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Christian Suspense

  • Reader’s Favorite Five Star Reviewed
  • Books Go Social Gold Quality Mark

When a disgraced CIA analyst confined to desk duty learns her daughter’s fiancé and former partner has disappeared, she goes rogue to save his life and her own reputation.

A mission failure has confined CIA covert operative Eve Parker to desk duty and she’s left to pick up the pieces of her broken personal life. But when her daughter’s fiancé is taken hostage, Eve must return to the Middle East armed with rusty tradecraft, and dubious credibility shrouded in her peers’ skepticism. Will she get it together in time to thwart the biggest threat to America since 9/11, or will her old-fashioned ways cause her to fail again?

And if a suspected mole, a missing thumb drive, and a camel ride through the desert weren’t challenging enough, a young Muslim boy with questions about God cause Eve to struggle with her own faith. As the most important assignment of her life draws near, events unfold to demonstrate that, particularly in espionage, things are not always as they seem. 

Join Eve Parker as she confronts her past, a national threat, and a crisis of faith in this spy thriller layered with intrigue, suspense, and surprise ending from an award-winning author reviewers call “a master storyteller.”

If you enjoy clean, adventurous spy thrillers which touch on faith, you’ll enjoy this novel from an award-winning author and ‘master storyteller’ Beverly Nault.” Books Go Social Review

★★★★★

Reviewed By Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars

“Beverly Nault redefines the meaning of an undercover secret mission in Misdirect. “Look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:18). After botching a field mission to retrieve a thumb drive, CIA operative Eve Parker is forced into a desk job. Most of the agency wanted her fired for her incompetence. Her family is not really pleased with her either. Her career took precedence and her husband and daughter paid the price. Several years after the incident, an agent involved in her failed mission is killed; the intelligence reveals a photo of the infamous missing thumb drive. Due to her experience and knowledge, Eve is assigned to the mission. Although she feels guilty for leaving her family again, Eve jumps at the chance to join the team. She soon realizes that “something’s brewing,” something much bigger than any of them could have ever foreseen. Traveling alone in the desert, with a boy as her guide, Eve draws close to God and begins to pray. She trained for this, and believes God is on her side.

Seriously engaging, Misdirect by Beverly Nault is filled with twists and turns and unexpected events. Written with hidden layers of intrigue and suspense, the plot unfolds surprisingly. Nault does a spectacular job of convoluting the plot. Concealed truths, a massive terrorist threat, and an unbelievable covert mission create a thrilling tale of espionage. The characterization is masterfully written, the heroine is more than what she seems. She is a perfect blend of “real and raw!” The conflict of good versus evil is the prevailing force behind the action. “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon men” (Ecclesiastes 6:1). Placing the heroine in the desert, enduring isolation and the harsh conditions, exposes her strengths and vulnerability. It is there “under the sun” that she witnesses the essence of evil, yet discovers her purpose and is found by God. Once the rubber hits the road, or the desert uncovers the oasis, the denouement begins. Those things hidden become seen, unraveling slowly at first, then accelerating into a climactic, incredible ending.”

Reviewed By Ashley Tetzlaff for Readers’ Favorite Five Stars

“Beverly Nault gets right to the point with her book title – Misdirect: A Novel of Spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God. And that is what you get, in that order. Eve Parker works for the CIA and is tracking terrorist organizations in the Sahara desert, meanwhile dealing with a failed operation ten years prior, an apparently disappearing marriage, disconnection with her daughter and her upcoming wedding, and struggles with her belief in God. The main thread is the CIA, in an action-packed, thrilling drama. The relationship issues with husband, daughter, and God are sub-plots. 

When I saw the title, Misdirect: A Novel of Spies, the Sahara, and Searching for God, I was immediately hooked. As a Christian, I was interested in what aspects of faith Beverly Nault was going to explore; as a lover of adventure, the spies sounded exciting; as a Texan currently living in Washington, reading about a hot place sounded appealing. I found Misdirect a real page turner. No sex scenes. Very little language. Great at showing the different areas of conflict – family, work, faith – in believable ways (though the resolutions at the end were somewhat unrealistic). I appreciated the conversations about faith … but found them rather weak. Let’s just say, they are great reminders for believers, but I can’t see Eve’s proofs convincing Muslims in real life. All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter. I would love to read more books by Ms. Nault any day. Misdirect is definitely a great read that I recommend for ages 12 and up.

