7 Hours Reviews (Part 1)

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When I first heard of the 7 Hours project, I was immediately intrigued by the idea. The age-old question of what would you do if you knew how much time you have left is tackled by 7 authors in epic proportions. Due to a hectic work schedule and little spare time, I’ve only been able to make it through a few. I will post reviews as I complete the novellas.

Rearview by Mike Dellosso

As anyone who reads my blog or knows me well knows, I’m a huge Mike Dellosso fan and have been since I first discovered one of his books almost by mistake a while back. I’m always amazed by how he mixes God’s truth into stories of suspense and have yet to be disappointed. This latest project is no different.

In true Dellosso fashion, Rearview begins with intrigue and mystery and keeps the reader in suspense as they follow the story of Dan Blakely’s last 7 hours of life. Dan’s seemingly normal life as a college professor is terribly interrupted when the daughter of a senator claims he abused her. When he can’t find a way out of the predicament, he decides the only option left to him is suicide. However, it doesn’t go as planned and his life is thrown into a mad dash to find a way to make the time he has left count.

Rearview is filled with heartbreak and hope.

For more information on Mike and his books, make sure to stop by his blogs: Mike Dellosso and Michael King (his alter ego).

Escapement by Rene Gutteridge

One of the great things about the 7 Hours project was that it introduced me to some authors I’d never read before. I was very excited to take a trip into new territory and the first one I read by an author I was unfamiliar with was Escapement. I must say that I’m now a huge fan of Rene Gutteridge. Her style of writing was amazing. I’m not one who’s capable of pulling off a first-person narrative all the way through a story, but she accomplished it amazingly!

Following the same theme of 7 hours to live, Escapement begins with our main character Matthew Bigham discussing the finer points of how to murder someone and get away with it. Having to settle for driving when he can’t get a flight due to his size, we follow Matthew on his journey to murder the man who made his teenage years beyond miserable. But what he finds when he arrives is far from what he was expecting.

Upon reaching an ending I didn’t see coming, Rene Gutteridge manages to tie together sarcasm, wit, humor, honesty, imperfection, misunderstandings, and God’s immeasurable grace into a story that I honestly couldn’t put down from start to finish.

Swing by Rene Gutteridge’s website for more information on her!

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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

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I was privileged to have the opportunity to receive an early copy of Jeff Goins latest eBook, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Much like his blog, You Are a Writer is full of practical advice and personal experiences that encourage the reader to think about their own actions while pursuing – or considering pursuing – their dream. It holds great information about platforms, brands, and much more.

For those who have gone through the Intentional Blogging course, this book covers some of the same material. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having repeat lessons. Especially for me since it seems to take me hearing something every day for at least three months before it clicks (you can ask my boss about that one). But it also goes further into other areas, as well, so it isn’t merely the same information and nothing else.

A point to You Are a Writer that really struck a chord with me was that failure does not equate the end. Along with the great advice, I’m taking away from this book some key points that I plan to hold to.

My voice isn’t yet perfected and I have a long way to go before I’ll know exactly where I’m headed. I have more mistakes to make and more mountains to climb. I may write ten more books before one goes further than my family and friends. But I’m a writer.

While the book is geared toward writers, anyone with a dream or a goal will benefit from its message. It’s a quick and easy read, but definitely a book that can and should be returned to time and again. I highly recommend not just this book, but also Jeff Goins’ blog, Goins Writer. And if you haven’t read it, you shoud check out Jeff’s The Writer’s Manifesto.

Don’t forget to check out the website for You Are a Writer!

New and Upcoming Releases to Watch For!

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It’s amazing how sometimes a fall can give us the kick in the pants we need to get back on the right track. I’ve been talking for a while about getting back on my feet with my writing and really focusing on my commitments. Well, now’s the time and I’m delighted to say that I have some exciting news, about other authors’ works and one of my own.

Some great books that are out now are: Frantic by Mike Dellosso and Downfall by Terri Blackstock. I have a review up for Frantic here and will hopefully have one up for Downfall soon. Be sure not to miss these great authors latest works!

An upcoming release that’s sure to knock your socks off is 7 Hours. An amazing compilation of 7 stories by an all-star lineup: Mike Dellosso, Rene Gutteridge, Ronie Kendig, Robin Parrish, Tom Pawlik, Travis Thrasher, and James Andrew Wilson. You won’t want to miss this! To my knowledge the books will be released individually and then in one awesome anthology.

Also, I will soon be releasing my second book, Searching for Deliverance. In preparation for this I’m going to give away five signed copies of Something Called Redemption. If you’d like to get one of them, please leave a comment below. I only ask that if you do read it, please leave a review at amazon. There’s information on both Searching for Deliverance and Something Called Redemption in the ‘books’ page of this blog, there’s also a sneak peeks section for Deliverance. Check it out if you haven’t yet!

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