Saturday, February 23, 2008

Taming a Wild Heart Blog Tour!

Welcoming to the Taming a Wild Heart Blog Tour! Who's wild heart are we taming exactly? We're Taming Rafe. That's the title of Susan May Warren's latest book in her Noble Legacy Series.
I've always loved Susan's writing and look forward to writing a review of her book soon. In the meantime, you can:

Win a Steak Dinner with Rafe!!!

Okay, we mean a book and a dinner...but even better, it's a dinner for two. Eat...THEN read. (Or, who doesn't like to read about a cute guy while munching on something yummy?)

To enter the contest click HERE!

Be sure to visit Rafe's Blog.

Read an excerpt from the Prologue:

Rafe Noble, two-time world champion bull rider and current king of the gold buckle, had never met a bull that he feared. Oh, sure, he knew well the tension before a ride that buzzed his nerves and slicked his hand inside his taped-tight leather glove. But normally he shook it off the second he wound the bull rope, sticky with rosin, around the animal’s chest and wedged it into his grip. Then the adrenaline, the heat, took over.

And for eight long, harrowing seconds, it was just man against beast.

In Rafe’s world, man usually won.

However, as Rafe straddled the champion bull known as PeeWee, which had to be some sort of joke because the bull was the biggest, orneriest creature Rafe had ever ridden, coldness rushed through him. Something foreign and overwhelming ignited a tremble from deep within his bones.
For the first time since he was thirteen he felt . . . terror.

Maybe it was just the residual agony of watching one of his fellow bull riders being carried out on a stretcher only minutes earlier. Maybe it was the roar of the crowd hammering at the raging headache he’d nursed most of the day. It could be the fact he rode in pain, that he’d had to tape his hand, wear his knee brace, and the sports medicine doctor had reminded him that one more fracture to his neck would land him in a wheelchair permanently.

Read the rest HERE.

Buy the book here.

Susan Mae Warren's Website:

I always love book trailers. So don't forget to watch Raming Rafe book trailer here.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CFBA: A Few Questions for Ted Dekker

Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work encompassing seven mysteries, three thrillers and ten fantasies includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White), and Obsessed, with two more...Renegade, and Chaos to be released later this year.

Join me in welcoming Ted Dekker to The Write Message!

Beth: Tell us about your writing journey. Did you always want to be a writer?

Ted: No I didn’t always want to be a writer, but in a way, I have always been a storyteller. Only when I was younger, I made the stories up for an audience of one. I called them day dreams. I believe that those stories I created in my head eventually helped me become the storyteller I am today.

Now, My desire is to write only that which screams the truth in a world that once screamed it with me, then began to speak it, then to just whisper it, then settled for a gentle nod of agreement, and has now become silent about that truth. Soon I fear they will turn against the truth.

Beth: Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?

Ted: Dean Koontz. He has a unique way with words and is not afraid to explore the adventures and questions of life through the most unusual stories.

Beth: What is your favorite movie? Favorite TV Shows?

Ted: I enjoy movies and shows that are laced with adrenaline and conflict. Shows like 24, Heroes, Lost and Prison Break. Movies like Lord of the Rings, Platoon, and The Thing

Beth: Tell us about your novel, Adam.

Ted: Adam is one of the most important books I’ve ever written from where I’m sitting. Ultimately it deals with a question that we might have all considered at one time or another: What would happen if you, an agnostic but well reasoned person who resents religion, invited an evil sprit to sure, why not, come on in?

As the priest I’ve written says: Give me one hour in the dead of night with a man who is possessed and I will turn the staunchest atheist into a believer. Adam is the story of serial killer and the FBI behavioral scientist obsessed with bringing him to justice, but more than that it’s the story of our own society’s loss of faith in the raw power of Jesus.

I’m told it will be a divisive book, more than any book I’ve written, but I think it’s a critical read for any and all who think faith is for old women who like Sunday potlucks. This is a book you might dare those lost in apathy to read.

Beth: What is the message you hope to get across in this story?

Ted: Evil is real. And the only way to defeat all the forms of darkness in your life is through the light of Jesus Christ.

Beth: What does your typical day look like?

Ted: I write best locked away in my office. I listen to loud music all day. Start with worship bands, add some movie scores to that mix, then to rock. Music helps transport me to the place I am writing about.

