For I know the (writing) plans I have for you

Hello, Blog readers! Susan Karsten here. It occurred to me that the Gracious Woman blog needs more posts about writing, so here I am with a report on my speaking engagement last night. The leader of the Fond du Lac Writers Club, John Silah, invited me to speak to the group after seeing a magazine […]

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, by Bethany Turner

Okay, best book alert…! This one! I loved it. So funny, different, and intelligent. The debut author’s voice is quite original and amusing. This is the sort of book that if I stumbled across it, I would rush to find the author’s other books…but this is her first. We can only hope she writes more. […]

Dangerous Illusions, by Irene Hannon

Wow, you wouldn’t think a Christian fiction book would be so nerve-shatteringly suspenseful, would you? But this one is. Part of the author’s Code of Honor series, we find a vulnerable younger woman with some bad guys targeting her for a financial crime. Hannon is deft with both sweet romance and romantic suspense, so yes, […]

Hurt Road by Mark Lee (a review)

This memoir by a contemporary Christian musician from the group known as Third Day will be interesting to you if you are a fan of that group. Maybe you’ve even heard of Mark Lee? His life experiences form the bulk of the tale. His major, devastating accident when he was still a schoolboy, his father’s […]

An Inconvenient Beauty, Kristi Ann Hunter

Wow, Kristi Hunter just keeps writing these Regency novels — she might bring the genre back singlehanded! Kristi Hunter scores again with her fourth Regency novel. The opening scenes, set in a private English boys’ school is well done, and sets the tone for frolics to come. Meeting our hero as a boy, we gain […]

The Day the Angels Fell, Shawn Smucker

I received this book from Revell Publishing. This is what I consider to be middle grade fantasy. It would have excellent appeal to adult fantasy readers as well. The writing in this debut novel is smooth, clear and engaging. I was impressed by the ease with which the author drew the reader into the story […]

An Amish Christmas Love (a four-author collection)

I received this from a publisher who hoped for a review…here it is: The first story/novella in this collection is worth the entire purchase price (if you want to buy it ;). Beth Wiseman is the author of the first story in the book. The title is “Winter Kisses”. Now before you judge a story […]