Saturday, February 27, 2010

Back Cover - Only Angels Are Bulletproof

Today's back cover is from Emily Ann Benedict's Christian suspense novel, Only Angels Are Bulletproof:

"FBI agent, Scott Malkin, did not believe in God, heaven, and certainly not angels...until a simple bank robbery went horribly wrong.

"In her first novel, Only Angels Are Bulletproof, Emily Ann Benedict takes her reader on a page-turning ride of suspense and mystery when a seemingly random young woman is fatally shot in front of Scott and dozens of witnesses, yet survives and disappears before anyone one can question her.

"Scott's quest to stop a plague of bank robberies in the Los Angeles area quickly becomes a quest to prove that things such as angels and miracles do not exist.

"But when the hunt turns deadly and threatens to consume his friends and family, Scott is faced with one very strange question: Is believing Only Angels Are Bulletproof the only way to stop a criminal?"

You can read more about the book, including the first chapter, on Emily's website:

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Back Cover - A Distant Melody

Today's back cover features Sarah Sundin's A Distance Melody, a historical fiction/ romance novel published by Revell. Its release date is March 2010, so be sure to look for it:

"Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?

"Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval - even marry a man she doesn't love. While Allie has nearly resigned herself to that fate, Lt. Walter Novak – fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women – takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.

"Walt and Allie meet and begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

"Book 1 in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody, is an exciting and tender story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II."

Comments are welcome...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The back cover ...

You're in a bookstore, shopping in your preferred genre, with no specific book in mind. As you walk down the rows, you scan the titles, find one that tweaks your interest, pull it off the shelf, and check out its front cover. Then what?

I don't know about you, but I flip it over and read its back cover––the blurb that gives a hint of the story, a teaser designed to make you want more. If it intrigues me, I head straight for the cash register. Are well-written back covers important? You betcha!

Proverbs 23:12 (NIV) says: "Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge."

Let's relate this verse to our writing. Examples of success can instruct us, and words from those who have achieved offer us knowledge. In my next few blogs, I will feature back covers from published authors. If you are published and would like your back story included, please message me in Facebook with the title of your book, its back cover, its genre, and if its your first book or how many you have had published.

Since I just issued this call to published authors today, I'll start with the back cover for Face From the Past, my as-yet-unpublished Christian romantic suspense novel:

"A stranger chases a young woman through a dank, eerie swamp. She takes a quick look back. He's getting closer, but she can't make out his face. A nightmare? Yes, and it has traumatized Beth Thompson for as long as she can remember. Is it an omen, a memory, or neither? She doesn't know. Doesn't care. Just wishes it would stop.

"Then, all of a sudden, the nightmare becomes reality. Beth is thrust into the clutches of a relentless killer who shares in a dark secret hidden from her since childhood––a face from her past who is determined to bury both Beth and that secret forever.

"Can the man she loves save her? And will God answer her desperate plea even though she has turned her back on him?"

Come back tomorrow to read a back cover from a published author, and please pray that some agent or publisher is intrigued with mine.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ready for the battle?

Proverbs 21:31 (NIV) says: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”

Of course, in our daily life we have no horses to get ready for the day of battle, but we do have our own battles, our “callings” that need preparation and daily maintenance – our marriage, singleness, being a parent, our career, or whatever else God has called us to do on a given day or in our current stage in life.

For example, when the Lord led me to write a fiction novel, I thought it would easy. After all, l had been writing all my life – devotions, curriculum, newsletters, and such. I jumped right in and wrote the book, only to be told by someone kind enough to clue me in that I had a promising story but first had to learn to write fiction.

That wonderful person was published author Bonnie Hearn Hill, and the Lord really blessed me the day he brought her into my life. She became my teacher, my mentor, my editor, and, most importantly, my friend. We’ve worked together for about three years, and I’ve finally finished my first fiction novel. It’s ready and waiting for some agent or publisher to say, “Yes!”

That brings us to the second part of the verse: “But victory rests with the Lord.” He is in control. It’s out of my hands. I’ve done what he asked me to do and have to leave the rest up to him. Of course, I’ll submit and submit and submit because that’s what I’m supposed to do, but ultimately it is in his hands now.

You might ask: Why would the Lord lead me to write a book that wouldn’t be published? And I would have to answer: I hope he didn’t, but if he did, I really don’t know. Maybe it’s because I have grown and learned so much in the process, I have many new friends because of it, or I enjoyed every minute of the learning and the writing although it was very difficult at times. But this one thing I know, what happens next is up to the Lord, and I’m content with that.

Does this verse bring your story to mind? Please share it…