Love mystery? How about tension? Romance? Great characters? Maybe a plot with enough twists and turns to put a Grand Prix racetrack to shame, all the while crammed with gut-wrenching suspense? And last, but certainly not least, a few tears?
Well, as Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber of Veggie Tales fame always say, "Have we got a show for you!" (And if you don't watch Veggie Tales, you don't know what you're missing.) But back to business. Fear Is Louder Than Words, Linda S. Glaz's latest novel, is scheduled for release on December 1, 2015, just in time for Christmas giving, scaring your favorite person witless, or for no particular reason at all. Just be warned: you won't want to put it down until you've turned the last page.
Ed McGrath, one of Detroit's premier hockey players (and most sought-after bachelor) has lived life in the fast lane--and not just on the ice. His days and nights are spent partying with a different woman every week, giving and receiving bone-crushing, bloody blows during games, and dodging reporters and photographers. When he hears a woman in distress in a parking garage, he goes to her defense, and finds Rochelle Cassidy, a well-known radio personality in the area, bloodied and bruised by a man Ed manages to scare off. From that moment on, neither Ed nor Rochelle are quite the same. Ed struggles with his immediate attraction to Rochelle and desire to protect her. How did that happen? Could he change, and did he even want to change? Rochelle faces a frightening future with a city council member breathing down her neck as a result of damning evidence against him brought to light on her Rochelle's radio show, coupled with continued taunting by her violent stalker who relishes telling her he plans to return someday and finish what Ed McGrath interrupted.
Both Ed and Rochelle carry the scars of their past, and neither one has an easy time coming to grips with the turn their lives have taken. As if a stalker and conniving politician aren't enough to rattle her, Rochelle's decision to showcase the PhD Center for Neonatal and Toddler Development on her radio show further complicates things. Meanwhile Ed feels a gaping hole in his life. Rochelle is a Christian, but he doesn't know how he feels about God--or how God feels about him. Suddenly, life has become not only dangerous, but complicated for both of them.
Glaz's descriptions of the frigid Michigan winters with icy streets, stinging snow, and biting winds are spot-on. I spent the first few decades of my life in mid-Michigan not far from Detroit (a.k.a. the Motor City and Hockey Town), and believe me, she nailed it. I actually shivered during some of her scenes. Her characters are well-rounded and believable--some likable, others detestable--but none are throwaways. The plot is intricately-designed with backstory expertly woven throughout so as not to jar the reader. Glaz handles each aspect of the novel--plot, setting, dialogue, characterization, tension, and romance--expertly. And finally, there's no need to worry about undue violence, bad language, or gratuitous sex. This author knows how to convey whatever she needs to by using her talent, considerable skills, and respecting her readers with clean language. That's a nice thing in today's marketplace.
I highly recommend Fear Is Louder than Words. You won't be sorry.
Linda, married with three grown children and three grandchildren, is a complete triple-A personality. How else would she find time to write as well as be an agent for Hartline Literary Agency? She loves any and every thing about the written word and loves when families pass stories along through the generations as her mother did with her. She was blessed to have served in the Air Force at a time when it wasn't politically correct thing for a woman to do. After teaching soccer nationally and women's self-defense whenever the need arose, now her greatest thrill is matching clients with publishing houses and hearing their voices when they get "THE CALL". She's an AWSA speaker and presents classes nationwide. She connects with authors through seminars, blogs, and anywhere a group congregates and talks books. She's always looking for fresh voices in fiction, especially in historic romance and suspense.
How about a free copy of Fear Is Louder Than Words from Lighthouse of the Carolinas publishing company? Linda will pre-order a copy and give it away to the lucky winner. Anyone who leaves a comment is entered into the drawing, so be sure to leave a comment and your email address so we can contact you if you win!
Blurb: Fear Is Louder Than Words
Rochelle Cassidy has the perfect life as a radio talk show host in the Detroit market, but her celebrity status doesn't stop an angry listener from wanting her ... dead. Ed McGrath's ideal life as a pro-hockey player doesn't include a damsel in distress until the night he discovers Rochelle being attacked in a deserted parking structure.
Circumstances throw them together in more ways than one when Rochelle's producer plays matchmaker. A sick boy, a corrupt politician, and questionable medical practices put more than merely Rochelle in danger, and still, her attacker shadows her every step.
Will Ed be able to break through her trust issues in order to protect her, or will she continue to see him as Detroit's bad boy athlete? Her life AND his depend on it.
Linda Apple is the author of Writing From Your Soul, Writing Life ~ Your Stories Matter, Connect ~ A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers, POW; Promises Kept and Women Of Washington Avenue, her debut novel and the first book in her Moonlight Mississippi series. Her personal experience stories have been published in 16 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her devotions have been published in numerous devotion magazines and books. She lives in Fayetteville Arkansas with her husband, Neal, their five children, five children-in-love, and ten grandchildren.
Jody Bailey Day writes inspirational fiction from west Texas. Her debut novel, Washout Express, released June 2013 from Harbourlight Books. Her short stories, poems, devotionals, and articles have appeared in Mature Living, Splickety Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, and Christiandevotions.us, She is a two time Grand Prize Winner at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference, and a Faithwriters.com Best of the Best award winner. She and her pastor husband have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by way of Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, Mississippi, and Alaska (again). Deb is a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild classes and writes Christian humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults. Her children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, available in both e-book and print, is being re-published as six individual print books. Her Road’s End series (Misstep, Faux Pas, and Misjudge) for adults is also contracted and should be published soon. She is currently nearing completion on the first book of another series. She is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.
Lisa Lickel is an award-winning multi-published inspirational novelist, blogger, reviewer, and writing mentor. A freelance editor, Lisa loves all things historical. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest and Christian Fiction Online.
Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador, where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea. She is the author of Emergence, Retaliation, and Capitulation, novellas and novels in her series featuring superhuman and police detective Darby Shaw.
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His poetry has appeared in leading journals and is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond.His fiction includes a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red, and two suspense novels, Deadly Addictive and The Lazarus File, and a historical romance, Lightning on a Quiet Night. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ groups and conferences. He lives near Houston, TX, where he continues to write fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.
Editor/Author Linda Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a speaker/lecturer for various writers' groups and conferences. Her fiction books include Give the Lady a Ride, The Simulacrum, and The Cat Lady's Secret. Her nonfiction books include Writing in Obedience, co-written with Hartline Literary agent Terry Burns.
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