Lizbeth Klein – Firelight of Heaven

20 – 24 January 2014

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

is introducing 

 

Firelight of Heaven

Wombat Books Oct 2013

 

 

By
Lizabeth Klein

 

 

About the Book

While he searches for the last king to gain total control, two orphaned brothers and an Elf girl begin a quest to locate the seven lost crystals of the Morning Star. This jewel alone holds the key to Morgran’s overthrow. Their journey leads them through the perilous land of Gardenia, where their friendship is tested. But one dark secret threatens to tear them apart altogether … Firelight of Heaven is the first volume in the Bethloria fantasy series. Greenheart of the Forest, Book 2 is due for release 2014.

About the Author
Hi, I’m Elizabeth (Lizbeth) Klein and I live in the Sutherland Shire with my husband, Malcolm. I have over 19 years experience in the classroom and 6 years as Tutor of English for both Primary and High School students. Four of my students have completed actual novels (unpublished).
I have published several stories for the Yellow Box, a reading kit for early readers in Primary School. I have also had many on-line Educational articles and lessons published as well as poetry and stories in two anthologies. Currently I am writing a fantasy series and have almost completed the fourth book. There are three to go in the Bethloria series.
My website is: Bethloria.com.au

Review by Jacinta – aged 12

I really like fantasy, and this one didn’t disappoint me. In Firelight of Heaven, the evil King Morgan wants to take over Bethloria. Two boys, Robbie and Dougray, climb the forbidden mountain to escape Morgan’s soldiers. Over the other side they meet a strange Elf girl, Belle Shadow-chaser, who joins them on a journey to find the seven crystals hidden in the seven lost lands to destroy King Morgan.

I like the action and adventure because it kept me turning the pages. I also like the characters because they are cool. I didn’t like that I didn’t know it was a series, so now I need to wait for the other books. It was exciting and I can’t wait for the next one. I need it NOW!!!

I would recommend this book to 10+ year old girls and boys who like action, adventure and fantasy.

PS. This book is AWESOME!!!

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Carol Preston – Truly Free

From the Back Cover:

trulyfreelargeBetsy loves her grandfather, but he has woven a tangled web of deceit throughout his life. Now, in his death, Betsy is determined to find out the truth. What she does not plan on and must face is that the journey to truth reveals issues in her own life and also that of her father, from whom she has been estranged for many years. Will she find the path to true freedom for them all?

Amanda’s Review:

I really loved this fourth and last instalment of Carol Preston’s Turning the Tide series. The questions left unanswered in Tangled Secrets were resolved, leaving me with a satisfied feeling at the conclusion. And I must admit I had a tear in my eye as well.

Carol has a real talent at taking the facts surrounding her ancestry and creating characterisation for those people, making their stories come to life. In Truly Free I really sensed Carol’s background in counselling coming through the storyline, as she examined motives and the reason people act the way they do.

I was especially caught into the novel by the murder mystery that was part of the story in this book. I wanted to know what the characters would discover about the suspicious circumstances that surrounded Bill’s supposed suicide.

All in all a very satisfactory read, and recommended to those who enjoy historical novels.

About the Author:

carol-photoCarol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people. For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: http://www.carolpreston.com.au

Phillip Cook – Insight

Rather than offer Phillip Cook the usual kind of interview, I asked him to share either how he met his partner, his testimony of faith, or something interesting from his family heritage. Phillip has chosen to tell us about both his testimony and his wife.

Worlds Collide

PCHeadShotI became a Christian late in life after being tossed to and fro by the waves and the winds of life. It was the late eighties (not my age of enlightenment but the timing) and I was living in Sydney. After being born again, I got rather confused by the Christianity message I was receiving from the so-called Christians around me so I decide to attend the Capernwray Bible College in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Most students at the college were from overseas. It was at Capernwray where I started to build a solid foundation (through God’s word) for my life. It was also at Capernwray where I set my eyes on a pretty young lady. I thought I was blessed when I found out she was from Victoria. Aah, you beauty, another Aussie, but she did talk funny. It turns out there is a place called Victoria in British Colombia, Canada. That’s only 12,000 kilometres away and that’s where this lovely lady lived.

I can get away with a few things here like telling you that this girl had come to Australia looking for a bronzed Aussie and fell madly in love etc etc. But she came to get closer to the Lord and to visit her auntie in Queensland. But it just so happens now that this lovely lady is living in Queensland and we have been together close to 25 years.

I love how God seems to orchestrate these things in our lives, don’t you? Thanks for sharing your story with us, Phillip. Last week I reviewed Phillip’s debut novel, Dead Man’s Journey, which can be read here. What are you working on now, Phillip?

