It's May 1st. Time to announce the winners of the giveaway. They are: Bonnie and Patricia. Congratulations! I'll be getting in touch with both of you for your mail addresses. Hope you enjoy! *********** I (and my book Destiny's Hands) are thrilled to be featured today on the blog Interviews and Reviews. Thank you, Laura… Continue reading Interview & giveaway!
The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lydia, slave of Cleopatra, is not only lovely but also ambitious. Her artistic pottery is in demand and already she has collected a bag of coins against the day she can escape from the palace and start her own business. But the… Continue reading The Queen’s Handmaid – review
"Are you going to write another book?" I've heard that question a lot since publishing my novel in 2012. I suppose it's a question writers inevitably face after finishing a first book. My plan, when I published Destiny's Hands (a biblical fiction exploring the life of the Bible character Bezalel from when he was a… Continue reading Hiking around in a wilderness odyssey
Return to Me by Lynn Austin My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Return to Me Lynn Austin returns to writing in the genre--biblical fiction--where I first met her. This story is set in the time of the exile and follows the priest Iddo and his son Zacharias as their family returns to a ravished… Continue reading Return to Me (review)
Journey by Angela Elwell Hunt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Suspicion and jealousy cause a rift between Yosef's sons Efrayim and Menashe when grandfather Yakov speaks a firstborn blessing over second-born Efrayim in Angela Hunt's biblical fiction Journey. This schism is magnified by their dissimilar personalities. Menashe is serious, brooding, and intense while Efrayim… Continue reading Journey by Angela Hunt (review)
'Valentine's Day' in my novel Destiny's Hands comes on the day the Israelites celebrate their final defeat of the Egyptians after they cross the Red Sea. In the story Moses leads in a celebration dance and main character Bezalel joins in. Then he looks on as Miriam leads the women in their part of the… Continue reading Love at first sight?
Do you read biblical fiction, that is fiction based on the stories in the Bible? Maybe you write it. The most common way of writing such a story is to fictionalize the Bible characters, perhaps create a few new ones, and tell the story in all its imagined detail but still set in the time… Continue reading Biblical fiction—adaptations
Michael: A Novel (Wives of King David) by Jill Eileen Smith is a fictional retelling of the story of King David’s first wife Michal—the daughter of Saul. Smith follows Michal from the time she is a teenager cowering under the rages of her demonically possessed father, to middle age when her scorn at David’s exuberant… Continue reading Michal: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith (review)
Biblical fiction is a genre that helps the Bible come alive for many readers. A nice thing about books in this genre is that they're virtually timeless. Over the years I've read and reviewed quite a few stories based on the lives of Bible characters. In the days ahead I'll be reprinting some of those… Continue reading Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin (review)