Friday, October 13, 2017

Devil in the Dust by Cara Luecht

 

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About the Book



Name of book: Devil in the Dust  
Author: Cara Luecht  
Genre: Historical Fiction  
Release Date: April 3, 2017

June 1933

Their small Oklahoma town is dying. Lillian remembers how acres and acres of wheat once waved under jewel-blue skies. Now the dirt stretches across the flat land as far as she can see. Emma’s husband is missing. She keeps house, keeps her five children fed as best as she can, and keeps smiling as her hope fades. But when the days stretch to weeks, she faces the possibility that he will never come home. Left with the likelihood of losing their farm, and the ever-present pangs of hunger, she is forced to consider opportunities that, under normal circumstances, she would never contemplated. Jessie, Emma’s oldest daughter, completes her tasks as if numb. Forced to wear her mother’s shoes to avoid the humiliation of bare feet, she watches the dead, dirt road for signs of life. And then he comes. His new car and shiny shoes and generous way with gifts and money catch Jessie’s eye, much to the dismay of her mother … and much to the concern of the minister’s wife, Lillian. He’s too smooth, too willing to help, and much too eager to spend time with a girl less than half his age. But who is to say he is not the miracle they all prayed for?



My Review

What a refreshing change Devil in the Dust turned out to be. I had ideas based on the title, but what was contained within blew those expectations out of the water. Our author tackled a devastating timeframe in history where poverty was reality for nearly everyone in this area. The author provided such a good description of the dust bowl time era that I felt as though I could feel the dirt in my face and my mouth along with the characters. All of our leading ladies deal with the realities of their lives with hopes to break free in some way. But relief doesn't seem to come. In walks a hot shot that seems to be everyone's ticket out of poverty- but at what price? Is any price too high to pay to free your family from poverty and devastation? What a complex character Jessie is! Barely 16, she grows up before our eyes. Emma, her mother becomes old before our eyes dealing with an ill husband and many hungry children. Lillian, our pastor's wife tries to make the best of what they have, but questions what comfort her husband can give to their destitute city. What Devil in the Dust tackled which many don't, is the reality that suffering is real, and sometimes suffering doesn't end for a long time, possibly until we meet Jesus in Heaven. So what is a pastor and Christian to do in such devastation? The joy of the Lord is to be our strength and that is where we find true hope in complete suffering. The person with the chronic painful disease, the one whose wayward child never does come to the Lord, the one who seems to be in a constant financial disaster due to no fault of their own. Even then, the Lord is enough and He gives us Christian friends who, facing their own deserts, come alongside us to work together and strengthen each other. In times like these, the question to God is not why?, but How? How Lord can we all work together as the body of Christ to find meaning in this time? To accomplish your will in this time? Thank you Mrs. Luecht for tackling the harsh realities we all face head on, and reminding us that the point is not to understand why, but to serve our Lord together in joy. Reminding us of the priceless value of Christian fellowship to find meaning in the desert. Reminding us to reach out to others in their deserts with the love of Christ, unafraid for them to share the reality of the grief they bear, and instead grieving with them. Don't miss this unique and eye opening read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 



About the Author



Award winning author, Cara Luecht, lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband, David, and their children. In addition to freelance writing and marketing, Cara works as an English Instructor for a local college. Cara graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, Cara is studying for a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary.


