Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CFBA: Dauntless by Dina Sleiman

Song Stuck on the Brain:  Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Bethany House Publishers (March 3, 2015)


Dina L. Sleiman


Robin Hood has always been one of my favorite tales. The savvy hero of the forest has had his legend told in a hundred different ways and in multiple settings and centuries. I've enjoyed them all. So when I saw Dauntless listed, my first thought was a female Robin Hood? How cool is that? Yes, please!

Once I began reading, I had to appreciate the author's way of addressing that exact perception. Lady Merry Ellison has heard of the outlaw Robin Hood, but doesn't know if he's real or simply a legend since there are so many stories, but he does inspire her. When she and a few of the children in her village survive the brutal attack on their home, it's Lady Merry and her smarts that keeps them alive. She trains the children to fight and steal to survive - all as quiet as ghosts. Things are going well until she's forced to face her past.

I loved Lady Merry's adventure. In many ways she made me think more of Maid Marian and Robin Hood rolled into one. She's strong, cunning and full of compassion and heart. Her acrobatic, catlike skills are so much fun. I can't imagine anyone not wishing just a little that they could do what Lady Merry does.

The romance, tension, atmosphere, and action all make this a great read. I can't wait to see what's next in the Valiant Hearts series.


Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father's failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village--a group that becomes known as "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest." Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he's forced to reexamine everything he's known.

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


A word from the author:

Since selling my first book, I have also become an acquisitions editor for the company. I am a member of the Inkwell Inspirations blog, HEWN Marketing, ACFW, and a contributor to Christian Review of Books. I hold publishing credits in poetry and songwriting, and I was the writer and featured teacher in a nationally distributed instructional dance video for children. I have written several songs about the plight of the Islamic people, which have been produced in association with the Christian Broadcast Network. In addition, I have taught college and high school classes in writing and literature, as well as homeschool classes in the fine arts, and now enjoy teaching at writers conferences throughout the nation.

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