Sunday, January 3, 2010

Whatcha' been reading?

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had some time off and surprise, surprise, got some time for reading for fun in. As I mentioned a few months ago, when I reviewed Melanie Wells' The Day When Evil Comes, the publicity manager at WaterBrook/Multnomah (shout out to Melissa!) gave me a few books at a convention. I finally got around to reading book 1, really liked it, and finally got around to buying book two. The tricky publicity guru that she is gave me 1 and 3. :)

I'm not normally into books about demons and spiritual warfare. I certainly don't believe I can see demons or evil angels that have it out for me. Though that might have explained a few of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days that I have from time to time.

I do think you would be lost reading these two books below, if you haven't read The Day When Evil Comes. If you are into creepy and mysterious, these books are for you. I was so very drawn in and could not stop reading.

The main character, Dylan, is something else. I like her spunk, for lack of a better word. I appreciate the way she understands her own "Top Ten Terrible Traits" and can identify with quite a few of them.

And you have to cheer for a romance with a funeral home director, right? Well, in this case yes, you do.

Here is the back cover info on both. I read them back to back and though I finished the last one a few days ago, like I've said before, I'm being a lazy blogger.


The Soul Hunter

A knock at her door. A bloody axe. A murder weapon in her own living room. The elusive white man with the slash on his back is out hunting again, chasing souls. Peter Terry is haunting minds, invading dreams, and wrecking lives. As Dylan Foster searches for answers, she stumbles upon a dark cult of angel worship. Harking back to the days of Noah, it’s now blinding and intoxicating young people, leading them to their deaths. In this battle for souls, everything’s up for grabs, leaving Dylan grasping for strength as the battle rages around her. When at last she discovers the truth, it is far from the truth she expected.

“What does Peter Terry want with my son?”

“The same thing he wants with all of us. Peter Terry is a hunter,” I said. “He’s hunting souls.”

Dylan Foster, a psychology professor at Southern Methodist University, is preparing for a Saturday night date when she hears something at her front door. She opens the door--and a bloody ax falls into her entryway, bringing a young woman’s murder, quite literally, into Dylan's living room.

Caught up in a desperate search for answers, Dylan must use her psychologist’s mind and acute spiritual radar to unearth the connections between the murdered girl; the accused murderer and convicted rapist Gordon Pryne; and Peter Terry, the elusive white man with the slash on his back.

Peter Terry is hunting again, chasing souls, haunting minds, invading dreams, and wrecking lives. As Dylan draws closer to the answer she seeks, she stumbles upon a discovery that draws her ever deeper into danger. But Dylan cannot find the truth—not until she realizes nothing is as it seems in the fight for the human soul…


My Soul to Keep

As nasty as I knew Peter Terry to be, I never expected him to start kidnapping kids. Much less a sweet, funny little boy with nothing to protect him but a few knock-kneed women, two rabbits, and a staple gun…

It’s psychology professor Dylan Foster’s favorite day of the academic year–graduation day. A day of pomp, circumstance, and celebration. And after all the mortar boards are thrown, Dylan and some of her best friends will gather around a strawberry cake to celebrate Christine Zocci’s sixth birthday. But the joyful summer afternoon goes south when a little boy is snatched from a neighborhood park, setting off a chain of events that seem to lead exactly nowhere. Police are baffled, but Christine’s eerie connection with the kidnapped child sends Dylan on a chilling investigation of her own. Is the pasty, elusive stranger Peter Terry to blame? Exploding light bulbs, the deadly buzz of a Texas rattlesnake, and the vivid, disturbing dreams of a little girl are just pieces in a long trail of tantalizing clues leading Dylan in her dogged search for the truth.

For more about author Melanie Wells, visit www.melaniewells.com.

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