Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Tide and Tempest

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tide and Tempest

Bethany House Publishers (March 4, 2014)


Elizabeth Ludwig


Elizabeth  Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Rocket, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies (co-authored with Janelle Mowery), earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year Award. This book was followed in 2009 by "I'll be Home for Christmas", part of the Christmas anthology collection, Christmas Homecoming.

In 2011, her second mystery, Died in the Wool (co-authored with Janelle Mowery) was nominated for a Carol Award. In 2012, the popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series released from Bethany House Publishers. Books one and two, No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, respectively, earned 4 Stars from the RT Book Reviews. Book three, Tide and Tempest, received top honors with 4 1/2 Stars.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.


Two years ago, her fiance perished during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tide and Tempest, go HERE.


I had no idea that this was the 3rd and final book in a series, and to be honest, I wasn't happy about it at all. I just knew I wasn't going to know what in the world was going on, and who all the characters were but I was wrong! Tide and Tempest was an excellent book and I wasn't lost at all!

I just love Tillie and felt for her in so many situations. Her grief for her late fiancé and her own internal battle is just heart wrenching! I wanted just to shake her and then ever so gently share how the Grace of God will erase all of her wounds and her sins. I never really understood why this wasn't covered in a "Christian Fiction Book" but, it is what it is I guess. :)

I love Captain Morgan and his tender heart towards Tillie but it drove me crazy how long it took for them to learn of one another's feelings!

If you like Romance, Suspense, Drama, then Tide & Tempest is for you! You will LOVE as did I!

Poison Town ~ REVIEW

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Poison Town

David C. Cook (February 1, 2014)


Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


There's More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that's crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss.

The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon's long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal.

The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable--he knows too much.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Poison Town, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

WOW! WOW! WOW! This is the first time I have read a book by Creston Mapes and I am literally ready to download every single book he's written onto my kindle!

Poison Town is a fast paced, suspense-filled novel.  I LOVE reporter Jack Crittendon! He is very tenacious, determined, and he cares deeply for all of those he has a relationship with in Trenton City.
Demler-Vargas employees many residents in town but Jack learns that not only is his friend sick, but so are many others and they all have very similar symptoms, some have even died.

Jack refuses to give up until he finds an answer, no matter how dangerous things get, but along the way he also learns some very surprising truths. Is everyone involved in the deception and cover-ups of Demler-Vargas. Will he be enticed by the bribes as well? As he gets deeper and deeper into this Demler-Vargas mystery, his marriage and faith seem to be unraveling at the seams.

Will he find the truth and expose Demler-Vargas? Can his marriage be saved and his Faith restored?

This is by far one of my FAVORITE reads this year! I couldn't wait to pass it onto a friend and share this phenomenal read! 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!

Thank you so much CFBA for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review! Thank you for showcasing and introducing me to such an incredible author! I am now a HUGE FAN of Creston Mapes!