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Friday, October 26, 2007

CFBA Blog Tour - Matt Bronleewe and Illuminated

Well, this is a first in the history of my blog and the weekly spotlights I do here. On Wednesday, I spotlighted a debut author, Miralee Ferrell, and not a single post or comment has been made. Not one. That has never happened. Makes me wonder if everyone is preoccupied elsewhere or if other things are happening this week to keep folks away. It's part of a large blog tour, and the other blogs don't have many comments either.

But you don't want to miss this book. It's an excellent one. You have until Wednesday, October 31, to comment for your chance to win. BUT, you also can leave a comment on any other blog on the tour. For each comment, your name is entered for *another* chance to win a FREE autographed book. So don't delay. Scroll to the next post and leave a comment here.





by Matt Bronleewe


Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. Illuminated, in stores now, begins the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.



August Adams has failed his family before. He's sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depend on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-painted illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.

It's a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out.

If he fails, those he holds most dear will die. If he succeeds, he'll destroy a national treasure.

The clock ticks, the suspense mounts, and the body count rises as August pits his knowledge and his love for his family against the clock, secret societies, and even Johannes Gutenberg himself.

"...this rare breed of suspense thriller combines mysterious hidden clues, secret societies, buried treasure, double agents, and the Knights Templar...if you turned National Treasure into international treasure, traded DaVinci codes for Gutenberg Bibles, married it to Indiana Jones, and added the pacing of 24 you'd be in the neighborhood of Illuminated...on a scale of one to 10, this one goes to 11."
-Aspiring Retail Magazine

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In addition, you can post a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy of this book. US/Canada residents only. Drawing to be held on November 2nd. Come back to this post to see if you've won.


Kim said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!! Thanks for the opportunity!

tetewa said...

Another new author for me, count me in!

Matt Bronleewe said...

Thanks for the support! It's an exciting ride...and I'm just getting started... The follow-up to ILLUMINATED comes out August 12th, 2008....prepare for HOUSE OF WOLVES!

Matt Bronleewe

Cherie J said...

Sounds really good! Great learning about another new author.

Anonymous said...

That book sounds wonderful. Please toss my name in the hat.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Great to see you stop by, Matt. Readers, the drawing will take place this coming Friday. Come back to see if you've won!

Stormi said...

This looks like a cool book, please enter me.


Anonymous said...

Looks like an exciting read. Throw my name in the jar!

ChristyJan said...

Please enter me in this drawing. This book sounds fascinating.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

I'm a little late posting this, but the winner from the drawing is:


Congratulations! I've sent you a private email for your mailing address so we can get Matt's book out to you ASAP.

Everyone else, check the other spotlights and blog tours from the past month to see if you've won.