Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the Field of Grace--a novel by Tessa Afshar

In "In the Field of Grace" Ms. Afshar tackles the story of Ruth and Boaz from the book of Ruth, one of the greatest love stories of all time. But it is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story of extreme heartache, loss, death, barrenness, grace, and redemption.

Ruth is a complex heroine who has placed herself in servitude and pledged allegiance to her mother-in-law, Naomi, after her husband dies. When Naomi decides to move back to her homeland of Bethlehem Ruth is given the option to stay with her people in Moab, or travel to Bethlehem and live amongst the Hebrews whose God she is learning to trust.

Tessa Afshar has a way of taking biblical characters out of the genre of the cardboard cut out and wraps their burlap covered flesh in prose like cashmere.

For me, well written biblical fiction can activate healing and peace to my frazzled contemporary soul. I would love for everyone to read "In the Field of Grace".


Please read on for more about this lovely book.
This week, the
is introducing
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)


TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life.  She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently.  Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School.  She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.


Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills

"Expect an Adventure" is DiAnn Mills' tagline for her novels, and true to form, she launches into a grand one with her new book, Firewall.

National security is at stake when computer wiz Taryn Young's top secret software project becomes the prize in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Her husband of about 24 hours is missing after they became separated during an airport bombing on the way to their honeymoon. With fingers pointing at her from every direction, and reeling from shock, injuries, and betrayal, she must figure out who she can trust.

Mills keeps the reader on a fast paced timeline that encourages rapid page turning. Lovers of fiction involving FBI agents, romance, and faith will really enjoy Firewall!

As a side note, with air line security in the news (sadly) this book feels even more relevant.
Please read on for more about Firewall and author DiAnn Mills.
This week, the
is introducing
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at


After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.