Guest Post from Cara Luecht

Why I wrote Devil in the Dust. One Sunday after church, we decided to go to lunch with another family. We hadn’t had the opportunity to get to know this couple well, but the conversation was amazing, we laughed until we almost cried, and I’m pretty sure the restaurant manager was glad to see us go. On the way out, the topic grew more serious, and I mentioned something that worried me. It was maybe a sentence—I was not baring my soul—but the woman with whom we had spent the last couple of delightful hours stopped, blinked, and put up her wall-of-a-Christian-smile. In an instant, I knew I had been judged as negative. You see, for many Christians, the mantras of “the battle is already won,” “faith will get you through,” and the largely American “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” have drowned out the quieter mandate to care. I went home chased by the feeling that, somehow, I didn’t measure up. And for a time, I dredged that place of overthinking, attempting to float a reason out of that murky pond where insecurity hides. Of course, I came up with nothing, and decided to put my efforts into deciding what my next novel would be. Unfortunately (or fortunately), at this stage, every little life experience has potential for use. While I had been undecided on theme, I knew I wanted the setting for the novel to be in the dustbowl in the 1930s. I began researching, and I realized the scope and human impact of this disaster was much larger than I had remembered from history class. More importantly, it lasted an entire decade. For a decade, people dealt with hunger and drought and death from breathing in the ultra-fine soot. Children were lost. Families abandoned their farms. People survived on rations of canned government meat…and that’s when they were lucky. Many felt cursed. Life was hard. I imagine that smiles were rare, even in the church. I started thinking about what it would take for a community to survive devastation on this scale. I considered the kind of people who make up a town: merchants, teachers, police, farmers, and ministers. And while merchants and teachers, along with everyone else, would feel the change brought on by the slow death of a drought, for a minister it would be different. A minister’s purpose is to bring people the good news of the gospel. Technically, their job would stay exactly the same, except every phrase they spoke would shift in meaning because the context—the lives of those sitting in the pews—had changed so dramatically. Growing up as the child of a pastor, I have some knowledge about how a minister’s home works. And in all my research I was left with one question: How could a minister preach every Sunday to a congregation of people who had lost everything with no hope for improvement anytime soon? I moved my research to the Bible, and when I did, I came across the story of Lazarus. I have heard and read this story countless times, but in the light of trying to puzzle out what a pastor might do in a situation where it looks like all has been lost, I realized something about the story that I had never considered. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he cried with Lazarus’ sisters. He shared in their grief even though he knew it would end. He stayed there with them in that moment of sorrow. I came to the conclusion that during times of suffering, our responsibility to others should look nothing like that drought-of-a-Christian-smile that I met outside that restaurant. Rather, it should emulate Jesus’ example. When we make Christianity only about victory, and turn faith into a wish book, we strip it of its most powerful message: hope. Not eternal hope, but the hope of not being alone. More often than not, we lack the ability to change someone’s circumstances. What we can do is come up alongside someone and help carry their burden even if only for a few minutes. Christianity is not a way to avoid suffering, it’s about finding meaning through the suffering. I wrote Devil in the Dust as an exploration of what it means to be a Christian while standing in the midst of a desert. Told through the voices of three women who endure the quiet shame of poverty, Devil in the Dust is a story about what happens to faith when everything goes wrong.


Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, October 12
A Reader’s Brain, October 13
Blogging With CarolOctober 14
Bukwurmzzz, October 15
Books n Baubles, October 17
Mary Hake, October 19
Pause for Tales, October 20
Bigreadersite, October 20
Karen Sue Hadley, October 21
Daysong Reflections, October 22

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of Devil in the Dust!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c201

Monday, October 9, 2017

Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan


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About the Book


Life isn’t a box of candy—it’s a puzzle! 
Rachel Summers is all about Rachel Summers…until the day she crashes headlong into a semi-truck. As her life hangs in the balance, she has a visitor who asks a very simple question.
Does she want to be healed or to be a healer?
She makes her choice, but the journey doesn’t go quite the way she expected. 
And so Rachel now runs Puzzle House. Every guest is different and yet the same. They all come to the Puzzle House for one reason and one reason only—to be healed, usually from a life-threatening illness. Sometimes they receive their miracle, and sometimes they discover there’s more than one kind of healing.
Nia is a fifteen-year-old African-American girl who is dying. The doctors have told her there is nothing else to be done. No more treatments. No more hope. No more life. And she’s angry about that. Very angry. Against her wishes, Nia’s aunt brings her to The Puzzle House.
Together, Nia and Rachel will take a journey that will change both their lives.


