Friday, April 18, 2014

CFBA: Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

Song Stuck on the Brain: Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid.
There were two really great re-takes of this song. I love the updated Colbie Caillat version, but Nick Pitera is a super talented guy with a phenomenal range! Hope you enjoy.

If you're wondering what has this one stuck, I'll give you a hint. I've got a BIG surprise planned for everyone starting next week. Let's just say it's going to be ROYALLY worth it to stop by everyday. You don't want to miss it. :)

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
Lip Reading
David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)
Harry Kraus


WOW! Doctor Kraus has a bestseller on his hands. I love medical based stories and this met that requirement and then some - but without ever becoming dry or boring. In fact, the suspense, drama, romance and emotion that is woven in makes it  one of the best I've read in a long time.

On a  more humorous note, I was also impressed with his knowledge of lipstick. He obviously did his research! :) I may have to check out a few of those colors myself. But don't think that they aren't a crucial element in the story, they actually are and I love how he used it define a character and show their growth as well.

This is a must read. Go get it now. Stat!


She Could Save Millions, or Save Herself

She just needs a little longer. She’s really close. Dr. Rebecca Jackson, a medical researcher, stands on the verge of a breakthrough that will transform medicine. But she soon discovers the reason behind the miraculous progress in her research, and it leaves her with a nearly impossible choice . . . and little time to decide. More than her research is at stake. And more threatens it than this latest revelation. Something she’s tried hard to cover up. There is a high cost to some things in medicine and it’s not always the patient who pays. Can Rebecca find the faith and wisdom she needs to make the right call? The clock is ticking and the pressure is on.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Lip Reading, go HERE.


A Word from Harry:

I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife's urging: "Now doesn't seem the right time for this dream."

My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I'd written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn't until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but I was bending the "rules" without knowing it. I had a natural talent for plotting, but I realize my initial success may have stunted my growth as a writer. I'd have made faster progress if I'd have gone to the fiction teachers sooner.

I have three sons: Joel, Evan, and Samuel. Look closely in all of my books and you'll see them there. My lovely wife, Kris, provides the basic composition for all those beautiful, athletic, dedicated women in my novels.

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