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Book Review: Ghost Heart

10 Aug

A brilliant transplant surgeon. A rogue organ broker. A ghost child. And the legend that could destroy them all. A brutal murder convinces surgeon Mia Kendall there’s more than she imagined to the mysterious spike in heart transplant rejections. Determined to find answers before she loses another patient, Mia gets sucked into a dangerous international medical web. With time running out for her youngest transplant recipient, Mia is forced to partner with a disillusioned ex-military pilot who flies brokered organs across East Africa. But searching for the truth will prove costly for the unlikely duo racing to stop a madman before he annihilates a rare and cursed bloodline. From best-selling author Lisa Harris and award-winning author Lynne Gentry comes a chilling, hypnotic medical thriller that will take you from the suburbs of Cincinnati to the jungles of Africa.

 

 

Bestselling author Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent almost fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com.

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. She is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright. Lynne is an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

 

 

 

 

My Impressions:

Wow! Ghost Heart promised edge of the seat suspense and delivered! But this medical suspense has more than close calls and desperate escapes, it has heart and soul and passion. Authors Harris and Gentry are passionate about the underlying subject matter — the persecution and genocide of albinos in Africa. What makes this novel especially chilling is the reality it exposes. If you are looking for a page-turning suspense that will have you thinking long after the cover is closed, then Ghost Heart is for you.

Ghost Heart has a lot going for it — exotic setting, twisting, turning storylines, and complex characterization. Tanzania, with its dense, damp heat, poverty, and beauty, became real to me within this book’s pages. The seemingly separate storylines of a suburban family and a heart specialist in Africa are masterfully woven together into a credible story. But the characters are the best part. The main characters, Mia and Race, are in Africa to make a difference in the world, but also to do a kind of penance for their past mistakes. They are the focus of much of the action, but the authors have added secondary characters that readers will identify with. Catherine and Jeme are mothers fiercely dedicated to keeping their daughters alive. Nerdy medical researcher, Harry, dreams of heroics, never suspecting he will get the chance at being a true hero. All of these characters, with the addition of others, bring depth to the story.

The plight of people with albinism seems unreal to our American sensibilities. Prejudice and superstition combine for real life and death consequences. Ghost Heart opened my eyes to a world I knew nothing about. Medical ethics are also explored. In a world where enough money can buy a desired outcome, the value of human life takes on a whole new meaning. Characters struggle with believing in a God who seems remote or uninterested in their lives, but find the One who has true love and compassion. Ghost Heart got this reader thinking, making it a perfect choice for a book club.

I really loved this book and give it a highly recommended rating!

Highly Recommended.

Great for Book Clubs.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to the authors for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Happy Book Birthday! Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry

1 Aug

Happy Book Birthday to Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry! Ghost Heart is a collaboration close to their hearts. Available on Kindle for $4.99!

 

A brilliant transplant surgeon. A rogue organ broker. A ghost child.
And the legend that could destroy them all.

A brutal murder convinces surgeon Mia Kendall there’s more than she imagined to the mysterious spike in heart transplant rejections. Determined to find answers before she loses another patient, Mia gets sucked into a dangerous international medical web. With time running out for her youngest transplant recipient, Mia is forced to partner with a disillusioned ex-military pilot who flies brokered organs across East Africa. But searching for the truth will prove costly for the unlikely duo racing to stop a madman before he annihilates a rare and cursed bloodline.

From best-selling author Lisa Harris and award-winning author Lynne Gentry comes a chilling, hypnotic medical thriller that will take you from the suburbs of Cincinnati to the jungles of Africa.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/223834724″>Ghost Heart Book Trailer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user4500407″>Lisa Harris</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

Bestselling author Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent almost fourteen years working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com.

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. She is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright. Lynne is an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

Happy Book Birthday! Cardiac Event by Richard Mabry, MD

28 Jul

Today is the release day of Dr. Richard Mabry’s newest medical suspense novel, Cardiac Event. Available in paperback or on Kindle (for $4.99)!!

 

 

Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Martin continually crosses swords with Dr. Cliff Hamilton, so he is surprised when Hamilton asks him to care for him after a heart attack. When he is ready for discharge, Hamilton is found dead in his hospital bed, and Martin is suspected of murdering him.

After another doctor is found shot to death, Martin’s girlfriend, nurse Janet Rush, reminds him to be careful because he may be next. Can he save his own life while searching for the identity of the real murderer?

 

 

 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

Book Review: Doctor’s Dilemma

27 Mar

Dr. Tyler Gentry had it all planned out, but the death of his parents in a plane crash changed everything. When he discovered his father had left him a mountain of debt, piled on top of his own student debt, the offer from Dr. William Hall to join his group of surgeons seemed a perfect solution. But the night before he was to start, Tyler received a call that told him to get out while he could. Despite the salary and perks, Tyler found a curtain of mystery surrounding the surgical group. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the lovely operating room nurse, Ashley Wynn, with whom Tyler seemed to make an instant connection. But when their first date ended with his car exploding while she watched, Ashley seemed hesitant to continue their relationship. The stakes continued to rise while Tyler was faced with his dilemma: stay or go?

