Monday, July 18, 2011

CFBA: Falls Like Lightning by Shawn Grady

Song Stuck on the Brain: I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer Weiner.

I woke up around 3 am singing this song in my head. And it had nothing to do with my dreams, because I was dreaming about a house in the country that had a huge pond in the front yard full of giant bass fish. Before I woke up, a giant bass was leaping up to the bridge and grabbing my sleeve to pull me into the pond. It was like Jonah and the big fish big. My dreams just got weirder the rest of the night. You'd think I had been reading fantasy novels for days on end, but I haven't. Go figure.

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Falls Like Lightning

Bethany House (July 1, 2011)


Shawn Grady


I could practically smell the smoke rolling off the page and I may have even singed a finger turning pages. You can tell that Shawn Grady lived this life. Great romantic elements and the action is off the charts in my opinion. The opening fire scene had me holding my breath. Another fantastic job by Mr. Grady.


When hotshot smoke jumper Silas Kent gets his own fire crew, he thinks he's achieved what he's always wanted. But a lightning-sparked fire in the Desolation Wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas has his team in a plane before they can even train together.

Pilot Elle Westmore has been called up to drop the crew into the heart of the forest infernos. A single mother of a mysteriously ill six-year-old, she can't imagine her life getting any more complicated.

It doesn't take long for things to go very wrong, very quickly. A suspicious engine explosion forces Elle to make an emergency landing. Silas is able to parachute to safety but soon discovers his crew can't be trusted. They're hiding something, and now Silas is on a race to save himself and Elle from the flames--and from a more dangerous threat: his own team.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Falls Like Lightning, go HERE


Shawn Grady signed with Bethany House Publishers in 2008. He was named “Most Promising New Writer” at the 39th Annual Mount Hermon Writers Conference. He is the author of the novels Through the Fire, Tomorrow We Die & Falls Like Lightning.

Shawn has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in northern Nevada. From fire engines and ambulances to tillered ladder trucks and helicopters, Shawn’s work environment has always been dynamic. The line of duty has carried him to a variety of locale, from high-rise fires in the city to the burning heavy timber of the eastern Sierras.

After graduating from James Logan High School in Union City, California, Shawn attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego as a Theology undergrad. There he found clarity of direction and proceeded on to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.

Shawn currently lives in Reno, just outside of Lake Tahoe. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, three children and yellow Labrador.

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