In the vein of the late Vince Flynn and now Kyle Mills, Brad Thor has his own super-hero in the former military sense: Scot Harvath. True thrillers with complex plots, if you like Vince Flynn, you'll like Brad Thor. For me, no one is equal to Mitch Rapp, but Scot Harvath is definitely no slouch. Above is the cover of Thor's latest novel Foreign Agent, but if you want a complete list of his novels, go here. (Oddly enough, Foreign Agentcontains a little more bad language and sexual activity than is normally found in Thor's books.) These novels bring the action and qualify as genuine thrillers in the espionage/political/counter-terrorism venue.
Lord, please stay close to Brad Thor and remind him of your love for him. Keep him safe. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
"Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
Joey Parr’s journey from a troubled childhood and rebellious adolescence leads him into a career in film and reluctant celebrity. The Famous Onechronicles his life and allows the reader to share in his beginnings, his awkward fame, and the love which finally finds him when he least expects it. As his dream of having a family unfolds, he is stunned to learn something is still missing from his near perfect life.
Breath of Life tells the story of embittered, wounded, and divorced Michael Jamison, who, after a prolonged period as the casual observer of a lovely woman, discovers his attraction to her supersedes remaining a stranger. With a smarting ego and nothing to lose, he figures out a non-threatening way to introduce himself and is overwhelmed with her pristine beauty and challenged to change everything about the way he's lived his life so far.
Destination is only available in e-book format at this time. The blurb:
An unlikely felon returns to his roots and the friendship of a fiery old widow. The last things he expects to find are true love, a ministry to youth, and the unusual burden for his new love’s ex-fiancé.
Thomas Grand serves his time for manslaughter in the second degree and leaves jail as a divorced felon for his unintentional crime. After an emotionally brutal encounter with his ex-wife and with little to look forward to except a hint of hope in his heart, he heads back to the obscure location of his childhood and the one person he hopes is still alive to propel his faith to the next level and to restore meaning to his damaged life.
Sweet Release is only available in e-book format at this time. The blurb:
Love is just a four letter word until its true revelation hits hard in the hearts of six people who have yet to experience it in its purest form. The journey these individuals make to realize the origin and reality of genuine love is both gut-wrenching and rapturous, searching to find the sweet release to love freely. A film critic, an architectural designer, a rape victim, a computer wizard, a lonely divorcée, and a longtime bachelor pastor discover love is far more powerful than anything they’ve experienced in their pasts.
Thus concludes my "Tuesday to me . . . " novel Christmas shopping self-promotion. The e-books are at bargain prices. Hope you can find something here to whet your appetite for a love story as a gift for you or someone you love.
Father, thank you for every story, every word, every moment spent doing what needed to be done. May I always honor you with my writing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Monday Mania begins the highly recommended Christmas book shopping selections beginning with none other than the continuing saga of the legendary Mitch Rapp in Order to Kill. Kyle Mills has successfully kept this character alive and well in his two novels taking over for the late Vince Flynn.
You really don't want to miss the new Raleigh Harmon novel by Sibella Giorello. One of the best female protagonists to ever grace the pages of the mystery/suspense genre, the fine, intelligent writing of Sibella Giorello will keep you emotionally engaged and enthralled throughout the twists of this story.
A new and powerful voice in the thriller genre, Joseph Courtemanche is no amateur in the business about which he writes. A bona fide thriller with incredible insights into today's terror threats, you simply must read Assault on St. Agnes. Offering a unique and salty protagonist, this book will leave you hungry for more of Courtemanche.
Father, please keep your staying hand of divine protection on each of these authors. Fill them up with new stories to tell and bless their writing endeavors as they fulfill what you have for them. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done, Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town call Bethesda, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."
He replied, "You give them something to eat."
They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish - unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
No words can express my gratitude for all the things I've been given in life. No adjectives are grand enough. Nothing in this wonderful language of ours comes close to telling the Lord how grateful I am for all that He's done. He is Love. And I will always be desperate for Him because there is always more than can be imagined.
May your Thanksgiving bring you joy and reflection. May the sorrows seem dimmer, the frustrations less agitating, the disturbances less dramatic. May you know the One who is the Giver of all things good and perfect and receive from His abundance today and everyday. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
So what is it you like in a leading lady? Beauty? Brawn? Maturity? Innocence? Street-smartness? Sensitivity? Independence? Spirituality?
I like a variety of characters, but I've grown weary of female protagonists who are emotionally demanding and who fail to communicate what they really want. So I tend to write characters with a little sass and boldness. The exception to that is my heroine in Breath of Life(Shaylen Price aka Cabin LuCaine). She's fragile but independent, tender but with an innocent boldness. I like my leading ladies to be spiritually aware - even if they're in hard places or don't yet have faith. Two dimensional characters aren't enough and become predictable. Stereotypical behavior is borne from predictability and there is much of it in the romance genre.
How about you? What do you want from your fictional heroines?
Father, thank you for every breath of inspiration, touch of reality, compelling character. Apart from you, I can do nothing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
One of the best heroines in modern literature is Sibella Giorello's Raleigh Harmon. Why do I think so? Raleigh Harmon exhibits excruciating emotional strength while being on the edge of completely breaking down. She's attractive, tough, smart, vulnerable, and soft-hearted while exercising cynicism. She's kept her faith amidst severely debilitating personal pain and with each new endeavor she realizes important things about her character, personality, desires, and fortitude, again while re-establishing her breaking point. She's charismatic without intending to be. She has to put the breaks on herself or she will make going off half-cocked a daily ritual with her all-systems-go approach. I love her. She's a perfect endearing heroine because I understand her snark when it happens and she brings me to tears when she's on the verge of them. A real female heroine who's written exactly right.
