The Price of Valor – a Novel by Susan May Warren

THE PRICE OF VALOR

 

This was the first time I had read any of this series. As a South African, I do not normally jump at military or politically-motivated stories as they don’t necessarily tie in with experiences in my own country. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this incredibly gripping and baffling story produced by Susan May Waren. It is her final (third) adventure in the Global Search and Rescue Book series. read more

Meet Vida Li Sik – Christian Author from South Africa

This entry is part 1 of the series African Authors
[stextbox id=’alert’]To stop the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 in South Africa, a National lock-down is currently in place. For more see: National Covid-19 website[/stextbox]

Good morning all!

How are you all today? Surviving the Lockdown or Stay Home measures in your particular country? What is the most difficult thing for you among your regulations? Please share below.

I head up a Facebook group for Christian Writers of Southern Africa (a.k.a. CWOSA – pronounced as in QUO zu).  Currently there is a book promotion of Christian Non-fiction Books titled, “For Such A Time As This.” I am proud to share that out of the 15 books available, 6 of them are from our group. I’ve decided to do a number of interviews of Christian Authors living in Southern Africa, and what better a plan than to start with the authors featured in this promotion.

Today, to kick off the series, I am interviewing Vida Li Sik who lives in Johannesburg, the epicenter of the global pandemic currently sweeping the globe.  read more

Authors on an Africa Book Safari

This entry is part 2 of the series Africa Book Safari
Over a long weekend of three days, we went on an Africa Book Safari. We explored, through books, authors, and posts, some of the nuances and rich diversities of our beloved land. Don't miss these posts! Click To Tweet

On 25th October, the Africa Book Safari kicked off with a bang. And boy! What a bang!

We had a blast! Over the weekend we had 771 attendees, and between us all, we produced a staggering 14,4K posts, comments, and reactions!

Everyone seems to have been extremely happy with the way it went, and there have been some super giveaways. The atmosphere was great with fabulous interaction between Christians from all over the world. The top country represented was (of course! the States) but South Africa came a close second.

Authors Interviews

On Friday, our selected Christian authors all posted their interviews on their own sites for their regular readers to see, and told you a bit about their chosen book, also based in Africa. You got to read mine on Friday, but then the weekend happened! Oh wow, did it happen? It was amazing, but we had NO TIME for looking after our blogs! So I do encourage you to check back on any authors you missed and then keep moving on.

I would encourage you to visit here every day to see where to go next. That way, you will hop from one blog to another – and get to meet all the authors with some days staying here with me.

On this site so far you have just seen my own interview and Marion Ueckermann who happens to be the person who co-hosted this event with me. 

read more

Deadlock ~ by DiAnn Mills

DeadlockWhen two murders rock the city of Houston, the big question is, “Is there a serial killer at large, or are these copy-cat murders?” Special Agent Bethany Sanchez partners with Special Agent Thatcher Graves in their first case as a fascinating team. Bethany, the junior partner, works by the book, while Thatcher likes to run with his instinct—a clear recipe for friction.

I enjoyed how both the heroine and the hero are far from perfect. Bethany not only comes from a dysfunctional family and suspects her brother’s involvement in the crimes, she also has to deal with diabetes. Thatcher has a reputation for being a ladies’ man who had a strained relationship with his now-deceased father. They are both Christians, but we find Bethany struggling with why God allows so much hardship in the world, while Thatcher is trying to find his way with his new-found faith.

This exciting Christian suspense novel has just enough romance to keep the story interesting without turning into a love story. It is the third and final book in the FBI: Houston series, but although I have not yet read either of the other two, this did not present a problem for me. Deadlock stands alone, although I would love to read the other two novels.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy of Deadlock in exchange for my honest review. You can buy this book now in Kindle or print by following this link.

 

Hidden Agenda ~ by Lisa Harris

Hidden Agenda

“Michael Hunt staggered from the impact of the blow.”

This is the opening sentence of Lisa Harris’s Hidden Agenda, and the tension escalates from that moment.  Michael, an undercover cop investigating a drug cartel, has had his cover blown and has only a few hours to live. He is rescued by Ivan and Olivia, the son and daughter of Antonio Valez, the head of the cartel.

The story is fast-paced and believable, as the trio makes their escape from a heavily-guarded island, only to discover that Michael is also wanted by the police for a number of serious crimes.

There is an emotional tug each time Olivia and Ivan discover key people from their past are not who they believed them to be.  This is a direct contrast to the united and caring Hunt family who don’t hesitate to drop everything and come alongside Michael and Olivia.

The plot line is clever and keeps you guessing while each character is well defined. As a refreshing change for this genre of book, the three main characters all share a strong faith while still being far from perfect.  Where Olivia has difficulty releasing a protective control over her younger, deaf brother, Michael too is overly protective of his family and later Olivia. Even the two main “bad guys” have their soft spots and you can’t help having a smidgeon of sympathy with them, despite their evil way of life.

Despite the seedy background of drug running, Lisa has managed to keep the language clean while not in any way watering down the vivid narrative.

I read this book in less than 24 hours, reading until late at night and sneaking in a reading time the following afternoon to finish it.  If you enjoy suspense stories with some  romance, you will enjoy this book. I don’t hesitate to give it a 5-star rating. Hidden Agenda can be purchased here.

Thank you to Revell Reads for giving me this book for an unbiased review.Lisa Harris(2)

LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Christy Award winner forDangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011from Romantic Times.

She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry

Tangled Secrets by Carol Preston

tangledsecretssmall
In tragic circumstances Beth and her brothers are left in England to grow up without their parents. When Beth’s childhood dream to be reunited with her father in Australia finally eventuates she finds that dreams do not always come true.The reality she faces is a tangled web of disappointment, deceit and mistakes. Further abandonment follows.
Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn’t have to be alone before it is too late?Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid-1800s.Revisit Charlotte and Thomas from Charlotte’s Angel and Mary’s Guardian, and meet new characters in this new novel by Carol Preston. Mary’s Guardian was a finalist in the fiction section of CALEB 2011.
carol-photo
 Carol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people.
 
For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website.

Soul Friend by Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Soul Friend
Soul Friend is an honest and intimate portrayal of the author’s own journey with her wise, spiritual mentor and the warm, life-giving relationship that developed between them during their fifteen years of meeting together.
This story is written in the hope that it will inspire many not only to seek out such a spiritual friendship for themselves but also to provide such a friendship for another.Beautifully written, this honest and insightful memoir is an inspiring celebration of the ancient art of spiritual companionship. Dr. Rick LewisSoul friendship is a very under-emphasised resource of Christian discipleship, particularly for Christian leaders. Jo-Anne has written honestly, beautifully, sensitively and powerfully. Read an interview of the author by Shirley.
Jo-ANne Berthelsen
Jo-Anne Berthelsen lives in Sydney but grew up in Brisbane. She holds degrees in Arts and Theology and has worked as a high school teacher, editor, and secretary, as well as in local church ministry. Jo-Anne loves communicating through both the written and spoken word.
She is the author of five published novels – Heléna, All the Days of My Life, Laura, Jenna andHeléna’s Legacy, with a sixth, The Inheritance, due for release in 2013. Her first non-fiction work Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey was released in October 2012. Jo-Anne loves music, reading, mentoring younger women, and sharing with community groups about writing. She is married to a retired minister and has three grown-up children and three grandchildren.