Sunday, January 27, 2013

Faith, Hope, and Murder Released!





Finally, after several years of writing, rewriting, editing, and formatting, I'm thrilled to announce that my edgy Christian fiction mystery, the first in the Community of Faith series, is now available on most major online retailers as an ebook.

I know this book will not be to everyone's taste. The religious theme is too strong for mainstream publishers. And the characters are too "real" for Christian publishers. But I'm writing about Christians (and those who might or might not become Christians) as I know them. The Christians I know are flawed. They have bad habits. They say bad words sometimes. They have doubts and fears. They make lots of mistakes.

It was the story I wanted to tell and I decided over a year ago that in order to tell it, I'd probably have to publish it myself. As it turns out, that probably was not the worst idea I've ever had. Publishing is changing so rapidly it's hard to keep up. As publishers consolidate, there are fewer opportunities for new authors to find a publishing home. And, threatened by the popularity of ebooks and the decline of print book sales, they're offering authors less advantageous terms and payment while expecting authors to do more of the work, particularly with marketing their books.

It's exciting as well as daunting to have total control over your own destiny. There's a lot to learn, a lot of frustration, but also great rewards when you finally pull up your book on your nook and see it listed with all the other books on Amazon. And, if someone actually reads it and likes it, so much the better!

Summary:


When Faith Andersen’s best friend asks her to help a stranger with a legal issue, she has no idea that Ursula’s problem is a fiancé convicted of murder. As a web designer, Faith’s knowledge of law is sketchy at best, but, having just lost her job, she has plenty of hours to fill.
The victim, a smuggler who brought both drugs and human beings over the Mexican border, had plenty of enemies. And even more dangerous friends.
Pastor John Menard has problems of his own. His ministry rocked by scandal, he’s already lost his wife and may just lose his congregation. It’s too soon after his divorce to think about another relationship; but there’s something about the pretty skeptic that draws him to her.
As Faith investigates the murder, she finds herself with more questions than answers. Who killed the coyote? Is Ursula really who she seems? And has Faith gotten herself into more peril than she’s ever imagined possible?
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

And now I'm off to do the Snoopy dance
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