Monday, July 26, 2010

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

Barbour Books (July 1, 2010)

Ronie Kendig


Ronie has been married since 1990 to a man who can easily be defined in classic terms as a hero. She has four beautiful children. Her eldest daughter is 16 this year, her second daughter will be 13, and her twin boys are 10. After having four children, she finally finished her degree in December 2006. She now has a B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Getting her degree is a huge triumph for both her and her family--they survived!!

This degree has also given her a fabulous perspective on her characters and how to not only make them deeper, stronger, but to make them realistic and know how they'll respond to each situation. Her debut novel, Dead Reckoning released March 2010 from Abingdon Press. And her Discarded Heroes series begins in July from Barbour with the first book entitled Nightshade.


After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he struggles with war-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated.

Then a mysterious a man appears. He says he's organizing a group that recycles veterans like Max. It's a deep-six group known as Nightshade. With the chance to find purpose in life once again, Max is unable to resist the call of duty and signs on.

The team handles everything with precision and lethal skill...until they're called upon to rescue a missionary family from a rebel-infested jungle and avoid a reporter hunting their identities.
Will Max yield his anger and pride to a force greater than

If you would like to read the first chapter of Nightshade, go HERE.

Watch the trailer:

Kay's Comments:  This is one of the best books I have read….and I read a lot!

From the first page of chapter 1, it’s hard to distinguish whether the main character, Max Jacobs, is a villain, a hero, crazy, just misguided, suffering from mental health concerns or “all of the above.” It’s worth reading to decide for yourself!

The story is intense and gutsy. The Christianity is real and powerful, yet subtle and appropriate.

The coverage of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) deserves the much needed recognition. There’s also a theme of discarded heroes, reminiscent of the book/movie/TV show Baa-Baa Black Sheep. For those of you old enough to remember, the TV show starred Robert Conrad.

This book reminds me a bit of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series, only with more romance.

Note: Kristen Heitzmann’s Twilight, is a Christian fiction contemporary novel whose main character is a firefighter who deals with PTSD.

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU, Kay, for participating in the tour and for reviewing NIGHTSHADE. You're very kind.

    I read my first Heitzmann book a month or two ago--Indivisible. Fascinating read.