POWERS by THREE-time Christy finalist John Olson

I am giddy (hey, I'm a girl, it's allowed) to promote John Olson's latest release POWERS!! I have to tell you, I think this is his best book yet. It has a break-neck pace and leaves you absolutely breathless. It's been a while since a book had me reading this fast and this immersed.


Here is the official information on POWERS:

“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”

Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.

Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”

The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories.

But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?

Let me tell ya a bit about John--he's one of the strongest, most brilliant writers I know. And he's also one of the most humble. He gives of himself tirelessly--proof of that lies in the recognition he received at the American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference in Denver this past September. John was honored among the nearly two-thousand members for the Member Service Award.

John is also the chair of the committee--have you checked that out lately? It's *the* place to find Christian Fiction.

Oh, and to satisfy the new rules--yes, I received an ARC of John's book, but no, that did not influence me other than to make me very happy I got to read the book.


**disclaimer: Only US-based addresses eligible! Drawing held Dec 1, 2010!

Covert Flat for Dead Reckoning!!!!

Here's an image of the cover flat. Gorgeous, isn't it?? They did an absolutely fabulous job. I love it!!

Wal-Mart Christmas Commercial

I thought this Wal-Mart Christmas commercial was very sweet. I am glad to see a major retailer honoring our troops!

God, bless and protect our soldiers!!

Dead Reckoning - A review

Okay, I had to share this review with y'all--it's the first that's come since the ARCs went out. Revel in the moment with me, please! :-D

I just had to write to tell you what a FANTASTIC book you've written. I loved how it held my interest from beginning to end. I told myself one chapter a night, and it was so hard to stop reading at just one chapter. I was impressed with how you kept the story moving, as the romance began to unfold. Most books of this nature tend to forget to keep the story going once the romance hits and focuses solely on the romance, I find that annoying. I loved the spy aspect and found myself visualizing every scene as though I was watching an action-packed movie. Such a great read!
Alyice Edrich
Freelance Writer & Artist

Aha!! I just got an update from this fabulous writer/artist (I'm biased now, I know...) but she has put up a "teaser review" on her site. Check it out:

Heartfelt Thanks to all Veterans

Deepest Appreciation to all who have fought for our country and freedom. Some of the men and veterans I know: my husband, my father, my father-in-law, my husband's grandfather ...and generations all the way back to General Washington himself. So many friends we met while at Ft Hood/Killeen. To friends now (I'll get in trouble trying to remember everyone, I'm sure). THANK YOU ALL!

This video is a tad longer than most tribute videos, but it's moving.

Woot! New Look!

Well, it didn't take me near as long as it usually does, but as you can tell, I've updated the site. What do you think?

I really wanted to, convince people that I'm a professional, so this is the new 'do' for the blog. There are still some tweaking and perfectings going on--like, there's supposed to be a red "splash" behind the titles on the left, but they aren't there. Not sure why.

Anywhooo...let me know what you think!

Blessings, y'all!

*edited: Thanks to Heather for helping me figure out what was wrong. Silly little endquote.