Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This Week From CFBA
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
(Zondervan October 30, 2007)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline “Don’t forget to b r e a t h e…® ” She’s so well known in the industry there’s actually a club for her non-readers. That’s right. The Big Honkin’ Chickens Club (BHCC) members are proud of the fact that they’re too wimpy to read Brandilyn’s intense fiction. Now and then one of them tries. Bribing works pretty well. (Just ask Deb Raney.) Somehow they live to tell the tale.
Brandilyn writes for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins Publishers, and is currently at work on her 17th book. Her first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows.
She’s also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons), and often teaches at writers conferences. Brandilyn blogs at Forensics and Faith. Visit her website to read the first chapters of all her books.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Carla stared at the gun and David Thornby—or whatever his name was. Her mind split in two, one side pleading this was some sick joke, the other screaming it was all too real.
“Please. You must have the wrong person. There’s no reason for someone to want me dead. I don’t have any enemies.”
“Then you’d best rethink your friends.”
Realtor Carla Radling shows an “English gentleman” a lakeside estate—and finds herself facing a gun. Who has hired this assassin to kill her, and why? Forced on the run, Carla must uncover the scathing secrets of her past. Secrets that could destroy some very powerful people...
Brandilyn Collins fans and reviewers are saying Crimson Eve is her best book yet:
“Collins tops herself by creating a suspenseful nonstop thrill ride … Truly the best Christian Fiction suspense title so far this year.”– Library Journal, starred review
“Crimson Eve is Collins at her very best. It left me feeling as if I’d climbed Mount Everest without oxygen … I didn’t think Brandilyn could outdo herself after reading Coral Moon. She did.”–TitleTrakk.com
“I’ve never edited a more tightly crafted, deftly woven, compellingly written book.” –a Crimson Eve editor, with 20 years experience
“This is your best book! I could not stop reading!” – one of many readers with similar responses
Read about Violet Dawn and Coral Moon, books one and two in the Kanner Lake series.
MY REVIEW: This review is less about the book (WHICH WAS TOTALLY AMAZING!) and more about the author. It was my great privilege to meet Brandilyn Collins at the ACFW Conference this past year. She was so busy with being the emcee and manning the prayer room and seeing to a bazillion details that I wasn't able to speak to her until the last day. She was sitting in the lobby waiting for her departure, and I was able to pounce on her. Well, not pounce, but at least speak to her. I wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed her book CORAL MOON and how chapter 13 scared the hoo-ha out of me.
What a gracious lady! Brandilyn asked if I had read VIOLET DAWN, the first in the Kanner Lake series. I told her that I had not. She pulled an autographed copy out of her bag and gave it to me right then and there.
The flight from Dallas to Chicago, then from Chicago to Rochester, went by in a minute! I kept finding myself forgetting to blink, I was reading so fast.
Brandilyn has an unbelievable talent for grabbing the reader, strapping them into a wild rollercoaster of a plot, and hitting the GO! button.
In Crimson Tide, she created a character that at first I thought was too snarky to be likable, but within just a couple pages, I was championing Carla Radling's cause.
A beautiful thing about this book is that while there are many twists and turns, I didn't get the feeling, as I have lately from some Christian fiction, that the twists and plot jolts were in there just for the shock value. Each new development felt right, integral to the plot, and very plausible.
I highly recommend CRIMSON EVE and I can't wait until the next Kanner Lake book, AMBER MORN releases!
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