Wednesday, July 29, 2009

CFBA: Any Minute

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Any Minute

FaithWords (June 30, 2009)


Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than seventy inspirational books, including The Confident Woman, I Dare You, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny, and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings as well as a complete video library. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences. Joyce and her husband, Dave, are the parents of four grown children and make their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Deborah Bedford is a career fiction writer who began her professional life as a journalist in a Colorado mountain town.

A Rose By The Door, Deborah's first with Warner Book (name changed to FaithWords in 2006), hit bookstores in November 2001. A Morning Like This was released by Warner Books in 2002. Deborah's short story, “Connor Sapp's Baseball Summer,” is included in Multnomah Publisher's The Storytellers' Collection, Tales From Home, alongside stories by Chuck Colson, Terri Blackstock, Randy Alcorn and Karen Kingsbury.

Deborah and Jack have two children, Jeff and Avery. When she isn't writing, Deborah spends her time fly-fishing, cheering at American Legion baseball games, shopping with her daughter, singing praise songs while she walks along the banks of Flat Creek, and taking her dachshund Annie for hikes in the Tetons where they live.


Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves--especially children and her husband, Joe--but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.

One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah's car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is presumed dead by those on the "outside," but Sarah's spirit is still very much alive. What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah's view of life--past, present, and future.

When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Any Minute, go here!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Smoke Signals: Rosebud Rez Report and Family Camp

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Smoke Signals - Rosebud Rez Report and Family Camp
Richard Twiss
Jul 28, 2009

Hau kola (hello friend),

Kath and I just returned from a life–enriching week of experiences on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota for our annual cross-cultural immersion course. As I reflect on some of our experiences, tears come to my eyes. Jesus is so much greater and involved in the affairs of human beings than I ever imagined or was taught. It is my great hope you are discovering the same thing in the universe of your life!

This was the third year of a ten-year growing partnership with the people of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux People). We attended and participated in a traditional Lakota Sundance Ceremony, the local Antelope Community Powwow, and two Inipi (sweat lodge) ceremonies. We also visited with the President of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Sicangu-“Burnt Thigh” Lakota-“Sioux” Oyate-“The People” or Nation) and members of the tribal council. I was able to share briefly with President Bordeaux and Vice-President, Kimball a little of my international travel, vision for Wiconi and how I carry myself as a Sicangu. It was also my privilege to meet with the President of Sinte Gleska “Spotted Tail” University, and hung out with my relatives for a delicious barbecue picnic. In addition, we visited with local Native pastors and various ministry leaders in our attempt to “catch a glimpse” of what the Spirit of Jesus is doing among the Sicangu people.

On one hand, life among the Sicangu (See’chahn-gu –the g is guttural) –people looks bleak. Unemployment is at 85 percent, suicide among males ages 15-25, is the highest in North America, teen pregnancies (babies birthing babies) is staggering, alcohol and drug abuse out of control. At the same time, (with few exceptions) Euro-centric churches continue to be antagonistic towards Lakota rituals and cultural expressions and still insist on an anglicized cultural expression for Sunday morning services.

On the other hand, the commitment to cultural and language preservation is growing, the importance of education is being realized and the emergence of the next generation of followers of Jesus who embrace the cultural forms and rituals of the people as part of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus is taking hold… at long last! Our team worshipped Jesus together with some twenty-something Sicangu men who led a traditional Inipi (sweat lodge) ceremony in a beautiful Christ-honoring way. These young men are the hope for the future!

We forged some new and strengthened the potential for incredibly fruitful relationships with leaders on the Rez. We will be looking to support a new organization that just purchased a building that will soon begin cultural, educational and economic programs to equip young Lakota people to be successful human beings.

I was asked many times by local believers if I would pray about helping them in starting new expressions of “church” and raise up the next generation of Sicangu Lakota followers of Jesus. Katherine and I will be praying. There is so much that needs to be done among my people! Will you please join us in praying about what the future holds for us and for Wiconi International?