 

 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, and have won the Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Richard’s non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse (Kregel Publishers), has ministered to multiple thousands of grieving individuals. His meditations and short pieces have appeared in The Upper Room, In Touch, and several other periodicals.

When Richard is not writing, he spends his time reading, working fruitlessly to improve his golf game, and defending his title as the world’s best Granddad. He and his wife live in north Texas and are active members of Stonebriar Community Church, pastored by Dr. Chuck Swindoll.

Connect with Richard on his blog or website.

 

My Impressions:

Do you like fast-paced medical suspense novels? Me too! That’s why I always reach for a book by Richard Mabry, MD. Dr. Mabry knows his stuff — he is a retired physician who takes his work experience and blends it with good storytelling and a firm faith. His latest novella-length book, Doctor’s Dilemma, is a winner. I could not put it down! The main characters are likable, and the mystery they face will keep you guessing until the end. And because this one is a quick read, it’s perfect to tuck into a tote bag for a weekend getaway. I loved it, and I think you will too.

Tyler Gentry has just finished his medical residency and has a dilemma. He had been planning to join his father’s medical practice, but the deaths of his parents changed his life and his plans. Student loans and an unforeseen debt from his father have made Tyler desperate for a job. A too-good-to-pass-up job offer seems to be his salvation. But there is something off about the Hall Group and Tyler is soon plunged into solving the mystery.

Action-packed is a good descriptor for Doctor’s Dilemma. The story is the focus, but the characters are interesting and believable. Twists and turns in the story keep Tyler (and the reader) off-balance. I got to the point that I suspected everyone! A sweet romance develops for Tyler and his faith is re-engaged at the end. Overall, Doctor’s Dilemma was a fun read.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE. (It’s currently FREE for Kindle Unlimited.)

(Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinion expressed are mine alone.)

Guest Post + Giveaway! — Dr. Richard Mabry, Author of Doctor’s Dilemma

15 Mar

By The Book welcomes Dr. Richard Mabry. Dr. Mabry writes medical suspense with heart and does it really, really well! Today Richard is sharing the pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing. Also he has generously offered a copy of his newest novella, Doctor’s Dilemma, for one of my readers. Leave a comment or question for Dr. Mabry to enter the giveaway. Giveaway runs through March 22. (Please note: entries from the US only.)

SELF-PUBLICATION AND “TRADITIONAL” PUBLISHING

When I first started down this road to writing, self-publication was a phrase often equated with “vanity publishing.” It was generally held that those who chose this route were people who couldn’t get a contract with a traditional publisher, or for some similar reason chose this way to make certain their work was published. But that’s changed a lot over the past decade.
I’m not going to go into the arguments that exist to this day between those who choose the self-publication route and those who seek a traditional contract. Suffice it to say that there are valid reasons now for good writers to oversee the entire publishing process themselves, just as there are arguments to be made for asking a traditional publisher to share the responsibility for a book’s publication and marketing.

I’ve had ten novels of medical mystery published by traditional publishers. I’ve also dipped my toe (or perhaps I should say, my pen) into the self-publishing waters with three novellas. That makes me a member of a group called “hybrid authors”, having had books published both ways.

Why did I choose to self-publish this novella? There are two main reasons. The first is that only a very few publishers are interested in medical suspense/thriller/mystery books right now, either novels or the shorter form, novellas. I’ve had the good fortune to have publishing contracts with a number of respected houses, but in many cases those publishers have eventually shut down their fiction line, making the odds of getting a traditional contract slimmer still for authors.
The other factor is getting a book out frequently enough to keep name recognition going. Some authors do well publishing one book a year, while others do it more or less frequently. No one really knows whether an author’s fans forget him/her if there’s not a book to remind them of their writing. But no one wants to test that theory. I received enough questions about when my next book was coming out that I finally decided to self-publish this novella. The response of those who buy and read it will tell me a lot. I hope it’s a positive experience — for you, the reader, and for me, the author.

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

Doctor’s Dilemma — Dr. Tyler Gentry had it all planned out, but the death of his parents in a plane crash changed everything. When he discovered his father had left him a mountain of debt, piled on top of his own student debt, the offer from Dr. William Hall to join his group of surgeons seemed a perfect solution. But the night before he was to start, Tyler received a call that told him to get out while he could.

Despite the salary and perks, Tyler found a curtain of mystery surrounding the surgical group. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the lovely operating room nurse, Ashley Wynn, with whom Tyler seemed to make an instant connection. But when their first date ended with his car exploding while she watched, Ashley seemed hesitant to continue their relationship.

The stakes continued to rise while Tyler was faced with his dilemma: stay or go?

Book Spotlight: Medical Judgment

6 Jun

I am in the midst of a very, very busy reading period. I am judging for the Inspy Awards and am immersed in that reading. And that’s all I have to say about that! 😉 (Per Inspy Judge Rules!) To that end, I have few book reviews to post right now. But . . . here’s a book that will be making its way to the top of the TBR pile in a few weeks. Cannot wait! Have you read Medical Judgment by Richard Mabry? Let me know what you think. If not, take the time to check out this book that is getting rave reviews.

