Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins

Well folks, it must be Wednesday. From September 27th thru the 29th, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance presents Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins.

Violet Dawn, which released in August of this year, is published by Zondervan and is part of Brandilyn's new Kanner Lake series. There are two other books to come...Coral Moon, releasing in March of '07, and Crimson Eve, releasing in September of '07.

You must also stop by and visit Scenes and Beans, the REAL blog for the fictional Java Joint coffehouse in Kanner Lake.

This is a unique marketing tool for the series, involving about 30 other
writers (including several of our CFBA members), and eventually involving readers of the series who want to audition posts.

Now, I've made you wait long enough. The book is classic Brandiln Collins Seatbelt Suspense. It grabs you from the very beginning...



Something sinuous brushed against Paige's knee. She jerked her leg away.

What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.

Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.

Hair?

She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. something solid bumped her wrist. Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.


I'm telling you that this is suspense at it's finest! Brandilyn has a group of friends that she affectionately calls the Big Honkin' Chickens Club, because the women in the group are unnerved by Brandilyn's writing. This new series is a prime example of that kind of work!

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night...and finds herself face to face with death.

Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice.

In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith's first glimmer. One woman's secrets unleash an entire town's pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.

You can go HERE to read a first chapter excerpt. But using Brandilyn's famous tagline....."Don't forget to breathe..."

40 comments:

The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

I posted mine.

http://dameigs.blogspot.com/2006/09/violet-dawn-by-brandilyn-collins.html

Anonymous said...

I posted my entry.
http://lindaruthspot.blogspot.com/2006/09/blog-tour-violet-dawn.html
Linda

Marci said...

Just copied the review to post at www.writer-lee.blogspot.com
:)Marci

Anonymous said...

here's mine. i copied and pasted the review b/c i haven't read the book yet.

http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com/

-Deborah

Hisart777 said...

Posted!

LaShaunda said...

I posted mine. Blogger is acting funny with pictures, so I posted what I could.

http://lashaunda.blogspot.com

Valerie Comer said...

It's up. http://invalslittleworld.blogspot.com/2006/09/violet-dawn.htmlqdh

Katy said...

Here's mine: http://kathleenpopa.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/09/violet_dawn_by_.html

Cara Putman said...

Mine is up: http://carasmusings.blogspot.com/

Kevin Lucia said...

I bulletined it twice today from myspace, and put the following reviews on the myspace blog:
Cara Putman, Kathleen Popa, Valerie Comer, David Meigs. I'll put some more up tomorrow, and hopefully I'll get a Q & A with Brandilyn as well.

Kevin Lucia said...

I just posted her interview on my blog, and I'll put it on the myspace tonight. All bloggers, feel free to copy the Q & A!

Wren said...

Here's mine!

Wren reviews...

Anonymous said...

I posted mine.
www.xanga.com/crazyboutcoffee

Ty said...

I have added an interview with Brandilyn on Faithwebbin. http://faithwebbin.net/share/authors/?p=48

I should have my review of Violet Dawn up on Cookie Mix by Thursday evening.

M. C. Pearson said...

I posted...like you didn't know.

So Many Books.... said...

Mine is up.

Ruth said...

My review's up:

http://www.xanga.com/ChristianFictionQueen/533153633/cfba-violet-dawn-by-brandilyn-collins--reviewed.html

April Erwin said...

I just posted mine. Loved this book...

http://projectinga.blogspot.com/2006/09/violet-dawn-by-brandilyn-collins.html

Tina said...

Mine is posted and boy, did I love the book!

http://tinakulesa.com/weblog/index.php/2006/09/28/violet-dawn-by-brandilyn-collins/

Cheryl Russell said...

I've posted something yesterday and today, and will try tomorrow. I'm moving this weekend, so we'll see what I get up. ;)

http://www.unseenworlds.blogspot.com
http://www.faceoutbooksteens.blogspot.com

Chris Well said...

I posted the links yesterday, and linked to the review today.

http://chriswellnovelist.blogspot.com/

Kelly Klepfer said...

I posted. Good book.

Jerome said...

Posted (finally). Glad to see you're number one on Technorati.

Anonymous said...

My entry: http://mikesell.blogspot.com/2006/09/book-chat-with-brandilyn-collins-2.html

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Thank you all so very much for pushing Violet Dawn to #1 on Technorati. You rock! I've tried to keep up with everyone posting, linking to your sites from my own blog, www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com for my Thursday 9/28 post.

