This week Kay Marshall Strom, Linda Rondeau, and Nikki Arana

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Congratulations to Deevena for winning Sherri Wilson Johnson’s Song of the Meadowlark, to Linda for winning Sharon Dunn’s Zero Visibility, to Kathleen for winning Ann H. Gabhart’s The Gifted and to bn100, Cynde and Angela for winning Therese Stenzel’s Blue Africa.

This week I’m hosting Kay Marshall Strom with The Love of Divena, Linda Rondeau with America II The Reformation (see below about giveaway)  and Nikki Arana with The Next Target (giveaway for US only).  Linda Rondeau’s giveaway: if 15 or more original comments are left (not including Linda’s responses) she will award a copy of her award-winning novel, The Other Side of Darkness. If less than 15 and more than ten, she’ll give away a $5.00 Starbucks coupon.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (August 5th) evening.

Bio of Kay Marshall Strom:

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of 41 published books. Already well established as a non-fiction writer, her Grace In Africa fiction series has met with high acclaim. The Voyage of Promise made AMA Booklist’s 2010 listing of Top Ten Inspirational Fiction, and The Triumph of Grace made the list in 2011.  Her recently released Blessings in India trilogy is also receiving honors. Kay’s work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe, where she writes and speaks. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest

Blurb for The Love of Divena by Kay Marshall Strom:

“Why are we Hindus?” Divena asked her grandmother.

“Because we are Indians.”

“It makes no sense,” Divena insisted.  “They tell us Untouchables are not fit to go into the temple, but we still have to give sacrifices to the gods and goddesses.  The holy scriptures of the Veda say we are foul and loathsome people who must stay apart, yet we are not allowed to read those scriptures.  I do not want to be Hindu.”

“Neither do I,” said her grandmother.  “But we are Indians.  We have no choice.”

But Divena made a choice, one that rocked the world of two families and shook the foundation of an entire culture.

Bio of Linda Rondeau:

Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight),  LINDA RONDEAU, writes for the reader who enjoys a little bit of everything. Her stories of redemption and God’s mercies include romance, suspense, the ethereal, and a little bit of history into the mix, always served with a slice of humor. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community.  Readers may visit her web site at  Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, is a futuristic political thriller published is now available in ebook on and Barnes and Noble.  

Blurb for America II The Reformation by Linda Rondeau:

Following unprecedented climatic changes, resultant pestilence and war brought the world into chaos. Eventually, each nation surrendered its sovereignty to form a global democracy, initially known as The Accord. However, the democratic government proved too weak and was soon replaced by a faux democratic rule. 

The year is 2073, and current governor of Western America Province, Edwin Rowlands, is poised to become the Constitutional Government’s second president. Many fear that the sweeping reforms found in his proposed Preservation Act will set him up as a dictator. If enacted, defection both past and present would become a crime punishable by death, thus bringing all outlands into crushing subjection.

While most believe reform is critical, factions disagree on how to prevent the Preservation Act from becoming law. Ahmed Farid, second President, believes reform can be managed within the existing government. Leader of the Revolutionary Army, Jimmy Kinnear, trusts only in military intervention. However, Jacob Goodayle, Chairman of Western America’s illegal outland government, favors separatism.

As tensions rise, civil war seems imminent. Who will be the voice of reason in a world on the verge of a third dark age? 

Bio for Nikki Arana:

Nikki Arana is an award-winning author of suspense, women’s fiction, essays, poetry, and magazine articles whose work has been published in the United States and Canada. She has won several national awards, including The Carol Award – twice, and the Beacon Award. Her book, The Winds of Sonoma was named One of the Top 20 Books of the Year by Nikki is also the recipient of the Excellence in Media Silver Angel Award. All of her books deal with social, political, and spiritual issues that confront society today. She is an experienced speaker and has presented numerous, highly successful workshops on the craft of writing. Nikki also serves persecuted Christians who are under the threat of death through her ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted. Her newest release, The Next Target, was inspired by her ministry. You can visit her website here: or connect with her on her  or as Nikki Arana, Author on Facebook.

 Blurb  for The Next Target by Nikki Arana:
Would You Share Your Faith If It Would Cost You Your Life?  

It only took one bullet. Austia’s friend and student fell dead. And with a glimpse of a newspaper headline, the young and recently widowed Austia knows more about what happened than the police. From that fatal night, Austia’s secret outreach to the U.S. Muslim community—in the guise of English language classes—becomes a target. Local Muslim extremists set their sights on ending her ministry and even her life. And the women she ministers to will be next.

A thick web of deceit closes in around Austia, and her circle of friends becomes smaller by the day, even as she finally opens herself to the idea of falling in love again. But who can she trust? Facing a spiritual battle that proves more treacherous than it at first seemed, Austia’s convictions are tested to their limits and her heart becomes primed for breaking. She must ask herself: how much she will risk to stay true to her herself, her faith, and to the lives of the women she serves?