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Book:  The Blue  Cloak

Author: Shannon McNear

Genre:  Christian Historical/Suspense

Release Date: March, 2020



Evil Incarnate Leaves a Trail of Destruction across the Frontier

Book 5 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Rachel Taylor lives a rather mundane existence in 1797 at the way station her family runs along the Wilderness Road in Tennessee. She attends her friend Sally Rice’s wedding only to watch the marriage dissolve into horror has the groom, Wiley Harpe, and his cousin Micajah become murderers on the run, who drag their families along. Declaring a “war on all humanity,” the Harpes won’t be stopped, and Ben Langford is on their trail to see if his own cousin was one of their latest victims.

How many will die before peace can return to the frontier?


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ShannonMcNearTransplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.



How dark is too dark for a Christian to write?

That was the question I wrestled with when deciding whether or not to take on the story of the Harpes. The histories in Scripture itself aren’t rated G, but writing fiction requires a level of detail and depth of emotion I wasn’t sure would be wise, or helpful, to explore in this case. But as I prayed and sought the counsel of those whose discernment I trust, the answer came back, overwhelmingly …

Is God stronger than the darkness, or not?

Well, of course He is. And nothing in human history has ever escaped His notice, or taken Him by surprise.

So, was there something redeeming to be found in the tale of the Harpes?

For the first few weeks of research, I walked around in a state of shock at the horror of the historical accounts, but details surfaced that helped me shape my fictional characters Rachel and Ben. With Rachel working in her family’s trading post near the wild frontier town of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ben a lawyer who recently passed the bar, the real-life Hugh Lawson White provided a handy connection point between them. Many other details fell together in ways I had not foreseen when I began developing the story. Sally Rice Harpe, however, rose to the forefront. This was more her story than anyone’s, but realizing I couldn’t properly write the book without using her point of view? That was scary. I knew the moments I’d have to visit, some of them in real-time.

Despite the tragedy, however, I could see an overarching story of spiritual warfare. Felt a growing conviction that prayer must have played a vital role in bringing the Harpes’ reign of terror to an end. So it is my hope that against the backdrop of one of the most chilling episodes of our country’s early history, the hand of God shows clearly, and that yes, the reader finds it redemptive.



It’s one thing to fabricate facts and events to fit a fictional narrative, but it takes a special skill and finesse to extract historical facts into a readable fictionalized story. Ms. McNear possesses this skill, weaving a taut story with ribbons of fiction entwined in cords of history.

While the subject was deplorable, Ms. McNear makes the reading of it enjoyable. Or at least, keeps the reader turning the page. The characters were sadly believable, the story chilling.

It boggles the mind the actions of Harpes, and grips the reader to know they eluded capture for so long. This reader’s heart broke to read of Sally’s life, one moment a happy bride and the next a living nightmare. The faithfulness of her friend, Rachel, an anchor in the depths of despair; the intercession Sally’s lifeline.

I deeply appreciated Ms. McNear’s discernment to include the spiritual element. To write characters who continually prayed for Sally—and against the evil at hand.

I applaud Ms. McNear for braving this story, and appreciate the thoroughness of her research and authenticity in her telling.






I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.



To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of The Blue Cloak and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



Just the Write Escape, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 24

Inklings and notions, March 25

Girls in White Dresses, March 25

Emily Yager, March 25

Godly Book Reviews, March 26

Genesis 5020, March 26

Remembrancy, March 26

Among the Reads, March 27

Through the Fire Blogs, March 27

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 28

Christian Bookaholic, March 28

Inside the Wong Mind, March 28

For the Love of Literature, March 29

For Him and My Family, March 29

Betti Mace, March 30

Older & Smarter?, March 30

deb’s Book Review, March 30

Robin’s Nest, March 31

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1


Stories By Gina, April 1

By The Book, April 2

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 2

Blossoms and Blessings, April 2

A Reader’s Brain, April 3

Connie’s History Classroom, April 3

Artistic Nobody, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 4

Back Porch Reads, April 4

Daysong Reflections, April 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 5

Pause for Tales, April 5

Britt Reads Fiction, April 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 6

Hallie Reads, April 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 6


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Does Every Writer Need a Street Team?

