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Good morning suspense fans and welcome to today’s Book Showcase!!! This month you’re in for a special treat. Our suspense feature for the month of July will be a sneak-peak of Christian mystery novel, Crevice by suspense novelist Janice Boekhoff. This book is close to my heart for many reasons and after you’ve read it, it’ll be close to yours too. Save and pre-order your copy now for only $2.99!

Crevice

Desperate to save her family’s gold mine, Elery Hearst gives an order that results in the tragic death of one of her men. But before she can come to terms with the guilt consuming her, her brother disappears. To find him, she must find the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine. And the one person who can help, Lucan Milner, has every reason to want her to fail; he’s the twin brother of the miner who died. He holds the secret to finding Elery’s brother, but sharing them with her not only rips open his grief-stricken heart, it puts both of them in the path of a killer.

Janice Boekhoff is a former Research Geologist who pours her love of science and the outdoors into her suspense novels. She is a three-time Janicefinalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest. She writes from Iowa, where she lives with her amazing husband and three feisty kids.

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A Silver Medallion – Behind The Story

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June 10th’s suspense post showcased the Christian mystery novel, A Silver Medallion, by author James R. Callan.

And now, here’s the story behind the story.

Where did A Silver Medallion come from?

It came from the same place that many of my books originate: a news story.  Several years ago, I read a short piece about a woman held a virtual slave in Los Angeles.  She was not held by chains, but by threats to her family that remained in a foreign country.  She could not quit, escape, or for that matter, even tell authorities about her predicament.  If she did, her family would be harmed.

It seemed impossible that this could happen in the United States.  And I dismissed it. But the story hung around in the back of my mind and eventually I did some research.  I was horrified to find it was widespread. One government report claimed more slaves existed in the U.S. now than in 1860. No chains, but slaves nonetheless.

Again, I put that out of my mind. But it continued to resurface and eventually I knew I had to write about it. But the actual facts were too horrific for me to consider a non-fiction account. So, I decided to write a suspense novel where the protagonist from my first Crystal Moore suspense book discovers a virtual slave.

Crystal learns of a young, single mother, Lucita, who has left two young girls in Mexico with the man who arranged transportation and a job in Dallas for her. She would make “big Yankee dollars” and soon could send for the children. But once she got to the job in Dallas, the real facts were explained to her. She could not leave her position, could not tell anyone about it, could not displease her “owner” or her girls would be killed or sold to drug lords.

Crystal tries to forget she ever heard about Lucita. But her conscience will not let her. She had lost her parents when she was seven. They were dead; nothing could be done. But Lucita is not dead. Something could be done. After sleepless nights and numerous nightmares,  Crystal knows she must try to help Lucita and her girls.

Crystal considers many paths and finally realizes that the mother will never escape, complain, or go to authorities until she knows her two girls are free and safe. To accomplish that, Crystal decides she must go to Mexico and rescue the children.

At this point, I must answer the question, why would unadventurous Crystal go into the jungles of Mexico and challenge a ruthless drug lord.  For me, the answer was simple. It is not about logic, intelligence, or bravery.  It is about emotions, feelings, basic tenets a person holds. For Crystal, it is about helping someone who cannot help herself.

The decision is made easier because Crystal is naive and does not really understand just how dangerous it will be. She thinks that the police will help her. Or the Federales. And if all else fails, at least Crystal will be protected by the U.S. Consulate. All those safety nets evaporate once she is in Mexico.

It is a dangerous, yet interesting adventure,  aided by a mysterious Juan Grande.  If they succeed, mother and children will be free, but Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men — one in Mexico and one in Texas — who want her dead.

Read A Silver Medallion to follow Crystal’s trek through the jungles of Mexico and see what she is made of and what she is capable of doing.

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James R. CallanAfter a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published.  He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense.  His eleventh book is scheduled to release in June, 2016.

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Good morning suspense fans and welcome to today’s Book Showcase!!! Our suspense feature for the month of June is Christian mystery novel A Silver Medallion by mystery/suspense novelist James R. Callan.

A Silver Medallion

Young, bright, unadventurous Crystal Moore comes face-to-face with slavery in today’s Dallas, Texas. A woman is held, not by chains, but by threats to her two small children left behind in Mexico. Should she escape, or even tell anybody of her situation, her children will be killed.

Crystal would like to walk away and forget she ever heard this. But her conscience won’t let her. Her parents were killed when she was just seven. She knows the heartache these children suffer. And she can’t sleep without hearing the cries of the two young girls and their mother.