Beth: What would you say was the toughest part of the writing craft for you to learn? Any tips for others who struggle with this same element?

Ted: A ton of storytelling technique has to do with heart. But writing isn’t as much about getting better at technique, it’s about changing and growing yourself. I read some of my older stuff and wish I could change some bad habits I had, but the heart was all there and I’m sure there are plenty of readers who like the old as much as the new. Though your technique may change, what really matters is your heart and the way you put heart into your story.

Beth: Any marketing tips?

Ted: Invest in your readers. They are your supporters even when they are telling you they don’t like something you have written. If you believe in them, give them access to give you with feedback, they will carry you further then you can imagine.

Beth: Closing thoughts you’d like to share?

Ted: My search for happiness has led me to the secret that I now share with you. Life is about heaven. It is about ecstasy and great pleasure, for God is both of these. They can't truly be found here, on earth. Knowing this, Jesus sent his Comforter to ease the path between this life and the next. Among the greatest gifts offered by the Holy Spirit is hope, because without hope for the time when both ecstasy and pleasure can be found completely in God, there can be no happiness.

Thank you, Ted, for taking the time to give such deep and thought-provoking answers. I know all my readers will appreciate this. I hope you'll join me again in the future. Be blessed!

If you'd like to purchase a copy of Adam you can do so here.

CSFF Blog Tour: Day 3

It's interesting to read how different bloggers view this book. I'm still slowly reading and making my way through in my spare time. My expectations are sufficiently built up that I hope the author will deliver and that I won't be disappointed.

At this point, if I had to comment on any problems I see in the writing, I would say the large chunks-four or more lines-- of italics when the character is giving us his direct thoughts, snags me. I'm pulled from the story setting and the character's head. I think it was Andy M. at Zondervan who mentioned that italics should be done away with. I didn't agree with him before, but I agree now. I see no reason, in this novel anyway, for the italics. Nevertheless, when I enjoy the story enough I'm tolerant of writing particulars as long as there aren't gaping problems.

You can read an interview with Chris Walley at Shannon McNear's blog.

Here's an interesting link regarding the theology of Lamb among the Stars.:

To visit other blog tour pariticpants, scroll down to Monday's post.

Buy the The Shadow and Night

Chris Walley's Web site -
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Monday, February 18, 2008

CSFF Blog Tour: Chris Walley's The Shadow and Night

This week the CSFF Blog tour is featuring Chris Walley's The Shadow and the Night. I started reading it several nights ago and after only a few pages I knew I was going to enjoy this book.

So often anymore, we want the novel to pull us immediately into the action of the story, without taking the necessary time to establish why we should care. Chris Walley takes his time with the characters and the setting so that I feel completely absorbed in the character's mind and world.

It's been a long while that a story has taken me into another universe and into the future like this. I can't wait to get back to this novel and I smile when I open the book because I'm looking forward to going into this story world--a feeling I've only experienced with a few novels.

You can read the interesting story behind the publication of his novels here.

You can buy this book here.

You can read more about Chris Walley and The Shadow and Night at his website:

Don't forget to visit the blog participants. If you are a blog participant, be sure to add my blog to the tour:)

Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Jackie Castle
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Rebecca Grabill
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Michael Heald
Timothy Hicks
Christopher Hopper
Heather R. Hunt
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Pamela Morrisson
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachelle Sperling
Donna Swanson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Jason Waguespac
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

CFBA: Sisters, Inc.

Sisters, Ink marks the first in a series of novels written by, for, and about scrapbookers. At the center of the creativity and humor are four unlikely young adult sisters, each separately adopted during early childhood into the loving home of Marilyn and Jack Sinclair.

Ten years after their mother Marilyn has died, the multi-racial Sinclair sisters (Meg, Kendra, Tandy, and Joy) still return to her converted attic scrapping studio in the small town of Stars Hill, Tennessee, to encourage each other through life’s highs and lows.

Book one spotlights headstrong Tandy, a successful yet haunted attorney now living back in Orlando where she spent the first eight years of her life on the streets as a junkie’s kid. When a suddenly enforced leave of absence at work leads her to an extended visit with her sisters in Stars Hill, a business oppor tunity, rekindled romance, and fresh understanding of God’s will soon follow.

Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING was her first novel.

Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian worldview.

Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson.
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