Sunday, February 12, 2012

“Burning Hearts” by Nike Chillemi~Crime Fictionista

Book Blurb: Can a young seamstress with an independent streak escape an arsonist/murderer while deciding if she trusts the dashing US Army veteran and WWII hero some claim is the killer?

Erica Brogna tries to rescue her friend and mentor when her home and dress shop is set on fire, but the smoke and heat beat her back, making her run for help.

In comes hero, Lorne Kincaid, on his Harley. He rushes into the inferno and gets Erica’s friend out, injuring himself in the process. However, she dies at the hospital. Soon he finds himself framed for this crime.


Like so many other writers, I started writing at a very young age. I still have the Crayola, fully illustrated book I penned (penciled might be more accurate) as a little girl about my then off-the-chart love of horses. In high school I wrote the requisite poems full of angst.Today, you might call me a crime fictionista. My passion is crime fiction.

I was a 2010 Inspy Awards judge, a 2011 Carol Awards judge, and write book reviews for The Christian Pulse on-line magazine. Mostly I review serious crime fiction novels or other types of edgy Christian titles. I’m the founding board member of the Grace Awards, a reader-driven inspirational fiction awards. I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where I serve as a small critique group leader. I’m also a member of Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers on Ning, where I’ve coordinated a group summer blog tour and have taught a workshop on proposal writing.

I’m a wife, mother, animal lover, living in a coastal metro New York City, a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean. I’m crazy about the ocean.

My website is Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista… http://

I can be found on Twitter.!/NikeChillemi


BURNING HEARTS can be purchased:

At the Desert Breeze Publishing site.


Barnes & Noble.

Sony Reader.


My Review:

Erica Brogna arrives at Ada’s Fabric Shoppe, only to find it on fire. She attempts to save Ada, but finding herself unable to accomplish the goal, she runs outside to wave down help.

Lorne Kinkade was out cruising on his Harley when he smelled smoke and saw a young woman frantically waving for help. Upon arriving, Erica informs Lorne that Ada is still in the house. He goes in to rescue her and is successful, though she is badly burned on her face and arm.

Erica, Lorne and Ada end up at the Memorial Hospital, where Erica and Lorne are treated and released. Ada was in surgery, but subsequently did not survive her injuries.

Nike Chillemi, in Burning Hearts, creates a genuine story line of a senseless arson/murder, with characters that are personal, personable, cruel, and real.
Nike Chillemi, in Burning Hearts, creates a genuine story line of a senseless, selfish arson/murder, with characters that are personal, personable, cruel, and real. The conversations seemed so natural and true for the circumstances, the delightful romance was respectful for the time era (1946), the police action/non-action seemed appropriate in the days of family powers ruling, and the suspense and mystery, though slow compared to today’s action, was timely and kept my attention. Nike kept me guessing who the killer/arsonist was throughout the whole book, down to the last few pages. And even then the action was powerful, dangerous and alarming. Emotions were palpable! Definitely moved me.

For her first novel, Nike did an outstanding job of keeping the storyline moving with all the different characters, crimes, and social and daily activities. Her descriptive language gave you a sense of the era, surrounding scenery, scenarios, area, and emotions. This aspect made for a very intimate read. Powerfully written with a sense of gentility mixed in. Definitely a 1946-era book. I loved it! Looking forward to her next book!

Nike’s inclusion of the dilemmas of Lorne and Erica’s faith, their anger at God, and their spiritual growth is applicable for people everywhere. We all struggle, but we have a God who is there for us.

I received this e-book through Debra Gaynor of Readers Favorite in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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