Crystal knows the woman will never try to escape as long as her children are held hostage. Crystal realizes the only way to free her is to go to Mexico and rescue the girls first, for only if they are safe will the mother ever be free.

Crystal goes to Mexico and secures the help of the mysterious Juan Grande. But now, two powerful and ruthless men, one in Mexico and one in Texas, want Crystal dead.

In the midst of all this, the man who nearly destroyed Crystal emotionally is coming back. This time, he can ruin her career.

She will need all the help she can get from a former bull rider, Crystal’s streetwise housemate Brandi, and Crystal’s seventy-six year-old, feisty grandmother.

James R. CallanAfter a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published.  He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense.  His eleventh book is scheduled to release in June, 2016.

Website:   www.jamesrcallan.com

Blog:          www.jamesrcallan.com/blog

Author’s page on Amazon:   http://amzn.to/1eeykvG

Buy link for A Silver Medallion      http://amzn.to/1WxoEaF

You may also find out more about James R. Callan via:

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Stranded – Behind The Story

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April 29th’s suspense post showcased the Christian mystery novel, Stranded by co-authors Don and Stephanie Prichard.  And now, here’s the story behind the story.

StrandedDon and I are often asked what it’s like to write as a husband and wife team (meaning, “and still stay married” HA!) You see, it’s not as if we decided over coffee one morning to write a novel together. Uh, no way.

It was more like oil and water defying odds to become a new substance.

Don, let’s say, is the “oil.” Stranded started off as his baby—a baby born of a man who was not inherently daddy material. First of all, he’s dyslexic, and, well, sad to say, simply can’t write. Secondly, because of that, he rarely indulged in reading as a form of entertainment. He read the Bible and the newspaper. Period. Given those credentials, how in the world could he aspire to be an author? If anyone would have been voted Least Likely to Write a Novel in high school, it would have been Don.

I, the “water,” am just the opposite. I love reading and majored in English/Lit at college, intending a career of writing novels. It wasn’t a passion, however—more of a daydream—and the reality and reward of marriage and motherhood easily replaced it. I forgot all about writing.

Imagine my shock then, when, at the age of 57, Don told me he wanted to write a novel. “Give me a few pointers,” he said. Okay, I admit to snickering behind my hand, but I gave him the basics and off he went, jolly as could be. For the next four years, he wrote, rewrote, and re-rewrote his novel. It got so long he finally divided it into three novels.

Then he invited me to join him as a co-author—by which he meant be his editor, clean up his spelling and grammar. Definitely NOT to rewrite anything. After all, this was his baby, and surgery was not an option. But I fell in love with his story, made a little suggestion here, a little suggestion there, and before long we were reading how-to books together and attending writing conferences. I needed the input as much as Don. Being an English/Lit major, I discovered, did not equal knowing how to write fiction.

Ahhhh, oil and water didn’t just bond—we became one! We are amazed at how perfectly suited we are for each other as co-authors. Don is outstanding at coming up with “story” (he’s an avid movie fan and learned from the cinema), and he now loves it that I perform surgery on “our” baby. I take the draft he’s written and rewrite it, sometimes filling in plot holes, sometimes adding to the story, sometimes deleting (in all cases, talked over with Don first). I research everything to make sure it’s spot on, and he contributes all kinds of fascinating details (especially about survival in Stranded) that make the story all the more interesting.

For this, we credit God and thank Him with full hearts.

As for our marriage, co-authoring has raised our admiration and respect for each other. Having this project in common has given us great delight. We work on the same thing, aim for the same destination, and root for it outcome. There’s no conflict, just wonderful unity.

Okay, once in a while we squabble, but we always end up on the same page, happy with the final decision!

About the Authors

Don Prichard is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserves for Don & Stephanie Pritchardthirty-two years before retiring as a colonel. He is also a career architect, whose specialty in government work includes the design of prisons, courthouses, and military facilities.

Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, where they raised their three children and now enjoy eleven grandchildren. In retirement have turned to co-authoring novels.

Purchase your copy of Stranded now on Amazon! You can also find out more about Don & Stephanie via their website, Pinterest and Facebook.

 

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Good morning suspense fans and welcome to today’s Book Showcase!!! Our next suspense feature for the month of April is Christian mystery novel Stranded, by Christian suspense authors, Don and Stephanie Prichard.

FIRST THEY HAD TO SURVIVE THE ISLAND . . . THEN EACH OTHER . . .

THEN THEIR RESCUER.

StrandedAll Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.

Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake’s survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she’s responsible for his wife’s death.