Who is one of your favorite female heroines?
Father, thank you for Sibella's incredible writing, her unique imagination, and her commitment to you. Please continue to bless her with more stories of Raleigh Harmon. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.
Tattoos: 0 Piercings: 0 Marriages: Two Divorces: One Children: Two Surgeries: Yes (One finger, One heart) Shot a gun: Yes Quit a job: Yes Flown on a plane: Yes 100+miles in a car: Yes 100+motorcycle: No Hit a deer: No Gone zip lining: No Cried over someone: Yes Fell in love: Yes Skipped school: Yes (with permission: once) Watched someone give birth: No Watched someone die: No Been to Canada: Yes Ridden in an ambulance: Yes Been to Hawaii?: Yes Been to Europe: Yes Been to Washington DC: No Visited Florida: No Visited Mexico: No Visited Las Vegas: No Sang karaoke: No Had a pet(s): Yes Been sledding on big hill: Yes Been downhill skiing: No Rode on a motorcycle: Yes Rode a horse: Yes Stayed in a hospital: Yes Donated blood: Yes Driven a stick shift: Yes Rode in the back of a police car: Yes
It's Friday after all.
Father, thank you for all the experiences you've given me. Thanks for saving my life. Thanks for your Love. Thank you is never enough. Please stay with me, Lord. I'm desperate for you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
The first piece of the puzzle or the last? Choosing titles is as important as selecting cover designs. Some writers fuss inconsolably over titles of their manuscripts. Others say the titles just come to them. Some change them multiple times. Others are forced to endure the choices of editors.
What are some of your favorite titles and did they come to you easily? Readers, what are some of your favorite titles?
Lord, thank you for every title you've given me. You are the inspiration for all I do. Please keep helping me continue with these writing ventures. Apart from you, I can do nothing. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Taylor Martin is an extraordinary profiler, but when it comes to her personal stalker and the developing relationship to the search for her long-missing father, she's fresh out of correct evaluations. Since her prime suspect for the stalker happens to be mystery writer, and widower of two years, Nick Sinclair's younger brother Scott, the attractive novelist is hot on her trail to prove his brother's innocence in the crimes associated with him. But Scott is a young messed up alcoholic who's not making it easy for Nick to totally believe some of what he claims.
When the stalking leads to attempted murder, Taylor's best friend and cop Livy gets involved and attempts to find the archived information about Taylor's dad. Nick is slowly edging his way into Taylor's life and heart, and both of them begin to wonder how they feel about each other.
As it turns out, Taylor's Uncle Jonathan wants to sell a large portion of their family property including her grandparents' broken down house, but Taylor, her brother, and her mom - although unsure what the right move should be - don't want to sell. Ironically, Taylor's mom is dating Scott Sinclair's attorney who also happens to be a close friend of Uncle Jonathan's.
The coincidences surrounding Taylor's investigation of her father's disappearance are more than enough to relate the recent stalking activities and murders to the cold case. Taylor's suddenly in danger, Scott's on the run, Nick's frantic, and the blanks aren't being filled in.
Shadows of the Past is an entertaining and well-written romantic suspense focusing on the search for answers to Taylor's dangerous dilemmas. Patricia Bradley keeps the momentum moving crisply forward and concludes the story with just the right element of intensity.
Father, please continue to bless Patricia, providing just what she needs to write the stories you have for her to tell. Keep her safe and inspired in all she does. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
There are many people in this world who can't understand the attachment some of us have to an animal we love. They fail to realize it's personal. Unique. Special. A relationship. I pity them. I do, because loving an animal gives you a sense of responsibility for another's well being, for giving to them what they might not be able to give themselves, to be able to understand so much about one of God's creatures reminds us of how it was in the beginning. In the Garden. Before sin.
It makes us realize the fatality sin produced. The horror. The ugliness. The excruciating pain of disobedience to the One who was so benevolent, full of perfection and beauty, who is Love. Who knew what it would do to us when we said yes to the devil and no to God. Shame on us all.
The loss we experience when we lose a loved one who is human is almost unendurable. It crushes us. We wonder if we can continue. If they believed in the One who saves our souls, we rest in the forever, knowing one day we will join them. It soothes but doesn't eliminate the physical and emotional loneliness left to us on earth.
When we lose our beloved animals, we flounder under the pain of having counted on them to occupy our time, to be able to feed and water them, to groom them if necessary, to nurse small wounds, to comfort fear, to spend idle hours in tandem with them. We find ourselves ready to do the rituals performed daily and realize there is no more of that. No talking. No laughing at their expressions. No smiles when they aren't there to holler for their meals if we're late. It hurts.
The emptiness is real. There resides the pall of death. We don't dwell on it, but it ambushes us, leaving us with tear-stained faces, quiet sobs, hollow hearts. It's real. Over and over again until the intensity rescinds. The normality of the missing asserts itself and takes us into each new day.
So. We go on. Not easily. Not even willingly. But we do it.
Father, you were miraculous in all of this. Thank you so much for your provision. Thank you that I feel deeply. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: "Take nothing for the journey - no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
We buried our beloved mare Angeline Larue yesterday. Twenty-six + years of an amazing horse. Sadness doesn't cover it.
Father, thank you for every moment with her. We loved her so much. So beautiful and unique. Thank you for the sunshine shining on her instead of the driving rain. I'm so grateful. Thank you. Take care of her Lord as only you can do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.