What if she never came home . . . ?
When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Mitch returns from work early that evening, surprised that Jill’s car isn’t in the garage. But her voice on the answering machine makes him smile. “Hey, babe, I’m just now checking out of the hotel, but I’ll stop and pick up something for dinner. Love you.” Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and Mitch’s irritation turns to dread.
When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer—and decidedly more complicated. Every lead seems to be a dead end, and Mitch wonders how he can honor the vows he made to a woman who has seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.
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I went from full-time stay-at-home mom for 20 years to pretty much full-time author. My passion is my family-my husband and I have been married for 38 years and have four kids, and four darling grandkids! But since, if a mom does her job right, she eventually puts herself OUT of a job, I'm delighted to have the privilege of working as a novelist. I absolutely love the writing life.
I've had a couple of non-fiction books published and contributed to some anthologies, as well as writing magazine articles. But my first love is fiction. I have written more than 25 novels and am now working on a new book for Howard/Simon & Schuster. A typical writing day begins early-often before 6 a.m.-with the business side of things: answering e-mail and reader mail, updating my Web site, reading for research. We're new empty-nesters so our routine is much quieter than it was when we had four kids at home. When my writing time begins, I have a routine that sets the stage, starting with lighting scented candles, choosing mood music on Pandora, and brewing a pot of coffee. Lately I've been enjoying coffee our son sent me from Germany. I have a cozy office that looks out over our front yard where I can watch for the UPS man and the mailman. But since I write on a laptop, I often take my computer to the kitchen counter or a chair by the fireplace, or, if the weather is nice, out on the deck where my feline friend keeps me company. I try to wrap up the day's words (usually 1000-1500 a day) by dinnertime.
Believe it or not, my first choice of activities for the evening is READING-a great novel, of course! As much as I enjoy the actual process of writing, I am an extrovert by nature, and doubt I'd last long in this business were it not for the company of several wonderful online writers' groups, the joy of connecting with other authors at retreats and conventions, and meeting aspiring writers when I teach at conferences around the country.
Probably the most exciting event in my writing life so far was when my first novel was made into a film by World Wide Pictures. Certainly a dream come true! I believe writing is a calling from God on my life-one I've felt since I was a twelve-year-old girl-and I feel blessed beyond words to have answered that call.
Deborah has done it again only this time I could not put the book down at all I had to find out where Jill was and if she was alive.
This is a fantastic book and a real page tuner. I just don't know how Deborah does it but each book gets better and better.
This book has a mystery and it has some romance. I just loved the ending also.
I highly recommend this book. I gave it 5 stars.
I Was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my review.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Face of The Earth By Deborah Raney GIVEAWAY!
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Sounds like a AWESOME AWESOME book to read .Blessings "Dana "Girl"ReplyDelete
This book sounds so good. I just love a good mystery/suspense story. Thanks for your great review and this giveaway Mary!ReplyDelete
I want to know what happened to Jill!
Judy, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you! Congrats you are going to LOVE this book!Delete
Yay! Thank you so much Mary! Looking forward to reading this one.Delete
I love mysteries ever since I was a child and read Nancy Drew every chance I could. Would love this book! Now I have to know what happens!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a wonderful book. You're review is really good.ReplyDelete
Great review Mary!ReplyDelete
Great review Mary! This is a new author to me. This book sounds excellent. I definitely want to read this one.ReplyDelete
Have a blessed day
Nice review. Sounds like a really good read.ReplyDelete
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If you say it is a 5 star book then you know I will order it. It sounds really good! Thanks for your review.ReplyDelete
Oh what an intriguing and harrowing storyline. I'd love a copy!ReplyDelete
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Deborah - always good to read about authors' OWN back story - thanks for sharing.
Blessings to you both!
What a good review, this book sounds so good. I will have to get a copy. Thanks Mary.ReplyDelete
So delighted you enjoyed it, Mary, and thanks for posting on my timeline on Facebook!ReplyDelete
I've enjoyed several of Deborah's books, and this one is sounding like it will be good as well. I would love to win!ReplyDelete
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A great read and the storyline and your review tells me to read more. Thanks for the chance to win it.ReplyDelete
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Sounds like a great suspense story! Thanks for a great review, Mary!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great book . Would love to win . Great review .ReplyDelete
I hate when my comment deletes my comment. Especially when I feel bad and am tired. Please put me in for this book. Thanks Mary.ReplyDelete
I would love to read this book. It sounds like a great read. Thanks Mary for the great review!ReplyDelete