About the Authors

Don Prichard is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserves for Don & Stephanie Pritchardthirty-two years before retiring as a colonel. He is also a career architect, whose specialty in government work includes the design of prisons, courthouses, and military facilities.

Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, where they raised their three children and now enjoy eleven grandchildren. In retirement have turned to co-authoring novels.

 

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Good morning suspense fans and welcome to today’s Book Showcase!!! Our suspense feature for the month of April is Christian mystery novel Colorblind, by Christian suspense author Amy C. Blake.

ColorblindEighteen-year-old Christy Kane has always been Daddy’s princess. But on the first day of her music internship at his mega-church, reporters shatter her world with terrible news: Daddy’s had an affair with the church preschool director. Christy feels as betrayed by God as the man she’s always considered Prince Charming.

When Mom sends her to Buckeye Lake to help with Aunt Jo’s School of Music and Dance in the restored Pier Ballroom, Christy’s problems only increase. First, the ballroom sits on Buckeye Lake, making her face her greatest fear—water. Second, she must help lead a handful of semi-talented volunteers, who harbor racial tensions and mysterious underlying antagonisms, in a professional quality performance for the Grand Reopening of the ballroom. The stakes are high—Aunt Jo will lose the place if they fail. Third, Christy discovers a diary written by Lillian, who lived near Buckeye Lake in the 1920s, and becomes intrigued by the stories of thousands coming to play at the amusement parks and dance in the ballrooms. But her interest soon turns to concern as tragic events from the diary happen in Christy’s world, ninety years to the date of their first occurrence.

Between her shattered past, her uncertain future, and her dangerous present, Christy doesn’t know where to turn. Does Daddy’s God really exist? If so, does He care enough to rescue her?

 

Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College Amy C. Blakeand has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. She’d love for you to visit her website at amycblake.com for tips on homeschooling, advice for the rookie pastor’s wife, and helps for the Christian life. You can also find more information on her website about her novels–Whitewashed, Colorblind, and The Trojan Horse Traitor.

 

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The Club – Behind The Story

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This month’s suspense post showcased the supernatural Christian thriller novel, The Club by multi-published Christian author, Karin Kaufman. And as promised, here’s the story behind the story. And it’s just as thrilling as her novel.

When I first planned the Anna Denning Mystery Series, I knew two things for certain: first, the series would be set in a Colorado mountain March 18 posttown, and second, the series’ protagonist would battle spiritual forces in the guise of “harmless” neopagan and new age practices. I live in Colorado and love the mountains—right now I’m blessed to live very close to the foothills—so the mountain setting was a no-brainer. (Besides, my favorite mysteries play out in isolated settings, and there’s nothing quite as isolated as a mountain town!)

The protagonist who confronts neopaganism, wicca, and various new age practices? That aspect of my books come from my past, as a Christian who briefly, a long time ago, dipped her toe into wicca because, well, it seemed so appealing. I know the pitfalls, I know the dangers, and I have empathy for those who get sucked into the neopagan lifestyle. In fact, one of my returning characters, Jazmin Morningstar, is a wiccan, and I love writing about her. When people say God can use anything from your past, believe them!

Still, I didn’t want my mysteries to be nothing more than anti-neopagan polemics. Anna Denning, my main character, isn’t shy about disliking practices that fall under the umbrella of neopaganism—in fact, some readers think she should be a little less outspoken, a little sweeter—but more than anything I want my books to be entertaining. I want them to be escapes—in all the best senses of the word. I want to take readers away to the Colorado mountains, give them a few hours of thrills and chills, and introduce them to characters I hope will become friends.

The Club is the fourth book in the series, and as it opens, Anna Denning has been a widow for three years. In The Witch Tree, the first book in the series, she meets a man (Gene Westfall) and finds—much to her surprise—that she’s drawn to him, and he makes an appearance in the other books in the series too, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go into details! But it’s been fun writing about two characters who take love, marriage, and Christian vows seriously.

Because Anna is a genealogist, The Club (like my other mysteries) features past crimes and misdeeds come to life—or come, finally, to a come-uppance. Payback. The past never really dies, does it? One day there’s a reckoning. In the latest mystery, Anna takes her genealogy skills to a new level, this time working for the local police department. (If you’ve been reading the series, you just knew she had to make that leap, didn’t you?) As a consultant, she finds missing identities, missing relatives of murder victims, and, in The Club, a missing finger. Literally.

I hope readers enjoy this latest book in my series. I loved writing it. I always love returning to Elk Park, my fictional (or is it?) mountain town, and reacquainting myself with the characters who call it home.

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Karin lives near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Dakota Grace, her energetic and lovable rescued rez dog.

