Freedom Fight by W. Frank Lattimore

Monday, February 3, 2014

Freedom Fight: Sometimes Evil Has Green Eyes and Strawberry Blonde Hair (The Otherealm Saga, #1)

"Welcome to the Otherealm, where Heaven, Hell, and Man Battle for the Soul."

Brent Lawton’s entrance into the occult was an accident; a combination of ignorance and naïveté. He is drawn into a life-paralyzing darkness that threatens to destroy him. Brent tries desperately to escape, even to the point of attempting suicide. However, his deadly deliberations are temporarily stalled by the thought of two possible after-life destinations—one of them probable—planted in his mind by his grandmother.

Tara Baker’s involvement in the occult was no accident. Painful secrets from her past prompt her to push forward to acquire more dark power. Motivated by a malevolent intent to destroy the walk of two “Christlings,” she leverages both physical and spiritual influences to again prove her worthiness to an angry mentor who no longer trusts her emotional stability.

Brent’s and Tara’s paths will cross. Two different powers will compete for their lives and reputations. Neither Brent nor Tara will come out of the experience without scars, but one will encounter an ancient power so boundless that he … or she … will come face-to-face with eternity.

About this author

When I was 14 years old, I saw the movie Star Wars. Its impossible to fully describe the excitement it created within me. It was the catalyst that birthed a desire to write my own grand adventures.

A lifetime later, I was tasked to come up with, and to write, a story for a local stage production. That's when I knew that my passion for writing, though it had lain dormant for decades, was still there. I had stories to tell. Stories that I hoped would change lives.

In 2006 I began writing a novel called Otherealm. As later became two separate books, Freedom Fight and Freedom War, the first two novels of the Otherealm Saga. By 2011 both novels were complete. In 2012 a third novel was written for the saga, Freedom Zone.

You can learn more about Frank at his web site

My Thoughts:

Move over Frank Peretti, there is another Frank in town. Frank has written a book that takes you right into the middle of spiritual warfare. After Brent sees a magic trick done he tries to repeat it and in doing so he has no clue as to the foothold he has just given Satan. He becomes a person that no one recognizes, his coach can't figure out why he's being so different, he tries to commit suicide. Brent is a mess and has no idea that spiritual warfare is raging for his soul.
His grandmother, Hannah, who is a believer is woken up and spends nights praying for her grandson.  We watch Brent become a believer, and how Satan uses Tara to come after Brent. Tara has been warned about the Christlings by her mentor and spirit guide, as she calls them.Tara isn't prepared for the power of Christ that Brent has at his disposal.
These characters are well developed and make you want to care about them. Highly recommended!

The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft

About the book:
All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

About this author

Kathryn Craft, a former dance teacher and choreographer, wrote dance criticism for nineteen years for The Morning Call daily newspaper in Allentown, PA. She has a bachelor’s in biology education and a master’s in health and physical education with a dance concentration from Miami University (OH). Long a leader in the dance and literary scenes in southeastern Pennsylvania, she mentors other writers through workshops and writing retreats. She has lived in New York, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and now lives with her husband in Doylestown, PA. THE ART OF FALLING is her first novel. Her second, WHILE THE LEAVES STOOD STILL, is due from Sourcebooks in Spring 2015.
You can read more about her on her website 

I am a huge fan of debut authors. I was drawn to this book because I love the art of dance. I took tap when I was a kid, nothing more than that. As a woman I can also understand the frustration with body image.
Penny was a character you could get behind and root for. A good debut. 
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