Friday, August 20, 2010

CFBA: The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis

Song Stuck on the Brain: My Love by Sia

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

The Crimson Cipher
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)


Susan Page Davis


How can you go wrong combining secret ciphers, romance, war and patriotism? I loved this book. I've always been intrigued by number puzzles. I'm not very good at them, but that hasn't stopped me from reading about them. I'm amazed at the minds that create such complex systems, and even more amazed at those that can crack them. The Crimson Cipher really has the best of all elements. Emma and John's romance is sweet and builds slowly, but believably for the situation they're in. Their characters are both strong and reserved, but this only lends a needed gravity for the chaos surrounding them. Without it, the story would have fallen apart. The rest of the cast balance that out with several colorful and strong personalities. Choosing to set the story during WWI was an interesting choice as well, since so many of the historical's focus around WWII.

I'm anxious to share this one with my friends and family. I highly recommend this book, for it's unique subject matter, and for the clarity and engaging way it's presented; as well as the overall hook of intrigue and romance.



A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives...and uncover her father’s killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. With enemies lurking at every turn, whom can Emma trust? Is romance the true motive behind her tow suitors advances? Or could one-or both of them-have traitorous intentions in mind?

Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster’s father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system.

Emma races to discover the nefarious plans of her country's foes and unmask their leader before others are killed. She finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary, known only as Kobold - German for goblin.

And yet, her greatest challenge may be deciphering the cryptic messages her heart sends whenever she encounters a certain navy lieutenant... Can Emma and John find love in the midst of turmoil as America plunges toward war?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Crimson Cipher, go HERE.


From Susan: I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I've also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.

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