Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thy Will Be Done: Sexual Orientation in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth by Kevin Frye

In this world of confusion and lies, it's hard to find clear answers to our questions about sexual orientation and attractions. Many people are afraid to ask and search for them.

"Am I gay?" "Can sexual orientation change?" "Does God accept people who have homosexual attractions?" These questions and more are asked by many people these days. In this world of confusion and lies, it's hard to find clear answers. Fear keeps us bound and repressed, afraid of even voicing our questions and searching for answers. When we find them, we often don't want to submit our own ways to accept them. But God wants all of us to come into the light and be known, to find the Truth, and be set free. This book is a story of one man's journey out of darkness and into that light and the lessons he learned along the way.

My review:

  My best friend got this book and was telling me that I needed to read it. Though I was a bit familiar with the author from reading his articles on the website he writes for, I don't like e-books.... and it is only available in e-book. However, it sounded so good, I decided to buy it.

  Over the years, I have read many books on the issue of same-sex attraction/homosexuality. This has to be the best one I have read on that subject. The author is very honest and open about his own struggles, and what it took to get past them.

  More so than most books on this subject, Kevin gets down at the root of the problem and gives some great insight into what might be holding those back who are struggling with same-sex attractions. He brought up things I had never considered or looked at, and I found his story and thoughts encouraging and helpful.

  I highly recommend it to anyone dealing with same-sex attraction, family and friends of those who struggle, or to anyone wanting to understand this struggle a little more.

About the author (from his bio):

I'm a writer. I write blog posts (obviously) and I've written one E-book which I self published called "Thy Will Be Done -- Sexual Orientation in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth." I don't claim that it's particularly well-written, but I feel it needed to be written nonetheless. I'm currently working on another E-book. I have not lived in America since June, 2010. I have a passion for teenage guys and young men, to reach them with the gospel, to teach them, and to disciple them and help them become God's kind of men.

From: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Current location: Nara, Japan.
Age: Thirties.
Family status: Married. Father of three.
Occupation: Teacher -- EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

Kevin's book is only available at Smashwords as an e-book.

Check out the website Kevin writes for, and his Facebook page.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh

Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Later, he’s brought to a local prison to be trained in a special program for female inmates. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds his freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Dan Walsh is known for page-turning, character driven novels. Fans of Dan’s other novels, as well as dog-lovers everywhere will especially enjoy Rescuing Finley.

My review:
  I rarely post book reviews on my blog of books that I was not sent for review. This book was a Christmas gift, but it is by one of my favorite authors and I loved the book so much; I decided I needed to post a review.

  I became an instant fan of Dan's books when I read his first novel, a Christmas book titled "The Unfinished Gift." Since  then, he has churned out several other books, each one a masterpiece that hasn't disappointed.

  This was one book I didn't know how much I'd like. The story revolves around dogs. I don't like dogs. In fact, I still harbor a fear of dogs most likely brought on my being bit on my face by one as a little kid. But Dan's books are always a great read, so I put it on my Christmas wish list.

  Can we just toss out that manta that men don't cry? For cry I did, but not sad tears. The book does have some sad moments, but it is such an emotional read that gives Karen Kingsbury a run for her money with her tear inducing books. The story revolves around three individuals:

Amy, a former drug addict serving three years for shoplifting.
Chris, a wounded vet with PSTD.
Finley, a dog without an owner.

  This book is absolutely an amazing story. Though fictional, it shows a bit of what our wounded vets have to go through and what it is like to deal with PSTD. It shows there is hope for any wounded person, no matter what kind of wounds, and it shows how dogs can be used to help vets dealing with PSTD. I really, really loved the book; and I read it through in one evening. This is a novel Walsh can be proud of, and would make a great read for military guys and their families. I highly recommend.

About the author:

Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken Dan's writing to Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first national bestseller and was a finalist for Inspirational Book of the Year.

Since then, Dan has written 13 more novels, including a 4-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. The Discovery and The Reunion, both stand-alones, were also named finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year and both have over 350 5-Star reviews on Amazon. The Reunion has also been optioned for full-length feature film.

