Friday, September 2, 2011

Win a free book and recommended Reading: WolfsBane by Ronie Kendig

And the winner is:!!!!!  Julian Kent!!!! Thanks to all who entered!! Now run, don't walk to your nearest book store and pick up a copy of this book. You won't be disappointed!

As you know, I don't advertise a lot of books on my blog. I want to be true to my readers and only talk about the books that I recommend. Wolfsbane is one of them.  I'll set forth an initial warning. This book is Romantic Military Suspense, so if you're looking for a light, fluffy read, this isn't it!  All I can say is, I was riveted to every page. The characters Dani and Canyon are both so real, so incredibly wounded by tragic circumstances, that you will pull your hair out, hoping and praying that God heals them and they get together. Put them in the middle of intrigue, betrayal, secret missions to Venezuela, really evil dudes vying for power and money, and a special ops team that we've all come to love through Ronie's other books, and you have an exciting, edge of your seat, stay up all night, story! Ronie not only knows her military jargon, she's also a master of intrigue and romance!
So, leave a comment and tell me why you must have this book and I'll draw a name on Sept 16th to win a free copy!

A female demolitions who unwittingly holds a lethal secret. . .

A former Green Beret grappling with terrifying memories of a mission gone bad. . .

And the jungle that threatens to swallow them whole.

In Venezuela, Danielle Roark and her Army Corps of Engineers team is captured. After six months of captivity, Dani escapes, only to end up charged with espionage and forced to return to the jungle to prove that a nuclear facility exists. On the mission, she is abandoned by God and country. Will she live long enough to make those responsible pay? Haunted by memories of a mission gone bad, former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe wrestles with his developing feelings for the feisty senator’s daughter. Setting aside his misgivings, he and Nightshade take the mission to help Dani unravel her lethal secrets. Separated from the team leaves Dani and Canyon vulnerable—and captured. After he is rescued, Canyon discovers Dani has been left behind. Livid, he sacrifices everything—including his role with Nightshade—to find Dani. Can Dani and Canyon fight the nightmare armed with only forgiveness and raw courage? Or will they lose their lives, minds, and each other?


The author’s military background shines through in vivid detail…Kendig pulls out all the stops with page-turning action, adventure and danger. Book three in the Discarded Heroes series can pretty much stand alone. ~~Romantic Times (Chandra McNeil)

Ronie Kendig serves up a mix of machinegun-fast action, touching romance, and more twists than a coil of a detonator wire. Get a good grip on the edge of your seat before you start reading! ~Rick Acker, author of When the Devil Whistles and Dead Man’s Rule

Non-stop, fast-paced, machine gun type action that will leave you exhausted--and yearning for more. Don't even try to put the book down because you'll find yourself drawn right back, unable to do or think about anything else until you reach the end. Kendig has created realistic, imperfect characters to cheer for and cry with as they struggle to find God and do the right thing. A definite keeper for your read-again shelf." ~Lynette Eason - best-selling author of Too Close to Home and Don't Look Back


In a book loaded with action, great characters, and high emotion, there are some beautiful reminders of God. From His plans for an individual’s life to His amazing forgiveness, there are several gentle reminders of God’s presence in the midst of the storm.

This series has excelled in reminding the reader of many fundamental spiritual truths while providing hours of fast-paced entertainment. Most of all it has highlighted the soldiers who have left the battlefield, but are still haunted by the war. For those that can handle emotion, passion, and raw intensity, this is a fantastic series and one I highly recommend. ~~Melissa Willis The Christian Manifesto


This is the most amazing book I have read in a long time. It has a high intensity, quick moving plot that doesn’t sacrifice depth of character. Descriptive settings cause the reader to feel like they are living the adventure alongside the characters. The characters, though unique, feel true to life and experience struggles and sins that aren’t solved in the blink of an eye.

Just when you think she’s packed everything into the plot, Ronie Kendig adds another layer. This book is worthy of 5+ stars. It has just the right balance of adventure, suspense, and romance.

If you only read one book this year, this is the one I recommend. ~~Kristen Lowery Read Great Fiction

Every second of this book took me on a journey. From the rain-soaked jungles to the courtroom to crazy dangerous secret missions to almost as dangerous family get togethers, each step of Dani and Canyon''s is a challenge that you get to experience with them. The best thing about Wolfsbane are these "real" characters who make real-life mistakes. Sure, most of us aren''t a part of a covert ops team but we are exposed to some of the same difficult choices and crossroads on our faith walks that Dani and Canyon faced.

Wolfsbane is by far my favorite of the series. I stand in awe of these incredible books and the uber-talented Ronie Kendig. If there are only a few books that you add to your "to-read" list this year make sure one of them is Wolfsbane! You won''t regret it. Trust me. ~~Renee Chaw Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

Ronie Kendig grew up an Army brat and married a veteran. Together, she and her husband have four children and three dogs. She has a BS in Psychology, speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Rapid-Fire Fiction, her brand, is exemplified through her novels Dead Reckoning, a spy thriller, and the military thriller series, The Discarded Heroes, which includes Nightshade (Retailer’s Choice Award Finalist), Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn (January 2012). Ronie can be found at or


  1. I simply MUST have this book! ;)
    I've read one Ronie Kendig book in the past, and it was amazing! Lots of fast-paced, thrilling action, but plenty of fascinating character development. Knowing the author, I'm up for another book with great action and great characters!