Our 5th Annual Mni Wiconi Wacipi and Family Camp begins this Thursday with the camp at near capacity with 230 people registered. A very special thank you to those who helped sponsor a Native family to attend this year. More than 75 people are coming as a result of your generosity. We only have a few dorm and camping spaces and a cabin or two still open for last minute registrants.

I want to give a shout out to Corey (Blackfeet) and Gina (Yakama/Siletz) Greaves, founders of Mending Wings Ministries and affiliate staff of Wiconi who give leadership to the high school age students who attend camp. They come from the Yakama Rez and do an incredible job each year. You can read more about their dynamic youth ministry (one the best in the nation in my opinion!) at

For our local readers the powwow begins this coming Saturday (Aug 1) at 1:30, dinner at 5:00 and a second session at 7:00pm (were expecting well over 500 for the powwow). It is a free public gathering so bring yourself, friends, family and neighbors to a beautiful celebration of the life of our Creator in the Spirit of Jesus. Visit the website at for directions and details.


I was honored to be invited to speak to the staff of the leadership of Nations the campus ministry serving First Nations students of Campus Crusade for Christ. Donnie (Navajo) and Rene (Zuni) Begay are the first full-time Native staff who are helping shape what the efforts will look like in relationship to the cultural ways, beliefs and backgrounds of Native students. They are a talented and gracious young couple.

In addition I spoke briefly to the Northwest and Midwest Regional Gatherings about Native realities as well as had a Q&A lunch with various national leaders. Mark Charles (Navajo) had spoken to the entire conference (5000) the night before about being Native and following Jesus which was well received. Finally, I had an informal breakfast with the president of Campus Crusade where we had some excellent conversation about Native people and issues. I was able to share with him about the work of Wiconi, NAIITS, the WCGIP (World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People) and the growing network of First Nations authors, scholars and traditional practitioners that has emerged in North American the past fifteen years. I am hoping for a mutually rewarding relationship between our network of Native leaders and Campus Crusade in the years to come.

Peace as you journey in the Jesus way!

Richard Twiss

PS – I will be speaking at several places in August in the Northwest so come out and say hau kola if you can. My schedule is on the website.

Monday, July 27, 2009

CFBA: Offworld

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Bethany House (July 1, 2009)


Robin Parrish


Robin Parrish had two great ambitions in his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005, he proposed to his future wife the same week he signed his first book contract with Bethany House Publishers. They contracted him for the rights to not only that first book, Relentless -- but two sequels including Fearless and Merciless. A trilogy that unfolded in the consecutive summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about pop culture for more than a decade. Currently he serves as Senior Editor at, a community portal that fuses social networking with magazine-style features about entertainment and culture. He and his wife, Karen and son live in North Carolina.


"Every Person on This Planet Has Disappeared."

Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity's greatest explorers. They've finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home. But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth. gone.

It's not a dream. It's not a trick. Now Burke and his team have one mission:find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.

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

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some great sites for downloadable sermons

There are some great places on the internet where you can download some great sermons.
Andrew Wommack's website,
Derek Prince's website
Internet Archive
In The School of Prayer
Keith Gerner's website, Audio Christian
and sermonindex
William Branham sermons

Plus there are these podcasts:

Remember, there is nothing in the Bible that says we should pray to God to give us more faith. We are told that faith comes by hearing the word of God. Sermons are created to build faith. We hear the word of the lord, we speak the word of the lord and that's how faith comes.

Two really great sermons

Two really great sermons sent to me by my friend Rose-Marie of

Jackie Pullinger is the lady who ministers to drug addicts in China.

Jackie Pullinger, God Uses the Foolish Things:

Other sermons here

Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned in solitary confinement for many years for his faith.

