There’s a New Blog in Town!

If you love Christian fiction (and I’m assuming you do), there’s a new blog in town! Modern Day Parables is all about Christian fiction and the people who write it! As well as about the readers who read it!

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If you enjoy reading about other authors and their books, not to mention giveaways, you’ll want to sign up to follow Modern Day Parables. I’ll be moving my interviews and book highlights over to that blog so you won’t be seeing them on this blog any longer.

Make sure you hop over to MODERN DAY PARABLES and sign up to follow the blog by email. If you sign up right now, you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

Double Jeopardy by Donna Schlachter

Book Giveaway!

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both.

You can connect with Donna at www.Facebook.com/DonnaschlachterAuthor.

About DOUBLE JEOPARDY:

Set in 1880, Becky Campbell leaves her wealthy New York lifestyle in search of her father, only to learn he was murdered in the small town of Silver Valley, Colorado. Unable to return to her mother in humiliation and defeat, she determines to fulfill her father’s dream—to make the Double Jeopardy profitable.

Zeke Graumann, a local rancher, is faced with a hard decision regarding his land and his dream. After several years of poor weather and low cattle prices, he will either have to take on a job to help pay his overhead expenses, or sell his land. He hires on with this Easterner for two reasons: he can’t turn his back on a damsel in distress. And he needs the money.

Becky isn’t certain Zeke is all he claims to be, and after a series of accidents at her mine, wonders if he isn’t behind it, trying to get her to sell out so he can take over.

Zeke finds many of Becky’s qualities admirable and fears he’s losing his heart to her charms, but also recognizes she was never cut out to be a rancher’s wife.

Can Becky overcome her mistrust of Zeke, find her father’s killer, and turn her mine into a profitable venture—before her mother arrives in town, thinking she’s coming for her daughter’s wedding? And will Zeke be forced to give up his dream and lose his land in order to win Becky’s heart?

 

Sounds like an interesting book, Donna. Thanks for sharing your story with my readers. Donna has generously offered to give away a copy of her book to one readers. Leave a comment to be entered in the contest. Winner will be chosen on January 11th.

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

I love the holidays but… it’s good to get back to normal.

I pray that this new year will bring you many blessings.

As for me, I have two books that will be releasing sometime this year. My publisher hasn’t given me the dates yet. One is SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN. It’s actually the third book (and probably final) in the Puzzle House Trilogy. The other book is JANE DOE–a thriller with lots of action and suspense and a little romance.

In the meantime, I’m working on a new series. At the present time, the first title is MESSENGER. It’s set in a future America where all religion has been outlawed and even saying the name of God is a crime–punishable by death! This book is way out of the box from my usual writings so it’s taking longer to write than normal, but I’m having fun doing it.

How about you? What’s your plans for this year?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Acts of Malice by Nike Chillemi

Nike Chillemi is my Writer of the Day and is here today to talk about her latest book–Acts of Malice.

Nike writes classic murder mysteries/detective novels. It’s been said she writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. Plenty of action, a dash of grit, wry humor as her characters navigate through situations and relationships, and there’s as an uplifting message. There’s usually a national security/public safety underlying theme to her work. She likes her bad guys really bad, her good guys smarter and better. 

Tell us about Acts of Malice in a nut shell… A taut and compelling classic murder mystery with a national security underlying theme. Interpersonal relationships, greed, dry humor. Uplifting.

AMAZON LINK

Q: What is the key theme in the book?

A: In ACTS OF MALICE there are two murders. The story is driven by the murders, the search for the killers, and need for justice for the victims. The main characters are either trying to stay out of the crosshairs of the killers, trying to find the killers, or both. Closely related to this is the subtheme about the widows and families left behind, and how they mourn and struggle in the wake of these devastating, senseless murders And, there is a strong inspirational, Christian message. Still it’s the search for the killers and the desire for justice that pushes the story forward. That’s why I say that I write from a Christian World View, rather that saying I write Christian fiction, because what I actually write are classic murder mysteries. Many of the most important characters in my mystery novels happen to be Christians.

