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!

A Fire in the Bones – guest post by Mike Dellosso

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I’m honored to have the priviledge to host a guest post by Mike Dellosso, author of Scream, The Hunted, Darlington Woods, Darkness Follows, and his newest release, Frantic, which is now available!

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Jeremiah. This guy was called by God as a young man to preach, promised God would be with him, would give him the words to speak. All he had to do was be a mouthpiece. If you know Jeremiah’s story you know things didn’t work out so easily for him. Everywhere he went he was rejected. He preached for years with not a single convert. He was thrown out of towns, laughed at, mocked, ridiculed, tormented. The poor guy even admitted he was a household joke.

And finally, he was discouraged . . . in a bad way.

So discouraged, in fact, that he accused God of tricking him, of forcing him into preaching. He said, “You are stronger than I am and overpowered me.” Jeremiah even contemplated giving up, handing in his name badge and giving God his one-minute notice. His desire was to never speak of God again, to never even speak His name. It had only brought him trouble.

But he couldn’t. No matter how badly he wanted to run from the mockery and rejection he simply couldn’t. In his own words:

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! (Jer. 20:9, NLT)

I talk to a lot of discouraged writers and I ask them all the same question: Why do you write?

Many of them give me the same answer: Because I can’t NOT write. They’ve tried. Rejection has come in waves, knocking them down each time they try to get their footing. They’ve written stories, submitted them everywhere imaginable, only to face more rejection and discouragement. They’ve promised themselves they would write no more, turn in their keyboard, burn their tablets, get rid of every pen in their home.

But they couldn’t. Why?

Because the story in them was put there by God. The desire to write is His desire for them. He kindled that fire in their bones and though it may flicker and fade it never burns out.

If you’re one of those writers, here’s my advice. Keep writing. You were called to write. But understand, you may not be called to be published or read in the way you think. God may have other plans for you. Be open to that. And really, if your writing never makes it past your family and friends but you are a blessing to them, isn’t that enough? Aren’t you still being used by God to minister through writing?

Ask yourself this: If I work for a year on a story that only one person reads but it changes that one person’s life, was it worth it? Think carefully about your answer, it reveals everything about your motivation.

Mike Dellosso is the author of 5 novels of suspense. His latest, Frantic, just released February 7 and is already getting great reviews. Mike lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters. He blogs regularly about matters of faith and life at www.mikedellosso.wordpress.com. Keep up to date with what’s going on in his world by “liking” his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mikedellosso.

Enjoy what you read? Leave a comment and ‘like’ Mike’s facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of Frantic!

7 Stories 7 Writers 7 Hours

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There’s no telling what is in store for us with 7 Hours, but it’s sure to be amazing! With contributions by: Mike Dellosso, Rene Gutteridge, Ronie/Veronica Kendig, Robin Parrish, Tom Pawlik, Travis Thrasher, and James Andrew Wilson. 7 novellas in one book! In addition to that, the authors are giving away a limited number of their books if the facebook page reaches 500 like today! So don’t waste time, go check it out.

Check out the website here.

And the facebook page here.

Frantic by Mike Dellosso

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I had the honor of receiving an Advance Reader’s Copy of ‘Frantic’ by Mike Dellosso not too long ago and could not put it down from the second I started reading until I finished the book. It’s due out February 7, 2012 and I highly recommend it!!

Heart-pounding action from start to finish.

Marny Toogood was a man plagued by death and tragedy from birth, and the ‘curse’ shaped his entire life. He feared for anyone he came across, sure their close proximity to him would end badly for them. But a crumpled note thrown out of a car window and the pleading blue eyes of Esther drew him to her, curse or not.

Frantic draws the reader into non-stop, on the edge of your seat action from the moment the story begins until the last page. Marny tries his hardest to keep Esther and her young brother, William, safe from the madman who kept them prisoner, but they barely manage to stay a step ahead in an endless pursuit with nowhere safe to go.

Frantic not only delivers on the action, it’s also filled with the deep truth that nothing is more powerful than faith in almighty God. With a beautifully blended story of heartache, fear, faith, and grace, Mike Dellosso once again pulls the heartstrings, intrigues the mind, and takes the reader on a thrill ride that is sure to entertain and enlighten.

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