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My post “How to Read a Brandilyn Collins’ Novel” is being featured today (Sunday) on 5 Minutes for Books!

Check it out here and learn how to get my favorite Christian suspense writer’s novels free!

Happy New Year,

Jessie

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Nightstand, books with pretty covers -December reads

I’m curious!  Do you read books more often by genre, author, topic, pretty cover?  How do you most often pick your books?Raising Rain

When I took a look at my nightstand I realized I do a combo when picking what to read next.  Often it starts with an author that I like or have had recommended.  Sometimes it’s about what genre I haven’t read recently (I like to mix it up) but occasionally a really great cover will trump all the rest.  That was the case with Dawn’s Prelude.  What a beautiful book.  I have a feeling Raising Rain by Debbie Fuller Thomas is going to lure me in on account of the beautiful cover as well.

Click on the book title links to read my full review.

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska)Tracie Peterson – Dawn’s Prelude   was disappointing because again I lost a lot of sleep, it was that good!  I recommend this novel.  Surprising and full of hard questions about life and tragedy, the book is beautifully written.

Christian Fiction Suspense & MysteryBrandilyn Collins – Coral Moon:  I’m almost done with this novel, the 2nd in the Kanner Lake Series but since I’ve run out of batteries in my flashlight I’ve had to resort to reading only in the daylight, otherwise I would have been done by now.  Check out my tutorial “How to read a Brandilyn Collins Novel

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Eyes of Elisha Review

Eyes of Elisha (Chelsea Adams Series #1)Oh man, if Violet Dawn was great Eyes of Elisha was awesome.  Brandilyn Collins sets the bar higher with each book she writes.  Now I’m wondering, “can it get any better?”   But apparently on the “suspense scale” I’ve yet to read a three!  MERCY.

Actually the truth of the matter is none of Brandilyn Collins’ books disappoint.

From the back of the book: “The murder was ugly.  The killer was sure no one saw him.  Someone did.  In a horrifying vision Chelsea Adams has relived the victims last moments.  But who will believe her? Certainly not the police, who must rely on hard evidence.  Nor her husband, who barely tolerates Chelsea’s newfound Christian faith.  Besides, he’s about to hire the man who Chelsea is certain is the killer to be a vice president in his company.”

I found myself ripping through the novel as if my life depended on it.  Riveting, mind bending, terrifying at times, Eyes of Elisha kept me glued to my chair all the way to the last word.  And yet, true to form, woven throughout the book were themes of forgiveness, hope in spite of our circumstances and unlikely friendship.

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Keep them coming Brandilyn!

I’m a newly converted “seatbelt suspense” fan! 

Click the goofy picture of me at the right to read my post “How to Read a Brandilyn Collins Novel” especially if you aren’t sure you can read suspense.  I didn’t think I could.

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Read on if you are curious about how Brandilyn handles the vision.

When I first read the back of the book I was a little worried about the vision bit.  I believe whole heartedly that God uses his people for his purposes and if that includes modern day visions I have no problem accepting that.  The problem lies in a past experience of my own. 

I dated a kid whose family was involved in a deeply charismatic church.  My church, being more conservative mysteriously avoided the subject of gifts unless it came to organ playing and hospitality.  I ended up smack dab in the middle of two extreme views.  The boyfriends parents believed, as their church taught, that unless you received the Spirit in the form of a tangible experience, being “slain in the spirit” you were not saved.  In their defense my home church believed unless you were Baptised in water you were not truly saved.  UGH!  I couldn’t win.

I know now that salvation doesn’t come by works or gifts but by the blood of Jesus.  In the book of James Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

At any rate, Brandilyn’s book beautifully portrayed a faithful follower of Christ who’s vision horrified even her.  Chelsea was not an overzealous, heavy handed believer whose goal was to convince everyone that visions are the only way to heaven.  Instead the vision was used to show the power of the Lord and the fallibility of mankind.  In Christ, through faith and by seeking Him even our mistakes can be used to the good of those who believe in Jesus.

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My Own Violet Dawn

Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake Series #1) Deliciously creepy and yet mysteriously full of hope. 

What I enjoy about Brandilyn Collins is her candid approach to life, tragedy and hope.  Not only the “queen of suspense,” she is personable and a wonderful teacher.  Using the “rules” I learned from a blog tutorial on Forensics and Faith– Brandilyn’s popular blog, I will attempt to write a review of my first christian crime novel experience.

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Creepy describes the book Violet Dawn but so does heartwarming.  How can these both be true?  Brandilyn writes a heart pumping, edge of your seat novel that keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

Tucking my toes under a warm blanket I ran my fingers over the slick cover of my new book.  The 1st in the Kanner Lake series.  The wood stove crackled as it emitted pillows of warmth. Sniffing the pages I peered around the room.  The kids had been in bed for an hour but after a stunt like that I had to be sure.  I didn’t want anyone to see me smelling a book.  

Empty.  Not a soul in sight.  

Sucking in my breath I inclining my ear toward the bedroom.  I could hear light snoring coming from the darkened room where my husband slept.  I exhaled.   Expecting a leisurely tour through the streets of a sleepy little town modeled after my own beloved Coeur d’Alene I huddled lower in my chair and opened to the first chapter.

A gust of wind slammed into the living room window.  I jolted.  Heart pumping.  A murder.  An unfortunate set up.  The window rattled as the night unleashed one of Idaho’s grand storms.  Rain pelting the house.  A shiver crept up my spine and I yanked the fuzzy blanket to my chin.  Wild eyed I held my breath.  Is it him? 

Thump thump.  Thump thump.  I could hear my heart pounding in my head.  Curling my fists around the blanket I held them to my throat trying to muffle the drumming? 

The fire had gone cold as I read.  I’d forgotten my own reality.  My mind began to come around to the present.  Kids sleeping in their beds.  My own violet dawn fast approaching.  How long have I been here?  The clock chimed once.  Just a storm. Just the wee hours of the morning!

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Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  Three sittings are all it took to get to the end and yet the story is still with me. 

Through terrifying circumstances Paige Williams learned about God’s grace, hope and true friendship.  These books are not for the faint of heart!

Click the picture at right to read my tutorial “How to Read a Brandilyn Collins Novel”.

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