Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Releases

When the Lights Go Out

             Max Elliot Anderson

         Release Date:  August  2011

             For readers 8 and up

Peyton Aldrich and his family find themselves stationed at an army base, in the middle of nowhere. Peyton finds two friends, Gill and DaveThey decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission to accomplish on their own. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot,when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.

When the Lights Go Out is a story for kids 8 and up, so we
never forget 9/11. Video When the Lights Go Out
When the Lights Go Out

New Release

Shadowed in Silk
     Christine Lindsay

     Release date: August 2011;

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mystery/Suspense Release

Killing Time
     K. Dawn Byrd

Mindy McLaurin, thinks it's the end of the world when she's incarcerated on trumped-up embezzlement charges. While in jail, she investigates the death of an inmate who allegedly died of an overdose. Mindy suspects foul play when her cellmate dies and she learns that both women had ingested the same drug. Mindy trusts no one, including Drew Stone, the handsome counselor she can’t stop thinking about. She faces many challenges, including constant interrogation by the Major and emotional abuse from the other inmates. Upon release, someone is stalking her and framing her for the murder. Can she prove to Counselor Stone that she’s innocent of all charges before she loses him forever?

Mystery/Suspense Release

Queen of Hearts
         K. Dawn Byrd

Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quote of the Week

". . . You must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. . . ."—Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Quote of the Week

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. – G. K. Chesterton

Friday, July 1, 2011

Meet the Author

Lillian Duncan

I’m excited to interview author, critique partner, and friend, Lillian Duncan better known as Lil. Her debut novel, Pursued, releases July 1 as and ebook and a print book

VBT: Hi Lil. How exciting for you to have your first novel published. Pursued is a contemporary mystery/suspense and the buzz is it’s a great read. Tell us about the story.

Lil: PURSUED is about a young attorney, Reggie Meyers. She’s spent her life pursuing success, money, and power. But now she’s being pursued by an unknown killer. Lucky for her, God arranges for her to crash into her knight in shining armor, literally.

Reggie grew up in the foster system and has a hard time trusting other people. Trusting Dylan Monroe will either be the best thing she’s ever done or the last.

VBT: How much research did you have to do to write Pursued?

Lil: I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this book. Just some of the basics about bugs (the listening kind) and bombs. You know, just the usual!

VBT: How can reading your book have an impact on the reader’s life?

Lil: Dylan, the hero, and his family believes in helping others. They put their faith in action. I want my readers to come away from the story feeling like they would be willing to help others, even when it’s inconvenient.

VBT: What are you working on now?

Lil: I have another book coming out in the fall, DECEPTION. So, I’m working on that as well as a sequel to PURSUED.

VBT: Who or what inspired you to write?

Lil: I love books and always wanted to be a writer but never did anything about it. I’ve always made up stories when I was bored but it wasn’t until I was 40 when I realized that I was supposed to write them down so other people could enjoy them.

VBT: Tell us a little about you personally. What are some of your hobbies?

Lil: I love animals. My husband and I have two dogs and four parrots. Between him and the animals, there’s rarely a dull moment in the house, especially since the one is a new puppy. Along with that we do some camping. We just got back from a weeklong camping trip at the Lake of the Ozarks. We met my mom, sisters and brother and their families out there and had a great reunion.

And, of course, I love to read.

VBT: When you sit down to read, what is your favorite genre? Your favorite authors?

Lil: Mysteries and suspense are my favorite genres, but if it’s a good story I’ll read anything. Some of my favorite authors are Terri Blackstock and Brandilynn Collins.

VBT: What is your favorite Bible verse, and why?

Lil: So many to choose from. One of my favorites is Proverbs 23:7. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. I believe our thoughts control our beliefs and our actions and therefore our lives. If we think we are capable of reaching our dreams, then we will. Which brings to mind another of my favorite verses, Matthew 19: 26—With God, all things are possible.

VBT: Tell us a little about your personal life?

Lil: My husband and I will celebrate our tenth anniversary in September. I have two adult step-children. My day job is a Speech Pathologist for a school district. I’m semi-retired now and loving it.

VBT: Now for some fun questions. What is your current cell phone ring tone?

Lil: Oops. I have an old-fashioned phone ring as my ring tone. I guess that speaks to the fact that I miss the “good old days.”

VBT: What is your favorite vending machine item?

Lil: Without a doubt, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Always has been and probably always will be.

VBT: What is your biggest fear?

Lil: Mmm. Again, so many to choose from. Amusement park rides terrify me! Really!! You have no idea how many times, I’ve been close to death because of roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and other rides—at least in my own mind.

VBT: And now for my final and most important question, how can our bloggers purchase your book?

Lil: They can buy it through any of the major online bookstores (Amazon and Barnes and Nobles) along with going to my publisher’s website: But the best thing they can do is go to their local bookstore and ask for it to be ordered if it isn’t available at that store. If you’d like to learn more about me, you can visit me at:

VBT: Thanks for spending time with us Lil. Now, everyone go forth and buy Pursued!

Lil: Thanks for having me.