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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

December 2009

Dear Reader,
Sorry you haven't heard from me in a while. As some of you know, I had a lot going on this past summer and early fall with my parents' various health problems. (By the way, my dad is still going strong in spite of his brain cancer. Please keep him and my mom in prayer.) And then there wasn't much news to report about my novel, Fatal Illusions, which came out last March. It was on shelves, and I was receiving nice e-mails and Facebook messages from various people who were reading the novel and enjoying it. But I didn't have much more to say other than that I was working on its sequel (by the way, the first draft is almost done), and I didn't want to bug you unless I had real news to share. After all, you get enough e-mails, right?

I'm writing today because I do, in fact, have some exciting news. For quite a while, people have been asking me, "How is Fatal Illusions doing? Have the sales been good?" I honestly didn't know what to say. Though I don't have specific figures to report, I can now say that Fatal Illusions has made the Kregel Publications best-sellers page. Check it out here. For this wonderful piece of news, I give glory to God and thank you, dear reader, for supporting me in this writing venture.

If you haven't read Fatal Illusions yet, what are you waiting for? You can always ask your library to purchase a copy, request a copy at your local bookstore (even if the book isn't on the shelves), or find a copy online at,, or other online bookstores. You can even find it for the Amazon Kindle. As a way of saying thank you, I'm always happy to mail you a signed bookplate for free. Just let me know.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement in 2009. Have a wonderful, Christ-centered Christmas and a happy New Year. May the Lord receive all the glory!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Texting Torture: Killer Messages Victim's Family | NBC New York

Texting Torture: Killer Messages Victim's Family | NBC New York

Note from My Mom about My Dad's Cancer

Dear All,

Just back from Madison/Milwaukee.  Saw Dr White yesterday and he is having a conference with Dr. Bastin the radiologist at Aurora  and we are to contact him on Tuesday.

He said to keep pushing until we got him if there were problems.  He suggests Cyberknife if Dr Bastin thinks it is time to do so and also more surgery is possible.

Cyber knife would be a whole lot easier on Larry.  Pray that the insurance with cover it.

We are off to Marquette Hospital Monday to get the mediport and Larry has Avastin IV on Wed afternoon.

Thank you for all your prayers.  Love  Larry and Rhoda

Oh, Dr White  was amazed that Larry was in such great condition after 12 months of this diagnosis.  His Oncologist Dr.  Morel was pleased also that the growth was not worse than it was.  We heard about a man today on the radio who had malignant CA of the brain and he lived 18 years.  Larry keeps praying for 20 years or the rapture or complete healing of course.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Familiar Stranger
(Moody Publishers, September 1, 2009) by Christina Berry.

About the Author

Single mother and foster parent, Christina Berry carves time to write from her busy schedule because she must tell the stories that haunt her every waking moment. (Such is the overly dramatic description of an author's life!) She holds a BA in Literature, yet loves a good Calculus problem, as well. All that confusion must have influenced her decision to be team captain of a winning team on Family Feud.

Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, released from Moody in September and deals with lies, secrets, and themes of forgiveness in a troubled marriage. A moving speaker and dynamic teacher, Christina strives to Live Transparently--Forgive Extravagantly!

Her work has also appeared in The Secret Place, The Oregonian, and Daily Devotions for Writers.
About the Book
Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise . . . if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, they discover dark secrets. An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?

But what will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Familiar Stranger, go HERE

My Review

This novel is in my TBR pile, and I hope to get to it soon. It looks fascinating, and I'm looking forward to reading it. Congratulations, Christina!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Fatal Illusions makes Kregel Publications bestsellers page

I received some great news today. Thank you, Susan Marlow, for sharing it with me. Fatal Illusions has sold well enough to make the Kregel bestsellers page. Now, either this is a fluke or a big answer to prayer. Praise God!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Discipleship, Evangelism, and the Aim of Christian Fiction

Interesting article on whether Christian fiction should disciple or evangelize. Check it out. What do you think?

Novel Journey: Discipleship, Evangelism, and the Aim of Christian Fiction

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fatal Illusions Makes List of 'Best Books I’ve Read in 2009'

Check this out.Thanks, Glynn.

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Dad Goes to New Treatment

Just an update on Dad's status after Mom called me. Yesterday Dad began a new treatment called Avastin (it is not chemo); in fact, he did ninety minutes of it via an IV. He will now be taking Avastin twice a month intravenously, and he will continue Temodar once a month orally for five days, as he has already been doing.

On Dec. 11, Mom and Dad have an appointment with a surgeon in Milwaukee to discuss the CAT scan and see what the next step should be. On Dec. 14, Mom and Dad will be traveling to Marquette, Michigan, so a "mediport" can be installed in Dad's chest. Because Avastin needs to be taken via IV, this step will make the experience of getting treatments easier for Mom and Dad in the long run.

There are good reports on Avastin. It isn't supposed to make Dad feel as sick, though there are other side effects to watch for. Some folks respond to it in different ways. Pray that Dad is among those who respond well.

Mom and Dad seem to be in good spirits. Thanks for your prayers and keep praying. God is always good and knows what's best for all of us.

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