Christian Fiction from Conservative Authors

Still looking for Christmas gifts? What could be better than Christian fiction written by conservative Christian authors? This blog highlights several conservative Christian authors with books they’ve published during 2015. Consider these books great ways to meet new authors.

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Though I’ve never met Rick Barry in person, we share this in common: Both of us have written extensively for Bob Jones University Press and Regular Baptist Press. This book is on my husband’s wish list for this year and the Kindle edition saves us lots of overseas postage. Why not consider this for the man in your life?

 author The Methuselah Project - Low ResThe Methuselah Project

by Rick Barry

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed–until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success–but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America–just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015–and the world has become an unrecognizable place.

Katherine Mueller–crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle–offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Rick Barry is the author of the novels The Methuselah Project, Gunner’s Run,   Kiriath’s Quest, and over 200 articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a writer and World War II buff, his main role is Director of Church Planting ministries at BIEM, a Christian ministry active in Eastern Europe. He holds a degree in foreign languages, speaks Russian, and every summer he assists with children’s camps in Eastern Europe. He lives near Indianapolis with his wife Pam. Visit him at facebook.com/AuthorRickBarry, or on Twitter (@WriterRickBarry).

You can buy The Methuselah Project at Amazon or Kregel Books.

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I’ve just met Susan Davis through another conservative Christian author. I just read and enjoyed The Charm Bracelet, a romance of hers that has also come out this year. The book featured here is a historical novel which might interest the sentimental female on your list.

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By Susan Page Davis

Widow Sally Golding becomes a mail order bride in hopes of finding a happier marriage than her first and finally having children of her own. Johnny Paynter is accused of murdering his ranch foreman. With his pal Cam, he flees from Colorado to his brother’s ranch in Texas. On arriving, he finds that his brother, Mark, has been killed by outlaws. Cam convinces Johnny to bury his brother and lie low on the ranch. Everyone in town thinks Johnny is Mark, as they looked a lot alike and Mark was a quiet man who kept to himself. Then they learn that Mark has proposed to a mail-order bride, and Sally will arrive soon. Setting the record straight now would make Johnny look guilty of several crimes, so he keeps quiet—and winds up married to Sally. His guilt hangs over him, but he is sure God won’t talk to him now. Sally knows something is wrong, but Johnny won’t tell her what it is. When Johnny finally comes clean, Sally knows she loves him, but she isn’t sure their marriage can survive the strain—and then the outlaws return.

“Another original Western romance by Susan Page Davis. A trusting hero and a resourceful heroine find that a mail order bride–even for the wrong groom–can turn out right!” —Lyn Cote, author of the “Quaker Brides” series

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels and novellas.  Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband and two youngest children. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com

You can buy The Outlaw Takes a Bride at Amazon or Christianbook.com .

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You didn’t expect me to leave myself out, did you? While most authors would rather write than promote their writing, promotion is part of their job. I’ve nearly finished the sequel to this cozy mystery which is Book One in the Keyhole Mysteries.

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by Deb Brammer

Jordan Axtell, an aspiring artist searching for a new beginning, escapes to Idaho. He hopes to put failure behind him and carve a respectable career out of the rock hard art community. But a black shadow girl with a red balloon warns him that his past refuses to stay where it belongs.

Strange things disappear and peculiar crimes point to Jordan’s guilt. Meanwhile, Alison distracts him from his goals. Zophie drives him crazy with her expectations and questions. A Bible Zone boy pulls at his heartstrings, and his roommate forces him to enter a new world of wheelchairs.

Has the most annoying graffiti artist on the planet followed Jordan to Idaho? Or is a copycat intentionally committing weird misdemeanors just to ruin his reputation? Jordan must find the identity of the perpetrator or lose his integrity as an artist. His new friends try to help, but with friends like his, his enemies can go on coffee break.

You can buy Broken Windows at Amazon.

Look for the sequel in 2016!

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Adam Blumer and I have been friends for several years now, though, again, I’ve never met him in person. He doesn’t have a new book from 2015, but he’s working on a new novel called Drone. His novel The Tenth Plague is currently only in Kindle version, but the paperback will be out in May or June of 2016.

(My apologies to Adam. I didn’t have this information quite right in the original version. It has now been corrected.)

What is conservative?

Defining “conservative” is a tricky business, but since this is my blog, this is what I’ve come up with: My definition of conservative would include fundamental in theology and non-Charismatic. I would also expect distinctively Christian fiction as I define it in this article.

 

 

New Christian Suspense Novel

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Today an exciting new ebook goes on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The Tenth Plague is the sequel to Fatal Illusions. I met Adam Blumer (rhymes with plumber) by email through mutual contact with my son-in-law. We have similar backgrounds and are at similar places in our writing careers. We have critiqued each other’s books, shared opinions, and tried to encourage each other. I especially appreciate Adam’s books because they are thoroughly Christian and have a strong message.

The Tenth Plague begins with some bizarre incidents which make you wonder where Adam is taking you, but Adam weaves many strands of plot together to make sense in the end. Marc and Gillian are realistic characters that hold themselves accountable to a high standard of Christian behavior.

Adam Blumer is the author of Fatal Illusions (Kregel Publications) and The Tenth Plague (Kirkdale Press). A print journalism major in college, he works as a freelance writer and editor after serving in editorial roles for more than twenty years. He lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with his wife, Kim, and his daughters, Laura and Julia.

Today Adam gives us a peek into the writing process of this novel.

 1. Adam, what was your inspiration behind The Tenth Plague?

One day I was reading the book of Revelation and came across 22:18–19. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (ESV). My mind began playing the “what if” game. Would God really bring a biblical plague on someone who tampered with His Word? I chatted with a few theologian friends, and the plot emerged from there.

 2. How does this novel compare with your first novel, Fatal Illusions?

Though the plot, of course, is different, the two novels share a number of similarities. Both are set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where I live. I like to write about average folks like Marc and Gillian Thayer, a pastor and his wife who face unexpected, even threatening, events. Of course, there’s another really bad killer who wants to do them harm, and their retired homicide detective friend, Chuck Riley, once again comes out of retirement to help them. I also like to weave in a historical event that somehow relates to the present day. In Fatal Illusions, it was the killer’s obsession with Houdini; in The Tenth Plague, an old mine disaster plays an important role. The past always plays an important role in the present—a running theme in my novels. Overall, I like to write about redemption: how biblical truth offers the answers to the complicated issues of life. Stories, like parables, present some of the best ways to illustrate biblical truths.

 3. What was one of the most important lessons you learned during the writing of this novel?

The power of the collaborative process. I had a fairly strong first draft, but I was stuck. A novel editor provided a creative springboard and helped me see where my true story lay. Without her help, I doubt this story would have seen the light of day.

 4.      What part of writing this novel took the most work?

This novel required a ton of research. From an old mining tragedy to autism, from adoption law to anthrax, from pheromones to the Oklahoma City bombing, the research for this one required much more than I ever expected. I’m so thankful for technology and ease of access, thanks to the Internet. Without Google and so many resources at my fingertips, I’d probably still be researching this story.

5. One of the main themes of The Tenth Plague is confronting and dealing with your past. What can readers take away from this theme, especially in a novel that deals with religion and death?

Both the villain and my heroine, Gillian Thayer, grapple with heartbreaking real-life issues from their past. But how they respond shows two very different paths. My hope is that readers will see the stark contrast in the context of biblical truth presented in the story. The bottom line is that God is enough, and He offers the solution to every problem of life. This is another repeated theme in my stories. Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my latest project.
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