Richard Wurmbrand, The Beauty of Nothing:

Right-click to down-load

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CFBA: The Enclave

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Enclave

Bethany House (August 1, 2009)


Karen Hancock


Karen Hancock has won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels--Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King series, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelor's degrees in biology and wildlife biology. Along with writing, she is a semi-professional watercolorist and has exhibited her work in a number of national juried shows. She and her family reside in Arizona.


When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendell-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But a disturbing late-night encounter with an intruder leads to an unexpected cover-up by Institute authorities, and she soon realizes there's more going on than she ever imagined.

She finds a supporter in genetics researcher Cameron Reinhardt. However, Reinhardt is a favorite of the Institute's director, and she can't help wondering if he, too, is in on the cover-up. The brilliant but absentminded researcher turns out to have his own secrets, some of them dark and deadly. The Enclave is characterized by adventure, intrigue, spiritual analogy, and romance, all set in an unusual but fully realized world--one that may have its foundations on earth but which, the more one learns of it, doesn't seem much like the earth we know at all.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of The Enclave, go HERE

Monday, July 20, 2009

CFBA: Things Left Unspoken

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Things Left Unspoken

Revell (June 1, 2009)


Eva Marie Everson


Eva Marie Everson taught Old Testament theology for six years at Life Training Center in Longwood, Florida and has written numerous articles for (including the acclaimed Falling Into The Bible series), and has had articles featured in numerous publications, including Christianity Today, Evangel, Christian Bride, Christian Retailing, The Godly BusinessWoman and Marriage Partnership magazines. Eva Marie has been interviewed by radio, television, newspaper, and Internet media outlets. In 2002Eva Marie was one of six Christian journalists sent to Israel for a special ten-day press tour.

Eva Marie’s work includes the award-winning titles Reflections of God's Holy Land; A Personal Journey Through Israel, Shadow of Dreams, Sex, Lies and the Media, and The Potluck Club series.

She is married, has four children and five grandchildren, and lives in Central Florida.


Every family--and every house--has its secrets. Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. And it's the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends.

Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo-Lynn doesn't know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation? Jo-Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth--but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Things Left Unspoken, go HERE

Friday, July 17, 2009

CFBA: Through The Fire

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Through The Fire

Bethany House (July 1, 2009)


Shawn Grady


Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. He was named “Most Promising New Writer” at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. Through the Fire is his debut novel.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University as a Theology undergrad before shifting direction to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, Nevada, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.


Firefighting burns in Aidan O'Neill's blood. The son of a fireman, O'Neill has a sixth sense about fire and often takes dangerous risks. When one act of disobedience nearly gets a rookie killed, O'Neill is suspended. His weeks off are supposed to be a time to reflect but instead he escapes to Mexico, where another rash act of bravery actually kills him. But only for a few minutes.

Called back to Reno, he's now haunted by visions of hell and paralyzed in the face of fire. And at the worst time, because an arsonist is targeting Reno. With a growing love interest with one of the investigators complicating everything, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the fires creep ever closer.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Through The Fire, go HERE

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

CFBA: Pirate Hunter

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Pirate Hunter

Bethany House (July 1, 2009)


Tom Morrisey


Tom Morrisey is a mountaineer, aviator, shipwreck diver, and explorer, who holds a Full Cave certification from the National Speleological Society - Cave Diving Section.

He has launched, edited or contributed to numerous national publications and is an award-winning adventure-travel writer. A popular speaker, he is also active in both evangelism and the arts. Morrisey earned an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University, and his fiction has been featured in numerous anthologies and magazines.

His first novel, Yucatan Deep (Zondervan, 2002) was a finalist for the Christy award, and he is the author of six novels, including Wind River and In High Places. In addition Tom has also written two nonfiction books: 20 American Peaks & Crags (Contemporary Books, 1978) and Wild by Nature (Baker Books, 2001). He and his family live in Orlando, Florida.


