Monday, April 07, 2008

Bonus Coverage from CFBA

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Amber Morn
(Zondervan Publishing Company - April 2008)
Brandilyn Collins
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 …®” Brandilyn writes for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins Publishers, and is currently at work on her 19th book. Her first, 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 Websiteto read the first chapters of all her books.
ABOUT THE BOOK The whole thing couldn’t have taken more than sixty seconds. Bailey hung on to the counter, dazed. If she let go, she’d collapse—and the twitching fingers of the gunman would pull the trigger. The rest of her group huddled in frozen shock. Dear God, help us! Tell me this is a dream . . .The shooter’s teeth clenched. “Anybody who moves is dead.”
On a beautiful Saturday morning the nationally read “Scenes and Beans” bloggers gather at Java Joint for a special celebration. Chaos erupts when three gunmen burst in and take them all hostage. One person is shot and dumped outside. Police Chief Vince Edwards must negotiate with the desperate trio. The gunmen insist on communicating through the “comments” section of the blog—so all the world can hear their story. What they demand, Vince can’t possibly provide. But if he doesn’t, over a dozen beloved Kanner Lake citizens will die...Amber Morn is the climactic finale to Collins’ widely read Kanner Lake series. All first three titles in the series, Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, and Crimson Eve, were bestsellers. Library Journal placed Crimson Eve on its Best Books of 2007 list, and hailed it the “Best Christian suspense of 2007.”
A few early reviews of Amber Morn:
“… essential reading … a harrowing hostage drama.” – Library Journal

“… heart-pounding … breakneck pace … satisfying and meaningful ending.” – RT Bookreviews

“This cataclysmic ending left me breathless … Kanner Lake is the Best Suspense Series of 2007/2008.” –

“Collins has saved the best for a last .. a powerful ensemble performance.” --

“… a staccato tempo … Sometimes you just have to close the book in order to come up for air.” – Dale Lewis

“…a masterpiece of page-turning suspense with a cast of dozens.” – Peg Phifer
MY REVIEW: I eagerly awaited the release of Amber Morn. I have read the first three books in the Kanner Lake series, and each one got better and better. Amber Morn, book four, is better yet. In book three, Crimson Eve, Brandilyn upped the ante on her characters and readers. She deepened the conflict, making it even more about the people and personal loss and consequences. Amber Morn continues that emotional crisis.
In Amber Morn, Brandilyn brings together the entire cast of the Kanner Lake Series, and puts their lives on the line. But the thing that drew me in the most was the individual perspectives of the Java Joint regulars, their evaluation of what was important in life and what wasn't. Juxtaposed with their perspectives are the people on the outside of the hostage situation who have loved ones inside. Brandilyn made me care about these characters, and I couldn't put the book down until I knew what happened to them.
On an aside, Brandilyn Collins is one of the NICEST ladies you'll ever want to meet. You'd never suspect all the twisted plots running around in her head.
If you're looking for a great read, one that will pull you in and keep you riveted, pick up Amber Morn...or better yet, get all the books in this series. You won't be disappointed.

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