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!

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!

Getting Back Up

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I’ve got several false starts on blog posts that I’ve written up and then read over and thought ‘ick, I can’t post that’. So here I am on Good Friday, sitting at my desk wondering why in the world it’s been weeks since I posted. Laziness and a lack of inspiration are part of it. March was a difficult month and I couldn’t seem to get myself back into the swing of things.

But on Tuesday Mike Dellosso started an interesting discussion on the 7 Hours Facebook page. He posed the question of what would you do if you lost everything, job, house, family, etc. I commented that I had lost everything before but that God always turned things around for the better. Someone else commented that they would be angry, then sad, and then pick themselves back up again.

That stuck with me. Here I am realizing from past experience that the Lord always brings me through, yet I’m acting like this time things will be different. Like God can’t possible pick me back up again. How ironic is that?

So this Easter, I’m picking myself back up. I can’t keep living like I’m dead. I want to move forward in every aspect of my life instead of just waiting around to see what happens. I’m going to seriously begin pursuing publication again, whether that comes in the form of self-publication or traditional. I’m going to put more effort into promoting authors whose works I believe in. I’m going to put in more effort at work.

And most importantly, I’m going to put my focus back where it belongs, on Christ. He’s the One who makes my life have purpose and meaning. It’s for Him that I write. It’s for Him that I work. And it’s for Him that I live. It’s high time I start acting like it again.

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you didn’t know where to turn? Have you ever landed in a rut and didn’t know how to get out of it?

I can guarantee one thing, sitting and waiting for things to change doesn’t work. God brings the change in us. He performs the miracles. He makes a way for us to live lives pleasing to Him, but we have to pursue Him.

James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to you. While it is God who works in us, we also have a job to do. And it’s to look to Him. If we keep our eyes focused on ourselves, we’ll miss where God is working. And you can’t move forward that way.

What better time to draw near (or back) to God than on Easter weekend? This should be a time of great reflecting on exactly what Jesus gave for us so that we could be reconciled to Him. In the face of such love, my minor afflictions don’t really seem that bad.

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