The Francis Conspiracy is coming along nicely.
Fr. Oliver faces some new challenges as he continues to evade Council 666. Things are heating up as the Council closes in on him. Trapped in Mexico and trying to evade corrupt authorities, Fr. Oliver discovers a group of women being held against their will in a sex trade operation. He needs to keep moving, but he can’t just leave these women in such desperate condition.
Stay tuned for more!
Make sure you’ve read Persistent Evil, before getting the Francis Conspiracy. Fortunately, you have time. So, here’s the link:
A Rabbit’s Tale has received the 2015 Global Ebook Award in the category of Christian Fiction and has also received 5 stars from Readers’ Favorite. The book cover has been revised to include these honors. The updated cover also features the image of a fluorescent greenish-yellow hand and a letter which represent an important point in the story.
I had to share this awesome review by John Howard Prin.
Hippity-Hop, This Tale is Over the Top
, April 20, 2015
This review is from: A Rabbit’s Tale an Easter Story (Praying Mantis Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Open this book and you are in for an egg-citing treat. Settle back as you turn the pages of this superb story and rest easy knowing you’re in for a jubilee of enjoyment.
A Rabbit’s Tale offers a wonderfully funny, and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious, story of ingenious twists and turns. The author has assembled a rich cast of characters, sympathetically drawn in the case of hero Juan Arias and dastardly villainous as personified by Monty McPride, who messes things up in grand fashion. The array of humanity in these pages spans the spectrum of likeable to detestable.
The storyline is a roller-coaster ride of humorous flashes of comedy and touching moments of tender pathos. Its many twists and surprises kept me guessing about how seemingly unrelated events would weave together, but Ruiz proved himself to be a gifted storyteller.
I especially enjoyed the story’s outrageous central premise, a leap of fantasy based on a stupendous “what-if.” Juan’s trials and tribulations are those of an everyman, an ordinary and decent fellow who dresses up as the Easter Bunny for a kids’ party and has a medical emergency which catapults the antics into high gear.
In keeping with the Easter themes of death by crucifixion and miraculous resurrection, the author presents episodes in Juan’s life when his plight parallels that of his hero Jesus — times when everything turns dark and bleak, but then by some unexpected plot twist or quirk of character the divine light of hope shines brightly and saves the day.
Highly creative, wildly imaginative, tremendously enjoyable — this tall tale has the makings of a classic.
I’m thrilled to be working on a story for the Birds of Passage anthology along with a great group of authors. All proceeds from the book will go to Passage Home a non-profit 501-c3, to help in their fight as they lift people out of the grip of poverty. For more information visit http://edgychristianfiction.com/2015/07/31/anthology/
Persistent Evil’s official launch date is December 1, 2014. Here is a trailer for the book. Images used are from the Renaissance painting The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch started in 1510 and finished in 1515.
In Persistent Evil, The Demon Slayer, Fr. Oliver is a priest who finds himself in a fight with demonic evil that threatens the Catholic Church. Fr. Oliver is a cross between Bruce Lee and Billy Graham. His character was inspired by Fr. William McConville, a Franciscan friar at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh. He is a great homilist and a friend to all. His stories about encounters with people and everyday life are the type that could fuel a series of novels for a long time. The Double XX commercials got it all wrong. They should have cast Fr. Bill as “the most interesting man in the world.”
As we are introduced to Fr. Oliver in the book, he has a curious encounter while getting a hair cut. The dialogue between him and the hairdresser is pretty close to what actually happened to Fr. Bill. Those that have seen him in a short sleeve shirt know that he’s got some serious muscle, which comes from years of body-building. He does not fit the stereotype of a typical priest. This often results is amusing reactions by those that assume he’s a race car driver, bouncer, or maybe a US Marshal.
I’m grateful to Fr. Bill for sharing his real life stories with me and for being such a great role model as he passionately shares his faith.
I am happy to know this unusual and devoted man of God.
With all the news about e-books, I found this article enlightening.
It didn’t start out as a series, it turned into one after a Rabbit’s Tale, An Easter Story was completed. The story continues and some big surprises are in store. I’m getting ready to start Book 3. Don’t know if it will be a three or four book series. We’ll see what happens.
Persistent Evil is scheduled to be released on December 1, 2014. Look for it on Amazon.