High Seas Adventure Meets a High-Tech Quest for Pirate Gold West Indies, 18th century Young Ted Bascombe is rescued by notorious pirate Captain Henry Thatch, finding himself caught up in a world of crime, adventure, and a daily fight for freedom.... Key West, 21st century Marine archaeologist Greg Rhode embarks on a treasure-hunting expedition in the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys, but he's as beguiled by a beautiful diver with different-colored eyes as by the lure of pirate gold...The Hunt Is On! Interweaving these two stories, pro deep-sea diver Tom Morrisey spins a multilayered tale of two young men's quests to escape their past by losing themselves to adventure on the high seas. Romantic and thrilling, this unique novel explores the timeless truth that "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pirate Hunter, go HERE

Monday, July 13, 2009

CFBA: Who Made You A Princess?

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Who Made You a Princess

FaithWords (May 13, 2009)


Shelley Adina


Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.

Shelley is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She writes books about fun and faith--with a side of glamour. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, watching movies, and making period costumes.

The All About Us book series has its own home over on the Hachette website. Stop by and see what the five fabulous girls at Spencer Acadenmy are up to! Series Website.

Her other books in this series includes book one, It's All About Us, oook Two, The Fruit of my Lipstick, and book three, Be Strong & Curvaceous. This present book is book four.


Shani Hanna returns to SpencerAcademy for her senior year after an amazing summer spent with her friends Lissa, Gillian, and Carly. But the best part about summer was meeting Danyel Johnstone. Danyel is cute, smart, cool, and super nice. All Shani has to do is get him to see her as more than just one of the gang.

But when the girls return to school, they find a new addition to the distinguished student body: Prince Rashid al Amir of Yasir, an oil-rich desert kingdom in the Middle East. Prince Rashid moved to California to prepare for an eventual MBA at Stanford...and to romance his future wife: Shani Hanna!

It turns out, Shani's family and the prince's go back for generations, entwined in tradition, obligation, and family honor. In each generation, members of the two families have expanded their business interests through arranged marriage. Will Shani put aside her feelings for Danyel to pursue her family's wishes? Or will God answer her prayers for an intervention?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Who Made You a Princess , go HERE

Monday, July 06, 2009

CFBA: Fatal Illusions

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fatal Illusions

Kregel Publications (March 5, 2009)


Adam Blumer


Adam Blumer lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia.

He works full-time as a freelance writer and editor. A print journalism graduate of Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC), he served in editorial roles for fourteen years at Northland Baptist Bible College (Dunbar, WI) and Awana Clubs International Headquarters (Streamwood, IL).

He has published numerous short stories and articles. Fatal Illusions released by Kregel Publications (Grand Rapids, MI) is his first novel.


An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands.

The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon's next act. Time is running out and already the killer has spotted his next victim. Who will escape alive?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fatal Illusions, go HERE

“Fatal Illusions is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Highly recommended!”--Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Night Watchman

“An awesome ride!”--Rosey Dow, Christy Award winning author of Reaping the Whirlwind

“Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing.”--Rick Acker, author of Blood Brothers

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Dark Parable: Cry for hire

I dreamed a minister had decided to have an affair. It was a favorite minister
of mine and in the dream I might have been his wife. I didn't want to come out
and rebuke him and I remembered a book written by a famouse writer from the past
who talked about the dangers of affairs and how they can destroy a ministry. So
I decided to look for this book. I remembered I had put it in a bookcase near a
dumb waiter. But the house had so many bookshelves, crawl spaces, and
dumbwaiters that I couldn't quite find which one. The book was called "a cry for
hire." I looked everywhere for it. While lookign for it I came upon a world
behind the dumbwaiters where people had created a world behind the pulleys. They
still used the pulleys but never came out outside into the larger house. I think
they were aware of the larger world but didn't really care about it. They even
had raised children there and had different generations. One child had bad scars
or blemishes on his legs and I said to him, "you must go out into the sun." I
never found the book but when I woke up I went online and googled "a cry for
hire." I got nothing. There was no such title. But when I googled "cry for hire"
I got this:
True friends appear less mov'd than counterfeit; As men that grieve at funerals
are not so loud as those that cry for hire. ~ Horace

I was so surprised because I had never heard of the book/ode before and suddenly
here is the phrase! It reminded me of the time in college when I dreamed of
Sonnet 8 and figured I'd read it when I woke up. When I did it totally spoke to
my situation. Am not sure what counterfeit friends I may have or -- vice versa--
which folks I think don't love me but which really do. But it really blessed me.

