Escape to Big Fork Lake, by Mary L. Ball

Hi! Susan here with another book to tell you about. This time, I bring you Escape to Big Fork Lake.  This riveting novel will have you on the edge of your seat as you cheer for Sam (short for Samantha) and you might bite your nails a few times as well.  Mary L. Ball, a Christian fiction author, is with me to share about her book, and answer a few questions.EscapetoBigForkLake_Cover_Med (Medium) (Custom)

Here’s a teaser for Escape to Big Fork Lake:

Will an inheritance bring new happiness or a trap for murder?

Bad luck seems to follow Sam Blacker. She loses her job and faces daily struggles keeping her drunken neighbor away from her.

When an unexpected inheritance gives her a chance for a new beginning, Sam, a city girl at heart, is hesitant. However, after a brutal attack she has no choice.

Making a decision that will forever change her life she flees to the small fishing town of Big Fork Lake, Alabama and finds herself in the arms of Noah Frye.  A relationship with Noah sparks buried desires of the heart, even if he is a Christian, surely, she can get around that little problem.

As Sam and Noah’s passion grows, trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching. Inescapable, Sam’s bad luck returns when she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the only suspect.

Will she run again, this time to stay out of prison? Worse, will she lose the best man she’s ever found?  And what about the newfound hunger in heart to know God—can she truly trust in Him?

2016 May edit

Now, for a mini-interview of the author, Mary L. Ball:

How did you get started writing fiction?

Before my debut novel, I wrote Christian articles. One day I was cleaning the house and wishing I was at the lake. As I worked on my chores the plot for Escape to Big Fork Lake took over my imagination. That afternoon I began the story. Six months later, the first draft was finished.  Then the edits began and finally the process of finding a publisher.

Are your settings places you’ve lived or visited?

Both.  If I write about the small towns close to home I’ll change the name. The bigger cities I leave the same. I have a new release scheduled for November entitled Sparks of Love. It’s set in a small town I dubbed “Freedom,” based on a city about 15 minutes’ drive from me. I’ve visited it many times and have friends who live there.

Are your characters modeled at all on real people?

Yes, With the exception of Robert, in Redemption in Big Fork Lake. Most of the males in my books will have a few characteristics of my husband. He’s the kind of man who still believes in opening the door for a woman. He’s done that ever since we’ve been married.

What Matters Most, by Kellie Coates Gilbert


I was surprised by how much I liked this contemporary romance set in Austin, Texas. A very appealing romance, supported by plot details that were outside the usual, interesting, and well-done.

The heroine of this book has to leave college early to take care of her mom, who has dementia. Dementia, and the legislation around care of those patients, is one of the fascinating side aspects you will become painlessly more well-informed about as you read this tale.

You will also get an inside look at the opposition research done during political campaigns. Who knew that ultra-secret projects are undertaken by firms whose business it is to assist in the take-down and smearing of the other side’s candidate?

The hero is faultless, and the only dirt that is able to be scraped up on him is quite spurious. I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil your fun with this excellent romance novel.



Honor Redeemed, by Christine Johnson


I was wowed by this book. A real winner in the historical romance genre. Set in 1852, the story takes you on a journey from Nantucket to Key West–and that’s just in the novel’s opening chapter. The premise was fresh, and the conflicts on the road to happiness were what I consider to be quite original.

The author kept me guessing for most of the book on how she would resolve the obstacles to happiness for our heroine. With some romances, of course, it’s foregone conclusion that hero and heroine will definitely end up together. In this exciting story, she really keeps you guessing on that.

Well-written, I can easily understand why the author, Christine Johnson, is multi-published and has been a finalist for a prestigious writing contest.

I Cry Out to the Lord, a post by Susan Karsten

Don’t be alarmed at me crying out…just in prayer! “Just” — that’s an understatement. As one of God’s children, I have access to my Heavenly Father at all times.

While jogging this morning, thoughts whirling, I started calling God’s name. My mind settled and little things started coming into notice. Little things – is not our God a God of the little and the big?

The inside of my right knee stopped twinging. My meager 1-2 mile run could continue apace.

I saw a charming sight. A small boy, in his shade-dappled yard, throwing a ball to himself, and whacking it. Practicing his hitting. He looked surprised when I gave him a little round of applause as I chugged past.

My bandanna, the one I had folded into a makeshift headband to keep my hair out of my face, slipped down over my left ear. Phffft! A large bug hit the bandanna, right over my ear. Just think of the horror if the bandanna hadn’t fallen over my year. A large bug would have gone into my ear – a direct hit. Praise God for slipping bandannas. Is anything left to chance? I wonder at that.

I reached home looking forward to one of my favorite household tasks, hanging laundry on a line. Wow! I have a dryer and a clothesline – I am blessed.

You are a shield around me, O Lord, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud and He answers me from His holy hill.    (an excerpt from Psalm 3)


And, I get to see my grandson later today. Life is still good.

Singapore Secrets, by Irene Onarato

Susan Karsten here with a really great read to tell you about. Irene Onarato is an author I have “met” through my own writing journey. She and I got to know each other while exchanging critiques on some of our novels. I am thrilled to do a review of one of her first published novels, Singapore Secrets, published by eLectio Publishing. (I did not critique this.)

101_0952.JPGI don’t know if Irene has been to Singapore, or had any of the exciting experiences that fill the pages of this book, but it sure felt real. I very much enjoyed the sensitive treatment of the romance between Julia and Gabriel and journeying along on their adventures. But, things aren’t as they seem, and true love has a rocky, bumpy ride until the couple works through some significant hurdles.

The dramatic action and fight scenes near the end of the book are extremely well-written. Not everyone can do a scene like that and pull it off. I felt as if I was in the room with Julia and the realism was excellent.

What a joy it is for me to see the success of such a good writing friend. I recommend Singapore Secrets.

Sea Rose Lane, by Irene Hannon

Susan here, happily sharing about a special novel. It’s now official, Irene Hannon is one of my most favorite Writers in the Christian inspirational romance fiction market. She reliably delivers touching, well-written, creative, and unique romances which one can relax and enjoy.


In her latest offering ~ Hannon’s 50th published novel ~ We are transported off to the northwest United States. To the shore of Oregon. Before I tell you a little bit of enticing information about the novel, I want to mention that Hannon ventured into some new territory this time, featuring a minor character who seemed to have a bit of the “second sight”. The taco vendor (what is the fascination with fish tacos? – tried them and did not understand the sensation they have raised:) is something of a prophet and there is also a seal who seems to rear his head (?) at likely moments. I admire writers who can add whimsical touches like these without losing the thread of the main plot. I enjoyed these elements.

In the book, A female architect meets a laid-off big-time young hot-shot lawyer. Sparks soon fly, and the journey to true love is truly enjoyable. I highly recommend Hannon’s books.


An Elegant Facade, by Kristi Ann Hunter

Hello! Susan  here, with my latest fiction review. Kristi Hunter, the author of this novel, is someone I “know”. She and I were part of a now-folded group blog featuring a group of aspiring Regency authors. Kristi has hit the jackpot with her multi-book contract with Bethany House. I’ve even seen her books at the local Christian book store. So, anyway, this review is done as part of Kristi’s promotional efforts and I am glad to help her out by spreading the news about her fine book.


Delightful from page one, the reader enters the complicated world of the Regency marriage mart, and soon learns that espionage plays a part in the road to romance between these pages.

Intrigued from some of the first few pages, you will enjoy the ride as Hunter reveals characters’ motivations a page at a time. Lots of secrets lurk between the lines and we must read on to the finale we crave.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 441 other followers