Also wrote the ACFW loop, telling them how well this is working, so perhaps you'll see some new members as a result.

Blessings, all.

~ Brandilyn

Ruth said...

I posted the links again today on my Xanga blog -- I'm having a Violet Dawn book giveaway (will draw the winner next Tuesday).

http://www.xanga.com/ChristianFictionQueen/533396172/violet-dawn--book-giveaway.html

And I also posted my review from yesterday on my myspace blog.

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=12098556&blogID=173731450

Myspace screwed up some of my formatting but it's been giving me such fits I'm giving up for now...I'll try to go back and fix the formatting later.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Mine's up!

Anonymous said...

My is posted. After following Brandilyn's comments on reviews, I am curious. Do readers want less reviews that are more in depth studies? Or do they prefer the shorter style?

Anonymous said...

You mean....should we push the book...or really get into evaluating it? That's a good question, honestly...

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Brandilyn was saying thanks for the link love...in the publicity industry...any news, is good, as long as you spell the name, or in this case, the link...right!

We are the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance...we review books...Now that's what makes all the fun...no two people see a book in the same light!

Even Brandilyn has a group of her close friends who are called the "Big Honkin Chickens Club"...ROFLOL...They get the heebie jeebies reading her books and have to keep the lights turned on!

And then there will be people who don't like the way someone writes...well babe...tell me why you don't like it...then I can read the book and check it out for myself.

We're Christians...I don't want anybody writing something that isn't true from their Spirit.

Besides...remember all the bad reviews that The DeVinci Code got? Did it make the book tank? No it made the man a gazillionaire!

Be true to your Spirit, just don't be cruel, that's what sets us apart from the world!

CFBAers Rock the House...and the internet!

Bonnie Calhoun
Director- CFBA

GeorgianaD said...

Sheesh, Blogger was giving me fits, but I posted now, too. What an awesome book!

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Second try here. :)

Good Friday morning. I appreciate once again seeing Violet Dawn at #1. In fact, it's drawn even further ahead of #2.

Jim, thanks for your question. To explain to the rest of you, I think Jim was referring to my recents posts on my blog, www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com, about reviews--what they are, and what they're not, and how should we as readers and writers view them. (These were multiple posts that started 2-3 weeks ago, in September.) Jim, I appreciate an honest review--whether I agree with all its opinions or not. I think readers do also. My main concern with the longer reviews is that the reviewer needs to be very careful not to give away too much of the story. I like the premise of my books given and nothing more. You all have been fabulous about that. Thank you! I only read one CFBA review that told what happens at the end of the book, and because of that I chose not to link to it from my own blog. I do think readers should have just as much opportunity to be surprised as the reviewer had when reading. Otherwise they are cheated, rather than enlightened, by the review. Other than this, I agree with Bonnie--be honest.

I appreciate you all so much. I invite you all to visit Forensics and Faith and join our discussions on the fiction craft and the writing biz. We'd be honored to have you.

Blessings, all.

~ Brandilyn

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Oh...oh my! I never thought about needing to say that!

Please...everyone...only rule on a book review...NEVER GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!!! Yikes!

Valerie Comer said...

Day two is her: http://invalslittleworld.blogspot.com/2006/09/violet-dawn-day-2.html and day three is here:
http://invalslittleworld.blogspot.com/2006/09/violet-dawn-day-3.html

Christy Lockstein said...

Mine is up at http://www.christysbookblog.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

My post is up!

Anonymous said...

Mine finally up and edited. My goodness it's about time!!!

Tiff/Amber Miller said...

Well, I posted a review and comments with the links at http://www.ambermiller.com and I haven't had one single person respond. I'm thinking this is because I was recently gone for a week in Dallas at the ACFW conference (where Brandilyn was too!). My regular visitors might think I've disappeared.

Guess I'll have to amend the post and offer a free autographed copy to entice them. :)

Ruth said...

I'm going out of town for the next few days, so I went ahead and posted the link to my review today (sorry this is in the Violet Dawn blog post...feel free to move it).
Thanks, Ruth

http://www.xanga.com/ChristianFictionQueen/534881560/cfba-reviews-dark-hour.html

Jim Thompson said...

Here's mine: http://well-dressed-branch.blogspot.com/

Just don't look too quickly, I misspelled Bonnie's last name. Fixing it now.