My sixth novel with Revell, The Reunion, has released a week early. It’s officially due out on September 1st, but people are telling me Amazon has already begun to ship it, and it’s also already available on Kindle and Nook (that’s never happened before). It’s already begun to receive some crazy-good reviews from some great places.
In some ways, it seems to be coming out of the gate stronger than any of my other books have. Here are a few samples, starting with a 4.5 Stars/Top Pick rating from RT Book Reviews (the premier book review magazine):
“How can you find the words to thank someone for saving your life? Walsh addresses this in his latest — a tribute to military veterans for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Walsh is so gifted that the reader becomes a part of his stories. Vivid descriptions and touching, heartfelt scenes pave the way for a powerful tribute to Vietnam veterans.” — RT Book Reviews Magazine
Then it received a wonderful review from Christian Retailers and Resource Magazine, the official magazine of CBA, read by Christian bookstore owners and managers all over the country. they only review a handful of novels each month. My review for The Reunion was right next to reviews for the latest books by mega best-selling authors Karen Kingsbury and Jerry Jenkins. Here’s what they said:
“The Reunion is a moving story of loss and restoration, of faithfulness in things both significant and mundane, and of courage and doing the next right thing in the face of personal danger. Walsh’s sixth novel doesn’t disappoint, and will appeal to Nicholas Sparks fans. Fair warning: if this is the first Dan Walsh novel you read, you’ll most likely feel compelled to read the other five. Highly recommended.” — CBA Retailers & Resource Magazine
The Reunion also received an amazing review from Nora St. Laurent, the CEO of the Book Club Network. She said she plans to feature it on her website next month. Here is part of what she said:
“I just finished reading Dan Walsh’s new book THE REUNION that will hit bookshelves in Sept, 2012. OHMYGOSH!! I have happy tears running down my face and a warm feeling in my heart. I never expected the ending to this amazing heartfelt story. It was off the charts satisfying!! You’ll want to mark your calendars and put this one on your reading list. I highly recommend it… It touched me deeply!!” –Nora St. Laurent, CEO, The Book Club Network
And finally, it received its first Amazon customer review and got 5 Stars! The review was done by Harold “Doc” Wolf, who also happens to be a “Top 50 Reviewer” for Amazon, meaning, his reviews rank in the top 50 out of the thousands of people who review books on Amazon. Here is part of what he said:
“Romance, Vietnam history, and mystery all packed into a Christian fiction novel. That’s a Dan Walsh book, and he has another winner in The REUNION. It even ends in a December Christmas setting. What’s not to like? I expected a good read and got it…It’s Walsh’s distinctive conclusions that set him apart from the also-authors. It takes a long time to wrap up the threads of one of his books, so many lives coming into one focus, and then the Walsh `ah-ha’ ending. Because I read so many, few books create literal emotion for me. Before The Reunion ended, I wept—physical tears. Now that’s fine fiction.” – Harold Wolf, TOP 50 Amazon Reviewer
We’re off to a good start here with The Reunion, and we haven’t even made it to September yet. Be sure to get your copy, and if you like it, please tell all your friends (Word-of-mouth advertising is what makes bestsellers!).
Two Other Novels I Read and Highly Endorse
Over the summer, I had the privilege of reading two upcoming novels by authors I respect and admire. Both had asked me to read their book for a possible endorsement. These requests always make me a little nervous (what if I read the book and hate it?). Thankfully, I had nothing to fear from either of these requests. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and can highly, and easily, recommend them.
The first is Sarah Sundin’s new novel, With Every Letter, her 4th and the first in the new Wings of the Nightingale Series. Here’s the endorsement I wrote after reading this excellent book:
“I love the nostalgia and drama of the WWII era. No one takes me back there better than Sarah Sundin. With Every Letter is a beautiful love story and has everything you want in a novel: romance, suspense, and characters you care about from the very first page. A marvelous beginning for her new series. I can’t wait to read the next book.”
This book reminded me of one of my favorite romantic comedies, If You Got Mail. Think of that story set in the WW2 era, with a whole lot more depth and a much stronger emotional message. Sarah’s fans will love this book, and it’s sure to reel in thousands more new ones.
The second novel I’m recommending is, A Heartbeat Away, by Harry Kraus, MD. Over the last year or so Harry has become a good friend. In fact, he and I and another good friend, James Rubart (also a great writer) are just about to launch a joint blog together (more on that very soon). Which is why accepting his invitation to read his new novel was a bit challenging.
As a rule, I don’t read medical suspense thrillers. I’m not opposed to them, I just typically read other things. But I could tell before the first chapter was over, I was going to love this book. I stopped reading it as an assignment, and just kept reading it because it was a great read. Here’s the endorsement I sent in:
“I don’t normally read medical suspense novels. But I read this one. And once I started, i couldn’t stop. A Heartbeat Away is a great read. It has everything I want in a book. And it’s based on a premise I’ve never heard of and found utterly fascinating. Do yourself a favor, get this book!”
Speaking of the fascinating premise that underlies this novel…it almost seemed paranormal, like something you’d see in an episode of Fringe or X-Files. But it’s not, what Harry is writing about is true which makes it all the more compelling. As I said, do yourself a favor and get this book!