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Book Review: “Shadows of Pain” by Ashley Dawn

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Shadows of Pain
by Ashley Dawn

Suspense, action, and a budding romance.  

In Shadows of Pain, author Ashley Dawn keeps us turning the pages as she brings us great action and suspense blended with faith and a budding romance.

The book opens with Detective Daniel Jordan of the LAPD narrowly escaping death in a motorcycle accident that proves not to be an accident at all. As his friends rally around him, attempts are made on their lives, and it becomes apparent that this close-knit group of friends is the target of a notorious enemy from the past. But whose past?  And why? To remove the threat, they must use their combined resources to discover who is behind the attacks, who the attacker is—and then track him down!

Shadows of Pain is the third book in Ashley Dawn’s Shadow SeriesIt is a book full of suspense and action. It’s a good clean read with Christian themes woven throughout.

(A complimentary review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.)

About the Author

Author Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed a love for writing. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas, but is currently working as a legal assistant. Ashley has been writing professionally for the past seven years and has three published books. Her first book, Shadows From The Past, was traditionally published by Tate Publishing. Shadows of Suspicion was self-published using AuthorHouse. All three in the Shadow Series have been published in e-book format through Suspense Publishing.  She and her family make their home in Texas.

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Orangeberry Book Tour

December 29, 2011 1 comment

I’m on tour! Well, not physically, but online. I’m participating in the Orangeberry Book Tours.

As part of the tour, “A Murder Unseen” has been featured at various blogs. Today I wrote a guest post on the journey of marketing for Book Marketing Bestsellers: Book Promotion Blog.

Check out the quote below, then click HERE to visit John’s blog to read the post. While there, check out the rest of his blog!

Marketing is a journey. For the uninitiated, it may seem strewn with boulders, broken bridges, detours, and sometimes dead-ends.  …  It’s not a race. It’s not a quick trip to the marketplace. It’s a journey.

A Review by Carolyn Arnold

December 29, 2011 1 comment
I’m pleased to share the following review of “A Murder Unseen” written by a fellow Canadian, Author Carolyn Arnold.

Click HERE to check out Carolyn’s website!

5.0 out of 5 stars 

A thrill ride that won’t let you off until it’s over!

Sandra Ford has it all – two young, beautiful children and a husband who is her best friend. But what she witnesses one night on the way home from work changes everything. There’s a murder in an alley, but the only thing is she didn’t see it happen, she heard it.

When a tragic car “accident” claims her family and she inadvertently survives, she realizes quickly there’s no one she can trust – even the police. She runs, not with the illusion of putting her family’s loss behind her, but to survive. She knows they will be coming after her when they realize she wasn’t in the car.

Worse yet, the law has deemed her a fugitive – wanted in the murders of both her family and the man from the alley. As she travels across the country, she begins a new life of sorts. With the deaths of her family haunting her at every turn, eventually her past catches up with her and she’s forced to run again. And worse yet everyone she comes into contact with is in danger for their lives.

Sandra then begins to realize the only way she can stop running is to return where it all started. But how is she to prove her innocence when all the evidence points at her?

Cochran orchestrates an adrenaline-charged thrill ride, pausing only long enough to allow you to catch your breath, before you’re pulled along again. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, and one you’re willing to lose sleep because of, this book is for you.

By Carolyn Arnold

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

(A review copy was provided for the review.)

A Review by Sherri Wilson Johnson

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Fellow Christian author, Sherri Wilson Johnson, posted a review of “A Murder Unseen.” I invite you to follow the link to her blog to read it, along with her other reviews.

Click HERE to read the review!

While you are there, be sure to click on the tab “To Dance Once More” to check out Sherri’s newest novel, a historical romance.

Here’s an excerpt from Sherri’s review:

Rosie Cochran knows how to weave a tale! From the very first page of A Murder Unseen, I was intrigued and had to keep reading to find out what happened next. Rosie not only knows how to tell a great and mysterious story, she is a wonderful writer. There is nothing worse than liking a storyline but not being able to get beyond poor writing skills. You won’t find any of that in Rosie’s writing.

(A review copy was provided for the review.)

“Messsages” by John Hileman: A Review

December 12, 2011 2 comments

by John Hileman

Suspense. Action. A fictional allegory with Christian themes woven in. A must read!