 

Romantic Suspense

The Kaleidoscope

  • San Diego Book Award Finalist
  • InD’Tale Magazine Crowned Heart “Must Read”
  • Books Go Social Gold Quality Mark
  • InD’Tale Cover Award

What if advances in artificial intelligence, combined with mystical elements found in the earth, could produce inexplicable images of the future? Harold Donaldson unwillingly becomes the custodian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope that changes the viewer’s future and becomes the focus of evil operatives intent on capturing the kaleidoscope for nefarious purposes.

Brilliant but socially inept, Harold has distanced himself from any connection to his dysfunctional childhood. Abandoned by a father accused of his mother’s death, Harold trusts no one until the ’scope forces him to accept a circle of friends he must rely on. To protect all their lives from imminent danger, Harold must discover the source of the ’scope’s mysterious powers. Just as he is on the verge of learning how it works and why his past connects to his future, he must face disturbing truths he’s run from all his life.

It takes a certain kind of talent to write a novel that contains different aspects from different genres while still maintaining a coherent narrative. B K Nault has skillfully created a journey that can suck in readers from various backgrounds and leave them pondering questions the book raises about life, meaning and relationships hours after they’ve finished reading the novel.” Eduardo Aduna, Reader’s Favorite

Cozy Small Town Series

THE SEASONS OF CHERRYVALE

where neighbors care, gardeners share, and God allows do-overs

Fresh Start Summer

A movie crew’s headed to town, and BFFs Grace and Maggie have different opinions on how much to get involved with those folks from the land of “fruits and nuts.” Summer’s about to get crazy in a town full of colorful characters you’ll grow to adore.

Paperback, e-reader and audible

  • 2014 Reader’s Favorite Award
  • San Diego Christian Writers Excellence in Writing Award
  • Finalist in the 2011 Grace Awards
  • Real Simple’s 21 Great Summer Reads

Grace & Maggie Across the Pond

The stars of Cherryvale are back in this novella, perfect for a weekend read. Summer is over, and the BFFs celebrate their rekindled friendship by traveling “across the pond” to England’s countryside. But their pony-trekking plans soon go awry when they discover a friend in need.

I read the “Grace & Maggie Across the Pond” Novella and enjoyed it so much that I thought my husband would also appreciate it. He agreed for me to read it to him…while we sat in our “happy little lawn swing.” …we both thoroughly enjoy the humor with which you write. We see that on your website you invite folks to get acquainted with Jesus and want to tell you we appreciate that, and pray God will bless you in your endeavors of ministry.” Reviewer, Jeanette Hoo

Autumn Changes

 

Along with shorter days and cooler nights, big changes are stirring up Cherryvale. While the trees along the CherryPath exchange summer-green garments to autumn’s crimson and gold, Grace and Maggie scurry to prepare for the town’s annual Harvest Festival, but spar over how to help pop star Tiffany Lane adapt to her new lifestyle and adoptive hometown. A surprise visitor—or two—spice up the town like cinnamon in Grace’s pumpkin walnut muffins just in time for The Scrapbook’s preview opening. The second book in The Seasons of Cherryvale, Autumn Changes continues the stories of the friendly folks and charming small town introduced in the much loved Fresh Start Summer, and Grace & Maggie Across the Pond.”

Hearts Unlocked, a Thanksgiving Romance Novella

Perfect for a weekend read, Hearts Unlocked follows Autumn Changes. Settle in with a slice of your favorite pie and some hot cider as romance blows in on the autumn wind.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Bells

A Christmas Eve blizzard strands dozens of tourists like a bad episode of Survivor: Cherryvale on Grace’s wedding anniversary no less. Instead of directing the Christmas Festival, and hibernating to spend an evening alone with her husband, Grace must scramble to feed and house the multitudes. When she challenges a troubled young soldier fleeing mistakes she’s made with her own family, Grace is reminded of the real meaning of Christmas.

 

 

Spring Blossoms

The Cherry trees are budding with the promise of spring, and Grace is busier than a honeybee in a flower garden planning BFF Maggie’s wedding. When Cupid swoops in and says, “make it a double,” she’s thrilled but has little time or patience for Cherryvale’s newest resident, Fancy Bellini, who seems overly interested in Grace’s husband, Mark. When Grace has a public meltdown, everyone in town wonders if she’s finally taken on too much, but what she finally confesses astonishes everyone, including Grace herself.

