Today I'm excited to bring you some news from an old friend and a truly fabulous writer, Nikki Arana. Nikki and I met years ago when I was only an aspiring novelist and an avid reviewer. I read her then-latest women's fiction novel, A I Have Loved You, and was so very moved by it that I contacted her for an interview and proceeded to gobble up her Regalo Grande Series. And now her new one . . . haven't read it yet, but oh, I can't wait!!!
And without further ado, heeeeeeeeeeere's Nikki! ;-)
Thanks for giving me an opportunity to tell your followers about my novel that’s releasing on June 1. You and I first met when you read As I Have Loved You, and then The Winds of Sonoma, which was part of my Regalo Grande Series. Those books were women’s fiction. This time I’m writing suspense! My next novel, The Next Target, releases June 1.
Many people have asked me why I switched to suspense. It wasn’t something I planned! The story was inspired by my ministry, A Voice for the Persecuted. I help persecuted Christians who are under the threat of death . . . here in America! That is code for Muslims who convert to Christianity. I help them find safety. You can learn more about my ministry at http://www.avoiceforthepersecuted.com . There’s a Cause page on FB too.
I felt God was calling me to raise awareness about two issues. One is the need for Christians to reach out to the Muslims who live and work among us, model the love of Christ to them, and then with the leading of the Holy Spirit, give them what Islam can never give. And the second is about the huge price Muslims pay to know Christ. Most I’ve talked to live under persecution by their former friends and family. Most have no jobs because they live in a Muslim community and are shunned. And of course there are those who have been deported and/or killed.
Here’s what the book is about: Austia Donatelli, a young widow with an underground evangelistic ministry to Muslims, discovers a friend, someone close to her heart whom she recently led to Christ, has been murdered. She realizes immediately it was an honor killing. The brutal practice of families killing one of their own for converting to Christianity. Suddenly, Austia, her ministry, and everyone she cares about are thrust in the crosshairs of a terrorist organization. As the extremists zero in, she must unravel the deception surrounding her and protect innocent lives, including her own.
The reviews of this novel have been very strong. I was especially happy to get a rave review from Publishers Weekly which is not a Christian organization. "Arana's vivid imagery is imbued with spiritual force and her pacing is fiercely powerful." I’m pretty confident that if you like suspense, you’ll really enjoy this book. You might want to put on your seatbelt while reading.
But for the more faint of heart I have some good news. The first book in the series that brought Roseanna and I together is going to be available free on Kindle from May 16 to May 20. Just click here. And I'll also be giving away a FREE Kindle! Go to the News! Page on my website for instructions about how to enter to win it!