Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A few of my favorite authors: Ronie Kendig

I was bored and not ready for bed, so I decided to blog. After trying to decide what to blog about, I decided to blog about my favorite authors. It was going to be one blog post, and then I decided to do a "series" about my favorite authors. I was going to start with Mike Dellosso since I am part of his Darlington Society, an inner circle he picked to help promote his books. Then I remembered I did something like that already. Read that here. So next up is Ronie Kendig.

Ronie Kendig is still fairly new to the Christian fiction market, and is a tremendous author. Her first book, Dead Reckoning, came out in March of 2010. It was a stand alone title full of suspense and intrigue. I loved it.

A few months later, she came out with the first book in her best-selling Discarded Heroes Series, Nightshade. It was followed by Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and the just released Firethorne, the fourth and final book in the series. I have had the privelege of reading and reviewing all of Ronie's books so far. My review of Firethorne will post on January 23. This series is geared more for men in my opinion, yet with romance thrown in, women will enjoy them also. OK, a lot of women would enjoy the series without the romance. :-) This series has a lot of suspense, military and special ops. A really awesome series. And I don't say that lightly.

Next up, a new series, A Breed Apart, a series about military dogs. The first will come out in September of this year. I am not a big dog person, but I look forward to this series.

Coming up in May is a book collaboration that Ronie is involved in along with six other authors, including the already mentioned Mike Dellosso. The book is called 7 Hours. More on that here.

More about Ronie:

An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their four children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their three dogs in Dallas, TX.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has volunteered extensively, serving in a variety of capacities from coordinator of a national contest to appointment assistant at the national annual conference.

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have been gained critical acclaim and national attention, including:

■Finalist in Christian Retailing’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards (Nightshade)

■RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s 2011 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards in Romantic Suspense (Nightshade)

■Named one of the Top 25 Christian Fiction Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Writers by FamilyFiction (Sept 2011)

■2011 FamilyFiction Readers’ Choice Awards – 3rd place as New Favorite Author, 8th place with Nightshade for Novel of the Year.

■INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)

■The Christian Manifesto’s 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)

Check out her website.