Monday, April 7, 2008

Amber Morn by Brandilyn Collins

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Amber Morn

(Zondervan Publishing Company - April 2008)


Brandilyn CollinsLink


Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline

“Don’t forget to b r e a t h e …®”

Brandilyn writes for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins Publishers, and is currently at work on her 19th book. Her first, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows.

She’s also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons), and often teaches at writers conferences.

Brandilyn blogs at Forensics and Faith. Visit her Website
to read the first chapters of all her books.


The whole thing couldn’t have taken more than sixty seconds.

Bailey hung on to the counter, dazed. If she let go, she’d collapse—and the twitching fingers of the gunman would pull the trigger. The rest of her group huddled in frozen shock.

Dear God, help us! Tell me this is a dream . . .

The shooter’s teeth clenched. “ Anybody who moves is dead.”

On a beautiful Saturday morning the nationally read “Scenes and Beans” bloggers gather at Java Joint for a special celebration. Chaos erupts when three gunmen burst in and take them all hostage. One person is shot and dumped outside.

Police Chief Vince Edwards must negotiate with the desperate trio. The gunmen insist on communicating through the “comments” section of the blog—so all the world can hear their story. What they demand, Vince can’t possibly provide. But if he doesn’t, over a dozen beloved Kanner Lake citizens will die...

Amber Morn is the climactic finale to Collins’ widely read Kanner Lake series. All first three titles in the series, Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, and Crimson Eve, were bestsellers. Library Journal placed Crimson Eve on its Best Books of 2007 list, and hailed it the “Best Christian suspense of 2007.”

A few early reviews of Amber Morn:

“… essential reading … a harrowing hostage drama.” – Library Journal

“… heart-pounding … breakneck pace … satisfying and meaningful ending.” – RT Bookreviews

“This cataclysmic ending left me breathless … Kanner Lake is the Best Suspense Series of 2007/2008.” –

“Collins has saved the best for a last .. a powerful ensemble performance.” --

“… a staccato tempo … Sometimes you just have to close the book in order to come up for air.” – Dale Lewis

“…a masterpiece of page-turning suspense with a cast of dozens.” – Peg Phifer

Margie's comments: The other night before church, a book-loving friend stopped to tell me she'd seen my name "in" two books, and it had encouraged her to tell me that she hoped one day to see my name on the cover. Nice of her. *Very big smile* Actually, I needed the encouragement that night. Of course, knowing that my name is in several books in the acknowledgments, I asked which books? Hmmm, not Amber Morn.

I have yet to find the time to read the last installment of the Kanner Lake series that Brandilyn has written, but I did read the dedication. Because I was curious to see who the surprise, previously hush-hush dedication was for. Yes, I was totally surprised and blown away by the fact that Brandilyn dedicated this last book in the series to the original Scenes and Beans bloggers. So my name is once again "in" a book. When Violet Dawn was ready to release, Brandilyn ran a contest for writers to audition for a place on her promotional blog for the series. With not much expectation I entered (which was an adventure in itself that I won't go into here). It was so exciting to be picked as one of the three writers for Sarah Wray, the owner of Simple Pleasures, the gift store across the street from Bailey's coffee shop.

Thank you, Brandilyn, for including me with the rest of the writers picked for Scenes and Beans. It was, and still is, a great encouragement to me, as you are. I look forward to reading Amber Morn soon. Then I will post a review. *smile* I'm kinda sorry this series is coming to an end.

Daily Bible reading: Tuesday, April 8—Leviticus 11–12; Hebrews 10:1–18
Wednesday, April 9—Leviticus 13; Hebrews 10:19–39
Thursday, April 10—Leviticus 14; Hebrews 11:1–19
Friday, April 11—Leviticus 15–16; Hebrews 11:20–40
Saturday, April 12—Leviticus 17–18; Hebrews 12
Sunday, April 13—Leviticus 19–20; Hebrews 13
Monday, April 14—Leviticus 21–22; Revelation 1

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