Monday, January 18, 2010

"THICKER Than BLOOD" by C. J. Darlington

“THICKER Than BLOOD” by C. J. Darlington Blog Tours Presents:

Thicker than Blood by C.J. Darlington
Published by Tyndale House

Winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!

Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?

My Review:

Thicker than Blood is a story of two sisters, Christy and May Williams, who have drifted apart after the tragic death of their parents. Two young women, two very different choices of lifestyles.

Both young women are heartbroken over the loss of their relationship for different reasons. May, more so, when she finds out their lawyer, Harvey Kurtz, knows Christy’s whereabouts but won’t disclose it to her.

After the funeral of their Aunt Edna, and subsequent life-changing (lost her job), life-threatening (being stalked) circumstances, Christy finds herself in a difficult situation, and determines to go see May. Through heart-wrenching events (lost in a blizzard), they find what they’ve both been looking for. A book of hope for torn apart families.

The ending definitely leaves room for a sequel. Hopefully so!

Author Endorsements:

With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her début effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss.
–Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best-selling author

If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern-day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace.
–Rebecca St. James, Grammy award-winning Christian singer and bestselling author

With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she’s a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it.
–Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away

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About the Author:

C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschooled student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novel before cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.

C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website for more info.


* The 1st chapter of Thicker than Blood
* The “Story Behind the Story” of Thicker than Blood
* More endorsements from Jenny B. Jones, James Scott Bell, Susan Meissner, and more!
* Our interview with C.J. at
* Buy Thicker than Blood at
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* List of the other 85+ Thicker than Blood blog tour participants!

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