Suspense on JUDGMENT DAY

When you build your career by tearing down others, you are bound to make a few enemies.  Suzanne Kidwell understands that, but she doesn’t care.  The bigger the name and the more sensational the claims she can make against them the bigger the audience she will have.  A large audience will lead to higher ratings for the cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell and that, Suzanne hopes, will lead to a spot on a national news show.  She knows she has to step on a few toes to get ahead in this business.  And Suzanne is more than OK with that.

What she is not OK with is being named a suspect in the death of her boyfriend and his secretary.  Even worse is asking for help from the best private eye in the area—a man who happens to be the college boyfriend she betrayed.

In the suspenseful novel Judgment Day, Wanda L. Dyson creates a fast-paced thriller—complete with kidnapping, murder, and betrayal.  The villain is dark and twisted, conceited and unafraid.  It’s that lack of fear that makes this villain so dangerous to Suzanne and so entertaining to readers.

The one problem I had with this book is how easy it was to figure out who the villain was.  Part of the fun of a suspense novel is figuring out who did it and why.  A lot of that was taken away with what I felt was an early reveal of the main villain.

Still, the why was not as easy to figure out.  There were a lot of layers to the motive, adding depth to the evilness of this particular villain.

This is the first book by Wanda L. Dyson that I have read.  Overall, I found it to be very well-written and entertaining.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Brave Boys of Derry

Brave Boys of Derry

                When I agreed to review W.S. Martin’s Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!, I thought I would be reading a fictionalized account of actual events.  Instead, the book read much like a history text.  At times, I did find the writing a bit dull and there were sections where I thought the author was much less than unbiased.

                What this book did for me, though, is something I wonder if the author really intended.  Though it is hard to know for sure, as Mr. Martin is no longer alive to ask, I believe the reason for writing this was to keep alive the memories of the brave men and women of Londonderry, Ireland.  I believe he was trying to instill a sense of deep admiration toward the people of Londonderry who faced starvation and death as they worked so hard to protect their town from French and Irish troops in the late 1600’s.  What this book did for me, though, was give me something to think about.  Ever since I finished reading the book, I keep thinking about the religious differences in our word today.  The siege of Londonderry came about as a result of a struggle between Catholics and Protestants in the British Isles.  It seems that each side thought they were the only “true” church and the only “true” representation of God on Earth.

                Oh, I am sure there were other reasons for the turmoil in this period of British history.  But it is the Catholic vs. Protestant theme that is repeated the most in the book.  Today, there are still arguments over which is the right way to worship God.  I’ve seen these arguments split up churches and families.  Is one side right and the other right?  Who am I to say?  All I know is that the Bible says clearly that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.  Regardless of how you choose to worship, so long as you have accepted the sacrifice Christ made on your behalf, you are doing the right thing.

                The lives lost at Londonderry serve as a reminder of how Christians in the past have gone too far in attempting to prove their faith.  In many ways, I believe this book was written as a reminder not to go that far again.  Those defending the city were brave and steadfast in their beliefs.  That is a good thing.  If a person really, truly believes something is right, he or she should do all they can to protect that belief.  It is admirable to be willing to die for your religious convictions.

                To be willing to kill for them, though, seems a bit extreme.

Christmas Sale

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the reader on your list?  Be sure to check out one of my novels.  Four are available now—FORSAKING THE CALL, SUMMERTIME, THE LADIES OF FAITH, and SHATTERED.  Purchasing one of these books will not only help you to check one name off your Christmas list, it will help make the Holiday Season just a little brighter for a family from Jackson, Michigan.

On Friday night, November 12, 2010, 4-year-old Travis Rupert and his 10-year-old sister Savannah were involved in a serious car accident while riding their bikes in downtown Jackson.  Travis was pronounced dead on the scene and Savannah was taken to C.S. Mott Children’s hospital in Ann Arbor.  She suffered several broken bones and numerous internal injuries.  At this time, she is in stable but critical condition.

To help offset funeral and medical costs, I am donating $5 from every book sold to the Rupert family.  This will be on-going, at least until the end of the year.  Books can be purchased through or directly from me.  Any books purchased directly from me will be autographed before they are sent out to you.  If you are in the Jackson area, I will deliver the books to you at no cost.  If you are outside of Jackson, a $3 shipping fee will be added to your total.  Books are $15 each or 2 books for $25.  I accept PayPal, cash, check, and money order.

