Monday, September 28, 2009

A Slow Burn by Mary DeMuth - Blog Tour

A Slow Burn
A Slow Burn by Mary DeMuth - Defiance Texas Trilogy (Book 2)

I am pleased to share A Slow Burn with you.  This is the second book in The Defiance Texas Trilogy.  I really enjoyed the first book, Daisy Chain, and I feel honored to have been asked to participate in the tour for A Slow Burn.

Daisy Chain is the story of the abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance which haunts the small town of Defiance, Texas. Fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper searches for answers in this gritty and compelling story of love and sorrow, revealing God’s hand of redemption in impossible situations.

A Slow Burn is also about the disappearance of Daisy, but we learn more about her mother, Emory Chance. 

(An excerpt)  Emory Chance 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.

About the Author:
mary-demuth-6-ii Mary DeMuth is an expert in the field of Pioneer Parenting. She helps Christian parents plow fresh spiritual ground, especially those seeking to break destructive family patterns. Her message guides parents who don’t want to duplicate the home where they were raised or didn’t have positive parenting role models growing up.
An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God.  Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year 2nd Place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award finalist).

Mary is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and parenting seminars, addressing audiences in both Europe and the United States. National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, and U.S.A. Radio network. She also has articles published in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, and HomeLife.

As pioneer parents, Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France where they planted a church.

My review:
I really loved this book.  I picked it up and I just could not put it down. The story of Emory Chance can be the story of every mother and the guilt we sometimes feel when we try to raise our children, and yet feel as if we fail.  Can we change our failure?  Can our pasts be forgiven?  With God, nothing is impossible.  We were able to witness that in Emory's life.  We also saw that Emory did not have to be a product of a mixed up mother and neither do we.  While you can read this book without having read Daisy Chain, but I would highly recommend reading it first.

If you like fast-paced, suspenseful novels, then you'll really enjoy this one.

I received a copy of the book so I could write a review.  I intend to pass the book along to others so they can enjoy it as well.  Since I've marked in it and doggie eared the pages, I will not be offering it as a giveaway.  BUT, click on this link and buy your own or check out some of these other pages on the blog tour.  I guarantee someone is giving it away.

Thank you, Mary, for another great look at the citizens of Defiance, Texas.  I'm looking forward to the third book.


Mocha with Linda said...

Enjoyed reading your review of this great book. Mine will be up tomorrow!

TCKK said...

Sounds like a good book. I'll have to see if our library has these.

Mary DeMuth said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing A Slow Burn. What a blessing!