Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Nightmare by Robin Parrish

The Story: While visiting a horror theme park, the daughter of two famous ghost hunters is unimpressed by the fake scares, since she’s faced the real thing. Coming face to face with the ghost of a friend who recently disappeared, however, shakes her up, and investigating the disappearance soon puts her up against both natural and supernatural enemies.

My Thoughts: Mixing well-researched ghost lore and an amazingly unique horror premise, this novel surprised me with how entertaining it is. The author not only dares to explore ghosts and supernatural in ways rarely done in Christian fiction, but also shows the same boldness in the twists he gives to the story.

While the plotting sometimes felt a bit shaky, the power of the premise and the author’s energetic style made it easy to overlook any problems. As I read, I kept finding myself envisioning the novel as a movie, and I hope that a film version gets made. It’s a fun read for horror fans, and I’m interested in reading more by the author.

Content Overview: A lot of scary scenes, which might bother some people, but not much violence. Most teen and adult readers should be able to handle it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

My First Published Article: How To Become A Snake

I have more good news about my writing this week. My article “How To Become A Snake” was published in the July issue of The Christian Journal! It’s my first published article, and perhaps not surprisingly, it involves animals and theology.

You can read “How To Become A Snake” in the online edition of The Christian Journal, near the bottom left of page 10: The Christian Journal, July 2014. You may need to use the zoom in feature to read it clearly.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Newest Published Story: Shattered

My thriller story "Shattered" was published in July's issue of TWJ Magazine!

You can read it online here: "Shattered"

Or, to whet your appetite, here are the opening lines:

When her cell phone rang, Adie glanced at the clock on the mantle. The hands on the clock pointed to two minutes after five. She smiled. Ralph, her husband, had said he’d call when he got off work so they could decide where to go out for dinner.

She closed the preparing-for-pregnancy book she’d been reading and set it next to her on the couch, then stood up and reached into her pocket for her phone.

Without bothering to check the caller ID, she put the phone to her ear. “Ralph?”

Instead of a man’s voice, a woman replied softly. “Hello, traitor.”

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