Monday, December 19, 2005

On the Run

59563: On the Run, Ivy Malone Mystery Series #3On the Run, Ivy Malone Mystery Series #3

By Lorena McCourtney / Baker

She may be just an LOL (Little Old Lady), but Ivy Malone’s mutant curiosity gene can plunge her into a mess of trouble. The gray-headed widow from Missouri continues to hit the road in her motor home, running from criminals who are out to get her. During her travels, she comes across a tattered lady in Oklahoma who needs help. When Ivy and young Abilene team up and go job hunting, they find more than they bargained for.

The emu-farming/survivalist Northcutts won’t be giving the duo jobs. They’re dead. And Ivy must find out why, even though the evidence points to suicide. Could the Northcutts have secret enemies such as Ute, a previous employee? Or did Frank, their son, have a bone to pick with them? And what is Abilene’s story? Can she successfully flee from her own demons?

Join Ivy in her zaniest mystery yet and get a glimpse of the joys of paintball, the delicate intricacies of emu sitting, and best of all – a reminder of God’s loving plan for each of us.

Lorena McCourtney has outdone herself with this little gem. What a hoot! I often forget that Ivy Malone is a fictional character. She is one LOL I would love to meet. Her perspective on life is quite refreshing, even if she does suffer from chronic inquisitiveness.

You’ll want to check out the first two books in this series, Invisible and In Plain Sight.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Deep Thoughts

I think if we're honest, we all want to change the world, or at least our corner of the world. We want to make a difference to someone, anyone, proving that our existence isn't in vain. To show the glory of our Lord, the One to whom we've pledged our lives.

Sometimes we don't think that all the little things we do during the day add up to much in the big scheme of things. I've come to believe this to be wrong. We may not have the best job or the best family life etc. etc. But we have a HUGE Savior. And the attitude in which we work, play and serve is all-important. There are a lot of things we can't change. Period. However, one thing we can change is our attitude. Find joy in the small things. Give praise to the One who gave you life, no matter what your activity is. Someone is watching and is formulating their view of God and Christians by your life.

So determine to be a good example. You'll be an example, good or bad. Lead the way to the ultimate Love and Power of the universe. Be thankful for your life and use it the best you can. This is your purpose. Know that it brings a smile to your Father's face.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Dark Star, by Creston Mapes

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By Creston Mapes / Multnomah Publishers Inc.

You must read this book!
I am, for all intents and purposes, speechless.
This debut novel is PHENOMENAL. I am not exaggerating. The characters are real. The plot engaging. The theme inspiring. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats. Please go buy this book for yourself, and any musician in your life. Heck, buy it for a musician you don't know. I promise you will not be disappointed.

And if you're like me, Creston Mapes will rise to the top of your top ten favorite authors list faster than you can say, "Rock on!"

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

My Latest Read

257670: Last Light, Restoration Series #1Last Light, Restoration Series #1

By Terri Blackstock / Zondervan Corp.

Truthfully, I wasn't sure about this book from the beginning. It starts with a plane losing power and crashing on the runway. Soon it's learned that the whole airport, even the city has lost not only power, but has most likely fallen under the power of an EMP - electromagnetic pulse. Cars stall on the freeway, nothing electronic works. Deni and her father have narrowly escaped catastrophe and must find a way to get home.

From here, the novel goes downhill a little. Heard of sagging middles? Perhaps I'm being too harsh, for I applaud the characterizations and treatment of theme throughout. The last few chapters were exciting, more along the lines of what I expected. I'm definitely intrigued enough to pick up the second book in the Restoration series, Night Light, coming July 2006.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

An Advantageous Resource

If you're like me, you wait impatiently and jump every time the doorbell rings when you're waiting for your latest package to arrive from Amazon. Excitement abounded when I opened my latest procurement: Plot and Structure, by James Scott Bell.

I haven't finished reading it yet, so I can't really review it. However, I feel confident enough to recommend it to any fiction writer. I believe myself to be more competent from soaking up so much knowledge. Hopefully, that will translate into my latest manuscript.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

New website at!

Starting September 30th, T3d's website gained a significant facelift. More info, fun stuff, and a new, faster message board.
So come join the Circle, where like-minded Dekkerheads get together in a community of fun and faith. You never know what's going to happen.

Breaking news:
The filming of the movie Thr3e starts October 12th in Poland!

Stay tuned for more info...

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

First of all, my prayers are with all of the victims of this tremendous tragedy, especially with those who I know have lost loved ones in one of the ravaged Southern cities.

My children have taken money from their piggy banks to contribute to our church's effort for the homeless. Please consider doing so as well if you are able. Our young ones can learn generosity, and this is a perfect opportunity for them to do so.

After pondering the last week, I must come back to the fact that God is still on His sovereign throne. He is in control. This has not escaped His watchful eye. He knows. He cares. He desires that all will be drawn to Him. Often it takes hardship for this to happen.

The prophet Habakkuk lived through the ordeal of his nation being taken into captivity by the Babylonians. At the outset of Habakkuk, he cries out to the Lord:
"How long, O Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, 'Violence!'
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence ar before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted." (Hab. 1:1-4, NIV)

Sound hopeless? This lament came even before his country was attacked. But God had an answer. Basically: This will get worse before it gets better.
"Look at the nations and watch - and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe,
even if you were told." (Hab. 1:5NIV)

God sent an evil nation to conquer Judah and take them to a foreign land. But God promised that the wicked would be held responsible for their actions, even though God Himself raised them up for this task. In the end, they would not survive. Eventually, God's people would come back to their homes.

