Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heartbeat Away
David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)
Harry Kraus


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.


When a brilliant surgeon undergoes a heart transplant, her life transforms as she begins experiencing memories of a murder she never witnessed.

The residents worship her. Nurses step out of her way. Her colleagues respect and sometimes even fear her. But surgeon Tori Taylor never expected to end up on this side of the operating table.

Now she has a new heart. This life that was formerly controlled and predictable is now chaotic. Dr. Taylor had famously protected herself from love or commitment, but her walls are beginning to crumble.

And strangest of all, memories surface that will take her on a journey out of the operating room and into a murder investigation.

Where there once was a heart of stone, there is a heart of flesh. And there is no going back.

If you'd like to read the first chapter excerpt of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

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Posting Information
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/143470257X

Author's picture is:

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Harry can be reached through the Contact link on his Website

Note: Most of these reviewers don't have this book at the time of the posting, so reviews will come later.

Sometimes you will find missing posts for bloggers. The main reason is that their book has been delayed. We do not expect a review if they haven't had the opportunity to read the book :-) Check the comments for additional posters and follow our list of bloggers for this tour:

Adam at Meaningful Suspense
Andie at Radiant Light
April at Projecting A
Athena at The Loose Screw
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Brooke at I Blog 4 Books
Carly at Carlybird's Home
Casey at Writing For Christ
Charity at Giveaway Lady
Cheryl at Writing Remnants
Christine at The IE Mommy
Christy at At Split Ends
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Dawn at Book Junkie Confessions
Deanna at Deannna's Corner
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Erin at For Him And My Family
Ernie at Writing: My Adventures In Words
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Heidi at Reviews And Reflections
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jendi at Jendi's Journal
Jennifer at Mother of Three
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Joy at Splashes of Joy
Kathleen at Reviews From The Heart
Kay at Views & Reviews by K
Kristy at heartscribblings
Lauri at Knits, Reads, and Reviews
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at One Desert Rose
Lisa at Seeking With All Yur Heart
Loren at The Heart Of A BookWorm
Lori at Noggin Bits
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Mark at Thoughts Of A Sojourner
Megan at Hardcover Feedback
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Molly at Book Reviews by Molly
Nicole at Into The Fire
Nora at Finding Hope Through Christian Fiction
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Rel at Relz Reviewz
Rulan at Fiction Showcase
Sally at Book Critiques
Sharon at Hobbie On A Budget
Takiela at BooksALatte
Tara at Tara's View On Books
Nessie at Illuminating Fiction


Ernie W. said...

Post is scheduled Wednesday morning at http://ernsblog.blogspot.com/

Pam at Daysong Reflections said...


Posted. No review since book has yet to arrive.

heartscribblings said...

No book here Down Under. I'll be spewing if it doesn't arrive! :)

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.

jenmom said...

I haven't received the book yet, but I have posted author and book info today:

CarlybirdK said...

Post is up, but I just received the book, so I'll have to add my review as soon as I have a chance to read it.


Heart2Heart said...

Even though I didn't receive a copy of the book, I downloaded a copy so I could participate in this review. I was so excited I simply couldn't wait, and I was so glad I did. Such another incredible book from Harry Kraus!


Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour. Now hoping for the paper copy so I can share it!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Lisa Johnson said...

Posted about the author, book, etc at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/
Will post review when book is received. Thanks!

April Erwin said...

mine's up at projectinga.blogspot.com

Charity said...

Post is scheduled for tomorrow morning.


Joy Hannabass said...

Posted here and waiting on book to read for review!


jsparrow747 said...

Posted @

Dr. Harry Kraus is always an interesting read!

Erin Slocum said...

Will add review once book arrives. http://forhimandmyfamily.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-heartbeat-away.html

Athena said...

Here's my link:

Mocha with Linda said...

His best novel yet - and I've loved every one he's written!

Review posted here<.

Margie Vawter said...

Posted, with a note about receiving the book earlier this week. Review later.

Adam Blumer said...

I received my copy on Monday. No read yet. Here is the standard post. http://adamblumer.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-books-heartbeat-away-by-harry-kraus.html

Jasmine said...


Lauri said...

I posted, forgot to leave the link yesterday! Here it is: http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com/2012/09/cfba-heartbeat-away.html

Casey said...

Posted w/ review from free ebook download. :) http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/2012/09/oh-im-hooked-heartbeat-away-by-dr-harry.html

Brooke said...

Here's my post from Friday: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-tour-hearbeat-away-by-harry-kraus.html

Brittanie said...

Posted. Got book late.

Deanna said...

Posted http://ldgermany.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-heartbeat-away.html

Janna said...

Book just came - so review will follow...

IE Mommy said...

Still no book :(

HTML post - http://www.theiemommy.com/2012/09/24/a-heartbeat-away-by-harry-kraus/

SmilingSally said...

Hi Bonnie,

Here's my review:


Nora St. Laurent said...


I forgot to post my link here. Here it is with review.

Nora St.LAurent
Finding Hope Through Fiction

Molly said...

Forgot to comment...here is my post http://reviewsbymolly.com/?p=6002

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..

Lisa Johnson said...