Meet the Characters in Stalking Willow by Fay Lamb

June 13, 2013

Stalking Willow book coverBeneath her professional persona, Willow Thomas’s heart harbored resentment. She had reason to be bitter—in fact, many reasons. As much as she loved Granny, she’d lied to Willow, concocting a story about her parents. The truth was her mother hadn’t wanted her, and her father’s devotion to his wife and his ambition were stronger than his love for his daughter. Her aunt hated her. Her cousin, Laurel, whom she’d grown up with, had turned on her. Even Quentin had ignored her all through high school.

After the paparazzi created chaos in Amazing Grace revealing the story of the starlet who’d abandoned her daughter, Granny died. Willow fled the little town for New York City without even as much as saying goodbye.

So, why would a stalker be the catalyst that brought her back home? Who was he and what did he want from her? It seemed she couldn’t hide from him, not even in Amazing Grace. Amidst her fear and confusion, could she trust her first and only love for support?

Fay Lamb has created plenty of action and suspense to keep the plot moving at a perfect pace and the reader intrigued. There are so many interesting characters in this book, it’s difficult to condense the list. However, here are some of the main ones:

Meet the Characters:

Willow Thomas couldn’t rely on anyone. She didn’t even trust God anymore. After all, she thought, what kind of life had He given her? One of deceit, loneliness, and resentment. And now–fear.

Quentin McPheron lived next door to Willow as she grew up under Granny’s care. They’d played together as children, practically inseparable. As a teenager she’d hidden in the woods and sketched him as he relaxed on the dock with his fishing pole. She loved him, but she couldn’t seem to get his attention until…

Laurel Thomas was Willow’s cousin and nemesis since high school. Why did the two cousins dislike each other so? Some time during the ten years of Willow’s absence, what had happened to change Laurel’s life and what effect would it have on the prodigal cousin?

Granny Thomas raised Willow from infancy. From what was she trying to protect Willow by fabricating the lie about her parents? Would the snippets of wisdom left around her house be enough to begin the healing process for her granddaughters?

Agatha Thomas, “Aunt Aggie,” lived with bitterness and jealousy for so long, she couldn’t seem to get along with anyone. But why? She hadn’t smiled in years, let alone laughed. And now Willow was back in town. Harrumph!

Bear – Who was this man who lived in the cabin behind Granny’s house? And how did he know so much about Willow?

LeBlanc thrived on terrorizing women a little at a time then killing them and watching the life seep from their bodies. He focused his sights on Willow Thomas. Why Willow? Where had he come from and what evoked this psychotic mentality?


Fay Lamb’s career has escalated to new heights in the past year, and she’s definitely an author to watch for more Fay Lamb author picexciting Christian fiction. After the release of Because of Me last year, she co-authored The Christmas Tree Hunt and signed with Write Integrity Press for two series.  Stalking Willow is the first in her Amazing Grace series.  The first book in The Ties That Bind series, Charisse releases next month.

Fay’s heart and ministry are in helping other writers achieve their dreams and be the best writers they can be. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she has served as secretary of the operating board and moderator of the Scribes critique group within the organization. She’s a founder of the ACFW Central Florida Chapter and currently serves as advisor to that group.

Learn more about Fay and read her blog, On The Ledge, at her website,, and purchase her books at, www.Barnesandnoblecom,, or at your local bookstore.

Meet the Characters in No Way Out by Susan Sleeman

June 5, 2013

No Way Out book coverAlsyssa Wells had been dealt some hard blows in life.  Trouble in her marriage. The loss of her police officer husband.  Coping with her children’s grief while dealing with her own. When she stumbles on the fact that her husband was framed for an illegal activity at the time of his death, and his murderer pursues her, Alyssa’s faith is tested beyond anything she could have imagined.

After discovering the one person she trusted most with her children is not as upright as she thought, can she trust a total stranger to protect them? And what is it about this new acquaintance that has her guarding her heart?

Meet the Characters:

Alyssa Wells –after all she’s been through, Alyssa maintains faith that God is in control. Her positive outlook puzzles her new friend. How can she help him see that her strength comes from God, and help him trust the Lord again?