My Review


Puzzle House is so unique and endearing, and totally unexpected!  We meet Nia in a hopeless situation- 15 and dying with cancer. In walks Rachel, who Nia sees as an "old lady" who can't possibly help her in any way at this Puzzle House. They start putting a puzzle together, and slowly Rachel and Nia work together to find out how the Lord works in every aspect and time of our life to bring about His will and His glory! There's heartbreak in this book that grab the emotions, and great hope as well! Rachel's choice to be a "healer" shows us that God truly is the Healer, but that He will heal in this world or the next when we call on Him and praise Him for how He will work. I loved the focus being on God and God alone as the one who works in all our character's lives.   No one ever takes credit from Him as being the one with all the power. It's such a joy to know that we as Christians get to be part of what the Lord is doing in other people's lives when we let him lead us. When we let the love that God gives us for others lead us to action for them. What a sweet blessing to my soul Puzzle House was. There was a seamless transition from present to flashback scenes, and there was a really good flow there. The characters were described enough to give us a clear picture of them and their conversations. I found myself reading Puzzle House in one day and couldn't put it down til I finished. It warmed my heart, and reminded me that the Lord uses us to touch others if we just allow Him to work in us. That the puzzle of life may not make sense in the present, but will in glory. That no matter what ugliness we experience in life, it all fits together to finish the puzzle called our life that truly glorified God. That when He has begun a good work in you, He will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Don't miss the special blessing contained within Puzzle House!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and all opinions given are my own. 


About the Author


Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com






Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Puzzle House, Lillian is having a very special giveaway on her blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com. Leave a comment on one her Puzzle House posts and you’ll be entered to win. Thanks!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor


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About the Book:



Name of book: Lydia  
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor  
Genre: Biblical Fiction  
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter. There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi. Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.



My Review



I have to say I was very excited about this book because I always thought Lydia was such an intriguing character of the Bible. We knew so little about her except that she was wealthy as the "seller of purple", and that she came to know the Lord as a proselyte. I had ideas in my mind about her background and how she came to be so wealthy, but Mrs. Wallis Taylor packs a plot to be remembered that inspired and intrigued me! Lydia torn between the fact that her father cared nothing for God, but she and her mother did. Torn into a very disastrous marriage, but faithful and dutiful all the while raising her daughter to know the Lord. Torn between her success, and culture's expectations of her as a woman, not to mention her brother's. But the whole time, Lydia allows the Lord to lead. She does right on her end and trusts the Lord to lead her, protect her, and bless her, and we all know that He does when we trust Him! It reminded me that no matter how others act or the circumstances around me, I simply need to keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith! I fell in love with the characters because they were so real, and their emotions and interactions so life like. This story really gripped my heart and wouldn't let go. It was a true blessing to my soul. The plot is so well thought out and I had to give 5 stars because we know so little about Lydia, yet our author made her seem like a dear friend. All fiction readers should read Lydia- you're truly missing out if you haven't! I personally can't wait to read more of Mrs. Wallis Taylor's intriguing Biblical fictions! :)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own.




About the Author:




Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren



Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, October 3
By The Book, October 5
A Reader’s Brain, October 7
A Greater YesOctober 7
Simple Harvest Reads, October 8 (Spotlight)
Aryn the Libraryan, October 9
Cordially Barbara, October 9
Pursuing Stacie, October 9
Mary Hake, October 11
Radiant Light, October 12
margaretkazmierczak, October 13
Pause for Tales, October 13
Cafinated Reads, October 14
BigreadersiteOctober 15
Henry Happens, October 16
 Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 16





Giveaway!



In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away:
Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo). 2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!
Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c173

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent


 
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About the Book



Book title: Waiting for Butterflies  
Author: Karen Sargent  
Release date: April 4, 2017  
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother’s love never ends—not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her death, she returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family’s downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she is responsible for her mother’s death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family’s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and salvage her family before her second chance runs out. A tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible, Waiting for Butterflies will embrace your heart and not let go.


