In this pulse-racing Christian thriller, Titus Ray, travels from Costa Rica to Caracas in an effort to stop Ahmed, a Hezbollah assassin, from murdering a high-profile government official. Along the way, he mentors an untested operative and confronts an old nemesis, while trying to figure out how his newfound faith can be lived out in the shadowy world of espionage.
Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar. Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain… Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred. Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child. This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be.
In this first book, Julie Petersen escapes James, her soon to be fiancé, and her mother, who tries to make Julie conform to the lifestyle of the rich. She leaves home under cover of darkness with nothing more than a handful of clothes, little money to her name, and a strong faith that God will help her survive. During her journey, she meets Mark, a handsome man who touches her heart with his helpfulness and genuine concern for her well-being. But before their relationship can blossom, disasters strikes when her fiancé tracks her down and changes the course of her life.
Mark is a resident of Newport Beach who still suffers from the sting of being dumped by his ex-fiancé. Refusing to give up on love, he hopes to find the right Christian woman to settle down with someday. Mark bumps into Julie at his favorite hangout, Inspiration Point, and is instantly attracted to her. Julie goes missing and now he must figure a way to rescue her from her crazy fiancé who has kidnapped her. Can he rescue Julie in time and profess his love for her? Or will he be too late and miss out on marrying the love of his life?
Targeted Age Group:: 30-55
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to show Christians that God can create a beautiful relationship from difficult circumstances. There are people who are stuck in controlling relationships and are afraid to leave because of the fear of the unknown. I wanted to show that sometimes God has a better plan if we just trust Him with our needs.
FROM PROFESSOR RANDALL’S NOTEBOOK…
Field Research Location:
Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois.
Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, while also keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother.
Merrideth Randall’s day job is teaching history at McKendree College. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dream of—a computer program that rewinds time!
Merrideth makes a virtual visit to the 1780s, hoping to be the first to locate Fort Piggot. Along the way, she gets a first-hand look at the lives of the courageous pioneers of the Illinois Country, who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle the rich land.
One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risks his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge. Hero or fool, James Garretson is the ancestor of her colleague Brett, a physics professor at McKendree College.
With her findings, Merrideth is able to help Brett with his genealogy, but she can’t tell him everything she learned—like that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson, or that his aunt’s poetry is eerily similar to the verse Garretson’s wife Isabelle used to compose at her spinning wheel.
Brett has rock-star status on campus, but amazingly enough, he seems to be pursuing Merrideth—in spite of her firm policy against dating co-workers. She would love to tell him about her amazing program, but discretion is not his strong suit. She has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either. One virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When Every Hill and Mountain, the third in my Time and Again “history mystery” trilogy, was completed, fans asked for more. I’m very excited to announce my new Rewinding Time Series. It features some of the same characters from the trilogy but it takes place fifteen years after that amazing summer Abby came to tutor Merrideth. It is not necessary to read the trilogy in order read the new series, but those who did will enjoy revisiting Merrideth, who is all grown up with “history mysteries” of her own to solve.
Once Again: an inspirational novel of history, mystery & romance is the first in the series, and the second book will follow soon after in January 2015. And I have lots more historical adventures planned after that.
Told from multiple perspectives, this is a powerful story of three women – of the threads of mercy that connect them – and of heart-wrenching sorrows alchemized by the Heavenly Father’s overwhelming redeeming grace.
Rhode Island – 1934
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…
Targeted Age Group: 15+
Mary does everything she can to protect her brothers and sisters from their Pa, but doing so takes its toll on her. Each day is haunted by disappointment, disillusionment and desperation. She comes to believe that everyone – including God – has abandoned her. The final humiliation? Her father accuses her of being a harlot in front of the entire town. How will she ever escape the daily torment of her life?
Grady visits his grandparents for the summer and discovers a deep-seated desire to help their neighbors. Despite the work he does around their property, there are some things he can’t fix. Mary is consumed by fear and won’t allow herself to trust him. Not only that, but she scoffs at his faith and throws his kindness back in his face. What more can he do to prove he means her no harm?
Mary and Grady much each travel the path of growth, patience, forgiveness, and restoration. Will their separate paths lead them to each other?
Targeted Age Group: 15-99
This book is bargain priced from 06/20/2014 until 07/31/2014
Hiding in the shadows just got harder.
