Monthly Archives: August 2011

Point of No Return

Suspense and romance at its best.

Ace pilot, Mae Lund’s nephew is missing in the country of Georgia. She calls Chet, her former boyfriend for help since he has contacts in that region. He warns her to stay away from war torn Georgia. But nothing will keep her from finding her nephew.

Chet Stryker’s security agency isn’t doing well and he is desperate to provide security for something other than birthday parties.Then the CIA shows up in his office requesting he go to the one place on earth where there is a bounty on his head–Georgia. Mae’s nephew is missing along with a warlord’s engaged daughter. He must find them both to avoid an international incident.

Chet finds Mae in Georgia and together they search for her nephew.

This book is part of the Love Inspired Suspense line and I thought it was a great read. I like books that pack an engaging story into a shorter novel. I’m entertained and don’t have to commit a lot of time.

The link below will take you to Susan May Warren’s book at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_3_18?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=point+of+no+return&sprefix=point+of+no+return

Code Blue

Kudos to Dr. Richard Mabry author of Code Blue a medical romantic suspense. The characters were believable and engaging. I only missed not getting inside the heroes head a little.

Cathy returns to her home town and opens her own private medical practice. She has dreams of success as a general practitioner, but someone in Dainger, Texas wants her dead.

The story opens with someone running Cathy off the road and leaving her to die. But she is a survivor and drags herself from the accident. She is found by Will, her high school sweetheart. Will makes sure she gets the medical help she needs and much more.

To be honest I’ve had a hard time finding a male romantic suspense writer that I enjoy, but Dr. Mabry’s writing was a pleasant surprise. I’ll be reading more of his books in the future. If you enjoy romantic suspense, I’d love suggestions on books you recommend.

OCW Conference

I attended the Oregon Christian Writers conference this week and was impressed with the quality of education and attending editors and agents. The conference was held at Aldersgate Conference Center just outside of Turner Oregon. The site was new for OCW and a challenge for many thanks to the steep climb to a residence lodge and a couple class rooms, but overall the place was excellent.

If you’re a writer, or even thinking about becoming one, Oregon Christian Writers put on a fantastic conference for both fiction and non-fiction writers. I’ve been attending conferences for six years now and this particular one is at the top of my “best” list.

If you don’t want to wait a year to attend a writers conference check out the ACFW national conference which takes place in September. Today is the last day to save $100.00 on registration, so hop on over to ACFW.com if you’re interested. I’ve been to three ACFW conferences and they are always stellar, but it is strictly a fiction conference.

Please check back Monday for my review of Code Blue. Until then have a great weekend!

Fatal Judgment

Fatal Judgment by Irene Hannon is a winner! This book reminds me of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series.

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor is put on protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels when her sister is shot while inside Liz’s apartment. He is not happy about the assignment based on information he’d received about her. However, the woman he meets is much different than expected and he suspects he was misinformed.

The romantic tension and suspense in the book propelled me through the story. Both characters are strong and compelling. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series which releases this month. I’ve included the link to Fatal Judgment at Amazon below.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Fatal+Judgment&x=0&y=0

Love Finds you in Carmel by-the-Sea

Love Finds you in Carmel by-the-Sea was a delight, but struck me as very different than other books I’ve read by Sandra. The characters were younger than she usually writes and the humor wasn’t laugh-out-loud, however I still enjoyed it and found myself smiling many times throughout the book. I take books with me where ever I go to kill time while waiting for my kids, or appointments, and I observed a few people wondering what I was grinning about. If you are in the mood for an easy feel good read then this book is for you.

Annie Gray is laid off and lives in her grandmother’s attic. She decides to reinvent herself and makes a list of things to do to accomplish this feat. She lands a new job as a private investigator’s assistant and the adventure begins.

If you get a chance to read this book too, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. If you have any recommendations for other books to read leave them in the comment section. I like Christian romance and suspense.

Dissapointments

Like many aspiring writers and those already published, the news that Heartsong Presents would be closing hit me in the gut. My agent had sent a proposal for a manuscript I had written specifically for them. There really is no other major outlet to submit it to.

I spent two days devastated over the news. Then another week thinking about what I should do. I’m tossing around the idea of posting a chapter every Friday on this blog. If I do, will I ruin any chance of ever getting my baby published?

What’s your opinion? As a teaser, I’ll post a summary below. Let me know what you think. Do you want to read this story?

Jen Connelly has a problem. She’s fallen for her best friend’s brother and he treats her like a sister. She’d do almost anything to win his affection, but she didn’t anticipate the destruction that awaited her.

While standing in line at the bank Jen witnesses a bank robbery. She recognizes the tattoo on the thief’s arm and without thinking looks at his face, earning herself a smack on the head with the butt of his gun. As the assailant flees the bank he turns and fires at Jen, hitting her in the chest.

Adam Miller’s gut clenches when he gets a call no man ever wants. The woman he is falling for has been shot in a bank hold up.

The police are unsuccessful in apprehending the robber. They suspect Jen knows the robber and push her to help their case. Unfortunately she is suffering from selective memory loss and can’t remember anything about the holdup.