Dan released his first indie-published novel, When Night Comes in Nov 2014. It is the first book in the Jack Turner suspense series. He plans to release the sequel early in 2016. He's also just released Rescuing Finley, the first in the Forever Home series, a new trilogy of books that will also feature dogs as a main character.

Dan lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Check out Dan's website at DanWalshbooks.com.

Finding Finley was self-published and is available on the author's wesbite and Amazon.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

Captive, a DVD review and giveaway

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again, she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

My review:
   I am not a huge fan of the Rick Warren book mentioned in the movie, so I really had no plans to watch it until I received a review opportunity for it and read about the movie.... so I figured I might as well do it.

  The movie doesn't sugarcoat anything. The main character is a drug addict who has had her little girl taken from her, and she is still doing drugs. There is also gun violence in the movie as it shows the bad guy shooting and killing a few people. Other than those two issues, the movie is clean and curse-free.

  Captive does a great job of showing a young woman down on her luck whose life is suddenly turned more upside down as she becomes the captive of a man on the run for murder. The acting is top notch, and the movie producers did a great job of making a movie length story about these true events.

  The book plays a rather small part in the movie, but it does seem to help soften the criminal to bring about the ending that happens instead of one that could have ended in tragedy. The movie shows that good can come out of even an event such as this young woman went through.

 I enjoyed the movie and it held my attention well. Great plot and characters.

DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse) 

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.  

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Courtesy of FlyBy Promotions, I have one copy of the Captive DVD to give away.

To enter, simply watch the movie trailer below, and comment saying you did with any additional comments you want to make.

I will pick a winner 10 days from now on February 1 using Random.org.


Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson & Kimberly Woodhouse

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know. 

Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?

My review:
   This is the second collaboration of the Peterson and Woodhouse duo, and it is even better than the first. I am not sure if Tracie Peterson normally writes suspense novels, but Kimberly Woodhouse does..... and does very well. Thus, I knew this would be a good read; but it surpassed my expectations.

  The book is set in the late 1890's, which is not the normal setting for the suspense novels that I typically read, but it works fine for the story. The story revolves around Lillian Porter who is a nanny for a seven year old boy who has not spoken since seeing a murder. His dad is the suspect, though not found guilty; is still shunned by the church and townspeople.

  I loved the book. It has an excellent plot, a lot of mystery and suspense, very likable characters, and a great ending. I may sound sappy for saying this, especially since I am a guy; but I am a sucker for a story that revolves around a little kid..... so that was a big plus for me. This writing duo created the perfect kid to be at the center of this suspense novel, and he truly made the book; though there are a lot of likable characters in these pages.

  In addition to the suspense and drama of the book, the topics of judging and gossiping are dealt with as part of the plot; along with forgiveness.

  Kudos to the authors for the inclusion of Harry, a very likable and unusual character that you'll have to read the book to find out more about.

  I use tags on my blog post for book reviews, and one I use is "read-in-one-sitting-book"; which I ascribe to a book that is so good that I can't put it down,  and typically read it in one sitting.....excepting bathroom and food and drink breaks..... and this book was one such book. Great job ladies on a book that personifies what Christian fiction should be, and what Christian suspense should be. I highly recommend.

  And watch this blog for a chance to win a copy of this book.

About the authors:

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family---especially her three grandchildren---Rainy, Fox, and Max.

Kim Woodhouse is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students throughout the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at more than 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

The Woodhouse family's story has been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel's Mystery ER.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters---you name it---she's written it. It wasn't until a dear friend challenged her to "do something with it," that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly "Extreme" home.

Thanks to Litfuse for the review copy.


Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Beyond the Silence
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble, and a giveaway

Mallory's mother died fifteen years ago. But her father's last words on the phone were unmistakable: "Find . . . mother."

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O'Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart---and left---without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life---and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie---their search intensifies. There's a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father's killer---it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My review:
  Colleen Coble has become one of my favorite authors. She always delivers quality Christian fiction, usually suspense and mystery. She is an author who for me has become synonymous with a great Christian suspense novel.