Q: Villains can be hard to write. How did you write yours?

A: I find most villains disturbing, even the ones I create. That’s why I don’t get into their mindset too much. I show them in social situations where they’ve got their public face on. Of course, I do give an inkling as to their devious interior being so that when it turns out at the end that they are the killer, it’s believable. I have put down and stopped reading thrillers by talented authors that delight and revel in the demonic mindset of the psychopathic killer. Of course, it almost goes without saying, I’d never write anything like that.

Q: What comes first, plot or characters?

A: The murder and its motive come first. Then the main characters drive the story and the plot forward as they hunt the killer(s) and/or try to stay out of harm’s way. It becomes a question of what would they do next to find the killer(s) and to survive the killer(s).

 

Back Cover Blurb:

Lavender Raines gets the ‘doorbell ring’ no wife ever wants to get. Her husband has been brutally murdered, and the FBI is more secretive than helpful. The problem is, his body was found in Caracas when she thought his business trip had taken him to New Orleans.

Mackenzie just opened a second beach resort-town restaurant, this one in Ribault Beach, Florida…but now the clandestine national security organization that from-time-to-time sends him on covert missions wants him to find Lavender’s husband’s killers.

Forces from within the “Deep State” have shaped circumstances that will alter the course of both their lives. Then a local man is murdered. Lavender and Mackey are polar opposites. He is emotionally shut down about his life, but protective of others. She is a pillar of strength in her family, but distrusting of Mackey and guarded around him. Can they find common ground amidst this treachery and turmoil?

 

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Nike. How can my readers contact you?

Nike’s blog. https://nikechillemi.com/

Nike on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/nike.chillemi

Twitter: @NikeNChillemi

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

A Christmas Poem by Keith Summers

Keith Summers is a friend and a missionary in Japan. He’s lived in Japan for many, many years. When I saw his poem, I knew I wanted to share it with me readers so here it is:

 

Merry Christmas
When I wish someone “Merry Christmas”,
I don’t wish their trees to be bright,
Their presents piled high,
Their stockings filled to the top.

I wish them the awe the shepherds had,
When they heard the angels and saw the babe,
And the awe of the wisemen, led by the star,
When they, too, found the newborn King.

When I wish someone “Merry Christmas”,
I’m not wishing they get all they want,
That they escape the season’s hassles,
And avoid the humbug mood.

I wish them the joy of the Eternal King’s presence,
The warmth of the Everlasting Father,
The peace that passes all understanding,
The joy that fills to overflowing.

My “Merry Christmas” echoes my desire,
To pass on the greatest gift I’ve received,
This gift that John described in these words,
“For God so loved the world that He gave…”

Merry Christmas 2019

PS. The poem is Keith’s but the tree is mine!

God Bless & Good Reading and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

Hiding From Christmas by LoRee Peery

Hiding from Christmas

After her grandparents as forced to live apart through assisted living, and then die within nine days of each other, intrepid entrepreneur Calissa Ladd is devastated. She’s always wanted to experience the same lifelong love modeled by her grandparents, but her heart isn’t where it needs to be as she clings to the past for answers and then starts having vivid dreams of a long-ago time period.

Deferential banker Monte McQueen has loved Calissa since they were children, but he procrastinates making a commitment to her. He stands by as Calissa gets stuck in the past.

Calissa clings to the decrepit homestead that belonged to her family, searching and seeing visions into the past. Will she overcome her skewed beliefs and reclaim her relationship with the Lord as Monte pushes his love of Christmas on her? Or will she forfeit her happily-ever-after?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Christmas-Holiday-Time-travel-Extravaganza-ebook/dp/B07YSY7W87/ref

A little about LoRee:

Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery writes fiction that hopefully appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-, sister, friend, and author. Connect with LoRee through these links:

www.loreepeery.com,

https://twitter.com/LoreePeery

https://www.facebook.com/LoReePeery

Thanks for stopping by today, LoRee. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!