Phoenix author Archives

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“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” media mogul Ted Turner famously opined.   That inspirational quote could just as easily have come from the mouth of Fountain Hills author C.K. Donnelly, the self-described “unsuccessful quitter” who persevered after years of rejection from the book industry and went on to self-publish her debut novel, Trine Rising, The Kinderra Saga: Book 1, last year. It turns out good things do indeed come to those who wait – and who  refuse to quit: Last week, Donnelly received an Independent Press Award for her fantasy epic, which we reviewed last fall.  “Trine Rising is a...

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Fans of Christian fiction writers Susan May Warren and Karen Kingsbury will love Until I Met You (Revell, $14.99) by Phoenix author Tari Faris. This sweet, spiritual romance is the second installment in Michigan transplant Faris’ Restoring Heritage series, which centers on the fictional small town of Heritage, Michigan. Her debut, You Belong with Me, is nice background for this novel, but not required reading to enjoy the budding romance of librarian Libby Kingsley and...

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There’s an undeniable heaviness to retired teacher Gaila Kline-Hobson’s debut novel, The Chosen’s Calling (self-published; available on Amazon for $9.95 in paperback and $3.99 as an e-book). Her inspiration was one of life’s most unanswerable questions: Why do young people die? But rather than dwelling on tragedy, she instead imagines a world where death is a transition for youths to fulfill bigger destinies in the afterlife. Her spiritual fantasy novel centers on three teens from...

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If you loved the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, you’ll love The Lemonade Stand: From Sour to Sweet – Inspiring Women’s Stories of Strength and Success (self-published, $14.69 on Amazon). Phoenix content specialist Michelle Faust took inspiration from the publishing institution’s anthology format to create her own compendium of uplifting stories from women who have overcome adversity, from prison sentences to cancer diagnoses. If you’re looking for a feel-good read in these feeling-terrible...

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