When tragedy strikes, Juliana and her family must flee their home. Can they persuade a virtual stranger to help them? Juliana isn’t so sure, especially after their chaperone threatens to cane him. Even as Juliana struggles to trust him, she finds herself drawn to this mysterious man. Surely all she wants from him is refuge…
Rupert is a man whose life depends on his ability to remain unnoticed. What, then, is he supposed to do with this family he’s inherited? His life is overrun with an ancient chaperone who would terrify a lesser man, two spirited girls, and the secretive Juliana – someone he comes to think of as his own precious jewel.
With this new responsibility thrust upon him, Rupert will have to make sacrifices – but will God ask him to sacrifice everything?
This book is bargain priced from 04/25/2014 until 04/01/2034
What girl wouldn’t want to marry a prince? Kat thought her life was over after her father dragged her to the backward Eastern European country of his birth. What would become of her dreams for her own business and a life of her own? But she has caught the country’s prince’s eye and Mikel is determined to marry her and and keep her by his side. Despite her growing attraction, Katerina does not want to let herself be caught.
Can love flower in a covered garden, can a dream bloom when faced with a harsh reality? Find out what happens when falling in love begins as an order and ends in passion.
How many worlds are there? As a child, Emira Fairling is fascinated by her parents’ stories of elves, fairies, and all things magical. Though she is forbidden from entering the forest alone, she longs to find a fairy ring. When she makes her way through the woods, she discovers a strange boy from another realm. According to Prince Riordan, all is not right in the land of Rin. He gives her his most prized possession, the king’s ring, and asks her to keep it for him.
How is Emira to know she and Riordan just arranged their marriage or that they will be separated for ten years?
Once Emira is grown, the portal beckons. What she finds on the other side is a lot more than she imagined.
~Riordan’s been entranced by a siren
~a sphinx demands an answer to a riddle
~monsters from the pit of Orcus have been unleashed by the dark lord
The dragons once again take up riders from the elves, Aldrian, in particular, who sets her heart aflutter, but all the lands of Elohan seem destined for war. So much for romance. Emira would do something about it, but she’s been placed under a curse. Surely, one of her suitors will come to her aid.
To set things right will require a whole new level of faith, love, and a little bit of magic…
Book 1 in the Lands of Elohan series. This Christian fantasy is an adventure of approximately 291 print pages.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My daughter begged for a fairy tale. Now she’s got four.
Becoming Holy is about transitioning from practicing Christian ethics to living in Godly character. It is a teaching tool that gives instruction and guidance on how to achieve the standard that Jesus teaches us in the gospels of the New Testament. This book will be an instrument that will explain what prevents people from being holy, what will cause you to be holy and why it’s important to pursue Holiness. The revelation in this book will enlighten you on how to achieve your individual greatness in Christ. This book breaks the boundaries and limitations of modern traditionalism. The process of becoming holy is realizing who you are, then allowing God to break and destroy who you are so you can resurrect to whom He wants you to be.
Targeted Age Group:
The way writing in my genre is different from others is that my genre removes your personal opinion out of the way and it primarily focuses on facts and truth. Talking about Religion and Faith always makes the writer take the stance of a narrator rather than a dictator.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The advice I would give aspiring writers is to be honest and relevant in their writing. Readers can tell if a writer is genuine in delivering the message they are trying to present. Our readers respect honesty and it is our responsibility to provide this service. Being relevant is highly important because it make the information that is being distributed applicable for the current times we live in.
Fountain Hendricks was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised in a Christian house-hold. He was a young man driven by worldly morality which prevented him from living underneath the power of the Holy Ghost. Through experience and many failures he has gained understanding and knowledge on how to exhibit Godly character. Going to church became a ritual for him but God never became the center focus of his life until he had a “Damascus” moment in his mid-twenties. The Lord spoke to Fountain in a loud voice through his transition of condition. After being isolated from love ones, betrayed by those whom he was familiar with and being separated from everything that was common he discovered that God allowed this to happen for a reason.
The Lord was calling Fountain out of deception and darkness to live in the truth and light of holiness. Fountain realized that he was serving God under the influence of religion, tradition and commonality which empowered him to inherit misfortune but the Lord gave him clarity, understanding and great wisdom. This experience allowed him to see that “Becoming holy” is the difference between practicing Christian ethics and Christian character. Becoming holy has allowed him to live a joyful, purposeful, exciting and influential life. The Lord has placed him in a position to teach and nurture others on how to live a life, modeling Jesus internally and externally.
The Holy Spirit inspired me to write this book. This book contains powerful and illuminating wisdom that will help people achieve their individual greatness in Christ.