Authors write books because we have a passion for writing, not because we love marketing. But in today’s publishing world, no matter how talented the author or how large your traditional publisher—an author must learn to market. But who has time for marketing when we’re honing craft, writing books, and—oh yes, seeking first God’s Kingdom (i.e. ministering locally and abroad—Acts 1:8)?


A great STREET TEAM can become a fantastic partner in our writing journey.

What Is a Street Team?

Wiki says a street team is, “a group of people who ‘hit the streets’ promoting an event or a product.” In my experience, a street team is a group of people who love our writing so much that they’re excited to help us share it with as many of their friends as possible—in every way available.”


Street team members are “super fans” who are crazy about our books and don’t mind telling people so. They tell the store clerk, the dental hygienist, and their child’s teacher. When the store clerk, hygienist, and teacher become rabid fans, we can add them to our street team too!


Launch Team vs. Street Team

Launch Team

Though I’ve never heard an “official” distinction, in my experience, a street team is different than a launch team. My publisher gathers a launch team for a period of time to help market the launch of a single book. About three months before each book’s release, my publisher opens their own launch team applications (separate from my BFFs). Launch team members receive an advanced readers’ copy (ARC) of my book in exchange for an honest review on an online retailer of their choice. Since this is all done through the publisher, I often don’t even see the list of If you’d like to apply for a launch for one of Waterbrook Multnomah’s books, CLICK HERE.

Street Team

Distinctly different is my street team, some of whom have been helping me market biblical fiction (mine and others) since we released Love in a Broken Vessel in 2013. Many I’ve never met in person but have become close friends. The team is called, “Mesu’s BFFs”—BFFs short for Biblical Fiction Fans—and we promote the biblical fiction genre all year long.


Some BFFs have stepped off the team, allowing new members to apply and join. We’ll open applications for new members during the month of September 2019, and lock in our new team to begin Isaiah’s Legacy pre-release marketing by mid-October. My street team has been active for more than six years now, and their marketing power has become a crucial part of my marketing plan.

How Do You Build a Street Team?

I’m often asked, “How do you find people to join your street team?” I started with family and friends who loved my books. Then added their family and friends who became super fans too! But the goal is to reach outside our immediate circles of influence, which is the reason we require an application to join the street team. CLICK HERE TO VIEW 2018 BFF APPLICATION. We give existing members a chance to take a break and then fill their spots with new applicants to build a well-rounded team that reaches all four corners of the book-buying market.

  1. Book Bloggers/Reviewers (Individual or team blogs)
  2. Social Media (My main platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube)
  3. Online Book Communities (Goodreads, Litsy, LibraryThing, etc)
  4. Church/Community Influencers (On-site bookclub leaders, Librarians—public and church, Women’s ministry leaders, etc.)


With our balanced team assembled, we start pre-release promotion at least five months before it hits bookstore shelves. Independently (indie) published authors usually begin pre-release promotion much later but should consider assembling their street teams with the same balanced approach.


Since a street team is a group that stays together long-term, personalization and rapport is essential. Each member wants to feel like they know the author personally. A Facebook Group Page is helpful for this kind of team building. Occasional and informal Facebook Lives or Google Hangouts are also fun. Members want more than just a free book. They want the author to know them!


A team member’s goal is to promote a book in all four of the categories. If they don’t have a personal blog or aren’t a member of a book club, ask if they’d consider starting one. Make it a team-only contest and offer a $20 Starbucks gift card if a minimum of five members participate. You’ll build team rapport, and one thriving new book club could pay for that team prize.

How Many People Should Be on My Team?

I’ve heard of street teams with as few as ten members and as many as several hundred. If we’re with a traditional publisher, our team number may be limited by the number of paperback ARCs they’re willing to offer. If, however, the publisher shares ARCs through digital files (NetGalley, Book Funnel, etc.), the number of members is limited only by our time and energy to manage the team. Volunteer coordinators can help select, organize, and brainstorm BFF team selection and activity. I have found two coordinators and fifty-five members are sort of a sweet spot for my teams rapport and efficiency.

