Monday, February 1, 2010

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
(Bethany House March 1, 2007)
Deeanne Gist
J. Mark Bertrand

In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her... Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her.

Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything. As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

If you'd like to read the first chapter of , go HERE.

Deeanne Gist, the bestselling author of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady, has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People magazine, Parents, and Parenting. With a line of parenting products called "I Did It!® Productions" and a degree from Texas A&M, she continues her writing and speaking. She and her family live in Houston, Texas.

J. Mark Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. After one hurricane too many, he left Houston and relocated with his wife Laurie to the plains of South Dakota.

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I really enjoyed the collaborative efforts of Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand. This was only the 2nd of Deeanne's literary works that I have read; and, since this is J. Mark's first published work (with another coming later this year), it's obviously the first time I've read anything by him. I was very pleased. Beguiled was the perfect combination of romance and mystery/suspense. I had a few ideas about how the book would end, but I was only partially right. There were enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me guessing and keep me reading. As a matter of fact, this one kept me up 'til after midnight, waiting to turn the final page and find out how it would end. I enjoyed the references to Charleston. Though I've never been there, it sounds like an intriguing place and I could picture the areas in my head, just through the great word illustrations. I would definitely like to see more books by this combination of authors.

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