CROWN OF SOULS – Cover Reveal!!

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HOOAH!!! Wow, my publisher and Kirk DouPonce have outdone themselves with the cover for CROWN OF SOULS, Tox Files #2, set to release September 5th!! Annnnd…. you can PREORDER NOW!! CROWN OF SOULS COPY: Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator. Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same …

Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence – He’s InTOXicating!!

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It’s true – the professional reviews are coming in, and Tox is scoring big!!   Booklist Online said Conspiracy of Silence is a “. . .fast-moving, roller-coaster thriller. . .”   RT Book Reviews named Conspiracy of Silence a Top Pick! with 4.5 stars!   Kendig’s first book in her Tox Files takes readers on an explosive, action-packed global journey to stop a terrorist from releasing a deadly toxin with biblical origins. Kendig has pulled out all the stops in this highly entertaining read that has plot elements of a Tom Clancy or Dan Brown novel. This is a thrill ride with a story that barely stops to catch its breath before the action revs back up again. The hero, Tox, …

Printing Process – Trip to Bethany

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On May 17th, I had the extreme pleasure and honor of visiting my new publishing home, Bethany House Publishers, in Minneapolis. Putting faces to names and voices proved invaluable and wonderful. I knew from my experiences with BHP that there were a solid team, but after sales, marketing, and editorial meetings over the course of two days, I came away more convinced than ever that I made the right move. In fact, I wrote my agent, Steve Laube, while standing in the BHP foyer: “I love love love my Bethany family!” Bethany Press International, independently owned and just around the corner from BHP, is where the book printing is done–but not only for Bethany/Baker Publishing. Many of the publishers use BPI, …

Cover Girl!

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It’s an extreme honor so humbling to be the cover feature for FamilyFictionEdge (January 2015). This is the first time I’ve been the cover “model,” and I have to say–it’s pretty awesome! Many thanks to the incredible folks at FamilyFiction, including Deidra Romero, for this feature.   Please take a moment to stop by ( ) read the interview, as well as the whole magazine. If you aren’t subscribed, please consider subscribing. They always have such fascinating interviews & stories. (When you follow the link, it will lead you to the regular edition of FamilyFiction–just scroll down to the Edge edition (they’re dual-packaged).)


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There are a few people who enter our lives and leave an indelible imprint–Tosca Lee is one of those for me. The obvious part is she’s beautiful. But there’s an incredible depth and intelligence in Tosca that forces me and others to admire her. I’ll never forget the night I won a Christy–she jumped up from her seat as I came off the stage and gave me a huge hug, celebrating with me. She’s been an amazing help to me as I plow into a new series concept, lending me some wisdom on research, sharing scholars, and even brainstorming with me! Who knew a military suspense author and an author who has penned biblical novels–as well as supernatural ones (her series …

Meant To Be Mine Giveaway!!

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Over the weekend, I received a copy of Becky Wade’s upcoming release MEANT TO BE MINE. With my crazy-insane writing schedule (15k/week plus edits) and homeschooling, I had no intention of reading this novel right away, even though it looked wonderful. So, I was stunned to find myself more than halfway through the novel without realizing I’d even started it. I have no idea what type of “spell” this novel cast over me, but I finished it in a 5-hour reading stint. For me, that’s extremely rare. The story was fun, lighthearted at times, and very poignant. Deep truths about forgiveness linger in the pages and seep into your mind/heart. A definite MUST READ!! Because I enjoyed it so much, …


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OORAH! The Christian Manifesto announced winners in their 2012 Lime Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction today–and I’m super stoked to share with you that: FIRETHORN WON the Romantic Suspense category!!   OORAH! Way to go Legend & Kazi!   Here is the full list of winners: Amish Fiction Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis (Harvest House) “Mary Ellis crafted her hero and heroine as incredibly relatable characters, flawed human beings who prove that even the Amish don’t have perfect relationships or marriages.” — Rachel Brand   Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law (Thomas Nelson) “This book is full of suspense, the type where you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for what’s around …

Firethorn & Whole Pieces – Lime Award Nominees!

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  2012 Lime Award Nominations   I am so excited! This morning I discovered two of my 2012 titles are nominees in The Christian Manifesto’s Lime Awards.     Firethorn (Discarded Heroes #4, Barbour) – Romantic Suspense – Melissa Willis wrote: “With non-stop action and jaw-dropping twists, Firethorn is everything I could ask for in this final book of the Discarded Heroes series.” — Melissa Willis     Whole Pieces (A 7 Hours Novella/Tyndale) – Suspense, Speculative, & Thriller- “Whole Pieces is a gripping tale of heroic action and an unlikely opportunity for a second chance.” — Melissa Willis   THANK YOU, THE CHRISTIAN MANIFESTO, FOR THIS HONOR!   You can check rout the full list here:

Wrestling Success

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I am so glad God loves me too much to leave me as I am. Because, quite honestly? There’s a “Ronie” I don’t like. A Ronie caught up in her own little world, pursuing her dreams, and losing herself in the midst of that success-driven pursuit. So, let’s get a little real… Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ.It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.   You’ve heard it. Read  it. Said it. But. . .do you get it? I’ll keep this real—I haven’t. At least, …

TRINITY hits CBA Bestseller List!

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Give a WOOF! for TRINITY! She has definitely made her mark. We just got word that TRINITY: Military War Dog hit the CBA Bestseller List for November!! HOOAH! Way to go, Trinity!   On a different, but related, note, one of the elements of being a writer is connecting with readers. My mission, I’ve always felt, is to create awareness, to open dialogue about things related to the miltiary. For the Discarded Heroes, for readers to learn and be introduced to combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. For A Breed Apart, I want readers to get to know the furry, four-legged heroes who have long been overlooked. So, it’s a coup d’état when a reader posts a review that says all of …