When Should I Begin Building a Street Team?

If you dream of publishing a book someday, start building super fans now with family and friends who love your writing!


If you’re seeking an agent or looking for a traditional publisher, build a street team into the marketing section of your book proposal. Your members don’t have to be super organized yet, but this commitment to marketing will make a good impression.


If you’re indie/self-published(ing), build your street team DURING YOUR WRITING AND PUBLISHING PROCESS. Involve potential super fans in choosing character names, settings, and cover options. Notice people who comment most and ask them to join your team!


Those already published with a trad house should ask the marketing department how building a street team might help with the marketing department’s planned campaign. Today’s publishers tend to enter long-term relationships with authors who take marketing seriously. My publisher even mentions my BFFs in my author bio—that’s how much they appreciate my super fans!


And, believe me, I love them even more!

  • A great street team loves your writing so much that they share it with as many friends as possible in every way available. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing
  • The number of street team members is limited only by your time and energy to manage them. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing
  • First step to build a street team? Get your family and friends hooked on everything you write. @MesuAndrews #mesusbffs #streetteams #bookmarketing





Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.












Mesu is offering an e-copy of Isaiah’s Daughter, or a print copy to a U.S. address.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 19 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 26 August. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.






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“What can you learn from a murderer? How one moment of your life can change it for the worst forever. How some mistakes can’t be corrected.”



“What I discover as I’m writing a given scene or chapter is that the first couple of drafts only descend so far into the emotional, dramatic, and experiential truth of the situation. I sometimes describe the process as working out a preliminary sketch then gradually, slowly, layering on the color.”




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David Corbett is the award-winning author of the writing guides The Art of Character (“A writer’s bible” – Elizabeth Brundage) and The Compass of Character, which Writer’s Digest will publish in October 2019.  He has published six novels, including 2018’s The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. His short fiction has been selected twice for Best American Mystery Stories, and his non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Bright Ideas, and Writer’s Digest, where he is a contributing editor. He has taught at the UCLA Writer’s Program, Litreactor, Book Passage, and at writing conferences across North America and Mexico, and is a monthly contributor to Writer Unboxed, an award-winning blog dedicated to the craft and business of fiction.









“Those of us who have made major changes in our lives can most likely point to a moment when death or mortality made an indelible, inescapable impression on how we thought about ourselves and our lives. Basically, we found ourselves saying, “I can’t do this anymore. I don’t want to be this person anymore… whether you rise up or give up, it’s your choice.”




David is offering a print copy of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday to two winners.


…what makes a journey truly memorable is defined largely if not entirely by what happens that wasn’t or couldn’t be planned.

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“Throwing a bash for the written word.”


“Even the dark isn’t darkness to Thee. The night is bright as the day.”

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Michael Cogdill.



Cookout—chicken or brats  BRATS

Dogs or Cats  DOGS

Eggs or Pancakes EGGS

Fishing or hunting  FISHING

Vacation: mountains or beach  BEACH


rem:  Hullo, Michael. Welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

MICHAEL:  I’m a small-town boy, raised by working class parents in Weaverville, NC.  I live in Greenville, SC now, at the base of the mountains that were my family’s home.

rem:  Beautiful country up there. My mom was a North Carolina gal. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

MICHAEL:  I love a good boat and the feel of water.  I adore hot weather.  I’m a pretty serious weight trainer.

rem:  I love a boat and the water—not so sure about hot weather, though! LOL Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

MICHAEL:  Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Loved by me for its sense of surrender and wait upon God.

rem:  A lifeline to cling to when going through difficult times. What is your favourite quotation and why?

MICHAEL:  So many come to mind.  One of my favorites is thich nhat hanh — “We are to love so that those we love feel free.”

rem:  I love that quote—it is the essence of Who God is, and who we are to strive to be.  What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

MICHAEL:  Macha green tea

rem:  This tells me two things—your desk is quite tidy, and you are a healthy eater! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would you choose?