In another dream I was thinking of Smith Wigglesworth's quote: "Oh, what a
merciful God we have! What a wonderful Jesus is ours! Are you oppressed? Cry out
to God. It is always good for people to cry out. Sometimes you have to cry out."
-- Smith Wigglesworth, Ever Increasing Fath.
I decided I would go to my room and cry out for my son's health and for mine.

I think I'll write a children's story about the pulley. A nice metaphor for we
Earthers and how we've forgotten where we came from.

many of the words. Olde Englifhe.)


Take leave of Wiae, and the foft Joys of Love:
And no Mufician dares pretend to Skill,
Without a great Expence of Time and Pains-,
But ev'ry little bufy Scribbler now
Swells with the Praifes which he gives himfeli ;
And taking Sanauary in the Crowd,
Brags of his Impudence, and looms to mend.
A Wealthy Poet takes more Pains to hire
A Flatt'ring Audience, than poor Trsdefmen i.'i
To perfuade Cuftomers to buy their Goods:
'Tis hard to find a M;m of great Eftate,
That can diftinguifh Flatterers from Friends.
Never delude your felf, nor read your Book
Before a brib'd and fawning Auditor.;
For he'll commend, and feign an Ecftafy,
Grow pale or weep, do any thing to pleafe; ^
True Friends appear lefs mov'd than Counterfeit 5
As Men that truly grieve at Funerals,
Are not fo loud as thofc that cry for Hire.
Wife were the Kings, who never chofe a Friend,
'Till with full Cups they had unmask'd his Soul,
And feen the Bottom of his deepeft Thoughts.
You cannot arm your fell with too much Care
Againft the Smiles of a defigning Knave.
&umtillius (if his Advice were ask'd)
Would freely tell you what you fliould correft,
Or (if you could not) bid you blot it out,
And with more Care fupply the Vacancy ;
But if he found you fond and obftinate
(And apter to defend, than mend your Faults)
With Silence leave you to admire your felf,
And without Rival hug your darling Book :


The prudent Care of an impartial Friend
Will give you Notice of each idle Line;
Or'XeV""'^'""^' '^' what wants Ornament,

Make you explain all that he finds obfcure.
And wuh a flrift Enquiry, mark your Faults-

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

CFBA: Exposure by Brandilyn Collins

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Zondervan (June 1, 2009)


Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and 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's 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. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is now working on her 20th book.

In addition to Exposure, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Always Watching, first in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.


When your worst fear comes true.

Someone is watching Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? Everyone
knows she’s a little crazy. Kaycee’s popular syndicated newspaper
column pokes fun at her own paranoia and multiple fears. The police in
her small town are well aware she makes money writing of her
experiences. Worse yet, she has no proof of the threats. Pictures of a
dead man mysteriously appear in her home—then vanish before police
arrive. Multisensory images flood Kaycee’s mind. Where is all this
coming from?

Maybe she is going over the edge.

High action and psychological suspense collide in this story of terror,
twists, and desperate faith. The startling questions surrounding Kaycee
pile high. Her descent to answers may prove more than she can survive.

To read the first chapter, go HERE.

“More twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster! Highly recommended.” ~CBA Retailers

“Mesmerizing mystery…authentic characters…a fast-paced, twisting tale of desperate choices.” ~TitleTrakk

“Brandilyn Collins is a master of suspense, and Exposure is her best book yet!” ~Dianne Burnett,

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