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11 October 2011

Tournament of Champions: Game #2 And First Clash Reveal

*This week's hostess is Michelle Massaro

Wow, what a turn-out yesterday! You all are obviously just as excited as I am about this event! Thank you so much for all the encouraging comments for our authors and for tweeting about us. Can't wait to see what's in store for today... 

Visitors, are you ready to play to win? Today's game is brought to you by Delia Latham, author of the Solomon's Gate series. She is offering a free a bookmark design to the winner! Head over to Erin Rainwater's blog to find the answer to this question: From what psalm is the title The Arrow That Flieth By Day taken? Come back with the correct answer and enter it into the moderated comments section below to be entered to win this wonderful prize from Delia Latham. Be sure to leave your contact information with your answer!

Time for the reveal!

Excerpt A came from C.S. Lakin's Someone To Blame.

About the book:

A family in pain, a town eager to blame...

In the wake of heartrending family tragedies, Matt and Irene Moore move with their fourteen-year-old daughter, Casey, to a small town. Their goal is to get far away from the daily reminders that leave each of them raw and guilt- ridden. Their hope is to find redemption, repair, and renewal. Instead, the threads of their relationship unravel even more.

Breakers is a small community perched on the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest. Its cold isolation seems to mirror the hearts of the family seeking solace there. As they settle into their new life, old grief settles with them. They've once more set the stage for calamity.
Into this mix comes Billy Thurber, a young drifter with his own conflicts, whose life unexpectedly entangles with the Moores’. His arrival in Breakers parallels a rash of hateful and senseless crimes, and soon the whole town – eager for someone to blame – goes after Thurber with murderous intent. Out of this dangerous chaos, however, the Moores find unexpected grace and healing in a most unlikely way.

About C. S. Lakin

C. S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of eleven novels – six contemporary novels and five in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.
In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.
Excerpt B came from Marianne Evans' Hearts Crossing.

About the book:

Collin Edwards, a former parishioner at Woodland Church, has renounced God without apology, his faith drained away in the face of a tragic loss.

Daveny Montgomery cares deeply about her relationship with God, and the community of Woodland . Lately though, she's been in a rut, longing for something to reignite her spiritual enthusiasm.

A beautification project at Woodland seems the answer for them both. Daveny spearheads the effort and Collin assists, but only with the renovations, and only because he wants to know Daveny better. Despite his deepening feelings for her, even stepping into the common areas of the church stirs tension and anger.

Can Daveny trust in Collin’s fledgling return to faith? And can Collin ever accept the fact that while he turned his back on God, God never turned his back on him?

About Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second offering, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers and in the local media.

Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – an award winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of a four-book Christian romance series as well as the publication of an Easter short story.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Marianne is an active member of Romance Writers of America. She’s a long-time member of Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, but most notably for two terms as Chapter Treasurer and two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.
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