MICHAEL:  Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird


rem:  You are the third person to choose a character from To Kill a Mockingbird!! Somebody tryin’ to tell me somethin’?  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

MICHAEL:  A sense of wonder is essential.  Turgid carrying on is a deal breaker.

rem:  Oh yes, a sense of wonder is magical—it’s what transports the reader into the story! What are you reading right now?

MICHAEL:  So We Read On (An examination of the Great Gatsby and why it still matters.


rem:  So much depth to that story. T’would be fascinating to see what Ms. Corrigan has to share. Which came first (in your life): journalism or story telling?

MICHAEL:  Storytelling, which is the essence of fine, readable journalism

rem:  As a storyteller myself, I must say I agree wholeheartedly. How is journalism different to writing a novel?

MICHAEL:  A novel is a fantasy of the heart.  Journalism is a practice of the heart and mind.

rem:  My favorite genre is historical fiction, rather a weaving of the two perhaps. What do you like best about being a news anchor? What is the hardest?

MICHAEL:  I love to bring copy to life, especially in a caring way.  The hard part is the death of a child.

rem:  Michael, you have a gift with words, your copy (and FaceBook posts) are prose in action. I can’t imagine having to report the death of a child. What’s the most memorable story you’ve reported?

MICHAEL:  Susan Smith ties with the Emmanuel Nine

rem:  I remember that story, and how horrific it was at the time. Still is today. Do you have a tale or anecdote on your coworkers?

MICHAEL:  Not for public consumption.  lol


rem:  Ah! Faithful coworker you are! Or afraid perhaps a story on you would be told?? LOL Tell us about the delightful Miss Polly.

MICHAEL:  Miss Polly is not steel magnolia.  She’s a platinum mountain laurel – a survivor, a vital spirit who loves deeply, and who is a living joy.  She’s struggling with dementia, but remains a light to all who know her

rem:  I adore your posts about her, sharing her light with the rest of us. And I admire your devotion to her. How did your book, She-Rain, come about?

MICHAEL:  I started it as a way of digging out of his early grave my grandfather, Ernest Keyes.  He died of opium addiction well before I was born.  The tale took the arc of a love triangle that rises to meet the best of humanity, rather than descending into the darkness of betrayal.  It’s a fictional adventure in the truth of grace, human capacity for evil, goodness and hilarity.

rem:  Deep and profound, indeed. You have shared much, both on Facebook and on your blog, about your father. What can you tell us of his journey?

MICHAEL:  My dad was born in deep poverty.  He suffered terrible shame as a child and turned to alcohol to numb the wounds.  He ultimately hit a low bottom, grasped the grace of God, and became the most beautiful man I will ever know.


rem:  Poverty can wreak such devastation. As can alcohol, something I am familiar enough with. Do you have another book project?

MICHAEL:  Yes.  A novel, The Sinners of Honeysuckle Road, a Vietnam-era story of loss and reclamation.

rem:  Oh, I do look forward to that! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

MICHAEL:  It’s human.  Everyone is flawed, yet worthy of love.

rem:  “God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” He makes us all worthy of His love. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

MICHAEL:  No human being is called to save or salvage a broken human being.  Enabling is death to both.  But mutuality of love is a miracle we get to live.

rem:  Oh, so very true. And so hard to stand against (enabling.)  So glad to have you here today, Michael. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!


“My television career has carried me into the wheelhouses of death.  And right there, in one of them, I found life.”







… reminds me never to fear writing what makes us human, even the suffering.  Perhaps especially the suffering.  It reminds me the night is no match for the moon. The sun still shows.”



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Manly Man Blitz News Anchor Interview, Michael Cogdill

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour (and Giveaway!) for Clear Confusion by Kathy M. Howard, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Title: Clear Confusion
Kathy M. Howard
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date:
July 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Suspense/Thriller


What am I going to do, God? Who am I?

Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father’s death. He had been her only family, and she wasn’t handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.

And they saw her.

Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can’t seem to shake.

When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she’s experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?

Who are they really . . . and who is she?


