Author Review: Creston Mapes

Author Review:
Creston Mapes

     In this edition of the Author Review, I want to introduce you to award-winning and bestselling author Creston Mapes. Fans of Frank Peretti, Terri Blackstock, Ted Dekker, Joel Rosenberg, Lynette Eason, Susan Sleeman, Colleen Coble, and Christy Barritt will love Fear Has a Name from Creston Mapes.


About Fear Has A Name
The Crittendon Files #1, as summarized by the author:

A Haunting Name From the Past . . .

Granger Meade was mentally scarred as a boy by his religious zealot parents. He was bullied at school for his quiet, oafish appearance, which naturally made him a loner and outcast.

But one girl treated him differently—Pamela Wagner. Pam talked to Granger, took an interest, listened, made him feel like a human being. She cared when no one else did, and Granger loved her for it; and still does 20 years later.

So Granger goes back to their Ohio town. Back to Pamela. But she is happily married to reporter Jack Crittendon, who’s embroiled in a time-sensitive story about a pastor who’s disappeared and left a suicide note; a case swirling with suspicion and talk of scandal.


My thoughts:

Fear Has A Name caught my attention on page one and never let go.

You will see Granger Meade from each person’s perspective. The question of how to forgive after what goes on in the story begs a personal answer from the reader. The book gently, without being in your face, reflects the struggle of faith during complicated and confusing times.

If you like Christian Suspense, you won’t be able to stop reading until you finish the last page.


I hope you enjoy Creston’s series as much as I do. These links will get you started.

Fear Has A Name, The Crittendon Files #1

Poison Town, The Crittendon Files #2

Sky Zone, The Crittendon Files #3


About Creston Mapes

Creston Mapes grew up in northeast Ohio, where he has fond memories of living with his family of five in the upstairs’ portion of his dad’s early American furniture store – The Weathervane Shop. Creston was not a good student, but the one natural talent he possessed was writing. 

He set type by hand and cranked out his own neighborhood newspaper as a kid, then went on to graduate with a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. Creston was a newspaper reporter and photographer in Ohio and Florida, then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, for a job as a creative copywriter for a printing firm/ad agency.


Creston served for a stint as a creative director, but quickly learned he was not cut out for management. He went out on his own as a freelance writer in 1991 and has been doing it ever since—for Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola, The Weather Channel, Oracle, ABC-TV, Johnson Controls, TNT Sports, colleges and universities, ad agencies and more. He’s ghost-written more than ten non-fiction books.


Along the way, Creston has written nine contemporary thrillers, achieved Amazon Bestseller status, and had one of his novels (Nobody) optioned as a major motion picture. He plans to continue writing fiction into the sunset.


Creston married his fourth grade sweetheart, Patty, and they have four amazing kids who range from about 21 to 31 years old.

What people are saying about Creston’s books…

“Captivating from breathless start to throat-clenching finish, Fear Has a Name possesses everything a great thriller should and more. A must-read for fans of Terri Blackstock and Brandilyn Collins.”

— Tamera Alexander, USA Today Best-selling Author

 “A wild roller-coaster ride! I thoroughly enjoyed Poison Town.” – Francine Rivers, Best-selling author

“Every time you think the tension can’t be more intense, Creston Mapes ramps it up a notch. Be prepared to stay up late (and make sure the doors are locked) when you start reading Poison Town.”

— Robert Whitlow, Best-selling Author

Sky Zone not only hits all the marks for a ‘must read’ thriller, but it sets a whole new bar for Christian Suspense.”

— Wanda Dyson, Best-selling Author

Happy #thrillerthursday! Your next Christian Thriller read is here and a giveaway question

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On My Bookshelf

Fear Has A Name 

Fans of Frank Peretti, Terri Blackstock, Ted Dekker, Joel Rosenberg, Lynette Eason, Susan Sleeman, Colleen Coble, and Christy Barritt will love Fear Has a Name from Creston Mapes.

The Author Review

Creston Mapes 

In this edition of Thrillers & Truth, I want to introduce you to award-winning and bestselling author Creston Mapes. 


Until next time as the story unfolds,



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Happy #ThrillerThursday! Books to enjoy & join my influencer team

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I have some book suggestions, an author review, and a request for you.

On My Bookshelf

Surrounded by Darkness 

Happy #thrillerthursday! Surrounded by Darkness is book #3 of the Windy Ridge series by Rachel Dylan. If you enjoy Frank Peretti, you might love Rachel’s series. It’s sooo good. This is my second time through books 1, 2, and now 3! I’m looking forward to book #4, , coming out on October 26, 2021. I preordered my copy today. If you haven’t read the Windy Ridge series yet, you can start .

