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21 January 2011

It's Reveal Day!

This week's host: Jennifer Slattery

Today's reveal day--the day when we get to meet the gifted authors behind these gut-wrenching scenes and the novels the scenes were pulled from. Based on the comments provided by our readers, both of these scenes struck a chord with you all. Now imagine how intense these scenes are in the context of the story, once your reality has merged with the character's and her dreams, fears and struggles have become your own.

Excerpt A came from Tina Pinson's In the Manor of a Ghost.

It's the 1870's. The Civil War has long since been fought and laid to rest, settlers are still joining the wagon trains and heading west to the New Eden. The land is changing. But those who dwell in Clayborne Manor seem trapped in time.

Trapped amid the whispers of failure and sorrow, whispers of longing and defeat. Kaitlin hears them clearly at night. But who haunts Clayborne Manor? The ghost that restlessly walks the halls in the night? Or the ones that plague the minds and spirits of those residing there? Though not inclined to believe the dead can walk the night laden corridors, Kaitlin can see them clearly in the eyes of her husband Devlin, and hear them in the deafening silence of her son, Derrick.

Does she have the courage to search the past and face the ghosts? Does she have the faith to stay and direct all those who dwell In the Manor of the Ghost to the one who sets the captive free?

Find out more about Tina and her novel at TinaPinson.com

Excert B came from DeAnna Julie Dodson's In Honor Bound

An incredibly moving story of loss and betrayal, forgiveness and love. His father will stop at nothing at all to keep the royal bloodline "pure"--even murder. But his sins have nearly destroyed Prince Philip and the future of his reign.

In this beautifully written medieval novel, Prince Philip Chastelayne burns the bridges of his life, and finds one woman, Rosalynde, his loyal wife, who will show him that he needs God's forgiveness in his heart.

Find out more about DeAnna and her gripping novel at DeAnnaJulieDodson.com.

Okay, so this question's been burning in your head. Now's your chance. What's one thing you'd like to ask our competing authors?
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April Gardner said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

I love that I didn't know the stories this time around. Clash of the Titles has become such a well-oiled machine that I can sit back and enjoy the ride along with the rest of you!
Both these books sound amazing. Ghosts in a manor?? Creepy! And perfect.
Of course I'll snatch up anything medieval. We see so little of it these days!
Glad to have both you ladies this week!

DeAnna Julie Dodson said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

It's such a thrill to have a scene chosen for a Clash! And I've been wanting to read In the Manor of the Ghost for a while now. It sounds really good.

Thank you, Jennifer, for your hospitality. :)

DeAnna Julie Dodson

Tina Pinson said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

Thanks for letting me do battle here. Not quite so bloody as other arenas. I was honored to be a warrior on Clash. I loved the excerpt from my opponent.


Tina P

Unknown said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

I had the pleasure of reading "Ghost" and it was a really satisfying historical romantic suspense read. Tina has a real gift at layering a story and developing characters with enduring appeal. It would make an amazing movie with the atmospheric quality it exudes.
Will have to check out the other title.

Cheryl Wyatt said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

Very interesting!

Anonymous said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

I liked both excerpts. I want to know what happened to Philip and his wife.

Jennifer said... Friday, 21 January, 2011

Both these books are must reads! I can't wait to learn which excerpt readers chose. I have a feeling this is going to be one close Clash!

Item Reviewed: It's Reveal Day! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Jennifer Slattery