The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer

Hey everyone! If you've hung around my blog for a few years, you'll know I'm a big Tricia Goyer fans. Her stories are engaging and entertaining--and they tug on your heart strings!! So, I was absolutely thrilled to find out she was doing a book with a spy in it. OORAH!

Let me say straight out: due to a glitch, I didn't get a copy of the book. That's disappointing, but I would never skip out on promoting one of Tricia's books--especially one with spies (since that's what I write too!). And since she teamed up with Mike Yorkey, I know this book is going to be extra awesome! Yea!

About the book!
It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

About the authors!
Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website:

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.To find out more visit his website:

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Athol Dickson's LOST MISSION!!

Howdy, y'all! I'm honored and thrilled to participate in the blog tour for ATHOL DICKSON's newest release, LOST MISSION. Below, you'll find some juicy details about the book and Athol.

Since I received the book only last Friday (yes, that's to let you know, per FTC regs, that the book was free), I have not read the book yet as I had family commitments over the weekend and homeschool co-op and sick twins today. But never fear! I will post the review when I'm done reading it. Oh--just a teaser: I've already started reading, and I have to say that I love Athol's literary voice. Fabulous!!
But have you seen the cover? I confess, it captured my interest immediately. Then, I read the back-cover copy, and decided--definitely! This is a must-read!

Okay, so on to the vitals:

About the book:
What haunting legacy awaits deep beneath the barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California?

A billionaire driven mad by grief.

A pastor in love with the wrong woman.

An illegal immigrant desperate to feed his family.

Only Lupe de la Garza can save them from the ancient evil lurking in a lost mission's ruins, but it will take an act of faith beyond all human power.

An idyllic Spanish mission collapses in the eighteenth century atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins are disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth. Caught up in the catastrophe are...
· A humble shopkeeper compelled to leave her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America
· A minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman
· An unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans
· A devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everything

Will the evil that destroyed the Misión de Santa Dolores rise to overwhelm them? Or will they beat back the terrible desires that led to the mission's good Franciscan founder's standing in the midst of flames ignited by his enemies and friends alike more than two centuries ago?

From the high Sierra Madre mountains to the harsh Sonoran desert, from the privileged world of millionaire moguls to the impoverished immigrants who serve them, Athol Dickson once again weaves a gripping story of suspense that spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles.

Ronie here, again. Doesn't that sound intriguing? I thought so. Well, what are you waiting for? BUY LOST MISSION NOW!!!

About the author:
Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels. His Christy Award-winning novel River Rising was name one of the "Top Ten Christian Novel of 2006" by Booklist magazine. He lives in California with his wife. Find out more about Athol and his books by visiting his website.


Follow the rest of the blog tour:

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life

Tina at Mad Hatter Mom

Ronie at Craving the Supernatural

Annette at A Well Watered Garden

Amy at Amy Letinsky

Erin at Connected to Christ

Robin at Robin Merril

Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf

Peggy at Sips & Cups Café

Scott at Rivene

Janice at The Nearsighted Bookworm

Virginia at Ginny Smith

Lynetta at Open Book

Revka at Our Family Porch

Anna at 4 Kiddos at Home

Tina at O Joy of My Life

Pat at Why Didn't You Warn Me

Jessica at Farm Fresh Iowa

Amy at Girlfriends Get Real

Suzanne at There's No Place Like Home


Katrina at Callapidder Days

Nicole at Gidget Goes Home

Melody at Kids, Cakes, Dishes, Laundry…In That Order

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life

Leticia at My Daily Trek

Jarrod at Jarrod Haggard

Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms

Jennifer at Rundpinne

Marta at Marta's Meanderings

Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

Michelle at From His Heart to Mine

Kim at Kim's Window to the World

Suzanne at Suzannesaphone

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods

Christa at Christa Allan

Sally at An Observation of Mercy

Tammy at Three Different Directions

Cindy at Cindy Stamps

Christine at A Dusty Frame

Phee at Pix-N-Pens

Rel at Relz Reviews

Jill Elizabeth at Artistic Blogger

Shauna at Shaunarumbling

MaryBeth at Four Silly Sisters

Michelle at My Semblance of Sanity

Michele at Dare to Live

Molly at Buuklvr81

Kelly at Scrambled Dregs

Tyora at FaithWebbin

Teresa at Joy in the Journey

TRIAL BY FIRE - Cara Putman

I am soooo happy to help dear friend Cara Putman promote her book, TRIAL BY FIRE. Since our focus here at Craving the Supernatural is suspense (and supernatural/speculative, on occasion), I asked Cara to share her heart with you about writing in two genres: suspense and historical. (and to comply with the new FTC rule, yes, I received a free copy of Cara's book to review, which I haven't done yet but am working on).