My Review

What Waiting for Butterflies really comes down to is a beautiful fiction about a mother's love. A mother's love is something that can't be explained in words and is something we all relish  in the here or now or miss if our mother has passed away no matter our age. No one loves like mom. The grief I felt for this family was real and raw- it hurt me to read and I really did tear up especially because I'm a mama. The family's response was one we see in real life and reality in that respect was not sugarcoated at all- we spiral into guilt, emptiness, depression, and sometimes even self destructive patterns. We all have experienced the grief of a beloved family member and grief really touches a family- it can separate, or it can strengthen. Maggie wants to see her family made whole again and thriving again so they can live and accomplish what they were created to do. What mother wouldn't want that if they had to have left their family so unexpectedly? I was inspired by the reality that a mother's love is like no other, that grief is real, and that there is hope  beyond all grief and while we will always miss our loved ones, we can look forward to for sure seeing them again in Heaven if we know the Lord. That my friends is a reminder of hope! Full disclosure here- I was a little wary when I started reading and realized that Maggie was a "lingering spirit." I knew that Biblically, the evidence wasn't there- but hey, we've all enjoyed Touched by An Angel before too and can we really say that everything within it was 100% Biblically accurate as well? We're talking about a fiction book here- and the author was so graceful about making that a priority to discuss (see below). Either way, this book will grab your heart and really just remind you that no matter what, there is always hope in Christ. 

I received this book for free and all opinions given are my own. 



About the Author



Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. A romantic element is woven within each story. In addition to writing inspirational novels, she blogs at The MOM Journey…where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay. Her writing has been featured in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth magazine and on ForEveryMom.com. When she is not writing, she teaches high school and college English in the beautiful Arcadia Valley where she resides with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at KarenSargentBooks.com.

Guest Post from Karen Sargent

Waiting for Butterflies: The Accidental Controversy I didn’t intend to write myself into controversy when I wrote Waiting for Butterflies. Yes, it is Christian fiction. Yes, the main character is a “lingering spirit.” And no, ghosts aren’t biblical. Thus the controversy. As the story idea began to stir my imagination after my mother-in-law’s unexpected death, I wondered how ghosts fit into the Christian view of the afterlife, especially since I too believe our souls go to Heaven once we die. So I asked my pastor. He referred to Hebrews 11, the “Faith Hall of Fame” that lists Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and many spiritual giants who lived by faith. That list is followed by Hebrews 12:1 which states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses…” My pastor explained witnesses is translated by some to mean spectators. So maybe, maybe, this suggests those who have died can somehow still be present—emphasis on maybe. But…this gave me just enough permission to play with the idea of a mother’s love being so strong that she could remain after her death until she was certain her family would heal. I was writing fiction after all. When my manuscript was complete and I began submitting to agents, the response was mixed. Some replied with a simple, “This story isn’t for me.” Some warned, “This will be a hard sell to Christian publishers.” Yet others were more encouraging. Finally my story made it to the desk of an acquisition editor who emailed, “This is the one.” Waiting for Butterflies found a publishing home. Now that my book is in the hands of readers, most are surprised to hear my topic is controversial. Like me, many believers haven’t really considered ghosts in a biblical context. But a few are adamant that the storyline contradicts their beliefs. I know my story—just like every story—will not appeal to everyone. But I certainly didn’t set out to offend my fellow believers, and I sincerely apologize if anyone finds it offensive. However, I appreciate this perspective one skeptical reader shared in her review: “While I was initially put off by the idea that a spirit can remain and interact, in a sense, with those still living, the author handled it with sensitivity and grace. We all have ideas about the unknown, but it is just that, unknown, and I could relate strongly to the thought of wanting to continue to influence and connect with loved ones after death in order to help them.” I appreciate that in spite of the controversy, this reader gave Waiting for Butterflies a chance—and five stars.


Blog Stops

Avid Reader Book ReviewsSeptember 21
Blogging With Carol, September 22
The Power of Words, September 22
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 23
Carpe DiemSeptember 23
A Baker’s Perspective, September 24
Christian Bookaholic, September 24
Reading Is My SuperPowerSeptember 25
Smiling Book Reviews, September 25
BigreadersiteSeptember 26
Artistic Nobody, September 27
The Fizzy Pop CollectionSeptember 28
Pause for TalesSeptember 29
RemebrancySeptember 30
A Readers BrainOctober 3
                                                         Cafinated Reads, October 4




Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away a grand prize that includes a few of Karen’s favorite things – one of which is a Hobby Lobby gift card!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bef1

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Teen's Guide to Social Media by Jonathan McKee


    From Barbour Publishing, Don't miss this ever-needed, relevant guide for your teen! 


