Your breath comes faster your hand trembles. Your heart hammers. You’re all alone. Somewhere in the house a board creaks. Sweat breaks out on your forehead. The hair stands up on the back of your neck. You stare into the shadows. Lightning flashes. Was that a face you saw? You turn the page. You’re lost in the story of a good mystery writer.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
to be released August 15, 2015 free on Kindle
8- 15 &16,2015 10 free Audio copies Book signing at The Open Door Christian Book Store 11 AM to 1 PM
Darrell Case has a talent for writing a suspense novel that gets me hooked on page one and does not let go until I have finished and then I sit there thinking about all that happened in the book. The plot line has many twists and turns but was so well developed that the plot was easy to follow. All the characters in the book were portrayed very realistically and all came to life on the pages of the book. Some of them I loved but several characters were quite unlovable. I became so engrossed in the lives of the characters that I was crying with some and laughing with others. The author did an excellent job in the description of the action and I felt as if I were right there in the middle of whatever was taking place at the moment. The church and grounds were so well described that I could picture it all in my mind. I was very happy with the ending of the book but it could have ended differently. I really like the way that Darrell had the forgiveness of God as a dominant theme in the book.
must be stormsCan you imagine living in an area where it never
rains? No storm clouds ever blot out the sun? Each dawn perfect. You could plan
your picnic not concerned about the weather.
No, mud no fuss. Children could play outside with no worry about
lighting. No windstorms. Nothing to trouble you or your family.Everything would be great…for a while. Soon flowers
and other plants would begin dying. Sources of water would diminish and then
dry up. Instead of life being ideal, it would become a struggle to survive.The landscape would become a desert where no human
could live on a permanent basis.Some years ago an individual in the publishing
industry stated she didn’t like the fact that someone was murdered in one of my
books. Yet in each Christian’s life, there are storms. Times of conflict, strife
and problems. It is how we deal with these tribulations that defines us as believers.So a novel must have conflicts. These struggles may be
as minor as a person’s everyday life or as immense as the death of a loved one
or a person’s own life injeopardy. We all have problems. Financial difficulties, conflict
with our spouse, differences with our supervisor or coworkers. It is how we
deal with these problems which will enrich or destroy our life. A life without challenges would be boring. In the same manner,
a novel with no tribulations would be uninteresting. It is we handle these
conflicts is that makes the story. Thus,
the story becomes interesting to the author and the reader. Yes in each life
and novel storms must come.
I just finished reading River of Fire, it was absolutely wonderful. It is the story of a school teacher and a preacher and it has everything people look for in a book. Mystery, lies, love, heartbreak and murder. I will be rereading this book and hoping for a sequel. If you are looking for a good christian fiction book River of Fire is it, you won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Darrell Case's books. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review, as a matter of fact I just bought the kindle version. Yes it was that good!
We have all seen movies where the villain is
unbelievable. Perhaps its poor acting ability. Or possibly the writer didn’t
convey it correctly on the script. Sometimes it is the fault of the other
actors. Maybe the director was inexperienced. Whatever the problem is the film
is destroyed and the audience disappointed. Also the actors, director and the
movie company receives a bad reputation.
As writers, we have a responsibility to our readers
to make every character realistic. Therefore we must ask ourselves what makes
him or her a bad person? How did they become this way. They didn’t come out of
the womb as a villain. What kind of childhood did they have? Was there
something in their upbringing that changed their life? Where they the bully or
Do they have any redeeming qualities? Are they kind
to children and animals? Are they married and have a loving family? Are their friends
and neighbors shocked when their secret life is exposed?
If we as writers are able to create lifelike
characters, we must ask ourselves these questions.
This kind of writing is not easy. It takes extra
effort and time. It is, however, rewarding for us and our readers.