52 Books Guest Author – Patricia Bradley

Posted On Feb 17 2014 by

“I can’t imagine that you write murder stories.” That’s the comment I get most often when I tell people I write suspense stories, and that I know a hundred different ways to murder them. So I began to think about what a woman suspense writer would look like. This is what I came up with:  What do you think? The second most often comment is a question: where do you get your ideas for your books? I want to tell them I don’t know, they just come to me. But the person stands there, waiting for something profound, and I …


52 Books Guest Author – Mark Terry

Posted On Jan 27 2014 by

Oxford, Michigan doesn’t have a lot to brag about. We were once the gravel capital of the U.S. (and we have the windshields to prove it). We are home to the original radio Lone Ranger, Bruce Beemer. And we are home to a fixture in the thriller writer community, Mark Terry. Mark and I know each other through the greatest of all social networks, high school marching band parents. Since I’ve chaperoned two trips to Mackinac Island and spent two nights in the freshman boy’s cabin at band camp (this is a smell, my friends, that should be marketed to …


52 Books Guest Author – Paige Shelton

Posted On Jan 20 2014 by

I first discovered Paige Shelton when her first Country Cooking School novel, If Fried Chicken Could Fly, appeared in my mother-in-law’s front door book-basket. This is the basket where she leaves the books she’s read. Any of us who stop over are free to take whatever strikes our fancy. One does not simply walk out of her house without perusing the book basket offerings. I’m a bit of a cozy mystery fan. It’s a nice break from some of the Harry Bosch novels I read from time to time. But when Paige introduced a cowboy ghost named Jake, I found myself completely …


52 Books Guest Author – Heather Day Gilbert

Posted On Jan 13 2014 by

   Welcome to week #2 of the 52 Books Challenge! Every Monday, we’ll have a new guest author on to talk about herself, her writing, and her latest book. This week my friend Heather Gilbert is here to talk a bit about her relationship with her readers. Her first book (everybody cheer), God’s Daughter was released last October and already has a list of great reviews. Here’s the Amazon description: One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America. In the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as …


52 Books Guest Author – Chris Lautsbaugh

Posted On Jan 6 2014 by

52 Books Monday! Welcome to our first 52 Books Challenge Monday. Every Monday throughout the year, we’ll have a different author guest posting to tell us a bit about him or herself and their latest book. Though I’m a fiction writer, non-fiction is vital to our reading regiment. Our first author this year is Chris Lautsbaugh, author of Death of the Modern Superhero, How Grace Breaks our Rules. Do you struggle with your faith? Do you try to be a Super Christian? Chris’ book will break the “rules” you’ve placed on your life and show you how grace can set …


Reading to Spark the Flame

Posted On Jan 5 2014 by

I remember walking home from the bookmobile one spring day in 1980. I had three novels stacked in my arms, one of which was a one volume set of When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide. Indeed, I was heavy laden. My best friend and fellow Navy Brat, Doug Stephenson, saw me coming and said, “You’re going to read those for fun?” Despite my odd behavior, Doug and I remained friends until my dad was transferred. Such was my childhood. My happiest moments were those where I was surrounded by books. The musty library at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station …