    My email:

  2. I really want to read this book. I've read a few Ronie Kendig books and loved each of them. I just love how the characters are real and flawed, and I look forward to getting to know the characters in this book.


  3. Would love to win this book...I enjoy reading books that are more than just "fluff" and this one sound like a winner.

  4. Oh my gosh I want this book sooo bad! I read the first in this series as it was at my local library but they don't have any of the others and I've been desperately wanting to read this one!

  5. I got Dead Reckoning for my birthday one year and I loved it! Reason why I must have this book: it's my birthday again next Friday!

  6. Why I must have this book? Let's see... Nightshade was one of the best books I've ever read. (I seriously considered turning one of those scenes into a monologue for drama tryouts, but the tryouts never happened.) Digitalis was just as intense. And if I don't finish this outstanding series, my novel-loving self will never be satisfied. (Is that a good enough reason for you?)

  7. I don't think I've ever read one of her books. This sounds quite intriguing. I would love to win a copy. Please put me in your drawing. I know that if you like it, MaryLu, it must be good. Well, I am off to pick up my grandson! :-)

  8. I MUST have this book ... well, really I would like to receive this book. Won't die if I don't get it but I would like to read one by Ronie Kendig as I never have. She gets good reviews, she's a popular writer, and You like her, so I should probably get one of her books to read for myself. Course I can always go to purchase one at Amazon but I'm trying to break my Amazon purchasing addition. Haven't done too well with my ice cream addition but there's always hope. So ... put my name in the draw for a copy, please.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawkeauthor at aol dot com

  9. Hey! I've been following this series since you recommended Nightshade--forever ago! I LOVE this series! I can't believe the fourth one comes out months from now! I can't wait.
    Loved this book...I gave it 5/5 stars.
    So I already have this book...don't need another. =D Just wanted to tell you that you got me hooked on Kendig's books a while ago. Excellent writer!

    -Rebekah xD

  10. Thank you, MaryLu, for the honor of being here on Cross & Cutlass again. You are so great to host me. I've loved your books for-EVER! :-D

    Thank you, everyone, for signing up to win! Praying you are all blessed!

  11. Don't enter me in the contest MaryLu, I've read the book already and it is fantastic!!! I Love Love Love it! Just remember to come up for breath every once in a while when reading it......because believe me, your nose will be so far in that book you will not want to breathe until the last word!!! Ronie....You are just an awesome writer!!!

  12. I've met Ronie on Facebook through mutual author friends, but I have yet to read one of her books! Please help me rectify this horrific travesty by giving a copy of Wolfsbane to me. That way when I talk about my genius author friends on my blog I can authoritatively include Ronie.
    Jane Wells

  13. Absolutely LOVED this book. I do not currently own a copy of any of Ronie Kendig's books and since I am one to re-read favorites over and over, I NEED a copy of this one. :)

    You of all people should know how many times I will read the same book again - It was your series that I read 3 times in the same week. A record for me. lol!

    Okay, I know I said it the other, but now you've fixed it up even more. I absolutely LOVE your new blog look. So cool!! Great job!

  14. It is hard to find as gripping a read as some of the secular military novels without the language and the gore. Ronie gives the kind of read I love. :-)

  15. Hi MaryLu! Hi Ronie!
    First of all, I love your new website, MaryLu, superfabulous. I don't get out much with all the writing I'm doing, but I'm not complaining. :) I just haven't made it over here for awhile.

    Secondly, Ronie, I still haven't read your books but would love to do so. Hope you both have an awesome Labor Day Weekend.

  16. I'm a fan of ML's pirate romances but have yet to read anything by Ronie Kendig, though I've heard rave reviews wherever I go and have been wanting to pick one up for a while... Would love the chance to win!

    Most of the ABA military romances I've read are fast-paced page-turners but include a lot of sex. But sometimes the Christian ones are diluted to the point they aren't really thrilling at all. It's a tough balance. I'd love to read a Christian book that's clean but riveting.

    Thanks MaryLu for hosting, and thanks Ronie for participating.


  17. not sure if I must have it, but you make it sound so good!...and I've heard nothing but great things about this author...

    ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

  18. Other than a few Dee Henderson books, I haven't found many romantic military suspense combinations! This book sounds awesome! I would love to read it : )

  19. WOW!!! Reading an excerpt, I'm hooked! I can't wait to read some of Ronie's works! As a person who wants to learn more about writing suspense, I've got a great book to read to inspire me here.

    Have a blessed day.


  20. would love to read ronie's latest novel...loved her previous books very, very much :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  21. I would love to read this! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Christian Bookshelf Reviews

  22. Sounds great!

  23. Thank you, everyone, for coming by and commenting. It is my great hope that each of you will have a chance to read this series. :-D Thanks everyone! You have encouraged me today!