by Kimberley Troutte
Romantic Suspense, Religion

Lonnie Hogan has lived and breathed fear for the eight years she and her son have been on the run. Will the killers find them? She’s ready to run again, or fight for her son’s precious life, but she won’t let anyone take David.

Few people on St. John, Virgin Islands, know their favorite doctor, Mark Norton, is a desperate man searching for the life that was stolen from him. After hours, he surfs the internet for leads and retraces paths gone stone-cold to find his missing family. He’ll do anything to find them and get his son back.

Will they sacrifice everything to protect the boy who hears God.

"What a fascinating and thought provoking book - a lot of food for thought in it. I really appreciated the picture of a loving and - yes, a God with a kind and wonderful sense of humor!"~Amazon reviewer

"The message is so vital today and always: CHOOSE LOVE."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

CIR: What inspired this book?
TROUTTE: God Whisperer is near and dear to my heart because it is so personal. I was blessed to be the mother of two amazingly wonderful boys who were born with different and super-rare, non-life-threatening challenges. My oldest was born with a rare eye-tracking condition that also played havoc with his balance. My youngest had perfect eyes but was born with an incomplete, deaf ear. No hole! When the surgeons at UCLA created an eardrum and canal and he was able to hear with both ears for the first time in his life, I wept with joy. The miracle was overwhelming.

CIR: Do your or your children show up in the characters?
TROUTTE: While the book is pure fiction—the mother is not me, David is not my son, and I am happily married—there is a river of truth flowing through the pages. The worry a parent faces when her child is born with disabilities can be crushing. God Whisperer comes from being in that place when a mother realizes she is not good enough, strong enough, or smart enough to face the challenges ahead for her child. I think all parents feel this way to some degree, don't we?

CIR: In what way do you hope readers will come away different after reading this?
TROUTTE: It's an inspirational suspense filled with great characters and a storyline that gives the reader good warm fuzzies. This story is about love, plain and simple. The kind parents feel for their son, romantic love, and love for mankind. I hope readers realize that we are all important. Even a small child can change the world.

CIR: What would you compare this book to?  
TROUTTE: It’s a little bit like the movie Pay it Forward in that the little boy is the one who changes the community.

CIR: What makes God Whisperer unique?
TROUTTE: Well, it is a story about a boy who can hear God. I haven’t seen too many of those.  But I believe I wove a great mystery and romantic suspense in there too. You might be surprised by a few of the twists.

Learn more about Kimberley Troutte and her writing at kimberleytroutt.com


Ilyon Chronicles 
by Jaye L. Knight
Christian Fantasy, New Adult

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape. 

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God. 

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance. 

"This book wove a spell around me, and I simply couldn't put it down. Even in the end I was surprised at how much I wanted to turn the pages back and read it again."~Amazon reviewer

"It brought me to tears, made my skin tingle in delight, had my mind racing, and made my heart sigh."~Amazone reviewer

"This tale is emotional, deep, and soul-stirring."~Amazon reviewer

CIR: What inspired the idea for this book?
KNIGHT: It all started with my main character, Jace. I was reading DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul and came to a scene where my favorite character was discovered to be half-blooded, which was not well accepted in that fantasy world. Though I’ve written about half-bloods in some of my previous stories, it was always an accepted fact. DragonQuest made me ask myself what it would be like to write about a half-blood who wasn’t accepted, especially if he was part of a race who society despised and looked on as no better than animals. That’s how Jace came to be and the rest of the story just grew around him.

CIR:  Readers are calling this a gripping tale. What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
KNIGHT: Resistance is the result of incredible inspiration from God as well as my own personal struggles and experiences the last few years. Some of the characters in the book are very flawed and face some very difficult struggles. At times they don’t see a way out of what they’re facing. I’ve been there. I think one of my biggest hopes is that the story will touch people who are struggling and hurting and show them that, even when you can’t see or feel God working, He is, and that even the worst moments have a purpose in our life stories.

CIR: So are any of the characters based on you?
KNIGHT: It seems odd since I’m a girl and he’s a guy, but Jace is a lot like me. I can relate to his brokenness and understand him completely. Our personalities are similar, and we react to our struggles and surroundings in similar ways. Basically, he’s the more intense male version of me. 

CIR: Is there more coming?
KNIGHT: Resistance is just the first of what will be six books in Ilyon Chronicles. Readers can expect book 2, The King’s Scrolls, sometime early in 2015.

Learn more about Jaye L. Knight and her writing at www.jayelknight.com


by Nadine C. Keels
Romantic Comedy, Short Story

She can’t seem to catch any guy’s notice for anything. No, a pick-up pitch from a stranger gawking at her around Pump #2 at the gas station doesn’t count. And that attractive salesman at the one-stop-for-all-you-want store in town shouldn’t have been flirting with her in the first place, being ultra customer-friendly in an establishment notorious for its pathetic customer service. Now, is this young woman’s dateless predicament unfixable? Not in the least. New plan: Sheridan Jones is going to date herself.

Ahh. The romance.

"Nadine C. Keels really knows how to use her space and time! It was a perfect short, light, and humorous book to read between a bunch of long books, and just what I needed."~Amazon reviewer

"I enjoyed the first-person narrative that was very much like Sheridan was talking to a friend."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Smashwords

CIR: What gave you the idea for a book about a girl who dates herself?
KEELS: After writing a line of "heavier" works, I wanted to let loose (well, not totally loosey-goosey, but, you know, loose) and write something lighthearted and fun. Plus, I've heard folks toss around the "if you're dateless, date yourself" idea enough times to wonder what would happen if a dateless girl decided to do it.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
KEELS: Lighthearted and fun, naturally! And a tad nerve-racking at times, as although Rom-Com-like themes have been floating around in my head for years, this was my first time actually writing such a story. My first time writing one for the eyes of the public, anyway.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
KEELS: A chortle or two, or at least an entertained smile, and the reinforced thought that it's perfectly okay to be who you are, with your terrific self.

CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
KEELS: Gee, the characters became such a conglomerate of real and imagined folks that I'm not sure if I'd be able to tell who turned into whom anymore. But, I suppose I'd be lying if I said The "She" didn't get her initial experience in those stiletto boots from me.

CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
KEELS: Singleness, romantic relationships, friendships, heartbreak, changing expectations, self-acceptance, and, hey, bibliophilia. Gotta love bookworms.

Learn more about Nadine C. Keels at her website.