ACRBA tour: Captured by Calvary by Ray Hawkins

19 – 23 August

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance


Captured by Calvary

(Even Before Publishing Feb 2012)


Ray Hawkins

About the Author:

Ray Hawkins, retired after over 40 years as a Churches of Christ minister, enjoys sharing themes from the Scriptures through Devotional writing. Married to Mary, multi-published inspirational romance author, they have three children and five grandchildren. Ray shares his insights in his first two books on Marriage and Children with more ideas to come about ministry and much more. Living in Beauty Point Tasmania Ray heads up a new Christian Fellowship as well as doing relief preaching, community work and writing.

About the book:

31 Biblical Devotions to meditate on the cross – God’s glory

Be captured by the wisdom, power, grace and wonder of Calvary.

These devotional meditations take you to the heart of the Gospel. They will fill you with awe of God.

They will cause you to bow before the Lord in adoration.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

Captured by Calvary is another excellent devotion book by Ray Hawkins in his 31 Biblical Devotions series. This book illuminates the essence of the Christian faith and gospel message in a way that is easy to understand. It explores the centrality and significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, refering to verses in both the Old and New Testaments.

Each devotion starts with a key verse, which is discussed with references to other Biblical passages and verses, and has a reflection section at the end. The first devotion looks at creation and the fall of mankind in the context of the cross and God’s promise of a new creation. The devotions consider important theological concepts in the Bible, including Passover, covenants, forgiveness, suffering and glory. Each devotion provides insights into the cross and gospel message, moving all the way through the Bible to the book of Revelation on Day 30. The last devotion on Day 31 challenges the reader to consider their personal cross (Luke 9:23).

I highly recommend this devotion book to those looking to explore the basics of the Christian faith and those who want to gain a greater understanding of the significance of the gospel message.

Many thanks to Even Before Publishing for providing a review copy.

ACRBA tour: Captured by Moonlight by Christine Lindsay

5 – 9 August 

Australian Christian Readers Fiction Alliance

is introducing 

Captured by Moonlight

(WhiteFire Publishing May 15, 2013)


Christine Lindsay

About the Author:

Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard, one of those ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic. On her mother’s side it was stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj and became the stimulus for her Twilight of the British Raj series.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, David, and they enjoy the visits from their adult children and grandchildren. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat.

About the Book:

Prisoners to their own broken dreams…

After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.

Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago. Why, then, is she still drawn to him, and to the tiger cub he is raising?

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?

Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I loved reading Captured by Moonlight and enjoyed journeying with a few of the characters from Book 1, Shadowed in Silk. The book can be read as a stand alone story but I recommend reading Shadowed in Silk first to fully appreciate Captured by Moonlight. The beautiful and exotic post-World War 1 setting in India adds colour and flavour to the story.

Laine and Eshana are courageous characters who are prepared to endanger their lives to save others. Adam is a war veteran and successful plantation owner who is tormented by many secrets. He was Laine’s childhood sweetheart and he broke her heart when he called off their engagement during the war.  In the years since the war ended, Laine hasn’t found a man who compares to Adam. Eshana’s Christian faith is challenged when she is punished by a cruel uncle because she refuses to follow the Hindu customs of her caste.

The story deals with a number of big issues from the tumultous early 1920’s in India. Ghandi and other historical figures are mentioned. The cultural backdrop, including characters from various castes and religious backgrounds, adds authenticity and depth to the story.

Captured by Moonlight is an engaging and beautifully paced story. It’s a good story for writers to study if they are looking to understand how subplots intertwine and enhance the main plot in the story. I highly recommend this book to those looking for an exciting and inspiring historical romance.

Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy.


I’m excited to announce I’m launching my author blog here in August.

I currently blog at and I’m shifting my blogging focus to this blog as my debut contemporary inspirational romance book release draws closer.

I signed a six book contract with Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line. My first book, Falling for the Farmer, will be a February 2014 release in North America.