Please give Cara warm welcome!!

To brand or not to brand…

A brand.

That’s what every author needs.

At least that’s what we’re told as authors almost from the moment we first tap out a word on a keyboard. From some perspectives, people take it to mean you need a tagline. A pithy phrase that defines you to readers and publishers. Others say it means identifying those elements that are consistent in every book you write. The general experience a reader can expect anytime they pick up one of your books.

That sounds good. Really good. So where did I go wrong?

I write in two primary genres: World War Two home-front romance and romantic suspense. On the surface, there isn’t much pulling those two genres together. Let’s face it: one occurred decades before I was born and my life doesn’t exactly read like those of my heroines who are trying to stay a step ahead of the shadows chasing them.

But I love both. And as I’ve spent the last month praying about who I am as a writer, I’ve found some common strains. For example, the heroines all have a core of strength – sometimes a trait they can’t identify in themselves – that sees them through their challenges. These are women who could be broken by their experiences, but somehow they come through the experiences with resilience and a stronger faith on the other side.

The setting also tends to play a strong role. If you’re reading one of my romantic suspense, there is no doubt they are located in Lincoln, Nebraska. From the major university to some of the restaurants highlighted, you’ll only find those things in Lincoln.

And there’s a strong thread about God’s faithfulness whether we can sense it.

And after eight novels, I’m still young. I’ve got a lot to do, a lot to explore. But maybe, just maybe, I’m taking baby steps to identify my core identity as a writer.

About the book:

Her mother’s house was fist. Then her brother’s. County prosecutor Tricia Jamison is sure she’s next on the arsonist’s list. But who is after her family? And why does every fire throw her in Noah Brust’s path? Noah can’t forgive Tricia. Her failure to protect him on the stand the previous year meant his father’s reputation was ruined. Yet every time the firefighter is near her, he’s drawn to her again. The vulnerability she hides under her confident veneer surprises and moves him. Torn between Tricia’s safety and his own bitterness, Noah belatedly remembers the first rule of firefighting: don’t get burned.

BUY Trial by Fire at now!!


Okay, yep, I'm jumping up and down, and dancing! My book, DEAD RECKONING, is up on Amazon now. I'm soooo excited. This really made it feel real (wonder how many "this made it feel real" it will take to make this REAL to me LOL). can PRE-order it now at Cokesbury (40% off!), Amazon, and!! Of course, we'll have a big push on the March 1, 2010 release date to see if we can't skyrocket through the ranks.

BookPreview is doing my trailer, and I am anxiously awaiting that. Stay tuned so I can share it with you when they're finished. You *have* seen some of their trailers, right? I think they're top-notch.

In other writing business, I'm working steadily on my new military series, since DR is heading toward the ARC (yay!). Book 1, NIGHTSHADE, is written and I have an awesome guy combing through it for military-related errors ('s painful, but good. Anything that makes the story stronger/better, ya know?). Interspersed with the editing, I'm working on book 2, DIGITALIS. That's daunting. Of course, so was book 1 since Max was so intense.

Oh, oh, oh! I want to share with y'all the awesome Nightshade emblem my husband's best friend designed for us. He did such an awesome job that Barbour is going to use the emblem on the cover. YAY!!! Here it is.

What do you think? I am so impressed!!

Fear Itself At Novel Journey

Well, y'all, it's that time again--for my monthly post at Novel Journey. This time I'm talking fear. Or maybe NO FEAR!?!? LOL

Take a gander at the article. Hope it helps someone!

I'm up to my eyeballs in research and reading books. I am so glad God's keeping me humble, and reminding me that I still have so very much to learn. But really...sometimes it's quite daunting. I wish I had a "thinking" persona the way my husband does. Well...maybe not. I really like my ability to detect and understand what people are feeling. I think that's what makes me a strong writer.

So, I'm digging into book 2 of the Discarded Heroes, DIGITALIS. This time, it's Colton's story. And the poor guy is having a rough go of things. I'd ask you to pray for him, but I guess that wouldn't help much since he isn't real. *grins*