And the best-selling way to read all 6 titles, complete in one volume:

The Seasons of Cherryvale Complete Series

Only $4.99 on Kindle and all popular e-readers

 

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…and introducing a Cherryvale Short Story –

Aloha Grace, Finding Ohana in Paradise

When Mark surprises Grace with a trip to Hawaii at the conclusion of Christmas Bells, she’s super excited to spend a vacation in paradise. When it rains day and night while Mark’s in conference meetings, though, she’s not sure how to keep herself busy. A lei making class introduces her to a Hawaii that’s rich in history, and when she makes some new friends in need of the “Gracie touch,”  she’s found her ohana and has a vacation she’ll never forget.

.99 e-reader, and also in audible, and listen for the surf-talking parrot!

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Cozy Romantic Mystery

Murder, Most Sincerely, A Romantic Backstage Mystery

The Tin Man’s dead, Toto’s been poisoned, and stage manager Lucy Lambert must stop the killer hiding behind the curtain before she gets the ax.

When the Tin Man dies during Morgan Valley Community Theater’s closing performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” Lucy Lambert’s dream job as stage manager is on the chopping block. When the police blame her poor safety procedures for the death, she’s determined to prove her competence. In the process, though, she uncovers evidence the actor was indeed murdered and becomes the killer’s next target.

Amazon, Kindle and paperback. And now available on Smashwords, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other digital formats. 

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NonFiction Memoir Collaboration

Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton

Written with Mary “Erin Walton” McDonough

Here’s Mary on Home & Family talking about Lessons.

Catch up with her on Minutes with Mary on her Youtube channel . Watch here!

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In this strikingly honest book, McDonough shares the story of her overnight transformation from a normal kid in a working class, Irish Catholic family, to a Hollywood child star. She reveals intimate memories of life in and around that idyllic Virginia farmhouse (really a Warner Brothers back lot in Burbank) – sneaking off to steal candy from Ike Godsey’s store; developing crushes on guest stars; trying to crack up cast members during takes; and, most of all, forming a tight-knit second family who played, worked, hugged, and squabbled together. But in the years that followed the show’s long run, as McDonough tried to reinvent herself, she found herself battling depression and personal insecurities amplified by her celebrity. Gradually she gained the courage to stand up not just for herself, but – in true Waltons tradition – for others, taking on a new role as an activist for women’s body image issues. Winner of the 2010 Ella Dickey Literary Award, Lessons is more than just a book about a television show and continues to receive rave reviews for McDonough’s frank honesty of what it was like to “grow up Hollywood,” and take on the world. Hardcover, Kindle, nook.

From her friend, George Clooney: “Mary is a whole lot more than Erin on The Waltons. This book shows how she’s handled all the highs and lows with grace.”

From the gold medal www.readersfavorite.com review:

Although much of this book is focused on “The Waltons” years for which she is best known, I found her later years very gripping as she searched for a diagnosis and her self identity. McDonough is a very talented woman. It is amazing how this quiet introspective woman has found her voice in the role of an advocate for women’s health, especially for those with Lupus.”

June 8, 2015 posted on Mary’s FB:

Cynthia Ickes: I am a physician in New York. I read your book and immediately knew that a patient of mine had symptoms that were likely related to her breast implants. She consulted her surgeon (female) who referred her on to the plastic surgeon for explant. I never would have picked that up had it not been for you. Kudos brave woman!!!!

Mary McDonough: WOW, you MADE my day! Exactly why I wrote the book! Thanks so much!”

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Anthology devotional

21 Days of Christmas

I’m super excited that one of my short stories is included in this gorgeous gift book series of devotionals that launched with 21 Days of Grace21 Days of Christmas continues the tradition of fictional stories that include a scripture and food for thought, devotion style. Each story from best-selling authors is short enough to enjoy in one sitting and perfect for small group, homeschool or family discussions. Available online and in Walmart and other stores, this gem will be perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas and to bless others, focusing on the true meaning, the birth of Jesus Christ. Can I get an Amen? Available in an embossed hardcover suitable for gift giving, and also for your e-reader.

 

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