Wednesday, April 11, 2007

This Week From CFBA ~ Coral Moon by Brandilyn Collins

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandilyn Collins is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Web Of Lies, Dead of Night, Stain of Guilt, Brink of Death, and Eyes of Elisha just to name a few.Brandilyn and her family divide their time between the California Bay Area and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.She also maintains an informative blog called Forensics and Faith where she daily dispenses wisdom on writing, life, and the Christian book industry.

The figure remained still as stone. Leslie couldn't even detect a breath. Spider fingers teased the back of her neck. Leslie's feet rooted to the pavement. She dropped her gaze to the driveway, seeking...what? Spatters of blood? Footprints? She saw nothing. Honed through her recent coverage of crime scene evidence, the testimony as last month's trial, the reporter in Leslie spewed warnings: Notice everything, touch nothing...
Leslie Brymes hurries out to her car on a typical workday morning...and discovers a dead body inside.Why was the corpse left for her to find? And what is the meaning of the message pinned to its chest?In Coral Moon, the senseless murder of a beloved Kanner Lake citizen spirals the small Idaho town into a terrifying glimpse of spiritual forces beyond our world. What appears true seems impossible.OR IS IT? And as Brandilyn would say...

Presently this Kanner Lake Series of books has its own character blog called Scenes and Beans. Stop by and visit the folks from Kanner Lake!


There are many things Brandilyn Collins is good at. Creating great characters, scaring the hoo-ha out of her readers, teaching writing techniques to up and coming scribes. But there are a few things Brandilyn Collins is GREAT at. I found these in CORAL MOON.

Tone. She sets the tone of her scary books right away. The use of the most subtle words makes you feel the icy fingers of fear tickling the back of your neck.

Verbs. Such active, vivid, throat-clutching verbs. Emotions kick and knock through people. They don't get up, the push themselves up. She uses words often employed as adjectives as verbs.

Tension. The pace never slackens. The fear, the danger are real for every POV character all the time, and therefore to the reader as well. Brandilyn often employs a sort of "stream of consciousness" style, lots of fragments, creative use of punctuation, italics, and parenthesis to keep things moving, tight and scary.

POV. While this entire book is scary, one particular chapter made me need to close the book, catch my breath, and still my fast-beating heart. All I can say is, watch out for Chapter 13, the first time you get a peek into the motives of the bad guy. I thought I might faint.

All in all, a very, VERY exciting read. Hie thee to or your local Christian bookstore and get this book.


  1. Ooo, I'm right in the middle, anxious to finish. Drat the laundry that keeps me from THE END!

  2. Did chapter thirteen totally freak you out too?????

    I still get chills.

  3. The whole thing freaked me out! I'm blogging about it tomorrow.