Nolan Saunders  had been Todd Wells’ partner in the Pacific Bay Police Department. After Todd’s death, he clearly had his sights on Alyssa for more than friendship. While she wasn’t ready for another relationship, she’d trusted him completely after he’d helped her so selflessly after her husband’s death.

Frank Gibson, an officer with the local police department, was involved in methamphetamine distribution. After his son’s remission from leukemia, wanted to get out of deal, but the “boss” wasn’t going to let him out, at least not alive.

Cole Justice carried serious baggage from two tours of duty in Iraq. His partner had died, and Cole blamed himself. He’d given up on God two years ago. Or maybe God had given up on him? His siblings insisted he take some time off from the Justice Agency to deal with his issues at the beach. What he discovered there would change his life.


Ms. Sleeman is a very talented and prolific writer whose characters warm your heart and whose stories of romanticSusan-Sleeman-228x300 suspense make it difficult to put her books down.  One of the things I like about her books is that they’re long enough to tell an exciting story, but short enough to read in a sitting or two.

I’ ve read all Susan Sleeman’s Justice Series books, and I love the Justice siblings, all five of them: Ethan, Cole, Kat, Derrick and Dani.  In my humble opinion, I believe these books could easily become as popular as the Hannah Swensen Series by Joanne Fluke.

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sleeman at a book signing event a year and a half ago. Little did I know I’d immediately become one of her biggest fans. Having read her Garden Gate series books, I started the Justice Agency series, and eagerly await each new release.

If you’d like to learn more about the author and her books, please visit her very interesting website at


Meet the Characters in The Icecutter’s Daughter by Tracie Peterson

June 1, 2013

This is an intriguing novel that begins in the bitter cold winter in Minnesota with our heroine attending one of their Belgian mares as she struggles to give birth. She got my heart in the first paragraph.

The story contains interesting references to the German and Swedish cultures throughout, which adds to the delightful tale. The family’s ice cutting business held a fascination for me and gave me a clearer understanding of life in the late 1800’s. Like many other readers, I’d never realized that, back in the day, ice was obtained in that way. (Read the book to find out.)

Ms. Peterson is an expert word painter whose vivid prose readily invites you to enter into the world of her story. The characters are well-developed and one will easily be enchanted by the hero and heroine while fittingly disliking the antagonists.

This was one book I had a hard time putting down. The pacing was just right, and the plot  with interesting twists held my attention to the end. This one is definitely on my recommended reading list.

Merrill Krause possesses all the characteristics of a good wife and mother, only she’s all but given up on that dream. Caring for her father and brothers for the last ten years, her life is full. Now that she’s reached the ripe old age of twenty, she feels some are beginning to consider her a spinster. Merrill shies away from the pampered, frilly persona expected of ladies of that day, and she remains a woman of strength, virtue, and compassion.

Rurik Jorgenson is a man of gentle strength, and is not easily intimidated by anyone, least of all Merrill’s brothers. Thinking this journey to help his uncle Carl in his cabinet business is temporary, he soon finds that there are more reasons than one to consider remaining in Minnesota.

Granny Lassiter takes care of everyone, and Merrill holds a special place in her heart. She is the one person to whom Merrill can go to bare her heart and get trusted, Godly, feminine advice. Granny and cousin Corabeth are trying to convince Merrill to “gussy up” a bit and see if they can find a suitable match for her.

Nils Olsson and Rurik’s were best friends growing up back in Kansas. What is it that prompts Nils to take advantage of that friendship and pressure Rurik to become business partners?

Svea Olsson has marriage on her mind. Marriage to Rurik. What secret does she hold that motivates her to take advantage of his integrity and make an outrageous claim that initiating a scandal that will only hurt the one she  claims as her own.


Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson has just been added to my favorite authors list. Having written more than ninety-five novels, she begins a new series, “Land of Shining Water” with  The Icecutter’s Daughter. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she was awarded their  Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She has won numerous other awards and currently writes exclusively for Bethany House.

To learn more about Tracie and her books, visit

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