Monday, April 07, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

This week it is my joy and pleasure to tour NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent. If you really want to learn more about this follow the links at the bottom of this page or go to the Christian Fiction Review Blog where her book is currently being toured.

Now before people start in on me let me just say that I'm not generally a horror fanatic, and trust me, Sue Dent taps into the horror genre with her vampires and werewolves. I do, however, find that horror can help put a realistic slant on my own work. When I balance that out with my own personal sense of humor things go quite well.

This story is about the cursed. Ceese, a werewolf hoping against hope that there is some way to free herself of this curse, an Richard, a vampire who has long ago lost hope, are our two major characters. To be frank, I've never had vampires or werewolves as protagonists before. Sue wants us to see something, that the cursed are victims as much as they are predators.

The sinful nature of man is our curse. Interestingly women, who are considered, generally, conniving and deceitful, are here represented by Ceese, a werewolf. As such she is a shape-shifter as well as a predator. Whether Sue is trying to make a gender point here or not, it's made. Men, who are basically more blunt, and sometimes rather stupid, are portrayed by Richard, the vampire who must live off the blood of others (which he does through medical supply...which I found interesting). Instead of taking the dominant role in the home man is often out doing his own thing. The result is a fractured household. The curse is real. That's what I'm saying. Okay you can forget your silver bullets and garlic, but the curse is very real. Who loses hope first, generally speaking? the man or the woman? The man, almost always. Why is that? Because he is generally buffeted by the knowledge of his sin. The woman, while facing the same weight generally can turn to the Lord before the man for comfort and reassurance. So it is that Richard is one who lives without hope.

I could go on and on, and you can read more of my posts on the Christian Fiction Review Blog, but I wanted to make sure my personal blog had something up. If you've never considered Christian horror, especially with vampires and werewolves in it, now is a great time to get a real passion for it. And just to be more of a blessing, Sue's 2nd book, FOREVER RICHARD will be coming out in the Fall. Great works by a great Christian writer and a great person.

You can also visit the following links of participating CFRB sites:

Back to the Mountains

Queen of Convolusion

A Frank Review

Between Sundays

Bibliophile's Retreat

Cathi's Chatter


Tangerine by Marilynn Griffith

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is posting about Tangerine (Revell, January 2007) by Marilynn Griffith (fellow CFBA member, blogger, writer, and mother of *GULP* seven!)


Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and If the Shoe Fits (Revell, 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email:


Tangerine is the third book in the Shades of Style Novels.

Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?

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Marilynn's website link:

THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison

The following table shows where THE 3RD COVENANT stands against 7 top authors and 14 other books.



Times out

times per month

Judge and Jury

Cold Moon

Death Dance

Promise Me

The 3rd Covenant

The Camel Club

Violet Dawn

3rd Degree

The Collectors

Web of Lies

The 12th Card

Words of Silk

Above and Beyond


No Second Chance

James Patterson

Jeffery Deaver

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben

David Brollier

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

James Patterson

David Baldacci

Brandilyn Collins

Jeffery Deaver

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

Linda Fairstein

Harlan Coben


CHO 17

CHO 17

CHO 16

CHO 11

CHO 21


CHO 34



CHO 17

CHO 29

CHO 30

CHO 19

CHO 31