Tuesday, July 15, 2003


Adam's Stone, a work of Christian sci-fi from Kevin Paglia is now available for purchase in eBook and paperback formats from Creek Press. Because I served as editor for this title, a review cannot appear here, but I am happy to announce that if you are interested in Christian science fiction you will enjoy the story of Riley, Anthony, and Mark as they uncover the secrets of the mysterious obelisk believed to have been left by Adam as a warning to the world.

Adam's Stone is available via the publisher's website, and will be available on Amazon.com in the next few weeks.

The Choice by Marilyn Meredith

Page Free Publishing, 1930232250, $12.95

As the widowed mother of an oft-absent teenaged son, Jessica McGuire appears to have the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her job as deputy of the small town of Lawrenceville wins her little respect among the local barflies and her superior officers, and when Jessica discovers the desecration of an old grave she is further reprimanded. Just make sure the drunks get home safely and that the kids are not out late spraypainting buildings, is all she is told.

Jessica finds it difficult to ignore other strange thefts. Barnyard animals are missing, as is the large redwood cross at the local church. Pastor David Tanner, to Jessica's shock, suspects a force of evil is trying to take over the community, leading the deputy to fight an uphill battle with small-town bureaucracy which unfortunately does not prevent the loss of life. That Jessica's own faith in God is middling, it is the only weapon she has against the group of black-robed citizens who have made the fight too personal for her to ignore.

The Choice is a short novel of suspense, a tense and contemporary adaption of good versus evil. Though some of her actions may not appear professional, Jessica acts out of passion, and to watch her grow in faith is inspiring. Author Meredith's style is direct in her presentation where matters of faith are concerned, providing for a riveting climax.

Monday, July 7, 2003

Books Read, July 2003

Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

Other Women by Evelyn Lau

Mystery in Mind by the Rhine Research Center, ed. (Reviewed for Blether.)

The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

Past Suspicion by Therese Heckenkamp (Reviewed for Blether)

Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Choice by Marilyn Meredith (Reviewed for Catholic/Christian Book Reviews)

Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

Values of the Wise by Jason Merchey, ed. (Reviewed for Blether)

Silent Honor by Danielle Steel

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (Pulitzer)