  Mermaid Moon is no exception. Picking up close to where the first book in the series ended, it launches immediately into the mystery and suspense. It is set in the same location as book one and brings back some of the characters that were in book one while adding several new ones.

  Coble pulled out all the stops with this one. There are a couple of mysterious people who the reader doesn't know about, and it stays that way for a lot of the book. There are threats, break-ins, kidnapping, and more.

  I tagged this book as a "read-in-one-sitting book", and it was for me. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down; so I read it in one sitting. There were a few surprises I didn't see coming, and enough suspense to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. I finished the book and was left with the satisfying feeling I have after concluding a great book. I highly recommend it, though the books should be read in order.

About the author:

USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

  To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Passion: Salvation's Tide Is Rising, with a giveaway

About Salvation's Tide Is Rising:
This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.

Track List:
1.  Salvation's Tide is Rising - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory - Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember - Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone - Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit - Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ - Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me - Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners - Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender - Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father - Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

About Passion albums:
Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like "Our God", "Holy Is The Lord", "How Great Is Our God", and "God Of This City".  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single "Even So Come", which went Top 5.

About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

My review:

   My favorite genre' of Christian music is Southern Gospel, but I have started listening to more Praise and Worship music in recent years than I used to. I have seen the Passion CDs but never have listened to one, so I was curious enough to review this CD.

  Overall, I like it. I was expecting a live worship CD for some reason, but all of the songs seem to be studio recordings. I am familiar with all but three of the featured singers, and only a couple of the songs.

  Personal favorites:
God and God Alone by Chris Tomlin
I Turn to Christ by Matt Redman
Good, Good Father by Krisitan Stanfill

  I never expected I'd like Crowder, and thought "My Victory" was a bit much for a P&W CD, though his second cut was better. There are a lot of good songs on the CD and other than "My Victory" are done very well. This is a great mix of vocalists and songs, and would make a great music library addition to fans of Praise and Worship music.


  Courtesy of FlyBy Promotions, I have a copy of the CD to give away to one winner.

To enter, simply comment on this post and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. I will pick a winner using Random.org 10 days from today on January 26.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Imitation of Christ, Classic Devotions in Torday's Language, compiled and edited by James N. Watkins

When does a classic become new, fresh and extremely relevant? When someone takes it out of an outdated format and makes it readable, searchable and understandable. The Imitation of Christ has been in print for over 500 years for a good reason. It is powerful, beautiful and heart piercing. James Watkins has taken those words and reworked them into ninety daily readings, arranged by topic. Whether for daily devotions or for sound insight into a particular issue, Watkins paraphrase blends the ancient with the modern to introduce this classic to a new audience, speaking to all Christians with credibility and authority and using inclusive language not found in the original.

My review:
  I have never read the original Imitation of Christ. I may have read excerpts at some point, but I am not even sure I did that. A book that old just scared me away. But now we have this updated version in today's language.

  I have no idea how the original book was set up, but this is separated into two sections:
1) Imitating Christ
2) Imitating Christ's character

   The first section is rather short, only having five parts and taking up just nineteen pages. The second section is split up into fifteen different character traits of Christ, with a varying amount of daily readings under each trait.

  I found the readings very easy to read and very relevant to my life. Several different topics are addressed throughout the book, and I can relate to most or all of them. Since I never read the original, I cannot attest to how closely the editor stayed to the original, but I can attest that the end result is worth reading. It is split up into 90 daily readings, and would make a great devotional for a three month period or more.

About the editor/compiler (from his website)

Jim has also served as an editor/writer for the American Bible Society, adjunct professor at Taylor University teaching writing for fifteen years, a “visiting author” at Indiana Wesleyan University, guest lecturer at Liberty, Regent and other colleges and universities, full-time editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, and weekly columnist for three secular newspapers for fifteen years—but not all at the same time.

His speaking travels have taken him to Australia, and countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Jim has won awards for his books (Campus Life “Book of the Year” and “Retailers Choice Award”) and writing and editing (four Evangelical Press Association awards) as well as an “Amy” award for writing in the general market. (Click here for a complete list of his published books.)

