Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sharon Hinck's The Restorer Received

It's been a while, but I'm back, sort of. I now live in Utah, but I'm not in Utah right now; I'm currently sitting in a casino in Nevada because it's about the only place in this town where I can get Internet access. I can't really tell you where I am or what I'm doing because Nevada apparently has some law on the books that what happens here has to stay here.

Anyway, because this is a public spot, until I know better, I can't put certain features into the blog posts because I don't care to expose certain personal info on this public network. We'll get this all worked out at some point.

Anyway, for an upcoming Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour, I'll be reviewing Sharon Hinck's The Restorer, book 1 of her The Sword of Lyric series. I recently received my copy and a press release came with it. I assume it's appropriate to reproduce for you the entirety of the release, so here it is. It's from NavPress and it's by Danielle Douglas:


New Hinck Novel Takes a Desperate Housewife To An Alternate Universe

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 2007--NavPress and Sharon Hinck are pleased to present the first novel in the Sword of Lyric series, THE RESTORER.

In book one, readers are introduced to Susan Mitchell, a modern-day soccer mom who longs to be a heroic woman of God. Susan, in dire need of a change, is pulled through a portal into another world, where her adventures carry her through swashbuckling battles, relationship challenges, and a profound spiritual journey.

THE RESTORER absorbs readers in a unique and entertaining experience while carrying a word of encouragement to anyone who has felt abandoned by God or bewildered by a path that doesn't make sense. It is a page turning story to stretch the imagination and provide encouragement to fight the battles of life.

More that a typical sci-fi fantasy, The Sword of Lyric series blends genres in a unique way combining mom-lit and high fantasy. Readers will relate with the heroine, an ordinary soccer mom, and immediately be swept into another world with dire villains, conflicting loyalties, sword fights, epic battles and grand journeys. In a daring move with a style reminiscent of Frank Peretti, J. R. Tolkien and Robin Jones Gunn, Hinck unleashes THE RESTORER.

Available June 2007, Paperback, 1-6006-131-1
$14.99k, 480 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4"

About Sharon Hinck

Sharon Hinck is a wife, mother, and author who has experienced many adventures on her road with God, though none has involved an alternate universe (so far). She earned an MA in communication from Regent University in 1986 and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. When she isn't writing, Sharon enjoys speaking at conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family reside in Bloomington, Minnesota.

About NavPress

NavPress is a publishing outreach ministry of the Navigator's. For over 25 years NavPress has specialized in producing trustworthy Bible studies, books, magazines, and the best-selling contemporary language bible, The Message. NavPress imprints include TH1NK, Pinon Press books and Discipleship and Pray! periodicals.

To order a copy of The Restorer, please visit

Okay, it's D. G. D. again. Would it be in bad taste to comment on this press release? I mean, besides the missing hyphen, missing commas, and missing letter in J. R. R. Tolkien's name, I have to at least say something about TH1NK, an imprint I can't help pronouncing "Thwunk." This is the one, or the thonenk, that infamously includes a volume allowing masturbation. That tells you how "trustworthy" NavPress's publications are. Speaking of which, The Message is an awful, overwrought, slangy paraphrase I recommend you avoid unless you share my masochistic obsession with collecting study Bibles.

And who is Robin Jones Gunn?
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