Monday, September 24, 2007
My friend Tamera Alexander has just released the third novel in her acclaimed Fountain Creek Chronicles series. I do hope you'll check it out. Here's a blurb about the series.
This bestselling three-book series (Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered) features a different historical romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled within its mountains and sustained by one of its major creeks, three couples find adventure and love on the frontier. Each person will be called upon to stand on nothing more than faith, risk what is most dear, and turn away from the past in order to follow God's plan for the future.
For more, go to www.TameraAlexander.com!
Friday, September 21, 2007
One of the best interviews recently was with Martha Zoller on The Martha Zoller Show, WDUN 550 AM in Atlanta. She's read my books and was totally on top of the content, asked some awesome questions. I hope to do more with Martha soon.
Okay, back to writing. Have a great weekend. CM
Monday, September 17, 2007
If you're into historical fiction, Tricia Goyer is one of our industry's finest writers.
In Book 2 of the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series...Sophie discovers that nothing is as she first imagined. When Walt, the reporter who helped her over the border, shows up again after Guernica is bombed, Sophie is given an impossible mission. She must leave behind the man she's fallen in love with and return to the person who betrayed her. Another layer of the war in Spain is revealed as Sophie is drawn into the international espionage schemes that could turn the tide of the war and help protect the soldiers from the International Brigade ... she must find a way to get a critical piece of information to Walt in time.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As I'm between books, I've actually started writing two or three new novels, but can't decide which one to pursue. I am leaning toward one of the ideas, however, and am diving into that now.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of NOBODY. I got the idea to write about the homeless from some time I spent with my late father, Bernie Mapes, who pointed out a homeless man at a park we were visiting in St. Augustine, Florida. From there, the idea grew when my publisher sent me to Las Vegas to research the new novel. I met with a great guy named Brian Brooks of the Nevada Health Centers. Brian took me all over the Vegas homeless community.
Another great story behind the book was a meeting I had with Jud Wilhite, pastor of the enormous Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. Jud shared a poem with me, which runs at the front of the novel, called I STAND BY THE DOOR. It's a poem about Christians getting so far involved in church that we forget about the ordinary people outside the doors. That's really the underlying theme of the book. It's a suspense thriller about a homeless man, found murdered, with a safe deposit box key and bankbook on him worth close to $1 million. In a race against time, a Vegas reporter named Hudson Ambrose is forced to investigate this man's life, find out why he had the money, who wanted him dead, and why the entire Vegas homeless community thought he was an angel in disguise.
Romantic Times has given the novel 4 Stars and called it "Compelling!" And here's what some best-selling authors are saying:
"Nobody was absolutely riveting from the opening scene to the final page. With compelling characters, a plot that surprised me at every turn, and a subtle, yet profound message that moved me to tears, this book goes straight to the top of my highly recommended list."
— Deborah Raney, author of Remember to Forget and Within This Circle
"A taut, entertaining novel of mystery, intrigue and spiritual truth. Creston Mapes deals a winning hand in Nobody."
— James Scott Bell, bestselling author of No Legal Grounds and Try Dying
"Nobody had me fascinated from the first paragraph and kept the surprises coming to the very end. Somehow, as the pages flew by it also managed to convey a beautiful picture of faith the size of a mustard seed. From now on I’ll read anything by Creston Mapes the instant it hits the shelves."
— Athol Dickson, Christy Award winning author of River Rising and The Cure
"Read this book where you can make a little noise. From the time Hudson Ambrose dips his hand into a dead man’s pocket until the moment this novel ends, you’re going to find yourself talking back at the pages."
— Tom Morrisey, author, In High Places
Hope to see you at the book store! For a list of places where I'll be signing, go to www.crestonmapes.com and click on "appearances." Regards, CM
Monday, September 10, 2007
Hey guys, my friend, DiAnn Mills' new novel, When the Nile Runs Red, is being used to raise awareness about the atrocities taking place in
Here's what Ashley Denis of FrontPage Reviews says about the book: "I cannot put into the appropriate words how truly amazing this novel was. I felt like my heart was being pulled in all different directions; I highly recommend this novel. You get to take a look into the current events in
Here's the storyline: Paul Farid, who once persecuted the southern Sudanese, now loves the weary people whose lives have been destroyed by war.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
I just got back from Crawford Communications here in Atlanta, a really hip, high-end communications company. My publisher arranged for me to do a one-minute radio spot, advertising the new ESV Bible. I was able to introduce myself, and my new novel (NOBODY), and then read a scripture that impacted my life, and tell about it.
The guys in charge told me to prepare 2 scriptures and stories. A guy down at Crawford named Steve Warner ran the show, and we were hooked in with the producer in Nashville at the same time. They ushered me into an air-tight studio, and I got to have a couple shots at trying to sound smooth on the air.
The ads will be played on hundreds of radio stations. When I finished my two stories, I was really psyched. Not at all about getting my books out there, but about getting the testimony of God's Word out there. Here are the two scripts I read:
Hey, my name is Creston Mapes, author of the suspense thriller, Nobody.
It was 1986 and I was 25 when I heard the words of Revelation 3:15-16:
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Sitting in an adult SS class, I heard these verses and was pierced to the core. Up to that point, I had lived with one foot on earth, running with the sinners, and one foot in heaven, running with the saints. But the sword of God’s word showed me that I was a hypocrite, totally apathetic and uncommitted toward God. I was lukewarm.
This text served as one of those “hard words” from God that radically changed my life and eventually led me to understand his unfathomable love.
Hey, my name is Creston Mapes, author of the suspense thriller, Nobody.
This verse from 1 Peter 2:24 came to me early one morning when it was still black out, and the house was completely quiet.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
I’d been struggling with temptations from my old life when these words fell like a warm rain on me as I sat at my kitchen table. Suddenly, this truth was so simple, concise, and powerful—He took my sins to the cross. I was dead to them. He did this so I could be salt and light to the world.
Next time Satan tries to trick you into thinking you’re obligated to those old, habitual sins, remember 1 Peter 2:24: By his wounds, you have been healed!
Until next time, take care. cm
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Angie is a friend of mine who keeps turning out great story after great story. Here's a bit about her latest:
How do you live when God asks you to bury a dream?
Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator, quits her job after her divorce—and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will uncover mysteries of love and life.
Check it out on-line and at stores everywhere. cm