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Kathy M. Howard resides in south Georgia with her husband and two children. She has been involved in some form of education since 1998 as an elementary school teacher, a private school principal, and presently as a homeschooling mom. As a child, she despised reading, dreading every assignment the subject gave. As an adult, Kathy finally learned to appreciate the written word, so much so that she is rarely seen without her nose in a book.

She loves the Lord and wants to share Jesus where she can, using words written and spoken. By God’s goodness and with the support and love of her family, she has written two novels, From Dishes to Snow (October, 2014), and its sequel, From Driftwood to Sapphire (August, 2015).


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Oh the twists in this story! The opening jerked this reader right into the story—and held me fast, the tension flipping page after page.

The way Ms. Howard introduced Charlotte’s amnesia shrouded the reader in confusion and darkness—exactly what Charlotte was feeling. And the fear that held her memory hostage was palpable.

The shards of her memory that surfaced came in flashes and slivers. With no other real options, Charlotte had no choice but to trust those who were caring for her. And with that trust, came a bond and friendship.

The Gospel woven neatly into the fabric of the story, giving an added depth and dimension to the connections Charlotte was feeling, and helped restore her memory.

As the men she had witnessed making their transaction closed in on her, this reviewer couldn’t read it fast enough.






I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.



(1) winner will receive a print copy (US only)
plus (1) additional winner will receive an ebook

Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 23, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 30, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print US only. Ebook available internationally.

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 Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.










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Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Warren Johnson.


Cookout—chicken or brats:  chicken

Beer in a bottle or a can: can

Dogs or Cats: both

Eggs and Pancakes: both 

Fishing or hunting: Fish don’t know who I am. I can hunt, small game in particular; recurve archery is fun

Vacation: mountains or beach: beach


rem:  Hullo Warren, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

WARREN:  Born in the western Finger Lakes area of NY, south of Rochester, Steuben County where the Corning Glass center makes Steuben Crystal. At age of four left town with my parents as dad went to work for construction companies as an operating engineer (crane operator). Six years on the road and we moved three times one year and the longest in one place was one and a half years. Graduated NYS Regents high school diploma and went to the NYS Forest Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. Navy Vet. Most of my early years’ income came from surveying and I also became an Emergency Medical Technician (Nationally Registered in 1974), EMT Instructor by 1977, Paramedic by 1978. Went on to work in land investment as an acquisition agent and manager for a company, then moved to manufacturing healthcare training aids like CPR manikins and full body simulators. I worked with a bunch of dummies there… Retired after sixteen years of that. Now live in South Carolina where my two daughters live with their families. My son lives in Melbourne, Fl. I’ve lived in NY, IN, KY, TN, now SC.

rem:  And I know one of your delightful daughters!  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

WARREN:  I have a side business called Haversack History where I discuss early US history. II Chronicles 7:14—if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land—is an important message for Christians to know and act on in this day and age.

rem:  We surely need that now more than ever! What is your favourite quotation and why?

WARREN:  If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, and two loaves alone to you are left; sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed your soul. Especially in today’s mixed up world, we need to get off the push to have material things, even a meal or two, in order to get back to the purpose God made us for; worshipping Him. I need to do more of it, and this little poem draws me to it.

rem:  I’ve never heard that quote before, but what a simple and powerful message.  What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

WARREN:  Me, or the trash I tuck into the car door slot until I empty it…

rem:  LOL Wait, isn’t that what the door slot is for… What do you munch on while you write?

WARREN:  Nothing. Sometimes a decaf coffee (caffeine medically prohibited), but I hate cold coffee and it gets that way before I finish it when I write.


rem:  Meh, I can drink my coffee (cinnamon hazelnut) no matter the temperature. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being an author impacted your relationship with Christ?

