THE WHITE SUIT

by Madeline Duffy
& Shane Flynn
Narrative Non-Fiction

Is there life after death?  Andy Fannon discovered there is.  He died twice and was given a choice. After a debilitating brain aneurysm, he has no control over his physical body but other people do. Two women fight for control.  Vicky would like to see him unplugged, but Caite is fighting her. If he doesn’t wake up in time, everything he learned from his afterlife experiences will be in vain. 

"I highly recommend this book to anyone & everyone who wants a more "realistic" view from a Near-Death Experience, as Andy's story will truly make you believe!"~Amazon reviewer

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CIR: What inspired you to write this book?
DUFFY & FLYNN: When our friend Andy, told us about his near death experience, we felt the story must be told in the hope that it would help someone.  It's not only a witness to the existence of God but also a witness to life after death.  An eye witness testimony. We hope that our readers will understand the forgiveness and love of God, through his son Jesus Christ. Some people think you have to be a perfect human being to get to heaven and this dispels that theory. Andy is a sinner, just like the rest of us.

CIR: What challenges did you face while writing this?
DUFFY & FLYNN: It's difficult to put someone else's life into words in a way for the reader to understand the person, so that you can understand the life altering experience he had.  Andy was 58 years old at the time and summarizing his life was definitely challenging but exciting at the same time.

CIR: Tell us about the real Andy.
DUFFY & FLYNN: Andy Fannon is just a regular guy trying to be happy.  He's on his second divorce and two women are fighting for his life while he lies debilitated in a coma.  The question of why certain people are brought into and through our life is a mystery and some answers are apparent, yet still questions remain.

CIR: What would you compare this book to? How is it similar and/or different?
DUFFY & FLYNN: 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real were also eye witness accounts, but tied to pastors.  Andy is not actively involved in ministry and is just a normal guy trying to make a life in this world.  We think it will speak to people outside the church walls. The White Suit is different from some other afterlife experiences because Andy Fannon is just like you and I.  He's struggling with normal everyday life until he hears a "pop", experiences a brain aneurysm, and finds himself fighting for his life.



THE APPLE OF MY EYE

by Mary Ellen Bramwell
Chick Lit

When Brea Cass, a young mother, is awakened in the night by the news that her loving husband, Paul, has been shot during a robbery, she is stunned.  Arriving at the hospital to discover he has died shakes her whole world.  When she finally emerges from the fog of her life, it dawns on her that something is amiss in the way her husband died.  What was really going on? 

As Brea searches for answers, she discovers things she never knew, things she’s not sure she wants to know.  Delving into the mysteries that surround her brings several questions to the forefront of Brea’s thoughts.  Can I move forward despite heartache?  Am I loved?  Is someone who has made mistakes redeemable?

 "I liked the beginning, I loved the middle, and the ending blew me away!"~Amazon reviewer

"Wonderfully written and captivating. The author takes you through some twists and turns you don't expect, coupled with a satisfying ending you never see coming. It's a book you'll want to read over again."~Amazon reviewer

"This intelligent book was really a fun read! At first I thought it was a romance novel, but the plot soon turned into a very clever mystery. I enjoyed the twists and turns."~Amazon reviewer 

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CIR: What gave you the idea for this book?
BRAMWELL: I love jigsaw puzzles and love it when books are like that, with a myriad of small details that tie into a rich whole. So, the phrase and title, The Apple of My Eye, was the first spark that came to mind. I knew this would be a recurring metaphor throughout the book and tie the end to the beginning.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
BRAMWELL: The book has elements of mystery, drama, and romance. But in reality all of those are just vehicles to illustrate the themes of love, hope and forgiveness. I want my readers to walk away feeling like they are better for having read the book and feeling a greater sense of hope.

CIR: What is the main character like?
BRAMWELL: The main character, Brea (pronounced Bree-ah), is strong but not overbearing. The name Brea means noble, strong, virtuous. She is definitely these things, but she is also very human and works hard to earn the strength she demonstrates.

CIR: What makes your book unique?
BRAMWELL: It is a book that will make you smile, laugh and cry. It entertains but also enlightens.

Learn more about Mary Ellen Bramwell at maryellenbramwell.com


THE WOMEN OF TENACITY

by Shanna Hatfield
Contemporary Romance

Book 1: Heart of Clay

Callan Matthews is a master at burying pain and emotions. Her husband Clay mistakenly thinks he knows everything there is to know about this woman he loves. Callan’s secret, once revealed, could create a chasm too deep for either of them to cross.

"What an amazing love story."~Amazon reviewer

"The story itself could help couples who are faced with marital issues."~Amazon reviewer 

"Most romance novels are about the boy and girl getting together. This story is more about the ups and downs of a marriage. It is refreshing to read about a couple working through their problems and renewing their commitment to each other."~Amazon reviewer

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Book 2: Country Boy vs. City Girl

Tenacious and determined, Jenna Keaton has no plans for a husband or marriage, devoting her time and energy into her career. Josh Carver is successful, handsome, charming and blissfully single. When the two of them meet, sparks fly. Love gets entangled in the war of country boy versus the city girl.

"This was a wonderful story about romance, how families help each other, honesty, and keeping God in their lives daily no matter the trials of daily life."~Amazon reviewer

"Finally a love story during marriage. I love the happily ever after."~Amazon reviewer

"Just gotta find time to read the whole thing at once because I hate to put it down once I start reading!"~Amazon reviewer

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Book 3: Not His Type

Spending her entire twenty-four years hiding in the background and perfecting her status of wallflower, Anna Zimmerman arrives at the astounding conclusion it’s time for a change. Tired of living life in the shadows, she steps into the light, unprepared to handle the attention of the charming, handsome cowboy who works across the street.

Jake Chandler likes his women petite, blond and outgoing. When a chance encounter brings him nose to nose with the tall librarian across the street, he discovers his type of girl expanding to include statuesque brunettes.

"Jake and Anna are my favorites out of the whole series and I loved reading how they grew into becoming the wonderful loving adults they were meant to be. All the returning characters helped to make this a very loving, funny and romantic book I will be reading again."~Amazon reviewer

"This was such a special story because of the love that overcame the problems of real life."~Amazon reviewer

"Loved the purity of this romance. The right woman is what it took to tame a wild and immature cowboy."~Amazon reviewer

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CIR: What inspired this series?
HATFIELD: Heart of Clay was the first book I wrote. I'd always wanted to write a novel, and after reading a truly awful book I picked up at the bookstore, I decided to see if I could do better. I fell in love with both writing clean romances and the characters in this story, so I wrote two more books in the series.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
HATFIELD: Painful! Seriously, though, I had no idea what I was doing and read everything I could find on how to write a book. I applied what made sense and went from there. It truly was a huge learning experience for me.

CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
HATFIELD: Never give up. I think that is the underlying message in all three books in this series. The relationships in the three stories are all at different places, but the message of never giving up on something or someone you love is definitely at the center of the series.

CIR: What themes do you address in this series?
HATFIELD: Tenacity is a big part of the theme in all three books! Hope and true love are entwined as well.
   
CIR: Is there more coming? 
HATFIELD: I have ideas for a few more books in the series, so you never know...

Learn more about Shanna Hatfield and her writing at www.shannahatfield.com