Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Slow Burn" Book Review and Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Slow Burn

Zondervan (October 1, 2009)


Mary DeMuth

This is book #2 in the Defiance, Texas trilogy and I liked it even better than the first book! My biggest issue with the first book is that it doesn't wrap up any issues or mysteries except for one... is Daisy really dead? The answer is yes, but we don't know who the killer is. That was really frustrating for me. REALLY FRUSTRATING! All the same I was looking forward to Slow Burn to see what revelations we would get this time around. In Daisy Chain the story is told from the perspective of Daisy's best friend (and true love), Jed Pepper. A 14 year old boy who holds himself responsible for Daisy being kidnapped. In Slow Burn we switch points of view and see everything through the eyes of Daisy's drug addict mother, Emory, with the viewpoint of Hixon, the black man that God told to marry Emory, being thrown in there periodically too.

We still don't find out the murderer, that will apparently be revealed in book #3, but I was okay with that this time because I've figured out Mary's style a little more by now... I didn't really expect to find out yet. There are many other revelations in this book though and if you are not crying by the end of this book you must not have a soul... just kidding, well, kind of.

Mary's style is amazing and her characters are so real, flawed and imperfect, that I just start to think of them as people I should know. This is not a series to be read out of order, or to be started without finishing (I really can't wait for book #3) but this is a book that woman's fiction fans will love.
I was fortunate to meet Mary at the ACFW conference in September and she is so wonderful! We sat together for breakfast one morning because my mom had really wanted to meet her, I couldn't believe how gracious she is! If you would like to win a copy of this book then leave me a comment telling me if you have read any of Mary's books and I'll enter you in the drawing. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win - good luck!


Mary E. DeMuth is an expert in Pioneer Parenting. She enables Christian parents to navigate our changing culture when their families left no good faith examples to follow.

Her parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2007), Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006), and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005).

Mary also inspires people to face their trials through her real-to-life novels, Watching The Tree Limbs
(nominated for a Christy Award) and Wishing On Dandelions (NavPress, 2006).

Mary has spoken at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, the ACFW Conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and at various churches and church planting ministries. She's also taught in Germany, Austria, Monaco, Italy, France, and the United States. Mary and her husband, Patrick, reside in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France, and planting a church.


She touched Daisy’s shoulder. So cold. So hard. So unlike Daisy.

Yet so much like herself it made Emory shudder.

Burying her grief, Emory Chance is determined to find her daughter Daisy’s murderer—a man she saw in a flicker of a vision. But when the investigation hits every dead end, her despair escalates. As questions surrounding Daisy’s death continue to mount, Emory’s safety is shattered by the pursuit of a stranger, and she can’t shake the sickening fear that her own choices contributed to Daisy’s disappearance. Will she ever experience the peace her heart longs for?

The second book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, this suspenseful novel is about courageous love, the burden of regret, and bonds that never break. It is about the beauty and the pain of telling the truth. Most of all, it is about the power of forgiveness and what remains when shame no longer holds us captive.

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If you would like to read the first chapter of A Slow Burn, go HERE


Charity said...

I have never read any of her books but they sound interesting. Please enter me:)
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MJ said...

This would be my first!


mindy said...

i have not rad any but this sounds fascinating thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Stacie said...

I haven't read her books, but they sound good.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Lady Araujo said...

Sounds great. I've never read any of her books.

Michelle said...

I have never read any of her books, but I would certainly like to! Thank you for entering me!

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

rubynreba said...

No, I haven't read any of her books. They really look good!

Julie said...

I also have not read any of her books. But I would love to :)

Aik said...

I haven't read any of her books. I'd love to read this one.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Carole said...

This is a great series and I would love to win A Slow Burn. Thank you for the giveaway, Janna!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

tanya904 said...

I haven't ever read any of her books but this sounds like a great one Please enter me

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to read this book....thanks for the opportunity.

karen k

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention in the previous post that I haven't read Mary's previous book(s).

karen k

Winning Readings said...

I've read Daisy Chain and am still getting around to this one!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We've posted about this at Winning Readings:

Buukluvr81 said...

I haven't been blessed with reading her books yet but would love to start! Please enter me in this great giveaway!!!


Mollydawn1981 at aol dot com

The Giveaway Diva said...

never read any of her books but please enter me!!!


Annette said...

No, I haven't read any of Mary's books YET! Soon, I hope!
derekannette at gmail dot com

wmmahaney said...

I have not read any of Mary's books, but I would love to try some.
wmmahaney at att dot net

plb8156 said...

I have never read any of her books but would love to , please enter me

Silent Raven said...

I've never read any of Mary's books, but I'd love to! Please count me in.
carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

I haven't read any of Mary's books, but I am sure I would really enjoy reading this one. Please enter me. Thanks!


pippirose said...

I haven't read any of her books...and this review make me want to! I'd love the chance to win.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I have never read any of her books and would love for this to be the first one. I just recently started reading Christian books and boy, I love them.


Deb K said...

Please enter me~I would love to read this book!


Cheryl said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in this contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Janna said...

And the winner is...



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