Category: Author Spotlight

“Love and Resistance” series by Marion Kummerow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Kummerow has written several novels and today her Love and Resistance in WW2 Germany trilogy will be featured. Marion was interviewed on this site in January. You can read her interview here.

Though fictionalized, Love and Resistance is based on her family’s story. To quote Marion from my interview:

“The idea formed after reading the many letters my grandparents and great-grandparents left behind. It gave me an intimate glimpse into their lives and the struggles of ordinary people during the Third Reich.

It took me several years and a lot of courage to dig into their letters and the official documents surrounding their Resistance work. It wasn’t an easy task, and you can’t imagine how much I cried and laughed and frowned in the process. But I wanted to give them – and so many other unnamed heroes – a voice.”

***The final book in the Love and Resistance Trilogy Unwavering will be released this coming Tuesday, March 28th!***


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This book is a must-read for everyone wondering how an entire nation could slide from democracy to totalitarian dictatorship ultimately killing millions of “undesirables” whose only crime was having a different faith, skin color or political opinion.

Berlin, Germany 1932. In a time of political unrest and strife, one man finds the courage to fight back…

Dr. Wilhem “Q” Quedlin, chemical engineer and inventor, lives for his science. A woman is not in his plans—nor is it to be accused of industrial espionage.

But things get worse from there.

Watching Hitler’s rise to power spurns his desire to avoid yet another war that will completely destroy his beloved country. Q makes the conscious decision to fight against what he knows is wrong, even if working against the Nazis could mean certain death for him— and anyone he loves.

Hilde Dremmer has vowed to never love again. But after encountering Q, she wants to give love a second chance.

When Q discloses his resistance plan, it’s up to Hilde to choose between her protected life without him or the constant threat of torture if she supports him in his fight against injustice.

She has witnessed enough of the Nazi government’s violent acts to be appalled by the new political power, but will this be enough for an ordinary girl to do the extraordinary and stand beside the man she loves in a time of total desolation?

This World War II spy story is based on the true events of one couple’s struggle for happiness while battling a war against their own leaders.


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A pledge of love and hope paves the way for a tale of courage and resilience…

After Wilhelm Quedlin takes Hilde Dremmer as his bride, his heart is content and filled with love but his life becomes much more complicated. As he’s pulled deeper and deeper into his intelligence work, Q feels as if what he is doing, how he is contributing to the espionage of war, isn’t enough.

More than once he’s ready to give up, but Hilde urges him to continue, to stay true to himself. She quietly bears all the hardship that war has brought to ordinary people like them until one day the unimaginable happens and she too wants out.

But fate wanted them to stay and fight…

Suddenly inspiration strikes: Q devises a plan to cause a devastating blow to Hitler’s regime – assassinate a key player in his organization. One life in exchange for millions of lives saved. In Q’s mind it seems simple but war is always complicated.

Q’s plan may have a rippling affect that could potentially end the war and affect change around the world. But can he go through with it? Does Q have the courage to pull it off? Or will the looming fear that it will not only ruin him but also harm his family cause him to abandon the plan altogether?


***To be released Tuesday, March 28, 2017***

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From inspiration to heartache, hope is fleeting as freedom becomes a distant memory…

Wilhelm Quedlin’s plan to change the tide of the war is thwarted when he is arrested. And, making matters worse, with the arrest of his wife, Hilde, the fate of their children is thrown into chaos. The situation is desperate and the circumstances become even more dire when Q finds out who was behind his capture and imprisonment.

Yet hope remains…

In the midst of their situation, Q and Hilde are encouraged when they meet like-minded political prisoners in the penitentiary and rumors of reprieval make the rounds.

Despite darkness and despair looming in the distance, their hope never fades.

Will they evade the inevitable and come out unscathed by the claws of the Gestapo?

***Be sure to look into this series to see what happens with Q and Hilde!

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“Defenders of Hope” series by Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace has written five novels which are in the Christian Fiction genre.  They are mystery and suspense with some romance thrown in.

Her book series Defenders of Hope will be featured today. Amy and her Place of Refuge series were featured on this site in September which you can find here. I have known Amy for over 12 years. We met at the Gwinnett County Citizen’s Police Academy, which is a class where you learn about your local police department.  In addition to the many things we learned, it also included a ridealong with a police officer.  You really come to appreciate what police officers do for us everyday!

Amy grew up all over the world, as a “military brat” moving every three years. But to her home was Louisville, KY. She currently lives in Georgia with her three daughters. She describes herself as: “I’m a homeschool mom, author, speaker, and avid chocoholic. I love crafting high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues, but who I really am can be summed up in a few short words: I’m a daughter of the King learning to live and love with laughter.”