(A personal note: Please don't misunderstand. In no way am I equating the judgment of God with our recent catastrophe. I only make the point that when bad things happen, God still knows what He's doing.)

Back to Habakkuk. Upon hearing God's revelation about the future of his country, Habakkuk says to God:
"Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy." (Hab. 3:2, NIV)

In his fear and trembling, Habakkuk continued to trust in the God he knew performed miraculous works, and Who would continue to perform them. At the end of the book come some of the most profound words I have ever read. Habakkuk's situation had not changed, but his perspective had. He questioned, but accepted God's answers. May this also be our prayer:
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The soveregn Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights." (Hab. 3:17-19, NIV)

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Unspoken, by Angela Hunt

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." - Job 12:7-10

A PETA advocate I'm not. However, I have modified my views on animals since reading this provocative novel about gorillas. Remember Dian Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist? Or Koko the gorilla, trained by Penny Patterson? Sema, the gorilla in this work of fiction, exhibits many of the same behaviors as Koko did in real life. Only Hunt goes farther - you'll have to read it to see what I mean. Bravo, Angela Hunt. I will never see animals in the same way again.

See my reviews of this at and

The Martyr's Song

Ted has done it again. The man is truly inspired. Yes, this novel comprises only 128 pages, but it successfully encompasses the germ of all of his writing. Heaven. The afterlife. The laughter. Our hope. Faith that gives, that dies. All wrapped up in a small package, but one that is hardly neat and tidy.

If you read one of Dekker's books, it must be this one. But it won't be the only one. You won't be able to stop. I promise.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Update on New York

I'm baaaack. Wanted to rave about Hugh Panaro - the Phantom. Fantabulous! (yes, I just made up that word).
The special effects were awe-inspiring, and MOST of the singing was grand (Sandra Joseph was flat half the time, but the lady who played Carlotta blew me away).

My favorite scene was the roof scene. So romantic. I also adored how the candelabras came up out of the floor and the boat drove itself in the catacombs scene.

I had only 3 days to ride the subway and walk practically everywhere, and it was so worth it. We are planning to return in a few years. Words can't really describe the trip. I took 145 pics of NY and will post just a few for everyone to enjoy.

I recommend highly a trip to NY - just make sure you do planning in advance.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Start spreadin' the news...

...I'm leavin' today. Actually, I'm not leaving until August 18th, my anniversary. But I AM going to New York City, baby. To see Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre. Am I a teensy bit excited?


Being a singer, I have always wanted to see a Broadway show in New York, and thanks to my loving husband of 15 years, my dream is coming true next week. I've heard that the guy playing the phantom in this show is out of this world, and I'm going to fall out of my chair or something when he starts singing. So yeah.

'Til then, I'm listening to the songs and watching the movie again to get myself in the mood. Anyone out there who's been to NY is welcome to leave me a comment to share some tips with me. I'm going to cram as much sightseeing into three days as I humanly can.

So, friends, I'll report back after listening to the "music of the night" and let you know how fantastical it was.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Infuze Magazine

Have YOU heard of It's a potpourri of entertainment news, reviews, and other morsels from Robin Parrish. This is a quality e-zine with readership that transcends boundaries of faith and has achieved a high standard of excellence.

I'm thrilled and humbled that one of my book reviews has been accepted and will probably be published in the next issue. Hopefully, the staff will allow me to continue to talk about what I love - fiction!

What am I reading right now?


The Trouble with Tulip, by Mindy Starns Clark - Chick lit? Yes. My genre? No. But I'm branching out, and this is a mystery/suspense. So I'm good. I've heard good things about this author and look forward to picking this one apart - in a good way.

Death Watch, by Jack Cavenaugh and Jerry Kuiper - The last thing I read by Cavenaugh was a historical series set in Nazi Germany. This will be totally different - contemporary suspense. People receive death notices and then are murdered. Interesting. Stay tuned. I've only just begun to read.
June '05

Self-Incrimination, by Randy Singer - This whole book is written in present tense, which really throws me off for about half the book. But I guess it's okay - he does it well. He also does the female protagonist's thoughts and feelings justice; they are very realistic. I still think I need to read another novel of his before deciding if he's one of my favorites.

Double Vision, by Randall Ingermanson - a witty genius, it's true. This physicist can truly turn out a novel with harrowing plot twists and still be realistic and funny, too. Good read.

Brandilyn Collins - Dead of Night, a novel of suspense
So far, it is very well written. She is creative with her words and phrases - wish I could be that creative. However, it isn't as exciting or nail-biting as the first two in the Hidden Faces Series. But the end remains to be seen. Maybe she'll knock my socks off yet.

Monday, August 01, 2005


No, I'm not talking about MY house.
I'm talking about the soon-to-be-released (well, sorta soon - next year) grab ya fiction from co-authors Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti! Woo hoo! That should get the blood pumping for you thriller fanatics out there. It's just too bad we have to wait so long.

So until then...happy reading, and may your creative juices flow freely from your gray matter to your fingertips.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Slumber of Christianity

Ted's newest work is in stores now - buy it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Expiration Date

Read this outstanding book by Eric Wilson. His second masterpiece after "Dark to Mortal Eyes", Eric has woven suspense and the supernatural together in a tight fabric. I give it 5 stars!

See my review at