WARREN:  The old saying goes something like, “You may be the only Bible a person sees.” (rem: YESSS!!!)  So goes our writing. I’m on the edge of submitting a book proposal for devotions. My editor has it for tweaking and off it will go. The devotions I write must reflect Jesus. The only way for that to happen is to get closer to Him so I know what He wants me to do.

rem:  Oh yes! Whenever we draw closer to Him, He is reflected in us, in whatever we do.  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

WARREN:  I started reading Christian fiction when all that was on the market was Historical Romance by Gilbert Morris, in particular, the series on the Hawaiian shipping family. Almost all my secular fiction reading is done with authors like Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffith, and the like. Because of my association with DiAnn Mills and Lynette Eason, (rem: love those ladies! Amazing authors, both of them.) I read theirs, too, along with a few other Christian writers. I most often read for recreation rather than some larger picture thing, so if I can get past the first six chapters, I’ll likely finish it. If I don’t get past those because of poor writing or lack of action, that would break it. My pet peeve is mundane descriptions. If you tell me the scene is in Cairo, Egypt, I’ll skip over the three paragraphs trying to tell me about the sand and palm trees.

rem:  You are so right. Good description puts the reader right IN the scene, even to forgetting they’re reading and not actually there. What are you reading now?

WARREN:  The 2nd Amendment Primer by Les Adams.


rem:  A little light reading, I see… Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

WARREN:  I mentioned the devotion book. I’m also working on a series called the Pheromone Chronicles, although I think the whole chronicles thing is overused. I must think of another context for the three-book-wip. Book 1 is The Affair, book 2 is the Affect, and book 3 is the Affirmation. Book one: If she survives the assassins, Audrey must determine if a WWII pheromone still exists, and if so, to stop its production, or all Israel will die. Book 2: The only way Jenna can stop the Patron’s thirst for world domination is to trust the woman she’s been hired to kill. Book three is about one third done and I don’t have the hook set yet.

rem:  Well, I’m certainly intrigued! Tell us about why you wrote this book. Why should we read it?

WARREN:  It’s a long story, but the short version is a friend told me about a movie he was going to make then said, “We’ll never make the movie. Somebody ought to write the book.” The construction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem sets the era. What I found as it developed reflects the growth of Jenna beyond what I intended for Audrey’s story. It’s an action/intrigue novel with Biblical implications.

rem:  My favorite kind. Please give us the first page of the book.



Jenna Tomaras jerked the transmission of the black, luxury Citroen down a gear, raced the engine, and never thought about the screech the tires made in downtown Moscow. The police sirens filled her ears. She hit the clutch and slammed the shift lever into high gear. Jenna revved the engine at full power. Two dozen kilometers later, the taillights of a similar car disappeared around a curve. “Good timing, Jenna,” she said. She cranked the wheel and cut into the drive of her rented country home. The barn entrance stood open, and the car slid to a stop on the hay residue inside. She jumped out and tugged, first one, then the other of the large gate-like doors. The last banged shut as the sirens’ noise broke out of the distant woods. 

Jenna twisted around and braced her back against the door. Her feet splayed when she slipped on the hay chaff-covered floor. She closed her eyes and tilted her head against the door. The panic in her stomach rose to her throat. Her chest heaved, calling for more air. She fought the urge to crack the door as she sucked air into her lungs to control the intensity of the attack. She lifted her wrist and squinted at her watch. It showed 3:10. Three minutes passed before her panic eased enough for her to focus on the outside noises.

Convinced the police followed a false trail, she strode into the house to pack. If she waited any longer, prison in Russia became a real possibility.     

Three Months Later

The early spring warmth added to the heat in her French apartment, even at five in the morning. Her headband kept most of the moisture out of Jenna’s eyes, but the heavy, sweat-laden, curly black hair clung to her shoulders. She grunted again from the exertion of double stair stepping. Any other day she would ease up. Not today.

rem:  Well that is certainly an intense opening! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

WARREN:  Audrey’s Christian contentment and peace changes the heart of an assassin. Our faith should be so strong!

rem:  If I wasn’t sure before (I was) then I’d definitely have to read it now. Anything you’d like to add?

WARREN:  Listen to what God’s saying to you and act on it. I waited too long before believing my writing had value. It may not have been good writing, but that’s why action is required.

rem:  Ah, yes, that leap of faith. The step out of the boat. Methinks we all dally, but oh! when we take that step what marvelous things do behold. Warren, thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!






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