Please let me know if you would like to donate to the Rupert family without the purchase of a book.  I can let you know how to do that as well.

Available books are….


Joel turned his back on God 15 years ago, and has never regretted it. Now his wife is in the midst of an unexpected and very stressful pregnancy. When she turns to prayer and faith to get through, Joel is forced to face his past. Can he put aside his anger at God to give his wife the peace she needs to get through this difficult time?


Entertainment journalist Laura Bell has been a single mother for her daughter’s entire life. She has not even seen her daughter’s father, Joey, a member of a once hugely popular boy band, in almost 10 years. When his band, Zero Gravity, plans a reunion tour, Laura is asked to cover the event. She is suddenly forced to confront her past. Can she build a life for her daughter, one that includes Joey, without compromising her new-found Christian faith? Or will she have to choose between God and Joey?


No one knows the details about the father of Abby’s baby, or why Lorna doesn’t speak to her daughter.  Emily’s perfect marriage is threatened by a dark secret.  After nearly 30 years of marriage, Morgan is starting over, alone.  Frankie is lost and doesn’t know what to believe anymore.  The women of Faith community Church need each other now more than ever….  But can they trust enough to share their deepest secrets?


Kerri Warner did what she had to do. It was a difficult choice, but it was best for her daughter. Wasn’t it? For twenty years, she has silently lived with the truth. Now, as her daughter’s wedding nears, her past screams for her attention. 
Janessa Warner has just finished college and is looking forward to marrying Garrett. Hours after a visit to his hometown begins, a horrifying car accident alters their plans. Janessa comes face-to-face with a woman from her mother’s past. The very foundation of her life is shaken. Her search for answers only leads to more questions…

You can contact me at or through Facebook to place an order.  Thank you for your prayers for the entire family through this difficult time.

Christy Baldwin’s CARE FOR CREATION

I will be the first to admit that I am not a very “green” person. As a work-from-home Mom, I like to do things the quick and easy way. That often means just tossing unneeded papers and empty cans and jars into the trash. If the trash removal company I use offered recycling pick up, I’d be more likely to do it. I just don’t have the time to sort everything and then make a trip to the recycling center every week. Sure, I like the idea of unplugging things that are not in use to save energy (more out of a desire to lower my own utility bill than out of a desire to help the planet, I’m afraid), but that takes extra time, too. Recently, we did switch to CFL light bulbs, though. They were on sale when the light bulb in our living room burned out. Even the sale price wasn’t enough to make me want to buy the bulbs. It was reading on the package that CFLs last so much longer than traditional bulbs that made me want them. The longer the bulb lasts, the less often I will need to change it.

CARE FOR CREATION, by Christy Baldwin

Now that you know all of this about me, you might be surprised to learn that I volunteered to review a children’s book called CARE FOR CREATION. I know I surprised myself that I volunteered! Yet I was intrigued by the idea behind the book. How could Christy Baldwin, or any other author for that matter, possibly back up green living with the Bible? To me, it didn’t seem possible. I just had to read the book to find out.

What I found was a wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated book that not only gives tips on how to save energy and protect our planet, but a book that does give Biblical reasons for protecting the Earth. And it makes sense. When looking at this planet as God’s creation and a gift for our use, it really is hard to justify not doing all we can to protect the planet for future generations. What got to me most, I think, is the verse that Baldwin used to close her book: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, sins” (James 4:17).

At the very least, the book has given me a lot to think about. And I am sure as soon as my 9-year-old and 6-year-old get their hands on the book, I will have a couple of little guys telling me, “Mom, stop thinking and start DOING!”


Writing has been a passion of Christy’s since she was very young. As a child, she loved to write stories for her grandfather and poems

Christy Baldwin

 just for fun. She lives in Mason, Ohio with her family and is active in church, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and volunteering with various organizations. Christy has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cedarville University and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Scranton. She is a stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her kids and being involved in their schools. Her previous children’s titles include Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night and Remembering Wilma.

For more information on author Christy Baldwin and her work, please see the following links
Book web site:

Christy Baldwin Facebook:

Tribute Books website:

Tribute Books Facebook:

Tribute Books Twitter: