Suspense in Action: You Can’t Hit a Moving Target

Deb’s Dozen: Suspense, action, kidnapping. Serial killer on the loose. Maddy and Quinn Next?

Suspense is Lynette Eason’s calling. Her writing always has suspense and action and believable characters peopling the novels. The books in the Elite Guardians series are no exceptions. If you follow my blog, you’ll be up-to-date on this series and the first two books, Always Watching and Without Warning. Moving Target is just as exhilarating and exciting as the others.

Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe have a history. He’s FBI and she’s ex-FBI. They both have been near death–her from a slashed throat and him from being smashed in a car by a backhoe. She’s stuck by him through his rehab; he’s drawn to her and doesn’t know what to do about the situation. Maddy’s assignment is to get Quinn to his birthday party, but he ticks her off so badly she stalks out of the restaurant where they’re having dinner. After brief, but not brief enough, consideration, Quinn follows and drives to Maddy’s home.

At the party, the crew is worried. Neither Maddy nor Quinn have shown up and they’re not answering their phones or texts. They begin a search for the pair. In the meantime, Maddy and Quinn are in a fight for their lives as they’re hunted, literally, by the Chosen One.

You will not be able to put this book down. Do NOT start reading in the evening unless you want to stay up all night. Eason has included everything I want in a book: engaging characters, fascinating plot, twists and turns, a hint of romance. She gets her protagonists into situations you’re sure they can’t escape, but they pull out resources they didn’t know they had and manage to do so–only to be put right back in another perilous spot. Five stars!

Moving TargetLynette Eason has four series to her credit: Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians. You will want to read all of them. She is the winner of two American Christian Fiction Writer Carol Awards, the Selah Award, a Golden Scroll Award and others. She lives in South Carolina where she plots more murder and mayhem

Revell, a division of Baker Books, gave me a copy of Moving Target, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.

One True Love–Dream or Reality

Deb’s Dozen: If Life Treats Us Well, We’re Fortunate to Find One True Love.

Eva Marie Everson is a Southern writer. She grew up in the South, lives in the South, talks Southern, and writes the way she talks. If you like the soft Southern drawl, the slower pace of life, and a whopping good story, you’ll love The One True Love of Alice-Ann. As I read the book, I could hear Eva Marie telling me the story—the way she accents words, the cadence of them speeding up and slowing down to draw me in. I read the book in one sitting because I had to know what happened to Alice-Ann!

The story opens on December 7, 1941—Alice-Ann’s birthday. She is so excited about the party she is being allowed to have. Alice-Ann has decided since this is her sixteenth birthday, and she is now a woman, she is going to declare her love for the young man she’s crushed on since she was twelve, Boyd MacKay or Mack. But life interferes—December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and life for everyone, even in a small southern Georgia town, changed forever. Her birthday is ruined and all everyone talks about is whether there will be war and who from their town will enlist. Finally allowed to have her party on December 19th, Alice-Ann succeeds in telling Mack her feelings—he’s enlisting, but asks her to write to him.

And life goes on. Alice-Ann gets a job at the bank in town to help out with the family finances. She and her best friend, Maeve, learn to live with the deprivations and rationing although life is a tad easier on Alice-Ann’s farm. We live the waiting and anticipation for letters and news; the dashed hopes and depression when letters don’t come. The town’s first casualty occurs, and then Maeve’s brother is severely injured and sent home. To help out her friend’s temporarily (they hope) blinded and handicapped brother, Alice-Ann goes each afternoon after work to chat and read to Carlton and share a Co-cola.

You’ll want to read Alice-Ann’s story—to experience with her the ups and downs of life in the South—to observe her mature into a young woman who cares for others. Eva Marie has written us the South during World War II. You’ll never find a better picture of life in a small, South Georgia town. And you’ll never be as entranced as you are by Alice-Ann—who may be fortunate enough to find her one true love. Four stars.

Alice-AnnEva Marie is a multi-talented, multi-awarded author and the best of friends. I’ve watched her mature as a writer much as you’ll watch Alice-Ann mature into a wonderful young woman. She has written more than thirty novels including Five Brides, The Cedar Key Series, The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd), and others. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference, mentors others in their writing journey’s, and speaks around the country. She and her husband, Dennis, live on a lakeshore in central Florida and are owned by their dachshund, Poods.

Tyndale House gave me a copy of The One True Love of Alice-AnnThe One True Love of Alice-Ann, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.

What price to pay for love? Love seems to bring only grief.

Deb’s Dozen: What price to pay for love? Love seems to bring only grief.

Eliza’s mother has cancer. Her dad left long ago when she was five. She has an aunt and uncle who care for her, but she’s losing the people she loved the most. After Eliza’s mom dies, Eliza receives a call from the attorney of her deceased grandmother requesting Eliza meet with him. What on earth could this mean?

Independent despite her losses, Eliza ponders the meaning of the call. Drew Hillson, Eliza’s lost love, hears of her mother’s passing and comes to call to offer his condolences. Eliza realizes she still has feelings for him, and he realizes he still loves Eliza. However, Eliza cannot forget the hurt she felt when she saw Drew with another woman.

The attorney sends Eliza on a journey into her past. What will she find? What will she learn about her parents and herself? What will she learn about love.

Ashlee Kinsel has written a short, simple book about love—the love of parents for a child, of a man for a woman, of the love of God. You will learn of the great love that gives up all for family. You will walk with Eliza on her journey and come to care for her greatly. I was sorry to see the story end. Three stars.

A Sacred Silence is Ashlee Kinsel’s debut novel. She lives near San Antonio, Texas, and works with her husband in their ranching and wildlife businesses. They have three children. She leads a Bible study, and loves to write evenings after the sun has set.