His 2,000-plus articles have been published by Christianity Today, Decision, Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Leadership, Ministry Today, Today’s Christian Woman, The Upper Room, The Whittenberg Door, War Cry and many more.

He’s a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (1974) and took post graduate work at Ball State University’s School of Journalism and Purdue University’s School of Communications, and an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. Jim has a PhD in para-linguistics—but only because a friend bought it as a Christmas gag gift from a diploma mill.

Most important, he’s married to the Rev. Lois, has two gainfully-employed children and five adorable grandchildren.

Check out his website..... it is rather entertaining :)

The Imitation of Christ, Classic Devotions In Today's Language is available from Worthy Publishing.

Thanks to Worthy Publishing for the review copy.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Shadowed In Silk by Christine Lindsay

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

 After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

 Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. His faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

 Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

My review:
  I occasionally get emails from authors asking me to review their books. More often than not, it isn't something I am interested in. Those were my initial thoughts when this author contacted me. They look like "chick books", and I had never heard of the author. She sent me a link to read the first chapter of the third book and assured me that men like her books too, so I agreed to review the book. To my surprise, she sent me the whole trilogy. I looked at them and thought "These don't look like something I'll like...... and there's three of them. Yikes". But I was committed, so I sat down last week and started on the first book.

  And I was pleasantly surprised. The book is very well written, and immediately caught my interest. it is set in the early 1900's and is centered in India during the British occupation of India. The series is called "Twilight of the British Raj" I had no idea what that meant, so I Googled it and found out it was the period of the British Rule in India from 1858 through 1947.

 I have never read any books that I can remember of that were set in that setting, and found it fascinating. The series is historical fiction, so though most of the characters are fictional and a lot of what happens is fictional; there are historical people and events in the book. Through the lens of fiction, I learned a lot about India, the different customs and classes, and the role of the British during that time.

 The book mostly centers on Abby Fraser, but also centers a lot on a British major, Geoff Richards and his military escapades... so yes, the author was correct: the book appeals to men a lot also.

  The book is un-apologetically Christian, which is something I appreciate a lot. There is also romance, political intrigue, and even suspense. I found the book an interesting and easy read that wasn't at all difficult to get into. And it wasn't at all like I feared it would be. I still have two more books to read in the series, but I can safely recommend the series after reading this one. Great story.

About the author:

Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard, one of those ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic. 

Stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj and became the stimulus for her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj. 

Some of those awards are:

Winner of 2009 ACFW Genesis
Winner of 2011 Grace Award
Finalist for 2012 Readers' Favorite

Finalist for 2013 Readers' Favorite
Finalist for 2013 Grace Award
Finalist for 2014 The Word Guild Award

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat.

Check out her website at ChristineLindsady.com

Thanks to Christine for the review copy.

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave?

After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again--until an envelope addressed in her sister's handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case . . . but he's coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon pulls out all the stops in this high-stakes thriller that races to a bone-chilling finish.

My review:
  Ever since the first time I read one of her books, Irene Hannon has been one of my favorite authors. I have never been disappointed in anything I have read by her, and this book is no exception to that statement.

  Thin Ice is book two in the Men of Valor Series, each book centered on one of three brothers in the McGregor family. This book follows the middle brother, Lance; former Delta Force operator turned FBI agent. I enjoyed the first book a lot, but this one was even better than the first.

  There was the added element of the three brothers all making another appearance in some fashion, plus this book was even more suspenseful and hard to put down than the first book was. I found myself thankful the weather wasn't conducive to going to church so I didn't have to put the book down.

  The book has a lot of surprises, and a great plot. Throw in very likable characters and some romance, and it is a book to make any reader happy. Hannon isn't afraid to bring God into her books, and she addressed a couple of issues in the book that can help and encourage without being preachy. The ending was a bit predictive, but still very climatic and suspenseful; and was a great ending to a great book. Definitely worthy of five stars.

About the author:

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

Thin Ice is available from Revell, part of  the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.