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03 November 2011

Tournament of Champions - Clash 8, Reveal

*posted by Sr. Editor, April W Gardner
Here we are at the last reveal and 
just days away from beginning our final round.
Haven't all the excerpts been great?! Of course, they had to be great since they came from COTT Champion books, but just the same, over the last month, I've been reminded of how many talented writers we have coming through 
COTT each Clash.

You've read from our Clash 8 books before, but I still take great pleasure in revealing them. 
Last, but in no way least, here are our Clash 8 books.

Excerpt B   &   Excerpt A


And their authors...

Ann Gaylia O'Barr
Shellie Neumeier

Before I tell you more about the books, 
don't forget that you can still play this week's three games,
for a chance to win 3 separate $10 gift cards. 
You can find the games here:

Come back tomorrow when we'll reveal the winners of our games, as well as the Clash 7 and 8 champs. Shortly after, we'll open another voting box so YOU can decide which 
winner will be Finalist #4. (see other finalists in sidebar)

About Driven:
Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…
Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.
Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

About Shellie:
Shellie Neumeier holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a minor in Psychology, Sociology and Social Studies. A devoted mother of four, Shellie previously worked on staff with Northbrook Church as the King’s Kids ministry assistant (serving children in grades 2nd through 5th). Shellie’s YA novel, Driven, is available from Risen Fiction and her middle grade chapter book The Wishing Ring will release February 2012. She is an active member of SCBWI and ACFW as well as a contributing author for various blogs. Shellie is located in southeastern Wisconsin.

Find Shellie at these locations:
Her Website

About Singing in Babylon
Recent grad Kate McCormack, saddled with college debt, has limited options…until she accepts an offer to teach English in Saudi Arabia.
Plunged into a foreign world, she’s homesick and lonely, stuck in a gilded prison where women aren’t even allowed to walk around the block by themselves. The future stretches before her like a leaden sky.
Journalist Philip Tangvald, on the trail of a story about illegal immigration routes through the Middle East and North Africa, is intrigued by the feisty Kate, but wonders if he deserves to find love again. Too much loss and betrayal has burdened his life. First, his father, when he was eleven. And, a year ago, his wife. Now he’s free of everything—except the guilt from his past—and wants to stay that way.

About Ann:
Ann was a oreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State from 1990 to 2004. Her assignments included tours in U.S. embassies and consulates in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Canada, Tunisia, and in Washington, D.C. She has written church curriculum materials and short stories; articles in State Department Magazine, Liberty Magazine, and for the website American Diplomacy.

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Item Reviewed: Tournament of Champions - Clash 8, Reveal Rating: 5 Reviewed By: April Gardner