In addition to her two series she is a contributing author to several books: A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Mom’s Prayers, God Allows U-Turns for Teens, Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes, and A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Moms. (Source: Amazon.com)

The Defenders of Hope series is published by Multnomah :
Ransomed Dreams
Healing Promises
Enduring Justice


Ransomed Dreams
Published: 4/17/2007
336 Pages

Description from Amazon:

CHAINED TO YESTERDAY

When tragedy struck and Gracie Lang lost everything, her faith crumbled, and nothing but the drive for justice propelled her forward. But after two years of dead-end searching, the truth Gracie seeks is the very thing her stalker will stop at nothing to hide.

FORGIVENESS UNLOCKS THE FUTURE

An FBI agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit, Steven Kessler spends his days rescuing other people’s children and nights caring for his son. He’s through with God, embittered by his ex-wife who abandoned them both, and definitely doesn’t expect what’s coming next.

THE PAST IS THE KEY

A plot to kidnap a British ambassador’s daughter dangerously intersects Steven and Gracie’s worlds–a collision that demands a decision. But are they willing to pay the high ransom required to redeem dreams and reignite hope?

 

Healing Promises
Published: 4/15/2008
322 Pages

Description from Amazon:

FACING A NEW THREAT
When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But not even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

FROZEN IN FEAR
Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission–beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but in this case, the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

FAITH UNDER FIRE
As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted?

 

Enduring Justice
Published: 4/14/2009
336 Pages

Description from Amazon:

A PAINFUL PAST

Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.

A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED KILLER

As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A LIFE-ALTERING CHOICE

A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?


These are books that could be read as standalone novels, but reading them as a series is recommended as it continues the story as a whole. Each book focuses on a different character from the core group of characters. I recommend both of Amy’s series.

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Author Spotlight: Amy Wallace

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Courtesy of Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace has written five novels. Her writings are Christian Fiction. They are Mystery and Suspense with some romance thrown in as well.

Her book series Place of Refuge will be featured today.

Amy grew up all over the world, as a “military brat” moving every three years. But to her home was Louisville, KY. She currently lives in Georgia with her three daughters. She describes herself as: “I’m a homeschool mom, author, speaker, and avid chocoholic. I love crafting high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues, but who I really am can be summed up in a few short words: I’m a daughter of the King learning to live and love with laughter.”

In addition to her two series she is a contributing author to several books: A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Mom’s Prayers, God Allows U-Turns for Teens, Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes, and A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Moms. (Source: Amazon.com)

Amy’s Novels:

Ransomed Dreams (Defenders of Hope #1)
Healing Promises (Defenders of Hope #2)
Enduring Justice (Defenders of Hope #3)
Hiding in Plain Sight (Place of Refuge #1)
Nowhere to Run (Place of Refuge #2)


Here are the two books in Amy’s Place of Refuge Series

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Hiding in Plain Sight
306 pages in Kindle
Published: April 1, 2012

Description from Amazon:

In a quiet town with a thriving Mennonite community, police officer Ashley Walters finds her threadbare faith and way of life challenged by the Plain people whose simple dress and welcoming manner open her eyes to a God she left behind. Peace eludes Ashley until she realizes the answers she seeks aren’t found in starting over but in returning to the simple truth that it’s God who overcomes the world, not her.

Written for women who desire action-packed suspense, romance, and an escape into the peaceful world of the Mennonites, Hiding in Plain Sight delves into the painful struggle to fit in and the search for peace that so often eludes our fast-paced lives.

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Nowhere to Run
348 pages in Kindle
Published: October 1, 2012

Description from Amazon:

What happens when the promise to protect and serve forces a police officer to do the unthinkable…?

Police Officer Ashley Walters is being stalked. Her wedding plans are interrupted by an attack on her fiancé, and a detective is shot protecting her. Ashley is forced to flee for her own safety and the lives of those she loves.

Ashley finds refuge in a Mennonite community in Shipshewana, Indiana. But even in a peaceful town among gentle people she cherishes, danger stalks. All she has left is faith. But when faith fails, what survives?

Readers who love suspense coupled with the simplicity of the Mennonite life will eagerly devour book two in the dramatic Place of Refuge series.


If you read Christian Fiction and enjoy suspense with some romance thrown in, please check out Amy Wallace’s novels!

Contact Amy:
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I have known Amy for 12 years. We met while taking a Citizen’s Police Academy class as she was researching one of her novels. Here is a picture of her and I at one of her book signings:

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