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My Review



Realistic, applicable, and non-accusatory- this is an excellent resource for teens and their parents! We all have a weakness for our smartphones and devices, and we all enjoy the conveniences and entertainment we derive from them. Unfortunately, we all can probably say we spend too much time on them, and there are bad people out there on the internet looking to take advantage of others- it's a reality of the world we live in. Just because someone says they're something or someone great means nothing because usually we have to take everything on social media at face value. Mr. McKee takes the Word of God, applies it to strategies with social media, and presents irrefutable evidence of the need for his tips from widely known sources of today (which he provides notations for.) He presents the facts without lumping teenagers into a group of kids who don't know left from right and are incapable of adult interaction. No one wants to be treated like that and we should be encouraging independence in our teens but guiding them with Scripture and a real life example in ourselves of how we as Christians should respond and interact over social media. Among the topics explored are how nothing really vanishes online, how we should pause before posting, how we should interact face-to-face, how to use privacy settings, how to tell if someone is "catfishing" you, how sleep is important, how hiding from parents only creates issues, and so much more. Simply written and oh so practical, you would be remiss to leave this resource out of your toolbelt for your teen children. It is extremely relevant and honestly challenged me as an adult to make sure I keep my devices to be what they should be- a helpful tool with some fun aspects. Don't hope for the best with your kids when it comes to social media- meet the challenge head on with Biblical principles and realistic strategies to help your teen become the adult he needs to be and your family to thrive as a whole.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


About the Author





Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new IF I HAD A PARENTING DO OVER; 52 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE OBSESSED KID; and the Amazon "Best Seller," THE GUY'S GUIDE TO GOD, GIRLS AND THE PHONE IN YOUR POCKET. With over 20 years youth ministry experience, Jonathan speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. You can follow Jonathan on his blog at JonathanMcKeeWrites.com, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife, Lori, and their three kids live in California.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan


 
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About the Book



Book title: Deadly Proof  
Author: Rachel Dylan  
Release date: September 5, 2017  
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved. Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial. As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?


My Review


Wow- I could NOT put this one down. Intrigue, suspense, the mechanics of being a lawyer in a high profile case, and a Gospel message intertwined with a sweet, innocent romance hit all the right notes. I feel that any fiction reader could find a true level of enjoyment in this read. The plot did not give you a breath except to remind you of our character's humanity, that she needed the Lord's strength, and the inner feelings and thoughts all our characters had. Kate hit a personal cord with me on so many levels as she was so determined yet so sensitive to others, so accomplished yet so personal, so strong on the outside but every bit as human as all of us on the inside.  The depth of explanation given to the legal side of things was interesting and made it simple for a non-law person to understand. The suspense got my heart rate up for sure as I hoped that our characters would make it out ok! The twists and turns contained within kept me glued til I finished the read in 2 days straight. Endearing, personal characters, a fast-paced suspense with a litigator's viewpoint, and a beautiful story of sweet romance and the dependence one must have on the Lord to thrive come together to create a true masterpiece! Don't miss this one! 



I received this book for free, but all opinions given are entirely my own. 


About the Author



Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

Q & A with Rachel Dylan

  1. The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
  1. What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a plaintiff’s attorney taking on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
  1. Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
  1. Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
  1. What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!


Blog Stops

September 26: A Baker’s Perspective
September 26: Faithfully Bookish
September 27: Reading Is My SuperPower
September 27: Fizzy Pop Collection
September 27: Blogging With Carol
September 28: Fiction Aficionado
September 28: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 28: Genesis 5020
September 29: Just Commonly
September 29: Bukwurmzzz
September 29: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
September 30: 100 Pages per Hour
September 30: Smiling Book Reviews
October 1: A Reader’s Brain
October 1: Bigreadersite
October 1: Carpe Diem
October 2: Karen Sue Hadley
October 4: Mary Hake
October 6: Pause for Tales
October 7: Just Jo’Anne
October 8: Neverending Stories
October 8: Cafinated Reads
                                                    October 9: Raining Butterfly Kisses



Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Bethany House is giving away four Suspense Novels and a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4664b04912/