In “Messages,” author John Hileman takes the unbelievable and makes it believable. Quite the feat when you consider the story line. Messages begin to take shape from the words around David Chance, messages that reach out to him. At first it appears to be merely coincidence, but then the messages save his life. They save the lives of others. Now the messages are telling him that there is a plot to assassinate the president of the United States. David feels inadequate. How can he possibly save the president? He is no one special. He is only an intern at a news station—but the messages have chosen him.

Hileman is a genius at developing suspense, giving enough breadcrumbs along the way to satisfy, but pleasantly surprising me near the end to find that he’d been holding the truth close to the chest, waiting for that right moment to spring it on me. There is the plot, and subplots, all masterfully woven together. The characters come alive with all their imperfections, their strengths, and semi-dysfunctional lives.

If you love action and suspense, “Messages” delivers. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. It is also a fictional allegory with Christian themes woven in, adding an interesting dimension to the story. Why did the messages choose David? Was David expected to obey the messages? Could he trust the message-giver? A book full of suspense. A book full of action. A good clean read with Christian themes woven throughout. What more can I ask for? A big thanks to author John Hileman for an excellent read! He’s got a new fan. Me! I’ve already purchased and downloaded his other book to my Kindle. 🙂

About the Author

John Michael Hileman is the head of television production for the largest church in central Maine. When he’s not writing weekly Sunday school skits, leading worship, or filming and producing their weekly television program, he can be found writing.

John writes contemporary pop fantasy with a spiritual twist. If you like adrenaline-packed supernatural mysteries from a Christian world-view, John Hileman’s books are for you.

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Review of “Eleven”

November 29, 2011 2 comments

ELEVEN by Carolyn Arnold

Suspenseful crime fiction.

Eleven graves have been found, but only ten are filled. What is the significance of eleven? You’ll feel like you are right there with the team of FBI agents as they race against time to stop the serial killer from filling the final grave. Their prime suspect is behind bars. Who is killing in his stead—and why? The ending will not disappoint.

Carolyn Arnold writes in a quick-paced style that I love. She has great dialogue. Her ability to build suspense hooks you from the first chapter. Arnold is a master at almost filling in the blanks—but then leaving you dangling.

The book deserves five stars out of five for the quality of the writing, the great characterization, and the skill in building suspense. My only disappointment was some language and a graphic scene near the end of the book. This keeps it from being a “clean” read, making it not possible for me to give the book the high personal recommendation that the writing warrants.

About the Author:

Carolyn Arnold is a fellow Canadian, born and raised in rural Ontario. Currently she lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband of fifteen years and her two beagles.

An aspiring writer in her teens, life took over and Carolyn’s dream of becoming an author was put on hold.  It wasn’t until 2007 when her dream of writing became a reality. She has outdone herself. What began as a desire to put one novel into print has resulted in several books being published.

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Available in both paperback and Kindle edition.

(A review copy was provided for the review.)

$0.99 Cyber Monday Sales!

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out these great eBook deals! They won’t last long!

The Huguenot Sword – by Shawn Lamb
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In the time of Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu, when being a Protestant could mean death, The Huguenot Sword roamed the streets of Paris by night, defending those of the young heretical religion. The nobility scorned them as ruffians, to the oppressed Protestants they were a savior, but to the Cardinal’s Guards they were a pestilence needing to be terminated.

The situation becomes desperate when those in power launch a bold plan to destroy the group. One wrong move could prove fatal. But the ordeal of Paris pales in comparison to the possible annihilation of their faith and people at the battle of La Rochelle.

A Murder Unseen – by Rosie Cochran
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Sandra Ford is at the wrong place at the wrong time. She doesn’t see a murder. She just hears it. It seems like an impossibility to convince the police that it is more than just a figment of her imagination. That impossibility fades in comparison to the unbelievable nightmare Sandra soon finds herself in. Suddenly the police believe someone was killed—and Sandra is the prime suspect!

Dreams Unleashed – by Linda Hawley
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Dreams Unleashed draws the reader into its intriguing subject matter. It delves into the paranormal. It adds fuel to paranoid concerns of too much government control and invasion of privacy. It also shows that people will only stand for so much before they rebel.

The central figure, Ann, a widow in her forties, appears an unlikely candidate for the anti-government subversive group called GOG. As the story unfolds, we find Ann to be not only a member, but a vital member with paranormal skills honed during her years as an operative with the CIA. The CIA trained her for their own purposes, little knowing they were training her to fight against a country she once defended.

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