51q86k0gnUL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband’s best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out.

As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

Purchase this book HERE.

Mabry.closeDr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, and have won the Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Richard’s non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse (Kregel Publishers), has ministered to multiple thousands of grieving individuals. His meditations and short pieces have appeared in The Upper Room, In Touch, and several other periodicals.

When Richard is not writing, he spends his time reading, working fruitlessly to improve his golf game, and defending his title as the world’s best Granddad. He and his wife live in north Texas and are active members of Stonebriar Community Church, pastored by Dr. Chuck Swindoll.

(Thanks to Abingdon for a review copy.)

Author, Author! (+ Giveaway) — Richard Mabry

12 May

Mabry.closeI am very pleased to have Dr. Richard Mabry visiting my blog today. What a great writer of medical drama with strong faith messages. Plus, Richard is graciously giving away a copy of his new book, Medical Judgment, to one of my readers. Yay!! Thanks so much, Richard! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. (Giveaway runs through May 25)

By The Book — In your career as a physician you wrote/edited numerous textbooks and professional papers. When did you realize you were also an author of fiction?

Richard Mabry — I never considered becoming an author outside of medicine until the death of my first wife, Cynthia. Almost a year after her passing, I began to consider turning the journaling I’d done into a book, but had no idea how. Finally, at a writer’s conference, I got an inkling of 1) how to write a book, and 2) how hard it is to get one published. But I did and it was. The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse has been out for a decade and ministered to many thousands who have suffered a similar loss.

BTB — Who influenced you to try your hand at fiction?

Richard — At that same writing conference, Alton Gansky and James Scott Bell suggested that I try my hand at fiction. Well, you don’t challenge a man to do anything — whether bowling, golf, or writing — without his taking action. I took up that challenge, and after four years spent writing four novels that garnered forty rejections, I got my first fiction contract.

UnknownBTB — Why inspirational fiction?

Richard — I suppose it has something to do with wanting to write a book that I wouldn’t be ashamed to have my name on the cover. Besides, I’ve been a Christian since my early teens, and it just seemed natural to write in that genre.

BTB — Your experience in medicine must be an advantage in your medical suspense novels. What additional research do you do?

Richard — The main thing my years as a physician do is give me the ability to “speak the language.” I know how things go in a medical setting. I can read the journals, textbooks, and online posts and understand them. But every medical scenario in every novel I write requires my going to appropriate sources to see what the symptoms, treatment, and natural course of each disease or injury would be. By the way, one of the things I teach in courses aimed at writers is to be wary of research on the Internet that comes from people with something (an idea, a procedure, a product) to sell. I stick with well-known, reputable sites like WebMD, the NIH, and the American Academy of Family Practice.

BTB — You have an impressive list of awarding winning novels. What does your writing/researching day look like? And how long does it take you to craft a book?

Richard — Unlike some of my author colleagues, I have to admit that I don’t write every day. Yet I seem to always meet my deadlines. I use Jim Bell’s LOCK system when I’m starting to consider a book: lead, opposition, conflict, and knockout ending. I first decide on the thrust of the story, reducing it to one line (the high concept). Then I populate the story with the main characters. I decide on the ending and formulate the twists to maintain the reader’s interest throughout the book. Ideally, I’d like to take a year to write each book, but — for some reason — my contracts keep calling for one every six months, so that’s how long I take.

BTB — Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel, Medical Judgment?

Medical JudgmentRichard — I wanted to feature a single parent (since two members of my extended family fit that description). After that, my curiosity about what problems a widowed physician might encounter was the impetus for this novel, which begins when Dr. Sarah Gordon is awakened by the smell of smoke. Her first thought is to yell for her husband and grab her daughter. Then she rouses enough to realize both have been dead for months. She’s alone. And the house is on fire.

BTB — Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

Richard — My next novel is Cardiac Event, and although I can’t yet share the name of the publisher (sorry), I can assure my readers that it and my next two books after that will have a home. We look for Cardiac Event to be published this fall. In it, Dr. Kirk Martin, a cardiologist, crosses swords with an older internist, Dr. Cliff Hamilton, who tends to exceed his privileges because he’s had a bit of cardiology training. Then, when Dr. Hamilton himself has a heart attack, he asks Dr. Martin to care for him. The cardiologist pulls the older doctor through, but Hamilton dies while still in the hospital — and Martin is a suspect.

BTB — If you would like, please share a little about your personal life.

Richard — I had a full career as a physician (specialist in nasal and sinus disorders and related allergy), but retired from that more than a decade ago. As most retired individuals will tell you, I’m busier now than I ever was when working. God has blessed me once more with the love of a wonderful woman, so now I have two families — which means twice as many Girl Scout cookie sales, school field days, soccer practices, and everything else that seems to fill my days to overflowing. In addition to writing (which includes marketing, and don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t), I enjoy an occasional golf game, watching the local baseball team on TV, and spending some time reading my favorite books — mysteries and crime novels, of course.

Thanks so much, Richard, for sharing with my readers!

 

Dont’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for Medical Judgment.