I’m working on a sequel at the moment.  It’s early days yet but the Professor has reappeared and has called on Lucas to help him with a problem he has. It involves the Professor’s granddaughter and revolves around the use of drugs to control depression etc.  The drugs are also used by the ‘enemy’ to stifle the desire to know God.

Sounds like it will be another intriguing read! I will look forward to it. In the meantime, where can we find you on the internet?

I can be found on www.52passages.com. I’m currently working on a series of devotions and this site will be where it all happens.

Thanks for joining me on my blog today, Phillip and all the best with your writing endeavours.

Phillip Cook – Dead Man’s Journey

From the Back Cover:

Cover SmallerAt death your escorts are either angels or demons.

Aaron Fitzpatrick doesn’t know what happens when you die. Others have told him but he’s not sure if he believes them. Now his belief system is challenged as his dad goes missing during his daily run and is found, dead, twenty kilometres away from home—and missing a finger. Aaron’s investigation leads him to suspect a link between his father’s death and the mysterious ‘vanishings’ of homeless men.

Mackenzie Gordon is Aaron’s childhood best friend. She knows what happens when you die. She’s a Christian. He isn’t. But then she vanishes and Aaron is drawn into the mystery. And as Aaron investigates her disappearance, his beliefs about life and death, angels and demons, and God, are all challenged.

Amanda’s Review:

I love the idea in this novel: to inconvenience lawbreakers by transporting them to another place for a while. But the technology for this ‘transport’ is not perfect and problems begin to form. Serious problems, including the death of a few individuals. This concept and the troubles that arise give the opportunity for glimpses into the spiritual realm.

What happens in the unseen? Where do souls go when they depart their bodies? What does death mean? These kind of questions are addressed in Dead Man’s Journey. I found this novel an intriguing read and the variety of characterisation was great.

If you like supernatural or futuristic stories, coupled with some mystery, you will enjoy this novel. Congrats to Phillip Cook on a great debut novel. Available only on Kindle at: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Mans-Journey-ebook/dp/B00CR3UCZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370837394&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+man%27s+journey.

Thanks to the author for a free review copy.

About the Author:

PCHeadShotThere always seemed to be a desire in me to find the truth about this strange place I found myself born into. I was way off track for a long time and encountered a number of battles—they were sad and bewildering times. I always had an interest in the supernatural and ventured into this world for a while before finding the truth. My writings always move towards the supernatural but from a Christian perspective and with a desire for others to find the truth.  Phillip lives in Queensland with his wife and family.

Paula Vince – Picking Up The Pieces

6 – 10 May

is introducing

Picking up the pieces

(Even Before Publishing 2010)

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About the Author
Award winning Australian author, PAULA VINCE, loves to evoke tears and laughter through writing fiction. She has a passion to provide inspiring stories that highlight her own beautiful country.Website is http://www.paulavince.com/

About the Book:
“One terrible decision leads to another and the Parker and Quinlan families find out what it means to be in total despair.
In a moment of recklessness, Blake Quinlan does something he never should. The bitter consequences of his impulse will reverberate through the rest of his life unless he learns to deal with his past.
Without warning, Claire Parker’s life shatters. One horrific event leads to a choice that she can never forget. She must find a source of strength and forgiveness to help her recover or she will never again be the happy person she once was.
Moving forward, there is still a ray of hope. A triumphant story about forgiveness, new beginnings and the power of love.”

Ian Acheson – Angelguard

From the Back Cover:

9781782640035Within a period of weeks, three horrific bomb blasts devastate areas of London, Los Angeles and Sydney. No explanation is offered, no victory claimed for these acts of terror. Yet behind the scenes a Machiavellian European businessman is planning to bring the G8 nations to their knees for his own larcenous purposes, aided by the dark forces to whom he has sold his soul.

Jack Haines, an Australian academic, is grieving the loss of wife and children in the Sydney blast. Against his will he finds himself thrown into a war that transcends the physical world, a conflict in which angelic guards have a special mission for him.

A gripping novel of the unseen forces that throng our world.

Amanda’s Review:

I was looking forward to reading this novel ever since I heard about it late last year. I loved Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, so I figured I would probably enjoy Angelguard. And I loved that the author was an Aussie.

While it didn’t quite meet my expectations, Angelguard ranged across the globe with an exciting plot involving terrorism. This was a good novel from Ian Acheson as a debut, especially as it wound up towards the climax with lots of tension. But I did find that there were so many characters, both human and spirit beings, that I often had to stop and remember who was who.

Angelguard does give a good picture of how prayer affects the spirit world, and therefore the natural world, and inspires us to get on our knees and intercede for those who don’t know Christ — and that is a great take away from the book in my opinion.