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Good morning suspense fans and welcome to today’s Book Showcase!!! Our suspense feature for the month of March is the supernatural Christian thriller, The Club, by Christian suspense author Karin Kaufman.

Summoned by her father to Elk Park, Colorado, Melinda Maxwell hopes to finally learn why he cut off all contact with his family and became a The Club“monster,” as Melinda calls him. Four days into her stay, and frustrated by his silence, she hires genealogist Anna Denning to locate her long-lost grandparents. Already immersed in trying to locate the family of a murdered man for the Elk Park Police, Anna agrees to the challenge.

Two clues—a severed finger and a scrap of paper with a strange name written on it—lead Anna to believe that Maxwell’s father and the murdered man are somehow connected. When a second murder victim is found, Anna soon discovers what links them all: an eccentric, and dangerous, group of occultists who come together once a year to form the January Club.

The Club is the fourth book in the Anna Denning mystery series. If you like supernaturally tinged mysteries and a heroine who battles the forces of darkness with the shield of faith, you’ll love this series.

Karin Kaufman writes mysteries, thrillers, and children’s books. Although her mysteries and thrillers are written from a Christian perspective, KarinKaufmanthey don’t downplay the evil we confront in this world—or the isolation Christians sometimes feel in what is a largely secular culture. But she rejects the notion that such fiction must be dark or oppressive. Because there is also goodness in this world—love, friendship, laughter, faithful dogs, piping hot cups of coffee—and it’s every bit as real as the evil.

The Witch Tree, the first book in her Anna Denning mystery series, was a finalist for a 2011 Grace Award. Karin lives near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with Dakota Grace, her energetic and lovable rescued rez dog. You can find Karin on her Facebook author page, at http://www.facebook.com/#!/authorkarinkaufman, or on her website, at http://www.karinkaufman.com.

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She’s Mine – Behind The Story

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This months suspense posts showcased the romantic suspense novel, She’s Mine by multi-published Christian author Tammy Doherty. And now, as promised, here’s the story behind the story. Enjoy! 

Tammy Dohery - Author She's Mine The area where I grew up, and where I still live, is a beautiful rural landscape full of small town charm. The perfect setting for romantic suspense. In my opinion, at least. A desire to share my central New England home led to choosing the setting and time period for my fourth novel. She’s Mine is a contemporary romantic suspense showcasing central Massachusetts and the wonderfully friendly and sometimes quirky people who live here. But it isn’t a true story, or even based on real-life, so how’d I come up with the plot? Glad you asked.

First, I started with a young woman, Caitlin Harrington, who had decided early in life to never get married. She didn’t even date until recently. Now she’s being stalked. I needed a back story to explain why she wouldn’t want to marry, or even date. So I gave Caitlin parents who went through a horrible divorce . . . and then abandoned her with her grandmother. That ought to give her issues! Her mother continues to make bad choices regarding men; her father has remarried and moved on. To top it off, her beloved grandmother has recently died and Caitlin lost her job. The story opens with her moving back into her grandparents’ house to take a new teaching job.

Since it’s romantic suspense, I also needed a hero for the story. Enter Sean Taggart. He seems to have a perfect life: owns a successful She's Mine - Behind The Story2campground, coaches little league, serves on the local fire department. He’s well-respected in the community. But he’s alone. Someday he’d like to have a marriage as wonderful as his parents’. If only he could find a woman who didn’t try to change him into her ideal. Sean is in charge of Sean’s life, not anyone else! Then he meets Caitlin. She’s beautiful and aloof. And possibly has a few loose screws. After all, she does get “locked” in an unlocked basement. Something spooked her at the local fair but she won’t say what.

She's MineNow we’ve got a heroine and a hero. Time for the villain! He’s stalking Caitlin so you think you know who he is, right? Yeah, the guy she dated just before moving – Adam. But when the police investigate, turns out Adam doesn’t exist. Who is he really? Sean is determined to save Caitlin from this menace. Can they figure out who Adam is before it’s too late?

The real fun, for me, was peppering the story with local stuff. And having friends and neighbors recognize it! The restaurantShe's Mine - Behind The Story where Sean takes Caitlin is named after a family friend (Claudia) who actually once owned a diner here in town. The location of Sean’s 3x-great-grandmother’s house is real, except there’s no house there. The local fair in the story – the Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival – is real and happens the third week of May every year, since 2002. Caitlin’s house, Sean’s campground, swimming at the lake, walking to the nearby beaver pond . . .all things based on my view of central New England. I’m looking forward to showcasing more in the sequel, too, along with a good romantic suspense of course.

 

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