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The Author Review

Rachel Dylan 

This week on the Author Review I want to introduce you to Rachel Dylan, an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. To read more about Rachel and her books click the button below.


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Author Review: Rachel Dylan

Author Review:
Rachel Dylan

     “This book is sure to appeal to fans of Dekker and Peretti.” — By the Book


About Trial & Tribulations
A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #1, as summarized by the author:

High-powered attorney Olivia Murray faces the biggest test of her career when she is assigned to represent Astral Tech, a New Age tech company, in a lawsuit filed by its biggest competitor. While Olivia is accustomed to hard fights in the courtroom, she arrives in Windy Ridge and discovers there is much more to this case than the legal claims—forces of darkness are at work.

Windy Ridge quickly turns from a quiet Chicago suburb to a spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Although they are enemies in the courtroom, Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in opposing counsel, Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most.

The battle between evil forces heats up in and out of the courtroom, pushing Olivia to the breaking point. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil, or will the town of Windy Ridge be torn apart?

My thoughts:

Rachel is one of my favorite authors. Her plots are straight forward and fast-paced.

I was first introduced to spiritual warfare fiction when I read This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. I fell in love with the genre. So, I was thrilled when a friend introduced me to Rachel’s Windy Ridge series. I admire the way she keeps a firm grip on the plotline as she weaves in the supernatural warfare entangling the lives of the folks in Windy Ridge.

If you like supernatural suspense with a hint of romance, then you’ll love this series. I’ll add links to the first three books below.

Trial and Tribulation, Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #1

Fatal Accusation, Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #2

Surrounded by Darkness, Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #3

False Prophet, Windy Ridge Legal Thriller #4 (Coming October 26, 2021)

About Rachel

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. The Atlanta Justice Series features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the ATLANTA JUSTICE series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.

You can find Rachel at

What people are saying about Rachel’s books…

“Oh my! This was such a great story”

Trial & Tribulations


Fatal Accusation


Surrounded by Darkness

Happy #ThrillerThursday! – 5 Benefits of Reading Fiction

If you’re reading my newsletter, then most likely you love to read fiction, but did you know how much more it is doing for you than entertainment. Not to minimize the fun factor, but I think it’s pretty cool to know how our brains love us for feeding it stories!

Check out these five benefits you’re getting every time you sit down with a book.

1. Mental Stimulation ·

A growing body of research shows that reading literally changes your mind.

Using MRI scans, researchers have discovered that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain.

In one study conducted in 2013, researchers used functional MRI scans to measure the effect of reading a novel on the brain.

Participants read the novel Pompeii for nine days. The scans showed areas of their brain lit up as tension built in the story. During the reading period and for days after, brain connectivity increased.

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  1. Vocabulary Expansion

Researchers have found that students who read stories regularly have larger vocabularies than those who don’t read often.

Read more.


  1. Memory Improvement and Focus

Although research hasn’t proven that reading prevents mental disease, the National Institute of Aging recommends reading often as a way of keeping the mind engaged as one grows older.

Rush University Medical Center did a study. In 2013 and concluded that people who engage their minds with stimulating activities are less likely to develop plaques, lesions, and tau-protein tangles found in the brains of people with dementia.

Read more.


  1. Stress Reduction

In the Journal of College Teaching and Learning, one study conducted in 2009 discovered that thirty minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and psychological stress just as well as yoga and humor.

Read more.


  1. Analytical skills

Analytical skills are the ability to conceptualize and solve simple and complex problems using all information available to you. Reading a book is one way to improve analytical skills. Consider this. If the antagonist reveals his plan, our brains go to work for the protagonist, trying to find out how the hero will escape.

Read more.

While reading fiction for fun is the main reason I sit down with a good book, I’m thankful for the covert benefits happening for me without any extra effort.

On my bookshelf

This week I’m reading The Revealing, by Bill Myers, book #5 of the Harbingers series.

Brenda and the team find themselves in Rome trying to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned–the very spear that pierced Christ’s side. Their search will take them from hidden chambers inside the Vatican to the catacombs of Rome to a mysterious seaside cave with unexpected powers. But what they seek is more perilous than they know.

These books are for all ages. I really enjoyed this book and am anxious to get on to the next. Hope you do too!!!

Cindy Hunt

After reading the first four in this series I pre-ordered the next in the series. I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas! Well written with an edge-of-your-seat plot, and THAT is putting it mildly.

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