Category: Author Spotlight

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:
Facebook
Website

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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Author Spotlight: Mary Kubica

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Courtesy of Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica has written three novels. Her novels are of the thriller/suspense genre. I have read two of her three novels and will review the two I have read in this Author Spotlight. I have not read her newest, but hope to read it relatively soon and review it on this blog.

Mary’s Writings:
The Good Girl
Pretty Baby
Don’t You Cry


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352 Pages in Kindle

Published: July 29, 2014
Dates Read: January 3-10, 2016

My Rating: 3 Stars

 

Book Summary from Amazon:

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

 

My review:

This is the first novel by Mary Kubica and I enjoyed this book! I read it in 8 days which I usually average 2-3 weeks to read a book. It was hard to put down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but… The thing is, I knew there was a twist and I figured out what that twist was going to be. If I had not figured it out, I know I would have been blown away by the book, especially with the last line! I enjoy thinking I know what a twist will be and NOT being right.

I recommend the book and will be reading more books by Mary Kubica.


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400 Pages in Kindle

Published: July 28, 2015
Dates Read: January 12-25, 2016

My Rating: 3 Stars

 

Book Summary from Amazon:

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

 

My review:

This is Mary Kubica’s second novel. I thought the premise of the book was very interesting! I enjoyed the different perspectives in this as in The Good Girl.

It was a little too slow paced for me. Some parts of the book you can see coming. The last 6 chapters really picked up for me. My mouth dropped a few times with what happened towards the end.

Not as good at The Good Girl to me, I still recommend it and look forward to reading Mary’s third novel.


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320 Pages in Hardback

Published: May 17, 2016

 

Book Summary from Amazon:

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fastand far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

 

 

This is Mary Kubica’s third novel. I have not read this, so I can not review it. I do hope to read it soon and give it a proper review on this site. I always enjoy thrillers, so I am sure I will enjoy it. It looks like we get multiple points of view in this book, which I always enjoy!!!

 

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Author Spotlight: Suzanne Redfearn

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Courtesy of Suzanne Redfearn

Suzanne Redfearn has written two novels. I have read both and enjoyed them both. I look forward to future novels written by her. Both novels will be featured in this post today.

Suzanne’s Writings:
Hush Little Baby
No Ordinary Life


 

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Hush Little Baby
368 Pages in Paperback

Published: October 8, 2013
Dates Read: Feb 22, 2014- March 6, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

If I stay, he will kill me. If I leave, he’ll destroy Addie and Drew.

Jillian Kane appears to have it all – a successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. For nine years, she has hid the bruises and the truth of her abusive marriage in order to protect Addie and Drew, knowing, if she left, Gordon would destroy her-destroy them.

When, in an act of desperation, she flees, her worst nightmare is realized, and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan. With Gordon in hot pursuit, there is only one inescapable certainty: No matter where she goes, he will find her. Kill her. And take her children.

A riveting page-turner, HUSH LITTLE BABY exposes the shame and terror of domestic violence as well as the disturbing role manipulation and sabotage can play in the high-stakes game of child custody. Suspenseful and unforgettably moving, it’s a novel about the unbreakable bonds of family and the astounding, terrifying devotion of a mother’s love.

 

My review in 2014:
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book! Hush Little Baby had me pulled in from the beginning. It was intense the whole time! I did not know how it was going to end or what direction the story was going to go. Hush Little Baby shows what it can be like to be in a domestic abuse relationship, and makes me thankful I am not in one. Jillian’s thoughts show what a woman dealing with domestic abuse thinks and how having children can complicate what she may or may not do. The ending did get a little less realistic to me compared to the rest of the book, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend others to read it.

I also highly enjoyed that the chapters were short- the longest chapters were 6-8 pages. When there are short chapters I feel I can read a book quicker. I am not the quickest reader, but finished it an a little over a week.

 


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No Ordinary Life
400 Pages in Paperback

Published: February 2, 2016
Dates Read: May 20-June 11, 2016

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and her three children . . . or that she’d have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don’t come without a price. And in a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it’s impossible to know who to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.

Emotionally riveting and insightful, No Ordinary Life is an unforgettable novel about the preciousness of childhood and the difficult choices a mother needs to make in order to protect this fragile time in her children’s lives.

 

My review:

With this novel, Suzanne Redfearn has become a Target Emerging Author Selection. That is awesome for a newer author! Congrats Suzanne!

This review will have some spoilers, so beware before you read this review.

I enjoyed Suzanne Redfearn’s first book, Hush Little Baby, so I was excited and anxiously awaited her second book to be released.  Last year(2015) there was also a contest where her readers could give input into the cover and title of the book. I participated.

I enjoyed that the chapters were short. That makes me feel I am reading the book quicker. It also makes it harder to put the book down when you see the next chapter is 1-4 pages!

I loved the premise of the book.

I was pulled into the book from the beginning and found it hard to put down. However, I had to suspend my belief while reading the book. Faye, the mother, was not very likeable for me. She came into the whole experience with such naivete. I mean, not even have a lawyer look at the contract when you know nothing of Hollywood?

Parts of the book seemed to be extreme in the situations that happened. Yes, you have one child discovered, but then your middle child can also act? I found that hard to believe as well. And, your boyfriend who works behind the camera ends up being a former child star?!?!

Despite the issues I had with certain parts of the book I did enjoy it and would recommend it. It was hard to put down. Unlike some reviewers, I did not have an issue with Molly’s lisp and the way it was put on paper. I LOVED Molly and could see how America fell in love with her in this book.

**I will continue to read Suzanne Redfearn’s books and look forward to her next one being released!!

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