If you love action and glimpses into the supernatural, you will enjoy this novel. But be advised, there are a couple of words in there that might offend some readers. Overall though, a good read.

About the Author:

19_Ian Acheson_22.05.12_by rasha photographyIan Acheson is an author and strategy consultant based in Northern Sydney. His first novel, Angelguard, was released recently in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. You can find more about Angelguard at Ian’s website, on his Author Facebook page and Twitter.

Insight – Madeleine Calcutt

Today I would like to introduce to you another Australian writer whom I have recently met online. We had looked forward to meeting face to face last weekend, but things didn’t work out as planned. Without further ado, here is Madeleine Calcutt of Gippsland, Victoria.

Hi Madeleine. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Australia and my grandparents were missionaries in China. My mum was the ‘black sheep of the family’ because she was an actress, which was frowned upon in those days! I have traveled extensively overseas, was a teacher/librarian and have a daughter, three gorgeous granddaughters, a Maltese Shih-Tzu called Sam and a very bossy cat called Wilson.

What a fascinating heritage and an interesting life you’ve led. What made you want to become a writer?

I am a very creative type of person and have always maintained that I must have been dropped on my head as a baby because I don’t think that the mathematical, logical side of my brain exists due to it being damaged! Although I have written all my life, I only thought in terms of being published about eight years ago because, as a Christian, I was keen for my talent to be used by God to spread His Word.

What do you want readers to take away from your work?

Mainly about the love of God and what is needed to become saved, that is, repentance and loving Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Also, as I am writing a series of historical novels for young adults, I want them to be informed about important aspects of history in an entertaining way.

Now you’re talking like a woman after my own heart. 🙂 Just for something different, what is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Doing this interview! Nah! Joking! I have to say that the crazy things I did in my youth and even beyond, before I became a Christian and ‘cleaned up my act’, were very self-destructive.

I think many of us have that opinion of our lives before Christ.  Can you tell us a bit about your novel?

My novel, ‘Step of Faith’ is set on the east coast of Australia and the main themes are: dealing with the past; finding peace via the love of Jesus; romance; single parents; grieving and running away from troubles.

Back Cover Blurb:

A ‘sea change’ can be a step of faith. It certainly was for Caitlin, who left the busy city of Sydney to move to the little fishing village of Maya Bay on the East Coast of New South Wales in Australia. It was on impulse, but, as she settled in, she felt that maybe she was meant to be there. Especially so after she came to know Stewart Nottingham, a Christian widower with two small children. Caitlin’s great love for children, and her pressing hope to be a mother one day, is reflected in her kind and thoughtful ‘mothering’ of these children. Her trials and difficulties with this venture present themselves as the story progresses. The reader becomes aware of the deep feelings Stewart and Caitlin develop for each other, but Stewart’s ineptitude at expressing them and his problems concerning grief over his deceased wife, bring about hurt, bitterness and confusion. Although the one thing that remains constant is their developing attachment to each other, misunderstandings occur and it appears that their relationship is going nowhere. However, the emotions associated with their deep love cannot be kept bottled up forever. Can these problems be resolved?
In ‘Step of Faith’ the reader discovers how powerful love is, especially God’s love.

What are you working on now?

I have just completed writing the second in the historical fictional series which is based on important times in history as seen through the eyes of young girls, and this one concerns convicts and the pioneering of Australia. The first one, which has been published already, tells of the Mayflower voyage and pioneering of America. At present, I am working on the third novel in this series and this is about WWII and the Blitz. I have plans for many more, the market being mainly schools.

Sounds like great story material Madeleine. I hope this series does well for you. Where can we find you on the internet?

My website address is http://madeleinecalcutt.wordpress.com

Thanks for joining me on Romancing the Rock, Madeleine. All the best for your historical series. :)

 

 

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Four Authors. One Novel.

Left to right: Rose, Meredith, Paula, Amanda

Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting together with other writers from all over Australia and New Zealand as well for The Word Writers Getaway — a Christian writers conference. We spent time learning, getting to know each other in fellowship, discovering one another’s books and a few new books were launched. One of those was a collaborative novel I have been involved with — The Greenfield Legacy — by Meredith Resce, Rose Dee, Paula Vince and myself.

The whole experience of writing a novel with three other authors was a new and thrilling one. And even better, to see the finished product at the Getaway along with the other three women. Together, we had a blast in pre-release promotion — filming interviews, signing books and answering questions in a special plenary session where we sat on the stage as a panel.

This novel is not due to be officially released for another two weeks yet, but we are proud of what we have accomplished and there is a real buzz of anticipation towards its release. Through contacts that Meredith has, we are also proud to show our new book trailer.

For more information about The Greenfield Legacy, go to Light the Dark or Amazon.