Monday, September 08, 2008

Wounded: A Love Story

I had the awesome opportunity to endorse this book for one of my favorite authors. Here's what I had to say: This is not a tame book, but a rich experience for the senses, a challenge to the mind, and a ministry of unique grace to the heart.

If you're interested in winning a copy, read through the blog post and answer the pertinent question at the end.



If a miracle happened to you, wouldn't you tell everyone? What if they thought you were crazy?

Gina Merritt, poor in health and rich in faith is the last person to expect a miracle to happen to her. As she sits in a pew on Ash Wednesday with throbbing pain in her knees and a raging migraine, she turns her concentration elsewhere and silently prays, "Share with me, Jesus."

Instantly she has a holy vision of the Son of God kneeling before her. As tears fill her eyes, Christ kisses Gina's hands, leaving two perfect red roses. When the vision fades, Gina's hands are bleeding.Anthony Priest, the junkie sitting beside her, instinctively touches Gina when she cries out, but she flees in shock and pain.

A prizewinning journalist before drugs destroyed his career, Anthony is stunned that he is suddenly overcome with a sense of well-being and he instantly knows that he is cured of his addiction. Wanting an explanation, Anthony follows Gina home.

Is it a miracle, or just a religious delusion? It seems like everyone who knows of the mysterious stigmata has an opinion, and it's not always favorable. Putting aside their difference and their mutual distrust, Gina and Anthony embark on a search for answers. Along the way they encounter an uncertain evangelical pastor, a gentle Catholic priest, a certifiable religious zealot, and a transvestite drug dealer, all of whom lend their voices to the tale.

It's a quest for truth, sanity, and grace…and an unexpected love story.If you would like to read an excerpt from Wounded: A Love Story, go HERE.



Claudia is the author of the popular Ragamuffin Diva blog and the David C. Cook novel Zora and Nicky: A novel in Black And White. She is also the author of Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz, and the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries and the Exorsistah series for teens. Her work has appeared in Discipleship Journal magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional Bible, and Justice in the Burbs.

She lives in Michigan with her husband, five of their seven children, and a quirky dwarf rabbit.


I can't recommend the Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries enough. They're wonderful! Extraordinary, in fact! The first book in the series if Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man. Read this one before Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz. They're books to savor!

Here's the question for you to answer in order to qualify for a chance at Wounded: A Love Story.

What type of career did Anthony have before drugs ravaged his life?


Cecelia Dowdy said...

He was a prize-winning journalist!

I'd like to be entered into the drawing, please!

linda.baldwin said...

he was a journalist....

please enter me in the drawing

Trish Perry said...

Wow, Claudia always comes up with such great story lines. I'd love to read this one!

And as already posted, Anthony was a journalist.

Carly said...

he was a journalist..... prizewinning, even. Trish Perry?? I loved The Guy I'm not Dating.

Martha A. said...

He was a prize winning journalist...

Just since I am commenting on your blog and am slightly in are a great author! I have really enjoyed your books!

Carly said...

please enter me by the way

fecarly1 at yahoo dot com

Jill said...

Congratulations to Martha! She is the winner of Claudia's book. Oh, and thank you, Martha, for you kind comment about my books. I'm blushing!

Thanks, everyone, for entering. There will be more giveaways on this blog as time goes on.