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Friday, September 29, 2006

CFBA Tour -- Violet Dawn

For my regular readers, and any others who missed me, I'm back from Dallas and one of the best writer's conference experiences thus far. But, I'll save the details for another post. Right now, I'm thrilled to shine the spotlight on an author who's become very special to me recently.

By the title of this post, you've probably deduced the book being featured. That's right. It's Violet Dawn, a brand new release from "Seatbelt Suspense" author, Brandilyn Collins.

I have an extra autographed copy that I'll be awarding to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win.

Violet Dawn, which released in August of this year, is published by Zondervan and is part of Brandilyn's new Kanner Lake series. There are two other books to come...Coral Moon, releasing in March of '07, and Crimson Eve, releasing in September of '07.

You must also stop by and visit Scenes and Beans, the REAL blog for the fictional Java Joint coffehouse in Kanner Lake. This is a unique marketing tool for the series, involving about 30 other
writers and eventually involving readers of the series who want to audition posts.

A lot of my friends are featured on the book's blog site, but a great friend of mine is actually featured *in* the book. That's right. Brandilyn calls him "Ted Dawson." If you read the book or frequent Java Joint through Scenes & Beans, you'll also discover him to be "S-Man." He even has his own web site and blog where you can learn more about him and his writing.

What an honor. To be chosen as the prototype for an author's character. And not only that, but to be given the privilege of portraying that character on a book blog. You either have to have the "right stuff"...or be really strange. It's a toss-up. :)

Now, I confess. I would say this book is suspense at it's finest. However, Brandilyn has a group of friends that she affectionately calls the "Big Honkin' Chickens Club," because the women in the group are unnerved by Brandilyn's writing...and I'm a proud member. *grins*

I've read the beginning, and from what I've heard, this book is classic Brandilyn Collins "Seatbelt Suspense." It grabs you from the very beginning...

Something sinuous brushed against Paige's knee. She jerked her leg away.

What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.

Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.


She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. something solid bumped her wrist. Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night...and finds herself face to face with death. Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith's first glimmer. One woman's secrets unleash an entire town's pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.

You can go HERE to read a first chapter excerpt. But using Brandilyn's famous tagline....."Don't forget to b r e a t h e."


Jennifer Y. said...

Sounds like a good book.

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to win this one on-line. I've lost track of how many times I've entered different contests! LOL! Now that she's FIRST's featured author, maybe I'll get lucky if I enter lots of times. :-)

Thanks for the interview!

Anonymous said...

hi i'd like to enter, thanks!