

Allie investigates Mary Gordon’s story, and in the process she gets caught up in a mystery that places her own life in danger.

Visit Sara's website here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull wins several awards!

Sanctuary recently won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the inspirational category. The contest was sponsored by the Southern Magic chapter of RWA located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sanctuary also tied for first place in the 2008 Winter Rose contest for published authors sponsored by the Yellow Rose chapter of RWA. The Yellow Rose chapter of RWA is located in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations, Molly!

Read our interview with Molly here.
Read our review of Sanctuary here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Cyndere's Midnight by Jeffrey Overstreet

The long anticipated second novel from Jeffrey Overstreet, sequel to his hit Auralia's Colors is coming in September from Waterbrook.

Summary:

In Cyndere's Midnight, the power of Auralia's colors brings together a bloodthirsty beastman and a compassionate widow in a most unlikely relationship. Jordam is one of four ferocious brothers from the clan of cursed "beastmen." But he is unique -- the glory of Auralia's colors,revealed in the book by the same title, has enchanted him, slowing his vicious appetite and awakening his conscience. When Jordam finds a woman weeping in the woods, his healing continues. Beside a mysterious well, seemingly the source of some of Auralia's colors, this beast and beauty form a cautious bond. Cyndere, heiress to one of the great houses, has always hoped to help the violent Cent Regus beastmen. To honor her husband, who shared that hope, she risks her life and reputation to reach out to Jordam. Jordam, too, will be tested. He will either be overcome by the dark impulse of the "beastmen curse", or he will stand against his brothers to defend House Abascar's survivors from a deadly assault. The novel picks up where Auralia's Colors left off and reveals more of the history and culture of the entire Expanse, a land which branched off into four kingdoms centuries before.

Read our review of Auralia's Colors here.
Read our interview with Jeffrey here.

Trailer for Merciless by Robin Parrish

Read our review of Relentless here.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Every Now and Then by Karen Kingsbury

Another novel in the pipeline from bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury, this one releasing in November.

Description:

The exciting new novel from New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury offers an emotionally gripping story of a young man emerging from the shadows of 9/11. A wall went up around Alex Brady’s heart when his firefighter father died in the twin towers. Turning his back on the only woman he ever loved, Alex shut out all relationships to concentrate on fighting crime. Committed to righting the wrongs that led to his father’s death, this twenty-five-year-old sheriff’s deputy is determined to stop a crime wave in the L.A. suburbs, and bring the guilty parties to justice. Then the worst fire season in California’s history erupts. Now Alex faces the ultimate test as fires consume the community he is committed to serving. As he rushes to help others out of danger, the stress of the evacuation makes Alex realize that he must finally come to terms with the past. Only the friendship of Clay and Jamie Michaels—and the love of a dedicated young woman—can help Alex drop the walls around his heart and move forward into the future God has for him.

Read our interview with Karen!

Home Another Way by Christa Parrish

Here's an interesting debut novel coming from Bethany House in October.

Summary:

After her mother's death and her father's abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast—and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York, to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?

A story of grace, of God's never-ceasing love, and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purposes to pass.

Visit Christa online at her website.

Hometown Favorite by Bill Barton and Henry O. Arnold

Coming in September '08 from Revell.

Summary:

Talented, handsome, and personable, Dewayne Jobe rose from humble beginnings in rural Mississippi to play college football in Southern California and beyond. One of the best wide receivers in college ball, Dewayne is assured a promising career in professional football and easily finds success both on and off the field. Not only is he a great player, he's got the wife, the kids, and the pristine white picket fence to boot.

But catastrophe looms right around the corner and ultimately strikes with a crushing vengeance. Will Dewayne's faith and character stand the test of such tragedy? Or will he lose everything--including the love of his life? This modern retelling of the story of Job will capture readers with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people--and how good people can survive.

Eric Wilson tapped to write novelization of Fireproof movie









As he did with Facing the Giants and Flywheel, novelist Eric Wilson has been tapped to write the novelization of the movie Fireproof by Alex & Stephen Kendrick's Sherwood Pictures. It's scheduled to release along with the movie in September.

Read our interview with Stephen Kendrick here all about the Fireproof movie.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Gathering 2008














An interesting opportunity for Ted Dekker fans...

From the newsletter on Ted's website:

We are excited to announce the annual Gathering for the Circle this year in Nashville Tennessee. Last year a group of about 40 fans took it upon themselves to meet in June to discuss all things Circle and Dekker and dubbed the meeting, The Gathering, after the celebrations in The Circle Trilogy. Although Ted wasn't able to attend, he immediately committed to participating in the 2008 Gathering, should it materialize.

Well, it has, and with bells and whistles.

Read all the details of the event at the official newsletter.

Read our latest interview with Ted here.


Trailer for The Hunted by Mike Dellosso